Friday, February 16, 2018

#TGIFC147 - Sale-a-Bration Inspiration

Hey everybody! It's time for another amazing TGIF Challenge and this week the theme is Sale-a-Bration Inspiration! It's hard not to be inspired by a whole catalog full of FREE SAB items, right? If you're not sure what I'm talking about, now through March 31st, for every $50 USD you spend in my  Stampin' Up! store you will get to choose a free item! Yep, spend $100 USD and you get two FREE (Level One) items from the SAB catalog (or, 1, Level Two item). Pretty rad. 

Anyhow, the free items are amazing! For today's card I've used two of the free Sale-a-Bration items. One of them is a Level One item, and, the other is a Level Two. The card base is from the (Level One) Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes pack. You get 16 cards and envelopes in this pack and they come in four different colors. When was the last time you got a 16 pack of designer card bases and envelopes for free?

The stamp set is from the Happy Wishes Stamp Set and is a Level Two item. It includes sixteen sentiment stamps that are fantastic. Two of them are large and floral like the "happy" on my card. The other fourteen stamps are smaller and showcase a beautiful cursive font as in the "birthday" sentiment on my card. After stamping my large sentiment in Island Indigo ink I had fun coloring the flowers in with my Stampin' Write markers and adding a ton of Clear Wink of Stella to make it shimmer. Then I stamped the smaller sentiment onto some Pink Pirouette cardstock and cut it out by hand. I popped it  up on dimensionals to make it pop. Some vellum, a little twine and a few sequins finished this card off easily.

If you'd like to see all of the FREE Sale-a-Bration sets that you can earn with your $50 and $100 USD purchases just click the links below.



For more Sale-a-Bration inspiration from the TGIF Design Team head on over to the TGIF Challenge Blog where you can see amazing projects from both the DT and challengers alike. If you have a great idea using SAB projects, we'd love to see it! Enter it into #TGIFC147 for your chance to win!



That's all for today folks! Have an amazing day and if you need any help shopping or picking the SAB items that are just right for you, please let me know! Drop me a comment below or shoot me an email!

Bye!
Maria.
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Friday, February 2, 2018

#TGIFC145 - Color Challenge


Hey everybody and welcome back to another midnight blog post! Well, it's midnight here in California anyways and it's time for another TGIF Challenge! This week we've got a color challenge for you and the colors are: Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum and Powder Pink! These are all colors that I never use so the color combo is outside of my normal range. No matter! I had fun with it anyhow! I used the new SAB set called Beautiful Peacock and stamped the tail feathers (two different stamps) in Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride. I stamped off every time so that the images would be lighter. Then I used the Glitter Embossing Paste and added some diamond shaped texture to my background. You just can't tell how pretty and shimmery it is in the photo. 



Next I layered some shredded ribbon, silver glimmer paper, die cuts, a vellum flag, silver metallic thread and my sentiment. I topped the card off with some rhinestones for a little extra razzle dazzle.


Oh! I almost forgot to tell you about the sentiment. People are always telling me how they just cut their stamps apart so they can do "this," or, "that" with them. My heart cries out in pain every time I hear one of these stories. I'm like, "You cut your stamps? You just cut them right up? With scissors?" Horrifying. You've probably already guessed by now that I've joined the dark side- I cut up two sentiments from the Happy Wishes stamp set in order to create an "I love you" sentiment. I even had to cut off an extra piece and I'm not sure if they'll ever go back together properly again... but, my card says, "I love you," and that's all I cared about in the moment. 


So, what do you think of this color combo? Have you used it before? Want to give it a shot? Join us for the fun over at this week's TGIF Challenges for #TGIFC145. If you don't want to participate but want to see some more color inspiration head on over to check out what the rest of the design team has come up with!


That is all I've got for today folks. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing weekend!
Maria.






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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Creating Kindness: Fun Fold

Hello Everybody and welcome to this month's Creating Kindness Blog Hop! I'm getting together with a group of truly amazing people today to bring you a blog hop filled with Fun Fold Cards and Video tutorials! Here's a little peek at what's to come...


The Creating Kindness Team Blog Hop goes live on the first Thursday (if you're in the USA) of every month. If you love the techniques and videos we share with you today I hope you will mark your calendar and come back to visit us next month.

For my card today I decided to make a card based off of a card a friend sent me a couple of years ago. I loved the way the card flapped open first on the left and then on the right... like a brochure. I have no idea what this fold is called so I've decided to go ahead and call it a "Brochure Fold." Thank you Jenny Hall for helping me to come up with that! I haven't used my Bubble Over stamp set yet and I've been wanting to make a card with beer bottles so this was my chance. Here's what the front looks like...

The front is a flap that opens to the left. I've stamped the bottles in Chocolate Chip and Old Olive inks and then heat embossed them in clear to make them look like glass. I put bottles both on the front and inside of the flap so that when you opened the card you wouldn't see the backs of the beer bottles.

For the labels on the bottles I used Old Olive and Sahara Sand inks that were stamped off once. The star was stamped in Chocolate Chip and punched out with the 3/4" punch. The sentiment was stamped in Basic Black Archival ink. Have you noticed those bottle tops yet? Those little beauties come in the framelits that are bundled with this stamp set. I love that they have a crimped edge and look so realistic!

The second part of the card opens up to the right and gives you lots of room to write to your birthday beer buddy. I left the inside of the card sentiment free and added another beer bottle over on the right to finish it off. 

Here's another look at what this card looks like when it's all closed up...

This type of card is so much fun and is so easy to make! Just in case you'd like to make your own I've made a video tutorial to show you how. All measurements are included in the video. Enjoy!





Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It's always great to have you here. If you have any questions on how to make this card, or, would like help purchasing the products so that you can make your own cards please let me know. I can be reached by email or in the comments below.
*Remember that right now is the best sale of the year! It's Sale-a-Bration time and for every $50 USD that you spend before tax and shipping, you will be able to select a free gift from the Sale-a-Bration catalog! 

Bye for now!
Maria
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Now it's time to head on over to my talented friend in the Netherlands: Danielle Bennenk!



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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop: His and Hers

Hello Everybody! Today is an exciting day for me as it's my first time hopping with a new group of amazing stampers and crafters! If this is your first time visiting my blog- Hi, it's really nice to have you here. My name is Maria Willis and I live in a tiny mountain town called Boulder Creek in California USA. I have been stamping for about four years now and I absolutely love it... enough about me, let's get on to the fun part!

This hop is called Let's Get Hopping and is made up of a combination of well-know and very talented stampers (current and former Stampin' Up! Artisans-woohoo!) as well as some crafters who are new to blogging but are going to knock your socks off with their talent! So, when you're done with my blog, I hope you'll click the NEXT button below and hop on over to the next blog.

The theme for this hop is His and Hers which is a tough one for me... don't kick me for saying this... because I don't believe in "boy" and "girl" cards. I believe that both genders like all kinds of different colors and themes and that the best way to make someone happy is to make a card that is just for them (made of elements that you know they personally will like). I have female friends who prefer blues and greens and dinosaurs over pink and flowers any day of the week. I also have male friends who appreciate the artistry of water colored floral images and the texture that comes with layers of paper and twine and lace... So, today I've made two cards that I think can go either way and I'd love to have you chime in and tell me which one you prefer and why. 

My first card has a background of different blues and purple and pink. I splattered the background with water and lifted some of the color off to give the background a galaxy effect. The vellum heart and sentiment are both from the January 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit. The strip of DSP is from the A Sara Thing kit from 2016. The card base on this card is Basic Gray which softens the look a little bit.



This vellum heart is my favorite thing in the whole PP kit this month. The second heart was cut using the Sweet & Sassy Framelit dies. Those framelits are great because they have two different shapes of hearts in a variety of sizes.

For my second card I again used blues but then I added a bright green and sponged a little bit of purple around the edges. I did the same technique with water to create a galaxy background. This card has a Basic Black card base which I think it gives it a more striking look than on the first card.

Then I used the exact same pieces as on the previous card but I sponged the front heart blue instead of purple.

That's it for me today. I'd really love to hear which of these two cards strikes your fancy and why. If you have a moment, please drop me a comment and let me know. Thank you so much for stopping by today! For more inspiration from the rest of the Let's Get Hopping crew please click the next button below and head on over to visit the talented Diana Tillery.

Have an amazing day and enjoy the hop!
Maria.





