Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Emboss Resist with Video Tutorial and the Stamparatus!

Hey everybody! Well, I'm back from OnStage and trying to get back into the swing of things. I do have a card with a fun technique and a video tutorial for you today but before I get to that... BIG NEWS!

Stampin' Up! has announced the release of the Stamparatus (SU's innovative new stamp positioning tool)! It is really a mind blowing tool and I can't wait to preorder mine later today. They'll be available for preorder at a cost of $49 US at 1:00 today here in California. I'll post a link for you to preorder yours as soon as I have it so check back here in a little bit. For now, here's some info about the Stamparatus!




Ok! Now that I've shared that exciting news lets take a look at my card. I've used a technique called the Emboss Resist Technique on both the background and the sentiment. First, I stamped the background with a stamp from the Hello Color Clear-Mount stamp set in Versamark ink. Then I heat embossed the whole background with Clear Embossing Powder and sponged it with Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo inks. As I sponged, the embossed image resisted the ink I was applying and the image became visible.


I also used the Emboss Resist Technique on the sentiment for this card. I had intended to heat emboss it in White Embossing Powder on Night of Navy cardstock. However, I accidentally grabbed my Clear Embossing Powder instead. No problem... I grabbed my White Craft ink and sponged it over the top of the embossed sentiment before I cut it out. Worked like a charm. To finish my card off I fussy cut the sentiment and popped it up on dimensionals over a Smoky Slate circle (sponged and splattered) and some sparkly Black Ribbon. I added a few Black Rhinestones and called it good.


I know sometimes it's easier to learn a technique by watching it done so I've made a quick little video to share with you today. You can watch the Emboss Resist Technique on both the background and sentiment, as well as see how I splattered the Smoky Slate circle using my Stampin' Write marker (I've had a few people ask me how to do that so I hope this helps).



Alright, that's it for today folks. I hope you enjoyed my card and video tutorial. Don't forget to come back later for more information on how to order your own Stamparatus!

See you soon and have a great day!
Maria.



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Monday, November 13, 2017

Friendships Old and New

I'm home from OnStage Live in Salt Lake City, Utah and I cannot wipe the permagrin off of my face every time that I think of my friends. Yes! OnStage was great but you know what was even better... these people (and so many more who I didn't get pics with but still contributed to an amazing weekend). 

Some friends and I decided to rent a house so that we could spend even more time together during our trip. It was so much fun getting to do this! We did a house gift swap, stayed up late and laughed our tails off and had an amazing time together. We dubbed ourselves the Backpack Brigade as we were all carrying backpacks around. In back: Kathleen, Sara, and Adrienne. Bottom: Carolynn and myself. These ladies made my trip!


I met Adrienne West in April at the San Diego Local OnStage event. We live in the same county and  had chatted a little bit on-line but met for the first time on the plane heading to San Diego. She's amazing, has a great mind for business, and I was so glad to share another event with her. I'm even luckier that she is local and we can hang out in person when we have the time. She just started blogging and you can check her out here.

There are two special people that I spend a lot of time talking to on-line (don't roll your eyes at me!). Whenever my husband wants to know who I'm messaging with and why I won't put my phone down... it's one of these two. On the left is Carolynn Sander from Canada, and on the right, Sara Sauve from Idaho. They took this picture after I was already gone (Adrienne and I left early Saturday evening and these two had another night to kill) and I love it! You can probably tell just by looking at the pic why I love them...beauties inside and out.

I met Sara through the amazing Lee Conrey who I finally got to meet as well!! Lee has adopted me  as part of her team and has become both mentor and friend. I'm lucky to call her part of my SU family. We all went to dinner at an amazing Brazilian Barbecue restaurant!

Here are Sara and I grubbing down. My favorite thing was the bacon wrapped chicken-yum! Funny story: Sara's husband was worried that I might be some pervy, fat man luring Sara into my lair to do her no good. Hahahaha! Sara is a total bad a$$ (ex-military) and wasn't afraid to come meet me anyways. Friday was Veteran's Day. Thank you Sara for your service! This woman is one of the smartest, wittiest, most hilarious women I've ever met. She almost killed me of laughter one of the nights as she held a long, and totally amazing, conversation with Siri. I had to leave the room because I laughed so hard I started seal barking uncontrollably. Meeting Sara for the first time was one of the best parts of this trip. 

Carolynn Sander and I started talking sometime around the last OnStage (April) and it was funny because it turned out that we were both big fans of each other's work. If you want to check out her awesomeness you can find her at carebearstamps.com It was so good to finally meet this woman. She lives up to her Carebear name and is a total sweetie-pie. She was one of the display stampers at OnStage and her creations are so stunning! After spending the weekend with these women I realize the importance of good friendships. I don't have a lot of friends at home because I'm always running around taking care of business. That made the weekend with these ladies even more special to me. 


