So Many Sparkly Stars

So Many Sparkly Stars

I enjoy taking a stamp set and creating something completely unexpected. As I was perusing the new 2019 Holiday Inspiration Catalog. I fell in love with the So Many Stars stamp set. The catalog inspirations shown are geared towards the Christmas Holiday Season. Today’s share “So Many Sparkly Stars” is my outside-the-box take on the So Many Stars stamp set

EMBELLISHMENT: With fall having arrived here in the Northwest my creative juices were leaning toward Halloween. I was trying out the Shimmer Black Emboss Powder. After embossing and die cutting the swirls & stars, the sparkly black look made me giddy. I then wanted something to pop against the black, Granny Apple Green jumped out at me.

I was looking to add more shine and decided to spritz the Granny Apple Green with a mixture of Frost Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol. [Perfect!!!] After cutting the same swirls & stars I started layering onto a band of Basic Black. I loved the look. At this point I had an embellishment that needed a home. Lol!

BASE: Layering the embellishment onto the Granny Apple Green layer made the stars pop. [Sweet!] Well……what goes great with black and green ……purple! When I pared this embellishment with Gorgeous Grape I did my happy chair dance. To add the finishing touch I gave the new Scripty Emboss Folder a try. OMGosh! This emboss folder is THE BOMB! It was the perfect subtle background. What do you think?

SENTIMENT: To finish the design it needed a sentiment. I had leftover spritzed Granny Apple Green and decided to use it. Looking at the sentiments included in the So Many Stars stamp set I felt “the stars are shining brightly” would be the perfect fit. I was strong and ended up cutting apart the full sentiment “O, holy night, the stars are shining brightly” and embossed it in plain black. Finally another cool item in the new 2019 Holiday Inspiration Catalog are “black” dimensionals. WHAT? Yes, there are now black dimensionals to use with dark designs so you hardly see them. I used them on the green stars and the sentiment. Woohoo!

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES:

Here’s what I used: STAMP: So Many Stars; PAPER: Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black; INK: VersaMark; ACCESSORIES: Dies–Stitched Stars |Emboss Folder–Scripty 3D| Punch–1-1/2″ Circle | Emboss Powder–Shimmer Black & Black

When I had finished my design I showed it to a friend and she said “hey, it has a “wicked” feel.” I didn’t even see that. Very cool! I’d love to hear if you thought I hit the “wicked” feel OR if you love the “Scripty” emboss folder like I do.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you’re inspired to get your fingers inky. Have a great day!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

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Extra!, Extra! Promotion

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Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a great Wednesday!!!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

Well Said Happy Birthday Butterfly

Well Said Butterfly Happy Birthday

Woohoo……Spring has finally sprung! I had fun creating my Well Said Happy Birthday Butterfly bright and bold design. This card includes many cool techniques that can help spark your design mojo. [smile]

I have fallen in love with the new Granny Apple Green color. I paired it with one of the new 2018-2020 In Colors, Blueberry Bushel. This combination is bright, cheery and very gender neutral. [TIP: Leave off the butterfly and this would make a great masculine card.]

Both the Gingham bands are from the 2019 Sale-a-bration Designer Paper Botanical Butterfly. It recently retired but I just loved it so much I used the blank & white design brayered with more of that fun Granny Apple Green. Love it!

I also included two types of embossing:

The first is dry embossing……this is on the Blueberry Bushel rectangle that I first cut using the Rectangle Stitched Dies then embossed with the Subtle embossing folder. This was layered onto another rectangle in Basic Black that I tore the edges to give even more texture. [sweet!]

The second is the butterfly. I heat embossed the image with VersaMark and black embossing powder. Then I colored with sponge daubers using those wonderful Granny Apple Green and Blueberry Bushel inks.

Finally, I topped it all off with Happy Birthday. The “happy” is from the Well Written set of dies along with the Well Said stamp set, that I am ecstatic both are carrying over. Woohoo!

I appreciate you stopping by to check out my Well Said Happy Birthday Butterfly card card and hope that you have a great day. AND that you are inspired to get your hands inky!

