NC Demo August Blog Hop – Psychedelic Daisy!

Welcome to the NC Demo August Blog Hop!  I missed last month so it seems like forever since I’ve posted something.  I’m glad to be back in the swing of things though because I’ll be sharing lots of new stuff in the coming weeks!  Our Holiday catalog will go live 9/4 and I can’t wait to show you all the amazing new items.  If you’d like a copy for yourself, please let me know and I’ll get one to you.

Getting back to our blog theme, you may have just jumped over from Patricia Todd’s blog and I know she had a great project!  This month we were to make a card using a flower or flowers as inspiration.  I love all sorts of flowers and I really love bright colors.  So when I saw this picture, it was perfect as my inspiration for this month’s card.  These are African orange and yellow daisies and I think they are gorgeous!

I’ve been waiting to play with the new Pigment Sprinkles that were introduced in the Annual Catalog.  We had something similar last year but the colors were not specific to SU!’s colors.  But the Pigment Sprinkles are!  The colors are Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo.

Since I wanted to try to get as close to the colors in the inspiration picture, I decided to use both Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.  And of course, used Granny Apple Green for the leaves.

I started with a piece of our watercolor paper, sprinkled the various colors on the paper and then lightly spritzed with water.  You’ll notice that my colors look a LOT darker than the samples shown in the picture above.  That’s because I sprinkled a LOT of the pigment.  This is a medium where a little goes a long way.  You’ll need to practice to see how much you can vary the color based on how much pigment and water you use.  You can also spritz the paper first and then sprinkle the pigment.  It’s all a matter of preference.  Since I wanted to use this paper pretty quickly, I used our heat gun to accelerate the drying process.

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After drying

My next step was to stamp various images, using different ink colors to see what I liked best.  It’s a little hard to see the difference, but I used Black Memento InkCajun Craze and Garden Green for the inks to stamp my images.  My preference was the Daisy stamp from the Daisy Delight stamp set because it showed more of the overall background color, and I liked it stamped with Black Memento Ink.

Once I decided which images to use, I punched out the daisies using our Daisy Punch and fussy cut the stem.  Then I had to decide what colors of cardstock I wanted to use to create my card.  After several different layouts, I decided on a Granny Apple Green base, a layer of Whisper White and a smaller layer of Basic Black.  I spritzed the black card stock with water and used our Brick and Mortar Embossing folder.  Next, I used a sponge dauber and Craft White ink and lightly added some color to the black layer to give the bricks a little more definition.  I put my daisy together and used a Clear Faceted Gem colored with Dark Basic Black Blends for the center.  The daisy and stem were mounted with dimensionals so that it would stand out a little more.  All that was left was to use a piece of the leftover watercolor paper to stamp my sentiment, and I used the Here’s A Card stamp set and the 1 1/8″ Scallop punch for that.  I also punched the same sized circle using Granny Apple Green cardstock to use as an offset for the sentiment.

 


I’m really pleased with how this turned out!  It actually looks just the way I imagined it, and that doesn’t always happen 🙂 And I’m anxious to do more with the Pigment Sprinkles, they are so cool to work with.  Just be sure to keep some hand wipes close by because you WILL need them.  Or at least I did, lol!  Thanks for visiting me and please continue on with our Blog Hop.    Jo Anne Hewins is up next and I know you will love her project!

Happy Stamping!!

Anita Trippi

Patricia Todd

Toni Campana  – YOU ARE HERE!

Jo Anne Hewins

Tina Lesson

Frances Wagner

Tracie Evans Langley

 

 

 

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The Holiday’s On Sale!

Did you know that Stampin’ UP! has a Clearance Rack?  Well, they do!  Recently, for the first time, stamps have been added 🙂  And the current offerings include a LOT of seasonal stamps, dies, and punches.  If you are anything like me, I LOVE a sale.  And with the holidays looming down on us (Christmas will be here before you know it!!) now is a great time to grab some of these deals.  There are stamps for Halloween as well.  You can click on this link to see the entire Clearance Rack, or click on the individual pictures below for the Holiday-themed items.  And as a special BONUS for this month only, if you place an order on my online store, I will send you a package of 5 random hand-stamped greeting cards from my stash! (Selection will be various greeting/holiday themes).

 

Don’t delay in making your selections though, these items are only while supplies last.

 

New Catalog Favorites!

 

Hello and welcome to our June NC Demos Blog Hop!  I hope you are enjoying the first week of Summer, hard to believe we are at the end of June already.  And we are about a month into our new Annual catalog.  I’ve been having a great time going through the catalog and adding to my wish list.  And that list keeps growing, lol!  There is just so much to love about this year’s catalog.  If you don’t already have one and would like one, please leave me a comment on this post or on my FB page (https://www.facebook.com/tonimariscreations/) and I will get one out to you.

So, for the task at hand, showcasing a couple of new favorites from the catalog.  The stamp set I used, Memorable Mosaic,  is still a bit of a surprise to me because it’s not normally something I’d gravitate to.  But, we received a pack of the coordinating DSP, Mosiac Mood, at On Stage in April so I figured I’d purchase the matching stamps.  And I’ll tell you, I’ve really enjoyed using this set!

 

I decided that since my July class is going to feature fancy folds, I’d use that theme for this card.  I saw a post by Jackie Bolhuis – Klompen Stampers and she featured this really cool fold.  What I liked most about it is that it shows both sides of a sheet of DSP.  The DSP is 5 1/2″ x 12″ and it’s scored at 1 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 7 3/4″ and you fold that accordion style.  That piece is essentially your base.  You also need a piece of cardstock (I used Very Vanilla) that is 4″ x 5 1/4″ which is layered on the last panel of the scored DSP.  And to finish it off you need one piece of card stock that is 2 3/4″ x 4″ (I again used VV) and a piece to mat the VV, which is 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ and I used Garden Green for that.  When mounting the matted piece, you only want to put adhesive on the left-hand side of the smallest folded panel so that you can open the card.

This is a very simple card to make and is great for using up DSP that you have on hand.  I am definitely going to make several versions of this card using some of the beautiful DSP papers we have in the new annual catalog!

 

 

One of my other favorite items in the new catalog is the Parcels and Petals Bundle.

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I LOVE boxes and bags so anytime we come out with a new die for them, I just have to get it.  I only used the dies for my 2nd project, but I used the Mosaic Mood DSP to keep the theme consistent.  I will tell you that it took me several attempts to figure out how to assemble this box!  It is definitely easier to work with using DSP versus our card stock, but you can use either.  I posted a video on my Facebook page, Toni Mari’s Creations, to show how to assemble this box.

 

So, these are just a couple of my favorite things from the new catalog.  There are so many more, lol!

So, would you like to see some of the favorites from a few of our other talented NC Demonstrators?  Then hop along to see Erin Cook’s blog, I’m sure she has a wonderful project to share with us!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Erin Cook

Tina Lesson

Tracie Evans Langley

Jo Anne Hewins

Toni Campana > You are here!

Frances Wagner

Sue Root

 

 

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This is Your Last Chance! (Really, it is!)

Last-Chance Products

We are coming down to the wire with our 2018-2019 Annual Catalog!  If you still have items on your wishlist, you only have until June 3rd (or while supplies last!) to place your order. You can click on any of the blocks below to see what we still have left to purchase.   If you place an order on my website, please use Host Code G99HCYUF and you will be entered into my Mystery Host Contest! (host benefits are dependent on total sales for this host code)

 

Retiring StampsRetiring Stamps

 

Retiring BundlesRetiring Bundles

 

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Everything Is Rosy Product Medley

We are also coming to the end of the special offer of our first Product Medley.  The list below shows everything you get in this medley.  This is a terrific value for the amount of product that you receive!  Click on the banner above to place your order!!

Medley includes these exclusive products:
* Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c
* Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
* 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 6″ x 6″ rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
* Printed die cuts—2 sheets
* Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
* Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
* Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

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And last but not least, if you are not on my mailing list to receive the new 2019-2020 catalog and would like a copy, please comment on this post with your mailing address and I will make sure I get one to you immediately!

NC Demo Blog Hop – Fond Farewell

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Welcome to our monthly NC Demo Blog Hop!  Thank you for joining us this month.  You may have just come from  Jo Anne’s blog and I’m certain she has shared a wonderful project with you.

Stampin’ UP!’s 2018-2019 Annual Catalog is getting set to retire at the end of this month.  This is both a sad time and an exciting time for both customers and demonstrators.  Sad because inevitably some of our favorite sets and accessories will retire, but excited because there will be new items to replace them!

There are quite a few sets that are retiring that I am going to miss.  I featured one of them on my blog last month, Lovely as a Tree.  For this months project, I selected another favorite of mine, Half Full.  I remember being so excited to see this stamp set when it was introduced because I am a lover of wine!  And I am sad that it will be retiring.  But this will be one of the sets that I move out of my current stamp sets and over to my personal stash.  I try not to hang on to too many retiring sets because at some point you just run out of room to store everything.  But there are some that are special and sets that I know I’ll continue to use for personal card making.

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I used Merry Merlot card stock for my base (of course!) and Shimmery White to stamp the images in Memento Black Ink.  I then colored the images using various Blends.  I love how the ink just glides over the card stock.  If you haven’t tried our  Blends yet, you really need to give them a try.  They work best on our Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Shimmery White card stocks.  And you should always use Memento ink to stamp your images because the  Blends will not cause the outline to bleed.

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This card is a little different in that there is an open space between the top half and the bottom half, and they are held together by the layered wine bottle piece.  This is a fun way to change up your cards.  I’ve seen some samples where a piece of acetate is inserted between the top and bottle half, but I chose to leave mine open.

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I stamped the wine glass on the inside to carry on the theme.  It’s nicely hidden behind the wine bottle panel when the card is closed.

I hope you enjoyed my card this month.  I did enjoy a little bit of wine while I was creating it, sort of a life imitating art situation, lol!

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Don’t forget that you only have until June 3rd to order any retiring items from the current catalog.  The Last Chance Products can be found HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and please continue on to the others demonstrators to see their favorite retiring items.

Follow NC Demo Bloggers

 

Jo Anne Hewins 

Tina Lesson 

Toni Campana >>> You Are Here!

Patricia Todd

Frances Wagner 

Tracie Evans Langley

Anita Trippi  

 

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NC Demos April Blog Hop

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Welcome to our monthly NC Demos blog hop!  Thank you for joining us.  You may have just come from  Tracie Evans Langley’s blog, and I know she had something fun to share with you.

I’d like to start off by saying Welcome Spring! It’s finally here and so far it’s been pretty pleasant!  Spring can be so iffy weather wise, it can be cold and wet or warm and sunny, sometimes on the same day, lol!  When Spring arrives it brings with it several holidays and events.   There’s Mother’s Day, Father’s Day,  Memorial Day,  graduations, weddings, etc.   We were to pick a Spring event for our theme this month and I decided to pick Father’s Day.  And I also chose to pick one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Lovely As A Tree.  I am so very sad that this set will officially retire at the end of May.  It has been a go-to set for me for many, many occasions.  If you don’t have this in your collection, I urge you to get it.  It’s such a versatile stamp set.

I also wanted to use another retiring favorite, the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper.  It’s another great item that can be used so many ways.  The prints are so authentic and you get 48 6×6 pieces!  So it goes a long way too!  I’m definitely going to stock up on more of this for my private stash before it’s gone.  And if you love it as much as I do, I’d suggest you do the same!
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I started out by punching several pieces of the DSP, using as many different patterns as I could.  I laid them out on a piece of 4′ x 5.25′ Very Vanilla cardstock until I had a pattern I was happy with.  Then I attached them with double-sided adhesive.

I then turned that over and trimmed off all the pieces that were hanging over the Very Vanilla layer.  Then that layer was placed on the card base using dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the Oak Tree image on to one of the patterns from the DSP pack and used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut that image and also a larger sized circle of Soft Suede.  Using scraps, I cut a strip of Soft Suede and stamped World’s Best Father from the Itty Bitty Greetings set.  To give it more of a rugged appearance, I used my fingernail to rough up both edges of the strip.  That was then taped to the card base and I added 2 Pearl Basic Jewels colored with the dark Soft Suede Blends on either side of the sentiment.  The Oak Tree circle layered on to the Soft Suede circle and it was applied to the card base using dimensionals.

 

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This is a great layout for using up any extra DSP you have lying around.  The most time-consuming part was deciding which patterns to use!  I am going to make several of them using various packs of DSP and just save them for future card projects.

I hope you enjoyed this simple card!  Please continue on through the blog hop and visit our next talented demonstrator,  Anita Trippi. She always has amazing projects!

And remember that we are nearing the end of our current Annual Catalog.  The items that are retiring are only available while supplies last, so take a look at the Last Chance Product section on my website and order your favorites before they are gone for good!

 

 

 Toni Campana <<YOU ARE HERE>>

Anita Trippi

Tina Lesson

Jo Anne Hewins

Laurie Meier

Frances Wagner

Tracie Evans Langley

 

 

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Did someone say SALE??!!

Who doesn’t love a sale?? I know I do, it’s the first place I head in any store that I’m shopping in, lol!  Well, you can shop a terrific sale right from the comfort of your own home.  Stampin’ UP! has added lots of new items to their Clearance Rack.  Take a look below but if there’s anything you see here that you just need to add to your stash, don’t delay because these products are only available while supplies last!!

And don’t forget to use this Host Code WQDWNCQZ to be entered into my Mystery Host drawing at the end of April!!

Spider Trinkets

$6.00
$2.40

Spooky Bats Punch

$18.00
$10.80

Snowflake Trinkets

$8.00
$3.20

Snowfall Thinlits Dies

$39.00
$23.40

Santa's Bags

$10.00
$4.00

Jute Twine

$5.50
$2.20

Galvanized Clips

$6.00
$2.40

Blizzard Thinlits Die

$28.00
$16.80

Bell Punch

$18.00
$10.80