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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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Stampin Up Carousel Birthday- Watercolor -Emboss resist technique

As promised, here is the Carousel Birthday card that I posted on my Facebook and Instagram pages earlier this week.

I know it was a little teaser, as it was only a photo of a small section of the card.

The Carousel Birthday stamp set, is new in the Occasions Catalog. Some of the dies from the Up and Away thinlit set coordinate with this stamp set.

Here it is, all pretty in pink!

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Basically what I did with this card is a watercolor wash for the background. Using watercolor paper, an aquapainter and re-inkers, I dipped the aquapainter in a few drops of pink pirouette, then flirty flamingo and finally, melon mambo. I swished it across the water color paper using an ample amount of water from my aqua painter. Each color was painted on separately starting with the lightest color, working to the darkest.

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Once it dried.. ( I heated with my Stampin Up heat tool, to speed up the drying time) I embossed the ferris wheel with white embossing powder. This can actually be done before or after the watercoloring. I did emboss the horse first and then colored it in with the aqua painters and re-inkers.

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I used the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment kit to finish the card. The gorgeous ombre ribbon, iridescent sequins and darling tassel are some of the items in this kit. Oh my goodness, I am totally loving this kit!

I used smoky slate ink for the pole and greeting. The greeting actually comes from the Suite Sentiments stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.

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I love pink, so this card was such and enjoyable and relaxing card for me to create.

 

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I'm thinking this would look awesome in shades of blue or purple as well. Oh the possibilities!

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Sneak Peek- New Stampin Up Occasions Catalog

As promised, I have a sneak peek of some new  2017 Occasions Catalog products. The Catalog goes live on January 4th!

I designed a Valentine card with some new fun stuff! You all know how much I love making Valentines. I guess I just love the hearts and pretties.

For this card I used the new stamp set "Love Sparkles." I stamped the word love in versamark ink and then embossed it with the new "real red" glitter embossing powder.

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I also used the new "Falling Petals" emboss folder. I turned the folder upside down so that it looked like falling hearts instead of falling petals. Take a look at the new "Sending Love" designer paper. Its 48 6x6 sheets of eight double sided designs. So pretty!

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Don't you just love how the red glimmer paper matches the sparkle of the real red glitter embossing powder?

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I made a bunch of these for a demonstrator swap that I participated in.

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Start thinking about what you'll make for Valentine's this year. Its not too far away. There are lots of great ideas and products to choose from in the New Occasions Catalog. You're going to love it!

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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!

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Christmas Preparations and a few Christmas cards from friends

So, what have I been doing for the past couple of days? I've been preparing for Christmas! As I'm sure many of you are scurrying around just as I am getting those "last minute" things done.

However, I have had my decorations and tree up for a few weeks. I'm always glad to have the tree up early so we can enjoy it for a whole month.

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I've actually been baking A LOT the last couple of days. Dozens of cookies and candies are now finished and ready to pass out to friends and family.

Here's a some of the cookies that I made- these are my kids favorites: chocolate chip oatmeal, peanut butter cup and peanut butter blossom cookies.

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 I also tried making these cream wafers for the first time myself. We made these in Florida for my godsons wedding and they were so good that I had to add them to the Christmas cookie list this year.

They're not perfect, but they are yummy.

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I also made a double batch of what we call "Junk Mix" this stuff is so addicting, that's why I only make it once a year. Pretzels, Chex and Cheerios cereal, M&M's all drizzled with white chocolate. What's not to love?

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In the midst of all my baking, I enjoyed opening a few hand stamped Christmas cards from a few wonderfully creative friends.

This is the highlight of getting the mail this time of year.. especially when the cards are handmade and hand stamped. I appreciate the time and love that were put into these gorgeous cards.

Here's a quick picture of a few of my favorites:  Top left from Robyn Cardon: Utah, Top right from Tammy May: PA, Bottom left from Lori Wiest, PA and Bottom right from Debbie Davidson: South Carolina

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Here's a close up of some of the details:

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How blessed am I to receive such a beautiful assortment of holiday cheer?!

I hope you are getting your last minute preparations underway for the holidays as well.

Thanks for taking the time to check in today.

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