Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Paper Pumpkin is turning 6!

Happy Birthday Paper Pumpkin!  I can't believe it's been 6 years! wow, time flies!  Paper Pumpkin was launched 6 years ago this March, and Stampin' Up! is celebrating by creating a fun birthday themed box! 
And, they are giving us a BONUS stamp set in the kit! Instead of one stamp set, we will get 2!!
Here is the info that they have released so far...
It’s our birthday, and Paper Pumpkin is celebrating with an adorable kit filled with eight festive birthday cards that are sure to “pop!” You’ll love the cool party packaging. And for extra birthday fun, we’re sending our subscribers TWO stamp sets instead of one!

To get in on the March kit you need to subscribe by March 10th.  There are a few ways to do it.  You can do a month to month subscription and keep it going as long as you want.  Or, you can do a limited time pre-paid subscription for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.  And, right now, Sale-a-Bration is going on and so if you choose the Pre-paid option you will be prompted to choose a FREE Sale-a-Bration item too!!!  Get 1 free sale-a-bration items with each $50 you spend, so I free with a 3 month subscription, 2 with a 6 month subscription or 4 with a One Year subscription.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

By the Bay

Hi everyone.  I am participating in a card swap with a watercolor theme, so I am playing around with watercolor and stamps again.  This time I am using the By The Bay stamp set.  When I saw the little line of birds on this set it reminded me of an older stamp called 'Wetlands".  I remembered doing a wash background with that set so I searched my blog an I found a card I made in 2015 with this background and so I thought I would do it again with the new By the Bay set.
Adding a watercolor wash is super easy.  Here I used three colors, Crumb cake, Balmy Blue and Night of Navy.
I made a frame for my "painting" with the new Stitched Rectangle framelits.

I also added some watercolor behind the stamps, both inside and outside of the card.

 The braided linen trim seemed the perfect accent for this look.  I pulled the strands apart a bit for a distressed look.

The inside got a touch of watercolor too.

I hope that you like my card and that you will search through the catalog and find other cards that you can add watercolor to. Give it a try, it's fun!

The 'By The Bay' stamp set is FREE with a $50 purchase when you buy during Sale-a-Bration! There is a whole catalog of items to choose from when you spend $50, $100 and more! Check out the catalog here

When you shop with me, you earn points that you can redeem for free stamps!  Download my tracker under my blog header and start earning points toward FREE stamps! Contact me with any questions.
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Monday, February 4, 2019

Dandelion Wishes

Hi everyone! Today I want to share a fun card using the Dandelion Wishes Stamp set.  I gave it a fun Rainbow wash with a touch of watercolor.  This card is fast and easy but oh so pretty. 
By touching the dandelion tufts with a bit of ink from my Aqua Painter, I rainbowfied the dandelions for a whimsical get well card.

 I made a simple version as well, with just Stamp, paper and ink.

Watch how simple it is to make this fun card!

I hope that you like it.  I have started a new Facebook 'Group' page where you can join me and chat about all things Stampin' Up!   I learned that a 'group' page allows you to post things as well as me.  You can post questions or suggestions, or ask me to make something or explain something.  My Facebook Business page is great too but it is one sided as I am the only one who can post, however with a group, you can too! I hope you'll join me there: Beth's Paper Cuts idea sharing group

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A little Watercolor fun using my Stampin' Up! ink

 Hi everyone.  We are hunkered down in the house for a few days while we experience some pretty cold temperatures.  We reached minus 24 degrees today in Chicago land.  I thought I would spend the day doing some paintings that I planned out a long time ago but never got around to.   My daughter mentioned that a few of the girls have little posters in their lockers and she might like one.  We talked a bit about what sort she would like.  She said one of the girls had a poster with a picture of a unicorn that said "always be yourself! Unless you can be a unicorn, then be a unicorn".  She liked that one but then said she would like something original and maybe she would make one with her favorite song.  She made a poster on her computer and made it her screen saver, but never printed it out for her locker. I thought it was nice that this was her favorite song and that she wanted it for her locker so I thought I would paint something or her.  The song is Beloved by Jordan Feliz.
I made a text circle of the chorus, and printed it out onto heavy cardstock. If you are looking at Stampin' Up! papers, Shimmer White would work for this. I used the Naturals papers that Stampin' Up! used to sell a while back. I also printed it out on Watercolor paper.  The top is the cardstock and the bottom one is the watercolor paper.
I used Stampin' Up! inks and Aqua Painters to make the flowers.  Colors used were Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Mellow Moss, and Old Olive.
I added the large words on top last, using Stampin' Blends.  I printed out the "You are beloved" on a sheet of paper first, then traced it over my text box.  I was going to just paint the words but I am just not great at lettering and didn't trust myself to do that.
I wasn't going to share this here because it's not really stamping or a card or scrapbook. In the end I thought I might as well, I did use Stampin' Up! products and I love to watercolor with my inks, and I thought maybe you would too!  I think it's really fun and I know I'm not great at it but it is still fun to do and relaxing and I think it's pretty.

Here is a close up of the flowers.

These are the text boxes I printed out to make the project.
I made the text boxes with a digital scrapbooking program called My Memories, you can find it here: https://bethsdigitalcuts.blogspot.com/2016/11/new-my-memories-suite-version-8-just.html

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