Saturday, January 20, 2018

1.20.2018...Scrapbook Saturday...


I was catching up on my scrapbooking ...I have sooo many photos that are just in boxes and I came across this photo that put a big smile on my face and took me on a trip down memory lane.  Here is the story:

In December 2013 I flew my eldest son, Joey to Winnipeg for the Christmas holidays.  I did not tell my youngest son, Jesse, who lives here; as I wanted to surprise him. 

Joey flew in on Friday night which was Christmas eve....I had called Jesse and told him that we had bought one big gift for his family that year and that we would drop it off after their kids were in bed.  Jesse said no problem. 

Problem....Joey's flight was late.  Oh my! Stress!

 Jesse called me at 10:40 pm and said Mom....are you coming tonight?  I told him hang tight....we got busy but were on our way. 

So we flew across the city from the airport and arrived at Jesse's at 11 pm. 

Joey was in the backseat of my car and I had put a dark colored towel in the window to block Jesse's view.  Mike and Joey stayed in the car and I went in the house and asked Jesse to come out and help Mike carry the gift in the house as it was too heavy for me. 

So we walk across the lawn and I open the hatch back and Jesse looks in to see his brother sitting there with a HUGE grin on his face. 

Well the surprise was a HUGE hit ....there were lots of tears and hugs. 

This photo above is a couple days later....this is a pic of all our boys together on Boxing Day. 

Sweet Memories!

Friday, January 19, 2018

01.19.2018....Saran Wrap Background Technique....


This is a card I taught in my January Techniques card class this month. 

It features the saran wrap background technique that I learned from fellow demonstrator Sandy Daley.

It also features the new Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Heartfelt Blooms.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

1.18.2018...Party Pandas- A Sale-A-Bration Freebie....


How cute are these pandas???? 

Oh my gosh I just LOVE this Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Party Pandas. 

You can get this stamp set for FREE by placing a minimum $60 order!!! 

Woo Hoo.....gotta love FREE!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

1.17.2018...Sweet Little Something....Three Step Stamping....

This card features the FABULOUS three step stamp called Sweet Little Something found on page 40 of the Occasions Catalog. 

This type of stamp makes it amazingly easy to stamp GORGEOUS detailed images! 

Here is a close up of the bunny so you can see the detail:

Doesn't it seem like he has fuzzy fur!!  So cool!!

We also have the Baby Bear stamp that is also a three step stamp found on page 110 of the Annual Catalog.  Here are a couple of cards I have made in the past with that stamp set:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1.16.2018...Waterfront...


Today's card features the new Occasions Catalog stamp set called Waterfront found on page 48.

The card i CASED  is on the same page just below.

I cannot say enough positive things about this set....it is SO fun, SO VERSATILE...I just hope that Stampin' Up! makes more stampsets like this one that will coordinate so we can continue to build our own scenes on our cards!

Monday, January 15, 2018

1.15.2018...We Must Celebrate...





This post features the new Occasions Catalog stamp set called We Must Celebrate found on page 39.

If you look at page 38 you will find the card I cased to make my card!

Of course I changed it up a bit....cause that is what we do!  LOL!

These little critters are SO CUTE and always put a big smile on my face!

Gotta love Blendabilities Alchol markers.....super quick and easy.....the hardest part of this card was the repetitive background stamping with versamark ink.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

1.14.2018....Christmas Card Sunday ...


Yup...you read it correctly...Christmas Card making in January. 

My thought if I make Christmas cards throughout the year I will have enough when December gets here!

The stamp set featured here is Merry Mistletoe found on page 113 of the Annual Catalog.  The ribbon is the Double Stitched Ribbon on the same page.  And the Be Merry Designer Series paper is ....you guessed it....found on the same page!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

1.13.2018...Scrapbook Saturday.... Maci and Wyatt

 
I was in my craft room the other day and decided perhaps it was time I got caught up on some scrapbooking. 

This two page layout is of my great-niece and nephew in Calgary. 

Very easy pages to create when you have such sweet subjects!



Friday, January 12, 2018

1.12.2018....Cue the Confetti...


So....here is an AMAZING new product from the 2018 Occasions catalog.  It is the Picture Perfect Party 6x6 Designer Series Paper.  It is 48 sheets of double sided dsp.  One side had graphic images and the other side has photographic images.

As you can see...the photographic images make the card all on its own.

Here are some close ups of the other designs:











Thursday, January 11, 2018

01.11.2018...Bird Banter Birthday...


So today's post features the new Bird Banter stamp set found on page 42 of the 2018 Occasions Catalog.

This is such a fun and versatile stamp set that  is great for many different occasions.  I love the playful greetings and the cute images that are so easy to color!

I messed up and got a smudge of ink on my paper so I had to grab my trusty (retired) spritzer tool and make some splotches all over the background to hide my oops. 

Here is a pic of the stamp set: 
The designer series paper is the new Tutti Fruiti 6x6 DSP Stack found on page 29 of the Occasions catalog.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

01.10.2018...More Brusho Fun....Magical Mermaid...

