In honor of this remarkable day, I am doing a post of 12 cards I have shared this past year, 13 little tips, and 14 stamping tools to help your creativity.
I couldn’t figure out how to share 12 thumbprints of cards with links to the full size without taking up a lot of space. Instead, I created this scrapbook page with MDS. I went back through my posts this year and chose a card I had posted from each month. Here is the page.
13 Stamping Tips
- Store your cardstock scraps in our 6″ x 8″ cello bags, one bag for each color. Write the color on the front with a marker and store the scraps in the same place you store the full-size cardstock. If the scrap is too big for the bag, trim it down to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ for a card base.
- When tying a ribbon around a card front, place a glue dot on the card where the knot will be. Tie the first part of the knot and push it onto the glue dot. This will keep the knot tight while you tie the rest of the bow.
- When cutting out cardstock with finely detailed thinlits, place either waxed paper between the cardstock and the die or put about 6 layers of used dryer sheets between the cardstock and the die. This will help you get the cardstock out.
- When removing a cap off a Blendabilities, especially the brush end, hold the marker away from your work. This will help prevent splatters on your work. I learned this the hard way.
- Be sure to store all markers horizontally so the ink doesn’t run to one end.
- Roll baker’s twine around the core of an empty ribbon spool that is no wider then 5/8″ and store in an empty embellishment container.
- Place a sheet of magnetic material in the lid of a stamp box and store the coordinating framelits/thinlits in with the stamp set.
- When you purchase a stamp set, write the name of the catalog it appears in, the date you bought it, and the purchase price on the cover. This will help if you decide to sell the set leter.
- Seal your wood blocks with varathane before mounting the stamp. This helps prevent the wood staining.
- Put a couple of glue dots on your clear mount stamps to help them stay on the blocks.
- When cleaning clear mount stamps, twist them on the cleaning pad instead of scrubbing them back and forth. The scrubbing back and forth breaks the static cling seal.
- Always stamp an image first then cut it out with a punch or die. This eliminates worrying about stamping it straight. Whenever possible stamp greetings on a separate layer and punch them out instead of directly on the card base for the same reason.
- When you fold a card base in half and the two sides are slightly off, just trim the edges a little.
14 Tools to Make Stamping Creativity Easier
- Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439) – There is so much you can do with this machine. When Stampin’ Up! first started selling them, I wasn’t sure I would get much use from the Big Shot because I thought it was strictly for scrapbooking. I rarely do traditional scrapbooking. However, I soon learned of all the possibilities of the Big Shot for card making.
- Embossing folders – I love dry embossing and did some using a stylus and light box (but usually against a window). This was a rather tedious process. With embossing folders a quick turn through the Big Shot and you have a wonderful dry embossed card front.
- Dies, thinlits and framelits – Oh my goodness how much these reduce ‘fussy cutting’! And now more and more stamp sets have matching thinlits. Yay!
- Simply Scored (122334)- This scoring tool is great when you have to score a lot of card bases or want perfectly parallel lines.
- Gift Box Punch Board (135863) – What an easy way to make gift boxes from cardstock or designer series paper. You can make a variety of sizes, the largest being a 4″ cube, in a matter of minutes. No adhesive is needed. I am able to get a knitted stocking cap into the 4″ cube box.
- Transfer Adhesive Sheets (133722) – These sheets are especially perfect for adhering detailed die-cuts to your work. You lift up the top covering, place your die cut onto the sticky surface which is a layer of very tiny adhesive dots, Replace the cover, and rub well. Then you can peel off the die cut. The adhesive is on the back. These transfer sheets can be used repeatedly as only the adhesive dots actually used by the die cut are removed.
- Adhesive Remover (103684) – This eraser-like piece of rubber removes adhesive that ends up in the wrong place.
- Dental floss – Dental floss on a stamping table??? Yes! You have just put down a layer of cardstock using SNAIL adhesive and discover that it isn’t as straight as you thought it was. Instead of using your fingers to lift the layer, slide floss under the layer and neatly pull it down to break the adhesive seal without ruining your layers.
- Reinkers – Reinkers are not just for reinking your stamp pads. They can be used to die ribbons, color glimmer paper, color the Simply Pressed Clay, and are used in a variety of thechniques.
- Embossing Buddy (103083) – The embossing buddy is essential to keep stray grains of embossing powder at bay but can be also used to reduce stickiness when Snail adhesive sneaks over the edge of ribbons when you use SNAIL to adhere your ribbon.
- Heat & Stick Powder (100625) – This powder works like embossing powder but stays sticky on the surface so you can adhere glitter to a stamped image.
- MDS (130646) – MDS is Stampin’ Up’s digital design program. With this program, you can create cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D items without having to haul out stamps, paper, and inks. You can email the card directly to the recipient or print it out to mail. The images and paper downloads do not retire so they are always available for your use. If you like only certain designs of a designer series paper, you can print out multiple copies of that pattern and not be having to order several packages of a dsp just to get enough of the design you like. The thing I like most about MDS is that there is not clean up when you have to stop creating. You just save your project and close down your computer. :o)
- Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) – This 6″ x 6″ Silicone Craft sheet is a must if you are working with hot glue but also is great when you are running SNAIL along the back of a ribbon to adhere it to your project. The SNAIL that hangs over the narrow ribbon is easily rubbed off the craft sheet. The size of the craft sheet is perfect for the limited space most stampers have on their stamping space.
- Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199) – Maybe you aren’t into paper piercing on your projects but this mat is a necessity when stamping with the new photopolymer stamps. It provides the cushioning needed for good images with the photopolymer stamps that don’t have foam cushions.
There you have it! I’m sure you could add to both my tip list and my great tools list. I’d love to hear any additions you can think of. Post them in a comment below.
Welcome to MDS Monday. As the November guest designer on the MDS Monday blog, I bring you this great birthday scrapbook page. The sketch is by Beth and I particularly love the frames around her photo places.
So I went on a search and found them in one of my favorite downloads, Downtown Grunge Photobook Templates (126056). I have used the wrinkled pattern of its designer series papers frequently for a distressed background on cards and scrapbook pages but had never paid any attention to the frames that come with the download. I really like the way the corners of the frames make the photos look a little distressed.
The greeting is from the Little Milestones Birthdays Greeting Card Template Set (129890). It originally said ‘Have a Monstrous 3rd Birthday.’ Thanks to the stamp cropping tool, I was able to crop off the ‘Have a Monstrous’ part.
Of course, I had to add an overlay to create interest in the background without distracting from the rest of the page so I added the swirl stripe pattern of the Decorative Overlays stamp set (129880) and changed the color to Pink Pirouette .
Now it’s your turn. Create a scrapbook page or card from this template and then go to the MDS Monday blog to link back to your blog. Click here. While you are there, check out the other samples.
I am so honored to be a guest designer on the MDS Monday blog design team for November! This is my first post in that capacity.
I love these pictures of our great-granddaughters. I used the Daffodil Delight Pom-pom trim as it resembles the dandelions the one child is holding. I also colored the splatters with Daffodil Delight for the same reason.
Here is the sketch:
I challenge you to create a card or scrapbook page based on this sketch. These are the specifics of the challenge:
Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the Challenge Graphic above within your post.
Link directly to your Post for this challenge, not your entire blog. (So we can find your project)
You can create a Card, Scrap Page or 3-D Object with the Sketch.
Then go post it on the MDS Monday blog here. You will also be able to see what the other design team members have done with the sketch.
I am so excited and honored! I have been chosen to be the November guest designer on the MDS Monday blog. Be sure to come back next week to see my first design in my official position. This week though, I am playing along. Here is the sketch for this week.
And here is my page.
I love these photos of our family at Christmas. Notice how the baby in the first photo is now a pre-teen in the third photo. The baby in the third photo is our older daughter’s baby.
Did you know that Stampin’ Up! and Becky Higgins have joined forces to create Project Life by Stampin’ Up!? Project Life by Stampin’ Up! combines the Project Life memory keeping system of pages with pockets to slip your photos in and preprinted cards by Stampin’ Up! in Stampin’ Up! colors and designs to also slip in the pockets. This sketch is similar to Project Life layouts. While I used that layout, I created my own cards to use where I didn’t place photos. I added some fun embellishments like the star punches filled with Gold Glimmer paper and the strings of gold sequins. You can see the details of and order the downloads I used by clicking on the images below.
I absolutely love the colors in the Be Yourself designer series papers found in the Be Yourself May Digital Kit (133426)! I have used it often and have in this scrapbook page. This picture of our great-granddaughter jumping in the mud puddle in the alley behind her grandma’s house is so cute I just HAD to use it in a scrapbook page.
The MDS Monday Challenge 87 is to play with changing the size of the patterns of the designer series papers and to insert one photo over several photo boxes. I often shrink a dsp pattern so more of the pattern shows in a punch but this time the pattern didn’t need to be shrunk because all I was going for was the splashes of color. To put a picture over several photo boxes, select the boxes you want by holding down the shift key and clicking on the boxes. Then group them. Finally drag your picture to the grouping and like magic, each box gets a piece of the photo!
Here is the challenge sketch:
If you don’t have this wonderful Be Yourself May Kit, you really need it! Click on the image below for more details about it and to order it.
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I came across this quote some time back and have wanted to do a piece of wall art to remind me of the necessity of scrapbooking. Since my parents are deceased, I have all the memorabilia from my side of the Julier family. If I don’t pass on to my children and grandchildren the memories I have, the names of the people in my stash of photos, the events the photos are taken of, and the feelings that were part of those events will die when I die.
I did the first created this lovely background for the quote using a piece of Summertime Splendor designer series paper and filled a punch with a piece of Be Yourself designer series paper.
Then I got to thinking of all the vintage photos I have in my possession and thought maybe the background to the quote should be vintage-like pictures of faces that are a part of my life. So I created this as well.
Now my quandary is which page should I send off to print. I really want only one on my stamping room wall but I like them both. So I need your help. Which one do you like best? Leave your answer in a comment below.
If you don’t have the MDS program or the digital downloads I used, click on the links below for more information and to place your order.
Yes, it is indeed Tuesday instead of Monday. I have had computer issues with getting this scrapbook page finished and uploaded so am a day behind. Sorry! This page is for the MDS Monday Challenge #84. Here was the sketch suggested we use:
The original wedding picture of my parents was in black and white. I decided to change the photo to a sepia tone in keeping with the vintage look. This led to using Baked Brown Sugar for the background and Very Vanilla for a mat on the picture and to color the Eclectic Overlays (129007) frame 6 stamp. And of course, I couldn’t just leave the background plain so I added the Vintage Overlays texture 1 to the background. I reduced the opacity of this overlay to 70%.
Do you like the looks of this scrapbook page? Would you like to be able to preserve vintage photos from your past and create scrapbook pages with no mess and no fuss? Then I recommend you give MDS a try. You can download a digital copy of it for only $19.95 and within minutes you can be creating beautiful pages yourself. The cool things about MDS are that 1. there is no cleanup to do when you finish working on a project, 2. you don’t have to worry about running out of supplies, 3. often, your photos are already on your computer and vintage ones like the one I used are easily scanned into your computer, 4. Once you create a series of pages, you can either print them out on your home printer or send them to Stampin’ Up!’s professional printer and get multiple copies of your pages, 5. you have me to help you get started and to give you additional ideas and tricks.
Click on the links below to order MDS and the digital downloads I used for this page.
Happy MDS Monday! Here is the sketch for us this week:
Our two dachshunds keep us entertained with their antics. This one, Scout, loves to sit on Ron’s lap and rest his chin on the computer touchpad. This is a not too subtle hint that Ron should be petting Scout, not using his hands for the computer. I changed the photos to a blue tone so the background colors would not detract from the focus on Scout. Behind the photos I added the Simple Stitches Circle – 1 and stretched it into an oval. I cropped just a very small part of the circle to add in the lower right corner. Since this theme is Computer Dog, i thought the Spiral Border Punch would be an appropriate way to finish off one edge of the Paw Parade Designer Series Paper – 5. If you love dogs like I do, you will want the Paw Parade Kit (138037). You can see more of the details of this kit and then order it by clicking on the images below. I have included the other downloads I used on this project as well.
Our challenge for this MDS Monday sketch was to use mostly white on white with just a pop of color. I created this scrapbook page to highlight this recent photo of our granddaughter-in-law and her three girls. They are all so lovely!
This is the sketch:
I used a drop shadow to allow the doily to show up against the white background. I played around with overlays to see if I could get the background with a dry embossed look. By experimenting with the color of the overlay and the color, opacity, blur, and offset of the drop shadow, I was able to get a pretty good simulation of dry embossing. What do you think?
Here is what I did. I applied the Decorative Overlays stamp brush set – flourishes (129880) and changed the color to Whisper White. Then I changed the drop shadow to -40% opacity, blur 5, offset x=0, y=0 and the color to Smoky Slate. If you aren’t familiar with the drop shadow function, let me explain. Opacity is how transparent the drop shadow it, the default is -25%. Blur refers to how wide the drop shadow is. 5 is the default but you can increase the width up to full. Offset is how close to the image is. In this page, I wanted the shadow to be tight up against the image. I urge you to play around with the drop image function. It gives depth to your project. However, it can also make your elements look like they are in front of the page, not part of the page. Experimentation to see what gives you the desired effect is important.
Here’s another tip for you. I wanted to use the color picker function to recolor the satin ribbon knot to match one of the colors in the blue jacket. I first tried recoloring Whisper White ribbon but the color was too light so I went darker. I finally chose Basic Gray ribbon and got the desired depth of color.
I challenge you to create a scrapbook page or greeting card using this technique to simulate dry embossing. When you finish it, email it to me and I’ll share it on this blog.
for more detail about the supplies I used and to order them, just click on the images below.
The World Traveler Photobook Template (130066) is one of the new Weekly Deals for the week of 9-9-14. Somehow, I missed the great papers and embellishments of this download when it was first introduced and had not bought it. I’m glad it is now available at 40% off. All the components of the wall art are from the kit except for the ribbon. Check out the details of this and the other Weekly Deals by clicking on the links below and then order your favorite.