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Monday, June 30, 2014

Quick and Easy!

Today is a day for ease!!

Quick and Easy Monday over at SSInkspiration

Love the new in colors!  

This is the Work of Art stamp set ... I love that its so easy to do a fun quick and quirky card in a rainbow of colors!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Feeling Inspirational Today

Where were you the last time inspiration nearly bowled you over and you thought to yourself, "I MUST have/recreate THAT!!"

Yeah, me neither, but it was worth a shot?!  haha  
For this week's Inspiration Challenge, we were given this piece:

Monet Claude Impression Sunset Sun
Monet Claude Impression sunset Sun

I am not going to lie.....I stared..and stared...and stared.
Do the colors inspire?  Do the lonely boaters inspire?  That amazing sun! or the textures that hold this peace in my mind as a fuzzy memory.

The answer?  D: All of the above!

Now I know what you're thinking....Donna, um...okay!

But I have to tell you this was super fun and its a great technique for making a really fuzzy and watery-looking background.

All you need are a few of our Stampin' Write Markers, a clear block, 
and a spritzer with rubbing alcohol in it.
Take your markers (or you can use your ink pads if you want LOTS of color) and color the clean clear block in any pattern you want.  Go ahead....I'll wait.

Then take your spritzer and spray the block with the alcohol.  Use as little or as much as you want, but pause a second in between spritzes, it takes a second for the awesomeness to start.  You'll notice your ink merging and swirling as all of the dots of alcohol and lines of marker become a muddled pool of liquid.  Then stamp directly onto your paper with the block!  
The alcohol acts as a great liquifier but since our inks are water based, they swirl in the alcohol as opposed to mixing.  (if you used plain water for this sample, you'd end up with a watery shade of brown...yum)

Here is a close up so you can see what the colors look like when the alcohol dries.  It dries super quick, unlike water, so that's a bonus too!
Notice that some of the colors are more blurry, but they are still separate and not completely mixed.  I LOVE this about using alcohol for spritzing!!

Today over at SSInkspiration, some of my fellow designers have taken a crack at an inspiration challenge that you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

See you tomorrow for another round of Friday Favorites!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Christmas in "almost" July

Thanks for stopping in today!

I'm guest posting in SSInkpiration today.  Head on over and see what all the fuss is about!

I'll give you a hint...

there's glitter involved!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Masculine Monday!

Wanna tell your man he's the best?
Wanna tell him without flowers and ribbon?

Guys love straight and to the point don't they?

  Remember that tried and true "thumping" technique that has been around since the beginning of stamping time?  Yup, still using it!!  Take any stamp, and ink the surface, then you "thump" it with a darker color.  Sometimes you get smears and long points, I was being intentional about spots to mimic the background.
and do NOT forget the Bling!

Happy Monday!  Come back tomorrow for some Summer Fun!
Until then, head on over to SSInkspirations to see more Masculine Monday projects!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

4th of July is in the air!

I Cannot tell you how fun this has been!!

This is the new Flower Patch set.  LOVE it!!  Used the Alphabet Rotary Stamp for the words, and colored the white baker's twine with the medium Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

The June My Paper Pumpkin kit could not have come at a more perfect time!! 
My 4 year old wanted me to make him a pinwheel viola! here it is.  Then the next day I got to preview the new PP kit.  YAY!!

I made the silver glimmer paper blue by sponging it with the Night of Navy Stamp pad.

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope this inspires you to create some great 4th of July cards!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Shake Shake Shake...Shake your Card!!

Wanna learn how to add some awesome and amazing fun to a card with VERY little effort?

Head on over to SSInkspiration where I'm the guest blogger for the day.

Learn how to turn this

Into this!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing Dads out there!

What better way to show them some love than to make them personalized cards?!

 Our new Undefined stamp carving set is awesome!!  Now I can put our favorite team logo on my cards!  I love how "distressed" the stamp looks.  It was my very first attempt at a hand carved stamp, and those are little nicks in the rubber, so I had no clue what I was doing!  I am a huge fan and will be doing it again and again!!

