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Coloring with Vivid Vases

Today’s post is going to be super short because I’m racing around getting the last few things done for my first Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend!  Today is set up day and then everyone shows up to kick things off tonight!  So, if you want to see some of the fun, join me over on my Northwest Stamper Facebook Page, as I’ll be sharing as I go throughout the weekend!

In the meantime, here is a fun card to share with you today!

Vivid Vases is such a fun stamp to color in, whether you are using your Blender Pen, Aqua Pen, Stampin’ Write markers, or your Blendabilities (if you still have yours like I do!)  I actually took a picture of using this stamp set with each type of coloring method but turns out is it just blurry enough to not be useful, so I’ll do another comparison for you and share it soon!

I colored my vases leaving a little bit of white on one side so that it looked shiney a little bit more “real life” (ish… its not like you’ve be confused that these are real Winking smile) but it is just something fun to try.

And you see that stitched ribbon on the top of the card?  It is Hello Honey, which was retired on June 1st, but they have new Stitched Satin ribbons in different colors and oh my word, I just adore them!  The new colors are so pretty that I think we are going to be fast friends!

See?  Aren’t they pretty?

Well, I’m off to finish getting ready!  See you on Facebook as the event kicks off!

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World’s Greatest Father Card with Guy Greetings

I can’t believe Father’s Day is coming up quick!  This year I’m bound and determined to make a gift early… I’m not sure what the gift will be yet, but at least I have a card ready!

I aimed for the balance of fancy but not fussy, and I think it makes it there.

Tips for making this card:

  • Mix and match the images from the Guy Greetings stamp set to make this for that special guy in your life. 
  • The stamp set not only says “Father” but you also get the choice of Grandpa, Dad, Uncle, Husband and Brother!
  • Stamp the hats image multiple times to make a background for your card.  To help blend in the fact that you are using the same stamp a bunch, stamp the first time and then offset the second stamped image – ie stamp so the last row of the hats in the first image are lined up under the middle row of hats in the second image.
  • Spotlight them by using the Circles Framelits and cutting out a large circle from a 4”x4” piece of the Gold Foil paper – which is awesome stuff, btw!
  • Stamp and cut out the “Worlds Greatest” and the car image to give extra POP on the card.
  • Make it a little more polished by heat embossing the “World’s Greatest” and the “Father” sentiments.
  • I also added a bit of the retired gold Watercolor Wonder washi tape and the used my Essentials piercing template to pierce a row of holes from the left edge to the “Father” sentiment.  Sometimes the little details are just what it needs!

A few of the steps take a little bit of work, but for the awesome men in our lives, it is worth it, right?

Want more ideas with this set?

You can still get the instructions for the class by mail from last month and I have 1 kit left if you want an actual kit.  Get the details here.

And here is a little something for you – new discounts with the Weekly Deals!

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Paper Pumpkin Special – Ends Tomorrow!

And if you missed out on the Paper Pumpkin deal last month and wish you had tried it, there is a summer special available through TOMORROW

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Sending off Hip Notes & I Like You with a Sparkly Sweet Thank You Card

It’s that time of the year where I need to start saying good bye to some wonderful Stampin’ Up stamps and products as we count down to the new catalog change over in June.  So over here on the blog I’m going to start sending off many of my retiring products by featuring some of my favorite projects using them (and next week. you’ll start seeing some of the new Sneak Peek stuff popping in as well!  That UPS man can’t get here fast enough!)  But here is my first card share for you –

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Tips for this project:

  • The Striped Scallop Thinlit makes a beautiful background, especially when you use it to die cut glimmer paper – like this Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.
  • Make it easy and NOT MESSY to glue your scalloped background by using the 2-Way Glue pen to draw glue on the backside of the thin cut image.  I LOVE using this glue for all of my thin cut dies like words or butterflies!
  • The I Like You stamp set is one of those full of images that is perfect for coloring!  I colored this using Blendabilities, but you could also color with your Aqua Pen or your Blender Pens for similar pretty effects.
    Tip – This stamp set is a hostess exclusive set – which means you need to either host a party (online or in person) or place a personal order of $150 or more.  There is still time to earn this for free, so let me know how I can help!  Plus, hostess benefits are changing with the new catalog in June so consider doing your order now and get a little bit more for your $150 order!
  • Break up your background with a strip of white cardstock stamped with your sentiment, like this Thanks from the Hip Notes stamp set.

Have fun using your stamps and picking one to color or highlight with a pop of color!

I’ll be back with more fond farewells and starting next week some fun new goodies to share!

Need a new catalog?  Let me know!  If you’ve placed $50 in orders with me in the last 6 months, yours will be on your way starting late next week.  If you haven’t ordered, you can do so in my online store

Or fill out my form here – New Catalog Request Form – and after I hand out catalogs to customers and Stamp Club members, I’ll start sending them out based on the request list!

