Saturday, 13 September 2014

Hi Everyone, 
I don't even know where to start, for the fact that I haven't even made an entry since May 2013 is just completely sad. But there's no going back. This is a fresh start to this page. A fresh start to this blog, clearing out the old and starting with new ideas, some new pictures, new projects, cards and lots of other things. 
Maybe a new data and a picture entry every month, but I'm not promising anything. But I'm really going to try. 
For my last year in Stampin up (Ha! I've said that before) I've been doing really well. But time pays off. Classes, clubs, techniques with tools, and product helps. Love the product and it's easy to create amazing things with it. Here are a few of my latest cards:

Also my Punch Bunch Club: each month features a stamp set and coordinating punch with a few other items that you can use to make a set of cards. I create a pamphlet showcasing cards I've made with the supplies from the kit with instructions and pictures showing you how to make each card. For example August's kit was: 
Tag Talk Clear stamp set
Bracket Label Matching Punch
Gift Card Enclosure 10 Pk 
Venetian Crochet Trim 
In color 2014-16 card stock 
Very Vanilla Card stock

And the cards that were created were:

There were a few supplies from previous kits used in this kit, like the itty bitty punches to create the little stars, and also the Hearts border punch. All kits always included two or three free items used on the cards as well. 

This month's kit is the Flower Shop Bundle including: Flower shop clear stamp set, Flower shop Pansy punch, Costal Cabana Card stock, Candy Dots in Brights and Lullaby Designer Series paper. Please contact me if you would like more info on purchasing this kit. 
 Free items are 1 sheet of Gold Glimmer Paper and 1 Sheet of Champagne Glimmer paper. 
This kit also will be using the itty bitty Punch set from June's kit. If you have not purchased it already, you may do so now. 

There was also a Blendabilites club, that was featured throughout a period of 2-3 months. A person would accumulate all the newly featured Blendabilities in all the colours from the Stampin up Catalogue for one low price, that also included a free Memento Ink pad, Free Colour Lifter Marker and a free pack of Skin Tone markers. 

Here is a little info on Blendabilites: 
They are alcohol ink markers made for blending and shading, so they suggest using an alcohol ink such as the Memento ink pad to avoid smudging or bleeding when coloring in a stamped image.  They are sold as three markers in a set per colorway and come in light, medium and dark shades.  There are twelve colorways available and then a whole other set of six skin tones.
A video:

There are so many video's on how to colour with them and different techniques. I do love using them but it takes practice learning how to shade with the different colours. My biggest pet peeve with them is how to store them because apparently they have to lay flat, so that way they last longer.  I have gone through a few ways trying to find the best type of storage that works for me. At first I tried Stampin up's wood mount cases:
But frankly I found the wood mount cases completely frustrating to open up every time I had to get into them for a marker.
So next I tried the small storage case from CTMH

The only way I found this would work was to put all my markers in the container. With just the Blendabilities there was to much space left over and they just rolled around.

But just a few days ago I happen to be in this store that used to be the Bargain, Bargain shop now I couldn't even tell you what it's name is. I'm not sure why they keep changing the names of these places. But anyway's I found these cute little mini drawers that I thought might work for the Blendabilities. Unfortunately at the time I had no idea what size the markers were, I couldn't find measurements anywhere on the web, so I went back today with a hand-full of markers and what do you know they fit. They stack and I bought a set of two. 

Two rows of the Blendabilites can be stacked with room to get them in and out, and with a set of two I have enough room for all my other Stampin up and non-SU markers as well. :) And the mini drawers stack!

Over the last year and a bit I've found some great storage ideas, that I will feature pics and comments in the Organizational section of my blog. If you have any questions just ask, I'm sure I can figure out where I've purchased most of it. Or if anyone has any questions on how to store a particular item I'm sure I could figure it out. I love organizing!! I sometimes go down to my scrapbook room to clean and get lost in organizing random things :)

Because of a very delayed summer vacation my husband and I will be taking at the end of the month, I somehow managed to get my swap cards done for the next two months. Now I can show you this month's, but since some of my good friends check this blog I don't want them to see the card for October yet, since the theme is Technique. Everyone does new technique they've never tried, makes 5 cards and sends them out. I'm really excited to see what everyone creates. I know for certain I've chosen something no one else will do. It was so messy but fun. But back to September's card, the theme was Outdoors, trees, flowers, gardens and or fall. 
I got that really cool leaf stamp in a set, and stamped and coloured it with watercolours. I've had those corrugated green pieces of paper around for years and never used them, they've always just boggled my mind on what to do with them, so finally they fit into a project. 

I'm glad I made these when I did, after that we got snow. Ha! Welcome to Alberta. 
I bought this wicked stamp the other day, just waiting for it to arrive that was so fitting for the first snowfall. the saying goes "Freezin' my snowballs off over here >Happy Winter< " 
Love it !
That one will get used lots. 
Well that pretty much concludes things around here so far, just waiting on a few orders, to create more cards for monthly clubs, and a littler later in October or beginning of November I'll be starting the Christmas cards. 
Tomorrow I may have a few hours for Thanks Giving cards, that seems to be coming up quickly. 
Don't forget to check out the organizing page, Birthday cards and techniques page for new things. 

Till next time. Happy Creating. 


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