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Posted on October 19, 2017

It’s Mum Season Here in Texas!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Projects

Hello stampers! It's Mum Season Here in Texas! And I don't mean live, growing mums, rather Homecoming mums! Now, I have to confess. I am from California and we had lovely wrist corsages for our Homecoming activities. So, when we moved to Texas and I started hearing about “mums” for Homecoming, I was perplexed. Then, when I started seeing pictures of these “monster mums”, I couldn't imagine spending hundreds of dollars on these things, every year Freshman-Senior.

Fast forward a few years. I now have a grandson who is a senior in high school and I volunteered to make his girlfriend's mum. Of course, then she wanted me to make his “garter”mum. My grandson hung the moon so of course I eagerly said yes! My daughter in law came over on Sunday and we put together the one for girlfriend. Oh, did I mention we each have hot glue gun injuries on our fingers? But, I digress. It isn't about me, it's about these two awesome seniors and making their homecoming day fabulous!

It's Mum Season Here in Texas!

What do you think? Of course I integrated some Stampin' Up! embellishments, the Mini Gift Bows, available in the Holiday Catalog.

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=144127

I also punched circle shapes to add some contrast to the letters I used. All that's missing now is attaching pictures in wee little frames and also some blinkie lights…who knew?? 🙂

The BEST part of this is Micaela (girlfriend) had never heard of Stampin' Up! and she loves papercrafting! I told her I would help with a senior scrapbook for her. Who knew that one little rubber stamp would be the beginning of all this! I love what I do!

If you might be interested in finding out a little bit more about the benefits of having your own Stampin' Up! business, check out a little bit more about me and my team, Girls, INK.

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Posted on October 3, 2017

What’s Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Die Cut

Hey stampers! In today's post I wanted to answer a question I've been getting a lot from my customers. What's Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder? The answer is NOTHING! Let me explain the question and I'll give you my answer.

Customer Question: Anne, I just opened my new Stampin' Up! Quilt Top Embossing Folder (EF) and noticed that the design inside the folder is not centered (side to side). On the left side of the EF there is about 1/8″ open space before the design starts.  However, on the right  edge of EF, the design ends right up on the edge of the folder. Because the design is not centered, you have to fiddle with the CS to get it lined up before running through the Big Shot when using a larger piece of paper. Is there something wrong with my folder?

Answer: NO, there is definitely nothing wrong with your Embossing Folder! It was designed so you could get a continuous pattern on larger paper without the creased edge that happens when it is centered. Simply run the paper through, then rotate the previously embossed paper 180 degrees and run it through the Big Shot a second time. You'll get a continuous pattern without the creased edge. (You won't have this problem when embossing a regular-sized card or card layer.)

Here are pictures to show you what I explained above.

Run first time through Big Shot like this:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Rotate paper 180 degrees and run through second time:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Voila! A perfect patterned piece to use on a larger card or project, with no pesky ridge in the center:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

I hope this answer to “What's Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?” has helped you today! If you have a question about any technique or stamping “challenge” you are having, please email me or post your question in the comments section below and I'll be glad to help!  I don't want to just sell you products. I want to help you get the most out of them! 🙂

 

 

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Posted on September 28, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies – Double Duty Letters

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! Today we're talking about Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies – Double Duty Letters. I'm sure cost is a factor when you are choosing your crafting products; me too! When I find products that can do “double duty” so to speak, those rise to the top of my list!

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies - Double Duty Letters

In this card the “negative” part of the die-cut letters is used as well as the letters themselves. At a cost of $99.00, the complete set of Large Letters Framelits Dies IS an investment, not just a purchase. Part of my joy as a demonstrator is to help you discover new ideas and new ways to use your “stuff”.

This set of dies includes 37 pieces and the largest one measures 1-3/16″ x 2-5/16″. Whether you are a stamper, scrapbooker, or other crafter extraordinaire, these letters give you so many choices to personalize your projects.

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies - Double Duty Letters

The absolute BEST way to get your hands on these versatile dies and put money in your pocket for holiday shopping, is to purchase the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit. For only $99 plus tax (FREE shipping is included), you can choose $125 in product; you'd still have $26 left after you selected these Framelits Dies! And, the best part? You would get all the other “perks” of being in the Stampin' Up! Family AND a member of my Girls, INK team.

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies - Double Duty Letters

Here are some of us at a recent event. If I haven't met you yet, I'm the one in the blue shirt in the middle of the photo! I invite you to read more about my team how Stampin' Up! might help you achieve some of your dreams! Questions? Give me a shout on email, phone (214-293-4461) or Facebook; I love to talk about Stampin' Up! and my fifteen year journey of fun, friendships, and financial blessings.

