Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Swirly Boat

People! We are hours, HOURS away from the release of the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!!!  I am so excited.  I don't know if I've mentioned here but I know I've said it to friends in person, but this is my favorite catalog ever!!!!!  The new colors are amazing, there's so many new fun stamps that I CAN'T WAIT to get!  LOTS of new framelits, it's all good!!!  We are mere hours away now!!!!!  Just wait!  I know I can't!!!!  I've been really obsessed with the new Swirly Bird set and this little boat is in that set!  Isn't it cute!  and what a great masculine card this makes! 
Those waves that the boat is on, that's in the coordinating framelits!  Aren't they fun!!!  I have lots of ideas for those waves!!!!!  I covered the boat and the sail with some of the Fine Tip Glue, it dries nice and clear just like Crystal Effects did.  For those of you who may be missing Crystal Effects try the Fine Tip Glue!  Check tomorrow for a fun post celebrating the launch of the new catalog!!!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Painter's Palette

Because I've been so consumed with Swirly Bird and the pineapple from last week, I haven't had a chance to use another fun new set in the catalog.  This is Painters Palette and it's so cute!  I can't wait to use it more. There's this cute little easel stamp and lots of brush stoke looking stamps and a couple really cute greetings. 
This was just a really quick card I made just because I wanted to get some ink on this stamp!  I love it!  It's simple but so pretty and really easy to mass produce if you needed a bunch of them.  This is also a good stamp set for kids.  They could stamp the easel image then draw their own picture in there.  Wouldn't that be adorable for grandparents or teachers.  Really cute! 

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Love You Lots

This could probably be my favorite hostess set in a long time! I love these hedgehogs!!!!  They're just tooooo cute!  This card was really simple and really quick to pull together.  I needed a quick make and take for a downline meeting with my downline Michelle and her downline. This showcased a few new products that I really love!  The new set obviously, the new color Sweet Sugarplum and some of the new Ruched Ribbon!  It's so yummy!!!!!  
The hedgehogs were colored with the Stampin' Write markers then I went over their quills (are they quills on a hedgehog......) with a Wink of Stella pen, there's nothing better than a glittery hedgehog!  We added some hearts that were punched out with the Owl Builder punch and we were done!  Such a cute card!

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Emerald Anniversary

I have friends that just celebrated their 25th anniversary so of course I needed a card.  When the new In Colors were released to demonstrators I knew instantly I would LOVE Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim.  The two I wasn't sure about was Peekaboo Peach and this green Emerald Envy.  Until you see them in person it's hard to know if you'll really love them.  I'm so happy to say that I absolutely LOVE this green!  It's such a pretty green!!!  I'm not a huge green fan so this is big people!  (I also really love Peekaboo Peach too, but that's for another day).  Really it wasn't until I finished this card that I realized just how much I loved this color!    
The card is pretty simple.  I stamped the rose from Rose wonder all over and cut out 25 with the Large Numbers Framelits.  I used the new Swirly Bird set for some flowers and the Number of Years set for the greeting which I silver embossed on vellum.  I added some Silver Foil paper behind the numbers and the vellum strip over.  Really pretty! 

