Blogging Friends Blog Hop – New 2017-18 Catalog

Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it is The NEW Catalog!!

There are so many new products I want to share with you , but I will start with one set for today.. the new In-Colors! You may have already seen some in the Eastern Palace Suite.. but here are all 5 of them:

I’m pretty sure Lemon Lime Twist is my new favorite. These are such fun colors, and I wanted to show how well they work together. So, the card I have for you uses all of them! I recently made a watercolored card using Lemon Lime Twist with some of the other non In-Colors, and I liked it so much I decided to make it again using the new ones, so here it is:

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How fun is this??  There are a lot of new things going on with the card. New cardstock, new stamps, new ribbon, oh my!
I used the new Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, as well as watercolor paper and some Basic Black. The new ribbon is the 1/2″ Finely Woven ribbon in Berry Burst. I used all the new In-color ink pads as well as the re-inkers. The sentiment is from the new stamp set Colorful Seasons. It’s a wonderful set with stamps for every season! It even has a coordinating die cut set available in a bundle. 🙂
The funky little lines on the circles are also part of the stamp set, meant to be the centers of flowers.. but nothing says they have to be used for that!

Here is a close up so you can see the Wink of Stella I added to some of the circles, which, by the way, are the size of a plastic pop bottle lid.

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I look forward to making many new projects with all these fabulous new colors! Don’t worry, when I do I will share them with you so you can be happy, too!

Also, if you missed it on the calendar, I have a class this Saturday, and the deadline is coming up soon! Please let me know if you would like to attend, and you can see these new products up close and use them to make some new cards. It’ll be a good time!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has to share this month, as there is just so much excitement over the new catalog!

So, please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, you will be heading over to Tammy, and I hope you have fun looking through all their projects, too!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Conetta Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Danica Ferrante
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Harvey Reber

 

Early Release – Eastern Palace Suite

Hey folks!  I have some pretty cool stuff to share with you from the upcoming new catalog! Stampin’ Up has released TWO bundles of new products, EARLY! Just for the month of May, you can order two different bundles of products from this new suite – which includes some of the NEW In-Colors.  YAY!!

Check out the long list of items included in each bundle, including FREE gifts with each one:

I’ll have some samples coming up soon, and will also be using some of these products in some upcoming classes! I’ll be getting those classes on the calendar in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that! I’ll have one more before the new catalog is released, as well as one right afterwards.

To get a closer look at all of the products, and go right to the bundles in my online store, click the pictures for each one:

Don’t forget to use the current Hostess Code 6PYCBX7J, and if there are any questions just let me know!
Mak

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Retiring Items

Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it is Retiring items!

WOW..There are so many retiring items each year – which makes me sad to see them go, but excited for the new products that will take their place! With so many to choose from, I’ve decided to show a few items here that are special to me.

This first one was from the Occasions catalog. It’s using the stamp set Chase Your Dreams. You may recall I used this one on a previous card with a sunset, for the sentiment. This time I’ve used the stamp that was my whole reason for buying it! The castle! 🙂

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As soon as I saw this I knew I had to get it, well, because I’ve been there! This is Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. It truly is the fairy tale castle. So, I’ve made it a simple card, focusing on the castle itself, and added some shading with sparkle around it.

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I am definitely sorry to see this go, but will also be making sure to make lots more cards with this set!  For this particular card, I used Smokey Slate and Cherry Cobbler, and then blender pens with the ink pads to color it in. There’s also a bit of Crushed Curry, and Soft Sky is sponged in the background.

This next one I want to share because it went with the sunset card. They both used retiring items and used the same technique to create them… A lot of sponging! It’s sometimes called the galaxy technique, and in this card, I actually made a galaxy!

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Starting out with lots of bright colors… just start sponging. Overlap, leave gaps.. doesn’t matter. The proceed with a darker color, like Night of Navy. Fill in some of the gaps and overlap the colors. To get the stars, I’ve used one of my favorite retiring sets, Gorgeous Grunge. I’m not sure what I’ll do without it! I inked the dots in white ink, then stamped all over the card. I finished it off by flicking an Aqua Painter on it (just plain water), along with some Wink of Stella. The sentiment, very appropriate, comes from Over the Rainbow (also retiring). It’s embossed in white, then finished off with more Stella.

