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Rainbows and Shamrocks: A Youtube LIVE replay, Stampin’ Up!

Hi Stampers,

This spur of the moment card was inspired by a family member. I was informed  my Uncle Ed passed away early this morning and I am thinking in the happiest way possible, he is surround by Sunshine, Family, Love and Rainbows as he reunites with loved ones I am dearly missing.

A viewer asked a week or so ago to make a St Pat’s day card and my friend Gwen, sent me this card suggestion but using another stamp set that I didn’t have, so I improvised.

I think it turned out so fun and cheery, especially on a dreary, rainy day such as the one I am having. I hope this inspires you to try something outside the box as well.

The video gives full details on how to create the  beautiful shine on the card that is done with Full Panel Clear Heat embossing, which if you’ve been here, you know is a new favorite of mine.

Thinking of all of my angels in heaven today…..until we meet again ❤

Until next time,

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XO Rach

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A Moana & Pua beachy card, Stampin’ Up!

Hi Stampers,

This was a really fun card to recreate! The Moana card was originally created by Michelle Carter and I loved it so very much I had to make one myself!

I also did another version with the”Ocean” who really was it’s own character in the film as well. I made the Ocean a larger than life wave by adding some White Gel pen and White Craft ink from a blender pen.

This card looks complicated but was jut a bit of patience in figuring where you want to put Moana and the boat or Pua the pig and where to orient the Ocean as well. I used lots of ink pad colors, but you could also get a similar effect by stampin off and stamping with full ink if you do not have all of these colors.

The video gives full details on how to create the further out island and also a way to skip the extra palm fronds on the bottom right of the card if you want to keep the boat in the first Moana card.

This is also a card that is quite addictive to create, even switching out the Moana to have just a beach scene and you could also simply add the boat as a great idea for a Retirement card as well!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I did making it 🙂

Until next time,

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XO Rach

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Waterfront Beach spotlight card with Basket Weave Dynamic textured embossing folder, Stampin’ Up!

Hi Stampers!

This fun and quite simple card comes inspired by a stamp club member today! So cute and very easy to add or change to any sentiment too!

I really love the Waterfront stamp set and this new Basket Weave Dynamic textured impressions embossing folder will be so much fun to work with as you can slightly wet the cards stock and get a real 3D style layer. You can earn this folder along with a really cool stamp set with the new Sale A Bration offerings that start Friday February 16th. You will get both FREE with a $100 purchase in my online store.

Do you need a catalog? If so, feel free to email your full mailing address and I will send one right out.!

Until next time,

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XO Rach

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Brusho 101, tips and tricks on vellum and more, Stampin’ Up!

 

Hi Stampers!

This was such a whirlwind of info, if you missed anything make sure you go back and rewatch the video. I have a tip on how to adhere vellum with no glue dots, so it gives a more no-show look! Also two ways to do the Brusho Crystal Colours one using dry Watercolor paper and the other using wet Watercolor paper. Also showed how to do a  super pretty ink flicking technique which gives a fun splatter and really soft enhancement to any card!

February hostess code is 4ZGQUEW3, use that for any order  under $125, also if you have a $50 order you will get a free full color PDF and one Sale A Bration item as well. IF you have a larger order, you are your own hostess, so you get the rewards 🙂

I also showed the new SAB items that are coming very soon, February  16th to be exact and the first release SAB items will start to be while supplies last as well, so make sure you get everything on your list before its gone for good.

Until next time,

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XO Rach

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Fortunate to Know You, Stampin’ Up!

Hi Stampers,

If you missed my surprise Facebook Pop up on Friday, here are the video and details for you!

I made this card as soon as I got this set the other night. The Fortunate to Know You stamp set was on my list as soon as I saw it! I know this would make an excellent card for Chinese New Year which is coming February 16th and is the Year of the Dog! This set would also make a really fun Valentine’s Day card. You can even mask out the heart on the take out container if you wanted to add a custom message!

Hope you’ll give this sweet set a second glance, it’s well worth it’s weight in gold!

Until next time,

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XO Rach

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A Fish Tank card & A Marbled Valentine , Stampin’ Up!

Hi Stampers!

These two cards were so fun to create. I redid the tank card from a Birthday card I made last week. The idea just popped into my head and I went with it. Those are always the best ideas too!!

 

You can create the “tank” by making a frame with your trimmer by measuring it out and then trimming, or winging it by cutting a rectangle from a 4″ by 5 1/4″ panel, I trimmed at the 1/4″ mark on each side. Also if you make an whoopsies, you can add some seaweed in front to cover them up. I will add a measured and marked “Tank” photo to this as well for those who like specific instructions and diagrams.

 

Hope you’ll give this super fun technique a try!

Until next time,

Stay Crafty

XO Rach

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Stampin’ Blends explained & A Marbled Background card, Stampin’ Up!

Hi Stampers!

I hope this will help to answer some of your questions and give you some tips for how to use the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers and the Watercolor Pencils some of us may have forgotten we bought.

I did a few examples of how to create with them using them together, but I would recommend using Thick Whisper White paper instead of the regular which I used.

Also, I really did like the rainbow cards we made and have been busy working on another background and I will let you know how it turns out and what I ended up doing differently.

Until next time,

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XO Rach

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Valentine’s Day Blog Hop, Stampin’ Up!

 Hi Stampers,  Welcome to our Stamp It Group Blog Hop!

In case you haven’t figured it out, Valentine’s Day is our theme this month ❤ XOXO

I was super happy to be able to include the January 2018 Paper Pumpkin into this super fun and creative card. I knew I didn’t want to use a “normal” Valentine’s stamp set, so I started looking though and thinking about my stamp sets and the adorable Message in a Bottle stamp set popped right into my head! I love this set, even though I under use it. I will be bringing it to the front and getting more use from it now 😉

I also added in some touches from the January Paper Pumpkin kit. It is SUPER adorable too. I also choose to not use as many traditional colors for my card as well, hence the Bermuda Bay. I LOVE Bermuda Bay, it is a bright and really fun color and I think it really lends a special feel to this card too.

I stamped the “XOXO” in Bermuda Bay ink onto the Bermuda Bay card stock by using my T-square ruler to keep them even. I kind of winged the spacing to my liking.

I had also stamped the HEART image from the PP kit in Real Red ink onto Whisper White card stock, then I added some glue from the Fine Tip glue pen. When it dried I used the Real Red Stampin’ Write marker to go around the edges to cover the white edges from trimming. I also went over the glue that had dried with the marker as well to make it a bit brighter. I added some with Mini Glue Dots and some with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I stamped the “bottle and I love you strips in the bottle” with Memento Tuxedo black ink. After allowing them to dry I colored them in with the Stampin’ Blends markers. I used the Cherry Cobbler light and dark, the Pirouette Pink light and dark, and the Pool Party in light to fill in the “bottle” space. I finally added a bit of the Smoky Slate in light to add in some shadow effect. I popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Heat Embossed the popping heart with Silver Embossing Powder.

I also went along the edges of the front with a White Gel Pen and added in some dashes and a heart at each corner.

The inside sentiment we stamped in Real Red ink and also Memento black ink and then I colored the “X&O” with the Real Red marker, and added in an extra heart on the envelope.

 

Hope you’ll give this fun color combo a try!

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Thanks as always for stopping by 😉

Until next time,

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XO Rach

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Smooshing Technique, Stampin’ Up!

Hi Stampers!

This was a super fun and fly by the seat of my pants project. I didn’t really even have an idea in mind and I love how these cards turned out 🙂 I also think in addition to the “Smooshing Technique”, Heat Embossing the entire card was such a WOW!!

So just in case you missed it, Ink Smooshing is just added ink from your stamp pad, reinker or even Stampin’ Write markers to either a piece of Window Sheet, a clear piece of sheet that comes with your photopolymer stamp sets, or use a plastic baggie or piece of clear food wrap.

You can dilute it with water from your aqua painter, or Stampin’ spritzer, then flip it onto a 4″ by 5 1/4″ panel of Thick Whisper White card stock. You can pick it up and move it around, or reink and do it again.

To do the whole sheet with the clear embossing, I first made sure the ink was dry with the Heat Tool, then direct to paper added Versamark, covered with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it. It gives a super shiny, almost underwater look.

I will be LIVE again next Wednesday at 930am EST on my Facebook page with a brand new card idea. You can find me here.

Until next time,

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XO Rach

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