Friday, December 11, 2009

12/11 Twelve Day Sale Begins!

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Click HERE and you will go to my Shop Now page where you will see information about the 12 Days of Holiday Sales from Stampin'Up. Some of the items introduced in this sale are new colors of Décor Elements vinyl sheets. There are 18 new colors to choose from, and they make great projects when you use them with Big Shot dies. Consider pairing the Clear Décor Elements vinyl sheets with the Tulipe Bigz die to create an etched-like design on a vase. Or use the Decorative Accent Bigz dies with the Old Olive Décor Element vinyl sheets to enhance a frame. The combination of Big Shot dies and Décor Elements vinyl sheets is sure to take your creativity to a new level!
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You can place your orders online and have them shipped to you directly, or you can contact me with your order. Each person who orders during the 12 Days of Holiday Sales will have their name put into a drawing and after the first of the year I will announce a winner who will recieve a stamp set of their choice from the soon to debut Occasions Mini Catalog! This sale ends at 11:50pm on Tuesday, December 22. If you want your order to arrive by Christmas, it would be best to have it placed either by online order or given to me by the 15th.
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Have a wonderful day and Happy Stamping!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

12/7 Feeling Sluggish?

The Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge went up this past weekend and I have been looking forward to trying it out. Of course, I am thrilled with the results . . . as I always am when I play a 411 challenge!
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I used the snail image from the bugs and kisses set and to classy him up a bit, I kissed the shell with the medallion stamp from Charming.
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I put together a little tutorial to show you how to "kiss" just a specific part of your image.


The first thing I did was stamp my snail image with Sage Shadow. I used a stamp-a-ma-jig as I stamped and this is most important. Do not move the stamp-a-ma-jig after you have your image stamped! It is lined up perfectly for when you stamp your next image directly over the top of your first image. The second step is to use a marker and color in just the portion of the image that you want "kissed"... in this case I used a Chocolate Chip marker to color in the shell.

Step Three is to "kiss" the clean dry stamp image of your choice over the top of your markered image. You can kiss straight on as I did or for another look, you can "kiss & twist."

This is what your image will look like once you've kissed it. Then, all you have to do is stamp it directly over the top of your initial image and if you haven't moved the Stamp-a-ma-jig . . . your image will line up perfectly as you can see below.


Here are the supplies you will need to create this card:
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Stamps: Bugs & Kisses (116580), sentiment of choice . . . I used a Level Three Hostess Set called Kind and Caring Thoughts (115324), a stamp set for "kissing" . . . I used Charming (116519)
Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), To the Nines Specialty Designer Series Paper (114038)
Ink: Sage Shadow (102532), Chocolate Chip (100908)
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Marker (100071), Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon (109071)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


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Thursday, December 3, 2009

New 411 Challenge - COLOR!


Stamping 411 has decided try out a color challenge! This is the first week . . . so if you have a chance to play, be sure to upload your card and leave your link! It would be nice to make this challenge just a popular as their awesome sketch challenges!
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I am using the stamp set called, "Charming", and though it will not be pictured in the upcoming Occasions Mini catalog, you will still be able to order it . . . that's exciting - especially because all but one of the charms will be available to purchase in early January. I can hardly wait. I don't know that actually "making" jewelry is something I'm very interested in, but I will be all over making the seasonal inserts that will fit into the charms and that's where this beautiful set will come in so handy.
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Can you see where I used the Big Shot on this card? It's the skinny Not Quite Navy oval layer behind the sentiment which is punched out with the Wide Oval Punch. I recently purchased the Ovals Original Die. The die has three ovals on it and the smallest oval makes a lovely border to our Wide Oval Punch.
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A Stamping to Share Tip: When your card features a knot on one of our wider ribbons, double up your Stampin' Dimensionals to give your main image panel the umph it needs to rise up to the occasion! It's easy to layer dimensionals . . . just place the first layer where you want them, peel off the stickies and then place another layer of dimensionals right over the top of the first for double height. I've even done triple height! It's a great effect!
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Stamps: Charming (116519)
Paper: Not Quite Navy (101722), Close to Cocoa (101341), Shimmery White (101910)
Ink: Bashful Blue (105209), Close to Cocoa (103139), Not Quite Navy (103008)
Tools: Wide Oval Punch (112082), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Big Shot Machine (113439), Ovals Original Die (114525)
Accessories: 1" Double Stitched Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon (111848), Soft Subtles Brads (106954)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

12/2 Wanted - Something Different!

Whew . . . I've been busy! But not so busy that I didn't have time to do this week's sketch challenge at Stamping 411! You might notice that I uploaded the sketch picture upside down - that was on purpose! Sometimes I like to flip sketches around - makes it more "me!"
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I wanted to use a stamp set that had an image that I could use as my circle accent and that's when I found "Wanted." It was at the bottom of the pile . . . but not because I don't want it! lol! Just so happens that Christmas sets burying all my regular sets.
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Black and White cards are so striking and when Stampin'Up introduced Night & Day Designer Paper in the Holiday Mini Catalog I was totally excited about making Black & White cards. But . . . didn't quite get around to it. Can you relate?
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This card features vellum card stock . . . I didn't want to hide the awesome designer paper behind my horse image. It also features a clear button backed with black card stock. The button is threaded with a skinny strip of Whisper White paper. The whole circle accent is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.
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The sentiment that I put on the inside of my card comes from the set called Best Wishes & More. I like the words: laughter joy happiness bliss delight . . . who doesn't want that?
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Supplies:
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Stamps: Wanted (115106), Best Wishes & More (111602)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Night & Day DSP (116768), Card Stock Vellum (101856)
Ink: Basic Black ()
Tools: Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 3/4" Circle Punch (107217), Stampin' Sponge (101610)
Accessories: 1/4" Black Grosgrain Ribbon (109027), Clear Buttons (105447)
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