Until my recent Fixer Upper: Wood Textures Class, I hadn't done any heat embossing for about 6 months. When I first started card making, it was something I did on a regular basis, but as I learned new techniques, such as using watercolor pencils or blending color with blender pens, I just seemed to forget about it. But, there are several sets in the 2017 Catalog that just lend itself to heat embossing.
One set is the Floral Statements stamp set. I love the simplicity of the delicate floral and bold lettering embossed in white embossing powder on theColor Theory ombre paper. Add a bit of ribbon and you've got a quick all-occasion card with a lot of WOW!
This set lends itself well to watercoloring, too. I can't wait to try that out next!
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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No truly, I really do love tulips. But what's funny is, I used to hate them. The first spring after we moved to Spokane, Washington everyone was so excited to see the tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils blooming. Having come from Southern California, I was used to amazing displays of Mariposa trees, Bougainvillea that blossomed in a riot of colors while climbing the sides of homes and buildings, and Hibiscus with circumference of dinner plates. Tulips? Spindly little things that hardly lasted a week before they were spent. It wasn't until later, that I realized that these bright, short-lived bulbs were happy little harbingers of spring.
My spring flower beds are now full of bulbs of all colors. I keep a daily watch for the first fragile crocus to poke their head out of the mulch. The bright yellow daffodils come next, along with pretty pastel hyacinths. But my absolute favorites are the tulips - pale-petal pink with creamy white edges, and the light pale peach. My Hubs prefers the bolder, hardier reds and yellows. The lives of bulbs here in the South are short-lived indeed. This year, just as they bloomed, we had days of 80F+, making them bloom and drop their petals within just a few days. To me, they were all the more beautiful for their brief, but brilliant appearance.
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