Thursday, January 31, 2019

Spotlighting Vases

Today I created the third card I'm going to be using for my upcoming on-line class...or at least I think so.
I haven't done the spotlighting technique in quite a while and it really is an easy one to do.  There are a variety of ways you can do this technique using a a wide range of shapes.  And with our new rectangle framelits, it's easy to make little windows to colour through.
Hopefully your day has some colour in it and that you're keeping warm where ever you are.

Thanks for stopping in,

Note - if you purchase both the Framelit dies and the Vibrant Vases stamp set at my on-line store you will qualify for a FREE  Level One Sale-a-bration product.
Who doesn't love FREE?

Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies - 148551 - $48.00
Vibrant Vases - 148656 - $22.00  

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Simple Shelf of Vases

I'm trying to come up with some cards for an on-line class.  Cards that use only one stamp set and are easy to duplicate.  I'm considering using the Vibrant Vases set and just have one more card to come up with.  I will be using the one I posted yesterday also.

I like these little vases all in a row and the one bouquet.  What I like best about this card is the outer edge of the base of the card.  I used the floral image to stamp in Pool Party around the edge to create a background without adding another layer.  Quick, easy and effective.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Celebrate with Vases

I decided to visit a challenge blog that I haven't visited for a long time.  It was good to see that The Paper Players are still around to play with.  This week was a sketch challenge; I do enjoy completing challenges because it makes you get outside of your creative box.  And if you're stumped for a layout or a colour combo, challenges can fix it.

Today I used the Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder and paired it with the Vibrant Vases stamp set.  Both of these items are from the Occasions Catalogue.

Hope you're enjoying the last week of January
Happy Stamping,

Vibrant Vases - 148656 - $22.00
Lace DTIEF - 148530 - $14.00

Friday, January 25, 2019

Lovely Lattice Flipped

Today I chose to play with the Lovely Lattice set which is a Sale-a-Bration set you can earn for FREE when purchasing $60 worth of product. This is also one of the stamp sets I earned for free while I was at Convention this last November - one of those demonstrator perks!

I'll be honest and admit that I've held off playing with this set.  I knew I'd have to colour it in most cases and wasn't sure exactly how to do it justice.  Then I received a card in a swap I did with some fellow demonstrators and one of the cards, using this stamp set, simply coloured the flowers with a sponge dauber.  I loved how the centers turned out darker than the outer layer of, I copied the technique in the card above.  I also decided to leave the card without a sentiment because the image takes up a lot of the card.

Next, I decided to use my Blends to colour in the petals and leaves.  I used the Colour Lifter around the edges of the petals to add some variation to the colour.  Also, for both of these cards I stamped the image in Versa Mark and used Black Embossing Powder.

I decided to flip the image in the second card - just for a bit of difference and it does look as though the flowers are bending down - and flowing upwards in the top card.  Sort of an optical illusion.

That's what I'll leave you with today.
Remember to participate in Sale-a-Bration you can

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Thanks for stopping by
Lovely Lattice - 149730 - FREE with $60 order of Stampin'Up! product

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

More Shimmery cards

I have three more cards today using Shimmer Paint in different ways.  This first card has a shimmery background by daubing shimmer paint onto a stamp and stamping the cardstock.  This works best on a darker colour since I was using the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  If you used a gold or copper coloured shimmer paint it would show up on a lighter colour cardstock.

Since a sponge dauber covers a larger area, I used a tiny paint brush to brush shimmer paint onto the hummingbird's wings.  Because the paint is translucent, you can still see the lines from the image through the paint.  If you were using a more opaque colour (gold or copper) you would have to carefully paint the image so the lines still showed.

This is another technique that I was surprised by.  Such a quick and easy way to add just a bit more colour and a bit of shimmer.  Once I had stamped the label and the sentiment, I took a sponge dauber with a bit of glimmer paint and simply brushed over the label.  The wet paint picked up a wee bit of ink colour and dragged it across the image.  I must try this with other images.

That's six ways to use shimmer paint and I haven't even added reinkers yet!  So by now you should realize that you should have shimmer paint in your stash, and a package of sponge daubers!

That's it for today.
Thanks for popping by,

Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint - 147044 - $11.00
Frost White Shimmer Paint - 147046 - $11.00

Sponge Daubers - 133773 - $7.00

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Playing with ink

 This morning I did a bit of experimenting with reinker and rubbing alcohol on glossy paper.  I put drops of reinker onto the glossy paper, spritzed it with alcohol and then swirled the paper around to make the ink move.  On the above card the colours mixed a bit too much and covered all of the  background - which was okay.  I've used the new Beauty Abounds for this card from the Occasions Catalogue.

 For the second card I spritzed the glossy paper with alcohol first and then added the reinker.  I did spritz it a bit again as I was moving the ink around.  I like the effect of this one - more white space and lines of running ink.  Next time I'll experiment with adding the reinker to the alcohol before playing with it.  The sentiment for this card comes from the Strong and Beautiful  set from the Occasions Catalogue.

The colours that I used today were from the Color Throwdown.  My choice of Coastal Cabana is a bit more aqua than their sample shows.  I matched it with Night of Navy.

It was fun experimenting first thing in the morning - now on to the rest of the day.
Hope you have a good one,
Thanks for dropping by,
Beauty Abounds - 148726 - $31.00

Strong and Beautiful - 148732 - $34.00

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Cat's Meow

Yesterday I did a bit of playing around with the Nine Lives stamp set.  It's great that it coordinates with the cat punch that is already in the annual catalogue.  Today's card is fairly simple and uses the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

I love the Gingham paper that we have in the Occasions catalogue and the fact that the Sale-a-bration Organdy Ribbon pack matches every colour of gingham perfectly.  Woo Hoo.  Today I also coloured rhinestones with a Basic Black Blends marker to bling the card up a bit.  Don't forget those Blends Markers can be used to colour rhinestones, pearls, sequins, faceted gems and more.

Hope your day is off to a purrfect start.
Thanks for dropping by,

Occasions Nine Lives - 148703 - $20.00
Occasions Gingham Gala DSP - 148554 - $15.00
Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack - FREE with $60 order
Basic Black Stampin' Blends  Combo Pack - 147942 - $12.00

Playing with Shimmer Paint

I want to post these cards now, but I'll give more details closer to when my class will be held. I will be having a Shimmer Bingo class close to the end of February and these are some of the cards we'll be making that night.

The first card involves rubbing Frost White Shimmer Paint onto a piece of embossed Black Foil Paper.  It gives some extra sparkle and a neat effect with the paint sitting down in the grooves.

For the next card, I simply added Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to a Spritzer filled with rubbing alcohol and spritzed the finished card with it.  You can't see the shimmer in the photo, but believe me, it's there!
I'd never thought of this technique until I did some research on Shimmer Paint.  This one is quick, easy and effective too.  Using a piece of glossy paper, I dabbed Frost White Shimmer Paint onto a stamp and stamped by butterflies.  Once the paint was dry I added coordinating ink with a sponge dauber.  The shimmer from the paint shines through the ink - giving a resist effect.

Those are three for now.  I'll have three more in a couple days.
Thanks for visiting

Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint - 147044 - $11.00

Frost White Shimmer Paint - 147046 - $11.00

Sponge Daubers - 133773 - $7.00

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Two easy techniques

 I'm all ready for next month's technique class.  Trying to keep ahead of the game.
This first card uses cardstock vellum for the birthday hats.  I stamped the image first, but turned the cardstock over to do the technique.  Using the stylus attachment for the Take your Pick tool, I gently debossed the cardstock so that it was embossed on the right side.  You have to do this technique on a cushioned surface so I used our  Stampin' Pierce Mat.  This "Debossing on Vellum" technique has to be done carefully so you don't tear the vellum cardstock.  Once the hats were debossed, I coloured them with co ordinating Stampin' Write Markers,  and cut them out with snips.

The hats and the greeting for this card come from the new Occasions Catalogue in the  Birthday Cheer  set.  I've also added a few of the Gingham Gala adhesive-backed Sequins into the mix of the confetti. 
Don't forget that SALE-A-BRATION is on right now.  Assuming you have white and coloured cardstock, envelopes and ink, you can purchase the rest of the supplies you need for this card and be able to select one of the products out of the Sale-a-bration brochure.

Cardstock Vellum - 101856 - $12.25
Take Your Pick Tool - 144107 - $13.50
Birthday Cheer - 148604 - $22.00
Gingham Gala Sequins - 148561 - 10.25
Stampin' Pierce Mat - 126199 - 7.00
Total - $65.00

For the second card, I simply stamped our clear blocks with ink over the background.  Using different sizes gives the background more interest.  Again, it's a good idea to use the  Stampin' Pierce Mat when doing this technique so you get a good imprint with the block.

Hope you're having a great day.
Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, January 11, 2019

Still Time to Register

 There are still a few days left to register to this month's Terrific Techniques Class.  We will be doing the Reverse Masking Technique and Aquapainter Watercolour with Ink.  At the class you will create the two cards shown here as well as a technique card with instructions to use for future reference.

