Hello stampers. I think the Color Me Happy kit is aptly named (except of course for the American spelling!) For most of us, colouring makes us happy. It is relaxing and fun, and with the Blends it is even more special. A true testimony of this came from one of my Blends Club members. She admitted that she really didn’t like colouring. It stressed her out. Until she used the Blends. Now she loves colouring! Unfortunately the Blends are not available right now, they were so popular that they sold out of their inventory, so now you have to wait until June to get them. You snooze, you lose.
I thought I would do a blog post on this kit since you can’t find it in any of our catalogs. It is in the Blends brochure, but that has also not been widely dispersed. This kit is available on its own or as a bundle with the coordinating stamp set. The kit comes with 16 cards and 16 beautiful envelopes. It also includes tassels, gold tape, white baker’s twine and assorted sequins to finish off your cards with flair.
Here is a photo of the stamp set. You can choose to just get the kit and then make it a class I offer, but if you love the set or would like to make them on your own or use the lovely stamp set for other projects, then I would advise saving 10% and getting the bundle. My favourite image in this set is the birds. The one on the right looks like he’s had a rough day and the pink one on the left is trying to cheer him up a little. The Oh Hello is also terrific, especially with the stamparatus so you can stamp it several times to get a nice deep black tone.
Another reason for this blog post is that this bundle is available only while supplies last, so here is your heads up to not let this one get away on you and also to take advantage of this last week of saleabration!! Here is a shot of the kit components.
Do you see those envelopes? Trust me, anyone getting one of these cards in the mail are going to be quite excited knowing that they are getting very special mail indeed. It’s all in the details!! Add a small item to your order, only $8 worth and you will also qualify for a free saleabration product. If you choose to do so, please use the current host code: FFX3Z2H6.
Kits are a welcome sight when your brain needs a break but you still want to make something beautiful. That is all I took with me for my week away at a friend’s home on the lake. Made me very happy and stress free! I highly recommend it. Hope you all have a very blessed Easter!
Hello stampers! I am in love with the Petal Passion Paper and have finally had a chance to play with one of the sheets that is perfect for colouring. I am hosting a Blends Club and I purposely bought several packs of this beautiful paper so that I would have enough to make cards for twenty people. I cut the 12 x 12 paper into six pieces each measuring 3 3/4″ by 5″ so that there was a nice amount of white border around the edges. I then of course fell into my familiar routine of using up the scraps and coming up with a few more card designs so as not to waste anything. When I love a piece of paper I like to get the most out of it!!
I keep a little baggie of little white strips that are left over from cutting card fronts. These are great for little banners and a simple sentiment. For this card I used rich razzleberry, daffodil delight and old olive blends and a little bit of pool party. After cutting the six card fronts from the Petal Passion paper I had some leftover strips that were two inches wide so I used those on the next card. I used a piece of pool party shimmer ribbon to add a nice light contrast.
I also had some 3/4″ strips left over from cutting the card fronts, so I put them together on this card along with some other strips of Petal Passion paper that I had left over from other projects. Because they have more of a black background they combined nicely with the ones I coloured with my blends. Add some ribbon and a stitched framelit sentiment and voila!! On this card I switched up the pool party for smoky slate since that is one of the colours that my Blends club members are receiving today. I really like the look of that colour combination.
The strips of Petal Passion designer series paper on this card are 3/4″ wide by 5″ and they are simply adhered side by side on a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of rich razzleberry cardstock. I used the whisper white 1/4″ organza ribbon to accent the sentiment which is also from Petal Palette. The whole suite just works so nice together, I just realized I could have added a petal passion embellishment too, that would look beautiful!! Well, I tried it and it didn’t really add anything, the card is too busy with it, but it did look great on my first card, take a look.
The last card doesn’t use the Petal Passion paper, but it does use the Petal Palette stamp set as well as the same blends colours, rich razzleberry and old olive. I cased this one but I do not have a name so I can’t give credit. The sentiment on this card comes from Happy Birthday Gorgeous. The celebrate is a free thinlit that you can get with a $120 purchase during sale-a-bration which goes until March 31.
