Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Technique Tuesday: Rainbow Stamping

Hi Everyone!  You may remember a sneak peek of this Rainbow Stamping technique.  I used it on a recent Sunday Stamps challenge.

I'll admit that I did a better job of stamping with the technique card.

I found several key items to stamping the rainbow image -
  • Repeated stamping with the MISTI or other align tool
  • Ink spots work better than markers
  • Make sure you use a tissue/cloth to wipe/dab a smooth edge at the top/bottom of your inked area on the stamp (to avoid the "crying" look I got on my card in green)

Stamps: Another Thank You; Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Everyday Chic DSP; Ink: Pacific Point, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Tangelo Twist, Real Red, Perfect Plum spots; Accessories: Gold Sequin Trim, Watercolor brush.

I have to point out that this set is part of the Retiring List.  If you are looking to purchase it, make sure you do so very soon!

So with the retiring list out, new product will be coming our way soon!  Introducing.... the new In Colors!

I can't wait to get my hands on these and play!  As a demo, we get to preorder next week -- and you could too if you join up!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

SSC125 Wonderful Watercolors

Time for another Sunday Stamps Challenge.  This week is a beautiful color challenge.

The weather was fabulous this weekend.  I took my colors outside and started watercoloring a background.  I then tried to add some texture by doing some color lifting through a dot stencil.  Here I don't recommend rubbing, as it ends up pilling the watercolor paper.

I really didn't want to lose any of the watercolor background, so I made the panel into a tall and skinny card.  Thank goodness for the Envelope Punch Board!  I'll be able to create an appropriate envelope for this odd-sized card.

HINT: If you have trouble getting a clear stamped image on watercolor paper after stamping several times, don't be afraid to fill in the image with a marker or Sharpie.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Simply Wonderful (SAB 2015); Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla Core'dinations, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black, Versamark; Accessories: White EP, Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks, Watercolor Brush, Dimensionals.

While I had my colors out, I stamped with the new All About Everything set that came with April's Paper Pumpkin kit.

I used a variation of the Freshly Made Sketches #231. I will be typing up the directions for this card for my Paper Pumpkin Club subscribers. Do you want a fun monthly surprise in your mailbox as well? You can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by the 10th of the month to receive that month's kit.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Time to Say Goodbye...

It's that time again: we're getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from both the Annual and Occasions Catalogs. As sad as it is to see these products go, there's still time for you to get them before they're gone. Plus, retiring products have discounts of up to 50%!  Retiring products will only be available until May 31, or while supplies last, so grab your favorites before they're gone!

Make sure to mark your catalogs with the following files:

Retiring Lists:

  • Dates: April 18 -May 31, 2016 (or while supplies last).
  • Orders can be placed as a demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Accessories will be available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we'll keep producing retiring stamps until May 22 (not accessories-accessories are only while supplies last).
  • The lists of retiring products will be updated every business day by 4:00 PM (MT).

Receive a FREE make & take, including instructions, as a thank you with your online order of $25 or more.  If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code 22Y392FV.

Monday, April 18, 2016

MDS Monday: It's Your 9th Birthday!

Oh MDS, it's been so long!  I actually sat down to document my daughter's 9th birthday weekend.  Papa was out of town, so I made sure we filled her days with lots of special activities, including her first mani/pedi and first visit to hibachi.

I don't mind saying after a week of birthday festivities, I am happy to get back to a normal schedule. I am exhausted!

MDS Supplies:  Retro Fresh Pocket Cards,  This Makes Me Happy,  This And That Make Note.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week we are using a fun and popular new set in the Occasions catalog, Balloon Celebration, which coordinates with the Balloon Bouquet punch.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the hugely talented Holly Krautkremer's blog.  I just love her style!

I was playing along with Sunday Stamps Challenge #122, which is a sketch, and I stamped this cute little layout.  No need for a sentiment on the front, IMO, as the balloons, splatter, and sequins say PAR-TY!

This set is very versatile with the masking technique, as well as using the solid images, outlines, and glitter and shading coordinating images.  You can come up with endless different combinations of balloon layouts.

Stamps: Balloon Celebration; Paper: Whisper White, It's My Party DSP; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Silver Sequin Trim, Watercolor brush, Softly Falling EF, Big Shot.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what one of our resident artisans, Valerie Moody, has put together with this week's stamp set. 


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Goodbye Weekly Deals!

Don't miss the last week of the Weekly Deals!

You will received this Masculine Sweater Pocket Card make & take, including instructions, as a thank you with your online order of $25 or more.  Patterns (from the Under the Tree DSP pack) may vary.  If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code 22Y392FV.

If you prefer to receive the Masculine Sweater Pocket Card tutorial instructions and printable template, please refer to this blog post.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

SSC124 Happy, Happy

Time for another Sunday Stamps Challenge.  My first full challenge with the team!  :D  This week is a sketch.

After vacation and extended time catching up, I finally got some time to sit down with March's Paper Pumpkin kit, Pocketful of Cheer.  This is such a pretty kit, and it is so easy to use as-is or grab some pieces and create something different.  This card came together really quickly.

Here is this week's sketch.  Hope you'll join us for this week's Sunday Stamps Challenge! 

I'm also going to enter this card into this month's My Pumpkin Challenge.  Don't miss another idea for March's PP kit from last Friday's post.

I'll be putting the instructions together for this project to send to my Paper Pumpkin Club members.  Don't forget, if you are not a subscriber, to join by 11:59pm MT TODAY to receive April's kit as well as a FREE additional stamp set, to celebrate Paper Pumpkin's 3rd birthday and shipping of 1 million kits!

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