January 15, 2019
6:30 - 8:30pm
Joan's House - 9505 - 86 Street, Fort Saskatchewan Alberta
Cost $15

Register  HERE 
Deadline for registration is January 13
Hope to see you there 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Stripe Inspiration

I have already made a couple cards using this " Incredible Like You" stamp set, but I was a bit stumped by the stripes and what to do with them.  Well, while cruising through Pinterest I came across a card by Bonnie O'Neill    Her card is shown below and I liked the way she created the little garden and used the stripe stamp along the side; so I CASED the card using different colours and changing a few other aspects.  I do however, love her grey and blue combination.

Remember, inspiration is all around you.  Don't be afraid to take someone's idea and make it your own.  Just remember to ALWAYS give credit to the original designer.  It's the courteous thing to do.

Hope you have a creative day.
Remember I have two events coming up that you can register for.....

Terrific Techniques - January 15 - details and registration HERE

Birthday Card Stack - January 18 - details and registration HERE


Monday, January 7, 2019

Photographic Florals

I have wanted to play with this floral paper from the Petal Promenade DSP. The photographic images are so vibrant. The question for me has been how to use it. I fall in love with paper and then get overwhelmed by it. So, for this card I decided that less was more. I used a two inch strip of the paper so there was room for an image and sentiment. I took the image from the "Artfully Aware" stamp set in the New Occasions catalogue.

Hope you're enjoying the last day before most of us get back into the swing of things. 
Happy Stamping.

When ordering remember  to use the Host Code...   3CUWT3J7

Artfully Aware 149447 - $31.00

Petal Promenade DSP - 146913 - $15.00

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Why become an Inkspired Diva

Become a member of  Stampin'Up! and my community called the Inkspired Divas with the purchase of the Stampin'Up! starter kit.

Our group is made up of hobby stampers and more business minded stampers and we welcome everyone!.  There are many perks to being part of Stampin'Up!:
  • Ongoing 20% discount off all of your orders (and the ability to increase that to 25%)
  • Earn additional income of up to another 20% of your sales
  • VIP access to new product releases and pre-order before they hit the streets
  • Earn free stamps with various promotions
  • Qualify for cash bonuses, product rewards, incentive trips and more
  • Receive Stampin' Success magazine on a quarterly basis
Plus, as part of our Inkspired Divas community, you can get extra special perks.  I am passionate about this group and helping you acheive your goals from learning new stamping techniques or building  a stamping empire if that is your goal.  Here's just a few of the benefits:
  • Monthly team gatherings (in Fort Saskatchewan) with stamping and sharing PLUS
  • Upcoming Facebook live options for our long distance friends
  • Free business training as part of my Stamping Success training program
  • Upcoming access for FREE to Creating with JJ (a group site on my Facebook page which will have online classes, ideas with directions, tutorials and videos.
  • Team Facebook Group
  • Team recognition and incentives throughout the year
  • One on one training and career development for business-minded stampers.
About the Starter Kit

The kit is the sweetest deal round,  especially during Sale-a-bration Jan 3-Mar 31, 2019.  During Sale-a-bration you select $225 worth of product and pay only $135
If you are interested in the exclusive Craft and Carry Tote (valued at $68) you simply select $225 worth of product and pay $175 to include the cost of the tote.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Catalogues Begin Today - WooHoo!

 WooHoo!  It's Sale-a-bration time.  The best part of the stamping year!  If you don't know what it's all about, here are some of the top facts to know about Sale-a-bration...

  • It runs from Jan 3-March 31st only
  • When you shop Stampin' Up! product, every $60 you spend (before tax/shipping) will get you an exclusive, level 1 Sale-a-bration item valued at around $15-20 absolutely FREE! 
  • When you spend $120, you can access a level 2 Sale-a-bration item valued at around $35-$40 absolutely FREE. (or you can choose two level 1 items)
  • Most Sale-a-bration items are exclusive and are only available while supplies last or until March 31st, whichever comes first. 
  • When you host a Stampin' Class, and orders are $300 or more, you earn $30 more free product on top of the already generous host rewards. (Of course you can be a party of 1 and access these extra rewards by placing your own order of $300 or more. while also getting exclusive Sale-a-bration freebies!)
  • When you purchase the starter kit, you get $225 worth of product but only pay $135 no shipping! (also no tax in most Canadian provinces). Or pay $175 and get a gorgeous craft & carry tote in addition to the $225 worth of product!  And,  you become a member of my Inkspired Divas.  Contact me for more information.
the new Occasions catalogue is now live.  You can contact me to receive your own copy, and/or shop at my on-line store  HERE.

 I have a number of events scheduled for January.  Dates are on my Calendar which can be reached along the sidebar, or register for events below.

January 15 - Terrific Techniques - Register HERE 
January 18 - Birthday Card Stack - Register HERE 
January 25 - Flip Book Album - Register HERE 

To view a copy of my January Newsletter, click HERE