Keeping it Classy with Lovely Amazing You and Beautiful Bunch

I told you that I have been loving this Beautiful Bunch bundle with this stamp set and the Fun Flower punch.  The shape of the flower has really grown on me, especially when you layer two together!  Here is today’s card:

Tips for making this card:

  • This is one of my last flings with the Lovely Amazing You stamp set (only available while supplies last!)  It was a limited time stamp set and now they are selling through their last sets online.  So if you’ve been eyeing it, don’t forget to grab yours before it is gone.

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    Check out a few more ideas with this set here

  • I loved the angled paper on this card when I saw different card designs online and just had to try it out.  I cut my paper to the following sizes:
      –  1/2” x 5-1/2” Cherry Cobbler cardstock
      –  3” x 5-1/2” Everyday Chic designer paper
    Adhere your papers onto the card base at your preferred angle and then just trim off the excess to have it exactly fit your card.
  • Get more wow out of your flowers by layering them together!  I just stamped one of the flowers from the Beautiful Bunch stamp set 2x onto Whisper White cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  Then a third time using the new Archival Black ink from Stampin’ Up.  Punch out the Cherry Cobbler flowers with the Fun Flower punch and the center of the black flower using the 7/8” scallop circle punch. Layer together with Stampin’ Dimensionals and you have a cute flower ready to go!
  • Add the finishing touch by adding a few drops of Dazzling Details glitter glue to the center of the flower and to the center of each diamond in the background paper for just the right touch of sparkle.

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As my kids gear up to head to school… for the first time in 5 years, I’ll actually have uninterrupted time during the day!  I’m sure I’m going to miss all the time I have with my kiddos now, but I’m also looking forward to having some time to get caught back up.  Including more videos, more classes by mail, and more!  I hope you enjoy what is to come!

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Fancy Fold Fun with the NEW Weekly Deals–Glimmer Paper and Punches oh my!

I don’t know if I can even pick a favorite this week with the new Stampin’ Up weekly deals!

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Need some ideas to get you started?  Here are a couple projects that I love showing you a couple of my favorite items in the weekly deals this week:

  • Gold Glimmer Paper and any of the punches!
    I LOVE this glimmer paper for stars.  Use it as a punched out star or make it a little more subtle by making it show through BEHIND the punch out!  Doesn’t it go perfect with the White Christmas stamp set (thankfully still available this year!)

See more about this card here

Get more glimmer paper ideas here

  • Pansy Punch and the Flower Shop stamp set or any patterned stamp or paper
    Use it to create fun flower cards and great pop-up cards like this one!  I even have the instructions written out on the original post for this card so you can make it with your favorite cardstock and pair the Pansy Punch with the Petite Petal punch bundle for cute layered flowers!

Get details and the free PDF instructions for creating this pop up box card here

See more ideas with the Pansy Punch here

I also have a fun new card using the silver glitter to share in the next day or two, so stay tuned for that!

Local and want to save on shipping?  I’ll be placing a group order TONIGHT and would be happy to add in your Weekly Deal order and save you a few bucks on shipping!  Just let me know by tonight at jennifer@nwstamper.com.

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Washed Watercoloring for a You’ve Got This card

Do you ever experiment with a card or a technique and when you are done you think… WOW! That turned out better than I expected?  Smile  Aren’t those the fun surprises?  Well, that happened to me with this card.  I just loved how the flower turned out for it!

A combination of heat embossing and watercoloring came together to make a pretty and delicate looking flower.  I can’t wait to try it with other colors and images… can’t you just imagine?

Tips for making this card:

  • Got bold patterns of paper, or just paper that you aren’t sure what to do with it?  I had that with a couple patterns from the Bohemian designer paper pack (which has grown on me a TON, since I started using it!) and so I decided to make them background pieces.  They stand up great as a backdrop for the main element of your card.
  • Layer in some ribbon for another way to break up your background.  This Jute Ribbon is somewhat stiff, so it makes a great layer to peek out from behind your central image.  Plus the horizontal lines go great with the crosshatch stamped image too!
  • Don’t be afraid to mix your greens – I used Cucumber Crush for my card base and the stem of the flower, but then used Old Olive for the stamped background using the crosshatch stamp that is part of the You’ve Got This stamp set.
  • For the flower, you can get a really delicate look by mixing heat embossing and watercoloring.  Here is how:
      1.  Stamp your flower image onto watercolor paper using versamark ink
      2.  Cover with white embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool
      3.  Use an aqua painter brush to pick up ink from the inside of the lid of your ink pad, and then paint onto your embossed image
      4.  Wipe off any excess ink that got onto the embossed lines of the flowerNOTE  – the ink won’t stick to the embossed lines so you can just brush over them when coloring your image and not have to worry about being super precise! Yay!
  • Let your flower really stand on it’s own by cutting it out by hand and then adhering to your card front using Stampin’ Dimensional foam dots.

