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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Dragonflies


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:


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:


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:


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:


Here’s a closeup of all the sparkly-ness:


(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!

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


New Occasions 2017 Catalog Sneak Peek

Hi folks! I have something cool to show you! The NEW Occasions Catalog is getting ready to launch on January 4th – and I was able to participate in card challenge coordinated by my upline using some of the new products!

I can’t show you the catalog *just* yet… soon, though!  What I can show you is projects I’ve made with the wonderful products in it!  So, today I will show you the card I made for the challenge:


It’s definitely got a bit of everything going on. 🙂  The cool polka dots and other designs inside are from the new Party Animal Designer Series Paper, which is part of the Party Animal Suite.  Who wouldn’t like it with a name like that??

The balloons and banner cutout is from the new Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies. It also has the individual balloons with the dots and stripes. This is great because this also coordinates with the Balloon Bouquet Punch in the Annual Catalog. I used the punch to get the white behind the balloons to make the design stand out more from the Emerald Envy. The “Congratulations” actually came from the Balloon Celebration Stamp set also in the Annual catalog – but there are plenty more sentiments in the new Balloon Adventures set as part of the Suite! (I just don’t have it yet!)

Here is the inside of the card, where I used the same die as the front to create the pop-up look:


Here’s a better look from the top:


It folds right down the middle, but I only put adhesive on half of the middle balloon, so it would not fold – it makes it stick out more! The Happy-Happy came from the Number of Years stamp set. It fit perfectly – I stamped it twice.

To give it all a bit of sparkle, I added Wink of Stella on the balloons, both inside and on the front:


It’s definitely a one of a kind card, and I hope it inspires you to create something colorful!

The new Occasions catalog will be posted on January 4th, and if you don’t have one – but want one!!! Let me know and I will get one to you!
It’s double-y awesome because Sale-A-Bration starts the SAME day! I’ll have some details and samples of that coming up, too.

With all the excitement brewing over the new items, don’t forget about the current Holiday Catalog!!  There are still some fantastic sales going on, and some supplies are running out!  Here is a link right over to the Closeout Specials on my online store so you don’t miss out!
Contact me today if you have any questions!