Sneak Peek! Stampin' Up 2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration Haul

Guess what came in the mail today?!?!!?  My 2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration preorder!  Woohoo!  I spent the day stalking the UPS man waiting for this order and the first thing I did was rip it open and film a quick haul video for you.  Want to see some of the amazing new products that will be available to customers starting January 3rd?!?!  Well check out my video below to see some the items I purchased and earned for free in my preorder only available if you are a SU demonstrator.  

Want the opportunity to preorder new products before they are released to the public??  Well join my SU team!  I'd love to have you on my team so send me an email and we can get you started. 

Stampin Up Special Release - Stampin Blends

Hey guys!  So I have been having a blast coloring with the new Stampin Blends that Stampin Up released to customers on November 1st!  Have you gotten yours yet, if not what are you waiting for!?!?!  These alcohol markers are fantastic and coordinate perfectly with all the cardstock, inks, and embellishments in the catalog.  
There are some great videos out there by other demonstrators but thought I would put together my own to give you some tips and tricks along with showing you how I have been coloring with these new markers.  
You can watch my video on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below:

Magical Mermaid Watercolor Card

Well hi there stampers!  Wow, it has been a really long time since I've posted to my blog and my apologies for that.  I have been having some issues with my blog that have gotten temporarily fixed but will be doing a complete re-haul of my website in the spring (hopefully sooner!).  I am on a waiting list for an amazing company to come in and spruce things up a bit here. 
I am fairly active on my Instagram account though and post cards more frequently there.  So if you don't follow me on social media, be sure to follow The Stamp Cycle on Instagram and Facebook so you don't miss any of my card creations.
For today's card I am showcasing the beautiful stamp set Magical Mermaid.  I didn't order this stamp set when it came out in the catalog but have been looking at it over and over.  I broke down recently and purchased it which I am so very happy about.  I am in love with this stamp set!  

I did a lot of watercoloring with Tanquil Tide and Bermuda Bay inks.  I heat embossed the mermaid in gold embossing powder onto some scrap watercolor paper and then used my ink pads to color her in.  For the main background, I played with various concentrations of the ink with water and got this really cool look for the finished product.  I encourage you to grab some watercolor paper and some of your Stampin Up reinkers and just play around!  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with this background at first and the more I played around with it, the more I liked it.  I am very happy with the finished card.

I stamped the seaweed image with some Smoky Slate ink along with the bubble image onto the background.  I also did some ink splatters and heat embossed the sentiment with that same gold embossing power.  

Stampin Up Annual Catalog: This Little Piggy with Embossing Paste

Hi there stampers!  Well I am still in the process of getting my blog fixed up so I appreciate your patience.  I also must apologize for not posting more often these days.  I have been making some big decisions in my career lately and have not had much time to spend in my craft room.  
So onto the card for today.  I created this really fun encouragement card using the This Little Piggy stamp set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog from Stampin Up.  I used the new embossing paste from the catalog along with Dazzling Diamond glitter to create the most shimmery and beautiful clouds for my card.

I stared with a piece of watercolor paper and applied several layers of Broken China Distress Oxide Ink.  I first applied the oxide ink onto a piece of acetate, sprayed this with water, and then smooshed it  onto the watercolor paper.  This is such a fun technique to use with distress oxides.  After applying several layers, I spritzed it with water to create the water droplets and used a paper towel to pick up the extra water.  I set this aside to dry and worked on the piggy focal point.

I stamped the pig image onto a scrap piece of watercolor paper using Versamark ink, applied white embossing powder, and then heat set with my heat tool.  I then used Worn Lipstick and more Broken China Distress Inks to color in my pig.  I then used a Gelly Roll Black Glaze Pen to color in the hooves and eye.  I then added some dots on the cheek and bum with a white gel pen.  I then fussy cut out the little pig and stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink onto a strip of black cardstock which was heat set using more white embossing powder.

Once the watercolor panel was dry, I used the cloud mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Mask pack and taped this onto the panel.  I combined some Embossing Paste with Dazzling Diamond Glitter together and applied this to the panel through the mask which left the most gorgeous shimmery clouds.

I then used the Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles Thinlits to cut out a circle from vellum and Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  I adhered the pig and sentiment onto the vellum which was then adhered to the pink circle.  I created a top folding A2 card base made from Thick Whisper White and adhered a layer of Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  The watercolor panel was added to the card base and the pig focal circle glued onto the card. 

