Watercoloring with Soft Pastels

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I will be sharing the replay of my Facebook LIVE last night along with the finished cards. I’m know for my pretty yet simple cards … but playing with this technique and taking it to the next level was very satisfying… sometimes I think we need a little “escape” and enjoy something you love.

In this video I will show you which papers work best for the water coloring with your Soft Pastels and two different techniques for applying the pastels & water…

I’m so excited about this technique … actually, I find the Soft Pastels so amazing and versatile and an inexpensive medium to create beautiful projects with! You can create different looks must by switching out your paper / cardstock! Just remember, when using water … use the Shimmery White or the Water Color paper.

I also want to point out that you can experiment with other types of mediums on your project, like on this one, I used the Stampin’ Markers to stipple. (Google) Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots. I used the Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Markers to stipple. Let’s look at the finished project ~

I love the look of light blue with the Early Espresso and with the stippling of the sunflower center, it all seemed to fall into place and coordinate nicely. I used the “flat edge” to apply the Soft Pastels onto the background piece which is also the Water Color paper.

I stamped the greeting onto the Shimmery White paper as the color matches nicely with the watercolor paper. I used the Everyday Label punch to punch it out … I also punched out a piece from the Early Espresso, cut it in half and used it to mat my greeting.

Oh my … I can’t forget about the pretty In-Color Jewels I added to my greeting, a nice little touch that adds even more texture (you get beautiful texture from the watercolor paper) and a pop of color. I have a list of all the supplies below that I used in today’s project.

Thank you for joining me and taking time out to check out my video today. Take some time out to “escape” and let your creativity flow as you experiment with your new Soft Pastels!

Enjoy your day ~

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Simply Sunday: Beauty of the Earth Card Parade

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have a treat for you today … a simple yet beautiful Slim Line card and a parade of other cards that were created from the amazing Beauty of the Earth Suite. I will also be sharing some fun techniques on these cards so, grab a cup of coffee and sit back with me while we go through these creative gems!

First up is my Slimline cards, this card fits in a business size envelope … I’m using two different patterns from the Beauty of the Earth Designer paper and joined them together with the pretty Gold Fine Art Ribbon; it has a touch of sparkle, so I had to add the Genial Gems to keep the sparkle going.

The greeting comes from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set / bundle. I chose the Cinnamon Cider as a mat and Merry Merlot as my card base … they pull those colors out of the designer paper. I find this suite / bundle very gender neutral … who wouldn’t love these cards!

My second card I’m using the same pattern of the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series paper and the Beautiful Trees dies. Another simple card when using your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. The greeting comes from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set included in the bundle.

Ready to see another card using the same paper? The amazing thing is that each one looks sooo different! I used a landscape layout verses the portrait as I did on the first two cards and created this unique card. I also used Night of Navy on this card to pull out the blue in the designer paper.

I created the frame with the Stitched Rectangle Dies … I love this look, it’s new and fresh and highlights the designer paper. I added the tree and greeting from the bundle …

Now lets change things up a little by using a different pattern from our Beauty of the Earth Designer paper and a fun technique … the “Split Card Technique”. I’m using Old Olive and Early Espresso to coordinate with my designer paper. You can watch the video to see how to create this card yourself by CLICKING HERE!

Yesterday I shared the next card with you … the card base is Early Espresso and so is the tree itself, it made the Misty Moonlight designer paper from the Beauty of the Earth Designer paper really pop, and when I added the leaves to the trees … WOW! The leaves on the bottom are just another die cut of the top … just cut up into smaller pieces to lay upon the ground. So pretty!

The last card I have to share with you, used the same watercolor background paper but I’m changing up the seasons. Once the leaves are gone … well, winter comes next, and it makes for the perfect Christmas card …

I just love this card and I used the Chalk pen and Wink of Stella to add snow to my tree! How fun is that! I just wanted to show you that this is not just another tree set, but a bundle / or suite that can be used for any season … or any reason!!

Don’t forget it’s Sale-a-bration and you can get a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog with the purchase of the suite or the bundle!! If you choose the suite … just add on a few more items and you’ll have enough to get my FREE Delicate Dahlia Class!

