Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Blended Sketched Flowers

I made another pair of cards using the large floral image from Sketched Flowers by Simon Says Stamp.  I played with my Distress Oxide inkpads to create a blended background.  It really muted the image, so I used a piece of acetate in my stamp positioner to stamp it again.  (I had stamped the original image weeks before.)  I got it pretty close!

For the background, I used Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, and Black Soot to create that lovely blend.

The sentiments are from the All About You stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.  After stamping them on white cardstock, I cut them out with the matching dies.  I was lucky to grab the combo on clearance last year.  I popped up the sentiments with foam tape for some dimension.

I'm very pleased with these cards!  They have a simple elegance.

Stamps:  Sketched Flowers, All About You (Simon Says Stamp)
Inks:  Barn Door, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon (Distress Oxide); Black Onyx (VersaFine)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Dies:  All About You (Simon Says Stamp)
Misc:  Blending tool (Tim Holtz)


Friday, July 14, 2023

Sketched Flowers Hello

I stamped out this image a couple weeks ago and it's been sitting on my desk ever since.  Yesterday, I broke out my Copic markers for a little coloring therapy.  It felt so good!  I'm rusty, of course, but I enjoyed the process.  The pretty floral bouquet is from a Simon Says Stamp set called Sketched Flowers.  After coloring, I cut the panel in half to create two cards.

I used the Thanks & Hello die by My Favorite Things and the Tiny Words Encouragement stamp set by Simon Says Stamp to create my sentiment.  Simple, but it allows the colorful flowers to really pop off the card.  I doubled up the word "hello" for a little bit of dimension.

I felt so giddy when I finished these!  I've really missed stamping and making cards.  It took me two days to make them because of other commitments, but I did it.  Happy dance!
Stamps:  Sketched Flowers, Tiny Words Encouragement (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies:  Thanks & Hello (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Copics:  0, C1, R20, R21, R24, R27, R29, R43, R89, E27, E29, E59, B91, B93, B97, B99, BV11, BV17, BV29, YG00, YG01, YG06, Y02, Y06, Y08, Y17, G20, G24, G28
Misc:  Onyx Black (VersaFine)


Thursday, July 13, 2023

Birthday Florals

Are you ready for this?  I am posting cards.  Yes, really!  I haven't done much stamping for an entire year.  I've been more involved in theatre and jewelry lately, so while I haven't stopped buying new stamping goodies, I haven't been using them at all.  Sad, I know.  I've felt creatively blocked for quite a while and it was just easier to do other things.  Besides, I have a lot of different hobby interests.

I popped in on the tail end of a stamping class four weeks ago and got the chance to make these two cards.  I don't have all the details of the supplies, unfortunately, but these were quick and easy to make.

It was fun to put ink to paper again!  I think this was a Simon Says Stamp set and we embossed the large image with a gold Brutus Monroe embossing power before cutting it in half to make two cards.  So easy!

Now for another shocker.  I made two more cards today!!!  I know, right??  I'll post those tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Copper Earrings

I recently took a Forging Copper Jewelry class at our local Mixxer space where I made these earrings.  I've always wanted to learn how to work with metal and this was an easy way to dip my toes into that world.  It was a good experience!

I cut the shapes from copper sheeting and added texture with a hammer.  I see all sorts of possibilities with that simple technique.  I love how these turned out!

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Cup of Pearls Earrings

I stitched up a pair of earrings to coordinate with the Cup of Pearls Bracelet that I made earlier this year.  The link to the Potomac Beads tutorial is in that post.  I used one of the main pearl motifs along with part of the clasp to create my earrings.  (There is another tutorial by Potomac by the same name, but the design is different, so I chose this route)

It makes very pretty earrings!

Monday, June 12, 2023

Forget Me Not Earrings

I made a pair of earrings today to match the Forget Me Not Bracelet that I created earlier this year.  You can see that post here.  I used one of the flower motifs and then added a simple seed bead loop so I could attach a jump ring.

As I stated in my previous post, I followed a Youtube tutorial by Potomac Beads.  Simple and easy!

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Daisy Chain Necklace and Earrings

Here's another necklace and earrings set that I made this week!  I followed the Daisy Chain Necklace tutorial by Potomac Beads.  I really love this one!

It's such a pretty design.  I plan to make a matching bracelet once I get more of the lighter color of DropDuo beads.

I made a coordinating pair of earrings using the bottom motif and simply adding a small seed bead loop to the top so I could connect a jump ring.

I can see this design in many colorways, so I definitely need to add more DropDuos to my stash!