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Posted on January 29, 2019

Money Saving Tip

Stamping/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! I'm here today to share a money saving tip. We ALL like to either save some cash OR put a little extra into our pockets, right?

Money Saving Tip

I bet that most of you own or have at least used the item in this picture. You know, the little guys that you can use to pop up embellishments on your cards and card layers? Yep, Stampin' Dimensionals.

How many of you just throw away the sheet once you've used all of the hexagons on the sheet?

Here's my tip: SAVE the outer edges and then trim up and you will get quite a few extra pieces to use! After I've used all my Dimensionals, I put the leftovers into a small baggie and keep right on my crafting table. They are at my fingertips when I need them and I've saved myself some money, too!

If you have a favorite money saving tip, please share it with all of us by leaving a comment on this post!

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Posted on August 28, 2018

Which Stampin’ Up! Ink Should I Choose?

Customer Q & A/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! In my email newsletter today I addressed a frequent question asked by my customers. “There are  so many choices…which Stampin' Up! Ink should I use?”

Which Stampin' Up! Ink Should I Choose?

Is there a chart somewhere that gives me all of my options?” Well, I got busy and had my “Stamp Slave”,Dave, put the info in a handy dandy chart! I shared this chart with my newsletter subscribers today…did you get it? No? Well, that means you are missing lots of great information and exclusive content!

Here's the chart:

Do you ever get a little confused when trying to decide which of our inks to use on a particular project? I've summarized in a quick little chart for you below.

INKUSESCOLORSCLEANING
Classic Stampin' PadDye-based, fast drying, acid free. Upside down, flip-top, pads stay juicy. Firm foam pad gives you complete coverage. Matching ink refillsNeutrals, Brights, Subtles, Regals, In ColorsStampin' Scrub & Mist
Simply Shammy**
Memento PadFade-resistant dye ink , acid free. Use with images you will color with Stampin' Blends, re-ink with Memento ink refillTuxedo BlackStampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Staz On PadPermanent ink, acid free. Use with images you will watercolor. Vellum and window sheetsJet BlackStaz On Cleaner
VersaMark PadClear, translucent ink used to produce a watermark effect, Also used for heat embossing and resist techniques. Re-ink with Versamark Refills.ClearStampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Uninked Stampin' SpotsFelt 1″ x 1″ squares. Ink with Classic Stampin' Ink RefillsStampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Craft Uninked Pad & RefillThick, slow-drying pigment ink. Use for embossing.
Can also use on wood and fabic. Flip top. Use to create an opaque look on dark cardstock.
Whisper WhiteStampin' Scrub & Mist (use wet wipe or paper towel first to get off some of the ink.
Uninked Spectrum PadContains five small pads. Can be used individually or combined for ombre type stamping. Re-ink with Classic Stampin' Ink Refills.Stampin' Scrub & Mist

**Simply Shammy is a new product specifically designed to clean photopolymer stamps and leave no fibrous residue behind. It also works with wood and clear mount stamps.

If you find a chart like this helpful, I think you'll enjoy being part of the Stamp Maven Community! I'd love for you to fill out your name and email in the “sign up forour newsletter box” above. You'll get an exclusive free video tutorial and PDF just for signing up. (hint: it's a fabulous Christmas project that you could actually create for other occasions, too)!

You'll also get a short series of tool tips and a special offer that is only available to my subscribers. We never want to slam your inbox, but we try to provide timely interesting tips, techniques, samples and current offers from Stampin' Up! Hope you'll join us!

 

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Posted on August 14, 2018

On the Outside Looking In – Blended Seasons Stamp Set

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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 7, 2018

Why Should I Buy Stampin’ Up!’s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Die Cut/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! Today I wanted to tackle a question I've been getting from some customers. Why should I buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?  This product is only available for one month so why do I need it? This is such a great question and I've got a couple of answers.

First, while this stamp set is only available during August, you will be able to use it for years to come. This stamp set was designed to be versatile, perfect for more than one season and occasion.

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

You'll notice there are floral, fall foliage, and winter/Christmas images. There are six sentiments, covering any occasion or event.

Another reason you might want to add this to your collection is there is a coordinating set of framelits dies so you can create beautiful layers in a snap.

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

The best value would be to purchase the stamp set and dies as a set or “bundle” and save 10%! The bundle is available in both clear and wood mount.

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

Now, last, but not least, here is the best reason you need this stamp set and/or bundle. You can color purple flowers! You DID know my favorite color is purple, right?! 🙂

 

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

This sample was colored with the new assortment of Watercolor Pencils, which are only available while supplies last. I can see so many different sentiments for this card. As a matter of fact, I think I'll make several sets of these, with sentiment pieces, put together in one of our acetate card boxes. What a great gift!

If you'd like the PDF tutorial for this card, just click below, and save to your computer.

Blended Seasons watercolor card

That's all for today! Please do email me if I can help you at all! Need any Stampin' Up! supplies? Shop HERE.

 

 

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Posted on June 26, 2018

Tuesday Tip – Strategically Purchasing New Products

Customer Q & A/ Tuesday Tips

Hello Stampers! Hope you're all having a great week so far!  Today I wanted to share some thoughts on a topic that has cropped up so often at my monthly events. Since the release of our beautiful new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, I have customers asking me the same question.

Tuesday Tip - Strategically Purchasing New Products

Q: Anne, I want all the new colors in all the new products but I can't afford to buy them all now. What do I do?

A: What a great question and I have a couple of answers. My first answer is always…purchase the best bundle in the catalog; the Demonstrator Starter Kit! You get to choose $125 of products and you only pay $99 plus tax, no shipping! If you want to get a little more information about this option, click here. Of course, if you end up with questions after looking at the opportunity, please give me a shout! Whether you want to just get the discount on your products or share our products with your friends to put a little extra cash in your pocket, this option might be for you.

If the starter kit isn't an option for you right now, I definitely have a purchasing strategy for you.

• START WITH A BLACK INK PAD. It’s a neutral color; you can use for everything.
• PICK ONE ASSORTED CARDSTOCK PACK. Purchase other products that coordinate with the colors in this pack—inkpads, accessories, and Designer Series Papers.
• GET A VERSAMARK INK PAD. You’ll instantly have multiple colors from the tone-on-tone watermark effect when you stamp using a Versamark.
• CHOOSE A PRODUCT SUITE. Stick with the suite’s color scheme and buy a few inks or papers to match.
• BUY WATERCOLOR PENCILS. If you’re not quite ready to invest in Stampin' Write Markers or Stampin' Blends, the pencils will give you a spectrum of color to match any project.

You can check out all our new colors and product suites at my online store.

 

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Posted on June 19, 2018

Tuesday Tip – Simply Shammy

Product Information/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

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 22, 2018

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

Announcements/ Customer Q & A/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! Are you as excited as I am that the Stampin' Up! Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here?! It's true! Stampin' Up! is updating their color collections as well as adding five NEW In Colors starting June 1st. AND…that's not all. There is a new stamp pad design that makes our great ink pad even better! I've had a chance to use the new ink pads and colors and here's everything you need to know.

There are still four color collections, ten colors in each. A new group called “Basics” has been added, made up of Whisper White, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black.

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

This allowed for the addition of three new colors into the “core” collections. Here's a quick breakdown of all the colors, starting with the new 2018-2019 In Colors and the returning 2017-2019 In Colors.

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

I love the bold, bright colors in the 2018-2019 In Color collection. If you've been around Stampin' Up! for awhile, a few of these new ones might be reminiscent of some colors retired long ago: Glorious Green and Brilliant Blue. While they look similar, the new colors are totally different. I'm so glad that SU realized we needed some bold, bright colors added back into our color palettes!

Next, here are all the “new” colors.

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

My personal favorites are Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather. I'm definitely a “purple” girl!

Last, but certainly NOT least, here is each 10 color collection:

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

You might notice that some of our current colors have “jumped ship” from one collection to another and you might also see some old favorites (YES…that IS Blackberry Bliss you see!) have returned. I've included a chart below that gives you a revamp summary from our OnStage event last month. I think you'll find this a helpful bit of information!

