1.20.2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Jan 20

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This week's weekly deals have been released and my little eye already spy's something special: the Skin Tone Assortment of Blendabilities! What does your little eye spy?

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=1634&dbwsdemoid=114025

By the way, if you have already fallen in love with the Lotus Blossom stamp set (available through Sale-a-bration), you'll want to check out this PDF file sharing 8 project ideas.

Lotus Blossom Stamp Set #139143:
This gorgeous stamp set makes anyone feel like an artist in three quick steps. It creates a beautiful flower that looks painted, but it is amazingly easy. The individual stamps have a tab at the top to help you align them, and the tabs are numbered so you will know which part of the flower to stamp first, second, and third. Try playing around using one ink pad with the stamping off technique, or multiple different ink pads to create many different looks. 


Enjoy!

Thanks for viewing today's post!
Adriana B.




1.18.2015

Stamp Review Crew - Valentine Edition

Today, the Stamp Review Crew has joined together to provide you with inspiration for your Valentine and love projects. This time, we are not sticking to one stamp set. Instead, it's a "free for all" based on the theme.
http://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2015/01/stamp-review-crew-valentine-free-for.html
First, here's a quick card made using  a "faux" Bokeh Technique. The true technique begins with adding all-over color to a piece of watercolor paper and then adding dots (or other images) in a random pattern over it; it's meant to mimic a photographic technique which blurs the background and draws the focus to a particular area. If you google search the term, you will see a lot of samples with dots of lights scattered throughout the image. Well, I took a short cut for time's sake and just added different sized dots of color on standard card stock using ink daubers, Classic Ink, and the negatives from circle punches.

Image from One Tag Fits All; Note Tag punch
Next, I'd like to share a 2-page scrapbook layout that I created a few years ago. That may be cheating as far as blog-hopping goes, but in the spirit of love I wanted to share it with you and remind you of what a blessing our pages can be. We can forget that sometimes. But this weekend, my Aunt Martha passed away after a battle with cancer. These pages, created after a fun visit where we enjoyed all sorts of things together, remind me of how much she enjoyed visiting, exploring, eating a variety of foods, laughing... and how much she loved her family. Our hurting hearts remind us of how much we love her. And our pages help us to remember our moments and all they represent.



Thanks for allowing me to share my love for her with you.

Your next stop for inspiration is Rochelle Blok - so from Melbourne, Florida you are headed to Melbourne, Australia!



Going the other way? Here's your link to the super talented Ann Schach:


http://stampinchic.com/2015/01/the-stamp-review-crew-valentine-edition/

Wishing you lots of love in your life - now and always,
Adriana B.



1.14.2015

Clean and simple Butterfly greeting card plus tips for using metal dies

Some things are created just to be admired. Such is the case with our beautiful new Butterflies Thinlits Dies. These babies cut some gorgeous detailed butterflies. This clean and simple card shares the smaller of the two detailed dies... I'm in love...


Even in Basic Gray card stock, it's something else - isn't it? Here are a few notes that will help you easily use metal framelits and have you singing their praises:
  • Edited 1/18: For easy use of metal framelits, layer your project as follows (from the bottom up): Clear acrylic plate, dryer sheet, card stock, waxed paper, framelit, top acrylic plate. Now run through the Big Shot - the negative pieces of the design will come right out of your framelit!
  • Use the small end of a stylus to pop out the extra card stock pieces (if any remain), leaving the die cut in the frame as long as possible. (This makes it easier to hold onto and makes it less likely you'll bend the delicate design.) Many of the pieces will fall out on their own, but a few may need a gentle nudge. Lastly, gently push on the little dots of the frame; they are there to help you remove the finished butterfly from the die.
  • Bonus Tip: You will be left with a waxed paper butterfly as well as your card stock piece. You can use these waxy butterflies (instead of crumpled wax paper) with the Waxed-Paper resist technique to create a unique background for your project. (The link will direct you to a video tutorial created for splitcoaststampers.)
Thanks for viewing today's post! Please let me know if you found these tips helpful.
Adriana B.




