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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Be Merry Kit

 I love our kits!!  They're so much fun to make and they're so cute!!!  The Be Merry Kit in the Holiday Catalog makes 12 rosette ornaments. They're a great gift for anyone!  You could attach them to a gift package too!  I love the pops of gold on them too! 
Grab some friends and get a couple of these kits and have an ornament making party!

To see how easy these are to put together check out this video from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking see you soon!!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Make Your Own Colored Glitter

Surly you didn't think I'd do a whole demonstration without an ounce of glitter in it did you?  Well I didn't! I had this random idea a few months ago and thought, what if I could change the color of our Dazzling Details Glitter?  Well after a little trial and error I did it!  Since then I've been making glitter in all kinds of colors!  Bermuda Bay on this card!  All of my cards are identical aside from the strip of glitter on the bottom.
Lemon Lime Twist!  The glitter colors end up a more pastel looking color of the original. They're a little difficult to photograph but in real life, these glitters are sparkly and stunning!
Crumb Cake!  I wasn't sure I'd love Crumb Cake Glitter, brown glitter???? But WOW!  It just might be my favorite!!!
Island Indigo! Another stunner!  The glitter was adhered to all of these cards using strips of the multipurpose adhesive sheets. I put a strip down on the card base, pulled the backing off, added my glitter and assembled the card as normal.  So pretty! 
Finally Melon Mambo!  I saved the backing of the adhesive sheet and placed it over the glitter and rubbed it firmly with my bone folder to make sure the glitter was stuck down good! If you happen to get some loose glitter on your work surface, Swiffer Dusting cloths are amazing for cleaning it up. I always have one in my desk! 
So how do you dye the glitter.  It's super easy!  I put a little (probably 1-2 tablespoons) in a sandwich size ziplock bag. Then I added 1-3 drops of reinker.  You don't want to add a lot of reinker or you'll just have a bag of ink.  I found no more than 3 was ideal.  Close your bag and massage the glitter and ink together with your fingers until all the ink has been absorbed by the glitter.  I keep them in the bags and just use a small spoon to add them to my projects when needed.  Super fun and EASY!  Who would have thought?!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Stamping With Sponge Daubers

Stamping with sponge daubers is an easy and fun way to add multiple colors and blending to your stamped images. Just as I did with these mittens, the smaller mittens were inked up in Perfect Plum and I added some Elegant Eggplant onto the tips of them with a sponge dauber, then stamp onto your card stock.  It gives a beautiful two toned look to the mittens. You could get a similar technique with the old rock and roll, but I think the sponge daubers allow you to blend those colors together more making it look more seamless.      
You can see it more on this tulip card.  The base was stamped in Powder Pink with a little Berry Burst sponged on the sides.  Then the front of the tulip was stamped with Berry Burst and Fresh Fig sponged onto to it.  The transition of colors is seamless and gives lots of depth and dimension.  Finally the leaves and steams were also stamped the same way in Lemon Lime Twist and Garden Green.  So pretty!  I'll share my last technique on Monday! See you then!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

More Stamping With Baby Wipes

Yesterday I shared some samples of stamping with baby wipes.  Today I have more.  I love these samples so much!  The color pallet is so pretty!  For all of these I used Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo reinkers.  I love how they blended and stamped!  I prefer to do my baby wipe stamping on our glossy paper.  I think the colors end up more vibrant and I love that glossy look to them too.  
You can see the difference in the two Happy Birthday cards.  The top one is on glossy paper, this one is on shimmer white card stock.  I love bright vibrant colors of the glossy one, but this shimmery white one is pretty amazing too! 
With this color pallet and the feathers from the Feather Together set I stamped 8 cards, and added different greetings to them, showing just how versatile it can be.  But when you're done what do you do with your baby wipe, it's all inky??? 
Well I carefully picked up my baby wipe pallet and pressed it onto some more pieces of glossy card stock.  I made 4 different background this way.  The texture and pattern in the baby wipes also 'stamps' onto your card stock creating an effortless look!  Let it dry and again stamp over it. This Christmas card is so fun!
For some of the other backgrounds I stamped and made some cute tags.  I love the bold black on these bright colors!
This is my favorite tag.  It was effortless on my my part but it looks like I could have spent hours making that beautiful northern lights scene!  I have only 2 more techniques to share from my summit demo!

