Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Stamping #5 Supplies

As I was rearranging my craft room today , I was reminded of this video from a few years ago;
It's funny because it's true!

I had to make room for my new craft mat, rulers and have a space for the awesome birthday gift I received from my wonderful mother in law... last year. She gifted me an amazing, computerized, embroidering sewing machine! I never made room for it until I actually needed to use it, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a sewing machine. I mean, you shouldn't need to use it in order to make space for it, especially if you have the space to afford...or do I? 
I do.

It's not so much that I didn't want to use the sewing machine, I adored it for what it is capable of doing and the fact that it's such a thoughtful gift, but  I've forever convinced myself I'm no good at sewing. I believed I had no patience for the craft and after seeing the beautiful things my mother in law could make with her sewing machine, well, I decided I wasn't going to be as good. 

I'm sort of impulsive that way. I like to be good at everything. I'm also impatient. I believe there are two kinds of people in this world; those that follow patterns (as in sewing) and those that don't. What I mean by that is, rules. I don't like to follow rules or recipes or directions or make lists, make plans and have everything followed and or adhered to a "T"...No, not me.  There are people that either wing it or don't. I wing it.

It's just like this post. I should probably plan it out. Have nice pictures.  Know exactly what I want to share and what I don't but nah, I wing it! I'm all about the spontaneity, the fun of pretty much anything.  I'm certain it's why I have so many supplies! I want the opportunity to make as many things as possible and all at my fingertips! I mean, I have to have an excuse for why I spent sixty dollars on a set of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, otherwise, what's the point of having them?

So, admis my cleaning and rearranging I stumbled across those so needed markers at one time yet forgotten but now found...
All the colors! So pretty!  I'm easily amused. No really, I had to use them and so I did on this card:
 And this card:

 And this card"

 Oh, and I found all these Unity Stamps too...

I swear I'm going to use them all. I promise. You just watch. I will. Come back next Sunday. You'll see! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Stamping' Up! In Colors

With new In Colors coming in soon, that means there will be In Colors going out or rather, retiring.  They are now at a first come first serve status and once they're gone, they're gone.  So, if you are interested in getting any of the retiring In Colors: Cucumber Crush, Delightful DijonMint MacaronTip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder I've included hyper links right to my store so you don't miss out!

Stamping' Up!'s annual catalog is coming June 1, 2017! I'm so excited! One of the awesome perks of being a demonstrator is that I get sneak peaks of new products and the opportunity to order some of those products before my customers. It's a great way for me to familiarize myself to the new items in order to demonstrate the many ways my customers can use them.  It's also a great excuse to just play and be creative!

I recently received my order of the new Easter Palace Suite and I was just blown away by the elegance of it all, not to mention there are three new In colors in this suite! The colors and overall feel of the new products are so different from last years more, how can I say... playful palate? I wasn't sure if I was even going to like the new colors. Now, after seeing them close up, I love them all!!!

Here is a card I made with some of the new product:

Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist are two of the In Colors I chose to feature. That Lemon Lime Twist new In Color surprised me. In pictures I thought it would be way too bright but in person it pairs perfectly with all the other colors. It's my unofficial favorite color of the entire Suite.

The Suite comes with a pack of beautiful patterned paper. I tucked a piece behind the card I made to show it off a bit more. Here is a sampling of some of the patterned paper included in the Suite:

All of it is so pretty, elegant and versatile! I'm excited to make more with this gorgeous Suite! I can't wait until I can share more of the new catalog with you!  If you would like a catalog of your own, don't hesitate to use the contact me button at my site. I'd be happy to send you one!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunday Stamping #4 New Adhesive Find

Before I go right into the great adhesive I just found, I want to tell you, tomorrow is the last day you can sign up for Paper Pumpkin to get the exclusive kit from our CEO! I don't know what's in it but I'm super excited to find out! I hear there is some new "in color " in the package. This time of year is so fun because as a demonstrator I get to see the new catalog stuff before it's available to you! This time though, you can participate in the feeling by ordering Sara's exclusive Paper Pumpkin Kit.

