2016 OnStage Display Board Samples–Tip Top Taupe!

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Welcome to Day 2 of my display stamper shares for the 2016 OnStage Display Boards in Salt Lake City!  Yesterday I kicked things off by sharing the samples I made with Watermelon Wonder and today I’m back with a little Tip Top Taupe for you.

As I mentioned yesterday, the way it worked is they asked me to create 20 samples, approximately 4 each focused on each of the returning In Colors.  I did a mix of cards, 3D projects, and scrapbook pages – and I plan to have full blog posts for each project down the road, but I couldn’t wait to share them as a collection now… especially as we start getting excited for the new Annual catalog coming out on June 1st!

Let’s kick things off with one of my more simple but such a pretty color combination card –

I don’t know why it took me so long to discover Tip Top Taupe, Elegant Eggplant, and Whisper White as an amazing color combination!  Seriously, you have to give it a try!

Or step away from the delicate and elegant style to a more contemporary, all occasion look.  See, the You’re So Sweet stamp set isn’t just for going on the Mini treat bag (even though it has been in a great discounted bundle together… they go together fabulously but don’t hesitate to separate them.  I promise, they can handle it! Winking smile)

I made a fun little box.  This guy is 2”x2” and was simply made by scoring cardstock and using the Scalloped Tag Topper…. did you spot that Affectionately Yours designer paper again?

And then, another case where I had photos begging to be scrapbooked!  This was from a trip with my guy on Valentine’s Day weekend to San Francisco.  I thought the boat from the Swirly Bird stamp set was a perfect touch to go with the photos.  I also love making my titles using the Epic Alphabet!  Yes, I stamped each letter, but it is easy and goes by quick because they are the clear photopolymer.  Sadly, I didn’t realize it was being discontinued at the end of May… you better believe this one is staying in my collection too. Smile

Well, I hope you enjoyed these ideas today!  I really enjoyed creating them and with the different styles, there are options for everyone!

Join me tomorrow as I have more display board samples to share!

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2016 OnStage Display Board Samples–Watermelon Wonder!

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Woo Hoo! Can you feel the excitement?  The new Annual catalog is only a few days away from releasing and with it some super duper awesome new stamps, dies, and accessories I can’t wait to get my hands on! 

I was lucky enough to be selected as a display stamper for the 2016 OnStage demonstrator event in Salt Lake City in April.  One of the big draws to these events is that you get to see tons of sneak peeks and even play with products from the upcoming catalog.  And to help that excitement, they put together big 8” display boards that show lots of ideas using some of those new products.  So as a display stamper, that meant I got to get some of the new sneak peek products early and got to create ideas to inspire my fellow crafters.

Let me tell you… that is a bit of an intimidating challenge!  Sharing my style and hoping that it sparks inspiration in many talented crafters!  In the end, the display boards were AMAZING – you can see a photo album of all the display boards over on my Facebook page – http://facebook.com/nwstamper (just click on photos and you can find the display board album!).  But over the next 5 days, I’ll be sharing closer up photos of all of MY projects. Smile

OnStage Display Board Samples – Watermelon Wonder

So, I was asked to create 4 projects per returning In Color (so that is Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Cucumber Crush).  With a good mix of cards, 3D projects (ack! 3Ds… so hard for me!), and scrapbook layouts.  Today I’m sharing my Watermelon Wonder projects.  I’ll have follow up blog posts later with more project details for each one… but in the meantime, I hope this gives you some fun ideas to create with carry over and NEW SNEAK PEEK products!

For example, this almost-no layer card using the new Swirly Bird stamp set and pretty striped In Color ribbon!

I love the copper foiling in this Affectionately Yours designer paper that I used behind the butterflies for this luminary (just be sure you use one of those fake/electric tealights!)

And I just LOVED this photo of Caitlin, so I had to work it into a scrapbook page. Smile  Plus it meant more playing with my Sunburst thinlit, Swirly bird stamp set, and that Affectionately Yours designer paper.

I was always afraid of Watermelon Wonder because it was such a bright color, but it turns out that with the right mix of colors it can be oh so pretty!  Don’t you think?

Want more of the Sunburst Thinlit?  The Class by Mail deadline is almost here!