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1.13.2015

New Photopolymer Set and this week's deals

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Just a quick post to let you in on today's updates. First, we have a new stamp set that will be perfect for personalizing your cards or labels on gifts you make. It's called Better Than E-Mail; wouldn't this be a great set to share with your crafty friends?


And let's not forget this week's deals! I spy a punch that I simply need. Ok, want... don't judge... ;)


If you are ready to do some shopping, click on the logo below to be directed to my Stampin' Up! store. Don't forget that your purchases count towards Sale-a-bration freebies!

Ciao!
Adriana B.




1.12.2015

Congrats for Your Perfect Day

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Watch out - there's something in the air! This fall my husband and I attended a few weddings and already know of two weddings coming up next year. Those things led me to realize I didn't have a wedding specific stamp set. Yes, I had other things I could make work... but seriously, who could pass up the opportunity to get a fun new wedding set? And wouldn't you know it, Stampin' Up! has one in the Occasions catalog. Introducing Your Perfect Day:
click the image for a larger view

While I was at it, I also used this set along with Painted Petals to create a non-wedding card. After all, the budget requires that stamp sets needs to fit more than one need, right? Here's what I switched out:
  • The wedding (engagement? anniversary?) card on the left contains a heat embossed sentiment. The "any occasion" card on the right contains a friendly sentiment that was simply stamped with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink.
  • Next, I replaced the Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape with a row of stamped dots. These dots, along with the sentiment on the same card, are from Painted Petals. (Painted Petals can be purchased as a photopolymer set, making it super quick and easy to stamp these images exactly where you wanted them.)
  • The final change was to sub out the Gold Sequins for Jewel Basic Pearls. I had used the sequins on the first card to coordinate with the gold embossing of the sentiment. The second card didn't call for bling, so I used the pearls for a sweet, special touch.
  • Tip: Crystal Effects is a great choice for applying sequins. It just takes a tiny dot for the sequin to stick and it dries clear so it doesn't interfere with your design.

Before I forget, let me point out that both of the stamp sets shared today are available in Wood Mount, Clear Mount and Photopolymer, providing us with the storage, stamping and pricing options we all enjoy! Thanks for viewing today's post! 'Til next time...
Adriana B.

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1.09.2015

Sheltering Tree for a friend

So the 2015 Occasions Catalog is out... what do you think? To be honest, I'm pretty happy with the array of images and supplies available. One set I was drawn to is a 14 piece photopolymer set called Sheltering Tree. (See it in the supply list below.) The tree idea is similar to a set we had in the past; I never did purchase that set and have often regretted it. Now I got a "do over"! Here's my first play with the set  - a CASE* of a card shared right above the stamp set in the catalog:


Notes and tips:

  • The bicycle stamp actually comes in two pieces so that you can easily make the frame a different color than the rest of the bike. Here, I heat embossed the wheels, pedals, seat and handlebars with black embossing powder while the frame was embossed with silver.
  • Tip: rub your photopolymer stamps with an eraser before using them for the first time. This will remove residue left from the manufacturing process and help you to get a nice, even layer of ink on your stamp. Otherwise you may find yourself needing to strategically place your sentiment. Or so I've heard...
  • Did you catch that this set is a photopolymer set? If you are new to stamping, this means that the stamp set is completely clear, allowing for easy placement of images. That's what made it so easy to line up the bicycle pieces and put the hill, leaves and flowers exactly where I wanted them. Easy-peasy!

Thanks for viewing today's post!
Adriana B.

P.S. Although the stamp set comes with 4 sentiments of it's own, I chose this general greeting that was part of the first My Paper Pumpkin kit. If you are not familiar with MPP, this is our monthly mailing kit program. You receive all of the supplies and instructions needed to create a project and are usually left with stamps and ink you can continue to use. Click here for information regarding My Paper Pumpkin. For a limited time, a 3 month subscription (for you or a friend) is available for only $54.95, qualifying you for  Sale-a-bration rewards!

P.S.S. *CASE=Copy And Share Everything

 *The corner punch listed below is one of our weekly deals

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