Thursday, March 31, 2016

Time to Say Goodbye

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Sale-a-Bration is ending TODAY!  The past couple of months flew by and I can’t believe it’s almost April!  Anyway, if you’re missing any of the freebies from Sale-a-Bration, you can still one today with each $50 order.  I’d also like to thank everyone who ordered during this promotion.  You probably don’t know this, but demonstrators get credit for merchandise based on our sales during this time period.  (That’s in addition to our regular commissions!)  Because of you, I’ll be able to pick out FIVE free stamp sets!  You are all awesome for helping me reach this goal and I am grateful.  I’m saving those stamp credits to buy some stamps from the new catalog.  WooHoo! 
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And, not stamp related, but I love this song and it goes with the post title.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

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I seemed to lose track of time, so I didn’t make as many Easter cards as planned.  I made one cute style with a chick (which I rushed to the mailbox before taking a photo!) and I made this one by watercoloring the image.  While the rose is made by Stampin’ Up, the sentiment comes from Papertrey Ink. 

I also used the same sentiment and made chocolate treats for some of my neighbors.  I stamped onto an oval and attached the bunny so he’d be able to stand up when I left him in front of their doors this morning.  What a surprise to wake up and find a chocolate bunny at the door! 

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I hope you enjoy your day!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Rose Garden with Glad Press' n Seal!

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For a long time after I received the Rose Wonder stamps & dies, I only used the stamps.  I loved the sentiments, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the huge die that goes with the set.  Then I decided to use paper piecing with it.  Maybe it’s just me (I’ve never been good at puzzles) but I had a hard time figuring out which pieces to put where.  Then I remembered I had Glad Press ‘n Seal.  That’s right!  The stuff you use in the kitchen to cover bowls works wonders in the craft room.  I also enlisted the help of some paper surgical tape with this project.  Weird, huh? 
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I started by running the die thru my Big Shot and then I grabbed my Press’ n Seal.  I carefully flipped my image (with the die still attached onto it’s front and stuck the sticky side of the Press ‘n Seal to the back.  Then I grabbed my stylus and burnished around the cut pieces to make sure it stuck really well to the Press’ n Seal. 
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Time to flip it back over again!  I pressed over the image with my fingers and then used my paper piercing tool to poke out all the pieces, including the outline. 
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Carefully lift off the metal die so that all the paper sticks to the Press’ n Seal. 
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I used my stylus again to lift off the outline.  I made sure all the other pieces stayed attached to the Press’ n Seal.
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Than I repeated the process for each color of paper I wanted to use on my card.  For the card above, I cut out Blushing Bride & Pink Pirouette for the rose, Tip Top Taupe for the outline, Pear Pizzazz for the leaves and Whisper White for the background.  Yep, I did this technique 5 times.  (Oops, photo below is missing the pear, but it was hiding from the camera.)
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Now comes the fun part of sticking it all together.  I have used glue, but then I discovered surgical paper tape (I bought it from Amazon.)  I put the outline into the frame, flipped the whole thing over and covered the back with surgical tape.  The tape is thin, so when your card is done, no one will know it’s there.  Just be careful not to tape the paper to your work surface.  Surgical tape is repositionable, so you can gently move it in case you get stuck. 
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Once it’s completely covered, flip it over and start adding the cut pieces from the Press ‘ n Seal. 
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I used the lighter pink on the outside petals of the rose and the darker one on the inside.  Then I moved onto the leaves.  This is when you’ll be SO happy you used the Press’ n Seal to keep the pieces in order.  So many of the leaf pieces look alike.
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When all the pieces are stuck down, I used a bone folder to make sure everything was adhered well, added adhesive to the back and glued it to my card base. 
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Here’s one I did without the surgical tape and just glued the rose and outline in place.  I left the leaves bare.
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I also tried this technique with some of the Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper to make a more “masculine” style flower card.
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So this weekend, move your Press’ n Seal out of the kitchen and into your crafting space!  (PS – You can find this product at the grocery store near the plastic wrap.  And if you get addicted to this technique, It’s also on sale in a larger package at Costco this month.) 
Happy Stampin!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Weekly Deals

Here are this week's deals.  I love the flower builder punch, so I was happy to see it listed.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Christmas in…. March?

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You can never start early enough for Christmas, right?  lol  I will be attending the Stampin’ Up convention next month and wanted to do something a little different for my swaps, so I am making Christmas cards.  I’m using the Reason For the Season bundle on page 48 of the Occasions Catalog.  (By the way, if you still need some of these holiday items, you should get them now, while they are bundled at 15% off.  That’s awesome savings!)  It’s an easy card (other than the fussy cutting of the poinsettia,) but it’s one I’d be happy to receive.  Have you started planning your Christmas cards yet?  Just think, if you start now, you’ll be done long before the holiday season begins!  hehe 

Happy Stampin!