Thursday, January 11, 2018

OSAT Blog Hop - Sale A Brate the Occasion

Hello, hello! It's the third Thursday of the month and you know what that means, right? It's OSAT Blog Hop time! 


Our theme this month is Sale A Brate the Occassion. It's a bit of a play on words because Stampin' Ups! new Occasions catalog has just launched and along with it we've got the biggest Stampin' Up! sale of the year: Sale-A-Bration (SAB)!  For every $50 USD you spend you get to pick a free gift from the SAB catalog. I like Free stuff so I think that's pretty awesome! On this card I've used a new bundle from the Occasions catalog called the Magical Day Bundle (clear mount). It has a dragon, unicorn, mermaid and more! I watercolored the dragon with my aqua painter using Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy and Tempting Turquoise. 
I used lots of layers on this card but do you see that striped DSP in the background... FREE. Yes, really. I spent $50 and I picked the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper from the SAB catalog as my Free gift. I also added layers in Berry Burst (punched with the Starburst Punch), Pool Party, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Metallic Doily, Silver Metallic Thread and Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon. The fun little magic bursts in Silver glimmer were cut using the framelits from the Magical Day Bundle. I also used my Clear Wink of Stella to spatter the background and give it a magical, galaxy look.





For my project today I've done something completely out of my norm as I have made a scrapbook page. If you know me at all then you know scrapbooking is not my thing. I forget to take pictures, I never print the ones I do take... makes it kind of hard to scrapbook. Anyhow, I came across this photo of myself as a baby with some of my family looking over me. It's just such a sweet moment that I had  to preserve the photo. Enter the Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack which made it so darn easy for me to quickly put this page together. The "lovely memories" die cuts, "this makes my heart happy,"Love Big & Love Much," 'Together," and grid paper card all came from this card pack! 

I really appreciated this card pack bc of the black and white designs. Not only is not "girly" or feminine, it is so easy to pair with any DSP, cardstock, or color combo that you choose to work with. I also added strips from the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, and plenty of embellishments. Look closely, do you see those shiny little dots? Those are the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes and they are my absolute favorite embellishment! They are smaller than all of our other epoxy embellishments and I love tiny!

Something else that's really cool about the Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack is that has such a wide variety of things inside. You saw the big letter die cuts on the top of my page and the fun variety of cards but it also has this great piece of designer window sheet. It made it so easy to layer and add interest without covering up my whole background.

Ok, everybody, that's it for today. I'm so glad that you stopped by and I hope you'll keep on hopping along to check out the rest of the hop (just click the next button below). If you are interested in taking advantage of the epic sale that is Sale-A-Bration please feel free click the Shop Online button below. You can also shoot me an email so that I can help you out or answer any questions that you might have. It's also the best time of year to join my team so feel free to ask me about that as well!

Bye for now. Have an amazing day!
Maria Willis
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Friday, January 5, 2018

#TGIFC141 - Color Challenge

Hey everybody! I'm back with another fun challenge from TGIF today! If you missed my announcement last week... I am thrilled to say that I have been invited to join the amazing design team over at TGIF Challenges and this is my second week joining in the fun!



This week's challenge is a color challenge... Yikes! I usually shy away from color challenges because they are often colors that I don't usually reach for. I guess that's why they call it a "challenge," right? Well, this color scheme of Night of Navy, Island Indigo and Fresh Fig was no exception. Fresh Fig is a color I tend to steer clear of. When I do use it I like to add bright colors to it to change it up a bit. I decided to watercolor so that I could mix the three colors to get shades of color that I really love. Here's what I came up with...

I used Fresh Fig, Island Indigo and Night of Navy with my Aquapainter to watercolor in this image from a new stamp set called Lots of Lavender (147194). During Sale-A-Bration/SAB (happening now) you can get this set for FREE with any $50 purchase! I like free stuff so I find this to be pretty amazing. After watercoloring the image, I used my Fine-tip Glue pen to add a thick layer of adhesive to the image. It added some nice texture and shine without hiding the watercoloring. That strip of DSP is also in the new SAB catalog and is another one of your "freebie" choices.

These framelits are also new and in the SAB catalog (yep, FREE with a $100 purchase!) and they are "amazing." Those beautiful little embellishments are actually clear (new in the Occasions catalog) and I've colored them with my Night of Navy Stampin' Blends alcohol marker. My background is Shimmery White Cardstock spritzed with an alcohol and Island Indigo ink mixture.


That's it for today. Please let me know if you have any questions. We would love to have you play along with #TGIF141 for this week's color challenge. If you'd like to play along, or, just check out what the rest of the Design Team has made then head on over to the TGIF Challenges Blog to see some other fun projects. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It's always great to have you! If you're interested in purchasing any of the supplies I've used in today's project please let me know or click the "shop online" button below. I'm here to answer any questions that you may have.

Have an amazing day!
Maria

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Creating Kindness: Celebrate

Hi Everybody! Happy Thursday or whichever day it might be in your part of the world. I'm happy to have you stop by today because today is the Creating Kindness Blog and Video Hop day. Myself and some other talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world have gotten together to share some fun projects and video tutorials as well!

Our theme for this month's hop is "Celebrate." There is always so much to celebrate at this time of year (Winter Holidays, New Year's Eve, and five December birthdays for me)... but right now, as I've taken a couple of days off of work, I am choosing to celebrate the little things. For me, that means some time in my craft room to experiment with my supplies. That's something to celebrate, right?! So, as I celebrated my alone time in my craft room I tried this new (to me anyways) technique. I don't know what it's called so I'm calling it Alcohol Stamping and I've got a video tutorial at the end of my blog post. Here's what I made with this fun technique...

Believe it or not, this technique is so easy! I started with a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock and sponged it with Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo (the purple hue in the middle is where I overlapped the two colors). After that I took a stamp from Flirty Flowers and a Stampin' Spritzer filled with rubbing alcohol and spritzed my stamp. I pressed it firmly onto the sponged background, held it there for a couple of seconds to let the paper absorb the alcohol, and lifted the stamp off the paper. The watermark-like effect is visible immediately and is stunning! I dried off my stamp and block with a paper towel and repeated the alcohol stamping multiple times until I had the background I desired.

I added a silver embossed "celebrate" sentiment (from Weather Together), some Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes (145632) which are new in the Occasions Catalog, and some Black Metallic Thread. I wanted the background to be the star of show so I tried not to over do it. The background is layered on a Basic Black mat and that is popped up on dimensionals on a Pool Party card base.




Want to try this technique out for yourself? Here's a quick video tutorial with some tips to help you out. 


And that's it for today folks. I am sure glad that you've stopped by to visit my blog today and I hope you will continue on the hop by heading down under to my visit my friend Cheryll! Just click her name or the next button below. 

In case you didn't know Sale-A-Bration has just begun! It's the best time of year to buy all of your favorite things as you get rewarded for every $50 you spend! It's also an amazing time to join my team-so if you've been thinking about it let me know. I'm happy to answer any questions and generally enable you to fill your craft space with fun things.

Have an amazing day you guys!
Maria Willis




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Friday, December 29, 2017

#TGIFC140 - Anything Goes!

Hello! Oh, boy do I ever have some exciting news today... I have been asked to join the amazing design team over at TGIF Challenges and this is the first week that I am joining them!  If you are new to my blog, Hi! I'm Maria and I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from a tiny mountain town in California, USA called Boulder Creek. I love stamping, paper crafting and sharing fun ideas. I'm glad to have you stop by today.


It's such an amazing week for me to have my first challenge this week as it is "Anything Goes!" Not only that, but if you decide to play along as a challenger you get to case any one of the design team members-Your Choice! 

For this challenge I've made a fun little notecard sized Birthday Card using the soon to be released Party Pandas stamp set. I love this stamp set and look forward to making many a birthday card with it.




I've layered some black and white striped paper onto a background of Bermuda Bay. The layers are Pink Pirouette, Basic Black and Silver Washi. The Panda's cute little party hat was colored with the lighter shades of my Bermuda Bay and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends Markers. After popping the Panda up with dimensionals I added a couple of rhinestones just for good measure and called it done!


I hope you'll head on over to the TGIF Challenge Blog to play along with us for #TGIFC140. It doesn't get much better than the freedom to choose that this week's challenge has to offer. I can't wait to see which designer you'll choose to case and what creativity you'll share with us. 



That's it for today folks. I hope you're enjoying your holidays and spending lots of time with your loved ones. Take care and I'll see you back here soon.

Have an amazing day!
Maria




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Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing: December 2017 Kit

Hey everybody and welcome to this month's A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop! As always, a group of us Stampin' Up! demonstrators has come together to bring you a hop full of alternative card and project ideas for this month's Paper Pumpkin kit.

This month's kit is called Flora & Flutter and has some really fun die cut focal pieces. I have used one of those focal pieces on this card. Behind the Calypso Coral die cut with the beautiful, delicate flowers I have added a piece of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper which was also included in the kit. Actually, everything on this card came in the kit except for the Crumb Cake cardstock and ink, and, Clear Wink of Stella. 

