Erica Edney - Stampin' Up Demonstrator - Victoria, BC Canada

Monday, 29 August 2016

Swirly Bird Snowman

I have been having fun making cards with the Swirly Bird stamp set and coordinating framelits. I initially purchased the bundle because of the little bird and nest. But the circular stamps and framelits reminded me of a particular flower called Ranunculus - are you familiar with it? Notice how the petals are tightly wound around the center of the flower.

 I wasn't sure what the other images could be used for but I knew I'd see some ideas on Pinterest and sure enough, I saw sailboats and kites. Such a versatile set for summer. Here are a few of the cards I have made.

And then, on a recent browsing trip to Pinterest I saw a cute snowman card made with the same set so I decided to make one of my own.

I'm already envisioning an Easter card - a bunny sitting in a next with her eggs??

To see how I made this card, check out my video on my YouTube Channel. I have posted it here for your convenience and if you enjoy it, please give it a thumbs up - thanks!

An Organizational Tip

As a member of a Victoria based demonstrator group, I was supposed to participate in a blog hop this Saturday. Unfortunately I missed the deadline as I had to travel to Vancouver.

As an afterthought, I decided to post my organizational tip now and will link to the other members' blogs.

I love sponging. I find it adds dimension to layers or punched pieces. In the first card displayed below, I sponged around the punched flowers; on the second card I punched out a greeting and sponged around the edges and mounted it with dimensionals. Often when layering pieces onto the card base, I sponge around the edges of the layer in order to add definition. I will do the same on pattered paper as well.

Sponged flowers

Sponged greeting

Since I do quite a bit of sponging I keep the sponges organized in plastic bead boxes. I created labels with the names of the inks in the Stampin' Up! family. Keeping the sponges in a box helps to keep them moist and often there is no need to bring out the stamp pad to re ink.

I found the sponges at a local drug store. They are easy to hold on to because they have a small bump on the end.

I also have a collection of sponge daubers as they work better for rubbing over card stock-for creating scenes for example. The daubers help to blend colours together. Stampin' Up! sells the daubers and the container was purchased elsewhere online.

To view Jean's blog, click on the Next Blog image below. From there you will be directed to the next blog and so on.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Stamp Set for the Month of August

I wasn't going to get it!
But then, upon browsing Pinterest, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of cards that have been made for different occasions.
What am I talking about? Thoughtful Branches, item #144328.

It's available as a bundle for $66.50 which seems expensive but you get 23 stamps and 9 dies in the set. And the best justification for spending that amount is that this bundle can be used year round. I saw cards for spring, summer, fall and Christmas. I could have sent you to Pinterest but I made some of my own cards to share with you.

Here are a couple I made after taking a couple of photos of my hydrangeas.

My next door neighbour has an apple tree, so I made this one:

Since fall is just around the corner, I used the colours Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Old Olive for this card:

Oh and then there is Christmas:

If you are interested in picking up this set I will be placing an order at the end of the month.