StampNation Virtual Vaca Day 6

WOO HOO!!   StampNation California virtual vacation is well underway!!!   From the gold rush of the 1800’s, to the sunny summer skies that seem to last all year long, to the glitz & glam of Hollywood, this state is truly is golden. We could spend a month here and still not see it all. Let’s see what we can pack into a week visiting California.

Day 6:  In the heart of San Francisco is Postcard Row, across from Alamo Square comprising of 7 houses called, The Painted Ladies.They are known for their Victorian and Edwardian architecture as well as the use of 3 or more colors of paint to enhance their design features.  Our challenge is to use 3 or more colors on a project!

Here is a peek at the DT’s cards.

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We are highlighting the amazing Essentials by Ellen line from Ellen Hutson, so I am sure you will find some fun and creative ways  to put these products to use if you have them in your stash!  Thank you Ellen for sponsoring!!!

And what’s a vacation without a shopping spree???? There is also a discount to the Ellen Hutson store, for StampNation members only.

Speaking of sponsors, We also have a SURPRISE SPONSOR!!!!  Catherine will be dropping hints and clues all week long.  Watch for them on StampNation. It’s been fun seeing all the guesses….  

We would love to have you join us on our virtual vacation!  How?  Click here to learn more & join StampNation now! It’s only $9 a month, no strings.. You can cancel at any time… You will gain access to forums, challenges, videos, galleries, chats, and a ton of interaction with the lovely Sistahs! It’s a great place to be….

I hope you have enjoyed the sneaks into the virtual vaca! Today is my last day with a project for the vaca, but there is still one more day left of the vaca!!!!

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Video: Color Burst technique and GIVEAWAY

Hi there everyone! If you follow me, you know I love the Ken Oliver Color Bursts! I think they are fantastic! I have dubbed them the powder with power! Even Ken has started referring to them as that at times! Why? Because they are so darn powerful. A tiny little itty bitty drop of powder and bam……. :) I’ve been researching other ways to use the bursts and today I’ve got another video to share with you today along with a giveaway!!!! YUP! I’ve got the two colors I am using in today’s video to give away to one of you! Just leave me a comment on my youtube video, let Rafflecopter know you did (located at the end of this post) and you will be entered to win! Bonus entry if you leave me a comment here on my blog letting me know what you want to see from me in future posts/videos! EASY PEASY!

Alright! Today’s card!!!! You ready???? It may look pretty simple and ordinary at first glance:

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But the kicker of this card is the texture achieved by combing the Color Burst with… wait for it…. SALT!!!!

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See? A little bit cooler now isn’t it? SALT! We all have it in our kitchen! I just added some on and let it do its thing and I was amazed at the texture it left behind! I’ve got a video for you that shows you the entire process! Now, in complete honesty, I almost ditched this card (which you will see in the video)! The purple is very intense so I tried to use as little purple as possible, but that didn’t work out so well. It looked muddy and overpowering.. So I thought I ruined it but I kept working with it, adding water, moving the paper around to move the water, added more water, and so forth untiled I said to myself, WALK AWAY! And when I came back, and removed the salt from the cardstock. WOAH! It was so neat! And the little bit of yellow that remained? Gorgeous. It was like a glow of yellow. Just pretty!

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I wanted most of the background to show so  I chose this outline stamped image and heat set it with some white embossing powder and then left this card sentiment free! I can stamp a message on the inside later when I’m ready to send it out.

ONTO THE VIDEO! You can watch the video by clicking HERE…..

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Another video I recommend is one that my dear friend Julie Ebersole filmed for Hello Monday where she used salt with the Gansai Watercolors! You can see that post/video by clicking HERE! I loved that card so much, I commented that I wanted it and she is so stinkin’ sweet because guess what arrived in the mail yesterday! UH HUH! That card! Swoon… Here it is… I know!

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And remember… THE GIVEAWAY! Simply leave a comment over over in the video comments and come back here and let Rafflecopter know (at the end of the post) and you will automatically be entered to win. Bonus entry for leaving a comment here on my blog letting me know what you would like to see from me in the future (video ideas, techniques, etc). Winner will be announced in one week.

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To purchase the Ken Oliver Color Bursts, click on any of these recommended store links: Blitsy, Ellen Hutson or Amazon.

