Monday, March 16, 2020

Kylie's Montly Team Blog Hop March 2020 - Sending Healing Hugs During Flu Season

Yep...it is flu season and the best way to battle it, besides Grandma's chicken soup is "Painted Poppies" cling set and "So Sentiment" cling set from Stampin'Up®. They are sure to bring cheer to those in need of it.


Materials used: Gorgeous Grape Stampin'Up® Ink Pad,
 Granny Apple Green Stampin'Up® Ink Pad,
 Bermuda Bay Stampin'Up® Ink Pad
Mango Melody Stampin'Up® Ink Pad, Stazon Black Ink, 
Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, Gorgeous Grape card stock, 
Basic Black card stock,  Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper,
 Painted Poppies Cling set, So Sentimental Bundle,
 Honey Bee Bundle, Aqua painter, Snail Adhesive 

1st I stamped the largest flower in the corner with Stazon Black Ink because I am going to water color and the ink will not bleed or run at all on the Fluid 100 paper.  Then I stamped the same image on a post it note and cut it out to act as a mask and placed it right over top my image on my water color paper.  This protects my project as I work.  I take out the smaller poppy image and stamp it to the left top and to the right.  It is fine to stamp on the mask as it will protect the work underneath.  Stamp this same small poppy on a post it note and cut it out for a mask just like before.   It is fine if this second mask covers your first one. You want to protect both the little and the big poppies as you stamp the leaves in Stazon Ink.   I believe I cut my Fluid 100 paper 3 3/4" by 5".  The Basic Black mat is 3 7/8" by 5 1/4".  The DSP is 4" by 5 1/4".

2nd With an Aqua Painter or with Stamp'n'Blends color in the flowers. I used Gorgeous Grape Stampin'Up® Ink.  The leaves I did in Granny Apple Green Stampin'Up® Ink.

3rd.   I used the smallest bumble bee from "Honey Bee" and stamped it in Stazon Black Ink.  It's stripes are done in Mango Melody Stampin'Up® Ink, and the wings are Bermuda Bay Stampin'Up® Ink.  Use the matching die to cut it out.

4th.  Use the second and third smallest shape dies in "So Sentimental" for the DSP and scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped "Sending Healing Hugs" in Gorgeous Grape so that it would match the rest of the card.
Lastly use your snail adhesive to put it all together.

Thank you so much for coming by today! We have an amazing line up of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators from around the world, and we know you are going to love all the amazing projects that you are going to see today. Don't miss one blog link. Remember you are currently on my page - Lisa McDonough, see who is below me to know where to go next.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Hippity Hoppity....Let's "Welcome Easter" with this cute card.

The new "Welcome Easter" cling stamp set is sure to charm your socks off when you see it.  Not only is it wonderful for Easter but great for celebrating the "New Additions" in our families and communities.

I must do a huge shout out to my daughter Deborah who loves card making, hmm, I wonder where she got that from.  She is the one who actually came up with this card.  She wanted a card that would use up all the scrap pieces of card stock that were left over from her creations.  Her end cuts from cards that she could not bring herself to throw away.  This card was born from that.

This is my version of her card and my supplies are:  Gorgeous Grape Stampin'Up® Ink Pad and Paper, Brights Paper Collection, Whisper White card stock, Melon Mambo Stampin'Up® Ink Pad,
Gray Granite Stampin'Up® Ink Pad, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad, Circle die cuts
Everyday Label Tag Punch, Snail Adhesive, Aqua Painter
1st cut a piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock to A2 size, that is 5 1/2" by 8 1/2 " and fold in half with fold on the right side. Use a bone folder to make a crisp fold.  Then cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 5 1/4" by 4".

2nd grab your scrap pieces of decorative paper or make your own strips in different widths or the same size (it is up to you).   Lay them across your white card front and test out a pattern color before you use the snail adhesive to glue them down.  Then flip it to the back side or wrong side and cut the tails off that are hanging off the edge.  This is mine in process. You can see, I thought it was too much blue an added an additional color for interest.

3rd stamp your image in Gray Granite Stampin'Up Ink. Have your Aqua Painter handy because just as you stamp it, you will want to pull color from the stamped lines of the image to make a faint coloring of a Lamb.  (This method works because Stampin'Up Ink is a Water-based dye ink and reacts to water)  You can also use the Stamp'n'Blends as my daughter did above in hers.   I used Melon Mambo for the ears, Memento Black for the nose,and Gorgeous Grape for the Bow.   All on Whisper White card stock.  

Step 3b  Use a circle die to cut out your image and use one size larger (or even two) to cut out a hole in the striped card front you have just made above.  When cut, you should see a purple halo from the card base around your lamb when your insert it in the middle. (see my card for reference). Use snail adhesive to glue base in place, then the little lamb in the circle.

4th.  Using the Gorgeous Grape Stampin'Up® Ink, stamp Welcome to the World on scrap Whisper White and punch it out using the Everyday Label punch.   To "mat" this, use the punch again on the Bold Brights paper, I used the Gorgeous Grape plaid, and then with my scissors cut down the center from the left curve to the right curve. Then tape it about 1/8' from top and bottom of actual tag that I stamped. (refer to photo) Glue in Place.
This is what the tag looks like from the back, there should be a 1/4" gap of white across the middle.  You can do this "mat" method with any tag punch and it should work.

If you have any questions about this project please feel free to e-mail me and ask. Thanks for stopping by today. My name is Lisa McDonough and I am an Independent Stampin'Up Demonstrator.  If you would like to purchase these supplies and live in Canada please visit my store in the "SHOP WITH ME" section above.  Have a great day. 



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Monday, February 10, 2020

Kylie's Monthly Team Blog Hop - February 2020 - Special Someone


Special Someone from Stampin'Up® is a dream to work with when you have the "New Special Days Dies."  These are only available from February 4th to March 31, 2020 and while supplies last.

I truly love the simple and clean look of these cards.  Plus they are easy to make.




1st.  You take you sentiment of choice and stamp once in your main color...I used Gorgeous Grape.  Then, I stamped again without re-inking so that it was a lighter shade of that purple.  (This is called generational stamping.)

2nd.  I stamped the "shade" of the squirrel first ( it so much easier to do it this way ...backwards)  using Grey Granite.  You can use full strength or stamp off if you want it lighter.   Next, stamp the "outline" of the squirrel over top, lining up its ears and making sure to keep its tummy and muzzle white.  Die cut him out.

3rd.  Stamp the balloon "shade" in Flirty Flamingo.  The "outline" of the balloon and the tail of the balloon are in Melon Mambo.  Die cut these out as well. 
Tip- keep an eye on the tiny hole, at the end of the tail, on the die cut for the balloon.. you need to see the stamped line of the balloon go through it or you will not cut out your string straight.  Hope this helps :)

Adhere using method of choice.  I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue from Stampin'Up®.

Here is another idea for you with the same stamp set and same method... Special Someone from Stampin'Up®

Thank you so much for coming by today! We have an amazing line up of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators from around the world, and we know you are going to love all the amazing projects that you are going to see today. Don't miss one blog link. Remember you are currently on my page - Lisa McDonough, see who is below me to know where to go next.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

"Magical Mermaid" - It Is An Old Favorite

I know that right now all the excitement is for the new 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue but there are so many marvelous wonders in the 2019-2020 Main Stampin'Up Catalogue.  One of these remarkable cling stamp sets is the "Magical Mermaid".

I have always loved this set and this is why....with a bit of re-inker, watercolor paper and an aqua painter you can create a stunning background in which these "Mermaids" can come to life.


I stamped the far off mermaid in Basic Grey, the sea grass in Memento Black Ink, and stamped the greeting with Versa Mark Ink on Basic Black card stock and put White stampin' emboss powder over top and heat set it with a Stampin'Up heat tool.

The Mermaid, I stamped her twice. The first time on Whisper White card stock that I had left over from another project (using up my odds and ends.) I used the Stampin' Blends Soft Suede combo pack to do her hair but I left her body alone. I like using the Color lifter to lighten the color that I have put down.  You can really see it on her tail...the two highlighted strokes. That is done with a Color lifter.  It is a great way to add highlights to your image by simply stroking over the area you want light. 

Now her tail..... I had watercolored the same color combo Whisper White card stock. I let it dry and stamped just the tail portion of my image in the Memento black Ink and cut it out and put it over top the existing tail of my Mermaid.  (I layered my pieces to give it dimension.)

So my colors for the background, I used Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, and Coastal Cabana.  Lightly spritz the watercolor paper before you begin and loosely add the color making sure you keep the darker color at the bottom and the lighter at the top.  I like using the Aqua Painter for this because I can gently squeeze the barrel for more moisture on my brush as I go.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  I would be happy to help.  Thanks for stopping by today. My name is Lisa McDonough and I am an Independent Stampin'Up Demonstrator.  If you would like to purchase these supplies and live in Canada please visit my store in the "SHOP WITH ME" section above.  Have a great day.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

"Make A Splash" with this new Stampin'Up® Photopolymer Hostess stamp set

If you ever wanted to have a fish tank without ever having to actually clean the tank, this is the answer. The new Hostess "Make A Splash" Photopolmer stamp set.  It is just darling. This set is part of Stampin'Up® Distinkative line which has all the gorgeous detail in just one application.

Sometimes, I like to go in depth with my cards but today I kept it simple. I like the clean look that I get from a one layer card.  I hope you like it.


If you notice I anchored the bowl with a very light wash of Gray Granite.  That way it doesn't look like it is floating in space on the card. The bowl itself is stamped in the same color.

The pebbles are stamped in Crumb Cake, the greenery is Granny Apple Green and I stamped it once in full color and stamped right beside it again without re-inking my stamp and that is what gives the shadow effect.

The fish is stamped in Pacific Point I used a sponge dauber to add bits of Gorgeous Grape here and there on it for interest. 

The water line is stamped in Coastal Cabana. 

Then with an Aqua Painter I did a very light wash with little water. I took some Coastal Cabana and watered it down so the color was very light. Next I used the watered down Coastal Cabana and very carefully, using an Aqua Brush, colored around my stamped images.  If you go over the plants or fish they will smudge as they are stamped with water based ink.

I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape.

Thank you so much for joining me today. My name is Lisa McDonough and I am an Independent Stampin'Up® Demonstrator here in Canada. If you do not have a Demonstrator I would love to be yours.  Please connect with me.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Little Ladybug- Sympathy

It is amazing how the tone of a card can be completely changed by the colors we use.  For the "I Love You" card, I used nice pink cheery hues.  However, for this sympathy card, I used earth tones which are more comforting and peaceful.  It is still the same image and the same watercolor method but a different feel to it.

(For those that did not see, on Jan. 31, 2020 I posted an I Love You card using the "Little Ladybug" cling hostess set from Stampin'Up®.)



For this card, I used Mango Melody for the card base, Stampin'Up®. watercolor paper,and Basic Black cardstock.  
I took the large flower from the Little Ladybug Cling hostess set and stamped it in Versa Ink and used Whisper White Embossing powder.  I heat set it with the Stampin'Up®. heat tool.  Once it cooled down, I took my Aqua Painter (which I absolutely love) and used ink from my Mango Melody ink pad (which I stamped on a plate and added a tiny bit of water to) and watercolored my flower.  The stem is done in Granny Apple Green and the flower centre is Early Espresso.
The background is a seriously watered down Coastal Cabana ink. The secret to watercolor is loose strokes and not overthinking.

I like to save left over pieces from watercolor paper that I have cut off from other card projects. That is what I have used here to cut out the "Sympathy" sentiment.  It is actually the edge piece of a card that I did not like the look of.  It looks great here though (It is a mixture of yellows and greens from the Stampin'Up®. ink Brights Collection, in case you are interested.)

Thanks for popping by and checking out my blog.  I am Lisa McDonough an Independent Stampin'Up® Demonstrator, Canada. If you do not have a demonstrator, I would love to be yours. Just drop me a line and I will contact you.  Have a great day.
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