Posts Tagged ‘Gift of Love’

Reflections on Swan Lake

May 15, 2017

I decided to stamp and colour the swans on both these cards, again from the Swan Lake set, in black. For the first card, I re-visited the reflection technique and an old favourite – Lovely as a Tree.

Card: Night of Navy, Whisper White;
Stamp Pads: Archival – Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie;
Stamps: Swan Lake, Lovely as a Tree, Gift of Love (hostess);
Other: Bunch of Banners framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig image sheet, sponges, Wink of Stella – clear

This last card was another CASE of a swap card I received at On Stage back in November from Ariana Brinkmeyer:

Card: Real Red, Whisper White;
Stamp Pads: Archival – Basic Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron;
Stamps: Swan Lake, Watercolor Wash, Rose Wonder;
Other: Layering Circles framelits, dimensionals, blender pen, Wink of Stella – clear

I still have a couple of other ideas to try out for this set when I get a little time to play!

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More Swan Lake

May 13, 2017

This card was rather more challenging than the previous cards I posted using the Swan Lake set. It went through a couple of incarnations before I was reasonably happy with it. The outline of the swan is a little thicker than most stamps, so stamping it in Basic Black or even Basic Gray was too dark for my liking. I finally stamped it in Smoky Slate ink, after off-stamping it once or twice; almost like no-line stamping. I then painted the whole swan with Wink of Stella.

Card: Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White;
Stamp Pads: Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Memento – Tuxedo Black;
Stamps: Swan Lake, Gift of Love (hostess);
Other: Layering Ovals framelits, Bunch of Banners framelits, Seaside embossing folder, clear block, spritzer, basic rhinestones, scoring stylus (from Simply Scored), piercing mat, Wink of Stella – clear

Here is another card using the Swan Lake set. I used a different kind of double-stamping technique with this card, which Sara Douglass demonstrated at On Stage. First I stamped the ‘Happy’ & ‘Birthday’ from the Birthday Bright set with Sweet Sugarplum ink, then ‘dusted’ the card with the embossing buddy. Next I inked only the lower half of the words with Versamark ink, stamped over the Sweet Sugarplum words and embossed with gold embossing powder. Then I gold embossed the flowers and coloured them with inks and blender pens. I felt the card was still a little stark, so I lightly sponged it with Crumb Cake.

Card: Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White;
Stamp Pads: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Versamark;
Stamps: Swan Lake, Birthday Bright;
Other: Gold embossing powder, embossing buddy, blender pen

One Last Spin of the Butterfly!

May 6, 2017

One of our cards for this month’s class; we had to make one more spinner card before the die retires – and it includes quite a few other retiring items having a final airing.

Card: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Stamp Pads: Watermelon Wonder (retiring), Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry
Stamps: Flower Patch (retiring), Papillon Potpourri (retiring), Kinda Eclectic (retiring), Gift of Love (hostess) (retiring)
Framelits: Sliding Star (retiring), Banner (retiring)
Punches: Elegant Butterfly (retiring), 3/4″ circle
Other: foam adhesive strips, dimensionals, glue dots, sponges, Wink of Stella – clear, Wink of Stella – gold (retiring), 2 x 5c coins

Detailed Dragonfly on Blooms & Bliss

April 22, 2017

We started the year with some easy cards for the class, and some lovely new stamps and dies from the Occasions catalogue. While I love making Christmas cards, every year I think I’ll have all mine made early; I’ll get off to a good start but then something will put me behind and it’s a race to get them all done in time. So it’s always great to have some new stamps to play with after the stress of Christmas!

I’d been looking forward to using the Dragonfly bundle since I got it after On Stage in November:

Card: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Silver glimmer paper, Blooms & Bliss DSP
Stamp Pads: Island Indigo
Stamps: Gift of Love
Other: Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, Bunch of Banners framelits