Creations by Lynn Weiss ~ Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Friday, July 29, 2016

You've Got This Garden Collage

Happy (Flashback) Friday! Today I have a card to share which uses my all time favorite Sale-A-Bration set - Garden Collage. It was from way back in 2005, which also happens to be my very first SAB with Stampin' Up!

Actually it was called Sell-a-Bration back then and the rubber was manufactured in a special color just for SAB, so this set has mint colored rubber. With each $50 spent, there were six stamp sets to choose from. Just a little flashback trivia for you along with this card...

I stamped the burlap looking background from You've Got This in So Saffron and then watercolored the image using my Aqua Painter. The edges are sponged with Soft Suede and the butterfly and flowers have a little sparkle to them thanks to Wink of Stella.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Quick Botanical Card

I was giving a friend a little gift with a few goodies from the Bath & Body Works Honolulu Sun line of products and I thought it would be cute to create a card that coordinated. Of course I came up with this great idea right before I had to leave!

One of the many things I love about Stampin' Up! their beautiful colors! So many choices make it easy to color coodinate almost anything your little heart desires! In this case - Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist & Wild Wasabi worked well with the gift.

With the help of the awesome Botanical Builder Dies I easily whipped up this card in under 1/2 hour and was out the door. My friend noticed right away that the card matched the gift and she thought that was the best part! (Love her!)
Had I not been in such a rush, I probably would have added a few more flowers...but for a super quick and easy card this turned out great.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Thoughts and Prayers Flowering Tree

My hubby's two week vacation is winding down. It's been warm and sunny, so lots of time to enjoy our pool and get some projects done around the house. Most evenings I've been too busy or too tired to get downstairs in my stamp room. Unfortunately, I received some sad news earlier this week which forced me to get in there and create a sympathy card.

Without doing much stamping in the past couple weeks, I think I'm a bit rusty and had a hard time coming up with something suitable...sympathy cards are always difficult to create anyways. I ended up pulling out my go to sympathy set - Thoughts and Prayers and created this card.

There's a teeny tiny flower die in the Fiesta Time Framelits that was perfect for creating some flowers for this tree. I cut them from Elegant Eggplant cardstock...which for some reason didn't show up that color in my photo. Too late to try and take a better photo however because the card is now on it's way to the recipient. So just imagine that the flowers and mats are Elegant Eggplant, OK? I really love that color paired with Sahara Sand, which is what the main panel is. The flowering vine stamp creates a pretty background when stamped multiple times.

I used the line, wood grain-like image from Gorgeous Grunge inked in Sahara Sand and then stamped off once. It added some interest to otherwise plain background but was light enough to not over power the tree.

Thanks for visiting...I should be back to posting more regularly soon. Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Flourishing Thank You

I haven't been too good about updating my blog recently...hubby has been on vacation and we've been enjoying our all too short Michigan summer while we can! I have been trying to get into my stampin' studio during the evening and have been working on a few projects. Today I have a thank you card that uses the beautiful Flourish Thinlits.

These are hands down my favorite new dies...maybe even ever!? They are so pretty & elegant.The only stamping I did here was the sentiment which is from the Thoughtful Banners set. I die cut my shapes from Mint Macaron cardstock and ran it throught the Big Shot using the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Peachy Jar of Love

Flowers, not peaches, fill this little jar...but I did use Peekaboo Peach along with Flirty Flamingo for this cheery color combo.

The new Jar of Love stamp set is so much fun! It has so many little pieces that you can stamp and then easily die cut using the coordinating Everyday Jar Framelits. I love that these two items are available in a bundle at a 10% savings. Trust will want them both!

In addition to the two new In Colors, Peekaboo PeachFlirty Flamingo, mentioned above, I have also used Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz to round out my color combo. Pool Party is the perfect color if you want to create the look of a vintage Mason jar.

The cute Delicate White Doilies add another vintage touch to this card. They are a little bit smaller, with a little different pattern than the previous Tea Lace Paper Doilies SU! carried. I think they work well with the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder used on the Flirty Flamingo layer.

Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon and a few Basic Pearls adhered to the center of each flower add the finishing touches to the card.

When working with many die cut pieces like on this card, sometimes it is difficult to re-create the original arrangement when you go to adhere each individual piece into place on your card front. I know I've ran into this problem on numerous occasions. Many times, I would take a quick photo to help me re-create the arrangement I had fiddled around with until I was happy, but that didn't always guarantee it would turn out as I had hoped. Recently, I saw a fantastic trick using Glad Press'n Seal Wrap that will change your life! Well, maybe I'm being a bit dramatic, but this is seriously a GREAT tip!

When you are at the point in your project where you love the arrangement you have created and are ready to adhere it into place, tear off enough Press'n Seal Wrap to cover your project. Place the sticky side down on top of your arrangement and lightly rub over the top of it, as shown below. (don't mind my messy work surface!)
After you have applied light pressure to the die cuts you want to adhere (I was only concerned with the jar and the flower/leaf pieces not the background), you can lift up the wrap and all of the pieces should be stuck in place. Flip over the wrap and now you can easily apply your adhesive of choice to the backside of your die cut pieces all at once instead of each individual piece. you can see, I made use of the other side of my cardstock to re-stamp the jar because I wasn't happy how I lined up the water image the first time! So just pretend that the backside is just plain Pool Party card stock, OK? ;-)

After I applied Tombo Multipurpose Glue to the back, I flipped the wrap over and carefully hovered over my background piece I had ready, lining up from top to bottom and side to side. The wrap makes this so easy! Once you have your arrangement centered, carefully lower onto background and then press die cuts into place. Allow to let set for a moment for the glue to adhere to your background. Then simply lift up gently on the wrap to remove.

One piece of wrap can be used multiple times, I just stick it inside the front of one of my drawers so it's handy until I need it again. Here is the link to the video where I first saw this tip.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Bella's Balloon

It's been another busy week here! I got sidetracked and couldn't post this card until today. I used this weeks sketch from Mojo Monday along with another adorable image from the Bella & Friends stamp set.

Watercoloring the sweet images in this set is so much fun!
I like the way this sketch allowed me to use scraps from the Blooms & Bliss DSP. I chose colors from the paper to color the image: Sahara Sand, Island IndigoMint Macaron. I popped up the balloon with Stampin' Dimensionals  and added some Wink of Stella for a little sparkle.
I guess you could say that balloons are the theme around here this weekend. The town I live in hosts an annual Balloon Festival. I had not been to it in quite some time, but we were able to go this weekend. The weather was perfect and we were lucky to see over 40 gorgeous balloons launch!
It's quite an exciting and colorful display as the balloons are filled with air and begin to take flight.
The sky was a gorgeous blue and calm as can be, allowing for the launch to go as planned. Unfortunately, the weather some years doesn't allow for this. Even too much of a breeze can deter the balloons from lift off.
Each balloon is as beautiful as the next. I especially loved the shape and the artwork painted on the carousel themed balloon. Isn't it a beauty?

Up, up and away...
The underwater scene painted on this balloon was another favorite!
At dusk many of the balloons came back to treat us all to a balloon glow.
Seeing all the balloons lighting up the night sky was really quite spectacular!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Christmas Flourish

I've been trying to make a few Christmas cards each week using my new Peace This Christmas stamp set and by playing along with the Merry Monday Challenge Blog I've been sticking to my goal. Last week my card was even chosen as an honorable mention!

It made my day when I checked to see the challenge for this week and saw my card mentioned! Hopefully you all will like the card I made this week, where the challenge is to use peace, joy and/or love on your card.

The Peace This Christmas set has the perfect stamp for this challenge! I embossed it in gold and used the new Flourish Thinlits to create this clean and simple card. I used my Simply Scored Board to create an embossed border 1/4" in around the Very Vanilla main panel, but it didn't show up too good in my photo.

Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green cardstock were used along with the pretty Gold Foil.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Foxy Father's Day

I hope you all had a wonderful Father's Day weekend honoring those Dads in your life. I shared the card I created for my Dad in my last post, and today I'm sharing the card I created for my husband using the same stamp set, colors and technique.

Wilderness Awaits is a great set to create masculine cards, and this fox image is my favorite! He looks especially foxy with the copper embossing doesn't he!? This image also works well with the new Layering Oval Dies. I used the faux patina technique to create the background and love the look with Copper Embossing Powder.

I also used a couple other retired copper products...the Vintage Brads along the top as well as the Brushed Copper Cardstock I used for the mat on the fox image. I'm hoping for some new copper accessories in the Holiday catalog in time for Fall projects.

The "Happy Father's Day" label was created with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and the Duet Banner Punch. The new 5/8" Burlap Ribbon works great for masculine cards. I really like it's loose weave as it allows the background to show through.

If you like this card, you may be interested in purchasing my Artistic Wilderness Card Set Tutorial. It  is a step by step 17 page tutorial with detailed instructions and lots of photos using the Wilderness Awaits stamp set along with the faux patina technique, lots of great tips on watercoloring and more.

Have a great day!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Wilderness Awaits Copper Patina

The Wilderness Awaits stamp set is the perfect choice to create masculine cards for nature lovers. Here is the card I created for my Dad for Father's Day.

I used the faux patina technique with Copper Embossing Powder for the background. I had this embossing powder left in my stash from when SU! used to sell several different copper products, so not sure if it's exactly the same as the new Copper EP. I also used some pretty Brushed Copper Cardstock we used to sell as well...I'm hoping they bring that back as well. I'm down to only two sheets!

I watercolored the elk using my Aqua Painter and then I lightly stamped over it using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. The "Happy Father's Day" label was created with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and the Duet Banner Punch. In the below photo the light hits the copper embossing and shows the background clearer than in my first photo.
I really like the new 5/8" Burlap Ribbon. It's loose weave allows the background to show through. It works great for masculine cards.

If you like this card, you may be interested in purchasing my Artistic Wilderness Card Set Tutorial. It  is a step by step 17 page tutorial with detailed instructions and lots of photos using the Wilderness Awaits stamp set along with the faux patina technique, lots of great tips on watercoloring and more.

I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow honoring the fathers in your life. My Dad lives out in Las Vegas, so unfortunately I won't get to see him. I do however have a nice dinner planned for my husband and our boys will be here to celebrate the day with him.