Thanks for looking see you soon!!! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Baby Wipe Stamping and Colorful Seasons

I'm still sharing lots of the samples that I demoed at my summit!  The next technique that I shared was stamping with baby wipes.  This technique has been around for a long time but I think sometimes it's easy to forget the easy techniques.  I love creating custom ink pads with baby wipes and reinkers.  It's so easy!
Stack a few baby wipes and then drop a few drops of reinker onto the baby wipes.  Then just use your inked up wipes like you would an ink pad.  I used lots of fall colors for the two leaves cards. 
For the snowflakes I went with shades of blues.  So pretty!  I love the Colorful Season set and Framelits.  They're so pretty and like the name suggests it's an awesome year round stamp set that you could use for any season!
I have more baby wipe stamping cards to share tomorrow, and I'll also share what to do with those inked up baby wipes when you're done stamping.  Check back tomorrow!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wiggle and Move Cards

Yesterday I shared some ink blended samples, today I'm going along with the ink blended samples to share a couple cards that wiggle and move. I shared these cards in my demonstration too.  On this first card the balloon rocks and moves gently back and forth.   
The mechanism that makes it do that is sooo simple.  You only need two circle punches, one larger than the other and 1 dimensional.  Your first circle punch should not be larger than the image you want to wiggle.  The other circle punch can be larger, it won't be seen.  For both of my examples I used a 3/4" and 1 1/4" circle punches. 
You'll use your smaller circle punch and punch a hole in your background piece.  Add the dimensional to your image that you want to wiggle and place it inside the punched circle, add your larger circle behind it and your image will wiggle around in your circle! I LOVE IT!!!  It's so quick and simple to make!  
The background on this mermaid card was done using the baby wipe swipe technique that I shared last week.  You can check it out here.  I still have LOTS more from my demonstration to share!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ink Blended Backgrounds

If you follow my blog you know I love ink blending!  I do it pretty frequently.  It's probably my go to technique when I want a fun background so I wanted to make sure I include it in my demonstration.  I use our sponge daubers and I have a specific dauber for each color.  They're labeled and I store them in one of our wood mount cases.  I like to refer to my daubers as being "seasoned", once they're seasoned they'll blend so much better.  A couple of tips I'll give when ink blending, use circular motions instead of back and forth or up and down.  You'll get a much better blend.  I always start light and go dark.  For this first example, after I had my greens all blended together (I used Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy and Tranquil Tide), I used my white craft ink and a sponge dauber to add some circles creating a bokah look.  
For this example I created an under the sea scene with some shades of blues.  I used Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Pacific Point.  I made sure to mask off all the mermaids with post it notes before ink blending so that they wouldn't pick up the color.  After I applied my background color I watercolored the mermaids with our watercolor pencils. 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Baby Wipe Swipe

Another technique I shared I've called baby wipe swipe.  I love this technique, it's sooooo easy and the results are so fantastic!  Fold up a few babywipes and drop a few drops of reinker on the fold of the babywipe, then you just 'swipe' it across your cardstock.  I prefer to use our glossy cardstock for this because you can go over it a couple of time making the colors more intense and blend together better.  I love this rainbow one!  You just can't get this look with any other technique. 
You're not just limited to striped patterns you could make an entire background like I did for this beach scene.  Thinking about your card and the colors you want to use will help plan your card.  I love the soft, subtle look of this background.   
And of course use your punches and framelits to cut it all out!  This was another rainbow piece that was run through the big shot with the Happy Birthday Thinlit.  The best thing about this technique is that with one baby wipe you can make a ton of cards.  There's really no way to save the inked up baby wipe for later use so use it and mass produce a bunch of cards all at once. 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Saran Wrap Watercoloring

My second technique that I shared was the Saran Wrap Watercolor.  This one uses a block (or any non-porous surface) some reinkers, a spritzer, watercolor paper and saran wrap.  On your block drop a few drops of whatever color reinker you're using.  Spritz your paper with water and get a nice handful of saran wrap.  Dip your saran wrap into your reinker then onto your wet cardstock.  The colors will begin to run and blend together instantly all you have to do is watch and let it dry.  So easy and fun!  
The saran wrap is really just being used a tool to pick up the ink and move it.  A lot like a stamp or sponge dauber. Once your card stock has dried you can use it as a full background like I did on my first sample.  Or you can cut it apart like I did on my second sample.  I used the leaf punch to punch out a bunch and then I arranged them in a cute leaf pattern.  I love the look it gives.  Because the colors are blending on their own and naturally the finished look is so phenomenal. 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Block Watercoloring

At the Summit, my demonstration was 'Inky Techniques'.  I wanted to share lots of ways to create amazing inked backgrounds and elements for cards.  The first technique is Block Watercoloring.  All you need is an acrylic block, ink, watercolor paper and a water spritzer.  Smoosh your ink all over your block in the desired colors.  Spritz your paper lightly and your block generously, then quickly flip your block onto your watercolor paper and put something heavy one it.  I use a punch.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then carefully pull the block off.  Make sure you pull the block off while the ink is still a little wet.  Then let your paper dry.  It gives amazing results and really very little effort on your part. 
In my first card I created my background then I stamped the ornaments on them and cut them out.  These are not just backgrounds that have to be used as backgrounds, use them as the main element on your card.  The second sample I did use for my background but the colors were so bright and intense and I loved the look and I didn't want to cut it apart.  This creates fun backgrounds.  Experiment with colors and have fun with this one!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nine Make and Takes

 At the Summit my guests all got to make 9 make and takes.  Included with their registration was a free Painted Harvest stamp set.  They used this for 3 of their make and takes so these are the Painted Harvest Make and takes.  This little acorn could easily be over looked in the set but it makes such a sweet and fun card! 

