Blogging Friends Blog Hop – SAB Thank You Set

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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 Sale-A-Bration!

It’s been a busy month and I haven’t had as much time to play with the SAB items as I had hoped, but today I have a set of cards here for you that was so quick to make! I used the SAB set, So Very Much. It’s the kind of set where the sentiment can be the entire card – super easy to do!

I decided to pair it up with some of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper from the Occasions catalog. I picked three of the colors in the DSP, and used those as the background for the cards.  Here they are all together:

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I used the Gold embossing powder with Versamark directly on the DSP, and layered it on Very Vanilla. Off to the side is one of the Lace Doilies with some Gold Metallic Thread. Some of the gold sequins have been added for a little bling to finish them off.

Here are the three versions individually…
Sahara Sand:

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Blushing Bride:

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Soft Sky:

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I hope you like them, and remember – for each and every $50 in merchandise spent – you can earn this set (or other items) for FREE. 🙂
What’s even better, if you join my team you can pick 2 additional FREE stamp sets with your starter kit, ANY stamp sets from the catalogs, as your SAB treat!  Contact me for details, or check it out on my website here!


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
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Harvey Reber

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Anything Love

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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 anything LOVE!
One thing we all love is having a guest blogger. 🙂  Welcome this month to Tami White!! YAY!! If you have not seen one of her ‘Stampin Scoop Show’ videos, you must take some time to do so. She shows some cute projects, and she is a hoot!

On to the theme this month… since there are so many directions you could go with this, I decided to do a project incorporating something I love – rainbow-like colors! I’m sure it’s not the typical thing you think of when someone says ‘love’, but hopefully it will inspire you to create something you love, too!
I recently saw a technique used by blending inks together to get those rainbow like colors I love so much. It’s something I’ve done before, but just not with the color combo I found this time! I’ve used the more traditional rainbow colors, but this one is a bit on the brighter side – and I’m ok with that!

Take a look here at the finished card, then I’ll share the steps to get there:

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Isn’t that stunning? The rainbow background is created by using multiple inks with sponges, then flicking a bit of water onto the paper! Super simple!

This is such a great combo. And – it’s actually only four colors, Melon Mambo, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay. I used some sponges and rubbed the color on some Whisper White, and made sure to overlap the edges of the colors. The overlapping gives you the additional colors. Then, I took a bit of water and flicked it onto the paper. Let it sit a moment, and it will start to form little white ‘bubbles’ in the color. You can let them dry or dab them with a paper towel.

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The picture above has one with the water spots, one without.  Here is a close up of the water, since even the little bitty specks look pretty neat close up:

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In the finished card, I even added a bonus layer of hearts stamped with the White Craft ink. I think I made the hearts too subtle, but you can still see them.
I layered it using the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper. It has Melon Mambo hearts to coordinate.   The dragonfly and sentiment are from the Occasions catalog – Dragonfly Dreams Bundle. I covered the dragonfly with Wink of Stella to make it shimmer, then placed it on some wound up Silver Metallic Thread:

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I love how it turned out, so bright and cheery. For those of us living in the snowy part of the country, I’m sure it’s something nice and bright to look at with hopes of a short winter! Shorter winter means the sooner we can see colorful flowers!

Since I had two pieces of my background paper I was trying out, here’s the second card I made with it:

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I made sure to get the hearts a little darker this time.  They came from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set. The sentiment is heat embossed using Versamark and White embossing powder. It’s from the Grateful Bunch stamp set. The dragonfly on here is a little smaller than the first one.. but don’t worry, you get both sizes in the bundle. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed my take on “anything love” and please feel free to let me know what you love, too!

* Don’t forget to RSVP for my class this weekend if you plan on coming! *

Happy Stamping,
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:

Anna Masciovecchio
Guest Blogger: Tami White
Crystal Komara
Libby Fens
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
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
Jenny Gauthier

Class time and Sale-A-Bration Chickens

Hey folks!!

It’s been a busy time around here, and I had to move a few classes around, but I was able to keep the data open this Saturday – February 4th!!  So, please RSVP as soon as you can, as space is limited!
It will start at 1:00 pm, and we will be making 10 cards as usual. I will need to know no later than Friday at 6 pm.
We will be making some fun cards with animal themes… There will be dragonflies, cats, dogs, butterflies, and even chickens!
Trust me, this is going to be fun – you can check out the new Occasions catalog products and the chickens from the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalog!
If you don’t have the catalogs and want one, just let me know so I can get them to you.

Before I get to a really cute sample from the SAB catalog with those chickens I mentioned…  I wanted to also say I will have my retired items out available for purchase at my class. I’m doing some crafty housecleaning, and they need to go!!
I’ve been taking pictures and will be posting them online, but you get first pick at my class if interested.

On to my card for today – I used a design right out of the SAB catalog!

