Friday, August 27, 2010

Stampin' Addicts Winter Mini Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Winter Mini Blog Hop. If you came directly from the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop Thread you found stop #1. You will be guided through all the stops on the hop by simply following along. This Blog Hop will feature products from the Stampin' Up! Winter Mini Catalog, available to customers Sept. 1, 2010 thru Jan 3, 2011.

If you found us some other way or started in the middle, you just came from Tanya's Blog with some great ideas for the "Filled With Love" Stamp Set, and looped back to the beginning of the Hop.

My Featured Product for the first stop on the hop is the EMBOSSING FOLDERS.

There are two embossing folders in the Winter Mini Catalog. The first is the "Spider Web" Embossing Folder (#120889) found on page 6. I ran the embossing folder through with a piece of Velumn Cardstock (#101856). I turned the velumn over and with a Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker (#120966) I colored in the groove left by the embossing folder. I attached the velumn to the card with little bits of snail adhesive in the corners. I put the velumn onto Whisper White Cardstock to help the image stand out. The bottom of the card is Basic Gray Cardstock. If you look closely the Basic Black strip at the bottom looks a little fuzzy. Stampin' Up! Cardstock is known for it's durability. This is because the cardstock is actually two halves together that are solid throughout. If you crumple the paper up many times or run it along the side of your table over and over it will break the fibers between the two layers. You can then very gently peal them apart leaving a soft feathered look to the cardstock. I piece of the new Raven 1/2" Lace Trim finishes off the card.
Products Used:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115730), Batty For You (#116576)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Velumn Cardstock
Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink, Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: SPIDER WEB EMBOSSING FOLDER (#120889), Big Shot, Modern Label Punch, Raven 1/2" Lace Trim, Silver Brads, Paper Snips

The next set of projects also features the "Spider Web" Embossing Folder. This time I used the Embossing Folder Like a STAMP. First I cut my Pumpkin Pie Cardstock into the dress shape with the use of the Scallop Circle Die, the Big Shot, and a pair of paper snips. I inked up the raised side of the embossing folder with versamark ink and carefully layed it onto the dress shape. I rubbed on the embossing folder to make sure the ink transfered to the cardstock, then carefully lifted it back up. With Basic Black Embossing Powder I heat embossed the image left by the embossing folder. Since the embossing folders are made of plastic you will not get a perfect stamped image as you do with a rubber stamp. Still, for the web, it works just fine and gives you many more options for using this embossing folder. I love the little spider from the Batty For You Stamp Set. I used him again here. This card is perfect for an invitation to a Halloween costume party. Change the color of the dress or embossing powder and you have a prom dress, Christmas outfit or even a Wedding dress.
The luminary shown with the Invitation Card uses the same technique. This time I stamped the embossing folder onto Velumn Cardstock and heat embossed with Basic Black Powder. The Spider Web was then placed behind a hole I cut in the Basic Black Fancy Favor Box. A simple tea light candle to illuminate the box and presto and easy decoration. Put a pumpkin scented candle and have an October themed way to make your home smell great.
Products Used:
Stamps: Sincere Salutations (#115068), Batty For You (#116576)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Velumn Cardstock, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black
Accessories: Scallop Circle Die, Big Shot, Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, SPIDER WEB EMBOSSING FOLDER (#120889), Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Fancy Favor XL Die

The last project I have for you uses the other embossing folder found in the Winter Mini Catalog. It is the "Northern Flurry" Embossing Folder (#120902) found on page 26. The common way to use an embossing folder is as a background to a card. I embossed it the same way as you would with a card, but instead of using the entire embossed image, I cut out the snowflakes with paper snips and various punches. I then sprayed the snowflakes with the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (#118772). It is difficult to see in the photo, but the shimmer mist gives them a nice sparkle. For those interested in sizes, each page is 12x12, the large photo mat will fit a 5x7 photo and the smaller ones on the right side page will fit a wallet (2x3).

