Critter Mania Video Series - Episode #3 - Raccoon Critter

Hi there stampers!  I have another episode in my video series called Critter Mania.  If you are just tuning in let me explain what critter mania is.  I put together a series of six videos showing you how to create a different critter using the Fox Builder Punch from the new Stampin Up 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  You can make so many fun critters using this punch. 
So far in the video series we have created the fox and the panda.  Today's critter is the raccoon which is super cute and easy to make.

You can watch the video in HD on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below:

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Critter Mania Video Series - Episode #2 - Panda Critter

Happy Hump Day stampers!  I have another episode for you in my Critter Mania video series.  I kicked off this six episode video series yesterday featuring the Fox Builder Punch from Stampin Up!  This video series shows you how to make a different critters using the fox builder punch.  
Today's critter is the panda bear.  This might be one of my favorite critters I came up with for this series.

You can watch episode #2 on my YouTube channel in HD HERE, or watch below:

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don't miss any of this video series! 

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Critter Mania Video Series Kickoff! Creating Critters Using the Fox Builder Punch.

Hi there stampers!  Sorry it has been a while since I've posted a card but I've been working on something I am pretty excited about.  I released the first video in a new video series on my YouTube channel called Critter Mania.  This video series will have six videos, releasing a new video everyday, that will feature instructions on how to create a different critter using the Fox Builder Punch from Stampin Up! 
The first video released today features the fox critter and I show you how to create this cute little animal punch art.  It is super easy to create these critters and they are just so stinking cute! 

You can watch the video below, or watch in in HD on my YouTube Channel HERE:

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you won't miss any of the critter videos.  

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Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #453 Using Jars of Love Bundle

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I am playing along over on the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #453 and decided to use some new products I got in my last SU haul.  This is the first time I've used the Jar of Love bundle and this is quickly becoming a favorite.  I had a feeling this would be a popular bundle because it has so many cute mason jar options and tons of accessories to put in the jar including these gorgeous floral images.  The coordinating framelits make cutting out all the images super easy!

I started with a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 and stamped the branch image using tip top taupe to create the background.  I inked up the stamp avoiding the stem piece so only the top part of the stamp was used.  I change the orientation of the stamp so that the pattern was more random looking.  The sketch challenge called for a diagonal stripe of cardstock across the front of the card so I added the dotted lace ribbon in tip top taupe (now retired) across the front of the whisper white piece.  Here is the sketch challenge image:

For the main focal square on the front, I created a mason jar full of flowers using the Jar of Love bundle - Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating Everyday Jar Framelits.  I stamped the floral images from the stamp set using the following ink colors: pool party, flirty flamingo, dapper denim, peekaboo peach, sweet sugarplum, and emerald envy.  After stamping everything, I used the coordinating dies to cut all the images out.  Having coordinating dies really makes creating floral arrangements super easy.

I stamped the middle size jar onto some whisper white cardstock with versamark and heat set in black embossing powder.  I then stamped the flower stems using emerald envy ink and then applied a light wash of dapper denim ink to give the appearance of water in the jar.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the jar.

I laid all my die cut florals onto the jar image making sure to get the arrangement I wanted and then picked the entire arrangement up with a piece of Press n' Seal.  I have talked about this great craft room tool before but basically Press n' Seal allows you to pick up floral arrangements like this or multiple die cuts in one piece so you don't lose your original placement.  You can then add adhesive or dimension to the images and place them onto your card one die cut at a time with everything else sticking to the Press n' Seal without again losing that original layout.  This stuff is awesome!

I cut a piece of vellum to 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 and adhered the jar to the vellum using Tombow Multipurpose glue.  I then used the Press n' Seal to align my floral arrangement onto the vellum and adhered the images using glue and dimensionals.  This vellum piece was added to the card front with Tombow glue and I set a large acrylic block on it to make sure the glue dried in place.

