Coming November 1, 2017: BLENDS Alcohol Markers by Stampin’ Up!

I’m excited to announce BLENDS Alcohol Markers will be available from Stampin’ Up! In just a few days. As a demonstrator, I was able to order and play with them early and have been extremely happy with the results I’ve been getting as I learn to color with them.

I’ve always been a huge fan  of coloring stamped images, but never jumped into the use of alcohol markers. My first images colored with the Blends were these roses from the Graceful Garden Stamp set :

You can see a few of the alcohol markers that I used in the photo. I learned a lot about blending as I continued to play with the Blends. Playing with them is really the best way to get used to them.

I really enjoyed coloring these girls in the Christmas in the Making set.

You can tell that my coloring and highlights improved over time. From the first (lower left) to last (top left), I really started to learn a few basic tricks to create depth and variations in color. As I learn, I’ll try to share a few tips along the way. The biggest tip I can impart to anyone is to give them a try. Coloring with alcohol markers goes so much faster than other coloring methods I’ve used. I was reluctant to try them, but so glad I did!

Since they came loose, I had to get creative with storage. The entire set, plus a few Wink of Stella pens for that glittery touch, fit nicely in an empty Paper Pumpkin box.

Just a few things to keep in mind when using the new Blends:

  • Always have scratch paper under the images you are coloring. These markers have bleed, which promotes the blend ability of alcohol markers. You can ruin a table surface if you don’t protect it. I personally use scratch paper AND a magazine. Better safe with more buffer than sorry.
  • Larger areas are easier for practice than small and always remember bleed. Do not go up to the black line, stay slightly inside it. There will be bleed over the lines if you get too close. This is a learning curve. Thank goodness for the color lifter!
  • Most of the time it is easier to start with the darker shade and then blend into it with the light. The light colors actually have the ability to lift out a bit of the dark color helping it blend. Overlap of colors helps the blend.
  • Don’t feel your entire image has to have color. Leaving white spots adds highlights too.
  • Layering colors can create a new color. Try Old Olive & Bermuda Bay to create something very close to Emerald Envy. I’ll have to create a whole post for some of my other favorites, or we’ll be here all day!
  • Use Momento Ink as your stamped image ink. It won’t run.
  • practice, practice, practice 😀

I’ll stop there for now. I could really go on for some time about these Blends alcohol markers. Stampin’ Up! did their research and thoroughly tested them and they really knocked this release out of the park!

I can’t wait for customers to try them November 1.

Until next time…

-Joanne

You’ve Got Style Mrs. Claus

I wonder how much Santa & the elves would be accomplishing at this time of year without the gentle nudge (big push!) from Mrs. Claus.

In today’s post we learn how to celebrate Christmas Mrs. Claus style!  How to create her from the You’ve Got Style stamp set ( see below) by Stampin’ UP! Plus, how to use that embossing paste to create dimensional fur on the stylish coat Mrs. Claus is sporting.

I always like to stretch the use of sets beyond the original and immediate planned use. This set didn’t speak to me at first, but later I realized the multiple uses for the elements in the set. Sometimes with a few simple alterations, a stamp can become something entirely different.

Turn the fur coat woman into Mrs. Claus:

After you stamp this woman from the You’ve Got Style stamp set, you will need to draw a few lines to create the pom-pom part of the Christmas hat. It’s very easy, as you see in the diagram below.

You can also draw in lines to widen her legs, then color in the entire “x” area with black marker.

After you Color her in, why not add texture paste to mimic fur? What worked well for me was using a q-tip dipped in the container and patting into the areas of the stamp where I wanted the fur effect.

I think the real Mrs. Claus celebrates with her husband (Santa) and a glass of her favorite beverage. She’s got to be a sweet but sassy woman to deal with all those elves AND her husband leaving her every year for a trip around the world, dropping down chimneys and eating all those goodies while she sits at home waiting for his return. I’m certain she celebrates. Don’t you agree?

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

My Top 10 Favorite things in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ UP! catalog

When I get together with my downline or crafty friends we often talk about our favorite things.  Today, I thought I’d take some time to share my favorite things from the Stampin’ UP! Annual catalog now that I’ve had a few months to play with a bunch of the products from the catalog.

