Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Inspired by Artist Colleen Holland

I've explained this in other posts, but I am SO inspired by other artists. Particularly abstract artists. When I see a piece of art that catches my eye, I immediately wonder how I can use similar colors along with my stamp or die images to not really recreate the piece, but somehow honor the artwork with my interpretation of it. All products Stampin' Up!

I ran across Colleen Holland on Instagram and she has graciously given me permission to include her in this post.  Colleen resides in Fort Worth, Texas. According to her, she started painting about 4 years ago and started painting abstract about 3 years ago. At about that time, she left a career in social services and uses art to supplement her income, while being a stay at home Mom. To purchase her art online, visit her Etsy shop here. If you are in the Fort Worth area, see her art (and her) in person this coming Saturday at ArtsGoggle at Near Southside or on November 4th at the Fort Worth Makers Gift Market at West Bend. 

This is the first card I made inspired by one of her pieces. Her use of strategically placed color with white space to showcase it, really caught my attention.


I stamped and embossed the flower image from the Remarkable You stamp set with a bit of white embossing powder and a bit of gold embossing powder. I then tried to replicate (somewhat) the colors she used, watercoloring with various Stampin' Up! Classic Inks. The sentiment is from the Best Birds stamp set. 

This was the inspiration for the above card.


Although completely different, this is the second card I made using one of her pieces for inspiration. Colleen has some amazing work that she paints using only a palette knife and acrylic paint. 


Using the "swoosh" stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set, I repeatedly stamped it using various colors. The black image is from the stamp set called Timeless Textures. I didn't ink it up completely, but colored just a portion of it with the SU Basic Black marker before stamping it. The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set. I love how clean and simple this card turned out and I think it would look great in all kinds of colors. 

This was the inspiration for the above card. 


I hope you have enjoyed this post. Once you start thinking of your rubber stamps as your "paint brushes", you will see world of possibilities! Click here to see a prior post I did using another abstract artist as inspiration. 




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Want more to LOVE? Simply place an online order through me for the amount of $75 or more (before tax & shipping) and you will earn your choice of a Stampin' Up! Textured Embossing Folder valued at $8.50 or less. There are 14 embossing folders at this price point currently, including a few new ones that are available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. Embossing folders will be mailed to out in November. Just use the hostess code in the top right corner when ordering, DO NOT choose "no contact" from demonstrator. Then email me at stampinartfully@gmail.com to let me know which embossing folder you would like to have. 

Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! 

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bike Riding Weather!

This past summer, my son and his fiance visited Chicago. While there, they rented bikes to see the city. They enjoyed the bikes so much, they purchased some when they got home. The one on the left fits my son perfectly...not sure what he named his bike, but Jennifer named her bike "Pearl". Isn't Pearl darling? 


When I made this card, I had Pearl in mind. All products Stampin' Up!



To create the background, I used a piece of wood grain paper from the Wood Textures Designer Series paper stack. To give it even more interest, I embossed it with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, then sanded the high spots with a sanding block. (I embossed the sentiment before sanding, it gave the sentiment an aged look) By the way, the Wood Textures DSP is included in the Buy 3, Get One Free special this month! More info below the supply list. 

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October Hostess Code Gift with Purchase

Want more to LOVE? Simply place an online order through me for the amount of $75 or more (before tax & shipping) and you will earn your choice of a Stampin' Up! Textured Embossing Folder valued at $8.50 or less. There are 14 embossing folders at this price point currently, including a few new ones that are available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. Embossing folders will be mailed to out in November. Just use the hostess code in the top right corner when ordering, DO NOT choose "no contact" from demonstrator. Then email me at stampinartfully@gmail.com to let me know which embossing folder you would like to have. 

Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! 

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pals October 2017 Blog Hop: Wicked Folds



Welcome to the Pals October 2017 Blog Hop featuring some very “Wicked Folds”. Thank you so much for joining us today. Sit back and enjoy the view while the Stampin’ Pretty Pals treat you with their wickedly folded projects. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

I'm sure from the word "wicked" in the name of this blog post, many of you might have expected something with a Halloween look. I almost did a Halloween card, but then I ran across a fold similar to the one I used for this card and all I could think of was using the Sheltering Tree stamp set for the main images.


I know this card looks like a normal layered card. It is not.


Another view, where you can see the sentiment inside the card.


I hope you like this card fold as much as I do. I love that you can see a portion of the base layer and that the central image on the front is covering up the sentiment when the card is closed. I used a bit of my #foolproofwatercolor technique for this card. Click here for the original video showing this technique. I used the words from the Watercolor Wings stamp set. If you love this card and want a video tutorial for something similar, comment below this post.

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on November 8, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment.

Artfully Yours,






Sunday, October 8, 2017

Thoughts of Autumn

This is absolutely my favorite time of year. I love the smell of wood burning fireplaces and I adore anything pumpkin spice flavored! I am constantly on the hunt for the "perfect" pumpkin spice flavored coffee.


The card below is a sample for a monthly workshop I hold in my home in Springfield, MO. All products Stampin' Up!





Using the Pumpkin Pie watercolor pencil, I scribbled on a piece of watercolor paper measuring 2.25 x 2.25. Then I dabbed it with a wet baby wipe. This is a bit of a take off of my #foolproofwatercolor technique I came up with. Click here to see the original technique video. You are basically softening the watercolor pencil scribbles with the wet baby wipe. After that, I inked up the detailed leaf image with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink and I stamped it off once on a scrap of paper, before stamping the image on top of the watercolor paper. I did this three times.  I cut the base leaf from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and the detailed leaf from Early Espresso cardstock. The ribbon is in the new holiday catalog. 



