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 ~

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

Halloween POP UP Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Enter if you Dare!! Today, I’m sharing the a Fun & Functional Halloween Card … The fun is the POP UP – inside the card a haunted cabin pops up to give you a 3-D effect complete with ghosts!! The functional is the my card serves as a “GIFT CARD” too!

Let’s start with the front of the card … I used the “Cute Halloween” Designer Series paper and Black & White Gingham Ribbon dyed with my Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends Marker.

The inside of the card is created with the “Peaceful Cabin” bundle and the magic of our Blending Brushes … this is illustrated in the video below.

You’ll also see that I used another pattern of the Cute Halloween Designer Paper which creates the pocket you can put your Gift Card into.

In this photo, you will notice I “did not” line the back of my cabin as I showed in the video … I wanted you to see the difference. Here you can see the purples through the cabin … kind of spooky!

Enjoy the video and please let me know if you have any questions …

This fun card is very easy to make … three simple components, the front, the pop up & background and the base in which you can tuck in a Gift Card. Your ghouls and goblins are going to flip for this card!!

The dimensions for the “pop up” section of the card is 3″ by 2-1/4″ … score in 1/2″ incriminates: Score at 1/2″ – 1″ – 1-1/2″ and 2″ … then CUT at 2-1/4″. The 1/4″ edge will be your glue flap that secures the pop up together.

Here is the Fall Special I talked about in my video. Please message me if you have any question. Thank you!!

Thank you for stopping by and spending a part of your day with me. I hope the rest of your day is wonderful ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays 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 

Flippin’ for Waterfall Cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today, I’m sharing the fabulous flippin’ Waterfall card with you … this fun is just that, FUN!! I have three cards and a short video for you today.

Let’s start with the first card I created using the Beautifully Penned Designer paper from our Sale-a-bration catalog (FREE with a $50 purchase / before Ship&Handling)

I gave the flowers a hint of color using my Flirty Flamingo ink pad and Sponge Daubers. I then went over the flowers with the Wink of Stella.

The second card was created with the Cute Halloween Designer paper … you can find this adorable paper in the Mini Catalog.

The background paper comes from the Pattern Party Designer paper which is one of our Hostess Gifts!! You’ll see in the video how I embellished the paper with a pop of color….

You will want to watch the video as it shows you how simple the cards are to create, and how budget friendly this layout truly is. I even talk about how you break down the costs.

Enjoy the video and please let me know if you have any questions …

The crucial dimensions you need for your Waterfall card is the Waterfall itself: 9-1/4″ x 2″ … Punch one end and flip to score other side: Score at 2″ … 2-3/4″ … 3-1/2″ and 4-1/4″. Then you will need your “band” which hold down the sliding part of your card: 4-1/4″ x 3/4″.

The last card that I shared in the video was the Christmas Card that I created using the Penguin Pals designer paper … another Sale-a-bration item!! I want to remind you that our Sale-a-bration promotion ends in about 2 weeks … wow, that time sure flew by!

Thank you for stopping by and spending a part of your day with me. I hope the rest of your day is wonderful ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays 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 

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 ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays 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 

Look What’s New …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~ I’m here today to share a replay of my Aug.-Dec Mini Catalog Box opening. Join me and check out the amazing new products in this NEW Catalog…. you won’t believe your eyes.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into the catalog. I have so much more to share with you … upcoming classes, clubs and virtual events! Thanks for checking in with me today. Have an amazing weekend!

Emboss, Decorate and Gift!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share how fun and easy it is to add texture to our Ombre Gift Bags. They come in the 5 New In-Colors and each one is embossed with a different folder and decorated differently. Let me say that I was inspired by my fellow demonstrator Jan Farring who shared her embossed bags with all of us.

Please join me, sit back, relax and watch the video and then I’ll share each of the bags including the Soft Succulent which is not seen in the video!

Alright … the cover gives away my surprise! I embossed the Soft Succulent bag with the “Painted Texture 3D” Embossing Folder, it’s so versatile and can be used with so many different styles. I wanted to showcase the new Pansy Petals Designer Series paper as well …

The greeting comes from the Pansy Patch bundle and is stamped in Soft Succulent to coordinate with the bag (and the designer paper). I then punched it out using the Elegant Tag Punch and adorned it with the Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon. I completed this bag by adding the Silver Epoxy Essentials.

