Ooh! Something shiny but not gold!!…Dec 2016 Fun & Crafty Blog Hop…

I love the new copper foil and embossing powder – Don’t  you? I had the opportunity to use a stamp set that was new in the 2016-7 annual catalog for the first time last week. Flourishing Phrases was used in a class taught by my daughter and upline, Jennifer Blomquist. As I was using it in class.. inspiration struck and I decided to use my new copper embossing powder to heat emboss the flowers and the sentiment. After embossing the flowers , I filled in the outlines with masking fluid and then created my background by smooching Tempting Turquoise, Mint Macaron, and Marina Mist inks on my craft mat. I spritzed them with water and used my water brush to blend them a little then placed my stamped cardstock face down in the ink and moved it about until I liked the background design. blog-hop-dec-2016-img_2905Then I gently removed the masking fluid ( oops- I discovered that I didn’t have my masking fluid thick enough in a few spots) and colored in the flowers and leaves with Stampin Write markers in Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive. I used the copper foil as a mat under the art piece and mounted it on a Rose Red card base. Funny how light affects metallics – the upper left corner of the photo looks gold  but the bottom right is definitely copper.

Get even more great ideas for adding shine to your cards on the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop!

Ready to see more project ideas with Glitz and shine?  Well, hop along to the blogs below – the links will take you directly to their post highlighting a great project using glitter, metallics & foils.

Don’t forget to leave comments along the way!  I’d love to hear what you think of my swap card or just to hear you say hello. Smile

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Thank you for joining me.  ‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!

~Kathy 

Christmas Swaps… the finale…

Today I have the final Christmas cards from the Nov 2016 SU Onstage.  These I grouped by Stamp set or tool.The first two used the new Sweater Embossing  Folder.  This was one tool I looked at in the catalog and thought, “that’s cool! But how would I use it? ” I am not real big on single use items but I love tools and gadgets. What do you think about these two cards?

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The second set of cards use the Seasonal Bells stamp set. Very different yet both totally cool.

swap by Sherrie Schintz

swap by Sherrie Schintz

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The final set of Cards uses the oldest stamp set in SU’s line … Lovely As a Tree! This universal set keeps popping up in all sorts of cards some similar but many unique. Tanya created the first one in several different colors – all gorgeous- I had trouble deciding which color way I liked best.

swap by Tanya Cabral

swap by Tanya Cabral

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And I am done… with swaps until after the holidays.  See you for the next thing I just have to show off–

Thank you for joining me.  ‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!

~Kathy 

More Christmas swaps

Today I have Christmas themed swaps from the Nov 2016 Onstage to show off. The first one is by my daughter and upline Jennifer Blomquist. The rest are by demonstrators who I met there.

swap by Jennifer Blomquist

swap by Jennifer Blomquist

swap by Andrea Hodgson

swap by Andrea Hodgson

swap by Lori Sudchak

swap by Lori Sudchak

swap by Dee Beauchamp

swap by Dee Beauchamp

swap by Julie Ramsey

swap by Julie Ramsey

swap by Magitta Cherry

swap by Magitta Cherry

swap by Rhonda J Smith

swap by Rhonda J Smith

swap by Helen Armstrong

swap by Helen Armstrong

swap by Eldonna Epp

swap by Eldonna Epp

inside of card on left

inside of card on left

Next week come back for more Christmas swap cards.

Thank you for joining me.  ‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!

~Kathy 

More Swaps…

As the holidays approach, more and more of our time crafting is taken up with holiday themed cards. Today I am going to show you the swaps, I received at the Nov 2016 Onstage that are not Christmas.

swap by Carrie Barnett

swap by Carrie Barnett

swap by Karen Duke

swap by Karen Duke

swap by Lillian kemp

swap by Lillian kemp

swap by Nancy Davis

swap by Nancy Davis

swap by Shirley Johnstone

swap by Shirley Johnstone

swap by Monica Van Tassel

swap by Monica Van Tassel

swap by Karen Dementos

swap by Karen Dementos

swap by Karen Dementos

swap by Karen Dementos

swap by Cathy Feniuk

swap by Cathy Feniuk

This card is super cool!
I love this fish shaker card!
Though not my style -- it mades me smile.
swap by Susanna Netz this is the card front that covered the shadowbox to the  right

swap by Susanna Netz
this is the card front that covered the shadowbox to the right

swap by Susanna Netz

swap by Susanna Netz

Next week I will be back with Christmas cards from my swaps.

Thank you for joining me.  ‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!

~Kathy 

Christmas is Coming…Nov2016 Fun & Crafty Blog Hop

Are you ready? Stampin’ Up makes it so easy to prep for Christmas. The first prep I do for the holidays is make my Christmas cards; after all they have to be out earliest. I try to have them done and ready to mail right after Thanksgiving. This year I decided to make Watercolor cards and colored each one individually, so I started way early. Just in case, anyone on my Christmas list reads this I will not be showing that card until I mail them out, but I had so much fun that they were done by Sept 1st so I had lots of time to play with the other stamps and Designer Series Paper that came out in the 2016 Holiday catalog.

Here is my latest creation which I used for my swaps at the Nov Stampin’ Up Onstage this past sat in Vancouver, BC.
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For this card I used the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp set and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to make my 2 Eskimos. After stamping all 3 images in Chocolate chip ink, I colored the Eskimos with Stampin Write markers. To color the cheeks, I used the large end of the stylus in the scoreboard, tapped it lightly in Blushing Bride ink and pressed onto the image.  I added Clear wink of Stella to the Fur which looks really cool in person. For the card itself I started with Mint Macaron cardstock as my base, added a piece of Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper, then added a small piece of the Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon to join the 2 Eskimos. I also colored in the stars on the tops of the trees with Gold Wink of Stella. I choose the colors for my Eskimos because I have 2 wonderful Grandkids and these guys reminded me of Caitlin and Nicholas as I was coloring all my swaps. (FYI- colors used: Wisteria Wonder, Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim and Marina Mist)

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Thank you for joining me.  ‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!

~Kathy