Friday, January 19, 2018

Finding Inspiration Friday
Brusho Techniques


Hi Everyone,

Welcome to another Finding Inspiration Friday. One of the new products that Stampin' Up! has added to their coloring products is Brusho. Brusho has been out on the market for some time now in lots of colors. Stampin' Up! has a set of 5 colors that coordinate really well with Stampin' Up! colors. The price is very reasonable and comparable as well. I decided to take some time to explore these colors and techniques as well. 

First of all, I want to share with you the colors that are included in the Brusho Set by Stampin' Up! I also have done a bit of mixing for some additional colors.


5 colors in the set

7 more colors by combining

the 5 colors when spritzed 
It was so fun to do some color mixing and spritzing. I really think you can get many more shades than the ones I got. It just depends on the amount of each color you use.

For my projects, I used several techniques. I won't describe them all, but I will have a video at the end that Stampin' Up! has recorded so you can get an idea of how to us the Brusho in many ways. 

Brusho to the stamp technique

watercolor wash

embossed image and Brusho applied

Brusho applied to watercolor paper and then spritzed with water
These projects were really fun. Depending on the technique, you will want to choose stamped images that will work best for that technique. I hope I have inspired you to explore the new Brusho by Stampin' Up!

Stop by next Friday for another Finding Inspiration Friday. Here is a video on Brusho techniques by Stampin' Up!


Thanks again for stopping in. If you are in need of any products you can place an order online. I appreciate you choosing me as your demonstrator. Be sure to use my January Hostess Code #ATBD42HF for your chance to win hostess rewards. A minimum $25.00 qualifies you. Please do not mark "No Contact" when you order. I won't be able to contact you if you win the January Hostess. 

Remember that when you order on-line, you can earn "Loyalty Bucks". For every $25.00 you order, you receive 1 loyalty bucks. Collect 20 loyalty bucks and you receive $30.00 free merchandise. Be sure to comment and share this blog. I'd love to hear from you. You can subscribe at the top or side of my blog.

Happy Stampin'
Mary Blocher
The Power Huff Stamper







Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday
Weekly Class


Hi Everyone,

Happy Wednesday to you all. It's going to be a weekly wonderful Wednesday when I share projects from my weekly classes I hold in my workshop room. This week we are using the Sure Do Love You Bundle of products. I love everything in this suite of products. 

This class was inspired by the cute love box that you can make from the Lots to Love Framelits Dies. I saw this box on YouTube with Chick-n-Scratch and thought it was so cute. The box is the perfect size to hold about 3 of the new Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes, so I decided to have a couple of cards for everyone to make as well. 

Sure Do Love You Clear-Mount Bundle
Save 10% when you purchase the bundle
 (stamp set & Dies)



The color combination was really fun to do for this week's class. The Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper has some great coordinating colors. Calypso Coral was the basis for the class and the Painted with love DSP works great! The foil accenting in the paper is wonderful! It's really hard to see the shimmer in the catalog, but it's great. 



The note card with the glittered heart is a lot of fun to create. I saw a project similar to this, but it didn't say how to create the heart. I used the new Gold Glitter Flakes from the Occasions Catalog. To do this heart, you will need the multi purpose adhesive sheets found in the annual catalog. You can adhere the adhesive sheet to what ever cardstock you want. I think white or gold would be perfect. I used Calypso Coral, but it is difficult to get every spot covered. My heart is completely covered, but the glitter flakes are reflecting the Calypso Coral heart around it. To get the heart completely covered, you will need to first run the cardstock through the Big Shot with the heart die. 

You then glue the heart down in place with adhesive side up. Peel off the backing and now you have a super sticky surface. Pour the Gold Glitter Flakes all over the heart. Use a scrap paper to mash down the flakes to get them to adhere. You will see that there are still some small areas that aren't covered. 

Get your gold stamping glitter and pour this onto the heart. Again use a scrap paper to mash down the glitter and flakes. Now your heart will be completely covered. Tap off excess and the card it good to go. 

I hope you enjoyed these projects from class. Join me next week for another Wonderful Wednesday post. 

