Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Released Today!

Hi All!

Just stopping in for a quick post on the new Stampin’ Up! catalog. As you know, I am a fan of Stampin’ Up! products because of their quality and customer service. I think their recent catalogs have left a little to be desired, but I must tell you that I really love this new catalog in a major way. Here are some of the products that caught my eye…

This first stamp set is a new photopolymer set called Wonderous Wreath. I love how you can decorate the wreath by stamping the berries and leaves on top, maybe even heat embossing them for extra texture:
Wonderous Wreath
This set comes with matching framelits that you can purchase in a bundle to save 15%.

The next couple of products are the Cheerful Christmas stamp set and Filigree embossing folder. I just love the thin lines, and I think these products would work beautifully together to make a really quick and simple holiday card:
Cheerful Christmas
Filigree Folder

This next stamp set is my second favorite in the catalog, and it comes with 24 pieces! It’s a photopolymer set called Holiday Home. I love it because you can make a scene for winter, Christmas, Halloween, fall, new home, etc. It’s so versatile!
Holiday Home
This set comes with matching framelits that you can purchase in a bundle and save 15%.

The Festival of Trees stamp set below (another photopolymer!) is my sister’s favorite. I love it because it has so many tree options, plus a matching punch. When you’re making holiday cards, using a punch is so much faster than die cutting!
Festival of Trees
Tree Punch
You can purchase the stamp set and punch in a bundle to save 15%.

I know this is so not me, but I love this paper. I love the colors and the designs. I’m thinking about making my holiday tags with it:
Designer Paper

Last but not least is my favorite product in the catalog, a stamp set called Making Spirits Bright:
Making Spirits Bright

I love this set because it is completely unique, funny, adorable, and versatile all in one. Can’t wait to get it.

I hope you’ll check out the catalog, because these are just a few of the great items in it. You can also go directly to the online store for shopping!

Just a reminder that my sister is a demonstrator, so all my links go to her store. She donates 20% of every sale to Foster Kids Charity, so you can feel good about spending money on crafty items. :)

Have fun shopping and see you next week.

Darlene

Wednesday’s Card: Simple Watercolor Flowers

Watercolor Flowers

Watercolor Flowers

Hi All,

I was watching a video recently of someone watercoloring a card, talking about how easy it was. After about the 3rd layer of color, it occurred to me that no, it was not easy. I’m sure I’m guilty of the same thing… some things may seem easy to the person doing it, but to a lot of people they aren’t! I decided to come up with something that REALLY was easy. This is it. There is no blending, there is one layer of color, and there is no shadowing. Sure, you could add more layers and add some shadowing to make it look more realistic. But, I think it looks just great as-is. I hope you sincerely find this easy to do and try it for yourself.

In my video, I referenced the magnetic die storage cards. You can find them at Stamp-n-Storage. Note that the prices vary by size and amount.

I’m excited to report that the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog releases tomorrow. To be honest, I have not been too impressed with many of the catalogs released over the last year or two by Stampin’ Up!. But, this one is definitely a come-back. I am LOVING the new products. This catalog has some really cute and unique stamps and punches. The products will be online tomorrow, so I will make a post then with my favorites along with links.

Enjoy the watercolor tutorial!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Distress markers used: Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Forest Moss, and Shabby Shutters

Penny Black Blooming Garden
Blooming Garden
EH|SSS
SSS Friendly Flowers
SSS Friendly Flowers
Femme Frames Dies
Femme Frames Dies
EH|SSS
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Pumice Stone
EH|SSS
Distress Markers, Full Set
Distress Markers
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Simon Says Stamp Black Ink
SSS Black Ink
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
EH|SSS
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS

Wednesday’s Card: Front & Back Kitties

Front and Back Kitties

Front and Back Kitties

Hi All!

I cannot tell you how good it is to be back! I love being on vacation, but all these card ideas start building up in my head and it drives me crazy not to let them out. I hope you enjoyed the guest designers that were kind enough to help me out.

If you remember, I mentioned that my husband couldn’t come with my girls and me on vacation because he couldn’t get away from work. Well, I made this card and mailed it to him as a little surprise. The kitties are supposed to be me and my daughters.

Are these stamps just so adorable? I saw them at a CHA sneak peek in January, but it took me forever to finally find them and buy them. The set comes with a really cute puppy too. This card took a little longer to make because of all the pieces and cutting, but it was for someone special. :)

Here are a couple of photos from our trip. The first is Courtney and me, and the second is both of my girls. My older daughter has grown probably 6 inches in the last year!

ColoradoColorado

It’s the end of August, and you know what that means – start thinking about the holiday photo card! I may use that second picture for the card – we shall see.

Enjoy and have a great week!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Peerless Watercolors used: Neutral Tint, Alice Blue, Heliotrope
Copic colors used: C1, C4, BG10

Art Impressions Front & Back
Art Impressions Front & Back
SSS Banner Greetings & Dies
SSS Banner Greetings & Dies
Simon Says Stamp Striped Greetings
SSS Striped Greetings
Simon Says Stamp Languages
Love Languages
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
EH|DB
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Copic Multiliner Pens, 4 pack
Copic Multiliner Pen
Stampin' Up! Basic Gray Cardstock
Basic Gray Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass Ink
SSS Sea Glass Ink
Memento Luxe Rose Bud Ink
Rose Bud Ink
EH|SSS
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
EH|SSS
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
EH|SSS
Dazzling Diamonds
Dazzling Diamonds
Sanding Block
Sanding Block
EH|SSS
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Stampin' Up! Pierce Mat
Pierce Mat
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Sizzix Impression Pad
Sizzix Impression Pad
EH|SSS
Sizzix Rubber Pad
Sizzix Rubber Pad
EH|SSS
Ranger Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen

Guest Day: Welcome Tasnim Ahmed!

Hi All!

Welcome to the last guest day on the blog. Today’s guest is Tasnim! You may know her as one of the owners of Altenew stamps. I totally love their stamps – they have some very unique designs.

Tasnim has created something fantastic for you today using one of Altenew’s new stamp sets. And she created a video too! :)

Thank you Tasnim for sharing your wonderful talents with us!…

Hello everyone!

This is Tasnim from Cardsandbookmarks.com. I am so happy to be guest designing here today! I have admired Darlene’s work ever since I started this hobby, and it is such an honor to be sharing a card with you today on her blog!

Tasnim Ahmed

This card features how you can achieve a painted look using stamps, Distress inks, and a wet brush.
I used a 4″ x 4″ heavy weight water color paper for the card front. The flower stamp is from Altenew’s Scribbled Flowers set, and I stamped it in second generation using Distress ink Barn Door. Using a slightly damp brush, I went over each colored area and flicked the color outwards, making sure to leave some areas white to reflect highlights. I stamped the smaller flower by simply wiping off some of the ink from the outer petals before stamping. The leaves were stamped using Distress inks Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shatters, and I used the same coloring process with them.

Tasnim Ahmed

The floral frame (Memory Box Jasmine Frame Craft die) was die cut out of white card stock and adhered using Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue. The sentiment was embossed in gold on a stip of white card stock, trimmed and adhered with foam tape. Finally, the water color panel was then adhered to a 4″ x 4″ card base.

Watch the video to see how I made this card from beginning to end.

Thank you for stopping by, and Darlene, thanks for having me over!


Thanks for helping me welcome all these talented ladies over the last couple of weeks. I will see you next Wednesday for a brand new video!

Darlene

Guest Day: Welcome Donna Mikasa!

Hi All!

I am so grateful to have such wonderful guest designers grace my blog while I am away. Today’s guest is Donna Mikasa. I completely love her clean and simple style. And her color choices are always fabulous! She is using one of favorite mediums – Peerless Watercolors. I love how she added the extra color just around the bird – it really pops! Enjoy…

Hello! I’m so excited to be taking over Darlene’s blog today while she’s on vacation. I’m sharing a super simple card using my new love: Peerless Watercolors.

Donna Mikasa

I stamped one of Dina Wakley’s birds on watercolor paper and painted both the bird and background. I splattered a bit of white and gold paint after stamping the sentiment. To add a bit of interest, I added a strip of gold foil card stock to finish off the card.

Donna Mikasa

Watercoloring is a hot trend right now and a pretty forgiving technique. You can always add more ink or water and the bonus is having two colors blend to form a third color! Love when that happens!

Thank you, Darlene, for having me as your guest. Hope you’re enjoying your vacation!

Card supplies:

Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper
Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp set
Archival Black ink
Peerless Watercolors
Paintbrushes
Hero Arts White Spray
Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé Spray
DCWV Foil Cardstock


Thank you for welcoming Donna, and a special thank you to Donna for sharing her beautiful card with us today. Come back Friday for my final guest designer. I’ll be on my way home shortly!

Darlene

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