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Remember, after you comment, be sure to let Rafflecopter know:

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Video Hop: Masking and Distress inks with COUPON CODE to Ellen Hutson

Hi there! Today is a special day because I am celebrating a milestone for my dear friend, Laura Sterckx. She has reached 7,000 youtube subscribers over on her youtube channel so she has put together a celebratory hop and I am honored to be a part of it!!!! Congratulations Laura!  There are tons of sponsors and prizes so be sure to leave a comment on all of the VIDEOS to be entered…. Here is a look at the card I created in the video:

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To watch the video and leave a comment to be eligible for a prize, click HERE!

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Here is the list of all the hoppers:

The wonderful folks at Ellen Hutson have generously offered up a 10% discount on all storewide orders made between now and the end of the day June 26th! Just click HERE and enter coupon code VIDEOMANIA at checkout!

Here is a list of all the sponsors for the hop! Tons of prizes up for grabs. Remember, leave comments on the videos to be eligible!

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StampNation Virtual Vacation Day 4

WOO HOO!!   StampNation California virtual vacation is well underway!!!   From the gold rush of the 1800’s, to the sunny summer skies that seem to last all year long, to the glitz & glam of Hollywood, this state is truly is golden. We could spend a month here and still not see it all. Let’s see what we can pack into a week visiting California.

Day 4:  OOOHH! We are headed to Alcatraz, also known as “The Rock”. Remember the movie, The Rock with Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage??? I liked that movie!   Alcatraz Prison is located on a small island in the San Francisco Bay.  Put on your prison stripes and hop on the ferry with us to Alcatraz.

Here is a peek at the DT’s cards.

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We are highlighting the amazing Essentials by Ellen line from Ellen Hutson, so I am sure you will find some fun and creative ways  to put these products to use if you have them in your stash!  Thank you Ellen for sponsoring!!!

And what’s a vacation without a shopping spree???? There is also a discount to the Ellen Hutson store, for StampNation members only.

Speaking of sponsors, We also have a SURPRISE SPONSOR!!!!  Catherine will be dropping hints and clues all week long.  Watch for them on StampNation. It’s been fun seeing all the guesses….  

We would love to have you join us on our virtual vacation!  How?  Click here to learn more & join StampNation now! It’s only $9 a month, no strings.. You can cancel at any time… You will gain access to forums, challenges, videos, galleries, chats, and a ton of interaction with the lovely Sistahs! It’s a great place to be….

I’ll be back for Day 6 in a few days!

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StampNation California Vacation Day 3

WOO HOO!!  Tuesday was day ONE of the StampNation virtual vacation!!!  Where are we going all week? Well to California of course!   From the gold rush of the 1800’s, to the sunny summer skies that seem to last all year long, to the glitz & glam of Hollywood, this state is truly is golden. We could spend a month here and still not see it all. Let’s see what we can pack into a week visiting California.

Day 3:  We want you to be inspired by the Glitz & Glam of Hollywood. We want your card to sparkle and shine with this challenge.

Here is a peek at the DT’s cards.

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We will be highlighting the amazing Essentials by Ellen line from Ellen Hutson, so I am sure you will find some fun and creative ways  to put these products to use if you have them in your stash!  Thank you Ellen for sponsoring!!!

And what’s a vacation without a shopping spree???? There is also a discount to the Ellen Hutson store, for StampNation members only.

Speaking of sponsors, We also have a SURPRISE SPONSOR!!!!  Catherine will be dropping hints and clues all week long.  Watch for them on StampNation. It’s been fun seeing all the guesses….  

We would love to have you join us on our virtual vacation!  How?  Click here to learn more & join StampNation now! It’s only $9 a month, no strings.. You can cancel at any time… You will gain access to forums, challenges, videos, galleries, chats, and a ton of interaction with the lovely Sistahs! It’s a great place to be….

I’ll be back tomorrow for a sneak of Day 4. Wonder where we will be going….

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Thanks Floral Shaker

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Hello! Hello!  I dove into my fear of shakers again and this time, I think I came out on top! This is the first shaker I have made where the insides don’t fall out all over the place or go up my nose, lol!   I am using products by The Ton and that amazing die is from Avery Elle. All of the products I used in the shaker are linked at the end of this post….

 I heat embossed those gorgeous florals from the Simple Florals stamp set with gold embossing powder and then colored the images in with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Instead of using clear plastic for my shaker window, I chose to use to use this awesome 43lb vellum instead.  I added the Round Confetti, Star Confetti and gold flat sequins (all from The Ton) and  sealed everything together and guess what? Nothing fell out!!!

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Want to know the absolute hilarious part of this card? You see that purple background panel inside the shaker? That actually came from my trash. That was a watercolored heat embossed reject BUT I used it in the shaker because the vellum provides that soft overlay so it turned out not to be a reject after all. LOL!

Thanks so much for joining me today! This week is a busy week on the blog. Lots of sneaks of the StampNation California Vaca and a fun video hop coming up in a few days (with a discount code for all my readers)….  Stay tuned!

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Right at Home Stamp Launch with GIVEAWAY

Welcome to the Right at home stamp launch! I am pleased as punch to be celebrating with Nicole today! She has this adorable stamp set geared for jazzing up those envelopes! Often, envelopes are forgotten so this stamp set is just fantastic! Here’s a look at the set…

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And here is what I created for the hop… A card with coordinating envelope:

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I stamped the flowers from the set along the bottom of some watercolored cardstock and did some quick watercolor with the Ken Oliver Color Bursts! I stamped the sentiment onto some black card stock, heat embossed with white embossing powder and adhered that to the card. For the envelope, I stamped the flowers and sentiment in black and flicked on some black texture spray to tie into the card!

We’ve got a fun hop for you today so be sure to check out all of the designer’s creations… AND, there is a giveaway!

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I did mention giveaway, didn’t I! Here are the deets for the Instagram Giveaway:

Nicole will be giving away three stamp sets on her Instagram account (@rightathome). All you have to do is tag two friends and tell her how you would use the stamp (all in the same comment) and bam, you are entered to win. The giveaway will start on Wednesday, July 22nd at 8:00 pm EST and end on Friday, July 24th at 8:00 pm EST. Open to USA only. Please only comment once. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Crazy Coffee Loving Birds Cards set

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I am so excited about today’s post! I have had my eyes on the birds for a long time! A LONG TIME! So I finally took the plunge and ordered these guys last week! And to my surprise, they just released some coordinating dies and an accessory set, so hopefully those are on their way to me as I type…  I wanted to pair these birds with coffee….. Perfect coffee set to use with these birds is the Cuppa Coffee set from Sweet Stamp Shop. I colored some of the birds with the  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and some with distress inks.  I am so loving that

I thought I’d share the individual photos of the cards..

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HE HE! This bird is on a caffeine high:

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This one cracks me up. This bird looks so sad to me so I thought it fitting that she spilled her coffee….

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The birds are popped up with some foam dimension and adhered to a black card panel. Done and done!!! I had so much fun creating this card set!  I hope you like it!

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Lawnscaping Challenge: COLOR sponsored by Lawn Fawn

Hi there everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We spent Saturday at a local Farmer’s Market and then Sunday I woke up with a blasted headache! But today is a new day and it’s Lawnscaping Challenge day! The theme is week is to be inspired by the colors of the rainbow! I decided to do some coloring with the Wink of Stella colored glitter pens. I have them in various colors, but if you don’t have the individual colors, you can color in your images with whatever coloring medium you have and go over the top of it with the clear wink of stella.

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I love using the glitter pens because it leaves this gorgeous sparkle behind! And the background circle panel was colored in with distress inks! I’m not sure you can tell in the photo, but I added a few flicks of the perfect pearls to add in some extra shine…

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I’ve got a video to go along with this post for you today! You can watch it by clicking HERE!

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I hope you will pop over to the Lawnscaping Blog and take a look at all of the design team creations and leave inspired! And do play along! It’s super fun! And the winner could win a prize from our sponsor, Lawn Fawn.

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As always, all the supplies I used in today’s project are linked below! Affiliate links are used, but that is at ZERO cost to you. It just let’s them know you came from my blog and I get a small % of the sales that helps me run my blog and purchase supplies to use in future projects/videos…. Simply click on the pic and away you go! (EH: Ellen Hutson, SSS: Simon Says Stamp, AZ: Amazon, BM: Blue Moon Scrapbooking).

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