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Posted on September 7, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Punch Fix

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Hey friends! How has your week been going? Mine has been very full with work, stamp clubs, crafting swap and family! We all lead such busy lives that we need to save time wherever we can. I think today's Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Punch Fix will do just that!

I'm very fortunate to have a husband who helps me in my stamping business. He helps me prepare for classes, bakes food for events and even records tool videos!

I have to say the most popular tool video so far has been the one where he teaches how to fix a broken punch. Do you ever have trouble with your punches getting stuck or even getting dull? Dave will take you step by step and, chances are, after following along with the video, you'll be able to fix your punch!

AND, instead of spending money on a new punch, you'll be able to buy a new stamp set, perhaps a new color of ink, or maybe some fun embellishments!

If you haven't seen all the amazing new products in our Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, check them out now!

If you have time, why not watch the video now. If you're in a hurry, bookmark the page and watch at your leisure!

Dave also has a video showing you how to repair the older, whale tail punches. You can find that one on my You Tube Channel. We're recording new videos all the time, so be sure to subscribe to my channel so you'll always see the latest ones!

Thanks for popping in today and I hope today's Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Punch Fix was helpful!

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Posted on August 25, 2017

Magical Mermaid Stampin’ Up! Style

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Magical Mermaid Stampin' Up! Style

Hey stampers! In keeping with yesterday's “weather related” post, today's project features a Magical Mermaid!

Magical Mermaid Stampin' Up! Style

When my middle granddaughter was very young I used to tell her we had mermaids visit our swimming pool after we had all gone to bed. She was always asking if we could go down and see them. Now she's older and wiser and just rolls her eyes when I mention it!

If you love to color, this card is totally up your alley. The “smooshing” technique makes such a fun effect and the Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter lets you easily color in the mermaid. Not familiar with the Aqua Painter coloring tool?

 

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This nifty tool looks like a paint brush, but the handle holds water.  When you squeeze the handle, water runs into the brush tip. You simply unscrew the brush, add water into the handle, replace the brush and start coloring! Easy Peasy!

Instructions, including supplies and measurements, follow. You can order the stamp set or any other supplies you might need to make your own Magical Mermaid Stampin' Up! Style card  24/7 at my online store. While you're shopping,  be sure to add adhesive or envelopes if you're running low. Those are things I always forget!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsMagical Mermaid (144017; Timeless Textures (140517)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730); Basic Black (121045); Watercolor Paper (122959)
  • Stamp Pads – Lemon Lime Twist (144086); Berry Burst (144083); Powder Pink (144084); Bermuda Bay (131171); Elegant Eggplant (126969); Crumb Cake (126975); Soft Suede (126978); Versamark (102283); Black Archival Stampin’ Ink (140931)
  • Misc. – Window Sheets (142314); Embossing Buddy (103083); White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132); Heat Tool (129053); Pretty Label Punch (143715); Aqua Painters (103954); Stampin’ Spritzers (126185); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); SNAIL Adhesive (104332); Paper Snips (103579)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White: 4 1/4″ x 11” (scored at 5 1/2″)
  • Basic Black: 4” x 5 1/4”,  2” x 3”
  • Watercolor Paper: 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”, 2” x 4 1/2″

Instructions:

  • Rub the Embossing Buddy over the Watercolor Paper mat. Using Vermark ink stamp the flourish from Timeless Textures in various places on the mat. Cover with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and set with the Heat Tool. NOTE: It may be difficult to see where you are stamping so it might be beneficial to stamp a few flourishes, add the Embossing Powder and then do a few more until finished.
  • Use a Stampin’ Spritzer to wet the Watercolor Paper.
  • Take a 2” x 4” piece of Window Sheet and “smoosh” it in one of your ink pads (shown here are Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Elegant Eggplant) and then Spritz it with a little water. Take the colored Window Sheet and “smoosh” it onto the Watercolor Paper. Clean the Window Sheet and do the same thing with the other ink colors until you are satisfied with the look of the Watercolor Paper art piece.
  • Rub the Embossing Buddy on the smallest piece of Basic Black and use Vermark ink stamp the sentiment and cover with White Embossing Powder and punch out with the Pretty Label Punch.
  • Use Black Archival ink to stamp the Mermaid, allow to dry, and then color her using an Aqua Painter and ink. You can squeeze the stamp pad to get some ink into the lid and pick up the color from there. Shown here is Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay on the tail, Powder Pink on the body, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede for the hair. Use Paper Snips to cut her out.
  • Use SNAIL to attach the mats onto the card base and then add the sentiment and the Mermaid with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Hope you enjoyed today's Magical Mermaid Stampin' Up! Style. If you missed any of this week's posts, start here to see them all.

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Posted on August 23, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Ink Pads

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Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Ink Pads

Hey stampers! I'm back with another tip to help you get the most out of your crafting supplies. Today I'll be sharing a couple of ideas for your ink pads.

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You might be someone who buys every color of ink pad ever made by Stampin' Up! That would be me, which is why I became a demonstrator That's another conversation we can have if you have any interest. Give me a shout and we'll chat.

Back to ink pads. Notice in the photos above there are 2 shades of ink in each sample.  In each example only one color of ink is used.  Rose Red in the first, Early Espresso in the second and Pear Pizzazz in the third. Each Stampin' Up! Ink Pad can actually give you three different shades of ink, dark, medium, and light. The name for this is repetition stamping.

In repetition stamping, the image is stamped repeatedly without re-inking your stamp.  The first stamp will be the darkest, then a little lighter and the third repetition will be the lightest. Repetition stamping allows you to create some really cool effects, using one color alone. I always keep a piece of grid paper on my stamping table so that I can “stamp off” onto that paper when I need just the lightest shade on my card. Of course, you can always use two or three different colors of inks to create shading effects if you prefer.

The second tip I have for you involves re-inking your pads. When you purchase an ink pad do you get the re-inker at the same time? No? Well, you are not alone, ha! I have so many customers who just buy the ink pad to save money. I totally get that; however, more times than not you will end up with a dry ink pad down the road. If you had the re-inker you could freshen it and get back to stamping. If you don't have one, you will either have to purchase a new inkpad OR purchase a re-inker which might be from a different dye lot and you'll end up with a different color. So my advice is to save  yourself time and money, buy the re-inker! 🙂 Click here to go to my online store.

I hope you've found today's topic, Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Ink Pads, helpful. I'm here to help if you need anything!

 

 

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Posted on August 7, 2017

Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek Inspiration Sheets

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I am loving the new Carols of Christmas Bundle and today I am sharing two Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek Inspiration Sheets to get your creative juices flowing. I am so excited that my customers can purchase this bundle now! Normally when Stampin' Up! releases a new seasonal catalog only demonstrators enjoy the perk of pre-ordering products. BUT, during the month of August, anyone and everyone can get this fabulous Christmas bundle which will make its appearance in our Holiday Catalog being released on September 1.

When you order this bundle now, you'll have plenty of time to finish your holiday cards before the hustle and bustle of this busy season arrives! These cards showcase totally different styles to highlight the versatility of this bundle.

The first card uses several touches of gold to provide elegance and shimmer. The second card uses a more traditional red and green color combo. I paired one of my favorite reds, Cherry Cobbler, with one of our new 2017-2019 In Colors, Tranquil Tide. This card also has touches of gold in the ribbon and gold foil acetate layer.

You can find supplies, measurements and instructions for both of these cards below.  It's so easy to order these products; just click on any picture following the card instructions.

 

Merry Christmas Card

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCarols of Christmas Bundle (146037); Star of Light (142110)
  • Card Stock – Thick Very Vanilla (144237); Wild Wasabi (108641)
  • Stamp Pads – Versamark Ink (102283)
  • Misc. – Gold Foil Paper132622; Card Front Builder (part of the bundle)(144674); Foam Adhesive Strips (141825); Gold Embossing Powder (109129); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Heat Tool (129053)

Measurements:

  • Thick Very Vanilla:        8 1/2” x 5 1/2”                        4” x 5 1/4”
  • Gold Foil:                         4” x 5 1/4”                           scraps for deer
  • Wild Wasabi:                   3” x 4”                                 scraps (banner)

Instructions:

  1. Use your Vanilla Mat to use the frame builder part to make the edges around your card. Make sure to line up at the top so it’s square but as close as you can so they both fit.  Turn and do the other end.
  2. Cut out trees in Wild Wasabi. You’ll need two of the double tree and one of the single tree.
  3. Cut out two deer using the Gold Foil
  4. I used the swirl image from Star of Light set and Versamark across the trees and sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with my Heat Tool.
  5. Add trees and deer to the card using Tombo Multi Glue
  6. I stamped the Merry Christmas from Star of Light in Versamark after I build my card so I could see where to add the sentiment
  7. I added a few Stars from the Carols of Christmas Set and embossed in gold as well.
  8. I attached the Thick decorated Mat to the gold mat and made sure it was straight. Then attached to the card using the Foam Strips.