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMPS: Well Said, Butterfly Gala
  • PAPER: Granny Apple Green, Blueberry Bushel, Basic Black, Whisper White, 2019 Sale-a-bration Designer Paper–Botanical Butterfly (vintage)
  • INK: Granny Apple Green, VersaMark, Blueberry Bushel
  • ACCESSORIES: Punch–Butterfly Duet | Dies–Well Written, Rectangle Stitched | Emboss Folder–Subtle | Emboss Powder–Black

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

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Floral Romance You are the Greatest

Floral Romance You are the Greatest

Simple designs with wow! are fun to create. It is a challenge for me but I was up for it. I was excited when I found this Floral Romance Velum Designer Paper in the 2019 Occasions Catalog. The strong imagery and Fresh Fig & Mossy Meadow colors inspired today’s post Floral Romance You are the Greatest design.

I started with a Soft Sea Foam base. Next was a Mossy Meadow band with the edges torn, to add a the bit of texture. Then it was embossed with the Subtle embossing folder for another layer of texture. Next I added a narrow layer of Blackberry Bliss popped with Dimensionals. Finally, a layer of Whisper White topped with the same size Floral Romance Velum bands.

Keeping the sentiment clean and simple was my next design challenge. Well……I tried to keep it simple……but had fun with the oval layers from the Layering Oval Framelits, the floral image and sentiment from the Tropical Chic stamp set. Oh……I almost forgot, I spritzed the larger oval with a mixture of Frost White Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol. [TIP: Make sure to stamp off the flower image before stamping onto the oval. The Rich Razzleberry is a super rich, saturated color.] I had to add some shimmer somewhere. Lol! Below is the color palette that I used for this design.

Stampin’ Supplies

  • STAMP: Tropical Chic
  • PAPER: Soft Sea Foam, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Specialty Designer Series Paper–Floral Romance
  • INK: Rich Razzleberry, Stazon Jet Black
  • ACCESSORIES: Framelits–Layering Ovals | Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–Subtle

Thank you very much for stopping by today. I do hope you enjoyed today’s share and are inspired to get your fingers inky. Have a great day!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Happy Birthday Butterflies Card in a Box

Happy Birthday Butterflies Card in a Box

I had fun creating this Happy Birthday Butterflies Card in a Box for my mom’s birthday in December. When I saw the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits in the new 2019 Occasions Catalog I instantly knew I wanted to cut them apart and play with them.

For my mom’s birthday I went over the top designing……Hello! it was for my mom’s birthday and she likes over the top. I hadn’t done a “card in a box” design for a while and thought it would be cute to have to butterflies “flying” out of the box. The bright Melon Mambo and Old Olive for the card in a box base went perfectly with the Sale-a-Bration Lovely Lipstick Foil, Brusho Crystal Colour powders and Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies.

Card in a Box: After building the box I felt it needed texture so I went through my Designer Series Paper stash (Lol!) and background stamps. The Burlap Background stamp jumped out at me. After cutting panels to fit the flaps and sides, then stamping with Melon Mambo. I had people asking if it was designer series paper. Cool!!!

Butterflies: The butterfly base started with Watercolor cardstock spritzed with water, then I sprinkled it with Brusho Crystals–Brilliant Red, Gamboge and Yellow. I made sure to not tilt the paper so it wouldn’t mix together, it would stay spotted. After I layered the Lovely Lipstick butterflies onto to the Brusho Crystal base I cut them apart and placed them with narrow strips of Window Sheet.

Sentiment: Sometimes you need to try several different sentiments and what it is stamped on before you find the right look. This was the case for me. There was a small strip of the watercolor piece so I tried that with Mossy Meadow ink. Sweet! Then I layered the “Happy Birthday” onto Mossy Meadow and Old Olive. I Love it!

Happy Birthday Butterflies Card in a Box Back.

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMPS: Burlap (background), Well Said (sentiment)
  • PAPER: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Watercolor, Sale-a-Bration Lovely Lipstick Foil
  • INK: Melon Mambo, Mossy Meadow
  • ACCESSORIES: Thinlits-Butterfly Beauty | Framelits–Rectangle Stitched | Brusho Crystal Colour– Brilliant Red, Gamboge and Yellow | Stampin’ Trimmer

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s Happy Birthday Butterflies card in a box and are inspired to get your fingers inky.

Sparkly Hugs, Carol