Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Just my Cup of Tea

A long, long time ago, in a stamping galaxy far away, I purchased the cutest Verve Stamps known to womankind. As the Teawife and an avid tea drinker, I immediately fell in love with Verve Stamp's "One Cup" and matching dies (now retired). Verve Stamps, created by artist Julee Tilman, closed its doors, but Julee's stamps live on!
In my art room, I have a huge odds-and-ends scrap basket, filled with all kinds of leftover bits from prehistoric stamping projects. The other day, I was determined to cull this basket, which was now overflowing with bits and pieces of cardstock, stamped images, embellishments, painted art, etc. That's when I rediscovered these cute tea cups, which already had been stamped, die cut and pieced together.
The Sizzix Bigz XL Pizza Box Die was used to cut out miniature boxes. Sadly, this versatile die also is retired! This little box, when it's all "dressed up" with stamped images and embellishments, is very popular at craft bazaars.
Light bulb moment: put tea bags in the tea box! And voila! Here are the results.
I created all the tea phrases/sentiments in Adobe Illustrator and used a label svg pattern and the Silhouette Cameo to cut my handmade labels.
I'm still going through my big basket to see what other little treasures are lurking. Currently, I'm using more of these pieces to make gift tags, and I'll post them shortly. But this was fun and my scrap basket is less full!

Thursday, 13 February 2020

It's a Snow Day in Colorado!

After an unusual December and January without snow in the northern Front Range of Colorado, February is not disappointing with lots of white stuff! I'm looking out my window, and my eyes are greeted with pristine rolling snow mounds. This winter white is great encouragement to create snowy Christmas cards that eventually will be sold at our 2020 charity Christmas bazaar.

This Christmas card features the Stampin' Up! set Snow Front. The overall size of the card is 5.25 by 5.25 inches.

Here's some quick information on how I made the card:

Sponge halfway down the Whisper White cardstock (cut to 3.75 x 5 inch) with Soft Sky. Then lightly (at the top and edges) sponge Balmy Blue. Spray lightly with water. Dry completely. Then, the left hand mountain is stamped in Balmy Blue. The right side mountain is Gray Granite. Lake and snow mound (by deer) are Soft Sky. Deer and cabin are Soft Suede. Trees are Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.

Dazzling Diamond Glitter is applied to the snow areas of mountains, under the pine trees, on the edge of the lake and at the snow mound by the deer.

An aqua brush (or regular paint brush moistened with water) was used on all the stamped images to create the watercolor effect.

By the way, I tried watercolor paper for this project, but found the results were much nicer on the Whisper White cardstock.

You can see that I used a light green cardstock as a backing piece to the white card. And then I put those pieces onto snowflake cardstock. The "yuletide" stamp is part of Stampin' Up!'s Greatest Part of Christmas set. I added a silver snowflake to the sky.

A lifetime of Love and Laughter

A wedding and Valentine's Day were on the horizon, and I needed to create cards that might satisfy both events. I used Stampin' Up's To Have and To Hold set, which is perfect for Copic coloring. We never have enough wedding or anniversary cards to sell at our charity Christmas bazaar, so this design was perfect!

The Copic-colored image was masked while I sprayed glimmer mist sprays. Heart dies were used to cut out the image and the backing cardstock.  Prima flowers and ribbons topped off the shabby chic look.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Special Person

My latest cards feature Angie Blom's Unity Stamp, Moving Forward. The images were colored with Copic Markers. The designer cardstock is from Stampin' Up. The sentiment stamps are from Stampin' Up and Unity Stamp Company.