Happy Halloween 2014

Boo to you!

It is Halloween today which means lots of fun little goblins, monsters… or Queen Elsa and Anna… will be out roaming the malls, neighborhoods, and stores today.  I have to admit, I love answering the door for trick or treaters and seeing all the super fun and adorable costumes.  Though, to be honest, I also love spending Halloween in Las Vegas when Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday.  Let me tell you, you see the BEST costumes around the casinos in Vegas.  But, given that I have two little ones right now, I’ll save Vegas for a few years and enjoy the cutesy fun of the holiday.  I mean, how is this not so much fun??

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Nicholas is Wolverine this year (he loves superheros) and Caitlin is a cowgirl… or as she calls it Cowboy Girl.

And speaking of cutesy fun!  Check out this cards, just for you for Halloween!

This was another of my Fall Fest cards and when the girls over at Stylin Stampin’ Inkspiration were putting together a Halloween post full of fun Halloween card ideas, I just had to add this one to the mix.  It is fun and easy to do, but I found a few tips along the way when creating it.

Project Tips & Tricks

  • The photopolymer stamps, for some reason, do not seem to take coloring by marker when they are brand new.  I tried with these pumpkins and it was yuck!  However, if you ink up the stamps with your ink pad and then clean them off, suddenly the marker holds a lot better!  I’m not sure why it works but it did for me.
  • Using markers will work on these stamps, but if you want a darker color, use a post-it note to cover the stems of the pumpkins while you ink them up with Tangelo Twist ink and then ink the stems with your Mossy Meadow ink.  The nice thing is that since the stamps are totally clear, you can set your ink pad down on the table and tap the stamp into the ink pad and still see what you are doing!  Yay!
  • Make a fun spooky background to your card by stamping just the jack-o-lantern faces on the white cardbase or a white piece of paper for a neat alternative to polka dots or other pattern.
  • Add a little sponging with a sponge dauber and Hello Honey ink to give your card a little glow.

And if you want even more holiday ideas, don’t forget to hop over to the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog for more inspiration.

Last Call for Free Paper!

One final reminder for those of you sitting on the fence or who meant to sign up but forgot – today is the LAST DAY to take advantage of the free 6 months of paper when you get the Stampin’ Up starter kit!  In short:

  • Pick $125 worth of goodies to get for only $99 and save $10 worth of your free shipping
  • Get a pack of paper worth $10.95 a month for 6 months
  • Get all the perks of being a demonstrator (20%+ off ALL Stampin’ Up orders, preorder Occasion Catalog items and earn free Sale-a-Bration items early in December, get the inside scoop on all the latest SU news, be a park of my fun group of demonstrators and our monthly chats, facebook group, swaps, and more)

Get started here – http://nwstamper.stampinup.net/jointhefun

From my family to yours, have a safe, fun, and Happy Halloween!

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(and yes, those goofy smiles on the pumpkins were hand drawn by each kiddo!  So they may not be perfect to some, but like our craft projects they are unique and wonderful all on their own. Smile )

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Free Paper Promotion ends Tomorrow! Plus some Not-So-Scary Ghost Cards

Reminder!  Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to take advantage of the free paper promotion! 
Get $125 in your favorite craft supplies for only $99 and get free shipping on that order plus a pack of paper a month added to your orders for FREE for the next 6 months!  It’s a great deal and awesome way to get a great deal on your wishlist and get in some holiday shopping for friends and family at a discount too!

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So, I know Halloween is tomorrow, but I had a few more not-so-spooky cards that I wanted to share to help get us in the mood.  (Because I know the stores are already switching over to Christmas mode, so we have to help each other keep the Halloween fun going until tomorrow night, right? Smile)

This was the card I created for my Fun n’ Crafty stampers Stamp & Share event I ran earlier this fall.  The Stamp & Share is our event we hold a few times a year to come together and share ideas, new stamping techniques, business tips, and of course, stamp together!  So much fun!  Anyway, I wanted to use the Fall Fest stamp set and framelits for our make & takes and so I knew I wanted to do something with that adorable ghost.

