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Celebrate with Flowers

Recently I was able to attend Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event, which was such a wonderful time!  I wanted to share one of the cards I made for swapping with my fellow demonstrators:

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Such a fun, bright, spring-like card! I used the Perennial Birthday stamp set with the Celebrate You thinlits from Sale-A-Bration (this will be available in the new catalog, YAY).
It was easy to get the fun colored flowers, too. I stamped them with the inks, then used sponge daubers to swirl some color on them. Quick, easy, and looks great. I added some Wink of Stella on some of the flowers to give it added pizzazz. Keep checking back as I will be sharing some of the wonderful swaps I got in return.

Here are some quick reminders for you:

  • The retiring items have been posted, and are going fast! Many are ‘while supplies last’, so if there’s something you have your eye on, grab it ASAP!
  • The Clearance Rank was restocked at the same time. Those items are also going quickly, and once they are gone, they are gone!
  • I’m giving it a go at doing more live videos – so make sure to like my Facebook page so you can get notices when I do those.
  • I have added some more Saturday classes for May, so make sure to check the calendar – I’m switching things up a bit since it’s coming up on my 15th year Anniversary with Stampin’ Up! YAY!

Happy Stampin!
Mak

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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Sale-a-Bration

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 Sale-A-Bration!

If you are unfamiliar with Sale-A-Bration, it’s the time of year to earn FREE products and get great deals! You can click here to read more about all the fantastic details of what you can get. But, it only lasts though the end of March, so don’t wait too long!

This year, there was a second release of NEW Sale-A-Bration products, so I used the new Blossoming Basket Bundle, which has both the Basket Weave embossing folder and Blossoming Basket stamp set! You can earn this bundle for FREE with a qualifying order.

I used Calypso Coral as the border, with Crumb Cake for the base. I used the Basket Weave embossing folder with ink on it to get the color in the creases. It gives it so much more depth that way.

The sentiment also comes from a Sale-A-Bration set, Heartfelt Blooms. I added a few extra leaves behind it using the Eclectic Layers thinlits.

I used Memento ink to stamp the lovely basket, so I could color it in with the Blends markers. I used several colors, to get various mixtures and shading. I love how the flowers AND the basket turned out! I added Wink of Stella to make it shine:

It’s hard to photograph sparklie flowers, so here’s another shot:

I love how this one turned out! If you want to earn this bundle and make this too, just contact me or place your order on my online store.

If you’d love to see even more lovely projects with Sale-A-Bration in mind, 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
Nikki Daigneau

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

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – The Color Red

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 color RED!

I was so happy to have this theme, because it gave me a chance to use one of the stamps I haven’t tried yet – the big flower outline from Beautiful Day in the Occasions Catalog. This is the same set with the lovely butterfly I used with Brushos (you can see that one here).

I used the flower with my Blends markers, using Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. Here’s how it turned out:

I love that it turned out so elegant looking. It has such a classic pairing of the black and red, with a bit of sparkle thrown in. Real Red card stock goes well with the Cherry Cobbler flower, as it’s not too dark.
I used the Petals & More dies for the additional leaves behind the flower. The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set. It’s on vellum, with some rhinestones colored red with the Blends. I added a few more colored with Daffodil Delight on the center of the flower. It is finished off with the Silver Metallic Edge ribbon.

I hope it inspires you to get out those Blends, too! They are so much fun to play with. Enjoy the rest of today’s hop!
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
Danica Ferrante
Jessica Mink
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Harvey Reber

Petal Palette Bundle

Hi folks!

Here’s one of the new bundles available in the new Occasions Catalog. It’s the stamp set Petal Palette and the Petals & More thinlits. There are a few more products in the Petal Passion Suite, and they all coordinate!
Also included are metal embellishments, organza ribbon, a pair of embossing folders, as well as the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper. I’ve used that DSP with the bundle in this card:

I love that the DSP is black and white, so you can add as much or as little color you like. In this case, I added some bright colors from the Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter.  In the background are some leaves in Lemon Lime Twist, both stamped and cut out using the thinlits. Here is what it looked like when I first colored it, before blending the colors together:

Super simple, I just scribbled some colors that I wanted, then blended them together with the aqua painter – like a paint brush. It doesn’t matter if you overlap colors, that’s just going to give you better mixed colors.

I hope you liked this version. I originally got the idea from Patty Bennett, who did a video on watercoloring using some notecards with the same colors and basic layout.  Here are some of my versions of those, using some ribbon and cardstock to border the DSP, and the Whisper White Notecards – which are a bit smaller than the standard card size.

The good news is that because it’s Sale-A-Bration time, if you purchase the Petal Palette Bundle, which already includes a discounted price, you can also earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! How cool is that!

Click over to my online store to go shopping, or contact me if you have any questions!
Don’t forget to use the current Hostess Code if your order is under $150. It’s always up at the top of my blog! Right now it’s XF7TYZQX.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mak

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