Saturday, April 27, 2013

CAS-ual Fridays: Beanstalks into Mums

Hi all! It's my day of the month on CAS-ual Fridays Stamps to play with stamps and show a few cards. Wanna see?!


Here's another card that uses the stop sign octagon. Stamping it repeatedly in a row resulted in some nice, squatty hexagons and triangles, which are colored with alcohol markers. The "never" is generationally stamped to create movement towards the stop sign. 


This one layer card uses the flower and sentiment from Mum's the Word. The flowers are stamped in VersaMark, and then chalk is sponged over it. I like how the flowers all blend into each other with this technique to make a rather solid background, in contrast to the white sentiment area. 
 

These last three cards all feature mums made from the beanstalk stamp from Beanstalks. What a fun discovery!

I was so excited when I realized you could rotate this one beanstalk around in a circle 9 times and it makes a perfect circle! Even the center turned out pretty neat with all those tiny circles. I wanted the beanstalk and sentiment (from Bold Wishes) embossed in black to go with the modern styled card, where everything is off the edge. Plus it would make my coloring go a little easier and help stay in the lines : ) Everything is a bold fuchsia, except the intersections which are melon.


As luck would have it, there is also a smaller beanstalk in this set. YAY!  More versatility for the mums. On this one layer card, the mums are watercolored in, inspired by the Moxie Fab Challenge this month. Much quicker than coloring in each petal! Sentiments from Big Thanks dance across the card in gold.


Finally, an ombre, layered mum for Mother's Day. Originally, I layered all three layers right on top of each other and lined up the pattern. Yawn. So then I rotated each layer so that the petal would fall in between the two petals on the previous layer. Better. Then I slid the middle layer off center. Bingo! Much more dynamic this way. A subtle difference, for sure, but believe me, it really helped the design. Complimentary adjectives for mom from Truth Is are stamped around the circle, and her name is embossed on the leaf I cut out.

Thanks so much for looking!
-Kelly

PS. It seems there is a lot of interest in learning about creating a gallery of cards for your blog using Pinterest. I'll do a step-by-step tutorial on this early next week. I'm so pleased with it that I got rid of the entire left column on my blog that used to show the top ten posts from the last month. There's really no need for that now. Yay, so much cleaner now!


18 comments:

  1. Amazing work...as always! Each card is so unique even though the stamp was the same in the last few. Love the colors and design of each one..glad you didn't ask for a favorite...too hard to choose!

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  2. You do such consistently lovely work....

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  3. Oh Kelly! All of them so lovely, and I love your golden embossed sentiments! TFS

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  4. Genius as usual! I will definitely be awaiting your step by step - I got messed up and frustrated for some reason (although I'm fighting a cold and it seems to have impacted my brain the most for some reason!) And now there's more room on your blog for your lovely, clever, always-amazing cards!

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  5. love the pattern you made with those octagons!

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  6. Amazing ... what you do with these stamps is just awesome, Kelly, so much variety, so many techniques, such super-talent ... thank you! Love the new look on your blog ... spotted it as soon as I saw your picture on the right and not the left! Anita :)

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  7. I'm just in awe--wonderfully creative cards!

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  8. I love how you stretch your stamps! That first card is so cool, love the design, and the beanstalks turned flowers, fantastic! Reminds me of spirographs!

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  9. Amazing cards, Kelly! Love them all. :)

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  10. What a creative approach with these stamps! I don't use Beanstalks enough! Thanks for the inspiration! AWESOME work, Kelly! Your new blog look is fabulous!

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  11. What you can do with a set of stamps is truly amazing. I'm still shaking my head in wonder and awe.

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  12. See you are brilliant those cards are fabulous and soooo unique. Your amazing girly, thanks for sharing your creativity and have a wonderful week..

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  13. Beautiful cards. It's like everything you touch is magic! Can't wait for your tutorial. I've been thinking I need to shake things up a bit on my blog.

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  14. Mums from beanstalks? Ah-mazing! So looking forward to your Pinterest tutorial!

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  15. YAY -- mums from beanstalks -- TOO CLEVER!!! Will watch for your tut also -- thanks for sharing!!! ;-)

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  16. I love how you always stretch your supplies - such an inspiration!! All of these are fantastic but I have to say the second card is my favourite! The colours and design are just so stunning! And I will have to look into doing that Pinterest Gallery thing when I have the time!!

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  17. Hey Kelly! Thanks for linking this up to the Wonder of Watercolor Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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  18. Your website is very beautiful or Articles. I love it thank you for sharing for everyone. Pittsburgh Birthday Party

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly