Sending Smiles Across the Miles

I love clean and simple cards and today’s project is just that.  Simple!  I’ve used the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and stamped both the large and small hot air balloon images in Memento Black ink onto  a scrap piece of By the Shore Designer Series Paper (Mint Macaron Pattern).  Then die cut them out using the coordinating Up & Away Thinlit dies.

Sending Smiles Across the Miles

The clouds were stamped in Mint Macaron Classic Ink.  To get the lighter tone, I stamped my image onto a scrap piece of paper before stamping onto my project. The Balloons are popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Clearance Rack – Up to 60% Off!!

Woo Hoo!! I love a good deal and I know you do to.  Stampin Up just updated the Clearance Rack. So be sure to check it out.

Select items have been discounted up to 60% off. All items are while supplies last!

Clearance Rack – CLICK HERE!

Heat Embossing on Vellum

Patterned paper is just one of the little joys of being a card maker. (The colours! The designs!) In fact, many of us collect patterned paper! However, sometimes it isn’t easy incorporating busy patterns onto small cards. That’s where vellum works wonders in creating perfectly patterned cards.

Vellum, Heat Embossing

I’ve heat embossed my greeting from Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  Using the 2nd largest die from the Banner Framelits to cut out my greeting.

I’ve finished it off by wrapping some Whisper White Baker’s twine across the top of my greeting and adhering my greeting to my patterned paper using liquid glue.  This way you’re able to hide the adhesive by placing it directly behind the Baker’s twine.

Vellum, Heat Embossing

Tricks & Tips

  • Ensure your heat tool is hot before melting your embossing powder, this will prevent the vellum from warping
  • If the vellum is getting too hot, move the heat away for a few seconds and then try heating a different area, this will help prevent warping on the vellum

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Stampin Up Retiring List!

Woo Hoo!! The retired list is posted.

It always makes me sad to see items retired; however, I get so excited to welcome new and fresh stamp sets, bundles and accessories. Its bittersweet!!

Items are selling out fast and will be gone forever so don’t miss out on the opportunity to get them before they are gone. Plus, select retiring products have discounts of up to 50%!

Click below to see the retiring items:

To download a PDF of the retiring items, click here.

To download an Excel file of the retiring items, click here.

 Retiring items will be available through May 31 or while supplies last!

Use Those Scraps

Use Those Scraps

What do you do with the odd mix of your extra pieces or scraps of paper, die cuts, random bits of pieces from projects that you accumulate over time.  For me I look for opportunities for these and I challenge myself I also challenge you to come up with ways to use them.

 
I am like the rest of you; I have a couple of boxes of scraps from past projects that have gathered on my desk. There’s a small box of papers and a tin full of random embellishments, a few stamped images and bits of ribbons. These things have been accumulating for months and haven’t made it off my desk and onto a project yet.  So what can I do with these mismatched pieces?

Use those Scraps
Today’s projects started with the need to use some of my ever accumulating scraps of cardstock and patterned paper.  Using my 3/4″ circle punch I cut approx 5-6 circle of each Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock and 5-6 circle of Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo Designer Series Paper Scraps from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.

 
I stamped my greeting from ‘Tin of Cards’ Stamp Set in the bottom right hand corner using Black Memento Ink. I’ve adhere my dots randomly across the Cardbase approx 2cm up from the bottom.

Use those Scraps
 To add a bit of interest to the card, I’ve raised the Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise circle up using Stampin’ Dimensionals and stuck the remaining dots using multi-purpose liquid glue. This is a very quick and easy project to reproduce.

 

Use those Scraps

Storing my Scraps

Whether you have the most extensive collection of card-making materials or the most limited, if your supplies are not organised, you will waste a lot of money buying things you forget you have or cannot locate.  

I keep cardstock & patterned Paper scraps together (an envelope for each colour/ paper pack works great) and check these first when you need just a small piece to use in your card design. ​​​​​​​

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Find more ideas on how to use your scraps on the links below

Use Those Scraps

Shadow Stamping

Shadow Stamping

Hello there. Today’s video shares how to do Shadow Stamping.  The fun technique of “stamping shadows” is so-very-easy to do, and yet gives really fun results.

Shadow Stamping

I arranged a cluster of solid images from the Garden in Bloom Stamp Set in one corner of  a piece of coloured cardstock from the Brights Collection.  I’ve stamped my image with Whisper White Craft Ink.  I then rotated the paper and stamped them again in the opposite corner.