If you were thinking of trying out the Sunburst Sayings Class by mail or tutorial, just a quick reminder that I’m only going to accept registrations for the class by mail until May 31st (the tutorial will continue to be available after that).  So, make sure you’ve check it out and reserve your kit to learn and try out 5 different ideas using the Sunburst Thinlit die!

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Woven Washi Thank You Card in Black & Pink

First, can I just say, Stamping friends are some of the best kind of friends!  I am always amazed at how kind, generous, and helpful so many of the people I meet through my stamping and crafting are.  Honestly, it is one of the big things that kept me active as a demonstrator as I went through pregnancies, state-to-state moves, pregnancies WHILE doing state-to-state moves. Smile  There were many times I thought about just letting things go but then I would think about the friends I’ve made and the communities I was a part of and I couldn’t bear to let them go.  Sure, I could slow down at times, but never drop out completely! 

Well, I’m so glad I stuck around, not just for the amazing changes my business has brought to me and my family, but because of the friendships that have continued to grow. 

Now, you may be wondering, why is Jennifer getting all sappy and rambling on and on about friendships and stamping?  Well, let me tell you!  It’s all because the card I have to share with you, only happened because of my amazing friend Sarah Naber and her sharing her creative genius with me for one of my technique classes.  Check it out:

How cool is this card?  You see, she and I were talking about my technique class last month and I was talking about focusing on Washi Tape techniques.  She asked if I had ever done Woven Washi – the answer was no.  But then she told me about the technique and created this card for me to try and to share in my class.  See, told you she was cool!  I made a couple little tweaks to fit what I thought would work best in my class, but I loved her weaving and fun little accents.

Now, I’ll admit the washi weaving takes a bit of time and a delicate hand, but don’t let that disuade you from giving it a try!  I started out by cutting my base cardstock that everything would be woven onto and then tearing off small pieces of washi tape that would cover the short side of the cardstock (so a bunch of 3”ish pieces in this example).  Only press them down on one side of your base cardstock – that is your anchored side – and then tear off a long strip of washi tape and start weaving it over one of the short strips, then under the next strip, over the following strip, under the one after that, etc.  Until you have the long strip woven into the little pieces.  Then grab another long piece and do it again.  Only this time start with under the first short strip, over the next short strip, under the following, and so on.

When you are done, just tuck the edges around to the back of the base cardstock piece.  Pretty nifty, huh?

And yes, I hate to say it, but this is another of those Fond Farewell cards!  Lots of the supplies are being discontinued… so doing wait too long to grab your favorite!

Retiring Products on this Card

  • Watercolor Thank You stamp
  • Everyday Chic washi tape
  • It’s My Party Enamel Dots
  • Melon Mambo stitched satin ribbon

I know, so sad right?  At least we know some amazing new stuff is coming on June 1st!

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Fun Birthday Card with Big Designer Candles!

So, I hope you’ve been enjoying all the blog posts recently, full of technique and project ideas!  As I headed off on my big European adventure on the Stampin’ Up incentive trip, I knew I had so many project that I’ve loved lately and wanted to share.  Plus I’ve been meaning to get back on track with posting at least every other day here on the blog… so what better way to start the habit than having a post-a-day heading all the way into June!  I have more fun planned for you coming up including starting on Friday, I’ll be sharing each day the projects I made for Stampin’ Up displays boards at OnStage in Salt Lake City.  They are full of sneak peeks and fun scrapbooking and 3D project ideas in addition to my many card projects for the boards.  So, be sure to come back and check it out.

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Ok, now back to today’s super fun card!

So, this card came together because I wanted to do a birthday card for my Fond Farewell card class (this was my recent card class where I focused on having one last hurrah with many of the retiring product that Stampin’ Up is discontinuing at the end of the month).  But I wanted to do something different.  I had seen cards where people had made big candles, but many of those used a stamp set I didn’t have and fussy cut and image I didn’t have.  So I decided to get creative!

Enter the Bird Builder punch!

Yes, that is right!  See these candles?  The flames on top are the wings of the bird from that punch. 

And for the candles, instead of cutting out a stamped image, I just grabbed the It’s My Party designer paper stack and picked out a few fun patterns and cut them into rectangles for my candle sticks.  Easy Peasy!  One tip though- I did end up sponging the edges of the patterned paper because I found with busy patterns, you really need some ink or something around the edge to help define the edge of the shape.  Otherwise it tends to blur into the background easily.

Can we also please have a moment of silence for my beloved 2 1/2” Circle punch?


