Stampin Up 2017 Occasions Catalog - Special Reason Bundle

Happy President's Day stampers!  Sorry I have not been very active lately but I just stated a new job and have been making adjustments.  I have been commuting into an office instead of my normal working from home so I haven't had much time for stamping.  Lucky me though I already got a day off for the holiday so I spent some time in my craft room playing with a few new goodies I got.
For today's card I decided to play around with a few new items I ordered from the 2017 Occasions Catalog from Stampin Up.  I used the Special Reason Bundle and watercolor pencils along with the painted hugs die from Simon Says Stamp.

I started with some watercolor paper and stamped the flower images in daffodil delight inks and then used my aqua painter to add color from a calypso coral watercolor pencil.  This gave me a gorgeous watercolor look to the flowers with little effort or skill.  It's super easy to use your aqua painter to blend the watercolor pencil with the already stamped image on watercolor paper.  Next I used the coordinating dies to cut out the flowers.  I also scribbled the old olive and bermuda bay pencil onto an area of the watercolor paper and just blended with the my aqua painter.  I used this area to cut out the stem and leaves.


I took a piece of whisper white and blended on some pool party ink and then added splatters of black and silver inks.  I then adhered the flowers to the panel and add this to a basic black top folding A2 card base with a strip of DSP.  The DSP tied in the black ink splatters and the black die cut sentiment.  The "hugs" sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and I cut it out 3 times and adhered all the die cuts together for a chipboard effect.


I am in love with these watercolor pencils and this bundle.  The pencils are so easy to blend and the colors match the Stampin Up inks perfectly.  The Special Reason bundle has the most gorgeous flower images and the coordinating die cuts make cutting out the images a breeze.



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Stampin Up 2017 Sale-a-bration: Hey, Chick

Hi there stampers!  We just got back from a vacation to Mexico and I am trying to get back into the groove of things.  The first place I knew I needed to spend some time was in my stamp room.  I have been wanting to try this technique to make a chicken wire background for a card using the Hey Chick stamp set.  You can get this stamp set for FREE during Sale-a-bration with a qualifying order of $50US.  

I used the new Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create the chicken wire background.  I applied an ink pad to one side of the embossing folder (the side with the Sizzix logo) before running it through my Big Shot and you get this fantastic technique.  Be sure to lightly apply the ink or you risk getting ink into the wells of the design which will not give you that wire look you are going for.  Super cute huh?


I then stamped the chicken image from Hey, Chick and used my blender pen to color in the image.  I then cut out the chicken with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and also cut out another larger square with the coordinating color.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat set that with white embossing powder.  


To see a video on how to make this card and also see the chicken wire technique, you can watch it on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:






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Stamping Up 2017 Sale-a-bration: Advant Garden

Hi there stampers!  I have been super busy interviewing for a new job and it has occupied my time.  I finally got this card filmed and ready to share with you.  I am using the new stamp set from the 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog called Avant Garden.  You can earn this stamp set FREE by placing a qualifying order of $50 or more.  


I started with a piece of whisper white cardstock and stamped the flower images from the stamp set using dapper denim, pool party, mint macaron, and wild wasabi inks.  I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits as my guide for where to stamp.  I then stamped the dot pattern and flower centers using Versamark ink and heat set with copper embossing powder.


I then heat embossed the sentiment in copper and die cut using the same stitched circle shape.  This was adhered to the card panel using some foam adhesive.  I then adhered the entire panel to a top folding A2 card base made from dapper denim cardstock.  I added some sequins for additional bling and interest. 


You can watch my video on how to make this card on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:





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2017 Stampin Up Catalog - So Detailed Thinlits and Ink Blending

Hi there stampers!  I have a fun technique card for you today that has a lot of ink blending and some masking using the new gorgeous So Detailed Thinlits from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  You can get these gorgeous thinlits with the coordinating stamp set (So in Love) in a bundle for 10% off.  You are going to want this bundle after seeing this card.

I started with the beautiful intricate floral thinlit and cut out a mask using some Inkadinkado masking paper.  I then applied this mask to a piece of watercolor paper and blended on some Distress Inks in candied apple and dried marigold.  I used my mini ink blending tools and started by daubing on the ink as opposed to the circular motion I typically do when ink blending.  The mask is very delicate so I had to be careful not to tear ink while ink blending.

After applying all the ink, I spattered on some water and picked that up with a paper towel to give me the water marks on the panel.  I then added some ink splatters to the background as well and did not remove the mask until I finished adding all my splatters.


