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Watercoloring A Sara Thing with Paper Pumpkin

Hey folks!!

For all you crafty Paper Pumpkin folks out there… Did you SEE the April Paper Pumpkin??  WOW! I just loved it!  For those non-Paper Pumpkin folks out there (you know who you are)… holy cow you need to see what you were missing. 🙂

The kit comes with 3 different card designs, but I only have one for you right now because I was drawn to the geometric-flower-block design with all the bright colors.  It’s a piece of watercolor paper, with a clear embossed design on it. You can use the watercolor pencils (which came in the kit) to color the paper, and overlap a little as you go. It’s actually quite simple. The harder you press, the darker the color will be. This is what that looks like:

Then, you use the cute little paintbrush that comes with it, and just brush a bit of water over the blocks. My tip is to stay on the dryer side.. don’t use too much water otherwise it will all just run the colors together. This is what it turns out like with only 4 colors, overlapping to create the other colors:

I was so excited by this card, I didn’t even get out my background paper to take the pics!  Once I put it all together on the nifty black paper, stamped the sentiment (which is Sara’s actual handwriting!!), added some washi tape and the adorable glittery flower… it comes together like so:

All of this was in the kit!  I hope you like this one. It’s probably one of my favorite Paper Pumpkin kits ever!

Just fyi – there are only refills available out in my store right now <click here to get to it> – so you won’t be able to get the stamp set that goes with it, but if you get the refill, you are always welcome to come over and borrow my stamps. 🙂 Remember, you must be a subscriber to be able to order refills! Contact me if you have any questions on it, or need help signing up!

I’m including the link to the video by Sara, the CEO of Stampin’ Up! This is pretty cool because it walks through everything – which is not usually done like this. In case you were not familiar with it, there is a quick video each month revealing the contents, and lots of online resources for alternative projects!

Let me know if you have any questions, or need to order anything!  Keep an eye out next week for the monthly Blogging Friends Blog Hop on the 1st, where we will feature retiring products.. and I’ll have a few more things to share about that between now and then!  Thanks for stopping by!
Mak

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Summer Fun!

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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. 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: Summer Fun!!

So, I was actually drawing a blank on this one for a while… until the other night. It was super nice weather outside, nice enough for a small bonfire, which we started up, ate dinner out in the backyard, hung out with family and friends.

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Then, when it got really dark I looked over to the far side of the yard – and that’s when I saw the coolest thing. Ok, first of all, I grew up in Ohio. Fireflies are not new to me. But this, this was pretty cool. There were a TON of them… all blinking over in the fields, and it actually looked like there were holiday lights set up in the back yard. We joked about aliens… but seriously. it was cool. 🙂
Oh, and second…  we used to call them lightning bugs….

Anyway, that’s where I got the inspiration for this month’s project. Fireflies! Fireflies remind me of summer, and they were out in full force! So, I made a card with them. Not the actual fireflies. That would be gross. So I stamped them and used plenty of Wink of Stella to make them shimmer.
BTW – Here is what happens when you use too much Wink of Stella:

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Poor, poor little lightning bug.

So, after a little bit of cleanup…. on to my card….  I though a shaker card would be appropriate, as well as not actually keeping the buggies all locked up. This is what happens when you set them free:

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I used the new Jar of Love bundle, with the Jar of Love stamp set and the Everyday Jars Framelits. I stamped a bunch of fireflies, and used the dies to cut them out. They are all up on dimensionals.
There is a window sheet over the jar so they don’t fly through the jar AND so the sequins from the most recent Paper Pumpkin kit don’t fall out! I thought they would go great with all the colors from the background Designers Series Paper – The Playful Palette DSP Stack. I used the Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy for the card to match the DSP.
To pop up the jar and make it the shaker card, I used the new foam adhesive strips… fantastic things!  I then used the fringe scissors for the grass and some of the white baker’s twine for the tag.

