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  • Coffee and Cards

    Coloring Sunflowers using the Stampin’ Write Markers.

    Grab your Regals to Color Sunflowers using the Stampin’ Write Markers. That is my go to color family for fall. Darker yellow, a couple different oranges, greens and reds too. Yes, the perfect fall color family! However pairing the Very Vanilla helps to darken the colors just a little. Curious how I created this card? Check out the Tuesday edition Coffee and Cards for the full run down. Yes, I sure did mix the colors to get the sunflowers to look like this! I did the same with a few of the leaves also! Have your gotten your markers out and played with lately? WHAT? You don’t have any? Well…

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards

    Global Design Project #255

    It sure has been a LONNNg time since we have participated in a Global Design Project #255. This theme really spoke to me. I actually created one card in the facebook live and changed my mind. I will share that tomorrow. This card, a new SlimLine card uses the extra trees that we colored in the Coffee and Cards live. You will want to grab your Rooted in Nature stamps and Nature’s Roots dies. I do not know about you, but a little cooler temperatures would be nice. I will say some rain would be even better. Anyway, how about making those trees?? Notice how each tree looks a little…

  • Girls Night

    Celebrate Sunflowers used on Girl’s Night.

    Sunflowers used for Girl’s Night I know that you wonder what happens on Girl’s Night?? Well, come on and join us. I am keeping numbers low so that we can “social distance”. We get together, craft, laugh and talk. Sometimes it is a late night, sometimes it is an early one. Celebrating a birthday?? Sunflowers used on Girl’s Night and you bet it has a happy birthday sentiment inside. Add in extra color using… Squeeze the ink pad together. Open your lid to your Bumblebee ink and grab your Wink of Stella. There should be a little bit of ink on the lid. The brush has the perfect amount of…

  • Coloring,  Love it, Chop it,  Stampin Up News/Deals,  Technique

    Demonstrator Training

    I was honored by our Regional Manager last week. Thank you Shannon! Did you know that Stampin’ Up! does training?? You bet!! I was honored last week when I got a call from Shannon West. She is the Great Lakes Regional Manager for Stampin’ Up!. She contacted me because she was hoping that I would help her with some training. You know that I said, yes!! What was the training?? Stampin’ Blends … Yes, I know easy, right?? Now, to figure out what to do. I did play with a few different things, backgrounds, flowers, vellum and DSP. While speaking with Shannon again.. she fell in love with the DSP!…

  • In-Colors

    Smooches with Lovely Lipstick…..bye bye

    When you talk about Lovely Lipstick… I think of a S.W.A.K. or lipstick kiss. Old school I know. Lipstick nowadays doesn’t leave a mark. Which is why I picked this DSP to highlight this beautiful color. I call this set the Hello Fabulous set… isn’t it funny how sets get knick names? I have several … How about you? Please tell me I am not the only one… The crazytown bus would be very lonely, haha. ANYWAY, All 5 of these cards are made from scraps, left overs, and not needed card bases. Funny how when you know what you have you can create some amazing things. (wink wink) A…

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards,  In-Colors

    All those extra pieces…

    Sooo much more happiness…. Here are the other pieces that I had to use up… I do not want to end up with an overflowing bits and pieces container like before… YIKES!! Adding a few extra pieces for these three. Paula, do you notice that little piece?? Apparently it was not too small. Adding tulips for an Easter card, an extra layer and a few flowers. What would you have added?? Can you see the Wink of Stella inside the tulips?? Now to write in them all and get in the mailbox to bring someone some sunshine. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards,  YouTube video

    Tuesday’s Live

    How are you doing today? Today has been a MUCH better day then yesterday, I am happy to say! Did you hear yet about the Challenge that Stampin’ Up! has given to the demonstrators?? I do not remember how long it is for, but I am passing this challenge on to you!! My customers. Create cards using the below colors… Check out the Facebook post for the Challenge or watch the Replay over on YouTube! I am only sharing the one cards we made during the live.. the EXTRA pieces were also made, but you will have to wait until tomorrow. haha How are you feeling about these color combos??…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Stampin Up News/Deals,  YouTube video

    Coloring with the Stampin’ Blends

    On the Tuesday Edition of Coffee and Cards we colored Ladybugs. I was really needing some… relaxing… no stress, fun! Soooo, what did I do, pulled out the Blends and made a few more!! Just toooooo Fun!! The ladybugs don’t need to all be red, right?? I sure did not think soo, you?? Which is your favorite?? Highland Heather, Daffodil Delight or the Poppy Parade. But How about a Balmy Blue one too?!? Before I share all of those let’s see what we did on Coffee and Cards on Tuesday… Using some more from the bits and pieces container. However we did stick with a more traditional Ladybug didn’t we……

  • Coloring,  Stamp Camp/class

    3rd and final Thinking of You Stamp-a-Stack

    WOW, right?? I agree, this was one that just happened! Started with the “shading” using daubers. The colors, Pool Party and Highland Heather for the background. Purple Posy, Garden Green and Gorgeous Grape are the card layers. Ink colors used, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Pool Party. However, let’s talk about the FREE dies and FREE stamp set! When you spend $150 you can get both for free! Ohhh how I enjoy this time of year!! Did you check out the second release items?? A friend let me play a little with her coffee cups.. they have officially been bumped to the top of the list!! I think I NEED…

  • beginner-casual-avid,  Coloring

    Swaps, coloring and more…

    Have you seen the Hoot Hoot Hooray (149352) stamp set? I have been working on some coloring with this set. Yes, with the Stampin’ Blends! Still a ton more to do! Sorry I can not share just yet! I am excited just a few more days and we leave for OnStage. What is OnStage you ask?? Stampin’ Up! has several events each year and off to Lansing for this next one! I would love to have you join me for the next one!! How?? Join my team and let the crafty fun begin!! The bonus is that the events are full of SOO MUCH energy! The anticipation is starting to…

  • Coloring,  Holiday cards,  Stamp Camp/class

    #6 Birds of a Feather

    You will eventually find all the links and basic info page here. This Card uses the Birds of a Feather stamp set (150571). Add a couple punches and do some coloring… PERFECT!! Here is how the Ultimate Add On will work: Birds of a Feather 2″ Circle punch Whisper White cardstock Cherry Cobbler cardstock Daffodil Delight cardstock Memento ink 2 1/4 Circle punch Cherry Cobbler Dark Stampin’ Blends Daffodil Delight Dark Stampin’ Blends All that together for a total of $111.51 and the Camp is no charge. Add on #1 Stamp set $25 Add on #2 Stamp set and 2 “Circle punch ($5 off Class fee) However, order the Stamparatus…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Happy Birthday,  Technique,  YouTube video

    8/24 Coffee and Cards

    For Coffee and Cards this week, it was about the Marvelous Markers vs. Stampin’ Blends AND Memento vs StazOn. Are you wondering about this too?? Then this is the episode you will want to watch!! However, let us talk about the above cards.. these are the results of us figuring out which goes with what… Confused?? Here is where we started, Marvelous Markers.. they are just like using your colored ink pads.. you can “color” the stamp and then da-duh! Next was water color paper and the aqua painter… It was decided that StazOn was the black of choice, unless you wanted a more no line look like this. Lastly,…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coloring,  YouTube video

    Beautiful Day gift tags w/video

    Ohhh, what a fun day in the studio today!! Any day that I can get in the coloring tent is a GREAT day!! However, I discovered that I really need a few new Stampin’ Blends! No, I do not only have purple, but…. Here is a shopping list of what you need to grab before you watch the video… One full sheet of cardstock (8 1/2 x 11) Trimmer Coordinating Stampin’ Blends Coordinating/Complimentary Ink Ribbon to match Trio Punch (146320) Some DSP to match. Additionally the measurements are… 4 1/4 x 11 then cut to 3 x 4 1/4. Grab your supplies here is the step by step video.. Need…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Love it, Chop it,  Technique

