Blended Bloom Meets Work of Art – Stampin’ Up!

When I first saw the Work of Art stamp set at the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Annual Catalog Premiere, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure about it.  But, I love a free gift, so I was excited to try it out when we received it at the end of the night.  Boy, was my first impression wrong!  I have really enjoyed working with that set!  And, the Blended Bloom stamp is quickly becoming a favorite!  I think it is going to give my Blooming with Kindness stamp set a run for its money when it comes to “ink time.”  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I love that Blooming with Kindness flower! LOL.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (2 of 9)

It has been so much fun playing with all my new items from the 2014 annual catalog pre-order.  If you haven’t seen the new catalog yet, now is a great time to get your hands on one so you can get your wish list ready for the official launch on June 2nd.  I will be mailing out complimentary copies to all my customers who place an order of $25 or more during the month of May.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (5 of 9)I chose a Blackberry Bliss card base for my project today.  It is one of the new In Colors, and I am totally in love with this dark, regal shade of purple.  Next, I stamped the Blended Bloom stamp in the corner of a panel of Whisper Whisper white card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  While I was at it, I also stamped a second flower on another sheet of card stock.  Blended Bloom & Work of Art (3 of 9)

Next,  I stamped the leaf image from the Summer Silhouettes stamp set along the edges of my Whisper White panel using Mossy Meadow ink (another new In Color).  For some of the images, I stamped off then stamped on the card, to give greater range of color in my card design.  Then, I stamped the paint splotches (yes, that is a technical term) in Wisteria Wonder and Hello Honey.  For the Hello Honey “paint” I stamped off once before stamping on my card to give the color a little softer effect.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (9 of 9)

I just love the “You are a Fabulous Work of Art” sentiment from the Work of Art stamp set. The font is whimsical, and I adore the affirming message.  I used Blackberry Bliss ink and my stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure I got the placement just perfect.  Then it was time for some coloring!

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (6 of 9)

I used my new Stampin’ Blendabilities markers (release date TBD) in Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie to color in my flower images.  I used the “dark to light” method (click here to see my video tutorial) to achieve the beautifully blended contrast and shading.  Once my flowers were both colored, I cut out the second flower I had stamped and set it aside until my card front was finished.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (5 of 9)

I added a panel of Designer Series Paper from the Moonlight Paper Stack to the bottom of my stamped panel using SNAIL.  I ran SNAIL adhesive across the place where my two panels joined on the front of the card, leaving a 1″ gap where I wanted to put my knot.   Then I added a length of Hello Honey 3/8″ Stiched Satin Ribbon to my combined panel and anchored it on the back with SNAIL.  I slid a shorter piece of the ribbon under that one (where I had left a space in my adhesive) and tied it in a knot.  I have found that this method saves on materials, because  you don’t have to wrap the ribbon all the way around the panel.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (9 of 9)

Finally, I added my flower to the bottom of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and added some rhinestones that I colored using the Stampin’ Blendabilties.  For the inside of my card, I created an abstract design using the paint splotches from Work of Art.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (8 of 9)

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (7 of 9)

I am really happy with how this card turned out.  I hope you like it too.  As always, if you are a fan, please pin this project to Pinterest and leave me a comment.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your purchases of these great new products and all your other stamping supplies.  If you need any stamping supplies you can shop now in my online store!  Also, remember that I’ve got a stack of brand new catalogs hot off the presses waiting for you.  If you place an order of $25 or more during the month of May, I will send you your very own copy free of charge!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for May 13-19

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through May 19.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store. (Keep in mind that some sneak peek items will not be available for purchase until June 2, 2014.)

Card Base: Blackberry Bliss – 4-1/4″ x 11″

Panels: Whisper White – 4″ x 3-1/2″ panel (front), 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside); Moonlight DSP – 4″ x 1-3/4″ panel

Sneak Peek at the New 2014-2016 In Colors from Stampin’ Up!

I am having such a great time playing with all of my pre-order items.  Today, I want to introduce you to the new 2014-2016 In Colors: Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, and Blackberry Bliss.  Aren’t they just yummy!  At first when I saw them I noticed how similar some of them are to existing colors from Stampin’ Up!, but as I work with them more, I realize that each has its own unique characteristics.  Although some of the differences are subtle, they are important and lead to a more complete palette of color choices.  So, without further ado, here are your new In Colors!

Work of Art In Colors (1 of 17)

For each card in this set, I paired the In Color with two other existing colors for my ombre background.  I stamped the In Color with the chevron design from the Work of Art stamp set (available in June) so it would be easy to identify which one is the new color.  I also used the In Colors for the card base and tag design.  To finish things off, I added the beautiful new 3/8″ stitched satin ribbon to the top of the tag.  I love this ribbon!  It is so pretty, with a little bit of texture for a special added detail.

Work of Art In Colors (6 of 17)

Background Colors (bottom to top):  Tangerine Tango, Tangelo Twist (In Color), Pumpkin Pie

Work of Art In Colors (8 of 17)

Crushed Curry, Hello Honey, Daffodil Delight

Work of Art In Colors (10 of 17)

Mossy Meadow, Always Artichoke, Garden Green

Work of Art In Colors (13 of 17)

Lost Lagoon, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party

Work of Art In Colors (15 of 17)

Blackberry Bliss, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum

Work of Art In Colors (8 of 17)

Work of Art In Colors (11 of 17)

To add a little bling to my cards, I finished off each tag with some rhinestones that I colored with the new Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers.  Then I stamped the chevron design on the inside of the card to tie everything together.

Work of Art In Colors (16 of 17)

I know that when you are able to get your hands on these great new In Colors you will fall in love with them too.  I adore the deep, rich purple of Blackberry Bliss and the calming effects of Lost Lagoon.  Mossy Meadow adds a nice new shade to the green color family offered by Stampin’ Up!  It has a little more lushness than Always Artichoke, but isn’t as vibrant as Garden Green.  Tangelo Twist provides a bit of a rusty undertone to the orange color family, while hello honey has some greenish undertones that remind me of dijon mustard.

Work of Art In Colors (1 of 17)

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know each of these new In Colors today.  I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your purchases of these great new shades when they become available in June.  In the meantime, if you need any stamping supplies you can shop now in my online store!  I’ve received the new annual catalogs from Stampin’ Up! and I will be mailing out complimentary copies to all my customers who place an order of $25 or more during the month of May!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

If you like today’s project, please pin it to Pinterest and leave me a comment.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for May 13-19

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through May 19.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.

Card Base: Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Panels: Whisper White – 4″ x 5-1/4″ two panels (front and inside)

Colored strips for background: Darkest Color – 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ strip; Medium Color – 1″ x 3-3/4″ strip; Lightest Color – three strips 3-3/4″ wide and approximately 1/8″, 1/4″, and 3/8″ tall. (I did not measure for these, I just made one skinny strip, and then made the next two slightly larger each time.)

Sentiment & Die Cuts:  Whisper White – 2″ x 3″ Scalloped Tag

 

Sneak Peek at the New Blendabilities from Stampin’ Up!

NEW!  Blendabilities from Stampin’ Up!

Now is a great time to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!  I just got my pre-order in the mail, so today’s project is a sneak peek at the brand new Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers.  These markers are a new line of product that will be introduced with the 2014 annual catalog on June 2nd. Unfortunately, there has been a delay for their initial release, so they will not be available for purchase right away, but I’m so excited about them that I wanted to show you what these beautiful markers can do anyway!  I will keep you updated about exactly when they will be available.  This project is full of sneak peeks for you.  I used the Blended Bloom stamp because  it cried out to me… “Heather, color me, please!”  Isn’t it lovely?  You are also getting a sneak peek at some of the brand new 2014-2015 In Colors and the Work of Art stamp set from Stampin! Up!

Blended Bloom (1 of 10)

I’m sure you are excited to try Blendabilities out too, but in the meantime, I wanted to take a few moments to share with you some of the features and benefits of these fantastic new markers.

What Sets Them Apart:

  • The Stampin’ Up! rectangular barrel keeps your markers from rolling away!
  • Flat storage helps to maintain the life of each marker.
  • Each marker comes with a tip on each end: brush and fine.
  • Marker tips are made of nylon, which is superior to polyester which can fray.
  • Color coded caps.
  • Stampin’ Up! markers coordinate wonderfully with our cardstock, and can be used with transparent sheets.
  • Blendabilities are alcohol based, which makes them colorfast and allows them to blend with each other beautifully.
  • You can color on anything… rhinestones, buttons, window sheets, etc.

These exclusive alcohol-based marker sets, come in a 3-pack of light, medium and dark shades (of the same color ), and provide your projects a more saturated look with blended colors. Stampin’ Up! recommends using Whisper White Cardstock with your Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities, but any one of our cardstocks would work just as well.

Blended Bloom (3 of 10)I began with one of the brand new In Colors for my card base, Blackberry Bliss.  It is a gorgeous rich dark shade of purple.  Then I layered on a panel of Designer Series Paper from the Moonlight DSP Stack, which I punched using the Envelope Punch Board to round the corners.  This one is also a new In Color called Hello Honey.  In an upcoming post, I will show you all of the new In colors with some comparisons to other current Stampin’ Up! colors…. so stay tuned.

Blended Bloom (4 of 10)

Next, I got out my yummy new Stampin’ Blendabilities markers, which I absolutely adore.  They are my new favorite item for sure!  The colors blend together so nicely, giving a watercolor effect but with much more saturated colors.  Love, love, love!  For my art piece today I stamped the Blended Bloom flower onto Whisper White card stock three times.  Then I stamped the leaf image from Fabulous Florets several times around one of the floral images.  (Remember, Fabulous Florets is on the retiring list, so if you haven’t got it in your collection, you should try to grab it before it is gone.)

Blended Bloom (5 of 10)

I stamped the image three times because I wanted to cut out several layers to give my card some dimension.  I began by coloring in the darkest areas of my flower first and then blending in lighter and lighter colors as I moved outward on each petal.  I colored in only the part of the flower that was necessary for each layer, then I “fussy cut” them out using my paper snips.  I put the layers together using Stampin’ Dimensionals and added the flower to the front of my card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Blended Bloom (10 of 10)

Because the Blendabilities work a little differently than regular markers, I plan to create a video for you in the coming weeks that will show some techniques for using them.  Again, stay tuned for more great things from Handcrafting with Heather! 🙂

Blended Bloom (7 of 10)

For my sentiment, I chose the Work of Art stamp set featured in the new annual catalog.  I stamped it in Blackberry Bliss ink on a strip of Very Vanilla card stock and used my hexagon punch to create the banner effect at the bottom.  I used a sponge dauber to ink around the edges of the banner using the same color.

Blended Bloom (6 of 10)

Finally, I used my Stampin’ Blendabilities to color in some rhinestones to match the color scheme of my card.  Yes, that’s right, you can color on just about anything using Blendabilities!

Blended Bloom (9 of 10)

To finish off the inside of my card, I stamped a brush stroke border from Work of Art in Blackberry Bliss and then layered on a strip of the Hello Honey Designer Series Paper from the front of the card.

Blended Bloom (8 of 10)

I hope you have enjoyed my project today.  I certainly had fun playing with all my new products!  If you like this card, please pin it to Pinterest and leave me a comment.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

If you find inspiration from this blog, one way you can show your support is by selecting me as your personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  One great thing about being a demonstrator is getting to preview some of the new products before they are available to the general public!  But don’t worry, you will be able to purchase the Blended Bloom and Work of Art stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! in just a few short weeks.  In the meantime, if you need any stamping supplies you can shop now in my online store!  I’ve received the new annual catalogs from Stampin’ Up! and I will be mailing out complimentary copies to all my customers who place an order of $25 or more during the month of May!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for May 6-12

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through May 12.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Stock Cuts

Card Base: Blackberry Bliss – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Panels: Hello Honey DSP – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel; Very Vanilla – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside of card)

Sentiment & Die Cuts:  Very Vanilla – (banner for sentiment) – approximately 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″

 

Simply Sketched, You Make Me Happy! – Stampin’ Up!

Today’s card features the Simply Sketched (wood mount and clear mount), Papillon Potpouri (wood mount and clear mount) and Perfect Pennants (wood mount and clear mount) stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!  The Simply Sketched stamp set is one of the lovely hostess items you can earn through the Stampin’ Rewards program.  I am in love with the flower in this set! This is the second card I’ve created with it this week.  I think you can see by the different colors I used how versatile that little flower can be.  (There’s a cute little bird in that set too.  I haven’t used that one yet, but I expect you will be seeing it here soon.)

If you like what I’ve created today, I would love it if you would leave me a comment.  On March 31st I will do a drawing and one lucky person who left me a comment will receive a handcrafted card in the mail!  Also, if you enjoy reading my posts, why not have them delivered to your inbox automatically.  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar.  I get super excited every time that I see someone else is following my blog.  It just makes my day to know you are following along with me as I create these posts!

Simply Sketched Perfect Pennants (5 of 6)

Today’s card was inspired by:

I began my card with a  Whisper White card base.  Then I added a panel of Tempting Turquoise card stock using SNAIL adhesive.  Next, I dry embossed a panel of Island Indigo card stock using the Lacy Brocade embossing folder and added that to the front of my card.  For my focal point, I layered panels of Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight as the base for my three dimensional elements.

