Hello stampers! I did some sponging and masking with Looking Up, a fabulous new card kit in our annual catalog. While the kit makes 15 cards you can make nine more gorgeous cards using the additional die cuts provided in the kit. All you need to do is make a simple background that is reminiscent of a sky. There are two ways to do this. One way is with a watercolour wash on shimmery white cardstock. The other way is a sponged background using a cloud formation mask. Sound difficult? Not if you hurry and get the rainbow builder dies that are on the clearance rack. There are two gems in that set: long thinlets in two different cloud formations as well as two other clouds and of course all the pieces to make a colourful rainbow.
Here you can see the two long thinlets and the acetate or window sheet masks I made with them. It is a good idea to write on them, not for you to remember what they are, but so that you can find them when they are laying on your table!! I absolutely love the background you can make so easily with them. Cheap, quick and artistic! It really is amazing what you can do with sponging and masking using just ink and paper. I kept it simple using only one colour of ink, but you could definitely take it up a notch and use more shades of blue and grey.
It is difficult covering up some of that beautiful sky with the die cuts, but doesn’t it look great? The white is 3 3/4″ by 5″ with a bermuda bay mat of 4″ by 5 1/4″. Only the raspberry balloon is popped up with dimensionals. Did I tell you that you get a lot of those included in the kit?
For this card I did a watercolour wash on shimmery white cardstock which measures 3 5/8″ by 4 7/8″. This precise measurement allows you to get five pieces from one 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of cardstock. Crucial information when it is more than $1 a sheet.
This card was supposed to be for the airplane die cut but I didn’t want to cover up the pretty wash. I will show you how to get this effect in a short video. It was easy to just add a swoosh of crumb cake ink to the bottom of the card to ground it! How do you like the crushed curry mat? I thought it gave it a nice cheerful look. Truthfully it was supposed to coordinate with the airplane but it works well with the trees too.
Here is the video showing how to make the beautiful backgrounds. If you click follow on the YouTube channel then you won’t miss out on any of my videos!
Everyone at class loved these alternative cards and they also enjoyed learning the new background techniques. It’s so much fun to see what you can do with just ink and paper. In my video I also show you how to cut your shimmery white cardstock most efficiently. Thanks so much for joining me, be sure to keep an eye on the clearance rack, I have heard that they will be adding a lot of new stuff very soon! If you choose to order online, I would love it if you also used the host code, that way free host credits do not go to waste. If you place your very own order of $200 you will qualify for your own host rewards. the current host code is YDZAPF6Y.
Hello stampers! Before I tell you about the double value on the Looking Up card kit I want to give you an update on my Pap. First of all, thank you so much for the outpouring of love and prayers for him. He was put on a very strong antibiotic for his pneumonia, and while there were some unpleasant side effects, it kicked in right away and he saw dramatic improvement. I am so thankful that I was able to drop everything and just go and be with them. My mom said that my very presence calmed them both and gave them optimism. My amazing daughter in law baked and cooked up a storm so they were blessed with a lot of food too. Thanks to the United Church ladies I had some rhubarb pies in the freezer that I baked up for them and even though they said they didn’t have great appetites, I knew that my roast beef and mashed potatoes would hit the spot with these old Dutchies. I wasn’t wrong! I felt like a mother bird watching her chicks eat. Good food and good sleep go a long way to helping with the healing process.
It really does help to have a tribe! That is what I call my stamping family. My team member Liz Fields took over for me and set up the booth at the Art at RM show which was part of Retrofest. It was such a good feeling knowing that this opportunity was not wasted and that it was in good hands. I came home with renewed vigor and inspiration. When time is of the essence then kits are our best friend. The kit I am using today was at the top of my list when I first saw the new catalog. It is a stunner! At first I was a little disappointed since I only had three kits and each kit had three of each card. That means only nine cards and one would be a sample. Doing more math, that meant I only had room for 8 people at coffee and a card class. What’s a girl to do? Take a look at the picture below, it has both the original cards from the kit as well as three cards that I designed myself.
