Ways to use Pearlized Doilies on Your Cards

By | June 27, 2018

This blog post is going to focus on ways to use Pearlized Doilies on your cards.  The Pearlized Doilies are part of the Share What You Love product suite.  This suite of products was designed to celebrate 30 years of Stampin’ Up! and loving what you do.  Pearl is the “stone” for 30 year anniversaries, so Stampin’ Up! decided to add a pearl finish to the doilies to celebrate.

Here’s a list of some of the products used (“Share What You Love” product suite, pages 176-178):

A NOTE ABOUT USING PEARLIZED DOILIES:

Adhesives don’t stick well to the pearlized surface, so adding the sentiment to the Doily requires some extra care.  A great way to ensure that the doily stays on your project is to attach it between two cardstock circles.  The circle on the back of the doily can be larger than the front one, creating a mat that is part of the card.  If you don’t want the back circle piece to be seen, cut it just a bit smaller than the front circle so it will be hidden.

 

I received each of the cards I’m sharing today in a recent swap with other demonstrators and I have given credit to the creator of each card.  It always amazes me how, even though each card uses similar elements, each card is unique.

Here’s the first card, made by Holly Sutton.  This card uses the doily front and center and the designer paper is the focus of the card.

Ways to use Pearlized Doilies on Your Cards

 

 

This next card also uses the doily in the center of the card, but it is placed more toward the bottom of the card.  This card was designed by Brenda Sue Hillard.

Ways to use Pearlized Doilies on Your Cards

PROJECT NOTES:

  • A circle of Crumb Cake cardstock was attached behind the doily so that it shows through around the edge, underneath the doily.  The doily is between the two cardstock circles.  (see note above about using pearlized doilies)
  • This card is actually a “fancy fold” card.  The bottom strip opens up for the inside sentiment.  (See photo below.)

Ways to use Pearlized Doilies on Your Cards

 

The next card that demonstrates ways to use Pearlized Doilies on your cards was made by Linda Larson.

Ways to use Pearlized Doilies on Your Cards

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Linda used the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as the focal point of this card.
  • Her sentiment is located off-center, towards the bottom right of the card, and the pearlized doily is offset from the cardstock circle.
  • She used a 3″ x 4″ piece of designer paper, cut at an angle for the bottom element.

 

Here’s another card that features the doily, but this time an oval shape is used for the sentiment.  This card was made by Sandy Carlson.

Ways to use Pearlized Doilies on Your Cards

 

 

The final card I have to share with you was made by ME!! at the April Onstage Local event.  This card layout was designed by Stampin’ Up! artists and features a “collage” effect.

Ways to use Pearlized Doilies on Your Cards

 

 

Any of the doily ideas in this blog post can be easily used with the new Colored Doilies as well!!  Hope you enjoyed learning some different ways to use Pearlized Doilies on your cards.  Any of the products used on these cards can be found in my online store.

 

 

 

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Quick and Easy Cards Using Embossing Folders

By | June 25, 2018

Sometimes you need a card in a hurry.  Did you know you can make quick and easy cards using embossing folders?  I’ve got some great examples for you today.

All the cards I’m sharing use products from the “Share What You Love” product suite in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  (pages 176-178).

Here’s a list of the products used:

 

There’s something else all these cards share and that’s the design idea.  Even though each card is different, each includes the following: an embossed image with a simple sentiment.  One thing to note is that all these cards were received in a recent swap.  I find it interesting how four different people each came up with similar card designs.

 

Here’s my first example of quick and easy cards using embossing folders.  This one was made by Shari Caspers.

Quick and Easy Cards Using Embossing Folders

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Card number two was made by Susan Campfield and it uses Very Vanilla and Basic Black for a classic look.

Quick and Easy Cards Using Embossing Folders

PROJECT NOTES:

Additional products used include: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Layering Ovals Framelits, and 1/2″ Very Vanilla Lace Trim.

 

 

The third card in our parade of quick and easy cards using embossing folders was made by BJ Peters.

Quick and Easy Cards Using Embossing Folders

PROJECT NOTES:

 

The last two cards I have to share are made by Brenda Cardinal.  Here’s the first one.

Quick and Easy Cards Using Embossing Folders

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Brenda used a strip of designer paper to ground the sentiment piece along the bottom of the card front.
  • The sentiment punched using the Tailored Tag punch.  Then it was matted using a second punched Mint Macaron shape, cut in half to create the mat.
  • Share What You Love Artisan Pearls were used for accents.

