Sunday, January 13, 2019

SSC196 Watercolor Pressed Flowers

Hello and welcome to our next Sunday Stamps sketch challenge.  I grabbed the host set Pressed Flowers and attempted to color them so they look like real pressed flowers.  Or maybe just a watercolor mess.

I was markering (is that a verb?) and spritzing the stamps, with multiple tries with the Stamparatus, but getting just the right amount of water is tricky.

Here is this week's sketch by Annette.

Stamps: Pressed Flowers, Flowering Desert; Paper: Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Balmy Blue, Gorgeous Grape, Sahara Sand, Basic Black; Accessories: Old Olive Linen Thread, Circle Punches, Watercolor Brush, Water Spritzer.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Butterfly Fusion

Hello & Good Morning, Everyone!  Hope you are having a great start to your day.  I was asked by my fabulous stampy friend Linda Callahan to be a guest stamper on the latest Fusion card challenge.  This week's challenge is a sketch or butterflies or both!

I haven't bought much of the latest butterfly stamps (many to choose from in the Occasions catalog), but I could not resist the Sale-a-Bration Botanical Butterfly paper.  I love the black & white patterns, and so that's my focus today.

I cut a couple butterflies from the paper and colored them with Stampin' Blends for a vibrant bold pop.  I doubled up on Dimensionals to make room for the cord.

Stamps: Silhouettes & Script; Paper: Whisper White, Botanical Butterfly DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends; Accessories: 1/8" Black Cord, Dimensionals.



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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sale-a-Bration is the Best Time...

... to join the Stampin' Up team!  You can choose $175 worth of product for $99 (shipping included).

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Stamp Review Crew: Fabulous Flamingo

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week's hop focuses on another annual catalog set, Fabulous Flamingo.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from the very creative Dawn Tidd's blog.

After the holidays, how about a tropical stamp set to warm you up?  I've put this fun set to good use several times.  In November, Stampin' Up! birds of a feather flocked together in Orlando for OnStage.  I put together a Florida-themed anniversary card for my downline, with a nod to our fabulous time together.

This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #367.  I can't resist pairing Fabulous Flamingo with Tropical Chic.  They play so well together!

Stamps: Fabulous Flamingo, Tropical Chic, Waterfront; Paper: Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Pool Party, Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP; Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick, Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Pool Party, Basic Black; Accessories: Tropical Elements, Linen Thread, 1/2" Granny Apple Green Ribbon, Tropical Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Now, I wanted to change it up a little bit, and I also need a card for my brother-in-law and his wife to celebrate their new little birdie.

I stamped where I could, and inserted (paper pieced) the beak and baby bundle from Precious Delivery.  Thanks to German demonstrator Tina Kolivopoulos for the stork idea.

This card uses CAS(E) this Sketch #303.

Stamps: Fabulous Flamingo, Precious Delivery; Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pick a Pattern DSP; Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Versamark; Accessories: Blushing Bride Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder, Aquapainter, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Here are a couple previous cards I've made with this set.

Stampin' Up! Fabulous Flamingo
Hop on over to Tanya Boser's blog to see what gorgeousness she has put together with this week's set.

 



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Thursday, January 3, 2019

FMS369 You're a Classic!

The Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs are starting today!  Time to Sale-a-Brate!!

Kicking off the party with a card using items from both catalogs, I was also playing along with old Splitcoaststampers New Year's Eve challenges.  This one is HCE10, alter your embellishment.

I combined Geared Up Garage from the Occasions catalog with the free Sale-a-Bration paper, Botanical Butterfly DSP.  For the altered embellishment, I took the free Daffodil Delight Sale-a-Bration ribbon and colored it black with a sharpie.  The ribbon and gingham paper give a feminine touch, which is good since girls like muscle cars too!

This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #369.

Stamps: Geared Up Garage; Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White, SAB Botanical Butterfly DSP, Silver Foil Sheets; Ink: Real Red, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Sharpie Marker; Accessories: SAB Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack, Aquapainter, Garage Gears Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot.

(Click on photos to view PDFs)

There are several ways to join in the Sale-a-Bration festivities -

For each $50 you spend in Stampin' Up products, you earn a FREE item from the SAB brochure.  There are seven exclusive stamp sets, patterned papers, ribbon, embellishments, and a card kit to choose from.  Bonus: There are a couple of larger items, including a die set, that you can earn with a $100 purchase.  There is something for everyone. 

This is the best time to host a workshop, for both your guests as well as extra SAB incentives for you, so be sure to book your party or private class today! Earn an extra $25 in hostess dollars when you host a party of $250 or more.  That's $50 in FREE product when you reach the $250 level.  Gather your friends for some girls night in!

But that's not all! Sale-a-bration is a great time to sign up to be a demonstrator. For $99 (including free shipping), choose $175 worth of product of your choice for your Starter Kit ~OR~ get $175 worth of product PLUS the exclusive Craft & Carry Tote* for just $129. The Starter Kit is a great value. 
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Here's a quick reference table with all the FREE Sale-a-Bration items at a glance.

Hello Cupcake
Hello Cupcake
Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack
Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack
Butterfly Elements
Butterfly Elements
Botanical Butterfly DSP
Botanical Butterfly DSP
By the Bay
By the Bay
Home to Roost
Home to Roost
Grapefruit/Lipstick Foil Sheets
Grapefruit/Lipstick Foil Sheets
So Hoppy Together
So Hoppy Together
Part of My Story
Part of My Story
Lovely Lattice
Lovely Lattice
Precious Parcel Card Kit
Precious Parcel Card Kit
Tea Time Framelits
Tea Time Framelits
Lasting Lily
Lasting Lily

Sale-a-bration runs through March 31, so you'll want to start shopping, hosting, and joining right away!  And the Occasions catalog runs through June 3.


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Soothing Monochromatic

New Year's is a great time to play along with a card challenge or two.  Traditionally I use this down time to work on some old ones from Splitcoaststampers.  Maybe you want to join too?  This one is SCSNYE11, make a soothing, monochromatic card.

I used Freshly Made Sketches #368 for this card.

Stamps: Country Road, Bokeh Dots; Paper: Granite Gray, Whisper White, Festive Farmhouse DSP; Ink: Granite Gray, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray; Accessories: Basic Gray Baker's Twine, Chicken Wire Elements, Brayer, Dimensionals.


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