8/11/2020

Bee Unique

Good morning!  It's Tuesday and a new sketch challenge at CAS Coulours and Sketches.  I went super literal on today's card for the sketch.

I used mixed media paper and stamped the background with Bumblebee ink and a hexagon background stamp; then used a paintbrush to watercolor the ink. I left it in my stamping platform when I did this and then restamped it in Cinnamon Cider ink.

The bees are stamped in Memento and colored with Copic markers/Stampin' Blends.  I probably should have made my unique bee a bit more different (I toyed with using blue or red) - I hope you can see that he's orange!  I used a hexagon die to cut them out.

Super easy to create!

  • Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps Busy Bees and Bee-You-Tiful Sentiments, MFT Hexagon background
  • Dies: Honey Cuts, MFT Hexagons
  • Markers: Daffodil Delight Light & Dark, So Saffron Light; Pumpkin Pie Light & Dark, YR01; BG0000, BG000; N3, N5, N9

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8/10/2020

Giving New Life to an Old Stamp Set

I've been cleaning out and reorganizing my stamps.  A while back I had put some stamps in a discard box.  Most were wood mount.  But as I was going through the box I had some second thoughts.  Several were there simply because they were wood mount.  Among those was this two-step stamp set.
This is a set that is a bit dated but I knew I could make it look more modern with the right layout and font.  The butterflies are pretty basic!

This is my first in several posts about some ways that we can use what we have and get new life from older stamps.  I love new things, but it's also important to use items we already have.  I'll talk about things like trends, colors, layouts and fonts.  And what stamps I'll keep forever, and why!  Today, I'm going to focus on remounting wood stamps.

I didn't particularly like two-step wood stamps, but I do like cling and clear two-step stamps; stamping platforms or acrylic blocks make them so much easier to use.  Even with a stamp set like this where you didn't want everything to line up, they were a pain in wood!

To make these stamps cling mount, I used my microwave.  Placing two stamps in it at a time, I heated them on high for 10 seconds.  (If they are large stamps I've gone 15 seconds)  I have an 1100 watt microwave.  I can then gently remove both the rubber stamp and its foam backing and the sticker on the other side.
I place the sticker on the foam side of the stamp.  While everything is still warm, it is all fairly sticky.  That is why I do only two at a time.  Because the stickers on these stamps were rectangular (newer wood mount stamps from Stampin' Up have stickers the shape of the stamp itself) I needed to trim around each stamp.  They're not super pretty this way, but it works!

I then placed a piece of the new cling mount adhesive on the back to make them into cling stamps.  You can also cover the sticker with Tombow glue and let it dry - that makes the back somewhat sticky.
I have a PDF of the slim case insert from Stampin' Up!.  It is an Acrobat document and you can type in the name of the set and even how many stamps are in it.  I then stamped all the images on the front.  I trimmed the case and inserted it into a clear mount stamp case.  You can purchase these in packs of four.

I now have a "new" stamp set complete with punch!  (I haven't figured out how to convert a whale tail punch into the newer flat style yet! LOL!)  And I use the old wood mount stamp case to hold miscellaneous craft supplies.

And a bit about this card - it is for the color challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers - Misty Moonlight, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green!

I've listed below the stamps and accessories I used.   If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I would love to help you with your stamping needs.

Send me an email if you would like a PDF of the insert.  Please leave a comment about what stamps you'll be converting!

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Flight of the Butterfly (retired), Lovely You (sentiment), Dressed to Impress (dots)
Ink: Mango Melody, Misty Moonlight, Granny Apple Green
Paper: Misty Moonlight, Whisper White Thick
Accessories: Clear Mount Storage CasesCling mount adhesive sheets,  Paper Trimmer,

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8/07/2020

Aloha Friday!

Aloha!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I know I am.  One of the things I miss most in these social distancing/quarantine times is traveling.  I travel frequently to Hawaii on business and by August I've usually made two to three trips to Oahu.  This year - only one.

Cottage Cutz has just released some adorable Beach and Tropical dies.  Today's card features some of my favorite Hawaiian things - pineapple, Hawaiian music and umbrella drinks (make mine a Mai Tai!)
The card is actually quite easy to make but does involve some ink blending.  I wanted to make sure that there was a good variety in my browns and I tend to use the same colors all the time.  So before I undertook the coloring, I organized my Distress Oxide inks to see exactly what I had.  Previously they were all thrown in a drawer!

So....I cut all the pieces in white from the Aloha & Ukulele and the Tropical Fruit dies. Then I used blending brushes and colored them using these Distress Oxide inks:
It may seem like a lot but you'll notice there is overlap in the colors I used on the objects.  It really didn't take long and I love the color depth I got!

I created frames for my objects and adhered them to the front of the card.  Details on all the steps to create the card are on the Cottage Cutz blog today.
Have a great weekend and I'll see you Monday!

Dies: Cottage Cutz Aloha & Ukulele; Tropical Fruit; Stitched Wide Circle Frames
Stencil: MFT Mini Cloud Stencil
Ink: Distress Oxides - see photos

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8/04/2020

A Posted for You Color Challenge

It's another Tuesday and another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week features some a very soft pinks and a russet along with a green.
I made this note card size - 3 1/2 x 5 inches.  This size is the smallest that can be mailed.  I like it because often I don't want to write a whole lot on the inside of the card.  This allows for a simple "Happy Birthday - Have a wonderful day!" or "Thank you for your kindness, it means so much to me".  Something simple and easy.  I intentionally did not put a sentiment on the front so it can be used for any occasion.

This stamp set is one of those that is very versatile even though it's super simple (probably BECAUSE it's simple).  It has a matching postage stamp rectangle punch which means cards can be made fast.  To get the square stamp I punched out the stamp and then re-punched it to make shorter. The punch has perforation marks which makes it very easy to line up.  I did have to adhere the image end getting cut off to a strip of paper in order for it to reach inside the punch.

The images are stamped in Stazon Black ink and colored using the inks and a blender pen.  Because there isn't much color I could use the Whisper White Thick and not worry about the paper pilling.  If there were a lot of watercoloring I would need to use a paper designed for that.

I also used two layers of green underneath the stamps to add a bit more green to the card.  On the small stamp, the bottom left corner actual has an extra three layers so that it is flush with the rectangular
stamp.

For a bit extra I also stamped the envelope.  I find this is always a nice touch.

I hope you'll join us this week at CC&S!

If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I would love to help you with your stamping needs. Place an order with me between now and August 31 and I will send you the new Mini Holiday Catalog!

To make this stamp and punch even BETTER - there is a coordinating holiday stamp set in the new Mini Catalog!

Stamps/punch: Posted for You Bundle
Accessories: Blender Pens

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8/03/2020

Mushroom Fantasy

This Inkspiration challenge really intrigued me.  The photo is both fascinating, and almost disturbing to me.  It seemed very other worldly, so I decided to create a (bit lighter) fantasy world of my own.
Since I wanted to keep it in the realm of fantasy, I had no problem going with red polka dot grass.  I'm not sure who I will send this to, but they will need to have a sense of whimsy and not take things too literally!

Dies: Lawn Fawn Mushroom Border, MFT Clouds
Stamps: Stamping Bella Unicorn Sentiment

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