Beat the heat with frosty friends!

Hi!

Well, it’s summer in Phoenix which means HOT! It’s pretty common in Phoenix to have temps hang around the 110 mark for days in the summer but knowing it’s the norm doesn’t make it any less hot. I’m sure you’ve heard the routine answer to the question of the heat in AZ is to reply with “…but it’s a dry heat”…. NOT! Well, not always. Yes, I’ll concede that most of the time that is true and to those who have lived in humid climates will attest, being dry definitely makes heat more tolerable. However, what many don’t know is  that we have a monsoon season in Phoenix. Yeah, I know you tend to equate monsoons with a more tropical (rainy) environment but even here in the heart of the desert, we have a monsoon season. It last from mid June through the end of September and produces some pretty intense storms and some newsworthy dust storms. 🙂  During our monsoon season, we have a much more humid climate….. YUCK! Give me the dry heat any day!

Anyway, you didn’t come here to read a weather report – did you? I digress into the weather to explain why I’m making a card with snowmen in July. It is hot and I wanted to think of something that was not hot. I thought if I played with frosty friends for a while I could pretend it’s that time of year. It worked pretty well – until I had to go outside again!

I used the absolutely adorable stamp set from Lawn Fawn “Making Frosty Friends”. If you haven’t seen it, you should take a look. It has 2 cute basic snowmen and lots of fun accessories to build you own snowy friends. Also from Lawn Fawn, I stamped the sentiment using Sally’s ABCs set. It has become my favorite (and I’m getting better at using it!)

I wanted to keep the card pretty clean and simple with a bright pop of color. I stamped the 2 snowmen and let me tell you it took me awhile to get them right. (I have lots of discards!!). Because I didn’t want to color them in any way, I had to mask the image so I would not have the lines of one snowman cutting through the body of the other where I had the overlap as you can see in the image below.

I had a couple of options, the first being to add a cut out copy of the smaller snowman over the original but since I was going to add the scarf as an added piece I didn’t want to have another layer.

The second option (which I opted for) was to mask one of the  snowman when I stamped the other. With masking , you stamp the snowman that you want to use as a mask on your project and again on a separate piece of card stock. Cut out the spare and with repositional tape, tape it over the one you stamped on your project. Then, stamp your other snowman where you’d like and the mask will prevent the outline of the two from merging! Clear as mud? 🙂

The same process works for adding the hat. You want to think it out carefully before you start or you will have lots of out-takes   –   like I do! You need to stamp the top hat first then mask it off before stamping the snowman that you want to wear it. You really have to think in layers! I was starting to get really frustrated and had to stop and remind myself that I do this for fun not to make myself nuts! Another note, keep the masks and save them with the stamp set so the next time you want to do this, you already have masks!

Next step was to dress my little men. The accessories in the LF set are so cute. I decided I wanted to stamp the scarf and knit cap from another paper rather than stamping them directly on my card. I did stamp the scarf on my card first however, so that I would get the fringe without having to try to cut it out. I stamped the cap on white and pink and pieced the pink part on the white cap and then added both to my card. The set also comes with a set of ear muffs that are adorable and some mittens and a really cute broom … it was a hard choice! I think I will be making a lot of snowmen cards!

I finished the snowmen with their eyes, carrot noses, cute little smiles, coal buttons and limbs for arms – so much fun (kinda like paper dolls!!)  I then added their feathered friend and gave him a matching scarf.

I added the sentiment and free-handed a skinny border around the image and mounted it on the same pink card stock – I slightly distressed the edges. I mounted the pink on my white card base and there you go!

It was a little frustrating because I stamped before I thought. The one thing I would stress is to think out the card before you start to stamp. However, once I finally sorted it out, I was able to relax and have fun again. Make sure you have fun – that’s the idea!!

I hope you enjoyed this and that it wasn’t as rambling as it feels! Most of all, I hope it inspires you to try it – to create your own snow friends!

I look forward to seeing  you again. Remember, I love to hear from you!

Later,

S

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Just Saying……

Covers it all!

Hi and if you’ve visited before, WELCOME BACK and if it’s your first visit, WELCOME (and I hope you’ll like it here and come back often!).

This has been a crazy week, so I’m showing a card I made last month for a friend’s birthday. In spite of how many birthday cards I seem to make, I really like cards like this that you can use for different situations. These are great cards to keep in your “grab and go” (or the OMG, I forgot!) stash! I leave the inside blank until I’m ready to use it and then it only takes a few  minutes to finish the inside with the appropriate greeting.

The flower stamp I used is from a cling stamp set by Ditto for Hampton Arts. Cute set of 2 flowers, but for the life of me I can’t find a name for the set!!  I even tried my trick of scanning the barcode with my phone and got the “sorry we don’t have this item in our database” – grrrrrrr!

