Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Time To Color!

Remember the October Hostess Code for your 
free Ribbon from me!

Use the October Hostess Code: UVPWXRM6

and place a minimum purchase of $50.00 (before tax and shipping) to receive a spool of Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon from me!  This offer is only available from me when you purchase from my store.  Your ribbon will be sent separately directly from me.

Coloring is so relaxing and now with our new Stampin' Blends, it is smooth and easy to do with excellent results.

One of my favorite stamp sets for coloring is Remarkable You.   Nice big areas to color and plenty of room to blend easily.

I've found the best way to have the colors blend best is to color the petals with the brush end of the light pen.  The pens come in a light and dark for each shade available.  

Color just two or three petals at a time, it seems to blend better this way.  Next using fine point end of the dark pen of the same color the areas where you want it to look darker or shaded.  Then switch back to your light color fine point and color over the dark and light together to make the colors blend and lighten a bit.  Finally, I took the brush end and colored easily over the whole area one last time

For the leaves, I simply darkened where the shadow lines are and blended them the same way as above.

Calypso Coral - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Painted Autumn DSP - 5 1/4" x 4"
Whisper White - 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Basic Black - 4 5/8" x 3 3/8"

Stamp the flower and leaves with Memento Black.  There are two ways to do this. 

1) stamp the leaves on the 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" whisper white piece, color and set aside
2) stamp the flower on a scrap of whisper white, color, fussy cut and place over the leaves

the other way is:

1) stamp the flower onto the 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" whisper white piece and then again with what is still left on the stamp onto a post it note being sure to stamp towards the top of the post it so the sticky is behind part of the flower.
2) fussy cut the post it note flower and place it over the flower on the whisper white piece of cardstock.
3) stamp the leaves over the post it note where you want them "behind" the flower.
4) remove the post it and do your coloring.

Thank you for looking in today!  I hope your Monday went well and your Tuesday is even better!

~ Donna

Monday, October 23, 2017

Little Helpers are Ready for Christmas

Remember the October Hostess Code for your 
free Ribbon from me!

Use the October Hostess Code: UVPWXRM6

and place a minimum purchase of $50.00 (before tax and shipping) to receive a spool of Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon from me!  This offer is only available from me when you purchase from my store.  Your ribbon will be sent separately directly from me.

This is one of the fun cards we made at Mary Ann's workshop on Saturday.  It was so much fun and the girls let their creative coloring loose to color the doggies sweaters!  Sadly, I was having fun visiting and didn't get any pictures.  I'm going to have to put an alarm on my phone to remind me to take pictures!

Soft Suede - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Coffee Break Designer Series Paper - 5 1/4" x 4"
Chocolate Chip - Staircase
Whisper White for the Tree and the Dogs
Garden Green - Tree
Memento Black - Dogs
Gold Foil - Star
Enamel Shapes - Various color families

Stamps:  Ready for Christmas Bundle (with Christmas Staircase Thinlits)

The stairway was shortened just a bit so there would be room for the doggies to be on the card completely and layer up the tree.

This is such a cute cute card!  I can't wait to make more!

Happy Monday!

~ Donna

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Who Knew It Was an Eclipse!

Apparently his is a big thing now and I didn't know what it was called when I made it with the Spooky Cat HERE from September 3rd and again for Chris and Brittney's Anniversary Card.

Today's card - which we'll also be making at our workshop later today is this one.  Really very easy.

Whisper White Thick - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Garden Green - 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Designer Series Paper - 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Ribbon- 8 inches

Since NOEL was a little big, I had to make the Designer Series Paper (DSP) wider and make the smaller mats onto the Garden Green.  If you were doing JOY or something with skinnier letters, you could adjust the size of the DSP.

Thank you for looking in.  It's nearly 1 a.m. and I have to be up in a few hours to go to our workshop.  I'm so excited to show them our projects!!

Happy Saturday!
~ Donna

Friday, October 20, 2017

Stampin' Blends Coming November 1st

Stampin' Blends will be available November 1st to Everyone!  Look how pretty the color and make beautiful works of art  - even if  you think you aren't an artist.  The pens do all the work!  One of the most wonderful things about using these to color over our Stampin' Write Markers is there are no streaky lines, they just blend beautifully into the paper and into each other.

This is Rich Razzleberry:

Calypso Coral:

Whisper White Thick cardstock - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Rich Razzleberry (or color of choice to match the pens) 5 1/4" x 4" 
Whisper White - 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"

Use Memento Black Ink when coloring with Stampin' Blends.

