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September 2009

Eastern Blooms in Fall

Welcome back!  Today's posting is a workshop card that was designed for a fun group of co-workers at a nearby church.  Sandy, the workshop Hostess, asked taht one of the projects be a card in Fall colors.  Since this was my first meeting with this great group since the release of the new In Colors, I wanted to demonstrate how these unique colors could be combined to convey a seasonal feel.  What do you think?

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I used the Eastern Blooms stamp set so that I could showcase a couple of simple, yet eye-catching, techniques.  The first technique:  inking a stamp with markers.  The branch with the multi-colored flowers was inked (using the brush tip of the marker) with Old Olive for the branch and Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry for the flowers.  [Thank you Stampin' Up! for offering the In Colors in markers this year!]  The key to inking a stamp with markers is to huff on the inked stamp before you stamp on paper so that your breath will remoisten the ink.

The second technique:  creating a dimensional element.  The Rich Razzleberry and Dusty Durango flowers were stamped on Very Vanilla scraps and cut out with Paper Snips.  The petals of the flowers were rolled up on the Dusty Durango flower and down on the Rich Razzleberry flower.  This is accomplished by placing each petal of the Dusty Durango flower between the thumb and bone folder and gently pulling the bone folder along the length of the petal in an upward motion.  Theh opposite would occur for the Rich Razzleberry flower to roll the petals of the flower slightly under.  Linen thread is knotted through the holes of the Chocolate Chip button which is placed in the center of the Dusty Durango flower with Mini Glue Dots.  The Dusty Durango flower is placed in the center of the Rich Razzleberry flower with more Mini Glue Dots.  Finally, a Pop-Up Glue Dot is placed under the center of the Rich Razzleberry flower, giving it just enough of a lift to keep the rolled petals elevated above the card front.

Give one or both of these techniques a try on your next project.  You'll be very pleased with the results.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!


Stamps:  Eastern Blooms; Inks:  Rich Razzleberry Classic, Dusty Durango Classic; Many Marvelous Markers:  Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie; In Color Stampin' Write Markers:  Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry; Cardstock:  Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Chocolate Chip button (Button Latte), Always Artichoke 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Pop-Up Glue Dot; Tools:  Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Paper Cutter, Sponge

An Elegant Anniversary Wish

Happy Labor Day!  Labor Day in my area is a quiet day spent with family and friends.  Some are out in their boats on the rivers and others are lighting the barbecues in backyards and parks.  In Central Florida, we don't really think about the end of summer in early September.  It's still going to be pretty warm for a few months yet.  When we talk to friends and family in the northern climes who are already complaining about chilly mornings, we try to drum up some sincerity in our responses of sympathy; for us, a cool morning is months away.  For me and my husband, we're putzing around the house today.  I'm creating in my stamp room and he's taming the yard.  Right about now, the swimming pool is definitely calling his name. 

Today I'm spending some time working with a background stamp called Medallion.  It's shown in the Elements section of the Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog, but it's more than just a background stamp.  I've seen some amazing projects made with this stamp using a wide variety of styles and techniques.  It's just so versatile!  Small wonder that Stampin' Up! announced that this stamp was it's best selling stamp from the new catalog.  This photo shows an Anniversary card that I made for my sister and her husband.  This design is based on a card I made for a friend of mine who wanted something special for a 50th wedding anniversary.  One thing you don't really see in the photo is the shine from the gold embossing powder.  It certainly makes an elegant statement.

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Hope you enjoy your Labor Day holiday!  Be sure to spend a moment or two remembering those who are working today to ensure your safety:  our health care workers, military, police officers, and fire fighters. 


Stamps:  Medallion, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Versamark, Encore Gold, Handsome Hunter Classic; Cardstock:  Brushed Gold, Handsome Hunter, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Gold Brads, Whisper White Basic Jumbo Grommet, Large White Halfback Pearl (Pretties Kit); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Modern Label Punch, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Paper-Piercing Tool; Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Paper Cutter, Sponge


Welcome to my blog!  I'm excited to be entering the world of on-line journaling; especially to share my love of papercrafting with you.  Look for samples of my work designed for classes, workshops, and just for fun.  I hope that you'll find the inspiration and encouragement you need to grab some paper and create!  Your feedback is most welcome!  Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts about the projects that you see here. 

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