Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Splitcoaststampers Is Featuring My Tie-Dye Background 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 the 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




Sunday, June 4, 2017

Feeling Patriotic #tiedyeflag (video tutorial)

I am having a blast with the tie-dye technique I showcased here on May 27th. In case you haven't seen that video yet, I would watch it before you watch the video below. It gives a little more information on the technique. 



I love how the card above turned out! It is quite easy to do. The product list is included in the video below. 



Last year around this time, I posted the flag card below that I came up with using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. It was one of my "woke up in the morning with the idea" card. This happens to me quite often! To date, it is my most pinned card ever on Pinterest. It is still one of my favorites. 




Have you seen the new catalog yet? Click on the link below to see tons of new items with amazing samples. Stampin' Up! has definitely risen to a new level creatively this year. 




2017-2018 Catalog---Click here to view online.


Love free products? Get a $35 bonus! June 1-30, place an order of $350 or more and get $35 in BONUS FREE STAMPIN REWARDS. Bonus applies to individual customer as well as online orders. 


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

PS: if you didn't see my blog post yesterday, please visit that page now to see a lovely sympathy card and a fundraiser I'm doing for a young family suffering a tragic loss. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

When The Unthinkable Happens (special post)

Sympathy cards are always hard to make, but especially when it is due to the loss of a child.  As stampers and card makers, we are giving something of ourselves other than just paper when we give someone a handmade card. We are giving from the heart. Never is that more true than when we send a sympathy card. Behind each application of ink and stamped image, are thoughts and prayers for that individual or family. 


The background on the card below is not watercolor, but an updated version of an old technique which I will be posting a video tutorial on very soon. I think the new Lemon Lime Twist color on this card looks very soft and lovely. The flower is from the Remarkable You stamp set and the sentiment is from the Weather Together stamp set. All items available from my online store. 




I am posting the pictures below with the parent's permission. The young couple who lost little Charlie at 5 weeks old (on Memorial Day) are well known to me and the people I work with in the busy tourist town of Branson, MO. This is a good family and losing their little boy has broken their hearts and set them back financially.  The business I work at is doing a fundraiser to raise money to put their little boy to rest and help them recover a bit financially from missed work, etc. I have decided I want to help them personally.  




If you had planned on ordering online from me, please do so by Sunday evening if at all possible. I will be donating any commission I make from sales this weekend to this couple to help pay for funeral services. They must have money by Tuesday in order to lay him to rest. If you were not planning on ordering, but would want to donate even a $1, please click here to visit their Go Fund Me page. I know they would appreciate anything, even a very small donation. 


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 1, 2017

New 2017-2018 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog is LIVE!


2017-2018 Catalog---Click here to view online.


Love free products? Get a $35 bonus! June 1-30, place an order of $350 or more and get $35 in BONUS FREE STAMPIN REWARDS. Bonus applies to individual customer as well as online orders. 


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. 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




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Last Day For Retiring Products and Eastern Palace Bundle!

My internet has been up and down for days, so this is going to be short and sweet. If there was anything you were wanting on the Stampin' Up! retiring list or if you were interested in the Eastern Palace Bundle, (click here or here to see previous posts) this is your last day to purchase the retiring products and the last day to purchase the Eastern Palace products with bundle pricing. 


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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

#tiedyebackgrounds (video tutorial)

I remember tie-dye when it first made it's appearance in the 1970's. The wild splashes of color were the stuff dreams were made of! While having my morning coffee and browsing a catalog a few days ago, I ran across a very cool tie-dye shirt. It really caught my eye, just like all of the clothes and home decor items I see on Pinterest and elsewhere do. At that moment, I realized I wanted to figure out how to create a tie-dye looking background for cards. 

The video tutorial below is what I came up with. It is fun and quick and you may find that it is completely addictive. There are several samples below the video...these are so quick to make, I can't stop! Unless noted, all products Stampin' Up!


Sample below was made using the new Lemon Lime Twist and Memento Tuxedo Black ink colors.


The new Berry Burst color along with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso was used for sample below.


Sample from video. I used Lemon Lime Twist, Marina Mist and Night of Navy. 

Wouldn't this make an awesome "guy card? I used Crumb Cake and Memento Tuxedo black ink for this one. 

I used Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight inks for the card below. 

Product info:
All of the items below including the two new In Colors I used called Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst will be available to order from the new Stampin' Up! catalog starting June 1. 

The "swoon worthy" Adirondack chair is from a new bundle available called Colorful Seasons and has several great stamps and dies that coordinate. 


All of the small sentiments and the large Happy Birthday die cut are from another new bundle called Happy Birthday Gorgeous. I know I will use sentiments from this set over and over. 


The darling daisy on the card from the video is from the Daisy Delight Bundle. 




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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

#inkswiping (video tutorial)






I rather enjoy playing with lots of color and using interesting techniques when I make stamping projects. Unless noted, all products used in the samples below are Stampin' Up!  


Here are a few samples:







Here are some of my new business cards using #inkswiping These are cards I ordered from Vistaprint with all of the black text info on the right. They were approved by Stampin' Up! demonstrator support. I have sprayed them with Krylon Matte sealer (lightly), so the ink won't run if they get wet. The black images were stamped using Archival Basic Black ink. 



The supply list below contains products used for the card in the video, except for a few items not available for purchase until June 1 from the new annual catalog. The "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" stamp set and the large "Happy Birthday" thinlit shown in one of the samples above will be both available then.





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 here or 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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Eastern Palace: From Simple to Sublime!

Oh my, I'm having SO much fun with the new Eastern Palace Bundle from Stampin' Up! In my last blog post, I posted several samples using a stamp from that set flipped over on the other side. Yes, I inked the side that normally adheres to the block! See that blog post here

I'm at it again. I woke up this morning with the idea of using a few of the circle-type stamps from that set in a similar fashion. I wanted to show how you could make a very simple card with those stamps and a stepped up version with a bit of watercolor. Both versions of each card were surprisingly quick to make!



For both cards above, I stamped the backside of the larger circle stamp with the new Lemon Lime Twist ink color. Then stamped right on top of that image with the reverse or intended image using Basic Black Archival Ink. I used Whisper White cardstock on the left card and watercolor paper on the right card. I used a bit of Lemon Lime Twist reinker thinned with water to color in the circles and add splatters to the card on the right. 


Used my favorite Classic Label Punch with a sentiment from the new set called Happy Birthday Gorgeous, which will be available in June from the new catalog. I using Lemon Lime Twist cardstock for the sentiment. It seemed to  keep the card clean and simple as intended. 


I wanted a bigger impact with the sentiment on this card, so I embossed the same image on Basic Black cardstock and embossed it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. I love how both cards turned out!



I used the medium sized circle stamp for the next two cards. 



I used the Crumb Cake ink & reinkers for this project. Sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set (available in June). 



Clean and simple. Took about 5 minutes to make. 



The one above is probably my favorite out of all of these cards. It took about 12 minutes to make. I love how these circles look with the haphazard watercoloring. 



I hope I have inspired you to look at your photopolymer stamps a bit differently. 




I know how hard it is to wait for the new Stampin' Up! catalog to be released in June so you can order the all the new goodies. That's why I was so excited to find out that all of us, EVEN YOU can order new items early! 

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle
Perfect for the beginning stamper! $60.50



Contains;
  • Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set 
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper 
  • Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers 
  • Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!) 
  • Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!) 
  • Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!) 
  • Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (New!)
Eastern Palace Premier Bundle
Perfect for the avid stamper! $103.50



Contains;
  • Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper 
  • Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack 
  • Mini Tassels Assortment 
  • Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers 
  • Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!) 
  • Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!) 
  • Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!) 
  • Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies 
  • Very Vanilla Envelopes FREE!
  • Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (New!) FREE!
Click on the images above to SHOP NOW!

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 here or 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