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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    Check Out the Latest Weekly Deals!

    It’s Tuesday which means it is time for some new weekly deals!  Take a look at what fun finds you can score this week:

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    Shop the weekly deals online here

    Just over 1 week to get FREE paper for 6 months!

    Don’t forget, if you want to come celebrate your love of crafting with me and our Fun n’ Crafty stampers, you can get a SWEET BONUS for picking up the starter kit and joining us – a pack of designer paper of your choice for FREE each month for 6 months! 

    Yup!  Pick out $125 of your choice of goodies – including items from the NEW Holiday Supplement – for only $99, get FREE shipping, AND then get a pack of paper for free each month from November to April with your orders. 
    Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com for more details or get started here.

    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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    How to Make Really Cute Star Boxes with the Many Merry Stars Kit (with VIDEO!)

    Have you heard me talking about this cute Many Merry Stars project kit yet?  I LOVE it! 20141020TH_HolidaySupplement_en-US It is part of the new Holiday Supplement that just launched today.

    And before you roll your eyes and say, “another catalog?” let me tell you that it is just a few more cute projects and coordinating elements that are a fun addition to what you’ve already seen in the holiday catalog.  The main items is a new stamp set that goes with the Stars framelits along with this awesome Many Merry Stars kit that I’ll be sharing with you today!  Plus, there are some new project life goodies that are perfect for documenting the holidays or for putting together a December Daily album!  (I’ll be talking more about December Daily in the near future).  And some new ways to see some great card kits.   But FYI – the new items in the Holiday Supplement are while supplies last, so don’t delay too long if you see something you love!

    Check out the Holiday Supplement here

     But for today, let me introduce you to the Many Merry Stars boxes!  (And YES! I have a video further down in this post!)

    Many Merry Stars Project Kit

    So stinkin’ cute, right?!  Here is everything you get in the kit… it was actually pretty hard for me to get a picture of all of it. Smile

    In the kit you get the supplies to make 26 3D Stars including:

    • Front and back of 26 different stars made out of Kraft cardstock & gold glimmer paper
    • the side pieces to hold the front and back together – WITH adhesive already on!
    • 2 sheets of die cut printed stars, banners, and bow pieces for embellishment
    • 2 sheets of white die cut banners and tags
    • 1 sheet of cherry cobbler stickers (words & stars)
    • Gold baker’s twine
    • Silver sequins
    • 20 wood snowflake elements
    • Gold Glimmer paper works and star decorations
    • Tips and instruction sheet

    So, for example, on the big star you can see I used some of the sticker words, some gold glimmer accents, the silver sequins, awesome wood snowflakes, and some of the gold baker’s twine.

    For most of the pieces, I used the Tombow liquid glue but in some cases I pulled out my glue dots (for the sequins) and my Stampin’ Dimensionals (for the ampersand).

    You can make big stars or smaller stars….

    And they are super easy to make too!

    Check out the video below to see how easy it is to make these stars.  I walk through making this cute red star (above) from start to finish!

    (If you are reading this in email, click here to see the video on my blog)

    I’ll be sharing more project ideas with this kit over the next few weeks and will be holding a class in November for you local folks!  So, keep an eye out for those!  And if you have any questions or would like to know more, just let me know!

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    NEW Class by Mail! Endless Wishes Card Gift Set & Desk Organizer

    I’m so excited to share a new class that I just finished the samples for – the Endless Wishes card gift set!  This was a compilation of many of my favorite new (and returning!) holiday goodies that gave me lots of fun time playing and experimenting and being really stinkin’ glad I got them!  You know… Endless Wishes stamp set, Trim the Tree paper, Stars embossing folder, Stars framelits, etc.  Sigh… so much to love!

    Here is one of the cards where I really got to play a lot with new stuff – what do you think?  Are you loving stars yet?

    The best part of this was that I got to put this class together with one of my downline – Tanya Cabral and so we’ve worked together to design some really fun cards to share at our class in early November (Nov 3rd for those of you in the area that would like to attend. Smile)

    Tips for creating this card:

    • The Endless Wishes stamp set is a returning favorite and is fabulous because you have the script font and the small type font.  Mix and match – INCLUDING COLORS – for really unique and trendy looks to your cards.
    • Tie your card together with similar elements – in this case the Stars embossing folder and the Star framelits!  The subtle tie-in helps keep your card cohesive without being busy.
    • Sponge the edges of your die cut elements to help them stand out from the background.  Here I sponged the star with Early Espresso ink and a sponge dauber.

