Friday, July 21, 2017

Golden Poinsettias

Here's another Christmas card I made when I took part in RG Presents last weekend.  Again, the stamped images are all from the upcoming Holiday Mini catalog that goes live August 1.


I used a large Dauber Dowel and Pool Play ink to add the light color on my Whip Cream card stock layer then stamped the skinny leaf from the Poinsettia Burst set a few times using Fresh Forest ink.  Next I splattered some Gold and Silver Silk. I stamped the Merry Christmas from the new Holiday Wishes set with Black Licorice ink. I adhered a piece of Simply Gold washi tape and layered a piece of Black Deco Strip and a strip of Black Licorice card stock over my base images. Some Journey Gold Thread tied on and I'm ready for my focal images.  I stamped the poinsettias on Whip Cream card stock using our Clear Pigment ink then Gold embossed and die cut. The leaves were stamped using Fresh Forest ink and die cut. I layered and foam dotted the leaves and Poinsettias in place.



A few green Holly gemstones finished the front. Last I layered it on a folded card base of Black Licorice.

As soon as I have the link to our Mini I will post it in the side bar.

I am now working on a new computer.  I got an HP Pavilion with and i5 processor.  It came with a keyboard and mouse but I don't like the sizes, both are smaller than my previous ones (which still worked fine).  My old HP was losing it graphics card as I'd get spots of black come and go on my screen and I figured it was just a matter of time before I wouldn't be able to use it.  Poor thing was over 7 years old so it was time.

I also sold my Copic markers (don't faint!) since I haven't used them in ages.  It was a tough decision but the $$$ will buy more FSJ products!!

StampinCarol

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Desks and Open Houses

It's Wednesday!  Another beautiful day of rain!  Yes, we're in our monsoon time and have been getting storms almost daily along with flash flood alerts and a couple little floods in the gully that we drive through.  So far not enough water to cause any issues with getting in or out of our home, thank goodness!  But today is What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day you get the opportunity to see my desk (and many others should you decide to check them out) in whatever state it's in when I take the picture.  I usually do this on Tuesday afternoon so I can get linked up early.  This fun (well, sometimes almost embarrassing) blog tour is put together by Julia at the Stamping Ground.

So here is my desk:


There's been a major change of my desk this week.  I'm selling my Copic markers & rack.  I haven't used them in ages preferring to use my company's coloring mediums so... bye!  So my desk looks quite tidy at the moment.  I am working on a project of  making sample sheets of some stuff.  I will get back to card making later.  I will be changing the shelves around a bit to better hold/organize my stuff but that may take some time but for now this will work.

Last Friday I had an Open House at a local cafe but only 5 people, all customers of mine) came and enjoyed themselves.  I was hoping for "new blood" but I am really happy that my customers supported me and they almost all placed orders with me.


I put together 2 display boards, one with card samples and one with sign up info and this month's specials.  Also here I have catalogs, a drawing bucket and the large bag I was giving away.


This picture is showcasing some of our products and there was some interest in what we carry.  If you look on the bottom shelf of the unit on the far left you can see my team mascot, Mike from Monster U.


This is my Make 'n Take table along with my Planner and an Album.  Was no interest in those but the gals loved their projects!

So I'm a little heavy in photos so please forgive me.  Please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out other desks as you'll get to see some great projects, too!

I'm still having computer issues, looks like the graphics card is dying and since this computer is over 7 years old, guess I'm going shopping...

StampinCarol

Monday, July 17, 2017

Merry Christmas... What!

This past Saturday I attended a group get-together in Tucson, AZ of RG Presents, a 6 hour YouTube live streaming "party" put on by Fun Stampers Journey. Richard Garay, the CEO and co-owner and many of the Journey crew gave demonstrations, product reviews and uses, and more.  Unfortunately there was about an hour or so of technical difficulties but our group of 7 made the 4 cards from our RG Presents Bundle that we had to purchase to take part (and get the link to join in).  Our cards use stamps and dies from our upcoming Holiday Mini catalog that goes live August 1.  I'll provide the link to the online catalog when I get it.

Here's 1 of the cards...




