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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sepia Technique: Butterfly Basics and Tip Top Taupe

Good morning stampers!  It's Saturday...YES! The weekend is here!!! And more...it's our weekly Technique Challenge inside Stamping and Blogging.

Sepia Technique with Tip Top Taupe and Butterfly Basics by HandStampedByHeather.com

Simple Sepia Technique

  1.  Get your favorite Stampin' Up! Classic Ink pad, I went with Tip Top Taupe to keep it neutral.
  2.  Stamp on watercolor paper.  I'm again featuring Butterfly Basics and it's floral image.
  3.  While the ink is wet (as it's water-based), use your Aqua Painter and start to color in certain parts of your image (use the ink from the outlined stamped image).
Sepia Technique with Tip Top Taupe and Butterfly Basics by HandStampedByHeather.com


Want to learn how to use the Simple Sepia Technique?
Want to know how I learned? By watching Sandi's videos! It's posted today to kick off our Technique Challenge this week inside Stamping and Blogging

It's actually a very simple technique and you need 1 ink pad.  Everything stamped on my card this week is in Tip Top Taupe.  Some of the lighter "dots" is because I also used the Stamp Off technique (stamped off on scrap paper before stamping my card). Oh...and you'll see the Sponging Technique as well!

Sepia Technique with Tip Top Taupe and Butterfly Basics by HandStampedByHeather.com

To assemble the card

  • When finishing with the Sepia image, I think stamped two butterflies.
  • Then from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, I stamped some dots around the outside to frame the image.
  • Lastly, I added sponging around the edges, again with Tip Top Taupe.
  • Next, I mounted the focal panel on Whisper White card stock allowing for a 1/8 inch mat.
  • Tied Tip Top Taupe dotted lace ribbon around the focal panel, and before knotting, added a small piece of Watermelon Wonder lace ribbon to add a little splash of color.
  • Next, stamped the fern image from Butterfly Basics onto the card base (in Tip Top Taupe). The card base paper is Sahara Sand.
  • To finish, adhere the focal panel to the card base with Stampin' Dimensinals, and add your bling (Rhinestone Jewels)!
Want to see more Sepia?
My partner Sandi MacIver, does some amazing card right? If you haven't checked her out, click here to view this week's Sepia card and to poke around her site for more and more goodies.

Want to see more cards featuring Butterfly Basics? 
Click here to see all mine :D  It's my favorite stamp set, so I have a bunch for you to look at!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Floating Re-Inker Technique: Totally Techniques



Good morning stampers!

This month's technique is called Floating Re-Inker Technique! Wait until you see the Totally Techniques Design Team in action this week --- Ah-MAZING!!!!! WOW!



I'm sticking with the Neutrals this week (the Butterfly Basics card yesterday), inspired by a Color Challenge a few weeks ago...and stay tuned... another Technique Challenge tomorrow!!!

Today's mix is Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
and a bit of Timeless Elegance!



Floating Re-Inker Technique

This was my very FIRST time attempting this technique as I'm intimidated by the Aqua Painter LOL - but I was so excited :D  I watched Sandi MacIver's video on it inside Stamping and Blogging, and look what came out of it!




I'm loving this technique....finally a technique where I won't be afraid to use my Aqua Painter!!!!


Instructions:
  1. I made sure to get my embossing buddy and use it on the Watercolor Paper.
  2. Then inked the stamp with Versa Mark.
  3. Covered with White Embossing powder. Shake off excess powder.
  4. Heat image.
  5. Then prep for the class, getting your re-inker wells ready.  I actually used little medicine measuring cups lol  I have young kids so every time I buy them Children's Advil (liquid) I get a new measuring cup lol.  GREAT for this type of project.
  6. Dilute the ink a little w/ 2 -3 drops of water.
  7. Since I wasn't going to cut out this image, I had to be careful not to extend past the embossed lines...so I couldn't use a spritzer to wet the entire piece of paper.  Instead, I got it wet using my Aqua Painter (but not to create water wells).
  8. Then, while the flower was wet, and grabbing ink from the Sahara Sand ink well, I dropped it onto the flower and watched it bleed to cover the petals.
  9. Then did the same with Chocolate Ship.
  10. Filled in any blank/white space with the aqua painter (Sahara Sand).
  11. I didn't have excess water (since I didn't use a spritzer) and it was drying fast....so I just ended up heating it when the flower was done.
  12. Then repeated the same technique to finish the leaves.
  13. To complete the card, I cut a piece of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper (DSP) and adhered to the card base.
  14. Wrapped a piece of Sahara Sand around the bottom (no knot).
  15. Mount the focal panel with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  16. Stamp greeting in Basic Black.
  17. Mat the greeting with Sahara Sand paper and adhere to front panel with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  18. Lastly, add a splash of color by tucking a piece of the Watermelon Wonder Satin Stitched Ribbon.

