Fun with Colouring : Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop

Today is my first time joining the creative Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop crew. I’m super excited to be hopping with these talented crafters and sharing my colouring project.

My colouring project starts with the You’re Inspiring stamp set which is new to the Occasions 2018 catalog, with availability through May.

The daffodils in this set remind me that the Western Pennsylvania, USA winter weather of snow and freezing temperatures will soon be replaced with Spring flowers; the first of which is often the sunshine yellow daffodils. I can’t wait to see the daffodils each year to mark the beginning of warmer weather and the celebration of Easter and arrival of Spring just on the horizon.

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Since Winter typically doesn’t care if the daffodils have broken ground here  in Pennsylvania, my card includes a splatter of watered down Whisper White Craft Ink to mimic snow. This splatter was added after the image was stamped and colored with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor  pencils.

Layering colors of these pencils can allow you to achieve color variations. The stems and leaves used almost every color in the box to gain the shading seen here. Old Olive alone would have left the colouring flat or more subdued, as you will see below. In addition, the White pencil provides highlights & tonal changes- it is probably the most important pencil in the set!

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The burlap ribbon was cut lengthwise to decrease the width; the smaller width then used as a simply tied knot or faux-bow.

This same rustic ribbon, snowy garden florals, and color palette was used in the spotlight card below.

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Other than the Early Espresso die cut “Friend” from the Lovely Words dies, the images all came from this same You’re Inspiring stamp set.

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Here you can see how creating a focal point with more watercolor pencil work can offset the background florals which are colored with less vibrancy. Having just one small area to which layers of color is added speeds the process of making the card as well, since less time is spent blending and shading colors.

While watercolor pencils can be used with water, do not forget that they work well as a dry medium as seen above. Another tip to remember is that all images need not start on a Whisper White or Very Vanilla base if you are colouring.  Try a Crumb Cake base for a rustic look or do the Black Magic Technique discussed here last Thursday to color on darker cardstock. Experiment & enjoy those Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils!

Thank you for stopping by to visit me, Joanne Hodge, on the Hop today. Now it is time to head to the next blog and see what colouring project Angie McKenzie has to share.


You don’t want to miss any of the creative ideas these demonstrators from around the world have for you today. Make sure you see them all.

 

Participant Blog Hop List

1. Lea Denton – UK
2. Jessie Holton – Australia
3. Debbie Henderson-USA
4. Sue Vine – Australia
5. Denita Wright-Smee – Australia
6. Joanne Hodge -USA
7. Angie McKenzie – USA
8. Kirsten Aitchison – Australia
9. Stephanie Fischer – Australia
10. Lou Kitzelman – Australia
11. Ellen Woodbridge – Australia
12. Cheryll Miller – Australia
13. Anna Krol – UK
14. Imogen Tutty – New Zealand
15. Juana Ambida – Australia
16. Kim Oliver – KOCreations Cards
17. Angela Meiritz-Reid – New Zealand
18. Jo Anne Hewins – USA
19. Jenny Hall – USA
20. Sandra Mastello – Australia

And in case any global visitors are wondering what this week in Pennsylvania weather looks like, here’s a photo of a typical morning weather event with just a light dusting of snow:

Yes, I’m ready for warmer temperatures and flowers!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Time To Think About Easter: Just 40 Days Away

Did you know that today is a special Tuesday known in different parts by different names (Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, and even Fasnacht Day) which marks just 40 Days to Easter?

Well, with only 40 Days before Easter, that means I need to get started on Spring and Easter cards.  I already had the cute We Must Celebrate Stamp set out to create the card for this weekend’s Stamp ‘N Hop post, so I decided to continue playing with that set and make my first Easter card of the year.

Stampin’ Up! We Must Celebrate Bunny

My card started with this adorable bunny colored with Blends. I’m a sucker for cute or realistic critter stamps and this We Must Celebrate set delivers cuteness overload!

Stampin’ Up! You’re Inspiring

I turned to the You’re Inspiring set for the Easter sentiment which fit nicely in the small oval Stitched framelits die cut.

If you look through the catalogs you won’t see Pool Party 1/8” sheer ribbon. I used the Pool Party Light Blend to color the White Sheer ribbon so that it would match my card base. Coloring ribbon is one fantastic benefit to owning the Blends alcohol markers.

