Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gourd Goodness meets Painted Harvest, to give Good Tidings.....

Hello friends! I am sorry that I have been MIA for the last few months.  As happens frequently around here, time seems to sneak by me, and before I know it, it's Thanksgiving. How does that happen?  Well, I'm catching up now, and wanted to share some cards we made at my September and October workshops.

 The holiday catalog has a lot of favorites for me, and Gourd Goodness is at the top of the list. I mean, look at that detail. This is a 2 step stamp set. Colors used (and in order of stamping): Peekaboo Peach with Tangerine Tango; Lemon Lime Twist with Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight with Cajun Craze. The leaves were So Saffron with Soft Suede.  A little dusting of Chocolate Chip around the main panel, gives just enough dimension.
 Another favorite is the Painted Harvest stamp set, also a 2 step process.  This sunflower is so pretty close up; very detailed and depending on what colors you use, you will get completely different results. Here I used Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry. The center is Early Espresso and the dots are in Archival Black.  Leaves are Pear Pizzaz and Old Olive.  That paper?  Painted Autumn.
 In October, we started on Christmas cards. Good Tidings is yet another 2 step process and I used only Garden Green on the holly leaves. I stamped off once the first go round, to get a lighter shade. Real Red makes those holly leaves just pop. The designer paper is Merry Music Specialty paper. I love the black and white designs; so different than traditional Christmas colors.
 Another October card was this delightful tree card.  Another 2 step stamp called Season Like Christmas, it features 3 "layers" of trees (I used only two), as well as some "ground" and some really nice sentiments.  You could use this as a Christmas card, but you don't have to.  Think about the possibilities here; masculine, sympathy, thinking of you, or one that I would do..."so sorry it's snowing by you" (I live in Arizona)  😁  The designer paper is another favorite called Merry Little Christmas. It has a lot of Old Olive and black and a really wonderful plaid design. Very different for Christmas, but will go way beyond the holidays.
Our last card for October was a technique called the "baby wipe" technique.  You take 2 layers of baby wipes, fold then in half, and drop several drops of re-inkers, in different colors. Then you use the baby wipe as your ink pad, and just stamp away. I do not clean my stamp for this technique. The more colors you have, the better, especially if you're stamping leaves and want to show fall colors.  I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set for this one.  The best thing about this technique is that not one single card, was the same.  Everyone at the table had done "their own thing", and each one was a beautiful version.  I love when that happens.

Well, that's it for today.  I will be posting our November projects soon. And my annual Customer Appreciate Open House and Christmas party is just around the corner.  I hope you liked my projects today.  Until next time, have a beautiful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Happy stamping!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Coffee and Friends...the Perfect Blend

Today I'd like to show you a really fun card we made earlier in August.  The Coffee Cafe suite has a great stamp set, paper and framelits. What a perfect way to send a card to a friend, and ask them for coffee.  Just too cute!  Here's my card:
Pear Pizzaz card base, Early Espresso layer and a piece of the Coffee Break designer paper. A little snippet of the copper ribbon balances out the card.  Every Sunday, I meet with 2 of my girlfriends after church, and we go to Starbucks.  I'm a Chai Tea Latte gal, so I had to add some fun "foam" on the cup, and tilted the lid just a tad to give it interest.  Although I do not get my lattes with foam (who wants to pay $ 5 for a foam filled drink?), this card was perfect for my friends.

I hope you like my card today. The new Holiday catalog goes live tomorrow, so be sure to call or email me to get your copy today.  Check out my Events page too! If you're local here in Arizona, I would love to have you join us for a stamp camp.  I promise it will be FUN!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Carols of Christmas

Hello my friends!
  I'm sorry I've been MIA for awhile, but I decided to go back to work part time, and August has been a super busy month around here.  I always find time for a stamp camp or two, so today I'd like to show you what we made this month.

The new holiday catalog starts September 1st, but as a demonstrator, we get to pre-order anything we want.  Early in July, we were able to pre-order a special stamp set and matching framelit. The stamp set is called Carols of Christmas and I am just IN LOVE with these 2 beautiful sentiments.  WOW..can you see how striking they look front and center?  The framelits include 3 pine trees, a reindeer, and a gorgeous frame; I've shown the inside of the Peace on Earth card where I used the frame. I used the Stitched Shape Framlits and sponged the oval with some Cherry Cobbler ink.

