Making the Most of Your Investment

Hello stampers and happy Friday. Today I want to talk to you about making the most of your investment. If you are reading my blog, chances are quite good that your hobby is stamping and cardmaking. Like most hobbies, this is not a cheap venture. There is no need to apologize for that. Stamping brings you joy and what you create brings others joy and that is more than you can say for some hobbies.

 

Making the Most of Your Investment

 

You may be asking, how DO I make the most of my investment in stamps? First of all, use them! Second, send them. Yes, don’t hoard all your cards, send them to people and spread the love and the joy. I used to make two cards every time I stamped, that way I would be able to send away one of my creations. Use your paper, don’t hoard it. When it’s all gone you can buy more! I have found that when you attend classes and learn new ways of using your stamps you are far more likely to ink up your stamps at home.

Take time to play. Lay out all your coordinating products, the stamps, the dies, the ink, the paper and the cardstock. Just enjoy them for a minute and absorb the colours, the textures and the shapes. Ink up all the stamps and stamp them on scrap paper just to get a feel for what they look like in real life.

It’s ok to find inspiration online. Just type the name of the stamp set along with Stampin’Up in the Google search box and then click on Images at the top of the screen. You will get SO many ideas. Then make at least three cards using your stamp set. You will feel much better about your purchases if you take the time to get to know them and to use them.

 

Find a Stamping Buddy

 

Don’t assume that you already know who will like to stamp and who won’t. I never thought I would!! Invite some of your friends for a girls’ night out. People go to paint nights, or sign painting nights or pottery nights. Why not a card making night? The best part is that if you have friends who stamp, then you will have another reason to get together and have fun. You can also pool supplies. The possibilities are endless. I would love to host you and your friends for a fun time of stamping.

 

Hate to Host?

 

I can understand that hosting an event can be stressful. Many people are not very good at committing and when you host an event and not many people come, then you might feel unpopular or unreliable. No worries. Just come to one of my classes and invite a  friend or two to come along. Once people know how much fun it is they won’t want to miss out the next time you invite them.

 

More Inspiring Iris

 

Just to prove my point, here are some more great cards using Inspiring Iris. I showed you my simple creation a few days ago. If you missed it, you can find it here.

 

Making the most of your investment with Inspiring Iris

 

If you make at least three different things with your stamp set, you will find that it really gets your creative flow going. It sure is a good feeling to have a good card stash on hand for many occasions. Do you see how everything changes when you use the thistle instead of the iris? When you change the colour scheme? Look at the addition of the washi tape and the linen thread. You get a country feel to your card.

 

Inspiring Iris- make the most of your investment

 

This card uses the watercolour technique with our lovely watercolour paper. Do you see the vellum accents underneath? The sentiment has been embossed in gold. Be sure to use your stamparatus for that because watercolour paper is “bumpy” and you need to stamp several times to get good coverage.

 

Thanks!

 

Thanks for joining me today, I hope I have inspired you to get the most out of your investment. Enjoy your hobby and spread joy. Remember, the best deal is the starter kit and there is room for you on my team wherever you live in Canada! Here is the link to get you started on this amazing journey. Don’t forget, our very own Dale Hampshire is joining us at the next team meeting on February 6!

I hope you have a super day and happy stamping.

 


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Lady in Red

Hello stampers! If you grew up in the eighties like me, chances are that you know Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh. I really do love this song and I also love the colour red. No surprise then that I chose to highlight the colour red in my creations using the Parisian Blossoms suite. Cherry cobbler to be specific, but Lady in Cherry Cobbler doesn’t sound quite as catchy, more like a gluttonous mini person caught in a dessert pan!

 

Some More Cards

 

A pop of red for Parisian Blossoms suite

 

I do love this card so much with it’s luscious red flowers. Combining different patterns of paper also really appeals to me. The trick to remember with this is to always combine a bigger, bolder pattern with a smaller, more subtle pattern. This card is a special fold as well and I will share all the details in the pdf.

 

A pop of red on this Parisian Blossoms card

 

You can see the same colour scheme with this card- cherry cobbler, petal pink and old olive. The metallic edge petal pink ribbon just sets it off perfects as does the “scripty” patterned paper from Parisian Blossoms specialty designer series paper. The sentiment was embossed with silver. Do you see the champagne rhinestones scattered here and there? It really is in the details. It is such fun making your own patterned paper.

 

All the Details

 

Tonight I am going to get to work making a detailed pdf with all the measurements, tips and tricks for making these cards. I hope to have it on my blog tomorrow! I am also toying with the idea of having a mega online party for everyone who orders this suite with me online in January. The plan would be to make ALL the cards during an exclusive live video. Wouldn’t that be fun? For those of you who couldn’t purchase through me because they live in the wrong country I might offer another option. Stay tuned for details while I work it all out. Tomorrow’s blog post will feature the scrapbook page and the framed piece featuring my parents.

 

Extravaganza Sale

 

If you scroll to the end of the product list you will see the eight bundles that are on sale until tomorrow. They are an additional 5% off the regular 10% off in the catalog. To sweeten the deal I am offering free shared host benefits to everyone who orders online using the host code or in person with me. All ink pads and cardstock in the neutrals and regals families are also 15% off, so be sure to stock up on these great basics. To be included in the free shared host benefits you can order anything you like, not just sale stuff!  Happy shopping and thanks so much for your ongoing support, I appreciate it very much.

 

An Exclusive Facebook Group

I have a special exclusive Facebook group that is only for my customers and training group members. It is called The Pampered Stamper Elite Group and you can find it here. Please only request to join if you are a customer, team member or training group member, there are no exceptions. This is just another small way to make those who support me feel more special.

 

Tutorial now available

 

My pdf on how to make all the projects is now available! What a lovely gift to yourself to be able to recreate all these cards and pages without too much thinking. I hope you love it.

 



 


 

 


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New Wonders and Pigment Sprinkles


Crucial information about pigment sprinkles

 

Hello stampers! I had a little more fun with pigment sprinkles today and there is a very important tip that you need to know about them. There are too many holes in the lid!! That’s right. While it is wonderful that we no longer have to poke our own holes in the lid to allow for sprinkling, the problem is that the holes are too big and there are three of them. Thankfully there is an easy solution. Cover two and a half holes with washi tape. The pigment is so intense that if you use too much the colour is too dark and the effect is not what you want at all.

 

Less writing and more showing

 

My health issues continue with an inflamed tendon in my thumb, so I was told to ease off on blogging. I have made a video for you to show you the cards and the technique. Enjoy!

 

Pigment Sprinkles and New Wonders from Stampin'Up!

 

Here are the videos, and yes, there are two. My phone ran out of storage space and so life happened. Happy Friday everyone.

 

 

 

 


 

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Time to Get Dirty with Pigment Sprinkles

Hello stampers. I squeezed in a little time yesterday to play with the new pigment sprinkles. I would really like to meet someone who doesn’t get dirty when playing with this product! Time was of the essence since I had a class in an hour, so I didn’t get to play as much as I would have liked. Freshly Made Sketches is a website that offers a weekly sketch that you can play along with. I have been wanting to do this for months but simply never got around to it. This might be the card that finally makes it into the challenge! Here is the sketch.

 

Freshly Made Sketches has a new sketch challenge each week: FMS398

 

You don’t actually have to use a butterfly for your card but I had a butterfly card in my mind that I have been wanting to make for a while now. I made one similar to this years ago for an event. For this card I used the new pigment sprinkles and I knew I was going to get dirty! I don’t mind getting dirty hands although it is a different story when you ruin your cards by getting ink in unwanted places. I really don’t like wearing gloves, but it is handy to have wipes and paper towels handy to clean up the mess as you go.

 

Getting Dirty with Pigment Crystals

 

This was the first card I made. I was hoping to structure my stripes a bit by using an aqua painter to make a guide for the pigment sprinkles  one colour at a time. It sort of worked but I wanted to try it again with less structure. Take a look at the next card and tell me which one is your favourite.

 

My second attempt with pigment crystals and our new Stampin'Up! watercolour paper.

