Monday, May 13, 2019

Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop May 2019

Hello and welcome to Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop for May! We are a group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from all over the world sharing our love of stamping. We are all part of Kylie Bertucci’s training group where we are having a great time learning and growing our Stampin’ Up!® businesses. If this is the first time you are visiting my blog, welcome! My name is Anne Marie Hile and I live in the United States. I’m so glad you stopped by today! 

My card features the Best Catch Bundle. The Best Catch stamp set and Catch of the Day dies are currently available in the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog and will be actually be carrying over into the new Annual Catalog which makes its debut on June 4th. 
Let me preface this by saying I’m not a gal who is skilled in the craft of fishing…or anything that falls into the “outdoorsy” category, like camping. My husband, however, really enjoys that kind of thing. He was my consultant for this card. When I started coloring the fish with my Stampin’ Blends markers, I was simply enjoying blending the colors together. I finally had to break down and ask him if it looked like a “real” fish. I guess I should have done a little Google search before I started coloring, huh? 
My card started with the fish and I just created a little “scene” around him. I used the Crackle  paint Background stamp (which is also carrying over to the new catalog) stamped in Crumb Cake Ink on Sahara Sand Cardstock for a weathered look in the background. Then I sponged ink around the edges of the cardstock, the cattails, the net (from the Under the Sea Dies) and the sentiment.    
I added a little piece of Copper Trim behind the sentiment add a little bit of texture and shimmer. You can pull the trim apart with your fingers and it has a really cool texture. Then, I used the Braided Linen Trim tied in a little knot as an accent on the sentiment as well. This trim also “frays” really nicely when you start pulling it apart with your fingers. I thought this card needed a little somethin’ somethin’  but a bow just seemed out of place. Sometimes with masculine cards, I tend to want to overdo it with embellishments, so keeping it simple adds the right amount of detail. I like how this came out and I hope you do as well. 
For coloring with the Stampin’ Blends, I used the Old Olive and Calypso Coral Combo packs of light and dark markers, then I “blended" in a little bit of Cajun Craze Light. To “move around” some of the color, I used the color lifter in different areas on the fish to create some shading. Remember to only use the Tuxedo Black Momento ink when working with Stampin’ Blends. 

Card Measurements:  
  • Cajun Craze Card Base - 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Old Olive Cardstock - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Sahara Sand Cardstock - 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
Finally, a look at the inside of the card using some of the stamps and a little die cut fish from the Best Catch Bundle. I left the card blank because I thought it could work for either a birthday or anniversary…or maybe just a little love note for my husband. 

Thank you so much for stopping by our blog hop today! Leave me a message to say hello and to let me know you visited today. Please click on the links below to “hop” along to see what these awesome demonstrators have shared this month. We all hope that you find lots of ideas and inspiration for your creativity. Have a great day!

All of the products I used are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Have a HAPPY day today! 
-Anne Marie

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  1. Anne Marie this is a beautiful card. Love it ❤️

  2. Awesome card with so many details on it... Love it!!!

  3. Great card Anne! Perfect amount of detailing. Thank you for taking part in our Demonstrator Training Bog Hop this month.

  4. Wow! You've done a lovely job on this card, Anne Marie. So many lovely elements on this card - I love it!!

  5. Wow Anne Marie, what a perfect masculine card, love it!

  6. Wow! What a card! Your colouring is great and all the details are superb.

  7. Beautiful card. Thanks for the inspiration for me to get my Best Catch out and actually ink it up.

  8. Stunning card. I love this set and you have done wonders with the colouring.

  9. An other super fish card technique. Great job on coloring the fish.

  10. Great card. Your work is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration

  11. Love that your hubby consulted you on your card. You did fabulous with it... the touch of copper trim behind the sentiment tag is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Beautiful card! Love all the detail xx

  13. That's just gorgeous, Anne Marie.


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Anne Marie