Friday, November 17, 2017

Brightly LIt Christmas Bundle for As You See It Challenge #163

Wow! What a week! I don't think I want to bother you with all the gory details, but it involved, pneumonia, antibiotics, getting extremely nauseous and sick from antibiotics, a root canal and temporary crown, renovations that required that water to be shut off, prep for a big class and a coming craft fair. I'm still reeling and not quite myself yet, but things are looking up. (They really had to - there wasn't much lower ground to cover!) Finally it's Friday and that means another As You See It Challenge! It's a sketch challenge again this week and it's an interesting one - kind of a throwback to the glory days of banners!

You could either get nostalgic and go literal with the sketch, or use your imagination and come up with something outside the box. I think I kind of did both.

First, I've been dying to use a new stamp set and framelit bundle called Brightly Lit Christmas, and when I took another look at it yesterday, I realized it was meant to be for this sketch. Here's why:

  • The Brightly Lit stamp set and framelits involve lamp posts and banners that hang from them like down the main street of a little town, decorated for Christmas! I realized that the banners were tailor-made for this challenge and they even had filigree bars to hold them that would work as the the ribbon in the sketch!
  • I also used the Merry Patterns stamp set that I earned from Stampin' Up! last month with a qualifying order. It's been a great set to have with its two step stamping That will work well with the new Stamparatus. Were you able to get your reservation in? I was a tad surprised at how fast they went, but not that surprised! Be ready to get right in there on the next reservation window on December 5.
  • I used a colour palette of Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist. I like how crisp it looks and bright and festive!
  • I attached the decorative bar holders to the banners first, then attached the banners to the card front with Dimensionals.
  • While the outside banner sentiments are from the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set, the middle one was created from the Merry Patterns stamp set, stamped inside an outline from the Brightly Lit Christmas set and die cut with a framelit from the Christmas Lamppost Thinlits.

Well, that was fast! The first reservation window for the Stamparatus was filled within an hour of it opening, leaving a lot of people without their reservation. From that, we've learned...a reservation window from Dec. 5 - 30 is probably realistically only Dec.5 for maybe 1 or 2 hours, so best be right on top of it to get your reservation in. A lot of people want these, even if they already have a stamp positioner tool!! Demand is high and the manufacturer can only produce so many in one lot, so we will have to be patient. In the end, the Stamparatus will be offered in the annual catalogue and everyone will be able to order it!

The Online Extravaganza is coming for a week starting Nov. 20th!! That day will be a flash sale for 24 hrs, featuring 20% off selected stamp sets. Here is a list of the upcoming deals:

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today. 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Featuring Stampin' Blends with At Home

Today, I wanted to share a card that highlighted the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers from Stampin' Up! so I did a survey of my stamp sets, to find a set that would showcase the markers well. I came up with the At Home With You stamp set from the Annual Catalogue, because it is so versatile and has many accessories for the Christmas season. I've been kind of waiting with excited anticipation to use them, and with the introduction of the Stampin' Blends, I had an extra reason to ink this set up!
Here's a closer look:

  • For this card I used the two shades of Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, and Crumb Cake and spent a happy hour or two colouring in all the pieces. Using the two different shades really adds depth and dimension to a project!
  • My method is to fill in an area with the lighter shade, then fill in the smaller areas of shadow with the darker shade, and go over it all again with the lighter shade to blend. I'll then use the Colour Lifter to fix mistakes or add highlights.
  • The At Home Framelits die cut all these shapes and I mounted them on Whisper White cardstock, dry embossed with the Brick Wall embossing folder, and added it to the card base of Early Espresso.
  •  I also tried a version of this card that used one of the Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments on the door, but I was uncertain about whether or not this fit in with the rest effectively and decided to show you both versions of the card and let you decide. 
  • There is one other important use for the Stampin' Blends Alcohol markers that this wreath showcases and that is that they can colour the Pearl and Rhinestone Basic Jewels to any shade that the alcohol markers come in. For the wreath, I added some small pearls coloured with the dark shade of Cherry Cobbler marker.   

So far I have been VERY happy with the performance of the Stampin' Blends markers. You are able to purchase them now, as you know! Whether you just want to try out one or two of the colours, or whether you want to go all out and get all of them, here are the catalogue numbers to know:

           And, to add to all the other exciting news from Stampin' Up!, starting Nov. 20, it will be time for the Online Extravaganza Sale again with savings on many of your favourite craft supplies. Keep your eyes on this spot for more info in the coming days!


Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.                                                            

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