Stampin' Up! Products Used

Stamp Set
  • You've Got This
Paper
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Watercolor paper
  • Timeless Elegance DSP
  • Sahara Sand
Inks
  • Sahara Sand Refill
  • Chocolate Chip Refill
  • Basic Black (for greeting)
Accessories
  • Sahara Sand Lace Ribbon
  • Watermelon Wonder Satin Stitched Ribbon
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Aqua Painter
  • Versa Mark
  • White Embossing Power
  • Heat Gun
  • Embossing Buddy 
  • Do you believe I didn't use Rhinestones!!!!! LOL.

Totally Techniques Design Team

Let's go check out more masterpieces!  Whooo-hooo!!! Enjoy!

Sandi MacIver
Patrice Halliday-Larsen
Amy Koenders
Lee Conrey
Shelagh Freemantle
Marine Wiplier
Erna Logtenberg
Heather Wright-Porto --- You are here. Thanks for visiting me!
Shannean Moncrieff
Nadine Weiner
Alison Solven


The next blog on this totally awesome, Totally Techniques designer is Shannean Moncrieff!


Want videos on this beautiful technique?

Sandi created an entire class with full PDF stamping tutorials and videos inside Stamping and Blogging - March 2016 Card class!



The latest class, our 40th card class, is Watercolor Smooshing!  Another fun water coloring technique :D Love the colors Sandi used too....and the additional other techniques like Resist! 


http://stampinwithsandi.com/stamping-and-blogging

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics: Sketch Challenge


Good morning stampers!

This week's a Sketch Challenge! Use any colors, any stamps...but use this layout to spark your creativity!




Today, I'm featuring the Butterfly Basics Bundle by Stampin' Up!  (my favorite) as well as my favorite Designer Series Paper, Timeless Elegance.









When making this card using Stampin' Up! product.

  • Card base is Whisper White.
  • Then taped 1/2 inch of Sahara Sand paper at the top.
  • Next stamped the floral swirl from the Flowering Flourishes stamp set (retiring soon!!!) in Basic Black.
  • Then stamp the small butterflies in Crumb Cake.
  • Wrap Tip Top Taupe dotted lace ribbon around the card base and hold with Mini Glue Dot. Wrap Linen Thread a few times around that and knot.  Then tie the knot on the Tip Top Taupe.  Again, hold the ribbon with Mini Glue Dot.
  • Cut a piece of Timeless Elegance, the rose pattern I love so much in this case, and stamp some additional butterflies on it in Basic Black.
  • Sponge the roses (with Dauber) with Crumb Cake.
  • Add the panel to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Add Rhinestones to flower centers.
  • The die cut butterfly is a piece of Designer Series paper but then flipped over!!!  Adhered with Mini Glue Dots and accessorized with rhinestones!

Happy Stampers

Now it's time to go and see what the rest of the Happy Stampers designers have come up with for this week's challenge. They are super talented and you are sure to enjoy their projects!

Sandi MacIver
Amy Koenders
Shelagh Freemantle
Mary Deatherage
Jari Smith
Kristi Gray
Heather Wright-Porto (You are here! Thanks for visiting me!)


Next on our Happy Stampers hop is Sandi MacIver --- she's amazing!!!!!

 http://wp.me/p2SFwf-6KC

Want to learn more about stamping?

Sandi has prepared a video series just for you! I've been stamping for years but still learned a few things from watching this Stamping 101: The Basics video series! Things like which inks and adhesives to use for your projects! She's super talented - thanks Sandi for this free video set!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Twisted Triple Time Card: Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics

Stamping And Blogging Good morning stampers!

Sandi and I started up a weekly Technique Challenge inside Stamping and Blogging.  This week's technique is called Twisted Triple Time.

It's multi-layered but a lot of fun and can be really easy too if you use large solid stamp sets!  I actually did some water coloring, so it added some time to my card this week, but still enjoyed the "twist".