I find with Christmas on its way that people often wonder what my list would contain. Theses are those things from this year’s annual catalog which I recommend:

  1. The new Color Theory Suite.  Yes, the entire Suite!  I love the colors: Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst & Old Olive.  The versatility of the Colorful Seasons Bundle will take you through the entire year.  The designs are trendy and traditional. Color Theory
  2. The Ribbon of Courage Bundle.  A Perfect set to send love to those going through hard times in their cancer journey.  Simply by changing colors this set will provide support and awareness for military, police, fire, health issues, rape crisis and so much more.  The sentiments alone are great.  Plus, the hearts are good for any love themed creations. Ribbon of Courage Wood-Mount Bundle
  3. The new 2017-2018 In-Colors: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Powder Pink.  I loved them before I saw them in person and even more as I play with them.                                2017-2019 In Color Classic Stampin' Pads
  4. Memories and More.  I was very sad to see to partnership with Becky Higgins and Project Life come to an end.  I am very pleased with the new pocket cards which Stampin’ UP! has incorporated into their line.  The Color Theory and Petal Garden card packs have been at the top of my play list grabs/go-tos when I sit down to create and the Bundle of Love and Perfect Days will get their turn soon. I love them all.  They are great for pocket scrapbooking, great for 12″x12″ layouts and great for cards.  They coordinate well with other products and work perfectly as additional designer series papers on small projects.  I am thrilled with this new line.  I can tell you now, you’ll be seeing A LOT more of the designs I’ve created with Memories & More throughout the year.                    Color Theory Card Pack        Petal Garden Card Pack   Bundle of Love Card Pack        Perfect Days Card Pack
  5. Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.  It is a great background folder. I really like the deep impressions in the “dynamic” folder line.   I’m a big fan of the wood look and adding texture to projects.  This folder creates a great siding, tree, deck, boardwalk, or fence appearance with just a crank thru the Big Shot.   It looks fabulous with the Wood Textures DSP stack.                                                                  Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  6. Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  I’ve wanted a border punch to return to our line-up since the last one was taken away.  This year we have two (the Ticket Tear Border Punch is the other).  I like the design of this Decorative Ribbon Border and the ability to use either side tucked under an edge or allow the whole thing to show to create a total different border look.  You can even weave 1/8″ ribbon through the large holes!Decorative Ribbon Border Punch
  7. Daisy Delight Bundle.  This punch and stamp bundle is absolutely adorable. From home decor to card and scrapbook design- well, I really don’t need to tell you how wonderful daisies and a punch bundle are, do I? Its constant back order status this past Summer shows how popular it has been. BTW: Stock is available now.Daisy Delight Photopolymer Bundle
  8. At Home with You Bundle.  I like this set for its versatility.  It is perfect if you need a card for a new home owner.  It is cute to add the decorations to a card by themselves or as part of the door scene for various holidays.  The garland and wreaths for the door also fit the Window framelit (I like when new works with old!).  If you like to color in your images, this is a fun set. At Home with You Photopolymer Bundle
  9. 1/8″ sheer ribbons in Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive. I really love how easily these ribbons are to add to a project.  I find smaller ribbons easier to add to cards. Plus, when tied they don’t add much more bulk than a rhinestone or pearl and sending things in the post without extra postage is important to me.  See the Calypso Coral below:Calypso Coral 1/8" Sheer Ribbon
  10. Mini Dimensionals.  Have you been using snips to cut your dimensionals to fit smaller projects?  Well, finally these mini dimensionals (notice the size difference in the photo) eliminate some of that (some projects still need those odd shapes). Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
  11. Okay, I really couldn’t stop at 10 and this item is one of my absolute favorite new products- My bonus favorite item is the New Embossing Paste, coupled with the tools and decorative masks.  I love the ease of adding texture to a project.  I absolutely use this over and over and WILL buy more paste when mine runs out!                                             Embossing Paste

If you need help getting some of these things in your hands, I’m happy to help you with that.

Just don’t forget these great items when you’re shopping the holiday mini catalog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Night in Bethlehem: Variations of a Card Design

The announcement of the blogiversary contest winner can be found at the end of this post on Christmas card design variations using the new Stampin’ UP! holiday catalog release Night in Bethlehem.

