Rich Foliage

gently falling leaves

The leaves are starting to change here in Mid-Missouri. This is my favorite time of year, hands down!

And one of my favorite stamps for the season is Gently Falling.

gently falling stamp

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Tips & Tricks: 

  1. Stamp your leaf in Early Espresso Ink onto Daffodil Delight Cardstock
  2. Using a Stampin’ Sponge, add Cajun Craze ink to add color and depth to your leaves
  3. Cut out the leaves with Stampin’ Snips (after you’ve sponged them with color).
  4. This makes the process much easier, and keeps your fingers a little less inky ūüôā
  5. Cut of the stem? No worries! Simply hide it behind the button or another leaf.

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Stampin’ Supplies:

In keeping with the fall theme, here are a few pics from our trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

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Have a Fabulous Weekend and Happy Stamping!!!!

~Lauren

sweet and simple

flowers

Good things come in small packages!

Never underestimate the power of a hand-stamped card. This sweet little 3″ x 3″ card is the perfect pick-me-up when you need it the most.

yellow flower

coral flower

Stamping doesn’t have to require a ton of products, or fancy tools. Sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that make the biggest difference ūüôā

Have a Fabulous Monday and Happy Stamping!!!!!

~Lauren

Stampin’ Supplies:

Stamps: Flower Shop (bundle), Express Yourself (hostess set)

Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral

Paper: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla

Etc: Pansy Punch, Bakers Twine, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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Wildflower Watercolors

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I shared this card with you about a week ago, and wanted to share a quick tutorial with a few tips and tricks! It was inspired by this card from SU demonstrator, Jaydee.

Here are the supplies you will need:

Usually, we select one ink pad, and ink up the entire stamp with that one color. With the new Wildflower Meadow stamp, however, I wanted to highlight the flowers with color, so¬†I used three Stampin’ Write Markers: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, and Pear Pizzazz (hint–my color coach was very helpful¬†for this¬†color combo)

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You can color directly onto your stamp using the thick side of the marker. (tip: I always start with the lightest color first)

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After you’ve colored in the entire image, you want to spritz your stamp with water about 5 times or so,¬†covering the entire stamped area¬†(Stampin’ Mist works great too!). ¬†Tip: Don’t be afraid to over-do it. The water color paper is specially designed to absorb the water, giving you a water-color look. The more water you spritz, the better it will turn out!

Here’s a quick comparison:

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The image on the left was stamped directly onto the watercolor paper. The one on the right had about 6 sprays with the spritzer before stamping it on the watercolor paper.  Can you see the difference?

The watercolor paper will take a minute to absorb and dry. After that, you can stamp your greeting, and emboss with the coordinating embossing folder. Finish your card with a little bakers twine, pop up the layers with dimensionals, and you’re good to go!

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It’s a neat technique that works great with any solid image. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Have a fabulous Day and Happy Stamping!!!

~Lauren

p.s…I’ve updated the thermometer on my blog– I’m¬†just about at the halfway mark!!! Thanks so much for your support ūüôā

Epic Kindness

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I can’t get enough of the NEW Epic Day designer series paper–it’s so versatile! Here are two samples from last weeks All Occasion Stamp-a-Stack (held the 3rd Monday of each month).

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I cut 1inch strips of the Epic Day dsp and they could decide how to mix and match the colors and patterns. Every card was different and I WISH I would have taken pictures of the completed cards to show you!

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On this card, I used one of the stickers from the coordinating “This & That” Bundle. I placed it on a piece of whisper white card stock and trimmed to fit. Then I layered it on pool party card stock, and again, trimmed it to fit. A little bakers twine (soon to be retired) and dimensionals, and that’s it!

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Don’t forget to check out the retiring list in yesterday’s post! The Kindness Matters stamp set is another one that will be retiring at the end of May.
Make it a Great Day!!!
~Lauren

Stampin Supplies:
Stamps: kindness matters (retiring soon)
Ink: crumb cake, calypso coral
Paper: epic day dsp, whisper white, crumb cake
Etc: bakers twine (calypso coral & pool party), big shot, framelits, dimensionals, sponging