Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Amazing Cards,
Beautiful packaging, and
Cherished gifts this holiday season!

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Perfect Punches Joy Christmas Card
Don't you just love the Textured Impressions embossing folders? They can take a simple card from boring to WOW, with very little effort. That is why I especially love to use them when I am making multibles of the same card. this is a very fast card (and could be even faster, if I had note done the dots inbetween the sentiment and red scallop in green). Anyway, this is the fifth and finale card for the Christmas Card stamp camp this month. You will be amazed how easy and fast this card really goes together. The shimmer paint on the red embossed panel really adds extra wow to the card. I love our White organza ribbon, but my favorite is our 1/8" taffeta and on this card I used both. (I am doing a happy dance right now, wish you were here!) Did you notice the large green scallop, Yes, we now have a 2 3/8" scallop circle punch to go along with our 1 3/4" scallop circle. (happy dancing, again!). If you haven't see the latest catalog, you need to click on my shop now button and go to pages 200 - 203 (of the Idea Book and Catalog) and check out our fabulous line of punches. You might want to check out the Holiday mini catalog. Many of the items used for this months stamp camp came from that catalog. If you find that there is just too many thinks you want, no worries! Just jump over to the promotions page and check out our Free craft tote promotion, but hurry that promotion ends tomorrow, or contact me and we will set up a workshop with you and your friends, so you can earn your wish list. My last two hostesses earned 3 Hostess stamp sets and $60.00 of their choice of merchandise from our catalogs. It is so easy, and I will help you, so contact me today.

Now for your stampin' supplies for this card

All supplies Stampin' Up! unless noted:
Stamps: Perfect Punches
Ink: Real Red and Garden Green craft ink
Paper: Garden Green, Real Red and Whisper White card stock
Accessories: 1 3/4" and 2 3/8" scallop circle punches, 1 3/8" circle punch, Big Shot die cutting machine, Petals a Plenty Textured Impressions embossing folder, Embossing Buddy, Clear embossing powder, Powder Pal, Heat Tool, Whisper White Organza ribbon, 1/8" Real Red taffeta ribbon, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Glue stick, Alcohol (not Stampin' up!), Spritzer bottle (you can use your empty Stampin' Mist bottle if you don't have one)
A Cute Christmas Snowman with bleaching technique
This card (minus the sentiment and with the snowman stamped on white card stock) was one of my Regional swaps. They made this card on stage (minus the Shimmer paint, and I don't remember if they had a sentiment on it or not) The main different between my swap and this (and the demonstrated) card is that the snowman is stamped with StazOn ink on Baja Blue card stock. The the snowman and snow mounds are colored using the Aqua painter with bleach instead of water inside. The bleach removes the color from the paper. I bleached the snowman's hat and scarf also, and then colored with my Stampin' Write markers.
You cannot tell on my scan, but I did spray Frost White Shimmer paint (mixed with alcohol in a spritz bottle) all over the White panel after embossing, but prior to adding sentiment or snowman.

I just thought of another idea, I will try it later and post the results.

All Supplies Stampin' Up! unless noted
Stamps: A Cute Christmas and Bright Christmas
Ink: Black StazOn, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy and Basic BlackStampin' Write markers
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White and Baja Blue
Accessories: Big Shot die cutting machine, Northern Flurry Textured Impressions embossing folder, Circles Original Die, Aqua Painter, Frost White Shimmer Paint, bleach and alcohol (not Stampin' Up!)
Merry Crittermasn Sledding bunny card
This card is also part of my October Christmas Card stamp camp. It is really not as hard or time consumming as you would think. I traced my snowmounds on a piece of scrap paper and cut them out, then using them as masks, I sponged the top of the mound with Baja Blue classic ink. I also sponged the sky. Make sure that you stamp and mask your sledding bunny before you do any thing else, or you might have a bunny with a blue face, (ask me how I know.) I stamped the sentiment at the end and was quite pleased that it fit my hill so well. It looks like I planned it that way, but really luck on my side. I suggest that you stamp your sentiment on your scrap and then trace your mound. I would love to take credit for this card, but I actually cased it from Stephanie Lamontagne, another Stampin' up demonstrator. I added the sentiment, changed the colors and left off the bow. Thank you Stephanie for the cute card and inspiration.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Merry Crittermas and Bright Christmas
Ink: Baja Blue and Black StazOn
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Baja Blue and Whisper White
Accessories: SU Watercolor pencils, Aqua painter, 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Stampin' Sponges.
Mr. Snowman found his Top Hat

