Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday's Tip - Acrylic Block Stamping and High Tide Cards

Hey there everyone! Here we are...Tuesday again and I have another video for you! I'm working out the kinks and things are coming along pretty well! I'm SUPER EXCITED that I'm able to make my videos and have another way to share what I love to do with you!
Today's video will teach you how to make these BEAUTIFUL backgrounds with your acrylic blocks! It's really easy, quick and FUN! You'll want to make lots of cards and even scrapbook pages using this technique! 
So...what did you think?  Are you ready to try it?!?! I hope you will! Here are a couple of cards I created using this technique!
Here's a photo of the background shown in the video...you can see where I missed inking and spritzing in the top left and right corners! That's okay though...and you can see why in the next photo!
For the next step, I used my markers to color the sand stamp from the High Tide stamp set.  I used Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie ink on the top and Crumb Cake on the bottom for a beach look! I also used Memento Black ink to stamp some grass and bird silhouettes!

For the final card I added two chairs cut with my Seasonal Layers thinlits.  I cut them in Basic Black for the silhouette effect! The Side by Side sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  It's perfect for my anniversary card to my husband!  We celebrate 28 years on Saturday!
Here is another card that I made using the same technique!  This cards sentiment is from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set. I was inspired to make this card by a card challenge on my team Facebook page.  Our fearless leader shared swap cards from her earned trip to Thailand and challenged us to use one of these swap cards, CASE it (copy and share everything) and create our own card!
Here is the card I chose as my inspiration! Isn't it BEAUTIFUL?  Sadly, I have know idea who created it so I cannot give credit where credit is due!! 

Well...that's it for today!  I hope you now have the bug to get out there and create...to try something new and just have FUN....creating! Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by and allowing my to share my video, my cards and my inspiration!  

~Today's Thought!~

Monday, July 24, 2017

"Make-It Monday" Colorful Season

Good Morning and Happy MONDAY!!! I hope you had a FANTASTIC weekend! Did you have time to create! Mine was wonderful! I saw my two oldest sons, we went out to dinner and a movie...Dunkirk...VERY INTENSE and really good! Kate really wanted her oldest sister, Sarah, to go back to school clothes shopping with her so we picked her up Saturday morning and went to Walnut Creek for breakfast and a FUN DAY OF SHOPPING! Now all we have to get are necessities! We went to the mall and got mani's and pedi's...SO RELAXING! Then we went to dinner with Sarah and her husband (GOSH...we did a lot of EATING) at a GROOVY little place in Port Costa (I'd never even heard of Port Costa)! We made it back home by midnight! It was a really fun weekend, cherished time and memories!!! I LOVE seeing my kiddos!! 

I was able to get out to my workshop Sunday afternoon and I have some BEAUTIFUL cards to share with you this week, but first it's "Make-It Monday time!! I hope you get a chance to create this week! 

"Make-It Monday": Colorful Seasons card created with NEW Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 
Set found on page 147 of the new 2017-18 Stampin' Up! catalog.

  • Stamp Sets – Colorful Seasons (143726)
  • Card Stock – Crumb Cake (120953); Basic Black (121045); Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black (140931); Crumb Cake (126975); Crushed Curry (131173)
  • Miscellaneous – Color Theory Designer Series Paper (145348); Delicate White Doilies (141701)     
  • Crumb Cake:  8 ½” x 5 ½”
  • Basic Black:  2 7/8” x 3 3/8”
  • Whisper White:  2 ¾” x 3 ¼”
  • Color Theory DSP:  5 ½” x 2”
  1. Stamp “thinking of you” on DSP and attach to left side of card front
  2. Stamp the frame of the chair in Crumb Cake
  3. Stamp the seat of the chair in Crushed Curry
  4. Stamp greeting in Basic Black
  5. Adhere stamped layer to Basic Black
  6. Adhere doily to back of Basic Black, and then attach unit to card front with Dimensionals

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by today! Have a TERRIFIC week! I hope it is calm and peaceful!  

