I Know It’s Not Christmas but Check Out This Glass Glitter!

Yes, I know it isn’t Christmastime and I can’t even claim Christmas in July, but I recently ran across this holiday card I made last winter and I JUST HAD to share it with you!

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See, I first heard about glass glitter at the Stampin’ Up! convention last summer.  They talked about how it would tarnish and give you this antique feel.  I couldn’t really grasp what they were talking about but I nodded my head and went along with it.  Fast forward to last December – I was trying to come up with a card for one of my card nights and I thought it would be fun to play with this “no-tie” ribbon technique and after stamping the snowman on the white cardstock, I added glass glitter to the Bashful Blue cardstock base and then said “Eww!”.  So I set the pieces aside on a shelf and promptly forgot about them. 🙂

Fast forward again to a couple weeks ago, and I rediscovered the cardbase with glitter and it looked so different!  Of course now I thought it was cool, so I added some Poppy Parade and Peach Parfait cardstock as mats behind my snowman and colored him in with markers and it was a whole different card.

To help you see what I mean… here is a picture showing what the Silver Glass Glitter looks like out of the jar next to what it looks like after a few months sitting on a shelf on a card:

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And here is a close up of the tarnished silver glitter:

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Cool, huh? I’m now going to have to experiment with the different colors because now with the Occasions mini you can get 3 different colors of Glass Glitter:

Baja Breeze

Silver

Champagne

Baja Breeze Glass Glitter - by Stampin' Up! Silver Glass Glitter - by Stampin' Up! Champagne Glass Glitter - by Stampin' Up!

So I hope this was useful for you… it was a fun accidental experiment for me. Smile I’d love to hear what you think about the Glass Glitter.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about how it tarnishes.

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Mother’s Day Card with Presto Patterns

If you got my April newsletter recently, you may recognize part of this card!  I wanted to show some of the fun things you can do with Presto Patterns specialty paper.  See, many people either don’t realize what it is (because in the catalog it shows up as white with brown lines to show the design) or you saw the paper but couldn’t imagine what you would want with white paper with white embossing.  So, for those of you who haven’t seen it, this is what the paper looks like:

But you add a bit of sponging, even using multiple colors and you can turn those plain designs into super pretty pieces for your cards!  I used one piece on the card below to show you what I mean:

I also had to play with the folded ribbon.  I LOVE seam binding ribbon…have I said that before? Smile  So, I recently got the Crumb Cake color and decided to play with it in this card.  To make my rolls, I used the Snail adhesive and put a little bit down on one side of the ribbon and then folded the ribbon over to make the rounded part.  Then I kept using the Snail on the front of the ribbon so I could fold the ribbon back on itself and so on.  Yeah, I know, that was a terrible explanation.  If anyone is interested in how I did it, let me know and I can take pictures or something to show you better.  Anyway I had to finish it off with one of the rose adornments and a pearl.  Perfect for mom!

I wanted a sentiment but you can’t stamp directly on the Presto Patterns paper very well (because the ink won’t stick to the embossed pattern) and I didn’t really want a punch out to distract from the pattern, so I stamped on some cardstock vellum and adhered to the front of the card so the pattern could show through.

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Happy Mother’s Day Presto Patterns Recipe
Stamps:
  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Blush Blossom
Paper:  Presto Patterns specialty paper, Botanical Gazette designer paper, Old Olive cardstock, Cardstock Vellum
Accessories:  Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, yellow sponge, adhesive Pearls, Vintage Flower adornments, Snail

Easter Bunny Punch Art Card

I finally participated in a sketch challenge, only to realize that I totally missed the deadline. :)  Oh, well.  I still LOVE my card I made.  I was so excited to be able to come up with a fun Easter card even though I had pretty much no Easter stamp sets.  What do you think?  Isn’t this bunny adorable?!

I made this card with my son in mind and had fun pulling papers, stamps, and punches to create an easy yet super fun Easter bunny card.  I had seen different cards out there using the Nursery Suite specialty designer paper for Easter because it has a couple patterns with bunnies on them. Let me tell you, that was one of those smacks to the forehead kind of moments! I was so fixated on this paper being “baby” paper that I didn’t even think about how it is so fabulous for so many other projects.  Just you watch, I’ll be pulling it out a lot more in the future.

