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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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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