The sentiment is from the Jar of Love stamp set and was stamped onto a scrap of tip top taupe using Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I cut this down to a banner shape and adhered to the card front using dimensionals.  The entire card front was then adhered to an A2 top folding card base made from tip top taupe.  That finishes the card for the Mojo Monday challenge.

This is one of those must have bundles and remember you can get 10% right off the top by buying these products in a bundle.  So it's a super great deal and these products are so versatile!  I can't wait to make more products with these cute little jars.

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Ink Smooshing with Weather Together Bundle

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I am using the ink smooshing technique along with a new bundle from the 2016-2017 SU Annual Catalog called Weather Together.  This set has adorable umbrellas with all kinds of different options to decorate them along with matching dies.  There are different rain drop options from normal rain drops to heart rain drops.  So cute!

I stared with a piece of watercolor paper and a scrap piece of acetate.  I actually used the backing sheet to the stamp set for this technique.  I used distress inks for the coloring and smooshing in the following colors: cracked pistachio, mustard seed, and abandoned coral.  For the technique, you just smoosh your ink pad directly onto the acetate sheet, add a squirt or two of water, and then smoosh the ink onto the watercolor paper.  This technique allows more control over the color as opposed to creating a wash background.  I did this using all three colors allowing them to blend together between colors.  I dried this completely and then added another layer of color using the same technique.  After the second layer dried, I applied some ink splatters using a paint brush in the same three ink colors.

Next I stamped the umbrellas and umbrella handles onto some watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat set those images with white embossing powder.  I used the same distress inks to color the images and then cut them out using the coordinating framelits called Umbrella Weather.  I adhered the umbrellas to the card front using some foam adhesive.  I then used the same framlit set to cut out two clouds from vellum and then the heart shaped rain drops.  I adhered those to the card front using Ranger Multi Matte Medium and that worked out great because you can't see it behind the vellum.  I stamped the sentiment from the Weather Together stamp set in Archival Basic Black ink.  The entire card front was adhered to a landscape fold A2 card base made from crumb cake.  

This was my second attempt at creating this card.  I attempted to do a ink blended background and it just didn't give me the look I was going for.  I am still not sure I am loving this card...what do you think?

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Fiesta Birthday Card with Inlaid Die Cuts + GIVEAWAY WINNER

Happy Monday stampers!  I am continuing to feel better from my car accident on Friday and was able to create a card yesterday.  I haven't been able to workout yet but am going to attempt a slow and easy run today to see how I feel.  
For today's card I am using the new bundle from the 2016-2017 SU Annual Catalog called Fiesta Birthday.  I knew I had to have this bundle from the first time I saw it because I fell in love with that cute little llama.  He sure is adorable!  I also liked all the banner and streamers dies in the coordinating framelit set called Fiesta Time.  

To create the banner background, I took a piece of pool party cut to 4 x 5 1/4 and cut out all the banner/streamer dies.  I laid the 3 dies down on my craft mat to line them up as straight as possible and then put a piece of tape on each end to hold them in place because I knew I'd need to cut this arrangement out a few times.  I would cut out the banners and then move the dies down the card front and cut again.  After getting everything cut out of the pool party piece, I then cut out the 3 banners from scraps of calypso coral, wisteria wonder, and crushed curry.  I then inlaid the banners into the pool party piece using some Tombow Multipurpose glue.  It took some patience but it ended up coming out pretty cool.

I stamped the llama with Archival Basic Black Ink onto some watercolor paper and used an aqua brush to apply soft suede ink.  I then colored his blanket with some calypso coral ink and once dry, stamped the decoration directly onto the watercolor paper with the same calypso coral ink.  I then used the coordinating die to cut him out.  I also stamped the cactus in some pear pizzazz and used the die to cut this out as well.  How cute is that llama?!?!

