Friday, May 27, 2016

Going Fishin'!

Our grandson, Alex, will be staying with us next week before he starts summer camp and he's made it clear that we're going fishing!  During a recent weekend visit, he wanted to fish so we made our way to the nearby lake.  I have to let you know, we aren't fishermen and it's been many years since I've fished!  It required we purchase a rod & reel so he could "show us" how to fish.  When we started to explain how to cast, he informed us he knew how as he learned it from watching television and YouTube videos...a 7 year old that thinks he's 17!  Fortunately, with assistance from a neighbor,  Alex caught his first fish!   

In preparing for his upcoming visit, I decided a card made in a recent class would be perfect to go along with some surprises we have for his fishing adventures.  The Bear Hugs stamp set and matching framelits dies was used to make the card.  To create the lake and the grass area on the card, a post-it note was torn and used to for a mask, as well as, a guide for sponging.  The lake was sponged using Pool Party Classic ink, then it was covered with the portion of the post-it note that matched it's torn edge.  This allowed for sponging the grass area.  The trees from the In the Meadow stamp set were stamped with Early Espresso ink.  The bear was stamped with Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake card stock, cut with the matching die and attached using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The fish were stamped and then colored using Old Olive and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers. 

 Fishing Sentiment using Stampin' Up! Bear Hugs Stamp set & Bear Hugs Framelits Dies
Just a reminder, I am offering the following Endless Birthday Wishes kits for purchase. (Photos of the cards are in the Endless Birthday Wishes blog post.)

Option 1: includes PDF instructions, Endless Birthday Wishes Stamp Set, all paper necessary for the four cards (cut and scored), envelopes, embellishments, sequins, rhinestones, silver metallic thread, Stampin' Dimensionals.  Cost: $25 plus $7 priority shipping & handling
Option 2:  (if you own the stamp set) includes PDF instructions, all paper necessary for the four cards (cut and scored), envelopes, embellishments, sequins, rhinestones, Stampin' dimensionals.  Cost: $12 plus $7 priority shipping & handling
Option 3: Add-on Gift Tags:  materials for 4 coordinating shaker gift tags.  Kit will include precut papers and window sheet, a container of sequins & foam adhesive strips.  Cost: $10 (if ordered without the card options, add $7 for priority shipping & handling.)

What will you need to complete the cards - Basic Black Archival Stampin Pad; Classic Stampin Pads: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango; Fast Fuse, Mini-Glue Dots, Clean-Mount Blocks.

 You can email me with the option(s) you wish to order.  Payment is accepted via PayPal.

 Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.   

Monday, May 23, 2016

Endless Birthday Wishes

Hope that you're visiting my blog after joining in for the launch of Monday Night Mania via Facebook Live.  The plans are to schedule a monthly Monday live event.  If you missed out on the live event, it is available to watch on my Facebook page (Margaret Knight, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator).  There were a couple of technical glitches and I lost my connection so there are two videos posted...hope you'll check them out!   

The event focused on a card class titled "Endless Birthday Wishes" and though I demonstrated only one card for the event, four different card styles are included in the directions. It's a great class and utilizes the Brights color collection from Stampin' Up!  The stamp set, Endless Birthday Wishes, has a variety of combination birthday greetings, as well as, a few general greetings.  

Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes Card Class
To coordinate with the card demonstrated, I designed a Shaker Gift Tag using the same stamp set and used the Banner Framelits for the shape. This is similar to a design displayed at the Onstage Live Event hosted by Stampin' Up! in April.  I loved the look of using a banner for a shaker card and knew that it would be perfect for this card set.  

Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes Shaker Gift Tag
As mentioned in the event, I am offering several class kits.  

Option 1: includes PDF instructions, Endless Birthday Wishes Stamp Set, all paper necessary for the four cards (cut and scored), envelopes, embellishments, sequins, rhinestones, silver metallic thread, Stampin' Dimensionals.  Cost: $25 plus $7 priority shipping & handling

Option 2:  (if you own the stamp set) includes PDF instructions, all paper necessary for the four cards (cut and scored), envelopes, embellishments, sequins, rhinestones, Stampin' dimensionals.  Cost: $12 plus $7 priority shipping & handling

Option 3: Add-on Gift Tags:  materials for 4 coordinating shaker gift tags.  Kit will include precut papers and window sheet, a container of sequins & foam adhesive strips.  Cost: $10 (if ordered without the card options, add $7 for priority shipping & handling.)

What will you need to complete the cards - Basic Black Archival Stampin Pad; Classic Stampin Pads: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango; Fast Fuse, Mini-Glue Dots, Clean-Mount Blocks.

 You can email me with the option(s) you wish to order.  Payment is accepted via PayPal.

 Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.    
Your comments are appreciated!
 

  The Hostess Code for May is VE2K2TG4.
Use this code if your order is less than $150.
If your order exceeds $150, you will receive Hostess Rewards. 
Visit the Shop Now tab at the top of my blog post to place your order.
 

Friday, May 20, 2016

In the Meadow for Father's Day

In the recent Guy Greetings class, one of the cards made used the "In the Meadow" stamp  set from Stampin' Up!  When I first saw this stamp set, I knew it was a "must purchase" so I could make a card for my deer hunting dad!  The masking technique was used so that the deer appear in front of the trees.  After stamping the design with Stazon Jet Black ink onto  Shimmery White paper, aqua painters were used to color the image. A circle framelit die was used to cut the image before attaching it to the designer series paper (DSP) layer using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The DSP is from the English Garden collection.  The sentiment is from the Guy Greetings stamp set.  

Father's Day Card using Stampin' Up! In the Meadow stamp set


The masking technique is simple!  Use masking when you want to create a background behind an image.  The mask will cover the image you wish to have in the forefront of the card.  To create a mask, stamp the image onto a post-it note but be sure to stamp part of the image so that it's over the portion that has adhesive on the back...it will hold your mask in place.  After you stamp the image on the post-it note, use paper snips to trim the image.  Use it to cover the image on your card stock.  You have now "masked" the image and can stamp over the post-it note image so that a background can be created.  In the card above, the trees were stamped over the deer.  When the mask is removed, the deer are in the forefront.   Hope you'll give this technique a try! 

  JOIN ME - Monday, May 23, 8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
I will be hosting a "Facebook live" Monday Night Mania Class.
Details:  There will be a card demonstration & gift tag demonstration, 
games & prizes.  
The event will be on my Facebook page (Margaret Knight, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator).  Just go to my Facebook page at 8:00 p.m. EST to join the class. 
 Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.    
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hats Off to You!

The theme in one of this month's card classes was Guy Greetings.  We focused on creating cards that were "manly".  The one being shared today was one of our quick and easy cards. The Guy Greetings stamp set if full of wonderful stamps for creating masculine cards and  the "hats off to you" sentiment seemed to be perfect for creating a congratulatory card.  The color combination was pulled from the English Garden Designer Series Paper.  Yes, isn't it great that Stampin' Up! designs the two-sided paper with prints that are so versatile?  For the card, Soft Suede, Mint Macaroon and Mossy Meadow was used. 
 
Stampin' Up! Guy Greetings Stamp Set with colors of Soft Suede, Mint Macaroon and Mossy Meadow
As the excitement builds with the new catalog, I'm trying to use up my hoard of supplies (who can relate?)!  However, there are favorites from the past that will be missed so I'm stocking up before the items are gone (such as Lost Lagoon!)  Be sure to check out the retiring list. 

DID YOU KNOW?  An Embossing Buddy is a small bag filled with a light powder. It's the first step when heat embossing...rub it across your paper prior to stamping & adding embossing powder or glitter to your project.  It helps eliminate "strays" by reducing static. 

  The Hostess Code for May is VE2K2TG4.
Use this code if your order is less than $150.
If your order exceeds $150, you will receive Hostess Rewards. 
Visit the Shop Now tab at the top of my blog post to place your order.

SAVE THE DATE - Monday, May 23, 8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
I will be hosting a "Facebook live" Monday Night Mania Class.
Details:  There will be a card demonstration & gift tag demonstration, games & prizes.  
The event will be on my Facebook page (Margaret Knight, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator).  Just go to my Facebook page at 8:00 p.m. EST to join the class. 

 Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.    
Your comments are appreciated!