I posted this card on Facebook and this blog Friday and my daughter sent me a message saying he needed a hat. With just a few cuts scraps and the paper trimmer a top hat was formed. All details are listed on previous post. This is one of the five cards in this months Christmas stamp camp.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Snowman with Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric scarf

I know those that attend my October stamp camp will have as much fun as I did making this cute card featuring our new designer fabric. The fact that we have designer paper to match our fabric makes it twice as fun as you can see by this card. Just click on my calendar for the dates on this camp.
I received a card as a swap from Susan Roades in Ohio that I got my inspiration from. Susan made a snowman and make a fabric scarf. I changed the fabric, added the Top Note die and sponging, put my matching designer paper at the bottom (instead of the side) of the card and made my eyes and buttons back. Thank you Susan for you great swap and inspiration.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: none (I know, how that can be so!)
Ink: Baja Blue and Garden Green (sponging)
Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Baja Blue, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black card stock. Candy Cane designer series paper.
Accessories: Candy Cane designer fabric, 1 3/4" circle and 1 3/8" circle punches, Owl punch (for eyes and buttons), big Shot die cutting machine, Top Note (Stampin' Up! exclusive) die, Mini Glue dots, Multi purpose liquid glue

Thanks for looking
Tags til Christmas with Peaceful Season and Seasonal Sentiments on the inside

I had the dec 25 portion that I stamped yesterday once in Cherry Cobbler and once in Chocolate Chip on Crumb Cake, then today I was going to figure out what I was going to do with it. But when I got home today my Stampin' Success (a monthly magazine for Stampin' Up! demonstrators) had come in the mail and this card was in it. So I quickly re-stamped on Very Vanilla Card stock and made this card. The inside is my own creations. This is a fun fast card and a part of my Christmas stamp camps this month.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Tags til Christmas, Seasonal Sentiments and Peaceful Season
Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip Classic
Paper: Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla 8 1/2x11 card stock, Chocolate Chip 12x12 textured card stock
Accessories: Decorator Label punch, Chantilly 1/2" crochet trim, Big Shot die cutting machine, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'
I hope to see you at the Christmas Cards stamp camp. Remember, reservations are required.

Friday, October 15, 2010

French Foliage Reverse masking technique
Are you getting sick of French Foliage???? Did I tell you that I love this stamp set???

I just had to post this last card with French Foliage, that was featured at my last workshop, before I move on to Christmas cards, yes I said Christmas cards. Christmas cards will the be focus of my October stamp camps. I will be getting up samples soon. October stamp camp dates are on my web site, just click on my calendar in the right side margin. I hope to see you there.

Anyway, back to the card. I cased this card from a card I saw by Lynn Pratt. I changed the colors, made the card shabby, left off the button, adding a stamped image in its place. I also stamped the background with the Woodgrain stamp. This the the reverse masking technique that I featured awhile back on this card.  Instructions for the technique are on the previous post that you can view by clicking on the blue word "card" above.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: French Foliage and Woodgrain background
Ink: Early Espresso and Old Olive
Paper: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla
Accessories: Distresser from cutter kit, 3/4" circle punch, Stampin' sponges

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Peaceful Season with no sew ruffled ribbon

I originally planned on using this card for this months stamp camp, but decided to have five cards instead of four. I also wanted cards that are not quite as time consuming as this card, so it would be more feasible to make them in quantity.
I have quite a few cards to post. I still have to post my Regional swap cards, and I have some cards that I received as swaps that I have permission to post here, so keep checking back.

