background

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Historical Snohomish

While I'm away at convention I thought you might like to see some pics from our local historical Snohomish.  The little town is so quaint with a full front street of vintage antique shops and boutiques such as this one.  So many hours of browsing.....
This is Shelby my eldest daugher sitting on the couch above. She decided she absolutely had to have this couch if she had some money!  (she is a college student)  fell in love with it.
Check out the other photos below,  there were so many to pick from that I couldn't decide what to show.  But, enjoy!
Hop on over to my Facebook page for convention updates.






Friday, July 18, 2014

Watercoloring 101


Have you caught on to the watercoloring trend? This isn’t your grandmother’s version of watercoloring. It’s simple. It’s easy. You can’t mess it up. Welcome to Watercoloring 101! First step: Pick a super-cute stamp set to showcase eye-catching watercoloring. Begin!
I mainly use three different types of watercoloring:
  1. Shape outlining
  2. Direct-to-stamp
  3. Stenciling
I chose to use the ridiculously cute Hello Love Stamp Set. Grab your Aqua Painter, fill it with water, and let’s get started.
I like to keep my ink pads nice and tidy, so to obtain my ink I simply use one of myclear blocks. Stamp your clear block directly on your ink pad and you’re set. Dip your Aqua Painter into a color and begin.



My favorite paper for using these techniques is the Watercolor Paper. I love the texture it brings to my projects as well as the color effects with the paint and water.
Shape Outlining:



To get this great effect, I used the new Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder along with the Word Bubble Framelits Dies.  After you’ve run both through your Big Shot, start coloring. There’s no wrong way to do this. The only rule I follow is to leave a little bit of the embossed image uncolored. This makes your design pop more and look less perfect, which is what you’re going for anyway. Begin by applying ink to your Aqua Painter (I used Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo for coloring the dots and the heart) and applying the ink to the watercolor paper in a painting motion. Color until you like what you see and let it dry. To finish off this card, I used Soft Suede Ink and Pumpkin Pie InkKraft CardstockDazzling Diamonds Glimmer PaperItty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, and Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine.

Here’s the up-close view of this awesome effect:





Direct-to-Stamp:
Do exactly what it says: color directly onto your stamp with your Aqua Painter. I stamped my image on Whisper White Cardstock so my image would look a little more blurry. I’m pleased with this look. I paired this technique with the Shape Outlining technique on the word bubble and I’m quite pleased. To finish off this card, add some a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker (for the doodling) and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the super cute and tiny banner at the top of your card. If you want to stamp on top of your watercolored image, use the Jet Black StāzOn ink, but wait until your image is completely dry.

Up close:



Stenciling:



To get this great effect, I used the new star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and punched a Post-It note on the sticky part.  Punching on the sticky part helps your mask stay flat while you’re using it as a stencil. Mine looked like this when I was finished:
 Place your stencil on your watercolor paper, dip your aqua painter into Pumpkin Pie ink (from your clear block) and trace/color. Do not reapply ink each time. By doing this you’ll get color hue variations in your stars. Love!!



To finish this card I used the Banner Punch and the shape tracing technique, the new Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine (it looks like Melon Mambo next to the Pumpkin Pie stars), Kraft Cardstock, and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  via stampin up! blog

Now don't forget to come on over to my Facebook page to see what's happening at Convention!  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stampin Up! Gorgeous Grunge Background camo tutorial

                          Well the big day has arrived!  we are on our way to Convention in Salt Lake City!   Wooo Hoooo!   so excited for EVERYTHING in store!  Make sure and come on over to my Facebook page to see daily updates of what's going on, samples of amazing new products and photos!   
I told you I would post a video of how to make the camo background from the Godspeed card I posted last week. Here it is below......

                     

Also, while I'm off having a blast at convention, don't forget the new rewards program.  Each time you purchase $30.00 in product you get a box filled on a card and once you hit $150.00 you get $30.00 free to spend in the catalog!   This being convention week, if you place an order of $30.00 you get double the points!   Come join the fun!
Here are this week's deals for you to order......




