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The Good Deal Only Lasts 6 More Days

That huge  Eastern Palace Bundle..the Good Deal Only Lasts 6 More Days!  A few days ago we designed some great projects with these amazing products. ..and this weekend some of the stampers were looking it over while they were here in class.  I mentioned that the stickers were great for quick (really really quick) cards and so they asked me to create one so they could see what one looked like. So today, I literally took 5 minutes to create this beauty...

Lemon lime sticker1 Lemon lime sticker2

What do you think? (Besides that Sandi cannot take a decent picture of any card) The Gold Vinyl Stickers keep photographing black--and they are a lovely pretty gold color. I used 3 stickers and layered them. Then used a bitty piece of the designer paper  to add  bit of class to the card and....of course, I had to grab the matching ribbon to finish it off.

The verse is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped in Archival Basic Black ink on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and punched out with the Classic Label punch. I popped it in the center of the concentric circles with dimensionals to give the card a bit of depth. (Yes, I had to add a touch of sparkle with a narrow strip of Gold Glimmer paper behind the Lemon Lime twist),

The great thing about the stickers is that you can mix them up, overlap them, use them individually...be really inventive with them,

What's really important here is that all the items in the bundle and the free gifts that come with the bundle are only available (as a  bundle with the free gifts) until May 31st--that's only 6 more days.  Don't let this terrific bargain slip by---use the Shop now button  and order your bundle through my store right now!  The big bundle which includes the stamp set and the framelits....this is the best bargain because those framelits are essential for creating an unbelievable number of variations.  The Premier Bundle # 147207 and the Starter Bundle #147207 are fully described in the brochure  Download Eastern_Palace_Flyer_NA

Below are the measurements for the card shown above. Note the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and the matching ribbon are not part of the bundles but you will be able to  purchase those after June 1st.  Download the picture of the card and you'll have it ready when your supplies arrive:

Cutting measurements:

Card base 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2
Designer Series Paper 1 1/2 X 4 1/4
Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon approximately 14"
Scrap Lemon Lime Twist cardstock for verse
Gold Glimmer: 1/2 X 1 3/4 

Here are the currently available supplies. Use the Shop Now button and order your Bundle today!


Get the Stampin'Up! New Big Catalog FREE!

Do you want to Get the Stampin'Up! New Big Catalog FREE ?5-17-17 catalog coverThere are gorgeous and funny new stamp sets (Wait till you see "You've Got Style"--reminds me of Maxine). Super coordinating accessories and have you seen the new embossing paste? We're going to have a class where we learn the ins and outs of using that. OK, I can go on and on but...you want to get your copy, right?  Here's how...

You can get your FREE copy by 

  1. Stopping by 313 Esther Drive, Forest Hill, Md 21050 (let me know you are coming first, 410 836 8016)
  2. Call 410 836 8016 and I'll mail a free catalog to you (you only pay $5 shipping but you receive a $5 coupon to use on your first order placed by June 30, 2017)
  3. Email: sandihartka@sandilovesstamping.com and I'll mail a free catalog to you (you only pay $5 shipping but you receive a $5 coupon to use on your first order placed by June 30, 2017)

You can have your own copy in a couple of days (or sooner if you stop by)! You can order from the new one June 1st!

P.S. There are still some great deals in the retiring products that you can order right now before the are gone forever...here's the list in pdf format  Download Retiring_List_US or Excel format  Download Retiring_List_US.  Use the Shop Now button to shop in my store and get those great retiring stamp sets and accessories before they are gone forever!

P.S. You'll want to stop by my blog next week and see some of the clubs available to you --you can get some of these great new products quickly and maybe get some freebies besides!


How to Create New Watercolor Pencil Colors

Ever want to color a stamped image and can't find just the right color in your box of pencils...well, today I'm going to show you How to Create New Watercolor Pencil Colors....it's really fun and easy. Check out this card  Blendded color card

Recognize the color of the outer flower petals? Probably not because I combined the Melan Mambo and the Bermuda Bay Watercolor pencils to get that amazing shade of lavender.

There are endless colors you can create with your Watercolor pencils---just sit with a piece of white cardstock and play with them. Mix 2 or 3 of them and then blend with either the Blender Pens or the Aqua Painters (item #103954). After blending....let the mixture sit for a minute or so to let the blending finish....you can have a great time creating your own pallette of colors. My recommendation is to write the colors you used underneath the mixture so you can repeat it in the future.

You can also change the color by how darkly or lightly you apply the pencil--try it out.

I'm going to give you step by step directions for this card. Use the Shop Now button at the side of this blog to place your order in my store. Remember the Retiring List of products are still available. Here is the pdf file  Download Retiring_List_US  or the Excel file  Download Retiring_List_US. Order through my store now to get the best available product selection.

Here are the card directions: 

1. Cut Pink Pirouette cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (card base)

2. Cut Shimmery white cardstock 5 1/4 x 4; adhere to card base with multipurpose liquid glue

3. Cut Pink Pirouette cardstock 3 7/8 X 5 1/8 ; adhere to Shimmery white cardstock with liquid glue.

4. Cut Shimmery White cardstock 4 X 2 3/4; Cut oval with the largest Stitched Shape oval framelit; stamp the leaf spray (Falling Flowers stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink; color leaves with Wild Wasabi Stamp'n Write marker. Stamp 'happy birthday' in Archival Black ink below the leaves. Adhere this oval to the card front with liquid glue.

5. Stamp the largest flower (Falling Flowers stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink; using the Melan Mambo and the Bermuda Bay Watercolor pencils, lightly color the outer petals; blend with the Blender Pen. Color the inner petals with only the Melan Mambo pencil & blend with the Blender Pen.

6. Add Metallic Enamal Shapes (small dots) to the flower center; cut out flower with Paper Snips and add the flower to the oval with dimensionals.

Your card is completed---now try out some other color combos and leave me a comment on your favorite combination.

Here's the supply list; use the Shop Now button at the side of this page to place your order now in my store!


How to Add Quick & Easy Shading to a Solid Stamped Image

Today I'm going to show you How to Add Quick & Easy Shading to a Solid Stamped Image.  Have you ever stamped image in a solid color ink and thought--that's a nice image but it isn't great! Well, it is very easy to make it great by adding some quick and easy shading.  Take a look at this card and, in particular, the shading of the flower petals: Shading card

This was accomplished in just a couple of minutes by adding a darker color at the tips of the petals with watercolor pencils and then blending inwards with the Blender Pens.  Really a quick & easy way to add some great pizzazz to your solid stamped image.

The watercolor pencils have lots of versatility...and you can use either the Blender pens or the Aqua Painters to blend them...usually I use the Blender Pens in small areas because there is less liquid and the Aqua Painters for larger areas because there is more liquid and a faster blend of the area.

I'm going to give you step by step directions with some pictures below...use the Shop Now Button to order your supplies from my online store. Remember the items on the Retiring List are going quickly....order now before supplies run out--if you need the Retiring List download this one for a pdf file  Download Retiring_List_US or for an Excel file   Download Retiring_List_US.

Here are the directions:

1. Cut Sweet Sugarplum cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (card base); dry emboss the card front with the Petal Burst embossing folder.

2. Cut Rich Razzleberry cardstock 2 3/4 X 2 3/4; cut Dazzling Diamonds cardstock 3 X 3. Adhere the Razzleberry to the front of the Dazzling Diamonds with glue dots; adhere this unit to the upper card front with glue dots.

3. Cut Shimmery White cardstock 3 X 3; Stamp the large flower image (Flourishing  Phrases) in Sweet Sugarplum ink (Item #141395) in the center; using the Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil, add the darker color to the tips of each petal  Adding shading color

This is the results unblended:

Shading- unblended

Starting at the petal tip, use the Blender Pen to blend color inward on each petal:

Shading blended

4. Using the largest Stitched Shape (square), cut out the flower and adhere to the Razzleberry layer with multipurpose liquid glue.

5. Stamp "thinking of you" (Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set)  in Archival Black on Shimmery White cardstock; punch out with Classic Label punch and adhere to card front under flower image using dimensionals. 

Your card is completed!

 


Glitter without Glue--Packing Tape Method, Take 2

I had so much fun Tuesday with that glittery card I did another one, hence, Glitter without Glue--Packing Tape Method, Take 2. If you missed Tuesday's post, check it out here http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2017/05/glitter-without-glue.html. So here's today's creation. Moroccan

Again, here's a close up hoping to relay the sparkle of the glitter Close moroccan
....it's still tough to capture.

I"ll give you the step by step directions for this one too. Use the Shop now button to order your supplies from my store. Remember to use the host code for this month (7MQNATZF). When you use this code your name is entered in the monthly drawing for a $50 certificate for Stampin'Up! product.  This is the last month of this reward. Tune in next month to see what reward you'll get for placing an online order through my store.