With this last card I used the colour lifter on the light rich razzleberry to give it more variation in colour. I am really happy with the way it turned out. I hope you enjoyed these cards featuring our lovely Blends. They are a high ticket item so they are perfect for putting in your starter kit, that way you do not have to pay shipping or tax, you also get two free stamp sets, a free Paper Pumpkin, and from me, you will also get a FREE Celebrate You thinlits dies. The first five people to respond to this blog post will be eligible for this bonus free gift. If you choose Petal Palette as one of your free stamp sets then you will be all set to make these cards when your kit arrives. Click here to get started. Happy stamping!!
Hello stampers! Have you tried our new Blends yet? They are amazing. Beautiful colours and so very easy to use. Even people who don’t usually like to colour are falling in love with these beautiful alcohol markers. They can be used individually for plain colouring with no lines or together if you want to blend and make it look even prettier. Now I totally understand how even the word “blend” can make you break out into hives. It implies that you need a certain level of artistic ability. Not true. My mind does not work that way. I don’t think to myself, now which way is the light coming in and where would the shadows be? I wish my mind worked that way, but even if it doesn’t, you can still do beautiful colouring and enjoy it. Recently I made some great Christmas cards using the Blends. Check it out.
We also used Blends at my Bingo party on Thursday night. Now I am telling you this was a rocking party and everyone was having a lot of fun and it was loud!! But as soon as the Blends came out, it quieted right down. Everyone just got really zen and relaxed. Truly amazing to see. So if you are feeling a bit of holiday stress, try colouring, it really helps. Tomorrow at coffee and a card class we will be using the Blends to make this card and two others. Class will be a bit different than usual. SInce last week was a “snow day” we are having coffee and a card at the regular time of 10am but then we are going to have a lovely lunch together and do another class after lunch and that is the one where we will be using the Blends.
For this card I used Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate and Old Olive Blends. I used a touch of our embossing paste on the cuffs of the dress, or is it a coat?
The last card that I am making at class was totally cased from my friend Pat Skirtschak who sent me this very card in the mail. It was her card that just made me want to have the set Christmas in the Making and now I am so glad that I have it. It is one of those stamp sets that just makes you happy to look at.
I used Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette and Crumb Cake on this card. The pretty metallic ribbon was one of the sale-a-bration freebies last year. After I was done making these cards I wanted to try them with a new kit that I got from the Occasions catalog. It will be available to you on January 3. The kit is called Lots of Happy and it comes with 20 cards, a stamp set, a block and four watercolour pencils and an archival black ink spot. The pencils are lovely but the kit also works beautifully with our Blends. The best part of this kit is that two of the watercolour pencils are brand new colours that are not in the watercolour pencil kits that are in the catalog: lemon lime twist and flirty flamingo.
The best way to get the Blends
Did you check out the link above to the Blends? Did you have a mini heart attack? They are NOT cheap. To get the complete set of blends is $162 before shipping and tax. So what is the best way to make this investment? I thought of two great ways.
- Wait till January and get the Starter Kit. You could get the kit now as well and it would still be a great deal and you would also be able to get all the things out of the Occasions catalog because as a demonstrator we can preorder now already and we can earn sale-a-bration rewards on our purchases in December. BUT…in January you will also get TWO free stamp sets with your kit and that is a pretty sweet deal. The starter kit is $135 but you get to pick out $165 worth of stuff and the blends are $162. You pay no shipping and no tax. After getting the starter kit you get a 20% discount on all your own purchases and you earn 20% on anything you sell to other people. I would love to have you on my team and will support you any way I can so you get the most value for your investment. Here is the link to get the starter kit.
- Join the Blends Club. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month from January till April. Each time I will have three sets of blends waiting for you and we will make two free cards. You pay $36 plus shipping and tax. You also get a free ivory, bronze and colour lifter for joining. This way you spread out your investment over four months, you get freebies and you make free cards and have four fun classes where you will learn some great tips and tricks for colouring.
Here are the finished cards from the Lots of Happy kit. Both versions turned out well. Which one do you prefer?
If you have any questions about the starter kit or about joining the Blends Club, send me a message at [email protected] or comment here. I always love to hear from you. Wishing you a great last week before Christmas, and remember to take some time for yourself to relax and unwind.