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Happy Valentine’s Day

Hi folks!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I have a quick card for you from one of my recent classes. It was inspired by a card I saw online, by another Demonstrator kind enough to share, Heather Guerrero.
* Here’s a great tip.. if you ever get stuck in your crafty-funk, go look at projects online! Something is bound to inspire you. 🙂  And, if you join my team, you can have access to plenty more sample projects for your inspiration! Contact me today to find out how – or click here to do it online!
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Back to the card… I thought this would be a perfect card for the Valentine season to share with you:

I used Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Blends to color the flowers from the Petal Palette Stamp set. The background paper is the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper. The leaves are from the Petals & More Thinlits, and the Cherry Cobbler accent piece if from the Lots of Labels Framelits. To give it some sparkle, I used the Basic Black Shimmer ribbon.

For this card, I have another tip… If you are unsure of exactly when you will send your card – you can leave off the sentiment! Then, when you need the card, you can add it later for whichever event you like. This is something I like to share with my class attendees, and they can select from various sentiments during the class.

If you’d like to attend one of my classes, the next one is coming up!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb 25th.
* * I’ll need to know by the end of the day Thursday if you are coming.

Happy Stamping!
Mak

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Global Stamping Friends Hop – Love

Hi everyone!

It’s time for the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop, 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 Love!!

When I think of this theme, I think of lots and lots hearts, and of course the color red… With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, that’s pretty easy to do. So I thought, why not challenge myself a little and work outside of the box to create something a little different! I still stayed within that theme, and completely fell in love with the card I came up with, funny, huh?

Here’s my creation for this one:

Super fun and playful, and subtle enough that it shouldn’t scare anyone away. 🙂
I used the Bird Banter set, which is in the Occasions Catalog. I didn’t even realize it has the cutest little heart in there! That’s what I used to make sure it stayed with the Love theme. I stamped them in Cherry Cobbler, then filled them in with Wink of Stella. It pulled a bit of color in to make it a little pink. I really like how it turned out.

Here’s a close up of the Wink of Stella, which is on the parrot, too!

The parrot is colored with a whole bunch of Blends! I just started on one end of the color spectrum, and kept going! They are so fun to work with. I fussy cut him out so he stood out from the leaves behind him. The Lemon Lime Twist branch is from the Petals & More Thinlits, which I can’t seem to get away from, I am so happy with that suite of products, and keep using them!

The Layered Leaves embossing folder is used twice to give the background some texture. The circles use the Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles framelits.

Such a fun card and I can’t wait to make a few more birds to color!  I hope you liked this one and I hope you enjoy hopping through the rest of today’s Blog Hop!  Click the “Next” arrow to continue on, or click on any of the names below if you get lost or want to hop around.
Mak

  1. Libby Dyson 
  2. Anastasia Radloff 
  3. Erica Jones  
  4. Tricia Butts
  5. Cheryl Algie 
  6. Jan Musselman 
  7. Amanda Farlinger 
  8. Jenn Curtis Charles 
  9. Karie Beglau 
  10. Rachel Macleod 
  11. Amber Thompson 
  12. Courtenay Heuston 
  13. Rebecca Urban 
  14. Amanda Bates 
  15. Claudia Perry 
  16. Kimberley Anne Morris 
  17. Marieke Bart 
  18. Mary Ann Kay Rossiter  <– you are here!
  19. Georgia missy Aubrey-Gaydos 
  20. Christina Walker 
  21. Lisa Henderson 

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Anything Love

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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 is anything LOVE!
One thing we all love is having a guest blogger. 🙂  Welcome this month to Tami White!! YAY!! If you have not seen one of her ‘Stampin Scoop Show’ videos, you must take some time to do so. She shows some cute projects, and she is a hoot!

On to the theme this month… since there are so many directions you could go with this, I decided to do a project incorporating something I love – rainbow-like colors! I’m sure it’s not the typical thing you think of when someone says ‘love’, but hopefully it will inspire you to create something you love, too!
I recently saw a technique used by blending inks together to get those rainbow like colors I love so much. It’s something I’ve done before, but just not with the color combo I found this time! I’ve used the more traditional rainbow colors, but this one is a bit on the brighter side – and I’m ok with that!

Take a look here at the finished card, then I’ll share the steps to get there:

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Isn’t that stunning? The rainbow background is created by using multiple inks with sponges, then flicking a bit of water onto the paper! Super simple!

This is such a great combo. And – it’s actually only four colors, Melon Mambo, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay. I used some sponges and rubbed the color on some Whisper White, and made sure to overlap the edges of the colors. The overlapping gives you the additional colors. Then, I took a bit of water and flicked it onto the paper. Let it sit a moment, and it will start to form little white ‘bubbles’ in the color. You can let them dry or dab them with a paper towel.

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The picture above has one with the water spots, one without.  Here is a close up of the water, since even the little bitty specks look pretty neat close up:

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In the finished card, I even added a bonus layer of hearts stamped with the White Craft ink. I think I made the hearts too subtle, but you can still see them.
I layered it using the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper. It has Melon Mambo hearts to coordinate.   The dragonfly and sentiment are from the Occasions catalog – Dragonfly Dreams Bundle. I covered the dragonfly with Wink of Stella to make it shimmer, then placed it on some wound up Silver Metallic Thread:

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I love how it turned out, so bright and cheery. For those of us living in the snowy part of the country, I’m sure it’s something nice and bright to look at with hopes of a short winter! Shorter winter means the sooner we can see colorful flowers!