Simply Sketched Perfect Pennants (3 of 6)

Next, I used Staz-on Black ink and my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the flower and leaf elements from the Simply Sketched stamp set onto a square of  watercolor paper. I also stamped an additional flower and leaf on another scrap of watercolor paper to add some dimension later.  I colored my stamped images using the Brights Collection Stampin’ Write Markers (Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, & Daffodil Delight) and a Blender Pen to give it a watercolor effect.  I cut out the extra flower and leaves using paper snips.  Then, I  attached the leaves to the foreground of my square with mini glue dots and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add my flower on top of the one on the square of watercolor paper for some extra depth.  Then I stamped the butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set onto some Whisper White card stock using Staz-on Black and colored it with my markers.  Then I cut it out using the Bitty Butterflies Punch.  I added a Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accent to the butterfly and added it to my square using Stampin Dimensionals.  I adhered my watercolored panel to a square of Whisper White and added the finished piece to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Simply Sketched Perfect Pennants (1 of 6)

Then I stamped the “You Make Me Happy” greeting from the Perfect Pennants stamp set on Whisper White card stock using my Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad.  I cut that out using the Banners Framelits Dies (2nd from the center).  I also cut a banners in Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo (3rd from the center). (Remember, the Perfect Pennants stamp set and the Banners Framelits can be purchased as a bundle for 15% off, wood mount and clear mount.)  I layered my greeting onto the Island Indigo banner and trimmed it down. Then I repeated the process with the Tempting Turquoise banner.  Finally, I finished my design off with a button from the Designer Subtles Collection and some bakers twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (Sale-a-bration item).

Simply Sketched Perfect Pennants (4 of 6)

For my finishing touch, I stamped the leaves from Simply Sketched and the butterfly from Papillon Potpouri on the inside of my card and colored them to match the front of the card.

I love how my watercolored square turned out.  The colors just pop off the page, and the dimension added by the 3-D elements make it all really jump out at you.  If you liked my post today, please pin it to Pinterest for me.  I am new to blogging and I would love your help in developing a blog following.  If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you will find a “pin it” button just below my supply list for the project… and, don’t forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win a handcrafted card!

If you would like to purchase the earn the Simply Sketched stamp set as a hostess reward, I hope you will consider contacting me.  Of course, you can always shop in my online store for any of the great products featured in this project by clicking here.  Remember you can earn the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack for FREE (Sale-a-bration items) with a $50 purchase.

You can find a complete list of supplies used for this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! March 11 – 17

Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!:Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through February 17.

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through March 17.

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If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions.

Happy Stamping!

Heather

  • It’s Sale-a-bration time!!  You’ll get a free item from Stampin’ Up! for every $50 that you purchase between now and March 31!  Click on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page for more information!
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Stampin’ Up! items used to create this project:

Stamp Sets: Simply Sketched (Hostess Reward – 129672); Perfect Pennants (133230); Papillon Potpourri (123759)

Dies, Punches, & Embossing Folders: Banners Collection Framelits (132173); Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127819); Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)

Card Stock & DSP:  Whisper White (100730) – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base, 2″ x 2″ panel, one banner; Tempting Turquoise (102067) – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel, 2-3/8″ x 3-5/8″ panel, one banner; Island Indigo (122923) – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ panel, one banner; Daffodil Delight (119683) – 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ panel

Markers & Ink:  Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad (126952); Brights Collection Stampin’ Write Markers (131259), Staz-on Black (101406)

Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents (119246); Buttons – Designer Subtles Collection (130030); Bakers Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (Sale-a-bration item)

Tools:  Big Shot (113439); Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)

Adhesive: SNAIL (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Simply Sketched Just for You! – Stampin’ Up!

Today’s card features the Simply Sketched stamp set from Stampin’ Up! (wood mount and clear mount).  This beautiful stamp set is one of our lovely hostess items available through the Stampin’ Rewards program.  I just love the way it turned out with the watercoloring!  I also love that this card was the perfect combination for four different challenges this week!  I find it invigorating to try to combine more than one challenge into one card, but four is a new record for me!  So, lots of props to the design teams who provided me with the necessary inspiration for today’s card:   Dynamic Duos #93, Mojo Monday sketch #336,  Splitcoast Stampers CAS #263, and SUO Challenges #92.  I have to say, I really enjoy participating in challenges.  I find that it makes me think creatively to figure out how I can meet the constraints presented by the design teams.  I highly recommend it to get those creative juices flowing!

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my card today.  I really appreciate hearing your feedback.  It is so uplifting to know that someone admires your work.  Also, as an added benefit, on March 31st I will do a drawing and one lucky person who left me a comment will receive a handcrafted card in the mail!  Also, if you enjoy reading my posts, why not have them delivered to your inbox automatically.  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar.  I get super excited every time that I see someone else is following my blog.  It just makes my day to know you are following along with me as I create these posts!

Simply Sketched (6 of 12)

I began my card with a  Whisper White card base.  Then I added a panel of Sahara Sand paper from the Sweet Sorbet DSP pack (Sale-a-bration item) using SNAIL adhesive.  Next, I dry embossed a panel of Blushing Bride card stock using the decorative dots embossing folder (Sale-a-bration item).  I layered that panel onto a panel of Crumb Cake card stock and added them to the front of my card. I used the 4th largest Circles Collection Framelits Die (counting from the outside in toward the center) to cut a circle of Crumb Cake card stock to mat my floral focal point.  I used the next smallest circle die to trace a circle in pencil on Whisper White card stock, then I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to place the flower and leaf stamps where I wanted them in the circle using  Staz-on Black Ink.  I stamped another flower and leaf on a scrap of Whisper White to cut out for my three dimensional element.

Simply Sketched (5 of 12)

For my watercoloring, I pressed my Sahara Sand  and Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ Pads onto a ceramic plate and used some water and a paintbrush to color in my stamped images.  Then I cut out my circle using paper snips because I wanted to have the leaves overlap the circumference of the circle.  I also cut out the extra leaf and flower stamps.  I attached the leaves with mini glue dots, and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add my flower to the front of the card for some extra depth.

Simply Sketched (3 of 12)

Finally, I finished my card front with some pearls and the “Just for You” sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (wood mount and clear mount) in Staz-on Black.  I punched the greeting out using the word window punch and attached it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Because I wanted my sentiment to be small, I lined up the edge of the punch near the beginning of my greeting.  Then I attached it to a post-it note to serve as a handle and punched it again from the other side.  I just love how versatile Stampin’ Up! punches are.  With a little ingenuity you can really do so many different things with them.

Simply Sketched (10 of 12)

Of course, I couldn’t leave the inside of my card naked, so I stamped the images from the front on the inside and quickly colored them using the same watercoloring technique as before.  I think it makes such a difference when you add a little detail the the inside of the card.  It just seems to tie everything together and take your design to the next level.

I am very pleased with how this card turned out.  It was actually my first attempt at watercoloring on a card, and I think it turned out fabulously!  I hope that you agree.  If you liked my post today, please pin it to Pinterest for me.  I am new to blogging and I would love your help in developing a blog following.  If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you will find a “pin it” button just below my supply list for the project… and, don’t forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win a handcrafted card!

If you would like to earn the Simply Sketched stamp set as a hostess reward, I hope you will consider contacting me.  Of course, you can always shop in my online store by clicking here.  Remember you can earn the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper or the Decorative Dots embossing folder for FREE (Sale-a-bration items) with a $50 purchase.

You can find a complete list of supplies used for this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! March 11 – 17

Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!:Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through February 17.

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through March 17.

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If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions.

Happy Stamping!

Heather

  • It’s Sale-a-bration time!!  You’ll get a free item from Stampin’ Up! for every $50 that you purchase between now and March 31!  Click on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page for more information!
  • Visit my online store here.
  • Shop the Clearance Rack here.

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Stampin’ Up! items used to create this project:

Stamp Sets: Simply Sketched (Hostess Reward – 129672); Teeny Tiny Wishes (127802)

Dies, Punches, & Embossing Folders: Circles Collection Framelits (130911); Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Sale-a-bration item); Word Window Punch (119857)

Card Stock & DSP:  Whisper White (100730) – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base, one word window punch, one circle; Sahara Sand DSP from the Sweet Sorbet series (Sale-a-bration) – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel; Crumb Cake (120953) – 4″ x 4-1/4″ panel, one circle (Circles framelits); Blushing Bride (131198) – 4″ x 4″ panel.

Markers & Ink:  Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ Pad (131172); Sahara Sand Classic Stampin’ Pad (126976); Staz-on Jet Black (101406).

Embellishments: Basic Pearls Jewel Accents (119247)

Tools:  Big Shot (113439); Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)

Adhesive: SNAIL (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Oh, Secret Garden, You Make me Smile! – Stampin’ Up!

Today’s card features the Secret Garden stamp set (wood mount and clear mount) from Stampin’ Up!  The inspiration for this card came from the Mojo Monday sketch challenge #335 and the Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge #468. (The challenge calls for Raspberry Ripple, but I didn’t have that so I substituted Rose Red.)  At first I was a little stuck with my design, but I am really pleased with the end result.  I would love to hear what you think too!  On March 31st I will do a drawing and one lucky person who leaves me a comment will win a handcrafted card in the mail!  Also, if you enjoy reading my posts, why not have them delivered to your inbox automatically.  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar.

