Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kickoff Party Card - Lift Me Up Floating in the Clouds

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LAST DAY TO REGISTER for one of our biggest events of the year—the annual Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-Bration Kickoff Party!  We still have a few spots left, but contact me today to save your seat! 
Don't Miss This Ultimate New Catalog Event—January 29!
Come and create 20 DIFFERENT cards spotlighting dozens of new products from the Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-Bration brochure!
Kickoff Party Card logoBut that's not all!  At the Kickoff Party, we'll have dozens of new catalog samples to inspire you, hourly prize giveaways, exclusive Sale-a-Bration specials you can only take advantage of at the event...and more!  You don't want to miss this one!
Guest Blogger!  Today, Angie shares one of the cards she designed featuring the Lift Me Up stamp set.
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2017 Kickoff Party Logo - hot air balloons details
5th Annual Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Kickoff Party!
Create 20 DIFFERENT CARDS featuring dozens of new products!  Enjoy hourly prize drawings, exclusive specials and receive a FREE set of Watercolor Pencils in your kit! 
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Lift me up ko - two cool
CASEd from Kylie Bertucci.
Kickoff Party Card logoLift Me Up Floating In The Clouds Cards
 
Today's Kickoff Party card spotlights the cheerful Lift Me Up suite of products!  With it's fun hot air balloon stamps, the uplifting sentiments and the Up & Away Thinlits, this bundle will help you create projects that bring a smile!  Plus, you can also add the matching Carried Away Designer Series Paper, one of the FREE Sale-a-Bration item selections, for a fully-coordinated look!  
 
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Background Basics—This card begins with a 5-1/4" x 4" background of colorful Carried Away DSP adhered to a Night of Navy card base.  
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Cloudy Day Background—I stamped the Lift Me Up sentiment in Night of Navy onto a 4" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Next, I stamped both sizes of the clouds in Mint Macaron over the rest of the layer.  I tried to keep in mind the eventual positioning of the hot air balloons, so the clouds would float in the spaces between.  This layer is matted with a 4-1/8" x 3-1/8" layer of Night of Navy card stock, then popped up with Dimensionals onto the card front.
Hot Air Balloons—I stamped the larger Lift Me Up hot air balloon in Watermelon Wonder ink, along with smaller balloons in Night of Navy and Peekaboo Peach.  All three are cut out with the help of the Up & Away Thinlits dies.  The top smaller balloon is adhered with SNAIL, and the other two are popped up with Dimensionals.
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Two Cool—I created my second version with a vertical orientation, using another colorful pattern from the Carried Away DSP.  
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Sweet Sentiment—The shorter sentiment works really well on the vertical design. 
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Great Greetings—The Lift Me Up stamp set is filled with awesome greetings that fit the tone and the name of the set!  "Sending smiles across the miles," "Just a note to lift your spirits," and "You soar above the rest," are just a few more of the playful phrases to convey your thoughtful wishes!
Complete Supplies List—"Clear" means a rubber stamp on a clear block. "Photopolymer" is see-thru. 
 
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Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kickoff Party Card - Balloon Adventures Birthday

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Hi Stamping Friends!
This weekend, Angie and I are giving you another sneak peek of the cards we'll be creating at our biggest events of the year—the annual Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-Bration Kickoff Party
Don't Miss This Ultimate New Catalog Event—January 29!
Come and create 20 DIFFERENT cards spotlighting dozens of new products from the Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-Bration brochure!
Kickoff Party Card logoBut that's not all!  At the Kickoff Party, we'll have dozens of new catalog samples to inspire you, hourly prize giveaways, exclusive Sale-a-Bration specials you can only take advantage of at the event...and more!  You don't want to miss this one!
Angie and I will be sharing a sneak peek of a Kickoff Party card every Saturday & Sunday until the January 29 event!  Look for the "Kickoff Party Card" logo!
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2017 Kickoff Party Logo - hot air balloons details
5th Annual Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Kickoff Party!
Create 20 DIFFERENT CARDS featuring dozens of new products!  Enjoy hourly prize drawings, exclusive specials and receive a FREE set of Watercolor Pencils in your kit! 
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Balloon Adventures

Balloon Adventures Birthday Card
Today's Kickoff Party card features the Balloon Adventures Bundle.  This stamp set and coordinating thinlits set pair together to make great birthday cards!  The bundle is so versatile and can be used is so many ways ...  there is even a die to make a pop-up card!



