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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Stampin Up: Celebrations Duo Textured Embossing Folder with Jars of Love

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I used the Celebrations Duo Textured Embossing Folders that are in the Occasions Catalog but also are carrying over to the new catalog that will release in June.  Actually every stamp set and supplies used will be available in the new catalog so woohoo!  

These embossing folders are unique in they de-emboss as opposed to emboss like most of our embossing folders do.  This gives you the ability to stamp directly over the sentiment without getting ink into the embossed well of the word.  It's a super cool effect!

I stared with a piece of whisper white cardstock and embossed the word "Celebrate" using the Celebrations Duo Textured Embossing Folder.  I then stamped the Hardwood background stamp in Sahara Sand ink right over the de-embossed image.  

I used the Jar of Love stamp and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits to stamp/die cut several floral images.  I also used the large leaf shaped framelit to cut several dies from Old Olive cardstock.  I used a Versamark pen to trace the inside of the de-embossed celebrate sentiment and then applied gold embossing powder.  I heat set the embossing powder and this gave me the cool gold effect to the card.  

After heat setting the sentiment, I arranged the die cuts around the sentiment using Stampin Dimensionals and Tombow Multipurpose glue.  I adhered the panel to a side folding card base made from Sahara Sand cardstock.

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

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Stamping Up Annual Catalog: Faux Watercolor Technique

Hi there stampers!  Don't you just love the look of watercolor but you don't always have the time or the patience to do it???  So I have a fun and easy technique today to show you how to create a watercolor look with stamps and your Stampin Up ink pads.
For this technique I am using three stamp sets:  Crazy About You, Botantical Blooms, and Blooms & Wishes.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  I used Stampin Up ink pads in the following colors: Sweet Sugarplum, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Calypso Coral.  I started with my largest image that I wanted to use which is from Blooms & Wishes and inked it up with Sweet Sugarplum.  After inking up the stamp, I then spritzed the stamp from about 1 foot or more away from the stamp with a water bottle.  You want to get a good even coverage of water but not so much that it pools up on the stamp.  After spraying the stamp with water, you stamp it down onto the piece of watercolor paper and you get this great watercolor look without actually having to watercolor.  You continue to stamp all your images in this manner - ink up the stamp, spritz with water, and stamp onto the watercolor paper.  Too little water will not allow the ink to move and give you that watercolor look.  
After stamping all my images, I then cut out the "You" from the Hello You Thinlits three times and glued all of the die cuts together to form a chipboard like sentiment.  I then stamped the "rock" from Crazy About You onto a piece of Tip Top Taupe with Versamark ink and heat set that with white embossing powder.  
I then adhered the sentiment onto the front of the watercolor panel and then adhered the entire panel onto an A2 top folding card base made from Tip Top Taupe.  I added some Wink of Stella onto the you die cut to give it some shine and interest.  I kept the embellishments to a minimum in order to show off the faux watercolor design of the card.
You can watch my video on how I made this card on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

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Simon Says Stamp: Running with Your Heart

Hey there stampers!  I bought this stamp set a while ago because I am a runner and have a lot of runner friends so I know it would come in handy as I wished my friends luck or congrats for races.  I knew I just had to make a card using this stamp set for a dear friend who ran in the Boston Marathon this past Monday.  

I decided to get out my new Distress Oxide inks and play around with the background.  I stamped the metal image in Versamark ink repeatedly on a piece of Distress Watercolor paper and heat set with white embossing powder.  I then started playing around with 3 ink colors - Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Worn Lipstick.  I love how these Distress Oxide inks are chalky and give a different look to your projects.  

I added some ink splatters using my Finetec gold watercolor and some splatters of the same distress inks.  I stamped the heart image with Versamark ink onto some vellum and heat set in gold embossing powder.  I then fussy cut the image out and adhered to the watercolor panel with foam tape.  The I adhered the panel onto a piece of Mint Macaron yardstick from Stampin Up.  The entire panel was then adhered to a top folding A2 card base made from thick Whisper White from SU!  

