Hello Climbing Orchids

Lately I’ve found myself needing cards with more generic greetings: hello, thinking of you, that sort of thing. This big HELLO stamp from the Hello Friend set is a design element on its own, but I had a stack of orchids waiting to be used, and the combination was very satisfying:

Maui Stamper Climbing Orchid Stampin' Up!

Maui Stamper Climbing Orchid Stampin' Up!

I used the Aquapainter to add a little So Saffron ink to the orchid image, and then used it without any ink to blur and drag color to the stamped areas. Once that was dry, I added a little Wink for sparkle.

The Gold Thread technique that seems to work best for me is to put a Stampin’ Dimensional or Glue Dot on the card front where an image or layer will be applied, and then wind the thread through that adhesive until the arrangement is pleasing. An extra Dimensional or Glue Dot adjacent to the “holder” helps keep everything just where it belongs.

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Those glorious orchids

I love a new catalog. There are new stamps, new colors, new ribbons and inspiration to last for ages! I couldn’t sleep last night after an evening of crafting – there were so many ideas swirling around in my head!

I inked up the gorgeous Climbing Orchid suite last week. Orchids are abundant in Hawaii, and I have a local source that’s quite reasonable, so they are almost always blooming in my home. I couldn’t wait to try the paper version:

Maui Stamper Climbing Orchid Stampin' Up!

The new cutting pads are my favorite indulgence. I can make the old, crusty, doubled-up pads work, but why? They leave funny marks on the paper because they’re so chopped up. And opening a new set of cutting pads is one of those hold-your-breath moments. They’re so smooth!  I always have two new backup pairs in my Big Shot Organizer – I ordered the replacements the same day I opened the new set.

Maui Stamper Climbing Orchid Stampin' Up!

You don’t have to cut this many layers, but I’m glad I chose to. The extra depth and texture make the card special, and most of the time, paper layers don’t create the dreaded Post Office Bump.

Once I decided on a color scheme, this card was pretty quick and simple.  I’m looking forward to playing with these orchids all year long.

It’s RemARKably…Succulent!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Oh So Succulent

Welcome to the February 2017 RemARKable Blog tour. Our primary focus this month is succulents – and it seems everyone is just a little succulent-crazy these days! What’s not to like about these diversely shaped, easy to grow, low-water-use beauties?  Especially when they’re made out of paper – talk about easy care!!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Oh So Succulent

I used the Oh So Succulent bundle to create a generous little heap of die cuts in a variety of greens and began to layer them. I used the Woodgrain TIEF to suggest a log and to give them a neutral base without overwhelming them.

The fun for me was not just in the placement of the die cuts, but in adding the textures from different stamps, the gold thread, and ultimately, diamond jewels.  Imagine them as drops of water on the canvas and you’ll see what I saw!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Oh So Succulent

When I finished the traditional card, I had some leftovers and realized how easily the same layout would adapt to a 3×3 note card. It would certainly work with a larger square format, but I’m quite fond of this size.

Enjoy the rest of the tour!  Click HERE to move forward to Audra Monk – the full tour is below.

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Anne Matasci – you are HERE!!

Audra Monk

Maria Pane 

Michele Reynolds

Janet Wakeland

Nancy Amato

Melissa Bolinger

Arden Dougan

So hard to find the words

One of the most difficult cards to make is a sympathy card. It needs to express something that is truly beyond words, a message spoken from one heart to another. I often choose elements from nature for a sympathy card, partly because the images are soothing, but also because nature represents the full circle of our existence.

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture Sympathy

  • Stamps: Touches of Texture, Gorgeous Grunge, An Open Heart
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Stampin’ Write markers, Aquapainter, Sweet Sugarplum 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture Sympathy

I used Stampin’ Write markers to color the leaves and the centers of the flowers, then added a lighter touch with the Aquapainter to give the blooms some depth.  I’m not a formally trained artist, and so my watercoloring is nothing more than whimsy.  I’m ok with that.

 

 

Pink October Round Two

I’m back in the pink!  A couple of weeks ago I pulled out the Touches of Texture set and put it to the Pink Test.

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture

Crumb Cake is my go-to neutral with soft tones like pinks and pale blues.  For this card, I pulled in a lot of pink tones – Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and the 2016-2018 In Color Flirty Flamingo.  The variety of pinks work well when you’re layering as much as I’ve done.

Photopolymer stamps are flexible and sticky, allowing you to shape them in a curve in order to closely fit something like this banner.  I place the die cut piece on my desktop, then cover it with a clear block.  I shape the photopolymer stamp on the block looking through to the die cut.  One caveat: If your die cut isn’t symmetrical, this won’t work as you’re going to flip the block over.

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