Then I saw this punch art bunny on Jan Tink’s blog and knew I just HAD to make one myself!  So, I combined the paper, this bunny, and the Stamping 411 sketch from last week to make it.  So fun!

The bunny is made by punching 3 small ovals (one for the feet and two for the ears), one 1-1/4” circle for the body, one 1” circle for the head, and one small flower punch from the Punch Pack for the tail.

The ribbon is just a piece of Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon (have I told you how much the seam binding ribbon rocks?) that I folded in half and then knotted.

Make your own Easter bunny!  Get the supplies you need from the online store here, or grab the paper and punches you have and play around!  Have fun!

Don’t forget!  TODAY is the last day of my Tax-Free weekend! 
Check it out here.

Happy Easter Recipe
Stamps: 
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Dot Dot Dot
Ink:  Crumb Cake classic
Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock, Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Early Espresso cardstock, Nursery Suite dsp
Accessories:  1 1/4” circle punch, 1” circle punch, Small Oval punch, Punch Pack, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

It’s a Tax-Free Weekend & Announcing Customer Rewards!

Its April 15th…do you know where your tax paperwork is?  Smile 

Unfortunately, I do, its sitting on my computer waiting to be finished as I race to the deadline to get everything done.  Hopefully you are sitting back and relaxing and maybe even waiting for your refund check.  I know taxes are no fun, which is why I decided to declare this a Tax-Free Weekend!

Celebrate making it through another year and enjoy those goodies you’ve been eyeing; all while avoiding the taxman in a way that won’t get you in trouble next year!

From April 15 to April 17th, email or call me with your order and the promo code “Tax-Free” and I’ll cover the taxes for you!  Unfortunately, I don’t have a way of offering this through online orders, so please email or call to make sure you get the deal!

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Announcing my new Customer Rewards program!

I am so excited to be finally announcing this new program.  I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I really appreciate my customers.  Not just for their orders, but for the enthusiasm, ideas, and inspiration they provide me.  It makes it all so fun!

So to say thank you, I’ve started a rewards program just for you. 

Here is how it works:

  • With any purchase through me (online, workshop, email, over the phone, etc), receive 1 butterfly punch on your card for every increment of $40 in merchandise on any given order.
    (so $41 = 1 punch, $79 = 1 punch, $82 = 2 punches, etc)
  • Collect 10 butterfly punches and then contact me to select your free stamp set.
  • I will verify your punches and get your stamp set sent out to you right away.
  • Choose from ANY stamp set of ANY price from ANY current catalog for your free set.
  • I cover shipping and tax to get the set to you… this really is a free stamp!
  • Punches are valid 1 year from the associated order date.

This program starts April 1, 2011 (I’m a bit slow in publishing so if you ordered from me earlier this month and it meets the above criteria, you already have a punch!)  So, enjoy your shopping and earning you way to more free goodies as my Thank You to you!

Click here to get your punch card

Check back later this weekend as I have some fun new projects I can’t wait to share with you! Smile

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Check Out These Adorable New Digital Downloads!

So, I don’t always post on my blog when Stampin’ Up! releases new digital content.  That was because I saw that they are constantly add new content and often it is a digital version of some physical stamp, paper, or embellishment available out of the main catalog.  I’ll post when there is something totally new (like when they added Journals and new styles of Calendars) but it wasn’t until last night that I realized that sometimes we get something totally new and completely exclusive to digital content!

Yesterday, Stampin’ Up! added some new digital stamps, papers, and digital kits.  I was checking them out when I saw the name “Sunset Serenade”.  Huh?  I hadn’t heard of that before.  Well, turns out it is super cute, digital only content!  Here is a sample of the paper in the digital kit that is now available:

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view all of the paper patterns in the online store here

Plus, there is a matching digital stamp brush set:

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I’m seriously in love with the paper!  I will probably have to download it so I can make projects with it, or just print out my own sheets of the paper to use in my physical projects.  What do you think of these new downloads? 

