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Country Valentine, featuring Classic Blue

For some reason, I wanted to make a valentine using Night of Navy, in the gingham pattern.

Stamp: Meant to Be

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Crumb Cake, Seaside Spray, Real Red, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Neutrals 6×6 DSP stack, Vellum

Accessories: Stitched Be Mine dies, All Dressed Up dies, Night of Navy/Sahara Sand baker’s twine, Subtle 3D embossing folder, Shimmery Crystal Effects (Holiday carryover), Poppy Moments dies, Tailored Tag punch

Isn’t that super fun? I don’t own the new Detailed Hearts die. I thought I could get a similar effect using multiple cuts from the heart border / cluster die in the Stitched Be Mine dies. And, just to be different, I layered them on a background in the same color, but embossed with the Subtle 3D embossing folder. I put a sheet of adhesive on the back of the cardstock before die-cutting, which made adhering the die cuts to the card really easy.

Both the gingham and vellum hearts are popped on dimensionals. I am not sure why it mattered, but I put the dimensionals for the vellum layer in approximately the same place.

At the last minute, I added die cuts from the Poppy Moments dies, from Real Red. I think they are meant to be the bottom of buds, but they look like stylized hearts to me! The addition adds to the country feel, I think.

For the button, I stacked three die cuts and put a layer of Shimmery Crystal Effects on top. Just to make it shiny. Make sure you dry overnight, and set it in a spot that you won’t accidentally put something down on top. (At least it didn’t stick to that other project…)

The baker’s twine bow is attached with a glue dot, but the position makes it look like it goes through the holes.

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Dinosaur Valentine

I finally put ink to my Dino Days stamp set. But, can you tell what I used for the background stamping?

Stamp: Dino Days, Painted Poppies

Ink: Gray Granite, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Lovely Lipstick, Old Olive

Paper: Lovely Lipstick, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: Dino dies, Be Mine Stitched dies

Isn’t that really fun? I was experimenting with different looks that the line art of the poppies can give. When stamping in a neutral/brown, I thought they looked like rocks! So, out came my dinosaur. 🙂

Here is what the background looked like before I added the items on dimensionals on top.

I like how the palm tree turned out, as well. I have seen some people stick the fronds straight up, and that looked just weird. I stamped two branches in the background, and filled out with die cut branches over the stamped branches. They all hang toward the ground, as if they are drooping from the top of the tree. No coconuts in sight, so the dinosaur is safe. 🙂

The dinosaur is attached with dimensionals. For the amount of dimensionals I used, the sentiment would almost work, as if talking to a pack of dimensionals. 🙂 Note, that I put some of them along the seam with the spikes on his back. Even though I attached with glue, it doesn’t hurt to reinforce with other means.

For the sentiment, I took a really long (and two-line) sentiment, and stamped one of the lines into two lines. That made it fit on my card front in the space available. I added a small die-cut heart, just in case his love wasn’t obvious.

I put the rest of the sentiment on the inside, along with another die-cut heart. At the bottom, there are some footprints. Not sure whose they are…

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A Stand Up Card for a Stand Up Friend

Hee Hee! I couldn’t resist making this card into an easel card.

Stamp set: Painted Poppies, The Gang’s All Meer (SAB)

Ink: Gray Granite, Gray Granite marker, Shaded Spruce, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black marker

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Fluid 100 Watercolor paper

Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly dies, Rectangles stitched dies, Aqua painter

I wasn’t originally intending to make this an easel card. You could literally hear the brakes squealing as I quickly changed how I was going to make the card front. Really! I had the glue on the back of the whole front image, when I realized that an easel card would be perfect. Five minutes later, I had glue off the parts that would pop up, and I could continue putting together the card.

I didn’t add the inside stop for the easel yet, because I didn’t know for what kind of occasion this would be used. I did stamp the little dude that is sticking his head out of the ground. I could just add a strip next to him when needed.

This was a pretty fun project to color. I dabbed a bit of ink onto an acrylic block and used the Aqua Painter to quickly add color. I had to add squiggles and dots under the meerkat and lizard, to match the ground under the cactus. I used a Basic Black marker to draw in their pupils. The sky is a really dilute wash of Pool Party. I was surprised at how smoothly the color went down. Our old watercolor paper would have sucked it up quickly, making it splotchy. I didn’t have to pre-wet the paper, either.

I didn’t use Staz-on ink for my watercoloring, did you notice? I didn’t use a whole lot of water, so there wasn’t a lot of bleeding. (I like using Gray Granite for my outline stamping.)

I used two of the three lines in one of the sentiments from The Gang’s All Meer for my card. I used the Stamparatus to stamp one line at a time, so that I could get the two lines all together on one skinny strip. Love the combo of fonts, don’t you?

Did you notice? I used the blob stamp from Painted Poppies to make the background for my focal image. Tee Hee!

It’s way faster and easier to make a watercolor-like background than doing a watercolor wash.

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Coordinating Product Release Today

Coordinating products have been released today! These are additional items for sale that coordinate with Mini Catalog products or Sale-a-bration products. They will be offered while supplies last.

The imagery for each item can be found in this flyer (or you can head over to the online store here).

The coordination information are in this flyer.

Personally, I couldn’t resist ordering the dies coordinating with Positive Thoughts, called Nature’s Thoughts. The fern image looks like fun, and then there’s a label die with a fun border. Also, the images in Someone Special don’t necessarily need dies. However, there’s a grass border die that looks super fun. Don’t be surprised if any of these dies show up on a future project! And you know, true confession, I was initially on the fence about ordering Positive Thoughts? The dies were enough to tip me over. So, it worked on me, maybe it will get you to look again, too.

Stampin’ Up! made a video showing the different items. Enjoy!

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More Classic Blue with Poppies

I have another project for you combining Classic Blue (the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020) and poppies. I am starting to see why Stampin’ Up! decided to classify Night of Navy with the Neutrals collection.

Stamp: Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments

Ink: Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Peaceful Poppies DSP

Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly dies, From my Heart faceted gems

I really like the big blob stamp in the Painted Poppies stamp set. I thought I’d try out as the basis for a card background. I stamped around the perimeter of my main background layer, making sure I see the edges of the stamped images along the edges of the cardstock.

For the rest of the card front, I layered a piece of DSP onto a cardstock mat, and then onto a scalloped rectangle (largest size). Getting those measurements were a bit tricky. (Let’s see, DSP is 2-3/8 x 3-7/16, mat is 2-1/2 x 3-5/8. It’s better to start a bit larger than you need and trim down…)

I chose this particular pattern of DSP because of the predominant purple color. It is “close” to blue on the spectrum, so will coordinate. There is a little hint of red, so the green of the sentiment strip provides some coordination and contrast at the same time. The Real Red gem next to the sentiment also adds a bit of contrast.

On the inside, I kept it simple. I stamped the small flower/stem in Night of Navy.

Can you think of other ways to use the blob stamp?