and it's Friday the 13th! For me, these Fridays have always been great days, good things happen so I look forward to them. And our last day of Garden in Bloom. I really hope that you have liked the cards and will give this fabulous set a try. And today another bright birthday card using our notecards.
Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry again. I do seem to get stuck on this as my colour palette, don't I! This time I used Wetlands for the sentiment and then cut out the focal image using our Lots of Labels framelits and then stamped on the flowers and leaves. I layered this onto a Crushed Curry label and then onto a Whisper White panel that I ran through the Big Shot with our Large Polka Dot folder. You have got to love quick cards.
And don't forget, it is Sale-a-bration time so for every $60 you spend (before shipping and tax) you get to choose a free gift. So if you liked this set for example you could get:
131527 Notecard pack $8.00
132708 Memento Black ink pad $8.00
126944 Melon Mambo ink pad $8.50
131173 Crushed Curry ink pad $8..50
139433 Garden in Bloom set $31.00
Now for your free gift, how about a stamp set with sentiments like
Designer Tee, lots of sentiments and even a few images or
Avant Garden, great sentiments, leaves, dots and more flowers.
are such a good value, you get 20 cards and envelopes in the package for $8.00 so that works out to 40 cents each. The size is perfect too, 3 1/2 x 5 so they can pop in the mail with no worries. They come in either Crumb Cake or Whisper White and the Whisper White ones are made with the Thick Whisper White so they are super fabulous. You can whip up a beautiful little gift for a hostess, shower etc using a pack of these cards, quickly and inexpensively.
And the notecards are a perfect size for Thank you notes. I used Melon Mambo again for the big flowers and Dapper Denim stamped off once for the little flowers, don't you just love the colour that blue is. The sentiment is gold embossed and then I splattered on a big of Gold Wink of Stella, warning you, splattering is a very addictive thing, once you start, hmmm, every card just seems to need that little bit more!
You can make many differentsizes of square cards and this one is 4 1/4 square as I used our regular sized card stock sheet of 8 1/2 x 11. And what is really nice about this size of card, it fits lovely into our standard envelopes so no extra postage required.
Now this card isn't are bright as the other cards but still bright enough with Peek a Boo Peach and Flirty Flamingo but using the Old Olive card base certainly deepens the colours. I gold embossed our Stylized Birthday in the center and added the flowers around the edges. Another quick and easy card with Garden in Bloom.
This set is perfect for making background paper. Randomly stamp your images using either the two steps or just one step and it is going to be beautiful. More bright colours, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Watermelon Wonder and just what is that blue I used? Dapper Denim, one of the In Colours but I stamped it off once just to give that perfect bright hue.
TWhen making backgrounds, start with the largest stamp first, so I stamped three large flowers, then the larger leaves. Add some of the small flowers and leaves and then fill in open spots with more little flowers. Try it with any of your sets that have images of varying sizes, you will be so pleased with the results. The most important thing, don't over think it, I know it is hard sometimes, but just enjoy it, go largest to smallest and leave a little white space and it will be perfect.
Well this is the week we all head back to reality-school for the kids, work for most of us and the January blahs set in! The holidays are over, and a new year starts and even the house seems empty without that huge Christmas tree that has been taking over the living room for the past few weeks. So in order to add a little life, we are going to have a week of flowers and colour all using the stamp set, Garden in Bloom
139433 Photopolymer only
This set is one you just may flip the page on when you are looking in the catalogue but it is truthfully a beautiful set. It costs $31.00 for the set which includes 20 images. It is a two step set but you can definitely use just the outlines or just the solid parts for a different look. And the best thing is since it is photopolymer, no Stamp a ma jig required, you can see right where you are stamping. And check out those greetings, nice font and even nicer message.
Yes, it is bright, Melon Melon and Crushed Curry certainly go well together. I used our Brickwall embossing folder on the background to add a little texture. Simple and bright. Now you may think I screwed up stamping those big Melon Mambo flower but that is the stamp itself, kind of a distressed look I guess that gives the flower more dimension.
that we have Watercolour Pencil crayons back. They are perfect for just colouring or use your Blender pen or Aquapainter and blend them so they look just like you have painted them. Add extra colour, blend again and get beautiful shadows. Check out this video with Stampin' Up's! Shannon West.
