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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Stampin' Blends Sneak Peek

Happy Wednesday to you! We're halfway through the week and it's a beautiful day here in Texas.  Monday was 96 and today is a cool 70! It's so nice out that I feel guilty typing up a blog post - BUT I want to show you some exciting news!

Stampin' Up! is releasing new alcohol markers called Stampin' Blends.  If you are a fan of the alcohol markers (like copics) but you don't necessarily have the room or money to buy hundreds of shades, you'll be happy to know that the Stampin' Blends come in 12 color pairs (light and dark) and they don't take up much room at all.  I found they are very easy to work with and I've never picked up at copic marker in my life!  Very user friendly!

So since they aren't released yet, you might be wondering when you can get your hands on them.  Because Stampin' Up! would like to ensure there is sufficient inventory when they are released, the release date is to be determined, as they monitor buying patterns during this early release period.  This week is the best time to join my team!  In fact, it's the only week left that you can order these in advance - but you must be a demonstrator!  

Even better news?  If you join my team today, you can add these markers to your starter kit!  For $99 you can customize your starter kit and get $125 worth of product!

Here is a closer look at the card I made using the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Blends with the Color Lifter.  I think the Remarkable You stamp set is a great set to use these with as well.

I started with the lighter of the two markers and then blended with the dark, and back over the image again with the light marker - blending where the two shades meet.  The Color Lifter works wonders in lightening up areas of the images.

I hope you are as excited about these as I am!  Who doesn't enjoy coloring?  So relaxing!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.  Feel free to ask me questions about the markers - I will do my best to answer!


Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Card Making Day Blog Hop 2017

Hello and happy Saturday to you! Today is a fun day in the crafty stamping world - World Card Making Day! I try to make every day a card making day - but to have a specified day, I think that's wonderful!
Today I'm so excited to be a part of a global group of demonstrators sharing our love of card making with a special blog hop. There is a ton of talent on this list - I mean, I'm hopping with the Brian King - how cool! Everyone on this hop is fantastic and I know you'll be inspired. If you came from my awesome Artisan teammate Cathy's blog, thanks for continuing on to my blog!
The card I made today is one I'm very excited about. I love when I have an idea in mind and it turns out nice enough to share! Others that don't turn out don't make it to the blog. Haha! Today's card features the exclusive hostess set called Merry Patterns. I saw a water bottle at the ballfield the other night that was white with flowers and deer antlers (that's Texas for ya) and I thought I'd try to replicate the look. I also have seen this theme in my searches for little girl's nurseries - so maybe Stampin' Up! will make a similar stamp in the future ;)
I stamped the flowers from the Hello, Friend stamp set using Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist and Crumb Cake. The branches are hand drawn with a Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker.
The deer head is from the Merry Patterns stamp set. I inked the head and antlers and drew in the line for the neck. I then "mounted" the deer head onto a piece of Wood Textures DSP that I punched out with the Badge Punch and modified to make smaller.
For the inside of the card I continued the Wood Textures DSP and the flowers. The sentiment is from Just Add Text which is one of the stamp sets on sale through Monday. 
I hope that you like my card! I absolutely love card making and hope that you do too! If you're in the Dallas Fort Worth area in Texas, I'd love to have you join one of my classes to learn how much fun card making can be! Again, don't forget that Stampin' Up! has a World Card Making Day promo going on through Monday with certain stamp sets 15% off and a month long promotion on select designer series paper - buy 3 packs, get a 4th free!
Next up is the lovely and very talented Jessie Holton from Australia!

Below is a list of all of the participating bloggers! Be sure to check out the entire hop, pin your favorites and leave some comments! :)


Anja Luft

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sending Hugs for TGIFC128

Happy Friday!  Hope you are well and ready for the weekend.  Do you know tomorrow is World Card Making Day?  A perfect reason to make a card and join us this week for our color challenge at TGIF Challenges.  A fun fall color combo!

Although these are great colors for fall, I wanted to do something different.  I had a few friends in attendance at the concert in Las Vegas this past Sunday night.  Fortunately, my friends all made it out alive, but I know they're going through a lot emotionally.  Needless to say, they were on my mind with this card.

I haven't used Country Livin' too much, but this is a nice set for coloring - perfect for a color challenge!  The designer series papers (DSP) that I used are the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, Wood Textures DSP and the music paper (Merry Music Specialty DSP) is from the holiday catalog.  This paper is black and white but I used a Sponge Brayer and Crumb Cake Ink to change it up.

The first two DSPs listed are on the list for this month's special.  If you buy 3 select DSPs, you get an additional pack FREE!  In addition to the DSP on sale, there are select stamp sets on sale for World Card Making Day now through the 10th of October.  You can find the list of stamp sets here.  If you order using hostess code DAQ9FAFE, I will send you something extra as a thank you!

I hope you like it! Please join us this week - we love seeing your creations!



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Merry Patterns Hostess Set - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team blog hop!  If you just came from Dani's blog, thanks for continuing on to me!  Isn't Dani awesome?!  Hard act to follow :)
Well, today we are featuring (again) the exclusive hostess set called Merry Patterns.  This is such a pretty set we thought we'd share even more ideas!  If you missed our first Merry Patterns blog hop, you can start here and make your way around the last hop.  We are a group of global demonstrators, so you have about 20 stampers to get inspired from!

Otherwise, grab a cup of coffee (or cocoa) and stay awhile.  I think you'll like what you see!

What draws me in with the Merry Patterns stamp set is the deer.  Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, there are deer everywhere.  I think they're beautiful, peaceful animals and I just love the look of this stamp.  And how fun is this one with the cozy sweater? :)

I decided to make a very simple card with a fun treat.  There's no Big Shot involved here making this card a quick card to piece together.  The fussy cutting takes time, but with the Paper Snips from Stampin' Up!, the task was easy.

I combined three Designer Series Papers (DSP) for this card:
stripes - Christmas Around the World (144629)*
wood grain - Coffee Break (144155)*
and the green plaid - Quilted Christmas 6x6 Stack (144617)

*Side note: Right now through the end of October, buy THREE select DSP packs and get ONE free!  Two of the papers I used today are on the list!

I stamped the deer in Early Espresso Ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock and adhered it to the DSP that I cut with the Starburst Punch.

I love these pine branches!

For the treat, I reconfigured one of the Acetate Card Boxes by cutting around 2" off.  This was perfect to fit 4 Treat Tubes filled with some hot cocoa ingredients.  (1 tube holds approximately 1 Tbsp, FYI.) :)

I made a belly band around the box using the same striped DSP.  I added some 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine, and a "rosette" or "lolly" using the Simply Scored tool.  I took two 1x12" strips of DSP and scored it at every 1/4" - I used adhesive and the starburst piece to hold it together.

I hope that you like my 2 projects.  If you don't have your hands on this great Christmas set, you can earn this set with a $300 USD order or party!  You will get this set FREE in addition to your other stampin' rewards!  Pretty great deal!

Please be sure to make your way around the entire hop, leave some love and pin your favorites!  Next up is the very talented Jennifer Sootkoos!

As always, you can find the supplies used for my projects listed below (minus the basics) - plus the list of the Artisan Design Team members.

Thanks for stopping by!


Product List

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Beautiful You with The Stamp Review Crew

Hello!  Thanks for joining me today :)  If you stopped by the hop earlier and missed me, thanks for checking back in.  It's been a little busy lately with our newborn, t-ball games and well, life in general, so I fell a little behind and didn't get my post up early.  We usually post Monday mornings anyway, so I'm technically not "late".  Anyway, we are the Stamp Review Crew and we blog on the first and third Monday of the month featuring a particular stamp set.

Today we are featuring Beautiful You.  This is one of the sets that was new last year and unfortunately, I don't use it as often as I'd like.  But I do love the girl with the umbrella so I decided to make a card for a friend that needs a pick-me-up.

The navy designer series paper (DSP) is from the Naturally Eclectic DSP pack.  This is one of the many DSP packs on sale now - buy 3 packs, get one free.  This is one of my favorite paper packs in the catalog and I think I will be stocking up on it!  This particular sheet is perfect for the raindrops.

The bottom half of the card is made using one of the framelits from the Little Loves Framelits.  I absolutely love it when an idea turns out better than I had imagined!  I will have to recreate this again on more cards.

The girl was colored using our Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter.  I then cut the image out using the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Finished off with 2 of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous ribbons and the card is complete.

I sure hope you liked my creation!  I've already seen some of the projects on the hop and I know you won't be disappointed.  Make sure to make your way around, pin your favorites and leave us some love.  We really enjoy hearing from you!


Tricks of the Trade with The Creation Station

Happy October! I can hardly believe how fast this year is going.  Since it's the first Sunday of the month, I'm blogging with the Creation Station.  Last month I took off since we were only days away from having our little girl, but I'm back!

This month we are showing some "tricks of the trade" - a trick I hope will be a real treat.

See what I did there? :) 

I love watercoloring and wanted to show you a unique way to make your images really pop!  I was inspired by my friend Christy who made a similar card with the You're Priceless stamp set from Stampin' Up!. 

I started by stamping the diamond image in Versamark on to Shimmery White cardstock, sprinkling White Emboss Powder and heat setting it with my Heat Tool.  I then colored each image using an Aqua Painter.  The trick to make them pop is to make shadows - this was done with Smoky Slate between the diamonds all over the card with extra along the edges of the diamonds. 

To finish the card, I added some ribbon, metallic thread and some rhinestones.

I hope that you like this technique and give it a try!  Make your way around the hop! I know you'll learn some great tips from some amazing stampers!  You can head back to Mikaela, or on to Dena!


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!