Friday, February 27, 2015

ROLLIN' WITH THE PLUNGE!

This week over at The Paper Plunge we are working with our Brayers!

Here's my card:



So i'll be the first to admit, since they took away our Glossy Cardstock, my Brayer has been hangin' out all by itself! I'm not a fan of how it comes out on our Whisper White Cardstock. So when I saw this challenge, I thought I might sit it out. But then I decided to try something else-our 
Shimmer White Cardstock! And it worked like a charm!!!!

I've always struggled a bit with the blending, but I think it looks pretty nice on this card!  I used 3 coordinating colors-Pool Party, Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay.  I think the blend is nice & the colors work together.

The stamp set is Butterfly Basics. You'll be seeing a lot of that one! I LOVE it!!! And I've barely used the butterfly! lol I love all the "earthy", rustic designs in this stamp set.

The flowers are colored in with my Wisteria Wonder & Wild Wasabi Blendabilities. I also used them to color the Pearl Basic Jewels for that special pop! I love how the Blendabilities can color just about all the embellishments! Jewels, pearls, buttons, ribbons, etc., etc.,  etc.!!!!

So why not take a little time to go visit The Paper Plunge & get some ideas on what to do with your brayer!!! Our Design Team has been working hard!!! I'm glad my Brayer & I have reconnected! I missed it!

Happy Stampin!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES

Helloooo there! We are Coloring Down the Lines again!!! Must be Wednesday! And this week we are going for a softer look! Dare I say "warm"?!  These colors make me think of summer!  Seems like that's never gonna happen as I once again look out my window to snow falling! Ugh!

Anyway, at least you can join us on our little blog hop! You probably traveled here from Helen's beautiful blog! Love that she's back online!!!! I missed her!  If you're starting here, then be sure to continue on to Liz's awesome blog!! Then keep going right around until you get back here!! Fun time for all!

I also decided to double up on challenges this week! The design of the card is courtesy of Sketch Frenzy Friday! I love their sketches over there!

So here we go!!!

Here's my card this week:


Here's the (yummy!) inspiration photo:


Here are the colors in Stampin' Up! MDS:

Here's the Sketch Frenzy Friday Sketch:


This was a fun, simple little card.  Most of the products used are from the 
Sale-a-Bration Catalog!  Namely, the Best Year Ever-stamp set, DSP, and Accessories Pack! I love my goodies from the SAB Catalog! I want to be sure to use it as much as possible before the catalog disappears!

A little Crisp Cantaloupe Bakers Twine, Sahara Sand Lace Trim, and some Pearl Basic Jewels colored with the Calypso Coral Blendabilities & you have a cute little card!!! It "made my day"!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, February 20, 2015

SHE PLUNGES! SHE SCORES!!!!

So this week over at The Paper Plunge we are featuring scoring on our cards! Now we score just about every card we make-or we should anyway-when we fold them! But this challenge is using scoring as a design feature. Sounds easy. And it is easy to do, but not so easy to design!!! This one took some thinking!!!

So here's what I came up with:



The scoring is on the diagonal.  I used some Washi Tape to draw attention to it.  It's tough to see in the picture. I tried so many shots to get it to show up nicely.


I used the So You stamp set. It's designed to go with the So You Project Kit! That's really cool! It's like this little scrapbook! Love it! The little button you can get for FREE during our Sale-A-Bration sale!!!

The weather we are having here guided the design!! It's so snowy, cold & nasty, that I really needed a little sunshine in my life!! It's a bright cheery card to cheer up my vitamin D!!!!  But look what happened when I went to photograph it, I realized it could go either way! lol  Didn't plan that!!!!


So pop over to The Paper Plunge & see what's happenin' over there! I know there are some cool designs!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

SHAPING UP!!!

My friends over at the SUO Challenge site this week is looking for "shape" cards! Anything other than a square or rectangle!!!

I decided to pull out my Floral Frames Framelit Dies and give myself a dose of spring!!!! This has been the hardest, longest, yuckiest winter that I remember! I can't wait for spring, and flip flops, and sunshine, and........!!!!

So here's my card:



The paper is from the gorgeous Painted Blooms DSP!!!!! You can find that in the amazing Occasions Catalog
The cardstock is from a Brights Coordinations Pack that Stamping' Up! sent me for free for Paper Pumpkin subscriptions!!! I believe it's still available on the Clearance Rack! But I love the texture of this cardstock. And the colors seem so bright!

