What’s Better than Stamping?

What’s better than stamping? Well, normally I’d say ‘not much’ – but how about stamping with a friend?聽 Or lots of friends!

What's Better Than Stamping?

My team member Lynn and I are planning a fun, 1 day Crop and Stamp, and we’d love to have you join us! We’re still nailing down the exact date and location, but it will be in one of the last 2 weekends of April, on either a Saturday or Sunday.

YOU CAN HELP WITH PLANNING!

We’d love to know which day works better for you to attend, and what you’d like to do while you’re there. I’d REALLY APPRECIATE it if you would fill out this quick, 4 question survey, to help us determine some details. Here’s the SURVEY LINK – like I said, it’s only 4 short questions, and will only take you about 20 seconds!

WHAT WE ARE PLANNING

Here’s what we’re planning for the day:

  • It will take place in Burnaby, B.C.
  • It will be a one day event, around 6 hours duration
  • You don’t have to stay for the entire 6 hours – but you’ll probably want to! 馃檪
  • A light lunch will be included

There will be an open Crop area, for you to bring your own projects and supplies to work on.

  • We will聽 have tools for you to use; Big Shots, Embossing Folders, Thinlits, Framelits, Heat Tools, Punches, Paper Cutters/Trimmers
  • You bring your own projects – cardstock, stamps, inks, adhesives & other consumables

There will be Card Making Classes for you to Join!

  • Pre-registration & prepayment will be required.
  • Stamp sets, inks, cardstocks, etc. will be provided for the card classes; just bring your own adhesives, scissors and bone folders.
  • Instructions, and instructors, will be there to help and guide you through the class

EVERYONE WELCOME!

This will be a fun, no stress day, with the focus on you enjoying the experience! Bring your friends, and make new friends! As soon as the day/date are confirmed, I’ll be posting the event, and sending you an invitation!聽We’ll聽 have a door prize, and other fun events throughout the day.

PLEASE – CLICK HERE to complete the 4 questions survey; the final question allows you to add your email to receive a personal invitation to this event!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at debsmart@shaw.ca

What's Better than Stamping?

Watercoloured Cozy Cottage

I finally remembered to add the Host set Cozy Cottage to my last order! It’s an adorable set with 7 stamps, available in wood or clear mount. With 4 images and 3 sentiments, it’s very versatile, and makes great little scenes. As you know, I love using my Brusho Crystal Colours, so I brought them out to create this watercoloured Cozy Cottage.

FIRST COLOUR APPLICATION

Watercoloured Cozy Cottage

This is my unfinished panel. I had applied a first layer of colour, and had started adding a second layer to add more depth and shadows.

WATERCOLOURED COZY COTTAGE

Watercoloured Cozy Cottage

Wouldn’t you just love to be tucked into the cottage, sitting by the window with a cup of tea? Perhaps with a blanket, and a sleeping kitty on your lap?

DETAILS

Start with a panel of Watercolour Paper, and stamp the cottage image in Memento Black ink, towards the top of the panel. Next, stamp the brick fence & gate towards the front, then the chairs in between. Use Memento Tuxedo Black ink, to ensure that your images don’t bleed when you start to colour.

You can see by the first picture, that I used a plastic ‘palette’ tray for my colours. If you don’t have a palette, use your Clear Blocks – they’re a great substitute! I sprinkled the Brusho Crystals into separate wells, then added water with my Aqua Painter, as I picked up the colours. I also mixed colours together, to get the hues that I wanted.

For the grass, I mixed some Prussian Blue with Yellow. For the thatched roof, I mixed Yellow with Moss Green. To get the different shades of browns, I mixed the Brilliant Red with the Moss Green and some Yellow, adding water to lighten it as I went along.聽 It’s very much a ‘work in progress’ – but a fun one!

After my panel had dried, I went back and added some highlights with our retired Signo Gel Pen in White.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

I cut the painted panel to size using the Big Shot and Layering Squares Framelits. It’s then layered onto a panel of Basic Black cardstock with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The sentiment, also from the Cozy Cottage stamp set, is stamped in Memento Black ink onto a strip of Whisper White, and attached underneath, again with Dimensionals.

The whole panel is then mounted onto a card base of Pacific Point cardstock.

