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Posted on August 30, 2018

Make This Card in TEN Minutes or Less…REALLY!

Memories & More/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! SO glad you popped in today and I think you will be happy, too! What if I told you that you can make this card in TEN minutes or less…really! Sometimes don't you just want to make a card or two without getting out every product that you own and working for a couple of hours to make ONE card?! You know… easy…peasy…done! That's what I'm talking about!

Make This Card in TEN Minutes or Less...REALLY!

This card was made with FOUR products; well, five if you count the bone folder! And the ten minutes part? Yeah, that includes getting out your supplies! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Card Stock (CS) – Bermuda Bay (131197); Whisper White (100730)
  • Misc. – Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack (147035); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Here are the measurements and instructions:

Measurements:

  • Bermuda  Bay Card Stock:        4-1/4” x 11”, score in half at 5-1/2”
  • Whisper White Card Stock:      4” x 5-1/4”

Instructions:

  1. Crease the fold in the card base using a Bone Folder.
  2. Glue three 3” x 4” Tea Room cards onto the front of the card base.
  3. Glue the Whisper White CS onto the inside of the card base.

If you're not familiar with “Memories and More” by Stampin' Up!, this is our memory keeping (aka scrapbooking) line of products.  The card packs in our line are so versatile, like the ones I used in today's sample. I keep several sets in my craft room! Of course, if you like, you can add bling and ribbon to jazz things up!

If you'd like to order any of today's supplies, just click on any picture below. That's it for today; see you next time!

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Posted on August 14, 2018

On the Outside Looking In – Blended Seasons Stamp Set

Big Shot/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! I know it's “technically” still summer but here in Texas kids are heading back to school and, for the last few days, our weather has been rainy and cool, like fall. Today's project uses fall colors and shows you a technique using framelits that gives you an “outside looking in” effect!

On the Outside Looking In - Blended Seasons Stamp Set On the Outside Looking In - Blended Seasons Stamp Set

Isn't this cool? Kind of like a “card inside a card” Here are the instructions if you'd like to try. Also, Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post to see a couple of reminders. I don't want you to miss out on a couple of things! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Blended Seasons (149019 Wood Mount, 149016 Clear Mount), Blended Seasons Bundle (149893 Wood Mount, 149894 Clear Mount)
  • Stamp Pads: Early Espresso (147114)
  • Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Early Espresso (119686)
  • Misc.: Stitched Season Framelits Dies (149013), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (149014), Blender Pen (102845), Crumb Cake 3/8” Classic Weave Ribbon (144162), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

 

Measurements:

  • Early Espresso:     5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
  • Cherry Cobbler:    3 ¼” x 4 ½”
  • Crumb Cake:         2 ½” x 3 ½”

 

Instructions: (This card shows the inside of the card from the outside).

  1. Fold the Early Espresso card base in half. Stamp the leaf image in Early Espresso in each corner on the INSIDE of the card.
  2. Open the Early Espresso card, lay the largest frame die from the Stitched Seasons Framelits in the center of the card front (the part that does NOT have the leaves stamped on it). Cut out the frame with the Big Shot.
  3. Layer the Early Espresso frame on the inside of the card over the stamped leaf images using Dimensionals.
  4. Cut out a medium size label from Cherry Cobbler using the medium frame die from Stitched Seasons.
  5. Layer the Cherry Cobbler frame on to the Early Espresso frame using Dimensionals.
  6. Stamp the words “Thank You” in Early Espresso ink on the piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  7. In Early Espresso stamp a portion of the leaf stamp image below the word Thank You.
  8. Cut out the greeting and leaves with the smallest frame from the Stitched Seasons Framelits.
  9. Color the leaves using the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry used here). Blend the coloring with the Blender Pen.
  10. Adhere the Crumb Cake frame on to the Cherry Cobbler frame using Dimensionals.
  11. Tie a bow with the Crumb Cake ribbon.
  12. Attach the ribbon with a mini glue dot.

Reminders:

  • Blended Seasons Bundle only available through the end of August OR while supplies last. ORDER NOW and I'll send you some PDF tutorials to give you extra ideas!
  • You can still earn $5.00 bonus coupons for every $50 product purchase, no limits! Earn these in August and redeem in September. Here's a PDF with the most common Q & A's: Bonus Days FAQ

 

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Posted on August 9, 2018

Join me tonight at 7:00 PM CST on Facebook LIVE!

Classes / Events/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! I hope you'll be able to join me tonight at 7:00 PM CST on Facebook LIVE! Why? It's Thursday so I thought a fun “Technique Thursday” would be in order! Several of you have been asking to learn (or re-learn) some new ways to make your handmade cards stand out! Tonight I'll be teaching the “spotlighting” technique, shown below.

Join me tonight at 7:00 PM CST on Facebook LIVE!

Our swap challenge this month was to make a tag using this technique. There is more than one way to do this and I'll be sharing a couple of ways tonight AND I'll be making this card. I colored my flowers using our new Stampin' Blends so I'll be giving you some tips for using this fabulous coloring tool as well.

Come and join the fun! Right here at 7:00 PM CST. (use link or sign into Facebook at 7:00 and search “stampmaven”).

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Posted on July 17, 2018

Green With Envy – Mossy Meadow Round Two!

Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

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 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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