Grab Your Greetings From The New Catalog!

Not only does the new catalog start today at 12 noon Mountain Time, there is a sale too. Three stamp sets will be on sale starting today May 31-June 30, 2013.

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Sassy Salutations, Sweet Essentials, and Petite Pairs are 25% off for an entire month.  What a way to start off the summer.  Contact me today to place on order or have a workshop, I only have a couple openings in June.


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Chalkboard Technique aka My First Video

Chalkboard Technique video card

Here is a card I made using the chalkboard technique.  Most cards I have seen & created have had a white gel pen “frame” around the edges. Today I tried something a little different.

Originally, I wanted to make one brightly colored 3D flower from Secret Garden to add some pop to a chalkboard technique.  I didn’t like it.  I had a “frame” and the flowers looked a little awkward….in the trash they went (well the scrap pile for later anyways).  From there I decided to place the verse in the middle, and then I thought what the heck, I would use Secret Garden the way I normally do when I use colored ink.  Filler flowers first, then the solid ones. Rhinestones to dot the “i”s for a little bling.

So here is my very first video tutorial.  I was so nervous making it and I was the only one home.  Who would say anything to me?? The dog or two cats :)  I sure hope you like it.


Supplies to make this project:

  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • #106960 Stazon On White Stamp Pad
  • # 119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • # 131916 (w) # 129684 (c) Feel Goods Stamp Set
  • # 131949 (w) # 129144 (c) Secret Garden Stamp Set

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Go in the Direction of Your Dreams Graduate

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Here is a graduation card using Word Play.  I am sad to see this set retire :(  I used the Chalkboard Technique since chalkboards remind me of school.  Of course someday, we will have to come up with the “Whiteboard Technique” since most schools don’t have real chalkboards any more.

Anyhow, when I was asked to design a graduation card; I had to think about it for a while.  I don’t own a graduation stamp set. I started thinking about high school graduations and college graduations.  They always seem to have the theme of be everything you can be, follow your dreams, be productive in society, etc. I felt the verse “go in the direction of your dreams” seemed fitting.  Then, I thought about how to incorporate a school theme.  Chalkboards are school related.  Ok there is half my project.  It still needed something.  People hang banners at graduation parties. So out came the Hearts a Flutter set & framelits. Not knowing if the person was graduating from high school or college, and not knowing school colors, I opted for black and white.  Certainly the banner could be made to match the school colors of your choice. I used a white gel pen to make the frame of the chalkboard and string of the banner.

Have you ever used the chalkboard technique on any of your cards or scrapbook pages? If you don’t know how to create this technique, come back tomorrow for my first ever YouTube video tutorial. I hope you like it.

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 120308 (w) # 120651 (c) Word Play Stamp Set* 
  • # 131098 (w) # 131097 (c) Hearts a Flutter Bundle
  • # 106960 White Staz-On Ink Pad
  • # 101610 Sponges
  • # 105021 Uni-Ball Gel Pen
  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

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Anchors Away & Free Digital Download

05-28-13_MDS_Downloads copyThis weeks digital downloads are just the cutest.  Anchors Away looks like an awesome summer time kit to share all those vacation moments.

Don’t miss out on the FREE June Calendar.  These free calendar templates Stampin’ Up! offers each month are so cute. They are not your typical store bought yearly 2 52813

Next are some cute pocket cards and a Convention scrapbook kit.  Be the Difference is the theme this year.  I think it would also be great for a graduate. There is nothing like the energy of a person feeling like they can change the world.

Last, but  not least, a download that is all about Dad.  Why not make a book for your dad for Father’s Day?  What Dad wouldn’t love their own personal

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scrapbook with their children? 

The sale for professional printing is still 25% off.  Just in time for Father’s Day. Check out all the latest from My Digital Studio here.