 

Here’s her second card

Quick and Easy Cards Using Embossing Folders

PROJECT NOTES:

  • The card is grounded by the designer paper border on the bottom of the card.
  • She fussy cut cut the center of the flower.  It is the same flower embossing folder, embossed on Basic Black, with the center cut out.
  • This card isn’t exactly the same as the others because there isn’t a sentiment on it.  However, one could easily be added.

 

These cards all used products from one suite.  However, the same concept of an embossed background with a die cut/punched sentiment can be used with any embossing folders you may already have in your collection.

I challenge you to create some quick and easy cards using embossing folders, then let me know what you think!!

 

 

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Easiest Greeting Card Ever Using Designer Series Paper

By | June 20, 2018

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy card in a hurry!!  Here’s an idea for how you can make the easiest greeting card ever using designer series paper. 

Don’t you hate it when you don’t have the right card on hand??  I do!!  Even with all the cards that I make, sometimes I find myself without an appropriate card to send.  Read this blog post to learn how to handle these times.

When I find myself short of a needed card, I turn to my stash of designer series paper.  So many of the paper patterns lend themselves to being the star of the card.  It’s so quick and easy to make a card with a stunning paper design and simply add a greeting.  The entire card can take less than 5 minutes to make!!

Here are some samples of the easiest greeting card ever using designer series paper.  I received  these cards in a swap and have credited the creator.  Even though each card follows the same basic idea of using designer paper and a greeting, notice how each card is very different from the others by use of color or embellishment.

All the cards use paper patterns from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series paper pack.  And, all but one of the cards use the “thank you” greeting from the Love What You Do stamp set.

 

This first card was made by Brenda Cardinal.

Easiest Greeting Card Ever Using Designer Series Paper

PROJECT NOTES:

 

The next easiest greeting card ever using designer series paper sample was made by Terri Gaines.

Easiest Greeting Card Ever Using Designer Series Paper

PROJECT NOTES:

 

This next card was also made by Terri Gaines.

Easiest Greeting Card Ever Using Designer Series Paper

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This designer paper piece was cut exactly the same size as on her first card.  However, on this card she only added one mat (Whisper White 4 1/4″ x 3″)
  • She flipped the orientation of this card to be portrait.  Her first card was landscape orientation.
  • Sentiment was added to a banner piece (punched with the Banner Triple Punch).
  • She tied a piece of Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine around the banner piece.  Sentiment is attached with Stampin Dimensionals.

 

This next card uses the same designer paper pattern as Terri’s card.  It was made by Cathy Seal.

Easiest Greeting Card Ever Using Designer Series Paper

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Hope you enjoyed seeing these samples of the easiest greeting card ever using designer series paper and that they have inspired you to go and try some designer paper cards of your own!

 

 

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New Catalog Top Picks for Ink and Tools

By | June 19, 2018

I’m here today to share my new catalog top picks for ink and tools.  Ink and tools are basics of any crafting stash.  For me, the quality of Stampin’ Up’s! ink and tools are unable to be matched!!  Except for my first pick, none of these items are in any particular order.

 

OOPS!!  So this post was supposed to publish last week!!  Better late than never!!

 

STAMPARATUS  p. 207

New Catalog Top Picks for Ink and Tools

Of course, this is my #1 pick of ANY of the catalog products….stamps, tools, inks, and papers.  This stamp positioning tool will CHANGE THE WAY YOU STAMP!!!  It is a must have tool for any stamper.  This tool helps you perfectly align stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely, and get complete ink coverage.  If you can only get one new item from the catalog, I would tell you this would be it!!

In case you missed it, I wrote a couple blog posts with tips and tricks for using this fantastic new tool!!  You can find them here and here.)

 

STAZON INK p. 202

New Catalog Top Picks for Ink and Tools

It’s back!!  Stazon ink is permanent ink for stamping images you plan to watercolor.  It also works on nonporous surfaces like Window Sheets.  You will also want to purchase the Stazon Cleaner (p. 206) as well.

 

DETAILED TRIO PUNCH p. 211

New Catalog Top Picks for Ink and Tools

This new punch lets you get three different punched results…a rounded corner, a decorative corner and a ribbon hole.

 

STAMPIN’ BLENDS p. 205

New Catalog Top Picks for Ink and Tools

These high quality dual tipped alcohol markers in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors open up a whole new world of colorful creativity.  Each individual marker contains a thin tip and a brush tip.  There are many NEW colors that have been added to this collection!

 

UN-INKED STAMPIN’ SPOTS p. 203

New Catalog Top Picks for Ink and Tools

I put these on my list because they work so well for inking stamps when you use the Stamparatus.  I find it difficult and clumsy to use the large ink pads on the Stamparatus.  The size of these Stampin’ Spots makes it easy to ink stamps on the Stamparatus.  Use Stampin’ Ink Refills (p. 183-187) to create the colors of spots you need.

