Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vellum Valentine

I just love the new stamp set, Hey, Valentine from the Occasions Catalogue. When I heard that this week's challenge at The Paper Plunge was to use vellum, I knew right away I would be using this set.


This is a simple open top box made with an 8 1/4 by 4 1/4 piece of card stock vellum. It's scored at 2 1/2 horizontally, and 2, 4, 6, and 8 vertically. It's stamped with the adorable fox image, heat embossed in black, and coloured with Blendabilities



Here's a photo without the lamp on so you can see how the tea light (battery powered) shines through the image a bit better. 

Don't you love it!?!  Pull out some vellum and make one for your #1 Valentine. Then head over to The Paper Plunge for some more great vellum ideas. 

Go stamp something!
Diane 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Blendabilities Technique

Hi Stampers!
This week's challenge on The Paper Plunge is to use a technique on your project. Here's what I made:


I stamped the congratulations image from the stamp set Bravo in VersaMark ink, then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Next I coloured over the embossed image with Blendabilities alcohol markers.  It really pops against the black cardstock!  Lastly, I heat embossed the tiny star from Many Merry Stars with gold embossing powder to dress up the background. 

No matter how many times I've done it before, it's still so exciting to watch the dull powder change as if my magic to that melted, glossy finish. What's your favourite technique?  Add your creation to the challenge at The Paper Plunge.

Go stamp something!
Diane

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Dies for the Big Shot!

So the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration are both here!

Today I want to show you something I made with my favourite bundle from the Occasions Catalogue:


The colours used on this card are Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock, and Lost Lagoon, Basic Black and Silver Encore ink. 

The bundle saves you 15% and includes the stamp set Celebrate Today and the Balloon framelits. Here's what they look like:
 
http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=138869&dbwsdemoid=2040904

This is my entry for this week's challenge on The Paper Plunge. Head over to see what the rest of the design team has come up with using their Big Shots. We'd love it if you played along too!  What do you love to create with your Big Shot?

Get stamping!
Diane

Friday, November 21, 2014

Keeping it Clean

The challenge over on The Paper Plunge this week is clean and simple. Here's my contribution:


This card uses the Wintertime stamp set. It's simply stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder and dazzling diamonds glitter. I added a few rhinestone jewels to finish it off. It doesn't get much simpler than that!

Here's a second version using different stamps:


This card uses the Christmas Bauble stamp set, and the sentiment is from an old retired stamp set. 

Go stamp something simple and share it with us!
Diane

Friday, October 3, 2014

Round and Round She Goes!

This week's challenge at The Paper Plunge is to use circles in your project. Right away my mind went to Christmas tree ornaments, and so I made this:


How many circles do you think there are on this card?  Let's count. 
1) The card base is two Pool Party circles
2) The snowflakes on the background are tiny circles (Some are glittery!  Always hard to see glitter in photos.)
3) The first house has a half circle window in the door
4) The second house has a wreath on the door
5) The third house has a round attic window
6) The ornament hanger is actually the round tag from my new favourite product--the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlets Dies

The houses and wreath are from the Holiday Home Photopolymer Stamp Set.  The houses were die cut with the Homemade Holiday Framelit Dies.  
 
Come swim with us on The Paper Plunge!  Use circles on a project and post it.  Don't have a blog?  You are welcome to share your project on my facebook page:Teachtostamp

Go stamp something!
Diane 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall is just another way of saying PLUNGE!

Exciting news!  I have been asked to be a part of the design team at a new weekly challenge site called, The Paper Plunge!  For our first challenge we're making fall themed projects. Here is my card:


I love it when our products can be used in different ways!  The stamp set White Christmas instantly makes us think of different winter scenes we could create with it. When I was looking around the stamping sites, I saw a few people were using the tree image for autumn cards, by adding leaves with a variety of techniques. I chose to stamp the snow image from the same set in Cajun Craze ink, and then stamp the small splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge in Crushed Curry ink using a mask to protect the rest of my card. You could use the snow image for both colours, but I don't like to clean my stamps until I'm putting everything away if I can help it!The sentiment is from the Holiday Invitation stamp set.  I stamped it in Chocolate Chip in a 1/2" wide scrap of Whisper White, then I trimmed the end with my Paper Snips and attached it with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The white panel was then mounted onto a 4-1/8" square of Island Indigo and finally onto a Cajun Craze 4-1/2" card base. 

Check out the other designs at: The Paper Plunge

Take the challenge, and go stamp something!
Diane



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

So Many People to Thank

What do you do when you need to make a large number of thank you cards, but you don't have a lot of time to dedicate to making them?  Here is my method for getting a lot of cards done in a couple of hours.

First, I use my computer to help me write the messages efficiently.  Using the label templates in Microsoft Word, I set up my document so that it has four postcards per page.  Then I type my messages on the postcards.  I print the post cards on a light colour of cardstock, then cut the cardstock into quarters (4-1/4 by 5-1/2) and they're ready to stamp!

I try to design the front of the card to have no extra layers, though sometimes I'll have one or two punched layers.  The Work of Art stamp set made this easy since there are so many ways these images look great without extra embellishments.


This layout is simple, but effective.  I was able to get the 25 cards I needed done in a little over an hour start to finish.  I feel sure that the people I wanted to thank will know how much I appreciate them when they receive their hand stamped card.  Combining technology and paper crafting allowed me to express myself creatively, even when my time was limited.  Is this a strategy that could help you too?

Go stamp something!
Diane