Friday Night Stamping Fun!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m back with a touch of our Holiday retreat. This Spring we celebrated our 10th Annual Retreat, so this fall for our Holiday retreat “Hearts Come Home” … we kicked off our first of another 10 and many more!!

The mantel in the dining room was decorated with Embossed Pizza boxes and greeted our guests as they arrived …

Each box had a special gift inside and everyone got to take one home with them when they left on Sunday.

As they went to their rooms they found a hand crafted door tag …

Everyone takes their door tag home with them when they leave. Some guests have told us that they hang theirs in their office at work. Each guest also received a Holiday tin filled with a special little treat to munch on.

This is a shot of the stamp room table  before our guests arrive … our new stamp area is much larger and brighter than the old one!

All their projects for the weekend are tucked in those cute bags!  Tomorrow I’ll share some of our Friday night projects.

After our Friday night stamp session, we retired back to our house and shared a Hot Chocolate bar which included some hand dipped marshmallow stir sticks and some home-made cookies & peanut brittle … then we sat around the fireplace and enjoyed each others company.

Was a great day. Stop back tomorrow to see the projects.

Than You ~

Linda

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Celebrating National Women’s Day …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a card to share with you that was “in my head” when I prepared for my Technique Clubs this month.  We are “creating” backgrounds. Back when I started we didn’t have all the beautiful designer papers that we do today so it was fun to learn different ways to create a background – in class they are doing the “Emboss Resist” and Sponging. Today’s card is basic stamping …

For all the cards, we used the “Beautiful You” stamp set, pretty good timing since it was International Women’s Day yesterday!! I will share those with you when my classes are done, I like to surprise my stampers.

Our background is simply stamped with the “Happy Birthday Gorgeous” stamp, and I did color on color and my choice of color is “Peekaboo Peach”, one of the 2016-18 In Colors. I love this technique because it is subtle you easily seen, and the font on this stamp is very forgiving … you don’t notice if every time you stamp it’s not exactly perfect.

My focal point is the “women” image … she was stamped on Whisper White and cut out with the Oval from the Stitched Shape Framelits. I then stamped the image onto the coordinating sheet of “Envelope Paper”.  I’ve used this several times as a designer paper or to line my envelopes and now to “dress” or image!

You could just leave the card as it is, in it’s simplest form … or you can embellish it by adding some flowers around a part of the oval or some pearls, either way is a cute card and who wouldn’t want to be told they look gorgeous on their birthday!!

Thanks for checking in on me today.

Have a wonderful day … and celebrate being a women!

    

Here are the products I used to make my projects shown today. You can purchase these and other Stampin’ Up! products at my online store by clicking on the links below each products. During Jan. 4-Mar. 31, 2017.  All $50 orders receive a free Sale-a-bration reward!

 

Simply Sunday: That’s the Tag

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a simple and easy cards for you that delights the eyes with our beautiful “Falling in Love” Designer Series paper. The possibilities are endless when you teams this designer paper with the “That’s the Tag” Bundle!

On the first card I chose the “Falling in Love” Designer Series paper that had the delicate flower pattern. The color is Sahara Sand so I used Very Vanilla as my base and my tag.  I stamped the tag with the oval dot pattern and the thanks from the “That’s the Tag” stamp set from the bundle of the same name.

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I then added the pretty little “Falling in Love” embellishments from the Falling in Love suite. I placed them to align with the pattern on the paper and to anchor the greeting. Simple!

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My next card, I again used the “Falling in Love” Designer Series paper but chose the “Bokeh” style paper. Bokeh, which is pronounced bow-kay or bow-keh, refers to the wonderful out-of-focus light and shapes. The color pallet on my card is Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand.

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On our first card we used the simple oval tag for our greeting, on this card we stepped it up with the pretty flower die cut from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Oh so pretty!

Again, the greeting comes from the bundle and I created a simple banner and then backed it with a touch of the glimmer paper to make the greeting pop.

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Simple cards to make but dramatic in texture and design. I hope you enjoyed today’s cards … I will be back with more of the items we used today.  You can see a list below.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your Sunday to visit me.

Have a wonderful day ~

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Vertical Garden …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you a video showcasing the Vertical Garden … I do not have this bundle yet, only because I just cant’ get it all (right away!) lol

Create your own beautiful succulents garden with the Vertical Garden Project Kit from the 2017 occasions (spring/summer) catalog. Join Holly from Stampin’ Up!’s home office as she shows you how easy it is to assemble this brand-new kit.

 

REMEMBER … If you choose to purchase the bundle (CLICK HERE), add on the Designer Paper or Cardstock pack so you qualify for a Sale-a-bration item FREE!

Thank you for stopping by and checking out the video. Please let me know if there is anything you need, or have questions on.

Have yourself a great day!

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Hello December …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you a quick and easy way to get your scrapbooking done during the busy Holiday Season …  Hello December 2016 Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

You can document every day in December with the Hello December 2016 products. A few basic products are all you need, so you can spend more time living and less on memory keeping! Watch and see how easy it is!

Oh … and Project Life by Stampin’ Up! isn’t just for scrapbookers, you can use these cute little cards to adorn your card fronts as well! I’ll be sure to share some in the near future.

However, stop back tomorrow as I’ll have your “Simply Sunday” for you … and a little surprise.

Thanks for stopping in, I’ll see you tomorrow.

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Seven top water-coloring tips!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Just a quick post today to share this fun card showcasing the Watercoloring Technique …

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The “You’ve Got This” stamp set is the perfect set for practicing your watercolor techniques.  Here are some Watercolor Tips for you …

Are you ready for 7 top water-coloring tips? You’ll feel like a pro when you practice these tricks!

  1. Make sure your Aqua Painter brush is full before you start–you do NOT want to run out of water in the reservoir right in the middle of your project! If you are using a regular brush, keep a little dish of clean water right next to your station.
  2. Be aware that water-coloring can bleed through to the back, so protect your work surface. I use a non-porous granite floor tile that doubles as a palette, because I can squeeze my inks right onto it and wipe the residue right off afterward.
  3. Have a paper towel or baby wipe handy to blot off excess drips, and to clean the tip of your brush regularly so you don’t muddy colors.
  4. Dampen your watercolor paper first so the color slides instead of saturates. Work in small-ish sections, and re-dampen new areas if they’ve dried before you moved on.
  5. Keep that Aqua Painter moving. Don’t rest the tip in any one location too long. Straight re-inker is going to be VERY dark, so squeeze the Aqua Painter gently every time you pick up fresh ink, to dilute it with water.
  6. Remember that you can always add more color later–but you can’t easily take it off once it’s on, so paint in layers, revisiting areas to add deeper shades later.
  7. Keep in mind that it’s only paper! Not cheap paper, no, but it’s still JUST paper. Allow yourself a sheet to practice on and test colors on.

Hope you feel inspired to pull out your watercoloring tools and give it a try.  When you do … feel free to share your work with me.  You can send them to … lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com   and I will post it on my blog at a later date.  Please use Stampin’ Up! stampes and supplies.

Great to see you here today …

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

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Simply Sunday: The World to Me

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a quick -n- easy card that your man would love to receive, whether that man is your husband, father, brother or son … everyone loves to hear what they mean to their loved ones.

Today’s card begins with the “Going Global” stamp set from the Going Places product suite. A product suite is a group of products that were made to coordinate with each other. Don’t let that stop you though … this grouping goes well with some of the great stamp sets in the annual catalog as well.

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My base is Lost Lagoon from the Going Places Cardstock pack (those these) and what I used with the World Traveler Embossing Folder.

The globe was stamped with Delightful Dijon and the greeting in Lost Lagoon.  I have listed the punches that I used below. These were layered onto a strip of the Going Places Designer Series Paper stack and the gold ribbon.

It all comes together so easily and the greeting just pops off the textured background when highlighted by our Dijon globe. Where did I get the idea to use the Delightful Dijon? The coordinating designer paper … Stampin’ Up! takes all the guess work out of coordinating.

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Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to visit …

Have a wonderful rest of your day.

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