Saturday, January 20, 2018

More Design Team Entries

Yesterday I shared one of the cards I made as an entry for the Pink Stamper Design Team.  Here is card #2.  This stamp set is in our new Occasions catalog and it is perfect for your Valentine's Day cards and treats.  It has a coordinating die set that even cuts out an adorable Valentine's conversation type box.  I will have to share that one with you on an upcoming blog post.  I decided to make this card a shaker card, using our acetate window sheets and the fun gold sequin flakes also available in the Occasions catalog.  I will share a link to all these products below.

Her is a close up of the fun sequins behind their little clear window.

I am going to share this card in an upcoming swap event I am going to participate in next month.  What do you think?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pink Stamper 2018 Design Team

I received quite an honor yesterday!  I was chosen to be on the Pink Stamper Design Team for the next 6 months.  Pink Stampers is the team I joined when I became a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! 2.5 years ago.  Our leader, Robyn Cardon, was the #1 in sales for the whole company this past November at Onstage on Salt Lake City.  If you were to join my team, you would be included in this fantastic group as well, and it IS a fantastic and fun group of stampers to be a part of.

Right now is an excellent time to join too because we are celebrating Sale-A-Bration, which means, when you sign up for only $99, you get to chose $125 worth of product and in addition to that, you also get to chose 2 FREE stamp sets.  All your choice.  Minimums are easy to meet, so even if you are only in it to get a discount for yourself, it's super doable!  The benefits are fantastic.  Please reach out to me and I can tell you more about it.  Or, join here, and get started today.

But, for now, I thought I would share with you one of the creations I used as my submission for the design team.

This exciting technique was used with the new Brush Crystal Color watercolor ink.  These ARE AWESOME.  You receive a set of 5 colors, you sprinkle them onto dampened paper and the inks spread and make very interesting effects like the one below.  If you are interested in seeing them in action, I will make a small video demonstration.  Please leave a comment below.  I also used one of the hostess stamp sets from our current annual catalog, Background Bits.  The ink color and card stock used is Always Artichoke.

Please come back tomorrow and I will share another item I submitted to be on the Pink Stamper Design Team.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration

Holy smokes!  Where have I been?  I missed all the fun Christmas posts that I could have shared with you.  But, life happens and it did for me.  But, here I am again and ready to share with you some very exciting news!  The new Occasions Catalog went live and it is now available for you to shop!  Along with that, Sale-A-Bration is in full swing, which means with every $50 ordered, you get to choose a free item.  And, this year, there are some bigger, more special items in sale-a-bration which can be redeemed with a $100 purchase!  Yay!

You can do your shopping here!

Also, if you'd like to join my team, there are some very exciting incentives to do so.  Such as, for  $99 you can pick $125 worth of any products in both our annual catalog and occasions catalog and then you can also pick 2 extra stamp sets for FREE.  Follow this link to sign up!!

I thought I would share a card I made with a new stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  This stamp set is called Petal Palette, and I absolutely love it!  I can't wait to make more cards with it very soon.  here is one I made using why aqua painter to blend the inks.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Online Extravaganza Continues and FREE CATALOGS

Hi friends!  As the online extravaganza continues, I wanted to remind everyone that I am giving away free Stampin' Up! annual and holiday catalogs.  I will even mail them to you for free if you reach out to me at my email and leave me your address.  I WANT you to have the opportunity to look and see all the beautiful products ready to be played with.  YOU are going to WANT IT ALL!  Or anyway, I know that's the way that I am!

Today I thought I would share another watercoloring card like the one showcased this past weekend.

The image and greeting are from the Birthday Blooms stamp set.  I used the same technique as described on this post.  Such a fun way to play with color!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Special 24 Hour Online Extravaganza Sale!!!

Stamp Sale starts November 20 12:00 AM and ends November 20 11:59 PM.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Watercolor with Stamps

I am really excited to share these cards with you today.  Did you know that you can watercolor with Stampin' Up! inks?  You can!  Here I have some examples done with ink, watercolor paper and the You've Got This stamp set.  I really love this effect and the way the colors blend together to make an impressionistic look.  So pretty!  And the colors are so vibrant!  I found a tutorial on another blog and I wish I could remember where,  so if you know, let me know and I will add credit where credit is due.