The stamped image is from A Round Array!  So a very simple card! I hope you enjoy it!  Now head over to the SUO Challenges site & get some inspiration for your next project!!!! All Stampin' UP!!!

Happy Stampin!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

This week in our Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop we are looking at some very pretty colors! Wintery yet with a spring "thing"! 

Welcome back to those from Helen's blog!! It's been awhile! So glad she was able to get her computer all set! I missed her!  But don't forget to go see 
Miss Liz at her blog after visiting here!!! There's a whole world of good on this hop! We have almost a full house this week!!!

So here's my card:


Here's the inspiration:


Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
I've been dying to try out my new stamp set Sheltering Tree! It just arrived last week! These colors seemed to work well for a "spring" tree! Maybe like cherry blossoms-sorta!!

This is a very simple card!! Now if you follow this blog, you know that I like a CAS style! I keep them simple so you can do them easily too! I love looking at all the beautiful Victorian cards with lots of ephemera & embellishments & all, but not my style! I like to make cards that you can do as a beginner, yet "bling" up once ya get comfortable with it! I think this card fits that.  

The only embellishments here are the Pistachio Pudding Baker's Twine & some small Pearl Basic Jewels! I kinda mess with the banner a bit & raised it up! Not sure if you can see it in the picture, but they are there!!! lol

So please keep hopping & enjoy the hop this week!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

FRAMELITS CLASS RESCHEDULED!

                                                    RESCHEDULED CLASS!!!

Due to the fact that with the weather Stampin' Up! can't guarantee delivery of the Butterfly Framelits by Saturday, and the fact that Mother Nature is angry with us & will make it snow Saturday, the Framelit class is being rescheduled! 
This is a popular class, so please be sure to register!!! 
Same deets as listed: 3 cards with new technique training using the 
Butterfly Framelits (which you take home with you!!!) & others!! Learn great new ways to use your Framelits!!!! 
Best to BYOBS (Bring your own Big Shot) if you have one (quicker!), but if not you can use mine!
But... it's Sale-a-Bration Time!!! So if you do not have a Big Shot, this is the perfect time to get one!!! You will get FREE items with your purchase!!! Please jmets23@yahoo.com'));" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255) !important;">contact me asap to hold your place! This class was full this time around!!! Don't miss the great tricks for using your Framelits! You've invested-now make the most of them!!!!!

Date: Wednesday, March 25th
Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Cost: $35 
(includes a set of the Butterfly Framelits)
Registration Deadline:March 11

Please see my blog for full details on class fun & ordering!!! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

PLUNGING AND EMBOSSING!

This week over at The Paper Plunge we are looking at embossing! Now that can mean 2 things-dry embossing or heat embossing. Not sure which way to go, so I made a card with a little of both!

Here it is!


This is one of my favorite new stamps from the Occasions Catalog. It's called Something Lacy and it's a big background stamp! It looks so pretty either as a background, on it's own with just a sentiment, or like here as an embellishment.

Here I embossed the image on Vellum with White Embossing Powder. I then colored the back with my Stampin' Markers.  

Colors used are the older 2013-2015 In-Colors. There were mixed review when these came out, but I've loved them from the beginning! I always hate it when the In-Colors go away. I miss them even tho there are beautiful new ones!

The dry embossing was done with the Spring Flower Embossing Folder, also from the Occasions Catalog. It just seemed to need a little extra something, so I added that! I think it looks good.

So head over to The Paper Plunge and see what the rest of the Design Team has embossed to show you!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

This week we have "rosy" colors in our 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!

Hello to all who are hopping over from Carol's blog! I'm glad you're here! But whether you're hopping over or just starting here, be sure to keep going to Liz's blog & then all the way back here! There are some great designs on this little hop!
p.s. leave a comment or 2! :)

So here's my card this week:


Here's the "rosy" inspiration:


And here are the MDS colors:
I decided to go with a Valentine's Day theme since we have some lovin' comin' up later this week!!! After I got this card together, I really liked it more than I thought I would! I wasn't sure about the colors for Valentine's Day, but I think this is a really pretty card! 

I love working with that diagonal! It adds such a "punch" yet is so simple! I've seen it in tutorials & videos where they measure & cut on an angle & add here & take off there! Me, I just make it 1 1/2" shorter & cut through the middle! So much easier!! lol That matte by the way, is from the 
Stacked with Love DSP Stack from the Occasions Catalog


Now I will admit I had to Google what "twitterpated" means!!! lol  It's in the You Plus Me stamp set. I had kind of heard it before but never really paid attention to it! Now that I know what it means, it looks super cute on this card!!! Plus, if I give it to my husband, he won't have a clue! heehee!!! 

