Monday, April 25, 2016

WWYS #61: Heartfelt Sympathy

Welcome back to another week of What Will You Stamp! This week's challenge is Heartfelt Sympathy. I used one of the smaller sentiments to make my card. When I make a sympathy card I try to make sure it's pretty in a subtle way. I don't like to add too much bling or too many embellishments but I do want my sympathy cards to be pretty. For this card I used Bermuda Bay and Pool Party and added embossing, vellum, silver and pearls to give it a soft, pretty look. 


I used the Itty Bitty Flower Punch to make my flowers and used them to decorate the frame around the sentiment.

Here's what the whole set looks like. Lots of great sentiments for those times when it can be hard to find just the right words. 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a great week!
-Maria.

Monday, April 18, 2016

WWYS #60: Bear Hugs

Hey Everybody! Welcome to week #60 of What Will You Stamp! This week our challenge is Bear Hugs and I used the adorable little cub from the set to make this simple card.


Here's a close up of the little bear. I heat embossed him in Early Espresso and watercolored him in with chocolate chip ink using my Aqua Painter. I cut him out by hand because I don't have the framelits that match this set (boo hoo!). It's ok, he was actually pretty easy to cut out. I layered him on some Sweet Lil Things DSP and again onto a silver doily. I topped the card off with silver metallic thread and some Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy sticker hearts. 


In case you haven't checked out this whole set, here ya go! It's pretty fun but my favorite stamp in the whole set really is the adorable little bear cub. He just looks like he wants to give someone a hug so badly! I love hugs! I'll take it little bear!

Thanks for stopping by today! If you want to see more incredible cards made with this set please hop on over to the What Will You Stamp Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the team has made. If you have a great idea of your own please post it to our page this week-We can't wait to see What You Will Stamp!

Thanks for stopping by today!
-Maria

Need to do a little shopping today?

PRODUCT LIST:
Bear Hugs: 
     -Clear: 139456
     -Wood:139453
     -Clear Bundle: 140823
     -Wood Bundle: 140822
Metallic Doilies: 138392
Sweet Lil' Things DSP: 138447
Watercolor Wishes Card Kit: 140406
Metallic Silver Thread: 138402
Itty Bitty Epoxy Accents: 137856


Thursday, April 14, 2016

OSAT Blog Hop: Tic Tac Toe



Hi there! Welcome back to another fabulous OSAT Blog Hop! This time around we've got twenty fabulous hoppers each with both a card and a project to share with you. You may be starting here at my blog or you may have come from the uber talented, former SU Artisan Jeanna Bohanon! I hope you've got the time to make your way through the whole hop because it's going to be amazing!! Our theme for this month is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge! Any three in a row and it's a go! Here is our playing board...


I chose the top row across: Lace, Twine and Brads! How fun! Here is my project...
I used the Helping Me Grow set from the current Occasions catalog and Butterfly Basics from the Annual catalog. I heat embossed my flowers in black on watercolor paper and watercolored them in with Blackberry Bliss ink. I stamped some faux lace onto my background and wrapped real lace (mint macaron and venetian crochet) around my image piece then topped it off with twine. Are  you having trouble finding my brad?

There it is! I added a mini silver brad to the beautiful (lace patterned) butterfly and bent the back of the brad forward to look like antennae. I did want the butterfly to have beautiful long antennae though so I added silver metallic thread to get the look I wanted.

One of the little details on this card that I think is fun are the black ink spatters in the background. I did this by flicking the tip of my black Stampin Write marker on the inside of the cap. It sprays just the right amount of ink onto... everything (including your project hopefully-I was not so lucky the first couple of tries at this). I also crushed up a 2" circle of Typeset DSP to place behind the butterfly and added some clear dots to give the card a little something more. I hope you like it!



For my project I decided to use the same row again: Lace, Twine and Brads...
I made a gift bag and decided to use the same basic image layout but to heat emboss in white and clear instead. I also watercolored with reckless abandon instead of staying somewhat in the lines. I think it created an interesting batik look at the top of the flowers where I embossed in clear. I'm going to have to play around a bit more with this look. You might have to look closely but there are a lot of fun details on this project.



Here you go, lace, twine and brads all in one pic. This time I used a bow instead of a butterfly and that makes for a more subtle look.

I knew I wanted to something fun on the bottom of the bag but I also didn't want it to outshine the flowers. I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of Mint Macaron and layered it with a piece of vellum. I adhered the vellum underneath the image piece with Fast Fuse and below the sentiment with a brad. The small silver medallion underneath the wrinkled piece of DSP gives this bag a little bit more of a vintage feel... I think...right? Does it? Someone tell me please!

The last thing I added to this bag is one of the mini silver clothespins. I tied a little bow around it and it's just so pretty against that speckled paper.

That's it for today! I hope you have enjoyed my projects. I hope you will keep hopping along with us. Please click the next button to continue on to the fabulous Kim Smith! I'll say goodbye for now after just one more question... I'm curious to know if you prefer the flower I used today embossed in black or in white? Any particular reason why you like one better than the other? Thanks!

Have an amazing day and enjoy the hop! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Maria



I usually post a supply list but have to apologize for not doing so today as I'm a bit (a LOT) short on time. Ill try to make it up to you by posting the product lists and a How To with measurements for my card. As always, please feel to contact me with any questions that you may have.

Monday, April 11, 2016

WWYS #59: Made With Love

Happy, happy Monday! It's time for another round of What Will You Stamp and this week we are playing with Made With Love! This set is so adorable and pairs with the Baby's First Framelit Dies to make your life super simple. The other day I was in a hurry and needed a card for my friend's baby shower FAST! We don't know the gender of her baby but my friend is a real super star so it was a no-brainer to use this sheet from the It's My Party DSP. I used the framelits to cut out the adorable onesie and stamped, "Made With Love" on to it. I sponged the edges of the onesie just a bit to give it a little more visual appeal and that was just about it...

I added a contrasting piece of DSP on top of the stars and stuck a twist of silver cording behind the onesie. Here's a close up of the adorable little thing! I really dig this sentiment "Made With Love" too and I think I'll soon be stamping it on the outside of a gift card pack I'll be making for my Granny. 

Here's the whole stamp set. I just love the cute little animals in this one! Easter is coming up and I think I'm going to have to do something fun with the bunny (oh, hi! lopsided ears!) and the cute, little chickie.


What's your favorite stamp in this set? Can you name just one? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for stopping my blog today. If you have this stamp set I hope you'll play along with us this week over at What Will You Stamp-I would love to see what you come up with for this stamp set!
Have a great day and I'll see you all soon!
-Maria

Don't have this stamp set yet? Never fear! 

PRODUCTS USED:
Made With Love: (P) 138662
Baby's First Framelits Dies: 133735
It's My Party DSP: 140552
Bermuda Bay Cardstock: 131197
Black Archival Ink: 140931
Bermuda Bay Classic Ink: 131171
Sponge Dauber: 133773
Fast Fuse: 129026
Dimensionals: 104430
Stampin' Trimmer: 126889
Big Shot: 113439