Upsy Daisy

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I thought today I'd show you a card I made last week, using the new set Upsy Daisy…I just love this set! I'm not usually one for the solid stamps, but between this one and Inspired by Nature I'm hooked! I sent this card to my downline Donna, as a congratulations for signing up her very first recruit! Way to go Donna!

I colored on the rubber, and used sponge daubers to add layers of color. I also used the Urban Garden designer paper, first because it's gorgeous, and second because it's Donna's favorite. My favorite word stamp set has become Fundamental Phrases…I really overlooked this set for a long time, but you should really check it out! It's on page 146 of our new Fall/Winter IB&C, and is chock full of great words that fit into our punches too!

Mosaic Technique

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Yikes, sorry I've been so MIA this week! I've been stamping, I promise! I had my stamper's club Monday night, and a downline meeting Wednesday night to prepare for. At my downline meeting on Wednesday, one of the projects we made was this card using the mosaic technique. It's actually really simple, and every card can look different depending on how big your little pieces are and how far apart they're placed. I've seen this done with embossing powder inbetween the pieces, but here we used Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Here are the steps to making the mosaic portion of the card:

  • Cut a strip of double-sided sticky paper (like Terrifically Tacky paper or similar) – mine was 1-3/4" x 5-1/2"
  • Cut a strip of Whisper White card stock the same size as the strip. The reason we did this was because the backing was the darker purple color, and I didn't want it to show through the mosaic part, so we adhered the strip of sticky stuff to the white.
  • Remove the backing off the sticky paper, and place your little cut up slips of designer paper or other material randomly.
  • Sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds and adhere it to your card…very simple huh?

We used the new Flower Power Card Elements shown on page 176 of the NEW Fall/Winter catalog, and Old Olive and More Mustard card stock. We also used the Wow Flowers stamp set. Notice that little bling in the center of the flower? We took the gem out of a rhinestone brad by pulling it apart and stuck it on with a glue dot.

New Stamps!

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Boy have I been MIA this week…since returning from convention, I've had tons of laundry and housecleaning to do, plus the usual drooling over the new catalog which has distracted me too…I'm sure you can relate 🙂

Yesterday I stamped a card using one of the new sets we got at convention, called Inspired by Nature. I LOVE this set! It's a solid image, so there's no coloring involved, but I added layers of color to the rubber before I stamped to get the combination of colors that I associate with these flowers. I used Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Kiwi Kiss and Always Artichoke. I also used the keytag punch, and Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon. I stamped on Very Vanilla card stock, with Summer Sun and Chocolate Chip card stock. I know I used brads that are retired, but you must have some leftover to use right? They just seemed to fit so I had to use them!

I'm looking forward to using all my new stamp sets, so stay tuned!

New Stamps & Accessories

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Good morning! I knew I’d be stamping this morning, because it seems my boys and my husband go fishing just about every Sunday morning, and today was no exception…I just didn’t know what I was going to stamp! I started out by going through some of my designer papers to see what I had that would probably be retiring (list will be out tomorrow a.m.!), and lo and behold I found some brushed silver card stock! Remember the other day when I posted about my faux metal tag that I had no silver card stock left? Well I didn’t find a ton, just a few scraps, but still…that was enough to play with for this morning.

I decided to use another frame from my Frames with a Flourish (p. 111) set I received the other day, only this time I put an image in the middle, instead of more embossing to make it a tag…so what would I call it, a faux metal frame? No clue, but I think it’s pretty anyway! For the image in the center I used the new stamp set called Dreams du Jour. That set is just beautiful. I colored the flower/leaves by using blender pens with Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose. I cut out the image and attached it to my “faux metal frame” using dimensionals. The rest of the card is pretty much just layers and pieces from the new Bella Rose designer paper. The card stock is Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red.

See that button in the lower right corner? I’m pretty sure it’s actually upside down, but I don’t care because I like this side better! That’s another fun thing about stamping, just do whatever you please! Those buttons will be another great accessory in the new catalog, and the rest in the pack are beautiful…such a must have!!

You may think the ribbon is some cool new Kiwi Kiss ribbon to coordinate with the new in color, but nope 🙂 I just used our white taffeta ribbon, and dragged it through my Kiwi Kiss stamp pad until it was completely covered in ink, then hit it with the heat tool and voila, custom colored ribbon to match any color ink!

Well that’s all for today, we’re off to a family birthday party, but I will be back her bright and shiny in the a.m. with that retiring accessories list!

Faux Metal Tag

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I don’t know if this happens to you, but often I’ll see something online, a technique, template or layout I just HAVE to try, and have to try NOW! That’s exactly how I felt yesterday morning when I went on the SU! demonstrator site and saw that there was a new tutorial posted for how to make faux metal tags! I can’t get over the number of resources Stampin’ Up! provides for us, with daily samples on Stamper’s Showcase, to workshop templates, and now video tutorials. The possibilities are truly endless with stamping and I guess that’s why I love it so much, I never run out of fun new things to try!

Anywho, to the story at hand. I wanted to try the faux metal tags, and lucky me…my order for my Sale-a-Bration rewards was arriving yesterday too, which included the beautiful stamp set Frames with a Fluorish (p. 111). I had never really noticed the set too much, and decided it was time to break out of my “flowers only” shell for once…so I ordered that set, Fundamental Phrases, Jumbo Outline Alphabet, and Lovely Letters Alphabet.

Within about 10 minutes of Mr. Brown stopping by, I had the frame I wanted cut and mounted and ready to go. I rarely (if ever) use retired or non Stampin’ Up! products, but there had to be an exception this time. I ran out of brushed silver paper, and had no gold embossing powder, which left me with copper paper and copper embossing powder. The copper embossing powder is no longer in the catalog, but you could of course substitute everything I’ve done here with silver or gold.

Anyway, Jaron from the SU! home office, who is such a cutie, did the demonstration online. I cannot wait to see him do his presentations at convention again because he was so great last year! Basically all you need to do for the card I’ve shown here is stamp your frame/word in VersaMark on your metallic card stock, then cover with coordinating embossing powder and heat set…doesn’t it look so much like a real metal tag? BTW, you should have seen the products he used in the video! Brandy spandy new stamp sets, paper, a new punch, and new ribbon!!! Can’t wait for that new catty!

I also used LeJardin designer paper on this card, and I used the ticket corner punch to punch out the little accents for the corners. Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke card stock, along with Very Vanilla card stock and wide grosgrain ribbon complete the project. Quick and simple, yet very fancy looking (at least I think).

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll be back tomorrow!

Stamper’s Club

Good morning! I have my Stamper’s Club over the 2nd Monday of every month, and they get to make 8 cards including envelopes just for being a member. As a member of the club, each girl agrees to purchase $25 in SU! product each month for 6 months, and they each get a turn to be our “hostess” and earn exclusive hostess sets and free product. I’ll be starting up a new club in September, so if you’d like to join, just let me know!

This month we took our last chance to use up some great retiring In Colors, Hodgepodge Hardware, and the stamp set Circle of Friendship. Don’t forget…the retired accessories list will be revealed on Monday (the 21st) and you’ll want to quickly order anything you’ve got to have before it’s gone forever!

Here are the cards we made last night:
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This card uses the stamp sets Embrace Life and Circle of Friendship. The card stock is River Rock, along with Ruby Red and Very Vanilla. We also used some copper Hodgepodge Hardware, River Rock double-stitched ribbon. I think the highlight of this card was scraping the edge of the card stock with the distressing tool from the Cutter Kit shown on page 184 of the catalog…everyone loved that little kit!

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This card uses the set Baroque Motifs which is still one of my favorites. Just a few stamps and you’ve got a great card! Have you ever tried this cool little closure? You just cut your card stock to 4-1/4 x 10-1/2, then score at 5-1/2″, just a 1/2″ shorter than your average card. Then you use the slit punch to create the little half circle that the brad is through. The slit punch also makes gift card holders a snap!

We used Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, and Chocolate Chip on Whisper White card stock for this one. That’s about it! Oh yeah, and the Hodgepodge Hardware brad.

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I got the inspiration for this card from my friend Donna. I went to her house the other day and she showed me how simple this little quilt card was to make. It was a hit with the girls last night too, I think they’re all using them for their next “manly” occasion…usually they make flowery cards at my house, so this was a nice change of pace. We used the Le Jardin paper, which I’m guessing is retiring because it has River Rock in it. The card stock is River Rock, Basic Black and Very Vanilla. The weird thing is that there’s almost no stamping involved!

