Friday, June 14, 2013

6/14 Wildflower Meadow Wet Watercolor Technique Card ~ One Layer Wonder

Good Afternoon Friends! 

I told ya that I love this set!!  I can't seem to put it down!  This card is so simple to make, but it really looks like a water colored work of art, does it not? 

 This card uses the wet watercolor technique with Stampin Up Markers, watercolor paper, 4 markers, a water bottle for spritzing water, some self adhesive pearls and some Island Indigo Bakers Twine! 
To make this card:

  1. Start with a piece of Stampin Up Water color paper and cut it down to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" 
  2. Score and fold your cardstock at 4 1/4"
  3. Start with the lightest color marker and begin inking your background image, first Daffodil Delight, Then, add Tangerine Tango, and do Island Indigo and Cherry Cobbler at the end.  (if you start with the darkest color first your yellow marker could turn a funky color).  This step takes a few minutes, but don't worry the rest goes quick.  
  4.  Using a waterbottle with a spritzer on it, evenly spray the stamp with ordinary water until you've covered the whole thing.  I used a stamp cleaner bottle and sprayed 5 times before I covered the whole thing.  I thought it looked too wet! 
  5.  Lay the folded cardstock down on the stamp (don't forget to figure out which side of your card is supposed to open, just sayin')
  6. Lay a piece of computer paper over the top and smooth flat so you get all the color evenly distributed.  
  7. Lift the papers off the stamp and wait a few minutes to dry.
  8. Once your one layer card is dry, add the self adhesive pearls and Bakers twine to your taste and you're ready to write your card out to someone!
Again!  I love how simple it is to make a quick card that packs a WOW with this Wildflower Meadow Background Stamp .  Woot woot!!

Looking for the bundle with the embossing folder? The wood mount is $21.95 and the clear mount is $18.50. It's a bargain for sure!

I hope you are loving your summer.  It's raining here today, a perfect day for scrapbooking!!  It's a great day to stay inside and the weekend is supposed to be beautiful!  I can't wait to get outside over the weekend.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  If you are planning to join us for the Card Making night to benefit the St. Michael Church in Lowell, today is the last day to sign up!!  Want a packet of cards instead?  Email me for details and I'll mail you a packet!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Selene Kempton

Thursday, June 13, 2013

6/13 Stampin' Up! Wildflower Meadow Celebrate Card

Good Afternoon Friends!

One of my favorite new things from the brand new idea book and catalog is the Wildflower Meadow Background Stamp and matching embossing folder from Stampin Up!  In a few short minutes, you can have a GORGEOUS card made and be ready to roll and celebrate any occasion! 
I know, for me that summertime should be fun time and it's also a time when there's a TON of things going on, between graduations and summer parties.  Having a way to make a quick card is so important!

This card uses 3 colors Tangerine tango, soft suede and very vanilla.  Seriously a stamp and go type of card.  For best results, lay your stamp on the table and ink it up so that it's just laying there.. Lay the tangerine tango piece of paper on top of your inked stamp, and grab a piece of computer paper to lay on top.  Next, just smooth over both papers with an open hand so you get all the little polka-dot details.

After stamping, I ran this through the big shot with the coordinating embossing folder.  It really makes it pop!  I added a bit of Victoria, vintage style ribbon and some pearls to match.  So easy and perfect for summer! 

So here's the best part!! You can get both the wood mount or the clear mount stamp set and embossing folder in a bundle!

The wood mount is $21.95 and the clear mount is $18.50.  What's better than coordinating products?? Saving money by getting a bundle of course!!  Woot!    If you're shopping with me, you also qualify for stamping rewards (check out my rewards program link above).  Thanks for all of you who have chosen me to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, come here for inspiration, leave me kind messages or are just my stamping friends!  I'm so grateful.

Selene Kempton
Saturday, June 1, 2013

6/1 Stampin' Up! Really Good Greetings, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush In Color, Fundraiser For A Handicapped Access Ramp, Making a Difference

Good Morning Friends!

Yippee-Skippee!!  I'm so excited about these new In Colors!!  When writing about Crisp Cantaloupe, it doesn't really flow off the fingers easily typing, but I know I'm going to be using it a LOT, especially with this new Strawberry Slushy color that I can't seem to put down. 

I admit that pink is probably my favorite color and I had pink in almost every single creation I made my first year as a demo, until my customers whacked me into shape suggested that I branch out a little! {smiles}.  Here is today's share:
This is for a fundraiser that is very near and dear to my heart.  It became apparent to me (and many others) that there was a DIRE need for a handicapped access ramp at my very old, but very BEAUTIFUL church, St. Michaels in Lowell MA, when two guests of children making first communion had to be carried in and out of the church to be there for their special child's day.  I went and spoke with the pastor.  I'm able to contribute a little, but felt like I could do more if I hosted a card class! 

You can read all about the event and register at this link.  I don't usually do "kits" but long distance packets will be available (with an additional charge if it requires postage) because I really want to do this for my church and help as much as I can. 

I know I don't often share my faith here, but it is a HUGE part of my life and the basis of what drives me as a person.  So on a personal note, when I moved to Dracut, MA, I first attended a different church that somehow didn't feel like home.  St. Michael Church is filled with amazing people that make me feel welcome and part of the experience.  It is also one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen.  I love how following my daughter through the process of making two sacraments this year, unlike when I was a child, the process wasn't scary at all.  

If you miss a week, no one judges and it's just a wonderful community in a place I want to be.  I would like EVERYONE to have access to this place if that's where they want to be too and I know I could do a lot more to help if I called on the thing I love most: Gathering with friends to stamp and MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  So, there you have it.  Here are some photos of the place I love so much, and one of my sweet girl from the spring concert.  If you want to make a donation without doing the class, just pop me an email and I'll either put you in touch with them directly, or collect the money and pass it along. 

This is my favorite window in the church.

See the window on the right.. There's a framelit in there from Apothecary Accents!   Do you see it in the middle in the darker blue with the tab on the top and bottom?

When Alexis sings at church, she sings from that place deep down, can you see her joy?  It's a celebration every week.  People who sit in front of us, turn around and comment that it's so cool to hear her little voice ring and with such beautiful enthusiasm.  I just love it! I hope you can make the event on the 21st of June and if you cannot, just say a little prayer that we raise enough money to make a difference so that everyone can come and share in that joy!

So Let's get back to the little details on this gorgeous card! 

Base: Strawberry Slush 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded in half at 4 1/4"
Layer 2:  Crisp Cantaloupe 5 x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Whisper white 4 7/8" x 3 5/8", embossed with  the brand new Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder
Layer 4: 1 x 5" inch strip of Crisp Cantaloupe embossed with the Fancy Fan Folder and cut with scissors to make the little banner bottom.  Tip** The easiest way to do that my customers love is, cut about a 1" cut up the middle of the bottom of the banner, then from each of the bottom corners, cut to the tip to make the "V"  I'm going to have to get a photo of that for a future post.  It's so easy when you see it. 
Layer 5: is the cute little butterfly on the top left.  I embossed that also with the Fancy Fan Folder and cut it with the Bitty Butterfly punch
Layer 6: I dressed my butterfly with one medium self adhesive pearl and two small ones.  See how the head of the butterfly is slightly larger?
Layer 7: To make it easier for the class participants, I will precut this layer and probably emboss all the pieces but one (so the newbee's can try embossing).  This gorgeous shape comes from Apothecary Accents Framelits.  It's still my favorite set of shapes, but maybe when I get the new goodies I ordered yesterday, all that will change! That layer and layers 2 and 3 will be sponged with the strawberry slushy ink.
Layer 8: is a simple Vintage Button, with a bit of White Bakers Twine to finish off the design. It truly is the little details in everything that makes them sweet!

What a great color combination for summer cards!  I love all the new in colors, they look like ice cream together!  Fresh, new and fun! 

So, the stamp set is one of my new favorites because the sayings are so unique and relevant!  I love sending a card with a note of encouragement or thanks and I have a feeling this will be one of those "go to" sets for the next year! 

Introducing: Really Good Greetings Stamp Set Clear Mount 130333, Wood Mount 130330

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share both my project and a piece of myself today!  I appreciate the time you take to stop by and every comment, sweet email and of course your orders which keep me going! 

Thanks for all you do!

Selene Kempton