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#1 Stampers Meeting, Make n Takes & Team Swaps

One of my favorite things about my Stampin Up business is getting together and stamping with friends, especially my downline team members. We share business tips, stamping ideas, swaps and also have yummy snacks and fun door prizes during our get togethers.

This month Teresa Fisher shared a make n take project with us using the Magical Mermaid stamp set. Her sample was gorgeous. Unfortunately I messed mine up and ended up coming home and having to re-do my card. However, I did use the same colors and cardstocks of Teresas and I loved the colors she chose. Bermuda bay, berry burst and tempting turquoise. The colors really look magical together.

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 It was Teresas idea to color the ends of the hair in bermuda bay. How cool is that? I love it!

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This is a photo of some of my team from the meeting that night. I remembered to get a photo after most of the girls had already left. Next time, I will have to tie a string around my finger or something, so I remember to get photos early. By the way, that's cute little Teresa to the left of me, in the white sweater.

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I also wanted to take time to share of few of the amazing swaps that the girls created. The theme was fall cards and the girls did a fabulous job as usual.

Card made by: Tonya Beatty

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Card made by: Kayla Cole

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Card made by: Jamie Bartley

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Card made by: Alyssa Trunzo

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Card made by: Mary Ann Hazlett

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Card made by: Lori Wiest

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I hope you enjoyed all the fabulous cards. Here's one more photo from the meeting... Alyssa and I hamming it up.

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Of course I had to bring them all gifts from Thailand too!

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The Little Mermaid?

I almost didn't order this stamp set, even though I liked it and have been wanting a mermaid stamp set.

I wasn't sure how I would make it look as good as it should. But, I came up with an idea and I think it turned out just right!

This one was embossed with copper emboss powder and framed with copper foil paper. The card color is wisteria wonder. I colored it in with an aqua painter and drops of re-inkers.

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The water color paper is perfect for the amount of water I used to water color the background and the mermaid.

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Here I used a different color card- soft sky and pool party. I think I like these colors even better. I also used silver emboss powder and silver foil paper for one of the mermaids.

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This is the silver up close. Got to love those Iridescent Sequin Assortment. They remind me of bubbles!

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All the little mermaids in a row.

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I'm singing Under the Sea in my head as I post these lovely mermaids....

Which color did you like the best?

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Sharing a Card and a Technique Video + Last Chance for Retired Products

I was given a beautiful card at the On Stage event in April. It was from a demonstrator who had watched my video on the Aqua Wash technique. Megan Herst had made her swap cards for the event using the aqua wash technique from my video and wanted to share her card with me. I will post the video below for those of you who may have missed it.

I was so pleasantly surprised by her thoughtfulness and her beautiful card. Here's is Megan's awesome card using the aqua wash technique.

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Megan also used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating dies as I did in my video. I love how Megan added a splash of gold embossing to match her gold foil dragonflies.

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For those of you who may have missed my video on the aqua wash technique, I will post it below. Scroll down past the product list and click to view.

Thanks again to Megan for thinking of me and presenting me with this fabulous, glimmery card.

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Stamping Technique- Orange Peel with Video

 I was honored to be asked to do a presentation and demonstration at the Stampin' Up! Live "On Stage" Convention last year in SLC.  As many of you recall, I shared some of the cards with you from the stamping demonstration that I did.

Many of you asked for a video of the orange peel technique. At the time, I had not started doing videos. So, since I've recently started making videos on You Tube, I thought this was as good a time as any to share the technique again with you- especially since the awesome, Fresh Fruit stamp set is about to retire. Its the perfect set to use with this technique.

I call this the "orange peel" technique, because it looks the the skin of an orange when its finished.

Its an embossing technique, using inks, water, watercolor paper and clear emboss powder.

I'll share a few samples with you here and the video will be featured below. I hope you enjoy it!

I used the Fresh Fruit stamp set and Farm Stand designer paper, along with the Cucumber Crush striped ribbon- all of which are retiring. Order these items here- before they are gone! (then click on Shop Now to take you to the retired list) Or click on the actual products listed at the end of this post to order.

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Here's a close up of the peach using the Orange Peel technique:

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This technique gives the stamped image, that bumpy, uneven, shiny, orange peel texture. Its really very pretty.

Here are a few other samples before you watch the video:

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A close up of the strawberries:

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The juicy pear:

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It looks so cool and good enough to eat!

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And a little spray of flowers..

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It looks like dew drops on the Fresh Fruit flower images, doesn't it?

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Be sure to check out the video below.

Its such a "fun" and "wow" technique. I hope you give it a try!

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Watercolor Wash Technique- Stampin' Up! Big on Birthdays

This is a really cool and easy watercolor technique that I especially love with the Big on Birthdays set, however, it looks great with any bold stamp set.

For this technique I used watercolor paper. Any other cardstock won't hold up under the amount of water used.

You'll need a bold stamp set like this one, Big on Birthdays from the new Occasions Catalog, as well as an aqua painter and 2-4 inkpads, water color paper and emboss powder if you wish. You can use basic black ink, but I love the way the embossing stands out on the watercolor background.

This is the first color combination that I used: Soft Sky, Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy and Pacific Point. I used a few drops of the re inker bottles on a foam plate and used my aqua painter to pick up the ink and swoosh it over the watercolor paper, starting with the lightest color first, working to the darkest.

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 I embossed the greeting in white emboss powder and colored in the flowers and leaves with the matching marker colors. I topped it off with an emerald envy ribbon.

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 Here's one using Soft Sky, Sweet Sugar Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Rich Razzle Berry and Elegant Eggplant. I embossed the greeting in gold emboss powder and added a sweet sugar plum ribbon.

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I love the shine of the gold emboss powder against the colors of purple.

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The third card colors are Daffodil Delight, Peek a Boo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo. Once again the images are colored in with markers and I added a flirty flamingo ribbon.

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This one was stamped in back black archival ink.

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Here's the finished trio:

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This is a really fun and relaxing technique that I hope you will try. Be sure to use the watercolor paper for this one!

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Valentine Cards - Part Two

I've got a few more Valentine cards for you today. As I mentioned yesterday, these cards are from swaps that I participated in with other Stampin' Up demonstrators around the country.

I picked out a few of my favorites to share with you. I'm sure you'll love them as much as I do!

The first card was made by Genieve Ko, from Canada. I love the simple elegance of this card. The silver embossing really makes the greeting stand out against the real red cardstock. See her blog here.

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This gorgeous card was made by one of my team members, Darlene Nanni. I love all the special details that Darlene added to this card, right down to the gold foil arrows. I'm in "love" with this amazing card. Click here to view Darlene's blog.

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This card could not only be a Valentine card, but it also looks like  beautiful wedding card to me. It also kind of reminds me of a tuxedo. Jan McClurg did a great job designing this Valentine.

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The last card that I'll share today was made by me. This was one of my make n take cards that I designed for my team meeting a couple of months ago. I used the Pop of Pink washi tape over a piece of whisper white cardstock and then die cut it with the Sweet and Sassy framelits. I also used the gold foil sheets to cut the circle with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I love, love, love these framelits. I pretty much use them on everything, lately.

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Well, that's all for my Valentine favorites. I hope you all got some great ideas for making your Valentine cards ..(if you haven't already made them all)

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