Memorial Day Weekend Sale & a Feels Good Clean and Simple Rainbow Card

So we decided today to go pick out a big kid bike for Nicholas, which seems like a great way to kick off a holiday weekend.  So, I grabbed my newspaper and was checking the ads when I realized that another tradition here in the US is lots of sales and specials on a holiday weekend.  I thought I’d join in the fun and have this little special for you this weekend.  So, if you were still eyeballing some retiring items or Occasions Catalog goodies before they are gone in a little over a week, you can pick some up this weekend and I’ll send you a little gifty of your choice with your thank you card.

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Pick from pearls, rhinestones, candy dots, or epoxy stickers!

Just shop online using hostess code ZGKDJEB3
(please don’t use the hostess code if you purchase $150 or more, since I want you to get the hostess benefits!)
or email me with your order by Monday night.

Alright, and now lets get on to some fun craftiness shall we!  This is a card I shared in classes recently and I love how clean and simple it is!

Can you tell how bright and cheery it is?

Tips for making this card:

  • Layer a piece of Whisper White cardstock over your Whisper White cardbase.  It gives you dimension and depth while keeping the card simple and uncomplicated.
  • Use your pattern papers to make a pretty rainbow on one side.  In this case, I used the retiring Brights Designer Paper Stack and used some of each of the primary colors.
  • I love to cover the seam between papers with ribbon or twine.  In this case, the Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine was a great way to stick with the bright colors without overpowering the card.
  • Mix in a few gold sequins to add a touch of shine… especially with such a great sentiment about Sunshine!
  • PS – I use glue dots to adhere my sequins, easy and no mess!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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Maritime Thank You Card For the Guys

Ok, so this card doesn’t have to be just for the guys, but I was inspired by a version of this card from my Stamping Twin Julie Davison and had to recreate it for my Stamping Bingo the other week as a card they could make for guys or girls. 

My biggest problem is that every time I pull out this Maritime paper, I fall in love with it all over again!  From the awesome colors to the fun patterns.  Seriously, great paper!

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So this card gives a nod to the nautical and is quick and easy and another great way to use that pattern paper!

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Tips for making this card:

  • Use up scraps of your paper or just make a stack of cards using your patterned papers when you cut a few squares and adhere them in a pattern on your card.
  • Add your sentiment instead of another piece of paper!  This works with any pattern of shapes.  Try it with circles, hexagons, etc… just make a pattern with paper, then lift one up and stamp a sentiment instead.

  • Love your twine!  I love this gold twine and I used 3 pieces that were wrapped and adhered around the back of the white cardstock to make the crossing pattern.  Then add one more piece to tie in a knot at the cross point to hold them together.  A little bit o glitz goes a long way!
  • Don’t be afraid to cut out specific patterns and pieces from your designer paper too for accent pieces.  I cut the light blue “rope” design out as an accent for my Thank You.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Class by Mail!

If you missed my announcement, I have a limited time All About Guys Class by Mail available through next week, but order your kit or instruction set now so I can be sure to get yours out asap!

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Wednesday Walkthrough: Birthday Card with the Hello You Thinlits

In an effort to help encourage myself to stick to the plan to do at least one video a week, and since folks seem to be liking the tutorial videos I’ve posted lately, I’ve decided to start a new feature on my blog – Wednesday Walkthroughs!

The idea is that each Wednesday, I’ll walk you though a card…start to finish…in a video giving you tips and technique tricks along the way.  So this is the card I’m kicking things off with:

It is a bright and cheery birthday card that you can make in any color that fits your recipient, especially when you use the retiring Chevron Background stamp!

Featured Retiring Products:

    • Positively Chevron Backgroun stamp (wood  |  clearmount rubber)
    • Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon (sold out)

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Tips for making this card:

  • First off, I have to say, this stamp uses a Background stamp, which I love… but I’ve discovered that I don’t love these big stamps in Clearmount Rubber.  They are a pain to put the stickers on the back, if you are like me and have to do a sticker that is perfectly lined up, and I like the comfort of knowing that the rubber won’t move around as I’m doing different techniques with the stamp.  Now, the clear mount stamps work totally fine… I just wanted to share that I *always* recommend getting my background stamps in wood mount.  They make take up a little more room, but I think it is worth it in this case.
  • When stamping along the edge of the paper like I did here, turn your stamp upside down on the table so the rubber is facing up and then ink it up.  Press your paper onto the upright stamp and burnish with a bone folder to make sure you get a solid image.

