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August 2013

Punched Books-CASology Book Challenge

CASology Honorable Mention

Update: Woo Hoo, this card was chosen as one of the "Honorable Mentions" by the CASology Design Team!  Thank you ladies.  I so enjoy the CASology site and find daily inspiration in the beautiful creations shared by all.

Our CASology cue word this week is "book".

Here's my contribution:

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The "books" were made using 1/2" wide strips of Designer Series Paper cut to various lengths.  I slipped the ends of the paper into my Word Window punch to make the cut and rounded edges. If you'd like wider books, start with a wider strip of paper (3/4", 1" etc), and punch the ends using a 3/4" or 1" circle punch.

This way to make the cut edge:

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This way to make the rounded edge:

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I built the books on a scrap piece of paper, popping them up using Dimensionals.  Then I trimmed the edges of the scrap paper so it wouldn't be seen.  Then, the books were layered onto the card base using Dimensionals.

Stamp Set: Define Your Life, Tiny Tags

Ink: Calypso Coral, Basic Gray

Paper: Very Vanilla, various Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Word Window and Heart to Heart punches, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Technique-Reuse and Recycle

What do you do with the dried baby wipes after you've spent time creating cards using the Baby Swipe and Baby Wipe Techniques? (see postings 08/20 and 08/25).  Why you use them to create other projects.  Never throw anything away!

Here is the collection of used baby wipes after our Fall-Themed class for the ladies of Wetmore:

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I used 1 to cut out this fun tie-dyed flower using my Big Shot and Fun Flowers die.

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I've saved the rest, so we'll see what future projects bring!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey There (My Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Gumball Green

Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Regals Print Pack Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Fun Flowers die, used baby wipes from the Baby Swipes and Baby Wipes Techniques, rhinestone brad


Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Technique-Lovely as a Tree

This is one of the projects we created at a recent fall-themed class I held for the ladies of Wetmore.  We used the Baby Wipe Technique, one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques!Baby Wipe Technique 016

All you need is a baby wipe and some reinkers to create a fun ink palette. Any kind of baby wipes will do.  For the class, we used inexpensive baby wipes I purchased at ***mart.

Start by placing a folded baby wipe into a Powder Pal.

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Create an ink palette by dripping ink from the reinkers onto the baby wipe.

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Ink up the stamp,

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and stamp on a piece of glossy white card stock.

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Tip: Test the amount of ink on the stamp first by off stamping onto your work sheet.  Add more drops of ink if needed.  Reink and stamp on project piece. 

You can get a few more stamps using this ink palette before the colors start to muddy and/or the baby wipe starts to dry out.  Baby wipes are cheap, so just start out with a new one!

We stamped the inside of the card using the leaf image.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Reinkers:Early Espresso, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive

Paper:glossy white for front, Whisper White card stock for inside, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories:baby wipe, Powder Pal


Happy Stampin'!

Simple Iris Folding

"Paper" is our cue word over at CASology this week.  Wow, that simple word could conjure up so many options for paper crafters, right?  I decided I wanted to create a simple Iris Folded card.  Iris Folding is one of my favorite paper crafting techniques.  What better way to celebrate paper!

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For more information and an instructional video on Iris Folding, please visit my Iris Folding page HERE.

I started with a very simple Iris Folding square pattern I found on Splitcoaststampers.  I have used this pattern many times because of its simplicity.  Only 2 segments, but it makes quite a statement. Because of the size of the elephant image, I needed the "iris" to be larger than the original pattern.  So, I enlarged it to 150% before printing it out.

I also wanted to share the new Envelope Liner Framelits from Stampin' Up!  These are so cool, and are now my most favorite accessory.  What a great way to coordinate the card and the envelope!

How to use: Cut the liner out of a coordinating scrap piece of paper using the Big Shot and Envelope Line Framelit.  Add a little adhesive to the back side of the liner and slip into the envelope.

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Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Patterned Occasions

Ink: Basic Gray, Markers: Bermuda Bay, Lucky Limeade

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, scrap Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Iris Folding pattern, Big Shot, Magnetic Cutting Platform, Envelope Liner Framelit


Happy Stampin'!

Baby Swipe Technique-Serene Silhouettes

I held a fall-themed card class for the ladies of Wetmore this past weekend.  This is one of the cards we created using the Baby Swipe Technique:

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I couldn't believe that I had not already shared the baby swipe technique with the Wetmore ladies since it is one of my top ten favorite stamping techniques.  It's a great landscape technique, and all you need are baby wipes and reinkers!

Really any brand/type of baby wipe will work.  We used an inexpensive brand that I purchased at ***mart.

For the baby swipe technique, simply fold a baby wipe into 4ths and apply a line of reinker along a folded edge. 

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Swipe the color onto a piece of glossy card stock.  (Regular matte card stock can be used as well.  The colors will be bolder.  You will have more muted colors using glossy card stock).

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Fold the baby wipe again so you have another clean folded edge and add a line of another reinker along the edge.  Swipe on the card stock. Continue folding the baby wipe to get a clean edge, add colors and swipe onto card stock.  When you are done, you can blend the colors together by swiping a clean baby wipe over the surface. 

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Let the card stock dry completely before stamping an image over it.


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This can be a messy technique with ink getting on your fingers. Use a clean baby wipe to clean the ink off.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Serene Silhouettes, Kind Thanks

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Black Stazon, Reinkers: Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloupe, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum and Marina Mist reinkers

Paper: Sahara Sand, Elegant Eggplant, glossy white

Accessories: baby wipe

Happy Stampin'!