The basketball was made with our Decorative Dots embossing folder.  I LOVE this folder!  I am so glad it carried over from the Sale-a-bration catalog!

 Show Dad you're his biggest fan!
again I used the Dots folder for the football texture.  I used some past Paper Pumpkin stamps.  I love that you get such great masculine stamps in PP!

Happy Father's Day!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Favorites!

Okay.....So today I wanna share a small, but SUPER fun product from the new catalog.
It is quickly becoming my new favorite embellishment!!

Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
In-Color Thick Baker's twine 
Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush

I love the super thickness and the vibrant color.  It's on trend right now, and since it's not "ribbon" it seems to speak to me in more ways!

Like this one!

I love that this is a masculine answer to a ribbon bow.  My husband wouldn't laugh at me if I sent this to his brother.  That's the best compliment!  I could add a flower or two though, my BIL would get a kick out of it.

Thanks for stopping by!!
Wanna see some more?!
Head on over to SSInkspirations to see what other people's Favorite things are!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New meets You!!

Today we're hoppin' right through the new Stampin' Up! 2014-2015 Catalog!  Have you seen it yet?  If not, you're in for a real treat!  If you have, well then you're just along for the ride and I hope loving every minute of it!

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 4 on the Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop - Tonya has some amazing work doesn't she!? If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

There are so many GREAT sets in the new catalog, it was so hard to pick just one to show you today!
Luckily for you, I couldn't stop playing with these stamps!

Snapshot Wood Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!     Alphabet Rotary Stamp by Stampin' Up!

So....its a camera you say.  What is SO interesting about a camera?

I also am LOVING the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.  You can make any phrase, any time with this badboy

I used our Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities to color a metal button.  Love doing that!!

I also used our Crystal Effects to add some SHINE to the camera lens.

I used the new Moonlight DSP paper pack.  Don't you just LOVE these new In Colors?!?!

Moonlight Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

Card #2

Again with the Moonlight paper pack.  It has so many super cute paper options!!
I used the rotary stamp here also.  And notice the Candy Dots on the camera.  LOVE them!  What a great way to add just a little bling to a card.  AND since its an adhesive piece instead of a true can add it anytime!!  Whoo hoo!!

Card #3

I got to use the new ZigZag embossing folder here.  LOVE how it mimics the texture of the camera.  I used the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities to color the metal buttons again.  It is SUCH an easy way to make embellishments to match your projects!

Notice anything special about this camera??

It's a shaker!!!  Full of glitter!  (now c'mon, you didn't think I was going to forget the glitter did you?!)

I hope you enjoyed my cards today.   Keep hopping along!  Kim R. is your next stop and she always has some amazing things to see!  If you get lost along the way, or wanna back track, remember the list below!

Blog Hop Participant List:
  1. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  2. Cynthia R. of Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  3. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  4. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  5. Donna S. of Organized Chaos
  6. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  7. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun
  8. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  9. Rose C. of Stampin' with Rose
  10. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 newest super power!

Have you ever gotten a that makes you feel almost invincible?

That is exactly what these new markers make me feel like!!

By now, you've probably heard of a certain marker, rhymes with toepicks....
They're great I'm sure.... a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I can honestly say, these Blendabilities HIT THE SPOT!!
Each pack of Blendabilites comes with 3 markers.  You can get Daffodil Delight in Light, Medium, and Dark.  This allows you to blend them in harmony, without having to think too much about the colors you are choosing.  The toepick markers, well you have to make sure you get the numbers right to really get them exact.

Our newest markers are PHENOMENAL!

you can create images like this!

Notice the Ombre hair?
What about the flushed cheeks and the two toned dress and rain slicker?
These markers are AMAZING!!

Lets just talk a little bit about how these markers work, shall we?
These are alcohol based inks.  So they blend SEAMLESSLY when you take lighter and darker colors together.  There are lots of tutorials out there, so before you go searching for them, I want to show you some different ways that I use these markers.

If you have used these types of markers before, you have seen that you are supposed to take the darkest color....add impact with the dark, then work from dark to light and add some contrast.  See how I used a darker color to add depth to the collar of the rain coat and the "girly parts" of the red dress?

what about here?  Two different techniques were used here.
In the big flower, I used dark first, and blended out with the lighter colors.  This gives you a greater separation of color and a more dramatic impact.

On the star-shaped flower, I colored the entire flower in the lightest color...added the medium color from the center out, then added the darkest color, afterward I blended the entire flower with the lightest color.  This technique gets a softer, more gradual transition between the shades of color.
Both...are truly stunning (in my opinion!!)

Here is another example:

Notice how streaky the colors look and how they don't blend?  That is because I used our traditional Stampin' Write Markers!  They are a water based ink, and only blend when you use a water pen, aqua painter, or other water soluble product to blend them.  There's nothing wrong with them, they're just not quite as seamless.  I could blend these a little more by adding water, but we all know what happens when you add water to regular cardstock...and its not always pretty.
Stampin' Up Blendabilities give you an amazing opportunity to turn ordinary images into extraordinary works of art.  Here are the finished cards using the images from above.
Because these markers are alcohol can even color your embellishments!!  The button used on this card is actually one of our silver buttons, colored with the medium Daffodil Delight blendabilities.  The ink dries super fast, and adheres quite nicely!

In this example, I used the lightest Rich Razzleberry Marker to color the Lost Lagoon satin ribbon to give it a 'rain soaked' look.  (also, these inks do NOT smear or lose color when used with the Crystal Effects!)

Want to see more awesome examples ?  Head on over to SSInkspirations and check out what my fellow designers have come up with.  There's also a sweet tutorial on how to use our newest marker, the Blendabilities!

Wanna get your hands on a set of Blendabilities?  Stay tuned for more information when they become available.  Until then, come on over and take a class or two. I promise you, it will be life changing!

Friday, June 6, 2014

I do, You do...

Wedding season is upon us!  
Is there anything more wonderful than two people, joining together, under the eyes of God and their friends......


I am sad that I didn't have these sets last year for my friend's wedding, these are their colors to a T!!
(So I'll just use it for an anniversary card!!)

This is a hostess set from the new catalog called I Like You
I Like You Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

How stinkin cute is this set!!?  All you need is a workshop with $150 in sales and its yours!

Something To Say Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
These words are from the Say Something stamp set
This stamp set is a MUST have!!  It even comes as an MDS downloadable stamp brush set!

Eek!  Don't you just LOVE the blendabilities?!  
And this stitched satin ribbon is YUMMY

Make this card:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink:  Momento Ink in Tuxedo Black, Blackberry Bliss
Blendabilities:  Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Accessories:  Blackberry Bliss Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you love this card as much as I love the people who are going to get it.
till next time!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Its Here!! Its Here!!!

Can you stand it!?!!

ITS HERE!!  The new catalog....ITS HERE!!!
Look at how pretty and shiny it is!!

Do you see anything you like?  I mean c'mon......can you just stand the excitement?!

Lemmie tell you a few awesome things about the new catalog.

1st:  The Indexes ROCK!!
-There is an accessories index, a greetings index, AND a stamp index!!

I know right!  Now you can ACTUALLY find what you're looking for in a pinch!  SAH-WEET!

2nd:  These pages are AWESOME!!  Look how helpful they are!

You could TOTALLY recreate any of these things because the pictures are so informative.  I love these two page spreads this year.  there are a few more too!!  

3rd:  Do you love Project Life?  How could you not? 

Lets not forget about the AMAZING new in colors!!

2014-2015 In Color Color Coach Cards by Stampin' Up!
Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, and Hello Honey!

Love accessories?  How about these!?

2014-2016 In Color Printed Clothespins by Stampin' Up!

And to think....I haven't even STARTED on the stamp sets and paper!!

Check out the new catalog items here

Keep your eyes peeled for some amazing new stamp sets!  
I'll be featuring a new one every week starting on Monday!