Last Chance for the Patio Party Sign Up Promotion

I just wanted to give a quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the Patio Party “Have Your Cake” promotion when you sign up with Stampin’ Up!

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So, not only do you get to build your own starter kit – so $125 worth of your choice of product for only $99 – but you’ll get the Make a Cake stamp set, Patio Party designer series paper, and the Patio Party digital collection DVD free too!

Oh and the Holiday “mini” (the new seasonal catalogs are 8 1/2” x 11” so they aren’t so mini anymore) preorder starts in July…so you can get in on that too!

To learn more about the Stampin’ Up! opportunitiy or this promotion, check this out – http://nwstamper.stampinup.net/jointhefun
or shoot me an email at jennifer@nwstamper.com and we can chat and answer all your questions!

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Birds of a Feather Thank You

Every year there is a pack of designer paper that I completely overlook until I get the paper in for my new catalog DSP paper share.  Then, as I pull out the sheets to cut it down to 6×6 pieces, I discover some hidden gem.  This year, Birds of a Feather is that paper pack!

So, I wanted to make some thank you cards for folks who ordered at a recent workshop, and so I pulled out this paper and started playing around.

 

And since I was so torn on which pattern of the paper I liked more for this card, I had to make a second version with a different pattern from the same pack.

 

I don’t know if it is the colors or the “cute” feel from these designs, but I’m totally digging this paper set!

 

Did you know? You can see a big picture of each pattern in a pattern pack online?  It took me a while to realize that even though the information page looks like this with tiny strips of samples from the pattern, you can still get to bigger pictures.  So start out on the product page like this:

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If you click the “More Images” link under the picture, you can flip through bigger pictures of each of the patterns!

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 I know it took me a while to figure that out so hopefully that helps someone else!

 

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Getting Back to Watercolor Crayons

When I was asked recently to put together a card using Watercolor Crayons, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go; but I decided I was up for the challenge.  The person really liked a card by Meg Loven using the Simply Soft set and so I looked around my craft room and spied the new Reason to Smile stamp set (its coming out in July as part of a special promotion where you can get it for only $5 with any $50 order!).  It is a new 2-step stamping set and I thought it would be fun to try with the crayons.

Reason to Smile watercolored stamp set

 

I used the Watercolor Crayons two different ways:  coloring directly onto the stamp (for the petals and stem) and picking up color from the crayon using a waterbrush and coloring on the paper.  I have to say, making this card has renewed my love affair with Watercolor Crayons!

Thanks to this tip from Meg, I had MUCH BETTER success coloring on my stamp.  I grabbed my aqua pen for the first time in ages – I normally am loyal to my blender pen – and moistened the surface of the rubber before I colored with the crayon.  Boy does that help the crayon color nicely on the surface!  Then you can stamp and it is super pretty.

I then brushed my aqua pen along the back of the crayon (the flat end) and then used that to paint color around my stamped image on the paper.  Doesn’t it give such a pretty look?

Reason to Smile watercolored close up

 

The only other tip I have for you today, is if you are going to color on your paper like I did with the blue, you really really  want to be using watercolor paper!  You will be using so much water doing this that regular cardstock will warp a lot.

So, there you go… now grab your watercolor crayons and give it a try!  Its probably way more fun than you remember it being. 🙂

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Reason to Smile Thank You Card Recipe
Stamps:
Reason to Smile, Curly Cute
Ink: Stazon black, Old Olive
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Watercoloring Paper
Accessories: Daffodil Delight seam binding, Brights watercolor crayons, aqua pen, stampin’ dimensionals, basic rhinestones

Pretty Papillion Potpourri

I recently had someone request that I put together a class for her and some friends based around a few cards she had seen online.  Unfortunately, one of the cards used the old Strength and Hope stamp set that retired last year and I had never purchased.  So, I set to trying to come up with a fun, similar card using the new Papillion Potpourri stamp set and matching Elegant Butterfly punch.

