Thursday, February 15, 2018

Birthday Bash Stampin' Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Birthday Bash Stampin' Friends Blog Hop!  This month it is all about birthdays. You will see links for the rest of the hoppers below my projects. 

When going through my stash over the past weekend, I ran across a tiny black frame I had picked up at the dollar store several years ago. Instead of $1, it was $.25! It was because it had some minor flaws. Other than the frame & the tiny piece of cheese cloth under the bird, all products are Stampin' Up!


The "flaws" on the frame, were these tiny impressions from being packed too tightly against other frames. I covered those flaws up with washi tape! Wouldn't this make a cute duo to give someone for their birthday? 


The color layered behind the bird and layered on the card is Peekaboo Peach. It is one of the 2016-2018 In Colors that will be retiring. If you love a peachy color like I do, I would get the ink pad, reinker and any of the ribbon or paper you need right away. There is always a run on the retiring In Colors when it gets a bit closer to June and they sell out quick. 


I love all the layers on this card. The main background paper is a scrap I had from the Wood Textures Designer Series Stack. It gave a great neutral background for the torn Peekaboo Peach piece and the bold black & white flower and die cut. I took a piece of Peekaboo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding and cut the finished sides from a strip of it, then pulled the edges to fray them. I used some of the solid black bakers twine along with it and tied it around the layers. I think the washi tape perfectly finished the card. Full supply list below the list of links for the rest of the hoppers. 

I hope you enjoyed my projects. Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin' Friends today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on March 15, 2018. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that!



Supply List:




Need/want everything and want free stuff? For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping from any of the Stampin' Up! catalogs or clearance), choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Plus, new this year: Earn even bigger rewards when you spend $100 (before tax and shipping). Just look for the $50 and $100 reward icons throughout the brochure. Both new catalogs are on my right side bar. Just click on the pictures of the covers. 

Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!



As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Let's get social!

     

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Primary Colors with a Pop Of Black

Do you remember as a child when you learned what primary colors were? I do. I loved it when the art teacher came to our class to make projects and always loved the bright combo of all three colors.


The above card was made using the Brusho Crystal Colours available in the Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions catalog. This is a simple product to use and produces stunning results! Watch the video below to see several ways to use this cool product. The technique I used for the shapes above (watercolor paper cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits) starts at about the 2:00 mark in the video.



The "amazing" word die is from the Celebrate You Thinlits, available as a level 2 Sale-A-Bration reward. The stamped word "you" is from the Amazing You stamp set, available as a level 1 Sale-A-Bration reward. See video below for more info on this dynamic duo!




The Stampin' Recipe:




Need/want everything and want free stuff? For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping from any of the Stampin' Up! catalogs or clearance), choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Plus, new this year: Earn even bigger rewards when you spend $100 (before tax and shipping). Just look for the $50 and $100 reward icons throughout the brochure. Both new catalogs are on my right side bar. Just click on the pictures of the covers. 

Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!



As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Let's get social!

     

Thursday, January 18, 2018

All About Love Stampin' Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Friends "All About Love" Blog Hop! This is my first time hopping with this talented group of people and I am excited to say that I will be participating monthly this year. Thank you Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher for inviting me. You will see the links to the rest of the hoppers underneath my project. 

I have been having a lot of fun with the Sure Do Love You Bundle and the Waterfront stamp set, both available in the new 2018 Occasions catalog. For this card and gift box combo, I used a piece of watercolor paper I had stamped & watercolored for the box pieces and the strip on the card. 




I will be doing a video tutorial for this fabulous background I am calling Bohemian Rhapsody. 


Just know this, I used several stamps from the Waterfront stamp set, alternately stamping and softening the images with an Aqua Painter. Those wonderful stamps are a MUST HAVE just like I used to tell you that the (now retired) Gorgeous Grunge was a must have. I also used a few images for the gold embossed portion on the gorgeous painted paper. 


I love how this set turned out! The Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon was just perfect for the little box. I will fill it up with treats before I give it away with the matching card. 



I hope you enjoyed my projects. Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin' Friends today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on February 15, 2018. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that!

