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Posted on October 20, 2017

Fall is the Perfect Time for a Stampin’ Up! Swap

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I think Fall is the perfect time for a Stampin' Up! Swap. Last night, some of my team members, customers and some other “crafty friends” got together for our monthly Swap Your Heart Out card exchange. This time our theme was cards with buttons. When we exchange cards, we make one for each participant. Here is my “haul”:

I love all of the fall themed cards and the variety. My card is the button ornament one at the bottom.

Now I have to confess something straight up…I am a button hoarder. My craft room is filled with buttons and I cannot possibly use them all in even two lifetimes. So when this month's swap hostess chose cards with buttons as her theme, my heart literally skipped a beat. WHAT? I'm going to have to part with some of my treasures? There were 12 ladies in the swap this time so I had to use SIXTY of my precious stash…GASP!

I'm happy to say I survived and still have plenty to use on new creations!

Thanks for popping in today and have a fabulous weekend!

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Posted on October 11, 2017

Quick Technique Tip Today – Leaf Veins

Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! I have a quick technique tip for you today – leaf veins. Did you know that Stampin' Up! has an Instagram site? This is where I found this great tip for today. No need to reinvent the wheel every day, right! 🙂

Quick Technique Tip Today - Leaf Veins

Simply stamp the leaf from Gourd Goodness Stamp Set, line up the Leaf Punch with the image you just stamped and…voila! You'll have a detailed leaf that will add beauty to any card!

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Posted on September 28, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies – Double Duty Letters

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Hey Stampers! Today we're talking about Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies – Double Duty Letters. I'm sure cost is a factor when you are choosing your crafting products; me too! When I find products that can do “double duty” so to speak, those rise to the top of my list!

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies - Double Duty Letters

In this card the “negative” part of the die-cut letters is used as well as the letters themselves. At a cost of $99.00, the complete set of Large Letters Framelits Dies IS an investment, not just a purchase. Part of my joy as a demonstrator is to help you discover new ideas and new ways to use your “stuff”.

This set of dies includes 37 pieces and the largest one measures 1-3/16″ x 2-5/16″. Whether you are a stamper, scrapbooker, or other crafter extraordinaire, these letters give you so many choices to personalize your projects.

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies - Double Duty Letters

The absolute BEST way to get your hands on these versatile dies and put money in your pocket for holiday shopping, is to purchase the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit. For only $99 plus tax (FREE shipping is included), you can choose $125 in product; you'd still have $26 left after you selected these Framelits Dies! And, the best part? You would get all the other “perks” of being in the Stampin' Up! Family AND a member of my Girls, INK team.

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies - Double Duty Letters

Here are some of us at a recent event. If I haven't met you yet, I'm the one in the blue shirt in the middle of the photo! I invite you to read more about my team how Stampin' Up! might help you achieve some of your dreams! Questions? Give me a shout on email, phone (214-293-4461) or Facebook; I love to talk about Stampin' Up! and my fifteen year journey of fun, friendships, and financial blessings.

Here are the instructions for today's project.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Season Like Christmas (p 144860)
  • Inks: Pear Pizzazz (131180), Old Olive (126953), Early Espresso (126974)
  • Paper: Old Olive (100702), Early Espresso (119686), Whisper White (100730)
  • Other: Big Shot (143263), Large Letters Framelits (141712), Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), Snail (104332)

Measurements:

  • Old Olive: 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
  • Early Espresso: 5 ½” x 3 3/4”
  • Whisper White: 5 ½” x 3 ½”

Instructions:

  1. Fold the Old Olive card base in half.
  2. Attach the Early Espresso mat to the cardstock front.
  3. Stamp the trees as shown at varying heights. Stamp some of the greenery, with Old Olive ink and some Pear Pizzazz ink. Stamp the tree trunk with Early Espresso ink. For the Pear Pizzazz tree, stamp off the tree trunk. Do not stamp the 2-step layer on the top of the tree (it makes the trees too dark to see the letters).
  4. Cut out the letters on the Big Shot from the stamped piece of cardstock. If you are not using the Magnetic platform for the Big Shot, you will want to use a Post It note or Washi Tape to hold the letters in place. Cut out one letter a time.
  5. Attach the stamped white strip to the Espresso mat.
  6. Re-attach the letters to the front of the card using Mini Dimensionals.
  7. Paint the letters with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

 

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Posted on September 26, 2017

12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique

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Hello stampers! I'm getting ready to travel to New Orleans to participate in a Mastermind with some other top demonstrators in Stampin' Up! Dave and I went last year, and it was just a wonderful and productive few days. This year I'm so excited we'll be sharing a house with the top demonstrator from New Zealand. She is such a special, talented lady; we are both looking forward to sharing ideas and just hanging out with her.  I'm posting my 12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique early so while I'm away you won't miss anything!