 

Well, there you have my new catalog top picks for ink and tools.  If you’ve missed any of my other new catalog top picks, you can find them here:

New Catalog Top Picks for Rubber Stamps

New Catalog Top Picks for Designer Paper and Cardstock

New Catalog Top Picks for Embellishments

 

 

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Love What You Do Greeting Card Ideas

By | June 18, 2018

Today I have some Love What You Do  greeting card ideas using the new stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This stamp set is part of the Share What You Love Product Suite in the new catalog.

The lined flower image in this stamp set is so much fun to use!!  It can either be left un-colored, colored with Stampin’ Blends or color pencils or colored/shaded using the watercolor wash images in the stamp set.  You can find each type of coloring on the cards I’m sharing today.

Here’s the first of my Love What You Do greeting card ideas.  This simple card highlights the watercolor wash images found in this stamp set.

Love What You Do Greeting Card Ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Blushing Bride and Soft Suede are the colors used on this card.
  • The large watercolor wash background was stamped off before stamping on the Whisper White cardstock.  The flowers were “colored” using the smaller watercolor wash image stamped full strength.
  • Share What You Love Artisan Pearls were used as an accent on this card.

 

Here’s another card using that same flower image and “colored” using the large watercolor wash stamp image.

Love What You Do Greeting Card Ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Continuing with the Love What You Do greeting card ideas, this next card was one I received in a swap.  It was made by Lynn Feldkamp.

Love What You Do Greeting Card Ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Here’s my final card to share.  This was one I also got in the swap, made by Holly Sutton.

Love What You Do Greeting Card Ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Well, there you have my Love What You Do greeting card ideas.  Do you have a favorite card from the ones I shared?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  Then, come back on Wednesday for more creative ideas with this suite of products.

 

 

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New Catalog Top Picks for Embellishments

By | June 11, 2018

Today I have my new catalog top picks for embellishments to share with you.  New catalog time is always so much fun.  I sometimes get so taken away by all the “big” stuff in the catalog (stamps, paper and tools) that I neglect the new “little” items.  But, embellishments are a great, affordable way to “refresh” your crafting stash without investing lots of money.

Ready…here are my new catalog top picks for embellishments in no particular order.

 

PEARLIZED DOILIES p. 192

New Catalog Top Picks for Embellishments

Doilies are a great way to dress up any project.  These white doilies have a pearlized finish and are absolutely gorgeous!!  24 doilies per package.

 

RED RHINESTONES p. 197

New Catalog Top Picks for Embellishments

We all LOVE the Basic Jewels Clear Rhinestone and Basic Jewels Pearls embellishments.  We now have a THIRD option for Basic Jewels….RED!!  Think Christmas…and Valentines Day!!  220 total rhinestones per package.

 

METALLIC PEARLS p. 197

New Catalog Top Picks for Embellishments

Gold and silver adhesive backed pearls to add a bit of metallic bling on projects.  You get 121 each of two colors, for a total of 242 pieces.

 

GLITTER ENAMEL DOTS p. 197

New Catalog Top Picks for Embellishments

160 sparkly, adhesive-backed dots come in this package.  You get 10 each of 4 colors in 4 sizes:  Coastal Cabana,  Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo.

 

BASIC ADHESIVE BACKED SEQUINS p. 198

New Catalog Top Picks for Embellishments

Faceted sequins are ready to peel and stick.  250 total sequins, 50 each of 5 colors: Mint Macaron, Pearl White, Petal Pink, Sahara Sand, Soft Sea Foam.

 

BRADS p. 198

New Catalog Top Picks for Embellishments

Yep – brads are back!!  Use brads for accents or to adhere layers.  You get 40 total pieces in three different sizes (10 each of 4 colors).  You have two package options: Metallic (Copper, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver) or Basic (Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Whisper White).

 

RIBBON pp. 200-201

New Catalog Top Picks for Embellishments

There are LOTS of ribbon options on these two catalog pages.  If an entire spool of ribbon is too much for you, find a couple friends to go together with and split both the ribbon spool and the cost!!

 

Well, there you have my new catalog top picks for embellishments.  Were any of my top picks already on your wish list?  Stop back tomorrow for my favorite inks and tools.

 

 

 

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New Catalog Top Picks for Designer Paper and Cardstock

By | June 6, 2018

Today, I’m moving on to my new catalog top picks for designer paper and cardstock. With the color re-vamp taking front and center stage, there are certainly LOTS of wonderful color choices  in this catalog.  And, the one great thing about the Stampin’ Up! color products is that they all match….Real Red ink will match Real Red cardstock, embellishments, etc.

