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Watercolor Wash Background Video Tutorial

 

Birthday-blossoms-watercolor-wash-background-stampin-up-card-pattystamps-flowers Thank you for your kind comments about my Watercolor Wash background swap card!  I posted the card HERE during the Stampin' UP! Convention, and swapped it with my fellow Control Freak friends!! Their cards were AMAZING! I'll be featuring them in an upcoming blog post!

WATCH THE VIDEO below to see how to create this beautiful background using water with your background stamp!

  

If you are reading this in an email, click the image above, or click here to watch it on my blog, or click here to watch it on my YouTube channel.

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As I mentioned in the video, you don't have to use water on this Watercolor Wash background stamp.. in fact, it turns out beautiful without water, but I wanted to try it with a spritz of water and loved how it came out!

I love it when you can use a stamp in more than one way!

For more details about this card, see THIS BLOG POST.

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These are my amazing Control Freak friends who were at the Stampin' Up! Convention this year. These ladies are amazing!  I'm honored to be a part of the group!  You may recognize them from the Blog Hops we do each month!

 

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Samples and Great Ideas from Stampin' Up! Convention

 

One of the highlights of the annual Stampin' UP! convention is seeing stamping ideas, new techniques, and projects being demonstrated by Stampin' Up! staff and by Demonstrators!  I thought I'd share a few great ideas with you to inspire you as well!

All of these delightful projects were shared at Convention! I hope you enjoy them!

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Above and below.. SWEET little 2"x2" cards and envelopes.. wow.. adorbs!

The greetings are all stamped using the stamp set that comes in the Watercolor Wishes kit... this was presented as an idea of what you can do when you are done using the supplies in that kit!

The cute little cards feature the Pretty Petals paper stack.. don't you love these patterns?

Find the paper stack on pg 144 in the Annual Stampin' Up! catalog (#138442) or HERE in my online store.

 

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Above... wow.. what a great card featuring the Stampin' UP! Vintage Leaves stamp set and matching framelit dies!!! 

Vintage Leaves set: pg 88 annual catalog #138802

Leaflet Framelits: pg 172 annual catalog #138283

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Expressions Natural Elements: pg 160 annual catalog #138395

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Above: beautiful paper flower corsage created with the new Cotton Paper, Metallic Foil Doilies, and Floral Frames Collection Framelits

Cotton Paper: pg 148 #138308

Metallic Foil Doilies: pg 148 #138392

Floral Frames Framelits: pg 173, #127012

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Above: cute, simple and clean cards featuring the Pretty Petals paper stack and the Pretty Thankful stamp set.

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See the 2 tables of ladies who are waving at you?

Those are a few of the wonderful Luv 2 Stamp Group members who attended the 2015 Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City last week!  They just wanted to say HI and hope you will be with us in April at the next convention!

Want more info on joining our Luv 2 Stamp Group!? CLICK HERE

And here are some of our Luv 2 Stamp group as we stamp our adorable Christmas project!

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How about some People Pix from Convention ..

Above: 2 of my dear friends from the Stampin' UP! Home Office, Craig Martineau and Karen Hauley!  So wonderful seeing you in the Awards Achievers booth!

Below: Selma Galloway (just recently retired from Stampin' Up!) and Million Dollar Mary!!! I just love them both!

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 Ok, hope you enjoyed those ideas from my trip to Salt Lake City last week.

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Paper Pumpkin Refill kits available (post #2 today)

Just a quick extra blog post today to let you know:

the REFILL kits for the super cute coffee cup "Thanks a Latte" Paper Pumpkin card kit are NOW available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers, CLICK HERE to buy!

 

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Neutrals Paper Stack Metallic Card Set

 

These fun Metallic Foil Doilies are on sale this week {click here!}, and quantities at the great sale price of $2.80 per pack are limited, so I thought I'd share this card with you today so you have a chance to order these fun doilies!

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I created these fun "top fold" cards with Basic Gray cardstock bases and patterned paper from the Neutrals paper stack and the Everyday Chic paper pack.

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TIP: cut your doily in 1/2 to make them go twice as far on your crafting projects!

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Aren't the doilies beautiful! They come in both Silver and Gold in the package, AND in 2 sizes!!  You will get 24 doilies in your package... and.. if you want to change the color, flip them over to the white side and sponge on them, brayer them, or color them with a marker or spritzer and you can create ANY color you want!

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I paired up the doilies with the metallic papers in the Neutrals Paper stack.. so rich and pretty!!

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If this design layout looks somewhat familiar, you might remember a similar layout on THIS project I posted last week.

