Thursday, April 23, 2015

April Paper Pumpkin!

It is here, the latest Paper Pumpkin arrived at my door last night! And I have already been playing with it. I'll show you mine later, but for now, check out this great video from Stampin' Up! featuring the April 2015 Love You A Lot Paper Pumpkin kit :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Zoo Babies Edition
Hello again, so glad you stopped to visit us on another round of the Stamp Review Crew! This time we are using this super cute set full of sweet little animals! I am sure that you have already seen a ton of ideas with this set, but I think we may have a few new ones for you here :)

As always, if you get lost along the way, or just want to check out some of our past hops, click on the banner at the top of this post and it will take you to the Stamp Review Crew blog with all of our past hops intact in the archives.

If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Betty Traciak's blog. She also comes up with some great out-of-the-box ideas :)

I suppose you would like to see what I made for the hop, huh :) OK, so I thought I had this stamp set. I was SURE of it. And I am a procrastinator.... so when I was ready to start my projects on Thursday (before going to work, mind you) I realized that I do not, in fact, own this set. But, since I make all of the banners and buttons for Stamp Review Crew hops, I do have the digital version :) Check out my hybrid projects!

I printed a few fun animals on some Whisper White cardstock, then started playing around. With alligators mouth open and the little heart cutout on the image, I thought it would be fun to have him talking! I threw in some of the Core'dinations paper that I have been hoarding forever (it is still on the Clearance Rack, so go get yourself some!), embossed with the Happy Hearts embossing folder, sanded the paper to expose the slightly lighter core, and distressed the edges.I pulled out the Fringe scissors that I have not used nearly enough because I needed to ground that little fella with something, and grass sounded good :) The sentiment is from Just Sayin'.
I got some help with the layout from the Friday Mashup Challenge.

Fruit Loops or Juicy Fruit anyone?! That is what this toucan with his colorful beak reminds me of :) I kinda cheated and used the toucan image I colored on MDS for the banner and buttons, lol! More Core'dinations with the Pumpkin Pie panel, embossed and sanded. The striped paper is the Irresistibly Yours specialty paper that I colored with some markers. (Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, and Blackberry Bliss).
I stamped the sentiment bubble in Blackberry Bliss on the vellum, then heat embossed with Clear embossing powder. SLICK, I tell you!
Add a rainbow of Candy Dots and voila!

Now it's time to head on over to the next stop, Rochelle Blok. She is sure to amaze you!
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Toucan Card:

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Monday, April 13, 2015

April Card Classes
I am holding my first sessions of papercrafting classes at the Bemidji Hobby Lobby in a little over a week!
Where: Hobby Lobby Classroom in Bemidji
When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm or
Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 am
Cost: $15 per person

At this class, we will create three cards in  about 2 hours time. All of the supplies for these projects, including envelopes, are included in the cost of the class.

Please bring a basic crafting kit with you (not mandatory, but will decrease wait time for tools) see my website for details.

Class size is limited so reserve your spot now!
To reserve your spot, click on the Class tab to purchase your spot using PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to make a purchase, it allows you to use your credit/debit card.
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Painted Petals Edition
Welcome to the first April 2015 edition of the Stamp Review Crew! If this is the first time you have visited us, an extra special welcome to you :) We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that holds a blog hop every first and third Monday of the month. Each time, we select a single stamp set and all of the blog hop participants create projects with that set. Sounds awesome, right?! If you every get lost, or just want to check out past hops, click on the banner at the top of this post and it will take you to the official Stamp Review Crew blog with master list of this hop, and the archived master lists for all of our hops.

If you are following along in order, then you just came from Adriana Benitez's blog. Inspiring, right?!

My first project is a bit on the predictable side, but pretty none the less. I love that you can create your own patterned paper with such ease using this set! Just three colors of ink and away we go! I did do some stamping off to achieve the softer colors on some of the flowers.

Since I used the pink to mat the main panel (which is embossed with the Spring Flowers embossing folder), I thought I should use the orange ink for the flowers on the inside. I think this is going to be a Mother's Day card, but I haven't decided for sure yet :)

Next up is this fun watercolor card. The dots in the background are the line of dots image from the stamp set. I just sponged the colors on the panel of watercolor paper, spritzed with water to blend, dried with the heat tool (cuz I am not patient), then spritzed my stamp with water and stamped. The water pushed some of the color away and created this lovely pattern!

Inside has more of the stems stamped like grass, weeds, or reeds depending on how you want to imagine it :) I think this makes a lovely masculine card. Makes me think of sunsets or sunrises.

How about a tag? I have lots of scraps of watercolor paper and I was just experimenting on this strip. I liked it so much I decided to make it into a tag! I stamped the images once (doing a little rock-n-roll technique on the blooms) spritzed with water, dried, and repeated the stamping. Then I took some of the Gold Perfect Pearls water that I have in a mister bottle (recycled from work by the way) and spritzed a little of that on it. Let that dry. Then mixed a smidgen of Pewter Perfect Pearls with water on a little paint brush and spattered that onto the tag. Heads up, make sure you only have the project you want spattered on you desk when you do this. You can guess how I know that :)

I tried to catch the shimmer in this picture. It is so pretty in real life! And it sounds like a lot of steps, but it goes really fast. I also used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch and the corner rounder punch and some twine to finish it off.

That's all for me, it is time to go see what Lisa Young has created! She always does something amazing :)

Amazingly Floral:

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Sunset What You Love:

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Watercolor Blue Tag:

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Project Life Point and Click Edition
Hello from the Caribbean everyone! I just had to say that because I am so, so excited to be on our very first cruise as this post goes live!! OK, back to business. Welcome to the next edition of the Stamp Review Crew! We have lots of great inspiration for you here :) If you have never hopped with us before, we are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that do a blog hop every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, and each time we pick just one stamp set for us all to use. If you want to see the master blog hop list, you can find it on the official Stamp Review Crew blog here.

If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Martha Inchley's blog. Wow, right!

My first card for you is this very talkative card. It is just full of love! I only used 2 stamps from the set, and 1 from another  I chose colors that kept it gender neutral, even more towards the masculine, though. Since I have so many guys in the family, that keeps it more useful for me. It would be cute in any color though, I think.

You can see the little word bubble I put on the inside here. I had to add more little hearts. Of course, there is some white gel pen going on inside and out :)

Next up is a card that I made using the Nacho Average Color Challenge. That was a tough one for me at first because I did not think those colors went together, but this card proved me wrong :) Again, I used just 2 of the images from Point & Click, and the sentiment is from the monthly photo-polymer release from February.

Inside is a repeat of just one design row and some more of those stars. And white gel pen, lol.

That's it for me! I will be thinking of all of you on Monday as we are cruising! I'll be back next week, and I hope to share some great photos with you all then. It is now time to hop on over to Dawn Tidd's blog. I can't wait to see what she has created!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sea of Green

 More watercolor, I know! I hope you all are not sick of it yet, lol! With our upcoming cruise to the Caribbean, I have been thinking about the ocean, warm sun, and beaches quite a bit, and it is definitely influencing my stamping. How could it not, right?!

This card started with the idea for the background, and then I hunted through my stamps looking for just the right big sentiment to carry it off. The sentiments in the set are huge! And I love it!! This would have been pretty cool with a circle of vellum embossed with the sentiment also. I may have to do that soon...  As the technique is pretty simple, I will just list the supplies I used at the end of this post.

The watercolor panel is popped up on some dimensionals. It is so hard for me to not use dimension :)

I stamped the anchors in each color I used in the watercoloring. There was a little gap left and I thought it was the perfect place to put a sentiment :) This sentiment is from the Seriously Amazing Paper Pumpkin kit, which is currently available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers to purchase. And the stray black mark, yeah, that is from my finger... oops.

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I hope you enjoyed the card for today and that it inspires you to get out your stuff and stamp!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Psychedelic Agate?

On Wednesday, I posted a card that I had made while stamping with Geoffrey's girlfriend, Amanda. I also mentioned that it was not the first card design we made together. Well, this is the first one.

Amanda said she had not done any watercoloring or heat embossing in her crafting experience, so I had to show her those techniques! She picked out the sentiment and the embossing powder color, and I went from there.
  1. I started out with the embossed sentiment. 
  2. Wet the paper a bit, then added Pool Party ink with an Aquapainter. Then I added some Hello Honey ink around the Pool Party. 
  3. I spritzed some water on the drying work and dabbed off after letting it sit for just a few seconds to remove some of the color. 
  4. Then I dried it with the Heat Tool. 
  5. I spritzed it again with some Pearlized water and let it dry. 
  6. Then I trimmed it down to 4"x5¼" and stitched it to a Pool Party card base.
 The inside is simply outlined with the Signo white gel pen.
I titled this "Psychedelic Agate" because it reminds me of the agates I have found over the years. Except they were never these colors, lol!

Again, I did not think to take a picture of Amanda's work. It was the same day, after all :) Hers had the yellow int he center and the blue around the edges, and her colors were a little lighter, but still perfectly lovely!

The only things I used that were not SU here was the stamp: Think Big Favorites #15 stamp set from Papertrey Ink, and Pearl Perfect Pearls in the Pearlized water.

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