Thursday, September 21, 2017

Watercolored Painted Harvest Birthday

Did I mention that I love this new set, Painted Harvest, available in the Holiday Catalog?  It didn't even make my list when I placed my preorder and now it's one of my favorites!

For this card I tried a watercolor technique.  I spritzed  a watercolor panel with water and also spritzed the inked stamp before putting ink to paper.  I used Crushed Curry for the larger petal stamp and Peek-a-boo Peach for the smaller petal stamp.    The center is Early Espresso and I used Early Espresso ink for the greeting as well.

The stem and leaves were stamped with Pear Pizazz spritzing the stamp after inking and before putting to paper.  Make certain the watercolor paper is completely dry before stamping the greeting.  I used the Happy Birthday greeting from Butterfly Basics.  It's one of my favorites, I love the mix of fonts.

I finished it of by adding some splatters.  I used my Aqua Painter with a lot of water dipped in some Early Espresso ink (squeeze your closed ink pad to get some ink on the lid and use that ink).  I distressed the edges of the watercolor panel, mounted it to a Crushed Curry layer and that went onto a Thick Whisper White card base.  Oh, I also tied on some Linen Thread and tied a bow.

It was a fun card to make!  I gave it to my mom for her birthday and she loved it!  The best thing is that I was able to give it to her in person.  She was visiting me on her birthday.  Not sure that has happened...ever!

Thanks for looking.  Hope you enjoy my projects!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Painted Harvest in Sepia

I did not initially order the set Painted Harvest but I've seen so many beautiful cards I had to get it.  It just arrived and I couldn't wait to play.  No, Stampin' Up! doesn't have a new color called sepia but this color combo made me think of a vintage photograph in sepia.

In real life the colors are a bit more muted.  I used Soft Suede and Memento Tuxedo Black for the flowers and leaves and stamped on a Whisper White panel. I used masks to give the flowers dimension. The leaves are stamped off once, otherwise I felt they were too dark.  I used the direct to paper method and dragged my Crumb Cake ink pad across the panel left to right, then right to left, top to bottom, and finally bottom to top.

I stamped the dots randomly all over, added 3 Gold Faceted Gems  and tied some Linen Thread onto one side

I added some shimmer to the centers using the Clear Wink of Stella, cause I love that pen!

The card base is Soft Suede and there is a Basic Black layer behind the white panel.

While I didn't use the coordinating punch for this project you can get the punch and the stamp set as a bundle and save some money!  

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Friday, September 1, 2017

It's Here! The 2017 Holiday Catalog is Here!

Yay!  It's here!  It's here! You can finally see the 2017 Holiday Catalog!  Demonstrators have been using the fun new product and sharing sneak peeks for several weeks, but now you can see it.  Do you have your copy yet?  Click here to download your own copy!

You will love these sweet suites of products:

Be Merry

Merry Little Christmas

Season of Glitz

Christmas Around the World

Year of Cheer

Painted Autumn

Spooky Night

If that coordination of products isn't enough Stampin' Up! has bundles of product that you can get at a discount!  My favorite might be Painted Autumn

no, my favorite is The Night in Bethlehem bundle

 or is it the Season to Sparkle?

Don't make me pick one!  I want them all

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy Birthday in Copper & Pink

I needed a special birthday card for a friend who was celebrating a milestone birthday.  I remembered seeing a spectacular card posted by a fellow demonstrator and knew I needed to put my own twist on it. I love how it turned out and I got to use what might turn out to be my new favorite accessory – the 1/4" Copper Trim.  That ribbon is just yummy, you can stretch and shape it, showing off the loose weave mesh.  Here it my masterpiece!

This card is very dimensional so hand delivery was in order.

The Happy Birthday Thinlit was used to cut the greeting from Copper Foil Paper, to make it pop a little more I put a Basic Black die cut behind it, offsetting it just a bit.

The flowers are punched from the new Daisy Punch.  I spritzed them with water and scrunched and pinched them til I got the effect I wanted.  I layered two together and used Gold Faceted Gems for the centers. Thanks to fellow demonstrator, Monica Gale from the UK, for her gorgeous card that inspired me.

I was lucky enough to meet the uber talented Monica at a Stampin' Up! Convention a few years ago.  We had each made earrings from SU embellishments.  We decided to swap earrings right then and there.  Here is a photo of us wearing each others earrings.  That is Monica on the left

Here are the other products I used:

Powder Pink Card Stock for the square card base, 5" square I believe

The twigs were also cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, I used Basic Black Card Stock

Copper Metallic Thread was looped and tucked behind the flowers

I hope you have as much fun making this card as I did, but the real joy is giving it away!  You can order all the supplies from my online shop. Be sure to use my August host code, MPKNGB22, when placing your order.  No need to use it if your order is $150 or more as you qualify for free product without it! While you are there check out the Clearance Rack for some fun product on sale!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tree Rings Birthday Card

Cards for guys are not always the easiest for me but the Tree Rings Background inspired me to create a simple card highlighting the stamp.

I used the two largest circles from the Layering Circle Framelits to create the Basic Black Card Stock ring which I placed over a circle of Vellum.  I stamped the greeting in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The greeting is from a wonderful masculine set, Guy Greetings.  I love that it comes in traditional red rubber and wood, clear mount and photopolymer!

I stamped the image in Early Espresso Ink onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and used Soft Suede Ink and a Sponge Dauber to add some color to some of the rings

You will have so much fun with this background!  Order all the supplies from my online store.  Be sure to use my August Host Code, MPKNGB22, when you place your order.  If you order $150 or more you need not use the code as you qualify for free product!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Carols of Christmas Early Release

You are going to love this sneak peak into the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalog – a gorgeous stamp set and thinlet die bundle, Carols of Christmas!  This early release is part of the Merry Little Christmas Suite.  The bundle gives you a 10% savings, though you can order the stamp set and the thinlits individually.

Here are a couple of samples made by Stampin' Up! concept artists

There are a couple more examples here

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Framing a Happy Birthday

The new Happy Birthday Thinlet has been sitting by my BigShot just waiting to be pressed into service.!  I love it and can't believe it took me so long to try it.  I had an idea in my head for a card to try and it turned out okay.  I'll post that one in a few days.  But I got to thinking about how I could frame the die cut greeting.  Circles and squares didn't work, nor did the oval.  But the largest die from the Lots of Labels Framelits is perfect!

I love how it looks like the greeting and the background are one piece!

While I love clean and simple cards I tend to do card that are a little more feminine. But this guy card was easy to do with the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  This DSP is a 6" square stack, I cut a piece in half and it just fits behind the framelit cutout.  I used a layer of Sahara Sand, using a Sponge Dauber to color the edges a bit with Soft Suede Ink

I will say that the easiest way to adhere this greeting is to apply some of the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to card stock before cutting!  But a careful application of "green glue" (aka Multipurpose Liquid Glue) or the Fine-Tip Glue Pen work well too.

I felt that it needed just a little something so I added Clear Faceted Gems.  They're not too sparkly are they?  

So that card came together so quickly I had time to make another card using the same idea.  This one is Whisper White on Lemon Lime Twist, using the White Perfect Accents.  

I'm going to make up several of these to have on hand!

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