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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

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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – New Catalog

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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’s: The New Catalog!!

That’s right, the NEW Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog STARTS TODAY!

Today is an exciting day. Not only are you and I able to order the new products, as if that wasn’t enough… I get to show you a super cute non-card I learned how to make! It *could* be a card.. but more like in a 3-D fashion. It’s similar to a picture frame.. or a shadow box.  Let me show a picture first, then I’ll tell you what I used:

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Isn’t that cute?  I used a bunch of the new In-colors to make this, as well as some of the new coordinating Playful Palette washi tape. There are actually a lot of elements in this project, let me list them out for you:

Cardstocks:  Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Vellum, Neutrals DSP Stack (I think it’s the Smokey Slate one)
Framelits: Botanical Builder, Butterflies, Hello You, Mini Treat Bag
Punches: Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Gorgeous Grunge, Awesomely Artistic
Inks: Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Versamark
Others: Playful Palette Washi Tape, Rhinestones, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

I did say it was a lot… but here’s the thing.. I basically picked through a few sets that were all on the shelf together and used one or two stamps (or framelits) that I thought would work well from each. I could have easily done this a little simpler.. but what fun would that be? 🙂

Here are some closeups of the flowers with Wink of Stella on them:

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And here is a closeup of the vellum butterfly before I attached his antenna:

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I’m so glad Wink of Stella is in the catalog! I love that stuff!  Look at how it makes the vellum all shimmery. Here’s one last pic from a different view of the frame so you can see the depth under the flowers:

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The frame is much easier to make than I originally thought, just make sure to do your first one on practice paper. I saw this online in many places, and decided to change the dimensions up a bit to accommodate a full 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of card stock. Basically you do a lot of scoring, a bit of cutting, and then neatly fold it all up.  I scored at half inch marks for this project.
I will have to do a separate post on how to do that soon, as I didn’t take too many pictures during the making of the card… but I do have this from my scrap paper, this is what it looks like after you score it then cut it up (the corners get removed):

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I hope you enjoyed this project, and if there’s interest, I can even do a class on it – just let me know!


There’s lots more to share now that the new catalog is out, there are some more specials going on… AND I have my New Catalog Open House coming up next weekend on Saturday, June 11th.   Look for more info in the coming days, and if you need a copy of the catalog in your hands – contact me so I can get you one!!
Thanks for looking,
Mak


Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, and I hope you enjoy 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
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Rick Adkins

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!
Mak

Convention People Pics – Part 1

WOW did I do a good job of making sure to get PEOPLE PICTURES!!!!  I’m so proud of myself. 🙂   But first…. the ‘in progress’ pics of that swap card I showed you with the wonderful butterfly images (click here to see that one)…

EESH! I know, right? what was I thinking… But, it turned out beautifully. I have to admit, I had help, too.  I put the family to work… (they volunteered!!) well, except for the other kitty. He just wanted to make sure I knew he was there.

There are a lot of elements on this one, featuring the various butterflies of the Bitty Butterfly punch, the Bold Butterfly framelits, the Butterflies thinlits, and Watercolor Wings stamp set… The butterfly colors are Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Marina Mist. The little ones are sponged and glittered. YAY for the Dazzling Details glitter glue. Can you image that much loose Dazzling Diamonds?? The main butterfly also has some bonus bling… Rhinestones and the new Silver Metallic Thread. So shiny.

It’s also got the fabulous Brick Wall embossing folder. I sponged multiple colors on it to give it depth and make it look more realistic.  The cardstock is Smokey Slate and I used Smokey Slate and Mint Macaron inks.

To finish it off I used the Greetings thinlits twice.  I hope you like it, and even after 50 of these, I think I still like it, too. 🙂

On to convention people pics!!! The easiest way to share so many turns out to be in collage format! Yay for technologies.  Here’s the first group of folks… I’ve got a bit of everyone in this one… Upline, sidelines, Stampin’ up folks, friends.. All of them!!

How fun is that?? This isn’t even all of the pictures…. Now the trick is to get all their names on here! LOL… That may take a little more time. 🙂  Maybe I’ll just tag them all from Facebook!!

While I figure out the easiest way to do that… here is another pic from our little sightseeing adventure….

Didn’t I say it was gorgeous? yep. so neat. Our guide George was kind enough to send this to me.
Stay tuned this week for more!!
Enjoy!!
Mak

Back in Business after Convention

Whew!!  What a few weeks.. I unintentionally took a little break from here to take care of my kitty and attend Convention!  And oh boy has it been crazy!

The good news is kitty is home and getting healthy checkups! YAY!!  We had a few setbacks along the way, but the Doctor is confident all this will be behind us soon!  Here’s a pic of Zoie just chilling out on my lap…

As if that craziness wasn’t enough… Convention was last week!!! WOW! That is a good word to sum it up. I will have lots of updates over the next few days, as there is too much for one post!  To start things off, here is a picture of one of my swap cards I made for an organized swap:

Not like I picked something quick and easy, eh? I’ll have more details on that one with some ‘along the way’ pics later.

And, a few of us did some sight seeing before the stamping began, and it was worth it! Check out one of the spots we visited up in the mountains:
Crazy gorgeous!

Stay tuned this next week as I will have lots more pics! 🙂
I even managed to snap a few selfies and added a current pic to my site, heh…
Enjoy!!
Mak