The Fresh Freesia bag is the first I demonstrated in the video and uses the Magnolia 3D embossing folder … It’s simple but pretty!

I used the folder “side-ways” for this one and decorated it with the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack, both the gold elements and the adhesive backed sequins come in the pack!! The gold piece you see here is actually the outer part of the piece I use on my Polished Pink bag …

My Polished Pink bag is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder and embellished with the our stunning Shimmer Vellum punched from the Medium Daisy Punch which I highlighted with the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack!

If you do not like the space on the bottom … you can emboss from the bottom and then your un-textured area will be on the top, that is how Jan Farring did her bags… this means you will have texture on both sides, since I came in from the top, mine is only textured on the front.

My Pale Papaya card is textured on both sides because we embossed side-ways to give it a totally different look …

I used the Hammered Metal 3D embossing folder to texture this back … I really love it embossed sideways, it really gives definition to that area. I highlighted it even more by adding an oval from the Shimmer Vellum and another pretty daisy!! I added the Clear Epoxy Dots from the Silver & Clear Epoxy Essentials to finish off my Gift bag.

I thought I’d have a little fun with the Evening Evergreen Gift Bag …

so I made it into a Christmas Gift Bag!! I used the Tidings of Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Paper and tied it up nicely with the Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed watching how easy it is to emboss these beautiful Gift Bags to give them some texture and then add a few embellishment (or more if you wish) to get them ready to “Gift”!

Thank you for joining me and checking out my video today …

I hope your day is a good 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

Creating with Friends

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Friday!! I have two cards to share with you today featuring the “Pattern Party” Designer Series paper from our Hostess Collection and the fun and fabulous “Creating with Friends” stamp set! Well … I think it’s fun and fabulous!!

This stamp set has playful fonts and great sentiments to help you celebrate friendships in many ways and when it’s paired up with the Pattern Party designer paper, well … you have a winning combination!! Let’s begin …

I used my “split” technique for my cards today ~ super simple and a paper saver. Here is my video to show you how this technique works …

I love this technique, it is quick and simple yet can really make your card fun, plus it’s saves your designer paper because you are using 4″ x 4″ squares of paper … so no waste!!

My next card is using the same technique, with the same paper pack, just a different design. It comes with 48 sheets of designer paper, 4 each of 12 double-sided designer papers, so … 24 different patterns!!

Here’s the card …

So fun and so colorful, yet with 24 different patterns in this paper pack you’ll also find subtle designs, great textures and fun patterns! When it comes to the Create with Friends stamp set, you will find the same creative variety and ways to express your feelings … I simply had to have it! I love my greeting / sentiment sets!

I’ll be sharing more samples using these two products at my Catalog Launch Party … I hope you join me!! I’ll begin sharing on Tuesday and leading up to the LIVE events Friday & Saturday May 21st & 22nd. If you’re in need of a demonstrator and some fun, CLICK HERE & join us!!

Thank you for joining me today, please let me know if you have any questions on my cards, technique or the NEW Catalog Launch Party … I’d be happy to answer them.

Have a good day, and a wonderful weekend.

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

True Love Gate Fold Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a “Fun Fold” for you!! This gate fold has a bit of a twist … I invite you to sit back and watch my video on “how to” made this beautiful card.

You will also get to hear a few announcements in the video… Enjoy.

With a few simple steps, it makes this card fun and easy to make … I hope you enjoyed the stampin’ tips to make your card making more “full proof”, so you don’t make those silly mistakes.

I love using the “edges” of my floral designer paper as part of my cards … usually on the inside, to decorate. I think it adds a nice touch and you don’t waste paper!

It almost looks like a stamped image, but it is the True Love Designer Series paper… this beautiful paper will be retiring (in June). I hope you enjoyed today’s card and inspires you to try out this cool Gate Fold Card.

Thank you for hanging out with me today. I’ll be back tomorrow with something new (or old … on the retiring list)!

Enjoy your 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 ♥ 

Floating Elements Technique / Easter Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share my technique video and three (3) cute cards with you today and the dimensions for cutting your cardstock!! I would also like to tell you that the LAST CHANCE Sale begins at 2 pm (central time).

