Monday, October 16, 2017

October Paper Pumpkin ~ Christmas Shakers!

Hi Everyone! I want to show you the awesome Paper Pumpkin kit that I got Saturday!  I just love it.  The kit makes 10 Christmas shaker cards.  Stampin' Up! usually releases any kits still available around the 20th of each month, so if you missed out on this one, you might have a second chance.  And if you are one of my Stamp Campers, I will have a few available at the Card Buffet on Thursday night (Oct. 26th).   In order to purchase past kits, or kit refills, you need to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, but you can subscribe and drop at any time.  You can check out the past kits that are available by clicking here. 

If you would like to see the kit contents, I made a video:
If you would like to see how it gets put together, I have a video for that as well:

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stampin' Blends!

Hi Everyone!  I am super excited to share the new Stampin' Blends with you today!! Mine arrived late yesterday and first thing today I sat down to use them. 
Stampin' Blends are a new line of Alcohol based markers.  They are similar to the Copic line, an artist quality brand of markers. They have a wonderful brush tip on one side a nib tip on the other, and each color has a dark and light version to blend together for beautiful shading. You can also blend two different colors together to get a fun look such as that of a fall leaf or a pretty flower.  This new line has been introduced to demonstrators only but you can get your hands on them early too because you can choose them as part of a Starter Kit when you join.  Starter kits can be made up of any $125 worth of products for $99 (+free shipping), but you can only choose the Blends until October 15th.  Click here to learn more about Joining. We have not been given a Customer Release Date yet, but when we do I will be sure to let you know.   Until then I will be playing with mine and seeing all that I can do with them.  I look forward to using them on many new projects and especially the "Just Add Color" specialty paper that I just got as part of the Buy3 get 1 Free Designer Series Paper sale going on now through October 31st.   Click here to see the sale.

 I am really happy with the deep colors and smooth coverage they give.  I thought I would make up a little comparison to see how they differ from other Stampin' Up! coloring mediums.
I kept with just a couple colors to start out.  Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive.  I tried the new Stampin' Blends,  Aqua Painter and ink, Stampin' Write Markers, and Watercolor Pencils.  On the Watercolor pencils I could have gotten some deeper colors but my hand was getting tired.  To get such intense color takes a lot of pressure on the pencil and lots of layers.  Waiting for the water to dry to add layers with the aqua painter was  also time consuming.  The new Blends give such nice coverage and they are so easy to use.  The colors are intense but you can achieve both light and dark tones.  The Blends are very nice to work with.  The original Stampin' Write markers are nice too, and you can use them directly on stamps, which you can't do with the Blends. 
The Blends are great because you can use two completely different colors to blend together a well.  If you were to apply a two different colors together with markers they would just lay on top of each other, they would not fade into each other or blend at the edges as you can do with the Blends.

Another nice thing about the Blends is that the brush strokes don't show when you are coloring large areas.  Notice the brush strokes on the right balloon that was colored with a Stampin' Write Marker versus the smooth color on the left.
You can also see where I used the Color Lifter to remove some color from the top right of the left balloon to make a shine appear as if light were bouncing off the balloon.

Check out the video to see how to use the blends in more detail. 
 Please feel free to ask me any questions! I am happy to help.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Last Day to sign up!

 Today is the last day to sign up for this months Paper Pumpkin kit. We are told that it is made for the Holiday Season and will coordinate with the November kit as well for a bigger punch of Holiday, but you will not need both to enjoy them individually. There has been a lot of buzz around this kit, so if you haven't subscribed in a while, now might be a great time. You can get a one month, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription or you can get a monthly subscription that goes until you cancel it. For the set months, go to my online store to purchase
or to sign up for the monthly till you cancel, click here:
Contact me with any questions! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Apple Cider Packet

Hi Everyone! Today I am sharing a fun treat holder that is great to give a co-worker, teacher, or anyone who you want to give a little hug to.  I often give treats like this to the crossing guard who stands at the corner by the school on sunny days and cold ones. 
This project used the Mini Treat bag dies, great for just about any occasion, as well as the Coffee Cup dies and the Merry Cafe stamp set.  I just adore this stamp set!!  I love all things coffee and fall, the perfect combination.

Close up of the cup of cider.  I made a cup wrapper to look knit because the Junior High sells these at the coffee shop in town and they are very cute.  To make the cardstock look knit I used the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Love that!

Here is a quick video to show how it all comes together.

 Here are some images from the Stampin' Up! catalogs. I just love this whole collection! Don't you?

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Shaker card with Coffee Cafe!

Hi Everyone! Today I am sharing a fun card that involves two of my favorite things.  Coffee and Cupcakes.  I know you don't see the coffee in this picture, but it's there, in the form of the dies.  They are from the Coffee Cups Framelits and I just love them. I am really loving the Coffee Cafe suite and stamps as well.  For this card the die that would normally be the coffee cup band that keeps your hands from getting burned is the cupcake wrapper, and the whipped cream die is now the frosting.
As you can see, the card is a shaker card and I want to point out that the sequins I used are older retired sequins, BUT they are on the Clearance rack right now for $2.20 and they are just lovely don't ya think?  There are several varieties of sequins on sale at the clearance rack, as well as ribbon and Washi tape and dies and more.  It's always a good idea to take a  look and see what's there. 


Here is a quick video to show how it all came together, with a few tips and tricks. I hope you like it.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper

Hi Everyone. Today I thought I would share a fun Scrapbook page made with the Painted Autumn designer series paper.  This is such beautiful paper and it was perfect for my Halloween picture. 

The paper has 12 beautiful patterns and, it's part of the Buy 3 get 1 free designer series paper sale.

As you can see I cut apart the pumpkin paper unto single images.  I even used the pumpkins that were only parts because they were on the edges.  When I layered them together you can't tell that it was only a half pumpkin.

 I added copper accents by swiping the Versa Mark pad over the paper and embossing the swipe with Copper embossing powder.

You can check out all the great papers on sale here.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Merry Mistletoe

Hi Everyone.  Today I am sharing another card from the Card Buffet last week.  This was a fun Christmas card to make and fairly simple.
The stamp set is called Merry Mistletoe and the Designer Series paper is called Be Merry and they are  made to go together.  You can see the mini reindeer on the Cherry Cobbler dsp in the background.
Right now, the paper is on Sale as part of the Buy 3 get 1 FREE special through October.  AND, the stamp set is on sale 15% off as part of World Card making day!
The paper is really great for Christmas and winter cards or scrapbook pages. There are background in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, and other papers with holiday images such as whimsical mittens and ornaments and trees and more.

                                  I made a quick video to show how the card comes together.
Here is an up-close picture to show the Red Nose on one of the Reindeer. So fun and easy to do with Cherry Cobbler Enamel Shapes.
You can check out the World Card Making Day specials here.
You can check out the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE paper special here.

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