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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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Posted on June 26, 2017

Monday Morning Muse from the Stamp Maven

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It's Monday Morning Muse from the Stamp Maven! I had a fabulous Saturday with stamping friends and I wanted to share it with you guys!

Doesn't this look like a blast? Well let me tell you, it sure was! We stamped six projects (the first picture here was one that I created, in it's “early stage” stamping by one of the Ruth's Chris servers), had a great meal, door prizes, but most of all…FUN! Here is a pdf with the two projects I designed.

June 24 project sheet

I used the new Daisy Delight Bundle from Stampin' Up! and another fun new stamp set, Great Big Greetings.

We design our projects so anyone can be successful, whether you've ever picked up a rubber stamp before or not! Feel free to print these out and give them a try.If you need to order any of the supplies, my online store is just a click away!

To see a short video as our event was starting, visit my Facebook page. I'd love for you to like my page and become a follower. I post different projects and info on all my social media sites and you don't want to miss anything now do you?! 🙂

My Stampin' Up! journey started 15 years ago and all I wanted was to save money on my hobby. Can you relate? Now that I'm down the road a bit, the discount is still nice, but it is the friends and events like the one above that mean the most. I can honestly say that so many of my customers and team members are true friends and when we gather to stamp and create, the magic happens. I almost can't explain it but I am so energized after one of our large events I cannot wait for the next one!

We had quite a few new stampers at this event; one flew in from Hawaii and one drove from Arizona! Many of us were strangers at the start but after a day of laughter and stamping, we are strangers no more!

If you might be at a point where this type of friendships and fun piques your interest, here's a little bit more about my team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Girls, INK.

I truly am grateful for all the Stampin' Up! has provided for my family and me. In addition to the friendships, my husband and I have gone on quite a few exciting all expenses paid trips; the next one will be to Alaska in 2018!

We earned this cruise in 2011, too and we can't wait to go back! My dream is to have some of my team with me on one of these trips…maybe it will be you! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my Monday Morning Muse from the Stamp Maven. I've been at work creating some new projects and video tutorials so I'll be sharing those soon!

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Posted on June 2, 2017

New Oh So Eclectic Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

Paper crafting/ Stamping/ Videos

Have you seen the Oh So Eclectic Bundle from Stampin' Up! in the new 2017-2018 Catalog?

Our new catalog is packed with so many new goodies including….lions and tigers and BUNDLES…oh my! Well, not really a lot of lions and tigers but bundles for sure! I wanted to preview a few of them today and also give you a pdf list that you could print out and save. You know you get a 10% discount on any bundle purchased so take advantage of the savings!

Bundles 2017-2018

Now, sit back and enjoy a couple of videos that spot light 3 of my favorite bundles!

Oh So Eclectic Bundle

A Little Wild Bundle

If you missed out on the pre-release order for the Eastern Beauty products, you can still get the bundle. This has definitely been a favorite of both mine and my customers who did pre-order.

If you'd like to add any of these bundles to your crafting collection, just click on a picture below and go shopping! I appreciate your business!

Be sure to visit next week-I'll have samples (including some from the Oh So Eclectic Bundle) featuring new products with pictures, product lists and step by step instructions. See you then!

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Posted on May 31, 2017

New Stampin’ Up Product Videos

Announcements/ Product Information/ Videos

Today I wanted to share a few new Stampin' Up! Product Videos with you; as you probably know by now, our new annual 2017-2018 catalog….

goes “live” tomorrow and you are going to LOVE all the new stuff! As always, there will be bundles galore and you'll still be able to save 10% on all of those!

First, here is the new “Love Today Planner Kit”; if you want a pretty way to keep yourself organized, you'll definitely want to add this to your shopping list!

Next is the Coffee Café Bundle (just add a Starbuck's gift card and your gift is ready to go:

And finally, the At Home with You Bundle – get a head start on your Christmas cards:

Of course, if there are just too many things on your wish list”, the best bundle of all is the Starter Kit Bundle…check it out here. I'd love to have you on my Girls, INK team whether you are local or farther away!

If you enjoyed these new Stampin' Up product videos, you'll want to watch more! Be sure to visit my You Tube Channel-I'll be posting frequently with new projects, tips, and techniques and you won't want to miss anything! 🙂

Last, but of course not least…my Online Store is always open to purchase any of our great Stampin' Up! products – NEW products available tomorrow, June 1 at noon MT. If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I'd love to help you.

 

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Posted on May 23, 2017

2 Minute Tool Tip

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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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