Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Guest Tutorial Writer

Hi Everyone! I am super happy to be a guest tutorial writer at  I have loved this site for about 13 years and use their tutorials and gallery all the time for inspiration, so being a part of it is just a thrill.
I was asked to share the Dappled Sky Technique.  This is a fun and EASY watercolor background that gives you really fun results.   This is the card I did for my tutorial.  I hope that you will check it out, and maybe give me some love in the comments 'cause it's my first guest spot and maybe they'll invite me back :)  Check it out by clicking the link.

And here are some other samples I made with this technique!
 This is one I made this past Christmas. Instead of using the whole background, I punched out a circle for a fun winter scene.
 When I made this background it said space to me.  So I made a moon to go along with it.  I made the moon by punching a circle out of watercolor paper, then getting it wet with a little Smokey Slate.  Next I flicked more Smokey Slate on top for the fun moon caters and texture.

 The Weather Together set is perfect for this technique.

 On this one I just made a small strip of the technique in Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry and then cut it out with the Tail from the Fox Builder Punch.
 On this one I used Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party and used it as water.
And on this last version I used Tranquil Tide for the background, then flicked  Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist on top.

Let me know what you think!
I have another older video on my YouTube Channel that shows this technique on even more samples.  you can see it here...

Don't forget, Sale-a-Bration is going on now.  This is a great time to get those colors you don't have or some Ink Refills.  Stock up on Cardstock or get some coloring tools like the Aqua Painter and try out a new technique.  Get a FREE Sale-a-Bration product with ever $50 you spend, or a level 2 product with a $100 order.  Get even more the more you spend.  Download the Sale-a-Bration catalog on the right side of my blog. Contact me with any questions!

Some great stamp sets to get right now are...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ombre Background with the sponge brayer

Hi everyone! Today I am playing around with the new paper from the second release of Sale-a-Bration, Springtime Foils.  I just love how this paper works great with many coloring techniques. Springtime foils is great on its own, but really packs a punch when you add some color.  It is a heavier glossy cardstock with added patterns, some with gold foil, some silver, some rose gold and some with a combination of them.
 I got out my sponge brayer to add this fun Ombre background, and it's really simple to do.

                                                             Check out this quick video.

The sponge brayer is $8 and comes with two handles and four sponges.   They rinse clean under water too, so you will get a lot of use out of them and can use them with all your colors.  This technique tends to work best on glossy paper. 

I also used the Petal Palette bundle for my card and I really think it is a great stamp set to add to your collection.  The set is large with many sentiments to cover many occasions, and you also get those pretty images! The dies are pretty amazing too and there are dies for the stamps, but also a variety of dies to use as accents.  I show them up close in my video.
 During Sale-a-Bration you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog with a $50 order, so its a good time to buy those pricier items that you've had on your wish list.  And when you spend $100 you get more, and so on.  You can see the whole Sale-a-Bration offering by clicking here.

Supplies for my cards:
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Friday, February 16, 2018

February 2018 Paper Pumpkin

 Hi Everyone! My February Paper Pumpkin kit just arrived and it is super pretty and gives me hope that spring flowers are almost here again!
There are 9 full size cards in the kit.  The Stampin' Spot is Garden Green and the stamps are Thank You, Celebrate, and Friend, and have complimentary smaller stamps that go with that read 'so much', 'hello sweet', 'big time', and 'you're awesomeness'.  There are also 3 smaller flower stamps.
Look at those pretty wildflowers! The envelopes have wildflowers printed on the insides as well!

                                                 Check out my video to get a closer look.

Next month Stampin' Up! and Paper Pumpkin are celebrating their 5 year anniversary!  The next kit will contain a FREE Gift to celebrate!  Sign up by March 10th to get in on the next kit.  
And, you can also sign up for a 3 month pre-paid subscription which will get you a FREE Sale-a-Bration item if you sign up by March 31st.  6 months pre-paid will get you 2 FREE Sale-a-Bration  items (or 1 level two item) and a 12 month  pre-paid subscription will get you 4 FREE Sale-a-Bration items or a combination of level 1and level 2 items. 
Contact me today with any questions! 

2nd Release Sale-a-Bration products available today!

Hi Everyone! Today the second wave of Sale-a-Bration products has been released! You can check them out here! 
I just love that new embossing folder! Wow is it pretty.  And the basket stamp is just so perfect for Easter or Mother's Day, or any spring time card really.  Eclectic Expressions is a great background builder, I like the painted look to it. But that paper! so pretty.  The photos don't do it justice really.  The gold, silver, and rose gold foil are gorgeous.  You are going to love them.   The previous Sale-a-Bration products are still available too.  You can choose one level 1 proeduct for every $50 you spend, or one level 2 or two level 1 products for a $100 order, and so on.  Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st.  Contact me to order, or click the shop button under my blog header.

