Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thank You - MFTWSC186

MFTWSC186 close-up

I needed a special thank you card for a special lady, so I used the sketch #186 from My Favorite Things this week for my layout.  I love this sketch… can tell ya’ already I’m gonna’ be using it again!  :)


Here we go…


I really wanted to do more than just a plain circle in the middle, so I started playing around with some ideas and decided on the cluster of flowers that were made with the Blueprints 12 Die-Namics, and added a butterfly from LJD Blissful Butterflies.  I made a frame for the circle by using the circle die from Blueprints 12 on Berrylicious card stock, and stamped it in Sno Cone hybrid ink with the BG Romantic Script background.  The Pink Lemonade card stock layer behind the frame was stamped with the BG Linen background in Pink Lemonade hybrid ink, and the sentiment from the LJD Blissful Butterflies stamp set stamped in Steel Grey hybrid ink.  The flowers were cut from Orange Fizz card stock and Cotton Candy card stock, with leaves cut from Factory Green card stock.  On the Cotton Candy card stock background I stamped the BG Pinstripe background with Cotton Candy hybrid ink.  I embellished with some Fishtail Flags STAX in Orange Fizz and Factory Green card stocks, and some sequins.

On the inside…

MFTWSC186 inside

…I stamped another butterfly in Berrylicious hybrid ink, and a sentiment stamped in Steel Grey hybrid ink from the You Make My Day stamp set.

Here are my supplies…

All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted…

Stamps:  LJD Blissful Butterflies, BG Romantic Script background, BG Linen background, BG Pinstripe background
Card stocks:  Berrylicious card stock, Cotton Candy card stock, Orange Fizz card stock, Chocolate Brown card stock, Factory Green card stock, Pink Lemonade card stock
Inks:  Sno Cone hybrid ink, Cotton Candy hybrid ink, Steel Grey hybrid ink
Dies:  LJD Blissful Butterflies Die-Namics, Fishtail Flags STAX, Blueprints 12, Blueprints 13
Accessories:  Chocolate Brown buttons, hemp cord

A super big thank you for stopping by today!  I appreciate your visits and comments!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Deconstructed Sketch #161 and a Tutorial

Deconstructed Sketch #161 close-up by Tammy Hershberger

Hello stamping friends!  The weekend is almost here… are you happy?  I sure am!  But today is Thursday, and that means it’s time for another fabulous Deconstructed Sketch!  Check out sketch #161…


This is definitely different from what I’d usually do, but an idea came to me pretty quickly and I just LOVE the results!  Check it out…

Deconstructed Sketch #161 by Tammy Hershberger

When I was in Florida recently at the My Favorite Things store, the Die-Namics Jumbo Cloud STAX was an item that was in my shopping basket very early on… I just needed it!  Do you know how that goes?  So, I grabbed it for my card today, cutting it out with Sweet Tooth card stock.  Then I stamped some LJD Darling Dots on the cloud with Sweet Tooth pigment ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder.  On the Nightshift Blue card stock background I embossed some clouds using the Cloudy Day stencil.  And on the Berrylicious card stock background piece I stamped the BG Grid background in Berrylicious hybrid ink.  I added a Fishtail Flags STAX in Berrylicious card stock and a Sweet Tooth card stock flag from the Blueprints 13 below the sentiment panel.

Now, for the sentiment panel, I used some SU! Crisp Cantaloupe card stock.  Want to know my easy-peasy way for making that cool double-ended banner?  Here, I’ll gladly show you!

Double-Ended Fishtail Flag Banner by Tammy HershbergerDouble-Ended Fishtail Flag Banner by Tammy Hershberger (2) 

I cut out two Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics, one full length and one just a little shorty.  (Am I the last person still using a good ol’ Cuttlebug?)

Double-Ended Fishtail Flag Banner by Tammy Hershberger (4)

I used a pencil to very lightly mark off 2 1/2” of space for my sentiment (you can just barely see my pencil marks, I think!) and stamped using Tangy Orange hybrid ink.  (My sentiment is from the Blue Skies Ahead stamp set.)  Then I went to my cutting board, and trimmed the sentiment piece to 3 1/2”, keeping the sentiment centered.  (Forgot to photograph that step… oops!)  Be sure to save that flag end you just cut off!

Double-Ended Fishtail Flag Banner by Tammy Hershberger (5)

I then placed that 3 1/2” piece of card stock on my Scor-Pal, and scored each end at 1/4”.

Double-Ended Fishtail Flag Banner by Tammy Hershberger (6)

Using my bone folder, I folded each side toward the back of the card stock.  Then I applied a bit of liquid glue to the flap of those folds…

Double-Ended Fishtail Flag Banner by Tammy Hershberger (7)

…and adhered the folds to the two end pieces of Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX.

Double-Ended Fishtail Flag Banner by Tammy Hershberger (8)

Then I just trimmed off the excess underneath, and there you’ve got the double-ended, folded banner for the front of your card!

Double-Ended Fishtail Flag Banner by Tammy Hershberger (9)

I find this method a LOT easier than trying to fold twice on each end to achieve this look, and I NEVER get them even when I try that.  This works much better for me!  If you don’t already have a set of Fishtail Flags STAX or Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics, I highly recommend picking up one set or both!  I think they are my most-used dies, and have such a large variety of sizes… you’ll use them constantly, trust me!

On the inside of my card, I added a few Flat-Bottom Clouds cut from Berrylicious card stock, and another sentiment from the Blue Skies Ahead stamp set stamped in Berrylicious hybrid ink.

Deconstructed Sketch #161 inside by Tammy Hershberger


I hope you’ll give this sketch a try this week!  Hop on over to Jen’s blog for all the Deconstructed Sketch details, and visit the team members listed here for more inspiration…

Here are my supplies…

All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted…

Stamps:  CS Blue Skies Ahead, BG Grid background, LJD Darling Dots
Card stock:  Berrylicious card stock, Nightshift Blue card stock, Sweet Tooth card stock; Crisp Cantaloupe card stock (Stampin’ Up!)
Inks:  Berrylicious hybrid ink, Tangy Orange hybrid ink, Sweet Tooth pigment ink
Dies and Stencils:  Jumbo Cloud STAX Die-Namics, Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics, Fishtail Flags STAX Die-Namics, Flat-Bottom Clouds Die-Namics, Blueprints 2, Blueprints 11, Blueprints 13; Cloudy Day stencil
Accessories:  enamel dots (Doodelbug), clear embossing powder (Ranger)

Many, many thanks for visiting me today!  I appreciate it!