Wednesday, August 22, 2018

No line coloring technique

I've been seeing a lot of this "no line coloring" technique on the interwebs lately, so I thought we'd give it a try.  The very short version is - you stamp your out-line image in Sahara Sand - STAMPED OFF ONCE - then color it in.

You could also use Crumb Cake, or Smoky Slate...any light beige-ish or gray-ish color.

Next is coloring.  I used some of the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment #2 on this card.  You can use ANY coloring medium that you want - colored pencils, Blends markers, regular markers, chalks, reinker with aqua painters, ink pads with aqua painters.  

I am not very good at coloring.  Never have been.  That's okay.  What I did here is outlined everything with the watercolor pencil.  Then color a bit more on one side.

Then I swiped the color around/to the right with a Blender pen.  

You can see that the lines are mostly transparent once you color. 

Give it a try!  

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Soft Sayings Card Kit, balloon (from an old Sale-a-Bration set...any outline balloon will do!)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Tuxedo Black
Paper: Whisper White Thick
Other:  Watercolor Pencils - both assortment packs, Blender pens, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

High Tide in blues

My mom needed a card similar to my Gorgeous Grape Healing Hugs card from the other day - but for a guy.  Easy enough to keep the design very similar, but change up the card size, colors, and stamps! 

I continued with the tone-on-tone background.  Embossed a piece of Blueberry Bushel with the Ruffled embossing folder.  I stamped a 1" x 4" strip of Night of Navy with the wave/water images from the High Tide stamps. 

I added a bit of the 5/8" Burlap on to the front of the card, held in place with some Fast Fuse.  You could also use Sticky Strip - you need something super strong. 

I punched out a piece of Night of Navy with the Everyday Label punch, then stamped it with some speckles (can't remember which set I used).   Pop that on top of the burlap with some Stampin' Dimensionals.  Then I stamped the lighthouse in Blueberry Bushel and Night of Navy.  Hand-cut it, and attached it to the label punch with glue.

Final step is to stamp the greeting from Healing Hugs, and punch out with the Pretty Label punch. 

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  High Tide, Healing Hugs
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy
Paper:  Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Ruffled embossing folder, Everyday Label punch, Pretty Label punch, 5/8" Burlap, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue dots, Tombow Liquid glue

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Gorgeous Grape truly IS Gorgeous!

The new Gorgeous Grape color truly is beautiful!  I paired it with another new color, Granny Apple Green, for this card.  The card is 4 1/4" square, which means it can still fit in a Medium envelope and go through the mail.  Don't forget - square envelopes require extra postage!

I love a tone-on-tone background, so I embossed a layer of Gorgeous Grape with the new Tufted dynamic embossing folder.  I love that pattern! 

For the flower, I stamped off once to get this lighter version.  That texture really comes through from the Healing Hugs stamp, which is one of the "Distinktive" stamps.   I did the same for the leaves.  Stamped off once with the Granny Apple Green ink.  Hand-cut both of those pieces, and attach the leaves behind the flower.

The strip of Granny Apple Green has some of the criss-cross pattern stamped across randomly, not covering the entire piece.   I did leave some blank space.  I added the criss-crosses to the greeting bit also.

I added a little more texture with a piece of the Whisper White Polka Dot organza Tulle ribbon - just twisted it around once and attached it to the front of the card with a little glue.  Put the flower/leaf right over top of that with Stampin' Dimensionals.   The greeting is popped up with some Dimensionals as well.

I love these colors together, and all of the texture on this card.  I can see making this card in any color!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Healing Hugs
Ink:  Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green
Paper:  Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Tufted embossing folder, 5/8" Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle, Pretty Label punch, Tombow Liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue dots.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Abstract Impressions - masked greeting lane

I used some Post-It paper tape to mask a lane on my card.  Stamp the flowers all around, above and below the tape, then peel off and stamp your greeting.   Very easy!

I started with the largest flower first from the Abstract Impressions set, using Flirty Flamingo.  That flower is a 3-step image.  For the first layer, I stamped the Flirty Flamingo ink off on scratch paper ONCE, then stamped on my card.  The other 2 steps, I stamped full-strength Flirty Flamingo.

The smaller flower is done in Mango Melody, and that is only a 2-step image.  Again, for the first layer, I stamped off ONCE.  That gives the lighter shade.

Same thing with the Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves.  I just put those leaves willy-nilly, to fill the gaps and give it another color.   I really love these colors together, and I had a happy accident - I decided to use my Iridescent Sequin Assortment...they match these colors perfectly!

The Fine-Tip glue really comes in handy for attaching the sequins.

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Special Occasions, Abstract Impressions
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Lemon Lime Twist
Paper:  Mangy Melody, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White
Other: Iridescent Sequin Assortment, Fine-Tip glue, Stampin' Dimensionals,  Post-It adhesive tape.

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Coffee Cup-cakes

I totally cased this from Tracy Jacobs on a Facebook group.  She did hers in pinks, and I loved it and thought I'd do it in blues.  Thanks for a great card idea!

The Coffee Cafe set, and matching Coffee Cups framelits is what makes your cupcake.  The coffee paper wrapper is your cupcake wrapper, and the cool whip is your cupcake top. 

Use some confetti from the Picture Perfect Birthday set to add sprinkles!  I assembled my cupcake with glue dots, then tied a double length of Whisper White Baker's Twine around it.  The cupcake is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Everything else is flat.

Some other measurements and info that you might find helpful:
  • Balmy Blue strip is 1 3/4" x 5".  Punch one end with the Banner Triple punch, and stamp your greeting close to the banner end.
  • Stitched Shapes thinlits - I used the second from the largest size.
  • Designer Series paper is 3" x 4 1/4".

Otherwise, it's a very easy card to put together.  You can really customize your cupcakes to any theme.  Love it!

Stampin Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Coffee Cafe, Picture Perfect Birthday
Ink:  Night of Navy, Balmy Blue
Paper:  Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Tranquil Textures designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Coffee Cups Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Thinlits, Banner Triple punch,  Whisper White Baker's Twine, glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Color Your Season - Limited Time!


Pop over to my on-line store to see the Blended Seasons stamp set, and coordinating framelits. We also have a new assortment of Watercolor Pencils available during this Limited Time sale (I suspect the pencils will stay...but that's just my two cents).

Stamps and framelits are available as a bundle at a 10% savings, or separately.  

Blended Seasons Clear-Mount Bundle

Dates: August 1-31, 2018
  • Products available while supplies last until August 31, 2018. This means products will only be available until August 31 or while supplies last, whichever comes first. If a product’s supply is depleted before August 31, it will be made unorderable and will no longer be available for purchase.
  • New colors of Watercolor Pencils may be available in a future publication.
  • No limits apply during the customer sales period.
  • Items may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit.
If you aren't sure about how versatile this set is, check Pinterest.  There are TONS of samples already out there by demonstrators.  There are some really lovely creations out there.

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Bonus Days are back!

Do you remember Bonus Days from last summer?  They're back again!  The short and sweet version is - For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) in August, you get a $5 off coupon code to use on any order in September!

Fine Details:
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can be delivered only via email.  ***YOU CANNOT LOSE THIS EMAIL***  Your email will come immediately after your order is submitted.  If you don't get it, check your spam folder. 
  • If a participant earns multiple codes from a single order, they will receive one email with multiple codes. If they earn multiple codes from multiple orders, they will receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can earn per order or throughout the duration of the Bonus Days earning period.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits, demonstrator supply items, and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions.)
    • New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes may be discounted with Bonus Days coupon codes.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed one time only.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Happy Birthday Gorgeous - Pocket card

I haven't posted in a week, because I've been busy cleaning out my craft room and making piles to take to the Queen's Ink yard sale in a couple of months.  I realized that I never posted this card!  I love the bright colors.  I think this could be a card for anyone.

I made this pocket card, so that the pull-out card has a pocket at the bottom to hold a gift card.  Just folded it up and stapled each side.

What I like most about the front of this pocket is the medallion - I criss-crossed two pieces punched out with the Everyday Label punch.  Tape them together, and then attach to the front of the card.

Some of the things I used on this card are retired, but that's what happens when I made something in November and don't post until July. 

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Tabs for Everything
Ink:  Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango (retired)
Paper:  Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Other:  Everyday Label punch, Circle Tab punch, 3/4" and 1" circle punches, Metallic Enamel Shapes (retired), Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue dots, mini stapler.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Notes of Kindness kit class - sign up by Monday!

(RSVP date is coming up in a few days, so let me know by this Monday night if you wish to join us)

This class is NOT just a "buy the kit and come to my house and we'll make the cards together".  Anyone can do that.  We're going to mix it up!  The kit makes 20 cards - 4 designs, 5 cards each.   We're going to use other stamps and supplies from my shelves, to change them up.  

For each card design, we'll make the ONE card like they show in the kit (picture above), and then for the other four cards of that design, we'll make a variety - birthday, a thinking of you, hello/just a note, congratulations, get well, sympathy. 

Here is one set that we'll be making.  The Top-Left card is the original design exactly from the kit.  The others are alternates. 

You'll have a great variety of cards for any occasion, you'll have leftovers from your card kit to use on even more cards, and you still take home the stamp set and ink spot that comes in the kit.  This is amazing!  :)

Date:  Friday, August 3rd OR Saturday, August 4th
Time:  7:00pm (Friday), 11:00am (Saturday)
Place:  Toni's house
$$/RSVP:  $50.00, by 7/23, please.  If you need to use Paypal, just let me know where to send your invoice.

What you'll need to bring: Scissors, adhesive of your choice plus a refill, bone folder, Glue Dots, Liquid glue OR Fine-Tip Glue Pen, plenty of Stampin' Dimensionals (both sizes - regular AND Mini), AND a piece of foam or silicone sheet for stamping on (some people have better results with photopolymer stamps with some padding under their paper). 
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