Sometimes in life, the best-laid plans just get blown away. I was supposed to be attending one of our NC Demo Quarterly events in Hendersonville, NC. And as you might have guessed, that event was canceled due to Corona Virus restrictions. BUT, one of our amazing demonstrations, Martinette Horner, coordinated an event that allowed us to still get together virtually, and share some wonderful live videos, pre-recorded videos, and tutorials. I did a pre-recorded video to share with our NC Demo group and thought I would share it with you as well.
One of my favorite suites in the new Annual catalog is the Peony Garden Suite. There’s so much about it that caught my attention, the beautiful images in the stamps set, the dies, the DSP, and I especially love the color combination it uses, Petal Pink, Gray Granite, Basic Gray, and White. I’ve always been a fan of the pink and gray combo.
I was initially intimidated when I saw the dies for the flowers. I just felt it was going to be complicated, but I was so wrong! The assembly of the flower was incredibly easy, as you’ll see when you watch the video. I really love how the Peony looks cut from our beautiful Champagne Foil paper. The possibilities are endless with what you can make. I’ve included a tutorial for this card as well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Hello and welcome to our March NC Demo Blog Hop! I’m so glad you decided to join us. I’ll start off by saying we are all dealing with an unprecedented situation with the current health concerns that are affecting not only us but our entire world. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed with all the news we are seeing 24/7. I have found that I need to limit my exposure (no pun intended) to the constant flow of information, so I’m definitely spending more time doing something that helps me relax and that is stamping! I hope you are finding a way to get a break as well. Remember, we need to take care of our mental health as well as our physical health! So, let’s focus on some stamping 🙂
Our topic this month is the retirement of 2018-2020 In Colors. You may have just hopped over from Libby Foreman’s blog, and I know she shared a fantastic project. We were asked to create a project using just one of the colors, using paper, ink, and embellishments. It was tough to decide on just one color! But I decided on Blueberry Bushel, which is probably my favorite out of the group.
I also decided to use a stamp set that I haven’t touched in quite a while. I actually used it for a card class last year and I don’t think I’ve touched it since, and that’s terrible because it’s such a great stamp set! And it lends its self well for doing a monochromatic card (although I did sneak in a little bit of Granny Apple Green 😉 ). This card is super simple to make! So I decided to make 3 versions of it, each one using a different vase.
Here are the 3 cards
And if you’ve followed my blog posts you know that my embellishment of choice, Wink of Stella, was used to color in the flowers. And because the classic ink is water-based, the Wink of Stella ‘pushes’ the color making it look a little bit like water coloring, and I love that. I just wish Wink of Stella photographed better, it’s really hard to see how pretty it is. I also added the smaller sized rhinestones, because I think a card always looks better with bling! You can click on the image below for the instructions for making this card 🙂
I’m really going to be sad to say goodbye to 2018-2020 In Colors, but I’m very excited to see what our new colors will be in the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog! If you would like your very own copy, comment on this blog post and I’ll be sure to have one sent to you.
Just a quick reminder that there are only a couple of days left of our Sale-a-Bration promotion! You can still earn free products with your qualifying order. And you can still sign up to be a demonstrator and enjoy the extra benefits that are offered during SAB which are a mini paper cutter, a 6×6 assorted paper pack AND any free stamp set from theAnnual Catalog or the Current Mini Catalog. BUT you must act quickly, the last day is Tuesday, March 31st 🙂
I hope you enjoyed my cards. They really are super easy to make so you can certainly stamp a stack of them to have on hand for various occasions. Now, continue on to our next Blog Hopper, Frances Wagner. I know she has shared another fantastic project!
Welcome to our January NC Demos Blog Hop! You probably just came from Ariel Matera’s post, wasn’t it great? We have such talented demonstrators in our monthly hops. And we have new participants this month and that is VERY exciting! If it’s something you’ve been thinking of doing, then please join us! It’s been a bit more than a year ago that I decided to stop being my own worst critic and actually show some of my creations, lol! And am I glad I did 🙂
This month’s theme is Celebrating. Our project could be anything but it had to be centered around a celebration. And I was thrilled when I saw the theme because one of my favorite Sale-a-Bration sets is Happy Birthday to You. I really love the cursive font used and I wish there had been a few more sentiments in this set. And did you know that we are adding a coordinating die set for these stamps? Woo Hoo, that’s even more reason to love it! Starting Feb., 4th, you will be able to purchase the coordinating dies. The dies are $27 and there are 5 dies in the set, one die for the entire cake, one that isolates the flowers on the cake, one for a cake stand and 2 other decorative elements (Order #153590). So if you order the dies along with another $23 in merchandise, you can select the stamp set for FREE! This is going to be my go-to birthday stamp set for a while 🙂
So, on to my card. This is another one of those situations where I had the idea in my head, I just wasn’t sure how it was going to look once it was on paper! I knew I wanted to try using our Pigment Sprinkles in some way on the cake. Initially I tried using it on the seperate layer of flowers but I didn’t like how that turned out. So I changed it and added them to the full cake image. I was much happier with those results. Our Pigment Sprinkles give you so much variety with little effort. All I did was to stamp the cake image twice on white shimmer cardstock, using Stazon ink. One image I cut the full cake and the other I just cut the flowers. On the full cake image, I lightly sprayed water on the image and added the sprinkles. I used a little Melon Mambo and Mango Melody, to coordinate with the colors I used for the flowers. I focused more on the area that is mostly cake because I was adding a separate layer of the flowers over the image, so it didn’t matter if I got pigment on that part. And remember, a little goes a long way with this product. You can see how little I used in the 3rd picture. Then I sprayed a little more water on the pigment. You don’t want to spray too close to the pigment or it will over saturate the effect.
Next, I used Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo and Mango Melody markers to color the flowers. I finished the flowers off with Wink of Stella. If we ever discontinue that product it will break my heart! I used my heat gun to make sure the full cake layer was completely dry, then I added the flower layer to it. Next, I cut off the bottom of the cake stand and added the ornate cake plate cut in Gold Foil.
For my card layer, I used DSP from the new Pleased As Punch collection, another one of the Coordination offerings that you can purchase starting on Feb., 4th. Then, I ran a piece of vellum through the Scripty Embossing Folder. Have you ever used Vellum in our embossing folders? It’s gorgeous, you have to give it a try if you haven’t done it yet! I used the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment on the DSP. It’s the only way I will stamp sentiments anymore. I know it’s always going to be perfectly straight!
Then it was time to assemble everything. A little tip for adhering Vellum, I attached the cake image with dimensionals to the vellum piece first. Then I turned the vellum piece over and only applied glue to the area that the cake image covered. That way, you don’t see any adhesive anywhere else on the vellum. And since there was such a large area that the cake covered, there was plenty of adhesive to hold that piece securely on the card front.
I hope you enjoyed my card. And I suggest you run, not walk to your computer on February 4th and take a look at all the new coordinating items we are offering. You won’t be disappointed! You’ll be able to see them in my Online Store, and they will be “while supplies last” so don’t risk the chance of getting your goodies!
Our next blog hopper is Jo Anne Hewins, and I know you will love her project. She always inspires me! Please click on the NC Demos Pic below (or click on her name below in the list) to see her amazing project! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Hello everyone! And welcome to our NC Demos Monthly Blog Hop. This month’s theme was to share our favorite crafty gifts, gift wrap, decor items, tags or a REALLY fancy card! I am finding it really hard to realize that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in just 4 days and Christmas in a month! I say it every year but once we hit Labor Day, the rest of the year just seems to be on fast forward!
My projects this month are two Home Decor items. I love the Ride With Me Bundle but I haven’t used it much. But I had been thinking of ways to use that cute little truck and I came up with this idea. I created this garland using several truck images and lots of our Holiday catalog ribbon selections. The only problem was that it was hard to really get a good photograph of the full length of the garland.
I started out stamping 6 trucks on Whisper White cards stock, coloring them with blends and then fussy cut them. Then I stamped the trees, colored them and used the coordinating die to cut them. I also stamped the wheels and used the matching die and attached them with dimensionals to make them stand out a little more. Then I stamped 6 more trucks and cut them, but I didn’t color them. I wanted them for additional backing to make the trucks a little more sturdy on the garland.
Once everything was stamped, colored and cut, I added the trees to the truck. Then I started making the garland. I started going from right to left. The base of the garland is the Real Red Curly Ribbon. I didn’t really measure out any particular length, I just worked with the ribbon still on the roll since I didn’t know how long I wanted it to be. I tied a loop about 3- 4″ in, leaving a little bit of a tail hanging. Then I just started tying the pieces of the Shaded Spruce and Real Red Cotton Ribbon, spacing them out a bit. I used 3 pieces of ribbon, alternating the colors. You could do all one color if you wanted to, I just liked the contrast. Then I added a truck. To attach the truck, I simply ran a bit of double-sided tape on the back of the truck and laid it over the ribbon. Then I flipped the truck over and attached the 2nd non-colored truck layer to the back of the colored truck, which added stability and helped keep the ribbon in place. And by placing the Red Curly Ribbon near the top section of the truck image (over the “cab” portion), it helped keep the truck in place without flipping backward. Then I added 3 more pieces of ribbon, spaced them out and added another truck after that. I continued this pattern until I got to the length I wanted. I ended the garland by tying a loop at the end and left 3-4″ of ribbon hanging after the loop, then I cut it off the roll. I actually only used 5 of the 6 trucks that I had colored. There’s a LOT of Wink of Stella on the trucks, it’s just always a little challenge to have it show up well in photos.
Since I had an extra truck left over, I decided to make a little tea light holder. I combined the truck image with the trees from Merry Moose. The tea holder panel is 9″ x 2 1/8″, scored at 1″, 4 1/2″ and 8″ on the 9″ side. Using the tree stamps from Merry Moose and Shaded Spruce Ink, randomly stamp trees just above the 1″ score line and below the 4 1/2″ score. Stamp off on some of the trees so you have a variation of colors. I used the 2nd from the smallest solid circle die from the Layering Circles set for the front of the holder (make sure to position the punch high enough that you can place the truck on the front without covering the entire opening). I cut a 2″ x 2 1/4″ piece of clear acetate to place behind the circle. I actually wanted to use a piece of vellum but I couldn’t find where I’ve stored my vellum stock in my craft room…sad but true :(. The Christmas Cheer sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas was stamped in Black Memento Ink. Then I folded and burnished the score lines.
Using double-sided tape, attach the bottom pieces together to make the base, being sure to leave enough room to place the tea light inside the folded tent. And lastly, attach the truck image using double-sided tape. This would be a perfect little decoration for a side table, or on a mantle. Or even as Holiday Dinner place setting.
Just a reminder, you can click on any of the project pictures and you will be directed to the shopping list of the products I used to make it. You can add all the items to a shopping cart or only the items you don’t already have!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Home Decor projects this month! The list of supplies used is below. Please continue on to see what Jo Anne Hewins has made for us this month. I know you will love it, her projects are always amazing!
Thanks for visiting our blog hop and please consider joining us for next month’s hop! We’d love to have you hop along with us 😊