Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Watercoloring With A Acrylic Block

Good Wednesday to all.  I hope all is well in your part of the world.  Hubby and I have been down with colds, mine is a head one and his is a chest cold, so we are taking it easy today.

I found this technique in my e-mail in box last week.  Sandy MacIver shared a great video on how to do this, so I wanted to give it a try.  I'll share my two creations with you today.  It is really an easy one to do, just remember that no two cards will look alike and don't judge the background until you stamp your images, it really does make a huge difference.

The first card I did just like her video:

Mine came out darker than hers, so I think I need to use less ink with the more vibrant colors.  Then I tried a different color combo.  I used Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and Marina Mist on my second try, and this is what I came up with.

When I saw the finished background, it looked like it should be on the beach!  So I use the new stamp set, High Tide.  I love how it turned out!!  This would have also worked with the stamp set Wetlands too.  I used Smoky Slate and Basic Gray for the lighthouse, as I didn't want the lighthouse to stand out too much from the background.  The grass was stamped in Soft Suede.

Now onto some Valentine cards and birthday cards too!  See you Friday!  Mary

Monday, January 16, 2017

Inside the Lines

Good Monday morning to all of you!  Yes, I've been missing in action again.  I had a tooth pulled last Monday morning and I just decided to take it easy the rest of the week.  Last night, my oldest daughter and I were texting back and forth about making Valentine cards for Wesley to hand out at day care next month.  We finally decided on a design and we are both excited to get them made and be ready for February 14th!  Last year Wesley received some V-cards, but my daughter didn't know that all the kids at daycare hand them out, she felt bad, but this year she will be ready to share too!!  I'll share it with you later on.

Now for the card I'm sharing today, this card was made using some of the new Sale-A-Bration free paper called, Inside the Lines.  This is right up my alley, as I LOVE to color!  I had cut out two card fronts for future card use and hated to throw out this scrap, so I used it as a practice piece for the new Watercolor pencils and the Blender pen.  I think it came out rather nice, what do you think?

I did use the retired Paper Doilies and Scrip embossing folder on this card.  I wanted the background to be simple so the paper would really stand out.  I mounted the paper on a scrap piece of Silver Glimmer paper.  This card will be going to a friend who has just started chemo, wanted to let her know that we are praying and thinking of her.

Thank you for stopping in too!!  Mary

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sealed with Love

Brr.... is it cold in your part of the country?  It was 1 degree here this morning and we had about 2 inches of snow yesterday, so the wind chill was -10 this morning.

I've had this card made since last week but just have been to busy with "stuff" that is going on right now.

I made this card to send as a thank you card for a online order that I received from a friend and customer, so I thought I would make a card that she could use.

The items that I used are from the new Occasions catalog and they are from the Sending Love Suite.  There are a lot of cute items in this suite too.

Here is what I used:
Card stock: Thick Whisper White and Whisper White
Ink: Real Red and Black Memento
DSP: Sending Love-Occasion catalog 2017
Red Glimmer Paper
Stitched Framelits and Layering Square Framelits
Love Notes Framelits-Occasion catalog 2017

Stay warm and thank you for coming by!  Mary

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Two New Catalogs Begin Today

Yup, today is the day that the New Occasion catalog starts and Sale-A-Bration too!

Stampin' Up! was having IT issues since midnight last night, but they now have it all fixed and you can begin to order, YEA!!

Click HERE to view the Sale-A Bration catalog

Click HERE to view the Occasions Catalog

You can also view the catalogs by clicking on the pictures on the right-hand side of my blog.

You earn one free items from the SAB catalog by purchasing $50.00 in products, can be from the annual catalog, clearance rack, or from the Occasion catalog, before shipping and taxes.  For every $50.00 you spend, you get to chose another free item, there is no limit on how many free items you can earn!

Now is a great time of the year to join as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator too.  Whether you want it for just the discount or work it as a business.  No penalties if you join and decide it's not for you, you get to keep your starter kit!  Contact me for more information!

If you don't have a Demonstrator and would like the Occasion and SAB catalogs, send me a e-mail and I'll be happy to send them to you!!   Mary

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Glamper Greetings Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone!!  I hope your Holiday is filled with lots of love, happiness, fun and good health!

