Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Wishing everyone a very Happy Mother's Day!  Even if you don't have children of your own, I'm sure you have had an impact on some child(ren) and for that you deserve to be honored.  I am missing my own mother today.  She has been gone almost 14 years, but I still think of her often.

I received my new catalog pre-order a few days ago, and of course it included not only my very own copy of the new Annual Catalog -gasp! -that goes live on June 2nd, but also the new Blendabilites - alcohol markers that are new for Stampin' Up!.  I have taken a few minutes to "play" and while there is a bit of a learning curve, I think I am in love!  Many people who try to compare the Blendabilities to the Copic markers might be disappointed, because they are not clones.  They aren't refillable, and they are not meant to last forever!  But the price point is doable for me, and I think they will last for several years - even doing workshops and clubs!  I really like how saturated the color is, using our Whisper White cardstock and the new Memento black ink pad.  Because these markers are alcohol-based, we won't want to use Stazon ink, because it is alcohol-based also...and alcohol on alcohol will cause smearing!  So the new Memento ink pad is water based, making it the best ink to use with these tools!

This picture shows my blending attempts using the Cherry Cobbler set - top and the Pumpkin Pie set - bottom.  Now remember - these are my first attempts!

The Blendabilities come in a set of 3 markers - light, medium and dark shades m- for $11.95 US.  The medium shade is the true SU! color I am told.  There are several colors listed in the new Annual Catalog, although not all SU! colors are available yet.  I think it is a "see how it goes first" thing.  I am anxious to see what my sister demos do with these coloring tools!  There is also a Color Lifter marker for highlighting or removing color.  This next photo below shows my use of that on some of the leaves of the Pumpkin Pie flower.  If you look closely, you can see a faint highlight - that is where I "lifted" the color.  Too fun!

All in all, I am excited to have these new tools in our color arsenal.  What fun things we can do!

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