A Watercolor Rose For Christmas

I’ve been looking for an excuse to try watercoloring on darker paper, and the Global Design Project color challenge #GDP213 gave me the perfect reason to pull out the Aqua Painters!

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This is also a sneak peek at a NEW product suite coming on November 1st and I’m using the “Christmas Rose” stamp set from that breathtaking collection:

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It looks sumptuous, doesn’t it? But it was surprisingly simple! I embossed the outline image on the top and bottom of the Smoky Slate card stock in white, then did a quick watercolor wash with an Aqua Painter and a few drops of Whisper White ink over the places I wanted to color. Once that dried, I picked up the colors with my cleaned Aqua Painter and started to add the color.

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The embossed image helps keep the ink in place and the colors just POPPED off the paper! I practically broke my arm patting myself on the back, it turned out soooo pretty!

After multiple ribbon variations, I settled on a flat “mailing” bow to finish it off, and dressed up the inside of the card like this:

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This is also going to be one of the cards we make at my Christmas Card Class on November 9th in Spanish Fork, UT:  if you register for the class, you’ll find out how easy it really is!

Pink for October

Updated 10/29/19: Marni Maxwell is the winner of the giveaway! Hurrah!

The most frightening things in life aren’t monsters, witches and goblins. The scariest things are more personal and realistic, like loneliness, human cruelty and illness that can lead to loss of life. If you or someone you love is/has gone through cancer, you know how truly scary that can be.

Let’s pause the Halloween parade for a moment and find a way to give support to those who are struggling with cancer. Sometimes we don’t know what to say or do when a friend is going through illness: a card can be a tangible reminder that you are loving and praying for them always.

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While I made this Tri-fold card pink for Breast Cancer awareness, you could easily change the colors to support the challenge you are consoling. IMG_3441-(W) 2

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The internet is good for some things: When I was looking for what to write to someone with cancer, I found this article (from the cancer.livebetterwith website) had the best advice. Here’s a tidbit from Alison & Brian, who were interviewed for ideas:

” ‘Anecdotes of everyday life connect the reader back with the real world’ – and this can be a pleasant change for people who are spending lots of time at home in bed, or traveling to and from the hospital… Even small observations can really help to draw your reader out of their day-to-day routine and give them pause to think and reflect.”

Download card tutorial here

Let’s make someone’s day: If you have a friend going through Breast Cancer now (October 2019), please leave a comment and tell me why they are special to you. I’ll draw a winner at random for the Support Ribbon Framelit Dies (for you to keep and make this card) and a lovely Breast Cancer Crusade Ribbon bracelet (for you to give to your friend)!

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Winner will be drawn on October 28th.

What’s New at SU!- Harvest Hellos

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Falling leaves, pumpkin spice, cool weather, apple cider and a Fall-Themed Blog Hop with Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the globe who love sharing ideas with you: Does it get better than this?

I’m using the Harvest Hellos bundle from the 2019 Holiday Catalog today, with a twist on traditional Halloween colors: I like the CUTE part of the holiday, so Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather and Calypso Coral comprise my basic color palette:

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Betcha can’t look at that pumpkin without smiling!

If you think all white card stock is the same, you haven’t tried our ULTRASMOOTH card stock!! I stamped the pumpkin on that amazing Whisper White card stock in Calypso Coral ink, then used a blender pen to add more of the ink to color him in.

IMG_2942-(W)The Stitched Rectangle Dies make the layers on this card in a snap, add a little vinery by way of the Sprig Punch, and you’ve got a pumpkin patch!

I love it when you say “Hi” and leave me a comment, then hop on over to Diane’s blog for another happy fall project or back to Judi’s Country Home project page:

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The Complete September Blog Hop Roll Call:
Margriet Siekman – Creatiefmarsie
Pat Ertman – Gifted Hands, Ink!
Tricia Butts – Triciastampingcreations
Terry Montgomery – Terryficcards
Judi Anderson – Judistamps
Loni Spendlove – Creative Juice by Loni
Diane Browning – 24-7 Inkspiration
Anke Heim – Scraphexe
Sharon Burkert – As the Ink Dries

Plaid Tidings for Christmas

Starting your holiday greeting cards? Create cozy when you use the Wrapped in Plaid  suite to create cards, gifts, tags and holiday decorations that evoke all the comfort of being snowed into a cabin in the woods! 2019_HOL_P12_A.jpg

Here’s a quick and easy card that you could create from all of the Wrapped In Plaid Designer Series Paper and some foil sheets, and the trick is to punch out the gold tree before you adhere the DSP to the gold layer!

