Friday, February 25, 2011

California Card Swap

I got to participate in a swap with other demonstrators hosted by my upline, the wonderful Natalie Travis, last month and I wanted to share the gorgeous cards I received.  No names or blogs were listed on the backs of the cards so I'm unable to tell you who made them.  I became a demonstrator 2 weeks before I moved from California, so I've never been able to take part in all the wonderful demonstrator events that Natalie hosts, but I do still get to send my swap cards.  Thanks, Natalie! And thanks to all the talented demonstrators who participated in this long distance swap with me!

This last one was mine which I cased, sort of, from a card on Shelli Gardner's blog
Which one is YOUR favorite? I have four favorites! Smile!

If you've been toying with the idea of becoming a demonstrator, I would love to chat with you.  Send me an e-mail using the top link on the left.
GET THE DEMONSTRATOR KIT RIGHT NOW FOR %15 OFF (IN THE US, THAT'S $148.75 PLUS SHIPPING AND TAX FROM THE USUAL $175) AND RECEIVE AN A  FREE BONUS OF $50 IN ADDITIONAL PRODUCT.  THIS OFFER IS ONLY GOOD THROUGH MARCH 31, 2011!  This is RISK FREE!  You are under no lasting obligation to continue your demonstratorship for any length of time.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Digital Downloads Available Online Now!

Did you know that Stampin' Up!'s digital images can be used in ANY digital scrapbooking software you use.  I'm not sure why you wouldn't use My Digital Studio, but I won't hold it against you!!
So take a look at what's new! I've included a link to start shopping and a link to take a look at all of our digital offerings.  As soon as you finish the checkout process, you'll be directed to download your purchases!  How is THAT for instant gratification?!  Make sure you go to my website for ordering digital and other Stampin' Up! supplies to get my preferred pricing!
Easter Blossoms Stamp Brush
Set Digital Download

Item #

Preferred Price: $3.95

Pedaling Past Stamp Brush
Set Digital Download

Item #

Preferred Price:  $3.95

Cottage Garden
Stamp Brush
Set Digital Download

Item #  124559

Preferred Price $3.95

Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper
Digital Download

Item #124560

Preferred Price  $4.95

More Mustard
Patterns Designer Series Paper
Digital Download

Item #  124421
Preferred Price $1.95

Not Quite Navy

Patterns Designer Series Paper
Digital Download

Item #  124426
Preferred Price $1.95

Bravo Burgundy

Patterns Designer Series Paper
Digital Download

Item #  124422
Preferred Price $1.95
Ridinghood Red

Patterns Designer Series Paper
Digital Download

Item #  124423
Preferred Price $1.95

Elegant Eggplant

Patterns Designer Series Paper
Digital Download

Item #  124424
Preferred Price $1.95

Night of Navy

Patterns Designer Series Paper
Digital Download

Item #  124425
Preferred Price $1.95

Calendar Alphabet Stamp Brush
Set Digital Download

Item # 124553

Preferred Price $9.95


Calendar Numbers Stamp Brush
Set Digital Download

Item # 124554

Preferred Price $7.95

Full Calendar Stamp Brush
Set Digital Download

Item # 124555

Preferred Price $5.95


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Baby Blossoms Card with Springtime Vintage DSP

O.K. so my cards are all looking the same this week...sorry about that.  I don't know what happened, I just kept re-creating the same type of card, but I think I'm over it now and can move on.  Besides, I have new stuff to play with today that arrived last night in that big brown truck that I have come to love so well.
Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set:  Baby Blossoms (wood #121927, or clear #122000)
Ink:  Rose Red(#101778), Pear Pizzazz (#119784)
Paper:  Very Vanilla(#101650), Pear Pizzazz(#119795), Springtime Vintage DSP(#121782)
Tools:  Scalloped Edge Border punch(#119882), Extra Large Tag punch(#119866), Large Tag punch(#119876), Corner punch (#119871), Stamp-a-ma-jig(#101049)
Accessories:  Rose Red Seam binding(#121884), Linen Thread(#104199)
Take advantage of Sale-A-Bration until March 31, 2011, for every $50 in product order choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!

Stamping Tips:
  • Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig for 2 step stamps.  You won't regret the extra effort with the precision placement you will achieve.
  • Round the corners of the card base and the patterned paper separately and then adhere.  The corner rounder is easier to use if it's only going through one layer of paper at a time.
  • To cut your ribbon ends as shown, fold your ribbon in half length wise (just pinch together) and make a diagonal cut across your fold. 
  • Coordinating paper, inks, and ribbon make this card extremely pleasing and one you'll be proud to give away.  Stampin' Up! makes color coordination so EASY and REWARDING!
  • A small sentiment would easily fit on the bottom of the tag to instantly turn this card into an occasion card.
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stampin' Up! Punch Bunch Welcome Baby Card

I liked yesterday's pink and yellow combination so well I had to try it again with another stamp from the same set. I was also feeling great affection for the scallop border and bow, so here's the baby card that I actually NEEDED to make.  In fact, I need two...and of course, I didn't make two at the same time!  But it's a pretty simple and quick card to make so I won't beat myself up too bad.

