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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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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Yesterday was our Stamping Bee team inspiration night. We started with a nice light salad bar supper, chatting a catching up on what everyone's been doing since our last meeting. Lots of sharing about their holidays and summer activities! Then, we came upstairs to my stamping studio and did a little stamping. It was a great way to spend a HOT summer evening.
This month's projects focused on the Tranquil Tulips hostess set. This is the prettiest hostess set we've had. Hostess sets are unlike other stamp sets in that you just can't order them from my store. You can get them 3 ways:
There are 6 host sets to choose from in the 2017 Annual Catalog. Contact me today to host a class or earn your host stamp set.
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Flowers, gems, ombre fades, geometrical prints. This paper is... just Naturally Eclectic! And while at first it may seem like a hodgepodge of prints, you'll see that this variety of patterns allows you to make the prettiest cards with very little stamping.
Did you know, I'm on Instagram? How about Pinterest? Facebook? Email? Follow me on Social and have a Free 4-Card Tutorial sent to your inbox. All you have to do is choose two of the following:
Once you do that, comment below or email me, and I'll send you your free Naturally Eclectic tutorial.
The tutorial is for 4 cards and contains:
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* Stamp set and supplies is not included
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My friends and like to joke that stamping is cheaper than therapy. And it's true! I can't tell you how many times, after a stressful day at work or being privvy to yet another of one of life's little 'surprises', where I've disappeared up into my stamping studio only to emerge calmer, more fulfilled, and with greater tolerance and perspective. And I know, too, if I go too long without doing something creative, I miss it. Doing something with my hands is so much a part of me, that I find myself really unable to fully relax without it.
And it isn't just me. Research is starting to show that being creative and crafty is actually good for us! Neuroscience is now proving that crafters are calmer, happier, less anxious, and more confident. If that weren't enough. There's even better news. It seems that people who craft socially, in a group, are even happier than those who craft alone!
It's almost as if crafting is like doing yoga for our minds. When we're really in the flow of the creative process, our concentration and focus are centered on the task at hand. We are training our brains to let go of thoughts and troubles, and be mindful of the moment.
10 ways stamping with friends improves mental wellness
Base: Basic Black, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Layer 2: Crumb Cake, 5 1/4" x 4"
Additional pieces: Whisper White and Basic Black for Ovals
1. Stamp image in Crumb Cake onto Whisper White Layering Oval. Adhere to Basic Black Scalloped Layering Oval.
2. Stamp sentiment in Basic Black on Layer 2.
3. Adhere Layers 1 & 2. Wrap Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon around the layers and tie in a knot on the side.
5. Add ovals to base with dimensionals.
6. For the finish touch, add a small Metallic Enamel Heart in the very corner.
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No experience necessary. Come make 4 cards to take home and share with family and friend. Everything is pre-cut and ready for you. I do all the work; you have all the fun! Supply fee of $15 or free with qualified purchase. Email me to RSVP by July 7.
Are you interested in taking this class go go? Email me so I can put you on my list.
McKay, D. S. (2014, July 24). Why Crafting Is Great For Your Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains. Retrieved from https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14252/why-crafting-is-great-for-your-brain-a-neuroscientist-explains.html
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