Showing posts from February, 2011

2/28 Stampin' Up! Elements of Style with Shimmer Paint

I was inspired to play along with the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge this week because one of my downline just became a Stampin' Up! Supervisor! I want to give her a beautiful card in honor of that accomplishment. Congratulations, Angie! (Thanks to the challenge . . . I think I came through in flying colors!)

I began by creating a Platinum Shimmer Paint background using that gorgeous floral image in Elements of Style. I had a lot of fun with this . . . so much fun, I decided to make a video to show you how I did it! It doesn't have to be "messy." and the end result is stunning! The camera really doesn't do this card justice . . . the glimmer brads are glimmering and the shimmer paint is shimmering . . . guess you will just have to trust me on this! lol!

I hope you enjoyed the quick video and that you are off to make some Shimmer Paint backgrounds soon. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by "Stamping to Share!"

Stamps: Elements of Style (…

2/27 Stampin' Up! Presto Patterns DSP

I needed a few thank you cards and quick! I decided to use portions of Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper as my background. The sentiment is from the Level Three Hostess Set called Occasional Quotes. A bit of ribbon to coordinate with my Pear Pizzazz color choice and my card was done!

I created these cards in a couple of different In Colors. Here is one in Poppy Parade. The Presto Patterns DSP is white with white glossy designs in it. You reveal the design in the paper by adding ink. I used the direct to paper method, which is to just turn your ink pad upside down and rub the color onto the paper.

I had enough paper left over to put a few pieces on the inside panel . . . again, revealing the design in the paper by rubbing the ink pad directly onto the paper. I hope this inspires you to create a few quick thank you cards of your own! Have a happy Stampin' Day!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps: Occasional Quotes Level Three Hostess Stamp set (Wood Mount 117048, Clear Mount 12014…

2/26 Stampin' Up! Color Coach & Artistic Etchings

Today I felt like Stampin' Up! something just for fun so I pulled out my Artistic Etchings set and away I went. I made this card while I chatted on the phone with a friend! I wish she could have been with me stamping . . . but chatting is the next best thing.

This is the inside of the card . . . I love the Ric Rack trim along the bottom! The colors of this card are just luscious . . . wouldn't you agree? I used the Stampin' Up! Color Coach to decide on my colors.

First, I picked a base color. I decided to use Baja Breeze because this is the color of the sky I remember from when I was in Paris in the winter. But . . . what to pair with it? Color Coach to the rescue! I selected the Color Baja Breeze and then flipped the card over to see the recommendations.

I decided to try the Sweet Set combination and I have to say . . . I love the results! Right now, new demonstrators receive the Color Coach as part of their $50 Bonus package . . . an additional perk on top of the 15% d…

2/24 Stampin' Up! D is for Dog

One of the cutest swaps card that I saw at Minneapolis Regionals was a little puppy dog made with two Top Note Die pieces. Cathy Roy created it and mentioned that she cased it from our Demo Only website, Stampin' Connection. I had been searching for something quick and cute to round out my February Big Shot Class/Club and as soon as I saw what Cathy had swapped at Regionals, I was all over it with my own version. I opted to put my puppy on a card and I used the "D is for Dog" stamp set for the inside of the card.

This card is just a matter of punches and a couple of Top Note pieces. Anyone can make it lickety split! My customers LOVED it!! So, thank you Cathy Roy for sharing it at Regionals!!

Stampin' Up Supplies:

Stamps: D is for Dog (115784)
Paper: Basic Black (121045), Naturals White (102316), Soft Suede (115318), Pretty in Pink ()
Ink: StazOn Black (101406)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Top Note Die (113463), 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch (119855), Round Tab P…

2/23 Stampin' Up! Eat Chocolate

The Stampin' Up! Eat Chocolate set  . . .  sounds like a command, doesn't it? I'm happy to comply! This is one of the cards that we will be making at a Chics and Chocolate Class. The lovely background is from the Sale-a-bration set called "Bliss." I really haven't used this set much, but as I created the cards for my chocolate class, I found that "Bliss" seems to be a good compliment to the "Eat Chocolate" set. Hmmmm. Eat Chocolate. Bliss. Makes sense to me!