I hope these inspire you to get creating!
The retiring items are going fast, some are as supplies last! If you need anything off your wish list, just give me a call, or shop my online store <click here> using the current Hostess Code: 6PYCBX7J, or click the image below:

Thanks for stopping by!
Mak


Now…. Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, you will be heading over to Tammy, and I hope you have fun looking through all their projects, too!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

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Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Libby Fens
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Jodi Skrip Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Harvey Reber

Retired items on sale now

Hi again!  Sorry for the quick posting back to back.. but I wanted to make sure everyone knew about the Retiring items that are going fast!  The new catalog starts on June 1st, so we are all getting ready for that. Until then, the items not returning are going, going, and some are already gone!  On the plus side, there are many items that are discounted up to 50%. YAY!

With how quickly things are changing day to day, even hour to hour… there is no “list” being updated.. Basically, if it’s still in the store, it is available. If it’s not, well, then it’s already gone. 😦

Let me know if you need anything, or feel free to use my online store. The current hostess code is at the top of my blog. Right now, it’s 6PYCBX7J. If your order is over $150, don’t use that so you can keep the benefits!

To tie into the “Sun is setting…”theme, here is a card I made for a technique challenge with other demonstrators:

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It’s using the In the Meadow stamp set for the trees and grass, and the sentiment is from the stamp set of the same name, Chase Your Dreams – in the Occasions catalog. Both are retiring, and Chase Your Dreams is discounted! I heat embossed the words with white embossing powder.

I used various colors with some sponging to get the sunset/sunrise/galaxy look to the card. I then speckled the sky with water, white ink, a bit of Wink of Stella, and also used the stamp with speckled dots from the Gorgeous Grunge set (also retiring).

I love how this one turned out – as no two are ever exactly the same. It truly is even prettier in person!  I hope you like it, and don’t forget to check out the retiring items in the store!
EDIT:  The Clearance Rack was just updated today!!! YAY!!  Make sure to click on the items to see the discounts, they don’t seem to be showing on the summary page.
Mak

Watercoloring A Sara Thing with Paper Pumpkin

Hey folks!!

For all you crafty Paper Pumpkin folks out there… Did you SEE the April Paper Pumpkin??  WOW! I just loved it!  For those non-Paper Pumpkin folks out there (you know who you are)… holy cow you need to see what you were missing. 🙂

The kit comes with 3 different card designs, but I only have one for you right now because I was drawn to the geometric-flower-block design with all the bright colors.  It’s a piece of watercolor paper, with a clear embossed design on it. You can use the watercolor pencils (which came in the kit) to color the paper, and overlap a little as you go. It’s actually quite simple. The harder you press, the darker the color will be. This is what that looks like:

Then, you use the cute little paintbrush that comes with it, and just brush a bit of water over the blocks. My tip is to stay on the dryer side.. don’t use too much water otherwise it will all just run the colors together. This is what it turns out like with only 4 colors, overlapping to create the other colors:

I was so excited by this card, I didn’t even get out my background paper to take the pics!  Once I put it all together on the nifty black paper, stamped the sentiment (which is Sara’s actual handwriting!!), added some washi tape and the adorable glittery flower… it comes together like so:

All of this was in the kit!  I hope you like this one. It’s probably one of my favorite Paper Pumpkin kits ever!

Just fyi – there are only refills available out in my store right now <click here to get to it> – so you won’t be able to get the stamp set that goes with it, but if you get the refill, you are always welcome to come over and borrow my stamps. 🙂 Remember, you must be a subscriber to be able to order refills! Contact me if you have any questions on it, or need help signing up!

I’m including the link to the video by Sara, the CEO of Stampin’ Up! This is pretty cool because it walks through everything – which is not usually done like this. In case you were not familiar with it, there is a quick video each month revealing the contents, and lots of online resources for alternative projects!

Let me know if you have any questions, or need to order anything!  Keep an eye out next week for the monthly Blogging Friends Blog Hop on the 1st, where we will feature retiring products.. and I’ll have a few more things to share about that between now and then!  Thanks for stopping by!
Mak