Watercoloured Cozy Cottage

I do like to add layers to my cards; it’s just something I find adds some ‘oomph’ to an otherwise flat card.

INSIDE STAMPING

Of course, I always have to stamp inside! Since I don’t know who this card may go to, I didn’t add a sentiment. But I did add the cute little wildflower bundle, also in the Cozy Cottage set. I used my already mixed Brusho Crystal Colours and Aqua Painter to colour the flowers and stems.

Watercoloured Cozy Cottage

#FEELLIKEANARTIST

Seriously – using these amazing image stamps, an Aqua Painter and the Brusho Crystal Colours really makes you feel like an artist – without all the training! 馃檪 Don’t get me wrong – I know I’m a long way away from an artist, but I really enjoy my time creating with these mediums.聽 And if it makes you happy – keep doing it, that’s what I say! Plus, it’s not illegal, or fattening – what else can a girl ask for?! 馃檪

Join my in feeling like an artist – get your supplies today, and have some fun! The Cozy Cottage is a Host set, so you do have to place a qualifying order of $200 or more. It could be your own order, or a total of a party you’ve held – either way, as the ‘host’, you get the host Stampin’ Rewards, which is 10% of your order/party total. During Sale-A-Bration, if your order/party total is $330 or more, you ALSO automatically get and EXTRA $35 plus your 10% Stampin’ Rewards!!聽 And don’t forget – Sale-A-Bration is on until March 31st, and every $60 or $120 instantly qualifies you for FREE Sale-A-Bration products!聽 聽It’s a great time to shop, host and join with Stampin’ Up!

ORDERING IS EASY

Click on the product images below, for products I used in my card. You can also browse around while you’re in my online store, and add whatever else you want to your order.聽 If you have any questions, or want to leave a comment, I’ll be sure to reply to you ASAP!聽 Thanks for spending some time with me today 馃檪

 

Sketch Challenge with Bird Banter

Welcome back, stamping friend, to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew! Here is the sketch for this week’s PCC#281.

Sketch Challenge with Bird Banter

 

I decided to stay with the bird as the focal image, but you can change it up to whatever you want!

SKETCH CHALLENGE WITH BIRD BANTER

Sketch Challenge with Bird Banter

I had such fun colouring this bird with my Stampin’ Blends Markers! 馃檪

DETAILS

This card was so quick to put together, that I felt like I was cheating somehow! I pulled the coloured pattern from the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper that I got for FREE from Sale-A-Bration. I then pulled the second pattern from the same DSP, and from there I decided on my colour palette.

First, stamp the bird from the Bird Banter stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock, in Memento Black ink. This ink is the one to use, if you’re going to use the Blends alcohol markers, as it won’t bleed.聽 Next, use the Light Daffodil Delight, Light Bermuda Bay, Light Calypso Coral Blends and the Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the bird. Yup – that’s pretty much every colour in the DSP! Use the Paper Snips to cut out the bird by hand.

Use the Leaf Punch (carried over from the Holiday catalogue) and punch 3 leaves in Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. I also used the retired Bird Punch for the extra leafy branch. Next, die cut the ‘celebrate’ from Bermuda Bay cardstock, using the Big Shot and the Celebrate You thinlits diesagain, FREE from Sale-A-Bration!

LAYER IT UP!

Create your card base with Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, then add a panel of Bermuda Bay cardstock. Next, layer a panel of the Lemon Lime Twist DSP from the Bubbles & Fizz DSP.聽 The next layer you’ll create is for the focal area; another panel of Bermuda Bay cardstock, this time layered with the multi-coloured pattern from the Bubbles & Fizz DSP. Round off the top & bottom corners on the right hand side. (I used the retired Corner Rounder punch). After layering them, attach them to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now attach the bird with more Dimensionals, and tuck the leaves in underneath his feet, with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Attach the ‘celebrate’ above, with Mini Glue Dots.

Sketch Challenge with Bird Banter

I love these bright colours on this card!

REMEMBER THE INSIDE

No card is complete without something on the inside!