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The above card was inspired by a color challenge card made by Kirsten Smith, who I don’t personally know, but she’s in my SU! “family” somewhere! Her card was portrait instead of landscape, with other ribbon and embellishments, but that’s where I got the idea for this anyway.

I did a multi-colored variation on this for one of my convention swaps…boy is that coming up fast, TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!! Man, I have got some stamping and assembling to do! I’ve got 3 different swap cards planned, and I’m making about 40 of each so far, yeah did you “hear” me say so far...who am I kidding? I would really *like* to have more swap cards made, but since I procrastinated on getting these 3 together so long that I had to place a SDA order yesterday for all the supplies I need to complete them, I kinda doubt I’ll be pumping out more than 120 swaps!! I guess you never know though…

Serene Spring – New Stampin’ Up! Goodies!

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I have been making swatch rings like crazy the last couple of days (see previous post), but today I squeezed in some time to stamp for FUN! I got a bunch of new goodies that will be in the upcoming catalog, which will officially be available for sale on August 11th. Just another terrific reason to be a demonstrator, preorders! Anyway, I ordered all the new In Colors which are Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, and Tangerine Tango…I also got a few new stamp sets including this one called Serene Spring. This set will be a Level 2 hostess set.

I watercolored the flowerpot image, and used the following colors, along with my Aquapainter and Watercolor Paper:

  • Kiwi Kiss for the grassy area
  • Pink Pirouette for the butterfly
  • Baja Breeze for the bird
  • Tangerine Tango for the beak
  • Barely Banana for the flowers
  • Close to Cocoa for the pot

The card stock used is Pink Pirouette, Barely Banana and Baja Breeze, with some wide organdy ribbon in Very Vanilla. I also used the Ticket Corner Punch, and Small Oval Punch. The words “I just heard!” are from the set Absolutely Fabulous.

For the girls in my Stamper’s Club…check out that scallop border at the bottom of the Banana card stock, it’s the new Scallop Border Punch! No more scallop borders made with the corner rounder!

 

Fresh Cuts

If you remember the special Stampin’ Up! offered last month for the stamp set “Fresh Cuts” with coordinating notes, and you ordered them…then this post is for you! When I offered this special last month, I also offered to make 5 sample cards complete with a list of supplies for my customers…here you go girls!

The first 3 samples are to show you that you can make a completely different card just by changing out the ribbon/card stock/ink colors! 

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I used Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red card stock, along with the matching felt flowers from the Flower Fusion pack. I used Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon, Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon, and Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon. I know the card stock and ink are Rose Red, but they are very close so the ribbon matched nicely. I also used rhinestone brads, which adds just the right amount of “bling” since there is actually NO glitter on them! *shocker huh?* 

For my next sample, I stamped my image in VersaMark and then poured over White embossing powder and heat set it, then I sponged So Saffron ink all over the front of the note card, and also sponged More Mustard on the edges. I used my 5-petal punch to punch out a white flower for under the center of the card, and I layered a piece of 3 3/4″ More Mustard card stock on the inside of the front of the note card. I used a rhinestone brad in the center, with More Mustard and White Taffeta ribbon on the side.
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For the next card, I got the inspiration from a card given to me by my friend Christine. She used the Fresh Cuts set on a full sized card, no reason you need to limit yourself to the notecards you know! This one’s my favorite, and you know it is because it has glitter!

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First I stamped my image in Night of Navy ink, then I sponged Brocade Blue all over the front of the card. I stamped the little flower in Night of Navy as well and cut it out. I put the rhinestone brad in the center of the small flower, and adhered it to the card using a mini glue dot. I used heat and stick powder over VersaMark and heated it up until it got nice and sticky, then sprinkled on the glitter and heated it again to set it. This was all done on a 3 3/4″ square of whisper white card stock, then I adhered that to the inside of the front of the note card. I used the small oval punch for the words “for you”, and white taffeta ribbon on the side.

The last sample is the original one I made, which I may have already posted, but I’ll give supplies and directions here. I put a piece of 3 3/4 x 7 1/2″ card stock, folded in the center inside the card, which I had stamped the largest image in Rose Red on. I stamped the floral vine up the side in Pretty in Pink, then tied the white taffeta ribbon around it, which holds the Pretty in Pink insert inside the card. I adhered a flower fusion flower to the center, then stuck on a half pearl from the Pretties Kit in the center using the Mono Multi glue.

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