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Pinapple Problem

Get something to drink, this is a long post.  Settle in though it's all good!  This new Pineapple stamp wasn't part of my first pre-order.  I didn't think I needed it.  Then I started thinking about how cool it would look to have the pineapple with a watercolored look.  Then I thought, I need teacher gifts.  How cool would it be to have a set of card for the kids teachers with a bunch of watercolored pineapples.  The stamp came last week, (Tuesday).  Most of the morning on Wednesday I worked on my 'watercolored' theory.  Well............they weren't working as I had hoped, specifically I wasn't getting the look I pictured in my head.  I tried lots of different ways, stamping on wet paper, spritzing after I stamped, spritzing the stamp before I stamped.  None gave me the look I wanted, so I tried other ways too, gold embossing the whole thing, cutting it out, thinking of making 40 cards of either of those (10 cards per teacher), made me cringe a little.  Today is the last day of school for Logan, tomorrow for Megan, so I was kind of on a time crunch, the end of May just kind of happened.  It was April last week!   
It's not that these cards aren't pretty, I'll definitely use them, it's just that they weren't coming out as I envisioned.  I really didn't want to do the typical pineapple colors.  I really wanted bright colors blended together.  Doing 40 of them really wasn't going to work in the small amount of time I had to work with. 
So I decided to scrap my watercolored pineapple idea completely and go for something else.  The cards had to fit certain qualifications for me: I wanted to use the notecards, I wanted them to be colorful, they needed to be easy to mass produce in about a day, and I still wanted to use the pineapple.  So I looked at what I liked from my 'test' cards.  I really like the gold embossed pineapple.  BUT embossing in gold meant I had to also emboss the greeting on vellum, I wasn't a fan of that idea for the amount of cards I needed to make, plus it didn't incorporate the colorfulness that I wanted, so I tried something else.  What about just embossing the bottom of it?   
Finally cards that I loved and worked per my visions!  So I stamped and gold embossed the bottom of 40 pineapples.  Really, this didn't take long at all, probably only about 45 minutes...if that, I had quite a system of doing 5 at a time.  Plus, I really got to clean out a lot of my white scraps with just doing the bottoms.  Once the bottoms were all embossed I cut them all out, because it's a simple oval they didn't take long to cut out at all!  
The pineapple tops were all stamped on the white pieces that would go onto the cards.  Because I only had to stamp the tops of them it went really quickly.  Here's where my math got funky.  I knew I had to make 40 cards.  I wanted a variety of colors and greetings, so I decided on 5 colors, each teacher would get 2 of each color card.  So in my head I had 10 cards per teacher, 5 colors, make 10 of each color.  See where my math went wrong......I ended up with 50 pineapple tops and only 40 bottoms.  I embossed 10 more bottoms and made 50 cards.  Stupid math...... But it's fine it worked out.  I'm giving the extra 10 to my mom for a women's retreat she's leading in June.  But I also love the colors that I went with for these, the first picture I used Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight.  This picture shows them in 3 new colors!  Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach.  I wanted colors that were bright and really colorful and fun, but not so dark that you wouldn't be able to read the black greeting over them.  These colors all worked perfectly!!!!!  Don't you love all the new ones!  They all look so pretty with the gold!  
Then I needed boxes for them.  I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make these simple boxes.  I used a piece of white cardstock that was 12x7 and I used the directions for the 'Large' bag on the punch board.  This was the perfect size for 10 cards.  I simply decorated them with some of our gold printed vellum, I'm so bummed to see this stuff go on the retired list :(  They're so simple and so pretty! 
They fit perfectly!  I also stuck a really simple mini 'thank you' card from me, a cool pen and a gift card in the boxes for the teachers. 
The cards were simply bundled in some gold ribbon, keeping with the gold theme.  All in all I'm so happy with the cards and gifts.  Despite a couple speed bumps and complicated math :) they ended up great!  I hope the teachers all love them!  Bottom line though, even after all this I still really like this pineapple stamp, put it on your wish list for the new catalog!  Speaking of, we are down to only a week until the new catalog releases!!!  EEEEKKKKK!!!! I can't wait!!!!!!  Thanks for joining me on this really loooooonnnnnng post.  I hope it was worth it!

Thanks for looking see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Picture Perfect Birthday

First I have to apologize for these pictures.  This card was stamped late and night and then mailed early the next morning.  I didn't have ideal lighting to work with.  But this card came out so pretty I had to share!  I started with stamping the rose on some white cardstock then layering up DSP and other cardstock around it.  
The leaves were stamped then cut out.  I used an Xacto knife to cut along the side of the rose and stick the leaves under.  You could have just easily masked the rose off with a post it note but I thought this added a little more texture and in my opinion a little easier.  We are just over a week away from the new catalog!  I'm so excited!!!!! 

