Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Blooming and Blendabilities!

I wanted this workshop to be a “blend” of blooming projects and a fun time using the Blendabilities. Little did I know Stampin’ Up! was going to discontinue the Blendabilities the same week of my workshop. Oh well, my projects were already planned and my markers worked fine.

The first project used the Happy Easter Bunny stamp [#137152 Occasions Catalog (OC)], the new Takeout Boxes (#135827 OC); [I hope these boxes make it into the next Annual Catalog (AC)], the Label Collection Framelits (#125598 AC), and of course various Blendabilities. I think this dancing bunny is  loving the idea of Spring and celebrating with friends and family. 
For the next projects I wanted to use the Sale-a-Bration (SAB), A Happy Thing stamp set (#139134 SAB).  I wanted to do a simple card and then a more elaborate card using the Blendabilities. After finding 2 examples of what I was looking for, I decided on the cards shown below.  Starting with the one on the right (simple) this was just a matter of layering cardstock and the stamp image of the single lemon.

The one on the left however was a little more in-depth, but my stampers were up to the challenge. First off, to get the bunch of lemons, we used the technique of stamping and masking off. (See the picture below with the masked off lemons) 

This technique is quite simple, but it does require a bit more of stamping and cutting out the masking pieces to achieve the final overall look.

If you look closer to the background image, then I am sure you are wondering what Designer Series Paper (DSP) that is? Well, it isn’t paper but hand drawn lines using all three colors of the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities. Before you get overwhelmed, this technique was simple. It does require a ruler and the use of the grid paper made it doable. You can start by using either the darkest or lightest shade. Start drawing your lines moving down the same amount of space for the next line. This is an idea you can use for any card if you don’t have just the right colored DSP for layering. 

Lastly, I was so excited to use the new Painted Petals stamp set (#137146 OC) and Painted Blooms DSP (#137784 OC). Again, I wanted to do a simple card and then for the final project a vintage inspired card. First, the simple card, this was just a matter of using the beautiful DSP paper and layering it for the background. For the sentiment stamped area, the saying is included. The flowers were done by stamping the stems and then coloring the three flowers individually with the same color markers as the DSP. 

This leads me to my last card. Again, using the Painted Petals stamp set, plus the new Butterflies Thinlits Dies (#137360 OC), the Artisan Embellishment Kit (#137909 OC), the new Sahara Sand 7/8” Lace Trim (#137866), and the Tea Lace Paper Doilies (#129399 AC).  I started by layering the different flower stamps available in the set with different colored inks and then I added in the stems. The fun thing about this idea is that you can add a little or a lot depending upon your feelings at the time. Afterwards, I cut out the image with the Label Collection Framelit die and sponged around the edges a bit. I layered the doily on a base layer of the Wisteria Wonder (sponged edge and free hand drawn stitches) wrapping the lace trim over the doily and finally adding the stamped flowered image on top.

Using the Artisan kit, I added some buttons, a single fabric flower and a touch of the purple felt ribbon on the lace trim. The butterfly was sponged with Perfect Plum and Gold inks then placed on the card.  I know this card was a stretch for me, but having Janice Rosenthal-Rock as your upline manager her love of flowers and vintage was bound to influence me at some point. 

After all of this was said and done, I realized that I totally missed another card that we did. Yep, a total of six (6) projects were completed this month. I have one more card to show you using the Lotus Blossom stamp set  (#139143 SAB), but I think when I finished this month’s swap cards I must have included my workshop sample in my bunch. So, I will send out an updated blog posting with that card later.

As for the FREE SAB products listed here and in the catalog, there is still time to place a qualifying order and earn free items. Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st

Please contact me, if you want to know more about these any other products discussed in this post or to come to one of my Saturday workshops.

Dates for my next workshops are:
May 16th – Projects: Sheltering Tree as cards and Mixed Media
July 18th
September 12th
November 21st

1 comment:

  1. GREAT cards!! Your "stretching" on that vintage card is fantastic!! LOVE it!!