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

Anything is Possible …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today we are going to talk “Slimline” cards … I showcased this during my Launch party this weekend. The creation of the Slimline cards resulted from my 12 x 12 designer paper cutting pattern that highlights the designs and leaves “no waste”.

I will be be doing this demonstration again tonight on my Facebook LIVE using the stunning Peaceful Place Designer Series paper. You will see how this cutting pattern highlights the designer paper and creates enough for 6 beautiful cards.

I’m using the Beautifully Penned designer paper that you can find in the Sale-a-bration Catalog, which means you can earn it for FREE with a $50 qualifying purchase. I love the simple black and white patterns because they can be used for any reason … any season!

The designer paper makes it fun for those of us who love to color!! Water color pencils and Blender Pens were my choice for this card … it’s been a while since I’ve used them and it was like old times again!! It’s nice to revisit some of the stamping supplies around when we first started stamping twenty-one years ago.

I used the Assortment 2 Watercolor Pencils … Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green. That little pop of green really brightened up the card. I thought the Black & White Gingham Ribbon would add a sweet touch to the card.

The greeting comes from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set which coordinates with our Sale-a-bration paper. I punched out the greeting with the Double Oval Punch … works well with this stamp set!

Thank you for joining me today. I’d love to see you tonight during my Facebook LIVE~

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 

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!!

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

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

A Seaside View

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I am back! I have put my total attention into my 2020-21 Catalog Retirement Party this weekend, and WOW … did we have fun! It’s amazing how even in a Facebook party, stampers make friends with those they are hanging out with over a weekend! So much fun, so many prizes and a whole lot of happy!!

Today, I’m in the mood for a Seaside View! The card is not only simple to create but brings you back to simpler times on a warm sunny day …

I used the Seaside view stamp set for both my cards today. I used the “watercoloring” technique for my card … it’s quick and easy and the sublte color is perfect for this card. Can’t you image yourself relaxing in the chair with a cool lemonade?

My grandma and grandpa had white adirondack chairs, so mine had to be white … memories! So I got my pop of colors come from the Bermuda Bay table and the lemonade … thus the So Saffron banner!

Yesterday’s card is a bit more detailed!! I applied the sponging technique along with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol markers. It’s my vision of the perfect summer night …

I stamped my image with the Black Momento ink and then added the black horizon line. Then I used a Rhinestone for my sun … and sponged Daffodil Delight around it (then pulled it back off) I also used Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy for my sky and water. I then highlighted the water with the Markers.

The plants, chairs and deck were all done with the Stampin’ Blends markers. Oh yes, and a touch of Real Red for the sail on the boat!

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and this delightful stamp set. With a few fun techniques you can take this set from simple to spectacular … and everything in between.

Thank you for stopping back again today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s cards… If you really love this stamp set, I must tell you it is on the retirement list and we only have about a week before it’s gone for good.

Happy Sunday!

Here are the items I used to create today’s cards … Click on any image for more information on the product or to begin shopping from my online store.

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 ♥ 

Simply Sunday: A Seaside View

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

It’s been a crazy weekend so far, not sure what happened to my post yesterday but it never “posted” … so today, I’ll share both cards with you. Yesterday I was going to share my version of a fun “summer night” … but I’m going to start out with my Simply Sunday card share.

Today’s card is not only simple to create but brings you back to simpler times on a warm sunny day …

I used the Seaside view stamp set for both my cards today. I used the “watercoloring” technique for my card … it’s quick and easy and the sublte color is perfect for this card. Can’t you image yourself relaxing in the chair with a cool lemonade?

My grandma and grandpa had white adirondack chairs, so mine had to be white … memories! So I got my pop of colors come from the Bermuda Bay table and the lemonade … thus the So Saffron banner!

Yesterday’s card is a bit more detailed!! I applied the sponging technique along with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol markers. It’s my vision of the perfect summer night …

I stamped my image with the Black Momento ink and then added the black horizon line. Then I used a Rhinestone for my sun … and sponged Daffodil Delight around it (then pulled it back off) I also used Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy for my sky and water. I then highlighted the water with the Markers.

The plants, chairs and deck were all done with the Stampin’ Blends markers. Oh yes, and a touch of Real Red for the sail on the boat!

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and this delightful stamp set. With a few fun techniques you can take this set from simple to spectacular … and everything in between.

Thank you for stopping back again today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s cards.

Happy Sunday!

Here are the items I used to create today’s cards … Click on any image for more information on the product or to begin shopping from my online store.

Home to Roost

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share another of our fun Sale-a-bration stamps sets Home to Roost.  For those of you who are new to my blog and Stampin’ Up! … Sale-a-bration is an exciting sales event. For “each” $50 you spend, you can chose an item out of our Sale-a-bration catalog!!  It’s just a fun way to build your stamp collection.

Our Sale-a-bration product of the week is the Home to Roost stamp set, Warm thoughts come home to roost when you create projects with this set.

Home to Roost is a wonderful stamp set for all-year use with versatile sentiments and line-art images perfect for lots of coloring techniques. You’ll love the high-quality, color pencils. Perfect for watercoloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.

Purchase the products to make these projects and you’ll immediately qualify for the following FREE Sale-A-Bration item used to make the project: Home to Roost Cling Stamp Set. I have them listed below.

More ways to earn … Hostesses will get an extra $25 in FREE Merchandise above the regular rewards with party sales of $250 or more.  Gather your friends for a fun evening of stamping and everyone can earn free goodies!

Or … if you want it all, you can purchase the ultimate starter kit and join my stampin’ family ❤ . We’d love to have you on our team.  CLICK HERE

Let me know if you have any questions regarding Sale-a-bration, or the starter kit.

Wishing you a wonderful day ~

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Two for Tuesday: Brusho Crystal Colour Techniques

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

On Sunday I shared a step by step tutorial on how I made my Brusho Floral card, today I’m going to share 2 videos from Stampin’ Up!.  One showing different techniques for the Brusho Crystal Colour and the second will show you how easy it is to create the card that is in the Occasions Catalog!

Watching the videos helped me learn some simple and more advanced techniques in coloring with Brush Crystal Colour, but the best way to learn is to get the Brusho in your hands and play!!

Here is the video that shows how easy it is to recreate the sample in the Occasions catalog … page 26!

I hope these videos and my Sunday post helped you to understand more about the new Brusho Crystal Colour. I will be sharing more cards with you and as I stated, will be hosting a class so you can get a hands-on experience with this fabulous new watercoloring medium.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope your day is a good one!

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Day at the Beach …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Before I begin today, I’d like to send out a big …

THANK YOU!

to all of you that participated in my March Madness: Sale-a-bration Celebration.  You’ve got some great stampin’ supplies, fun Sale-a-bration stamp sets, and 10 great cards with instructions!  I was busy working on those last night! Keep an eye on your mailbox within the next couple weeks for your cards and instructions!

I’m also in the process of packing and getting ready for another Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. This is where demonstrators gather for some training, stampin’ and a whole lot of fun. I’m actually going with my daughter Sarah this Wednesday … and we’ll be headed to the Shreveport, LA event.  They are being held all over the world!

This is from our November 2016 OnStage where we got a sneak peak of the new Occasions catalog (actually we got to take it home!) the one you have now.  This time we’ll get our hands on the New “ANNUAL” catalog!! I am so excited!! I need to chill a bit … I don’t want any speeding tickets on our Road Trip to fun!

I thought it would be fun to highlight and share with you some of the fabulous stamp sets in our Occasions catalog. Today we’re going to pull out the flip flops and get ready for a “Day on the Beach”.

Here are the images we saw at our OnStage …

Choose the look you want to create with our Watercolor Pencils.  The “Hello Friend” card uses the pencils with the Aqua Painter; the “Hoping” card uses them with the Blender Pens; the “Brighten” card uses only the pencils.

My favorite part … THEY ARE FORMULATED IN STAMPIN’ UP COLORS!!!

Thanks much for stopping by today.

Hoping your day is a warm & sunny one!

     

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2017 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday I shared an offer with you on how you can get the brand-new Watercolor Pencils from the 2017 Occasions catalog for FREE. I will repeat those details below, but first I’d like to share a video highlighting these fabulous pencils!

Shannon West introduces you to Stampin’ Up!’s brand-new Watercolor Pencils from the 2017 occasions (spring/summer) catalog …

So … what do you think? Awesome right! I can’t wait to get mine in my hands so I can explore even more coloring options with the new Watercolor Pencils.

When you place a $50 order with me, you will receive yesterday’s Step Card with the written instructions, my two club cards and a hand stamped Thank You card. 

With the END OF YEAR CLEARANCE SALE going on right now, it’s a great time to stock up on some items you need, or give a gift to a stampin’ friend.

*** If you place an order of $150 or more (before shipping & taxes) you will receive all of the above items, hostess benefits (Do Not Use the Hostess Code) … Three (3 or more) Virtual Rewards points AND I will send you the NEW WATERCOLOR PENCILS for FREE beginning January 3rd when the Occasions Catalog is Live!!

You can find out more about my Virtual Rewards Points by clicking on the Loyalty Icon below or on the side bar to your right.

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Thank you for coming back to check out my post today, I will be back tomorrow with more from the Holiday Catalog.

Have yourself an awesome day ~

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A Watercoloring Technique ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share with you a quick video from Stampin’ Up! demonstrating a fun watercoloring technique.  If you were in one of my Technique Clubs … you have already done this fun technique!

Here are some samples of the cards that I have made using this technique …

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Love this card, one of my favorites … You don’t have to be extravagant to make a beautiful card. Sometimes simple is better.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post. I’ll be back tomorrow with a “Throwback Thursday” project …

Have an awesome day!

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Furry Friends …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

And a “Happy Friday” to you!! Just a quick post today so you can get into your weekend. I wanted to share two cards that I think are super cute, and I know many of you are dog and/or cat lovers ❤

They feature the “Bella & Friends” stamp set and the “Pretty Kitty” stamp set! These are the most adorable puppy & kitty sets I think they have had in a while.

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… and yes, I bought them too! I don’t own a pet because I’m gone too much but I have many friends, like you, who do have furry little best friends.

Both of the cards did the watercoloring technique with the Aqua Painter … so soft and really makes the kitty and puppy stand out. Both of these stamp sets also have great greetings and verses included.

Did you know that if you purchase both of these sets and the Aqua Painters (or other product/totally $50 before shipping & handling) You qualify for not only the $5 Bonus Coupon from Stampin’ Up! (ends Sunday) plus you’d get your virtual Rewards Card stamped from me!

Thanks so much for stopping by, please let me know if you have any questions regarding the Bonus Days or Rewards Cards. I’m here to help … just click  on the “e-mail” link below and ask away 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTED PRODUCTS …

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Did you see it? It’s a Sneak Peek …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to give you a little sneak peek into my Catalog Kick Off party on Monday! We will be featuring many of the fabulous new stamp sets, designer papers, accessories & embellishments … far too many to list.

The “sneak peek” is a card I created using two great stamp sets; the “Jar of Love” found on page 75 and the “Bunch of Blossoms” on page 69. There will be many more at the party but I pulled one out of the collection to share with you …

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I began with the jar, then stamped my stems and greens onto the page.  I then stamped my flowers … they are double stamped and then punched them out. I used the star shaped flower to create the base of my blossoms.

I adhered the bottom of the bloom with my snail but then popped up the top of the bloom with a stampin’ dimensional … it really adds a neat dimension to the card.

I added water using my Aqua Painter and the Marina Mist ink.  Once it dried … I added my bow using the Old Olive Bakers twine. I felt the color matched nicely with the Blushing Bride and Pear Pizazz.

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The greeting comes from the NEW Layering Circles Framelits… too cute!

You still have 2 days to RSVP … the deadline is Friday night. I will not be taking any more reservations after that time, so don’t delay.

Have a great day today, and thank you for stopping by.

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Fancy Fold Card: Masculine

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Welcome to my blog and welcome to the weekend! I am really excited because I am leaving tomorrow to begin my vacation / stamping getaway! While basking in the beauty of Door County Wisconsin, we will also be catching up on some stamping (I did get a few items from the new catalog pre-order … I love being a demonstrator!)

Speaking of getaways … Today’s card share comes from my 2016 Annual Spring Stamping Retreat. It was one of several masculine cards that we made. The minute I saw the “Into the Meadow” stamp set, I knew I had to have it. We will be combing a fancy fold with the watercoloring technique for a truly stunning card.

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Don’t you just love it? Although I didn’t have time on today’s blog for a full tutorial on this card, I will post one in the near future for you.

I stamped my image in StazOn onto the Thick Whisper White cardstock (you may use the watercolor paper, but we did not for this project). I used the Aqua Painters and the ink refills *colors listed below, to simply watercolor my images. Stampin’ Up! makes me look like an artist!

The “You Are Totally Awesome” comes from the stamp set “Grateful Bunch” which comes from the Occasions Catalog, which ends soon; May 31st!

The card stays nicely closed by tucking the top flap under the pretty “Antique Brad” from our Annual Catalog. This item will be retiring so if you like it … Don’t forget to place your order before they are gone for good…. May 31st.

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The brad is secured to the Marina Mist cardstock which was embossed with the “Chevron” embossing folder to give it some added texture. Our base card is Basic Black.

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As you open the flap you will see additional stamping and watercoloring (on the Thick Whisper White) The inner or top flap is mounted on the base which was covered in this cute pattern that is found in the “Cherry on Top” Designer Series Paper Stack! That is a fun pack of paper!

I love how the 2 pieces of the card interconnect folds … it’s like a note card on a big card meshed together to create one fun card!

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Keep an eye out as I will be posting a tutorial on “how to” make this style of card. Till then, I hope you enjoyed.

Have a great weekend, and be sure to stop back tomorrow to see a new card share from my Simply Sunday series and a fun announcement!

Thanks ~

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