Watercolor Happy Birthday Card

Tonight’s class features five watercoloring cards.  I’m so excited to teach my customers more about this technique and allow them to be “artists” for the evening.  I can’t wait to see how everyone’s cards turn out, because when you watercolor,  no two cards are ever identical!  You can even “mess up” your card when you are watercoloring, and no one will ever know!  I really enjoy the freedom of using the Aqua Painters and letting the slow flow of water determine the destiny of the ink.  We are also using all 5 of the newest In Colors for our cards tonight, so this will let my ladies play with those colors and {hopefully} fall in love with them, too!  This card uses Powder Pink, Berry Burst, and Fresh Fig to make wide brushstrokes across the Watercolor Paper.   

After letting it thoroughly dry, I added the new “Happy Birthday” Thinlit to the front (using the new Adhesive Sheets, woohoo!!!) and a few of our new Glitter Enamel Dots.  I am in LOVE the these little dots — and they are “ombre” — there are lots of different shades in the same package.  Really nice for dressing up the card and giving it the finished look!  Slight variations in the two cards….do you like the lighter color on top?  Or on the bottom?  I couldn’t decide, so I made two cards!  Actually, I almost always make 2 cards when I’m stamping.  I enjoy having multiples to share with friends and coworkers!  

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous Card

How about some glitz and glamour in a birthday card?  I have already used this “Happy Birthday” Thinlit from Stampin’ Up! more times than I can count!  I’m digging the font, and the size!  It fills up my card so nicely and it can even stand alone if you don’t want alot of fuss on your card.  This time I went for the Gold Glitter Paper and used the NEW Sizzix Adhesive Sheets.  These are a game changer, people!!!  No more messy glue, no more holding things down and hoping nothing squeezes out the edge!  We had a similar product a few years ago and it was sold in 12×12 sheets.  No problem……but the new ones are 6×12 making them the PERFECT size for running through the big shot.  Once you attach this to the back of your cardstock (or glimmer paper in this case), you just have to run it all through the Big Shot in one piece.  It is SO amazing to have your intricate die cuts immediately turned into a sticker!  Voila!  Yes, I ordered 3 packages…….my new best friend!

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Also included in this cute stamp set……a speckled balloon!  I inked this up and added some Gold Glitter!  What a fun little addition to the inside of the card!   If you don’t want to take time to emboss, no big deal!  punch a balloon and add it to the inside…….it will still add some much to the overall effect!

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Special Celebrations Banner Card

Today’s card is another one of my Stamp Club cards.  We are having class tonight, and I’m featuring some new stamps sets and new colors that Stampin’ Up! has recently introduced in their new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  I received inspiration for this card from Pinterest, it is NOT an original.  Life is too crazy these days for me to spend alot of time creating original designs.  I enjoy the process of cardmaking, but more often than not, I am copying other ideas from Pinterest.  I don’t think I’m alone in this process due to the huge popularity of Pinterest.   I’m so very thankful for others who share their creative juices with me!

It’s a little hard to see the true color of the  Silver Metallic doily.  In real life, the metallic thread and the edges of the metallic doily are really a nice combination and add just the right amount of sparkle to this card.  The stamp set featured here is Special Celebrations.  What attracted me to this stamp set is that each saying has TWO parts.  You can use them on the front, and then coordinate the saying for the inside of a card, as well.  So may times, my customers want to see a card that is decorated on the inside, as well as the outside.  In the past, Stampin’ Up! has offered limited selections of this type, but I’m seeing more of them being produced.  I’ve started working hard to embellish the inside of the cards for my classes, and my customers are enjoying the change.  What about you?  Do you like decorating on the inside of the card?

Leave me a comment answering this question, and I’ll do a drawing on Friday for the winner of some new Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper.  You’ll win a sample set of 6×6 patterns to give it a try on your cards!

Don’t forget, leave me a comment answering this question, and I’ll do a drawing on Friday for the winner of some new Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper.  You’ll win a sample set of 6×6 patterns to give it a try on your cards!

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Glue Dots

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Beautiful Bouquet Anniversary Card

I’ve enjoyed a small amount of creative time using new stamp sets, new colors, and new accessories from Stampin’ Up!  It’s always an exciting time of year when the new goodies start arriving!  This is the first of 3 cards for my June Stamp Club.  It’s no surprise that I’m drawn to all of the new shades of pink…….my favorite color!  And who can resist a new floral stamp set?  But what I was REALLY drawn to in this set were the WORDS that are included in the set.  I always feel like I’m getting my full money’s worth when I get gorgeous images AND great sayings for using on all types of cards.  Make sure you look at the complete set shown below.  Would you like to come to class TOMORROW NIGHT?  If so, please let me know, and join us at 6:30 pm at my house!

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Upcoming Events

I have two opportunities to come stamp at my home during the month of June.  I am going to briefly tell you about them and post the samples this week and next.  I hope you’ll join me if you are local, and would like a chance to have a “ladies night out” with some papercrafting, snacks, and friends!

Tuesday, June 13th will be my monthly Stamp Club group.  You do not have to be a monthly member to attend.  In fact, I welcome visitors any time!  Just send me a message and let me know you’re coming so that I cut enough paper for you.  We meet at my house from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and we stamp THREE projects each month.  This month, we will be using brand new stamp sets and accessories from the newly released Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Do you have a copy?  Do you need a copy?  Let me know if you still need a copy and I’ll send you one in the mail.  I’d love to be your demonstrator if you don’t already have one.  I’ve been doing this for 19 years, so I have a lot of experience and just a “few” tricks up my sleeve!  (*wink*)  I love what I do, and treasure the tiny moments in my life when I can escape to my office and stamp!