I stamped the flower multiple times on black card stock with my old friend VersaMark ink and embossed with a yellow EP from All Night Media. Really bright yellow, almost neon but lots of fun on black! Be really careful when embossing on black to get all the stray EP off or you will have lots of bright yellow flecks where you don’t want them! There are some tools out that are supposed to help with this but I have yet to try them. You can use a dryer sheet but I honestly haven’t found that to be a big help. Having said that, I don’t know how big a mess it might be if I wasn’t using it…. 🙂  If you use one that you really like, leave me a comment and let me know.

After embossing, I cut the card stock down using Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles and my big shot. Honestly, I’m an eyeballer most of the time (which explains why my cards are often a bit crooked!). Not to say I don’t measure but with this project, I choose the size of the Nestie by picking out the part of the stamped area that I liked. I tried laying out the larger die and I didn’t like what was framed so I went with the smaller one which gave me more yellow card stock showing. I did measure the yellow card stock 1/4″ smaller than the black base card stock.

I love the “just saying” stamp. It’s from the Grand Greetings set by Lawn Fawn. I have developed a Lawn Fawn addiction! The stamp actually says “Just saying HELLO” but I only inked the just saying part. If you haven’t seen this set, you should take a look at it – really fun large sentiments.

I finished it off with a slim black ribbon, which I still can’t really decide if I like or not –  but what’ the point in second guessing it now – right? My friend Patsy liked it and that’s what matters since it was her birthday!

That’s today’s card, hope you like it and it inspires you to create something.

Later,

S

Red, white and blue – not just for flags!

Hi!

I was intrigued by a challenge on Splitcoaststampers to make a card using red/white/blue and it did not have to be patriotic. I decided to up the challenge for my self and said it “couldn’t” be patriotic!

I started with red card stock as the base. I did an emboss resist technique on white card stock. I stamped the flourish stamp from Inkadinkado’s Organic Fabric Flourishes with my dear friend Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Using an ink blending tool, I inked over the embossed images with Stampin’ Up Brilliant Blue ink. I really love emboss resist – almost like magic!!

I mounted the embossed piece on a deep blue card stock . I rounded the corners of the base as well as the layers so they all nested together. I stamped the sentiment “Sending LOVE” from Lawn Fawn’s Grand Greetings in Scarlet pigment ink on white card stock. Added some faux stitching in red around the sentiment and mounted it with foam dimensionals. I finished it off with some baby pearls and flowers from my stash (sorry, not sure who’s they are – my guess would be Michael’s).

As always, thanks for looking and I hope it inspires you to create!

Later,

S

Let’s patch things up

Hi! I hope you enjoyed your weekend – they go by soooo fast!

This was such a fun card to make. I really love the Bright Side paper from Lawn Fawn – really colorful and fun. I wanted to use several of them so I decided to do a patchwork design. I cut the paper that I wanted to use in strips 1″ wide and adhered them to a piece of plain (copy) paper side by side. I then turned the paper so the “stripes” made by the side by side papers were horizontal and I cut across those stripes into 1″ strips. I then had 6 1″ strips made up of 4 1″ squares. (clear as mud?) I then laid these out so that it formed the patchwork pattern and trimmed it to a square.

I laid my new patchwork square on the Kraft cardstock and with a pencil traced the outline lightly onto the Kraft stock. This way I could move the patchwork out of my way while I stamped “im sorry” around the square. I wanted it to be simple, so I chose to use all lower case and to omit the apostrophe. (my apologies to those who grammar sensibilities I’ve offended!) I stamped this with Dark Brown Chalk ink using Lawn Fawn’s Sally’s ABCs (which was a birthday present to this Sally!) It’s such a cute font! I stamped the little heart with a tiny heart stamp from Lawn fawn’s Love N Breakfast. I stamped it with Color Box Chalk ink in Alabaster and it was really too light on the Kraft card stock, so I drew over it with a white gel pen.

I tied the lavender ribbon around the patchwork part before adhering it to the Kraft stock. I was originally going to layer the patchwork directly on the Kraft card base but I felt it needed a bit of color, so I cut a piece of lavender card stock the same size as the card front and attached it to the base. Then I adhered the Kraft card stock on the lavender.  I wanted the play on the word patch so I stamped it  in the upper case of Sally’s ABCs on a small square of the same lavender card stock. I stamped the rest of the sentiment using a set of itsy-bitsy letter stamps by Hampton Arts – Studio G. I finished up with some faux stitching.

I hope you enjoyed this card – I really had fun making it. At this time, I don’t have anyone to give it to – hopefully it will stay in my stash for a long time! But it’s so cute, I might have to pick a fight so I have someone to send it to! 😉

My hope (as always) is that it will inspire you to create.

Later,

S

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