Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Emboss Resist

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! I am visiting my parents for the holiday. We arrived last night after a long but uneventful trip. When traveling with two little ones, an uneventful trip is definitely something to be thankful for. I'm really looking forward to visiting with family and friends that I don't get to see often enough, and I am, of course, excited about all the good food!

Isn't this card so pretty? I saw a video on Dawn Griffith's blog where she made a card very similar to this one and decided that I needed to make my own. It used the emboss resist technique, which is where you heat emboss an image and then sponge or roll ink over it. The ink will not stick to the area that is embossed. The large flowers on the card were stamped with Versamark ink, then covered with clear embossing powder, then heat embossed with the heat tool. I then sponged over them with Crumb Cake ink on a sponge dauber. I think it turned out beautifully. I recently (finally) purchased the heat tool and it has been such a great investment. I have been using it all the time because there are so many really cool things that can be done with it.

Everyone have a safe and happy holiday!


Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Occasional Quotes (level 3 hostess), Vintage Vogue
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Basic Pearls
Techniques: dry embossing, heat embossing, emboss resist, sponging Pin It

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, Hannah!

Hello! Happy Thanksgiving week to all of you! I just want to say that I am very thankful to all of you who come and visit my blog, come to my events, and place orders through me! I have had a really successful year and it's all thanks to you!

This is a birthday card I made for my niece, Hannah. She is turning six next week and I knew I needed to get a card made now before life gets super busy with Thanksgiving travels. We made a version of this card (which is a CASE of one made by Tessa Wise) at the birthday card class I held back in September, but I don't think that card ever got posted. I made this one to fit the color challenge on Splitcoast last week, which was Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, and Pear Pizzazz. I have to say that I love this combo! I really love Baja Breeze and any shade of purple, so this was a great one for me. It's hard to see in the picture, but I heat embossed the balloons with VersaMark and clear embossing powder to make the balloons appear shiny. It gives a cool effect!

Everyone have a wonderful week! I have a few other cards to post this week, so check back often!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Everything Nice, Crazy for Cupcakes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: VersaMark, Black Staz On, Perfect Plum marker, Baja Breeze marker, Pear Pizzazz marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Scallop Border punch, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Certainly Celery ribbon (retired), Linen Thread
Technique: dry embossing, heat embossing Pin It

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This Deal is Too Good to Pass Up!

Until November 30th, the Stampin' Up demonstrator starter kit is half off! The kit that is
usually $175 (and contains $310 worth of products and supplies) is now only $87.50!

This is what is included in the CUSTOMIZABLE standard kit:

ANY $33.95 or lower set

ANY $28.95 or lower set

ANY $18.95 or lower set

ANY $9.95 or lower set

***Note that the $87.50 kit cost has already paid for the 4 sets above valued at $91.80. That means that EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS FREE! ***

$19.95 Brights Patterns Designer Series paper stack (OR color of you choice) FREE

$16.95 Stampin' Scrub FREE

$8.95 Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon (OR ribbon at same or lower price) FREE

$8.95 VersaMark pad (OR ink pad at same or lower price) FREE

$8.50 Whisper White card stock (OR color of you choice at same or lower price) FREE

$7.95 Small Chocolate Songbird Decor Elements piece (OR Decor Elements item at same or lower price) FREE

$6.95 Assorted 8 1/2 x 11 card stock (color assortment of your choice) FREE

$6.95 Clear Block C (OR clear block at same or lower price) FREE

$6.95 SNAIL adhesive (OR same or lower price adhesive) FREE

$6.50 Fast Flowers Stampin' Around Wheel (OR standard wheel of your choice) FREE

$5.95 Stampin' Around Self-Inking Handle FREE

$5.95 Classic ink pad (your choice of color) FREE

$5.95 Classic ink pad (your choice of color) FREE

$5.95 Classic ink pad (your choice of color) FREE

$5.95 Classic ink pad (you choice of color) FREE

$5.25 Uninked Cartridge (standard) FREE

$4.50 Stampin' Mist (OR StazOn cleaner) FREE

$3.95 Stampin' Dimensionals FREE

$3.50 Stampin' Write marker (your choice of color) FREE

$3.50 Stampin' Write marker (your choice of color) FREE

$3.32 Blender Pen (single) FREE

$2.95 Classic ink refill (your choice of color) FREE

$1.95 Decor Elements Applicator FREE

$1.17 Stampin' sponge (single) FREE

Catalogs ($29.95 for 8), business forms, and other printed business materials

Seen enough? Call me today (304) 904-5883 and I'll answer any questions you have about being a hobby or business demo. We have low quarterly minimums and great benefits for demos if you choose to remain a demo. I'm so excited for all of you who will take advantage of this awesome deal! Stampin' Up has never had a deal this good and probably won't again for a very long time! Hope to hear from you soon!

-Marla Pin It

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Color Challenge!

Hello! I woke up super early yesterday morning and this is what I worked on. It is my customer thank you card for November, so if you have attended one of my events or placed an order with my in the past couple of weeks, keep an eye on your mailbox!

This card was inspired by one done by Julie Davison that I saw on Splitcoast. I changed the colors for my card to make it fall-ish and to make it fit with the color challenge #295 on Splitcoast, which was to use Peach Parfait, Early Espresso, and Cajun Craze (plus neutrals). I just bought the set called "Just Believe" that was new to the latest catalog and I love it! I have had my eye on it for a long time, but hadn't ordered it. I'm so glad I finally got it. It is a really lovely and versatile set.

Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Just Believe
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilly, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze
Ink: Peach Parfait, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Scalloped Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Word Window punch, Early Espresso satin ribbon Pin It
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