Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Oh What Fun

Oh what fun it is to stamp a watercolor tag! I just love the Oh What Fun stamp set of images as they are a perfect array of festive, reminiscent, trend setting sentiments for all your Christmas tags, bags, boxes, cards, and treats.  And I just love mixing Real Red with Pool Party ink and various gold trims and ribbons for a cheery presentation.
For both tags I cut 2" wide strips of watercolor paper.  Next I punched the end of the paper with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  It's important to punch before doing and watercoloring as you don't want to have to wait for the paper to dry to get a super crisp and clean punch.  For this wash of color I used an Aquapainter brush and Pool Party Reinker.  Once it was dry I stamped the greeting images with Real Red.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Stamp a Bag is Perfect

For the Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge the Stamp a Bag stamp set is totally perfect for their latest challenge.  I figured that out when I opened my stamp cabinet and the set jumped out to me.

I decided to ink the set up for the first time with an ombre of color added to the six circles image.  I used Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, and Lost Lagoon to create the blend of colors.  Next, I stamped the crosshatch image directly over the solid circles using the matching color.  A few simple trees and a Snowflake Element make for the focal point, but my favorite thing about the card is the greeting.  I just love the Blackberry Bliss color.  I could have gone with a dark brown or black or gold, but I wanted a color and not a neutral.  So, I went with my first impression which was the blackberry.  I love this color combo of greens, blues, purples, kraft and gold.  What is your favorite color combo right now?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Peaceful Pines

Hello Stamp Friends everywhere!  It's another fun chance to click through a Monday Montage Blog Hop.  You may have just arrived here from Dani's Blog where she shared some fabulousness with all of us.  I am thankful for her awesome talents :0)  For my chance to share I am showing off my clean take on the stamp set Peaceful Pines and the coordinating Framelits.

My card base is a top fold Crumb Cake with a layer of Kraft Corrugated Paper.  You may be thinking why not use Kraft card stock, well I was out of Kraft so I had to turn to the Crumb Cake and while they are slightly different, the two colors work for me with just a hint of interest.  The focal pine tree is stamped with Lost Lagoon ink on Whisper White.
A few other details include: Silver Glimmer Paper for the stars and the back of the tree on the right, White Glimmer Paper for the tree on the left, a Snowflake Wooden Element, Basic Rhinestones embedded in the decorative holes, a Linen Thread shoestring bow, and loops of both Silver and Gold Metallic Thread behind the center tree.
From Dani
To Julie

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Freshly Made Sketch

I was looking for some inspiration so I clicked over to one of my favorite blogs, Amy's Paper Crafts, and saw this great card and sketch.  From there I jumped over to Freshly Made Sketches to see the great ideas from their design team.  I was thrilled to find so many clean and stylish cards.  So I decided to join along in their challenge and make a card combining the sketch with the Peaceful Pines stamp set.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Gorgeous Fall Tones

Guess what?  It's raining in San Jose California!  You may think that is no big deal, but it is a very big deal.  For a VERY long time the weather forecast will include possible rain, but it never even clouds up.  And now since the middle of the night it has been pouring rain almost non-stop.  Why do a mention all of this?  Because, getting a good picture of today's Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge card is close to impossible.  It's too bad because this is a beauty in person.   Now don't get me wrong I am super grateful for the rain.
To start the card I created a watercolored background using the Woodgrain TIEF.  First I inked up the folder with Delightful Dijon, then Blackberry Bliss, and lastly Mossy Meadow.  Once inked up the way I liked I spritzed the folder with water to blend the colors.  After that I closed the folder with a piece of Crumb Cake card stock inside and then ran it through the Big Shot to emboss a colorful background.  Next, I added a beautiful piece of the Wintertime Vellum and then some fall elements.  I added a bit of washi tape, ribbon, crumpled leaves, a shadowed gold glimmer "thanks," some bakers twine, and a vellum greeting.  The stamped greeting comes from the Sweet Stack set.  I used markers to ink the image which allowed me to omit the last part of the stamp I didn't want to include.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mostly Monochromatic

It's mostly all Watermelon Wonder and it's super cute.  It looks like a slice of cake and it's made with the Cutie Pie Thinlets box.  This box comes together very easily and when paired with it's complementing stamp set, Sweet Stack, it's WAY COOL.  I mean take a look--isn't it cute?  For me it's the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and all the ribbon remnants that gives this box it's charm.
From Dara
To Kaitlyn

