VIDEO: How to Wow – Shaker & Shadow

Welcome to another Tic Tac Toe challenge! Team X is in the house this week – and I have TWO How to Wow videos for you!

This week’s featured designer is Shannon Fralish. She has such a fun design featuring the bottom row. I was inspired by top row – Shadow, Layers, Square.

Play along at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Inspiring you 8-ways each week! Find us @tttchallenge or tictactoechallenge.com. New challenges every Thursday!

So, here we have a square card, with a square cutout, along with layers to make a shaker card, and a fun shadow on the sentiment. This is one of my most favorite cards recently. It looks equally as stunning in person as it does in the photo below.

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC006). Featuring, Better Together stamp set, Layered Square Framelits, Lemon Lime Twist. For more details and two videos highlighting the card's features, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #note #specialdaycard #handstamped

Today, I have not one, but TWO How to Wow videos. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to share how I made the fun colored embellishments in the shaker card, or how I accomplished the Lemon Lime Twist shadow on the sentiment. SO, I did both!

Now you can totally make this card too! Here’s some other tips

  • Don’t overfill your shaker. There needs to be enough room for the contents to shake and not get stuck. While you’re at it, only make the shaker space slightly larger than the window. That way, you’re not needing to add more shaker stuff than you need.
  • The shadow technique can be done with just about any sentiment. It’s best to use black for the main image so when you stamp the shadow, it doesn’t show through
  • The finished size of the card is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 – that way, if I want to send the card, I can fit it in a regular sized envelope and not need extra postage!

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Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing each other’s work, not only will we get better, and craft more often, but we help inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
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When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here, AND, you'll receive a surprise in the mail from me!

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2-Minutes to Finish (2M2F) – Sweet Special Day

Welcome to the July Pals Blog Hop! We’ve got a real Pattern Party going on here! I’m featuring the Petal Party DSP stack for a sweet special day card.

All of today’s hoppers are featuring projects using their favorite Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper and coordinating embellishments. After all, color coordination is a Stampin’ Up! strength.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

 

For the Pals Blog Hop, July 2017. Featuring, Better Together stamp set, Petal Party DSP, Glitter Enamel Dots. For more details and a video to make this card in 2-3 minutes, click through to the post. #pmretreat #stampinup #note #specialdaycard #handstamped

A lot of what I share here, and the cards I make for my classes usually have quite a few steps, and are often “wow” cards. BUT, there’s always a need for that quick and simple card that you can put together in just a few minutes, but that still looks clean and polished (and not rushed).

Today I have a new video series – 2 Minutes to Finish. The goal is to create a card in 2-3 minutes that has a nice, professional look, but that doesn’t take any time at all! Let’s check out today’s video!

How about that? Here’s some more tips to make this card a success!

  • The Petal Party DSP stack has 12 sheets with a corner floral design that would work perfect for this example.
  • Just swap out the sentiment and you’ll have a pile of different cards for all sorts of occasions
  • Not only can you swap out the sentiment, but change out the ribbon for a totally different, but just as easy look!

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Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing each other’s work, not only will we get better, and craft more often, but we help inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or Google+ and use the hashtag #PMRcraftmaven

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here, AND, you'll receive a surprise in the mail from me!

Here’s how you can share with others:

  1. Use those big ‘ol SHARE buttons below and post today’s creative inspiration for others to find
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Time to Hop Along!

Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on August 9, 2017 when our projects will feature “cuts” from punches, dies, framelits, edgelits, or thinlits. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. See you on August 9th!

Blog Hop Line-up:

Got time for these quick cards? Of course!

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    • If you have an order over $150, DON'T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin' Rewards, AND the free gifts from me!
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VIDEO: How to Wow – Warp-free Watercolor (TTTC003)

So much changes in a week…. but you can count on a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge on Thursdays! If you haven’t been by, be sure to check out the Picks here. This week’s How to Wow video focuses on achieving a flawless watercolor wash without warping your paper!

This week’s Featured designer is Shannon Jaramillo (shannonkaypaperie.com) . I’ve been a long-time admirer of her work – and I know you will be too, so, I’m super excited to see what she has in store for us, along with the rest of Team X. As for me, I thought I’d go with some fun textures to make a mostly monochrome design really pop.

There’s watercoloring, embossing paste, sewing, linen thread, a “wink” of Stella…. texture is what really makes a monochromatic design stand out. Anyone that sees the card just wants to touch all the different parts to explore the texture and how it all comes together.

Today’s “wow” technique is a supporting player, but, trust me, without it, the card would look pretty blah. There are some key steps to the perfect watercolor wash background. If you’ve struggled with this technique, today’s How to Wow video will show you how to perfect it! If you’ve never tried it before, my tips should give you the confidence to be successful the first time!

One thing I forgot to note in the video is that you don’t need a hardboard or piece of MDF to do this technique. A piece of thick cardboard will work in a pinch. The glimmer paper and foil sheets both have a nice thick piece from the packaging that will work just perfect.

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If you’re in love with this project and my new How to Wow Series, please do share!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing each other’s work, not only will we get better, and craft more often, but we help inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

  1. Use those big ‘ol SHARE buttons below and post today’s creative inspiration for others to find
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  • Product Shares Get a little of everything, and use it all! Product Shares for the Annual Catalog and Holiday Catalog are ordered twice a month. Time to restock!
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  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

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VIDEO: How to Wow – Ink Swiping on Foil (TTTC001)

I am so proud and humbled to be a part of the new Tic Tac Toe Challenge Design Team! Today is our first challenge (TTTC001), and I thought I’d go big and incorporate a new video series with my cards – “How to Wow”. This series will take amazing techniques and knock them down to totally do-able. (It is papercrafting, not brain surgery! Right?!)