Deck the Halls Card

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set Carols of Christmas (w-144801, c-144804)
  • Cardstock – Cherry Cobbler (119685), Very Vanilla (101650), Tranquil Tide (144246)
  • Stamp Pads – Cherry Cobbler (126966); Tranquil Tide (144085)
  • Misc. – 3/8” Metallic-Edge Ribbon Gold (144146), Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (141653), SNAIL Adhesive (104331)

Measurements:

  • Cherry Cobbler:              8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Tranquil Tide:                 5 ½” x 2 ¼”, 2 5/8” x 4 1/8”
  • Very Vanilla:                    2 ½” x 4”
  • Foil Acetate piece:          3” x 5 ½”
  • Ribbon:                            6 ½” piece

Instructions:

    1. Fold Cherry Cobbler Cardstock in half to create card base.
    2. Using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamp “Deck the Halls” on Very Vanilla piece and layer onto Tranquil Tide mat piece.
    3. Using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamp small flower and small dots on each side of sentiment. Using Tranquil Tide ink, stamp 2 sets of leaves around flower on each side of sentiment.
    4. Using SNAIL, adhere the foil acetate to card base. Be sure to run your SNAIL in the middle of the piece so once you put the next layer on top the SNAIL will not show through.
    5. Using SNAIL, attach ribbon to the long Tranquil Tide piece and attach to card base, on top of foil acetate.
    6. Attach stamped sentiment unit to card base.

Don't forget about a service I offer every year for the holidays. I will help you design your holiday cards and we'll start with a complimentary one hour design session (in person if you live near me, or on the phone or via skype if you live away) to help you figure out exactly what type of card you would like. Sometimes it just takes verbalizing your thoughts and ideas with someone else to put it all into perspective. I'd love to help you achieve the perfect card so please do email me and let's get the ball rolling!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you've enjoyed my Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek Inspiration Sheets!

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Posted on July 13, 2017

THIS Little Piggy is a Happy Piggy

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THIS Little Piggy is a Happy Piggy ; she is dancing on air, don't you think? It's almost like she is the leader of a piggy parade!

This stamp set just captivates me. I am naturally drawn to cute little critters when I stamp but something about the images in this set just brings an extra big smile to my face every time I use it! The sentiment images in the set work perfectly with all the piggy images, too. I think whomever receives this card will certainly feel loved, don't you?

Here are the instructions for today's project. If my posts this week have motivated you to move This Little Piggy stamp set from your “wish list” onto your stamp shelf, just click on a picture below to order it or any of the other card supplies.. 🙂

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set – This Little Piggy (143922)
  • Card Stock – Pool Party (122924); Calypso Coral (122925); Shimmery White (101910)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black (140931); Calypso Coral (126983)
  • Misc. – Petal Garden DSP Stack (144168); Gold Metallic Thread (138401); Sponge Daubers (133773); Stitched Shapes Dies (145372); Watercolor Pencils (141709); Blender Pen (102845); Paper Snips (103579); Liquid Glue (110755); Snail Adhesive (104332); Dimensionals (104430)

 

Measurements:

  • Pool Party Card Stock: 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half at 4 ¼”
  • Calypso Coral Card Stock: 5 ¼” x 4”
  • Petal Garden DSP Stack: Background layer- 5” x 3 ¾”; Flower pig is holding 2” x 1 ¼”
  • Shimmer Paper: approx. 4” x 4”

 

Instructions:

  1. Attach Calypso Coral card stock layer to card front with snail adhesive.
  2. Cut Petal Garden DSP to 5” x 3 ¾” and attach to card front on top of Calypso layer.
  3. Stamp the cute pig in Archival Basic Black ink on Shimmery White Paper. Color pig with Calypso Coral watercolor pencil and blend with a blender pen. Hand cut your pig with paper snips, cutting off the flower he is holding.
  4. Using liquid glue attach pig to card front as pictured.
  5. Hand cut, or fussy cut, a flower from the Petal Garden DSP Stack. Then glue, using liquid glue again, so that it looks like the pig is holding the flower.
  6. Next, you are going to make sure your pig stamp is clean. Then you are going to use a sponge dauber to ink up just the sentiment using Calypso Coral ink. Be very careful. You can use a baby wipe or tissue to wipe around the sentiment before your stamp to make sure you didn’t go over. When you are ready to stamp huff on it one time to make it moist. Stamp sentiment on the same shimmery white paper you stamped the pig on, there should be enough space.
  7. Die cut the sentiment using the smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  8. Wrap a few inches of Gold Metallic Thread around four fingers and attach on the back of the sentiment using snail adhesive. Then add a dimensional and pop it onto the card

    Next week I'll be back with samples and more from another popular new bundle, Coffee Café. I would love for you to set aside a little time to come and visit again!

ps: if you enjoyed my “THIS Little Piggy is a Happy Piggy” post today, check out  my Monday and Wednesday posts, too. 

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