I used the Banner Triple punch to create 1-1/2" wide banners for the card, I stamped on Whisper White cardstock with the All Boxed Up stamp set, and punched it out with the 1-3/4" circle punch and layered that onto a Basic Black circle punched out with the 2" circle punch.  Really a quick card and fun to mix and match all the patterns and colors in the Neutrals Paper Stack!

 Oh, and I colored my Candy Dots with Metallic Sharpie markers.. CLICK HERE to see a video about that!

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Stampin' UP! Weekly Deals - July 28

 

I'm excited to share the Weekly Deal Sales with you for this week!!!

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Stampin' UP! Convention 2015 Video & Photos

 

Have you ever wondered what the Stampin' Up! Convention is like!?

I've been attending Convention since 1996, so I can tell you that there are thousands of amazing demonstrators having a blast, learning new stamping tips, seeing new products, swapping cards, making new friends, reuniting with and hugging life-long friends... well, it's a BLAST and I just got home from Salt Lake City after spending 5 days with my bestest stamping friends!!

I thought you might enjoy seeing the official Stampin' UP! Convention highlight video and a few of my photos! Enjoy!

 

View the video above on my blog, or click here to see it on YouTube.

I also wanted to share some other highlights of my own with you ... EVERYONE in attendance won a Prize Patrol gift and here are a few of our Luv 2 Stamp Group members and their prizes!

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Did I mention that Convention is all about FRIENDS!?  (well, ok, and lots of stamping!!!), but I LOVE attending so I can see my friends from all over the United States and Canada!!  Below are my 2 very dearest "long timer" friends, Janice Weightman from IL and Jan Wakeland from PA! Love these ladies!!

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I was SO excited to have 28 of our Luv 2 Stamp Group attend Convention this year... I don't think we were ever ALL together at once, but here is about 1/2 the group!

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If you'd like to join us at a future event, you can read more about becoming a demonstrator and joining our Luv 2 Stamp Group here!

OH, and Convention isn't complete without an awesome roommate... my dear sweet friend Cindee was my roommate once again.. we have it all down to a routine and have the BEST time together!  Thank you Cindee for being Awesome!

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 Have you ever dreamed of seeing thousands of stamping ideas all in one place?  Well, Convention is the place to do that! Check out the awesomeness of these display boards!

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If you'd like to see some of the amazing cards from these display boards, VISIT MY Facebook Page HERE!

 One of the highlights of Convention is Awards Night with recognition of top achievers in Stampin' Up!.  Many of you asked about the awards I received this year, and I was very blessed to once again be in the Founder's Circle group, which is the top 100 demonstrators in the country. This will be the last Founder's Circle group and trip, and my 8th year in this group!

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I know it's a bit like Where's Waldo, but I'm on the left side about 2 rows up behind the lovely lady in the red dress. :)  I placed 3rd in the category of upper level promotions, 5th in the category of annual personal sales of over $162,000, and I achieved my biggest goal of earning the Achiever's Bonus 5 times. 

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The reason I mention this particular achievement is that the year before I earned this bonus award 3 times, and I thought perhaps I could earn it 4 times this year.  Part way through the year, I shared my goal with my friend Mary Fish, and she {gently} "challenged" me to earn it 5 times so we could walk the stage together!  Well, I was very blessed to have amazing customers who supported me with their generous orders this year, and a wonderful Luv 2 Stamp Group who have had worked hard and promoted to higher titles, and together, those two things allowed me to earn this achievement 5 times!  I am feeling so humbled and blessed and thankful to Mary for believing in me!!  Mary and I were the only ones to achieve this bonus award 5 times.. we are pictured above with Sara Douglass, Shelli's daughter, and interim CEO of Stampin' UP!

Thank you to Mary for sharing these photos with me... I think you can see our excitement as we walk up on stage for our award recognition!

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 So a big thank you to everyone who visits my blog, watches my videos, places their orders with me, and joins my Luv 2 Stamp Group!!  You are ALL amazing, I am thankful for each of you and feel so blessed to have had an amazing year!!

I have a WONDERFUL story for you all that I will share this week.. stay tuned.... lots more to come!

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Paper Pumpkin Refill Kits.. going going...

 

As you know, one of the perks of being a My Paper Pumpkin Monthly Kit subscriber is that you can purchase past monthly kits and refills at a great price!!  SEE THEM ALL HERE!  Some of these great kits and refills are RETIRING tomorrow, July 27, so get them now while you can!

If you are not a subscriber, you will need to purchase a subscription to be able to buy past kits.

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ATTENTION!!!  I am at Convention in Salt Lake City and just got to see a Sneak Peek of the AMAZING August and September Paper Pumpkin Kits... I am just going to say.. If you are not yet a subscriber.. YOU NEED TO BE!!!  I can't give any details about the kits except to say, I can't wait to get the next 2 months!!

Here is a picture of me on the plane and in my hotel room working on my July kit!

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Did you see the adorable (did I say ADORABLE!?) July kit cards!!? OH MY GOSH.. cuteness!  Watch the video below, or, watch it on YouTube here.

  

Click here to see my past Paper Pumpkin Kit projects.. you'll love them!

 

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A Happy Hello Convention Swap Card

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Yesterday was our Control Freaks lunchtime swap at the Stampin' UP! Convention and today I am sharing the 2nd card I traded with my Control Freak friends!

See yesterday's post for the other card I swapped with them.

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I used lots of fun new Stampin' UP! products on this card.. the Fluttering embossing folder on the tag, the Tin of Cards stamp set on the circle, new black and white striped paper from the Neutrals paper stack, new small Bold Butterfly framelit, and the fun little squiggle stamp image also from the Tin of Cards set!

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 One of my favorite touches on this card is the black pearls on the butterfly body. I just colored my Stampin' Up! pearl embellishments with a Black Sharpie marker!

Of course I also really love the embossed tag - I used the new 6x6 Fluttering Embossing Folder in my Big Shot to texturize it!

 

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CLICK HERE to watch the video with a QUICK TIP for die cutting these butterflies.

When I am stamping multiple cards, whether it be for a swap or lots of customer thank you cards, I always do all the pieces required for the whole card, then sit and assemble them.

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So I made all the little round stamped embellishments, die cut all the butterflies, embossed all the tags, applied all the designer paper, and then assembled the cards.

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Watercolor Wash Background Convention Swap

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Today at the Stampin' UP! Convention, I am gathering with the Control Freaks group that I swap and blog hop with, and we are swapping cards at lunchtime at convention!  We are trading 2 cards each. This is one of the cards I'm trading with my fellow Control Freaks!

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I used the super amazing Watercolor Wash background stamp on all of my cards and isn't it amazing how each one looks a little different? I used Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder ink pad on each one, spritzing it with water and then stamping it onto wet Watercolor paper!

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I think I'll do a video for you showing how I stamped the background.  Would you like to see that?

I did it!  Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

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 I stamped the pretty flowers from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set (pg 8 of the 2015-2016 Stampin' UP! catalog), punched them with the Pansy Punch (pg 167) and then just colored the centers with a Daffodil Delight marker.  The leaves are from the same set and I did a quick watercolor wash of Cucumber Crush on them before cutting them out.

I loved the pop of black from the layer of Basic Black cardstock AND the great 3/8" Stitched Satin Basic Black ribbon!

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Sketched Polka Dot Gift Bag - Convention Make & Take

 

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Last night I co-hosted a fun Stampin' Up! Pre-Convention party with my DEAR friends Jan Wakeland and Janice Weightman.  We've been Stampin' UP! buddies for about 15 or 16 years... amazing!!! I love them dearly!! 

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We each invited our teams to join together for the evening for fun, snacks, photos, networking, swapping, and creating projects. 

This is the project I designed and brought for everyone to make!

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I used the adorable Sketched Gift Bags found on page 151 in the Stampin' Up! catalog, and embellished them with banner tags, Metallic Foil Doiles and a fun "just for you" stamp found in the Watercolor Words stamp set and punched out with the 2-1/2" circle punch.

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The banners are punched with the amazing Banner Triple Punch (pg 165) and all of the papers are from the Neutrals paper stack (pg 144).  I have all the supplies listed for you at the bottom of this post so that you can see all the products and have an opportunity to order them online.

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Aren't these bags fun!? Can't you see them filled with some candy or little prizes at a party!?  Or maybe change up the colors and match a theme for a school or event! The possibilities are endless!

 

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Birthday Blossoms Convention Swap Card

 

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This week I'm away at the 2015 Stampin' UP! Convention in Salt Lake City and I'm sharing my convention swap cards with you!  I stamped 180 cards to take with me to swap with my fellow demonstrators!

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When working on designs for my Stampin' Up! Convention Swap cards, I knew I wanted to stamp this design but wasn't sure about the color combo... I ended up making the one in the center with Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Daffodil Delight.

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I used the Birthday Blossoms stamp set for the stamped flowers.. to make it easy, I stamped them in black ink onto Wisteria Wonder cardstock and punched them out with my Pansy Punch.  I added a Daffodil Delight flower punched with the Petite Petals punch and then the super fun White Perfect Accent dots in the centers!

 The lovely Expressions Natural Elements wooden accents are glued to each of the punched banners.  Watch a video HERE for more info on the wooden elements.

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Not sure if you can see it well in the photo, but for the leaves, I stamped them with Cucumber Crush ink, and then colored them in with my Blender Pen.  It just spreads around enough green ink to give the leaves some color, without it being too dark.

You could also take some extra time and shade them in even more, but when stamping 80 of the same card, I didn't have time to do more detailed shading.

I will have a video tutorial for you soon, to show you a great tip on making the double banner with the Banner Triple punch.

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For each flower center, I used a White Perfect Accents and used 1 of each size.  These neat white dots come in 3 sizes and have 75 in each pack! See them on pg 161 in the 2015 catalog, or HERE in my online store.

Here are the 3 color combos I created, before deciding on the Wisteria Wonder version.

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Above: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder and Cucumber Crush

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Above: Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Wisteria Wonder

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Patty's Convention Special and Weekly Deals

 

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For each $50 purchase in my online store from July 21 to July 26, 2015,

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More deals to watch for this week!

 

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Watercolor Wishes Card Kit Tags

 

Last week I opened up my AWESOME Watercolor Wishes card kit from Stampin' UP!, and I was so excited to make the 20 cards!!  I decided to create the 20 tags first, and I wanted to create them without looking at the instruction booklet.. I really enjoyed using the stamp set that comes in the kit and just creating the tags with the stamps in the kit, and not going by the instructions.

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So, I just wanted to share that tip with you... when you start creating with your kit.. you can either stamp and embellish the tags per the instruction booklet, or, just do your own thing! :)

The kit is pictured both on pg 80 and on pg 156. It's item code #140406 and you can see it in my online store here.

All of the embellishments you see here come in the kit.. wooden elements, washi tape, die cut flowers/leaves, banners, stamp set and 2 colors of ink!

The kit creates 20 completed cards... but here are just the tags or card embellishments that I created to go on the cards:

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I will be sharing the finished cards with you in another blog post, but just thought I'd start with the tags.. Hope you like them!  The stamp set that comes in the kit is AWESOME!

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Timeless Elegance Stampin' Up! Card Swap

 

I am really enjoying these Metallic Foil Doilies!  They are such a great accent AND they are already die cut.. AND only $4.00 for a package of 24!!!  They come in 2 sizes, in gold and silver, so you get a great variety .. but.. hold on.. did you know you can also flip them upsidedown and have a white doily!! :) See this post for an example!  Find them on pg 148 in the new 2015-2016 Stampin' UP! catalog or here in my online store.

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I created this top fold card for a swap with the Control Freak Group I am a part of.  I used a Basic Gray cardstock base, and Timeless Elegance paper as accents (pg 143, #138444).  The banner piece with script writing on it is from the Neutrals paper stack, pg 144 #138435 and was punched with the fabulous Banner Triple punch.

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My focal point was stamped in Memento Black ink using the All Boxed UP stamp set, new in the catalog, pg 63, and available in wood or clear mount.  See the bottom of this post for all ordering info.  I punched out the greeting with my 1-3/4" circle punch and layered it onto a 2" basic black cardstock circle.

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Did you see the fun silver accents? I colored some Candy Dots with a Silver Metallic Sharpie marker!  WATCH THE VIDEO here for more info on that quick and easy technique!

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Timeless Elegance Designer Paper, #138444

 All of the supplies are shown below in this post.. you can click on any item for more info or to purchase that item online!

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Stampin' UP! Convention 2015 Swap Card Sneak Peek

 

I wanted to give you a heads up for the coming week... I will be flying to Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday for the annual Stampin' Up! Convention!  I am so excited because I will be with my stamping friends for several days!! Yay!! I'll also get to celebrate their accomplishments as well as celebrate my 20th anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

STAMPIN' UP! CONVENTION SWAPS:

While I'm at Convention, I will be simplifying my schedule by having blog posts pre-done for you featuring my Convention swaps!! 

STAMPIN' UP! CONVENTION LIVE PHOTOS:

If you'd like to follow along and see photos of our Convention experience while I'm away, please VISIT MY BUSINESS FACEBOOK PAGE HERE each day because I'll be POSTING LIVE from Convention all day from Tues., July 21 to Saturday, July 25!

 

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