Thank You Thursday is all about Big Shot Accessories!

I got so totally distracted yesterday working on adorable items for a craft bazaar I’m doing in a couple weeks that I forgot to get a post ready for today.  (I swear, I am going to get the envelope punch board gift card holder video and sample up this week… I promise!!)

But thankfully, it is Thursday which means Stampin’ Up!’s Thank You Thursday One-Day Sale!  So, there are some AMAZINGLY AWESOME items on sale this week…. check it out!

Hearts a Flutter Framelit
this matches the 25% off stamp set!!
Item # 130159
Regular Price: $24.95 / Discount Price: $18.71
Honeycomb Textured Embossing Folder Item # 129378
Regular Price: $7.95 / Discounted Price: $5.96
Envelope Liners Framelits Dies
Item # 132172

Regular Price: $26.95 / Discounted Price: $20.21
Alphabet Press Textured Embossing Folder
Item # 130916

Regular Price: $7.95 / Discounted Price: $5.96
Window Frames Framelit
Item # 129021

Regular Price: $26.95 / Discounted Price: $20.21
Chalk Talk Framelit
Item # 129983

Regular Price: $24.95 / Discount Price: $18.71

Yes!  I will put together a group order for tonight if you only want one or two of the items above.  And even if you are long distance, these are so light weight you may still come out ahead.  So, if you want in, please email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com! Smile

More ways to save and win!

Don’t forget, you can stack these deals with the other offers going on right now:

  • 25% off 25 Stamp Sets!
    This includes the coordinating Hearts a Flutter stamp set that matches the framelits above!
    See the images and sale prices of the stamps that are on sale or you can view them in the online store.
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  • Weekly Deal Tuesdays
    On top of the stamp sale, they just posted 6 new items for the weekly deal!  You have until Monday to save 25% or more off of these items.  See this week’s weekly deals here.
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  • Anniversary Week Giveaway!
    I’m helping with the party atmosphere by offering a little extra bonus as well!
    Order any of the discounted stamps online using the hostess code – R2XQXU3G or email me your order to be entered to win $25 in hostess benefits!

 

Ok, got all that?  Alright, well I’m off to finish video and photo editing so I can have more cute projects up for you very soon!

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Fun Friend Card with Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit Stamps

I’ve been subscribed to My Paper Pumpkin since it started and so each month, I tend to get excited about the newest projects and stamps that come in the mail each month, and I sometimes forget about the past stamps.  But with the August promotion where you can get your first 2 months for only $10 a month (including shipping!), I have had some new friends join Paper Pumpkin this month and get the welcome kit.  So, I wanted to send a little note saying hello and thank you and decided to pull out those stamps that come with the welcome kit.

This is what I came up with:

It all started with a card base that I had made a while back by embossing the entire card front with the Honeycomb embossing folder.  Then just started adding some fun elements that were lying around my craft room.  I loved how the new burlap ribbon made a fun border for my scrap of Whisper White cardstock that I stamped with the speckled splatter stamp.

So I hope they like it!  I really had fun with it and think I may need to make a few more!

Don’t forget – the 50% savings for the first 2 months ends August 31st!  You can cancel or skip a month anytime with no penalty, so if you’ve been thinking about trying it out, don’t miss out on this great deal!  Plus I’ll send you one of these cards as well to thank you for joining. Smile  Get your no-obligation Paper Pumpkin subscription started here and use promo code PUMPKINDEAL!

Card Supplies Used

Stamps- Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit
Ink – Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
Paper – Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories – Linen Thread, Burlap Ribbon (SU Holiday catalog), Glue Dots, Big Shot, Honeycomb embossing folder, Decorative Label punch

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Stamping with an Embossing Folder for a Scrapbook Sketch

Happy Monday!  Today over at the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration blog, we are sharing a fun scrapbook sketch idea. 

I didn’t create the sketch, but let me tell you how much I LOVE designing off of sketches.  It makes the scrapbooking process so much easier for me because I don’t have to think too hard about the set-up of the page (or card!) and instead can focus on things like which color do I want to use and what should I write in my journaling.

