Thursday, November 27, 2014

Groovy Birthday


Well like many others, I was asked what I was thankful for tonight. One of the many things I was thankful for is my sight.  I went through a lot this year with my eyes! Sight was clearly on my mind and I thank God everyday for the colors I see, the shapes I see, the family I see, and smiles I see.. What a gift to have sight!!

The card I am presenting today was so much fun and easy to make!! My daughter had a birthday party a couple of weeks ago and, of course, needed a card.  Considering the amount of money we have spent on stamps my family is officially banned from buying cards.

The girl I made it for is fun and so full of ideas and life. I thought the bright colors and groovy design suited her well.

Groovy Birthday

The negative die cut space was offset from the 'O's just a bit to create a kind of 'groovy' font. I think it succeeded.. The bands of color are just different colors of washi tape!  This card took about 20 minutes to complete.. My daughter came back from the party and I ask her 'what did she think of the card?'.. She just rolled her eyes and said 'MOM!'  I guess that is an indicator how much I love this craft.

Well Happy Day to all!! Take care and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

First Blog post from TheGrandStampede

Hello from ccccc-ooooo-lllll-dddd Michigan... My name is Shawna Standish and I am an avid card maker, busy mother of two, and wife to my wonderful husband Rob.  

I have been making cards for about 2 years now and have learned a lot from other blogs, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. I have become addicted to stamping and all the fun that comes with it. I enjoy experimenting with new techniques and media which led me to start TheGrandStampede.. I figured I could share some of my work with you and then add links to where I came up with my design inspiration.  You can also follow on Pinterest and Twitter (still new so bear with me.).  I will start out with my most recent work..

 Wedding Card- Very subtle colors look great with cracked background. Perfect for a fall wedding. Stamped with brown ink, embossed sentiment, and colored flowers with Prismacolor pencils. Size: 4x6

Harvest Greetings- Used printed chevron paper with colored scarecrow and stamped corn scene. Word 'Harvest' and 'Greetings' are from two different sets.  Embellished with Stampin' Up brad. Size 4.25x5.5

Reindeer wishes- This is actually a free printout I believe from PaperCrafts. Thought cutting out the second deer gives it a sense of dimension.  The red banner adds a touch of color. Size: 4.25x5.5

God is Love- This elegant card has a touch of color with the Penny Black flower stamps. I think the gray in the border and oval also act as a color.  I love it when that happens.!

Hoppy Day- Stamped pod scene watercolored then added lilypad background paper with red border. Sentiment was hand drawn with white gel pen (any tips on how to use white gel pens without the mess would be awesome)

  Peddler Pack- I just adore Peddler pack stamps. The image does the work for you!! Just add color (if you want!), in this case I used Perfect Pearls and Pearl-Ex for the color. It gives a shimmery look of ornaments on a tree. The blue banner with a Stampin' Up sentiment ties the whole card together.

Well that concludes my very first blog post. I will get more savvy as time goes on so bear with me as I learn!! Also, you can follow me on Pinterest!! Just type in TheGrandStampede. I will come up with a link later. ;) 
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