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Best Bouquet Ever

I do NOT have a green thumb at all.  I am lucky to keep a cactus alive :)

best bouquet closeupCut flowers are pretty but they will pass by eventually as well.  I am sure I have found my solution.  Bloomin’ Bouquet Project Kit to the rescue. This is the Best Bouquet ever, I don’t need to remember to water them.  Aren’t they just gorgeous??  They are so bright and cheerful. Which is wonderful after a week of rain.

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I have decided to keep these in my craft room to be cheerful and to remind me to CREATE.

As soon as I saw this kit and the new Stampin’ Up! catalog, I knew what class I wanted to offer this summer.  BEAUTIFUL BLOOMIN’ BOUQUET BUNDLE.  Come make an entire bouquet of paper flowers using the new stamp set Flower Shop and coordinating Pansy Punch.   You will leave here with a dozen flowers plus enough supplies to make another dozen at home.  INCLUDING THE STAMPS AND PUNCH! This class is $50 with your choice of clear or wood mount stamps.

You must register for this class by May 30, 2013 so I can order enough stamp sets and punches for everyone.

I can’t wait to have paper flowers all over my house to make it cheery.  The color of the flowers can be changed for the time of year. Rich Regals colors would make lovely fall flowers.  Don’t you agree?

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May Specials-Don’t Miss Out!

DEMO_Hostess-Promo_flyer_NA_Half-Page  There are SO many specials going on right now with Stampin’ Up! Please don’t be one of those people who regret missing something this month.

Have you noticed the government is taking more of your paycheck?  Has that effected your play money for your family?  Would you like to earn extra money and get a discount on your stamping & scrapbooking supplies?  Then become part of the Stampin’ Up family today.

You will get to customize your starter kit with any items you like. Why not become the next member of my team. Not only do you get to custom make your starter kit ($125 of product for $99 plus all the printed material you will need to get started). Join before May 30 and  you will also receive an additional $30 to add to your kit. That makes the starter kit worth $155.00 of stamping supplies. WOW, $155  stamping supplies (plus catalogs and order forms, etc) for only $99 with free shipping.

Here is some additional information about joining Stampin Up!

  • Fact: there is ABSOLUTELY NO obligation to ever sell Stampin Up.  Purchase the kit and give the product away as  gifts if you want.
  • Fact: you are MORE than welcome to attend any of my stamping events, and then go home and purchase what you want from YOURSELF at a 20% discount.

Other perks of joining Stampin’ Up!:

  • YOU CHOOSE: for $99 you receive $125 worth of YOU CHOICE of ANY current product in the Stampin’ UP! Catalog.
  •  Free Shipping: the order ships to you FREE, another 10% savings.
  • Tools of the trade: you’ll receive 8 of the new catalogs as part of your kit.  Share with friends, customers or keep one in every room!  The catalog is THAT good with it’s clean simple design, pretty samples and oodles of stamps!
  • Take that TEST DRIVE: Test our demonstrator discounts and benefits from the time you purchase your kit through the end of your first FULL Quarter.
  • Fill your wish list: enjoy a 1 time benefit of 30% off your first product order of $150 or more (placed within 45 days of joining).  Stock up on the redesigned foam ink pads, stamps and coordinating accessories.
  •  Every day discount: You’ll receive a 20% discount on anything you purchase while you remain active by putting in $300 a quarter in sales.  $400 a month in sales and Stampin’ Up! Will pay YOU an additional percentage above your 20% instant income!
  •  Do it your way: Participate as a hobby demo (just purchase for yourself or your family/friends) or build a business!  Offer online classes, in home private classes, workshops, stamp a stacks and more!  With just $300 a quarter in sales to stay active, you can host just one party a quarter or $100 a month in sales!
  • There’s no risk, no obligation to purchase anything further and no penalty to drop!

Both ways are wonderful opportunities to get lots of wonderful, high quality merchandise.  Contact me today to let me know how you would like to receive your starter kit. Or JOIN ONLINE NOWDon’t miss out on this  Special that ends May 30, 2013.

Hostess a workshop during May and you will also receive an extra $30 free with a qualifying workshop.  Remember, your workshop can have a Hostess Code so friends can order directly online and have their products shipped directly to their house.  Even if they can’t make it to the workshop they can still receive a package from the man in brown.



Also, there is only a little more than a week before he current catalog ends. See the current  retirement list here. Many items are selling out fast, especially the accessories and retiring colors.

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Have you tried My Digital Studio? Are you waiting to get items professionally printed? Wait no more. Have your pages or entire albums printed while they are 25% OFF. Also, get some more digital downloads while they are 25% OFF as well.  See everything here.

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Potluck Family Dinner With Julia Childs

Check out this weeks newest digital downloads. Wouldn’t these be great for a family gathering.  My husbands family frequently has large family

potluckgatherings. I may have to print these off and place them on the tables.  I think they would get a kick out of the fact they are quotes from Julia Childs.  My husband and his entire family are all wonderful cooks.  My kids know when it is my turn it will be something simple like pasta.

These would be nice kitchen decorations as well since with My Digital Studio, you can change the colors to match your decor. A nice frame and you will have custom art work. All your friends will ooh and aah that you made them.

Don’t forget many My Digital Studio downloads and printing are 25% off.

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You Mean The World 2 Me

Word Play is a stamp set I will miss when it retires. I made several cards this week with different verses from Word Play.

you mean the world 2 meThis card is made with lots of my favorite things that are retiring.  The card stock colors, the stamp set, the accessories….

It is a very simple card which I think can make a wonderful masculine card. The distressing adds to the masculinity. I stamped Happy Father’s Day on the inside of this one.  Good thing not all my family follows this blog & I know my mother can keep a secret.

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 105120 Bashful Blue Card Stock*
  • # 105106 Bashful Blue Stampin’ Write Marker*
  • # 105125 Certain Celery Card Stock*
  • # 108640 River Rock Card Stock*
  • # 126974 Early Espresso Ink Pad
  • # 125124 Early Espresso Bakers Twine
  • # 113439 Big Shot
  • # 119974 Square Lattice Embossing Folder
  • # 127821 Woodgrain Embossing Folder
  • # 107066 Stamping Sponges
  • # 120308 (w) # 120651 (c) World Play Stamp Set*
  • # 129325 Silver Basic Designer Buttons
  • # 122650 (w) # 122652 (c) Delightful Dozen Stamp Set (inside verse)

* Get these items from the Retirement List before they are gone.

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Have You Ever CASEd Yourself???

Have you ever liked a card you made so much you CASEd (copied and shared everything) yourself?  Maybe it’s just me, I’m not sure.

Remember this card?  I think it is just adorable. I liked the layout and the Designers Series Paper so much I made a VERY SIMILAR card.

rainbootSee?? I said it was VERY SIMILAR.  I jut thought a little puddle jumper boot would go so well with the umbrellas in the paper. The puddle jumpers remind me of my children.  They always seemed impressed I would let them play outside in the rain as long as they wore their rain boots.  They became known as puddle jumpers in my family because they could jump in puddles with them on and mom didn’t care at all. :) Sometimes the simplest things bring the greatest pleasures.

I added a light coat of Crystal Effects to the boot to give it that glossy-shiney look that rain boots have.  I think it gives it a more realistic feel.  I let Crystal Effects set over night any time I use it on a project, just to make sure it is REALLY dry.  I have a habit of being impatient, touching things, asking, “is it fry yet?” and of course it isn’t & I just left a great big ol’ finger print.

Supplies for this project:

  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 119679 Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker
  • # 119682 Marina Mist Card Stock
  • # 126922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
  • # 129291 Old Olive 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon
  • # 126595 (w) 126597 (c) Bootiful Occasions Stamp Set
  • # 127022 Cloudy Day Embossing Folder
  • # 125598 Labels Collect Framelits
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 101055 Crystal Effects
  • # 101406 Staz-On Jet Black Ink Pad

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Hostesses, Chocolate & Sneak Peeks, Oh My!

So what do Stamp Club Hostesses and chocolate have in common?  A sneak

all new club members giftpeek at a new stamp set called Really Good Greetings.  I selected the verse Finally A Day That Really Is All About You.  Most people might think to use that as a birthday sentiment.  In this case I used it for my Stamp Club Members.  When it is their turn to be hostess, the day is all about them and stamping.  How, awesome is that?  Want to know how you can join one of my stamp clubs?  Click here.

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What?  You want a close up of that verse?  Well here you go. Isn’t it just cute?  An you want to know how to make one of these cute little holders yourself?  Super easy.

First start with a piece of Designer Series Paper measuring 9 3/4″x 3 1/4″. Score at 3 14″ and 6 1/2″ inches.   You should now have three equal parts.inside chocolate

Cut the last third at a diagonal. Place red sticky strip at the bottom to hold the pocket securely.  Wrap with a coordinating ribbon and decorate. Insert a yummy chocolate of choice.

I decorated mine with the new stamp set Really Good Greetings, punched with a circle punch and layered on the large scallop punch.

4 designs of chocolate holder

Here are the four designs I made from the one package of Designer Series Paper. Sunshine & Sprinkles.  I just love this paper and even the name of it is so cheery and fun.  I will be sad to see it go away at the end of May.

Now I have a little story to tell you.  After I finished creating a dozen and a half of these cute little chocolate holders, my friend Loni sent an email out saying she was setting up a blog hop this weekend.  The theme being “Hostess Gifts”.  I am not kidding I had just finished about 10 minutes before I got the email.  I said sure, I just finished a bunch of hostess gifts.  These items don’t have to be for a hostess.  They can be  for teachers, co-workers or a friend you are thinking of.  If you would like to see other small gifts you could make for someone, click here.

Supplies to create this project:

  • # 126922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper.
  • # 126877 Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • # 105125 Certainly Celery Card Stock
  • # 105120 Bashful Blue Card Stock
  • # 118873  2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • # 130330 (w) # 130333 (c) Really Good Greetings
  • # 104294 Sticky Strip

I will be leaving this project up all weekend for the blog hop.

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Baby Bib Punch Art

baby bibIs it really punch art when I used framelits instead of punches? I don’t know, but I did use two small punches for the verse; does that count?

I had a challenge from a customer not too long ago.  She asked if I would design a baby card or two for her.  “Sure, no problem,” I said.  Ummm, I had a slight problem when I went to my craft room.  I don’t own a single baby stamp set. The only “baby stamp” I own is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and it says Welcome Baby.

“Just great Stace, what are you going to do now.” Yes, I talk to myself quite often.  You don’t need to worry unless I start arguing with myself. :) Well, I did what anyone who has opened their big mouth too quickly.  I went on the internet.  I saw a few items on Pinterest that had this design so I don’t know who the original creator is.  Cuddos for being so cleaver and saving my butt.

It was very easy to CASE (copy and share/steal everything- a very high form of flattery in the crafting world). I used the largest framelit with the scallops to cut the base in  Certain Celery.  A smaller oval for the white part of the bib (which ever size you like depending on how much background color you want to show).  I cut the neckline using just the end of the oval framelit.  Emboss everything with an embossing folder.  Stamp just the baby, punch it & layer it.  There you have it, a cute baby bib.

Supplies to create this project:

  • # 105125  Certain Celery Card Stock*
  • # 105106 Certain Celery Stampin’ Write Marker*
  • # 117152 Designer Series Pack Soft Subtles*
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 126877 Whisper White 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
  • # 129404 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • # 119873 3/4″ Circle Punch
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die cutting Machine
  • # 117335 Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • # 129381 Ovals Collection Framelits
  • # 115370 (w) # 127802 (c)Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set

* Get these items from the retirement list before they are gone for good.

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My Digital Studio News!