Since I had two pieces of my background paper I was trying out, here’s the second card I made with it:

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I made sure to get the hearts a little darker this time.  They came from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set. The sentiment is heat embossed using Versamark and White embossing powder. It’s from the Grateful Bunch stamp set. The dragonfly on here is a little smaller than the first one.. but don’t worry, you get both sizes in the bundle. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed my take on “anything love” and please feel free to let me know what you love, too!

* Don’t forget to RSVP for my class this weekend if you plan on coming! *

Happy Stamping,
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:

Anna Masciovecchio
Guest Blogger: Tami White
Crystal Komara
Libby Fens
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 Harvey Reber
Jenny Gauthier

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Retiring Products

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: Retiring Products!

www.stampinmak.comYep, it’s that time of year again where we make room for the new by saying goodbye to the old! Click on the Farewell image to be taken to the online store with retiring items. Some items are even at a discount!

Well, it turns out I have made quite a few cards over the past year with some of the products that are now retiring. Some I’ve shared and some I haven’t yet. I decided to gather up a bunch of them to share with you today – since pretty soon these will be retired and I don’t want you to miss out!

Some of these I’ve done at my classes and some I’ve modeled after ideas I’ve seen online, or I’ve been given a sample and asked to recreate something similar. These all have some retiring products on them, and I’ll point those out.

Here is a simple yet elegant card using the Sassy Salutations greeting:

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This next birthday card uses the Big News stamped greeting, and the heart punch from Itty Bitty Punch Pack to make the bottom of the balloon (just overlap the hearts).

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Here is a very fall-ish card using the For All Things set. It also has the Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine and some Typeset Designer Series Paper:

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This next one also uses a few different retiring items, featuring the Vivid Vases single stamp. It’s also got the flower from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, the Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine, the Stylish Stripes embossing folder, and Crystal Effects on the flowers to make them shine… ALL retiring!

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Stepping back (or really far forward) to Christmas time, here is a fantastic winter tree scene using the White Christmas set:

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Here are some more that I’ve already featured on my blog, but wanted to highlight them again now that the items are retiring.

This is an older card, so I know the DSP used isn’t around anymore, but I wanted to point out the stamp and punch used. It’s the Festival of Trees stamp set with coordinating Tree Punch. I wanted to show you this stamp doesn’t have to be used only for Christmas. 🙂
If you click on the following pictures, they will take you to their original posts.

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This one was my first try at the Northern Lights technique, of which I still need to try again.. I think I see a video in the future for it 🙂   It’s got The Open Sea for the ship, and the sentiment is from Project Life Remember This:

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Here is a lovely set that can be used any time of the year to support the troops, For Your Country:

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This next one was my Bokeh technique, and highlights the sentiment from the Hello Life set:

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And, last but not least, I have to show of a kitty cat card (or 3)…
This set, You Little Furball, made me so happy, then I was extremely sad to see it on the retired list. BUT….. for all you animal lovers out there… you will NOT be disappointed by the new catalog! WOW…I can’t wait to start sharing some of the samples I make with those as soon as I can get my hands on them! 🙂
Here are the three with this set that I’ve posted here a while back:

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I couldn’t help it… It is such a fun set!

I hope you enjoyed looking through these, and if you want to purchase anything before it’s gone forever, click on the catalogs on the left of my blog or the “Shop Now” link in the menu at the top.   Hopefully everyone gets what they are looking for, but you have to act fast – since some items are ‘as supplies last’!

Thanks for looking around this time, and click on through to see the rest of the hop!  Tammy is next on the list, and you can get there by clicking the picture below –
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 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
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

 

Blogging Friends Blog Hop for Valentine’s

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Welcome to the “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators located all across the U.S. and Canada who had never met before. Well, actually, we still haven’t met yet (in person). . . But, through our common bond of Stampin’ Up! and a shared love of papercrafting we have created a fun new blog hop. 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 Valentines or Reds and Pinks!

What I want to share with you today is one of the cards I created for my recent class (which was AWESOME, btw!)… There were 5 different designs, and being close to Valentine’s day, I wanted to make sure we had at least one that could be used for that purpose!
Don’t worry, I’ll have some more classes scheduled soon, so if you missed that one, there will be more! I have a placeholder for the end of February, so keep an eye out for more details on that one!
So…. here was my card:

I have seen several uses of the wonderful window from the Hearth & Home Thinlits, and thought this was perfect with the tree from the coordinating stamp set, Happy Home. These are both featured in the new Occasions Catalog, and even come as a bundle. 🙂
For my colors, I used Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo for the pinks, and Pear Pizzazz for the green grass. The tree and grass are stamped in Basic Gray, and then colored with markers. If you look closely, you can see the sparkle of the Dazzling Details glitter on the tree. Then, it’s all wrapped up with some Smokey Slate (pun intended!) thick baker’s twine.
I also like that this can be used for a Valentine’s card, or not! It’s that versatile.

I’m hoping you’ll enjoy taking a look at all the other Valentine themed ideas in this blog hop, too!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!  At the bottom of this post, you’ll see another image similar to the one above, and when you click on it, 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 – and you’ll see all of the amazing projects created for your inspiration!  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
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Areli Johnson
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Susan Timchack
Sarah Cade
Rick Adkins