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Posted on June 19, 2018

Tuesday Tip – Simply Shammy

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Hey Stampers! I have a stamp cleaning tip to share with you today; Simply Shammy! This new little gem is tucked away on page 206 of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/product/147042/simply-shammy

This reusable stamp cleaning cloth makes cleaning your stamps effortless! And, at only $8.00, you can have one for yourself and treat your best stamping buddy to one, too!

Our quarterly demonstrator magazine has lots of great info about this new product and I wanted to share it with you today. This magazine is full of so much great product information, samples, and projects to CASE, it's one of my favorite things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator….I get one in my mailbox every three months!

Tuesday Tip - Simply Shammy

If you have any questions on other products in the new catalog, I'm only a click away! I'd love to help you! 🙂

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Posted on May 31, 2018

Stamper’s Secret Weapon Available Tomorrow!

Announcements/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers? Were you able to pre-order your Stamparatus? If not, no worries. This Stamper's secret weapon is available tomorrow! The 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog goes “live” and is filled with awesome new products, including this fantastic stamp positioning tool. I might be a little biased but I truly believe this is a tool that will make you a better stamper. I've been stamping for over 15 years and this tool is now one that I cannot live without. I'm sure once you've learned more about it, you'll want to add it to your crafting bag of goodies, too!

Stamper's Secret Weapon Available Tomorrow! Stamper's Secret Weapon Available Tomorrow!

Why do YOU need a Stamparatus?  You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it.

•Make multiples with ease
•Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
•If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and re-stamp – in exactly the same spot
•Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
•Easily create 2 step, 3 step, and 4 step stamping images using multi-sided plates
•Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

And, in case you were wondering, YES, it is like a Misty – but it’s so much more! The size of the Stamparatus is in between the small and large Misty . But, unlike the Misty, it’s open on two sides, allowing you to stamp on as large a piece of cardstock as you like. This was a big selling point for me, along with the acrylic pads being hinged and adjustable.

I've also compiled some tips and techniques for using this “must have” stamping tool. Just click below and save to your computer for future reference.

STAMPARATUS TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FROM THE STAMPMAVEN

Questions? Feel free to email or call (214-293-4461) me.

 

 

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Posted on March 25, 2018

Stand Up Card Using Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes/ stand up star card/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Good Sunday evening Stampers! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I sure did.  Had a wonderful card class on Saturday and the hostess received over $168 in free Stampin' Up! products; she was quite happy! One of our projects was a really cool star card that stands up. I just recreated this on a Facebook LIVE session where I made a Stand Up Star Card Using Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.

Stand Up Star Card Using Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

At my class the ladies thought this was going to be so difficult to make; but, it is actually so easy!

I used Peekabo Peach for the base. This is one of the 2018-2018 retiring In Colors. If you just love any of the colors in that collection, I encourage you to go ahead and stock up on cardstock and ink refills; I'll guarantee you they will disappear once the retiring product list appears in April. The envelope paper I used is actually a sheet from an old retired package but I just wanted to show you that the card easily fits inside.

Click here to see my Facebook video and I have the measurements below.

MEASUREMENTS:

One piece of any color of solid cardstock cut to 5″ x 6″ and scored down the middle (at 3″); this will form the card base that will stand up. You will cut off each side to create 2 triangles (I explain this in the video).

One piece of Designer Series Paper cut to 4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and then cut in half. 2 of these will be adhered to the base and the other two pieces will be adhered to the smaller triangle pieces.

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Posted on March 19, 2018

A Mother’s Flair Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Holidays / Special Days/ Product Information/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Happy Monday Stampers! Did you all have fun this weekend? I hope so! We all need some time to just relax, kick off our shoes, and have FUN! I spent time with two different groups stamping and creating. My batteries are totally recharged. My project share for you today is A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day! Yes, I know Mother's Day is two months away. But, I know how we all procrastinate; let's get started on our cards early. This card is perfect for any special lady in your life!

A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!

This card uses Petal Passion Designer Series Paper from our Occasions Catalog. This black and white patterned paper is awesome because you can use it as is, right out of the package. Or, add a bit of color as in today's project!

We have lots of DSP from which to choose.Watch this short video on the packs of DSP available in Stampin' Up!'s 2018 Occasions Catalog Designer Series Paper. Our DSP is so versatile and a great value. You get 12 double-sided sheets in each package and the colors are always on trend!

You can use our DSP for card fronts as in today's project, or just use a small piece to accent your projects as shown in these samples:

A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!

 

Here are the instructions for today's project using A Mother's Flair stamp set. If you need any supplies, click here. Questions? Email me and I'll be glad to help!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets A Mother’s Flair (145902-w, 145905-c)
  • Card Stock – Lemon Lime Twist (144245); Basic Black (121045); Whisper White (100730); Berry Burst (144243)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival Ink (140931)
  • Misc. – Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) (145589); 2017 – 2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033); Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (144191); 1½” Circle Punch (138299); 1¾” Circle Punch (119850); Big Shot (143263); Layering Oval Framelits (141706); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Measurements:

  • Basic Black Card Stock:                        4¼” x 11”
  • Lemon Lime Twist Card Stock:            4” x 5¼”
  • Whisper White Card Stock:      4” x 5¼”; 4¼” x 5½” scrap
  • Berry Burst Card Stock:                        4¼” x 5½” scrap
  • Petal Passion DSP:                               3¾” x 5”
  • Berry Burst Ribbon:                               8” – 10”

Instructions:

  1. Color Petal Passion DSP with Lemon Lime Twist Marker.
  2. Adhere Petal Passion DSP to Lemon Lime Twist card stock.
  3. Add a line of adhesive on the left side of the DSP; fold the ribbon along the adhesive line and adhere the ends on the back.
  4. Adhere to the card base.
  5. Stamp the shoe and sentiment with Basic Black on Whisper White card stock.
  6. Color the flower with Berry Burst Marker.
  7. Punch the sentiment with 1½” Circle Punch; die cut the shoe with the Layering Oval Framelits.
  8. Using Berry Burst card stock, die cut scallop oval and punch 1¾” Circle.
  9. Adhere layers together.
  10. Adhere stamped assemblies to card with dimensionals.
  11. Add Whisper White piece to the inside of the card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on March 4, 2018

Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hi stampers! Today's project is a Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style! I saw this idea from UK Demo Monica Gale and changed it up to make it my own.

Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style

https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/product/145653/lots-to-love-box-framelits-dies

Aren't these fun? I did a Facebook LIVE today and you can see how I made these cute little critters.

The Lots To Love Box Framelits Dies are in our current Occasions catalog. Don't forget, you can still get free Sale-A-Bration products until March 31 when you spend at least $50…and there's no limit on how many free gifts you can earn!

Now is also a great time to check out all the benefits of joining the Stampin' Up! family; there is an extra perk of any two stamp sets out of any of our catalogs as an extra freebie.

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Posted on March 3, 2018

Same Stampin’ Blends Different Look – Coloring Techniques

Stampin' Blends/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Same Stampin' Blends Different Look – Coloring TechniquesHappy Saturday Stampers! I've been working on samples today that show some coloring techniques and tips using Stampin' Up!'s Alcohol Markers, Stampin' Blends.

Same Stampin' Blends Different Look - Coloring Techniques

Both samples were done with light and dark Blends in Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. The one on the right was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and the one on the left with Sahara Sand. Notice the subtle difference? The Sahara Sand is a more fibrous cardstock so the ink in the markers soaks in a bit more. The colors also look darker, even though I colored both images in the same manner. I like to start with the lighter color first and the lay down my darker shade when I want more contrast. You could easily do it the opposite way if you prefer.

Take a look at my video on Facebook and you'll see a few more tips.

If you need any supplies, including the Stampin' Blends, you can purchase them at my online store.

Now, off for a walk to enjoy the sun!

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Posted on March 2, 2018

Wardrobe Malfunction – Rhinestones to the Rescue!

Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Wardrobe Malfunction – Rhinestones to the Rescue! HA! Do I have your attention? Now, this is not a wardrobe malfunction of Olympic proportions but it sure caused me just a wee bit of pause this morning!

I was getting ready for work, wanting to wear a “blingy” t-shirt that hasn't seen the light of day in awhile. I put it on and…GASP!

Wardrobe Malfunction - Rhinestones to the Rescue!

Do you see it? The grey spot in the middle where there SHOULD be a rhinestone? If your eyes are quite sharp you will see a few other little grey spots…but, I digress.

I doubt my co-workers would be looking that closely but…I knew my shirt was missing some of its bling.

AHA I said to myself. What would any self respecting Stampin' Up! demonstrator do? Why, march into the craft room, take out a package of rhinestones, a pair of Paper Snips and start fixing this “wardrobe malfunction”! That's just what I did!

