Penguin Punch Art Tutorial & Birthday Giveaway Winners!

Alright, after fighting with cameras and computers… I finally finished the Penguin Punch art tutorial video!  I swear normally it doesn’t take nearly this much effort to create and share a video but I feel accomplished for showing the technology who is boss.  ha ha!

So, I shared this card last week:

And now, here is how to make these cute penguins at home!

(note–if you are reading this post via email, you may need to click over to the blog to actually view this video)

Now, on to the good stuff!

Birthday Weekend Celebration Winners!!

Thanks to everyone who visited and commented here and on my facebook page!  It was so fun to hear everyone’s favorite holiday traditions, treats, and more.  Smile  Plus it was nice to hear I’m not the only one behind on mailing out Christmas cards!

I did a random draw of everyone who commented on the blog posts and corresponding facebook posts and here are the winners

  • Day 1 – Tag a Bag Accessory Kit & Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details  :  Saundra W
  • Day 2 – Neutral Candy Dots & Brad Bases   :  Audrey R
  • Day 3 – This & That washi tape & Brights Designer Buttons  :  Meredith
    • Day 4 – Designer Paper Sampler  :  Carla B

Congrats to all the winners!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com with where you would like me to send your goodies and I’ll get them out to you this week.

Thanks again for celebrating with me and have a great holiday!

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Birthday Celebration Fun Framed Art

I was going through my projects and pictures I’ve taken of inspirational ideas and I stumbled across this picture of an AWESOME framed stamped art that fellow demonstrator Karen Trelfa created.  She shared this with us at Founder’s Circle and I totally forgot about it.  But wouldn’t this be a cool thing to create?

The cool thing about it is that it uses different random bits that you have around home and in your stamping supplies to create a cool collage effect to help celebrate any holiday or event.

Some of the supplies found in this art:

  • The Alphabet Press embossing folder to make the textured background behind all the punched and decorated squares
  • Most of the squares use squares out of different patterns from the Birthday Basics designer paper
  • Stamped images from different sets including: Sketched Birthdays, Flower Shop, Sweets for the Sweet, A Fitting Occasion, and Label Love
  • The Cupcake Punch
  • Marina Mist 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon
  • Glimmer Brads
  • And misc cardstock and ink

But I just think the look of all the different layered elements just looks so cool!  What do you think?

Last Day of Giveaways for the Birthday Celebrations!

I have been having so much fun sharing ideas and sharing some of my scrappy stash with all of you over the last few days!  Thank you for joining the fun with me!  For my last day of

Northwest Stamper Birthday Weekend Giveaway – Day 4

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For the last day, I’m giving away a sampler of all the papers in the current Annual catalog!  You’ll get 78 6×6 sheets of double sided cardstock.  This is a fun way to get to see in person all the different designs and have enough to make multiple cards or projects from each sheet.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what is your favorite type of project to create!
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing if you sent out Christmas cards this year or if you were like me and have waited until the very last minute. Smile
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and get 2 extra entries

Good luck!  I’ll be drawing all the winners tomorrow morning and announcing them here on the blog!

If you want to enter for the prior days, you still have time.  Make sure to visit Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 here on the blog and over on facebook to get entered.

 

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A Christmas Card from Shelli Gardner!

I can’t believe I almost totally forgot to post this card I received at Founder’s Circle from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO and her daughter Sara Douglas).  When we were swapping she gave us this card and even signed it on the back with her “bad” hand since she had just been in her horse riding accident and had injured her shoulder.  But I wanted to share it with you now before the holidays completely pass by.

But first, don’t forget about the Birthday Weekend Celebrations!  My birthday was on Wednesday and I’m sharing the presents all week long!  If you haven’t checked out day 1 and day 2, you still have time to get your name in the drawing for each gift since I’ll be drawing names on Sunday morning. 

So check out Shelli’s card and then leave a comment to be entered for today’s giveaway!

So Sophisticated Christmas Card

Shelli is known for her vintage and sophisticated style.  It always makes me laugh to see her on stage and start putting together a card and tell us that it is just a “stamp here”, “spritz there”, add a little fussy cutting, glue this and that, “add a stitch” just so… and you are done!  She makes it look so easy! 

Now, I guess the basic elements of this card are pretty straight forward.

