Tuesday, June 27, 2017

GRAND GIRLS - Embossing Paste & Sponge Brayers

Thanks for understanding about moving yesterday's post to today. Some days there just are not enough hours to go around.

This week we focused on the Embossing Paste since that was Saturday's video and the Sponge Brayers. We also used 4 colors from both the 2016-2018 In Colors and the 2017-2019 In-Colors:  Berry Burst, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy and Peek A Boo Peach. Abby at 5 did a pretty good job of filling in the holes. We used the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and the girls got to choose which one they wanted to work with. Abby chose the all over diamond patter which made an excellent background where Adrian chose the medallion and did a very pretty card.

Abby spreading the Embossing Paste

Abby's on the left and Adrian's on the right

We spread the paste then set them aside to dry while we used the brayers on the Inside the Lines DSP (retired). I'll be showing you that as a bonus post when I need a filler as the summer progresses. We set them aside to dry and the girls got in the big jacuzzi tub sans jets to play with their tub markers and Barbies. The tub is like an indoor pool for them and lets this grandma get some stuff done ;-) And no sun burn!

Once the embossing paste had dried, they used the Sponge Brayers to add color to the raised surface.

Here are the girls finished cards:

Abby chose one of the sentiments from Beautiful You and the heart from Bloomin' Love.
She went over her background with the brayer and Emerald Envy. The sentiment is matted on a piece of the DSP she used the brayer on. 
She chose a Berry Burst card base and Emerald Envy for her heart mat.

Adrian used Berry Burst all the way around for a striking card from a 9-year old. 
She also chose a sentiment from Beautiful You.
For hers we chose just to add a bit of bling to an already beautiful background.
She learned about auditioning colors and using odd numbers of embellishments.

I think they did a fabulous job! 

For now, Subway is calling our name then the dog needs a vet trip. Never a dull moment.

Creative Blessings!

Monday, June 26, 2017


I'm going to post Grand Girls projects tomorrow. Time got away from us yesterday and while we got the basics done, there was drying time involved and my cleaning so they'll be putting their cards together after breakfast and I'll post them tomorrow. 

In the mean time, I thought I'd show what I'm up to. 

I am big on Goal Setting. I'm also a very visual person. When other team leaders were talking about creating Bingo Boards for their members to inspire them to reach their goals, I thought why not one for me? I used to use all types of tracking visuals when I sold UndercoverWear and House of Lloyd... and they worked! 

So I made a list of things I need to work on in able to grow my business. Then I printed them out on cardstock and cut them with our Stitched Framelits die. You'll notice a couple cut the corners a bit but the concept is still there. 

So that I can move these around or switch them out for other tasks I need to work on, I glued the 'tooth' side of a velcro dot to each square on the board. Then I glued a square of white felt to the back of each card, making moving them easy.

But what would I use for Bingo Markers?  I used our retired Itty Bitty Butterfly punch and punched out the butterflies from our new In Colors and stuck a removeable glue dot on the back of each one. Since making the board I've been able to put a butterfly on FB Profile Picture, Catalog Launch and Crafting Forever (stamp set)

The stamp sets I have listed, such as Crafting Forever, are there to remind me to USE sets I've ordered and to show them to you in a timely manner. 

Okay.. so what happens when I get a bingo?  I'm giving myself $25 for every Bingo I get by the time the Holiday Catalog launches this fall. That is a potential $300 if I get a bingo every way possible. And if I get a complete blackout before my Pre-Order date August 1 then I'm giving myself a bonus $50.   That's $42 in FREE product that I can show you. PLUS I can begin building my Bingo Board towards the Spring Sale A Bration 2018 to earn even MORE FREE PRODUCT!

What I hope to show you is how easy it is to Earn Free Product for your business when you join my Stampin' UP! team. And when you are earning from a customer base, that money doesn't come out of your pocket.. it comes from you 20-25% commission! If I can earn FREE Product out here in the sticks - you can earn FREE Product anywhere you live!

Watch my sidebar for the Bingo Board picture to change and see my spending spree grow!
Creative Blessings!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! VIDEO - Embossing Paste

Embossing Paste is a popular technique in the mixed media community but I feel it is overlooked in the card making and scrapbooking areas. I have colors of embossing paste as well as a similar product from the hardware store that I've used in my art journals so I'm super excited to have this product in my Stampin' UP! arsenal of toys.

The Embossing Paste and Stencils (masks) are sold on page 201 of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and you'll find the picture tutorial on page 176.

