Summer Fun/Patriotic Blog Hop, Stampin’ Up!


Hi Stampers! Thanks so much for following along on this Summer Fun/ Patriotic blog hop. If you started here, thanks so much for coming by, remember to finish all the way through to have more chances to win and if this stop was on your way through, thanks for visiting 🙂

The Mermaid Stamp set is one that stole my heart, like immediately! I fell so hard in love with this one!  I mean who hasn’t dreamt of being a mermaid ever since seeing Tom Hanks go all in after Darryl Hannah in SPLASH! Seeing them frolic in the mermaid lagoon in Peter Pan, or maybe for some of you young-ins ;-), Ariel in The Little Mermaid. They are so beautiful and graceful, plus who wouldn’t want to live near the beach, right?

I know my nieces will squeal with delight when they get this in a slightly different version for their birthday cards……Best Aunt Ever right here !!

 

Onto this pretty, but pretty simple card!

I created the base of the card using the “seafloor” in the Mermaid set, I stamped it diagonally for a different take on the stamp in Crumb Cake, and colored a few of the crabs, shells and starfish in with various Stampin’ Write markers. I then went back and stamped the “seaweed trails” in Garden Green, stamping off once before each movement to give an underwater feel. You could also accomplish this by using two different inks, such as Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz. I also stamped all the way around the card, rotating as I went along, so it appears as if you are looking down in to the sea from above. I added the ” bubbles” in with Marina Mist ink, some full ink and some stamped twice without reinking.

I added some depth by gently “read lightly-ish” sponging So Saffron, and the super lightly Marina Mist, to give a sand and depth of water feel. I also added in some Wink of Stella for that sea sparkle! You could also go over this with Versamark ink, Heat & Stick Powder and finally some Dazzling Diamonds if you want some extra bling.

The Mermaid, I knew I wanted free- floating, so I stamped her onto a piece of Very Vanilla again using Crumb Cake ink for a slight “tan” outline, that would be fairly easy to adapt her skin color to any tone. I used a few different Stampin’ Write markers to get her hair a sandy blonde color, and I used a mix of Powder Pink, Sahara Sand and Craft White ink to even out her skin tone. I hand trimmed her as close as I wanted to get a flowy feel, especially to her hair. I had stamped her tail in Archival Black ink onto Glossy paper and colored it in with reinkers and alcohol in a previous video you can see here.

I added the Mermaid with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then to finish the inside, I stamped the sentiment in Dapper Denim, and again added some”bubbles” in Marina Mist.

I hope you like this cute first card I created with the Magical Mermaid stamp set. I know there will be lots of new versions to come!

And now onto the good stuff!

Last Month’s Hop Winner: Cheri Furr!!

A big Congrats Cheri 🙂

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Until next time, Stay Crafty!

XO Rach

144017 Magical Mermaid clear mount stamp set

101910 Shimmer White card stock

144240 Glossy White card stock

70% Isopropyl Alcohol

126957 So Saffron ink pad

126962 Marina Mist ink pad

126973 Garden Green ink pad

141337 Stampin Sponges

133773 Sponge Daubers

126889 Stampin’ Trimmer

102300 Bone Folder

104332 SNAIL Adhesive

104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals

118491 Clear Block Bundle

126200 Stampin’ Scrub

102394 Stampin’ Mist cleaner

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White, white or white( orVanilla)?, Stampin’ Up!

Hey stampers! I wanted to get this video posted even though I didn’t get to photograph the card yet, because I am so excited for the return of Glossy cardstock!

I’ll get a picture up later this evening, I hope you’ll love it as much as I do! 


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High Tide 2.0, Stampin’ Up!


Hi stampers!

What a totally cool card this turned out to be. I made this at the end of last weeks stamp party that my good friend Ronda hosted. It was a smaller than normal party but it lead to some last minute creativity. A new stamper that joined us (my new-ish neighbor from Kentucky via Florida) was invited to join us for a peek at how to make cards. She did so, incredibly well  and caught on super fast. She is a “sometimes” scrapbooker so she had the general idea anyway. I brought a “Bridge Fold” card with me that I created with the brand new  set called Pieces & Patterns. It’s available June 1st, 2017 in the NEW 2017-18 Annual Catalog.  It was available for pre-order for demos and I got it right away. It has many unique background stamps, some iconic images and beautiful fonts.

Well, if you’ve been on my site at all, you know I ADORE the Beach and I thought the lighthouse from High Tide would make a great Bridge Fold card and away I went:).

