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Control Freaks Blog Tour: Featuring the Color Theory Suite

Control Freaks Welcome

Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month’s theme is New Catalog.

My blog is sandwiched nicely in the middle of this blog hop, so you may have just visited the blog of the extremely talented, Debbie Henderson.  She’s always got such wonderful ideas and I love her work.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to follow along to your next stop.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

It’s been many years since I have had a Monthly Stamping Club, but this month marks its return.  I wanted to create a project that would delight my newly committed club members, most of whom are card makers.  I’ve been working on this project for the last month and it has finally come together just the way I envisioned it.  The project begins with a simple card holder tied together with some beautiful Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

When you untie the ribbon, the holder opens to expose two inserts holding 2 cards and 2 envelopes each.  All of the cards feature the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Color Theory Designer Series Paper, and the Glitter Enamel Dots.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

I created a card for each season by choosing a different color scheme for each one.  The colors in the Color Theory Suite are Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, and Berry Burst.  As you can see, there is a lot of variety in this product line.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

If you’d like to get a closer look at the individual cards, I’ll be sharing them all this week on my Instagram account, thestampdoc.  I’ll also be sharing information in my weekly newsletter on how you can get the tutorial and card supplies as a gift with purchase through July 31st.  You will also be able to purchase just the tutorial if you would like to use it for personal use.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to learn more about this project.

 

Your next stop on this blog tour is to the other Melissa……Melissa Davies!  I’m sure she’ll be blowing us away with another amazing project this month.

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Salted Background Technique

Salted Background Technique

Are you looking for a stunning new background technique to try?  Well, the designers at Stylin’ Stampin’ INKSpiration are showcasing the Salted Background Technique on the blog today.  Check it out, give it a try and share your creations in this week’s challenge.  It’s super easy! 

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I followed the instructions except I substituted Watercolor Paper for the Glossy Cardstock.  I’m sure the colors would have been more vibrant on the glossy, but hey….you gotta use what you’ve got, right?  I used fine sea salt on this project.  On another “experiment”, I tried some rock salt (aka ice melt).  It was pretty cool, but unfortunately I didn’t use vibrant colors and it  bleached it to the point that it had very little color.  So, a little hint: use deep, darker colors for best results.

Salted Background Butterfly

 The colors I used may not sound familiar to you.  That’s because they are NEW!  Stampin’ UP! will be offering 5 new In Colors for 2017–2019.  I used Lemon-Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Fresh Fig.  After spritzing my watercolor paper with water, I added color with an aquapainter and ink from the lid of the ink pads.  Squeezing the pad to the lid gently before opening it will give you a nice “pool” of ink to work with for this technique.

Sneak Peek at new In Colors

The card base is Tranquil Tide card stock and the butterfly was die-cut from Fresh Fig card stock.  Look closely and you’ll see a few more sneak peeks including the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers.  All of these will be available for customers to purchase beginning May 1, 2017.  

I’ll have more sneak peeks at these new items on Friday, so be sure to check back.  And if you’d like to check out another great technique using a common household item, check out this blast from the past tutorial.  This one was actually my first ever blog post!  I’ve come a long way!

This is my first, official post on my newly relocated blog.  I’d love to hear your feedback!  Do you love it? hate it?  Something you’d like to see?  Leave me a comment-click on “comment” below the title, then scroll back down (this is a work-around until I get it fixed).

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday Montage 35

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  It's so good to be back after the holidays and we can't wait to share some inspiring ideas with you!

  Bokehlove

I've had a lot of requests lately for a Bokeh technique tutorial.  There is a significant amount of drying time between some of the steps, so I didn't want to do a video tutorial.  I decided to create a picture tutorial that you'll see below.  You can click on it to see the full-sized image and you can even PIN it for future reference.

Bokeh

TIPS for picking your background colors:

  • Pick the main color you want to feature.  For this card, I chose Real Red.
  • Select a similar color in a much lighter shade.  I used Pink Pirouette.
  • And finally select a neutral shade.  I used Smoky Slate.

Once your colors have blended, they will no longer resemble any Stampin' Up! color.  However, you'll find that the background will still coordinate nicely with the colors you selected.  I generally use the neutral shade for my card base.

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You can see another Bokeh card here and here.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to click the NEXT button to see what Wendy has in store for you OR you can go BACK to view Julie's marvelous creations.

 

 Happy Stampin'

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SSINK Occasions Catalog Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop.  This month, we are featuring projects made with items from the Occasions Catalog.  I LOVE this catalog and I can't wait to see what everyone has created.

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 8 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop -Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place . If so, you are in the right spot.  If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

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Two years ago, I posted a tutorial on how to make a Double Easel Valentine's Day card.  It remains one of my most-PINNED posts.  I decided it was time to give it an update with new products.  The picture above shows what the card looks like when it is closed.  When you open it, you get the WOW!

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 I used the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack, the You Plus Me stamp set, and the new Chalkboard paper.  You'll find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

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Click the NEXT button to view all of Carrie's awesome projects!


Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Cynthia at Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  2. Donna at Organized Chaos
  3. Jennifer C. at Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  4. Kathy at Katrina P's Creative Corner
  5. Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  6. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
  7. Kim at Stamping with Kim
  8. Heidi at Stuck on Stampin'
  9. Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place
  10. Melissa at Stamp Doc
  11. Carrie at Carrie Stamps
 
 
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Naughty Shirt Tutorial

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You deserve something NICE….how about a step-by-step tutorial on making this shirt with the Silhouette Cameo and HTV(heat transfer vinyl)?

First things first, you'll need to "purchase" this free digital download in my online store.  You will have to go through a check-out process, but you won't be charged.

NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!!!!

Make sure you write down the location on your computer where you download this image.  You'll need to find it later.

You will also need to purchase some heat transfer vinyl.  I purchased mine here (not an affiliate link).  Shipping was fast and there was plenty for me to try before I decided if I would want more (I do!).

And of course, you need a shirt.  And an iron.

READY?  Open your Silhouette Designer Edition software.

Ungroup

 

Delete

 

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***This step is not really necessary, but is helpful for planning your design and colors.

Regroup

 

Scale

 

Mirror

 

Ungroupagain

 

Trace

 

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ShirtfinalI hope this tutorial is helpful in getting you started with using an MDS image.  This is such a fun project and I hope you have success with it!

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