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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Cats and Fall Leaves

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 ALL ABOUT ME!! Well, it’s actually all of us… it’s our favorites!

So, for this I have decided to pick two things I love… Cats and the Fall. 🙂

This first card is for the two kitties that call me mom, and take over my side of the bed, and walk on my face when I try to sleep… I did say I love them, right? I must, because, oh boy. Some days I wish I could shut the door so I can sleep without having them tear up the carpet because I shut them out. LOL…
So while I deal with that, here is the card I made with the Pretty Kitty set:

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I think it turned out great. It’s got the kitty, some coloring with watercolor pencils, copper trim ribbon, bonus sequins, and Wink of Stella on the flowers:

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I used the Stitched Framelits and a circle punch for the circles, and added some copper metallic thread behind it. You can also see the copper trim up close! The crosses are from the Oh So Eclectic set, which I’ve used before – I like that as an added background detail! The fantastic gradient paper is from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, in Berry Burst.

This next project is one of the other things I love.. the Fall. I am not a hot weather person. I am not a cold weather person. So, I guess that’s why I love the Fall. And because of the leaves, and the colors, and the flannel… I could go on and on and on…… 🙂

I decided to make a fall-colors-themed card with lots of leaves in fall colors. I’ve used the stamps and dies from the Colorful Season set, and Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I used various colors (Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Cherry Cobbler) with some sponge daubers right onto the stamp, and got a multicolored leaf:

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I did the same technique on the sentiment. I brushed some Wink of Stella on the leaves, too – so they shimmer. The outlined leaf is cut from a Copper Foil Sheet and layered on another leaf, also cut out with the dies.

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(I got the inspiration for this card from a card by Jackie Bolhuis.)

I hope you like both of these projects and keep an eye out for some new posts coming soon! I’ve got another hop coming up, and we will be able to start pre-ordering from the upcoming Holiday Catalog!! Can you believe it’s right around the corner already? It will be released September 1st for everyone. I’m pretty excited about a lot of the new products in there, and hope to share them with you all!!  If you ever want to be able to get the new products in our hand before they are released – just contact me!! Being a Demonstrator definitely has it’s perks!

Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of the hop!
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:

Libby Fens
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
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

PCCC194 – Flowers in new In-Colors

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to a challenge, and this week was a perfect time to catch this one, as I am using the new In-Colors to make a flower card for this week’s theme, and then I’m sending it off for a team swap! Perfect timing! 🙂

You may know every year Stampin’ Up comes out with 5 new In-Colors, and they are good for two years… so there is plenty of time to get to know, love, and use these new colors!  The new catalog starts June 1st, so if you need one, contact me!

The Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch PCCC194 this week is Flowers:

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I used all 5 of the new In-Colors and a fancy fold to create my flowery card.
The new names are Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim, and Emerald Envy.  Here is a quick look at all of them together:

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And…. here is the front of my card, which I had to hold closed for the picture…

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I used the Botanical Builder Framelits for all of the flowers and leaves. This is such a cool set of framelits since there are so many sizes and styles of flowers and leaves in it! I sponged a little bit of black around the edges of the flowers. Rhinestones are the centers.

The sentiment is from the B.Y.O.P. stamp set, which is great for pairing with gift cards – but you can see it doesn’t have to be only for that. I stamped it in Versamark on vellum, and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The flower paper under the vellum is from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. I used the black sheet with little flowers all over it.

Here are some more pics of the card, to give you a better idea how it opens up:

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and this is how it looks from the side, to show the gate-style fold:

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I hope everyone likes it! This was a fun one to make.


If you missed it, I also have a card class coming up next weekend, and still have room! Take a look at your calendars, and let me know!  I will be featuring some retiring items and have some fantastic deals on my past retired stamps and supplies that I need to pass on to others so I can make room for some new stuff. 🙂

Thanks for looking!
Mak

Botanical Blooms and Birthday Class

Hey folks!  I’ll have lots to share after this past weekend, as I got to attend a fantastic Stamp Camp – Stamping in the Woods!  I’ll be getting some of the projects we made up over the next weeks, as there were many projects! I had a blast stamping, enjoying the weather and making new friends.

