Stampin' Up! is keeping it Short & Sweet

8.21.2014

We have super exciting news from the home office! The Short & Sweet recruiting promotion is here! It IS short: It only lasts from August 21-28. And it IS sweet: New recruits will receive $150 in their choice of Stampin' Up! products for the $99 starter kit price. As a new recruit, you won't have to pay for shipping either! It's a great deal, amazing business opportunity, AND it's only available for a short time, so the time to act is now!





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Stampin' Up! Save the date invitation

8.19.2014

Earlier this month at our Stamp & Scrap, my friend Lisa brought over some scrap pieces of leather. We had a lot of fun sorting through all of the different colors and textures then picking a few to die cut using assorted Bigz dies. I cut a few with the Top Note Die and couldn't resist pairing one with a pair of boots from our Bootiful Occasions stamp set. (This was too fun!)


I received a few questions about this card when I shared it with friends, so I'm going to go into a little more detail than usual describing it. If you y'all just want to see the supply list, simply scroll down :)

The boots were stamped with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink onto Crumb Cake card stock. I used a Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker to color in the top trim and bottom part of the boot (under the line of stitching), then cut them out using Paper Snips (detail scissors). Next it was time to color the stars with Chocolate Chip and add Crystal Effects. I set the boots aside to dry while working on the rest of the card. * Note: The boots were added to the card at the very last to make sure that the Crystal Effects had enough time to dry. The Linen Thread is wrapped around the front boot and held in place by the Dimensional adhesive holding the boot in place. Cute, huh?

The save the date information was created using our Remember This & That Rotary stamp. (This stamp includes 12 different sentiments and the year can reflect from 2012 to 2023.) This information and the sentiment (which comes with the boot set) were both cut out with a framelit from the Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card & Labels Framelit set. The stars in the background of both die cuts are from the Project Life by Stampin' Up! Point & Click stamp set.

Products used today: 

Remember This & That
Stamps: Bootiful Occasions, Remember This & That Rotary stamp, Project Life by Stampin' Up! Point & Click
Project Colors: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card & Labels Framelits, Top Note die, Crystal Effects
Embellishments: Linen Thread, retired Designer Series Paper
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive
layout based on a sketch by Freshly Made Sketches #149



August Stamp Club Hostess Code: GYX4MMED for hostess Clarice M.

Stamp Review Crew - Daydream Medallions

8.17.2014

Welcome to Escape2stamp! Today, The Stamp Review Crew is sharing ideas using a pretty set of circular stamps called Daydream Medallions. This set lends itself beautifully to a number of occasions; you'll be seeing a few along the hop!

*If you are receiving this post via feed, I encourage you to click on the title of this update so that you can easily access all of the great ideas shared. *

I finally got on the bandwagon and created a folding-screen style greeting card. This feminine style played nicely with the medallions, allowing me to create an all-over design that simply flowed from panel to panel. A simple but heartfelt greeting from Chalk Talk was added to the second panel; I plan to write my personal message on the back using a chalk marker.



 How about a closer look? (Yes - that is quite a lot of bling... but she's worth it.)


And here's a less blingy version made in class this past Friday. This one was created using a border punch along the top and includes punched flowers from our Itty Bitty Punch pack.



Thanks for visiting!
Products used today: 

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Chalk Talk
Project Colors: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Tools: Big Shot, Edgelit - Large Scallop, Large Oval Punch, Paper Snips, Decorative Label Punch
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/8" Silver Taffeta
Class card uses Scallop Border Punch and Itty Bitty Punch Pack



Stampin' Up! You Rock greeting card

8.15.2014

Sometimes we want to tell someone they are special but we don't want to get all mushy. Or weird. Or girly.

For those occasions, I introduce to you a fun stamp called You Rock. The sentiment and image come together on one stamp but can be easily used apart.

The chair was colored using the Skin Tone Blendabilities. As you see, it's for more than skin tones!


Products used today: 

Stamps: You Rock
Project Colors: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Tools: Blendabilities - Skin Tones
Big Shot, Framelits - Circles, 1" circle punch, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, handheld 1/8" circle punch, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments: Gold Baker's Twine, In Color Sequin Assortment
Layout: Freshly Made Sketches 32



August Stamp Club Hostess Code: GYX4MMED for hostess Clarice M.

Stampin' Up! Alphabet Rotary Stamp and Brayer Technique

8.13.2014

Well helloooooo...



I had this card nearly finished today and couldn't figure out what embellishments to use. I saw this button in a drawer and realized that with our Alphabet rotary stamp I could make him say all sorts of corny things. Very tempting indeed. Instead, I left it a general hello with just a little twist. ;O)

If you are wondering about how to make the background, here are a few photos to help. Note the scrap grid paper masking the card front in the first and second photos. Begin by brayering on Pool Party from the top to just below center; then brayer Pear Pizzazz from the bottom up to where you stopped with the blue. Smoky Slate is sponged on where they meet.


Then stamp just the top of the tree to create the illusion of branches.


Remove the masks, then stamp the pine tree.
 


Products used today: 

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Alphabet Rotary stamp
Project Colors: Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer,Brayer, Stampin' Sponge, Banner Punch
Embellishments: owl button (from ???)

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August Stamp Club Hostess Code: GYX4MMED for hostess Clarice M.

Stampin' Up! Serene Silhouettes and a simple masking technique

8.08.2014

Earlier this week I was stamping with some friends and my friend Debby shared a picture of a card created using a masking technique. Essentially, you mask (cover) the right and left sides of the card panel and construct a scene in the middle. We used Stampin' Pastels (now retired) to create the sky and grassy hills in the open areas and then did a little stamping to get:




*How-to and Tips for you:
  1. I recommend using temporary adhesive to hold your masks in place. Your hands will appreciate it. 👍
  2. Next, create your "window" where you will add your design. You could leave it in the center, but in this case we created it left of center. We used scrap Grid Paper to cover a 3/4" strip on the left and an area approximately 1-1/4" on the right. Additional Grid Paper was hand-torn into a hill shape to help create the hills.
  3. We started by swirling Stampin' Pastels (aka chalks) into the top of the open area. Start on your mask and swirl into the open area.
  4. Place your hill mask on the area where you want to add grass. Begin swirling green Pastels into the grassy area; again start on your mask and move into the open area. Move the mask around, tilting in in different ways to create different shaped hills.
  5. To create the bottom hill, turn your hill mask 180° and add chalk from the mask down to the bottom of the card stock.
  6. Leave the left mask in place to stamp a tree coming in from the left. The 'branch" you see poking in from the left is actually the same tree used on the right/bottom. We then removed the mask on the right and stamped the tree and sentiment.

Products used today: 

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, A Dozen Thoughts
Project Colors: Whisper White, Old Olive, Night of Navy
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Grid Paper, cotton balls, Stampin' Pastels (retired item)
Embellishments: Linen Thread
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

Saturday Stamp & Scrap reminder

8.07.2014


Just a reminder that our Stamp & Scrap will take place this Saturday (8/9) from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

This is a time where you can just come over and bring a project to work on. Bring card making supplies, maybe those pictures you've been meaning to work with or just come color images. I'll be playing with a new Project Life by Stampin' Up! kit I just received and one friend has confirmed she is bringing needlework! Whatever you have pending, bring it and let's enjoy each other's company while we work. Well... play.... ;)

Be sure to call me by Noon (Friday, 8/8) if you would like to claim a spot. Only two remain!
(This is no charge for this event.)

Stampin' Up! Elegant Butterfly meets My Paper Pumpkin

8.07.2014

Stamp Club orders have all been delivered. Yay!

This month, I pulled some supplies out of a My Paper Pumpkin kit and combined them with a few other ingredients to create these cute little tags.



I love how the large butterfly from  Kinda Eclectic is sized to fit the Elegant Butterfly punch. Easy - peasy!

Products used today: 

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Project Colors: Island Indigo, Calypso Coral
Tools: My Paper Pumpkin kit, Elegant Butterfly punch
Embellishments: Basic Jewels Rhinestones
also uses Thick Baker's Twine (Sale-a-bration 2014 item) but now available in our 2013-2015 In Colors

Stampin' Up! Beach House Designer Washi Tape Quick Card

8.06.2014

I ran across a card by Mary Brown recently that really caught my eye. Easy to create, but visually interesting at the same time. Think how fun it would be to create a batch of these cards using different combinations of your favorite Washi Tape designs. As in Mary's sample, I chose to use our Beach House selection simply because I love the color combination!


*A tip for you today: I found that our Classic Ink (which is water based) smeared easily where it was stamped onto the tape. On the sample above, I chose to use Memento ink instead and did not have any issues with smearing. Another possible alternative would be StazOn.


Products used today: 

Stamps: Love & Sympathy, Another Thank You
Project Colors: Whisper White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry Pool Party, Real Red
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer
Embellishments: Beach House Designer Washi Tape, epoxy dots (other distributor)
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

The Stamp Review Crew Flower Patch

8.03.2014



Welcome to Escape2stamp! Today I'm playing along with my friends at The Stamp Review Crew where we are sharing some crafty ideas using our Stampin' Up! set Flower Patch. Whether you've landed on my page as a subscriber or have arrived from Jill Coleman's site - Welcome! I hope you find an idea or two that tickles your fancy.


My project today is an altered note pad. Who says a functional item can't be nice to look at, too? ;)

Once opened, it looks like this:


I included an envelope on the front flap as a convenient place to stash odds and ends. The sample has a business card in it, but I was thinking it would be a convenient place to stash receipts while I'm out and about. What do you think?

Products used today: 


Stamps: Flower Patch, Remember This & That Rotary Stamp
Project Colors: Hello Honey, Pear Pizazz, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Tools: Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits, Scallop Edge Border Punch,
Embellishments: Jewel Basic Pearls, 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (Hello Honey)
Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper
Fast Fuse Adhesive (this stuff is awesome!)



For more awesome stuff:


Visiting the sites in reverse order?

A question for you, dear reader of my blog posts...

8.02.2014


In an effort to improve this Stampin' blog and the ideas and information provided here, I have a question for you today. (Bear with me, it's actually one question in two parts.)






Part A. When you read my blog posts, do you want to see the information regarding the products I used on the project?

I usually have the information presented like this (at the bottom of each post):

Products used today: 

Stamps: Stamp set name(s)
Project Colors: Includes colors of paper, ink, embellishments
Tools: Big Shot, punches, etc.
Embellishments: rhinestones, buttons, ribbon, etc.
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Part B. Is it helpful to include the product ID number along with the items used? I have included these off and on over the years in an effort to provide information necessary for ordering, but do you refer to it for ordering or save it for future use?


As you can imagine, keeping a blog going takes some time and energy. In an effort to provide a blog you would actually want to read, I want to ensure the information I provide is actually useful. Time wasted on one effort would be better spent elsewhere, right?


I would be ever grateful if you would be willing to comment on this post (or send me an e-mail) and provide some insight to these questions. I even have an assortment of 4" x 6" Designer Series Paper ready to send to one of you for being willing to take the time and clarify this issue for me.


Many Thanks,
 
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