Sketch Challenge with Bird Banter

The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink onto a panel of Whisper White cardstock. Just for fun, I added the little party hat, and coloured it in Lemon Lime Twist!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Paper Craft Crew challenge page, and the amazing cards made by the rest of the Design Team. They’re great inspiration! Then, grab the link and add your own card – who knows; you just may be our next Top Pick!

NEED SUPPLIES? ORDER NOW!

If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, I’d love to become yours! You can order the supplies I used by clicking on the product images below, or on my signature. Feel free to browse around my online store; it’s open 24/7, for your convenience.

Thanks for spending some time with me today; I’d love to read any comment you’d care to leave 馃檪

 

Celebrate Amazing You!

Recently one of my team members, Margaret, celebrated her 2 year anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator! I’m so lucky to have Margaret on my team; she’s incredibly talented and very creative. In fact, she was also my floral design teacher, way back when she had her own florist business as well as taught, and I was a florist! We had lost touch for a while, when one day, she came with one of my current customers to one of my Open House.聽 I had no idea she was coming, and she had no idea that I was the host! Talk about a small world, right? Well, shortly after that, Margaret couldn’t resist the awesome deal and she signed up!

CELEBRATE AMAZING YOU!

Since Margaret had signed up during a Sale-A-Bration 2 years ago, I thought it was appropriate to use some current Sale-A-Bration products when creating her card.

Celebrate Amazing You!

I love the bright colour combination in the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, so that’s where I pulled my palette from.

DETAILS

The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral ink. I wanted to stay with a script for the ‘you’, so I used the Daisy Delight stamp set, and inked up just the ‘you’, with my Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker.

The ‘celebrate’ is from the Amazing You stamp setFREE during Sale-A-Bration. The ‘amazing’ is die cut with the Big Shot and the Celebrate You Thinlits – again, FREE during Sale-A-Bration – and cut from Gold Foil Paper.

Everything is stamped or attached to circle of Whisper White cardstock, that had been die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. This was layered onto a Melon Mambo circle, die cut with the same Framelits.

The card base is Melon Mambo cardstock, with a panel of聽Calypso Coral cardstock on top. Then the Painted with Love Specialty DSP is layered onto the bottom, and the die cut circles on top of that. To finish off the front, I added some stars from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Celebrate Amazing You!

STAMPING INSIDE

Stamping on the inside is always a fun, added touch.

Celebrate Amazing You!

Stamping on the envelope also adds an extra element of fun for the recipient! I wanted lots of room for my own message of thanks and congratulations, so I didn’t add a stamped sentiment.

I’m grateful for the wonderful people who make up my team! I’m looking forward to sending the rest of the group their cards as their anniversaries arrive; I wonder what great stamps and paper will be available for me to use? Something awesome, I’m sure!

ORDER YOUR SUPPLIES

Sending cards is a special art, which is always very much appreciated by those who receive them! Make someone feel special, and send them a card today. You can order the supplies I used by clicking on the product images below. You can also browse around my online store, as it’s open 24/7, for your convenience.

THINKING OF JOINING? NOW IS THE TIME!

You can be like my team member Margaret, and join during Sale-A-Bration for your own bonus goodies! Join before March 31st, and you’ll get to choose your own $165 in current products, PLUS AND ADDITIONAL 2 FREE STAMPS SET – OF ANY VALUE! That could be an extra $130 in product – for no extra cost! PLUS, your Starter Kit SHIPS FREE! If you have any questions about joining, email me directly at debsmart@shaw.ca聽 If you’d like to JOIN NOW, CLICK HERE! Fill out your information, choose your products, and you’ll be a week away from getting your $165 in products, PLUS your 2 extra free stamp sets, PLUS a free Paper Pumpkin kit, PLUS free business products (catalogues & order forms) – all with FREE Shipping and FOR ONLY $135!

 

Celebrate Amazing You!

Wildflower Wishes

My February Paper Pumpkin arrived, so I had a great time putting it together yesterday! This month’s kit is called Wildflower Wishes, and it certainly puts me in the mood for spring. Especially since we had a snowfall this weekend, and our ‘high’ temperature is about 0 Celcius!

FEBRUARY PAPER PUMPKIN

Wildflower Wishes

Whenever this bright red box arrives, I know I’m in for some ‘me time’!