Have a happy Stamping to Share day!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps: Eat Chocolate (Wood Mount 121931, Clear Mount 122006), Bliss (Wood Mount 121851, Clear Mount 123217)
Paper: Blushing Bride (119796), Crumb Cake (120953), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730), Neutrals Patterns DSP (117157)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Crumb Cake (121030)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Scallop Rectangle Clearlit (118872), Paper Piercer to make holes for the brads (116631)
Accessories: Neutra…

2/22 Stampin' Up! Take a Spin Tent Topper

One of the really awesome advantages of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is getting the opportunity to earn free stamp sets! Just as our customers enjoy extra rewards during Sale-a-bration . . . demonstrators do, too! Since becoming a demonstrator, I've enjoyed getting quite a few stamp set perks and the stamp set called Wonderful Favorites on page 153 of our current Idea Book & Catalog is one of those freebies! I used it on this quick and easy card featuring the stamp set called Take a Spin.

The base of this card is 4 1/4" square. It looks a little bit like a tent! When you add the "topper" you create the kind of card that SU demonstrators call a "Tent Topper." It's very cute, easy to do and it still fits in a regular sized envelope for mailing!The designer series paper is a Sale-a-bration Reward Item on page 7 of the Sale-a-bration catalog. I used a glimmer brad for some extra sparkle and fun on this card.

The inside portion of this card …

2/16 A Carpenter's Stampin' Up! Thank You

I designed this card for a carpenter friend who wanted to send thank you notes to his clients after completing the jobs. This is what I came up with . . . isn't it perfect?? I would remember a carpenter who sent me a hand-crafted note like this!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps: Woodgrain (117100), Elegant Thank You (114484)
Paper: Early Espresso (119686), Crumb Cake (120953), Soft Suede (115318)
Ink: Early Espresso (119670) StazOn Black for the Thank You (101406)
Tools: Scallop Square Punch (119884), Decorative Label Punch (120907)
Accessories: Linen Thread (104199)
Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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2/15 Using Ink with Texturz Plates and a Stampin' Up! Valentine!

Look at this beautiful Valentine I received in the mail from my upline Shanna McLaughlin! It's so elegant. It uses the Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon and those delightful Mini Vintage Tags. She punched hearts from the awesome Real Red Glimmer paper using the Heart to Heart punch and adhered them with Dimensionals for some extra pop. The text paper is from the First Edition paper pack and the designer paper is from the package called Love Letter. I think the sentiment is part of a stamp in the Your a Gem set in our Occasions Mini. I could be wrong on that . . . but it looks like it might be. Thank you, Shanna!! I love it!!

I made another video to share with you. This one I'd promised last week. It's going to make using your Texturz Plates so much more fun. Just use them with ink and all those wonderful designs will show up just beautifully. My favorite way is tone on tone . . . so if I am using Soft Suede paper, I will use Soft Suede ink on my Texturz Plates. In the video,…

2/14 In Color 2010/11 Ribbon Fringes

I needed to come up with a birthday card this weekend for my daughter who turned 17. She has always been enchanted by the Far East so I decided to use Eastern Blooms. I used the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge as my starting point and was able to put this card together in record time!

The one thing that was holding my up, however, was my ribbon treatment. The coordinating Poppy Parade Ribbon seemed too bulky and after fussing around with it, I decided to cut it in half and that led me to discover how easy it was to fringe it . .  and the delicate look I was able to achieve using this technique worked out perfectly on my card!

In addition to the pretty fringe on the ribbon, I really like the embossing on the Top Note piece. I used the Finial Press Embossing Folder to achieve that look. The background paper is out of the 6x6 Hostess Level One In Color Paper Pack. The stamp was colored with markers and then stamped onto my paper. I colored over the center of the flowers with th…

2/13 Stamping to Share MORE Demo Fun!!