Products Used:
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: NORTHERN FLURRY EMBOSSING FOLDER (#120902), Top Note Die, Big Shot, Paper Snips, Circle Punches (3/4", 1", 1-3/8"), Timeless Type Junior Alphabet (#115951), Dimensionals, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.
Thank You for stopping in on my blog. I hope you enjoy the Winter Mini Blog Hop this weekend. Please leave your comments of feedback below. Your next stop is Holly's for some great uses for the "Dark & Dreary" Stamp Set.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Winter Mini Sneak Peek

The Winter Mini Catalog goes live on September 1st. Stampin' Up! has already mailed the mini catalogs out. If you have not received yours in the mail yet, please contact your demonstrator.
I have a quick and simple card for you today. I happen to love the Build-A-Bear line that Stampin' Up! has. Not everyone may have uses for all the bear stamps. The "Season of Hugs" is an accessory stamp set to the original Beary Best Friends Stamp Set. It is also a great set all on it's own. The paw print on several of the items can be used for Dogs or Cats as well.
Here I used just the tree image, the small bulb image and one of the sentiments. I stamped the tree onto Old Olive Cardstock and then colored in portions with a Real Red Stampin' Write marker. The Old Olive somewhat tints the Real Red so it matches the Cherry Cobbler Cardstock used for the base. I cut the tree out and popped it up with some dimensionals. You can use several of the other images in this set for other holidays or occassions without using the bear it was designed to go with.
Products Used:
Stamps: Season of Hugs
Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Naturals White
Accessories: Markers (Real Red, Chocolate Chip (tree trunk), Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Brads, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a lot of fun. The Stampin' Addicts Website is hosting a Winter Mini Blog Hop. You will get the chance to see some fabulous uses for many of the products in the Winter Mini Catalog. I will be showcasing the Embossing Folders. I am the first stop on the official Blog Hop, so check back this weekend and have some fun.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cupcakes Gone Wild

This card has the same design idea as the Build-A-Bear card from yesterday. The process of masking the center is the same. I showed this sample at the workshop for another idea of cards the guests could make on their own. Again I masked off the center before wheeling the images. Removed the mask and stamped the large cupcake in stazon ink. I also used the watercolor pencils and a blender pen to color in the images. The watercolor pencils give things a nice soft look. You can also shade easily with them.
I encourage you to make your own wheelin' good time card soon.

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Products Used:
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Cupcakes Wheel
Colors: Black Stazon, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wheelin' Workshop Make-N-Take

This is the final card I demonstrated at my Wheelin' Good Time Workshop. It is also the card that everyone got to make and take home. It is a simple concept of masking of the center area before wheeling the image.
TIP: When wheeling a repeated image onto your project it is best to go diagonally with your images. This helps to throw the eye off and will not show flaws in lining it up as easily.
After removing the mask you then stamp the focal image in the center. We used watercolor pencils and a blender pen to color in the Build-A-Bear image. Build-A-Bear Stamps are exclusive to Stampin' Up!. SU! has a full line of BAB stamps and die cuts for the Big Shot covering many holidays and reasons for scrapbooks or cards. When doing this card design I like to then mat the panel onto a colored piece of cardstock for more support. The Whisper White cardstock is slightly lighter than the colored cardstock SU! has. This makes it ideal for stamping images, but not as good for a card base.

Products Used:
Stamps: Beary Best Friends, Paw Tracks Wheel
Colors: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip (Wheel Ink)
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Builder Wheels

The third project I demonstrated at the Wheelin' Good Time Workshop used the new Builder Wheels Stampin' Up! has released. The great part about Builder Wheels is you can use any combination of 1 to 3 wheels for different effects. The only additional item you will need to use builder wheels as opposed to regular wheels is a Builder Wheel Spindle and Spacer Set (#119895, $3.95). The spindle fits into any jumbo wheel handle. You can then use the spacers to place 1 or 2 builder wheels in any position on the handle or use 3 builder wheels all together.
I used 3 Builder Wheels together on my spindle. I used a jumbo ink cartridge with Bashful Blue Ink for my images. I first rolled the wheels onto Bashful Blue Cardstock for a tone on tone effect. Then I rolled the same wheels onto Whisper White Cardstock. I cut out the portion I wanted to use on my card and placed it over top of the Bashful Blue Cardstock image. The wheel image also has the words "You Did It" repeated several times. I cut that portion out and stuck it behind the mated image. For a little something extra I added a rhinstone brad to the main sentiment strip and embossed the front of the card base with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder. This card is FAST & SIMPLE. Try different arrangements of your Builder Wheels for different looks. You can also ink a special cartridge so each wheel has it's own color.

Products Used:
Stamps: Builder Wheels (Striped, Confetti, You Did it)
Colors: Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Rhinstone Brad, Polks Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Builder Wheel Spindle Set

Monday, August 16, 2010

Emboss Resist Wheel

Here is the second card I made at the Wheelin' Good Time Workshop. The technique was emboss resist and gave tips for what to do when you don't have an ink cartridge for your handle.

