Thankful for Pleasant Pheasants

Today’s card features another new stamp set in the upcoming Holiday catalog, which will be available to order from beginning September 5, 2018. Pheasants are dear to my heart, as they remind me of my dad. Back in 2009, Stampin’ Up! released a stamp set called Autumn Days, which also featured a pheasant. I bought the set to make my dad’s Birthday card with it. Unfortunately, he passed away a few weeks before his Birthday. I made him a Missing You card and placed it in his casket. You can see that card here. So, as you can imagine, as soon as Hunter and I saw this new Pleasant Pheasants stamp set, she looked at me and said I had to get it…in my dad’s memory. So, dad, this card is for you, too.

Keep reading for a couple of techniques featured on this card.

Thankful for Pleasant Pheasants


Background Block Stamping With Markers
I know for myself that it can be difficult to color in images that are realistic, so I tried a technique that is new-to-me. This was super easy – as you can see by the steps below. I used Block E and scribbled Stampin’ Write markers on it. Then I spritzed it about 8 to 10 times with water. I then placed it directly on to the Whisper White cardstock. I wasn’t able to capture it on a photo, but when you place it on the cardstock, you can actually see the color absorbing right into the cardstock. It doesn’t take very long to dry, either. Just keep in mind that the cardstock will bow a little.


Customizing Pearls
I adore the new Braided Linen Trim, but I needed a little something extra. I grabbed my Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends marker and colored directly onto the pearls with the brush end. Since Blends are alcohol markers, they dry almost instantly and the color won’t rub off.  Another excuse for me to buy more Blends colors so I can have pearls of any color I need!
Blends on Pearls

Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Pleasant Pheasants
Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Stampin’ Write Blends:  Dark Soft Suede
Lovelies: Braided Linen Trim, Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools:  Stampin’ Spritzer, Banner Triple Punch, Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder, Big Shot

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Rooted in Blissful Nature

There are still a few days left for the Buy 3 Get 1 Free promotion on select Designer Series Paper (see list at the end of the post). I just opened my pack of the Nature’s Poem paper and it is so gorgeous! I am thrilled that Blackberry Bliss was brought out of retirement to become a core color – the richness of it pairs perfectly with lighter colors. These double-sided papers are the perfect complement to the Rooted in Nature bundle. What’s super fun about the dies in this are the inclusion of embossing dies. Take a closer look at the die cut leaves on the card. I ran the cardstock through the Big Shot twice – once to cut the outline and a second time with an embossing die for texture. You definitely need the Big Shot Embossing Mats for this card. Wonderful effect! This card is the one I made as my thank you to my club members. I included a card in each of their orders. I always want them to know I’m thankful for them!

Rooted in Blissful Nature

Stamp Set:  Rooted in Nature
Cardstock:  Blackberry Bliss, Powder Pink, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper:  Nature’s Poem
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss
Lovelies:  Very Vanilla Solid Baker’s Twine
Tools:  Nature’s Roots Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Embossing Mats

Here’s a list of all the Designer Series Paper available with the July special:
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Mirror Image Technique with Feathered Friends

One of my Stamp Club members asked for me to teach them the Mirror Image Technique. If you know me, then you know I went on a YouTube viewing frenzy trying to find the best way to create a mirror image of a stamp…and it paid off! After hours of pouring through different technique videos and trying each one out myself, I finally found the one that produces the best image transfer. A huge thank you to France Martin for this video: https://youtu.be/j4uwbKN7TIU

I decided to have my clubbies do the mirror image with the birds from Bella & Friends. The smaller parrot was part of the stamp that includes the dog with the balloon, so I confidently cut the stamp apart so I could have the little bird separate (see the cutting line in my photo below). So much easier! I used to be scared to cut my stamps apart…but now I rarely hesitate.

Bella Stamp Set

I knew I wanted to highlight the gorgeous paper in the Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack and I wanted summery, fun colors. Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party were super fun together and make a very cheerful all-occasion card. I’m so glad we have Stampin’ Blends in those same colors, too!

Mirror Image Featherd Friends

Tip of the Day: When using a Dynamic Embossing Folder, be sure to use a Stampin’ Spritzer to lightly spritz both sides of cardstock with water before running it through the Big Shot. This step will prevent cracking of the cardstock from the deep impression.

Stamp Set:  Bella & Friends
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Garden Impressions 6” x 6” Stack
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Blends: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral
Lovelies:  Faceted Dots
Tools:  Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Silicone Craft Sheet, Stampin’ Spritzer

Give the Mirror Image Technique a try and let me know if you think it’s as easy as I do!

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog PDF!

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Grapefruit Smiles

The sharpness of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper (what a mouthful!) is simply stunning. I love that all the sheets are Whisper White on one side and Very Vanilla on the other. And, as long as you use a light hand, you can sponge or spritz any color you like on it. I decided to keep this one classy and clean with tone-on-tone layering of the delicious 2018-2020 In Color, Grapefruit Grove. The faux bow using coordinating 1/8” Grosgrain Ribbon is the perfect subtle embellishment beside the oval sentiment which is layered onto a scalloped oval in Grapefruit Grove. I popped up the sentiment with Dimensionals and also popped up the full base layer with Dimensionals onto the card base. I am in love with this paper, stamp set and color!

Grapefruit Smiles
Stamp Set:  Detailed With Love
Cardstock:  Grapefruit Grove, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut
Ink:  Grapefruit Grove
Lovelies:  1/8” Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools:  Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Let me know if you want to order anything!        jenniferarentstamps@comcast.net

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Unicorn Horns & Glitter Bombs

Oh my! Who doesn’t love unicorns? Who doesn’t love glitter? I had made a thank you card for someone a few days ago and she loved it so much, she commissioned a set of 10 note cards using the same unicorn and fun Glimmer Paper. I figured I better package them up in a couple Acetate Card Boxes – gotta keep the glitter contained (just a little)! I was able to fit 5 cards in each box. Super fun! Now we just need to convince Stampin’ Up! to un-retire these products!

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Stamp Set:  Magical Day*
Cardstock:  Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper*, Glimmer Assortment Pack*
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Write Markers: Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo
Tools:  2 ½” Circle Punch, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot

*Retired product

Unicorn Horns & Glitter Bombs 2
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Stained Glass Duo

The Graceful Glass Suite is so eye-catching. The stained glass look is so gothic and regal – especially when you use the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to color the vellum.

Here is a card with a layout I cased from a sample featured in the Demonstrator magazine called Stampin’ Success. The tone-on-tone of layering an embossed piece of cardstock onto the same color card base is so classy here. I just love it!

Stained Glass Thank You
Stamp Set:  Painted Glass
Cardstock:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Graceful Glass Vellum
Ink:  Old Olive
Stampin’ Blends: Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pool Party
Lovelies:  3/8” Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon
Tools:  Simple Stripes Embossing Folder, Petals & More Thinlits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

For the bookmark, I first mounted the Graceful Glass Vellum onto Whisper White. It didn’t look right because I colored the frame of the vellum in Light Crumb Cake. I carefully removed it and tried it on Very Vanilla instead. It was perfect! I’m definitely liking this much better. The Detailed Trio Punch made the bookmark shape a breeze.

Stained Glass Bookmark
Stamp Set:  Painted Glass
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla
Specialty Paper:  Graceful Glass Vellum
Stampin’ Blends: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pool Party
Lovelies:  3/8” Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon, Very Vanilla Solid Baker’s Twine
Tools:  Detailed Trio Punch

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Tropical Escape Bundle

I just can’t get enough of the bright, delicious colors in the Tropical Escape Suite:

Blushing Bride Granny Apple Green Shaded Spruce
I decided to go with the same layout as the two Catalog Kick-Off Party cards I showed earlier. You can see those here. Instead of the circle and starburst, I opted to give the Tailored Tag Punch a try and I added a snippet of Granny Apple Green ribbon. Super cute!

Tropical Escape Bundle
Stamp Set:  Tropical Chic
Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Tropical Escape Stack
Ink:  Shaded Spruce
Lovelies:  ½” Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon
Tools:  Tailored Tag Punch, Tropical Thinlits, Big Shot, Precision Base Plate, Big Shot Die Brush

 

Let me know if you want to order anything!        jenniferarentstamps@comcast.net

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