This one is so pretty!  The leaves are punched out with the new Leaf Punch in the Holiday catalog.  They're punched with vellum which I love the look of!  I love the use of DSP and the colors on this card, even though these are two colors that I rarely use Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango. 
This is my favorite from the Painted Harvest make and takes.  I love the colors and its so simple but elegant!  I love the pop of those leaves and the fun pattern of the DSP. 
The second set we featured was the Hug In A Mug set. I love the simple and fun images in this set.  I love that you could color the cups in or just stamp the inside of the cup. I love wonky look of them all lined up in a row here.  No need to worry about keeping things straight!  
 This window card is so cute and fun!  I love the monochromatic look to it too!  The line image of the mug is stamped on the window sheet and the mug is stamped on the inside of the card.  So fun!

This card is so cute and probably my favorite of the Hug in a Mug group.  I love the little cup with the dollop of whipped cream!  We added some Wink of Stella to the whipped cream to make it sparkle! 

Our final featured set was the Smitten Mitten Bundle.  This bundle is so cute!  Every card I make with it I love! It's one of those completely lovable sets.  I love how we used a traditional Christmas set for a non Christmas card.  This could be the sweetest Valentine's Day card! 
This card just makes me want to run out into the snow!  I love the embossed snowflake that is so bold.  The mitten is so cute and warm and fuzzy!  I just want to put them on! 
Finally, we have a pair of mittens and boy do I wish I had a pair of these for me!  How cute are they?! I love the stitched heart on it and the sweet cuffs.  So fun!!! Tomorrow I'll start sharing all the cards from my demo, and there are a LOT of them!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Summit Wrap Up!

My first ever Tips and Techniques Summit happened on Saturday.  It went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time! The days leading up to the Summit were a little stressful but on game day my squad brought their A game.  I cannot thank them enough! Kim, Michelle, Nikki and Anne you ladies are a blessing to my life and I could not have done this without you!!!  I was also completely humbled that Shannon West from the Stampin' Up! home office in Utah came to my event.  It was such a pleasure to get to spend time with her, hear her story and learn from her.  She is truly the kindest, sweetest and most amazing person ever!  I just love Shannon and I am still walking on clouds that I had the honor of hosting her!  I have lots of pictures to share!  It was an amazing event!  I'll have lots and lots more pictures of samples and demos coming in the next few days/weeks!  Photo credit today go to Nikki Angus, Kim Madrid and Michelle Carrion.  Thank you ladies! 

We were so excited to get to take Shannon out to dinner on Friday night before the Summit.
 People started lining up at 8am for the event!  We opened the doors at 8:30.  

 Everyone received an exclusive Summit bag.  

 We had a table full of snacks to keep everyone fueled throughout the day!

 Michelle was our first to demo, she talked about our amazing Designer Series Paper (oooohhhhh, ahhhhh!) and showed us some amazing projects to make with the paper.  

 Kim was next to demo and she talked about how to get the most out of your stamps.  She gave some pretty awesome tips on the versatility of our stamp sets.  

 Shannon did an amazing presentation on Christmas packaging and gifts. 

 Her ideas were incredible and I can't wait to use them!  

 I was last to demo and I shared some fun inky techniques that I hope everyone enjoyed! 

 Between the demos there were make and take sessions, lunch, chatting and taking pictures and getting closer looks of all the projects demonstrated.  

 We had a full house.  I'm so grateful to all my amazing guests! 

 There were smiles all around the room on Saturday and it warmed my heart so much! 

 There were 9 make and takes in all.  The cards were all so cute and fun!  I can't pick a favorite! Look for all the make and takes this week!  

 Even Shannon took time to do some stamping! 

 We had lots and lots of samples of cards and products from the Annual and Holiday Catalogs.  

 We had tables stretching full of all our projects that were demonstrated!  There was no shortage of ideas! 

 Everyone took time to look at them and take pictures!  

 Some of the best parts of the day were during the make and take sessions when we could let our hair down and dance a little.  

 There was no shortage of fun!  

 I had amazing help with this event and I'm certain that they're the reason it was so successful.  

 When you surround yourself with incredible people, incredible things can happen...
 ...I had the most incredible people surrounding me.  Kim, Michelle, Nikki, Anne and Shannon YOU were the reasons this event was a huge success! 

Thank you again Shannon for coming to my event!