Seriously, I love love love my big circle with the convenience of a punch.  I know there are circle framelits but I still am sad about this punch being on the retirement list.  Oh well,  at least I have mine!  Better believe I’m keeping that puppy around for future crafting. Smile

Oh, and don’t let me forget, I wanted to share what brings these candles to life – why the clear Wink of Stella brush of course!  Just a quick swipe along one side of the wing/flame and you get some sparkle to really twinkle up your candlelight!

It’s pretty, it’s fun… Sadly a lot of this card is retiring.  Here is a list of what is going away at the end of the month so you don’t miss out on anything!  (See the bottom of the post for links to any of these items in the online store)

Retiring Items on this Card

  • Bird Builder Punch
  • 2 1/2” circle punch
  • It’s My Party designer series paper
  • Decorative Dots embossing folder

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Botanical Blooms Birthday Card with Fun Front Edge

When I saw the Botanical Builders thinlits, I knew that while the flower dies were cute, the edgelits were awesome!  That is the vine looking die that is long and skinny, because what it does is make cool edges for your cards!  Just like this card here:

Now, I can’t take credit for this card design.  See, I can also admit that while some dies and stamps inspire me with lots of my own ideas (Like the Sunburst die, which is why I put together that Online Class!) but these Botanical Builders dies are harder for me. I love pretty much everything I see with them, but I needed a kick in the pants to get my mojo going.  So I turned to a crafter’s best friend – Google Image Search and Pinterest!  I looked up cards to CASE to get started and just loved this one.

I had to guess a bit at how it went together, but I think it came out fine.  In mine, I used the vine edgelit to cut off the bottom of the card front and then adhered the patterned paper to the inside of the card base (so that when you flip open the card, the paper stays put.  It just gives cool shadows and dimension I thought.  Or I could just be overthinking and I’ll go with it is just easier to have a big, solid, flat place to glue the paper that I don’t have to worry it can get pulled off. Smile

Of course we had to get the flower in there and so we stamped with the Botanical Blooms stamp set and added the die cut flower.  I even added some of the Gold Wink of Stella to the middle of the flower because, well, you know, everything is better with sparkle!

The thing that takes the most amount of time on this card is the flower, but otherwise it all comes together super quick.  So, mix and match the edgelit with other designs and punches and you could have a card together in no time flat!

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20 Card Ideas using the Hello Life Project Kit from Stampin’ Up!

Do you ever look at the Project Kits that come out and think,”That is cute, and I like this and that piece of the kit, but I won’t use the completed project when I’m done.”  I was like that with the Hello Life project kit, until recently when I saw the idea to turn it not into a wall hanging, home décor piece; but instead combine it with notecards to make a really stinkin’ cute card set.  So, I threw together a class on it last weekend and loved the results so much I wanted to share so you had a chance to make it too if you love them before the Hello Life Project Kit sells out (since it is on the retiring list)

Here is one of my favorite cards that we made in the class:

I think my favorite part is the cool “bird’s nest” element that is in the middle of card!  It just adds such a pretty texture and was easy to make too!  All you have to do is take the thick twine that is included in the project kit and pull apart the three threads that are twisted together to make up a piece of the twine. 

Once you have the three threads, loosely loop them in a circle and tack down to the black square using a little big of SNAIL adhesive on each side beneath where the sentiment will go.  (So you’ll have two little spots of adhesive).  That helps hold the twine in place generally, and when you add the sentiment up on Stampin’ Dimensionals, that works at the additional lock to hold everything down.  And the loose threads just look awesome!

So, this is what the Hello Life kit looks like if you make it as-is in the package…

And here are a bunch of cards you can make instead!  Note – if you see the fox post-it notes in the pictures, that is how I indicated in class that you make TWO of that card design.  Here are the extra supplies you need to make these cards (see the bottom of the post for links to these items in the online store):

  • Whisper White notecards & envelopes
  • Crushed Curry cardstock
  • Crushed Curry ink
  • Memento Black ink
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Fine-tip Glue pen
  • Your favorite sentiment stamps


Hello Life Project Kit


So, do you have a favorite card from the set?  I’d love to hear which is yours!  And the best part is, because you are using pieces of the kit along with precut & scored notecards, the amount of prep work and cutting is pretty small!  Perfect for those of you who don’t want to have to do much thinking at the same time you want to craft. Smile  Just make sure to grab the kit before the end of May at which point it will be discontinued!

