Fun with Colouring : Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop

Today is my first time joining the creative Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop crew. I’m super excited to be hopping with these talented crafters and sharing my colouring project.

My colouring project starts with the You’re Inspiring stamp set which is new to the Occasions 2018 catalog, with availability through May.

The daffodils in this set remind me that the Western Pennsylvania, USA winter weather of snow and freezing temperatures will soon be replaced with Spring flowers; the first of which is often the sunshine yellow daffodils. I can’t wait to see the daffodils each year to mark the beginning of warmer weather and the celebration of Easter and arrival of Spring just on the horizon.

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Since Winter typically doesn’t care if the daffodils have broken ground here  in Pennsylvania, my card includes a splatter of watered down Whisper White Craft Ink to mimic snow. This splatter was added after the image was stamped and colored with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor  pencils.

Layering colors of these pencils can allow you to achieve color variations. The stems and leaves used almost every color in the box to gain the shading seen here. Old Olive alone would have left the colouring flat or more subdued, as you will see below. In addition, the White pencil provides highlights & tonal changes- it is probably the most important pencil in the set!

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The burlap ribbon was cut lengthwise to decrease the width; the smaller width then used as a simply tied knot or faux-bow.

This same rustic ribbon, snowy garden florals, and color palette was used in the spotlight card below.

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Other than the Early Espresso die cut “Friend” from the Lovely Words dies, the images all came from this same You’re Inspiring stamp set.

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Here you can see how creating a focal point with more watercolor pencil work can offset the background florals which are colored with less vibrancy. Having just one small area to which layers of color is added speeds the process of making the card as well, since less time is spent blending and shading colors.

While watercolor pencils can be used with water, do not forget that they work well as a dry medium as seen above. Another tip to remember is that all images need not start on a Whisper White or Very Vanilla base if you are colouring.  Try a Crumb Cake base for a rustic look or do the Black Magic Technique discussed here last Thursday to color on darker cardstock. Experiment & enjoy those Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils!

Thank you for stopping by to visit me, Joanne Hodge, on the Hop today. Now it is time to head to the next blog and see what colouring project Angie McKenzie has to share.


You don’t want to miss any of the creative ideas these demonstrators from around the world have for you today. Make sure you see them all.

 

Participant Blog Hop List

1. Lea Denton – UK
2. Jessie Holton – Australia
3. Debbie Henderson-USA
4. Sue Vine – Australia
5. Denita Wright-Smee – Australia
6. Joanne Hodge -USA
7. Angie McKenzie – USA
8. Kirsten Aitchison – Australia
9. Stephanie Fischer – Australia
10. Lou Kitzelman – Australia
11. Ellen Woodbridge – Australia
12. Cheryll Miller – Australia
13. Anna Krol – UK
14. Imogen Tutty – New Zealand
15. Juana Ambida – Australia
16. Kim Oliver – KOCreations Cards
17. Angela Meiritz-Reid – New Zealand
18. Jo Anne Hewins – USA
19. Jenny Hall – USA
20. Sandra Mastello – Australia

And in case any global visitors are wondering what this week in Pennsylvania weather looks like, here’s a photo of a typical morning weather event with just a light dusting of snow:

Yes, I’m ready for warmer temperatures and flowers!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Turning “You” into “Joy” and a few other crafting tips

This weekend I was playing with the new Celebrate You Thinlits which can be earned free with $100.00 USD purchase during Sale-A-Bration. I will be sharing that card in a future post. During this crafty playtime, I discovered that I could cut a piece from the word YOU and create the word JOY , therefore extending the usefulness of these already wonderful dies.

Stampin’ Up! Celebrate You Thinlits Dies

I’m very happy to know that the Celebrate You Dies will be available for purchase in the next annual catalog. So if you don’t earn them free before Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31, you’ll have a chance to purchase them come June. It is such a useful set when sending encouragement to others! And imagine the Christmas possibilities with the words Celebrate and Joy.

The upcoming card which features the JOY die Cut has some heat embossing. As I was creating it, I realized it might be helpful to share some tools, which aren’t found in a craft store, that I use in my craft room.

Plastic knife as a craft toll

A plastic knife is invaluable in the craft room. Not only does it help press any dies into your Versamark pad so they can get inked (and keep fingers and tables free from sticky inky messes), but they can be used to apply and add texture to embossing paste and move drops of ink into your ink pads when you need to reink them. Inexpensive and disposable when too funky to clean anymore, they are an easy add to anyone’s craft tools.

Another item I use every time I emboss is this wooden cutting board.

