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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Some ideas for the 25% off Stamp Sets

If you didn’t see, yesterday Stampin’ Up! announced a 25% off 25 stamp sets sale.  Looking through the list I saw some sets that I can’t wait to get and others that I’ve had for a while but hadn’t posted about in a while.  So I thought I would pull up a few fun ideas from the archives to share and help give you some different ideas to try.

See the full list of 25% off stamps with pictures here

Bright Blossoms

Cheery Bright Blossom Card

Hearts a Flutter & Oh Hello

Sweet Party Invitation

Yippee Skippee

Betsy’s Blossom & Itty Bitty Banners

Betsy’s Blossom card with Framelits

 

And don’t forget, my Anniversary Week giveaway!

  • 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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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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Tips for Using Pressed Clay on your Cards

One of the cool perks of being a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! is that you get to check out products from the new catalogs before they come out.  Usually I get super excited about what I see, but I remember seeing the pressed clay when it came out and thinking:

”Huh.  I’m sure someone will think that is cool, but I can’t see myself ever using that stuff.”

But then my mom got some clay along with the molds and I decided to try making a flower… which turned into two flowers…. oh and a button, and maybe one more button…

Next thing I know, I’ve made a ton of clay items and ended up buying my own clay supplies. Smile 

So, I had to share it with folks at a get together recently with this make & take:

So, we made a quick and simple white flower and then used the Bitty Butterfly Punch to create the leaves behind it.  Clever, huh?!

Card Supplies Used
Stamps: 
Oh Hello
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate
Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: SU Pressed Clay, Flower & Buttons molds, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Tombow liquid glue

Now, if you are curious about the Pressed Clay or maybe you have some but are trying to figure out using it, here are some tips I’ve heard and learned along the way:

Tips for using the Pressed Clay

  • Only use just enough clay to fill out the mold form – so no extra clay running over the edge of the mold.  Otherwise it will want to stick and not pop out easily
  • I find I have an easier time getting the clay to pop out if I have let my clay sit out on my table for a little bit to dry out a little so it won’t be so tacky
  • If you are having a hard time with a bit of clay not popping out of the mold, try using your Embossing Buddy on the inside of the mold or put the mold (with clay pressed inside) in the freezer for about 10 min and then try popping your shape out.
  • Color your clay using one of these methods:
    • Add some drops of reinker to the clay and massage into the clay before pressing
    • Dab your ball of clay onto an ink pad to pick up some ink, then massage into the clay before pressing
    • Use marker to color your item after it has dried.  This is the most vibrant option.
  • To get the button holes, press your clay into the mold and then press extra hard on the areas with the button holes until you can rub or scrape off the extra clay on top of the button hole pieces.
  • After you have created your clay item, let it sit for a while (longer if you are in a humid climate).  They will never become hard like a resin or plastic embellishment but instead have more of the feeling of a harder foam that cannot be scraped or remolded after it dries.
  • Adhere your finished embellishment using either dimensionals or the mono liquid glue.

And before I go, I just had to share the card that was my inspiration for the make & take project I shared above:

My mom created this card before her new catalog party and I thought it was just such a cute idea.  Plus I love how she used the 5-petal flower punch to create her leaves!

So, give clay a try and I’m sure you’ll have fun too!

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Pair Up Those Punches!

When they announced the Color Refresh and told us that 10 colors were going to be retiring, I looked at the list and was a little sad but overall thought that I didn’t use the colors that much and so I wasn’t going to miss them too much.

Well, then I decide to pull out the colors and make a card with them…. who knew they were so cute together!?!

Colors used:  Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, River Rock, Bashful Blue, Pretty In Pink

Colors used: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy

These are my thank you cards for customers who ordered from me this month.  I decided to pull out my punches and using them to create layered embellishments.  And if you didn’t grab this Petite Curly Label Punch during Sale-a-bration, it is now available to order too!
Anyway, it turns out, that mixing and matching shapes and colors looks pretty cool. Smile Use a stamp to act as a background for your embellishments and they will pop just that much more!

Just a Note:
If you love any of these colors, be sure to be checking your stash!  Some of the ink and papers are already selling out, so be sure to hop over to the online store and grab your favorites before they run out too!
Get the full details about the color refresh here!

 

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Supples Used
Stamps
– Oh Hello
Paper – Whisper White, River Rock, colors listed above
Ink – Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery or Not Quite Navy
Accessories – Petite Curly Label Punch, Bitty Punch Pack, Natural Trim Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

When You Need A Bright And Cheery Card

how about this one? All you need is some scraps and a couple punches and you have a sunshiney card for someone.  I always seem to make 4.25” x 5.5” cards (since they fit so nicely in envelopes that the post office will mail with a standard stamp) but sometimes just a little card you can tuck into a gift bag, someone’s backpack, or just surprise someone with, is fun to play to with different sizes and shapes.

 Mixed Bunch Oh hello thanks

This 3×3 card comes together super fast too!  For this card I used:

Stamps:  Oh Hello
Paper: Brights Collection Designer Paper Stack, Pumpkin Pie cs, Very Vanilla CS
Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories:  Blossom punch, 1 1/4” circle punch, 1” circle punch, Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Snail adhesive

So, try different colors or sentiments and you can have a rainbow of spring flowers brightening up your crafting space. Smile 

 

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Announcing: Print Poetry Stamp Camp & Class by Mail!

I recently had the idea to put on a joint stamp camp with a couple of the fabulous gals in my Fun n’ Crafty team.  So, we got together, designed some projects, figured out the details, and now I’m super excited to share what we created with you!

Print Poetry Stamp Camp

April 20th, 2013  –  3:30pm at Roundtable Pizza in Overlake
(15025 NE 24th St, Redmond, WA 98052)

This is going to be an awesome event as not only will there be fun people to chat and craft with, but everyone who attends will receive:

  • A full pack of Print Poetry designer series paper (that is 48 double sided sheets)
  • A full pack of In Color Dahlia embellishments
  • A pack of 20 notecards & envelopes
  • Additional materials as needed to complete the cards and box
  • Printed instructions for 6 cards plus a card holder box
  • Entry into the multiple doorprizes drawn that day!Bring a friend and receive 2 additional doorprize entries!

You will use those supplies to complete all of the projects in one afternoon.  That is $21 worth of product plus lots of extras (including supplies for at least 14 more cards) and doorprizes for only $30.

This is a great way to get some new ideas for how to use your patterned paper that I know you have lying around at home! Plus with the instructions you can make more of your favorites without having to think or try to figure out the measurements!

Class by mail options is available too!

Can’t make it to the class?  Get the kit by mail and grab some friends and have your own crafty afternoon!

Class by mail kit will include:

  • A full pack of Print Poetry designer series paper (that is 48 double sided sheets)
  • A full pack of In Color Dahlia embellishments
  • A pack of 20 notecards & envelopes
  • Cut cardstock as needed to complete the cards and box
  • Emailed instructions for 6 cards plus a card holder box
  • Shipping anywhere within the USRefer a friend who orders the kit by mail and receive a free pack of Stampin’ Dimensionals in your kit for each friend referred!

Need just the instructions?  I have that option too!

I just love this paper and these ideas for creating with any paper you have at home.  I hope you are able to try it out and enjoy it too!

Space is Limited!

Your pre-payment holds your spot and payment for both the in-person event and the class by mail options must be received by April 14th at midnight.

Print Poetry Stamp Camp
Stamp Camp seat $30.00 USDCard Class kit (local pickup) $30.00 USDCard Class kit (mailed) $35.00 USDInstructions only $4.95 USD

I can’t wait to share this with you soon!

 

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