Create Christmas Cheer

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Oh my gosh … I have the cutest cards to share with you today. These cards were shared with us (demonstrators) from Stampin’ Up! and it wouldn’t be nice if I kept these cuties to myself.

You’ll recognize these samples from the Holiday Catalog and can be found on page 38. You will also notice the Buffalo Check background stamp (I will be sharing some samples & tips on this in a future post).

Here is the “Spirited Snowman” … Give these holly jolly snowmen a place in your home. They deserve it! And they will prove themselves useful!

He just looks like he is having snow-much fun!! And so can you when you a head start in your stamping schedule and get started on your seasonal cards! Using just one stamp set, Spirited Snowman. Stampin’ Up! created these three different cards… the versatility of the set is enhanced with different coloring themes and techniques.

Each one is so cute in it’s own way … I love the two snow-people hugging and the sample on the far right, so cute and so simple to make.  Stamp your snowman … emboss your snowflakes with clear embossing powder … and then sue your watercolor pencils to add color to the background and then blend it with your Aqua painter!  When you blend the watercolor pencils the clear snowflakes will now “pop” out and look white (looks like magic!).

Thank you for spending a part of your Thursday with me …

Enjoy your day!

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It’s Your Day!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a special card that I created using the second of the two stamp sets offered in the Snowflake Showcase

The stamp set is the Happiness Surrounds Photopolymer Stamp Set. This set also coordinates with the Snowfall Thinlits Dies.

For my card today I’m using a technique called the “Wreath” or “In the Round” technique. I’m not really showcasing that today … I am working on a video to show how this is done, and it is done using the Stamparatus. This is the card we made at my Advanced Stamparatus Class …

The background was embossed with the “Layered Leaves” Dynamic embossing folder.  This is one of my favorites because it goes with so many different stampin’ styles.

The floral wreath was done in Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry with a touch of Pear Pizzazz … these colors were also used in my cardstock layers.  We used a template created to make our wreath and with the Stamparatus the flowers are inked and stamped in perfect placement.

Each of the flowers has a Rhinestone but to jazz it up we colored the rhinestones to match the colors we used, but put the opposite colors on the flower … so light on dark and dark on light.

Greeting is also included in the stamp set and was simply stamped in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White and was punched with our circle punches.

With the use of the Stamparatus … this card is super simple to make. I’m hoping to have a video for your soon. Thanks for hanging out with me today.

Enjoy your day today ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …  Last 2 days to purchase the Snowflake Showcase products.

 

Simply Sunday: Snow is Glistening

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Ahhh … we really do enjoy life on a much simpler note don’t we? And why not, that gives us more time to do the things we really enjoy. I do enjoy my stamping but I still like simple, and pretty … and today I have both for you in one card.

Today’s card features the Snow is Glistening stamp set, which is only limited until the end of the month, and I will be showing your more cards in the next few days.

Today’s card is fully embossed in gold … a simple technique that creates stunning results. You can get your glam on and texture in one shot.  The back piece, the tree and the greeting are all embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and the heat gun.

  1. Rub your cardstock with the Embossing Buddy. This will absorb any oils left by your fingers, and eliminate static. Both of these can hold unwanted embossing powder onto your cardstock
  2. Ink up desired image (the tree) with VersaMark™ and stamp onto your cardstock.
  3. Sprinkle your embossing powder over the VersaMark™ ink, and tap off excess embossing powder.
  4. With the heat gun, hold the gun over the embossing powder until the dull embossing powder turns into a beautiful gold.

The embossed pieces have the Gold Foil cardstock as a mat which adds a little more shine and elegance to your card. I’m using Very Vanilla cardstock with my gold today.

The greeting was also embossed in gold and then punched out with the circle punch and coordinating scallop punch. A few Stampin’ Dimensionals to add some added dimension and your card is complete.

If you love the simple elegance of this card, then this is the technique for you. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful stamped in various colors as well, but the gold is stunning.

Thank you for joining me today, and I hope you stop back as I will be sharing more cards with the Snowflake Showcase product suite.

Enjoy your Sunday ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you’d like what you see and want to purchase any of the items used, you can begin by clicking on the item … this will take you to my online store. Any orders over $50 (before Shipping & Handling) will qualify for my Stampin’ Rewards.

 

 

Technique Tuesday: Reverse Masking

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope your Monday was good to you!! Today I want to share a technique called Mask Resist. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the newest fads, we forget how cool some of the old standards are.  I really like this technique because it gives the appearance of dimension, but it fits great in the envelope!! lol

Directions:

Use any framelit or die to cut out a circle, oval or other shape using Vellum Paper. I cut my vellum piece the same size as the cardstock I will be stamping on (No Mess!)

Adhere the Vellum Paper “reverse mask” to a piece of cardstock with a very small spot of removable adhesive (I use the retired Stampin’ Up! Dotto).

Without moving the mask, ink your Stampin’ Sponge and sponge within the masked area with a light color, leaving a bit lighter area in the center

Remove the vellum mask (remove any Dotto residue with the Adhesive Eraser) and Stamp a focal point stamp INSIDE masked area onto cardstock… you can use any greeting that you love. My outer stamps come from the “Love What You Do” stamp set!

Stamp additional images that overlap the focal area and the white space for added dimension … and a little “Wink of Stella” always adds a sweet little touch of sparkle to your card.