I’m excited to share today’s cards and video with you … the FLOATING ELEMENTS Technique is really easy to create. With the help of an open die; like the oval … we created Easter Eggs!! Sit back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the video ~

So simple to create and aren’t they just the cutest!? With just one sheet of cardstock, some designer paper, your adhesive sheets and an “open” OVAL die you can create these cute Easter Egg cards. I’ll start with the one I made in the video …

In the video, I talked about the alignment of the pinks and how they draw your eye around the card, so I decided I was going to align my embellishments in the same way … that little bit adds so much texture to our card (even though the floating elements add texture as well). I also added a little bow to my butterfly which ties in the white and pink beautifully.

White Cardbase: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Layers: 5-1/4″ x 4″ and 5″ x 3-3/4″
Oval Dies and Foam Adhesive Sheet: Cut to 3″
Designer Paper strips: 3″ x 3/4″

The next card was our surprise card … this little beauty would be cute as a gift tag! I used the “subtles” designer paper on this one ~

I am going to be totally honest with you … I think the “Floating Element” looks better when we used the slightly smaller strips of the adhesive sheet; this way you cannot see the foam at all so it really appears to be “floating”.

I stamped my greeting directly onto the designer paper and accented it with another butterfly. This butterfly has a little “bling-bling” with the help of our Rhinestones.

During the video I talked about using the Adhesive Sheets with word dies, today I’m using the alphabet dies with the adhesive sheets and designer paper …

Just place your designer paper strips onto the adhesive sheets and align your alphabet dies onto it … I used a little scotch tape to hold down my letters, washi tape works nice too.

Once everything was secure, I ran it through my Die Cut & Emboss machine and created the card …

I added a little “HAPPY” to my Easter Card and another little butterfly to balance out the card and to finish it off nicely.

The Adhesive Sheets are a wonder … I love them, and now you know you can use them for much more than “popping” something up, you can create an entire technique around them … the Floating Elements Technique!

Thank you so much for hangin’ out with me today!

I hope your day is a good one ~

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Happy Hearts Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have two techniques in one card for you; the Chalkboard technique and the “Coloring Embossed Images” … and together they just pop off the page! This is the card I created for my technique Tuesday LIVE last night, but I have a surprise … I have the other card that I suggested on the video! I am using the PUNCH PARTY stamp set again.

Kick back for a moment and watch the video (only about 20-25minutes) …

Such fun and easy techniques that together really make the card pop. The second card that you see is using the technique of coloring the “mat” multiple colors … I think it turned out pretty good. I just ran the Stampin’ Blends around the edge of the mat and then I ran the “Color Lifter” over it all to lighten and blend the colors together better.

Before placing the heart down onto the card, I wrapped some of the Bakers Twine from the “Snailed It” suite just to added a little extra texture and fun to the card. I really do like how the multicolored “mat” turned out… it draws your eye all around the card!

I hope you enjoyed today’s technique share and that you give it a try! It really is as easy as it looks, and you end up with a colorful FUN Card!

Thank you so much for joining me today, I’d love to hear what you think about these two techniques.

Have yourself a day that “makes your heart happy” ~

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 ♥ 

Let the FUN Begin …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

The YEAR END CLOSEOUT begins today … AND they have updated the Clearance Rack as well!! WOW … it just keeps getting better! I have a few things to share with you today, first my video … it’s a walk through of the catalog and what’s retiring, what’s discounted and a whole lot of samples!!

This is a long one, but it’s go great info ….

As suggested in the video … if there is something you “really” want, get it early! Our mama’s always told us … “The early bird catches the worm”. I don’t know if that’s true but I do know that products are available while supplies last and that there are no guarantees.

If you would like to participate in the “Hostess Code” … I have it listed for you below. Just click on THIS LINK and it will take you directly to my store where you can shop with the Hostess Code. If you are spending more than $150 bypass the Hostess Code and CLICK HERE … you will want to claim any hostess benefits.

These are the samples I missed on the video ….

Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll be back tomorrow with my Technique Tuesday video!

Happy Shopping!

A Jolly Christmas

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you a couple of projects that I created this weekend during my Countdown to Christmas party. I am showcasing the Jolly Gingerbread – November 2020 Paper Pumpkin.

Go grab a cup of coffee,tea or your favorite beverage, then sit back and relax and watch the video of my demonstration …

I hope you enjoyed the video and the sneak peek into my Countdown to Christmas party. We have a lot of fun … all done virtually for now. There are games and prizes, special offers, LIVE demonstrations and a whole lot of fun.

