The new Stampin’ Up! catalog is just weeks away. In it they are going to offer almost all the stamps in both wood and clear mount, so I thought it would be a good idea to review the difference between the two. So today I am featuring an oldie-but-goodie stamping video: How to Use Rubber Stamps, Part 1. It also covers how to mount your rubber stamps.
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A quick and easy idea for making birthday cards is the embedded embossing technique. Adhere some designer paper to your card front and then run it through the Big Shot Sizzix die cutting machine with a textured impressions embossing folder. It can make for a pretty impressive and dramatic look, but couldn’t be simpler. Here I used the Patio Party Designer Paper (from the upcoming 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! catalog) for lots of bold color.
Stampin’ Up! Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners (126257 – sneak peek from the upcoming catalog)
Card stock/Designer Paper: Patio Party (126916 – sneak peek from the upcoming catalog), Whisper White (100730)
Stampin’ Up! Ink: Riding Hood Red (111836)
Other: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (117335), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Paper Cutter (104152), Paper Snips (103579)
The new catalog begins June 1st! Contact me now to schedule your show where you & your friends can learn other ideas and techniques for making birthday cards!
When my son was younger we used to carry around a small gratitude homemade journal. In it we would write things that made us happy as we thought of them. We also asked those around us — family, friends, waitresses, sales clerks, teachers, etc. — to write in it things that made them happy. I’m sorry to say we only did it for a few months, but it still brings a big smile to my face every time I read through it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my craft organizing. One thing I use to organize the newer style of Stampin’ Up! punches is a box the size of a photo box. I got these from Ikea years ago, and they’re pretty sturdy. I set the box vertical to hold the punches. I set the boxes horizontal (tall way up) to hold my sets of clear rubber stamps. I really like this solution for both my punches and my clear stamps because it contains them, but I can still see at a glance what I have and grab what I want.
I’m forever coming up with thank you card ideas because I go through so many of them. And who doesn’t like receiving a handmade card as a thank you?
This bright & cheery card features the Flower Fancy (111578) stamp set, which is on the retiring stamp listand is available until May 31st. It’s a two-step set, which makes adding color quick and easy. I really like the watercolor look of it. You don’t have to worry about staying in the lines… love that!
I used Melon Mambo and Basic Black card stock and ink, along with some Whisper White card stock and Old Olive ink. The greeting came from the Faith in Nature hostess set (w-122490/c-122492), also retiring.
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These days, who couldn’t? If your household could use an extra income stream and you have a true desire to build a successful business through consistent effort, then Stampin’ Up! just might be what you’re looking for!
They’ve made it easier than ever to start your business by lowering the price of the Starter Kit to just $99. And with the fully-customizable kit there’s no worry about getting something you won’t use or already have. You can choose up to $125 worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products: stamps, accessories, tools, digital downloads, and more! Each kit will also include a business supplies pack valued at $65. And you pay no shipping!
Top 3 Reasons to Start a Stampin’ Up! Business
Bring home extra cash! Pay off that Visa bill, get a new car, save for college or a special family vacation.
Never worry about losing your job! Since you are your own boss, you can never be laid off.
Love your job! Don’t keep going to a job you hate (or just put up with). You really can love what you do.
Have I mentioned I love the Mocha Morning (122366) specialty designer paper and the Petite Purse Bigz L Die (125606)? I decided to combine the two and came up with this adorable dressy purse for a night on the town! Give it along with the card I showcased a couple of days ago, and the person receiving it will be wowed, indeed! These little gems are so quick & easy and so much fun to make!
Today is the last day you can order the Petite Purse die (but it will be back June 1st). The Mocha Morning Specialty paper is retiring the end of May, however, and is only available while supplies last. So if you want it you’d better get it soon!
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It seems I never have a handmade condolence card when I need one. I suppose I like to keep my stamping focused on happy thoughts… who doesn’t? However, many times your handmade cards can be converted to condolence cards just by changing the greeting.
This card was inspired by one I saw on Stampin’ Connection, a website where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators share ideas and projects with each other. One of the perks of being a demo!
This card features the sumptuous velvet embossed sheets included in the Mocha Morning Designer Paper. I love texture on my projects and your recipients will, too! Pair it up with the luxurious Basic Black Satin Ribbon, and you’ve got the beginnings of a very elegant card! The greeting is from Sincere Salutations, one of my favorite greeting sets. Everything I used to make this card except the card stock, ink, and punches are being retired the end of May.
Stampin’ Up! stamps: Sincere Salutations (115068), French Filigree (113742)
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As some of you know, I am a certified raw food chef. That’s not to say I’m always — or lately even sometimes — good about what I’m eating, but I am trying to get back to where I should be.
I recently made some spicy raw kale chips, and they were awesome! Think of spicy chips, only good for you! It was about 2 large bunches of kale, and I ate it all in about 2 days… I couldn’t stop! What a way to get your greens! I took some pictures of the kale chips and also some raw chocolate Nirvana I made (it’s to die for!) for the digital recipe book of my favorite raw recipes.
Speaking of raw food, recently a friend of mine was curious about it, so we tried out a new raw food restaurant called AmeRAWcan Bistro at 745 Saint Helens Avenue in Tacoma, WA. If you live in the area I encourage you to give it a try, it is amazing! They have a four-course taster that you can customize and includes an appetizer, soup or salad, an entree, and a dessert, all for about $20. Share it with a friend, because it is a lot of food!
Anyway, you can download a free 30-day trial version of My Digital Studio Express. If you download it from me you will receive my free My Digital Studio video training series (after downloading the trial you will receive an e-mail from me with a link to receive the free video training series).
My mom passed away a few years ago, but I still make her birthday cards and Mothers Day cards and I take them to her when I visit. I miss her.
This Mothers Day card idea uses theBright Blossoms stamp set (w-125495/c-125497) and the Summer Smooches Fabric Designer Brads (125589). These are items you can buy before the new catalog comes out, but only until the end of April. After that you’ll be able to purchase the stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog when it comes out in June, but you won’t be able to buy the brads at all, so get ’em while you can!
The greeting I used is from Word Play (w-120308/c-120651).
Card Stock: Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White
Stampin’ Up! Inks: Tempting Turquoise and Lucky Limeade