  • Run the embossing folder across the middle of your card front for embossing on only part of your card front.
  • Heat emboss a single stamp (the O Holy Night set) in gold.
  • Cut out your stamped image with a framelit (from Apocathary Accents)
  • Add a Champange Glimmer paper punched star with the Merry Minis punch pack and placed a pearl in the middle (I would recommend using some extra adhesive to help hold it in place on the rough glimmer paper)
  • Spritz the card base with Vanilla Smooch Spritz to add some subtle shimmer to the card

But then you look closer at the top of the card and we start to get a little fancier!  : )

It looks like she took some of the Modern Medley designer paper and accordian folded a thin strip to allow them to shape it into a circle to go behind the star (I’m sure glued with hot glue!)

Then took some of the FABULOUS Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon and (I’m guessing with starch spray) crinkle and folded the ribbon to this interesting look.  Add two more paper banners on the right and you are done!

It looks like a really fun card to make…. but one I would make for only a few special people. : )

Birthday Celebrations & Giveaway – Day 3!

Alright, I promised you gifts because birthdays are so much fun and I’m glad I can share mine with you.

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This and That Washi Tape (1 set = 3 rolls of tape)

Brights Designer Buttons

Each day I’ll post a new giveaway and you’ll be able to enter up 3 ways (and yes! you can get multiple entries each day!) each day and I’ll draw names on Sunday.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing whether you scrapbook your holiday pictures or just take and store them. 
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing what is your favorite holiday treat?
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and get 2 extra entries

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Birthday Celebration–Day 2 with Simply Sketched on Vellum

Woo hoo! It’s day 2 of my celebration and I have another card to share with you today.  This is a card that I made for my Fun n’ Crafty demo team swap.  Each month, everyone in my downline is invited to participate in a card swap… sort of like a secret santa – only for cards.  You are given one or more names to send a card to.  You know you will get a card for each one you send, but you don’t know from whom or when in the month it will arrive.  It’s pretty fun!

Anyway, while I was working on samples for my Vellum class, I was inspired to try out heat embossing on the vellum and then coloring in between the embossed lines with some bold marker colors.  Check it out:

I reached for a bunch of supplies that I love but don’t use nearly enough (lets hear it for vellum, candy dots, and core’dinations cardstock!) and started mixing and matching using a simple card design.

I made a couple in this AWESOME Cherry Cobbler colors and then one in the Island Indigo color. 

To make this card, it is simple to do. 

  1. Stamp your image on Vellum cardstock using Versamark ink
  2. Cover with White embossing powder and heat
  3. Color in between the raised embossed lines using a marker
  4. Glue Vellum to the front of your card or designer paper mat using candy dots (if you paper starts curling, you may need to secure the corners with glue dots and then cover with the candy dots)

Oh, and that core’dintations cardstock?  It makes a great textured background and if you grab your handy dandy sanding block, it distresses beautifully and gives it a velvety feel.  (seriously, sand some of this paper and feel it!)

Card Supplies Used

Stamps – Simply Sketched
Ink – Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Papers – Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler or Island Indigo core’dinations cardstock, Vellum cardstock, Soho Subway designer paper
Accessories – Cherry Cobbler or Island Indigo marker, Garden Green marker, White embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Sanding Block, Neutrals Candy Dots

And we can’t forget!  It’s Day 2 of Birthday Celebrations!

So, today’s presents for the giveaway are a cool combo goodies to make a project like this yourself.  If you haven’t already checked out the CUTE punch art birthday penguins I posted yesterday and entered yesterday’s giveaway, you should!  Then come back and get in on today’s prizes.

Northwest Stamper Birthday Weekend Giveaway – Day 2

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Neutrals Candy Dots

Candy Dot Brad Bases

Each day I’ll post a new giveaway and you’ll be able to enter up 3 ways (and yes! you can get multiple entries each day!) each day and I’ll draw names on Sunday.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what was the last type of card you’ve made. 
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing what is your favorite crafting accessory?
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and get 2 extra entries

 

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It’s Birthday Time! A penguin punch art birthday card & giveaway!

Well, today is my birthday and I had to put together a special post for you this morning!  It’s been birthday month at my house and after my daughter’s birthday a week and a half ago, now it is my turn to celebrate!  With Christmas and my son’s birthday around the corner, I don’t typically plan parties or big events at home… but I thought I would have a little party online.