This is an easy technique and so beautiful when you are done so I encourage you to give it a try! 

Have questions?  Let me know at jennifer@nwstamper.com or in the comments below. 
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Classy and Not-to-Flowery Birthday Card using Beautiful Bunch

Ahhhh…. finally getting back in to creating!  Last Friday I had my monthly Creative Cards Class and so while I was on my family trip to Orcas Island at the beginning of the week, I had packed a few supplies and I started playing around and I was so excited when this idea started coming together!  (I mean, really excited!  I had been having a total creative road block before!)

It is a card that is great to pull together for those last minute needs, or spend extra time and gussy it up to make it even more fancy than my clean and simple version here.

Tips for making this card:

  • Keep it simple with an always elegant Whisper White card base.  I just changed it up a little by cutting my cardstock to 4-1/4” x 11” and then scoring at 5-1/2” so that it made it extra easy for me to wrap my ribbon around the front flap of the card.
  • Speaking of ribbon, it always looks just a little bit nicer when you can actually wrap it around the paper instead of just cutting the ends off at the edge of your cardstock.  Do even more to hide the seams by starting one end of your ribbon just under the left side of the black cardstock and then wrapping around the front flap of the card and ENDING just underneath the right side of the black cardstock!  It keeps it smooth and lovely on the inside of your card.
  • Add a pop of color with a single accent piece for your card – in this case the flower.  It is built up using the Beautiful Bunch stamp set and matching Fun Flower punch (Get them as a bundle together and you save 15% on both!)

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  • Stamp the flower image onto a piece of scrap Blackberry Bliss cardstock using Blackberry Bliss ink (or pick your own tone on tone coloring), punch out and then layer together using Stampin’ Dimensionals for flowers that wow!

  • Did you know? You can punch out the center of the flower using the 7/8” scallop circle punch!  That is what we did to give us that contrasting Daffodil Delight flower center.
  • Oh!  And aren’t those Metal Rimmed Pearls the perfect touch for the center of the flower??  They come with adhesive already on the back so they are SUPER EASY to use too!
  • Finishing touches are key!  We used another stamp from the set to create the spotted accent line and then blinged it up by using some Dazzling Details.  Seriously, for $2.50/bottle, I {heart} this stuff so much!

  • Find so many elegant sentiments that are the perfect size for almost every project with the Tin of Cards stamp set – see, it’s not just for the Tin of Cards project kit!

Easy and fun, right?  My son, Nicholas is 5 and since he was a year and a half, he has been wanting to play along with creating with my stamps.  It was adorable… he actually asked me earlier this week if an ink pad was the “twist twist tap tap” kind or just “tap” kind (linen pad vs foam ink pad)!

Well, he often sees me getting ready for card classes or swaps and wants to the do the cards with me.  I usually don’t have the time to walk him through it then and so tell him to grab HIS craft supplies and create a card.  But lately he’s been insisting he wants to do one of my cards from my classes.  So I had a couple extra kits from this class, so I let him and his sister (Caitlin who is 3) have at it.  I think they did pretty well!

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And their finished cards:

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They did all the work themselves! I didn’t do any stamping or punching for them! Smile  I see many fun years of crafting together coming….

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CASE This – Clean and Simple Thank You Card with Layered Letters

As I’ve been working on getting my crafty mojo back – I swear, when you take time off from creating, it gets a little creaky getting back into it Smile – I realized that what really helps me is a cute and simple card that I can CASE (you know, Copy and Share Everything) to help me get back in the groove and refreshed.  So, I discovered this card that I had put together back when I first got my Layered Letters Stamp Set and knew it was the perfect card to help get back in the groove.

Tips for making this card:

  • The awesome thing about this stamp set is that you can make it say ANYTHING in ANY color you’d like!  There is a circle and a rectangle in the stamp set that are exactly the right size for layering behind any of the letters.

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  • In this case, I grabbed the new 2015-2017 In Colors to create my color palatte.  If you are struggling to pick some colors, you can always be confident that you can grab a few colors from a single color family (brights, subtles, neutrals, regals, in colors) and mix & match.  They are designed to be all in the same color tones and so work great together.
  • Just because you are using an alphabet stamp set doesn’t mean all the letters on your card need to be from it!  Mix and match fonts too!  I used the “you” from the Work of Art stamp set to finish out my “Thank You” sentiment.
  • Add a little fun and whimsy with the teeny flowers with a rhinestone center.  These flowers come from the Tree Builder punch and are great mini accents for your card.  Especially when you make flowers in the cardstock that matches the ink!