Do you need to create a My Digital Studio project in a hurry? Do  you ever need a template in a hurry and don’t have time to search through all the templates? Stampin’ Up! has made it easier to search for My Digital Studio templates by dividing them by occasions.  
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Need a graduation project? Search Graduations?  Need something for a new baby? Right there in the baby section.  Twenty six categories have been added to the website.  I think that makes it SO much easier.

Don’t forget My Digital Studio has many templates and printing products 25% off now through June 15, 2013.  Check it out now.

Did you know there is an entire site dedicated just to My Digital Studio? That’s right. has all sorts of information and video tutorials.  I love video tutorials.  I think many crafters are visual learners :)

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Packed For You


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Check out this ADORABLE backpack you can make with My Digital Studio. Isn’t it just the cutest?? You can make a gift for a child, teenager, or a hiker. I am going to use this to make this for my daughters teacher.  I think it will be an adorable end of the year thank you gift.  I am not sure if I will put in some note cards or chocolates.

Do you know what is even MORE AWESOME (is that a real term?) about this download?  IT’S FREE. Completely & absolutely free. What you don’t have My Digital Studio yet?  Try it for 30 days.  Also, many of the downloads and printed products for My Digital Studio are 25% off until June 15.  Get your downloads now and start creating instantly.

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Big News! The New Catalogs Are Here! Get Yours Today!

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THE NEW STAMPIN’ UP! CATALOG IS HERE! Oh my goodness I am EXCITED!  This catalog is extremely well designed. It is easy to read, colorful, and filled to the brim with wonderful products.

Stampin’ Up has beautiful new stamps with new punches. Do you like framelits the way I do?  There are plenty of new ones to choose from. New coordinating buttons, brads, ribbons and designer series paper galore.  Holy smokes, I want one of everything.

So, right now, I know you are thinking, “Oh, Stace, I want to see one so badly. How do I get one??” Well, I’m going to tell you.

There are FOUR ways to get one.

First: Join one of my stamp clubs. You will earn lots of more than just a free catalog.

Second: Place an order of $100 or more on my online store May 15-31, 2013. I will send you a catalog priority mail.

Third: Pre-order one May 15-30, 2013. Pre-order your catalog today for $10 which includes priority shipping.  Also, you will receive a $10 coupon from me to put towards your next purchase. Use the Pay-Pal button to order yours now!


Fourth: Become a Demonstrator yourself. To read about the benefits of becoming a demonstrator, click here. To Join My Team click here.

So, which of the four ways are you going to get your catalog today??

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Midnight Muse Maple

Manly lovely as a treeOops! I thought I had a blog post for yesterday.  I guess Mother’s Day threw me for a loop. I sat around and did nothing for most of the day.

Anyhow, back to card making. Here is a stamp set that I was worried might be on this years retirement list.  It wasn’t phewww. Lovely as a Tree has been around since I started stamping in 2000.  I am pretty sure it was in the catalog then.  If not shortly there after.  Put it this way; my stamp set is so old, I had to cut it out myself with craft scissors.  I almost think I may have had to put it on the foam too, I’m not sure.

I just love the maple tree.  I hope it is a maple tree.  I am not really sure on my types of trees (or plants for that matter). This set is absolutely beautiful for  fall themes, masculine themes, serenity themes, Christmas themes. You name it, this set works.

This card is intended for Father’s Day or a masculine birthday card.  I let my stamp club select the verse they would like for the inside. It was a fun easy card to make.  My favorite kind. :)

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 120905  Circle Punch 2 1/2 “
  • # 122125 3″ Circle Originals Die
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 128655 (w) # 127793 (c) Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set
  • #121003 3/8″ Glimmer Brads Neutrals
  • # 126860 Midnight Muse Ink Pad
  • # 126843 Midnight Muse Card Stock
  • # 120953 Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • # 115318 Soft Suede Card Stock
  • # 104199 Linen Thread

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Simply Sent Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms all over the world.  You do so much and only get recognized one day of the year.ss_2092824974

Isn’t this the cutest little card.  I made it on my phone. That’s right, on my phone.  It was made using Simply Sent. Go to the App Store or Google Play and download it for free.  Then send someone you love a message.

I hope you all enjoy your Mother’s Day.  I plan on getting ready for up coming workshops.  So it will be a fun day with all that paper!

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Thanks A Million With Bleach

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Word Play is another stamp set that I will miss. it has verses for several events. When I made this card, I wanted to use colors that were retiring, I wanted to send lots of thank you notes (I made 30 of these), I wanted to make something quickly, I wanted to use a technique I have not used in a long time.

With all that in mind, I decided to use today’s technique of bleaching.  Bleach is something we do not have in our house at all times.  My husbands work clothes are black pants and black shirts.  Bleach and black do not go together well. I had to bleach out the towels so I actually had some bleach.

What I did hear is not the only way to use bleach with card making; but it is the one I will share today. I bleached an embossed image.  To do this is very simple. First stamp your image and heat emboss with embossing powder.  I used clear embossing powder for my project.  I chose the flower from Mixed Bunch because it has a coordinating punch. As you know I do not like to cut free hand unless I have to.

Once I stamped and embossed my image with the heat gun and embossing powder, I filled an aqua painter with bleach instead of water.*  I then used the aqua painter like a normal paint brush.  I “painted” the center of the flowers and petals with bleach.  As it turned out, once the card stock was bleached it matched the More Mustard card stock.  That won’t alway happen so you may want to test your bleach on a scrap piece of card stock. Bleaching adds just one more element to your cards.

*When you are done, empty and rinse your brush out. Bleach can be damaging to the bristles over time if just left sitting.

Once the wet card stock dried, the rest of the card went together very quickly.  I stamped the verse, used the Big Shot to emboss the strip of hearts, attached the punch flower, wrote a message by hand on the inside and mailed them off.


Supplies to make this project:

  • # 105123 Bravo Burgundy Card Stock
  • # 126967 Bravo Burgundy Ink Pad
  • More Mustard Card Stock (sold out)
  • # 120308 (w) # 120651 (c) Word Play Stamp Set
  • # 128442 (w) # 125537 (c) Mixed Bunch Stamp Set
  • # 125603 Blossom Punch
  • # 102283 Versa Mark Stamp Pad
  • # 109130 Clear Emboss Powder
  • # 129053 Heat Tool
  • # 103954 Aqua Painter
  • # 133439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 125601 Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Bleach

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Masculine Just Believe

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Just Believe is one of my favorite stamps sets and I hate to see it on the retirement list. I find it simple and elegant design. It can be used on an ink pad for a solid colored image. Or the image can be colored  with markers for a multicolored image.  It can be dressed up with pearls and rhinestones. The possibilities are endless.  <sigh>

So here is a basic card that can be used for many different occasions. Father’s Day, masculine birthday, thinking of you.  It all depends on the verse stamped or message written inside.

The background was stamped with a clear acrylic block and not a rubber stamp. Isn’t it great when you can use products for more than one use?? It is a very simple technique.  Place/tap the acrylic block on your ink pad. I used Crumb Cake.  Then lightly mist the acrylic block with water-this step is optional depending on the desired look. Adding the water makes it look more like a watercolor painting to me. Then use the block like it is a rubber stamp. Ta-da instant background image. Next stamp your main image.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • # 116948 (w) # 120453 (c) Just Believe Stamp Set
  • # 120953 Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • # 119686 Early Espresso Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 126975 Crumb Cake Ink Pad
  • # 126974 Early Espresso Ink Pad

Head over to my online store so you don’t miss out on any retired products.  Once they are gone they are gone. ce8a55e089dd6dc7435ed1cbc72bb43c

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What Is Your Favorite Bow Tying Technique?

