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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