This month our hop theme is focusing on some the beautiful Stampin' Up! papers!! I am also excited to share this fun fold: the Peek-a-boo gatefold! My card features the beautiful Succulent Garden designer series paper - so beautiful! This is the front ...

 

Creative Inking Blog Hop: Designer Paper Showcase and more...




Creative Inking Blog Hop: Designer Paper Showcase

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This month our hop theme is focusing on some the beautiful Stampin' Up! papers!! I am also excited to share this fun fold: the Peek-a-boo gatefold!

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My card features the beautiful Succulent Garden designer series paper - so beautiful!  This is the front of the card - as you can see in the center you get a peek of the inside of the card. I used the fun Timelss Tag dies - you can insert different cut outs into the tag, I choose the butterflies for this card.

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And this is the inside of the card.

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Here is a side view of the card opening so that you can see the "gatefold" portion. I saw a horizontal version of this fold on Chris Slogar's blog and decided to make a vertical version. 

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Here are the dimensions to make this fun fold!

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I had to up-cycle my cut out butterflies from the tag on the front of the card for the inside - just could not waste those cute butterflies!

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I added a dimensional between the white tag and the sugarplum tag to get some "depth" for the butterflies.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure and visit the next stop on the hop:

 

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Click here to see the fun projects that BJ Peters has created!

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Or click here to go back and visit Sue Lehr's blog! Happy stamping!

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Beautiful Spotlight Technique With Watercolor Pencils

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I love this easy "shortcut" method of watercoloring called the Spotlight Technique! I will walk you through the technique with step by step on how to watercolor with the watercolor pencils.  These pencils have been a HUGELY popular and are currently on low inventory status.  Once they sell out we will not be getting more inventory until April so order yours today here!

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This beautiful floral scene is actually preprinted designer paper called "Inside the Lines". It is available FREE with a $50 Stampin' Up! purchase through the end of March (or while supplies last).  For the Spotlight technique you punch out one area that you want to highlight. After punching you color just that area and then punch a slightly larger circle to layer it on.  This circle (Basic Black on this card) makes the image "POP"!

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The inside of the card with the So In Love stamp set.

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Watercolor pencils can be used as colored pencils, or as a paint with the blender pens.  To get the shading variations I follow this technique.  First I lightly color the image all over with my main color, barely pressing at all, to get a light base.  If you are going to be blending it with the blender pen it does not have to be pretty or fill in all the areas - just a light base coat.  I'm using the Rich Razzleberry pencil here.

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Next I go back in with the same color pencil and press firmly in areas that I want to "shade". I like to shade on the bold lines of the image. Again, it does not have to be smooth and perfect, that will happen with the blender pen.

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With your blender pen, start by blending all of the light areas.  Then use a circular motion to blend the darker areas being careful to leave some light areas.  A juicy blender pen will give you a smoother look.  When you are done with the Razzleberry blending scribble your blender pen on a scrap paper until it turns clear again before moving on to the yellow flower center.

 

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I used the Daffodil Delight pencil all over and a little Pumpkin Pie for shading on the center.

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The darks and lights make a dramatic statement on your finished card!

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Storage tip: I store my watercolor pencils in a Clear-Mount Stamp Case so that I can easily see all of my color options.

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The Watercolor Pencils are easy to use and make you look like a professional artist!  Don't forget to order your watercolor pencils in Stampin' Up! exclusive colors today before they sell out!!  Thanks for joining me today!  Full supplies are listed below!

CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR ORDER in my online store 24-7 or click any of the pictures below to go directly to that specific item online. When I use stamp sets for a project I give you both the wood and clear mount options - that way you can pick your favorite!

 

Creative Inking Blog Hop: Color My World

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 Easter Basket Bunch Floating Image Technique Watercolor Wink of Stella - 1 (1)

Today I want to share a couple of fun stamping techniques on this sweet Easter card made with the Basket Bunch / Basket Builder Framelits Dies!

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First I will focus on the coloring since that is the theme of our Blog Hop today!

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I stamped the images in StazOn Jet Black on Thick Whisper White card stock and then colored in a few parts of the image using the Stampin' Up! Watercolor pencils.  Specific colors used were Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Basic Gray.

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I then blended the pencil using the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and spread it to fill in the open areas.  I was nervous the first time I did this - I was afraid that the color would stain my Clear Wink of Stella.  But I quickly discovered all I need to do when I am done with one color is brush the tip on a scrap paper a few strokes and it will turn clear again.  Then I move on to the next color.

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The Basic Gray was just a few strokes on each side of the face and sides to add shading.  Ta-da!  It gives you a beautiful professional coloring effect with a gorgeous shimmer throughout!

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The card itself is called a Floating Image card - which worked perfectly with my egg juggling bunny!  I stamped the images from the Basket Bunch stamp set, colored them, and cut them out with the coordinating dies from the Basket Builder Framelits Dies. Then I attached them with glue dots to a piece of window plastic inside my window that I cut with the Layering Square Framelit dies.

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I cut another set of images in plain white to put on the back side of the window to cover up the glue dots.

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Here is a close up of the inside greeting!

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Thanks for joining me today! Have fun trying out these two great stamping techniques on your own projects!

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Time to hop on over to see what BJ Peters has created!

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Or you can hop back and see Diane Evens creation!  Thanks for hopping with us!

Susan

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Whip-it Wednesday: Sweet Valentine Treat With Window Shopping Bundle

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Just two weeks to Valentine's Day!  Love these 2" cellophane bags from Stampin' Up! These bags make it so easy and fun to dress up your treats!  On Wednesdays I share a project that is quick to "whip" out - hence the name, Whip-it Wednesday. Dimensions for this project are below!

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This sweet die from the Window Box Framelits makes a great topper for Valentine's, weddings, or anniversary.   

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The die is part of this set and is for making decorative windows in the box.  But it also is great as a stand alone die for both cards and projects like this.  The set comes with a candle die and a polka dot die which could be used in place of the hearts on a project like this project for birthdays and other celebrations.

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I folded the light pink card stock over the top of my bag and secured it with a staple through all the layers.  The I covered up the staple on both sides with the front and back elements. 

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Even the back of the project is pretty cute!  The "Made With Love" stamp is from the Window Shopping stamp set which is available as a bundle with the dies.

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Dimensions for the all card stock used for this project are:

Pink Pirouette Card Stock: 2 1/4" x 4 1/2" scored at 2 1/4", scrap for punching.

Flirty Flamingo: 1 3/4" x 1 3/4", and scrap for punching.

Early Espresso: 5 1/2" x 2" scored at 1/4" on both long edges for candy "tray", 1 7/8" x 1 7/8", and scrap for punching.

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Greetings from our Whip-it Wednesday mascots, Winston and Mercy, my Whippet pups. They are telling me that I need to share my popcorn with them!!  Thanks for stopping by today!  See the supplies for this project below - happy crafting!

Susan

CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR ORDER in my online store 24-7 or click any of the pictures below to go directly to that specific item online. When I use stamp sets for a project I give you both the wood and clear mount options - that way you and pick your favorite!

 
 
   

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