Thank you for joining me this Sunday for my card parade, I hope you enjoyed the many styles of cards. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Stop back tomorrow because I have another card that will knock your socks off!!

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Color Me Happy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m so excited to share my tips and techniques from last nights Facebook Live video along with the cute card I created. I’m going to show you two ways to “color” or dye the fabulous “Bedazzled” Paper from the Sale-a-bration catalog .. then I’ll be sharing a few more tips on coloring.

Join me for a sit down while I show you these great tips and how I got to finish my card!

I have to chuckle a little when I watch this back … I don’t know how I can misplace things when they are sitting right beside me!! Jitters … I guess. You can tell when I get a little nervous, I start talking faster! I’ll just keep practicing … but if you like the projects and you get some good information from this … that’s what it’s all about.

I love the way this card turned out … and I hope you give it a try! Remember the Be Dazzling Specialty paper is a Sale-a-bration item and is FREE with a qualifying purchase. I’ll have a list of ingredients below for you.

Your base is Old Olive and measures 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and you will score at 4-1/4″. The other Old Olive piece will measure 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ and will be the mat for the pumpkin. The card front is Very Vanilla and measures 4″ x 5-1/4″ … the small Vanilla piece is 3″ x 3-1/2″ and both were embossed with the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder to give the card a soft texture.

I used Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blend to color / dye my ovals and the Old Olive to color my leaves. I also used the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends to dye my White Bakers Twine which I wrapped around a paint brush (let dry) to create my curly vines.

The stem for my pumpkin came from the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series paper… lucky I didn’t throw that little piece of scrap away!! Now it’s time to layer all together. Remember to start with one oval that should be front & center … the other two will go on each side.

My greeting comes from the Festive & Bright stamp set … I purchased this one because it contains many holidays so I can use it longer! You will have to stamp your greeting “before” you emboss it with your embossing folder.

Now I had some more fun with the beautiful White Glitter Organdy ribbon … If you have Stampin’ Blends … you can dye this any color you want!! OMGosh, it’s sooo pretty! The glitter picks up the color you’re dying it and totally transforms it.

I hope you enjoyed the video and all the tips I’ve share to expand the usage of your products … I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t share the full value of these amazing items.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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Enhance Designer Papers with Embossing Paste

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share the cards that we made last night on my Facebook LIVE … I shared how you can enhance your designer papers using Embossing Paste and the Adorning Designs Decorative Masks. I figured the masks were in the Gingerbread & Peppermint suite for a reason … so that is where I started!

I also wanted to show you that some of the masks line up pretty nice with some of our other designer papers. Here I used the Peaceful Deer bundle and the Peaceful Prints Designer paper from the Sale-a-bration Catalog … which means you can get it FREE with a $50 purchase.

Now join me and watch the video as I show you how easy it is to create these cards! Then I will be sharing the card where I used the Beauty of the Earth Designer Paper!!

I am thrilled to share my next card with you!! I feel in love with the “Angels of Peace” stamp set the moment I saw it. She is so lovely and delicate and these angels can be used for so many different occasions …

The sentiment “Sometimes angels are just good people with kind hearts”… is the second reason I had to have this stamp set. The water washed background of the Beauty of the Earth designer paper was the perfect background for the snowflake mask and the Sparkling Embossing Paste…. and the angel was meant to go with them.

I stamped my angel in Night of Navy and then gently used the Wink of Stella to add some some sparkle to her. I was VERY careful on the wings as I wanted them mostly white, and the wetness of the Stella will smear the Night of Navy ink. On the other hand … I used the Wink of Stella to pull some of the color out of the lines and into her dress to give it that soft blue look.

The greeting was also stamped in Night of Navy and then cut out using the Layering Circle Dies. I also cut a Night of Navy mat to coordinate with her dress and the card base. It all flows so nicely and completes the card.

This angle of the photo is to show you the beautiful texture on this card!! The sparkle in the snowflakes is accented by the Wink of Stella on our Angel. One of my favorite cards that I ahve made in a while!

I want to thank you for joining me today, and if you stopped by last night to watch me LIVE. I hope you join me for my Catalog Launch Party, especially this weekend as I share more demonstrations using the NEW products and Sale-a-bration items.

