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Posted on October 6, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween – Week Seven – Hometown Halloween

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting

12 Weeks Of Halloween – Week Seven – Hometown Halloween. Purple is my favorite color and I've always thought purple is a great “add-in” for Halloween themed cards. The gold on this card adds just enough “bling”.

12 Weeks Of Halloween - Week Seven - Hometown Halloween

The black neighborhood scene on this card is done with the Hometown Greetings Edgelits. These versatile dies can also be used on Christmas cards so that makes them a “more for your money” type of product! 🙂

12 Weeks Of Halloween - Week Seven - Hometown Halloween

I think this would also be perfect for making a “welcome to the neighborhood” card; I'll have to try that next!

Here are the instructions for the Halloween card and, of course, you can order any supplies at my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set – Spooky Cat (144749p)
  • Cardstock – Whisper White (100730); Fresh Fig (144243); Basic Black (121045); Pumpkin Pie (105117)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad (140931)
  • Misc. Gold Glimmer Paper (133719); 1-1/4″ Circle Punch (119861); Popcorn Box Thinlits (141473); Hometown Greetings Edgelits (144671); Big Shot (143263); Fresh Fig 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon (144174); Stampin' Dimensionals (104430); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Measurements:

  • Fresh Fig: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Whisper White: 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
  • Pumpkin Pie: 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
  • Basic Black – 2-1/4″ x 4″

Instructions:

  • Slide the 1-1/4″ circle punch into the edge of the Gold Glimmer Paper and punch. Slide it in again in the same spot and crop out a moon.
  • Use the row of stars framelit from the Popcorn Box dies and crop five stars from Gold Glimmer Paper.
  • Run the black layer through the Big Shot with the row of houses edgelit and add to the bottom of the Pumpkin Pie layer. Trim to fit.
  • Ink greeting in black and stamp where shown. Add the moon and stars where shown.
  • Add this layer to the white mat.
  • Wrap a strip of ribbon around this layer and adhere to the back. Tie a bow with same ribbon and add it to the front with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • Add this layer to the card base with dimensionals.
  • We do have a couple of specials going on right now, so you might want to check them out!

We do have a couple of great specials going on right now, so please do check them out!

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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 Sets – Good 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 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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Posted on September 15, 2017

STAMPIN’ UP!’S MERRY PATTERNS STAMP SET

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

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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