Our first challenge board was created by Peggy Noe (prettypapercards.com), so, she’s the week’s Featured Designer. I decided to go for the far right column – Gold – Black – Baker’s Twine. And with that, the first How to Wow video was decided – how to do ink swiping on foil paper. So fun, so easy, and so impressive!

I don’t want to have you spend all your time reading so, really, let’s just get to the video! In all honesty, the technique is very simple, but having some tips before you start can make all the difference. Add this technique to your crafting toolbox and it will be a go-to for years to come!

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, #TTTC001. Featuring Gold Foil, Basic Black Archival Ink, Thoughtful Banners stamp set. For more details and a video on Ink Swiping on foil sheets, click through to my blog. #pmretreat #stampinup #swipetechnique #wow #gold #handstamped
For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, #TTTC001. Featuring Gold Foil, Basic Black Archival Ink, Thoughtful Banners stamp set. For more details and a video on Ink Swiping on foil sheets, click through to my blog. #pmretreat #stampinup #swipetechnique #wow #gold #handstamped

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Are you inspired? There’s so many techniques out there – and, really, they’re usually not that hard – you just need to know where to start! I’m excited to continue this series for as long as I can come up with great ideas – and you can help!

How?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. When I see you sharing what you learn, that inspires me to find new things to teach you! Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below! Want to see me breakdown a technique for you? You can share that in your comments too!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

  1. Use those big ‘ol SHARE buttons below and post today’s creative inspiration for others to find
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    • If you have an order over $150, DON'T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin' Rewards, AND the free gifts from me!
  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Product Shares Get a little of everything, and use it all! Product Shares for the Annual Catalog and Holiday Catalog are ordered twice a month. Time to restock!
  • If you plan to place your next order through me and need copies of the current catalogs, please request them here.
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

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Spotlighting a Milestone (PPA306)

It’s time for another Pals Paper Arts challenge. This week, we have a great sketch from our fearless leader – Mary Fish! Those three boxes were just calling out to me to share with you a wonderful technique – Spotlighting! I’ll be using one of my favorite stamp sets – Kinda Eclectic…

As a cardmaker, I’m very picky about who gets my cards. Are you like that too? I don’t want to pour all the love and creativity I have into a design just to have it looked at and then tossed. #heartbreak #iworkedsohardonthat #nooooooo! But, for the right occasions, and the right people a handmade card is the perfect gift, or gift accompaniment. That’s what my card is today.

 

Spotlighting a Special Event

Brian needed a card for his Aunt & Uncle’s 60th wedding anniversary. Yes – SIXTY YEARS!!! Isn’t that just a wonderful milestone! I hope he and I get to celebrate that one some day. We’ve got a long way to go, but so far, so good! So, why no mention of the year or “anniversary”? Well, it’s not always necessary, is it. That makes this card so very versatile – it can be used for any celebration occasion. I love that! The spotlighting technique I used alludes to the bright moments in their life together. cool idea – huh?

So, what is spotlighting? It’s a technique where you stamp in subdued colors, then, use bright colors to highlight certain parts of the design. Sometimes it’s done freeform, but today, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for precise placement.

Let’s Create, Simply!

If you want to create cards like the ones I share, there is a simple way to do it. All you have to remember is “Let’s Create, Simply!”. Remembering that phrase will help you recall three key points of design: Layout, Color, Style. Don’t overthink it and use these three steps to make great cards every time. Click on the tabs below for today’s tips and Pin-worthy graphics! (Hint: If you’re on a mobile device, you can save images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.)

Layout: The Rule of 3s

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA306): Kinda Eclectic, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Wink of Stella; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #celebrate #cardThe Rule of 3s is a key principal for many art forms – that’s because three of anything is the smallest number you need to create a pattern. That’s why I used three spotlights instead of just two. If the card were larger, I would go for an odd number, like five if I wanted to add more. Threes also create triangles, which, subconciously, we find appealing. When I stamped the background images, I did it randomly, but you can see that they form triangles too – the two starbursts and the sentiment, especially. Take a look at one of your cards – do you see threes and triangles? I bet you do!

Color: Go Monochrome-ish

Go monochrome to step up the elegance - perfect for congratulations, anniversary and wedding cards; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #ColorCoordinatorThere’s a way to class up a card, every time – go monochrome! Today’s Pinnable color combo of Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy and Bermuda Bay is a dynamic and vibrant trio. How did I decide on this combo? Using my Color Coordinator, of course!

Style: Spotlighting

There are two ways to accomplish a spotlight technique. Random, or with the Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ). I started by stamping the background. I was very particular about the leaf placement, as I wanted my spotlights to match up with today’s sketch. To be precise about my placement, I put the base card under a piece of window sheet, and taped the sheet down. Then, I used my SAMJ with the leaf stamp to stamp the leaves on the circle cutouts. To ensure extra precise placement, I used some SNAIL to adhere the circles to the window sheet, exactly where I wanted them to end up, then I lined up the SAMJ to the leaf on the base card. Clear as mud? Maybe it needs a video…

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Wow! I hope you’re inspired to pull out some of your neglected, and shiny papercrafting stash. Use my ideas above to help kick-start your creativity for today – and share your results!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2016 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2016

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

  1. Use those big ‘ol SHARE buttons below and post today’s creative inspiration for others to find
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    • Orders over $75: The Paper Sampler AND Foil Snowflakes!
    • If you have an order over $150, DON'T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin' Rewards, AND the free gifts from me!
  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Product Shares Get a little of everything, and use it all! Product Shares for the Annual Catalog and Holiday Catalog are ordered twice a month. Time to restock!
  • If you plan to place your next order through me and need copies of the current catalogs, please request them here.
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

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