April 30, 2013

Best of 25 Years - Best of April Butterflies

Butterflies are a beautiful part of Spring and the April "Best of 25 Years" stamp set is all a flutter with butterflies.

Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set
*The butterfly stamp in the upper right corner coordinates with the Elegant Buttefly punch (127526).

Collect at least six "Best of 25 Years" stamp sets and get one free!  (see info below)

Some things to remember:
  • All "Best of" stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95
  • While one "Best of" stamp set will be released each month (with a new theme each month), all the "Best of" sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • All "Best of "stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only. 
  •  To get your FREE stamp set, a value up to $14.95 (with the purchase of six), simply download the Collector's Card and adhere the "proof of purchase" sticker that comes with each stamp set.  Free stamp set must be redeemed by April 30, 2014.
Be a part of the celebration by collecting all 12 stamp sets!
Visit my ONLINE STORE to order your Best of 25 Stamp Sets.

Best Time to Be a Part of the Fun!

Thought about having a Stampin' Up! party or maybe even becoming a Demonstrator?  Well now's the perfect time because you can earn lots of FREE product!

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Here's the scoop...


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From now through May 30th, when you host a $350 Stampin' Up! Party you'll earn an additional $30 in hostess rewards.  That's $80 worth of FREE products!

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From now through May 30th, when you become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you'll get an extra $30 for your Starter Kit! That means you will get to choose $155 worth of ANY products for only $99! That's an amazing offer!

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April 29, 2013

Faux Chalkboard

I made these two cards using the Faux Chalkboard technique, which is very popular and so easy to do. You need just these few simple things to create the look; black card stock, an Embossing Buddy, a white watercolor pencil, Whisper White Craft ink and your favorite stamp set.  I used the Little Friends  and Patterned Party as the main stamp sets on these two cards.  Both are retiring on June 3rd so you'll want to get them before their gone!
Faux Chalkboard Card Little Girls and Butterflies

Faux Chalkboard Birthday Card
To start, you just tap your Embossing Buddy on the black card stock, which will make it look like a dusty chalkboard.  Then, you use a white water color pencil to draw doodles or lines around the edges.  I used the Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate to make the fun designs.  You'll also use the pencil to give your stamped images a finished hand-drawn look by going around the edges after the ink has had a chance to dry.  By doing this, the images no longer looked stamped on, they look like they were drawn with chalk.  Hence the faux chalkboard technique!  To make part of the images on both cards pop, I used white embossing powder and a heat tool.  You'll notice the sentiment on the first card is embossed as it the Happy Birthday To You banner on the second card.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Live In The Sunshine Card
Paper:  Daffodil Delight (119683), Melon Mambo (115320) and Basic Black (121055) card stocks
Stamp Sets: Little Friends (122667), You Are Loved (123779), Precious Butterflies (122517) and Papillon Potpourri (123759)
Ink: Whisper White craft pad (101731), Melon Mambo (126948)
Accessories: Embossing buddy (103083), White Embossing Powder (109132), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119247)
Tools: Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate (126192), Heat Tool (129053), Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
Happy Birthday To You Banner Card
Paper: Tangerine Tango (111349), Tempting Turquoise (102067), Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730) card stocks, and Silver Glimmer (124005)
Stamp Sets: Patterned Party (123067) and Sketched Birthday (130426)
Ink: Whisper White craft pad (101731), Tempting Turquoise (126952)
Accessories: Embossing buddy (103083), White Embossing Powder (109132)
Tools: Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate (126192), 2 3/8" Scalloped Punch (118874), Heat Tool (129053)

Many products retiring on June 3rd.  Get your favorite products or items on your wish list before they're gone!
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April 26, 2013

Creating Journals from Composition Notebooks

I've had so much fun lately creating journals from basic composition notebooks.  Here's the first journal I created.  I was inspired to create it after seeing the cover of Stampin' Up!'s Spring Catalog. I really like how it came out so I taught how to make it in my Special Projects class last Sunday.
Oh Hello Journal
After making the first journal, I decided to make two more.  Here they are...
You Are Creative Journal

