Hello stampers! You know that you have a great stamp set when it takes more than one blog post to adequately feature all the amazing elements. I am not even doing it justice. The more I play the more I want to create with this stamp set. You may not want to buy this bundle, it will prevent you from getting your work done!!
I have to be honest. Sometimes I find embellishment kits a waste of money. There are often elements in there that you simply can’t find a use for. This one is fantastic! You get so many pretty die cuts and vellum embellishments that it is instant gratification to whip a bunch of cards that make you look like you really slaved over them. Anyone who receives one of these over the top cards will really be feeling the love. I took a picture of some of the elements I had laying out before I started my card. This is NOT the complete embellishment kit by any means. Click here to see all of it.
The watercolour paper in the middle of the picture is 4″ by 5 1/4″ and has been stamped using the acrylic block technique shown in the video at the end of this post. Take a look at the finished card. It took about five minutes to make.
I used berry burst and pool party ink pads right on my acrylic block E and then spritzed both the block and the watercolour paper with water before “stamping”. Here is a picture of how I prepped the watercolour paper.
The grid paper is very helpful to align the tape and the cardstock making it easier to get a nice even border. Here is a close-up of the final result of the paper. I wish now that I had rotated it on my card so that you would see more of the pool party. Oh well. Next time.
Here is another card using some of the embellishment kit. The card is mostly in white and silver so the coloured embellishment really pops.
The next card uses a piece of one of the cards I posted yesterday. It had a mat of that beautiful paper from this suite, so I cut out an oval before adhering to the card and covering with the white mat. This paper is so lovely you really don’t want to waste any of it!
This card is clean and simple and really lets the paper shine. The sentiment is from Petal Palette another of my favourite stamps from the Occasions catalog. I decided to try and spruce it up a bit using some other embellishments from the kit and some ribbon. What do you think?
I really do love this sentiment. My job as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator has allowed me to meet so many new people all over the world and I have been blessed and enriched by it in so many ways, so this card is for you my fellow demonstrators and to all my Facebook and blog followers and to my wonderful customers and team members. I hope you feel the love. I made one last card that I totally cased from Dawn Olchefske. Here is the link to her blog. I just embossed my base layer, that is the only change I made.
Finally, here is the video that shows you how to do the acrylic block watercolour background technique. It is easy, controlled and changeable. You can always add more ink and spritz again with water.
Hello stampers! What do you look for in a stamp set? I love a set that combines great images with a few great sentiments. I also get quite excited when the set can be used for different occasions and for both men and women. Feather Together fits the bill perfectly. It has some great words in a great font and the feather images can be used together or separately. SInce the set is photopolymer, it makes it very easy to do a two-step stamp. I will share a video with some tips and tricks on how to do that. Take a look at this stamp set:
I haven’t played with this set as much as I would like to, but here are some cards that I made for my coffee and a card class. I thought that the simplicity of the card would pair well the simple beauty of our copper foil paper.
Here is the same card but using different words. I am sorry that the script patterned paper is no longer available. I love it so much that I wanted to use the rest of my stash. I think we should all petition Stampin’Up! to bring it back. It was available in the patterned paper stacks in each of the colour families but the neutrals were my favourite.The white panel on the first two cards is the same size, 4″ by 2 5/8″.
Now I have to confess that I tend to hoard more expensive paper. It makes me happy to be able to get the most use out of it, so before mounting the white part on the copper I first cut out some leaves for another card making sure to leave enough of an edge so that you wouldn’t notice what I did. Check it out, I am pretty pleased with myself!
Here is what I did with those beautiful leaves. I made two versions of this card, one with a single piece of patterned paper in the background and another one with strips of paper (they are approximately 1 3/8″ wide by 4″ long. That way I could not only use up my paper scraps but I could also showcase how well the papers coordinate. The leaf framelits are from the Colorful Seasons bundle. The stamp set is one of the sets featured in the World Card Making Day sale until October 10.
The last card here was actually the first card that I made. When I saw the feathers I thought of the pretty blue jay feathers I would sometimes find on my lawn after our cat Jacob had followed his natural instincts. I used Pacific Point and Early Espresso.
I love the poignancy of just one leaf. The white panel is 3 1/4″ by 4 1/4″. The pacific point is 5 3/8″ by 4 1/8″. I used the hexagon embossing folder to add some interest to this otherwise clean and simple card. Sometimes two or three-step stamping can be daunting, but all you really need to do is give yourself enough time, be sure to practice and experiment with different colour combinations and stand up. Yes, stand up. If you stand while stamping you get a better view and can line things up more easily. I made a video with a few little tips and tricks to help you along.
I would love to hear from you. What are your favourite sets for two or three step stamping? I really love their effect, especially Baby Bear. He looks so real you just want to touch him. Let me know if you have any other questions.
World Card Making Day Sale
From now until October 10, Stampin’Up! is celebrating World Card Making Day with a special sale. Select stamp sets are 15% off. Select designer series paper is also on sale until the end of October, buy three packs get one free. The best part of this sale is that the most expensive pack of paper can be your free one! Just enter the ones you want to pay for first, then enter the free one last.