Wood cutting board

Take it from me that you do not want to find out that your table top is not heat tolerant (ugh!) or that you now have permanent melted on embossing powder on a surface in your house where you do not want embossing since the air from the heat gun will blow it a few centimeters if it isn’t stuck down well (seriously!).  Purchase a wooden cutting board and you’ll have a safe place to heat your embossing  projects. Just remember you’ll still need to move your heat gun around as wood can burn, but it is better than messing up a piece of furniture and much less likely.

I also use this cutting board to tape down watercolor paper to keep it from warping during water applications. It can stain, as you may see in the photo, but you can avoid that if you wrap it in Saran Wrap first before taping down your watercolor project. Clean Up is easy if you use the Saran Wrap.

I do all my messy crafty stuff on one side of this cutting board so that I can use the clean side as a photo background for some of my cards and small projects. I do suggest you keep a photo diary of your creations. Get in the habit of taking photos before you gift them. You’ll be glad you did for those moments you wish to recreate the same or similar project.

I hope these tips help you in your crafting corner of the world.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Love and Hugs cards made with Petal Passion DSP

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, thoughts of romance swirl in the air for many. But for others it may be a day of longing for love lost, love not yet found, or unrequited love. The latter need cards with big hugs and messages of support and caring.

Today’s cards could be used to support someone who finds this occasion difficult or to share & express your love and caring for someone you adore.

Petal Passion love and hugs cards

I have always really loved the combination of black, white, and red. The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) is a fabulous pack of black and white patterned paper just waiting for your coloring or just as beautiful left as is. I combined two sheets of this paper today. One used Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Blends to create beautifully colored designs. The other used both sides of this lovely black and white paper.

Petal Passion dsp hugs card

Both the card above and below have the same basic design. The ingredients are as follows:

  • The heart dies are found in the Support Ribbon framelits dies -item#143749
  • Love is found in the Sunshine Wishes dies -item#141489
  • Hugs is found in the Lovely Words Thinlits dies -item#143733; I trimmed the die cut piece with my Snips to remove the outer shape, leaving just the word.
  • The Basic Black mats are 4”x5.25”, 3”x3”, 3.5”x1”
  • The Petal Passion DSP  pieces are 3.75”x5” for the colored floral, 2.75”x2.75” for the striped piece, which is the reverse design on the small floral page. The small floral is 3.25”x.75”
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock is used for the card base (5.5”x 8.5”,scored @ 4.25”) as well as all die cuts
  • Basic Rhinestones scattered throughout (odd number is best for design)

Petal Passion dsp love card

As I cut the above two cards from my full 12”x12” sheet of hand colored dsp, I had a few smaller pieces remaining which I turned into 1 7/8”squares.  By using mats in smaller increments than the above cards, I was able to maximize my dsp use and create this cute card below.

Petal Passion dsp love squares card

The black mats are 2”x2”(4 of these squares) and 4”x 1.25”. The Cherry Cobbler mat  is 4 1/8”x 5 3/8”. The card base for this card is Basic Black.

Using just two 12”x12” sheets of this Petal Passion DSP you could make 3 each of the cards above and have some small strips left over which would be perfect cut into 1/2”x 4” strips to put on Whisper White inserts (4”x5.25”) for these cards. With the addition of approximately 6 each color 8.5”x 11” cardstock sheets in Cherry Cobbler & Basic Black and 2 1/4 sheets of Whisper White for card inserts, that is all the paper you need to create nine cards to send and share hugs & love!

Handwrite your entire insert or choose a stamp (my preference) that expresses your thoughts and add additional handwritten notes to your intended recipient(s). The insert , before I add my message, looks like this:

Card insert using strip of dsp

Remember you aren’t limited to Cherry Cobbler. Black and white paper is neutral and these basic card designs could be recreated with your favorite colors. You could also replace the hearts with other dies or stamped images. Do your favorite combinations and share with me!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

How To Do Partial Die Cut Mermaids & A Few Mermaid Cards

Last Thursday I posted these mermaids which I cut from the Myths and Magic Specialty DSP.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP Mermaids

I promised to share how the mermaids were die cut so that their tails were left intact as part of the image which had been cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. These Mermaid die cuts with the, “tail sticking out,” are partial die cuts.

Partial die cuts = a die cut where part of the image being cut goes outside the exterior margins of the die used to cut out the image.

I decided to show you how to cut up this Myths and Magic paper to create mermaid die cuts through my first ever video. It is far from perfect (first attempts at a new skill rarely are), but I hope you agree that seeing the process in progress is helpful, even if I can learn a lot more about making videos.

And here are some of the projects I made with these die cut mermaids:

Myths and Magic DSP Mermaid cards

And one birthday card using a mermaid die cut without the partial die cutting technique.

Myths and Magic dsp Mermaid 4th Birthday card

So whether you try the partial die cutting technique or not, you can cut out and create cards with this paper in the Myths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.

Don’t have this paper and love it? Shop with me by clicking HERE.

Want to start practicing this technique now? Try isolating a portion of a stamped or printed paper image to create your own partial die cut from any stamp, paper, and dies you already own.

Practice makes things easier and better.  Don’t get discouraged if your first partial die cut isn’t the best.

As for me, I’ll be making more videos in the future and I’ll be looking forward to improving those skills so I can show you more. Thanks for viewing.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Using Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack For Greeting Cards

Did you see the new Petal Passion Memories & More cards in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog? Black & White with Powder Pink…such a tranquil and useful color combination. Take a peek at the cards:

Stampin’ Up! Memories & More Card Pack

You can see how useful those laser cut words would be for scrapbook pages, but if you haven’t been convinced from some of my previous posts on Memories & More cards creating easy & beautiful greeting cards, perhaps today’s samples will convince you.

The first is just the Memories & More cards with added cardstock of my choice. Simply using the Memories & More cards can produce great results. I used a 4”x6” Petal Passion Memories & More Card with the “You are my sunshine” sentiment, trimmed on both ends of the 6” side to fit my card front. (Final size=4”x5.25”). The flower is a 3”x4” Card in the pack. A black mat, 4 1/8”x 5 3/8”, helped ground the cards onto the Crushed Curry card base- perfect for a “sunshine” card!

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

Card two also uses a 4”x6” & 3”x4” Card from the same pack. This time the larger card is trimmed on the long edge to 5.5” and the “To think of you is to smile” sentiment is cutout using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and my Big Shot. A small black cardstock banner helps pop the sentiment so it doesn’t get lost as white on white.Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

Today’s last Card adds just a few more products, the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (for use with your Big Shot), the Graceful Garden Stamp set (the rose),  Black Momento ink to stamp, Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Blends in both Light & Dark, & the Blends Blender. The “love Big & love much” is a 3”x4” Card In The Petal Passion Memories & More pack. After coloring the rose, I cut it out. It was kind of fussy cutting around the leaves, so I cut them from the stem first to make it easier. Then just glued down in relatively the same place they were.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

You can see how the Black & White cards in this pack allow you to get creative with a pop of color of your own choosing. I really love that rose!(The Little Prince fans, anyone?)

When I get a new pack of Memories & More cards, the first thing I do is divide the card in half. I reserve half for my scrapbooking projects and half for card making projects. The embellishments and any acetate overlays get placed with the scrapbook pile, but often get used for both uses. This way, I still scrap with them and get greeting cards too. I rarely have but a few leftover cards in each pack, and find they make awesome note cards too!

I’d love to know what you think of the Memories & More cards and how you are using them. Drop me a comment.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Sweet Soirée Designer Series Paper & Ribbon of Courage Cards

If you placed an order with me as a club order or through my storefront using the December Hostess code I supplied last month, you received a 4”x5.25” sample of each of the 6 designs in the Sweet Soirée Designer Series Paper (DSP).

From those DSP samples, you could create the following cards:

Stampin’ Up! Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage

In addition to the Sweet Soirée DSP, these cards use:

  • Ribbon of Courage bundle in Clear $36.75 USD  (item#145342) or Wood $44.00 USD (item#145341)
  • adhesive -I recommend Snail &7.00 USD (item# 104332), Tombo multipurpose adhesive $4.00 USD (item#110755), and dimensionals $4.00 USD (item#104430)
  • Stitched Shape Framelits $30.00 USD (item#145372)
  • Big Shot $110.00 USD (items#143263)
  • Whisper White cardstock $9.00 USD (item#100730)
  • Rich Razzleberry cardstock (item#115316)
  • Powder Pink cardstock (item # 144244)
  • Old Olive cardstock (item#100702)
  • Basic Grey Archival Ink pad (item# 140932)
  • Acrylic stamp block size D (item# 118485)
  • Stampin’ Paper Trimmer (item# 126889)

For the month of January 2018, the Hostess code for orders under $150.00 USD is: HNCRD7R6. At Over $150.00 you qualify as your own hostess, reaping those benefits yourself.

Also remember  that Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is in effect and a $50.00USD order will qualify for a level 1 freebie of your choice from the SAB catalog. You will be prompted to enter your item choice for qualifying orders. This year there are 2 levels for earning SAB products. Level  2 products take $100.00 to earn.

Happy crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Bubble Over Tutorial : Create Straight Neck Bottles & Glasses

 

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

The card above, which I first  January 4, 2018, showcases the Bubble Over bundle with a few snips of your scissors to alter the die cut bottles to make glasses too.

Both champagne & wine bottles have straight necks, therefore cutting the bump off the beer/soda shape will quickly change your die cut to resemble these bottles instead.

Who knew that a glass could be created with your die cut bottles? Me! Yes, I really do try to figure out multiple ways to use the products I purchase. Versatile products will be used more and I can get more bang for my spending dollars.

So here is how it is done:

Create Glasses from Bubble Over dies

 

I’ve shown how to create the glasses from both sizes of bottles, but I prefer (& the example shown shows) creating the glass from the smaller bottle die & using the large die for the bottle itself.  Again, I just wanted to give you options.

In the diagrams below you can see how the bottle appears when die Cut, the black lines indicate the cut-away needed to create the straight neck and the other dies shown are used to assemble the bottle. *Note: colors below are just samples, My champagne bottle usedGarden Green, Whisper White, Champagne Foil,Gold Foil, Silver Foil, Early Espresso, and Cherry Cobbler.

Bubble Over pieces & cuts for champagne bottle

In this next diagram you can also see how the straw was used for the stripes throughout the piece (trimming edges, of course) ,the label cuts needed to create the label, & the stacking of small circles for the seal.

Bubble Over pieces for champagne bottle

 

The hardest part of these glasses is hiding the adhesive. If you just put adhesive on the foil sheet to attach to the window sheet glass you can also use vellum for a bit frostier look) you will get a mess! This is really the reason for the heart on the stand alone glass and the partial tuck behind the bottle on the second glass. Under that heart and in the area of the tuck is where my tiny dot  of the tombo mono adhesive went.

*Another note: Foil paper picks up dents from your fingernails, so be more careful than I apparently was.

The Labeller Alphabet is small and mighty! It provided the asterisk for the seal and the numbers. I encourage you to think about this set. It is very useful for creating your own titles on both cards & scrapbook pages.

And finally, in addition to the Wood Textures DSP stack from the annual catalog (cut @ 4” x 1.75”) the Designer paper used was this gorgeous Petal Passion DSP. I used that one on the top far right and lightly colored the paper with the Light Crumb Cake Blends marker. This paper colors so nicely, making it perfect for almost any project.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion DSP

If there are any questions about this project or the products used, please feel free to leave them in the comments. I’ll be certain to respond.

I hope you give these ideas a try.

Need a demonstrator? Shop with me online HERE.

Use January’s Hostess code:HNCRD7R6

Until next time…

-Joanne

Fun new Stampin’ Up! Set: Bubble Over

As you take a look through the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, does the Bubble Over bundle call your name? I think this set has so many options and the fact that it has a matching designer paper you can earn for free during Sale-a-bration is just an extra bonus.

If the video above didn’t showcase this set enough, I have a few samples of my own.

I know a few men & women who celebrate their birthdays with a refreshing beverage. They might get a kick out of this card:

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

Those little water droplets 💦 In The lower right corner are new to the Occasions catalog. They are mini, but perfect for the Bubble Over set.

That is the new Picture Perfect Designer Series paper in the background. Great plain, it can also be colored.

If you are creating a New Year’s Card or celebration of a special event (graduation, birth, wedding,etc) perhaps you’d prefer turning the bottle into a straight neck (just trim the edges of the neck straight on both sides from cap lip to bottle curve) champagne bottle. Wine bottles also have a straight neck.

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

With a little creative trimming the bottle will also turn into a glass 🍷. Don’t know how this is done? You’ll just have to check back Tuesday for the tutorial for this card.

I have a few more ideas to share with this set, so you’ll have to stop by again to check them out. Subscribe to get email notifications of new posts.

Need a demonstrator? I’d be happy to help you with your creativity & creative needs. You can shop with me 24/7 on my online storefront HERE. If you check ‘no contact’ I will be unable to send you any appreciation goodies.  If you use the current hostess code during your order you will get a card and sample of a current SU! product  in the mail directly from me as a thank you. If you purchase over  $150.00 USD be your own hostess and reap those rewards for yourself!

January’s host(ess) code is: HNCRD7R6

 

Until next time…

-Joanne

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

Happy Holidays: A Game To Entertain

As I celebrate Christmas with family, I wanted to leave a message of thanks to everyone in my Stampin’ family and a small game for you to pass the time if you should find yourself on my blog this holiday.

The answers will be uploaded in the comments for this post by next Thursday, December 28, 2017.

That is also the day I’ll be back next week with Sneak Peek samples from products which will be released in the January 3, 2018 Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalogs.

Until then, I send my best wishes to you and my gratitude for your presence in my life. You make my Stampin’ Up! world a better place!

Merry Christmas!

-Joanne