Creation Station Thankful Blog Hop

I am super jazzed to let you all know that I am stampin' and hoppin' with the Creation Station Design Team.  With this being my first hop with them I want to say welcome new friends and old to my blog SeeingInkSpots!  You have just arrived from the fabulous Cindy Schuster's blog where you were blown away with total awesomeness.
This month's theme is "thankful" and what could be better?  I am always grateful for all of life's blessings and challenges.  Along with the thankful theme we are playing with washi tape.  I love the stuff because one roll goes a super long way and for not too much money.

As I was brain storming what new thing I could do with washi tape I thought why not unroll the tape and fold it back and forth like the ribbon frosting technique?  Of course this thought came at about 2:30 a.m.  So, what does any avid stamper do?  They get up and try it!  So, there I was in the dark with my dog by my side trying "washi frosting!"  It turned out fluffy and fun and made a background unlike any other I have made.

I love the text graphic images from the Me=Grateful stamp set which are a perfect fit for this month's thankful theme.  I inked two coordinating images up with Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, and Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Markers, stamped them on Whisper White card stock, and then cut them out with the Lots of Labels Framelits.  A stack of "thanks," from the Greetings Thinlets, finished the text block for just a bit more texture and depth.
I had another idea that I wanted to try with washi tape, but for this one I waited 'til moring.  I first covered a piece of Whisper White card stock with strips of Cherry on Top washi tape.  Then I cut a Spiral Flower on my Big Shot, rolled it up, and then hot glued it in place.  I added a few clips with a pair of Paper Snips in between each petal to be able to fold the petals back and like that my patchwork style washi flower took shape.  To finish the center of the flower I added an Iced Rhinestone on top of a 1/2" Watermelon Wonder card stock circle.
I embellished a Square Pillow Box with my spiral patchwork washi tape flower and a simple tag stamped with another image from the Me=Grateful set.  When making these pillow boxes I like to combine a piece of DSP with a piece of card stock to give these little boxes a bit more sturdiness.  Plus it stretches my DSP if I am doing a make-n-take or mass producing.  I almost always wrap my decor around the glued sides of the box so I can easily open the boxes to add whatever fun goodie will get packed inside.
Cindy Schuster
Denita Wright

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Super Sketch

I'm feeling in a spooky mood, bwahahahaha, so I went to work to make a Halloween card!  I wasn't in the mood for any oranges or yellows; I wanted something a bit different, so I went darker and murky and totally dimensional.  This sketch challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments helped me come up with today's card.

My colors are Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Basic Black, and Whisper White and the images are from the Among the Branches stamp set.  I cut the star with non other than the Star Framelits.  There is lots of sponging with all four colors and glitter.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A Little Late

I was super inspired by a project that Shelli Gardner included in her stamp presentation back at Convention over a year ago.  I am a little late and it's been a long time since summer 2014, but I finally had the perfect opportunity to incorporate her project in one of my stamp events.  Not too long ago I had a customer appreciation party where we stamped several gorgeous projects all inspired by Shelli's "Choose Happiness" journal (scroll down a few pics).
Since it was a customer appreciation party I bundled everyone's supplies in a GORGEOUS package.  The tag, bow, and ribbons were attached to the belly band which easily slid off to allow access to the contents.  When they were done, the finished projects fit back in the box (extra large gift boxes on the Clearance Rack, 3 for $1.59) and the bands went back on so they could take home their treasures in total style.
My original plan was to hold my customer appreciation day at the end of this past year's Sale-a-Bration.  With the crazy days of life I finally booked the event in August--I told you I was a little late.  I stuck with my original plan to use the Artisan Embellishment Kits from the Occasions Catalog, which I hoarded, for the projects even though I was totally behind the eight ball.
Here is the journal I totally cased from Shelli's presentation.  I made only a few adjustments to fit the products I had on hand.
The stampin' was not done directly on the Mini Muslin Bags.  Instead I stamped on Iron On Transfer Paper, cut the Flower Fest images with the coordinating Framelits, and then ironed the pieces on.  The results are stunning!
from dara
to julie