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:

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Geared Up Garage

 Hi Everyone!
I have a fun card to share with you today. It has a surprise hanging greeting inside when you open it up.   This one is made with a Father's day theme, but you could easily change it up for other occasions.  I am using a suite of products from the Geared Up Garage Suite, which has stamps, dies and paper, plus a few fun embellishments. 
 The fun gear embellishments in the background come from the cordinating designer Series paper.  The paper is also used on my backgrounds.  It is a really fun paper with many tool and car images, like keys, motors, wheel, and more.  The paper is great for masculine cards, Father's Day, Birthday, new driver, road trips, etc. 

When you open the card a banner is revealed saying Happy Father's Day!  Change out the greeting with other stamps you may have for other occasions.

Sale-a-bration is going on right now, and if you purchase the Geared Up Garage bundle, and the designer series paper, you will qualify for a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  There are a lot of great items to choose from. You can click on the catalog to the right to see the options, or shop below at the bottom of this post with the links right to these products.

One of the papers in the collection has gears on it, and the dies cut the gears out! Super cute! or you can cut them out of foil paper for a shiny metallic look.

This is a look at the catalog page featuring this suite!  lots of fun projects with this set!!

I think it would be great for scrapbook pages too!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Hello Cupcake Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone. Today I am sharing a gift card holder made with the Hello Cupcake stamp set.  The Hello Cupcake set is a Sale-a-Bration set, which means that you can get it FREE with a $50 order.  It is a really cute stamp set, perfect for birthdays and we always need birthday cards.

The template is super simple and can be adapted for other stamp sets and papers.  In Fact, maybe it looks familiar to you? I did a card with this same design but for Christmas.  You can see that blog post here: Easy Christmas Gift Card Holder.

I made a video to show you how to put it all together.  Check it out and give it a thumbs up :)

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