Welcome to the North Carolina Blog Hop! Or as we call it: NCDemos! If you ever want to be a part of the best group, join Stampin’ Up! and live in North Carolina! We get together Quarterly and have the best time!!
Today I am sharing with you The Stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called You Move Me! This set at first glance isn’t all that exciting, BUT when you see the card in action, you can’t help but get excited!!
I am sharing with you a video that shows the card in action!
Isn’t that fun!!?
I used the Mini Treat Bag thinlit with the New Powder Pink cardstock! Berry Blast was used as an accent color! I also used the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape at the top of the Whisper White insert
(5 1/4″ x 3 1/2″). This card is super easy once you cut out the Mini Treat Bag, just cut out the shutter part before you put it together! Then stamp the Hummingbird image using two colors of inks ( I used Fresh Fig) full strength on the bigger image, and then used Fresh Fig on the smaller image (line up head and tail!) but stamped off so I got a lighter color! I thought it would be MUCH harder to do! It’s always great when things are easier than they look!
I also used the Fresh Fig Ribbon at the top to help in the pulling up of the inside!
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Below are pictures of all the product that was used for this project, just click on any image and you will be taken to my Online Store! When you purchase from me you will be sent a handmade card and a small thank you gift!
Once again I am TRYING to be in the top ten for Kylie’s International Blog Hop, will you help me?? I came close last time, but would really like to get there this time! Can you tell that the dog is fluffy and two colors!? Read on to see how it was done!
Please vote for me by going to Kylie’s blog hop page! To vote, you will click on the heart in the right corner of the pictures, preferably mine!! 🙂
The theme this month is Baby. My card isn’t traditional ‘baby’ but I think it would make a GREAT Birthday card for any baby, OR on the inside it could say that you are expecting!! That you are HAVING a baby!!
Here’s my card:
Isn’t it cute!!?? Same as last month, I had a totally different card planned, but I didn’t think it mustered! I came home from a stamp class today and sat right down and made this one! I love how the dog has such puffy fur! Want to know how I did that?
That’s Vellum that I stamped the dog on, using Soft Suede (then embossed with clear), I then turned it over onto one of our stamp mats, and using the stylus from the Score Board I press in circular motions (gently at first!!) on the places for the white fur, it makes the Vellum raise up and turn white!! Cool Right!!?? I then cut ANOTHER dog out of Soft Suede (using the thinlit of course!) and popped up the Vellum, putting the mini dimensionals (YUM!) under the pom pom balls on his feet and front!! You can’t see them, can you!? That’s because the Vellum is so white that you can place them behind and it disappears! I LOVE this technique!
Can you see the clouds in the sky?! Those are made with Stampin’ Up!’s Embossing Paste and the masks!
The little girl AND the dog are stamped, but the fox is cut out of the Designer Series Paper! LOVE, love, love this suite!
Here’s a close up of the puffy:
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I love stamping, and if you live near me I would love for you to come stamp with me! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I have!
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A California Girl living in North Carolina!
Welcome to the NCDemo Blog Hop! We do this on the last Sunday of every month, so be sure to come back! I know you will love all the Mother’s Day ideas we have for you this month!
Mother’s Day is coming and since my Mom is no longer with us, I usually plan for my own day. I normally just tell my kids what I want and then they get it…….this year I made my OWN Mother’s Day gift!
My story starts with a conversation I had with my 16 y/o daughter. Me: I’m tired of emptying the dishwasher, when it’s your chore!?
Her: I don’t know when it’s clean or dirty!
Me: Well, how about I make a sign saying whether it’s clean or dirty?
Her: Yeah, that would work!
So, the very next day I went to work! I definitely want her to do her chores, and I had an idea in my head already!!
I LOVE Paper Pumpkin! It’s a cool kit that has everything needed to make something crafty!
Here is a picture of the box for April:
This was what was inside! Sara gave us a special gift this month…..Watercolor Pencils, with a great brush to use!
Now, here is everything that was in the box!! Can you believe how much is in that box!!??
Paper Pumpkin comes every month, and it is always a delicious surprise!! It always comes with an ink spot, stamp set and everything needed to have a fun filled afternoon! And if you go to Pinterest you will find TONS of ideas! Go ahead, do a search for Paper Pumpkin, April 2017. There are soooooo many ideas, you can pick as many as you want, or you can follow the directions in the Paper Pumpkin box and make what they planned! Every month it is like getting a Birthday gift in your mailbox! If you are interested, and don’t have a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! I would love to be yours! You can order this to come every month, or you can just get one and test it out! But, if you are like me…..you won’t want to miss even one!
Continuing my story! I want my daughter to have NO EXCUSES to empty the dishwasher so I made a magnetic sign to put on the front so she will know when it is ready for her to empty it! Now, this doesn’t mean that I won’t STILL have to remind her, BUT she won’t have any excuses! heehee
This is what I made:
When the dishes are CLEAN, the clean is on top so you can read it, when it’s dirty, it’s the other way around:
To make this, I stamped the word Clean from an old alphabet set I have, and stamped it on the Watercolor paper from the kit (totally blank piece) using Versamark and clear Embossing Powder. You can’t see it since it’s totally clear, but when you go to color over them the Clear EP keeps the color off! I then used the pencils to scribble across the watercolor paper in stripes, even over the words. I made sure that I got a good coverage and then went over the pencil with the watercolor brush to make it soft and to have a nice progression between the colors.
I stamped the splotch image all over the Water colored paper, staying away from the ‘Clean’ I stamped. Then I used one flap from the envelopes that are inside the kit over the piece I stamped and colored, it’s so pretty with the black splotches on it! The flowers in the kit are sooooo pretty! They are sparkly on both sides, but one side is smooth, this is the side I placed a dimensional (ALSO in the kit!) The leaves are in the kit, and go perfect with the flowers!
Have I convinced you yet that Paper Pumpkin is great??!! My hope is this sign will make my daughter empty the dishwasher!! LOL I’m not holding my breath!
I now have this Stinkin’ Cute sign on my dishwasher, and I had fun making it! Win/Win!
Don’t forget I have Blog Candy!! Drawing is on May 15th. Everytime you post a comment on ANY post on my blog or post a comment on my Facebook page, you will be put in a drawing to maybe win this:
I hope you enjoyed my blog post, now onto the next blog!
Welcome to the NC Demo Blog Hop!! Happy Spring! I thought these cards looked like Spring has Sprung! Don’t you?
I have seen on other posts where people have taken a thinlit and they pop-up the pieces onto a card and the look is so pretty! The one I went to was Billie Moan and she said in her video that the effect is beautiful but the effort was intense!
I had an idea on how to do this same technique BUT make it much easier!! I made a video showing how to do this very thing! I am not into doing things the hard way and I wanted to figure out an easier way and then share it with you!
Here is the card I made for the YouTube video:
I used the smaller rose thinlit from the Stampin’ Up! thinlit set Rose Garden! I haven’t used that set in a while, but it worked perfectly for this card, don’t you think? I put clear Wink of Stella on the top of each petal and then lined the petals with Gold Wink of Stella. The background is the Petal Burst Embossing Folder, sponged over top with the Peekaboo Peach to make the leaves stand out. I also used the Gold ribbon with the Peekaboo Peach ribbon on top to set it off!
I used the Bigger rose for another card, it took up more room, but still quite stunning!
I put some clear Wink of Stella over the petals to really make them stand out! For the background I used the Embossing Folder Fluttering and sponged the top with Mint Macaron to help the butterflies fly! The glitter paper is from Sale-a-Bration, sorry it isn’t available anymore, but any glitter paper is great!
How did I make this simpler? I worked for HOURS trying to figure out a quick version on how to make this, so it will be easy for everyone!
Have you heard of Press’n Seal? This works miracles!! You cut out your thinlit using the Big Shot and before you take the paper away from the thinlit you put the Press’n Seal over the back (make sure that the sticky part is towards the paper. You can see what I mean when you go to my video on YouTube! It really is quite simple!
Once you have it pressed to the back peal away the parts you don’t want like the excess paper and the outline of the rose. THEN you will leave it on the Press’n Seal but place Dimensionals on the back, put glue on the smaller pieces then remove all the backing on the Dimensionals flip over and push onto your project! Easy Peasy! Here’s a picture before you flip it:
Want to see some more projects using this technique??? Once I started I couldn’t stop!
I moved on to the Butterfly thinlits and made a card using three colors!!
For this one I removed some of the colors, ran it through the Big Shot with another color and when piecing them together on the card, I just laid them on top of each other, you can see the video to get an idea how I did this!
And again, I wasn’t done! I wanted to use the Dragonfly thinlits! Here is what I made with those!
I hope you have enjoyed my cards! I had so much fun making them! You can continue on to the next blog.
I LOVE sunsets, don’t you? I wanted to make one that was easy but still be stunning…….at least I think so, hopefully you do too!!
I have a video on YouTube walking you through this technique, I hope you check it out here. You can also shop for the products you see in this post and on my videos at my Online Store!
Making a Desert scene was my final one, I had to make FOUR cards with Sunsets! Just couldn’t help myself!
The first one is one I posted on my FaceBook page Let’s Stamp!
It features a lighthouse and this is where my Sunset journey started! I saw a video by Tina Zinck on making sunsets, so off I went!
This was so fun and easy (Thanks Tina!!) That I didn’t stop there! But first let me tell you what I used to make this card!
Stamps: High Tide #143006 Inks: Cherry Cobbler #126966, Watermelon Wonder #138323, Night of Navy #126970, Perfect Plum #126963, So Saffron #126957, Crushed Curry #131173, Crumb Cake #126975, Early Espresso #126974, Chocolate Chip #126979, Whisper White #101731, Momento Black #132708, Versamark #102283 and Sahara Sand #126976 Paper: Cherry Cobbler #119685 – 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″, Whisper White #100730 – 4″ X 5 1/4″ Misc: Project Life Corner Rounder #135346, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine #123125, 1″ circle punch #119868, Gold Embossing Powder #133457
Now, on to the next Sunset Card! This one uses the Lift Me Up Stamp set, but uses the same techniques as on my video.
I love how the Ocean/water came out on this one! This uses the same color palate as the card above. Here are the dimensions for the card stock, since everything else is the same:
Cherry Cobbler 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″, Crushed Curry #131199 – 3 1/4″ X 4 3/4″, Cherry Cobbler- 3 1/8″ X 4 3/4″, Whisper White – 3″ X 4 3/4″ and 2″ X 1 1/2″ (for the sentiment).
I also used Dazzling Diamonds #133751, and Fine Tip Glue to make the Dazzling Diamonds stick #138309
What else can I make with this Sunset? I just HAD to make more!! So I pulled out my Trusty set of Lovely as a Tree!!! Love this set!
Again, I used the same colors, just used the Stamp set Sending Thoughts #142965 from the Occasions Catty 2017 and I also used the FREE with Sale-A-Bration ribbon Metallic Gold #143601!
Here are those dimensions:
Elegant Eggplant #105126 – 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″, Whisper White 5 1/4″ X 4″
The Elegant Eggplant Ink # is 126969, Gold Embossing Powder #133457
And now for the Final Card, this is the one I made the video on!!
I had so much fun making this one!! Like I said at the Beginning, I LOVE sunsets, by this time you might just believe me! hahahaha
The supplies for this card are:
Stamps: Birthday Fiesta #141500, Thoughts and Prayers #127805, Here for You # 142164 Inks: Watermelon Wonder #138323, Night of Navy #126970, Crushed Curry #131173, Crumb Cake #126975, Early Espresso #126974, Chocolate Chip #126979, Momento Black #132708, Night of Navy #126970, Black Marker Paper: Night of Navy #100867 – 5 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ , Watermelon Wonder #138334 – 5 1/4″ X 4″, Whisper White #100730 5″ X 3 3/4″ Misc: Sponges #141337, Big Shot #143263, Up & Away thinlits #142748
If you love these colors together, make sure and stock up on Watermelon Wonder!! It’s one of the In Colors that is retiring this year 🙁 This is a GREAT color to make your sunsets with! The other reds are either too red, or too dark. It’s doable, but this one just makes it easy!
I hope you enjoyed all my Sunsets, and that you will want to visit me again! I will be making more videos, I am really enjoying it! Make sure you sign up on my YouTube page to be notified when I have another one coming out!
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It’s time for the NC Demo Blog Hop again! If you didn’t attend last month, you won’t want to miss this month!
I LOVE doing techniques! Today I have made two cards that use the Tree Bark technique!
I have made a Periscope, if you want to see how I made it, I think if you look me up on Twitter it will show you where to find it on Katch.me! But for those who don’t have Periscope I will try and explain it with words!
You start off with either Soft Suede CS (2nd card) or with Sahara Sand (1st card). You then stamp the Hardwood stamp using the color of your cardstock, I want it to be subtle so it looks more realistic. I then rub direct to paper the Chocolate Chip ink pad VERY softly, using only the corner of the pad and only in a few places, I want that also to be subtle.
Then you will tear towards you an uneven amount of strips, 1st card has 5 and my 2nd has 3. Make sure you tear TOWARDS yourself, so you have an uneven edge and it is able to be sponged and manipulated. Then you will sponge the rough edges with the Chocolate Chip ink and then go over it again, with the same ink/sponge and sponge up, so the edge curls up.
You will do this to all your pieces…….this will make the edges stand up from the card. Once you have that done, you will adhere your pieces so they match up with the edges standing up. You can see this on both of my cards.
Once it is all adhered, you will want to LIGHTLY go over the raised edges with Versamark, then Gold Embossing Powder. Heat it, and you will have this really pretty edge to each torn piece!
I used an In Color for the 1st card: Mint Macaron for the leaves and base, then embossed the flowers gold. The stamp set is: Number of Years.
The 2nd card uses Pool Party and the Stamp set: Pedal Pusher. BOTH cards utilizes the Gold Foil Sheets since I wanted to bring out the Gold EP.
I really loved making these cards, and I would love to see if you make any using this technique! Just share with me so everyone can see your pretty Tree Bark Cards!
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Thank you for visiting me! I know you just came from Pam Staples blog, Isn’t it great!!
Each month NC Demos is going to be hosting a Blog Hop using current Stampin’ Up! product the last day of each month at 8:00 p.m.! So, get ready to see a lot of great cards/projects!
Before the end of the month I will be doing a live video on Periscope (making the card you’ll see here on our blog hop!) where you can ask me quesions AS I’m doing my card! You must download the app to be notified and you will have to follow me to see when I am on!
Periscope doesn’t keep the videos long, but I have it to where it automatically saves it for a few days on Katch.me
Mine is called Floating Re-Inkers, I stamped my image (Rose Wonder, Big Rose with leaves) on Shimmer White Paper using Versamark and then white Embossing Powder.
I then spritzed my Shimmer White cardstock (this holds up better with the water than our white cardstock. Plus it gives a Great Sparkly look!! After spritzing with water, I dropped my colors of re-inkers that I wanted to use: Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, for the flower, and Mint Macaron and Cucumber Crush for the leaves.
I cut out the flower, and then the leaves seperate, so I could place the leaves closer into the flower, since I wanted my flower to be in the middle of my card!
I popped up the flower after putting some of that GORGEOUS Gold thread behind it (you should be able to see it peaking behind. I also wrapped the Gold Thread around the two side pieces (Brights DSP), as I said……I LOVE that Gold Thread!!)
Since I used the Brights Collection for the Flower, I used the sequins to highlight the gold threading on the side! I put a teeny tiny pearl in each sequin, and stamped the saying from Something To Say stamp set!
Hope you like it!!
Come back to our Blog Hop next month! Now you will go to Francis Wagner blog, Enjoy!!
I have been invited by Frances Wagner to participate in a Monday Creative Blog Hop! I’m very excited to be asked and I have been creating a bunch of cards for a Class where we get to participate in Sale-a-Bration for one more month!!
We will order in March $50.00 worth of product and then pick out a SAB item for free, then the class will be free!
I plan on Three cards at this event and then I will have a Sale-a-Bration Celebration! What is that you ask? Well, for those who have received 2-3 SAB items from purchasing through me they get a class for FREE where we will make 5 cards, with door prizes and munchies and LOTS of goodies (presents?) for those who are participating!
This Stampin’ Up! handmade card below uses the stamp set Butterfly Basics, I just HAD to make it once I saw it online, it was made by Erica Logtenberg, the only thing I changed from her absolutely GORGEOUS card was where I put my pearls! No need in changing a brilliant card! Make sure you enlarge the picture so you can see how pretty it really is!
The second card I want to show you is one made from Adventure Awaits! This SU! card is a great card for a Man! I used the Dots and Stripes Decorative Masks and the Aquamarine Chalk Pad to make these wonderful stripes! It is a fast and easy card! Did you know that you can stamp with Chalk ink and then emboss it with Gold Embossing Powder? I thought I would try it and it worked great! That way you have less you need to buy to make this Manly card! I also used Champagne Glitter Paper and cut banner ends to make the main image Pop.
For my last card today, I wanted to show you this really pretty card made using the Artisan Embellishment Kit. It was fun using the rose piece inside as a mask to sponge my color – Rose Red over my ‘mask’ and then I embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder! Wow is it shiny! And you just have to touch it, it is a fun card to look at and texturally (is that a word?!) :-/ a card that once you give it away the person will want to touch it and ask how you did that!!
The cute little Bee is from the Stamp set from SU! ( I LOVE SU! can you tell?) named Baby Bumblebee. Once I saw this set I just HAD to have it! I stamped him on So Saffron cardstock using a juicy StazOn pad (I keep it juicy so I can emboss it using clear EP, I LOVE embossing……it’s like magic every time and you won’t get tired of doing it!) I did have to cut out the bumblebee, that was the hardest part of this card!! I used a little heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers which I colored Red with our Blender pens! This bee is just so stinkin’ cute!
I also used the stamp set Hello Life for the Sentiment on the bottom of the card.
I hope you have enjoyed my part of the blog hop!! I have been asked to answer some questions, so I will do that before I leave and have you continue your journey!
* What are you working on?
I am constantly working on my next class. I have a few that I do out of my home in NC, and I also have classes at the Senior Center in my town. I also have classes at my local Parks and Recreation. I am waiting for the ok to go through classes to teach at my local Battered Womens Shelter! I’m very excited to do this, as I was in their shoes a LONG time ago before I met my husband who spoils me MORE than I would ever have expected! We’ve been married for 26 wonderful years and have 5 kids and 3 grandkids!
* How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I love to create my own cards, but love to see something from Pinterest and recreate it using Stampin’ Up! product, or if they used SU! already then I usually change it up just a bit to put my stamp on it! Pun not intended!
* Why do you create what you do?
Before I started stamping, my sister was always doing these really creative things, like making china Christmas Tree Ornaments, or painting china dolls. I thought that I was not granted the gene of artistry. Then I went to my first SU! party, I made a beautiful card, and then couldn’t mail it out because it was so pretty! In my classes, I try to have all the dimensions written down so my friends/clients can recreate what we are making! I REALLY love it when I see the smile on someone’s face who also thought they weren’t artistic. And the first class they come to they are changing up one of my cards to fit them! That tells me that I am doing my job and showing them that they can do this too!!
* How does your creative process work?
That’s a hard one! It’s really funny that I can look at pretty much anything and think of using a part of what I see on a card! I can see some colors that I like and then think of what SU! colors will match…..then I just need to figure out what stamp to use and then I am almost done! SU! makes it really easy to make projects, all their goodies coordinate with each other! I can also use colors from a certain color family and that will make sure that the colors will go together. Pinterest helps get my juices flowing and so does the other demonstrators who put their designs on Stampin’ Connection where us demo’s can go and see what others have made using a specific stamp set.
Thanks again for stopping by!! Come back again!
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