Monday, July 28, 2014

VACATION IS ALMOST OVER!!

I'm sorry to say that my vacation is almost over and it's time to get back to the real world!!  The good part though is that with the real world comes stamping and creating again -- so what more can a girl ask for?  I'm sorry I haven't really had anything I could post because I actually have been doing a little stamping during my vacation.  However, I can't share it with you because it is for events coming up and people have asked me not to share the projects on my blog.  I can share this one card because the invitations have been sent and the sex of the baby is now announced.  It is very simple, but I thought (and the mom thought) it was elegant.

I used the Baby, We've Grown, Baby Prints, and Inviting (retired) Stamp Sets along with the new Large Polka Dot Textured Embossing Folder.  The theme of the party is a "Celebration" because it is a girl and mom wanted her friends to share her joy.  So the words "baby shower" were not used.

The inside of the invitation also uses the Baby We've Grown Stamp Set.  I didn't have the new Date, Time, Place Stamp Set (#134348 Wood Stamp for $11.95), so I used the retired Inviting Stamp Set.

These are my companions while I am crafting!!  Notice there are 2 doggie beds but they like to share the same one!!

Just got back from camping and this is some of the group/family relaxing after dinner (the kids are checking out the campground at Sleeper State Park).  And no, that is not my camper (my daughter's) -- I slept in a tent without electric!!  I wouldn't sleep in their trailer because I didn't want to keep them up all night, LOL!!
So this is a small look into my life this month, enjoying my family.  I will be working hard this next month finishing projects for the above baby shower and preparing for another baby shower; and creating for an event coming up in September -- so you might not be seeing much of me in the next month.

Until next time,
Sandi

"Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you."
--  Luke 18:16

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

ALL ABLOOM DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK

Have you ever been surrounded by some of the very most talented stampers in one night?  Well, this happens to me every month when I attend the RubberQueen monthly meeting.  Last night was no exception.  Our challenge for July was to create 4 projects using the new Stampin' Up! designer series paper.  Let me tell you, these ladies created beautiful projects (cards and 3-D).  If my pictures turn out, I will be showing some of these in the next couple of weeks.  You already saw one of my projects in my post last week.  Today I am posting the cards to go with that 3-D project.  All of my cards have a layer of designer series paper from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Pack and use the new Blendabilities.  Here is what I came up with:

I stamped the designer paper using the I Love Lace Background Stamp, then stamped directly on another piece of designer paper using the Bloom With Hope Hostess Stamp Set (one of my very favorite floral stamps in the new catalog), and then "fussy cut" the images to adhere on the designer paper.  I love all the texture!

I stamped directly on the designer paper, using the Sweetbriar Rose Stamp, colored with the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities, and then added a bow using the new Blushing Bride 1/4" Cotton Ribbon (using my scissors to curl the ends -- awesome ribbon!!)

Another card using the I Love Lace Background Stamp directly on the designer paper and "fussy cutting" the Bloom With Hope flowers that were stamped directly on designer paper.


Another card, using a different design from the paper pack with the image stamped directly on paper (I used the same Blendabilities color (Rich Razzleberry), but notice how the color changed based on the color of the designer paper.  I added some Gold Sequin Trim pieces that I first colored with the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities because I had ink smudges on the card (yep, no reason to through it away just add a little accessories to cover).
Until Next Time,
Sandi

"Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."  --  Joshua 24:15

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BLOOM WITH HOPE MEETS MIXED MEDIA CANVAS

I had a fun afternoon yesterday creating something new for me, which I have wanted to do for over a year.  I purchased 4 canvas frames almost a year ago with a gift certificate that was soon to expire, with the thought of incorporating my love of Stampin' Up! product on canvas using mixed media.  I thought this would be the perfect time to try it out because Ronda Wade, our RubberQueen leader, challenged us to use Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper on a few projects for our July meeting.  You know how much I love a challenge, and I'm so glad she gave it or I would have never put my thoughts on this canvas.  I love how it turned out mixing Stampin' Up's vibrant ink colors with their gorgeous designer paper.  And yes, it did take me the whole afternoon to finish it because the mediums had to dry in between the creativity and I started with just an idea to use designer paper. 

A lot of my inspiration for mixed media comes from Ronda Palazzari, a well-known mixed media artist, author, licensed designer, instructor and avid memory keeper who enjoys all kinds of mediums.  Her artwork has also been published in several magazines and idea books.  I have been following her blog for a couple of years and love her style because it is so different than mine!! A while back she sent me her first book, published in 2012, Art of Layers; which was my inspiration for today's project.

Check out Ronda Palazzari's blog here.
Here is what I came up with for my very first mixed media on canvas (yep, I will never be a Ronda Palazzari but I still love it) with directions:

My art is not for everyone; but I love to just "jump out of the box" every once in a while.  If you want to see a larger picture showing the texture, just right-click on the image and select "open in new window" and then you can click on it to enlarge.


Product Used:
Stamps:  Bloom With Hope (Hostess Set) and Feel Goods
Inks:  Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Strawberry Slush, StazOn Black, and Momento Tuxedo Black
Designer Series Paper:  All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories:  Very Vintage and Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons; Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine; Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon; Daffodil Delight Blendabilities; Hexagon Hive Thinlits Dies; Old Olive Ink Refill; Sponges; Crystal Effects; Tissue Paper; foam paint brush and small bristle paintbrush; Gesso; and Mod Podge.

Directions:
  • Using the foam paint brush, spread the Gesso over the entire canvas to give it texture.  Add a small piece of the All Abloom DSP on top of the gesso (while still wet) and smooth it with the foam brush and let it dry. 
  • Sponge on the different colors of ink and let it dry. 
  • Using scrap cardstock, run the Hexagon Hive Thinlit through the Big Shot and use it as a template to sponge on the Old Olive ink (and I used the same sponge to lightly wipe the color around the hexagons). 
  • Mix together about a teaspoon of Gesso with Old Olive Ink Refill for desired color; and using a bristle paintbrush, paint the outside frame and create some "splatters" on the front of your canvas. 
  • Using the StazOn Black Ink, stamp your sentiment on some white tissue paper, tear around the words, apply some Mod Podge on the back using foam paint brush, and apply to canvas being careful not to tear.  
  • Using the Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp your flowers and leaves on the designer paper, cut, and apply Mod Podge to back to adhere to canvas (I did use my tweezers for the leaves).
  • Color one button with the Daffodil Delight Blendability and adhere designer paper to back of the other 2 buttons using Mod Podge.  Let dry and then tie on baker's twine and Lost Lagoon ribbon (I cut this lengthwise at 1/8th inch wide so it would go through the small button holes).
  • Adhere the buttons to the canvas using Crystal Effects.
  • Using a sponge, I applied some Lost Lagoon ink on the frame sides.
I have probably forgotten something in the directions, but if you have any questions leave a comment and I will check back to answer.  Let me know what think of my first attempt!!

Until next time,
Sandi
"I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness."
--  John 12:46

Friday, June 13, 2014

STAMPIN' UP NEW 2014-2016 IN-COLORS

I'm back!!!  I thought maybe I would take a short break from my vacation (which lasts all summer!!) and show off the new 2014-2016 In-Colors from Stampin' Up.  I just got around to making Ronda Wade's make'n takes from her June RubberQueen meeting.  I love that she always designs something that we can use for a product event.  These cards would be perfect to offer a class that would include the Feels Good Stamp Set and a package of Rhinestone Basic Jewels to show off the beautiful new in-colors: 

Introducing:  Blackberry Bliss Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Lost Lagoon Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Hello Honey (love that name!!) Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Mossy Meadow Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Tangelo Twist Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Don't you just love the names for all the Stampin' Up colors?  It must be hilarious sitting around the Stampin' Up Board meeting table and coming up with names for all their delicious colors!!  Which one is your favorite?

Until next time,
Sandi
"Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."  -- 1 Corinthians 15:58

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

THE NEW CATALOG IS HERE!!

Well, I know you all are totally excited (just like me) with all the new products in the 2014-15 Stampin' Up Catalog, but I'm going to have to disappoint you today!!  Yep, I haven't gotten my new product yet so nothing "really" new to show you.  However, I did play with my new Blendabilities again, on a stamp set carried over to the new catalog, so that was fun for me.  I know my artist friends from my classes love the new Blendabilities, so it was very hard to tell them the Blendabilities will not be available for the public to buy until at least a month.   (Another reason I love being a demonstrator is the perk of being able to get product before it is released and another reason for you to sign up today!)  So here is another sample to see what you are missing (sorry):

I used the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Assortment on the Flower Shop Stamp and the Perfect Pennants Stamp for the sentiment; Whisper White and Pistachio Pudding Card Stock; Decorative Dots Embossing Folder; and the new Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine.