It's hard to see in this photo, but I cut the trees out of Always Artichoke card stock, and the little deer out of Chocolate Chip card stock.  A Cherry Cobbler band separates a piece of  Be Merry designer paper, which has been cut in half so we could use both sides for this card. 
Here's the inside of the card above. See how elegant this frame is?  I dangled some of the ornament stamps in Cherry Cobbler ink and added some sprinkles of stars and confetti in Garden Green ink.
This card is called a Decorative Corner card.  It folds flat into a standard A2 size, so it fits into a regular envelope.  However, it stands up to reveal 4 corners. I attached the circle framelits with 2 one inch circles that were scored in half. They are attached with heavy glue (such as our Fast Fuse), just where the designer paper meets the edge.

If you don't already have a demonstrator, please contact me today, and I'll be sure to get you a new holiday catalog.  You won't want to miss all the beautiful stamps and accessories, just in time for your Christmas card making.

Thanks for stopping by; enjoy your day! 

Friday, July 14, 2017

You Dazzle Me !

Don't you just love that statement?  "You dazzle me"....what a great way to tell someone how special they are.  That's what I had in mind for today's card.  
The new Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set is just full of really cute stamp images. Those sunglasses are so adorable!  This set is a bundle with matching framelits, so I was able to cut out my pocket and sunglasses quickly and without much effort.  I stamped the pocket seams on Dapper Denim card stock, and the glasses were stamped on Lemon Lime Twist in Archival Black ink.  A strip of the Naturally Eclectic paper with all those "gems" made a perfect match to the sentiment.  A few of our new sparkling Glitter gems adds a perfect touch to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you don't already have a demonstrator, please email or call me today.  I would love to give you a new annual catalog and put you on my mailing list, so you don't miss out on the holiday catalog, coming Sept 1st.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tranquil Tulips

Hi friends! It's time for another stamp camp card. This month, we are going to use the beautiful Tranquil Tulips stamp set. Oh my! A soft, water color image makes a perfect focal point for the Naturally Eclectic designer paper. 
I used the new In Color Berry Burst for the card base, and the yummy Lemon Lime Twist for the scalloped oval behind the white. The tulips are inked with Berry Burst, Soft Sky and Peekaboo Peach, with Pear Pizzaz ink for the stems and leaves. 

This stamp set gives such a light and dark look, even without stamping off.  The stamps are textured so that you stamp the farthest petals first, then fill it in with the front petals. Gives the tulips a lot of dimension.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Until next time, have a great week and happy stamping! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A New Technique

Hello,
  Today I'd like to show you a card I made with the new Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste.  This product has been in the craft market for quite some time, but we just started carrying it in the annual catalog. I've never worked with it before, so I thought I would give it a go. Here's my card:
Let me say that I had so much fun! Along with our Embossing Paste, we offer a set of pallet knives and a pack of 4 different stencils (or masks). This diamond pattern is one I chose and I love how it turned out. I spread the paste over my card stock in a thin layer. Then before it was dry, I dabbed (with a sponge) Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight in various areas. I removed the stencil and this is how my background turned out. Lovely, isn't it? A layer of Lemon Lime Twist card stock and ribbon, makes the background just pop.  I used the new Grown with Love stamp set and the new Garden Grown framelits as my focal image.

If you don't already have a demonstrator, please contact me for your copy of our new catalog. Our holiday catalog will be here very soon as well,  so be sure to get added to my mailing list.

If you are local in the Gilbert, AZ area, contact me today to attend one of my monthly stamp camps. I would love to meet you! 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stamp Camp Fun

Hello friends,
 I've updated the font on my blog posts, because my eyes have been giving me some issues lately. I think a visit to my eye doctor is in order. 
 I've been having a lot of fun in the craft room this week.  July will be here before I know it, so I had to get busy designing our cards for stamp camp.  Here's one of the cards we will make:
If you have ever made a "shaving cream" card, then this stamp, called Marbled, will give you the same effect, but without all the mess! I am IN LOVE with this stamp.  I always buy large background stamps in wood mount, because I find them to be easier to use and feel I get a much better impression. I ink the stamp, place it face up on my desk, then I lay my card stock on top of the stamp, and use a bone folder or clear block, or my hand, on top of a piece of paper, to make sure the impression gets into every corner. I started with our new Lemon Lime Twist, all over the stamp.  Then using a sponge, I gently dabbed Archival Black and a little Tranquil Tide ink in various spots.  The results are amazing! My new favorite sentiment stamp set is called Just Add Text and this saying is one of the best! It's a quote from Van Gogh and it's so perfect for the angry world we seem to have right now.
I love this stamp so much, I made several in different colors. I'll be posting those later this week.
I hope you enjoyed by card today.  Until next time, happy stamping.