Now back to this card. I have been wanting to do the ruffled ribbon technique and just haven't had the time. I need to work on making my ribbon straighter, but wanted to get this card done and posted.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Peaceful Season and Many Merry Messages (inside)
Ink: VersaMark and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and very Vanilla
Accessories: Gold embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat tool, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Mini glue dot, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" ribbon seam binding, 3/4" circle punch, Ovals Sizzix Original Die, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impression embossing folder, Big Shot Die cutting machine.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel
This is probably my favorite wheel. I guess I just like fall. We get a reprieve from the hot summer, but we don't have to wear a coat yet. Spring and Fall are hands down the best weather there is.

This is a quick and fun card. Normally you just wheel and do not pay attention to where the wheel starts or ends on your card, but since I wanted to highlight the two leaves shown with a ribbon on the left, I did need to turn my wheel to the position I wanted before I wheel it on my card. I then cleaned my wheel, inked it with pumpkin and on a scrap of Vanilla card stock wheeled enough to get my leaf. I repeated this step with the Olive, and cut out the two leafs.

Stampin' Up! sells empty cartridges so you can make a cartridge any color you want with a reinker, but if you are just going to wheel the distance of a card, you can ink up your wheel with a ink pad. You just cannot wheel more than 7 inches or you will run into the part of the wheel you already wheeled and run out of ink. With a cartridge you can wheel almost forever. I love to wheel on bags and tissue also.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Bright Blessings jumbo wheel and Woodgrain background stamp
Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Early Espresso, Old Olive and Very Vanilla card stock
Accessories: Jumbo wheel handle and Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon

Happy fall stampin'
French Foliage, Baby Wipe technique to make multi colored ink pad

This is a card that I used as a make and take at a recent workshop. To make the leaves I make my own multi colored ink pad by using a Baby Wipe, the top of my stamp case and classic reinkers. To to this technique simply place a baby wipe on a foam or plastic plate. Add drops on reinker to the baby wipe until you have an area as big as the stamp you are using. Then ink your stamp up using the Baby Wipe the same way you would use an ink pad. It's that easy! As you can see the results can be quite stunning. Also you get a different look each time. See the difference in each card. The front of the first card and the big leaf on the inside (second picture)where made one day, the smaller leaf and the leaf on in the third picture were made a different day. The first picture is the front of my card. The second picture is the inside. The third is the inside my customers came up with. Being true scrapbookers that could not waste the piece of designer paper that they tore off for the front, so they added it to the inside of their card. I love it when I am at a workshop and a customer comes up with a great idea like this.

All supplies Stampin' Up! unless noted:

Stamps: French Foliage. Heard from the Heart and On Your Birthday (on the inside of the card, in the third picture)
Ink: Basic Black and More Mustard classic ink pads, More Mustard, Old Olive Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze classic reinkers
Paper: Old Olive and Very Vanilla card stock. Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Old Olive 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges and Baby Wipes (not S.U.)

Fall Birthday Leaves featuring French Foliage stamp set
I am sorry it has been so long since my last post. My last two weeks have been very hectic. I will post several fall cards today to make up for my absence. I appreciate your patience with me. I am starting with this French Foliage card (my favorite stamp set this fall, I especially love the stamp that makes the water spot mark- it is too cool. When I took this card into the local scrapbook store, the owner wanted to know how I did the water spot technique. I told her with a stamp, that she could only get from Stampin' Up!)

Anyway, I have two versions here. The top version is done with Stampin' Up! Watercolor paper in place of the Very Vanilla card stock. I spritzed the watercolor paper fairly heavy prior to the stamping (You can wait until dry and then stamp the sentiment, or stamp the sentiment first, using StazOn. I stamped mine after dry, because I wanted the sentiment in Early Espresso, not black). I case this card from Ilina creations, you can see her card here.

The second card is without water, using the same stamps in the same pattern. I love both versions. Which one do you prefer?

All supplies are Stampin'  Up!
Stamps: French Foliage, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Old Olive, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake
Paper: Very Vanilla (or Watercolor paper), Cajun Craze and Early Espresso card stock, Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper

Thanks for looking.
Happy Stampin'

Note: if you received this card as a swap at the Fall Regional it may have the following changes. I ran out of the olive designer paper in the Autumn Spice dsp pack and replace it with Old Olive from the Brights Designer series Paper Patterns stack. When I ran out of the Mustard designer paper I replaced it with another piece of paper from the Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper pack. All swaps were done on Very Vanilla.