If you can believe it there are a few more lovelies that I am going to quickly mention. This pic is of me, Carolynn and the amazing Jenny Hall. Jenny is one of the sweetest and classiest people you will ever meet. I am on the Creating Kindness design team with her and Carolynn and was so glad to   finally meet her in person. 

And then there's Charlet Mallett! I "met" Charlet when we were on a design team together a while back. Since then I've been a huge fan of hers and was so excited and happy to find out that she has been selected as part of this year's Artisan Design Team!! Only 16 people in the entire world were chosen and you really have to be a step above the rest to be selected. Congratulations Charlet! This honor is so well deserved! Glad to finally meet and spend some time with you. Looking forward to seeing all of the inspiration that you will continue to bring the stamping world as an Artisan.

And then there's this beauty! Lisa Leslie is a newer Canadian demo and was honored for achieving Quick Start! She was so fun to hang out with and even let all of us crash her hotel room for an evening hang out while we waited for the Mexican food restaurant to have room for us. She is such an awesome lady and her enthusiasm for SU is contagious. I'm feeling pretty darn lucky to have made Lisa as  a new friend. 

Last but not least, Carolynn and I snapped a quick pic with the incredible Brian King. His presentation at OnStage was one of my favorites. He said he was exhausted but he is such a pro that it never showed. 

Ok, folks. That's it for today. I always hear people say that they go to OnStage for the people... I'm here to tell you that's a real thing. The people I have met, and the friends I have made, are what have made my experience priceless. I miss these people so much already and can't wait to see them again soon.

Hugs to all,
Maria







Thursday, November 2, 2017

OSAT Blog Hop - Winter Holiday

Hi Everybody and welcome back to my blog for my second post of the day! This time I am hopping with the One Stamp At a Time crew and the theme for this month is Winter Holiday. I can't wait to hop all the way around this hop and see the fun things everyone has made.


I made a sentiment-free holiday card using the mouse from the Sugarplum Dreams Stamp Set. I don't know  if he really is supposed to be, but in my mind this mouse is from the Nutcracker! 


I stamped the mouse on Shimmery White cardstock and colored him in with my Aquapainter using Old Olive, Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate. Then I layered him over ribbons and paper and silver metallic thread. 

The Basic Black background is embossed with the Quilt Top Textured Embossing Folder and is blinged out with the addition of some Black Rhinestones.


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Have a great day!
Maria.


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Creating Kindness Blog Hop: Support or Friendship

Hello everybody and welcome to another Creating Kindness (Around the World) Design Team Blog Hop. This month our theme is Support or Friendship and I had a hard time deciding what to share with you today. After a lot of thought I've decided to share a card that I've made for a friend that I went to high school with.



This friend has Multiple Sclerosis and has not been well lately. She is such a lovely person and is always keeping a positive attitude. I've decided to send her a card so that she'll know that I'm thinking about her and in hopes that it will help keep her spirits up.

I used a technique that I've never tried before when I made this card. I used my Flourishing Thinlits Dies with my Big Shot to deboss my background. I used watercolor paper for the background because it is softer and thicker than normal cardstock and I thought it would hold an impression better.

I layered my watercolor paper on top of some cheap fun foam from my dollar store, put the framelits on top with the cutting side up, put a cutting plate on top and cranked it through the Big Shot to press the die into the paper. It worked like a charm!!

Then I used sponge daubers and Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Island Indigo and Elegant Eggplant to cover the entire background with ink. I gave it a little flick with water to lift some of the color and added a heat embossed sentiment to finish it off.

I've made a quick video to show you how I did this technique and put the card together... 



Thanks for stopping by today! Let me know if you try this technique out and what you think of it. I hope you'll continue along on this hop. I can't wait to see what the rest of my teammates have chosen to share this month. If you'd like to keep on hopping, just click the next button below. 

Have an amazing day and I'll see you back here soon (to be specific... I'll be back in just three hours with another post because I have two blog hops today!).

Bye for now!
Maria.


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Monday, October 30, 2017

DIY: Framelit Carrier & Stamp Positioner with Video Tutorial

Hey you guys! Thanks for stopping by today. I've got a quick but fun post for you today with a video tutorial. I've made a carrier for my framelits out of an Ikea picture frame. It's going to be great for when I need to travel with my framelits for classes because when I get to class I can...



...just open the picture frame right up and Ta-Da! My framelits are ready for class. You could even use washi tape to divide the magnet into areas for your different projects. 


Another fun thing about this set up is that it doubles as a stamp positioner! I'm holding out on buying a professional stamp positioner because I have faith that some day Stampin' Up! is going to sell one. So, for now, this option will work until Stampin' Up' hooks us up with a better one. 


This Framelit Carrier was very easy to make and it was inexpensive too (it's always great when it's inexpensive but functional, right?)! Here's a quick video on how to make your own. I will list links to all of the products that I have used below the video.