But aside from the new colors, what are some of my new catalog top picks for designer paper and cardstock?  Remember, they are in no particular order.

 

SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER p. 188

New Catalog Top Picks for Designer Paper and Cardstock

This paper pack features hand painted designs on heavyweight sheets.  Four of the designs have a translucent, pearlized finish.  If the price of this paper seems unusually high ($27), you actually get 24 sheets in each package (4 each of 6 double-sided designs) so it’s like getting two packs in one.  This is LOVELY designer paper!!

 

WOOD TEXTURES 6″ x 6″ DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK p. 191

New Catalog Top Picks for Designer Paper and Cardstock

This returning favorite from last year’s catalog features realistic wood imagery.  You get 48 sheets in each pack (4 each of 12 double-sided designs).  It’s unusual to have a designer paper carry over from one catalog to the next, so this must be a popular, in-demand item!

 

DELIGHTFULLY DETAILED LASER-CUT SPECIALTY PAPER p. 189

New Catalog Top Picks for Designer Paper and Cardstock

These delicately detailed laser cut sheets are reversible.  They feature Very Vanilla on one side and Whisper White on the other, making them perfect for ANY project!!  One sheet features a 12″ x 12″ overall pattern (which can be cut smaller for use).  The other design sheet has distinct pattern pieces to cut out.  These patterns fit perfectly on the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards & Envelopes (p. 193).  You get four of each patterned sheet, for a total of 8 sheets.

 

6″ x 6″ DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PACKS p. 191 (this link is to the brights paper pack)

New Catalog Top Picks for Designer Paper and Cardstock

There are four different color collections of these paper packs, one for each of the color family collections.  There are two In-Color paper packs as well.  The patterns in these packs are very versatile…two different polka dot and two different stripe patterns.  On side of the paper features the SU color and Whisper White.  The other side of the paper features a tone-on-tone color.  I LOVE these paper packs because not all the SU colors are in the designer paper packs.  This way I always have a designer paper color I know will go.  There are 40 sheets in each pack – 2 each of 2 double-sided designs in 10 colors.

 

GRACEFUL GLASS 6″ x 6″ DESIGNER VELLUM  p. 188

New Catalog Top Picks for Designer Paper and Cardstock

These vellum papers feature stained glass imagery that is perfect for coloring with Stampin’ Blends or other coloring tools.  You get 24 sheets in each pack, 2 each of 12 single sided designs.

 

GLIMMER PAPER p. 192

New Catalog Top Picks for Designer Paper and Cardstock

They have updated the glimmer paper, making it a bit thinner and easier to cut using the Big Shot.  There are four different colors to choose from:  Gold, Rose, Silver, and Sparkle.  Each color package contains 2 sheets of 12″ x 12″ glittery goodness!!

 

Well, there are my new catalog top picks for designer paper and cardstock.  Make sure to stop back next week when I will share my embellishment, tool and ink picks from the new catalog!!

 

 

 

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New Catalog Top Picks for Rubber Stamps

By | June 4, 2018

Here are my new catalog top picks for rubber stamps from Stampin’ Up’s 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.

It’s always fun when there’s a new catalog to browse.  I’m always full of so much excitement  as I turn each page.  In my next four blog posts, I’m going to give you my top picks from the new catalog in the following categories: rubber stamps, Tools and Inks, Paper and Cardstock, Embellishments.

Today I’ll be sharing my new catalog top picks for rubber stamps.  Here they are in no particular order.

 

TREAT TIME BUNDLE (page 35)

New Catalog Top Picks for Rubber Stamps

This stamp set and coordinating framelits dies set is a great all-round basic set to add to your collection.  Besides having greetings, there are also several other images you can use for stamping.  Personally I love the stamp set in and of itself.  If you purchase the stamp set only, the greetings fit perfectly into a 1 3/4″ circle punch.  Layer with a 2″ circle shape and you have an easy greeting for any occasion.

 

VARIED VASES BUNDLE (page 45)

New Catalog Top Picks for Rubber Stamps

Who doesn’t LOVE a stamp set and coordinating punch?!!  To me, it’s the perfect combination.  And, not only do you get vases and flowers, you also get greetings with this set.  There certainly are many possibilities here!

 

 

ITTY BITTY GREETING STAMP SET (page 46)

New Catalog Top Picks for Rubber Stamps

This versatile stamp set replaces the “Teeny Tiny Wishes” stamp set we had for so many years.  The greetings in this set are fresh and fun.  Besides the usual general phrases, the set also includes greetings like sending prayers, best wishes from all of us, enjoy your retirement, and may God bless and keep you.  You will definitely want to add this set to your collection.  It will pay for itself many times over!!