Color Revamp Summary

Don't miss your chance to grab a  re-inker or cardstock in one of your favorite colors that are retiring to make room for the new colors shown above!

Now, a bit about the new ink pad design.

Color Revamp 2018 is Almost Here!

Why the change to the case?

The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. We can only use a mold a limited number of times before we need to replace it, so we had to decide if we wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. We chose to improve it! We also wanted to align the updated case with the color revamp and improvements to our ink. In addition, we chose to time these changes with Stampin’ Up!’s rebranding and packaging updates. This way, you only need to invest in the new colors and ink pads at one time. (For example, if we revamped the colors last year and then changed the cases and improved the ink this year, you’d likely be purchasing twice to stay current.) We wanted to make these updates and changes in the most cost efficient way for you.

What's better about the case?

  • Less confusing to  open
  • Tighter fit between the lid and the base
  • Stackable
  • Improved stickers and labels.

How is the ink different?

  • Reduce ink bubbles
  • Help you  get an even coating of  ink on the stamp.
  • Help the stamped image have a smoother, solid look

Since we were improving the case we decided to make improvements to the ink as well! We added a defoamer to the ink ingredients because we noticed that our old ink would sometimes bubble (especially on new pads and with lighter colors). When this happened, the ink wasn’t as even and smooth when stamped as we’d like to see it.

Tomorrow I'll have some projects featuring some of the new colors and some free color tools you can download!

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Posted on May 15, 2018

It’s A Beautiful Day to Love What You Do!

Announcements/ Stamping/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! I can truly say it's a beautiful day to love what you do here in north Dallas. I heard rolling thunder this morning as I was getting ready to leave the house, but the accompanying rain did not linger!  I know in a few weeks when temperatures are in the 100's, I'll be begging for rain. HA! But I digress! I DO love what I do, especially around new catalog and new catalog pre-order time!

Today's share is two cards made with the Love What You Do stamp set that is available now in one of our Stampin' Up! bundles. The font used for the “it's a beautiful day sentiment” is so pretty; easy flowing and graceful I think.

It's A Beautiful Day to Love What You Do!

These cards showcase different elements from the Love What You Do Bundles, available now as a new catalog pre-order, only available in May! I love that Stampin' Up! made some of the new products coming on June 1 available to customers as well as demonstrators. Click on any picture below the project information to order one of these bundles before they disappear. (note: the individual products in the bundles WILL be available, but the free gifts in each bundle will not). I've included project supplies and instructions below; enjoy!

PS-There are pages of products available to demonstrators to order now! If you'd like to start creating special projects before the new catalog comes out, click here to check it out. You can choose $125 in product plus you'll get a full box of new catalogs to give to your friends. AND…there's never any shipping on your starter kit!

PROJECT INFO

Card # 1 above

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsLove What You Do  (148042)
  • Card Stock – Tranquil TIde (144246); Whisper White (100730); Vellum (101856)
  • Stamp Pads – Tranquil Tide (147146)
  • Misc. – Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes (131527); Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper Stack (146926); Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372); Layering Circles Framelits (141705); Pearlized Thread  and Silver Rose from the Embellishment Kit (146928); Share What You Love Artisan Pearls (146927); Leaf Punch (144667); Lovely Floral Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (148048),
  • Big Shot (143263); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Snail Adhesive(104332); Mini Glue Dots (103683);  Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon (147016)

 Measurements:

  • Whisper White: 4 7/8” x 3 3/8”, 3” square
  • Tranquil Tide : 3” square
  • Share What You Love Designer Series Paper –  4 7/8” x 1 1/2″

Instructions:

  1. Emboss the Whisper White cardstock in the Big Shot with the Lovely Floral Dynamic Embossing folder.
  2. Attach strip of Designer Series Paper onto embossed panel.
  3. Stamp “It’s a Beautiful Day”  with Tranquil Tide Ink onto white scrap.  Use Stitched Shape Circle framelit to cut out.
  4. Cut a scallop circle framelit with Tranquil Tide cardstock.  Attach with snail adhesive to the white stitched shaped circle.
  5. Punch a leaf with vellum cardstock and use a glue dot to attach behind the circle.
  6. Attach two lengths of the velvet ribbon to the back of circle – using dimensionals to hold in place.
  7. Use the pearlized thread to make a “swirl” and attach to back of oval shape with a glue dot.  I like the look of the long threads but if you don’t- just snip them shorter.
  8. Use dimensionals to attach circle shape to card front.
  9. To finish the card, add the adhesive backed Silver Rose embellishment  to the card front.

