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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 August 16, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies – Cardstock

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Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies – Cardstock.

Let's face it. From time to time, we all get into a rut when it comes to papercrafting. We use the same products in the same way, sometimes very uneconomically. I've been thinking a lot about how I waste or underutilize my supplies and that led to my Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies series that I'll be starting on my blog today! I'll revisit some topics and start a brand new conversation on others. I hope you'll find my topics of interest and value

Today, let's talk about cardstock. How many of you, when measuring for a mat or card layer, just “eyeball it” or, even worse, just take a hunk out of a full sheet, thereby creating ANOTHER scrap piece?  Do you get sick of doing the math over and over again to create proportional matting? Without a doubt, I can say “guilty”!

Here is a template to show you how I cut my card layers and/or scrapbooking photo mats, thereby maximizing cuts in my cardstock and saving time when creating these layers. Each layer is 1/4″ smaller than the next. These are the measurements I use most frequently.

I've also created a short video about proportional matting that I share exclusively with my newsletter subscribers. In the video I actually show you layered pieces of cardstock to give you an actual color visual of this chart.

If you aren't yet a newsletter subscriber, I'd love to have you! Just put your name and email into the box above. You'll get a free gift, in addition to a short series of helpful video tips and techniques. I offer specials, projects, helpful tips and many exclusive features, only for my subscribers!

Don't forget all the August specials going on right now!

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Monthly Crafting Kit – save 50%

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my first article in “Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies”. If I can help you in any way, please give me a shout!

 

 

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Posted on July 17, 2017

Soft Sayings Kit with Color Theory Memories and More

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Hey stampers! I spent part of my weekend crafting with friends and did a bunch of cards pairing the Soft Sayings Kit with Color Theory Memories and More. I actually added additional products to some of the cards and I mention these in the instructions below.

I'm a big fan of kits! Kits are a great way for new stampers to get started and test drive some products. “Seasoned”crafters can use kits on road trips, retreats, or when they just feel creative but don't want to drag out a ton of supplies. All the kits can be used following the instructions included or you can wander “outside the lines”, coming up with your own designs. You can even add in other coordinating Stampin' Up! products as I did on some of my cards.

I posted these cards on my Facebook Page (I hope you follow me on Facebook!) and one of my friends asked me to post some instructions…here you go Carol! 🙂

Happy Birthday: I actually cut the card from the Soft Sayings (SS) kit in half and used a 1/2 sheet of Whisper White Thick Cardstock for the card base. I used one of the adhesive backed strips from Memories and More (MM) card pack, cut down to peek out on the side. I used flower and leaf adhesive backed diecut pieces from the kit and added a few glitter enamel dots. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a photopolymer stamp included in the SS kit.

Love you lots: This is done exactly according to the SS kit instructions, but I added 3 clear faceted gems at the bottom of the card.

I think you are wonderful: exactly as outlined in SS kit instructions: the gold glimmer, tranquil tide and lemon lime leaves are adhesive backed, basically peel and stick…easy peasy!

I'm happy you are in my life: this is a printed note card from the SS kit. I added extra color around the stamped sentiment piece by using a baby wipe I had dabbed in my ink pads. Another way to use baby wipes is to put 2-3 drops of ink refills onto a baby wipe and then use the colored wipe as your ink pad. Ideally use a drop of one color reinker and 2 drops of another. If you add too many you will end up with a muddy color that does not look good!

To my dear friend: I used a SS kit notecard and then layered with a Crushed Curry piece from the MM card pack. The white banner piece also came in the SS kit and I stamped sentiment using the Archival Basic Grey Ink spot, also included in the kit. I am using Basic Grey more often to stamp sentiments on my cards when I want a softer look than Archival Black provides. You'll notice the gold glimmer paper leaves from the SS kit and s small yellow striped accent adhesive backed piece from MM kit. I finished this card with a few more Glitter Enamel Dots (LOVE THESE!)

Just a Note: done according to SS kit direcitons with one Glitter Enamel Dot added…just because I love them!

If my Soft Sayings Kit with Color Theory Memories and More projects have inspired you today, just click on a picture below to order yours today!

 

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Posted on July 11, 2017

Happy Birthday E B White – This Little Piggy meets Wilbur

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I have another This Little Piggy sample for you today in honor of the birthday of E.B. White, creator of the Children's Classic, Charlotte's Web. Elwyn Brooks “E. B.” White was born on July 11, 1899, and, in addition to Charlotte's Web, he was also the creator of Stuart Little.

I think this little piggy looks quite like Wilbur, Charlotte's friend in the book, with a little mud added in for good measure. 🙂

I always wondered the “back story” to Charlotte's Web so I did a little bit of research.  White had married a co-worker at New Yorker Magazine in 1929 and by the end of the 1930s, White and his family were spending most of their time at their Maine farmhouse. One day, White spotted a spider spinning an egg sac in his barn in Maine. This encounter provided the inspiration for what is perhaps his most beloved work, Charlotte's Web (1952), about the friendship between a spider named Charlotte and Wilbur the pig.

