Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cups Of Cheer

I love to make Christmas cards with non traditional colors.  You'll get plenty of Christmas cards in red and green and even blue is making a big appearance on the Christmas scene.  So when I get a chance to pull out pinks, purples, and other colors of the rainbow I do!  I just love this little tiny mug in the Twinkle Trees set.  I stamped it in rainbow order across the card.  I did use a post-it note mask so that I could overlap the mugs.  I added some glitter ribbon, doilies and some silver thread to add some more sparkle.  
I wasn't sure what greeting I would use then after a Pintrest search for 'coffee puns' I came across 'sending cups of cheer' obviously that was the one I needed to use!  It's perfect!!!!!!  I pulled out my Labeler Alphabet and stamped it.  It's so cute!!!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Project Life Card

I'll be the first to tell you I don't scrapbook, I like the idea of it.  But scrapbooking just isn't my thing.  I like the idea of Project Life, especially the simplicity of it. But I still can't bring myself to do it.  However, I do have a Stampin' Up! addiction.  And when something is on sale, I tend to buy it regardless, someday I just might use it!  Well a few weeks ago some of the project life stuff was on sale so I got a set of the project life cards.  I do use the cards in my planner so that's how I justified this purchase.  When I was going through the cards in the Hello Lovely set, I had no idea they were so pretty and they look hand painted!  They're like little pieces of DSP.  I loved it and so I pulled a couple cards out to make some quick notecards with.  For this card all I did was stamp the heart border from the Birthday Blooms stamp set on the base of the card and I heat embossed the greeting in copper.  This card is so pretty and so simple! I just love it!!  Look through your Project Life cards, they work great for simple cards too!! 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Glitter Trees

So I've been a little MIA for the past few days.  I wish I had some grand excuse for my absence but I don't.  Truly it was just laziness.  I was enjoying a couple days of not doing anything, which isn't really true at all, I was doing plenty just not stamping related.  So when I did finally get breaks, I did nothing, should have stamped but I didn't.  That's over now though, there's plenty to do!  Especially stamp!  Yesterday I spent most of the morning stamping and planning some classes.  That was nice.  This weekend I'm going away with some girlfriends for a wonderful weekend getaway.  We will be crafting, but mostly probably chatting and having a good time.  I need to start prepping for that.  Since it's a smaller venue I will be packing much lighter than my other craft weekends.....if that's even possible!  Stay tuned!   
My card today is really fun and though it looks like there's amazing complicated techniques there's not!  I used my sponge daubers to create the background.  I love the way it came out!!  For the trees I die cut them with the tree from the Santa's Sleigh framelits and covered them in versa mark and then in Emerald Envy Glitter Embossing Powder.  I love the sparkle to them!  The snowflakes were clear embossed before the color was added to the background and I used the snow from the Christmas Pines set.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rainbow Thank You

You guys know that I love rainbow cards.  Really I just love cards with lots of color, this one I can't even tell you how much I love it!  The best part.  I only used 3 ink pads (not counting Versamark).  Three ink pads!!!  You'll have to go back to kindergarten and recall your lesson on primary colors, but really to create a rainbow you only need a red, a yellow and a blue.  In my case I used Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise.  
Before I added the color to the base I stamped the flower from Touches of Texture and clear embossed it.  Then I started with Watermelon Wonder and a sponge dauber and covered about a third of the cardstock.  Then I added my Daffodil delight, making sure to over lap the Watermelon Wonder, there's my orange, Finally I brought in my Tempting Turquoise, over lapping the Daffodil Delight to get green, isn't that the pretties green too!!!!!  I did add the tiniest bit of Watermelon Wonder to the very tip of the Turquoise to get a pretty purple.  There's not a lot of it, the rainbow is pretty complete without it.  I really wanted a gold doily for this card but didn't have one on hand so I just pressed my Versa Mark pad onto half of a white paper doily and covered it in some gold embossing powder.  I may never use the white doilies again!  Some gold thread and a gold embossed greeting to finish the card!  I love it!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cards and Coffee

