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Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

If you haven’t seen the Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration set yet, you’re going to want to add it to your collection – for FREE -when you see it in action. It was probably the first set to catch my eye when the Sale-a-bration flyer came out since there are just SO many possibilities for sentiments when you mix and match the 16 pieces. Yeah 16! It’s a double set!

The pretty cursive writing is casual, yet elegant and works perfectly with the bold, floral-y large greeting. I quite enjoy how the flower “garland” forms part of the word itself without detracting from the greeting.  It’s a very similar style to this pretty card my friend Leslie made.

Take a peek at how we used it at my Open House in this simple, yet effective note card.

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And here’s the whole set. How many word combinations can you come up with?

Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

So right off the hop, I can count 18 greetings…and I’m sure there are many more we can come up with with a bit more time.

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I knew immediately what I wanted to do with this set and the silvery and colourful Sweet Soiree designer series specialty paper.  From this angle can you see the texture in the flowers?  It’s just so touchable and cool!

TIP: This is one way I like to use any patterned paper. Create a border either on the top, bottom (like here) or on either side to anchor the card. It instantly adds a pop of pretty. (And your designer paper goes a super long way, when you’re just using small strips of it at a time – you know, in case you’re a paper hoarder – ahem collector – like me.) Then pick up colours and details from the paper to echo in the stamped image. It’s so easy it’s like taking candy from a baby (not that I would ever do that!)

Seeing as it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, let me give you the how-to to make this Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration card:

Ingredients

  • Whisper White Notecard and envelope
  • Sweet Soiree Designer Series Specialty Paper – 1/2” x 5”

Recipe

  1. Attach your strip of designer series paper first.
  2. Turn large stamp over and ink with Versamark ink. Stamp onto top middle of notecard.
  3. Sprinkle with silver embossing poweder and heat with Heat Tool just until shiny.
  4. Colour flowers with detailed end of Stampin’ Write markers: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Calypso Coral. TIP: Knowing that I wanted to colour in a few flowers, the embossing has an added benefit. It creates a little raised edge to colour within so our marker doesn’t stray outside the flowers and leaves!!
  5. LIGHTLY swirl Rich Razzleberry sponge dauber over top of silver to leave slight shadow. TIP: only dab your dauber in your ink pad, swirl it onto a piece of scrap paper, then ever so slightly run it over your bottom swoosh.
  6. LIGHTLY rub a tissue over your embossing.  This will pick up any ink that might be on top of the embossed “plastic”.
  7. Stamp cursive words in Rich Razzleberry.
  8. Affix one silver metallic enamel shape to card.

 

happy wishes stampin up saleabration

For an extra special professional touch, add the same patterned paper to the outside envelope flap. How to do this?

  1. Run SNAIL around outside edge of flap.
  2. Line up straight edge of patterned paper at the top and left hand side and adhere.
  3. Turn envelope over and use Paper Snips to cut around flap.

Any $120 order will get you this set for absolutely nothing – free – gratis! So stock up on your cardstock, adhesive, ink or envelopes. You know you’re going to use them right? And why would you let this exclusive set pass you by when you can use it for so many occasions?

Have you added this beautiful set to your order? You want to do it now since here’s the Sale-a-bration fine print: “Product availability may be limited towards the end of the promotional sales period.” I’d hate for you to miss out! Plus I’m a bit selfish.  I want to see what great ideas you come up with with this Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration 2018 double set!

 

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Heat Embossed Valentines Crate Card

Heat Embossed Valentines Crate Card

For Front and Centre Friday, I want to show you how cute Pat’s heat embossed Valentine’s crate card is. She made it for me for my Occasions Open House using the delightful Wood Words bundle (which she got at a 10% discount!).

With a mix of shiny red embossing, crisp Whisper White and rustic wood textures designer series paper her card packs a sweet punch. Plus she showed how awesome the old time crate is on the front of a card! Talk about getting more bang for your buck with this suite. Wanna see?

