- Night of Navy (Item 131001 - $11.95 )
- Wisteria Wonder (Item 131002 - $11.95 )
- Calypso Coral (Item 130996 - $11.95 )
- Melon Mambo (Item 130994 - $11.95 )
- Crumb Cake (Item 131004 - $11.95 )
- Smokey Slate (Item 131005 - $11.95 )
The final 6 colors of Blendabilites are now available! Check out my website to order:
Check out these videos to see how these markers work (there is no one right way to use them!):
I'm not a huge butterfly fan, but it only took a brief look on Pinterest to see all the beautiful projects made with the Swallowtail stamp to know I wanted to get it for myself. Check out these three cards I made using three different techniques for three totally different looks:
Stained Glass Technique:
First, stamp on vellum with Versamark and emboss with your choice color of embossing powder. Here I used Pool Party. Then, turn the vellum over and color with Stampin' Write markers. I used Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight.
First, I filled an empty stamp case with paper towel and saturated with bleach. Then, I stamped the Swallowtail in the bleach directly on Basic Gray cardstock (Melon Mambo cardstock also looks great, but note, this does not work on Basic Black cardstock!). Then, I spritzed with black ink, added accents using the Chalk Marker, and finished off adding some rhinestones.
Stylus Embossing Technique:
This card I CASE-d (copy and share everything) from Dawn Griffith. She stamped the Swallowtail on vellum using Black Stazon ink. Then, turn the vellum over and use a stylus to dry emboss the details. Then, two squares of Basic Gray cardstock were added behind to add a contrasting look. The vellum was adhered to Whisper White cardstock using silver mini brads.
I love the look of stitching on cards, but since I don't own a sewing machine and I can't even sew on a button, this technique seems quite out of my league. I had perused online for a sewing machine that I might be able to start with, but it just seemed like such an investment for someone who really has intentions no more than to add a few stitches to a card. I then came across a low cost option called the Sew Crafty Mini which they claim is meant to "sew accents onto your scrapbook pages, make fabric envelopes, add stiches to cards, sew outlines on paper projects..." Yes! I threw it on my Amazon wishlist, despite glancing at the low star product rating.
A Christmas came and went and no one purchased this for me, probably because they thought it was a true sewing machine and they know me well. But when I saw a local friend posting one brand new in box on Facebook for $6, I went for it.
Before reading the directions, I went back to the reviews to see what people were saying: "This machine is horrible. I tried to sew a few pieces of paper together. It worked for about 5 minutes." Well, I hoped for the best, but expected the worst. Last night at Craft Night, I asked my friend Amy (who owns a $600 sewing machine) to help me try it out...The first stitch went pretty well...
Then, we cut the thread to remove the paper and tried to set up again. The second stich, well, didn't go so well. I cut it off, flipped the cardstock over and tried again...
So yes, it worked for about five minutes. I don't even know how to pinpoint the problem, but for me, I don't think the hassle would be worth the results. Moving on to plan B, if anyone sees a better model at a garage sale, let me know! If that doesn't work, I might have to invest in a real sewing machine and force myself to learn how to sew on buttons and maybe even hem some pants!
So these days, everyone knows what DIY means: Do It Yourself. Probably not everyone knows what DSP is, but in my papercrafting world it refers to Designer Series Paper. And I have a lot of DSP! Every year, Stampin Up! releases about 16 packs of DSP which are current for just one year. During that year, you will see several paper craft projects floating around Pinterest featuring these papers. And then after the year is over, SU retires those DSP packs and you can usually find them in the Clearance Rack for as low as 2.19 for a pack of 12 sheets!
Since I am getting excited about the new 2014-2015 Annual Catalog coming out June 1 (and May 1st for demonstrators), I started digging through my old DSP packs and decided to put them to a different use. I have always thought my light switch plates in my bathroom were a little plain, but never got around to doing anything about it. When I saw this beautiful blue and white DSP from 2007 (the year I first discovered Stampin' Up!) which matched my bathroom, I decided to try covering my light switch plates.
First, I took the light switch plate off and traced it on the back of the DSP I wanted to use. Second, I used a cutting blade with a cutting mat underneath to cut the shape out of the DSP. Third, I used Mod Podge to cover both the back of the DSP and the front of the plate. Then, I pressed the DSP down on the plate and wrapped the DSP around the edges and put another thick layer of Mod Podge on it; I have also seen some people who do not try to wrap it, but instead paint the edges. After letting it dry for about 10 minutes, I put on another layer of Mod Podge and repeated about 4 times. Finally, it was ready to mount on the wall!
As a former teacher who used chalkboards rather than whiteboards or smartboards, I love the idea of an easel chalkboard card! Check out how to make it, in 10 easy steps:
1. Use a Trimmer to cut an 8.5 x 11 piece of Crumb Cake cardstock in half lengthwise at 4.25 inches.
2. Use a Scoring Tool and Stylus to score the card in half. The marker marks the score at 5.5 inches.
3. Open the card up to use a Square Framelit to cut the window out.
4. Close the card and use the same Square Framelit to cut the bottom out of both sides of the card bottom.
5. Use a bigger Square Framelit to cut out the chalkboard and then adhere behind with a 2 Way Glue Pen.
7. Use an Embossing Buddy to tap on the Basic Black Cardstock for the erased chalk look. I also used the Chalk Marker to line the edges of the chalkboard.