I'm happy to add a new class to my schedule.  If you're in the area please stop by!  My first Coffee and Cards class is tomorrow!  These are the two cards that you can make when you stop by to see me.  I'll also have catalogs to look at too!  
Coffee and Cards!
Thursday, September 22, 9am-10:30am
Panera Bread Albuquerque Locataion (Jefferson and I-25 location)

This will be a really fun, simple, stress free class.  I'm parking myself at Panara Bread with a cherry pastry and something yummy to drink once a month with supplies for anyone who stops by to make 2 cards.  These cards are going to be simple but OH SO CUTE! The cost is only $5 for 2 cards!  Cash or check only please.  Feel free to stop by on your way to work, after you drop off the kids or just if you're in the area and make a couple quick cards and grab some coffee!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Penned And Painted Birthday

I recently got the Penned and Painted set and I love it!!  I had it on my wishlist, but thought "I have enough flower stamp sets" well unless you have this one you don't!  There's so many reasons why I love this one specifically.  First it has the line image stamps of the flowers so if you're feeling particularly adventurous you can color them yourself.  Which leads to all kinds of techniques-you can watercolor them with a blender pen or aqua painter, you can color them with markers you can emboss them and paint over them, lots and lots of fun options there.  But if you don't like to color or maybe just don't have the time, this stamp set also comes with images that fit inside the flowers that make it look like they're watercolored, I mean come on, I LOVE THAT!!!!
This card came together really quickly I used the stamps to give it the watercolored look.  Can I just take a minute to say how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE Peekaboo Peach.  I'm not an orange fan, but this Peekaboo Peach color I literally cannot stop using! It's my current favorite!!!!!!  I stamped the flower image with the Peekaboo Peach, first stamped off on some scratch paper for a lighter look, then I went in with the center or detail of the flower and stamped that in full strength Peekaboo Peach, and finished with the line image of the flower over.  Another great thing about this set, you don't have to kill yourself to line it up perfectly, it will always look good no matter what!  I finished the card with a gold embossed greeting and some sequins (I used the ones that came in the July Paper Pumpkin---seriously people, that was the best assortment ever!).

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Birthday Card Stamp A Stack

My birthday is in September, it was a couple weeks ago.  But because my birthday is in September it's become a tradition that my September class is a Birthday Card Stamp a Stack.  My guests get to make 12 cards, 3 each of these four designs.  It's a popular class and I love hosting it, plus we always have cake so there's that to draw people in :)  The cards are pretty quick and simple, because they're making 12 I don't make them too complicated.  
Any one of these cards can be modified with different colors to suit whomever your making the card for.  This Melon Mambo Balloon card is adorable, but the balloon would look great in any color and can easily be made into a masculine card.  I know we all need those!  
I love this kite balloon with the Swirly Bird set but again, these kites can be any color!  I especially love them in Elegant Eggplant though :)
This is my favorite card!  I'm not a big orange fan but boy oh boy Peekaboo Peach is sure becoming a go to color for me!  I love it!!!!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Birthday Pineapple


Sometimes a card comes out really cute, but halfway through you're like 'What was I thinking! Am I crazy!?!'  Yes, yes I am crazy and I'll tell you why in just a minute.  This card was inspired by this card that I saw on Pintrest. Ah Pintrest.....the ultimate time sucker!  I loved that in the card that inspired me there were parts of the pineapple popped up and cut out.  So pretty! 
So because I'm me, I had to make it 400 times more complicated.  I stamped it in 3 colors (Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride) then cut out nearly every little pineapple triangle-ly?, segment?, outside?, pokey thing a ma bob.  You know what I mean right??? Now when you get a little crazy like me, it will happen if you're lucky, there's one simple tool to keep on hand that will make your life sooooo much easier........Press and Seal Wrap.....Yep the stuff in your kitchen bring it to your craft room! 

