Friday, September 1, 2017

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Colo(u)r Challenge


Welcome to the 13th Edition of the
Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop! You'll see projects from stampers from around the world--I'm in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This month our theme is a Colo(u)r Challenge! (lol, I'm more amused at the alternate spellings of words than is probably healthy) The goal is to share something created using the color combination you'll see below my project:



I'm going to mention right now that I've been having internet issues quite a bit lately, so I'm going to focus on just getting the pictures uploaded for my projects, and I may need to come back later to fill you in on more details, and get a complete and accurate Blog Roll for you!

Stampin' Supplies: Trim Your Stocking Bundle, Whisper White card stock, Pool Party card stock, Smoky Slate card stock & ink, Night of Navy card stock & ink, Night of Navy Solid Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape Adhesive.

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NEW Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog!

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Woo hoooooo!!!
The Stampin' Up!
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September 1st, 2017
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Feel free to browse the Holiday Catalog category in my Online Store,

DOWNLOAD CATALOG PDF HERE, and/or
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Here's a cute little video by Stampin' Up! highlighting several of the products:


You'll find all sorts of goodies in this catalog, so take your time and look again often, but let me give you some direct links for a few of my favorites right off the cat bat:
*Watercolor Christmas Project Kit is also likely to be very popular...it contains supplies for 20 super easy and super fun cards, for only $20. I HIGHLY recommend you get yours ASAP if you want it. I had to separate that one out so I could highlight it in red for you, so use the link above to order ;-)
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    I bought most of these items already on a Demonstrator Preorder during August--one of the perks of Being a Demonstrator! So, I'll be showing these products, and MORE, throughout the catalog period...which ends January 2, 2018. Leave me a COMMENT and let me know your favorites!

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    Watercolor Christmas - September Step It Up Blog Hop


    Welcome to the September 2017 Edition of the We Create Bloggers Step It Up Blog Hop! The theme is to inspire stampers with a basic design, and at least one alternate "stepped up" version of that same design. My project this month features products from the NEW Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog!


    The stamp set I used is called Watercolor Wishes, and it is available in wood-mount and cling-mount. It coordinates with the amazing Watercolor Christmas Project Kit, but the script sayings are so pretty, you'll want the stamp set even if you don't get the Project Kit! That crisp red & white stripe is from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper. Honestly, I'm not a fan of many of the detailed designs on this paper, but I am so in LOVE with the simple patterns on the back side of each of those papers, that I knew I needed it for holiday cards.

    Stampin' Supplies: Watercolor Christmas stamp set, Pool Party card stock, Smoky Slate card stock, Old Olive card stock, Shimmery White card stock, Basic Gray Archival ink pad, VersaMark ink pad (trees in background), Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, Watercolor Pencils + Blender Pens, Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Basic Rhinestones (colored with red Sharpie).


    I stepped up my original card by using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder for the saying, adding one of our NEW Foil Snowflakes (in gold), and using Gold 1/8" Ribbon in place of the Baker's Twine. Usually, when I'm using blue and gray colors, I opt for silver embossing...but this time I actually prefer the contrast of the gold. I opted for a larger Basic Rhinestone on the top of the tree on this card, too.

    Stampin' Supplies: Watercolor Christmas stamp set, Pool Party card stock, Smoky Slate card stock, Old Olive card stock, Shimmery White card stock, Basic Gray Archival ink pad, VersaMark ink pad (trees in background & embossing), Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Gold 1/8" Ribbon, Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, Watercolor Pencils + Blender Pens, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Basic Rhinestones (colored with red Sharpie).

    Click the pointing hand image below to hop to Kris's blog next, and see what fancy stepping she's got going on this month...


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    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - Giftable Greetings


    This month marks our FIFTH #APaperPumpkinThing Blog Hop. Our kit this month is called Giftable Greetings, and it came with supplies for EIGHT cards + envelopes, a stamp set (as always), and a Night of Navy mini ink pad. The kit also included some lovely ribbon & twine, and a beautiful GIFT BOX in which to put all the completed cards for giving away (or storage)! Once again, I tried to stick closely to the Paper Pumpkin kit supplies...


    The card is pictured above in the Gift Box that came with the Giftable Greetings Paper Pumpkin Kit, it has a clear lid. The bag is from one of the envelopes included in the kit.