I did this one a tad bit different from last weeks card as I put the “bridge” part (which holds the two ends together) under the outside flaps but still over the background portion. So it ended up looking like an amazing diorama-style card! This card will fit in a standard A4 envelope in case you were worried, AND as soon as I’m back from vacation, I will make a full video for it. Maybe even a Fcaebook or YouTube LIVE!

Let’s just say I see lots more of these in my future!

Until next time, Stay Crafty!

XO Rach

If you need a NEW 2017-18 Annual catalog, send me your full name and full mailing address to Rachthestamper@gmail.com and I will get on out to you ASAP!

 

 

Supplies

High Tide 143006 Photopolymer

100730 Whisper White card stock

144246 Tranquil Tide card stock

140931 Archival Black ink pad

126975 Crumb Cake ink pad

126953 Old Olive ink pad

126949 Real Red ink pad

126957 So Saffron ink pad

126951 Pacific Point ink pad

131179 Smoky Slate ink pad

144085 Tranquil Tide ink pad

 131181 Soft Sky ink pad

141897 Clear Wink of Stella

 102845 Blender Pen

103954 Aqua Painter

126889 Stampin’ Trimmer

102300 Bone Folder

104332 SNAIL Adhesive

104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals

118491 Clear Block Bundle

126200 Stampin’ Scrub

102394 Stampin’ Mist cleaner

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Stamp It Group Father’s Day blog hop, Stampin’ Up!

Hi stampers! What do you think of this new stamp set? Isn’t is so darn cute? I thought it would make a fun alternative to standard  Father’s Day cards! This is a new host stamp set that will be available in the 2017-18 Annual Catalog. You can get this or any of the hostess sets by having a party, or placing a qualifying order in my online store. I can provide more details if you would like, just send me a note at Rachthestamper@gmail.com .

I used several different ink colors and a blender pen to color in the birds. I gave one a much more “DAD” colored feel, and the other I made a daughter 🙂 You can change out any of the colors, you could also use the watercolor pencils instead and go over with the blender pens to smooth out the color. You could also use Stampin’ Write markers to fill it in too!

I added a “nest” I made from the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon. I snipped out the threads that connect them, loosened them up and the adhered them with TomBow liquid glue so I was able to place it just where I wanted it. I then added some of the Kraft Rope Trim to give it a bottom. The rope trim is in the Clearance Rack by the way and it is REALLY on sale! So…..ya might wanna hurry 😀

I filled in the leaves on the branches with two different colors of marker: I used Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky, and I think they turned out so pretty!

I will try to get a little mini video done for how I made the NEST and masked the birds to add the branches behind them very soon!

Hope you enjoyed this out of the box style card, please let me know what you think!

If this is your first time to a blog hop, WELCOME! To participate, you will need to leave a comment, along with your full name and #StampItContest to be entered. This months prize is a card kit which is fun because it has everything you need all in one box. Just get your paper snips and you’ll be set!

Congrats to last months blog hop winner, Stacy Cecil!

It is totally FREE to enter, and you can enter one time per blog, and there are ten in this hop, so TEN chances for you to W I N :)!!

As always thanks for stopping by the hop.

Until next time,

Stay Crafty!

XO  Rach

Last Hop’s Winner

 

Giveaway

Supplies

Feathery Friends  144037 (c) 144032 (w)

100730 Whisper White card stock

121045 Basic Black card stock

144246 Tranquil Tide card stock

140931 Archival Black ink pad

144083  Berry Burst ink pad

144085 Tranquil Tide ink pad

144084 Powder Pink ink pad

144086 Lemon Lime Twist ink pad

141398 Peekaboo Peach ink pad

141395 Sweet Sugarplum

131181 Soft Sky ink pad

131180 Pear Pizzazz ink pad

141897 Clear Wink of Stella

141487 5/8′ Burlap Ribbon

141996 Kraft Rope Trim  **CLEARANCE RACK**

102845 Blender Pen

103954 Aqua Painter

126889 Stampin’ Trimmer

102300 Bone Folder

104332 SNAIL Adhesive

104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals

118491 Clear Block Bundle

126200 Stampin’ Scrub

102394 Stampin’ Mist cleaner

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Pieces & Patterns, Stampin’ Up!


This fun new stamp set will steal the show when it debuts in the all new 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog. 

I used Cajun Craze cardstock and ink for the Dino and I stamped a mushroom and raindrop image with Crumb Cake all onto Very Vanilla card stock. I added a touch of Always Artichoke with the Stampin’ Write marker for some added detail and depth. 

