Thursday, July 26, 2012

PLEASE PASS THE BRADS.......

The subject at hand is BRADS.......BUTTONS, or BRADS, and I chose BRADS this time.   I can remember a time when I hardly made a card WITHOUT using brads, but now I have moved on to BLING....so I revisited BRADS today.....and they really are a nice touch.  This great new stamp set from SU is PERFECT for my Black Magic with a WHITE Twist,,,,which is a favorite technique of mine.  Another thing I used to do ALL the TIME, but kinda got away from.  I had a request to use this technique in one of my classes, so I revisited IT too.  Does anyone else stamp in cycles?  I also love this new flower framelet from SU, along with a great coordinating stamp set to match.  If you have to have these new products, notice the ORDER 24/7 button on this blog!! :) It will take you to my 24 hour ordering service.....yay!!  For those of you brand new to this technique, it's done by stamping in white pigment ink, letting it dry on black cardstock and then coloring with our watercolor pencils.  I used two colors for the flower and two for the leaves....so I can use the darker color to shade after coloring lightly with the first and lighter color.  It's a pretty dramatic look, right? It really comes alive when you highlight with white gel pen, in fact before that it's kind of HO-HUM.....but after the white gel pen it kinda sings, right?  Give it a try.......Happy Stamping....Until next time........Karen  PS We find out the gender of the twins on Aug 9th!! They are strong and healthy!!  Thank you God!!!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

POPPIES AND PUNCHES AND DIES, OH MY!

The challenge today for the SUO blog was to take a thank you card up a notch.  I hope this is up a notch enough. :) I just LOVE these new poppies, and I have literally dreamed all day of uploading this card....they are so fun to play with and I LOVE them!!  This is my third card with the poppies and I can't wait to use some of the other ideas that are floating around in my head....the possibilities with this  stamp are endless!!   And see that adorable new little tiny label - which also comes in a stamp set.....so tiny and so adorable and along with that? A punch pack to match!  And how about that great new doily  - also a brand new die!!  I just love this time of year when I notice every time I open the catalog some new item that I had missed is staring at  me and whispering in my ears, Buy me, Buy me, Buy me!!  To color on this one I used markers and blenders....my favorite!!  Did I tell you all I earned the trip to Hilton Head SC this year with SU?? And I plan to take my darling grand daughter Layla with me.....I can't hardly wait - for some extra special one on one time with Layla.....in the end of September!  Until next time, keep on stampin, and keep on smilin!! Blessings, Karen