Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Keeping it Simple for Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop

Welcome to the Let's Get Hopping Round 3 Hop! You've just arrived  from Tanya Rees's Blog. Yep... another project I need to CASE!

The theme of this hop is Back to Basics, which means stamps, ink, and paper... no fancy tools. That's right! No Big Shot, no Framelits or embossing folders. Just the most basic cardmaking elements. Simple cards are difficult for me... perhaps it's because I always think cards need lots of elements to be beautiful. But that's just not true. I can do this!

This is another sneak peek from the upcoming Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog called Lovely Wishes. The adorable Billie Moan from Rambling Rose Studio presented this set at OnStage (our convention for demonstrators) earlier this month. Please check out her blog to see more creations with this set - she is so talented!

One of the things I like about this whimsical set is that it's photopolymer... which means I can line up stamps on one clear block easily (I used the large block F for two stamps), then line up the solid image stamps over the line images that were already stamped.

Using Markers lets you use multiple colors on one image. I used Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves. And the spots that weren't covered by the stamp? I used the marker to color that in, too. Easy-peasy!

 And how cool that the Stampin' Blends actually color our Basic Jewel Pearls??? I used the light and dark Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry Blends to emulate the colors of the flowers and petals on my card. Pretty close, huh?

I almost left the card as is - without the colored pearls, but felt that it needed a little something. Still simple, but the pearls just added another bit of texture. What did I say at the beginning of the is blog post? Yep... I guess I still struggle with less is more. LOL!

If you've read my previous blog posts, I do believe I said I need to put ribbon on just about every card. Still simple, but ribbon adds that finishing touch. What do you think? Which card do you prefer?

I appreciate you stopping by! If you started in the middle of the hop, then click the next button below to see what Verity Biddlecombe has created!

Wishing you... a very lovely day!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

RemARKably Creative Blog Hop - Stampin' Blends Style

Welcome to this month's RemARKably Creative blog tour, featuring some fun projects with Stampin' Blends! Didn't you just love what Candy Ford shared?

I'm so glad Janet Wakeland organized this blog tour... I just LOVE these Blends! There is something therapeutic about coloring, and the Stampin' Blends make it so easy! In fact, I prefer the Blends to our Stampin' Write markers for coloring (shhh... don't tell anyone). Seriously... here is the image I colored with Stampin' Write markers next to the one colored with the Blends - can you tell which is which? Of course you can. LOL! Hubby likes the image colored with the markers because the colors are vibrant. I agree, they are... but just look how smooth the colors are with the Blends - no lines or splotchy areas!

For this project, I decided to give you a sneak peek of a new stamp set that's coming out in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions catalog January 3. One of the perks of being a demonstrator and going to OnStage (convention) is getting my hands on a copy of the latest catalog. But the best part is being spoiled by actually getting new stamps sets to take home and play with! This set is called Flying Home - and you'll be able to order it soon (ask me how you can order it sooner).

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this card turned out! As usual, it started out to be something different and is nothing like what I had going on in my head... it just kind of happened. I guess that's how all of my cute cards are born. LOL!

Thought you might want to see some of the details...

Of course EVERY card needs dimension! I decided to pop up the bird and birdhouse - because I love fussy-cutting! It's almost as relaxing as coloring.

Every card needs some kind of ribbon... and Linen Thread really is my favorite. I love how natural it is, especially with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. 

I really hope you're enjoying the blog tour and all of our projects help inspire you to try the new Stampin' Blends! Now... hop on over to Janet Wakeland's blog and see what remARKably creative project she has (but don't forget to leave a comment below before you do).

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