Get ready for bear arms (part 2)

Thanks for returning to see my little tutorial on how to create the bear-holding-heart effect!  Here’s the original stamped and cut image.  Note how the arms are out and curved upward.  Hi, buddy!

Now we’re going to do a little surgery:  cut his arms off, maintaining the body line if you can.

Now we’ll swap the left and right arms so that the paws point inward.  Trim the cut ends of each arm so that the angle is pretty much parallel to the claws, and curve the cut like this left arm, below.

Flat adhere the arms to the object the bear is holding, taking care to note the eventual placement of the “shoulders” and “elbows,” and attach the arms/heart unit to the body with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Again, here’s the finished product.

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Get ready for bear arms (part 1)

Haha!  I know you think this is a get-ready-for-spring fitness post and I’ve made an embarrassing grammar slip.  In truth, it’s about this card for the Kindergartner, which I snuck into his locker last week for a Valentine’s Day morning surprise:

I thought about other post titles (The right to bear arms, How to bear arms), but they seemed too provocative and I don’t want to make myself a target unnecessarily.

I didn’t intend to go patriotic with his valentine, but his favorite color is Pacific Point, and I happened to have this scrap of Watermelon in the box, and this is the result.  He noticed that I used a heart left over from our valentine making extravaganza.

A few weeks ago I showed you another bear holding a heart.  That was my first experiment with altering the arms so they appeared to be holding something, instead of stretched out from its body.  I’ve seen a technique of stamping the back side of each arm, then curling them forward, but my way is simpler and gives the same effect, I think.

But you’ll have to come back tomorrow for the pictures and instructions!

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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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