Stampin' Up! Products Used

  • Inks: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, StazOn Black, Basic Black
  • Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories: Blender Pen, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, SNAIL Adhesive
  • Stamp set: Butterfly Basics
Want to see more cards using this technique?  
Jump on over to my partner Sandi's blog and see the beautiful twisted card she made!

Want to see more cards featuring Butterfly Basics -
one of my favorite bundles....click here to view all my cards using this stamp set!

Want to know how to create this card?
We have a full PDF tutorial and step-by-step video tutorial inside Stamping and Blogging.  For now, here's a little sneak peak to help get your started  For more tips on Twisted Triple Time, see Sandi's post.




Double Time

I also previously created a cute and easy card using the Double Time technique and Awesomely Artistic.  You can view that post here for more details what was used and how to make it.



I hope you enjoyed today's post and our featured technique - Twisted Triple Time.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Stampin' Up! Birthday Bouquet: Color Challenge



Good morning stampers!

This week's a Color Combo Challenge! Use any layout, any stamps...but use this Color Combo to spark your creativity!



Today, I'm featuring the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!  






I'm also featuring the Florals Framelits Collection and the Flowering Flourishes stamp set.


 



When making this card

It's a bunch of layers but you can make this card in 10 minutes or less!
  • Card base is Soft Suede.
  • Then a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Whisper White.
  • Stamp Flowering Flourishes stamp in Soft Suede (used a Marker so that's why it appears to be different shades).
  • Same with the greeting (from the You've Got This stamp set), I used a Stampin' Write marker as I couldn't find my stamp pad! lol.
  • Adhered to card base with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Cut a piece from the Birthday Bouquet (2 x 4) and mat it to Soft Suede.  
  • Wrap Pool Party Glitter Ribbon around it. Then adhered to front panel with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Use the inner 3 framelits in the Florals Framelits Collection.  Adhere the bottom one with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Adhere the Soft Suede flower with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Adhere the inner most flower with a Stampin' Dimensional.
  • Add the bling (the Rhinestone Jewels) and you're done!

Stampin' Up! Products

Ink
  • Soft Suede ink pad/marker
Paper
  • Whisper White
  • Birthday Bouquet Series Paper
  • Soft Suede
Accessories
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • SNAIL Adhesive 
  • Florals Framelits Collection / The Big Shot 
  • Pool Party Glitter Ribbon (Occasions Catalog)
  • Linen Thread

Happy Stampers

Now it's time to go and see what the rest of the Happy Stampers designers have come up with for this week's challenge. They are super talented and you are sure to enjoy their projects!

Sandi MacIver
Amy Koenders
Shelagh Freemantle
Mary Deatherage
Jari Smith
Heather Wright-Porto (You are here! Thanks for visiting me!)


Next on our Happy Stampers hop is Sandi MacIver --- our super talented leader!

 http://wp.me/p2SFwf-6KC

Watercolor Smooshing Card Class

Celebrating our 40th Card Class inside Stamping And Blogging that features the Watercolor Smooshing technique as well as a bunch of others!!!!  Check this out!

Watercolor Smooshing Class ad

April’s class is full of Watercolor Smooshing Fun – Yes, Smooshing is a technique, haha….
  • Card 1 is the 10 minute or less guy created with the Picture Perfect Stamp Set
  • Card 2 we add the 3 Step Stamping Technique and a two colored background with overstamping also with the Picture Perfect Stamp Set.
  • Card 3 shows you how to incorporate 5 colors ad we add a little die cutting.
  • Card 4 is the crazy over the top card for this month, we combine Smooshing, Heat Embossing, the Embossed Resist Technique and a little Aqua Painter Fun all created with the Choose Happiness Stamp Set.
  • There are 4 videos and 4 Full pictorial PDF’s to walk you step by step through the techniques.

http://stampinwithsandi.com/stamping-and-blogging

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Stampin' Up! Kinda Eclectic: Sketch Challenge



Good morning stampers!

This week's a Sketch Challenge! Use any colors, any stamps...but use this layout to spark your creativity!



Today, I'm featuring the Kinda Eclectic stamp set by Stampin' Up!  and some Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog. Neutral colors with a little pop of spring colors. Enjoy!







When making this card using Stampin' Up!