I then stamped the same images again and this time, stamped them with same colour as my cardstock to match.  The overlapping of the Whisper White Craft Ink  and the coloured classic ink gives the illusion that three inks were used instead of two.

Shadow Stamping

I finished off the cards by white heat embossing a variety of Sentiments from Stylized Birthday and Thankful Thoughts Stamp Sets in the center of the of the cards. I adhered all the panels to white notecards.  This would be a great set of notecards to give as a gift.

Shadow Stamping

Tricks & Tips

  • Stamp your second image slightly off center from the first, this will the illusion of depth to create the shadow technique
  • Craft Ink takes longer to dry.  Dry your cardstock with a heat tool or set aside for the ink to dry completely before adding your greeting
  • Rub an Embossing Buddy across your cardstock to remove any static before stamping your greeting and heat embossing
  • This technique works best with bold colours (brights colour family)

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Looking for more project ideas? Check out my Resource Library for other project ideas and techniques

EASTERN PALACE SUITE EARLY RELEASE

Would you like to get your hands on product from the new 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalogue early?  Well, you can.  Stampin’ Up! have released one of the product suites for you to purchase early, and plus receive free bonus product  as well.

There are 2 bundles to choose from and both include some of our new incolours.

EASTERN PALACE STARTER BUNDLE –  $104.75  (147196)

This bundle is perfect for the beginning crafter!

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set

Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Ink Pad
Fresh Fig Classic Ink Pad
Tranquil Tide Classic Ink Pad
Includes a FREE pack Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes

 

 

EASTERN PALACE PREMIER BUNDLE – $178.25 (147209)

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
Mini Tassels Assortment
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Ink Pad
Fresh Fig Classic Ink Pad
Tranquil Tide Classic Ink Pad
Eastern Medallion Thinlit
Includes a FREE pack Very Vanilla Thick A4 Cardstock & Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes

I’m super excited to be able to see and get some of the new in-colours as well as the new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock with this bundle.

And just to help you get your creative juices flowing I also have a written tutorial for you, on how to create 3 card projects featuring these bundles.

Download PDF Handout HERE

Order via my online store today!

Soft Watercolour Wash

Soft Watercolour Wash

I think one of the prettiest card designs is a simple one with a Soft Watercolour Wash background. Today, I will show how to create just such a background using watercolour pencils… and not have any pencil lines showing in my colour wash. I will also show how to add some fun with watercolour splatter.

Soft Watercolour Wash

Tricks & Tips

  • By using similar shades in the same colour family, you can create a delicate, blended background. Or opt for contrasting shades to make a bold statement! Think back to the colour wheel to help you create just the right look for your watercolour card.
  • When sharpening a watercolour pencil, save the shavings to create a custom watercolour palette. Just add a few drops of water and mix to “melt down” the shavings. You can pick up an empty palette at an art supply or large craft store.

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Kickstart Your Creativity

When you find yourself stuck in an inspiration slump, where do you turn to quickly jolt your creativity back into gear?

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Creating One- Layer Card

Creating One-Layer Card

Card making at it’s simplest is a one-layer card.  While one-layer cards are the simplest form of card making, they can also be very intimidating when you go to create them.  Just one layer – no embellishments, no ribbons, no additional printed papers.  How do you create cards without all your favourite supplies?

The first step in creating a one-layer card is to keep it simple.  Of course the term simple can represent very different styles. Think about a great image and the perfect sentiment and go from there.  Don’t worry about whether your printed paper  matches your ribbon.  In fact, the main supplies you will need for one-layer card creations are usually cardstock, stamps, ink or markers.

Sometimes, coming up with a great clean-and-simple design can be as easy as limiting yourself to fewer—yes, I said “fewer”—supplies. Limitations have a way of sparking the imagination, encouraging you to consider different ways to use what you have; in other words, less can actually be more!

In today’s project I have used the Work of Art Stamp Set, I’ve taken one image and stamped it multiple times onto my project using a rainbow of colours.  The ink colours I have used are Melom Mambo, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie & Blushing Bride.

I wanted to add a bit of bling,  because every card must have some sort of bling, right?  I’ve changed to colour of my rhinestone by colouring them in using a yellow sharpie marker.

One Layer Card

Tricks & Tips

  • Stamp the same image in different colours for repatriation
  • Add colour to rhinestone by colouring in with a Sharpie or permanent marker

Video Tutorial

Supplies

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