Global Stamping Friends Hop – Anniversary

Hi there!!

This is a special hop this month to celebrate the Anniversary of the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop!  I was a little late to the game – just joining this group recently, but I am so glad I get to share in the fun with everyone!

Since it was an anniversary celebration, I decided to make… that’s right, an Anniversary Card. 🙂  However, I had one of my new Halloween-ish sets stuck in my head, so I used it for the card!  It’s a new bundle in the Holiday catalog available in just a few weeks… Season to Sparkle, with the coordinating Chandelier Thinlit Dies. It’s not technically a Halloween set – but it has Halloween elements, as well as Christmas, and can even be used for Valentine’s Day!

I wanted to keep it simple, so the chandelier could be the main focus, so this is what I came up with:

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I love this thinlit! I can’t wait to make more with it. It has a bunch of nifty accessories to go with it, too.. Lots of dangling beads, ornaments, gems, a bow, even a crow (at least, I assume it’s a crow).
For the background I used the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, in the Lemon Lime Twist color. I thought it looked like wallpaper, so it would be a great background to the chandelier. I added a layer of vellum on top to soften the brightness a bit. I also used some black metallic thread twisted up to look like it was holding it up to the ceiling.
Rhinestones and Wink of Stella are on the lights. It’s definitely pretty sparklie. To finish it off, I used the stamp set Banners for You with coordinating Bunch of Banners framelit for the verse. Some silver metallic thread and the mini sequin trim is peeking out from behind it.

You can see how easy it is to mix and match occasions with different sets! Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
On to the rest of the hop – I’m excited to see the other projects everyone made, and I hope you are, too.

Click on the arrow below to head over to Amanda at the next stop, and enjoy the rest of the Special Anniversary Hop!!
Mak

In case you get lost or want to hop around out of order, here is the list of participants:

  1. Sharleen Luciano
  2. Mary Ann Rossiter –> You are here!
  3. Amanda Bates
  4. Donna Gray
  5. Anastasia Radloff
  6. Georgia Missy Gaydos
  7. Jan Musselman
  8. Marieke Bart
  9. Angelique Stempelkeuken
  10. Stephanie Nash
  11. Ellen Woodbridge
  12. Lisa Ann Bernard
  13. Karie Beglau
  14. Vicky Wright
  15. Tricia Butts
  16. Anita Wifladt
  17. Jenn Curtis Charles
  18. Rachel MacLeod
  19. Christina Walker
  20. Kimberley Anne Morris
  21. Sarah McDermott

 

Wine Tag with Scalloped Tag Punch

Hi folks! Need a quick tag for a gift?  Here is a perfect solution using one of the new stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog. The Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st, but if you are a demonstrator, or join my group – you can get access to it earlier! 🙂 Just one of the many perks to joining my team.  If you need a catalog, let me know so I can get one to you!

Here is the tag I made using the “Half Full” stamp set:

Completely cute, and super simple to make.

Check out the video I put together, it’s uncut… and it only took 3 attempts to get this. 🙂  I did realize afterwards I need to move the camera a little closer to the table… So I’ll get the setup changed a bit for next time.

I hope you like it and see how easy it can be to make!  Remember, this stamp set will be available on Sept 1st, unless you are a demonstrator – you can pre-order it!

Thanks for looking,
Mak

Global Stamping Friends Hop – Kids Cards

Hi everyone!

I found a brand new (to me) group to hop with this month! It’s the Global Stamping Friends, and it really is global!! This hops around every month on the first Friday. There are folks all around the world joining this, so please take a look at all the fun stuff people have to share.  Each month is a different theme, and this month it’s Kids Cards!

I decided to get out a set I haven’t used in a while, but had specifically bought for my own kiddo, the cute dino set, No Bones About It. I combined old with new and added in some branches made with the Seasonal Layers thinlits. Check it out…

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It’s actually a lot simpler to make than it looks. I used the same technique I used with my fall leaves in a previous post (click here to see that) – sponge daubers!
In this case, I used Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Fresh Fig! Who would have guessed those colors!  I used some Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip for the pebbles, sponging a bit over the paper once stamped. I also used the daubers on the sentiment. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the top branch is popped up with some dimensionals, so it really does give the 3D feel.

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And… the party hat is party-ready with some Wink of Stella on it. How fun is that! It even got the seal of approval from my hubby. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this card that would be perfect for any kiddo’s birthday!
Thanks for looking, and please leave a comment if you can!
Next up in the hop is Erica, so click on the Next icon to keep on hopping!

In case you get lost or want to hop around out of order, here is the list of participants:

1. Sarah McDermott
2. Lisa Hardie
3. Kristie Neal Walthall
4. Courtenay Heuston
5. Rebecca Urban
6. Rachel Macleod
7. Georgia Missy Gaydos
8. Jenn Curtis Charles
9. Christine Wrede
10. Lisa Ann Bernard
11. Angélique Stempelkeuken
12. Sharon Dalton
13. Lou Kitzelman
14 Kimberley Anne Morris
15. Vicky Wright
16. Anastasia Radloff
17. Susan Vilar
18. Christina Walker
19. Ellen Woodbridge
20. Amanda Bates
21. Cary Buckham
22. Sharleen Luciano
23. Jan Musselman
24. Anita Wifladt
25. Karie Beglau
26. Marieke Bart
27. Donna Gray
28. Mary Ann Rossiter  <— You are here!!
29. Erica Jones

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Cats and Fall Leaves

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 ALL ABOUT ME!! Well, it’s actually all of us… it’s our favorites!

So, for this I have decided to pick two things I love… Cats and the Fall. 🙂

This first card is for the two kitties that call me mom, and take over my side of the bed, and walk on my face when I try to sleep… I did say I love them, right? I must, because, oh boy. Some days I wish I could shut the door so I can sleep without having them tear up the carpet because I shut them out. LOL…
So while I deal with that, here is the card I made with the Pretty Kitty set:

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I think it turned out great. It’s got the kitty, some coloring with watercolor pencils, copper trim ribbon, bonus sequins, and Wink of Stella on the flowers:

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I used the Stitched Framelits and a circle punch for the circles, and added some copper metallic thread behind it. You can also see the copper trim up close! The crosses are from the Oh So Eclectic set, which I’ve used before – I like that as an added background detail! The fantastic gradient paper is from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, in Berry Burst.

This next project is one of the other things I love.. the Fall. I am not a hot weather person. I am not a cold weather person. So, I guess that’s why I love the Fall. And because of the leaves, and the colors, and the flannel… I could go on and on and on…… 🙂

I decided to make a fall-colors-themed card with lots of leaves in fall colors. I’ve used the stamps and dies from the Colorful Season set, and Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I used various colors (Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Cherry Cobbler) with some sponge daubers right onto the stamp, and got a multicolored leaf:

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I did the same technique on the sentiment. I brushed some Wink of Stella on the leaves, too – so they shimmer. The outlined leaf is cut from a Copper Foil Sheet and layered on another leaf, also cut out with the dies.

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(I got the inspiration for this card from a card by Jackie Bolhuis.)

I hope you like both of these projects and keep an eye out for some new posts coming soon! I’ve got another hop coming up, and we will be able to start pre-ordering from the upcoming Holiday Catalog!! Can you believe it’s right around the corner already? It will be released September 1st for everyone. I’m pretty excited about a lot of the new products in there, and hope to share them with you all!!  If you ever want to be able to get the new products in our hand before they are released – just contact me!! Being a Demonstrator definitely has it’s perks!

Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of the hop!
Mak


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:

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

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Watercoloring

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 Watercoloring!!

I have two projects for you today, and as I’ve done several watercoloring cards in the past, I picked two techniques I haven’t shown yet.  The first one is a clean and simple design using watercoloring for a subtle background:

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I used both the watercoloring pencils (the Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry) and the Berry Burst ink refill for this one. It’s done on regular Whisper White cardstock. You can see you don’t need to use the watercolor paper everytime to watercolor!

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I mixed and matched today’s cards with several stamp sets. The Happy Birthday is from Rose Wonder cut out with the Stitched framelits, and the leaves and plus signs are from the new set Oh So Eclectic. I used the coordinating framelits to cut out the leaves and the little gold pieces. I finished it off by using some of the new Metallic sequins.

This next one is using the new Glossy Paper, and the watercoloring is a little less subtle:

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I got the paper all wet with a paintbrush first, then used various ink colors to color in the background. I just smooshed the inkpad when closed to get a little of the color in the lid to use that. I went over it once, then let it dry a bit, then went over some of the colors again to make them darker.

Once it dries, you can still tell this is the glossy paper in this angle:

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I added a simple frame around the card by drawing a line with a black marker. The sentiment is from the new set Colorful Seasons. The butterfly thinlit die is from the Move Me set. I added some of the new copper trim behind it – I cut off a small piece, then cut it open. It’s actually like a tube of mini wire ribbon – pretty neat! I added some of the metallic sequins here, too. I picked out the copper and iridescent ones.

There are so many different ways to use watercoloring, so I hope you try them all! While you are doing that, be on the lookout for more information about some specials this month – I’m going to be having a Christmas in July card class (just narrowing down the date), and it will go great with one of the specials Stampin’ up has going on! I’ll do a separate post about that to get all the info in there.

Thanks for looking!
Mak


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
Mary Blocher
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Harvey Reber