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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Brusho, Baby Wipes & Party Pandas!

Yesterday we celebrated our second oldest!  This little guy is such a spitfire! He's our early riser, goofy-trouble maker and our very best eater.  This kid will try every food once and eats almost anything.  He has a sweet soul and will talk your ear off.  In fact, yesterday his doctor told him he has the "gift of gab".

And now he's a "whole handful" - in more ways that one.


For his card, I wanted to try a new trick that I saw on Lyssa Zwolanek's blog.  If you are new to the Brusho products like I am, I am amazed to see many different ways to use this coloring medium.  This particular card was made with Brusho and a baby wipe (and I have a lot of those around the house).



The first thing I did here was the embossed background.  I took words from both the Tabs for Everything and the Thoughtful Banners.  I arranged them onto a clear block and stamped the words in Versamark - embossed in White Emboss Powder.  Andrew really got a kick out of the words I chose - especially the "wild & crazy" combo.  I also added the little cake afterwards.  Arranging these on the block really made this quick and easy, and perfect for stamping it twice across the background! 



Next, get a baby wipe - a good quality one that won't fray easily and is moist.  Now, Lyssa said this wipe will work for a few card fronts, so feel free to make multiple.  I was stamping late so I didn't bother making more than one.  Sprinkle a little Brusho across the wipe until you have a surface area covered that will cover the front of a card base.   You may need to spritz the wipe if the Bursho isn't activating enough.  Then lay your cardstock onto your baby wipe.  I recommend Shimmery White, Thick Whisper White CS or Watercolor Paper.  I used regular white and my paper warped a lot.  

We can blame that mistake on the lack of sleep.

Finally, use an Aqua Painter or paintbrush to blend in any areas that you would like. I used Huggies wipes, so I had some "H circles" to blend. :)

The black and white sentiments are from the Thoughtful Banners set and this adorable panda is from the Party Pandas set that you can earn FREE now through March 31st during Sale-a-Bration!  


So grab the Brusho and stamp sets and you've earned yourself a free Party Pandas set!
(Plus you earn a "heart" for my customer rewards with a $50 order!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

-Holly






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Friday, January 5, 2018

Amazing You - Sale-A-Bration Spotlight!

Yesterday was a special day for my parents.  They celebrated 49 years of marriage!!  It has been such a wonderful blessing having the parents that my siblings and I have and I praise The Lord for them everyday!  Definitely worth a celebration!

Speaking of celebration - we are underway with Sale-a-Bration from Stampin' Up!
During the months of January-March, you can earn free product with every $50 you spend!  New this year is a $100 level - with 2 "larger" freebies to earn!

Today I am featuring the Amazing You stamp set that you can earn free with a $50 purchase.  I don't own this set (yet) but my friend and downline, Michelle, brought it over the other day when we got together to stamp.  I'm growing more fond of this set the more I see it! 

I've created 3 cards - 1 simple and 2 "stepped up" but all similar with the flower layout.  For each card I used my Stampin' Write Markers to color the flower stamp.  Colors are Berry Burst, Sahara Sand and Old Olive.  All 3 cards also feature the new Berry Burst 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon.


For this card below, I tied a small 1" Circle to the ribbon and adhered the number 49.  These numbers are in the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit - They are silver and white but I colored the white part with my Berry Burst Marker.  I also added a tiny piece of striped Old Olive designer series paper (DSP) from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper.


For the second card, I added a sentiment from Always & Forever.  The Wood Textures DSP was cut out with the Everyday Label Punch. (This carried over from the Holiday Catalog - yay!)



Lastly, is a simple card.  Aside from coloring and stamping, I just added the bow.  Easy peasy.


And isn't this ribbon gorgeous!?  I love it!



I hope you like these simple to advanced options of cards!  Would you like to earn this set free?  You can get your own set - in wood, or clear mount, with a $50 purchase.

Also, new this year is my rewards program!  Now is the perfect time to start!  Every time you spend $50 (before tax and s&h), you will earn a "heart".  Earn 10 and you can pick out a $40 product free from me!

(More on this under the "Customer Rewards" tab at the top of my blog.) 

Please use the hostess code above for orders less than $150 :)
Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!
-Holly

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Waterfront Retirement

A dear friend of ours retired at the end of last month after 20 years in the Air Force and I wanted to make him a special card.  We met Dan and his wife during an in-processing briefing when we moved to Alaska.  We all became quick friends and even became parents around the same time.  We were stationed together in Alaska from 2009-2012 and have stayed in touch since.

I wanted to make him a card that reminded him of Alaska.  We are very grateful for his service and we are grateful for the friendship!

This card features the new Waterfront Stamp Set that will be available to order starting tomorrow, Jan 3rd!  This set comes with other sentiments and this particular sentiment comes from the Wild About Flowers Stamp Set in the annual catalog.




I think this set will be very popular and I'm hoping to have this as one of my Stamps in the Mail kits during Sale-a-Bration!

Yes, Sale-a-Bration also starts tomorrow! Earn free product with every $50 *USD purchase!  This is the best time of the year to earn some great product through Stampin' Up!

Check back tomorrow for full details or leave a comment below if you would like me to add you to my newsletter!

Blessings,
Holly



Saturday, December 23, 2017

Myths & Magic Trio - Another Sneak Peek!

Before I turn off my computer for a few days and focus on Christmas, I have one last sneak peek to show you from the upcoming Occasions Catalog.  I love this adorable stamp set and coordinating framelits. The stamp set Magical Day grabbed my attention right away and I knew it would be on my pre-order.

I'm a mom of 4 kids.  Three boys that will love the knight, wizard and dragon - and a little unicorn and mermaid for our little girl.  Perfect kid set and really fun to color!

Another product coming out on January 3rd is the Brusho Crystal Colour - a watercolor ink crystal that you use to watercolor in a beautiful way.  I had never used this before, but I'm loving this!  I had a lot of fun using this technique.



Another coordinating product in the Magic and Myths suite is the washi tape.  This sparkly silver star tape is part of the 3 pack.


This one was really fun to see come together.  I used different Brusho colors and mixed them by adding more and more and drying in between the layers.  Once it was dry, I added Wink of Stella all over.  It looks very celestial - so pretty in person!


The unicorn was colored using the Stampin' Blends Markers and because I loved the background so much, I decided to use a skinnier sentiment from the Fairy Celebrations stamp set (Annual Catalog).


My final card I made using the sketch from The Global Design Project.
My boys really like this dragon.  I told my mascot in elementary school was the "Red Dragon" - it was gray and red - so I might have to make another with those colors.


I used the Moss Green Brusho for the Stitched Shapes Circle that matched the Old Olive Blends Marker.  I also added Wink of Stella on the dragon. 


The sentiment is from Epic Celebrations - a stamp set you can earn free from Jan 3-Mar 31st with a $50 purchase!  (The Magical Day bundle gets you pretty close!)


I sure hope you enjoyed these cards!



Praying you have a wonderful Christmas!

Blessings,
Holly