Be sure to read this post to the end. Who doesn't need a free stamp set, especially a sentiment covering Haloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentine's Day. And of course stamp sentiments like "Thankful For You" "Cheers" "I Love You" "Celebrate" and "Hello Love" can be used throughout the year. From now through October 31, 2014 you can earn this stamp set for free! Simply host a workshop totaling $300 or more and it's yours. But... ...here's a way to earn it without spending $300!
Hold a virtual workshop for anyone in the US! Identify me as your demonstrator and I'll provide you with a Hostess Code. Then just have your friends and relatives place orders using the Hostess Code. $300 in merchandise earns you the Good Greetings Stamp Set. But there's more!
You'll also earn Hosting Dollars to use towards Stampin' Up! merchandise. Check out the chart below: Pick out a card that you like from the Holiday Catalog, and I'll make sure you and all your workshop participants get a complete list of supplies and the step by step instructions. Do you or any of your workshop participants need a Holiday Cataog? Let me know and I'll send them one! Simple!
It's the first Monday of the month! And that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew! Time to give you a ton of ideas for a single stamp set. You have likely come from Deb Currier'sblog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
I volunteered to ceate a Holiday card from the Mosaic Madness set. I have to admit I wasn't quite sure how I was going to do that at the time. Then the Holiday Catalog was released to demonstrators and it was no longer a mystery. I LOVE Ornamental Pine! The detail on the stamp is amazing! I hope you like the final result.
I love coloring rubber with markers! It really makes the image come alive. I used Old Olive (100079), Alway Artichoke (Part of the Regals Collection 131262) and Soft Suede (Part of the Neutrals Collection 131261) to color the pine branch.
What would I do without my Stamp-a-ma-jig? Without it, the corner borders would have been all but impossible to do. I did use a post it note to help miter the corners. The stamped images are done in that wonderful Encore Gold Metallic Stamp Pad. The pic really doesn't do it justice. It looks engraved! Gorgeous!
The sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and perfectly placed ALSO using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
The ornament caps were cut from the Ornamental Pine ornament using my Paper Snips - ANOTHER great tool! They were stamped in the same Encore Gold Metallic Ink. They're popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Next stop on the Hop is Ann Schach where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
It's Sunday, and that means it's time for the Paper Players' Challenge. This week it's Tic Tac Toe Time brought to you by Nance Leedy! My choice was right down the middle. I love the color green and Stampin' Up! has so many wonderful shades to choose from. But this proved to be a challenge in every sense of the word, and I was DETERMINED to make it work! Let's just say this is nowhere even CLOSE to where I started. I think I attempted HalloweeN, Thanksgiving, AND Christmas before I settled on Sympathy.
The coloring of this image is a combination of Blendabilities and Stampin' Write Markers. All of the shades of Old Olive in the Blendabilities set were too dark. So I used Pistachio Pudding (one of the In Color Markers for 2013-15) to color the centers of the flowers and used the Blendabilities markers to color the leaves and highlight the centers.
I love the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I used it on almost every card I made when I first started making cards. But it needed to take a sabbatical! It's BAAAA-AACK!
I haven't bought the Project Life by Stampin' Up! Corner Rounder yet. (Yes, there is SOMETHING left I haven't purchased yet!) So I just used my Envelope Punchboard to round the corners of my sentiment tag. Simple!
It's Thursday and time for another Pals Paper Arts challenge. This week it's a sketch challenge by our very own resident designer Nicole Watt. Of course the design that popped into my head and the one I ended up making NEVER match, but that's okay! It's much better than having “cardmaker's” block! LOL I liked the World Map stamp the minute I saw it. This seemed a perfect opportunity to pair it with Starburst Sayings!
I'm finding myself using StazOn or Basic Black less and less when it comes to creating images that I plan on coloring. I used Soft Suede Classic Ink for the World Map image. It gives it a much softer appearance and more closely resembles an antique map.
The background was created doing two passes through the Big Shot using the Zig Zag embossing folder. I ran it through one time letting the card stock that didn't fit hang out of one end. Then I moved the paper up being careful to match the design and ran it through again. I couldn't even see the seam!
I used Sponge Daubers to color the details of the map. I did dab them off first to be sure I didn't have too much ink before I applied them to the stamped image. You can refer to a topographical map to get an idea of the coloring.
The mat and sentiment are Early Espresso card stock. After I embossed the sentiment, I popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals. Simple!