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September 2013

Gorgeous Grunge

I've had the new stamp set Gorgeous Grunge for awhile now, but hadn't had the opportunity to use it.  Until now!  It may have just become my newest favorite stamp set!

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Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, Essentials

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Basic Black

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Basic Black, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Basic Black Brads

 

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Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, Essentials

Ink: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Basic Black

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Basic Black, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush

Accessories: none!

And don't forget to add a coordinating envelope made using the Big Shot, Envelope Liner Framelit and left over work sheet paper.

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Leaf Stamping

Fall is my favorite time of the year, and I wanted to create a fall-themed card using the leaf stamping technique.  So fun and easy to do.  And the possibilities are endless. You'll never look at a leaf the same way again! 

(Be sure to view my flower stamping and apple stamping tutorials.)

I am also submitting this card for this week's CASology challenge.  The cue word is "autumn."

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Here was my inspiration.  The Gamble Oaks are beginning to turn. This is why I love fall!

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I used a leaf from one of the many, many Gamble Oaks we have around our property. 

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I attached it to a clear-mount block using a little SNAIL Adhesive. I inked it up using More Mustard and Ruby Red craft ink spots.  You could also paint it using acrylic paints. 

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And then stamped!  I got 2-3 stampings with 1 inking.  I actually made 8 of these cards for a fall-themed card swap using the same leaf just reinked in between each card.

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TIPS: Be sure to set it aside to dry completely.  And be sure to clean the ink off your fingers before you assemble the card.  I ended up with a few smudge marks on the first couple of card bases, so I got out my Cajun Craze marker and Color Spritzer Tool and spritzed on some color to help hide the smudges.  I liked the result so much, that I added spritzed color to the rest of the cards.

And don't forget to add a coordinating envelope using the used grid sheet work paper, Big Shot, and Envelope Liner Framelit!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Truly Grateful

Ink: More Mustard and Ruby Red craft ink spots, Cajun Craze marker

Paper: Glossy White, Whisper White, Cajun Craze, grid sheet work paper

Accessories: leaf, Clear-Mount Block, Color Spritzer Tool, Big Shot, Envelope Liner Framelit

Happy Stampin'!

Cajun Craze Sunflower-Nacho Average Challenge #56

We have a pretty color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge site: 

Cajun Craze, Pool Party and Early Espresso

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Here's my contribution:

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This card was inspired by the burgundy-colored sunflowers that are blooming in my garden.  Sunflowers always make me think of early fall. 

I inked up the Sunflower background stamp first with Cajun Craze ink.  I lightly tapped the edges of the stamp using Early Espresso, then stamped it on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  I toned down the Pool Party card front by spritzing on a little household bleach.  You can't really tell by the photo, but in real life, the Pool Party has interesting white splotches where the bleach was spritzed.  I cut the sunflower out using scissors and popped it up using Dimensionals.  I inked up the center of the sunflower again using Early Espresso, stamped, then punched it out using the 1" circle punch.  It is matted on Pool Party 1 1/4" scallop circle.  The greeting is Sincere Salutations.  Although it is retired, it is still one of my all-time greeting sets.

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sunflower, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso

Paper: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Very Vanilla

Accessories: bleach, spritzer bottle, scissors, 1" circle and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches, Dimensionals

 

 

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Christmas Present-Use up Those Paper Scraps!

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This was a quick and easy card made using strips of paper I had left over from various projects.  Never throw away those paper scraps!

And don't forget to add an envelope with a coordinating liner using the Big Shot and Envelope Liner Framelit.

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Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations, Tiny Tags

Ink: Raspberry Ripple

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, various paper scraps

Accessories:Jewelry Punch, Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Big Shot, Envelope Liner Framelit

Happy Stampin'!

Chevron Border Punch-Christmas Collectibles

I've been learning how to best use the new Chevron Border punch from Stampin' Up!  There is a bit of learning curve for getting evenly spaced chevrons.  Please be sure to visit the link below for a free tutorial on how to use this punch.

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It took me several tries to figure out how to use the punch so I would have evenly spaced chevrons on  pieces of card stock measuring of 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", 5 1/4" x 4", 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and 4" x 5 1/4". 

Here is the pile of punched chevrons to prove it too!

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This may come easy to some, but I always struggle with how to get evenly spaced designs when using border punches.  After some trial and error, I created a quick tutorial that will hopefully help someone else along the way.  Be sure to check out the free tutorial HERE.

And don't forget to add a coordinating liner to the envleope using the Big Shot and Envelope Liner Framelit!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Christmas Collectibles, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Raspberry Ripple

Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Chevron Border and Christmas Ornament punches, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, rhinestone, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Envelope Liner Framelit

 

Happy Stampin'!

Chevron Punch Greetings of the Season-Arrow CASology

Our CASology cue word this week is "Arrow."

Here's my contribution:

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It is mid September, and I've officially started creating my Christmas cards!  I send out over 100 a year to family, friends and customers, so I like to get a jump start on them.  For the most part, the cards I submit for challenges over the next 2 1/2 months or so will be Christmas cards.  Since I usually don't like making more than 1 card per design (I get bored making the same card over and over), the challenges give me an opportunity to mix things up and to create one of a kind cards.

For this card, I used my brand new Chevron punch to create the "arrows" on the Christmas ornament.  The greeting was heat embossed using Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.

Stampin' Up! supplies used:

Stamp Set: Greetings of the Season

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Season of Style Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Chevron and 1/8" circle punches, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, heat tool, Mini Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Out to Sea-Nacho Average Challenge #55

This week, we have a sketch challenge over at the Nacho Average Challenge site.

Here's mine:

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For this card, I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Out to Sea, which is a perfect set for those hard to make masculine cards.  I also used the cool Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Core'dinations paper.  When the paper is sanded, you are left with an interesting distressed look.  Also perfect for masculine-themed cards!

Here's the original sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Out to Sea, Bitty Banners

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection and Bitty Banner Framelits, 1 3/8", 1 1/4", 3/4" circle punches, sanding block, Dimensionals

 

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Simple Iris Folding-Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

A quick birthday card made using the simple Iris Folding Template found HERE.

Because of the size of the cupcake image, I needed the iris to be larger than the original pattern.  So, I enlarged it to 150% before printing it out.

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

Don't forget to add a liner to the envelope for a fun, coordinating set!

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Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Patterned Occasions

Ink: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight markers

Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, various Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Envelope Liners Framelits, Iris Folding pattern, paper trimmer

Happy Stampin'!

September 2013 Class in an Instant-Quick and Stylish Holiday Cards

September 2013 Class in an Instant-Quick and Stylish Holiday Cards

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You are busy! I understand, and that’s why I’ve designed these quick and stunning Christmas cards featuring the Season of Style Designer Washi Tape. This cost-effective product packs a whole lot of punch without a whole lot of time or work for you. That makes Washi Tape the perfect way to accessorize your holidays!  

No fuddy-duddy store bought cards here. Mix and match these cards to create gift-sets or create a stash for yourself. You’ll have beautiful cards that the folks on your Christmas card list will think you spent hours on just for them. How quick they were to make can be our secret!

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In this class, you will learn to make: 

  • 4 Cards

 

This class includes:

  • Christmas Card Planning Guide
  • Bonus Ideas
  • Alternate Project Samples

Featured Products:

  • Greetings of the Season (#128030 wood, #128033 clear)
  • Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (#132155)
  • Mosaic Punch (#131267)

 

Featured Techniques:

  • Washi Tape, Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Banner cuts

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Bird on a Branch-"Silhouette" CASology Challenge

"Silhouette" is our cue word this week over at the CASology Challenge site.

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I used one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Bird on a Branch.  Perfect for a silhouette image!

I created a simple background by coloring an acrylic block with markers. Colors I used were Not Quite Navy and Regal Rose.  I just scribbled the color right onto the block,

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turned it over, "huffed" on it to help moisten up the ink, and then stamped.

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A quick and easy and to the point background!

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Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bird on a Branch

Ink: Black Stazon, Not Quite Navy, Regal Rose markers

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: clear acrylic block "H", Stamp a ma Jig

 

Happy Stampin'!

Masking/Painter's Tape "Love"- Nacho Average Challenge #54

We have a color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average site:

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Here's my contribution:

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For this card I tried the fun Masking or Painter's Tape Technique.  I used masking tape as that is what I had on hand.  It is so simple to do.  Here's how:

Apply SNAIL adhesive on a clear mount block (for this project, I used clear mount block "E").

Lay strips of masking or painter's tape, sticky side UP on a clear mount block. This is the hardest part of the technique because the surface of the tape is, well sticky!  I used the tips of a pair of scissors to hold the tape down and to smooth it out on the block.

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Color the strips of masking tape using markers or Stampin' Spots.  I do not have a Soft Suede marker, so I used the Soft Suede Stampin' Spot that came with the All Dolled Up Kit Stampin' Up! was selling awhile back.

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Turn the block over and stamp on a piece of glossy white card stock (you can stamp on a piece of regular Whisper White card stock, but the colors will not be as vivid).

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Carefully lift the block off the paper.  Remember the tape is sticky!  Set aside the piece to let the ink dry.  You can do a few backgrounds by just reinking the tape before having to change out the tape.

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I also wanted to try out my new Expressions Thinlits dies from Stampin' Up!  The first try didn't do well as the cut paper got stuck in the Thinlit.  I tried to dig it out with my paper piercing tool, but the word just came out in pieces :(

So I added a piece of wax paper to my Big Shot sandwich and it worked perfectly.  The word just popped out!  The sandwich should be: Cutting Platform, cutting plate, card stock, wax paper, framelit and upper cutting plate.

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Ink: Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo markers, Soft Suede Stampin' Spot 

Paper: Island Indigo, glossy white, Soft Suede

Accessories: painter's tape, SNAIL Adhesive, clear acrylic block, Big Shot, Expressions Thinlit die, Small Heart and Owl Builder punches, wax paper

 

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Envelope Liner Framelits Dies-Recycle and Reuse

I think my favorite item found in the Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up! is the Envelope Liner Framelits Dies (#132172 for $26.95-to be used with the Big Shot).  What a great way to incorporate used grid paper work sheets or other paper scraps to make coordinating, one of a kind envelope liners for your cards!

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Remember the stamped flower cards I shared with you on 09/04?  I made these for a recycle and reuse card swap challenge.  To continue on with the challenge, I cut down the used grid paper work sheets and baby wipes left over from various projects to create liners for the envelopes.

So what started out as a used piece of grid sheet work paper

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and the baby wipe that I used to clean up the acrylic paint

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Turned into a fun, one of a kind envelope liners:

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 Remember the Baby Swipe and Baby Wipe cards I recently shared?

What started out as a pile of used baby wipes

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turned into more one of a kind envelope liners:

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The possibilities are endless!  You'll never want to throw anything away, ever!

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Apple Stamping-CASology "Apple" Challenge

Our Casology cue word this week is "apple." 

Here's my contribution:

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After stamping using a zinnia bloom (see posting 09/04, Stamping With Flowers), I knew I had to try stamping using a real apple.

So, I went out to one of our apple trees and picked one!  They are not ripe yet, but I figured we could spare one for the sake of crafting!

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I cut the apple in two and removed the seeds.

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I painted on some ink using a brush, then stamped on a piece of white card stock.  I experimented using acrylic paint, craft ink and dye ink.  My favorite stamped image came from using regular dye ink. 

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Once I got my technique down, I painted the apple using Real Red dye ink and stamped it onto a piece of Designer Series Paper.  I added a stem and leaves made using the Bird Builder punch.  I stamped the greeting with the help of my Stamp a ma jig.  And because I had a few smudges of Real Red on the DSP ( It never fails whenever I use Real Red ink. It gets everywhere!), I spritzed on some Real Red using my color spritzer tool and Real Red marker.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Pennant Parade

Ink: Real Red, Gumball Green, Real Red and Gumball Green markers

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Gumball Green, Early Espresso, retired Designer Series Paper from my stash

Accessories: apple, brush, plastic lid, Bird Builder punch, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing template, Stamp a ma jig, color spritzer tool

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Flower Stamping-Recycle and Reuse Challenge

The theme for our Saturday Stamp Club card swap in August was "recycle and reuse." 

Here's my contribution:

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I kicked ideas around in my head for awhile because after all, the possibilities of what could be used for this challenge were endless.  One morning I was out in my garden dead heading flowers when I had a light bulb moment.  Why not stamp using flowers!

I cut a pretty zinnia bloom and headed into the house!  I got out some acrylic paint and a brush and started experimenting.

I don't have a big selection of acrylic paint in my crafting stash.  Two of the colors I have are Cranberry and Golden Straw.  I mixed the two together on a plastic lid to get a fun color palette:

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I inked up the zinnia bloom by placing it right in the paint,

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then stamped it on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped it a few times without reinking the flower just to see how it would do.  The 1st stamping is the one in the upper left.  See how it is kind of globby?  I just kept stamping and got a different image each time.

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When I had my technique down, I created the 7 images I needed for the card swap. Each image is different!  So cool!

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I found that I could get 3-4 stamped images before reinking the flower again.  After reinking, I would stamp off onto my work sheet so I wouldn't have globby images.  Here's what my work sheet paper looked like when I was done.  So pretty, and I couldn't even think of throwing it away.  It was used for another project which I'll share soon.

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For the matting and to continue on with the recycle and reuse theme, I used the white card board backing that comes in the packaging for Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!  I simply painted it with the Golden Straw acrylic paint.

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Did you notice the "Bloom!" in the lower left hand corner?  I was experimenting building a greeting using the  Designer Typeset Photopolymer Designer set from Stampin' Up!  In the end, I went with my favorite greeting from Bloomin' Marvelous.

So fun!  Be sure to check back over the next few days as I will be sharing some other creations using this technique.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bloomin' Marvelous

Ink: Strawberry Slush, various acrylic paint found at my local hobby store

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: zinnia, brush, plastic lid, packaging from Designer Series Paper, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Glimmer Candles-Nacho Average Challenge #53

Welcome back to the Nacho Average Design Team weekly challenges. We took a break for the summer, but are now back with a new blog site and some new members of the Design Team.  We hope you will enjoy our creations, find some inspiration and participate in the challenges with us!

So, let's get started with a sketch challenge.  Here's my contribution:

 

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I started out with a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper measuring 12" x 1/2". I cut it into varying lengths.  Using a sponge dauber, I added color from various ink pads to the shimmer paper.  The candle flames are the "wing" from the Bird Builder punch run through the Big Shot using the Houndstooth Embossing Folder.  This card really sparkles in person!

Here's the original sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Banners

Ink: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Crisp Cantaloupe, Raspberry Ripple

Paper: Coastal Cabana,  Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer cut into ½” x 12” strips

Accessories: Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Bird Builder punch, Dimensionals, sponge daubers

 

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Butterfly Bundle August 29-September 30, 2013!


Butterfly Bundle Special Offer

Dates: August 29-September 30, 2013

Offer: Get 15 percent off when you buy this bundled butterfly stamp set and punch!

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Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch

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Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
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