Category Archives: 2018 Occasions Catalog

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Time to CASE

Happy Easter and 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’s CASE – Copy and Share Everything!!

No fooling here, I was a bit stumped at this one! There are so many wonderful projects to choose from that this blogging group has done over the years! So, to narrow it down, I thought of a few things.
First, it’s Spring! At least, it’s supposed to be… Right now it’s still a bit chilly for my taste in my neck of the woods. So I wanted a spring-like project, flowers are always good for that! Next, I wanted it to be in some bright colors. Bright colors and flowers should fit in nicely with it being Easter, too!

So, here is the project I selected from fellow blogger, Crystal Komara:

I absolutely loved the sparkly dragonflies in her post, so I decided to CASE those!  Here is my take on her lovely projects, switching up the colors a bit:

I am so happy how they turned out! These have flowers, bright colors, and dragonflies! I used one of the soon-to-be-retired In-Colors, Flirty Flamingo, as the base color. I will be very sad when this color goes away. For now I will be happy with using it as much as I can. 🙂

For the first card, I didn’t have all the same supplies, so I did a little stamp swapping. Here I used the Beautiful Day stamp set from the Occasions Catalog. I masked part of it, and stamped it twice, coloring it in with the Aqua Painters and the Flirty Flamingo ink. The background is the Musical Sheet stamp, in Smokey Slate.

Here’s the trick on both of these cards… I did not have any Designer Series Paper in Flirty Flamingo, so I created my own. I used the card stock, stamped images in white craft ink, then heat embossed with white powder. Voila! Pretty snazzy, eh? For this one I used the Timeless Textures to get the pattern.

For the next one, I used leaves in Awesomely Artistic to make the home-made DSP, since I used it for the main flower image as well.

I hope you like both of these, and thank you to Crystal for the inspiration from her original projects!  I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with this month!

If you would also like to see the rest of this month’s projects, then please take a few minutes to hop on through the rest of today’s blog hop!
Happy stamping!
Mak


In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the “Next” 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
Libby Fens
Mary Blocher
Jessica Mink
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins

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Global Stamping Friends Hop – Color Challenge

Hi everyone!

It’s time for the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop, 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 a color theme:

I’m so happy because Lemon Lime Twist is one of my favorite colors right now!

And, because I wanted to show you that you don’t have to come up with something *brand new* every time you want to sit down to craft, I’ve actually taken the basket card that I posted yesterday (click here to see that one), and changed it up to use these colors! Crafting can be easy!

Here is my ‘new’ take on an ‘old’ design:

I’ve kept all the same elements, and added a few more along with changing to the new colors. Since we don’t have Blends markers in Island Indigo or Lemon Lime Twist, I used the ink pads to water color with Blender Pens. Just squeeze the pad while it’s closed to get a little ink on the lid, and start painting!

I wanted to add a few more bonus leaves, so I used both the Magical Mates and the Eclectic Layers thinlits to get two varieties. I sponged a bit of color on them, too. The sentiment used here comes with the Blossoming Basket stamp set, and behind it is a little piece of the Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon.

For the watercoloring, I mixed the green and blue to get varying shades for the flowers. I really like how they turned out. I added a few rhinestones, and I even kept the sparkle with some Wink of Stella:

For the basket, I made sure not to color the entire area so you could still see the patterns. Early Espresso can be a pretty dark color if you use too much of it. I added some of the ink to the Basket Weave embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot. It gives it a bit more depth.

I hope you enjoyed this version on my card. Remember during Sale-A-Bration you can earn this stamp set and embossing folder bundle for FREE. 🙂
Contact me if you have any questions on that!

Now, have fun hopping around the rest of today’s blog hop!
Click the “Next” arrow to continue on, or click on any of the names below if you get lost or want to hop around.
Mak

  1. Jan Musselman 
  2. Karie Beglau 
  3. Libby Dyson
  4. LIsa Ann Bernard 
  5. Anastasia Radloff 
  6. Tricia Butts 
  7. Amanda Bates 
  8. Mary Ann Kay Rossiter  <— You are HERE
  9. Claudia Perry
  10. Jenn Curtis Charles 
  11. Amanda Farlinger 
  12. Courtenay Heuston 
  13. Angélique Stempelkeuken
  14. Kimberley Anne Morris
  15. Marieke Bart
  16. Georgia Missy Aubrey-Gaydos
  17. Amber Thompson
  18. Sarah Mcdermott

Amazing Peacock with Brusho

Hi folks!

Here is another card we did at my recent class. I got the idea from a card I saw online, by Amy Koenders.  I love how it turned out with the splash of color all over the card!

