Thursday, May 16, 2019

Jillibean Soup - Alphabeans Happy Birthday


Let's eat cake! Always, right? (Even the grain-free, sugar-free folks have options!)

These super cute cake and heart patterns are from Jillibean Soup's Souper Celebration collection.



I used Alphabeans letter stickers in a mixture of colors to spell out "happy" and a tiny "birthday" sticker, also from Souper Celebration.



Along the bottom, I added some twine and the "let's eat cake" diecut from the Souper Celebration Pea Pod Parts.



Jillibean Soup:
Patterned Paper: Souper Celebration/Pinch of Party
Pea Pod Parts: Souper Celebration
Coordinating Stickers: Souper Celebration
Alphabeans: Orange Grid, Yellow Chevron, Rosy Dot, Teal Grid, Navy Diagonal

Other:
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, navy twine, clear sequins






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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Reverse Confetti - May Release Recap


Hello friends! Last week, Reverse Confetti celebrated its SIXTH birthday with a new release (and the best one to date!). My projects were featured during the countdown on the Reverse Confetti blog, but in case you didn't catch them there, I'm sharing them today. The new products are so much fun to play with!


Stamps: Ice Cream Social
Confetti Cuts: Ice Cream Social, Square & Circle Frame, Over the Rainbow
Pattern Paper: Sweet Stripes, Fun Times



Stamps: Party Animals
Confetti Cuts dies: Split Circles Cover Panel, Celebrate & Party
Paper Pad: Sweet Stripes



Stamps: Rainy Day Fun
Confetti Cuts dies: See Through Tag, Stitched Note & Frames
Pattern Paper: Cue The Confetti, Fun Times 



Stamps: So Many Sentiments
Confetti Cuts dies: On the Curve Cover Panel, Over the Rainbow



Stamps: Cake & Champagne, So Many Sentiments
Confetti Cuts dies: Cake & Champagne, Celebrate & Party, 
Diagonal Stitches Cover Panel, Stitched Note & Frames
Pattern Paper: Sweet Stripes





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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Jillibean Soup - Stamped Succulents + Masking Tips



Hi there, just stopping in today to share a set of cards featuring an adorable stamp set by Jillibean Soup: YOU MAKE MISO HAPPY.  This set is part of the bigger You Make Miso Happy collection. For all three of today's cards, I've used masking to achieve different results. Masking is a great way to add visual depth without adding bulky layers to your card. For this first card, I've used masking to create this row of overlapping succulents. Here’s a quick video I did last week for Jillibean Soup's YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to the Jillibean Soup channel for some fantastic tips on everything from cards to scrapbooking to DIY home decor.



 

For this first card, I started by stamping the images I wanted to appear in the front, then masked those off before stamping the background plants. Also, by stamping the images in lots of different shades of green, it looks like I’ve used a lot more than just three unique plant images.

For all three cards, I used Distress Oxide inks. The pigment quality of these inks gave me great ink coverage, solid impressions, plus a whole assortment of greens. I've only used my Distress Oxide inks for backgrounds before, so it was fun to use them for stamping.


 

To add interest and get more mileage from this set, I stamped a row of the XOXO sentiment in light gray ink, trimmed it down, and placed it behind the succulent border, leaving just the bottoms of the letters showing. Instead of being a readable sentiment, it becomes a background pattern. The sentiment is a diecut from the YOU MAKE MISO HAPPY PEAPOD PARTS, and the butterfly and heart images are from the same YOU MAKE MISO HAPPY stamp set. 




Supplies: 
Jillibean Soup:
Stamps: You Make Miso Happy 
PeaPod Parts: You Make Miso Happy 

 Other: Ink: Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, Twisted Citron, Evergreen Bough, Pumice Stone, and Scattered Straw Distress Oxide inks; Jet Black Archival Ink

 

I’ve used masking on these next two cards as well. For this card, I stamped a trio of pots and plants in the same color scheme as above.



Next, I cut three pots out of masking paper and placed them over the stamped pots. I added a horizontal strip of masking tape and then did some ink-blending to create a horizon line.



Last, I chose a sticker from the YOU MAKE MISO HAPPY COORDINATING STICKERS to add a pop of bright yellow. 



Supplies: 
Jillibean Soup:
Stamps: You Make Miso Happy 
Coordinating Stickers: You Make Miso Happy 

 Other: Evergreen Bough, Bundled Sage, Pumice Stone, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn Distress Inks; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die set

 

My last card features the same images and colors, but this time as a background. A rare (for me) one-layer card, too!



I mixed and matched pots, plants and colors for lots of variety. Once all the plants were stamped, I masked off the pots and added ink-blending to ground each plant.



My final steps were to add the crisp black stamped sentiment and some gray ink splatter.



Do you have a favorite of the three? I think mine is this last one!


Supplies: 
Jillibean Soup: 
Stamp Set: You Make Miso Happy 

 Other: Ink: Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough, Pumice Stone, and Scattered Straw Distress Oxide inks; Onyx Black Versafine Ink 


 Thanks so much for stopping by!




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Monday, May 13, 2019

The Greetery - Pink Floral Wreath


Hello friends, wanted to pop in and share another card I made last month with FLEUR IMPRESSIONS and COMFORTING COMMANDS from The Greetery. These sets are both sold out currently, but you can sign up to be notified when they are back in stock.



For this card, I made a wreath design using multiples of just one of the floral images in FLEUR IMPRESSIONS. This particular image has the perfect natural bend for wreath-making. 



In the center is my favorite Scripture from COMFORTING COMMANDS, stamped in a golden yellow ink and die-cut with the matching COMFORTING COMMANDS dies.



I placed everything on a medium gray background. For added interest, I splattered with white paint and did some light ink blending around the perimeter with white pigment ink.


Have a great week!





Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Be Still & Know - The Greetery


Happy Wednesday, friends, and happy May! I promised more Fleur Impressions + Comforting Commands projects from The Greetery, so let's get going on that! 

But first, a quick tip: many of The Greetery's first release products sold out quickly (congratulations Betsy!). Be sure to sign up for email notifications for the products you're interested in, that way you'll be the first to know when those items are back in stock.



I had so much fun stamping various color combos for these layered flowers. Each flower image has either two or three layers, plus the centers (and not including the leaves). These pinks and reds look especially beautiful against the crisp white background!



There are four different scripture sentiments in Comforting Commands. Of the five cards I've made so far, three of them used "be still and know." I didn't do that on purpose, so it's interesting to see how that one Scripture seemed to emerge as my favorite. It's been a difficult year so far, so it certainly resonates! For this card, I stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed in clear for a little extra pop.



I just *love* these two sets!

Have a great rest of the week!






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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Greetery Launch Week Day 2: Fleur Impressions and Comforting Commands



Hello friends, this week is super exciting. Why? It's launch week for Betsy Veldman's new stamp company, The Greetery. Betsy is an amazing, innovative artist and one of the most creative (and genuinely kind) people I know. I'm beyond thrilled to see where she goes with this new venture!

The Greetery store will officially open for business on Friday, April 26 at 10am Eastern. 

Be sure to follow The Greetery blog as well, and connect on social media: @the_greetery on Instagram, and The Greetery on Facebook. 

Today is Day Two of the first release countdown, and I am honored to help introduce FLEUR IMPRESSIONS, a beautiful layered floral stamp set with coordinating dies, and COMFORTING COMMANDS, a hand-lettered Scripture set, also with coordinating dies. 



Isn't everything just so beautiful?! 

I started out by ink-blending a striped background with Scattered Straw and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide inks. For added interest, I diecut it with stitched rectangle dies and popped up the inner piece.



Look at that beautiful lettering! COMFORTING COMMANDS has four large Scripture sentiments, along with a handful of supporting stamps for finishing the sentiment or adding the Scripture reference.



I've been loving my Distress Oxide inks so much lately, but especially here on these FLEUR IMPRESSIONS flowers. Because of the pigment formulation, I was able to layer lighter inks on top of darker inks, rather than the usual light-to-dark progression of dye inks.

Each of the floral images has three or four layers, and they were quite easy to line up. In addition, there are a few smaller leaf-only images perfect for tucking in here and there to form larger floral arrangements.



Stamps: Fleur Impessions, Comforting Commands
Dies: The Greetery Fleur Impressions and Comforting Commands; 
Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles
Ink: Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar, Picket Fence, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, 
Fossilized Amber, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Other: ink blending brushes, masking tape, white sequins




My next card features the same warm pink and yellow color combo, this time with a different COMFORTING COMMANDS sentiment. I started by ink-blending the background using a cloud stencil.



I added a little bit of Distress Ink splatter, then spritzed the whole panel with shimmer spray. The shimmer is so beautiful in person!



I popped up the sentiment with foam tape, then accented with White Nuvo Drops.



Stamps: Comforting Commands
Dies: The Greetery Comforting Commands
Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles
Ink: Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar, Picket Fence, Worn Lipstick, 
Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Other: ink blending brushes, Simon Says Stamps Clouds For Days stencil, White Nuvo Drops


Not to be a tease, but I couldn't stop creating with these beautiful products, so I will have lots more to share with you in the days and weeks ahead. 

But for more FLEUR IMPRESSIONS and COMFORTING C'OMMANDS inspiration *right now,* visit The Greetery blog and today's guest designers:



Thanks for visiting!





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