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and I punched it out with the Classic Label punch. 

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Watercoloring , Stampin’ Up!

Hi Stampers!So, let me guess……you’ve never tried to watercolor because you’re not an artist? Maybe you don’t have water in your house? It looks scary? Well, those things may be true, but watercoloring is one of the most REWARDING and most forgiving techniques you will ever try.

The beauty of it, is that you do not have to have any idea what you are doing……all you need to do is try. When you order your aqua painter, first off, you get TWO! That’s right two, and they have different brush lengths and thicknesses. When I first got mine I did so at a big box craft store, and it was only one in the bag. And to be honest, it worked for some time, still does. But to be able to be authentic for you all, I ordered the brushed from Stampin’ Up! and was rather surprised that they came in two packs. Pretty cool if you ask me.

So now you have your brushes,  you just need to fill them with water, and grab a cloth or paper towel, even a baby wipe if it’s handy. You’ll need something to blot with and to bleed the ink out onto if you want to switch colors. And trust me, you will switch colors if you give this a shot.

It is super relaxing to water color and there are many ways to do it, and I will have a video later this week to link in a few of them. But for basics, you can choose Watercolor Paper(WC), or Thick Whisper White(TWW)card stock, OR coming out very soon in the new catalog Thick Very Vanilla card stock ( which I am thrilled about!!!).

Then you have to make a choice, you can take your brush and lay a light( read not soaking wet) layer of water over the whole paper you are going to color, this works slightly better with the WC paper, but the TWW will work too, and slowly add in layers of the color you picked first. Clean you brush add a new color and repeat. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of water to the well side of your ink pad after you ova squeezed the pad together to create an ink pool. You can also achieve them same thing by adding a few drops of reinker to the well side of the pad and add a few drops of water too. The second technique will give a slightly more concentrated color hue.

And yet another way to watercolor is to stamp an image in either Tuxedo ink, Staz-On ink or Archival Black ink. Let the black ink dry thoroughly and then add in your color. I would stay away from laying the water onto the whole image for this version , as it will likely smear your image. However, that color be a very pretty, soft and washed out card, so I may just have to try that myself.

So my main point is, give it a try. Sure, you may hate it, but I find that highly unlikely. My bet is you’ll be asking yourself what took you so long to try it? One more tiny piece of advice, if you truly hate the image and think you have really gone down the wrong path, and who in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD is gonna want this card…..walk away. Let it dry, even give it a full overnight, and I thinking the morning you may be pleasantly surprised 🙂

Most of all, do not give up, create something that makes you smile, makes your heart sing, and may very well make someones day!

Until next time, Stay Crafty!

XO Rach

Supplies:

This features two new In Colors for 2017-19 Berry Burst & Lemon Lime Twist

139575 You’ve Got This clear mount stamp set

122959 Watercolor Paper

Berry Burst card stock

103954 Aquapainters

101406 Staz-On ink pad

132708 Tuxedo Memento ink pad

140931 Archival Black ink pad

141337 Stampin Sponges

133773 Sponge Daubers

126889 Stampin’ Trimmer

102300 Bone Folder

104332 SNAIL Adhesive

104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals

118491 Clear Block Bundle

126200 Stampin’ Scrub

102394 Stampin’ Mist cleaner

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Replay of LIVE Periscope, Stamp Therapy :) Stampin’ Up, Lovely as a Tree

This is a repost from last April 27th, 2016. Thank you for taking the time to look again. My dziadzi will always be special to me<3

 

 

For those of you who missed it, or may not have Periscope, here’s a video I did earlier today.

 

 I‘m using one of the oldest running Stampin’ Up stamp sets in honor of my grandfather who was 100 years young, that sadly passed away today. What better way to honor a carpenter who created things until he was a spry 98, than with some crafty creativity!!

 

 

I used :

# 127793 Lovely as a Tree stamp set

# 122959 Watercolor Paper

# 101650 Very Vanilla card stock

# 105119 Always Artichoke card stock

# 120953 Crumb Cake card stock

# 140931 Archival Black ink pad

# 126973 Garden Green ink pad

# 126972 Always Artichoke ink pad

# 126979 Chocolate Chip ink pad

# 131181 Soft Sky ink pad

# 103954 Aquapainter

# 129053 Heat Tool

# 127802 Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set

Also thankfully the TEENY TINY WISHES stamp set is NOT Retiring!!
Its a great set, so thank goodness.

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