Tips and Tricks when playing with Brusho

Hello Everyone,

This week’s featured item is Brusho! Or more specifically Brusho Crystal Colour.

Brusho Crystal Colour

Brusho Crystal Colour 144101 $30.00 plus tax and shipping

Brusho is watercolor ink crystals that mix with water to make watercolor washes and designs. You will receive 5 pots with your purchase of Brusho; Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue, and Yellow. The pots each contain 0.5 oz each but don’t worry a LITTLE goes a LONG way.

Prussian Blue Brusho

Here is an example of sprinkling on the Prussian Blue Bruso and spritzing the paper with the Stampin’ Up! Spritzer

Tips and Tricks

  1. Make sure to cover your Stamping surface with scrap paper or grid sheets and have a roll of paper towels on hand as crafting with this product can be messy.
  2. Do not open the lid of the product; prick with a push pin once, this will give you a manageable amount of product when you sprinkle. When you are not using Brusho leave the Push Pin in the hole you created so it does not spill.
  3. Use Stampin’ Up! Shimmery White Cardstock or Watercolor paper for best results
  4.  With an Aqua Painter, wet your paper before sprinkling the Brusho on.
  5. Sprinkle the Brusho onto your paper before spritzing with water.
  6. You can paint with Brusho by sprinkling individual pigment powder into a painter’s pallet and adding water to activate the crystals before painting with a paint brush.
  7. After your project is dry, use a clean paper towel to wipe off unactivated color crystals.

For more tips and Tricks visit my Facebook Page 

Reminders

Remember to use your Stampin' Up coupons before the end of September

Remember your coupons! The coupons that you earned in August as part of the Bonus Days are now available to use. Make sure to use them by the end of September.

Do you have a friend or relative that has a birthday this month who loves Stampin’ Up! you can gift them your coupons as a birthday gift.

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Thank you for stopping by  my stamping place,

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2018 Holiday Catalog is Here!

Hello Everyone,

Stampin’ Up’s  2018 Holiday Catalog is here. I am so excited because today is the official launch date for the New Holiday catalog! The catalog has perfect stamp sets for Fall, Halloween, and Christmas. There is so much to see, so if you would like a new catalog you can email me at [email protected]

2018 Holiday Catalog

Contact me for information on how to get a catalog and purchase the NEW product.

The catalog is full of amazing stamp sets, coloring tools, new tools, embossing folders, framelites, thinlites, and so much more! You can order out of the catalog starting today (9/5/2018) until January 2, 2019.

Weekly Project

This week’s project is using NEW product from the Holiday Catalog while playing with some old product!

Cauldron Bubble Halloween Card

Cauldron Bubble Halloween Card using Brusho Crystal Color

Cauldron Bubble

Watch our pre-recorded Facebook live to see how to make this card

 

We experienced some technical difficulties in the middle, feel free to skip over it.

This card uses the new Halloween bundle called Cauldron Bubble.

Clear-Mount Cauldron Bubble 149931 $44.00 plus tax and shipping

Clear-Mount Cauldron Bubble 149931 $44.00 plus tax and shipping

When purchasing this kit you will receive 11stamps and 9 framelit dies that match the Designer Series Paper as well as the Stamp set.

The Designer Series Paper is also New this year and is called Toil and Trouble.

Toil and Trouble 12 x12 Designer Series Paper 147531 $11.00 plus shipping and tax

Toil and Trouble 12 x12 Designer Series Paper 147531 $11.00 plus shipping and tax

To make the custom Designer Series Paper that is behind the cauldron I used the Chicken Wire Elements that part of a suite in the holiday catalog and the Week’s highlighted item Brusho!

Brusho comes in 5 colors: Brillant Red, Gamboge, Moss Green, Prussian Blue, and yellow.

Brusho comes in 5 colors: Brillant Red, Gamboge, Moss Green, Prussian Blue, and yellow. You can purchase the set at my store for $30.00 plus tax and shipping 144101

Tune in on Friday to learn tips and tricks regarding Brusho.

Reminders

Spooky Paper Pumpkin

5 Days left to sign up for the spooky Halloween Paper Pumpkin. Click on the image to sign up!

Remember to use your coupons, you have until September 30, 2018 to use the coupons earned in August.

Your coupons expire after this month!

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place,

Signiture

Tips for Easy Card Making

Hello Everyone,

Here it is the end of August. I remember when I was a little girl my mom would always say how fast time goes but I never believed it. You know to a kid time drags on. Well now it is flying by! With September coming it is the start of the new Fall/Winter catalog. I can not tell you how excited I am for it!

You will be able to start ordering from the new Fall/Winter on Wednesday September 5th. Mark your calendars! Also next Wednesday night I will be doing a catalog walk through on my Facebook live! If you do not have your catalog yet please let me know so I can get one to you!

Tips for Easy Card Making

Feeling uninspired but have to make a card? There are tons of sketches online that you can peruse to get inspiration. Here are a few examples of what sketches are;

These sketches are ideas that you can use to create cards. The layers are predetermined and you can fill them in with Designer Series Paper or different colored cardstock. Where the butterfly is you can add a bow, thinlit die cut, or embellishment.

Sketches are great examples of quick and easy card layouts. You can use them to help you feel inspired.

