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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Today’s Product Highlights …

 

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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TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

 

Seven top water-coloring tips!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Just a quick post today to share this fun card showcasing the Watercoloring Technique …

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The “You’ve Got This” stamp set is the perfect set for practicing your watercolor techniques.  Here are some Watercolor Tips for you …

Are you ready for 7 top water-coloring tips? You’ll feel like a pro when you practice these tricks!

  1. Make sure your Aqua Painter brush is full before you start–you do NOT want to run out of water in the reservoir right in the middle of your project! If you are using a regular brush, keep a little dish of clean water right next to your station.
  2. Be aware that water-coloring can bleed through to the back, so protect your work surface. I use a non-porous granite floor tile that doubles as a palette, because I can squeeze my inks right onto it and wipe the residue right off afterward.
  3. Have a paper towel or baby wipe handy to blot off excess drips, and to clean the tip of your brush regularly so you don’t muddy colors.
  4. Dampen your watercolor paper first so the color slides instead of saturates. Work in small-ish sections, and re-dampen new areas if they’ve dried before you moved on.
  5. Keep that Aqua Painter moving. Don’t rest the tip in any one location too long. Straight re-inker is going to be VERY dark, so squeeze the Aqua Painter gently every time you pick up fresh ink, to dilute it with water.
  6. Remember that you can always add more color later–but you can’t easily take it off once it’s on, so paint in layers, revisiting areas to add deeper shades later.
  7. Keep in mind that it’s only paper! Not cheap paper, no, but it’s still JUST paper. Allow yourself a sheet to practice on and test colors on.

Hope you feel inspired to pull out your watercoloring tools and give it a try.  When you do … feel free to share your work with me.  You can send them to … lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com   and I will post it on my blog at a later date.  Please use Stampin’ Up! stampes and supplies.

Great to see you here today …

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

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Simply Sunday: Thinking of You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card that I made for a “color challenge” I presented to my downline. I posted the challenge on my “Star’s by Design” (private)  facebook page … it’s a place for my team to share ideas, card samples, techniques or just chat.

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As I celebrate my 16 years with Stampin’ Up! I realized …

We as women have more opportunities available to us today than ever before in the history of the world. You have the freedom to start your own business, travel the world, and make enough money to pay off some bills, family vacation, or more! The amount you earn is up to you with Stampin’ Up!.

If you want to, you can reach for the stars and follow your dreams—and the only person that can stop you from doing it is you.

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The one thing I cannot put a price on is the friendships I have built over the past 16 years. My customers turned friends, my fellow demonstrators, and my downline … the beautiful ladies who have joined me to begin their own journey.

You know I have to say it… I want YOU on my team by our next gathering.

I want you there for your OWN sake, because you’d be having the time of your life, and I want you there for MY sake, too, because I want to meet you and stamp with you and watch you become part of this wonderfully inspiring group of women that have gathered together under the Star’s (by Design).

Knowing them has changed my life, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch the beauty of their growth unfold before me.  Let’s chat about bringing you into our wonderfully inspiring group! Email me: lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com or call 262-334-1009

Now to my card share … Back to Basics! Simply stamp, add some ink colors and my Wink of Stella brush!  My ink colors for our challenge are: So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaroon and Pear Pizzazz.

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I used the “Corner Garden” stamp set from the annual catalog. Don’t forget to team up items from the annual catalog with the Occasions catalog … they work well together!

I pushed my ink pad top into the pad to create a ink pallet and then using my “Wink of Stella” brush … I simply pulled the color from the ink (do not pull color directly from the ink pad itself) and then colored my images.

This actually reminds me of those new coloring books for adults … so if you like to color, this is a great stamp! My greeting comes from the “Suite Sayings” in the Occasions catalog.

Again, Let’s chat about introducing you into our wonderful group of star’s … who inspire & have fun! Email me: lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com or call 262-334-1009

Thanks for stopping by ~

Have a beautiful Sunday!

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Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …

Touch of Autumn in the Air …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have another card created with the “Woodland” embossing folder! This is such a fun one to play with… I’m sure you’ll come up with more great ideas too.

I teamed it up with the “Happy Scene’s” stamp set … I inked up the fall image with the Momento Ink pad and then did a combination of watercoloring with my blender pen and sponging to soften it up a bit.

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I created a unique focal point of that image by cutting it out with the “Leaflets” framelit dies and then matted it with the Tangelo Twist to make it pop even more.

I used one of the other leaves for my greeting which came from the “Petite Pairs” stamp set. Just a fun little twist to an autumn card.

