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About highdesertblue

My blog is a potpourri of topics, artwork, and crafts. I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and I love teaching people how to make something beautiful for someone they love. I might post other craft and arts once in a while. I enjoy Zentangle Inspired art, drawing, and watercolor, crochet, bookfolding, and more. I live in the beautiful high desert (altitude 4250) of Arizona surrounded by family and friends. II do not mind if you borrow my ideas, but please do not represent my original work as your own. If you use my tutorials, you may share them with your friends or customers, but please include my website on any that you print out. My Pinterest page is https://www.pinterest.com/klspeer1/, my Facebook page is Kristy's Stamp and Create. My stampin' Up! website is http://kristyspeer.stampinup.net

Sherbet Colors #60card60days

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Our local group of demonstrators has color challenges and card layout challenges. This week the challenge was Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Calypso Coral. The colors remind me of a nice, cool bowl of sherbet.

 

I heat embossed the images on watercolor paper, then used an aqua painter to put a water color wash over the embossed images. I started with Peekaboo Peach at the bottom, then worked up from lighter to darker colors: Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, then Watermelon Wonder at the top. Once the paper dries, gently wipe across it with a tissue to clean the ink off the white embossed areas. The bottom card uses the Balloon Adventure set from the 2017 Spring Occasions catalog and the top balloon card uses Balloon Celebration set from the Annual catalog. I love the font of the thank you card from the So Very Much set in the Sale-A-bration brochure.

 

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#60Cards60days Everyday Heroes

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I’ve been busy making cards, but slow in posting them. These cards are from the Everyday Hero 143080 set. Again, Stampin’ Up! is right on trend with the superhero theme that is so popular now. This is a fun set for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day. And it makes a great Congratulations card for someone who finished school or got a promotion. I like to add lots of sparkle to the girls capes with my Wink of Stella 141897.Everyday Hero141897gwinkofstellaclear143080geverydayhero

My 60th Birthday! #60cards60days

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With my 60th birthday approaching, I decided to challenge myself to make 60 cards in 60 days.  The actual day of my birth is March 2, and I am genuinely excited about turning 60! I am proud to say that every ache, pain, grey hair, and wrinkle was hard earned. I am proud of who I’ve become, and I am proud of the wisdom I’ve gained in 6 decades. I am excited about what life still has in store for me. A dear friend of mine told me that God promised her that the last third of her life would be the best third of her life! I believe God still has great things in store for me!

My grandma’s mind was still sharp right until she passed away in her 90s, and my Mom does not look anywhere near 80 years old. Mom and I have interesting conversations about current events everyday, so I expect my brain to work well for many years to come! I try to learn new things everyday and I make a point of working on a few logic puzzles or playing a few different types of solitaire games daily to keep my brain sharp. I am so blessed with family, friends, and other gifts from God, that my life is rich in many ways. I have little money, but money does not bring me much joy. Laughter, love, friendship, and sharing bring me joy. My biggest joy is the joy I get from a close personal relationship to God, of course!  I relish time spent with any of my family, whether it is in person, texting, email, or social media.

Sure, I spend a little too much time on Facebook, Pinterest, TV, etc., but it keeps my mind off my physical ailments, it inspires me to create, and keeps me in touch with people I love. I confess, I’ve been in a slump over the past two months. The first anniversary of my husband’s death was Nov. 29, and until two weeks ago, I was struggling. Now, I am feeling better. and ready to take advantage of those feelings and anxious to try out some of the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Spring catalog! I am planning my annual Stampin’ Up! Birthday party that I give myself every year! So far, I am a little ahead of the game because I’ve already made several cards over the past week.

DAYS 4, 5, and 6       #60Cards60Days

Anyone who knows me well, knows Cobalt Blue is one of my favorite colors, so I couldn’t resist combining the Beautiful You Stamp Set (143637 Clear Mount/ 143004) with one of my favorite sets of Designer Series Paper-Floral Boutique 141663.

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I stamped the images with Stazon Black Ink 101406 on Whisper White Cardstock 100730. I use a Night of Navy Classic Ink Pad 126970 and a Blender Pen 102845 to color in the image. I cut out the image and a piece of Night of Navy card stock 100867 with Oval Framelit Dies 141706 on my Big Shot machine 143263. It would also look nice if you cut rectangle shapes with your Stampin’ Trimmer. I added a few Rhinestones 119246. I love all the greetings that come with this stamp set. When I add a greeting, I measure the stamp, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock just a little bigger than the stamp, and I cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock 1/4″ longer and 1/4″ wider than the Whisper White. For example, On the “Life Looks Beautiful on You” greeting, the White cardstock is 1″ X 1 3/4″ and the Navy cardstock is 1 1/4″ X 2″

