Category Archives: Techniques/Ideas

Stamparatus is Here!

After a very long wait, we finally can announce that the Stamparatus is here!

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

I need product details!

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00

Being part of the Leader 2 Leader group I am fortunate to be one of the first demonstrators to get a Stamparatus in my hands! I will also be taking reservations for orders. Below is a Customer Q&A on how to reserve your Stamparatus. As always, contact me with any questions, but don’t delay and get in line and reserve your Stamparatus!

Click HERE for Q&A.  You can always contact me for ordering, I will also post a link to order directly from my online store.

With the launch of this tool, we’re trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. This system will allow us to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.

The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
RESERVATION WINDOWS AVAILABLE TO SHIP
November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018

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Sing Deck the Halls and So Much More!

My stampers were singing while they were making these awesome Eclipse Technique cards. They were literally singing, I had the 70’s music station on and there was a lot of singing!

I just love this technique and the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) was the perfect match! This pack of paper has musical notes and the words to a few Christmas songs in Black on White and White on Black. We didn’t stop at musical notes, my stampers also made a FALL card.

This was my 2nd version of the card, below was my first.

I decided to go for the simpler, crisp look but a couple of my stampers loved the sponge version and made that one.

I was also playing around with this one.

After SINGing a song or two and FALLing for the other cards it was time for a cats and flowers!

This card was inspired by Sue Campfield, I love the hidden cat in the flowers.

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I hope you like these cards as much as I do.

Get Moving with the NEW Annual Catalog!

Today is the first day you can order from the NEW Annual Catalog! If you’re on my mailing list you should have received a catalog from me. For those of you that I will see in my upcoming classes, I will have a catalog for you. If you would like to receive a catalog, just contact me and I’ll get one out to you!

I’m excited to feature the You Move Me Bundle. Create images that will flutter right off the card with the You Move Me Stamp Set and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Dies. Innovative stamping and die technologies help you create butterflies and hummingbirds that will seemingly fly right before your eyes! Plus, save 10% when you buy both products in the You Move Me Bundle.

Don’t you just love the way they move! The grid die is just awesome. There are other stamp sets that require you to continuously bye the grid overlay in order to make the images flutter but with this bundle you can make the grid overlays over and over again! Get moving and place your order today.

Contact me for FREE Shipping details during the month of June with orders $50 or more.

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Shaving Cream for Marbling…Yes!

Stampin’ Up! trainer, Donna, teaches you how to create cool marbled effects for card backs, embellishments, and more using shaving cream and Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills!

In addition to the Shaving Cream below is a list of Stampin’Up! products Donna used to make her card.

Scroll down to the end for more Ink Refill Color Combinations.
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These color combinations can be found in the Annual Catalog beginning on page 172 with the Designer Series Papers.

Affectionately Yours Color Combination

This Christmas Color Combination

Note: Since there is no Very Vanilla Ink Refill you will need to use Very Vanilla card stock instead of Whisper White.

Moroccan Color Combination

Note: Since there is no Very Vanilla Ink Refill you will need to use Very Vanilla card stock instead of Whisper White.

Fruit Stand Color Combination

Blooms & Bliss Color Combination

Festive Birthday Color Combination

By the Shore Color Combination

A Little Foxy Color Combination

Serene Scenery Color Combination

Playful Palette Color Combination

Chalkboards: Not Just for School Anymore!

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I’m going back to when I was in school and there were actually chalkboards in the classrooms. Today the classrooms have whiteboards, no more chalk or chalk dust. When I was in grade school I fantasized about being a teacher and writing on a clean chalkboard with perfect penmanship. Now that’s all in the past because we have whiteboards! But it doesn’t mean we have to abandon the chalkboard look. Take a look at the video below for some Chalkboard Techniques.

So get out your Basic Black card stock, Whisper White Craft Ink and make some chalkboard cards!

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This a card by Paper Diva

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Details coming soon!

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Vintage Leaves Catalog CASE Video

CASE = Create And Share Everything.

This is what Stampin ‘Up! and the Stamping Community is all about. We love to share what we do and to have others copy our work is honor. One important aspect about the cards we CASE is to give credit to the original designer. That is why a few times you will notice that I mention I copied a certain card from someone or was inspired by someone’s card and made a few changes. Giving credit is proper etiquette. So with that in mind I will share the original card I CASEd from page 125 of the Annual Catalog.

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They’re both very similar but by just changing the card base and embossing the stamped leaf you get a different effect. 20161004_174256_wm.jpg

I made a video on how to make this card and I also shared cards from our World Card Making Day event on October 1st.  Below are the details for my version of this card.

Dimensions & Cutting Size

Card stock:
– Soft Suede: 8 ½ x 5 ½ scored at 4 ¼
– Very Vanilla: 5 ¼ x 4 for the inside and 3 ½ x 3 ¼ to stamp the leaf
– Basic Black: 3 ½ x 3 ¼ for the leaf and ½ x 3 ½ for “Just Sayin’Hello”
– Copper Foil Sheet: 1” x 5”

Ribbon:
– Very Vanilla Lace Trim 5 ½“
– Gold Natural Trim 18”

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Heat Tool

$30.00

Glue Dots

$5.25

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Birthday Cards and Clutch

20160720_103709_wmYesterday was my friend Darcy’s birthday and I made her a clutch to hold cards using a 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper. The best thing about this clutch is that I didn’t have to measure or cut anything! With a few folds you’re done! Linda Heller recently posted a video on her Stamping School on how to make this and I thought this was the perfect time to try it.

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When you open it up there are 4 cards and envelopes. I love it, this was so easy to make and it looks great! Darcy liked it a lot too!

I used a recently retired It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack and Washi Tape. I also used the current Balloon Celebration Stamp Set and coordinating punch (listed below).

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This will probably be one of my upcoming Technique Classes. Hmmm…now that this coming weekend I will start posting videos, this would be a great one too!

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Foxy Friends Technique Card

I held my monthly Technique Class this past Saturday and I taught my stampers how to use templates for sponging clouds, hills and mounds. We used the Foxy Friends stamp set and here is the finished card.

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Here’s a look of the inside.

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I also made another sample (unfinished) and popped up the fox’s head at an angle, I kind of like it!

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Maybe this should be my first video tutorial, what do you think?

Triple Time Stamping

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I recently posted two of my Technique Class cards using the Triple Time Stamping Technique and have gotten a lot of requests on how to accomplish this technique. Here are the instructions:

The dimensions are as follows:

Very Vanilla

  • 2″ x 3-1/3″
  • 3″ x 4-1/4″
  • 4″ x 5-1/4″

Early Espresso

  • 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″
  • 3-1/4″ x 4’1/2″
  • 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ (fold in half for card base)

Instructions:
Center and adhere all Very Vanilla pieces with temporary adhesive and stamp greeting and/or images on these layers.
Separate Very Vanilla pieces and start adhering all pieces with permanent glue.
Start with your Early Espresso Card Base (folded in half)
Center and adhere the 4” x 5-1/4” Very Vanilla piece on top
Center and adhere the 3-1/4” x 4-1/2” Early Espresso piece on top
Center and adhere the 3” x 4-1/4” Very Vanilla piece on top
Center and adhere the 2-1/4” x 3-1/2” Early Espresso piece on top
Center and adhere the 2” x 3-1/4” Very Vanilla piece on top to finish

TTS Diagram

Click HERE to download an instruction page.

Here are a few more samples, the first one was a card I made for a swap in August 2012 and Linda Heller featured it in Stamping School. SS01 Triple Time Stamping

Paris Triple Time Stamping

Here are a few more samples I found on Pintrest.

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This one is from Heidi, notice how she angled the layers before stamping.

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Linda did an excellent job off centering the layers.

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Robin also off centered the layers.

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Another traditional sample by Frenchi.

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Patti used Designer Series Paper to cut out her main layers. You can achieve this with nesting framelits.

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I used the new Layering Squares Framelit Dies for this effect. These framelits have different size squares and scallops.

My Stress Reliever!

So much tragedy here in Orlando, 20 minutes probably saved my daughter’s life because she left the site before a mass shooting began. I thank God for this! I have cried because I’m grateful and because I grieve for all who were not as fortunate as my daughter and for their family and friends who are facing a horrific reality.

My early morning plans were to post my cards from yesterday’s Technique Class and work on some other projects but it was all put on hold. It’s after 3:30pm and now I realize that I need to do what relaxes me and helps me deal with stress. I will not let an awful human being stop me from what I love to do, keep me in state of grief and be fearful at all times. With that said; here are the cards we made in yesterday’s class.

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I hope others find ways to calm them and find peace, this is mine!