Last Chance for Free Ribbon + Regional Updates

We’ll be up bright and early (I’m getting up at 6:15am, which for a girl who normally gets up at 8:30… that is EARLY!) because today is the Tacoma Regionals!  I’m super excited and can’t wait to see all the awesome ideas and hear some great business and stamping tips from some super talented folks.

So, I’ll be sharing as I can on my Facebook page during the day
and then will try to post more info soon here on the blog in the next few days.

In the meantime, I wanted to remind everyone that TOMORROW is the LAST DAY to get your free spool of ribbon as part of the Back to Spool promotion:

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How do you get FREE ribbon?  All you have to do is spend $40 or more on stuff you were going to get anyway!  Then, when you place that order before tomorrow night, you get to pick ANY COLOR of Stitched Satin ribbon FREE!  Yay!

Wanna see some projects using the different ribbons?  Check out a few of my posts and projects using the stitched satin ribbon.  You can view them all here.

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…or contact me by phone or email (jennifer@nwstamper.com) to place your order for your free ribbon. 🙂

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Sponged Holiday Ornament Card for the Stamp-a-Stack

Last night I was finished up the final design touches and prepping for my first Christmas Card stamp-a-stack this weekend.  I need to get the cards photographed so I can share some of the fun things we will be doing but I really wanted to get at least one up today so I hope you don’t mind the more “rough” photography I did for this one card.  🙂

delightful decorations christmas stamp a stack card

 

I wanted to have a good mix of colors for the cards so they weren’t all red/green combos, so I started thinking blue and that got me thinking sponging for whatever reason.  So, this card started coming together.  We are going to be punching out an ornament shape from some cardstock (the backing from the designer series paper packs you get) to use as a mask for our Whisper White base.  Then we will sponge using Baja Breeze and Island Indigo to make the mottled ornament shapes.  Add a bit of Dazzling Details for their “strings” and they make a nice background.

The front ornament is stamped in Island Indigo and punched out with the Ornament punch but if it looks a little funny to you, that is because we are going to cover it with Shimmer Paint!  It gives it a really pretty shimmery sheen when you stamp.  Check it out:

shimmer paint delightful decorations close up

 

To get this look, you ink up your stamp in your color of choice, and then take a sponge dauber and dab it in your Shimmer Paint.  Tap the sponge dauber all over the surface of your inked stamp to add the shimmer and then stamp like normal!  Very pretty effect!

Add a rhinestone to the middle and some Whisper White bakers twine for the string and you are done!  Its an easy card with a lot of pizzazz  I may have to do more of these for my own personal Christmas cards this year. 🙂

 

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Sweet and Simple Card with Just Believe

Today is another quick post because I need to get my rear in gear and finish up my swaps for Regionals this weekend and finish prepping for my Christmas Card stamp-a-stack on Sunday!  The paper and dimensionals will be flying around my craft room today! 🙂

But this is a card that we made in my Build your Stash card class earlier this month and everyone seemed to really enjoy it, plus it is really easy to take this design and switch it up with different stamps and colors you have at home.

 

We used the Just Believe stamp set for everything on this card.  The leaves on the right side of the card were stamped with Certainly Celery ink onto the Certainly Celery cardstock.  Then for the flower and grass image, we just used Certainly Celery and Pink Pirouette markers to color them in.  Add some Soft Suede for the trim and the sentiment and it’s a nice subtle card that can be used whenever you need it!

Alright, well, back to the craft room I go!  If you try this card out yourself, I’d love to see what you come up with!  (I’m curious what everyone does with the design!)
Leave me a link in a comment here to where you’ve posted your card or post it up on my Facebook page for everyone to see!

 

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Just Believe simple Card Recipe
Stamps:
Just Believe
Ink: Markers – Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Ink Pads – Soft Suede, Certainly Celery
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Scallop Trim Punch, Basic Pearls

Are You Ready for 12 Weeks of Christmas Inspiration?

That’s right!  This year I’m putting together a special treat for my newsletter subscribers and will be sending out a weekly project idea to help you get ready for the Christmas season!

12 Weeks of Christmas 2012 banner with text copy

 

Yup! 12 weeks of new Christmas ideas that won’t be posted on my blog, but are sent straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You’ll get a supply list, project photo, and instructions for 12 different projects including:

  • Card ideas
  • Gift ideas
  • Bags, tags, and gift card holders

I can’t wait to share with you these fun ideas but you need to be on my mailing list by October 3rd to get the full set of all 12 projects!  It will be a blast and I hope you enjoy this gift from me to you!

Be sure to receive the Week 1 project starting next week!

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Lovely As A Tree Autumn Thank You Card

I guess fall was on my mind when I was creating recently.  Today is another share that I created for a swap but started with me looking around my craft table and figuring out what paper and scraps I had lying around.  🙂

See, sometimes I like to challenge myself to create a card or project using just my scraps on hand and so the Crumb Cake card base, Garden Green cardstock, Lovely as a Tree stamp set, and Day of Gratitude stamp set were all staring at me – begging to be used!

 

I colored the tree using markers, starting with Chocolate Chip for the trunk and More Mustard for the leaves.  Then I “thumped” Cajun Craze and Garden Green markers on top of the More Mustard leaves in a few places to add specs of color.  And to be clear, when I say “thumped”, I mean literally took my marker, laid it on its side, and smacked my stamp rubber!  🙂

 

The ribbon is the new 7/8” Cotton Ribbon from the Holiday Mini.  I just folded it in half (I actually ran my snail along one edge to help stick it together when I folded it) and wrapped it around my stamped layer.  Then I used some Linen Thread to tie it together on one side.

Simple, but oh so Autumn!


And if you are already thinking past Fall, I invite you to join me for my Christmas Card stamp-a-stacks starting up this weekend and running each month for the next 3 months!

We’ll create 12 cards with envelopes at each session 3 each of 4 different designs. Each month we’ll do something new so join us and get you holiday cards all done before December even starts!  Join me for one of the following sessions:

  • Sept 30th – 2pm –Panera Bread in Redmond
  • October 28th – 2pm – Panera Bread in Redmond
  • November 25th – 2pm – Panera Bread in Redmond

I’ll have everything precut and ready for you to get creating right away!  Everything you need for 12 cards plus envelopes is only $25.  Visit my events calendar to RSVP if you can join us!

 

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Lovely As A Tree Autumn Thank You Card Recipe
Stamps:
Day of Gratitude, Lovely as a Tree
Ink: Markers – Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, More Mustard
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Garden Green
Accessories: 7/8” Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Snail, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Day of Gratitude + Markers = Fun Fall Thank You

I’m sharing a card today that I made for a monthly swap with my team (Jennie, hope you liked your card!)  The theme was Thank You cards and so I started digging around in my stamp sets for inspiration and came up with the Day of Gratitude stamp set.

This stamp set often gets buried for a while and usually in the fall I rediscover how pretty it can be and it starts getting more and more use.  Well, I decide to take full advantage this time of the intricate design for the big flower/doily/stamp-thingy 😉  So, I grabbed my markers and got to work.

 

Sure it took a while to color in all of the parts, but thankfully “huffing” on the stamp (ie – breathing on it like you are trying to fog up a mirror) at the end kept it all moist.  And besides, it felt good to put some extra time into a card for my downline, Jennie.  I am so glad to have her in my group that I was happy to make a card that took a little more effort.

I wanted the big stamped image to be the main focal point so I didn’t add too much on the Very Vanilla paper.  Then I stamped the leaf image from the set in Garden Green ink onto Garden Green paper and cut 3 pieces out.  I tucked them under the Cajun Craze cardstock mat and mostly let them hang loose to add some dimension and be more interesting than just stamped images. 🙂

Anyway, I thought it was a little different of a look on a card and had fun making it.  I hope she enjoyed receiving it!  What do you all think of the hanging leaves under the stamped mat?

 

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Day of Gratitude - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

Day of Gratitude Fall Thank You Card Recipe
Stamps:
Day of Gratitude
Ink: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Markers – Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, More Mustard
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Paper Snips

Double Embossing with the Stripes Embossing Folder

Yesterday I highlighted the Emboss Resist card from my Awesome Embossing class that I’m holding today.  And as promised, here is my first Halloween card of the season and the card we will be making to try out Double Embossing!

 

If you can’t tell, this isn’t striped printed paper – it is heat embossed with Black Embossing powder!

Now the best part is it is really easy to do thanks to the Stripes Embossing Folder.  The basic idea is that you ink up your embossing folder with Versamark ink before you run it through the Big Shot.  The big question is the best way to ink up your folder.

Now I experimented with a few different methods for doing this and started with a brayer and my Versamark pad, and tried inking up the side of the embossing folder with the raised plastic (so the part that would press into the paper and become the “insides” of the stripes).  And every time I would run the folder through the Big Shot, I would only get part of ink to stick to the paper.  😦  So, I started pressing my ink pad directly to the raised part of the embossing folder and didn’t get much better luck.

Finally, I tried taking my Versamark ink pad directly to the “flat” side of the embossing folder (the side that is mostly flat with some striped “holes” in it).  And that worked great!  So, if you are just trying this technique out, I would recommend taking your Versamark Ink pad directly to the flat side of your embossing folder!

 

The rest of the card used the Toxic Treats stamp set and the trick I shared the other day for using Versamark and Classic ink at the same time to heat emboss any color of ink.

So, I hope you enjoyed these ideas and give Double Embossing a try!

 

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Toxic Treats Halloween Card Recipe
Stamps:
Toxic Treats
Ink: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Versamark
Paper: River Rock, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes Embossing folder, Heat Gun, Basic Black embossing powder, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Elegant Thank You Card using Emboss Resist

Ever have one of those days where your mojo is kicking in and you are able to make some projects that just make you smile?

I hope so!  Yesterday was one of those days for me and I was having such a blast finishing getting ready for my Awesome Embossing class this weekend.  I had such a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to showcase for the class since there are so many cool embossing techniques and so many variations on what you can do with many of them.  But I focused down to 4 different ideas that I loved.  However, my absolute favorite was the card I’m sharing today – the Emboss Resist card!

Emboss resist

 

I had just gotten my new Lacy and Lovely stamp set…so glad I got this set!…and I thought it would be perfect for this technique.  I tried to stick to a more monochromatic style card even though I added a few other hits of color; and so my focus was on the Calypso Coral elements around the white embossed doily image.

Seriously, this is so quick to do and such a pretty result!  I’ve decided I’m going to do this card for my swaps at the Stampin’ Up! regionals in Tacoma in a couple weeks.  So if you are going to Tacoma, find me and I’ll swap with you. 🙂

And this isn’t the best picture, but I thought I’d share a sneaky peek at my first Halloween card and another embossing card for the class:

 

I promise I’ll share the full card soon!

Well, I’m off to take my family to the Puyallup fair.  This will be Nicholas and Caitlin’s first time at a big fair and hopefully they love seeing the animals, displays, and other fair favorites while we are there!  Wish me luck that I don’t get sucked into too many “you’ve never seen a knife that cuts like this!” demos and displays.  🙂  I love all the too-good-to-be-true stuff that seems to always be offered at these events.

Now just ask me how many of the items like that that I’ve bought at fairs have actually gotten use after I’ve gotten home… no wait, maybe you better not. 😉

 

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Fun Pumpkin Halloween Card with Jack of All Trades

Alright, I’m starting to get into the fall and Halloween spirit… if you follow my Facebook fan page, you’ll have seen that I have been debating whether to jump into the Halloween project bandwagon but everyone’s enthusiasm for these cute projects has convinced me.  So, don’t be surprised to see more Halloween treats posted here over the next few weeks! 🙂

But in the meantime, I wanted to share this swap I got at convention that I just LOVE!  From the colors to the embossed and sanded Core’dinations cardstock to the fun jack-o-lantern, it just made me smile.

card created by Pam Zimmerman

This card uses the Jack of All Trades stamp set to create the pumpkins and even includes the witches hat!  (I had to double check because it was so perfect).  But I really like the added touch of the Woodgrain embossed Early Espresso core’dinations cardstock and then a sanded version of the core’dinations cardstock for the modern label punch out with the sentiment.

 

So now that I’m in the mood for Halloween, I want to hear – what is your style for Halloween projects? Cutesy characters, Gothic designs, or something else?

Guess its time for me to start creating!

 

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Jack of All Trades Halloween Card Recipe
Stamps:
Jack of All Trades, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Gumball Green, Whisper White, Early Espresso Core’dinations cardstock
Accessories: Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Paper snips, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing folder, Labels Framelits, Sanding Block, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Scentsational Gingerbread Man Christmas Card

Last night was the monthly team meeting for my group of fabulous Fun n’ Crafty folks on my Stampin’ Up! team.  I love having the chance to chat and stamp with some amazing crafters from across the US!  If you have been thinking of joining Stampin’ Up!, I’d love to have you join our fun group!

Well, I wanted to share some stamping tips and ideas and so I put together this card to share.  Its one of my first playings with the new Scentsational Season stamp set.

Now this Gingerbread man begs to be used with the oh so yummy Sugar and Spice scented embossing powder.  Oh man, I love opening that jar of embossing powder. 🙂

Anyway, the point of this card was to show how you can do embossing with a colored image without needing to stamp first in the color and then use the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up your image in versamark.  Yes, that way totally works, but I’m lazy sometimes.  So, I showed how you can do the following steps to some great embossing:

  1. Ink your stamp using Versamark ink
  2. Ink your stamp using your color of choice (notice that I didn’t say “stamp” in between step 1 and 2!)
  3. Stamp your image
  4. Sprinkle on your embossing powder
  5. Heat emboss and enjoy!

Because the versamark is layered on first when you are inking up your stamp, that means it is exposed last when you stamp on your paper – so the versamark is the top layer of ink on your paper.  That makes the sticky Versamark available to grab and hold the embossing powder.

I also thought I would show off some of the cool Core’dinations cardstock in Cherry Cobbler.  Its just a cute way to easily add some flair to your paper edges.

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this card and stamping idea!  If you have any questions about it or the benefits of becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, just drop me a line and I’d love to chat!

 

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Scentsational Christmas Card Recipe
Stamps:
Scentsational Season, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler Core’dinations cardstock, Festival of Prints designer series paper stack
Accessories: Heat Tool, Sugar and Spice embossing powder, sponge dauber, stampin’ dimensionals