Floral heart

I can’t overstate how much I love coloring with the Stampin’ Up! Blends.  These alcohol markers are so smooth and the colors so beautiful — well, it’s hard to put them down!

The image on this January camp card (planning ahead!) is an example of my obsession with the Stampin’ Blends.

Stampin' Up! Heart Happiness #145769

I used a pretty spring palette for this heart.  Thanks, Stampin’ Up!, for sizing this image to be cut out perfectly with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits!

You might be surprised to see the Petal Pair folder used on the vellum heart; the folder is too narrow, so we just flipped the heart and repeated the embossing on the other half.  It’s such a pretty design, I couldn’t resist using it here even though most of the embossing is hidden.

Here’s how to make this card:

  1. At Big Shot with standard platform, emboss one-half of pre-cut Vellum heart with Petal Pair folder; repeat on other half.
  2. On Thick Whisper White scrap, stamp Floral Heart in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Using only the blunt (small) end of the marker, color image with Stampin’ Blends.
  3. At Big Shot with Magnetic Platform, cut heart image with Heart die. Flat adhere to Vellum heart.
  4. At Big Shot with Magnetic Platform, die cut Filigree Border from Calypso Coral scrap. Cut in half. At each end, adhere border to middle of 5¼” x 4″ Whisper White panel with Glue Dots. In middle, adhere with regular tape (ends won’t meet).
  5. Adhere ribbon across panel (in center) and ends on back with regular tape. Adhere heart to center of panel with Dimensionals.
  6. On inside of Thick Whisper White card, stamp Single Flower in Memento Tuxedo Black in and color image with Stampin’ Blends.
  7. Flat adhere Whisper White panel to card front.

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Panda window

I’m not sure why, but not every stamper is in love with the Party Pandas in this year’s Sale-A-Bration offerings. Even so, it’s the most popular freebie that has been chosen to date.

I used it for two camp cards in January — the first one here:

The trick to the window is to adhere the square panel of DSP to the card front first, then die cut the smaller heart. Create a frame by cutting the small heart from a scrap of black card stock, then cutting the larger heart around it.

I think this card would be great for a kid, for a birthday or Valentine’s Day (and there’s already an envelope addressed and standing by for the #1 kid in my life). I stamped I Just Love You, from Petal Palette, inside.

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Stamp Review Crew: Sale-A-Bration Bonus

Welcome to this “exceptional” edition of the Stamp Review Crew’s twice-monthly blog hop.  Normally we gather on the first and third Monday of each month to show off one stamp set.  But on this 5th Monday of the month, we’re sneaking in a bonus hop featuring the free-with-qualifying-purchase products of the 2018 Sale-A-Bration catalog.

There are 17 bloggers participating in this hop, and you may have arrived here from Tiddbits from Dawn (no doubt with a huge smile on your face!).  Remember to click the banner above for a complete list of blogs for this hop; all SRC hops are accessible at any time by visiting the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Like many others, I was transfixed when Stampin’ Up! demonstrated Heartfelt Blooms at OnStage in Salt Lake City last November.  The patent pending Distinktive design of this floral stamp is very unique; this kind of stamp, to quote the brochure, “lays down the ink at different opacities giving the finished image more depth” — something you really need to experience for yourself!

Stampin’ Up! suggests applying the ink lightly, but that can be a challenge if your ink pad is particularly “juicy.”  I was very successful using a rubber brayer, like SU! used to sell, to apply an even layer of ink.  Moreover, I made 20 of these images using my Stamparatus for an upcoming swap, and each one was perfectly positioned and stunning, if I may say so!

I hope you can see the shimmer on this card in the sequins, the ribbon and the Wink of Stella on the die cut.  Oh yes — the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies are another free Sale-A-Bration offering!  Unlike other items, these dies are not exclusive to SAB; you will see them in the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  But they will not be free!  They were tops on my list and have not disappointed.

You’ll find the ingredients for this card at the end of the post.  Now on you go over to Heidi’s blog, RunningwScissorsStamper.  I know you’ll love what she has to show you!

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We are live in …

OK, stamping friends, I’m gearing up for my first-ever Facebook Live video on my Heartfelt Inkspiration FB page.  It’s scheduled for Monday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m. CT.  I’m sorry you will miss Wheel of Fortune if you join me live — but the video will be available later “on demand” (you’ll see it listed in the Videos section).

If you read my newsletter this week, you know my topic will be a technique I have shown hundreds of times over my Stampin’ Up! career.  Can you guess?  Tell me what you think the technique is via text (815-751-7243), email, or a comment on Saturday’s post on the Heartfelt Inkspiration blog.  The deadline for submitting your one-and-only guess is Sunday, January 28, at noon (CT).  The prize for all winning guesses is a spool of the fabulous Silver Baker’s Twine from the 2018 Occasions Catalog.

