Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nature Walk Top Note Card

There are a lot of cool things about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator, but hands down one of my favourites is the magazine called Stampin' Success that we receive in the mail each month. It is packed full of business tips, and great samples. This card is inspired by one from the February issue of Stampin' Success and features the Nature Walk (W121925/C121997) stamp set from the Occasion Mini catalog.

Did you that the Stampin' Up starter kit is on sale as part of Sale-A-Bration? Right now the kit is 15% off and comes with an extra bundle of free product including the color coach, a simply sent kit, a coordinating simply sent stamp set and the punch of your choice. If you'd like more info about the starter kit special, I'd love to talk to you, so just email or call me.

Stampin' Up Supply List
  • Stamps: Nature Walk (W121925/C121997)
  • Ink: Bashful Blue (105209), Soft Suede (115657) Classic Ink
  • Paper: Bashful Blue (105120), Soft Suede (115318), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Accessories: SNAIL (104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430),Marina Mist 3/8 Taffeta Ribbon (119965), Antique Brads (117273), Mini Glue Dots (103683)
  • Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting System (113439), Top Note Die (113463), Stampin Sponges (101610)
Step by Step Directions
  1. Fold Soft Suede card base in half.
  2. Cut Bashful Blue mat to 4 x 5.25
  3. Cut Top Note out of Very Vanilla using the Big Shot.
  4. Stamp bird cage on mat randomly in Bashful Blue.
  5. Stamp images using Bashful Blue and Soft Suede randomly on the Top Note.
  6. Sponge edges of Top Note with Soft Suede.
  7. Using direct to pad with Bashful Blue, run over top of Top Note.
  8. Attach Top Note to Bashful Blue mat using SNAIL. Affix brad through. Attach to card base with SNAIL.
  9. Tie bow out of ribbon and attach to the card with Mini Glue Dots.
Nature Walk is part of the Botanical Suite which features realistic, natural designs and a warm muted color palette. It's understated and perfect for cards or scrapbook pages! To check out more of this suite contact me to schedule a stamping party in your home or mine!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Inked Embossing Technique


This is based on a swap card a friend received at the Leadership Conference a few weeks back. This simple technique creates a new effect with your embossing folders by inking them with a brayer!

Stampin' Up Supply List
  • Stamps: Bring on the Cake (W121899/C121958)
  • Ink: Soft Suede (115657)
  • Paper: Bashful Blue (105120), Very Vanilla (101650), Crumb Cake (120953)
  • Accessories:), SNAIL (104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Basic Pearls , Marina Mist 3/8 Taffeta Ribbon (119965)
  • Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting System (113439), Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (120175) , Decorative Label Punch (120907), Modern Label Punch (119849), Brayer (102395)
Cardstock Dimensions for this Project
  • Crumb Cake
    • 5.5 x 8.5 for card base
  • Bashful Blue
    • 4 x 5.25 for mat
    • Scrap for mat on greeting
  • Very Vanilla
    • 3.75 x 5 for embossed panel
    • Scrap for greeting
Technique Directions
  1. Using brayer, ink up embossing folder. Be sure to pay attention to which side you are inking. Here, the "flat side" was inked to get the background inked. Also, you want to really ink it up!
  2. Run through the Big Shot as normal and you'll have a fun and funky background.
Finishing Touches
  1. Cut and fold card base in half.
  2. Create ink embossed panel as above. Attach Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon as shown.
  3. Adhere embossed panel to Bashful Blue mat with SNAIL and then adhere to card base.
  4. Stamp "birthday wishes" greeting in Soft Suede Classic on Very Vanilla and punch with Decorative Label.
  5. Punch Modern Label out of Bashful Blue and cut in half. Layer on back of Decorative Label with greeting. Attach to card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. Top off greeting piece with Basic Pearls as shown.

I still have 1 spot left for my stamper's techniques card club starting on February 23rd.  Email me for all the details!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Punch Bunch is the Hottest Sale-a-bration Set Around!


Since Sale-A-Bration started last week, the Punch Bunch Stamp Set (W121847/C123211) has been the most popular stamp set! All the images in this set, including this adorable Owl and birthday greeting, coordinate with Stampin' Up punches. During Sale-A-Bration, you can earn this set for FREE as a customer or hostess!

Here's the artwork and a couple ideas using the Punch Bunch stamp set:

Check back for more samples using this cute stamp set! 

Or better yet, book a private class for you and your friends and we can make cards using Punch Bunch and the coordinating paper punches.

Email me for available dates :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Inlayed Embossing Technique

This is a quick and easy technique that packs a punch – literally and figuratively. With the Big Shot, an Embossing Folder and a punch, you can create backgrounds that wow!

Stampin' Up Supply List
  • Stamps: Valentine's Defined (W121941/C123057)
  • Ink: Real Red (103133)
  • Paper: Whisper White (100730), Real Red (102482), Pink Pirouette (111351), Red Glimmer Paper (121790)
  • Accessories:), SNAIL (104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Pretty in Pink 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon (119260), Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319)
  • Tools: Heart to Heart Punch (119881), Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649), Small Heart Punch (117193), Large Oval Punch (119855), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Big Shot Die Cutting System (113439), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976)
Cardstock Dimensions for this Project
  • Pink Pirouette
    • 5.5 x 8.5 for card base
    • Scrap for punched hearts
  • Whisper White
    • 2 x 5.5 for border punch
    • Scrap for greeting
  • Real Red
    • 5.25 x 4 for mat
  • Glimmer Paper
    • Scrap for scallop oval
Technique Directions
  1. Punch desired shapes and adhere to base randomly using SNAIL. Make sure you get the edges of each punched shape down completely.
  2. Run through the Big Shot using the embossing folder of your choice. The punched shape should now be part of the mat creating a single panel.
Finishing Touches
  1. Cut and fold card base in half.
  2. Create inlaid embossing panel as above.
  3. Using Pinking Hearts Border Punch create border strip with Whisper White cardstock.
  4. Layer ribbon pieces around the back and affix with SNAIL. Attach to embossed layer. Attach to card base.
  5. Stamp greeting in Real Red and punch out with large oval.
  6. Punch scallop oval out of glimmer paper and adhere greeting with SNAIL. Attach to card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.

If you live in the Ottawa area and would like to learn more techniques like this one, I would love to have you join my stamper's technique club.  The next Card Club starts Wednesday, February 23rd at 7:30 pm at my home in Barrhaven. 

Click HERE for more information or Email me for all the details!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cupcake Frosting Technique

Cupcakes are one of the hottest trends in papercrafting, and the new build a Cupcake punch is perfect for creating these little cuties on your cards and scrapbook pages. One of the best parts of the cupcake is the frosting, so this week's technique will help you step you your cupcakes with a bit of heat embossing.

Stampin' Up Supply List
  • Stamps: So Happy For You (Earn it free during Sale-A-Bration!)
  • Ink:Real Red Classic (103133), Versamark (102283)
  • Paper: Whisper White (100730), Pink Pirouette (111351), Soft Suede (115318), Red Glimmer Paper (121790)
  • Accessories: Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (119768), SNAIL (104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683), White Embossing Powder (109132), Dazzling Diamonds (102023)

  • Tools: 2 ½ Circle Punch (120906), Build A Cupcake Punch (121807) Paper Crimper Tool (101618), Heat Tool (100005)
Cardstock Dimensions for this Project
  • Pink Pirouette
    • 8.5 x 5.5 for card base
  • Whisper White
    • Scrap for punched circle
  • Soft Suede
    • Strip for cupcake bottom
  • Glimmer Paper
    • Scrap for punched cherry
Technique Directions
  1. Using a small container mix together equal parts of White Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds. Be sure to mix them well.
  2. Take punched out "top" of cupcake and apply Versamark. Cover with embossing powder/dazzling diamonds mixture and tap off excess. Heat and set with Heat Tool.
  3. Allow to cool and repeat to build up frosting.

Finishing Touches
  1. Fold cardbase in half.
  2. Take piece of Soft Suede cardstock and run through paper crimmer. Punch out bottom of cupcake.
  3. Punch cherry out of glimmer paper.
  4. Punch circle out of Whisper White and stamp greeting towards bottom in Red Classic.
  5. Attach bottom of cupcake to circle using SNAIL, attach top using a Stampin' Dimensional and the cherry with a glue dot.
  6. Add ribbon to card base using SNAIL. Cut off at left edge and cut on angle towards the right hand edge.
  7. Add circle with cupcake using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Petal Cone Heart Pouch


One of my favourite things about any new Stampin' Up catalog is seeing what new Big Shot products are available! The Petal Cone Die (121810) in the Occasions Mini is one of the most versatile dies around! Here the cone becomes a heart shaped pouch perfect for little love notes or treats!

Stampin' Up Supply List
  • Stamps: Valentine's Defined (W121941/C123057), Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel (117693)
  • Ink: Basic Black(101179), Rose Red (101178)
  • Paper: Rose Red (102544), Pretty in Pink (100459), Pink Pirouette (111351), Newsprint Designer Series Paper (121878), Red Glimmer Paper (121790)
  • Accessories: SNAIL (104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430),Neutrals Designer Series Buttons (119743), Game Spinners (121893), Linen Thread, (104199) Glue Dots (103683), Sticky Strip (104294)
  • Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting System (113439), Petal Cone Die (121810), Full Heart Punch (119883), Spiral Punch (119872), Decorative Label Punch (120907), Jumbo Wheel Handle (103661)
  • Other: Pliers
Step by Step Directions
  1. Cut a Pretty in Pink Petal Cone Die, and then a Rose Red Petal Cone Die.
  2. Take Rose Red die cut piece and roll over top with wheel and Rose Red Ink
  3. Attach the two cones together using flaps along the side and sticky strip.
  4. Attach banner to heart using SNAIL.
  5. Take 2.5 x 2.5 piece of newsprint paper and add spirals along the left hand side using punch. Scrumple up and smooth out. Attach to heart using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. Using Full Heart Punch, punch out heart out of Red Glimmer Paper Attach to project using Stampin' Dimensionals. Cut spinner hand in half using pliers and attach to back of heart with Glue Dots. Add button with Linen Thread bow using Glue Dots.
  7. Stamp definition in Basic Black on Pink Pirouette, punch out with Decorative Label Punch. Attach to project with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Are you ready for Valentine's Day? More importantly, are you ready to Sale-A-Brate? You can earn free stamps and paper by purchasing $60 or more of the supplies above in my online store!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Package Valentine's Day Chocolates in this Love Fancy Favor Box!


One of the most popular sets in the new Occasions Mini is the cute and fun Valentine's Defined (W121941/C123057) set. While this is a great set for Valentine's Day, it is a good set for scrapbooking, anniversary cards and more! This box features the "love you" greeting from the set which fits perfectly in the small oval punch, as well as a new must-have item, Red Glimmer Paper (121790) which is so sparkly and the glitter stays put!!!

Stampin' Up Supply List
  • Stamps: Valentine's Defined (W121941/C123057)
  • Ink: Real Red Classic (103133)
  • Paper: Real Red (102482), Pink Pirouette Cardstock (111351), Love Patterns Designer Series Paper (124156), Red Glimmer Paper (121790)
  • Accessories: SNAIL (104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Sticky Strip (104294)
  • Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting System (113439), Fancy Favor Box Die (115965), Tasteful Trim Die (120893), Small Oval Punch (119863), Large Oval Punch (119855), Scallop Oval Punch (119856)
Step by Step Directions
  1. Cut out Fancy Favor Box out of Love Patterns Designer Series Paper using Big Shot. Assemble box using Sticky Strip.
  2. Cut out handle for box using Tasteful trim die. Add handle to the box on the inside using Sticky Strip.
  3. Stamp "love you" in Real Red on Whisper White. Punch out with small oval punch.
  4. Punch large oval out of glimmer paper, add greeting on top with SNAIL.
  5. Punch scallop oval out of Pink Pirouette and attach other ovals on with SNAIL.
  6. Add to the box with Stampin' Dimensionals.
If you'd like to make cute valentine's favors like this one, you can schedule a valentine's themed class where I'll come to you! Email me for available dates :)

Check back tomorrow for cards stamped with the Valentine Defined stamp set!

February 2011 Class Schedule

Please bring a class kit of adhesive, scissors and a bone folder with you to all events. Contact me to order your kit today!

Birthday Card Stamp-a-stack
Wednesday, February 9th, 7:30pm – 9:30pm RSVP
Who doesn't need birthday cards? Get a jump start on your upcoming birthdays! In this class you will make 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs). There will also be other greetings available for your cards.
COST: $30 for class or FREE with a $50 order placed that day.
(Demonstrators can attend for $20)

Monthly Card Class
Thursday, February 17th from 7:30pm to 9pm RSVP
At this class, you’ll make 5 different cards all using products from the new Occasions Mini catalogue! Beautiful and simple cards for all occasions!
COST: $20 for class or FREE with a $40 order placed that day.
(Demonstrators can attend for $10)
Bring a guest I’ve never met and get $5 off your class fee.
NEXT CLASSES: March 15th, April 18th,

Stamp of the Month Class
Monday, February 28th - 7:30pm-9pm
RSVP by February 14th

Each month, a different featured stamp set will be used to make 5 beautiful cards.
For the month of February, we will be using the Bold Blossom stamp set.
Included is a pack of basic pearls.

*If you do not own a clear block, I can order Block D for you at an additional cost of $11.95 + s/h & taxes

Please RSVP before February 14th to ensure that you receive your stamp set on time for the class. Payment must also be received by February 14th.

Accepted methods of payment: Cheque, cash, email transfer or Paypal (a $2.00 fee applies for Paypal).

Hope to see you at one of my classes!
COST: Pay $30 for clear-mount* OR $35 for wood mount stamp set & class Pay $20 for the class only