Stampin’ Up! Easter card

I used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder to add texture to my Daffodil Delight Card front and strip of the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to evoke the flowers of Spring which begin to appear from the ground just around Easter in my part of the world (Pennsylvania, USA).

If you are celebrating this Tuesday by gorging on pancakes, donuts or fasnachts, fatty foods, or king cakes, I wish you a great day.  I believe I too might have a donut with my coffee and wistfully think about that warmer weather which should arrive around Easter, because for now I’m about done seeing the white fluffy stuff, cold weather, and ice. So bring on Spring!

Until next time…

– Joanne

Stamp ‘N Hop Blog Hop : Inaugural edition

Welcome to the first Stamp ‘N Hop Blog Hop. This monthly blog hop will take place the second Saturday of each month. I’m so excited to see what my fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have to share.

This month’s theme for the Stamp ‘N Hop Blog Hop is “Anything Occasions” to highlight all the wonderful things in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog. I chose the We Must Celebrate set, because I’m a fan of the cute animals and sentiments. Aren’t the critter images in this set great?

Stampin’ Up! We Must Celebrate

Here you can’t see everything this set has to offer:

Stampin’ Up! We Must Celebrate I knew I would get a lot more use out of this stamp set if I cut the images apart so that I could more easily use them separately. When I perform stamp surgery, I always cut them in a way that they easily piece back together to create the original image; no fancy trimming, just chopping apart! For those not brave enough to perform separation surgery on their stamps, inking and masking will do quite well; it may just take more time to achieve some results.

Mind you, this set has some very close images, so if you are new to cutting apart your stamps it could really freak you out! No one is going to give you a new set if you mess up. So, breathe deep! Even as a regular stamp cutter, this one tested my nerves, but it turned out fine.

Once cut apart I can easily stack my images or ink and stamp multiples of one image or easily figure out how they’ll fit in the circles in my card.

We Must Celebrate Stampin’ Up!

It is very easy to recreate this card:

  •  Card base is 8.5”x 5.5” Early Espresso folded in half to make a 4.25”x5.5”
  •  Pear Pizzazz is used as my top Layer. It is 4 1/8”x5 3/8
  • 3 circles have been randomly cut using the Big Shot and the Layering Circles Dies (next to smallest circle)
  • The Pear Pizzazz front is then placed over a Whisper White piece of cardstock of the same size and the circles are lightly traced in pencil to provide a placement guide for my images.
  • Stamps were inked in Momento Black and stamped so they would fit within the pencil lines I made on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • images were colored using Blends, Stampin’ Up’s Alcohol Markers.
  • After coloring was dry, I erased the pencil marks.
  • Leaves were stamped in Old Olive ink.
  • The sentiment is a 1/2” scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock which was adhered and then trimmed flush with the Pear Pizzazz layer
  • All layers were then adhered to finish the card

I hope you enjoyed seeing the We Must Celebrate set available now in clear (item# 145898) or wood mount red rubber (item# 145895).

You are currently visiting Joanne Hodge. Now it is time to hop on to the next participant in the Hop. Click next or check out the entire list of participants below.

 

Mikaela Titheridgehttps://thecraftyoinkpen.co.uk/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-stampin-products-occasions-catalogue.html 

Kayla Adamshttps://thecreativitycoop.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-february-blog-hop.html

Laurie Mackiehttp://www.lauramackie.co.uk/2018/02/new-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop.htm

Joanne Hodgehttp://craftymademoiselle.com/2018/02/10/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-inaugural-edition/

Amy Grendelhttps://createandsharewithamy.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-february-blog-hop.html

Andre Gordonhttp://andrescreations.thesearemystamps.com/blogs/february-stamp-n-hop

Tracie Evans Langleyhttp://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traciesallaboutstamping/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/86481/entry/february_2018_stamp_n_hop

Kirsten Aitchison http://www.kirstenaitchison.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-theme-occasions.html

Linda Handfordhttps://stampinbythebeach.blogspot.com/2018/02/feb-2018-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop.html

Rachel Traudthttps://naptimeisstamptime.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-february-heart-happiness.html

Eva Pottsovahttps://craftingwithangels.blogspot.com/2018/02/magical-mermaids-occasions-2018-stamp-n.html