~Today's Thought~

Don't forget about BONUS DAYS...
for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) in July you'll receive a $5 coupon to spend in August!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Embossing Paste and Medallion Mask

Good morning my CREATIVE followers! How's your Friday looking? I have NOTHING to do today...so I'm just gonna relax! I am heading down to Woodland this afternoon to see my two oldest sons! My twelve year old daughter and I are gonna take them to dinner, spend the night and then head over to Walnut Creek to go back to school shopping with my oldest daughter, Sarah! They have a GREAT Forever 21 and Kate really wants to have her sister there to help her pick out her SEVENTH GRADE wardrobe!  I LOVE that they LOVE each other and that my married daughter would take this time to be with her little sister...it's such a BLESSING!!!

This morning I have another fun card that we made at my July classes. 

This card is created using the new Embossing Paste and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. These are such FUN products and so versatile! 

I started with a Whisper White card base and chose Basic Black for my first layer.  For the next layer I added texture to another piece of Whisper White card stock by using the Medallion Mask and Embossing Paste. It dries very quickly and when it was ready I used my Sponge Brayer to add color using Tempting Turquoise ink.  The really cool thing about using the sponge brayer is that you can make it as light or dark as you want!  

Here is a close up of the dried embossing paste. 

I used my Stitched Shapes framelits for the sentiment as well as the Whisper White ring. The DELIGHTFUL Crushed Curry flower is from the Support Ribbon framelits. The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and is backed with a piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock that's cut with the 2" Circle Punch. The center of the flower is a Clear Faceted Gem.

SUPER SIMPLE yet so pretty! I hope you'll try it out and find that you love it as much as I do!

Hey...THANKS BUNCHES for stopping by today!  THANK YOU for allowing me to share what I LOVE to do...with you!  Have a FANTASTIC weekend!

~Today's Thought~

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunset Cards

Hey there and GOOD morning! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day today! I have a busy one...first thing, BOOTCAMP...then more sticks to pick up, next work...then dog training (the trainer forgot to come on Monday) and then to work again! It's gonna be a CRAZY morning!  

I had a WONDERFUL class yesterday!  A couple of friends rode with me down the mountain with me and joined me for the class! I am amazed how fast the drive goes by when riding with friends...chatting and sharing stories! My friends are such a blessing to me!! I CHERISH our time together!! We made some great cards at my class and I will be sharing more of them with you soon, but today I wanted to share some cards that I created using the technique I shared on my Tuesday's Tip YouTube video day before yesterday! I hope you'll give it a try!

The stamp sets I used for this card are Pop of Paradise (the pineapple for the trunk); Fabulous Flamingo (the fronds and the water) and High Tide (the seagulls). The sentiment is from the Dare to Dream Hostess stamp set. The colors I used were Early Espresso, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo. The coconuts are Clear Faceted Gems.

After creating the sunset, the palm tree and water on this card, I added real sand with Heat & Stick embossing powder.  You can also use Multipurpose glue and heat it with your heat tool. I stamped the girl from Beautiful You with VersaMark and heat embossed it with Black embossing powder.  You can also use Memento Black ink.  I stamped the girl again onto Color Theory designer paper, cut it out by hand and adhered it to the stamped image on the card. The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set!

The last card I want to share with you today is made just as the above above. I also included a sailboat that was created using the Swirly Bird stamp set!  I am so happy with all three of these cards...they are so beautiful! I truly hope they inspire you to create!  

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by again today! Stay safe and cool! 

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tranquil Tulips and Glossy Card Stock Technique

Good morning everyone! I'm so excited it's the third Wednesday of the month because I have my monthly class down the mountain, in Redding!  I LOVE spending time with these gals...they are so encouraging and fun to be around! I've been up since 5:00am, with Kate, picking sticks, branches and logs from where we had trees removed....I think I might be a bit sore tomorrow! We have to get it done due to the fact that the guy who is going to level the ground for us said it could be two weeks or I could show up at any time....GOTTA LOVE small, mountain town living!

Before I head down I wanted to share one of the projects my class will be creating with you!

This GORGEOUS card is made with GLOSSY card stock. I used my Pacific Point and Old Olive ink pads and wiped them onto the glossy card stock...blending a few different layers. This is one of three techniques that SU shared on their blog and I shared with you back on June 10th. I finally had a chance to try it and I LOVE IT! 