PRODUCT LINKS/INFO:

Picture Frame: Hemingsbo Frame from Ikea (8.5" x 11" white frame with hinges)








That's all for today folks! Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!
See you soon,

Maria.




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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Grid Paper Paper Notecards

Hey Everybody! Happy beginning of the week to you. Thanks for stopping by my blog today because I am excited to share something with you... I've been working on creating some fun background pieces with spritzing and splattering and watercoloring. I like to use Stampin' Up!'s Grid Paper to protect my work surface when I am getting messy. The other week I looked down at my grid paper and realized it was a really fun piece of art in itself. I decided to use it to make a set of birthday cards that I could give to my friends and I love how grungy and fun the set came out.

The huge Lemon Lime Twist blob on this card is what really caught my eye so I made sure that it wasn't covered up when I designed the cards.

I used the same Happy Birthday sentiment from the Big on Birthdays Stamp Set, heat embossed in white on Basic Black Cardstock for each card. Each background is different and fun in its' own way since the grid paper shows a collection of messes from different projects I've been working on. 

I wanted to keep with the grungy, messy look and thought some washi tape would be great for embellishing these cards. The Pick a Pattern Washi Tape and the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape made for a winning combo. The geometric look of the Pick a Pattern went perfectly with the Grid Paper and the metallic finish of the Year of Cheer tape added some industrial looking flair.

I used the Starburst Punch with some Silver Foil to layer behind my sentiment. On each card decided to switch up the embellishments by using either Metallic Black or Silver Thread and Different enamel dots or rhinestones. 

Here's a look at the whole set together...

I already had the pleasure of giving one of these cards to a friend for her 25th birthday this weekend. 

So, let's hear it... Have you used your scratch paper or grid paper on your cards before? Looking forward to hearing back from you. If you've done something like this before please leave me a link in the comments below. I'd love to check out your work too!

Ok, Thanks for stopping by and if you have time tomorrow please come back as I've got something really exciting share. As always, if you have any questions please ask! Feel free to leave me a comment below or to email me directly at mariawillis@hotmail.com

Have an awesome day!
Maria.




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Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing: October 2017 Kit

Hey Everybody! Welcome to this month's A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop where you'll find tons of fantastic alternative ides for the October 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit!




The kit has pieces to make ten shaker cards and is so AWESOME! I usually like to use the pieces from the kits to make unique creations but this month's kit is so fantastic that I had a hard time cutting it up to make this card.  



I started with one of the background pieces that was originally intended to be placed inside the shaker and I fussy cut the trees out of the background. I layered the trees over the window of the shaker so that the trees would be the focal point. Check out the cool sequins. There are three kinds in the kit: Pool Party, Gold Stars, and iridescent white.

One of the fun things about this kit are the sentiment banners that layer perfectly over the gold banners. It's such an easy way to get a classy look (and all of the work is done for you). It also came with precut acetate and circles of foam adhesive to make the shaker cards really easy to put together.


Did you know that this kit coordinates with next month's kit? If it's anything like this month's kit you won't want to miss out on it. You can sign up for Paper Pumpkin HERE!

That's it for today. I hope you liked my project. If you're interested in seeing more fantastic alternative Paper Pumpkin ideas then click the Next button below and head on over to see what Monika had made to share.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm always glad to have you.
Have an amazing day!
Maria





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Monday, October 16, 2017

Sugarplum Dreams Ballerina and TGIFC129

Hey Everybody! Happy Monday! I hope your week is getting off to a great start. I'm pretty excited because I get to play along with the TGIF Challenges this week for an awesome sketch challenge. I've had some pretty little ballerinas from the Sugarplum Dreams stamp set watercolored and sitting on my desk for a few weeks now. I've been meaning to put them to good use and this challenge gave me just the opportunity. If you know me, you might know that pink isn't really my thing (especially light pinks). I love bold, vibrant pinks but don't often use lighter ones so this was a good chance to push me out of my normal zone. 

First, I stamped the ballerinas in the background using Pink Pirouette ink on Pink Pirouette cardstock.  Then, I colored the tutus and ballet shoes in with Clear Wink of Stella. I wanted the background to be subtle but pretty. Then I layered my watercolored ballerina over some Silver Metallic Thread, ribbon and part of a doily. Then I added a silver embossed sentiment and rhinestones to finish it off. 


The card face and card base are both Pink Pirouette cardstock and the mat is Blushing Bride. 

Here's the sketch  from TGIFC that I followed to make this card...

If you'd like to see some really beautiful cards using this sketch as inspiration then head on over to this week's #tgifc129 and check out the amazing cards the design team has shared. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! It's always my pleasure to have you stop by.
See you back here soon, and as always, please let me know if you have any questions or need help purchasing products to make cards of your own. Just leave me a comment below or shoot me an email at: mariawillis@hotmail.com

Have a great day!
Maria



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