Stampin' Blends from Stampin' Up! - Colour Me HAPPY!

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I'm so excited to announce that the long anticipated wait for alcohol colouring pens from Stampin' Up! is over! Starting November 1st you can purchase these amazing colouring pens for yourself.  I've had my set for 2 weeks and I'm loving them! 

Here's a quick "commercial" from Stampin' Up! announcing them:

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The details:

  • Available in 12 colours (first launch) in both a light shade and a dark shade.  Each colour and shade is sold separately so if you use a colour a lot you can replace just that one pen.
  • Also available - Ivory and Bronze for skin tones.
  • Color Lifter (for blending and lifting colour when you've added too much).
  • Purchase as single markers, in a 2 pack combo (light and dark) or as a complete set (26 markers plus Color Lifter).

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 How to Use Blends: 

  • Start by stamping your image with Memento Ink on Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock.  Let it dry before beginning to colour.  Memento ink is a water based ink which means your image won't smear when colouring with your alcohol ink pens.
  • Work in small areas at a time because the inks will blend more easily when wet.  If you have a large image work in smaller areas at a time before moving on.
  • You can start with the dark colour and blend in the light or start with light and add darker areas later.  It comes down to personal preference.
  • You won't have "lines" on your image the way you might with water based markers (Stampin' Write Markers).  If you find you have a line you can soften it up using the Color Lifter.

 Here's some tips:

  • Alcohol markers that give you a rich, saturated colour on your projects.
  • For best results you'll want to stamp using Momento Ink which is specially formulated for alcohol markers.
  • Protect your work surface with Grid Paper (or scrap) as they are meant to saturate your cardstock and "bleed" through to the other side - in fact that's how you know you have added enough colour.
  • Each marker has two tips - a fine tip and a brush tip.  On the barrel of the pen you will see a thin line near one cap and a thick line at the other cap which indicates the tip thickness.
  • Lids are designed to seal the marker to prevent the ink from evaporating so make sure you securely click the lid after use.  While you are colouring the lid from the end you are using nests on the other end's lid so you won't lose it. 
  • Store horizontally to prevent ink for drying out or running to one tip or the other.

If you'd like to make some adorable project using your Stampin' Blends make sure to add the Color Me Happy Project Kit (available while supplies last!)  The kit includes 16 cards; 4 each of 4 designs.  It includes envelopes and all the embellishments you'll need. You will need to provide the Color Me Happy stamp set and a Memento Pad. 

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You can purchase the Color Me Happy Stamp set in both wood block or clear block versions  and you can purchase the Color Me Happy Project Kit alone.  But if you bundle them you save 10%!

Click Here to download the flyer with all the ordering information and be ready on November 1st to place your order - you can email me ahead of time and I'll order for you (deliver to me and pick up or delivered to your door!) or online in my store.

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Colour Your World Blog Hop! Season Like Christmas

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It's time for our monthly Colour Your World Blog Hop! Each month my demo friends from around the world post a project using a colour palette we've chosen.  Sometimes I use all the colours in the palette and other times just a few.  This month I was able to incorporate all four of them!

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The weather in Vancouver has turned to fall and we have rainy days followed by crisp sunny ones.  Those days are my favourite of the year.  Not hot, just sunny and brisk. My card today uses the Season Like Christmas stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

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I started with Shimmery White paper.  I find that adding water to this paper works best as it doesn't absorb the water and pill the paper.  I washed Smoky Slate over the middle of the paper with an Aqua Painter.  I thought it looked like a smoky sky.  What do you think? The Season Like Christmas stamp set is a 2 step stamp which simply means that you can create dimension with your stamps as one is stamped on top of the other.  In my sample I used Old Olive for both the first stamp and the one on top but I stamped off the first one on a scrap to lighten the colour.  This one is actually a 3 step as the little "ornaments" is stamped on top of the two tree images.

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I substituted the Champagne Foil Sheet paper for Smoky Slate in my mat - I think it adds a little sparkle and elegance and resembles Smoky Slate in keeping with the palette. 

I'm the first to admit that I'm obsessed with Wink of Stella and added some to the branches of my tree to give it some extra sparkle.  And of course rhinestones for the night stars and some bling!

Here's how I made today's card: 

  1. Fold an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Sugarplum cardstock in half to form card base.
  2. Glue 5 1/4" x 4" Champagne Foil Sheet to the front of the card.
  3. Add a Smoky Slate wash with an Aqua Painter to the middle of a 5" x 3 3/4" piece of Shimmery White cardstock.  Let dry.
  4. Ink the bolder image of the tree in Old Olive, stamp off once on a scrap piece of paper and then stamp in the middle of the card.
  5. Ink the detailed image of the tree in Old Olive and stamp on top of the first tree.
  6. Ink the trunk image in Always Artichoke and stamp in the middle of the tree.
  7. Ink the "decorations" in Sweet Sugarplum and stamp on the tree.
  8. Ink the sentiment in Sweet Sugarplum and stamp to the right of the tree as shown.
  9. Add some Clear Wink of Stella to the branch of the tree.
  10. Glue the stamped piece to the card.
  11. Add rhinestones in the sky.

Download Colour Your World Season like Christmas Supply List

Our Blog Hop participants have a Challenge Group on Facebook and we would love you to join and share your creations using our palette of the month.  Click here and ask to join!

Here are the products I used in today's card - click on the picture and you'll be directed to my online store.

 

  

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Alison Solven - Canada
Alisa Tilsner - Australia
Patsy Waggoner -USA
Sophie Prestrelle - France
Sharlene Meyer- New Zealand
Sam Hammond - UK
Barbara Meyer - Austria
Anna Sposato - Germany
  
 

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