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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Masculine Cards

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 Masculine!

Today is a fun day because it’s the start of the NEW Annual Catalog!!  So, I’ve chosen a set from the new products for not one, but two cards. 🙂

The set is Rooted in Nature, and it has some coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a set of Thinlits to go with it. I used one basic layout, and changed it slightly on each with the embellishments to get two very different cards. Here is the first one:

I love this tree stamp. I used some of the new colors, Soft Sea Foam and Shaded Spruce (stamped off once) to stamp the trees in the background. I used the Shaded Spruce full strength for the single tree, which is cut out with the coordinating Thinlit set, Nature’s Roots.

I layered the trees on Soft Sea Foam cardstock, just to give it a subtle border against the Shaded Spruce base, which is embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder. To tie in the rustic forest look, I finished it with some Burlap ribbon.

The second one was a bit more neutral using Soft Suede as the base, and has some visual texture (is that a thing? it is now) with a piece of the Nature’s Poem DSP.

The giant single tree stamp is so striking, I really like it by itself! I added a little banner that I cut for the sentiment, with some wrapped up Copper Metallic Thread.

Both of these are so simple and clean, and I’m sure either one would be perfect for any occasion that calls for a masculine card!

I really hope you’ve enjoyed these, and even though time has gotten away from me recently, with the start of the new catalog I hope to have much more to show you with the new products. As soon as the date is finalized for my New Catalog Open House Card Class, I’ll get that posted up here, too!
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
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Nikki Daigneau
Janey Backer

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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

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Apr2016

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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. We 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: Our Favorite Stamp Set (or two, or three..)!

Since I’ve been a demonstrator for almost 13 years, I have LOTS of favorites… It was hard narrowing it down, but I did… to just one. Maybe one day I’ll go back and pick my top 10.. but that’s not for today. 🙂

Having picked the one set, I decided to do a technique video on Masking. Check out the video, and then continue reading on for pictures of the cards featured in the video, as well as hopping over to the rest of the wonderful blogs in this month’s hop!  Here’s the video for your amusement:

Pretty neat huh?  I think I’m getting the hang of it… mostly… well, at least I’m figuring out how to do more things with this whole video thing. There’s no stopping me now! Mwaa haa haaa! 🙂

Here are some pics of the cards featured:

Here’s another that I really liked… I love BOTH of those stamps from this set:


You can see I did some selective inking on that one to hide the base of the group of trees. This way it looks like they are in the snow.

And here are some more that have been featured on my blog in the past, you can click on them to go to those posts:

 

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And, here’s one more for a bonus… an oldie, but a goodie.. I only have a picture of this, and as you can see, I love using this tree on vellum!

So, now that you have lots of ideas for the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, hop over to Tammy’s site to see what she has for you today!

Thanks!
Mak

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 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
Anne Power
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 Reber

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

Guy Greetings masculine card from class

I have a bonus post for you today. I had originally planned on getting these all up this week, but with the distraction of a very sick cat, I didn’t finish posting the cards from my recent class.

So, here is another one we made.  I had a request to make a Father’s Day card, so this is what we did:

The cool thing about this set, Guy Greetings, is that there are MANY sentiments to choose from, and everyone got to pick the one they wanted. I love that about my classes, too, that everyone walks away with exactly what they want because we can mix and match the sentiments I have from the sets we use. 🙂  Some of them turned out to be Birthday cards!

I can’t take full credit for the whole layout of this one, as it was inspired from another Demonstrator, Brian King, where he used this same set. I changed it up a bit to use Lost Lagoon with the Crushed Curry and Early Espresso. I also used the Embossing Folder: Tiny Triangles for more texture. I love that you can mix and match various items and still get great results.
Here is another sample using the same layout:

I used Lovely as a Tree and sponged the color on with a sponge dauber for the leaves and a blender pen for the trunk.

Enjoy the bonus post today!
Mak