Have a beautiful day, and take good care ~

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Simply Sunday: Fun Fold Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Who said fun folds can’t be easy … Today’s fun fold is not a card fun fold but a Designer Series paper fun fold. You can do this technique with any of our designer papers and it is so beautiful when using the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series paper from Stampin’ Up!

The Beauty of the Earth is part of the Designer Series paper sale in which you can save 15% off select paper packs. This sale ends August 2nd … so only 2 days left to get in on this deal!

Today’s card showcases the “Peek-a-boo” Fun Fold …

You begin with an easy layout but the fun part is adding the 4 fold backs on the designer paper. The four designer paper pieces all measure 1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″.

Each piece of designer paper will be measured to 1″ from the “corner” that will be folded back, on each side of corner. (See Photo) I put a little “tick” mark at the 1″ point and then score from 1″ tick mark to the other 1″ tick mark. You won’t see the pencil marks because you are folding the corner back, but you can erase it if it bothers you.

Once you have all 4 of your designer paper pieces scored … secure the flap down, and then secure your pieces onto your mat. I used Basic White for my mat and it measures 4″ x 5-1/4″. The white allows me to stamp my greeting in the center and easily seen.

The “Happy Birthday” comes from the Peaceful Moments Stamp set … I actually just used this on my Starburst cards I shared the other day! I wanted to add some texture so I used the new In Color Square Gems in Misty Moonlight.

I think the Beauty of the Earth has so many fun patterns that can be used for this technique, and it’s gender neutral!! Yes, this little beauty would work wonderfully for a man or a women. The colors are stunning and the “gems” are not girly at all with the square, or should I say diamond shape!

Here are the Measurements for today’s card:

Card Base Night of Navy: 4 1/4″ X 11″ folded in half
Basic White: 4″ X 5 1/4″
Beauty of the Earth Designer Series paper: (4) 1 7/8″ x 2 1/2″. Score at 1″ and fold as shown above.

Thank you for joining me this Sunday. I hope the rest of your weekend is fun and relaxing. I am off with my daughter to see how much of Door County we can explore in one day!!

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Starburst Technique / Inspiring Messages

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share the Starburst Cards that we made last night on my Facebook LIVE … what a nice turnout, and so much fun!! Three cards and a video … that’s what I have to share with you today. Yesterday I share the Sunburst with the Pansy Petals, today I’m using the “Brights” Designer Series Paper collection. So I decided to begin our LIVE demonstration with the same “Centered” layout as yesterday’s card ….

Then I thought it would be nice to show you another layout for this technique- a side burst Starburst Card using the same “Brights” Designer paper but instead of Daffodil Delight and Mango Medley, I used Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape …

I die cut my circle and stamped the Happy Birthday from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set in Melon Mambo. I added some Elegant Faceted Gems that I colored in Granny Apple Green using the Stampin’ Blends.

Now join me and watch the video as I show you how easy it is to put these together! Then I have the instructions for you as well!!

Last but not least … a bonus card done in the same colors as our first card, but in the pattern of our second card …

The sentiment on this card from the After the Storm stamp set really drove me to do this technique … I think they were made for each other. This is the perfect card to brighten someone’s day. I even added Wink of Stella to the “rays” to make this card even “happier”.

Now … in case “written” instructions are easier for you (I think they are a nice reminder) Here the are …

STARBURST CARD DIRECTIONS:

1. Card base – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folded in half – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

2. Rectangle pieces – 1 1/2″ x 4″ – Cut 4 of these – using a different patterned paper for each one. (You can cut the length to 4″ when making the centered starburst.

3. Take your rectangle pieces and cut them at an angle on your cutter. Opposite corner to opposite corner – you will then have 8 triangles – 2 of each design.

4. This is where you “burst base” comes in …. cut to 5 1/8″ x 3-7/8″. I like to add a 5-1/2″ x 4″ mat behind my staburst. Mark your base where your greeting will be (mine is 5-1/4″ x 1″) It’s your guide to arranging your triangles. I put tape all over on this scrap piece of paper. To me it was easier than putting tape on each triangle. (You could use “Adhesive Sheets to secure your triangles).