To see all the digital items added yesterday, click here for a PDF.

Want to see the catalog of all digital items? Check out the link in the right sidebar of my blog.  I keep that widget updated each month as they update the catalog with the latest content.

Let me know what you think of the recent digital downloads and MDS in general.  I’m curious if people are liking using My Digital Studio for your own projects.

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Playing with the Petal Cone Big Shot Die

Every catalog since Stampin’ Up! started offering the Big Shot, they have offered new dies in all kinds of shapes and sizes.  This time around, the Occasion Mini catalog offered the Petal Cone Bigz die.  My mom ended up getting it and so I had to play with it myself.   

The die itself actually punches out two sides of the cone (with attached half circle flaps), one half-scallop circle, and a banner like strip.  So, I decided to experiment.  I created the cone out of your basic Melon Mambo cardstock and then decided to use the Love Letter designer series paper for the half-scallop circles, which I attached underneath the flaps. 

Tip – if you are going to use the scallop circles under the flaps, you will want to trim the last scallop or two off each side.  Otherwise your flaps will not lie flat as the scallops get in each others way.

I wrapped some Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon around the rim of the cone and then added some pearls for an extra fun touch.  Finally, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with the banner, so I took two of them and glued them together to make the strap for the cone!  Since I didn’t want a seam to show, I cut out a couple flowers and added them to the strap for a pretty way to finish it off.

So, this was a start but I’ve seen a lot of other cute projects with this die including baskets (made by folding in the pointed ends of the cone before you glue them together) and carrots for holding Easter candy! 

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For All You Do Digital Card

I ordered My Digital Studio way back when it first came out; see, I was all excited about it after seeing what it could do at Convention and then they went and offered a special promotion for Convention attendees (got to love a deal!).  After I got it home, I found I’ve been using it more for non-traditional purposes like creating my blog header, gift certificates, my watermark for my photos, printing out stamp images for sets I don’t have so I can use them in my paper projects, etc.  Its actually pretty cool the fun things you can do with MDS.

Anyway, Stampin’ Up! did a design contest a little while back and I managed to miss the deadline by 15 minutes but still submitted anyway.  Of course I didn’t win, but I still really like some of the more traditional items I created for it.  And today I thought I’d share one of them.

For All You Do Digital Card

I was playing with opacity of cardstock and drop shadows to try to get the effect of having Vellum in my digital project.  I actually really like how this card turned out and think I may have to CASE it and make it into a physical card as well!

If you haven’t seen all the cool current and retired products that are now available in digital form, check out this catalog to see the many fun items you can play with in MDS or really any software that can accept an image file.  View the My Digital Studio Catty.

Have MDS questions?  Shoot me an email and I’ll get them answered!

 

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Birthday Card Kit and Organizer

Can I share with you this project that we are making in my Birthday Card Kit and Organizer class this weekend?  Isn’t it such a fun and cheery birthday collection?

I had so much fun when I made this sample and I loved all the fun but simple ideas that we use on the different cards.  What you are seeing above is a fun desktop organizer with two storage compartments.  The front compartment is perfect for holding gift tags and 3×3 cards.  The top compartment is exactly right for holding standard sized cards and envelopes.  There is even a special spot for storing a coordinating pen!

All of the pieces of this project use the fun Create a Cupcake stamp set and the Build a Cupcake punch.  In the class we’ll be making the box, the matching pen, 2 full sized cards (with envelopes), 4 3×3 cards (with envelopes), and 4 gift tags using this punch set, some of the chunky glitter, ribbon, and some extra punches.  I’m so looking forward to it because even though I know it is a lot, I know folks will enjoy and love having so many items ready for last minute birthday gifts and parties.

If you are in the Bay Area and would like to come join us on Sunday afternoon for this class, let me know and I’d love to add you to the rsvp list!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com.