So I took a piece of press and seal, sticky side up and laid it over a stamped image of the pineapple I was piecing together with the outside, pokey bits of pineapples (ps I don't even like pineapple, though I will drink pineapple juice in the peach sangria from Outback, but there's enough other liquor in there you can't even tell there's pineapple juice.....but I'm getting off topic).  I started with my darkest color, Rose Red in this case, as I cut them out I placed them on the press and seal. I could have just placed them over the image on the stamp case or the stamp block but just image the heartbreak if you have it all cut out and something blows, pushes, knocks over all those little pineapple pieces.  Those are real tears you'll cry, trust me the press and seal will work wonders in your life and when you're making this crazy card you'll pat yourself on the back for a least having one moment of genius.
Now once you get all your pieces cut out, if you're like me you'll probably need to feed the small children that hang around your house.  If they're not feed regularly they really complain.  Not to worry!  If you have to step away before or during the gluing process simple place another piece (or fold over if your first piece is big enough) and your pineapple pokey bits will stay nice and safe and in order.  When you're ready to glue carefully peel back that first layer, have a pair of tweezers on hand to grab any pieces that want to stick with the top layer instead of the bottom layer.  To glue them on I used Tombow and some tweezers and did each piece one by one, I popped some up on dimensionals.  This card was a labor of love for about 2 days working here and there, you know between feeding the kids.  I love the final result.  

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fresh Fruit Birthday

 I love the watercolored look to the images from the Fresh Fruit set but I wanted them to be a little more watercolor-y, yep I'm making that a word.  I stamped all the images and I used an aqua painter to blend colors and give it more of a watercolor painted look. 
If you're interested in learning more about watercoloring I'm starting an advanced technique class and watercoloring will be our first lesson.  Advanced Stampers Technique Class, Theme: Watercoloring
Tuesday, October 4, 6pm  St. John's Cathedral (corner of 3rd and Silver)

This class is specifically designed for stampers who want to learn new skills and techniques.  Our first class we'll focus on watercoloring: we'll learn the basics of watercolor washes, some fun techniques, how to achieve effortless looks, what's the best tools to use and more!  The class size will be kept small so that I can focus more one on one attention to you, no more than 12 people, sign up early to grab a spot! This class is $22, at the class you'll receive a set of Aqua Painters and a Clear Wink of Stella Pen to use during the class, a $25 value!  Payment is due by September 24 either via cash, check or paypal.  The last day to sign up for this class is September 24 (unless it sells out before then).  If you're interested in attending contact me for more info!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

To Shaker? Or Not To Shaker?

Of course I'm a fan of all shaker cards, seriously I actually have a notebook of shaker cards I want to make with all kinds of different shaker bits ("shaker bits" is a technical term I invented to mean the stuff you put inside to shake around your shaker card......wonder how many times I'll say shake or shaker........).  This one I fill with mica flakes.  You guys the mica flakes are really pretty, but if you're like my husband and don't like glitter everywhere.........you probably won't like the mica flakes.  While I loved them, I could see my husband having tiny breakdowns in the corner with the mess I was making LOL!!!
I do love that it looks like snow and is shiny, sparkly and when it shakes around it's so much fun!!!  But.....as my son pointed out, "it covers too much of the train"  Here's the thing with 10 year old boys, they're really good at pointing out problems with everything.  So lucky for him though I was prepared with another card, do you think he liked this one better........
You can defiantly see more of the train, but in his words......'the greeting is in the way' {facepalm} Seriously? From now on I'm going to my 5 year old for all my opinions on my cards, PS she liked the shaker one better!  Your turn!  I want to know which you think is the better one, is there a better one?  They're both lovely in their own way.  
Just comment below do you like the shaker train card or just the watercolored one?  I love them both! There's no wrong answer here! In case anyone was wondering, I didn't ask my husbands thoughts on the cards, I could tell by his aversion to the mica flakes he wasn't going to pick the shaker card, even though they're nicely contained.  LOL!

PS I said shake or shaker 12 times, if you keeping track ;)

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