Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tropical Party color wash card
You can view a color wash video here. Using her technique, here is the card we can up with. To do the color wash is so easy, just scribble Bashful Blue, then we chose to use Night Quite Navy (instead of Taken with Teal) and finally Soft Suede on Stampin' Up! Watercolor paper. Using a very wet Aqua Painter spread the color using a back a forth motion, to blend. Clean your Aqua Painter between each color, by simply wiping off on a paper towel. The Palm trees were stamped on Whisper White using markers, cut out and popped with Stampin' Dimensionals. I decided that I wanted to add writing in the sand. You will notice that I stamped my "Love you" with Soft Suede, then decided that, you need to stamp off first to get the right effect, see Denise's card below. Except for cutting out the Palm trees, this is a fun fast card. this card is also a part of July's Stamp camp, since you had nothing to cut out on the "Because I care" card. Try this technique out, I am sure you will love it.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Tropical Party and Short & Sweet
Paper: Soft Suded, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White and Watercolor
Stampin' Write Markers: Soft Suded, Wild Wasabi and Garden Green
Watercolor Wonder Crayons: Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy and Soft Suded
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Stampin' dimensionals

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Blissful Bride in Baja Blue
This is the third card for July's stamp. I wish you could see how beautiful this is with the wedding dress stamped on Shimmery White paper. This is my version of a card by Lori Rider. I just loved the layers on her card, so I used the same layout with just a few modifications. I left off the sentiment, brads, smooch and glitter. I used different designer paper, and instead of using designer paper on the next level, I embossed my paper, using our wonderful Texturz Embossing Folders. The dress is stamped on Shimmery White paper and it is layered on a embossed layer. You can see Lori's card here:
I also used our new 1/8" Marina Mist taffeta ribbon (this ribbon has already become my favorite!) The sentiment on the inside says "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, weddig wishes just for you!" The sentiment comes with this wonderful set, that also has a bouquet of flowers, a cake, a scallop border stamp, plus "You're invited" and "For the bride and groom" stamps. A total of 8 stamps. It is available wood or clear mounted. This stamp set is in our Summer Mini catalog, so it will only be available until August 31, 2010. To order yours click on the "click to order button" or call me directly.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Blissful Bride
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Shimmery White, Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Ink: Black and Baja Breeze
Accessories: Aqua Painter, 1/8" Marina Mist taffeta ribbon, Big Shot, Finial Press Textured Impressions folder

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Because I Care, Thoughts and Prayers
Sympathy card

Don't you just love the simple beauty of this card. I was so inspired by the card Tina Dyck posted on Splitcoast Stampers. Members can see her card here.
I always like to try and change at least three things when I use another persons idea, but I seriously had a hard time comming up with any changes, I love it exactly as it was. If you cannot view her card I will explain my changes. I left off the brads and bow (going with a knot instead), as I striving for simple elegance. I went with most of her colors, substituting the Certainly Celery for the retired Kiwi Kiss. I also used a mask on my Hydrangea, stamping it directly on the card. On her card, she stamped on another piece of paper and cut out, then applied to the card. I know, I know, you are saying, Janet your card almost always involve alot of cutting, and this time, no cutting at all, what's up with that? Remember, I was going for simple elegance. The final change was in the coloring of the flower. She also used Cherry Cobbler and an Aqua Painter, then after dry added shading with a blend pen. I did my shading with the Aqua Painter also. While I love the dramatic deep color of her flower, I also like the softness of mine. Thank you Tina, so much for your beautiful card, for without it, I would not have created this wonderful card. The best news of all is that this card will be one of the projects we will be making in my July Stamp camp. Click on my calendar for dates and times.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Because I Care (new level 1 hostess set) and Thoughts and Prayers Inside)
Paper: Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink: StazOn Black, Cherry Cobbler (new color!), Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Crumb Cake (new color, was formally Kraft and we only had paper, now we also have ink, Yahoo!!!)
Accessories: 5/8" Basic Black Satin ribbon, Stampin' Sponges, Aqua Painter,

Instructions: To make the wonderful shaded rectangle on the card, cut a piece of scrap cardstock 5 1/4" x 4" and using your Paper cutter (You need the cutter with the orange blade, that slides between a clear rail, this blade has marking on all four sides, so you can cut out a portion of the inside perfectly) I cut 3/4" in all all four sides, leaving me a 3/4" frame. I Stamped the Hydrangea in StazOn, colored then covered with a mask, placed my frame on top and sponged in the open area with Crumb Cake classic ink. This frame is just like your mask, you can reused it again, again and again. Notice how on my mask I didn't have to sponge in the upper right had corner, because that is where I had my mask for the Hydrangea.

