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#145 – Blends #4 – October 23, 2017

This was a simple and elegant fall card that I worked on at the retreat on Sat.  The greeting is from the “Paisleys & Posies” stamp set on pg. 128 in the main catalog.  I also used the “Layered Leaves” 3D Dynamic Textured impressions embossing folder on pg. 211 of the main catalog.  The copper accents give it a touch of both class and whimsy!

BLENDS CONTINUED (Available to order Nov. 1st)
The video shares information about a FUN project kit and stamp set that will also be available Nov. 1st, while supplies last.

I will have a class for this project kit on the following dates:
Fri., 11/17 – 2 to 4 pm or Sat., 11/18 – 10 am to Noon
Both classes will be held out of my home
You will make all 16 cards from this kit and a BONUS card – Cost $30

Click here to view a short video about the Color Me Happy Project Kit

Day #11 of 22 Days

In honor of my 22nd SU anniversary (10/13/17), I will have 22 days of giveaways so keep coming back every day and leaving a comment to be entered!!!

Winner of yesterday’s drawing: Karen Stevens

She will receive  a gift of product (sparkly 🙂 and a hand-stamped card!  Stay tuned for happy mail!

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#144 – Blends #3 – October 22, 2017

Today at the Stamp Retreat, I had a chance to play with the NEW Blends.  I was inspired by a card shared by Windy Ellard.

All three of the above cards use “Merry Little Christmas DSP” (pg. 12 of the Holiday catalog).
The card on the right uses the background paper as it is, with no Blend coloring added.  The card in the middle, just uses the dark Old Olive Blend on the bottom half of the bloom.  The card on the far left uses both the light and dark Old Olive Blends.  This just gives you another variation of using the Blends, aside from coloring a stamped image.

Here is another quick and simple card I made yesterday using the “Just Add Color” DSP (pg. 189 in the main catalog.  If you love to color this DSP and Blends would be perfect for you.  You get the fun and therapy of the Coloring trend, all while creating projects that are ready to give!

Here is a quick link that shares the BASICS of using the Blends

A reminder that the Blends will be available Nov. 1st. 🙂

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Stamp Retreat yesterday!  We had fun and accomplished a LOT!!!


A little sugar to keep up your strength…
Lots of scrapbook pages were created

Paula created lots of fun things for upcoming craft fairs.

Day #10 of 22 Days

In honor of my 22nd SU anniversary (10/13/17), I will have 22 days of giveaways so keep coming back every day and leaving a comment to be entered!!!

Winner of yesterday’s drawing:  Julie Baltz
She will receive  a gift of product (sparkly 🙂 and a hand-stamped card!  Stay tuned for happy mail!

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#143 – Half Full – October 21, 2017

This was a fun little thing I stamped about a decade ago.  The stamps have long since retired, but it still makes me smile.


These samples were shared on the SU website, shared by SU Artisan design team member, Paula Dobson.  She does beautiful watercolor work!!!  I love the colors she used!

Below you will find  her notes regarding her beautiful projects:
I like to think of myself as a “glass half full” kind of person, and as we head toward the end of 2017, I realized that there are many occasions approaching that are cause for celebration and a chance to gather with friends and loved ones. I can’t think of a better stamp set that can help celebrate all of them than the Half Full Stamp Set (144996). This is also a Million Sales Achiever set, inspired by Linda Bauwin.
The line art images in this set lend themselves perfectly to coloring. The sentiments are fun and the fonts perfectly mixed! I wanted to create a little something that could sit at a place setting on any celebratory table. Name place holders are always a good idea for a large group and to personalize this one I used the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set (141936). Rather than sharing a large bottle of wine, I love the idea of a mini gift of bubbly for each person presented with a sweet tag! It doesn’t matter if it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, a wedding or birthday party, this set works perfectly for any occasion.

I have used the same techniques on all three of my projects. Since the subject is wine I have incorporated the gorgeous new Champagne Foil Sheets (144748) as an accent for all of them. It seemed only fitting! I have used Watercolor Paper (122959) and an Aqua Painter (103954) to create my artwork. I first stamped in Archival Black Ink (140931) then used my Heat Tool (129053) to heat set it to ensure it wouldn’t run. I then applied a light wash of ink over each image in Soft Sky (131181), Always Artichoke (126972), So Saffron (126957), and just a touch of Peekaboo Peach (141398) thrown in for good measure. I’ve found that the trick to good watercolor is to let each layer dry before adding more. It helps to add depth and not have all the colors blend into one. Don’t be tempted to hurry.
A card to go along with the gift of wine is a must, and in keeping with the color theme of green, yellow, and blue, I used Soft Sky Cardstock (131203) for my card base and Always Artichoke Cardstock (105119) for my sentiment panel. I heat embossed the card sentiment in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132) and used the Heat Tool to heat set it. After wrapping the watercolor panel with the Crushed Curry 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (144182) and tying off in a side bow, I added the sentiment panel over the top using Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). I then completed all three projects with a few gold sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment (144214). I personally favor the Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309) to adhere sequins to my projects, but Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) is also a good choice.

If you’re thinking of adding a bit of pizzazz to an occasions table yourself, then I think the Half Full Stamp Set is a great choice! You can certainly tailor it to any occasion and color scheme that you wish.

Paula Dobson – Artisan Design Team 2017

I will be in my “Stamp Sanctuary” today for Stamp Retreat.  I will share pictures tomorrow.  I always seem to forget to take them during an event, but I put a reminder out to myself.

Hope you get some time to create this weekend!  Now is the time to start pulling some of those holiday projects together, before it gets too crazy. 🙂

Day #9 of 22 Days

In honor of my 22nd SU anniversary (10/13/17), I will have 22 days of giveaways so keep coming back every day and leaving a comment to be entered!!!

Winner of yesterday’s drawing: Kathy Meyer
She will receive  a gift of product and a hand-stamped card!  Stay tuned for happy mail!

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#142 – Blends #2 – October 20, 2017

Shelli Gardner (SU Co-founder) shared this adorable camper she created for her son-in-law.  The attention to the personal detail  makes it so unique.  What a special gift!

Here is a “fun” clock I have up in my stamp room.  I bought it many years back and filled it with incentive stamps.  It makes me smile every time I see it.  🙂

What do you have coming up this weekend?  Gorgeous weather to enjoy!!!

Reminders for events coming up the next week:

Sat., 10/21/17 – 12 HOUR CRAFT RETREAT – register online under events
9 am to 9 pm – My Home Roscoe
Cost: $30
Work on your holiday projects
 
Tues., 10/24/17 – Virtual Party
8 pm – CST
Show up on the Stampahowlic Stampers FB group
 
Sat., 10/28 – STAMP CAMP – register online under events
8:30 AM TO Noon
Huntley Park District – Multipurpose Room
Cost: $25 or $20 Stampahowlic Team Members (Levels 1 – 3)
Door prizes, 12 make and takes, displays, retired items for sale

 

We will be playing with the blends at the stamp retreat this Saturday, as well as Stamp Camp on 10/28/17.

Click here to watch a short video sharing the benefits and features of the Blends

Day #8 of 22 Days

In honor of my 22nd SU anniversary (10/13/17), I will have 22 days of giveaways so keep coming back every day and leaving a comment to be entered!!!

Winner of yesterday’s drawing: Deanie Caudle
She will receive  a gift of product and a hand-stamped card!  Stay tuned for happy mail!

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