Epic Celebrations 2018 Sale A Bration

Epic Celebrations 2018 Sale A Bration

Well, having a teen made me instantly like the Epic Celebrations 2018 Sale A Bration set from Stampin’ Up!  My daughter is learning to play guitar, she loves music, and of course these kind of shoes are in style right now!  Perfect! 

I knew I wanted to have the shoes and the earphones be a popped up focal point, but I felt it needed more than just stamping.  So I decided to heat emboss and fussy cut them!  It’s always hard to do justice to heat embossing on camera and video.  However, it makes such a big difference!

And here is the Epic Celebrations 2018 Sale A Bration video tutorial:

 

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Hanging Garden 2018 Occasions Catalog

Hanging Garden 2018 Occasions Catalog

This Stampin’ Up! Hanging Garden 2018 Occasions Catalog set reminded me of my childhood 🙂  Yes my moms house was filled with hanging plants in the old macrame hangers… Lol… apparently that’s a good thing since it evoked happy feelings!

This card was created for a color challenge here on StampingCatCrew.com, and I loved the bright pops of color!  The card is super easy to create.  Just start with an A2 card base in Whisper White cut at 8.5″ x 5.5″.  Score and fold in half at 4.25″.  I stamped each of my plants and the sentiment on white cardstock and trimmed close.  Then I mounted these on the background colors Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, and black.  Each of these was cut 1/8″ bigger than the white.

A simple tip I share is that you can change the color of your ribbon.  For example, here I used Melon Mambo marker on the white.  However, you can also use alcohol based Stamin’ blends markers, ink pads, or re-inkers!  A color to match every project!  How cool is that??

And here is the Hanging Garden 2018 Occasions Catalog video tutorial:

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My non perfect (but so fun!) Brusho Technique Waterfront

My non perfect (but so fun!) Brusho Technique Waterfront

My non perfect (but so fun!) Brusho Technique Waterfront is a leap of faith on my part!  When I shot the video I had just had a class with mixed experiences!  It reminded me of how some folks LOVE to color and others don’t!  Whether it stems from patience or process each technique offers something for everyone!  This happens to be an actual scene, however Brusho is amazing as just a background and is much more forgiving that way! So for the folks who wanted more control that may have been better to start with.

Watch for my upcoming tutorial on just doing a background, it’s so easy!  In the meantime here is my good, bad, and not really ugly…lol…  I love the impressionistic look and am not so OCD that I can’t appreciate the messy look… she says smiling!  However, that being said, I love to color!  In truth I enjoy every step of the process and don’t mind going slow.  There is a definite learning curve (I’m still on the lower rung!)  But I LOVE the possibilities!  So just play!

And, as always, remember to make your envelope pretty!  This makes such a huge impact for such a little effort!

Take a look at My non perfect (but so fun!) Brusho Technique Waterfront video tutorial:

 

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My Simple Tip For Keeping A clean Stampin’ Scrub

My Simple Tip For Keeping A clean Stampin' Scrub

My Simple Tip For Keeping A clean Stampin’ Scrub!  Well, who says you cant teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks?  I recently had a big cardmaking stamp event at my home, and I have always kept a stampin’ scrub at each station.  And we all know they do get full of ink!  Even if you try not to, I’ve stamped off before cleaning, used wipes (alcohol free of course!), etc… 

After the event I cleaned them all in the bath tub, thinking the whole time there has got to be a better solution!  I normally rinse them all under warm water until they run clear.  Then I add a bit of Dawn mild soap using my hands to clean, rinse again until they run clear.  After that I stand them all up on their sides for a few hours, then I come back and run warm water again until they run clear.  Let stand again for a few hours and then repeat.  At this point I’m usually good to go!

Here’s where I was thinking there had to be a better way!  The pads get inky waaaaaaayyyyyy too fast!  And my solution?

My Simple Tip For Keeping A clean Stampin’ Scrub video:

Petal Palette and DSP Blender Pen Technique

Petal Palette and DSP Blender Pen Technique

I love the simplicity of this Petal Palette and DSP Blender Pen Technique!  The whole pack of Petal Passion DSP is made up of  striking Black and white patterns!  So, this makes it an easy set to coordinate with any color scheme!

Creating this card is so simple!  Just start with an A2 card base of Soft Sky cardstock.  Cut at 8.5″ x 5.5″, score and fold in half at 4.25″.  Next is the Whisper White layer ct at 5.25″ x 4″.  The smaller Soft Sky layer is cut at 4.25″ x 3.25″, and finally the DSP is cut at 4″ x 3″.  See the video below for how to color from the ink pad lids using blender pens!  I love this simple coloring technique!

Remember to make your envelope pretty!

And here is the Petal Palette and DSP Blender Pen Technique video tutorial:

 

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