Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Magical Mermaid Stamp Set from Stampin Up

Magical Mermaid
(OnStage November 2017)

I always get excited when Stampin Up convention rolls around. Each one brings new products and new ideas. Of course, I like to offer my own new ideas. This year, I have created a card that offers you a chance to enjoy using several techniques: heat embossing, water coloring, using our new Blends alcohol markers and dry embossing. Yet this card is quick and easy to make. Let's get started. 

Supplies: Magical Mermaid Stamp Set

    •    Whisper White card stock. ( I like thick, since we will be doing so many different techniques.)
    •    Embossing Buddy
    •    Versa Mark
    •    Copper embossing powder
    •    Heat tool
    •    2 bottles of refill (I used Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz)
    •    Aqua Painter (2)
    •    Blends (Calypso Coral- light and dark, Daffodil Delight- light and dark, Ivory, Bronze )
    •    Ruffled embossing folder
    •    Big Shot
    •    Early Expresso Ink pad
    •    Momento Ink pad
    •    Bermuda Bay card stock
    •    Paper Snips.
    •    Mini Dimensional
    •    Fast Fuse Adhesive

 I like to start with my thick Whisper White a little large. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. This allows me to trim off any rough or undesirable edges. Always drop the embossing buddy and rub it across the card to reduce any static.

Embossing Buddy®
103083 $6.00
Prevent extra powder or glitter from sticking to your project. Just rub across paper before application.

Using the sea weed stamp, I stamp across the bottom of my card using Versa Mark
Stampin’ Emboss Powder
$5.00 each
Turn stamped images into glossy raised designs. Just use VersaMark Pad (p. 200), Stampin’ Emboss Powder, and Heat Tool (p. 201). 1/2 oz.

Copper • 141636

After stamping with Versa Mark you can see the shine when placed under the light just right.

 Coat with Copper embossing powder. Shake off any excess, lightly tap the edge of the card on the table.
 Heat using your Heat tool until you see the embossing powder melt and create a shiny surface.  

 Let's set up for water coloring. Fill 2 Aqua Painter with water, one for each color. Next add a few drops of water.  

  Place a drop or two of Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz on a non absorbent surface. I have laminated a few grid sheet just for water coloring. (Email me if you would like to have one). You can also use your large clear block, just be sure the colors do NOT mix.
 Remember the more water you add the lighter the color will be.
Using Pear Pizzazz, lightly brush over the leafy part of the embossed sea weed. Then using soft sky, cover the complete embossed area. Let it dry for a few minutes. Normally by the time, I have water colored all four cards I am making, they are dry enough to continue. 
 Stamp your sentiment using Early Expresso ink pad. I often use Early Expresso in place of black. To me it is just a softer shade than always using black.

Now we are ready to dry emboss with the Ruffled embossing folder. As your card may still be damp, this will make for an even nicer embossing lines.  When placing my card in the embossing folder, I did not go to the top of the folder. For me a line closer to the top gave you the allusion the water goes above the top of the card.

We are ready to use our new Blend alcohol markers. Start by stamping the mermaid using Momento black ink pad. Remember alcohol markers do not require a heavy hand. In fact a lighter touch will give you better coverage without wearing the tip. Our markers have a brush end and a fine tip end. Look at the marker, noticing the single line on each end. One is thick, the brush end and one is thin, indicating the fine tip end. It does not matter if you start with your darker color or lighter color marker. Out of habit, I normally start with the lighter color. Then I go over the areas I want to be darker with the darker colors. I finish by blending over the edges of the darker color with my lighter color a second time. Now you will not have any strong edges, just a soft transition of color. Just a note, I seldom use the Lifter marker. It is great if you color outside the lines and want to remove the marks. For normal blending I like to blend with a lighter color

Using your paper Snips, let's cut out our mermaid.

All you have left is to assemble your card.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Blends Alcohol Marker From Stampin Up are HERE

We are so excited to Announce the 
New Stampin Up Blends 
will go on SALE November 1st. 

Here is a sneak peak of what they look like and some general information. 

 This is all the 12 exclusive Stampin Up colors available. Most colors come in both light and dark shades, except Ivory and Bronze. Ivory and Bronze are skin tone colors. Now just in case you are not able to tell, I have my Blends in a Paper Pumpkin books with the front cut lower so I can see all the colors. 