Ok....I am back today with some more Brusho Crystal ink fun! 

So this time I took a piece of watercolor paper and wet the paper with a water spritzer.  Then I sprinkled on some of the Prussian Blue crystals.  I carefully spritzed a little more to make the ink move more. I am going for a deep ocean look...I wanted a combination of light and dark.  Once I was happy I dried with the heat tool completely.

 Then I added a wee bit of yellow and some more blue.  Then I lightly misted with water to activate the ink crystals.  I set this aside to dry.


Next I grabbed my Magical Mermaid stamp set:

Next I grabbed a scrap of water color paper and stamped the mermaid in Archival Black ink.  Then I colored the mermaid and fussy cut her out.  I used my Wink of Stella glitter pen to give her tail a shimmery glimmery look: 


Once my background was dry I took a paper towel and gently brushed off any loose crystals.

Next I grabbed my Versamark Ink and Black Embossing powder and added the greeting. 

 Then I cut the background to the size I wanted and mounted it on a card base. 

The final step was to adhere my mermaid to the background:



Hope you enjoyed my mini photo tutorial.....and get yourself some Brusho....you're gonna LOVE it!  See ya!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

01.09.2018...Brusho Crystal Color....a two-fer Tuesday Tutorial...




 So...I was playing around in my craft room with the new Brusho Crystal Color found on page 26 of the new Occasions Catalog.

Oh my goodness I LOVE this stuff!  It is super-pigmented ink crystals that are activated by water!  There are five containers in a box and the colors are Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue, and Yellow.

The thing I like is that you need so few crystals to make something amazing.

Now when you get these you DO NOT open the lids....you simply pierce a tiny hole in the top and sprinkle .....a tiny bit goes a long way!  I actually pierced mine with tacks and left the tacks as stoppers in the lid.




So my first experiment was to just see what this stuff was all about.  So I grabbed some watercolor paper and had some fun:
I got my brick wall mask and laid it on top of the first piece of watercolor paper.  I sprinkled just a wee bit of assorted crystals over the mask.  Then I spritzed it with water and watched the magic happen! In the first image above you can see how I used too much water and got a blob under the mask....that's ok....don't panic....wait and see.

When I lifted my mask there was a ton of juicy ink color on the mask so I decided to flip it over onto another piece of watercolor paper and it gave me the opposite effect.  Cool huh!

I set these aside and let them dry....for a bit....I couldn't wait too much longer so I helped them along with my trusty heat tool- LOL.

Next I matted the first one and attached it to a card base as shown below:
See...still has the blob effect....but instead of freaking out and tossing it I decided to go with it and see what happened....

I grabbed my trusty Happy Birthday Thinlet die found on page 213 of the annual catalog and some Pumpkin Pie card stock. Here is my greeting: 

Then I attached it to my card front and voila:

A one of a kind cool looking birthday card for a certain young man I know.  
Cool !

So then I went on to the other piece of watercolor paper...and matted it and adhered it to a card base:

Then I grabbed my new Celebrate You Thinlets found on page 17 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog and cut out my greeting: 


Then I grabbed my new  Epic Celebrations found on page 12 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog:

 and stamped and colored the sneaker image and cut it out.  I then adhered them to the card front:

I did not like how the greetings blended in....so I grabbed a journalling pen and added some stitching in attempt to make it pop more....not happy....DID NOT like it 😕...now what.

I walked away....left it sitting on my craft desk....made some coffee....threw in a load of laundry....had my shower and came back to it.   

Still nothing....I was getting angry at myself for gluing down the greetings in the first place as I was not happy with it from the start.

So I decided to check my emails...distract myself some more....got another coffee....and came back to it....yup....those red shoelaces gave me an idea!  I grabbed some scrap Real Red card stock and cut another greeting with the Happy Birthday Thinlet.  I carefully glued the red greeting over top of the existing one and voila!


Now I was happy.  I have two great cards perfect for a young boy's birthday!

And I LOVE the Brusho Crystal Color!

I hope you enjoyed my mini photo twofer tutorial!

Come back tomorrow to see what I did with Brusho next. See Ya!

Monday, January 8, 2018

01.08.2018...Special Birthday...


This is a card I made for Mike's Stepfather.  He LOVES cars and when I found this mini 6x6 paper pack with all car related papers I had to get it. 

Since it was non- Stampin' Up! product I decided I was going to use some off brand stamps as well!

It is always fun to play with different products....but I must say the quality was surely evident. 

The designer series paper was soooo thin and flimsy as were the scraps of card stock I used as well. If you look closely at the orange circle you can see how the card stock frayed when cut into the circle shape. 

 I used thick Whisper White by Stampin' Up for the card base to give it some stability.

Come back tomorrow for some more crafty inspiration with amazing Stampin' Up! products!!!!!  See ya!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Exciting New Classes for Sale-A-Bration Time!!!!

I have come up with a couple of new classes to help you save even more during Sale-A-Bration time...note that these are time sensitive....Jan 8th is first cut off date.....here are the details: