here's how I got started...

here's how I got started...
a 20 minute podcast by Crazy BeYOUtiful

Thursday, January 19, 2017

NEW Ranger products!

I'm excited to share 
my Ranger release 
with YOU...

I LOVE mini things...

that's why I designed 

so you can imagine how
 these make me HAPPY...

get ready for...

MINI ARCHIVAL PADS!
yes...all CAPS!

honestly...
they are too stinkin' cute!

there are two sets of my signature colors...
the first set includes
carnation red 
sunflower
garden patina
and
potting soil...

they are sold in a 4 pack that looks like this...
and the 4 pack sells for $10.99...


the second set includes these colors...

forget-me-not
leaf green
cactus flower 
and
watering can...


so how do they compare to 
the regular size archival pad?
they are about 25% of 
the size of the regular pads...

LOOK HOW C U T E!




the benefit of archival inks is that they are permanent & waterproof when dry...

if you're not familiar with using archival ink, 
these sets are a great starting point, 
to see if they fit your needs...


they are ADORABLE...

they are PERFECT for "on the go" creating...

you can store the small round blending foam under the case for easy storage & transport...
it tucks in the base nicely...



they are ADORABLE...

they take up very little space in your craft space...
that's always a plus!

they are ADORABLE...

the base is thick & easy to grasp...

they are ADORABLE...

they work well for adding 
multiple ink colors to a stamp...
being small,
 it's easy to see exactly
 where the ink is going...

they are ADORABLE...

agree?

next...

I L O V E adding dots & tiny detail to my art,
so this next product has me 
SUPER EXCITED...
introducing...

ENAMEL ACCENTS 
to coordinate with 
my signature 
mini archival pads!

these guys are sold individually in a candy jar type display...
they sell for $2.99 each...

to coordinate with the first mini archival ink pad set we have...


to coordinate with 
the second archival set we have...

since this is a current Ranger product, I bet you already know that you can make cool dimensional dots with the Enamel Accents
and you can scribble fun dimensional designs...

they are great for planners
since they add no bulk to pages...

they are great for cards...
mixed media & more...

but what else can you do besides dots?

I played & figured out some very fun TECHNIQUES,
using the Enamel Accents...

techniques & multiple uses for a product...
that's what I truly LOVE...


trust me...

you'll want them all!


HOUSTON...
we have
a PROBLEM...

we don't have ALL 18 of my archival colors in the Enamel Accents...
I find myself reaching 
for the other missing colors...
I NEED them all!
buy lots, 
so we get the other 10 colors quickly!


be watching for some CHA (Creativation) videos...
I'll be showing
 multiple ways to use them...

I'm betting Ranger will film some demos to share on social media...
I hope you're following 
Ranger on instagram...

my friends Mark & Christine from Scrap-Time will be filming some too & they are really great about getting them posted quickly & the quality of their videos is awesome, since Mark is a professional camera guy for movies & TV!

for the last NEW release, 
I too have a set of  3 designer bags...

I haven't seen them yet, 
but my insider scoop from Ranger
 is that they are really nice...

get this...
the set

YES   ALL   3...

sells for $10.00!
it's NOT a typo...

GREAT PRICE, huh?


mine look like this...


I took photos of the art I created for each bag,
before I sent them off...
last JUNE!

the small...



the medium...



the largest...



here's the shipping info...

the Enamel Accents and the designer bags 
will ship early February...

the ADORABLE mini archival pad sets 
will ship early March...


I'm headed to Phoenix & I'll do my best
the link will take you to my page, 
if you'd like to follow me...

I always promise, 
but then get distracted chatting & visiting & looking at cool stuff...
BUT...

this year I WILL POST!

come visit us in the Ranger booth #1717...
I'll be demoing there and also be demoing at
Stampers Anonymous...#1809...

so,
that's where I'll be hanging out...

designer challenge finished...check...
samples packed...check...
demo stuff packed...check...
clothes... NO...
YIKES...
better do that NOW!


THANK YOU AGAIN
for visiting & 
THANK YOU so much 
for your support!
I'm anxious to hear your thoughts & your favorites...

I hope you're inspired to

make art...
wendy
ps...come over to Instagram...
I'll have a quickie video or 2 there!






Monday, January 16, 2017

stampers anonymous new product reveal...



FINALLY...
studio 490 presents...




NEW cool stuff!

this release was designed 
to be an extension of the last release...
you'll see how current "things"
 fit together very well with the NEW...

card makers will be happy (I think)...
we've been listening to you...
we got requests for more card sentiments & mat minis with cards in mind...

you might see a bit of a transformation...
I'm using less brown...
SHOCKING...

I STILL REALLY LOVE BROWN...
but with my gorgeous
Ranger archival inks, 
I want to use them!
so I guess now it's vintage with color???
at least for now!


let's start with the 5 new stamp sets...

the first set is

the friendly gangster guy is a fav...
you can mask off portions of the sentiments to change them...

stamp his hat on a scrap, 
cut it out & layer it...
lots of ideas...

love the sentiment lower right...
my brother will be getting that!




set #2 is...
I love the scruffy mirror image leaves...
the flower is fun to cut & layer multiple times & it fits with these & lots of other leaves & stems we already have...

create a complete collage with this set!


set #3...

interchangeable flowers...
easy to cut out...
put them (or lots of others) in the jar...
it's a shrunken version of a previous jar...
so now we have 2 sizes to put together...
LOVE the sentiments...





set #4...

gorgeous...
fun to color...
easy to cut out...
flowers!

the current & NEW mat mini flowers 
fit that image 
on the top left...
and so do LOTS of other flowers we have...



and set #5...

 (from the last release)
is a perfect fit for this birdhouse on the post...
the post also makes a great sign & a place for a sentiment...
just mask off the birdhouse before stamping, 
glue a sentiment over it to change it to a sign...




next up
 4 new single background stamps...

I think backgrounds are a great investment...
they never go out of style...

these first 2 are from previous sets...
brought back as individual backgrounds,
 per your request...

this is REALLY a blast from the past...
from my very first release back in 2008...
if you have LCS002...
you have this one!
if not...you'll want it...
trust me...

still LOVE it LOTS!
you'll see it used on so many samples...
the simple image doesn't compete & can be used with any design or style...
it's great stamped over flowers & leaves...

it's a full background or stamp portions for a random effect...


another good basic to have...
I like to stamp it on 
mat mini leaves to add detail...


here are the 2 brand new 
backgrounds...

these are
a new collage style...

use vertically or horizontally...
it's a great starting point to build on...
there's enough detail to be interesting, 
but still plenty of area to stamp, stencil, layer...
GREAT with embossing powder!

I use it sometimes with 
the MISTI to add multiple ink colors...
potting soil & watering can 
is a really nice combo...
as is garden patina with leaf green...


LOVE LOVE LOVE this one too!
that's a great fit...
I've been using it with
my magic mat board...
soooo fun...

it's circle collage...
it works turned in any direction...


next up...
stencils...

we added a brand new "category"
 to the stencil line...
introducing...
stitching templates...

here's the scoop on how they work...
I protect my work surface with
and use tim's sizzix die pick 
to poke thru the stencil...
you could use the craft pick too...



we are starting with 2 designs...
based on your response to the sneak peeks...
holy cow! 
you liked them!

THANKS so much!!! 
I LOVE them too!

shhh...
I'm already thinking of more...

I've used them with regular thin sewing thread & they're awesome with
tim's new craft thread...
it's much thicker & really adds 
nice detail to your art...
already have embroidery thread?
that works fine too!
we can also use the stitching templates
 as a regular stencil...
to add inks &
 embossing paste...
and...
as a template for adding
 perfectly placed brads or eyelets...
just use a pencil to dot the spots you want...

here's the first stitching template...

use one frame or multiple...

 I'll share some other ideas too,
 on how to create other stitches, using this template...
you'll see a peek of that 



the second stitching template is...

circle frames...
use one frame or several...

use just half to create a rainbow!
I'm hooked on circles!



next up, 
the 4 new stencils...

 look at this cutie...

simply adorable for smaller arts...
shrunken down to about 75%...
perfect!


the last release had
team it up & stamp it over the bricks to add 
cracks to the stenciled bricks...


the next 3 stencils
 were all inspired
 by vintage grates
 that we've come across
 on our treasure hunts...

I love vintage metal
 (almost as much as I love sandals)...

this first guy is so cool when you use only half...
can't wait to show you!




next...


love the whole thing...
or
use just a row or 2 to create a border...
works vertical or horizontal...



and the 3rd new stencil...

as my final step for one project,
thru this stencil, over the inked background...
it reminds me of 
my grandmother's newly waxed
linoleum tile kitchen floor!
LOVE this guy!


moving on...

stamp-it stencil-its 
are a favorite to design & use...

the stencil acts as a stencil & a mask...
there are several stencil "areas" on each
 stencil, which makes it quick to add multiple colors with the blending tool...

first you stamp the image, 
then place the coordinating stencil OVER the stamped image...
that allows us to easily ink areas,
 using a blending tool, while the background is protected by the stencil...
super fun & quick...
I like the mini round blending tool best for stenciling...

we have 5 new stamp-it stencil-it sets...

the first...
stamp first...
then
ink the leaves...
then reposition the other part of the stencil
 to ink only the berries...

add a flower or 2 over the top...
magic!



you'll notice them on the flyer cover 
photo at the top of the post......



next we have...

it makes a quick nice card front...
it's a nice large flower to stamp on a scrap & cut out to combine with something else or layer over to create a dimensional image...

fits lots of occasions...

these are kind of hard to see in the package, so I stamped it to show you the details...





the wild rose collage is so pretty...

again...hard to see, so here it is stamped...
 this guy has a large flower to cut out & layer, 
if desired...
or pair it with other leaves...





the next one is soooo cute &
 it's fun to customize her hat...
you can see this stencil has multiple "areas" to add ink...

meet




here's #5...

this makes a great 1 layer card 
or it can be cut out & layered...

use the leaves & stem only with a different flower...

I LOVE...




to change it up & make is shorter, 
I chopped off the top leaves & the flourish...
I just used the flower & bottom 2 leaves...








actually we have 6 in the stamp-it stencil it category...
this last one is a little different & 

for sure

 the most versatile 
E V E R...
it's kind of the deluxe version...

the select a stencils from the last release
 are very popular & they gave me the idea
 to design this one...

the rotating window protects the background & allows us to stencil
 with the mini round blending tool...



just like the other stamp-it stencil-its, 
you stamp the flourish first,
then each of the sentiments will perfectly fit in the label area...
just move the rotating window in place...


the flourish stamp can also be used with stamp sentiments from other sets and the stenciled sentiments can be used without the stamp on cards...

I TRUELY adore

you can mix the words to create other sentiments too...
the stamp can have the flourishes on the left or right...

this makes cardmaking a breeze & we get so many options from

select a sentiment...






I saved the 4 new mat minis for last...
quite frankly...
these are so cute, I can hardly stand it...
and the pricing for these sets is just 4.95!

mat minis area great for cards, 
since they're light weight, but strong...

wait 'til you see them used as planner clips...
oh yes! you'll have fun making them...

first up...
the cutest little saltbox houses...
2 sizes of houses...tall & short...
2 different roof styles...
and 2 sizes of pine trees...
and the tiny dormer/awning accent...

each piece is separate so they can be inked or stamped...

32 white pieces total...
I'm IN LOVE with 


 the last release had lots of 

now we have coordinating
to create adorable cards...

there are balloons, in 3 sizes...
cakes...each piece is individual for easy inking/stamping ...
even the little scallop "frosting" is a tiny piece...

there's a plate for the cake...

and we have 
the sweetest mini candles 
to add to the cake or cupcake...

we can ink the cake...
stamp the pieces or
 run them thru an embossing folder 
to add texture...
we can add glitter icing...
and we can
add embossing pastes...

 we have a 2 piece MINI cupcake...
it's about the size of a nickel...

seriously...
cute!

our guy Matt at Stampers Anonymous
made these minis possible!
THANKS MATT!

LOOK at the cupcake!


there are 44 white pieces in this set...
hello...



I'll never have enough 
 E V E R!
 they were designed to work well with the flowers & leaves from the last release...
you can
ink, stamp, stencil, paint, glitter, 
cover with paper & emboss with embossing folders...
that's why I adore mat minis...
so easily customizable...

there are 2 styles of flowers...
each has 3 sizes to use alone or layer...
and I LOVE the leaves...

30 white pieces of fun...




I about fainted when
 I got this mat mini sample...



there are no words...
I smile every time I see them!

use just a few of them 
creating a random worn wall like the package insert...

after gluing some bricks in place,
 to create the partial brick wall,
I covered them with my brick embossing powder recipe...

they look authentic...

there's 104 mini bricks...
these make a great guy card base...
great starting point for mixed media art...
over the top cool!

so many uses
for them...


I used 5 rows of them 
for a short wall with a ledge to set "stuff" on......







AND...

you can use the left over frame too...

you can add them to vignette boxes...
and so much more...

I adore



here are some bundle deals...






so these are my newest babies...
I'm super excited to show you more samples...
and
I'm anxious to hear your favorites...

I'll be posting full samples, ideas & photos after CHA starts...

I'll do my best to put some photos
on instagram while I'm there, if you'd like to follow me...
I'm liking the 1 minutes videos there...

NOW
SHIPPING INFO...

NO LONG WAIT...
thank you TED!
shipping starts on January 27th...
give them a few days to travel from Cleveland to your fav shopping spot...

store owners are headed to their big 
buying event this week called
CHA Creativation...
let them know 
what you'd like them to get for you!

BUT WAIT...
THERE'S MORE...

I'll be back
 on THURSDAY morning
at 11AM...
with 
my Ranger news...
yippee!

I hope you're inspired to...

make art!
wendy
ps...a million thanks for your support & thanks for taking the time to visit!
I know this post was L O N G!