On Tuesday, June 20th, I will host a technique class that will feature FIVE WAYS TO WATERCOLOR.  I’m really excited about the samples I’ve created for this class using all five of the new colors in the Stampin’ Up! In Color Collection.  Featured above are three of the colors — Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, and Berry Burst.   You’ll never believe how easy this technique is……..and would you believe we will use an iron to make this card???  If you’re intrigued and want to learn more, please RSVP for my class on June 20th at 6:30 pm.

I’ll continue to post additional samples from both of these classes here, and also on my Facebook Page.  Make sure you LIKE my Facebook Business Page:  Dawn Perry Derrick Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.   THANK YOU!

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Another Gift Card Set

Before I get distracted, today is the OFFICIAL LAUNCH of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog!!!  You can order online 24/7 by clicking on the link in the sidebar, or contact me directly if you’d like to place an order.  If you don’t have your own personal copy of the catalog, give me a shout and I’ll get one to you right away!   Online shopping is fun, but you really need your own catalog to soak it all in!

This is the second set of cards that I made for a friend at work.  These were super quick and easy to put together!  The “thank you” image that I used on two of the cards is now retired, but I have held on to it because I really enjoy using it.  I like the larger size, and the font, too.   If you missed my last post, I mentioned that these clear gift boxes are wonderful for presenting a hand-stamped set of cards.  I purchased them from Etsy, and I’ve really enjoyed the “finished look” that they give to my projects. 

I created two of each style, and wrapped them up!  Supplies are shown below. 

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Watercolor Thank You Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Watercolor Thank You Wood-Mount Stamp Set
[135377]
$9.00

Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
[133787]
$17.00

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Definitely Dahlia Gift Card Set

I had a coworker ask for me to create a couple of Gift Sets for her to give a loved one.  She is an elderly lady, so I wanted something with a more traditional feel.  I packaged them in some clear card boxes that I purchased on Etsy.  I like keeping these on hand for gift-giving.  I usually add a wide grosgrain or sheer ribbon and a gift tag for the recipient.  Las year when Lindsey needed lots of hostess gifts for her bridal showers, we made Monogrammed note card sets for each of the hostesses.  They were VERY well received.  I love using my Stampin’ Up! supplies to make personalized gifts!  Why don’t you give it a try! 

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Subtles Candy Dots

Subtles Candy Dots
[130933]
$6.00

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Time for Graduation Cards!

It’s time to create some graduation cards and send well wishes to the “Class of 2017” graduates!   I found some inspiration on Pinterest, so I can’t claim this idea entirely, but I am using different color schemes to coordinate with the school colors in our area.  This one was created for a customer order for one of my coworkers.  She loved it, and I hope it will give you some inspiration, also!

If you are local, please join me for my next event on June 1st, as we unveil the new catalog!  I will be having a Watercoloring Technique Class featuring 5 ways to watercolor with Stampin’ Up!’s Aqua Painters, and the 5 new colors in the new In Color Collection.   I know you will really enjoy this hands-on class being held at my house, at 6:30 p.m.   Please join us on Thursday, June 1st, and leave with fresh ideas and a goodie bag, too!  Class fee is $15, or free if you place a $30 order.   Event details are on my Business Facebook Page, found HERE.   Make sure you like my page to stay up to speed with all of my events.  

I used a bunch of Dimensionals to give this some depth and stabilize all parts of the numbers.   I don’t have a punch for the mortar board, but I free-handed the diamond shape and it turned out fine.  For the “cap” part, I took a strip of Basic Black cardstock and cut the end of it with a large heart punch to get the “pointed end” nice and even. ( I hope that makes sense without a picture tutorial. )

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Candy Dots Brad Bases

Candy Dots Brad Bases
[132293]
$3.00

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Eastern Palace Card #5

I enjoyed making another card showcasing the Eastern Medallion Framelits.  Still can’t get over the intricacies of these dies!  Take note of the little dabble of gold accents that I added to this one.  I used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut out the Very Vanilla circle, the gold scalloped circle, and the outside shape of the Lemon Lime Twist medallion.  The dies in the Eastern Medallion set are very versatile — and there are at least 50 different combinations.  There are several shapes that I have not used in ANY of the samples that I’ve created.  I am going to work on making a sampler to show off all the pieces!

If you purchase either of the Eastern Palace Bundles by Wednesday, May 17th, please use this Hostess Code:  QCXVBQGF and receive a $10 gift certificate from me (or $20 for the larger one) toward your next purchase with me.  Your order will be greatly appreciated and you will be rewarded!  

Although the Very Vanilla cardstock looks DSP, I actually stamped it with an image from the stamp set.  The  one inch strip actually is printed paper, though.  I can’t wait for Stamp Club ladies to use this set on Tuesday night!

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Eastern Palace Card #4

Sometimes less is more.  I feel that this card is one of those examples.  And talk about fast and easy……wow!  Notice the stitched details around these square shapes?  This attention to detail is what adds a little “punch” to a simple card.  And I didn’t work any harder to create this……in fact, it was easier than ever.  Check out the Stitched Shapes Framelits in the supply list below.  You’ll get circles, squares, and ovals in 12 different sizes.  Perfect for everything!  The beautiful green shade is one of our new In Colors with the name of Tranquil Tide.   Don’t you love it?  Just the right amount of green and blue!   The Eastern Palace Bundle shown below is a special offer during the month of May.

If you purchase the Eastern Palace Bundle by Wednesday, May 17th, please use this Hostess Code:  QCXVBQGF and receive a $10 gift certificate from me toward your next purchase with me.  Your order will be greatly appreciated and I will reward you! 

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