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Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Paper Pumpkin Thing: January 2018 Kit

Paper Pumpkin Kit: January 2018 - Heartfelt Love Notes


Hello Everybody and welcome to the first A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop of 2018! If you get Paper Pumpkin and are looking for some alternate ideas you have come to the right place! I am joining a bunch of talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world to share some creative ideas for making both cards and projects from the contents of your monthly Paper Pumpkin Kit! 



Personally, I am not a huge fan of the color pink so I swapped out the Flirty Flamingo that the kit was designed with for some Bermuda Bay. The envelopes in the kit are a dark Crumb Cake color so I added some Crumb Cake ink to stamp my background. The background is layered over Bermuda Bay and a card base of Basic Black.
One of my favorite things in this kit are the vellum hearts-they are so fun and I'm a fan of the elongated shape! I layered mine over a piece of striped DSP that I cut off of a card base from the PP Kit. Then I heat embossed the same "LOVE" sentiment in white on black cardstock. I cut it out and layered it on top of the heart and off set it just a bit. This card was so easy to make thanks to all of the Paper Pumpkin supplies that I had to work with. 




I am really excited about my project today! I tried something that I've never done before and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I used four of the envelopes from the Paper Pumpkin Kit to make an envelope book with pockets and tags and pull tabs. It was really so much fun to decorate! Here is what the cover of the book looks like...

And here it is about to be opened up!

Here's the first inside layout. I've used stamps and paper pieces from the PP kit to make just about everything you see here. I did add some Bermuda Bay and Basic Black cardstock to keep with the color theme of my card. The Bermuda Bay piece is a pocket and the little little black tab peeking out is a secret message... fun, right?! The note on the right is slipped into the pocket and comes out easily as well.

The second spread looks like this, it's pretty simple but has nice room to write and the tag on the left pulls out. The striped DSP on the left and the fun scalloped paper on the right are both from the PP kit as is that gorgeous white ribbon with copper edges.
One of the most fun things about this project was adding fun details. This vellum banner was from the PP kit and I layered a stitched circle and small Crumb Cake heart over the top. I didn't use dimensionals because I wanted the book to close as flat as possible.

This is the third and final layout... I think it's may favorite one. I edged the pocket on the left with some copper washi tape then made a tag to fit inside. Those splatters I've used are from Swirly Bird and did a good job of grunging up this project a little bit. On the right I've used the Pick a Pattern washi tape and done some more layers.

This embellishment was so easy as it is just simple layers. The heart is layered on a circle and placed over a DSP flag and a strip of copper foil washi. Fun!

Here's one last look at this cool little love book... 

I had such a good time putting this together but didn't have time to make a tutorial. If you're interested in a tutorial please let me know and I will make you a video ASAP! For now, I hope you'll continue on this fun blog hop by clicking the next button below and heading off to visit my crafty friend Audra Monk!

UPDATE! I had so many requests for a tutorial that I have made a video for you to follow along with. Happy crafting!



Thanks for stopping by my blog today-It was so great to have you! If you have any questions for me please shoot me a message or leave me a comment. If you'd like to sign up for a Paper Pumpkin kit of your own you can shop below or message me for help.

Have an awesome day!

Maria Willis
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Mermaid!

Hey everybody! Thanks for stopping by today. Today I've got this funky mermaid card to share with you. A while back I made this background by spritzing mixtures of alcohol and reindeer onto watercolor paper. I used Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo, and, Berry Burst.

Then I watercolored the mermaid from Magical Day on a piece of Shimmery White paper and used the coordinating framelits to cut it out. While I was doing that, I noticed these awesome seaweed sprigs. I cut out a few of those in Pool Party and added them to my layers. I also added punched pieces in Lemon Lime Twist and vellum with a length of Berry Burst Ribbon and some washi tape.

I finished the card off with a birthday sentiment from Fairy Celebration and some sequins. The sequins were really the perfect mix of colors to help pull this card together.

I'm also entering this card in this week's Global Design Project Challenge. They've got a great sketch challenge this week and the design team has knocked it out of the park with some fantastic inspiration. Check them out at the GDP Challenge Blog if you have a chance. Here's what the sketch looks like...



Ok, that's it! Short and sweet for today. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is any way that I can help you on your craft journey!

Have a terrific day and I'll see you soon!
Maria



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