Bokeh Technique Explained….

Good Snowy Morning to you stamping friends! I hope you all had a nice Valentine’s Day. I had a super fun morning with my awesome club ladies, then picked up my niece and nephew for an afternoon matinee at our local Scotia Movie Theater and saw Night at the Museum 3- Secret of the Tomb. I am a huge Robin Williams fan, and had been wanting to see this since it came out. It was fantastic! Then we ordered out yummy Chinese food and came home for a night of fun and a sleepover. My sister had made us a batch of yummy chocolate covered strawberries & pretzels and fudge. We had a  blast playing games and spending time together. ❤

I wanted to share with you a special technique that is quite popular right now called Bokeh.

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Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Bokeh, originally a technique from photography:

In photography, bokeh (pronounced BOH-kay)   is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.  Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—”good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.

Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

In order to get started, I decided to watch a You Tube video first so as to not waste time figuring out how to do this technique.  The one I watched was by Diane here is the link if you want to check it out: http://youtu.be/1hnLvIDciSE

Here are some photos to show you the steps I took:

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So this is how I prepped my watercolor paper- adhere to a waterproof mat with washi tape.

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Saturate the watercolor paper with water using aqua painter.

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Swirl some ink (use reinkers) and start with lightest color first.

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Apply more colors and keep layering until you get a background that you like. I wasn’t happy with the lost lagoon and daffodil delight turning green when they bled together, so I went in again with just lost lagoon (blue) and blackberry bliss and covered all the green and yellow. Luckily with watercolor paper you can keep layering.

While that was drying I used our window sheets and circle framelits to make my own stencil:

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I made this stencil while waiting for the last layer to dry. Definitely do NOT try to use your punches on acetate or window sheets… the punch will jam up and break- believe me, I speak from experience on this one. Use the circle framelits on the magnetic platform, and this stencil will be reusable. Since the paper wasn’t dry, I had to use my heat gun tool to dry the paper. It has to be bone dry when you go to use the stencil, or the colors will bleed.

 

bokeh7So you can see that this has some complicated steps, but really not tooooo hard, if you aren’t in a hurry or anything. Just take your time and be sure to let everything dry completely before moving on to another step.

 

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So this is my finished card… I wasn’t 100% happy with this one and knew I was going to try bokeh again, decided to make a cute sign for my office using the frame I received from my Christmas exchange (I won Judy’s tag creations and she had mounted them to a photo holder). So back to the watercolors, this time I decided to use painter’s tape (using the washi tape is fine if you are going to wait for layers to dry, when I used the heat gun to speed things along, the washi tape pulled up around the edges).

Round 2, learned from my mistakes:

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This piece just used Blue Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss ink.

 

 

 

 

 

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I also omitted yellow on the second version.  And definitely used the heat gun to thoroughly dry the completed watercolor paper.

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I could tell that I was in love with this version as soon as the craft white ink started to dry, stunning.

 

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I did adhere this to a piece of basic black card stock for a firm flat finished piece, added our basic rhinestones in a couple stragetic spots, and added some ribbon trim at the top for a decorative finish.

The first card took me about 45 minutes as I was learning the technique as I went. The second piece in the frame took me about 32 minutes from start to finish. I tell you this in case you want to make a “WOW” card for someone. I think I will be doing this as a special Make & Take for my downline team at our retreat in April. It’s not something that I think I could do in club or a card class, due to all the steps and drying time.

 

I’d love to hear what you think of my version of the bokeh technique, please leave me a comment… what colors would you like to see in the bokeh technique- with all this snow today, maybe I’ll make another card. Let me know if you have any questions… I’m happy to help you learn this technique too. What other techniques would you like me to tackle on the blog? Yes, I’m taking special requests now too.

 

I wanted to let you know that I am so honored to be participating in a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Blog Hop on the 20th of every month! We start this month- so be sure to come back on Friday and check out 13 talented demonstrators and their blogs. Here’s our logo that was designed by the amazing Amber!

 

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Have a wonderful day, and thanks a million for coming to visit my blog today!

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Lovely Amazing You!

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Look what Stampin’ Up! released today!! Yippee, it’s a cute new photopolymer stamp set!! Here’s the details:

Lovely Amazing You Photopolymer Stamp Set  item# 140594
Price: $14.95
This great new set is just what you need to spread happiness to all. Its so versatile, you’ll find yourself using it over and over again. Recommended clear block sizes are A, B, C (not included in the set).Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You’ll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and gives a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price!Set Quantity: 8

 

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And here are the new weekly deals to tempt you: (25% off list price offer good until Monday February 16th).

 

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Also- we are 1/2 way through Sale-a-bration… can you believe it? Did you get your free item yet? There is still time to book a party with me, the last hostess earned $65 in free Stampin’ Up! products just for having some friends and family over to make cards. We called it “Ladies Night Out”… wouldn’t you like to earn free stamps?? Contact me to book a date that will work for both of us!

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So I have an order going in this weekend if you need anything let me know, or feel free to place an order from my online store anytime:  http://Lynnstreifert.stampinup.net

 

Have a great night, check back tomorrow I  have an invite for you!

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January Jamborre!

Hi there stamping friends!

By now I hope you’ve looked over our new 2015 Occasions Catalog (aka the “Spring” catalog)… did you fall in love with our new stamps, dies, bundles, punches, blendabilities, papers, and accessories?? Did you see the beautiful butterflies dies??  I know, me too. So maybe you’re trying to figure out how you can earn as much as possible for FREE? I love to help my friends, family and customers earn as much free Stampin’ Up! product as possible! So here is an idea that might work for some of you.

Stampin’ Up! is in the DSA (Direct Sales Association), and one of our options for selling our products is via a hostess at a home party. Well, I know that not everyone has a space big enough for friends and family to come over to stamp and play. Although I’ve offered my craft room to be used, some are just not comfortable with asking their friends and family to be “obligated” to buy something. Believe me, I understand that feeling (hi I’m Lynn and I’m addicted to home parties)…. lol  🙂

 

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Well, I thought of a way to help you EARN the same hostess rewards, but not have to clean your house or invite anyone to your stamping party- are you ready? It’s my new January Jamborre! (pronounced JamBearEEEEE) …. What is the January Jamborre??? (it is not that cute nail wrap craze going around)… Well, for the first 10 people who contact me and say “I’m in for the January Jamborre!” will receive the opportunity to receive hostess rewards on their $100 minimum order. (this offer cannot be combined with the new Blendabilities deal as that is already a very good deal and includes hostess rewards built in to the price).  Normally hostess rewards do not begin until you have a minimum of $150 in orders… but when we combine 10 people who order $100 minimum in products, then the rewards are amazing!! And I can share them with everyone in the group (and no one has to bake brownies or clean the bathroom) 🙂

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What do you get for $100? Well- first you pick out your $100 in Stampin’ Up! products from any catalog (Annual Catalog or Occasions Catalog). Next, you get to pick  2 free Sale-a-bration choices! Then, you add either One Half Off item (first 4 people who request this will get it) OR $20 Hostess Rewards dollars to be used on anything- including exclusive hostess stamp sets found in the back of each catalog! And Last but not Least, each of you will receive a set of three handmade cards featuring all new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration 2015 products as my added thanks!! (made by me!!) I will figure out tax/shipping and handling and give you the total for your order. For the first four people who opt in and want the half price item- it can be used on anything current- like the Big Shot machine, or our entire Marker Collection. (that would be about a $50 value).  *please do not use a hostess code for my January Jamborre offer, I will be manually typing these orders in myself, thanks.

If you don’t have your own catalog yet- no worries- I’ve added the links to our online catalog over on the left toolbar, just click and it should open right away for you. Of course I want to get these two new awesome catalogs in your hands- so let me know if you need them and I’ll get them right out to you!

ALSO- did you know that Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions can count and can help you earn free SAB products?? During Sale-A-Bration, you can get a 3-month Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription for just $54.85. Get a discount and instantly qualify for a Sale-A-Bration reward? (contact me for the paper pumpkin 3 month prepaid code, and you will receive an email to redeem this deal once it is paid and the party closes).

My January Jamborre is the perfect option for those of you who love Stampin’ Up!’s products, want to earn hostess rewards and SAB items, but {for whatever reason} can’t have a home party. (and this will certainly help me out on my quest for earning the cruise too, so thanks!!)

If orders exceed the $1000 party threshold we are aiming for, then I will contact you and adjust your hostess rewards up accordingly.

What is the time frame on this offer? Sign up with  me by January 15th, 2015 (or while spots remain available). Then submit your orders and payment to me by January 22nd. (checks must arrive by January 16th to be deposited and cleared for ordering on January 22nd). Your orders will come to me and I will arrange pick up/delivery with you that works out best for both of us. (Orders should arrive by February 1st). *** If people sign up early and/or pay by credit card, I might be able to move this timeline up a bit… it will definitely be here in time for you to make some adorable Valentines treats and cards!

*Now if you love this idea, but just can’t swing it in January- I may repeat this in February and/or March- if there is enough interest. Just contact me and let me know if you might be interested in this Jamborre another month.

If you know anyone who is looking for some new fresh stamping supplies, or may want to stock up on paper, envelopes and adhesives and might want to jump in on this deal- please pass on my info to them! If they order from me (and are a new customer to me who has never ordered before- then you will receive a $10 gift certificate to use on anything you want- product or classes!)

If you have any questions, let me know!

Need someplace to jot down your wish list? Here’s something you can print out and use to keep track- use one side for the Occasions Catalog and the other side for the Annual Catalog (inks, paper, adhesives, dies, supplies).

just click:  Wish List!   (it will open as a PDF one page sheet for you to print out).

Something that jumped out at me right away was this beautiful bouquet kit… what do you think? Would you like to take this as a class?

Thanks so much for stopping by today and reading my blog! I’m going to be copying/pasting this information into a newsletter later this week as well since I know all my customers don’t subscribe to this blog feed and visa versa. Don’t want to miss anyone!

Have a great day! Happy Hump Day!

Lynn

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

If on Facebook please like my page “Lynnzcrafters

Subscribe to our monthly Paper Pumpkin Program at www.mypaperpumpkin.com Please be sure to type my name in the sign up page (as your demonstrator)

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: scrapbooking (paper and digital), card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

Our motto is: inspire*create*share

 

 

HSS Color Challenge #198

I am so honored to have been selected as one of three winners in the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog card challenge last week, they even sent me a special badge to put over on  my sidebar- see it?? How cool is that??

Here is the link if you’d like  to check it out (I’ve never won a card design challenge before!):  Hand Stamped Sentiments

 

Their newest challenge is a color combo that I just love!

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I had a really hectic week and just got my November club prepped last night, that’s right and club is this morning! Yikes, that’s cutting it very close. I decided to have one of my club cards be this color combo challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments. What do you think? Why don’t you play along with the challenge? It would be fun to see your interpretation using these three colors.

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And here are the supplies I used for this challenge:

 

I am so in love with our entire Project Life line of products. The stamp sets and the card collections can be used in card making, completing albums, decorating, and they look great framed as well.
It sure makes it so quick and easy to get your photos right in albums. The pocket cards are so simple, even children can participate in memory-keeping. I don’t even call it scrapbooking any more… stay tuned I’m going to have another Project Life event coming up this month. Can’t wait to see you, hope you can make it!
Thanks so much for stopping by today to read my blog! I hope you have an awesome weekend. Come back tomorrow and Monday if you want to see the rest of my cards for my club this month.
Lynn
If you are thinking of ordering anything this month, please use the November Hostess Code:  MSXKPKUB

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

If on Facebook please like my page “Lynnzcrafters

Subscribe to our monthly Paper Pumpkin Program at www.mypaperpumpkin.com Please be sure to type my name in the sign up page (as your demonstrator)

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: scrapbooking (paper and digital), card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items.

Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

Our motto is: inspire*create*share

2014 Holiday Supplement… Stars Galore!

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Hi Friends- do you know what today is? October 20th, right? Well today is also the launch of our brand new Holiday Supplement! This is a limited time offer “While Supplies Last”… I’m not sure if that means Stampin’ Up! will sell out of these items quickly, or what, but why take a chance? If you love it, head over to my online store and order your favorites today.

Here’s a closer look at some amazing uses for the new Merry and Bright Stars Kit:

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Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit 138104
Price: $25.95
Make your own 3D stars this season in a variety of sizes and patterns. Use them for ornaments,
home décor, place cards, and more. The largest star can take the place of honor on your front door or on your mantel.You get enough to create a 15″ star and 25 smaller stars, 5 each of 5 sizes.• Printed, die-cut star pieces
• Printed, self-adhesive die-cut side pieces
• Wooden snowflakes
• 7 sheets die-cut tags, banners, greetings, and accents

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Here are some You Tube Videos to show you how easy it is to put these cute stars together:

 

And here are some alternate ideas:

 

Here is a PDF to show you all the items in the 2014 Holiday Supplement

 

Don’t forget the Hostess code for October is: JTV6AMRW

Let me know if you have any questions, or if you want to place your order through me directly. Happy to help you out!

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog, have a great evening!

Lynn

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

If on Facebook please like my page “Lynnzcrafters

Subscribe to our monthly Paper Pumpkin Program at www.mypaperpumpkin.com Please be sure to type my name in the sign up page (as your demonstrator)

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: scrapbooking (paper and digital), card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items.

Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

Our motto is: inspire*create*share

October Club Projects…

Good morning friends, how are you? I have missed blogging, it has been a very busy week and I was knocked down a couple days with a virus, all I could accomplish was resting on the couch and watched some shows on my DVR…. Cedar Cove, Parenthood, and Big Bang, all caught up. Good thing I was so productive last weekend getting ready for club and my 6th Annual Columbus Day Stamp-a-Stack. Want to see some projects?  Let me know which one is your favorite, I love to hear from YOU!

First up is a card that I cased (copy and share everything) – the minute I saw this punch art turkey, I knew I had to case it. Thanks to Aly S. for the inspiration! Love this card, and the sentiment from “Mingle all the way” fits perfectly, right?? If you’re not in my club, and would like one of these cards, I am taking orders, and can mail them to you (or deliver if local) in plenty of time for Thanksgiving. Also, can do custom Halloween cards too, it’s not too late. $3.50 if mailing or $3 each for local customers. Let me know what you think. thanks.


 

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Next up is a stamp set I have used a few times, but I can’t get enough of the cardinal, so I changed this one up, featured these framelits before I knew they were a “weekly deal”- would you like to save money? Our weekly deals are 25% off original price and good for 7 days only, they launch every Tuesday morning and expire every Monday night at midnight MT.

 

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Card #3 for club members this month is this card, I really wanted to feature the new stars, can you believe I hadn’t made a card with them yet??
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Last but not least, yes 4 projects this month, is this cute santa box, case from Pinterest (by Lynn Starzl)- I love all the inspiration from Pinterest, don’t you?

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So that’s it for today, whew, that was a lot of typing… I will post my 7 cards from my 6th Annual Columbus Day Stamp a Stack later this week, need to go finish getting ready.

Hope you all are enjoying this beautiful weekend! Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today! Would love to hear from you!!

Hostess code for October is:  JTV6AMRW

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: <a href=”http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net”>http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net</a&gt;

Email: <a href=”mailto:Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com”>Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com</a>

If on Facebook please like my page <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/#!/Lynnzcrafters&#8221; target=”_blank”>”Lynnzcrafters</a>”

Subscribe to our monthly Paper Pumpkin Program at <a href=”http://www.mypaperpumpkin.com”>www.mypaperpumpkin.com</a&gt; Please be sure to type my name in the sign up page (as your demonstrator)

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: scrapbooking (paper and digital), card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items.

Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

Our motto is: inspire*create*share

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Happy World Card Making Day!

I hope you ALL have a chance to stamp and create a card (or a couple cards) today! Did you know that today is WORLD wide Card Making Day!! Papercrafter Magazine kicked this event in 2006 and Stampin’ Up! joined in the fun a couple years ago to help celebrate a fun hobby!! Want to try to win a huge prize?? Mail an entry of a card you created and you could win a huge prize basket- here are the details:

Welcome to the 2014 World Card Making Day Card Contest!
HOW TO ENTER:1. Create an original card for any of these five occasions:a. Birthdayb. Christmas/Season’s Greetingsc. Hello/Thinking of Youd. Lovee. Thank You2. Attach a removable label to the back of each entry that includes your name, address, daytime phone number, e-mail address, blog address (optional), and a detailed description of instructions and supplies used to create the card. Mail entries to:

2014 World Card Making Day Contest

14512 S. Center Point Way, Ste. 600

Bluffdale, UT 84065

*Entries will NOT be returned.

The contest is open to all individuals, except winners of the 2013 World Card Making Day Contest; however, international winners are ineligible to receive the prize package unless able to provide a United States shipping address. For the full rules, click on Official Rules at the bottom of the page.

Entries must be postmarked by October 14, 2014. All entries will be judged equally based on overall appearance, creativity, and execution.

Multiple entries in several categories are permitted, but you may only win in one category. We will award three (3) winning cards per category, for a total of fifteen (15) winners.

http://www.worldcardmakingday.com/contests/2013-world-card-making-day.html

 

I am going to host my own Card Making Day Contest! Today until midnight, post your own photo of a card on my Lynnzcrafters Facebook page, here is the link: Lynnzcrafters page  and tomorrow I will draw one winner to win a stamp set of their choice- that’s right, any current set in the Annual Catalog or Holiday Catalog- up to a $25 limit… open to anyone in the US (as I am not allowed to ship any Stampin’ Up! products outside the USA). THANKS!!

 

 

Well, I’m off to finish putting together my raffle basket for our Lynnzcrafters Team World Card Making Day Event in Burnt Hills this afternoon, can’t wait to stamp with 25 lovely ladies this afternoon. Have a great day!

thanks for stopping by today!

Lynn

 

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

If on Facebook please like my page “Lynnzcrafters

Subscribe to our monthly Paper Pumpkin Program at www.mypaperpumpkin.com Please be sure to type my name in the sign up page (as your demonstrator)

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: scrapbooking (paper and digital), card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items.

Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

Our motto is: inspire*create*share

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