Happy first day of Spring!!

Looks like blue skies here in Wisconsin.  Not sure what the temp is outside as I have not ventured out of my workshop this morning.  I was up at 4:00am this morning to prepare for my Kismet class for the next two days.

I decided to do some sweet Easter cards for class this month.  Thats one big clue to the cards you will see today!

Here is the first card that I designed for class.  I love this card and really thought about adding some additional bling, but, in the end choose not to change a thing.  So, you will have to let me know what you think!!

I LOVE dogs and this little one is not exception!  He’s wearing little bunny ears to celebrate Easter!

Here you go, chicks on parade.  This could very easily be a birthday card, but, I choose to use it as an Easter card.  I used watercolor paper so I could paint my little chicks with my handy dandy aqua painter.

I could not resist using this crazy cute chicken on an Easter card.  This is a great way to use our watercolor pencils.

Here is the last Easter card for class.:

A nice bouquet of flowers for spring/Easter.  I wish I had gotten the pot in the middle of the cardstock, but, this is how it turned out and so I left it as is.  After all, it’s a hand stamped card, indiviually made for someone near and dear to me!

Last card for this class is a “boy” card.  After looking around here for a card for two of my grandson’s, I decided that I need to make more boy’/man cards.

I used our basic gray and black ink for this card.  First 3 stampers to tell me where this designer paper is from will receive a card!!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

I have some special cards to share with you today.  For this months Technique Class we played with bleach!  Yes, regular bleach like you use in your laundry room.  For one card I put the bleach in my handy dandy aqua painter.  It does ot hurt the aqua painter, just make sure that you clean it out after class.

Here is the card we made usig the aqua painter.  First we embossed the flower with our copper embossing powder.  After that we just painted in the embossed image with the bleach filled aqua painter.  Interesting point is that crumb cake turns a beautiful yellow color when bleached.

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After the blech dries, (or I heat it to finish it up with my heat tool), we used our watercolor pencils to color in the tangerine tango portion of the flower.  You can see the different looks you can get depending on where you add the pencil.  The yellow that is showing is the color left after bleaching.  We used the wild wasabi marker to color in the stems.  I added the leaves to give it a little more interest and dimension.

I have learned a sweet time saver trick from one of my newest Demonstrators, Lisa W., (who calls herself a paper monkey, as she LOVES stamping and helping me get organized!).  Here’s a picture of how I put the little leaves on:

 

I placed all those tiny leaves directly onto my roll of mini glue dots.  That way they didn’t “disappear” on my desk!  So, after attaching them on the roll I used my paper piercing tool to place them on the card.  It really did save a lot of time and frustration!

Now, for the second card using my laundry bleach:

For the above card, I placed a few layers of paper towel on a plate, then poured bleach over them.  Make sure that you don’t flood the plate with bleach.  You want the paper towel wet but not sloppy wet.  (Hope that makes sense to you all!).  Then you use that set up as an ink pad.  You just press your stamp into the bleached paper towels and stamp onto your card stock.  We used the Delicate Details stamp set to bleach out this beautiful accent.  I think it would be fun to use this technique on a number of different colors of card stock just to see what color they turn.  The basic grey turns a vanilla color.  (However, on one piece it turned a light green.  Must have been from a different package.)  Make sure that you clean your stamp after using the bleach!!

The last card is the easiest card you will ever make.  I wanted to use the stamp set Vertical Garden.  It’s designed to use with the Vertical Garden Kit.  But, clearly, it works well on our cards also.  We have such beautiful designer paper and this is the perfect card to show off that DSP.

I LOVE that this stamp set is two steps.  First I stamped the hello and then stamped the shadow hello.  It’s very light in the picture, but I used one of my favortie colors, smoky slate for the shadow.

One last card and I will be done bending your ear!  On this card I used the delicate doilies from the Occasions Catalog, the vanilla side.  The image is stamped on very vanilla but the card base is whisper white.  I LOVE to use vanilla and white together!

There you go!  What do you think?  Let me know…..

Happy Stamping!

A little sneak peek of our new Sale a Bration items!

I have a few cards to highlight our new Sale a Bration items that will be available to you on Frebruary 21st!

One of the new stamp sets is called Reverse Words, which includes the above word  “cheers” and “hooray”.  Both have that watercolor mark behind the word.  Upon seeing this set, I immediately thought of having a beer with friends!

This card features the new Sale a Bration stamp set Make a Medallion and two colors of the beautiful 6 x 6 glimmer paper.  The glimmer paper is another new option item for Sale a Bration starting on February 21st.  You get four sheets of each of three colors, bermuda bay, mint macaron and sweet sugarplum!