I then stamped the sentiment from the Fiesta Birthday stamp set in Versamark ink onto a scrap of vellum and heat embossed in some Wow Fools Gold embossing powder.  I cut out the word 'Fiesta' and adhered this to the llama.  I then used dimensionals to add the llama and cactus to the card front.  I adhered the piece to a top folding A2 card base made from some thick whisper white cardstock.  I added some star confetti from Pretty Pink Posh to give the card a little extra interest.  

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY WINNER...drum roll please.........

Congratulations Dani and thank you to everyone who subscribed and watched my video.  

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Falling Flowers Watercolor Card Using Zig Clean Clear Real Brush Markers with Video Tutorial

Hi there stampers!  I meant to get this video and card shared with you on Friday but was in a car accident and spent most of the day in the ER.  I am ok thank goodness and just suffered some whiplash with muscle soreness.  I took yesterday off to relax and rest but am back in the stamp room today.  
For today's card I am using a ton of new projects including these Zig Clean Clear Real Brush Markers I got from Amazon.  I have been seeing a lot of videos and projects made with these markers and after a year of looking at them, I went ahead and bought the 48 pack.  And well I love them!  These things are fantastic!
I used the new background stamp called Diagonal Stripe to create a striped background piece using smoky slate ink onto a piece of whisper white cardstock.  This background stamp is a must have for your collection as it creates gorgeous striped backgrounds quick and easily.  After stamping the background, I got a piece of watercolor paper and stamped a bunch of the floral images using Versamark ink from the new Falling Flowers stamp set onto the rough side of the watercolor paper.  

I stamped the images using my MISTI tool so I could double stamp each image to ensure I got a good crisp image to heat emboss.  I heat embossed all the images in white embossing powder and then it was time to watercolor them using my new Zig markers.  I colored the flowers directly with the markers and then used an aquabrush to spread the color around letting the water do all the work.  These markers blend beautifully alone but are really magically when you add water.  Just a little marker goes a long way to getting bright vibrant color. 

I then cut out all the floral images using the coordinating framelits set called May Flowers.  Having coordinating die sets makes cutting out these images super easy and I am excited to see how many bundle sets we have in the new catalog this year.  

I made an A2 size top folding card base from some thick whisper white cardstock and cut the diagonal striped piece down to about 1/2 inch smaller than the card front on one side.  I added a strip of glitter tape on the left hand side and then adhered the striped piece on top with some Tombow Multipurpose glue.  I then arranged my floral bouquet and picked all the pieces up using some Press n' Seal.  The Press n' Seal keeps the arrangement in place and allows for me to add glue without having to remember how I had the layout.

I then adhered the floral arrangement onto my card front with some dimenionals and glue.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set Feather Together in some Wow metallic silver sparkle embossing glitter onto some vellum.  I cut the sentiment down and adhered to the top of the card.  I added some wink of stella to the flowers to add additional bling and shine.  

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

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Father's Day Slider Card Using Always an Adventure Bundle for Color Throwdown #397

Hi there stampers!  I have yet another card using the super fun bundle called Always an Adventure and the color palette is for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge #397.  I just can't stop creating with this great stamp set and matching framelits.  I needed to make my dad a father's day card so I decided to use the same theme I used for my husband's but make it an interactive card.  How fun are interactive cards anyway?!?!  So much fun!  If you missed the card I made for my husband, you can see it HERE.
I decided to build another scene using the Always an Adventure stamp set and coordinating framelits called Outdoor Adventure.  I created a top folding A2 card base from some thick whisper white cardstock.  I then cut out the mountains from a piece of crumb cake cardstock and the mountain die fits perfectly across a standard card front on the shorter side - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  

I then cut the mountain snow tops out of some whisper white cardstock and adhered those to the tops of the mountains using some Tombow Multipurpose glue.  I then grabbed two pieces of mossy meadow cardstock and used my grid mat to line the tree line die up straight to cut across both pieces of the mossy meadow.  I off set the die on one piece so that the trees did not line up perfectly and just moved the die along the top piece of the cardstock to get the cut out across the entire top edge.  