Wildflower WIshes

Opening the red box is half the fun! When you first open it, you get to unwrap the pretty blue tissue paper, and see the ink spot, the stamp set and the wrapped kit. The picture on the front shows you what your finished products will look like (if you follow the instructions – but feel free to go on your own creative tangent!).

WILDFLOWER WISHES

Wildflower Wishes

This month’s kit, called Wildflower Wishes, creates 3 cards of each of these 3 designs. They’re a beautiful combination of soft, natural colours and the bright flowers you’d find growing in a field.

THANK YOU

Wildflower Wishes

To create these cards, you peel of the negative of the label, and layer it over a slightly smaller label with the wildflower print. It’s a bit difficult to see, but on the panel behind the label, it has it’s own little flower print. I used the flower stamps in some different colours than the Garden Green ink spot that came with the kit. Here, I used Bermuda Bay ink.

Can you also see the adorable flower sticker, on the inside corner? The liner in the envelopes matches the print behind the cut out letters.

CELEBRATE

Wildflower Wishes

The kit also comes with Vellum banners, for stamping accompanying messages to go with the die cut sentiment. On this card, I stamped the flowers with Calypso Coral ink. The sentiment says ‘celebrate your awesomeness’.

FRIEND

Wildflower Wishes

Along with the Vellum banners, there are pretty fun die cut Vellum leaves.聽 On this card, the flowers are stamped in Rose Red ink, and the sentiment says ‘hello sweet friend’.

GET YOUR PAPER PUMPKIN KIT!

This kit was only just delivered, so the refills (if there will be any) are not yet in the online store. Did you know, that as a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can order past kits, and kit refills? It’s true! It’s a perk JUST for current subscribers.

To see, and order the past kits and refills that are currently available, click on the image below! Remember – you must be a current subscriber to order these!

Wildflower Wishes

GET MORE WITH A PREPAID SUBSCRIPTION!

While Sale-A-Bration is still happening (until March 31st), when you purchase a prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription you’re also earning FREE SALE-A-BRATION products!

Wildflower Wishes

What a great way to get your creative boost delivered to your door each month – PLUS get free products to use!! That’s what I call a WIN-WIN situation 馃檪 To order your prepaid subscription with me, just click on the image above!

NEED ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN NOW?

Okay – I can give you another reason why you should specifically JOIN NOW! As you see, this special, amazing offer ends on March 31st. However, if聽 you join NOW, or at least before MARCH 10th, the first kit you’ll receive is the 5 Year Anniversary Kit!! It will arrive in a fabulous, special anniversary box, PLUS inside you’ll find a FREE GIFT!

Wildflower Wishes

You don’t want to miss out – make sure your subscription is active, or create a new account. Click on the image above to make sure you’re ready to receive YOUR red box of fun!聽

Wildflower Wishes

New Sale-A-Bration Products Available!

NEW SALE-A-BRATION PRODUCTS AVAILABLE – NOW!

They’re here! They’re here! It’s official, as of today! You now have 2 new Level 1 products to choose from. For each $60 purchase (before tax/shipping), you can choose from any of the current Level 1 products, or the new Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper, or the new Eclectic Expressions stamp set.

NEW LEVEL 1 PRODUCTS

New Sale-a-Bration Products AvailableNew Sale-a-Bration Products Available

NEW LEVEL 2 PRODUCTS

For each $120 order (before tax/shipping), you can choose from the current Level 2 products, or the new Blossoming Basket Bundle! This awesome set includes both the Blossoming Basket stamp set, AND the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Plus, this new Dynamic TIEF will be carried over to the new Annual catalogue in June!

New Sale-a-bration Products Available

I’ve seen some A-MA-ZING projects made with all of these new products, and I know that I’m going to be getting them! How have I seen samples already? Well – it’s a demonstrator perk; we can purchase the 2nd round of SAB products before they’re available to earn! 馃檪

I know you’re going to want them, too. Here’s a video done by Stampin’ Up! to show you some awesome ideas for the Blossoming Basket Bundle.

GET SHOPPING, AND GET YOUR FREE PRODUCTS NOW!

Shopping is easy! Shop in my online store 24/7, at your convenience (click on my signature below) and have your order delivered to your own front door! Or, have me place your order, and either pick it up from me, or delivered to your door. Just contact me at debsmart@shaw.ca to give me your order details.