Here are the instructions for today's little piggy card…enjoy!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsThis Little Piggy (143922 c), (143919 w), One Big Meaning (138788 w), (139420 c)
  • Card Stock – Blushing Bride (131198); Whisper White  (100730) Basic Black (121045);
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Basic  Black  (140931); Blushing Bride (131172)
  • Misc. – Aqua Painters (103954), Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082) Basic Black Baker’s134576)  Dimensionals ( 104430); Paper Snips (103579)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White:  4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”; 2 1/8” square
  • Basic Black: 2 ¼” x 2 ¼”
  • Blushing Bride:  2” square

Instructions:

  1. Fold Whisper White cardstock in half to create card.
  2. Stamp the piggy with Archival Black ink onto the Blushing Bride  cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.
  3. Use the Aqua Painter and Blushing Bride ink to add some color to the piggy ears, cheeks, nose and tail.
  4. Using the fine tip end of the Stampin’ Write Marker, outline several areas of the pig to create spots.  Use the brush tip of the marker and fill in the spots with color.
  5. Attach the piggy to the Whisper White square, and layer onto the Basic Black square with Dimensionals.
  6. Tie a bow with the Baker’s Twine and attach with a glue dot.
  7. Attach to card front with Dimensionals.   Stamp “A Little Thanks”  below focal point to complete the card.

If you need to order any of the supplies for today's This Little Piggy project, simply click on any picture below.

If you missed yesterday's This Little Piggy project,

click here to see it.

 

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Posted on July 6, 2017

Marbled Hello Friend

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Today I'm sharing a marbled Hello Friend card made with Berry Burst ink.

This card is so simple to create yet delivers a WOW! I'm still having so much fun using Stampin' Up!'s 2017-2019 In Colors. Have you picked a favorite yet?

The stamped matching envelope totally completes this project and will surely bring smiles to both the mail carrier and the card recipient! Here are the supplies and instructions:

  • STAMPS – Hello Friend (144059 clear, 144055 wood), Marbled ( 143772 clear, 143755 wood)
  • PAPER – Berry Burst (144243), Whisper White (100730),
  • INK – Berry Burst (144083) Black Marker (100083)
  • OTHER – Fast Fuse (129026), Delicate Doilies (141701) Whisper White Envelopes (107301)

Cutting & Scoring:

  • Berry Burst 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” Scored at 4 1/4”
  • Berry Burst 4 x 5 ¼” and 3 7/8 x 5 1/8”
  • Whisper White 1 ½ x 4”

Instructions:

  • Stamp Marbled Background on smallest Berry Burst Panel with Berry Burst Ink
  • Adhere to larger Berry Burst Panel
  • Stamp Hello onto white strip in Berry Burst Ink. Stamp Friend in Black Ink.
  • Adhere a small section of a doily behind white layer. Adhere to Berry Burst Panel
  • Spritz with Black marker (place tip of marker in cap of marker and “flick”)
  • Adhere to Berry Burst Card.
  • Stamp flap of envelope with Berry Burst Ink and Marbled Background for a coordinated look.

Speaking of cards, I'm expecting some fun postcards from Thailand in my mailbox soon! Several of my demonstrator friends are either there or enroute for the annual Incentive Trip. I qualified for this trip but due to the extremely long flight and my hubby's back issues, we had to pass on this one. I know everyone will have a fabulous time. Stampin' Up! always spoils on these trips!

Stamp Slave Dave and I have already qualified for the 2018 trip to Alaska; we can't wait to cruise the Inside Passage and see the sights above! We went on the 2011 trip to Alaska and that has been the one we've enjoyed most out of all the trips we've been blessed to achieve.

Incentive trips, lifetime friendships, product pre-orders, income, free stamps, creative conferences…do any of these make your ears perk up? If so, you might find this is the perfect time to start your own Stampin' Up! business and get this new Carols of Christmas stamp set for free!

That's right, for only $99 plus tax (and you pay zip, zero, nada for shipping!) you get to choose $125 of any products in our catalog. During the month of July,  you also receive the following stamping essentials kit:

118485D Block – you get 2 of these, one to keep and one to share with a friend!
130148Grid Paper
103579Paper Snips
104332SNAIL Adhesive
102300Bone Folder

I honestly don't know of another business opportunity where only $99 gets you started. Just like Santa on Christmas Eve, this promotion will disappear on August 1st so don't miss it! If you have any questions, please do give me a shout.

p.s. if you enjoyed this marbled Hello Friend project, here are two more samples using the new In Color collection.

 

 

 

 

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