Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mini Egg Carton... Easter Pig!

Before I start for today... please don't miss the news about the third release of promotional Sale A Bration items... scroll down or click here....

We had such fun with our Mini Egg Cartons in classes last week...

Take a cow... add a class of ladies in a creative mode... and up pops a cute little pig! Amongst other things!!
I adore the pig that Heidi came up with... though I was particularly happy to have the Sprinkles Punch on hand to create that curly tail.... eureka moment!!!
And you will have to wait to see what else we came up with.... but maybe some clues here.... 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

New Sale A Bration promotional items - Third Release

Second post today... Scroll down or click here for my earlier creative share...

Ooh how exciting! Just popping on to share eight more items just released by Stampin' Up! that you can select for free when you order £45+ Stampin' Up! products during the Sale A Bration promotion which ends 31st March.

These are items in the Annual or Spring Summer catalogues... but please enter the item codes shown below to get them for free... ie not the item codes shown in the catalogues!
Need the full picture of what you can select? Click here for the round up on the first and second release Sale A Bration items

And for those of you new to Stampin' Up! and/or Sale A Bration... this is how the Sale A Bration promotion works...  
Earn Free Product in any (or all) of 3 ways... until 31st March 2017...

SHOP: For every £45 you spend (before shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. Spend £90 get 2 free SAB products... and so on... with no limits...  Choose now from a total of 15 items.

JOIN:- Get an extra TWO STAMP SETS for FREE. Choose the standard £130 product plus 2 more free current stamp sets (could be an extra £93 for free!! Yes...up to £223 product). Pay just £99. Ships for FREE too...

HOST:- Order over £200 or... host a qualifying party with at least £200 in sales... and you'll earn £20 more Host/Stampin' Rewards. You can even use the Host/Stampin Rewards towards a Demonstrator Starter Kit. Example: For a £200 order... earn £40 total Host/Stampin Rewards during Sale A Bration 

Watercolor Pencils #10 - Back to Lovely as A Tree...

Back to the "Trees mini series" within the Watercolor Pencil series! Can't believe I am already on number 10...

Here is another quick & simple little landscape care of Lovely as a Tree and the Watercolor Pencils...
Pacific Point & water wash of the sky... by which I mean... Scribble pencil on a plastic sheet (such as your Stamp A Ma Jig sheet - unfortunately the clear blocks don't work so well...)... add a few drops of water from your Aqua Painter- and mix for a watery wash to subtly colour in that sky area...

Old Olive pencil & Aqua Painter colouring of grass and leaves on the trees...
Real Red dots on the 2 smaller trees to represent apples (Note- no water applied afterwards so as to ensure a "hard" dot...)

3 ticks in the sky for the birds... using the Basic Black pencil
SU! Products Used
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree, Helping Me Grow
Watercolor Pencils & Aqua-painter on Watercolor Paper
Ink - Staz On Black

Monday, 20 March 2017

Mini Egg Carton - Moo on Monday!

Following on from the Easter Chick and the Easter Bunny... I then moved onto a cow!

I can hear some of you asking... why a cow!? Probably something to do with the fact that Milka Chocolate is probably my favourite chocolate - especially those very big bars I used to bring back from many a French ski holiday!!

And when you have seen a "purple cow" skiing (and handing out chocolate... to kids!!! Cough!) around the French Alps during the Easter holidays... then it all becomes a logical choice... though I couldn't go the whole way and actually make my cow purple... maybe next year!
Ano hey...guess what! The cow was the most popular make here for Easter!!! But I forgot to take the photo of the herd!!!

SU! Products Used
Stamps - Playful Pals, Perpetual Birthday Calendar (blobs), Basket Bunch (flower)
Dies - Stitched Shapes, Baker's Box (nostrils, mouth), Playful Pyramid
Circle Punches - 1 3/4", 1/2"
Embellishments -  Subtles Enamel Shapes (So Saffron)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Watercolor Pencils #9 - Lovely as a Tree - Sky at Night...

Well you didn't expect just the one did you!!? Told you I was enjoying Lovely as a Tree now I have got it out again...

A circular mask for the sinking moon...
Then a more blending of the pencil colours with this one... Pacific Point and Basic Grey above the horizon... Basic Gray below

Finished off with Wink of Stella to the moon area and ground...
And local ladies...the last scheduled Watercolor Pencils class is this Wednesday... and 12am tomorrow (Monday) is your deadline to register as I do happen to have a couple of spare boxes of the pencils ready and waiting! But I do need to have time to prep!

SU! Products Used
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree, Rose Wonder
Watercolor Pencils & Aqua-painter on Watercolor Paper
Ink - Staz On Black
Wink of Stella Clear

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Watercolour Pencils #8 - Lovely as a Tree

Quick share today... just using the Watercolor Pencils to colour on the Watercolor Paper and then using the Aquapainter to drag out to a wash... for a lovely little sunset scene...

Starting with Calypso Coral on the horizon... moving up to Daffodil Delight at the top. Ground with a light dusting of Basic Gray with a teeny tiny bit of Daffodil Delight...
And I have to say... thoroughly enjoyed using Lovely as a Tree again... still as good as it ever was...

SU! Products Used
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree, Wetlands
Watercolor Pencils & Aqua-painter on Watercolor Paper
Ink - Staz On Black

Friday, 17 March 2017

Happy Celebrations Hoppy Easter

Delightful duo for you today!

Not that I can take any credit for the main event... the stamped panel is the brainchild of Brian King in the USA... click here for more details and his original version (in Watermelon Wonder & Pear Pizazz colourway and with a much "prettier" EASTER word!) ... but I was so inspired and just couldn't resist CASEing and making some of my own (within 30 minutes of seeing Brian's post I think!!)... Too cute Brian! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome idea!

First up ...a simple standard A6 card... spot the detail of the marker pen coloured wording in the paper... highlight whatever words you see fit...
And second up... my new A6 Double Z Joy Fold card... based on my (very popular!) Large Square one but reconfigured for the standard A6 size... (Square Card Tutorial here and other samples here, here and here
Love this... it just makes me smile all round!!
SU! Products Used
Stamps - Happy Celebrations, Basket Bunch, Crazy About You
Dies - Basket Builder Framelits Dies
Card & Papers - Thick Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Subtles 12x12 Paper Stack (Wild Wasabi)
Ink Pads  - Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, Island Indigo, Memento Black
Marker Penss - Bermuda Bay, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Watercolor Pencils Damp & Stamp Technique - #7

2 simple small square cards to try out a technique I made up and to see the difference between using Watercolor paper and Shimmery White cardstock with the Watercolor pencils

Watercolor Paper on the right (and below)... muter/more watercoloured look
And Shimmery White on the left (and below)... brighter and colours more distinct...
And a new technique for you (well I think it is - as I did make it up on the spur of the moment!) ... I call it Watercolor Pencil Damp & Stamp...

Remember the Watercolor Crayons Stampin' Up! used to sell years ago... the ones in a tin for each colour family... where you could colour the stamp direct... then spritz and stamp!

Well that doesn't work the same with the Watercolor Pencils... as they are too dry to colour direct onto the stamp...
So I lightly spritzed the stamp with water - or alternatively "coloured" the stamp with an Aquapainter - then coloured on top with the pencils... Bermuda Bay for most of the wings - with Pacific Point at the tips and next to the body... then spritzed again... and stamped...

The body was Damped & Stamped in the same way - just using the Pacific Point pencil. 

And a quick Bonus Tip for you about the dragonflies... stamp your body... die cut the dragonfly - then stamp your wings... otherwise you will not get it all to line up!! (Or wings... cut... body... whichever way your prefer!)
And we all loved it!!! Every dragonfly was different... and very life-like...

You may also notice the Partial Stamping of just the white mat for the Shimmery White dragonfly who therefore sits on a Bermuda Bay Bay base - a few more details on that in this post here... 

Whereas the Watercolor Paper dragonfly is mounted straight onto the white mat (achieved by sticking the white mat to the Bermuda Bay mat - and then partially diecutting the dragonfly shape...)

And so here you have my Watercolor Pencils Dragonfly Trio... click here for more details on the Vellum one at the bottom 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Watercolor Pencils #6 - No Line Watercoloring

Another project made featuring the Watercolor Pencils... using Big on Birthdays.

Using the No Line Watercoloring (or No Line Stamping) technique ie stamping the line image ( and greeting in this case) using a light coloured ink (Sahara Sand) and then colouring in the leaves with the Old Olive pencil and the flowers with the Rich Razzleberry pencil. 

Blender pen used to activate the Old Olive on the leaves and Clear Wink of Stella used to activate the Rich Razzleberry on the flowers
Stamped panel finished off with Gold Wink of Stella splatters (most people flick the reservoir with their finger  - but that doesn't work for me for some reason - so I give the reservoir a tap with a pen instead! Works every time...)

Set on a Rich Razzleberry A6 card base and dressed up with Falling In Love papers & Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon . 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

In The Meadow Cornfield.... using Watercolor Pencils #5

Quick share of another Watercolor Pencils card today.... made me feel quite the artist!

I will be back another day to explain the technique I used for the background.... but for today... spot the three little birds... just 3 little hand-drawn ticks using my Early Espresso marker pen... about the only thing I can draw!!
Remember it is not too late to join us for the Watercolor Pencils class next Wednesday 22 March 2017 10.30am-3pm... just £25 including your Watercolor Pencils to take home with you... just email me to book in by clicking here

Products Used
Colouring Tools - Watercolor PencilsAquapainter
Ink Pad - Early Espresso