Good luck — and I’ll see you Monday evening!

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Sure do love you!

145583 Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & EnvelopsAt my Big & Little Camp tomorrow morning, we’ll be making the most adorable set of Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes and an equally adorable box to hold them.  These little notes are perfect for teachers (that’s where mine are going!) and lunch boxes.  Who doesn’t need a note of encouragement or affection?  To make your note even sweeter, include a gift card or coupon!  Note:  Although you cannot mail these in the US, they will fit into another envelope easily.

I’ll share the B&L project next week, but meanwhile, see more about this product and the Painted With Love suite here:

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Every single day

I thought I already had a valentine for my sweetheart, but when I designed my January camp projects, I couldn’t resist using the same “brushed embossing” technique on this card:

I love this sentiment from Sure Do Love You, but stampers had the option of using the distressed, solid heart stamp for the center (stamped in Cherry Cobbler) if they wished.  That version was equally beautiful, I think.

The key to this brushed embossing — VersaMark applied with a Stampin’ Sponge — is to use a very, very light hand so that it hits primarily the high spots of the embossed card stock.  If, after applying the embossing powder, you see you have too much, just brush off the excess powder (before heating it, of course!).  It’s a technique worth perfecting!

Here’s how to make this card:

  • At Big Shot with standard platform, emboss 4″ x 5¼” Soft Suede panel with Sweetheart folder.
  • Using a very light hand and back-and-forth brushing motion, apply a bit of VersaMark ink to the raised portions of the embossed panel. Immediately heat emboss with Copper powder. Flat adhere to Thick Very Vanilla card base.
  • On 2¾” x 3⅝” Crumb Cake panel, stamp Open Heart in VersaMark ink; immediately heat emboss with Copper powder.
  • On Very Vanilla scrap, stamp Valentine Verse in Cherry Cobbler ink. (Alternately, use Solid Heart.) At Big Shot with Magnetic Platform, cut out image. Adhere to Crumb Cake panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Adhere Crumb Cake panel to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Last day to register for the All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack

Today’s the last day to register for next weekend’s All-Occasions 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, February 2 — 1:00-5:00 p.m. (come any time)
Session 2: Friday, February 2 — 6:30-9:30 p.m. (come any time)
Session 3: Saturday, February 3 — 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, January 24. 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 (February) Registration


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Not brilliant, just practical

I’m pretty sure the people who package Thinlits and Framelits are the same ones who fold and package fitted bed sheets.  Are you with me?

I finally had enough of figuring out how to put my dies back in the package and hit on this simple solution:

Before I remove the first die from the package, no matter how crazy I am to start cutting, I photocopy the sheet holding the dies.  Then, perhaps, I’ll create a lightweight magnetic board to use instead of that cursed sticky tape and clean the stickiness off the dies with Goo-Gone.

This photocopy slips behind the magnetic board.  Now not only can I get all the dies to fit as they were originally, I can more easily see if I have them all back in the package when I am done.

Not brilliant, just practical.

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Still time to sparkle

I designed this card months ago, but it wasn’t really practical for camp.  I kept it on my mag board, waiting for a winter birthday!

Right now we are in a bit of a mild period, but I have no doubt that frosty and snowy weather is still ahead.

This is a simple card to make, with the snowflake cut from Silver Foil, then the small square from Stitched Shapes Framelits cut around the die-cut negative.  The snowflake is turned  and popped up with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional.  A small circle punched from Glimmer paper adds another layer of sparkle, as does that beautiful ribbon.

Good news:  The Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits dies are still available!  You will love the beautiful border in this set.

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1/4" Circle Handheld Punch

1/4″ Circle Handheld Punch

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Not the whole nine yards

Just because you could use lots of product on a card doesn’t mean you have to!  When I send out thank you cards, I need to make a bunch in a hurry, like this one:

I love the Waterfront set in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog — so much that it is the featured set at March’s Inkspiration Saturday event!  (Registration is open now!)

Now, there are 16 photopolymer stamps in this set.  This note card uses just two of them.

I hope you get the idea that with a relatively short list of supplies, you can still create something beautiful.  Here’s why this card works:

  1. A strip of ribbon provides texture.
  2. The circle shape is contrasted by the linear elements (ribbon, trees, sentiment).
  3. The pierced “stitching” around the circle echoes the weave of the ribbon.
  4. The layout implies a triangle — do you see it? — which is always pleasing to the eye.

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Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker

Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker

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