Regionals in Minneapolis was just a ball! Here is our group picture. In the front row we have Anita, Chris, Katherine, and Dawn. In the back it's Angie, Cindy, me, Karen and Patti. We had so much fun together . . . oh the blessings of friends . . . add a little Stampin' Up! and you have the perfect mix for a fantastic day!

Stampin' Up! likes to spice up the day with a series of prizes. Cindy won the Build a Blossom set . . . can you tell that she's excited? lol! Nothing like something FREE to put a smile on our faces!!

I had to pose in a picture with my "South Dakota Connection!" I met Angie and her mom Karen at a workshop I held just over the SD border back in August. I think they really enjoyed their mother daughter SU weekend.   
We had a special treat at 3 o'clock . . . the prettiest cupcake . . . but that didn't stop me from eating it! It was delicious - ummm ummm good!

Regionals was just amazing! So many AWESOME ideas  . . . I will have to complet…

2/12 Stamping to Share Demo Fun!

After Friday Regionals, I met up with some of the gang at Keegan's Irish Pub in Minneapolis. They filled me in on all the fun that I'll be having the following day. We looked at all the fabulous swaps and ate some delicious food. On Saturday, it will be my turn to enjoy the stamping and sharing and learning that happens at every Stampin' Up! company event. Whoo Hoo! What fun!

Meanwhile . . . I thought I would share with you some wonderful creations and cards that were shared at my last Stamping to Share Demo meeting. What a talented group of gals!! I'll share a few today and the rest tomorrow.

This was our group project led by Mary Smallidge. She had given each of us one of these covered note pads as a gift at Convention last year and now we learned how to make them ourselves. I just love how Stampin' Up! helps you "cute things up!" Mary has a real knack for that, too!

This card was given to my by one of my customers who attended our Stamping to Share Dem…

2/11 Stampin' Up! Friends Never Fade Charity Card

No video to share . . . I'm sorry, but that will have to wait until next week. I decided to do a few more swaps for Regionals instead. I'm REALLY excited about going to Regionals tomorrow. I'll try to remember to take pictures so I can share some of my experiences with you. 

This card was my Charity Card for February and I decided to make it one of my swap cards, too. I love the Clean and Simple look it has. The flower is from the stamp set called Friends Never Fade and the sentiment is from Friends 24/7.

I am going to hold a drawing when my Stamping to Share Facebook Business page has 25 fans. I will mail out the three swaps I am making for Minneapolis Regionals to the lucky winner. If you enjoy Facebook and would like to be in the Stamping to Share loop, please see my left side bar and click "like." Have a great day!!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps: Friends Never Fade (Wood Mount 118750, Clear Mount 120618), Friends 24/7 (available in Wood Mount only 113218…

2/10 Stampin' Up! Bring On the Cake - Manly!

How is this for a manly birthday card? I especially love the textured paper. This is an easy look to recreate if you have the Big Shot machine and the Texturz Plates. I plan to make a video to show you how to get this great look . . . hopefully tomorrow! HERE is a link to the video. This card is one of the four designs that my customers will be making at my Birthday Bonanza Class. The sentiments on the inside and the outside of this card come from a stamp set called Bring on the Cake which you can find on page 20 and 21 of the Occasions Mini catalog.

This card uses two punches which are also found in the Occasions Mini catalog. Wish Big is punched with the Decorative Label punch on page 30 and the 2 1/2" Circle Punch on page 11 is useful for punching larger sentiments and images as well as making frames or backdrops on your cards.

If you are a Facebook user . . . you may be interested in "liking" me! See my left side bar for my brand new Business Page! I plan to use m…

2/9 Stampin' Up! Nature Walk & Shadow Stamping

This is a card my clubs are doing this month. I was inspired by a card I saw on a Leadership Display Board created by Kelly Acheson. My customers loved learning this technique. What you do is pat your light colored ink pad directly onto your Clear Mount Block. In this card, I used Crumb Cake directly onto Clear Mount Block D. Then, you press your inked up block onto your paper. This will give you a "shadow" with which you can stamp other images onto and around. Now, every shadow is different . . . some will be mottled and blotched and others might even have streaks in them. Embrace these differences! It gives each card a unique look and adds to its vintage-like charm! This particular card goes together so fast and yet looks so elegant. I think I will make up a bunch and use them for swaps at Regionals this weekend in Minneapolis.

