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Posted on September 15, 2017

STAMPIN’ UP!’S MERRY PATTERNS STAMP SET

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Merry Patterns Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

During September and October, Stampin' Up!'s Merry Patterns stamp set is a free gift added to any order of at least $300. One of my customers placed her annual Holiday Catalog order and was thrilled to know this will be an “extra freebie”! We sure love those don't we!

This limited-time stamp set is only available during this time period and features two step stamping images. There is an outline stamp and one with patterns. In my card today, you stamp the pattern image first and then the outline.

Stampin' Up!'s Merry Patterns

In this short video you'll see some ideas for using this fabulous stamp set and you might see some different way to have a “party” to earn it. HINT: there are ways to get this limited edition stamp set that don't involve cleaning your home or baking snacks! 🙂

OK, let's get to it. Do you want this set? I know you do! If you have friends who order Stampin' Up! products (even if they live in another state), I'll help you combine orders so that you can earn this set. Give me a shout at anne@stampmaven.com so we can get the ball rolling!

Below is a PDF for this project (just click the link to download), and all supplies follow.

Merry Patterns

 

 

 

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Posted on September 7, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Punch Fix

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Hey friends! How has your week been going? Mine has been very full with work, stamp clubs, crafting swap and family! We all lead such busy lives that we need to save time wherever we can. I think today's Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Punch Fix will do just that!

I'm very fortunate to have a husband who helps me in my stamping business. He helps me prepare for classes, bakes food for events and even records tool videos!

I have to say the most popular tool video so far has been the one where he teaches how to fix a broken punch. Do you ever have trouble with your punches getting stuck or even getting dull? Dave will take you step by step and, chances are, after following along with the video, you'll be able to fix your punch!

AND, instead of spending money on a new punch, you'll be able to buy a new stamp set, perhaps a new color of ink, or maybe some fun embellishments!

If you haven't seen all the amazing new products in our Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, check them out now!

If you have time, why not watch the video now. If you're in a hurry, bookmark the page and watch at your leisure!

Dave also has a video showing you how to repair the older, whale tail punches. You can find that one on my You Tube Channel. We're recording new videos all the time, so be sure to subscribe to my channel so you'll always see the latest ones!

Thanks for popping in today and I hope today's Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Punch Fix was helpful!

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Posted on July 27, 2017

Coffee Café Bundle ala Pool Party

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Hey stampers! We are making changes to the blog and have run into a couple of snags. Didn't get to post yesterday but enjoy today's Coffee Café Bundle ala Pool Party sample! One of my favorite color combos is brown and blue. Stampin' Up! has several of these tones from which to choose, but Pool Party and Early Espresso are still two of my favorites!

This is a simple card, but the coordinating Designer Series Paper and Ribbon certainly add the “pretty” factor!

Watch short video that shows you some fun tips and tricks for using this bundle!

Below I've included instructions, including cutting dimensions, for today's project. You can order any of the products used for this project by clicking a picture below.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Coffee Cafe (143677)
  • Inks: Early Espresso (126974), Crumb Cake (126975) & Pool, Party (126982) Classic Stampin’ Pads
  • Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Early Espresso (119686) & Whisper White (100730) Card stock; Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (144155)
  • Accessories: 5/8” Burlap Ribbon (141487), Soft Sky 3/8” Classic Weave Ribbon (144160)
  • Other: SNAIL Adhesive (104332) OR Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026), Big Shot (143263), Coffee Cups Framelits (143745), Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372), Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122234), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Measurements:

  • Crumb Cake: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored and folded at 4-1/4”
  • Coffee Break DSP: 5-1/4” x 4” (make sure that you cut it so that the chevron pattern runs down the front of the card)
  • Early Espresso: 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”
  • Whisper White: 2 x 5-1/4” x 4” (one for the inside of the card, and the second for stamping/die cutting)
  • Burlap and Soft Sky Ribbons: 5” for each piece

Instructions:

    1. Using the Pool Party ink, stamp the wood grain cup image on Whisper White cardstock. Leaving space between the images, stamp the cup lid on the same piece of cardstock, using Crumb Cake ink. Stamp the frame image using Crumb Cake ink, and the sentiment inside of the stamped frame using Early Espresso ink.
    2. Using your Big Shot and the Coffee Cups Framelits, die cut the cup, lid and wrapper. Using the largest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits, die cut a circle from the Early Espresso card stock.
    3. Glue the wrapper to the cup, and the lid to the cup using SNAIL or Fast Fuse adhesive.
    4. Wrap the Soft Sky ribbon around the Coffee Break DSP, about 1” above the bottom of the paper, and glue on the back. Wrap the Burlap ribbon overtop, leaving about 2/3” of the Soft Sky showing on the bottom, adhering them on the back. *Note* Fast Fuse is a good adhesive for this so that you’re sure that they don’t come off.
    5. Using your Paper Trimmer, cut about 1/2” off of one side of the Early Espresso circle. Adhere the circle to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere the stamped coffee cup to the Early Espresso circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
    6. Stamp the coffee bean image 3 times in the bottom right corner of the other piece of Whisper White cardstock. Glue to the inside of the card.

For every $50 you spend July 1-31 (before tax and shipping) you'll get a $5 Bonus Days Coupon that you can use during August! Shop now.

