flying home thank you cards

Thank you card using Stampin' Up!'s Flying Home stamp set, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

can’t stop coloring!

Okay, I did warn y’all in my last post… I am absolutely addicted to the Stampin’ Up! Blends!  And like my last post, these little birdie thank you cards are all about coloring with those awesome Blends alcohol markers.  I can’t seem to stop:  I’m repeatedly stamping every image I can find that can easily be colored, building a nice little stack of images on my desk, and then taking every spare minute I can find to color away all my worries and stress.

flying home

These bird nest images from the new Flying Home stamp set were already  stamped out and just waiting for color.  I was in need of a couple of thank you cards, and decided that these would work fine for that.  It’s fun to make cards that “match”, but that aren’t identical, so I went for two different color schemes.

Thank you card using Stampin' Up!'s Flying Home stamp set, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

This one is my favorite (but then, I love the color red).  I decided not to stress over what kind of birds these were, so it didn’t matter what colors I used. For each card, I colored two copies of the image.  I cut the first one into a square for my focal image, and then just fussy-cut the nest and two leaves from the second one.  Using dimensionals, I popped up the nest, and then I used rolled up glue dots for the two tiny leaves  I love the dimension you get with this!  Eventually, I would like to work on my shading, but any shadows you see here are actually from the layering.  🙂

blue, too

And here’s a close-up of the second one:

Thank you card using Stampin' Up!'s Flying Home stamp set, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

A nice frame around the image, a simple sentiment from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set, and a bit of paper “ribbon” using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch finish these two cards off.  Oh… and those jewels in the upper left corners?  Those are all just regular clear rhinestones.  I colored them to match, using those Stampin’ Blends.  Cool, huh?

thank YOU!

These cards are a thank you for you, too!  I am so grateful for the kind words I’m getting on my cards, and I’m so thankful that you stopped by my little blog today!  It’s so exciting to see where this card-making journey is taking me;  I’m just getting started!  Will you stick around and join me for the adventure?  😀  Have a terrific day!

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good vibes card – fun with stampin’ blends

Good Vibes card using Stampin' Up! Stampin' Blends, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

good vibes, creating and giving

Okay, this stamp really says it all, the reason I’m an obsessed card-maker:  I love sending out good vibes into the world!  And my favorite way to do that is by sending happy mail.  I like to think that, if I’m happy when I make a card, that the card somehow retains some of those good feelings, and that the recipient can feel that.  It’s the reason that my “logo” (how I sign all of my cards) has a heart:  because all of my cards are made with love… and good vibes.  🙂

fun with coloring

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of making this card.  In fact, I pretty much have a new favorite technique:  coloring with Stampin’ Blends, and fussy-cutting details.  This is not a fast card, but it is an easy one.  That whole image is just one stamp.  (Cool, huh?)  I stamped it several times on white cardstock, colored one image with Stampin’ Blends, then colored just parts of a second image.  I fussy-cut out three of the larger flowers, and two tiny ones, and popped them up to add dimension to the card.  The big flowers were attached on top of their duplicates using dimensionals.  The two tiny flowers (top and bottom left corners) were actually colored three times, cut twice, and adhered on top of the raised larger flowers with rolled up glue dots.  This gave them just a bit more dimension.  Here’s more of a close-up:

Good Vibes card, colored with Stampin' Blends, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

the details

Before adhering the popped up flowers, I took a black brush-tip marker and ran it around the edges.  This makes such a difference when adding cut-outs to a card!  (Thanks to Kristina Werner at KWernerDesign, who was the first one to show me this trick, and so many others!) I also took a white gel pen, and added some details to some of the flowers, and the letters.  The words were coated with clear Wink of Stella.  There are also some black dots, here and there (mostly clusters of 3) that I added with a black pen.  Sure, the added details take time, but I really think it makes a substantial difference.  (And another shout out to Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker.  She has some seriously mad coloring skills, and is so inspiring!)

blending

I have resisted the Call of the Copics for years now.  I managed to convince myself that colored pencils were better… but it wasn’t easy.  It seems like the whole crafting community has embraced the alcohol marker trend.  And now I know why.  When Stampin’ Up! released their Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, I just couldn’t resist any longer;  I had to try them.  It was love at first swipe.  These things rock!  Seriously, the very most stressful day just melts away after a few minutes of coloring with these babies.  I am SO hooked.  Is my blending perfect?  No, but it totally doesn’t even matter.  These are so easy to work with!  There WILL be more cards using these on my blog in the future.

the best part:

Now, I admit that being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator did play a part in my marker purchase, but I have to tell you why I think these are awesome, especially for beginners.  First, there are a limited number of colors (at the moment, anyway).  This is a very good thing for my pocketbook, because, of course, I had to have ALL of them.  But Stampin’ Up! does sell these markers individually, so you can totally pick one or two of your favorite colors and give them a try.  Second, these colors come in “light” and “dark”.  This makes matching colors and blending a breeze!  Had I gone down the Copic rabbit hole, not only would I be broke (because I’d have to have ALL of them, LOL), but I’d be absolutely lost when trying to choose colors.  Too many choices, too much confusion when it comes to blending.

Have you tried the Stampin’ Blends yet?  If you’re curious, just buy the light and dark pens that best match your favorite color, and then buy the color lifter pen.  I strongly recommend the color lifter – it helps push color around, and basically gives you a “lighter” version of every color you have.  And it helps to erase mistakes.  (Ask me how I know.)  😉 

Is coloring for everyone?  Maybe not.  And fussy-cutting definitely requires a special kind of patience.  But for me, this is truly my happy place.  And I just have to share my happy!  Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful day!

(Note:  some affiliate links were used in this post for your convenience.  They link to my Stampin’ Up! store.  There is NO additional cost to you, but if you choose to purchase something, you will help to support this blog.  See full disclosure here.  Thank you!)

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party with pandas card

Party Pandas birthday card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

panda party!

Aren’t these little fellas cute?  I couldn’t help smiling when I made this card – I mean, who can resist a panda party?  And the best part?  This stamp set, Party Pandas, was FREE, with a $50.00 purchase.  This is that most wonderful time of the year for Stampin’ Up! fans.  It’s Sale-a-Bration time!  (More details about this awesome event below.)

card details:

For this card, I just took a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of white cardstock, and figured out where I wanted my pandas to go.  I stamped them in black, then stamped the Happy Birthday in Melon Mambo.  The confetti bits were stamped here and there, around my playful pandas, in Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight.  That decorative strip on the left was cut from Melon Mambo paper, using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  It sort of covered up that one little guy’s balloon, but that just gave me the perfect excuse to use my Balloon Bouquet Punch to give him a bigger, better balloon.  The balloon and birthday present were both attached with dimensionals, for a little “oomph”.  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to add color to the party hat and envelope.  A Daffodil Delight card-base finishes it off.

 

sale-a-bration!

Now, about this awesome event called Sale-a-Bration…  the way it works is that you spend at least $50.00 on just about anything from Stampin’ Up!, and you get to add something from the Sale-a-Bration catalog for free.  You can buy items you’ve been drooling over in the Annual Catalog, or you can choose something from the new Occasions Catalog.  (I want it all, LOL.)  The more you spend, the more you get.  There’s even a word die set you can get FREE with a $100.00 purchase.   (See product links below.  Please note that all clear-mount sets are also available as wood-mount and/or in French.)

So, if there are things you’ve been wanting from Stampin’ Up!, now is the best time to stock up.  (And if you’ve ever thought about being a demonstrator, there is no better time to sign up than right now.  I myself signed up during Sale-a-Bration last year, and I’m so glad I did!)

 

free with $50.00 purchase: 

free with $100.00 purchase: 

 

no demo? no problem.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, and you live in the US, I would LOVE to be your demonstrator! Just send me a note and I’ll make sure you get a catalog, plus answers to questions, and advice from a bashful-but-passionate card-maker.  🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Card-makers rock!  Have a wonderful weekend, and happy Sale-a-Brating!

(Note:  some affiliate links were used in this post for your convenience.  They link to my Stampin’ Up! store.  There is NO additional cost to you, but if you choose to purchase something, you will help to support this blog.  See full disclosure here.  Thank you!)

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hug in a mug card

Hug in a Mug Stampin' Up! card by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

hug in a mug

Okay, so… I don’t have a good New Year’s card this year.  (I’ve done some in the past, but this year, I think my creativity was just plain frozen.)  But, given that much of the country (even Florida!) is experiencing colder-than-normal temps today, I thought that we could all use a bit of hot chocolate… and hot chocolate is like a hug in a mug, right?

This card actually came about one evening when the air seemed especially chilly.  I had a handful of stamped images that I had wanted to color, and this one jumped right out at me.  I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils, and just had some fun coloring.  The next day, though, I decided that I was pretty happy with how this image turned out, and decided to make it the focal point of this card.

card set-up:

The rest was pretty easy.  I just matted the image with some nice, warm, bright red paper, added a zig-zag accent strip, punched out three red hearts, and stamped the oh-so-perfect sentiment.  To me, this card is all about the stamp set – everything else was just a case of using what I had.  The good news is that this set – Hug In A Mug Photopolymer Stamp Set – is still available from Stampin’ Up!  The bad news is that you really have to hurry, because after tomorrow, it’s being retired.  This last holiday catalog was my favorite catalog to date – I loved every single item in it!  Everything was a must-have. (Too bad my bank account didn’t agree with me.  😉 )

The photo’s a bit fuzzy – it was snapped in a rush, as I needed to get this one in the mail right away to someone up north.  We’re going to be slipping into the 40’s this week (brrrrr!!!), but this friend is dealing with snow and ice and MUCH colder temps.  She needs all the warm cocoa she can get.

happy new year!

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?  While I certainly do have things to work on, I decided a while back that I was more likely to accomplish my goals if I didn’t call them resolutions.  🙂  This year?  I am going to focus on connecting better with people.  It’s time for this hermit to find “her people”, and climb out of this shell.  Are you my people?  If you think you might be, please leave a comment, or send me a note and let me know!  Thank you so much for visiting my page!  Wishing you a very happy 2018 and beyond!

(Note:  some affiliate links were used in this post for your convenience.  They link to my Stampin’ Up! store.  There is NO additional cost to you, but if you choose to purchase something, you will help to support this blog.  See full disclosure here.  Thank you!)

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