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Try It - Blendabilities Part 4

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm sharing a couple more ways for you to use your Blendabilities markers. I made some tags today to share. First, you can stamp on the front of our Vellum Cardstock with Black Stazon Ink, and then color the back with Blendabilities markers. For this flower, I started at the center, colored the darkest color of Melon Mambo and then moved on to the medium and light colors. Because of the slight opacity of the vellum, the colors are less vivid and more soft and pretty.





Next, I wanted to try coloring on our Windows Sheets with the markers. I first stamped in Jet Black Stazon, and after it dried I colored on the back side with the medium shardes of Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana and Old Olive Blendabilities. I love how these little pieces turned out.





For this last tag, I stamped in White Stazon on the front of the Window Sheet, and then colored on the back with the medium shade of the Calypso Coral Blendabilities. I wanted to make a little window for this image, so I punched the 3/4" circle punch from the tag and mounted the stamped image over the opening. This was a lot of fun, and I can see trying this with a larger image on a card.





Well, that is all for today. And, this concludes my series on Blendabilties. You can find a free tip sheet with all of the ideas I have shared on Blendabilties this month below. Please download it and enjoy using it. Are there other products you would like to see featured in this series? If so, please leave me a comment with your suggestions. Thanks for stopping by!

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Try It - Confetti Celebrations DSP

Hello there. I'm here today to share a couple of cards I made with the Confetti Celebrations Designer Series Paper. For this first card I also used the Dotty Angels stamp set, and colored the rows of triangles with markers in Strawberry Slush, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Pistachio Pudding, Bermuda Bay and Basic Gray. I die cut a leaf shape from the gray stripe, and then used the small star punch to notch out the edges so it looks like feathers instead. These were tied together with some Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine.



Here is a close-up of the feathers, and the greeting stamped in Basic Gray.


 And, here is the second card. I love this triangle patterned paper! I cut some of the extra triangles out, and mounted some of them with Stampin' Dimensionals. Some Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine and the (Hashtag) Hello Clear-Mount Stamp Set finish the card off.



Here is a close-up of the triangles.



And, here are 4 more cards using this same beautiful paper. The first two are from my friend Janie Cervera. I blame her for getting me hooked on this stuff!





This next card is from Chellie Beaudot. So glad I swapped for this beautiful card! Check out her blog to see she used as her inspiration.



And, one last swap that I took a picture of. I don't know who made this card, so if it's you please let me know so I can give proper credit.



Ok, that is all for today! Thanks for stopping by.


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Try It - Blendabilities Part 3

Hello, and welcome back! Today, I have two more ways that you can use the new Blendabilities markers from Stampin' Up! You can use them to color an ombre background for a greeting. Here, I used the Daffodil Delight trio to back the Make A Wish sentiment. I love how this turned out!



Here is another example using the Calypso Coral trio.



You can also use the markers to make a background. Here I used the Cherry Cobble and Coastal Cabana trios along with the Color Lifter marker. I colored the Cherry Cobbler in dark to light, then the Coastal Cabana light to dark, and kept going in this pattern. I used the Color Lifter to blend where the two darks and the two lights meet. Even though the colors are very different, I like how they blend together. I think it looks like a serepe!



And, here is a close-up of the card front. I've been making more birthday cards lately because you can never have too many birthday cards, right?



Well, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by! I have some more projects to share later this week, and another set with the Blendabilities next Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by!

Got Scraps #3

Hello there! I have another card to share that you can create with paper scraps. For this particular card, I used patterns from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack and the 2013-2015 In Colors Designer Series Paper Stack. The colors are Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush. I used the Triangle Punch to make all the triangles which was really quick and easy. I adhered them, alternating between floral and graphic patterns in rows that were slightly diagonal.


