I had another apple floating around on my craft table and I had this idea to make my own background paper so I thought "why not use that apple. So I pulled out my Simon Says Stamp Apple Green ink and the apple image from the Stampendous Fresh Fruit set and started making my own background. I stamped rows of apples, added in some seeds using another stamp from the set and some Espresso Truffle Memento ink. I added a stems to the apples and then added my colored apple to the free space I left in stamping. I finished it off with a stem. I then realized I didn't really have any place for my sentiment that would work other than on top of the apple. It worked out perfectly and placed it on top of a red card base from my stash, but it still needed something. So I added some Glossy Accents and called that good.
Oh, and this came was what I was working on when I let this sneak peek go out on Instagram:
Today I continued to play with my Stampendous Fresh Fruit stamp set. I had already stamped my pear, masked it off, stamped a second and added the stems and colored the whole thing the other day. So I just had to fussy cut the image and decide what to do it with it. Fortunately, it all came together very quickly tonight. I used the Femme Frames set from Mama Elephant to cut a scrap of green paper from my scrap bin and the smaller frame to cut another piece of paper from the Jillibean Soup Homemade 6 Bean Soup 6x6 pad. I just layered these on my white card base. I found a cute die cut called from the Pinked Elle-ments set from Avery Elle to make a cute flag for the sentiment from the set. Then it was just adding that to the edge of my pears and adding the whole thing with some pop dots to the front on the card. I decided to finish it off with some Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents like I had for the apple card.
Since I managed to catch up Project Life over the weekend (love doing one month at a time), I had a little time last night to play in my craft room after cleaning it up (because why should it stay clean?). I decided I wanted to use up some stamp sets that I've bought but not really used. I have them sitting in box near my craft desk for just this opportunity. I pulled out one called Fresh Fruit from Stampendous and just started stamping images out in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I loved this apple image and the card practically made itself. After I had stamped, colored and fussy cut the image, I pulled out my Paper Wishes Basic Notebook die and found the cutest quilt type paper in my Jillibean Soup Homemade Six Bean Soup 6x6 paper pad for the background. I cut it down just smaller than a red A2 card base I had in my stash. I then layered the die cut and added my sentiment. I popped on my apple with pop dots, added a bit too much shadow under it, then topped the apple with some clear Wink of Stella and a lot of Glossy Accent. I found some Peppermint Lawn Trimmings to tie on the top of the note paper and set it aside to dry.
Since I still had the Hero Arts Antique Flower Background stamp sitting on my desk and I loved how it look embossed in the JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder, I decided to do another card to show off how pretty it is. Kristina Werner had made a beautiful card on the Onlinecardclasses.com Stretch Your Stamps 2 class using a background stamp and a large die. I didn't really have the right die to replicate that, but I saw the recent stamp from the Simon Says Stamp card set for July and knew that was perfect for the sentiment. I couldn't believe how quickly this card came together and all I needed was a few Pretty Pink Post sequins to finish it off.
This card was completely born from things sitting on my craft desk as I spent an evening doing odds and ends, like writing in cards, sending email, posting pictures and putting together a list of copic colors I wanted to pick up for an upcoming class. By the time I was done, I pretty much ready to go to bed, but then I saw the Hero Arts Antique Flower Background stamp and some JudiKins White Diamond Embossing Powder sitting on my desk. It was calling my name. So I found a scrap of black paper, stamped it with some Versamark ink and added the embossing powder. It was so pretty. I cut it out with the stitched frame from Mama Elephant's Femme Frames (although you can't really tell) and then cut a white background with the scalloped frame from that set. I wasn't sure about the sentiment, but the Scripty Thanks die from Lawn Fawn was still on my desk, so I pulled out some beautiful blue paper from Pop Tone that I've been hoarding since Paper Zone closed down and I knew I wouldn't have a local supplier anymore. But now that I've seen how pretty the Audrey Blue paper is from Simon Says Stamp, I'm feeling more comfortable about using my stash. I die cute the thanks several times and inlayed then stacked them. I think if I were to do the card again, I'd put the sentiment in the bottom left corner rather than the middle. I finished it off with some clear Wink of Stella and some Glossy Accents.
I signed up for the Onlinecardclasses.com Stretch Your Stamps 2 class and I love it, but it's pretty bad timing because life is just crazy busy right now so I haven't had as much time to play as I would like. I was trying to clean my craft room when this card just sort of materialized out of things I had on my desk. I'm a crazy messy crafter so it seems like I'm always cleaning my room, but at the same time, the mix of crazy stuff all together brings up some of my best mojo. Today's card started when I stamped the Impression Obsession Circle Fusion stamp and heat embossed it. Then I just added some Distress Ink that were on my desk and yet seemed to go together well. Then I decided to cut it down using the Avery Elle Dotted die. I found this navy colored card base in my stash of pre-made card bases as I was putting it away. I wasn't quite sure where it was going until I found the Into the Woods set from Lawn Fawn. I just had to color and cut the cute fawn, but, for the sentiment, I needed a different set. I picked the Chit Chat set, also from Lawn Fawn. I looked at a few ink colors but finally settled on Audrey Blue from Simon Says Stamp. I really love that color. To finish it off, I added some crystal clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh that I picked up at Impress during my trip to Seattle last week.