July 30, 2014

Punch Art Hydrangea!

I have a new punch art for you today and I included a tutorial...yay! Before I show you my card, I thought I would show you the inspiration for it with my blue hydrangea. This is what it looks like in my yard right now. It is one of my most gorgeous bushes we own:

My favorite color is blue so I love this hue. I also love to garden as I have 8 flower gardens on our property that keep me quite busy. Here is a close-up of one of the flower bunches:

And now for my card that I created for you today using "Punch Art" to create a hydrangea. I used the "Petite Petals Flower Punch":

I added "Pearl Jewels" in the center of each flower:

And I embossed all of my leaves with the "Perfect Polka Dot" embossing folder:

Here are the steps to creating the flower:

Step 1:

Cut out 18 flowers using the "Petite Petals Punch" and "Soft Sky Cardstock". Sponge all the edges on both sides of each flower with a "Sponge Dauber" and "Soft Sky Ink".

Step 2:

Use a large stylus (mine is non-SU!) and start rolling the stylus over each petal by pushing down and rolling. Use a Stampin' Pierce Mat under each flower as you shape it, to give the cardstock more "push".

Step 3:

Now position the stylus in the center of the flower and again, push and roll only in the center this time:

Push & roll:

Push & roll. As you keep doing this, the flower will become smaller and tighter and will actually turn in a full circle as you push & roll:

Now glue them all to your card front and add a small Pearl Jewel to the center of each flower:
Here are the steps to my card:
  • Card base: Whisper White Cardstock 4 1/4" x 11". Score in the center at 5 1/2" and fold. Stamp the card base with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Pool Party Ink.
  • Add a layer of Rich Razzleberry Cardstock cut with the Hexagon Hive Framelits Die to card front.
  • Cut 3 leaves using Old Olive Cardstock and the Autumn Accents Die. Emboss all 3 leaves using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. Glue to card front.
  • Glue your hydrangea flowers in place
  • Add the sentiment by using the stamp set Good Greetings and Pool Party Ink. Cut out with the Modern Label Punch and glue in place using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Thanks for stopping by to visit me today!


July 29, 2014

My Convention Swaps for our Team!

Hi Everyone! What a wonderful time I had at convention! The Stampin' Up! team that I belong to that is all related to each other.....Uplines, Downlines, Sidelines....that we call ourselves "Stampers For Others", all met during our Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City Utah a little over a week ago. We actually hung out with each other most of the time. There were 12 of us from the same team that attended and some of us swapped. This is the card that I swapped with everyone:

Before inking and embossing, I used my Embossing Buddy to prevent extra powder or glitter from sticking to my cardstock. Just rub across the paper before inking. I used the Perfect Peacock stamp and inked it up using White Craft Ink and sprinkled White Embossing Powder. Once I had the image set with my Heat Tool I started the layering and adorning:

I love how the Night Of Navy and Tangelo Twist look layered together along with the white. I added a little bit of bling with Rhinestone Jewels:

I'll post all the projects I received in exchange soon! Still trying to play catch-up!

Thanks for stopping by to visit me today!


July 28, 2014

Merry Monday Happy Birthday Blog Hop!

Good Morning Everyone and Happy 60th Birthday to LeAnne! Surprise Surprise!

Because today is a milestone birthday for LeAnne, we at Merry Monday planned to surprise her with a Merry Monday Blog Hop. I had the pleasure of meeting LeAnne during our Stampin' Up! convention for a few brief minutes while we passed each other in line for one of our events!

You may have been directed here from Kristie's Blog or if you've started with me, read until you get to the end of my post and I'll direct you to the next blog. Or you can even start right on our Merry Monday Blog if you get lost. How fun is that!!

This is the card and 3D project I made to celebrate LeAnne's birthday:

I made a coordinating set which consists of a card and a battery operated tea light cake! First here's the card:

LeAnne loves the color blue and so do I. I couldn't help but add a bit of pink in the mix to make it a little more girly:

And the 3D birthday cake:

This little tea light is quite neat as it has 3 little legs on the bottom so when I glued the scallop for the base, I had to use 3 layers of Stampin' Dimensionals and I like the height it created.

If you would like to visit LeAnne's blog to wish her a Happy Birthday, click HERE. Because we are not doing our regular Merry Monday Christmas cards this week, we welcome you to make a card for LeAnne and add it to the linky just as you do each week for your Christmas cards. The birthday linky will close on Sunday, August 3rd at Noon (PST) and we will be choosing a winner and honourable mentions like usual.
Thanks for stopping by to visit and now I will direct you to Karren's Blog so you can see some more birthday goodies. Click HERE to vist Karren and Happy Birthday LeAnne!