It’s made using a few of the Sale-a-Bration items you can earn for FREE.
First is the Beautiful Peacock acting as the center of attention. You can earn that for FREE with a $50 purchase.
Next is the “Amazing” thinlit from the Celebrate You Thinlits Die Set. You can earn that die set for FREE with a qualifying $100 purchase.

How fun are those together?!
On to the background…I needed a deep color to go with the deep colors in the card, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, and Tranquil Tide.  So I played with the Prussian Blue Brusho, which is in the Occasions Catalog. That was so easy, too! I got the paper a bit wet (you can use our spritzer), then sprinkled a little bit of the Brusho on it, then spritzed the paper again.  Voila! Instant Color! The trick is to make sure you have time to let it dry…

Finishing off the supply list is the Vellum under the Amazing word, the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and some Rhinestones!

This was a lot of fun to make, and I love that no two cards are ever the same using the Brushos!  I’m hoping you’ll join me for future card classes!
Don’t forget to RSVP if you are planning on coming to the next one on the 25th!
Happy Stamping!
Mak

Happy Valentine’s Day

Hi folks!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I have a quick card for you from one of my recent classes. It was inspired by a card I saw online, by another Demonstrator kind enough to share, Heather Guerrero.
* Here’s a great tip.. if you ever get stuck in your crafty-funk, go look at projects online! Something is bound to inspire you. 🙂  And, if you join my team, you can have access to plenty more sample projects for your inspiration! Contact me today to find out how – or click here to do it online!
Don’t forget when you join during Sale-A-Bration, you get two additional FREE stamps of your choice! You won’t want to miss out on this fabulous deal!

Back to the card… I thought this would be a perfect card for the Valentine season to share with you:

I used Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Blends to color the flowers from the Petal Palette Stamp set. The background paper is the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper. The leaves are from the Petals & More Thinlits, and the Cherry Cobbler accent piece if from the Lots of Labels Framelits. To give it some sparkle, I used the Basic Black Shimmer ribbon.

For this card, I have another tip… If you are unsure of exactly when you will send your card – you can leave off the sentiment! Then, when you need the card, you can add it later for whichever event you like. This is something I like to share with my class attendees, and they can select from various sentiments during the class.

If you’d like to attend one of my classes, the next one is coming up!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb 25th.
* * I’ll need to know by the end of the day Thursday if you are coming.

Happy Stamping!
Mak

Global Stamping Friends Hop – Love

Hi everyone!

It’s time for the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop, 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 Love!!

When I think of this theme, I think of lots and lots hearts, and of course the color red… With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, that’s pretty easy to do. So I thought, why not challenge myself a little and work outside of the box to create something a little different! I still stayed within that theme, and completely fell in love with the card I came up with, funny, huh?

Here’s my creation for this one:

Super fun and playful, and subtle enough that it shouldn’t scare anyone away. 🙂
I used the Bird Banter set, which is in the Occasions Catalog. I didn’t even realize it has the cutest little heart in there! That’s what I used to make sure it stayed with the Love theme. I stamped them in Cherry Cobbler, then filled them in with Wink of Stella. It pulled a bit of color in to make it a little pink. I really like how it turned out.

Here’s a close up of the Wink of Stella, which is on the parrot, too!

The parrot is colored with a whole bunch of Blends! I just started on one end of the color spectrum, and kept going! They are so fun to work with. I fussy cut him out so he stood out from the leaves behind him. The Lemon Lime Twist branch is from the Petals & More Thinlits, which I can’t seem to get away from, I am so happy with that suite of products, and keep using them!

The Layered Leaves embossing folder is used twice to give the background some texture. The circles use the Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles framelits.

Such a fun card and I can’t wait to make a few more birds to color!  I hope you liked this one and I hope you enjoy hopping through the rest of today’s Blog Hop!  Click the “Next” arrow to continue on, or click on any of the names below if you get lost or want to hop around.
Mak

  1. Libby Dyson 
  2. Anastasia Radloff 
  3. Erica Jones  
  4. Tricia Butts
  5. Cheryl Algie 
  6. Jan Musselman 
  7. Amanda Farlinger 
  8. Jenn Curtis Charles 
  9. Karie Beglau 
  10. Rachel Macleod 
  11. Amber Thompson 
  12. Courtenay Heuston 
  13. Rebecca Urban 
  14. Amanda Bates 
  15. Claudia Perry 
  16. Kimberley Anne Morris 
  17. Marieke Bart 
  18. Mary Ann Kay Rossiter  <– you are here!
  19. Georgia missy Aubrey-Gaydos 
  20. Christina Walker 
  21. Lisa Henderson