VIDEO: How to Wow – Metallic Ink

Tick-Tock, it’s time to play! Design team O is on the scene with a new Tic Tac Toe board and some amazing inspiration!

You might wonder what it’s like to be a part of an online design challenge team. Is it a huge commitment? Are the designers nice? Is it a lot of pressure? Well, we’re looking for a new designer to fill a position starting in late October, so, maybe you should apply! Click here for details. Here’s a little more about TTTC:

  • We all blog so we can post our projects for the challenge. Some of us post projects more than others – it all depends on our business needs.
  • We have a private Facebook group where we coordinate our challenge submissions and create the challenge cards.
  • Challenge cards are submitted and created in advance so we can work on our inspiration projects ahead of time and work out any issues or questions with elements.
  • We’re all super nice and supportive. There’s quite a few first-time design team members, so there’s lots of support to get questions answered and people going in the right direction.
  • Felicita manages all of the blog posts, and I manage all of the social media posting. DT members are expected to post comments on the entries. Other design challenges sometimes divvy up the work further, but we find that this works for us so far!
  • We represent lots of different styles and products (not just Stampin’ Up!). We love that we can reach crafters with different styles.

My design for today follows the first row across: Metallic, Glow, Autumn Colors:

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

Originally, the upper left corner was “Metallic Ink”, so I took the challenge and figured out how to make metallic ink with Stampin’ Up! reinkers! This is the creativity that ensued:

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC016). Featuring: Paisleys & Posies stamp set, Paisleys Framelits dies, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight & Pumpkin Pie reinkers, Clear Wink of Stella, Copper embossing. For more details and a video on making metallic ink, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #fall #watercolor #metallicInk #thankful #handstamped

The technique is more than adding Wink of Stella on top of the ink. In this way, the metallic effect pools along with the ink color. It is stunning and a TON of fun! Here’s how I did it:

I’m betting you’ll be making metallic ink combos for weeks! It’s so much fun!! Here’s some other details that make today’s card a success:

  • Use Tear & Tape for no-fuss application of foil sheet strips. First I cut the strip to the correct width (1/4″ in this case), and then I add the Tear & Tape to the back. Affix the element to the watercolor layer, then snip the edges to fit. Perfecto, with no adhesive mess!
  • The Embossing Buddy is a MUST for perfect embossing without any strays. Once the embossing cools, you can wipe off any extra powder from the Buddy. You’ll be soooo happy you took the time for this step.
  • Keep it simple! Let that amazing background shine by not adding a whole lot else! Your recipient will be stunned enough, there’s no need to add anything else!!

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If you’re in love with this project please 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 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
  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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On the CASE: Santa’s Sleigh

Welcome to another On the CASE investigation! Ann and I are on the CASE, working our way through the project samples you see in Stampin’ Up! catalogs. This week, we’re full-on Holiday – all from the Annual Catalog. So, time to don your Sherlock hat and follow along as we sleuth through these splendid samples!

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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!
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On the CASE: Paisleys & Posies

Yippee! Ann and I are back On the CASE with two new projects that we’ve copied from current Stampin’ Up! catalogs – just for you! You don’t want to miss out on the festive fun we’re both covering today. These catalog samples are to die for!

Ann is CASE-ing out another new set from the Holiday catalog, but I thought I’d pop into the Annual Catalog – because, well, you know…. it gets lonely this time of year! 😉

There was a sample that I saw when I first leafed through the pages, and I knew I wanted to give it a try. Well, why not now? It’s the Paisleys & Posies sample on page 128. I love that the concept artists pulled in such a bright palette. Does it mean it’s less “fall”? Nope – I just think it says more fun!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Paisleys & Posies
Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″), Pool Party Cardstock (4 1/4″ 5 1/2″), Shimmer White Cardstock (4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″), Whisper White Cardstock (4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″), Pool Party (2″ x 3 1/2″), scraps of Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo & Peekaboo Peach
Inks: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach
Accessories: Basics Rhinestones, Lemon Lime Ombre Ribbon
Other: Big Shot, Precision Base Plate, Paisleys Framelits dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Aqua Painter

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

We’ll start from the base

BACKGROUND

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Affix the Pool Party panel to the card base.
  3. On the Shimmer White Cartstock panel, watercolor some Lemon Lime Twist on the bottom and Pool Party on the top.
  4. Stamp the sentiment using Emerald Envy on Pool Party. Cut out with a Stitched Oval Framelit.