Other items used are the Happy Hearts Embossing Folder, Heart Framelits, & Sahara Sand Lace Trim!  Oh, and don't forget the amazing 
Red Glimmer Paper!!!!

So start hopping around!!!! See you next week!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!!

Time is running out to sign up for this great, fun technique class!!!! Check it out!!!

Thinlet/Framelit Fun Technique Class

It's no secret that our Thinlets & Framelits are the most amazing inventions ever!!!  I barely make a card or project without using one or the other-or both!!! But they can be kitchy if you don't have a few tricks under your belt! Well this class is what you need! Learn a few great techniques for working with your Thinlets/Framelits!
You will make 3 beautiful cards using the new techniques you've learned.  We will be working with our amazing new Butterfly Thinlets & others!
Not required, but it would be great if you could BYOBS for this class (bring your own Big Shot!)  But don't worry if you don't have one!!! You can use mine!!!

Date: February 21
Time: 10:00-12:00
Cost: $35 
(includes a set of the Butterfly Framelits)
Registration Deadline:Wednesday, Feb 11

If you wish to upgrade to the Butterfly Bundle (includes the Butterfly Thinlets & the beautiful Butterfly Basics stamp set) & save overall, the cost will increase to $55 for Photopolymer, $60 for Clear & $$70 for Wood.  Clear & Wood purchases will earn you a FREEBIE from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog!!!!
Extras must be ordered when you register for class!





Don't have a Big Shot? Now is the perfect time to get one! Order your Big Shot with the Butterfly Bundle and a pack of carsick for practice and you will get FREE 3 Sale-a-Bration items PLUS $25 in FREE products!!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

TAKING THE VALENTINE PLUNGE!

This week over at The Paper Plunge we are getting ready for Valentine's Day! I decided to do a little Valentine's "suite"!!! lol  

Here's what I made:



I am having so much fun with that new Berry Basket Bigz Die! It's big enough for a nice treat-not tiny like some of them are. 


 It also is soooooooo easy to assemble! Takes like a minute!  
I added a bit to this one for the occasion! First I used the Heart Border Punch to add the hearts on the edge!  I wanted the hearts to "pop" so for the color underneath I added a strip of Sahara Sand Lace Trim. And of course there are treats inside!!


The little 3x3 has been embossed with the Happy Hearts Embossing Folder! It's such a sweet little folder-good on the positive or negative side!  

The little "flower" thingy was made with the Bow Builder Punch! Now THAT'S an awesome tool!!! I wanted to try something different with this punch. Worked nicely. I punched it out of the Stacked with Love DSP Stack.  Added a bit of Red Glimmer Paper to make the heart!  Sentiment is from You Plus Me stamp set.  Kind of a neat Valentine's set in the Occasions Catalog, but many of the sentiments can be used for other occasions-wedding, anniversary, etc.

The Black Lace was a gift from Stampin' Up! to me for selling 
My Paper Pumpkin subscriptions! It was part of a nice little box of goodies! Most from the Clearance Rack, but a couple of currents! YOU can get gifts like that too if you join our team!!! 

So come join us over at The Paper Plunge for some awesome Valentine inspiration!!! My fellow designers have been hard at work!!! Then you can even add your own! Just in time for the big day!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ICS BLOG HOP LET'S SALE-A-BRATE




Hello there! It's Inspire, Create Share Blog Hop time!!!! Happy February!  This month we are focusing on Sale-a-Bration items!!! And I must say, this is THE BEST SAB catalog yet!!!! There are so many awesome item that I had a hard time trying to decide which to use! But I'm happy with my choice!!!

So here's what I came up with:


This awesome stamp set is called A Happy Thing! And is it ever!!!  The card is made with Coastal Cabana CS. The Best Year Ever DSP is the perfect coordinating paper for it! Such a pretty combination!!  Then I added some buttons & ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack! Yup! Coordinating products! Amazing!

So I used my Blendabilities to color the lemon & the leaves.  I'm still working at perfecting that technique! I just don't have that eye for the shading. I'm learning tho, and I think this came out pretty good.

I love that Spiral Border Punch. I works nicely when you need just that extra something!!!! So much fun!

So this is just some of the fun from the Sale-a-Bration catalog! And the best thing is all these items were FREE!!!! Yup! You can have them too!!! FREE!!! Contact me now to book your SAB workshop or class!!! We can get you some real goodies!!! Contact me today for your FREE catalog or check it out HERE 24/7!!!

Hope you enjoyed! Now hop over to Nichole's blog & see what she did with her SAB goodies!!! I can't wait!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

COLORING DOWN THE LINES

This week's Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop offers some rich, beautiful colors!!! Love them!!!

So hello to my visitors from Carol's blog! Glad you are here! After you hang here for a bit, head on over to Liz's blog & see what she has in store for you! Then be sure to keep going all the way back here!!! I get to be the cheese in the middle this week! Lots of fun stuff to see!!!

Here's the card:


Here is the inspiration photo:


And finally, here are the colors in MDS:

So I know it's another card with Lotus Blossom, but it's my current favorite stamp set! It's such a beautiful image! Simple yet not if ya know what I mean! I want to get as much use of it as I can since it's from the 
Sale-a-Bration Catalog! Once the catty is done in March, the stamp set is gone, gone, gone!!!! I just love it so!!


The striping is the amazing Irresistibly You Specialty DSP!  So you gotta have this stuff!!! It's got the design (in this case the stripes) embossed in clear!  All you need to do us use a Stampin' Sponge or Sponge Dauber to rub the ink over it! So cool!!! You can make your own colored DSP!! Awesome!

Other materials used are Beautiful Bouquet (Occasions Catalog) for the leaves, Simply Wonderful (SAB) for the sentiment, Apothecary Accents for the sentiment cut-out, and the Pearl Basic Jewels colored with the 
Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities!!!

Hope you enjoyed! So now start hopping around & check out what all my talented hop partners have for you!!! See you soon!!

Happy Stampin'!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

PAPER PLUNGING WITH RIBBON

This week over at The Paper Plunge we are working with ribbon! Now there are so many different things you can do with ribbon! I've been wanting to do a specific card for awhile & thought this would be a great way to show off some ribbon!!!

So here's the card:


It's called a "Petal" card! The ribbon on this one is used not only for embellishment, but also for a belly band!!!

There are 3 types of ribbon on this card. 


The first, the belly band, is made from our 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon. Love that stuff! The little bow is made from the Lost Lagoon Satin Ribbon. Did you find the 3rd? Yup, it's the Linen Thread in the Very Vintage Designer button!!!

So when you remove the belly band, you have a card that looks like this:


The beautiful paper is from the Moonlight DSP Stack in our Annual Catalog!

Now open it up:


Cool right?? The sentiment is stamped using Starburst Sayings, and the whole think is cut out using either the Circle Framelits or the Starburst Framelits!  Love my framelits!!! lol

So hop on over the The Paper Plunge & see what the other designers have created for you with ribbon! I know you'll be pleased & get some good ideas!!!

Happy Stampin!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CREATIVE BLOG HOP

I am honored to have been nominated to be on the 
Creative Blog Hop by my friend & upline Angela Carter over at Angela's Ink Link!  It's a fun little one-time blog hop!!!  Then after I get to answer a few questions about myself! Very exciting! Projects can be anything we want! That's cool!!!

So today's post is to feature an amazing stamp set, Painted Petals.

Here is the "suite" of cards I made:


I love this stamp set!!! It has THE most beautiful coordinating 
DSP-Painted Blooms! It can be framed with nothing else & still be beautiful! 

Here are the individual cards:


This one uses the DSP, stamp set, the Petite Petals Punch, and some 
Daffodil Delight Ribbon! I love how these colors look!

The next:


I thought this may look like flowers growing through the fence! This one uses the Note Tag Punch, the same Daffodil Delight Ribbon, and the 
Striped Scallop Thinlets Die.  Kept it fairly simple tho. That paper is beautiful but busy!!!

The last:


This one I took the piece of DSP with the leaf background & added the stamped flowers! I love how that looks!!! I grabbed that Petite Petals Punch again, as well as my brandy new Flower Medallion Punch!!!  I stamped that image with the Crazy about You stamp set! One of my current faves! lol  I will fess up to some retired Rose Red Seam Binding.  I just thought it worked here! Plus, don't have any other Rose Red ribbons!!! lol

Now, questions! 

1. What are you working on now?

Right now I am working on creating one of the Perpetual Calendars from our Occasions Catalog as a gift for someone! Don't wanna say who! I love this kit! I have made several already. It is very useful, and I have already referred to mine a couple of times! I like to look at it at the beginning of the month & then make the cards for my blog hops with the upcoming occasions in mind.  Easy peasy too!!!

2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?

Hmmm! That's a tough one. What exactly is my genre? Well, I'll take that to mean "stampers" like me. So how does it differ? Well we all have our own styles. Mine is clean & simple.  I don't like a lot of ephemera or extras on my cards. Occasionally I'll go there, but when I try to create "vintage" it looks like I just emptied out my supplies & glued them all on! Haven't quite got that eye. I like things neat, matted & simple. While I truly enjoy looking at those beautiful works of art, I just know I don't do them well!  In life I live outside of  the box, but interestingly enough, in card making, I live pretty much within the box! Boring I guess!! lol

3.Why do you create what you do?

I love to try new techniques! Whenever I see something I can't figure out I have to try it. I like to have a variety of "styles" and "skills" to pull from. Most of my cards are designed for one reason or another. A lot of them come from the several blog hops in which I participate. I enjoy giving a card to someone special. A friend of mine years ago, who has since gone to Heaven, kind of hit it home. When she was ill, I sent her a card weekly as she couldn't have visitors.  When she passed, her husband told me she still had every single card I sent displayed around her room because she would look at them & they made her feel good.  I guess that's why I create what I do.

4. How does your creativity work?

I'll take that to mean how do I come up with a project???!! So I first decide why I need the project. Birthday. Anniversary. Etc. Then I consider the person who will be receiving it. I try to gear the card personally.  Then I pull what I think works for them. Now, if I'm just creating, I pull out a new stamp set & think of a design that would fit it! I also love to visit challenge blogs & use them as a "kickstart" to my design.  That's particularly helpful when I get into a rut!!

So I hope you've enjoyed this Creative Blog Hop!  Now I get to nominate 2 people for next week's Creative Blog Hop! I am sending this on my good friend Helen over at Blue Dahlia Designs who always designs a beautiful card and my Canadian Stampin' Up! buddy Diane at 
Teach to Stamp who has a similar clean & simple design to myself.  Be sure to visit their blogs next week!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

So we have a tiny Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop this week! Only 5 of us!! But still...5 fun posts I'm sure!!!  Safe travels to our fellow hoppers heading to Orlando for Leadership!! As I write this post, we are in the midst of Snowmageddon-aka Blizzard Juno! Wanted to get this done in case the power goes out! Sure hope not!

Anyway, this week's hop you probably came from Carol's blog & then will hop on to Liz's Blog!!! I'm the end of the line this week! :)

So here's my card:


Here's the inspiration:


Here are the MDS colors:

Now I know this stamp set-From the Herd-probably wasn't the best to use for these colors, but I have been so excited to use it!!! I so love these little guys!!! Plus, after seeing it, I really love the way it looks with these colors! Oh those eyes!!!! I lol when I look at them!!!


I colored them in with my Crumb Cake & Calypso Coral Blendabilities!!! Wanted them to look kinda rugged. Altho the Dazzling Diamonds kind of "glams" them up a bit! 

The ribbon is from the Ribbon & Button Pack from the 
Sale-a-Bration Catalog!!! I love how this ribbon looks!!! Wish we had a whole collection of it! Pretty!

So I hope you've enjoyed our little hop this week! I'm sure everyone will be back with all kinds of fun next week!!!! Until then!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 CLASSES!!!

The new Class List for Winter 2015 is now listed! Be sure to check it out by clicking the tab at the top of the homepage Workshops & Classes!!! Register NOW for your favorite class!!!!!! 

For more info on any of the classes, email me at jmets23@yahoo.com!!! Gonna be a fun few months!!!!!

Plus, don't forget! It's Sale-a-Bration time!!! Get your FREEBIES NOW!!! Ask me how!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

OH BABY, BABY!!!

I found myself in need of a baby card this week. One of our extended family's recently had a beautiful little baby girl! Having a house full of boys, it's so exciting to do pink!! lol  But I also wanted to do a new technique. 

Here's the card:


Simple right? Right! The rattle at the top is what's called an Iris Fold! A form thereof!  I've never done this before but decided this would be a good time to try! 


What I found out was 1.) it didn't take nearly as long as I thought nor was it as difficult as I thought, and 2.) it probably would've been easier to do with DSP than cardstock. Altho the cardstock looks nice! Give it a try! Wanna know how? I'd love to do a class for you & your friends!! Just contact me!

So just a fun baby card!! Congrats to the Bell family on their beautiful little Emily!

Happy Stampin'!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

"PLUNGING" INTO VELLUM

This week over at The Paper Plunge we are designing with vellum! It's a tricky little critter but so worth the effort!!!!  

Here's what I came up with this week:



Now shhhhh! That's gonna be the hubby's Valentine card! lol  Not a ton of vellum, but enough to give it a pop.

I simply used the Heart Framelits to cut out the hearts. I really like how the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (with the cute little hearts!) coordinates so nicely with the Silver Foil Cardstock.  


And how about that new Bow Punch from the Occasions Catalog?!?!?! Amazing right? So easy but with such a WOW!!! Looks great with the 
Red Glimmer Paper! If it were all black & white it might look like a tuxedo! lol

I was gonna use the Hearts Embossing Folder for the Real Red background, but I forgot! Then I went back & realized I like it this way better! I think it would've been a bit busy with the embossing. I like the "glam" of it as it is! Sentiment is stamped with Crazy about You and embossed with 
Silver Embossing Powder.

So be sure to visit The Paper Plunge & see what the other designers have done with vellum! I've seen the designs, and I am in awe!!! Sooooooo pretty!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES

It's Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop day!!! Got some pretty colors for ya this week!!!

So Helen's having computer problems so this week you may be traveling here from Carol's blog! Hello there!!!!!  We have a good size hop this week, so be sure to pop over to Laura's blog after mine (nice to have her back!!!)-then keep going & enjoy!!! Lots of great stuff!

So here's my card:



Here's the inspiration:


Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS (thanx again Robbie!):

Wow these are some pretty colors this week! I just keep playing with all my new toys from the Occasions Catalog & the Sale-a-Bration catalog!!! 

The flower is from my current favorite stamp set Lotus Blossoms! You can actually get that stamp set for FREE! Just ask me how!  They call it a double-step stamp set, but it's really a triple-step stamp set! So easy to use with all the improvements Stampin' Up! has made to the double-step stamping!  If you haven't done it in awhile, give it a try now!!!


The sentiment is from Crazy About You. It's from the Occasions Catalog.  If you look closely, you can see the "bling" on the flower piece. It's 
Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder on a stamp from Build a Bouquet. There are a couple of great background stamps in that set!!! You can find it in the Occasions Catalog!

The Smoky Slate is embossed using the new 
Spring Flowers Textured Embossing Folder. Very pretty look!!!

Throw in a couple of the Oval Framelits & the Small Oval Punch & you  have a pretty card!!! I will use these colors again!!!

So keep hopping & enjoy! I'll see you on this hop next week, but be sure to check back later this week for more fun with The Paper Plunge & some vellum!!!!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

"PLUNGING" INTO A NEW TECHNIQUE!

Happy Friday! It's The Paper Plunge challenge day!!!! Yeah!!!!

This week our Design Team is challenging you to try a NEW technique!! It's very easy to get in a rut with the same 'ole same 'ole! So this was good for us too!

Here is my card this week:


The new technique I'm using is called the Bokeh stamping technique. I guess it's actually a photography trick for blurring the lines so to speak!  I've seen it on some cards & thought I'd give it a try!

Now in my research, I discovered that this is a watercolor type technique. So I tried it as such.  This is how my first card came out:


But as you may or may not know, working with Watercolor Paper is perfect for watercoloring but not necessarily for stamping!  It's designed to absorb the water, which it does. But the paper isn't "smooth", so stamping is a bit tricky. Thus the tag here. Plus, there's a lag time while waiting for it to dry. Not long, but still some!

So I started playing. I'm more of a CAS (Clean And Simple) kinda stamper so I pulled out my Whisper White cardstock, ink & sponge! I like the way it came out even better! No wait for a dry- it's dye ink with no water!!!

On either one, the white dots or blurring is done with the 
Whisper White Craft Ink. It's a pigment ink. Takes a bit longer to dry, but it has a dimension to it that the dye ink doesn't. It kind of "sits" on top of the card instead of absorbing into the paper. Make sense? I did learn one thing tho-I need to reink my ink pad!!! lol

Although either card is lovely, I'm pretty sure I'll be repeating the first!!! It was actually very quick & easy!  

Stamp sets used are One Tag Fits all from the new Occasions Catalog
It's Your Day from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog.  These 2 catalogs are quickly becoming my favorites EVAH!!! I will be so bummed when the SAB catty is gone! This stamp set is amazing!!!

So what new technique did you try? Show us over at 
I'm dying to see what my fellow designers came up with! I'm sure I'll be CASEing!!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!