Did you see that little note at the end? Best deal ever. Buy a fast fuse and get two refills for FREE! If you want to see the images of the stamp sets featured, I took some screen shots:
Here is a shot of the paper that is on sale. I am willing to split packs of paper in half so that you can get three half packs and one half pack for free, just let me know!
Happy stamping and have a super day! Don’t forget about my contest. Comment on any of my blog posts before Tuesday October 10 and get entered into a draw for the stamp set Spooky Cat!
Hello stampers. I think I just made up a new word here. “Splooshing”. What I mean is scrunching up a wet baby wipe (actually, half a baby wipe), dabbing it into an ink pad and then pressing it onto paper to make a background. So, to make this very striking card, I used sahara sand and smoky slate to make the background on a 3 3/4 by 5″ piece of whisper white cardstock. Then you ink up your Lovely as a Tree “treeline” image with Versamark and emboss with copper embossing powder. Repeat slightly lower and to the left with silver embossing powder. After that you can choose to add a ribbon or not. I used 1/8″ silver ribbon (132137)on one and vanilla 1/4″ satin ribbon (142794) on the other. I also did one without ribbon after getting lots of feedback on Facebook. Which one is your favourite?
There is a story behind this card. I received a beautiful Christmas card from one of my team members, Karen Gardner. This technique was used on her card and I immediately knew I would be using it to make my swap card for the Canadian Business Conference in Toronto. This is the first event of its kind for Canadian Stampin’Up! demonstrators and I am super excited about it. We used to have a Leadership Convention each year in January but it was discontinued, so Dale Hampshire decided to create this event. I signed up for two swaps, one with Lovely as a Tree and one with Touches of Texture. The other swap will be the focus of my next blog post. Here is the card without the ribbon:
The sentiment is stamped in black archival ink and comes from Rose Wonder. When I made these cards I was nervous about using so much copper foil! The stuff is not cheap. And it is beautiful. Those two facts usually lead to hoarding. Then I decided I could cut images from the part that wouldn’t show. Genius. Now I have a ton of dragonflies and bees. Large dragonflies, medium dragonflies and groups of dragonflies, all waiting to be incorporated into beautiful cards. Check it out:
I did create a video showing how to do this technique. It really is so very simple and the results are truly beautiful. Have fun with it.
Don’t forget to keep your Versamark pads juicy by reinking now and then, it is the secret to successful embossing. Secret number two is not swinging your heat gun back and forth but focusing on one spot at a time and slowly moving as the powder melts. Today this card is in honour of my team member Janis Taylor’s mom who died and went to heaven today at the beautiful age of 92.
Hello stampers. It feels so good to be back here. It is already January 4 and I have not yet wished you a very happy new year. It doesn’t seem so long ago that 2017 had a futuristic feel to it. Now it is our reality. My key word this year is “focus”. I tend to easily go off on rabbit trails, so I am going to really try to focus this year. To focus on each day instead of always looking forward to or planning the next day. That is harder than it seems. In today’s world, and also in my job as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator it is very important to plan ahead so you stay on track with your classes, your clubs and your ordering. It is also very easy to get excited about the new incentive trip. I will still do those things of course, but now I plan to focus on each task, each class, each customer, each conversation. Less multi-tasking and more simplicity. Now, on to today’s post, end of sermon.
I have already shared with you how much I love the new stamp set Beautiful You. Today I am going to show how great this set is with a technique called paper piecing. With paper piecing you stamp your image twice- once on your card base or layer and once on patterned paper. Then you cut out the part you stamped on patterned paper and adhere it to your stamped image. Wow. You really have to try it to see how amazing this simple technique is. Pictures don’t do it justice but of course I will try.I also used this technique with the new set Moon Baby #143085. This set really called to me because of two things. Number one, we are expecting our first grandchild!! April 7 is the due date and we are thrilled. Number two, I love the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I guess there is a third reason. It will be great to use with our new watercolour pencils. Did you know that you get a set of 13 for only $21 (#141709)I made a short video on how to paper piece so I will share it here. Let me know if you have any success and which stamp set you used to do this technique!!Don’t forget, today is also the beginning of sale-a-bration. Here in Canada you get to choose a free item from the sale-a-bration catalog with every $60 you spend before shipping and tax. Also, there is a great deal on the starter kit, and I would love to have you join my team, Beyond Pampered. You do NOT have to sell or do parties to get the kit. You can get the starter kit just to get your own discount. What you do after that is entirely up to you. Did you know that most demonstrators joined simply to get the 20% discount? Just go to www.thepamperedstamper.stampinup.net and click on join now. The kit is only $135 but you get to choose $165 worth of products AND you pay no shipping and tax. You also get to choose a bonus TWO stamp sets out of either the Occasions catalogue or the annual catalog.
Happy stamping and don’t forget to focus on this day, this gift you have been given to enjoy.
Hello stampers! How are your Christmas preparations going? I have finished with classes but now the baking, the cooking and the catching up with friends begins. Not to mention last minute gift buying. Yes, I cram it all into the week before Christmas.