Here is a close up of the grass… I did several random trimmings with some scissors so the top didn’t look flat:

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Here are the cute ‘glowing’ bugs up close too:

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I like the way it turned out! I hope to make many more projects with these jars.. so many possibilities!!  I hope you liked this,too,  and enjoy your summer, wherever you are! (if it’s winter where you are.. enjoy your winter!)
Mak


Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, and I hope you enjoy 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!

Continue on Blog Hop IconParticipating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jessica Mink
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Reber

June Specials for You and ONE DAY DEAL

Hi folks!!

I have a three of the latest Stampin’ Up! specials to share, and this first one is a VERY limited time offer!  Stampin’ Up is doing a FLASH SALE!

Paper Pumpkin ONE DAY DEAL:
Starting at 7 pm Eastern time TODAY, Thursday until 1:50 am Saturday (just about 31 hours total), you can take advantage of this amazing deal.
For NEW Paper Pumpkin subscribers, you get the first month for only $5.00!
Use promo code “ONEDAYDEAL” at my Paper Pumpkin site:

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Click on the above picture to go right to my Paper Pumpkin site to sign up! Let me know if you have any questions!


The next specials are for all of June, but you won’t want to wait until the end of the month for these. 🙂

Extra Stampin’ Rewards!

www.stampinmak.comHosts who have an event (a workshop, class, book party, a personal order…) in June with $350 or more in sales for that event will receive $35 in Extra Stampin’ Rewards for the order.  How fun is that??  Click here or on the picture above to read more about hosting a workshop.  Contact me ASAP to set up your Workshop or Book party so you can claim your free products!


More Stamps Please!
That’s right, even MORE free products!  During June, when you choose to join my team, you can pick TWO FREE stamps as part of your starter kit!
That’s potentially an additional value of $104… for free. 🙂

www.stampinmak.comFor the cost of the Starter Kit, which is only $99, you get:
– Your pick of $125 in products
Free shipping (local taxes apply)
TWO FREE Stamps (any dollar amount)
– Minimum of 20% discount on all future orders
– Some business supplies are thrown in ($50 worth), you get early access to new products before they are public, and much more!
This all adds up to a possible $279 for only $99 and FREE shipping!   How can you pass this up? 🙂
Contact me today to find out how to become a member of my team, OR just click the picture above to be taken to the “Join the Fun” page.


WOW!  I know that is a lot going on with all of those specials, and if you have ANY questions about it, please just let me know!

One last item..  Don’t forget about my Open House this weekend for the New Catalog… If you have not sent in your RSVP, time is running out!!
Click here so you can enter your RSVP right away!

I hope to hear from everyone soon, and look forward to sharing the new catalog with you!
Mak

Time is running out – SAB ends March 31st

Hi folks!

I don’t want anyone to miss out on a few specials right now…

Sale-A-Bration ends this Thursday!! If you have not placed your order yet, and still want to, be sure to do it before April 1st!

For each $50 you spend, you get to pick a FREE Sale-A-Bration item. You can place an order online, or contact me. Please use the Hostess Code AWD2Q7MF for online orders.
If you join my team, you can pick an additional $30 of product during SAB!

And….  The 3-month pre-paid subscription to Paper Pumpkin is on sale for only $55 – which also qualifies you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! It’s a win-win!
Since it’s also Paper Pumpkin’s 3rd birthday, if you sign up by April 10th, you get an additional FREE stamp set for April’s kit! How cool is that?

Lots of cool things going on!  Speaking of cool things.. I’ve been working on some more videos, and will have another one posted for my blog hop on April 1st.. so make sure to come back and see that!  I’ve also got a few more in the works and will get those posted soon, too.  If you have suggestions for things you’d like to see, just let me know. I’m starting off with less complicated projects, and will work my way up as I get the hang of it.  I’m doing them in the style of a class for now… more instructional.


As for my next in-person class..  That is on Saturday, April 9th.
It will be another Birthday / All-Occasion Card class. You can never have too many of those!  Just remember to bring your own adhesive.RSVP by Thursday night, April 7th.

If there are any questions on the class, Sale-A-Bration, Paper Pumpkin, videos, or if you have suggestions on what you would like to see, just let me know!
I’d love to hear from you!
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