I love Stamping to Share and maybe you do, too! I just created a Facebook Fan Page and you are welcome to "Like" me. Just look on the l…

2/8 Stampin' Up! Petal Cone Die Favor

I received a swap from Heather Cousins that I just fell in love with and I knew immediately that it would be the perfect project for my Sunshine Club! Heather's Petal Cone Die Favor featured pink and love and seemed perfect for Valentine's Day. I decided to take the idea and turn it into a favor that would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

I used the Whimsy Jumbo Wheel to decorate the Garden Green card stock that I ran through the Big Shot Machine with the Petal Cone Die. I used Certainly Celery for the banner and scallop accents. I used brads from my In Color Glimmer Brads and also from the Regals Collection. The sentiment and shamrock are from the Sale-a-bration Reward set called So Happy for You. This little 3-D makes the perfect pocket for a sweet treat!

Thank you, Heather, for letting me share your stamping creation!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps: So Happy for You (free with a $50 Stampin' Up product purchase Wood Mount 121853, Clear Mount 123220), Whimsy Jum…

2/7 Stampin' Up! Build a Cupcake Ice Cream Cone?

So, if you haven't gotten the Build a Cupcake Punch yet from Stampin' Up . . . here's another reason to want it . . . perfectly cute ice cream cones! This cone has a lot of cute sparkles on it. The scoops were created by inking up a piece of scrap Whisper White with Versa Mark ink, pouring Heat & Stick powder over it and heating it up just until sticky, pouring Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over it and using your heat tool once more to set the glitter. To give the scoops a bit more definition, I sponged the edges with Real Red ink. The sparkling cherry on top is punched out of Real Red Glimmer paper using the Build a Cupcake Punch. The cone is the bottom portion of the Petal Cone Die! After I had the size trimmed down to fit the image panel of my card, I ran it through the Big Shot Machine one more time with the Lattice Square Embossing Folder to give it some cone-like texture.

The inside panel sports a sparkling heart. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Crazy fo…

2/5 Stampin' Up! Engraved Greetings

The set called Engraved Greetings caught my eye the very first time I paged through the catalog. This set has two really nice image sentiments that I consider to be on the "manly" side. During Sale-a-bration, you can get this set FREE when you place a $50 product order. I just LOVE Sale-a-bration. Be sure you are reaping it's full rewards by either purchasing product for a Sale-a-bration gift, or by being a hostessess and earning an extra reward item with every $300 in sales at your workshop, or by joining SU as a demonstrator to get your products at cost, or to begin building a home business doing something you know you already love . . . stamping and sharing your creations with others.

Have a wonderful day!

Stampin' Supplies:

Stamps: Engraved Greetings (117116 or as a Sale-a-bration gift 123938)
Paper: Early Espresso (119686), Soft Suede (115318), Sahara Sand (121043)
Ink: Early Espresso (119670) I also used this ink to create the background on the card stock by drag…

2/4 Stampin' Up 12x12 Birthday Scrapbook Pages

This is the second set of pages that Open Scrapbook Club will be creating this month! I was inspired by a layout that I saw on Stampin' Connection by Lynsey Allred. I will put the link HERE, but you might not be able to look at it unless you are a demonstrator. Sorry! I completely cased the candle idea . . . just LOVE the row of big candles with their flames punched from Daffodil Delight! I used Celebration Designer Series Paper for the candles which are 3/4" wide by 5" tall. The flame punch is actually our 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punch. The same package of DSP is what created the flags, also. To make the pennant flags, I used our Extra Large Tag punch and then cut from the center top to each bottom corner with our Paper Snips. Easy Peasy!

All of the photo mats with the exception of the ones over the candles are sized at 5 1/5" x 4". The boxes over the candles can be used for pictures or for journaling. They are sized at 3 1/4" x 5". I used makers…