Thursday, March 29, 2012

Embossing Folder Storage

I saw this storage idea on another blog and now I can’t find it again.  (Don’t you hate it when that happens?)  Anyway, this is not my idea.  I’m just copying it!  It’s a great way to recycle and create storage for your embossing folders. 

I started this project at the grocery store.  I found tuna pouches merchandised in a little box.  I took the box and asked my cashier if I could have it.   Of course, she said yes.  I brought it home and took it apart. 

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I didn’t want a tuna box in my craftroom, so I covered the box with the new Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper.  (This paper will be available during the month of April and then again in the new catalog in June.)  I wanted the inside of my box to be a color other than brown, so I covered it with Pear Pizazz.  (My finished box was really bulky.  If I do this again, I’d do it with a lighter weight paper on the inside (more Designer Series Paper) or just leave it natural.)

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I re-assembled my box and added a little embellishment.  Then I added my embossing folders.  They fit perfectly!

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If you decide to make one for your embossing folders, you might try something like Contact Paper in place of the Designer Series Paper.  It would add more longevity to the box and would be thinner and cover more completely.  I think using gift wrap would work well too.  It’s a very inexpensive project, so you could try it with lots of different things to see what works best for you.

Sale-a-Bration is ending soon

It’s hard to believe that this year’s Sale-a-Bration is almost over.  When I look back over all the items I got during this promotion, I think I liked the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper the best.  I used it often and I wish it would be carried over to the new catalog.  It’s so versatile and the colors are just beautiful.  I used it on 2 of the Stamp-a-Stack cards earlier this week.  One was done with Soft Suede, Poppy Parade, and Pool Party cardstock and with the Everyday Enchantment Stamp set.  I made a body for my Beautiful Butterfly cutout with a little safety pin from Vintage Trinkets and tied it with a little Linen Thread.  I don’t think the photo captures the beauty of the card.  It’s one of the favorite cards I’ve made all season. 

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The other is an Easter card with the Everybunny stamp set.  I stamped the bunny image on vellum cardstock and colored it on the backside.  That way it looks soft but it’s less messy than doing watercolor.  I backed it with vanilla cardstock to let the color show through nicely.  I used the Pool Party and Peach Parfait colors for this card. 

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If you didn’t get this designer paper and would like it, there are still 2 days left to order.  And remember, it’s free with a $50 order, plus your $50 order with me will qualify you for my shipping rebate. 

Happy Stampin’!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Using your versamarker

It’s confession time.  Raise your hand if you’ve used your VersaMarker in the past 6 months?  The past year?  I’m sad to say that I had to raise my hand.  While I have one, I just never pull it out.  It’s funny because I use my VersaMark Pad all the time.  I love the tone-on-tone look that I get from using it.  Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw a new technique that would allow me to dust off my marker! 

I made this card by using a White Craft inkpad with Mixed Bunch Stamp set.  I stamped onto Lucky Limeade.  (I also tried this with the Basic Grey and it turned out well too!)  After allowing the flowers time to dry (remember, it takes a little longer for the craft ink), I traced around the stamped images with my Versamarker.  I love how it adds a shadow effect and makes the images really pop.  I added a few little embellishments and the card was done.  This is the fastest card I’ve made in a long time.  Shhh… don’t tell.  I think the recipient will think it took much more effort.  hehe

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Floating Re-inker

Did you try the baby wipe technique?  I hope you had good success with it.  Today I’m going to show you how to use your ink refills in a technique called Floating Re-inker.  You’ll need a couple of ink refills in similar colors, glossy or shimmer white cardstock, a line-art stamp set (I used Growing Green,) Versamark ink and white embossing powder, a spray bottle with water, a bowl, and an aqua painter. 

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First you want to stamp your image using the VersaMark pad and then emboss with white embossing powder.  Shimmer white and glossy cardstock work because after you’ve done your embossing, you’ll be getting the paper wet.  Regular cardstock (like the whisper white) will not be able to hold up against that water.  I use a plastic plate and put drops of ink refill colors on it as my palette.  I place the embossed paper into a bowl and spray it with water.

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Pick up your darkest color with your aquapainter and drag that color around the image.  I start from the outside of the image and draw around in a circle, picking up more color as I need it.  Your image should be wet and if it starts to dry, you’ll need more water.  The color will look much darker when wet than dry, so keep that in mind.  The color will be floating in the water and won’t stay in one place, but will be running. 

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I used Calypso Coral & Peach Parfait as my colors.  I used the darker Coral to the outside (see above) and then I filled in the inside with the Peach.  I purposely made the image darker than what I wanted for my finished project because I knew it would dry lighter.   

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Once you are done, remove the paper from the bowl and set it aside to dry.  You can dry it flat or stand it on it’s side.  If you stand it up, the color will run and the darker color will form to the bottom on the embossed petals.  For my card, since I was using 3 images, I dried them both ways.  The ones I stood upright have sort of a “stripe” look in the end.

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Once your image is dry, you can cut it out for your final project.  For this card I used Soft Suede cardstock as my base with a coordinating piece of paper from the Beau Chateau collection.  I used Calypso Coral and cut it out with the Doily Die and mounted it onto a circle of Naturals Ivory cardstock.  I decorated the card with some Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon and some Victoria Crochet trim.  I stamped an image with the Kindness Matters stamp set (Remember, you can get this free with a $50 purchase until March 31st!)  I finished off the look with some pearls. 

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I hope you’ll try floating your ink refills!  It’s lots of fun and you never know exactly how your image will turn out. 

Happy Stampin’!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Using Ink Refills

These little bottles of color are great for keeping your ink pads moist, but you can also make projects with them.  I have 2 techniques to share with one.  One today and one this weekend.  Today we’re starting with using baby wipes.  Baby wipes are great because you can sort of create your own inkpad with different colors by using the ink refills.  Here’s how to do it:

1.  Gather your supplies.  You’ll need about 4 baby wipes.  Open them up and put them onto a plastic plate. 

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2.  Use a permanent marker and draw around your stamp or clear block.  This will give you an idea of where to place your color and allow you to line the stamp back up for multiple images.  I used Floral Fillers because it has lots of detail and I know I’d never actually color in all those little images.  Solid stamps work too.  You’ll also want to pull out a couple of re-inkers.  I used Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, and Wisteria Wonder.  Start with one color and begin adding drops. 

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3.  Keep adding color with your ink refills until you have filled in all the white space.  Leaving white space would not allow your stamp to be filled with beautiful color.  When you’re done, it will look messy. 

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4.  Now comes the fun part.  Use this colorful baby wipe as your ink pad.  Ink up your stamp by stamping inside the square.  Then stamp your image onto the paper.  You will be able to stamp multiple images.  If you always line up your stamp in the box, you’ll have a nice image.  It starts out darker and lightens as you use up the ink.  If you want to ink up from a different angle, clean off your stamp first to keep your ink from getting muddy looking. 

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5.  Punch out the image & make a card!  This technique also makes a really pretty background paper for your projects.  Try it at home! 

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For my card I used my Color Coach and selected a combination of Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, and Elegant Eggplant.  I used Wisteria DSP, punched out my stamped image with Fancy Flower Punch.  I added leaves from the Blossom Petals Builder Punch, and the insides of my flowers were punched from the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch and the 1/2” Circle.  Finally I embellished with the In Color Designer Printed Brads. 

I used a different color scheme (Peach Parfait & Calypso Coral) with the Mixed Bunch stamp set.  I stamped onto glossy cardstock.  Once it was dry, I punched it out with coordinating punch, and added layers of more Calypso Coral and Whisper White Cardstock.  Because of the way the ink ran together, I thought it looked like More Mustard, so I used that color cardstock and button. 

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Be sure to check back this weekend to learn how to “float” your ink refills.  Till then-

Happy Stampin’!

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Sky’s the Limit!

