Category Archives: 2016 Occasions Catalog

PCCC194 – Flowers in new In-Colors

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to a challenge, and this week was a perfect time to catch this one, as I am using the new In-Colors to make a flower card for this week’s theme, and then I’m sending it off for a team swap! Perfect timing! 🙂

You may know every year Stampin’ Up comes out with 5 new In-Colors, and they are good for two years… so there is plenty of time to get to know, love, and use these new colors!  The new catalog starts June 1st, so if you need one, contact me!

The Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch PCCC194 this week is Flowers:

I used all 5 of the new In-Colors and a fancy fold to create my flowery card.
The new names are Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim, and Emerald Envy.  Here is a quick look at all of them together:

And…. here is the front of my card, which I had to hold closed for the picture…

I used the Botanical Builder Framelits for all of the flowers and leaves. This is such a cool set of framelits since there are so many sizes and styles of flowers and leaves in it! I sponged a little bit of black around the edges of the flowers. Rhinestones are the centers.

The sentiment is from the B.Y.O.P. stamp set, which is great for pairing with gift cards – but you can see it doesn’t have to be only for that. I stamped it in Versamark on vellum, and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The flower paper under the vellum is from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. I used the black sheet with little flowers all over it.

Here are some more pics of the card, to give you a better idea how it opens up:
and this is how it looks from the side, to show the gate-style fold:
I hope everyone likes it! This was a fun one to make.

If you missed it, I also have a card class coming up next weekend, and still have room! Take a look at your calendars, and let me know!  I will be featuring some retiring items and have some fantastic deals on my past retired stamps and supplies that I need to pass on to others so I can make room for some new stuff. 🙂

Thanks for looking!


Weekly deals changing and Watercolor technique

Hi folks!

Lots going on this week … First..  If you have not seen it yet, go check out the weekly deals from Stampin’ Up! They are changing things up, and the Weekly Deals as we know them are going away on April 18th! But don’t worry completely, they will have special offers to replace them, just less frequent, in the future. 🙂

You don’t want to miss out on the deals they have there right now, there are over a dozen items, including the Rose Garden and Sunburst thinlits!
Click here to get shopping:

Next – If you have not contacted me back yet on my class this weekend, time is running out!
Class is Saturday at 1:00 pm – make sure to RSVP by tonite!

Last – I wanted to share another video I created for you…
It’s using Stampin’ Markers and Watercoloring on a Block. I’m not sure it has an official name, but it’s fun and turns out really neat.

I used the “In the Meadow” stamp set from the Occasions catalog with the Archival Black ink, and colored the block with Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Marina Mist markers. After coloring on the block, you mist it with water, then ‘stamp’ it on the paper.. you get different looks depending on what type of paper and how much water you use. In the video I did not have my handy Stamping Spritzers with me, so I used an old container from my Stamping Mist cleaner… Next time I’ll have my Spritzers! 🙂

Give it a try and let me know how it goes, I’d love to share your samples here with others!
(Here is the sample I used for inspiration mentioned in the video.)

If there are other techniques you are looking to learn, let me know so I can put something together for you!
Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday 2-step stamping video

Hey folks!

So this video thing is pretty cool.. but it’s going to take a few tries to get all the wrinkles out, I can see that!  I took a crack at making a few more, but still need to edit some of them down a bit.. so stay tuned for even more.  The one I have for you today was another card from my past class.  It’s using one of the Sale-A-Bration sets, What I Love, as well as the sentiment from Rose Wonder, in the Occasions catalog.

* Don’t forget there are only a few more days left for you to earn FREE products during Sale-A-Bration. It ends on March 31st!   If you’ve got a wish list you need to tend to (please use the Hostess Code:  AWD2Q7MF), or if you want to join my team, this is the time to make that happen!
SAB is the best time – since you can earn even more when you join the fun before March 31 by joining my team. You can read more about that by clicking here: Join Mary Ann’s team!

Ok…. back to the video…  This is a 2-step stamp, although I think I only referred to ‘stamping off’ when I was explaining the technique.  This is a cute card I saw from Lisa Young online and thought it was perfect for a quick flowery birthday card. I used Island Indigo and Pear Pizzazz for the flower and leaves. I added some rhinestones for some sparkle.
The trick with this one was to not overthink it! Just stamp away.. again and again. That’s what makes this one cool, there’s no perfect lines! It’s supposed to be a bit messy. 🙂
Check out the video and let me know what you think.

As for the video itself.. yes… I know the table was shaking a bit.. I’m working on fixing that. 🙂  and, I love getting schooled on “youtube” with pointers from my kid. :/  not sure how I feel about that one yet. Apparently he watches more videos than I do, and took it upon himself to go look up my video and watch it so he could critique it. HA! what a nice kiddo.

My First Video – A Flowering Fields Birthday Card

Hi folks!

That’s right – I made it to the next milestone…. VIDEOS!!!
With a little help from my hubby to set up the camera stand (to cut some pvc pipe), and some extra inspiration from watching my upline (Linda Bauwin – who just hit her million dollars in personal sales!! YAY Linda!), I decided it was time to get into the video making world, as I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time.

Although, just because I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time, it doesn’t mean that the first one out of the gate is perfect! HAA! I know it’s not. But, it’s a start.. and you always have to start somewhere!

For this one, I just picked one of the cute cards from a recent class, and explained how to make it.. I tried to keep it upbeat, casual, and even threw in a few side comments here and there as text that I didn’t actually say.
I would LOVE to hear back from you on a few items…
How did you like it?  What could be improved? And, of course, what would you like to see next? 🙂

As I mentioned, I’m still working out the kinks… I would like to get them a little shorter (and I realized upload times are longer than I was expecting!), and I’ll need to stabilize the camera a little more so it doesn’t wiggle as much!

Just a few quick notes on some other items….
Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31st.. If you are going to place an online order, please use the Hostess Code:  AWD2Q7MF  through March 30th.
– If you would like to join my team, During SAB is a great time because you get an additional $30 in product! – Just ask how!
– I’ve scheduled the next class date – Saturday, April 9th.. So look for more info on that soon and save that date.

Alrighty – on the the video –

Can you believe it? LOL… Don’t forget to leave me some feedback, I’m looking forward to it!

Botanical Blooms and Birthday Class

Hey folks!  I’ll have lots to share after this past weekend, as I got to attend a fantastic Stamp Camp – Stamping in the Woods!  I’ll be getting some of the projects we made up over the next weeks, as there were many projects! I had a blast stamping, enjoying the weather and making new friends.

For today, I wanted to share another one of the birthday cards we made at my last class, since I’ll have a new set to share soon from this coming weekend’s class.
If you haven’t had a chance to take a look…
My next class is this coming Saturday, March 19th, and we will be doing a stack of Birthday Cards. YAY! Everybody needs birthday cards. 🙂
If you want to attend, please RSVP by Thursday night…

Now, on to the card I want to share:

It’s using the bundle that includes the Botanical Blooms Stamp set and Botanical Builder Framelits.  The flowers are special because the new flower die has that pop-up part included! The double petals are all attached, so it’s even easier to make pretty flowers. I sponged a bit of extra color on the edges to give them even more depth.

The sentiment is actually from the latest Paper Pumpkin kit!  I love that you get new stamps with each kit, that you can use over and over!
If you want to learn more about the Paper Pumpkin option, check out my site  and click here: <Paper Pumpkin>  You can still get a discounted 3 month subscription and earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration!

Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st, so time is running out to earn your free products! If you have any questions, just let me know – I’ll be happy to answer them for you!