Sailing Away: Bridge Fold Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Last night I held my “Sailing Away” Class … rescheduled because I was sick last week (Thanks Ladies) and we had a great time making some really amazing cards, learning a new technique and did two cards with cool fold cards.

One of these cards I am sharing with you today … it is the Bridge Fold card with a fun new technique I called Watercolor Waves.  I will try to explain it to you the best I can.  First let me show you the card …

We did this in Night of Navy cardstock and embellished it with the Come Sail Away Designer Series paper and the Sail Away Trinkets.  The greeting and sun were punched out using the 1-1/2″ Circle punch, the mat behind the greeting was die cut using one of the dies from the set included in the bundle.

The inner part of the card is Balmy Blue cardstock which was embossed 1/2 way up using the “High Seas” embossing folder.  Then we used the Wink of Stella pen and Night of Navy ink to watercolor over our waves.  Start with the darker shades at the bottom of the wave and as the ink comes off the brush, it gets lighter as you go up the wave.  Once dry (and it dries pretty fast) use a sponge dauber and the White Craft Ink to sponge the tops of the waves … creating white caps!

The “bridge” that goes across the card was done in Night of Navy and Balmy Blue wrapped in the Night of Navy / Sahara Sand Bakers Twine.  Everything coordinates so nicely and can be found on pages 144 – 146 in the Come Sail Away Suite.  That can now be purchased with just one number, and includes the “Sailing Home” bundle of the stamp set and dies (at a 10% discount).

Don’t forget the Designer Series Paper in on Sale … Buy 3 / Get 1 FREE.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card as much as I enjoyed designing it and sharing it with my class.

Thank you so much for sharing a part of your day with me.

Enjoy your Saturday ~

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Loyal & True: Guest Stamper … Gloria

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Memorial Day to you… just a quick post today.  I have a very special card to share with you today that was made by my friend and fellow demonstrator Gloria.  She is former military and created this swap at our Leadership event last weekend (and she gave one to me)!!  Gloria used the Loyal & True stamp set …

I loved the swooshes of red so I asked Gloria how she did it, and she said she just sponged the background … Love it!!  It gives a lot of movement to the card, like the flag is actually waving.

The simplicity of the card really makes a statement … Today is the perfect day to share this card with you, as we honor the fallen who gave their all defending our freedoms… true heros.

Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate it.

Have a wonderful day,

Today’s Stampin’ Supplies …

 

 

From All of Us …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Wednesday!! Today I have another card share featuring the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum … I’ll admit it, I’m having a hard time letting this one go!!  The stained glass imagery is perfect for coloring with your Stampin’ Blends.  I have a cute one for you … if you’re a Goldie Hawn fan you might want to call it “Bird on a Wire” … lol

Such a fun and simple card to make … I think the hardest part was how I was going to color the birds, coloring was easy, I just wasn’t sure what color they should be!  I get a little carried away like that! lol  What’s fun is that the colors blend so you can mix colors together and soften the edges.

The greeting comes from the Itty Bitty Wishes stamp set and then I punched them out with the 1-1/4″ and 1-1/2″ punches.  I think sometimes we are so used to grabbing our BigShot we forget to use our simple tools, like our punches. Quick and handy!!  But, speaking of the BigShot … I did use it to create a beautifully textured background with the Layered Leaves Embossing folder.

I will be back tomorrow with another from the Graceful Glass vellum … I can’t resist!

Thanks so much for joining me today, hope you have a good one.

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST:  If you would like to purchase any of the items used in creating these cards and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d be honored to be your creative coach. With each $50 purchase, you will receive a Rewards Point, when you collect 10, I will send you a coupon for a FREE Stamp set of your choice. Just click on any of the items to get to my online store. If you have any questions, please message me.

 

Saying Goodbye to the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

One of my favorite products is about to leave the catalog for good … the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum.  I have some of the cards I have created this past year to share with you today.

The Graceful Glass suite by Stampin’ Up! is perfect for all those moments you’ve wanted to steal the stained glass from a church. Brian from Stampin’ Up! shows you the products that make up the Graceful Glass suite, as well as several ideas and different ways to color the vellum.

I’m happy to say that the stamp set and coordinating dies will return in the new catalog … the vellum will be gone (and so will the 10% savings on the bundle).  I colored the vellum from the back with the Stampin’ Blends and then used the Wink of Stella to give it a little shimmer.

The next card is one of the cards that were displayed at our demonstrator OnStage event in Milwaukee last spring.  I love how Pat used the circle dies to create a frame and highlight the vellum.  Notice the wood designer paper … that just recently sold out.

The next card is one I did to showcase the flowers in the vellum pack … it’s one of my favorites, so simple and yet so elegant.  Again, I colored the vellum from the back using the Stampin’ Blends.

I’m on the road again this weekend traveling to Indiana for a Stampin’ Up! Leadership event. I’m a little nervous about this on … I’ve been asked to do a presentation on “Sales”.  This is not something I do but I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and facing the “public speaking” demon!  Talking you to my stampin’ friends is easy … so I’ll just pretend you are there with me.