5. Now working from the center… place your first triangle down, then adhere your next triangle to the right and then to the left of the previous triangle. Repeat until base is covered. Your triangle pieces will go over the edges on your card and that’s OK. It’s also OK if you are not perfectly precise in lining up the pieces. Some pieces may show a little more of each other than others.

6. Once you have all your triangle secured to the base, turn the card over and trim off the excess of those triangles. This is where I attach my mat … a little pop of color behind the burst.

7. Once that is all prepped … stamp your greeting onto the 1″ piece and attach it to the bottom of the card and secure to the front. Now you can put your completed front onto your card base. Embellish if you wish … I love to!

I want to thank you for joining me today, and if you stopped by last night to watch me LIVE. I will continue to share cards focusing on designer paper.

Have a bright and sunny day, and take good care ~

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Starburst Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am here today to “shock” anyone who has been stamping with me for a while, whether in classes, clubs or retreats!! These stampers know I like to demo my cards and then “surprise” them with the outcome … well, I have been changing my ways!

Today, I’m going to share a “Starburst” card that I created as a “teaser” to my Technique Tuesday Facebook LIVE Tonight! I will show you step-by-step how to create this card shown (but with different designer paper) and then another with a little bit different pattern!

I’m using the Pansy Petals Designer Paper on this Starburst card and used the beautiful Fresh Freesia cardstock and ink to highlight the designer paper.

I cut out the big pansy from another one of the designs to add some additional dimension to the card and popped a pretty little gem in the center.

If you stop back here tomorrow I will also be sharing the paper dimensions with you!

I hope you join me tonight on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page for my Technique Tuesday LIVE demonstration. Then I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for the dimensions!!

Thank you for stopping by … See you tonight!!

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More fun with the Blends, Alcohol & Vellum Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am excited to share a video and two cards that I created using the amazing “Blends, Alcohol & Vellum” technique… Stepped Up! I took this fun technique which creates amazing backgrounds and combined it with a few fun technique that will take this to the next level.

Here is the card that I created in the video, I’ll share another with you later in my post.

I have a few tips to share and then I invite you to watch the video;

  1. Make sure you are using 91% (or higher) Isopropyl Alcohol … the 70% will not work properly.
  2. Your room should be well ventilated due to the Alcohol
  3. A paint brush works great, or you could try your old Aqua Painters. (I like the stability of the brush)
  4. Have paper towel or something to clean your brush off with and absorb excess alcohol on your brush.
  5. Pick colors that coordinate well together as some combinations may get muddy… But have fun experimenting!

I had so much fun sharing this technique last night with my stampin’ friends, combining the other quick -n- easy techniques to the Blends, Alcohol & Vellum technique, just brings it to another level. Have a look ….

I wanted to use the same elements as I did with our first card, so you will see the die cuts from the Dandy Wishes Dies. Then I decided to cut my background and create a simple pattern … how fun is this!!

Cool … right!! I made this card from the background I showcased in the video. My Stampin’ Blends colors were: (from the Top Down) Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Real Red, Dark Highland Heather and Dark Night of Navy.

You will notice I also “Splattered” the Wink of Stella on this card … it’s just so pretty when you see the sparkle. I also used the same stamp for my greeting and the same Holiday Rhinestones to embellish the card … except I used the red this time.

This technique creates such unique background which gives such depth to the card, and then by incorporating these other techniques, it just takes it to a whole new level!!

If you really enjoyed this technique, be sure to join me on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page next Tuesday, the 27th of July as I we explore even more techniques!

I want to “Thank you” for spending time with me today, to check out my cards and my video! I’d love to know what you think of this technique, and what colors would you use?

Have a fun and creative day ~

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The Amazing Blends, Alcohol & Vellum Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am excited to share a video and two cards that I created using the amazing “Blends, Alcohol & Vellum” technique! This is such a fun technique and creates amazing backgrounds where no two will look alike. The more you play with it, the more you will be hooked!!

Here is the card that I created in the video, I’ll share another with you later in my post.