We used the new Poinsettia Burst Bundle, a stamp set of 8 and a coordinating die set of 5, Holiday Wishes stamp set of 16, and Christmas Cheer Prints, a pack of 12" x 12" double sided card stock.  I didn't add any Journey Glaze to the Poinsettias so there's only the new Berries & Holly dots (also new) that are kinda blingy. Since these aren't available yet I can't give links. Other products used are:
Card stocks: Black Licorice and Whip Cream
Inks: Black Licorice, Cranberry Bliss, Fresh Forest, and Gold Silk

I noticed that I didn't do a couple other things to this card after reading the directions to get the supplies.  Oh well.  I still like it!

I am still having computer issues.  It seems the graphics card is going out.  I'm waiting for my IT guy to get home from his vacation to decide what I need to do, whether replace it or the computer. This computer is over 7 years old. It has all the components I like so I really hate to start over.

StampinCarol

Friday, July 14, 2017

Alpaca Bag

I decided to play with our new set, No Prob-Llama bundle. I fell in love with this set when I first seen it at Convention mid-June and this is my first opportunity to use it!  I started with a folded base of Cranberry Bliss card stock then added a layer of Dark Roast.



 I love our new Designer Choice Prints so used this fun wood-look print for the top layer.   I stamped the phrase on Oatmeal Cookie card stock, cut into a banner then layered it on some Dark Roast card stock and popped in place.


I stamped the Llama on Butter Cream card stock with Black Licorice ink, die cut it then stamped the glasses.  I colored a bit with our Color Burst Pencils and added Journey Glaze to the glasses.


We have such great dies and I used our Fun Triangles die to cut some Green Olive card stock but only used one row and saved the triangles to add to the card edges.  Some Natural Thread was looped on top the Trianges die cut then I popped the Llama over that. I love how this turned out as I'm one of those who likes to make cards that others can replicate.

Other products used:  Amaze die cut machine, Foam Squares, Glue dots, and Easy Glide Runner.
Just click on the product names and you can go shopping

StampinCarol

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Busy Desk and Some itty Bitties

Yep, Wednesday. Desker Day.  Hump Day.  What a week - computer had issues, we had 1 1/2" rain last night with floods, yeah. Been interesting.  But today I'm joining up with many others to give you the opportunity to see my desk and the project I was working on when I took my picture yesterday afternoon.  And our head desker Julia at the Stamping Ground brought us all together!  She and her hubby has been enjoying a vacation in the U.S. (and looks like she's been having a great time for the few weeks they've been here).  I hope they have a safe trip home.


This was my desk yesterday.  I've been preparing to hold an Open House to celebrate the new catalog of the company I'm with.  What's on my desk here is one of the door prizes I'll be giving out on Friday.  What you see is:
Left: my Cricut with the Christmas cards sitting on top for a class I'll be teaching the 28th and a large bag of bags in front of it along with some embellishments in a plastic box.
Middle: my Itty Bitties sitting on a kraft sheet in front and tools, etc. behind.
Right: my Hot Marks tool (used to seam a plastic bag to fit my project) and my Platinum machine and ATG adhesive roller in front and light, ink rack, and paper scraps in back.

Do you want to see my Itty Bitties?  These are basically Card Candy but when I was involved in a swap of them the hostess changed the name to make them more unique to our company.


I used assorted dies, papers, inks, PanPastels, and embellishments but just 1 stamp set with coordinating dies.  This is the 2nd time I've made these but these are a bit bigger than I wanted but still, they are a door prize so who cares the size!  I had an interesting time editing these pictures as my Photoshop Elements 11 quit working. I'm sure it's a result of the computer issues I had last week but I have #15 ordered!  I really like Photoshop and have been using it for 20 years.  I'm not utilizing it to its fullest but I am used to it and it's fun to play with.

Please now head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the other links.

StampinCarol

Monday, July 10, 2017

Double Pocket Card

I was very disappointed when our cool (original) Double Pocket Die retired but then excited when we came out with a new Double Pocket Die set that had so many more options! In order to find this cool die I had to search for it and I had to search for the extra Pocket Trims Die Set so I don't know where they are without searching.