I then blended the same distress inks on a scrap of watercolor paper and cut out the sentiment using the Sunshine Wishes thinlits.  I then cut out the heart shape from those same thinlits from some gold glitter paper.  I adhered both the front of my card.  I then adhered the panel onto a top folding A2 card base made from thick whisper white cardstock using craft foam for dimension.  I added a strip of calypso coral and gold glitter paper to the side for some added interest.





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Stampin Up 2017 Occasions Catalog - Dragonfly Dreams

Hi there stampers!  The snow is starting to melt and I couldn't be happier.  It was fun to have some winter weather but I hate to admit I am already looking forward to spring.  I have another card and video today featuring new products from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  


I am featuring the new bundle called Dragonfly Dreams.  You can purchase this stamp set and thinlit set together for 10% off which is a great deal!  You can also purchase the products individually as well.  I used the dot pattern stamp from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set to stamp several ink colors onto a panel made from some whisper white cardstock.  I used perfect plum, marina mist, and pink pirouette inks to stamp the dot pattern and also to add ink splatters.  

I die cut the dragonflies from whisper white 4 times using the Detailed Dragonfly dies and adhered all the die cuts together to give me a chipboard look.  I then inlaid this into the panel and covered the entire die cut with clear Wink of Stella.


I added a sentiment from the stamp set Blooms & Wishes which is in the annual catalog and heat set that using gold embossing powder.  The entire panel was adhered to an A2 top folding card base made from thick whisper white cardstock.  


You can watch my video on how to make this card on my YouTube channel HERE, or below:





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Stampin Up 2017 Sale-a-bration and Occasions Catalog - Delicate Details

Happy Saturday stampers!  Well we did not quite get Snowmageddon but we did get a lot of sleet with ice.  I think I'd rather have had the 12 inches of snow but that gives me a great excuse to stay inside and stamp!  
Today I have a card and video featuring a couple new stamp sets.  The first stamp set is Delicate Details which you can get FREE during Sale-a-bation.  For every $50 you spend before shipping and tax, you get to chose one item from the Sale-a-bation catalog FREE!!  Yes, free!  And let me tell you there are some awesome products in the catalog including designer series paper and a card tin.  So many options.  
The other stamp set I am showcasing is from the Occasions Catalog called So In Love.  This stamp set can be purchased alone or in a bundle with the beautiful thinlits called So Detailed.  Both are absolutely gorgeous but if you purchase them together you get 10% off the price.  
I used all the stamps in the Delicate Details stamp set and stamped the background panel in tip top taupe.  I then added some ink splatters in tip top taupe and sweet sugarplum.  I then used the Flourish Thinlits from the Annual Catalog to cut out the flower and leaves which I adhered to the panel with some foam adhesive.

I heat embossed the sentiment from So In Love in copper embossing powder onto some vellum and adhered that to the flower arrangement.  The entire panel was adhered to an A2 top folding card base made from tip top taupe cardstock.  This was a quick and easy card but it has a lot of wow factor! 


You can watch my video on how to make this card on my YouTube Channel HERE, or below:




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Stampin Up 2017 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration is LIVE

Hi there stampers!  Yesterday was an exciting day with the official launch of the 2017 Occasions Catalog along with Sale-a-bration starting.  Everyone was so excited to order we crashed the system for several hours.  But no worries, all ordering is back up and ready for you to place that order!

I have been having so much fun playing with all my new stuff from the Occasions Catalog but check out this adorable stamp set Tasty Trucks!  And guess what, I got this stamp set free during Sale-a-bration!  Yep, that's right I said free.  For every $50 order (before tax and shipping) you can choose one item from the Sale-a-bration catalog for free.  And let me tell you there are so many must have products in the Sale-a-bration catalog that you can only get with a qualifying $50 order.


I watercolored this adorable food truck from the stamp set along with some of the food images.  I fussy cut them all out and adhered them to a piece of vellum cut using the stitched shapes framelits.  This was layered onto another circle cut from island indigo.  The background panel was created by arranging all the food image stamps onto an acrylic block and stamping them to create my own design series paper.  Super easy but so cute!!


This is the best time of year to not only shop, but sign up as a demonstrator!  For more information, send me an email at thestampcycle@gmail.com.  It is also a fantastic time to host a party so you can get lots of FREE stuff!  You don't have to be local to my area to host a party as I can also do virtual parties as well.  



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