Showing posts from September, 2010

9/30 Embossed in Gold for Christmas

I've been rediscovering my love for embossing. There's just nothing like teaching someone how to emboss and seeing their face absolutely light up with joy at the results. It's one of the things that really "hooked" me when I was first learning how to stamp way back when!! With Christmas on the way, it's time to keep those embossing powders handy as they add such elegance to your cards and projects.

Today's card has an unexpected pairing of colors. I took my inspiration from a party dress I saw at a local store. It was turquoise with a lacey gold overlay. The look was so unexpected that I took notice and as soon as I got home, I tried to recreate that look on a card. It's probably not to everyone's liking, but I like the unexpected when it comes to Christmas cards. You'll also notice that it's flat. When you are embossing, there is so much flash and shine with the gold that you really don't need to add a lot of embellishments!


9/29 A Sweet Color Challenge!

Isn't this just the prettiest card? Super "clean and simple." I was inspired by the Utah Diva's International Color Challenge #3. I saw those gorgeous apples and the beautiful colors and I couldn't resist . . . I was off and running to create something pretty and sweet. The apples reminded me of a Level Two Stamp Set that I have called Apple Blossoms.

I'm not sure if you can see it very well in the photo . . . but the Chocolate Chip panel is from the Texturz Plates Kit 4. The checkerboard design called to me! Those lovely scallops are from the Tasteful Trim die . . . not only is it perfect for scrapbooking . . . but I'm liking it more and more for card making, too. The Basic Pearl accents provided the finishing touch. Oh, and check out how you can utilize all the pieces of the die . . . even the scraps as I did on the inside panel of my card.

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9/28 The 12 Weeks of Christmas!

The 12 Weeks of Christmas ... the Countdown Begins!
Beginning on Thursday, September 30, all of my customers who receive my monthly newsletters will also receive once a week for the next 12 weeks an e-mail from me with a Christmas idea. These ideas will feature everything Christmas from cards and tags, to gifts and packaging. If you would like to be a part of it, be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter by clicking on the "Sign Up for Kay's Stamping to Share Newsletter." It's a box that you can find over on the left side bar of my blog.

In the meantime . . . how about a cute way to keep a list? (Maybe a list of all your Stampin'Up Christmas Wishes?) This list holder has a magnetic back to stick to your refrigerator or filing cabinet. I actually made it a while back for some workshops I did this summer, but forgot to post it here on my blog. Thinking about Christmas triggered my memory!

I purchased some note pads and had one of those copy service places cut off the red…

9/28 The Gift of a Card

I send out a fair amount of cards . . . don't most stampers? But I don't often receive cards . . . and sometimes I forget just what a card out of the blue can do for your spirit.

This card is one of those cards that I will treasure, not because it is beautiful . . . which it is . . . but because it lifted my spirits in a way that only the unexpected gift of a home made card can.

Thank you, Shanna.

9/27 Using the Northern Trim Letterpress Plate

OK, I can see that this post will be a long one with lots of pictures and I hope you will bear with me and if you have the Northern Trim Letterpress Plate . . . maybe you learn a little bit from me based on my experiences.
The first time I inked up the plate (following the directions) I had results like those above. I used Real Red Craft ink and I used my brayer. I groaned a bit when I saw how the edges got full of ink . . . but believe it or not . . . the impressions came out perfectly as you can see below.
But, the problem I was having is that my fingers kept getting into the ink as I handled the letterpress plate and then I was getting ink pretty much all over everything. Craft ink doesn't really dry in a timely manner and on a plate of plastic . . . it could probably stay inky indefinitely. It was bugging me to say the least. Then, I had a brainstorm and put post-it notes onto the plate. 

This is what it looked like when I used the post-it notes. Much less messy!! Before I ran i…

9/26 Dasher is Back in Action!

Dasher is BACK IN ACTION!! lol! He is one of my all time favorite Christmas images and I was soooo pleased to see that he was NOT retired!! When I saw the sketch challenge over at Stamping 411, I decided it was time to get Dasher back on the table for another exciting Christmas season.
Look at all those sparkles! That is a new item debuting in our Holiday Mini catalog and I have to say, I was just a bit intimidated by it!! Just the name . . . Glass Glitter . . . is enough to kick start my sense of caution! Yeah, I've never been the first on the block to do anything first! ha ha! (Minnesota sensibilities.) So, I waited to see what everyone else was doing with it and it looks like most people are using it as an amazing border around their main image. Getting it to stick isn't a problem at all when you use our Crystal Effects Glue.
Well, I'm off to make some popcorn and hang out with the kids for a bit. I've been busy making my swap cards for the Minnesota Stamp Share for …

9/25 Fall Butterflies

When is the last time you used the stamp set Flight of the Butterfly? Not usually your Fall "go to" set, right? But . . . with the right paper . . . you can have a lovely set of cards featuring Fall Butterflies!
 These cards were so quick and easy to make! I made a half a dozen or so in short order. I plan to give some of them out to my down line for September Sales Achievements.
Here are the supplies:
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Fundamental Phrases
Paper: Early Espresso, Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Series Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black Ink Tools: Butterfly Punch, Paper Snips to distress the edges of the top layer of paper, Word Window Punch Accessories: Linen Thread Adhesives: Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals
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9/24 Nature's Christmas

I found a great sketch this week over at Mary Jo Price-William's blog . . . the lunchtime sketch challenge! I am working on designing cards for my Christmas Dozen Classes and I found this sketch most inspiring toward that end.

This card is flat. No dimensionals or brads or anything of that bumpy, textured nature. Yup, still going for flat. It's just the easiest way to mail something.

 The top note die piece in Early Espresso is actually discarded (well, not really, but set aside as I did not use it in this card.) I took the outside piece of the die cut and glued it to my Crumb Cake card base.  The ribbon is adhered with SNAIL and the only punch of color on this card is the tag surrounding the sentiment.

Stamps: Nature Silhouettes, Perfect Punches Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red Ink: Early Espresso Tools: Big Shot Machine, Top Note Die, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch Accessories: 5/8" Early Espresso Satin Ribbon Adhesiv…

19/21 UDI Color Challenge

I happened to have a bit of time to browse the web today and came across a Utah Diva's International Color Challenge. They must have just started Color Challenges as I see it is only #2! Well, it's hard for me to resist a Color Inspiration Challenge and this one . . . featuring a shoe in the colors that each of my daughters would LOVE . . . I knew I would have to play along.

Of course, the first stamp set to come to my mind was the Things I Love set. And, since I hadn't used it in a while, I decided to go with it.  This card is 3" square. I was in the mood for something mini. It was a super quick card with the punched and die cut layered flower on the front and then a few punched images for the inside.

Here are the supplies:

Stamps: Things I Love
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Real Red, Whisper White, Nursery Suite Specialty Designer Paper
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Punch Window Magnetic Movers and Shapers for the Heart Shape (b…

9/20 Ribbon Wreath

I had a customer request that I make the ribbon wreath that you see on page 190 of the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. Gulp! "That's a lot of ribbon," I said. But, being the "gamer" that I am, I decided to give it a try . . . on a much smaller scale and I have to say that I'm tickled with the results! Isn't it cute? I purchased one of those smaller grapevine wreaths and just tied it up with ribbon . . . seven yards of it on this sweet little 6" wreath! I cut the ribbon into 9" lengths. That was enough to give me some room for tying it around and for making a cute angled trim cut with my scissors. I also used one of those BBQ lighters to singe the edges of the grosgrain ribbon to keep it from unraveling. My daughter assisted . . . just in case things got out of hand! lol! The tag comes from the stamp set called Grateful Greetings and provides a nice finishing touch.


Stamps: Grateful Greetings
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Real Red

9/19 Halloween 12x12 Pages

This is the two page Halloween layout that my scrapping club got to do this month. My favorite things . . . a Daffodil moon. LOVE the Daffodil Delight paper and it looks fantastic on this black page. Each of the 4x6" Basic Gray Photo Mats are accented with a bit of Old Olive. The square mat can be used for journaling, or for another picture and it is on top of an Old Olive piece that was created with the Big Shot Machine and the Clear Scallop Square die. I cut the Old Olive at 5" square before running it through the Big Shot with the Scallop Square Die and the excess parts are used to accent three of the photo mats. The photo mat below the square one uses the Photo Corner Punch for its Old Olive accent.

I think the spooky bat is a great touch. This punch is NEW to the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. If you don't have your new catalog yet, be sure to e-mail me and I'm sure we can work something out.

Did you notice the wavy border on the bottom? Yes, the new Tasteful…

9/17 Birthday 12x12 Pages

I had my Scrapbook Club this week and we did a birthday layout. Have you noticed those awesome borders? It's from the brand new die called Tasteful Trim. It's on page 17 in the Holiday Mini. I absolutely LOVE the 12" trim pieces that it creates. I used to buy packets of paper trimmed  up like this, but then I would invariably run out of the style or color I needed. No worries about that when you have this Bigz XL Die!

The pennant is made by cutting three inch Whisper White squares to a center peak at one end. It's nice that 'birthday' has eight letters as it fits perfectly across the top of the pages. 

Another thing that I love about this page is the balloons! I used the Oval Frame Die twice, once with Real Red cardstock and second with Whisper White cardstock. The inside part of the Real Red frame became a balloon as you can see in the photo above. The blue balloon is made with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch (page 19 of the Holiday Mini catalog). A couple of …

9/16 Demo Meeting Swap Cards

One of our favorite activities at our monthly demonstrator meeting is to exchange cards with each other. Each month we have a theme and our theme this month was All for Fall. Below you can see some of the great cards we swapped with each other.

Aren't these cards great? I feel very blessed to have these stamping friends as a part of my life. Becoming a demonstrator enriched my life in so many ways but the greatest dimension is the friendships I've made both with fellow demonstrators and with customers. My heart is humbled when I consider the joy that enriches my life on daily basis all because I am a part of Stampin' Up!; it's truly a company with heart and I am soooooo proud to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

 The last card that I am sharing is the card I made for our All for Fall swap. I love it's simplicity . . . I like to create cards that brand new stampers can create quickly and successfully. Of course, the Big Shot is involved . . . the Textured Impressio…

9/14 My Spooky House!

Stampin' Up! challenged us to create and post our projects that use the new Design a House that you can find in the Holiday Mini Catalog on page 37. I figured I'd better get the ball rolling on this . . . especially since I have a "Build a Spooky House Class" coming up next week!! This is what I came up with!!

Do you like it?? I have a feeling that all those M&Ms will attract a lot of attention! lol! (I was pleasantly surprised to find M&Ms in fall colors!! Too bad there weren't a few olive colored M&Ms, too, then I would have been REALLY coordinated! )

I painted the house with a flat black spray paint. The windows are vellum with spiders stamped in them from the stamp set called Dark & Dreary. I don't have those nifty battery operated candles that I often see, but if I had one, you bet I would put it inside this house for a lovely yellow/orange glow behind the windows. The roof is Versa Marked, covered in Heat and Stick powder and then sprin…