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I didn’t have any designer series paper in the challenge colors, so I decided to create my own!  I randomly stamped a piece of Very Vanilla card stock with the Secret Garden stamp set in Rose Red, Island Indigo, and Old Olive.  I didn’t want my stamped images to be too bold and overwhelming, so I stamped the Island Indigo and Old Olive stamps on a scrap sheet of paper before stamping them on my card stock.  This gave the colors a bit of a softer effect.  I wanted to tie in the black from my card base, so I chose a stamp from the Petite Petals stamp set (wood mount and clear mount) and used my Staz On Black ink to add it to my design.  I was trying to highlight the colors of the challenge without having too many big blocks of solid color or a pattern that was so bold it became distracting.  I think my floral stamped paper did just the trick! 

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Once my stamping was done, I cut the panels for my card.  I placed a panel of Island Indigo side by side with a panel of my stamped design and adhered them to a Basic Black card base using SNAIL Adhesive.  Then I cut a panel of Basic Black and embossed it using the Lacy Brocade embossing folder and my Big Shot.  I cut two small squares of card stock; one in Island Indigo and and the other from my stamped paper.  I used SNAIL to attach the Island Indigo and Black pieces to the card front.  Then I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach my stamped square.

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Next, I added a banner cut from Rose Red card stock.  I cut a 1/2″ strip of card stock and then used the Banner Punch (Sale-a-bration item) to shape the end of the banner.  Then I stamped a flower from the Secret Garden stamp set using my Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad.  I used the Secret Garden Framelits to cut out my flower and some leaves from Old Olive card stock.  I used mini glue dots to adhere the leaves and then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add my flower.  I chose the “You make me smile” greeting from the A Round Array stamp set (wood mount and clear mount), which I stamped in Rose Red ink on Very Vanilla card stock and cut out using the 7/8″ Scalloped Circle Punch.  The sentiment was also adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Finally, I added some Basic Pearl Jewel Accents to the center of my flower and the bottom left corner of my card for a finishing touch.

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Of course, you may have noticed that I always like to finish the inside of my card with a coordinating accent.  I used the Secret Garden and Petite Petals stamp sets to mirror the design from the front of my card on a panel of Very Vanilla and adhered it to the inside of the card using SNAIL.  

I hope you have enjoyed today’s creation.  It was a great creative challenge for me and I really enjoyed putting it together.  If you liked my post today, I would appreciate it if you could help me out by pinning it to Pinterest.  I am still working on building up my blog following and I need all the help I can get to spread the word!  If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you will find a “pin it” button just below my supply list for the project… and, don’t forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win a handcrafted card in the mail!

If you would like to order the Secret Garden stamp set or any of the other beautiful products featured in this card, please click here to shop in my online store.  I would love to help you in your creative journey by becoming your personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Remember it’s Sale-a-bration with Stampin’ Up! Choose from a wide variety of FREE items with any $50 purchase until March 31, 2014.

You can find a complete list of supplies, including card stock cuts at the very bottom of this post.

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Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!  March 4 – 10

Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!:

Weekly Deals

Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through March 10.

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If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions.

Happy Stamping!

Heather

  • It’s Sale-a-bration time!!  You’ll get a free item from Stampin’ Up! for every $50 that you purchase between now and March 31!  Click on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page for more information!
  • Visit my online store here.
  • Shop the Clearance Rack here.

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Stampin’ Up! items used to create this project:

Stamp Sets: A Round Array (129090); Secret Garden (129144); Petite Petals (133155)

Dies, Punches, & Embossing Folders: Secret Garden Framelits Dies (129372); Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127819); 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch (129404); Banner Punch (Sale-a-bration item)

Embellishments: Basic Pearls Jewel Accents (119247)

Card Stock:  Basic Black (121045) – card base 4-1/4″ x 11″, 3-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ panel; Island Indigo (122923) – 1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ panel, 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ square; Very Vanilla (101650) – 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ panel (stamped), 2″ x 2″ square (stamped), 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside), one flower die cut, one 7/8″ scalloped circle punch (sentiment); Old Olive (100702) – one leaf die cut (Secret Garden Framelits); Rose Red (102544) – one banner.

Markers & Ink:  Rose Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126954); Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad (126986); Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (126953); Stazon Black (101406)

Tools:  Big Shot (113439)

Adhesive: SNAIL (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683)

 

Make a “Mosaic Madness” Wish with Stampin’ Up!

