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Day 2 of Thoughtful Branches Challenge #31cards31days
Ombre Pink Hydrangea Card inspired by Helene de Breejen
5 ¼ X 8 1/2 “ piece of Whisper White Cardstock 100730, scored and folded into an A2 card.
4 X 5 ¼ Tip Top Taupe Designer series Paper (DSP) from In Colors Designer Series Paper (DSP) 12 X 12 Paper Pad 138432.
3 X 3” piece of Whisper White 100730 for the background behind the flower 100730
Scrap of Mint Macaron cardstock 138339 (for the stem and leaves)
Scrap Whisper White Cardstock for the sentiment
Scrap of Melon Mambo cardstock about 3 ½” X 3 ½ “
I use the big Flower Framelit Die (Beautiful Branches thinlits 143538) to cut the stem and leaves from Mint Macaron Cardstock 138339 on the Big Shot 143263 The Big Shot Die Brush 140603 makes it a breeze to loosen the cardstock from the die!
TIP The Mint Macaron cardstock 138339 paired with any of the Stampin’ Up! Pink colors works every time!
Stamp the Hydrangea from the Thoughtful Branches Bundle 144328 Blushing Bride ink (131172) on Blushing Bride cardstock 131198, then cut it on the Big Shot with the flower framelit die from the Beautiful Branches Thinlit set.
Cut a flower from Melon Mambo cardstock with the big flower thinlit die for the backing. The Melon Mambo flower behind the omber flower really makes the flower look more substantial.
I crumpled up both flower pieces in my hand, and then opened them back up. The cardstock will stand up to the crumpling. It gives the flowers some extra dimension, so they do not look flat.
After I open the flowers up, I roll them around a Stampin’ Write Marker, or a pen or pencil, to give it a slightly rounded shape.
To create the ombre effect, starting about ⅓ of the way down, sponge Flirty Flamingo ink on the blushing bride flower. I sponged it at an angle, not straight across, so it looks more natural. On the lower third of the flower, sponge on Melon Mambo ink.
I use the Stampin; Sponges 141337 to apply the ink. There are three round sponges in a package, and I cut each sponge into 8 wedges, so I get 24 sponge wedges for only $3.50!
TIP I cut my Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430 in half, or thirds so the white adhesive won’t show.
I carefully place the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the Melon Mambo flower and use a little Snail Adhesive 104432 along the edges of the flower.
TIP Use the silicone Craft sheet 127853 under the detailed paper when applying the adhesive. The adhesive will stick to the cardstock and not all over what is beneath it!
Use dimensionals toward the center so that it stands up more than the edges. If you want it to stand out even more, try stacking two layers of dimensionals!
I adhered the ombre flower to the top of the Melon Mambo Flower, again using Dimensionals toward the center, and little bits of Snail Adhesive on the edges, so the center is “popped up”
You might need to look closely to see the Melon Mambo flower is slightly offset under the ombre flower.
I stamped the “For You” greeting on Whisper White cardstock in Mint Macaron ink, and punched it out with a 1 ¼” circle punch 119861. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere it to the card.
Stampin’ Up! has what has to truly be one of my all time favorite stamp sets with matching Thinlits Die set. I was so sad when I learned that this set would only be available from Aug. 2, 2016-August 31, 2016 or while quantities last, that I decided to make 31 cards in 31 days! These are the first 18. I will give details about each card, including the name of the artist who inspired the card below. Order this stamp set from my web site before it is too late! #31cards31days I am posting each new card on my Facebook page Kristy’s Stamp and Create, add a link on my Twitter page @klspeer1, and on Instagram
144328 Thoughtful Branches Bundle price includes 10% off -23 stamps, 9 thinlits $52.00 143539 Thoughful Branches Stamp Set 23 photopolymer stamps- $27 144328 Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies 9 dies $31
I have over 200 pins of Thoughtful Branches ideas on my Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Branches Pinterest Board. I add more every day!
Day 1- Christmas Cardinal – I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything)this from Dena Rekow .
When I get inspiration from another artist, sometimes it looks very much like the card, and sometimes it is just similar. I used Real Red cardstock 102482 for the base, Crumb Cake cardstock 120953 for the front panel (4″X5.25″). I stamped the trees in Tip Top Taupe ink, a 2015-2017 In Color 142234, the ground in Very Vanilla ink spot that came in the 2016 April Paper Pumpkin kit and highlighted it with the Stampin’ Up! Chalk Marker 132133. II cut the bird from a scrap of Real Red Cardstock, and stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Reason for the Season stamp set 139730 because I thought this font worked perfectly with the card. I stamped it in Real Red ink. It is hard to tell from the picture, but I cut a Stampin’ Dimensional in half to adhere the bird, and Used Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430 on the back of the Crumb Cake cardstock to add dimension to the card. Stampin’ Dimensionals are one of my most used products that Stampin’ Up! sells.
I have not posted on this blog for a long time because my life has changed dramatically. I plan to make the majority of this blog about my crafts, art, tutorials, links to great ideas, and inspiration. I want to help you make something beautiful for someone you love, or for yourself!
But first, I will fill you in on the last few years. My husband began hospice care in July of 2015, and he lost his 4 ½ year battle to renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) on Nov. 29, 2015. Ever since his stroke in 2013, my husband and I had to make big changes. He had some dementia and lost strength in his arms and legs. His worn out knee replacement could not be replaced again, because his cancer was in his bones, and it would have spread the cancer faster. He was no longer a good surgery risk. He could no longer do the household chores, and with my disabilities, I cannot do much around the house. It was difficult, to say the least, for me to get much crafting or artwork done, between my chronic pain, the lack of organization, and overall chaos in my life. I devoted the majority of my limited energy and strength to taking care of my husband. I’ve had two spinal surgeries to reduce the pain from severe arthritis, and replace disks that have worn away due to severe degenerative disk disease. I also live with fibromyalgia, so my pain is constant. When I do work on my crafts, I can only do it in short bursts of time. I am having another surgery sometime this month, and I pray that I will get some relief from the constant pain.
After Ken’s stroke, we moved into my mom’s duplex, and she lives in the other unit. I have my daughter and her family across the street, so I have lots of nearby moral support, and intermittent help around the house. I am blessed to have my son, and two of my daughters and their families live nearby. The grandchildren certainly brightened Ken’s life right up until the end, and the grandchildren keep me laughing and fill my heart with joy!
And I almost forgot! I had weight loss surgery in March of 2015, so I could lose enough weight to allow me to have spinal surgery. I am down almost 100 lbs, and I still have some weight to lose. I stopped needing my blood pressure meds within a week of the surgery, and stopped my diabetes pills two weeks after the surgery. My motivation was for my health, and not my looks, and I think that is a big reason I’ve done well over one of the most difficult years of my life. I normally eat my way through stress, and I’ve been finding what I hope are healthier ways to cope.
I have my little helper with me. She loves stamping, and I taught her to pat, pat, pat on the inkpad, then stamp on the paper and press down. She loves to glue things with her glue stick. She is three, so I occasionally find teethmarks in the glue, and she likes to put blue stamp pad ink on her lips! It is non toxic; I checked!
It’s been a LONG time since I posted. There’s been a lot going on in our world. Some of the best things are the addition of three new grandchildren this year! We were blessed with twin granddaughters in January, and a grandson in August! I adopted a cat last month and we formed an instant bond! I haven’t been crafting as much this past year, because after spinal surgery last year, my lower spine collapsed, accompanied with serious pain. My husband’s kidney cancer came back with a vengeance, and we’ve been busy fighting that battle! We have to make a big decision about whether to try a third type of chemo pill. The side effects are much worse than with the previous medication. We have to think about whether his quality of life will be worse while he is taking the pills. The pills are not a cure. They might keep the new tumors from getting worse, or possibly shrink some of them. Because of previous strokes and heart issues, surgery would be too risky, and some tumors would be hard to access. We are praying that we make the right decision.
Since my mobility has been limited, I have been Pinteresting (is that a word?) like crazy! I have lots of followers! Lately, I have been taking time to click to the original website before pinning, to avoid posting to risky links, or links that don’t have instructions. With over 9,000 pins, I am not close to having them all cleaned up, but I am working on it. My latest craft interest has been crocheting. I am working on getting Christmas gifts done, so I will post pictures soon! My Pinterest boards are listed under Kristy Speer if you are interested. I don’t have my own work on there, but I find plenty of interesting ideas! I have 66 boards and over 4500 followers, so I hope you will check it out!
I made this card using, the Stampin Up Mosaic Madness stamp set, basic black, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White paper and inks, the Quaternary Designer Series Paper, and mosaic punch. I used three layers of punching to create dimension. I embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock using the mosaic embossing folder. Then I punch out sections, so that I could use that piece sandwiched between the black underneath and the stamped mosaic images above the sandwiched piece.i used Dimensionals to raise the black and yellow punched pieces up higher than normal. The acetate overlay across the top really finished off the card nicely.