Monday, February 19, 2018

Life is so much better ...

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Hello Crafty Friends!    



Today's card share is showing off my 1 off card. This means that I only have 1 sample and no more. I don't have enough products to show you via video tutorial. 

My 1 off card is to show you that you can maximize products to create beautiful artwork and getting the most out of your supplies. I have extra pieces leftover from my Tri-Fold Mini Album class and rather than throwing them away, I created some cards with those extra pieces. 

This flower is the sticker part. I colored them in with my Stampin' Blends. I stamped the sentiment in Archival Black onto a 4" x  2-3/4" Whisper White cs, and then layered it onto 4-1/4" x 3" Daffodil Delight cs, and then on the base card. 

Attach the sticker at the bottom and voila, you have another masterpieces. You can color the flowers to any shades of colors. I will show later on the complete set which is scheduled on March 1.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

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Hello Crafty Friends!    




I am thrilled to be invited back with the Stamp It Group. The Stamp It Demo Group is lead by Tami White, and they hop every 3rd or 4th Saturday of the month. This month's theme is called Spring Fling!

Spring is approaching, and all the spring flowers are blooming. For this card share, I am using Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts stamp set found on p. 34 of the Occasions Catalog. 



Did you know that Stampin' Up! has various coloring mediums you can use, such as:
  • Stampin' Markers
  • Brusho
  • Stampin' Classic Inks
  • Stampin' Blends

What if I show you all of the above in one card? Click on the video tutorial below!

HOW TO ...

You know that there is always a prize patrol. Simply enter a comment and include the #stampitcontest. The winner of the draw will be announced on March 24. We all love to hear from you. 

Last Month's Stamp It Winner ...

Without further adieu, last month's Stamp It Blog Hop winner is PHYLLIS SINCLAIR.

GIVEAWAY ...

Click on the following inlinkz bloggers to see what they come up with.







Details & Measurements
(1) 4-1/4" x 11", score at 5-1/2"

(1) 3-1/4" x 5-1/2" of Whisper White cs
(1) 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" of Crush Curry cs
2" basic black circle cs

Stamp: Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts stamp set

Papers: Whisper White Thick, Crush Curry, Basic Black
Inks: Whisper White Craft Ink, Basic Black, Versamark
Accessories/Tools: Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Spritzer, Aquapainter, Stampin' Blends (Pool Party, Old Olive), Stampin' Markers (Daffodil Delight, Crush Curry, Real Red), White Embossing Powder, Black Embossing Powder

Friday, February 16, 2018

We Must Celebrate

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Hello Crafty Friends!   

Most of you know I love using my electronic machine with Stampin' Up! products, especially when it comes to doing large jobs. My electronic machine is my helper when I have classes.


This past weekend, my hubby purchased a Brother Scan N' Cut2 for my valentine's / birthday gift. He is so thoughtful and everyday I love him more and more! He is a very supportive man when it comes to my creative side.

You probably ask why I need another electronic cutter. The answer is simple. It does different things. My first cutter can cut twice as fast when doing large classes however it does not do the fussy cuttings as easily. It takes longer to extract the images and cut. 

Here I just stamp and cut. You can see the image below as this is my first try. It cuts some images around it, and some inside the outline. A few more practice and I will be good to go. 
The Brother Scan N'Cut2 now eliminates the extracting part. It scans and cuts (just like the naming of the machine) images after they are stamped. It takes me longer to color the images than to fussy cut. Usually it is the reverse. Now I can make multiple cards quickly. 
If you are just starting to use electronic cutters, there is a learning curve. I highly recommend you visit all the YouTube Channels with respect to your machine. With me, I plunged into it immediate and took me 3 days to get the use of cutting the images. Still a learning curve, but one step at a time.

Today's card share is playing with the We Must Celebrate and Always & Forever stamps.



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Betcha you didn't think of using these sets! 

I stamped the tree trunk with Soft Suede Ink on Whisper White cs. The We Must Celebrate critter friends are stamped with versamark and embossed with Black Embossing Powder and cut with the Scan N'Cut. Then they are colored with the Stampin' Blends.


I pieced 8 cards just under an hour after cutting and coloring.

How To Video ...

I have a video on how this card is made with the Scan N'Cut but is not the best. I had to do a voice overlay because my mic was echoing throughout and it was not up to my standard so I do apologize in advance.

If you have any questions, please email me.



Details & Cutting Measurements:

4-1/4" x 11" Whisper White Thick cs
3-5/8" x 4-7/8" Whisper White cs
3-7/8" x 5-1/8" Pink Pourette cs
Remnants of Basic Black cs

White Embossing Powder

White Craft Ink
Soft Suede Ink
Basic Black Ink
Heat Tool

Always & Forever stamp set

We Must Celebrate stamp set

Friday, February 9, 2018

Panda Love

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Hello Crafty Friends!    

I had a chance to play with the new product called Barn Door and the Sliding Door Framelits. These two items are paired together nicely.




I have seen so many versions of the slider barn door, and I wanted mine more of interactive card so that the barn door slides easily by tilting the card, and using less washers.

When creating the original card, I found that the barn door is too short for the track and it was getting caught inside the opening tracks. To fix this, I added a 2-3/8" x 3-1/2" piece of sahara sand cardstock to the back of the door making this piece sturdier for sliding. 





I needed some Valentines Card for orders, so I continued to use the Party Pandas stamp set. This set is too cute to let go yet. Click on the video tutorial below. It will show you from start to finish how this card was made. The measurements are below if you need them.


HOW TO ...




DETAILS & MEASUREMENTS ...

(1) 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Sahara Sand cs
(4) 3/16" Fender Washers
(2) foam strips
2" x 2-1/2" Whisper White cs
2 3/8" x 3-1/2" Sahara Sand (door)
remnants of Basic Black cs
remnants of Real Red cs

Archival Basic Black ink

Sahara Sand ink

Barn Door Bundle

Party Pandas
Brick Embossing Folder
Big Shot

Friday, February 2, 2018

Bullet Journal in Stampin' Up!

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Hello Crafty Friends!         


We make resolutions at the beginning of the year, and my resolution for this year is sharing!

I have been reorganizing my blog and getting back into a routine of blogging. Those who blogs know it is a lot of work. Bloggers creates, films, edits and writes. I ask who has time to do all that!

I saw my boss writing & doodling one day and I asked what she was doing. She showed me her planner/journal. She writes everything in this book with monthly, weekly and daily agendas which keeps her organized.

I won't get into the details, but you can read it all about here (Bullet Journal). I started using Leuchtturm 1917 last year, and it has actually kept me organized. Leuchtturm 1917 and Stampin' Up! is part of my daily routine.

If you google bullet journal spreads, you will see writers are impeccable doodlers. I can assure you that I am not a doodler but very passion of using Stampin' Up! products. I have been thinking on how to incorporate washi tapes, stamps, inks, pastes, papers, etc. into my journal. 

Today's share is showing how to incorporate Stampin' Up! into your journals.

This picture is using our decorative mask (dots) and sponging inks to our non-prepared page.


The tapes, pastes and papers are not the problem. The biggest problem are the coloring mediums as it leaks through the pages. So here is the solution ... GESSO!

Watch my HOW TO video below.

HOW TO ...



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Eggstoardinary!

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Wow it is that time again? Our fabulous amazing team WELCOMES you to the Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop. This month's theme is Easter or Eggstoardinary Blog Hop.

As a demonstrator we always have to be on the ball and think about what our next design is and how it plays in a role for our next class schedule. I had a tough time with this theme. We (or I) normally don't give anything for Easter, not even a card. 

I put my thinking cap to a test after being diagnosed with pneumonia when I returned from Jamaica last month. It was a long recovery but all better now.

It is a good thing that my brain cells did not die! 

EGGSTOARDINARY PROJECT

Voila! Long behold ... I give you Eggstoardinary EOS lip balm holder in an egglicious box!


CREATES 4 EOS Lip Balm Holders

The finish size is 3" (w) x 2" (d) x 4-1/2" (h). 

All you need is 1 sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" of Thick Whisper White and 1 sheet of 12" x 12" of Cake Soiree DP to create 4 EOS lip balm holders. What is great about this holder is that you can also add Kinder Surprise or Cadbury Cream Eggs.


I used the Cake Soiree DP (by the way, my favourite DP this year) from the Occasions Catalogue together with the Berry Burst Metallic Ribbon (another favourite product in the Occasions Catalogue).

The Cake Soiree DP is so beautiful, you really don't need much. Here is how I put it together.


COMMENT + WIN

I am drawing 3 lucky winners to win my SVG Eggstoardinary EOS lip balm holder. All you have to do is leave an eggstoardinary comment in this post. The winner will be announced on March 1, 2018. If you don't have an e-cutter, you can cut this out by hand. Add a hashtag #LHDContest.


GET IT FREE

Did you know you can get this pattern for FREE when you place a minimum order of $20  with me online? Just use the HOSTESS CODE on the sidebar.

Now hop to my creative friends!












Monday, January 29, 2018

Birthday Blossoms + Brusho

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Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to today's card + video share ... Happiest of Birthdays to You. 

I am still playing with the Birthday Blossoms stamp set (p. 70) and this time with the yellow Brusho Crystal Color "YELLOW". There is a huge learning curve when using Brusho Crystals for the first time.


Here is what I learn to share with you! 

Brusho Crystal (p. 26 of the OC) is watercolor ink crystals, and when you mix it with water, the pigment is so vibrant!  The crystals are intense paint powder that is water-based and non-toxic. Use it wet-on-wet, sprinkling, spritzing, and other techniques. It can be used to stain wood and fabric. This set of 5 includes Yellow, Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue. Each pot is 15 grams (.5 oz).

Use very little amount of these crystals. These bottles will probably last you a life time. If you can share with a buddy.


The best source of paper is watercolor paper. The pigment moves freely and so unpredictable when using watercolor paper. Unpredictable is the best part of crafting, let the color takes it course without thinking. This is how I teach my clients … don’t think, and just let it go!

You will need to protect your area as it can stain clothes and working area. 


In this card share, I am using Whisper White cs, and Yellow Brusho Crystal, together with my aqua painter brush. The trick is not use too much water with the Whisper White cs. 



Because I want to be in control with the coloring, and not have the pigment move outside the stamped image surface. I stamped the image in versamark ink, and embossing with black powder. When coloring, the crystals will stay within the embossed lines.

HOW TO ...


CUTTING MEASUREMENTS

(1) 4-1/4" x 11" Whisper White Thick cs
(1) 3-3/4" x 5" Daffodil Delight cs
(1) 3-5/8" x 4-7/8" Whisper White cs

GIVEAWAY


If you missed my earlier post, I am giving away this Tri-Fold Mini Album on February 24. Click on the "earlier post" link and add a comment. The Tri-Fold Mini Album holds 60+ pictures, plus lot of interactive pages that blows you away. Here I used the Petal Passion DP and the Memories & More Card Pack.