While I really liked this simple card design of the sky, buildings, and figures which you can see in the stack of cards below, I decided to share how subtle changes in the same design can be made for those who may not have a Big Shot or those who prefer adding dimension, glitter or even a little bling. It is important to me that beginners understand that most stampers begin with paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive and over time build their stash of supplies. So, if you Are just beginning  you can still make your own Christmas cards.

Perhaps you simply want to stamp and do no die cut images because all that extra is too much this time of year. If you just want to work with  paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive only, then this is the design for you:

With the addition of the Wink of Stella clear you can Step it up: Add Wink of Stella to add some glitter to the North Star and/or the buildings.

If you want to add just a bit of dimension, Stamp & use your Big Shot to die cut Mary & Joseph and/or the North Star and attach with mini dimensionals.

A slight change to the star may be made by adding bling. In this example a glitter enamel dot in matching Crushed Curry was added to the center of the star.

Of course you can go all out: die cut, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, and glitter enamel dots. Why not?!

The inside panel of this card could have been the design for a whole new card front, but I think it works well on the interior of the card.

Perhaps you are not a beginner, but you are one that likes to make the same card design for your entire mailing list. If you don’t have the glitter enamel dots for that many people or patience to cut out that many die cuts, then remember the design can often stay the same and slight variations can be made to stamp the number you need. Over 100 die cuts of the same image gets old- I can thoroughly attest to that!

 

***Blogiversary Contest Winner Announcement:

And now to announce the winner of the owl card and a surprise package of  SU! Product…  drumroll… Random.org generated the name…

🎉KATHE GINTHER 🎉

Since I already have your address, you do not need to contact me to claim your prize and provide your address. It will be on its way to you this week.😀

Thank you to those who commented.

Having comments increases online visibility AND most importantly it is just really nice to hear from those of you who are reading/viewing my blog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

It’s official: My One Year Blogiversary AND A Contest!

Who’s having a one year blogiversary?

I am! I am! Yippee!

My official launch of this blog was one year ago today! How time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I posted a punch art photo and got asked, “Why don’t you have a blog?” After a month of planning and a lot of learning and many bumps along the way, I launched this craftymademoiselle blog.

Thank you to all who visit and especially to those who comment. I love hearing from everyone.

I wish to say a huge thank you anyone who was or is ordering from me & a special hello to my down line. You keep me going! Without you I am just a woman with a paper craft hobby who is absolutely crazy about Stampin’ Up!

There are still so many things that I want to accomplish with this blog.  I’m learning as I go and have struggled getting my punch art downloads page and downloadable items to work properly. Once I was almost there and was hacked! A big reminder that this is the internet where some people are not living with a kindness motto. I had to delete much of that body of work and start over. Then my dear friend the Stampin’ Up! Owl punch was retired/discontinued. RIP, my friend. I still love you. Please never break on me. I will accomplish that download page. I’m just not sure the time frame. I’m thoroughly disappointed it is still not ready and working properly at this one year mark. Thanks for being oh so patient during these learning/growing pains.

Now to celebrate my blogiversary with what started it all…punch art!

The how to for the cute owl hanging out in the Sprinkles of Life tree above. Check it out:

*Note: Delightful Dijon (an In-color 2015-2017) was retired.  Try using Crushed Curry.  Also, if you need a replacement for the 3/8″/Owl punch circle or even the 1/8″, the Circles on the Cookie Cutter Builder punch work well.

 

Blogiversary Contest:

As a special One Year Blogiversary Celebration, comment on this blog post today thru noon EST World Card Day (Saturday, October 7, 2017) and you will be entered (one entry per person) to win this Owl card and a free surprise (Stampin’ Up! product) in the mail.  The winner will be chosen by random using random.org and announced Sunday at noon EST. Upon announcement the winner will be required to contact me within 48hrs to claim their prize and provide their mailing address so that the card + surprise can be mailed out on October 11. If this person fails to contact me with their address within those 48hrs, the card/surprise is forfeited.

Thanks for celebrating my blog year with me today!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Stampin’ Up! has some great deals this month which are worth checking out.

As if a deal on Designer Series Paper wasn’t enough there’s another sale on select stamp sets to celebrate October 7th World Card Making Day.

You can shop both sales and get more information about the World Card Making Day sale HERE.