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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

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

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

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