If you would like to be invited to future parties, please make sure you are on my mailing list.

Thank you for stopping by today and checking out my blog. Have yourself a great day ~

Join me for a Sneak Peek …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’d like you to join me for a Sneak Peek into the upcoming January-June 2021 Mini and Sale-a-bration Catalogs!! As an attendee at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event, I had the opportunity to pre-order, before the demonstrator Pre-Order!! How cool is that!

I have some amazing product suites and Sale-a-bration items I can’t wait for you to see. I know some of you have been waiting for this video, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax … and enjoy!

My head is reeling with ideas to share with you, but before we get to that, we have so much more in the Holiday catalog!! As much as many of us would like to see the end of 2020 … I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas with family.

And … I hope you join me on Small Business Saturday to get a last look at our Holiday Catalog during my Countdown to Christmas party!! Here is the LINK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1497489893793307

I hope you join me for a fun day, some great demonstrations and some terrific specials and prizes! Have a wonderful day!

Forever Fern Tri-Fold Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

If you are looking for a new Fun Fold that is quick and easy to make … look no further because I have a great card to share with you today. With a few score lines you can create this fun card!

I am using the Forever Greenery product suite that you can find on pages 108 – 110 in our Annual Catalog, so you’ll see the stamp set, dies, designer paper and the awesome Gold Hoop Embellishments.

I love this picture because it shows the designer paper was embossed with the “Subtle” embossing folder … it compliments the other designer paper next to it. They all look nice together.

Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, sit back and relax while I show you step by step how to create this quick -n- easy fun fold card….

Such a super simple fun fold card to make. The designer papers make it easy to get complimentary patterns that look so good together. The Gold Hoop really adds a special touch to this card. Here is the full layout …

Here are the measurements for the card and designer series paper panels …

On my Facebook Live last night (in the video) I promised I would share a second card … a Halloween card! I chose my favorite for Halloween, the Magic in this Night product suite. Here is the front of the card …

Using 3 different patterns from the Magic in this Night Designer Series paper and Gorgeous Grape cardstock, we have the base of our card. We stamped some Gorgeous Grape bats and die cut them along with smaller bats out of the Black Glitter Paper. I created a belly band with the ribbon.

Such a cute little card for the Halloween lovers in your family. One of my stampin’ friends stated on my facebook comments that it’s and easy card to make but looks like you worked really hard! lol I must agree … it is fun and easy to make and can be used for any occasion.

I hope you give this card a try, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make. Have some fun with this one!

Thank you for hanging out with me today. Hope you enjoy your 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 ♥ 

Wednesday Wow: Watercoloring with Acrylic Blocks

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’ll be sharing my Facebook Live presentation of Watercoloring with Acrylic Blocks and the three cards I created using this technique. Last night I shared two of the three cards. Kick back and watch the video, you’ll see how these cards found their beginnings …

The first was my quick -n- cute Halloween card from the Festive Corners stamp set. I used the Stampin’ Write markers to apply the ink to the block and then spritzed it with water.

I’m using the Festive Corners stamp set …. again!!

The second card I created using the markers on the Acrylic Blocks features the Dandelion Wishes stamp set and the markers to create a background.

My colors are Balmy Blue, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz …

I used my Stamparatus for my sentiment, it allows my to ink it several times so it’s nice and dark and becomes the focal point of the card.

The second way to use this “Watercolor” technique on the Acrylic Blocks is to put the ink from the ink pad directly onto the blocks. It is applied thicker so the image will be bolder …

I used the Arrange the Wreath bundle and the Magic in this Night Designer Series paper to create this card. The fall leaves surrounding the greeting creates the perfect focal point for this card. Leaf colors are Pretty Peacock, Blackberry Bliss and Cajun Craze which coordinates with the designer paper.

If you watched the video … you know that each week I do a drawing from all the people who watched and commented on the video … I invite you to join us next week Tuesday for another Technique! Here’s the prizes …

I miss meeting with all my stamping friends face to face, so the Facebook Live seems to get me a little closer to my friends!

Here is one last look at the three cards I created with this FUN technique …

The Watercolor technique using Acrylic Blocks can be used for any one, any stamp set … any holiday! Just look, we have a “Get Well”, a “Halloween” and a “Card of Thanks”.

Thank you for joining me today. I’d like to know how you enjoyed today’s cards…

Have a wonderful 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 ♥