Creations by Lynn Weiss ~ Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Friday, March 24, 2017

Special Reason Pair

Back in the early days SU! carried very little DSP. If you wanted background paper to compliment the main stamped image on your project you had to create it yourself.  So when spamping with my new Special Reason set, I decided to go "old school" and have some fun creating my own DSP.

I love that this set has smaller versions of the flower & leaf, so it really lends itself well to creating a smaller background like I did fr these cards. As you can see, I used two color combos. The first one uses Bermuda Bay Island Indigo for the flowers and Mint Macaron with Wild Wasabi for the leaves.

The second card features Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry flowers. On each of the handstamped background papers I lightly inked over the design using the line image from Gorgeous Grunge inked in Sahara Sand, along with a few ink spotches thrown in for good measure.

For the solid color strip on the left of each card I used the great new Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder. I just love the deeply embossed pattern it leaves...don't you? If you don't have this one yet, I highly recommend it! 

Thanks for visiting..have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Special Reason Spring Flowers

Hello there! I've been away on vacation and now that I'm back home and back in the swing of things I finally had some time to stamp. Since the calendar says it's Spring (I wish Mother Nature got that memo!) I thought some Spring flowers were in order!

Since it had been a while since I had stamped, I needed a little inspiration. Before I started stamping I looked on Pinterest for a fun card using the Special Reason stamp set and the coordinating Stylish Stems Framelits. I came across this beautiful card created by Kris and loved the layout she used. I chose my colors...and got rolling...

Rock'n Rolling! I inked each image in the lightest color and rocked & rolled the edges in a darker color to give a shaded look. To blend the colors even more, I used a Sponge Dauber. The center of each flower was colored using the darker color. The colors I used are: 

  • Peekaboo Peach & Calypso Coral
  • Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry
  • Bermuda Bay & Island Indigo
  • Wild Wasabi & Cucumber Crisp

I love that the Stylish Stems Framelits have both intricate and sold shapes to mix and match. I placed a piece if Cupcakes & Carousels DSP behind the intricate cut flower.

Here's a look at this pair of cheery cards...

Thanks to Kris for the inspiration for these cards! With Pinterest and so many talented stampers out there who take the time to share on their blogs, it's easy to find inspiring ideas for any stamp set. You know what is also easy? Taking a minute to credit your source of inspiration. ;-) So if you find a project online that inspires you enough to re-create it and then share it on your own website, please take a minute to acknowlege the person who inspired you. Leaving them a nice message or linking back to their original creation (or both) is always a nice courtesy which can totally make someones day.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Project Life Wedding Pages

Today I have a few more pages to share with you from the Project Life Album I created as a gift for some dear friends.

Their wedding ceremony was just perfect...from the beautiful weather to the gorgeous cliff-side setting of Cresent Bay in Laguna Beach. I embellished a few photos with gold embossed shells from the Stippled Shells stamp set (retired) and some Gold 1/8" Ribbon. The photo at top right is stamped in White Stazon Ink with the pretty swirl from Creative Elements. (retired) Yes, I do keep my favorite stamp sets to use in my scrapbooks.

The top, left photo is stamped with and the word love from the Wonderful Words stamp set...that one goes WAY back to my firsr days as a SU! demo. Along with the oldies I've also used a current SAB stamp set...Any Occasion. Mr & Mrs from that set is stamped on the die-cut watercolored heart.

More gold embossed shells from the Stippled Shells embellish the photos at left. The single photo at right uses Falling In Love DSP from the current Occasions Catalog. It's just perfect for wedding photos! I embossed a lace border from the Delicate Details stamp set along the bottom of the photo. Both Delicate Details and Any Occasion are FREE selections during Sale-A-Bration. Here's a closer look...

Sorry about the glare from the page protector. I used the Remember This (retired) stamp set on these pages as well. Both sides of the Falling in Love DSP were perfect for thses photos, so here's a look at the flip side.