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Focal Point - I started by die cutting to thinlit designed as the pop-up piece out of Pacific Point card stock.   For this card, I've used it as the focal image on the front of my card instead of a pop-up.  I used a piece of the Party  Animal Designer Series Paper to put behind the image.  This is matted onto a piece of Tangerine Tango card stock and then onto a Whisper White card base.  You'll find an entire suite of coordinating products on page 5 of the Occasions catalog.



Balloons - Using the Balloon Pop-Up thinlits, I cut a fun polka dot balloon out of Emerald Envy card stock and adhered using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Next, I stamped one of the balloon images in Tangerine Tango classic ink and another in Crushed Curry ink onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Using the Balloon Bouquet punch ... yes, this set also coordinates with the Balloon Bouquet punch! ... I punched out the balloons and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals. 


Banner - I stamped the banner outline onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Tangerine Tango classic ink and added the sentiment using Pacific Point classic ink.  I "fussy" cut it out using my Paper Snips and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

So festive!  I also love the fact that this bundle is totally gender and age neutral. 


Second Version - For my second version of this card, I simply switched the colors around a bit, used a different pattern of the Party Animal DSP and swapped out the Tangerine Tango for an Emerald Envy mat on the Whisper White card base.


Balloons - The polka dot balloon is cut out of Tangerine Tango card stock.  The balloons are stamped in Crushed Curry and Emerald Envy classics inks.

Banner - I used a different stamp image of this banner.  I stamped the banner outline onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Pacific Point classic ink and added the sentiment using Emerald Envy classic ink.  Again, I "fussy" cut it out using my Paper Snips and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Complete Supplies List—"Clear" means a rubber stamp on a clear block. "Photopolymer" is see-thru. 
Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle












Saturday, January 14, 2017

Kickoff Party Card - Shimmery Dragonfly Dreams

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Hi Stamping Friends!
This weekend, Angie and I are giving you another sneak peek of the cards we'll be creating at our biggest events of the year—the annual Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-Bration Kickoff Party
Don't Miss This Ultimate New Catalog Event—January 29!
Come and create 20 DIFFERENT cards spotlighting dozens of new products from the Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-Bration brochure!
Kickoff Party Card logoBut that's not all!  At the Kickoff Party, we'll have dozens of new catalog samples to inspire you, hourly prize giveaways, exclusive Sale-a-Bration specials you can only take advantage of at the event...and more!  You don't want to miss this one!
Guest Blogger!  Angie and I will be sharing a sneak peek of a Kickoff Party card every Saturday & Sunday until the January 29 event!  Look for the "Kickoff Party Card" logo!
Today, Angie shares one of the cards she designed featuring the beautiful Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.
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2017 Kickoff Party Logo - hot air balloons details
5th Annual Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Kickoff Party!
Create 20 DIFFERENT CARDS featuring dozens of new products!  Enjoy hourly prize drawings, exclusive specials and receive a FREE set of Watercolor Pencils in your kit! 
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Shimmery dragonfly dreams - two cool
CASEd from Carolyn King at King's On Paddington.
Shimmery Dragonfly Dreams Cards
Today's Kickoff Party card spotlights the beautiful Dragonfly Dreams Bundle!  The stamps, especially when they are paired with the intricate Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, are simply gorgeous and so versatile!  And there are lots of fun techniques that lend themselves to these images, too! 
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Kickoff Party Card logoFocal Point—I started by stamping the beautiful Dragonfly Dreams dragonfly in Memento Ink onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  TIP: That skinny photopolymer tail can easily curve to the side when mounting the stamp on the block with your hands.  That's not a problem if you don't want to die-cut the image, but if you do, a tail with even a slight bend will not fit correctly inside the die for a nice clean cut. To make sure it is straight, simply lay the image stamp-side-down onto the table, then lay a clear mount block over the top of it to pick it up.  
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Coloring With Markers—The dragonfly has a coordinating stamp that you can use to quickly fill in the wings with color.  I wanted a two-toned look, so I used the brush-tip end of the the Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point Stampin' Write Markers to add color directly to the stamp.  Since the stamps are see-thru, it's easy to line up the color image over the stamped original.
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Shimmery Dragonfly—After I die-cut the dragonfly with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, I finished coloring in the body with markers.  I also used the markers to clean up any "white" edges that I may have gotten by not stamping the color into the wings perfectly.  Then I painted over the wings with Clear Wink of Stella shimmer!  OOoooooh!  So lovely!!  It's iridescent—just like a real dragonfly!
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Focal Point Foundation—I die-cut a Whisper White square with the Stitched Shapes Framelits, then stamped the Dragonfly Dreams dotted pattern along the bottom edge with Pool Party Ink.  It's popped up over a 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" Basic Gray square with Dimensionals, then mounted onto a Pool Party card base with SNAIL.  I added a few floating Rhinestones for more sparkle.
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Sweet Sentiment—I finished by stamping a phrase from the Dragonfly Dreams set in Memento Black Ink right underneath the square.
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So sweet, so simple & so shimmery!
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Two Cool—For the second card, I experimented with a warmer color combination.  
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The wings on this one are colored in with Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo markers and the dots are stamped with Flirty Flamingo ink.  
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Sweet Sentiment—I stamped the first part of this Dragonfly Dreams sentiment on the front...
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And the second part on the inside, along with a Flirty Flamingo dragonfly accent.
Complete Supplies List—"Clear" means a rubber stamp on a clear block. "Photopolymer" is see-thru. 
Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Kickoff Part Card - Hey Chick

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Today I am sharing another sneak peek from the upcoming Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-Bration Kickoff Party.  This is the ULTIMATE new catalog event, because it allows you to play with dozens of new products from the catalog! You'll create 20 DIFFERENT cards, each one highlighting a different stamp set (or two) from either the Occasions Catalog or Sale-a-Bration Brochure!  It's a fabulous way to try it before you buy it, while you stock up on cards for all occasions!  
This class is filling up fast!  Be sure to contact me today to get registered and save your spot.  You can find all of the class details HERE.

Angie and I will be sharing a sneak peek of a Kickoff Party card every Saturday & Sunday over the next 3 weeks!  Look for the "Kickoff Party Card" logo!

Today's card features the fun and quirky Hey Chick stamp set, along with the awesome new Watercolor Pencils!  The Hey Chick stamp set in one of the FREE items from the Sale-a-bration catalog. 
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5th Annual Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Kickoff Party!
Create 20 DIFFERENT CARDS featuring dozens of new products!  Enjoy hourly prize drawings, exclusive specials and receive a FREE set of Watercolor Pencils in your kit! 
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Hey Chick Watercolor Cards

Don't you just love this funky chicken!?  I've had a lot of fun playing with this stamp.  One of the things I love about the Watercolor Pencils is that I can color my images any color I want and they coordinate with our other Stampin' Up! products!  And how about that "chicken wire" background?  I'll tell you how I did that a little later in this post!


Focal point -- I started by cutting the Whisper White squares and Basic Gray scallop squares using the Layering Squares Framelits dies.  The chicken image was stamped at various angels using Archival Basic Gray ink. 


Next, I used the Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen to color the "hair" and tail feathers.  I also colored the beak in Pumpkin Pie.  These images are popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Background -- To get the look of chicken wire in the background, I used the new Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Only I didn't emboss it, I used it as a stamp!  I inked up the raised side of the folder with Archival Basic Gray ink and placed my Whisper White card stock on it and simply applied pressure to get a "stamped" image.  How cool is that?


The new Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is like the Cable Knit one from the Holiday Catalog.  It embosses a very deep, almost 3-D, impression in the card stock.


Sentiment -- The sentiment is stamped in Archival Basic Gray onto a 1/4" x 2 1/2" strip of Smoky Slate and fish-tailed at the end.  The sentiment is also popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Finishing Touches -- I added two pieces of the Urban Underground Designer Washi Tape at the bottom of the card.  These coordinate perfectly with the color pallet I chose for this card.  The card base is Basic Gray with a Delightful Dijon mat.


I also made a second version of this card.  I completely changed the color pallet on this one!


This time I used the Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay Watercolor Pencils on the chicken.  I added some Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine tied in a bow. 


The sentiment was again stamped in Archival Basic Gray, but this time on Melon Mambo card stock.

Complete Supplies List—"Clear" means a rubber stamp on a clear block. "Photopolymer" is see-thru. 
Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle