Stampin' Up! Washi Tape Halloween Hello


We have a couple of new sets of Washi Tape in our Holiday Catalog. We'll be playing with one of them, called Witches' Brew, at our card class this Friday. Our card is one based on one by my friend Paula . I've made a second one just like it, but with a Christmas theme. Check back on Friday for that one :)

When I created the sample, I started with a Whisper White card front. We'll be switching that out for Very Vanilla in class so that it better coordinates with the Washi. Ooopsie ;)

Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape
Stamps: Hallween Hello (also from the 2013 Holiday Catalog)
Colors: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Tools: Circle punches

Stampin' Up! Greetings of the Season Tag


Christmas, already? Well, not quite; but with the release of our Holiday catalog in a few days, we can start planning! While at convention, I participated in a couple of Christmas themed swaps including a gift tag swap. I designed mine to hang on a bag or on the neck of a bottle. (A few friends have told me that wine makes a good gift!)

From the bottom up, here's how they came together:
  • Base of the tag - Neutrals Core'dinations (Early Espresso), run through our Woodgrain folder and sanded a bit to reveal the texture. Cut to shape using our Labels Collection Framelits.
  • Very Vanilla layer was also cut using the same framelits then stamped with an image from Happy Day. The edges of this layer were sponged with Crumb Cake Classic Ink (the same color used for stamping). Basic Pearl Jewels add a little touch of elegance.
  • Next comes a strip of tape, just one of three patterns in our Season of Style Washi Tape collection. (Holiday catalog item #132155)
  • The sentiment, from Greetings of the Season*, was inked using Early Espresso and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers then stamped onto Very Vanilla. Once punched out with our XL Oval punch, I sponged the edges of this layer just like the one below it.
  • Stampin' Dimensionals separate each layer.
  • The loop of ribbon is made of 7/8" Natural Cotton Ribbon, knotted with a bit of Linen Thread. It is adhered to the bottom most layer using Glue Dots.

*Greetings of the Season is a stamp set that was initially offered in our 2012 Holiday Catalog. Although not shown in our current catalogs, it IS still available. If you wish to purchase it, the item numbers for ordering as as follows:
Wood Mount - 128030 ($15.95)
Clear Mount - 128033 ($11.95)


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Stampin' Up! Perfect Blend One Layer Card


One of the convention swaps I signed up for this year (genius that I am) was a one-layer swap. One layer, as in all the work is created on the card base. No Designer Series Paper, layers of images with matting under them, etc. Let me tell you that I had NO idea that I am apparently addicted to layering. Ignorance was bliss.

Here's an idea using Perfect Blend. It was not my final pick for the swap, but still share-worthy :)

  1. To create the colored strips along the top and bottom of the card,  cover the center of the card with printer paper then sponge on some Soft Suede ink. 
  2. With the mask still in place, stamp a lightly inked Off The Grid (item #130736) repeatedly over the area.
  3. For the coffee cup image (Perfect Blend, Clear Mount item #131392), stamp the cup in Early Espresso.
  4. Using a Blender Pen, drag color from the stamped image into the open areas of the image. Clean off the blender pen by rubbing it across scratch paper. 
  5. Tap the Blender Pen tip onto an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker to pick up color, then color in coffee sleeve. With the sentiment "Given enough coffee I could rule the world, temporarily." I thought it would be fun to add a crown, too! (A Fitting Occasion wood #131952, Clear Mount 127049)
  6. For the lipstick smudge on the lid, again use the blender pen to add Cajun Craze in a lip shaped arc.
  7. Cut open a window for the sentiment using a punch or framelits. (Chalk Talk Framelits, item #129983).
  8. Last, finish off with embellishments. Here I used both Linen Thread and Candy Dots (Regals and Neutrals) for a bit of balance.

And that's it! I think the masking helped me to get over the "no layering" rule. If you would like more ideas using this simple technique, check out this quick video tutorial. Thanks for reading!

