Saturday, July 31, 2021

Time is Running out!

 The Designer Series Paper sale will end on Monday, August 2!  Don't miss out!

If you have not yet taken advantage of the 15% off sale on select Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, there is still time to shop -- but not a lot.  The sale ends in two days.

Below are all the beautiful designer series papers that are on sale.  There is truly something for everyone.  If you love flowers, there are many to choose from like Hand Penned (one of my favorites), Pansy Petals, or Bloom Where You are Planted.

Maybe you prefer designs that are suitable for a wide variety of projects.  If that's what you are drawn to, In Good Taste has the perfect designs.  This paper has some of the most realistic designs I've seen.  Some are so realistic that they almost look like photographs.  The In Good Taste designer paper is definitely one of my go-to designs for masculine cards or for beautiful backgrounds to flowers.

Beauty of the Earth is another design great for Quick and Easy masculine cards.  The images are stunning and are also perfect for seasonal cards.

And don't forget that every paper has two sides.  If you aren't a "flower" person, don't overlook Pansy Petals.  I actually purchased it for the designs on the "other side" of the florals because I love a great gingham, polka dots and stripes!

I've included each of the design packs that are on sale in the Product List below.  Chose your favorites and add them to your cart.  Just don't wait too long to "check out" as the sale ends in two days!

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Harvest Meadow - Sneak Peak #3

Happy Friday and welcome to my 3rd blog post.  I made it through my first week of blogging!  I promise not to continue telling you the number of each post, but I do have to admit that making it through the first week feels pretty good!  I feel like I've accomplished something that has been a long time in the planning phase.

Today I'm going to celebrate by sharing my final sneak peak of the Harvest Meadow Suite.  And I saved my favorite card for last.

What do you think about this background "paper"?  The background for the flowers was made using the Stampin' Blends with alcohol on Vellum technique.  I taught this technique in my July Technique Class a couple of weeks ago, and it was a big hit!  I will admit that it is a bit of a challenge for my engineering brain as there is very little control over the final outcome.  You just have to let go and go where the alcohol flows!  

The Stampin' Blends colors I used were Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Polished Pink, Just Jade, Soft Succulent, Night of Navy and Balmy Blue.  Coastal Cabana isn't available any longer in a Stampin' Blend, but I must have it leftover from a previous life.  I think Pool Party could be substituted just fine.  After the ink dried, I added a few squiggly lines of glue with a fine tip glue pen and then applied Gilded Leafing.  Again, Mom's favorite saying, "It just does something to it", comes to mind.

The Black Eyed Susan flowers were also colored with Stampin' Blends--Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake and Just Jade.  Once coloring was finished, a quick run through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine with the coordinating die, and pretty much all that was left for me to do was assembly.

The sentiment is one of the sentiments in the Nature's Harvest Stamp Set.  It was stamped with Early Espresso on Basic White and die cut with another die from the Harvest Dies.

The inside of the card and the envelop were also decorated with a bouquet of Black Eyed Susans.

This completes my sneak peaks using the Harvest Meadow Suite, but I promise you, this just touches the surface of what you can do with the products in this suite.  Check out the complete product list below for the products used on today's card (with the exception of the products in the Harvest Meadow Suite).  The Harvest Meadow Suite will be available beginning August 3, 2021.

If you would like more details and dimensions for making this card, you can see the FREE TUTORIAL here.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Nature's Harvest - Sneak Peek #2!

Well, I've made it to post # 2!  There were definitely some growing pains with post # 1 on Monday, so we'll see how this one goes today😅.  

I would love to hear your feedback and comments.  

I had fun making today's card.  Usually I have a fairly clear plan for a card before I start, but today -- not so much!  It just sort of evolved.  I knew I wanted to try some blending with one of my new favorite tools -- the Blending Brushes.  So I made a couple of masks using the tree limb die from the "coming soon" Harvest Dies.  The Harvest Meadow Suite will be available on August 3 when the Fall Mini Catalog launches.

I laid the two masks on Basic White Cardstock and then used my Blending Brushes to "color" over them with Pool Party Ink.  I was happy with how the branch pattern popped and thought it would make a pretty background.  So I then moved on to figuring out what to put on top of it.  I tried a few of the dies and finally settled on using the wheat (at least I think it's wheat) and the cone flower (or do you call it a Black Eyed Susan?). 

I die cut the plants from watercolor paper and then color washed them with Water Painters and reinkers.  I thought the flower should be yellow, but I wasn't so sure about the wheat.  I started out making it yellow also, but, I'll be honest, that didn't look so great.  I had already washed the stems of both plants with Shaded Spruce, so I decided to add a very light wash of Shaded Spruce on top of the yellow wheat.  I figured if it looked terrible, I could start over because the bright yellow was definitely not working.  Anyway, I'm pretty sure it is not the color of wheat, but I liked it so called it "good".  After all, it's ART, right?  I gave myself some "artistic liberty".  I added a few splatters of basic gray ink to the cone flower and then painted the flower and wheat with Wink of Stella to give them a little sparkle.  I my world you can never have too much sparkle and shine!

Once the plants were colored, it was all about assembly and some finishing touches.  I love the new Brushed Metallic Adhesive Dots that are part of this Harvest Meadow Suite.  I used the copper color ones, and as my mom would have said "they just do something" to it.

I practiced my blending technique a little more on the inside of the card and the envelop.  My rule:  No naked insides or envelopes!  They don't need a lot of "dressing", but they need a little something.

If you would like more details and dimensional information for making this card you can access the FREE TUTORIAL HERE.

With the exception of the Harvest Meadow Suite Products, you can see a complete list of all the products I used in my product list below.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed today's card and that it gave you a little inspiration!

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Nature's Harvest Suite - Sneak Peak #1

Welcome to my new Fairless Stampin' Flair blog!  I’m excited to start this new journey, but as this is my first attempt at blogging, it will be a learning process!  Your comments and suggestions are welcome!

I've been posting regularly for about nine months on my Fairless Stampin' Flair Facebook page, so if you would like to see any of my previous projects, please visit my business page at

On my Facebook page my process has been to feature a different stamp set or bundle each week so you can see multiple projects made with the same set.  For now my plan is to continue with that process here.  My goal is to post a new project at least 3 times per week. 

This week I'm featuring some sneak-peaks of a new product from Stampin' Up!'s Fall Mini Catalog that will go live August 3.  It is the Harvest Meadow Suite and here are just a few of the beautiful products available as part of the suite!

Today's card showcases three of the Harvest Meadow Designer Series Paper patterns.  I used the two Misty Moonlight and one of the Bumblebee patterns.  

A second Sneak Peak product on this card is the Silver Foil Specialty Paper.  This silver foil comes in three different finishes which gives each sheet a very different look.  The scalloped rectangle on the upper right was made with the heavily brushed finish and was die cut with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  The heavily brushed choice is a dark silver with a somewhat purplish tint.  It is really pretty and the picture doesn't do it justice!

The flowers, wheat and sentiment were all die cut with the new Harvest Dies.  The flowers were colored with Stampin' Blends.   With the exception of the sneak peak products, at the bottom of this post you can see a complete list of products used on this card.

We never want to have a naked inside or envelop right?  I kept the inside very simple by adding a strip of the DSP edged with a narrow strip of the Silver Foil.  This leaves me plenty of room to hand write a personalized thank you message.

If you would like more detailed dimensions and directions for this card there is a free tutorial at this link. 

Since I am early in the learning process, I'm not 100% confident that this link will actually work, so if it does not, drop me an email and I'll be happy to email you a copy of the tutorial. 

Thank you for stopping by today to visit my very first blog post ever!  I hope you will come back again.

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