Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Last week I realized that I had totally forgotten to blog about this beautiful Coming Home Bird House Card. I am thrilled to share it with you today.
The Story Behind the Card
This card is not my original work. Not at all. I saw this card on a Facebook group called the Demonstrator Planning Place and it was getting a lot of attention. No wonder. It is a fantastic card and I love everything about it. This card was made and designed by a German demonstrator named Jana Müller. Here is Jana’s blog. I watched her video tutorial but of course it was in German, so I thought it would be a good idea to make and share this card myself. Here it is:
I did make a video tutorial on this card and it is posted in my Prime Time With the Pampered Stamper group. If you want to join this private group, that would be awesome. You can read all about it here.
Close-Up View and Special Trick
Here is a close up view of this great card. There is are three simple tricks that make this card stand out.
- Create “berries” for the branches from the Gorgeous Posies stamp with a cajun craze marker.
- Make little background “stipples” by flicking the tip of your sahara sand marker against the inside of the marker lid.
- Add a spritz of white dots to the background using your Water Painter, a few drops of whisper white craft reinker and a bit of water from the Water Painter and flick over your card. Be careful not to smear afterwards as this white craft ink takes a while to dry.
The Little Details
Here is one more picture that show some details in this card. Dimensionals make all the difference as does the addition of white craft ink. The leaves were punched out using the Autumn Punch pack and then they were colour washed with white craft ink and a water painter. I used a white gel pen (contraband because Stampin’Up! no longer carries one) to make hearts on the little birdhouse hearts. That cute little bird comes from the stamp set Free as a Bird and the “greenery” is from the Sunflowers dies.
There’s more! Do you see the little “droplets”? They are from the Frosted & Clear epoxy droplets in the annual catalog on page 156. If you want them to be a bit smaller you could also use the Flowers for Every Season gems on page 158. That cute striped paper? It’s from Gilded Autumn, but it is backordered until the end of November. Be sure to order it then because it’s awesome!!
Fifteenth Anniversary Celebrations
Did you know that I just celebrated fifteen years as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator? Incredible really. The stories I could tell about this journey are truly amazing. Thanks for being a part of this journey and for supporting me in this business. As a thank you I am offering a FREE Press On stamp set with a $100 online order if you use the current host code SS6VVFCF
The reason I chose this stamp set is because it features lots of coffee images and the class that launched my business was indeed my coffee and a card class. Here is the stamp set so you can see what you will get.
Thanks so much for joining me today. If you want to see all the products used in this card be sure to check the product list below. Click on any of the images and you will be in my online store. Happy shopping!! Have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am sharing with you a card that uses In the Pines with Coming Home. Coming Home is the fantastic set with the cute houses and In the Pines has lots of gorgeous trees. Let’s take a look!
In the Pines With Coming Home
Coming Home has really captured my heart and my imagination. Not only do I love all the whimsical houses, I also LOVE the cause it supports. With every stamp set sold, $4 is donated to charities that support adoption, foster care and infertility. That makes my heart happy. Every house is so much more beautiful when it is surrounded with trees. This is true in real life but also on cards. Hence the addition of the stamp set In The Pines.
This is the first card that I made and I really liked it. Then I remembered the spatter technique using a water pen with white craft ink. Of course I needed to try it!
White Craft Ink Spatter Technique
Did you know that if you put a few drops of white craft ink refill on an acrylic block you can do magic? Just add a little water with your new water pen to dilute it a bit. Tap your water pen above your card and you will get a delightful spatter that looks like delicate snow. I love this so much!!
You can see from this closeup picture that I also used some Sparkly Crystal Effects with a bit of dazzling diamonds glitter for some more magic. I coloured the windows with light saffron Blends so that it looks like the house is lit up from inside.
If you want to see more cards using the Trimming the Town suite and Coming Home stamp set, check out this blog post.
Taking the Party Inside
I must confess that sometimes I forget to finish off the inside of the card, but not this time! This is a special inside because it features a simple pop up with another cute house.
I am sure you are wondering where this great sentiment is from. It is actually from a retired host set called Greatest Part of Christmas. Be sure to pay attention to our exclusive host sets. The only way to get them is to either host a qualifying workshop OR place an order of $200. As demonstrators we can also get them when we place a $200 order. If you want to save money on your stamping supplies and you live in Canada, you can! Just get the starter kit through me and you will save 20% on all your orders.
Online Christmas Extravaganza Retreat Coming Soon
By request from one of my customers I am planning an online Christmas Extravaganza Retreat. The details are still percolating in my head but I hope to share by the end of next week. I can promise you that it will be epic!!
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. I am giddy with excitement about my new discovery. Today I have a great, simple card for you using Coming Home with Felt! Yes, we have new festive felt sheets and they cut like a dream with our new Cut & Emboss machine. What I am really excited about though is the snow that I created! Take a look with me.
Coming Home With Felt
Coming Home is of course a great stamp set with a great cause. Did you know that $4 will be donated to adoption, foster care and fertility charities with each sale of this stamp set? Another great reason to order it today. I found that the felt cut really well with the new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. It even worked great without having to turn it sideways!! That meant that I did not have to trim the felt at all to run it through. It comes 6″ wide so that you can run it through the machine easily.
Trimming the Town Card
The suite and the paper are both called Trimming the Town. My cute little house was cut using the dies from the bundle right from this super cute paper. The mountain scene in the background is also cut from the paper. This piece measures 4″ by 5 1/4″. I was sure to not cut into any of the cute houses!
One crucial piece of information is that I put a piece of whisper white in behind the felt, otherwise the Misty Moonlight would show through and that wasn’t very nice. You can see how I did it in the next picture. The cute little saying is also cut right out of the Trimming the Town paper.
Close-Up with my Little Trick
This close-up photo isn’t perfect but it does let you see the adorable snow spatters. This little touch makes all the difference! Do you know how I did it? Well, you can watch my Facebook live video at 3pm EST today but I can tell you about it now.
You simply put a few drops of whisper white reinker on a block and using your water brush, mix it up till it is a little runny. Then tap the brush so that it spatters on your card. Repeat until you are happy with the coverage. Many thanks to Jana Müller for this tip.
New Machine in the Starter Kit
I have a brilliant idea for you. Do you need a new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine? It is beautiful and it works like a dream. It is also priced just right so that you can add it to your starter kit and by doing so save both the shipping and the tax. You will also get two free stamp sets, 16 card kits and a package or rhinestones as well as a coupon for a free Paper Pumpkin kit. There are no strings attached. After purchasing the starter kit you will also get a 20% discount on any orders you place either for yourself or for others until the end of January. If you want to keep your discount then you need to sell $400 every three months. Click here if you want this amazing deal. Questions? Please message me!
Get & Go Promotion
If you want to see the stamp sets and the card kits included in the Get & Go starter kit promotion, just check out this blog post. Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you have a super day. (PS, I posted a new pdf tutorial and it features the Gnomes! It is only $5US but FREE if you sign up for the online Bingo. Check it out in the tutorials section here.
There are all kinds of things to check out in the blog header that you might have missed. Just sayin’.