February 28, 2018

Springtime Painted Harvest Cards

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hey!

I don't know about you, but I am *very* ready for Spring!  I miss the flowers and leaves and green grass and warm weather and swimming pools.  I wanted to make some cards to brighten the dull, damp weekend that just passed,  so I broke out the Painted Harvest stamp set...  you might wonder why since that stamp set conjures up visions of Autumn, but with some quick color changes... it's very Spring-y!


The card on the left has Wisteria Wonder, Berry Burst flowers, Crushed Curry in the center, and Pear Pizzazz leaves, with Wisteria Wonder Enamel Dots.


The card below has Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo flowers, Peekaboo Peach center, and Lemon Lime Twist leaves, with Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette enamel dots.


The sentiments for both cards came from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, which is in the new Spring Occasions Catalog with lots of coordinating goodies.  I used the Everyday Label punch to cut out the sentiment, and then punched it out again from Silver Foil paper and Pink Glimmer paper to provide a border on each end (I cut it in half!).  


I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out.

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting.

~ ellen. x

February 26, 2018

Swirled Inky Watercolor Backgrounds

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

What happened to the weekend, huh?  They always go so fast... I have a sign in my den that sits on top of the door frame that says "Can we start the weekend over... I wasn't ready" - that about sums it up!  Ha!


As you may know, I spent a lot of years in the world of mixed media artsy stamping, and I've been getting a little antsy to see if I could apply one of the techniques from my artsy arsenal to my Stampin' Up! supplies... I'm pleased to say it worked!!  I got out my nonstick craft sheet and several colors of ink.  I started by smooshing some ink directly onto the craft sheet - I chose Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay - then I sprayed the ink with water and pressed some watercolor card stock into the ink and twisted it around a bit.  JOY!  Rapture!  It worked!


I used my heat tool to dry the first layer and then went in for more.  Once I was happy with the results, I sprayed some water into my hand and flicked it on top of the color and let it sit for a few seconds, then blotted the droplets up with a paper towel.. this is the result... yay!

Of course I had to try a few more color combos... here are the results...



I used the border and flowers from the Background Bits (hostess) stamp set, the splatters from the Waterfront stamp set, and a sentiment from the Label Me Pretty stamp set, using three punches (1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, and Pretty Label) to layer up the sentiment.  Some Lemon Lime Twist Striped Ribbon and small pearls scattered around the background was the finishing touch.


I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x

February 22, 2018

3D Thursday: Scalloped Tag Party Favors - VIDEO

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello and welcome to another 3D Thursday!

I love the idea of giving a small favor to guests who come to my home, whether it's for a party, or a dinner or other event.  This project is easy to mass produce so it would also be great for larger events like weddings or bridal/baby showers.  


All the details are in the video but here's a quick summary and some photos:

Designer Series Paper of choice (I used Sweet Soiree):  2" x 8"
Score at 3 3/4" and 4 1/4"
Fold and burnish score lines


Insert each end into the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
Insert a treat of choice (I used a Ghirardelli chocolate square) and adhere to back of pouch with a mini glue dot


Tie closed with ribbon of choice (I used Berry Burst Metallic Edge and Whisper White Organza)
Add sentiment (Label Me Pretty stamp set with circle / scalloped circle punches)
Add enamel heart if desired



I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x

February 21, 2018

Amazing You Card

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

I have to confess I am falling totally in love with this Amazing You stamp set and the matching word dies, both of which you can earn for FREE during Sale-a-Bration!  These items have been very popular, so if you are interested in either or both, think about placing a qualifying order soon, as the most popular Sale-a-Bration items may begin to sell out in the coming weeks.


Now.. for today's card... These sunburst stamps are a perfect match for the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.  I used So Saffron ink to stamp the sunbursts on the top and bottom of the card, and then added a panel of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP in the center, matted with So Saffron.


Then I die cut the "amazing" two times from So Saffron card stock, with the Adhesive Sheets on the back, and then stacked them together for a more dimensional sentiment.  I gave it a generous coat with the Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and added the "You are simply" stamp just above it.  Love!


I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

 ~ ellen. x

February 19, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms Card Trio - Quick and Easy

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  Today I wanted to share the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog which has become super popular.  What makes this stamp set unique is that it was designed to create lots of detail and dimension all with one stamp!  There are three lovely sentiments that come with this set, so it can be used for a variety of occasions.


I created these monochromatic cards stamping the large bloom stamp three times on a piece of Very Vanilla thick card stock, cut to 4" x 5 1/4".  Then stamped a sentiment in the same ink color, and added some faceted gems.  My ink colors:  Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry.


I created a matte using the same color card stock, cut to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and attached it directly to a Very Vanilla standard top folding card base (4 1/4" x 5 1/2" when folded.  This will create a tiny sliver of border, which is just enough to offset the stamped panel from the card base.

I took it a step further and created matching envelopes by stamping the bloom image on the flap of some ivory envelopes from my stash.


