Friday, December 30, 2016

Nailed It

From the new Occasions catalog which will be available beginning January 4th.

With all the men in my family I'm so glad we have a set of tools in our Stampin' Up! arsenal! 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

So In Love

The new Occasions catalog will be available on January 4, 2017.

Double Take Two Step Stamping

The new Occasions catalog will be available on January 4, 2017.

Watercolor Pencils

These pencils work well on watercolor paper or Shimmery White paper. Use the Aqua Painter to make it soooo easy!

The watercolor pencils in SU colors will be available on January 4, 2017.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek

This stamp set is one of my favs and is perfect for our new watercolor pencils! It's called Mediterranean Moments. There's another stamp set with world landmarks that I realize I need to have. It would have been the perfect background. I used the retired World Map on this one.

The watercolor pencils in SU colors and the stamps set will be available on January 4, 2017.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Spring Catalog, Sneak Peek

I've always been fascinated with dragonflies. I think they are so graceful and pretty. I love watching them dance around ponds and flowers. So naturally when I saw this stamp set in the new spring catalog, it was first on my list to purchase!  I've enjoyed playing around with watercolor techniques with our reinkers and aqua brush. I think it's the perfect medium to use when trying to capture the ethereal nature of a dragonfly. First, I used some painter's tape to block off a square section on the watercolor paper. Then I spritzed it with a good amount of water: enough so that it pools up a bit on the surface of the paper. Using the Aqua Painter, I dropped color from the inside of my ink pads. This gave a nice subtle color effect, but I wanted a bit more saturation of color, so I dropped ink from the bottle on top of my paper in a few places to give another dimension or depth. I let it dry then stamped the dragonfly in Stazon and added color in the same manor. For the vellum layer, I brushed clear Wink of Stella over top, then dusted lightly with Dazzling Diamonds. The stamp set is called Dragonfly Dreams and the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies will be available beginning January 4.

envelope and inside
I used Shimmery White paper on this one.
envy and inside

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Early Christmas Presents

 Tesla is our 6 month old Australian Shepherd. Yesterday, Tesla came in from outside and I tried to give her a treat, but she wouldn't take it. "That's weird" I thought, then I noticed there was something in her mouth. Well she is always carrying around a ball, stick, pinecone, or a leaf, so I told her to give it to me - and I stuck out my hand... She deposited this in my hand, then proceeded to eat her snack!

She who happily brings Mama ALL her toys, even those that are alive... er once alive.
I went to two Christmas parties this week, one with my Church Circle and the other with my Bible Study. What a delight to get together with friends! Our Bible Study always does a Chinese Gift Exchange. In the past we've done ornaments, but this year we did dish towels. What a hit! We had a blast and got something that you can always use more of!

The last of my Christmas Cards are made and now I can get busy making them out to mail.  How about you? Have you mailed your Christmas Cards yet?
These are the cards we made in class today. Great group of ladies and lots of fun in a new room :)

Project Details
Merriest Wishes
Card Stock & Papers
Smoky Slate: card base- cut 5 ½ x 8 ½, score at 4 ¼
                      greeting - 5/8 x 4
Whisper White: 4 x 5 ¼ inside
                           2 ¼ x 2 ¾
Dapper Denim:  4 x 5 ¼ embossed layer
                          ¾ x 4  under greeting layer
                          two: 2 ½ x 3 under snow layer and ornament
Silver Foil: ornament die cut 2 ¼ x 2 ½
Dapper Denim, Encore Metallic Silver
Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewel
Merry Tags Framelits, Cable Knit Embossing Folder, 2” Circle Punch

Project Details
Christmas Pines
Card Stock & Papers
Cherry Cobbler: card base- cut 5 ½ x 8 ½, score at 4 ¼
                           punch flowers
This Christmas DSP: 4 x 5 ¼
Very Vanilla: 3 x 4 ¼ stamped layer
                      1 ¾ x 4 pine cone die
                      4 x 5 ¼ inside
Garden Green: pine & holly die cuts
Old Olive: holly & pine die cuts
Garden Green, Tip Top Taupe
Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Baker’s Twine gold and red
Pretty Pines Thinlits

Project Details
Joyful Nativity, Christmas Pines
Card Stock & Papers
Thick Whisper White: card base- cut 5 ½ x 8 ½, score at 4 ¼
Night of Navy: 4 x 5 ¼
Whisper White: 3 ¾ x 5
Night of Navy, Smoky Slate
Rhinestone Basic Jewel