I made this to use as a give-away at my Open House on Friday.  I used some retired print paper as I have oh so much!  The pocket topper trims are die cut from Lemon Drop and Blue Lagoon card stocks.


 Here you can see the tag I made using the largest tag on the Tag Set Steel Rule Die.  I stamped the Flame from the Birthday Bash stamp set (can get as a Bundle but I don't have the die set) using Sweet Berry ink.  The text is from the Word Up stamp set stamped with Blue Lagoon ink on Whip Cream card stock.


The flower was made from some more printed paper from the retired paper pack and Blooming Details Die set. A bit of Whip Cream Thread behind it and some cool Sweet Candy Drops to add some pop.

I hope I get some customers at my open house.  I've taken flyers to the store where I sell my cards and took some flyers to the store where I'll be holding my event along with emailing my customers.

StampinCarol

Friday, July 7, 2017

You Color My World

When I made the card for my previous post I had some bits and pieces of die cuts left over so I made another card kinda similar.


I used pretty much the same products but switched up the card stock colors and the ink on the banner.


I used our Sweet Candy Drops as they are shiny whereas the ones used previously are matte.  And I used Turbo Teal ink for the sentiment.

Well, tomorrow we have dental appointments across the border into Nogales, Mexico.  Our dentist and hygienist are so nice and we've been going to them for 7 years.  I am thankful we don't go very far across the border but we have never had an issue.

StampinCarol

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Mystery Item Card

For our monthly stamp club (SALSA - Stampers At Large Stamping Away) I accepted the challenge of using a designated mystery item that was handed out at our May meeting.  It was a couple little washers that looked like gears.  I hemmed, I hawed, and finally, the light bulb lit up!


Do you see them? They've got our colorful Spring Accent Dots on them!


The pattern paper is retired but I used bright card stocks from our Be Amazing Collection,  Sour Lemon, Electric Lime, Turbo Teal, and Outrageous Pink.  The bright silver paper is new and is called Mirror Silver.  It is so very very shiny!! I also used our Whip Cream card stock for the text banner. How do you like the flowers and leaves?  They're all from a new die set called Blooming Details die set.  I just love it!  And the text is from our Color World stamp set. It was 1 long line but I cut the stamp in half. I used Outrageous Pink ink to stamp it.

I am having computer issues, picked up a virus or something recently so will have to find someone to clean it up as my computer guy is on vacation until the end of the month. Bummer.  Hope you have a great Independence Day celebration!

Somehow I've been locked out of my FaceBook account and may have to open a new one.  I'll keep you informed.

StampinCarol

Monday, July 3, 2017

Prickly Planner Clips

I've been making a few items to give away at my open house the 14th and Planners and accessories are a big thing right now so...  I made a set of 4 planner clips!  I may even make more to sell with my cards but not until after my open house.


I was thinking that since cacti is a big thing in our area (and we have some VERY large Prickly Pear cacti) that these would be liked.


I didn't use a lot of product on these.
Stuck On You Bundle (stamps & dies)
Color Splash Pencils (water color pencils)
Blending Brush
Journey Glaze
Foam Squares

I still have to make some flyers..... probably tomorrow.  I need these to put up where I sell my cards and at the venue where I'll be holding my event.

StampinCarol

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Social Media Hop

This morning Richard Garay did a social media hop covering 5 forms of media (actually 6 but Instagram was not a project, just a quick message).  Here's the links for you to view his fun projects and creativity!  Look for the July 1 videos in each.  Some of these require an FB account to view.

RG Signature

FSJ Facebook

Richard's FB page

RG YouTube

Fun Stampers Journey YouTube

 I hope I have them all.  Three links are FB Pages where the video is embedded as I couldn't get them on YouTube.

This fun hop was to celebrate our new 2017-2018 Inspiration Book launch!!  Have you checked out our online catalog? Just click on the catalog at the top of the sidebar!

StampinCarol

Friday, June 30, 2017

Land of the Free

I recently accepted a challenge for a red, white, and blue card.  I used stamps that, as of tomorrow, you will not be able to purchase as today is the final day they will be can be purchased.  I'll provide links but they won't work tomorrow.


