August 14, 2018

No Line Watercolor with Blended Seasons

Hello and Happy Tuesday!Today is such an exciting day...I get to register for OnStage Live in Orlando for November! I can't explain just how excited I am to go. It will be my first ever event in person so, I'm over the moon with excitement as this is the 30 Year celebration so, I know it's a BIG deal, HUGE even. Anyhoo, I digress.

Today I want to share a card with you that I did over the weekend. I decided to play with the "no line watercolor" technique and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Of course, I am madly in love with the Blended Seasons stamp set so of course I reached for that. I firmly believe the reason I love this set so much is it's versatility. It's appropriate for any occasion, any time of the year. All you need to do is change up your color combinations and run with it. Here, I used the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 collection, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green and Crushed Curry along with my Aqua Painters.
The trick here is to stamp the image using a light colored ink such as Sahara Sand using 2nd generation stamping and moisten the image before applying the color, but don't make it too wet (keep a paper towel handy to blot up excess water) then add color and blend out the colors with the Aqua Painter, and add more color where needed and blend again. Be sure to watch the video where I walk you through the steps.

The measurements for recreating this card are Balmy Blue CS card base 4.25" x 11" scored and folded at 5.5" Night of Navy CS panel 4" x 5.25" and Watercolor Paper 3.75" x 5". I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White CS .75" wide and long enough to accommodate my sentiment using Night of Navy ink. I bannered one end and adhered it to the bottom left corner of the card.

This card was a lot of fun to do and really didn't take much time at all to complete. I truly hope this card encourages you to pull out those Watercolor pencils. Don't let them intimidate you and see how amazing they are to work with. I promise you will love them!
Happy Stamping,

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August 11, 2018

More Fall Leaves from the Color Your Seasons Bundle

Well hello and good Saturday morning! Wohoo! I am so excited that the weekend is here. Wow, what a long week it was! But I did make time to play in my craft room a few nights during the week. But today, I'm not sharing one of my own cards with you. Today, I'm sharing a card I received in my swap cards that I did with a group of other demonstrators. This particular card just over the top wowed me! It was made by the very talented Linda Cullen.
Look at the amazing paper piecing in-lay work she did....then there is the glisten from the Wink of Stella. She truly rocked this card. She used the Stampin' Blends to color it and then using the detailed leaf die, from the Stitched Seasons collection, she cut out the leaf in Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler and placed each individual piece into the Old Olive "outline" and adhered it down.
Again, it's just so striking and to really make the stamped leaves POP, she outlined them all in the light Pool Party Stampin' Blend marker.
I hope you enjoy this card as much as I have I think she did an amazing job on it and continue to admire it daily. I hope this card inspires you to think outside the box and try a little "in-lay" work and pull out those Stampin' Blends. Oh, you don't have any Blends yet? Oh, well then, you will want to stay tuned for more information to come, but I will be resuming the Stampin' Blends club in the very near future! Keep your eyes out and Happy Stamping,

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August 9, 2018

Color Your Seasons Fall Falling Leaves

Hello and Happy Thursday! Well we have another week winding down and today I have a fun card to share with you using the awesome, but limited edition, Color Your Seasons bundle. This card has a fun Fall twist, using Stampin' Blends to color the leaves.
I began with a standard card base of Crumb Cake, measuring 8.5" x 5.5" scored and folded at 4.25".  My Stampin' Blend colors are, the light and dark Daffodil Delight and light and dark Cherry Cobbler after I stamped my image onto a Whisper White panel of 5" x 3.75" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then layered it onto a Merry Merlot panel measuring 5.1/8" x 3.7/8". This card went together rather quickly including the coloring. I added a button from the True Gentleman Button collection along with a double bow made from Linen Thread to finish it off. This truly is a stamp set that will carry you from season to season and has so many possibilities that it really should be on you list of MUST haves!
Happy Stamping,

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August 7, 2018

Center Step Gift Card Holder with Coffee Cafe

Hello and Happy Tuesday! I hope you are all off to an amazing week. I know I am. I recently received my holiday pre-order and OH EM GEE! You need to be sure to head over to my FB page and check out my haul video I did live! Wow...just wow! Once again, Stampin' Up! knocked it out of the park! I will start sharing some sneak peeks over the next week or so here, but today, I want to share this fun Center Step Gift Card Holder with you! I just love how this turned out. I got my inspiration from Mary Lee at Splitcoast Stampers.
To create this card, you will need a half sheet of Soft Suede cardstock 8.5" x 5.5"and your Stampin' Trimmer. Place the 5.5" edge up against the top of the trimmer and line the right edge upto the 1" mark to the right of the trimmer blade, cut from the 1" mark on the trimmer arm to the 5.25" mark. Flip the cardstock and do the same thing on the opposite side.  Now, turn the cardstock with the 8.5" edge to the top of the trimmer and score at 1"; 2" and 5.25" on the outside of each of the cut lines you made above. Then score between the cut lines at 4.25". Once you have all of your cut and fold lines done, fold the center into a mountain fold as well as the top of the "armatures" then the bottom of the "armatures" into a valley and the final score line will be a mountain fold.
Next, cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock 3.25" x 3" and layer a piece of the Natures Poem DSP cut 3" x 2.75"and adhere to the card front. Then, stamp the coffee cup onto a scrap piece of Crumb Cake with Crumb Cake ink, stamp the label, sentiment and lid in Soft Suede and cut all pieces with the coordinating dies and adhere to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals, taking care not to adhere the cup to the "armature" preventing the card from opening. Next, cut a piece of Whisper White 5.25" x 4" and with the 4" edge to the top of the trimmer, score at 1" . Fold up and add adhesive to each end to seal creating a pocket for a gift card. Stamp the coffee beans in a random pattern along the "pocket" and adhere the panel inside the card. And that my friends, completes our project today. I hope you enjoyed today's card. If you have any questions, please let me know as I would love to answer them for you.
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Happy Stamping!

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