Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Stamping #12 Christmas In July

You would think it difficult to get into the spirit of Christmas when the current temperature reads ninety three degrees outside but thanks to a comfortable air-conditioned, seventy degrees inside and Stampin' Up!'s Christmas Pines stamp set, it's not so difficult after all.

I was recently invited to attend a local Christmas in July craft fair. I'm so excited to share my Christmas cards and even sell a few but I didn't have a few made at all, let alone to sell!  I'm happy this stamp set carried over from last years catalog along with the matching dies. It has come in handy for some much needed inspiration on the short notice I received on the fair invite.

I have some awesome news if you want to get a head start on your Christmas card making! Make a purchase at my store of $50 retail and Stampin' Up! will give you a $5 coupon for every fifty you spend that you can use anytime next month (August 1-31)! It's like getting an early Christmas gift! I already have two!


Also, Stampin' Up!'s Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! You will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20)! With so many basic items provided for you, you'll be able to get your brand new business off to a fast start—and spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories! 
And if you're not interested in any of it, I'll always have current cards I make and occasional tips and techniques for you to apply to your own cards. Please come back to my blog, comment and subscribe.  
Happy stamping my friends! 

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Ink, Five Ways Day 5

It is the fifth day and I have done each technique on a new card to show you how you can use your inks in a new way.

Thanks so much for joining me. Happy Stamping my friends!


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Inks, Five Ways Day 4

Wow, what a day! I've been up since 5:30 this morning and I'm soooo not a morning person! My daughter had her first day of orientation at the University of Nevada Reno and you know, us parents will do ANYthing for our kids. Even if it means getting up at dark thirty to hold their daughter's hand for her first steps onto a college campus. 

So, please forgive me for my photo taking skills. I'm working on it! Practice makes better, right? The great part about this series is that it's more about the technique than anything. I notice after I make a card to showcase a technique, later that evening or the next day I come up with a better design or maybe a different way I could've done the first one. Not always but sometimes I do this and that's why I decided day five will be the best day in the series! I will take each day of different ways to use your inks and show another project I made! 

Today I have a super simple, yet effective, way to use your ink pad as a focal point on you card. And when I mean super simple, this is it:

All you have to do is take your card front, open your ink pad, align the pad where you want it and press down. Lift the ink pad off the paper and there you go, you have a focal point, ready made for you to embellish. I used Stampin' Up! Soft Sky ink for my card front and immediately thought, "sky" but then as I looked through my stamps and saw the Seaside Shore stamp set, I thought "water"!

Imagine the possibilities just by changing up the ink color. You could use yellow for a sunny focal point or light pink or blue for a baby card, soft green for florals. It's fun to think of different ways you can use your supplies, isn't it?

This is the card I made. I have to be honest I'm not thrilled with it. After stamping the images and right before I adhered those cute little fishes, I thought I'd outline the focal point in a black marker, you know, to make it stand out more. That didn't work but I just went with it and adhered my fishes and coated them with some Wink of Stella glitter pen. If a black outline doesn't work, glitter definitely will! Well, I was wrong again! The glitter pen acted like a water brush (duh) and muted my little fishes instead of enhancing them. We live and learn and tomorrow I will fully redeem myself by getting a do over of this process.

Happy stamping my friends! I hope you've enjoyed this series of five days, five ways. I'll see you tomorrow with all new cards showcasing these techniques!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Inks, Five Ways Day 3

Did you know you can watercolor with your ink pads?  I've been making cards for over eleven years now and I didn't even know I could do that for about half the time!

I've always used my Distress Inks when water coloring on cards (and traditional watercolors) because they're specifically formulated to work with water. Don't get me wrong, Distress Inks are wonderful to work with but not everyone can afford to have every ink available. And there's a lot of them!

This card took me fifteen minutes tops! I felt so accomplished because I kid you not, I spend at least forty five minutes to an hour on every card I make. This would be a great card to mass produce (think Christmas) with any set of stamps.

I used Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful You stamp set for this card. I had yet to use this set from last years catalog. I'm so happy they decided to continue to carry it this year. It's a beautiful set with great sentiments. I also used several Stampin' Up! inks for my watercolor. Instead of listing them all out, I took a picture here:
When water coloring always use watercolor paper. Card stock can't hold all the water and will become warped and pill if overworked. Stampin' Up! does sell watercolor card stock packs but to be honest, I don't buy it. I highly recommend Canson XL watercolor paper. It's very inexpensive when regular priced but think big box store coupons! Yep, that's when I buy it, such a great deal and it's thick enough for card bases. I used it for the card base on this card.