I used some new product that will be available in the new catalog effective tomorrow.  It's called Liquid Color. I'm not sure how to describe it but it's not ink.  Kind of like a very liquid paint.  It is dye based and acid free. I used a folded baby wipe to apply the color to my card front. I love the effect!  Just put a few drops of the color on an acrylic block, pick it up with the folded baby wipe and swipe!  I used Candy Apple and Catalina Splash Liquid Colors.  I love how they flowed on my paper!



I stamped some stars from the retiring Star Bright set using Whip Cream ink and got kind of a bokeh effect.  I then watered down some white gesso, and using my Blending Brush, I flicked the gesso on my card front for the white dots.  I also flicked some Sparkle Silk for some bling.  I embossed the large star with our Clear Pigment Ink and White Embossing Powder then die cut with one of the dies from our Star-Dom die set.  I stamped the 2 banners from our retiring Beautiful America (I love this set so will be hanging on to it!) using Candy Apple and Catalina Splash inks then detail cut.  I then stamped the phrases with Black Licorice ink.  I put down some Candy Apple Twine and Whip Cream Thread before adhering the star and banners with our foam squares.  Other than 4th of July I'm not sure how one would use this card.  Maybe for a veteran's birthday. I may just send it to a fellow coach who sends cards to the troops to use, much like Operation Write Home used to do.

And the July Bloom Box is so cute!  The stamp set is called Mermaid Kisses, wonderful for little girls or a beach theme party.


Effective tomorrow you can purchase the Box on a month to month basis for $29.95 (providing you don't have a subscription that hasn't reached the 6 month commitment) or subscribe for 6 months at $24.95.  I am no longer getting the Bloom Box as I decided to keep my premium website and must pay for it.  But I will be sharing info on the Box as I get it.

StampinCarol

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It's STILL a Hot Wednesday Desk

Yeah, we've hit a record 10 days of over 105*F and no rain in site for the next 10 days or more.  We did get a sprinkle last week and even seen some clouds but they weren't rain clouds. 

But I'm staying in as much as possible after the temperature hits 100*F and working at my desk or at various things.  And since this is Wednesday I get to travel to locations all over the U.S. and Europe and visit desks!!  Thanks to Julia at the Stamping Ground (who has been on vacation in Arizona and Utah) for bringing so many together! And she's been doing this for 422 weeks!!!


I am preparing to hold an Open House to celebrate our new catalog from the company I'm an independent demonstrator (we're known as coaches) with.  It's taking place on July 14 so I'm working on the Make 'N Take here.  Far left is my paper trimmer in front of my Cricut, then sets of PanPastels in a media bag. Center is a "step out board" with pictures of the Make 'N Take step by step to make it easier for those making the cards. Then far right is my ATG adhesive gun (usually it's standing but it was in use), and finally my Amaze die cut machine.  As to the back of the picture, stuff, Copic markers, ink pads, and more.

And here's the card:


I used a new die and text stamp that will be available starting July 1.  The Dahlia and leaves are hold overs from our soon retiring catalog but I really like this set.


Here you can see the Sparkle Silk (kinda like a liquid glitter) that I just LOVE!  I have 2 more bottles as the one I am using is now only half full.  I've used the dickens out of it!

Ok, I'm done.  Please head over to the Stamping Ground for the links to many other desks and lots of great projects! I'll be around later as I have an exterminator coming by this morning to spray for those itty bitty ants as they're on my kitchen counters! And all over around the house.  After 3 weeks of looking for them I finally called for help.

StampinCarol

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Other Two Bloom Box Cards

Hard to believe July is Saturday!!!  Where is this month and year going???  Seems like it was just a short time ago we started this year.  Oh well, I think the older I get the faster time goes.

I shared 2 of our June Bloom Box cards last Friday so here are the other two. The Bloom Box showcased the cool new stamp set Fun Cards.  This fun set should be available for purchase in October.


I have a very good girlfriend (we are sisters by choice) back in Wyoming and this is one of her expressions!  (Her other is "cheese and rice"!) The close up pic I was trying to show the Glaze I put on the beans but it barely can be seen. Oh well.
Supplies used...
Card stocks: Whip Cream, Hazelnut Blend, and Mother Nature Prints
Ink: Dark Roast
Silks: Dark Roast and Sparkle Silk
Embossing Folder: Love Stripes
Embellishments: Natural Twine

This next card is so bright! It would be great for an anniversary card or even birthday!



