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Posted on September 28, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies – Double Duty Letters

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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 21, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Less Is More

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hello stamping peeps! Thanks for popping in. I have a new tip today, Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Less Is More. I don't know about you, but sometimes I forget a rule of thumb I've heard forever about makeup; less is more! Did your mom ever tell you this? Perhaps you've told your own daughter this tip? Well, the same thing can apply to crafting.

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Less Is More

Notice there are three different types of ribbon on the front of this card, but just small pieces of each type. I love ALL my ribbon, but it certainly goes farther if I don't always tie it around the entire card and end with a bow. Same thing holds for Designer Series Paper; sometimes less is more! I think the small piece of paper on this card actually works better than if a much larger piece had been used. Do you agree? Would love for you to leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts.

Here are the instructions, measurements and supply list for today's Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Less Is More project. If you need to order any supplies, click here to go to my online store. There are tons of great new products in the Holiday Catalog!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsGood Tidings (144870)
  • Card Stock –Tranquil Tide (144246); Pool Party (122924); Very Vanilla (101650); Pear Pizzazz (131201)
  • Stamp Pads – Tranquil Tide (144085); Pear Pizzazz (131180)
  • Misc. – Painted Autumn DSP (144613); Everyday Label Punch (144668); Tranquil Tide 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (144136); Black Mini Sequin Trim (144259); 7/8” Striped Ribbon (144624); Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639); Stamping Sponges (141337); SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

Measurements:

  • Pool Party: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Tranquil Tide: 1 7/8” x 5 1/2″
  • Very Vanilla:  2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Pear Pizzazz:  scrap for Everyday Label Punch
  • Painted Autumn DSP: 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ (x2)

Instructions:

  1. Stamp sentiment in Tranquil Tide ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. Sponge edges with Pear Pizzazz ink using Stamping Sponges. Add Tranquil Tide ink in the lower right corner with the Stamping Sponges. Add Black Rhinestones.
  2. Using the Everyday Label Punch, punch out an image using Pear Pizzazz cardstock.
  3. Assemble the rest of the card.
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Posted on September 20, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 – Happy Owloween

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Hey stampers! It's hard for me to totally get into the Halloween spirit when it's 90 degrees outside, but I'm giving it a good try! My project for you today is 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 5 – Happy Owloween. I'm going to have to find a way to keep using this adorable little owl after Halloween because he is just too cute to file away!

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 - Happy Owloween

You'll find full instructions at the end of the post, but I wanted to point out a few things. The focal point of this little treat bag is made from our Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP).  There are so many fun patterns and the orange and black cats can be punched out using the Cat Punch; easy peasy!

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 - Happy Owloween

I just took one of the 12 x 12 sheets, chopped it up into 3 x 3 pieces and then simply stamped the owl on top. I used Basic Gray ink (which made the owl lighter than the black tree branch) so I didn't even have to mask the tree. The owl blended right in. If you aren't sure how to mask, click here to see an earlier post where I explain the technique. While there is a image in this stamp set for the beak and feet, I found it easier to use a Pumpkin Pie marker right on the image and color.

I cut little slivers of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to create the curls inside the top of the bag. The Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer works great for this and then I used the end of a pencil to curl the paper. Another tip; you can make this project as is, or use the design for cards.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set Spooky Cat (P-144749)
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Gray (140932) Black (140931) Stamp Pad
  • Cardstock – Pumpkin Pie (105117)
  • Misc. – Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP) (144610), SNAIL Adhesive (104331), Stampin Dimensionals, Big Shot (143263), Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (137547), Magnetic Platform (130658), Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639), 5/8” Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread (104199), Wood Textures DSP Stack (144171), Pumpkin Pie Marker (131259-Brights set), Black Marker (131261 – Neutral Set), Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)

Measurements:

  • Spooky DSP: 3” x 3” of orange piece with black tree
  • Wood Textures DSP: two of the same piece
  • Burlap Ribbon: 10”
  • Linen Thread: 8”

Instructions:

  1. Cut Spooky DSP piece/s at 3” between every tree piece (you will end up with 16 pieces per DSP sheet)
  2. Stamp owl using Gray ink so feet are resting on tree branch.
  3. Stamp“happy owloween” onto owl using black ink.
  4. Using Pumpkin Pie marker, color in beak and feet. Using black marker, color in white around eyes. Attach small black rhinestone into center of each eye. Set aside.
  5. Cut out Treat bag using Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and put together using Tear & Tape Adhesive.
  6. Put one Stampin Dimensional on each corner on the back of stamped DSP square and adhere to bag front.
  7. Thread piece of Burlap Ribbon around bag, through owl piece and tie linen thread into a bow around ends of burlap. Trim off as desired.
  8. Attach three black rhinestones to bottom of bag.
  9. Cut 8-10 1/8” strips of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock. Roll around end of a pencil to create a curled piece.
  10. Put SNAIL on one end of curled pieces and attach to inside of bag. You might need to re-curl strips once strips are positioned.

I hope you'll give this 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 – Happy Owloween project a try! If you've missed my other Halloween projects,  you can start here for Week 1 and then scroll through. I have lots of great projects, tips and techniques in older posts!

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Posted on September 18, 2017

Remarkable You – Masculine Greeting Card

Holidays / Special Days/ Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting/ Stamping

Hey stampers! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I got to play in my stamp room AND take my 2 of my grandcherubs on a shopping trip. What could be better! Today's project is a Remarkable You – Masculine Greeting Card. It's so much easier for me to make girly girl cards than to make “manly” ones. I think this one fits the bill quite nicely for any guy!

Remarkable You - Masculine Greeting Card

The Cajun Craze and Early Espresso inks work perfectly to create rich tones in this card. Notice the accent pieces of Wood Grains Designer Series Paper DSP) on the front and inside of the card. When you use smaller pieces, instead of covering up the entire card front, your paper will go SO much farther!

Speaking of DSP, have you heard the great news? Starting October 1 and continuing through the entire month of October, when you purchase three packages of select Designer Series Paper, you'll get another package for FREE! Stampin' Up! has included select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks this year as well! Here are the Designer Series Paper Sale Items:

Remarkable You - Masculine Card

Did you notice the Wood Textures Stack used on today's project is included! Just like our 12 x 12 DSP paper, this 6 x6 stack is double-sided, giving you unlimited choices. One additional feature of our 6 x6 packages is they are no longer attached at the top so it is so easy to pull out a single sheet without fear of tearing it! Why not click here to go to my online ordering site and then bookmark it. When October 1 rolls around, you'll be ready to hit the DSP Sale!

I've included pictures of all the project supplies below and it you would like a PDF with detailed measurements and instructions, please just email me!

Have a great week and I hope today's sample inspires you!

 

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