Fun Ideas with Blendabilities – Creating a Spectrum background and Coloring on Non-White Cardstock

Tonight is my next Blendabilities technique night and I always relish the chance to play more and differently with my Blendablities!  So, today I thought I’d share a card I used as an example of different ideas for your coloring:

Tips on this card:

  • This stamp set is the amazing Bloom with Hope hostess set!  It is a ton of stamps and great sentiments and you can get it FREE when you place your own $150 order or when you host a craft night with your friends.  Email me at Jennifer@nwstamper.com for more details!
  • You don’t have to only color on Whisper White paper!  I still wanted to stamp with my Memento Black ink as my base, but then I stamped onto Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • Coloring on different cardstock colors gives you slightly different looks, often a little bit darker than you would see on white, but you can still get your blending and gradients!
  • Speaking of gradients – try making your own on a piece of Whisper White cardstock!  Color your light area and then start building out your darker colors as far as you want.  You can make your own pretty and custom spectrums.
  • Stamp your sentiment AFTER you finish your coloring to make sure it has the best chance of standing out.
  • Grab your coordinating colors in accessories to finish out your card like the quick and easy Washi Tape or some Designer buttons.

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Another Flower Idea for your Flower Patch Cards

Its been a fun week for my family as we took a real family vacation and flew to Legoland California for a few day adventure for my lego loving kids (and adults!)  I took my laptop planning on spending the evenings getting some work in but between terrible internet connections and so much excitement and things to do even in the evenings, I was too busy.  Which sometimes actually using vacation to completely vacation isn’t a bad thing. Smile  I’ll share a few photos at the end of the post but to get back into the crafty shares… today I have a card for you that was another one of those quick and simple cards using up bits and pieces from around my craft table.

This is using the Flower Patch stamp set from the Stampin’ Up annual catalog.  It is a TON of flower stamps that you can mix and match to make hundreds of different custom flowers.

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I’ll admit, I didn’t love this stamp set (and matching die set…because you gotta have something to make it easy to cut out all those flowers) when I first saw it in the catalog.  But then I saw more people using it and was excited to get it.

Tips for making this card:

  • While you can die cut just about all the flower shapes from the stamp set and layer them, you can also get great flowers by just layering your stamps.  Like in this case, starting with Daffodil Delight for the big flower, Strawberry Slush for the medium flower, and Mossy Meadow for the little flower.  Add a pearl to the middle and done!
  • If you are going to layer your flowers by directly stamping, make sure to use your lightest color first so the other colors will stand out!
  • Mix and match by die cutting other flower shapes and layering them for some variety to your bouquet!
  • Use the new designer paper stacks (those little 4.5” x 6.5” pads) to give you lots of options for coordination designs, like this one from the All Abloom paper stack.

I hope you had a wonderful week – I know I did! Smile

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Build Your Own Stamped Palm Trees and New Weekly Deals

My family and I are off on an adventure this week as we take our kiddos to Legoland California!  My son is a HUGE lego fan… seriously, he only just turned 5 and we have a ridiculous amount of legos already. Smile  So while we are exploring here in sunny California, I thought I’d share a card idea for bringing the sunny beach to you!

See?  It’s a build your own palm tree! Smile 

Tips for making this card:

  • To make your palm tree, grab your Too Kind stamp set and instead of making flowers, turn one of the little stamps upside down and stamp in brown to make the tree!imagesffds
  • Make yourself some whispy clouds by punching out the top to the cupcake builder punch (make it really easy on yourself and do it out of a post-it note, making sure to punch some of the adhesive part).  Use that as a mask as you sponge Soft Sky ink over whisper white cardstock.  Move the cloud around to make as many or as few as you want!
  • To get your beach, just grab scraps of Crumb Cake cardstock and tear the tops off.  Layer on the front of your card for a one of a kind beach!
  • Add your favorite sentiment and embellishments and there you go. Smile 

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And with that, we are off to see and explore amazing creations with Legos!  If my son in the Legoland Hotel lobby is any indication, this should make for an awesome adventure for my kiddos. Smile 

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A Lovely Valentine’s Weekend

It has been a whirlwind weekend and I know I didn’t get my blog posts up and going for a few days, so I thought I would share a little bit of my fun, crafty, and crazy life around here from the last few days.  I figure you’d get a kick out of some of silliness and crafting that went on. Smile

The Valentine’s Weekend actually kicked off on Thursday with my sweet husband sending me an early balloon bouquet and chocolate covered strawberries!  Yum!2015-02-12 18.11.37

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Strawberries are my favorite fruit so this was a fabulous treat!

Then I discovered that I had lost the final piece to the Valentine’s Cards that Nicholas and I had worked on a few weeks ago, so we scrambled to get some cards put together for his preschool class the night before he needed to take them in.  Thankfully he LOVES stamping and crafting, and so was happy to have an excuse to get to use my craft stash (as opposed to his supplies that he always has access to).

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The slighly scary thing was that I helped him get everything stamped (he did most of it, I just made sure the mess was contained) and then had to leave for Stamp Club that night and so I left him alone with brads, buttons, and some cheap glitter tape I found at Target a while back to finish them up while I was gone.  He did decorate some and you got to hand it to him for creativity given that he is only just turned 5!

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Like his creative placement of brads and buttons. Almost all of the pirates had brad eyepatches. Smile

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And he even did some paper piercing around the fish and their bubbles!

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On Valentine’s Day, Nicholas had a strange tummy bug, so we decided to stay in and do a relaxed Family Movie Night.  Which then degenerated into Silly Selfie Night!  Love these kiddos!

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And then I got to finish out the weekend with MORE CRAFTING on Sunday, yay!  I hosted Birthday themed events including the Perpetual Birthday Calendar kit class in the morning.  We took over my dining room and loved it!

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And I shared the following samples for them to be inspired by!  I made my entire calendar in an evening this week and loved it!  I will admit I was intimidated to get started on it but once I got going it was so fun and easy to do.  I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the stamp set that coordinates with the kit.  I’m sure you will see me using it for other non-calendar projects as well. Smile 2015-02-15 17.07.46

And yes!  I’ll be taking better pictures of my calendar pages for a blog post very soon!

Then we had more people join us for the afternoon of Birthday Card creation!  Check out what we made:

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COMING SOON!  BIRTHDAY CARD CLASS BY MAIL!

I loved putting these cards together and they were fun to make so I’m putting them together for my next class by mail.  I just need to photograph them nicely and get the instructions written up and then everything will be ready to go!  I have a limited number available and they will start shipping out next week.  So, if you want me to save you one  email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com.  It will be $3.95 for the instructions or $15 plus shipping for the card kits.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!

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All About Stars with Pictogram Punches and the Star Framelits

Quick share for your Friday the 13th. :)  Its been a while since I went wild on stars but I still love my stars in all forms!

Tips for making this card:

  • Grab a paper or element for your card and use that to dictate your color scheme.  In this case, I used the Retro Fresh This and That washi tape.  Which gave me a set of colors that I knew would look great together.
  • The Pictogram Punches stamp set gives you a bunch of smaller stamps that match the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack so you can punch them out… or, mix them up and use the little stamps to make your own custom background!

  • Those small stamps also match the sentiments of the stamp set and so you can stamp in one color (like the Baked Brown Sugar here and then stamp one of the stars, punch it out, and layer it over the top!
  • Die cut different star sizes from the Stars Framelits and layer them on the top of your card.  Trim off around the edges of your card front…. and then SAVE the parts you trim off!  You can add them to other edges of your card to look like extra stars peeking in, :)
  • Sponge the edges of your stars to give them extra dimension and Pop!

Quick, easy, done!

Join the Fun n' Crafty Stampers!

 

I just wanted to also officially invite you to join our fun group of stampers!  We’ve had a number of folks take advantage of the Starter Kit special this Sale-a-Bration so far…. you know, get $125 in product for only $99, get free shipping, get a free project kit of your choice from the Occasions catalog, get discounts on your Stampin’ Up orders, but best of all, be part of a fun and active community of crafters just like YOU!