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Monday, May 23, 2016

June Stamp Set of the Month

Every month I feature a stamp set and when you purchase that stamp set you receive the supplies to make 3 cards!  June's featured set will be Birthday Blooms.  I've been so obsessed with this set lately I had to feature it!  These are the three cards you'll receive supplies and instructions for.  The first one in Island Indigo is my favorite.  For this card I used a Blender Pen to color the flower but I stamped it on Vellum in Staz-On then colored the BACK of the vellum.  The ink will dry on the vellum, it takes a little longer.  But the softer color you get from coloring on the back is soooooo pretty!!! 
The second card is so cute and easy enough to make a stack in no time! 
Finally the third card also colors the smaller flower with a Blender Pen.  Again a card I just love!!!! 

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Friday, May 20, 2016

#imbringingbirthdaysback Bloom

The ever amazing Shannon West had a birthday last week.  Shannon is the creator of the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement.  Because of her more birthday cards are being mailed to people around the world!  I know in my case I've mailed more birthday cards this year than ever!  And it's fun!!!!  Shannon may still be opening birthday cards, she received tons of them from all over the world.  Who better to get them then Shannon, she deserves it!  This was the card I mailed to her.  I mentioned yesterday that I colored the flower with the Wink of Stella pen.  This was the first one I tired it on.  It's gorgeous!!!!  
Because this is a darker color than the Wisteria Wonder from yesterdays card I was able to do more shading and really get into coloring it.  This flower is so pretty to color to!  By far probably my favorite image to color, using ANY coloring technique!  I just love the Rich Razzleberry on this flower! 
This flower is full of shimmer!  After it was colored I fussy cut it out and attached it to my card.  If you love to color, if you love glitter, I hope you'll try watercoloring with your Wink of Stella!  It's so beautiful and like me you'll have a hard time returning to Blender Pens and Aqua Painters!  Possible but hard :)

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wisteria Blooms

I have a few cards that I made prior to my new stuff arriving that I wanted to share, we'll get back to new stuff I promise!  This was the Mother's Day card I made my mom.  I was inspired by a card that my friend Kim posted on a Facebook group I'm in.  I thought it was so pretty I made my own!  It's a take on the spotlighting technique, where you stamp an image then color part of it to 'spotlight it' In this case anything stamped on the white in the center.  But if you look closely you'll see that the inside images all line up with the outside images. 
I've been doing a lot of watercoloring lately using Blender Pens and Aqua painters but I got to thinking, "A Wink of Stella Pen is like an aqua painter I wonder if it would color like one......."  It does!!!  Plus it colors with glitter!!!!  You guys I found my new favorite way to color!!!!!  I have another example to share tomorrow with this technique but it's soooooo pretty!!!!  You use the Wink of Stella pen exactly the same way that you would use a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter, pick up a little color on the tip of the brush and color with it! In person the glitter and shimmery shine is out of this world!!!  Keep in mind though when coloring with your Wink of Stella, it uses quite a bit of your shimmer in your pen.  Just something to keep in mind before you color 100 cards :)  I have another card tomorrow showing more of coloring with the Wink Of Stella!!!  

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dapper Denim and Swirly Bird

Dapper Denim is one of the new In Colors.  It's so pretty, it's darker and richer than Pacific Point but not as dark as Night of Navy.  I just love it, I'll be reaching for it a lot!  Plus it pairs beautifully with gold!  I used one of the flowers in swirly bird and heat embossed them with some gold on the card base.  I also heat embossed the greeting and set it aside.  
I took a label from the Lots of Labels framelits and stamped another flower from the Swirly Bird set.  To jazz up the tag a little I layered some glitter and some Dapper Denim cardstock on the bottom.  I attached the greeting and some ribbon.  Let's talk about this yummy Ruched Ribbon!  You'll need it, it's yummy and so pretty, and soft and fun to work with.  You'll want it!  Trust me!  We are two weeks away from the new catalog debuting!  I can't wait!!!!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!