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You can even use the plaid tree you punch out for the inside of the card:

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I’ve created a tutorial for you: Download it below and order the supplies from my Stampin’ Store.

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MAKE your holiday merry by getting an early start!

Birthday Bash with the (big) Girls

Who said getting older isn’t fun?

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This group of my long-time crafty friends know how to party! It was Sarajane’s birthday and she wanted to spend time creating with her friends, so I was pleased to oblige and planned a celebration that centered on CAKE!

“Those who craft together, stay together” and these ladies prove it: They have stamped, scrapbooked, quilted and crafted for MANY years.

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All their projects used the Piece of Cake stamp set and Cake Builder Punch…I think the piece de resistance was the cake push pop: It was a show stopper!

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Thanks for letting me celebrate your SWEET LIFE, Sarajane!

If you want to plan a birthday party with me, contact me the month before your big day and let’s make it FUN!

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What’s New: Birds of A Feather

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You must be as excited about holiday crafting as I am, since you are joining our blog hop with this creative group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world! We are hoppin’ with ideas to share with you from the upcoming Holiday Catalog!

I’m giving you a “sneak beak” at one stamp set you’ll certainly want in your crafting “bag of chicks”: the Birds of a Feather stamp set.

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The colors are Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze with Very Vanilla. It was fun to use the Stampin’ Blends to color the cook, too.

This could be the (tur)KEY to a lovely Thanksgiving table setting: Simply replace the greeting with the name of a guest and set it above their plate to indicate where they should sit for the meal of the year!

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The perfect complimenting stamp to the Birds of a Feather set is the All Wired Up background stamp from the annual catalog, don’t you agree?

With a cute bird for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas AND Valentines (and a corresponding greeting for each), you’ll FLY to this set when you need to make something adorable this holiday season: Put it on your wish list for September 4th, when the Holiday catalog goes live!PREVIOUSNEXT

Before you fly on to Anke’s blog (or back to Margriet’s), feel free to leave me a comment or message~ It always makes my day to know if you liked what I shared! And here’s a bonus alternate card using the same layout and stamp set, with different colors and images for sending a little love any day of the year: IMG_2776 (W)

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Stampin’ Spotlight: Follow Your Art Suite

The Annual Catalog Inspiration

Follow Your Art Suite Spotlight

We follow our hearts when we create handmade cards and gifts that bring us and those around us joy.

The Follow Your Art Suite is a celebration of tools and images from our stamping and paper craft hobbies and is stashed full of fun stamps, paper, dies, and an embossing folder. The Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit is an accessory lovers dream combination of stitched felt accents, linen thread, mini paper clips, and silver charms all packaged in a sturdy designer storage box.

It’s hard to choose, but my favorite part of the suite might just be the adorable custom Stampin’ Up! branded Washi Tape and mini Stampin’ Up! logo boxes. They are too cute to resist!

Check out the tutorial below for just one of many projects you can create. What will you create when you Follow Your Art?

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PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cut Whisper White cardstock to 3″ x 6″. Score at 3″ along 6″ side to create a 3″ x 3″ mini note card.
  • Cut yellow striped Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper to 3″ x 3″ and add to front of card.
  • Cut Coastal Cabana washed Follow Your Art paper to 2″ x 3-3/4″. Adhere across card diagonally from bottom left to top right. Trim off excess paper at edge of card.
  • Wrap Pacific Point Linen Linen Thread from the Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit around your fingers 4-5 times to create loops that are about 2-1/2″ across. Adhere to card with a few Glue Dots. Layers you’ll add on top will also help hold the thread in place.
  • Cut Vellum Cardstock 1-1/8″ x 4″. Adhere diagonally across the first diagonal strip with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Place Stampin’ Dimensionals near center of strip where they will be covered with other layers. Trim off excess vellum parallel to the edge of the card leaving about 1/4″ past each side.
  • Punch Calypso Coral scissor Follow Your Art paper with Starburst Punch. Add to card slightly right of center.
  • Stamp stacked ribbon image with Basic Gray ink on scrap Whisper White cardstock. Die cut with coordinating Arts & Crafts Die.
  • Watercolor image with an Aqua Painter using Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, and Crushed Curry ink pads. Adhere to starburst layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp greeting on scrap Whisper White with Pacific Point ink. Cut out around image and banner cut left edge with Paper Snips.
  • Adhere greeting overlapping the top edge of the Calypso Coral stitched, die-cut felt scallop from the Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Use just a bit to avoid running. Use the glue to adhere the greeting and felt embellishment to the card.
  • Add Gingham Gala Sequins. This adorable mini note is ready to share with any of your crafty friends!

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Above the Clouds (+ 3 for Free)

Still on my bucket list: Ride in a Hot Air Balloon.

At least I can stamp some balloons with the Above the Clouds bundle from Stampin’ Up! until I can check the adventure off:

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On Monday I demonstrated this card during my Lunchtime Live broadcast from my Creative Juice Facebook Page:

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I announced that during August 2019, anyone who ordered the Above the Clouds bundle from my Stampin’ Store will get 3 exclusive card tutorials via email PLUS I will mail them the paper goods to create those 3 cards at the end of the month!

Here’s a peek at the cards…and one of them is a fabulous fun fold:

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While you can use any colors of ink you’d like, here are the ones I used in the tutorial (you can add them to your order if you don’t have them): Pacific Point, Melon Mambo,  Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green and Seaside Spray. You will also need an Aquapainter OR Blender Pen and a Stampin’ Sponge.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get your 3 Above the Clouds card supplies and tutorial FREE: Order the bundle by August 31st from my Stampin’ Store!

Stop to Smell the Roses

Gardening is NOT a talent I possess. My husband is the green thumb and loves getting his hands in the dirt…and I let him. When it comes to the roses (and the last three homes we’ve lived in have multiple rosebushes), they are the exception: I do enjoy pruning and cultivating the bushes to keep them healthy and producing blossoms that grace my table as long as it’s blooming season.

To a Wild Rose stamp set was designed by Million Dollar Demonstrator Mary Ellen Byler and is a Distinktive 2- or 3-step stamp set, enabling you to get many different looks with one stamp set, so we can enjoy roses all year long!149452g

This set has a coordinating set of Wild Rose dies. Through June 2, 2020, you save 10% when you buy the bundle (stamps and dies together)

One night I played around with color combinations for these flowers: You can see that I stamped the boldest rose image in the lighter color with the highlights in a darker color over the top. When you add the outline image, it gives it a completely different look. Which do you like best: With or without the outline? savingPNG 5

I needed some new birthday cards for my team, so I started with just the first two images and stamped these cards (added the outline on the envelope): savingPNG 6

If you are part of my team…pretend to be surprised when your birthday card arrives!

Then I decided that it would look gorgeous on Very Vanilla card stock, too so I tried it with the detail image and they both are abso-bloomin’-lutely gorgeous cards:

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If you would like to make some of your own, I’ve got the instructions, supplies and measurements for you in a .pdf HERE

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You can click either of the two photos above to download the tutorial! Thanks for shopping in my store for your supplies and keep some “fresh” flowers handy with this stamp set!

Wildly Happy to Craft!

It’s Fri-YAY because sketch challenges make me WILDLY HAPPY! It’s a creative exercise I look forward to as often as I have a moment to create. If you need to strengthen your imagination, sketch and color challenges are the best “strength training” you can do.fb_img_1560993860054

Something else that makes me WILDLY HAPPY is babies: Grandbabies, baby animals, whatever! And stamps make me giddy, of course, and the Wildly Happy stamp set is the first one that came to mind when I saw the #tgifc220 sketch.

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This was also a great excuse to use the Rectangle Stitched Framelit dies: What’s not to love about that adorable little detail? wildly happy

I added just a bit of light Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend marker to the bunnies and grounded them with light Crumb Cake. If you don’t have the polka dot tulle ribbon, make sure it’s on your next order: It will be your favorite accessory for your cards, and you don’t even need much to give it a little pizzazz.

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