    Ok, and so this isn’t a tip, but don’t you just love that plaid?  It makes it look like the card has a cozy scarf, don’t you think?

    And that is just one of SIX fabulous cards and yes, you see that cozy plaid in a desk organizer that you can actually use year round!  See, I think ahead. Winking smile 

    Endless Wishes Gift Set Class

    If you would like to try out these fun designs, I have a few options for you!

    IN PERSON – Join me on November 3rd at 7pm at the Round Table Pizza in Bellevue (Overlake) where you will get to make 6 cool & unique cards plus a cute desk organizer that will hold all of your cards from the class plus space for any additional cards you have at home or make in the future! 
    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.

    I had so much fun designing these cards with Tanya that I KNOW you’ll have fun putting them together. Smile 

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    Sweet and Simple Christmas Card with Wondrous Wreath

    Nothing like some Christmas cards to start getting me in the mood for the holiday season!  The late fall/winter time is my favorite time of the year!  Yes, there is Christmas and even my birthday, but I just love all the joy that is everywhere, the twinkling lights, the shimmer and sparkle that you see everywhere.  Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration girls are sharing some Christmas card joy and this is my card I wanted to share:

    Isn’t it so cheery?!  I love how easy this stamp set is to make these fun wreaths.  You get three stamps that each add a little bit more to the wreath:

    1. The leaves of the wreath
    2. A few accent leaves of the wreath
    3. The berries for the wreath

    Plus there are handle guides ON THE STAMP that help you line up everything just right!

    I was going to try to explain lining it all up, but I realized you would be so much better served by a video, so I’ll put one together for you very soon!

    Tips for making this card:

    • I like to start with a white 3.5”x3.5” piece of white scrap paper and stamp your image with all the leaves so that the guide (an extra “tail” of the photopolymer stamp) is pointed towards one corner.
    • Stamp your second image with the accent leaves over the top with it’s guide pointing towards the same corner (using the corners helps you remember how to line up your stamps)
    • The berries, just stamp however looks nice to you!

    • Keep it simple by using the matching framelits (Wonderful Wreath – and you might as well get the bundle, because you know you will want it and then you get 15% off both!) to cut out the wreath with both the inside and outside cutting at the same time.
    • And just cut out some cardstock with the included bow framelit to make a pretty bow!  Add a pearl for extra bling.
    • The sentiment even fits inside the fabulous Decorative Label punch.
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    Make this at my Holiday Card Stamp-a-Stack!

    If you are coming to my Holiday Card Stamp-a-Stack, you’ll get to make 3 of this card; so you’ll get lots of practice lining up your wreaths. Smile   There is still time to RSVP if you’d like to come!

    Holiday Card Stamp-a-Stack #1
    Jennifer’s House in Bellevue, WA
    10/18/2014 at 1pm
    Make 12 cards – 3 each of 4 designs with envelopes for only $25
    They will be lots of ideas that you can replicate if you want to make more! 
    (Holiday Card Stamp-a-Stack #2 with more card ideas will be Nov 15th)
    RSVP here


    And don’t forget to check out the Stylin Stampin’ Inkspiration blog for even more fun holiday card ideas!

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    New Gentle Peace Christmas Stamp Set and the new Weekly Deals

    Have you seen the cute new photopolymer stamp set that just came out – Gentle Peace?  I know some people were disappointed there weren’t many religious Christmas stamps and so this may be just up your alley!

    Gentle Peace stamp set

    Gentle Peace stamp images

    Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set

    I just love how they make this look with Blendabilities, or you can make it look even more realistic by doing the Stained Glass Window technique

    And just because I heard recently that some people had missed the other Christmas Photopolymer stamps that came out recently, here is a reminder. Smile 

    Christmas bliss stamps

    Christmas Bliss Stamp Set


    New Weekly Deals for 10/14-10/20 are here!

    Don’t forget to check out the newest deals that came out today too.

    Click any of the pictures below to start shopping online. Smile  (If you don’t see the pictures, click here to see all the weekly deals online)

    Seriously, that mustache die just looks like so much fun.  Especially for Santa’s beard!

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    And I do love those Window Gift Boxes for holiday gifts and craft fairs!

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    Hostess Code:  C2HYWWQM Use this Hostess Code and receive a free gift!
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