The technique is to take some quality watercolor paper (although I have had success with thick whisper white card stock) and stamp your desired impression with a lighter color.  I did mine in Daffodil Delight.  This will make the detail of the stamp obvious enough that you can see it, but won't really show through with the colors being used.

I used the re-inkers as my medium.  The best way I have found to do this is to use a little watercolor palette tray or you could even use an ice cube tray.  It will compartmentalize the colors so they don't run together.  This is especially good when you want to blend the colors together first.

I then applied water in sections to prepare the area and then deliberately added color gently,  The trick  was in letting the ink flow out to where the water was applied without being too tempted to try and paint it on.  I used a water color paint brush, but an aqua painter would work as well.  I continued on from there, doing each section or petal of the flower, leaves, stems and the worked the same technique in the background.

I really think these would look so pretty as framed art!

After the project was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment in black for a nice contrast.  I love this technique and will share a couple more in a few days.  I would be interested to now if anyone would like a video tutorial on this technique.

Stamp Sale starts November 20 12:00 AM and ends November 20 11:59 PM.  Come back tomorrow (tonight at midnight) for the list and shop!!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Free Catalogs! And Join my Team!!

Would you like a free catalog?  For the month of November, I will mail a free Annual catalog and Holiday catalog to you.  Just send me an email with your name and address and it goes right into the mail to you...FREE!!.  I want to get this into your hands so you can see how beautiful the products are!  (United States residents only)

Wouldn't you love to Craft Your Future?  Join me today as a demonstrator!  You get to design your starter kit with whatever product appeals to you!  For just $99 you pick and choose up to $125 in products, plus we will throw in some business supplies that are a $50 value.  That's a value of $175!!  Also free shipping!  You can be a hobby demonstrator, which means you maintain minimums every quarter or you can make it a thriving business.  It's up to you!  And, it's soooo fun!  I can help you every step of the way!!

Plus, if you sign up under me, I will recognize your achievements with additional bonuses!

  1. You will be added to a special and inspiring group where we can share this fun journey, help advance your business or encourage your hobby.
  2. If you choose to move along with advancement, you will receive other fun bonuses from me!
Most of pressure.  If all you want is to have the ability to buy these fantastic products at a discount, then I totally get that!

It's easy to maintain your membership with Stampin' Up!  The quarterly minimum requirements are very easy to attain and of course if you exceed the minimums you receive even more perks!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Stampin' Up! Onstage 2017 Highlights

Wow!  What a terrific time I had with old and new friends at Onstage in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I was able to see, hold and own new sneak peeks of the items soon to be available in our upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs, and I received motivational and informative ideas to help me make my Stampin' Up! experience more of a long-term choice.

I wish you all could have been there with me!  Let's be there together at the next one!!

Here are some highlights for me.  No new product peeks just yet...but soon.

A quick photo with Sara Douglas, CEO of Stampin' Up!

My display board at the Stampin' Spectacular hosted by my fantastic upline, Robyn Cardon.

Robyn Cardon (my up-line) and myself

With my bestie, Mary Cox

Waiting to enter at Main Stage

Making new friends

too much fun!!

Our next event is April 2018.  Who would like to join my team and join me?  I would love to tell you how!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Stampin' Up! Onstage 2017

Hey Everyone!  I am currently in Salt Lake City for the Stampin' Up! Onstage event.  I am so excited and  happy to be here and will be sharing some fun and and exciting things very soon!  Stay tuned!

Monday, November 6, 2017

High Tide Lighthouse Set

This is a stamp set that has been around for awhile, and yet, I had not really done anything with it until now.  I really like the realism of this stamp set, so I thought I would try to make a card that carries that realism over into the background.  Perhaps, what I have created is more dramatized that reality, but coming from the Oregon coast, I have seen some skies over the ocean that are equally this dramatic.  What do you think?

To make the sky was actually a lot more simple than it may look.  I stamped my lighthouse (2-step stamp process) on the white card stock and then another one on a scrap piece of paper and cut it out.  I laid the cut out over the stamped image to create a mask so my sky application didn't mess up my image.  I then took some post it notes and tore along one edge to create a border for clouds and laid it on top of my sky and started the layering of different colors and moving it along in different positions.  I used 2 or 3 of these for different affects.  The base where the lighthouse set was just sponging with different shades of browns.  The sentiment was heat embossed in white on the front of the card.

I was happy with that sky.  I have to confess!