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TADA! Here's the finished piece…not bad!

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As I looked more closely I saw some of the copperish rhinestones were also missing. Hmmm…Stampin' Up! doesn't sell those.

AHA! We DO sell Stampin' Blends that work beautifully for coloring rhinestones. So, I took out my Bronze marker and got to work. Here is the result.

Wardrobe Malfunction - Rhinestones to the Rescue!

Moral of my story today? Your craft room has an answer for all of life's problems…well, not really. But, it does hold the key to some small fixes!!

Have a TIGGERiffic day my friends!

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Posted on February 5, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms Distinktive Stamp Set

Online Classes/ Sale-A-Bration/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Happy Monday! Well, if you're an Eagles fan it's happy…lol. My Cowboys weren't at the “big dance” so I was in my craft room on Facebook LIVE giving some tips and tricks and showed some Heartfelt Blooms samples from my upcoming FB LIVE class. If you missed it, no worries! You can watch the video recording here.

Can I just tell you how much I love this Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set?!

Heartfelt Blooms Distinktive Stamp Set

You can't purchase this beautiful set; but, you CAN get it for free as a Sale-A-Bration choice!

Now, let me confess something. When I first saw this set, I wasn't that excited; first glance had me a bit underwhelmed. But, as I started stamping with it I quickly changed my mind! The details in this image just come to life when you put ink to it. Whether you stamp a monochromatic look or use coloring tools, like Stampin' Blends, the results truly are magical!

Heartfelt Blooms Distinktive Stamp Set

Heartfelt Blooms Distinktive Stamp Set

The stamp set also comes with three sentiments that are perfect for any occasion! There are so many things you can do with just this one set!

I would love for you to join me as I teach 4 projects using this stunning set. Not only will you learn tips for this set, we will also tackle the frustration of tying a perfect bow! You will come away feeling like a bow-tying rock star for sure!

My class is on Wednesday, February 21 t 7 PM CST. Already have plans for that evening? No worries! The class will be recorded and you can ask me questions after the fact. I set up invitation-only groups for my classes and once you register, you're in!

Here's all the scoop for the class and I hope to see you there!

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Posted on December 19, 2017

Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers? Did you know that you can use your Clear Blocks for a fun technique? Let me show you the Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers. This technique is so versatile. You can use virtually any stamp set and any ink color. Besides your favorite stamp set and ink, you just need a Stampin' Spritzer filled with water.

Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers

Here are the instructions; give this a try!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsFlirty Flowers (143872); Bunch of Blossoms (141573)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730); Dapper Denim (141414)
  • Stamp Pads – Dapper Denim (141394); Emerald Envy (141396); Versamark (102283)
  • Misc. – Watercolor Paper (122959); Clear Block E (118484); Stampin’ Spritzer (126185); Aqua Painter (103954); Heat Tool (129053); White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132); Embossing Buddy (103083); SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White:   4 1/4″ x 11” (score at 5 1/2″)          2 1/8” x 5 1/2″
  • Dapper Denim:   2 1/4” x 5 1/2”
  • Watercolor Paper:          2” x 5 1/2”

Instructions:

  1. Apply Emerald Envy ink on one side of Clear Block E and apply Dapper Denim onto the other side by pressing the stamp pads directly onto the block.
  2. Use Stampin’ Spritzer to spritz water onto the block. Should take about 4 pumps to get the amount of water needed. Flip the block over quickly and place onto the Watercolor Paper at the top. Hold in place until the white spots are filled in with ink.
  3. Repeat process with the bottom of the Watercolor Paper.
  4. If there are white spots that haven’t absorbed the ink you can take an Aqua Painter to move ink into those areas.
  5. Lightly sprinkle with salt and use the Heat Tool to dry. Brush off the salt to reveal the mottled look.
  6. Make sure the Watercolor Paper is completely dry before proceeding. Rub the Embossing Buddy across the paper. Use Versamark ink to stamp the flowery image, sprinkle with White embossing powder and then use Heat Tool to finish embossing.
  7. Use SNAIL adhesive to adhere the various layers together and then adhere to the card base.
  8. Use Dapper Denim ink to stamp with sentiment.

Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers

If you have a crafty friend (or maybe your hubby still needs the perfect gift for YOU!) who might enjoy this technique, why not surprise them with a Stamp Maven gift certificate! 

They can use their certificate to buy everything they need to try this technique or anything else they might want. Additionally, Sale-A-Bration is coming up after the first of the year and they can get a free stamp set, paper, card kit, or exclusive Die with their $50-100 purchase!

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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 November 14, 2017

Stampin’ Up! On Stage Highlight Reserve the NEW Stamparatus Nov.16

Announcements/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

While I wasn't able to attend On Stage in person this year due to other business commitments, I do have some exciting news from the event to share with you. I was in the Top 100 of US Demonstrators AND in the top 200 globally. THANK YOU to my wonderful customers and team members for all your support that helped me earn this prestigious accomplishment. I am truly blessed! Now, I think the most exciting news to come out of the event can be summed up in this statement: Stampin' Up! On Stage Highlight Reserve the NEW Stamparatus Nov.16! What is the Stamparatus you might ask…and why do YOU need one?

Stampin' Up! On Stage Highlight Reserve the NEW Stamparatus Nov.16

You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiple projects with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clear images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and just re-stamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2, 3, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 that open so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage area on the bottom of tool
  • Retail price – $49.00

This Stampin' Up! video gives you an up close and personal look at all the features and benefits:

I’ve MUST have a Stamparatus. How do I get in line? **Note; you cannot reserve one until November 16th. 

The Stamparatus will be ordered differently than your other online orders.

Beginning Nov. 16, 2017 at 2pm MT, a LIMITED QUANTITY will be released for reservation.

  • Beginning Nov. 16, at 2pm MT (3 pm CST here in Texas) CLICK HERE, then click the banner ad for the Stamparatus and follow the instructions. If you've never shopped with me online before, you will need to open an account and here is my info to put in:
  1. Anne Brown
  2. Demo ID:49697
  3. Wylie, Texas
  • After receiving the reservations, Stampin' Up! will place an order with the manufacturer and your Stamparatus will be shipped, with delivery on approx. Feb. 1, 2018.
  • You will provide your credit card info now with your reservation, but it will not be charged until your Stamparatus is ready to ship.
  • You will receive an email from Stampin' Up! letting you know when to log back in to your online account to finalize your order.
  • You can ADD other Stampin' Up! products to your order AT THAT TIME if you'd like to receive Sale a Bration benefits!
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
RESERVATION WINDOWSAVAILABLE TO SHIP
November 16–30, 2017Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018Approx. April 15, 2018

Stamparatus Launch Q & A

How to Reserve Your Stamparatus

Download the Stamparatus flyer

I have been waiting for so long for this tool to arrive. I participated in some of the “pre” surveys giving feedback to help Stampin' Up! design the very best tool to market. I will be reserving mine, too and I truly believe this will help all of us become better stampers! Any questions, please give me a shout.

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Posted on November 10, 2017

Vellum Embossing Tip – Cheers to the Year Wedding

Announcements/ Classes / Events/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey stampers! One year ago tomorrow, our daughter married the love of her life. I truly can't believe a whole year has passed; I wish we were just getting ready for the wedding so I could enjoy it all over again…ha! Since that isn't possible, I have a wedding project to share with you. Also, a Vellum Embossing Tip – Cheers to the Year Wedding card.

Vellum Embossing Tip - Cheers to the Year Wedding

2 tips to think about when using vellum. First, since adhesive will show through the vellum layer, be sure to hide it under an embellishment (such as a button or rhinestone) or use ribbon to adhere vellum layer to card . Second, as in today's project, when you stamp on vellum, be sure to use your heat tool to “set” the ink. Even better, emboss your sentiment and then you can be sure the ink will not smudge.

Here are the instructions for the card. If you would like to make it, all the supplies can be purchased at my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Cheers to the Year-144925 w, 144928 c
  • Stampin' Up Paper– Thick Whisper White-140272, Whisper White-100730, Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper-144640, Champagne Foil-144748 (from Year of Cheer Suite, page 36 of 2017 Holiday catalogue), Vellum cardstock-101856
  • Stampin' Up Ink– Basic Black-140931
  • Other Stampin' Up Supplies and Tools– Sweetheart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-143705, Big Shot, Sweet & Sassy Framelits-141707, Banner Triple Punch-138292, Pearls Basics Jewels-144219, Stampin' Dimensionals-104430, SNAIL Adhesive-104332, Mini Glue Dots- 103683, Heat Tool- 129053

Measurements:

