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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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Posted on June 22, 2017

Daisy Punch Back in Stock!

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Daisy Punch Back in Stock! Oh happy day! 🙂

Stampin' Up! totally missed the boat on how popular this would be with the 50,000 global demonstrators during our new catalog preorder period! It went on backorder soon after our 2017-2018 Annual catalog debuted. 🙁

BUT 🙁 faces can now be 🙂 once again!The shelves are stacked with a new supply of the stamp sets and punches in this bundle (products can be purchased separately but you score a 10% discount if you purchase the bundle):

Look at some of the fun ideas using these products:

One way to make your daisies “pop” is to use a bone folder to curl the ends of your punched daisies. This really gives a life-like quality to your paper flowers!

Today I'm sharing the instructions for the second card pictured above. I love using fun folds like this one in my cards; what fold is your favorite? Leave a comment and maybe even a photo to share with my followers.

Supplies:

  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730), Gold Foil (132622), Calypso Coral (122925), Daffodil Delight (119683), Delightful Daisy DSP (144137)
  • Stamp Pads – Tranquil Tide (144085)
  • Misc. – Daisy Delight Bundle (145361),Big Shot (143263), Layering Circles Framelits (141705), Stitched Framelits (145372), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Dimensionals (104430), Gold Faceted Gems (144141), 1/2” circle punch (119689), Petal Burst Embossing folder (141493)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White 5 ½ x 8 ½” (score and fold at 4 ¼”), 5 3/8 x 4 1/8”, 3 x 6”
  • 3 x 3” Gold foil
  • 3 x 3” Calypso Coral
  • scrap of Daffodil delight
  • 2 x 5 3/8” Delightful Daisy DSP

Instructions:

  1. Stamp Thank You with Tranquil Tide on bottom center of card base.
  2. Emboss the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8” Whisper White with Petal Burst Embossing Folder.
  3. Attach the DSP to the backside of the embossed cardstock. Have the side that you want to show on the outside of the card facing up.
  4. Cut up 1 5/8” from the center of the Whisper White layer (2 11/16”). Score and fold from the top of the cut to the bottom corners of the card. Fold these up and attach with  dimensionals. Use snail to attach this layer to the card base.
  5. Using framelits – cut a 2” scallop out of gold foil, 1 7/8” stitched circle out of Coral Calypso cardstock. Punch ½” circle from Daffodil Delight cardfstock.
  6. Punch 2 daisies from Whisper White cardstock. Use snail adhesive to attach the 2 daisies. Attach Daffodil Delight circle to center of daisy.
  7. Layer Calypso Coral circle onto gold foil scallop. Use dimensionals to attach to center of card. Add Daisy with a dimensional. Add a Faceted gem to center of daisy.

If the daisy punch is on your wish list, I would purchase it today. The punch is so popular it could become unavailable again soon and Stampin' Up! won't receive another shipment until late July.

Click on a picture below to order any of the products used in today's project.

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Posted on June 14, 2017

We Heart Hosts Month

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The entire month of June is We Heart Hosts Month! Did you know with a minimum $150 you can get the Tranquil Tulips stamp set for free?

Whether you are in the mood for creating a whimsical card with just a few tulips or a garden full of flowers, this stamp set does the job!

Another option is the Feathery Friends Host Stamp Set shown below. This card features two of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous new In Colors, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.

Instructions and supplies follow. If you need any of the supplies to make this card, just click on any picture at the end of the instructions list.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Feathery Friends host set (144302-wood mount, $16 using rewards or 144037-clear mount, $12 using rewards)
  • Card stock: Lemon Lime Twist (144245), Berry Burst (144243), and Watercolor Paper (122959)
  • Stampin’ Pad: Archival Basic Gray (140932)
  • Miscellaneous: 2017-2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033), Subtles Collection Stampin’ Write Markers (131263), Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372), Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143710), Lemon Lime Twist ½” Finely Woven Ribbon (144135), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430, Paper Snips (103579), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), and Magnetic Platform (130658). 

Measurements:

  • Lemon Lime Twist: 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2 then folded to create card base
  • Berry Burst: 3-1/4 x 3-1/4”
  • Watercolor Paper: 3” x 3”
  • Ribbon: about 18”

Instructions:

    1. Using Oh My Stars, emboss card front.
    2. Stamp bird and sentiment in Basis Gray ink closely to one another and color in with the following markers: Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party (bird’s eye), and So Saffron (center of flower).
    3. Using the 2-3/8” circle from Stitched Shapes Framelits cut out bird and sentiment piece.
    4. Using the 2-7/8” circle, cut from Berry Burst.
    5. Adhere the two circles to one another.
    6. Tie ribbon around card and have bow to far left.
    7. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere circle piece over ribbon.

While you can choose any merchandise in the catalog with your Stamping Rewards, I like to recommend the actual host only items found on pages 220-223 of the catalog. These sets are discounted and ONLY hosts can get them!

It's so easy to place your order. Click here and you'll go right to my shopping page.

Remember, the We Heart Hosts Month only lasts through June 30. Don't miss out!

 

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