Posts Tagged ‘Build A Bear’
The most common thing I hear when I demonstrate watercoloring is that people can’t seem to make it look “right”. Guess what? There are some easy tricks that will make your watercolor look ‘right’ every time. Here’s a card that we made at stamp club last week, using the soon-to-be-retired Beary Best Friends stamp set (see it online).
Beary Best Friends and the matching Beary Nice Wishes set (see it online) will be available along with the rest of the Build-A-Bear Product Suite (see it online) but only until May 31st (learn about the retiring items & sale).
The bear is on the inside of the card — peeking through the window!
- Use Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Paper for best effects. I know, it sounds like I just want you to buy paper from me… but I’ve tried other papers from big craft stores, and they just don’t work right. If you want to be successful, it’s important to start with good quality materials.
- Draw a small line with a Stampin’ Write Marker where you want color to be darkest.
- Use Aqua Painters to wet the line and move the color around on the paper – leave blank spots to get an authentic watercolor effect.
- Remember that you can always add more color, but it’s tricky to remove color if you start with too much.
- Outline with River Rock Stampin’ Write Marker & blend to finish. This will keep your image ‘anchored’ to the paper and add dimension to the background so that it doesn’t look flat.
Looking for more Build A Bear ideas? Here are several on my blog.
Happy Watercoloring! (and stamping)
This past week at Summer Scrap Camp we actually had a BOY join our group of stamping girls!
The ages for this fun troupe of stampers ranges from 9 to 13, and every two weeks we’ve gotten together to make 4-6 pages for our scrapbooks plus a couple of other fun projects. So far the girls had made Father’s Day cards, the Fabulous Fleece Flowers (check out the Video Tutorial), the Faster Fleece Flower bracelets (another Video Tutorial) and several other fun projects.
Definitely the hands-down favorites were both fleece flower varieties, but with a BOY joining us for one of the Scrap Camp sessions, I figured fleece flowers weren’t going to go over well
But everyone loves Build-A-Bear, right? And everyone needs back to school notebooks, right?
This notebook features the Build-A-Bear dies for the Big Shot diecut machine. For the name, I used a variety of Stampin’ Up! punches: Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch, Scallop Square Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch & Curly Label Punch.
The background is cut with the Top Note Big Shot Die, and the bear is created with the Stampin’ Up! Bear die, and the clothes are cut with Beary Essentials. Cute, isn’t it? Good to note–the clothing die also includes pants, sneakers and a little jacket so it’s perfectly boy-accepted.
Everyone loved the project, girls and boys alike, and I think there will be a nice collection of Build-A-Bear notebooks when school starts next week!
Looking for more Notebook Projects? I love them! Be sure to check some other ideas here…
Inks: Pacific Point, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Bear Die (117977), Beary Essentials Die (117978), Top Note Die (113463), Big Shot (113439), Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch (118073), Scallop Square Punch (119884), 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (119850), Curly Label Punch (119851)
You should have seen the look that I got when I told a friend I was headed to a Build-A-Bear Party where 18 kids were going to stamp. Oh, and did I mention the kids ranged from ages 3 to 12?
Well it turned out to be a great gathering! The kids really enjoyed the 2 projects I prepared (yes, both the girls AND the boys).
We dressed up our own Build-A-Bears, using the Big Shot dies–the Stampin’ Up! Bear and the Beary Essentials.
Here’s another card idea for the Messages for Mom stamp set, using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (also gone after April 30th).
Everyone also stamped a cute crayon Activity Pack project that was shared by my friend Tami White (thanks Tami!).
So if you’ve considered holding a stamping party for kids, I highly recommend a Build-A-Bear party!
Be sure to check out my other projects with the Build A Bear Collection!
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Stamps: Beary Best Friends (118052), Beary Nice Wishes (118050), Seal of Pawthenticity (118054), Message for Mom (wood mount: 117016 or clear mount: 118580),
Big Shot Build-A-Bear Collection: Stampin’ Up! Bear (117977), Stampin’ Up! Beary Essentials (117978)
I guess I shouldn’t begin every Convention post with saying that the day was a whirlwind, but if it’s true, I can say that, right? This was definitely another whirlwind day, beginning with a fabulous General Session.
Jill Kocherhans, one of the Stampin’ Up! staff members, shared several projects with the new Build-A-Bear line (debuting September 1st in the Holiday Mini Catalog!). As demonstrators we get to preorder items from the Mini Catalogs (one more reason to use that $85 kit special and join my LovenStampfuls group My Build-A-Bear Big Shot dies are waiting for me at home, and I can’t wait to try out some of Jill’s ideas!
Then this evening was the Annual Awards Night, and I was very excited and honored to be recognized as the #20 Demonstrator of the Year, out of all the 40,000+ demonstrators in the US. This is a picture of my mom and me (she’s a LovenStampfuls demonstrator, too!) and I loved having her there with me for the awards.
Here’s the rest of our LovenStampfuls Group at Convention–don’t they look snazzy? These gals (and the rest of our group who couldn’t be here for Convention) inspire me every day.
More tomorrow… although I’m guessing Day 2 will be a whirlwind, also! I have Make N Take sessions tomorrow afternoon, so I look forward to sharing a fun projects or two.