New Sale-A-Bration Products Available!

Did You Know?

Hey stamping friend!! Did you know that some of your favourite products from the Holiday catalogue are still available? It’s true! There are a lot of products that carried over, but since they’re not pictured in a current catalogue, you may not know about them!

So, I thought I’d share the products here – you can click on each product picture to see details and price.

STAMP SETS

 

 

All of the items above, from the 2017 holiday catalogue carryover list will remain active and available until May 31, 2018. After this date, items will either appear in the 2018鈥2019 annual catalogue, or be retired.
We won’t know if they’re being retired until the retiring list comes out in April. So if you really want something – don’t wait! Because the ‘big rush’ hits as soon as the list becomes available -then it’s while supplies last, only, for products other than stamp sets.

DID YOU KNOW – IN COLORS RETIRE?

That’s right – every year, Stampin’ Up! introduces a new set of 5 In Colors, which are the hot ‘in trend’ colours for that year. Each new set of colours stays with us for 2 years, and then they are retired. Only once in the 6+ years I’ve been a demonstrator have I ever seen a retired In Color either come back, or be carried over!
Now, you may think it’s early for me to be talking about the retiring In Colors, but let me tell you – the supply goes faster than Superman, The Flash and Speedy Gonzales combined!! It’s true – ink refills, cardstock, ink pads, embellishments – everything in the retiring In Color set will be gone, and they’re always gone within the first day – two, if you’re lucky!
This year, the In Colors that are retiring are Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum. I’m really going to miss them – especially Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum 馃檨
Here are samples of the cardstock colours:
To see all of the items in these In Colors, and the ones that will be carried over, CLICK HERE to go to my online store. And please – SHOP NOW so that you’re not disappointed in April!!
This is also a great time to stock up, because as you’re avoiding the rush – and possible disappointment – you’ll also be shopping to qualify for FREE PRODUCTS during Sale-A-Bration! Remember that for every $60 or $120 purchase (before tax/shipping) you qualify for either a Free Level 1 or Level 2 item.
Happy shopping!
Did You Know

PCC280 SKETCH CHALLENGE

Welcome to another Paper Craft Crew challenge! This week we have an awesome sketch challenge for you. Remember, you follow the basic sketch elements, but you can flip it sideways, upside down or backwards. You can also choose your own focal shape – it doesn’t聽 have to be the one in the sketch.

PCC280 SKETCH CHALLENGE

PCC280 Sketch Challenge

Isn’t this fun? I like the ombre textured background, and the opportunity for embellishments and inky creativity! I decided to use a set I haven’t used in a while – the Dragonfly Dreams.

DETAILED DRAGONFLY MEETS BRUSHO

PCC280 Sketch Challenge

I just couldn’t stay away from the Brusho Crystal Colours! I knew that they would make a beautiful background for the detailed die cut.

DETAILS

First, I created the background piece that I would use for the base of the dragonfly. On Watercolour Paper, I sprinkled Brusho Crystal Colours in Prussian Blue and Yellow. With a Stampin’ Spritzer, I sprayed them with water, until I was happy with the colour saturation. Then I set aside the paper to dry.

While waiting for the Brusho to dry, I cut Dapper Denim cardstock for a card base, and a panel of Berry Burst and Whisper White. On the Whisper White panel, I stamped the grid pattern from the Timeless Textures stamp set, in Smoky Slate ink. Next, I used the splatter pattern image from the same set, and stamped in Dapper Denim and Berry Burst ink.

Next, I used the Big Shot with the Layering Circles Framelits to die cut 2 circles, one from Berry Burst cardstock, and the scalloped larger circle from Dapper Denim cardstock. Then I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits to die cut the detailed dragonfly from Vellum cardstock, and the outline of the dragonfly from the Brusho coloured Watercolour paper.

The sentiment was stamped onto 2 strips of Whisper White cardstock in Dapper Denim ink.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

First, layer the 2 die cut circles with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and attach to the Whisper White panel. Next, layer the Vellum die cut dragonfly over the Brusho dragonfly, attaching with either Mini Glue Dots or Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Then, attach the dragonfly on top of the circles, using Dimensionals. Finally, attach the 2 sentiment strips underneath, using more Dimensionals.