Melissa Tennison https://wp.me/p9MH0-Oh

Melissa Kermanhttp://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/thecraftingtreehouse/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/60800/entry/waterfront_scene_with_black_ice

Lisa Kmiechttps://lisakmiecstamps.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-occasions.html

Christina Walkerhttp://papergears.com/stamp-n-hop-feb-18/

Karen Pearmainhttp://www.craftylittlemissk.co.uk/2018/02/feb-2018-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-anything.html

Joyce Whitman  http://stampinscrapper.typepad.com/my-blog/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-occasions-.html

Bobbi Millerhttps://bobbi-spapertrail.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop.html

Ilka Teschke https://wp.me/p4Tobv-ks

Danielle Kassinghttps://daniellekassing.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-mijn-eerste-internationale.html

Terry Montgomeryhttps://terryficcards.blogspot.com/2018/02/birthday-panda.html

Tracey Gouraudhttp://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traceygouraud/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/65497/entry/stamp_n_hop_blog_hop

Kat Spencerhttp://www.papercraftingbykat.com/blog/february-2018-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-occasions-catalog

Mo Rootes http://www.crafty-rootes.com/a-spring-picnic-with-you/

Laurie Meierhttps://stampedgreetings.com/stamp-n-hop-occasions-blog-hop-waterfront-at-camp/

Georgia Gaydoshttps://stampwithgeorgia.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-anything-from.html

Courtenay Heustonhttps://bagsthatone.blogspot.com/2018/02/petal-palette-petal-passion-dsp-stamp-n.html

Jessie Holton http://www.jessieholton.com/2018/02/11a.html

Susan Simpson https://craftyduckydoodah.blogspot.com/2018/02/stampin-up-cake-soiree-for-stamp-n-hop.html

Shannon Colehttp://creatingforgrace.com/creatingforgrace/2018/02/cake-soiree-tag-card.html

Linda Richenberghttps://wp.me/p8GiKS-qn

Don’t forget Stamp ‘N Hop next month!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Black Magic Technique with Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration set Amazing You

If you have never tried the Black Magic technique, then perhaps now is the time to try. The results are very nice and pretty simple to achieve.

Stampin’ Up! Amazing You Black Magic  The floral image shown in the card above is from the Sale-A-Bration set Amazing You.

Black Magic Technique:

  • Start with Basic Black cardstock and White Craft Ink.
  • Stamp your chosen image and allow the craft ink to dry.
  • Any area which will be colored needs to have craft ink. The floral I selected was open (not a solid silhouette) and therefore needed to have white craft ink applied with a dauber to any areas which were not already white (this flower’s center). Apply a light coat of White Craft Ink with the dauber and you can still see the details to color. Wait for this to dry completely.
  • color over the white areas with colored pencils. The color will lie on top of the white craft ink providing the pop of color on the Black cardstock.

Just another sample of the same stamp and technique:Stampin’ Up! Amazing You SAB

Above you can see I allowed a little of the White Craft Ink to show through the center of the flower. Choosing to color over the white completely or allowing it to show a bit is up to your preference when coloring.

I hope you give the Black Magic Technique a try or revisit it if it has been a while. You’ll find some beautiful examples of this old technique just by looking around. Be inspired and create beautiful things!

This weekend I will be participating in a new blog hop. I hope you pop by to check out the projects. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with myself!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Turning “You” into “Joy” and a few other crafting tips

This weekend I was playing with the new Celebrate You Thinlits which can be earned free with $100.00 USD purchase during Sale-A-Bration. I will be sharing that card in a future post. During this crafty playtime, I discovered that I could cut a piece from the word YOU and create the word JOY , therefore extending the usefulness of these already wonderful dies.

Stampin’ Up! Celebrate You Thinlits Dies

I’m very happy to know that the Celebrate You Dies will be available for purchase in the next annual catalog. So if you don’t earn them free before Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31, you’ll have a chance to purchase them come June. It is such a useful set when sending encouragement to others! And imagine the Christmas possibilities with the words Celebrate and Joy.

The upcoming card which features the JOY die Cut has some heat embossing. As I was creating it, I realized it might be helpful to share some tools, which aren’t found in a craft store, that I use in my craft room.

