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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Favorite Cards using Oh, Hello

As I was looking through the 25% off Stamp sets with a customer last week, I spotted the Oh, Hello stamp set and remembered how when I originally saw this stamp set in the catalog, I thought it looked like a pretty boring stamp set.  I couldn’t picture how it would come together into anything particularly cute….

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and then we were given the set at Leadership last year and I saw some samples with it….. and I totally changed my tune!

So, I thought I would share some of my quick and easy cards I’ve made with this set to show how it is a bit more fun than it may seem at first!

Almost no-layer card with Oh, Hello

Masking with the Oh, Hello stamp set

Using up your scraps with sentiments from Oh, Hello

Press clay flowers and it coordinates with the Oval framelits too!

 

I’m also realizing that I use the Thank You sentiment A LOT! ha ha ha.  But I guess I have a lot to be thankful for, so I need them. Smile

And don’t forget, tomorrow is the LAST DAY of the 25% off Sale and my Anniversary Week giveaway!

If you’d like to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is:

  • Visit my Online Store to grab these great deals and use the hostess code R2XQXU3
  • Email me which of the goodies above you want to order and I’ll be putting together a group order.
  • On monday, if we have enough orders placed, I will draw a name for at least $25 in hostess benefits and let you get more free goodies!

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Fun with Flower Shop stamps and Doilies

Just a quick card share today – this was another card we made at our recent club night.  I was playing with a little bit of everything at my craft table to create this texture-rich card.

The one thing that is a little different about this card, but can be hard to tell when looking at it, is that we actually cut the white Tea Lace Doily in half and overlapped the pieces so that the total size of the doily is a little bit smaller than normal. That let us have the look of the doily without it taking over the entire width of the card.

The nice thing is that the Calypso Coral chevron ribbon covers up the seam where we glued together our halves of the doily so no one would ever know!

Add some Naturals Specialty Composition paper and some images from the Flower Shop stamp set and you have yourself a card!

Stampin’ Up! Card Supplies
Stamps:  Flower Shop, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Naturals Composition designer paper
Accessories: Tea Lace doily, Calypso Coral chevron ribbon, Subtles Buttons, Pansy Punch, 2-1/2” Circle punch

 

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Make 20 Cards in a Snap with the Everyday Occasions Kit

Have you been wishing you had a fast way to create a pile of handmade cards to have on hand that you’d be proud to send out?  And do it without breaking the bank too!  If so, you should check out this new Everyday Occasions kit

When we were at Founder’s Circle last week, they told us that these kits were finally going to be releasing this week.  They are meant to be a great introduction to someone who has never stamped before; but I have to say after looking at the cards, that it looks like fun to me!  Like this love card, how fun is it?!

Since this is meant for the new stamper, all the elements are precut and pre-punched so it makes it quick and easy to assemble.  The kit comes with a 7 piece stamp set that enables you to make a ton of different types of cards including:

  • Happy Birthday
  • Thank You
  • Congratulations
  • For You
  • Love
  • Thinking of You

Wanna see them?  Check it out!

I know, cute…. right?  And I love that they can be used for girls or guys!

The best part? Its only $29.95… so that is less than $2 a card!  Plus you have ink and a stamp set you can use later.  Way better than getting a card in the store!

Want to see what you get for that?  Here is the scoop –

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View the full Everyday Occasions flyer with pictures of all the card samples

This may not be available through the online store, so if you are interested in purchasing a kit, please email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I will get back to you right away to get you all set up with a kit!

 

Well, I’m off to work on holiday card samples for my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter (get on the list now) and upcoming Holiday Card Stamp-a-Stacks.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun projects to share!

 

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Spotlighting Paper Piercing for a Fab Blog Hop on Tools!

Thank you so much for joining us for the September Stylin’  Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop! This month we are focusing on the tools of the stampin’ trade. Specifically, each of our favorite stamping tools. It’s amazing the kinds of tools that have been created to help us along in our paper-crafting addictions.  This month’s blog hop will showcase many of the Stampin’ Up! tools that are now available to us in the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Holiday Catalog and even a couple of products that are so new they aren’t in either catalog. We hope you enjoy seeing how we use the old and new tools and are inspired to come up with some great projects of your own.

You should have just left stop number 9 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop – Stuck on Stampin’. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.


Ok, so are you ready to see what I picked for my favorite tool?  I was going to pick punches (since, have you seen my wall of punches??) but that was well covered.  And so I decided to go with the less popular tool – the paper piercer and templates!

I promise the picture above includes all three of the templates included in the Essentials pack, but its hard to see, so here is a better picture of all of the options available to you in the pack.

image This is my absolute favorite pack because I cannot live without my straight rows of piercing holes.  It is the simplest thing, but I use it all the time!  Now, I love the shapes and patterns as well, and have found they give lots of possibilities even if you don’t own the coordinating punch or framelit.

But to show you 3 of the ways I use my piercer, I created this card to share today:

Can you spot all 3 uses of the piercing tool and template?  Smile  Keep reading to see if you caught them all!

1.  Creating Faux Stitching

One of the coolest techniques I know with this tool is the faux stitching technique and it is so easy to do as well.  Yes, you can pierce your holes and then grab needle and thread and stitch on your cards…. or you can just do this.

Line up the more widely spaced straight line holes of your paper piercing template so that the seam between two pieces of paper (in this case, patterns from the Etcetera designer paper) is exactly in the middle between the two lines of holes.

how to use a piercing template for faux stitchingUse your piercing tool to poke each hole and then draw your stitch lines in with your favorite color marker.  Looks pretty real, huh?

2.  Spotlighting with Pierced Patterns

Since there are so many patterns on the templates, sometimes they are perfect to coordinate with a punch or framelit for an extra accent.  In this case, I loved how the oval of holes helps accent the sentiment in the center of the scallop oval punch out.  You could do some faux stitching with this as well, but I thought the simple look was a bit nicer.

You can also do this without needing to use a punch.  Use any of the shapes to accent a stamped image on any project you are working on.

3.  Precision Placement of Brads

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Ok, this is my go-to use for my paper piercer and template – placing brads.  I am a pretty loosey-goosey card maker and stamper.  I’m ok if my image is a little skewed (hey, its artistic that way!) and if I didn’t quite get that bow right.  But one thing I can’t stand, is if an element that is supposed to be symetrical – like brads in a row or in the corners of a paper – comes out slightly off.

So I ALWAYS pull out my piercing template when I’m going to add brads to a project so I can make sure they are spaced evenly apart and the same distance in from each corner.

To do that, you just align the black solid line on the template along the edge of your paper and then pick the same hole in the corner to use for placement.  Then just use the same corner of the template for each corner on your paper and you will get perfect corners every time!

So, there you have it…. did you figure out all 3?

I also wanted to take a quick moment to show one other little trick I did on this card…. yeah, it has nothing what so ever to do with piercing, but I thought it was cool.  It was how I got the doily for the background of the card.

two tone sponging on paper doilies I took a single doily and folded it in not-quite-half.  Then I took a piece of scrap paper and placed it between the top and the bottom piece of the doily.  I sponged the top piece in Pool Party; then I opened it up and sponged the bottom side with Midnight Muse.  It gives a neat effect with no cutting and only one doily!

and back to paper piercing…

I did a class on Paper Piercing a while back and so I thought I’d share a card we made in that class that gives you even more ideas for how you can user the piercing tool and template.

 

So I hope you enjoyed all the tips and ideas, and now are inspired to get out your piercing templates and start creating!

For even more inspiration and ideas for using the tools you have at home, keep on hoping and visit Bree for some fun with the Simply Scored!

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  2. Pam S. of Stampin’ in the Sun!
  3. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  4. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  5. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  6. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  7. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  8. Justin K. of JK Cards
  9. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin’
  10. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper <— YOU ARE HERE!
  11. Bree R. of Craft-somnia
  12. Diana E. of Stampin’ Fun with Diana
  13. Jennifer C. of Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  14. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  15. Kristina M. of Mama’s Sanity

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Card Supplies Used
Stamps- Express Yourself (hostess set)
Ink- Midnight Muse, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Paper – Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Etcetera designer paper
Accessories – Paper piercer, piercing mat, Essentials Piercing Template, Scallop Oval punch, sponge daubers, white doilies, Mini Brads, stampin’ dimensionals

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Adding a Splash of Washi to Your Cards

So turns out when I start working on something, I can get really focused on that task.  In the case of last week, that task wasn’t any of the handful of crafting projects and event prep I needed to work on, but instead was an even more daunting task – picking a preschool for Nicholas!  2013-08-23 12.29.45

Awww….aren’t they getting so big? Smile 

I thought it would be a quick and easy thing to figure out, and I’d be back working on my other projects right away.  But, no…. there are so many choices and variations.  Thankfully, we were able to find some good options and start the process for getting him enrolled, so now I’m able to get back in the crafty mindset!

And first on the docket – Thank you cards!

I always like to send thank you cards to everyone who places an order with me and I wanted something bright and cheery to remind us that summer hasn’t quite ended yet!

I used 3 of my favorite items right now:  Washi tape, Flower Shop bundle, and the Oh Hello stamp set to put this together.

Card Supplies Used
Stamps –
Oh Hello, Flower Shop
Ink – Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Gumball Green
Paper – Rose Red, Whisper White
Accessories – Posy Punch, Gingham Garden washi tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals

So, if you’ve ordered with me in the last few weeks… check your mailbox for your own copy of this card!

If you’ve ordered with me in the last month and NOT received a card, please let me know!  There have been some hiccups in the Stampin’ Up! ordering system and some demonstrators have not been receiving notice about orders placed.  I want to make sure I’m giving you the best possible service, so if you haven’t heard from me, let me know so I can fix it. Smile 

 

But no matter what, THANK YOU for stopping by and please come back soon!

 

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Very Vintage Butterfly Thank You (Convention CASE)

Every year that I go to convention, I get caught up in swapping.  The idea of taking a bunch of card fronts with you to convention and then trading them with everyone else so that you can get new ideas to take home and share… or copy… or hang on your wall and drool over!

Well, I’ve learned from the one year that I showed up with NO SWAPS, and proceeded to spend my first night there trying to make as many swaps as I could from the crafting supplies I happened to bring with me; that I LOVE swapping.  I love seeing an amazing card from across the room and running up and saying,”swapping?”  Its like the thrill of finding an amazing deal at the department store.

But the problem is, I come home with 50-100 card fronts and proceed to take pictures of them and then they sit in a box forgotten until I’m cleaning my room and find them again.

Which is very sad….

So, I decided this year, that I would not only share them on my blog, but I’d also use them for inspiration in my classes as well.  (Which really is one of the main points for swapping anyway!)  So, for class this month, I CASE’d (copy and share everything) two fabulous swap cards and I just had to share this one with you!

Card case’d from a design by Julie Leblanc

There are a few reasons why I love this card…

1.  The color combination (why do I always forget about Perfect Plum?)

2.  The touch of sparkle with the Silver Glimmer Paper

3.  The fact that this card uses NO WHITE PAPER at all!

I know it is silly, but that last point was kind of profound to me.  I’m so used to stamping on Whisper White paper with a colored ink that I didn’t think of stamping on Crumb Cake paper.

And then there is the really cute butterflies.  I had to change this up from the original because I didn’t have the Papillion Potpourri that she used,  Instead I used the Best of Butterflies stamp set and the Elegant Butterfly punch to make them.  They are stamped with Basic Black ink and then sponged on top with the Perfect Plum ink. Neat effect, huh?

 

And in class, I had someone emboss a little bit higher up the page than they meant and so they left their first attempt behind and made a second card.  So, I finished out the card with her “boo-boo” and the rest of the supplies only this time I used the Lacy & Lovely stamp set for my sentiment and drew around it with a marker.  I think it turned out just fine! Smile

So I hope you liked this card as much as I did and I will have another fun card that we case’d tomorrow using the lovely Flower Shop stamp set and punch!  See you tomorrow!

 

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