Stylish Stems Framelits Dies

Have you enjoyed the cards the last two days?  If so, see more ideas in this Stampin’ Up! corporate video featuring the Stylish Stems Framelits:

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Special Reason floral

This February camp card combines several Stylish Stems Thinlits Dies:

The stamped flower (from the coordinating Special Reason set), is cut with the “open” floral die; the Flirty Flamingo flower behind is cut first with the “detailed” (or peek-through) die, then with the open floral die; the leaves are stamped then cut with the open leaf die; and the pierced or detailed leaf has its own Thinlits Die.

It seems complicated, written out like that, but it’s really not.

The stamped and embossed lace uses a free Sale-A-Bration set and the stamped flower was inked in Blushing Bride and the rubber then daubed with Flirty Flamingo ink before stamping (don’t forget to breathe on the stamp to moisten the ink first!).

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A special reason: a perfect day

I held off as long as I could.  I tried.  And then the lure of the samples on page 42 got the best of me — and I ordered the Special Reason bundle from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

I continue to be fascinated by this approach to dies:  one detailed and one “open” or outlining.  Separately, beautiful and perfectly practical.  Together, amazing!

This card, inspired by Amanda Mertz, was one of the quick cards offered at the All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack last month.  I have sent this card many times since then!  The strip of Glimmer Paper adds the perfect little sparkle.

It’s easy to overlook Suite Sentiments, the last new product in the Occasions Catalog (page 54).  But don’t!  The picture at the bottom of that page explains the concept of the set:  there are phrases that coordinate with every suite in the OC!  So although the Falling in Love Suite (page 50-52) has very nice sentiments, the two offered in Suite Sentiments give you more stamping power for the money!  I’m particularly happy to have the Easter greeting and the one shown on the card above.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope your day is special — or that you make it so for someone else!

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Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit

What’s better than giving a handmade card?  Having a tin of handmade cards ready to give!  Make a stack of all-purpose cards using pre-cut, color-coordinated paper and accessories, then store them in a pretty tin until you need them.  (And how fabulous would this tin of cards be as a gift for someone special?)

The Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit makes 16 standard-size cards (four of four designs) that come together quickly with printed die-cut images, pre-cut Designer Series Paper and vellum, tags, washi tape, and assorted embellishments. Envelopes are included, and dividers in the striped tin keep your recipient organized.

You’ll need stamps for sentiments and accents, which are offered in the Designer Tin of Cards stamp set (wonderful on its own, too!), and coordinating ink (Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Tip Top Taupe).  Don’t overlook your FREE Sale-A-Bration item when you purchase the Designer Tin of Cards stamp set and Project Kit!

See for yourself how easy creativity can be in the Stampin’ Up! corporate video!

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Hello, Love!

This week we’ve been working on valentines for the Kindergarten class.  It’s slow-going with a 6-yo who is more interested in playing “campsite,” the continuing game of constructing a series of walls from broken-down Stampin’ Up! boxes.  This picture is from two years ago, but the play continues.  There is always cooking to be done (on an overturned laundry basket); yesterday it was wolf sausage.  I didn’t ask for details.

As far as the stamping, well, he felt we needed ten different stamp sets to complete the 22 valentines.  “This is a very lovely flower,” he said, and I had to turn my head and choke back the laugh.  We’ll see if we can finish the project today.

This is another camp card from January, CASEd from the wonderful Dawn Olchefske.  Stampers were in love with those tiny envelopes!  Just a quarter sheet from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack is all it takes, but because we used so much of it last month, I think this is the first time I’ll use every single piece of it I have!  Really excellent designs.

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Iris Twist Valentine

During my January clean-up of the studio, I found a template for the iris fold technique.  I actually had the template saved on my computer and modified it to fit  one of the Layering Squares dies.  Here’s what I came up with:

Literally, this is not Iris Folding, because those strips of patterned paper were not folded lengthwise, as in the original technique.  I find that folding makes the panel too bulky for a card front, so instead I simply used 1/2″ strips.  The effect is similar.

This is a technique that seems complicated until you see it done.  It’s actually easy and quick!  Here is the original SplitCoastStampers tutorial.  The one rule to remember:  do not adhere anything to the template.

I have uploaded the re-sized template here.  Print it out on plain copier paper — you’ll get four templates on one sheet.  You really only need one template; it will last forever (see the one rule, above).

Note that on the camp card above, the entire white panel is raised with Stampin’ Dimensionals, as is the little heart in the center of the square.

Wondering what to do with all those DSP scraps?  This is the card for you!

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Lift Me Up, Love!

When I heard Stampin’ Up!’s list of most popular bundles in the 2017 Occasions Catalog, I was surprised Lift Me Up wasn’t one of them.  (Or did I miss it?)  When we got to play with this in November, I was immediately smitten with the detailed hot air balloon die, along with the dies for the stripes.  My first creation was the example in the catalog, with that beautiful ombré from Watermelon Wonder to white.

We made this simpler version in camp last month, but it’s still a WOW in my book!  We cut the balloon using a piece of waxed paper between the cardstock and die on the Precision Base Plate.  There’s just something about cutting waxed paper from a roll that tries my patience, so I experimented with some pre-cut squares from Amazon.  Flat, convenient, and perfect!  I cut the square in half for this die, so this box of 250 sheets should last me a long time!

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Registration for Inkspiration Saturday closes Friday!

Inkspiration Saturday badgeRegistration for 2017 Spring Inkspiration Saturday — my 23rd all-day stamping event! — will close Friday, February 10 (or earlier if capacity is reached).

InkSat will be held Saturday, March 4, in DeKalb at 1st Congregational Church.  The day begins with a cash-and-carry sale of retired product, then continues with lots and lots of stamping — interrupted by a delicious lunch, swapping, and door prize drawings.  It’s a wonderful day!

The projects are designed, work has started on the swag bag, and supplies will begin arriving in a few days.

Will you be there?  You can find more information here.  Print out the flyer and mail in your registration, or scroll to the bottom of that page to register online via PayPal.  See you next month!

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Stamp Review Crew: Sunshine Sayings

Now this is bright and cheery — just like this set!  Welcome to this first-Monday edition of the Stamp Review Crew’s twice-monthly blog hop, this time featuring Sunshine Sayings.  It’s not easy creating with a set that’s mostly words, but I know the Crew is up to it!  In fact, you were probably impressed with the project Bruno Bertucci created — and don’t forget that you can see a list of all the participating blogs if you click on the banner, above.

So, what to do, what to do.  Well, I stamped and cut out a couple dozen flowers from this set.  Then I punched small circles from Whisper White and, after adhering them, covered them with one (maybe two) coatings from the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Wish this shine showed up!  First, this card:

That’s a piece of vellum run through the Big Shot with the Large Polka Dot folder, adhered to a Basic Gray card base.

My ultimate goal with all the flowers was a framed piece for our main bathroom, which is decorated in grays and yellows.  Using So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, and Delightful Dijon flowers, I agonized over the spacing until I came up with this ombré sunshine (sorry about the wonky angle):

The 8″ x 8″ background on this is Smoky Slate.  It belongs behind glass, but this frame is not a shadow box, so that is on my shopping list.

And on you go to enjoy more sunshine with Tanya at Tinkerin’ in Ink!  Enjoy!

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