Bloom with Hope using Blendabilities on Window Sheets

I swear, if it wasn’t for the girls over at Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration, I would be even more behind on my blogging!  Smile  They are always so cheery and enthusiastic, and sharing such great ideas.  Today we are sharing ideas using Blendabilities markers and so I wanted to share another sample using one of the EASIEST techniques to use with your Blendablities – coloring on a window sheet!

It’s like the stained glass technique, only way less messy and just about as pretty!

Tips for creating this card:

  • For this technique, you want to stamp on a window sheet with Stazon ink and then TURN IT OVER and color on the window sheet on the other side with your blendabilties markers.

  • With window sheets you can’t really blend your colors, so you just need to plan to go for one color or color different areas of the stamped image with different color markers – like I did here with the Cherry Cobbler and the Daffodil Delight blendabilities.  But you get such a shiny bright look, you won’t mind. Smile
  • Cut out your stamped image and adhere with glue dots to your project to prevent the adhesive from showing through.
  • Keep the rest of your card subtle – sponging the edges of the cardstock with Old Olive ink and using the large Polka Dot embossing folder for the background; so that your colored image can really pop!

Love this stamp set?  It is one of the hostess sets in the annual catalog and you get for free using $17 of your free hostess benefits – all for 2 jam full boxes of stamps!  They are so pretty and PERFECT for coloring with Blendabilities.  So, if you are placing a $150+ order or have some friends who would be interested in picking up some craft supplies (or holiday gifts!) let me know by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and we can get you hooked up for your freebies including this set!

If you are curious to see another idea with this technique, check out my Christmas card using this technique.

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Well, I’m off for my Curvy Keepsake class tonight.  Grab those blendabilities and have fun stamping!

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Elegant Gold Stamping with the Curvy Keepsake Box

Wanna a peek at one of the boxes we’ll be making in my Too Cute Curvy Keepsake box class?  I had said that we would be making 4 boxes including one that was stamped… but when I went to go actually make the stamped box I stalled out.  I had wanted to use my Endless Wishes stamp set, but had forgotten I had loaned it to a downline member.  So I needed an alternate option and this is what I came up with:

Turns out Mixed Bunch is a great substitute!  Especially when you use gold and Early Espresso.  Didn’t it turn out nice?

I used the KRAFT cardstock – it is sturdier and a bit heavier than the Crumb Cake cardstock.  We’ll use Early Espresso ink and Encore Gold ink and then sponge with some Soft Suede ink.  But I really loved the extra touches to add to the bling – like the stamped sentiment which I stamped directly onto the Gold Foil sheets and then die cut out with the Starburst framelits.  Then add some gold sequins and 1/4” cotton ribbon to the top and you are set.

I think these could be cute favors for events or just nice little gifts.  Can’t you imagine a pretty pile of these?  Smile

If you would like to try out the fun boxes that you can make with this die, check out this fun class & class by mail I’m running tomorrow!  (Yes! You can still RSVP if you hurry)

Tuesday 9/30 at 7pm, Panera in Redmond – RSVP here
$15, save $5 with purchase of the Curvy Keepsake box die
(Bonus kit – bring a friend and you both get to make the Turkey box for free!)
Kit by mail option available!

KIT BY MAIL – Get all the pieces precut and mailed to you in a kit to make all 4 boxes we make in class plus instructions for all of the boxes and the Turkey box!
Cost is only $15+$3 shipping  (only $10 if you have purchased the die from me!)
BONUS – have a friend sign up for the class too and I’ll include the Turkey kit for each of you!





INSTRUCTIONS ONLY – Get access to the instructions for all 5 boxes so you can use your dies and punches at home to make these cute projects.
Instructions will include all the dimensions, supplies used, and tips for making them as easy as possible!
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More Holiday Card Ideas from the Fun n’ Crafty Stampers

Did you check out our Fun n’ Crafty Holiday Swap blog hop?  If you did, you saw some great ideas using stamps and other products from the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog.  Well, we had more people participate in the swap than could participate in the Blog Hop and they were all such great cards that I wanted to share more of them here today.

Here are more of the great cards that were shared:

For All Things watercolored card by Kathy Thisted

Festival of Trees Christmas Card by Tobe Buffenbarger

I loved all the little details from the tone-on-tone stamping with the trees to the stars embossing folder in the background… and of course, sequins!

 

Holiday Home Christmas card by Jill Cantorna

I love how she made it look like there were snowy hills by layering the white cardstock and adding a bit of sparkle along the edge of the each hill slope!  So creative!  And I thought it was awesome too how she was able to use the photopolymer santa image from this set and curve it so it fit in the moon!  One of the perks of bendy stamps.

 

This great Halloween Haunted house using Holiday Home by Cindy Espino

I wouldn’t have thought to make this stamp a haunted house but it was great!  And that Screamy Spooky background paper – all handstamped!  Yup!  From the Mingle all the Way stamp.  Didn’t she do awesome pulling all the different elements from different papers and stamps together?

 

Love this Seasonally Scattered swap by Rosemary Bryson

Rose is always so great at layering and having lots of little touches to her cards.  Like in this card, there is the embossing of the hearts in the background, the embossing of the sentiment, the marbling watercoloring, and of course the faux stitching!

So, what do you think?  Great ideas, right?

I hope they inspired you like they inspired me!  Seriously, one of my favorite things about getting the new catalogs is this great team swap.

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PS- there is a GREAT sign-up promotion that is starting October 1st!  Get a free pack of designer paper a month for 6 months when you join my team!  So, be ready and join our fun group and then take part in our next swap when the Occasions Catalog launches at the end of the year!

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Holiday Catalog Project Inspiration from the Fun n’ Crafty Stampers

I am so incredibly grateful for my Fun n’ Craft team of demonstrators.  They are an awesome group of crafters and just overall wonderful people.  In our group, we have Pam Wu who has started organizing card swaps for our team each time a new catalog comes out.  We usually have a good amount of people participate and let me say… the cards are off the charts awesome!  So today we thought we would do a little mini-blog hop to share them with you.

Here is my simple card that I swapped:

Tips for creating this card:

  • The new Fall Fest stamp set makes this card quick and easy to create because the leaves and pumpkins are all part of the same set.  Plus, with matching framelits, cutting them out is a snap!  So, definitely grab the bundle and save 15% while you are at it.
  • Use the same color ink as your card base for stamping the little leaves randomly all over the front of the card.  This gives you a nice tone-on-tone look without being too busy or overwhelming your card.
  • Cut out both pumpkins with the framelits and pop them up on dimensionals for dimension to your card while still keeping it super simple


    Use a small strip of the Burlap Ribbon to give it a real fall look.

And for the sentiment, I used the Host Special stamp set – Good Greetings!

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This set is fabulous, especially for holiday cards and you still have time to get it free!  Host a party (it can be in person or an online only party) or place a $300 order and you’ll get it free on top of your regular hostess benefits.  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com if you would like to set something up so you can get it! Smile

See more amazing Holiday Catalog samples here –

We had 4 more people participate in the swap (just for one reason or another, they weren’t able to participate in our little blog hop) , so I’ll be sharing their cards here on the blog tomorrow!  I hope you can come back and join me!

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A Bit of Merry with Seasonally Scattered

It’s Monday and I’m still catching up from the weekend!  But I wanted to make sure to get a post up to share (I have sooo many projects to share I need to get crackin on getting them all posted and ready!)  Today is a quick Holiday card:

This was another convention display board card and I was trying to come up with something different to do with the Seasonally Scattered stamp set.  So, this was one of my “experiment” cards

Interesting things on this card:

  • I started by stamping the “Merry” sentiment from the Seasonally Scattered stamp set with Versamark ink and then heat embossing with white embossing powder on some patterned paper (from the Moonlight paper stack).  Then to make the word really pop, I sponged over just the letters with Cherry Cobbler ink.
  • Not sponging over all the embossed image allowed the words to stand out and keep some of the snow clean and white Smile
  • Use sponge daubers to create perfect inked circles on your paper but in random patterns
  • It’s hard to see, but I sponge daubered in Versamark, some circles and then embossed with Iridescent Ice for some sparkle circles too!
  • I tied some Silver baker’s twine and some White baker’s twine around the front and then take extra pieces of twine and tie them to your strands for your knots.  Fringe the ends and voila!

It’s quick and easy and lots of little touches everywhere!

A Few Updates

Thank you to everyone who has already started shopping in my Online Craft Rummage Sale!  Yesterday I spent the entire day at the Washington State Fair with my family including staying late with the hubby for a Pentatonix concert (they are an amazing acapella group you should check out if you don’t know them yet!)

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Because who can resist a day with scones, huge pumpkins, strawberry shortcake, and petting goats?!  Nicholas even got to do the kid version of bull riding and try to ride and hang onto a sheep for 6 seconds as it ran across an arena.  It was such a hoot!

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So, this morning I’m working on catching up getting out Online Craft Rummage Sale shipping information and invoices. Smile

  • If you’ve already marked the items you want, I’ll be following up with you today!
  • If you haven’t shopped yet, there is still LOTS of great items to be had!

Check out the Online Craft Rummage Sale here

BONUS GIFT  – everyone who hops over to my facebook page and shops my online sale will get a gift of a Stampin’ Up gift certificate worth 25% of their total online craft sale purchase for use towards a Stampin’ Up catalog order with me in the future.

