Beautiful Butterfly (You Move Me Bundle)

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am so excited to not only share one of the amazing cards that we made at our Annual Spring Stamping Retreat but to share my very first video!! Oh my gosh … I can’t believe I finally did this, with more practice I’ll be able to create some really fun information / training videos for you!!

First, let me share the card with you. I bought this stamp set because my Mom loved butterflies, it’s sad she never got to see this (well, maybe she did ❤ ) so this card and my first video are dedicated to my Mom.   Sunday will be our first Mother’s Day without her, so I need to focus on the wonderful moments shared together… with a smile.

I can’t believe this stamp set is on the “Retirement List”!!  Don’t let this one slip by, it is so pretty and you can make any type of card with this bundle.  Below are the three cards we made with the “You Move Me Bundle” … Two of the cards were inspired by fellow stampin’ artists/ demonstrators.

The center card I credit to: Patty Bennett … she used 2 butterflies on her card, I did a single butterfly.  The card on the right, I credit to:Shelly Godby … she used the “Reverse Masking” technique on her card and I used the Marker to Block / Watercolor Technique.  Can you see how different all of these cards are … and all beautiful!!

Now … I must show you how beautiful this butterfly is in movement. Yes, it moves, it flutters!! Just click on the arrow in the center of the picture.

Well now …

I can’t create a beautiful card like this and not decorate the inside. The cute little butterflies come in the stamp set that is included in the bundle. You will need the bundle to make your butterfly or humming bird fly.

I really hope you liked this card and that you enjoyed the video!  If you did, would you please leave a comment … I would love to hear your thoughts.

Just to let you know … the beautiful designer paper used on my cards is already gone from this discontinued list.

Thank you for joining me today.

Have a beautiful day!

 

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Stampin’ Technique: Reverse Masking

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I heard it rained here on Sunday morning … hmmm, I never heard a thing! lol Yesterday I posted two cards that were created by my Retreat Attendee’s for our Swap, and Janet’s card used a technique called Mask Resist. I was asked “how” that is done, so I tried to explain it in my reply but thought I should show you, so I will 🙂

Today the card that I created is using the “Got To Have it All” Bundle …

Directions:

Use any framelit or die to cut out a circle, oval or other shape using Vellum Paper. I cut my vellum piece the same size as the cardstock I will be stamping on (No Mess!)

Adhere the Vellum Paper “reverse mask” to a piece of cardstock with a very small spot of removable adhesive (I use the retired Stampin’ Up! Dotto).

Without moving the mask, ink your Stampin’ Sponge and sponge within the masked area with a light color, leaving a bit lighter area in the center

Remove the vellum mask (remove any Dotto residue with the Adhesive Eraser) and Stamp a focal point stamp INSIDE masked area onto cardstock… today I used the bonus stamp from the “Got to Have It All” Bundle.

Stamp additional images that overlap the focal area and the white space for added dimension … and a little “Wink of Stella” always adds a sweet little touch of sparkle to your card.

Thank you for hanging out with me today.

Have a wonderful day!

 

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Dare to Dream

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Well… this is actually my Tuesday, March 13th post but while editing, I hit the wrong button and it posted (AGH … technology!!)  Anyhow, let me show you what I’ve been up to!

For the past two days I’ve shared my creations from the Epic Celebrations, well I’ve got two more for you, so today and tomorrow I’ll be sharing those and you will get to see how fun and versatile this stamp set is …

I love this card for a young lady who is dreamin’ big … traveling, going off to collage, or heading out to explore life! I used the “Post Script” background stamp because I thought it looked cool with the tennis shoes.

The little circles on the background are what gave me the idea to create my focal point using … circles!! The tennis shoes were colored in using the Watercolor Pencils and Blender pen. I feel you have a lot more control using the pencils than some of our other water coloring techniques.

The little pop of designer paper comes from out Picture Perfect Party stack … and again, little circles!! The “Dare to Dream” greeting comes from one of our Exclusive Hostess stamp sets; Dare to Dream! This makes me feel like these were all suppose to be put together 🙂

Our circles were created with the Layering Circle and Stitched Shapes Framelits! And while I was at it … I decided to finish it off with a few now circles by using the beautiful little Glitter Enamel Dots!

I love this card in black -n- white with that pop of color, just sets the tone to inspire an awesome young lady to “Dare to Dream”! Switch out the color and you can send off your young man to follow his dreams too.

I’m so happy you stopped by today and checked out my card.  No reason in the world you can’t Dare to Dream as well … I’m always dreaming (and workin’ towards those dreams).

Have an inspiring day ~

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My “Watercolor Lifting” Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It is Thursday and it’s a good day (because it’s my Friday!) I have off of my other job Friday, Saturday and Sunday! I have a Stampin’ Club on Saturday morning and then Andrea’s Stampin’ Party that afternoon and I’m so excited to share my love of stamping with them.

Today I’m going to share my card that I created using the “Watercolor Lifting” technique that I shared via video with you yesterday. I’m going to share a couple extra pictures to show you how I did it … This is my first card with this technique!!

Let’s begin with the preparation … I started with Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant Ink Pads. I used the Shimmery White cardstock because I thought it would emboss better than the watercolor paper (because my design on the stamp set was very fine) and my Aqua painter!