Card #2 above

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Love What You Do
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Tuxedo Black Memento (132708)
  • Misc. – Brights Stampin’ Write Markers (131259); Clear Block C (118486); Stampin’ Spritzer (126185)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White (base): 4” x 8”, scored at 4” and folded

Instructions:

    1. Using the Melon Mambo marker, cover the top third of the Clear Block C with color. Color the center of the block using the Pumpkin Pie marker. Color the bottom portion of the block using the Daffodil Delight marker.
    2. Spritz the block with water using the Stampin’ Spritzer. Stamp in the center of the Whisper White base. Hold in place for about 30 seconds to allow the ink and water to disburse over the cardstock. Allow to dry completely or use a Heat Tool to speed up the process.
    3. Stamp the floral image using the Memento ink.
    4. Stamp the greeting using the Memento ink.
    5. Color in the bottom portions of the flowers using the Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight markers as shown.

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Posted on May 8, 2018

Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper – Save 20%

Announcements/ Product Information/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! My favorite Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog, Sweet Soiree, is one of thirty or so items that have just been discounted at my online store. You can save 20% on this 12 x 12 paper pack and up to 50% on other items!

Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper - Save 20%

See the complete list of discounted items below:

AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

If you see something that tickles your fancy, I wouldn't wait. These items will go fast at these discounted prices! Go to Anne's online store now.

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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 September 26, 2017

12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique

Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hello stampers! I'm getting ready to travel to New Orleans to participate in a Mastermind with some other top demonstrators in Stampin' Up! Dave and I went last year, and it was just a wonderful and productive few days. This year I'm so excited we'll be sharing a house with the top demonstrator from New Zealand. She is such a special, talented lady; we are both looking forward to sharing ideas and just hanging out with her.  I'm posting my 12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique early so while I'm away you won't miss anything!

My plan IS to post while I'm away, but you never know about technology while traveling! 🙂

12 Weeks of Halloween - Week 6 - Eclipse Technique

This technique has so many options, no matter what the occasion. Instructions and supplies follow below. If I can answer any questions about this technique, just give me a shout!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144749–Photopolymer)
  • Cardstock – Thick Whisper White (140272); Whisper White (100730); Basic Black (121045); Lemon Lime Twist (144245)
  • Designer Series Paper – None
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Basic Black (140931); Smokey Slate (131179)
  • Misc. – Woodland Textured Embossing Folder (139673); Large Letters Framelits Dies (141712); Vintage Crochet Trim (144611); Black Mini Sequin Trim (144259); Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639); Clear Embossing Powder (109130); Stamping Sponges (141337); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Embossing Buddy (103083); Stampin’ Scrub (126200); Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394); Grid Paper (130148); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock – 4-1/4” x 11”
  • Basic Black Cardstock – 5-1/8” x 3-7/8”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5” x 2-7/8”
  • Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock – 5” x 3/4”
  • Vintage Crochet Trim – 6”

Instructions:

