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!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Color Throwdown #302

Color Throwdown #302 close-up by Tammy Hershberger

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Are you ready for another Color Throwdown challenge?  This week my BFF Barbara Anders is our hostess, and I think she’s trying to relive her recent trip to Rome and Venice with this photo for our colors this week!  :)

swatch 302

Isn’t that scene pretty!  I’d SO love to go to Venice sometime, wouldn’t you?  I hope you like these colors and will join us this week!

For my card, I pulled out my new, but not-yet-used Pure Innocence Sending Big Hugs stamps…

Color Throwdown #302 by Tammy Hershberger

The really awesome thing about this stamp set is that it comes with a matching Die-Namics die!  How cool is that?  Now, I’ve never been averse to fussy-cutting images like this, but the die makes it SO nice!  You just zip it through your cutting machine, and presto!  So, my image was stamped on Copic X-press It blending card stock, and colored with Copics (my Copics were starting to gather dust, I think!)  Then I stamped a Lemon Drop card stock panel in Sweet Tooth pigment ink with the LJD Darling Dots stamp set, and stamped a Blu Raspberry card stock panel also with Sweet Tooth pigment ink and the BG Gingham background.  Another Blu Raspberry panel was cut with the Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-Namics.  I cut a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX from Lemon Drop card stock, and stamped it with a sentiment from the Sending Big Hugs stamp set.  On the Sweet Tooth card stock background I embossed with the new Diagonal Stripes stencil, cut it out using Blueprints 13, and mounted to a Rich Razzleberry card stock base.  A few enamel dots finished the front of the card.

On the inside…

Color Throwdown #302 inside by Tammy Hershberger

A few more stamped panels, and the Pure Innocence image.  This card is going to my dear friend Cindy, who just needs to be reminded that friends are near!

I’m also excited to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and enter my card!  Congrats to Stacey and her team!

Be sure to stop over at the CTD blog for all the challenge details, and please join us!  And don’t forget to see my Throwdown sisters for more inspiration…

Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Cindy Lawrence
Joan Ervin
Lori Tecler
Monika Davis
Vickie Zimmer (poor baby is sick this week!)
Wanda Cullen
Diane Jaquay, July Guest Designer
Sue Rose, Guest Star Stamper

Here are my supplies…

All supplies from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted…

Stamps:  Sending Big Hugs, BG Gingham background, LJD Darling Dots
Card stock:  Lemon Drop card stock, Blu Raspberry card stock, Sweet Tooth card stock, X-press It blending card stock; Rich Razzleberry card stock (Stampin’ Up!)
Inks:  Steel Grey hybrid ink, Sweet Tooth pigment ink
Dies/Stencils:  Sending Big Hugs Die-Namics, Horizontal Stitched Strips, Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX, Blueprints 13, Diagonal Stripes stencil
Accessories:  enamel dots (Doodlebug)

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate it!  Remember, if you see anything you just HAVE to have, click on the highlighted links to be taken directly to the products!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Catered Crop Recipe Swap - Vellum

Catered Crop vellum close-up

Hello friends!  Linda has a new Catered Crop Recipe Swap challenge for us that I think you're going to love!  Here's the challenge description, straight from Linda...

Have you noticed how popular vellum has been this summer? Vellum just adds a soft, sweet and gentle light to your projects. I can’t wait to see what you make.

For this challenge, just add vellum to your project.

  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often, but be sure you link up by 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, August 2.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.
  • Check back with us on August 3 to see if you’ve won an opportunity to be a guest designer.

Our fabulous designers will be back on Sunday, July 27, with their creations. And, I’m freaky excited to announce our newest Catered Crop designer, Stacey Schafer from Stacey’s Stamping Stage. If you don’t already know and love her, you sure will in the weeks to come.

As always, I’ve curated a ton of projects and tutorials here at a Pinterest board, Vellum, where you can find the links to all these projects and more.


Sometimes I struggle with vellum.  I think the struggle comes when I'm forced to use it!  LOL  Because other times I'll be working on a design and think "oooh, vellum would be PERFECT here!"  But this time, my design idea came together, and I just love how it turned out.  I hope you do, too!

Here's my card...

Catered Crop vellum

I started out with a piece of Primitive White card stock from My Favorite Things and stamped it with the BG Sheet Music background in Steel Blue hybrid ink.  Then I took the Die-Namics Rose with Overlay and cut out the rose from the bottom right corner of the card front.  I added a piece of vellum against the back of the card front, using some invisible vellum adhesive.  With another piece of Primitive White card stock placed on an adhesive sheet from MFT, I  die-cut the rose again.  This put a perfect layer of adhesive on the back of the rose, and after removing the negative pieces, I was able to remove the backing and place the die-cut rose in the space cut from the card front.  I added a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX flag cut from Steel Blue card stock and stamped with a sentiment from CS About Sympathy in Steel Gray hybrid ink, and a yellow seam binding bow.

When the card is closed completely, it looks like this with the Banana Split card stock inside showing through the vellum...

Catered Crop vellum closed

Then on the inside...

Catered Crop vellum inside

I stamped another CS About Sympathy sentiment in Steel Gray hybrid ink on the Banana Split card stock.

Be sure to stop over at the Catered Crop blog for all the Recipe Swap challenge details, and join us!

Here are my supplies…

All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted…

Stamps:  CS About Sympathy, BG Sheet Music background
Dies:  Die-Namics Rose with Overlay, Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX
Inks:  Steel Gray hybrid ink
Card stock:  Primitive White card stock, Banana Split card stock, Steel Blue card stock, translucent vellum
Accessories:  adhesive sheets; seam binding (from my stash)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate it!