You will notice that I pushed my pads together to get some ink in the lids … if you don’t like this method, you could put a few drops of re-inker in the lid or another container. Either way … I generally clean out the cover before storing them.

Grab your Aqua Painter and lets have some fun!  This is so easy and looks so cool …

I put some notes on my pictures as well … in case you would like to print them out and make a tutorial. I held the sides down with a little washi tape.

I made sure to Aqua Painter had plenty of water and the tip was wet, then I picked up my first color (Melon Mambo) and began brushing it across my cardstock.  When I started my second color, I went over the first color a little so it blended nicely.

Once you get it to look the way you want (I like it a little on the dark side, remember … you will be removing some of this color).  Make sure your cardstock is totally dried. You do not want any moisture, the embossing powder will stick and you will have a mess!

Once DRY … rub your embossing buddy across the cardstock so you don’t get any flecks of additional powder on your project…. this is just a good habit to get into if your love to emboss.  I used VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder (don’t over heat).

Now that your embossing is done … you’re ready for the Watercolor Lift! Take your Aqua Painter and spread a layer of water over your project … use a paper towel to begin “LIFTING” the color back up ….

What you will get is pretty pops of color where you embossed with a beautiful watercolor background!  I love this technique and it is so easy to do. This was my very first time doing it and here is my card …

I wanted to highlight the beautiful technique on this card so it is the focal point and I popped some black behind it so it really stands out on the card.

I used the floral pattern from the “Wood Words” stamp set on page 159 of our Annual catalog and I just stamped it all over the cardstock.  The greeting comes from the “Picture Perfect Birthday” stamp set which is on page 5 of our Occasions Catalog.

I know there was a lot to read through today but I hope you understand the steps to create your own Watercolor Lift Cards.

Just think … you can do this is any color combination, including a rainbow!! Why not have some fun, pick your favorite colors and give it a try!

Thank you so much for coming back today to check out my card.

Have a great Thursday … and I hope it feels like a Friday for you too.

See you tomorrow ~

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Watercolor Lifting technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’ve been talking a lot about the Aqua Painters lately and for those of you who have not been able to attend one of my classes or be in one of my clubs and get these awesome products in your little hands, I thought the next best thing was to share a video with a Watercolor technique & Aqua painters … Learn how to use the watercolor lifting technique from Stampin’ Up! trainer, Brandi Barnard.

I think this is a really cool technique. Now … I’d like you to stop back tomorrow and see what I’ve made with this new technique! I’ve never done this before watching this video either … surprisingly easy!

Thank you for coming by to visit today ~

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

 

Coloring on Foils

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you are having a good day … it is Monday but if I think Friday is only 4 days away – everything seems brighter!! Then I step outside and it’s overcast, dreary and the wind is blowing that cold right through you, so I went back inside, put on one of my favorite CD’s and started to stamp … ahhhhh, much better!!

Yesterday I shared my Silver Foil card with you …

Pretty … Yes! But wait, we’re going to grab our Stampin’ Blend and ink pad and add some color!! What do you think …

OK … I’ll put it onto a card.  I used several different colors of my Stampin’ Blends to color the different flowers on the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder found on page 23 of the Occasions Catalog… and I’m pairing it with the Sale-a-bration item; Springtime Foils Specialty Designer paper (Free with a $50 purchase during our Sale-a-bration).

I took the Lemon Lime Twist ink and sponged it onto my Springtime Foils Specialty Designer paper. It takes the color so nicely and really compliments the Silver foil paper we have embossed and colored.

I’ll be honest … I don’t like blunt edges so you’ll always see me adding a strip of cardstock or a ribbon to join my two edges and give it a softer look. Here I used the beautiful Powder Pink Ribbon that coordinates with the card base and the mat to our greeting.

The greeting is again from the “A Mother’s Flair” on page 46 in the Occasions Catalog. This set is so pretty but it’s going to be hard for me to make a Mother’s Day card this year, but it would be a nice way to honor my Mom (it’s just a little raw yet).

The greeting was cut out with our Stitched Shape and Circle Framelits Dies. I mounted it over my ribbon and then finished off the card with the Glitter Enamel Dots … if you haven’t noticed, I’m really crushin’ on these!! They go with everything!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card, it is a lot quicker to make than what it looks like it would be. So try your hand at coloring on the foils … it is so pretty!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Have a wonderful Monday ~

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Wonders of Watercoloring …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

You’ve heard me talk a lot about the Aqua Painters, especially when working with the new Brusho Crystal Colour so today I’d like to share a video that shows more ways to use the Aqua Painter!

You’ll see two of our favorite products are the Aqua Painter and the Blender Pen. Both tools are used for watercoloring, or in other words, they both make you feel like a professional artist.

 

I will also share a video on our Watercolor Pencils … this way to can get a better look at what Watercolor technique works best for you. If you want a hands on try out … attend my Watercolor Technique class. Dates will be posted this weekend.

I use all of the products shown here today, they all have many different uses and also work beautifully together!

Remember to stop by again this weekend to a full list of Upcoming Classes and each day to see what else I have for you!

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to visit.

Have a wonderful day  ~

TODAYS WISH LIST ITEMS …

Supply List

Here is a cute card from Stampin’ Up!
that shows the Watercolor Wash Background and the Splatter!