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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Red, White & Silver Star of Light


Inspiration:  The inspiration for this card was a unopened container of Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder (available in the Holiday Catalog).  It adds a beautiful shimmer to the large star.

Tips:
  • I had a bit of a learning curve with the glitter embossing powder.  Here is what I discovered:
    1. The embossing powder seemed to stick better on our regular Whisper White card stock than our Thick Whisper White card stock.  
    2. Don't forget to use your embossing buddy before stamping!  This stuff is like super fine glitter that sticks everywhere. (I'm sure I'll be "wearing" it until at least Valentine's Day!)
    3. I tried Versamark ink to stamp the image but the glitter embossing powder wasn't sticking to the image very well, so I switched to Whisper White craft ink.  To make sure you have the large stamp inked up really well, lay it face up on a table and lightly tap the craft ink pad to the stamp.
    4. After stamping, pour the glitter embossing powder over the stamped image more than once to get as thick of a coating as possible.
    5. Usually I "thump" the back of the card stock to knock off any loose embossing powder. However, it actually knocked some of the glitter embossing powder off of the stamped image, so I switched to lightly tapping the back and using a paint brush to brush away any stray glitter/powder.
    6. It's next to impossible to tell when the glitter embossing powder is set with the heat tool. Be more deliberate with where you point your heat tool...don't just go in random circles. Go down each star tip and in the center to make sure you don't miss a spot.
  • The vellum is adhered with a little bit of Elmer's Craft Bond and some mini glue dots hidden behind the stars.
  • The large star is adhered with dimensionals.  I wrapped silver thread around 4 fingers about 10 times and then attached the wound thread to the dimensionals before attaching it to the card.
  • The silver stars are attached with mini glue dots.
  • The greeting is embossed with White Embossing Powder.  I attached the vellum before stamping to determine placement of the greeting.
Stamps:
Star of Light (Bundle & Save)

Paper:
Real Red Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-1/4 Large Star
Silver Foil
     2-1/2x2-1/2 for Stars
Vellum Card Stock
     4-1/4x3 Embossed Layer

Ink:
Whisper White Craft Ink Pad

Accessories:
Starlight Thinlits (Bundle & Save)
Softly Falling Embossing Folder
Rhinestones
Silver Metallic Thread
Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy & Heat Tool
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals
Elmer's Craft Bond

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Garden in Bloom


Inspiration:  Not sure why I'm focused on flowers in the middle of the holiday season.  Maybe it's because I've been making Christmas cards either for classes, customers or my own list since August. LOL  Regardless of the time of year, I'm hoping anyone would enjoy receiving this card.  I used some current products and a couple of retired favorites.

Tips:
  • The flower image is adhered with dimensionals.
  • Use a Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath your card stock when using these photopolymer stamps to get a better image.  
  • Cut two pieces of baker's twine about 5 inches long each.  Wrap the ends of each piece around to the back of the white embossed piece and adhere with tape.  Then, gather the two pieces together by tying a bow around them.  For a flatter center of the bow, don't tie the baker's twine around the two pieces. Instead, start making your loops and tie the bow.  You're basically taking out one step.  Let me know if that doesn't make sense.  Place a rolled up glue dot behind the bow to secure it in place.
Stamps:
Garden in Bloom
Made for You (Retired)

Paper:
Daffodil Delight Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     2-5/8x3-5/8 Layer Behind Main Image
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
     2-1/2x3-1/2 Main Image
It's My Party DSP Stack (Retired)
     3-3/4x1-1/2 Patterned Strip

Ink:
Daffodil Delight Ink Pad
Smoky Slate Ink Pad
Basic Black Archival Ink Pad

Accessories:
Petal Burst Embossing Folder
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Jar of Love BirthdayCard


Inspiration:  Mary's beautiful card was the inspiration for this card.  I especially like how she placed the flowers on the jar.  Since I tend to have difficulty arranging random items like flowers :), I copied her flower placement.  I changed up the colors and a few other things to give it a little different twist.