Large Triangle Punch Item # 133375
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$16.46 CAN



Little Labels Punch Pack Item # 126881
Regular Price: $16.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.71 US/$17.21 CAN



Scallop Edge Border Punch Item # 119882
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$15.71 CAN



Mini Metallic Clothespins Item # 133320
Regular Price: $3.95 US/$5.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.96 US/$4.13 CAN



1" Square Punch Item # 124094
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$16.46 CAN



Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon Item # 131207
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$8.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$6.19 CAN



Gold Baker'S Twine Item # 132975
Regular Price: $3.50 US/$3.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.63 US/$2.96 CAN



Summer Smooches Kit - Digital Download Item # 129601
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN









Monday, July 14, 2014

Thank you!




Happy monday!  doesn't this make you smile!  came out my front door and there it was! bright and shiny and beeeutiful!



Happy little thank you card for you to try.  I used a few stamp sets on this one.
Products Used:
Stamp Sets:  Dotty Angles, Another Thank You
Cardstock; whisper white, daffodil delight, pacific point
strawberry slush



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ice Cream sandwich boxes


Let summer begin! the heat just keeps rising here in Washington!  we are expected to be in the mid 90's all this week as I begin my travels to Utah on wednesday for convention!   
How about making some cute summer ice cream sandwich boxes?  
Thought they might cool you off!  

While I am away playing at convention I will be posting videos for you on how I made a few of my card swaps as well as recent backgrounds in cards I have posted most recently.

And to get the party started for convention I thought it would be fun to start a reward program.  For every 30.00 you spend I will fill a box for you on your reward card.  Once you reach $150.00 in orders you will receive $30.00 free to spend in the catalog!
Now here's the fun part,  while I am away at convention if you place an order July-16-20 you will receive DOUBLE the points that you purchase.   If you spend $30.00 you get two boxes marked and so on!   So get your shopping started.   

Make sure and check out the Clearance rack as there are lots of new items on sale as well as the weekly deals. 

Click HERE for Clearance rack deals


Here are the weekly deals : 



Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil Item # 133363
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.21 US/$10.13 CAN



Silver 1/8" Ribbon Item # 132137
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$5.21 CAN



Retro Fresh This And That Washi Tape Item # 133001
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.88 CAN



Retro Fresh This And That Journal Item # 132998
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.21 US/$10.46 CAN



Smoky Slate 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 131152
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN



Artisan Label Punch Item # 130920
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$16.46 CAN





Sweet Shop Kit - Digital Download Item # 129339
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Stampin Up! Colored clothespins



How about our fun new colored clothespins?  Check them out!
I had my upline coming to borrow the Kind Koala stamp set and wanted to set it out for her packaged up.   You can see our clothespins on page 208 of the new catalog.  They come colored and some printed, but I thought it would be fun to add some bling.  I posted a video below to show you how easy it is to add them to the clothespins.   Here it is up close..... 



Aren't these just too cute!
20 pins for $5.95 Item # 133630


Check out the video...... 

                    





Tuesday, July 8, 2014

So Happy for you!


So happy for you and me!  getting ready for some convention fun and preparing for some for you too while I'm away! so stayed tuned for the deets!
Products Used:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Daffodil delight
Ink colors: soft sky, daffodil delight, basic black
Stamp sets- Bravo and Gorgeous Grunge
Accessories- Colored assortment sequins, butterfly punch


Check out our weekly deals!
Click HERE to place your orders

Artisan Label Punch
ARTISAN LABEL PUNCH
Price$15.95 $11.96
Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil
GOLD FANCY DESIGNER VELLUM FOIL
Price$10.95 $8.21
Retro Fresh This and That Journal
RETRO FRESH THIS AND THAT JOURNAL
Price$10.95 $8.21
Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape
RETRO FRESH THIS AND THAT WASHI TAPE
Price$4.95 $3.71
Silver 1/8 Ribbon
SILVER 1/8" RIBBON
Price$4.95 $3.71
Smoky Slate 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
SMOKY SLATE 3/4" CHEVRON RIBBON
Price$8.95 $6.71
Sweet Shop Kit -- Digital Download
SWEET SHOP KIT - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Price$9.95 $5.97