Hello friends, and welcome to the last stop on the blog hop celebrating the ten-year-long friendship between myself and Technique Tuesday, which has now miraculously culminated in the release of five sets of stamps and dies using my artwork!
I first met the TT gals in 2005 when I was the brand new creative editor for Paper Crafts magazine. Stacy Croninger (who was then the Editor-in-Chief) and I went to teach a CKC in Portland. We stopped by the Technique Tuesday booth and I was introduced, there were hugs (and even more laughter) all around, and I immediately felt like part of the family. As we continued our working relationship over the years, not only was I constantly “wowed” by the quality and versatility of their products, but we also became great friends. When I left Paper Crafts in November of 2013, these were some of the people I missed the most. And so, when Bev sent me that fateful email in February asking if I would be interested in creating products with them, I couldn’t have been more pleased–or flattered.
And so, here I am today, as part of a blog hop celebrating the release of said products along with some of the finest paper crafters I have ever known. I guess you could say that I’m a little slow on the uptake here, but I still can’t even believe that this is happening.
I promise to stop gushing over this sometime soon, but today is most definitely NOT that day. Today is all about showing you a whole bunch of inspiring ways to use my inaugural stamps and dies, and I’m super excited to be joining in on all the fun by showing you the above project I made using the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set:
…and the Garden of Life stamp set:
I created the heart and leaves by adding watercolor to some multi-media paper to get the shades of color that I really wanted. After the papers were dry, I stamped them with Versamark ink and heat embossed them using gold embossing powder, then trimmed them. I stamped the sentiment on ivory cardstock, again using Versamark ink and gold embossing powder. I adhered the heart using foam tape, and secured the leaves with adhesive. I added some iridescent sequins and voila! A thank you card was born:
If I had really had my act together, I would have used the Garden Leaf die cut for the leaves:
…but as a recovering perfectionist I’m going to come clean and tell you that I don’t know how you manage that trick. Do you cut first, then stamp? Or stamp first, then cut? Inquiring minds want to know. Since I’m super skilled with the old scissors, that honestly seemed easier to me, but it didn’t end up looking as pretty as it would have if I’d figured out how to use the die.
I’m really pleased with the way this card turned out, though. As a trend-watcher I’ve wanted to have an excuse to try my hand at watercolor for a while now, and I super also wanted to overlay that with some gold. Check and check! I also made a special trip to the craft store to pick up some sparkly sequins. I can’t even begin to tell you how “with it” that little detail makes me feel. And the best news? The card pretty much turned out the same way I envisioned it. Maybe I’m still super rusty, but how many times does that actually happen when you sit down to create?
But wait! There’s more! I also whipped up this little number in just this side of 0 minutes flat:
I found a color palette of card stock that I liked, and bam! Just like that, I had a sweet card made from the Garden Flowers die cut set:
To see a couple more cards I made using these dies, click here.
I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for tiny little flowers!
So let’s get down to the business at hand, shall we? The blog hop and all its spoils! Technique Tuesday is offering three prizes in celebration of this stamp release. One person will win a package consisting of all 5 of my new products. (Hooray!) Two others will win one of two $25 gift certificates. (Double hooray!) All you have to do is leave a comment on any of the blog hop stops. The more comments you leave on the various posts, the more chances you have to win (but just one comment per stop–does that make sense?)
You have through midnight PST on September 16, 2015, to leave comments. The three winners will be randomly chosen and announced on the Technique Tuesday blog on Sept. 18, 2015.
So yay! Before you move on to the next (if this is your first stop, that is), be sure and leave a comment, and maybe you will be one of our three lucky winners!
PS Today is the last day to play in our bi-weekly inspiration challenge, Tuesday’s Take. I’ve got a scrumptious image for this week’s challenge, #tuesdaystake3, and I’d love to see you join in on all the fun! Click here for the image and all the deets on how to play!