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Posted on August 30, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Wink of Stella

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Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Wink of Stella

Hey Stampers! Hope you all had a great weekend and if you live in south Texas, please know my family and I are praying! Stampin' Up! has also posted on our demonstrator site that they are ready to help any demo adversely affected by the hurricane. I just love this company and their huge heart!

So, today's tip is for your Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. You have one, right?

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This fabulous tool lets you apply glitter preciously where you want it on a project.

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Wink of Stella

Notice the sparkle on the daisies? Yep, Wink of Stella!

I use this great little tool all the time. And, sometimes I can see there is glitter solution in the barrel (I hold it up to the light and can easily see how much is left) but it won't come out. So, how do I get it out and not waste one little drop?

Unscrew the barrel and then take a pair of needle-nosed pliers and gently twist off the little, black ring. The inside barrel will come out and you'll have an opening in the barrel. Fill up the barrel about half-way with 91% rubbing alcohol. I like to use the 91% because it will dry very quickly! I don't like to wait to have a finished product! Insert the little insert back into the barrel and screw the brush back on. Put the cap on and give it a few good shakes. You'll now be able to get the rest of the glitter out of the tube!

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If you'd like to create today's card, here are the instructions. All the supplies may be purchased anytime at my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Delightful Daisy (143669 ); Eastern Beauty (143675)
  • Card Stock – Perfect Plum (101889; Wild Wasabi (108641); Whisper White (100730); Crushed Curry (131199)
  • Stamp Pads – Perfect Plum (126963); Pear Pizzazz (131180); Crushed Curry (131173)
  • Misc. –Big Shot (143263); Garden Trellis Embossing Folder (143741) Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897); Stampin Dimensionals (104430); Daisy Punch (143713); ½ Circle Punch (119869);

Measurements:

  • Card Stock: Perfect Plum 8 ½ x 11, folded in half, Scrap for the daisies
  • Whisper White 3 x 4”
  • Wild Wasabi 3 ¼ x 4 ¼”
  • Crushed Curry scrap for circles

Instructions:

  1. Score and fold the Perfect Plum
  2. Run the embossing folder thru the Big Shot
  3. Stamp the daisies on the scrap Perfect Plum, then punch out
  4. Cut the daisies in half
  5. Using the scrap of Crushed Curry, stamp the circle image and then punch out
  6. Using Wild Wasabi ink, tamp the stem on the Whisper White
  7. Stamp the sentiment on the bottom
  8. Add Dimensionals to the bottom layer and adhere the layers together.
  9. Adhere the daisies on top of the stem. Adhere the circles to the daisies
  10. Add Wink of Stella

 

I hope today's post, Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Wink of Stella, taught you something and gave you a new project idea! If you missed last week's “fresh eyes” tip, you can read it here.

 

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Posted on August 28, 2017

Spooky Cat Halloween Masking Technique

Holidays / Special Days/ Mojo Monday/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Spooky Cat Halloween Masking Technique

Hey stampers! Today I have a fun Halloween card to show you.  I'll be teaching you a masking technique that lets your Designer Series Paper do all the work.

Spooky Cat Halloween Masking Technique

On page 53 in the new Holiday Catalog going live on Friday, you'll find the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. The sheet I used for this card has 16 3″ x 3″ squares with a tree branch and a circle that is perfect for a moon. All it needs is an owl perched on the branch. The Spooky Cat Stamp set, also on page 53, contains the perfect owl image.

In order to properly position the owl on the branch, the masking technique is used. I used my Paper Snips to cut out a portion of the tree that I could use to “mask” the branch where I would be stamping. This way, the owl really looks like he is sitting on the branch.

I chose the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder from our 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and used some Gold Metallic Thread. Finally, I added a small piece of Gold Edged Ribbon to jazz up my card just a bit.

If you'd like to see a short video of this technique, click here and you can see a Facebook Live post I did yesterday. If you don't already follow me on Facebook, please do! I jump on FB Live a lot to offer little tips and techniques as I'm creating in my stamp room.

Be sure to visit my blog tomorrow and I'll have my “official “12 Weeks of Halloween Week 2 Halloween project”. Today's Spooky Cat Halloween Masking Technique Card was just a little Halloween extra! 🙂

If you are not already working with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I'd love to mail you the new Holiday Catalog. There are so many fun new stamp sets, paper, die-cuts, embellishments, and more. Just give me a shout!

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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 4, 2017

Ready for the Holidays?

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Are you ready for the holidays? Every year the holiday season is here before I know it. If you are ready to start your holiday projects and cards, you might want to consider this early release bundle.

Stampin' Up! announced the early release of the Carols of Christmas Bundle. this early release began on August 1st and these products will be featured in the Holiday Catalog that goes live on September 1st – woo hoo!

The stamp set and coordinating dies can be purchased individually or you can save 10% when you purchase the bundle!

Don't forget! You can use any bonus day coupon codes earned in July to purchase these Carols of Christmas products (or any other products you choose).

This card was created with the bundle and a small strip of the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP). Notice the copper trim behind the sentiment piece. I think it adds just the right amount of elegance to this card. There's also a coordinating pack of cardstock featuring 3 of the colors in the DSP, so you'll have plenty for all your projects!

Thanks for stopping by today and please let me know if you have any questions. I'm here to help you get ready for the holidays and with anything else you might need! 🙂

Just click on any picture below to order!

Happy stamping!

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Posted on July 25, 2017

Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps

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Hey stampers! I am loving our “coffee” suite of products; so many choices for cute projects! I've titled today's project Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps.

This little holder can be filled with any kind of treats and the recipient will be thrilled to dive right in!

Instructions follow below. You can click on any picture to go right to my ordering site to shop for any products you might need.

We are re-vamping a few things here on the blog so things might look “out of whack” for a day or two but we'll be back to normal soon!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Coffee Café (143677)
  • Card Stock – Early Expresso (119686); Shimmery White (101910)
  • Stamp Pads – Old Olive (126953)
  • Misc. – Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (144155); 6” Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon (144196); Tombow adhesive (110755); 2” circle punch (133782); 1 ¾” circle punch (119850)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock: Early Expresso 2 ½ x 2 ½”; Shimmery White 2 x 2”; DSP 6 x 6”,

Instructions:

    1. Fold 6 x 6” Designer Paper in half – corner to corner.
    2. With the point folded towards the top, fold the left hand side to meet the right.
    3. Fold in the right side to meet the left.
    4. Fold the top corner over.
    5. Stamp the greeting in Old Olive ink onto the Shimmery White cardstock. Punch out with 1 ¾” circle punch.
    6. Punch 2” circle out of Early Expresso.
    7. Fold ribbon in half and attach to back of Early Expresso circle. Layer greeting on top and adhere all layers to the front of the treat pack.
    8. Fill with treat!

Hope you enjoyed my Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps sample today! If you missed yesterday's, click here.

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