Friday, May 7, 2021

Beauty of the Earth Suite with Alcohol Ink Blending Techniques

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I felt I needed to get going showing you more of the new catalogue, so I got out the new Beauty of the Earth Suite to play around with. I feel like it a predominantly autumn suite, but I wanted to make a spring card, since all the fruit trees are in bloom where I live right now and our lilac tree is nearly blooming. So I decided to try some different alcohol ink blending techniques to get some spring blossom colours into the mix.

A while back I experimented with using Stampin' Blends markers on vellum and spritzing them with alcohol to get this effect: 

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 I had several vellum panels left with this technique and one had some beautiful spring colours from the Stampin' Blends including Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather and Mango Melody. Basically you colour all over the vellum with the colours you want to use and then spritz it with a minimum 90%+ concentration of isopropyl alcohol and let it dry. The colours pool and blend and then dry rapidly.

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  • On a Soft Suede card base I added a piece of the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper. This was the second one I tried. The first design was just clouds in a blue sky, but the card ended up looking too bland, so I tried this design and liked it much better.
  • I added the die cut of the tree trunk and branches in Soft Suede cardstock.
  • Then I got and 3 1/3" sq. piece of Shimmery White card stock. I took a large E block and coloured on it using the Polished Pink, Highland Heather and Mango Melody Dark Stampin' Blends. I then spritzed them well with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol in one of our Stampin' Spritzers, left it for a moment for the colours to blend a bit and then pressed the Shimmery White cardstock square on top of it to pick up the colour, then let the cardstock dry.
  • I positioned the leafy canopy die on the inked Shimmery White cardstock and die cut the leaf cover for the tree. It was fairly bland except for the Polished Pink. That's when I decided that if I overlaid the dyed vellum it would look more vibrant. 
  • I die cut the leafy canopy again from the dyed vellum and overlaid it on top of the shimmery white one. This gave more intense colour, and some interesting veining. I offset them a little to show what was underneath. The leaves were mounted on Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
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  • I added die cut birds from Misty Moonlight cardstock to the tree, a sentiment from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set stamped in Polished Pink and tagged with some Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon.
  • The final touch is some 2021 - 2023 In Colour Jewels.
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Monday is the last day to sign up for May's Paper Pumpkin kit, but there's something you should know about!

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Starting today until Monday or until the prescribed number of $7 kits run out, this kit will be available for new subscribers (new email addresses) for $7 for this first kit of their subscription. You just need to use the Promo Code HOMERUN0521 when you sign up HERE. Don't wait in case they run out!



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Also take a close look at our JOIN+ Promo. If you like getting the best deal on an ongoing basis, then this Promotion is for you! Or maybe you have been thinking about taking your hobby to the next level and running it as a business, then this Promotion is for you! Or maybe you just want to get to know more people who love to create and stamp and make cards, then this Promotion is for YOU! 

Until the end of May, the Stampin' Up! starter kit will contain $41 more dollars of free products of your choice. How does that work? Well, you pay $135 for the kit with NO SHIPPING CHARGES! Normally you'd be able to pick $165 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products of your choice, BUT during the month of May, you be able to pick $206 worth of products!

To join my Team, click HERE.


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Finally, my New Annual Catalogue Product Shares are up and I would like to get the first round of shares completed by Monday, May 10th. To find out more and sign up if you want to, click HERE.


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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Simply Elegant Anniversary for May's Online Technique Class

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I've finally decided which new suite from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue is my favourite, and it hasn't been an easy decision. I love different aspects of different suites and there are the odd things about many of the suites that I'm not as crazy about, but there is one that I can say that I love everything about it, so it has to take the crown as my favourite! And crown is a good way to celebrate this suite, because it is the Simply Elegant Suite on pages 68 & 69 of the catalogue. And the designs are full of metallic flourishes, just like a crown would have!

We have a plethora of anniversaries in our family in the next few weeks, as I'm sure many families have, because many weddings take place in the May - September Window. So you might have anniversaries or weddings coming up for which you might need to make cards. I have a class coming up in May to address the common occasions that take place in late spring/early summer. I call it a Black Tie Event! More about that later.

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Here's a closer look at the wedding/anniversary card from that class using the Simply Elegant Suite:

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  • On the black card base, I used a full layer and a couple of strips of the Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper. You can see the richness of the designs and the metallic foil accents.
  • On a piece of Basic White cardstock, die cut with a Stitched Rectangle die, a flourish stamp image and a sentiment from the Elegantly Said stamp set are embossed in Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.
  • Some Gold Simply Elegant Trim and some Black Rhinestone and Rhinestone Basic Jewels are added.
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Here are more details about the May Online Class and how you can register:

So many special events come up in May and June and this class will help you be ready for them: It's a black tie event as you can see and we have a Fancy Fold Grad card, a tuxedo Father's Day card and Wedding/Anniversary card featuring the new Simply Elegant Suite from the new Annual Catalogue. 

Registration is needed by Friday, May 7 if you are from out of town and the cost is $20 or a minimum $30 order from my online store. I would suggest the Elegantly Said stamp set to enable you to complete the wedding/anniversary card, unless you can find another set to take it's place.

Note: I will send you class packages containing cardstock and DSP, cut, punched and die cut, along with embellishments, but I'm not allowed to send you prestamped images, due to copyright issues. You will need a basic list of supplies or alternatives to complete your projects that you can find below.

Note: The class is on Tues. May 18th at 6 pm, not Saturday. My Catalogue Launch will be on the Saturday. You can watch the YouTube Replay if you can't make the class at the scheduled time.

To register by Fri., May 7, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/64M6UjcDE9dFCqUY7

You can also see more about my other online classes HERE.


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If you live in Canada, and don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the right side bar at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in Canada by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the top menu or clicking on any of products below from my Online Store.


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