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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.

Hey Chick!

Wiper card using Hey Chick stamp set

When I first saw the Hey Chick stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration brochure, I knew I had to make a wiper card with the set. This SAB set is absolutely darling and the best part of it is that it is FREE when you purchase $50 in product from me before taxes and shipping.

Now the closed card is cute in and of itself but just see what happens when you pull the ends of the card!

Opened wiper card using Hey, Chick stamp set

Giggle! I just love that floppy-maned chicken popping up to wish you a happy day! There are several online tutorials and videos showing how to make a wiper card. I followed Dawn Olchefsky’s  directions on this video  but made the tag a little longer so more of it would stick up. Wiper cards are fun to make but do take a little fussing to get them right the first time you make one.

The new 2017 Occasions catalog became live Jan 4th and that also was the first day of Sale-A-Bration which runs through March 31st. Sale-A-Bration is the exciting time of year when you can choose one of the FREE items from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for each $50 you purchase in Stampin’ Up! products. Contact me if you would like a copy of the 2017 Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure. I love giving them away for just the agreement that I can periodically give you a call to see how I can help you with your creative needs.

Check out this blog and my facebook page frequently to see samples I’ve created with product from these catalogs.

Clicking on the images below will take you to that product in my online store so you can order them if needed.

Rose Garden Thinlit Card

A fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Patty Bennett, posted this video on how she made a beautiful card using the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies.

I am totally in love with Wink of Stella and had to try this technique for myself. I ordered just the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, not the whole bundle…bummer! Here is my feeble attempt at this technique.

handmade card using Rose Garden Thinlits Dies

Some things did not work out as well for me as they did for Patty. I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the diecut to Whisper White cardstock. When I wet the cardstock to float the reinker/Wink of Stella mixture on the water, the diecut came unglued in places. I finally had to glue it back down using the Fine-Tipped Glue Pen. My coloring is a lot lighter than Patty’s because I forgot that when watercoloring, the color always dries lighter than when it is wet. Also, as you can see, the Whisper White cardstock would not lay flat even after it dried. So…I am really embarrassed to share this card. But…maybe you can learn from it like I have. Now I wish I had purchased the bundle because I would emboss the rose with gold embossing powder and then do the watercoloring technique. There would have been very little bleeding outside the lines. So note to self: Always order the bundle even if you don’t think you will use a part of it. You never know. This is the second time I didn’t order a bundle, just part of it and had to order the other half at full price.

You can order the supplies used for this card by clicking on the images below. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Sleigh Ride Edgelits Christmas Card

handmade Christmas card using the Sleigh Ride Edgelits and Softly Falling embossing folder

The Sleigh Ride Edgelits (139670) and Jingle All the Way stamp set (wood-139904, clear-139907) ) is one of my favorite bundles (wood -140861, clear-140862) in the new Holiday Catalog. I also love the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder (139672) so I combined the three items for this card.

You will be able to order from the Holiday Catalog starting next Tuesday. What? You don’t have a catalog yet? I’d love to send you one. Email me your phone number and best time to call you so we can discuss how you can get this wonderful catalog from me for FREE!

Now on to the details of this card. I used Shimmery White, Gold Foil, and Night of Navy cardstock. To get the background, I inked up the depressed side of the Softly Falling embossing folder, carefully placed my cardstock in the folder without moving it once it touched the ink, and ran it through the Big Shot. I love the look of snow falling from the night sky.

Now get out a piece of paper and make a list of what you want to order come next Tuesday. Don’t forget to contact me if you want a catalog.

Terrific Tuesday…almost.

Yes, today is Tuesday and we do have new Weekly Deals to make the day exciting. However, it is with sadness that Stampin’ Up! has announced that they are discontinuing all Blendabilities and will not be offering them in the near future. Too many of the alcohol markers were drying out even before they were sold due to microscopic holes in the casings. So Stampin’ Up! made the difficult decision to not carry them any longer. They are proud of the quality of their products and could not in good conscience continue to sell a product which couldn’t be depended on. I am proud to be part of a company who is so conscientious about providing the best quality products to their customers!

So now what do you do? Below is a chart to guide you, Not all Blendabilities are defective so if the ones you already have are working fine, continue to enjoy them while they last. All alcohol markers will eventually dry out. That is the nature of these markers.

table about what to do with backordered Blendabilities Now what do we do for coloring in images? I truly loved using my Blendabilities and hope in the near future Stampin’ Up! is able to create a way for us to carry some other brand of alcohol marker. Meanwhile, we can go back to using Blender Pens (102845), our Stampin’ Write markers, and Aqua Painters 103954). You can pick up ink from the markers with the blender pens. Or you can squeeze the lid of a stamp pad to pick up some of the ink on the lid. Then use an Aqua Painter or blender pen to transfer that ink to your image. Alternately you can add a drop or two of reinker to the lid of your stamp pad and the pick it up from there to paint your image.

Enough of the sadness, on to the new Weekly Deals. You can see them below. Just click on the photo to get more details and remember that these prices last only through Monday night so order the ones you want now. Procrastination will cause you to miss out!

screen shot of the Weekly Deals for 3-10-15

Washi Wednesday – Washi Christmas Cards

Handmade Christmas card using All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape and Snowflake Card Thinlits DiesYep…here is another Washi Wednesday with three more cards using washi tape. This first one uses the All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape (135844) to create a series of banners behind the snowflake. I had cut out the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper (135315) with the Snowflake Card Thinlits die and found it lying on my stamping table. I cut the blue snowflake from Lost Lagoon cardstock and the Joy from a Gold Foil Sheet (132622) using other dies from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies (135855).

In this post, I described how I cut out the large snowflake from glimmer paper. Since then I actually took the time to watch Stampin’ Up’s video on how to use the die and learned a much easier way to cut out the snowflake:

  1. Place a 3 3/4″ square of cardstock/glimmer paper under the snowflake part of the card base die and run it through the Big Shot.
  2. Remove the cardstock , turn it 90 degrees, and replace it under the die lining up the cut parts with the corresponding parts of the snowflake.
  3. Run it through the Big Shot again. Voila! You now have a perfectly cut snowflake. This is also the way to cut out the large snowflake from the Letterpress Winter stamp set (photopolymer 135145). However, lining up the die to the stamped image is very difficult. I found it much easier to first cut the snowflake shape out and then stamp the image on it. The photopolymer stamp make placement of the image on the die cut much, much easier.

Handmade Christmas card using the Santa and Company Designer Washi tape and Letterpress Winter stamp set Handmade Christmas card using the Santa & Co Designer Washi Tape and Wondrous Wreat Thinlit DiesThese are two more versions of this washi tape Christmas card. The top card shows the result of following the directions above using the large snowflake die from the Letterpress Winter stamp set (135143). I used the Santa and Co. Designer Washi Tape (135843) on this card and the next one. The Joy and the larger snowflake were cut from Gold Glimmer paper (133719) using one of the dies from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies as was the Marina Mist smallest snowflake. I love how the various stamp sets and dies work so well together!

The third card is a little less detailed. I used the Santa and Co. Designer Washi tape and added the word ‘joy’ cut from Red Glimmer paper (121790). I added a bow from Silver 1/8″ Ribbon (132137). I don’t know which one I like best. How about you? Leave your choice in a comment below. To order the supplies to make these cards, click on the images below.

Third Time’s a Charm – Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies

I have share two Christmas cards I created with the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies (135855) here and here. Today I have a third card created with this die.

Handmade Christmas card created with the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies and using the tree die

This time I cut out a separate snowflake from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper to glue to the snowflake on the card. Here are the steps for doing this:

  1. Place a square of glimmer paper that is slightly bigger than the snowflake on the cutting platform and place the Snowflake Card die on top of the square.
  2. Place the top cutting plate with the edge of the plate lining up with the middle of the snowflake and run it through the Big Shot. The cutting plate only covers the smaller end of the die. This will prevent the other part of the snowflake from being cut.
  3. There is a score line above and below the snowflake once the die has been run through the Big Shot. Move the framelit over and line up the second fold on top of the score line making sure the points of the snowflake are properly shaped.
  4. Place the top cutting plate over the middle of the snowflake again covering the bulk of the die and not covering the smaller end that you have already cut. Then run it through the Big Shot.
  5. You should now have a nicely shaped snowflake to match the snowflake on the card base. You can use this procedure to cut out the large snowflake from the Letterpress Winter stamp set (135145).

For more details about the supplies I used and to order them, click on the links below.

MDS Monday – Digital Dry Embossing Technique

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!

Digital scrapbook page featuring a faux dry embossing technique

This is the sketch:

MDSM82 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.

Washi Wednesday Faux Shaker Card

Washi tape faux shaker cardYes, I know it is Thursday but I just couldn’t get this card finished yesterday. Do you know how it is when you just can’t figure out how to finish the card? Well, that was the case yesterday. I played with it all day and still wasn’t satisfied. Then today I got out my new star framelits and went star crazy! :o)

To make a faux shaker card, put sequins or small punchies or beads into a small cellophane bag and seal the top. I didn’t have any small ones so I cut down a medium clear envelope (102619) and attached it on two sides with Retro Fresh Washi Tape (133001) to the card front. I wanted the faux shaker to be seen from both sides of the card front so I cut out a rectangle before adhering the piece of clear envelope. Then I put sequins in and sealed the two open sides when I attached the envelope to the rest of the card. I added another round of washi tape to widen the border around the shaker part.

Don’t you love the font of the greeting? It is one of the Hostess stamp sets, Good Greetings, in the Fall/Holiday catalog which you will be able to order from beginning August 28. I got to see a preview of the Holiday catalog during the live-streamed opening of the 2014 Stampin’ Up! annual convention. (It was a fair substitute for actually being  there.) You will be delighted and excited by all the new products in this catalog. Are you wondering why I already have this set? It’s because I am a demonstrator and earned this set from my June sales. If you would like to learn how you can get early access to new stamp sets and start your own paper-crafting business, give me a call or email me. I’d love to have discussions with you on the benefits of being your own boss.

Supplies: To order these supplies to make this card, visit my online store or click on the links. I appreciate your business!StampsGood Greetings
PaperWhisper White (100730), Pumpkin Pie (105117), and Blackberry Bliss (133675) cardstock, Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (133693)
InkTuxedo Black Memento Pad (132706)
OtherStars Framelits (133723), Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape (133001), Decorative Label Punch (120907), Medium Clear Envelopes (102619)

Work of Art Abstract Flower

Work of Art Abstract FlowerAt the New Catalog Premiere I attended in April, we were given the Work of Art stamp set. Several demonstrators have used the swishes in the set to stamp flowers so I gave it a try. I have fallen in love with this set because of it’s versatility. Check it out below. I also used the Watercolor Thank You stamp set. This single stamp only comes in wood mount.

Work of Art index

I created the background by sponging Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss on one side of the Decorative Dots embossing folder. I then lightly misted the ink with water and laid a piece of Whisper White cardstock onto the folder. I lightly pressed the folder closed but did not run it through the Big Shot. I love the impressionistic effect of the colored dots.

To order the supplies used in this card, just click on the links below or visit my online store.