Sunday, October 20, 2019

Using Leftovers

Remember the card from my last post? I created the sparkly green background with the White Embossing paste. I loved the look and just couldn't throw out the scraps. That strip is  the perfect amount of background for this card. Covering the entire cardstock with the  leaves just would have been too much with all the layering around the flower. Scraps used, mission accomplished. 

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Friday, October 18, 2019

A Little Bit Of Both

Now that the Holiday catalog is live it's easy to forget about all the beautiful stamp sets and embellishments in the main catalog. So for this card I combined product from both catalogs.

I really wanted the background to shimmer but was totally out of the Shimmery White Embossing Past. NOW WHAT? Here is where the creativity kicks in. I mixed the regular White Embossing Paste with Granny Apple Green refill and just added some Dazzling Diamond Stampin' Glitter. It's so sparkly!

Love how it turned out! And rest assured the Shimmery White Embossing Paste was added to my next order immediately!!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping,

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Happy Birthday Monster

Today I wanted to show you that stamp sets from the Holiday catalog can be used in many different ways and are not limited to the holidays. I totally fell in love with those little monsters. If I would only use them for Halloween I feel I wouldn't get enough use out of them. I think they make a perfect birthday card too and BAM! you can use them year round. Add a heart somewhere and you have a Valentines card. The sky is the limit to your imagination and creativity.

For this card I chose a watercolor background and doodled a fine line around with a Journaling Pen. I stamped the little monsters with Memento black ink and colored and shaded them with Stampin' Blends. I also wanted to practice my coloring skills and added all the furry details with the Watercolor Pencils.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

BOO to You

Aren't those little monsters in the Holiday catalog the cutest? Halloween is right around the corner but I am just getting into the mood. For the background I chose the tree stencil from the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks and the White Embossing Paste. After the trees had dried I went along the edges with a Smokey Slate Stampin' Blend to create the shading. Then fuzzy cut the monsters and added them to the card.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Just A Little Creepy

Or maybe a lot? In our neighborhood houses and front yards are getting decorated big time right now.  What is your favorite Halloween activity or decoration? Leave me a comment below.  Look at all these googly eyes staring at you in the forest. For this card I layered Night of Navy and Gorgeous Grape on Whisper White cardstock to achieve a night sky look. Then I used my Basic Pattern Decorative Mask stencil from the 2019 Holiday catalog and created the forest with sponge daubers and black ink. Next I added the googly eyes. I also have received my Paper Pumpkin this month and there is always some extras included so I decided to use some of the embellishments from the box to add it to my cards. Done!

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

New Paper Trimmer

I got my new  Paper Trimmer by Stampin’ Up! today. Squeeeeeeek!!!! I am so excited. It's finally here. Couldn't wait to try it and now I don't want to stop cutting. Seriously, it cuts through the SU cardstock like it was butter. So smoothly and the edges are super clean. But wait, here comes the best part. It has imperial AND metric measurements! No more fiddling around with the conversion of the paper size when you find instructions from different parts of the world. Yeah!

And it's so easy to score with it. Look at how crisp the score line is.

As a demonstrator I was able to preorder my paper trimmer. It has yet to be determined when customers will be able to order it. If you can't wait click here  to join my team. You can add the paper trimmer to your $99 completely customizable starter kit (you will get your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products and a business supply pack valued at $50, that's a total value of USD175).

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Watercolor Rainbow Modern Heart

I recently took a watercoloring class and I am kind of obsessed with this technique now. The Modern Heart stamp set I used was inspired by Million Sales Achiever Steffi Helmschrott, a very talented creative demo from Germany. I stamped the heart with Versamark and embossed with clear Stampin' Emboss Powder on Fluid 100 watercolor paper. Then I filled each of the little triangles individually with water. I picked up some ink from the lid of the ink pads and put it down only in one corner of the triangle and watched the magic happen. The ink will spread on the wet paper, it's so soothing to watch. After it all dried I sprinkled on some clear water and picked it up with a paper towel right away. That lifts some of the color and gives the heart even more of a watercolor look.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Hello Beautiful Butterflies

Today I want to share a quick and simple card with you. I used the Stamparatus to position my stamps once and then stamp all the butterflies perfectly aligned in all different colors. So easy! Sometimes I am wondering how we managed before the Stamparatus LOL. Definitely a must-have tool. The butterflies are punched out with the coordinating punch and then attached with Dimensionals.

Happy stamping,

Friday, July 5, 2019

Rainbow Pig

This card combines so many of my favorite elements: "This Little Piggy" stamp set with a very powerful sentiment, Embossing Paste, the the cloud stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and rainbow colors. Put it all together and voilĂ  .....

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Where Do I Get My Inspiration?

As some of you might know I have been chosen to be on the Great Lakes Demonstrator council for Stampin' Up!. We are a group of 7 Stampin' Up! demonstrators who work together with our Demonstrator Development Manager Shannon West on specific assignments. We all shared recently where we get our card ideas to give new demonstrators some inspiration.

Do you need some inspiration? Are you stuck with the stamp set right in front of you? Where do you go to get some ideas? I like to go through my Stampin' Up! catalogs. They are full of ideas and samples that are super inspiring. When I page through the catalog , my brain goes 100 miles an hour and I can't wait to play with my stamps, paper and embellishments. Sometimes I like the color combination and use different stamps, sometimes it's the stamp set that catches my attention and I switch up the colors and other times I combine different ideas from several samples. For the card below I found my inspiration in the new annual catalog. I kept the layout the same but I used completely different stamps and added more embellishments by punching out some vellum leaves.

And here is the sample that I used as an inspiration on page 156 of the catalog.

Thanks for stopping by today,