Birthday (Long) Weekend CeleBration

I decided that even though traditionally the birthday boy or girl gets presents, I would have fun sharing with you!  So, each day from now until Sunday, I’ll be sharing a project and offering a giveaway.

So first up, my happy little birthday card I shared with my gals at club this month:

birthday penguins punch artOk, I’ll admit, this is a slight variation on the card we made in club… this version uses one of the new designer series papers from the upcoming Occasions Catalog – Retro Fresh.  I LOVE the colors in this paper and the fun modern patterns.

Anyway, aren’t these penguins adorable?!?  I finally broke down and got the Owl Punch and these were the first guys I made.  They are so easy to make and so stinkin cute.  I’ll put together a little tutorial for tomorrow on how to make them if folks are interested.

Presents Time!

And no birthday party would be complete without presents, so here are the presents up for grabs today:

tag-a-bag and dazzling details giveaway

 

Each day I’ll post a new giveaway and you’ll be able to enter up 3 ways (and yes! you can get multiple entries each day!) each day and I’ll draw names on Sunday.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing your favorite birthday tradition
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing if today was your birthday, what would you want for your present?
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and get 2 extra entries

Alright, have fun and have a great day!

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Quick Card Set Using the Season of Style Designer Tags

I’ll admit, I love a challenge.  Especially when it comes to crafting challenges.  When I give myself a limited set of supplies to focus on, I find it inspires my creativity without overwhelming me.  So, the class I’ve been planning for this weekend has been a great challenge for me!  This week, I finally finished the full set of 20 cards using only:

The hardest part was trying to make cards that didn’t require stamping.  Sure, they could look even cuter with stamping, but I wanted to make this project easy for anyone to create regardless of what stamps you do or don’t have at home.  But I was able to come up with cards like this one:

The notecards are a little smaller than an A2 cardbase, but it turns out they are a great size for these tags – which by the way, were marketed as being for the 8×8 divided scrapbooking pages, but I think they make great cards too.  Here are the first 7 cards I created with them:

Get instructions for all 20 cards with a PDF tutorial!

I still have 1 spot in Saturday’s class or you can order a kit or tutorial to make this at home yourself.   The class or to-go kit includes the following:

The class includes:

  • 20 Notecards & envelopes
  • Season of Style Designer Tags (35 tags)
  • Printed pictures of all cards created for the class
  • Additional supplies needed to complete the cards
  • Shipping w/in the US (for the to-go kit)

The class fee is only $20 for a ton of fun cards or $23 for the Kit to-go
RSVP for the class online or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com

Or get the Instructions only for only $3.95!

I’ll be emailing out the instructions PDF tomorrow morning after I finish up final editing today.

You can purchase the kit or instructions only here:

Class Options
Full kit to-go $23.00 USDTutorial only $3.95 USD

 

So enjoy, and have a great day!

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Too Kind – A Clean and Simple Card with Vellum

It’s been a crazy few days around our house here in freezing cold Washington… surprizingly it has been actually hanging out in below freezing temperatures here (normally we are cold but not this cold!) My stamping and blogging time has been put on hold a little bit as we’ve celebrated my daughter’s 2nd birthday this weekend as well as dealing with serious health issues with our oldest cat.  But, I wanted to stop on by and share another card from my recent vellum class.

This is one of the simplest ways to use vellum and it is a great way to add an elegant touch to your cards.  In this case, I stamped the flowers from the Too Kind stamp set and kept the card pretty simple so the flowers would really be the main focal point.  But when I wanted to add the sentiment (also from the same set) I wanted it to fit in with the feeling of the card… so vellum to the rescue!

I stamped my sentiment directly onto the vellum and held it in place with Silver Mini Brads so that it wouldn’t go sliding anywhere.

It is a great way to add a fun touch without adding a heavy layer to your card.  You should definitely give it a try!

Don’t Miss the Deals!

Just in case you thought you missed it, there are still tons of great deals on the Clearance Rack as part of the Clearance Rack Blitz.  The items are while supplies last so don’t delay in checking it out and grabbing your favorites before they are gone.  Plus, while you are there, check out this week’s Weekly Deals to save even more.

Alright, time to tend to the kitty… have fun stamping and I’ll be back tomorrow with more!

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