Last Saturday night was my Spring Fling Class in Turlock and boy, did the Stamp Tramps have a great time! I am sure the people that walk past our classroom wonder what the heck is going on back there because we always have such a good, fun and LOUD time..LOL!!
Here is one of the cards that I designed for the class...it features a couple of techniques that I wanted to show my ladies...the chalkboard technique and the color wash flower technique. When I was designing this card I wanted a vintage look and I really found it with those 2 techniques as well as this gorgeous Designer Series Paper that I just don't use enough! It is called Natural Composition Specialty Paper and it is just beautiful. Each sheet is Natural Kraft with a clear embossed design and it was so funny, everyone thought that I had stamped and embossed each piece for this project. They were pleasantly surprised to find out that this paper is available in our Annual Catalog. The color combo for the card was Pool Party and Calypso Coral (rumor has it that these 2 In-Colors will be sticking around just a while longer-YAY!!)
The flowers are from our flower trim that is available in Spring Catalog and I hope that they carry over to the next Annual Catalog because there are so many things that you can do with them. I also used one of our doilies as well as the Woodgrain EF.
Here is a swatch of the patterns included in the pack of DSP, and believe me this photo does not do this product justice.
I am sure you have seen the chalkboard technique all over the internet, it has been a very popular look this year, but if you have not seen the Color Wash technique for the flowers, here is a link to a great tutorial, courtesy of Jeanna Bohanon, of Stamp Time Somewhere: Color wash.
Here is a pic of my card from Instagram, which gave it an even more vintage look:
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Here are a couple of banners that I created last week! I used our Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, Doilies from the Spring Mini Catalog, Twitterpated Buttons (currently on The Clearance Rack) some old felt flowers from my retired stash and my trusty Big Shot Alphabet dies that retired last year but I will never part with because it is perfect for banners such as this. It was recently featured on the Clearance Rack and hopefully it will show up there again.
These are just a few banners that are going in my shops and will also travel with me to a few off site events that I am participating in. Spring is always a busy time and now that SU! is my full time job I have filled my schedule with lots of fun stuff AND I will be doing the Farmers Market in Angels Camp this season as well!
Here is a great blog post taken from the official stampin' Up! blog ~ iT IS WRITTEN BY lISA w, ONE OF OUR CATALOG DESIGNER mANAGERS.
iNTRODUCING PHOTOPOLYMER BY STAMPIN' UP!
I’ve always wanted to be a graphic designer. In fact, my aunt had one of those original Macintosh computers with the itty bitty screens and when we’d visit, she’d let me use it. It had this awesome program that would let you design cards. It was pretty cutting edge back then. Obviously, the time spent in my aunt’s home office foreshadowed my professional choices as an adult.
My favorite part about design is typography. I adore type. There’s just something inherently beautiful about letterforms and what happens when you stack them to create different shapes and combine them to say different things. So when I was asked a few weeks ago to create some artwork for our first-ever photopolymer stamp set, I jumped at the chance to do something that would speak to my typography love. Can I get a holla?! Additionally, I wanted to focus on the cool benefits of photopolymer stamps (but we’ll get into that in just minute).
So without further adieu, let me introduce you to the Designer Typeset Stamp Set. It’s based around a really great san serif font that will work well on just about any project. And then there are embellishments and shapes to take whatever you want to say to the next level. The possibilities are seriously endless.
I’ll admit, once I started playing around with the stamp set, I had a hard time stopping. The mess that has taken up residence in my craft room attests to this fact. So many witty one-liners, so little time.
But before I get too carried away, let’s get to talking about the benefits of photopolymer stamps. For those who are unfamiliar, let me point out a couple of things I personally find really cool.
First, they’re completely clear, making it oh-so-easy to stamp exactly where you want. They come unmounted, on an acetate sheet, and temporarily adhere to our clear blocks. Awesome!
Second, they are pliable. Want your arrow to shoot a certain way? No problem! Want your banner to have the perfect sag? Easy peasy! Being able to play with the shape gives you even more creative freedom.
This is one of many banners that I created this week that are spring themed. The Twitterpated Designer Series Paper is perfect for doing these types of projects. Fresh colors and pretty florals! I stamped the word "BLOOM" using the Broadsheet Alphabet Set. I love the different fonts in this set, all so pretty and feminine. The Large Pink flower is cut with the Floral Framelits Set and the smaller flower is punched with the Blossom Punch. The tiny pink flower with the pearl in the middle is punched with one of the Itty Bitty Punches. Stay tuned for more banner ideas!
I created this card last week I just can't say enough how much I love the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper that is FREE with your $50 order! It is so much fun pulling out my favorite stamps sets to pair with this gorgeous paper. The Eiffel Tower image from Artistic Etchings is one of my all time faves so I went to it first when I wanted to create with this pattern and the Rich Razzleberry card stock just pulled it all together. This was a simple card to design and using the Top Note Die for the Big Shot always adds a nice touch of elegance. The words are from Elements of Style and the stamped flourish background is from Everything Eleanor. Simple layout, pretty card!
I was so happy to see the 25th Anniversary set for March....Best of Flowers....it includes 2 of my favorite oldies...the hydrangea from Because I Care and the daisies from Upsy Daisy! I still have the original stamp sets in my collections and just created a card last week for the shops using the hydrangea. I decided to nix the usual colors for this stamp (blue or lavender) and go with neutral colors for this card....Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. You can hardly see it in this picture, but I covered the bloom with Dazzling Diamonds and it looks sooooo pretty in person!
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