    I worked out my project so you could make 6 cards with this pattern, and then you put them in the gift box, along with 6 of the included envelopes (3 each of 2 colored stripes).


    That would then leave 2 envelopes from the kit, with which you can create 2 of these gift bags! I cut the included ribbon in half, then cut each piece in half again so I'd have two pieces for the handles of each bag. To get the handles to stand up a little better, I used some of the Whisper White card stock I had cut away from the card bases, and adhered them to the back of the ribbon with Fast Fuse.

    Stampin' Supplies: August 2017 Giftable Greetings Paper Pumpkin Kit, Pool Party Card Stock, Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots.

    You can grab the Giftable Greetings Refill Kit on the PAST KITS page in my Online Store (as long as supplies last). This includes the consumables only, which is everything but the stamp set & ink pads. By the way, you're gonna have to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to buy whatever's available, so go ahead and sign up HERE to get your email address in the system first!

    And now is a GREAT time to become a New Subscriber* because you can Get 50% OFF the September Paper Pumpkin Kit! Just click the image below to sign up with me, and be sure to use the Promo Code HALFOFF0917...by the deadline of 11:59pm MT on September 10th! (*A New Subscriber is defined by a new signup with a unique email address which has never taken delivery of a Paper Pumpkin kit.)


    NEXT UP: Click the Next button below to see Monika's giftable ideas!



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    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - One Year Anniversary!


    Welcome to this Special Anniversary Edition of the
    Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop! You'll see projects from stampers from around the world--I'm in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    We are celebrating our One Year Anniversary with this special hop, and theme is...well, ANNIVERSARY! I am not actually sure I've ever made an anniversary card before. I mean, I've probably made one as a sample, but not for an actual celebration. How silly is that? Well, I'm not one for froo-froo, gooey cards, so here's my take on it...


    Notice the little motion lines around the top wheel? This was the foundation of the entire card design when I was visualizing creating it. This was the whole point of the card. When you open it up, this is what it says:


    If you don't like your handwriting, you could always stamp the greeting inside using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. I'd use the reverse/block letters in the set for the word WHEELIE, and the regular letters for everything else. You could also use the One Wild Ride stamp set to make a similar version of this card, as the motorcycle in that set would take up nearly the same space on the front of the card. I also used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens under the "ground line" I made on the card--which I made with a Sharpie marker so the fluid of the Blender Pen would not smear it. There's a Basic Gray pencil in the Watercolor Pencils set, so it was pretty convenient for color coordination!

    There are a couple of details you might not notice on this card, they are kind of subtle. First, I used the Basic Gray Archival Ink Pad for both the body of the bicycle, and the tires. For the body, I used full strength ink, and for the tires, I stamped off one time gently so the color would be lighter. Also, in the background of the Very Vanilla card stock panel, I stamped the image of a group of dots from the Number of Years stamp set using the Powder Pink Ink Pad--also stamped off one time so the dots are very light. I also stamped those same dots, this time in full strength, around the edge of the Powder Pink Card Stock of the card base. These are just simple ways to add a little bit of visual texture and interest to the card.


    As a side note, the Bike Ride stamp set coordinates with the Build a Bike Framelits, and you can get BOTH the stamp set and the framelits in this BUNDLE at 10% OFF! Oh, and don't forget to sign your work, people ;-) This image from the Crafting Forever stamp set is perfect! The set is available in wood-mount or cling-mount, but I knew I'd be using this one stamp ALL the time so I got it in wood-mount so I can set it on my stamping desk and it's always ready to go!


    Stampin' Supplies: Bike Ride stamp set, Number of Years stamp set, Crafting Forever stamp set, Very Vanilla card stock, Basic Gray card stock & Archival ink pad, Powder Pink card stock & ink pad, Watercolor Pencils (Basic Gray for ground shadow), Blender Pens, Large Numbers Framelits, Fine Tip Permanent Marker (I used Sharpie for the ground line, wheel motion lines, and to write inside the card).

    Click the Next arrow below to see Sarah's superb celebratory creations!
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    2017 AUGUST ANNIVERSARY BLOG ROLL

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    ~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
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    Friday, August 4, 2017

    Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Kids!


    Welcome to the 12th Edition of the
    Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop! You'll see projects from stampers from around the world--I'm in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    This month our theme is KIDS! The goal is to share paper crafts relevant to children...this could be a card for a kid, a 3D project for a kid, whatever we felt moved to make...it's a pretty broad theme. My kids are already out of college, so it took me a while to get in the right mind set...



    My project features an "older" stamp set called Marquee Messages, with "older" meaning it's not new to the 2017-18 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog that debuted in June. However, I did use some Glossy White Card Stock that is "new" to that catalog, although it's a product that is returning after several years of being discontinued.

    The card has a 1/4" spine to allow for the bulk of the candy inside. I bought the candy packet first, and then used the packet colors for the card. The candy is just stuck inside the card with a couple of  Mini Glue Dots.

    Stampin' Supplies: Marquee Messages stamp set, Basic Black Archival ink pad, Glossy White card stock, Tempting Turquoise card stock & marker, Emerald Envy card stock, Daffodil Delight card stock, Clear Wink of Stella, Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots. Paper Snips for that fussy cutting!

    Click the Next arrow below to see Vicky's kid-themed creations!
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    2017 AUGUST BLOG ROLL

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    ~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
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    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Crafting Forever - August Step It Up Blog Hop


    Welcome to the August 2017 Edition of the We Create Bloggers Step It Up Blog Hop! The theme is to inspire stampers with a basic design, and at least one alternate "stepped up" version of that same design. My project this month features the NEW Crafting Forever stamp set (available in wood-mount and cling-mount)


    I kept my basic version pretty simple, mostly straight stamping. I did add some little highlights to the pens in the background with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker. I also used a label outline from the Label Me Pretty stamp set (wood-mount or cling-mount), but I didn't want all the details from the image, so I inked up the parts I wanted with a Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Marker. The flexibility to do precision inking like that is one reason I had to have the entire set of the Many Marvelous Markers. To get the saying right smack in the center of the label outline where I wanted it, I used ye olde Stamp-a-ma-Jig...an oldie, but a goodie.

    Stampin' Supplies: Crafting Forever stamp set, Label Me Pretty stamp set, Shimmery White card stock, Tempting Turquoise card stock/ink pad/marker, Basic Black card stock and Archival ink pad, Pretty Label Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Stamp-a-ma-Jig.


    For my "stepped up" version, I created sort of an ink-splotchy background on the Shimmery White card stock. You can see I stamped around the edges of the card base with the finger loops part of the scissors image that's in the Crafting Forever stamp set, to add a little interest. I also went around the edges of the Basic Black card stock layer, and over the entire banner layer, with Clear Wink of Stella, to give both those parts some glimmer. It looks pretty smooth in person, even though the lighting on the picture makes it look like there are textured lines. Then I bumped up the bling a little more with some Clear Faceted Gems.


    You can see the background a little better in this closeup. First, I wet the Shimmery White card stock with water from a Stampin' Spritzer. Then I dropped a few drops of Tempting Turquoise reinker into the lid of the Tempting Turquoise ink pad (for a palette), and used a wet Aqua Painter to pick up some reinker. I then held the Aqua Painter over the card stock and tapped the Aqua Painter, and splotches came flying off and landed on the card stock. I squeezed a little more water from the Aqua Painter when I wanted the color lighter, and I went back and dabbed the tip of the Aqua Painter back into the reinker puddle when I wanted the color darker. I set my card stock piece down into a clear shoe box, so I could reach down into there to splatter, and then I just rinsed out the plastic box afterwards. You can wait for the card stock to air dry, or use a Heat Tool...but if you do the latter, be sure to alternate the heat on the front of the card stock, then the back, then front, back, etc., as you're drying, to minimize warping.

    Stampin' Supplies: Crafting Forever stamp set, Label Me Pretty stamp set, Shimmery White card stock, Tempting Turquoise card stock/ink pad/marker/reinker, AquaPainter, Stampin' Spritzer, Basic Black card stock and Archival ink pad, Pretty Label Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Clear Faceted Gems, Clear Wink of Stella, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, Stamp-a-ma-Jig.

    Click the pointing hand image below to hop to Libby's blog next, and see what fancy stepping she's got going on this month...


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    ~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
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