You’ve Got This – Stampin’ Blends

My love for stamps and card making started several years ago.  I have always been intrigued by new stamping techniques, paper folding, amazing accessories, and various types of ink.  Very few things have intimidated me.  I will admit that alcohol based blending markers used to be in the intimidation category.  The best ways for me to tackle that challenge were to take an on-line class and to practice.  Please allow me to share a few things that I learned.  But, also remember that everyone has a unique style for using alcohol based markers.

The stamp set I used for this example is the gorgeous You’ve Got This set.  And, the name is just perfect!  Don’t you think?  Grab a scrap piece of white card stock and stamp the flower using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  This is the ink type that you’ll want to use with your alcohol based markers.  Get another piece of scrap paper to put underneath the piece that you’ll color.  The Stampin’ Blends markers will bleed into the second piece of scrap paper as you color.

Step one:  Pick the Stampin’ Blends marker color pair that you want to use for your flower.  The example uses the Daffodil Delight colors.  Use the lighter maker to add ink to your flower.  You’ll notice that I didn’t completely color the flower.  I stayed away from the edges and put color in the middle of the flower and outside petals.  Think of this as a base for color.  It’s almost a small pool or puddle of ink that you’ll use to color.

Step two:  In specific areas, add a little touch of the darker marker.  Don’t overdo the darker marker at first.  You can always come back and add more.

Step three:  Go back to your lighter marker, and pull the darker color into the lighter color.  You can use small circular motions or paint brush flicks to pull the colors together.  The more practice you have, the better you’ll get at this technique.

Step four:  Add a darker color to the middle of the flower to distinguish the center.  The example uses the Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends marker.  Just put a little of this dark color on the bottom of the flower center.  Come back with the lighter flower color (Light Daffodil Delight in the example) to blend the center color.

Step five:  Add the darker color used in Step four to select areas of the flower petals.  Come back with the lighter flower color to blend the petals.

Step six:  Move to the stems and leaves.  Use the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends markers to color this area of the design.  Just like with the flower, add Light Old Olive to the leaves and stem.  You don’t need to color in all parts of the leaves.  Stay away from the outside edges.

Step seven:  Use the Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends marker to add dark color to select areas of the leaves and stem.

Step eight:  Come back with the Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blends marker to blend the leaves and stem.

Here is my suggestion – Go look in your stamp stash.  Pick a design that has open space and is great for coloring.  Get your Tuxedo Black Memento ink and scrap white card stock.  Pick up a few sets of the new Stampin’ Blends.  And, just have some fun practicing coloring!  All the colors are shown below.

Happy stamping!


Stampin’ Blends are Here!!

You may have heard through the grapevine that Stampin’ Up! is launching a new product line.  It has been available to demonstrators during the month of October.  Beginning today, the new Stampin’ Blends are available to everyone!

Take a look at the brochure below to get a great overview of the new product line.  Then, be sure to check out the videos below.  They are great tutorials for the Stampin’ Blends.

I’ll have a lot more to share with you over the next few days.  You’re going to love Stampin’ Blends and will want to add them to your color collection.

Happy Blending!


Today is the Last Day – Don’t Miss It!!

Today is the last day to take advantage of the amazing Stampin’ Up! special on select Designer Series Paper (DSP) collections.  Trust me – You don’t want to miss out on this great sale.

The DSP collections that are included in this special are shown below. Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store. This is a great time to get beautiful DSP for your card making.

Happy Stamping (with amazing DSP)!!


NC Demos Blog Hop – Thankful for Autumn Colors

Welcome to the NC Demos October Blog Hop!!!  If you were just visiting Tracie Evans Langley’s site, I’m sure you were as impressed with her project as I was.  She is a very talented stamper.  Thanks for taking time to stop by to see my card for this month.

Our theme for October is to be Thank-Fall!  You’re going to see many amazing projects that have seasonal themes.  I am very Thank-Fall for autumn colors!  They are so vibrant and inviting.  Fall is definitely my favorite season.  Sweatshirts, jeans, football, light sweaters, and beautiful leaves just make me smile.  I am also thankful for friends and family who have Fall birthdays!!  If you get a card that looks like the one pictured below, just pretend to be surprised!

This card has a lot of layers, textures, autumn colors, and leaves.  It was a lot of fun to make.  Here are the main steps and directions.

  • The base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • There is a card front piece from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  I LOVE this DSP stack.  The wood patterns are absolutely amazing.  If you act by tomorrow, you can get four packs for the price of three.  Check here for more details.
  • Adhere the card front piece to the card base.
  • The main sentiment is the Stylized Birthday stamp.  It is stamped in Cajun Craze onto another piece from the Wood Textures DSP Stack.  This piece is cut to 3″ x 3 3/4″.  You can also stamp a shadow image of “Happy Birthday” in Memento Black Ink.  After you stamp “Happy Birthday”, cut the piece into 1″ x 3 3/4″ pieces, as shown.  The result should look like planks of wood.  Adhere the “planks” to scrap pieces of Wood Texture DSP.  If you look closely in the picture, you’ll see vertical DSP pieces behind the planks.
  • Use the Colorful Seasons stamp set and Memento Black Ink to stamp the large veined leaf onto different pieces of Wood Textures DSP.  Color the leaves with your Watercolor Pencils.  If you want, you can use your Aqua Painter to spread the watercolors.  Be sure to use the absolute least amount of water possible in the Aqua Painter.  Die cut the leaves with the corresponding thinlit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
  • Use some of the scrap Wood Textures DSP to die cut smaller leaves.  The die for the smaller leaf is also from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
  • Adhere the leaves to the card front.  Glue dots work very well for this.   Occasionally, put your “plank” piece on top of the leaves that you have adhered to make sure you like the design.
  • When you’re happy with the design, use dimensionals to add the “plank” piece to the front of the card.
  • You can add a few leaves on top of the “plank” piece if you want.
  • Confession – I used leftover gold leaf stickers from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit to add a little bling.  You could just as easily die cut the same filigree leaf shape with a die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The card would be gorgeous with multiple metal colored leaves!
  • There you have it!  A great birthday card that highlights the season.  I hope you enjoy making the card.

Please continue on to Sue Stapp’s project.  A full list of this month’s NC Demos Blog Hoppers is listed at the end of this post.

The main products I used to make this card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

NC Demos October Blog Hoppers:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner


Hearts Come Home – Christmas Card

It is almost November!  Isn’t that just crazy?!  And, it’s definitely not too early to start making your Christmas cards.  The card pictured below is one of the designs that my husband, Bruce, and I will be sending to friends and family this year.

The focal point for this card is the amazing tiered winter village scene that is created with the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies.  They are fun to work with and were also used in another card that I recently posted.  You can see that post here.

After you get the pieces together for the Hearts Come Home Christmas card, you’ll find that it is a pretty easy card to finish and great for mass production.  It’s perfect to do when you’re watching TV with your family, Skyping with friends, or listening to the radio and crafting.  Here are the main pieces and basic steps for the card:

  • Use Thick Whisper White cardstock to create your card base – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  The Thick Whisper White cardstock will give a sturdy base for this card.
  • Believe it or not, the “snow background” is from one of the patterns in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP)!!  I think it is just perfect for this card.  Don’t you?  The “snow background” DSP is cut to 4 1/4″ x 3″.
  • The three levels of the winter village scene are cut from Whisper White cardstock.  The effect is even more spectacular in person.  Trust me!
  • To test where I needed to make the die cuts for the card, I started with three pieces of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I die cut each piece using a different layer of the winter scene.  There are three dies in the set.  Then, I used my test pieces to determine how much room I needed between each and taped the three die cut pieces together.
  • Next, take another piece of Whisper White cardstock (or a scrap piece of cardstock) cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ as your model.  Put the taped pieces on top of your model piece and allow the left side of the model piece to show about 1/2″.  Draw pencil or pen marks on your model to show where each die should be cut.
  • Adhere the DSP piece to the top of your card base, as pictured.
  • Adhere the tallest die cut piece on top of the DSP and card base.  In the picture above, this is the die cut piece with the double trees and snowman.
  • Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the second die cut piece on top of the first die cut piece, as pictured.  The bottom and sides of this piece will be flush with the card base.  Cut some of the mini dimensionals to make sure you adhere the trees and church steeple.
  • In the bottom right hand corner of the final die cut piece, stamp “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas” using Pool Party ink.  The stamp is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set.
  • Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the stamped, third die cut piece to the front of the card.
  • And, there you have it!  A gorgeous Christmas card that you will be proud to send this season.  I hope you enjoy making this card!

The main products that I used to make the card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Enjoy getting started on your Christmas cards!!

Happy stamping!