But, I know many of you are from all over the country and even around the world and I thought you might like to make one of these projects yourself.  So, I’m creating kits for you as well! These class kits include:

  • All the cardstock and designer paper precut and scored for the cards, pen, and box
  • Punched out pieces to complete all of the projects
  • Ribbon and fibers required for the projects
  • 2 standard sized envelopes and 4 small square envelopes
  • A pen ready for customizing
  • Instruction sheets for all included projects (so you can make them over and over and over again)
  • Shipping is included
  • All for only $25 shipped!  And let me tell you, you will be getting lots of pieces for these fun projects

 

You just need some adhesive, glitter, and stamps as desired.  Due to Stampin’ Up! policy, I can’t prestamp any images for you but to help you out with that, if you get the kit and contact me to order any of the items not included in the kit, I will give you 10% off those items!  So, for example, you could get the stamp set and/or the chunky glitter at a discount!  I loved working on this project and I hope you do too!

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Clean and Simple Scrapbook Layout

I will admit, I spend most of my crafting time making cards.  They are practical…they are fun…they don’t take too much time if I’m in a rush.  But that said, I have a ton of pictures that I take and keep that I want to scrapbook.  So, I’ve started trying to make an effort to catch up on my scrapbooking backlog.  This is a page I completed recently and I love how it turned out.

If you can’t tell from the picture, my son is pushing the sand out of the play tube and onto the ground.  Just keeping it clean. 🙂

So, I used the “vintage-y” paper Love Letter and when I first saw this paper when it came out I thought I would never use it but turns out it works great even for non-Valentines, non-girly pages.  Yay!  I also made the red embellishment on the bottom right by just layering two punchouts using the decorative label punch (layer so that they are perpendicular to each other).  I think it turned out pretty cool and kind of different.

What do you think, do you think the paper works for a layout like this?

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Keeping It Clean Scrapbook Page:
Ink: 
Chocolate Chip (for sponging of the label)
Paper:  Love Letter designer paper, Chocolate Chip cardstock, Sahara Sand textured cardstock, Riding Hood Red cardstock
Accessories:  BigShot die cutting machine, Billboard alphabet die cuts, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon (retired), Decorative Label punch, Large oval punch, Wide oval punch, silver brads

Dress Card using Designer Fabrics

I saw a project someone made at convention last year that created the dress part of this card using cardstock and a paper napkin.  Then, when I was looking for ideas for using the Stampin’ Up! designer fabrics, I ran across some cards that used the dress and put it onto a standard card base.  Cute, right? 

I originally found instructions from Lorraine Castellon-Rowe’s blog and then started playing with the fabrics and papers I had around.  Because I wanted to use the swirly pattern from the Deck The Halls fabric set, I decided to use my swirly pattern Texturz Plates for my BigShot to emboss the background piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. 

To make the dress bodice, I used a series of punches:

Dress Card Punch Art Step 1 1.  Punch a circle using the 2 1/2” Circle Punch for the base of the bodice
Dress Card Punch Art Step 2 2. Punch out the waistline of your dress using the 1 3/4” Circle Punch.  If you want to be very precise, you can take the cut out from the first side and trace that curve on the opposite side.  Then use the pencil line as your guide when lining up the punch.
Dress Card Punch Art Step 3 3.  Punch the neckline using the 3/4” Circle punch

Then embellish as you like.  I used the adhesive pearls and added some ribbon to the waistline but you could get creative with gems, buttons, embossing, or whatever sounds fun to you.  The skirt was just run through the BigShot using the Scallop Square die though I think for future cards like this, I would probably use the new Scallop Square Duo die.  And then adhere to the back of your bodice.

It’s a fun card and one you could make in so many variations to be a perfect match for the recipient of the card. I hope you enjoy this project!

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Just For You Dress Card Recipe:
Stamps: 
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Riding Hood Red cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock
Accessories:  BigShot, Scallop Square Bigz die, Backgrounds 1 Texturz plates, 2 1/2” Circle punch, 1 3/4” Circle punch, 3/4” Circle punch, Adhesive Pearls, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Small Oval punch, Deck the Halls designer fabric