Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tranquil Tulips (Video Tutorial)

I had a lazy Sunday afternoon with my hubby this past weekend. At one point, during our NCIS marathon, I worked on this card while Gibbs and crew solved crimes. All in all, a pretty good day! Unless noted, all products Stampin' Up!

**edit: I failed to mention in this post that my complete inspiration for the original piece came from artist Kellee Wynne. I will be doing another post with a piece I'm working on and tell you more about Kellee in a few days. In the meantime, click here to see her lovely website. 


This card was made using the hostess set called Tranquil Tulips. After I was finished with this particular card, I couldn't bring myself to add a sentiment or embellishment. I think the tulips speak for themselves. 


After uploading this card to a few demonstrator facebook pages, I had some requests for a video tutorial. Part of this card uses the Not Your Mother's Shaving Cream Technique, first showcased on my blog (with video) here. I would encourage you to watch at least the first segment of that video. 

Here is the version I made for the video:


I think both of these cards are fine without a sentiment on the front. I now have two beautiful cards ready for multiple occasions. I used various inks and supplies for the cards in addition to the hostess set. I go over that in the video a bit. Hope you enjoy it!



Has your wish list grown since the new catalog came out? Then treat yourself to Bonus Days: for every $50 US/$60 CAN you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 US/$6 CAN Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!
Bonus Days: How to Earn in July
Earning period: July 1–31, 2017
Details
  • Deadlines
    • Phone: July 31, 2017 by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • Online: July 31, 2017 by 11:50 PM (MT)
  • There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon    codes can only be delivered via email.



Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! 

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Note For You: A CASE Using Wood Words

I CASED this card from a delightful demonstrator over in the UK named Valerie Moody. You can see her original card HERE

CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit
To CASE a project, you take what you like from the design and make it your own. It might be the stamp set - the colors, the layout, the flowers, whatever you like that has inspired you to make a card of your own.



See the background that looks almost like chicken wire? That is a piece of DSP from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  I embossed the piece with the Hexagon Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder, then lightly sanded the raised areas. I really like how it turned out!

Supply List:


Has your wish list grown since the new catalog came out? Then treat yourself to Bonus Days: for every $50 US/$60 CAN you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 US/$6 CAN Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!
Bonus Days: How to Earn in July
Earning period: July 1–31, 2017
Details
  • Deadlines
    • Phone: July 31, 2017 by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • Online: July 31, 2017 by 11:50 PM (MT)
  • There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon    codes can only be delivered via email.



Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! 

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop



Welcome to the Blog Hop for July 2017. This month our theme is “Sparkle”.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Stampin' Artfully or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting Stampin' Artfully.

If you follow my blog, you will know that I have been playing around with a twist on the old traditional way of using shaving cream to add color to paper. The link to the post with a video tutorial is here. I added color to the card below using the same method. All products Stampin' Up!


I love the way the colors of Blushing Bride, Powder Pink and Crumb Cake look together. It kind of makes me think of the inside of an abalone shell. 


After I used the shaving cream to achieve the color, I took a tiny paint brush and brushed Versamark ink refill along the waves and lines of the design. Then using (retired) Heat & Stick Embossing Powder, I heated it up and put Gold Stampin' Glitter on it. I will be honest with you, I failed to realize until I was making this blog post that the Heat & Stick Powder had been retired. You could also do this with a light application of glue applied with a paint brush, using the glue to hold the glitter in place. 


The stamp set I used is from the new catalog and is called You're Priceless and the diamond die cut is from a set called Eclectic Layers Thinlits.

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog – Stampin' Artfully, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. 

Artfully Yours,


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

I am currently on the Splitcoaststampers Stampin' Up! Creative Crew Design Team. One of the categories we are supposed to design a card for is called "Love a Technique". Our challenge is to visit the tutorial page (click here) and make a card using one of the tutorials. Well...my tie-dye background tutorial had just been featured the week before, so I decided since I LOVE that technique, to make my sample using it. Unless noted, all products Stampin' Up!



For this card, I used the technique, which entails coloring ordinary white coffee filters with inks & baby wipes to make a tie-dye background. I wanted a little twist on the technique, so once I dyed the coffee filter, I tore it in strips and glued to the card base in an abstract fashion. The dragonfly die cut is from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. I have placed a small piece of cheesecloth behind the dragonfly and embellished the dragonfly with new Clear Faceted Gems. I always need blank cards, so I left the front without a sentiment. I love the way it turned out!

My original video:



Supply List:




Has your wish list grown since the new catalog came out? Then treat yourself to Bonus Days: for every $50 US/$60 CAN you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 US/$6 CAN Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!
Bonus Days: How to Earn in July
Earning period: July 1–31, 2017
Details
  • Deadlines
    • Phone: July 31, 2017 by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • Online: July 31, 2017 by 11:50 PM (MT)
  • There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon    codes can only be delivered via email.



Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! 

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Friday, July 7, 2017

Not Your Mother's Shaving Cream Technique (Video Tutorial)

This is a different version of an old technique where shaving cream and inks are used to make marbled paper. I have taken it to a different level using the shaving cream to "paint" the paper and even show a bit cleaner, easier technique to achieve the look of marbled paper. There are actually SO many possibilities for this technique, I need several videos. Unless otherwise noted, all products Stampin' Up!

This is the same technique I used to make the flag card I posted here on July 4th and the sympathy card I posted here.

I used the technique on watercolor paper for the sample below.  Doesn't this look just like regular watercolor? 





I used Whisper White cardstock for the sample below. 




I used Whisper White cardstock for the sample below. You won't believe how much easier this marbling technique is and you use much less of your shaving cream and reinkers. 










The stamp sets I've used for the cards above are listed below. The ink colors are mentioned in the video. 





Has your wish list grown since the new catalog came out? Then treat yourself to Bonus Days: for every $50 US/$60 CAN you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 US/$6 CAN Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!
Bonus Days: How to Earn in July
Earning period: July 1–31, 2017
Details
  • Deadlines
    • Phone: July 31, 2017 by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • Online: July 31, 2017 by 11:50 PM (MT)
  • There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon    codes can only be delivered via email.



Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! 

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

I've enjoyed my early morning so far, having a cup of much needed coffee while I worked on this card. It has not escaped me that although things are not perfect in our country at the moment, I had the freedom to do exactly what I wanted this morning and for that I am thankful. 

This will be a quick post. The technique to achieve this background is So cool and NOT watercolor. I am hoping to have a video showing this technique in tomorrow's blog post, so stay tuned! I really liked the simplicity of this card. I tried putting words on it, but simple just felt right. I am in love with the yummy new Crinkled Seam Binding from Stampin' Up! in Night of Navy. It adds a touch of artsy-whimsy to this card. I used Real Red and Night of Navy inks on this card. 


Wherever you call home, I hope you have a wonderful day. 

Artfully Yours,

Kim 










Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Splitcoaststampers Is Featuring My Tie-Dye Tutorial Today!

I am having so much fun with this technique. When the powers that be over on Splitcoaststampers asked to feature this technique along with  my video, I jumped at the chance. If you want to head on over to Splitcoaststampers, click HERE. While there, you will be able to see a step by step tutorial, along with a video. You will also have a chance to upload your tie-dye samples to the special gallery for this technique. Unless noted, all products Stampin' Up!


The card above looks quite a bit softer and a bit more elegant than my original tie-dye backgrounds on this blog post did. I used Smokey Slate and Powdered Pink inkpads for this project, along with the Celebration Time Bundle and the 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon in Powdered Pink. 



There are so many ways to use this technique. Click here to see a very patriotic card using this method. 



Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you  a good dose of inspiration from time to time. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards!

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Kim





Thursday, June 22, 2017

Learn To Experiment/Play With Abandon

I watched this you tube video earlier this morning where the artist was showing painting watercolor flowers that were "looser". She painted a 3 basic flower shapes using yellow and red, then added stems to each in a green color. She then spritzed the whole thing with water and turned the painting upside down so the color would flow. Once she did that, she started adding red and pink to the flowers and deepened the stems before adding in her background color. All in all, a very cool effect. I have tried the same thing with stamped flowers using Crushed Curry and simple stems drawn with an Old Olive watercolor pencil. All products Stampin' Up!


I quite liked the effect, so I continued by adding Rich Razzleberry & Melon Mambo with watercolor pencils and softening the color with an Aqua Painter. I kept playing and experimenting with the look until I got what I wanted. I used watered down Bermuda Bay ink for the background color. 

Did I love it at first? No. However, I realized long ago that it is JUST PAPER and I can throw it away if I end up hating the project when finished. The thing I want to stress here is that if you are wanting something more from your stamping and art, you need to experiment and play. That is the only way you will find out what you love and all of the endless possibilities there are with the tools available. 


I created the gold "swish" behind the sentiment and geometric detail by swiping Embossing Paste using my finger directly on to the watercolor paper. I immediately covered it with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and carefully heated it with my heat tool. The result is a stunning 3-dimensional strip of gold. The geometric piece was cut using the die cut that is in the Oh So Eclectic Bundle. The flower stamps are also from that bundle, but the sentiment is from the Wood Words stamp set. 

Supply List:





Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you  a good dose of inspiration from time to time. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards!

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Kim

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pals June Blog Hop: Pick A "B"



Welcome to the June 2017 Pals Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month’s theme, Pick a “B”, features projects inspired by Babies, Birthdays and Brides to name few. You may just get a glimpse of new catalog products while you hop with us today.
Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.
The last few weeks have been a bit hectic. I adore going over the top at times with my cards, but for this hop, I really needed something that only looked like I put a great deal of work in to it. Happy Celebrations stamp set with coordinating embossing folders was just what I needed!


The stamp set has some great artistic elements, which makes this set very versatile. 


The embossing folders below deboss, making it have a letterpress type appearance. Visit this link to see a video showcasing a variety of ways to use this exciting bundle. 




I used both Blushing Bride and Powder Pink inks to create this card. This is a perfect way to achieve a watercolor look in a matter of minutes. 



Thanks again for hopping with the Stampin' Pretty pals today. Take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on July 12th. We're having a pattern party! Now hop along using the Blog Hop line-up below. See you on July 12th for the next Pals Blog Hop!
Blog Hop Line-up:  


June Hostess Code Gift with Purchase

Want more to LOVE? Simply place an online order through me for the amount of $75 or more (before tax & shipping) and you will earn your choice of a Stampin' Up! Textured Embossing Folder valued at $8.50 or less. There are 12 embossing folders at this price point in the new catalog. Embossing folders will be mailed to out in July. Just use the hostess code in the top right corner when ordering, DO NOT choose "no contact" from demonstrator. Then email me at stampinartfully@gmail.com to let me know which embossing folder you would like to have. 


Do you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? If not, I would love to be your source for these amazing products and hopefully give you a good dose of inspiration from time to time. Live in the US and need a catalog? Just let me know. This is not just a hobby for me, it is a passion! Click on the header above to find out more info on how you can earn free stamp sets just by shopping with me. Earn Frequent Buyer Rewards!

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! (You would still earn the embossing folder mentioned above as a gift from me)

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Kim