Author Archives: Sue

About Sue

I am an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator with over 10 years experience. I am addicted to rubber stamping, paper crafting in general, and digital paper crafting using My Digital Studio software. I thrive on sharing this experience and knowledge with others through classes and workshops.

Getting Ready!

Sue holding the holiday catalog

Yep, I have a copy of the upcoming 2017 Holiday catalog. Actually I have lots of copies of it and am ready to give them away. How else would you know about all the exciting new stamps,thinlits, designer series papers, and embellishments Stampin’ Up! has selected for us to enhance our fall and winter creativity. You know you need your own copy to pour over, mark-up, and purchase from! So if you don’t already have a demonstrator that feeds your rubber addiction, email me your address and phone number and I’ll get one into the mail for you. I’d love to be your source of your stamping supplies and inspiration.

But hurry, you will be able to order from the catalog September 1st and Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are coming faster than we think. It’s time to get stamping for those holidays!

The Embossing Paste Discovery Continues

Birthday card using tinted embossing paste and Detailed Floral Thinlits

I have become addicted to the Embossing Paste. Stampin’ Up! sells a set of four Pattern Party Decorative Masks (144103) to use with the embossing paste and which I have purchased but not used yet. I have been creating masks using various thinlits and cutting the masks from cardstock. By using cardstock, I feel I can just throw the mask away after using it and not have to worry about washing it immediately before the paste dries on it. I also can create all kinds of masks this way.

For this card, I cut the mask from the larger Detailed Floral Thinlits. I tinted the embossing paste with a drop of Wisteria Wonder reinker to give it a light lavender tint. While the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on it. Unfortunately, the scan doesn’t show the subtle shimmer. I love the results but then went on to another idea.

Birthday card with sponged ink on embossing paste

I cut another mask with the Detailed Floral Thinlits, spread the white embossing paste, and allowed it to dry. Then I cut a second, clean mask and laid it over the embossing and sponged Rose Red, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, and Pear Pizzazz ink on the dry paste. I love this result even more!

I have another idea using embossing paste that I will share with you in another blog post so come back again soon! When you order embossing paste from my online shop, I suggest you order at least two jars of it so you don’t run out. Click on the images below to order the supplies I used for these cards.

Embossing Paste

handmade greeting card using O So Eclectic Bundle and embossing paste

The 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, introduces Embossing Paste to our arsenal of creative tools. We now have three ways to add embossing to our creations. There is the traditional heat embossing using a heat tool and embossing powder, dry embossing made easy with embossing folders and the Big Shot Die-Cutting machine, and now embossing paste.

With this paste, you temporarily stick a stencil onto your cardstock and smear the embossing paste onto the stencil. When you lift the stencil, sections of the paste are left on the cardstock. Over the next few posts, I will share different ways you can use this embossing paste. On pg. 201 of the catalog, Stampin’ Up! offers precut stencils, Pattern Party Decorative Masks (144103) and Palette Knives (142808) to use with the Embossing Paste (141979). The masks are very lovely but you don’t have to limit your creativity to what Stampin’ Up! offers. With the wide variety of dies offered, you can create your own masks.

In the card above, I used one of the dies from the O So Eclectic Bundle (wood – 145355, clear – 145356) to make a mask. I tinted the embossing paste with a drop or two of Lemon-Lime Twist reinker. I love how it came out! You can purchase the items I used for this card by clicking on the images below to find them in my online store or contact me by email.

Come back soon to see more ideas for using the new Embossing Paste.

Never Too Old to Learn New Tricks

Greeting card using Flourishing Phrases stamp set and sponging

I have been a stamper for almost 20 years and a demo for 16 but can still get excited by new techniques. I created this card using a technique like bleach stamping but used just water on the stamp. I first sponged  cardstock with Real Red, Tangerine Tango, and Crushed Curry inks. Then I misted the detailed image from Flourishing Phrases with water and stamped. That’s it! This is such an easy technique! I’m not sure it has a name but I call it ghosting. Like bleach stamping, it takes a couple minutes to see the end results. I didn’t think I had misted enough water on the stamp so I misted it some more and stamped over the first image. Hence the double image. As the cardstock dried, the white showed through more. Give this technique a try. I think you will love it! To order the supplies I used for this card, just click on the images below.

Grandson’s Graduation Card

Graduation card for grandson using Large Letters Framelits

What to do for a graduation card for an eighth-grader? You make a quick card using the Large Letters Framelits, retired Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper, and Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper...easy, peasy and so quick! The letters take center front and I’m really happy the framelit set includes punctuation.

Inside of grandson's graduation card

Now this particular boy did not like middle-school and was not very excited about going to graduation. So I computer-generated the sentiment on the inside. I printed it out and used the Stitched Shapes Frameiits to cut it out. The white label on a white background would not have been very impressive so I backed it with an oval of the same pattern as on the front of the card. I really love this Naturally Eclectic designer series paper. Check out all the wonderful designs in it and place your order for it by clicking on the image below. Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I invite you to grab a cup of coffee and take some time to browse through my blog. Leave me a comment so I know you have been here.

Beautiful You Grad Card

Graduation card created with Beautiful You and Sunshine Sayings stamp setsDoesn’t this woman from the Beautiful You stamp set (wood-143004, clear-143637) exude happiness and joy? I thought it would be a perfect image to use on this graduation card for our granddaughter who graduated from high school yesterday. Almost all the product used in this card is new to the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. The background is one of the patterns in the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. I stamped the woman with Basic Grey ink onto Whisper White cardstock; colored her with Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral (for her skin) and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils; then fussy cut her out.  The sentiment came from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set. I have fallen in love with the 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon in Island Indigo and am going to order both the Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist colors on my next order.

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. If you need to order any of the supplies I used for this card, just click on the images below to find them in my online store.

Flourishing Phrases Anniversary Card

I love it when you can make a quick card from just one stamp set like Flourishing Phrases (wood – 141531, clear – 141534). Our daughter and son-in-law are renewing their marriage vows on their 33rd anniversary on Saturday. The 33rd anniversary stone is the amethyst so I used Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum for this card. I have not used those colors in a long time! The rhinestones were added to the card for a little bling and because there was a tiny extraneous spot of Perfect Plum ink by the top sentiment. This is a great way to cover up booboos! You can order the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below which are linked to my online store. Thanks for stopping by.

What Is Your Favorite Bundle in the New Catalog?

What is your favorite bundle from the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog? Mine is the Colorful Seasons Bundle (145348).

  • It is so very versatile with all four seasons represented,
  • The stamp set Colorful Seasons is a photopolymer set, my favorite type.
  • I love the greetings.
  • The Adirondack chair, leaf skeleton, and snowflake dies are wonderful!

You will be seeing many cards created with this bundle. The one at the top of this post is the first. You can order the supplies for this card by clicking on the images below.

The New Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Catalog Is Live!

2017-2018 catalog front cover

I am so excited that we can now order from the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog! While we demos can place a preorder for certain items, there were several other things I have been patiently waiting to order. Yep…I placed my first order today. Check out these videos from Stampin’ Up! that shows a few products in the new catalog. Then contact me so I can send you your own copy of the catalog for free!

Thanks for coming by to visit. Leave a comment below with your favorite item from the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog.

Stampin’ Up! Retirement List is Out!

Header for Retirement List

The retirement list is online! Just gotta make room for new product so Stampin’ Up! retires product that either didn’t sell well or has been around for a while. Some of the retiring product is on sale and will not last long so check the list out right away.  Of course, all the bundles in the 2016-2017 Annual Occasions catalogs retire even if the stamps and dies in the bundle do not retire so order them now and save 10%! Use the links below to see what is retiring.

Stamps

Bundles

Everything else

Items at 50% 0ff:
Balloon Thinlit Pop-Up Dies OC pg 5
Basket Builder Framelits Dies
OC pg 18
Sprinkles Embellishments
OC pg 32
Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
OC pg 51
Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies
OC pg 55
There are more items from the Occasions Catalog that are discounted up to 40% off so be sure to check the lists right away before these sell out. All the product in the 2015-2017 In Colors sells out quickly as well. Now is the time to stock up!

Check out the information concerning the retirement list that Stampin’ Up! posted:

Main Information:

  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.

Order Information:

  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we’ll keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Depending on inventory levels, we may add additional discounts to select products in May.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • If you or a customer buys a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you or your customer wants, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you/your customer risk it being sold out.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.
  • Please start your orders for retiring products after the promotion starts. Orders that are started before the promotion begins will not include the discounted prices.

Have fun shopping and saving!
Sue