Black & White Negative Heat Embossing with Pleasant Poppies

I have had a card pinned on Pinterest for ages that used this cool split image with one half one color and the other half a different color.  So, when I was working on cards for my embossing class, I just had to give it a try and my Pleasant Poppies stamp set was the perfect choice to give it a go, since I knew it was a big stamp and the line art would make it easy to do.

So this is what I came up with and love how it turned out!

How do you do it?  It is easier than you think!  I started with two pieces of 2” x 4” cardstock – one in Basic Black and one in Whisper White.  Set them side by side to make a square and then ink up your image with Versamark ink. 

Stamp your image across both pieces of paper at the same time and then separate the papers.  Use white embossing powder on the black cardstock and black embossing powder on the white cardstock.  Heat it up and then glue the pieces back down onto your card front so that the images are lined up.

Easy Peasy!

You will notice that my card has some embossed speckles.  That is because I didn’t use my embossing buddy.  So, as a reminder always use your embossing buddy!

Give it a try with any color and have fun!

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Scalloped Peek-a-Boo Flower Catalog CASE

Today the girls over at Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration have put together a fun collection of cards to share.  We all picked a card from the Annual Catalog to CASE (Copy-And-Share-Everything) and then share for the blog post.  So I thought I would share a card we did recently for my monthly stamp club!

This card was actually made because one of the ladies saw it in the catalog and really wanted to see how to make it.  And, of course, I was happy to oblige!

This is my card:

This is the card in the catalog on page 176:

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Wow… maybe I need to photo graph my cards on top of bright colored paper because comparing their photo to mine, it makes quite the difference! Smile 

In any event, the fun thing about this card was trimming out a rectangle from the front of the card so that your flower can pop through.  I cut it out 1/2” from each of the top, right, and bottom edge of the card and make it 1-1/4” wide.

Then I could use the 1-1/4” scallop punch and the 7/8 scallop circle punch to create a cute flower to show through.  Add some decoration with Gorgeous Grunge stamps and some Gold Baker’s Twine and you have a fun alternative!

If you have any specific questions about this card, leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you! 

My club ladies had a lot of fun creating this card and I hope you take the time to try it out too.  With the Stampin’ Trimmer, it is really quick and easy to create these cut outs on your card fronts.

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Saying Goodbye to Oh Hello & the 2012-2014 In Colors

I knew it was coming…. the 2012-2014 In Colors were destined to be retired at the end of May this year, but it always takes seeing the retirement list come out for me to suddenly have this burst of new found love for the colors!  So, as I was trying to decide what card to share with you today, I saw this swap from last year and knew it was a perfect way to send off the In Colors and the stamp I’m going to miss – Oh Hello!

I was one of those people who didn’t love Summer Starfruit as a color at first.  But doesn’t it look nice when you pair it with other colors?  From the designer series paper (which I need to use more of in general!) to the ribbon…. they are nice touches without it being too overwhelming.

So that is a tip for you!  If you have a color that you don’t love as a big piece of cardstock or ink… mix it up with some other strong colors and add it to your project in pieces, especially pieces that are patterned!  It helps break it up and make it a great accent piece!

Yes, pretty much everything about this card is retiring – from the In Color Dahlias (that cute resin flower in the corner!), to the cardstock, markers to color the stamps, designer paper, ribbon, and the stamp!  While the In Color cardstock is sold out, everything else is still available for now!

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Retiring Items at a discount with Weekly Deals!

We’ve been guessing that the weekly deals were a way for Stampin’ Up manage extra inventory or get ready to clear out items that they were going to be retiring.  Turns out that was the case as many of the items that were on the weekly deals showed up on the retirement lists.  This week is no exception!

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Just a reminder that these items are all retiring and so they are only available while supplies last.  But hey!  You get free shipping and they are 25% off, so SCORE!  Check out any of the items in the online store to grab them before they are gone:

And just a reminder that the free shipping counts towards anything in your order…. so non-retiring items, clearance rack, online only stamps, as well as the retiring items!  So, enjoy the deal!

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The Stampin’ Up! Retirement List for 2014 is Here!

We’ve been eagerly waiting and Stampin’ Up has finally released the list of stamps and accessories from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog that will be retiring.

Some things to remember:

  • Everything on the list, INCLUDING STAMPS, are while supplies last!
  • items WILL start selling out.  Especially the 2012-2014 In Color ink refills and cardstock!

But the good news is that there is FREE SHIPPING from now until Friday!  Yay!  So you can grab your favorites now, and if you decide you need more later, you can pick them up and save the shipping costs. Yay!


 

View the Retiring Stamps HERE

View the Retiring Accessories HERE

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If your order is over $40, you will receive the make & take project in the mail too!
(note – if your order is going to be over $150, don’t use the hostess code so you can receive the hostess benefits!)


Here are just a few of my favorites that are going away!

I’m just crushed that these items are going away!  They are staples in my craft room!

  1. Sponge Daubers (SOB!!  How will I sponge the edges of my paper?  The yellow sponges just aren’t the same!)
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How about you?  Which of your favorites are on the list?

Retirement List Prediction Contest Winner!

Thank you for all the entries in the retirement list prediction game!  I’m going through the entries and will have the winner announced later today!  So, stop on back by for that announcement soon!

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Easter Punch Art & Why You Should Buy the Clearance Easter Egg Dye Kits

Happy Easter!  I hope you have a wonderfully bright and peaceful day!  Today we’ll be hoping for sunny skies, family easter egg hunts, and spending time with our extended family in the area.

But while we are doing that, I wanted to share an idea with you to consider as you see the Easter supplies go on sale in the stores starting tomorrow (or maybe even today).  Consider grabbing those Easter Egg dying kits while they are on clearance, and here is why…

So, last night we pulled out our eggs and coloring kit to start dying some eggs.  I needed something to cover our counter…. turns out my used Stampin’ Up grid paper made a nice lining. Smile  (See there is a reason I don’t throw them away after classes!)

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We made our eggs like normal… add 3 Tablespoons of Vinegar to a cup and drop the dye tablets in.  After they are done fizzing, add your 1/2 cup water to each cup.  Then dunk your eggs and let them soak and dye the shells.  I also couldn’t find the box the dye tablets came in, so I had to create my own egg holder!  I took a cereal box and kitchen scissors and cut 12 holes in the top of the box.  Then I could set each egg on top of a (poorly) cut hole to dry!

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Now, this is the fun part!  Once you are done with your eggs, you still have lots of dye left over.  So I grabbed some of my ribbon from my craft room and started throwing them in the cups and letting them soak up the color!

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In these cups, I have 4 pieces of the 7/8” Cotton Ribbon and 2 pieces of the White Organza Ribbon.

And this is how they turned out:

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Pretty huh?  Now to create some fun projects with my custom colored ribbons! Smile

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend.  And a few quick reminders:

Last Call for the Retirement List Prediction Contest!

Don’t forget to get your guesses in by tonight for what 10 stamp sets you think will be retiring!  You have a chance to win your favorites from the retiring list for free.  Email me your guesses to jennifer@nwstamper.com and find out tomorrow who the winner is!

FREE SHIPPING starts tomorrow!

If you didn’t see on my Facebook page, Stampin’ Up will be offering Free Shipping tomorrow through Friday for all orders – which is perfect timing as the retirement list comes out on Monday!  So, get your orders ready and don’t forget to use hostess code G4VQJ7VB to received this month’s free online stamp club tutorials and if your order is over $40, you will receive the make & take project in the mail too!
(note – if your order is going to be over $150, don’t use the hostess code so you can receive the hostess benefits!)

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