  • I wrapped my taffeta ribbon around the entire card and glued it down on the FRONT of the card.  I know it sounds strange, but since you will be covering up a large portion of the front with the sentiment, hide your ribbon ends under that paper for a clean look on the rest of the card!
  • Check out the video below if you haven’t used wax paper with your thinlit dies.  It makes getting your die cut out so easy and everything looking perfect!
  • Don’t forget some extra accents, I LOVE my candy dots and they are just the perfect touch for this card, don’t you think?  Use your paper piercer to make sure they are aligned exactly how you want them with ease!  (also shown in the video below)

 

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All About Guys – Card Class by Mail featuring Guy Greetings and Adventure Bound

I’ve been planning on this class for a while and I’m finally running it here locally on Friday (if you are in the Seattle area and want to join me, today is the last day to RSVP for Friday’s class!) But I’m also offering this as a class by mail and just love how the cards turned out!  Check them out:

All the cards feature the Guy Greetings Stamp Set & Adventure Bound designer paper stack from the Occasions Catalog and you can fill in the inside to make them work for Father’s Day, Birthday, Congrats and more for those guys in your life!

Details for joining me for this class in person or as a class by mail (including Instructions Only option) are below. I’d love to have you play along!

I thought I’d share one of my favorite cards from the set… this red classic car card.  Lots of fun layers without being too fussy or overdone don’t you think?

Tips for making this card:

  • I love mixing and matching from the Adventure Bound designer paper stack.  Each paper gives you photo realistic prints on one side and guy friendly prints on the other.  Here I mixed a red plaid and a red pin stripe pattern, giving you cool subtle striping on the card front.
    Note – this paper stack is only available until June 2nd, so if you love it, make sure you grab it soon!

  • tip – When adhering your burlap ribbon to your paper, I find it is often easier to run my tape runner onto the back of the *paper* instead of directly onto the ribbon.  The burlap texture sometimes has a hard time holding the adhesive right off the runner.
  • Layer your sentiment over the bottom edge of your paper with the car image to get a bit of dimension but also keep everything focused in one place.
  • Oh and sponging, seriously, I can’t live without sponging my edges it seems! Smile  For all my cards in this set, we sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink using a sponge dauber for just the right touch of vintage.

  • And this card would work great for a birthday card, thank you card, father’s day card, anything you need.  Just add your custom sentiment to the inside and you are done!

Want to make all of these cards?

You can join me in person if you are in the Seattle area

All About Guys Masculine Card Class
Friday 5/22 at Panera in Redmond starting at 7pm
RSVP here or email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com – RSVP’s are due TODAY!

Or sign up for my class by mail!  Included in the class kits are:

  • 20 notecards & envelopes (so you have spares as you are working & can come up with your own creations!)
  • a pack of the Adventure Bound designer paper pack(the needed pieces for these cards will be precut for you)
  • all extra papers and embellishments precut
  • pdf instructions for all 7 cards
  • shipping anywhere in the US
  • Optional Add onSAVE 15% when you order with the class! – Guy Greetings Stamp set

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Have the supplies but just want the instructions?  I’ll be emailing those out starting Thursday so get your name on the list today!

Class instructions PDF – $4.95



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Sending off Mixed Bunch and the Modern Label Punch with a Blue Bokeh Card

Every year I have one item on the Stampin’ Up retiring list that I can’t believe is going away.  This year, I can’t believe the Modern Label punch is retiring!  Especially since it goes so awesomely with the Word Window punch!  I guess that just means I have to enjoy it now (and hang on to mine and keep loving it after they stop making it too. Smile)

Today I wanted to share another Bokeh card we did in my technique class.  I think I’ve decided I love mixing in colored circles with my white circles when doing the Bokeh technique.  What do you think?

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Tips for making this card:

  • Start with a piece of vellum and some circle punches – I used the 1”, 1-1/4”, and 1-3/8” circles and punch out a template to use for layering.
  • Randomly sponge the background with your favorite color combination
    (this was Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, and Hello Honey)
  • Use your circle template to layer colored and WHITE craft ink circles on top of your background.  It looks best if you overlap your circles.
  • Keep it interesting by adding a punched flower, but trim some of the edges so it fits to colored layer (kind of makes it look like it is behind a window or something, huh?)
  • The Venetian Crochet trim is a nice, soft addition to cards without being too girly because of it’s thin size.


Get them before they are gone!  The retiring accessory list is while supplies last and as you saw with the Blossom Punch, things are selling out.  Make sure you have ordered your favorites and when you shop with me, you will be on the list to get a new catalog sent to you!  Shop now

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Water Drop Bokeh Technique Card with Everything Eleanor (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

Did you see? Did you see??  Today is another video this week! Smile  I’m planning on getting back into videos and tutorials again and aim to have a new video project for you each Wednesday.  Sweet, right?!

Today I wanted to share with you this cool technique I’m calling Water Drop Bokeh!  Check it out:

See that colored blobby area?  It is just masked and sponged area of the Whisper White cardbase!  So it is easy and perfectly customizable to any project you want!

Tips for making this card:

  • Use your Grid Paper to help make sure you are masking off straight and even lines across your white card base (in this case they are at 1” from the top and 2 1/4” from the top)
  • Sponge Daubers will give you rich color which helps make the technique turn out better because concentration of ink on your paper is key!
  • Swirl on your favorite colors of dye-based ink (all Stampin’ Up Classic Ink pads are dye based) on Whisper White cardstock
  • Use an Aqua Painter to drop bits of water onto your sponged area – from just the tip of the Aqua Painter for small circles to squeezing out full drops for bigger circles
  • Let it start to air dry and then you can stamp over the top almost immediately to create cool, layered effects.
  • Mix and match your stamp sets, like in this case Everything Eleanor for the bird and swirl, and A Dozen Thoughts for the sentiments
  • Each card you make will be different, but that is what makes it fun!

Want to see how it is done?  Check out this Video Tutorial as I walk you through making the full card step by step.  Then, let me know what you think and if you like this style of video so I know what to do more of. Smile 

 

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Early Bird Pricing for the Crafty Escape Weekend Crop Ends TODAY!

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I’m so excited working on planning for the Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend and I wanted to post a reminder that the Early Bird discount is ending today!

Save $25 off your registration if you sign up by today.  Check out everything that is included:

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We’ll have pods of three 6 ft tables and you’ll get your table for the entire weekend to set up and leave everything out the whole time.  Plus you’ll have access to all my stuff including lots from the upcoming Stampin’ Up annual catalog!

Don’t miss out on the Swap My Stuff table where you can bring the crafting supplies you don’t want and put them out on the table and then look through what other people brought and take anything you want from the table for free!  We’ll have lunch on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday, and snacks in between.  Make & takes, door prizes, welcome swag bag, make & take projects…. you won’t want to miss it!

Save your spot and your Early Bird discount here

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2015 NEW In Colors and a Tips & Details with my Sneak Peek Haul video!

So, I will admit one of the reasons I signed up as a demonstrator in the first place was the (1) discounts and (2) being able to see the catalog and all the sneak peeks first!  There is just something exciting about being able to sit and devour all the new goodies coming soon, plan a wishlist, and daydream about all the fun projects I’m going to make!

Well, now is that time again, and I got in my new catalog preorder this week and I decided to put together a Sneak Peek haul video so I could share with you my excitement and a few tips and details about the newest types of products that are coming out!

 

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I’ve also just started playing with the new In Colors and I really like them!  I think they are going to be great together.  Caitlin loved them too and so she wanted to model with the bookmark I was making. Smile 

If you want to see the bookmark more close up, here you go!

These are the bookmarks I’ll be giving out with my first batch of catalogs that I’ll be sending out next week.  I ordered extra boxes of catalogs –

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So I’m working on getting them all stuffed with bookmarks, wishlist, and Northwest Stamper Rewards punch cards.

If you’ve placed a $50 order with me in the last 6 months, one of these goodie packs will be on their way to you starting next week.  If you haven’t ordered from me before, you can always visit my online store and score some of the great deals from the Retiring List, Weekly Deals, and Clearance Rack and then I’ll have your info and make sure you get a book too!

Note – If you’ve ordered with me and said “No Contact” (didn’t check the box that said the demonstrator could contact you) or have shopped with another demonstrator since you ordered with me, I will NOT have your information!  So please contact me at jennifer@nwstamper.com or fill out my catalog request form so I can work something out for you.

Enjoy!


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