Creations by Lynn Weiss ~ Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Friday, July 03, 2015

You've Got This...

I've got this...we all have this! This stamp set just may be the most popular stamp set from the new catalog. It was available during the pre-order, and at the time I resisted. But...since I love flowers (especially peonies) and the large, cross hatch background that comes with it is so awesome...I knew I wouldn't be able to hold out for too long! Yes, I am weak!

So I sat down to play with it the other night looking for the easiest way to use the background behind the flower image. I experimented with a few different ways of doing this, and I thought I'd share because you might find it helpful.

On the left you see my first attempt...and the easiest. I stamped the cross hatch background in Crumb Cake ink - using the old style linen type ink pad, which later I found does make a difference. (more on that later) I then stamped the flower image in Black Stazon over the top of the background and water colored it using my Aqua Painter and Lost Lagoon, Certainly CeleryWild Wasabi inks. As long as you use a light color that mixes well with the colors you intend to color the flower, this can work well.  Using Crumb Cake ink, the result is a nice, antiqued sort of look...but as you can see, its definitely darker than the other samples.

For the middle flower I did exactly as with the first one, only this time I stamped a second flower head, painted it with Lost Lagoon ink and my Aqua Painter, then I carefully cut it out.

For the third flower, I cut a mask by stamping the flower head on a post it note and carefully cutting just inside the outline of the flower. (I didn't bother to mask the stem & leaves) Hint: cut 2-3 layers of post it notes at the same time so you have more than one mask for future projects. I store mine in the stamp case so it's handy for next time. Now back to the stamping...I stamped the full flower image in Black Stazon. Then, placed the mask I created over the flower head and stamped the cross hatch background over the flower image. Since the back ground is so large and fairly solid, I found the easiest way to do this is to ink the stamp by laying it face up on my desk then laying my image on top of the stamp, cover with scrap paper and run my bone folder over the top to be sure the image gets uniformly inked.

Once the mask is cut, you can use it over and over so in my opinion that is probably the easiest way to get a good result in the truest colors using this stamp set. However, using a couple different colors in the new firm foam pads to ink the back ground had less than stellar results. Even after working the inks deep into the pad, some of the detail was filled in. That wasn't too much of a deal breaker, but I also had issues with large gaps of white space all around the image, even though I inked it in the same manner as I had with the old style Crumb Cake pad. I didn't take any photos of those results, but I'll try again next time I stamp using this set to see if I get a better result.

Obviously the steps taken to create the flower in the middle took the most time because it would have to be fussy cut each time, but since I did take the time to cut it out I figured I'd make a card with it before the flower got lost in my stamp room! lol

I popped it up on dimensionals. As you can see, the cross hatch background was also used on the Lost Lagoon background panel. The sentiment is from the Birthday Blossoms set...such a pretty font used with those sentiments. I'll have something more to share using that set very soon.

If you are looking for any retired stamp sets, you should check out my Retired Stamps for Sale page...I just updated it yesterday.

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend! It's supposed to be beautiful!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Retired Stamps for Sale

It's that time of year again! With so many new stamp sets finding their way into my craft room recently, I had to make some room by sorting through all my retired items and deciding if there were any I could part with...lucky for you I have quite a few I am offering for sale.

Check out my Retired Stamps for Sale page to see the photos of retired stamps along with DSP and some misc listed here as well.

All my items come from a smoke free home and are in very good condition. I am hoping they will find a good home with you and you will be helping me avoid being on the next episode of the show Hoarders!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Awesomely Artistic Thank You

Today I am here with a colorful Awesomely Artistic thank you card.

To create the watercolor background I simply inked one of my acrylic blocks, gave it a spritz of water and stamped it on my Whisper White card stock. If you want more info on that, I have a tutorial that I shared a while back here.

The colors I used are: Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry & Watermelon Wonder. When choosing your colors, you will want to place colors that mix well next to each other. For example, a reddish tone mixed with a greenish tone makes a muddy brownish color.

You will want to let your background dry well or use your heat tool, before proceeding to stamp on top...unless you want the ink to bleed.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Wild About Flowers

Here's another great new photopolymer set called Wild About Flowers. It's really nice because it's a 2 step set so the foliage and flowers are separate images. Because it's photopolymer, its so easy to ink and stamp perfect flowers easily. Here are my first creations using it...

I just love the color combo of Blackberry Bliss and Tip Top Taupe! I used the new Lots of Labels Framelits and just extended the one end by slipping the paper on top of the framelit to make it longer. I used a pretty Antique Brad on this one, but I needed a flatter version to mail without going to post office, so I came up with this version.

I used the circle image from Awesomely Artistic with a small pearl to embellish this one. I also didn't make the tag quite as long as the first card. Here's a look at them together.

I think this set is going to see a lot of ink! Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bohemian Birthday

Here's a quick and easy masculine birthday card using the new Host Set, Happy Birthday Everyone.

This came together easily just by choosing my ink and card stock colors from the beautiful, rich colors used in the Bohemian Designers Series Paper. I used Island Indigo card stock for the base, Bermuda Bay for the focal panel along with Island Indigo and Blackberry Bliss inks.

My good friend and stampin' buddy is coming over to play today...looking forward to seeing her and spending some time visiting and getting creative with our new stampin' goodies! Hope you have a creative day as well!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Flippin' Friday - Sprinkles of Life Birthday Flip

Happy Friday! Here's a flip card using the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set along with the festive Cherry on Top DSP. What a great combo to create adorable birthday cards!

I extended the card by bypassing the end of the die to create an extra panel...
and an excuse to add more of this cute DSP! I used a Bermuda Bay base and let the stamp set, punches and DSP do the rest of the work.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bohemian Peace Within

Today I have a card to share that combines the old with the new. The old is one of my favorite retired sets...Peace Within and the new is basically everything else...

I used a bit of Bohemian DSP to paper piece the pillow on the chair. The Boho Chic Embossing Folder for the Blackberry Bliss background and Tip Top Taupe card stock was used for the base and the ink was used to watercolor the chair. I also used Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim to finish the card. I really like the lace trim much more than I thought I would! It makes such a lovely finishing touch.

Have a peaceful day!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Awesomely Artistic IS Awesome!

I got a box of new goodies this week and one of the first things I had to play with was this great new set...Awesomely Artistic. There are so many really nice elements in this set that I know it's going to be a favorite!

Another new catalog favorite is the Brick Wall Embossing Folder. I love that it is 6x6 so that it will work perfectly for any card, no matter the orientation.

I love dragonflies, and it's been a while since I've had a new dragonfly stamp. I cut off his wings...that sounds mean!, but they got extra special treatment with some Dazzling Details to make them shimmer.

Have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bohemian Peacock

When I first saw the gorgeous rich colors of the new Bohemian Designer Series Paper I couldn't wait to use it along with the Perfect Peacock stamp.

I took my color cues from the DSP...Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo,  Blackberry Bliss & Delightful Dijon...and added Cucumber Crush to watercolor. I used these inks pooled in my stamp pad lids along with my Aqua Painter and had fun blending these colors together. I originally planned to use a print from the DSP that reminded me of a feather and had several of these colors, but it took away from the pretty peacock and looked too busy so I went with this simpler print.

The Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim added the perfect finishing touch along the really sparkles and changes color when it captures the light.

I got a big box of new stuff delivered here yesterday! Can't wait to play!