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Pieced Washi Tape Technique Card Idea

So, I remember when I won the Bear Hugs stamp set at the Stampin’ Up OnStage event in November.  I saw the stamp set and thought, “eh, it is cute enough but I don’t know that I would ever use it.”  Turns out, I LOVE grabbing these super fun bears and the different pieces are perfect for using with all kinds of techniques… like this cool Pieced Washi Tape technique that I shared as part of my Technique Series classes.  Check out the fun card we made to practice:

Adorable bear, right?  Well, the fun part is the bow and the skirt…which are colored using Washi tape!  Now, I used the Hostess In Color washi tape so while I love this washi tape, imagine if you used other patterns of your tape for all kinds of fun designs!

How to do Pieced Washi Tape Elements

Ok, so how to do you use your washi tape to decorate pieces of your stamped image?  Easy!

  • Stamp the image you want to color using a dark ink (so the outline shows through)
  • Lay across the image, strips of your preferred washi tape. (you will likely need to use at least 2-3 strips depending on the size of the image)
  • Cut out the “colored” image using your paper snips.  Yes, you could use the coordinating framelit if you have it, but then you typically get extra colored space as usually the framelits cut out extra white space around the outside of your shape.
  • Layer your washi tape piece onto your main stamped image
  • Done!

I also did another fun technique on this card – the Painter’s Tape technique.  The idea is to use washi tape to pick up color from your ink pad and lay it down on your project.  That is how I got my green “grass”.  You pick a washi tape that is the width that you want your inked line to be and rip off a strip.  Gently lay the strip across the surface of your ink pad and press gently.  The ink will stick to the Washi tape, though usually not solidly.  Then press the Washi Tape down onto your project and rub gently to transfer the ink.  Pull up the tape and you have a cute design!

So, both are a great way to use up your washi tape.  And if you LOVE washi tape, don’t miss out on the 40%+ deals on retiring washi tape over in the Online Store!

Love Techniques?  Don’t miss the Sunburst Sayings Class by Mail!

I just thought I would clarify, the cool thing about the Sunburst class I’m offering as a tutorial or class by mail is that it is all about different techniques or ways to play with the Sunburst die.  You can even take it a step further and apply what we do in the class to your other favorite dies at home. Smile

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Sweet Spring Card with the Drapery Fold (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

So, this was a card that I did at one of my monthly card classes and I LOVED playing with the Drapery Fold technique.  This was a new technique for many of my stampers and I promised to put together a video tutorial to help share the dimensions and remind them how to make the card.  Well, it may have taken me a while but I got the tutorial done and now I wanted to share it with everyone since you really have to try this card technique!

I just love how soft and pretty this card turned out, and I had lots of fun adding lots of little touches here and there.  The drapery fold gives it a delicate touch and best of all, it lets you enjoy BOTH sides of those designer papers you love so much.  Because I KNOW I can’t be the only person who find that their two favorite patterns in a package happen to fall on the front and back side of the same sheet of paper. Smile   Check out below some of the extra little touches I added and then check out the video tutorial and let me know what you think!

Sadly, some of my favorite items on this card are retiring, but at least I can still stock up (I’m talking to you Candy Dots and Burlap Ribbon!) for a few more days.

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It may be a little hard to see, but one of the most subtle accents to this card is the addition of little rhinestones to the centers of the flowers in the pattern paper.  I totally forgot about them when filming the video, but I didn’t want to forget it here when I was telling you about things!

I also have fun playing with layering at the top of the card too.  The drapery fold really calls for a strip of paper or ribbon to cover up the top of where you’ve folded your patterned paper, so the Burlap Ribbon with just a bit of Glimmer Ribbon peeking out is perfect!  Add some stamped elements (both are from the Enjoy the Little Things stamp set in the Occasions catalog) and candy dots and you have a whole lot of fun going on!

How To – Drapery Fold Technique Tutorial

Check out this Video Tutorial to see how to make this card and the drapery fold!

(note – If you are reading this in email, click here to view the video on my YouTube channel)

So give it a try and let me know how it goes!  I’d love to hear what you think and even see what you created!  Share a link or post a photo over on my Facebook page – http://facebook.com/nwstamper!  I can’t wait to hear from you. Smile

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