 

I think I prefer the second card but it is a very loose interpretation of the sketch challenge since my stripes are more fluid. I do love the smoothness of our new watercolour paper. If you cut it in half you get two pieces of 3 1/2′ by 5″. That leaves a nice space at the bottom of the card for your words. These words came from the July Paper Pumpkin On My Mind.

 

There are six colours of pigment crystals and they come with a flip top lid and three perforations so there is no prep work to be done.

 

As you can see in the picture, the pigment sprinkles come in six colours. They have a flip top cover under the lid with three little holes already made for you to sprinkle on your wet watercolour paper. I will definitely be doing more with this product, I also think you can use it together with our old Brusho paint crystals. I think I could make it the theme of one of my regular Tuesday night Facebook live videos.

 

There are only six days left to get Bonus Bucks for August. With every $60 you spend you will get a $6 bonus days coupon to use in August. If you order online, please use the host code XBTQ47UR if your order is less than $200. If your order is $200 or more you will receive host benefits that you can use for exclusive host sets like the one below or for any product you like. Host sets are your best value since the price on them is roughly half of what they are worth.

 

This host set is only $17 and it coordinates with our timeless label punch This host set New Wonders is only $18.50 to redeem in your host rewards. This host set Believe You Can is only $17 to use in your host rewards when you have an order of $200 or more This host set Soft Spring is only $12 if you redeem your host rewards on an order of $200 or more

If you place an online order and you reach $200 then you will be prompted to redeem host rewards. You can choose these sets as one of your options. I hope this is helpful. You cannot add these to a regular order. You can find more information on these exclusive sets at the back of the annual catalog on page 205-207.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I am going to be having some beach time with Rachel and then some Oma time tonight and tomorrow. That means no time for pdfs just yet. Thanks for your patience!

 


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Watercolour Pencils and Free as a Bird

Hello stampers! Are you ready to hear about a great tip to use with watercolour pencils and Free as a Bird? Sometimes all you need is a little inside information to make a product that much better and more fun to use. I have told you many times that I never considered myself to be an artist. That is slowly changing for me, and it can for you as well. This little tip will bring us both a little closer to that amazing reality. Actually, so much of what we do can be considered art. The way we arrange our food on a plate, the way we put some flowers in a vase or pick just the right shoes with an outfit. You might be amazing at applying eye shadow or nail polish. Perhaps you are a genius at arranging furniture. It’s all art.

 

Let’s take a look at the card first. This is actually Alison Reid’s card for our Fab Four event in August. She had us stamp the bird image in Memento black ink on crumb cake cardstock. Before we did that we stamped various images from Gallery Grunge around the edges to give a nice vintage look. When I say “we” I mean the other team members that constitute the Fab Four. We had to postpone our event due to bad timing and low numbers so we decided to get together anyways and teach each other our cards. It was actually a brilliant idea that also gave us a chance to critique our cards and also get our creative juices flowing. Making a card for yourself and teaching a card at a class are two very different things. Some cards are not well suited to teaching in a group setting and that is what was helpful about our time together.

 

Watercolour Pencils are used to colour this Free as Bird image. The trick is to start with a white base!

 

Isn’t this just a lovely card? This colour combination of pretty peacock, soft suede and crumb cake is spectacular. The stamped leaf was fussy cut but the vellum leaf is actually a punch. Do you see how the stitched rectangles framelits were used for both the sentiment and the frame around the birds? It really is a wonderful tool. Here is a close up of the birds.

 

Free as a Bird coloured with watercolour pencils on a crumb cake base.

 

Are you ready for the big secret trick? You first colour the entire image with your white watercolour pencil! This not only creates a neutral background, it also allows for better blending. The bird was coloured using basic grey for the top of his head, pumpkin pie for his beak and then bermuda bay, pacific point and daffodil delight for the body. The branch is early espresso, the leaves old olive and the flowers daffodil delight. I will show you how to do it in the video that follows. After all the colouring and stamping was complete the crumb cake panel was run through the die cutting machine using the Subtle embossing folder to give it just a little more texture.

 

I did a little playing while I was waiting for my YouTube video to upload, I was curious to see how this technique would work on black cardstock. I rather like it! I added a little wink of stella to some of the birds.