Here are a couple of cards I made for the Project H.O.P.E. prayer ministry, using some discontinued stamps.  Let me know if you would like more information about how you can become a prayer and card warrior for Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Experience God's Love).




Until next time,
Sandi
"He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength."  -- Isaiah 40:29

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

OUT WITH THE OLD & IN WITH THE NEW!!!

Only six more days, and let the shopping begin!!!  I have so many sticky notes in the new 2014-15 Stampin' Up Catalog marking product for my wish list. It would have been easier to mark the product I have/don't need.  I forgot that the Occasions Mini Catalog was also retiring, so if you haven't purchased that special stamp set or accessary from this mini catalog -- this is your last chance!! 

Today I have a couple of cards using retiring product -- one of them is the En Fran├žoise Background Stamp, my favorite of all background stamps and a "must have" as far as I am concerned.  If you don't have it, I will tell you right now, "I'm not selling it to anybody (including my family)."  Sorry, I just had to get that out there so I won't feel guilty saying "No" when somebody asks.  I also have a few cards I did today using new sneak peek product.

I stamped with the En Fran├žoise Background Stamp (retiring in 6 days) and sponged with Soft Suede Ink on Whisper White Card Stock using a torn piece of scrap paper for a mask over the Whisper White (stamping on the negative space).

I used the Simple Sketched Hostess Stamp Set (retiring in 6 days) stamped on designer paper and cut out to create the flower on this card.  I had stamped it directly on the card base, but messed up when coloring so decided to cover it with designer paper (I hate to throw booboos away).

Wahoo, and lookie what we have coming in the new catalog!!!  This card and the next two were created using the new In This Together Stamp Set and Blendabilities.  I also used the new Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine.

I used the new Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack for this card (along with the other product mentioned above).

As soon as I saw this print in the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, I knew I was going to use it with this stamp!
Until next time,
Sandi

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."  --  Matthew 5:5

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I'M IN LOVE: SNEAK PEEK!!

Yep, no doubt about it -- I'm in love with the new Stampin' Up products coming June 2nd!!  Due to the holiday coming up and other commitments this month, I had to have an early sneak peak event to show my friends what is in store for them in the new 2014-15 Stampin' Up! Catalog.  Hands down, they loved all the new product -- and the Blendabilities was the top winner!!!  In all honesty, they totally blew me away with the beautiful cards they created using the Blendabilities.  I think everybody was a little intimated before they used them, but after a quick demonstration of the features and use, they jumped right in and totally "got it" and loved how fast and easy they were to use!!  I wish I would have taken pictures of their cards before they left so you could have seen how beautiful they turned out (from now on they are going to be known as my "artist" friends), but you will just have to look at my Blendabilities card below.

Here are the cards they made yesterday:

Supplies:  Something for Baby and Something to Say Stamp Sets; Pistachio Pudding & Coastal Cabana Card Stock; Moonlight Designer Series Paper Pack; Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, & Soft Suede Ink Pads; Baby's First Framelits; Scalloped Tag Topper Punch; Tea Lace Paper Doilies; & Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine. 

Supplies:  Work of Art Stamp Set; Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, & Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock; Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, & Calypso Coral Ink Pads; & Rhinestones Basic Jewels. 

Supplies:  Traveler, Teeny Tiny Wishes, & World Map Stamp Sets; Early Espresso Ink Pad; Lost Lagoon & Very Vanilla Card Stock; Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, & Vintage Trinkets (get these now before they are gone June 1).

Supplies:  Blended Bloom, Label Love, & Springtime Hello (this stamp set on envelope will be gone soon, so get it now!!) Stamp Sets; Hello Honey, Shimmer White, & Old Olive Card Stock; Moonlight Designer Series Paper Pack; Daffodil Delight & Old Olive Blendabilities; Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon; & Artisan Label Punch.
I hope you all agree with me, the sneak peek product above is gorgeous and I'm in love with all of it!

Until next time,
Sandi
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion, and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction . . .."
--  2 Corinthians 1:3-4