Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Transforming your paper with Blends is a very rewarding experience. Many of us love to colour and when you take your monochromatic paper and chop it up to a manageable size you are ready to transform it. That is what I did with my card for my private Prime Time group. I used the Peaceful Place paper to make this card.
Transforming Your Paper With Blends
At the heart of this technique is another practice called #loveitchopit. Truth be told, we often hoard our pretty paper. Experience has taught me that when I chop my paper I am much more likely to use it. The best measurements for chopping are 4″ x 12″ strips and then you can cut them into 4″ by 5 1/4″ for card fronts. This will leave some smaller strips that you can use in the inside of your cards.
The Paper as the Focal Point
I decided to turn this gorgeous paper into the focal point of this easel fold card. It looks great combined with Early Espresso and Old Olive cardstock. Transforming your paper is easy with Blends don’t you think?
The Finishing Touch
I added a few metallic dots and some linen thread for the sentiment. It was so much fun making this card and I am looking forward to doing a video tutorial with it for my Prime Time group on Thursday.
Follow Me on YouTube
Did you know that I do a weekly virtual coffee and a card class on YouTube? You can follow along even if you don’t order the kits to do it yourself with me. Each Tuesday morning at 10am EST I do the video. This past week I actually showed this colouring technique at the end. I’ll share the video here. Keep an eye out for the little red rectangle in the corner of my video. If you click on that you can subscribe to my channel and then you will be notified every time I post.
Sometimes life gets a little hectic and then I drop a few things that I was super enthusiastic about. One of those things was my Parcels in the Post program. I hope to revive that very soon!! Another is stamp clubs. I miss my stamp clubs and am hoping to start them up again but on a virtual platform. Many people are not big fans of more technology so they stay away from Zoom. Did you know that you can also use Facebook rooms to get together. Maybe we will have a little play session to see how it works. Who is interested?
Thanks so much for joining me today. Happy stamping and have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have a Pansy Patch Easel-Fold card for you. Do you want to hear the story of how this card came to be? Maybe you already know because you joined me for my YouTube and Facebook live at 10am yesterday. Let me tell you the story.
When Bad Things Happen
Here is a glimpse behind the scenes. Yesterday was my youngest daughter Rachel’s birthday. I am in Holland and she is in Canada and there is a 6 hour time difference. She misses Mama Bear so of course she called me when she woke up at 9am. That means it was 3pm here, one hour before my live video. We chatted for 45 minutes and then I said, I have to go, to get ready for my live video.
Upstairs I go, quite confident in my ManyCam abilities now. I already had my card materials ready, so it was just a matter of setting up the live stream. This all went really well and I could see that my microphone was working. I had my laptop off to the side so that I could see your comments. That didn’t work so well this time but since I could see my microphone working just fine, I thought I would catch up with the comments later. Big mistake.
Apparently the sound conked out after you were treated to the sound of the frogs copulating in the pond outside!! You should have heard me when I saw the first comments after the video had ended!! I said something like this: “You mean they could hear those blasted frogs and not me!! Arggghhhh!!” Then my screen also froze. Gerard did a speed test and apparently the internet connection was fine. Must have been the technology gremlins having fun.
The reason I was so upset that it didn’t work is that I was in such a good flow. While the card was being made ever so nicely I had a great dialogue going, telling you all about how the virtual coffee and a card class started and how a demo’s brain works when they are planning events. Then it was all for nought!!!
Gerard says, don’t give up, just make it again. I moaned, I can’t!! I don’t have any more Sweet Ice Cream supplies. You see, I only took the card kits with me just like the ones my subscribers get. Deep breaths. There must be a solution. There was. I cased my own card using different stamps and paper and this was the result.
Why Does This Make Me Happy?
The biggest win in this situation is that people can see that they can participate in my video tutorials even if they don’t have any of the supplies that I am using. As long as you have some basic cardstock and patterned paper and some stamps you CAN create along with me. My advice is to first watch the video and then watch again with your supplies ready to go. You can pause me whenever you want and catch up with your own card making. I would love to see what you make!!
A Few More Pictures
Pansy Patch is really a lovely suite. The patterned paper has both florals and gingham as well as some leaves and pansy bouquets that you can cut out. I used the dies to cut out the individual pansies. Gorgeous!! The new in colour gems are a perfect match too. They are currently on back order so you will have to wait a while to get them.
If you want to subscribe to my virtual coffee and a card class, you can do so here.
The Original Card
Do you want to see what the original card was from my Sweet Ice Cream Virtual Coffee and a Card class? I had to steal the ribbon from it to finish the pansy card! That reminds me of what I sometimes had to do when I was first a demonstrator and did workshops in people’s homes! No matter how hard I tried to be organized I would always forget some product. To improvise and make the class possible I sometimes had to take apart my card samples to glean enough supplies!!
Unfortunately the Sweet Ice Cream bundle is back ordered until the end of May. I would strongly advise getting the paper before it is gone. The mini catalog is supposed to be “live” until the end of June but supplies are only available while supplies last. We can be upset about that, but it happens all the time in the real world. I had found an amazing pair of shoes but alas, no longer available in my size.
Once again I want to thank you for all your support and encouragement. What a wonderful stamping community we have. Just like the card says, I truly appreciate all the little things you do.
Join My Team!
My heart is with my Beyond Pampered Team. What a wonderful group of stampers we have and it is growing across the country. There has never been a better time to join. From now until the end of May there is significant added value to the starter kit and by getting the kit you also get your own personal 20% discount.
The kit is $135 with no shipping or tax. You can put any products you want in it except for host sets. The best part is that you get to choose a whopping $208 worth of products. I have to admit, I got the starter kit myself in the Netherlands so that I could get the ink pads and the in colour ribbon that I didn’t have here. If you want to join, just click here.
I hope you have a super day!!