I’m working on planning new rewards programs and fun social activities for our group and would love to have you be a part of it! :)   Get started here or email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com for more info!

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Have You Used Daydream Medallion Lately?

So, when the weekly deals came out this week, I saw the Floral Frames framelits were on sale and once again I smacked my head and thought “oh yeah!!  I totally forgot about those dies!”.  Anyone else with me? 

So if you are in the same boat, I thought I’d share a card I did for a class a while back (but totally forgot to post) to help refresh your memory!

Everything but the card base is a layer made using the Floral Frames framelits – don’t they layer so nicely – and of course stamping using the coordinating Daydream Medallions stamp set.

Tips for making this card:

  • Keep it easy on yourself and mostly stick with white cardstock that you stamp with different color inks!  You can make it different everytime but it lets the intricate designs really stand out.
    In this case I used the following colors:  Basic Black, Strawberry Slush, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey

  • Add just a little bit of definition and flair by mixing in a few layers with Silver Glimmer Paper or coordinating cardstock (like the Blackberry Bliss).  I used the same die cut shape as the layer above my colored cardstock and just offset the flower petals so the color or glitter showed through but stayed subtle.
  • Color your rhinestone at the center of your flower with Blendabilities!  I used the darkest shade of Rich Razzleberry to get close to the Blackberry Bliss I used elsewhere.
  • Pop up your layers with dimensionals to really let your image come alive and off the page!

  • Then just stick it down on a plain white card base and stamp a simple sentiment like the “just because” from the Dozen Thoughts stamp set, and you are good to go!

And just for fun, I thought I’d share my most favoritest card I’ve made with these framelits… clean, simple and oh so pretty!

Just imagine it in your favorite color… fun, right?!

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Don’t You Love this New Set? Lovely Amazing You!

If you were following along with my Leadership adventures, you may have noticed the sneak peek of this fun stamp set – Lovely Amazing You!

I’m happy to share that it is finally here and available for you to take home!  And I have to admit, I’m feeling the NEED to get this one myself.  I was so sad when I didn’t win a set while I was at Leadership.  Good thing I’m putting an order in this week I guess. Smile

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I really like how there are a lot of fun! sentiments and the images can be used in a variety of ways.  I mean, check out the samples above, same stamp set, totally different styles!

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And while you are checking out the stamp set, check out these new Weekly Deals!  You can add them to your stamp set order and get a FREE SALE-A-BRATION item too! Smile

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Mix & Match those Flower Punches for this Great Dimensional Birthday Card

Over the last couple catalogs, I’ve collected many of the flower stamp sets and matching punches from Stampin’ Up!  Because you know how much of a sucker I am for stamp sets that match punches – it makes it so easy!  So, I was playing around and started combining my different flowers and it turns out they look pretty great together.  Check it out –

Tips for this project:

  • Stamp the flower image with the same color ink as your cardstock (in this case, Strawberry Slush) before stamping to create a custom look.
  • Mix in between your layers flower punches out of Whisper White cardstock and sponge with the same color ink you used on the other flowers to create a pop of color and make your flower layers distinct.
  • Use a Bone Folder to curl up the petals of your flower to help make it be more 3D and come to life!
  • The Window Frame framelits make the perfect opening to allow some of your patterned paper peek through behind your flower and frame your flower.
  • Cut your patterned paper to 1/4″ larger than your Whisper White cardstock to give an extra coordinating border.

I often get asked if I recommend purchasing stamp sets in wood mount, clear mount, or photopolymer – and often I say it depends on the type of stamp set for me.  With these flowers and matching punches, I know that 90% of the time, I’m going to be stamping and punching out my flowers and so I optimized for Easy and Speed in stamping.

–So I buy them in wood mount

This is because I know that I won’t need precision placement most of the time and it makes it easy to grab and go when I want to stamp, and especially if I want to punch out a few different flower images from the same set.  I don’t have to clean my stamp and change the block between stamping, they are all ready to go and I can just do all my stamping at one time and then do all my cleaning.  Easy, peasy, done!

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