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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

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – New 2017-18 Catalog

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 Catalog!!

There are so many new products I want to share with you , but I will start with one set for today.. the new In-Colors! You may have already seen some in the Eastern Palace Suite.. but here are all 5 of them:

I’m pretty sure Lemon Lime Twist is my new favorite. These are such fun colors, and I wanted to show how well they work together. So, the card I have for you uses all of them! I recently made a watercolored card using Lemon Lime Twist with some of the other non In-Colors, and I liked it so much I decided to make it again using the new ones, so here it is:

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How fun is this??  There are a lot of new things going on with the card. New cardstock, new stamps, new ribbon, oh my!
I used the new Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, as well as watercolor paper and some Basic Black. The new ribbon is the 1/2″ Finely Woven ribbon in Berry Burst. I used all the new In-color ink pads as well as the re-inkers. The sentiment is from the new stamp set Colorful Seasons. It’s a wonderful set with stamps for every season! It even has a coordinating die cut set available in a bundle. 🙂
The funky little lines on the circles are also part of the stamp set, meant to be the centers of flowers.. but nothing says they have to be used for that!

Here is a close up so you can see the Wink of Stella I added to some of the circles, which, by the way, are the size of a plastic pop bottle lid.

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I look forward to making many new projects with all these fabulous new colors! Don’t worry, when I do I will share them with you so you can be happy, too!

Also, if you missed it on the calendar, I have a class this Saturday, and the deadline is coming up soon! Please let me know if you would like to attend, and you can see these new products up close and use them to make some new cards. It’ll be a good time!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has to share this month, as there is just so much excitement over the new catalog!

So, 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
Danica Ferrante
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Harvey Reber

 

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

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