Stampin Up is also offering a Project Kit to use with your Blends while you are learning how to use them. This kit is a great way to learn how to blend and see how different in dark and light colors. 
This kits offers you 16 cards, four of each. It also come with the envelopes, a stamp set, ink and embellishments.

Now, you know I like to change kits to better suit my style. I want to use most of the colors. After all, I wanted to see the color differences too. 

I love the matching envelopes with their gold trim. This is a must have kit.  Email me to get yours EARLY 


A little information about the markers. 
  • They should be stored laying flat, horizontal. 
  • Caps should be tight. You will here a click when the cap is on correctly. 
  • There is a brush tip on one end, and a fine tip on the other.
  • The brush tip end can be located on the end with the thicker line.
  • The fine tip end has a thinner line. See below.
  • Each color comes in a dark and light color. For example: The Pumpkin Pie markers shown above are both the same color only one is dark and the other light. 
  • The Ivory and Bronze only come in a single shade. Also the Color Lifter does not come in a color at all. It is also sold separate.  
  • You will be Happy to know that they can also be purchased as a set, which includes all the colors, Ivory, Bronze and the Color Lifter. 
A few examples 

They go on Sale Novemeber 1st.   Email me today 

I will be ordering a bulk order and kits at 12:01 MT. This is the soonest time they will be on sale. IF you order the full set your shipping will be FREE. FREE shipping is for advance order placed prior to November 1st.

Email me NOW

Sunday, October 29, 2017

On the Road to Utah

OnStage and Centre Stage are very Special times for Stampin Up demonstrators and their customers. Instead of flying from North Carolina to Utah, my husband and I are driving our RV. All loaded up with 3 fur babies, Missy, Bella and Panther, we start our trip on Oct 24th. Now we realize it is not going to take 2 weeks to get to Utah but our plans are to have some fun.

(Above) My husband Wiley and I in front of "The Bucket". Name by Wiley as this was the first item on his bucket list.

(Right) Our fur babies right to left: Bella, Missy and Panther.  All ready for the road trip.

Watching Mommy work on the computer as we roll down the highway.

First FUN Stop: Nashville TN. We set up camp at the Nashville KOA, with tickets for the Redneck Bus Tour and the Grand Ole Opry. We arrived early for our bus tour and enjoy lunch at the Tequilla Cowboy. The live entertainment was really good, so we hung around.

 Then Donald Trump ??? (look alike) arrived. Could not help myself, had to get a picture. Fake News...

The Red Neck Bus tour was a hoot. Two hours of laughing; some history about the Nashville, but even that was funny. Sat around the camp still laughing at some of the jokes told.

Well that's it for the first stop. Need to travel for a few days so we can get to OnStage on time...... Check with you later.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Santa's Sleigh Coasters with SU

Now it might surprise you to learn that Christmas is only 20 Fridays away. And I am working on a craft fair for Christmas!!!! This will be our first craft fair, so I am a little nerves.

This was a ceramic tile purchased from Home Depot or Lowes Home Improvements. When these were purchased there was a layer of glue that needed to be removed. It was easily removed with my finger nail. Then I cleaned the tile with alcohol, allow it to dry before going any further. I used the Santa's Sleigh stamp set and framelits. Use alcohol ink or emboss all stamping. Water based inks will bleed and smear. The sleigh was first cut out and the bottom was embossed using the gold embossing powder. An overlay was cut with the red foil, and glitter glue was used on the tree and reindeer's nose.

When I was ready to place these images on the ceramic tile, I first covered the tile with a thin layer of glossy Mod Podge. Allow it to dry completely about 30 minutes, a second and third layer was applied. It is important that each layer dry completely before another layer is applied.

Final step is to spray a thin coat of Acrylic over the top. Some important things to know about spraying Acrylic. It to be sprayed outside, or in a room with good ventilation. I like Kryon, it goes on smooth and is water resistant. After the first coat has completely dried, normally overnight, apply a second coat.

These coasters are fun and easy to make. Here are some other designs using Eastern Palace stamp set and framelits.

Tons of fun!  Order your Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies Today


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Red Foil Sheets
Red Foil Sheets
Heat Tool