To see my video on how to make this card, you can watch it on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

Stampin Up 2017 Annual Catalog: Floral Statement with Gansai Tambi Pearl Watercolors

Hi there stampers!  I have to first apologize for the mess my blog is in right now.  Some of my images lost their link and I've contacted my blog designer for help.  So please excuse the mess.  I didn't want to wait to share this card and video I made using the gorgeous stamp set Floral Statements from the 2017-2018 Stampin Up Annual Catalog.

This stamp set makes it so easy to create the most beautiful cards because the images become the focal point.  You can color these images with so many different mediums but for my card today I decided to break out my Ganasi Tambi Pearl Color Watercolors.  These watercolors are just gorgeous and create so much shine to your card.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and I stamped the thank you image using Versamark Ink.  I used my MISTI to do all my stamping so that I could ensure I got a nice crisp stamped image and ended up stamping the image three times just to make sure.  After stamping, I added pale gold embossing powder from WOW and heat set with my heat tool.  I then used my Gansai Tambi Pearl Watercolors to color the image.

While the watercolor panel dried, I then created the striped background using the Diagonal Stripe Background stamp from Stampin Up.  I used Flirty Flamingo ink to stamp the background using my MISTI.  I then used Simon Says Stamp Double Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out the stripe panel, watercolor panel, and also a piece of vellum.

I then adhered the watercolor panel to the vellum using 3M foam tape and glued that panel onto the striped background using Tombow multipurpose glue.  This was adhered to an A2 top folding card base made from Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins to finish off the card.

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

Stampin Up 2017 Annual Catalog: Embossing Paste with Glitter and Reinkers

Hi there stampers!  So have I told you how excited I am over all the amazing products in the 2017 SU Annual Catalog?!?!  One of the new products I couldn't wait to try was the embossing paste.  I have already found so many different things you can do with the embossing paste.  One of the techniques I will be showing you in today's card and video.

So I started with a piece of Powder Pink cardstock which is one of the new gorgeous In Colors.  I taped the medallion mask from the Party Pattern Decorative Masks onto the cardstock and then taped this to a craft mat to protect my work surface.  I got some of the embossing paste out of the container with a palette knife and put this onto my craft mat.  I then added two drops of Powder Pink reinker and then added about a spoonful of Dazzling Diamond glitter.  This is where the technique comes in.  By adding the glitter, this gave the embossing paste so much sparkle and shine without the glitter getting all over everything.  

After mixing up the embossing paste, I then used one of the palette knifes to spread the paste over the cardstock through the mask.  After getting even coverage, I removed the mask and was left with this gorgeous sparking medallion pattern.  I then added some white and copper watercolor ink splatters.  I heat set the entire panel with my heat tool.

For the sentiment, I die cut some copper foil paper using the Lovely Words Thinlits and then stamped the "Happy Birthday" from the Big on Birthdays stamp set onto a piece of whisper white cardstock using Versamark ink.  I then heat set this with copper embossing powder.  I cut out the "happy birthday" into a thin strip using a craft knife.  

I adhered the friend sentiment with some foam tape that was cut into thin strips and then used that to adhere copper thread onto the front of the card.  I popped up the additional sentiment using more of the same foam tape.  I then adhered the entire panel onto a top folding A2 card base made from thick Whisper White cardstock.

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

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Stampin Up 2017 Annual Catalog: Wood Words & Lovely Words Thinlits

Hi there stampers! I can't believe the new catalog launches next week!  I am beyond excited as this catalog has some truly amazing products.  As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order some products from the new catalog and I'll be showcasing those in my card today.

I started with some of this gorgeous Wood Textured DSP that I can't stress enough is just beautiful in person.  The paper looks realistic and is great for masculine and feminine cards.  I then heat embossed in white embossing powder the floral image from the Wood Words stamp set.  This one stamp is why I bought this set however the other images are super cute too.  After stamping in Versamark and heat embossing, I wanted to try to add some color to the open images by using some watercolor.  I knew that traditional watercolors would not give me the look I was going for against this dark background so I decided to try using my new Distress Oxide inks.  And guess what, it worked fabulously.  

I used Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks with a little bit of water to apply color to embossed images.  Because this is not watercolor paper, you want to use as little water as possible.  I had to apply several layers of the ink in order to get the depth of color I was looking for.

I then used the new Lovely Words Thinlits to cut out 3 of the hugs sentiment and glued all 3 together to get that chipboard effect.  I added some ink splatter to the background using Copic Opaque White ink and adhered the "hugs" sentiment to the front.  

I then adhered the wood panel to a layer of Pink Pirouette and this was adhered to a top folding A2 card base made from Early Espresso.  To finish off the card I added some Wink of Stella to the hugs sentiment and add three water droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.  

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

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