Here's how to do it:

1. Cut Bermuda Bay cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4"(card base)

2. Cut Moroccan designer series paper 4 3/8 X 4 1/4, adhere to middle of the card base front using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock 4 3/4 X 3 1/2, center over the DSP and adhere with liquid glue

4. Cut Bermuda Bay cardstock 4 5/8 X 3 3/8, adhere to white cardstock with liquid glue.

5. Cut the large flower (Falling Flowers Thinlet Dies) from Very Vanilla cardstock using the Precision Base plate & when you remove it from the Big Shot, use the Die Brush to remove the waste pieces before you remove the thinlet from the cardstock. (Big Shot sandwich, Magnetic base plate, Precision base plate, cardstock, die, standard cutting pad).

6. Turn flower to back side & adhere packing tape (I used Scotch brand because it is very substantial), cut around the flower outline with Paper Snips (Item #103579) discarding the excess tape. Don't touch the sticky side of the tape excessively to keep it very sticky. Turn to the sticky side and sprinkle liberally with SGold Glitter. Shake off excess. Using liquid glue adhere the flower to the top of the card front.

7. Stamp Thinking of You (Feather Together stamp set) in Archival Basic Black Ink on lower card front.

Your card is completed!

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button to order your supplies from my store!


Glitter without Glue--it's called the Packing Tape Method.

I love sparkle on my cards (big surprise, right?) so today I'm going to show you how to get that spectacular Glitter without Glue --it's called the Packing Tape Method. Take a look at this card: Floral

Here's a close up of the glitter Close floral
--do you know it's really hard to capture that sparkle of glitter in a photo? Trust me. LOL

This method of applying glitter is really easy, limited mess, & no glue--now that should please some of you greatly!

I'm going to give you step by step directions & you can use the Supply list to order your supplies using the Shop Now button to shop in my store.  Don't forget if you use the Host code for this month (7MQNATZF), you will be entered into a drawing for $50 in Stampin'Up! products.  This is the last month of this reward special...stay tuned next month to see what surprise I have for you when you order online!

Here's how to do it:

1. Cut Night of Navy cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4"(card base)

2. Cut Floral Boutique designer series paper 4 3/8 X 4 1/4, adhere to middle of the card base front using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Whisper White cardstock 4 3/4 X 3 1/2, center over the DSP and adhere with liquid glue

4. Cut Navy cardstock 4 5/8 X 3 3/8, adhere to white cardstock with liquid glue.

5. Cut the small rose (Rose Garden Thinlet Dies) from Whipser White cardstock using the Precision Base plate & when you remove it from the Big Shot, use the Die Brush to remove the waste pieces before you remove the thinlet from the cardstock. (Big Shot sandwich, Magnetic base plate, Precision base plate, cardstock, die, standard cutting pad).

6. Turn rose to back side & adhere packing tape (I used Scotch brand because it is very substantial), cut around the rose outline with Paper Snips (Item #103579) discarding the excess tape. Don't touch the sticky side of the tape excessively to keep it very sticky. Turn to the sticky side and sprinkle liberally with Gold Glitter. Shake off excess. Using liquid glue adhere the flower to the top of the card front.

7. Stamp Happy Birthday (Rose Wonder stamp set) in Night of Navy Ink, using the label framelit (Rose Garden thinlets) cut out with the Big Shot (use above sandwich); adhere to lower card front with liquid glue.

Your card is completed---isn't it just the prettiest?

Now I have a confession, the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper is out of stock....forever....so I would recommend substituting Island Indigo cardstock (#122923) and ink (#126986) and the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper (#141654) for an equally lovely card. In fact, try your own choice of designer paper and cardstock--send me a picture and I'll post it right here with your credit--I'd love to see what you make!

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button to order from my store.


Fancier but Still Simple

We are playing some more with the new Eastern Palace Suites and a new card Fancy but Still Simple!

If you missed the debut of the new Eastern Palace Suites that are now available check out the post on Monday http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2017/05/fast-and-fancy.html

The brochure describing all the products in both suites is here  Download Eastern_Palace_Flyer_NA

Today I played with the thinlits---the layering & the options are almost endless...I used a set of 3 concentric thinlets that do not cut the outer edge but just the inner pieces...check out the card

Eastern Palace Card - Fresh FigThis one uses the new Fresh Fig cardstock---this is going to be a huge hit! Now notice the awesome (and I mean AWESOME) medallion in the center---is that not to die for....get it "die" for...ok, let's move on. As I mentioned, this was a result of layering 3 dies....but as you may recall, sometimes things jump around on the Big Shot platform so I wanted to make sure that they would stay in place (and that if I wanted to play more, that I wouldn't have to position the dies each time). 