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tea Cup Easel Card

Hi all!  Hope your week is off to a good start.  It's a rainy day in Georgia so a good day for me to work on projects but before heading to my crafting space, I wanted to share a card that was made in the Cups & Kettles class last month.  It is an easel card and like a previously shared card, a tea cup was filled with flowers. The Cups & Kettles framelit dies have sold out but "A Nice Cuppa" stamp set is still available.  Don't fret though...it's easy to cut the tea cup with scissors! 

Easel Card using Stampin' Up! A Nice Cuppa Stamp Set, Cups & Kettles Framelits, Petite Petals Stamp Set, Petite Petals Punch, Have A Cuppa Designer Series Paper
This was a fun card to create and it's nice way to display a card.  The easel card is a standard card size (5-1/2" x 4-1/4") and folds flat for mailing. 

The countdown has started to the launch of the new catalog and Stampin' Up! has announced Extra Stampin' Rewards in the month of June for orders over $350!  You can earn an extra $35.  Start filling out your shopping list or plan to host a party.  Contact me for more details.

The Hostess Code for May is VE2K2TG4.
Use this code if your order is less than $150.
If your order exceeds $150, you will receive Hostess Rewards. 
Visit the Shop Now tab at the top of my blog post to place your order.

SAVE THE DATE - Monday, May 23, 8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
I will be hosting a "Facebook live" Monday Night Mania Class.
Details:  There will be a card demonstration & gift tag demonstration, games & prizes.  
The event will be on my Facebook page (Margaret Knight, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator).  Just go to my Facebook page at 8:00 p.m. EST to join the class.

 Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.    
Your comments are appreciated!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Party Wishes Birthday

It seems there's always a need for a birthday card so for a recent class, I decided to use the Party Wishes stamp set and the It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (DSP) from Stampin' Up! to create a card, as well as, a gift tag.  The DSP paper stack is great.  It has 48 sheets of 12 different double-sided designs so there are endless combinations available for fun creativity!  I selected the paper covered with candles and used an angle cut to split the paper so that when adhered to the card base, there's room to stamp a sentiment (from Balloon Celebration stamp set) between the angled DSP.  For a finishing touch, a cake with candles was stamped to complete the card.  What's a birthday without a gift!  so I created a gift tag to coordinate with the card.  Below the stamped sentiment (from the Party Wishes stamp set), the lower portion of the tag is covered with It's My Party Designer Washi Tape.  Of course, don't forget to embellish the envelope too! 

Birthday Card & Gift Tag using Stampin' Up! Party Wishes Stamp Set & It's My Party Designer Series Paper
This is a great stamp set and DSP for creating a variety of birthday cards.  Be sure to order the Party Wishes stamp set and the It's My Party DSP soon...it's retiring on May 31st.
 
The Hostess Code for May is VE2K2TG4.
Use this code if your order is less than $150.
If your order exceeds $150, you will receive Hostess Rewards. 
Visit the Shop Now tab at the top of my blog post to place your order.

SAVE THE DATE - Monday, May 23, 8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
I will be hosting a "live" Monday Night Mania Class.
Details:  There will be a card demonstration & gift tag demonstration, games & prizes.  More information as the date nears.
 Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.    
Your comments are appreciated!



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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Have you tried watercoloring lately?

While planning cards for a special class, I was perusing the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog for inspiration.  Since I have not used the Birthday Blooms stamp set lately, I decide to make one of the cards shown in the catalog that highlights the large flower bloom from the set.  I did make a few minor changes (different sentiment, changed small splatter pattern) but kept the layout and color scheme the same. The flower is colored using the watercolor technique on the Shimmery White Cardstock.  I have used the paper before to watercolor a small image but not for a larger image as I was really unsure if the paper could withstand the water (even though it says it's for watercoloring).  Figured it was time to a try.  Wow!  it worked wonderfully and unlike normal watercolor paper, the cardstock is smooth not textured and has a nice sheen.  I had a blast coloring the flower using the Aqua Painter to glide the stampin' ink across the image.  The shading technique used with alcohol makers was followed to create depth through color variation.  Also, note that the image should be stamped with Jet Black Stazon or Archival Basic Black versus  using Memento Black (it is water soluble).   It was such fun and has become one of my favorite techniques!   So stay tuned, I stamped several flowers and plan to watercolor them using a variety of ink colors... I'll be sharing projects using the flowers in the coming weeks!