For the greeting I used the word die from the Circle Card Thinlits for the greeting in Mossy Meadow Cardstock, and adhered that to a Vellum Cardstock 1 3/4" circle. The whole greeting is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. I also added some gold sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim and Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine. The whole decorated card front was popped up on dimensionals also onto the Whisper White card base.



Well, that is all for today. I'll have some more projects to share next week. Thanks for stopping by!

Try It Blendabilities - Part 2

Hello and welcome back! Today I have some more tips on using your Blendabilities. They are really versatile! You can use them to color your embellishments.

On the card below, I colored one of the Vintage Faceted Buttons with the Blendabilities in the darkest shade of Daffodil Delight. The flower is also colored with the Blendabilities markers.



You can also color the Rhinestone and Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments. Below I colored the Rhinestones, also with the darkest shade of Daffodil Delight. This color gets a workout in my house as I have lots of flower stamps!



Here is another example where I colored the Rhinestones, this time with the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Blendabilities. I think I used the medium shades here. *One thing to note: because the Rhinestones and Vintage Faceted Buttons have some sharp corners, it can wear the marker tips slightly over time. I like coloring them so much, that it doesn't bother me and I'm sure I will get plenty of use out of my markers over time.


You can also color the Whisper White or Very Vanilla buttons in the Neutrals Designer Buttons and the Very Vintage Buttons.

Well, that is all for today! I'll have some more Blendabilities tips to share next Tuesday. And more projects here on the blog later this week. Thanks for stopping by!


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Got Scraps #2

Hello there! I'm back with another project that is good for scraps. In fact, the paper for the small banners I literally pulled them out of the recycle bin! I had thrown away these pieces, but they were still large enough to punch this small banner from. It's definitely making me look at my scraps differently.



I CASEd the layout from this beautiful card by Dawn Griffith. I used the dots from the Dotty Angles stamp set. I first stamped them in Pistachio Pudding, and then colored a few with my markers randomnly and stamped again. The color combo here is Pistachio Pudding, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush, Basic Grey and Bermuda Bay. The left edge of the white piece was cut using the Window Framelits.



Well, that is all for today. Do you keep your small scraps, or throw them out? I think I'll start punching small shapes out of my patterned paper scaps, and keep them together by color. I bought a drawer just for this purpose, so I'll share that in an upcoming blog post. Thanks for stopping by!


Inspired By #2

Hello there, and welcome back! Today I have another post in a series I'm calling "Inspired By". I have a board on Pinterest to capture things that inspire me. That is how this set of projects was born!



I was inspired by the pin below, which made me think of watercolor graphic images overlapping. Then I realized I could use the new Stampin' Up! Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks to get this watercolor look.

print & pattern: NEW COLLECTION - sam osborne

I taped the dot mask over a piece of 3"x4 1/2" watercolor paper, and used my Aqua Painter to paint one set of dots and then another slightly offset. With the stripes, I made a plaid pattern by turning the mask 90 degrees before painting the second set of stripes.



Here are the completed cards before I added them to my projects. The colors I used are Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate.



I used the Mojo Mondy #357 Sketch for my card layout, although I simplified it a bit.


Here is the finished card! The greeting is stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.





I decided to let more of the second card show, and made a card to use in my Project Life by Stampin' Up! album. I'm working on my pages for July, so you'll see this show up again later when I post those.





And lastly, I had to trim off 1/2" of the watercolored dots, and decided it was too pretty to throw away. Also, I had stamped the greeting in black, but decided I like the white better for the card. So, all these little pieces and parts became a tag that will come in handy for a birthday someday soon!



You might notice the little stapler. That's a sneek peak from the upcoming Holiday Catalog! So fun...



Whew...that was a long post. Thanks for sticking with me! So, how do you keep track of what inspires you? Do you use Pinterest too? If so, link me up with your board. I'll see you back here soon.

Try It - Blendabilities Part 1

Hello, and welcome back! I'm starting a new Try It series tonight featuring Blendabilities, and I'll have more posts around this topic each Tuesday during August. Blendabilities are Stampin' Up!'s new alcohol markers, and they are a lot of fun to use. Today, I'm starting with a line-art stamp set, In This Together. Here is the completed card.