Thank you for hanging out with me today.

Have a wonderful day!

 

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Simply Sunday: Just Breathe …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It’s good to be back!! My workload got a little more hectic than I had planned (happens to us all) but who plans on the drama … right!!  But I’m thrilled to be here today to share with you one of the cards that we created in my “Stamperatus 1” Class yesterday.

In class we learned about the parts of the stamparatus, how they interact, how to clean it and to store it. We talked about the it’s core function of “stamp placement” and the wonderful ability to create repeatable stamping. In fact, this little gem is great just for those two features alone, but it does so much more!

Here is a quick video to quickly share the basics and introduce you to the new products that came out to accessorize the Stamparatus…

Todays card features the “Hinge Technique” … we are able to do this fun technique because the hinges are not only removeable but can be moved in equal increments. It’s so easy and so amazing.

We used Cherry Cobbler for our greeting. The stamp is aligned onto my cardstock and then “picked up” with to plate so you can begin your stamping.  Once your stamp is inked, stamp directly onto your cardstock. You will then take the plate out of by the hinge, move it down one notch and replace it back into the hinge and stamp again (without re-inking) This will give you a slightly lighter image.  You will do that one more time creating the final and lightest of the 3 images.

The large leave stamp is stamped onto your cardstock and with the stamparatus you can add the solid stamp in perfect alignment every time. You see, I showed them how and where each of the stamps were placed and then everyone used the same plates to stamp their projects … what does that mean.  You have the ability to create a multitude of cards that all look the same.

The little leaves also used the “Hinge Technique” for their placement. This really is a slick little tool to help you with your card creations. Easy, fast and precise.

Thank you so much for joining me this Sunday.

I hope you have a most wonderful day ~

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Technique Tuesday: Brusho Crystal Colour

 Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a technique that I had posted earlier this year and I card that I did with my Stamp Clubs. They were the first to use the Brusho Crystal Colour technique … an awesome product that was introduced in the Occasions catalog and can now be found in the Annual Catalog on page 202.

On this card we used the Shimmery White Cardstock and the “Beautiful Day” stamp set.  We will be embossing the flower with the black embossing powder.

Next thing you want to do is to poke a hole or two in the top of the plastic bottle the Brusho is in. I used my Paper Piercer to poke the hole and then use a push pin to keep it sealed ….

I like to use a little washi tape to hold my sides down … it keep the colors from running together if the paper “rolls up” from the water.  Then you will gently tap the Brusho bottom to dispense the powder … Less is More!  You can always add more but it’s best to start light, especially if you are new to this technique. It looks a little like peppering your food! lol

I started with “Yellow” in the center, “Gamboge” around the center, and then the “Brilliant Red” around the outer petals.

Now with your Stampin’ Spritzer … spritz some water onto the image. I stand during this process and I’m at least 8 – 12″ above my cardstock – You don’t have to measure, but if you are too close it might splatter your color.

Notice I kept the Brusho colors I used away from the leaf — also less spritzing, I can always add water with the use of my Aqua Painter… which I will be using to color in the leaf.

With the use of my Aqua Painter, I began to move my color around starting with the yellow.  I keep a tissue or paper towel handy to keep my Aqua Painter clean.  If you mix your colors too much – you’ll end up with one color or a mess!

Once the color was where I wanted it, I tapped a bit of the Green Brusho onto a block and used my Aqua Painter to pick up the crystals and color in the leaf directly.  That is two techniques you’ve now learned with the Brusho!!  Once DRY you can cut it out and mount it to your card ….

I used a Whisper White base with a Basic Black mat and my background was embossed with the beautiful “Layered Leaves” Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. The greeting comes from the stamp set “Beautiful Day” which is found on page 134 of the Annual catalog.

It really is simple to use … Remember, I did this at my Stampin’ Club and each and everyone’s card turned out beautiful yet no two were alike … it was awesome!!

Please let me know if you have any questions about this technique or please leave a comment on what you would like me to share on an upcoming Technique Tuesday.

Thank you for joining me today ~

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Create Christmas Cheer

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Oh my gosh … I have the cutest cards to share with you today. These cards were shared with us (demonstrators) from Stampin’ Up! and it wouldn’t be nice if I kept these cuties to myself.

You’ll recognize these samples from the Holiday Catalog and can be found on page 38. You will also notice the Buffalo Check background stamp (I will be sharing some samples & tips on this in a future post).

Here is the “Spirited Snowman” … Give these holly jolly snowmen a place in your home. They deserve it! And they will prove themselves useful!

He just looks like he is having snow-much fun!! And so can you when you a head start in your stamping schedule and get started on your seasonal cards! Using just one stamp set, Spirited Snowman. Stampin’ Up! created these three different cards… the versatility of the set is enhanced with different coloring themes and techniques.

Each one is so cute in it’s own way … I love the two snow-people hugging and the sample on the far right, so cute and so simple to make.  Stamp your snowman … emboss your snowflakes with clear embossing powder … and then sue your watercolor pencils to add color to the background and then blend it with your Aqua painter!  When you blend the watercolor pencils the clear snowflakes will now “pop” out and look white (looks like magic!).

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Thank you for spending a part of your Wednesday with me …

Enjoy your day!

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