My plan IS to post while I'm away, but you never know about technology while traveling! 🙂

12 Weeks of Halloween - Week 6 - Eclipse Technique

This technique has so many options, no matter what the occasion. Instructions and supplies follow below. If I can answer any questions about this technique, just give me a shout!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144749–Photopolymer)
  • Cardstock – Thick Whisper White (140272); Whisper White (100730); Basic Black (121045); Lemon Lime Twist (144245)
  • Designer Series Paper – None
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Basic Black (140931); Smokey Slate (131179)
  • Misc. – Woodland Textured Embossing Folder (139673); Large Letters Framelits Dies (141712); Vintage Crochet Trim (144611); Black Mini Sequin Trim (144259); Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639); Clear Embossing Powder (109130); Stamping Sponges (141337); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Embossing Buddy (103083); Stampin’ Scrub (126200); Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394); Grid Paper (130148); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock – 4-1/4” x 11”
  • Basic Black Cardstock – 5-1/8” x 3-7/8”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5” x 2-7/8”
  • Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock – 5” x 3/4”
  • Vintage Crochet Trim – 6”

Instructions:

  1. Arrange the Large Alphabet letters B-O-O on the 5-1/8” x 3-7/8” Whisper White and run it through the Big Shot to die cut them out. NOTE: Do not toss any center pieces from any of the alphabet letters.
  2. Arrange the same Whisper White cardstock piece with all of the alphabet letters and their insert pieces inside the Woodland Textured Embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. NOTE: Die cutting the alphabet letters after texture embossing will cause the raised embossing to flatten as it goes through the Big Shot.
  3. Lay the Whisper White cardstock layer with the alphabet letters and their insert pieces onto a piece of Grid paper. Lightly sponge Smokey Slate ink over top of the raised Woodland embossed tree trunks and branches.
  4. Adhere the main portion of the Whisper White layer to the Basic Black cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Lay the B-O-O letters in place, but only add liquid glue to the alphabet inserts and set into place.
  5. Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the alphabet letters B-O-O and set into place. NOTE: pay special attention to the letter O’s and matching up the correct embossed tree trunks and branches.
  6. Ink the Trick or Treat sentiment from the Spooky Cat stamp set with Archival Basic Black, stamp in the center of the Lemon Lime Twist strip, cover with Stampin’ Clear Embossing powder and heat set using the Heat Tool on high setting. Add to the bottom portion of the Basic Black cardstock matte layer leaving a gap between this layer and the Woodland embossed layer.
  7. Adhere the Black Vintage Crochet Trim with a light line of Multipurpose Liquid glue to the gap area of the focal layer and wrap the ends to the back side of the Basic Black layer.
  8. Adhere the focal layer to the Thick Whisper White cardstock base. Add medium-sized Black Rhinestone Jewels to either side of the Trick or Treat sentiment; and add Mini Black Sequins to various spots on the Woodland embossed layer using a small dot of Multipurpose Liquid glue.

Thanks for visiting today; I hope you learned something new with my 12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique project.

 

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Posted on September 25, 2017

Elegant Kitty Using Stampin’ Up! Cat Punch

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Hey stampers and welcome! Today's project is an Elegant Kitty using Stampin' Up! Cat Punch. While this punch has been used a lot for Halloween themed cards and gift packages, other project ideas are endless! In this card, the focal image is a black cat punched from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, using the Cat punch. Instructions and supplies used will be at the end of the post…enjoy!

Elegant Kitty Using Stampin' Up! Cat Punch

Stampin' Up! products coordinate so beautifully! From our colors to punches to embellishments and tools, we have it all. If you've never browsed through one of our catalogs, take a look at these short videos that showcase several coordinating product “bundles” in our most recent Creativity Delivered Holiday Catalog.

Merry Little Christmas Suite

 

Ready For Christmas Bundle

Quilted Christmas Suite

If you like these products, I'm hosting a Facebook “LIVE” class on October 5 t 7:00 pm CST teaching three projects using this Painted Harvest Stamp Set, one of the most popular products in the Holiday Catalog.

Elegant Kitting Using Stampin' Up! Cat Punch

My classes are a lot of fun and I'd love to have you join; click here to find out more. Here are the projects I'll be teaching. During the class I'll also be sharing many helpful tips and techniques to help you with your stamping proficiency.

 

Registration is Now Open for my NEW Painted Harvest Online Class

Thanks for popping in today and here are the Elegant Kitty Using Stampin' Up! Cat Punch instructions:

Supplies:

  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (121045), Spooky Nights DSP (144610)
  • Stamp Pads – Versamark (102283)
  • Misc. Glue Dots (103683), Dimensionals (104430), Liquid Glue (110755), Big Shot (143263), Garden Trellis Embossing Folder (143741), Heat Tool (129053), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Rhinestones (144220), Basic Black 3/8” Ribbon (144129)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock 1:  Basic Black 8 ½ x 5 ½, Scraps
  • Card Stock 3: Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4

Instructions:

  1. Using the Big Shot and Garden Trellis embossing folder, emboss Whisper White layer.  Tack Ribbon to backside and then adhere to card front using Mono Glue.  Tie your bow.
  2. Using the Cat Punch, punch two basic black cats and adhere the first cat using Mono Liquid Glue and the second cat using dimensionals.  Punch out the third cat from the Spooky Nights DSP .
  3. Using Versamark ink, ink cat and then emboss using the heat tool and Clear embossing powder.  Adhere on top of the other layered cats.
  4. Adhere rhinestones for the elegant kitty’s choker collar.
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