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Isn’t that adorable? I love how colorful and whimsical it turned out. The Designer Series Paper is the Festive Birthday paper, and the stamp set I used is called “Hey, Chick” and that set is one of many that can be earned for FREE with your $50 order.

If you are not familiar with Sale-A-Bration, that’s how it works…
– For each and every $50 order (before taxes and shiping), you can pick a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.
– Hosting earns you an additional $25 when the orders total $250
– And if you want to join the fun and join my team – that will let you pick TWO FREE STAMP SETS – so you can get up to an additional $104 in products for free. How fun is that!?
Contact me if you are interested – I would love to have you join the fun with me!

Don’t forget to RSVP for the card class this weekend, and Happy Stamping!!
Mak

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Dragonflies

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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 Occasions Catalog!

We are so lucky to have a guest blogger this month, too! YAY for Janet Wakeland! Be sure to check out the links at the bottom so you don’ miss out on any of the posts this month!

With the New Occasions Catalog right around the corner – there were sooo many neat things to choose from. I decided to pick one stamp and thinlit set, and a new tool. So, I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, the coordinating Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits dies, and the NEW Watercolor Pencils.

I am so glad I did! These products are amazing! I’ve used the watercolor pencils we’ve had long ago in the past, but these are completely so much better. For one, they are the SAME colors as our inks! Another is that it made me break out the actual watercolor paper we have, and WOW! I need to do this more often. I am so happy with the results. Check this out: www.stampinmak.com

How pretty are these?  It took a little playing around, but I got the hang of it. I took one and added some of the dragonflies from the thinlits set:

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The neat thing here is that I then used that piece of black cardstock for the layer behind the watercolor paper. (Saves paper!!)   Here’s what it looks like all put together:

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I thought it was so pretty by itself, I didn’t even want to add a sentiment!
I’ve only used a few of the watercolor pencils to get the rainbow here: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Rich Razzleberry.  The thick baker’s twine is the Melon Mambo to match.  I could not resist – I had to also add some Wink of Stella on the dragonflies. SO SPARKLIE! 🙂

Here is the second piece, with the sentiment added:

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This alone looks like it should be it’s own masterpiece. 🙂
I then added some of the largest dragonflies cut from both Black cardstock, and Vellum – with rhinestones and more Wink of Stella, of course:

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Here’s a closeup of all the sparkly-ness:

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(What did we ever do before this goodness??)
I really hope you enjoyed these projects – I’m sure to be using this set in my upcoming card classes.  I’ll have those on the calendar in a few days – the first one of the year is coming up in just a few weeks!

Look out for all the updated links as soon as the new Catalog starts – January 4th!
And, just in case you missed it, Sale-a-Bration starts at the same time. I’ll have more info on both in the next few days as well!

Happy Stamping, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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:

Rick Adkins
Guest Blogger:  Janet Wakeland
Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Lisa Harvey Reber
Jenny Gauthier

New Occasions 2017 Catalog Sneak Peek

Hi folks! I have something cool to show you! The NEW Occasions Catalog is getting ready to launch on January 4th – and I was able to participate in card challenge coordinated by my upline using some of the new products!

I can’t show you the catalog *just* yet… soon, though!  What I can show you is projects I’ve made with the wonderful products in it!  So, today I will show you the card I made for the challenge:

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It’s definitely got a bit of everything going on. 🙂  The cool polka dots and other designs inside are from the new Party Animal Designer Series Paper, which is part of the Party Animal Suite.  Who wouldn’t like it with a name like that??

The balloons and banner cutout is from the new Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies. It also has the individual balloons with the dots and stripes. This is great because this also coordinates with the Balloon Bouquet Punch in the Annual Catalog. I used the punch to get the white behind the balloons to make the design stand out more from the Emerald Envy. The “Congratulations” actually came from the Balloon Celebration Stamp set also in the Annual catalog – but there are plenty more sentiments in the new Balloon Adventures set as part of the Suite! (I just don’t have it yet!)

Here is the inside of the card, where I used the same die as the front to create the pop-up look:

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Here’s a better look from the top:

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It folds right down the middle, but I only put adhesive on half of the middle balloon, so it would not fold – it makes it stick out more! The Happy-Happy came from the Number of Years stamp set. It fit perfectly – I stamped it twice.

To give it all a bit of sparkle, I added Wink of Stella on the balloons, both inside and on the front:

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It’s definitely a one of a kind card, and I hope it inspires you to create something colorful!

The new Occasions catalog will be posted on January 4th, and if you don’t have one – but want one!!! Let me know and I will get one to you!
It’s double-y awesome because Sale-A-Bration starts the SAME day! I’ll have some details and samples of that coming up, too.

With all the excitement brewing over the new items, don’t forget about the current Holiday Catalog!!  There are still some fantastic sales going on, and some supplies are running out!  Here is a link right over to the Closeout Specials on my online store so you don’t miss out!
Contact me today if you have any questions!
Mak