Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Rainbow Thank You with Zig Clean Color Markers ~ Video

I caved.  I've been resisting for months because I wasn't happy with my previous watercolor purchases.  But, I finally decided to give the Zig markers a try. WOW!  What a difference!!!  Night and day difference.  These are what I have been looking for.  Vibrant colors, smooth blend and beautiful reaction with water.

There is so much you can do with these markers, and I just barely scratch the surface in my video below.  

I'm linking this to the new challenge at StampNation: Simple Sentiments

CASology: Write  (who doesn't appreciate getting a simple thank you?)

Stamps: Painted Butterflies (Altenew)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine); 003, 22, 25, 26, 30, 31, 32, 33, 40, 41, 42, 50, 70, 80, 81, 82 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers)
Paper: Whisper White Thick (Stampin' Up!); Strathmore Bristol
Accessories: Friends Die (CASual Fridays * releasing in 2016); Star Embellishments

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Holiday Catalog is LIVE + an Apology

Woot-Woot!  The Stampin' Up! holiday catalog is live.  You can view the PDF by clicking HERE or you can go to the Stampin' Up website CLICKY to start ordering.  This new catalog is filled with lots of holiday supplies and even more clear photopolymer stamps to choose from.

2015 Holiday Catalog - Single Copy

Now for an apology to my Stampin' Up! customers.  I thought I had ordered catalogs for everyone who had purchased from me in the past 6 months, but I didn't.  I am so sorry!   When I order catalogs for you I have one sent to me too so I know when you guys should be getting yours.   I kept waiting for my catalog to show up and it never did, so I went to check online and discovered the order never went through.  :(  I know many of you enjoy holding the book in your hands as much as I do.  If you would like to purchase your own catalog, click on the picture above and add it to your shopping cart.  Email me letting me know you ordered your own catalog and include your mailing address and I will send you a card specially made by me as a thank you to you.  <3

Happy Shopping!

Mint Thank You ~SC111

What is it about me and the color Mint lately?  I'm drawn to anything mint, aqua and teal.  You should see my lovely fabric collection of these colors.  Swoon.   That is why I was so excited when Stampin' Up! featured a new mint color, Mint Macaron with their 2015-2017 In Colors.

My card today is the second card I made for the current sketch challenge at Stampin' Celebration.  Be sure and check them out and enter your card.  It really is an EASY sketch to work with.


Clicky if you would like to see the first card I posted before you go.

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Paper: 2015-2017 In Color DSP pack, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Accessories: Tags & Labels FramelitsSilver Ribbon

Friday, August 28, 2015

Seriously Happy

Have you seen my latest Inspired By tutorial in the StampNation classroom? Clicky if you are a a StampNation member.  I share how I came up with the idea for this card and several others, along with a video on how to create your own masked/sponged/embossed/glittered globe.

In the video I used blues and greens, but when I turned the camera off I was inspired to try it in my favorite beach sunset colors.  I had a technique piece of watercolored paper on my table and decided to cut it out with the "seriously" die.  It looks so pretty against my pink/yellow background, if I do say so myself.  I paired it with a sentiment by CASual Fridays from the SOA box and added some enamel dots to finish it off.

Want more sneak peeks?  Head on over to Catherine Pooler's blog today. She is sharing what all the designers have been teaching in the classroom this month.

Before I go, I just want to remind you that today is the last day to take advantage of the overstock sale at Ellen Huston! Click on the picture below to see if there is something you need to bring home.

Stamps: Girlfriends (CASual Fridays) *coming in 2016
Ink: Evergreen Bough,Peacock Feathers, Pistachio Pudding, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade (Distress); Versamark
Paper: Marshmallow (Bazzill); Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz Distress); Vellum Cardstock (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, White Embossing Powder (SU); White Embossing Paste (Dreamweavers); Small Checkerboard Stencil (My Favorite Things); Seriously Die (Lil' Inker Designs); Enamel Dots 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Perfect Card A Day ~ Guest Designer

ETA- There was a mix-up with my feature.  They did not post me on the day they said I was going live.  Instead they posted me earlier in the month.  LOL  I'm sharing this with you now that we are all straightened out.  :)

I'm so honored that Theresa has asked me back as a guest designer for her Card A Day Challenge.  If you missed the first post, clicky, to see my 1st card made for them.

Friday's are "Anything Goes", that leaves the choice WIDE OPEN for me.  I decided to go with a "Perfect" clean and simple card.

As if this card wasn't perfect enough, I made a second card, changing up just a few things to make it unique.

Head on over to Card A Day challenge and leave some love.  <3  Thank you Theresa and Design Team for letting me play along with you again as a guest designer!!!

Stamps: In Every Way (Waffle Flower Stamps)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Perfect Word Die (Waffle Flower Stamps); Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Did you ever play with bubbles as a child?  If you're like me you were torn between watching the lovely globes float into the air and trying to pop all the bubbles you could catch.  :)   This week's challenge at StampNation gives all of us adults a chance to play with bubbles again.

Design Team Sneak Peeks
For my card I used a similar technique to the card I made HERE.   I changed the colors and the layout, but used the same translucent embossing paste over sponging.

I went masculine with this technique because my son went to his friend's 15th birthday party last weekend and I need a "cool" card for a teenager.  I think this fits the bill.   I hope you will play along with the bubble challenge and remember some summer fun from your childhood.

Normally I don't share my design team cards on the internet, but somebody from the party took a picture of the birthday boy with his card and his mom tagged me on Facebook.  Check out the little kid in front... he's blowing BUBBLES!

My son, Michael, is in the eagle shirt on the right.   This was taken after a watercolor waterballoon fight.  The pictures look like so much fun, I wish I had been there too.  Too bad the smoke from the fires here in WA kept me indoors with allergies.

Michael is on the left.
One last picture of the inside of the card.  I used a Treat Yo Self die from Ellen Hutson that I thought was fitting.  His gift was $$ and a big box of CANDY.  :)

Stamps: Let's Chat (Penny Black); Celebrate (SimonSaysStamp); Love Notes (CASual Fridays)
Ink: Versamark; Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean (Distress)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock (Stampin' UP!)
Accessories: Circle Stencil (Winnie & Walter- SOA); White Embossing Powder, Wooden Arrow (SU); Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil' Inker Designs)

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Happy Hello ~ SC111

It's sketch time today for Stampin' Celebration challenge!  Y'all know how much I like sketch.  This is one I have used several times since I got it.  One of the perks of being on the design team is that we get to see all the challenges 2-3 months ahead of time.  If you check out the last challenge you will see I used this sketch loosely for it too.  Clicky

For my card today I decided to try out my stack of new In-Color DSP in my favorite new color, Mint Macaron.  I can't pronounce it very well, but I love the soft sage-y mint.  

While I didn't use the "Dots For Days" stamp set as I have most Mondays this summer, I did choose a dot background.  You could make this paper yourself by heat embossing the Dots For Days onto cardstock.  hmmm....I may have to give that a try, since this is the only DSP stack I have.  I bet this would look yummy in Blackberry Bliss,  what do you think?

Be sure and head on over to Stampin' Celebration to see what the rest of the Design Team created and then link up your own project inspired by this sketch.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Paper: 2015-2017 In Color DSP pack, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Accessories: Tags & Labels Framelits, Silver Metallic Thread

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Ellen Huston Sale!

Just popping in here quickly to let you know about a sale going on at Ellen Huston.  They are doing an inventory reduction and have select items available at 40% off.  Hop on over there now to see if there is anything you might need to  bring home.  ;)   CLICKY

Friday, August 21, 2015

Inspired By Circles, Globes and SOA

Just checking in and letting you all know where you can find me this week.  We are wrapping up the Watercolor Sketches over at Inspired to Scrap.  Everyone has until September 8th to share their layouts for a chance to win prizes.  This has been such an inspiring class for me personally.  I have a new excitement and love for scrapbooking because I am combining it with the skills I've learned from cardmaking.  I need to ask permission to share my layouts, but I will give you a sneak peek of my favorite page from class.

While cleaning out my inbox yesterday I came across an email from Impress.  It is a (somewhat) local stamping store.  They have a watercolor class coming up next week and I am going to call today to see if there are any spots open.  It's being taught by Sandy Allnock!  I hope there is room.  If you are local, call the Tukwila store and join me!  Wouldn't that be fun?  I've always wanted to learn how to watercolor, but I never thought of myself as an artist.  Perhaps though, I just need to be taught "how", so I can practice and become better.

Image Courtesy of Impress Email
Watercolor Freehand Flowers by Sandy Allnock
If you logged on to my blog early this morning you may have seen my guest design card for A Card A Day challenge.  There was some sort of mix-up and my card isn't on their blog today, so I took it down.  Be watching for it though.  As soon as they put me up on their blog I will post it over here.  ;)  It's a CAS design with a pop of WOW.

Last, but certainly not least, today is my day to teach in the StampNation classroom.  I will be sharing how to create this shimmery card and the inspiration behind it.   If you are ever in a rut and don't know where to start when making a card, then you will enjoy my Inspired By series.  I show you how to gain inspiration from the world around you.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tag It

There is something fun about creating a tag for a card.  I'm not sure what it is, but I do enjoy making them.  The challenge this week at StampNation is to make a card with a tag on it.  Here is what the Design Team came up with.

I made my card using products from the Stamp of Approval Friendship collection along with some goodies from Pretty Pink Posh.

Stamps: Girlfriend (CASual Fridays Stamps); In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers (Winnie & Walter)
Ink:  Pistachio Pudding, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!); Bubble Gum (Hero Arts); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White Thick (SU)
Accessories: Chevron Ribbon, Yellow Iridescent Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Tag Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps)