The Cutest Reindeer

The little reindeer in Seasonal Chums is just the cutest thing.  I just love how he turns out when I watercolor with my Aqua-painter.

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Here I’ve used the exact same layout as my pumpkin card.  Just a new image, different colors and different Designer Series paper.  I stamped the reindeer on Watercolor paper with my Basic Black Archival Ink and then water-colored him.  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Garden Green.

The Designer Series Paper is the Quilted Christmas Paper stack – it’s a 6×6 stack.  The die cut snowflake is part of the Seasonal Tags Framelits dies that match the Seasonal Chums stamp set.  And the circles are from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Like the last card I posted this is one with a short front.  The strip of Designer Series Paper is on the inside.  Here is a photo so you can see what I mean.

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It’s fun because when the card is opened you have the paper still showing.  And easy solution for a card base that has been mis-cut or mis-scored.

Have a great day!

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Seasonal Tags for Cards

I love the new Seasonal Chums stamp set and Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies in the Holiday catalog.  They make quick and easy fold over tags.  Each image has a front and a back and the dies cut out both at the same time.  But the images are perfect for cards too.

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This one uses the Pumpkin for a Halloween card – and there is the little bat in the die set!

So the story behind this card design is this – I was preparing for a card class and cut and scored a stack of card bases.  Only to realize that I had scored them all at 4″ instead of 4-1/4″.  Oops!  I didn’t want to throw out all my nice thick card stock so I set it aside until I figured out what to do.  Later this card design was born.  I trimmed the back side to 4-1/4″ and that left the front side short at 4″.  The solution was to add a strip of Designer Paper on the inside so it peeks out to the front!  I really loved this – it’s also a great way to use up little strips of designer paper.

For this card I used the Painted Harvest Designer Series Paper – it’s part of the October Paper Sale.  The colors of my Stitched Circles came from the paper – Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach.  I also water-colored my pumpkins to match using the Tangerine Tango, Garden Green in addition to the Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.

After stamping and water-coloring the pumpkins I cut them with the dies and then cut the front and back apart to add to the card.  There is also some Black Metallic Thread and the little bat.

So don’t worry when you cut or score something wrong – just set it aside for a bit until an idea comes up.  You never know what creations you will get out of the mistakes you make.  Sometimes they are better than what you started with!

Enjoy your day!

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Fun Pencils

This was a quick and easy project that I made for the girls on my SU Demo Getaway weekend.  I was shopping in the Target Dollar Spot one day (well maybe they don’t call it that anymore) and saw some fun pencils that looked like our SU colors – they were Emerald Envy, Blushing Bride and Basic Black.  I picked up a bunch of them to use as a little “pillow” gift for the getaway weekend.  Here is what I did with them.

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I put three pencils in one of the 6×8 cello bags and stapled it shut.  The pencils are about as tall as the bags so I pushed them to one side at the top and stapled as close as I could get so that it would hold them in there.

Then I wanted to decorate the bag with a fun tag.  I decided the Pick a Pattern Designer Paper was a perfect fit and grabbed one of the Emerald Envy patterns and one of the Basic Black patterns – I cut those into strips and punched with the Triple Banner Punch.  I also cut a strip of Blushing Bride card stock and punch the end of it.  I stamped on the card stock with the Pieces & Patterns stamp set.  I also grabbed little bits of ribbon in the coordinating colors – Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding, Blushing Bride Double-Stitched Ribbon and some Black Mini Sequin Trim.  I stapled all those together at the top of my bag.

To finish the tag I stamped a bunch of the bears on Watercolor Paper and water-colored them in with some Sahara Sand ink.  Then I fussy cut the bear and attached him with a mini Stampin’ Dimensional.

Aspen was helping with the bears!

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Not really he was just sleeping next to me and I wondered how many bears I could lay on him before he noticed.  The answer is 6 – just 6.  Then he looked up at me like what is going on here.

I love fun pencils and have lots of different ones.  I pretty much write everything in pencil – because then I can erase mistakes or when things change.  My calendar would be a mess if I didn’t write things in pencil.  Do you use a pencil or mostly write with a pen?

Have a great day!

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Spring Retreat Make&Takes

Well I’m really behind on sharing about the Spring 2017 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  It was a few months ago and I didn’t share about it on my blog then but I’m going to do that now.  And be sure to save the date for the Fall retreat – September 29-October 1.  I held the retreat at a beautiful cabin in the North Georgia Mountains.  I’m actually heading back up there later this month to host a Demonstrator Getaway Weekend.  It is so much fun to getaway for the weekend and be creative with friends.

At the Spring Retreat we had Make&Take projects for everyone there.  We had a project for Friday night and another one for Saturday.

For Friday night we stuck with a fairly simple project – a card and a little 3-D succulent.

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These use products from the Oh So Succulent Suite from the Occasions Catalog.  We used the Popcorn Box die and cut it shorter to create the container for the succulent.  The card uses 4 x 5-1/4 piece of designer paper that is cut at a diagonal.  You can mix and match the patterns from a pack of designer paper.  Everyone at the retreat got a piece of all the different patterns in the pack.