 

 

POP OF PETALS BUNDLE (page 47)

New Catalog Top Picks for Rubber Stamps

I think this stamp set and coordinating punch will become the new Petite Petals (for those of you who remember that stamp set and punch).  This set includes five flower patterns that coordinate with the punch.  And, if you notice, the sixth flower shape is actually a butterfly!!  Plus, there are other leaf and flower stamp images included with this set.

 

PAINTED GLASS BUNDLE (page 165)

New Catalog Top Picks for Rubber Stamps

If you know me well, you know that I LOVE patterns.  This set really appeals to that part of me.  The stamp set contains some great sentiments with a formal font.  I love the circle medallion pattern and can see many ways to use that image.  Plus, you get the butterfly, rose and bird images that will work well with many OTHER stamp sets.  The dies cut some awesome patterned shapes as well.

 

Is it any wonder four of my picks are bundles?  Bundles are the best way to get the most bang for your buck, as they include a 10% discount over purchasing each product separately.

That’s it for my new catalog top picks for rubber stamps.  Stop back next time when I share my top paper and cardstock picks.

 

 

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Best Tips on How to Choose New Stamp Sets

By | May 30, 2018

It’s new catalog time.  Here are my best tips on how to choose new stamp sets.

You will soon be able to order products from the NEW 2018-2019 Stampin Up! annual catalog!!  If you are like me, I page through the catalog cover to cover SEVERAL times, drooling over all the new and exciting products.

I never make a wish list the first two times through the catalog.  Here’s why.  My excitement level is running high the first couple times through the pages.  If I made my wish list at this point, I’d have one-half of the entire catalog on that list.  Because much of the catalog is new, my excitement level ramps up each time I see something that catches my eye.  It’s easy for me to listen to my heart and not my head.

But, just like you, I am on a budget.  We ALL have to live within money constraints.  There is only so much to go around.  I want to help you get the best VALUE for the stamp set purchases that you make.

So, here are my best tips on how to choose new stamp sets

 

Tip #1:  PLAN how you will use the purchase.

Have a reason you are buying the stamp set.  Think about how you will use it.  Maybe you have a wedding coming up in the family and plan to use the stamp set to make invitations.  Or, maybe you make and send lots of birthday cards throughout the year.  It’s always a good idea to know how you plan to use your purchase.  If you have a plan, it doesn’t sit on the shelf un-used!!

 

Tip #2: Know your STYLE.

We have all done it….purchased a stamp set we thought we’d love, but never used it.  Why does that happen??  Well, one reason could be that the stamp set doesn’t match our “style”.   We all have certain things that appeal to us more than others.  We need to consider this when choosing which stamp sets to purchase.  Don’t buy something just because it’s popular right now.  Buy it because you LOVE it!!

If you are new to stamping, it may take time for you to identify  “your style”.  Expect to make some “not so smart” purchases along the way and rest assured it’s happened to ALL of us!!

 

Tip #3: Ask yourself, “Is the stamp set VERSATILE?”

Questions to consider when purchasing a stamp set:

  • Can be used for several different occasions?
  • Is there more than one image that can be used for a focal point?
  • Can I use it for more than one stamping technique?
  • Can I get a variety of looks from this stamp set?  (To answer this question, use Pinterest or Google to look for samples.)
  • Are there stamps in the set that I can use to make interesting backgrounds or borders?

 

Tip #4:  Consider the stamp sets you already own.

This tip may seem a bit odd.  But, quite often I think about how the new set I’m considering will coordinate with stamps that I may already own, giving me more bang for my buck!  Also, how many birthday cake stamp sets does one person need?  Maybe you already own a similar stamp set and your money would be better spent on another set.

 

There are many questions and considerations when choosing which new stamp set to buy.  I hope that these best tips on how to choose new stamp sets will help you make the most of your stamping dollars!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!!  What helps you make your purchasing decisions?

 

 

 

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More Stamparatus Tips and Tricks

By | May 28, 2018

Last week I shared a very detailed blog post about the new Stamparatus tool from Stampin’ Up! Today I’m continuing with more Stamparatus tips and tricks.

Stampin’ Up! has several very helpful videos about using the Stamparatus.  They are all short videos that are full of great tips and tricks.  I have linked each of them below.

Stamparatus Pressure

Learn about getting great stamped images by applying the correct stamping pressure to the Stamparatus.  There are LOTS of great basic tips in this short video!!

 

 

Stamparatus Precision Stamp Placement

Learn how the Stamparatus helps in precisely placing your stamped images just where you want them!!

 

 

Stamparatus How to Align Red Rubber Stamps

Continuing with more Stamparatus tips and tricks.  This video teaches how to align red rubber cling stamps.