More ways to save during Sale-a-bration...
Orders of $250 or more get an addition $25 in Stampin Rewards!  Stampin' Rewards begin with a $150 and you get 10% of your order back in free products of your choice from the catalog, but when your order gets to $250, then you earn that 10% in free products AND and extra $25, for a total of $50 in free products! That is ON TOP of any sale-a-bration products you earned (you know, the free with each $50)!! That is a lot of freebies! It's a great time to stock up on cardstock or get those ink colors you don't have yet or that stamp set you've had your eye on!  Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st!  Questions? contact me!

Another GREAT way to save during Sale-a-Bration is to Join!! you get to make up your own starter kit, pay only $99 for $125 worth of catalog products.  Then, choose 2 additional stamps sets, any price, to add to it.  You also get a Paper Pumpkin kit to see how those are, and a bunch of catalogs in case you want to make some extra money by selling too. But you don't have to!! Then you start getting your discount! And you get all those same great deals I mentioned in the paragraph above, but now you get your discount on top of all that. So that $250 you had to spend to get $50 in freebies just became only $200.  YAY!
Questions? Watch my join video under my blog header, contact me or click the join now button!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

You're Inspiring ~ Stamp Camp To Go!

Hi Everyone! Today I have another Stamp Camp To Go!
This time I am focusing on the You're Inspiring stamp set.  This is a great spring time stamp set.  If you live in the mid-west like me, you are looking forward to seeing those springtime flowers poke through the snow.  Daffodils are one of my favorites.
These projects are great for those of you who like to color.  I have options for adding the Watercolor Pencils to the Stamp Camp To Go, which is what I used for my samples.  You could also use markers or Stampin' Blends as well.
To complete the projects, you would need Basic Black ink and adhesives, plus either use your own Watercolor pencils (or other coloring medium) or add them to the kit.

The stamp set has a Happy Easter, which is what I used on my samples, but it also has a Happy Birthday and some other stamps that you can use instead.

There are a few ways that you can purchase the You're Inspiring Card Kit To Go! All prices include tax and shipping.
Option One ~  Stamp set and kit with instructions
                        Clear Mount $ 28
Option Two ~  Stamp set and kit with instructions
                        Wood Mount $ 36
Option Three  ~ Stamp set, Pencils and kit with 
                           instructions Clear Mount $ 44
Option Four   ~  Stamp set, Pencils and kit with 
                           instructions Wood Mount $ 52
Have the stamps already?
Option Five ~ instructions and kit only $ 10
Option Six   ~ emailed PDF of instructions $5
PDF of instructions is free to my team.

Sale-a-Bration is going on now! If you choose Option Four during Sale-a-Bration you will be able to choose a Level One Sale-a-Bration item.   You can see the Sale-a-Bration items by clicking the catalog on the right side of my blog.  You can also choose the other options and them add on some other items to get to a Sale-a-Bration qualifying order of $50 or  more.  Email me ( to purchase the Stamp Camp To Go and you can also add other items to your order.  All Stamp Camp To Go orders are also eligible for my Frequent Buyer Rewards Program.  Download the tracking sheet under my blog header.

Want the BEST DEALS on Stampin' Up! products?  Join my team!  Buy Stampin' Up! products from yourself and get a discount. You start with a 20% discount which can go up from there.  You don't have to sell anything and can quit at any time.  To join just order any $125 worth of products as your starter kit but just pay $99! with FREE SHIPPING! Watch my join video to learn more.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

It's a 'Beautiful Day' with Brusho

Hi Everyone! Today I am playing with Brusho Crystal Colour! This is such a fun product. It gives a different look every time and can be used in many ways.  Today I am using it with the Beautiful Day stamp set.

For this card I used the Sheet Music background stamp first, stamped in Archival ink to withstand the water.  Then I stamped the butterflies.
Next I shook some Brusho onto the butterfly and spritzed with my Stampin' Spritzer. For this sample I then used my Aqua Painter to push the color around to fill in the wings.  On other samples further down I just let the color stay were it landed and left it, for a different look.

Here is a video showing you step by step how to make this card.

Sale-a-Bration is going on now. Spend $50 and you get to choose a FREE Level one product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Spend $100 and choose two Free products from level one or one product from level two.  There are lots of great products to choose from. click the catalog on the right side of my blog to view the catalog.

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