Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sleigh Ride Edgelits--A Spooky Twist.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the spooky decorations, trick or treating with my favorite little ghosts and goblins, and all of the sweet treats. Today, I am sharing a card which features the Sleigh Ride edgelits from the Holiday Catalog.  Don't forget the Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!  

I used a technique that uses SALT, water and ink to create a background.  Can you believe it!  I recently came across the instructional video on Pinterest done by Jan Tink, a fellow Stampin' Up Demonstrator. I just had to give a try.  Here is just one color combination I tried.

Tangelo Twist and Cajun Craze ink were added to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Shimmery White cardstock with Stamping Sponges.  I cut my sponges into quarters because they are easier to hold.  Use a circular motion to add the ink to paper and put a lot of ink on the entire piece.  Then mist the inked area with water and immediately sprinkle it with salt (yes, plain table salt).  It is amazing how the salt draws in the water   Be prepared because the paper will roll up.  Because I was impatient and wanted to see the results immediately, I used my heat tool to dry the paper.   Once dry, I brushed off the remaining salt and then added a bit of Cajun Craze to the edges of the cardstock. See where the ink pooled together to make a spooky sky.

The moon is a 2" circle punched from Crushed Curry and inked with Tangelo Twist and Cajun Craze. Then the bats from Witches' Night were stamped with the NEW Basic Black Archival Stamp Pad.

 Next I used the Sleigh Ride edgelits to cut the little houses and the trees from Basic Black.  A bit of White Craft ink was sponged along the edges to give some depth.

The "Halloween" sentiment was added by stamping with Versamark and heat embossing in White.

Can't wait to show you my other creations made with blue and purple color combinations.
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Friday, August 14, 2015

The Minions are HERE.

With the release of the latest "Minion" movie, these adorable little creatures are everywhere.  They are a favorite of the young and the not so young.  At convention, I received a cute swap from a new friend. It inspired me to make a few little "Minion" bags.  Quick and easy!  You can even change up the eyes or the smile to give them their own personality.

I used the Gift Bag Punch Board and a variety of punches to create them.  Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point are the perfect colors.  A bit of velcro closes the front flap.  I see a few more "minions" in my future.  How about you?

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cheer All Year Halloween Card

Check it out!  A Halloween card featuring the Spider Web Doilies which will be available on September 1st.  The package of 24 retails for ONLY $4.50.  This card will hold a gift card inside. Skip the candy, treat someone special on Halloween with something special.

The Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper features several cute designs.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Too Cool for School Pals Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August.  This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools – those Stampin’ Up! tools that we just can’t live without.  We hope you enjoy our projects.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs, number 11 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Bags, boxes, envelopes, and more!  A tool that does it all.  Of all the punch boards on the market this is the most versatile.  With the holiday season just around the corner, it is a must have.

Check out my project made using the Gift Bag Punch Board. Scroll down through my posts and you will see the bags, triangle boxes and even an envelope all made using this tool.

 I have run across several variations on the this theme--Santa coming down the chimney.  With the introduction of the Brick Texture, it was the right time for my version.

Here are a few of the details.

  • The bag is made from Crumb Cake cardstock, 7" x 11" using the Medium Bag instructions. 
  • The "brick" texture was added to a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used our round sponge to add Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobble and a bit of Soft Suede to make the chimney.
  • The Holiday Catalog sneak peek "Celebrate the Season" sentiment  can be found in the Happy Scenes stamp set.  It was heat embossed in White.
  • Santa's bag was punched with the owl punch.  Two Whisper White "clouds" using the Tree Builder punch form the pile of snow under the bag.
  • Santa's shoes were made with the Sweetheart punch. A bit of White Craft ink was used to add highlights.
  • Check out the 1/8" Red Striped Ribbon.  Another sneak peek!

I hope you enjoyed my project.  Check back again soon for more Gift Bag ideas.  Now it is time to move down the hop.  Don't miss a single stop!  This is a very talented group.

The next stop is Kalyn Shubnell at The Stampin Chronicals number 13 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Here is the line-up!  Lots of fabulous projects ahead.
  1. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  4. Lisa Pretto at InkBIg Academy Stamps!
  5. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  6. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  8. Amy at Amy's Inklings
  9. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  13. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  14. Pamela Sadler at
  15. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  16. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  17. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  18. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  19. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  20. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone's Stamping Zone
  21. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  22. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  23. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek.

Check out just one of the fabulous kits available on September 1st.  Need a catalog, just let me know.  I would be happy to mail one out to you.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Go Wild Gift Card Holder

Today, I want to share our second stamp club project for August.  I cased a swap which I received at convention made by Sue Becker.  Check out her blog, RnR Stamping. I loved the way she used the prints from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack.  I switched up a few things including the "it's your day!"sentiment--which is perfect for many occasions.

Can't wait to try this design with our new Halloween and Christmas Designer Series Papers, which will be available on September 1st.  If you don't have a demonstrator and would like a copy of the catalog, leave a comment or send me an email.
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Promotion

If you've never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time-get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you'll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try too!

Offer Dates: July 23-September 10, 2015

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Garden in Bloom Notepad

Happy Saturday!  I hope you are enjoying a relaxing weekend.  With school just around the corner, many of you may be enjoying a family vacation or maybe some back to school shopping.  Can't believe summer is almost over.

Just wanted to share one of our August Stamp Club projects.  This cute little notepad was inspired by Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho.  She has posted several different versions using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch and 3" X 5" index cards.  I designed this version for a 3D swap I participated in at convention.
The index cards are trimmed to 2" x 3" and then punched with the Tag Topper punch.  Each notepad contained 40 sheets, which works out to 5 notepads per package of index cards.  We used the baby wipe technique to stamp the flower and leaves from Garden in Bloom Photopolymer Stamp set.  The flowers are a combination of Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon, and Blackberry Bliss ink refills.  The leaves are a combination of  Mossy Meadow, Garden Green and Crushed Curry ink refills.  I used an empty stamp case to hold the baby wipes.  The Just a Note comes from the  Watercolor Wishes Card Kit.
Wouldn't these make a great little gift for co-workers and teachers?

Next I plan to use the baby wipe technique to stamp fall leaves using the Vintage Leaves Stamp Set. Check out the stamp set on page 88 of the Annual Catalog.

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