Stampin' Up! Perfect Blend and a lovely cappuccino

1.31.2015

I work with some great people. Two coworkers came by my desk the other day and heard me joking that I was sad because it was 3:00 and there was no way for me to make coffee. (I couldn't leave my desk at the time.) About 10 minutes later they appeared like out of a dream with a foamy, beautiful, tasty cappuccino. It was sooooo good. *Sigh*

So I need to thank them, right? My plan is to stop by this fantastic local bakery called Love Bugs and pick up some treats for them. But what's a treat without a card to go with it? They have, after all, earned my undying gratitude :)


Creating cards for guys can be tricky, so I tried to keep this as clean and simple as possible. But to keep it from getting boring, I added these details:
  • I stamped the coffee cup once for the main image and then a second time so I could hand trim the lid and sleeve. Once cut, they were adhered over the original cut using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • To add a little bit of shading to the cup, I used a Blender Pen to lightly smear the color from the stamped image. *Tip: be careful when doing this on Whisper White card stock - too much blending and you will cause the paper to peel. 
  • The fun (but not girly) color combo came about as part of the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Color Focus challenge for February. The colors for the challenge are pulled from our Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (another Sale-a-bration item).  I didn't have that particular paper, so I used a sheet of Flower Pot DSP instead.

For more information regarding Sale-a-bration or any of our awesome 2-sided Designer Series Paper, be sure to visit my Stampin' Up! shop by clicking the logo or supply items below. Thanks for viewing today's post!
Adriana B.




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Stamp Review Crew - Valentine Edition

1.18.2015

Today, the Stamp Review Crew has joined together to provide you with inspiration for your Valentine and love projects. This time, we are not sticking to one stamp set. Instead, it's a "free for all" based on the theme.
http://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2015/01/stamp-review-crew-valentine-free-for.html
First, here's a quick card made using  a "faux" Bokeh Technique. The true technique begins with adding all-over color to a piece of watercolor paper and then adding dots (or other images) in a random pattern over it; it's meant to mimic a photographic technique which blurs the background and draws the focus to a particular area. If you google search the term, you will see a lot of samples with dots of lights scattered throughout the image. Well, I took a short cut for time's sake and just added different sized dots of color on standard card stock using ink daubers, Classic Ink, and the negatives from circle punches.

Image from One Tag Fits All; Note Tag punch
Next, I'd like to share a 2-page scrapbook layout that I created a few years ago. That may be cheating as far as blog-hopping goes, but in the spirit of love I wanted to share it with you and remind you of what a blessing our pages can be. We can forget that sometimes. But this weekend, my Aunt Martha passed away after a battle with cancer. These pages, created after a fun visit where we enjoyed all sorts of things together, remind me of how much she enjoyed visiting, exploring, eating a variety of foods, laughing... and how much she loved her family. Our hurting hearts remind us of how much we love her. And our pages help us to remember our moments and all they represent.



Thanks for allowing me to share my love for her with you.

Your next stop for inspiration is Rochelle Blok - so from Melbourne, Florida you are headed to Melbourne, Australia!



Going the other way? Here's your link to the super talented Ann Schach:


http://stampinchic.com/2015/01/the-stamp-review-crew-valentine-edition/

Wishing you lots of love in your life - now and always,
Adriana B.



Clean and simple Butterfly greeting card plus tips for using metal dies

1.14.2015

Some things are created just to be admired. Such is the case with our beautiful new Butterflies Thinlits Dies. These babies cut some gorgeous detailed butterflies. This clean and simple card shares the smaller of the two detailed dies... I'm in love...


Even in Basic Gray card stock, it's something else - isn't it? Here are a few notes that will help you easily use metal framelits and have you singing their praises:
  • Edited 1/18: For easy use of metal framelits, layer your project as follows (from the bottom up): Clear acrylic plate, dryer sheet, card stock, waxed paper, framelit, top acrylic plate. Now run through the Big Shot - the negative pieces of the design will come right out of your framelit!
  • Use the small end of a stylus to pop out the extra card stock pieces (if any remain), leaving the die cut in the frame as long as possible. (This makes it easier to hold onto and makes it less likely you'll bend the delicate design.) Many of the pieces will fall out on their own, but a few may need a gentle nudge. Lastly, gently push on the little dots of the frame; they are there to help you remove the finished butterfly from the die.
  • Bonus Tip: You will be left with a waxed paper butterfly as well as your card stock piece. You can use these waxy butterflies (instead of crumpled wax paper) with the Waxed-Paper resist technique to create a unique background for your project. (The link will direct you to a video tutorial created for splitcoaststampers.)
Thanks for viewing today's post! Please let me know if you found these tips helpful.
Adriana B.




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New Photopolymer Set and this week's deals

1.13.2015

Just a quick post to let you in on today's updates. First, we have a new stamp set that will be perfect for personalizing your cards or labels on gifts you make. It's called Better Than E-Mail; wouldn't this be a great set to share with your crafty friends?


And let's not forget this week's deals! I spy a punch that I simply need. Ok, want... don't judge... ;)


If you are ready to do some shopping, click on the logo below to be directed to my Stampin' Up! store. Don't forget that your purchases count towards Sale-a-bration freebies!

Ciao!
Adriana B.




Congrats for Your Perfect Day

1.12.2015

Watch out - there's something in the air! This fall my husband and I attended a few weddings and already know of two weddings coming up next year. Those things led me to realize I didn't have a wedding specific stamp set. Yes, I had other things I could make work... but seriously, who could pass up the opportunity to get a fun new wedding set? And wouldn't you know it, Stampin' Up! has one in the Occasions catalog. Introducing Your Perfect Day:
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While I was at it, I also used this set along with Painted Petals to create a non-wedding card. After all, the budget requires that stamp sets needs to fit more than one need, right? Here's what I switched out:
  • The wedding (engagement? anniversary?) card on the left contains a heat embossed sentiment. The "any occasion" card on the right contains a friendly sentiment that was simply stamped with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink.
  • Next, I replaced the Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape with a row of stamped dots. These dots, along with the sentiment on the same card, are from Painted Petals. (Painted Petals can be purchased as a photopolymer set, making it super quick and easy to stamp these images exactly where you wanted them.)
  • The final change was to sub out the Gold Sequins for Jewel Basic Pearls. I had used the sequins on the first card to coordinate with the gold embossing of the sentiment. The second card didn't call for bling, so I used the pearls for a sweet, special touch.
  • Tip: Crystal Effects is a great choice for applying sequins. It just takes a tiny dot for the sequin to stick and it dries clear so it doesn't interfere with your design.

Before I forget, let me point out that both of the stamp sets shared today are available in Wood Mount, Clear Mount and Photopolymer, providing us with the storage, stamping and pricing options we all enjoy! Thanks for viewing today's post! 'Til next time...
Adriana B.

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