Monday, June 21, 2010

New Stamp set: Artistic Etchings
in Black and Cherry Cobbler
I finally had time to play with some of my new products that will be in the new catalog. I just love this new stamp set called Artistic Etchings. Stamping the medallion from the stamp set with Basic Black on the Cherry Cobbler paper, then using the new Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions plate makes quite a stunning background. I would live to take credit for this idea, but I cased it from Joanne Travis, you can view her card at: There is not a direct link to this card so just go to her archive under June 2010 and look for Artistic Etchings. I did make a few modifications. I left off the sentiment, the library clip, the hemp twine and punched border, opting to just add a ribbon border, and moving it to the left side of the card. I also stamped in Basic Gray instead of the Expresso. On the inside of the card I opted to leave off a sentiment and place on the the stamps in the set at the top center. This card will be a part of my July stamp camp.

You can order this stamp set on July 1st. The new catalog will also be on line on the first, but you can get your copy this Saturday at my open house. Click on my calendar for more details.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Basic Black, and Basic Gray
Accessories:  Black 5/8" Satin ribbon, Black 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Big Shot (die cutting machine), Vintage Wallpaper Textured impression folder

Friday, June 18, 2010

Flight of the Butterfly/Priceless expansion card instructions

Everyone at stamp camp this month loved this butterfly expansion card. I told them I would post the measurements on my blog, so here they are. I reposted a picture of the inside of my card here, because I love it when I have a camp, and one of my customers comes up with something to make my card ever better. I originally had the background all in Celery, except for the sentiments, but as you can see I added some Mambo and Turqouise flowers. I think it added a nice touch, what do you think. Here is the original post:

Cutting Instructions:
Tempting Turquoise: 2 pieces 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Confetti White: 1 piece 8 1/2" x 5 1/4" and
2 pieces 5 1/4" x 4 1/8"
Melon Mambo: 1" x 5 1/2"

Score the 8 1/2" x 5 1/4" Confetti White paper at
1/4", 2 1/4", 4 1/4", 6 1/4" and 8 1/4"
the 2 1/4" and 6 1/4" are mountain folds
the 1/4", 4 1/4" and 8 1/4" are valley folds.

All stamping will be done with classic inks. Stamp two Turquoise, two Mambo and two Razzleberry butterflies from the Flight of the butterfly stamp set and punch out using the butterfly punch. Stamp one Turquoise, one Mambo and one Razzleberry butterfly from Priceless and cut out.
 Attach the two smaller pieces of Confetti White to the larger piece by gluing them on the 1/4" folds on each end.  Glue as close to the fold, but not over.
Stamp the swirly sentiment from Priceless close to the the 2 1/4" fold, using Tempting Turquoise. This will will be the flight pattern of your Turquoise butterfly. Stamp the swirl stamps from Priceless all the way across the center of your card (except where the sentiment is). Stamp the word Pricless using Tempting Turquoise, on the end panel, leaving room for your signature. Randomly stamp the Circle with flower in it and small flower, from Pricless, using Certainly Celery. Randomly Stamp the large flower, from priceless using Melon Mambo, and the smaller flower in Tempting Turquoise.
Attach the Mambo and Razzleberry Pricless butterflies on the first panel using Stampin' Dimensionals. Attach the Turqouise butterfly by gluing his right wing only, just to the left of your 2 1/4" mountain fold, centering over the sentiment. The right wing will not be glued down. Glue the right wing only of your Mambo puched butterfly on the 6 1/4" mountain fold. Glue the Razzleberry butterfly on the same fold, but glue down the left wing only.
Stamp one of the Turquoise pieces with the En Francais background stamp using Tempting Turquoise. Flip over and attach the Turquoise pieces on each end lining up one side at the fold, make sure the front (stamped) piece is attached on the right side.  You will have a 1/8" border showing on the top, bottom and outside edge, on the inside of the card. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the Melon Mambo piece and attach to the front of the card.  Attach one Turquoise, Mambo and Razzleberry punched butterfly to front of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals. Stamp one butterfly on envelope.
You are done! Enjoy your card.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

12X12 Scrapbook page with Flower made using the Stampin' Up! Extra Large Ornament Punch
I was inspired by a scrapbook page posted on Stampin Connection by Taylor Madge that I had to make one. Her layout was done in Blush Blossom(retiring this month) and Crumb Cake (aka Kraft). I changed the colors, moved the  flower to the top left corner, I didn't distress my border panel (I know, I know, your shocked!) I also added the ribbon across the bottom (layered on a strip of Riding Hood Red cardtock), and added the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware for my title. I also used the build a brad for the center of my flower instead of a pearl. Once I had my color chosen, my flower made, and my border panel made, I decided to use this picutre of my daughter. (Originally I was going to use one of those old time photos). I like the way the flower pops off the page since it is done is Regal Rose, yet my mats are Riding Hood Red. I am so glad they brought this color back, and except for a Christmas I prefer it over Real Red. I used the Hodgepodge Hardware because I felt the page needed more than just a punched out title. I printed the Title on my computer on the Saraha Sand cardstock, then punched it out with the Designer Label punch.

So, I challenge you, get out your stamps and start scrapbooking!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Animal Crackers card with new Core colors Cajun Craze and Daffodil Delight

This is one of the cards the ladies did at Saturdays workshop. It is a fun and easy card. It features two brand new colors and Pacific Point, a old in color returning as one of our 40 core colors. You also get a sneek peek at our new ribbon. 

All Supplies are Stampin; Up!
Stamps: Animal Crackers
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, and Pacific Point cardstock, and Build-a-bear Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Cajun Craze and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write markers, Daffodil 1/8" taffeta ribbon

Watch for other sneek peeks posting soon.
Only 15 more days to the new catalog!!!!!!

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pansy made with Stampin' Up! Butterfly punch
We made these pansies out of the Stampin' Up! Butterfly punch and my downline training meeting last night. It is fun to see how different everyones turned out even though we all used the same supplies. I will explain how to make the pansy later in this post, but first here is the card we put on pansy masterpiece on.

All supplies Stampin' Up! unless noted
Stamps: none
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White and Shimmery White
Reinkers: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Elegant Eggplant Stampin' Write Marker, Butterfly Punch, Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions embossing folder, Lilac brad from Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads, Piercing tool, Mat Pack, Mini Glue Dots, Aqua Painter. Non Stampin' Up! supplies: Spritzer Bottle, Paper towels. Chop Stick

So do you want to know how to make these beautiful Pansys? You want to start with two butterflies punched out of Stampin' Up! Shimmery White paper. Put two drops of each reinker on a watercolor palette or styrofoam plate. Spritz with water totally saturating the butterflies. Using the Aqua Painter pick up some Daffodil Delight reinker and touch the center of the butterfly. The ink will spread out. Touch the Aqua Painter to the Perfect Plum and add to the butterfly near the Daffodil. Next Add the Perfect Plum letting it spread all the way out to the edges. I then added the Elegant Eggplant just on the edges. They will dry lighter. If you think you have to much color, you can remove some by picking up color from the butterfly with your Aqua Painter and then wipe it off on your paper towel. You can see that I added more Elegant Eggpalnt on the the Pansy that is on the card above. Let dry totally (or they will tear - you can air dry or heat dry, I let mine air dry, it doesn't take that long). Using the Eggplant or Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker add lines, making the lines longer on the butterfly that will be on the bottom. Using the Paper Piercer and the Mat Pack, pierce a hole and add a Lilac brad from the Ice Circle Rhinestone brads. Use a chop stick or small paint brush and gently roll the edges of the paper up around the chop stick. Attach to card with brad or Mini Glue Dots.

Have fun making these stunning Pansies.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Motorcycle - stamp, ink, paper and pencils

The only thing I added to this card was the colored pencils , em-bossing and paper tearing, so this is also a good card for a beginners class. The card I used for my make and take on National Scrapbooking Day was my inspiration. You can see that card here: I did make a few changes, I left off the brads and the distressing on the main image. I also made my mats a bit smaller and made my vertical panel larger. I also added a second red layer to the vertical panel. This time I left the Suede panel blank. I really like both cards, but think this one is more suitable for beginners.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Motorcycle (Summer Mini)
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White and Riding Hood Red (returning color)
Ink: Black Craft
Accessories: Clear embossing power, watercolor pencils and aquapainter (optional)
Circle Circus - stamp, ink & paper only card

I love adding ribbon, punches and embellishments to cards, I also love cards that have alot of cutting out and popping up, so it has always been hard for me to make a simple, stamp, ink, paper card for my workshops with brand new stampers. I have a workshop this Saturday, so Denise and I sat down and came up with three cards, and I am quite please with them.I hope you enjoy them also. I started by going throught my swaps looking for a cute, easy card layout that I could use. I found this layout in a swap from May Moore, from Henderson, Nevada. I used May's sketch, but changed the stamps and colors. Thank you May for the inspiration.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Circle Circus, On Your Birthday and Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retiring the end of this month, but you can substitute the Texture jumbo wheel.)
Ink: Rose Red, So Saffron and Certainly Celery
Paper: Rose Red, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Fifth Avenue Floral and Manhattan Rose

This is another case from the swap I was in recently. I changed up the colors, and the sentiment stamp set and punches. I also added the inside portion. I just never get tired of the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set or the Manhattan Flower Embossing folder, so what could be better than to put both of them on one card. I have done it before, but I really like the side by side panels. I really like the way the sentiment from On your Birthday goes so well with the sentiment used from Oval All. This is the fourth and final card for the June stamp camp.
All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Oval All and On Your Birthday
Paper: Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Confetti White
Ink: Rose Red and Regal Rose
Accessories: Big Shot, Manhattan Flower embossing folder, Large Oval punch, Scallop oval punch, 1/4" Rose Red grosgrain ribbon

Happy Stampin'
Sweet Scoops and Presto Designer Series Paper

This card was a case from this card: I didn't use the embossing folders, but used the Presto Patterns DSP and Itty Bitty Backgrounds instead. I also changed the colors somewhat. The Presto Paper is fun to use, It looks blank, unless you hold it at a angle then you can see the pattern. I just rubbed the Soft Suede ink with a Stampin' Sponge and the pattern is revealed. I like the way that rubbing on the color leaves a sort of uneven color pattern. I really think that adds to the look. I had alot of fun with this card. I hope you enjoy it. If you want the Itty Bitty Background stamp set, or the Jumbo Grommets then you need to get your order in soon, as both of these are retiring this month. The Jumbo Grommets are as supplies last.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Sweet Scoops and Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Ink: Soft Suded, So Saffron and Regal Rose
Paper: Soft Suded, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla and Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper
Accessories: 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, 1/4" Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, Jumbo Grommets, Mini glue dots, Mat pack, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' dimensionals
Flight of the Butterfly accordion card

The February 2008 Stampin' Success magazine (for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators) had an accordion card done with hearts that I really liked, I did mine with butterflies. Don't you just love the way the butterflies seem to fly off the page? This is a fun, easy card to make. This card will also be a part of my June stamp camp.
All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Priceless and En Francais
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Certainly Celery
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Confetti White
Accessories: 5/8" white organza ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Butterfly punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Shabby Chic True Friend card

One of the great perks of being a Stampin' Up! demon-strator is getting a monthly magazine from Stampin' Up!. Back in the January - March 2007 issue was a card by Michele Boyer in Bristow, Virgina. I really like her shabby layered card and used it for inspiraion for this card. Her card was square, my is the regular A-2 (invitation) size. I also used a different stamp set, different colors, and replaced her designer paper with the textured embossing folder. This will be one of the projects in my June stamp camp.
All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: True Friend
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink and Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke classic ink pads, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink Stampin' Write markers
Accessories: Five drops of Always Artichoke reinker, 3 drops of Vanilla Shimmer paint and Alcohol (the antiseptic, not drinking kind!) mixed in a spritzer bottle, Color Catcher, 1/4" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Vintage brads (retiring soon), Big Shot, Petals a Plenty textured embossing folder (Stampin' Up! exclusive), Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Stampin' Sponges,and the distressing tool from the cutter kit.

I just never get tired of the shabby look, how about you?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Last chance retired stamps and accessories lists are available.

Some items are as supplies last so contact me with your order today. We also have some items at 25% and 50% off. Click on the picture on the right hand sidebar to view the last chance list.
Stampin' Up! Mini Starter Kit available for a limited time only

If you have wanted to join Stampin' Up! but didn't have the $199.00 for the starter kit, then I have a great deal for you! You can join my team now for only $99.00. This special kit is only available in the month of June, so take advantage of this great deal today. You can contact me or click on the link on the right hand side bar for more details. My Recruiter Authorization Password is Janetstamps29485.
Happy Grad graduation card
I needed a grad-uation card for my grand-daughter,so this is what I came up with. I found tassels at my favorite dollar store that had the little 2010 charm and I wanted to use that, so I thought a graduation cap would be just the ticket. I used the Happy Grad stamp from the 2010 Summer Mini Catalog and Tassel Time (a retired stamp set). I wish now I had ordered the Go, Graduate from the Summer Mini. I am still happy how it turned out. This is a 4x4 card. I used the jumbo brad and make it black by pressing into my black craft pad and embossing with black embossing powder. The inside bottom of the card has a pocket to put money in.
All Supplies Stampin' Up! unless noted
Stamps: Happy Grad and Tassel Time (retired)
Paper: Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink: Black craft
Accessories: Heat tool, black embossing powder, jumbo brads, 1" circle punch, sticky strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, paper piercer, mat pack, watercolor pencils, tassel and charm (not Stampin' Up!)