Thursday, June 29, 2017

A New Technique

  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.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Eastern Medallions

As promised in my earlier post this week, today I am showing you a card that is part of the Eastern Palace Suite.  The cutout in the middle of this card is made using the Eastern Medallions Framelits Dies.  Here's my card:
The front of the card is about 1/2 inch shorter than the back, so the gold border peeks out. I used the Flourishes Framelits for the gold border. But front and center are two of the framelits from the Medallions I mentioned.  Yes, I used two different dies to create this design. And here's the great thing about these framelits. Did you know there are about 43 different designs that can be made? By adding pieces to go with others, the possibilities are endless! And we also discovered that if you add our Layering Circles Framelits, they create even more designs and cutouts. 
A piece of our new Lemon Lime Twist card stock is layered to the inside of the card, so it peeks out from that gorgeous medallion. I used our new Fresh Fig ink to stamp the sentiments.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Eastern Palace Beauties

Another card that we are making this month is part of the Eastern Palace Suite on page 19 of the new catalog.  This is a wonderful, versatile set.  It's what I call a "sleeper set".  It looks pretty boring in the box, but when you take it out and play with it, you discover a whole new world of possibilities! Here's my card:
The Eastern Palace designer series paper is very unique. There's 2 single sided papers that have glittery gold designs, as well as 10 other double sided designs.  See the middle and blue and white pieces? Those are the same piece of paper, just turned over to reveal different designs and colors.  Some of our new In Colors are shown here too.  Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig.  The blue is Dapper Denim, one of the 2017-2018 In Colors.
The floral motif is actually a stamp that has only 6 points on it. But when you line the stamp up and stamp slightly to the right, it becomes a beautiful flower. Pretty, isn't it? 
Another piece to this bundle is the Eastern Medallions Framelits Dies.  Not shown here, but I will have a card for you later in the week for those.  There's something really unique and special about those framelits, so stay tuned for more info on my next post.
Thanks for stopping by today.  If you do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, contact me today and I'll send you a new Annual catalog. Until then, happy stamping! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Delightful Daisies

Hi my friends! Today here in Arizona, the weather is really starting to warm up.  It's our summer heat and temps can easily get into the triple digits during June, July and August.  Tomorrow is the start of our monsoon season, which means we can also get big dust storms, along with a lot of rain, causing flash floods over roads. Our first 10 days in a row of triple digits starts tomorrow, so it's time to stay indoors when we can, and I've decided to play more with the Delightful Daisies stamp set and paper.

This is another card we are making at my 2 June stamp camps.  Last week, I had 10 ladies here and we had so much fun. This Saturday, 7 more are coming to make the same cards.  This is one of them:

I love the simplicity of this stamp set. Just look at those little beauties! This set is a 2 stamp set which means that there's an outline stamp, and a filler stamp.  I prefer to stamp the darker outline stamp first, then fill it in with the lighter color. But you can do the opposite and it looks just as good. The daisy designer paper has this lovely floral patter on one side, and the muted coral stripe on the other. When you can use one sheet of paper and get two coordinating designs, that's a win win for saving paper.

I hope you like my card today.  There's more to come, later in the week.  I'll be showing you the ever popular Eastern Palace Suite.  Have a great day! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Catalog Means NEW Goodies!

The long awaited new annual catalog is finally here! As a demonstrator, we get to pre-order some of the new items a month before anyone else. This is a great perk for me, because it allows me to mull over new colors and designs, then think about what my first card classes will be.  So, here's 2 of the 5 cards we will make this month:

 First up is the really popular Delightful Daisy bundle. It's so popular that ordering for this has been turned off until the end of June. I had already designed my projects, so I decided to go ahead and do this card anyway. The bundle includes the stamp set and the daisy punch. Although my gals won't be able to get that bundle, I'm going to offer them the stamp set and the designer series paper instead, at a special "bundle" price of 10% off. At least they're still getting a bundle, and they can order the punch after June 30. I asked a few ladies and they were all happy with my offer. I love my gals; they're so understanding.
Another very popular bundle is the Eastern Palace Suite. Stampin' Up! offered this suite of products in May, before the catalog went live. The designer paper is gorgeous and the framelits that come with it are so amazing. At last count, I learned that the framelits, when combined with each other, as well as circle framelits, can give you up to 43 patterns!  Imagine that!  43 patterns!  It's an amazing set, for sure.
This card is a little shorter in the front, so the back side "peeks" from behind. I used the Flourish Framelits, with our gold foil paper, to give a little gold sparkle to the back panel. I knew I would never have enough stickers that came with the bundle, so I made my own.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, please contact me today, and I'll be sure to send you a catalog. If you're local and live in Arizona, please consider attending my monthly stamp camps.  I still have room for June 17. Check out my post for events in the Gilbert, AZ area.

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your weekend.

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