So... if you'd like to earn this FREE stamp set, here is a list of basic supplies that would be perfect for someone new to card making:

Stampin' Trimmer                $30.00
Very Vanilla Card Stock      $  7.00
Calypso Coral Card Stock   $  8.00
Calypso Coral Ink                $  6.50
   Total                                  $51.50

I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x

February 18, 2018

Farm Fresh Wood Crate Card Set

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

Today I'm sharing this adorable wood crate with a set of 3x3 mini rooster cards.  As soon as I saw the Wood Crate Framelits I just *knew* I had to have it!  And with the Wood Textures designer series paper stack... and the Wood Words stamp set?  OMG!  The perfect trifecta! 


And I'm participating in the RemARKable Stampers Big Blog Hop with a theme of "Lions, and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!"  Lots of critter inspiration!  There is a list of all the participating bloggers at the bottom of this post so be sure to stop by and give them some love! 


Ok let's get started... 

I used my Big Shot to die cut the Wood Crate Framelit two times from Crumb Cake card stock.  Then I ran those die cut pieces through the Big Shot again in the Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder to get the realistic woodgrain look.  Once embossed, I used my sponge daubers with crumb cake ink to accent the high spots of the wood grain to help the texture *pop*.  


Then I folded the pre-scored tabs created by the framelit, and used Tear and Tape on each tab to adhere the two pieces together to form the crate.  Adorable!  I wanted to do something special with the crate, so I added a handle with the Burlap Ribbon by tucking the ends inside the crate and tacking them down with more tear and tape.  Easy assembly and I adore the farmer's market look!   


I added some layered stamped and punched images using the Wood Words stamp set, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" scalloped circle punch and the decorative label punch, using sahara sand and crumb cake card stock, with crumb cake and cherry cobbler ink.  Layered together with dimensionals.


I cut three 3x3 card bases from sahara sand card stock and added a layer of the wood textures DSP cut to 2 7/8" x 2 7/8".  Stamped the rooster with cherry cobbler ink and used the matching die from the Wood Crate Framelits set, and mounted on a scalloped circle punch, edged with cherry cobbler ink.  The "Note for You" stamp is also from Wood Words stamp set.


And finally, I created some matching envelopes using the Envelope Punch Board and the Wood Textures DSP.    What an adorable little card set, good for any occasion!  


Thanks so much for visiting and participating in our blog hop!  There are many inspiring projects you won't want to miss!  See the linky list below and be sure to click through and give some love to all!


I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x

February 16, 2018

Celebrate You Fireworks Card

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hey!

Today's card just blew me away... I had this idea to use the sunburst-y stamp from the Amazing You stamp set to see if I could create some fireworks, and you know what?  It totally worked!  Check it out!



So... I started with the Amazing You stamp set and the Celebrate You framelits, both of which are selections in the current Sale-A-Bration catalog! Here's the stamp set - I used the "Let's" , "YOU" and the sunburst/sunrise stamps... If you spend $50 you can choose this stamp set for FREE! 


And here are the framelits... this is a $100 level item, which means you need to spend $100 to get these dies for free... (and if you spend $150 you can get them BOTH for free!)  


I chose a rainbow of ink colors: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, and Island Indigo.  I started on the left side with the purples and pinks, stamping one sunburst on top of the other, forming a firework bursting, and worked my way across the card, overlapping the colors slightly as I went.  I just love how it turned out!


 Then I used my Big Shot to cut out the word "celebrate" with Basic Black card stock, coated it with a generous layer of Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, and added two layers of clear embossing powder for a sparkle and shine worthy of a fireworks card... 


I then stamped the "Let's" and "YOU" stamps with Versafine onyx black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  And finished the card with the Adhesive Back Sequins.

I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out.

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting.

~ ellen. x

February 15, 2018

3D Thursday: Envelope Punch Board Small Treat Box

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

Welcome back to 3D Thursday!  I got my first Envelope Punch Board about 5 years ago.  At the time, I thought it was the most genius idea I had seen in a long time... I mean, really, how cool is it that I could make a custom size envelope, with custom paper, for anything I wanted?  Pretty cool!  

















But you know what?  Cool got even cooler when I saw people using the Envelope Punch Board to make custom boxes!  Super duper cool!  Today we'll be making a hybrid envelope / box to hold a tiny chocolate treat!


Start with a piece of designer series paper of your choice - I used two patterns from the Delightful Daisy collection.  Cut your paper to 4" x 4".  Then place your paper in the envelope punch board and line up the left edge with the 2" mark... punch and score.  Rotate 90 degrees and repeat until all four sides are punched and scored.   The use the corner rounder on the back side of the punch to round all four corners.


Fold each of the score lines, insert a small treat of choice - I found that 2 Andes mints or 1 Ghirardelli chocolate square fit perfectly.  Use mini glue dots to glue down each corner in the center until your envelope/box is closed up.


I chose a sentiment from the Waterfront stamp set and stamped in a coordinating ink (Calypso Coral and Night of Navy). Punch out with a 1 1/4" circle punch.  Then punch out the same color of card stock with the 1 3/8" scalloped circle punch and layer them together with dimensionals into the center of your treat box.


Easy, right?!  These are the perfect little treats to have on hand for a friend and would be easy to mass-produce.  