Punched Sunflower

The sunflowers in my garden are in full bloom, and they were my inspiration for this card!

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This is a quick and simple card made with paper scraps and punches!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bloomin' Marvelous

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, various Designer Series Paper

Accessories: 2 1/2" Circle, Hexagon and Elegant Butterfly punches, rhinestone

Happy Stampin'!

August Class in an Instant-Rustic Chic Sweater Weather

August 2013 Class in an Instant-Rustic Chic Sweater Weather

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Heat embossing has been around the crafting world for a long time – and it’s still a go-to technique. I’ve been told that, in the past crafters used to hold paper over a toaster or stove to emboss. We’ve come a long way baby with Stampin’ Up!’s latest Heat Tool!  The magic of heat embossing becomes even brighter when you mix Stampin’ Emboss Powder with Stampin’ Glitter.  I’m excited to share a new technique you can use to dazzle your friends.

This tutorial includes basic embossing and a fancy twist that will amaze you! The fall themed Magnificent Maple stamp and Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, along with textures, embossing, and shine makes for a great combination of rustic and chic. Once you try mixing embossing powders you’ll be inspired to try all kinds of color and glitter combinations for all occasions!  

Class in an Instant is only $9.95 and will be delivered right to your e mail inbox as a pdf file.

Click Here to Order August Class in an Instant-Rustic Chic Sweater Weather

In this class, you will make: 

  • 3 Cards
  • 1 Mini Muslin Bag


This class includes:

  • Mixed Embossing Powder Tutorial
  • Bonus Ideas
  • Alternate Project Samples

Featured Products:

  • Magnificent Maple Single Stamp (#131868 wood only)
  • Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper (#132184)
  • Mini Muslin Bags (#132180)


Featured Techniques:

  • Mixed Embossing Powder & Glitter
  • Sponged Tri-color stamping
  • Heat Embossing
  • Masking


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Click Here to order August Class In an Instant-Rustic Chic Sweater Weather


Happy Stampin'!

You're One in a Melon-CASology Picnic

Our Casology cue word this week is "Picnic". 

I immediately thought "watermelon"!

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For this one layer card, I started out by printing the sentiment on a piece of glossy white card stock using My Digital Studio software.  I sponged Pink Pirouette ink over the front and then spritzed on some water to get speckles.  I colored in the watermelon image from the stamp set Mouthwatering with markers and stamped.  The seeds were colored in with black markers.  Easy peasy!

Stampin' Up! Supplies

Stamp Set: Mouthwatering

Ink: Melon Mambo, Garden Green, Basic Black markers, Pink Pirouette

Paper: Glossy white

Accessories: My Digital Studio for the greeting, sponge, spritzer bottle, water

Happy Stampin'!

Retired Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets for Sale

Just a reminder, I have retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets still left for sale. I originally started out with 100 sets, and now only have 30ish left.  But you never know, I might have that special set you've been looking for.  Please be sure to check the list below.

Retired Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets for Sale

Stamp sets have been reduced by 50% of the original catalog price.

Purchase 5 stamp sets or more and receive an additional 10% discount on the total.

Postage is extra, and will be determined by actual mailing costs.

Most stamps have been used in a classroom setting, so some have staining on the wood blocks.

Stamps are sold first come, first served.

Please e mail or call 719-784-2275 to purchase or if you have questions.

Payment options are cash or PayPal.

Happy Stampin'!

Hey There Friend-Left Over Circles

I had left over circles from my punched circle lollipop project (posted on 08/06), and since I never want to throw anything away,  I thought I better make something out of them. For the lollipop project, I started out punching 1" circles, and then decided they were too big.  So, I punched the middles out using my 3/4" circle punch, leaving these funky circles.

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Stampin' Up! supplies:

Stamp Set: Hey There (My Paper Pumpkin)

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, various circle scraps

Ink: Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: 1" and 3/4" circle punches, Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue

Happy Stampin'!

Sweet Treats Lollipop

Our cue word this week over at CASology challenge site is "Dessert!"

Here's my contribution:

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I saw this idea to make a lollipop out of punched circles from Sandra Farrell awhile ago and loved it.  I thought this challenge would be the perfect time to give it a try myself.

To create the lollipop, I started out with a 1 3/8" white card stock circle as my base and then punched out 15 circles out of scrap card stock using my 3/4" circle punch.  This is a great way to use up some of those paper scraps!

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I put Dotto temporary adhesive around the center of the large circle and then started laying out the smaller circles around the edges, adjusting as necessary as I went around.  I had a small gap in the center when I was done, so I simply added a flower brad to cover it up.

The lollipop stick is from a grape Tootsie Roll Pop cut down to a shorter length.  The circle base is popped up off the card base using a Dimensional, and the stick is attached using Mini Glue Dots.

Stampin' Up! supplies:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White and various colors of scrap card stock

Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, 1 3/8" and 3/4" circle punches, Dotto adhesive, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, flower brad, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Dimensional, Mini Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Chalk Talk-One Versatile Stamp Set

I love the versatility of the new stamp set Chalk Talk from Stampin' Up!  It's a great set to use for a variety of occasions. 

Here are three cards with the same design but with the greeting switched up a bit.

Crafting really can't be any easier than this!

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Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Chalk Talk

Ink: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay

Paper: Whisper white, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Brights Pack Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, 1 3/8" Circle and Extra Large Oval punches, Dimensionals, rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!