PCC280 Sketch Challenge

I love how the Brusho colours show through the Vellum!

After the front panel has been put together, attach it to the Berry Burst panel with Dimensionals, then attach that to the Dapper Denim cardstock base.

PCC280 Sketch Challenge

ADD TO THE INSIDE

Of course, a card this pretty on the outside deserve a nice inside, as well!

PCC280 Sketch Challenge

The sentiment is stamped in Berry Burst ink. To add a little extra touch, I stamped the pretty detailed dragonfly in Dapper Denim ink, on the bottom right corner.聽 Still plenty of room to write your own message!

I had someone ask me once if I always add a white insert to my cards; basically, yes! I find that it ‘finishes’ off the card nicely, and you don’t have to worry about your cardstock base being too dark to write on.

JOIN THE SKETCH CHALLENGE!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the projects made by the rest of the Design Team. Head over to the Paper Craft Crew challenge page for a look! You’ll also find the link there, to use once you’ve finished your project.聽 I can’t wait to see what you create!

ORDER YOUR SUPPLIES

To order the supplies I used to create my card, click on the product images below. You can also browse around my online store, while you’re there. It’s open 24/7, so you can shop whenever it’s convenient for you!

Thanks for supporting me with your orders, and for spending some time with me today. I hope聽 you’re inspired to get creating, and join us for this challenge!

 

Celebrate 5 Years with Paper Pumpkin!

It’s time to celebrate! Celebrate 5 Years with Paper Pumpkin!

Celebrate 5 Years with Paper Pumpkin

Can you believe it’s been 5 years already? Our Paper Pumpkin is growing up so fast! 馃檪

A SPECIAL CELEBRATION KIT

Make sure that聽 your subscription is ACTIVE to receive the special March 2018 celebration kit!

Happy birthday to us! March 2018 is Paper Pumpkin鈥檚 5th聽anniversary and we are kicking it off with a truly exciting campaign. Not only are we celebrating five years of creating and sharing together, but we also want to say thank you to all of our demonstrators and customers who have helped us reach this great milestone. And what better way to do that than with a March kit which includes a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed, one-of-a-kind box? This kit is gorgeous, collectible, and is almost sure to go down in Paper Pumpkin history as an all-time customer favorite!

Promotion Details

  • The free gift complements the kit but is not needed to complete the kit.
  • The free gift is exclusive to the March Paper Pumpkin kit and cannot be found anywhere else.
  • The free gift is a crafting product with a wide range of use that can be used on a variety of papercrafting projects.
  • The free gift holds an approximate retail value of $8-$10 CAD when compared to similar products offered by Stampin鈥 Up!.
  • Subscribe between February 11鈥揗arch 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).

SHARE THE FUN WITH FRIENDS

One of the best parts about Paper Pumpkin is the fun you can have sharing it with friends! Whether you send or gift the completed cards & projects, or get together to stamp, it’s all good. Here’s a quick video by Stampin’ Up!, showing some past kits.

Share the fun on your social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.) with the #PAPERPUMPKIN5 hashtag, along with pictures of your projects, or of you & your friends working on your Paper Pumpkin kits.

MAKE SURE YOUR ACCOUNT IS ACTIVE – OR SET ONE UP!

Celebrate 5 Years with Paper Pumpkin

If you have previously signed up for Paper Pumpkin, but have cancelled your subscription – make sure you go to paperpumpkin.com, and re-activate your account!

If you haven’t subscribed before – NOW IS THE TIME! It’s super easy, and will only take a minute! CLICK HERE for the sign up form. Input your delivery address, personal and payment information, and then sit back & wait! You’ll receive an email around the 10th of the March, advising you that the billing has been completed. Then a few days later, you’ll get another email saying that your Special Paper Pumpkin box is on it’s way! Your Paper Pumpkin is delivered to your door, and you’ll be ready to create as soon as you open it.