Supply List:




Need/want everything and want free stuff? For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping from any of the Stampin' Up! catalogs or clearance), choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Plus, new this year: Earn even bigger rewards when you spend $100 (before tax and shipping). Just look for the $50 and $100 reward icons throughout the brochure. Both new catalogs are on my right side bar. Just click on the pictures of the covers. 

Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!


As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Let's get social!


     

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cityscapes, Landscapes & Instagram

The weather has been very wintry here for the last several days. We have snow on the ground and it is cold outside. (The windchill is 10 below zero as I type this post at 9:20pm) I didn't get very much done on Sunday. After working a long week at my day job, I usually need a day to rest and unwind. Since it was so cold, we pretty much snuggled on the couch and watched Suits episodes. Don't judge me, but we are watching them on Amazon for the second time. I'm a "Harvey fan". 

I woke up this morning with some new ideas for cityscapes and another landscape using the Waterfront stamp set. Seriously, you NEED this stamp set! Many times when I come up with a new idea, I post the cards on some demonstrator facebook pages to get feedback before I do a blog post with them. I have to say, all 3 of these samples went over quite well. In fact, the cityscapes went over so well, I am working on a video showing how I made them. 


Don't you just love the sample above?? So artsy and I adore the die cut word! This word die is just one of the 3 in the set called Celebrate You Thinlits Dies in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. This is a level 2 "freebie". All you have to do is purchase $100 before tax & shipping in order to earn this die set. My online store is here. Once you put your items totaling at least $100 in your shopping cart, you will have the option to list these word dies as your free Sale-A-Bration item. It is item #146840. 


Tried the same "recipe" for the above card, just used different ink colors. I know you can't tell, but I have randomly applied Clear Wink of Stella to the buildings, word and the edge of the black layer. These 2 cityscape cards are stunning in person. 


The above card was inspired by landscape prints I have seen various places online by White Doe Prints. I loved the somewhat contemporary feel to this card. 

As I stated above, I will be filming a video showing how I used the stamps below to create the cityscapes. This set is really a value at only $17!


The other really awesome thing that happened today is that I hit the 500 followers mark on Instagram. If you don't already follow me, please think about doing so. I post some of my random artwork on there that doesn't always make it on to my blog. 



Need/want everything and want free stuff? For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping from any of the Stampin' Up! catalogs or clearance), choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Plus, new this year: Earn even bigger rewards when you spend $100 (before tax and shipping). Just look for the $50 and $100 reward icons throughout the brochure. Both new catalogs are on my right side bar. Just click on the pictures of the covers. 

Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!



As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Let's get social!

     

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pals January 2018 “From the Heart” Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals January 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “From the Heart” featuring heartfelt projects like Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well and Sympathy. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

I had so much fun creating this card! I'm not sure I have ever used the heavier Designer Series Paper for the actual card base, but it works wonderfully. I thought this brush-stroke painted piece from the Painted With Love paper was perfect!


To cover the heart above with the chunky glitter, I used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. I simply snipped a piece off of the sheet, took the backing paper off and adhered a piece of Razzleberry cardstock to it. Then I die cut the heart. At that point, I took the other backing sheet off and "smooshed" the sticky side on to some chunky glitter I had poured on to a piece of scrap paper. After I got as many pieces of glitter as I could to hold, I sprinkled some Stampin' Emboss Gold Powder on top. The embossing powder stuck to the sticky parts that were not covered by the glitter. I then used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder. This process sounds harder than it really is, I will more than likely do a quick tutorial video in the next few weeks. 


I layered a piece of vellum on top of the DSP to soften the look a bit and make the glittery heart "pop". Before I adhered the fancy heart, I stamped the heart border and embossed it with Stampin' Emboss Gold Powder. 


I used a piece of Whisper White card stock on the inside, so I could stamp a sentiment. 


The word "Love" is from the Sunshine Wishes Dies. The rest of the supply list is below. To complete the look, I added a piece of matching DSP to the envelope. All in all, I was very happy with how this turned out. 

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on February 14, 2018. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that.




Supply List:



Need/want everything and want free stuff? For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping from any of the Stampin' Up! catalogs or clearance), choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Plus, new this year: Earn even bigger rewards when you spend $100 (before tax and shipping). Just look for the $50 and $100 reward icons throughout the brochure. Both new catalogs are on my right side bar. Just click on the pictures of the covers. 


Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.


Let's get social!