 

Watercolour pencils on black cardstock, it is imperative to first colour the images with the white pencil.

 

Before I share the video with you I just want to share with you the amazing starter kit opportunity that is happening right now. It is called Extra, Extra because first you get an extra $40 in your starter kit and second, you get an extra $14 coupon code that you can use on your order the month after you join. I am adding one more extra, a special day or evening stamping with me using new products and answering all your questions. It is going to be called Diva Day, and it will be on Thursday August 22 at 1pm and 7pm. Our new catalog is amazing and I have heard from many people that they have a long wish list. Don’t deny yourself, but spend wisely. If your list has more than $110 on it, then get the starter kit. You can choose $205 worth of product and you pay only $135. Do you know how much money you are saving? $205 worth of product with shipping and tax comes to $252.15!!! That means you are saving $117.15. You also get a free Paper Pumpkin in your starter kit and 8 catalogs to share with your friends. Wow, wow, wow.

 

 

I can already sense a little anxiety, perhaps even despair. “I don’t want to teach classes.” “I don’t want to be a crazy demonstrator person like you Jackie.” “I don’t want to commit to anything.” “I feel like I’m stealing from Stampin’Up!”.  No worries at all. This starter kit is an opportunity given to you by Stampin’Up! with the full realization that you might very well do nothing with it except enjoy the savings. That is totally ok. Of course I would have to say that you would be just a little crazy not to take advantage of your 20% discount afterwards, so I will encourage you to place another order to use your $14 coupon code and get your 20% discount. Here is the link to get this awesome deal. I will connect with you when I get back from the Greek Isles incentive trip to see if you want to come to DIva Day on August 22. If you are not local then I will connect with you with a Facebook or Skype call if you like.

 

The supply list below includes the products from Saturday’s post and it was too much of a time investment to fix it. Sorry!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate each and every one of you. If you want to do me a big favour, please pin one of these cards, that really helps give me more exposure and grows my business.

 


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Wildly Happy With Stitched Nested Labels

Hello stampers! I’m back from a lovely time away and I appreciate your patience. Balance in life is a good thing and taking complete time away with your loved ones is so important. Wildly Happy is a stamp set that oozes love. While I think the original intent was for baby cards, I have hopefully shown that it can definitely be adapted for all kinds of other occasions. For some reason I wanted to use the stitched nested labels, the new in colours and the coordinating ribbon on these cards. I also played around with different colouring techniques.

 

 

 

For these cards I used the sentiments that come with the Wildly Happy set. I also used three different embossing folders and the new scalloped linen ribbon in terracotta tile, rococo rose and pretty peacock. Three different sizes of stitched nested labels were also used. The following trio of cards use different sentiments from A Wish for Everything and Here’s A Card.

 

 

 

It was also fun to play with different colouring techniques. I used Blends on the elephants and rabbits but I used watercolour pencils and a blender pen on the fox with the baby sentiment and blender pen and ink on the fox with “I made you a card”. You will also notice that there are no traditional bows on these cards. This scalloped linen ribbon does not tie well into bows, it is too stiff. It does tie beautifully in a knot like the one on the elephant card or a simple layered knot like on the rabbit card. It also can be tucked around a card front like on the fox card or layered over a strip of cardstock for added interest.

 

 

I did do a little colour coordination with the ribbon and the colour of the stamped sentiments. I really like the new incolours. Today I used Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose and Terracotta Tile. The fox was the trendiest! He or she got some terracotta tile lowlights around the edges of his face and tail before being blended with pumpkin pie and daffodil delight. In the baby card I used four different colours of pencils: cajun craze, early espresso, pumpkin pie and daffodil delight. It was some serious colour therapy for me.

 

I hope you like the cards today, we will be making them at coffee and a card tomorrow morning. Today I am organizing the summer Blends Club as well as a paper share. Stay tuned for more details. Thanks so much for stopping by, if you would like to purchase any of the items featured today and you live in Canada, just click on the products below. If you choose to use the host code I would be most thankful. The code is  YDZAPF6Y.

 


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