Click on links below for supplies used. If you are reading this blog post in an email, hop on over to my blog to see complete list. 










October Hostess Code Gift with Purchase

Want more to LOVE? Simply place an online order through me for the amount of $75 or more (before tax & shipping) and you will earn your choice of a Stampin' Up! Textured Embossing Folder valued at $8.50 or less. There are 14 embossing folders at this price point currently, including a few new ones that have just became available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. Embossing folders will be mailed to out in November. Just use the hostess code in the top right corner when ordering, DO NOT choose "no contact" from demonstrator. Then email me at stampinartfully@gmail.com to let me know which embossing folder you would like to have. 

Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! 

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Retro Christmas & World Cardmaking Day

Happy Saturday! Did you know today is World Cardmaking Day? According to the "Days of the Year" website, (here), cards have played an important role in social circles for hundreds of years. If you have just stumbled on to my blog and are thinking about or new to cardmaking, please let me be your guide to this fun hobby. My contact information is on the right sidebar. Toward the end of this post, I have listed info on the special sale going on right now to commemorate this cool holiday. 

Last week, I posted this vintage Christmas card on a facebook group that is just for Stampin' Up! demonstrators. Imagine my surprise, to find out that a Stampin' Up! staff member picked my card for "pick of the week". My prize was a new stamp set in the mail this week! I did not already own the set called Christmas in the Making, so I was very excited see what I could come up with. 


Look how retro this card looks! When I'm going for a retro look, I adore using white, Bermuda Bay, Real Red & Black. It just POPS with those colors. And the red shoes! I love the tiny pumps and knew they needed to be red. This image is great for either coloring in totally, or just hints of color like I used. The full product list is later in the post. Hint: I stamped the little circle image twice on scrap paper, then stamped on the white cardstock. This made the Bermuda Bay just a bit lighter and perfect for the little bit of color I wanted. 



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Want more to LOVE? Simply place an online order through me for the amount of $75 or more (before tax & shipping) and you will earn your choice of a Stampin' Up! Textured Embossing Folder valued at $8.50 or less. There are 14 embossing folders at this price point currently, including a few new ones that have just became available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. Embossing folders will be mailed to out in November. Just use the hostess code in the top right corner when ordering, DO NOT choose "no contact" from demonstrator. Then email me at stampinartfully@gmail.com to let me know which embossing folder you would like to have. 

Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! 

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,


Friday, September 29, 2017

Vintage-y Christmas Card

Eek! I never meant to go so long without a blog post. This month has been busy at my regular job and between stampin' workshops, a downline meeting and hunting for the perfect Pumpkin Spice coffee, time just got away from me. 

This is the card I came up with yesterday. I'm going to give you some details on how I made it and then give you information on how to have your very own Merry Patterns stamp set. Unless noted, all products Stampin' Up!


To make this card, the initial layer is watercolor paper. I used my "Not Your Mother's Shaving Cream Technique" to make the background with the following Classic Inks: Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Click here to see the original video. During the color layering process, I clear embossed the long branch image from Colorful Seasons with Versamark ink. To get the splotchy look, I sprinkled water on the background, then blotted with a paper towel to remove a bit of color. I took another piece of watercolor paper and repeated the shaving cream technique on it (lightly) and stamped the deer outline using Soft Suede, then fussy cut it out. The sentiment and the deer are both from Merry Patterns. The wispy looking white threads are just a bit of cheese cloth. 




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Watch the video below for some great examples of how to use this set. The deer makes me swoon!







September Hostess Code Gift with Purchase

Want more to LOVE? Simply place an online order through me for the amount of $75 or more (before tax & shipping) and you will earn your choice of a Stampin' Up! Textured Embossing Folder valued at $8.50 or less. There are 14 embossing folders at this price point currently, including a few new ones that have just became available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. Embossing folders will be mailed to out in October. Just use the hostess code in the top right corner when ordering, DO NOT choose "no contact" from demonstrator. Then email me at stampinartfully@gmail.com to let me know which embossing folder you would like to have. 

Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! 

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,


Friday, September 8, 2017

Artsy Painted Harvest: Video Tutorial

I posted a few "artsy" looking cards last week using the Painted Harvest Bundle from the new Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog. (click here to see the post) Below are a few more samples using the same technique and similar layout of one of them, along with a video showing how I created the cards. 

  
I used Berry Burst Classic Ink and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink for the card above. 


I used Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink for the card above. I dyed a piece of Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon with Basic Black Archival Ink so I could have black crinkled ribbon for this card. (I will be posting a video soon of the quick process I used to dye the ribbon) I punched the leafy piece using the punch that is in this bundle. I punched the leaves from Basic Black cardstock and colored them with Clear Wink of Stella. 

In the video below, I show how I created the Pumpkin Pie version of this card. 


I used a tiny bit of ordinary cheese cloth placed under the sentiment to add interest to the card below. 



Look how the black ink sinks in to the crevices of the embossed image on the card below!





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September Hostess Code Gift with Purchase

Want more to LOVE? Simply place an online order through me for the amount of $75 or more (before tax & shipping) and you will earn your choice of a Stampin' Up! Textured Embossing Folder valued at $8.50 or less. There are 14 embossing folders at this price point currently, including a few new ones that have just became available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. Embossing folders will be mailed to out in July. Just use the hostess code in the top right corner when ordering, DO NOT choose "no contact" from demonstrator. Then email me at stampinartfully@gmail.com to let me know which embossing folder you would like to have. 

Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! 

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,