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Where Do You Find Card Inspiration?

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Hello Friends,

Tell me, do you do this?  I was recently in a Doctor's Office waiting for x rays of my broken wrist and I found myself looking at this wall art thinking that it would be great inspiration for a card.  So tell me; I would really like to know.  Do you do things like this?  Where do you find card inspiration?  Let's  start a conversation.  Post your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this post.  

By the way, would you like to see the card that was a result of my recent doctor's visit?  Fair warning, this is definitely an out of my comfort zone kind of card.  Anyone who knows me, know that I am a Clean and Crisp kind of gal.   But to create my card base, I clearly ventured into the "dirty territory".  There was definitely a fair amount of Soft Suede ink on my fingers.  I have to admit, part of me really wanted to give this card a good scrubbing.

Rooted in Nature Stampin' Up!

Here's the end result.  I used the lovely Winter Woods stamps for the trees, the Rooted in Nature stamps for the leaves and the Itty Bitty Greetings stamps for the greeting on my art inspired card.


Winter Woods Stampin' Up!

I stamped off for a slightly lighter shade of Soft Suede when stamping my trees and leaves.  I also stamped on watercolor paper so that I could paint a soft watercolor background of Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Highland Heather and Gray Granite.  This card is really out of character for me with its dirty background and blurred lines.


Itty Bitty Greetings Stampin' Up!

I reached for my Itty Bitty Greeting to select a sentiment, both because they a smaller and fit the card and because there are so, so many greeting to choose from in this stamp set (32 to be exact!).


Stamping Technique

About That Dirty Background!

To make my background, I inked up my Subtle Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder with Gray Granite ink before running it through my Big Shot.  Tip for you neat freaks (raising my hand wildly)-Rinse your embossing folder immediately and all the ink will rinse right off.

 

 


Winter Woods Stampin' Up!

 

So what about you, is your stamping style dirty or clean.  Some of my very best friends are dirty, but for me I'll stick with clean.

 

Have a fabulous day,

 Newfeichtsiggy

 

 



 


Mixing & Matching Craft Room Supplies

Rooted in Nature Stampin' Up!

Hello Friends,

Sometimes when you have a craft room full of wonderful supplies, it's fun to start mixing and matching.  That's what I did today making a Get Well Card for my son, Bryan.  He's my baby boy and he has really been hurting with back pain that goes clear down into his legs.  Granted my baby boy is 28, but still it hurts knowing that he is in so much pain.


Mixing & Matching Craft Room Supplies

But ...let's get real.  When you mix & match so many Craft Room supplies,  your work area will probably look something like this.  You know what I mean.  The space where you're working gets smaller and smaller and yet you keep creating until you simply have to tidy up.


Autumn Get Well Card

How many stamping and crafting supplies can you identify on today's Card?  Hint:  All supplies are from Stampin' Up!.  I even used a stamp set that would normally be considered Christmas, but not today.

Card Supply List

Stamps:  Rooted in Nature, Healing Hugs, Christmas Pines

Dies:  Nature's Roots, Pretty Pines, Seasonal Layers

Inks: Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzaz, Merry Merlot, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Balmy Blue

Stampin' Blends:  Mango Melody (Dark), Cajun Craze (light), Old Olive (light), Daffodil Delight (light), Crumb Cake (light)

Card Stock:  Merry Merlot, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Whisper White (Regular and Thick for the Card Base)

Tools: Big Shot, Take a Pick, Snips, Stampin' Sponge

Accessories: Braided Linen Trim, Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine, Metallics Sequin Assortment


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Card Hints and Tips:

To color the trio of leaves, I first stamped with Cajun Craze ink, then I colored and blended Mango Melody and Cajun Craze Stampin' Blends.

To make the green and yellow leaves, I first stamped with Pear Pizzazz ink, then I colored and blended with Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.

My card base was sponged with Balmy Blue ink, before laying down my pieces and parts.

Hint:  Layer and arrange everything on your card before you actually begin glueing and taping.  This allows you to wiggle things around until you are pleased with the results.

My tree ring was stamped with Crumb Cake ink, fussy cut and edged with Soft Suede ink.

I separated the ends of my Braided Linen Trim for a pretty effect.  The Take a Pick Tool saved lots of time a frustration in picking up tiny sequins.  I added a tiny dab of glue to my bow tails to keep them in place and to prevent them from obscuring my sentiment.


Rooted in Nature Stampin' Up!

Here's another tip.  When a card front is loaded with this many elements, it's a good idea to to keep the inside simple to prevent an overwhelming, crowded look and to give the eye a break.


Card Making Tips

Have a fabulous weekend,

 Newfeichtsiggy

 


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Country Home Sympathy Card

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Hello Friends,

Why are sympathy cards so hard to make?  Should they be sad or should they be cheerful?  Maybe we just over think it.  The important thing is to send a card and say that you care.  Today's Sympathy Card was made with the Country Home and the Better together stamp sets with just a hint of the Buffalo Check stamp set peeking from behind.


Country Home Stampin' Up!
I must say that I experienced immense pleasure every time, I color images from the Country Home stamp set.  Love the whole farmhouse feel.  I especially like the way my pitcher turned out.  I colored it with a mixture of Night of Navy, Smoky Slate and Cajun Craze Stampin' Blends to give it a rusty, dusty look.  For the bouquet, I used Old Olive, Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede, Blackberry Bliss and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends.  All Stampin' Blends are available here.
Country Home Stampin' Up!

For my sentiment, I stamped it with Versamark ink onto Vellum Card Stock and heat embossed it with Gold embossing Powder.  Then, I cut a second gold foil oval to highlight the gold.  The crisp white embossed background was accomplished with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder.  And I must say, the dynamic impression embossing folders really do leave quite an impression.  Just look at that lovely background!

Country Home Stampin' Up!

For your convenience, I have listed all of today's Card Supplies at the end of this post along with links to purchase them Online.  Simply click the pictured product, and it will take you to my Online Store.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by Stamping Country!

 Have a fabulous day,  

 Newfeichtsiggy

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