VIDEO: How to Wow – Simple Stitching

I love stitching details on cards, don’t you? If you’re not the sewing type, or can’t be bothered with pulling out a machine, but would like to add a few stitches, today’s How to Wow is for you!

I really do love stitching details on cards. I don’t think it will ever go out of style! But, often, I struggle with the want, and the need to get out my sewing machine to add a few stitches. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

I will confess that I recently invested in one of those mini sewing machines. So, now I have one in my craft room that I can just pull out and stitch a line fairly quickly. But, sometimes you still want a thicker stitch, or a color that maybe you don’t have in thread. So, what’s a craft maven to do? I’ve got a simple approach that you’re going to love!

I was inspired by today’s new Tic Tac Toe Challenge board:

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

I went for the middle row – Dimension, Embellishment, Die-cut. I thought that I’d do up an adorable 3x3 note (my favorite size) to show off the versatility of a new bundle in the Holiday Catalog – Christmas Quilt.

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC014). Featuring, Christmas Quilt stamp set, Quilt Builder Framelits, Wood Textures DSP. For more details and a video on simple stitching, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #3x3note #stitching #encouragement #handstamped

Hopefully you spied the 3 or 4 little stitches I added to the quilt square. Using the die made it a breeze, but there’s other ways you can quickly add a few stitches, so, let’s take a look at the video to see!

Ready to stitch away? I hope so! Here’s some other tips about this mini beauty:

  • I wanted to show off the versatility of this stamp set beyond the holidays, so I reached for my Color Coordinator to come up with a great combo – Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand
  • Don’t be afraid to snip up your sentiments. The one I used was two lines that I broke up so they would look perfect on this little masterpiece
  • Add a paper frame – I cut an additional quilt square from Blushing Bride and rotated it a quarter turn so it would peek out behind the main square. It adds the perfect extra sumthin’ sumthin’!

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VIDEO: How to Wow – Watercolor on Any Paper

Do you have dismal results when watercoloring on plain or patterned paper? Think you are relegated to always using watercolor paper? Wrong!

Today’s WOW technique is something I’ve been tossing around in the back of my mind for a while now. And, I’m so glad I finally got to it! The results could not be any better – and you’re going to love it!

I was inspired by this week’s Tic Tac Toe Challenge board. It’s my week off from the challenge, but I wanted to play along anyway. So, I honed in on the bottom row – Leaf, FREE, Splatter. I was also interested in the last column – Yellow & Angled, but I only got to the “Yellow” part…

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

Like everyone else, I’m loving watercoloring these days. There’s just so many inventive ways that people are using it. One of my favorites is as a colored blob, with some splatter behind an image. It was the perfect idea for me to try out my watercoloring theory…

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC011). Featuring, Vintage Leaves stamp set, Leaflets Framelits, Daffodil Delight. For more details and a video on watercoloring on any paper, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #packaging #watercolor #encouragement #hope #handstamped

Today’s video will show you how I was able to successfully watercolor on plain ‘ol Whisper White cardstock. I even show that it can be done on DSP too! The secret is soooo simple you’ll be hitting “buy” on your Amazon cart in no time, oh, and ordering ALL of the Stampin’ Up! ink refills too!

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

  • BE SURE to use the Embossing Buddy before stamping on vellum. Otherwise, you’ll just end up with a blob. Yuck!
  • Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals are the perfect way to pop up the vellum leaf. I even cut some of those in half so they would remain hidden under the embossed areas.
  • Change up your sentiment and have a card for any occasion. This would be a stunner for Thanksgiving, a fall wedding or birthday, or even to celebrate spring! OR, do it up in reds and send it to your favorite Canadian!!

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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
  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!

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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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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
  2. If you’re on a mobile device, you can share 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.

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  • SHOP NOW and don't forget the host code: 2BHXRXH2This month's Product Rewards Club members will receive:
    • Orders between $25-$74.99: A 6x6 Paper Sampler - Quilted Christmas
    • Orders over $75: The Paper Sampler AND Jute Twine!
    • 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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Something Remarkable from a Sketch

Administrative Professionals Day is on the 27th – and I happen to work with a handful of these amazing people! I suggested to my boss that I would be happy to create some cards for her to send as a thank you from our entire team so they know that the work they do is so appreciated and they are loved by our whole team.

I used our second Pals Paper Arts sketch for the month to kick-start my design and create something really special. This time, the sketch is brought to us by the talented Susan Itell.

Start with a sketch to kick-start your creative designs #pmretreat #sketchesClick To Tweet

I have to say – this sketch just oozes Susan! I can see all of the great cards she would make with these bold elements. But, I just couldn’t do it. I flipped and turned and figured out how I would make it my own. That’s what happens sometimes with a sketch! Remember – it’s just a guideline to get your creativity started. So, here’s how I interpreted this sketch – it’s turned 180-degrees clockwise:

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA298): Number of Years, Silver Foil, Number of Years Dies, Silver Fancy Vellum; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #40thbirthday
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Maven’s Mastery Tips

Dies = Stencils

I love that etched steel carbon dies are so versatile. Thinlits, framelits, edgelits; Use them all as a die with your inks and a sponge, or a dauber, or like I did – with a rounded brush. Stenciling with a rounded brush will give you soft, blended colors and a nice edge, without a lot of work! I took the Sunburst Thinlit and cut a die out of some medium-weight cardboard (like our coaster board) to make a reverse of the die. I could have just used the die, but I wanted to fill in the circle. In retrospect, I would have just used the die, then used a circle to do the center on its own. With the rays loose in the center, it was difficult to keep everything in place while stenciling.

Add Country Class with Linen Thread

I looovvvvee twine, and Stampin’ Up!’s Linen Thread is the best stuff! It adds a bit of country, or shabby chic, or vintage with zero effort. This time, I used the twine to create one of the rectangle elements. I thought it was a nice way to indicate the shape without making it so bold. Adding some loose circles behind the sentiment breaks things up a bit too…

Say It Loud

There’s a lot of subtlety going on here with the different sketch elements. So many, in fact, that you might not really think that it represents the sketch – but really, it does (just in a subtle way!). That helps the sentiment stand out loud, and proud, which is soooo important for this card. When someone needs encouragement, or you want to say congratulations for something great they’ve done, the highlight should be the sentiment. That’s why I stamped it and popped it up on it’s own flag with some bold flowers encircling it.

summery brights are the perfect choice for a cheerful card! #pmretreat #colorcoorinator
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Lovely Leaves for PPA 267

I am loving this week’s Pals Paper Arts (PPA267) color scheme. It’s fresh, but also fall-like. Kind of like the transition from Summer to Fall. The days are still bright and the trees haven’t turned to the rich hues that tell us Winter will soon be here.

Pals Paper Arts 267 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com)

 

Looks bright to you? Well, let me show you how this fresh trio can move into Fall:

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA267). Features: Lighthearted Leaves, Leaflets Framelits, Square Pillow Box Thinlits, Cherry on Top DSP; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #thanksgiving

Maven’s Mastery Tips

Go for White:

Lighthearted Leaves is already a stunning stamp set – take it over the top with white embossing! It really pops against these fresh colors. Add even more depth by using the corresponding Stampin’ Write markers to add some deeper color to parts of the leaf designs.

Nothing's Off Limits!

The DSP for this project didn’t come from the Holiday Catalog. It’s from the Cherry on Top DSP Paper Stack. Did you know that it has Crushed Curry as one of its primary colors? So, you thought that paper stack was just for kids’ birthdays…. WRONG!

Make Extra:

When I started on the card, I created extra leaves because I wasn’t sure how many I would need. I had a handful left over that were just begging to adorn a matching pillow box. If you’ve not made any of these boxes yet, watch out – you’re going to fall in love! I know people that are addicted to the pillow box…. and there’s no cure, but to make more!

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