Here are the instructions for today's project.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Season Like Christmas (p 144860)
  • Inks: Pear Pizzazz (131180), Old Olive (126953), Early Espresso (126974)
  • Paper: Old Olive (100702), Early Espresso (119686), Whisper White (100730)
  • Other: Big Shot (143263), Large Letters Framelits (141712), Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), Snail (104332)

Measurements:

  • Old Olive: 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
  • Early Espresso: 5 ½” x 3 3/4”
  • Whisper White: 5 ½” x 3 ½”

Instructions:

  1. Fold the Old Olive card base in half.
  2. Attach the Early Espresso mat to the cardstock front.
  3. Stamp the trees as shown at varying heights. Stamp some of the greenery, with Old Olive ink and some Pear Pizzazz ink. Stamp the tree trunk with Early Espresso ink. For the Pear Pizzazz tree, stamp off the tree trunk. Do not stamp the 2-step layer on the top of the tree (it makes the trees too dark to see the letters).
  4. Cut out the letters on the Big Shot from the stamped piece of cardstock. If you are not using the Magnetic platform for the Big Shot, you will want to use a Post It note or Washi Tape to hold the letters in place. Cut out one letter a time.
  5. Attach the stamped white strip to the Espresso mat.
  6. Re-attach the letters to the front of the card using Mini Dimensionals.
  7. Paint the letters with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

 

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Posted on September 26, 2017

12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique

Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hello stampers! I'm getting ready to travel to New Orleans to participate in a Mastermind with some other top demonstrators in Stampin' Up! Dave and I went last year, and it was just a wonderful and productive few days. This year I'm so excited we'll be sharing a house with the top demonstrator from New Zealand. She is such a special, talented lady; we are both looking forward to sharing ideas and just hanging out with her.  I'm posting my 12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique early so while I'm away you won't miss anything!

My plan IS to post while I'm away, but you never know about technology while traveling! 🙂

12 Weeks of Halloween - Week 6 - Eclipse Technique

This technique has so many options, no matter what the occasion. Instructions and supplies follow below. If I can answer any questions about this technique, just give me a shout!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144749–Photopolymer)
  • Cardstock – Thick Whisper White (140272); Whisper White (100730); Basic Black (121045); Lemon Lime Twist (144245)
  • Designer Series Paper – None
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Basic Black (140931); Smokey Slate (131179)
  • Misc. – Woodland Textured Embossing Folder (139673); Large Letters Framelits Dies (141712); Vintage Crochet Trim (144611); Black Mini Sequin Trim (144259); Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639); Clear Embossing Powder (109130); Stamping Sponges (141337); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Embossing Buddy (103083); Stampin’ Scrub (126200); Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394); Grid Paper (130148); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock – 4-1/4” x 11”
  • Basic Black Cardstock – 5-1/8” x 3-7/8”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5” x 2-7/8”
  • Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock – 5” x 3/4”
  • Vintage Crochet Trim – 6”

Instructions:

  1. Arrange the Large Alphabet letters B-O-O on the 5-1/8” x 3-7/8” Whisper White and run it through the Big Shot to die cut them out. NOTE: Do not toss any center pieces from any of the alphabet letters.
  2. Arrange the same Whisper White cardstock piece with all of the alphabet letters and their insert pieces inside the Woodland Textured Embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. NOTE: Die cutting the alphabet letters after texture embossing will cause the raised embossing to flatten as it goes through the Big Shot.
  3. Lay the Whisper White cardstock layer with the alphabet letters and their insert pieces onto a piece of Grid paper. Lightly sponge Smokey Slate ink over top of the raised Woodland embossed tree trunks and branches.
  4. Adhere the main portion of the Whisper White layer to the Basic Black cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Lay the B-O-O letters in place, but only add liquid glue to the alphabet inserts and set into place.
  5. Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the alphabet letters B-O-O and set into place. NOTE: pay special attention to the letter O’s and matching up the correct embossed tree trunks and branches.
  6. Ink the Trick or Treat sentiment from the Spooky Cat stamp set with Archival Basic Black, stamp in the center of the Lemon Lime Twist strip, cover with Stampin’ Clear Embossing powder and heat set using the Heat Tool on high setting. Add to the bottom portion of the Basic Black cardstock matte layer leaving a gap between this layer and the Woodland embossed layer.
  7. Adhere the Black Vintage Crochet Trim with a light line of Multipurpose Liquid glue to the gap area of the focal layer and wrap the ends to the back side of the Basic Black layer.
  8. Adhere the focal layer to the Thick Whisper White cardstock base. Add medium-sized Black Rhinestone Jewels to either side of the Trick or Treat sentiment; and add Mini Black Sequins to various spots on the Woodland embossed layer using a small dot of Multipurpose Liquid glue.

Thanks for visiting today; I hope you learned something new with my 12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique project.

 

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Posted on September 12, 2017

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

Big Shot/ Classes / Events/ Online Classes/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

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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