Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stamping 101

This class focused on two current paper crafting trends; water colouring and gold. Both cards use the stamp set Happy Watercolor:

We stamped the colour wash image three times in Wisteria Wonder, then stamped the sentiment in Jet Black StazOn. The flowers were punched with the Petite Petals Punch, the tiny gold flowers were punched with the Itty Bitty Punch Pack. A little Rhinestone Jewel is added to the centre of each gold flower and the leaves were made with the Little Leaves Sizzlit and the Big Shot.

For our second card we used a technique called emboss resist. We stamped the floral image with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder. Then we painted over the image with an Aqua Painter and ink from the lid of our classic ink pads in the 2013-2015 in-colors. We attached a strip of the gold striped design from the washi tape collection; Watercolor Wonder. We stamped thank you, also from Happy Watercolor, directly onto the wash tape with Jet Black StazOn. Once the floral panel was dry, we attached it to the card with two pieces of the gold polka dot design from the same collection. Fast and easy, and it looks better in real life.  Gold is tricky to photograph!

Our third project was a simple little gift box, but since I forgot to take a photo of it, I'll have to save that idea for another post.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stamp Club

This month for stamp club we tried something a bit different. We used a template created by Angie Kennedy Juda to make five projects from one sheet of 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper. Here are the five projects we made:

This is the cutting template that Angie came up with:

Each stamp club member chose a different sheet of Sweet Sorbet DSP and cut it according to the template above and then scored the 3D projects. In addition to the designer paper we used card stock in Crisp Cantelope, Pistaccio Pudding, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit. We used ink pads in the same colours. 
Project #1  Treat Bag

For this project we also used a bit of ribbon and linen thread to hold the bag closed at the top. The sentiment is from the stamp set Perfect Pennants. The layers were cut with the Banners Framelits.  The photo on the right is the scoring guide for this treat bag.

Project #2  Pizza Box

The pizza box is topped with a cupcake made using the Cupcake Punch layered onto a Pool Party circle and Pistachio Pudding scallop circle.  In the photo on the right the dashed lines show where to score, the solid lines show where to cut.
Project #3  Tiny Triangle Box

We stamped a flower image from Petite Petals and punched it out with the coordinating punch.  The flower is layered onto a Pistachio Pudding circle and Pool Party scallop circle.  The box is tied shut with a bit of ribbon through tiny holes we punched in the top. 

Project #4  Thank You Card

This card uses the three thin strips of DSP.  We  cut a notch out of each end, and adhered them to the front, and folded over to the inside of the card.  For the focal image we stamped the smaller flower image from So Very Grateful and coloured it in with blender pens and ink from our ink pads. If you've never tried this before all you do is press the centre of your ink pad when it is closed, some of the ink will be transferred to the lid. Pick up the ink from the lid with your blender pen like it's a paint palette. We cut the image out with the Circle Framelits and layered it onto a punched out Crisp Cantaloupe scallop circle, and a Pool Party banner.

Project #5  Make a Wish Card

We used the 2" x 5 1/2" piece of DSP on this last project.  We stamped make a wish from Perfect Pennants in Pool Party and cut out all of the layers with the Banner Framelits.  The final embellishment were a bit of Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon attached with a Silver Brad, and an Itty Bitty punched flower in Summer Starfruit with a Rhinestone centre.

This class was a bit more involved than our typical stamp club class, but I just love the versatility of a concept like this one sheet wonder as it can be used with any designer paper you may have and whatever stamp sets suit the occasion you are making the projects for.  This also gives you great value for your Designer Paper!  The five projects can also be used individually, simply use the size of paper indicated in the template for the project you'd like to make and follow the scoring guide.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stamping 101

Hi Stampers,

The first Tuesday of every month we have a Stamping 101 class where we make three projects that use simple techniques to produce quick, yet beautiful items. This month we made two cards and a treat holder. 

The first card used the Decorative Dots Textured Embossing Folder from the Saleabration brochure. The three stamps we used were all from different sets; the diagonal stripe image is from Gorgeous Grunge, the sentiment is from Create a Cupcake, and the flower and the coordinating punch are from the Petite Petals bundle. We used Very Vanilla and Strawberry Slush card stock and Early Espresso ink. 

