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Posted on February 23, 2018

Happy Friday from the Magical Day Unicorn!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days

Happy Friday! My youngest grandcherub is obsessed with these magical creatures. I'm sure she is just waiting for the day one appears on her doorstep to take her on an adventure! Sometimes I think we adults need to get back some of the “magic” from our childhoods. Like, laying in the front yard, looking up at the clouds and finding all sorts of creatures romping around in the sky…maybe even unicorns!

Have you seen the whimsical images in the Magical Day Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!?

Happy Friday from the Magical Day Unicorn!

Aren't these fun?? My share today uses the unicorn and I can't wait to stamp some of these with my little grand!

The Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper adds a bit of “pop” and I think  sets off the unicorn perfectly! The  Whisper White square, cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies adds another little bit of detail on this whimsical card.

In addition to the stamp set and glimmer paper, this suite of products also has Washi Tape, Designer Series Paper, and Framelits (the framelits can be purchased as part of a bundle, in wood or clear mount, for a 10% savings!).

If you have any unicorn lovers in your home, here are the instructions so you can make some magical cards, too!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Magical Day Bundle (wood 145984, 145985 clear); Thoughtful Banners (141614)
  • Card Stock – Bermuda Bay (131197); Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Tuxedo Black Memento (132708); Bermuda Bay (131171); Pumpkin Pie (126945)
  • Misc. – Picture Perfect Party 6”x6” Designer Paper (145559); Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper 6”x6” (145601); Big Shot (143263); Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372); Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends Combo (144599); Brights Stampin’ Write Markers (131259); 2017-2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033); Duet Banner Punch (141483); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Measurements:

  • Bermuda Bay (base): 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half
  • Designer Paper (triangle pattern): 4” x 5 ¼”
  • Whisper White: 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”, 3” x 3” plus scraps
  • Glimmer Paper (turquoise): 2 ¾” x 2 ¾”

Instructions:

  1. Adhere the designer paper to the 4 1/8” x 5 3/8” Whisper White cardstock. Adhere these layers to the card base.
  2. Die cut the 2nd largest square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits using the 3” x 3” piece of Whisper White cardstock. Adhere the square to the Glimmer Paper using Dimensionals.
  3. Stamp the unicorn image using Memento ink on Whisper White scrap cardstock. Color in the unicorn’s body using the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends Combo. Color in the unicorn’s mane and tail using the Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist markers as shown. Die cut the image using the coordinating framelit. Adhere the unicorn to upper portion of the stitched square using Dimensionals.
  4. Stamp the banner image using Bermuda Bay ink on Whisper White scrap cardstock. Curve the photopolymer greeting “Oh Happy Day” on your clear block. Stamp the greeting inside the banner using Pumpkin Pie ink. Punch the banner image using the Duet Banner Punch. Adhere the punched banner to the lower portion of the stitched square using Dimensionals.

 

 

 

 
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Posted on February 21, 2018

Blossoming Basket Bundle

Announcements/ Big Shot/ Sale-A-Bration

Oh my goodness! Sale-A-Bration just gets better and better every year! This year there are extra choices that you can get when you spend $100 and we just had a second round of choices released. Check out today's sample made with the Blossoming Basket Bundle.

Blossoming Basket Bundle

This bundle comes with this beautiful basket AND a basket weave embossing folder…both are FREE with a $100 order. I see many uses for this darling image, especially with Easter and Mother's Day coming up!

This image was colored with several of the new Stampin' Blends Alcohol markers; have you had a chance to try these markers yet? I love, love them!

In case you want to try making this card, here are the instructions.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Blossoming Basket Bundle* {Blossoming Basket Stamp Set + Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (147504 wood; 147505 clear mount)}
  • Cardstock and Paper: Rich Razzleberry (115316), Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White Thick (140272), and Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (144177)
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip (126979), Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (132708)
  • Miscellaneous: Stampin’ Blends Old Olive Combo Pack (144597), Rich Razzleberry Combo Pack (144602), Crumb Cake Combo Pack (144601), Daffodil Delight Dark (144585), and Pool Party Light (144595); Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Clear (141897), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Simple Stripes Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (145648), Berry Burst ½” Finely Woven Ribbon (144133), Silver Mini Metallic Trim (144230), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049) and Paper Snips (103579)

* = Bundle may only be earned with a qualifying order before March 31, 2018. Embossing folder will be available in the 2018-19 annual catalog.

Measurements:

  • Crumb Cake card base: 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” then folded
  • Darker wood sheet from Designer Series Paper: 4-3/4” x 3-3/4”
  • Lighter wood sheet: scrap about 3” x ¾”
  • Rich Razzleberry: 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”
  • Whisper White Thick: 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”, 2-1/2” x 1-1/2”
  • Ribbons: Berry Burst 9” strand and 5-1/2” strand; Silver Mini Metallic Sequin ¾”

Instructions:

  1. Ink basket image with Memento Ink then use Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp it in a balanced fashion onto Whisper White Thick cardstock.
  2. Re-ink enough of the image to be able to stamp a set of the three flowers onto the 2nd piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock.
  3. Using the Stampin’ Blends, color in the full basket image then color the 2nd set of flowers. Fussy the 2nd flowers with Paper Snips, accent with Wink of Stella and set aside.
  4. Adhere the basket image piece to the Rich Razzleberry mat using SNAIL Adhesive.
  5. Using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere flowers to top of flowers on basket image.
  6. Run Crumb Cake card base through Big Shot using Simple Stripes embossing folder. Align card stock in folder so the stripes are horizontal and so they are concave on the front (with the back of the embossing folder on top).
  7. Run darker wood Designer Series Paper (DSP) through Big Shot with the Basket Weave embossing folder.
  8. Stamp sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink onto lighter wood DSP. Trim to be 2-5/8” x ½” then, using Paper Snips, create banner end on left.
  9. Using Tear & Tape, adhere the 5-1/2” piece of Berry Burst ribbon so that the bottom edge of it is about 1-3/8” from bottom of dark wood DSP and so it wraps around back of DSP.
  10. Tie bow with 9” strand of Berry Burst ribbon and trim ends. Set aside.
  11. With Tear & Tape, adhere dark wood DSP to Crumb Cake base.
  12. With Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere sentiment flush right to edge of dark DSP positioning so sentiment piece is ¼” from the bottom.
  13. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere Rich Razzleberry focal piece to dark DSP.
  14. With one Mini Glue Dot, attach bow to edge of basket piece towards lower left.
  15. Squeeze a little dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue onto scrap paper then use tip to lift then place ma tiny dab of glue where you want the Mini Metallic Sequins to go. Position sequins using the tip of your Paper Snips as tweezers. Let dry.
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Posted on December 6, 2017

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Big Shot/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey stampers! We are back from Spain, jet lag is gone, and the rush of holiday happenings has begun! Not sure how I will accomplish everything on my LONG to do list. But, that's OK; one step at a time! Today I wanted to give you a few tips that will take your holiday cards “From Ordinary to Extraordinary”.

First, using your favorite embossing folder on the envelope will have even your postal carrier talking about your creativity!

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Absolutely any folder will do and this technique will make sure yours is one of the first cards opened!

Another fun way to jazz up an envelope is to stamp on the outside. Coordinating the card with its envelope adds a bit of charm for sure.

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

One tidbit I've learned from my postal employee friends; make sure you don't stamp anything all along the bottom edge of the front of the envelope. This could interfere with the USPS bar coding system and get your card returned. You don't want THAT to happen for sure!

Use an embossing folder that coordinates with your card theme. In this card, the folder used gives some “snow texture” to the little guy.

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Another fun idea is to use a bit of washi tape to add some color and pop to your card. Washi tape is so easy to use and it is quite economical, too!

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

I hope these little tips will help you take your cards from ordinary to extraordinary this year! If you have some tried and true tips you'd like to share, post them as a comment here. I'm sure we all can benefit!

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Posted on October 19, 2017

It’s Mum Season Here in Texas!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Projects

Hello stampers! It's Mum Season Here in Texas! And I don't mean live, growing mums, rather Homecoming mums! Now, I have to confess. I am from California and we had lovely wrist corsages for our Homecoming activities. So, when we moved to Texas and I started hearing about “mums” for Homecoming, I was perplexed. Then, when I started seeing pictures of these “monster mums”, I couldn't imagine spending hundreds of dollars on these things, every year Freshman-Senior.

Fast forward a few years. I now have a grandson who is a senior in high school and I volunteered to make his girlfriend's mum. Of course, then she wanted me to make his “garter”mum. My grandson hung the moon so of course I eagerly said yes! My daughter in law came over on Sunday and we put together the one for girlfriend. Oh, did I mention we each have hot glue gun injuries on our fingers? But, I digress. It isn't about me, it's about these two awesome seniors and making their homecoming day fabulous!

It's Mum Season Here in Texas!

What do you think? Of course I integrated some Stampin' Up! embellishments, the Mini Gift Bows, available in the Holiday Catalog.

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=144127

I also punched circle shapes to add some contrast to the letters I used. All that's missing now is attaching pictures in wee little frames and also some blinkie lights…who knew?? 🙂

The BEST part of this is Micaela (girlfriend) had never heard of Stampin' Up! and she loves papercrafting! I told her I would help with a senior scrapbook for her. Who knew that one little rubber stamp would be the beginning of all this! I love what I do!

If you might be interested in finding out a little bit more about the benefits of having your own Stampin' Up! business, check out a little bit more about me and my team, Girls, INK.

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Posted on October 3, 2017

What’s Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Die Cut

Hey stampers! In today's post I wanted to answer a question I've been getting a lot from my customers. What's Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder? The answer is NOTHING! Let me explain the question and I'll give you my answer.

Customer Question: Anne, I just opened my new Stampin' Up! Quilt Top Embossing Folder (EF) and noticed that the design inside the folder is not centered (side to side). On the left side of the EF there is about 1/8″ open space before the design starts.  However, on the right  edge of EF, the design ends right up on the edge of the folder. Because the design is not centered, you have to fiddle with the CS to get it lined up before running through the Big Shot when using a larger piece of paper. Is there something wrong with my folder?

Answer: NO, there is definitely nothing wrong with your Embossing Folder! It was designed so you could get a continuous pattern on larger paper without the creased edge that happens when it is centered. Simply run the paper through, then rotate the previously embossed paper 180 degrees and run it through the Big Shot a second time. You'll get a continuous pattern without the creased edge. (You won't have this problem when embossing a regular-sized card or card layer.)

Here are pictures to show you what I explained above.

Run first time through Big Shot like this:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Rotate paper 180 degrees and run through second time:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Voila! A perfect patterned piece to use on a larger card or project, with no pesky ridge in the center:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

I hope this answer to “What's Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?” has helped you today! If you have a question about any technique or stamping “challenge” you are having, please email me or post your question in the comments section below and I'll be glad to help!  I don't want to just sell you products. I want to help you get the most out of them! 🙂

 

 

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