Friday, January 10, 2020

Prayers


I could not wait to get home from work yesterday to get in my stamp room so I could sit down and craft with new supplies!  I was extremely excited but while sitting in my craft room and designing, I felt a weight had been lifted off me.  For the first time in years, I felt creative freedom without the stress of only using current products sold by one specific company.  I almost didn't know what to do with myself, so I just "wet" my feet a little bit LOL  Here is one of the cards I made ❤



I chose some lovely pink cardstock as my card base.  I love using browns with pink, so I selected a light brown/ craft cardstock to stamp on to layer with the pink.  I die cut the brown cardstock using Rectangle Stitched framelits and then stamped flowers around edge in Versamark ink, applied Gold embossing powder and heat set. I then used Stampin' Blends to colour in the flowers. I really like that alcohol markers work on coloured cardstock as well!



The sentiment is from Hero Arts and this particular stamp set comes with a matching die cut for the word "prayers".  I die cut the word several times and layered to create some depth and dimension.  I learned this from a sweet friend of mine when she sent me a beautiful handmade card featuring this simple technique.

Until next time ~
Margaret

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

To Catch the Big One!



After a little more than 15 years as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I resigned from the company as an Independent Demonstrator on December 23rd.  What does this mean for me you might ask?  Well, it certainly does not mean that I have ended my papercrafting journey.  Rather, this decision is allowing me to spread my wings and work with and share whatever products I so choose and for this I am super excited!  For the first time in years I am allowing myself to search and pore over other companies product offerings.  I have ordered some new stamps and dies and just waiting for them to arrive to play with. I am SO excited! I have also decided that I will start participating in challenges to get my creative juices flowing, so a few new things going on for me :)

In the meantime I'd like to share a fun masculine card using Stampin' Up! products.  I focused on keeping it very masculine with the colours and the design.



I used the Best Catch stamp set and Catch of the Day dies to stamp and cut the images and bullrushes.  I used Stampin' Blends to colour in the fish, hat and fisherman.  I only used two ink pads - Memento Black and Soft Suede.



Since I wanted all the images to be the main focus and tell the story, I added the sentiment on a small die cut circle and placed it up top and "out of the way".

I think this card represents most fisherman's dreams - "catching the Big One"!

Challenges that I am participating in with this card are:

Arty Divas 2W, 5E, C10 - #12 - Anything Goes (week 2)
Lemon Shortbread 2W, E3, no digital projects - #110 - Always Anything Goes (Week 2)
Tuesday Throwdown W -   #448 Something New



I hope to see you all soon with some fresh, fun new projects from me!

Until next time ~
Margaret 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

In the Bullrush


At times when creating a card with a lot of white space one might think the card is very simple and basic. Yet, once you begin looking at the finer details you suddenly realize the time put into the final creation.



Today's card does have a lot of white space but let me tell you all the smaller details still took up quite a bit of time.  It was well worth it though as the result is a well balanced, eye catching card.

Several tools were used just create the elements on this card:

  • die cutting and embossing machine
  • embossing folder -Woodgrain (retired)
  • dies - Catch of the Day
  • ink - Memento Black, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Smoky Slate
  • stamp set - Best Catch
  • Stampin' Blends - Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral
  • cardstock - Smoky Slate, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Vellum
  • adhesive - SNAIL adhseive
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Stampin' Sponges
  • marker - Early Espresso


One of the fun things for me when using coordinating stamp sets and dies is being able to stamp and colour a multitude of images, die cutting them and then settling in to create fun little works of art.

What is your favourite masculine set to play with?

Until next time.
Margaret 


Monday, September 30, 2019

Magnolia Embossed


Once I was head over heels for the Magnolia Lane suite I knew that I wished to add the Magnolia 3-D embossing folder to my stash of tools.



I sat down to create cards this weekend and used the embossing folder for the first time!!! Why did I wait so long?  The folder on it's own creates a stunning background but when you add a bit of colour, the image just pops!



I used Stampin' Up! Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen to add most of the colour, however I also used a Stampin' Blend to add just a hint of colour to the some of the edges of the flowers petals. I found this extra touch made the petals just pop!