8. Using the Banner Blast stamp set, I stamped five banners in Real Red ink and then punched with the coordinating Banner Punch (FREE during Sale-a-bration).
9. I then used the "congratulations" stamp from the Delightful Dozen stamp set and stamped on Whisper White cardstock.
10. The Hexagon Punch is great for making banner edges.
And here is the finished product for my first easel chalkboard card! Definitely looks harder than it is! And I am sure any graduate would love this to celebrate their accomplishment!
One of the things I love about crafting is combining creativity with organization. If any of you know me, I love putting things filed away in its proper place. So it's no wonder I love the new craze of file folder cards! You can find examples of these all over Pinterest with instructions on how to make them using the Envelope Punch Board. I made the two pictured below using Crumb Cake cardstock, a Whisper White insert and paper on the front from the Fresh Prints Paper Stack. The first card was adhered around the back using ribbon, while the second card used washi tape to simply tape the sides. The sentiment on the first card is from the Se Ya Later stamp set which is free during Sale-a-bration, cut out using the new Banner Framelits. The sentiment on the second card is retired, cut out using the Labels Framelits. I loved giving this card to my husband and watching him try to figure out how to open it. Part of the fun for me is creating a card that is atypical to what you might find in a store. So this definitely is unique, perfect for a co-worker who appreciates your creativity, organization, or both!
I bought my Big Shot "for my birthday" in 2012 and have used the same cutting pads for almost 2 years now. They have been well loved since then, and I have often gotten the question, "When do you change your cutting pads?" I would answer, "It depends on how often you use framelits with them." Just recently, I have noticed the wear of the plates has left unwanted indentations on cardstock when cutting. So when I saw this pin on Pinterest, I thought I should give it a try, even though mine were not bent at all compared to those in the pictured pin.
As I tried this technique, you can my find pictures below. The instructions say to wrap your plates in foil and place in a pyrex dish. I did one plate at a time and did not place anything heavy on it because mine were not bent. After setting the oven to 325 F and letting it sit for 30 minutes, I pulled it out and found no change in the plate. As I ran my fingernail across to scratch it, a few paper flakes fell out, as seen in the final picture, but not enough to feel like the 30 minutes was worth my time. So after this trial and error, I suggest this technique maybe only if your plates are bent. So, two years later, it is time to buy some more plates!
The next trick I wanted to try also involved aluminum foil. I absolutely love my Stampin' Trimmer, but my one complaint is that the blades get dull rather quickly. I used the foil to rub against my dull blades. I do think it helped a bit, and I will probably keep a little foil in the compartments under the trimmer, but it's probably time to also buy some more blades!
Have you wondered, what is a workshop? According to Stampin' Up!, a workshop is "a creative event you host at your home, where you invite your friends to enjoy an exciting project demonstration provided by a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. When you host a workshop, you'll see new project ideas, learn different techniques, make a project, and have fun with people you enjoy--all while earning free products based on your workshop's sales."
When I do a workshop, I usually pick one card and envelope to make. Below is a picture of a card we made at a workshop last December. I bring all the supplies and tools. All you need to do is invite some friends and maybe provide a little snack! The idea is to introduce stamping to people who may not have tried it before, and give you a chance to do something fun with your friends. Most people think of these "home parties" as sales pitches, but I can assure you I am focused on having fun with friends, not selling things. However, if people do choose to place orders, which collectively total $150 or more, the hostess gets free money to order anything they wish! Check out the possible hostess rewards here!
What if you and your friends are already into stamping and want to make more than just one card? Think about getting them together (your house or mine) for a club. What is a club? A club is a group of friends that get together on a periodic basis to make more than one card and everyone takes a turn being the hostess. Whoever is the hostess gets to choose which products or techniques they want to try. Below are pictures of cards we made at a recent club where the hostess wanted to make cards using multi-colored heat embossing, flip cards, and washi tape. In a club, everyone is encouraged to place an order to help out their hostess, but if they opt not to that month, the fee is $5 for the three cards.
Does this sound like fun to you? Are you interested to earn some free product? Do you want to earn even more during Sale-a-bration? Contact me to learn more! PLUS, during February and March, I will be offering hostesses a chance to choose one free gift from my gift basket!
After much anticipation, I finally got my hands on Stampin' Up!s new Envelope Punch Board which was released in September and quickly went on backorder. Mine arrived last week and even my husband was amazed (If you haven't seen it in action, check out the youtube video on the link above)! I decided to try this new tool along with a new technique: stamping with Painter's Tape. This is a super, easy technique all over Pinterest and the internet. I watched demonstrator, Mary Fish, use this technique and you can see her video below. After making my own version of her beautiful card, I moved on to a coordinating envelope. In my short time playing with my new Envelope Punch Board, I discovered a few things:
Today, I find myself thankful. Thankful for my God, jobs, healthy children, my husband, and the prospect of my parents and brother coming to visit for Thanksgiving. And I am thankful for Stampin' Up!, which has literally helped inspire me when I feel like nothing else will. So today, I created a Thankful card. This was my first experience using the ever-popular washi tape, which we will be experimenting with in next month's techniques class. The washi tape was actually from the Witches Brew set, but it sure works for Thanksgiving too! This was also my first attempt with the new Expressions Thinlits dies.Together with my new favorite stamp set, Gorgeous Grunge, I love the simplicity and modern look of such a traditional holiday.
A good reminder of all to be thankful for!