Posted on July 19, 2018

And….We’re Off! Alaska Bound!

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It's 4:45 AM and we're heading out to DFW. Our flight to Seattle leaves a bit before 7:00 and, with the time change, we'll land about 9:00. My brother and his wife will be our “Lyft” drivers (that was his attempt at humor!) and fetch us at the airport. Then it's off for a day of fun in Seattle. I've never been to the Space Needle so hopefully we will get to go there. We plan to visit Pike Place Market again and we'll definitely be shipping home some salmon!

And....We're Off! Alaska Bound!

If you're not familiar with this Seattle treasure, read more about it HERE.

Pike Place Market is such a blast. Our favorite thing from our last visit was watching the guys at the fish market inside throw them around.

I'll check in as we board our ship and hopefully will be able to do a Facebook Live to show you around!

We are so blessed to be able to go on these trips! Who would have thought a little rubber stamp, 16 years ago, would have been the start of all my treasured friendships and exotic adventures! Why not check out a little bit more for yourself? There's some extra perks this month that make it even more enticing

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Posted on July 18, 2018

Green With Envy – Shaded Spruce

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Hey Stampers! I have to confess; I'm not all here today. Only ONE more sleep and we'll be off on our Alaskan Adventure. I think Stamp Slave Dave just might be more excited than I am and that's pretty excited! 🙂 Before leaving, I wanted to share one more “green” post today, Green With Envy – Shaded Spruce. This new color joined the Regals family with our recent color revamp, joining old favorites Old Olive and Garden Green. The vellum piece over the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper adds just a little sumthin' sumthin' to this card. Sometimes just a subtle addition is better than over the top embellishments.

Green With Envy - Shaded Spruce

If you've missed seeing all the details for the recent color revamp, I've provided a printable PDF for your reference.

color revamp

Here are all the details for today's project.

SUPPLIES:

  • Stamp Sets: Varied Vases  – Item # 146644
  • Cardstock – Whisper White – #100730, Shaded Spruce #146981, Tropical Escape DSP # 146916, Vellum – #101856
  • Inks – Blushing Bride #147100, Shaded Spruce #147088
  • Miscellaneous: Whisper White Sheer Ribbon #144172, Vases Builder Punch #147040, Classic Label Punch #141491, Clear Block E #118484, Snail Adhesive #104332, Glue Dots #103683, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430

MEASUREMENTS:

  •             Whisper White CS – 5 ½” x 8 ½”, 1” x 3”, small scrap
  •             DSP – 4” x 5 ¼ “
  •             Vellum – 2 ½ “ x 4”
  •             Shaded Spruce – 1 ¾ “ x 3”
  •             Whisper White 1 ½ “ x 2 ¾ “

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Fold 5 ½” x 8 ½” piece of Whisper White cardstock and crease.
  2. Using 1 ½ x 2 ¾ piece of white, stamp stems in shaded spruce and the fill in with blushing bride. Punch vase from DSP with builder punch. Stamp “birthday wishes” in shaded spruce ink on white scrap. Punch with classic label punch.
  3. Attach DSP panel to white card base.
  4. Attach vellum piece. (apply adhesive in center only as this will hide it)
  5. Attach white stamped piece to shaded spruce piece. Attach vase to flowers with dimensional.
  6. Attach stamped flower panel with dimensionals.
  7. Attach ribbon with glue dot.
  8. Attach “birthday wishes” with dimensionals.

If you missed yesterday's “green with envy” project, click here to see it.

Any questions on the color revamp? Please reach out; I'd love to help! Next post should be from Alaska, internet connection willing! 🙂

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Posted on July 17, 2018

Green With Envy – Mossy Meadow Round Two!

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Hey Stampers! Today's project is a “Christmas in July” sample. I told you Mossy Meadow is one of my favorite new Stampin' Up! green colors so today I have Green With Envy – Mossy Meadow Round Two! As shown in today's project, when you “off stamp” you get a different shade of the original color.

Green With Envy - Mossy Meadow Round Two!

This technique really adds dimension to the card. Try this with different ink colors and you'll be amazed at the versatility of the results. It's like having three ink pads in one!

