Summer Vibes

I was feeling all the summer vibes when I created this card for a recent swap. I’m in love with this fresh color scheme! Doesn’t it just make you want to go make one of these right now?
Nothing's Better Than-1This week was supposed to be the start of our Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip to Maui…so we’re all feeling a little sad around here. I guess we’ll just have to sit in our backyard and make these fruity drinks with umbrellas in them!

I’ve been playing with a ton of new product from the new 2020/21 Annual Catalogue that just came out at the beginning of June. Guys…it’s full of amazing product!!  My workspace has EXPLODED and I have so many wonderful projects to share with you.

I’m sure it won’t shock you when I say that one of my first loves as I poured over the new catalogue was this bundle called Nothing’s Better Than.
Nothing's Better Than BundleThe possibilities are endless on this one!! Cookies, Chocolate, Coffee, Cocktails??  I mean, come on :)

Because I was feeling the summer vibes this week, I started with the cocktails card.
The cardstock colors I used were: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Terracotta Tile
For the drink: The ombre effect is achieved by using daubers and and daubing right onto the stamp and then placing the stamp onto the cardstock. (I used Petal Pink and Calypso Coral ink.)
For the lime & umbrella: Granny Apple Lt. Blends Marker and the Daffodil Delight Lt. Blends Marker.
Nothing's Better Than-2 All the product for this card can be found in my online store HERE. Please use Hostess Code K9TNVWQJ at the checkout screen to receive a small thank you from me.
You can view the new catalogue HERE.
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I’m super happy that summer is here…now we just need some warm weather.

Cheers Everyone!
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A day for colouring

Yesterday was one of those colouring days. I’ve always loved to colour ever since I was a little girl…I find it relaxing and therapeutic. I realize though that not everyone likes to color.  When I pull out the colouring tools for a class, I often hear groans and panic because they feel like they don’t know how to blend colours to make them look nice.

I’m here to tell you that you will LOVE our Stampin’ Blends. These high-quality, dual-tip markers in Stampin’ Up! exclusive colours will open a whole new world of colouring creativity for you. I promise.
Stampin'BlendsI must admit that I am a sucker for Rifle Co. prints. I have a calendar, plenty of notebooks, and I absolutely love the color combinations in their artwork. I recently received this lovely notecard from a dear friend and knew I had to make a copy of it! So I pulled out my Stampin’ Blends yesterday and set to work. I scribbled a bunch of the colours that I thought would be a match. :)
Ornate-Garden-1Next I pulled out the brand new Ornate Style stamp set that will be in the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. That floral bouquet was perfect!
Ornate-Garden-2After I finished coloring, I hand-cut all around the edge of the image staying as close as I could to the black outline. I was then left with the white spots in the middle. I could’ve taken my exacto knife and painfully cut all those little bits out, but that’s way too much work – even for ME! LOL! So here’s a tip. Because this bouquet was going onto black cardstock, I took my dark Basic Black Blends and just colored in those spots!
Ornate-Garden-3What do you think? I did it!! I’m pretty happy with the outcome…
Ornate-Garden-4 Check out the “stepped-up” version…Ornate-Garden-5If you would like to make this card, here are the supplies I used:

Ornate Thanks Stamp Set
Ornate Style Stamp Set
Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack
Gilded Gems
Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder
Cardstock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Stampin’ Blends – Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake

The Ornate Garden Suite is collection of products in an exclusive early release from our new annual catalogue.
Ornate Garden Suite Graphic You can view the entire suite HERE.

 CLASS TO GO

The bundles in this suite are so beautiful. I’ve chosen to feature the Ornate Thanks Bundle in a class to go format for the month of April.
Ornate Thanks Bundle
The class to go kits will include four project kits and the full color step by step tutorial PDF. I will also provide you with a private link to a short video on how to assemble your projects. (This is new…I hope you find it helpful.)
 
Cost: $80
Includes Ornate Thanks Stamp Set & Ornate Border Dies, 4 project kit packets, and the color PDF tutorial.
 
 
I hope you are all staying healthy and doing the best you can under the current world conditions. I miss your faces!
Sending hugs to brighten your day,
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Create easy backgrounds

Do you ever see something in a store and think to yourself,  I wonder if I could create something like that? This happens to me a lot. Last weekend, I was in a little collective shop here in Melbourne (owned by a family friend of the Marks’ family) and I fell in love with her watercolor prints. I couldn’t help but buy several as gifts to bring home. Aren’t these beautiful?Creative-Backgrounds-10Immediately my mind went to watercoloring with our watercolor paper and an Aquapainter. However, I don’t have access to my entire stamp room back home. :) Samantha has a few things, but watercolor paper is not one of them. And I had to work with the colors of ink pads that she has.

So here’s my first attempt. I just used my Aquapainter very carefully on Whisper White cardstock.Creative-Backgrounds-2 Again, with limited supplies (some old style ink pads and some new style ink pads), I put a black matte behind it and raised it up with dimensionals onto a 3-1/2″ x 5″ notecard. Creative-Backgrounds-5 Did you know that you can use any Stampin’ Spots you have to dab ink onto a clear block and pick up the color from there? It works just the same as squishing your stamp pad lid. I was pretty happy with my first creative attempt at this background design.

For the other one, I tried to use our Blends Markers to create a simple wash look.   Creative-Backgrounds-3It doesn’t get any easier than that. I just used 3 color combos and then stamped this clever little stamp from the Witty-cisms Stamp Set in the mini catalogue. Creative-Backgrounds-6So that was my little creative play for today. I want to encourage you to pull out some stamping supplies and just PLAY. See what you can come up with. How many different color combinations can you come up with? Creative-Backgrounds-4Would you like to place an order?
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On a personal note…the countryside here is breathtaking. Just a few minutes drive and we are in this!Australian-Countryside-1Have a great week everyone.
I’m thankful you checked back in today.
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