 

Stamparatus Hinge Stamping Technique

One of the fun new Stamparatus techniques is Hinge Stamping.  Learn how easy it is to do in this video.

 

Stamparatus Stamping on Pre-Cut Pieces

The Stamparatus allows you to stamp on pre-punched or die cut pieces.  It’s easy to do and save LOTS of time when stamping multiples!!

 

As you can see, the Stamparatus is a fantastic new stamp positioning tool.  I’m very excited about it.  This tool can be purchased in my online store by clicking here.

Here’s my other blog post about how the Stamparatus will change the way you stamp!  I hope that these videos I’ve shared here have helped you discover even  more Stamparatus tips and tricks.

 

 

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Weekly Creative Inspiration

By | May 27, 2018

 

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The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp

By | May 23, 2018

Stampin’ Up! has a brand new tool.  The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp! I’m excited to be sharing information about this great new stamping tool.

This is a long blog post and I don’t expect you will read it word for word. However, I wanted to have ONE place I could point you to find basic information about the Stamparatus. Feel free to bookmark this page and refer back to it with questions you may have about your Stamparatus.

What is the Stamparatus?

The Stamparatus is a stamp positioning too that helps you place your stamped imaged in the perfect spot on your projects.  It is a great tool for any stamper…new or experienced!!  The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp!

 

What does the Stamparatus let me do?

  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images.
  • Get complete ink coverage.  There’s no need to start over if part of your image didn’t stamp or needs to be darker.  It’s easy to apply more ink and re-stamp until you get the image the way you want it.
  • Stamp multiple copies of the same images quickly and precisely.
  • Easily combine stamps and line up difficult to place images.
  • Save time and money with fewer mistakes. You won’t waste cardstock by having to re-stamp imperfect images on fresh cardstock.
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates.  The Stamparatus makes it easy to line up each of the images.
  • Learn new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement.

 

Orientation to the Stamparatus:

The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp!

  • Base measures 8” square. It is magnetic with rubber feet on the back for stability.  Grid marks and rulers on the front of the base help in placement and measuring.
  • There are 2 reversible clear plates that also contain grid lines making it easy to get your stamps on straight.
  • Clear plates are interchangeable and attach to the base by sliding into the hinges.  Plates are completely removable for storage.
  • Because each plate is reversible, you have a total of 4 stamping surfaces. Just line up your stamps where you want them to be and stamp, flip, stamp, flip, stamp, flip, stamp!
  • When both plates are in place, there are 2 open sides letting you stamp on paper sizes that extend beyond the base.  This also allows stamping from any direction.
  • The Stamparatus works with both red rubber cling and photopolymer stamps. 
  • A foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps in included. The mat provides the extra cushioning photopolymer stamps need.
  • There are 2 extra-strong magnets included.  These magnets help hold the paper in place.  The magnets can be stored on the reverse side of the Stamparatus, so you won’t mis-place them. (see picture below for the reverse side of the Stamparatus with its magnets handily stored).
  • The magnets have great holding power but, like most strong magnets, they are similar to ceramic. DO BE CAREFUL not to let the magnets get close to each other as they will snap and/or shatter if dropped or allowed to slam together. Treat them like china!
  • It may be very hard to separate the magnets if they do jump together. Try sliding them apart if that happens.  TIP: Wrapping Duct or Painter’s Tape around each magnet, and leaving little tape tabs for handles, will make it easier to separate, pick up, or move the magnetics around.
  • For those with a pacemaker: Do not use these magnets without checking with your doctor first.  All magnets can interfere with pacemakers.

The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp!

 

Here’s a short (10 minute) video from Stampin’ Up! if you’d like more detailed information, or want to see the parts of the Stamparatus in action.

More detailed information about the Magnets:

High-quality magnets are included with the Stamparatus and enable you to securely anchor your paper to the Stamparatus platform. While Stampin’ Up! does include information about these special magnets in the tool packaging, I want to provide you with additional context regarding their use. I am quoting Stampin’ Up! directly here:

“Neodymium magnets (also known as rare earth magnets) are very brittle; they are also the strongest magnets available for papercrafting and are therefore standard stamp placement tool accessories in the papercrafting industry. When placed on your paper, they attract the thin, magnetic plate inside the stamping tool and prevent your paper from slipping.

Rare earth magnets must be handled with care. Lower quality magnets can snap together without effect, but all rare earth magnets (though strong) can shatter, crack or chip regardless of shape or size. This does not indicate a manufacturing defect. Stamparatus magnets are safe when they are used as intended.”

