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June 2016

Jar of Love Hello

Two of my favorites from the new Stampin' Up! catalog is the Jar of Love stamp sets and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies!

This card is one of the projects we created at a recent stamp a stack.

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We stamped the jar on watercolor paper and colored in the water using an Aqua Painter and Marina Mist ink.  The jar was then cut out using the coordinating framelit and then popped up on the card using Dimensionals. 

Nothing beats a jar full of fresh cut flowers!

 

Stamp Sets:  Jar of Love, Sitting Here

Ink: Archival Black, Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Marina Mist

Paper: Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, Aqua Painter, 3/8” Peekaboo Peach Ruched ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dot, post it note

Happy Stampin'!

Butterfly Shaker Card

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Shaker cards are so much fun to make! 

Fill them with beads, sequins or other goodies!

For instructions on how to make a shaker card, please view my video tutorial HERE.

 

Stamp Sets: Butterfly Basics, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Black Archival, Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush ink spots

Paper: Basic Black, Watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Magnetic Cutting Platform, Layering Squares, Bold Butterfly and Butterflies Thinlits, window sheet/transparency sheet, Foam Adhesive Strips, Aqua Painter, various sequins, spritzer bottle with water, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Painter's Palette Shaker Card with Video Instructions

Shaker cards are always fun to make and receive!  Fill them with punched pieces of paper, sequins or beads.

Here's a quick and easy shaker card made using the new stamp Painter's Palette and coordinating Playful Palette Designer Paper:

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Be sure to watch my Painter's Palette Shaker Card how to video:

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View video HERE

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Painter's Palette

Ink: Archival Black, Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach
Paper: Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Playful Palette Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Squares Framelits, Window Sheet, Playful Palette Washi Tape ,Sprinkles punch, Foam Adhesive Strips, Dimensionals
Happy Stampin'!

Sheltering Tree and Watercolor Paper Towel Background

 

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The background above came about as I cleaned up the inside of my Woodland embossing folder using a paper towel after creating this card shared for the Nacho Average June Blog Hop.

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After the clean up, the paper towel looked similar to this one which was used for cleanup in another project:

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The paper towel is 2 ply, so I removed one of the plys, glued it to a piece of card stock using a glue stick and then stamped on it.

Easy, Easy!

I love the texture it gives to the card.  And I always like to recycle and reuse!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sheltering Tree

Ink: various that were originally swiped on the inside of the embossing folder, then spritzed with water.  Early Espresso and Emerald Envy for the trunk and tree.

Paper: Soft Suede, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, glue stick

Happy Stampin'!

June Nacho Average Blog Hop-Sheltering Tree

Welcome to the Nacho Average Blog Hop for June.  This month we are celebrating the men in our lives by creating masculine-themed cards.

For my projects, I am featuring the stamp set Sheltering Tree.

For my first project, I created a watercolor background combined with Sheltering Tree and the Woodland Embossing Folder.

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I live in the mountains of southern Colorado, and this is pretty much the view of my surroundings.  Green grass, blue sky and aspen trees!

Stamp what you know!

The technique to get the colors behind the images on the embossing folder is one of my favorites.  And it is really simple to do. 

First, open the embossing folder and swipe ink from ink pads onto the inside of the folder that has the name "Sizzix" on the front.  For this card, I swiped on Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Marina Mist and Island Indigo inks.  Then, I lightly spritzed it with water so the ink just begins to pool.  I then inserted a piece of watercolor paper into the folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  When done, the watercolor background is now behind the trees.  You can also add an image that will be behind the trees as well using the steps above.  Just remember to stamp your image on the inside of the folder that has the word "Sizzix" on the front.

After the watercolor paper dried, I took a black marker and filled in the bark lines on the trees.  I then stamped the small leaves from Sheltering Tree using Emerald Envy and Cucumber Crush inks.  You can't really tell from the photo, but I added clear Wink of Stella to the tree trunks, so the card has a little bit of shimmer.

The greeting is from the June Paper Pumpkin kit, Many Manly Occasions.  I stamped it using Archival Black onto a strip of watercolor paper, then added a light watercolor wash.

My second project is a watercolor sunset.

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I swiped and sponged on my colors (Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze, Tangelo Twist and Crushed Curry) onto the watercolor paper card front.  I  lightly spritzed the colors with water, allowing them to pool and run together and then set it aside to dry.  After the paper was completely dry, I stamped the tree from Sheltering Tree in Archival Black ink, then heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I tore a piece of Basic Black paper for the bottom of the card and embossed the greeting (Many Manly Occasions) using white embossing powder.  After I assembled the card, I swished on some Clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

Be sure to continue on through the Hop and see the beautiful creations of our talented Design Team!

Anne (you are here)

Christy

Leilani

Rose

Tammy

Yapha

Supplies Used:

Sheltering Tree meets Woodland Embossing Folder

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Many Manly Occasions (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Archival Black, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Stampin' Spritzer with water, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Sheltering Tree Sunset

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Many Manly Occasions (paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Black Archival

Paper: Basic Black, So Saffron, watercolor

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black and white embossing powder, sponge, Stampin' Spritzer with water, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Aluminum Can and Tile Coasters with Video Instructions

One of my all-time favorite crafting techniques is to use aluminum cans! 

This is a great way to recycle and reuse!

I made cool coasters by cutting beer cans into a shape and gluing them to ceramic tiles!

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Click HERE for a full video tutorial!

My husband brought home a six pack of the Artist Series Denver Pale Ale brewed by the Great Divide Brewing Company. 

He knew I would do something fun with the cans!

Isn't the design cool?  Josh Holland is the designer!

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Below is a quick tutorial on how I made these coasters. 

Be sure to view the full video tutorial HERE!

