Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Lot's of Lavender....Lavender Makes Me Smile...



Lavender holds a very special connection for me.  It looked like a weed...but when my mother  reached down and stripped the buds from the ugly stalk and the held the crushed essence to my nose as young girl...I was hooked.

In fact, while visiting my Navy BFF in Northern California many years ago  (I know she will attest to this) as we were driving around I looked out the window, shouted for her to "stop" and I jumped out of her car to strip lavender buds from a bush growing on the side of the road there in Marin County.  I crushed them in my hand and inhaled their perfume...felt like home.  She thought I was nuts.

You see...I am a loyal and plodding Taurus (the Bull)....so flights of fancy are not my suite.  So, she REALLY thought I was crazy...but to my defense -- I was visiting from Guam where orchids and not lavender are found.  I related my childhood remembrance to her and perhaps admitted to some homesickness that only this scraggly bush could abate.  Since then, friends and family have never forgotten to slip a small Lavender sachet or a tube of hand creme as a "care package" when I am visiting or have lived in those climates where my lavender hunting would be for naught.  "Find any there?"  "No."    With that I am ever so grateful... and ....which is why...Lavender makes me smile...it represents a mother's  love and cherished  friendships.


.... Here is a classic and versatile stamp set that is FREE with any $50 purchase during SALE-A-BRATION!  
I hope will make you smile as well....


This stamp set is very versatile since it lends itself to several techniques.  I enjoyed playing with with this set.  For example, I used reverse embossing (white) with BRUSHO,  colored and blended with STAMPIN' BLENDS and then 2-step stamped using the photopolymer stamps included in the set.  Each one holds it's own sense of beauty in  my mind. 



This is so easy.  I used SWEET SUGAR PLUM and PEAR PIZAZZ to stamp this using the 2-step stamps.  When you compare the same with the Stampin' Blends...there really isn't much of a difference! 

Here I stamped with MOMENTO Black ink on Whisper White and colored with the STAMPIN' BLENDS.  The ribbon is SWEET SUGARPLUM and the EMBOSSING FOLDER is the PETAL PAIR TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS available in the New Occasions Catalog. 

I mixed my BRUSHO (RED and BLUE) to create this Lavender color that I painted on WATER COLOR Paper embossed with WHITE embossing powder.  I liked the ethereal effect.  I struggled a little with how to set it off to best advantage.  I may of over-did it here; but I used RICH RAZZLEBERRY base card (5.5"X 4.25"), WHISPER WHITE ORGANZA RIBBON, one of the masks from the SWEET SOIREE DECORATIVE MASKS and the CELEBRATE YOU THINLITS DIES and a piece of VELLUM.  
This card was created by a member of my team, K. Murray.  She created a gorgeous card using BERRY BURST 3/8" METALLIC EDGE RIBBON, BERRY BURST CARD STOCK and SWEET SOIREE DSP. 


More lovely examples using Lot's of Lavender 
PURCHASE the Brusho Crystal Color and the Stampin' Blends Markers Collection 
AND 
Get the Lot's of Lavender and the Celebrate You Thinlits FREE!!!  


Lots Of Lavender Photopolymer Stamp Set (FREE with $50 Purchase)














 Other Stampin' Up! products used to make these cards available on my ON LINE Store: 

INKS: 
Momento Black, 
Rich Razzelberry, 
Pear Pizazz

CARD STOCK: 
Whisper White, 
Rich Razzleberry, 
Powder Pink 
Water Color 

TOOLS: 
HEAT TOOL 
White Embossing Powder 
BIG SHOT
Magnetic Base Plate
Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies
Embossing Paste 
Palette Knives
Aqua Painters

ACCENTS: 
Any coordinating DSP such as Sweet SoirĂ©e and Whisper White Organza or Sweet Sugar Plum Ribbons and Pearl Basic Jewels.

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Cheers, Kat





Wednesday, January 10, 2018

From the Heart - Pals January 2018 Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals January 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “From the Heart” featuring heartfelt projects like Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well and Sympathy. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.




My blog features products from the the New 2018 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalog!!  I used the new  BRUSHO Crystal Colors Watercolor Ink Crystals and Stampin' Blends Markers with both resist emboss  and masking  techniques. 

 Definitely from the heart!   The black and white PARTY PANDAS stamp set  from the Sale-a-bration catalog is perfect against any colorful background.  Here the  resist emboss technique is used with BRUSHO colors to create a fun background using the embossed PLAYFUL BACKGROUNDS stamp set from the AC (141920).  Our Panda is fussy cut and set up on SU dimensionals.  The new Stampin' Blend Markers were used to color and shade Panda's balloon.  


Any reason to celebrate is perfect and "from the heart" with our cute Panda!  What sets this card off are the CELEBRATE YOU THINLITS DIES also from Sale-a-bration.  

Send a heartfelt thank you or even Valentine wishes to someone special!  Our sweet PANDA is set against a patterned background created with BRUSHO and a mask from the PATTERN PARTY DECORATIVE MASKS set.  


Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on February 14, 2018. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave me a comment. I would really appreciate that. 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

PRODUCT LIST:




Party Pandas Clear-Mount Stamp Set












Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Brusho Watercolor Background Technique Video




Purchase both the STAMPIN' BLENDS Marker Collection (147475) $121.50  

 and the BRUSHO Crystal Colour set (144101) $30.00 
for $151.50 (plus tax & shipping) 

and get BOTH the PARTY PANDAS and CELEBRATE YOU THINLITS FREE during Sale-A-Bration! 


Stampin' Blends Markers Collection147475
Price$121.50

These high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers come in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. Each color comes in 2 shades to give you the best blending experience out there.

Purchase the entire Stampin’ Blends Markers Collection as a bundle.

* 27 markers








Brusho Crystal Colour144101
Price$30.00

Watercolor ink crystals—Sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst! 

* Package includes 5 pots, 1 each of 5 colors: Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow 
* 0.5 oz. (14 g) each pot




Celebrate You Thinlit Dies146840
Price$0.00

Create script die cut words for cardmaking, memory keeping, and more. 

* 3 dies 

* Largest image: 3-9/16" x 1-1/8" (8.9 x 2.2 cm)
* Use with Big Shot



This is a Sale-A-Bration exclusive item. With a qualifying order of $100 this item can be added to your shopping bag.


Party Pandas Clear-Mount Stamp Set147221
Price$0.00

Can you imagine anything cuter than this sweet panda trio? No? We can’t either…




This is a Sale-A-Bration exclusive item. With a qualifying order of $50 this item can be added to your shopping bag.


Playful Backgrounds Photopolymer Stamp Set141920
Price$16.00

This stamp set is an amazing way to add color and texture to your cards. Layer, stamp off, and mix and match these wonderful stamps to create a work of art.



Sunday, December 31, 2017

OCCASIONS 2018 Favorite Picks




Check out these great projects all made from the Sale-A-Bration featured products! 


BEAUTIFUL PEACOCK stamp set (147239) is FREE with a $50 purchased
during SALE-a-BRATION and the BRUSHO Crystal Colours (144101).  Sprinkle directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!  

PARTY PANDA stamp set (FREE with $50 purchase) and CELEBRATE YOU THINLITS DIES (FREE with $100 purchase) on a stenciled BRUSHO watercolor background.   

PARTY PAND fun! 

PARTY PANDA stamp, CELEBRATE YOU THINLIT DIES and reverse embossed BRUSHO background colored!  

HEARTFELT BLOOMS (FREE with $50 purchase) can be used with a single ink color or layered with several inks.

LOTS OF LAVENDER stamp set (FREE with $50 purchase) with STAMPIN' Blends, BRUSHO reversed embossing and 2-Step stamp techniques.  

AMAZING YOU stamp set (FREE with $50 purchase) and CELEBRATE YOU THINLITS DIES (FREE with $100 purchase) on BRUSHO watercolor reversed embossed background 







Celebrate You Thinlit Dies146840
Price$0.00

Create script die cut words for cardmaking, memory keeping, and more. 

* 3 dies 
* Largest image: 3-9/16" x 1-1/8" (8.9 x 2.2 cm)
* Use with Big Shot
Heartfelt Blooms Clear-Mount Stamp Set147202
Price$0.00

A beautiful, photographic bouquet in a gorgeous vintage look. A one-step stunner for all your projects! Stamp in one color or stamp in a neutral color and color in your favorite shades.

Our new Distinktive stamp lays down the ink at different opacities, giving the finished image more depth. 
Lots Of Lavender Photopolymer Stamp Set147194
Price$0.00

Did you know that lavender symbolizes grace and calmness? Send someone a beautiful card that reminds them of its scent and their own qualities.
Amazing You Clear-Mount Stamp Set147215
Price$0.00

Everyone has amazing people in their life. Let yours know what they mean to you with this stamp set. Mix sentiments to create the message you want.
Playful Backgrounds Photopolymer Stamp Set141920
Price$16.00

This stamp set is an amazing way to add color and texture to your cards. Layer, stamp off, and mix and match these wonderful stamps to create a work of art.
Brusho Crystal Colour144101
Price$30.00

Watercolor ink crystals—Sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst! 

* Package includes 5 pots, 1 each of 5 colors: Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow 
* 0.5 oz. (14 g) each pot
Party Pandas Clear-Mount Stamp Set147221
Price$0.00

Can you imagine anything cuter than this sweet panda trio? No? We can’t either…
Beautiful Peacock Photopolymer Stamp Set147239
Price$0.00
Enjoy your creativity with the magic, the stillness, and the tranquil beauty the images of this stamp set convey. Showcase your stamping skills when you carefully layer stamps to create a gorgeous peacock and more. 

Stampin' Blends Markers Collection147475
Price$121.50

These high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers come in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. Each color comes in 2 shades to give you the best blending experience out there.


Purchase the entire Stampin’ Blends Markers Collection as a bundle and EARN the Celebrate You THINLITS FREE 
$100 Sale-a-bration product!  


SHOP NOW!