Tips:
  • The jar handle is heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
  • For the largest flower, I stamped the dark highlight twice (easy to do with photopolymer stamps) and then the larger part of the flower once with Rich Razzleberry ink. 
  • The smaller flower highlights were first stamped with full-strength ink and the larger parts were stamped using the same color as the highlight but stamped off first.
  • A couple of the flowers are adhered with dimensionals.  The jar itself is adhered with dimensionals.  I cut some dimensionals into slivers to put behind the handle.
Stamps:
Jar of Love (Bundle & Save)
Thoughtful Banners (Bundle & Save)

Paper:
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
     3-1/2x5-1/4 Large Image Layer
     2-1/2x3 Jar
     2x2-1/4 Jar Handle
     Scraps for Flowers

Ink:
Rich Razzleberry Ink Pad
Night of Navy Ink Pad
Crushed Curry Ink Pad
Crumb Cake Ink Pad
Smoky Slate Ink Pad
Versamark Ink Pad

Accessories:
Everyday Jars Framelits (Bundle & Save)
Lots of Labels Framelits
Elegant Dots Embossing Folder
Baker's Twine Trio Pack
Gold Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy & Heat Tool
Rhinestones
Glue Dots
Multipurpose Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Year-End Closeouts

Be sure to check out Stampin' Up's Year-End Closeouts


Some of the products are retiring from the Holiday Catalog and others are high-inventory items from the Annual Catalog.  Retiring Holiday Catalog items are available while supplies last (stamp sets are guaranteed available through December 21) and the discounted high-inventory items are on sale through January 3.  They'll be still be available January 4 but at their original price.

Click here to see the retiring Holiday Catalog products.

Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jar of Love Hello Card


Keeping it simple and cheerful with this Jar of Love card.  

Tips:
  • The bow/string is embossed with silver embossing powder.  
  • Use Soft Sky to stamp the water in the jar.  Stamp off first for a lighter image.
  • Sometimes I find it easier to line up two-step stamps if I start with the darker image first.  The flower highlights were stamped first with "full-strength" Watermelon Wonder.  I also used Watermelon Wonder to stamp the larger parts of the flowers, but I stamped off first for a lighter image.
  • The flowers are adhered with dimensionals.
Stamps:
Jar of Love

Paper:
Watermelon Wonder Card Stock (Bundle & Save)
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Dapper Denim Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-3/4 Main Image
     Scraps for Flowers

Ink:
Watermelon Wonder Ink Pad
Dapper Denim Ink Pad
Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad
Soft Sky Ink Pad
Chocolate Chip Ink Pad

Accessories:
Everyday Jars Thinlits (Bundle & Save)
Dimensionals
Rhinestones
Silver Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy & Heat Tool

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Online Extravaganza (Nov 21-28)



Now through November 28
24-Hour Flash Sale on November 21 and 28

Happy Shopping!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

New Stitched Shapes Framelits


Inspiration:  Necessity is often the "inspiration" for my cards. LOL  This is a card for my uncle.  I love making cards for everyone, but especially for those who really enjoy receiving them - and he's one of those people.  I used the new Stitched Shapes Framelits along with the classic stamp set, Lovely As A Tree.  

Tips:
  • The small circle and largest circle were made with the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and I used the Layering Circles Framelits to create the middle circle.  
  • The middle circle has Stampin' Dimensionals behind it.  The small and large circles are adhered with glue. The greeting is adhered with dimensionals.
  • Since the Woodgrain Embossing Folder is so detailed, it tends to shrink the finished size a little.  To make sure I get the exact size I want (yes, I'm left-brained), I start with a piece of card stock just a little larger than what I need then cut it down after embossing it.
  • The finished length of the banner is 4-1/2 inches.  Start with a piece of paper that's 2x4-3/4 inches.  I used a piece of paper from the retired Botanical Gardens DSP.  I didn't really care for that particular pattern to begin with, but now I'm glad I held onto it anyway.
Stamps:
Lovely As A Tree
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper:
Cajun Craze Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     3x3 for Middle Circle
Early Espresso Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer
     3-1/4x3-1/4 Large Circle
Very Vanilla Card Stock
     2-3/4x2-3/4 Main Image
     4x5-1/4 Embossed Layer (cut down to 3-1/2x4-3/4)
     Scrap for Greeting
Botanical Gardens DSP (retired)
     2x4-3/4 Banner

Ink:
Early Espresso Ink Pad

Accessories:
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Layering Circles Framelits
Bunch of Banners Framelits
Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Banner Triple Punch
Dimensionals

*** Have you heard that select stamp sets are 25% off
through the month of November?  You can see them all here. ***


Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Look Familiar?


I liked the layout of the card from my last post so much, that I decided to make another one using a different color scheme.  What I really wanted to show you is the butterfly.  I wanted ti to have the same look as the flowers, so I randomly stamped the image that has two small flowers on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Be sure to overlap the stamped images.  Some were "full strength" and others had been stamped off.  It looks like a mess until you punch out the butterfly.  I love how it turned out!