Thanks for stopping in today. If you are in need of any products you can place an order online. I appreciate you choosing me as your demonstrator. Be sure to use my January Hostess Code #ATBD42HF for your chance to win hostess rewards. A minimum $25.00 qualifies you. Please do not mark "No Contact" when you order. I won't be able to contact you if you win the January Hostess. 

Remember that when you order on-line, you can earn "Loyalty Bucks". For every $25.00 you order, you receive 1 loyalty bucks. Collect 20 loyalty bucks and you receive $30.00 free merchandise. Be sure to comment and share this blog. I'd love to hear from you. You can subscribe at the top or side of my blog.

Happy Stampin'
Mary Blocher
The Power Huff Stamper





Monday, January 15, 2018

Memories & More
Monday


Hi Everyone,

January always brings those things in life we want to improve or change. One thing I want for this year is to work on the memories of my family and friends. I've dedicated Mondays as my Memories & More days. Stampin' Up! has a wide variety of beautiful Memories & More Card packs that make memory keeping a breeze. One set that I really love is the Petal Passion Memories & More Card pack in the Occasions Catalog.


I love the black and white theme of this card pack. It leaves so many possibilities when working with them. I can color some of the images or use the cards as is. I love the die-cut and punch out words and embellishments. I've created a few card samples for you to see how easy it is to use the cards.

The rectangle with the vines is the memory card.

This is my favorite card in the pack. I just divided it into
3 pieces

Two cards were used. I punched the saying out
of one of the cards and layered it on another card

This card with flowers and lines was trimmed
for this card
These are just a few of the projects I created using the Petal Passion Memories & More cards. The Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit was also used for these projects. That's a great kit as well.

I hope you join me next Monday. I will be sharing some page layouts using the Petal Passion Memories & More cards

If you are in need of any products you can place an order online. I appreciate you choosing me as your demonstrator. Be sure to use my January Hostess Code #ATBD42HF for your chance to win hostess rewards. A minimum $25.00 qualifies you. Please do not mark "No Contact" when you order. I won't be able to contact you if you win the January Hostess. 

Remember that when you order on-line, you can earn "Loyalty Bucks". For every $25.00 you order, you receive 1 loyalty bucks. Collect 20 loyalty bucks and you receive $30.00 free merchandise. Be sure to comment and share this blog. I'd love to hear from you. You can subscribe at the top or side of my blog.

Happy Stampin'
Mary Blocher
The Power Huff Stamper






Friday, January 12, 2018

The Results are In
Finding Inspiration Card Challenge


Hi Everyone,
It is always so fun to have stampers join in on card contests. I recently posted a Finding Inspiration Friday Card Design Contest and I have five entries for this month. The winner will win the Blossom Builder punch. This was the design template that was the inspiration for the projects. To participate you simply needed to create a project inspired by this template. You didn't have to use Stampin' Up! products. I hope you like all these wonderful entries. Which is your favorite?

Bea created this fall project. What wonderful colors!

I love how Linda decided to lay out her card

Christi really make a super cute card. There are
some puffy stickers on this. 

Jessica is getting ready for spring with this fun card

Jenny entered this fun project. I love the sparkly stars!

So how do these projects get judged? I have my husband and 2 daughters privately vote on the cards. Which ever one gets the most votes, wins. This was such a fun template to share for this design challenge. Okay, so which do you like best? The winner is....



Christi's crazy cats took top honors for this month's challenge. The puffy milk bottle and green cat really pops off the card. Christi wins the Blossom Builder punch for winning. I host a Friday Design Challenge each month, so be sure to check back and submit your own project next time.


Don't forget that during the months of Sale-A-Bration, you can earn free product with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription for Paper Pumpkin.This is a great way to stamp each month with all inclusive kits. 


BEST DEAL:
Order a 12 month pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription PLUS $35 in your choice of merchandise and receive:
  • 12 months of Paper Pumpkin craft kits delivered right to your mailbox
  • $35 in merchandise of your choice
  • $50 in free hostess merchandise of your choice
  • 5 Free Sale-a-Bration reward gifts
You will receive a "prepaid code" when you buy a prepaid subscription: use it now, use it later, or give it as a gift.  They never expire!
WOW!!  How cool is that!? 
Click HERE to order your 12 month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription.
What are the Paper Pumpkin Kits like?

Thanks for stopping in today. If you are in need of any products you can place an order online. I appreciate you choosing me as your demonstrator. Be sure to use my January Hostess Code #ATBD42HF for your chance to win hostess rewards. A minimum $25.00 qualifies you. If you plan to purchase the 12-month pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription, don't use the hostess code. You qualify for your own hostess benefits. Please do not mark "No Contact" when you order. I won't be able to contact you if you win the January Hostess. 

Remember that when you order on-line, you can earn "Loyalty Bucks". For every $25.00 you order, you receive 1 loyalty bucks. Collect 20 loyalty bucks and you receive $30.00 free merchandise. Be sure to comment and share this blog. I'd love to hear from you. You can subscribe at the top or side of my blog.

Happy Stampin'
Mary Blocher
The Power Huff Stamper




Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Paper Pumpkin Party
for Sale-A-Bration
Hi Everyone,

I love when Stampin' Up! Comes out with Sale-A-Bration every year. This year is no exception! Not only can you earn free Sale-A-Brtation product with qualifying orders, you can earn free Sale-A-Bratin products by subscribing to Paper Pumpkin. You can be a new subscriber, a current subscriber, or one who has cancelled their Paper Pumpkin subscription.



This is such a win/win! You get fantastic Paper Pumpkin kits as well as free Sale-A-Bration products. What's even better is that with the 6-month & 12-month prepaid subscriptions, your Paper Pumpkin kits are discounted. You will also earn Hostess benefits with the 12 month subscription. My favorite is the 6-month subscription. Here you can earn a level 2 Sale-A-Bration product. I love the Amazing you stamp set and coordinating framelits.


I think that these projects are beautiful! The framelits can go with any stamp set you have as well as with the Amazing You, level 1 Sale-A-Bration product. This year there are 2 levels of Sale-A-Bration. Check out this short video for Amazing You products.


Click to see Sale-A-Bration products
I'm so excited about this new special being offered during Sale-A-Bration! If you are new to stamping, Paper Pumpkin is perfect because each kit has an exclusive stamp set and all of the other supplies needed for making wonderful hand stamped projects. I'm happy to assist you in subscribing as well as getting current catalogs.


Don't forget that during the months of Sale-A-Bration, you can earn free product with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription for Paper Pumpkin.This is a great way to stamp each month with all inclusive kits. 


BEST DEAL:
Order a 12 month pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription PLUS $35 in your choice of merchandise and receive:
  • 12 months of Paper Pumpkin craft kits delivered right to your mailbox
  • $35 in merchandise of your choice
  • $50 in free hostess merchandise of your choice
  • 5 Free Sale-a-Bration reward gifts
You will receive a "prepaid code" when you buy a prepaid subscription: use it now, use it later, or give it as a gift.  They never expire!
WOW!!  How cool is that!? 
Click HERE to order your 12 month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription.
What are the Paper Pumpkin Kits like?

If you are in need of any products you can place an order online. I appreciate you choosing me as your demonstrator. Be sure to use my January Hostess Code #ATBD42HF for your chance to win hostess rewards. A minimum $25.00 qualifies you. If you do the 12-month pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription, do not use the hostess code. You qualify for your own hostess benefits. Please do not mark "No Contact" when you order. I won't be able to contact you if you win the January Hostess. 

Remember that when you order on-line, you can earn "Loyalty Bucks". For every $25.00 you order, you receive 1 loyalty bucks. Collect 20 loyalty bucks and you receive $30.00 free merchandise. Be sure to comment and share this blog. I'd love to hear from you. You can subscribe at the top or side of my blog.

Happy Stampin'
Mary Blocher
The Power Huff Stamper





Monday, January 8, 2018

Perfect Party Pandas
Make a Great Sale-A-Bration Time


Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe that we are into our second week of January. Our weather here in the Pacific Northwest is above normal temperatures (mid. 40s) and we have lots of rain. I recently had my Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalog open house. It was a lot of fun and one of the projects we created used all Sale-A-Bration free products that you can earn with a $50 minimum purchase. For these cute panda cards, we used the Party Pandas Stamp set, the Tutti-Fruitti cards and Envelopes, and the Bubble & Fizz DSP. All 3 products are found in the Sale-A-Bration catalog and all coordinate so well together.



Check out the fun Bubble a& Fizz DSP video with coordinating Bubble Over Stamp Bundle



I love when Stampin' Up! designs Designer Series Paper that coordinate with the framelits. It really makes card making super easy. This bundle isn't the only one that coordinates framelits that match the Designer Series Paper. The Magical Day bundle also has paper and framelits that can be used together. 


I hope you find time today to be creative. Be sure to look through your catalogs and see which products can coordinate together for some fantastic projects. If you don't have the current catalogs, I'm happy to get them out to you. 

If you are in need of any products you can place an order online. I appreciate you choosing me as your demonstrator. Be sure to use my January Hostess Code #ATBD42HF for your chance to win hostess rewards. A minimum $25.00 qualifies you. Please do not mark "No Contact" when you order. I won't be able to contact you if you win the January Hostess. 

Remember that when you order on-line, you can earn "Loyalty Bucks". For every $25.00 you order, you receive 1 loyalty bucks. Collect 20 loyalty bucks and you receive $30.00 free merchandise. Be sure to comment and share this blog. I'd love to hear from you. You can subscribe at the top or side of my blog.

Happy Stampin'
Mary Blocher
The Power Huff Stamper









Friday, January 5, 2018

Finding Inspiration Friday
So Do Love You 
New from Stampin' Up!



Hi Everyone,

The New Year brings the cold days of winter, but also the time to get working on your much needed Valentine's cards, gifts, and goodies. I had so much fun using some of the new Occasions Catalog products to create these three cards for my weekly class. The So Do Love You Suite is fantastic. I wasn't sure that I was going to like the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, but when I opened the package, I couldn't stop! The colorful designs and gold accents are wonderful together. If you have followed my blog for a while, you know I love the designer series papers (DSP). Be sure to comment and share if you liked my projects today. I love to chat.

Do you notice the Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers? (The 3 hearts)
 For this project, I used Melon Mambo for my base and ink for the background and heart. Wild Wasabi ink was used for the words and larger heart. The new Whisper White 1/4" Organza Ribbon is perfect! The stamped background was created by using a heart stamp from the So Do Love You stamp set and one of the stamps in the Window Shopping stamp set. 

Surprise inside

One nice feature is that the back side of the specialty DSP
doesn't have the gold accents. I love to mix and match

I was so glad when Stampin' Up! began to carry 3 x 3" envelopes again. The best way to get experience in designing projects is to begin with 3 x 3" note cards. This allows you to get a great focal point. Then how easy it is to add this to a larger project. For this project, I used the specialty DSP, the So Do Love You Stamp set and the Lots of Love Box Framelits Dies. Powder Pink and Rich Razzleberry inks were used for the heart.  I used the Gold Vinyl Stickers on this project as well.


For my last project, I combined Rich Razzleberry and Powder Pink as my base colors. It was so easy to coordinate colors. The DSP uses Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, and Calypso Coral. This card uses all of the colors and looks great. I bet you can spot the Gold Vinyl Stickers on this project too? Hint, look at the 2 hearts. Here is another picture to share with you with projects focusing more on the Calypso Coral and Powder Pink color scheme. 


I hope you enjoyed my projects today. I really can't get enough of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP or this suite of products. If you don't have a demonstrator, I would be happy to send you a copy of the new Occasions Catalog. You can check out my demonstrator website for my events as well.

If you are in need of any products you can place an order online. I appreciate you choosing me as your demonstrator. Be sure to use my January Hostess Code #ATBD42HF for your chance to win hostess rewards. A minimum $25.00 qualifies you. Please do not mark "No Contact" when you order. I won't be able to contact you if you win the January Hostess. 

Remember that when you order on-line, you can earn "Loyalty Bucks". For every $25.00 you order, you receive 1 loyalty bucks. Collect 20 loyalty bucks and you receive $30.00 free merchandise. Be sure to comment and share this blog. I'd love to hear from you. You can subscribe at the top or side of my blog.

Happy Stampin'
Mary Blocher
The Power Huff Stamper