The Punch Bunch Stamp set is one of the FREE Sale-a-Bration sets that you can get for every $50 order!  Don't miss out!
Thanks for stopping by, I'd love to know you were here!

Stamp Set:  Punch Bunch (#121847)
Stampin' Write Markers:  Regal Rose(#105108), Daffodil Delight(#119677), Early Espresso (#119680)
Paper:  Whisper White (#100730), Regal Rose(105130), Regal Rose DSP from Brights Collection (#117155)
Tools:  Big Shot(#113439), Finial Press (#115963), Extra-Large Tag (#119866), Large Tag (#119876)
Accessories:  Daffodil Delight 3/8" taffeta ribbon (#119766), Linen Thread (#104199)

Stampin' Up! Punch Bunch For You Card

I sat down yesterday to CASE a card that I got from a swap recently and instead this is the card that I came up with...nothing at all like the card I had intended on casing!

The ribbon on this card was Whisper White 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon (#109025) that I colored with a Regal Rose Marker (#105108) on both sides.  It dried really quickly so this is a FAST way to color ribbon.
Major punch action on this card!  I used 5 different punches:
1 3/4 Scalloped Circle punch (#119854)
1 1/4 inch circle punch (#119861)
1 3/8 inch circle punch (#119860)
Decorative label punch (#120907-Occasions Mini Catalog 2011)
Scalloped edge border punch (#119882)
The decorative paper used was from the Brights collection of patterned paper (#117155) and the Subtles collection of patterned paper (#117152).  The colors are So Saffron and Regal Rose.  
This is a standard size card (8 1/2 x 5 1/2, folded in half) and for the embossed front I added a separate embossed panel of whisper white that measures 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches).  I think embossing a separate panel makes the card sturdy and more substantial, which I prefer.  I used the embossing folder Vintage Wallpaper (#120175)
The image is from the Sale-A-Bration Set Punch Bunch (#121847).  And it's ONLY AVAILABLE FREE with a $50 purchase!  I colored the stamp with Stampin' Write markers using Regal Rose (#105108), So Saffron (#120969), Old Olive(#100079) and Basic Gray(#120966).  TIP:  When I color in large solid areas with a marker like the flowers in this stamp, I use a circular motion for applying the color so I don't get any marker "lines".
I layered all the punched shapes and adhered them to the card front with stampin' dimensionals (#104430). Then I added the pearl accent (#119247) which, I think, really finishes the card nicely.  
Thanks for taking a look and I hope you enjoyed it!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Awash with Flowers and Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons are finally available for purchase again.  I just got my first set.  I chose the Subtles collection because I really love soft pastel colors, but of course, I want them all.

 Shop for watercolor wonder crayons here.

To create this look, I stamped the two images (flower petals and stem are separate stamps) in Staz On jet black ink on to watercolor paper that was trimmed to 2 x 3 1/4.
I colored with a watercolor wonder crayon onto a stamp case creating a palette of color.  I used my aqua pen to pick up the color off the palette and painted the flower with Rose Red.
For the stem, I used Wild Wasabi and for the shadow surrounding the flower, I used Bashful Blue.

The the second card, I first stamped the outlines of the flower and stem in Staz On jet black ink on watercolor paper.  Then, directly on the petals stamp, I colored directly on the stamp with Rose Red watercolor wonder crayon.  I used a somewhate heavy hand, as I wanted the color to be solid and intense.
Once colored, I misted the stamp with a fine spray of water (I think Ranger Mini Misters are great for this).  I made sure that the water was covering the stamp, but you don't want big pools of water either, so you may have to practice this technique as I did to get the hang of it.  Once you like the water distribution on the stamp, stamp your image over the outline.
The scrunched ribbon was done using the technique I described in this Sweet Heart Cup Valentine post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Sets:  Awash with Flowers (wood 117062, clear mount 120549), Your A Gem (wood 122268, clear mount 122270), Medallion (115223)
Paper:  River Rock (108640), Baja Breeze (111352), Watercolor, Very Vanilla (101650), First Edition Specialty Designer Series (121878)
Ink:  River Rock (109010), Staz On jet black (101406)
Watercolor Wonder Crayons:  Subtles (119802)
Accessories:  Baja Breeze seam binding (122331), Antique Brads (117273), Basic Pearls (119247)
Tools:  1 3/8 x 5/8 oval punch (119863), Modern Label punch (119849), Scallop Trim Border punch (118870)


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