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Big Day Birthday Card, Fun Idea for the March Paper Pumpkin Kit, & LAST CHANCE on Sale-a-Bration!


LAST CALL!  Today is the last day to:

–  pick your free favorite items with every $50 you spend
–  join my Fun n’ Crafty stampers group and get 2 free Sale-a-bration items or 1 project kit
–  Save $5 on the 3 Month Subscription for Paper Pumpkin (one for you and give one as a gift Winking smile) AND get a free Sale-a-Bration item as a bonus too!


Ok, so I have A LOT to catch up on… so, big breath in, and get ready to dive in to some project ideas for you!

First up, this fun birthday card idea using the Sale-a-Bration stamp set – Big Day!

Tips for making this card:

  • This was my first time using the new Chalk inks… and with it my first time playing with the new Chalkboard paper!  This paper has the COOLEST texture and is so fun to play with.  You want to stamp on the SMOOTH side with the chalk inks so that the ink will sit on the surface and give you that pretty chalkboard look.  (this is the Coral Rose color)
  • Add your own extra touches with the Chalk Pen!  The white dots under the cake and the white lines along the side of the chalkboard paper are made with the Chalk Pen.  As you can see, it is really vibrant on the Chalkboard paper, but more “chalky” when drawing on regular cardstock.
  • Make a fun embellishment piece by using the new Ornate Tag Topper punch… only don’t just stick to one side, do both!  I had a 2” strip of Whisper White cardstock that I punched both ends.  Then run some ribbon through the holes (and tie together on the inside of the card) to hold it in place.
  • Jazz up your Ornate tag by grabbing a Stampin’ Write marker and drawing a border about 1/16” in from the edge of the tag.  Really helps you see the design, huh?
  • And don’t hesitate to stamp your image and then stamp & color a second version to pop-up on top!  It keeps it interesting to look at when viewed at different angles, but you only have to color one. Smile

Lots of fun… and if you need another idea, here is a reminder of one of the official cards shared in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  I love the colors and the little pop of dimension with the “Celebrate”

Big Day birthday cake card from Sale-a-Bration

Now, if you are like me and LOVE the black, white, and yellow combination, I really hope you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber because check out March’s kit and a fun alternate idea.

You have THROUGH TODAY (3/31/2015) to pick up a 3-month Prepaid subscription to the super fun kits by mail each month and not only SAVE $$ but also get a free Sale-a-Bration item to boot!  I know, awesome right?  I already picked up mine!

We never know what we are going to get until it ships out to us around the 15th of the month, but over the last year they have been working hard to improve the projects and how much you get in your box and so they have turned out to be really fun projects and you end up with lots of supplies.  You know you will always get:

  • an exclusive stamp set
  • precut papers and supplies to make usually 6-9 copies of the project, though this varies by month and the project
  • all the accessories you need for the project and sometimes variations
  • envelopes (if they are cards)
  • instructions with video walkthroughs online
  • ink spots

Basically all you need is scissors and adhesive!  (See, now you get why I said they make great gifts!)

Here is what we got for March:


And check out what my downline, Angela McCormack made with it!!!

March Paper Pumpkin alternative

If you aren’t in love, then you are a tough crowd! Winking smile

Here is the video that went with it showing how to make the project:


You can cancel at any time or skip a month whenever you want…. so why not give it a try?  You know you’ll be excited to see that awesome orange box in your mailbox next month. Smile

Sign up for Paper Pumpkin or get your discounted pre-paid subscription here

Ok, so don’t wait! You only have until midnight MOUNTAIN Time to get your order in and pick up your favorites.  And then the will be gone and possibly not to be seen again (unless you earned your way to my Sale-a-Bration Celebration, in which case you make be lucky and have one last chance Winking smile)

Here is what you can choose from:Last chance sale-a-bration


Shop Online Now!  or email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll make sure your order gets in in time!

And if you’ve been thinking of making the plunge into the awesome world of being a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator (or just have a wishlist that is over $100), I would LOVE to have you join my growing group of Fun n’ Crafty stampers from across the US!  We are an active and supportive group that create, share, and cheer each other on and we would love to welcome you in.

Plus you get 2 free Sale-a-bration items or a Project kit as a bonus for signing up in addition to the $125 in product for $99 and free shipping.  But who is counting?  Smile

New Weekly Deals!

And if that isn’t enough, new weekly deals were released this morning too… so double or triple dip your savings and take advantage while you can.


Ok, that was long enough, thanks for sticking with me and have a great day!

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A Simple Hello with Blended Blooms with a NEW Blendabilities Basics Video Tutorial

Are you ready for another Blendabilities card?  I have another one for you today…. this was another card that I made using up the bits and pieces I had lying around my craft room.  From a stamped Blended Bloom image that needed to be colored to the Striped Scallop thinlit and the cut out pieces from a Dazzling Diamond Glimmer paper die cut.  A little bit of this and a little bit of that can come together for something new and fun like this:

And if you are interested, I finally got my Blendabilties Basics video up to share the basics about these markers along with tips and techniques for coloring your images along with a few other fun ways to use your markers that DON’T involve stamping! Smile  I have the video below for you to check out!

Tips for making this card:

  • Use the 2-way Glue Pen for an easy and mess-free way to adhere your Striped Scallop die cut to your project – like the Early Espresso die cut I have on my card.
  • You can put your die cut over cardstock for a simple accent, or step it up a notch by using the leftover cutouts from a prior project to fill in the gaps!  In this case I had previously cut out a Striped Scallop piece from the Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper.  I used the outline on a different card and kept the teardrop pieces that had been left behind to use later.  So when I was making this card, I just started gluing them the the holes on this card!
  • For a different take on leaves, use the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to create two scalloped pieces.  Let them peek out from behind your flower for a hint of green.
  • When coloring your flower, it is a big enough image that you will want to color it a few petals at a time.  I recommend finishing up 2-4 petals at a time instead of trying to do all of them at once, which would cause the ink to dry too much and keep them from blending well.

I actually walk through coloring a few petals of this flower along with other flowers and projects in this Blendabilities Basics video:

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Get Blendabilities for FREE!

Just a reminder you can get many of the Blendablities for free during Sale-a-Bration!  For every $50 you order you can pick one set of the original 12 colors (found in the Annual Catalog) to get included in your order free. Smile  Shop online and use Hostess Code EGR29JBV to receive a free gift from me when you place your order!

NOTE – due to the dock workers strike on the west coast, some of the colors of blendabilities are unavailable while inventory is being replenished in the warehouse.  Those colors are Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie.  If you want to be notified when those become available, you can email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll keep you posted!

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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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Kind Koala + Blendabilities = a Great Time and Pretty Thinking of You Card

What was the stamp set in the Stampin’ Up catalog that you saw and immediately went “I have to have that!”?  For me, it was the Kind Koala stamp.  I didn’t have a plan or a reason for it, but I just thought it was too cute not to have.  So, it went on my first order and I haven’t regretted it!  I still love it, especially when coloring this little guy in with my Blendabilities markers.

Tips for making this card:

  • The Kind Koala stamp set is perfect for quick cards.  The image and sentiment are all one single stamp, so you can stamp, add some backing layers and be done!  Added extra coloring or accessories as you have the time. 🙂
  • The skin tones Blendabilities aren’t just for skin!  I used them here to color in the Koala.  You get a wide range of browns and peaches to work from, some of which are lighter than the Crumb Cake markers.  (Plus, this week they are 25% off with the Weekly Deals!)
  • Keep the rest of your card clean and simple to let the focus be on your colored Koala image.  He is cute, why not let him steal the show? Smile
  • Use the In Color paper and matching In Color ribbon to have a subtle way of adding texture without too much competing colors (this card uses the pretty Lost Lagoon).
  • Make adding a bow easy!  Adhere one piece of ribbon around your card front and then tie a second piece of ribbon into a bow and adhere ON TOP of the first ribbon using a glue dot!  It keeps everything tight and just how you like it!
  • Add your favorite complimentary color for the flower and do some subtle shading with your Blendabilities.  Even the littlest bits of coloring can make a big impact!

But most of all, when coloring with Blendabilities, don’t over think it!!  Your images will likely turn out darker or fussier if you overthink what you are doing when you are first starting out.  Just start with your lightest color and then add touches of the medium and darker color wherever you think there would be shadows or shade and a little bit of squiggles goes a long way! 🙂

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Last Chance for the 12th Man Discount & New Weekly Deals!

New weekly deals came out today and if you love coloring with markers, you are in for a treat!


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Get an extra 12% off the Weekly Deals today only!

Just a reminder that today is the last day of my 12th Man discount to help celebrate the Seahawks heading to the Superbowl!  Place an order online using the hostess code WTTJE4Z6 or email me your order by tonight and I’ll give you the extra 12% off!

And if your order is $50 BEFORE the 12% discount, I’ll even throw in a Sale-a-Bration free item as well!  Sweet, right?

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Preview of Tomorrow’s Project Share

Tomorrow I’ll be back with another project, and it even uses the Skin Tone blendabilities that are on sale this week with the Weekly Deals! See you then!

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