Friday, May 29, 2015

Stampin' Addicts New In Colors Blog Hop

Welcome to Stampin' Addicts New In Colors Blog Hop!  How exciting to welcome some new colors to our collection!  As a beginner stamper, I focused on stamp images.  But now days, it is all about the color, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this year's.  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy the yummy color tour.

If you have been following the blog hop in order, you have just come from Tanya's blog featuring Mint Macaron. Weren't her projects fabulous?  For my stop on this blog hop, I am highlighting the new In Color Tip Top Taupe.

When I chose Tip Top Taupe as a featured color, I thought about monochromatic projects.  In order to get a good feel for the new colors, and which colors might go together, I just sat down and started watercoloring some images.  Watercoloring is so relaxing for me, but I digress.  Here's what I came up with -

Here, of course, it is not about color combinations but rather coloring layer upon layer to get some good shadows and highlights on the image.  Not to mention watercoloring doesn't have to be perfect.  :)  NOTE: Stamp image Pleasant Poppies is retiring and only available through June 2.

Stamps: Pleasant Poppies (retiring); Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Watercolor paper, Cherry on Top DSP; Ink: Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe, Black Stazon; Accessories: Tip Top Taupe lace trim, Aquapainter, Sewing machine, Thread.

I've always wanted to make a flapper dress with the Fringe scissors.  I grabbed a dress silhouette image off the internet and layered from there.

This card uses Retro Sketches #165.

Stamps: Dotty Angles, Celebrate Today; Paper: Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Cherry on Top DSP; Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Crumb Cake, Encore Gold (retiring); Accessories: Pearl jewels, Watercolor brush.

Speaking of color combinations, let's try mixing it up a bit.  Tip Top Taupe and Delightful Dijon makes me think sunflowers.

This card uses Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #267.

Stamps: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Bohemian Borders, Flower Patch, Sprinkles of Life; Paper: Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe, Bohemian DSP, Watercolor paper; Ink: Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe; Accessories: Pansy punch, Petite Petals punch, Aquapainter, Flower Fair framelits, Big Shot.

I'm including a work-in-progress to illustrate how fun Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron are together.

Did you ever have a focal point for which the right layout has not come along yet? That's what's happening here.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Rhonda at The Stampin' Bunny put together with Watermelon Wonder.  She always has fun projects!

 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FM211 Watercolored Tree & Weekly Deals

Holly is bringing us this week's Friday Mashup challenge with a watercoloring sketch.  I'm posting a little early in preparation for tomorrow's In Color blog hop (woohoo!).

If you've taken any Online Card Classes, you might recognize this tree.  I loved this sample from the watercoloring class, and I tucked it away for future use.

Here I used the five new In Colors to create my tree.  Except for the sentiment, this is all free-hand.  How fun, huh?

This week's Mashup! Challenge:

  • Create a project using "Watercoloring".
  • Create a project using the "Sketch". 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Watercolored Project using the Sketch".
Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts; Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Cherry on Top DSP, Watercolor paper; Ink: Delightful Dijon, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe; Accessories: Water spritzer, Watercolor brush.


More chalk supplies on sale this week!  How about making a paper bouquet?
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Monday, May 25, 2015

MDSM115 The Long, Sad Good-bye

DATE ALERT: June 2 is the last day to purchase My Digital Studio digital downloads, software, and print products for 30% off.  Grab them while they are still available!  The purchased downloads, technical support, and online forums and galleries will be available until June 9.

For our last MDS Monday challenge, Tami has asked us to create with our favorite download.  Well, one has to sit and think for a while on that one.

I find overlays to be the most useful, most often used downloads. The supporting characters of our pages who don't get enough credit. Over the years I've loved the grungy stuff like Back to School and Downtown Grunge, but I've also like brightly colored kits like Playful Polka Dots, Sweet Details, and My Sweet Pea. I couldn't decide. Finally I had to scan through all my pages and find one that I really love.

My latest passion is to strive for pages that tells the story and emotions through the design and photos. You can almost hear the words coming off the page. With that, I reworked a page, which I actually made early on using My Sweet Pea. I just love how all the wonderful patterns of this download work together seamlessly.



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Friday, May 22, 2015

FM210 Butterfly Birthday

This week Cynthia brings us a butterfly Friday Mashup challenge.

This color combo caught my eye recently, and I thought I'd better get on since it uses the retiring Crisp Cantaloupe.  I'm not typically a butterfly girl, but I can break out the feminine when I have to (sparingly!).  ;)

This week's Mashup! Challenge:

  • Create a project with "Butterflies".
  • Create a project using "Lace Trim". 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project with "Butterflies using Lace Trim".
Stamps: Butterfly Basics; Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe (retiring), Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Vellum; Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe; Memento Tuxedo Black, Gold Encore (retiring); Accessories: Venetian Crochet Trim, Clear EP, Elegant Butterfly & Bitty Butterfly punch, Sewing machine, Thread.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Weekly Deals & More

Have you been interested in the chalk paper and inks?  Well, lookie what's on sale this week!

Click HERE to check out this week's Weekly Deals!


If you haven't tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up - get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you'll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try too!
  • Offer Dates: May 12-June 10, 2015
  • Offer Details: Use the code SAVE50 at Paper Pumpkin before June 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included). 
  • Offer valid for new subscribers on a month-to-month subscription.


FREE Bow Tie Graduation Pocket Card Project Instructions PDF with your online order of $25 or more on MY ONLINE SITE.  Please use hostess code 2VKPW3YN, and make sure to check the box to allow your demonstrator to contact you.  For orders $150 or more, DO NOT use the hostess code; you will still receive the PDF instructions via email.  Please visit this page to purchase this tutorial.


Monday, May 18, 2015

MDSM114 Celebrate Ferris Wheels

I had it kinda easy with this week's MDS Monday challenge.  Cindy's sketch reminded me of a page I made using the Sale-a-Bration 2013 download.  Rather than reinvent the (ferris) wheel, I'll share it again.

"Both Little Missy and I LOVE ferris wheels.  It is the first ride we hit at the local county fair.  I thought the ferris wheel image would make a cute scrapbook page, and since I am mostly a digital scrapper, I used the Feeling Sentimental digital images from the One Big Sale-a-Bration MDS CD.  When I was about her age, I wondered if there were ferris wheels in heaven.  I thought I just couldn't live with them.  :)"

MDS Elements: Stamps: Feeling Sentimental, Days to Remember overlay, Ink Splatter; Papers: Crumb Cake Textured, World Spectacular DSP; Color Palette: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Accessories: Attic Boutique embellishments, Staple, Spiral punch, Petite Pennant punch, Freeform Stitch #1 circle; Font: Clipper Script.

Here is Cindy's sketch -

There is only a couple weeks left for MDS Monday.  I sure hope you take time to join us this week!


FREE Bow Tie Graduation Pocket Card Project Instructions PDF with your online order of $25 or more on MY ONLINE SITE.  Please use hostess code 2VKPW3YN, and make sure to check the box to allow your demonstrator to contact you.  For orders $150 or more, DO NOT use the hostess code; you will still receive the PDF instructions via email.  Please visit this page to purchase this tutorial.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Four Feathers

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week we are creating with the fun Holiday catalog carry-over set Four Feathers, which also has coordinating framelits.  You are probably arriving from our fearless leader's, Tanya Boser's, blog.  She always has such great ideas!

Now is a good time for a last hoorah with My Digital Studio.  I'm really gonna miss downloading any image or shape my heart desires to help a project out.

The feathers are a perfect accent to any project.  With MDS, I used the Circle Circus download, circle punch, and e-cutter to help make a dream catcher.

Stamps: Four Feathers, Circle Circus (MDS), Walk in the Park II (MDS); Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum, Watercolor paper; Ink: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tip Top Taupe, Crumb Cake; Accessories: In Color Sequins (retiring), Frosted Sequins (clearance), Linen thread, Watercolor brush, Feathers framelits, Big Shot, e-cutter.

If we've tempted you to purchase the Four Feathers stamp set & die bundle, make sure to grab it by June 2.  It will not be carrying over to the new catalog.

Be sure you check out the next stop to see what Dawn at Tiddbits from Dawn put together with this set. Her projects are always amazing!

 

Other Four Feathers projects you may have missed -

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