Join the Stampin' Up! Family and my Girls, INK team In July and you'll get all the following freebies with your starter kit:

I would love for you to join my Girls, INK team HERE

Thanks for popping in to see the Coffee Café Bundle ala Pool Party. Happy stamping!

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Posted on July 19, 2017

Watercolor Techniques Wednesday

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Hey stampers! Today is Watercolor Techniques Wednesday here on the blog. There are so many different ways to use plain old water with various Stampin' Up! products to create some fun and unique looks!

My first project uses a new stamp set, Floral Statements. This stamp set is available in both wood and clear mount and gives you so many options for coloring. Today's card uses Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Fresh Fig, one of our new 2017-2019 In Colors. The color combo is something I've never used before. It's fun to try “out of the box” color combinations to create totally new looks to your stamping every once in awhile.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsFloral Statements wood #143738, Clear 144701
  • Card Stock – Watercolor Paper 122959; Fresh Fig 144242; Daffodil Delight 119683
  • Stamp Pads – Fresh Fig 144082; Daffodil Delight 131173; Old Olive 126953
  • Misc. –Seasonal Layers Thinlits 143751; Aqua Painter 103954; Snail 104332

Measurements:

  • Daffodil Delight 8½ x 5½
  • Fresh Fig 5 x 3¼; 5½ x 1
  • Watercolor 4¾ x 3

Instructions:

  1. Daffodil Delight score at 5½
  2. Place the scallop edge from Seasonal Layers about ½ at the bottom on the daffodil delight card stock and cut out pass through the big shot. Fold at the score line.
  3. Place the scallop edge from Seasonal Layers about ½ at the edge of the card strip of the Fresh Fig card stock and cut out pass through the big shot.
  4. Place the scallop Fresh Fig at the bottom inside of the Daffodil Delight and ONLY apply snail in the back of the daffodil delight scallop and close to adhere to the fresh fig.
  5. Stamp the Hello using Fresh Fig onto the watercolor paper.
  6. Using the aqua painter to color ***very gentle on the water and barely touch the brush into the paper so it will not bleed the color. You will have some bleeding but little if using little water and NOT pressing hard the aqua painter.
  7. Flower color with Daffodil Delight and outline with Crushed Curry, leaves color using Old Olive and Hello Fresh Fig.
  8. Adhere into the Fresh Fig card stock and center of card front.

If you want to try this card for yourself, just click on any picture to order your supplies.

One of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is all the support from our Corporate Office. There are so many wonderful trainers who are always sharing their tips and techniques with us, often in videos. I've selected a few short ones for you to watch today…enjoy!

 

 

Aren't these techniques cool?  When I first started stamping I shied away from doing anything that involved water. As I practiced  and became more familiar with all the different tools for watercoloring, I started incorporating water into more of my projects. I hope these Watercolor Techniques Wednesday videos will inspire you, too!

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Posted on June 27, 2017

Tarnished Foil Technique – You MUST Try This!

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Oh my,  I am in love with the tarnished foil technique. I created this card over the weekend. My local and online July clubs will be making this card for one of our projects.

I didn't make it specifically as a masculine card, but I think it is perfect for any of our guys.

I recorded a video to show you the steps in the tarnished foil technique and also written instructions, supplies and measurements below.

If you need any of the supplies to make this project, just click on any picture below to order.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsGreat Big Greetings (143685), Sharing Sweet Thoughts (w-144048, c-144051)
  • Card Stock – Basic Black (121045), Cajun Craze (119684), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Black Ink (140931); Archival Gray Ink (140932), Versamark (102283)
  • Misc. – Layered Leaves Embossing Folder (143704), 1/4” Copper Trim (144179); Silver Metallic Thread (138402); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Sponges (141337), Copper Foil Sheets (142020), Copper (141636), Gold (109129), Silver (109131) Embossing Powder, Heat Tool (129053)

Measurements:

  • Cajun Craze:                8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, 4” x 2 ½”, 3” x ¼”
  • Basic Black:                 5 1/4” x 4″
  • Very Vanilla:                 3” x 1 1/4”
  • Copper Foil:                 4” x 2 ¼”

Instructions:

  1. Fold Cajun Craze Cardstock in half to create card base.
  2. Run Basic Black Cardstock through the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder and attach to card base,
  3. Drag black ink across foil paper. Using Versamark, randomly stamp butterflies from Sharing Sweet Thoughts on top, pour Gold Embossing Powder on top and heat with Heat Tool. Stamp a few more butterflies with Versamark and heat using Silver Embossing Powder. Run through Big Shot using Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.
  4. Tap Versamark onto some of the raised leaves, pour copper embossing Powder on top and heat. Repeat using Silver Embossing Powder (tip: if you get too much powder in one area, just lightly brush off using your finger before you heat).
  5. On small Vanilla piece, stamp I Heart You sentiment from Great Big Greetings using Versamark. Pour Copper Embossing Powder on top and heat. Using sponge and black ink, distress vanilla piece and flag the right end.
  6. Attach the small Cajun Craze piece on the bottom of vanilla piece and then run several lines of SNAIL across the back. Using the Silver Metallic Thread and Copper Trim, create loops as desired and attach this piece to card front using Dimensionals.

Leave me a comment once you try this awesome tarnished foil technique! I'd also love to see your project if you'd like to email me a picture.

 

 

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