Also, if you signed up for my Too Cute Curvy Keepsake Box kit by mail, I am working on the tutorial now and cutting all the kits.  I should have them ready by the end of the week!  If you haven’t signed up for one, you can check it out here.

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Online Craft Garage Sale Starts Today!

Ok, so if you follow my Facebook page, you know all too well how I spent my weekend so far!  Getting ready for and then helping out at a craft garage sale run by on of my downline, Stacey Lane.  I even got motivated to dig through my craft room and find more stuff I was willing to part with… I came up with a decent pile don’t you think?!

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It was a great sale with lots of fun stuff to look at.  We had stuff in her driveway and inside the garage too

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Sadly, all of my stuff didn’t sell… isn’t that how it always goes?  So, I spent all night getting my extras and leftovers posted up for an Online Craft Sale over on my Facebook page!

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I really did have plans to get all the stuff up on facebook in late afternoon and then get it posted to the blog so it would be up by this morning.  Sadly, just getting it on Facebook took me until just after midnight, so I bagged the idea of getting everything over here on the blog for now.

So, if you would like to shop, make sure to swing by on my Facebook page

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BONUS GIFT  – everyone who hops over to my facebook page and shops my online sale will get a gift of a Stampin’ Up gift certificate worth 25% of their total online craft sale purchase for use towards a Stampin’ Up catalog order with me in the future.  Smile  Its like extra free craft supplies!

Today, my family is off to the Washington State Fair to enjoy it’s last day this year, so I’ll check back on the sale when I get home in the evening.  In the meantime, enjoy the shopping!

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From Scraps to Shiny Sweet

Yesterday, I was trying to finally unbury my craft table…again!  I had everything piled up from the last two weeks, including all the odds & ends from my spare table that I used for prep work for my events that I took down over the weekend.  I was sooooo excited to be down to just all my scrap cardstock that was sorted and just needed to be put away in my file folders, so I thought I’d get it all wrapped up. 

What is it about a clean craft table that makes you want to get crafting again?!

As I was putting away scraps, I had this stamped strip of paper and the scrap strip of Gold Foil paper.  I thought,” why not make a banner out of the gold paper and glue them together?”  Then I grabbed the Vintage button I had colored for my Blendabilties class and stuck it on the end… grabbed some sequin trim scrap, some lace scrap, and cherry cobbler scrap… and things just started coming together!  Gotta love it when that happens. Smile

Tips for making this card:

  • Take a regular ol’ white or vanilla button – like this Very Vintage Button – and color it with your Cherry Cobbler blendabilities!  Use the PEN TIP to color so you don’t risk messing up your brush tip.
  • Add a single sequin to the center with a glue dot for a complimentary bit of shine.

  • Did you know, this sentiment is from the Happy Hour stamp set and is 25% off with the weekly deals this week!  Love it!
  • Want to add a bit of shine to a corner of a card?  Staple a string of sequins for some not-too-overdone shine!  I used my Stampin’ Up mini stapler to staple the strand into a twist first and then stapled that onto my card.  (yes, I’m sure that made no sense, but if you just staple it to your card front, that works great too!)

So, don’t forget to use those scraps!  You never know when they will come together just right. Smile

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A Little Bit of Love with Seasonally Scattered

Wanna see the very first card I made of the convention display boards this year?  And the very first one I made with the new Seasonally Scattered?  Well, here you go!

This card is pretty different from my usual style… in fact, I actually made it and then set it aside for a while to see if I liked it or not.  In the end, I decided I did like it and had fun with the mixture of patterns and textures!

Tips for making this card:

  • The sentiments from the Seasonally Scattered stamp set are pretty big and the letters are part of the un-stamped image (meaning, when you ink up your stamp, where you see the letter “L” it does not get any ink on it).  But that gives you some fun other options, like heat embossing your image!
  • Once you emboss your image, sponge over the top of the embossed image for a varied saturation of color.

  • Tear off the edge of your embossed and sponged cardstock layer to give you a rough white edge since you’ll be ripping off the sponged surface and exposing inside of the white cardstock!
  • Color a pearl with your Cherry Cobbler blendabilities and then place it in the center of a Vintage button for a matching pop of color.

 

Oh, and I tucked my chevron ribbon under my white cardstock layer, to make sure the torn edge showed up and to mute some of the boldness of the chevron.

The nice thing about a card like this is that the big bold patterns and images give you a lot to look at when you look at the card but its actually super easy to put together.  Smile

Join me for some stamping fun!

My class calendar has been updated for the rest of the year!  As you heard, I have my Too Cute Curvy Keepsake box class coming up in a couple weeks; but I also have card nights, technique nights, and more.  Make sure you check out my calendar online or join my meetup to RSVP or stay in the know.

And YES! You can get my classes by mail as well!  Just let me know if you are interested in that option.

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