The second card features the Designer Series Paper from Saleabration, Sweet Sorbet. The stamped image is from Perfect Pennants and we cut it out with the coordinating framelits and the Big Shot. The card stock layers are Crisp Cantelope and Pistacio Pudding. This was our fastest project, I think this card came together in about five minutes. 

Our last project was this Ghiradeli chocolate holder. We used the Envelope Punch Board to get the file tab shape at the top. The image on the front, from Apothecary Art, was stamped twice. The bottom layer was stamped in Coastal Cabana and cut out with the coordinating framelits, then it was stamped again in Wisteria Wonder from which we cut out the centre of the image with the circle framelits. We then used Stampin' Write markers in Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzaz to colour the flowers and leaves. So cute!!

If you're interested in any of the Saleabration items they are available until March 31st. Contact me if you need a brochure. 

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Stamp Club Mini Album

Hi Stampers!

At stamp club we usually make three projects, and each project focuses on a certain product or technique. Once in a while I like to do a larger scrapbook project instead. The scrapbooking members like to get some ideas for their memory keeping, and the card makers like to try something new and go home with a photo ready scrapbook project. 

This month we're using a template I found on LA Stamper for a mini scrapbook using a 12x12 piece of card stock as the base. Here's her mini scrapbook, and the scoring and cutting template.  Click on the photo to see her post:  
For our stamp club project I wanted to use the Sale-a-bration DSP, so that set the colour palette. I added Crumb Cake for the base, and Primrose Petals as an additional accent colour. 

For the cover we embossed a 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 piece of Pool Party card stock. (All panels are decorated with 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" layer)  Then we cut out a piece of Sweet Sorbet DSP with the Banners Framelits Dies and an image from the coordinating Perfect Pennants Stamp Set with the same framelits. Those two banners are attached to the Pool Party base with Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape
When you open the cover, you reveal a pocket on the left and a photo panel on the right. The pocket has some Sweet Sorbet DSP attached, and the corners have been rounded. The photo panel has  a Summer Starfruit layer and two circles cut out with the Circle Framelits and glued only on the back and the edge near the fold so that a photo can be slipped underneath. The Pistachio Pudding circle is embellished with a flower from Banner Blast stamped in Primrose Petals. The Pool Party circle is stamped with an image from Perfect Pennants in Jet Black StazOn ink. 

When you open the Starfruit panel you reveal two photo/journaling panels. The Primrose Petals panel is embellished with an image from Petite Petals punched out with the coordinating Petite Petals Punch, and the hello from Perfect Pennants is stamped in Cantelope . The Crisp Cantelope panel is stamped with a diagonal striped banner image from Perfect Pennants in Primrose ink, the little banner and star are from Banner Blast and punched out with the Banner Punch, both free during Sale-a-bration!

When you flip those two panels down, you reveal the last four photo/journaling panels. Three more designs from the Sweet Sorbet DSP are used here, along with a piece of Pistachio Pudding. 

The flap over the top middle panel has an image from Perfect Pennants stamped in Pool Party and cut out with the coordinating Banners Framelits, mounted on a Summer Starfruit banner and a slim strip of Primrose card stock.  The flap over the right top panel was left plain, as I intend to mount a photo onto the flap, and a second photo underneath it on the DSP layer.

The bottom left panel simply has a strip of Crumb Cake card stock embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder, also free during Sale-a-bration. The bottom right panel has been stamped all over with the small splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge in Pustachio Pudding ink. Three different images from Banner Blast were stamped in Starfruit, Cantelope and Primrose, and punched out with the coordinating  Banner Punch, yes, both are free during Sale-a-bration.

Whew!  That was a lot of explanation for one project!  The truth is, once the paper is cut it comes together pretty quickly, the club stampers completed their scrapbooks in an hour. All that's left is to print out some pictures! 

If you'd like to get in on Sale-a-bration and have some of these free products to use in your paper crafting, contact me and I will get you a copy of the brochure. Can't wait?  Go to my Stampin' Up! website to view it online

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Stamp Club

Hi Stampers,

We had our stamp club class last week, and we inked up some new products from the Occasion Catalogue and the Sale-a-bration flyer:

This card features the Starburst Sayings Bundle from the Occasions Catalogue and Banner Blast and the coordinating Banner punch from Sale-a-bration

The colour palette for this Valentine was inspired by the Sale-a-bration DSP Sweet Sorbet that you see running up the left side of the card.  It's great paper!  The base is Summer Starfruit, the next layer is  Pool Party and the heart is Calypso Coral.  We used the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and the coodinating framelits on the Calypso heart and to stamp the heart on the white layer.  I like that this card can be used as a valentine, and isn't too frilly or girly.

Good as Gold Simply Sent kit sneak peek Sale-A-Bration 2014, papermadeprettier

We also made a card from the Sale-a-bration card kit, Good as Gold Simply Sent, but I gave it away the day after stamp club for a friend's birthday and I hadn't taken a picture yet.  This is a picture I found on line that is similar to what we made, only I put the thin blue strip in between the gold strip and the for you.  Have some questions about Sale-a-bration and how you can get these items for free?  Email me at and I can answer your questions and get a copy of the flyer to you.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

New Occasions Catalogue!!

Hi Stampers,

The new Occasions Catalogue was released earlier this month, and it is packed with fresh spring-coloured products!  Here are a few of my favourites so far:

1.)  Just Sayin' Clear Mount Bundle

This was the first thing I wanted when I saw the new catalogue.  First of all, who doesn't love a stamp set with coordinating framelits?  Then I just love the images in the stamp set, with these the message can be the main focal point on your project.  Finally, I thought I could use the framelits to cut out other sentiments and small images, which adds some versatility, that makes me happy:)

2.) Starburst Sayings Clear Mount Bundle

The next thing I knew I wanted was this set of starburst framelits!  To congratulate or commemorate a big event I like the idea of a winners ribbon and that's the first thing I thought of when I saw these framelits, then when I looked at the stamp set, I saw they would work perfectly for just that.  We might just be using this at stamp club this week, stay tuned!

3.) Watercolour Wonder Designer Note cards and Envelopes

I fell in love with these note cards as soon as I laid eyes on them.  I ordered a package of them, but I'm having that problem where you love the paper too much to risk using it and ruining it!  I might have to stamp my ideas on scratch paper first, otherwise these little beauties might stay on my desk unstamped forever!

Have you looked through the Occasions Catalogue yet?  What are your must have items?
Contact me if you need a copy for your bedside table.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Stamping 101

This week was Stamping 101!  The class that uses simple techniques to produce quick projects. This month we used some new products from the Occasions Catalogue as well as a couple of sneak peak products that will be available during Sale-a-bration!

First, some sweet little 3x3 cards using a new stamp set; Just Sayin' and the coordinating Word Bubbles Framelits Dies:

This lay out will work for any of the Just Sayin' sentiments in this set, these are just two examples. It's simply a 3"x6" piece of whisper white card stock scored and folded at 3". If you start with 12"x12" card stock you can make 8 cards from a single sheet. Then mount a 2 3/4" square of monochromatic DSP, Polka Dot Parade used here.  Next stamp your sentiment in the same colour ink, Rich Razzleberry and Marina Mist are shown in the picture and cut out with the coordinating framelits and your Big Shot. Finally, adhere your speech bubble. 

If you'd like to give a set of these as a gift, or make a bunch to have on hand for yourself, here's a great little box to hold them:

I got the idea for this little box from my friend Penny from Penny Tokens Stamping Spot. She gives great directions with loads of photos to show you how to make this with your Envelope Punch Board. I simply added another image from the Just Sayin' stamp set to hold the lid closed, but you could easily add some more stamping, emboss the lid, or add a belly band if you'd like to dress it up a bit. 

Finally, we used the new Angled Tag Topper Punch, but not to make a tag:

We used it to make a Ghirardelli chocolate holder. Clever right?  There was a project using this punch to make a nugget holder in Stampin' Success (our demonstrator magazine) and then of course Stampers everywhere started making different versions. For this one we started with a 5 1/2" x 2" piece of Very Vanilla card stock, scored at xx and xx.  Then punch both ends with the Angled Tag Topper Punch and decorate. My sister-in-law gave me this Washi Tape dispenser for Christmas, and I thought this was the perfect chance to break it in!

I tore off two strips of Washi and adhered them as the background. Then I stamped three flag images in Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, and Coastal Cabana ink. Don't recognize those images? That's because they're from the stamp set Banner Blast that will only be available during Sale-a-bration from January 28th until March 31st. There is also a coordinating Banner Punch which was used to punch out the flag shapes. Lastly, we slid in the chocolate and tied some Bakers Twine through the holes at the top. I think I might have to make a Valentines version for my coworkers. Too cute!

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