  • Whisper White Thick- 4.25”x11”, scored at 5.5”
  • Champagne Foil Sheet- 4”x 5.25”, plus piece for die cutting
  • Year of Cheer DSP- 3.75” x 5”
  • Whisper White- small piece for die cutting
  • Vellum- about 1” x 4” strip

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut and score the Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  2. Add the Champagne Foil sheet with SNAIL Adhesive to the card front.
  3. Run the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper through the Big Shot in the Sweetheart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder– making sure to keep the heart centered. Adhere this embossed layer to the Champagne Foil sheet with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  4. Then, cut a piece of Champagne Foil sheet with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits to create the large heart.
  5. Cut a smaller heart from a piece of Whisper White cardstock to fit on top with a smaller heart die.
  6. Stamp the Mr & Mrs from the Cheers to the Year stamp set in Basic Black ink on the Whisper White heart.
  7. On the strip of Vellum Cardstock, stamp the supporting greeting with Basic Black ink and heat set with the Heat Tool so it doesn’t smudge. Trim ends with the Triple Banner Punch.
  8. Adhere the hearts to the debossed heart on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  9. Add the vellum over top with some Mini Glue Dots, then hide the glue dots with some Pearls Basics Jewels.

 

If you like to take classes but find yourself too busy, my Facebook LIVE classes are a great solution. You can pop in for the live class, or watch later at your convenience. My latest class is coming up on November 16 at 7:00 pm CST and I'll be making three projects with the Quilted Christmas Bundle.

 

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Posted on October 25, 2017

My Wood Blocks Don’t Fit Back Into the Case – HELP!

Customer Q & A/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Videos

Hey stampers. Today I want to share a problem that many stampers have AND I'm going to give you solutions. If I've heard this once, I've heard it 50 times from my customers: My Wood Blocks Don't Fit Back Into the Case – HELP! I personally purchase photopolymer stamp sets whenever available but I have many customers who prefer our red rubber, wood mount sets.

The sets that have lots of pieces, like Work of Art, can often present a challenge after using them; how DO I get all the pieces back into the case? Believe it or not, many of these wood mount stamp sets only go back in one way. I actually have heard of customers who purchased this set, couldn't get the pieces back in so they just put all the stamps in a baggie on the shelf!

My Wood Blocks Don't Fit Back Into the Case - HELP!

You can create such a variety of  projects, no matter the occasion.

My Wood Blocks Don't Fit Back Into the Case - HELP!My Wood Blocks Don't Fit Back Into the Case - HELP!My Wood Blocks Don't Fit Back Into the Case - HELP!

My sweet husband, Dave (AKA The Stamp Slave) recorded a You Tube video on my channel that gives you several solutions to help you if you experience this.  Hope it helps you!

https://youtu.be/GarT3KJQgpY

If there are any particular “challenges” you have in your papercrafting, let us know. Others are probably experiencing the same thing and we love sharing videos to help!

 

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Posted on October 20, 2017

Fall is the Perfect Time for a Stampin’ Up! Swap

Classes / Events/ Holidays / Special Days/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I think Fall is the perfect time for a Stampin' Up! Swap. Last night, some of my team members, customers and some other “crafty friends” got together for our monthly Swap Your Heart Out card exchange. This time our theme was cards with buttons. When we exchange cards, we make one for each participant. Here is my “haul”:

I love all of the fall themed cards and the variety. My card is the button ornament one at the bottom.

Now I have to confess something straight up…I am a button hoarder. My craft room is filled with buttons and I cannot possibly use them all in even two lifetimes. So when this month's swap hostess chose cards with buttons as her theme, my heart literally skipped a beat. WHAT? I'm going to have to part with some of my treasures? There were 12 ladies in the swap this time so I had to use SIXTY of my precious stash…GASP!

I'm happy to say I survived and still have plenty to use on new creations!

Thanks for popping in today and have a fabulous weekend!

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Posted on October 11, 2017

Quick Technique Tip Today – Leaf Veins

Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! I have a quick technique tip for you today – leaf veins. Did you know that Stampin' Up! has an Instagram site? This is where I found this great tip for today. No need to reinvent the wheel every day, right! 🙂

Quick Technique Tip Today - Leaf Veins

Simply stamp the leaf from Gourd Goodness Stamp Set, line up the Leaf Punch with the image you just stamped and…voila! You'll have a detailed leaf that will add beauty to any card!

For more great tips like this one, be sure you receive my email newsletter. Just put your information in at the top and you'll receive a free gift PLUS you'll start receiving great information and tips.

 

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