Yes, these are on my order along with the Beautiful You stamp set, a perfect set for watercolouring.
Our little Kinley turns two this montn. She is such a sweet little girl, loves being a big sister , well most of the time and is normally smiling.
I used two stamp sets for her card, Number of Years and Foxy Friends and my favourite In Colour, Peek a boo Peach. Notice the number 2 in the background, I used Versamark to give a watermark like look and then our little fox uses the masking technique. When you want to layer your images like the fox sitting on the stump but make it look like he is really sitting on the stump you need to mask. It really is an easy technique that takes just a little extra stamping and cutting. But you can save the masks in your stamp case and use it again and again. I love using Post It notes that have stick over the entire paper. Simply stamp your images on the notes and cut them out. Now, stamp the image you want at the front, on my card it is the fox then lay your fox mask over him. Stamp the tree stump, mask the stump leave on the fox mask too and then stamp your greenery. Remove your masks and voila, the fox is sitting on the stump.
Inside I used our Numbers framelits to cut out out the Peek a boo Peach two.
Today is the day ...................a new Occasions Catalogue and SALE-A-BRATION. Free stuff always makes me smile, what about you? It starts today, January 4th and goes till March 31st. In case you have never been around a Sale-a-bration, for every $60 spent, before taxes and shipping, you get to choose something (stamp, paper, ribbon & or a tin for holding your finished cards) FREE. That's right, you can't buy these items you can only get them for FREE. There are:
7 stamp sets
2 paper packages
1 ribbon bundle
1 card kit
1 card tin
Lots of choices and on February 21st, they are adding a few new items. I know what is the first free item my order ! The Chicken stamp set, my that is cute.
And in that order will be more Occasions & SAB catalogues so if you didn't get your copy just let me know. And gee, I think the Tasty Food truck, the colouring paper just might be hopping in the cart too!
Ok, how about a card, I've got lots of January birthdays so after making all those Christmas cards, right into birthday cards. Good thing, keeps me busy. And look I still heat embossed! The sentiment and the hearts are both embossed using our Elegant Eggplant Classic ink and Clear embossing powder. Since our pads are so juicy if you work quickly you can emboss without using Versamark. If your pads aren't as juicy, you can still emboss with our regular ink pads, just ink up your stamp FIRST in versamark and then your coloured ink pad, stamp and pour on the powder. Trust me, it doesn't damage your regular ink pads in any way, the embossing powder sticks beautiful, (because when you stamp the coloured ink is the first thing to hit then paper, versamark is on the top) but DO NOT do it in reverse, or your Versamark pad will be whatever colour you inked up and only in the stamp area, boo :(.
Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant, I love this colour combination, I know surprising isn't it. Melon Mambo is such a summer colour to me and yes, I had to take the picture in the window as the weather, well, it is kind of dismal. Cloudy, rainy, dark, can't complain really, at least there is no snow! Hard to take pictures of my cards though, I guess I need to make another photobox like I had in our old house. I used our Stylized Birthday stamp, just love that big bold sentiment and the font, just wish I could write like that. The hearts, just where did they come from? Foxy Friends set, amazing how you can find just what you need if you look through your collection of stamps.
but this card certainly doesn't make one feel summery more like you are curled up on the couch with a good book, fire, blankie and a lovely glass of..........something good! Just check out the texture on this card thanks to our Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, super long name but my what a beautiful folder. It is thick, so thick you only use one plate with it and it embosses two patterns at one time.
You definitely see the cable but look between the rows and that knit in between happens all at the same time. I used Basic Black and our Gold foil along with our embossing powder to really give that rich warmth that only a blanket could provide.
Enjoy your week, hopefully you have finished all those last minute details and can just sit back with a book and enjoy a little "you" time.
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