Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Masculine Birthday Card Using Merry Patterns

Happy Wednesday Peaches! I have a pretty cool card for you today. Generally I struggle with making masculine cards. It’s definitely not my strong suit. However this set, Merry Patterns by Stampin’ Up!, is just perfect for gift cards. Now if you’re thinking, “Wait! That’s a Christmas stamp set!” You’d be correct. This set is in fact designed for Christmas, but I want to show you how versatile it is and to encourage you to take another look at your stamps to see what other ways you can use them.



The moment I saw this set I knew I wanted to make hunting themed birthday card. It has deer and candles too! To start my card, I began by Stamping the deer (solid one) in Soft Suede ink onto watercolor paper. However, I felt it looked too light and I wanted to paint over the sweater pattern anyway, so I added some Chocolate Chip ink over the entire deer with my Aqua Painter. After that dried, I took a piece of Window Sheet (if you don’t have these you can use a piece of acetate that comes with your stamp packaging) and dabbed the center with just a small spot of ink from the Chocolate Chip ink pad. Then I spritzed it from about 3 feet away with water to make the ink pool slightly into small drops on my Window Sheet. I dabbed that onto my watercolor paper with the stamped deer randomly so that I was going over and all around the deer image. I repeated this process with my Soft Suede ink until I was happy with my background and cut it into a circle.

If you’re wondering how I created the striped element, I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and took the striped stamp from the Playful Patterns Stamp set and first stamped in Garden Green, then in Wild Wasabi to fill in the white spaces. I stamped my background with the pine sprig from the set and assembled the rest of my card. And that finishes off my card for today. Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!



Get your friends together and host a party to earn Stampin' rewards during the month of September! Contact me to book an event!


To order online: 
October 2017 Hostess Code:
CS39KU6H


 If you’ve considered joining, it's a truly great time! For just $99, you can select $125 of your choice of product AND earn a 20% discount on your purchases from the Annual Catalog.  This is an amazing deal! If you want to join my team, click here or please email me!

Say Hello to the Merry Patterns Host Promotion!


What could make hosting a holiday catalog event more fun? How about the chance to earn a FREE, exclusive stamp set? We’re calling it the Merry Patterns Host Promotion—and anyone can join in the fun. Here's how it works: if you host a party with $300 USD/$375 CAD in sales by October 31, you'll earn the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE. The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to this host promotion and will not be available after the last day of October, so grab it while you have the chance! There's also a great video with gorgeous samples to help you get a head start on making beautiful Christmas cards and projects with your “merry” new set. Check out the video below:






Let's admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper. So we're confident that you're going to love this news: During October, but 3 packages of select Designer Seriers Paper and get one FREE! There is no limit to how many free packages you can earn during the sale. This means now is a great time to save on some of our most popular paper designs. Check out the great selection below:


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Spooky Cat With The Stamp Review Crew






Hello everyone! How is everyone's week going so far? Today is pretty special because this is my first time participating in a blog hop-EVER! It's a pretty big deal for me because honestly a year ago I would have been too intimidated to try it. I'm so happy to be able to feel confident enough to try new things. And what a great team to join! If you're not familiar with The Stamp Review Crew , they are a group of very talented international Stampin' Up! demonstrators who get together on the first and third Monday of each month to bring you all kinds of delicious inspiration that features a different stamp set each new Monday.

The blog hops are archived at The Stamp Review Crew blog and you'll be able to click through the hops at any time, going directly to the posts as you wish for any of the hops. Just click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also. If you have already started the hop, you will have come from the lovely and creative Lou Kitzelman’s page.


Today we are reviewing the Spooky Cat stamp set. I absolutely love this set! There are so many great possibilities with this set from classroom treats, to gifts, to party invites. For my projects, I made a tag for a treat jar, along with a matching mini card. I just love using the color combo of Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist together for Halloween projects. I created an ombré sentiment using the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies and inking part of the word in Lemon Lime Twist and the other half in Bermuda Bay. 




Did you notice the adorable little witch's broom on the card and jar? I just cut a strip of wood grain paper from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP), cut it on a curve at one end and added some short pieces cut from the Burlap Ribbon. See picture below.



Well, that's my projects for today's hop! Thanks so much for hopping along! Next stop is the very talented Stesha Bloodhart! Check out her lovely blog and project!



Get your friends together and host a party to earn Stampin' rewards during the month of September! Contact me to book an event!




To order online: 
 October 2017 Hostess Code:
CS39KU6H



If you’ve considered joining, it's a truly great time! For just $99, you can select $125 of your choice of product AND earn a 20% discount on your purchases from the Annual Catalog.  This is an amazing deal! If you want to join my team, click here or please email me!

Say Hello to the Merry Patterns Host
Promotion!


What could make hosting a holiday catalog event more fun? How about the chance to earn a FREE, exclusive stamp set? We’re calling it the Merry Patterns Host Promotion—and anyone can join in the fun. Here's how it works: if you host a party with $300 USD/$375 CAD in sales by October 31, you'll earn the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE. The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to this host promotion and will not be available after the last day of October, so grab it while you have the chance! There's also a great video with gorgeous samples to help you get a head start on making beautiful Christmas cards and projects with your “merry” new set. Check out the video below:






Let's admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper. So we're confident that you're going to love this news: During October, but 3 packages of select Designer Seriers Paper and get one FREE! There is no limit to how many free packages you can earn during the sale. This means now is a great time to save on some of our most popular paper designs. Check out the great selection below:




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Merry Patterns Christmas Card

Hi Peaches! I apologize but this will be a quick post. It’s been a super busy couple of weeks, but I didn’t want to miss my Wednesday post and sharing some creativity with you.