Here are some in process photos. For the face I used Natural and Nude from the Skin Tone Blendabilities Assortment and Melon Mambo Light for the cheeks and lips. For the hair I used Light and Medium from the Crumb Cake Assortment.

Tip #1-Start with a darker color for shading, and then color over with the next lighter shade.You can use this technique also for the hair.

Tip #2-Add pink for the cheeks before coloring over the whole face. Add lip color after.



For the coat I used Light and Medium from the Smoky Slate Assortment. The shirt is colored with Medium and Dark Melon Mambo Blendabilities.

Tip #3-Add shading where the natural shadows would be.



For the pants I used Medium and Dark Old Olive Blendabilities. The bags are Light Melon Mambo, Light and Medium Coastal Cabana, Light Old Olive and Medium and Light Crumb Cake. The buttons on the coat are Dark Melon Mambo.

Tip #4-Add white polka-dots or stripes over a colored area with the Color Lifter marker.

Tip #5-Coloring over an area with the same marker will make it a shade darker of the same hue. To keep the lightest shade possible, only color an area once.



For the background, I used the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set stamped in Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana and Old Olive Inks. I stitched around the layer, and then adhered it to a Whisper White card base.



Here is a close-up of the completed card. I decided it would be fun to cut the main image into a circle, and use a different greeting with it. The greeting is from the Endless Birthday Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set in Jet Black Stazon on Vellum Cardstock.



Well, that is all for today. Next Tuesday, I'll have some more ideas on how to use your Blendabilities Markers. What is your favorite way to use alcohol markers?


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Playing Along With Freshly Made Sketches #147

Hello, and welcome back! Today I have a card to share for the Freshly Made Sketches Blog Challenge #147. When I first saw this sketch, I pictured a piece of art cut into three rectangles. So, I decided to use the Work of Art set for my card. I really love how this turned out! I made my own miniature piece of contemporay art. That's what I love about this seems to do all of the hard work for you. The greeting is from the set as well. The card base is Smoky Slate cardstock, and I matted the three pieces in the same color.



I stamped the greeting in Black Stazon ink onto Vellum Cardstock, and wrapped it around the white panel along with some Cherry Cobbler twine and adhered it to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals. A Cherry Cobbler button and a twine bow complete this card.



Here is the sketch that I used.

I tried a new color combo for this card as well. I actually pulled out my Tempting Turquoise, which hasn't seen any use in awhile!

Color Combo-001


Well, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by!


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Got Scraps 1

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm going to start a new series on my blog that features cards and other projects that would be good to use with scraps of paper and other items. For these particular cards I did use several of the patterns from Park Lane Designer Series Paper, but you could use any paper scraps you have. Just cut them into 1/2" strips, and stacked them in diagonal rows on your card base. I also wanted to play with using the new Blendabilities markers as a background for a greeting, and I love how it turned out. This is the Daffodil Delight trio over a greeting from the Perfect Pennants stamp set.



Here is a close up. The greeting and layer are die cut with the Banners Framelets Dies. Some of the new cotton ribbon and some Candy Dots finish off the card.



I have another card to share that would be great for scraps. Just grab a few paper pieces that are about 3/4" tall, and at least 3" wide. The black layer is 3" by 4", and I mounted the scraps onto a piece that is 2 13/16" x 3 13/16". I again used patterns from the Park Lane Designers Series paper.



This greeting is also colored with the Blendabilities, this time the Calypso Coral trio. I layered it onto a black piece of cardstock, and the top part is folded over the top and tied with Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine. A few Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments finish it off.



Well that is all for today. You'll find the supplies linked below. You can click on them to shop at my online store anytime night or day! I'll be back soon with a couple more cards and challenge entries. Thanks for stopping by!


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