Thank you for stopping by today…

Have a good one.

 

 

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Daisy Delights: Two Guest Stampers!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather … it’s been amazing and it’s suppose to be gorgeous today too. OK … I’m not the local weather person, so let me talk more about what I’m good at, stamping!  Today I have two really cute cards that were created by my Spring Retreat Attendees Kellie and Michelle.  The spring floral cards both used the Daisy Punch, which by the way … will be in the upcoming catalog and has another stamp set to coordinate with it!

Let’s start with Kellie’s card, she used both the Daisy Punch and the Daisy Delights stamp set…

I believe Kellie used Blushing Bride and Whisper White as her core color pallet.  The white background was embossed with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.  I love the little Happy Birthday Banner … it’s so cute and adds a sweet touch to the card.  One of my favorite embellishments, the Faceted Gems! Whether you use the Gold or the Clear, you can’t go wrong and I just love them with this daisy punch!

Count your petals on Michelle’s card …

Is this a card saying … He love me, he loves me not?  I’m not sure but it’s really cute!  Michelle’s daisies were punched out using the beautiful Shimmery White cardstock (No Wink of Stella needed!) this cardstock has a shimmer of it’s own,

Michelle’s color pallet consists of white and the beautifully bold Daffodil Delight, bright and happy! Her background was created using the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder and was cut into 3 panels to highlight each transition of the daisy

Don’t you just love a punch that can create two totally different styles of cards… That’s what I call “cost effective”! lol

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to join me in “picking daisies”.

Enjoy your day ~

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST: If you would like to purchase any of the items used in creating these cards and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d be honored to be your creative coach. With each $50 purchase, you will receive a Rewards Point, when you collect 10, I will send you a coupon for a FREE Stamp set of your choice. Just click on any of the items to get to my online store. If you have any questions, please message me.

 

Two for Tuesday: Sponging Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How have you been enjoying the Serene Garden cards so far?  I have another one for you today … it was inspired by the winning Attendee Swap Card Contest at my Spring Stamping Retreat this past weekend.  Kathie’s card was well received and won the contest with its “Resist / Sponging” Technique and then you will see how I used her card to inspire me to create the “Serene Garden” card …

Kathie embossed both the small flowers on the base and the larger flowers which she did on Vellum Cardstock.  The vellum flowers were punched out.  Kathie created a beautifully soft pop of color by sponging it over the flowers.  With a little wipe of a kleenex … you’ll remove the extra ink off the embossed flowers and they white will pop through.  It’s so pretty, it inspired me to do the same technique on my Serene Garden card.

 

I stamped the main image in the lower left hand corner of my card, sponged the Flirty Flamingo over the top, then wiped off the excess ink off the embossed image to make the white pop.  Using the Flirty Flamigo Stampin’ Write marker, I added some depth to the flowers and then topped it off with Wink of Stella for that touch of glitter!

I also embossed a piece of Flirty Flamingo with white emboss powder using the elegant bird … once it was embossed, I sponged Flirty Flamingo over the head and tail to create some dimension. The wings were highlighted with Wink of Stella and the bird was cut out with the coordinating dies.  My greeting is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp set and was stamped in Flirty Flamingo.

It is amazing how a technique like embossing teamed up with some simple sponging can turn a card into a work of art.  I really like the monochromatic color as well.  Sometimes simple is better.

Thank you for hanging out with me for a bit today…

I hope your day is a good one.

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST: If you would like to purchase any of the items I used to create this card and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d be honored to be your creative coach. With each $50 purchase, you will receive a Rewards Point, when you collect 10, I will send you a coupon for a FREE Stamp set of your choice. Just click on any of the items to get to my online store. If you have any questions, please message me.

 

 

Simply Sunday: Serene Garden

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope this day finds you well … and I wish all you ladies out there a Happy Mothers Day… we all nurture in some way or another. Today I have the perfect stamp set to celebrate women everywhere; the Serene Garden stamp set.  I find this stamp set simply stunning and I just had to have it. It has a bit of that Art Deco flair so I did it in black and white and a touch of pink …

The whispy flow of the greenery really draws your eye to the card and it was colored using the Stampin’ Blends … same with the flowers, they were gently colored with the Petal Pink duo to create some depth.  I colored the butterfly the same way and cut it out with the coordinating die. Let’s not forget that Wink of Stella … that is what gives the flowers and butterfly that beautiful sparkle.

The entire piece was popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals and the greeting comes from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

I am sad that this beautiful stamp set, Serene Garden will be retiring in less than a month. Stop back tomorrow, I have another card I’d like to share with you that my clubs did this month.

Till then, enjoy your day! Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit with me.

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST: If you would like to purchase any of the items I used to create this card and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d be honored to be your creative coach. With each $50 purchase, you will receive a Rewards Point, when you collect 10, I will send you a coupon for a FREE Stamp set of your choice. Just click on any of the items to get to my online store. If you have any questions, please message me.