Facebook Live Episode #1: Petal Passion Suite with Stampin' Blends

Hi there stampers!  Last night on Facebook, I did my first live video and I think it was a success.  So for those of you who could not join the live portion, you can watch the video on my Facebook page HERE or over on my YouTube channel Here (or watch below).  
I used the new Petal Passion Suite of products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration catalog to create the card featured in my video.   I just love all the products in this suite but especially am loving the stamp set Petal Palette.  The watercolor look of the images are perfect to color with the new Stampin' Blends.

I started by stamping the flower image using Memento Black Ink onto some thick Whisper White cardstock.  I then colored the image using my Stampin' Blends using Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, and Pink Pirouette markers.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut out the flower.  I ran a piece of vellum cut to 2 x 4.25 inches in the Petal Pair embossing folder through my Big Shot to get that gorgeous embossed strip.  

I cut a piece of the Petal Passion DSP to be the front of my card and adhered this to a top folding A2 card base made from Basic Black.  I then adhered the vellum strip to the front by using the flower image backed with lots of dimensionals to hold the vellum piece on.  I then cut out the "You" sentiment using the Celebrate You thinlits from the Sale-a-bration catalog that I earned for FREE with a $100 qualifying order.  I cut out three die cuts and used multipurpose glue to adhere them all together.  I then stamped the "celebrate" sentiment form the stamp set Happy Birthday Gorgeous onto some whisper white cardstock and fussy cut it out with my paper snips.  I then adhered this to the front of the card.

I used my Wink of Stella in clear to color the big You sentiment and added some rhinestones for extra bling.  I love the look of the black and white card with the pop of color from the flower image.  Be sure to check out my video and if you haven't subscribed to my YouTube channel, make sure you do as I'll be doing a giveaway on there soon as I reach 2k followers!

Stampin Up Occasions Catalog 2018: Magical Day Stamp Set and Stampin' Blends

Happy Sunday stampers!  Today's cards feature the brand new stamp set and coordinating dies from the Myths & Magic Suite in the 2018 Occasions Catalog that went live for customer this past week.  Have you gotten your hands on the new catalog yet?  If not, I'd love to send you one and be your demonstrator so send me you address through my email address.

I started by stamping the dragon and knight images in memento ink and then colored with the new Stampin' Blends.  These new alcohol markers from SU are AMAZING!  I really hope they come out with all the colors in the upcoming annual catalog later this year.  After coloring, I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I also cut out of basic black cardstock the sentiment "celebrate" using the Celebrate You dies that you can earn FREE during Sale-a-bration with a qualifying order of $100.  These dies are so amazing!  

For the brick background, I inked up the Brick Wall embossing folder with basic gray archival ink and ran a piece of smoky slate cardstock with the folder.  I think it turned out great and goes so well with this medieval themed images.  

All supplies are linked below in my online store.  If you purchase the Myths & Magical bundle plus the Stampin' Blends, you automatically qualify for the Celebrate You sentiment dies for FREE!  Whoop whoop!  It can't be any easier than that to earn free products.  

Saleabration 2018 - Party Pandas and ink blending

I have another cute stamp set from the Stampin Up 2018 Sale-a-bration catalog to share with you today called "Party Pandas"!  This stamp set is adorable!  This is going to be a popular one for sure and what is so great is you can earn it FREE with a qualifying order of $50 before shipping and taxes.  

I started by stamping the panda in the middle of a piece of whisper white cardstock and covered him with a mask.  I then ink blended on eight colors of Stampin Up Ink in a star burst pattern.  The colors I used were Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Marina Mist, and Wisteria Wonder.  

After ink blending, I added some wink of Stella on the color bursts and then stamped the images again onto some scrap thick whisper white.  I colored the panda and balloon with my Stampin Blends and fussy cut both out.  I adhered to the ink blended panel with some dimensionals.  I am happy with how all the ink blending turned out and the card is much cuter in person.

If you want to earn this stamp set for yourself, click on my shop now button on the side of my blog to get shopping in my online store!  

Sale-a-bration 2018: Heartfelt Blooms and Blender Pens

Happy New Year stampers!  Today begins a very exciting time as the 2018 Sale-a-bration and Occasions Catalog launch live for customers.  Sale-a-bration is a fantastic time to order as you can earn free product that you get to chose from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  For every $50 purchased before shipping and taxes, you earn one free item.  New this year is the opportunity to earn special products with a qualifying $100 purchase before shipping and taxes.  So what are you waiting for??  Place those orders today!  

Today's card features one of the free stamp sets you can earn and it is called Heartfelt Blooms.  This beautiful flower image mimics a photo when stamped and is absolutely stunning either stamped in a solid color or colored using a variety of mediums.  For today's card, I used my blender pens and inks to color in the image.  For some added embellishment to the card, I scored the background using my simply scored scoring tool.  It adds interest without taking away from the floral stamped images.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set I earned free.  There are some amazing products in both new catalogs!  And who doesn't like free??  

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.