I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x

February 13, 2018

Lots of Lavender Card with Blender Pens

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

I don't know about you, but I have always found coloring to be so relaxing.  Whether it's crayons, markers, paint, or pencils, coloring is so satisfying.  Today, we'll be using Stampin' Up!'s Blender Pens to create this lovely bunch of lavender using the Lots of Lavender stamp set, which you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration, through March 31st.


I'm going to focus on the coloring technique below, but here is a quick summary of the rest of the card.  Perfect Plum card base, matte, and 1 1/8" scalloped circle punch.  Very Vanilla Thick card stock used for embossed panel (Petal Burst Embossing Folder). Very Vanilla also used for the stamped panel and sentiment, cut with 1" circle punch.  Dimensionals used to pop up the layers.  Very Vanilla Stitched Satin Ribbon tied around the lavender panel. (Sadly, this item was in the clearance section and is now sold out... Very Vanilla Lace Trim would be lovely as well, and it's still available.)

For the lavender, I stamped the image with Smoky Slate ink.  It's a little less stark than black and gives a softer finish.  Then I used various ink pads as a paint palette to color in the open areas using Blender Pens.  If you gently "squish" your ink pad while it is closed, the inside of the lid will touch the ink pad, leaving fresh inky pigment on the inside of the lid.  
Open up your ink pads and use your Blender Pens to pick up that color to "paint" with.  I only used three colors - Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, and Pink Pirouette (wow... that was a lot of "P's" !!)  As you continue coloring with each shade, the intensity of the color will naturally lighten so you will get many tones of the same color in the finished result.  To clean your blender pen between colors, just scribble it on a scrap piece of paper until the pigment runs out.


I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x

February 11, 2018

Embossed Resist with Brusho

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello and welcome!

I love finding new ways to combine products and today's project shows an awesome technique using a new product from the Spring catalog called BRUSHO Crystal Color.  I'll show you lots of step-by-step photos along the way, but here are the finished cards we'll be making.


I'm participating in a big blog hop to show how you can mix and match items from the Spring (or Sale-A-Bration) catalog with items in the Annual catalog.  A list of all the participating blogs is at the bottom of this post so be sure to visit each page for loads of inspiration!


Let's get started!  BRUSHO is a pigment powder that comes in little jars.  You get 5 colors in the set: red, yellow, orange, green and blue.  Rather than taking the lid off the jar, which could result in an explosion of pigment, the best way to use the product is to take a push pin and puncture the lid.  I chose to do just one hole per color, but you could do 2 or 3 to get more pigment with each "shake".  Here's a photo of the main supplies we'll be using for today's technique.


I started by stamping the flower from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set with Versamark ink on a sheet of Watercolor Paper.  I used the whole sheet, which measures 6" x 9".  I stamped the flower all over the page to create a background, and then added white embossing powder and set it with my heat tool.  Here is the result.


Then I sprinkled three colors of the Brusho all over the paper - I chose the red, orange and yellow so I wouldn't get "muddy" colors.  In the picture below, you can see the faint trace of pigment powder.  But then the magic happens...


Take a water spritzer or spray bottle and spray water all over the page.  The pigment comes to life and starts to bleed and blend... keep adding pigment until you're happy with the result.



You can be quite generous with the water, and use a paint brush (or your finger if you're brave) to push the color around until the page is saturated with color.  Then use your heat tool to dry.  Be careful not to over heat the paper because your embossing powder could re-melt.  I repeated the whole process by adding more pigment powder over the first layer, spritzing more water, blending, and drying.  Here is my finished background page.  Love it!


Then I spritzed some water droplets over the whole page and dabbed with a paper towel to create these water spots!  I was SO SO happy when this worked!!  I love Stampin' Up inks for stamping, but I was thrilled to see I could do some artsy techniques as well!  I cut this 6" x 9" page into 3 panels measuring 3" x 5 1/2" so I could create three cards with them.


I matted each panel on basic black card stock and mounted the panel onto Whisper White Thick card base, cut to a finished standard A2 size of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".   Then I created the sentiments using some die cuts from the Celebrate You Thinlit set (FREE with $100 purchase during Sale-A-Bration) and the Amazing You Stamp Set (FREE with $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration).


The leaf is from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set, which has a matching die in the Eclectic Layers Framelits set.  Both are in the annual catalog and can be purchased as a bundle for 10% savings.


I cut the word dies with gold foil paper.  Sometimes word dies come out with some bumpy texture left behind from the die - to smooth out those bumps I ran the die cut words through my Big Shot again, sandwiched between some typing paper.  It gave the words a brushed metal finish which I think is gorgeous, and a nice alternative to the pure shiny finish of the foiled paper.


I also added a few of the iridescent sequins to each card for some additional interest and sparkle.  Since I had some extra leaf die cuts left over,  I adhered one on the inside of each card - here's a little peak inside.


Phew!  If you're still with me - thanks for hanging in there through a long and detailed post!  I had a blast working with Brusho - hope you give it a try!  Links to purchase all the products used are just below the post.  Here is the list of all the blog hop participants - check them out!



I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x