Tips

  1. If you are making a lot of cards; cut out your pieces in advance so you can form an assembly line.
  2. Not sure about colors? Before you cut your cardstock gather all of the colors you want to use.  Lay them side by side to make sure they are cohesive with your design.

    Tranquil Tide Cardstock and ribbon with Petal Pink Card stock and Designer Series Paper

    Tranquil Tide and Petal Pink along with Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper

  3. Use ribbon as a one of the layers as detailed on the sketches above.

Weekly Project

For this week’s project I wanted to show how to make an easy card following a sketch challenge. One of my team members found this sketch. As a monthly challenge my team makes cards based on the sketch. I was also part of a swap between demonstrators and used it for my inspiration.

Sketch challenge using new product

Sneak Peak Alert! My swap card used NEW product available September 5, 2018

Weekly Project using a sketch challenge

Stylish Christmas Clear-Mount Stamp Set: 146773 Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper: 146921

 

As you can see you can make a wide variety of cards even with the same sketch idea.

 


Here is a prerecorded Facebook video on my Weekly Project.

 

You can visit my store to pick up everything you need to play with these sketch challenges.

 

 

Reminders

Spooky Paper Pumpkin

Subscribe by September 10, 2018

 

Last Chance on Blended Season's Bundle and Watercolor Assortment 2

Collect these limited edition items before the 31st of August.

Bonus Days

Last Chance to earn a $5 coupon

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place,

Signiture

 

Tips and Tricks with Paper Pumpkin

Hello Everyone,

Today I thought I would share some tricks and tips about Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin! These kits are awesome little monthly projects which can help build up your collection. Each month you receive a kit full  of everything needed to create the projects.

What to do with Leftover Pieces

Paper Pumpkin gives you a lot of product in your monthly kit so, you will have a few pieces left over you can easily turn them into a new project.

You can easily take leftover pieces and incorporate them with cards or crafts that you are working on.

Here are some tips as to what you can do with you left over pieces

  1. Keep the stamp set close by so you can easily look for a sentiment or stamp for a project.
    1. You can house these stamps in a recycled Paper Pumpkin box
  2. Take out all of the unused pre-cut pieces and organize them in marked Paper Pumpkin boxes so you do not have to use a framelit to cut out a piece. Perfect for easy stamping.
  3. Put ribbon that comes with the kit with your ribbon or in its own little box so that you can easily see what you have before deciding on what will best for your project.
  4. Keep the ink spots with your ink pads just in case you need the color but do not have it in your collection. These spots are perfect to use with our Stamparatus!
  5. Keep the idea sheet that comes with your monthly kits in a scrap book so you can easily flip through for crafting ideas and inspiration.

What to do With Left Over Kits

There are many fun things that you can do with your left over Paper Pumpkin boxes. You can turn them into storage containers for your stamps.  You can easily make little compartments within your recycled Paper Pumpkin box so that you can store little loose embellishments like Stampin’ Up! Basic Brads, Blossoms Elements, or Gold Library Clips. You can also use this box to store Washi Tape or paper shapes that you have already cut out.

Paper Pumpkin box with dividers to hold different sized materials.

You can easily customize the box by covering it in Designer Series Paper. Another fun feature you can customize is the size of the dividers, you can have smaller sections or larger sections like the one above.

 

Reminders

Blended Seasons Bundle- comes with stamps and framelits perfect for year round stamping and crafting.

You can purchase this bundle at my store for 64.75 plus tax and shipping.

Spooky Paper Pumpkin

Subscribe by September 10 for a spooktastic time.

Paper Pumpkin

Hello Everyone,

The grand-kids are doing well in their back to school routine so I thought I would share with you how I use my Paper Pumpkin during a school day. Paper Pumpkin is a fun craft idea for the kids to do and clean up is a breeze. My grand-kids have craft time and we make cards with it for their moms and grandma’s.

Paper Pumpkin is such a fun little monthly subscription box for any one wanting to test the waters in crafting. These monthly projects are the perfect way for new crafters and seasoned crafters to spend an afternoon. Paper Pumpkin is also the perfect way to build up your crafting collection because each monthly kit comes with a limited edition stamp set, an ink spot, and everything you need to create that month’ project. Everything is also pre-cut so you do not have to worry about bring out your paper cutter.

Paper Pumpkin kits with three watercolor cards that came with a kit along with varies embellishments.

At least 6 times a year Paper Pumpkin will send you a kit which can make 8 or more cards. The kits may also contain cards plus gift bags, banners, treat bags, or boxes. Paper Pumpkin kits may also contain home decor crafts, giftables, or treat packaging.

 

A Paper Pumpkin Kit arriving to someone's home.

Your Paper Pumpkin crafting surprise will come around the 20th of every month. Subscribe by the 10th of that month to receive the monthly fast, easy, and fun kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treat bags perfect for a thank you that came in a monthly Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Paper Pumpkin allows for a crafter to be perfectly armed with cards or gifts for any occasion. You will always be ready hand out a sympathy, thank you, or congratulations card or a yummy treat bag at a moments notice.

How to Subscribe

There are two ways to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin. The first way is a monthly subscription in which you pay as you go for $19.95 (shipping is included). This way will allow you to pick and choose which Paper Pumpkin you wish to receive.

The second way to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin is through prepaid subscriptions, which allow you to pay ahead or give as a gift.

Upcoming Kits

I love Halloween it is one of my favorite holidays. I love to see all of my grandchildren dressed up in their costumes and trick or treating. So it is no surprise as to why I am super excited about  this upcoming kit!

Spooky Paper Pumpkin subscribe by September 10th to receive this kit!

Something spooky is on its way and I cannot wait to dive into this kit.

Weekly Project

This week’s we focused on Paper Pumpkin.

August’s Paper Pumpkin

Cards from kit

 

Prerecorded Facebook Live

Card using this month's paper Pumpkin

Here is a fun card that you can make with product from this month’s Paper Pumpkin

Blissful Blooms Flip Fold Pocket Card

Here is the down load for the Stamp Case insert

08.18_PP_STAMPCASEINSERT

Reminders

Spooky Paper Pumpkin

Subscribe to be part of some spooky fun.

Blended Seasons Bundle- comes with stamps and framelits perfect for year round stamping and crafting.

Blended Season Bundle.                      You can purchase this bundle at my store for 64.75 plus tax and shipping.

New Watercolor Pencils

You can purchase these watercolor pencils from my store for $12.50 plus shipping and tax.

Use the code SMTUY3FN on a purchase of $50 or more at my store to receive an uninked spectrum pad as a gift from me.

 

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place,

Signiture

 

 

 

Blended Seasons Envelope Punch Board Box

Hello Everyone,

My product of the week this week is the Blended Seasons Bundle and Assortment Number Two Watercolor Pencils. For this week’s weekly project I wanted to showcase a product that is perfect for any crafter be they a beginner or pro.

Blended Seasons Bundle- comes with stamps and framelits perfect for year round stamping and crafting.

You can purchase this bundle at my store for 64.75 plus tax and shipping.

New Watercolor Pencils

You can purchase these watercolor pencils from my store for $12.50 plus shipping and tax.

This is such a fun and unique bundle because it is only available for a limited time and the perfect addition to any crafter’s collection. The bundle comes with a stamp set that is perfectly suited for thank you, congratulations, and holiday cards and any 3D item. I LOVE the watercolor pencils because they blend like a dream, and can add a professional touch to any project!

Here is a look at some of the cards that I have created so far…

 

Using the watercolor can make a fun stamped image into a gorgeous masterpiece.

Using the watercolor pencils can make a fun stamped image into a gorgeous masterpiece.

 

A layered card featuring falling leaves and wheat

Using watercolor paper helps to blend out an image when using multiple colors of watercolor pencils.

The watercolor pencils are sold along side of the Blended Seasons Bundle, these watercolor pencils  are the perfect addition to any crafter’s collection be they beginners or pros.

Weekly Project

For this week I wanted to make something to hold all of the cards I have been making so I created a Envelope Punch Board Card Box perfect for four cards and four envelopes. This card box would be a wonderful back to school gift for any teacher. It would also be a great gift for any friend or family member, plus you can customize it so that it will be perfect for a birthday, holiday or a just because gift.

Envelope Punch Board Box

Blended Seasons Envelope Punch Board


I love this perfect project.

 

Reminders

It’s my Birthday Month!

It's my month! Use the code SMTUY3FN on a purchase of $50 or more to receive a Uninked Spectrum Pad from me as a gift!

Paper Pumpkin

Are you a Halloween lover like I am? Then you will love this Paper Pumpkin! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription box which allows you to create! In a monthly kit you will receive a  inked spot that perfectly matches that month’s craft, you will also receive a unique stamp set that is perfect for building your collection with these one of a kind stamps.

Spooky Paper Pumpkin

Make sure to subscribe by September 10 to receive this hauntingly spooky kit! If you do not have a demonstrator feel free to put my name as your demonstrator!

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place,

Signiture

Envelope Punch Board Mini Box

Hello Everyone,

My weekly featured item is the Stampin’ Up Envelope Punch Board.

Envelope Punch Board

Make 66 different envelopes with this punch board along with a variety of other crafts! Purchase this item at my store $20.00 plus tax and shipping.

There are so many things that you can do with the Envelope Punch Board.  I thought I would show you this cute little box. Perfect for holding a piece of chocolate or any other small candy.

A box made using the envelope punch board.

Envelope Punch Board Mini Box

This is just one of the many projects that you can use the Envelope Punch Board  for. You can also make custom envelopes by using some of the same steps listed in the tutorial.

Different Sized Envelopes that can be made with the Envelope Punch Board

These are three of the different sized envelopes that you can make with the Envelope Punch Board out of the possible 66.

Example of how an envelope can fit a custom card using the Envelope Punch Board

Example of how you can make a custom envelope to fit a custom card using the Envelope Punch Board.

You can use any Designer Series Paper or Card stock to customize your envelope to match your card.

Birthday Month Celebration

It's my Birthday month and to celebrate anyone who orders $50 or more using the code SMTUY3FN will receive an uninked spectrum pad from me to celebrate.

Help me celebrate!

It’s my Birthday month and to celebrate I have created a special code SMTUY3FN so that if you place a $50 order using the code you will receive an Uninked Spectrum Pad from me!

This is a limited time offer so take advantage before the 31st of August!

Reminders

Bonus Days are back!

So that means for every $50 spent in August you will receive a $5 coupon to use in September. This means if you place an order using my Birthday code you will not only receive an Uninked Spectrum pad from me but  $5 coupon to use in September from Stampin’ Up also. Shop at my store to take advantage of this AMAZING deal.