Stampin-Up-Butterfly-Card

 

This was my first time using this stamp set and punch and I was pleasantly surprised at how versatile I found the images to be. For some reason, I didn’t expect the differences in style you get from the different butterflies in the set.  Anywho… aren’t these butterflies so pretty?

Papillon Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set

One tip that I learned when stamping and punching the center butterflies – the punch is just slightly smaller than your stamped image.  Often the punch is a teensy bit bigger than your image but not in this case.  It didn’t impact my final punched out image, but caught me offguard when I was trying to line up my stamped image on my paper with the punch outline.  So, I thought I would share.

I spent so long working on this card one night – tweaking this and that – that in the end I wasn’t sure I liked it.  But now that I’ve had some space, I like it more. 🙂 Would this be a card you would want to do in a class or workshop?

Well, I’m off to make more samples and get my July and August classes up on the calendar!

 

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Papillion Potpourri Thinking of You Card Recipe
Stamps:
Papillion Potpourri, Curly Cute
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Daffodil Delight marker, Wisteria Wonder marker, Calypso Coral marker
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly punch, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, sponge daubers, stampin’ dimensionals, basic rhinestones

Cheery Bright Blossoms

I have to admit, when I first saw the Bright Blossoms stamp set, I wasn’t sure that it was really my style or even that I liked it that much.  But I have to admit, the more I see it the more I like it!  Especially the stamp that I used on the card today.  There is something about this flower that I think is pretty cute and is perfect for clean and simple cards like this:

 

I know, the lighting isn’t the best in that picture so, here is another picture and you can see that how crisp the Tangerine Tango and the Whisper White look together.

 

Oh and did I mention how fun I think it is that the pattern in the stamp set matches the pattern in the Summer Smooches designer paper.  🙂  I know I can’t be the only one who loves coordination like this.

So, I’d love to hear, what do you think of this stamp set, thumbs up or thumbs down?

Bright Blossoms - Clear-Mount Stamp

Bright Blossoms Stamp Set (#125497)

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Crafty Garage Sale Extras are Up!

2012 05 23_0002 (1)Ok, its taken me a little bit to sort through what was left over from the garage sale, take pictures of everything, and get it posted…. but I did it!  So, if you couldn’t make it to my garage sale and are curious about what some of the items are that are left, I have them posted on my blog for you to peruse and shop from. 🙂

Right now I have the following up:

          • Ink
          • Deisgner Paper & Cardstock
          • Stamps
          • Ribbon
          • Embellishments & More

If I find more in my craft room as I’m digging around, I will post them as I find them.  But for now, take a look and let me know if you see anything that you would love to take home!

Retired Stamps and Accessories For Sale

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Happy Father’s Day Card

In case you haven’t heard, today is Father’s Day. 🙂  I’m lucky enough to have my dad a short 90 minute drive away so this weekend the kids and I are headed to Bellingham to spend some time with him.  So, hopefully you are able to spend some quality time (or quality phone time) with some of the wonderful guys in your life.

At a recent card class, I was able to get my Father’s Day cards done early by holding a Dads and Grads class.  This was one of the cards we created for it:

I was inspired by a non-Stampin’ Up! card I saw on Splitcoast Stampers that had a cool vintage look.  So, I grabbed some of the new World’s Greatest designer series paper and a sponge wedge and got to work creating a vintage card for Dad.

See, this just proves that you can use the Quint-Essential flower for a guy card too.  I used more “manly” colors – Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron, and Midnight Muse for the flower and sponged the edges of the card and the Very Vanilla cardstock with Soft Suede.  And of course, gave it dimension by popping up the different layers with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Quint-Essential Birthday Card Recipe
Stamps: 
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Quint-Essential Flower

Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron, Midnight Muse
Paper: Crumb Cake cs, Very Vanilla cs, Soft Suede cs, World’s Greatest dsp
Accessories: 2 3/8” Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/4” Scallop Circle punch, 1” circle punch, sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals