Friday, October 31, 2014

FM184 Gratitude for Days Treat Box

Time for another Friday Mashup challenge.  This week is a thankful theme and/or a box.

I've been playing with the Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit on my desk, so it was natural to grab a couple pockets and create a box with them.  For the die-cut leaves, I inked them (direct-to-paper), then spritzed and crumpled.  Unfold, let dry, and sponge a bit more.

Here's a quick photo tutorial of how this came about:

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a "Box Project". 
  • Create a project with a "Thanksgiving or Thankful Theme".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Thanksgiving- or Thankful-Themed Box".
Stamps: For All Things; Paper: Tangerine Tango, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Very Vanilla; Ink: Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow; Accessories: Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit, Sponge, Autumn Accents die, Big Shot.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Project Life Giveaway & More

Have you given Project Life by Stampin' Up! a try?  Check out how fun and easy it is!

Would you like to win every item currently available in the Project Life by Stampin' Up! line?

  • FIRST PLACE PRIZE: ONE HUNDRED (100) first place winners will receive their choice of any single Project Life by Stampin' Up! card collection and coordinating accessory pack. (Approximate Retail Value of prize: $24.90 USD.)
  • GRAND PRIZE: ONE (1) grand prize winner will receive every item currently available in the Project Life by Stampin' Up! line! (Approximate Retail Value of prize: $475.00 USD.)

to see official rules and for a chance to win today!!

Here are this week's Weekly Deals -
1/16 Handheld Punch by Stampin' Up!
1/16" Circle Handheld Punch
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Autumn Traditions Kit -- Digital Download
Autumn Traditions Kit - Digital Download
Price: $9.95 $5.97
Blue Ribbon Wood Stamp Set
Price: $28.95 $21.71
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Price: $15.95 $11.96
Large Scallop Edgelits Die
Large Scallop Edgelits Die
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Regals Designer Buttons
Regals Designer Buttons
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Word Bubbles Framelits Die
Word Bubbles Framelits Die
Price: $24.95 $18.71

And a couple end-of-month reminders -

Free Designer Series Paper - Through October 31, sign up with the Stampin' Up family and receive a pack of Designer Series Paper each month for six months!  What a great deal and a great way to stock up on SU supplies for your new business!  Find out more information on joining HERE.

Hostess Promotion - Host a party, workshop, or private class totaling $300 or more, or place that order you've been holding onto yourself, and receive the fabulous free hostess set, Good Greetings.  This offer is available through October 31

Monday, October 27, 2014

MDSM88 Everglades National Park

Today Jeanna is bringing us this week's MDS Monday sketch, along with a request for lots of playful colors, patterns, and embellishments. Well, she might beat me with a wet noodle, since I deviated from the sketch right off the bat to fit my photos.

Using Happy Things Pocket Cards download, I think I used just about every pattern, embellishment, and most stamp images in the download.  I always have so much fun layering the items from the pocket card kits.  Colors - check.  Patterns - check.  Embellishments - well...  I felt like I layered so much already, so I resisted a bit.

Here is this week's sketch -

MDS Elements: Natural Composition Overlays, Happy Things pocket cards, Convention 2012 frame, Staple, Alphabet Soup punch, Mini Flag Banner punch; Font: Bodoni MT Condensed, CK Alis Hand.

Friday, October 24, 2014

FM183 Iron-Off Leafy Thanks

It's my turn to host the Friday Mashup challenge.  This week is a color challenge plus a technique.  I chose iron-off embossing, since I have never tried it.

First stamp and heat emboss your image.  Then use the embossing as a resist to color your background.  You could sponge, watercolor, or use direct-to-paper technique, among others.  Once the background is done, use scratch paper and a medium-heat iron to remove the melted embossing powder to leave a flat, mat finish.

Prepping for our downline shoebox swap project, I thought I would combine it with this challenge.  I love the watercolor look of this new set, For All Things.  Turns out, the iron-off embossing works pretty well with the sentiment and the watercolor swatch.  I used Freshly Made Sketches #154 for my card.

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with "Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist & Baked Brown Sugar". 
  • Create a project with the "Iron-Off Embossing Technique".  Link to technique HERE.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Project using the colors above & the Iron-Off Embossing Technique".
Stamps: For All Things, Gorgeous Grunge; Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Color Me Autumn DSP; Ink: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Baked Brown Sugar, Versamark; Accessories: Color Me Autumn washi tape, Linen Thread, Clear EP, Corner Rounder punch, Iron, Dimensionals.

I also have a bonus iron-off embossing card, playing along with Mix-Ability challenge #67, Take It Away.

I did some layered batik resist, with layers of clear heat embossing and coloring, to show the text paper underneath. I gave Dina's bokeh tutorial a try, using the inside circular stamp pieces from Daydream Medallions and also a pencil eraser. My first color layer was watercolored, but then I switched to brayered, which worked out better.  Once all the layers were complete, for the "take it away" step, I ironed-off the embossing powder.  This card also uses Fab Fri sketch #51.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, And Many More, Big Bold Birthday MDS image; Paper: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP, First Edition DSP; Ink: Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo; Accessories: White EP, Pencil, White baker's twine, Brayer, Watercolor brush, e-cutter.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holiday Supplement & More

Did you hear there's a supplement to the Holiday Catalog out, and it is now LIVE?!
(Click to view and download)
The Holiday Catalog has been a big hit, and the supplement gives several more holiday product and project options for you this season.

Highlighted in this supplement are Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit, 12 Days of Christmas stamp set, and more exciting Project Life options to help document your holiday season.  Take a look!

This week's Weekly Deals are...
Calypso Coral  3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Jumbo Sticky Rounds
Jumbo Sticky Rounds
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Little Buddy Birthday Wood Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Little Buddy Birthday Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $21.95 $16.46
Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $13.95 $10.46
Soft Sky 1/2 Seam Binding Ribbon
Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
Price: $6.95 $5.21
Spook Central Designer Ensemble -- Digital Download
Spook Central Designer Ensemble - Digital Download
Price: $12.95 $7.77
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $7.95 $5.96

Monday, October 20, 2014

MDSM87 Little Swimmer

It's Yapha's turn to give us a sketch for this week's MDS Monday.  She has a couple technique hints, so make sure you check those out on the challenge blog site.
Tami's page, with the little blue square pattern, caught my eye a few weeks back.  It reminds me of indoor pool tile, so I thought *ding*... great idea for this page!  My little missy takes after her pool-loving mama!

Here is this week's sketch -

MDS Elements: Natural Composition Overlays, Accessory Cord pack, Get It Done tag, Water Droplet download from internet; Font: Bodoni MT Condensed.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Serene Silhouettes

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are hopping along with silhouette set Serene Silhouettes.  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Kerry's blog.  There is no end to Kerry's creativity!

As a silhouette stamp set, it is perfect for background techniques.  Sponging, brayering, watercoloring... you name it!  Building on the CAS sponged-scene card I made last week, I started off in the same direction.

Keeping to the true one-layer card (minus the base), I kept adding more and more features... clouds, a couple stars, the sentiment.  Remembering Cindy Elam's card using the Note Tag punch and stamps from September's Paper Pumpkin Kit, I ended up sponging and stamping a tombstone via reverse masking.  Score!  This qualifies the card for Mix-Ability #68, Reverse Masking.  For coloring media, I used classic ink, Basic Black marker, and a white gel pen.

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Boo-tiful Bags Paper Pumpkin kit, Ghoulish Greetings, Dictionary BG; Paper: Very Vanilla; Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White gel pen, Note Tag punch, Circle punch, Sponges, Post-It Notes.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what lovelies the fabulous Yapha Mason has put together with Serene Silhouettes

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