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August 16, 2018

A Pop of Gorgeous Grape

Tonight, I meet with my 10 lovely stamp club ladies.  I promised them to keep things moderately simple this month since last month I had them doing some complicated folding and endless die cutting.  While keeping things simple, I don't want to get too simple since many of these ladies have been stamping a long time.  I thought this card featuring our "Color Your Season" products would do the trick.  Who can't resist a little soothing coloring?  I know I can't!

This product line, only available this month, has truly captured my fancy!  I am loving playing with it!  I will admit a few epic fails in the coloring of the flowers (ie accidently not cleaning my blender pen that was used to mix the yellow and dragging it through the purple-not pretty!), but failure has allowed me to perfect my technique.  It had been a while since I had pulled out my blender pens to use with water color pencils.  You really want to avoid going over the same area too much or you will get pilling of your paper (probably something you remember doing as a kid with markers-I know I do!).  I find nice circular motions blend colors the best.  I lightly color the flowers in gorgeous grape and make nice dark lines in the "veins" of the flower for variation of color.  My best advice is to play with your pencils and find what works best for you!

Here are the ingredients for this card:
Stamps: Blended Seasons
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Gorgeous Grape
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Water Color Pencil Assortment II

August 13, 2018

Just Keep Swimming

Last week, I had the pleasure of sharing my love for stamping with one of my friends and some of her pals.  She is a big scrapbooker, so we opted to have one of the Make-N-Takes be a scrapbook page.  We made a 8x6 page which could be mounted on a larger page (12x12 pictured here) or could even be framed.  This page suits a rather small picture so I was so happy to find this pic from Disney in front of the "Finding Nemo" characters when we took my oldest son on his first trip.  It was appropriate to pull out this picture as we are preparing for his fifth trip!

This page is very versatile and works for beach pictures, aquarium pictures or even Disney.  I love how you can mask out the word "Have" in the sentiment stamp to create a great page title!  At first, I wasn't going to get this stamp set, but am so happy I did!  I've been able to use the entire Tranquil Textures suite to make so many cute summery projects.

Here are the ingredients:
Stamps: Seas of Texture
Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide, Soft Sea Foam, Very Vanilla, Tranquil Textures DSP
Ink: Fresh Fig, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam
Accessories: Under the Sea Framelits

August 9, 2018

A Little Fusion!

I am so excited to have found a new challenge blog!  Several of the ones I used to play fizzled out, so I am happy to see some new ones becoming popular.  The one I found for today's card is called Fusion.  You are given a sketch and a picture for inspiration.  You have the option of using one or a "fusion" of both.  I opted for the Fusion.  I'm loving how it came out!  Here is the Fusion-Rustic Flowers challenge that I used for today's post:

Here are the ingredients for today's card:

Stamp Set: Varied Vases
Paper: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Grapefruit Grove, Garden Impressions DSP, Wood Textures DSP
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink
Accessories: Vases Builder Punch, Nature's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

August 6, 2018

Christmas Will Be Here Before You Know It

I bet you're thinking Christmas?  Seriously?  This is what I think every time I walk into a store and Christmas items appear earlier and earlier each year.  While I tend to work on my Christmas and Hanukkah shopping throughout the year to avoid stress at the last minute, I dread seeing Christmas items popping up at stores.  I would like to help others avoid some of the holiday season stress by giving them a jump start on their Christmas cards.  I am doing this by hosting what will hopefully be my first of three Holiday Card Buffets at the end of August.  For those who have never heard of a Card Buffet, you come to the event and get to pick which cards you make like a real buffet!  You can also choose how many cards you make!  I am so excited to try this out.  The above card is one of the cards attendees will have the opportunity to make.  If you are local to me in CT, I hope you'll be able to make it on August 25.  Pop me an email if you need more information!

August 2, 2018

Workin' the Water Color

Today, I lost track of my day playing with water color.  I was working on a technique for my upcoming Holiday Card Buffet at the end of the month which took a couple tries to get the desired effect, but I finally achieved a technique that worked.  My next thing was to break out my new Blended Seasons stamp set and new water color pencils.  I initially thought I'd use some of my Stampin' Blends to color these gorgeous flowers but decided I liked the look of the water color pencils better.  I am so happy we have even more water color pencils to choose from! 

The Color Your Season promotion offers the Blended Seasons Stamp Set, Stitched Seasons Framelits, and Water Color Pencils Assortment II only for the month of August while supplies last.  The stamp set and framelits are also available in a bundle!  The options are pictured below.  Visit my website to place your order or order at an event this month.

Here are the ingredients for today's card:

Stamps: Blended Season
Paper: Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Tranquil Textures DSP
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Balmy Blue
Accessories: Water Color Pencil Assortment II (Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green), Whisper White Baker's Twine

August 1, 2018

Limited Time Offer

Check out this great stamp set, die and new colors of water color pencils!  They are available for a limited time, until August 31 or until all supplies are depleted, whichever comes first!  Great for Fall Cards, Christmas Cards, or Spring Cards.  This set is completely versatile!

Bonus Days Are Here!!!

July 30, 2018

Last Chance for Free Paper

Tomorrow is your last chance to get a free pack of DSP!  It has been an awesome month for playing with and stocking up on tons of Designer Series Paper.  If you haven't taken advantage of this offer, make sure you do!  There are so many options to choose from:

Today's card features the Garden Impressions DSP, one of our 6x6 options, great for cards!  It also coordinates perfectly with the Abstract Impressions stamp set perfectly!  I love blues and yellows together.  It's a color combo that is just so bright and cheery!

Here is what I used for today's card:

Stamps: Abstract Impressions
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Garden Impressions DSP
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce

July 26, 2018

Garden Impressions Takes on the Paper Craft Crew Challenge

When I saw this challenge, I knew it would be perfect for using up some of the thin scraps I had from the Garden Expressions DSP.  It was nice to get back to taking on a sketch challenge.  I tend to have more time to do them in the summer with Cub Scouts on a little hiatus.  This week has been great for stamping with no camps scheduled for the boys!

I absolutely love this DSP!  When I first saw it, I thought it was way too busy for me, but when I started seeing samples using it popping up on Pinterest, I fell in love!!  I love it so much that I just ordered another pack with the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Paper Promotion.

Such a simple card for a summer day!  I needed a thank you for a friend who watched our cat this summer.  I will be including this with a little treat for her as a thank you.  Here is the sketch (PPC300) that I used for this card:

Here are the ingredients:

Stamp Set: Abstract Impressions
Paper: Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Petal Pink, Garden Impressions DSP
Ink: Melon Mambo, Powder Pink
Accessories: Faceted Dots

July 13, 2018

Special Stamping Time

Today, I got some special time with my 5 year old niece while mom and the boys went to a ropes course.  She got to make her own very special Paper Bag Brag book to put pictures in from her summer travels.  It's a surprise for everyone when she gets home, so I can't share it here😊. 

We worked on most of it together but she did some independently, so I had some time to make this card.  I thought it would be great to feature one of the Designer Series Papers from the current Buy 3, Get 1 Free promo.  I fell in love with this whole suite the moment I saw it.  I had to have it!

Check out what you need to make this card:

Stamp Set: Rooted in Nature
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze
Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss; Nature's Poem DSP


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