    Pressed Petal Coffee and Cards 6/22

    We missed you at Coffee and Cards 6/22, want to catch the replay? Here is your link… My mom was a helper this morning. It was fun! Working with the Pressed Petal DSP (149500) and how easy these cards came together! Here are some particulars… All three cards use the same paper pack, this one also has a sentiment from the Strong & Beautiful Stamp set (148732). Wondering where that ribbon came from?? That is the Whisper White Flax Ribbon, dyed with Mossy Meadow (133651) ink refill. Using the same Mossy Meadow Flax ribbon, this 3 x 3 is super quick, a 2 3/4 by 2 3/4 DSP piece, a…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coffee and Cards,  Happy Birthday,  Simple Stamping

    Coffee and Cards 6/15

    This week we played with the Whisper White narrow note cards (145583) & envelopes along with the Rooted in Nature (146482) coordinating dies Nature’s Roots (146341). Do you struggle with small cards for your gift bags?? or are you a gift wrapper?? haha. funny right?? I hardly ever wrap anymore. I love that the bags are recyclable!! First was our beginner card. Stamp, Ink and Paper. Note.. the two different tree images… Check out the video for the techniques. Ink Colors are Crumb Cake (147116), Granny Apple Green (147095) and Soft Suede (147115), Our stepped up card, we added the dies and Timeless Label (149516) punch to the mix. All…

  • Coloring,  Happy Birthday,  Masculine Cards

    Birthday or Dad?

    Still gearing up for Father’s Day?? Or is it just a birthday card that you need? Do you have fishermen in your life?? I sure do! My Dad, brothers and nephew. This would be fitting of any of them. The Best Catch stamp set (148598), coordinating dies Catch of the Day (148815) are all you need for the fishermen in your life! Starting with the water… do you think of different things that you could have done, of course, after the card is done?? I do! A sweep of the Balmy Blue ink pad (147105) along the bottom of this layer adds the look of water, but thinking now it…

  • Coloring,  In-Colors,  Paper Pumpkin

    Dear Friend

    Today is all about a Paper Pumpkin alternative. As a Paper Pumpkin subscriber since the beginning, I can honestly say that if you have been outta the loop for a while, you NEED to get back in!! Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin’ Up! helped to design this kit. The top card, in Pool Party, is from the kit, mostly as the directions state. I added a stamped imagine on the sentiment and tweaked the twine. I would love to get this card, how about you? Now, for the alternative card…. I hear you cringing, however, a fussy cut was necessary. Can you hear the feathers asking to be cut out??…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Coloring,  old site

    Coffee and Cards

    Have you watched this weeks Coffee and Cards?? We had a fun live… even a yummy cookie from Sugar Shack Bakery in Plymouth, thank you Stephanie. We hung out in the tent for a bit too… Using the All My Love DSP (148576) for the pretty “flower” background, because the hummingbird needs flowers, right?? Stamp images with Stazon (101406) for no bleeding of the blender pen (102845). Start off lighter with your watercolor pencils (141709) you can always add but remember there is no eraser. Use the colors of your choice and use the blender pen to smooth out the pencil strokes. BE BRAVE! try it! The cup cozy is…

  • Kits,  Technique

    Lots of Happy Kit

    Remember all the coloring that was shared earlier this week…. Here is the finished product. Check out the kit it self on page 9 of the annual catalog. Here is what you get though… 5 different cards and four of each. This is an all inclusive kit, which means you get a spot of ink, stamps even dimensionals. All this for $35. great and easy gift. but fun to keep on hand for some fancy looking relaxing coloring and great cards to give to someone that needs a smile. Each card has a coordinating envelope… there is foil sheets, ribbon even some vellum leaves. The four colored pencils include two…

  • Add a page title,  Coffee and Cards,  Coloring,  old site

    Coffee and Cards

    Today’s coffee and cards….Ohhhh, what a fun technique and who does not love to color?? this way is easy!!  Check out the fun we had today. Using the Stazon ink and multi ribbon to pull all the colors together. The pretty flowers were a fun touch.. Ohhh I should have added rhinestones to the middle. darn. Well, maybe next time! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!