Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop!!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Seasonal Expressions 1
New Product Blog Hop!

Today, 24 consultant artists are sharing artwork
they've created using NEW products
featured in the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog
from Close to my Heart!

If you've just arrived here from JEANIE's BLOG
then you are on the correct path.

 The first stamp set I fell in love with when I opened my 
Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog was this set (above):
Stuck on You (C1643) with it's coordinating Thin Cuts (Z3200).
Because I live in the "High Desert" of California and we see a lot more cactus here than other kinds of plant-life, I immediately knew that I had to have these adorable stamps!

 Here is the standard-size card I created with this stamp set and the thin cuts,
also featuring our NEW Penelope Paper Packet (X7207B).
I felt like the colors/patterns included in this paper packet
were the perfect combination (Crystal Blue, Honey, Pear, and
Thistle, PLUS I added Saddle cardstock and ink) to make my
cactus scene colorful and somewhat realistic looking.

 If you'd like to learn more about exactly how to use this
stamp set with our NEW thin cuts dies, you will want to
watch this how-to video:

Now you can continue on with the hop and be

inspired by more creative artwork and ideas 
by visiting MARIE's BLOG next. 
Enjoy the hop!!

Friday, January 1, 2016

January SOTM (Beloved Bouquet) Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM: 
Beloved Bouquet S1601

You should have just arrived here from 
Today I'm sharing two standard-size cards I created using this stamp set. The card on the Left features paper from the "La Vie En Rose" packet (X7201B) and the card on the Right features paper from our brand-new "Charlotte" paper packet (X7205B). The fun of a "Base and Shade" stamp set like this one, is how easy it is to stamp (in two steps) with two different ink colors to add depth, detail, and create a more realistic look with each stamped image. To achieve the look of my flowers, I stamped the "shade" or "outline" stamp first with Black memento ink (Z899). Then I stamped the "base" or "solid" stamp image on top of the first with Sorbet ink using the second generation "stamp-rolling" technique. To do this I inked the stamp with Sorbet ink and stamped it once on scratch paper. Then, by rolling the stamp so that only the outside edges of the image touch the Sorbet ink pad a second time, I get the extra dark Sorbet color on the outside edges of the solid image. I also used the same technique to stamp the leaves (with Slate ink) on the card on the Left (and below).

Here's a closer look (below) at what all of the images included in this stamp set look like:

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the cards I made!
Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting 
LELA's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!