Yesterday I had lunch with a very good friend and she surprised me with the most thoughtful gift. It totally captures the essence of who I am and what I do. I also love pillows, so this was truly perfect. It will have a place of honour in my home forever.
The word on the pillow is “gezellig”. It is a Dutch word that is hard to define in the English language, in fact it made the list of most difficult to define words! In essence it means a feeling of coziness, of comfort of being warm and welcome. When a place is gezellig you want to be there. It also includes having fun and enjoying camaraderie.Even though we are only days away from Christmas, take a moment to listen to what is going on in January. Clubs start right away and the dates for those were in the last newsletter. A new club is also going to start and if you usually get three sale-a-bration items between January and March then you will want to join this club to maximize your benefits. The club is called “Sale-a-bration Club on Steroids”. The reason? There are only three people in this club, you meet three times and you make three free cards each time. You also commit to spending $66.66 but this will also give you a free sale-a-bration item. Each member gets a turn to receive hostess benefits so you can also get those great hostess sets or put your hostess benefits towards the purchase of the best kit ever, the starter kit!!
The other fun event in January is the Bingo Party on Friday January 13 at 7pm. Tickets to this event are $25. Everyone, yes, everyone wins a prize. We also make four fun and very easy stamping projects. You will get to play with brand new product and the prizes are also all from the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs. Space is limited to 22 people and 6 of those spots are already gone.The projects that we make at the Bingo Party are totally stress free and they give you a chance to get your hands on brand new product. What a great way to find out what you love. Here is the second of four projects:One last word about the starter kit. There is always so much confusion about this amazing deal and I would like to clarify. The starter kit costs $135. No tax, no shipping. You get to pick out whatever products you want in this kit. Stampin’Up! and I both hope that you will want to share your love of stamping with others once your kit arrives and so they include a box of eight catalogs, eight Occasions catalogs and 50 order forms. But you can also just get the kit for your own discount. Yes, by getting the kit you also get the privilege of a 20% discount on all your purchases and you can get hostess benefits if your own order is over $200. AND starting January 4 you get to pick out two free stamp sets as a bonus, any price!! I am also offering a day of crafting at a beautiful cottage if you join my team. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I LOVE telling people about this great opportunity. Disclaimer: be prepared to have this ordinary looking cardboard box totally change your life. My life has become so much richer and exciting in so many ways. I have met all of you! I have met and become friends with demonstrators all over the world and I have traveled to so many beautiful places, for free. Wow. And I get to do what I love. Every day. And I get paid for doing it. Yes, I love my job.
Well, my kitchen is a disaster, so I should get back to it, but I wanted to take a moment to connect with you. Have a super rest of your day.
Hello stampers. Today in southwestern Ontario is is very cold and crisp. When I woke up this morning it was -25C with the windchill factor. On days like that I enjoy the woodstove in the kitchen and my gas fireplace in the stamp room. It also made me think with some longing to the retreats I will be offering in the next few months. The first retreat will actually be a local winter retreat in a beautiful cottage on Lake Erie. I wanted to be able to offer a retreat that is close to home for my customers and for fellow Ontario demonstrators so that they don’t have to spend a lot of money or time on travel. The first retreat is a creative retreat from Tuesday February 21 till Thursday February 23. We will be doing a lot of stamping, socializing and eating great food. Yes, I also love to cook and bake and I know what a treat it is to have someone do that for you. You will be pampered indeed! The second retreat is a professional retreat built around the theme of “Work Smarter not Harder”. I was inspired when I attended my first retreat hosted by Lisa Pretto in Minnesota. It was truly life-changing for me. It really changed how I run my business and I also made life-long friends there. In my training I will share with you what was successful for me, but more importantly I will help you discover your own inner strengths and talents and help you find what you are truly passionate about. All meals and snacks and accommodation are included in the price of $495 for each session. If you are interested in both sessions you will save $100.
The second retreat I am offering will be in the spring in beautiful Tennessee. The cabin I have rented is just outside Smoky Mountains National Park and is not in the fire zone at all. The date for this one is March 19-26. The cost for this one is in US dollars since I also had to rent the cottage in US dollars and this just makes it easier. The format is the same as the one in February. Early arrival is possible on Sunday after 3pm. The creative retreat will begin on Monday afternoon and go till Wednesday morning. Wednesday is the “bridge” day and there will be an option to go to Biltmore Estates. On Thursday the professional retreat will begin and it will go till Sunday morning. The cost is $495US and includes luxury accommodations and all food and some wine and chocolate of course!
It is really quite wonderful to get together with a group of women to share food and to make nice things in a beautiful, relaxing environment and I am really happy that I can offer you this experience. I hope that one of these will work for you. If you want to come with a friend that is even better.
Taking the time to invest in yourself and your business is always a good thing. If you would like to take your business to the next level or if you are tired of being a slave to your work, this retreat is for you. I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned in my 11 years as a demonstrator and what has helped me to become the number ten demonstrator in Canada. What a wonderful surprise that was for me and what a validation. I am not a “big fish” so I just think that if this can happen to little old me, then it can also happen for you and I would love to help you.