  • Card base is Whisper White.
  • Stamp greeting at bottom left.
  • Stamp the sunburst in Tip Top Taupe ink in the center (or whatever color you love).
  • Cut out your favorite DSP two 2 inch squares and adhere with SNAIL.
  • Cut pieces of ribbon on a slant (Mint Macaron 1" Dotted Lace and Watermelon Wonder satin stitched ribbons featured in my card) and adhere.
  • Then cut another piece of card stock to go across, 1 inch x 4-1/4 inches.  I also embossed that piece with the Mosaic Textured Impressions Folder. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to card front.
  • Stamp and cut out butterflies (in Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder).
  • Add rhinestones for the bling!!!!!
  • You're done :D

Happy Stampers

Now it's time to go and see what the rest of the Happy Stampers designers have come up with for this week's challenge. They are super talented and you are sure to enjoy their projects!

Sandi MacIver
Amy Koenders
Shelagh Freemantle
Mary Deatherage
Jari Smith
Kristi Gray
Heather Wright-Porto (You are here! Thanks for visiting me!)


Next on our Happy Stampers hop is Sandi MacIver --- she's amazing!!!!!

 http://wp.me/p2SFwf-6KC

Do you SMOOSH?


Give it a try - it's a lot of fun! It's a very cool water coloring technique and featured in our new April 2016 Card Class in Stamping and Blogging!

It's our 40th stamping class --- whoooo hoooo!!!!!!

http://stampinwithsandi.com/stamping-and-blogging

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stampin' Up! Timeless Elegance: Color Combo Challenge



Good morning stampers!

This week's a Color Combo Challenge! Use any layout, any stamps...but use this Color Combo to spark your creativity!



Today, I'm featuring the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!  I love the color combo and it's perfect with the paper!!! And it's my favorite!!!



(I used Very Vanilla for greeting instead of Whisper White....Ooops....but it works.)

When making this card

It's a bunch of layered Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.
  • Card base is Basic Black.
  • Cut desired widths for light and dark designer paper on the back panel/card front. 
  • Wrap the lighter one with Linen Thread.  Then adhere both pieces, layered, using SNAIL adhesive.
  • The focal panel is the rose patterned paper, matted with Basic Black, and then slanted.  Again this is adhered with SNAIL adhesive.
  • The greeting is created using Label Framelits Collection (The Big Shot) and pierced to allow the Antique Brad to go through and hold the Sahara Sand 1" Lace Dotted Ribbon.
  • Greeting is adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Lastly, add the bling (upper right corner area).

Stampin' Up! Products

Ink
  • Basic Black ink pad
Paper
  • Very Vanilla (for greeting)
  • Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper
  • Basic Black (card base)
Accessories
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • SNAIL Adhesive 
  • Labels Framelits Collection / The Big Shot 
  • Antique Brads
  • Sahara Sand 1" Lace Dotted Ribbon
  • Linen Thread

Happy Stampers

Now it's time to go and see what the rest of the Happy Stampers designers have come up with for this week's challenge. They are super talented and you are sure to enjoy their projects!

Sandi MacIver
Amy Koenders
Shelagh Freemantle
Mary Deatherage
Jari Smith
Kristi Gray
Heather Wright-Porto (You are here! Thanks for visiting me!)


Next on our Happy Stampers hop is Sandi MacIver --- she's amazing!!!!!

 http://wp.me/p2SFwf-6KC

The Big Shot

I use the Labels Framelits Collection a lot in my card designs.  The Big Shot is a fun, and essential paper crafting tool.  Here are a few of hundreds of cards we have inside Stamping And Blogging that feature The Big Shot.  Check us out!


http://stampinwithsandi.com/stamping-and-blogging









Thursday, March 31, 2016

Happy Stampers Sketch Challenge



Good morning stampers!

This week's a Sketch Challenge! Use any color, any stamps...but use this Sketch as inspiration!


I am so very sorry....family emergency...so we are going to quickly continue with the Happy Stampers!!!

I will update as soon as I can with my card.

Happy Stampers

Now it's time to go and see what the rest of the Happy Stampers designers have come up with for this week's challenge. They are super talented and you are sure to enjoy their projects!

Sandi MacIver
Amy Koenders
Shelagh Freemantle
Mary Deatherage
Jari Francis
Kristi Gray
Heather Wright-Porto (you are here! Thanks for visiting me!)


Next on our Happy Stampers hop is the very artistic and creative Sandi MacIver!!!!!

 http://wp.me/p2SFwf-6KC

Stamping and Blogging

We'd love to have you join Sandi and I at Stamping and Blogging.  We have:
  • Over 60 stamping techniques to learn,
  • 39 Card Classes (a new one each month!),
  • Almost 2300 images in our Gallery (alphabetized by stamp set) to spark your creativity,
  • and so much more!!!!  
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