I love the convenience of Paper Pumpkin! Every month an all-inclusive kit arrives in my mailbox with everything ready to go for a fun project or card making. You can sign up today so you don't miss the April kit, designed by Stampin' Up! CEO Sara Douglass, here:

You know, you can't put together a card without adhesive.  What you may not know is there is a difference in the adhesive you choose. The difference is in the look, the outcome, the end result of the literal work of art you slave over for hours, half hours and even days because there are some days I just walk away. You can't force creativity people! What you can do is choose the right adhesive. You can't just go using Elmer glue(although, that stuff is really great for other stuff). I'll tell you what I usually choose while also acknowledging I have a slight addiction to everything adhesive and that makes me extremely qualified to give input on the subject, albeit a bit biased. 

Every card needs the typical dry adhesive tape to adhere layers of card stock and pattern paper, and an easy go to when you're putting together layers.  My go to is always snail adhesive by Stampin' Up! It's the exact same thing as tombow tape runner you can buy at Michaels, ours just looks cooler because it color coordinates with everything Stampin' Up!.

 I also use Stampin' Up! fast fuse for those sturdier, thicker pieces of my cards I want stuck down for life! Fast fuse is the best at making sure everything is secure. It gives you piece of mind when your card is finished. Then again, you better make sure you like the way your card is because once it's down, there is no rearranging.

Most of the cards I make I choose to pop something up. Dimension on a card is a wonderful way to show off design or just make an instant impact to your recipient.  Dimension is essential and in some instances you may only need a little but in others you made need a lot.  For those little moments I like to use the Stampin' Up! dimensionals.  The backing comes off so easily and they can be used on small parts of your card.  When I want to go big, as in, the entire length of my card, I use Scotch foam tape, until now...

The Scotch tape is great but it's expensive! The price has been going up on this stuff every year I've used it and it's been several years now.  As I was getting down to the end of my roll of Scotch foam tape, I went in search of an alternative and boy did I find one!!!

This stuff is comparable yet better. It's better because the adhesive is much stronger yet it's the same dimension and the same amount (volume, not price) as the Scotch foam tape! Same amount, a third of the price(it's only 9.95)? Yes please!  I bought two rolls and believe you me, they will last awhile. I'm not an affiliate or anything, I'm just a fellow Amazon prime member, card maker, craft lover, that knows this hobby is expensive!

Cheers for saving some money this Stamping Sunday! See you next week!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Stamping #3 Birthday Edition!

This Sunday Stamping post is brought to you by, my birthday! Tomorrow is my official day of celebrating but for today I'd like to share how I've been celebrating the many days leading up to this joyous occasion...

My daughter, the photographer is looking over my shoulder as I post this and after seeing this photo, offered up her expert advice, "You know you really should edit that picture. It's not very good."

To which I responded, "Yeah, yeah, I know! My phone + the lighting conditions in my craft room can only do so much. This is as good as it gets girl."

I like to look at the content more than anything. Can you see the absolute wonderful content included here? We're talking Distress Oxide inks folks! Forget my birthday (not really) that's a celebration in and of itself!  Let us not forget one of my new favorites, Concord & 9th! Their products are so innovative. Really cool stuff!

So, in honor of my birthday, not to mention the fact I couldn't wait to play with my new inks, I decided to watercolor with them to see how they compare to their Distress Ink predecessors.  I also need to send out a card to my Mom. Her Birthday is only three days after mine!

I used Canson XL Watercolor paper and one of my new Concord & 9th stamps. I embossed the flower image with white embossing powder, smoothed the ink colors onto my craft mat and started adding color. I realize you can't tell in the picture but the colors blended so softly. They almost have a milky finish.
I let the ink dry then die cut the front and inside panels with Mftstamps wonky stitched rectangle dies.   The sentiment on the outside is from a Mft set that I received in their Beautiful Blooms card kit. Unfortunately that kit has sold out now.  The inside sentiment is from Extra Special stamp set by Altenew. And you can never go wrong with adding a few Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins!

The final card result is something I'll be proud to send to my Mom. 
Thank you for joining me on this Sunday Stamping. See you next week! 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Stamping #2

Hey there stampers!  Today I have a card featuring Stampin' Up! products.  There's only five days left in our annual Sale-a-bration sale! I wanted to feature one of the stamp sets you can earn for free by spending fifty dollars or more in my online store.  Make a Medallion stamp set (143274)is a versatile, elegant set that can be used for so many occasions.