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Adorable right? Did you notice the heart cut out? She wanted a heart with a bit more body so she die cut a piece of chipboard first, then the same wood grain paper to glue on top. Just cutting the heart with the wood grain running in a different direction makes the heart stand out against the background crate.

What are Pat’s steps to create those glossy red flowers?

  1. first stamp the pretty flower image in Real Red
  2. clean your stamp then use stamp positioner to stamp directly over it in Versamark ink.
  3. sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat emboss

Her pretty little leaf and berries come from the Flourish Thinlits dies. Set behind her fussy cut flowers, they’re the perfect finishing touch.

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You know you might not want to even use this for Valentine’s. Call me quirky but I thought the shape of the top of the flowers looked a bit like a heart sitting in a flower box. Can you see it too?

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Even if you don’t see it, don’t you love how this bundle takes all the work out of creating that “down home” feel? I’ll bet you’ve probably got a soft spot too for those old wood crates that are perfect for decorating, display and packing. They bring to mind nostalgic country fairs, farmer’s markets and fresh fruit stands. See how I dressed a crate up here for a masculine thank you treat holder for a little different look.

Bundles like Wood Words are a fabulous way to save money and get tons of versatility – and coordination. Remember bundles stick around for one catalogue ONLY so make sure you snap this one up and save 10%. Just click here to get your own bundle – and all the supplies to make Pat’s design.

 

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Thanks for spending time with me today. I hope you enjoyed Pat’s lovely card showcasing the Wood Textures suite. Maybe it’s been on your wish list for awhile and now you’ve seen its versatility, you’re ready to add it to your own stamping goodies. Then you can be designing a heat embossed Valentine’s crate card for someone special too.

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Handmade Rubber Stamped Cards

Handmade Rubber Stamped Cards

It’s always fun to receive handmade rubber stamped cards in the mail isn’t it? And last year I was lucky enough to get this beautiful Christmas greeting from my friend Rhonda. I waited a whole year to post it on my Front and Centre Friday since I knew you would want to see how pretty it is!

handmade rubber stamped cards

Rhonda chose wha twe might think is an unusual set of images for her festive greetings – the Paisleys and Posies set and Paisley framelits. It was popular for fall last year and we were happy to see it stick around in the 2017-18 Annual catalogue. I for one think it TOTALLY works for a holiday hi!

It’s hard to decide what makes it so effective. Is it her choice of colours, the white embossed images or the pop of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper? Or maybe it’s the sparkly rhinestones that makes us feel a bit wintry and festive. What do you think?

handmade rubber stamped cards

What steps did Rhonda use to create her handmade rubber stamped cards?

  1. stamping her images on a Whisper White note card in Versamark and sprinkling with white embossing powder and heating
  2. sponging on two colours of inks to change the Whisper White to a pretty blue and grey
  3. die cutting the detailed paisley shape in Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and framing it with a larger Night of Navy shape
  4. attaching several rhinestone jewels for added sparkle
  5. adding a large pearl embellishment to add oomph! to the focal point embellishment
  6. inking up her samp one more time with both ink colours and stamping onto her envelope

Take a closer peek at how gorgeous that die cut shape is.

handmade rubber stamped cards

Although the Paisleys and Posies stamp set has more of an autumn feel with the greeting it includes, Rhonda’s card as well as this pretty friend one I shared in August don’t look “autumn-ly” at all!  We’re both working “outside the box”, somewhere it’s always nice to be as an artist!  I bet this set would be awesome for spring and summer too. It really does show the versatility of our stamp sets. Change up the colours, add different greetings, play with a technique or two and you can create very different projects.

To recreate Rhonda’s card, here is everything you need.

How about one more view?

handmade rubber stamped cards

I love to showcase all your talent. My Front and Centre Friday is your chance to see your work featured. And it’s super easy! Send me a handmade card using current Stampin’ Up! supplies and you’re in! You can snail mail it to me at: Box 911, Blackfalds, Alberta, Canada T0M0J0 or email me too. Either way, I’ll be happy to share your work with others.

Most of us have a passion for handmade rubber stamped cards – try something a little different with your stamps and see how much fun it is to work outside the box!

Cool Heat Embossing Technique on Words

Cool Heat Embossing Technique on Words

Wanna learn a cool heat embossing technique on words that creates stunning results? When I saw the ultra cool “hello” card on page 16 of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue I had to try the technique myself. Now I want to share it with you in a congratulations card and video.

cool heat embossing technique on words

Isn’t it GORGEOUS? I designed this card to congratulate a member of my stampin’ team who reached a new milestone. Her promotion meant her new title was Bronze Elite, so I wanted a classy card with lots of bronze and copper elements. Since I loved my silver and black card last week, I played with the Eastern Medallion thinlits with traditional black, copper and white this time.

Did you notice all the copper touches?

  • Centrepiece medallion
  • Embossing powder on the “congrats”
  • Embossed images on the Basic Black behind the “congrats”
  • Metallic thread wound around the Basic Black panel on the left

Heat embossing is one of the coolest – and simplest – techniques to create WOW cards. Remember the first time you saw it in action? Weren’t you dazzled? It’s even more impressive when you can build a thick, shiny surface like the one on these letters. Take a little closer look.

cool heat embossing technique on words

How do you get the two tone look on the word? That’s where a post-it note comes in handy! Take a peek at my video to see how this technique works.

I’ll bet you may even have all the supplies on hand at home to design a card using this cool heat embossing technique on words. But if not, you’re welcome to place an online order for any supply you might need by clicking on the images below.

Tips to make this card:

  • cut out your medallion die cut with the Big Shot then use your Paper Snips to snip off the tips to remove it from the circle
  • add little dots of liquid glue behind the centre of the medallion to adhere the 1″ Basic Black circle
  • close your card when it’s time to adhere the medallion and place in the middle of the circle cut out
  • adhere Mini Dimensionals to the back of the medallion to pop it up in several places
  • use 1-2 feet of Copper metallic thread to add interest to the strip of Basic Black
  • run a strip of Fast Fuse on the back of the Basic Black where you are winding the copper metallic thread so it will stay “stuck

 

Here’s a final photo.

cool heat embossing technique on words

Much of the charm of these cards lies in the contrast between the thick, smooth and glossy shiny words and the paper itself. It’s so fun to see the plastic melting into a pool. Why not get yourself into your craft room and start playing with this cool heat embossing technique on words yourself?

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How to Heat Emboss with Any Stamp Pad

How to Heat Emboss with Any Stamp Pad

If you’re like me and you love the look of shiny embossing, you might have wondered how to heat emboss with any stamp pad.  Classic stampin’ pads are always my favourite for stamping.  As they are dye based, they dry quickly.  So that means they don’t smear and ruin projects I am rushing through at the last minute (yup – do that all the time!)  However, I also love to have the shine and glitz that comes with heat embossing.  The added texture of the raised smooth surface makes me want to reach out and touch any card with it on.  Just ask my husband, I do that all the time – it’s a thing!

how to heat emboss any stamp pad
If you like the look of heat embossing, you may have noticed my shiny gold on this wedding card.  But I didn’t feel shiny gold, copper or silver had the right feel for this card. I didn’t want white embossing and I wanted to jazz it up a bit over regular dye based ink. So Versamark to the rescue! This pad is an absolute MUST in every paper crafter’s room. Create tone-on-tone images, emboss opaque powders and use it in this easy technique. Let’s take a closer look before I show you how to do it yourself.

how to heat emboss any stamp pad

Not only is the sentiment embossed, so are the wings of the butterfly. Even though the Butterflies Thinlit is beautiful all on its own, you can add so much dimension, and eye-catching interest, with a very simple technique. I’m happy to show you how to heat emboss any stamp pad in my video here.

Amazing how easy that is isn’t it? Now you’ve learned how to heat emboss with any stamp pad, play with all the colours you already own and have fun!

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