On Saturday we had a bigger project and taught 5 different water coloring techniques.  We used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and dies to create a set of 4 cards – each with a different technique and a card holder with a 5th technique.

Everyone also made a 3D project to match the cards using the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  Since I prepped everything ahead I did a ton of Big Shot cutting for this one!

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Inside the Window Box was a battery operated tea light – the back of the box opens up so you can turn on your light.  We strung a wire through so you could hang it from a hook somewhere.

The projects turned out great and everyone enjoyed making them and learning the new techniques.  I hope you can join me in the fall.

Thanks for stopping by.

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A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

Did you receive your April Paper Pumpkin kit?

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It’s full of product and Sara created some fun watercolor cards for everyone to make following the directions in the kit and her video. But for today’s post I’m joining in with a group of talented demonstrators who have created some other ideas using items from this kit.  One of the wonderful things about the Paper Pumpkin community are all the different ideas that everyone comes up with.   So join us today as we bring you some more ideas for this month’s A Sara Thing Paper Pumpkin kit.

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If you aren’t a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can sign up HERE. Sign up by May 10 to receive the May kit.

I made two different cards.  For this first card I wanted to try doing something “different” with the acrylic flowers.  I used a piece of watercolor paper (you can use a piece from the kit) and a spritzer filled with some water and Rich Razzleberry reinker.  I took some paper towels and placed the watercolor paper down and placed the flowers on top (I put the glittery side face down).  Then spritzed over the top.

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Then carefully remove the flowers.  Since they are acrylic just wipe them off to clean them.

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My first photo I spritzed a lot and decided it was too much so this second one was a little bit less.  Once it dried I used the watercolor pencil from my kit and added some color to each flower.

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Then use the paint brush dipped in some water to smooth it out throughout the petals.  Repeat for each flower.

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I added some Basic Black Baker’s Twine around this piece before adding it to the front of my card.  You can use the base from the kit or create your own.  And be sure to add a Whisper White liner on the inside of the card.  The greeting is stamped on a Whisper White banner piece. And finish with one of the acrylic flowers.

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I hope you like this different twist on how to use those flowers.

I made another quick card with some additional supplies using the technique from the kit – I just create a rainbow on my watercolor piece using the watercolor pencils, the paint brush and water.

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The card base is Rich Razzleberry.  I also used the Owl Builder punch to punch out some tiny hearts which I colored with the watercolor pencil and blended with the brush.  Finish with some stamping.  Sweet and easy.

If you live local to me join me for some stamping this week – Wednesday 4/26 – Paper Pumpkin Craft night and Friday 4/28 – Card Makers Class.  You can find details and RSVP on my website HERE.

Be sure to hop along and see the rest of the ideas. Next up is my friend Sue Plote – check out her creative ideas.

And here is the full list of blog hoppers:

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY: To be entered into a drawing for a FREE “A Sara Thing” Paper Pumpkin Kit, you must leave a comment on EVERY blog. Drawing closes on Saturday, April 29th at 9 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Thanks for visiting.

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Love You Lots

Did you know there are exclusive stamp sets just for hosts?

When you earn Stampin’ Rewards from hosting a party, you can use them to buy any catalog product, OR you can use them for the exclusive host-only items in the catalog.  They are on pages 198-201.

My favorite one was Love You Lots.  It has some adorable animals in it – an elephant, a little mouse (it reminds me of the mouse in Goodnight Moon), a frog, hedgehogs, and lady bugs!  It’s a set that is perfect for watecoloring with your Aqua Painters.  That is what I did here with this sample.

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I used watercolor paper for both the back ground and the focal point.  And water colored the dots and the elephant with Smoky Slate ink.  I used my brand new Layering Squares framelits to cut the plain square and the scalloped square.  The tiny hearts are from the Confetti Hearts Border punch.

So cute!

Here is a list of supplies I used.

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Links by TheseAreMyStamps.com

 

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Sale-A-Bration countdown – 3 more days

After today there are only 3 more days of Sale-A-Bration!  Thursday, March 31st will be the last day to get these items.  One of the most popular ones is the Botanical For You stamp set.  It has the big Just for You image along with some other phrases and flowers.  It coordinates with the Botanical Blooms bundle of products in the Occasions Catalog.

This project was a make&take and the Spring 2016 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.

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Everyone at the retreat received the Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit.  It is an awesome project designed to be a home decor project but it is so much more.  You can also use the pieces in scrapbook pages or make cards with them.  The box can be used to store the project or used to be given as a gift (with or without the actual project kit inside).  So we decide to decorate the box using the Botanicals for You stamp set, some left over pieces from inside the kit and then a few additional items.

The Just for you is stamped on Shimmery White card stock with Archival Black Ink.  Then we water-colored around it to add the Bermuda Bay color.  This technique was shared by Cindy Schuster who is my partner in crime at the retreats! For this technique go around your image with water filled aquapainter first.  Then come back and go around it with the aquapainter dipped in ink.

The doily, gold thread, and sequins came from the kit.  The flower is made with Cotton Paper just like the flowers in the kit and we also carried over the stamped butterfly idea from one of the kit pages.  The beautiful Watermelon Wonder ribbon is in the Occasions Catalog – don’t miss it – it is so soft and easy to work with.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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