Tea for Two Journal
They really are very simple to make.  All you need to do is use Crystal Effects to adhere any color card stock you want onto the notebook.  I used a sponge brush to do that and only glued the top section first making sure the card stock was where I needed it to be (because it dries quickly) and then I brushed the remained of the journal cover.  It's important not to get any glue on the black binding part of the notebook or else it will pull tight as it dries and make the cover of the notebook raise up. Once the card stock is glued to the notebook cover, you can trim any excess card stock with Paper Snips  and, finally, sand the edges of the card stock and notebook with the Stampin' Sanding System block to smooth any rough edges.  Once this is done, the card stock and notebook cover look as if they are one piece and you cannot tell the notebook has been covered!  I call this my "canvas" because now I am ready to stamp and embellish it.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Oh, Hello Journal
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953) , Bashful Blue (105120) and Very Vanilla Card Stocks, (101650) Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (129311)
Stamps: Oh, Hello (#130730 - W, 130733 - C)
Inks: Calypso Coral (126983), Whisper White Craft Pad (101731)
Embellishments: Paper Dollies (129399), 5/8" Flower Trim (126869), Tea Time Trinkets (129326), Early Espresso Baker's Twine ( 123124), Elements Cute Clips (1299439), 5/8" Satin Ribbon Chocolate Chip, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555) and Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
Punch: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
Tools: Stampin' Sanding System (129367), Paper Snips (103579)
Adhesive: Crystal Effects (101055)

Strong and Confident Journal
Paper: Island Indigo (122923), Pool Party (122924), Calypso Coral (122925) and Whisper White (100730) Card Stocks and Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration only).
Stamps: I Am..., Madison Avenue (Sale-A-Bration)
Ink:  Island Indigo (126986) and Versa Mark (102283)
Embellishments: Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (Sale-A-Bration), Elements Cute Clips (1299439), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
Framelits: Labels Collection Framelits (125598)
Tools: Stampin' Sanding System (129367), Paper Snips (103579)
Adhesive: Crystal Effects (101055)

Making of Tea Journal
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), So Saffron (105118) and Lucky Limeade (122926) Card Stocks and Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (129311)
Stamps: Stippled Blossoms (126745 - W, 126747 - C)
Ink: Bashful Blue (126961), Marina Mist (126962) and Lucky Limeade (126984)
Punch: Bird Builder (117191)
Framelits: Ovals Collection (129381)
Tools: Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (126187), Stampin' Sanding System (129367), Paper Snips (103579)
Embellishments: Artisan Embellishment Kit (129328), Large Pearl Basic Jewels (125577)
Adhesive: Crystal Effects (101055)

Many products retiring on June 3rd.  Get your favorite products or items on your wish list before they're gone!
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April 24, 2013

OMG! The RETIRED LIST is Here!

Retired List Banner 

Now thru June 3rd - While Supplies Last!

It's here...that time of year when we get to stock up on our favorite products before they are gone! Hundreds of stamps and significantly discounted accessories (up to 60%!) from the 2012-2013 catalogs are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they're gone. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early!


STAMPIN' UP! RETIRING PRODUCTS LISTS
Retiring stamps sets are available through June 3rd.  Stampin' Up! will continue to produce the stamps to fill all orders placed through June 3rd.  Then, the stamps will no longer be available.

Retiring accessories are ONLY available while supplies last! Save up to 60% on selected items.

Orders can be placed 24/7 through my ONLINE STORE or CONTACT ME


April 11, 2013

How to Use Photopolymer Stamp Sets


Watch this video to learn fun ways to use photopolymer stamps in your papercrafting projects.  Then, check out below to see two Stampin' Up! photopolymer stamp sets including the lastest Bombs Away Birthday photopolymer stamp set. How fun!
  

Bombs Away Birthday PDF
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Designer Type PDF
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CLICK HERE to learn more about Photopolymer Stamp Sets
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April 4, 2013

Color Refresh Announced and FREE Shipping April 6-8th!

Refresh colors bannerJust announced this morning, Stampin' Up! is doing a Color Refresh! It's like cleaning out your closet just in time for Spring!  Here's the scoop.  There's 10 new colors (most of which are returning in colors from previous years) and one new color - Smoky Slate - that will be available in the new upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog.
That means, though, we have to say goodbye to some of our old favorites.  There's 10 colors that are being discontinued (see chart below).  That includes all card stock, ink pads, their refills, markers, ribbons and cardstock.   So, beginning today, April 4th, all retiring/discontinued color products (e.g., ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available ONLY while supplies last. Stock up on your favorites this weekend while shipping is FREE (April 6 - 8th).  Here's a chart to show you what's being discontinued.
Color refresh list of colors

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Watercolor Pencils and Crayons Discontinued

Stampin' Up! announced yesterday that "due to unforeseen problems with our supplier," Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, have been discontinued.  Can I say that's disappointing.  I just used them for my Easter cards and treat boxes and love the way they work!
Everybunny Easter Card and Coordinating Gift Box
Now for the good news! While supplies last, the remaining collections of the Watercolor Wonder Crayons available to order. The Subtles (item 119802), Neutrals (item 119805), and Regals (item 119803) Collections are only available while supplies last. Get 'em before they're gone!

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