Really, all you need to do to make this card is stamp out your images in archival black ink (it's waterproof) then add your color, with water of course! I took each ink pad and squeezed the top to the bottom before opening them to make my pallet. Then I dipped a wet brush into each color and applied it to my card front.
After the inks dried (I helped a bit with my heat gun)  I added some water to my black ink and used my brush to flick the black ink onto my card front to make a fun splatter. I love how the card turned out and how easy it was. I'm confident you can do this too and hope you'll give it a try!

Happy stamping my friends! Thanks for joining me and I'll see you tomorrow with another way to use your inks!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Inks, Five Ways Day 2

Texture backgrounds anyone? Stampin' Up!'s Pattern Party Decorative Masks create awesome textured backgrounds for scrapbook pages, cards and more! You can use it with your inks and blend the color on or you can use your inks in a new way by blending it with our Embossing Paste to create a custom look and dimension on your project.

Today I'd like to show you how to use your inks with embossing paste to make a cool dimensional background.
Sorry for the glare here. I'm a card maker not a photographer! Now let's make that background!
First, choose your mask. This set comes with four different patterns. I chose the cloud image. Oh the possibilities!
Second, choose your color. I decided on pool party for my clouds. Smoosh the stamp pad directly to a craft mat or whatever slick surface you have available to you.
 Then add the embossing paste and mix with a pallet knife.
Thoroughly mix in the ink color then adhere the mask to your card stock so it won't move around while you're applying the paste. I like to use good old fashioned scotch tape.
Now, apply the paste. You decide how dimensional you would like your background to be by the amount of paste you apply. I kept mine a bit thin and allowed some of the white card to show through the clouds. Keep in mind the thicker the paste the longer it takes to dry!

Once you reached your desired look, lift the mask from the card stock and quickly clean off your knife and mask. If you don't clean it right off then it may ruin your mask and you don't want that to happen! Once you've cleaned up your work space, allow the design to dry and then use it however you'd like, on a card, scrapbook page or whatever project you have in mind. I, of course, made a card.
This is my finished card,
I used Stampin' Up!'s Lift me up die and stamp set to make this card along with pool party, calypso coral and night of navy inks.  It's a bit cloud overload now that I'm looking at it but a fun and new way to use those inks!

Happy stamping my friends! See you tomorrow for another project!

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Stamping # 11 Inks, Five Ways For Five Days

You didn't think ink pads were just for stamping, did you?  Silly, of course not! There are many things you can do with your ink pads to get the most for your initial investment and I'm going to show you five different ways to use your inks in the next five days. Starting today!

I'd like to share an ink blending technique that I was reminded of out of necessity. We all know what that means. "Necessity is the mother of invention! I, in no way invented this technique. It does come in handy for the times you run out of coordinating colored card stock. And that's exactly what happened when I wanted to coordinate the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die with the color of card I was making. I may not have had the colored card stock I wanted but I did have the ink color and I had whisper white card stock. Marrying the ink and white paper made for a beautiful union in this case.
Check it out! Just by taking a mini ink blending tool and blending lemon lime twist and bermuda bay inks onto whisper white card stock, I got this really cool green ombre look!

Here is the finished card:

I kept it all really simple by using a background stamp from Stamping' Up! Timeless Textures stamp set and layering the die cut on top. I adhered a few rhinestone basic jewels  for some sparkle and called it a day. 

I hope you'll try this technique. Happy Sunday Stamping my friends! Stay tuned for tomorrow, where I'll be showing you another way to use your inks!


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Stamping #10 A TON of Father's Day Wishes

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads and Moms who play both rolls (my Mom was one of them when I was growing up). Being a parent is the most important job in the world and it's always appropriate to give thanks and appreciation when we can.

I've noticed more and more stamp companies have come out with layering stamps. These stamps create an almost 3D look to your stamped image when layers are applied in a light ink to start and each additional ink darker than the first. Stampin' Up! has several layering stamp sets that I'm familiar with. At first I was a bit intimidated by them because I wasn't sure how to use them but with practice, I've become quite comfortable.

Freshly home from an Oregon Coast vacation, I spotted a wave layer stamp by a company called, The Ton Stamps.  It was one of those impulsive moments where I just had to have that stamp! The ocean wave stamp details are amazing. A wave is simple but can conjure up so many meanings for so many different people that I knew it would be worth the investment.  Once I received my stamp and matching die set I quickly went to work and made use of my Distress inks to make a simple, yet meaningful Father's Day card for my hubby.

Not only did he love it but when I posted it on Instagram, The Ton Stamps loved it too! They shared my card and commented on my post and I'm so thankful. I have to say, just knowing someone appreciates the cards I make, is the reason I make cards.  I mean, I love all the ink, stamps and artistic techniques but when it comes down to it, all I want is for someone to like them as much as I love to make and give them!

So, continue to have a TON of fun and happy stamping my friends!  I'll see you next Sunday!