Here are the supplies, cutting dimensions and instructions.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSnowflake Sentiments (144820); Lovely As A Tree (127793)
  • Card Stock – Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650); Early Espresso Cardstock (119686)
  • Stamp Pads – Mossy Meadow Ink (147111); Balmy Blue Ink (147105); Early Espresso Ink (147114)
  • Misc. –Snail Adhesive (104332); Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897); Sponge Dauber (133773)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock 1:      8.5” x 5.5”                              Card Base
  • Card Stock 2:     4” x 5.25”                               Very Vanilla Card Front

Instructions:

  1. Fold the Early Espresso card stock in half creating your card base.
  2. Stamp the tree on your Very Vanilla card front so that the trees closest to you are stamped in full strength after inking and the trees further away are stamped again without reinking your stamp.
  3. Then using your sponge dauber and Balmy Blue ink, very lightly ink the top ¾ of card front, creating a sky effect.
  4. Then using your Wink of Stella brush, add glitter to the fully stamped trees to give the effect of glistening snow or ice. Also dab the brush randomly in the sky for snow flakes and sweep across the ground for snow.
  5. After the glitter has had a few moments to dry, stamp your sentiment in the top corner.
  6. Finally, adhere your card front to your card base. 

If you missed yesterday's project, you can see it here.

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Posted on July 16, 2018

Green With Envy – LOVE the new Stampin’ Up! Green Hues!

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Green With Envy – LOVE the new Stampin' Up! Green Hues! Hey Stampers! My stamp clubs and classes this month used several of the new Stampin' Up! “greens”. I thought I would carry that green theme onto the blog for a few days this week.

Today's green is Mossy Meadow. If you've been around Stampin' Up! for awhile, you might remember this color from one of our In Color collections a few years back. I was SO happy to see this color return (along with Blackberry Bliss, from the same IC group)!

Green With Envy - LOVE the new Stampin' Up! Green Hues

The delicate image front and center on this card was cut with the Stitched Labels Framelits; another winner!

Instructions for this card follow at the end of the post. But first, I have a couple of reminders for you about the super UH-MAAAZING specials we have going on right now AND about my upcoming trip!

Stamp Slave,  Dave,  and I leave for Seattle on Thursday. We are spending the day with my brother and his family and then on Friday we're departing on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas for our Stampin' Up! Inside Passage Cruise.

If you'd like to see the itinerary, click here. I'm hoping to do postings on all my social media sites when we're in port so be sure to check often!

Second, remember there are several current specials that are too good to miss, no matter where you are in your Stampin' Up! journey!

Green With Envy - LOVE the new Stampin' Up! Green Hues!

NOW is the perfect time to join Stampin' Up!, whether you are hobby or business minded. The current special gives you over $200 of products for only $99…FREE SHIPPING! Click HERE to check this out.

For the month of July, you can also purchase 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and get a 4th pack for free. Details HERE.

Last, but not least, have you wanted to give Paper Pumpkin, our monthly “crafting in a box” kit a try but just haven't gotten around to it yet? WELL, this is for you! From now, through August 10, for new subscribers you can get 50% off your first month! Just click HERE and use code BLOOM0818.

That's all I've got for today. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a new “green with envy” sample! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsStitched All Around (146632);
  • Card Stock – Whisper White Thick Cardstock (140272);
  • Stamp Pads – Mossy Meadow Ink (147111);
  • Misc. – Share What You Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) (146926); Stitched Labels Framelits Dies (146828); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Snail Adhesive (104332); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (144220)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock 1:      11” x 4 1/4”                            Card Base
  • DSP:                                 4” x 4”                                     Designer Series Paper
  • Card Stock 2:     3 1/2” x 3 1/2”                        Whisper White Scrap for Die Cut

Instructions:

  1. Fold the Thick Whisper White card stock in half creating your card base.
  2. Stamp the ‘Enjoy your special day’ sentiment on your Whisper White scrap card stock.
  3. Die cut your sentiment using the Stitched Labels Framelit die.
  4. Layer your DSP onto the Thick Whisper White cardstock base centered.
  5. Stamp your border on the top and bottom of the card front.
  6. Add the stamped die cut to the top of the card front with dimensionals.
  7. Add your rhinestone embellishments to taste.

 

 

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Posted on July 13, 2018

Many Ways To Emboss – Two of my Favorites Today!

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

I just love to emboss! It always adds such a beautiful dimension to my handmade cards. Did you know there are tons of different ways to emboss? Watch this short video below that shows Brandi, from the Stampin' Up! Home Office, demonstrating a faux metal embossing technique.

Doesn't that look like fun? Ready to see another embossing technique?

Here's a video of me demonstrating another embossing technique, embossed foil. This was a card I did with my stamp clubs and it was a big hit.

If you're ready to give embossing a try but need a little more instruction or tips, please reach out!

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