But for a great visual tutorial, check out this video from Stampin' UP!

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PAPER PUMPKIN - June As Is & Twist

I apologize for no post yesterday. My grandgirls come first this summer and I swore I would not work if they wanted to do something. We also started 'summer school' yesterday.

So here we are today with As Is and Twist on the same day... plus a video to show you.

What a cute kit for June! Nothing says summer like Watermelon!

First, I made the bag:

The bag measures 4" x 5.5" so it's a pretty decent sized gift bag.

Then I did the card:

That tropical paper is just super cute! And here's the envelope I did with the card:

Tying bows and knots is one of those ambidextrous techniques that takes multiple hands but we only have two. I don't recall where I saw this tip (maybe on Beary Wishes as well) but I think it's ingenious!

Hobby Tweezers to hold the first stage of your knot in place. Here's a close-up:

For my Twist... one is mine and one is from the YouTube channel of Beary Wishes. I want to try her twist but there just were not enough hours in the day yesterday... especially after the 5 year old collided with a door knob while she and sissy were playing tag. Doesn't matter how many times you tell them NOT to run in the house... they have to find out the hard way.

I used the existing banner as a template and cut out a slightly larger one in Melon Mambo. Stamped the greeting in Emerald Envy. I used Daffodil Delight to duplicate the watercolor background on the inside of the card then overstamped HOORAY in Melon Mambo.

The technique I really want to try is using the watermelon rind for a RAINBOW! Kathie from BearyWishes is ingenious and I can not wait to try this:

Watermelon technique begins at about 12:10

And if you need a little crafting music, here's a throwback tune from Tracy Byrd:

Bob comes home today so I'm off the rest of the week. I have a video scheduled but should have some good things up next week.

Creative Blessings!

Monday, June 19, 2017


The girls and I did play with reinkers and glossy cardstock yesterday. As Adrian (9) proclaimed, 'I like art day'.

However, I took all the pictures on my phone and haven't moved them to the computer yet. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks when I show you what we do with the wild and crazy backgrounds they made.

In the mean time, my June Paper Pumpkin should arrive tomorrow. I am soooo excited! Such a FUN summer kit as you'll see in the company video below. Tomorrow, I hope to get in and show you my AS-IS creations then Thursday, wait until you see how one demonstrator inspired me to use the stamp set from this kit!

Creative Blessings!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! VIDEO - Hello Friend

As we learn new techniques, some of the classics seem to fall by the way side. That's why I was happy to see Stampin' UP! highlight Heat Embossing.

You'll find Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit on page 17 of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.
Page 16 showcases some projects using this kit.

You will need to purchase the Hello Friend stamp set (shown on page 17) to go with the kit.

Here's a great video from Stampin' UP! showcasing this fun technique kit!

Creative Blessings!

Monday, June 12, 2017

FUN WITH THE GRANDGIRLS! - Father's Day Cards!

The grandgirls have arrived and we are in full FUN mode. They both love to craft and very artistic so once a week I'll be sharing one of our projects using Stampin' UP! products.  This week we began with Father's Day cards. They won't be home to spend the day with him so I wanted to give them the opportunity to get cards in the mail to him.

Kids love messy stuff so I started with the Shaving Cream technique. If you're not familiar with this technique, I'm including a YouTube video. I have to say this is as much fun for the kid in all of us.

The girls used all Stampin' UP! products so I thought this would be a great share for the blog. It's important to remember, that while we have fun playing with our toys, there are great projects for the kids too. Doing crafting with them allows them to express themselves and take a break from the heat. So here we go!

Our pages:

I have the larger pieces. I thought showing them the process was a good opportunity for me to get some backgrounds made for my own projects.

Here is Abby's background. She is 5

She chose Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Basic Black. We added a bit of glitter for fun.

This is her card:

I can't remember the set the heart is from. It's from a retired set. The sentiment is from Suite Sentiments. She used the Stitched Framelits for the heart mats

And here's Adrian's. She's 9

Adrian chose Real Red, Marina Mist and Black. 

And here's her card:

She chose So In Love (retired). She wanted to make a bow from Wonderous Wreath so I pulled out the Red Glitter. Adrian also got to try the Watercolor Pencils. Because she is older she got to play a bit more so she dusted color on the edges of her mat with the finger daubers.

Both girls got to use the Vagabond to do their diecuts. Adrian will probably get more time working with the Vagabond. 

I'm not sure what we'll play with next week. I hope you'll come back to see what we do.

Creative Blessings