  1. Arrange the Large Alphabet letters B-O-O on the 5-1/8” x 3-7/8” Whisper White and run it through the Big Shot to die cut them out. NOTE: Do not toss any center pieces from any of the alphabet letters.
  2. Arrange the same Whisper White cardstock piece with all of the alphabet letters and their insert pieces inside the Woodland Textured Embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. NOTE: Die cutting the alphabet letters after texture embossing will cause the raised embossing to flatten as it goes through the Big Shot.
  3. Lay the Whisper White cardstock layer with the alphabet letters and their insert pieces onto a piece of Grid paper. Lightly sponge Smokey Slate ink over top of the raised Woodland embossed tree trunks and branches.
  4. Adhere the main portion of the Whisper White layer to the Basic Black cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Lay the B-O-O letters in place, but only add liquid glue to the alphabet inserts and set into place.
  5. Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the alphabet letters B-O-O and set into place. NOTE: pay special attention to the letter O’s and matching up the correct embossed tree trunks and branches.
  6. Ink the Trick or Treat sentiment from the Spooky Cat stamp set with Archival Basic Black, stamp in the center of the Lemon Lime Twist strip, cover with Stampin’ Clear Embossing powder and heat set using the Heat Tool on high setting. Add to the bottom portion of the Basic Black cardstock matte layer leaving a gap between this layer and the Woodland embossed layer.
  7. Adhere the Black Vintage Crochet Trim with a light line of Multipurpose Liquid glue to the gap area of the focal layer and wrap the ends to the back side of the Basic Black layer.
  8. Adhere the focal layer to the Thick Whisper White cardstock base. Add medium-sized Black Rhinestone Jewels to either side of the Trick or Treat sentiment; and add Mini Black Sequins to various spots on the Woodland embossed layer using a small dot of Multipurpose Liquid glue.

Thanks for visiting today; I hope you learned something new with my 12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique project.

 

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Posted on September 12, 2017

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

Big Shot/ Classes / Events/ Online Classes/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers! Today I want to share a card featuring the Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits. Say that five times fast!

I really should call this Triple Embossing because of the “HAPPY” dry embossing on the top of the card. I did this using the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

These two little gems add some quick texture and definition to your projects.

My multi-colored dragonfly is where I used double embossing. Let me tell you the steps.

First, I cut a piece of Shimmery White cardstock to 3″ x 4″. I then traced around the solid dragonfly image. Next, I used Sponge Daubers to apply 5 colors of ink around the image. Last I cut out the traced image using the detailed thinlit.

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

Finally, take a Versamark Pad and rub over the die-cut image, coat with Dazzling Diamonds Embossing Powder and heat. Do this a second time. You will have a beautiful double-embossed image!

Visit my You Tube Channel to see a step by step video for this fun technique.

These thinlits have a coordinating stamp set that gives you even more options for your papercrafting.

I also have a Video Class Tutorial available, complete with a color PDF. You'll learn how to make these three projects and a variety of new techniques.

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Thanks for popping by today; I hope you learned something new!

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Posted on September 4, 2017

My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp

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Happy Tuesday friends! Do you every get in a rut of stamping the same ‘ol cards and maybe gift tags? Today I wanted to shake things up a bit and give you some new inspiration by sharing My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp.

My Three Favorite "Non-Paper" Things to Stamp On

Stamped Coasters make a lovely gift for any occasion and you can make them with minimal supplies.

  • 4 x 4 natural stone tiles, tumbled would be best since the edges will be soft and rounded.  You can find these at any home improvement store for about $.25 apiece
  • Permanent ink; StazOn works great. You can also use regular die ink but it can be tricky to seal.
  • Stamps
  • Modge Podge or a sealer made for natural stone.
  • Felt or rubber “feet”

Instructions:

1. Clean the tiles with a damp paper towel, and let dry completely.

2. Ink up your stamp and press firmly to the tile. You can do multaiple layers like shown above, but be sure to let each layer dry completely.

3. Once the ink is dry, apply the sealer, following the product’s directions. You may want to do multiple coats.

4. Add the felt or rubber feet to the bottom of each tile.

5. Once your tiles are done, place in a pretty gift bag or just tie some fancy ribbon around the set, add a gift tag and your gift is ready to give!

My Three Favorite "Non-Paper" Things to Stamp On

How about an altered Composition Notebook with a matching pen? Most “big box stores” have these notebooks and they are often on sale for $.50 apiece. In this example, the paper is cut by tracing around the cover and then adhering to the front using Tombow Multi-purpose glue. You definitely want to use an adhesive that won't come apart. The notebook “spine” is not altered here, but you can cover it with paper or even ribbon. Mulberry paper also works well. The pen is an “RSVP” brand. Cut a piece of matching paper to fit inside the pen (usually 4″ x 2″ or so). Unscrew the barrel of the pen and insert the paper (you'll need to roll it up tightly). Take a roll of sticky tape and tightly wrap around the decorated part of the pen. Roll in clear micro beads. You will have to roll more than once to make sure entire surface is covered.

My last idea is to create a piece of framed art.

My Three Favorite "Non-Paper" Things to Stamp On

My camera wasn't cooperating today, but I think you get the idea. I incorporated lots of images from the Holiday Catalog, along with some of my retired favorites. I use a 12″ x 12″ display frame so that I can have 3D items, not just flat, stamped images. When you create framed art, make sure you allow for the edges around the frame when cutting your paper. One of my stamp clubs spent a day creating these and we had so much fun! Nothing better than crafting with friends!

I hope I've inspired you today by sharing My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp.

 

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Posted on August 14, 2017

Lovely Words Thinlits Friend Mini Crate

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Hey stampers! Today's project is a Lovely Words Thinlit Friend Mini Crate. I actually whipped this up when I got home from work today. Seriously, it took me less than 30 minutes, start to finish.

I love the Wood Crate Die for making little gifts for my friends, customers and downline. I am over the moon excited that Stampin' Up! will be putting  packages of 3″ x 3″ Whisper White envelopes into the upcoming holiday catalog going live on September 1. It is so easy to create a special notecard using our paper and embellishments. Adding a coordinating envelope is the perfect finishing touch for this Mini Wood Crate Die project.

Let me share how I put this project together.

First, I chose my paper for the little notecard. I picked the Daffodil Delight/Old Olive flower piece from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack for the top layer. I cut a 6″ x 3″piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock for my base, a 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ piece of Old Olive Cardstock for the next layer, finishing with the DSP on the top. I used a 3″ piece of Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched ribbon (I used the side with little lines; the other side has little x's…TWO choices with one roll of ribbon!) and incorporated the “friend” die from the Lovely Words Thinlits. I cut “friend” out of Dazzling Diamonds Paper and used a Stampin' Sponge to add a little pop of Old Olive ink on top. I used my Paper Snips to cut out the word, rather than leaving it in the frame. These little dies are so versatile! I'm working on a video to show you different ways they can be used.

For the finishing touches to my notecard I found a button in my voluminous collection (yes, I am a button hoarder!) to pop onto the front of the crate and I added a piece of coordinating DSP to the inside of the envelope.

To order any of the supplies used for this project, just click on a picture below.

ps: if you aren't currently using a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours and to send you the new Holiday Catalog. Just shoot me an email with your contact info and I'll get one out to you right away!

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Posted on August 1, 2017

Tuesday Tip – Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days Coupons

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Hey stampers! Today, in addition to a video and sample, I wanted to share all the buzz about Stampin' Up! Bonus Days Coupons! In case you might be wondering

  • How do I redeem my Bonus Days Coupons?
  • What products should I use for my coupons?
  • When do my Bonus Days Coupons expire?
  • Can I redeem my coupons all at once?
  • Is there a special offer from Stampin' Up! in August?

I've got you covered with answers to all of the above questions!

You may redeem your Bonus Days Coupons on ANY Stampin' Up! product. BUT, I might suggest the brand new Carols of Christmas bundle, which includes the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and coordinating Card Front Builder Dies).

This is the August special offer–an early release from the upcoming Holiday Catalog (goes live in September). Here are a few samples:

This short video shows you even more!

If you are redeeming your coupon codes with an online order, read these instructions first:

Redemption-NA

There is no limit to the number of coupons you may use during the redemption period, August 1-31. You cannot use your coupons towards a starter kit but you CAN use them towards a new prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription.

Coupon codes are not case sensitive. However, you MUST include the dash in the middle of the code.

I hope my post today gave you some useful info about redeeming your Stampin' Up! Bonus Days Coupons. If you are ready to shop and redeem your coupons, click here.

 

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