Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Birch Press Design - Pastel Valentine

I'm posting this pastel candy conversation heart inspired Valentine's Day card on the Birch Press Design blog today!

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Finished Size 4.25 x  5.5"
Dies | Birch Press Design Loop The Loop Hearts, Hearts Aglow, Prismatic Heart, Simple Hearts
Stamps | Poppystamps Grateful Hearts







Monday, January 23, 2017

Tupelo Designs LLC January 2017 Haul!

I'm always telling you how much I love Tupelo Deigns LLC store!    They carry lots of my favorite brands, shipping is always free (no coupon required), and you even earn loyalty points that turn into dollars off your next purchase.

Now is a great time to go shopping because they're having their birthday celebration and all the gifts are for you!   You will receive a free desk calenda ($15 Value) and a free Ranger Mini INk Blending Tool ($3 Value) with every order.  You'll also receive a free stamp ($15 value) with every order over $20.17!


They're also having a Valentine's Day Sale - selected products are up to 40% off!  

I thought I'd share my latest haul with you.  Links to all the products are at the bottom of this post.  I don't want to give you the wrong impression.. there is ALOT here and this is not a "typical" order for me.  I do receive an allowance from Tupelo Designs to make my design team projects but I confess I'm ALWAYS over budget!   I was a customer at Tupelo before I joined the design team, and continue to spend my crafty $$ there. I  was blessed to get some crafty $$ for Christmas and I've had a few items on back order and received all of this at the same time. 

So here goes!
I'm completely smitten with Concord & 9th.  I've been loving them for a few months now and am anxious to build my collection.  This is the Cozy Up Stamp Set and Wonderful Words dies.
My mind is on Valentine's Day and I couldn't resist this Heart Day 6" paper pad from Crate Paper! It's on sale in the store - $1.00 off - your price $4.99. 
Who doesn't love My Favorite Things Die-namics?  This is the Stitched Heart Grid and Heart Flop Card die.  Both are on sale in the Valentine's Day section of the store.  I can't wait to try the flop card die! 
I love to color the MFT Pure Innocence girlies and plan to join the Tupelo Designs LLC Facebook challenge. This month their looking for birthday cards and have a nice prize up for grabs.  Cupcake Day Stamp set should be perfect for the challenge.   I couldn't resist You've Got Mail - too cute!!  You can find out more here on their facebook page TDLLC (Award Winning).  To join the group send an invite request - you'll get an acceptance right away and we'd love for you to join us! 

I saw this new stamp tool from Hampton Arts in the store and wanted to compare it to my "other" stamping tool.  This one is much more affordable at $21.30 and is made of the same high quality plastic!  I also bought a few containers and spoons to help contain my embossing powders that I use frequently (gold and clear).  The size is perfect 3 x 4" and the lid is nice and tight!  The little spoons fit inside perfectly! 
I'm dabbling more in water coloring and this Hero Arts Cling flower background looks like fun.  The Awesome word die is from Waffle Flower!   
 I told you I'm in Valentine's mode - and seeing these on sale in the store - they had to make it into my cart.  The Neat & Tangled Floral Heart is so pretty and there is a matching die that will make cutting it out easy!  The Heart of Gold stamp is a fun geometric design that will look great embossed and water colored!
Stampendous is one of the first brands of stamps I've ever bought.  I thought it was time to revisit them when I saw this beautiful Cling Rose Bouquet with matching dies!  The clean line design will be easy to color and the matching dies are always welcome!
I don't think I could visit the shop without picking up some Altenew! This is another new favorite brand that I can't resist.  I love their inks for layering, and their detailed multi layer images.  These three sets are Moments In Time, Big World and Happy Dreams.
 I thought I could get by without the Coffee Love set, but every time I turn around I see another amazing design!  No more kicking myself for not buying it!  The floral set you see is Golden Garden.
 Technique Tuesday is another "new" brand for me.  I'm putting together my kit for The 12 Kits of Occasions (March 2017)  My theme is "out of this world" and I thought the stars would work well with the other items I've selected for my kit.  I  hope you'll come back on January 31 when we'll be offering three chances for you to win the March kit I'm putting together. 
OK.. last but not least... my freebies I got with my order!  I only have a handful of these ink blenders - I'm working on getting one for every color (no.. not every color of distress ink.. I'm thinking one for Pinks, one for Reds, one for Yellows  etc.)  So happy to have a few more!  And more new products to try.. some Magnolia Tilda's!   These are my first ever! 

Here's links to all the products in the shop! 




Friday, January 20, 2017

Tupelo Designs - Let's Chat!


Happy Friday! I hope you're having a good day and counting down to the weekend! I've been busy all morning making soup! I always thought that was an easy meal to make until I started cooking myself. Seriously lots of chopping and peeling... but now that its simmering away I have a little quiet time to make make make!

I'm posting for Tupelo Designs LLC today. They're my favorite craft store! And if you've been thinking of purchasing something I sure hope you check them out before the end of the month because it's their birthday.. and they have some gifts for YOU!

You get a free desk calendar ($15 value) and a free Ranger mini ink blending tool ($3 value) with every order. You get a free stamp ($15 value) with every order over $20.17. Fre gifts with purchase will ship separately in late January.

They're also having a Valentines day sale (up to 40% off). Click on Valentines under the shop menu at the store.

Today I'm sharing two cards made with the Concord & 9th Let's Chat Stamp Set.  It took me a bit to find the perfect color "coffee" for my cup, and probably even a little longer to figure out how to get that creamy heart to stand out  and get the attention it deserves.

I stamped the coffee in Memento Rich Cocoa and then dusted the whole thing with anti static powder.  then I embossed it with Wow Vanilla White.  I think I'm going to invest in the Ultra White embossing powder because this had a bit of a yellow tinge to it. 
So what was so hard about the creamy heart?  Originally I tried stamping the coffee with a white pigment ink.  This looked "ok" but didn't make a big impression.. it looked faded.
This card has a background of pattern paper from American Crafts called Shimelle Starshine. My second card has a striped watercolor background.  First I painted wide stripes using Ranger Spun Sugar Distress Ink, and thin stripes (applied after the light pink stripes were dry) of Worn Lipstick. 
I cut the panel with Avery Elle's Wonky Stitches - I love the little detail they add to the edges, and that the panel is perfectly trimmed for the cover of an A2 (4.25 x 5.5") size card.
I wanted the spoonful of sugar to look a little messy.. like some of it had dropped on the table so I applied glossy accents to the spoon and the background before applying some chunky iridescent glitter.
I painted the stripes with a water brush.  Check out this three pack in the store here.  It's a  3 pack of full size water brushes from Royal Langnickel and they're only $7.00!! 
I stamped the sentiment directly on the watercolor paper (I used Tim Holtz ) it's super white, and thick so I didn't need to tape it down when I painted the stripes.
Ok one more picture!
I hope you find some fun time this weekend to create and express yourself! 




Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Concord & 9th Let's Chat
Dies | MFT Stitched Fishtail Flags
Pattern Paper | American Crafts Shimelle Starshine

Stamps | Concord & 9th Let's Chat
Dies | Avery Elle Wonky Stitches
Paper | Ranger Tim Holtz Watercolor