I have a few tips to share and then I invite you to watch the video;

  1. Make sure you are using 91% (or higher) Isopropyl Alcohol … the 70% will not work properly.
  2. Your room should be well ventilated due to the Alcohol
  3. A paint brush works great, or you could try your old Aqua Painters. (I like the stability of the brush)
  4. Have paper towel or something to clean your brush off with and absorb excess alcohol on your brush.
  5. Pick colors that coordinate well together as some combinations may get muddy… But have fun experimenting!

I had so much fun sharing this technique last night with my stampin’ friends, that I made even more backgrounds!! I was playing around with some color combinations and thought of a sunset, so I layered my colors and this is what developed …

Cool … right!! I made this card just like the one in the video. My Stampin’ Blends colors were: (from the bottom up) Dark Night of Navy, Dark Highland Heather, Dark Calypso Coral, Dark Daffodil Delight and Dark Balmy Blue.

I added a big patch of the Daffodil Delight to create the “sun” area … and once that was created, I used a circular candle holder to trace a circle in that area – wow, doesn’t that look cool!? I also dropped my trees lower, so I had to cut off the bottom, trim the trunks and then glue to bottom back on.

This technique creates such unique background which gives such depth to the card, and then our trees and some really nice texture. Both of these cards were so much fun to create, and I can’t wait to send them out, or give them away as one of my door prizes!!

If you really enjoyed this technique, be sure to join me on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page next Tuesday, the 20th of July as I take this technique to another level … so excited to share this with you!!

And, I’d like to invite you to join me this Thursday for a sneak peek …

I want to “Thank you” for spending time with me today, to check out my cards and my video! I’d love to know what you think of this technique, and what colors would you use?

Have a fun and creative day ~

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Split Card Technique 2

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am here today with another video and two card samples for you today! I’m showcasing the Split Card Technique, but with a twist!! These fun cards are quite simple to make as you’ll see in the video … I will also be sharing my measurements and tips with you.

Thank you for joining me, sit back relax and enjoy … My first card is simple and straight to the point, a Sympathy card. I chose the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper. My twist on these cards is that the designer paper will “peek” through the cardstock!

I’m using Early Espresso for my card base and my tree and then my “split” piece is Mossy Meadow. My designer paper and “split” cardstock are both layered onto a piece of Basic White … this makes it a little sturdier and allows the little touch of white to show through (you can hide it if you prefer) I think it helps to showcase the designer paper by bringing the white out in the designer paper.

The greeting is from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set and is stamped in Early Espresso…. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the Mossy Meadow pieces which gives our “split” added dimension, it also create a cool effect when you glue your tree between the two layers.

Card Dimensions ….

  • Early Espresso Card base: 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • Basic White: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Mossy Meadow: 4″ x 4″ *Cut approx. 3″ down on left side and 1″ from top on right side. Watch the video to see an easy way to measure this piece!
  • Beauty of the Earth Designer Paper: 4″ x 4″… no waste! You’ll get 9 cards from 1 sheet of 12 x 12 Designer paper!!
  • Early Espresso for the die cut tree
  • Basic White: 4″ x 5-1/4″ for this inside of the card.

My next card is done in the horizontal / landscape layout and highlights the Pansy Petals Designer paper and allows for more of the designer paper to show through …

This card uses a full background of paper and a smaller split piece to show more designer paper off. I will post the dimensions below for this card as well. Our base is Blackberry Bliss and my “split” piece is Basic White.

My greeting comes from the Lovely You stamp set and is stamped in Blackberry Bliss … then you will emboss your piece with the Tasteful Textile 3-D Embossing Folder. Now we cut! On this one we’re cutting from corner to corner (even though I demonstrated differently in the video …. sorry!!) These pieces were also “popped” up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and applied to the front of your card leaving a border around the edges and a split in the middle.

The sweet pansies were die cut from another pattern of the Pansy Petals Designer Series paper, and then I used the In-Color Jewels to embellish my flowers and greeting.

Card Dimensions ….

  • Blackberry Bliss Card base: 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • Pansy Petals Designer Paper: 5 1/4″ x 4″. 
  • Basic White (for split): 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ (this allow for the frame around the outside)
  • Basic White: 5 1/4″ x 4″ (for the inside of your card)

Now … join me in watching the replay of my Technique Tuesday Facebook LIVE from 7/6/2021

Thanks again for joining me today! Let me know if you have any questions on the cards and /or video. I’d love to hear what you think about this technique!

Have an amazing day ~

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Count on Me Mirror Image Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’ve got something really cute to share with you today … direct from Stampin’ Up!

Today, we’re getting creative with the cuddly creatures featured in the Count On Me Stamp Set. Show someone special that you’ve got their back with back-to-back bears! Take a look at this tutorial video and master the mirror technique.

Isn’t this technique cool? I love it, but I use my Stamparatus to make sure my image is darker, either way works!! Have you tried the mirror technique? Let me know in a comment below!

Thank you for dropping in for a visit, and enjoy the weekend!!

Have a great day ~

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So Many Pansies …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have two cards to share with you today … I’ve been sharing quick & simple pansy cards that highlight the Pansy Petals Designer paper …

Then I showed how easy it was to use the layering of the pansy images to create pretty hand stamped pansies ….

So today I’d like to share a card that also highlights the designer paper, but also the dies… because these dies actually are designed to not only cut your stamped images but the images on the designer paper …

The cute pansy and leaves above were cut from the Pansy Petals Designer paper. They are layered on a piece of Basic White embossed with the “Greenery” Embossing Folder and backed with a piece of Blackberry Bliss … these are layered onto more Basic White that was embossed with the “Tasteful Texture” embossing folder. The embossing added some nice texture to the card.

If you like texture on your flower, then you’ll love the layered die cuts to create you pansy …

The dies not only cut but they emboss as well … amazing!! The layering of the die cuts gives you some fun texture on your cards, but that didn’t stop me from embossing the background with the “Painted Texture” embossing folder! I also added the cute little Elegant Faceted Gems to draw your eye around the card.

I have fallen in love with this suite, but the watercoloring technique I shared yesterday just took it to the next level ….

and here is the flower that inspired me…

I use nature a lot for inspiration in my stamping, especially for a true color pallet … this pansy inspired me to add the “ruffled” look to my die cut flower.

I announced yesterday that anyone who purchases the Pansy Patch Bundle before the end of June, will receive a special gift from me!! All you have to do is purchase, Stampin’ Up! will send me a notification … just make sure you choose me as your demonstrator … thank you.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me for a spell today. I hope your day is a beautiful one!!

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Stunning Watercolor Pansies

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m sorry I missed you yesterday, but I’m going to make up for it today with these stunning Pansies!! I am so excited to share this with you today … I have combined an old technique with our new Pansy Petals and the results are stunning!

I have created a video for you from my Facebook LIVE last night so you can watch step by step how easy it is to create these beautiful flowers …. They almost look real don’t they?

Isn’t that cool … I am in love with this technique! I loved it when I made pansies from the butterfly punch but this is more realistic!! It creates so much texture and depth when you “scrunch” your petals.

Those little white specs you see are actually the “shimmer” paper making a statement! It really is so pretty and you can do these in any color you’d like! Here is what I whipped up quickly last night after my LIVE demo ….

Not bad for a 2 minute card!! I used the Pansy Petals Designer paper from my background and just added the flowers and my greeting … simple!

I said I was going to share my “inspiration pansy” with you today but I’m saving it for tomorrow … along with another card!! You won’t be disappointed. Thanks for stopping by today!

Hope your day is an awesome one ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you

The Floating & Fluttering Butterfly Card Parade

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share the beauty of the Floating & Fluttering Bundle…. another retiring bundle, not only is the bundle retiring but the stamp set and dies are leaving forever. This amazing stamp and die set (ON SALE $17) can create beautiful cards.

Today, I will not only share seven (7) cards, but some videos to show you how to make them!! I also have a never before seen card that was taken from my Floating & Fluttering Butterfly Class and has not been shared publicly yet.

Let’s begin with the simple “floating” butterflies …

The video will explain step by step how easy it is to create this beautifully textured card, and how I colored the butterflies.

