Sale-a-bration: post holiday excitement

Does the passing of the holiday seem like an excitement let down? I hope everyone enjoyed their celebration(s).  January is often a hard time of year for many, especially if you live in a cold climate, experience less daylight, and generally don’t like snow (shoveling or driving in it especially). Well, I’m here to tell you Stampin’ Up! thinks of the crafter with post holiday blues to provide excitement for those days in the form of Sale-a-bration. It is the best time of the year to buy, because you’ll get to select FREE with purchase exclusive stamps, paper, ribbons, and this year even dies!

Check out this beautiful Stamp set which can be yours with purchase of $50.00 USD or more between January 3, 2018-March 31, 2018.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

The sentiments are so beautiful in this set.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to try super simple or a stepped up card. So, today I provide both.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

This first card couldn’t be simpler. The image and sentiment are stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto a Whisper White card stock mat attached to a Thick Whisper White card base. Easy, yet elegant enough for the simple heartfelt message it would convey.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

The second card I present today starts with the same Smoky Slate on Whisper White mat image, but I have colored the image with the watercolor pencils and blended the coloring with the Wink of Stella clear. Doing so gives it a glittered appearance, which my lighting for the photograph really seemed to over highlight in some areas. It is a subtle, but beautiful glimmer effect in person, covering the whole image which I colored. It is still a simple card to recreate, it just takes a bit more time.

Speaking of coloring, that Smoky Slate ribbon is created with the new Blends. Now you can permanently color any ribbon to any of the colors of the Stampin’ Blends. How’s that for excitement?!

Coloring ribbon with Stampin ‘ Blends

So, now that you’ve seen them both, which do you prefer: Simple or Colored?

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

Let me know in the comments which one of these cards you would make with the Sale-a-bration set Heartfelt Blooms.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Christmas in the Making with craftymademoiselle

If you saw all the Rubbermaid totes of Christmas items I have been unpacking and placing (7 emptied so far!) about my house, you’d know that “ Christmas in the Making ”is no joke for me. It is a process I quite enjoy. I only wish I had a healthy dose of energy to accomplish the final results quicker. All the same, the end results come eventually-kind of like these cards. I shared the Blends images back in a November blog post and am just now getting to share the final cards. My apologies for the delay. I hope it was worth the wait.

I love this image of girl, presents, & cat (although I would love it to be a dog) and even think it could be a great birthday card image.

I think the color combination of Black, White & Bermuda Bay gives this card a bit of a vintage feel to fit with the stamped image.

Of course, Old Olive is more along traditional color lines for the holiday.

Framing things differently can give these images a fresh look. I love all the layered framelits Stampin’ Up! offers. The stitched framelits are one of my favorites.

A Merry Christmas in the Making would have to include making and mailing cards. I hope to get them all in the mail in the next three days. They are all created! Now to write, address, and mail. I’m a bit apprehensive this year as last month my mom received a card from me which my post office approved for regular postage and when she received it it was postage due for the difference between a forever stamp & the 70cent stamps. I hope none of my recipients get a postage due notice as I do get my p.o. to approve the rate. Apparently all post offices in the U.S. are not in agreement- sadly.

The last card share today and my wish for you…Merry Christmas! Or Holiday Wishes to those who celebrate other holidays this time of year. It is a great time of year of making, creating, and enjoying company.

As a year end celebration, Stampin’ Up! will be having an end of year sale as the holiday catalog products come to an end. They have to make room for some great new Occasions & Sale-a-Bration items in the new year.

Click this link to be taken directly to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

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