JOIN OR ACTIVATE BY MARCH 10th

If you want to receive this special 5th Anniversary Box, complete with your FREE GIFT, you MUST subscribe, or activate your subscription, by March 10th.聽 That’s the absolute deadline – no second chances! So don’t take a chance on missing out – JOIN NOW! I’m betting you’ll be really happy that you did! 馃檪
Celebrate 5 Years with Paper Pumpkin

Celebrate 5 Years with Paper Pumpkin

Fun with Stampin’ Blends Markers

This past Friday was my monthly Blends Club, where we get together and have fun with Stampin’ Blends Markers.聽 The Club was formed to allow the members to get the complete Blends Markers collection, over 4 months. At each meeting, we make 2 full cards, practice tips, techniques and colouring with the Blends. Each member also gets, as a gift from me, the Ivory, Bronze and Color Lifter Markers, over the 4 months.

FUN WITH STAMPIN’ BLENDS MARKERS

This month, I聽 gave everyone their Bronze Markers, so we used it in a couple of different ways. It can be used as a ‘skin tone’ marker, as well as for general colouring.

Using a combination of Light Pink Pirouette and Bronze, the legs and arms of the little girl from the Birthday Delivery stamp set are coloured and contoured. The hair is coloured with a combination of the Light Crumb Cake and Bronze markers. To colour the dress, we used Light Pool Party and Light Night of Navy Blends markers.

Fun with Stampin' Blends Markers

BRONZE BLENDS MARKER FOR SHADING

This Bronze marker is also great for creating shadows, or shading, on images. For this next project, we used the sentiment and floral stamp from the Color Me Happy stamp set. By the way – this stamp set, as well as the Color Me Happy Project Kit & stamp set Bundle are still available! They’re while supplies last – so don’t wait around – save yourself 10%, and grab this great Bundle now!

Fun with Stampin' Blends Markers

DETAILS

After stamping the sentiment and flowers in Memento Black ink onto Whisper White, the main flower and the main part of the words were coloured with the Light Calypso Coral Blends marker. The shading and shadows were added with the Bronze marker, then blended by going back over it with the Light Calypso Coral marker.

Did you know that you can also colour your embellishments and ribbon with the Blends Markers? It’s true! Here, we coloured the Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine with the Dark Calypso Coral Blends! A perfect solution if you don’t happen to have the right colour in your stash 馃檪

The rest of the card uses Calypso Coral cardstock for the base, and Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper for the background panel.

CREATING A BACKGROUND WITH BLENDS MARKERS

You don’t always have to use the Light & Dark of one Blends Marker, when creating. You can also combine different colours very nicely!

Fun with Stampin' Blends Markers

This stamped panel started as a simple Whisper White piece of cardstock. First, the entire panel was covered using the Light Daffodil Delight Blends marker. Then, starting at the bottom, Light Old Olive, then Light Pumpkin Pie, then Dark Daffodil Delight Blends were added.聽 After adding each colour, go back with the first one, to blend them together and soften the lines.

After colouring, the image from the retired Serene Silhouettes was stamped twice in the bottom left corner, in Memento Black ink.

It was layered onto a panel of Daffodil Delight cardstock, that had been embossed with the Big Shot and Brick Wall Embossing Folder. The card base is Old Olive cardstock.

Did you notice the ribbon, on the 2 corners? I didn’t want to聽 use the Daffodil Delight ribbon I had on hand – so we made our own! Use a retired Whisper White ribbon, and the Dark Daffodil Delight Blends marker to colour your own! (I didn’t have the new W.W.聽 Organza ribbon, but you can use that one, too!)

JOIN THE STAMPIN’ BLENDS FUN!

Other than the fun colouring you can do, the other great thing about the Stampin’ Blends Markers is that you can buy them individually, in Combo Packs (with the Light & Dark of each colour), or you can buy the entire set! Get as few, or as many as you want, at one time. Plus, while Sale-A-Bration is going on, if聽 you order the Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection (all 26 colours, plus the Color Lifter) for $162 – you instantly qualify for either 2, Level 1 or 1, Level 2 item from the SAB brochure!!

To order the products I used in the above project, click on the product images below. You can shop any time, day or night, in my online store. Of course, I’m happy to place your order for you, if you prefer!

Thanks for having a look at today’s post; I’d love to read any comment you’d like to leave for me! And of course, I always appreciate your orders – they’re what keep me going! 馃檪