 

Beautiful You

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It is easy to see why the Beautiful You Stamp Set (143637 Clear Mount/ 143004 wood mount)beautiful-you143637g is already a demonstrator and customer favorite. The 60s retro, fashion sketch design is so on trend! I already have several styles started on my work table, but I had to first do some designs with the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack 141657playfulpalette141657g

because the colors and patterns fit right into late 50s/early 1960s favorites. Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride, and Sweet Sugarplum-meet Coco Channel tweeds, sleeveless cotton summer dresses, playful combinations of peach and pink, or jewel toned emerald color palettes. I just had to try them on and see how the colors and patterns of the paper worked with the stamp set, and I loved what happened. I could have tried 20 more combinations with just this paper stack, but then I won’t have time to try out the stamp set with other papers and colors!wp-1483736516988.png

I stamped the image in Crumb Cake, then smooshed the color from the Emerald Envy ink pad onto the pad lid and used an aqua painter to water color the Emerald Envy ink onto the image on watercolor paper. I mounted the water colored image onto Basic Black cardstock. I cut two strips of 2 X 5 1/4″DSP (Designer Series Paper) and adhered them to Smoky Slate Cardstock.

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I used the same technique with the Peekaboo Peach. I stamped the image on watercolor paper (2 X 3 1/2) with Crumb cake ink, then watercolored it with Peekaboo Peach ink. Just don’t use tons of water because the crumb cake ink is a water based color, so if I used too much water it would spread out the outlines. I chose the Crumb cake to give it more of a hand sketched look, and as long as I don’t “scrub” it with the aqua painter, the lines will stay where they belong.

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And again, I stamped the image in Crumb Cake, used the aqua painter brush and Sweet Sugarplum ink on water color paper. The watercolor paper is cut at 2 X 3 1/2, the black cardstock is 2 1/4 X 3 3/4, the patterned paper  and Sweet sugarplum cardstock is 2 X 5 1/4. The card base is Smoky Slate cut at 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, then folded in half, so the card base is 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 when folded.

Sale-A-Bration Catalog PDF

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During Sale-A-Bration, you get a free item of your choice from this brochure for every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax).

Host– Earn extra rewards with sales over $250. AND your guests will want to spend more so they can earn sale-A-Bration Products. AND you can use hostess rewards to JOIN.

This is the best time to JOIN Get your choice of $125 worth of product for only $99. We’ll throw in your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS*— that’s an added value of up to $104! *Bundles and kits cannot be selected as free stamp sets for this promotion

I joined during Sale-A-Bration last year as a hobbyist. to get the great deal on a starter kit, and then get the demonstrator discounts on subsequent orders. Your starter kit is yours to keep forever! There is no minimum purchase once you’ve ordered and paid for your starter kit, but you will love taking advantage of the 20% discount on merchandise on demonstrator orders. When you join Stampin’ Up! you automatically become a member of our Glimmer Gals Demonstrator team. Besides meeting a great group of people, we have monthly meetings where we learn about products, make cards, exchange ideas, win prizes, and have fun! Please contact me if you would like to learn more about joining Stampin’ Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2017 Catalog and Sale-A-Bration

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January 4, 2017

The Spring 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration 2017 Catalogs went live this morning and it must have created quite a commotion! I woke up to a message from our lovely CEO Sara Douglas on FB Live explaining that they had everyone hard at work fixing the online problem. No worries. I am sure things will be up and running soon. In the meantime…here is a glimpse of what is on my worktable this morning.

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The Beautiful You Stamp Set (143637 clear block and 143004 wood block) is sure to be a huge favorite this Spring! I need to narrow down some of the ideas I’ve already pinned to my Pinterest board for the Beautiful You Stamp Set because I just don’t have enough hours in the day to make them all if I want to use my other Spring stamp sets. And I DO want to use them!!!

I have one card made from the Everyday Hero stamp set 143080. It will surely be another favorite.

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To see more fun ideas from the Spring catties, check out my Pinterest Boards. https://www.pinterest.com/klspeer1/   or see the catalogs at http://kristyspeer.stampinup.net. “like” me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stampinupkristyspeer/

Sneak Peek- Spring 2017 Stampin’ Up!

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I am so excited!!!!! I got my Spring 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration demonstrator Pre-order today! I can’t wait to get started on making samples. Stampin’ Up! is always so on-trend with colors, patterns, and stamp images,  you are going to love our newest products! Some of the items in my shipment are only available for $FREE with a minimum purchase during Sale-A-Bration Jan.4, 2017-March 31, 2017. I will post even more great SAB info soon. I am now booking workshops for January, February, and March, so contact me soon to get your workshop. http://krsityspeer.stampinup.net

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