Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Four Feathers found my house!

I'll admit, I wasn't jumping on the feathers band wagon when this little stamp set, Four Feathers came out in the holiday catalog last fall.  And, THEN..... I kept seeing all these beautiful things done with this set, and, well, I changed my mind, and this little set and it's matching framelits made their way to my door...

This set and framelits were carried over from the holiday catalog, and are still available to order.  Since I had never used them yet, I decided to feature them at my stampers club this month.  I was inspired by a few cards I've seen on various sites.  I wanted a masculine card to add to my line up, so World Map background stamp fit the bill perfectly, and it show cases how simple stamping can make an amazing background.  I stamped the map stamp on Very Vanilla card stock in Soft Suede ink, and then sponged the edges with more Soft Suede ink to give it that weathered, vintage look.  The little strip of Soft Suede card stock on the front was embossed with the zig zag embossing folder, and then sponged with Suede ink to make the pattern pop.  The feathers are stamped in Old Olive and Bermuda Bay ink and cut out with their coordinating framelits.  One feather is cut from the gold glimmer paper.  A button from the neutrals collection, or a stamped and sponged wood element piece, some linen thread, and a couple of candy dots complete the card.  A little zip, but not TOO much for the man in your life!

Be sure to check out the latest four NEW Sale-a-bration freebies you can get with a $50 order just during the month of March.  I'm loving these new options!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Stained Glass Easter -- "Indescribable Gift" stamp set

Happy Monday, Everyone!

I have been playing around with the stained glass technique lately, and wanted to share this card we will be making at my next club.  Note: this card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, by Teneale Williams --  I loved the springy look of it, and the white embossing gives such a soft look.  I did my own twist on it, but the inspiration came from there.

This technique is really pretty simple: choose a stamp image that you can color in, stamp your image in Versamark ink on vellum card stock and emboss with your choice of embossing powder color.  Here, in the first card, I used white embossing powder, because I wanted a soft look, and in the second one, I used black embossing powder for a bolder, more modern look.  Once you have embossed the image, color the images in on the back side of your vellum using the Blendabilities markers.  They dry more quickly on the vellum than some other mediums.  You won't get a blended look necessarily, and that is ok -- I think the contrast adds to the final result.  What do you think????  The vellum front panel is adhered to a Whisper White card stock panel that is the same size, using glue dots in the corners, and then placing rhinestones over top to conceal the glue dots that want to show through the vellum.

Other products used on the first card: Calypso coral card base, whisper white card stock, Early Espresso card stock, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Calypso Coral Blendabilities markers, Calypso Coral chevron ribbon, and Basic rhinestones.

 This card, features the Blended Bloom stamp set and the little Valentines paper stack from the Occasions catalog.  I wanted to create a more modern, chick look with this one.

During the month of March, four NEW Sale-a-bration freebies have been added! -- a cute vellum paper stack, two stamp sets, and a set of In Color twine and button pack.  I'm excited about all of them.  Really great new options!  check them out by clicking the link below to my website.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Butterfly mania -- Butterfly thinlets

Just a quick post to share another of my new crafty friends -- the butterfly thinlets from the Occasions catalog.  I just can't quite cutting out butterflies cause they are just so beautiful.  Another Occasions catalog favorite, is the Something Lacy background stamp.  While you might look at this stamp in the catalog and go "Meh", once you stamp with it, I think you'll change your mind.  It really comes to life when you stamp it.  Check out these cards and see if you agree. :)

This first card, is a Crisp Cantaloupe (an unloved color on my shelf) card base, stamped with the same color of ink.  The top butterfly is Pistachio Pudding card stock, and those beautiful rosettes in the center, are from the Artisan Embellishment kit.  There is actually a whole lot of bang for your buck packed into this little kit.  I plan to use one of the rose die cut pieces as a stencil pattern for a card.  Have seen some beautiful things done with it.

 This next card is one we will be making at my upcoming Techniques class.  The top butterfly, is cut out of the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper, and is then colored with an aqua painter and Blushing Bride re inker on the edges, to create that glittering, pink edged butterfly.  The sparkly purple strip along the bottom by the sentiment, is another strip of the glitter paper that I have spritzed with rubbing alcohol mixed with Blackberry Bliss re-inker, so you can die your dazzling Diamonds glitter paper any color you wish with a little re-inker and alcohol in a spritzer.  OR use your aqua painter for localized applications.  Pretty cool, huh? I thought so!!!  Glitter paper in every color????  BRING IT ON!!!  Again, we're using the rosette trim from the Artisan embellishment kit.  So beautiful, I think!

 Closer up of the purple glitter strip.
 And all the other butterflies I cut and colored with different inks cause I just couldn't stop playing with these lovelies!

Stay tuned for FOUR ADDITIONAL SALE-A-BRATION FREEBIES being added to the lineup on March 1st!  There are two stamp sets, a cute printed velum stack, and a pack of the 2014-2016 In Colors bakers twine and buttons combo -- a 5 yard roll of twine in each In Color, and some really cute matching little buttons.  Can you tell that's the one that interests me the most??? I LOVE the 2014-2016 In Colors -- possibly my most favorite In Colors ever.  So glad I still have a year to play with them and show them off, and make you want them too!  Hee hee

Until I stamp again.....

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Crazy for You Bundle" goes scrappy

Happy Saturday!

Just a quick post this morning of the scrap layout we did in our scrappers club last night.  I'm still playing with my "Crazy for You Bundle".  LOVE these die cut words and all the options there are to make custom titles, special cards, etc.  GREAT bundle for so many occasions and applications.

Other new products I used here, is the Petal Potpourri Bundle, the Something Borrowed DSP and embellishments.  I think this DSP is some of the most versatile I've ever used, and it is great to have so many pages of the same color to work with.  Just a gorgeous, neutral DSP!  I also used "That's the Ticket" stamp set and punch, as well as the Top Note Bigz Die, and the 7/8" scallop punch. Other colors used: Basic Black, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Real Red, and Crumb Cake.  That beautiful flourish stamp, is from the "Everything Eleanor" stamp set.  I have used this flourish so many times.  Elegant and classic.  I stamped it in Soft Suede ink on the Crumb Cake card stock.

I used "Hello Sunshine" for the title for these skiing pics from last year, because it can be a little rare on Big Mountain to have a clear, sunny day where you can ski fog-free at the summit.  :)

Enjoy your day, Everyone! and be sure to check out all the fun Sale-a-bration freebies you can get right now -- through Mar 31st -- with a $50 purchase.  Some of my favorites, are the Blendabilities markers, the Irresistably Yours DSP, and the Lotus Blossom stamp set.  See previous recent blog posts to learn more about these products.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hello You thinlets!

Happy Monday!

I'm STILL playing with the Hello You thinlets!  Just love any words you can die cut, because the cool factor is WAY up there -- in my book, anyways.  They can be a little tricky to cut out, but the magnetic platform really helps a lot -- must be less give in the sandwich. :)

Just a little Black and white and Tangerine Tango!  Oh yes, and some of the new Stacked with Love washi tape.  Who doesn't love black and white washi tape!  So versatile.

The flowers from Flower Shop stamp set were colored with the Calypso Coral Blendabilities markers, and punched out with the Pansy Punch.  I used the stem from the Lotus Blossom Sale-a-bration set for the stems.  Other products used:  Scalloped tag topper punch, Tangelo Twist ribbon, Wild Wasabi ink, Tuxedo Memento black ink, Basic Black, Whisper White and Tangerine Tango card stock.

Be sure to check out all the free stuff you can get during Sale-a-bration!  Woooo Hoooo!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Crazy About You! Bundle

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!!!  I have an all time new favorite duo! -- Crazy About You Bundle. The options with this word stamp set and the word thinlets are endless.  Perfect for scrap titles, cards for almost any occasion, 3-D items.  LOVE this bundle!

Here, I wanted to showcase the Blendabilities markers, since they are a product you can get for free right now during Sale-a-bration.  I love the black, white and Cherry Cobbler combo, with a little touch of Champagne glimmer paper.  Classy and stunning at the same time.

The flower is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and punched out with the coordinating Fun Flower punch.  Other products used: Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Cherry Cobbler Chevron ribbon, Cherry Cobbler bakers twine, Gold Sequin trim, Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, Flowering Flourishes stamp set, 1/2" circle Punch, Rhinestones.

Hope each of you are getting some quality time in with those you love!  Happy Creating, and Happy Love Day!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Perfect Peacock meets the Blendies

Ok, one more before my coffee is finished! :)

I have loved the Perfect Peacock stamp since it came out in the catalog last July, and finally got around to ordering it.  While this stamp is gorgeous meticulously colored in using the Blendabilities markers, I wanted to show a way to use it at my club that required a little less work.  So, here is what I came up with.  Please drop me a comment to let me know what you think!  I have to say, I was really pleased with how this came out!  Gorgeous and not hard to do.

Start by stamping the peacock in Versamark on your black panel, and embossing with white embossing powder.  Then use the darkest of each of these Blendabilites marker sets: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, and Daffodil Delight.  I started by coloring the whole tail blue with the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities marker, then used the Rich Razzleberry marker to highlight the feathers.  Much easier than coloring each feather individually.  Those little blue sequins are a new product in the Occasions catalog -- Bermuda Bay sequin trim.  The little scalloped strip on the edge of the black, is a strip of Rich Razzleberry card stock punched with the dotted scalloped ribbon border punch.  We just hid most of it under the black panel so we would have just a tiny border.  The card stock base is Bermuda Bay.

I thought this was a great way to showcase another use for the Blendabilites markers besides traditional coloring.  These amazing markers are available as a freebie with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration!  I am SOOO excited about this, as I love these markers and wanted to get a few more colors that I hadn't gotten yet.

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Ok! Off to ski with my kiddos!