I have been having lots of fun with challenges this week.  I wanted to see how many challenges I could cover with a single card.  It really gets the creative juices flowing!  Today’s card features the Perfect Pennants (wood mount and clear mountand Mosaic Madness (wood mount and clear mount) stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!  I love that the Modern Mosaic stamp set also has a coordinating punch and embossing folder… oh the possibilities! LOL!

If you enjoy this card, please leave me a comment.  I would love to hear what you think.  On March 31st, I will do a drawing and one lucky person who left me a comment will receive a beautiful handcrafted card in the mail!  Also, if you enjoy reading my posts, why not have them delivered to your inbox automatically.  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar.

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This card combines three challenges in one:  SCS Sketch Challenge #477,  Color Challenge #467, and SUO #91

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I began my card with a Bermuda Bay card base, then I dry embossed a Soft Sky panel using the Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I adhered this panel to the card base using SNAIL adhesive.  Next, I cut a banner in Midnight Muse card stock using the largest of the Banner Framelits Dies.  I trimmed 1/2 inch off of the banner from each side to make it the appropriate width for my card design.  Then, I added panels of Bermuda Bay and Very Vanilla using SNAIL.  (Before adhering the panels, I inked the outside edge of the Very Vanilla panel using a sponge dauber and my Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad.)

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After creating the basic design, it was time to add the details. I used Bermuda Bay ink for all of the stamping in this project.  I stamped the “Make a Wish” greeting from the Perfect Pennants stamp set (available as a bundle with the Banner Framelits Dies for a 15% discount off the regular price; wood mount and clear mount).

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Next, I stamped some of the stamps from the Mosaic Madness stamp set and cut them out using the Mosaic Punch.  (The Mosaic Madness stamp set and the Mosaic Punch are also available as a bundle for 15% off the normal price; wood mount and clear mount.)  For a little bit of “bling” I added some Basic Rhinestone Jewel Accents to my punched pieces.  Finally, I stamped some banners using the Perfect Pennants and Banner Blast (Sale-a-bration item) stamp sets.  I punched out the small banners using the Banner Punch (Sale-a-bration item), and I attached all of the detail pieces to the front of the card using  Stampin’ Dimensionals.  

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As a finishing touch, I added a Very Vanilla panel to the inside of my card and stamped it with the banner stamps I used on the front.

I am pleased with how this card turned out.  I like that it could be used for a man’s birthday card too.  I tend to make my cards very “girly” so this one is pretty neutral for me!  If you enjoyed my post, please pin it to Pinterest for me.  I am working on building up my blog following and could use your help in getting the word out!  If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you will find a “pin it” button just below my supply list for the project… and, don’t forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win a handcrafted card in the mail!

If you would like to order the Mosaic Madness stamp set, Perfect Pennants stamp set or any of the other beautiful products featured in this card, please click here to shop in my online store.  Remember it’s Sale-a-bration with Stampin’ Up! Choose from a wide variety of FREE items (including the Banner Punch and Banner Blast stamp set) with any $50 purchase until March 31, 2014.

You can find a complete list of supplies, including card stock cuts, and the very bottom of this post.

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Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! March 4-10

Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!:

WEEKLY DEALS

We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals!

Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim Item # 130024
Regular Price: 8.95 US/12.5 CAN
Discounted Price: 6.7125 US/9.375 CAN
Strawberry Slush 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim Item # 130023
Regular Price: 8.95 US/12.5 CAN
Discounted Price: 6.7125 US/9.375 CAN
Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Item # 125601
Regular Price: 8.95 US/10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 6.7125 US/8.2125 CAN
Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels Item # 129324
Regular Price: 4.95 US/6.5 CAN
Discounted Price: 3.7125 US/4.875 CAN
Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon Item # 126847
Regular Price: 8.95 US/12.25 CAN
Discounted Price: 6.7125 US/9.1875 CAN
Betsy’S Blooms Stampin’ Around Standard Wheel Item # 126943
Regular Price: 6.5 US/7.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 4.875 US/5.9625 CAN
2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack Item # 130137
Regular Price: 21.95 US/26.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 16.4625 US/20.2125 CAN
Everything Easter Ensemble – Digital Download Item # 129363
Regular Price: 14.95 US/16.5 CAN
Discounted Price: 8.97 US/9.9 CAN

Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through March 10.

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If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions.

Happy Stamping!

