Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tour de NEW CATALOG!!!

Yep, this month's theme for the Tour de Freaks is anything from the new catalog, woohoo! Since I love just about Every. Darn. Thing in that catalog, narrowing it down was a nightmare! I'm sure the other participants are going to wow you with their projects, so I guess I needn't worry that I couldn't cram them all in here. If you started at the beginning, then you just landed here from Wendy's blog, Wickedly Wonderful Creations. Weren't her projects uh-MAZE-ing? Especially because she just ran 500 miles, and then she ran 500 more! (Well, maybe that's exaggerating a bit....but she did run a half FULL marathon on The Great Wall of China!) To see ALL the Control Freaks creations, just click on the link at the bottom of each person's post.

In an effort to keep things moving right along, we try to limit ourselves to two or three projects, so with extreme reluctance and great self-sacrifice to be a good girl, I only made two cards to share (heehee!). I've really been on a water-coloring binge lately, and both cards reflect it. So, first up is a quickie watercolor wash background, which I think sets off the Flourish Thinlits die beautifully. It really lets the die cut stand out, doesn't it? At first I was going to use colored cardstock, but then thought the au naturel watercolor paper looked better. Some splatters from Gorgeous Grunge added some visual interest, too.

STAMPS: Flowering Flouishes, Gorgeous Grunge  CARDSTOCK: Watercolor Paper, Flirty Flamingo      INK: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black Archival  ACCESSORIES: Aqua Painters, Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits Dies, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, 1/4" Gold Natural Trim, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Fine-Tip Glue Pen

The second card took me out of my comfort zone a wee bit. Cutesy cards are really not my style, but the Bella & Friends stamps are so adorable, I just couldn't resist. Besides, now I can make cards to donate to our local animal shelter! (I drew a smile on the pup, because my shelter-rescue dog is always smiling, if not downright laughing.) This would be a great birthday card for ANY age or gender!

STAMPS: Bella & Friends, Suite Sayings  CARDSTOCK: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Real Red, Watercolor Paper, Subtles DSP Stack  INK: Basic Black Archival, Soft Suede, Real Red, Crushed Curry  ACCESSORIES: Aqua Painters, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Project Life Corner Punch, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Gold Metallic Thread, White Stampin' Chalk Marker

Because I was such a good girl (who's a good girl? I was! Yes, I was!), that's all I have for today. Now click the link and go see what Debbie Henderson made over at Debbie's Designs! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Five Hundred Punches

Here's another one of my favorite bundles from the new catalog, the Best Birds stamp set with the Birds and Blooms Thinlits dies. Such a cute, quick, and easy card to make when you have the right tools, and bundled together you save 10%!

We are greatly enjoying the wide variety of birds here in East Tennessee, so I knew I had to get that bundle as soon as I saw it. And no, there were no punches used on that card....but there were on the color chart below!

I made ten of these charts yesterday to send to new customers, and it took five hundred punches of the Petite Curly Label punch to make them. My thumb and wrist sure felt in last night, let me tell ya, but  it was worth it! Why did I do it? Because I like to include the color chart when sending out catalogs. It's so nice to see the true colors of the cardstock, and I like to spoil my customers a little bit, because I really appreciate them!

Smiley from Millan.Net

Would you like the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog with a custom-made-by-yours-truly color chart? If you are a new customer and don't already have a demo that you're working with, just place a minimum $25 order with me (tax and shipping excluded), and I'll send one out right away! Included will be an Inky High J-INKS Rewards sheet. You can earn a free stamp set (up to $25 value) when the sheet is full! Details are on the rewards sheet.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming the card.

Here's the "How To"
Circle behind bird: Pool Party cut with third largest Layering Circles die (2-3/8" diameter)
Bird: Marina Mist 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Branch: Pear Pizzazz 2" x 5"
Greeting: Scrap of Whisper White
Card base: Whisper White  5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4" and folded
  1. Emboss front of card base with Sparkle embossing folder.
  2. Stamp grid in Pool Party ink on circle and attach to left of center on card base.
  3. Stamp bird in Basic Black Archival ink on Marina Mist cardstock and cut out with bird die.
  4. Stamp branch on Pear Pizzazz cardstock and cut out with branch die. Color wood with Soft Suede marker.
  5. Glue branch over circle with Multipurpose Glue.
  6. Place Stampin Dimensionals on bird's head and back and remove liners. Place a little glue on bird's feet and adhere to branch.
  7. Stamp whatever greeting you want, punch out, and adhere to card with dimensionals. (I used a greeting from Flourishing Phrases and the now-retired Washi Label Punch.)
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Country Livin'

Now here is a subject that is near and dear to my heart! Not only are we finally living our dream of living in the country, but I love old trucks (especially old green ones!), and this one just tickles me. We are sooo in need of a farm truck, because hauling stuff in the utility trailer is a pain in the patoot. But I digress.....

This was one of the cards we made in the Second Saturday Stamp Club this weekend. It's quick to watercolor with an Aqua Painter and the beauty of it is, you don't need to be precise! If you miss a spot, that's okay. If you color out of the lines a bit, that's okay too. It adds character!

Here's the "How To"
Image: Watercolor Paper 2-1/2" x 4"
Mat: Emerald Envy 2-3/4" x 4-1/4"
DSP: 2016-2018 In Color DSP Stack Emerald Envy 2-1/2" x 5-1/2"
Mat behind DSP: Soft Suede 3" x 5-1/2"
Whisper White for greeting 1" x 3"
Card base: Crumb Cake 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4" and folded
  1. Stamp truck on watercolor paper using Basic Black Archival ink.
  2. Color as desired using Aqua Painter and ink squished onto lid of ink pad.
  3. Mat on Emeral Envy mat.
  4. Tear DSP and Soft Suede in random pattern and adhere to card base with bottom edges even.
  5. Stamp splatters in upper corners with VersaMark ink.
  6. Adhere image to card base.
  7. Cut burlap ribbon 5-1/4" long, and cut banner at right end. adhere to card with glue dots.
  8. Stamp banner and greeting on Whisper White, and punch with Duet Banner Punch. Fasten to card with dimensionals.
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Flash!!!

I love Paper Pumpkin! It's like Christmas or my birthday every month when that little box arrives in my mailbox, and I'm filled with anticipation about what might be inside! Each month is different, and some months they knock my socks off but occasionally (very rarely) they don't, so I just use the components to make something I DO love. Case in point: Last December was a 2016 desk calendar kit. I really have no use for a desk calendar (no room to write in appointments), and besides, my phone does that for me. But there were really pretty bases for the calendar - twelve of them - that I could use on a card, plus the other decorations included in the kit. So this is one of the cards I made using a greeting from a different P.P. kit:

Last month's Paper Pumpkin was called Many Manly Occasions. I wanted to see how I could change it up and came up with these cards. The first one was made per instructions. The second one I used a sponge brayer and Night of Navy ink to make the greeting darker, and leftover (retired) Corrugated Kraft instead of the corrugated orange in the kit. (Saving that orange for this fall!)

Then I got to thinking about how that die-cut card base reminded me of a trellis, so I got out the new Flourish Thinlits to make a vine, and the May Flower Thinlits for some flowers, and came up with this feminine card! (Should have stamped the greeting a tad lower, but it still looks okay.)

The kits contain everything you need to put the projects together, with the exception of scissors (for any twine, ribbon, etc. in the kit) and adhesive. Oh, and an acrylic block for the stamps. If you sign up for Paper Pumpkin through me, and you don't have an acrylic block, I'll send you one, free of charge!

The great thing with this Flash Sale is it's a great way you can try it to see if you like it. It's only $5 for the first kit, and that includes shipping! You can cancel any time or, if you're going on vacation or something, you can suspend a month and then pick right back up when you get back - no worries!

Interested? Click the Paper Pumpkin banner at the top of the page, or THIS LINK. Remember, the sale starts at 5:00 PM (MT) today and ends at 11:50 PM (MT) tomorrow, Friday. And don't forget to use the promo code ONEDAYDEAL!