Tape thinlits together

Here's the secret...lay the dies cutting side down and use scotch tape across the back...I used about 3 strips. after the dies go through, use your piercing tool to poke through the tape--the tape actually stays in place for many runs through and I didn't have any trouble getting the cardstock out of the die with the tape on there.

So after I created this one I decided to use the same design and go for super elegant and this is the result

Vanilla card with medallion thinlitI'll give you the directions (same for both cards) and following that are the Supplies needed. Use the Shop Now button to purchase what you need through my store...use this month's Hostess code (7MQNATZF) and get your name in the drawing for $50 Stampin'Up! product!

1. Cut Fresh Fig cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score on the long side at 5 1/2. (card base)

2. Cut Fresh Fig cardstock 4 1/8 X 5 3/8; dry emboss with the Sparkle embossing folder; adhere to the card base front with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut gold glimmer paper 3 1/2 X 3 1/2; cut Very Vanilla cardstock 3 3/8 X 3/3/8--adhere to gold glimmer with glue dots.

4. Cut Fresh Fig 3 1/4 X 3/1 4, use Medallion set (see above picture) to cut the medallion in the center. (sandwich: Precision base place, cardstock, die, standard cutting pad.)   Adhere to the vanilla layer with liquid glue. Adhere a gold Metallic Enamel dot to center of medallion. Adhere unit to card front using liquid glue.

5. Stamp Happy Anniversary (Teeny Tiny Wishes) in Fresh Fig ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. Punch out with Classic Label punch; adhere under medallion with dimensionals.

Your card is completed.

Here is the Supply list. Use the Shop Now button to order your supplies through my store.


Winner of the $50 Stampin'Up! Gift Certificate for Stampin'Up! product

April's  Online Orders closed and the Winner of the $50 Stampin'Up! Gift Certificate is......drum roll please....Valerie Lacoste Congratulations, Val!

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You can be entered into the drawing for May's $50 Stampin'Up! gift certificate...here's how:

When you place an online order through my Stampin'Up! store (use the Shop now button on this page), use the Host code for May 7MQNATZF when you check out! Easy at that. For each $50 in product that you order, your name will be entered into the drawing! Don't forget to use the code--that's how I can know you ordered.

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Check out all the Retiring products Download Retiring_List_US (4-15-17) or  Download Retiring_List_US and use the Shop Now button to shop in my Stampin'Up! store! Shop now before the products are out of stock!


Fast and Fancy

 

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We've got new toys to play with so I made something Fast and Fancy for you!  The new toys are called Eastern Palace Suite and they are available by Bundle only (there are 2 bundles--one for the beginning crafter and one for the avid crafter). 

They include an awesome stamp set, 3 new In Colors (Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide) Ink Pads, Designer Series Paper, Gold Vinyl stickers, and FREE Very Vanilla Note cards & Envelopes. For the Avid Crafter the bundle includes these extras: cardstock pack (has Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim and Fresh Fig), Mini Tassels,  and Eastern Medallion Thinlets, plus Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (FREE).  

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Eastern Palace Designer Paper

The full description is in the brochure atttached here  Download Eastern_Palace_Flyer_NA

These bundles are available from May 1st - 31st--after that, the items are available in the new catalog but not at bundle price!

And obviously....the Free Notecards & Envelopes nor the Thick Very Vanilla cardstock will not be FREE!

Here's a Fast and Fancy card I created to get us started (tune back Friday for something fancier)!

Eastern Palace Card with tassels
I'll give you the directions for this cute card which goes together very quickly--but isn't it pretty? I just love tassels. Then I'll give you the Supply List. Use the Shop Now button to order the bundles (remember bundle prices are only valid until 5/31)

1. Cut Thick Very Vanilla cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/2 (card base)

2. Cut Eastern Palace Designer Paper 4 1/4 X 3 and adhere to card base with multipurpose liquid glue. 

3. Cut Tranquil Tide cardstock 1/2 X 4 1/4 and adhere with liquid glue above the designer paper.

4. Cut 16" Natural Trim Gold, tie around the card front in a knot. Cut about 8" white twine and loop the Tranquil Tide and metallic gold tassels on, then tie around the knot.

5. Stamp "to think of you is to smile" in Tranquil Tide ink. Adhere 3 gold Metallic Enamel shapes in a triangle.

Your card is complete---imagine what you can do with the other designer series paper designs!

Here are the supplies, use the Shop Now button to order your supplies (use this month's Hostess code 7MQNATZF be entered in the $50 Stampin'Up product drawing).