Here is a close up of the alternatives. Do you know how I did it? The kit has additional pieces that you can pop up on the cards to make them look 3D. To tell the truth, I wasn’t happy with that look at all. I thought there was a much better use for those beautiful die cuts! Before I could use the die cuts I wanted to recreate the look of the clouds and watercolour wash in some of the kit cards. I just bought the rainbow builder dies that are on the clearance rack and the main reason I bought them is for the two long cloud shaped dies in there. Good news!! They are still available. Just click here and you are one step closer to owning them. On two of the cards I did a watercolour wash and on the hot air balloon card I made window sheet masks with the dies from the Rainbow Builder set and I sponged some gorgeous clouds using Bermuda Bay.
Tomorrow I will share closeups of the cards as well as some simple tips and tricks for getting your watercolour wash to look a little nicer. I will end this post with a quick video showing all the cards and a few tips and tricks that helped me get twice as much value from this kit. This kit comes with all the supplies to make 15 cards, a mini ink pad, a big clear acrylic block a stamp set and 15 gorgeous lined envelopes and two sheets of dimensionals to pop up the sentiments and the die cuts.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope I inspired you with these fun and easy cards. Tomorrow I will do a video of the background techniques. I so appreciate everything you do. Each card or project that you pin helps me out and each comment encourages me. I love my stamping tribe! Have a super day.
**PS In case you are waiting for a PayPal button for paper and ribbon shares I cannot do that/ These items are not cash and carry items, you need to let me know that you want one and then I can send you an invoice. Paper shares are $66 for a 6×6 piece of each paper in the new catalog. Ribbon shares are $37.
Hello stampers. Sometimes things do indeed feel like they are going to the dogs! In preparation for an art show this weekend I wanted to change things up a bit and appeal to the many pet owners out there. I used the Happy Tails set and coordinating dog punch to make some adorable tags. Then I packaged up some rawhide dog treats in some retired polka dot cone cellophane bags. I am really happy with how they turned out. At first this hard core cardmaker was a little embarrassed to be making these cutesy things but they grew on me and now I am happy I did it. It’s the little things that can bring joy to our lives! Take a look!
It was so much fun making these cute tags. I found the inspiration for the tags online somewhere. Happy Tails is a great stamp set that allows you to customize the dogs with different fur patterns. This was also the first time I inked up my Swirly Frames stamp set. This set was given to me at an event for prize patrol and I find that when I haven’t chosen the set myself for a specific reason I tend not to use it as much. I really need to use that set more often, it is so versatile!
Rachel found some adorable dog treats for me to put into these little packages. I wasn’t able to find similar ones for cats so I am going to have to get creative on that score.
Wouldn’t this just be a cute little something to give to a dog lover? Dogs really do bring so much joy to our lives. They give us unconditional love and are known to calm us down, lower our blood pressure and just make life that much better.
When you read this I will be spending some quality time with my beloved Pap. He is the kindest, gentlest man who loves his heavenly Father so very much. He has worked so very hard to give me a better life than what he had. Even though he was a gifted student in the Netherlands he had to quit school after grade 6 to help his dad on the family farm. The school principal even visited his home to beg his parents to let him continue his education. The amazing thing is that he was never jealous of his younger brother who was able to be the first person in the family to go to university. Oh how I love this man. He is also proud of what I have accomplished with my business. He is always so happy to hear it when I tell him about my next incentive trip or my global or national standing as a demonstrator.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking out my blog. Happy stamping!
Hello stampers. How ironic and sadly profound that I chose to feature Winds of Change today. Last night I got a phone call that made me very sad. My dear father’s lungs are shot and there is nothing the doctors can do for him any more. Granted, he is 92 and still living in his own home with my dear mother and they are as much in love as they were 61 years ago but you are really never ready to let them go are you? Of course I don’t know how long he still has but I have decided to go there this evening for a few days and just let everything go. Time with him is more important than anything.
When I first saw this stamp set in the new catalog I was thrilled with it because it perfectly captures my new situation, in love with someone from “the old country” a place with many cherished memories and a long family history. The sayings in this set are as beautiful as the images.
I love windmills and tulips and bikes and I love the font of this set, so all of that makes this a big winner for me! It makes me so happy to create with this art. Let’s take a look at my card.
I used Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Highland Heather Blends to colour the tulips with Old Olive on the leaves and Soft Seafoam in the background. You can’t see it in the picture but I used Wink of Stella which is an amazing glitter brush, on the red tulips on the side. Instant wow factor! The windmill was coloured with Soft Suede and Smoky Slate. The sky was coloured with a glycerin sponging technique and balmy blue. Here is a video I did a while ago showing how that amazing technique works.
Here is the inside of the card, nothing fancy, and also on computer paper so that the recipient can easily remove it and regift the card. I only coloured the flowers and the basket on the bike. For the flowers I just randomly stippled with the fine point of the Blends. No need to get finicky!
We never know what the future holds and that is probably a very good thing. What we do know is that love is indeed the most important thing. Without love we have nothing. Today I wish you much love. Thanks so much for stopping by. My paper is supposed to arrive today and I hope to get it chopped up and packaged for the paper share as well as a shipping estimate for those who are not local but would love to have a piece of every 12×12 patterned paper in the new catalog. Ribbon is being ordered today for the ribbon shares. Can’t wait to share with you!! As always, if you want to order anything and you live in Canada, just click on the images below and you will be taken to my online store. Gratification is only a click away! Live in the States? Click on the shop with Julie icon in the sidebar.
Before I forget, thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on my last two blog posts. Winner of the stamp set is Lena. Congratulations Lena, please send me your full name and address so I can send it to you. I hope you all realize that you are such an important part of my life and my business. Every comment you leave, every card you pin contributes to my success and allowing me to continue doing what I do. Owning your own business, especially in the crafting world can be a daunting task. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to be successful. Making pretty cards and doing fun videos is not enough to guarantee success, so hats off to you for every little thing you do to help! We all need a tribe. I’m so happy you are my tribe.
Hello stampers. Are you ready for another Rococo Rose card? This one also uses the faux chalkboard technique but it was done on sahara sand cardstock for an entirely different look. I love the technique, the colours and the stamp set. Before I show you the card I have a question for you. Do you know what Rococo means? I didn’t so I looked it up. Rather than type out the entire definition, click here and you will also be more knowledgeable!
Here you can see a closeup of how lovely the faux chalkboard technique is.
I did some simple stamping in the inside of the card as well. For my insides I just use computer paper and I adhere it only on the top so that people can easily remove it and regift the card. This way the card is the gift that keeps on giving!
Finally here you can see the two cards side by side to see how different they look on different backgrounds. Same technique with one done on Rococo Rose cardstock and the other on Sahara Sand. I had a hard time deciding which one I liked better! Woven Heirlooms is a lovely vintage stamp set that works perfectly on these cards.
I am working on both a ribbon share with all the new ribbons in the catalog as well as a paper share. The paper share will be $66 for 162 sheets of 6 x 6 paper. If you need it shipped that will be an additional charge. I hope to have that figure tomorrow for you! Ribbon shares include all the new ribbon in the catalog, you will get 30 yards for $39 and again I have to figure out the shipping. I hope to have that all ready complete with a PayPal button. I am moving into the technological age a little bit more!! I also hope to have a tutorial ready for these cards as well but I am also prepping for an Art Show this weekend so time is in short supply.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I promised you that I would choose someone who commented on yesterday’s post and they would be getting a surprise in the mail. I thought it might generate some more interest is I showed you what the prize was, so you get another chance if you comment today! The prize is a lovely Paper Pumpkin stamp set.
That’s all for today but be sure to check back tomorrow for the ribbon shares, the paper shares and the story of my cross border buddy partnership with Julie Gilson! If you follow me but live in the States, you can now click on the shop with Julie button. How wonderful is that?