Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A Card A Day Keeps the Summertime Blues Away

Well, I haven't been exactly making a card a day.  I do it more in spurts.  On Friday I made 4, then nothing over the weekend because my hubby wanted to take the boat out all weekend (I'm not complaining), then I made 3 on Monday, and 3 on Tuesday.  Let's see what I finish today!
Friday's cards:
Happy Heart
Happy Heart - This card was made to cover two challenges.  One challenge was to use a sketch that had a partial circle positioned in one corner of the layout.  The other challenge was to make a card not using any stamps.  For the Sketch challenge I found a beautiful floral die I hadn't tried yet.  I had even forgotten I had it because it got lost in the die set drawer because it is solo.  For the No Stamp challenge I was able to use stencils and die cuts.  I love that you do not need to have a ton of supplies to make cards like Happy Heart!

Just A Note
Just A Note - This card was made only using one stamp set.  I used one of it's main elements to make the collage background.It is a fun and colorful card for my artsy friends who are also musical.  This card took me less than 15 minutes to make, mostly because I needed to find my brightest stamp pad colors.  I really should write these colors down so I can remember to use them for another bright card!

Be Creative
Be Creative - This card was a little more subdued.  I love this retired stamp set, Crafting Forever, but I don't like that I have to fussy cut the images out.  I really am spoiled with matching die sets these days.  This card did take me a little longer because I had to fussy cut the scissors, but it was well worth it!  I used the new Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder on the DSP background to make it pop a little more.  I also added the  Flax Ribbon for more dimension.  A little ribbon goes a long way and check it out, you don't even need to know how to tie bows to add it to a card.  (I hate bow tying!!)

Hello!

Hello! - This card was made for a Double Embossing challenge.  I was freaking out because I only had two embossing powders (black & white).  The challenge was to use an embossing paste, glaze, or gel.  I had no idea what these were!  I hadn't stamped in 10+ years before becoming a Stampin' Up! Demo again.  Back then I don't think there were pastes, glazes, or gels.  I only remember powders and I wasn't very fond of them.  I know I have more colors (somewhere in storage), but on the day of the challenge I only had black and white.  Luckily the challenge hostess posted a video to help.  On the video was a tutorial on how to mix two powders before heating.  I tried that and look how pretty the flower came out!  I was so excited.  But, my background was so boring!  I decided to run it through the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder and what a difference it made!  I'm still not great at using embossing powder, so I had speckled of it where it should not have been, so I covered them with the floral sentiment and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  In person, the embossed flower shimmers ever so slightly and casts a beautiful glow.

Summertime Happies
Summertime Happies - Summertime Happies and the next 5 cards were made for the SCS Virtual Stamp Night Weekend challenges.  There were a total of 22 challenges (because I was catching up on 4 mini challenges, I know, I know!).  Summertime Happies was for the Summertime Blues challenge where you had to use at least 2 shades of blue on your card.  Good thing I love blue!  I started out by embossing the background using the Brick and Mortar 3D Embossing Folder.  Then I cut out a heart shape from a post it not to use as a mask.  I love free tools!  Then I used a small floral stamp set to create the heart, small flower punch, and word dies for the sentiment.  Another 15 minute card.

Summer Emojis
Summer Emojis -Isn't this such a fun card?  This was part of another Sketch challenge that required 4 of the same shapes in the corners of the middle rectangle.  I knew right away I wanted to use this emoji die set.

Cheerful Hello
Cheerful Hello -I love how this card turned out.  I love rainbows, so this rainbow challenge was right up my alley!  I used 6 different bright colors for the rainbow, then black to mat it and white for the card base.  Super easy card to make in less than 10 minutes!  Since I send "Smiles" in the mail, a lot of my cards have simple sentiments like Hello, Smile, or Happy on them.  It wasn't until I posted the card did I realize that my rainbow was mounted upside down LOL!  Oh well, it still came out cute!

Grape Day
Grape Day -This card was made for a Tutti Frutti challenge.  We could use any kind of fruit on our card.  I didn't really like any of the fruit stamps I had so I decided to try my hand at Punch Art, something I haven't done in about 15 years.  I used a 1" Circle Punch to make the grapes and then inked the edges with Whisper White Craft Ink Pad.  I love the sentiment I found online and printed.  Isn't today just a Grape day to smile?
Rosey Hello

Rosey Hello - This card was for a Classics challenge.  We were to use a Classic Rose on our cards.  This retired die was perfect for the challenge.  At first I was a little intimidated to use it because the other rose cards were red roses and I wanted something softer. I used Purple Posy cardstock for the card base and the rose background.  I needed to makes the rose pop out from the card base so I used some white vellum cardstock.  It works wonderfully with the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder so that it doesn't look so flat.  Add some Pearl Basic Jewels and wa-lah, beautiful card!  The Sizzix Friendship Words: Script dies are so pretty when you want a non-stamped sentiment on the card as well.  Man, I could have used this card and the Grape Day card for the No Stamp challenge too, LOL!

Celebrate - Since I am quite new to the Country Music Scene I do not have any cowboy hat stamps or dies.  It wasn't until I was done with this card did I read the whole challenge and found that any hat
Celebrate
would do, LOL.  Oh well.  The plus side of making me think, is that I used ink in my embossing folder for the first time.  Talk about scary!  All I could think was "what if my paper slips and the ink smears?" and "my fingers will be a mess after this!".  Well, the first one didn't happen and well, the second one ALWAYS happens no matter what I'm doing!  I used my new Stitched Stars Dies for the red star and the beautiful swirling stars embellishment.  It really made my clip-art cowboy hat pop off the card as my main focal point.  It needed something more, so I stamped Celebrate because I didn't have a YeeHaw or Howdy stamp in my collection to finish off the design.

Fallin' in Love
Last but not least, Fallin' in Love - This challenge was a little more difficult.  We had to use the lyrics from Fishin' in the Dark by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  I had never heard of this song so thank goodness for Google!  One of the line is "We'll be fallin' in love in the middle of the night".  Summer by the Sea is one of my favorite retired Stampin' Up! sets that I refuse to ever give up.  I don't use it much, but it still holds a special spot in my heart.  I had to finish that last sentence while laughing at myself.  Like I would EVER give up any of my stamps!  That is the reason poor Jay keeps seeing more and more storage cubes go up in my office (for all of the non-consumables!).  If you haven't tried the Stampin' Blends markers, you really need to!  They make coloring fun (I hate coloring).  They come in sets of two.  One is the light version of the color and the other is the dark version.  This makes highlighting and shading so much easier.

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If  you have been so kind to make it to the bottom of this post, please post a comment and I will send you 3 free handmade cards!

Also remember,  I do send out Smiles for those who need one, so if you have an elderly or disabled friend or family member who is having a hard time during COVID-19, please contact me and I will be happy to send them a card from Let It Snow Stamping for free to brighten their day.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

June Fun

Ruff Love
June has been a very productive month for me.  So far this month I have mailed out over 40 "Smiles" to family, friends, and those in need of a smile.  Every day I try to make new cards because, as you can imagine, they are being consumed just as fast as I make them. 

Puppy Thanks
Yesterday I made four cute cards in a matter of minutes.  They were very easy to make and assemble as you can see.  These were made with no stamps, just an embossing folder, a PDF image, two sets of dies, two punches, and three colors of paper.  I haven't even made all of the combinations possible yet! 

The first card titled Ruff Love is probably my favorite with it's simplicity.  The sentiment just pops out at you when you take it out of the envelope, not to mention the little red heart that actually does pop out because I used a Stampin' Dimensional on it.
Doggy Hugs
Kitty Love

Puppy Thanks used the second set of dies but could have easily been done with a stamped sentiment, then matted like the PDF image was in the last two designs, Doggy Hugs and Kitty Love

Doggy Hugs and Kitty Love use Stampin' Up!'s Dog Builder Punch and Cat Punch.  They make the cutest silhouettes you have ever seen!  I have made silhouettes in black and white for my cards and every time they make the card pop.

These cards are available for purchase as are all of my cards on this blog.  I do send out Smiles for those who need one, so if you have an elderly or disabled friend or family member who is having a hard time during COVID-19, please contact me and I will be happy to send them a card from Let It Snow Stamping for free to brighten their day.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Tickled Pink

How many of you are flamingo fans?  There are many stampers who love flamingos and have at least one flamingo stamp in their collection.  Me, I do not.  Not one single flamingo stamp in my entire collection of stamps!  When I went to do a Free for All challenge with the theme of "Let's Flamingo" I was stumped.  How was I going to do this challenge?  I did not want to skip it because I have been doing so well at completing all of the weekly challenges on Splitcoast Stampers all week this week.  I finally dove in head first and decided to do these challenges because 1) they are fun 2) because they get me to think outside of my normal comfort zone and box 3) they get me to use products I like to hoard 4) they get me to try new techniques and 5) as I found out, one is a very worthwhile challenge that benefits a different special person each week.
Anyway, back to my flamingo dilemma.  I searched through all of  my stamp sets, hoping I might have a stray flamingo in the mix somewhere, but alas I did not.  I then looked online to see if there was a clip art flamingo I could print and use in my card.  Yes, there were several, but none I really liked.  Then I thought, I have some heart dies I could maybe use to make a flamingo couple with!  See, these challenges really do make me think! 
I was not impressed by my flamingo couple at first, but then I added some bright, fun flowers, embossing folder and die cut background, bling, and the only thing I had to print from my computer was the sentiment.
What do you think?
I was Tickled Pink that so many people liked it too!  It made it to the Weekly Favorite list :) 

This card is available for purchase as are all of my cards on this blog.  I do send out Smiles for those who need one, so if you have an elderly or disabled friend or family member who is having a hard time during COVID-19, please contact me and I will be happy to send them a card from Let It Snow Stamping for free.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Recognition

 SCS CAS Favorite Week of May 17, 2020Have you ever created something and felt good about how it turned out?  Have you ever created something and didn't quite like how it turned out, but everyone else loved it?  When I love what I have created, I usually don't get the feedback I am looking for.  Maybe I am just weird??  I don't know, LOL.  Then when I make something that seems so-so to me, my friends think it's awesome.  That happens a lot with my cards.  I think the cards that I spend the most time on turn out blah to me because I have been staring at it for so long that I get tired of it.  In the end I plop on embellishments in hopes that I might like it later.  The funny thing is, that I look at it a few days later and think, "Did I make that?  It doesn't look like something I made, but it sure is cool!"  Sometimes I impress myself!

 SCS CAS Favorite Week of May 24, 2020Lately, I have been posting my creations on a website called SplitcoastStampers.  It is a wonderful website to find ideas and learn new techniques.  Most of my stamping friends know of this wonderful resource, but my beginning stamping friends might not.  So please, go check it out!

SCS Favorite Week of May 31, 2020Over the past few weeks I have managed to get voted onto the Clean And Simple (CAS) Favorites list and this week I was voted onto the Favorites list.  What does this mean?  It means that other talented artists liked my creation.  Hundreds of cards are reviewed each week and I have made it onto the lists once each week!  I only post a few cards each week so it is exciting for me.  I don't think of myself as talented, not when I compare my designs to others.  I also look at a lot of card ideas online and take components of different cards and mingle them together to get what I am looking for.  I thank these artists for helping me create my designs.  One day I may come up with a totally BrandyAnn-Design, but for now, I will seek my inspiration from others as most artists do.

In the mean time, I wanted share what others have deemed as a Favorite of theirs.  Enjoy!

Remember, if there is someone in self isolation who needs a smile, please contact me and I will send them a smile from Let It Snow Stamping!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Card Sketch Challenge & 2020-2021 Annual Catalog is Here!



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Tonight, was a fun night.  I have not done a sketch challenge in a long time.  For those new to sketch challenges, a sketch challenge is where you are given a sketch (or blueprint) of a card you would like to build.  In this case the sketch was pretty simple, like most are.  Very basic shapes give you just a hint of what you can translate it to.  Some people used animals in place of the circles. 
In my case, I used daisies.  Since this is the first one I have done in over 10 years, I thought it might be good to stay as true to the sketch as possible. 
At first, I was a little disappointed at myself for not coming up with something that had a little more Brandy-Flair.  However, the more I look at it, the more I like it.  It kind of grew on me.  I think the part I had difficulty with was the glitter.  I am not a glitter person!  But, now that it is stuck to the card and not all over me, I kind of like that card.  I do need to practice using embossing powder again though.  It is funny how after so many years, I still have issues with it.  It might have gone better had I not had the 10+ year hiatus from using it. Embossing powder brings so much dimension and beauty to a card.  A little goes a long way in adding that special touch to a card.  There is a new to me item in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that released today that I would like to try.  It is the white EmbossingPaste (Item #141979).  It sells for $8 and looks to be loads of fun.  You can use it freely or use it with decorative masks or stencils.  It also comes in Shimmery White (Item # 145645) for $9 that probably looks beautiful on a snowy card scene.

Speaking of the new 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, do you have a wish list yet?  I know I sure do!  Of course, I’ve already been playing with a few of the new items I had been wanting.  I am always on the look out for masculine stamp sets for all of those men in my life!  In this catalog you will find the World of Good Suite Collection (Item#154140) on page 24.  This suite called to me because for some reason it reminded me of my grandpa and all of the stories he would tell of his travels.  In a previous post you can see a card I made using this set.  I have seen several graduation cards made with this set as well.  

Another suite I can’t wait to get my hands on is the PlayfulPets Suite (Item #154136) on page 40.  I love my pets and I have several pet friends that have owners who would love cards made with it.  One of the pups in the set looks like a young Tramp from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp!