The next card I’d like to share again is the Joseph’s Coat technique …

I used a little bit of a twist on this card, the wonderful “Blending Brushes”. You will fall in love with the magic of Joseph’s Coat and the pop of color this creates …

Isn’t this a fun and magic technique!! Think of the colors you could use … Your friends will be amazed when they see your card.

They will be equally amazed at the next technique ….

The Floating Frame Technique; it takes a little patience but as my stampin’ friend Olivia said “I like you get 2 cards for your effort- and they both look great! I will be trying these cards soon. Also I love press n seal- use it a lot in the kitchen and for things around the house. Never thought to use it for stamping so that just blew my mind! Thanks for the tip”

Let’s take a look at the “Floating Frame” Technique …

I hope you enjoyed this showcase of cards & videos that highlight the Floating & Fluttering Bundle and some of the cool techniques that really embrace it.

We’re not done yet … I have more!! This card used the butterflies as embellishments …

Both of these cards (above and below) used the Blending Brushes to create the backgrounds … above, a moist sponge was dragged across the colors to give it a unique brushed look.

Below is much softer and uses the Bokeh technique as well ….

And now … This one is quite pretty! It was heat embossed white on white and I applied the white embossed butterflies directly to a Basic White background creating a beautiful textured background ….

I wanted to show not only the stamped butterflies, the die cut butterflies but this pretty butterfly die that embosses and cut with one roll of your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine! Ooooh … and those gold hoops are already Sold Out 😦

You will find these video’s and more on My YOUTUBE Channel. I hope you pop over and take a look at some fun techniques.

Thank you so very much for hanging out with me today. And don’t forget to join me tonight on Linda’s Stampin’ Escape page for my LIVE Demonstration.

Have a great day~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥  PLEASE NOTE: THAT ALTHOUGH NOT MARKED BELOW … THE DIES ARE ON SALE FOR $17.50 SO IT’S ACTUALLY LESS EXPENSIVE TO PURCHASE THE STAMP SET & DIES SEPARATELY !!

Oh No … Our favorite Designer Paper is Retiring!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Oh my, it’s always hard to say goodbye to awesome products, but the True Love Designer Paper has been a staple in my stamping supplies for the past 6 months. Today I’m going to share all the different ways we have used the True Love Designer Series paper!

Let’s begin with a simple background ….

These beautiful papers in Black & White lend themselves to be used with many other techniques … it allows them to shine.

Here’s one you may have forgot about; Using Scraps to Create a beautiful card. This super simple technique creates a fun pattern …. and a great way for you to use up your scraps! All you need to do is add a greeting! I embellished it with a daisy and added some ribbon for a touch of texture!

The next up is the soft and pretty effect you get when you use your blending brushes to color the black and white images. I did add a little color from my Stampin’ Blends for the leaves, but I love how the brushed on color “goes out of the lines” to create a beautiful softness to the True Love Designer Paper.

If you prefer the “clean” look … I have the pattern colored strickly with the Stampin’ Blend Markers. Same pattern … Same color … I just wanted to show how different these two techniques look on your designer paper.

One of my favorites, and not something we normally don’t think to do: COLOR THE BACKGROUND. I was amazed the first time I saw someone do this technique … who would have thought!? I’m just glad they did, and shared it. Coloring the background just really made our pretty flowers pop off the page.

I have some fun with this one! Not only did I color the back ground, I did the flowers as well. This time though, I used my “Sponge Daubers” to add color to my flowers. They are smaller that the brush heads so you can get a little more precise with your ink placement. Both techniques add soft color your paper.

One of my favorite techniques to do on “any” black & white designer paper is to create an Ombre effect, shown below. I love all the options you have when working with a designer paper in Black and White … and your color pallet is limitless!! You can create “any” color designer paper now … and it’s FUN!!

I know there are more techniques we can do … how about a soft watercoloring, or bring out your Watercolor Pencils and Blender pen!! The possibilities are endless. The True Love Designer Paper “IS” on the Retiring List … so if you like it, don’t wait … it here only while supplies last.

Thanks for hanging out with me as we revisited some of the great techniques you can do with this special paper!

Have yourself a fun & creative day ~