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!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Message in a Bottle

Today seemed like a good day to share the Message in a Bottle photopolymer stamp set.  This one is cute and has quite a few possibilities.  The images are cute but I wanted to try something a little less cute and maybe a little bit different.

I used the Seaside textured impressions embossing folder and cut along one of the lines to tuck my bottle into the wave.  This was layered onto a sky I had sponged with Soft Sky, Island Indigo and Night of Navy ink.  I did the same on the waves before adding the bottle.  I then stamped the sentiment, sponged some color to match the ones in the bottle and flagged the end.  I also curled it a bit and adhered it to the front of the card after layering it all to the Island Indigo base card.

I really love this card.  I think it's clever and I know I would have loved to have received it from someone that was caring about me.  Now...who should I share it with?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Tall Album Folio

Today I decided to share another mini album that I created using the super fun Pick a Pattern designer series paper.  The instructions for building this mini album were from a video that I followed that builds the album up from the very bottom but I will add a link to those instructions in my post.

As you can see, this is fun and colorful paper.  I made the paper rosettes pretty simply in 2 sizes.  The larger one is made from a strip of 1" x 10" paper, then scored in 1/2" increments.  Folding the scored lines in an accordion style and then attaching the 2 ends together with adhesive.  I then glued the flower to a circle base by pressing down in the center.  These can be kind of springy and want to pop back up so I used hot glue to make sure they stuck immediately.  The smaller rosette was made with a  3/4" x 9 1/4" strip and then done in the same fashion.

I made the flipping photo pages down both sides of my folder.  So cute!  I love this little photo album.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mini Album Folio

Hello everyone!  Halloween is over and it's time to focus on other things that make me happy.  My family!!  I am blessed with 4 healthy sons, all grown up that have also shared their beautiful children in my life.  Its great to be a grandma!  I created this little mini album to share that is made out of 1 sheet of  8.5" x 11" paper.  After all the cutting and scoring, it folds up into a cute little book that can be tied with a ribbon.

To give credit where credit is due, I followed a tutorial I found here for the steps to make this album.
I used the pretty papers in the Delightful Daisy designer series paper to embellish the flaps and also some extra embellishments such as the crinkled seam binding in night of navy and Faceted Gems in Gold.  The border was made with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

As the it opens up, there is surface on all sides to add your little photos.  I used app from Project Life to create these little pictures that measure in at 1 15/16" but you could make yours a bit bigger as I had plenty of room around the edges.  I also added some cute little stamping from the Tabs for Everything Stamp set.

When fully expanded, there are also little pockets to add some extra photos or journaling.  Also notice the tabs made on the journaling cards made with the Circle Tab punch.  I love this!!