Stamps:
Number of Years
Flourishing Phrases
Timeless Textures

Paper:
Flirty Flamingo Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Crumb Cake Card Stock
     4-1/2x3-1/4 Large Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
     4-1/4x3 Large Layer

Ink:
Flirty Flamingo Stamp Pad
Crumb Cake Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Rhinestones
Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Perfect Plum Sympathy Card


Inspiration:  Initially, I was going to CASE the Peekaboo Peach card on page 137 of the annual catalog.  I gave it a shot and then decided it really wasn't what I wanted to make, so it morphed into this card.

Tips:
It's a pretty simple card.  I used my MISTI to line up the border and the greeting is popped up with dimensionals.

Stamps:
Number of Years
Rose Wonder
Timeless Textures

Paper:
Perfect Plum Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
     3x1-1/2 Layer Behind Greeting
Crumb Cake Card Stock
     4-1/2x3-1/4 Large Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
     4-1/4x3 Large Layer
     2-1/2x1-1/2 Greeting

Ink:
Perfect Plum Stamp Pad
Crumb Cake Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Rose Garden Framelits
Layering Ovals Framelits
Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Simple Star of Light Christmas Card


Inspiration:  I needed a quick Christmas card that wasn't red and green, so I decided to start with the Star of Light Stamp Set and coordinating Starlight Thinlits.  I love that the words both look beautiful and have special meaning.

Tips:
  • To make sure your stamped image and the coordinating die cut line up, first cut a piece of card stock using the framelit.  Then lay a clear block on top of the die cut.  Use the die cut piece as a guide to line up the stamp while you're placing it on the block.  You can also lay the stamp face down on the die cut and then lay the block on top, but I tend to get better results laying the block on the die cut piece.
  • The "swirl" was stamped twice to reach from corner to corner.
  • The large star is attached with dimensionals and the silver star is adhered with a glue dot.
  • It's hard to see in the picture, but a rhinestone is in the middle of the star.
Stamps:
Star of Light (available in a bundle)

Paper:
Night of Navy Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Soft Sky Card Stock
     5-1/4x4 Large Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
     5x3-3/4 Large Layer
     3-1/2x4-1/4 Large Star
Silver Glimmer Paper
     2-1/2x2-3/4 Small Star

Ink:
Soft Sky Stamp Pad
Night of Navy Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Starlight Thinlits (available in a bundle)
Rhinestones
Silver Metallic Thread
Dimensionals
Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Garden in Bloom Note Cards


I haven't had a lot of extra crafting time over the past couple of weeks, but I really wanted to get back to it.  When I don't have a lot of time, I almost always turn to our 3-1/2x5 inch note cards and just basic stamping.  I thought about adding something to the center of the flower, but I actually like the simplicity of the white center best.  Hope you like it, too!

Stamps:
Garden in Bloom
Flourishing Phrases

Paper:
Whisper White Note Cards

Ink:
Daffodil Delight Stamp Pad
Pear Pizzazz Stamp Pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Accessories:
None!

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth


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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Simplified Hang Your Stocking Christmas Card


Inspiration:  This is my version of the Hang Your Stocking card on page 15 of the Holiday Catalog. I feel like this card is more simple than the original because it doesn't have as many die-cut pieces, uses less DSP and the bow is die cut rather than tied.  It's actually one of the cards I'll be offering at my November card buffets.  While there are still some die cuts and embossing, I think it'll work out better than the original version.  My stampers will be happy to not have to tie a bow. :)

Tips:
  • Use multipurpose glue to adhere the stocking pieces together.  Be sure to use TINY drops to avoid glue oozing out.  
  • Cut a 3-1/4x1 inch piece of Whisper White for the greeting.  Use the Triple Banner Punch to flag one end.  Then, stamp the greeting close to the flagged end.
  • The stocking is popped up with dimensionals.
Stamps:
Hang Your Stocking (Bundle & Save)

Paper:
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     4x3-1/2 for Stocking Layers
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
     3-1/4x1 Greeting
     Scrap for Stocking Band
Silver Foil Sheet
     Scrap for Bow
Presents & Pinecones DSP
     3-1/2x2 Printed Layer

Ink:
Cherry Cobbler Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Christmas Stockings Thinlits (Bundle & Save)
Triple Banner Punch
Elegant Dots Embossing Folder
Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Glue

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Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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