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Amazing Peacock with Brusho

Hi folks!

Here is another card we did at my recent class. I got the idea from a card I saw online, by Amy Koenders.  I love how it turned out with the splash of color all over the card!

It’s made using a few of the Sale-a-Bration items you can earn for FREE.
First is the Beautiful Peacock acting as the center of attention. You can earn that for FREE with a $50 purchase.
Next is the “Amazing” thinlit from the Celebrate You Thinlits Die Set. You can earn that die set for FREE with a qualifying $100 purchase.

How fun are those together?!
On to the background…I needed a deep color to go with the deep colors in the card, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, and Tranquil Tide.  So I played with the Prussian Blue Brusho, which is in the Occasions Catalog. That was so easy, too! I got the paper a bit wet (you can use our spritzer), then sprinkled a little bit of the Brusho on it, then spritzed the paper again.  Voila! Instant Color! The trick is to make sure you have time to let it dry…

Finishing off the supply list is the Vellum under the Amazing word, the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and some Rhinestones!

This was a lot of fun to make, and I love that no two cards are ever the same using the Brushos!  I’m hoping you’ll join me for future card classes!
Don’t forget to RSVP if you are planning on coming to the next one on the 25th!
Happy Stamping!
Mak

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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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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Holiday Catalog

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 Holiday Catalog!

There are so many wonderful things to pick from! I’ve chosen just a few items to use this time, but look for lots more to come during the duration of the catalog!

This card I made uses three brand new items:

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– The stamp set “Watercolor Christmas” for the whimsical sentiment.
– Silver Foil Snowflakes – they come with silver and gold!
– Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper with little snowflakes.

Here’s a closeup of the shiny snowflake, and a bit of shimmer from some Wink of Stella that I splattered on the black cardstock.

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There’s a strip of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper along the side, for even more sparkle. Some metallic thread behind the words, and a few rhinestones on the centers of the snowflakes finish off the card.  I love that it can be used for any holiday. It’s neutral colors make it a great option for almost anything.

You can get any of these items by stopping by my online store here. Don’t forget to use the current host code GXQ4WSYR if your order is under $150. If you have any questions – just let me know!

Thanks for stopping by and looking, I hope you 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 Rick, and I hope you have fun looking through everyone’s projects!

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
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Jessica Mink
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Rick Adkins
Lisa Harvey Reber

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Retiring Items

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 Retiring items!

WOW..There are so many retiring items each year – which makes me sad to see them go, but excited for the new products that will take their place! With so many to choose from, I’ve decided to show a few items here that are special to me.

This first one was from the Occasions catalog. It’s using the stamp set Chase Your Dreams. You may recall I used this one on a previous card with a sunset, for the sentiment. This time I’ve used the stamp that was my whole reason for buying it! The castle! 🙂

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As soon as I saw this I knew I had to get it, well, because I’ve been there! This is Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. It truly is the fairy tale castle. So, I’ve made it a simple card, focusing on the castle itself, and added some shading with sparkle around it.

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I am definitely sorry to see this go, but will also be making sure to make lots more cards with this set!  For this particular card, I used Smokey Slate and Cherry Cobbler, and then blender pens with the ink pads to color it in. There’s also a bit of Crushed Curry, and Soft Sky is sponged in the background.

This next one I want to share because it went with the sunset card. They both used retiring items and used the same technique to create them… A lot of sponging! It’s sometimes called the galaxy technique, and in this card, I actually made a galaxy!

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Starting out with lots of bright colors… just start sponging. Overlap, leave gaps.. doesn’t matter. The proceed with a darker color, like Night of Navy. Fill in some of the gaps and overlap the colors. To get the stars, I’ve used one of my favorite retiring sets, Gorgeous Grunge. I’m not sure what I’ll do without it! I inked the dots in white ink, then stamped all over the card. I finished it off by flicking an Aqua Painter on it (just plain water), along with some Wink of Stella. The sentiment, very appropriate, comes from Over the Rainbow (also retiring). It’s embossed in white, then finished off with more Stella.

I hope these inspire you to get creating!
The retiring items are going fast, some are as supplies last! If you need anything off your wish list, just give me a call, or shop my online store <click here> using the current Hostess Code: 6PYCBX7J, or click the image below:

Thanks for stopping by!
Mak


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:

Crystal Komara
Libby Fens
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Jodi Skrip Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Harvey Reber

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – The Color Yellow

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 color YELLOW!

I’m generally not a specific fan of yellow, but I kept thinking what a pretty spring color it can be!  So, today I have 3 cards for you using various shades of yellow, with a few supporting colors to go with them.

I even got to dig into a few stamp sets I haven’t used in a while! Here are the details on the individual cards…

Up first….. A card for any occasion.

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This is using the Beautiful You set from the Occasions Catalog, along with some Designer Series Paper in Delightful Dijon. The Stitched framelits and the coordinating Oval framelits fit together perfectly to give a nice border.
I added some rhinestones and Wink of Stella for some sparkle:

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I immediately thought I needed to make some flowers, so I dug out my Flower Patch set! I haven’t used that in months!! But – it’s springtime, so hopefully more and more flowers will be used soon.

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I used lots of yellows for this one. Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, and Crushed Curry all make up the flowers. I added a bit of Peekaboo Peach on the tips and centers of a few to give it a bit more depth. Early Espresso rounds out the inks with the Banners for You stamp set and coordinating Framelit. I wrapped up some gold metallic thread behind the banner and added some rhinestones to the flowers. The background was just a bit of sponging and some dots from the Timeless Textures stamp set.

The last one I have for you today is now one of my favorites.

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It’s using the Hexagons embossing folder from the Occasions folder, and is so nifty in person. It’s one of the extra deep folders, so the design is very well defined. I used Crushed Curry for this one. The sentiment is from the Host set – Time of Year. I stamped it with Memento on vellum, then embossed it with clear embossing powder. The cute little bees are actually from one of my favorite sets from the Occasions Catalog – Dragonfly Dreams, with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. I stamped it, then wanted to cut out the bee – but I chose not to put bonus paper behind it when I was done, so you can see through the bee. oops. 🙂
I did, however, remember to get the wings all shiny with Wink of Stella:

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This was pretty cool to get a set of cards in one shade of color.. maybe in the future I’ll do this again with other colors… who knows, anything is possible!

I hope you liked these projects, and make sure to check out all the other wonderful projects from the other Blog Hop members!! No joke!
Mak


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:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Mary Blocher
Jessica Mink
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins