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

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – The Color Yellow

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 color YELLOW!

I’m generally not a specific fan of yellow, but I kept thinking what a pretty spring color it can be!  So, today I have 3 cards for you using various shades of yellow, with a few supporting colors to go with them.

I even got to dig into a few stamp sets I haven’t used in a while! Here are the details on the individual cards…

Up first….. A card for any occasion.

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This is using the Beautiful You set from the Occasions Catalog, along with some Designer Series Paper in Delightful Dijon. The Stitched framelits and the coordinating Oval framelits fit together perfectly to give a nice border.
I added some rhinestones and Wink of Stella for some sparkle:

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I immediately thought I needed to make some flowers, so I dug out my Flower Patch set! I haven’t used that in months!! But – it’s springtime, so hopefully more and more flowers will be used soon.

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I used lots of yellows for this one. Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, and Crushed Curry all make up the flowers. I added a bit of Peekaboo Peach on the tips and centers of a few to give it a bit more depth. Early Espresso rounds out the inks with the Banners for You stamp set and coordinating Framelit. I wrapped up some gold metallic thread behind the banner and added some rhinestones to the flowers. The background was just a bit of sponging and some dots from the Timeless Textures stamp set.

The last one I have for you today is now one of my favorites.

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It’s using the Hexagons embossing folder from the Occasions folder, and is so nifty in person. It’s one of the extra deep folders, so the design is very well defined. I used Crushed Curry for this one. The sentiment is from the Host set – Time of Year. I stamped it with Memento on vellum, then embossed it with clear embossing powder. The cute little bees are actually from one of my favorite sets from the Occasions Catalog – Dragonfly Dreams, with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. I stamped it, then wanted to cut out the bee – but I chose not to put bonus paper behind it when I was done, so you can see through the bee. oops. 🙂
I did, however, remember to get the wings all shiny with Wink of Stella:

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This was pretty cool to get a set of cards in one shade of color.. maybe in the future I’ll do this again with other colors… who knows, anything is possible!

I hope you liked these projects, and make sure to check out all the other wonderful projects from the other Blog Hop members!! No joke!
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
Anna Masciovecchio
Mary Blocher
Jessica Mink
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins