Cards Thank You

Nailed It, Manly Man

Masculine cards are always something I'm in need of. I can never make enough. So, when Stampin Up released the Nailed It stamp set and coordinating dies in the Occasions Catalog, I had to have it!

I got to use all the cool manly man accessories that were made in coordination with this set, too!

I wanted this card to be clean, simple and to the point.

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I used the silver foil sheets with the new Hexagons emboss folder as well as the new Urban Underground designer paper.

Check out the cool "screw" attached to the card. Its one of the Urban Underground embellishments.

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Tip: If you look close you can see that I outlined the tools with the crumb cake marker, then went over it with a blender pen to give it some soft shading. The tools were stamped in early espresso, so the blender pen also softened up the darker ink as well.

This is actually a card that we made at one of my card classes. Pretty simple and very manly. Perfect for that special dude in your life.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Blender Pens
$10.00
Big Shot
$110.00

 


Aqua Wash Technique, featuring: "Lift Me Up" stamp set.


I had a lot of fun with this new technique today. Its called Aqua Wash with markers. This is a very pretty watercolor background technique that can be used with pretty much any stamp set or detailed dies.

This technique is super easy and super cool. You'll need the Stampin Up watercolor paper or shimmery white paper, an aqua painter and some markers in various colors. You'll also need to grab a quart sized ziplock bag.

For this card, I used the Lift Me Up stamp set and coordinating Up and Away thinlits. As I mentioned, I used the watercolor paper as well as the melon mambo, pumpkin pie and daffodil delight Stampin Write Markers.

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Here's a card using the elegant eggplant, wisteria wonder and rich razzleberry markers along with the aqua painters:

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I've created a quick tutorial for you...

First scribble on a ziplock bag with your markers.

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Next, use your aqua painter to brush water onto your watercolor paper, kind of in a zig zag motion.

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Then, you will turn the bag over so that the ink is facing down and smoosh it into your watercolor paper.

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Lift up the bag and voila!

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Lastly, let it dry either naturally or zap it with a heat tool and apply the Lift Me Up diecut hot air ballon and embellishments.

This one, I used the basic black cardstock for the hot air balloon, instead of the whisper white cardstock.

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 Here's my You Tube video if you'd like to watch it in real time.

 

I had so much fun using different color combinations and different dies and stamp sets with this technique. I hope you try this awesome aqua wash with markers, stamping technique. And if you do, let me know if you like it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Until the next time...

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Big Shot
$110.00

Stampin Up - Dragonfly Dreams Elegance

I resisted buying this stamp set until I saw all the amazing projects that were created with it. Now,
Dragonfly Dreams is one of my favorites from the Stampin' Up! Catalog.

I created an elegant card with both the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly thinlets.

My favorite "elegant" color combination is gold and elegant eggplant. So, for this card, I used both the elegant eggplant and gold foil sheets as well as a bit of wisteria wonder cardstock.

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I stamped the background of the elegant eggplant cardstock with the dragonfly stamp in elegant eggplant ink. It gives the card a subtle tone on tone look.

I also used the ever popular Stitched Shapes framelits for the ovals. I did a little "sponging" around the small oval with a sponge dauber dipped in elegant eggplant ink.

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And don't forget about sparkle, when it comes to making an elegant card... The gold glimmer paper really makes this dragonfly pop off of the card. I used the wisteria wonder cardstock behind the detail of the dragonfly. A little more shimmer and shine was added with the gold satin ribbon and metallic enamel shapes in gold as well.

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I used the fine tip glue pen to attach the detailed dragonfly to the wisteria wonder dragonfly under it. Plus, I popped it up with a few dimensionals to give it some dimension.

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I think this card would absolutely brighten someones day- just to say "hello."

I hope you give this card a try and if you don't have the Dragonfly Dreams bundle, you need to get one for yourself. You'll be glad you did!

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Big Shot
$110.00

More Swan Lake using Watercoloring techniques

I have a couple more Swan Lake cards to show you today. I loved watercoloring this darling stamp set, which is from the Stampin Up Occasions Catalog.

I shared a Swan Lake card the other day, using the watercolor pencils and blender pens, which I did use on one of the cards that I'll show you here.

This card uses the new watercolor pencils from Stampin Up!

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We will do a very similar card at Kim's Card Class this coming week. I can't wait for all of you to use the new stamp set and the awesome watercolor pencils.

I used our tear tape to attach the pool party satin ribbon and silver sequin trim. The dragonflies were stamped in soft sky onto soft sky cardstock and I drew the trails with the Stampin Up journaling pen.

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It looks great from any angle :)

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This card was colored with the aqua painters dipped in ink refills. The splatter was made by splattering the aqua painter over the watercolor paper.

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I added a rhinestone to the middle of the cute Classy Designer button to give it a little sparkle.

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This makes such a darling thank you card for a wedding, or really any occasion.

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Here's a recap of all the Swan Lake cards including the one that I posted last week.

Such a great stamp set. I love creating with the darling images in this sweet stamp set.

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Blender Pens
$10.00

 


New Occasions Catalog - Featuring "Lift Me Up"

I've been designing cards for this weeks stamping events. I used the "Lift Me Up" stamp set for the first time and I could not put it down!

If you are coming to Kim's Card Class this week or have a party scheduled, you can be sure we will be using this set.

This is one of the cards that I made to thank a friend of mine. Its super easy to make. I was playing around with colors, kind of stamping a color and then another, to see what tickled my fancy. When I looked down at my grid paper, I saw all these great colors that looked great together.

So, I decided to use them all to design this charming little thank you card.

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I used a whisper white card and stamped on whisper white for a white on white look. There's a lot of color on this card and I didn't want the balloons to compete with the cardstock.

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I wrapped some night of navy bakers twine around the card several times and tied it in a neat bow. The tiny "thank you" was perfect to attach over the bow with a glue dot.

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The variety of ink colors are mostly beautiful rich jewels tones, perfect plum, cajun craze, delightful dijon, elegant eggplant, night of navy, always artichoke and cherry cobbler.

This would make a great masculine card as well.

I'm excited to share more ideas using this stamp set at my class this week and my upcoming parties and events.

Be sure to put this stamp set at the top of your wish list- you won't regret it!

Thanks for stopping in today.

Until the next time...

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Glue Dots
$5.25

Christmas Cards

I wanted to share a few more Christmas cards that I've received. I haven't had time to take photos of all of them, but I did get a few quick pictures of the 3 cards that I am sharing today.

These cards are from a few wonderful friends and customers. All of them so very creative and talented. I was delighted to open my mailbox to find these beautiful works of art today.

The top card was made by Anna Miller of PA. Anna used heat a stick powder and gold glitter to create the sparkle and glimmer on the word JOY. (which is my middle name btw :)  The bottom card is made by Raelene Ellenberger of PA. Raelene used the Stampin' Up! November Paper Pumpkin kit to make this card. She added some extra special detail of her own to make this soft, pretty card, extra special.

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One more card to share real quick... This shiny gold santa card was made by Sharen Dixon of PA. I love that Sharen used the gold foil paper to create this look. The tiny gold stars in the top corner really make this card a stand out.

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I hope you enjoyed these beautiful Christmas cards as much as I did.

I have some more fun to share from my birthday, but that will have to wait.

Its almost Christmas... I've still got a few things to finish before the big day.

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and the Best New Year ever!

Until next time...

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