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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Technique Tuesday!

Here is fun technique for y'all to try:)


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Whether I use Copic or Blendabilities by Stampin' Up! I simply adore coloring these pretty images!! I need to beef up my stash of Get Well and Birthday cards. I send out a ton of cards, for every reason. I love making them, and I know that people really enjoy getting something that I made just for them. It brings a smile to their faces to know that someone cares enough to send something special to them.

Project Details
Stamps
 Love Is Kindness, Thoughts and Prayers, Painted Petals
Card Stock & Papers
 Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink
 Wild Wasabi, Rose Red,  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories
 Melon Mambo Taffeta Ribbon, Alcohol Ink Markers
Tools
 Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder

Project Details
Stamps
 Love Is Kindness
Card Stock & Papers
 Rose Red, Whisper White, Painted Petals Designer Series Paper
Ink
 Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories
Alcohol Ink Markers
Tools



Project Details
Stamps
 Indescribable Gift, Butterfly Basics
Card Stock & Papers
 Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink
  Memento Tuxedo Black, Wild Wasabi
Accessories
 Whisper White Organza Ribbon
Tools

Getting Clear Mount Stamps to Stick to the Blocks



I love clear-mount stamps, they are so much easier to store and they are less expensive than wood mount stamps. Getting them to cling to the blocks can sometimes be tricky, especially in a humid climate. Luckily, I’ve got some great tips. Start by making sure the block is clean; cleaning them with the Clear Block Cleaning Cloth (item 121779, $3.95) OR rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner works great. Once your block is squeaky clean, apply the stamp to the block firmly – you can’t damage the stamp or the block, so push hard for three full seconds. You can tell if you pushed hard enough by turning the block over (rubber side down) and looking at the air bubbles. If the air bubbles are flat, you’re good. If they’re still nice and round, push harder until those bubbles flatten out.

If the stamp is still not sticking, try these quick fixes:
  • Create a bit of static electricity by rubbing the block and back of your stamp quickly a few times on your pants or shirt sleeve.
  • Apply just a little squiggle of 2-Way Glue (item 100425) on the label of the stamp and let it dry completely. It dries clear but is a little tacky, which helps the stamp stick to the block better.
  • Because the foam on the clear stamps has a stronger cling than the label, try using the stamps without labels. This only works on stamps that you haven’t labeled though. If you’ve already labeled your stamps, don’t try to pull the label off; you’ll damage the stamp and the label!
Here is a good video from a Demo across the pond.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Punch and Die Combo

I love it when a punch or die can be used in a different way to create a whole new look! In this case, I took a piece of cardstock a little larger than the size oval I wanted, then put it in my Tag Topper Punch. The result looks like the first picture below the card description. Then I slid an oval framelit under the scallop bit produced by the punch and over the rest of the cardstock. The result of this step is shown in the second picture below the description. I evened up the oval and ran it through my Big Shot. Voila! I got a new die cut shape!!
Project Details
Stamps
 Bouquet Toss, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock & Papers
 Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink
 Melon Mambo, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories
 Alcohol Ink Markers, Melon Mambo Taffeta Ribbon
Tools
Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Tag Topper Punch, Ovals Framelits, Word Window and Modern Label Punches
 

Project Details
Stamps
 Bloom With Hope, Blooming With Kindness
Card Stock & Papers
 Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink
 MementoTuxedo Black
Accessories
Alcohol Ink Markers, Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread
Tools
Tag Topper Punch, Honeycomb Embossing Folder

Project Details
Stamps
 Love Is Kindness, Butterfly Basics
Card Stock & Papers
 Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Ink
 Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand
Accessories
 Crisp Cantaloupe Twine (retired), Stampin' Dimensionals, Alcohol Ink Markers
Tools



Project Details
Stamps
 Butterfly Basics, Gorgeous Grunge, Happy Watercolor (greetings)
Card Stock & Papers
 Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink
 Hello Honey, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories
 button, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Washi Tape (retired patterns), scrap of burlap
Tools
 Butterflies Thinlits Die, Spiral Border Punch
 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

What the UPS Man Brought

The UPS man delivers, and I play! I've been so excited to create with all the new things I got from Stampin' Up! on Friday:) Wanna know a great tip for using this type of intricate die? DRYER SHEETS! You don't end up with any little pieces of cardstock that you have to poke out with piercing tool. Just put wax paper under the die, then the cardstock, then 2-4 layers of unscented dryer sheets. Run it through your Big Shot and wowee! Instant coolio:) I think a lady from Spellbinders came up with this??? It works with any brand of intricate die in a Big Shot. The card below was designed by fellow SU Demo, Karen Squires, and I absolutely ADORE it! I changed it up a bit, but I so love what Karen did with it:)


Project Details
Stamps
Butterfly Basics
Card Stock & Papers
Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Whispser White
Ink
Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede
Accessories
 Stampin' Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools
Butterflies Thinlets Die

Here is a video on using this great die.


Project Details
Stamps
Love is Kindness, Gorgeous Grunge, Dictionary,
Postmark stamps from: Butterfly Basics, Fall Foliage (retired)
Card Stock & Papers
Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, In Color Paper Collection (retired)
Ink
Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories
Linen Thread, Alcohol Ink Markers
Tools
Spiral Border Punch

Project Details
Stamps
 Indescribable Gift, Peaceful Petals
Card Stock & Papers
 Crisp Cantaloupe,  Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Ink
 Alcohol ink markers
Accessories

Tools
Filigree Frame Embossing Folder



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jolie Fleurs

I took four years of French in school. With no way to practice or immerse myself in the language, my knowledge never flourished to say the least. Although I faked my way through reading French menus and giving some type of vague directions to a cab driver in St. Martin, my vocabulary is not very extensive. I can ask about the weather, tell  you my name ask where the train station and bathroom are. I do remember a surprising number of nouns. Nothing remarkable, just random things. My husband and I went shopping at a large mall this morning and one of the ladies who waited on us had the most marvelous French accent! I desperately wanted to talk with her just so I could hear her lovely voice. So what word came to my mind??? Jolie fleurs, or pretty flowers. Big sigh.. I'm afraid I made no great impression on this Frenchman. Oh well C'est la vie. hmmmm where did that phrase come from? Somewhere deep in the cob webs of my mind no doubt.=

Project Details
Stamps
 Bloom With Hope
Card Stock & Papers
 Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Ink
 Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories
  Alcohol Ink Markers, Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools




Project Details
Stamps
 Peaceful Petals
Card Stock & Papers
 So Saffron, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink
 Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories
 Alcohol ink Markers, Pool Party twine
Tools
Apothecary Accent Framelits, Honeycomb and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folders