I wanted to do something a little different with the embellishments that came with this kit so I created some little flags out of scraps and tied them with a bow. Then, after I stamped the butterfly I used my Clear Wink of Stella to stella color the inside of the butterfly giving it both color and shimmer (I did pick up some extra ink from the pad using my Stella brush). I also snipped off the edge of the Berry Burst ribbon and frayed it to get a fringed look.



For my project I decided to make what could either be a gift card holder, or, a secret message holder... I also chose to add a Very Vanilla card base and some Pacific Point watercoloring to this project to change up the color scheme a bit. I also used the shredded ribbon that I had pulled from the ribbon in my card above as a background for my sentiment. I also couldn't resist adding some of these new embellishments from upcoming Occasions catalog (launching January 3rd, 2018). These are my favorite embellishments right because they are tiny and subtle. They make it really easy to add just the right touch without overdoing it.

When you pull the ribbon at the top of card you reveal a secret hiding place. You could choose to adhere a gift card to this piece, or, you could write a special message.

I also made a custom decorated envelop for this project. I used one of the leaves that I had cut out and placed it on top of the envelope. Then I used a spritzer filled with rubbing alcohol and Pacific Point re-inker to spritz over the top of it. When I lifted the leaves up they had left their mark  so to say.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects for today. Have you come up with any alternative ideas for this kit yet? If so, let me know what your ideas are in the comments below. If you'd like to see some more great ideas just click the next button to head on over to my friend Andrea Tracy-Tucker's blog! She's sure to have something mind blowing to share!

That's all for now. Have an amazing day and I'll be back tomorrow with some really exciting news!

Maria.





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Monday, December 18, 2017

Stampin' Up! Magical Sleigh Ride

Hi Everybody! How are you all? I'm wondering if you're charging into this holiday season like a crazed maniac...? I certainly am! It seems that there is always so much to do and so little time to get it done in. I've been trying to get some handmade gifts done. I stayed up late last night and cut wine bottles so that today I could pour candles into them. I've only gotten a couple done but I'm happy with how they are turning out. I need to buy more wax so I can keep going and get the rest done. Anyhow, I'll post a picture of those after the wax sets.

A couple of weeks ago I made this card and never had a chance to post it. Right about now I wish I could take a night ride on a magical sleigh...


I sadly don't have these gorgeous sleigh thinlits... but lucky for me one of my downline does. I went over to her house for a little craft fun and she was kind enough to share with me. I used gold glimmer paper behind the detailed Real Red piece of the sleigh. I love how magical and sparkly it looks. 


I need to get back to my gift making as I am determined to finish my gifts on time (early even) so that I can relax and enjoy my family and friends this holiday season. However busy you all may be I'm wishing you the sparkliest, happiest of holidays from the mountains of California, USA. 

Bright wishes and big smiles,
Maria



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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Oh, What Fun It Would Be...

Hey Everybody. I am popping in quickly to submit my application to hopefully earn the honor of being chosen as a Display  Stamper for the next OnStage event in April 2018. We have been asked to submit three cards, two 3D items and one scrap book page for consideration. Oh, what fun it would be to get chosen...

For my first card I went with this gold embossed and watercolored flower card (see the original post HERE)...
I love watercoloring and mixing colors to make new ones.






For my next card I chose to share this adorable little elf. I did a fun technique on this card called Paper Tole (see the original post for more info and a full tutorial HERE).

I love doing different techniques and this was my first time doing Paper Tole.


For my third card I picked a simple one with a fun background. The background was heat embossed in gold and then watercolored with three colors. You can find more info and a video tutorial HERE.

I kept the sentiment simple in order to let the background stand out.

For my first 3D item I'm sharing this cheerful box. The background DSP is colored with Stampin' Blends. Then I layered some fun pieces together to create a focal point for the sentiment. You can see the original post for more pics and info HERE.

I also used my Blends to color the rhinestones blue to match the rest of the project.


My second 3D project is this set of tiny pillow boxes. The inspiration for these was a vintage tea cup that was just gorgeous! You can see the original post with more pictures and the tea cup HERE.

Here's a close up of the watercoloring and layering I did for the tags.


Now, if you follow my blog at all you know it is a rare thing for me to do a scrapbook page... But, I had fun with this one! I recently came across this photo of me when I was a baby. It's a throw back to 1978 in Belize (Central America) and my Granny is holding me while other family members look on. This photo means the world to me and I'm so glad that now the memory will be preserved.


Alrighty, that's it for now! I'm off to bed as soon as I submit this application.
Nighty, night!

Maria.

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