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Spotlight Collage Technique with Inside the Lines Paper

Spotlight Collage card with Inside the Lines designer paper

Hello!  I’m back to share with you a fun and easy card that shows a neat Spotlight technique.  So, if you’ve seen the spotlight technique before, it is the idea of having a larger black and white area – usually filled in with line art images – and then coloring in just a little bit of the area to make that spotlighted area POP!  Well, in this case, the Inside the Lines designer paper (**free through the end of March with a $50 order) makes it super simple for you!  This paper pack is all about the current coloring book trend and gives you 12×12 sheets of paper just begging for you to color them in.

Which brings us back to this technique, I just started with one big piece of the patterned paper and then I cut it into 3 parts.  You can size these however you want, I just recommend: (more…)

ICS Blog Hop – White Woodland Embossed Christmas Card

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Hello!  Welcome to this month’s Inspire Create Share blog hop. 🙂  This month our theme is I am Dreaming of a White Christmas and we’re showcasing ideas using a white on white! We hope you enjoy this beautiful hop and will become inspired to give the white on white look a try!

Now, first up, let me just say that it is SUPER HARD to photograph a whilte on white card and so I’m just going to say, that this looks way prettier in person!  But it was fun to play with ideas that didn’t have to use lots of color and supplies.  When you go White on White you can focus on a couple details and let the card be elegant in it’s simplicity.

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When I knew we were focusing on white, I knew that the best way to get the most bang for your buck is to add texture!  This lets your card be really interesting without needing to add lots of colors.  I knew I wanted to use the Woodland Embossing Folder, because it is perfect for a snowy wintery scene.  I just ran a partial strip through my Big Shot and added my main hint of color by adhering on some of the 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon from the Holiday catalog to the bottom.  This is the Sweet Sugarplum ribbon, which struck my fancy more than the silver did.  (Love it?  You can get it for 40% off while supplies last.  Woo hoo!)

And to balance all the stamping and ribbon below the embossed strip, I cut a White Doily in half and adhered it to the TOP of the embossed piece, so you had kind of like snowy mountains balancing it out.

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I did all my stamping in Sahara Sand, to keep the ink from looking too heavy.  The reindeer and the sentiment are both from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set (don’t miss out!  The discounted price on the bundle ends January 3rd, so if you like the die to go with the stamp, get them and save now!)

Well, to pull it all together, just go a little crazy with your Stampin’ Dimensionals!  Add some behind the embossed piece, then add more behind the reindeer!  More texture and more layering to keep the white from blending together.

Finally, add a few of the Fancy Frost sequins and you are good to go!
(tip – I recommend using glue dots to adhere them to your card)

So I hope you’ve enjoyed this project – make sure to check out more in the Inspire Create Share Blog hop!  Next up is Deb with a Flurry of Wishes idea for you… should be cute!

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December’s pack is all about using those Holiday Catalog stamps for NON-Holiday projects!  Stretch your stamps for more versatility!

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Project Measurements:

  • Whisper White cardstock – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ cardbase, 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, scrap for the reindeer
  • Sweet Sugarplum glitter ribbon – 4 1/4″

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Bright Birthday Card with a Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Bouquet

When I start working on a project, sometimes I have a plan in mind, but often I turn to pinterest or google image search to give me a starting point for my project.  Most of the time, I end up mixing and matching my favorite ideas from multiple cards into one card.  But sometimes I come across a card that I love so much that I just have to make it exactly as I see it.  Today is one of those cards!  Check out how fun and cheery it is:

I saw this card by Shannon Kay on Pinterest and loved the colors and layout, I just needed to change up the sentiment since I thought this would be the perfect birthday card!

Tips and Tricks for this card:

  • Pick the perfect color palatte!  When trying to figure out what colors to use on cards, I usually start by looking at color combos from designer paper or start from a color family.  In this case, you can start with the Subtles color family and grab Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, and So Saffron. But then the perfect third color comes from the 2016-2018 In Colors – Peekaboo Peach!  Aren’t they great together?

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  • Swirly Flowers from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits – these swirls are great for decorative accents, birds nests, and in this case… flowers!  When you look at your dies as they come in the packaging, you will see the little swirl die is sitting inside the larger swirl.  So, that big Saffron flower is actually two dies, the larger swirl and the smaller swirl stacked together.

  • Tie in a pop of color in your backgrounds with monochromatic designer paper – This is one of those times where the color family Designer Paper Stacks are great.  They are sets of monochromatic paper that is perfect for adding an interesting background paper without being so busy as to take away from your main image.
  • Pick the perfect sentiment! I love sentiment sets that give you a variety of fonts and phrases since it gives you lots of options on your cards.  In this case, I’m using the Better Together stamp set and it is one that I totally overlooked in the catalog for the longest time, but turns out it really adds some fun to your cards.  I mean, who wouldn’t smile getting this card and the happy “Happy Birthday!”?

Who do you know who could use a smile like this on their birthday?

And if you want to make fun cards like this with me (we did this one in stamp club a little while back), consider joining me for one of my monthly card making classes here in Redmond, WA!  We have lots of fun and there are multiple options a month to come get your crafty on.  Check us out over on my meetup here – the Bellevue-Redmond Card Makers

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Project Measurements:
  • Whisper White cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Peekaboo Peach designer paper – 1 1/2” x 5 1/2”
  • Scraps of So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizazz cardstock

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Clean & Simple Elegant Thank You card with Suite Seasons

So, last month, I ran a big event for Pacific Northwest Stampin’ Up demonstrators.  It wasn’t limited to my team, but anyone who wanted to come connect, share, and learn.  As part of the event, I created 4 make & take projects for them to get to play with new goodies from the 2016 Holiday Catalog.  So, I thought I’d share one of those projects with you today!  Because really, we all need a card idea that is quick to make when our Mojo just isn’t feeling it… that we know will turn out fabulous every time!  Give this layout a try –

I loved this sentiment from the Suite Seasons stamp set, and love the little details art touch below the sentiment.  It was just perfect for coloring in with my markers.  Again, I wanted that handmade touch without an hour of color on each card.  Sometimes, the coloring is super relaxing… sometimes, I just want to be done with my card and still love how it looks. Smile 
TIP –  When coloring in small spaces like this, even if you *can* use the brush tip of your marker, start with the pen tip of the marker instead.  The pen tip colors just a little bit lighter than the brush tip because less ink is coming out on the paper at one time.  So, in an image like this, you want it to be a little bit lighter so you can see the line art accents instead of it all getting covered up by dark ink.

Since the sentiment was so pretty, I wanted the leave the rest of the card simple to let the words and the coloring stand out.  So, I grab the FABULOUS Copper Foil paper and used it as a large mat for my center.  Now, I was worried that the Very Vanilla cardstock I used had too stark of an edge, but turns out sponging some Delightful Dijon ink around the edges with a sponge fixes that problem right up!

Then just add a strip of the Delightful Dijon ribbon from the 3/8” Ribbon Trio Pack from the Holiday Catalog (it includes Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon, and Mint Macaron ribbons) where the border of the Rich Razzleberry cardstock ends on the cardbase and you have a sweet and elegant card that you can pull together in a pinch!

I also wanted to share that Product Samplers are back by popular demand!  Instead of feeling like you have to choose which paper or accessory you want to get from the Holiday Catalog, why not try them all?! 

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I give you at least 1 yard of all the ribbons and twines in the Holiday Catalog, some of all the accessories, and 6×6 sheets of the designer papers (one of each pattern).  So you have enough to create that project you saw on Pinterest that you love so much, without having to buy full packs of everything!

Check out the full details and all the options for the Holiday Catalog Product Sampler here

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Peek-a-Boo, a Bear Hug card for You!

After all the tragedy in the news over the last weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to share a paper hug here on the blog. 

I was inspired by a card by the hilarious Brian King and just loved the bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set popping out of the corner of the card!

Tips for making this card:

  • Let your images jump out of the frame! Stamp the bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set and cut him out using the matching framelits.  Then glue him onto the front of the paper you want him to be popping out of, so that his legs are hanging off of the corner.  Trim off any parts of the bear that are hanging over the edge and he is jumping out with a hug for you!
  • Great looks with mats – Make it really looked like a framed window by creating a small mat out of the same color cardstock as the bear!  I have him glued onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut his legs to match the edges of the white cardstock.  THEN, I mounted that onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock (the same that I used for the bear) that was cut to be 1/8” longer and taller than my white piece.  So, if the white cardstock is 2 1/4” x 3 1/2”, the crumb cake is 2 3/8” x 3 5/8”.
  • Mix and match sentiments for fun personalized sentiments!  I used the Peek-a-Boo from the Suite Sentiment sets and just colored the “peek-a-boo” from the baby sentiment with a marker.  Then I used the “see this hug” and it’s for you” from the Bear Hugs set, to finish out my custom sentiment!  Mix and match any works in your collection for fun phrases.

