Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Beautiful Lasting Lily stamp - get it free!


Stampin' Up's Sale-A-Bration continues....you can get FREE products with your orders - and one of my most favorite item you can get for free is the Lasting Lily:

Lasting Lily Photopolymer Stamp Set  #149717 
Price: $0.00 with a $100 order

Get help with the moments you can't put into words. Use these Distinktive images and loving thoughts to craft messages of comfort and peace.
Photopolymer stamps: 
* Are totally transparent for perfect image placement.
* Have just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time.
* Cling like crazy to our clear blocks so you don't have to worry about slipping.
* Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your photopolymer stamps (blocks sold separately).
* Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.
Quantity: 16 photopolymer stamps
Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): c, d, g, h

With a $100 order, you can get this beautiful stamp set for free!  Easy to do this in my online store:   http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/marynoble/

Here are a few more lovely cards you can make with this set, and a matching framelit/diecuts is available too (#150071--$27), if you don't want to do the fussy cutting yourself with scissors LOL!!  Get this beautiful stamp set ASAP as there are limited supplies during the selling season!! (until the end of March)



P.S. If you make your purchase order through my online store, I will send you more card ideas made with this set!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Watercoloring with Stampin’ Up products

Watercoloring can be lots of fun to use in cardmaking, but it can be challenging to figure out what Stampin’ Up products to use!  This post will give you some idea of what products you can start with.

The Stampin’ Blend Markers are an alcohol based ink, which means they color nice and smooth, and you can blend two tints of the same color, or even two different hues together, plus they dry quickly. 

 On the other hand, Stampin’ Write Markers are a water based ink. They have both a super-fine tip and brush tip (as with the Stampin’ Up blend markers), so they work wonderfully for coloring small areas, but for larger areas, they leave somewhat of a striped look. Because they are water based, they are best used for watercolor techniques (versus coloring in) and the amount of water used will make a difference in saturation on the paper, as well as affect the drying time. Better to start with a little bit of water, and let it dry a bit, then add more water if desired before it completely dries. Once they completely dry, trying to make changes will be challenging, and will result in a totally different effect.  You can try “blotting” some of the water with an absorbent item (paper towel, etc.) if you add too much.  I do find that the write markers are “darker,” in that they seem to lay down more color than the blend markers, so you want to use a light touch, or it can even make your paper soggy and sometimes shred.

The best paper for any watercoloring technique is Watercolor paper as it is a little thicker and “bumpier” and made to be used with water based markers…It absorbs water to keep paper flat for a high-quality finished look. I have found that regular cardstock just doesn’t hold up to much water. Using the watercolor paper, you just add just a little bit of water to each colored shape which makes the ink move around all on its own, giving you areas that are light and dark.  As with any watercoloring, water is somewhat unpredictable, so you have to be okay with letting the ink  get out of your complete control, but that is the beauty of watercolor; each painting will be different and never the same. 

An aqua painter brush is also very good for a watercolor effect/technique, as you can control the flow of the water more significantly. Another option for watercoloring with Stampin’ Up products are the watercoloring pencils. 

These are high-quality, smooth color pencils and perfect for watercoloring stamped images and used with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone. Pencils will give you the cleanest effect and you can stay “in the lines” for sharp non-blurry edges.  

Several other Stampin’ Up papers you can use for watercoloring besides the Watercolor paper, are the Shimmery white cardstock, Vellum paper, and Very thick cardstock. There are several other Stampin’ Up products that can be used for other watercoloring effects, but this is just a short article to get you started with this technique. If you check YouTube, you can find many explanations, descriptions, samples, and tutorials for each of these 4 watercoloring techniques.   

Purchase and see more about these products in my online store at:  Mary Noble; online Stampin’ Up store:  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/marynoble/  (listed under “Ink” products, “Paper,” and “Coloring tools”)

       www.frenchiestamps.com - Coloring with markers and tip to use the Stampin'Up! writing markers to stamp and color 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Happy New Year with a new catalog and sale!


Stampin’ Up! is offering 13 different FREE GIFTS with your purchase this year through 3-31-19 in its Sale-A-Bration promotion!  NO LIMITS!  There are 11 gifts available with a $50 Stampin’ UP! purchase, and 2 gifts available with a $100 purchase! 

 Check out the Sale-A-Bration flyer sale in my online store, as well as the current Occasions catalog!  BTW, Happy New Year!


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Happy New Year! Christmas in Arizona

Hope you had a great Christmas! (picture of Arizona christmas cactus!)


 Here are a couple of the flowers I gave as gifts; I like to give flowers as most people love them - I know I do!  Can you believe that 2018 is almost over?  As usual, I failed to get any Christmas cards out, and since this is my usual pattern, I decided to start a new tradition.  This year I made New Year's cards and actually got them mailed this week.  I also enclosed my annual mini-calendar with them - I was so proud of myself for coming up with this new idea and actually getting it done lol.  
Here are a few pictures of my mini-calendar, which was a "matchbox" style calendar, so it can be hung open if left open, or closed, and put into a purse, wallet, or left by a computer, laptop, etc.

This matchbook calendar was fun and quick to make - I used Stampin' Up's copper paper, star punch, and thinlits dies (snowfall), as well as red rhinestones.  For the Happy New Year's card, I used Stampin' Up's designer paper, glimmer paper, candy cane & bow punch, and you may recognize the Snoopy picture I printed off (love dogs and Charlie Brown/Snoopy).  The card and calendar were adhered to Stampin' Up's gold foiled cards and tucked into the matching gold foiled envelopes. Super easy and fancy!  You can get many of these items in my online Stampin' Up store:http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/marynoble/

Pictures of my Happy New Year's card:

Can you see the gold ink I put on Snoopy's nose?!  That is a gold pen...

I did make quite a few Christmas cookies, most of which were also given as gifts....however, we are enjoying the last few leftover cookies ourselves!  Since my family is on the opposite coast, I had to get their gifts ready in advance and mailed them out, or ordered them online.  

How did your Christmas go?  And what are your plans for New Year's Eve?  Of course, our plans include watching the ball drop on TV!  Hope you have a great one!  
Be sure to check out my store for current and future Stampin' Up specials and promotions!! 


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