Blended Seasons Bundle kit! Note that the watercolor pencils are sold separately!

Click to enlarge image.

The Blended Seasons Bundle is also available for purchase! I love this set! You can make a variety of cards, boxs, or 3D items using this bundle. If you purchase this bundle you will receive the Blended Seasons stamp set as well as the Stitched Seasons framelits set. You will not receive the second assortment of watercolor pencils. I love the pencils and even though it is a separate purchase it is a very good buy because of how easy they blend and complement the assortment of watercolor pencils that are sold in main 2018-2019 catalog. The pencils as well as the bundle are limited edition and are only being sold while supplies lasts so be sure to add this to your collection before it is gone.

Make sure to shop the clearance rack for savings up to 60% off selected products while supplies last.

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Wink of Stella Tips and Tricks

Hello Everyone,

My product of the week is Stampin’ Up’s Wink of Stella. This clear glitter brush is so versatile when it comes to any type of crafting.

Wink of Stella is comes with a brush tip that disperses clear glitter.

                  Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.                       To purchase you can visit my store by clicking the image, the price is $8.00 plus tax and shipping.

 

Tips

There are so many fun things that you can do with this product that I have assembled several tips and tricks for you.

  1. Have watercolor pencils and want to add a little bit of shimmer and glimmer to it?  My first tip would be to color with you watercolor pencil over the stamped image and blend it with your Wink of Stella.
  2. Another tip is that you can also add color and shimmer to you crafting product by taking a Stampin’ Up ink pad and squeezing it until some of the ink is on the lid. You can then pick up that color with the the Wink of Stella. Be careful to make sure you have cleaned the ink off of the Wink of Stella tip so you do not transfer the color where you do not want it to be.
  3. Lastly you can color over an already stamped and colored image to add a hint of shimmer.
Close up of colored image showing Wink of Stella

To achieve this look I stamped the flower in Blackberry Bliss before using a Blender Pen to add shading as well as to color it in. To add the Wink of Stella I simply colored over the image once it was dry with the glitter brush.

Tricks

A trick when working with this wonderful product is even though it might be running out on you there are ways to prolong your use of the product.

  1. By taking off the brush applicator and then removing the barrel on the Wink of Stella you can add rubbing alcohol to it, but only fill it up to the “h” in push that is embossed onto the side of the pen, to make sure you do not over fill it.
  2. You can also add a couple of drops of reinker to your Wink of Stella pen and you have a colored glitter pen that you can use on other products.

Creating Crafts with Wink of Stella

This week’s card uses the NOW available Blended Seasons stamp set. The Wink of Stella is perfectly suited to help showcase how the watercolor pencils blend.

Blended Seasons Bundle kit! Note that the watercolor pencils are sold separately!

Click on the image to enlarge.

This limited edition bundle and watercolor pencil set is a perfect addition for any crafter’s collection. Don’t wait to order because once these items are gone they are gone. It is important to note that the watercolor pencils are purchased separately but complement the watercolor pencils in the current catalog beautifully.

I love how in this one bundle you have the options to create holiday, fall, thank you, congratulations, and so many more cards with the stamps and framelits that are provided.

In this weeks prerecorded Facebook Live we demonstrate how to use the Wink of Stella.

Blended Seasons Card showing Wink of Stella

Announcement

It is my Birthday month! So to celebrate I am offering  a special!!!

Anyone who orders $50 or more during the month of August will receive a special gift from me.

Uninked Spectrum Pad

Use the host code SMTUY3FN at my store to receive the special gift!

Promotions

A brand new month is upon us so let’s take a look at some of the current promotions that are available. As well as some that are approaching.

Don't miss out save 50% on your first month of Paper Pumpkin using BLOOM818

Don’t miss out! This promotion will be gone soon!

If you do not have a demonstrator feel free to add my name.

Bonus  Days are here again!Bonus Days have begun. Every $50 spent in August earns you $5 in September. Contact me at kabouchikas@msn.com to learn more

Visit my store to earn some coupons!

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place.

Signiture

Playing With New Product from a Upcoming Bundle

Hello Everyone,

New Product Alert

Who wants to see some new product? Well today I was sitting in my craft room working on a card for my Facebook Live tonight and thought that this was a good time to showcase a NEW bundle set! The countdown is on because in just 6 days you can order this new bundle set called Blended Seasons!

Color Your Season! This bundle covers Spring/Summer, Fall, and ChristmasThis new bundle covers all of the seasons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This fun set is only available for a limited time so be sure to get it before it is gone! August 1 -30.

Blended Seasons Bundle kit! Note that the watercolor pencils are sold separately!

Click image to enlarge.

This bundle is perfect to use for year round stamping! The bundle includes 12 stamps and 10 coordinating dies! The NEW watercolor pencils are purchased separately. I love how this set is just perfect for all of your stamping needs from Thank You sentiments to Merry Christmas. This set has you covered. My favorite dies included with this new limited addition bundle is the layering shapes! A feature that is unique to these shapes is that both sides of the paper are embossed with stitching detail!

Double sided stitching detail on a layering shape framelit The layering shapes are just so pretty that I decided to feature all three shapes on my Facebook Live card!

