Sunday, December 21, 2014

Friends Don't Let Friends Stamp Alone

     I love my friends, and I love stamping, and I really love stamping with friends--double the bliss! Besides the sheer fun stamping with friends creates, there is the added bonus of tapping one another's brains for inspiration and one another's stash for supplies.

     One of my friends put this pop up box card together using the White Christmas stamp set and tips of the pine tree in Lovely as a Tree.

     It's beautiful as it is, right?  But she handed it to me and said, "It's missing something. Finish it." So with a little help from Santa (of the Holiday Home set), some Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, silver 1/8" ribbon, and a darling All is Calm Snowflake embellishment, the card became extra festive.

Supplies are listed below, linked to my store.
     May I just say, I LOVE IT! It sits under my tabletop Christmas tree and just shimmers in the lights. I added a rhinestone to the snowflake embellishment for some extra sparkle. It might get borrowed to be a necklace sometime soon. ;)

Breaking News:  A Sneak Peak: Stampin' Up's annual Sale-a-bration begins in January. As a demonstrator, I was able to get my hands on some of the free goodies in the SAB catalog early.  As a homemaker/home-schooler/mother of four/stamper determined to get holiday cards in the mail this year, I wasn't able to play with all my new prizes right away. My DSA, however, had some free time, so I handed her the torch stamp set, A Happy Thing, and said, "It needs inking!" She gave me this card today.
This is the cheeriest thing I've seen all winter!
     That oh-so-happy-making bird is from a Sale-a-bration set, so sorry, you can't get it yet. But the branch is from the so-classy Ornamental Pine set in the Holiday Catalog, and is only available until January 5, 2015. (Plan ahead, folks, and get it while you can!)

     Do you have stamping friends to be happy with? What's your favorite part of stamping together? 

     I wish you stamping bliss this holiday season!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hot Stampin' Deals! Begin Monday, Nov. 24

     Dear stamping friends, 

     A little something else to celebrate: Stampin' Up has done it again! Great sales start Monday, 11/24, and continue to 12/2.

These Door Buster Deals are good only on Monday, 11/24! 
But keep reading: there are more specials below.

These Door Buster Deals are good only on Monday, 12/1! 

And these great buys are available while supplies last from 11/24 to 12/2!
20% to 50% off catalog price.  Read carefully: there are some treasures here!


     All of these items are available through my online store. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
     Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Winter!

     It's beginning to look a lot like winter! You know it's cold in Memphis when CNN names the city in an article about cold temps in the US. We've just had the earliest snowfall that I can remember. So even though my heart is still in Autumn, my November class projects are a little wintery.

  The Bokeh technique is new to me, and I had to do a little research to learn it.   Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration
was very helpful and had some beautiful samples. This "kindness" card with its white bokeh dots reminded us of snowflakes on a camera lens. The stamp set Kinda Eclectic had been calling to me for a while, but I knew I had to do something "out of the box" with it. I think it's perfect here! And speaking of perfect, the sponge daubers and Whisper White Craft Ink are great for bokeh dots.

     There are two more out of the box techniques used on this card. See the round top and bottom of the Lost Lagoon layer? They were cut using a die from the Apothecary Accents Framelits collection. I cut the cardstock narrow enough to slip it through the die and rolled it through the Big Shot just enough to cut the leading edge. Then the die and paper were flipped to repeat the cut on the other side.

     AND, can you see the silver speckles on the Rich Razzleberry layer? I crafted a stipple brush out of cardstock using the Fringe Scissors. Use the scissors to cut a fringe down a strip of cardstock, coil the cardstock into a brush, hold it together, and dab it onto your ink pad and then onto your paper. It was super fast, super easy, and gave the card a little frostiness.

     To warm us up a little, we also etched some votives. Don't they look warm and festive?
 "Joy" is from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits dies.
It fits perfectly. 

These large Libby votives were perfect for stamping on: they have four flat sides. Having stamped on the cylindrical ones before, let me say, I do like the flat ones. Very much. A word of advice: the Embossing Buddy is your best buddy when embossing on glass. We used two masking techniques with the Armour Etch. "Joy" was die cut out of Contact paper, then the negative was adhered to the glass. A coating of Armour Etch and five minutes later, wow!


The star votive used embossing as masking. After preparing the surface, we stamped and embossed the star. A Contact paper negative of the star outline was adhered to the glass. After etching, the embossing was removed to leave the delicate design you see. (It's also pretty if you leave the embossing on.)

 This star is from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set.  

     How are you spending your Autumn -- or Spring, to our south of south neighbors? Thank you for your kindness in reading, subscribing, and commenting. Keep comfy!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Watercolor & Washi Wow!

     I'm really excited to share a technique I thought up all on my own: Washi Tape Masking. Now, I'm not saying no one has ever done it before. But while preparing for my recent Tools and Techniques Class on watercoloring, I realized our catalog lacks masking material. Masking an area to prevent ink or paint covering it is a basic technique for scene building, and even though I'm no expert in painting or scene building, using a mask makes even my work look pretty good. A little searching through of my supplies turned up a roll of washi tape that I could experiment with. Stampin' Up's washi tape is waterproof and removable. A little wax (paraffin) paper, a little washi in layers, a couple of punches and dies...Washi tape masking!

So simple!
  1. Overlap layers of tape (just the edges, as you want it to be thin and flat) on the wax paper, covering an area a little larger than you need.
  2. Cut with sharp scissors, or punch, or die cut to the desired shape.
  3. Peel mask off of the wax paper.
  4. Apply to your watercolor paper or cardstock and burnish carefully to prevent seepage.
  5. Paint or stamp as desired.
  6. Blot the tape with a towel to prevent smearing of any ink or paint on the surface of it and gently remove it.
  7. And (are you ready for this?): Store mask on a piece of wax paper for future use. Yes! The washi tape is durable and reusable. Win!

See the cloud shapes above? The Word Bubbles Framelits Dies aren't just for word bubbles! Circle punches make perfect sun & moon shapes. The long strips on the right were scissor cut and used for framing.
     I overlapped the cloud shapes, wet the watercolor paper,
picked up reinker with an Aquapainter, and began
layering on color. After allowing the ink to dry, the mask was removed. Then it was time to stamp!

     The bats from Holiday Home had been calling to me, and since the class was before Hallowe'en, I had to answer. The ship is from The Open Sea. My son looked at the resulting image and explained it to me, "The ship is a ghost ship. When the seagulls come near it, they are cursed and become bats." (Yep. It runs in the family.)

     The class attendees had a choice of images from The Open Sea or Lovely as a Tree for a focal point. Kim M.'s gorgeous tree scene is a knock-out! I borrowed it to show to the second class session (and because it was irresistible to my tree-fixated self. I returned it, promise.)

Kim, thanks for letting me share your card here!
     Thanks for reading!I'd love to read about your watercolor adventures, so feel free to comment below.

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