I HOPE you don't mind if I am still using the same old stamp set! I LOVE this set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Elements of Style! I HOPE SU keeps this set A LONG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!! It's one I think all Paper Tea Cup lovers should have in their stamp collection! (It's SOOO English China!)
I guess it's time for a CONFESSION too! I am a "Penny Pincher" when it comes to my crafting! I ALWAYS look for the BEST PRICES! (Or TRY to!) And yes, I buy regular old COPY PAPER for my cards & 3D items! I KNOW I need to buy some of "THE GOOD STUFF!" AND the printed Designer Papers? I buy VERY LITTLE of it! I think the price is a little much, at least for me! Every so often, I will splurge! Or get some with the Hostess Gifts/Dollars or if they come in a "bundle." Don't get me wrong, I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!! The COST is what gets me! Once it's used, IT'S GONE! I go for the STAMPS! I've heard people say you can copy the papers, but then there's the INK COST, AND I would think there is a COPYRIGHT on those papers too!
With my "Penny Pinchardness," I made this Tea Cup & Card for another one of my friends who is having a Birthday! (She's already received her package!) Blue is one of her favorite colors! With that, I HAD TO pull out the MIDNIGHT MUSE & play!!!!!!!!! I like to see what certain ink colors do! And what they do when used with other colors! So sometimes, I stamp first on a scrap piece of paper & go from there. If I like the results, then I go with it! Look what happened when I stamped with Midnight Muse & added Certainly Celery! AND what happened to the Midnight Muse when it's watered down a bit!
Aren't the colors GORGEOUS? WOW!!!!!!!!!! I THINK I'M IN LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I guess I should continue confessing, but I think MAYBE, you've already guessed.... I DON'T buy the coordinating ribbons, buttons, etc. either! (There it's out!) I buy my ribbons from WALMART! (That's the only store with decent prices & a good selection & fairly close! NO REAL "Craft" stores here where I live or ANY WHERE CLOSE! ) So, I took the Satin Ribbon I had- Light Blue & used my Re-inker & colored it with Midnight Muse! I pinched off the excess ink, running my fingers down the ribbon. (Anybody like BLUE FINGERS? LOL) Then I used my Flat Iron (for my hair) & ran the ribbon through it till it was dry. (The flat iron is one of those that will remove the wet! It's a Remington Wet 2 Straight. Yep, I need to clean my iron now! ) Since I didn't have the colored card stock of Midnight Muse either, I sponged the Midnight Muse onto the white (copy) card stock with a make-up sponge, moving in a circular motion. (LOVE these new ink pads for this! You really only need color the parts that will be showing!)
Here is my MIDNIGHT MUSE TEA CUP! (I'm IN LOVE! I THINK THIS is my FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!! )
I used the SAME TECHNIQUES as before, using a blender pen to add ink from my stamp pad, Embossing with the SU- Elegant Lines Folder, Gold Krylon Pen, & MS- Crystal Fine Glitter, SU- Cellophane bag. The ONLY difference, I used the SU- Lovely Little Labels & Little Labels Punch Pack for the tag. Handwriting "Happy Birthday." I got just a little Midnight Muse on my fingers from the stamp & edged the little label.
Now for my card! I am REALLY PLEASED with how it came out! For a sketch, I was inspired by SCS- SC395. My card is a little DIFFERENT from the sketch. I did the same thing with the card as I did with the Tea Cup, EXCEPT I sprayed the image with Tattered Angels Shimmer Spray-Pearl,(Hm mm, that would look GOOD on my Paper Tea Cups too!) AND I used Soft Sky on the background of the image. (Remember that color?) I also added a Charm (From Walmart! ) & edged it with the Gold Krylon Pen, as it was silver! (If you get the gold ink on the cameo--just use a little alcohol on a Q-tip & rub it off!) AND using one of my B.D. goodies, I used the SU- Framed Tulips Folder.
Here is my card! I have to say, I think it has a little Asian flair with the three panels (popped up on dimensionals)--- makes me think of Asian Screens.
What do you think? Again, there's JUST SOMETHING about the GOLD!!!!!! I LOVE the elegance it brings to a card! Krylon, if you're listening, we need a FINE POINT GOLD LEAFING PEN too!
Here's the Gift Combo:
It's Romance for me! (Would you believe, I used to HATE BLUE????)
Here's a Challenge! Take a second look at a color you hate! Find a different hue/intensity of the color that you do like, then make yourself a card or 3D item using the color!
Wishing I could have this written in MIDNIGHT MUSE, & edged in GOLD!
It's a Midnight Muse Romance,