My Spooky Night designer series paper came in! I'd accidentally left it out of my [first] pre-order and And I couldn't be happier that it's finally here. It's a great mixture geometric patterns and Halloween prints - black and orange cats, witches' hats, jack o'lanterns, potions, and even a fabulous spooky tree. Even if you're not a big fan of Halloween, this paper has some lovely backgrounds perfect for fall crafting.
And for fun, I added two new black embellishments...the black rhinestones and vintage crochet trim! The trim is only 1/4" wide, and is perfect for tying bows. It's quite delicate and I can't help but think of the black lace caps worn by the cast members at Disney's Haunted Mansion.
Before we get to today's tutorial, there are a few important reminders to share with you.
Today's Spooky Tutorial:
So, as a tribute, I decided to use this design as this week's Stamping Bee card challenge. I wanted to be original, but the Be Merry Designer Series Paper pack has red and white striped paper!!! I knew I just had to use it. What do you think? From Cracker Jack's to Christmas card in no time flat!
I'm giving away this card, too! All you have to do is leave a comment here, on the blog, or on my Facebook page. I'll do a random drawing next Friday morning and send this card in the mail. (You must leave a comment to enter my drawing).
And now...to announce last Friday's winner!
Congratulations to Shawn Poe!
I'll be sending you these two lovely cards in the mail.
Isn't he just the cutest thing? Oh my goodness...I think it's just cuteness overload. As soon as I choose the sketch for today's Stamping Bee Sketch Challenge, I thought, "Piggies!" I had such fun creating this, because, what is better than piggies? Watercoloring, of course! Plain watercolor paper was, well, too plain, so I used my aqua painter and Soft Sky ink to do a nice blue wash. The piggy then watercolored with Blushing Bride, with Old Olive and Crumb Cake for the grass and dirt. The little strip of leaves is from the new designer series paper stack, Delightful Daisy.
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Friday's are just made for sketch challenges. For anyone who crafts over the weekend, this gives you the weekend to plan and prepared. My Stamping Bee team sketch challenges begin on Fridays and end on Wednesdays, with a random winner selected on Thursday mornings. It's so much fun to see what everyone has created over the course of the week!
This week's challenge features the Eastern Palace Suite of products. I really can't stop playing with this set. It's so vesatile. There's 21 stamps and 14 dies that all coordinate together. With all those pieces. your projects will be unique and fresh each time.
Don't wait until June! The Eastern Palace Bundles are available starting on May 1st. This gives you a whole time to play with brand new products before the new calendar launches! Register for my May 7th Coffee & Cards class and see for yourself, just what an amazing set this really is.
Would you like to play along with my Sketch challenge? Simply post your card in the comments below.
Sometimes, you make a card and call it done. Then, when you look at it again, you realize somehting is wrong and you start all over again. Such was the case this morning. The card I'd planned on using for my Stamping Bee sketch challenge looked dull and flat this morning. So, I quickly hit the studio and made another. I'm much happier with this one!
I'm sure it had to do with the fact that I was busy finalizing all my swaps for OnStage in Richmond, Virginia tomorrow. I'm so excited! Two of my Stamping Bee team members and I are hitting the road after work tonight and driving 2.5 hours to join other Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the country to see the unveiling of the new 2017-2018 annual catalog - and the new 2017-2019 In Colors! I can't wait to share it all with you! That's just part of the many benefits of joining Stampin' Up! Not only do we get to see new product before for everyone else, we also get to PreOrder a full month before the catalog goes live. Want to get in on the fun? Consider joining my Stamping Bee team and get your new products before the catalog is released.
Would you like to play along with this week's sketch challenge? Post your card in the comments below.