Tips for making this card:

  • Turns out, he looks AWESOME when you stamp the ghost with versamark onto Basic Black cardstock and then heat emboss with white embossing powder!  Then just die cut out your ghost and he is perfect! 
  • Added some of the same ghost stamped in Smoky Slate onto the Lost Lagoon cardstock for his fellow ghost buddies.
  • Use the Holiday Invitation stamp set for those cute bats and the Be Scary sentiment for a finishing touch
  • Save with bundles!  This card uses a lot of the new 2014 in Color cardstock – get a little bit of all the colors without breaking the bank in the Family Pack of cardstock – or get the In Color ink pads and get the cardstock free with the In Color bundle!  Plus save 15% on the Fall Fest stamp set and framelits when you buy them at the same time in their bundle too!

Now, I thought I’d also share a card that was my first attempt at this general card idea.  I decided it didn’t quite work the way I wanted so I came up with the version above.  But I thought I’d share it in case it gives you some other inspiration.

The main difference is that I stamped the ghost onto the Lost Lagoon cardstock and then cut him out and glued the die cut onto the other part of the Lost Lagoon cardstock.  Then in the hole that was cut out, I stamped the ghost directly onto the cardbase and glued the Lost Lagoon cardstock over the top.  Clear as mud?

Hopefully that picture helps. Smile  So, enjoy the next couple days of haunting and if you have any questions about the details of being a demonstrator or joining my team, I’d love to chat with you!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and we’ll chat!

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Fun Fall Cards with the Rock n’ Roll Technique

Sometimes you have to go back to those techniques have been been around forever… in this case, I created a card to share with my Stamp Club folks using the Rock n’ Roll technique.

I combined a few of my favorite fall items – like the Autumn Wood Elements and the Fall Fest stamp and framelit bundle.  It was a way to use those fall stamps and accents for a card that isn’t necessarily fall specific.

And of course there is the Rock n’ Roll technique which we used on the pumpkin here –

How to do the Rock n’ Roll Technique:

  1. You want to start with a solid image – in this case, the pumpkin – and ink it up with your lighter ink color.  You want to start with your lighter color, both for the look of the end result stamped image, and because you don’t want to get dark ink all over you lovely light ink pad!
  2. Before you stamp the image, grab a darker complimentary color ink and “roll” the stamp with the lighter ink around on the ink pad.  Basically, tilt your stamped image so that it is at a 45 degree angle (think a car up on two wheels like it is driving on a curb) and then roll so you are only touching the outer edge of your stamp to the darker ink pad.
  3. The more flat you hold your stamp when you roll, the less of the light color you will see.
  4. NOW stamp your image on your paper!

You should get a lighter color in the middle and the darker color around the edges.  Easy Peasy!

Now, I’ll admit, this is the card we made in Stamp Club, but this is the card I originally made and had planned to use for the class (I just managed to lose the stamp set at the time and so couldn’t bring it to class!  Darn craft room, eating my supplies!)

It is almost exactly the same, except that I used the For all Things stamp set instead.  I love how that leaf looks with this technique, don’t you?  I used the Hello Honey ink pad and edged with Cajun Craze for the pretty fall colors.

REMINDER – Don’t forget about the 6 months of free paper!  3 Days Left!

Just a quick reminder!  That you only have until October 31st to join my Stampin’ Up family and get in on the free pack of designer paper a month for the next 6 months! 

Its only $99 to get $125 of your favorite items, get in on demonstrator specials like seeing the Occasion catalog early and getting to Preorder in December, plus join my great community of demonstrators and get in on my demonstrator rewards program I’m kicking off in November.  It is a fun time to join, so email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com or get started here – http://nwstamper.stampinup.net/jointhefun .

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A Quick Card Using Project Life Cards Plus Weekly Deals and a GIVEAWAY!

Did you realize that the Project Life cards aren’t just for scrapbooking or memory keeping?  Yup! It’s true!  Check out how I used two of the cards to create a fun card that you can send to anyone – no stamping required!

I cut my card base out of Bermuda Bay cardstock and then had to trim down one of the 4”x6” cards (the blue and white striped card).  There was a spot on the card where there some extra spacing of white that made sense when you were using it as a 4”x6” card but not so much when you were mounting it on a card.  So I trimmed it down to 4” x 5.25” and then took the extra 3/4” strip and added it over the white wide band to cover that up and add some extra fun striping (see the black arrow in the picture below to where I glued it).

Then I used some black cardstock to mount my 3”x4” HI card from the Everyday Adventure card kit and added a bit of ribbon and rhinestones and mounted it to the front of my card.  Done and Done!

Get this card kit and more for FREE with a new Giveaway that just launched today!

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Stampin’ Up! is doing a giveaway of either their entire Project Life line or 100 first prizes of your choice of card kit and accessory pack.  How awesome is that?  Plus, if you share it with your friends, you get extra chances to win.  And who doesn’t like free, right?  Maybe you AND your friends will win and can all get your photos organized together. Smile Its a easy and fun way to get those photos off your computer and into a cute photo album without the muss and fuss! Get entered here -http://bit.ly/1wz8yxu

Weekly Deals

Check out the latest deals that went live today!  You can click any image below to shop or get more details or see them all online here.

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Last Chance to RSVP for the Endless Wishes card and organizer class or class by mail!

What a wild weekend this has been! I’m going on 38+ hrs with no power at home thanks to a huge wind storm in the tree-filled Seattle area! So all the blogging I planned to do Saturday night to get ahead was delayed and all my edited project pictures are sitting on a computer that I can’t turn on. :) but hopefully we will have power tonight and I’ll be able to finish prepping for both

  • Coloring with blendabilities technique class – tomorrow 10/28
  • Endless Wishes cards and organizer class – 11/3. RSVPs due TODAY

Since I’m so behind due to the power outage, you still have time to rsvp today for either. Or do the class by mail option below!

Don’t miss the Endless Wishes Card and Desk Organizer Class by Mail!

Make SIX fabulous cards and that cozy plaid in a desk organizer that you can actually use year round!  RSVP deadline is 10/27!

Join me in person!  Join me on November 3rd at 7pm at the Round Table Pizza in Bellevue (Overlake).
You’ll receive your own pack of Trim the Tree design paper, a pack of 20 notecards & envelopes, plus all the extra supplies you need to make the cards and printed instructions so you can make more later!
Cost is only $25 or for only $40 get the kit+your own personal stamp set (SAVE over15% on the stamp set this way over the cost of the set + tax&shipping from the catalog!)
RSVP here

KIT BY MAIL – Get all the pieces precut and mailed to you in a kit to make all 6 cards and the desk organizer,
plus step-by-step instructions, all the extra designer paper from the Trim the Tree paper stack and 14 additional cards & envelopes!
BONUS – get a bottle of Cherry Cobbler dazzling details FREE with the kit by mail
Cost is only $25+$5 shipping




SAVE! Add the stamp set with your kit and save over 15% on your stamp set!
Get everything listed above PLUS your own personal personal Endless Wishes stamp set
Cost is only $40+$5 shipping




INSTRUCTIONS ONLY – Get access to the instructions for all 6 cards plus the desk organizer so you can use your supplies at home to make these cute projects.
Instructions will include all the dimensions, supplies used, and tips for making them as easy as possible!
Cost is only $4.95  (that is less than $1/project!)




Note – I will have instructions ready for emailing by Monday of next week.  Class kits will mail out the week of the 28th.

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Friday Favorites–Partridge and Pears, Good Greetings, and Blendabilities!

So, this post is supposed to be highlighting my favorite thing (since this is for the Friday Favorites over at the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration design team blog) but man if I don’t have a heck of a time picking a favorite!  It’s kind of like being asked to pick a favorite child.  But there are a few things I’m loving right now in this card and so I thought that I’d just expend into my favorite things – plural – Partridge & Pears stamp set, Good Greetings stamp set, and of course, blendabilities!

This is one of the cards we made in Stamp Club this month and so we kept it simple for the coloring so that everyone could actually get all of their projects done before it was too late!  I’m sure I’ll do another with the tree completely colored, but for now, I’ll let the bird get all the attention. Smile

Tips for this card:

  • Just because a line art image has lots of space to color, don’t feel like you have to do it all!  Pick a few elements and let them shine by only coloring them.
  • Extend your color palatte by using the Skin Tone Assortment of Blendabilities to color other things like this partridge’s wing and face.

  • Use the Good Greetings hostess set to add a sweet sentiment to your holiday cards.
    NOTE – this stamp set is only available until Oct 31st to hostesses!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com to talk about earning yours!
  • Tuck a piece of the Silver Baker’s twine just under the edge of the tree image for a little hint of glitz on your card for some subtle sparkle.

This stamp set just LOVES to be colored with the Blendabilities markers and it is so fun to do. 

Seattle/Bellevue Folks -  if you aren’t already signed up, you can come learn more about coloring with Blendabilities with my Technique Class on Tuesday 10/28!  RSVP today!

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A Fall Colors Thanks with Seasonally Scattered

Do you ever have one of those cards that seems like a great idea in your head… you start to put it together, and it just doesn’t exactly work out like you were picturing.  Then when you are done, you just don’t quite love the card – even though it looks totally fine to everyone else BUT you? 

Well, this card is one of those for me.  I made it AGES ago but something never quite turned out the way I was hoping – not that I could tell you what that something was, I just knew something was bugging me.  So I set the card aside and moved on, and now, I can look at the card and start to like it again.

See, not bad…. actually has some fun parts to it really. Smile 

Tips for making this card:

  • Yes, I colored those flowers and leaves with markers. And yes, it took a while. But I found it to be very calming and relaxing which was nice.  I sat there with my 2014 In Color marker collection and patiently colored all the leaves, flowers, and lines.  It is worth it in the end!
  • Make your letters of your sentiment stand out more by outlining them with a marker – in this case with the Hello Honey marker.
  • Use the stamp again, only this time stamped with Crumb Cake ink to form a decorative border around the outside mat area!  Since the center will be covered up, you can have the word part be in the middle of your Crumb Cake cardstock and just cover over the “thanks” part with your White stamped cardstock.

    • Tear the edges of the Crumb Cake cardstock for a more rustic look to your card.
    • Wrap a piece of Blackberry Bliss ribbon around the front of the card and slightly under the bottom edge of your stamped sentiment.  Then tie your bow with a DIFFERENT piece of Blackberry Bliss ribbon and attach to the ribbon on the front of your card with glue dots.  Keeps it all nice and clean and smooth.

    You can mix and match this same design with different colors and stamps for lots of fun different looks for your card!  In fact, I actually rejected this card for my Convention Display Board submissions because I thought it was an almost identical design to this love card!  If you don’t look closely they don’t seem the same, but check out the layers and elements and you’ll see what I mean!

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    Quick and Easy Card with Blendabilities

    Today over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog, we are sharing some quick and easy card ideas.  This is one that I loved from my last Blendabilities technique class because it looks so cool and yet is so super easy to make!

    I have no idea what to call this technique on the main sentiment – it always strikes me as a Neon Sign… should we call it the neon sign technique?  Or is it a variation on the Chalkboard technique?  Maybe I should call for a vote!  Smile  Either way it is so easy to do.

    Tips for making this card:

    • Keep your card clean and simple with basic black and white cardstock and paper.  This lets any colors you do add really POP off the page.
    • To get the Neon Sign look for your sentiment or image, stamp your image with Versamark ink on black cardstock and heat emboss with white embossing powder.  Color over your embossed areas with your favorite colors of blendabiliities markers.
    • You don’t have to worry about being precise, since you are coloring on black cardstock, the ink won’t show!
    • Coordinate your ribbon by coloring your ribbon with the same Blendabilities colors as well!  In this case, I used the medium Melon Mambo marker to color the center section of my white ribbon!

    Die cut out your images and adhere and you are good to go!  Or use this technique on your card base for a beautiful background.  The possibilities are endless. 

    And I do get the question, does the color rub off?  Nope!  Not if you let it dry before trying to rub and it doesn’t take very long to dry at all. Smile

    If you are in the Seattle area, join me for a blendabilities class focused on coloring on Oct 28th at 7pm at the Redmond Panera.  It should be a fun night of learning and creating.  RSVP here.

    This is a super fun and easy technique, so give it a try and let me know how it goes for you!

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