Creations by Lynn Weiss ~ Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Blooms, Bliss, Bella & Friends

I've heard some say....the Pretty Kitty set is cute, but I'm a dog lover. I think the adorable images in the Bella & Friends stamp set is sure to please most any animal lover. Both of these sets were at the top of my "must have" list! Here's a card featuring my favorite image...Bella and her turtle friend.


The sweet line art images are so much fun to watercolor! I used my Aqua Painter and colors of ink picked from the Blooms & Bliss DSP...Sahara Sand, Island Indigo and Mint Macaron.

The intricate die cut flower and border is created using the beautiful new Flourish Thinlits. I'm happy to report that they cut beautifully using the Precision Base Plate. All the pieces popped right out with no need for wax paper or dryer sheets. I ran my Die Brush across once or twice and they were perfect. These dies are so pretty...I'm sure I'll be using them lots!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Merry Jar of Love

Yesterday I shared a card using the new Peace This Christmas stamp set. When writing my blog post I thought maybe I'd tag it using the phrase "Merry Monday" and then try and share a new Christmas card here each Monday. Good idea right!? Then I thought, I betcha I'm not the first one who had that idea...and sure enough! after googling the phrase I came upon the Merry Monday Challenge Blog. This week they have a super cute inspiration photo, shown below.



I don't have any tea cup images, but I immediately thought of creating a festive floral arrangement using my brand new Jar of Love & Peace This Christmas stamp sets. So of course I had to play along and this is what I came up with.

I used This Christmas DSP and the new Labeler Alphabet for the word MERRY. I think it turned out pretty cute. Speaking of cute...look what I saw while walking out back this morning. 
Isn't he sweet!? He was all curled up hiding near a pile of brush. I managed to get this photo before he bounded off into the woods.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Peace This Christmas

We sure do need a lot more Peace, Joy & Love in this world...not just at Christmas but all year through! My heart aches for all the victims and their families who were killed and injured in the terrible, senseless shooting in Florida over the weekend. My mind was on them as I created this card with the peace & love sentiment.

The new Peace This Christmas stamp set along with the coordinating This Christmas was used to create this card. I like that there are individual pine bough, berry and pine cone stamps to easily ink in the appropriate colors to create any design you wish. There are also stamps with these elements combined...like the one I used to create the stamped background on the Garden Green layer.

I used some other new products as well...

Copper Embossing Powder was used to emboss the sentiment and the ovals are cut using the new Oval Layering DiesCopper Metallic Thread along with 5/8" Burlap Ribbon were used as embellishments.

The Peace This Christmas stamp set has a nice verse for the inside as well. Here's a look...
One down...a lot more to go! This year I hope to have a nice little stash of Christmas cards well before the holidays are upon us.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Blooms & Bliss Pretty Kitty

I received my first order from the new catalog yesterday! It's always so much fun getting any order...but the new catalog ones are the BEST! Maybe because it's close to my birthday and I always splurge a little bit...because hey, it's my birthday. right?!

After I unpacked my order, I shot a little video which I posted on my LW Designs Facebook Page. Go on over and check it out...and please like my page if you haven't already. Making videos isn't something I normally do, I'm not at all comfortable with it (which I'm sure you can tell! lol)  I thought I'd challenge myself and give it a try. It really is difficult! Speaking of challenges...here's a card I created with two challenges in mind.

The images in the Pretty Kitty set are just adorable so I had to play with it first. I've been waiting a very long time for a super cute cat or puppy set from Stampin' Up! This year we got both! I will have a card to share next time using Bella & Friends...so make sure to check back soon!

I used this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch for my card. Also, over at Global Design Project the theme this week is Get Well Soon.

I used Wink of Stella on the butterflies and flowers after watercoloring with my Aqua Painter. Here's a closer looks...

The Designer Series Paper is the new Blooms & Bliss. I love the soft watercolor feel and the colors used in these papers. I chose this pack of DSP and a Christmas themed one called This Christmas. Here's a little look at both of them...
Here's another look at all the goodies in my first new catalog order.
If you stop by my Facebook Page leave me a comment letting me know what you would like to see me use next. I LOVE them all...so it's hard to decide!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Awesomely Artistic Crazy Cats

Back on Mother's Day I got a promotional email from an online scrapbook store I purchase from occasionally saying that all their Tim Holtz products were on sale! Only a few days prior I had watched a great demo by him at the Mega Meet Scrapbook Convention using his new Distress Crayons. Unfortunately for me at the time I had already spent my allotted cash so I didn't buy them that day...but on Mother's Day I decided to treat myself!

I got his Crazy Cat set with the coordinating framelits as well! I just love the expressions on all the cats faces in this set! To create the background I used the Distress Crayons and scribbled and then blended. I tried to create a batik looking background, because this card is going to my Mom...who is a quilter and loves batik fabric. Since the crayons react with water, a dampened sponge will remove color if you wish. I used a few of the Tim Holtz stencils and a dampened sponge to add pattern to the background.

After I had my background colored the way I wanted I did a little stamping using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set and the retired French Script background stamp.

My Mom's cat is solid black, so I colored this crazy cat to look like her crazy cat!  I messed with a few different embellishments at the top left of the card, but couldn't get anything to look quite right...and I had to get it out on the mail, so done & done! My husband is home this week on vacation and we've been working on projects around the house, so it's been difficult to sneak in any stampin' time. Hopefully tomorrow...because my first new catalog order arrives here!

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Butterfly Basics #GDP038 Sketch

A great sketch challenge this week at Global Design Project. When I saw it I immediately thought of using one of my favorite techniques...the watercolor background technique. The long, narrow acrylic Block I was perfect to create the strip down the right side of the card.

I used Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron to ink up my block. Then after it was dry, I used Butterfly Basics and Awesomely Artistic to stamp over my strip of color to add more interest. I shared more on this technique a while back in a free tutorial posted here.

The little banner is created with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and coordinating Duet Banner Punch. These two items are already getting a LOT of use in my stampin' studio! Here's a closer look...
There's still time to play along with the Sketch Challenge at Global Design Project.
Thanks for visiting...ENJOY your weekend!