Thursday, May 14, 2015

Time to retire...

I love to use Naturals White and Naturals Ivory cardstock. They're a heavier weight which is nice for post cards or simple single layer cards, and they can stand up to colouring techniques that use water or blender pens. When I saw they were on the retiring list I immediately placed an order so I could stockpile them for future projects!

Here's the Naturals Ivory card I made tonight:
 
 
I used the retiring stamp sets Pleasant Poppies and Bloom with Hope (for the sentiment). But for me the star of this project is the Naturals Ivory used for all three layers. It's a nice solid base, and you can see it held up well to heat embossing, watercolouring and sponging. I also think the subtle speckling of the cardstock adds something to the overall look. 

The stems are coloured with a Pear Pizzazz Stampin'  Write Marker, the flowers are watercoloured with an Aqua Painter and Cherry Cobbler and Real Red Ink Pads.  The background is sponged with a little bit of Soft Sky Ink. Happy Birthday is stamped with Pear Pizzazz and punched out with the Modern Label Punch. 

What are you going to miss?  Head over to The Paper Plunge to see what some of my stamping friends are sad to see retire :(

Go stamp something!
Diane

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vellum Valentine

I just love the new stamp set, Hey, Valentine from the Occasions Catalogue. When I heard that this week's challenge at The Paper Plunge was to use vellum, I knew right away I would be using this set.


This is a simple open top box made with an 8 1/4 by 4 1/4 piece of card stock vellum. It's scored at 2 1/2 horizontally, and 2, 4, 6, and 8 vertically. It's stamped with the adorable fox image, heat embossed in black, and coloured with Blendabilities



Here's a photo without the lamp on so you can see how the tea light (battery powered) shines through the image a bit better. 

Don't you love it!?!  Pull out some vellum and make one for your #1 Valentine. Then head over to The Paper Plunge for some more great vellum ideas. 

Go stamp something!
Diane 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Blendabilities Technique

Hi Stampers!
This week's challenge on The Paper Plunge is to use a technique on your project. Here's what I made:


I stamped the congratulations image from the stamp set Bravo in VersaMark ink, then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Next I coloured over the embossed image with Blendabilities alcohol markers.  It really pops against the black cardstock!  Lastly, I heat embossed the tiny star from Many Merry Stars with gold embossing powder to dress up the background. 

No matter how many times I've done it before, it's still so exciting to watch the dull powder change as if my magic to that melted, glossy finish. What's your favourite technique?  Add your creation to the challenge at The Paper Plunge.

Go stamp something!
Diane

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Dies for the Big Shot!

So the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration are both here!

Today I want to show you something I made with my favourite bundle from the Occasions Catalogue:


The colours used on this card are Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock, and Lost Lagoon, Basic Black and Silver Encore ink. 

The bundle saves you 15% and includes the stamp set Celebrate Today and the Balloon framelits. Here's what they look like:
 
http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=138869&dbwsdemoid=2040904

This is my entry for this week's challenge on The Paper Plunge. Head over to see what the rest of the design team has come up with using their Big Shots. We'd love it if you played along too!  What do you love to create with your Big Shot?

Get stamping!
Diane

Friday, November 21, 2014

Keeping it Clean

The challenge over on The Paper Plunge this week is clean and simple. Here's my contribution:


This card uses the Wintertime stamp set. It's simply stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder and dazzling diamonds glitter. I added a few rhinestone jewels to finish it off. It doesn't get much simpler than that!

Here's a second version using different stamps:


This card uses the Christmas Bauble stamp set, and the sentiment is from an old retired stamp set. 

Go stamp something simple and share it with us!
Diane

Friday, October 3, 2014

Round and Round She Goes!

This week's challenge at The Paper Plunge is to use circles in your project. Right away my mind went to Christmas tree ornaments, and so I made this:


How many circles do you think there are on this card?  Let's count. 
1) The card base is two Pool Party circles
2) The snowflakes on the background are tiny circles (Some are glittery!  Always hard to see glitter in photos.)
3) The first house has a half circle window in the door
4) The second house has a wreath on the door
5) The third house has a round attic window
6) The ornament hanger is actually the round tag from my new favourite product--the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlets Dies

The houses and wreath are from the Holiday Home Photopolymer Stamp Set.  The houses were die cut with the Homemade Holiday Framelit Dies.  
 
Come swim with us on The Paper Plunge!  Use circles on a project and post it.  Don't have a blog?  You are welcome to share your project on my facebook page:Teachtostamp

Go stamp something!
Diane 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall is just another way of saying PLUNGE!

Exciting news!  I have been asked to be a part of the design team at a new weekly challenge site called, The Paper Plunge!  For our first challenge we're making fall themed projects. Here is my card:


I love it when our products can be used in different ways!  The stamp set White Christmas instantly makes us think of different winter scenes we could create with it. When I was looking around the stamping sites, I saw a few people were using the tree image for autumn cards, by adding leaves with a variety of techniques. I chose to stamp the snow image from the same set in Cajun Craze ink, and then stamp the small splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge in Crushed Curry ink using a mask to protect the rest of my card. You could use the snow image for both colours, but I don't like to clean my stamps until I'm putting everything away if I can help it!The sentiment is from the Holiday Invitation stamp set.  I stamped it in Chocolate Chip in a 1/2" wide scrap of Whisper White, then I trimmed the end with my Paper Snips and attached it with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The white panel was then mounted onto a 4-1/8" square of Island Indigo and finally onto a Cajun Craze 4-1/2" card base. 

Check out the other designs at: The Paper Plunge

Take the challenge, and go stamp something!
Diane