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Posted on May 30, 2017

May 31 is the LAST day to Order Retiring Stampin’ Up! Products!

Announcements/ Tuesday Tips

May 31 is the LAST day to Order Retiring Stampin' Up! Products! I've included the updated “sold out” list below.

Discontinued Items

Retiring products not on the above list should still be available for ordering. Click here to go right to my 24/7 Online store.

If you're like I am you are probably counting the minutes until the NEW catalog goes live on June 1…BUT I just wanted to remind you one more time just in case you still had retiring items on your list! 🙂

 

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Posted on May 23, 2017

2 Minute Tool Tip

Announcements/ Tuesday Tips/ Videos

I know you may think I've lost my mind when I share this 2 Minute Tool Tip! It's so simple but something both I and many of my customers overlook from time to time. (and it really might only be a 1 minute tip, depends on how fast a reader you are…ha!)

Have you ever ended up with cardstock that looks like this after you cut it? I sure have…especially Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White.

Instead of changing my blade (so I can squeeze just a few more cuts out of it), I'll cut the cardstock and then use my fingernail to even out the rough edges. I know this sounds so silly, but my customers tell me they do it, too!

So here's the TIP: I'm all about saving money in my papercrafting and whenever I find a way I definitely pass on to my social media followers and local customers; but using your trimmer blades beyond their useful life will end up COSTING you money in ruined paper.

Do yourself a favor and invest in a couple of bags of these cutting blades, so you'll always have a spare when you start noticing the ragged edges on your projects.

The cost is only $6.00 for 2…plus a little for tax and shipping.

And once you have that new blade in your trimmer, here is a fun project for you to make…measurements and instructions at the end of the post.

This project is created with items that are in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

BUT…you can purchase one of two bundles right now that will give you the supplies AND some free products, but only until May 31.  Just click on either picture below to see what is included in each bundle…including the free products!

Here are the instructions so you'll be all ready to start creating when your bundle arrives!:

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Eastern Beauty (143675)
  • Card Stock – Blushing Bride (101650); Very Vanilla (101650); Fresh Fig (144242)
  • Stamp Pads – Fresh Fig (144082); Lemon Lime Twist (144086)
  • Misc. – Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (144147); 2017-2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033); Very Vanilla Lace Trim (141672)

 

Measurements:

  • Blushing Bride Card Stock                    8-1/2” x 5-1/2”
  • Fresh Fig Card Stock                           5” x 3-1/2”
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock                      4-3/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Designer Series Paper (lemon lime twist)   3-1/4” x 1”
  • Designer Series Paper (fresh fig)               3-1/4” x 1”
  • Designer Series Paper (gold foil)               4” x 1/2”

Instructions:

  1. Take 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 piece of Blushing Bride card stock, fold in half, and crease with bone folder to form card base.
  2. Take 4-3/4 x 3-1/4 Very Vanilla card stock and adhere DSP strips (3-1/4 x 1 each) to left side. Stamp greeting in Fresh Fig. Stamp circle and little accents in Lemon Lime Twist. Use Fresh Fig marker to place accent dot in center of little diamond shapes.
  3. Adhere to 5 x 3-1/2 Fresh Fig card stock and stick this entire panel to card front. Add specialty DSP (4 x 1/2) piece using Stampin’ Dimensionals on each end. Slip 4” piece of lace trim underneath and tie in knot.

Hope you enjoyed today's 2 Minute Tool Tip and fun project!

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Posted on February 28, 2017

Glimmer Paper Video – Sale-A-Bration Style

Sale-A-Bration/ Stamping/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers! Today I wanted to share a video from the Home Office showing you lots of Glimmer Paper projects!

With any qualify order of $50 from any of our current catalogs you can get a pack of this yummy paper…for FREE!!!

You get four sheets of each color (Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, and Bermuda Bay) in the 6 x 6 paper stack and the colors coordinate with the Cupcakes and Carousels, Falling in Love, and Succulent Garden Product Suites in our Occasions Catalog.

There are so many fun things you can do with this paper and ! I know you'll want to have some of this in your crafting supplies!

Just go to my store, pick out at least $50 worth of your favorite Stampin' Up! products and add this item in (item #143831) at the end (if you forget, you will get a prompt telling you to choose a Sale-A-Bration item). Of course, you can choose any free item you'd like!

 

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Posted on February 21, 2017

Lovin’ My Watercolor Pencils!

Online Stamp Club/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Well hello stampers! Today's post is all about Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Pencils…I love them! My clubs and classes this month have featured cards with fun techniques using this great new product. I'm going to share my favorites with you today!

Our watercolor pencils (in a selection of our fabulous Stampin' Up! colors) can be used with both Blender Pens and Aqua Painters depending upon personal preference. My favorite paper to use is the Shimmery White Cardstock, but, of course, watercolor paper works well, too. Watercoloring takes a little time to “master” but the results are worth it! Here are some tips that I think will really help you and maybe give you some new ideas for using your pencils as well.

You will want to use Archival Black, Grey, or Staz-On Inks for watercoloring. This will prevent your image from bleeding. If you are going to emboss your image, any colored ink may be used.

APPLYING/BLENDING WATERCOLOR PENCILS:
When using watercolor pencils start with lighter colors first and add the darker shades. Try mixing colors and blend for interesting shades. It is more effective to apply several light coats of pencil shadings, adding more until the desired shade is reached, rather than one very heavy application. Try putting a dark line of color on one side of your stamped image and then “pulling” the color towards the center with your Blender Pen or Aqua Painter.

When using your Aqua Painter, a brush that is barely wet gives much brighter color. Adding more water will blend the colors more and “soften” the look. You don't want to saturate your image, as that will cause your paper to buckle.

Using a Blender Pen eliminates the need for water altogether. The blending solution is in the pen itself.

WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUES:

  • Use with a palette: rub a pencil tip on a piece of paper, building up pigment. Use a damp brush or blender pen to pick up pigment and then color your image. This is a great way to mix colors.
  • For bright bold colors, take the pigment directly from your pencil tip. Dip your brush in water and press to the tip of the pencil. This will give you undiluted pigment for strong colors. You can also use the Blender Pen directly on the pencil tip
  • A thick opaque look can be achieved by dipping the pencil tip in water and applying the color wet.
  • You can also use the pencil to color directly on your stamped image.

To see more about the watercolor pencils, click here. There are also THREE new Sale-A-Bration freebies starting today…my favorite is the 6″ x 6″ Gimmer Paper Stack!

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For every $50 in product merchandise you order, you can pick any of the Sale-A-Bration freebies!

Place your order anytime at my online store; questions? Please email me!

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Posted on February 7, 2017

High Tide Reverse Masking

Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers! It's Tuesday so I thought another “Technique Tuesday” is in order!

Today's sample uses the High Tide Stamp Set and features the “reverse masking” technique.If you've never used this particular technique, give it a try for some “pop” to your cards.

You can order any of the products, by just clicking on a picture below.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsHigh Tide (143006)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730); Island Indigo (122923),
  • Stamp Pads – Crumb Cake (126975), Early Espresso (126974), Sahara Sand (126976), Pool Party (126982), Old Olive (126953), Island Indigo (126986)
  • Misc. – Stitched Shapes Thinlits (145372), Post-it Note, Dimensionals  (104430)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White:  4-1/4” x 11”, 4” x 5-1/4” scrap piece
  • Island Indigo: 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”

Instructions:

    1. Stamp light house image onto Post-it Note.  Trim around the image as close as possible.
    2. Place stamped Post-it Note onto Whisper White cardstock (4” x 5-1/4”) towards the left.
    3. Stamp scene over the Post-it note. Stamp the sand using Crumb Cake ink, the water image using Pool Party ink, both standing and flying birds using Early Espresso ink, and lastly the sea grass using Old Olive ink.
    4. Remove Post-it Note and stamp the lighthouse base image using Sahara Sand ink.  Stamp over this using the more detailed lighthouse image with Island Indigo ink.
    5. Stamp the greeting onto a piece of Whisper White scrap using Early Espresso ink.  Die cut using Stitched Shapes Thinlits square.  Place onto card front using dimensionals.
    6. Attach card front onto Island Indigo cardstock using adhesive, then onto card base using Dimensionals.

If there's a technique you'd like me to feature here on the blog…just ask. I'd be happy to oblige! 🙂

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