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Merry Patterns for PCC259

Hi folks!  As I’m going through all the projects I want to share with you, I came across the Paper Craft Crew’s Inspiration Challenge #259. I was completely drawn to the bright colors, and thought… I can use that!!  So here is the inspirational picture:

I was in the process of getting all the Merry Patterns cards lined up, and decided I could use the colors in the Inspiration picture to make a holiday card in a not-so-traditional fashion. Here is what I came up with:

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I love how fun and festive it turned out!  I used the Merry Patterns set (the Hostess special) with some sponge daubers to get the colored letters. I was so excited to finally use the Brightly Lit Christmas set with matching Christmas Lamppost Thinlits for the post and presents. For the background snowflakes I pulled out my go-to set of Christmas Pines – I love how they are just the right size for backgrounds!

I’m not sure what the actual colors in the Inspiration picture are, but I used Real Red, Berry Burst, Crushed Curry and Marina Mist for my card. I used my Aqua Painter with a little Smokey Slate for the shadow on the ground. For the sign, I cut out a little strip of one of the darker designs in the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I sponged a bit of Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake around the edge of the sign to blend it to the wood. I think it turned out great, and I’ll have to try this with the signs that come in the stamp set!

The last bit is some bling, because you can’t have sparklie goodness without rhinestones and Wink of Stella. It’s on the presents, and the swirl of the sign. Just be careful when squeezing your Wink of Stella pen… mine was getting towards the end, so I did squeeze it…. and it promptly told me it was NOT empty. All over the swirl. hmph.  So, I wiped some off, and kept going!  LOL. I still think it turned out fine, just a bit extra shiny in some spots. 🙂 Here are the presents all shiny:

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I hope you liked this take on a holiday card, and don’t forget you can earn the Merry Patterns set for free, just contact me if you have questions!
Happy Stamping!
Mak

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Peeking Christmas Reindeer

Here’s a quick look at one of the cards I highlighted in my first Facebook Live video.  If you missed that, hop on over there and take a peek at the video by clicking here.

It’s a quick Christmas card using traditional red and green. Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive to be exact.

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The main focus is the diamond patterned design, cut out using the Eclectic Layers thinlits. I used the Sheet Music background stamp with some Crumb Cake ink, and sponged around the edges.  The cute little reindeer peeking through the diamonds is from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.

The sentiment is from a new set in the Holiday Catalog – which goes live in just a few days! It’s called Half Full and has some cute wine glasses to go along with the fun sentiments. I swapped it from the set I used in the video, in case you are thinking it looked different! Then, tying it all together, literally, is some Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon. I think it is a fun card!

On to classes – I have some dates now lined up for my next classes – and I’ll be doing a few separate Christmas Card classes as well as the All-Occasion ones.
So, check your calendars and let me know which ones you want to attend!
The first day will be a Double Class on Saturday, September 9th! One set each of Christmas and All-Occasion cards. I’ll put them all up on my calendar with details. I hope to see you there!

Happy stamping and enjoy your day!
Mak

Global Stamping Friends Hop – Kids Cards

Hi everyone!

I found a brand new (to me) group to hop with this month! It’s the Global Stamping Friends, and it really is global!! This hops around every month on the first Friday. There are folks all around the world joining this, so please take a look at all the fun stuff people have to share.  Each month is a different theme, and this month it’s Kids Cards!

I decided to get out a set I haven’t used in a while, but had specifically bought for my own kiddo, the cute dino set, No Bones About It. I combined old with new and added in some branches made with the Seasonal Layers thinlits. Check it out…

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It’s actually a lot simpler to make than it looks. I used the same technique I used with my fall leaves in a previous post (click here to see that) – sponge daubers!
In this case, I used Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Fresh Fig! Who would have guessed those colors!  I used some Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip for the pebbles, sponging a bit over the paper once stamped. I also used the daubers on the sentiment. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the top branch is popped up with some dimensionals, so it really does give the 3D feel.

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And… the party hat is party-ready with some Wink of Stella on it. How fun is that! It even got the seal of approval from my hubby. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this card that would be perfect for any kiddo’s birthday!
Thanks for looking, and please leave a comment if you can!
Next up in the hop is Erica, so click on the Next icon to keep on hopping!

In case you get lost or want to hop around out of order, here is the list of participants:

1. Sarah McDermott
2. Lisa Hardie
3. Kristie Neal Walthall
4. Courtenay Heuston
5. Rebecca Urban
6. Rachel Macleod
7. Georgia Missy Gaydos
8. Jenn Curtis Charles
9. Christine Wrede
10. Lisa Ann Bernard
11. Angélique Stempelkeuken
12. Sharon Dalton
13. Lou Kitzelman
14 Kimberley Anne Morris
15. Vicky Wright
16. Anastasia Radloff
17. Susan Vilar
18. Christina Walker
19. Ellen Woodbridge
20. Amanda Bates
21. Cary Buckham
22. Sharleen Luciano
23. Jan Musselman
24. Anita Wifladt
25. Karie Beglau
26. Marieke Bart
27. Donna Gray
28. Mary Ann Rossiter  <— You are here!!
29. Erica Jones

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

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