Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sneak Peek Saturday--I mean Wednesday.

Y'all, I was going to wait till Saturday to post this so I could do the whole alliteration thing with the title, but I, seriously, couldn't wait.

I LOVE this new bundle called Colorful Seasons from Stampin' Up! Right now, it's only available to demonstrators, but it will be available to all when the new catalog goes live next month. You are going to love the new catalog. So many great sets and fun ideas in there!

For this card I used a couple of the dies, and just a sentiment from the stamp set, but you also see a sneak peek of 2 of the new In Colors; Berry Burst-the centers of the flowers, and Tranquil Tide-the greenish color in the middle of the color wash.

I used the "acetate smoosh" technique on our watercolor paper for the background with Marina Mist, Tranquil Tide and Pool Party markers. In case you've never heard of the "acetate smoosh" technique, I took a piece of acetate (the flexible plastic piece on top of my stamp set) and scribbled color on it with the markers. Then I dropped lots drops of water on the paper from my aqua painter in the area I was planning on coloring. The next step is to place the colored acetate on the wet paper and watch the fun. I lifted the acetate up and then touched it down in a few areas to get the random dots on the edge. I think I need to order more watercolor paper 'cause that technique is kind of addicting. :o)

I cut the flowers from watercolor paper as well, and used the Berry Burst marker in the center of them and an Aqua Painter to draw the color out into the petals. For me, the hardest parts of this card were picking out which of the background colors I wanted to use as the base card (I went with Marina Mist) and determining where to put the sequins.

Do you want to see the stamp set and dies?

See what I mean about versatile? It covers the whole year, and those leaves and snowflakes are GORGEOUS!! I'm going to have to play with those next.

Don't forget, like the title above says, there are a lot of great items on the retiring list, some are discounted up to 50%, and some of them are already gone, so if you have something on your wish list, better get it quick.

Oh, I almost forgot! You can get a sneak peek, or should I say, your own pre-order of items in the catalog with this awesome offer from Stampin' Up! This bundle is really cool, and you get a FREE gift with either bundle. These items will be in the new catalog, but this bundle with the free gift will not. Check out my website for all the details and what's included in the bundles.

OK, that's a lot of fun stuff! One more piece of important info--don't forget to use the Hostess Code you see above when you place an order through my store. When you do, I will send you another free gift along with your Thank You gift and card.

Well, I have several more stamp sets I was able to pre-order that I am dying to play with, so I better get stamping.

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Basket Video

Hello there and Happy Spring! 

I hope you have some nice weather to enjoy right now. I live in Wisconsin. Wisconsin doesn't know how to handle spring. It was 70 yesterday. We're in the middle of a thunderstorm right now. We're supposed to get a couple inches of snow tomorrow. No kidding. I kind of like it though. Keeps me on my toes and I love seeing the brightness of the new greens against the browns of winter, and those purples look super pretty wrapped in a blanket of white. 

I designed this Get Well basket a little while ago and decided I wanted to make a spring version and show you how to make it. It only uses one sheet of cardstock, a few scraps, and an optional sheet of copy paper for your "grass" in the basket. This is really a good sized basket as you can see by the goodies inside, and it is pretty sturdy. In fact, after I took these photos, my daughter confiscated the brown one, changed up the tag, and filled it with nail goodies for her friend's birthday. :o)

Please let me know what you think of the project, and I would love to see one that you've made. 

I've included a link below to the items I used. If you're interested in some free goodies, please use the Hostess Code you see above when placing an order. At the end of the month the Hostess credits will be divided up among all the orders and I will send out a surprise goodie to you along with your thank-you card and gift. 

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Crazy About Watercolor

Hello there, here's a simple card to give to someone special. I used the Crazy About You Stamp Set, but changed it up a bit with our Watercolor Pencils. 

After stamping the image with Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz, I went over the petals and leaves with varying shades of the pencils and then brushed over them with water from an Aqua Painter. Because our inks are waterbased like the pencils, it all blended together. I used the Bermuda Bay at the base of each petal and added a touch of Calypso Coral to the tips. I used Old Olive and Daffodil Delight on the leaves. I like the dimension it gives to this simple stamp set.

Hope you enjoy this card and get a chance to do some crafting this week. I'm going to be busy making swaps for OnStage Local this Saturday. It's my first time at one of these and I'm SUPER excited!!

I've included a link below to the items I used. If you're interested in some free goodies, please use the Hostess Code you see above when placing an order. At the end of the month the Hostess credits will be divided up among all the orders and I will send out a surprise goodie to you along with your thank-you card and gift. 

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Easy Rose Wonder Card

Hello there and happy spring!! I love the Rose Wonder Stamp Set and the Rose Garden Thinlits. They are gorgeous, but, for me, they can be time consuming. I generally like to emboss the rose and then watercolor it in, or even do the Stanied-Glass technique of gluing in all the pieces from the rose die. For this card though, I was looking for something a little quicker. I had a rose cut out from another project and thought I would try and use it as a stencil. And, voila! A beautiful rose in no time at all.

I simply held the rose down and sponged color over it, rubbing gently. I used Rose Red for the rose (how appropriate :-) ) and added a bit of Real Red to the center to give it some depth. And, as you can see in the photo above, I now have a colored die cut to use on another project. Double win! 

Here's a list of supplies I used for this card. Don't forget to use the Hostess Code you see above when you place an order so I can send you some freebies.

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ice Cream Surprise

Hello there! I have been having so much fun with the new Cool Treats Bundle. I love the color combo in the paper pack, and of course, who doesn't love ice cream? or popsicles? or cute little strawberries? Aack! There's even a cute little spoon! This set is super easy to use and you can make some quick cards with it.

This was not necessarily a quick card, but it is super cute, and well worth the little extra time to make it.

Can you see what the surprise is? The card starts out with a single scoop ice cream, but when you pull the tab, you get a quadruple scoop! How fun is that? I've put together a little video to show you how to make it. Hope you like it. Let me know what you think.

I like the Cool Treats Bundle so much I've decided to host a Cool Treats Card Class. We will make 4 adorable cards using the bundle along with some washi tape and confetti. There are 2 options with this class: option one includes the supplies for 1 set of 4 cards with matching envelopes, option 2 includes the 4 cards PLUS your own Cool Treats stamp set, Frozen Treats framelits dies, Tasty Treats washi tape AND you get to choose one FREE Sale-a-Bration item of your choice! Want to see what we're going to make?

Be sure to check out my website for all the details and to RSVP for the class. 

What do you think? Want to see the Sale-a-Bration items available? There are stamp sets, ribbon and even a complete card kit. Remember, for every $50 you spend in the Annual or Occasions Catalog, you get to choose one of these for FREE! 

Hostess Code Club: If you place an order through my site, be sure to put in the hostess code above and I will be able to send you a little extra goody in your Thank You packet. If your order is over $150, DON'T use the code, as you qualify as your own hostess and you get to choose your own goodies.