Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring has Sprung for Third Thursday Blog Hop

Hello there! It’s time for our monthly 3rd Thursdays Blog Hop. For March we are celebrating the spring season with a “Spring has Sprung!” theme. 
I have really been trying to focus on showing some love to my neglected stamps from the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog lately. So, for this challenge, I knew exactly the set I wanted to use: Hanging Garden
When my husband and I purchased our home, the previous owners had put a LOT of work into the yard with gorgeous plants and landscaping. We fell in love with it immediately…however, it is a lot of work to maintain. Spring is a very busy season around here and this set just makes me think of all of the new plants and colors we will add to the yard this year. 
For my card, I actually recreated a card I had previously made last year with this set. As I was picking out new colors, I realized that I never shared the original card on my blog. Oops! So you will get to see that as well. 

What I love about this stamp set, is that it is super easy to color with Stampin’ Blends markers. You can add a lot of color and detail and it really brings the images to life. The Basketweave Embossing Folder adds great texture to the card, too. I also added some Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to the flowers for some added sparkle. It’s hard to see in the photo. To add a little “shadow” around the plant hangers, I traced over them with the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends marker. It just gives it a little “pop."

Today’s Colors: 

Card Measurements: 

  • Lovely Lipstick Card Base -   4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Flirty Flamingo Cardstock -  4”  x 5-1/4” 
  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock - 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Lovely Lipstick Cardstock - 3-1/8” x 4-5/8” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (for stamped images) - 3” x 4-1/2” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (for stamped/punched sentiment) - 1/2” x 3-7/8"
Here is the original card that I created using a different color combo:



I also wanted to share an additional card using this set with a little different layout and color scheme:





Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed these cards. Leave me a comment to say hello. 

Please make sure to follow along with the hop to see everyone’s springtime inspired projects. Click the “Next” button to continue along to my sweet friend Krystal Robert’s blog. Have a great day today! 


3rd Thursday’s March Blog Hop:

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For more information and to register for the event, please email me at: annemariehile@gmail.com. 

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Butterfly Gala for PP433

Hello and Happy Sunday to you! It’s time for another weekly challenge over at The Paper Players! This week, the lovely Jaydee has a fun Clean-and-Simple (CAS) challenge for us: One Layer Wonder.
Oh, Clean and Simple week is always a bit of a challenge for me. I’m learning to embrace it though and do enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone. It’s so funny how the “simple” cards take a really long time to create, for me anyway. Anyone else in this zone? Or does Clean and Simple come easy to you? Leave a comment and share your thoughts. 

Today’s Colors: 


Now I know that “technically" there is a layer there. Do you see it? I actually cut the Whisper White Cardstock I was stamping and sponging on to 4-1/8” x 5-3/8” to adhere to a Thick Whisper White Cardstock base. Because I was working with a few “messy” elements, I wanted to make sure that I kept the card base clean. Nothing is worse than getting ink smudges on the back of your card, right? This wasn’t so much a layer as it was functional. So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Haha! 
I thought I’d share with you how I added the sponged area to my card. I had initially tried to mask off the lines using washi tape directly on the Whisper White Cardstock. However, no matter how careful I was, it would tear my cardstock when I went to remove it. Eek! 

So, using my craft mat (of course, it’s pink!) I lined up the piece of Whisper White Cardstock so it was even on the grid. Then I took 2 pieces of scrap cardstock and added them over the white cardstock to create a 1-3/4” opening for the sponging. Again, I used the grid lines on the craft mat to make sure they were even.Then, being careful to keep everything straight on the lines, I added washi tape all around the cardstock to hold it in place. Using Stamping Sponges, I added layers of ink to create the shading. 

An important tip when you are adding the ink with the sponges is to put your hand on top of all of the pieces of the cardstock the white cardstock doesn’t move around when you are sponging. Be gentle with those sponges, too. "Dab-Dab-Dab" them on your cardstock to gradually build the ink instead of being heavy-handed with them. Remember, you can always add more ink, you can’t take it away. 
I couldn’t decide on the ink I wanted to use for the butterflies and the sentiment. Black was TOO dark, gray and brown were just “blah"…and then I decided that GOLD would really make this card pop! I stamped the butterflies and the sentiment using Versamark Ink and then added Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Then I used the Heat Tool to heat emboss the images. There is something about metallic embossing powder. It always looks so elegant and beautiful! 

Don’t forget to always use your Embossing Buddy before you heat emboss though to make sure you don’t have any stray embossing powder in places you don’t want it. 
Here is a peek at the inside of the card. I simply added three little butterflies using the colors from the front to dress it up a little bit. I figure I can add a sentiment later or leave it blank to send a little handwritten note to a friend.  

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share a project using the color challenge. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday March 22nd, 2019. 


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Have a HAPPY day today! 
-Anne Marie


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For more information and to register for the event, please email me at: annemariehile@gmail.com. 

You can also learn more about the event by CLICKING HERE to head over to the event on my Facebook page. Hope to see you there! :) 

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