I made this Christmas card especially for my cousin who likes to go camping.  Usually they tent camp or rent a cabin when they go.  At one time her Mom and Dad owned a camper and were members of the Good Sam's club (I think that is what it is called).  Years ago we owned a camper similar too this one and would go camping at a near by lake with my parents and our daughters, lots of fun!!

I should have done this scene a little bit different but for my first try it came out pretty good.  When I did the grass, I put "frost" on it with my glue pen and sprinkle on some Dazzling Diamonds for some sparkle.

Here is the recipe:
Stamp set: Glamper Greetings
Card stock: Pool Party, Blushing Bride and Whisper White
Various Stampin' Write markers
Blender pen
Black Memento ink

Have a GREAT day!!  Mary

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Father Christmas

Well when I was thinking about this card, it turned out so much prettier in my mind, sigh.  After I got done embossing it with the gold embossing powder, I realized it was really too detailed for this type of technique, but I went ahead and used the card anyway.  Next time I will try the new Watercolor Pencils on this stamp image, as the stamp set is being carried forward!

Here is the recipe:
Stamp set: Father Christmas
Card stock: Cherry Cobbler
Gold Foil Sheet
Gold Embossing Powder

Pretty simple, if you could see it better, sigh.  If you click on the picture, it will enlarge the photo for you.

Happy Christmas Eve!!  Mary

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Thank You Cards

My daughter requested some Christmas thank you cards for the day care staff where her little boy attends.  So I made some of these cards for her.  Since she only needed three, I made them a little bit more fancy for the teachers.

I hope she liked them and the teachers too.  Here is what I used:

Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede
Stamp: Watercolor Thank You-retired
Pretty Pines Thinlits
Ink: Versa Mark
Gold Embossing Powder
Gold Glimmer Paper
Paper Doily-retired
Garden Green Baker's Twine

I like how it turned out and with the use of the thinlits, not to hard to make either.

Hope you have a great day.  Mary

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Jolly Friends

Hello again to my blogging friends!  I'm going to share with you the last of my Christmas cards for the reminder of the week.  Yes, I know it is too late to make them, but there is always next year too!

Now this card is from a PDF that quite a few demonstrators have been sharing the last couple of weeks, so as far as who made it originally is anyones guess.  I believe some of the demonstrators belong to a co-op where they share card tutorials from, lucky us!

Isn't this moose just the cutest!  He also is very cute with the Jolly Hat on his head too.

Here is what was used:
Card stock: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Real Red
Ink: Soft Suede
Crumb Cake marker
Stamp set: Jolly Friends and Snow Place-sentiment
Star Framelits
Gold Metallic Thread

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by, I appreciate it!  Mary

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ugly Sweater

Well my intent for this card was for it to be a ugly sweater card, but when I was finished making it, it was too cute to be ugly!  This is not my original design, I got a PDF for it somewhere, but don't remember where now.  I used the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, wow that is a mouth full to say!!  When you use the new Dynamic Textured folders you only use a top clear plate with it, otherwise it is too thick to go through your Big Shot.  It creates really deep texture and adds a lot of dimension to the card stock.

For this card I used the following:

Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Emerald Envy
Ink: Soft Suede
Soft Suede marker
Dazzling Diamond and Red Glimmer paper
Punches: Cookie Cutter Builder and Jolly Hat Builder
Warmth & Cheer DSP
Circle Framelit-for the neckline of the shirt

I hope you like my "ugly sweater" and if you have this embossing folder, please share your creation with me, would like to see it!!  Thanks,   Mary

Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Medley

Well, so sorry that I've been missing for so long, didn't realize it had been 2 weeks already!!  Like all of you I've been busy getting ready for Christmas and finally, I think, I'm ready!

Today I'm sharing another card made with the background stamp called Merry Medley.  Did you know you can cut this stamp apart and have 10 different stamps!!

For my card I used the following:

Stamp set: Merry Medley
Ink: Craft Whisper White
Card Stock: Thick Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Old Olive, Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight
Thinlits: Pyramid Pals (for the light bulbs) and Pretty Pines
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

Thank you for stopping by to see me, now off to blog some more cards!  Mary