For today, I wanted to share another one of the birthday cards we made at my last class, since I’ll have a new set to share soon from this coming weekend’s class.
If you haven’t had a chance to take a look…
My next class is this coming Saturday, March 19th, and we will be doing a stack of Birthday Cards. YAY! Everybody needs birthday cards. 🙂
If you want to attend, please RSVP by Thursday night…

Now, on to the card I want to share:

It’s using the bundle that includes the Botanical Blooms Stamp set and Botanical Builder Framelits.  The flowers are special because the new flower die has that pop-up part included! The double petals are all attached, so it’s even easier to make pretty flowers. I sponged a bit of extra color on the edges to give them even more depth.

The sentiment is actually from the latest Paper Pumpkin kit!  I love that you get new stamps with each kit, that you can use over and over!
If you want to learn more about the Paper Pumpkin option, check out my site  and click here: <Paper Pumpkin>  You can still get a discounted 3 month subscription and earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration!

Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st, so time is running out to earn your free products! If you have any questions, just let me know – I’ll be happy to answer them for you!
Mak

Embossed Rose Wonder Card

Hi folks!

I’m pretty excited for my Spring Flowers class this weekend!  I want to show you another sample of the cuteness my fellow stampers will be enjoying.

This simple and elegant design came from the land of the internet, and I thought it would be a great addition to my class.  I originally saw it created by Tina Rappe, also a crafty demonstrator,  and I am glad she shared it!


It uses the biggest rose from the Rose Wonder photoploymer stamp set. You’ll need the largest clear acrylic block for this one.. no trying to scooch (skooch? it’s a technical term) this on to one of the smaller ones.
Ink it up with Versamark (the clear sticky ink) and stamp it on the Whisper White cardstock.  I lined it up pretty close to the left edge, so I could have room to fit in my sentiment. But, don’t worry if you use a larger saying and can’t fit your sentiment there, you can always turn the card 90 degrees, and stamp it that way! Poof – instantly more room!

I heat embossed it with the White embossing powder and made sure it was cool.  Then, I took my sponge daubers in Cherry Cobbler and Mellow Moss to rub circles of color inside the rose and leaves. Start in the middle and work your way out. It will get lighter as you work around, and you can always go back and add more color to make it darker.  After you are done sponging the ink all over, use a tissue to wipe off the extra ink from the embossed lines. It whitens them up a little, and will keep your hands a bit cleaner later!
Add your sentiment, with the card facing either direction. Then, a single layer of the Mellow Moss behind the White helps define the space,

I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I did.  Stay tuned for more class samples, and… don’t forget to stop back on the first of each month for a fun blog hop – this time featuring stamping spaces!
Mak

Vintage Leaves for PP251 and Zoie update

Hey folks…
Update on Zoie…She’s hanging in there! Not out of the woods yet, but I think we can see her coming home soon. YAY!
You can tell she doesn’t feel well because she willingly went to go sit on hubby’s lap. 🙂  That didn’t last long, and she was curled up on mine in no time.

For today’s card I accidentally skipped a season. 🙂  I jumped right to a fall card. Not on purpose, but when I decided to use the Vintage Leaves set (with matching framelits), I automatically went to fall colors. Heh. Here’s the card sketch from The Paper Players #PP251:

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Along with the Vintage Leaves and matching framelits called Leaflets, I used the Woodgrain embossing folder. The leaf is sponged in multiple colors – right on the stamp – then I stamped it on White. Then I sponged more green right on the paper.  Colors included Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Garden Green. Here’s how it looks:

I added some splash of gold embossing powder and looped up some of the super thin new gold Metallic Thread behind the leaf.
Tip:  Do your heat embossing *before* you add the thread.. it starts to shrivel up with the heat gun.. oops!!
The sentiment is from The Sheltering Tree, and is Garden Green ink with Clear embosssing powder in Vellum. I also added a few loops of the Metallic Baker’s Twine around the card to act as another layer instead of paper.

I hope everyone likes it and enjoy your Friday!
Mak