I layered the embossed panel onto Basic Black cardstock that was barely larger than the cardfront. It gave just a hint of a shadow effect and to tie in the black colour, I used the Black 5/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon. This ribbon is so beautiful!!! You will love it!

Next card I create using this will be a coloured cardstock so you can simply see the lovely effect the embossing folder creates on a card front :)

What is your favourite embossing folder to use?

Until next time!
Margaret 


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Magnolia Note Cards


No one ever said that cards had to be more than one layer.  If you are a beginner stamper you can start with a few simple supplies.

Today's design will show you how you can make cards with very few items. (note: I did use one sentiment from another set but you can easily make a set using only the sentiments from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set.)



Supplies used:

  • Note Cards & Envelopes(used here are retired Crumb Cake) 
    • current available colours are Whisper White (131527), Very Vanilla (144236), Scalloped Note Cards (149610)
  • Good Morning Magnolia stamp set (149298)
  • Clear Block F (118483) & D (118485)
  • Soft Suede Ink (147115)

Simple steps to create:
  1. Fold Note Card in half
  2. Ink up large magnolia image using Soft Suede ink and stamp on card front
  3. Ink up sentiment you wish to use in Soft Suede ink and stamp on card front.
That's it and don't they look great! 

No one said you needed to break the bank to make cards :D

Until next time!
Margaret 



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley Tutorial Bundle





The new Holiday Catalogue 2019 features many great products to get you in the Holiday spirit. One such item is the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (150705).  Purchase the Product Medley through me and receive a digital tutorial with 15 different projects*! The image above is a sneak peek :D  This is such a great way to get a jump start on all your holiday gift giving and card making needs.  

The Most Wonderful Time Product Medley includes stamps, paper, dies, and accessories that are perfectly coordinated for creating cards and more. A product medley is similar to our cardmaking kits and other project kits but without the predetermined projects. Also available in French and German.

Medley includes
* 11-piece photopolymer stamp set (clear blocks sold separately)
* 48 sheets of 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper, 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 12 gold foil card fronts, 4 each of 3 designs
* 6 sticker sheets, 2 sheets each of 3 designs
* Gold/white tinsel trim, 10 yards (9.1 m)
* 58 adhesive-backed gold faceted stars
* 6-piece Most Wonderful Time Dies (use with a die-cutting & embossing machine).

Product colors: Basic Black, gold foil, Old Olive, Real Red, white


Be sure to order soon so you have plenty of time to get all your crafting in before December arrives!!!

You'll love the projects featured in this tutorial package!!!

You may order the Medley directly from my on-line website at www.margaretsstamphaven.stampinup.net.  Be sure to allow your contact information to be visible to me so that I am able to share the tutorial with you <3

Until next time!
Margaret 


*Digital tutorial is solely for the use of the person who has purchased the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley directly from me.  You agree not to share this tutorial in any way, shape or form with anyone else.



Monday, September 9, 2019

Gone Fishing

I didn't jump on the Best Catch bandwagon right away when the set came out. Don't get me wrong, I really liked it and know some people who fish but I wasn't sure if I would end up using it as much as perhaps I thought I should.  As you can see though, I did break down and buy it.  The dies that coordinate with the stamp set certainly help make the card creation process so much easier. 



As I often do with other coordinating sets, I stamp, colour and die cut several images. From there I will design and build a card.

If you don't already own any of the Stampin' Blends, I highly recommend them.  The more you work with them the better you will get at blending, shading and simply colouring overall :D



As I am not always confident in my colour choices I did the one thing many of us do....I googled images of fish and other peoples creations to see how some of the fish looked.   I love using lots of colour as I find it brings the fish to life!!!



Now I truly appreciate the Copper Trim as this ribbon adds a perfect shimmering touch to just about any design.  When using it on a fish card such as, by simply stretching the ribbon out it looks a bit like a fish net. A simple yet cool technique.

Since this card says "For You, Dad" you could use if for any occasion really - birthday, fathers day, just because!! <3

Do you own this set already? Have you taken the time to sit down and create with it?

Until next time!
Margaret