If you are in need of a catalog, please reach out to me.   There is a PDF version on my Stampin’ Up! Website, but sometimes it is so much more gratifying to hold the catalog in your hand and apply sticky notes to the pages on your wish list!  If you place an order of $50 or more you will receive the current catalog for free and the following year’s catalog as well!  Another added benefit to having a catalog is that it is also an idea book.  There are pages full of paper projects of all types to get the creative juices flowing.

Have a good night and happy stampin’!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Swap Time

One of the best parts of being an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator are the card swaps with other team members.  The new Annual Catalog will be coming out in 8 days and I will have cards with different designs using new and old items from the annual catalog.  Here are my three swap cards (because I can't seem to just do one swap at a time!)  Let me know what you think!

 This was a card inspired by my Grandpa and all of the stories he likes to tell of his travels following work when he was young.  I think we both like Sheboygan, WI just because saying the name is so much fun!  He would talk of his travels through Sheboygan, Sister Bay, and Chicago's Lake Shore Drive.
The Adventure Awaits card also incorporates the Basket Weave Technique.  It is a very easy, but beautiful, technique.  For this card I used the Beautiful World set and matching World Map dies and Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder.

I wanted to learn another technique for this card because I was in the mood to try something new.  The Diagonal Easel Card technique was a lot of fun to play with.  Again, this technique was easy to make and very beautiful with the embossed background.  The Heartfelt stamp set is very versatile and not just for making Valentine cards.  Paired with the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder, Heart Punch Pack, Christmas Layers Dies (for the greenery), and Ornate Frames Dies (for the stopper and sentiment), the Heartfelt set made a beautiful work of art that can be displayed on any table or shelf.

This last card gave me some trouble.  The only reason it did, was because I cannot make a bouquet for anything!  Once in school,we had to take that interests test, where it tells you what you might want to major in, and I got florist!  Florist!  The person who is allergic to every type of pollen on this Earth!  I love the beauty of bouquets, but please don't bring one too close to me, LOL!
After playing around with the Forever Fern set, Forever Flourishing Dies, and the Greenery Embossing Folders, I came up with this simple bouquet.  I think it came out nice.  It is simple and clean, just the way I like my cards!

I made extras of all of my cards, naturally, to send Smiles out to friends and family.  Remember, if you have a family member or friend who needs a Smile, please email me.  I'll be happy to send out a card from Let It Snow Stamping.

Also, if you are in need of the new 2020-2021 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog, contact me at LetItSnowStamping@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Design Process


Designing a card can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.  I scour the internet for ideas and techniques when I need to design a card.  I look on Pinterest, SplitcoastStampers, and Facebook most of the time.  I even have one Pinterest account dedicated to nothing but card ideas!

Next, I take out my sketch book.  My sketch book is a Happy Planner Notebook with blank pages.  I sketch out what I see in my head.  This includes the card base, cut pieces, embellishments, and sometimes word placements.  Now, I am no artist by any means!  If someone looked at my sketches, they would be sitting there scratching their heads to make heads or tails of it, hahaha.  There are arrows, like those football sketches you see on TV, with notes of color ideas, folds, textures, and whatever else I think up.  It is a very relaxing process.  

Sometimes my color combos don’t work out, but that’s OK.  That is a whole other process.  Luckily, I can always find Stampin’ Up! color combos other stampers have used online.  I typically have one color I really want to use for the project and work from there.  It also helps to already have the main stamp set chosen before I start to sketch. 

With this card, I knew I wanted to use the new Beautiful World stamp set and World Map Dies that will be released by Stampin’ Up! on June 3rd, 2020.  In my sketch book I sketched out a basket weave on the spine of the card and then the layers of papers.  I was not quite sure which Designer Series Papers I wanted to use so I did not get that specific on the sketch.  I knew I wanted to use a die cut of the globe on the front, so I added a ball on a stick to my sketch.  Word stamp placement is hard for me to put on the sketch.  I have to see the rest of the card put together before I decide where I’ll put the words, if there are any. 
Once I am done with the card, I take a picture of the completed card to post here on my blog.  I also print a small color copy of the card to put next to the sketch I drew.  If a card is for a swap, like this one was, I will also add a copy of the ingredient list that I place in each swap card envelope to my sketch.  This will help to recreate the card if I really like it enough to make more copies to sell or give away.  

I love sending happy mail!  If you know someone who is need of a “SMILE” please send me an email at LetitSnowStamping@gmail.com and I will send that person a handmade card with a special note inside from Let It Snow Stamping.  If you would like to purchase any of these cards to mail out yourself, please reach out to me.