A Good Day for Narrow Note Cards

Last January I held my second Big & Little Stamp Camp.  One of our projects was inspired by a Facebook Live post by Sara Douglass, the Stampin’ Up! CEO, as she created an assortment of Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes.  I love this concept:  pairing the Tutti-Frutti 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper with A Good Day stamp set meant an easily coordinated, adorable gift to a teacher, packaged in this Lots to Love Box:

I must say I was kind of obsessed with these for a while!  See why with Sara’s video below.  If she sounds like she’s starting in the middle of her video, well, after the first minute or she got booted off her connection.  This second attempt is where the stamping is:

Quick notes…continued!

Posted by Sara Douglass, Stampin' Up! CEO on Wednesday, January 17, 2018


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Register now for the next All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack!

Register below for this all-new April 2018 event!

Gear up for all kinds of events with this all-occasions camp. This is a “stamp-a-stack”: come and make 10 all-occasions cards (several of the same or a variety) for just $20. There will be six different designs to choose from in a range of styles, several with interchangeable sentiments. The cards are designed to be completed quickly (in about 10 minutes or so) and have lots of interest but not a lot of fuss, in order to keep the cost low. These cards can be mailed with no additional postage. This event is perfect for the new stamper — invite someone to come with you!

Session 1: Friday, April 20 — 1:00-5:00 p.m. (come any time)
Session 2: Friday, April 20 — 6:30-9:30 p.m. (come any time)
Session 3: Saturday, April 21 — 9:00 a.m. till noon (come any time)
Place: My DeKalb home (322 Fairmont Dr)

Note that registration is limited to 10 stampers at each session.

Need more than ten? Each additional card you make is $2, payable during the camp. I’ll supply envelopes and Stampin’ Dimensionals, but you need to bring your own scissors and adhesive (I suggest bringing several types).

Paid registration of $20 must be received by Wednesday, April 11. Register below.

Please note that if I do not have your payment, you are not registered for this event.

2018 All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack (April) Registration


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For Amazing You

When Elizabeth and I were planning the Inkspiration Saturday projects, there was something about the Window Box on page 16 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure that we just couldn’t get out of our minds:

Try as we might, we could not get close to that look with a card, until we went a totally different direction with a heavy dose of drama:

It gave me an opportunity to use one my favorite-ever In Colors, Flirty Flamingo, and do a little watercoloring.  I’ve been using Stampin’ Blends so much that I forgot how much I love watercoloring — and it’s simple when the image is embossed.  Those raised outlines act as dams for the water, so you don’t have to stress about going outside the lines.  Let the water dry on your project before adding more color.

All that embossing could have been achieved by stamping in Archival Basic Black ink and embossing in clear powder, but luckily I still have some black powder.  I can’t image what stamper doesn’t emboss in black!  Hopefully that product will make a return to the Stampin’ Up! lineup in the next annual catalog.

Please note the products that will be retiring at the end of this month (or before, if supplies are depleted):  the Amazing You stamp set and the Shimmer Ribbon Pack.  Each is available for FREE with a $50 product order (before S/H and tax).

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Black Stampin' Emboss Powder

Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Celebrate you (in a big way!)

My stampers have asked me to design more cards for guys and kids.  I try to include at least one of those each month, and more than one for Inkspiration Saturday — like this one, CASEd from LeeAnn Greff:

Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Celebrate You ThinlitsIt’s hard to tell, but the front of this card (which folds on the side) is only a partial panel — the flags at the right are kind of a peekaboo element, sandwiched between the 3¼” front flap and the matted patterned paper panel.  This qualifies as a “fun fold” card, but it’s only fun if you get it right, so I practiced it several times to make sure my directions were correct!

Behind that flap is a narrow sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday (Occasions Catalog) stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.

I’m so happy that we had this great Bubbles & Fizz paper FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  And of course the dies here are also a Sale-A-Bration item; they’ll be in the next annual catalog, but getting them FREE now is a bonus!

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The Sale-A-Bration excitement continues!

We are now in the home stretch of Sale-A-Bration!  In addition to other available Sale-A-Bration merchandise (see the initial SAB offerings and second release products), beginning Thursday, March 15, you can earn a selection of regular products as free Sale-A-Bration rewards with your qualifying purchase.  Just remember that Sale-A-Bration freebies are only available until March 31 or while supplies last!

Please note: The item numbers from the flyer must be used in order for the products to be redeemed as Sale-A-Bration items.  The items have different numbers in the catalog that do not mark the item as part of Sale-A-Bration.

Click the graphic below to view the flyer, then click here for my Stampin’ Up! online store (and thank you!):

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Let’s celebrate your day with flowers

Do you mark up your Stampin’ Up! catalog?  When I’m going through my first “serious” pass, I mark (1) stamp sets and other items to consider for my wish list and (2) samples for inspiration or to copy.  I am ready with sticky notes for OnStage in Milwaukee in less than four weeks, when we’ll have in our hands the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  (I am squealing, in case you couldn’t hear!)

My inspiration for this happy card is on page 28 of the current catalog.

Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! Flower Shop | When at a loss for inspiration, look to the catalog! Click for more information.

Please believe me when I say I looked high and low for those little dots; I finally found them quite a ways away, on page 135, in the Bunch of Blossoms set.  It’s where the sentiment is from, too.

Instead of using the wonderful (but not very Post Office friendly) Faceted Gems, I punched simple circles from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

As for these images, well, there is only one way they are punched perfectly.  It’s worth marking your stamps with a Sharpie to show which petal must be “up” — that is, which is the top petal.  Stamping the images that way means you don’t have to keep rotating your stamped image (or the punch) to figure it out!

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Oh, those fabulous Springtime Foils!

2018 Sale-A-Bration 2nd releaseWe are seriously running out of time!  In less than three weeks the 2018 Sale-A-Bration free goodies will be history!

When I was designing for Inkspiration Saturday earlier this month, I held off on the last card as long as I could, waiting to see if the items from the second release were as wonderful as they looked on the Stampin’ Up! site.

Of course you know I was not disappointed, especially with the amazing Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper.  You probably know that when you see “specialty” it typically means the cardstock is embossed or, in this case, has foil accents.  Springtime Foils has foil in gold, silver and rose gold, which was quite stunning.

We colored the glossy surface with Stampin’ Blends.  The key to coloring success is to complete one leaf or flower at a time.  For example, do not color all the leaves in one color, then go back and add another color to all the leaves, etc.  The colors are very easy to blend on this paper when they are still wet — you’ll actually see the colors being pushed around.  Remember: One leaf or flower at a time.  In fact, this is good advice whenever using the Blends.

I used Ivory as the base of these flowers to give a vintage feel.  Although I experimented with various ribbons, they were all too fussy.  Finally, just a simple pierced strip was enough, perfectly complementing the DSP.

Don’t miss the opportunity to have this Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper for yourself — free with $50 in product!  Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store.  Please use Host Code JCP6MV2T on your order unless you are adding it to another workshop or you will qualify for your own benefits with an order of at least $150.

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A girl can dream, can’t she?

Heavy sigh.  Winter is still hanging on in north central Illinois.  We had a day of furious (but short-lived) snow early in the week, but it’s still so very cold.  However, that very morning I was surprised by a non-Stampin’ Up! visit from UPS with this treasure from my sister, Susan.

It’s not as wild as it looks here (in the basement with no natural lighting), but  fun and fresh.  If there is a 7-year-old boy (with a missing tooth) in the vicinity, you will find us both wrapped in it with a book.

So the fact that I am daydreaming under a handmade quilt instead of under a palm tree is just the way it will be for several months, at least!  (I am penciling in a trip to Orlando to Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary celebration at OnStage in November.  Wanna come with?)

This card, inspired by Su Mohr, was from last weekend’s Inkspiration Saturday.  It was the second project that used the Sponge Brayers I talked about yesterday.  All three pairs of trees were stamped on a strip of Whisper White card stock, then the top half was brayered with Soft Sky and the bottom with Sahara Sand.  The hardest thing about this card was getting the three squares lined up — cue the quilting ruler!

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A Sponge Brayer is a beautiful thing

We used Sponge Brayers on not one but two cards at Inkspiration Saturday last weekend.  This one was an adaptation of a card in the Occasions Catalog.  I didn’t want to make a square card, so I had the opportunity to include this ribbon detail.

Simply rolling ink onto the panel of Designer Series Paper creates a totally new look.  This black and white DSP is the perfect pack for all kinds of coloring experiments.

Heartfelt Inkspiration Life | Is a Beautiful Thing | Change the look of Stampin' Up! patterned paper with a simple technique. Click for more details.Using Crumb Cake as a card base was not the way I thought I’d go, but I love the way it tempered the black and Lemon Lime Twist.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but the Vellum mat behind the sentiment circle was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I go through a lot of Vellum this way!

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Calypso roses

I’ve done some pretty sweet projects using Petal Palette, but nothing as dramatic as this one!  I took my cue from the samples on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog, but used a hotter color combo:

Heartfelt Inkspiration Calypso Roses | Petal Palette with some passion! Click for more details.

Do you love the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper as much as I do?  Come back tomorrow to see it used in a different way.

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