Stamps:  Remarkable You and Birthday Blooms

Each color available comes in a Dark and a Light and each pen comes with a brush tip and a pen tip.

Begin by coloring the whole flower with the brush tip and the Light color.  Then using the pen tip of the Dark color, fill in where you want the darker shading.  This is typically at the bottom of the petals (for a flower) or under the leaves or petals.  Imagine where the sun or light is shining on your object and the darker areas will be the parts away from the light.

Then using the pen tip of the Light color again, blend and soften the darker ink until you get what you like.

So many possibilities for coloring with the new Stampin' Blends and this flower from this set is great for coloring!

Give it a try!  I bet you will love it!  Coloring is so relaxing and beautiful works like this make it all worthwhile!

~ Happy Friday! ~

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October Paper Pumpkin - Spoiler Alert!

I can't believe my Paper Pumpkin arrived so quickly this month!  It's only the 17th and they ship on the 15th!  This is awesome.  It gave me a perfect project for today since I didn't have the chance to come up with my own thing to make.  It was a weird day on Tuesday (yesterday to you), so this was a life saver!

Okay, I've rambled enough, so if you don't want to see the project cards, then stop now!  Actually these were so SO easy!

Everything you need is inside the kit.  The only things extra I used was a bone folder to put a nice crease in the card and a clear block for the stamps.  Everything else is in the box!

The trees and pine branch are pre printed and looks so nice on both cards.  I don't think I can choose a favorite! 

THIS - below - is what happens when the ceiling fan decides to take out the cards and play dominoes with them.  I thought it was funny, so I thought I would share!  Right after snapping the picture the lone card fell down too!

Thank you for looking in today.  It's Hump Day!

~ Donna

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bosses Day

So, this is what you do when you need to make a card and only have a little time to do it, but not enough time at home.  You grab what you want to use (hopefully you have an idea) paper, ink, stamps, and DSP, throw it into a shoebox and off to work you go.

Get there early enough, before the boss, of course and start cutting, inking and stamping!  Oh and FYI, I keep supplies at work (paper trimmer, snips, glue, dimensionals, etc.). You never know when you have to whip up a fast card.  I also have some old retired sets of stamps that are multi-use to cover any occasion.  Boy has that ever come in handy!

So, forgive the background behind the card, it's my work desk.

Whisper White Thick Cardstock - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Coffee Break Designer Series Paper - 5 1/4" x 4
Whisper White for cup and sleeve (sentiment)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Garden Green and Chocolate Chip

Since I didn't take my dies or my Big Shot, so I simply fussy cut the cup and the coffee sleeve.

I masked around the coffee cup before fussy cutting it with Post It notes so that I could sponge the iced coffee inside (with Soft Suede).

Now, what we need is a permanent "Happy Bosses Day" stamp that can be used with any other stamp set. Since we don't have one... I just wrote it inside.  It works.

So I finished it up, put it on his keyboard and went about my day.  He was at meetings at our other facility, so I wasn't sure when he would be in his office.  Naturally he came in while I was down the hall in our little office kitchen.  Drats.  I wanted to hear him open it!  Oh well, he liked it and thanked me for it and has it sitting on his desk. 

Well, it's time to get to bed (Monday night).  I really need to be in bed sooner and get more sleep!

Happy Tuesday!

~ Donna

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Multipurpose Chef

Wait!  I bet you think you received the wrong email or the wrong page on the blog... but you didn't.  This is a NEW card that looks the same as yesterday, but this one is a Thank You card.

Isn't that fun?  I really love the chef making icing sentiments, so I thought I would do a couple more.

Whisper White - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Real Red - 5 1/4" x 4"
Whisper White - 5" x 3 3/4"
Designer Series Paper (DSP) - Pick a Pattern - 5" x 1 1/2" 

Stamps:  Birthday Delivery, One Big Meaning
Ink:  Real Red, Memento Black
Stampin' Write Marker - Real Red
Stampin' Blend Alcohol Marker - Ivory (for skin)
Stampin' Blend Alcohol Marker - Dark Smoky Slate for Mustache and Hair
Stampin' Blend Alcohol Marker - Light Pool Party (used in the bottom pictures for shading)

After I took the pictures for posting, I thought about adding a little more.  It is really hard to see in the picture below but I used the Light Pool Party Stampin' Blends pen on all the shadowing areas.  It looks much better in person though.

Thank you for looking in today.  Let's start the week off with a big smile!

~ Donna