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Spring Color Sheltering Tree

Good day everyone!!    For today I’m going back to one of my favorite things… Trees. I am fascinated by trees, especially when the leaves are multicolored.. Fall colors are my favorite… But guess what, you can get the same effect with Spring colors!

Today’s card is inspired by two challenges.  One is the Fab Friday 61 Color Challenge, which you can see here:Fab Fri Logos-069
The other is the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch PCCCS138, shown here:

I decided to combine them to come up with this springtime delight. 🙂

It’s pretty much right out of the “soft” Subtles color family. I used the “Sheltering Tree” stamps from the Occasions Catalog, and the sentiment comes from one of the Project Life stamp sets, “Remember This”.  I think it fit perfectly.

For the leaves, I inked it up with So Saffron first, then added on some of the Pear Pizzazz with a sponge dauber.  I added the Pink Pirouette afterwards to the paper with the little leaves stamp. The tree is Crumb Cake.  Once again, I accidentally attempted to make my own DSP by using the giant tree leaves stamp (the one I used on the tree itself). I stamped it on white with the Soft Sky and just cut a strip of it to use on the left.
I was also pretty excited because I finally have a flower punch to use. The Boho Blossoms punch works great to get multiple size flowers all at one. I just layered a few on top of each other and added bling. <yay for bling and rhinestones>

One thing that may be hard to tell here is the So Saffron frame is actually on top of the tree… I cut it out myself using the Square framelits since I didn’t have the On Film Framelits set – which would have made that a lot easier!

Fun tidbit… I actually had to upload this card twice.. I was just about to save it, and the kiddo looks at it and says… ‘I would just change one thing…’ then he proceeds to pick at the blue flower leaf that accidentally was touching the letter “a” in the sentiment. SIGH…. ok, yeah, yeah. So, move the petal, retake the shot, re-upload… maybe that’s why I don’t let him critique all my work before I post it. 🙂    Have a good day!


Blog Hop Questions and FabFri56

To start this week off, I’ve been asked to participate in a blog hop! I was excited with the idea since I’ve never done one. I was asked by my friend (and stamping family mom) Linda Bauwin to join in.

For today’s post I thought I would share another sample from the new Occasions Catalog that starts in January. I paired that up with the Fab Friday 56 Color Challenge, which uses colors right from the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit (which is still on the clearance rack right now).

Here is the color inspiration:

And…. Here is my new card:

Once again I found a set that I absolutely wanted as soon as I saw it – it’s a photopolymer set called “Sheltering Tree”. I like most tree stamps in general, but when I saw that this one had the tree trunk and branches separate from the leaves??? How cool!!! The possibilities are endless, as the pictures in the catalog display a tree for every season! <doing a little happy dance in my head>
It even comes with accessories, like a swing, a rake, a bicycle, grass, and leaves that double as flowers! About those flowers… I’m not sure what it is about red, but keep an eye out for red ink on photopolymer stamps. 🙂  It’s definitely not like dying your hair red which continues to wash out for days (or so I’ve been told)… Nope, these little buggers get red ink on them for 30 seconds, and they are red for life (unless you are very diligent in scrubbing them right after you use them, which I am not). No harm to the stamp, just a little pinkish still after cleaning.

For this card I stamped the tree in the Crumb Cake, then used the leaves once in Old Olive, then again in Coastal Cabana (stamped off to make lighter) just a bit offset from the Old Olive. I then took the bonus leaves stamp and used Bermuda Bay to add a few extras in the tree. Kinda makes me want it to be going into spring, not more winter!
The grass is inked once, then stamped, then stamped again, then again…. to get the multiple tones. Do that a few times. The swing actually fits better on the other side of the tree, but that’s where I wanted my sentiment.. so I only inked up part of the chain/rope on one side and angled it the other way! I don’t even think you can tell.
I cut out the sentiment since I didn’t want it to cover too much of the background. Pop up the sentiment and the Bermuda Bay layer on some dimensionals and you are all done!
Looking back, I think next time I’ll try making the grass a field of flowers.. ohhh that should be pretty. I’ll save that for another day!

For the blog hop, I was asked to answer the following questions, and then nominate someone to continue the blog hop – be sure to go to the bottom to check out Anne Marie’s Blog!

What are you working on?
I’m not sure I can narrow this down… but, since all the craft fairs for the season are done, I’ll be working on getting my next set of classes lined up for after the new year. With the new Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs right around the corner I want to make sure everyone has a chance to come and see how cool the new stuff is. I’ll be working on getting lots of new samples made to keep posting up here on my blog and coming up with more ideas for the classes, too!

How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Mine is, well, mine! Kidding aside, I like to make things simple. It may look complicated, but I try to keep the steps easy. There may be 50 steps – but they are all easy steps! I also like to think that I can teach anyone how to make what I make, and that’s what I aim for. 

Why do you create what you do?
Because it’s fun. Really. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t still be doing this in my 12th year as a demonstrator. Some times have been a little more active than others, but it’s still fun. I love being able to create something, share it with someone and having them go “oooooh, aaaahhhh!”  It’s a pretty cool thing. And I like being able to help other folks to do the same thing.

How does your creative process work?
I wish there was a good answer for this. It’s partly starting with an inspiration from others (like the challenges I join online) and partly just going with my gut. I’d like to say it just happens, but that’s not really a good explanation. 🙂  Having said that, that is how a lot of my cards start off… I just get an idea that pops up once I see the stamp set, or challenge, or some other form of inspiration. Other times I have to dig a little.. play around with different layouts, different colors… it varies from day to day. It’s kind of like the weather here. One day it’s shorts weather, the next day you are shoveling snow.

My nomination for the next stop on the blog hop is:
Anne Marie Hammerhofer: Anne Marie has just recently become a member of my stamping family! We’ve been stamping together for much longer, and now can share all the fun of Stampin’ Up! together, too! She has just started up a blog to get things rolling and I would love for you to stop on over and say hi!

Have a great week, and stop back soon for more new samples!

FabFri52 Freaky Friends

Ok, so it’s not Friday yet, but Wednesday isn’t too bad, right?

Today’s post is for the Fab Friday #52 Challenge. It’s a color challenge, in colors I just used not too long ago for a different card! But, I had to make something new, so out came the inks again!
Here are the soon-to-be-spooky colors for the card:
Fab Fri Logos-056Here is the card I came up with:

I really like the simplicity, and the sparkle!
I used the Freaky Friends set from the Holiday Catalog, and the saying is from the coordinating set Ghoulish Greetings. It’s embossed with white EP to make it stand out a bit.
I had this layout idea after talking about the Halloween Bingo cards I made last year using the Spooky Bingo Bits set – just, in MDS! I was able to color the individual stamps with multiple colors with no problem.. and copy/paste 6-8 times is easier than marker-ing up 24 stamps 6-8 times!

Behind the scenes: I think this is a pretty simple card, and the only secret on this one is the glimmer paper – once again I used a scrap that had the middle already cut out, so I’m not wasting any unseen glimmer! (and wait for the black ink to dry. I had to re-do the cat a few times because I was being a little too anxious in putting it together!)

Hope you like it!