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Stampin' Up! Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape


This recent cleanandsimple sketch was the perfect layout for playing with washi tape. I just recently purchased a new trio of our tape from our upcoming Holiday Catalog and couldn't wait to try it out. Here's a peek at our Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape. You can see all three of the designs used here.

The sentiment and the heat embossed candy corn (running along the top and bottom borders of the card) are from Halloween Hello. This set is also featured in the Holiday catalog. Also, just in case you are wondering, the black pearls you see here are our regular pearls (Jewels Basic Pearls); I colored them black using a Sharpie. They dry almost immediately and are so easy to use. Enjoy!

Featured items available August 1 - January 2, 2014:
Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape (item #132156, only $4.95!)
Halloween Hello (clear mount #131721, wood #131718)


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Make your own rubber stamps!


Meet UNDEFINED. This groovy little kit provides the tools and goods to create your own unique designs. I cannot wait to try this with my boys!

Included in the Stamp Carving Kit ($19.95):
  • 2 carving tools
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • 1 Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
  • 3 postcards
  • Instruction sheet
  • Stamp image templates
Included in the Refill Kit (only $9.95):
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • Instruction sheet

Available today! Click on the bag below to get your kit, or get a few and keep the kids busy during these hot days of summer! :)

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US220 Timeless Talk


It's Saturday and time to kick off another sketch challenge at Unscripted Sketches. This one will have you digging through paper scraps or ribbon for sure! Can't wait to see what you come up with. Be sure to link your project to the Unscripted Sketches website so we can all check it out and leave you some bloggy love (comments).

Ok, word bubble in this set actually goes with a telephone. But I couldn't resist using it with the BIG TIME tire on the front of this bicycle. After looking at the card for a few days, I did go back and exchange the word bubble for a simple punched oval. You can see my altered card as well as the samples provided by the Design Team at the Unscripted Sketches website. Enjoy!

Stamps: Timeless Talk, Mosaic Madness
Colors: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White
Other: Jewels Basic Rhinestones, Bitty Buttons, Itty Bitty Punch Pack


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Stampin' Up! Simply Pressed meets Chalk Talk


Have you tried the new Simply Pressed line for making embellishments? These easy-to-use clay and mold sets are so fun to play with. And when you are finished, you have beautiful custom made flowers and/or buttons for your projects. Here's a project that uses flowers dyed with Daffodil Delight Classic  ink. This project was created for a special swap completed at Convention.

Also featured on this card is a beautiful embossed from from our Chalk Talk stamp and framelit sets. Isn't it great when you have fun products that also look great?

Simply Pressed Clay (item # 130685)
Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds (item #131272)
Save 15%: Chalk Talk Bundle, includes stamps and Framelits (item #132730 for Clear Mount)

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New stamps and tools await you in our 2013-2014 Catalog!

Stampin' Up! Timeless Talk


A favorite set from the new 2013-14 Catalog is an antique style set called Timeless Talk. This past spring, my hubby and I took the boys to Fort Myers to see Thomas Edison's winter home and lab. I was amazed at how many inventions this man had a hand in, literally thousands. For example, I had no idea he was involved in the invention of capturing sound and movement! When I saw the phonograph image in this set, I knew it would look adorable on a card but I also knew I would be able to use in on scrapbooking our springtime visit.

This card was created for a swap at Convention. The layout is an easy one, brought to life with:
Timeless Talk (Clear Mount #126607)
Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper (item #130144)
Finishing Touches Framelits (#127010)
Victoria Crochet Trim (item #118481)
Antique Brads (item #117273, shown below)


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Create an easy zippered pouch


If you are looking for an easy pouch to hold stamping supplies or even toiletries, this easy-to-create lined pouch will do the trick. I found the step-by-step tutorial on a blog called Dining Room Drawers. She shows photos for every step of the assembly, which I found very helpful because it was the first time I have ever tried adding a zipper to a project.

These little bags are for my Convention roommates. Although I'll be filling them with travel size goodies like lotion, band-aids and lip balm, I created them of a size large enough to hold our Stampin' Write Markers. And, by the way, if you like the fabric shown here we no longer carry them in our catalogs, but you can find them heavily discounted in our Clearance Rack. Each pack carries three coordinating over-sized fat quarters. You'll be able to make several pouches out of each pack. Sweet!

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US219 Postage Collection Quick Card


We have a fun new sketch for you to try at Unscripted Sketches. Be sure to check out the samples provided by the Design Team. I think you'll be impressed with all of the different interpretations of this sketch!

My card this week is a small 4 1/4" square card. The post office doesn't really like shipping square cards, but no worries - it still fits in our standard medium size envelope for easy mailing ;)

The pretty images shared here are from a set called Postage Collection. This small image, vintage-style set is only available to hostesses as part of our Special Rewards program. (These rewards are available to those who host an event or place a qualifying order on-line.) As a demonstrator, I am still privy to the rewards offered our customers (hooray!) so I was able to get this set with my last order. Hooray! 


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Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop (2013)


Welcome to the hop! If you are just arriving from Mary's blog - welcome! If you are reading this via your e-mail or on my website, thanks for joining us today! A group of us at Stampin' Addicts have put together a short blog hop sharing some of our favorite new stamps from the 2013-2014 Catalog. We are all linked together so that you can easily navigate from site to site and be inspired. Cue inspirational music :)

Today, I'm showcasing one of my favorite new sets, Happy Day (clear mount item #130297). If you have visited my blog at all, it's no news to you that I like this set. Ha! But don't worry about boredom -  here's a new trio of paper goodies including gift-ables and a set of quick cards.

First is a card box that will easily hold 4 simple cards with envelopes. It could also hold packages of cocoa or apple cider for those of you who are thinking ahead to the holidays. FYI: The tags reflect only portions of the sentiments included in this set. The happy is from "happy day" and the hello is from "hello there". Also included in this set are "smile" and "sweet, sweet moments". The doily and scrollwork complete the set.

template originally shared by Jill Hillard

Here's a closeup of the main image (much like a doily). I stamped it three times: once on the main layer,  and twice again on scraps. I fussy cut two smaller images so I could layer them over each other with Stampin' Dimensionals to create this medallion. Don't forget the bling!

Next are the cards that go inside. They would definitely qualify as clean and simple and I'll add super quick! Just one color of ink (Pool Party) for the doilies, Night of Navy for the sentiment and a few Jewels for bling and you are done! Sweet!

Last but not least is a little goodie box made from an altered embellishment container. A 2 1/2" circle punch makes covering the top and bottom of the box super easy. The rest is just decor. Here's a close-up:

From the bottom up I added: a 2" circle of Silver Glimmer Paper, a rosette made from a 3/4" strip of Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper, two punch outs of the doily (stamped in Night of Navy and Pool Party), and finally a Vintage Faceted Button topped with a Basic Pearl Jewel. Pretty, right? Now, to figure out what goodies to put inside :)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed these projects created with Happy Day. Next you are on to Debra's site where she is sharing projects created with Beautifully Baroque. Enjoy!

 Traveling from the other direction? Click below for Mary's site featuring Flower Shop.

Using Ribbon on greeting cards


The mood struck to re-organize and clean my craft room yesterday. I love it when this happens because I always rediscover supplies that have been pushed to the back of the drawer (and the mind). It's like going shopping but without the whole "spending money" part! Well, along with the neglected supplies I also found a few issues of card making magazines with samples. One in particular caught my eye as a great way to use up ribbon.

A tip for you if you'd like to give this a try: On the larger white layer, I put down two parallel lines of Sticky Strip going the width of where I wanted ribbon strips. The two strips (as opposed to one) allowed me to secure each piece of ribbon in two places keeping them mostly straight. The pink one on the right end is a rebel.

Sentiment: Happy Day - See more of this stamp set on Friday. I'll be featuring it during the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop
Colors: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Assorted ribbon, Button, White Baker's Twine


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Stampin' Up! Chalk Talk Bag Tags


Our Club orders are in! 

These cute little tags were created to hang on each customer's bag. I've used some of the little flowers I created during the workshop demonstration using our new Simply Pressed Clay & Molds. This way they each have a little sample so they can look and feel the finished product along with a cute little tag they can re-use or re-purpose. Tags are so much fun :)

Tags also use our Chalk Talk stamp set and coordinating Framelits set. Save 15% when you order them together! Get more info about the Chalk Talk bundle here.


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Still time to RSVP - Stamp-a-stack


Just a quick reminder that it is time to RSVP if you would like to attend this month's stamp-a-stack. Card options and class information can be reviewed in this post. Thanks!


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Two-step masking, an easy stamping technique!


On Friday I shared with you one of the projects completed at last month's Stamp Club meeting. The card, based on one designed by Deena Boos, uses a two-step masking technique that was a hit with the girls. Here's how it is done:

First, you'll need to create the mask. Begin with a piece of thin paper cut to your card/project size. (Printer paper and school paper work great; you want something thinner than card stock.) Cut out a shape. I die-cut a large circle and set it so that it ran off the right side of the page. Keep both pieces.

Remove the shape that you cut, laying the outer portion of your paper mask over your card front. Stamp a design into the area you have uncovered. (Images shown here are from our Summer Silhouettes stamp set. Clear Mount item #126447)

Once you have your image the way you want it, put the mask piece (in this case the circle) back over your stamped images. Now remove the outer mask.

Using a Stampin' Sponge or Brayer, add color to the area surrounding your stamp work. In my sample, I sponged on Pool Party and Soft Sky Classic Ink. Tip: When you press the sponge to the paper, start on the mask and swirl your way onto the card stock. This will help keep the mask in place and give you a nice crisp edge. Removable adhesive can also help keep the mask in place.

Remove the mask and reveal your creativity! All that's left is to trim your card stock and finish your project. Wasn't that easy?

I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial! If you missed my recent posts regarding easy one-step masking, you can check out the video tutorial here. Thanks for stopping by!


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US218 Halloween Hello Preview


It's Saturday and time for a new sketch challenge at Unscripted Sketches. I hope you'll be able to find the time to play along with us this week. If you do, be sure to link up your project so that we can stop by and leave you kudos!

My card for this sketch previews a halloween stamp set that will be available in our 2013 Holiday Catalog. It's called Halloween Hello and it is totally cute!

Items of note:
  • Brights Candy Dots - these little peel and stick goodies are so easy to use and are available in all of our core color groups. (Brights are item #130931)
  • Modern Medley Designer Series Paper - packed with 12 different black and white patterns, this set is just one of many 12x12 Designer papers available in our Buy 3 Get 1 promotion. Check here for additional details. (Modern Medley is item #126926)
  • Colors used here: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Whisper White

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Stampin' Up! Card Stock Vellum meets Papillon Potpourri


Our first project at our June Stamp Club meeting was a fun one! We played around with a two-step masking technique (which I'll share with you this weekend) but we also played around with our Card Stock Vellum. Did you know that this vellum is heavy enough to stand up to heat embossing? Yes - it is!

See the butterflies? These beauties from Papillon Potpourri were stamped onto the Vellum using Versamark and then heat embossed with Silver Embossing powder. After heat setting, we added color to the back of the butterflies using markers to provide them with additional color. Though, I admit, they looked beautiful with just the silver.

The butterflies are easily trimmed with a coordinating punch called Bitty Butterfly. (The larger butterflies in the stamp set punch out with our Elegant Butterfly punch.)

Color the butterflies on the back of the vellum.
The color will show through and the embossed lines will hide any mistakes!

card based on a design by Deena Boos

Paipillon Potpourri (clear mount item #123759)
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