Sunday, February 24, 2019

Blog Hop - Keeping It in the Lines

Welcome to the North Carolina Demos February Blog Hop!  Whew - that's a mouthful!  So glad you are here and will get some ideas for your own card making from our cards.   If you have already visited Tracie's blog, I'm sure you enjoyed a wonderful project.  Tracie does great work!  I'm Sharon Maranich from the NC Piedmont area and I was born and raised in Charlotte.

This month's theme for the blog hop is your favorite coloring method.  Well, my favorite way to color is with the Stampin' Up Blends!  These markers make it so easy to blend colors and create beautiful works of art for all of your card making.  The colors, as the name suggests, blend beautifully, mainly because the colors are picked out and designed to blend with each other.  These blends take the guess work out and lessen the learning curve for coloring.  I love using the Color Lifter too.  It makes it easy to erase colors with it.  It is good for blending the dark and light colors.



For this card, I used the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  I stamped the dandelions on the edges of the Basic Gray card stock with Versamark and used the white embossing powder to emboss them.  Next came the Pumpkin Pie Blends and I colored some of the flowers and all the little stems.  I used one of my favorite embossing folders - Subtle - to emboss both the Basic Gray card and stamped piece.  I matted the piece onto Pumpkin Pie card stock.  The sentiment was stamped on a Layering Circle die which was also matted onto a Pumpkin Pie circle.


This card uses the Love What You Do Photopolymer Stamp set.  I stamped the flowers and leaves along the edge with Memento Black ink on Very Vanilla card stock that was cut out with the Rectangle Stitched dies (my favorite!)  Next I colored the flowers with Bermuda Bay light and dark SU Blends.  I used the Well Written dies to cut out "miss" and the bird.  I actually die cut 2 of the "miss" - one is Bermuda Bay and the other in Night of Navy and staggered them just a little bit.  I matted the Vanilla piece onto Night of Navy and then onto the Bermuda Bay card.

There is a bit of a story behind the "miss" and "you"!  I bet most of you have experienced this before.  I was going to do both words with the Well Written dies and took them both off the magnet sheet and  put them onto my table.  Well, wouldn't you know it, when I got ready to die cut them, I couldn't find "you."  I looked everywhere and crawled around on the floor (picking up little bits of paper and the backs of the glue dots while I was down there!)  Finally I just gave up and stamped the "you" (from the Sale-a-Bration set, Part of My Story).  I was so upset because I had never even used the "you" die and now it was gone.  BUT .... when I turned my card over to put tape on the back and assemble the card, there was "you" stuck to the back of the vanilla card stock!  

OK - that's all for me today.  I hope you have been inspired to create your own masterpiece.  If you need help or want to add any of these supplies to your own stash, please let me know.  I'll be more than happy to help you on your stampin' journey!  Enjoy the remainder of the Blog Hop.  Next stop for the blog hop is Sue Root.  I'm sure she will have something amazing to share with you!  

We do this Blog Hop each month on the last weekend of the month.  So don't forget to join us at the end of March!


Happy Stampin'!  

Sharon




SHARON MARANICH - you are here!






9 comments:

Tracie Langley said...

Great project, Sharon! So glad you participated.

StampinwithAnita said...

Great cards and yes, I have lost many items on my craft table. Eventually I usually find them! Thanks for sharing.

Sue Root said...

I have never seen anyone use the blends on an embossed image. I love it! Both your cards are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Robbie said...

Love the coloring on the Dandelion card! The colors on the second card are very pretty.

Jo Anne Hewins said...

Great cards, Sharon. Love the story about the missing you. We've all been there. For me, almost daily. I forget that I can color on embossing with the Blends. Thanks for sharing.

Frances Wagner said...

Sharon, I love your cards and the vivid contrast in your Dandelion Wishes card is spectacular. Thanks for sharing and ps I love your blog background. :)

Kampin' Karen said...

I love your dandelion card. It is striking.

Kathy said...

Ah Sharon, I feel your pain in searching for that one elusive piece buried in the pile, or even worse mysteriously stuck to anything magnetic and hiding there. Love the cards.

Toni Campana said...

Wow,I love the color combination of the grey with Pumpkin Pie! I would never have thought to pair them. And i can't begin to tell you how many things I've lost on my craft counter. I call it the black hole, lol!