Card stocks: Whip Cream and Sour Lemon
Ink: Black Licorice
Silks: Silver, Sour Lemon, and Sparkle
Dies: Stardom and Star Piercing
Embellishments: Black Licorice Twine, Black Licorice Sparkle Tape, and Whip Cream Sparkle Tape

And do you want to see our July Bloom Box cards?


Starting in July you have 2 choices for our Bloom Boxes.  You can do a 6 month subscription at $24.95 (plus s/t) per month or purchase month to month as you see a box you want for $29.95 (plus s/t) but it will be as supplies last for the excess boxes after the subscriptions are filled. I will be posting the Boxes as I get the info.

Ok, now I have to get busy working on an upcoming Open House on July 14 at Cayley Cakes in Green Valley, AZ. If you are in the area please stop by.  I'll have make 'n takes for the first 20 people and a couple door prizes. And the store has wonderful scones!!  I know where I'll be having lunch!

StampinCarol

Friday, June 23, 2017

2017-2018 Catalog

It is now LIVE for your viewing pleasure!!  Bur remember, no ordering until July 1. Just click on the catalog in the sidebar.  It will replace this window rather than open a new one.  Have fun!
My wish list is huge!

StampinCarol
 

June Bloom Box Cards

June is almost over and I'm just finishing my June Bloom Box cards! These are a hoot and the stamp set that came with the Box is so funny! It is called Fun Cards and has 6 stamps in the set.  I'll share 2 of the 4 cards today.




This fun set is not in our new catalog but it may be in the upcoming Holiday Mini that comes out Aug. 1, we'll see, I guess.
Supplies used...
Card stocks: Whip Cream, Turbo Teal, Outrageous Pink, Orange Rave, and Black Licorice
Inks: Black Licorice, Orange Rave, Turbo Teal, and Outrageous Pink
Silks: Outrageous Pink, Turbo Teal, and Orange Rave
Dies & Punches: Journey Rectangle Long, This Way Punch, and Punch Handle
Embellishmenst, Etc.: Black Licorice Thread and Dauber Dowel Small



Wouldn't this be great for a Valentine's Day card?  Or how about an anniversary!
Supplies used...
Card stocks: Whip Cream and Mother Nature Prints
Inks: Black Licorice and Cranberry Bliss
Silks: Silver and Cranberry Bliss
Embellishments: Heart Sparkle Drops and Gingham Sweet Berry Ribbon

I love sending cards like these (funny and punny) to our kids but will also put them on my card rack to sell. 

Check back Monday for the other 2 cards!  And if you're in the Green Valley, AZ area I will be having an Open House on Friday, July 14 at Cayley Cakes from 10 am to 2 pm.  I will have make 'n takes for the first 20 people and showing our new catalog along with our tools and some card samples.

StampinCarol

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's a HOT Wednesday

We have been suffering quite the heat wave with temperatures up to 114*F Monday and Tuesday.  Yesterday coming home from town (about 10 miles) my air conditioner decided to blow HOT, oh so HOT, air instead of cool and I ended up taking it to my mechanic.  Weird, but the air worked after driving about 3 or 4 miles so hopefully the garage can figure it out.  But today, I'm in where it's relatively cool and getting lots done at my desk.  And you get the opportunity to see my desk and many others through the gracious Julia at the Stamping Ground.  Or maybe someone who is filling in as she is on vacation (I seen she was in Arizona Sunday!).  But here's my desk in the middle of a project.


I was playing with a technique we were taught at our company's 3rd annual convention June 7 - 10 using water, a media tray, and our Silks (a liquid metallic or shimmery liquid ink-like product). You can see my "marbled pieces of paper in the middle of my work place.  Also there are the stamps & dies I'll be using. Do you want to see what I made?


Except for the green base all pieces of paper have been marbled.  This was a hoot! I also flicked some of our Sparkle Silk on the flowers for fun and added some pearls.





I made this card for a challenge using this technique through a fellow coach on FB.  Love it but it is messy. And the stamps are in our soon-to-be live on July 1 catalog so they're not available yet.

Now please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the links to many more desks.  I'll be home today since I'm vehicle-less until this evening.

StampinCarol

Monday, June 19, 2017

Balloons and Dandelions

These are the other 2 cards we made at Convention using new stamp sets from "soon to be live" 2017-2018 Inspiration Book.  (Have you preordered yours yet?).  These cards use the sets "Coils and Curls" and, my favorite, "Dandelion Wishes".


There are 3 stamps in the Coils and Curls set, a balloon (used here), a heart, and a camera plus there is a coordinating die set.  Very cool!


I colored the balloon with my Color Burst Pencils but did not do any blending.  Supplies used are:
Stamps: Coils and Curls Bundle (BD-0277) and Must Have Sentiments (SS-0501)
Dies: Journey Rectangles
Card Stocks: Whip Cream and Rich Coral
Inks, Liquid Colors, and Silks: Black Licorice ink, Silver Silk, Sparkle Silk, and Catalina Splash L.C.(IP-0130)
Embellishments: Black Licorice Twine
Coloring: Color Burst Pencils and Media Mister

We actually put a few drops of the Catalina Splash Liquid Color on a piece of acetate or Clear View Sheet, sprayed with water in the Media Mister, added a few flicks of Sparkle Silk then laid down our piece of Whip Cream card stock in the "puddle".  Kinda looks like the sky!


I really like this card!  I've seen cool dandelion stamps from other companies and was thrilled to see this set, AND GET IT, in our catalog.


This picture came out more green than blue but I wanted you to see the detail of the embossed dandelion.  Just too cool!
Supplies used:
Stamps: Dandelion Wishes (SS-0497)
Card Stocks: Whip Cream
Inks and Silks: Black Licorice, Catalina Splash, Pool Play, and Clear Pigment inks, Silver Silk,
Sparkle Silk, and White Embossing Powder
Tools: Heat Gun and Dauber Dowel Large

We picked up the Pool Play ink with our Dauber and rubbed it into the Whip Cream Panel until we were happy with the amount of color.  We then stamped the dandelion images and heat set before we stamped the large dandelion and white embossed.  I screwed it the first time and forgot to heat set before getting ready to emboss and had white embossing powder all over!  Nope, couldn't get it all off  and it just didn't look that good. Did it over. Lesson learned, again.

I had a good month at the store and sold about 10 cards.  Need to do a bit of restocking this week. And I need to get my 4 Christmas cards made for my Christmas in July card class July 28th. We got some fabulous new stamps and I'll be using a couple "old" sets.

StampinCarol


Friday, June 16, 2017

2 Cards Using Flower Swirls

I know these stamps won't be available until July 1 (that's just a couple weeks) but I wanted to share the cards we made at Convention last week.  I won't have links to the stamps and some of the products we used but I'll share what I can.  New products will have the SKU # listed in parentheses behind them.


The simplicity of this card still has great elegance.  I seen this fun stamp set, Flower Swirls, in a sneak peak a couple weeks ago when RG (Richard Garay) was doing a video.  He did tell us it was 1 of the sets we would get at Convention.


Supplies used:
Stamp Sets - Flower Swirls (SS-0454) and Must Have Sentiments (SS-0501 - there are 8 great sentiments in this set!)
Card Stock - Whip Cream and Sweet Pear
Inks - Black Licorice, Rich Coral, Lemon Grass, and Sweet Pear
Silks - Silver and Sparkle
Tools - Dauber Dowel Large


I love the background on this card.  We used a folded Baby Wipe and one of our new Liquid Colors.  It was SOOO fun!


Kinda looks like wood!  But a brown is just not one of the 12 colors in the collection.

Stamps - Flower Swirls and Must Have Sentiments
Card stocks - Whip Cream and Journey Vellum (PP-0044 - all clear, no patterns!)
Inks - Black Licorice
Silks - Silver and Sparkle
Liquid Color - Catalina Splash (IP-0130)
Accessories & Embellishments - Paper Clip Elements and Black Licorice Thread

Next week I'll share the other 2 cards. 

StampinCarol