Saturday Showcase: Three Guest Stampers

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Wooo Hooo … it’s Saturday! Time to relax and have some fun.  I hope that you have enjoyed seeing part of what we do at our Annual Stamping Retreats. Today I would like to share with you, three cards done by our Retreat Attendee’s for the Swap Contest.  I choose these three first because they all use the products that I have been highlighting all week.

Let’s begin with Karie …

Karie used the amazing Beauty Abounds stamp set which we used several times during our retreat and it also embellished their Door Tags and Mantle Gifts.  Karie’s card utilized both the full dies that come in the bundle.  Karie used Gorgeous Grape with the base die and Highland Heather with the “delicate” die cut that goes on top of the Grape.

Love the little “bubble” stamp that she used to create her background … and each butterfly is embellished with the Enamel Glitter Dots.  Karie’s card finished in the top 3!!

Our next card is from Jane …

Jane’s card is stunning and used the Wonderful Romance Bundle teamed with the Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies, and the Floral Romance Specialty Designer paper (sold out) that I used on yesterday’s card.

The layers and intricate work done on this card is amazing … one of my favorite swap cards.  The hearts are cut out and the heart frame is laid into the front, while the designer paper was tucked behind it all to create a beautifully delicate look. The layering of the die cut leaves draws your eye to the greeting creating a perfect focal point to your card.  You’ll also notice the sweet little butterflies that also come from the Beauty Abounds bundle.

The last of today’s card comes from Sarah W.

Sarah chose to use the Beautiful Promenade Bundle and the Pretty Promenade Designer Series paper from the Annual Catalog.  Sarah highlighted her designer paper by layering it onto Mossy Meadow cardstock. I love that she used the pretty lattice background which comes from the Rose Trellis Thinlits dies (no longer available) … it really draws the eye to the flower!

The cute little butterflies come from the Butterfly Gala bundle which included the stamp set and coordinating punch and can be found in the Occasions catalog.

These three ladies … Karie, Jane and Sarah W. clearly took our Spring Stamping Retreat theme “Butterflies & Blooms” to heart.  Each card encompassed the theme and was created with heart. I will be sharing more of the Retreats Swap cards but I also want to share more of the “RETIRING” stamp set. I have to play with them one more time before they go!!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a special little card that clubs did this month, and that I dedicate to my Mom for Mother’s Day.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today … enjoy your Saturday!

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. 

 

Our Friendship – Z Fold Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

As we come to an end of the week, we also are coming to the end of our Stamping Retreat so I’m sharing one more of our cards. We used the Beauty Abounds bundle for our last stamping session.  All of the cards were beautiful but because part of their pillow gift for that night was the Glimmer Paper … I had to show them a beautiful card using it.

We have so much fun at our retreats, it never fails to amaze me how a group of ladies who do not know each other when they arrive are swapping phone numbers before they leave!  So I’ll be sharing some of the pictures I caught while we stamped …

As we gathered for our last stamp session for the evening, everyone came back full of smiles and ready to stamp! We are using the Beauty Abounds bundle on another “Z Fold Card”.  The Floral Romance Designer paper used on this card is no longer available, but many of the other items I shared with you all week are available (even most on the retiring list). This is the last card of the evening …

There is that glimmer paper, in the form of a beautiful butterfly! While preparing for the retreat, I precut out all the butterflies from the large butterfly die. Simply cut a piece of glimmer paper the size of the butterfly you want to cut out and rolll it through the BigShot.

The greetings used on the card all come from the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies in the Beauty Abounds bundle…

The Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems embellish the butterfly to create the body and draw your eye right to the card, now there is a focal point … so pretty.

The ladies are enjoying the stamp session while working on the last of the cards …

but this group … well, they were a little punchy and were playin’ with me while I was taking the pictures! Gotta love it!

It was a great day of stamping, and we finished off with another beautiful card.  Our next stop was back to the house for dessert and to find out who won the Card Contest.

I hope you enjoyed todays card and all of the cards that I shared from our annual spring retreat.  There were plenty more projects that they made but some things that happen at reatreat … stays at retreat! lol

I will be back tomorrow to begin sharing some of the swap cards, until then I hope you consider joining us at our next retreat, our annual Fall Holiday Stamping Retreat which will be held the first weekend of November … just be sure to get on my mailing list.

Have a beautiful day !

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. 

If you order the Beauty Abounds Bundle … I will send you the dimensions and instructions for todays card free.  Thank you! Linda

 

 

Friends and Butterflies …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I did not get my “alternative” project finished yet, however I do have a super cute card that we made at Cindy and Sarah’s stamping party (one of the Make -n- Takes. It’s super simple and perfect for your friend.  I’m using the Beauty Abounds stamp set and nothing says spring like “butterflies”

I stamped the background with the “Bokeh” dots … it just creates another layer of dimension. The focal point of the card is the beautiful butterfly designer paper that you can get for FREE during Sala-a-bration with a qualifying purchase.  So … how did I get that sparkle on there?  Good Question!!

There are two ways to do this technique which I call the Glimmer Designer Paper Technique and it’s one of my favorites because it creates such a “WOW” whenever I show it.

  1.  Grab your Silicone pad … you’ll want it for both ways. Place your designer paper onto the silicone pad and with your Snail adhesive – cover the entire piece of designer paper. Next, sprinkle with the Dazzling Diamonds glitter, tap off excess and gently rub it into the adhesive using your finger tip. Tap off excess again.
  2. The second way to do it is just switching adhesives, the rest is the same.  If you are covering a larger piece of designer paper, you will want to use the Multipurpose adhesive sheets. This is also super simple.  Peel off the first layer, lay your designer paper onto the adhesive sheet … then peel off the top layer and add glitter as in step one.

Besides the beautiful butterflies in this stamp set, the verbiage is perfect for sharing a card with your friend.  I added a little ribbon to the card and some rhinestones to jazz it up a bit.

And to create another layer of dimension … I added a piece of vellum behind the focal point of the card.  Hope you enjoyed this technique and you give it a try … it’s simple, it’s fun and it looks amazing!!

Thank you for taking time out of your day and share it with me by stopping by my blog.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

 

A Friend Chooses You Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Brrrrr … It’s a cold one here in Wisconsin, we’re sitting at about 1° Fahrenheit!! Yesterday it was in the 30’s with the wind blowing the melting snow like water.  It’s been a weird winter and I can’t wait for spring!  Spring is warm and full of butterflies and so is my card I have for you today …

I used the Beauty Abounds bundle for today’s card with a spring-like color pallet and our basic black to really make the card pop!!  The designer paper is from the Botanical Butterflies that you can get for FREE in our Sale-a-bration catalog. When you purchase the Beauty Abounds bundle you can pick out the Botanical Butterflies Designer Series paper for free.

I love that the Flamingo has a hint of orange, it gives it such a … well, Flamingo color!  To make it even pop more and to create a beautiful depth in the butterfly, we sponged color on color (Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo) It is an old technique that is still going strong today … it add so much depth to your projects …

I did the insides of the smaller butterflies and the outer edges of the larger butter, mainly because my greeting was going in the center of the card and would cover the center of the larger butterfly.  I cased they layout of the card directly from the 2019 Occasions Catalog and just tweeked it a bit to reflect my style … the sponging and the beautiful designer paper background.

We also made this card at my February Stamp Clubs. We used the double dies to created the layered look with the Basic Black on top and popped them all up with the Mini Dimensionals.

The greeting “A friend is someone who chooses you …” comes from the Beauty Abounds stamp set and inside it says “out of a whole world of people”. So besides the beautiful butterflies which were a favorite of my Mom’s, the verses in this bundle are outstanding.

Soooo …. pretty!! I know the other butterfly set really took off, but this one is my favorite ❤ the images, the font and the meaning of the verses is what did it for me.

Thank you for joining me on this chilly day, I hope it’s warmers wherever you are!

Have a fabulous day ~

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Our Friendship Butterfly Card …

Hello Stamping Friends ~

I would like to thank the many for your condolences … your kind words are such a comfort. Whether you reached out by messaging me below, on my Facebook page or personally … I cannot begin to express my gratitude all of the support and encouragement ❤ I am blessed. My niece, Eileen’s daughter read through them all and was so touched by everyone’s kindness.  Thank you.

Today I would like to share with you a card that we did at our Stamping Club earlier this month.  We used the Beauty Abounds bundle on page 13 of the Occasions Catalog.  When I saw it … I had to have it. My Mom loved butterflies so every time I see one … I think of her. This way she is always around me.

I must say … this card is much more beautiful in the hand! We used the Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends Combo for coloring our flowers and butterfly and then the Olive and Granny Apple Green for a beautiful contrast on our leaves.  The secret to the leaves is to color the dark first. then go over it with the brighter Granny Apple Green.

The beautiful greeting was die cut using the Layering Circle Framelits, and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals … as was the butterfly.  We added just a touch of the Wink of Stella (not visible on the photo) in the center of our flowers and then gently over our butterfly to give it a hint of sparkle but not overpower.  We also added some Rhinestones which were colored with the Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends.

The inside was stamped and colored just as the front with a touch of our Wink of Stella as well.  It is amazing how the touch of Stella can transform a card.  You can see from this angle that not only did we pop up the greeting and butterfly, but the entire front as well.

I had a few more of these to make (for those who missed club) … YES, I make up the samples for my Club participants as long as they have their orders and payment in before class.  I wouldn’t want them to miss out on the amazing cards we do.

Anyway … I love coloring with the Stampin’ Blends; coloring in general, it is relaxing and soothing for the soul. My quiet and reflective time.

Thank you so much for stopping back today, I hope your day is filled with “A Million Little Wonderful Things”.

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