I have to tell you, I made a video tutorial for this card but deleted it because of my many faux pas! At one point in the video, I went to open up my so saffron ink pad and the entire thing went flying across my desk ending up in two pieces!  Add that incident along with my continuous use of the word "um" and it was a recipe for disaster.  I don't know how so many people can execute such successful Youtube videos and make it look easy. I'm always nervous! I'll have to keep on practicing but until then, I have several step by step pictures (thank you iPhone) to show how I made this card:
I combined several stamp and die sets to make this card. That's one of the great things about Stampin' Up!, everything coordinates!

I used the layering circle and flourish thinlits to cut out the medallion along with early espresso, bermuda bay and so saffron card stock. The color palette was inspired by the Cupcakes and carousels designer series paper stack that is available in our occasions catalog until May 31, 2017.

Step by step I take you through the process of this card, first stamping the medallion in so saffron ink then stamping the layer in bermuda bay ink. I used the circle framelet and the flourish dies to cut out the elements of the card and used my die brush to easily remove the small cut pieces from the flourish  dies. I assembled the pieces by popping up the medallion on a layer of bermuda bay card stock using dimensionals then adhering everything with tombow mono multi glue. I then stamped the greeting on a piece of very vanilla card stock and adhered it to the inside of the card.

Lately I've been decorating the inside and the envelopes of the cards I intend to send. I think it adds a thoughtful finishing touch. I really love how this card turned out. Thank you for joining me for Sunday Stamping deux! See you next week!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Stamping #1

Lately I haven't found much interest in making anything! Being a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I felt like I had to produce and when I feel like that, I don't produce. Don't get me wrong, I love Stampin' Up! and all other company products I collect but it's as if someone is telling me I have to do something and I don't like being told what to do...ever! So, I decided I'd take a break, come back and spend some time in my craft studio on Sundays no matter what I was feeling at the moment, and you know what? I produced!

There is a little thing called "retail therapy" I think it helped in my production this weekend. I'm a huge fan of Unity Stamps and I recently received an order from their newest release.  This, along with a new set of the entire Tombow marker collection got me in the groove to create some cards.

Aren't they pretty?!!!

Thanks to a late night listening of Amy Rysavy of Prairie Paper and Ink periscope broadcast where she shared her latest purchase of the complete set of Tombow markers I felt like I had to have them! It's a weakness on my part and acknowledging your weaknesses is the first step to admitting a problem...card making is not one of them.

Moving on...Check out this cute little bunny! I stamped the image on Canson XL watercolor paper, which I got super cheap at Michaels, by the way, fyi, coupons rock! I used versa fine black onyx ink and then heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder.

I used the "smooching technique" to apply ink to the background of the watercolor piece. I then used the markers to color in the bunny and I softened the colors using a water brush.

I went over the pink nose, feet and heart on the bunny with a clear sparkle brush pen by spectrum noir. Their glitter brush pens are awesome! They have so much pigment and the clear one really adds the glitter without disrupting the color of your project. I added the sentiment and adhered the watercolor panel to a basic black cardstock from stamping up. Stampin' Up! really does have the best card stock!

I was going to call it good but couldn't walk away from this card without adding a few of my favorite Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins. They're the best at adding a little something without feeling like you've over done it.

I'm so happy with how this card turned out. I've enrolled in a birthday card swap on Live Love Cards, it's a great community of card makers and a wonderful way to be inspired to create even when you don't feel like it. Someone over there is getting this card and I couldn't be more happier to send it!

 From now on Sundays are for stamping! See you next week!  :-)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Lift Me Up

Stampin' Up! has a wonderful bundle in the Occasions catalog that I was fortunate enough to get. The Lift me up bundle includes not only the stamp set, but the coordinating dies, and if you purchase them together you save 10%.  It's a great deal because the set is so versatile. You can use it for birthday cards, thank you cards or just a pick me up card to a close friend or family member.

I made this card using the bundle along with the stitched shapes frame lets.

You can check out how I made this card here: