Friday, August 22, 2014

Watercoloring with Stampin' Up! Ink Pads

Bloom With Hope - Hostess Only Set
Today's card features a simple watercoloring technique and the Stampin' Up Bloom with Hope stamp set. This set is exclusive for Stampin' Up! hostesses and has become one of my "go to" sets. If you want to find out more about how you can get this stamp set for FREE send me an email or leave a message in the comments.

Watercoloring with Stampin' Up! Ink Pads
To watercolor the image all I needed was a Stampin' Up! ink pad and an Aqua Painter. 

Watercoloring with an ink pad and Aqua Painter is as easy as 1,2,3...
  1. Squeeze the ink pad pressing the top to the bottom.
  2. When you open it you should have a small pool of ink in the top. 
  3. Use your Aqua Painter to pick up the ink and apply it to your image.

Hints & Tips
  • An Aqua Painter is a small paint brush with a water reservoir in the handle (picture below). Although they are nice to have since they eliminate the need for a separate water container and the chance of messy spills, any small paintbrush will work.
  • I used Stampin' Up! Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper for my card. It was free during Sale-A-Bration last year and is no longer available...You can use any Stampin' Up! paper and just pick a coordinating color ink pad for your flowers.
  • Use Memento black ink for stamping your image before you watercolor and let it dry for about 30 won't bleed.
  • I stamped and watercolored on Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock. As long as you don't use too much water this works fine...If you think you might be heavy handed with the water - use watercolor paper. 

Stampin' Up! Supplies used to create today's card:
Click on any image for more information or to visit the Stampin' Up! On-Line store.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Perfect Blends...

Coffee and Friends are the Perfect Blend
Today's card is a perfect blend in more ways than the lovely sentiment...It was created with a blend of traditional card making and digital card making.  This "hybrid" card combines the best of two worlds.  The artwork was designed in Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio and then printed out on my home printer. I then mounted it on two layers of cardstock for a truly handmade feel!

Traditional vs Digital Paper Crafting
I have always avoided digital paper crafting. Although it offers so much flexibility and design choices,  I didn't want to make printed cards. I think handmade cards with their layers of cardstock, designer papers and embellishments have a superior and luxurious feel...And then I discovered "hybrid" cards.

Hybrid Cards
Hybrid cards are the best of both worlds. The design possibilities are endless. By designing and printing the main image electronically and then using traditional paper crafting techniques for the rest of the card, you can achieve the exceptional quality of a handmade card with the flexibility of a digital card.

 Try it for FREE
If you'd like to give digital or hybrid paper crafting a try, Stampin' Up! is offering a 30 day FREE trial on their My Digital Studio...It is easy enough for beginners but offers lots of great tools for advanced designers too. 

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Try Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio - FREE

New Blog Banner with My Digital Studio:
What do you think of my new blog banner? I made it last night with My Digital Studio...the digital design studio from Stampin' Up!.  It was so easy to use...I downloaded the program last night for FREE...and was able to create a bunch of cards plus my new banner!

So Many Project Possibilities:
The program comes with lots of digital stamps, papers and embellishments plus you can download additional content to make banners, party decorations, much'll have to check it out.

Try it for FREE!
You have to try it! It's awesome and it's FREE...the perfect combo!

With the FREE 30-day trial, you will get:

  • Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days.
  • Full access to design tools to create cards, photobooks, calendars and more.
  • Full access to a sample of exclusive artwork.
  • The chance to buy additional downloads that you can keep after your trial expires.
  • Ability to order your projects from our professional print services
  • To use the software more than 30 days, buy the full MDS software (item 130646).


Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 15, 2014

August Paper Pumpkin - Spoiler Alert!

Spoiler Alert!
If you haven't received your Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin kit and you want it to be a surprise, shut your eyes!

Here is a screen shot from the Paper Pumpkin August 2014 video showing the completed kit. Amazing right! I can't wait for our Paper Pumpkin party to get working on it. It's going to be so much fun!

It's not too late to join in the fun...
While it is too late to get this amazing kit for August. You can still take advantage of the Paper Pumpkin promotion and get the September kit. I've already seen a sneak peak...and lets just say your little Halloween tricksters are in for a treat!

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Promo

Paper Pumpkin Promotion - 50% off Your First 2 Months

 Promotion Details 
  • Follow the link to My Paper Pumpkin and enter promo code "HALFOFF2"  (brings price down to $9.97)
  • The code is valid for new subscribers only.
  • Code must be used my September 10.
  • Available for month-to month subscriptions - not prepaid subscriptions
  • Discount is applied to the first two months of a new subscription.
  • After the first 2 months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95 (shipping included)

Video of August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Everything Will Be OK!

Feeling Better!
Well, I'm finally feeling well enough to get a little work done. This has been one heck of a cold! To help me get back into the groove I turned to the MOJO Monday sketch for this week.

MOJO Monday: 

I always find it's easier to get started after a break or when I'm just feeling stumped if I have a little challenge to help get me going.
The challenges also help me to think outside my little box. I find sometimes I get into a rut and I seem to make the same card design repeatedly.

If you find yourself stuck...go ahead and give MOJO Monday a try!

Really Good Greetings!
For this card I used a stamp from the Stampin' Up! Really Good Greetings stamp set. The greetings in this set are uniquely designed and the perfect size to use as the centerpiece of your card design.

I also used 3 different patterns from the Back to Black Designer Series Paper pack. Using paper from one of Stampin' Up!'s paper packs makes it super easy to combine patterns. Everything in the pack coordinates!

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card:
Click on any image for more information or to visit the Stampin' Up! on-line store.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals (8/12/14 - 8/18/14)

Wow! Can't believe it's Tuesday again already. I've had a wicked cold and all I seem to be able to do is sleep, which explains the lack of card samples for you. Hopefully I'll be feeling better soon and I can get some new and exciting projects up here for you.

New weekly deals from Stampin' Up! 
These deals run from 8/12/2014 - 8/18/2014 so make sure you visit the on-line store to take advantage!

Big Shot Die Bigz L Petite Purse
Price$32.95 $24.71
Envelope Liners Framelits Die
Price$26.95 $20.21
Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price$7.95 $5.96
Label Petite Curly Punch
Price$12.95 $9.71
Natural 7/8 Cotton Ribbon
Price$7.95 $5.96
Rosette Designer Bigz XL Die
Price$42.95 $32.21
Tea Time II Digital Kit -- Digital Download
Price$7.95 $4.77
Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price$7.95 $5.96

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Lullaby...Not Just for Babies

Lullaby...It's Not Just for Babies!
Today's card was created with papers from Stampin' Up!'s Lullaby Designer Series Paper. I know with a name like Lullaby you would think you could only make baby cards from it.  But since I don't know anyone having a baby it was nice to see that the paper is actually very well suited to any occasion.

Things I love about Stampin' Up!
This card was super quick to took less than 5 minutes. And I realized that the things that made this card so quick to make were some of my favorite things about Stampin' Up!.
  • I love the designer papers. They have a very superior weight and feel to them than papers from the local craft store. It's also great that the papers within the pack coordinate so well with each other. It makes combining patterns a breeze!
  • I love the fact that the colors in the different product lines always match. You can always be assured that if the Designer Series Paper says it contains Bermuda Bay, it will match with Bermuda Bay cardstock and Bermuda Bay ink. There is no guess work...It will match!
  • I love that so many of the stamp sets have coordinating punches and Big Shot dies. It makes cutting things out so much easier. And if you're like me and have less than stellar scissor skills this is a huge plus!
There are tons of other things I love about Stampin' Up! (amazing quality, customer service...the list goes on) But these were a few that I really appreciated today.

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card:
Click on any image for more information or to visit the Stampin' Up! on-line store.

Happy Crafting!