Card Making

A layered card featuring falling leaves and wheat

Blended Seasons Fall Card

I just love how cute the layering shapes look as three separate pieces as they come together to form one cohesive image! The featured product this week on my blog is blender pens and this set is amazing to have along with blender pens. The stamped images can be easily colored with the watercolor pencils both new and old, however to blend those watercolor pencils you would need a blending tool and that would be the blender pens. The blender pens just add such a fine and professional touch to any coloring that you are doing. If you are interested in learning more about blender pens you can check out my blog post about them here. To purchase this limited edition bundle you can visit my store on August 1st.

Check out this prerecorded Facebook Live Video as we make this fantastic card! Feel free to fast-forward through the beginning, we were experiencing some technical difficulties.

Check out my Facebook page for more fun card, fun fold, and 3D items!

Reminders

Get a Free Ink Pad Assortment when joining my Glimmer Gals team! Only available till July 31st 2018

Who doesn’t love FREE product? You can purchase your Starter kit for $99, however you get $125 worth of product and a FREE ink family pad set! This deal is only available for a limited time and that time is quickly coming to a close! To take advantage of this no obligation deal you have until the 31st of July! If you wish to take advantage of this deal you will also become part of my Glimmer Gals Team!

Take advantage of summer savings by getting 50% off of your first month of Paper Pumpkin! Use code BLOOM818 to receive this special offer. If you do not have a demonstrator feel free to select me .

If you do not have a demonstrator and want to take advantage of this AMAZING deal feel free to select me as you try out our monthly crafting kit.

Thank you for stopping by my Stamping Place,

Signiture

Tips and Tricks Using the Blender Pens

Hello Everyone,

I love to color and Stampin’ Up’s Blender Pens allow me to use the Water color pencils like a pro! There are so many tips and tricks to discover when coloring with these pens.

Blender Pens are one of best coloring tools. The pens are duel-tipped and filled with a solution that allows for easy blending.

Purchase three duel tipped pens for $12.00 at my store plus shipping and tax.

Three blender pens come in a package.

Three nontoxic duel tipped pens come in a package

With blender pens you can easily color in stamped images! Tricks for coloring with blender pens are to use Memento ink to stamp your image so you can blend your water color pencils together without picking up the excess ink. Another trick is to emboss your image that way you can add a bit of shimmer and shine to a card.

Stampin'  Emboss Powder. Purchase any color for $5.00; Black, Clear, Copper, Gold, Silver, or White

Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
Purchase any color for $5.00; Black, Clear, Copper, Gold, Silver, or White

Using your Blender Pen to Watercolor

Stampin’ Up sells amazing water color pencils! These pencils are amazing because they provide smooth color when coloring images.

When purchasing this item you will receive 13 watercolor pencils that coordinate perfectly with other Stampin' Up products

Purchase these for $16.00 at my store

When using your blender pen to color an image, it is important to pay attention to how much color you have laid down onto your image before blending with the blender pens. For a softer look I scribble some color down onto my image lightly, this will then become even lighter after I go over it with the blender pen. For a brighter look I lay down more color so that when I go over it with a blender pen the image is still bright just more cohesive.

A fun cut out layer reveals a stamped floral image that has been colored with watercolor pencils and blended with the blender pens.

Using the blender pens help to take a stamped image to new heights.

Tips and Tricks

A tip when using the blender pens; keep a scratch piece of paper close by so that you can wipe off the tip of your blender pen after each segment so that the color does not transfer to your image. The pen tips do stain after several uses.

Another tip is when coloring with these pens be sure to use a light touch on whatever medium you choose to work with, this will help you avoid peeling which happens to paper.  Tricks when working with these pens include using the Shimmery White card stock or the watercolor paper for best results. You can even use the pens on all of their other papers.

Techniques

There are many different techniques that you can use when working with the blender pens.

  1. You can stamp an image with a colored ink and before it dries use the blender pen to lightly bring the ink towards the center of the image. This makes the stamped image appear to have shadowing and shading.
  2. You can also use the blender pen to pick up ink that has been put onto clear blocks, this allows for you to pick up the color and add it directly to your image.
Using the blender pen, the image shows how you can use a colored ink, in this case Blackberry Bliss to create shading on the inside.

Stamp from the Stamp set Sunshine Sayings.

New Product Alert

You might be wondering where you have seen the image used to make the card above, well it is not in the current 2018-2019 catalog. It is actually a limited addition item that will be available for purchase while supplies last next month!

Here is a peek at just what is being released with the NEW bundle

New Watercolor Pencils

Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green. Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, and Night of Navy

The NEW watercolor pencils include 10 NEW colors. These new pencils include new colors that were released during this years color revamp! I just love how these colors glide onto the paper and blend seamlessly by using the blender pen!

Reminders

Why don't you join my team?

Why don’t you join my team?

Join my team today and receive $125 worth of product for jut $99 and a FREE color family of ink pads. You will also receive access to a community of stampers and like minded crafters.

List of papers on the buy three get one free sale going on the month of July 2018

Click on image to enlarge

Stock up on Designer Series Paper by taking advantage of this amazing deal.

Blooming Summer Savings get 50% off your first month with the code BLOOM818

If you do not have a demonstrator feel free to select me as your demonstrator so you can take advantage of this fun monthly kit!

