Yesterday, I spent some time catching up and creating with my stampin' pal, Dawn. Her mom is in town visiting and made a fabulous lunch for all of us, as well. Mmmmm! As an added bonus, I got some quality "cuddle time" with Dawn's 2 1/2 month old baby boy, which always makes me smile. :) We decided to try our hands at a couple of challenges today, since we always gain a ton of inspiration from them. I went with my usual "dynamic duo" consisting of a color challenge and a sketch challenge...it seems to work for me so why mess with a good thing, right?
When I saw this color combo over at The Color Throwdown blog, I was super excited to "throw it down". I love, love, LOVE Melon Mambo and Pacific Point is such an awesome, vibrant blue...but then there was River Rock, ugh! Try as I may, I just am perplexed by this color, perhaps I need to attempt to use it more frequently...it's just NOT my favorite. I think I have used 1/2 of a sheet of River Rock cardstock in over 2 years...
I recently heard about the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenges from one of their DT member's (and fellow SU! demo), Genny, and decided to give it a go this week. Thanks, Genny and team for a fun sketch challenge! I was fun to participate with y'all for the first time . :)
The floral image in the Upsy Daisy set is such a fun, bold silhouette on it's own. But I really wanted it to stand-out a little more on this card. So, I added some Dazzling Diamonds mixture (see below) to the image for sparkle. Thanks to Dawn for reminding me of this great technique, as I hadn't used it in a while. I'm adding instructions, in case someone out there hasn't tried it before.
To achieve this look:
-First, I wiped an Embossing Buddy over my Whisper White cardstock to catch any stray embossing powder.-Second, I used a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp my image in Melon Mambo on the white cardstock.
-Next, I cleaned my stamp, then re-inked it in Versa-Mark.
-Then, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to perfectly place my (Versa-Mark'ed) stamp over the existing (Melon Mambo) image on the cardstock. I chose to stamp it, just a wee bit off from the original image, for a little "shadow".
-After stamping, I sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds embossing powder and Heat & Stick powder (50/50 mixture blended together...thanks Dawn for letting me use yours) over the image and heat embossed it.
-Voila! Sparkly stamped SUCCESS! :)
I also decided to tie the hemp twine on through some eyelets, since just knotting it around the cardstock alone, was causing it to tear. Oops! Hope you like how it all came together. I'd love to hear what you think! :)
Stampin' Up! Supply List:
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Melon Mambo and Pacific Point classic ink, Versa-Mark
Paper: Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, River Rock and Whisper White cardstock, Good Morning Sunshine DSP (retired) and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (retired)
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds embossing powder, Heat and Stick powder (blended together with Dazzling Diamonds), hemp twine, 1 3/8" x 5/8"Oval punch, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval punch, Crop-A-Dile
Non SU! Accessories: pink bling, (Dawn's) blue eyelets and blue ribbon
Have a great day!
Until next time,