If you would like to add these new items to your stash let me know.  With every $50 order you get to pick one for FREE!!

Also, I want to let you know that I still have some seats available for our Bingo night on March 10th.  The cost is $25, you recieve a gift for coming, a $5 coupon for an order placed that night and the possiblilty of winning fabulous prizes along with stamping 3 cards!  We start promptly at 6:00 p.m. so you are home early enough to start playing with the stash you may win!!

Happy Stamping!

Changing up the look of a card with the help of one of my Stampers!

I design cards for my classes and with the help of my stampers, those cards can often be improved.  I LOVE their input and suggestions!  So, when I was using one of the monsters from the stamp set Yummy in my Tummy and coloring him in with our wtercolor pencils, Donna R. asked if she could use colored cardstock instead of using the colored pencils.

Here’s a look at the original card:

He looked pretty cute until I show you the new and improved version with Donna R.’s help:

Sweet, right?  So, if you don’t want to use the watercolor pencils and don’t mind fussy cutting, here’s the card for you!

I would love to hear from you!  Don’t hesitate to chat with me!

Happy Stamping!

Good Morning!

I’m trying to change up the look of my blog.  I wanted to get a bigger print, but, have not gotten that one figured out yet.  Man oh man, I whish I knew something about computers and programing.  Tough to be so not up to the task!!  Sorry!!

Guess, for the most part I will just sit in my little corner and comtinue to play with my cardstock, stamps and ink!

Here are the other cards we made in our Valentine’s class

I loved working with our little 6×6 Sending Love Designer Paper Stack!  One this card I used the front and back of the same sheet.  The ribbon is one of our Sale a Bration items that you can receive for FREE with a $50 order.

I needed to design a Valentine card without using another red ink pad, this is what I came up with!  This card uses the sliding star framelits.  So, that little heart can spin around the sweet little cupcake.

This is my peek a boo card using my favorite Polish Chicken!  Made to make any one who receives this card smile!  Here is a peek at the inside of this card:

When you open up the card, our little chicken is upside down!

Hope you enjoyed the cards.   Let me know what you think of the cards and the new layout of the website.

Happy Stamping!

Good Morning! Another beautiful day with sunshine and blue skies!

Just makes me want to skip down to my workshop and stamp away.  I do have a view of the sky and treetops from my desk!  (For those of you who know that my workshop is in my lower level!)

Today I want to share more of the cards we made using the watercolor pencils.  I realize that we can not order them at this time, but, some of you have our old pencils.  As soon as the rest of you can order them I will let you know.

We made this Valentine’s card, practicing using the watercolor pencil from dark to light depending on how hard or light you color the cardstock.  On this particular card I used our heavy whisper white cardstock because of using the aqua painter to blend the watercolor pencil.

The above card is probably my favorite of the watercolor pencil grouping.  Our lady image was embossed on watercolor paper.  Used our watercolor pencils, both with a heavy hand and light hand to develop light and dark areas on the picture.  Then used the aqua painter to blend them all together.  I did use a light touch of the early expresso for her skin tone.

Happy Stamping!

Hooray!! The sun is shining, blue sky, crisp temperature, but beautiful here is Wisconsin!

I have a few updates in my schedule.  Two additional events scheduled per stampers requests.

The first one is a Valentine card class.  This is coming up fast, next Wednesday, February 8th.  Two sessions, 9-12 and 3-8.  Here’s one of the cards we will be stamping:

We will be stamping 5 cards for $18.00, which includes envelopes.  Please RSVP by Monday, February 13th.  Hope to do some stamping with you!!

Another item added to my schedule:  BINGO!  Mark your calendars for Friday, March 10th at 6:00pm we will be holding another fun night of stamping and bingo!  We play 3 games of bingo and win fabulous prizes all consisting of the latest Stampin’ Up! products. The cost is $25, you stamp 3 cards, receive a table gift and have a chance to win oodles of good stuff!ccc  This event fills up quickly and space is limited, make sure you get your name on the list as soon as possible!

Happy Stamping!

Playing with our new watercolor pencils…….which was this month’s Technique class!

I sure am glad that I fell in love with the watercolor pencils early and planned this class right away.  As of yesterday Stampin’ Up! has sold out of them at this time.  They will be coming back on line, but, for now until they catch up with the back log, the number is turned off for ordering.

We had a great time using the pencils on all different types of our paper.  We used our whisper white cardstock, watercolor paper, shimmer paper and our heavy whisper white cardstock.

Here’s some of the cards we made at class:

This cardstock I forgot to mention above, our basic black cardstock.  We embossed the flower with white embossing powder on black cardstock.  Then, colored in all the leaves and petals with our white watercolor pencil.  Next step was to apply the pumpkin pie and daffodil delight pencils directly over the white base.  Ta Da!  You get this striking look!  A number of people thought that we fussy cut the flower and just adhered it to the black cardstock, but, that is not what we did!

 This beautiful flower was stamped with our archival basic black ink on shimmer paper.  We then used pacific point, rich razzelberry, melon mambo, old olive, daffodil delight and white watrcolor pencils.  We colored in all the petals and leaves then blended the colors with a blender pen.  After finishing the coloring, we drew a diagonal line from corner to corner and fussy cut away the bottom portion of the shimmer paper.  Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but, after all the color was applied to the petals, I went over some of the edges with the white watercolor pencil for a more 3-d look.

This card reminds me of a “girl party” card!  All those little bubbles floating around!  The purpose of this card was to have my stampers work on shading with the watercolor pencils.  We colored around inside the lines of each circle, then used the blender pen to go around that colored circle and then after taking some of the color off our the tip of the blender pen, we pulled a little color into the center of the circle.  The circles that didn’t have color in were touched with the clear wink of stella.

So, what do you think?  If you don’t have the watercolor pencils, you may want to put them on your must have list.  I will post when we will be able to order them for you!

Happy Stamping!

More Beautiful You cards…..

I think of this  imagec as the “fancy” lady.  You can stamp her on your cardstock and then again on a piece of designer paper.  Cut out the dsp and adhere to the image on the cardstock.  It’s just like playing with paper dolls!  (Note that the bottom card dress is cut on the bias to give it more stretch!  That’s a throw back from my sewing days!)  The stamp set also has an image that fits directly over her dress to add some quick color.

You can’t tell from the picture, but, the first card has a glittery dress.  I stamped the image on the dsp then pressed the dsp onto a versa mark pad, sprinkled with iridescent ice embossing powder, cooked it with my heat tool and gave her a pretty flashy dress!

I’ll try loading more pictures later today.

Happy Stamping!

Hello! Playing with the new stamp set Beautiful You!

I’m totally obscessed with this stamp set.  I received mine at our local On Stage as a Prize Patrol gift and have been off and running with it since then.

I am hosting a card at Camp Stamp in Oga this weekend featuring, yes, you guessed it, Beautiul You!

It’s in our Occasions Catalog on page 24, take a closer look……you’ll need this one for your stamp collection.

Here are a few samples to push you over the edge!:

The image was stamped on watercolor paper with basic black ink.  I used our new watercolor pencils to add color and blended it with my trusty aqua painter.

I had some scrap designer paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels designer paper stack.  It combines such beautiful soft  colors like so saffron and  calypso coral.  So, again, I pulled out my watercolor pencils and aqua painter and matched her outfit to the beautiful paper.

One more for today:

I have seen a number of cards where they are using either watercolor pencils or ink and aqua painters to add a long skirt onto the image.  After looking at all the samples I had here, (which were almost all pink or red), I decided I needed a green dress.  Maybe getting ready for St Patricks day?!  Not sure!  The image was stamped on watercolor paper and with my aqua painter, I added some emerald envy, marina mist for the background and grounded it with soft suede.  A few small pearls at her waist finish it off.

What do you think?  Are you in love with th Beautiful You stamp set yet?  If not more examples will be posted tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!

 

 

New Years Eve is here! 2017 is hours away, lets make this a fabulous year to remember!

I’m not a list maker or one to write new years resolutions, but, I want to go into the new year looking at things in the best light I can.  I will be working to keep the outlook:  the glass is half full.  It’s so easy to look at things the other way, (half empty), however that doesn’t make anyone feel good or at peace.  Let’s make this a year of working together and holding each other up in times of trouble and discourse.

So, hoping to make you smile, here are some more cards with the Dragonfly Dream stamp set:

When thinking about dragonflies I have blue/green colors in my head.  Guess I will have to do some brighter ones.  This card uses designer paper from the Blooms & Bliss series.  You can see it on page 173 of the Annual catalog.  I  really love this paper not only because of the colors in the series, but, I appreciate the smaller prints.

