Do you like heat embossing? I hadn't done any for quite some time, but at my Fixer Upper Class on Saturday, we did some heat embossing on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. The card was beautiful and everyone commented on how much fun they had embossing. As I was driving home, I remembered I had the Hello Friends Heat Embossing Kit on the shelf in my studio. So Sunday, when I was supposed to be prepping for Stamp Camp, I pulled the Hello Friends kit out to play.
This kit makes 15 cards, 3 each of 3 different designs, and uses 3 different heat embossing techniques, some of which I'd not done before! And they went together very quickly. In fact, I needed a 'thinking of you' you card for a neighbor Sunday afternoon and this was just perfect!
This kit is not all-inclusive, and you will need a heat tool, ink, aqua painters, and the Hello Friends Stamp Set. Or, you can come to my studio on Saturday, August 5th for Kit Night (6:30-9 pm) and use my stamps, ink, and heat tool on your Hello Friends kit. Kit night is free for anyone who's pre-purchased a kit. Last time, we had 12 ladies assembling a wide variety of Stampin' Up! kits, including the very popular, Oh Happy Day! kit. So, dust off those kits sitting on your shelf, or order a new one, and bring them on over. I'll also have a few on hand to purchase, in case you see something else that you like. (Did I mention there will be nachos and margaritas, too?) Just send me an email and let me know you're coming by August 2nd.
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Yesterday, I was working on a custom order of thank you cards using the Cool Treats Stamp Set for our local State Farm agent, Sara Donaldson. It never even occurred to me that I was working on this on National Ice Cream Day!
I tried a new (to me) watercoloring technique that gives it a softer look. I'd seen this on technique on German demonstrator, Sylwia Schreck's blog, and I just loved it! There are 10 steps to each popsicle, but the effect turned out so well it was worth the extra time!
This card was my prototype. I hadn't yet figured out which colors to use, and I accidently picked up Wild Wasabi instead of Pear Pizzazz for the lime popsicle. so it is a bit darker than I would have liked. And I added some additional fun by adding the same colors to the embossed background piece with my blender pens.
I can't wait to try this technique out again. I'd really like to master it as it will make a great addition to my crafting portfolio.
*I'll be doing a video shortly with this watercolor technique.
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When Stampin' Up! announced our new pocket card collections were called Memories and More, I couldn't believe it! I mean, how cool is it that it's so close to my Making Memories with Michelle business name!?! And then, when they revealed that they coordinate with our designer series papers now, well, I was sold! These cards are just perfect for card making, photo organizing, and even scrap booking!
I've had a lot of fun playing and creating with the Color Theory andPetal Garden Memories and More packs. So much so, that I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them making a grand appearance at one of my big upcoming events. (Can you guess which one???)
If you haven't tried crafting with pocket cards, you really should give it a try. You'll be amazed at how quickly and easily your projects come together. In fact, I designed and made 12 cards last Saturday night while I was watching TV with the Hubs. And with 72 double-sided cards, there's plenty more opportunities for designing more.
Today's Tutorial is so simple, I'm just going to give you measurements. Everything but the Calypso Coral Card Stock base comes in the Petal Garden Memories & More card pack. And there's no stamping at all!
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One of the highlights at our team inspiration night every month, is our Stamping Bee team swap. Open to all who wish to participate, Stamping Bee team members prepare a card based an the theme of the month and make enough copies to share with the rest of the team. Not only do we get to see everyone's designs and interpretations on a theme, but we get to watch each other grow as artists and designers. It's a fun and safe place to share and learn.
This month's challenge was to use Stampin' Up!'s embossing folders. Fellow Stamping Bee team mate Pam Riley created this pretty butterfly card using the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Watercolor Wings stamp set. I really like that it showcases the simplicity and beauty of a single layer card. And did you notice the antennae on the butterfly? It's two tiny pieces of burlap that she trimmed from the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon!
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How cute is this??? Let's face it. we all need a little encouragement from time to time. See someone having a bad day and hand them this card, and just like that, you've brightened their day.
The Lemon Zest Bundle is perfect for quick stamping, too, since it comes with a punch to quickly and easily punch out the lemon and the leaves. No fussy cutting with snips, and no need to get out the Big Shot. It's as quick as stamp, punch, and stick (to the card).
And did you notice the new Pick a Pattern Washi Tape along the right margin? I'm really excited that the new washi tape is color coordinated to match more than single sets of designer series paper this year. The Pick a Pattern Washi Tape comes in 5 rolls, with widths varying from 1/8" to 1". Washi adds just a little extra zing to a card, without adding to the bulk, making it perfect for mailing!
This design was CASE'd right out of Stampin' Success, Stampin' Up!'s quarterly magazine for demonstrators, whether you're a 'happy shopper' who loves getting a great discount on all purchases, or a business minded demonstrator. I really look forward to getting my issue every quarter since it's full of tips, techniques, and tutorials; it's just one more reason I love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
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