Heather

  • It’s Sale-a-bration time!!  You’ll get a free item from Stampin’ Up! for every $50 that you purchase between now and March 31!  Click on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page for more information!
  • Visit my online store here.
  • Shop the Clearance Rack here.

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Stampin’ Up! items used to create this project:

Stamp Sets: Mosaic Madness (130249); Perfect Pennants (133230); Banner Blast (Sale-a-bration item)

Dies, Punches, & Embossing Folders: Banner Framelits Dies (132173); Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (129984); Mosaic Punch (131267); Banner Punch (Sale-a-bration item)

Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents (119246)

Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay (131197) – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base, 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ panel (front of card), one banner; Soft Sky (131203) – 3-3/4″ x 5″ panel, two banners (banner punch); Midnight Muse (126843) – one large banner (Banner Framelits Dies); Very Vanilla (101650) – 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ panel (front of card), 3-3/4″ x 5″ panel (inside of card), two Mosaic Punches.  

Markers & Ink:  Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad (131171)

Tools:  Big Shot (113439); Sponge Dauber (102892)

Adhesive: SNAIL (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

 

Blooming with Kindness and Elegance – Stampin’ Up!

Today’s card is my first step into the world of card challenges.  I created this card using the Blooming with Kindness stamp set from Stampin’ Up! (wood mount and clear mount), which I absolutely adore!  I think the bloom from that stamp set is simply gorgeous.  I can’t wait to send this one to someone special.  If you enjoy this card, please leave me a comment.  I would love to hear what you think.  On March 31st, I will do a drawing and one lucky person who left me a comment will receive a beautiful handcrafted card in the mail!  Also, if you enjoy reading my posts, why not have them delivered to your inbox automatically.  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar.

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This card combines three challenges in one:  Freshly Made Sketches #124, Clean and Simple #261, and Color Challenge #467

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I began my card with a Soft Sky card base, and layered it with panels of Midnight Muse and Very Vanilla card stock using SNAIL adhesive.   Then I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to place the flower from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set. I stamped the image twice; first with my Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad and then with Bermuda Bay.  I offset the two stamps just slightly to give the image some added depth.

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Next, I stamped the “Just for You” greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (wood mount and clear mount) in Bermuda Bay ink and punched it out using the Word Window Punch.  I layered that onto a piece of Soft Sky card stock, cut out with the Modern Label Punch, and added two small Basic Pearl Jewel Accents on either side of the sentiment. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere my sentiment to a Large Oval in Midnight muse, and layered that onto an Extra Large Scalloped Oval in Bermuda Bay.  I adhered the whole combination to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Finally, I finished the inside of my card by stamping one of the border stamps from the Mosaic Madness stamp set (wood mount and clear mount) along the bottom edge of a Very Vanilla card stock panel.

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I love how this card came together.  The simple design and elegance of the flower make it special in my mind.  If you enjoyed my post, please pin it to Pinterest for me.  I am working on building up my blog following and could use your help in getting the word out!  If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you will find a “pin it” button just below my supply list for the project… and, don’t forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win a handcrafted card in the mail!

If you would like to order the Blooming with Kindness stamp set or any of the other beautiful products featured in this card, please click here to shop in my online store.  Remember it’s Sale-a-bration with Stampin’ Up! Choose from a wide variety of FREE items with any $50 purchase until March 31, 2014.

You can find a complete list of supplies, including card stock cuts, and the very bottom of this post.

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Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! February 25 – March 3

Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!:

Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through March 3.

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If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions.

Happy Stamping!

Heather

  • It’s Sale-a-bration time!!  You’ll get a free item from Stampin’ Up! for every $50 that you purchase between now and March 31!  Click on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page for more information!
  • Visit my online store here.
  • Shop the Clearance Rack here.

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Stampin’ Up! items used to create this project:

Stamp Sets: Blooming with Kindness (126422); Teeny Tiny Wishes (127802); Mosaic Madness (130249)

Dies, Punches, & Embossing Folders: Word Window Punch (119857); Modern Label Punch (119849); Extra Large Scalloped Oval Punch (119856); Large Oval Punch (119855)

Embellishments: Basic Pearls Jewel Accents (119247)

Card Stock:  Soft Sky (131203) card base – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, one modern label punch; Midnight Muse (126843) – 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ panel, large oval punch; Very Vanilla (101650) – 4-3/8″ x 3-1/8″ panel (front of card), 5″ x 3-3/4″ panel (inside), one word window punch; Bermuda Bay (131197) – Extra Large Scalloped Oval Punch

Markers & Ink:  Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad (131171); Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad (131181)

Tools:  Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)

Adhesive: SNAIL (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)