woohoo! i’m a new stampin’ up demonstrator!

Woohoo!

Just like the card says, it’s Time to Celebrate!  Why?  Because I just became a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator!  This is an exciting time for me – I am thrilled to be using these awesome new tools and supplies. And color?  I’m all about happy colors, and Stampin’ Up has got some great ones.  🙂

Sale-a-bration!

Stampin' Up Sale-a-brationThis is the ideal time to sign up as a demonstrator.  During the Sale-a-bration (now, through March 31, 2017), there are extra perks: for becoming a demonstrator, for hosting a party, or just for making a purchase.  You can get a free stamp set for every $50.00 you spend.  How cool is that?!!

Today’s card:

But about the card… I started with some plain white cardstock from my stash, and used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create a background.  The lines were done with Tempting Turquoise, and the dots were done with Pacific Point.  I stamped the sentiment (from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit, using the Night of Navy ink cube that comes with the kit), on some Tempting Turquoise cardstock, then trimmed it down and adhered it to the background piece at an angle, just cutting off the excess.  Then, I matted this piece with more Tempting Turquoise.  (I’m still building up my Stampin’ Up collection… can you guess which color I bought first?  LOL.)

Butterflies

I stamped the butterflies from the Watercolor Wings set separately, and fussy-cut them out.  These are two-step stamps – while I used two colors for the blue butterfly, I just used one color each for the others.  I used the “stamping off” technique to get a lighter color the first time, and then went full-strength on the second step.  I stamped the itty-bitty antennae directly on the background piece, (so I didn’t have to cut them out), and then carefully positioned my fussy-cut butterflies underneath them.  They are attached with glue dots, just under their bodies, so the wings can “fly” a bit.  🙂  The heart was just free-hand fussy-cut, because I felt that corner needed something.  The whole piece was then attached to a white card-base.

Stampin’ Up Stuff

Stampin' Up Starter Kit.
My new Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit. So much stuff!

Seriously, if you’re interested in all of the Stampin’ Up goodness, please feel free to send me an e-mail, or click on my Stampin’ Up website for more contact information.  I’m still learning the ropes myself, but I would love to share the experience with you.  I hope one day to be a successful, supportive, compassionate, always-available team leader, going through this adventure with my own Stampin’ Up tribe.

(Hmmm… we need a name for our tribe.  What’s a group of cats called?  According to Google, it’s a clowder.  That’s kind of weird.  A group of lions is a pride – that sounds better.  Want to join the Bashful Cat Pride?  Or would a group of bashful lions be an oxymoron?  LOL.  Suggestions welcome!) 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a happy, stampy day!

Supplies used:


coffee & friends… handmade card

Coffee & Friends, handmade friendship card.

Chocolate

That’s what is missing from my card.  The sentiment should read “With coffee & friends and chocolate anything is possible”.  Yeah, hindsight is 20/20, LOL.  It took a combination of three different stamps to create the sentiment on this coffee & friends card, but next time, I think I’ll try and find a fourth stamp with the word chocolate, and fix it.  🙂

Three Cards, One Kit

Today, I’m sharing three cards I made with the wonderful Simon Says Stamp’s February 2017 Card Kit.  The kit has sold out, but you can still get the parts and pieces separately.  (I’ll link to them below.)  For the above card, I die-cut a piece of Desert Storm cardstock, to create a lattice rectangle.  I also cut a piece of plain, white cardstock into a rectangle small enough to place inside the decorative one, and I rounded the corners.  The kit comes with some fun patterned papers, so I cut out a row of coffee cups, and added it to the bottom.  Then, I did a little stamp manipulation, and cut up two of the stamps from the kit’s stamp set, so I could get the two phrases “coffee & friends”, and “anything is possible”.  (The “with” came from a “with love” stamp from my stash.)  With a little help from my MISTI, I put these three pieces together, and stamped them in the upper left-hand corner, using brown ink.

Smiling Coffee

The two smiling coffee cups (above) were cut using the adorable die in the kit.  I cut them from white, grey, black, and Kraft cardstock, and then I cut two tiny hearts from some red foam. (Cardstock would have worked fine for the hearts, but I like the tiny bit of dimension I got from the foam.)  I used the inlayed die-cut technique to put everything together, added some “rosy cheeks” with a pink pencil, and also added some score lines to the paper coffee cup sleeves.  Everything was adhered together and placed on a Surf Blue card-base.

The Perfect Blend

Coffee & Friends, handmade card.

For card number 2, I used a couple of the adorable coffee stickers from the kit.  I die-cut three nested circles for this one – the small in white, the medium in light pink, and the large “lacey” one in dark pink.  The white circle, and the sentiment tag, were also lightly inked with some Spun Sugar, to help them blend in a bit.  This time, I popped up the focal image and the sentiment stamp with some foam adhesive.  I added a sparkly heart sticker and some coffee bean stickers from the kit, and a Baker’s Twine bow from my stash.  (I didn’t get the best photo of this one.  The color is off a bit, but I’m afraid I can’t re-shoot it as this one has already made its way to a special friend.)  🙂

A woman is like a tea bag... handmade card.

Tea Time

I have a confession to make… I am actually more of a tea drinker, than a coffee drinker.  There was a time when I loved my lattes and cappuccinos as much as anyone… but switching to tea has made me easier to live with (or, at least, that’s what my hubby says, LOL).  I love this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:  “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”.

Details

Because it worked so well on the first card, I used a lattice rectangle again, with a white rectangle inside.  A bit of patterned paper with teacups, matted in pink, runs along the bottom. The tea bag and tea cup were actually stamped separately, and then colored with Prismacolors, blended with odorless mineral spirits, and adhered separately.  I also added a few enamel dots from the kit.

Wrapping It Up

And now, I think I’ll go make myself a lovely cup of Vanilla Caramel tea.  That’s going to do it for today’s post… and possibly, for a couple of weeks.  I’m going to take a brief blog break, so that I can prepare to embark on a new and exciting paper-crafting adventure.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

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somewhere on a beach… sunset card

Handmade card with a sunset beach scene.

Somewhere on a beach…

Today, I’m sharing a fun card I made at the request of a friend (the awesomely talented photographer, and all-around amazing person, Courtney Ropp – her Instagram feed is incredible!) 🙂  She asked for a beach scene, so I asked “blue sky, or sunset?”.  She chose a sunset card… or, I suppose, since we’re in Florida, it’s really a sunrise, isn’t it?  I guess I’m still a California girl at heart.  😉

Lots of Ink

I started with just plain, white cardstock, cut to 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, and got out my collection of Distress Inks.  Just using a piece of scratch paper, I masked off the bottom half so I could start with the sky, and add the ocean later.  I will confess that this wasn’t my first attempt (I still struggle with ink-blending) but I’m pretty happy with the end result.  This card turned out a lot more “vibrant” than I originally planned, but I think it works.  It’s easier to get a good blend with a lot of color, than it is with a lighter touch.  I just went from a yellow, to a red, to a blue, overlapping and going back with more ink until I was happy with it.

The Ocean

Then, I moved my mask – this time, covering the sky so I could color the sea.  For the water, I just blended a few different shades of blue.  In hindsight, I’m thinking that my ocean needs something, but I’m not quite sure what (and it’s too late now, LOL).  The sun was applied afterwards – just a punched circle with the bottom cut off.  I inked it with a brighter yellow, and gave it a good coat of Shimmer Spritz – it’s sparkly, in real life.  The whole “scene” was then die-cut, using a stitched rectangles die.

The Scene

The little island came next – a separate piece of cardstock, with sand-colored ink blended over it.  The bottom was die-cut with the same stitched rectangle die, and the top was just fussy-cut into a sort of hill shape.  I added specs with a black pen, and a couple of different gold glitter gel pens to give it some “texture”.  All of the other pieces were stamped, colored with Prismacolor pencils, blended with odorless mineral spirits, and fussy-cut out, before being glued onto the card.  I added some glitter gel pen accents to the seashells.

Some Tips:

When you go for bright colors, as I did here, the last little detail makes a really big difference:  go around each fussy-cut image with a black brush-tipped marker.  It’s not my original idea, of course (a number of talented card-makers have suggested it in their tutorials), but it just might be my favorite tip ever.  🙂  Also, when it comes to adding a hint of glitter, don’t be afraid to use your generic gel pens.  The oh-so-popular Wink of Stella glitter pens are awesome, but even the cheapest, deal-of-the-day gel pen pack can really add a little sparkle.

Wrapping It Up

That’s it for today!  I’ve got a couple of Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit cards to share with you soon, and then, some big changes are in the works.  Stay tuned – lots of excitement yet to come!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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