Tuesday, March 20th, is a special day.  It’s the first day of Spring and it’s my mother’s birthday.  This year’s birthday is especially important because it’s time for her to officially retire!  After spending 40 years as a nurse caring for others, she’s ready to now spend some time caring for herself.  I’m so excited for her as she enters this new chapter of her life.  The sky really is the limit!  I can’t wait to see all the wonderful things she does in the future.  Happy Birthday Mom! 

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I made her retirement card using the Up, Up, & Away stamp set.  I knew I wanted my sky to be blue.  (I’m SO creative.  lol)  I just wasn’t sure what other colors to use.  I pulled out my Color Coach (I really couldn’t craft without it) and found out that I could combine Bashful Blue, with Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, and Marina Mist.  Then I used Basic Grey & Whisper White as my neutrals.  I used my cupcake punch to make the clouds and then cut out the hot air balloons.  I only added a little baker’s twine for embellishment and used a couple of dimensionals.  I’m happy to say that I can mail this card without paying extra postage! 

Happy Stampin!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A cool organizational idea

I was surfing on this web early this morning since my cold was keeping me from sleeping like a normal person.  Anyway, I found a really good idea for ribbon storage.  Right now I use 2 different methods for storing my ribbon.  One are the retired ribbon storage containers from Stampin’ Up.  I actually store my retired ribbons in those containers.  I like them, but they are no longer for sale so I can’t get anymore for my growing ribbon fetish. 

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Then I found some holders at the craft store and I’m using 2 of them.  I still have a little space to grow my stash with these.  I like these, but they don’t always hold my ribbon neatly and they won’t hold my larger rolls of the 2010-2012 In Color ribbons.  Plus I have to tape the ends down on each spool when not in use or they will sort of unroll themselves when I pull pieces off others.

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This morning I found a ribbon holder on a random blog called Spunky Junky (I have no idea how I even found this because I was looking for coupons.  lol)  Anyway, she created a great (and inexpensive) ribbon holder that I may try to copy.   

For this project you will need:

*slotted plastic bin (from storage/organization section of retailers like Wal-mart or Target).

*1/4 inch dowel rod (from a hardware or craft store).

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I think it’s a smart idea and it holds a ton of ribbon in an accessible way.  Maybe I should always get up at 3AM to find fun new things on the internet.  hehe  Smile with tongue out

***Note:  There are 2 spots left for my Stamp-a-Stack later this month.  Registration closes on March 19th.  You won’t want to miss this one because it will be the last Stamp-a-Stack I’ll be doing until the Fall!*** 

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Bright Mixed Bunch

I can’t seem to stop using the Mixed Bunch stamp set.  It’s so cheerful and fun, plus I love the matching punch.  This card was done without the matching punch, but with just the stamp set, Friendly Phrases set, and the Decorative Label punch.  It was fast & will be easy to mail because I didn’t add a lot of embellishment.  Try it at home!  Yours will turn out bright and beautiful!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tea Time

I wanted to make a little “thank you” for a friend, but I wanted something more than a card.  This little gift holds a teabag.  I used the Tea Shoppe stamp set from the mini catalog, but I think it would have been just as cute with the Morning Cup set.  The teacups in the Tea Shoppe set are in a line and wouldn’t fit across my teabag holder, so I ended up doing some masking to make it work.  I just colored in one cup at a time and stamped it.  I guess I could have cut the stamp apart, but I wanted the versatility of having them in a line, so I kept the 3 together. 

In other news, I’m leaving for the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Convention in Portland tomorrow.  I’m excited to have a couple of days full of crafting fun!  Hopefully I’ll see some new ideas that I can share with you later.  Till next week, happy stampin’!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Sprinkled Expressions

I’ve had creativity block lately, so today I decided to make myself stamp something.  I pulled out the Sprinkled Expressions stamp set.  This is one I got free with my $50 Sale-a-Bration order and it’s been sitting patiently waiting to be used for a few weeks.  I consulted my Color Coach and picked 3 colors I seldom use:  Rose Red, Bashful Blue, and Wild Wasabi.  I made 2 cards with pretty much the same supplies and I was surprised at how different they looked.  Personally I love the simplicity of the one with just the 3 rhinestones as embellishments, but the other one turned out cute too. 

Happy Stampin’

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