Thank you for stopping by my Stamping Place,

Signiture

Tips and Tricks on the Sponge Brayer

Hello Everyone,

Today I thought I would talk about the Sponge Brayer. There are so many tips and tricks that I want to share with you on this fun little tool. So let’s get started.

Sponge Brayer from Stampin' Up! This comes with two handles and four sponges

You can purchase this tool for $8 at my store plus tax and shipping. In purchasing this tool you will receive two handles and four sponges. Click on the image to visit my store.

This versatile tool from Stampin’ Up! allows you to create colorful backgrounds as well beautiful landscapes. This is the perfect tool for every occasion because you can create custom decorated paper!

This tool is easily washable as you can rinse out the sponges in the sink, after letting them dry you can continue to use them with a new color.

Tips and Tricks when using Your Sponge Brayer

 

Christmas Card using the Versamark ResistSummer Card using Sponging Technique

This card showcases the technique known as Versamark Resist! For this technique you stamp your images using Versamark onto Glossy White Card stock. Rolling your sponge brayer in one direction on the ink pad, then roll your brayer across your glossy cardstock until it is completely covered. A tip when creating a card using this technique is that you apply even pressure when sponging your card so that one piece of your card is not darker than you intended. A trick I learned in doing this card is that you want to start off by applying a little bit of color because you can always add color but you can not take it away.

Fall Card using Sponging Technique

This fun fall card showcases another fun technique using the sponge brayer. When crafting this card I sponged the Glossy White Card stock first before stamping my image. Tips for this card include inking up your  background stamp first and then place your piece of colored cardstock on top of the stamp so that you can line up the image to where you want it to be.

 

Ombre card using Sponge Brayer

Tips to achieve this look include using the sponge brayer in two different ink pad colors to create an ombre look. For this card I used Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana  to create the look. Another tip for this technique is after you have sponged the cardstock quickly wipe the embossing buddy over it so that when you emboss the little pieces of embossing only stick to the versamark.

Sunset Landscape card created using sponge brayer

Water Ripple pull out card using sponge brayer. Tips to create this card include using the Layering Circle framelits to create the circles and using the stamparatus to line up the sentiment

You can even use the sponge brayer to create multiple landscapes. My favorite trick is using the Layering Circle Framelits to create a ripple effect on the water. By cutting out circles on post it notes you can use the different sized circles to create the smaller and larger ripples.

Happening Now At Stampin’ Up!

There are many different promotions going on at Stampin’ Up!

Get a free ink pad assortment when purchasing a Stampin' Up starter kit!

This limited offer is good until July 31st! If you are in need of a family of ink pads why not get it free? In buying your Starter Kit you will not only receive $125 worth of product when you pay $99 but also a family of ink pads FREE! There is no obligation when purchasing your starter kit however, if you are interested a perk to purchasing the starter kit is that you become part of my Glimmer Gals team! In joining my Glimmer Gals team you will have access to a private Facebook group where paper crafters gather to talk about their journey with Stampin’ Up!

 

List of papers on the buy three get one free sale going on the month of July 2018

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This sale is perfect for you if you want to stock up on Designer Series Paper! The paper’s offered truly give you a wide range of options especially if you are shopping for summer, fall, and Christmas Designer Series Paper!

Save 50% on your first month of Paper Pumpkin using the promo code BLOOM818

If you are looking for a fun monthly craft kit look no further than Paper Pumpkin. When signing up if you do not have a demonstrator feel free to select me!

Thanks for stopping by my Stamping Place,

Signiture

Such a Cute Christmas Card

Hello Everyone,

I thought I would share a cute Christmas card with you all today. I love having Christmas in July and making cards with friends! This year I am having a big Christmas in July event on July 28th. We will be making 16 cards, 2 each of 8 lovely designs. I will also be offering this as a To-Go option. The class fee is $37.00 and if you would like the To-Go version it will be $37.00 plus $6.95 for shipping.   You will receive all the paper supplies for the cards cut and ready to put together, plus a private video tutorial with purchase plus the handout with directions.

This month I have been trying to focus on using more Designer Series Paper because of the awesome sale Stampin’ Up! is having. So I found and fell in love with this Envelope Pull Card. I created three of them, and I will be showcasing the Christmas card tonight on my Facebook Live!

Cards showcasing Designer Series Paper note the fun paper perfect for birthday's, weddings, or Christmas A closer look at the Envelope Pull Out Cards

Click below for the tutorial

Envelope Pull Out Card

Previously recorded Facebook Live showing how to put the cards together, click below for vidoe

https://www.facebook.com/karensstampingplace/

These cards are so cute and versatile that you could use them from birthday invitations to thank you cards. The card in the middle features Petal  Promenade Designer Series Paper, which I  think would make beautiful wedding invitations.

The stamp sets in order from left to right are: Animal Outings, Flourishing Phrases, and Christmas Pines. The Designer Series Paper from left to right are: Animal Expedition, Petal  Promenade, Under the Mistletoe. ALL of these Designer Series Paper can be purchased at my store and an added bonus is that they are being featured in the Buy Three get One Free Sale going on at Stampin’ UP!.

You can truly do so much with this card design and you can add whatever you want to on the inside completely personalizing it for your needs.

Promotions happening at Stampin’ Up!

Here are ALL of the Designer Series Paper being featured in the Buy Three get One FREE sale. These paper are truly so versatile and can be used for so many different products. With a sale like this one it is easy to stock up on your favorite paper from this catalog as these are special to the current catalog.

List of all Designer Series Paper on Sale

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Visit my store to check out all of the fun coordinating stamp sets and embellishments!

Who wouldn’t love a full color family complete with ten ink pads from Stampin’ Up? For $99 you will receive $125 worth of product of YOUR choice PLUS the ten ink pads in a color family! These include Neutrals, Subtles, Regals, Brights, or all ten of the In-Colors. This is a savings of $ 67.50! You will also receive a 20% discount on any of the orders you place after you purchase this bundle. There are NO strings attached! You can withdraw at any time.

Join my Glimmer Gal team and receive an ink pad assortment

Are you a fan or interested in monthly kits? Then you will want to try Stampin’ Up’s Paper Pumpkin! This monthly kit comes straight to your door complete with everything excepts adhesive and scissors!

Put in code BLOOM818 to receive a 50% discount on Paper Pumpkin for your first month

Make sure when signing up you use the  promo code provided above to receive the blooming deal and if you would like to select me as your demonstrator.

Thank you for stopping by my Stamping Place,

Signiture

 

Designer Series Paper Sale and So Much More in July

Hello Everyone,

There is so much going on this month! First there is a Designer Series Paper sale. Buy 3 get 1 free! I am so excited about this sale and can not wait to stock up!

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Here is a video from Stampin’ Up! That showcases all the Designer Series Paper on sale:

How would you like a FREE set of Ink pads?

Stampin’ Up is having a month long promotion in which you can join my fabulous Glimmer Gals Team. With joining my team you will receive a discount of 20% off of Stampin’ Up products. The AMAZING starter kit bundle lets you recieve $125 worth of product for ONLY $99. On top of the $125 worth in products if you join this month you will receive a FREE Stampin’ UP Ink Pads Color Family. An additional bonus is that you do NOT pay for the shipping. There is no obligation with this kit. You can drop being a demonstrator at any time. However, if you sign up NOW you will be able to attend November’s Onstage in which Stampin’ UP will celebrate their 30th anniversary.

In joining my fabulous Glimmer Gals Team you will be a part of an ACTIVE Facebook group and monthly meetings. At the monthly meetings I give you the tools so that you can then hold your own classes or just stamp with friends. In the Glimmer Gals Team page on Facebook you will be able to immerse yourself in a group of people who also love stamping and crafting. You will also be able to ask questions, post photos of your cards/projects, and talk about your business or hobby with like minded individuals.

Contact me if you have any questions about signing up or if you want to sign up you can click here. I have down line all over the country and look forward to you joining my team.

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place

Nature’s Poem Double Fold Card

Hello Everyone,

Today was a very hot day in Arizona, we stayed inside and enjoyed the ac. We are looking forward for the monsoons to begin because that will hopefully cool things down a bit. The kids were very busy trying to earn toy cars today (we have started a rewards program that is helping for the summer), I am pleased to say that all four grandsons earned their cars. The card we are showcasing today is a fun double fold card using the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper, on page 189 of the 2018- 2019 Stampin’ Up catalog.

If you notice the colors on the card all work really well together. This is because Stampin’ Up coordinates ALL of their products! The coordination allows you to be able to create a beautiful card without putting much thought into the colors that go with the Designer Series Paper.  This allows for an easy understanding of the color stories that are already recommended by Stampin’ Up.

If you would like to see how this card comes together head on over to my facebook page. We did a facebook live putting together this card. Click below for the card’s tutoiral.

Nature’s Poem Double Fold Card

Starting July 1st Stampin’ Up is having a SALE on select Designer Series Paper. This means that when you purchase THREE you get ONE for FREE!

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place,

 

Pocket Fold Card

Hello Everyone,

 

This week has been really busy as my four grandsons have been in Vacation Bible Study. They are really enjoying goofing off with the other children and playing all the fun games. I have been able to help in the nursery, where I spend time looking after my granddaughter. At the end of the week the kids will put on a fun show and I cannot wait to see it.

 Today’s a fun and busy day for me because I do a project l every Wednesday at 6:30 Mountain Standard time. This week’s project is a fun Pocket Fold Card that Alex made. This card was a blast to make and I love how you can easily slide in a gift card if you wanted to make this into a birthday card instead of a thank you card. 

 

Pocket Fold Card

This fun set uses the Springtime Impressions Thinlits which coordinates with the Garden Impressions designer series paper, which is also used on the card. The NEW Sparkle Glimmer Paper was used on the butterfly, it is absolutely gorgeous, the paper has colored sparkle so that it reflects whatever color you put it against.

To find the video online you can check out my facebook page. We have a lot of fun doing these videos, and Alex and I switched seats to show you this fun card. Be sure to say hi in the comments, we love hearing from you.

 

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place,

Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper Play Time


Hello Everyone,

It is a beautiful day here in southwest Arizona, not a cloud in the sky. My grandsons love to be outside when it is nice and warm like this. So I have been very busy keeping up with the rambunctious little ones. Lately though they have been going back and forth between inside and outside at lightning speed. I think I will go hoarse from telling them to close the door. I have also been busy cleaning my crafting studio so that I can hold my monthly club meeting. I tend to take up A LOT of room when I craft and as a result leave a trail of paper, embellishments, and stamp sets in my wake. There is nothing like walking into my clean studio, I just love it.

 

The stamp sets used to make this card were: Stitched All Around and Bouquet Blooms.

One of my new favorite colors from the color revamp is the new subtle color Petal Pink. This is such a fun light coral that is the perfect color for spring and summer. The Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) perfectly coordinates with Petal Pink, along with a variety of colors. Night of Navy which is not a NEW or RETURNING color but was moved from the Regals to the Neutrals also coordinates with this DSP and looks oh so lovely with Petal Pink and the floral designs. The two stamp sets that were used both have coordinating framelits: Stitched Labels Framelits (coordinates with Stitched All Around Stamp Set) and Gatefold Blossoms Framelits Dies (coordinates with Bouquet Blooms Stamp Set).

 

Stitched All Around Bundle

Bouquet Blooms Bundle

I just love the ribbon that I used to make the card. The Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack which comes with TWO colors of ribbon (Petal Pink and Shaded Spruce, both NEW colors) have a beautiful reflective property that I just love.  This ribbon is so versatile and looks beautiful with the Garden Impressions Suite which is were the Designer Series Paper that was used for the card comes from.

Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack

You can purchase all of these bundles at my store which is located here . Tune in on Wednesday’s at 6:30 Mountain Standard Time, where a NEW card idea will be demonstrated. To find the link you can click here.

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place,

 

Notes of Kindness Card Kit

Hello Everyone,

School is out for the summer and I have all my grandkids during the day. While my grandkids are busy playing outside, I can sit on the patio and put this kit together while watching them. I think these kits are going to come in handy this summer, so I do not have to be cooped up inside while they are playing outside.

I thought that tonight would be a good time to come on Facebook Live and  show this fabulous kit from Stampin’ Up. This ALL – INCLUSIVE kit comes with enough product to make twenty cards of four designs. For $35.00 you get a block for your stamps, basic black inkspot, pearls, and copper baker’s twine, a coordinating stamp set, stickers, and shapes that fit the sentiments from the stamp set. The best part is that you get beautifully designed premade cardbases that feature a variety of watercolor designs. A bonus of this kit is that you get a beautiful box that holds everything.

An extra plus of this kit is that there is a refill available for $21.00 which allows you to make twenty more cards. However, the refill kit does not come with a block, ink square, or box because those items were exclusive to the first kit.

Everything you get in the kit.

Four designs you can make with this kit. Instructions are included.

Thank you for stopping by my Stamping Place

 

Diagonal Flip Fold Card

Hello Everyone,

June is fast approaching and there are many events that are happening in the next few weeks with promotions and graduations. Warm weather is on its way and my grandsons are excited to spend the days outside playing in the mud. I am excited for all of the wonderful floral cards that I can make with the Designer Series Paper that Stampin’ Up has come out with.

In this week’s tutorial we will be making a fun fold card.

Diagonal Flip Fold Card

Watch our Facebook Live to see use make this card with a fun twist. During our facebook live, I used the NEW Designer Series Paper called Garden Impressions. This paper is 6 x 6 and is pretty because of all the fun NEW and Returning colors that are embedded in the images. The stamp set I used is also a NEW set titled Abstract Impressions. With this set you can make abstract roses, flowers, and even a cute little butterfly. This is a great set to have because it is so versatile for summer stamping. The stamp set and designer series paper will be available June 1st visit my store to order.

-Reminder-

I want to remind people about the Bogo Sale that I am having with a fellow Stampin’ Up demonstrator. This is not an open house or a catalog launch it is strictly a bogo sale wherein you can get NEW product for FREE when you purchase OLD product.

 

I love this suite so much. The lettering, sentiments, and the images within the bundles of this suite are so pretty and unique that they provide a unique spin on any card or craft that you are making. It is rare that I like all of the fonts within set as well as the sayings but these unique bundles provide stamps that make special cards.

There are many different cards that you can make with this set, a simple google search will provide many examples to ignite inspiration within you.

Here are some the cards I have made with the bundle, which I hope spark some inspiration in you.

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place,

Bogo Sale

Hello Everyone,

I thought I would pop on today to talk about a Bogo Sale that I and a fellow Southwest Arizona Stampin’ Up demonstrator are having. A bogo sale is when a customer purchases retired products and receives NEW product from the NEW CATALOG to match the amount spent on retired products. As a result you would receive DOUBLE the amount of product. 

If you have any questions about the Bogo Sale you can call me at (520) 234-1298 or email me at [email protected]

Thanks for stopping by my Stamping Place,

Karen

Shadow Box and Stand

Hello Everyone,

I thought I would talk with you today about a cute little D.I.Y project that I have seen around the internet. I have seen people make this picture frame or shadow box into little gift boxes and even cards. In today’s version I will be showing you how to make a stand alone shadow box complete with a stand.

This box uses the returning color, Blackberry Bliss and the NEW In-Color Grapefruit Grove. The Designer Series Paper that was used was the specialty Share What You Love Designer Series Paper

If you are interested in making this fun little 3d item you can use the tutorial below.

shadow box with stand

To make this fun shadow box, I used items from the exclusive Share What You Love Suite. I think that this is one of the best suites that Stampin’ Up has every had. Make sure to pick up one of the bundles that is included in the suite as Stampin’ Up has customized three unique bundles perfect for any crafter.

Thank you for stopping by my stamping place,

Karen