The base of my card is Crushed Curry with a layer of Whisper White and then the inked Glossy card stock. I used my Stitched Shapes framelits to cut the oval. The stamp set used is Tranquil Tulips, a hostess set. You can choose to use your SU rewards to order it when you are hostessing a class (of $150.00 or more) or when you place an order of $150.00 or more before tax and shipping!

It's a two-step stamping set and I stamped the base color in Daffodil Delight and the top in Crushed Curry. The stems and grass are both stamped in Wild Wasabi.  I knotted a piece of Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon around the card before attaching it to the card base and adhered my stamped image slightly over it with dimensionals. Next I doubled up some Linen Thread and tied a bow with a Corrugated Element around the knot...adding one Rhinestone to the bottom right corner.  (I had to leave the Corrugated Element off the class card because I didn't have enough to go around...I'll have to showcase them at another class!)

Here's a look at another piece of inked swiped glossy card stock.  It looks like it's been brush painted. I can't wait to play with some other colors to see how it turns out! I'm definitely gonna have to add more of this glossy paper to my next order!!!

...and here is the inside of the card! I added a few more tulips, stems and grass, leaving plenty of room to right a note! I think these flower would also make great California Poppies...even though they are tulips. I see another project in my near future!!

Well...that's all I have for you this morning! I'm gonna take off down the mountain! THANKS SO VERY MUCH for stopping by and ENJOY your day!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday's Tip....How to Create a Tropical Sunset

Hi everyone! I hope your day has gone terrifically! I've been a bit FRANTIC! I promised this video for today's "Tuesday's Tip" but have had a few glitches! First, after recording, I realized I had the camera in the wrong direction so it was black on both sides! I must remember to put it in the landscape position. Next, I was so close to being finished and my mother-in-law called. I'm filming with my phone so I had to start over....a few more takes and I had it!  

So I finally had the video taped and it was time to upload it! My first video was only 30 seconds long, so it was just minutes before it was uploaded!  A seven minute video took over an hour. My first attempt had some kind of error so I had to do it again...another hour! 

I have some glitches to work out...like my paper wasn't straight...but I'm pretty happy with it! It's definitely a learning curve!!! My girlfriend was in the room and gave a giggle when I was talking about Stampin' Up!'s fun color names so I had to fight back a giggle of my own! I hope you like it and will try this technique when you have a chance! 

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by today! I hope you'll leave a comment to let me know what you think. Be sure to share it with your friends! Follow me on YouTube, Facebook and/or Instagram and be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter!  

Have a FANTASTIC evening...I'll be back in the morning before I head down the mountain to teach my class!

~Today's Thought~
(this was my motto today!)

Monday, July 17, 2017

"Make-It Monday" Vertical Greetings

Good Morning everyone!  I hope you had a DELIGHTFUL weekend! I was surprised with a visit from my son, Seth and his English Bulldog, Clyde! I LOVE that my grown kids like to come home...what a blessing! I also hosted a Young Living Essential Oils "LUCY LIBIDO" class on Friday night! We had so much FUN! It was great to see how we can use our oils to help with our hormones, our moods and even in the bedroom! We had lots of giggles, a glass of wine, some healthy snacks and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!!

I have a "Make-It Monday" to share with you today! I especially LOVE how there is a frame scored around the stamped image!

"Make-It Monday": Vertical Greetings card created with Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 

  • Stamp Sets –Vertical Greetings clear #141876, wood #141873
  • Card Stock – Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes #131527
  • Stamp Pads – Pear Pizzazz #131180
  • Miscellaneous – Stampin’ Write Markers Subtles #131263 and Regals #131262; Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334; Linen Thread #104199; Mini Glue Dots #103678
  1. Into the front back of the note card, score ½" frame all around.  
  2. Using the markers directly on the stamp, color the pot with Cajun Craze and the plant in Pear Pizzazz
  3. “Huff” on the colored stamp image to re-moisten the ink and stamp in the center of your scored frame
  4. Stamp the Just Because using Pear Pizzazz ink onto the right-hand side
  5. Make a little bow out of the Linen Thread and adhere with glue dot. 
Hey...THANKS BUNCHES for stopping by today! I hope you have a MARVELOUS MONDAY!!! Get out there and CREATE today!! If all goes well...I'll have a video for your tomorrow so be sure to come back by!

~Today's Thought~