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Thank you for dropping by today. I’ll be back tomorrow with the Weekly Deals.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

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TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

 

Watercolor Technique: You’ve Got This!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a “watercolor technique” card that was shared with us from the Stampin’ Up! home office. It highlights the new Archival Ink.

Archival Ink is permanent and perfect for watercoloring techniques. Use the archival ink pads to stamp your images from the “You’ve Got This” stamp set, and then use Blender Pens or Aqua Painters® to add color.

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Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry and Tangelo Twist Classic Stampin’ Ink® Refills were used in combination with the Aqua Painters to color in the flowers.

Personally … I love the watercoloring technique and I’m so happy that we will be carrying the Archival Ink! You will find it in the Holiday Catalog which goes live September 1st!!

Short post today, but I thank you for stopping by!

Have an awesome day ~

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Stamp Happy with a New Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I told you that I would have a card to share with you that utilized one or more of the products from our Weekly Deals, so today I’m going to highlight the Starburst Framelits!

Starburst Framelits Die

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Price: $26.95 $20.21
Cut your stamped images, create layers and frames! 5 layering dies. Largest image: 4-11/16″ diam. Coordinates with Baby and Starburst Sayings Stamp Set

I chose the coordinating stamp set; Starburst Sayings to create my card. My color pallet is Island Indigo and Pool Party … a favorite of many!

BUT … before I put these all together I thought I would share with you a technique that you can use on the NEW “Irresistibly Yours” specialty paper. This paper cannot be bought … but you can get it for FREE in our Sale-a-bration catalog with a $50 order! (before shipping & handling)

The technique I want to show you is watercoloring with your Aqua Painter …. super simple. I will tell you that the paper absorbs the water quickly and that I watered down my ink before I applied it to the paper. (Remember to clean out your ink from the stamp case (as shown) because you have added water and you do not want that on your ink pad)

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My favorite thing about this technique is that you control the variation of color! I always tell my stampers “less is more … because you can always add more, but it it difficult to take away”. So start light and then add more color where you want it.

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Don’t you love how the dots pop through the watercoloring! The paper is pre-embossed for you and acts like the “resist” technique. My technique clubs are learning additional techniques in coloring this awesome paper.

You can see why I chose the polka dot pattern (1 of 6 designs) because that too coordinates with our stamp set! The Happy Day is stamped in Island Indigo and the Celebrate in Pool Party.

All three pieces were cut with the Starburst Framelit Die. Here’s a little tip … You can align the framelit to your image easier if you keep the numbers that are printed on the framelit to the top! Take a look at your framelits, most have numbers printed on them and many times I use this when aligning with my stamped image.

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I popped up the Happy Day with our Stampin’ Dimensionals and then “doubled” the dimensionals on the celebrate to create a lot of dimension.

I hope you enjoyed the use of the framelits from the “Weekly Deals” and learning what you can do with our new Designer Paper; Irresistibly Yours. It’s a must see 🙂 and it’s FREE!

Thanks for stopping by, I’d love to hear what you think of today’s project.

Have a wonderful day ~

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TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

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Hello, Fall

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I would like to share 2 projects from our Concept Artist Jen C. and to be honest, I couldn’t say it better myself so I’m sharing her post …

Fall is my favorite season. There are so many reasons why: football, hoodies, vibrant leaves, crisp air, and pumpkin spice everything! In honor of the changing of the seasons, I’ve made a couple of fall projects to share.

This first card uses the Four Feathers Stamp Set with the coordinating Feather Framelits Dies. One of my favorite techniques is to “faux watercolor.” To achieve this look, ink your stamp and mist the surface of the inked stamp with water in a Stampin’ Spritzer. Mist a few times, or until you can see small puddles forming.  Then stamp on Watercolor Paper. If you want more bleed, you can mist the paper directly. This is such a simple way to achieve an artistic, watercolor look.

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The second project I created is a little fall wreath stamped on a Mini Muslin bag.  To darken the Hello Honey ink, it was necessary to stamp the wreath image more than once. Thankfully, this part is easy with photopolymer stamps. I added the second wreath image using Cajun Craze ink. To prevent the ink from smearing, I heat set it using an iron. (When ironing, I always use a piece of copy paper or fabric over my stamped bag to protect it.)

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To add a little sparkle to this treat bag, add a tiny amount of Crystal Effects to a few of the leaves and sprinkle gold glitter on the bag. Shake to remove excess.  This bag is a fun and easy way to give a small gift or treat for fall.

What inspires you this fall season?

Jen C.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~

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