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:

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Reverse Confetti April Hop - Easter Bunny Treats

Welcome to Reverse Confetti's April Blog Hop! You have likely arrived here from Amy Kolling's blog, and you'll head to the talented Tricia Barber's blog next. If not, you can begin the hop at the Reverse Confetti blog. I'll have the full hop order at the end of this post.

For today, I've put together some Easter Bunny treats using some various RC goodies. I adhered two STITCHED HEX TAGS together along just the sides, decorated the face as a bunny, and used it as a treat sleeve. So easy!

To create the bunny's eyes, I layered three circle dies and used a fourth tiny circle to made highlights on the eyes. From big to small, the circle dies I used are: DETAILED CIRCLES, CIRCLE WISHES (ink-blended with ICED AQUA ink) DOTS TAG LAYER, and another CIRCLE WISHES for the tiny cut-out.

The ears were done with the MOD FLORAL STACK Confetti Cuts dies. I used the largest and smallest dies, cut the die-cut in half and layered them together.

On the gray bunny, I added the "happy easter" tag. The sentiment is from HIPPITY HOPPITY, and the tag is from the BOX WRAP Confetti Cuts set.

I cut three lengths of string for whiskers and adhered the thread behind a wood veneer flower. I sponged on some rosy cheeks with PIGGY BANK ink, then hand-drew the mouth using a black pen. TIP: trace around a small circle die to get perfect curves for the mouth (the white bunny is freehand, the gray one is traced, see the difference?!)

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