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Posted on September 15, 2017

STAMPIN’ UP!’S MERRY PATTERNS STAMP SET

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Merry Patterns Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

During September and October, Stampin' Up!'s Merry Patterns stamp set is a free gift added to any order of at least $300. One of my customers placed her annual Holiday Catalog order and was thrilled to know this will be an “extra freebie”! We sure love those don't we!

This limited-time stamp set is only available during this time period and features two step stamping images. There is an outline stamp and one with patterns. In my card today, you stamp the pattern image first and then the outline.

Stampin' Up!'s Merry Patterns

In this short video you'll see some ideas for using this fabulous stamp set and you might see some different way to have a “party” to earn it. HINT: there are ways to get this limited edition stamp set that don't involve cleaning your home or baking snacks! 🙂

OK, let's get to it. Do you want this set? I know you do! If you have friends who order Stampin' Up! products (even if they live in another state), I'll help you combine orders so that you can earn this set. Give me a shout at anne@stampmaven.com so we can get the ball rolling!

Below is a PDF for this project (just click the link to download), and all supplies follow.

Merry Patterns

 

 

 

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Posted on September 14, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Clear Stamps Fall Off?

Paper crafting/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey stampers! I'm hearing lots of my customers are loving this weekly post about maximizing supplies and new tips. Today's topic is Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Clear Stamps Fall Off? I think I'm safe in suggesting that everyone has this problem from time to time. Our clear-mount stamps are designed to cling to our clear blocks but not so firmly that it would be difficult to remove them from the clear blocks.  These stamps are repositionable, so they need to be able to be removed easily.  However, your stamp should cling strongly enough to the acrylic block to allow you to stamp properly, getting a nice, crisp image.

I've tried all sorts of remedies and I have my top three to share with you today.

First, I bet you just might have one of these hanging around your office or workspace.

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Clear Stamps Fall Off?

I have one in my car, in my craft room, in my office at work, and even in my eyeglass case! I wear contact lenses but the first thing I do when I get home from work is to nix the contacts and put on my glasses. Boy I sure hate peering out through smudged lenses and a microfiber cloth like this one does the trick! In my car it takes fingerprints off of my display panels. When my computer screen has too many fingerprints on it, a quick swipe of the cloth and they are gone.

In my craft room I use it to wipe off my clear blocks and also the label adhered to the stamp foam.

Second tip for pesky stamps not sticking is to take a small alcohol swab and run it over both the block and the label. This will remove hand lotion and any other oils that might have built up on the surfaces.

Finally, and I use this tip for my most frequently used stamps. I do it once, and I'm good to go from then on! I bet most of you have some Tombow Multipurpose Glue. If you don't, it seriously is my “go to” dream glue! It is inexpensive and dries CLEAR!

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Clear Stamps Fall Off?

So how do I use it to make my clear mount stamps “cling” all the time? Use the fine tip end and put a THIN layer on top of the label on your stamp. (pic 1). Let it dry completely (pic 2). It's a bit hard to see here (multitasking and doing this post on my lunch hour), but the glue dries clear. It will feel a little tacky to the touch, but it will stick to the block every time.

 

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Clear Stamps Fall Off?

Oh, one more idea for you; this one costs a bit more but also works very well.

This product is sold on Amazon (it comes from the UK I believe). Just cut pieces to fit onto your blocks and that also solves the problem!

Thanks for popping in today and I hope this Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Clear Stamps Fall Off? helps you in your crafting endeavors! If you've missed any of the other tips, start here and just scroll ahead through the posts.

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Posted on September 13, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Projects

Hey stampers! I hope you've been enjoying my weekly posts giving you some fresh ideas for Halloween.  Today's project is 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP. If you don't send out Halloween cards, you can easily convert this design to put on a treat bag or box.

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 - Spooky Night DSP

Let me give you several tips from this card that will work for any season or holiday and save you money and/ or time.

  • Use small bits of DSP (Designer Series Paper) to make your pack go farther.
  • Use punched out or “fussy cut” images (like the witch's hat) as your focal point instead of stamping.
  • Stamp your sentiment on a small piece of coordinating cardstock and punch out. SO many of my “perfectionist” customers stress out about an image being straight when stamped right on the card itself. Using the punch technique, you'll save yourself stress and you'll throw away less cardstock!
  • Instead of tying a bow or knot, tack your piece of ribbon under each end on your top layer. You'll save on both ribbon AND postage when mailing your cards!

Here are the instructions, including supplies for this card. If you need to order anything to make some of these, just click on a picture.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144701)
  • Card Stock –Thick Very Vanilla (144237); Basic Black (121045); Pumpkin Pie (105117) Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black (140931)
  • Misc.– Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (144610); Vintage Crochet Trim (144611); Classic Label Punch (141491); Banner Triple Punch (138292); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Mini Stampin' Dimensionals ( 144108); Snail (104332)

Measurements:

  • Thick Very Vanilla: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Very Vanilla: 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • Basic Black: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Pumpkin Pie: 3-3/4″ x 5″ and 1″ x 3″
  • Spooky Night Designer Series Paper: four different prints,
  • cut two of them 3/4″ x 4-1/4″ and cut the other two 3/4″ x 4-1/2″
  • Vintage Crochet Trim: 5″

 

Instructions:

  1. Make banners out of each piece of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper with the Banner Triple Punch. Attach the banners to the Pumpkin Pie cardstock with Snail.
  2. Wrap the Vintage Crochet Trim over the banners and Pumpkin Pie cardstock securing it on the back side with Mini Glue Dots.
  3. Stamp Hat in Basic Black Ink on 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut out by hand. Attach hat with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. Stamp Happy Halloween in Basic Black Ink on 1″ x 3″ piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and punch out with Classic Label Punch. Attach sentiment with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. Attach the Pumpkin Pie card front to the Basic Black piece and attach these layers to the front of the Thick Very Vanilla card base which has been folded on the score line.

Thanks for stopping by today and joining me for 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP. If you've missed the other weeks, click here for Week 1 and then follow to the next.

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Posted on September 8, 2017

Merry Patterns Stamp Set – Exclusive for September and October Only!

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Merry Patterns Stamp Set – Exclusive for September and October Only!

Happy Friday friends! Even with the short holiday work week, I'm tired and ready for a fun-filled stampin' weekend! I know I'm going to be creating with this awesome new set.

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

It's a good one that you can't buy, BUT you can get it for free!

The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to this promotion and will not be available after October 31. But, that means there are two months for you to get it!

Let me tell you how you can get it…did I mention it's FREE?

There are a few ways to reach $300 in orders to receive this free stamp set. Of course, you can place a $300 order yourself (I'm sure there are one or two things you “need” from the new Holiday Catalog). You could also collect a few orders from friends (they also have a Holiday Catalog Wish List, right?) and put them together to reach $300. I can easily set up a Host Code for you so that orders can be placed online and delivered right to your guests AND you will get the regular Stampin' Rewards and this awesome free stamp set!

Hold On…there's more! You will also receive these two completed projects in the mail as an extra thank you gift from me!

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

 

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

The offer for the FREE stamp set is for September and October. My additional 2 free projects will be mailed to you when you place your order in SEPTEMBER. 

Oh, one more cool thing about this set. You can stamp the candles image in fun, bright colors to make birthday cards…

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

in addition to seasonal cards now! This Merry Patterns Stamp set truly ROCKS!

Thanks for popping in today and I hope your weekend will be filled with crafting fun!

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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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