Easy peasy and you don’t even need to cut complicated layers!  Just a simple card base, some stamps, and a little bit of fun with punches and you are good to go!

Get the Mojo Flowing by Stamping with Me!

Another awesome way to get your creative juices flowing is to try out a stamping class!  I am finishing publishing my class listing for Aug-December today and I have LOTS of fun classes and events coming up both for IN PERSON stamping or CLASSES BY MAIL!

  • Join me in person!  I run most of my classes in the Bellevue and Redmond,WA areas (near Seattle) and you can check out my class listing on my Bellevue-Redmond Card Makers Meetup group to see what is coming and RSVP!
  • Take a Class by Mail!  I will also have 1-2 classes per month that are also available as a class by mail.  So even if you can’t join me here in the Seattle area you can participate from the comfort of your home.  See what is available on the Classes by Mail page. (note this will be updated will the full listing this afternoon)

 

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New Projects, New Classes, & New Weekly Deals!

I can’t believe that summer is winding down… its been fun, its been crazy… but I have to admit I’m looking forward to school starting back up and the family getting back on the regular routine. Smile  Can anyone relate?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had so much going on that I haven’t done a lot of creating and thus the blog got a bit neglected.  But finally over the last week, I’ve started finding my way back into my craft room and after some time spent CASE’ing some great cards I feel like the mojo is coming back!  Here is some of what I’ll be photographing for the blog today:

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I also have new classes going up on the schedule today too!  Including:

  • August 25th – Terrific Techniques: Exploding Boxes (in person or class by mail)
  • August 30th – Watercolor Wishes Card Stamp-a-Stack
  • September 3rd – Monthly Card Night
  • September 19th – Holiday Card Series – Class #1:  Festive Flurry Snowflakes! (in person or class by mail)
  • September 29th – Terrific Techniques: Getting the most out of the Tag Topper Punch  (in person or class by mail)
  • plus the rest of the class calendar through the end of December!

And don’t forget the retreat coming up in October!

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So watch for details about these soon or email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com if you are interested in joining me for a specific class!

New Weekly Deals are out too!

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Shop the weekly deals online here

Ok, now I’m off to update the calendar, photograph projects, and finish putting together some special surprises to share.  Smile

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2015 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek Preorder Video

You know how we’ve talked before about how I’m crazy and I take craft supplies on vacation?  Well, I pulled an even crazier one this time!  As my family headed out for a short road trip up to the San Juan islands my Holiday Catalog Preorder had just arrived.  So, since I didn’t get a chance to open and play before I had to go, I just grabbed the entire box and took it with me!

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Have you ever done this?
On the way to the ferry, I decided to mount some of my stamps during the drive.  I was mostly done popping out the rubber to mount on my blocks when we had a milk accident in the back seat (someone… Caitlin… spilled her milk all down her front)  By the time I was done cleaning that up, we were at the ferry terminal and I was trying to clean out the car of trash including stamp rubber pieces, etc.  I was getting ready to toss the bag into the dumpster and with one last glance into the bag, I noticed one more flower stamp still in the rubber sheet!  WHEW!  So glad I saw that and was able to pop it out before throwing it away.

So if you are mounting your stamps, make sure you check that you got them all before you throw away the rubber!

2015 Holiday Catalog Preorder Unboxing Video!

Alright, well you are probably here to actually see what is new and exciting!  I was so excited as I unpacked this box of goodies:

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The video is a little echo-y since I pulled it together at night in one of the rooms of the vacation house… but there are lots of close ups!


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Now that I have done the preorder goodies video, you better believe I’m going to be cutting into these papers and inking up these stamps.  Hopefully even today!  I’ll be back sharing more soon.  And make sure you are subscribed to my You Tube channel so you can catch all the future videos as I get them posted.

In the meantime, I’m going to relax for one more day.  Smile

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Have a great day!

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Blast from the Past Washi Tape Card and Weekly Deals for August 11

Happy Tuesday! Today is a new morning and there are new weekly deals! Lots of fun cute stuff including the amazing tag topper punch, cute classic buttons, and washi tape! Check it out:

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View the weekly deals online here

When I saw the washi tape, I was reminded of this card and thought the tape on sale would be a cute way to update this card…what do you think?

I created a video to show how to make this card and tips for getting your washi tape straight. Check out the original post for all the tips and to watch the video!

See the full tutorial here

See anything you like? Grab it in the online store, or get in on my group order later this week and save on shipping by emailing me at Jennifer@nwstamper.com.

Use hostess code PCHNP7F7 when you order by 8/15 and receive a free gift from me!

Have a fabulous day!

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