What you'll need:

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aluminum soda or beer can

ceramic tile (found at any home improvement store)

tin snips

good crafting scissors

E6000 glue

clear sealant

die cut machine and dies or a sturdy punch

acrylic paint and brush if you want to paint your tiles

plastic shopping bag and something heavy like books to weigh the cut can on the the tile while the glue dries

felt or fun foam to make the "feet" on the bottom of the tile so furniture is not scratched

gloves to protect your fingers

After washing them out thoroughly, I removed the tops and bottoms of the cans (see video for instructions), flattened them out, then ran them through my Big Shot using a scallop square die. 

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I then glued the square to a ceramic tile using E6000 glue.

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 I then covered the tile with a plastic shopping bag and set 2 heavy books on top.  I set the tile aside to dry.  Drying time is 12-24 hours.

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 Once the glue was dry, I sprayed the tile using a clear sealant and added fun foam "feet" to the bottom of the coaster using the E6000 glue. 

Now, I am ready to use my coaster!

For these, I painted the tiles black before starting.  I used different parts of 3 different cans to create a set of coasters. 

I gave them to my husband as a Father's Day gift!

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The possibilities are endless!

Here's how to cut the cans for use.

Please be careful.  The edges of the cans at this point are sharp and can draw blood.  Once they have been die cut using the Big Shot, edges become smooth.

Rinse out the cans and drain to dry.  With a sturdy pair of scissors or tin snips cut a slit in the can, down from the opening:

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Cut down the side of the can to  remove the bottom rim.  I usually cut down along the nutritional info in order to keep the design intact:

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 Now you can open up and flatten the can to use as desired. 

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Happy Stampin'!

Casology Sunshine Challenge-Clear Block Kinda Eclectic Watercolor Background

 

Here is another card that I created using the CASology challenge theme "sunshine" as my inspiration.

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I used one of my favorite stamping techniques for this card: acrylic block stamping.

Because I wanted the watercolor background to be contained to a rectangle shape, I first created a mask out of regular computer paper using my paper trimmer. I cut the mask the same size as my "E" clear block.

I laid the mask over my watercolor paper card front, securing it with a little temporary adhesive so it wouldn't shift while I added my color and did my stamping.  I dabbed my Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangelo Twist , Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry stampin' spots (from various Paper Pumpkin kits) onto my "E" clear block. I then spritzed the block lightly with water so the inks began to pool and run.  I then placed the block through the mask onto the watercolor paper and let it set for a few seconds, allowing the ink to absorb into the watercolor paper.  I removed the block and let the paper dry. 

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Once it had dried completely, I removed the mask, swiped my Embossing Buddy over the watercolor background, stamped the sun image from Kinda Eclectic using Versamark ink, and then heat embossed it with Early Espresso embossing powder.  I then stamped and embossed my greeting from Ray of Sunshine.

 

Stamp Sets: Kinda Eclectic, Ray of Sunshine (retired)

Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangelo Twist, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, watercolor, copy

Accessories: "E" Clear Block, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, Early Espresso embossing powder (retired), Stampin' Spritzer with water, Dimensionals.

Happy Stampin'!

Casology Sunshine Challenge-Kinda Eclectic Tie Dye

This week's Casology challenge is Sunshine!

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I thought I'd play along:

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When I read what this week's challenge was, I immediately knew I wanted to do a tie dye background. 

To create the tie dye effect, I combined two of my favorite stamping techniques: watercolor and clear-block backgrounds.

To start, I dabbed Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangelo Twist, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry Stampin' Spots (from various Paper Pumpkin kits) onto my "E" clear block.  I then spritzed the block lightly with water so the inks began to pool and run.  I then simply stamped the block onto a piece of watercolor paper and let it set for a few seconds, allowing the ink to absorb into the watercolor paper.  I removed the block and let the paper dry.

Once dry, I cut the paper down to match the sun from Kinda Eclectic.  I then stamped the sun using Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with Early Espresso embossing powder.

I  thought the paper was dry enough, but it actually wasn't.  You can tell by the little flecks of embossing powder scattered here and there, especially in the upper right hand corner.  That's ok as I think it adds a little bit of interest.

To complete the card, I added the tie dye background to a Whisper White card base and stamped and embossed my greeting from Ray of Sunshine.

 

Stamp Sets: Kinda Eclectic, Ray of Sunshine (retired)

Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangelo Twist, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, watercolor

Accessories: "E" Clear Block, heat tool, Early Espresso embossing powder (retired), Stampin' Spritzer with water, Dimensionals.

Happy Stampin'!

Copper Embossed Love and Affection

I was so glad to see copper embossing powder in the Stampin' Up! catalog again!

To celebrate, this is one of the cards we created for my recent New Catalog Stamp a Stack. 

It also features the new stamp set Love and Affection and the pretty coordinating Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Paper.

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The flowers were stamped on vellum card stock using Versamark, then heat embossed with copper embossing powder.  The centers and the greeting were then stamped using Night of Navy ink and heat embossed using clear embossing powder.  Remember regular ink will never dry on vellum.  You need to heat emboss it or use Stazon ink.

I have a whole spool of copper cording that retired a few years back, so we used it.  There is some pretty Copper Metallic Thread in the current catalog that could be used as an alternative.

 

 

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2016-2017 Annual Catalog is HERE

June 1!

The new 2016-2017 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog has gone live!

Oh my, new stamp sets, In Colors, and accessories!

2016-2017 annual catalog

Click HERE to view the catalog as a pdf

Or better yet, would you like your own copy?  If so, let me know. 

The catalog is free, but if I need to mail it to you, the cost for shipping will be $6.45 (flat rate, priority mail).

Be sure to use a Wish List so you can list and prioritize items you'd like to purchase in the future!

Download Wish List (as a pdf) HERE

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!