For the emboss resist technique I used versamark. Since I don't have a versamark ink cartridge for my handle, I used my regular sized versamark ink pad. I simply rolled the wheel image across the ink pad several times. I then rolled the image onto the Whisper White cardstock. You can do this with any wheel and ink as long as you don't need the wheel to go around more than once.
I coated the versmark image in clear embossing powder and heated it with my heat tool as you would for any heat embossing. Using a Stampin' Sponge and my ink pads, I sponged ink onto the embossed cardstock. The embossing with resist the ink and only stick to the cardstock itself. You can do this with one color or several colors. You can use several techniques to put the ink onto the cardstock. When you are done, simple use a tissue, cotton ball or clean sponge to remove any excess ink from the embossed image.
The bird image was stamped from the "Punch Potpourri" Stamp Set. This stamp set is a Hostess Level 1 Stamp Set and available to hostesses of a $150 workshop. You can also place an individual $150 order to receive this stamp set. Contact your demonstrator to book your workshop today or order online 24/7 at My SU! Website.

Products Used:
Stamps: Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel, Punch Potpourri (Hostess Level 1)
Colors: Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Whisper White, Versamark
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Concord Crush Stitched Poly Ribbon, 2 Step Bird Punch, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wheelin' Good Time

I recently did a workshop for a group of ladies focusing on wheels. I have the first one for you today. It focused on the "spotlighting" technique. Spotlighting is pretty simple. You simply focus your coloring on a part of your image. In this case I rolled the "Kindness" Jumbo Wheel onto two pieces of Whisper White cardstock. The first piece goes onto the project. Using circle punches, punch out several random places on the second piece. Color in the image on the punched circles. Mat the circles onto cardstock punched slightly larger. When mounting the circles onto your project line them up with the original image.
This technique can be done with wheels or regular stamp images. It is a fun way to showcase the image without coloring in the entire thing. I finished mine off with a simple mat and piece of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. The card is 6x3 and yes, Stampin' Up! sells envelopes to fit this size.

This project was part of a home workshop focusing on wheels. If there is a product you are interested in learning more about, simply ask your demonstrator if they can create a workshop for you.

ONLINE ORDERING: You can order Stampin' Up! products online 24/7 at My SU! Website.

Products Used:
Stamps: Kindness Jumbo Wheel
Colors: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Circle Punches (3/4", 1", 1-1/4", 1-3/8"), Jumbo wheel handle, Basic Black Jumbo Cartridge

Friday, August 6, 2010

Chalkboard - Fireworks

I found this card the other day. My Stamping Club made it as one of their June projects. Though the 4th of July holiday has passed this technique is a fun one.

The chalkboard technique, also called black magic, is a way to have a light colored image on a dark colored background. The process is simple and the results are fantastic. When I saw the "July Fourth" stamp set in the Summer Mini Catalog, I immediately thought of this technique. One of the benifits of craft ink is that it takes time to dry. This makes it perfect for embossing or the chalkboard technique. You simple stamp the image in white craft ink onto your cardstock. While the ink is still wet, you dab it with your stampin' pastels. You can use the applicators in the pastel box, a spounge dauber or a cotton ball. Collect the pastel on your choice of applicator and dab it on the craft ink. The pastel will adhere to the ink. Once you have the color on you can wipe the area with a clean tissue to get rid of any excess pastel dust.

Stampin' Pastels (#120962) are now available in the new Color Collections. If you have a recently retired set of pastels you simply need to purchase the color kit (#120963) to bring them up to date.

Products Used:
Stamps: July Fourth (Available till the end of August in the Summer Mini Catalog)
Colors: Real Red, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Accessories: White Craft Ink, Stampin' Pastels, Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Brads, Curly Label Punch, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Simply Homemade

Stampin' Up! has some new single stamps in this years Idea Book & Catalog. You can find them all on pages 18-20. One of them is "Homemade". It fits perfectly into the new 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch on page 200.
I wanted to play a little with the Level 1 Hostess In Color Paper Pack I got with my last order, so I made this simple card. The pattern color is Peach Parfait. It coordinates with the Homemade stamp in Peach Parfait Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock. I layered it on a simple strip on Not Quite Navy punched down both sides with the Scallop Trim Border Punch (Page 201).

TIP: To get the perfect size on your punched mats.......don't try. Cut a piece of cardstock 1-1/2 to 2" wide (depending on the size of the border and how large a mat you want). Punch down both edges. Then cut the strip in half. A little bit of snail adhesive and attach the strips to each edge. This will also help to save on cardstock and a great way to use up scraps.

A great way to dress up a large background area is with an Embossing Folder. Simple place the front half of the card in the embossing folder. Have the other half lay open flat when you put it through your big shot. Try this layout the next time you have a simple image you want to showcase.
Products Used:
Stamps: Homemade
Colors: Peach Parfait, Not Quite Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Accessories: Silver Brad, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Monday, August 2, 2010

Black Roses

My husbands unit got a new soldier the other day. We invited them over for dinner and met the nicest couple you could know. Both of them were as polite as you could hope anyone would be. So why did I put black roses on their card? Because they are into the whole gothic thing. I thought the black roses would be a nice personal touch for them.

I spritzed the roses with Shimmer Mist Smooch to make them sparkle a little. I made the roses with the tail end and wing of the two step bird punch. I got the idea from another SU! demonstrator on Stampin' Addicts. I love trading ideas like this with other demonstrators. If you would like to join my Stampin' Up! team and have access to all these great ideas let me know.

Products Used:
Stamps: Oval All
Colors: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Basic Black
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, 1/8" Black Taffetta Ribbon, Punches (Two step bird, Large Oval, Scallop Oval), Shimmer Mist Smooch Spritz

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Card Kit

Featured Set: “For Everything” and Featured Accessory: Subtles Flower Brads
Featured Stamp Set for the YEAR: Teeny Tiny Wishes


Card Kits are the Stamping Classes that come right to your door! You’ll receive the supplies to create SIX of EACH design shown above – that means all of the consumable supplies that you need to create 12 cards total. You will also receive 2 additional full color samples of “alternative” cards that you can make with the combined contents of the kit! In addition, you’ll receive detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to complete each of the 4 designs. This month’s card kit items are listed below, and the price of the Card Kit is just $20 – that’s less than $1.70 per card!!

Orders for the Card Kits must be received by July 10th. You will receive your kits at the end of the month.

Special Offer for August! Purchase the Card Kit and receive the Coordinating Set, “For Everything” and the Featured Accessory, “Subtles Flower Brads” at 20% off!

Teeny Tiny Wishes is a featured set for the ENTIRE YEAR!! Every month, we will be using this stamp set so that you have a wide assortment of greetings to work with. Since the sizes of all of the greetings are the same – you can select ANY of the greetings in this stamp set for ANY card!!

The Card Kit ($20) Includes:
Cut Cardstock & Designer Paper Pieces
Cut Ribbon Pieces
12 – Silver Brads
12 – Whisper White Open End Envelopes
Step by Step Instructions to complete 4 different card designs using the kit pieces

Add-on Products:
Rose Red Classic Ink ($5.95)
Basic Black Classic Ink ($5.95)
Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
Baja Breeze Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
Pretty in Pink Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
Perfect Plum Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
1” Circle Punch ($10.95)
1 ¼” Circle Punch ($15.95)
1 ¾ x 7/8 Oval Punch ($15.95)
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack ($16.95)
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set ($36.95 – discount given on first card kit purchase of the year only – discounted price $29.56)
For Everything Stamp Set: Wood - ($24.95) $19.96; Clear - ($17.95) $14.36 with the purchase of the Card Kit.
Subtles Flower Brad Assortment ($8.95) $7.16 with the purchase of the Card Kit

Other Optional Purchases:
Stampin’ Dimensionals ($3.95)
SNAIL Adhesive ($6.95)
Bone Folder ($6.95)
Paper Snips ($9.95)

Please Note: I am glad to ship kits directly to you! There is a $3.50 shipping charge.

Contact me today to order your Card Kit Today!
Kathleen Brill-Myrice /

Smartie Thank You

As a little treat for the class goers, I made them these Smartie Treat Holders. I got the idea from Dawn Griffith's Blog here. They are SIMPLE to make and perfect for any number of occassions. Parties, class treats, or my favorite "Just Because". Mine are made with a Certainly Celery Base. Where did I get the color combination from? Why the Color Coach of course. For more information on the color coach, check out the blog post here. I randomly stamped the images onto the Whisper White and adheared it to the Soft Suede mat. Slide in the candy and you are done.

Products Used:
Stamps: Circle Circus, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede
Accessories: Paper Snips, CANDY!