I adhered the first mossy meadow tree line piece to the mountain scene so that I could figure out where I wanted the slider piece to be.  I lined up the sentiment on the bottom and made sure I gave myself enough space to add the slider window and the cute bear.  

I cut the second piece of mossy meadow down to the size I needed for my card.  I pulled out my MISTI tool to stamp the sentiment so that I got perfect placement and to make sure I stamped my sentiment in a straight line.  The sentiment is from the May Paper Pumpkin kit.  I stamped the sentiment in some Versamark ink and then heat embossed that using white embossing powder.  I then lined up my slider die from Lawn Fawn to be in the middle above my sentiment with enough room for the bear to slide without covering up the sentiment.  I ran that through my big shot. 

I put three layers of foam adhesive on the back of the slider piece making sure to not put the adhesive too close the slider window so that the bear was free to slide back and forth.  For the bear, I stamped him in soft suede on some whisper white and cut him out using the coordinating die.  I then used three layers of dimensionals on the back of the bear and slid the dimensionals through the slider window and adhered them to a button.  This creates the slider piece so that the button and bear cut out sandwich the dimensionals that run along the slider window.  Boy I hope that makes sense.  

I then adhered the slider piece onto the card front making sure to line up the tree on the edge of the card.  I then stamped the hot air balloon in some hello honey ink and cut that out using the matching die.  I used the cloud dies from that same framelit set to cut out two clouds that I sponged with some lost lagoon ink and adhered to the card using foam adhesive.  And that finished the card. 

Here is a video of the card in action:

I am so glad I decided to purchase this bundle last minute because I sure have enjoyed creating with it!  I think both my dad and husband will be happy with their cards.

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Always an Adventure Father's Day Card

Happy Hump Day!  I finally got my haul video done and posted to my YouTube channel so that I could play with all my new goodies!  If you missed my haul video, be sure to check it out HERE because I am also hosting a GIVEAWAY for a new hostess stamp set from the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  It is easy to enter to win, all you have to do is subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave a comment on the haul video.  
For today's card I am using the new Always an Adventure stamp set and coordinating dies called Outdoor Adventure Framelits.  When I saw this set in the catalog, I though it was cute but wasn't sure it was on my must have list.  I ended up getting it in this latest order and I sure am glad I did.  This is the cutest bundle!  I love using the dies and stamps to build a scene.  I need to make a card with the cute little bear from the stamp set.

I started with a landscape A2 card base made from pear pizzazz and then added pool party to half the card front.  This provided my back drop of grass and sky to add all my die cuts too.  I then die cut out all the shapes I wanted to use to build my scene.  I cut the mountains twice from crumb cake cardstock and then cut out enough snow caps from whisper white to cover all my mountain tops.  I cut the tree line from mossy meadow (retired but still love this color) and lined two die cuts of this to stretch across the card.  I adhered all these die cuts to the front using Tombow Multipurpose glue to get my arrangement before deciding on which images I wanted to stamp and put on the card.

I decided to stamp the pond in dapper denim, the trees in mossy meadow, the sign in soft suede, and the tent in real red.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the stamped images which makes this super EASY to put the card together.  

I adhered some of the die cuts using dimensionals and glued some directly onto the card front using Tombow Multipurpose glue.  I also cut out some clouds that I popped up using dimensionals.  I struggled with how to add my sentiment.  I knew I wanted this to be a father's day card for my husband but did not want the sentiment to take away from all the adorable elements on the card.  I ended up stamping the sentiment from Thoughtful Banners onto a scrap piece of basic black in versamark ink and then heat embossed this in white.  I fussy cut the sentiment out and created a banner by snipping both ends.

I just love how this card turned out.  I still worry that the stamped elements look a bit like they are floating on the card but still think it is pretty darn cute.  The thing about getting such a big haul like I did is what do I play with first!?!?!  I have so many ideas I want to try but it is overwhelming a bit having this many options of new goodies.  But I am not complaining one bit!  :)

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2016-2017 Stampin Up Annual Catalog Haul + GIVEAWAY!!

