Friday, July 21, 2017

Fab Friday 117

Hi stampers!  Happy Friday!  After a couple days alone with Ian this week, I'm ready for the weekend!  I mean I'm always exhausted but this broken toe is adding a whole new level.  It was doing really well or so I thought until last week after my follow up appointment and some this week.  Four weeks feels like 40...but I'd think it would be better, especially after feeling good recently.  I guess I'll insist on another x-ray if it's not getting better by next week.

Anyway, hooray for Friday, specifically when Jon gets home from work :-)  At least it's time for a new Fab Friday challenge!  We have a sketch for you this time.


I used celebration thinlits and the sunshine sayings stamp set and a whole bunch of embellishments!  I browse a lot on Instagram and Pinterest and have been seeing a lot of inspiration there in the form of cakes so I wanted to do a sort of ombre layer cake here. It didn't all turn out exactly as I pictured but it's ok.  I don't care for the way my ribbon ended up but what can you do after you stick it all down? ;-)


I added a "cascade" of flowers with the in color glitter acrylic shapes...and true confession time.  I sort of forgot about these and forgot that I had them!  WHAT is wrong with me, they are so fun!  I also added a variety of sequins from both packs that we have.  Some sliver metallic thread and a bitty bow finish off my cake.  I WISH I could decorate cakes this well in real life but I better stick to paper!


I embossed my sentiment with white and if you visit here often, you've seen that a lot lately.  I'm kind of stuck on it and I'm ok with that ;-)  I added a gold cake stand as well.  I like mixing my metallics!

Edited to add:  I've had some questions on how I adhered everything, I really should get better at the details :-)  I used glue dots for the flowers and for the largest sequins.  I used the fine tip glue pen for the two smaller sequins.

I hope you liked my cake and I hope you'll check out the Fab Friday site and play along with us!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Colorful Seasons Seasonal Decor Frame - Stampin' Up Global Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hi stampers!  It's time again for the Stampin' Up Global Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  Take a trip around the world and see what we made.  Don't forget to use Google Translate to keep up if you need to!

For the focus this time around, we are using the color theory suite which includes the colorful seasons stamp set, seasonal layers thinlits, and the color theory DSP stack.  The colors are so bright and cheerful!

Cards just weren't speaking to me with this suite but some old frames I had lying around were!  I made a little home decor piece for each season!  This suite is perfect for celebration every season!  We have built in shelves on either side of our fireplace, so I'm happy to have another thing to take up space on them :-)  We didn't have any shelves in our old house so I've been slowly collecting things to fill them up.


For each insert, I stamped my sentiment on vellum using versa mark and our classic inks and then used clear embossing powder to keep them from smearing.  It also adds a bit of shine!  This would also make a fantastic gift!

These were a little hard to capture on camera with the glass since it was attached to my frame.  I held them to reduce the glare so ignore my pudgy hands :-)  I kept them simple because sometimes I have to remind myself that less is more and it was in this case!


For autumn, I used both a gold foil sheet and a copper one for my leaves.  For the one with all the cutouts, I left some of them in.  Basically, whatever fell out of it's own accord I let fall out and I didn't poke out the rest.  It made for a really pretty leaf!  Don't be afraid of not poking out your die cuts!  It adds a whole new look!  I tied them with a bit of linen thread.  I also stamped a few leaves in crushed curry across the paper.


The winter insert is my favorite.  I did the same thing with the die cut here and let some of the pieces fall out.  I stamped some falling flakes in dapper denim.  It's simple and pretty, kind of like snowfall.

For my spring insert I simply stamped some blossoms on berry burst and added a branch of crumb cake.  

 Finally, the summer insert reminds me of sitting at my mom's farm looking over her green valley or "bottom" as we call it, refreshing lemonade at hand :-)  Ok, so this one may be my favorite actually.

I hope you enjoyed my project today!  Now you're off to see what colorful project Miriam has for you!




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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lularoe Inspired


Hi stampers!  I think I've mentioned before that I like Lularoe clothing.  I wouldn't call myself obsessed or anything but a number of items have found their way into my closet.  They have some great color and pattern combinations and I find them pretty inspiring for stamping!  Recently, a berry burst dress wound up in my closet with a vest that was soft suede, berry burst, and crushed curry flowers.  Sitting in church on Sunday, I realized that it would make a fabulous card (I promise I was paying attention to the message as well, hehe).  So, during Ian's nap, I whipped this up.

Annnnnnd....I kind of LOVE it!  I've not made a lot lately that I LOVE so this was a fun surprise!

I stamped the flowers in soft suede and then used clear embossing powder over them really quickly.  If you're fast, you can totally emboss with our classic inks.  I did this rather than watercoloring with it because I tend to have trouble with the red separating out with soft suede so I thought this was a great way to avoid that but still incorporate the color like I wanted to.  My doily needed something so I sponged it with berry burst.  A few of our glitter dots were the finishing touch along with a few gold accents.  The dots are great because they come in various shades.  For instance, if I'd used so saffron as my yellow, a few of the lighter shade dots would have worked well even though the catalog says they are crushed curry.  I love when things are versatile!

Again, don't be afraid to cut your sentiments up into little bits and pieces.  It often works a lot better than the whole thing, this one sure did!  And adding a little bit of black card stock really made the sentiment pop!

Inspiration is all around us.  Where do you look for inspiration?

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