 

Oh, and did I mention that my layouts are typically like my cards…. I start from a sketch or design, pull in key elements, and then totally change everything else up.  But hey!  It’s the inspiration that is important – and the fact that I’m actually getting my photos in an album!

You may be wondering how I got that honeycomb look on my base paper for my scrapbook…. well, check this out… I used my embossing folder as a stamp!!!

Seriously, its totally cool!  First I wiped my ink pad across the raised side of the embossing folder to ink it up.

Then I just flipped over the embossing folder and pressed it down like I would a stamp!  I liked the distressed (didn’t get all the ink down on the paper) look, so I didn’t worry about evenly pressing and getting it all off on the base paper.

Then for my accents, I created my own layered ribbon banners in the upper corner.  I took some of the Strawberry Slush Ruffle Trim and the Natural Trim ribbons and layered them.  Then snipped the ends at an angle.  Then to soften it even more, I use the Flower Shop bundle to get the simple flower to go on top.

Finally, I needed a title and ended up actually cutting out my letters using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies in the same Wisteria Wonder as the background paper.  But that was a little too tone-on-tone and so I drew around the outside of the letters with my white gel pen to make them pop a bit more. 

I would say that it worked!  And look at that face… isn’t Sweet a good title too?  Smile  Ok, I really didn’t know what to title these too pictures but I loved them so much that I had to scrap them somehow!

So, I hope you got some inspiration!  Play along and create your own scrapbook page with this sketch and let me know what you think!

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How to Make Your Own Flocking & Add Fuzz to Your Projects

When I was playing with the Swallowtail stamp, I realized that it was a big stamp… seriously, like background sized big stamp.  And I was trying to figure out how I wanted to use it.  So, I cut and I played, but I really wanted to keep the full butterfly image for my card.  So I let go of my 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” boundaries and let my butterfly fly!

But then as I was working on the rest of my card, I decided that the Honeycomb embossing folder looked a bit too tall… too sharp for my card.  So I grabbed my handy sanding block and started rubbing down the layers.  When I was done, I was much happier with my cardstock and I had a ton of extra fuzz collecting on my desk.

That fuzz makes awesome flocking!  If you don’t know what flocking it, it is like glitter only instead of being a jar full of reflective bits, it is a jar full of fluffy fuzz.  It is perfect to add as a layer over parts of your stamped image or card that you want to have a plush texture and when you make your own, it perfectly matches the rest of your project.

Here is a close up of how my honeycomb looked when I was done sanding and you can kind of see the butterfly body too:

 

I even made a video so you can see how I made it!

 

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Supples Used
Stamps
– Swallowtail, Fabulous Phrases
Paper – Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder
Ink – Early Espresso
Accessories – Big Shot, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Rhinestones, Sanding Block, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Smashed Bottle Cap/Soda Pop Top Spring Card

Ever since I went to Leadership in January, I have been dying to try out the technique of smashing the soda pop tops with your Big Shot to create these super cute embellishments.  For some reason I thought it was going to be super hard or complicated… or something that made me a little bit intimidated to give it a try.  But then one day I decided to just go for it and I was shocked at how easy it was!

So, I just had to put together a card to share with my group at my monthly team conference call/meeting.  I showed them how easy it was and then had supplies for everyone to make this card:

I just had to use some of my new favorites including Tea for Two designer paper and the Honeycomb embossing folder for the base of the card.

But check out this pop top… isn’t is awesome when smashed?!?

How to Smash Your Soda Pop Top in Your Big Shot

Ok, so if you want to do this yourself, this is what you need to do:

1.  Put your white multi-purpose platform on the Big Shot base with all of the tabs/shims flipped open

2.  Sandwich your bottle cap/pop top between the two clear cutting plates and place on top of the multi-purpose platform

3.  Run through your Big Shot

That’s it!  It smashes fast and like buttah!  I have way too much fun doing this. Smile

I just used the 1” Circle Punch after I stamped my image from the Collage Curious stamp set (stamped on River Rock cardstock) and adhered it to the inside of the pop top.  Then I filled the inside with Crystal Effects. 

