Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Saying Goodbye to A Bold & Beautiful Stamp Set - Remarkable You

I waited a long time before purchasing this stamp set and I am really going to miss working with it when it retires at the end of the month.  It is such a beautiful set and work for so many occasions.  Unfortunately, I have found myself needing too many sympathy cards this past month and I think this stamp set works perfectly for that.  The Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set which I used for the sentiment inside is also a great set for these cards.

The background is done by embossing Whisper White card stock with the Basket Weave embossing folder.  I then used the sponge brayer and Marina Mist ink to lightly color the tops of the weave.  The flower and leaves are colored using an AquaPainted and Marina Mist and Always Artichoke ink.

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    Cathy Williams

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tippin' on Tuesday - An Impossible Card using Magical Day

Have you seen the "Impossible Cards" that everyone is making right now?  I thought I would share my version as well.  These little cards are definitely an optical illusion as you wonder how they could have the cut outs the way that they do but once you realize how easy it is to create them, they are quite addictive!  While most that I have seen leave the cut outs empty, I decided to put a doily behind it and I really like the way it turned out.  Below are measurements and cutting instructions for the card and the mats.  A video is also provided to show you how to make the card.


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    Cathy Williams

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fast & Fabulous on Friday - Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts - Saying Goodbye....

 When I received my Occasions catalog, this is the first stamp set I fell in love with.  But here we are five months later and how many cards have I made with it - just three!  Sometimes even the sets we love sit on the shelf.  Most of the time, as soon as the stamp sets retire, I sell mine on eBay and put the proceeds back into my business of inspiring you.  However, I just may need to hang onto this one for a little while longer.  It is a great set to use with the Blends.  I also took the Petal Passion designer series paper and colored the flowers using the Blends.
My word, only one stamp set used here!  If you have been following me for any period of time, you know that this is a rarity.  Definitely a candidate for Fast & Fabulous on Friday!

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    Cathy Williams

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bird Banter Using a Wreath Template....

Have you seen all of the cards out using the wreath template that is so hot right now?  A couple of months ago when I first saw one on Jennifer McGuire's video, I decided that I could make one using my ScanNCut and some window sheets.  While my first card was using flowers as most of the cards are, this one turned out to be my favorite - just a bunch of birds from the Bird Banter stamp set.  Make sure you order this stamp set by May 31 as it will be gone after that!

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    Cathy Williams

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tippin' On Tuesday - Quick & Easy Tri Fold Card Using Magical Day and Happy Birthday Gorgeous....

 Today's card is a tri fold card is really fun and easy to make.  The Magical Day stamp set and the coordinating Myths & Magic designer series paper were so fun to play with and I think they work really well for this type of card.  I know exactly what little girl will be receiving this for her birthday!
 Here is the middle section of the card with the wizard and his little owl.
 Here is the bottom section of the card with the dragon and sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. 

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    Cathy Williams

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Waterfront Stamp Set - So Much Fun & So Versatile....

Today's card uses the Waterfront stamp set and was CASE'd by a card from Darla Watson.  If you haven't purchased this set, you have to!  It is so versatile and fun to play with.  If you are a perfectionist like me (ok, maybe not about house cleaning!), this stamp set will be a challenge at first.  But you will quickly find out that it is so much fun to create with.  Keep tuned as I recently had a class using this set and made several different types of cards with it.


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    Cathy Williams

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tippin' on Tuesday - A Fun Fold & It is Easy Too!

 Today's card is what I call a Diagonal Fold Card or an Angle Fold card.  I am sure someone else has a better name for it but for now, that's what I am going to call it!  This card is quick & easy to make - you just need to make sure that you cut the pieces properly.  See the video below for instructions.

Here is another variation of the card which we made at a recent class.  It amazes me that the difference in Designer Series Paper can really change the look and feel of the card.  Which one do you like best?



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Friday, May 4, 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set - Week 4 in the 4 Week Series

Is it really over already?  Four weeks of cards - okay so I rushed them a little but I wanted to keep you inspired and make sure you get this paper before it retires.  The stamp set and the Berry Burst ribbon are returning in the new catalog but the mini clips and paper will be gone.  I hope you have enjoyed the series!
Check out the video for how to make the ribbon technique on the inside of the card.  It is fun to give your cards a little different look.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tippin' On Tuesday - Dig Out Your Old Phone Book!

Here is the final card from my technique class.  When I saw Lydia Fiedler do this technique, I fell in love!  How does she come up with these things?  The hardest part of making this card is finding a phone book.  The best part is that every one you make is different.  Make sure to make several from the same inking of your twine as the second and third pulls will get a very different look from the ones before.  My favorite tends to be the second pull.  My other suggestion is to make sure your twine comes together near the bottom as it looks better if the base is not too wide.


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Friday, April 27, 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set - Week 3 in the 4 Week Series

Today's card is the third in my Picture Perfect Birthday 4 week series.  I hope you are enjoying the cards.  Notice the little Bermuda Bay pieces?  I decided to give the card a little different look than a traditional matting and I think it turned out nicely.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set - Week 2 in the 4 Week Series

Here is the second card in the Picture Perfect Birthday four week series.  This card is CASE'd from Trayce Bauer who created it in a swap that I participated in  I just loved it so I had to do my own.  See below for Trayce's actual card front.
Here is the inside of my card.
And here is Trayce's original card.  So cute!  Thanks Trayce.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tippin' on Tuesday - Having Fun with Brushos...

I saw this technique and thought I wanted to play with it too.  This card was created by sprinkling the Brushos watercolor powders onto the Layered Leaves embossing folder and spritzing it.  Check out my video to see how it is done!


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Tippin' On Tuesday - Technique Class - Embossing Double Sided Adhesive Die Cuts...

Do you have some really cool die cuts and want to highlight them on your card but just cutting them out using card stock just seems so boring?  Here is a great technique - cut them out using Stampin' Up!'s double sided adhesive sheets.  Check out my video to see this technique in action as well as how I created the background for this card.


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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set - Week 1 in the 4 Week Series

This card is the first in a four week series of videos that I did from a recent class but I didn't get a chance to get it on here so here is the first one - a little over a week late.  The silver lining (maybe?) is that I have two to catch up so you will have several Fast & Fabulous on Friday cards and videos this next week.

The four week series covers cards made with the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, the coordinating designer series paper and the Berry Burst Metallic ribbon.  In this week's video, I show you how to mark your stamps so the bow is easier to identify how to stamp.  A helpful hint is that it is much easier to line up if you stamp the darker color first.



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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Something Had To Give.....

Sometimes in life, something just has to give.  In my case, these past few months, blogging and videotaping was it.  I am 57 years old (yikes!) which means that my mother is in her 80's and my mother-in-law is 90.  Last October, my mother-in-law and father-in-law decided it was time to move from their home with a pool to an independent living apartment.  What that meant for me is assisting in the downsizing process.  Which led to my mother deciding to do the same within one month.  We got her moved and looked back at a house full of 30 years of collecting.  Not exactly hoarding but wow, she had a lot of stuff.  January and February were filled with preparing for two garage sales, a huge load to Salvation Army and selling of an incredible amount of stuff on eBay.  March was taken up getting the house ready to rent and family members moved in at the end of March.  Whew!

Here we are in April and I am finally back where I have the time to share with you here and on my YouTube channel.  I have missed you and sharing inspiration with you.  So please accept my apologies for having been missing in action but as I said, something had to give!

Back in January and February, I held a technique class for two groups.  Today's card is one of the cards created that day.  The video was uploaded awhile ago but I didn't get a chance to share it here so I am doing so today. 

 This card using the Half Full, Birthday Wit and Tuscan Vineyard stamp sets.  In the video, I show a tip on an easy way to get your stamps in a straight line like the flourishes in this card.  I also show a technique of creating marks for coloring small areas using sponge daubers.  In this card, the coloring was done to the grapes, leaves and wine glasses.


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

SALE-A-BRATION is here! Oh, and the Occasions Catalog too!


It is that wonderful time of the year - Stampin' Up! style - Sale-A-Bration!  Those of you who have been around awhile know that this is the time to place your orders as you get free product for each $50 that you spend.  We all love FREE!  This year, they are offering a second level of free products - a set of dies or a very large stamp set for an order of $100 in product.  Get your list out and get your hands on all the fun product.  Use my host code on the right and receive a free gift from me!
The Occasions catalog is here and there are all kinds of fantastic stamps, papers and embellishments contained in it.  One bit of bad news - apparently there have been some environmental problems in China that have caused the unavailability of the Picture Perfect Paper Ribbon on page 5 of the catalog.  So sad, right?  It was such a cute ribbon but check out the Berry Burst 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon on page 13 which will be a perfect substitution! 

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