Kind Koala

I fell in love with the Kind Koala stamp when the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog came out this year.  He is just so darned cute.  At this month's Stamp of the Month Class which featured the For Peep's Sake stamp set, I wanted to show them you could use the stamp for more than just Easter.  I saw this card on Pinterest (sorry I forgot who designed it) and made a few little tweaks).
Koala BloomIsn't he just the cutest!  The base of the card is Calypso Coral — I think that is my new favorite color — it works so well for spring cards and projects.  I added a piece of Neutrals Crumb Cake DSP and a strip of DSP from the Stacked with Love DSP pack. 

The Koala stamp has words on it — I cut the Thinking of You words (which can still be added any time).  I inked up the Koala with Soft Suede ink and then used a Post-it Note to cover up the "YOU" under the Koala and stamped on the Whisper White panel.  When you put the Post-It Note over the word you kind of cover the bottom of the Koala so after I stamped him I took a Soft Suede marker and drew over the bottom of him to make sure it shows.  I colored him with the Crumb Cake marker and the inside of his ears and his nose with the Crisp Cantaloupe marker.  The "Bloom" with the tulip stamp is from the For Peep's Sake stamp set — I inked that up with markers and stamped.

Isn't this card adorable — love it.

Have an Egg-cellent Easter

Finally spring is here — yesterday was the first official day of spring.  I know, we could still have some "funky" weather but the past couple of weeks have shown that the worst of winter is behind us.  The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and my flowers are poking through the ground.  All of this reminds me that Easter is right around the corner.  This card is from this month's Stamp of the Month Class which featured the For Peep's Sake stamp set.
Egg-cellent EasterThe base of the card is Coastal Cabana.  I used a strip of the Best Year Ever DSP and Best Year Ever Ribbons which are both Sale-a-Bration items that you can choose FREE when you place a $50 order by March 31st.  The stamp with the chicks actually has three chicks together — I cut my stamp apart so I have three separate chicks that I can use by themselves or I can still line up all three and stamp them together.
I inked up the chicks with So Saffron ink but before stamping I colored their feet with the Calypso Coral marker — then stamp in the lower right corner of the Whisper White cardstock.  I colored the ribbon on the right bunny chick with the Coastal Cabana marker, their beaks with the Calypso Coral marker and dotted their eyes with the Project Life Pen.

Look closely at the Whisper White layer — I used the row of eggs to fill in the white space.  I stamped five rows of eggs using VersaMark ink and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.

For the tag embellishment piece, I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 2" x 4 1/4".  I used the Ornate Tag Punch to punch both ends of the cardstock, then I stamped the words with Coastal Cabana ink.  Next I used a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock that measured 2 1/8" x 4 1/8" and punched both ends of it — this is a little tricky because the channel of the punch fits a 2" strip of cardstock, so you have to go over the channel to force the cardstock into the punch.  Now you have a border of Calypso Coral around the Whisper White tag.  I added dimensionals to pop the tag just a bit.

I hope you are having fun making Easter cards.

Sheltering Tree Framed Art

Wednesday night I held a class featuring the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  We made a framed art piece and I must say this piece really does look like art.  We used Stampin' Up!'s Canvas Creations.  What a great "unknown" product.  It is artist canvas that can be cut to any size and stamped on.  I have to thank Frances Martin, a fellow demonstrator, for the tips and techniques for this project.
Sheltering TreeWe covered all four seasons for this framed art.  I cut the Canvas Creations into 4" x 6" panels and stamped the tree with Early Espresso ink on all four panels.  Then I created the seasons:
Winter — we stamped snowflakes and snow on the ground with Pool Party ink
Sheltering Tree WinterThe spring panel leaves are Blushing Bride and Rose Red.  The grass is Old Olive.  Don't you just love the swing.
Sheltering Tree SpringFor the summer panel we used Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow combinations.  Don't forget to add the bike with Memento and Real Red inks.
Sheltering Tree SummerLast but not least is fall which used Hello Honey and Cajun Craze for the leaves and Old Olive and Cajun Craze for the grass.  Don't forget to add the rake for all those leaves.
Sheltering FallAfter we stamped the images, we took an Aqua Painter and went back over the stamped images to bring the color out and fill in some of the texture so you didn't get "holes" in the picture.

This project was must quicker than I expected and everyone LOVED their pictures when they finished.  I am anxious to play with the Canvas Creations some more — I'm thinking the Painted Petals stamp set will work great for this medium.

Give it a try and email me your project picture.