Today I have a Christmas card featuring the Merry Patterns set. This set is so fun and full of great images that work great for not only Christmas cards but many other types as well. The deer could be great for masculine cards or even the candles for a birthday card. There arare so many possibilities and this set is only available when you host a party or place an order of $300 or more now through October 31st. So you’ll want to get your hands on this set while you can. I’ve provided more information below. Now onto my card.

I started with a simple watercolor wash using Lemon Lime Twist starting at the top and Garden Green towards the bottom. I added some Emerald Envy elements too for a monochromatic look. I love all the layers and details in this card. There’s even a few touches of gold. Well that’s my quick card for today! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!





Get your friends together and host a party to earn Stampin' rewards during the month of September! Contact me to book an event!


To order online: 
October 2017 Hostess Code:
CS39KU6H


 If you’ve considered joining, it's a truly great time! For just $99, you can select $125 of your choice of product AND earn a 20% discount on your purchases from the Annual Catalog.  This is an amazing deal! If you want to join my team, click here or please email me!

Say Hello to the Merry Patterns Host Promotion!


What could make hosting a holiday catalog event more fun? How about the chance to earn a FREE, exclusive stamp set? We’re calling it the Merry Patterns Host Promotion—and anyone can join in the fun. Here's how it works: if you host a party with $300 USD/$375 CAD in sales by October 31, you'll earn the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE. The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to this host promotion and will not be available after the last day of October, so grab it while you have the chance! There's also a great video with gorgeous samples to help you get a head start on making beautiful Christmas cards and projects with your “merry” new set. Check out the video below:







Let's admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper. So we're confident that you're going to love this news: During October, but 3 packages of select Designer Seriers Paper and get one FREE! There is no limit to how many free packages you can earn during the sale. This means now is a great time to save on some of our most popular paper designs. Check out the great selection below:


Monday, October 9, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams Watercolor Sunburst Background

Wow, it’s Monday again Peaches! It’s been such a busy week(end). I went with my extended family to our traditional trip to Apple Hill. Apple Hill, if you’ve never been, is a place in Northern California that is made up of numerous farms that produce everything from apples to pumpkins to Christmas trees. We make a point to go each year as a family because as I mentioned earlier it’s our tradition that we we’ve had since we (my siblings and I) were children. We meet up at one of the farms and enjoy apple donuts, apple milkshakes, pie, caramel apples, apple beer, and every other kind of tasty treat you can imagine. Even upon arrival you’ll be greeted with the most delicious smell of fresh apple pies being baked. We are so happy to continue the tradition and to be able to share it with our little ones. What sort of fall traditions do you enjoy?


Well on to today’s card. While our on our trip through one of the beautiful farms in Apple Hill I was taken a back by all the natural beauty of my surroundings. One of these stunning sights was this magical looking dragonfly flitting about the sunflowers and small ponds that sat quietly at the base of the farm. I just loved how the rays of the sun made their translucent wings sparkle. Of course I was inspired by this to create some fraction of its beauty.

I started with the sun rays. I took a piece of watercolor paper (because I knew I would be adding water later) and a scrap paper. Next I took that scrap paper and angled it onto my watercolor paper so that only the top corner was visible. Then I took my sponge dobber and, first with my Daffodil Delight Ink, I blotted on ink just along the angled line. I moved the paper down (still at an angle) and added another line of Daffodil Delight ink. After repeating this until I reached the bottom, began the same process with my Bermuda Bay ink. However, I only inked parts of the rays that were created with my scratch paper (see photo below).



Next, after removing my scrap paper, I took my Aqua Painter and went over each of rays, creating softer lines. I wanted a more watercolor-y look so I took a piece of acetate, dabbed it into Daffodil Delight, then spritzed it softly with water and used the “ink smooshing” technique. I repeated this with my Bermuda Bay ink. When I was happy with the results I put it aside to try while I assembled the rest of my card.





For the rest of the card I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and dies. I die cut the dragonfly out of Whisper White cardstock. Did you happen to notice the details of the “sparkling wings”? To achieve this, I took a piece of vellum, stamped the large dragonfly stamp in Versamark ink, and added a mixture of Clear Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and heat set it (see picture below). It makes the perfect magical wings. Well, that’s my card for today! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!



Get your friends together and host a party to earn Stampin' rewards during the month of September! Contact me to book an event!


To order online: 
October 2017 Hostess Code:
CS39KU6H


 If you’ve considered joining, it's a truly great time! For just $99, you can select $125 of your choice of product AND earn a 20% discount on your purchases from the Annual Catalog.  This is an amazing deal! If you want to join my team, click here or please email me!

Say Hello to the Merry Patterns Host Promotion!


What could make hosting a holiday catalog event more fun? How about the chance to earn a FREE, exclusive stamp set? We’re calling it the Merry Patterns Host Promotion—and anyone can join in the fun. Here's how it works: if you host a party with $300 USD/$375 CAD in sales by October 31, you'll earn the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE. The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to this host promotion and will not be available after the last day of October, so grab it while you have the chance! There's also a great video with gorgeous samples to help you get a head start on making beautiful Christmas cards and projects with your “merry” new set. Check out the video below:






Let's admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper. So we're confident that you're going to love this news: During October, but 3 packages of select Designer Seriers Paper and get one FREE! There is no limit to how many free packages you can earn during the sale. This means now is a great time to save on some of our most popular paper designs. Check out the great selection below:




Masculine Birthday Card Using Merry Patterns

Happy Wednesday Peaches! I have a pretty cool card for you today. Generally I struggle with making masculine cards. It’s definitely not my s...