Hi there stampers!  I am so excited I received my order of amazing goodies from the new 2016-2017 Stampin Up Annual Catalog.  There are so many fantastic bundles and fun products that I could not wait to get my hands on to start creating.  
I made a video showing you all the new products I purchased in hopes it will help you to see them "in person" if you will as opposed to looking at them in the catalog.  I will admit I went a little crazy with the bundles but how could I not with all those great offers?!?!?  Remember you get 10% off the top of every bundle you order so they really are a great deal.
You can watch the video below or watch in HD over on my YouTube Channel HERE:

Now for the fun part....the GIVEAWAY!  I am giving one lucky winner the hostess stamp set from the new catalog called Love You Lots (picture below).  This will be a wood mount stamp set so if you don't have acrylic blocks, no problem as this comes with the wood blocks to mount your stamps.  To enter to win, all you have to do are the following two things:
1.  Subscribe to my YouTube channel
2.  Comment on the video above
That's it, not that much effort to win this fun stamp set.  This is open to US residents only as shipping a wood mount stamp set is pricey.  I hope to do some International giveaways in the future.  

If you do not have one of the new catalogs, I will send you one for free with a $20 qualifying order.  If you are a current customer, you should have already received your free catalog from me.  If you did not receive it, please let me know and I'll get you one ASAP.  

If you decide to place a qualifying order and it is not greater than $150, please be sure to include the hostess code in your order:

Thanks for stopping by and let me know your favorite new item from the catalog!  

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Remarkable You Watercolor Card using Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors

Happy Monday stampers!  Did you have a nice weekend and survive this heat?  We had a wonderful time at the beach and looks like we had slightly cooler temperatures than if we had stayed home.  
For today's card I am using the stamp set Remarkable You which did carry over to the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and I'm so glad it did because it has some gorgeous bold floral images.  I decided to use my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors to color the images and I am super happy how the card turned out. 

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the leaf floral image in versamark covering the entire piece.  I then heat embossed the images in white embossing powder from Stampin Up!  I also did the same thing with the flower image on a piece of scrap watercolor paper as I knew I would be fussy cutting this image out.  

Watercoloring heat embossed images make it super easy to get great results.  The raised edges of the embossing keeps the color and water in place allowing for quick and easy coloring without worrying about colors bleeding together.  I started with some green inks and colored all the leaf images first.  The color was drying quickly on this particular watercolor cardstock so I was able to come and add some darker green color to give the leaf images interest and achieve that more organic watercolor look.  

After coloring all the leaves, I mixed up a light grey color that I applied as a wash to the background and around all the leaf images.  After the initial wash dried a bit, I add some darker areas as shadows to give the background more interest.  I let this completely dry then added ink splatters in green, grey, and pink all over the piece.

I watercolored the flower image using the same greens and some pink inks that I used to make the ink spatters.  After this dried, I cut the image out using some paper snips.  I cut a square piece of vellum using the new Layering Square Framelits and stamped the sentiment from Cottage Greetings onto the vellum with a mixture of versamark and archival ink.  By first inking up the sentiment in versamark and then in archival ink, this gave me a sticky enough result to allow me to heat emboss the sentiment in clear embossing powder.  

I cut down the leaf watercolor piece to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 and adhered that to a top folding A2 card base made from smoky slate cardstock using foam adhesive.  I then added the cut out flower image to the vellum using some of the same foam adhesive and applied the vellum piece to the card front using some ranger multi matte medium glue.  I added a few clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh and that finished the card.

I did video the making of this card and hope to load that onto my YouTube channel today.  I am also patiently waiting by the window looking for the UPS man to deliver my goodies from the new Stampin Up catalog!  I can't wait to play with all the new products and will be making a video of my haul I'll get today along with a giveaway.  So keep checking back for that this week.  

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