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Hello Stamping Friends,
This month is flying by so I must hurry and notify you of an amazing limited time special edition stamp set with framelits!
Introducing ‘Blended Seasons’ with ‘Stitched Seasons’ framelits that have lovely stitching on both the inside and outside of the cut! Amazingly beautiful! Let’s check out some cards made for spring and summer (notice the stitching on the outside of the cut!):
And here are two cards made for fall and Christmas (I love the font on these greetings. Here the stitching is
on the inside of the cut):
These products are available only through August 31!
Still hesitating? Add bonus days to the deal!
Pinterest was full of amazing creations by some of Stampin’ Up!’s best demonstrators. Shirley Gentry fussy cut the flowers and uses both the framelit cut out with inside stitching and the outside stitching showing on the background. Those little vines are in the framelits as well. Fabulous!
Isn’t this an amazing way to use all the layers with all the stitching showing?! This card is by Satomi at https://letsmakeacardsatomiwellard.blogspot.com.su. Note the new Gorgeous Grape 1/4″ mini striped ribbon, #146940, and the 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon in Whisper White, #146912.
The leaves in this set are awesome as they look like they are floating to the ground. Satomi made this card as well. Notice the grain stamped on the wood.
Tracy Elsom shows us how to make a quick and easy Christmas tag for gifts and goodies!
That is my fashion show of cards! It is a good thing I don’t have to be a judge and pick just one. They are all beautiful!
I will set up a special event to make three cards- (one with flowers, one with leaves, one for Christmas) free to anyone who purchases the bundle from me. If you are out of state, I will mail you the kits with instructions.
The hostess code through tomorrow is GJ3Y7SRQ. On Saturday I will set up a new hostess code for the September 11 club meeting. Club is here at my house in Castle Rock and guests are welcome for $5; or let me demonstrate the fun of stamping to you and your friends at your home. Just call me and we can arrange a date! 303-815-0838
SAL, (Seasons Are Lovely) Here are the sets again. Click on the little SAL in the computer to go to my store.
Hello Stamping Friends,
Thank you to all who were able to take part in the online extravaganza! Now that December is here Stampin’ Up! has closeout specials with some, not all, products on sale for a great price! They have a new category in the online store:
The Year-End Closeout contains the Clearance Rack Items, Holiday Retiring Items, and excess inventory items. Here is a list in an excel file which shows which category each product falls in: clearance, excess or retiring. However, bundles that retire do not mean the stamp and framelits retire, just the bundle with its discount.
or click on the picture above to go directly to the store where you can see pictures of the products.
While sales are fun, card examples are even more inspiring and I have been slack in posting all the fun cards and techniques we have been doing.
I know October seems so long ago and though the card we made is for fall, imagine doing the same Watercolor Wash technique with Christmas colors and making ornaments instead of leaves. Send me an example if you do!
The Watercolor Wash technique comes from a video by Patty Bennett on pattystamps.com
I did a few things differently than Patty. I used the retired spider web embossing folder to emboss the leaves after cutting them out, you could get the same effect by scoring, and I used the retired “Think Happy” stamp set for the little smiles on the leaves, though it would be quite easy to draw them in.
The acrostic was one I wrote when teaching poetry to my third graders one lovely fall afternoon. I wrote the above for the example and then had them all sit outside and write their own acrostic from something they saw, or smelled, or touched, or heard – hopefully not tasted! What a fun memory!
Stampin’ Up’s Watercolor Paper #122959 is 6″ X 9″ and makes enough leaves for two cards. You could also use Shimmery White cardstock #101910. Remember to leave enough room to stamp and punch out your greeting from the paper.
Watercolor Wash Technique
Step 1) Put 4 drops of various reinkers in a paint palette (or a cool whip lid)
I used Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzaz
Step 2) Wet one side of the paper and then the other side so it lies flat
Step 3) Dip a paintbrush in the ink and then dab it on your paper, wash out the brush and apply a different color,
repeat until the watercolor paper is covered. Let dry.
Step 4) Using Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141898 flick gold flecks on your dried sheet by flicking the brush against the edge of its case
Step 5) Cut out your leaves with the Leaflets Framelits #138283 and cut out one leaf with the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper #142029
-note, cut the leaf with the glimmer side of the paper facing down so the framelit cuts into the white backside to protect your framelit.
The base of the card is Cajun Craze 4 1/4 X 11 Scored at 5 1/2
The Woodland Embossing Folder is used with Very Vanilla card stock 4 X 5 1/4 for a great background to the leaves. I typed the acrostic on Word, making four card insides from one sheet of Very Vanilla.
The greeting is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (pg. 113) and is punched out of the watercolored paper with the Decorative Label Punch #120907. Remember, stamp first -then punch. A small dab of glue is run around the edges and then the label is dipped in Pumpkin Pie glitter.
A little piece of burlap ribbon #141487 is glued on the Very Vanilla, the leaves are added with glue dots, and a gold ribbon tied on top.
Faux Icing/Snow Technique
The Technique I taught at club came from last spring’s Stampin’ Up! convention where we learned how to make faux icing.
My glitter was not Dazzling Diamonds #133751 so it has a rose tint. Lesson learned! Stay with the best! The cupcake and the tree are from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, pg. 106. I loved how the ink from the stamped image bled through the ‘icing’ to give the shadowed effect. Be careful that your mixture isn’t too thick or you won’t get that result. If you store the leftover mixture in a jar be sure and add a bit of water to make up for what has evaporated. The Tree Builder Punch #138295 was used for the birds and the cherry on top. I wish you could see the 3D effect of the snowman built from the Owl Punch 5/16″ circle on top of the 3/8″ circle punch.
And finally, I must put in a plug for Paper Pumpkin, the October kit was a set of 8 shaker cards and the kit was exceptional!
Go to paperpumpkin.com to sign up before December 10 and you will receive your kit around Christmas. Last year the December kit was a calendar for each month of the new year with a gold display stand. It was an exceptional kit. Hmmmm…I think I am saying that about all of them!
I will be posting again soon with the details of the Magic Christmas class I held at the first of November and then the Stamp A Stacks held in Elizabeth.
Stay tuned for more….
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Hello Stamping Friends,
It isn’t too early to start thinking about the holidays! Accordingly, our September club was all about Thanksgiving… sort of…..
The new Holiday catalog is so full of yummy stamp sets and tools that I was tempted to jump straight to Christmas cards but I didn’t….not exactly….. My first card is the standard for a Thanksgiving card but my second card could actually be used for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. My daughter, Stacia, lives in Steamboat Springs and the snow will be falling at Thanksgiving so the snowy card is perfect for that mountainous world.
Card 1: Grateful For You
And for the inside:
The base of the card is Cajun Craze. The Brick Embossing Folder was used to emboss Very Vanilla paper and then sponged with Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, and Cajun Craze. I sponged and responged until I reached the deep rich color I was after.
The leaves were stamped with the Vintage Leaves on Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry and then cut with the Leaflets Framelits. The “You” comes from the Hello You Thinlits using Early Espresso Card stock and the new Precision Base Plate! No more running the card stock back and forth several times to get a good cut. The plate is a wonderful tool!
The Happy Thanksgiving is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched out with the Word Window punch. The garland is from Thankful Forest Friends and the little leaves are punched out with one of many thinlits in the Square Pillow Box Thinlit Die set. An Early Espresso Candy Dot ties all the colors from the front into the inside. Here are the supplies I used; click on any image to go straight to the store!
Card 2: Thinking of You
This was a fun card and a great introduction to the new holiday catalog. The stamp set with both types of trees is the Happy Scenes stamp set on page 11 of the catalog. It can be bundled with the Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies that I used for the window. (Bundling saves you 15% over buying each separately.) I cut out two windows and glued them in the middle to make a nice big picture window. The little dog comes from the Jingle All The Way stamp set on page 12. One of my stampers used the fox from that set for a wild look. The greeting is from the Happy Scenes set and bordered with dazzling diamonds glimmer paper cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelits. The glimmer paper is a full size banner cut out. The greeting is cut with the same framelit twice to shorten it. I am sure you recognize those apples from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set with its matching Tree Builder punch, and the cupcake base in the stamp set makes a perfect basket when bordered with a tiny bit of Tea Lace Paper Doilies. The little bow is Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine. The scene is stamped on our dotted specialty designer paper to give the look of falling snow. This card uses the symmetrical embossed dotted paper from Sale A Bration but we have a more snowy looking paper on page 142 of the big catalog called the Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Paper.
For the inside I just had to play with more products from the catalog:
The greeting is the Six Sayings host set in the holiday catalog (you host and earn the stamp set, I’ll do the work)! See page 51. The snow flakes are from the Flurry of Wishes stamp set, page 25, and punched with the Snow Flurry Punch-another pair you can bundle and save 15%! The Curvy Corner Trio punch is on page 18 and another must have. We were so sad when our little ribbon slide punch retired but now we have it back with two other punches all in one.
You lost your catalog? Contact me and we will fix that or go online to view it page by page.
Hello Stamping Friends,
The Seasonally Scattered set in the Holiday Catalog, page 43, is perfect for the Baby Wipe Technique used in this Thank You Card. Do you recognize those leaves and the lovely fall colored bling? No? It is from the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack on page 35 of the Holiday Catalog.
Baby Wipe Technique: Baby Wipes have no alcohol so they are our wet wipe of choice.
1) Protect your surface with the Silicone Craft Sheet (or the lid of a stamp storage box)
2) Place your Baby Wipe on the protective surface
3) Mount your stamp of choice and place it on your wet wipe to determine your outer edges, dry the stamp off
4) Drip drops of ink from various colors of reinkers on the Baby Wipe. You want the colors to run together
Thank you for your patience as I continue to develop my blogging skills. Today I am posting the Weekly Deals and the Curvy Keepsake Turkey which we made at club. He didn’t look like this when we started but thanks to the imagination and creativity of the stampers we gave him a hat and one lady used the circle framelits to add a medallion around his neck. One lady stamped “DAD” on the medallion and took the turkey to her Dad’s hospital room to cheer him up. Recipe Sheets and Templates now included in the post!
Recipe and Templates: