Friday, March 29, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Take Time

Hey there bloggers! It's Monday again, and another busy weeks begins. 
I have realized lately...not that I didn't know it before...but I think it has hit home more recently...that we all need to take time to enjoy the people that we love or the hobbies that we love. I have so much stress in my life lately and my the people I love are the ones who make me smile when I think things are at their worst. And one of the things lately that makes me smile is my husband and daughter punching each other when they see yellow cars. It's become the funniest game, because they are both craning their necks as far as they can whenever we pass a side road to see who can see a yellow car first. Today my husband and I went to Walmart and he was taking a picture in the parking lot and I couldn't figure out what he was doing... it was two yellow cars parked in front of us. I'm not sure that counts! LOL

Last week I had a really nice Stamper's Club. I felt that it was fun and relaxed and I had a good time teaching the projects. One of those projects was a card that had been featured at the Stampin' Up! Regional event that I attended at the beginning of March. It had a very simple technique of using sponging to create a border and card elements. It turns out that it was a WOW technique because it was so simple but not really thought of. 

here is our card...

Stamp Sets:   Clockworks (Wood Mount 127290, Clear Mount 127292)
  Paper:  Whisper White (100730), Island Indigo (122923), Basic Grey (121044)
Ink:  Island Indigo (122937), Basic Grey (126981), Gumball Green (126861), Gumball Green Ink Refill (126855)
Cool Tools:   Paper Snips (103579), 1" Circle Punch (119868),  Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin Spritzer (126185)
The Perfect Touch:  Island Indigo Baker's Twine (125575), Naturals Designer Buttons (127554)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Watercolor Pencils

Hi Ho Bloggers! I apologize for being MIA recently. Things have been a little upside down lately. I promise to try and post whenever I can. 

Last night was my monthly Stamper's Club and one of my customers asked me about how to use water color pencils. 
So now I am posing the question to you.... how do you use your watercolor pencils? Post some ideas or links to your creations here!
I told her that next month I will feature them at our club meeting so I will hopefully have some samples for you all too!

Watercolor Pencils - by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It has arrived!!!

My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit has arrived!!! 

I have received my first kit in the mail today and I can't wait to play!!!
And here are the pictures of what my package looked like..

Let this creative coach whisk you away to a 30 minute journey into creativity once a month. Emerge rejuvenated and invigorated with something to share or keep and enjoy.  Everything you need (except adhesives) is included to create fun and unique projects you will love sharing with friends and family.

How it works:

Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep.  Each provides the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!

·       Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project -cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and pre-cut everything for you!)

·       Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.

·       Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.

·       We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  

·       You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)

·       A Paper Pumpkin membership is $24.95 per month (and shipping is included!). 

·       There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.

·       Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month only.

Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it.  Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.

Note: It is very important that you choose me as your demonstrator when you are subscribing.

A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit

The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership.  The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

Whether you are an old hand with Stampin’ Up or are entirely new to crafting and creative paper endeavors, you are going to love Stampin’ Up’s new Paper Pumpkin program.   

A Free Class Especially for Paper Pumpkin{ers}

Starting in May I will be offering a free monthly party for My Paper Pumpkin subscribers…

Around the first week of the month, I will host a party where you bring your kit with you and we will make the project together…. And we will make a stepped up project too (the project provided only BETTER! More bling, more layers, etc)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Water Dribble Technique

Spring is the time for new beginnings...and I am hoping that this year will be no exception. I am very much interested in new opportunities this year. Now...for the spring part...if only that were has been miserable here for the last few days and it's not looking much better for the rest of the week.

So today's technique share is a technique that I presented to my Stamper's Club last month. It is called a Water Dribble technique and it's such a simple way to create a cool background.
Take a piece of cardstock and sprinkle water from your fingers onto it. Then take a very large clear block and brayer ink all over it. Place your water dribbled cardstock upside down onto the clear block and brayer over the back of it to ink it. And voila! The original technique can be found here.
So here is my card....

I would love it if you would leave a comment below sharing your favorite simple background technique...

Stamp Sets:   From the Heart (Wood Mount 126555, Clear Mount 126557)
  Paper:  Very Vanilla (101650), Island Indigo (122923)
Ink:  Island Indigo (122937)
Cool Tools:   Paper Snips (103579)
The Perfect Touch:  Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (130812), In Color Printed Designer Buttons (122940), Stampin Dimensionals (104430)

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