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2017 Stampin Up Sale-a-bration: Avant-Garden Rainbow Wreath

Hi there stampers!  Today's card features the Avant-Garden stamp set from the 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog.  Unfortunately since making this card and video Saleabration has ended; however you can still make this card using other flower images from your stash.

I stamped the flower image onto some whisper white cardstock in 8 different Stampin Up ink colors: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Dapper Denim, and Wisteria Wonder.  I then stamped the leaf with Smoky Slate.  

I then stamped the flower centers using Versamark ink and heat set them using gold embossing powder.  I fussy cut all the images out using my paper snips.  

I added some ink splatters to another card panel made from Whisper White cardstock.  I used my acrylic block and "smooshed" the Smoky Slate ink pad onto the clear block.  I then added some water to the ink and flicked the ink off the edge of the block to add some great ink splatters to the background.  I added some gold splatters using my Finetec Mica Watercolors.

I then arranged the flowers onto the card front in a circle shape to form the wreath and added the leaves.  The wreath was adhered with dimensionals and Tombow multipurpose glue.  I stamped the sentiment and banner onto some vellum using Versamark ink and heat set that with some of the same gold embossing powder.  The banner was die cut using the coordinating dies.  

I then adhered the entire panel onto an A2 top folding card base made from thick Whisper White cardstock.  I added some clear sparkling sequins to finish off the card.

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

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2017 Stampin Up Occasions Catalog: Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits with Watercolor Striped Background

Hi there stampers!  I have been so busy with my new job and then getting the flu that my time in my stamp room has been limited.  Boy I miss getting to stamp everyday.  Hopefully things will slow down at work and I can spend more time in the evenings making projects to share.
Today's card and video feature the gorgeous Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  This is one bundle you do not want to miss out on getting.  I also used some of the dreamy glimmer paper from the Sale-a-bration catalog but unfortunately it sold out quickly and is no longer available.  

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and painted stripes using my Dapper Denim reinker.  I then cut out the detailed smaller dragonfly in the Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper and outline dragonfly image in vellum.  I also cut out the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits from vellum.  

I painted the back of the vellum dragonfly with the same Dapper Denim ink and then adhered this to the glimmer die cut.  I added some gold thread to the back of the dragonfly using a glue dot an then adhered this to the vellum circle.  I stamped the "hello" sentiment from Thoughtful Banners onto a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed in white embossing powder.

I cut down the watecolor panel to 4 x 5 1/4 and adhered this to a Sweet Sugarplum panel cut to 1/8 inch larger.  This was then adhered to a top folding A2 card base made from thick Whisper White.  I then adhered the dragonfly focal piece to the front and that finished the card.

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

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Stampin Up 2017 Occasions Catalog: Stylish Stems Framelits with Distress Ink Blending

Hi there stampers!  I have a fun card for you today featuring three different techniques.  The first technique features the new Stylish Stems Framelits from the 2017 Stampin Up Catalog.  I used the largest flower die to create a floral panel by running the die through my big shot multiple times on a whisper white panel.  This particular die only cuts out the petals of the flower and does not cut out the entire shape so you can create a flower window on your card.  The framelit set does come with the outline die if you want to cut the flower out.

The next technique was creating the rainbow background by ink blending several colors of Distress Inks.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper and blended the rainbow of colors using my mini ink blending tool.  I then spritzed the panel with some water to make the ink react with the water and picked it up with a paper towel.  This gives the panel the cool bleached spots.  I then spritzed the entire panel with some shimmer spray to add some glitter.

Next I cut out the hello sentiment using the Hello You Thinlits three times and adhered the die cuts together to give a chipboard effect.  I then traced the outside of the die with a pencil onto a piece of vellum and cut this out with my paper snips.  This gave my sentiment the vellum background that looks like an additional die cut.  

To learn more about the techniques, you can watch my video on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

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