Watch this short (2 minute) video to learn more:

Other tips from Stampin’ Up! for Stamparatus magnet use:

  • Individual magnets are extremely strong; most projects should only require one magnet.
  • Store the magnets under the base when they are not in use so they are always separated.
  • When using both magnets on a project, be mindful of their placement on the base; the further apart they are, the better.
  • If your magnets do snap together, twisting them apart is the easiest way to separate them.
  • Handle the magnets with care to avoid injury. If they snap together, Stamparatus magnets can pinch fingers or shatter.
  • Children should not play with, touch, or use Stamparatus magnets. Please store the magnets in their storage compartment when they are not in use.
  • Magnets can interfere with pacemakers; if this is a concern, please consult your physician for more information.
  • Magnets can damage electronic devices, e.g. computer hard drives, magnetized credit and debit cards, etc.
  • Magnets are a choking hazard; they should not be placed inside the mouth.
  • If the magnets do crack, chip, or shatter, we do not recommend using them as they may have sharp edges.  Replacement magnets are available beginning June 1, 2018.

These magnets are tools used in conjunction with the Stamparatus. Simply use them with care and follow the tips outlined above, and you will ensure a great stamping experience.

 

Care and Keeping of the Stamparatus

  • Clean with absorber cloth and water or baby wipes.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach or alcohol.
  • Take both plates out of the hinges for storage.   The plates don’t completely lay flat when in the hinges and could break or be damaged.

 

Ways in which the Stamparatus can help you:

  • Do you often create multiple projects? This tool can cut down the time and effort it takes to make invitations, notices, wedding thank you cards, and any other projects where you want each to be the same as the last.
  • Do you love trying new techniques? This tool opens the door for new ways to use your stamps, die cuts and more.
  • Do you prefer having things perfectly lined up and precisely placed? This tool is capable of stamping exactly on top of the same image as many times as you wish.
  • Ever stamped an image that stamped a bit unevenly or was not quite filled in? You can fix that with the Stamparatus.
  • Is it difficult for you to hold on to a stamp block? This tool picks up the stamps with ease.  You stamp by using an easy-moving, light-weight hinged door instead of struggling to hold an acrylic stamping block or a wood block.  This is especially helpful when using large stamp blocks, like background stamps.
  • Have you ever struggled with applying too much pressure when you stamp? The magnets and plates help you avoid smooshing your stamp too far onto the card stock, preventing those little “oops” marks.
  • Do you like adding new and exciting tools to your craft collection? The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp!!!  It’s likely to become your new favorite tool.

 

Where Can I Get a Stamparatus??

Are you interested in adding this essential tool to your craft collection?  You can purchase the Stamparatus in my online store by clicking here.  And, please feel free to email me with any questions or ideas for using the Stamparatus.

 

In my opinion there is no doubt about it, the Stamparatus will change the way you stamp!

 

 

 

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How to Make Speedy Handmade Cards

By | May 21, 2018

Do you ever wonder how to make speedy handmade cards?  Well, today I’ve got some ideas  that I think will help you.

Takes a bit of pre-planning….because I want to get done quickly, I know my cards can’t be complicated, need to go together quickly and not use lots of different products.

Here’s my tip for how to make speedy handmade cards:  Limit the colors, stamps, and products used AND choose an easy card layout.

You will see that the cards I share today are mostly ink, stamps and cardstock (limited products).  They all share a similar color theme – Real Red (limited colors).  I’ve also used the same stamp set for each of my cards (limited stamps).

 

Let’s get started with the first card.

How to Make Speedy Handmade Cards

 

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Note that this is a simple card to make.  The sentiment is stamped and matted with a piece of Real Red cardstock.
  • Background is stamped with the retiring Brushstrokes background stamp.  I could just have easily used a piece of designer paper for the background instead.  That would have made this card even quicker!

 

Here’s the second card I have to share.  It’s another great example of how to make speedy handmade cards.

How to Make Speedy Handmade Cards

PROJECT NOTES:

  • The sentiment on this card is also just stamped.  I added several enamel accents as embellishments.
  • I created the background for this card by repeatedly stamping the banner image over and over onto the Real Red card base using Real Red ink.
  • To change up the layout a bit, I attached the sentiment piece at an angle.  Note that it doesn’t have a matte behind it either.

 

Here’s my third quick and easy card.  The main color is the same, but I have added a second accent color…Night of Navy.

How to Make Speedy Handmade Cards

PROJECT NOTES:

  • I created the background on this card exactly like my second example above.  To change it up a bit, I stamped in portrait orientation.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy.  I ended up fussy cutting the words, because they didn’t fit across the card any other way.  That certainly is NOT AN EXAMPLE OF A QUICK WAY TO MAKE A CARD, but I liked the way it looked.  A bit of pre-planning and fore-thought would have avoided this mistake.

 

Here’s one more example of how to make speedy handmade cards.  Again, I have some fussy cutting on this card because of some stamping mistakes I made in the process.  But, if there wasn’t any hand cutting, this is a quick to make card.

How to Make Speedy Handmade Cards

PROJECT NOTES:

  • I used Tutti-frutti Designer Series Paper as the background of my card.  This paper was actually the inspiration for the color themes of the cards I shared today.

 

Here’s a link to another blog post I wrote with tips for mass producing cards.  Some of these tips can be applied in learning how to make speedy handmade cards.

Leave a comment and let me know one thing you learned today about how to make speedy handmade cards.

 

 

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Use One Rubber Stamp for Many Handmade Card Ideas

By | May 16, 2018

Today I’m going to share ideas of how you can use one rubber stamp for many handmade card ideas.  I like to get my money’s worth out of the stamp sets that I purchase.  So, sometimes I challenge myself to come up with lots of ways to use them.

I purchased the Birthday Wishes for You stamp set.  This is a nice, general birthday greeting stamp that will work for many different ages.  It is one that I see myself using again and again.  (And, it’s also one that will be in the new annual catalog!!)

I like to use one rubber stamp for many handmade card ideas including creating different layouts, combining with other stamp sets and using different techniques.

 

My first two cards use additional stamp sets that I’ve combined with the Birthday Wishes for You stamp set.  Here’s the first one.

Use One Rubber Stamp for Many Handmade Card Ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This card is a CASE from the Occasions Catalog on page 3.  We made this one at my open house in January.
  • However, I combined it with the retiring Work of Art stamp set, using one of the swoosh images to “color in” the outlined words.

 

Here’s a second card that uses the same stamps.  However, I’ve also created a background using one of the stamps from the Playful Backgrounds stamp set.

Use One Rubber Stamp for Many Handmade Card Ideas

 

 

 

The next cards I’m sharing all use different techniques to color in the outline letters of the word Birthday.

This first card uses Stampin’ Blends.

Use One Rubber Stamp for Many Handmade Card Ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Project Color: Cherry Cobbler
  • Border piece was created using one of the dies from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies set.  It makes a very striking border that doesn’t look like “snow” at all!

 

The words on this card were colored with Watercolor Pencil.

Use One Rubber Stamp for Many Handmade Card Ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Colors Used: Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point
  • I like the way the stripe border runs perpendicular to the greeting, making a nice path for the eye to follow.  I used a piece of Tutti-frutti Designer Series Paper for the pattern border.

 

Here’s the last card.  The words on this card are colored using an AquaPainter.

Use One Rubber Stamp for Many Handmade Card Ideas

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Project Colors: Tranquil Tide and Pool Party
  • Words are stamped on Watercolor Paper using Basic Black Archival Ink, then colored using and Aquapainter and Pool Party ink.  I also went over the letters with a bit of Wink of Stella for some sparkle.
  • I added a fussy cut banner piece underneath the stamped sentiment.  The banner piece is a really easy stamped shape to cut by hand, even if you don’t like to fussy cut!
  • Background paper is from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper Pack (which is retiring and already sold out).

 

One last note, did you notice how each layout was different as I tried to use one rubber stamp for many handmade card ideas?  Changing up the layout is another technique to keep up your sleeve as you create your card projects.

 

I hope these card samples have given you some ideas of ways to use one rubber stamp for many handmade card ideas.

 

 

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Use Lovely Wishes Stamp Set to Make Backgrounds

By | May 14, 2018

Today I’m going to show how to use Lovely Wishes stamp set to make backgrounds for your card projects.  I like the uniqueness of making my own backgrounds using rubber stamps.

Here’s the first card I have to share.

Use Lovely Wishes Stamp Set to Make Backgrounds

PROJECT NOTES:

 

My second card is exactly the same as my first, except I added color and changed the sentiment.

Use Lovely Wishes Stamp Set to Make Backgrounds

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Lovely Wishes is a two step stamp set.  In the black and white card above, I only used ONE of the two stamps for this image.  On this card, I used color and the second stamp to “fill in” color for the outline images.
  • Colors Used: Wild Wasabi and Powder Pink.
  • Sentiment is from Eastern Beauty stamp set.

 

My next two cards are ones I received in swap.  The first is made by Brenda Cardinal.

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Here’s the last card, also received in the swap.  It was made by Mary Kiley.

PROJECT NOTES:

If the Lovely Wishes stamp set is one you want to own, you will need to act quickly.  It is retiring and will no longer be available at the end of this month.

Well, you’ve seen how I use Lovely Wishes stamp set to make backgrounds.  Do you think this is a technique you might like to try?

 

 

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