Monday, November 13, 2017

Vintage Gourd Goodness

Happy Monday!   I hope your week is off to a great start!  Wanted to pop in and share a fun technique that I used both on my piece for our recent SUper Friends fall sampler swap (you can see the rest of the creations from that in this blog post), as well as a full sized card. 

Here is my piece for the sampler, with the pumpkins from Gourd Goodness, and actually a little hard to see, but also the leaves from Gourd Goodness are stamped on the Crumb Cake base.  The leaf accent peaking out from behind the pumpkin is cut with one of the Paisley Framelits Dies from Copper Foil, and two types of Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape add a bit more interest and sparkle along the bottom of the piece.


Here's a photo of the swaps in progress, so you can see the background a bit better:



The background was created by decoupaging a piece of waxed paper onto my stamped Crumb Cake background and when the glue was dry, embossing it with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder in the Big Shot.  Then, I sponged it with Soft Suede ink.  The inspiration for this background came from a beautiful vintage card and technique tutorial by MelStampz, which you can see here: http://melstampz.blogspot.com/2009/01/sweet-new-lps-set-and-wax-paper-fresco.html.

I also made a full size card with this technique :


Here are some close ups so you can see more of the subtle color in the background (and a bit of the fun texture of the Copper Trim, spread out a bit before adhering to give it a different look, peeking out in the corner as well):



Here's how I finished the inside of the card:


And, here's a coordinating envelope.


The leaves on the inside of the card and envelope are from Gourd Goodness, and the copper strip on each is a piece of the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape.  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Saturday, November 11, 2017

SUper Friends Saturday: Fall 3x3 Sampler Swap and More!

 Happy Saturday!   It's been awhile since I've blogged, and I have some amazing projects to share with you today from the most recent gathering of my SUper Friends demonstrator group!  For our swap this time, we decided to make a sampler of fall-themed 3x3s, using the colors from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper

Here's Agnes's fabulous creation, with a background that shows off a leaf design from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper, flower from Touches of Nature Elements, leaves punched with the Leaf Punch, and a Soft Sky 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon bow:


Judy-Ann combined images and dies from the Merry Cafe set, Coffee Cups Framelits, and the leaf from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits to create this beauty:


Judy-Ann also created this adorable bonus 3x3 card for everyone, using the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Bundle and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper:


For the first of her fall masterpieces, Margery stamped and fussy cut pumpkins from the Gourd Goodness stamp set and layered them onto a background from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  She stretched and shaped a piece of the Copper Trim for the accent under the pumpkins.


For her second piece, Margery beautifully layered pieces from the October Paper Pumpkin kit onto a background embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder:


Connie S.'s gorgeous artwork sparkles with an on-trend combination of Gold and Copper Foil die cut pieces, heat embossing, and Metallic Thread.  She created the multicolored leaves using the baby wipe technique and stamps from the Colorful Seasons Bundle:


Jana also created two stunning designs.  Her first features a beautifully colored image created with the At Home with You Bundle.  She expertly combines that with Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon and Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper:


Jana's second piece has this adorable fox created with the Foxy Friends set and coordinating Fox Builder Punch, layered onto another design from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper:


Connie M. created her stunning fall masterpiece using the Pick a Pumpkin BundleLayered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder, and  Metallic Thread


Nancy used text from the Colorful Seasons Bundle as the focal point for her fabulous piece, and added some sparkle with Silver Glimmer Paper and a perfect leaf from the Colorful Seasons Bundle:


For my piece, I decided to try a new technique for the background, using stamping and embossed waxed paper (I found inspiration and directions here on Melstampz blog).  I used the Gourd Goodness stamp set for the pumpkins and stamping on the Crumb Cake base.  I embossed the wax paper and base with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder.  The leaf accent peaking out from behind the pumpkin is cut with one of the Paisley Framelits Dies from Copper Foil, and two types of Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape add a bit more interest and sparkle along the bottom of the piece.


Here's how I combined all of these pieces into a display (thanks, Connie M., for the idea of using that paper from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper for the background!):



Judy-Ann also shared this magnificent card, which she created using the Eclipse Letters Technique, done with the Large Letters Framelits dies, and Ribbon of Courage stamp set:


We tried out the new Stampin' Blends markers during our gathering, coloring pieces cut from the Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper:



And, I used the Something Good to Eat (September 2016) Paper Pumpkin kit to create some goodies for everyone:


Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  Hope you enjoyed these projects!

- Michelle


Monday, October 16, 2017

Duoprinting with Chlorophyll Cards

This summer, I saw this fabulous tutorial by Lydia Fiedler on Splitcoaststampers for Duoprinting with Chlorophyll and had to give it a try!  

First, I decided to experiment with some geraniums blooming in my front yard.  I have both deep pink and red flowers.  Here's how the printing turned out with the pink -- I was surprised at the purplish-blue that printed on the paper:


And here are the cards I created with those pieces:


I did add a bit of orange to the flower centers of the card above.  In the card below, the first photo is of the un-retouched printing and the second photo is after I decided to add a bit of Blushing Bride ink to the petals:




I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to trim down my chlorophyll-printed cardstock, and framed those with Old Olive Card Stock cut with the a die from the Layering Ovals and Layering Squares, respectively.  The greetings on both card and Sweet Sugarplum die cut flower on the bottom card are created with the Eastern Beauty Bundle.  The patterned paper on both cards is from the Petal Garden Memories and More Card Pack.

For the red flowers, here is the piece where I am arranging the flowers before pressing:


And, here are the two pieces that were created by the pressing:


These are the three finished cards I create from these two pieces:




I again used the Stitched Shapes FramelitsLayering Ovals, Layering Circles, and Eastern Beauty Bundle.  The patterned paper on the first card is from the Petal Garden Memories and More Card Pack.  The embossing on the middle card is with the Tulip Embossing Folder (retired).  On the bottom card, the embossing is with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder and stamps are from the Orange Blossom set.  The ribbon is the Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon.

My favorite flowers that I experimented with for this technique were California poppies.  We have a variety of colors that were growing in our garden at the time, and here's how they turned out:






I did end up doing a bit of watercoloring to these to add and intensify the color a little for my finished pieces:




There were a few flowers I tried and wasn't crazy about the results -- these are some copper colored daisies:


This is actually my second attempt with these.  In the first attempt, the centers were so juicy, the result was a huge mess . . . for this attempt, I cut out most of the centers, but even still, I didn't like the brown look in the center of the printed paper . . .

One tip I figured out as a result of this part of the experiment is that the chlorophyll is a lot easier to clean from your plates if you wrap them with some type of cling wrap (like Glad Press n Seal)!

And, some African violets:





The results here weren't terrible, but the colors were much more subtle than with the geraniums and poppies.

Hope you enjoyed these and are inspired to try some Chlorophyll Duoprinting of your own!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle






Saturday, October 14, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Sprinkled With Love -- Part 2

Hi!  Here are some more alternate cards I created with the May 2017 Sprinkled With Love kit this summer.  These were inspired by some great ideas I'd seen on Pinterest for alternative projects (here's the link to my board for this kit, if you'd like to check that out).

These card were mini donuts, created using Circle Framelits and one of the flower dies from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits:









The next cards have donut piles inspired by Rachel Tessman's creations in this post and this card by the crafty yogi:


I decided to CASE this card by Monika Davis


Then, I created some variations on that theme:





And, finally, decided to create a card with a bunch of the hearts and a few sweet little flowers (created with the little flower on the Tree Builder Punch, and shaped with a stylus pressed in the center, before adding a pearl to the center):



Hope you enjoyed these!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle