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Posted on September 12, 2017

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

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Hey stampers! Today I want to share a card featuring the Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits. Say that five times fast!

I really should call this Triple Embossing because of the “HAPPY” dry embossing on the top of the card. I did this using the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

These two little gems add some quick texture and definition to your projects.

My multi-colored dragonfly is where I used double embossing. Let me tell you the steps.

First, I cut a piece of Shimmery White cardstock to 3″ x 4″. I then traced around the solid dragonfly image. Next, I used Sponge Daubers to apply 5 colors of ink around the image. Last I cut out the traced image using the detailed thinlit.

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

Finally, take a Versamark Pad and rub over the die-cut image, coat with Dazzling Diamonds Embossing Powder and heat. Do this a second time. You will have a beautiful double-embossed image!

Visit my You Tube Channel to see a step by step video for this fun technique.

These thinlits have a coordinating stamp set that gives you even more options for your papercrafting.

I also have a Video Class Tutorial available, complete with a color PDF. You'll learn how to make these three projects and a variety of new techniques.

CLICK HERE to visit the class page now.

Thanks for popping by today; I hope you learned something new!

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Posted on September 6, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween – Week 3 Spooky

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Hey stampers! It's time for 12 Weeks Of Halloween – Week 3 Spooky.

12 Weeks Of Halloween - Week 3 Spooky

This card combines spooky with glitz! Of course every “haunted” Halloween needs some bats and at least one rat! 🙂

The gate is made with The Graveyard Gate Thinlits Dies. You can purchase these separately or, for the best value, buy the bundle.

Here are the instructions, along with measurements and supply list.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144749p); Graveyard Gate (144695w, 144765c); Graveyard Gate Bundle (146017w, 146018c)
  • Card Stock –Basic Black (121045); Lemon Lime Twist (144245); Cajun Craze (119684); Basic Gray (121044); Whisper White (100730); Glossy White (144240);
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival (140931); Elegant Eggplant (126969); Crushed Curry (131173); Cajun Craze (126965)
  • Misc. – Big Shot (143263); Detailed Gate Thinlits (144669); Wink of Stella Clear (141897); Sponge Brayers (141714); Stampin’ Sponges (141337); 1-3/4” Circle Punch (119850); Classic Label Punch (141491); Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639);  Dimensionals (104430); Mini Dimensionals (144108)

Measurements:

  • Basic Black CS:  4 1/4” x 11”; 2 3/4” x 3 3/4”
  • Lemon Lime Twist CS: 3 3/4” x 4 1/2”
  • Cajun Craze CS: 1” x 2 ½”
  • Basic Gray CS:  scraps
  • Glossy Paper: 3 1/2 “ x 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White CS: 1/4” x 4”; 2 x 3

Instructions:

  1. Fold Basic Black cardstock in half to form card base.
  2. Adhere Lemon Lime Twist CS layer to card front.
  3. Punch 1 ¾” Circle from Whisper White CS – save both pieces to use for masking.
  4. Lightly ‘tack’ circle punched piece on Glossy White paper for ‘moon’ placement.
  5. Using Sponge Brayer and Elegant Eggplant ink, color entire Glossy White paper until desired darkness leaving light/dark areas.
  6. Use Stampin’ Sponge with Basic Black Archival ink to darken some areas and edges of Glossy White CS.
  7. Remove punched circle piece then place ‘negative’ over un-inked area.  Sponge into circle using Crushed Curry ink.
  8. Stamp ‘bat’ multiple times using Basic Black Archival Ink on top portion of Glossy piece.
  9. Using Big Shot, die cut the top portion of the Detailed Gate Thinlit from the Basic Black CS.
  10. “Color” die cut gate using Clear Wink of Stella.  Adhere to Glossy piece the adhere unit to card front.
  11. Stamp ‘brick column’ using Cajun Craze ink onto Cajun Craze CS.  Fussy cut out.  Then sponge edges lightly with Basic Black Archival ink.
  12. Stamp ‘owl’ using Basic Black Archival Ink onto Basic Gray scrap.  Fussy cut out.  Then color with Clear Wink of Stella.
  13. Adhere owl behind brick column then add unit to card front using Dimensionals.
  14. Add Black Rhinestone Jewels to owl ‘eyes’.
  15. Stamp ‘rat’ using Basic Black Archival Ink onto Basic Gray scrap.  Fussy cut out.  Add to card front using Mini Dimensionals.
  16. Stamp sentiment using Elegant Eggplant ink onto Whisper White CS.  Punch ends using the Classic Label

If you missed Week 1 and Week 2 of Halloween ideas, you can catch up now.

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Posted on August 24, 2017

Today in History: August 24 and Happy Fall

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Today in History: August 24

First of all, Hurricane Harvey is barreling towards our southern Texas coast. Hopefully it will lose some steam when it hits land. The weather folks are saying there is nothing to push it up or eastward so it might hang around for awhile. I'm sure my customers and downline will seize the opportunity to stay inside and craft!

As a result of being a bit of a history buff I looked up to see Today in History: August 24 for other years. What I found was pretty interesting!

Today in History: August 24

This is the 1992 Hurricane Andrew at peak intensity over the Bahamas on August 23. It hit landfall in South Florida on August 24. Some interesting facts I found:

  1. Hurricane Andrew had humble beginnings, starting as a tropical wave off the west coast of Africa on Aug. 14, 1992. Hurricane Harvey also started as a Tropical Storm.
  2. The hurricane made landfall near Homestead in the early morning hours of Aug. 24, 1992. Hurricane should make landfall in the early hours of Saturday, August 26.
  3. Warnings of Hurricane Andrew’s arrival led to massive evacuations across Florida, Louisiana and Texas. In South Florida, 55,000 left the Florida Keys, 517,000 abandoned Miami-Dade County, 300,000 left Broward County, and 315,000 fled Palm Beach County.
  4. Hurricane Andrew’s winds were thought to be 145 miles per hour at its height, but the data was revisited in 2002 and determined to be 165 miles per hour. This bumped the hurricane’s previous ranking from a Category 4 to a Category 5. The storm is now expected hit the central Texas coast with a combination of winds of 115 miles (185 km) per hour and heavy rains
  5. The morning of Aug. 24, 1992, a storm tide of 4 to 6 feet was measured in Biscayne Bay. Heights as high as nearly 17 feet were measured at the waterfront Burger King International Headquarters.
  6. In Florida, almost 8 inches of rain came down in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The most rainfall from Hurricane Andrew was in Hammond, La. with almost 1 foot of rain. Harvey will cause a storm surge that will flood parts of the Texas coast as it makes landfall and linger for days over the state, dumping up to 30 inches (76.2 cm) of rain in some areas

Seems like there are so many similarities here;  perhaps I should have been a meteorologist…lol!

Even though we are several hours from hurricane season in south Texas, our weather here in Dallas is definitely showing signs of Fall. So, I thought today's project needed an autumn theme. In addition, I surely do love my Pumpkin Spice Lattes, how about you?

Today in History: August 24

The Merry Café Stamp Set coordinates beautifully with the Coffee Café Photopolymer Bundle in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. I love suggesting products that work well together, saving my customers money! If you missed yesterday's  “Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies” post, click here to read helpful tips on using (and even saving money with) your ink pads.

Instructions, including supplies and measurements for today's card follow. Everything can be purchased online at my Stampin' Up! store. Happy shopping! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Merry Cafe Stamp Set [144965]
  • Ink : Garden Green [126973] , Cajun Craze [126965] , Early Espresso [126974]
  • Card Stock : Crumb Cake [120953] , Early Espresso [119686] , Very Vanilla [101650] , Peekaboo Peach [141417] , Garden Green [102584], Painted Autumn DSP [144613]
  • Tools & Adhesive : Coffee Cups Framelits Dies [143745], Linen Thread [104199], Stampin' Dimensionals [104430], Glue Dots [103683]

 

Cutting Measurements:

  • Crumb Cake: 4 ¼ x 11” card base; 2 x 2 for sentiment
  • Early Espresso CS: 3 x 4 ”
  • Vey Vanilla CS: 2 ¾ x 3 ¾ ”
  • Peekaboo Peach: 2 ½ x 3 ½ for coffee cup
  • Garden Green: scrap for straw toper
  • Designer paper: design with squares -2 x 4 ¼ “ for card front, early espresso design – scrap for die cutting the lid, design with pumpkins – scrap to cut pumpkins

 

Instructions:

  1. Create card front from Crumb Cake CS by scoring at 5 ½”.
  2. Lay down designer paper on top of the card front, do not adhere yet, just mark approximately where it will be. Stamp outlined leaf in Garden Green ink on top and bottom of the marked lines. Repeat the same with flourish image using Cajun Craze ink. Randomly stamp splatter image with Early Espresso ink. Adhere designer paper to the stamped Crumb Cake card front. Set aside.
  3. Stamp “Happy fall” image into scrap of crumb cake and cup image on peekaboo peach CS with Cajun craze ink. Die cut both imaged. Die cut cup lid from early espresso designer paper. Dies cut straw toper from garden green paper.
  4. Adhere Very vanilla piece to Early Espresso piece.
  5. Stamp outlined leaf in Garden Green on the die cut cup. Adhere cup to the center of very vanilla piece, adhere sentiment to the cup front. Add lid with dimensionals and straw toper with glue dot. Adhere everything to the card front with dimensionals.
  6. Fussy cut the pumpkins from designer paper. Adhere them with dimensinals to the bottom right corner of the card.
  7. Make a bow from linen thread, adhere to the pumpkin with glue dot folded in half.

Thanks for stopping by today and if I can help you at all, please do give me a shout!

 

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Posted on August 17, 2017

Copper Carols of Christmas

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Hey stampers! Today's sample is a Copper Carols of Christmas card. Even though it is still summer here in Texas, my customers are already asking for Christmas card ideas! The “busy-ness” of the holidays seems to start earlier each year so it's never a bad idea to start thinking of ideas and purchasing supplies.

I absolutely love all our coordinating copper products and I think they add just the right amount of dazzle to this card.

I've included both Copper Trim and Copper Foil in my supply list. Copper trim is used here, but you could easily use Copper Foil if you prefer! Having choices is one of the things I love about Stampin' Up! products. We offer a wide range of colors and style to suit anyone's taste. Feel free to “case” any project I post. If you like, change it up to fit your particular style!

Every year I offer a free one on one Christmas Card consultation service to get your creative juices flowing. You and I will sit down in person for an hour and discuss ideas to come up with the perfect solution for your needs. If you don't live local to me, we can set up a phone call or skype chat. Please do give me a shout.  Together we'll design the perfect project!

Here are the instructions, including measurements and the rest of the products used for today's card.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCarols of Christmas (144801–Wood mount; 144804–Clear mount)
  • Cardstock – Whisper White (100730); Garden Green (102584); Cherry Cobbler (119685); Copper Foil Sheets (142020)
  • Designer Series Paper – Be Merry Designer Series Paper (144111)
  • Stamp Pads – VersaMark (102283)
  • Misc. – ¼” Copper Trim (144179); Copper Embossing Powder (141636); Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708); Pretty Pines Thinlits (141851); Sparkle Textured Embossing Folder (141468); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Fast Fuse (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Embossing Buddy (103083); Stampin’ Scrub (126200; Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 4-1/4”
  • Garden Green Cardstock – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Cherry Cobbler Cardstock – 2-1/2” x 1-1/2”
  • Cherry Cobbler Patterned paper – 5-1/2” x 1-1/4”
  • White/Garden Green Patterned paper – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Copper Trim – 6″ x 1/4”

Instructions:

    1. Run the 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” Whisper White with the Sparkle Embossing folder through the Big Shot. NOTE: Do not adhere to the card front until Step 4.
    2. Adhere the Cherry Cobbler Designer Series paper strip to the Sparkle Embossed layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
    3. Layer the Copper Trim over the Cherry Cobbler patterned paper edge and adhere the ends to the backside of the Sparkle Embossed layer.
    4. Adhere the Sparkle embossed layer to the Whisper White card front.
    5. Ink the Deck the Halls image from the Carols of Christmas set with VersaMark ink and stamp onto the White/Garden Green patterned paper piece. Cover with Copper Embossing Powder and set with the Heat Tool. Let cool. Die cut with a Layering Square Framelits Die.
    6. Die cut the Garden Green cardstock square with the largest scallop Layering Squares Framelits die.
    7. Adhere the copper embossed layer to the Garden Green scalloped square and set with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the card front.
    8. Die cut the largest bow from the Pretty Pines Thinlits using the Big Shot. Adhere to the sentiment layer using a Mini Glue Dot.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my Copper Carols of Christmas project!

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Posted on August 15, 2017

BIG Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack SALE! Save up to 60%!

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BIG Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack SALE! Save up to 60%!  This really is BIG! The Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack was JUST updated with bunches of additional products. Fabulous die sets, punches, holiday accessories, pretty paper, ribbon and more. Discounts to 60% off.  Don’t delay. These discounted products sell quickly and are ONLY AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.  

Here are just a few of the new items:

Click HERE to see all available items.

It's not too late to add the early release Carols of Christmas Bundle to your order and save 10%.

If you haven't seen the great projects you can make with this fabulous stamp set and Thinlits Dies, watch below.

Here's a new sample I haven't shared before:

My project supply list follows. Click product pictures to shop on-line!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCarols of Christmas (144804 c, 144801 w), Bundle –save 10% (146037 c 146036 w), Santa’s Sleigh (142057)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730) Night of Navy (100867); Silver Glimmer (135314)
  • Stamp Pads – Night of Navy (126970)
  • Misc. – Card Front Builder Framelits (144674), Big Shot (143263); Softly Falling Embossing Folder ( 139672) dimensionals ( 104430); Paper Snips (103579)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White: 5 ½” x 8 ½ ”, scored at 4 1/4”; 3” x 4 ¼”, ½” x 3
  • Night of Navy: 3 1/8” x 4 3/8” , small scrap for deer
  • Silver Glimmer: 2 ½” x 2

Instructions:

    1. Fold Whisper White cardstock in half to create card.
    2. Emboss the White panel with the Big Shot and the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
    3. Use the single tree framelit and the deer framelit with the Big Shot and cut out.
    4. Stamp “Merry Christmas Wishes” onto the small piece of Whisper White and use Paper Snips to flag both ends.
    5. To assemble the card – layer the embossed White panel onto the Night of Navy panel. Attach to card front with dimensionals.
    6. Use dimensionals to attach the Tree and the deer.
    7. Attach the greeting banner with dimensionals.

 

 

 

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