 
Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms Stamp Set, Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White Cardstock
Be sure to try watercoloring using the Aqua Painters and Shimmery White Cardstock!  I promise you'll love the results and find it lots of fun!

Did you know?  A bone folder is used to crease, score or burnish paper.  Though the majority are now made of plastic, they originally were often made from the leg bone of cattle, deer or similar animals. 
The Hostess Code for May is VE2K2TG4.
Use this code if your order is less than $150.
If your order exceeds $150, you will receive Hostess Rewards. 
Visit the Shop Now tab at the top of my blog post to place your order.

SAVE THE DATE - Monday, May 23, 8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
I will be hosting a "live" Monday Night Mania Class.
Details:  There will be a card demonstration & gift tag demonstration, games & prizes.  More information as the date nears.
 Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.    
Your comments are appreciated!

 
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Simple but elegant!

Hope you all had a nice weekend and that all the mom's had a great Mother's Day!  

Today's card share is a simple card to make but yet is elegant. In my opinion, layering white on white creates a classy looking card.  Approximately 2/3s of the top card layer is texture embossed with the Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, thus leaving enough non-embossed card to stamp the sentiment.  The card base uses the Whisper White Thick card stock and the embossed layer is the regular Whisper White card stock.  The weight of the Whisper White Thick card stock is perfect for a card base.  Since I am in need of a thank you card, I chose the sentiment from the Tin of Cards photopolymer stamp set and stamped it using Lost Lagoon ink.  (going to miss this color when it retires at month's end!) The Botanical Builder Framelits Dies was used to cut the flower and leaves.  The touch of color by adding the flower elevates the card...though I must say, just the embossed white with a stamped sentiment looked nice too!  The edges of the flower were sponged with Lost Lagoon ink to add additional dimension.  The Lost Lagoon ribbon is discontinued and can be omitted but some substitutions include white ribbon colored with the desired ink color or adding a strip of washi tape. 

Elegant Thank You using Stampin' Up! Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Botanical Builder Framelits Dies & Tin of Cards photopolymer stamp sets

To keep the flower petals lifted, a stampin' dimensional was cut into quarters and each piece was placed near each petal base (photo is below).



The Hostess Code for May is VE2K2TG4.
Use this code if your order is less than $150.
If your order exceeds $150, you will receive Hostess Rewards. 
Visit the Shop Now tab at the top of my blog post to place your order.

SAVE THE DATE - Monday, May 23, 8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
I will be hosting a "live" Monday Night Mania Class.
Details:  There will be a card demonstration & gift tag demonstration, games & prizes.  More information as the date nears.
 Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.    
Your comments are appreciated!

 

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day is almost here!

This Sunday we celebrate Mother's Day and since my mom has received the card made for her, I can now share it with you.  This year, I decided to make a drapery style card and since one of my favorite Designer Series Papers is Birthday Bouquet, I knew that it was the one that would be used for the card.  The cup of tea (Cups & Kettles Framelits Dies) is a reminder for my mom to sit back, relax and know that lots of love is being sent her way.  The interior of the card was stamped using the sentiment from the May Paper Pumpkin kit.  I thought the style of the flowers in the sentiment closely matched those in the designer paper...just colored them with the matching Stampin' Write Markers.  Not only does Paper Pumpkin have cute projects but the stamps in the kits have been great for use on a variety of projects.
 
Stampin' Up! Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Cups & Kettles Framelits Dies, A Nice Cuppa and Birthday Blooms Stamp Sets

Stampin' Up! May Paper Pumpkin Kit and A Nice Cuppa Stamp Set

My mom called to say that she loved the card...I just hope she takes my advice to enjoy the day!

Take note that if you wish to make projects using the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and A Nice Cuppa Stamp set, these items are on the retiring list and will not be available after May 31. The Cups & Kettles Framelits Dies have sold out and are no longer available.

To all mothers - Have a Happy Mother's Day!

The Hostess Code for May is VE2K2TG4.
Use this code if your order is less than $150.
If your order exceeds $150, you will receive Hostess Rewards. 
Visit the Shop Now tab at the top of my blog post to place your order.

SAVE THE DATE - Monday, May 23, 8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
I will be hosting a "live" Monday Night Mania Class.
Details will be announced next week, you'll not want to miss the fun!
 
 Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.    
Your comments are appreciated!

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