I am terrible at tying bows, that is why I usually tie knots.  Here are some pretty cool tutorials that were in my newsletter this month.  WHAT?? You don’t receive my newsletter or free tutorials?  What are you waiting for?? SIGN UP NOW. I email out newsletters with the latest Stampin’ Up! news, project ideas, Q&A. I also I send out FREE step by step tutorials in pdf format so you can save them for later use, and I even snail mail you a little something on your birthday :) All for filling out that little box on the right hand side of my website.

Q: What is your favorite ribbon bow technique?

A: Well, I’d like to say it’s a natural ability, but that wouldn’t be true! I’ve learned how to make a bunch of great bows through resources from Stampin’ Up! and my fellow demonstrators. Here are 5 of my favorite bows as well as tips for making them.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

1. Two-Colored Double Bow: Layer two 18” ribbons. Layer ribbons then tie a standard bow. Before pulling the bow loops to tighten the bow, take a moment to twist the ribbon ends so they lay straight. Pull bow loops to tighten, then fan the inside bow loops out from behind the top loops.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

2. Elegant Bow: Lay a 5” piece of ribbon out flat. Add a dab of SNAIL to center of ribbon. Fold in right end and adhere to center. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of ribbon end. Fold in left end and adhere to center. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of ribbon end. Place one end of 2” ribbon over center of ribbon, creating a “T” shape. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of 2” ribbon end over folded ribbon. Wrap 2” ribbon around folded ribbon until it overlaps and adheres to itself. Pull ribbon snug so it is flat, but not so tight it causes the folded ribbon to gather. Trim off excess ribbon. Press bow flat or push the ends gently to puff it up a bit. Add to card or layer on top of a ribbon strip.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

3. Perfect Double Bow: Select a brad and spread prongs out flat. Begin with 18” ribbon. Use a ruler or estimate the lengths. Fold ribbon 3” from end with 3” section on top. Hold finger over folded layers 1” from fold with loop to left. Fold long end towards your finger to create 1” loop on right. Keep finger over center to hold layers in place. Fold long end back to center to make 1-1/2” loop on left. Fold ribbon back to center again creating 1-1/2” loop to right. Pinch ribbon at center and pick up layers. Set layered ribbon on brad with opened prongs. Fold prongs over ribbon and press flat. Trim ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

4. Hole Bow: Punch a hole in card stock with 1/8” or 1/4” punch. Thread both ends of a 22” long ribbon up through hole from bottom. Slide ribbon loop around card stock and tighten by pulling ends. Keep ribbon ends the same length. Split ribbon ends so one comes out above ribbon and one comes out below. Make sure ribbon isn’t twisted. Tie a basic bow. Fluff and adjust bow as needed and then trim ribbon ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

5. Fork Bow: Begin with a standard dinner fork with four tines and a 10” piece of ribbon. Place ribbon across front of fork with 1/3 of the ribbon to left of the fork. This end will stay stationary. Wrap right end of the ribbon around behind the fork, around left edge, over the top of the first end. Thread end down through space between the center fork tines below where the first ribbon crosses. Pull ribbon up behind the fork and through the space between center fork tines. Knot the two ribbon ends firmly. Slide ribbon from fork and trim ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

Go Bow Crazy
Have fun practicing and experimenting with these bows and different types of ribbon. Pretty soon your friends will be asking you how your bows always look so great! We have a number of ribbons retiring this month. Make sure to order your favorites before they are gone!

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Party Planning….The Digital Way

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Do you have a party to plan for? This weeks newest digital download is for you then!  It has everything you need.  Invitations, decorations, party toppers…everything!  And the colors are so bright and cheery!
Do you love the new photopolymer stamp sets and want to add them to your digital cardmaking and scrapbooking too?  I just love all the arrows to point in different directions.  This is the one time when your mother won’t tell you it is rude to point :)

digitaldownload 5_7_13pg2Have you placed your retirement order? Items are going quickly.  Get these items before they are gone for good.

The new catalog comes out in just a few weeks. I already have 3 cases for my customers. Do you have one with your name on it yet?  Contact me today to get one. Or join me for one of my classes and pick it up then.

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