Saturday, September 15, 2012

Blooming with Kindness Patina

This month as you may already know, I have introduced my new stamp of the month club and I have decided that every once in a while during the month I will post projects created with the current months stamp set. Hopefully, I can do this at least once a week. I will be mixing the stamp sets up not always using only the current set on each project, but this will give you an idea of what you can do with this set.                                                       
So today I have two cards that I created, using the same technique on both, I used the Faux Patina technique which also happens to be the technique I used to create my technique swap. (How many times can you use technique in one short paragraph? I used it five times here.)

I really like the looks of these cards they are a bit on the Victorian side, which is a change for me. I am finding that as I spend time creating different projects my tastes in card style continues to develop and cards that originally were not my style I have come to enjoy. As you create and continue to do so over time your tastes may change or just grow to include other styles. Also, knowing how to create these other styles does help. When you are unsure of what you are doing it does make it harder to create something that you will enjoy or be proud of. The beauty of being handmade and homemade is that no one expects perfection, in design; they would not be handmade if they all come out the same. One way that can help you grow in your capabilities is to join some of the challenges you can find on these and many other blogs:

Be brave, feel free to experiment, I have found even the cards that I don’t consider to have turned out well, are well received and very much liked. Many times I end up giving my rejects (not quite to my liking) to my mom and she uses them and brings back compliments-this makes it very much worth the effort and makes those mistakes, okay. I am always more critical of my own efforts. I think if someone researched this, they would find that we all tend to critic ourselves in many ways worse than others would.

I hope you all enjoy!!

Project Supplies: 
Stamp Sets: Blooming with Kindness
Card Stock: Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Watercolor paper
Inks: Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Versamark 
Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Antique Brads, Dimensionals, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack

Friday, September 7, 2012

Postage Due

This card was made using a stamp set that I just had to have the moment I saw it in the new catalog. As a demonstrator we are able to place orders from new catalogs (called Pre-Orders) before the catalog is released. Now with the minis we can order any stamp set or even all of the stamp sets and up to 3 of each consumable, but with the annual catalog they, being the home office, choose which stamp sets and supplies we can purchase and we get to choose from that list. All that being said, this set was not on the list, so like everyone else I had to wait until after June 1st to place my order.

Postage Due Clear-Mount Stamp Set

This set was one of the first items on my order and I get my orders pretty quickly usually within 4 business days and this includes the day of order. So I ordered the set, was thrilled when it came and I did not even use it until July when I went to craft camp and had almost 8 straight hours of play time.
 Play time- I thought I was to old for this stage in life and here I am looking forward to it again. It is usually the only time I have to be as creative as I would like and not feel as if I should be working on something else. I suppose I could call it craft time, me time, creativity time, but play time works for me.

I hope you all enjoy!
Have a great weekend!!!

Project Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Postage Due
Card Stock: Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, Whisper White Card Stock,
Inks: Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse Stampin’ Write Markers & Classic Ink Pads, Black StazOn Ink pad
Accessories: Postage Stamp Punch, Sponge Daubers


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

French Foliage with Stamp Off Technique

I hope that Labor Day weekend was as smooth for you as mine was. I was able to stay home, kick back and finish a project I have been working on. I also put in an order for a few supplies I needed and received a couple of other orders large enough to be their own workshops. Those are always fun.

I have also been working on a technique swap I joined, I need 41 samples and as I don’t think I could have done them all identical I switched my colors up a bit on some. When I get them all finished I will share a photo of them before mailing them off. I want to have them in the mail by the end of the week, although I have until the beginning of October to finish.

Today’s project was a card I made using the French Foliage and One in a Million stamp sets. I created this card for last month’s Stamp Camp. I wanted something clean and simple, yet using plenty of color. I really like the French Foliage set, it has versatility to it especially for use in fall or vintage projects.

For the greeting I used the One in a Million set and on the inside just used the stamp in the set that says "that makes you one in a million!" you could make the inside a little fancier like I did on the inside of another of the same card. I took one of the leaf stamps from the french foliage inked it up and then stamped off on a piece of scrap paper to remove some of the ink. You may need to test this out a couple of times on scrap paper to see how light you want your image to appear. I then stamped my inside greeting over the top to add a little pizzazz to the card. Here is an example as to how I did this, I chose to stamp off two times as i like the look of the image a bit lighter than it would have been.

I hope you all enjoy!

Project Supplies: Whisper White Card Stock, French foliage & One in a Million Stamp Sets, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pads, Apothecary Accents Framelit, Big Shot, Wood grain Embossing Folder

Monday, September 3, 2012


Visit my Stamp of the Month Club Page for more details!!!!

I love this months stamp set for its versatility. With the flower image and the multiple greetings this would definitely make a good starter stamp set. Although it is also a fine addition to my many other sets. I made up some sample cards that will be given out to all my club members.

Here is a preview of the cards you will receive when you purchase this months set.

I hope you all enjoy!
Danica A
My Stampin' Up! Website