This card features the deisgner paper that you can get FREE!  It’s one of the Sale a Bration offerings.  The fun part is that this paper is black and white and you get to color some or all of the images.  A perfect companion for our new watercolor pencils.  So, above, I choose to color in just the larger flowers with the watercolor pencils.  I added a little dimension with the use of the Lovely Lace embossing folder on the smoky slate strip in addition to popping up the circle with the very and the cute little bees.

Last card in my Dragonfly Dreams set, (so far).  A delightful element to go along with the Dragonfly Dreams set is the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies!  These little dragonflies are all on one die.  I cut out the dragonfly image, then cut one out in black.  I adhered the black dragonflies in the opening and backed it with some sugarplum cardstock.  The little dots are included in the stamp set and in this case remind me of a spray of water.  This set also includes four very nice verses.

Hope you enjoyed viewing the cards using the Dragonfly Dreams and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies!  I’m predicting that this bundle could be in your workshop after January 4th!

I do have a question for you, I heard from one of my readers that all my pictures were coming in sideways!  Let me know if yours is showing up the same way.  You know how informed I am NOT in all things computer, but, when I post I edit so that the pictures are upright.  I went into my site a number of different ways and the pictures were posted correctly.  So, please let me know if yours are sideways.  (Maybe it’s just another way to look at things!!)

Happy New Year and Happy Stamping!

Here’s a little something to think about when you are attending my Open House on January 7th!

Good Morning!

The new year is almost upon us!  Can’t wait to have everyone stamping with our fabulous new products!  I got to play a little bit yesterday with the new stamp set called Dragonfly Dreams.  Now I know some of you were somewhat turned off by the large dragonfly, but, wait till you see how this stamp set will change your mind!!

Here are a few of the cards I designed yesterday:

I designed this card for a demonstrator swap I am in.  All that wonderful color on the left hand side is done with our new watercolor pencils and my handy dandy aqua painter.  Here is a tip for those of you who find the aqua painter a challenge:  use the correct paper and ink.  I like to use watercolor paper, shimmer paper or our new thick whisper white cardstock.  ( Guess I should be saying cardstock not paper?)  Also, you need to use the correct ink, my preference is our archival basic black.  Stick with those guidelines and I’m sure you will be happy with your creations!  What you can’t see on the picture are the beautiful wings brought to life with our clear Wink of Stella!

Totally different look with the same stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams.  I choose to go with so saffron and soft suede, a combination that I just LOVE.  Check out a few things on this card:  1.  the delicate doily and 2. the chicken wire background.  No we don’t have a new chickwire background stamp, but, come to class and I can show you how to use another of our products in a different way to create this sweet background!

I am trying to reach a sales goal for the end of the year, so, if there is anything you just can’t do without, I’d love to hear from you!  Hit the big red button on the right side of the screen and it will take you to the catalog area where you can shop all of the fabulous deals going on right now.  Many items are deeply discounted and are available only while supply lasts. When ever you place an order with me you receive a hand stamped card, place an order with me today by 9:00pm and you will receive two cards! (Mary B., you are the first on that list!)

Happy Stamping!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Officially Christmas is over, however, I know that many are still meeting and celebrating the birth of our Lord.
So, I decided to still add it to my post!  New year is right around the corner and I know that I am praying for a fabulous 2017!

 

I have some pictures that I want to share with you on projects we completed this month:

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We always have a mystery stamper who is shy!!

Here are some of the cards that we stamped for our Kismet class:

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Now I’m off to update my January class schedule!

Happy Stamping!

Card share day! Hooray!!

Missed a few days again, so, I’ll be heavy on the card sharing little on the chat!  Sound good?  Here goes:

These are the cards that we stamped last week.  I had a different class last week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Which made for a busy three days for me.  I also have to thank my stampers who attended!  (Some of you were here three days in a row!!)

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Fun think about this card is that I used the red glitter embossing powder on the verse.  Too bad you can’t see the sparkle!  Guess you’ll have to purchase the red and green glitter embossing powder and give it a try!

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This  is not the actual card we did in class, but, it is my first sample.  I ended up changing up the designer paper and adding banners for the verses.  I’ll try and get the “real” card picture up for you!

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I LOVE the stamp set Frosted Medallions!  Here, we embossed the snowflake with silver embossing powder on vellum.  After heat embossing, I used our night of navy marker on the backside of the image.  Placing while card stock bhind it and boarding it with our silver glimmer paper gives it a great “pop”!

I have to close, the dogs are down here bothering me to let them outside.  Will chat more later!

Happy Stamping!

Cheryl

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits make beautiful wedding/anniversary cards!

Two more cards from my Sassy Saturday class.  Both use the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits as seen on page 194 of the Annual catalog.  Here is a fast way to make elegant cards on the fast track!

The first card uses my new favorite tool, our sponge brayer!  I used the Fancy Frost Speciality Designer  paper as seen on page 37 in the Holiday catalog.  (Which is also 30% off through Monday, November 28th.  It’s only $9.10 for 12 sheets of 12 x 12 white on white textured designs.)  For the card below, I cused the brayer on the  debossed side of the paper with soft sky.

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The background paper is from the By the Shore Designer paper collection.  This design comes in blue tones also.  This time I decided to use the pattern vertically instead of horizontally.  The heart is cut from blushing bride cardstock.  A little bling and tada!  You get another simple but elegant card!

Happy Stamping!

Cheryl

Sharing Sassy Saturday cards!

 

On the last Saturday of each month I host a Sassy Saturday Class with one of my downline, Amy P.  We both had classes scheduled and found that we had some of the same stampers.  So, to combine our classes seemed like a good solution for everyone!  So, our stampers come here and do two completely different classes at the same time.  Saves on stamping and driving time!  Super sweet for me as I don’t have to go any where!

So, here are some of today’s cards:

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This is my favorite from my five cards.  I just love this set for my “man” cards.  Can you tell me what stamp set it’s from?  Tell me the set and where that designer paper is from and a card will be sent to the first three with the correct answers.

img_2184It was requested that I design some sympathy cards and some anniversary cards.  This is the first sympathy card.  Very simple with that beautiful floral designer paper, night of navy with white accented with silver satin ribbon.

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This sympathy card has a special fold.  Sometimes you just need to say a little more!  This card gives you that extra space.

 

 

Happy Stamping!

Cheryl

Twinkle Trees! A sweet little stamp set that you may have over looked!

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I recently used this set with a group of stampers that had not even noticed it in the Holiday catalog.  With the Bokeh technique so poplular right now this is the set  you need to make that technique a snap to produce!

Here is the card that I designed with this beautiful set:

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Bokeh is that beautiful “bubble” feature in the background.  I choose to make it a bit more subtle by covering it with vellum.  It’s a photographic technique that we see often in many holiday pictures.

I heat embossed the tree on the front of the vellum with silver embossing powder.  Everything else including the verse is on white cardstock under the vellum.

Happy Stamping!

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Use my Online Extravaganza Hostess Code to win a special bundle from me!

With everything going on since my birthday in the beginning of October I neglected to share some things that were on my share list.

When I was little I loved to read.  I was taught to read by a retired school teacher, Miss Irish, who lived down the street from us.  She lived in a tiny little cottage home that had a small wood burning stove in the back room.  When I would go there we would sit in the front room that I remember had sun shinning in, (or I just felt warm and secure there), and we would read.  Then when we were done, we ate tapioca pudding, which I love to this day!

With Miss Irish, I would read poems by Robert Louis Stevenson in a small leather book, which she gave me and I still cherish to this day.  But, at home, one of my favorite books was Little Lulu Goes to the Beach. (I know a far cry from Robert Louis Stevenson!)  One of the pictures that I remember was Little Lulu walking to the beach with so many beach toys she could hardly walk!  Well, I received this birthday card for my birthday from one of my stampers, Linda P. and her wonderful granddaughter, Kendall and it brought back so many great memories! img_2170This little swimmer is on a spring so she moves on the card!  Isn’t she just the cutest thing?  Here is the front cover of the book from my childhood and you’ll see why this card took me back:

img_2169I want to thank everyone who sent me beautiful cards during my dark time and I apologize for not sharing sooner!

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Don’t forget to check out all the fabulous sales starting on Monday, November 21st.  There are some fantastic deals for the first 24 hours on the 21st and the last 24 hours on the 28th in addition to all the other deals through out the week!

Please use Hostess Code VQBRCUFV when ordering from me!  I will have a drawing from all of the online orders for a special bundle from me!  Winner will be drawn on the 29th!

 

 

Any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Happy Stamping!

Cheryl

Online Extravaganza coming!!!!

Keep Monday, November 21st through Monday November 28th on your calendars!!  Stampin’ Up! will be gving up a SUPER SALE!  We can save up to 40% on select products.

There will also be 24 hour flash sales on November 21st and November 28th!

A number of products will be bundled together just for this big sale.  They MUST be ordered using the bundle number to get the special pricing!!  WooHoo!  This is totally FUN!  I love stamping and saving $$ !!

So, hit the red button on the right hand side and shop to your hearts content on Monday!

Happy Stamping!

Cheryl