I am sorry to say, Stampin' Up! has discontinued the Blendabilities markers due to a quality issue. As much as it makes me sad, I would prefer a high quality product that produces amazing results. I am hoping they go back to the drawing board and come up with a similar product, but I don't think that will happen for awhile.
I wish I had better news. :( But in the meantime, I think I will get my watercolor paper out and go back to shading and coloring the "old-fashioned way".
I'm teaching a Stair Step Card Class at our next Spring Crop Weekend (April 17-19, 2015) and I was trying to come up with a good set to use with this center stair step. Sheltering Tree was a clear winner! (I told you this set has some amazing potential!!)
So again, I was thinking spring when I designed this card. The flowers, the budding trees - it all screams spring. (And as I type, it's snowing again here in New Jersey. All after-school activities were just cancelled.)
So if you would like to learn how to make this card, please attend my class. (You don't even have to be attending the weekend to attend our classes!) Here is a link to all the classes we are offering. There are some amazing ones!
If you are in New Jersey and looking for rubber stamping or scrapbooking classes, my class schedule for March is posted and I have several classes planned! Please check them out here.
Okay - I really love this stamp set, Sheltering Tree, which is in the Occasions Catalog. This card really underuses (is that a word? because it came up with the squiggly red line underneath it. hmmm...) its potential, BUT I needed to get it out and ink it up anyway!! I have some other plans for it - maybe a class in April... :) - but for now, I thought I would share this simple sample which we created at my last 10 Card Class, which was all birthday cards. (My next 10 Card Class is coming up on March 26 - 10:30AM and 7:00PM. If you are in northern New Jersey and you'd like to sign up, please click here. In this class we will use all Sale-a-Bration items!! I have lots of great ideas for the card samples in this upcoming class!)
I used Pear Pizzaz and Early Espresso (classic combination) and it's really just straight stamping - very easy. It would make an excellent make & take. Notice how I picked the spring season to highlight in the card. I am definitely ready for spring!
I did get out this morning and go for a run. I forgot my headlamp, but luckily, by about 6:00AM, it was getting light out, so only the first mile or so was a little dark. (Don't worry - my friend Jen had her headlamp, so we weren't in the complete dark!!) I think I have run a total of 4 times in February. It's by far the least I have run in YEARS!! Hopefully the weather will start to get better and I'll be able to get back out there. As much as I hate getting up to get out there at 5:30AM, I really do feel better when I do!!!
I have big plans to do more stamping - and, can you believe it?? maybe even scrapbooking!!!!! - this weekend, so you just might see more blog posts next week from me!! Enjoy your weekend! TGIF!!
As promised (can you believe it???), here are the two samples that we created at Monday's Blendabilities Class. I have to say, the bright pink of Melon Mambo was a lot of fun to work with. I think the winter is starting to get to me and I am itching for spring!!
So if you haven't attended one of my Blendabilities Classes, here is what we do. We always make 2 projects - usually cards, because everyone can always use them, right? One of the card focuses primarily on coloring and practicing the blending techniques, so we can all become experts! :) The second sample usually is a fun or different way to use the markers.
This was the first sample. I pulled out my all-time favorite stamp set, Fifth Avenue Floral and used the rose to color and blend. I think Stampin' Up! should bring this set back just because we have the Blendabilities now!!!
For the second sample, we colored on a black & white photo - something you can do to give a wash of color or to pop a focal point on a photo. These could also work for sepia toned photos and even color photos to enhance or slightly change something in the picture. (On a color photo your results will be much more subtle.)
We still have 3 classes left in this session of Blendabilties AND I will be teaching a class at the NJCW Spring Crop Weekend, so if you'd like to get in on the action, here are the links to do so.
For Blendabilities classes at my house in New Jersey, click here.
For information on the NJCW Spring Crop (classes will be announced next week), click here.
I use a file drawer and have letter size hanging file folders. In each one, I have two or three letter-size manilla folders inside; each one labeled with a different color. The colors are in alphabetical order. The only exceptions to both of those "rules" are the Whisper White and Very Vanilla. Both of these colors are in the front and each has its own complete hanging folder.
This makes it a lot easier to find a small piece of cardstock if I need it for a layer or to punch or die-cut something. Here is what the inside of one of the manilla folders look like.
You might notice I do have at least 2 or 3 full pieces of 8.5 x 11 cardstock in each folder in addition to the scraps. I do this because when I go to a crop, I take a tote full of my 12 x 12 pieces of cardstock and then I pull out this drawer and take it with me, too. If I'm making a card, or need to mount a larger photo, I have 8.5 x 11 available and don't need to "waste" a 12 x 12 sheet. Plus it's just great to have all the little scraps at a crop too for punching & die-cutting.
I keep my miscellaneous cardstock - confetti, naturals, glossy white, etc. - in a separate drawer. This drawer is underneath my scrap drawer and I keep the 8.5 x 11 full packs and the scraps of the same color all together. (The scraps are in the manilla folders.)
If you have any other ideas on how to organize paper scraps, please share your comments below!!
My first session of Blendabilities classes was so much fun, we are doing it again with all new colors! There is less than a week to sign up for the first class - Calypso Coral - so don't delay if you want to join us. Here are some shots of the classes last fall.
If you would like to join us in the fun, the first class begins January 26. You must register by Monday, January 12. Click here to register. Please let me know if you have any questions!
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