For everyone impacted by the horrible acts in Orlando this weekend, my heartfelt condolences to you and your loved ones!  There is also a card drive going on to shower the owner of Pulse nightclub with love and thoughts by sending her cards of support.  If you are interested in participating, I have details posted on my facebook page here.

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Whimsical Hearts Background with Birthday Blooms

I just love when a card comes together!  This is one that I was playing with recently for a secret sister swap and I tried a few new things and just had fun playing with paper – and isn’t that what it is all about?  Having fun and just experimenting with stamps, ink, and paper! And with the Birthday Blooms stamp set, you can do all kinds of experimenting!

Birthday Blooms with Whimsical hearts background

So when you see the Birthday Blooms stamp set, it is easy to immediately gravitate towards the large flower and start playing with that.  I mean, it is the biggest image in the box, so your eye wants to head straight there right?

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Birthday Blooms (available in Clear mount rubber or wood mount rubber)

But I wanted to do something fun with that row of hearts, and turns out it makes a great background for the card.  Just ink it up with Archival Black ink and stamp directly to your card front.

Worried about even spacing?  Grab some grid paper (the large grid paper placemats are perfect for this) and use the measured gridlines to guide your stamp placement along the way!

Creative layering is not just for paper!

When I started putting together my main image, I kept it simple by stamping the flower and then coloring it in with markers (I used Pear Pizzazz and Hello Honey).  But then I let my layering take over.  From bold mats around the flower, to different shapes (circle and rectangle) to keep it quirky.  Just experiment and you’ll be surprised what works!Birthday Blooms with Pool Party Glitter Ribbon Close Up

And don’t just limit your experiments to paper, I started playing with my ribbon and realized it doesn’t always have to go BEHIND ALL the layers of your image.  Try placing it IN BETWEEN some of the layers for a different look and to let more of the ribbon shine.  Especially when you are using a fun ribbon like this Pool Party Glitter ribbon.

Just start playing and have fun!  That is what this hobby is all about!

Love Techniques?  February Terrific Technique Class is next week – in person or online!

If you missed it, I just started a new technique series last month.  Each month, we’ll explore a new tool or technique.  I’ll be sharing how to do that technique plus multiple variations of the technique so you’ll be not only learning the basics but lots of options and new ideas!

Each month, we’ll make a page in your 2016 Technique Instruction book, plus 2 cards or other projects.  You can join me in person or place an order in my online store and receive the completed instructions page for the book, video tutorials for the technique and their variations, plus the supply kits for the 2 monthly projects.

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Fast and Fun Birthday Card with Birthday Blooms!

Sometimes I need a card, but my brain is just struggling when I try to figure what exactly to make for that card.  Anyone else know that feeling?  Like, you have your supplies in front of you and you just stare at them, willing them to start arranging themselves into some awesome design… but sadly, they just lay there looking back at you. Smile  Well, the other day I was having that same problem when I suddenly remembered the amazing Emboss Resist technique and had a flash of inspiration!  Check out this cute card that is so easy to do with this technique:

Jennifer’s Project Tips:

  • Emboss Resist is an easy WOW for your cards!  Here is how it works:
      1.  Find your favorite line art image… this works great with lace, doily, and outline flower images like this one from Birthday Blooms… the important thing is that there are skinny lines with lots of non-inked space in between.
      2.  Rub the surface of your cardstock with an Embossing Buddy (this prevents static or other dust from causing stray embossing powder to get stuck later)
      3.  Ink your stamp with Versamark ink and stamp your image
      4.  Cover with clear or white embossing powder and heat set
      5.  Use a wedge cut from one of the yellow Stampin’ Sponges and sponge ink over your embossed image
      6.  Use a kleenex or paper towel to rub over the top of your embossed image to remove any excess ink
  • For best results, use one of the yellow sponges – I find that the yellow sponges are more poreous and so tend to do a better job lightly applying ink and keeping it fairly smooth instead of having a stark circle of ink from a sponge dauber or makeup sponge.  Grab one and cut it up into 6-8 wedges and you can play with lots of colors.
  • Experiment with lots of colors!  I was making a bunch, and so I grabbed a bunch of left over cardbases (when I cut a paper in half for a card base, I keep the extra half in a plastic bag to use later) and then made the same stamped/embossed image and just changed up the ink color to match cardstock!

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  • Keep the rest of the card simple to let your embossed image really POP!  I used just a few rhinestones and stamped my sentiment in Tip Top Taupe ink so that I could have the focus be on my embossed image.

So give it a try and let me know what you think!

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