Plastic knife as a craft toll

A plastic knife is invaluable in the craft room. Not only does it help press any dies into your Versamark pad so they can get inked (and keep fingers and tables free from sticky inky messes), but they can be used to apply and add texture to embossing paste and move drops of ink into your ink pads when you need to reink them. Inexpensive and disposable when too funky to clean anymore, they are an easy add to anyone’s craft tools.

Another item I use every time I emboss is this wooden cutting board.

Wood cutting board

Take it from me that you do not want to find out that your table top is not heat tolerant (ugh!) or that you now have permanent melted on embossing powder on a surface in your house where you do not want embossing since the air from the heat gun will blow it a few centimeters if it isn’t stuck down well (seriously!).  Purchase a wooden cutting board and you’ll have a safe place to heat your embossing  projects. Just remember you’ll still need to move your heat gun around as wood can burn, but it is better than messing up a piece of furniture and much less likely.

I also use this cutting board to tape down watercolor paper to keep it from warping during water applications. It can stain, as you may see in the photo, but you can avoid that if you wrap it in Saran Wrap first before taping down your watercolor project. Clean Up is easy if you use the Saran Wrap.

I do all my messy crafty stuff on one side of this cutting board so that I can use the clean side as a photo background for some of my cards and small projects. I do suggest you keep a photo diary of your creations. Get in the habit of taking photos before you gift them. You’ll be glad you did for those moments you wish to recreate the same or similar project.

I hope these tips help you in your crafting corner of the world.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Love and Hugs cards made with Petal Passion DSP

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, thoughts of romance swirl in the air for many. But for others it may be a day of longing for love lost, love not yet found, or unrequited love. The latter need cards with big hugs and messages of support and caring.

Today’s cards could be used to support someone who finds this occasion difficult or to share & express your love and caring for someone you adore.

Petal Passion love and hugs cards

I have always really loved the combination of black, white, and red. The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) is a fabulous pack of black and white patterned paper just waiting for your coloring or just as beautiful left as is. I combined two sheets of this paper today. One used Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Blends to create beautifully colored designs. The other used both sides of this lovely black and white paper.

Petal Passion dsp hugs card

Both the card above and below have the same basic design. The ingredients are as follows:

  • The heart dies are found in the Support Ribbon framelits dies -item#143749
  • Love is found in the Sunshine Wishes dies -item#141489
  • Hugs is found in the Lovely Words Thinlits dies -item#143733; I trimmed the die cut piece with my Snips to remove the outer shape, leaving just the word.
  • The Basic Black mats are 4”x5.25”, 3”x3”, 3.5”x1”
  • The Petal Passion DSP  pieces are 3.75”x5” for the colored floral, 2.75”x2.75” for the striped piece, which is the reverse design on the small floral page. The small floral is 3.25”x.75”
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock is used for the card base (5.5”x 8.5”,scored @ 4.25”) as well as all die cuts
  • Basic Rhinestones scattered throughout (odd number is best for design)

Petal Passion dsp love card

As I cut the above two cards from my full 12”x12” sheet of hand colored dsp, I had a few smaller pieces remaining which I turned into 1 7/8”squares.  By using mats in smaller increments than the above cards, I was able to maximize my dsp use and create this cute card below.

Petal Passion dsp love squares card

The black mats are 2”x2”(4 of these squares) and 4”x 1.25”. The Cherry Cobbler mat  is 4 1/8”x 5 3/8”. The card base for this card is Basic Black.

Using just two 12”x12” sheets of this Petal Passion DSP you could make 3 each of the cards above and have some small strips left over which would be perfect cut into 1/2”x 4” strips to put on Whisper White inserts (4”x5.25”) for these cards. With the addition of approximately 6 each color 8.5”x 11” cardstock sheets in Cherry Cobbler & Basic Black and 2 1/4 sheets of Whisper White for card inserts, that is all the paper you need to create nine cards to send and share hugs & love!

Handwrite your entire insert or choose a stamp (my preference) that expresses your thoughts and add additional handwritten notes to your intended recipient(s). The insert , before I add my message, looks like this:

Card insert using strip of dsp

Remember you aren’t limited to Cherry Cobbler. Black and white paper is neutral and these basic card designs could be recreated with your favorite colors. You could also replace the hearts with other dies or stamped images. Do your favorite combinations and share with me!

Until next time…

-Joanne