Their smiles say it all! It was such a wonderful day!!! Check back again to see more pages from this Project Life Album.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Project Life - Road Trip Pages

Recently I shared the cover of the 6x8 Project Life Album I created for some dear friends here. Today I have a few pages to share with you.

The first page of the album starts off with my friends' engagement. I used the retired Wedding Words Jumbo Wheel inked in Crumb Cake for the entire background and then inked it again in Early Espresso to emphasize a few of the phrases.

Sometimes you need to get creative so that the photos fit into the pockets...especially if they are portrait vs landscape. If you don't want to crop out any of the details, you can cut the photos in half to fit in the pockets like I did here.

It's fun to stamp overlays or even stamp right onto the photo using Stazon Ink. The photo at the top left is stamped with White Stazon. The journaling cards were left blank in the album so that my friends could write their memories.

Again, I created an overlay using a Window Sheet stamped with White Stazon for the photo pocket on the bottom left. The full sized pocket pages, like that shown at the right, allow you to create more tradional pages or you could use them to place souvenirs or  mementos. I chose to create a full page layout and embellished the photo with beautiful Flourish diecut from Gold Foil Sheets. The DSP is from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack.

The next page also features a fun, full sized layout with overlay and DSP from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack. I used several retired stamps here including Painted Petals & Remember This.

The Everyday Adventure Project Life Cards (retired) are perfect for these road trip photos! My friend will be able to easily jot down her favorite memories of their trip. On the photos used on the right page I cut them both in half to fit the small 3x4 pockets. Check back next week to see more of the album.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Stepped Up Lift Me Up

My last blog posting a shared a cute, fairly simple card using the Lift Me Up stamp set. Todays card is a stepped up version.

This time I used Rich Razzleberry for the main panel and embossed it using the Festive Embossing Folder. I matted my image and also added some popped up, die cut clouds as well as a couple more balloons. I finished off the card with some Bakers Twine and a die cut flower and Basic Rhinestone. Here's a look at the two cards together.

Everyone who places a Sale-A-Bration order of $50 with me during the month of March and uses the Hostess Code will recieve a card kit to make these two cards + one more...which will remain a surprise! It will contain complete instructions as well as envelopes. I will ship out all the kits at the end of the month. Visit my stampin' store to order the supplies today.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lift Me Up on Cloud Nine

I love this simple, yet cute and cheery card created with the Lift Me Up stamp set.

The background was created using die cut cloud masks and then sponged using Pool Party ink. The "hill border" at the bottom is one of my favorite images from the Delicate Details stamp set. It is is a FREE choice during Sale-A-Bration.

Colors used: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Peekaboo Peach & Rich Razzleberry.

Thanks for visiting today...check back to see my next post which will feature a Step it Up version of this card.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Flashback Friday: Daydream Medallion Gift Topper

I'm not one to just buy to buy...I buy what I love! That being said, if I love it...It's hard to let it go just because it's retired! The Daydream Medallions stamp set and it's coordinating Floral Framelits are definitely one of these items that I cannot part with and continue to use in my collection. It's always fun to get out these "old friends" to play...that's why I love the Flashback Friday posts!

Today I'm sharing how you can dress up a wrapped package using stamps and dies. Use whatever you may have in your collection. Try to use colors featured in the gift wrap (or make your own wrap) and you will end up with a pretty, personalized gift in no time!

Crumb Cake cardstock embossed with White Embossing Powder was a good match to my wrap. Each layer is sponged using Early Espresso ink. I also used the retired Typeset Alphabet to stamp the names onto my tag. I keep all my alphabet stamps for use in my scrapbooks.

Here's a closer look...

This wrapped package contained a Project Life Album I created for my friends. So, if you plan to gift one of these albums, make sure to keep the nice sturdy box that the album is packaged in so that you don't need to search for a box when it's finished.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stained Glass Dragonfly Dreams

The intricate dragonfly die featured in the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits is perfect for the stained glass technique.

