Sunday, August 30, 2009

Creating a Scene with Season of Friendship

Lately I have really been enjoying toying around with the brayered and sponged scene techniques. This technique is often referred to on Splitcoast Stampers as the "Zindorf" technique because Michelle Zindorf is such a master of it and offers some fabulous tutorials.

To create this scene, I started with a sheet of Whisper White cardstock measuring 5x7. I prefer to use a larger size when doing these scenes because it gives me so much more space to work with.

I started with my sky by masking off the bottom half of my paper using an index card (perfect width). I then sponged Barely Banana on the lower right hand side of my sky portion. Once I was finished with that, I placed a 1 3/8" circle over the area. I then sponged some more Barely Banana around the area to increase the color depth there. I then started layering colors as I moved out and away from my sun. The colors I used in order were:

  • More Mustard
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Dusty Durango
  • Really Rust
  • Chocolate Chip

I then removed my circle to reveal the sun I had created and then moved my mask from the bottom portion to the top portion. When I do this I leave a little bit of the portion I just worked on visible so I can kind of blend the two sections together.

So with my sky now finished and covered, I began working on the ground. Here I sponged the entire area with the following colors in order:

  • Mellow Moss
  • Green Galore
  • Old Olive

I then sponged Chocolate Chip around the edges and in a few spots on the grass to give it the appearance of some shadow.

Next I inked up the tree from Season of Friendship with Basic Brown ink and stamped it over my background making sure some of the branches extended over my sun.

To create the hill I tore my index card into a shape resembling what I thought I was looking for. I then placed it over the grass and the trunk of the tree leaving a bit of the bottom portion exposed. I then inked the whole area with Basic Brown ink.

Once I was satisfied with the way my scene looked, I stamped my leaves on the tree using Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive (the Pumpkin Pie didn't turn out so good). I then stamped the birdie using Basic Black.

Next I trimmed my image down and matted it on a sheet of Very Vanilla Cardstock, tied some older SU grossgrain ribbon around it and mounted this whole piece on a 5x7 card made from Whisper White cardstock.

I know this whole thing would make more sense if I had step by step pictures, but I didn't really think this scene would turn out good enough to post when I was creating it. I was really just doing it to practice the technique. Fortunately though it turned out pretty good. Several of the ladies in my stamping group have now asked me to teach the technique so I'm planning to set up a class in the near future.

Thank you so much for looking! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Season of Friendship (111776)

Whisper White (100730),
Very Vanilla (101650)

Barely Banana (101170),
Pumpkin Pie (105216),
Dusty Durango (115654),
Really Rust (102549),
Chocolate Chip(100908),
Mellow Moss (102774),
Green Galore (102122),
Old Olive (102277),
Basic Brown (104315),
Basic Black (101179)

Accessories: Stamping Sponges (101610)

Friday, August 14, 2009

"From Our Patch To Yours..."

When I first saw Stampin' Up!'s new Holiday Mini (active for customers on September 1), I fell in love with this halloween set of stamps.

This is the PUMPKIN PATCH set that will sell for $22.95 in the mini. It is a set of 11 and will be item #116499

I am a big fan of Halloween and love to create fun little projects for Halloween. I immediately fell in love with the versatility of this set. With 3 different pumpkin bases and 3 interchangeable faces there are so many different possibilities for creating the pumpkins. The set is completed with grass, a stem, a swirly vine, and 2 different sentiments.

The basic design for this fun little card came directly out of this years Idea Book & Catalog from page 10 (sorry the image doesn't show up very clear here).

I started with a base of Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I then stamped the 3 face images that come with "Pumpkin Patch" in a random pattern using Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink.

I cut a strip of Pumpkin Pie cardstock, punched the edge of it using the Scallop Edge Punch, and trimmed it to fit my square of Whisper White Cardstock. I used the Ticket Corner Punch on the square to add a bit of interest and then tied two pieces of white floss around the cardstock. I then mounted the square on a square sheet of Old Olive Cardstock.

Next, I stamped my pumpkins using Only Orange Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. I then stamped their stems on top using Chocolate Chic Classic Ink, and their faces with Basic Black Classic Ink. I then cut them out by hand.

I visually gauged where I wanted them to be on the Whisper White Square and then stamped the grass using Old Olive Classic Ink. Next, I did the same thing to stamp the swirly vines at the top. Then the pumpkins were mounted using Stampin' Dimensionals.

As a final touch, I punched the edge of the Pumpkin Pie Cardstock using the Scallop Edge Punch and then added a strip of Old Olive Cardstock underneath the scallops for a bit of interest.

I love this stamp set and can't wait to be able to use it more to make some fun and festive Halloween creations. I also can't wait for you to be able to order this fun stamp set for yourself after September 1.

The holiday mini is chock full of fun and festive sets to make your holiday creations delightful. Please stay tuned as I feature more of the wonderful products you'll find in the mini catalog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Pumpkin Patch (116499)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie (105117), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Only Orange (102696), Old Olive (102277), Chocolate Chip (100908), Basic Black (101179)
Cool Tools: Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Other: White floss

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Official Launch and a Challenge

First of all, welcome to my brand new Stampin' Up! blog!! Thank you so much for visiting me here.

Although this blog is new, I have been blogging for quite some time. My other creations using more general, store-bought products can be found at

I have recently become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and will be using this blog for the purposes of displaying my Stampin' Up! creations as well as discussing all things that are wonderfully Stampin' Up!

Please take a moment to poke around a bit. Please take a moment to add yourself as a follower of the blog and to fill out the subscription box in the upper left corner for email updates.

Now I ask that you be a bit patient with me as I get this blog up and running. I don't have a header or a solid design for the blog just yet. You are likely to see colors changed and see a few things rearranged as I settle into my new digs. I hope you will understand. In the process, if you see anything I can improve, please let me know!

Now, onto the challenge!

My SU upline/sideline family is a wonderful group of friends called the Stampin' Pretty Pals. My wonderful upline, Mary Fish, and a few of the other talented designers in our group have recently launched a challenge blog called "Pals Paper Arts." This wonderful blog will be a great resource for you as you search for inspiration with Stampin' Up! color combinations, sketches, and other design inspiration.

A challenge new challenge will be posted each week on Thursday mornings. You can follow the challenge and link your own version to the blog using Mr. Linky. Each week 3 of the participants will be chosen to be "Artist Picks" and will be featured on the blog.

Don't miss this chance to participate in fun challenges and drive traffic to your blog!

This week's challenge was to follow this sketch drawn by Margaret Moody.

Just yesterday I got a wonderful box filled with goodies from Stampin' Up. It came in perfect time to be able to play with them for this sketch!

The Falling Leaves stamp set (175368) is one I fell in love with immediately when I got my new catalog and I have been so anxious to get it and play with it.

The card you see below is one that we will be doing at my first workshop next week on August 12 and I'm so excited to share it with the customers that will be there!

I took this picture of the card just to try and give you a better view of the background image.

Using Falling Leaves (175368), I stamped each of the leaves in the set on Whisper White cardstock (101731) using the following Classic Stamp Pads:
Rich Razzleberry - 115658
Crushed Curry - 115659
Pumpkin Pie - 105216
Old Olive - 102277

I then punched them out using my Curly Label Punch (112208), sponged the edges using Close to Cocoa (103139), and mounted them on Pumpkin Pie cardstock (105117). I then mounted each of those squares on a square of Old Olive cardstock (100702). These were then mounted on Crushed Curry cardstock (115319). Before I mounted the Crushed Curry on the Rich Razzleberry cardstock (115316), I made a background image using the new Retro Remix Standard Stampin' Wheel (115619) and Rich Razzleberry ink (115658). I love the look the color-on-color stamping gives for this background! I finished it all off by stamping "Grateful" from the Falling Leaves set on the Crushed Curry using Close to Cocoa and mounting the whole stack of layers on a standard A2 size card of Whisper White.

I hope you've enjoyed this creation and will come back to view more. Please leave me a comment and let me know you were here!


Tuesday, August 4, 2009


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