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Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Ends Soon!

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Admit it: you just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper!

By popular demand, we are bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper: You can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during July!

This sale includes select Designer Series Paper from the annual catalog:

146338 Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper $11.00

146284 Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper $11.00

146921 Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper $11.00

146902 Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper $11.00

146897 Best Route Designer Series Paper $11.00

146913 Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper $11.00

146331 Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper $11.00

146289 Garden Impressions 6 "x 6" Designer Series Paper $11.00

146916 Tropical Escape 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper $11.00

144177 Wood Textures 6 "x 6" Designer Series Paper $11.00

       But hurry. 

This sale ends July 31!

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Country Road Clear Block Stamping

Pink clear block stamping
Sunrise Country Road
Blue clear block stamping
Blue Sky Country Road

I combined Country Road, my new favorite stamp set with clear block  stamping, one of my favorite techniques!

These cards were quick and simple, taking less than 5 minutes to create.

Here's how:

  1. Dab ink pads onto a clear block, then spritz with water until the ink begins to pool and run.  Stamp on card stock and let sit for a few seconds.  Remove the block, and you'll have a mix of colors, creating a pretty background.  For the first card, I dabbed Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, and Mango Melody ink onto an "E" clear block, then stamped onto Shimmery White card stock.  Watercolor paper would work also. Colors used for the second card were Pool Party and Pacific Point.
  2.  Once the ink had dried, I masked the bottom of the square with a strip of copy paper, then stamped the "weed" image from Country Road using Mossy Meadow ink.   The greeting from Country Road was also stamped in Mossy Meadow.
  3.  I attached the card fronts to the Mossy Meadow and Pacific Point card bases using Dimensionals to pop them up. 

Done, that's it!

Be sure to check out my other Country Road projects HERE

 

Country Road

Country Road

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Country Road

Ink: Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Pacific Point, Shimmery White

Accessories: Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Mini Dimensionals

 

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Country Road Collage

Country Road collage
Country Road Collage

Here's another card made using one of my new favorite stamp sets, Country Road. 

It fits the mountain and ranching landscape where I live in southern Colorado.

Perfect for collage or masculine projects!

(You can see my other Country Road projects Here.)

This card was easy to create.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp images from Country Road onto a piece of Wood Textures 6"x6" Designer Series Paper using Early Espresso ink.  Stamp images again without reinking.
  2. Attach to a Cherry Cobbler mat.  Wrap Linen Thread around the front, securing it in the back.  Tie a small length of Linen Thread around the middle, tying a knot.
  3. Attach to Crumb Cake mat.  Attach to Early Espresso card base.
  4. Stamp greeting onto a scrap piece of Crumb Cake card stock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  For this card, I used a piece of Crumb Cake that had been embossed using the Plywood Planks embossing folder and Big Shot.  Attach to the card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.
  5. Add candy or enamel dots to complete.

Country Road

Country road

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Country Road

Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Wood Textures 6"6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Plywood Planks embossing folder, Linen Thread, candy dots, Mini Dimensionals

 

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Country Road Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday
Country Road Happy Birthday

Country Road, one of the new stamp sets in the 2018-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog really spoke to me. 

The old wagon wheel, metal star, and weedy foliage images in the set look like they came right out of the landscape here in the mountain and ranching community I live in.  When paired up with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, the look of an old ranch house or barn is complete.

Here's how:

  1. Swipe the inside (the side with Sizzix printed on the front of the folder) of the Pinewood Planks embossing folder with Soft Sea Foam ink.  Insert Soft Sea Foam card front into the folder and emboss using the Big Shot.
  2. Stamp foliage image onto card front using Mossy Meadow ink full strength, then again without reininking.
  3. Stamp wagon wheel onto scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Punch out using 1 3/4" circle punch. Cut out around each spoke using a pair of scissors.  This is a little tedious but goes fairly quickly.  I will say I would not do this if I were making a lot of these cards as my patience for fussy cutting is limited!
  4.  Stamp stars onto scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  Cut out using a pair of scissors.  Create crease lines by scoring the stars on the back side.  Fold along the crease lines, so the stars pop up in the middle.
  5. Attach card front to Cherry Cobber mat. Attach to Mossy Meadow card base.
  6. Attach wagon wheel to card front using a Mini Dimensional in the middle to pop it up.  Attach stars using Mini Dimensionals cut in half on each point.
  7.  Stamp greeting on scrap piece of Crumb Cake card stock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  For this card, I used a portion of a piece of Crumb Cake that had been embossed using the Pinewood Planks embossing folder for another project.  Curl the edges and attach to the wagon wheel using a Dimensional to pop it up.

Country Road

Country road

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Country Road

Ink: Soft Sea Foam, Meadow Moss, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Big Shot, Pinewood Planks embossing folder, Mini Dimensionals, scissors, scoring tool

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Sitting Here Thinking of You

Sitting Here Thinking of You
Sitting Here Thinking of you

A friend of mine recently had a tragic family loss.

As you can imagine, she and her family are having a really tough coping. 

I try to send her a thinking of you card every couple of weeks.

For this card, I used the stamp sets Sitting Here and Sheltering Tree.  I hope it brings a smile.

I haven't used Sitting Here for quite awhile, and I forgot it included a sleeping dog image. 

When I pulled the set off the shelf, I realized that this dog image was the spitting image of our newest family member, Roxie.

Roxie is a Shar Pei mix who came from a friend who was moving and couldn't take her with her.  So, we decided that we'd take Roxie in.  She and our 120 pound St. Bernard, Annie, are getting along fine as Annie shows her the ropes of being a Colorado mountain dog!

The image matches Roxie right down to her Shar Pei ears and tail, especially when she is curled up in her bed. 

The photo below was taken in low light without flash, so the coloring is a little off. 

She is redder in person, almost Cajun Craze in color like the stamped image.

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Here's how I created the card:

  1. Create a mask for the flower pot by stamping the image on a post-it-note and then cutting it out.
  2. Place the mask onto Soft Sea Foam card front. Stamp the swing image over the mask using Early Espresso ink.
  3. Remove the mask and stamp the flower pot image in the blank space using Early Espresso ink.
  4.  Color in the swing, cushion, flower pot, and flowers using watercolor pencils and Stampin' Write Markers.

I actually wasn't too happy with the way the flower pot turned out.  It looked too flat.  So, I stamped the image on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock, colored it with markers and cut it out.  I then placed it over the original stamped image, popping it up with a Mini Dimensional.  The original stamped image can be seen behind it, which is ok.  It adds a little more dimension to the card.

      5.  Stamp the leaves from Sheltering Tree using Shaded Spruce ink full strength and again without reinking.  Stamp shadow under the swing using Early Espresso ink.

      6.  Stamp dog on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Cajun Craze ink.  Lightly fill in the image using brown watercolor pencil.  Cut image out and place it on the swing using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

       7.  Mat card front to a piece of Shaded Spruce card stock.

       8. Emboss a piece of Soft Sea Foam card stock using the Big Shot and Pinewood Planks embossing folder.   Stamp greeting using Early Espresso ink. Attach to Whisper White card base.  Attach card front to complete.

 

Sitting HereSitting Here

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sitting Here, Sheltering Tree

Ink: Early Espresso, Shaded Spruce, Cajun Craze, watercolor pencils, assorted Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Shaded Spruce

Accessories: Big Shot, Pinewood Planks embossing folder, post-it-note, Mini Dimensionals

 

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Fresh Card Making Idea-Faux Cloisonne

Graceful Glass
Painted Glass Faux Cloisonne
Beautiful Day
Beautiful Day Faux Cloisonne

Faux Cloisonne!

A very simple, yet elegant technique made using heat embossing colored images found in catalogs and magazines received in the daily mail!

According to the definition by Merriam Webster, cloisonne is the past participle of the French word cloisonner, to partition.  It is relating to or being a style of enamel decoration in which the enamel is applied and fired in raised cells (as of soldered wires) on a usually metal background.  When my mother and I traveled to China in 2006, we visited a cloisonne factory where they were creating everything from simple animal figurines to elaborate vases and plates.  I was fascinated with the art form and am glad there is a simple way to create the technique for cards and other paper crafts.

Want to learn more?

My July Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature the Faux Cloisonne Technique.

The tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 a (MST) on July 17, 2018.

Please sign up on my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on July 17 to receive this tutorial, complete with step-by-step color instructions.

The sign up box is located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 Tutorial in a pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you soon.

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Stampin' Pad Family Promotion-Join the Stampin' Up! Family Today!

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Have you ever thought  becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?

July is a great time to join the Stampin' Up! Family.

During the Stampin' Pad Family Promotion, new recruits will receive a Free assortment of Classic Stampin' Pads with their Starter Kit!

That's 10 ink pads of your choosing!

Stampin' Pad Family Promotion2

The  Stampin' Up!'s Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable! Build your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get:

* Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!

* A business supply pack valued at $50!

That's a total value of $175!

Plus the 10 Free ink pads during the month of July.

Don't wait. 

Join my Blue Moon Stampers Team today!

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Graceful Glass Sympathy Card

Sympathy Card
Graceful Glass Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, I recently needed a sympathy card.

I used elements from the Graceful Glass Suite to create a pretty and hopefully uplifting card for the recipient.

I used one of the designs found in the Graceful Glass 6"x6" Designer Vellum colored with Pool Party, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, and Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Write Markers.

The vellum was framed with a piece of Basic Black card stock cut out using the Big Shot and Layering Squares Framelits Dies.

The butterfly from Painted Glass was stamped on a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, colored using the markers, and cut out using the Big Shot and Stained Glass Thinlits Dies.

Get the elegant look of stained glass with the Graceful Glass Suite.

Graceful Glass Suite

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Painted Glass

Ink:Memento Black, Pool Party, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, and Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Graceful Glass 6"x6" Designer Vellum

Accessories: Big Shot, Stained Glass Thinlits Dies, Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Mini Dimensional, enamel dot

 

 

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You Are My Anchor/Graceful Glass Diorama Card

Diorama Card
You Are my Anchor/Graceful Glass Diorama Card

When I saw the swirl-patterned vellum found in the Graceful Glass 6"x6" stack, I immediately thought of the ocean and waves.

I thought I could easily pair this vellum with the April Paper Pumpkin kit, You Are My Anchor, to make a quick diorama card.

I was especially excited to receive this kit because I don't have any sea-themed stamp sets in my collection.

I live in the mountains of southern Colorado, and the ocean is very far away. 

Sea-themed projects are usually not even in my stamping realm. 

But now, I have a simple set that I can use if a sea-themed card is appropriate!

Now to create the diorama card.

  Here's how:

Diorama card step 1

  1. Start with an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of card stock, and cut it  in half at 5 1/2".  Then, cut it in half at 4 1/4" so you have two 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" panels.
  2. Score each piece at 1/2" and 1" on the long sides. 
  3.  Create an opening in one of the panels using a punch or a Big Shot and a die.  This will be the front of your diorama.  For this card, I used one of my circle framelits
  4. Fold along the score lines so the 2 pieces will meet when put together.  For the top piece, the 1” score lines are “mountain” folds, and the ½” score lines are “valley” folds. For the bottom piece, the 1” score lines are “valley” folds, and the ½” score lines are “mountain” folds.

Diorama card step 2

5. Cut a 3"x3" piece of Graceful Glass vellum.  Color using Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Blends, ink pads with a blender pen or an aqua painter.  For this card, I used Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, and Blueberry Bushel Stampin' Write Markers.

 

Diorama card step 3

6. Attach vellum to a 3"x3" piece of Whisper White card stock, so there is a light background behind the vellum. 

7. Attach to the center of the bottom panel.

 

 

Diorama card step 5

8. Cut a ringed frame out of coordinating designer series paper or card stock for the window using two circle dies and the Big Shot.

9. Attach the ring using Fine Tip Glue or Tombow Multi-Purpose glue.

Diorama card step 4

10. Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive on the "up" sides of the bottom panel.

Diorama card step 6

11. Peel the backing off the adhesive and carefully attach the top piece to the bottom piece, lining up the top and bottom edges. 

12.  Optional: To finish off the two front sides, cut 1/2" x 4 1/4" strips of vellum and color using the methods above.  Attach to the sides.

13. Attach lighthouse sticker from You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin kit to front of card. 

14. Stamp greeting onto pre-cut banner from the kit using Pacific Point ink.  Attach to the front of the lighthouse using a Mini Dimensional.

15. Attach faceted dots to card front to complete.

Which design is your favorite?

Graceful Glass 6"x6" Designer Vellum

Graceful Glass Vellum

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: You Are My Anchor

Ink: Pacific Point ink pad, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, and Blueberry Bushel Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Graceful Glass 6"x6" Vellum, Pool Party designer series paper (retired)

Accessories: You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin Kit, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Fine Tip Glue, Mini Dimensional, Faceted Dots

 

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