I had the background panel using the Hardwood Background and Awesomely Artistic already created from a previous stampin' session, so all I needed to do was add the dragonfly and a sentiment for a quick card. (I shared another version of this card here)

The detailed dragonfly die cut was cut from Basic Black cardstock and the solid layer behind it was cut from Vellum Cardstock. I sponged some color onto the Vellum and adhered it behind the intricate die cut. Then I painted the entire piece with my Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pen for some beautiful shimmer. You can kind of see it in this close up photo, but it's so much prettier in person!

I added a few small rhinestones to the floral background and the card was complete. Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Super Crazy Cake

I made a super deluxe Crazy Cake card for a friends 50th birthday. It measures 9" tall and fits into a standard business sized envelope.

She loves pink, so I used Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Basic Black inks. I die cut the 50 and created a cake stand using Black Shimmer Paper. A few of the cake layers also are painted with Clear Wink of Stella for even more sparkle. To create the base of the cake plate I used the tag die from the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlets and just cut both ends of a small piece of the Black Shimmer Paper to create a pedestal. A small strip of the Black Shimmer Paper with ends rounded is the cake plate. To conceal the seam I used a strip of the small Basic Rhinestones. Cool right? But wait til she opens it!

The Balloon Pop-Up Thinlets Die measures 6" wide so I added an additional 1-1/2 wide strips of DSP to the top and bottom. I lined up the score marks on my Simply Scored Tool and carefully scored the DSP to match the lines on the die cut. That is one of the really cool things about this pop up feature...the die cuts and scores at the same time!

It's then easy to stamp with the coordinating Balloon Adventures photopolymer stamp set. Combining the Crazy Cake set with the Balloon Adventures bundle makes for endless combinations of fun birthday projects!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Project Life Album

I put together a 6 x 8 Project Life Album for some dear friends. The album starts with their engagement and has photos from a road trip they took here to Michigan during the summer (they are from California) and finshes with wedding photos I took on their special day. They got married in a beautiful, cliffside ceremony in Laguna Beach. Here's a look at the cover of the album.

As you can see, I used a combination of new and retired SU! products. A few of the items that are still available include the Labeler Alphabet, Lace Doilies, Gold Sequin Trim, Linen Thread, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, & Gold Foil Sheets. Here's a closer look...

Since they were married oceanside, they had a beach theme for their wedding. I used the retired set Beautiful Beach and embossed the shell images in gold and then sponged on a little color for added interest. I used one of the shells on the cover and then others throughout the album.

Their big, happy smiles warm my heart! I'm so glad we were able to be there to share their special day! Putting together this album for them was truly a labor of love and it was fun looking back at the wonderful moments we preserved for them to look back at whenever they would like. I will share some more photos of the inside pages in the weeks to come...som make sure to check back!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Lift Me Up Sugarplum

Here I've combined a favorite Occasions set, Lift Me Up, with a favorite Sale-a-Bration set, Delicate Details and used a favorite In Color...Sweet Sugarplum. The result is a super cute (if I do say so!) thank you card!

Since Delicate Details is a photopolymer set it is super easy to line up the images just where you want them to create a background like the one above which uses 4 of the 5 images in the set. To create the multi colored balloons, I first inked in the lightest color and then used a sponge dauber to add a darker color. I masked the balloons and then stamped the clouds.

Colors used: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry & Blushing Bride.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Baby Bear Valentine

I made a cute little Valentine card for my baby grand daughter's very first Valentine's of course sweet little Baby Bear was my first choice of stamps to use.

I used several shades of SU! pink ink...Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink & Regal Rose to stamp the three layers of the bear. Real Red was used on the sentiment. The large heart was die cut using the Up & Away Thinlit dies from Red Glimmer Paper. The border along the bottom that shows a peak through of the Red Glimmer Paper is cut using the heart border die in the Everyday Jars Framelits.

Along the bottom I stamped a lace border using the Sale-A-Bration set Delicate Details embossed in White Embossing Power.

Her's my sweet little Valentine with her card. She is already one month old!