I will warn you it takes a long time to dry!  Like seriously, it took probably about 45 min for mine to dry because I used soooo much Crystal Effects.  But it looks so awesome that I just had to do it.

So if you haven’t tried this smashed soda pop top technique yet, you totally should!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

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Smashed Recipe:
Stamps:
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Collage Curious
Ink: Crumb Cake, Markers: Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery
Paper: Very Vanilla cs, Certainly Celery cs, Tea For Two designer paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Honeycomb embossing folder, Glue Dots, Crystal Effects, Paper Snips, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

It’s the Week of Love!

Yup, its Valentine’s Week and so now is the time to finish up those Valentine’s that you totally meant to make and then got busy and never did.  Not that that would describe anyone writing reading this blog, right? hee hee

Well, to kick off the week, I wanted to share a card that I received as a swap at Leadership last month.  It uses one of my favorite “love” stamps because it is so understated and pretty cute – the tree from Easy Events.

card created by Diane Eichfield

I was finishing creating the cards and treat boxes for my class this last weekend and as I was almost done with the design work, I ran across this stamp.  I couldn’t easily work it into my projects for the weekend, but I wanted to remind others like me out there that have this set to pull it out!

It is perfect for watercoloring or just using your markers like Diane did.  Add to it the More Amore designer paper and a few embossing folders and some cute just exploded all over your card.

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It’s the Styling Stampin’ Squad January Blog Hop!

Alright, this is my second month with the crew of talented stampers and this month we are sharing project ideas using items from the new Spring catalog and Sale-a-Bration items.  Because who doesn’t like fun ideas with new stuff? Smile

Well, I have a couple quick projects for you and I hope they inspire some new ideas for you.  First up is a little card… I call it a calling card because it is actually significantly smaller than a standard card front.  I made these to send with some spring catalogs and SAB catalogs I was mailing out.  Something quick, cute, and let you see new stuff in action.

I highlighted two of my favorites from the catalog – the Honeycomb embossing folder and the Natural Trim ribbon.  I love how deeply the honeycomb embossing folder creases the paper and it actually looks good on both sides of the paper.

And don’t let the ribbon fool you.  It has that rough, almost burlap-like look when you see it in pictures but it is SO SOFT when you feel it in person.  I normally have a hard time using up all the ribbon on a spool but I have a feeling this is one I’ll actually be buying extra of before the catalog is over. Smile

Anyway, I thought that my honeycomb needed a bee, so I grabbed the new Collage Curious stamp set and found the bee was a perfect fit.  Cute, huh?

And if you haven’t seen that “Hello” sentiment before….check out your copy of the Sale-a-Bration flyer… it is the free Pretty Petites stamp set and the matching free Petite Curly Label punch.  LOVE!!

Alright, how about one more share for you?  You can’t say no, huh?

This card makes me so thankful for the Stampin’ Success magazine for demonstrators (an awesome perk when you join the Stampin’ Up! family!)  They have project ideas and samples for inspiration and CASE-ing and this color combo and initial layout idea came from a past issue.  It used a different stamp set and I had to tweak up the embellishments because I was so excited to use the new Sycamore St ribbon and button pack (also coming up free as part of Sale-a-Bration).  This is my second project with these buttons and ribbon (you can check out my scrapbook page from a few posts ago to see my first project).

So, I hope you enjoyed my projects this month and the blog hop we’ve put together for you!

I’m off to check in to the Leadership convention in Orlando today and hope to share even more inspiration with you over the next few days.  But until then, check out the rest of the blogs on the hop for more great ideas.

 

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  2. Pam S. of Stampin’ in the Sun!
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  7. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin’
  8. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  9. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  10. Terry B of Goin’ Over the Edge
  11. Justin K of JK Cards
  12. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin’
  13. Jennifer B of NW Stamper <— YOU ARE HERE!
  14. Bree R. of Craft-somnia
  15. Diana E of Stampin’ Fun with Diana

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