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Priceless Gems

I am having so much fun with the You're Priceless stamp set!  The gems are so easy to line up and stamp and every time I stamp one the...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Priceless Gems

I am having so much fun with the You're Priceless stamp set!  The gems are so easy to line up and stamp and every time I stamp one they come out so pretty!!!  For some added sparkle stamp them on the Shimmer White Cardstock or add some Wink of Stella to them!  
I love how they're layered up on this card.  Who wouldn't want a handful of jewels!  So pretty!!! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stamp Camp #2

Here's the final three projects my guests got to make at stamp camp. I love the new Lemon Zest Bundle and you know my love of punches, this was gonna be on my wishlist for sure!!!  Paired with my new fave Lemon Lime Twist ink and it's a winning combo!  

The new Fresh Fig is so rich and bold I wanted to pair it with the Wood Words set.  We also used the new leaves embossing folder.  Gorgeous! 
Finally, you know I couldn't have a class and not feature the piggies!  No way!!  This card is simple fun and possibly my favorite!!!! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Stamp Camp #1

My new Catalog Stamp Camp was last weekend and it was a blast as it always is.  We kicked it off with our HUGE retired stamp set sale then my guests were invited into stamp camp where they made 6 cards using all new stamps and accessories.   Everyone who attended got their own set of the new 2017-2019 In Color Markers, a new catalog, bookmark and wishlist. 

I said above that they made 6 cards.  I have 3 to share today and 3 to share tomorrow.  I loved all of the cards this year.  They all feature at least one new In Color and all brand new stamps.  This years In Colors are so much fun to work with and goodness knows there's not a shortage of stamps on my wishlist!  I loved this So Many Shells set the moment I saw it.  The greetings are all pretty amazing!   
The Lovely Friends set, remains a favorite of mine and I can't get enough of heat embossing this sentiment. Oh! and can we talk about how great Tranquil Tide and Gold are!?!
I'm not a coffee lover but I had to have the Coffee Cafe set!  I had to!!!  It's so flipping cute and even though I don't drink coffee I have friends that do!  I'll share the other 3 cards tomorrow!

I always want to share pictures of my event and I never remember to take pictures.  I think it's really more that I'm just too busy to think about it, next time I'm going to designate a picture-taker.  My downline took these pictures for me, thanks to them!  I love doing our sale.  I love having the opportunity for our stuff to find new homes.  We had a great turnout for the sale. Thanks to all who came and shopped!    

Stamp Camp was also great!  I had the honor of meeting Laura there.  She's a longtime follower of my blog and came all the way from San Diego to attend stamp camp.  I was so blessed she was there!  Thanks so much to everyone who attended stamp camp.  This event is a lot of work to prep, but it's because of the amazing people that I get to see and chat with that makes all the hours of prep worth it!!  I think I have the best guests attending my classes, I'm a little biased though :) 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Over The Top Swap

I had the great pleasure of attending an Over The Top Swap, hosted by my downline Michelle.  The projects were pretty spectacular!!! We had so much fun chatting, stamping, crafting, laughing and snacking!  Here's all the amazing projects! 

 Anne designed these beautiful coasters!  Love them!

Kim M did this beautiful journal!  I love it! 

 Cindi did this amazing desk organizer!  Wow!

 Kim S did a really fun daily calendar.  I love those colors!  

 Amanda, Berry Burst frame is really cute!

 This adorable coffee and friends frame by Pam makes me want to get a cup! 

 Nikki did this incredible clothes pin wreath!  I love it!  

Michelle's sweet candle made me fall in love with that little girl!  I need the stamp set now!  

Finally this is the project I took, a far cry from the rest of the amazing projects but I love it! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Color Challenge Week 3

Every week in June I'm giving my downline a color challenge in our Facebook group.  I give them a color combo and they create cards with that combo. Last weeks colors were Berry Burst, Emerald Envy and Whisper White.  This first card is by Crystal.  I love our new label punch and I love all the little accents on the corners to tie the whole card together. 

 Kristin made these beautiful sympathy cards.  These rich colors really lend themselves well to sympathy cards. 
 This is Anne's fun Father's Day card!  So bright and fun!  I just love that shirt and tie!  So cute!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fabulous Flamingo

This set was one that when I saw it I knew I had to have it.  I just love this Flamingo! It's a layering stamp which is why you're able to end up with the awesome color variation on it.  It really makes it look so realistic!  This was a super quick card that I really made up pretty fast with some supplies that were already on my desk. 
I love the texture of the flamingos feathers.  This stamp lines up so easily too!  For the flamingo I stamped in Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Black.  I can't wait to play with it more!!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Two Pigs, Two Cards

 I have the last two little piggys to share today.  They're super cute and on a simple notecard, these card couldn't be easier! I even used our pre-cut White Note cards to save even more time!  I stamped some clouds and fussy cut the pigs and ink blended them to add some shading.  Super simple and fun! 
 Now on the outside these two cards look pretty identical and for the most part they are.  The cards are stamped the same and both say '...says Thanks' inside.  But what makes the second card stand apart from the first is this....
..the little pig is popped up on a spring instead of dimensionals so he wiggles and shakes and it's just so stinkin' cute! I could play with this card all day!  So cute!!  I got the springs from a big box craft store but you could also get the same effect with a small piece of cardstock accordion folded a couple times.  It wouldn't wiggle and shake as much but it still would a little.  So fun! 

Monday, June 19, 2017

When Pigs Fly

Today's card is cute I can barely contain myself!  I shared another piggy card on Friday and I go into further details on how I did the clouds and shading of the pig there so I won't go into here.  Check out Friday's post if you want more details.  I just love this little flying piggy!   
I love the greeting on this card, I layered it on a piece of doily and some new Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon.  The inside of the cards says '..so she did'  I think this is a great inspirational card for a friend.  So encouraging and so cute!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!

Friday, June 16, 2017

This Little Piggy Meets Embossing Paste

Let's just take a moment and stare at this little piggy, because it's so cute and he deserves a moment in the spotlight. Awwwwwww!  I stamped him on some Powder Pink cardstock then fussy cut him out.  Initially I thought well it won't be that hard to fussy cut him, he's a pretty simple shape....then you get to the tail and well you start questioning your sanity and why you have these ideas!  It really wasn't that bad and I fussy cut 3 more pigs (you'll see them next week!) so clearly managed to survive...LOL! After he was cut out he looked like he still needed some texture so I used my sponge dauber and some Powder Pink Ink and added some shadding to him.  I used a Blushing Bride Marker to color his nose and the inside of his ears.  I used a Smoky Slate Marker to color his hooves.  The inside of this cards says 'loves you' so cute!!   
I wanted to try more embossing paste so I pulled out the cloud stencil and made some fluffy clouds.  I didn't smooth them out completely because well I don't think clouds are smooth and 2 dimensional.  I left some rougher areas on some of them to add extra texture.  After it dried I didn't like the white on white texture so I added a tiny bit of shading to the clouds with some Soft Sky ink and a sponge dauber.  I added some Lemon Lime Twist grass with a sponge dauber and ink .  This little guy is so stinkin' cute!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Embossing Paste Love!

I've had a giant box of new stuff for over a week and I just now had a chance to play with it!  We took a family trip to Durango last weekend and that really messed up my play time, though I did contemplate taking lots of my new stuff with me.  Stamp Camp prep is in full swing and I have boxes and piles of new stuff everywhere!  Plus it's summer so the kids are home and hungry all. the. time. All these things together makes very little stamp time for me!  But that's ok, life happens, and I finally did get a chance to play! The two products that you'll see the most of over the next week or so will be the amazing Embossing Paste and the new This Little Piggy set.  I'm not using the set today, but just wait until tomorrow! 

Today I'm using the equally cool set, You're Priceless.  I love the gems and the greetings in this set!  They're so much fun!  Yesterday I shared my color challenge for my downline last week. This week their color challenge is Berry Burst, Emerald Envy and Whisper White so I decided as long as I'm stamping I'll participate too.  This is my card.  I love it!!!  Let's talk Embossing Paste.  It's so easy and so fun!  I used a drop of Berry Burst reinker to color a small blob of Embossing Paste, then because I'm me I added a spoonful of glitter too. Now it's sparkle-berry-burst-embossing-paste YES! I used our new stencils and palette knifes and spread the paste onto my cardstock.  You do want to work quickly, not in a rushed manner, but you certainly don't want to start it and get up to answer the door or something.  I was blown away with how quickly this stuff dries, which is good and bad...Good because let's face it we live in an instant gratification kind of world and I don't want to wait 4 hours for my embossing paste to dry on my cardstock.  However, because it dries so quickly you need to be ready to wash your tools immediately.  Don't let the paste dry on your tools.  As soon as I was done spreading it, I wiped off the tools and stencil with a baby wipe then I took it to the sink and washed everything with some warm water.  By the time I was done my paste on the cardstock was dry and I could continue with my card!  Let's talk texture, because I added the glitter it's a little gritty, almost like a nail file.  That doesn't bother me but if you're sensitive to those kinds of texture maybe leave the glitter out.  I did play with the embossing paste a little more without glitter and the texture when it dried was much smoother.  So play with it and see what you like.  To finish the card I stamped the gem and greeting.  Punched a few circles and added them to my card.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  I have lots more embossing paste samples coming up!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!