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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 12, 2017

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

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Hey stampers! Today I want to share a card featuring the Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits. Say that five times fast!

I really should call this Triple Embossing because of the “HAPPY” dry embossing on the top of the card. I did this using the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

These two little gems add some quick texture and definition to your projects.

My multi-colored dragonfly is where I used double embossing. Let me tell you the steps.

First, I cut a piece of Shimmery White cardstock to 3″ x 4″. I then traced around the solid dragonfly image. Next, I used Sponge Daubers to apply 5 colors of ink around the image. Last I cut out the traced image using the detailed thinlit.

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

Finally, take a Versamark Pad and rub over the die-cut image, coat with Dazzling Diamonds Embossing Powder and heat. Do this a second time. You will have a beautiful double-embossed image!

Visit my You Tube Channel to see a step by step video for this fun technique.

These thinlits have a coordinating stamp set that gives you even more options for your papercrafting.

I also have a Video Class Tutorial available, complete with a color PDF. You'll learn how to make these three projects and a variety of new techniques.

CLICK HERE to visit the class page now.

Thanks for popping by today; I hope you learned something new!

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Posted on September 4, 2017

My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp

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Happy Tuesday friends! Do you every get in a rut of stamping the same ‘ol cards and maybe gift tags? Today I wanted to shake things up a bit and give you some new inspiration by sharing My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp.

My Three Favorite "Non-Paper" Things to Stamp On

Stamped Coasters make a lovely gift for any occasion and you can make them with minimal supplies.

  • 4 x 4 natural stone tiles, tumbled would be best since the edges will be soft and rounded.  You can find these at any home improvement store for about $.25 apiece
  • Permanent ink; StazOn works great. You can also use regular die ink but it can be tricky to seal.
  • Stamps
  • Modge Podge or a sealer made for natural stone.
  • Felt or rubber “feet”

Instructions:

1. Clean the tiles with a damp paper towel, and let dry completely.

2. Ink up your stamp and press firmly to the tile. You can do multaiple layers like shown above, but be sure to let each layer dry completely.

3. Once the ink is dry, apply the sealer, following the product’s directions. You may want to do multiple coats.

4. Add the felt or rubber feet to the bottom of each tile.

5. Once your tiles are done, place in a pretty gift bag or just tie some fancy ribbon around the set, add a gift tag and your gift is ready to give!

My Three Favorite "Non-Paper" Things to Stamp On

How about an altered Composition Notebook with a matching pen? Most “big box stores” have these notebooks and they are often on sale for $.50 apiece. In this example, the paper is cut by tracing around the cover and then adhering to the front using Tombow Multi-purpose glue. You definitely want to use an adhesive that won't come apart. The notebook “spine” is not altered here, but you can cover it with paper or even ribbon. Mulberry paper also works well. The pen is an “RSVP” brand. Cut a piece of matching paper to fit inside the pen (usually 4″ x 2″ or so). Unscrew the barrel of the pen and insert the paper (you'll need to roll it up tightly). Take a roll of sticky tape and tightly wrap around the decorated part of the pen. Roll in clear micro beads. You will have to roll more than once to make sure entire surface is covered.

My last idea is to create a piece of framed art.

My Three Favorite "Non-Paper" Things to Stamp On

My camera wasn't cooperating today, but I think you get the idea. I incorporated lots of images from the Holiday Catalog, along with some of my retired favorites. I use a 12″ x 12″ display frame so that I can have 3D items, not just flat, stamped images. When you create framed art, make sure you allow for the edges around the frame when cutting your paper. One of my stamp clubs spent a day creating these and we had so much fun! Nothing better than crafting with friends!

I hope I've inspired you today by sharing My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp.

 

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Posted on August 14, 2017

Lovely Words Thinlits Friend Mini Crate

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Hey stampers! Today's project is a Lovely Words Thinlit Friend Mini Crate. I actually whipped this up when I got home from work today. Seriously, it took me less than 30 minutes, start to finish.

I love the Wood Crate Die for making little gifts for my friends, customers and downline. I am over the moon excited that Stampin' Up! will be putting  packages of 3″ x 3″ Whisper White envelopes into the upcoming holiday catalog going live on September 1. It is so easy to create a special notecard using our paper and embellishments. Adding a coordinating envelope is the perfect finishing touch for this Mini Wood Crate Die project.

Let me share how I put this project together.

First, I chose my paper for the little notecard. I picked the Daffodil Delight/Old Olive flower piece from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack for the top layer. I cut a 6″ x 3″piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock for my base, a 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ piece of Old Olive Cardstock for the next layer, finishing with the DSP on the top. I used a 3″ piece of Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched ribbon (I used the side with little lines; the other side has little x's…TWO choices with one roll of ribbon!) and incorporated the “friend” die from the Lovely Words Thinlits. I cut “friend” out of Dazzling Diamonds Paper and used a Stampin' Sponge to add a little pop of Old Olive ink on top. I used my Paper Snips to cut out the word, rather than leaving it in the frame. These little dies are so versatile! I'm working on a video to show you different ways they can be used.

For the finishing touches to my notecard I found a button in my voluminous collection (yes, I am a button hoarder!) to pop onto the front of the crate and I added a piece of coordinating DSP to the inside of the envelope.

To order any of the supplies used for this project, just click on a picture below.

ps: if you aren't currently using a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours and to send you the new Holiday Catalog. Just shoot me an email with your contact info and I'll get one out to you right away!

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Posted on August 1, 2017

Tuesday Tip – Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days Coupons

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Hey stampers! Today, in addition to a video and sample, I wanted to share all the buzz about Stampin' Up! Bonus Days Coupons! In case you might be wondering

  • How do I redeem my Bonus Days Coupons?
  • What products should I use for my coupons?
  • When do my Bonus Days Coupons expire?
  • Can I redeem my coupons all at once?
  • Is there a special offer from Stampin' Up! in August?

I've got you covered with answers to all of the above questions!

You may redeem your Bonus Days Coupons on ANY Stampin' Up! product. BUT, I might suggest the brand new Carols of Christmas bundle, which includes the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and coordinating Card Front Builder Dies).

This is the August special offer–an early release from the upcoming Holiday Catalog (goes live in September). Here are a few samples:

This short video shows you even more!

If you are redeeming your coupon codes with an online order, read these instructions first:

Redemption-NA

There is no limit to the number of coupons you may use during the redemption period, August 1-31. You cannot use your coupons towards a starter kit but you CAN use them towards a new prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription.

Coupon codes are not case sensitive. However, you MUST include the dash in the middle of the code.

I hope my post today gave you some useful info about redeeming your Stampin' Up! Bonus Days Coupons. If you are ready to shop and redeem your coupons, click here.

 

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