WINDOW PANEL

This panel is really cool – pay attention to how the framelits are laid out!

  1. Arrange the framelits as pictured on the Whisper White Cardstock panel. Run through the Big Shot.
  2. Wrap the Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon as shown. Affix on either end with Glue Dots.
  3. Affix panel to card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals

SENTIMENT & ASSEMBLE

  1. Stamp posies images. Cut out shapes as shown.
  2. Arrange posy shapes behind the sentiment.
  3. Affix the sentiment to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 – I’d call this one “middle of the road” as far as difficulty. Yes, there are a few steps, but there’s nothing too difficult once you’ve broken it down. Even the watercoloring is “fool proof”. Since it’s a background element, it’s ok if it doesn’t look great – most of it will be covered!

#SUontheCASE

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks!

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On the CASE: Tabs for Everything

It’s a new month, and Ann & I are On the CASE! Ann is CASE-ing out an amazing creation on page 93 of the Annual Catalog, and this time, I thought I would sleuth out the sample for a new stamp set and punch bundle – Tabs for Everything. It’s on page 43 of the Annual Catalog, and there’s all sorts of cute samples to dive into!

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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!
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Better Together Eastern Fusion

Happy Tuesday! I’m continuing on my 2-week journey with the Better Together stamp set with this eastern-inspired card for Kylie’s International Highlights. (I hope you vote for me!)

Yah, total shameless plug…. I know. Australian SU Demo, Kylie Bertucci started this International Highlights as a way to share the creative talents of fellow Demonstrators across the world – so, it’s an opportunity for you to see some other creative work that you might have missed out on in the past! If you’re visiting because of Kylie’s event, welcome!

For Kylie's International Highlights, July 2017. Featuring , Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Mini Tassels, Layered Leaves DTIEF, Better Together stamp set. For more details and to learn my LCS Method for creating, click through to the post. #pmretreat #stampinup #note #thankyoucard #handstamped

The theme of this month’s event is Thailand Gratitude. Many Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are in Phuket, Thailand right now, enjoying the annual Achievers Incentive Trip. This is an all expenses paid trip FOR TWO to a luxury location where Demonstrators and their guests are pampered, and get to enjoy an amazing experience as a reward for their hard work. Sound like fun? It’s hard work, but uyou can work towards this incentive trip too! To get started, you just need to get the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit ( or, the Best Deal Ever), and you’re on your way – and this month’s extra goodies make the Starter Kit even more worth it – even if you’re only looking to enhance your crafting supplies at a discount. (If you want more details, please contact me so we can go more in-depth, or start by reading up on the BDE).

I digress…. So, we’re looking for “thanks” style cards – and I thought I’d pull in a bit of the Eastern flair with our Eastern Vinyl Stickers – so easy! Even though the sentiment on my design is “just a note” it can certainly say “To Say Thanks!” on the inside! I love that a “just a note” can be a note for anything!

Today’s design takes us back to my LCS Method. All you have to remember is Let’s Create, Simply!

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 sections 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

Get more card layouts like this one over at my blog! pixelmavensretreat.com #Stampin' Up! #pmretreat #crafttips #cards #sketchStart your project by finding a great layout. Here’s a sketch of today’s design. See how simple it is when you break it down into its parts? Save this sketch to a Pinterest board and use it any time you need design inspiration.

Featured Element: Medallion

The highlight of this sketch is the large circular element – or medallion. I created this element using both the Eastern Vinyl Stickers and a diecut from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and Gold Foil Sheets.

Color

Get more color combos like this one over at my blog! pixelmavensretreat.com #pmretreat #crafttips #cards #colorcombos #stampinupColor doesn’t have to be cosmic! Inspiration is all around, and you can hardly go wrong with any of Stampin’ Up!’s colors. Here’s the primary colors used on today’s creation. You can save this to a Pinterest board to use any time you’re looking for project inspiration.

Featured Coordination: A Classic Twist

Purple and Gold is a classic color combination. But, how do we keep it from looking like too much? Choose a lighter shade of purple! In this case, Sweet Sugarplum fits the bill! Pair those two with a darker accent, and some white to break it all up, and you’re there!

Style

Styling is where it’s easy to go overboard. So, take a deep breath and focus on one key technique to add some flair to your project.

Featured Style: Geometric & Organic

There are a lot of different patterns going on here – the small dotted pattern of the DSP, the geometric medallions and the floral embossing. How can all of these work so well together? It’s all about subtlety and size. The DSP pattern works well because the pattern itself is small in scale, and there’s a lot of white to allow the pattern to “breathe”. And, the floral works well in the embossed Sweet Sugarplum because it, too, is subtle – just adding texture to the design. This allows the medallion to really shine as the highlight of the card, with the DSP and embossing playing a supporting role.

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If you’re in love with this project and my 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 Facebookpage 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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Ready to try Eastern Fusion?

If you LOVED today’s project, and you want to make this card yourself, the supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. Remember, order a minimum of $25 (can be multiple orders) start receiving extra benefits from me! The more you order, the more you’ll get! You MUST use the Host Code to get your extras!

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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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Thanks for the Journey (PPA324)

As you may know, today is the last challenge for Pals Paper Arts. It’s had a long and illustrious run, and I am honored to have been a part of the history! This week marks another milestone for me too – I left my job in “Corporate America”!

The business that my husband and I started two years ago reached the point where I needed to be more available so we could continue to grow. About a year ago, I went to 1/2 time with my corporate job, and last Friday I finally left completely! Do I miss it? I don’t miss the job, but I do miss the great people I worked with. Of course, we’re friends on Facebook now, so I can keep up with them.

#thanksforthememories

Well, today’s design is for you – for being a part of this wonderful PPA journey, and for also being a part of my life. It’s also going in the mail to my former boss, and friend, Maria. She was fantastic to work for and work with, and I value that she’s been so supportive of my business journey.

I also wanted to share that I am going to be taking a bit of a break here. You all know that I’ve not been posting a lot. The business is waayyyyy busy, and its time for some things to go in a new direction – a better direction!

There will be some remodeling on the site over the next two months, and some new focuses. If you’re on my mailing list, I’ll be sending out some separate messages so you can continue to follow only the things that you love. But, I think you’re going to love it all!

Yes – ONLINE CLASSES are still on the list, and will FOR SURE be coming in January. It’s always about having enough time, isn’t it? So, please, sign up for my mailing list to keep up with site developments as they happen – and I’ll see you on the flip side!

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.)

Get more tips like these over at my blog! pixelmavensretreat.com #pmretreat #crafttips #cardsStart your project by finding a great layout, and break down the parts. Here’s a Pin-worthy tip to remember how to make angles easy!

Featured Element: Angles

See the marker on the grid paper? I placed my card base on the paper, marked a corner, and then made some lines on either side to indicate how I wanted the angle in the design to go. Then, placing my DSP (cut to size) on the same grid paper (line it up to that same corner), I used a ruler to go across and line up to the marks on the grid paper. A few light lines, and a few cuts on my trimmer, and I had a perfect angle cut!

Color doesn’t have to be cosmic! Inspiration is all around, and you can hardly go wrong with any of Stampin’ Up!’s colors. Here’s the primary colors used on today’s creation. You can save this to a Pinterest board to use any time you’re looking for project inspiration.

Featured Coordination: Fall Go-To Combo

Fall is in full swing! This color combo is the perfect go-to for any of your fall designs. These are the base cardstock colors used for the leaves in today’s design. Why Tangerine Tango, and not Pumpkin Pie? Well, Tangerine Tango has hints of pink which bring it closer to all the luscious reds that we see in nature. If you’re going for the realistic look, Pumpkin Pie can sometimes feel a bit “from the crayon box”. Know what I mean?

Love the natural look? Here’s some tips on bringing paper to life the next time you want some leaves in your project.

Featured Style: Realistic Leaves

The key to realistic leaves is colored cardstock, light veins, and sponging. First, start with colored cardstock – but not the exact color of the leaf. For example, I used Tangerine Tango CS for the maple leaf. (Cajun Craze for the oak, and Daffodil Delight for the third). Then, a lighter than expected color for the stamping. Again, on the maple, I used Cajun Craze. Then, the sponging – a light touch and lots of layers. For the maple, I used Cherry cobbler and Real Red, with a touch of Flirty Flamingo. Who would have guessed!

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Yes! You’ve got everything you need to try out some leaf-inspired designs. 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
  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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Vintage Leaves Photopolymer Stamp Set

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Life’s a Journey (PPA320)

Nobody walks their journey alone. That’s why I love today’s design for Pals Paper Arts!
We say thank you a lot, but it’s not always about those intangible moments where someone is there for you, silently, sharing in a part of your life. “I thank you for your part in my journey.” Well – that’s for you, my faithful followers! Lots of posting, just a few, you’ve been here for me, and I’d like to say thanks!
Today’s sketch is brought to you by the amazing Dawn Tidd. I absolutely love her design, and the sketch! There’s so many lovely things you could do for the various elements – maybe ribbon, or washi tape? What will you do with this week’s sketch? I hope you give it a try and join our challenge!
I really am in love with this whole paisley suite – I hope the stamp set and framelits carry over into the Annual Catalog! How about you? Love it, hate it? Share in today’s comments!

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.)

Pals Paper Arts 320 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com)Start your project by finding a great layout. Here’s a sketch of today’s design. See how simple it is when you break it down into its parts? Save this sketch to a Pinterest board and use it any time you need design inspiration.

Featured Element: Simple Strips

Dawn has given us a “simple” sketch. Or is it? Look at all that whitespace. What will you do with it?  Those thin strips don’t look like much, but pairing them with just the right thing in the background will really make this design shine!

Get more color combos like this one over at my blog! pixelmavensretreat.com #pmretreat #crafttips #cards #colorcombosColor doesn’t have to be cosmic! Inspiration is all around, and you can hardly go wrong with any of Stampin’ Up!’s colors. Here’s the primary colors used on today’s creation. You can save this to a Pinterest board to use any time you’re looking for project inspiration.

Featured Coordination: Copper

This fall’s on-trend metallic is COPPER! That’s why I love this Petals & Paisleys specialty designer series paper – it comes with two sheets that have copper embossing done for you. See – it’s easy peasy to add some flair to a projects.

No heat necessary!

Paper that matches ink that matches stamps? Papercrafting can't get any easier! For more details, click through to my blog!Styling is where it’s easy to go overboard. So, take a deep breath and focus on one key technique to add some flair to your project.

Featured Style: Simplicity & Pattern Pairing

I know many demonstrators you see online have treasure troves of goodies! But, don’t let that discourage you – you don’t need much to get started! One, flexible stamp set, a dark ink color, some cardstock and DSP along with adhesive and scissors and you’re on your way.

If you plan on using two patterns in a project, here’s a rule of thumb: Use one big, bold pattern, and one small, accent pattern. Breaking up the two with solids is a good idea too. See how I used some copper foil behind the polka dot strip? It’s the perfect way to separate the two patterns so they can both shine!

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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
  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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