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Throwback Fun with Some Old Stamps and New

Today is the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop and I LOVED the theme idea this month.  Our task was to take our “oldest” stamp and our “newest” stamp.  How fun is that!  I had fun looking through my retired stamps that I’ve been holding on to to see what was my oldest set.  I had a hard time deciding but in the end found a stamp set I had almost forgotten I had – It’s Your Birthday.  And for the newest sets, I had to use my Be The Star set (Love, Love, Love this set!) with a little bit of Work of Art for good measure.

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number #2 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop – Darcy at Stampin’ DJ.  If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

So, here is my share for you today:

I just love this sentiment from the It’s Your Birthday stamp set.  Honestly, that is pretty much the reason why I keep holding on to this set because everything I see it, I think of all the cards and scrapbooks I can make for my kids where this is such a true sentiment!


And the birthday sentiments just go so perfect with the Be The Star stamp set.  It has a matching set of framelits which I have been using like crazy… guess I’m on a star kick right now.  But I had seen the idea of using the long swoosh from the Work of Art stamp set to make a star tail and I had a flash of inspiration!

(Be the Star stamp set & Work of Art stamp set)

The nice thing about the new Firm Foam ink pads from Stampin’ Up is that they transfer a lot more ink – this gives you a saturated image as well as, if you move fast, the ability to heat emboss with your regular classic ink pads!  So, that enabled me to have 3 different types of shine on my card.

  1. Iridescent Ice embossing powder – after stamping my swoosh, I immediately added the embossing powder and heat set.  Voila!  A shimmering star tail!
  2. In Color Sequins
  3. Silver Ink – for a few more background stars to complete the sky.  Did you see that there is actually ink refills for the gold and silver pads now???  YAY!

And that star is colored with the new Blendabilities and a little help from Mr. Color Lifter.

Seriously, if you haven’t gotten your Blendabilities yet…. well, lets just say you won’t be sad if you take the plunge!  I colored the star using the three Daffodil Delight markers and then lightened up a spot in the middle using the Color Lifter.  I got it a little too light so I had to go back and color over with the lightest color, but I think in the end it didn’t turn out too bad!

And for my final touch, I first inked up my little swoosh image from the Work of Art stamp set and *stamped it off one time* on scrap paper and then stamped in the corner of my card front.  It made it just light enough to be a great background for my sentiment.

So I hope you enjoyed my contribution, and hop along to check out what everyone else picked for their old & new!

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Erica B. of Stamping Starlette
  2. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  3. Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper  <—YOU ARE HERE
  4. Diana E. of Stampin’ Fun with Diana
  5. Donna S. of Organized Chaos
  6. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  7. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  8. Kathy P. of Katrina P’s Creative Corner
  9. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup

PS – If you didn’t catch the news on my Facebook page, the Clearance Rack should be updated today (7/10) with new goodies for you!  So, make sure to check it out as soon as you can because some items may go fast!

I’ll be putting in a group order if I have interest by 10:30 AM pst, so if you want to join in on that let me know at jennifer@nwstamper.com.
(note – if you are hopping and have a demonstrator, make sure to contact them as they would love to help you out!)

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Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop–Let’s Use That Designer Paper!

Are blog hop imageyou ready for some inspiration for your designer paper?  Yes, all that beautiful patterned paper that you either have at home or have been eyeing up in the catalog.  Then hang on to your hats because today is the monthly Fun n’ Crafty blog hop and we are featuring projects that use designer paper! Many of the papers featured are included in the July Buy 3 get 1 free promotion, so if you find some favorites along the way, you don’t have to feel so bad because they are on sale! Winking smile

Idea #1 – Let Your Designer Paper be Your Focal Point

I’m going to be sharing two cards today, but this first one is the type that would have had me cringing a year ago… because I use “big” pieces of 2 sheets of paper!  Gasp! I know, right?  But the thing is, I realized that when I actually let myself use my papers, they make great borders and backgrounds. These patterns are from my new favorite paper collections from the Stampin’ Up catalog – Maritime Designer Paper. image I’m not normally a nautical person, but I love how many of the prints can be used for any type of card… but especially masculine cards!! I added some Silver Foil paper, some baker’s twine, a Cherry Cobbler button, and the sentiment from the Hip Notes stamp set. And if you noticed from the first picture, I had the Silver Foil paper curved so that it gave some dimension to the banner.  To help hold that curve in place, I stacked 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of each other and then placed the stack under the raised curve part of the banner to keep it held up.  The other end is glued straight down to the card front.

Idea #2 – Try Some Paper Piecing

I’ve been meaning to try paper piecing with this stamp set (Vivid Vases) for ages, so now seemed like the perfect time to actually get it done! If you aren’t familiar with paper piecing, it is the idea of taking a stamp set with outline images that you would normally want to color in and instead of coloring in with markers, you stamp your image again on a piece of patterned paper and cut it out to glue on top of your stamped image. paper piecing example So, in this case, I used the new Flower Pot designer paper to give me a fun and funky floral background as well as for patterns for each of my pots.  Each paper used in this card are all from this one paper set. image Then when I was done, I was grateful for Stampin’ Up’s color cordination between products because I needed something and really wanted some ribbon to match without competing with all the colors and images I already had used.  Thankfully I was able to grab some Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon and Mossy Meadow stitched satin ribbon to complete the card. So hopefully you enjoyed these ideas for using up some of the paper in your stash! Lets keep the fun going and hop on over to Kathy’s blog for more ideas to try! Blog Hop Participants:

 

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Blendabilities Available Today! Plus NEW Buy 3 Designer Paper Get 1 Free Promo

I love my patterned papers – I use them a LOT for scrapbooking and I love how they look on cards but I often am so concerned about “using it up” that I use the smallest amount on cards.

Well, this year I’m challenging myself to use more designer paper so be on the look out for more projects and ideas to use the great papers out there!

And if you are looking for a great deal on our fabulous papers, check out the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale!


See all the paper that is on sale!

Buy 3 Designer Paper Packs Get 1 Free

Pick from any of the regular paper packs (basically anything priced at $10.95 – see them here) and from July 1 – July 31 pick 3 and get your 4th free.

  • There is no limit to the number of free Designer Series Paper packs you can receive. For each three purchased, you (or your customer) will receive one free. 
  • To get your free DSP, enter it in your order separately from the three packs you’re paying for. For example, if you want four packs of the same type of paper, put in the three you’re paying for and enter the fourth as a separate item.

Coming tomorrow – the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop will be happening and we’ll be showcasing ideas using designer paper!  So you’ll get lots more ideas for how to use patterns in your projects!

Blendabilties are AVAILABLE as of today

We’ve been loving these markers and I’m excited they are finally available to everyone!  They come in 3 packs with a light, medium, and dark version of the same shade to give you colors that you know match and make it easy to shade!

Wanna see a little more?  Here is a video that Stampin’ Up put together to share a little more about them. Smile 

If you have any questions, let me know! 

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Quick & Easy Thank You Card with Stampin’ Up Blendabilties

Today over at Stylin Stampin’ Inkspiration, the girls are sharing Quick and Easy cards.  Now, you know me… I LOVE quick and easy stuff – it is my go to style for cards.  Well, most of the time anyway.  So, I thought this card would be a perfect contribution to the theme:

I had the chance to play with the new I Like You hostess stamp set because my mom recently earned it.  ~ side note, it is SO awesome when you have a nearby family member who loves crafting as much as you and gets different stamps and dies as you! ~

Anyway, I thought this set would be perfect for using with Blendabilities (don’t forget, they come out TOMORROW!!!)  I not only used them to color in my flowers, but I also used them to color in my pearls.  Yup, that is right, double duty!

You can color:

  • Pearls
  • Rhinestones
  • Ribbon
  • Clear Buttons

Just to name a few.  All you have to do is pick your favorite colors and go at it.  In this case, I used the medium and light Daffodil Delight Blendabilities markers.

And just to add some depth, I cut out one of the set of flowers and popped it up on dimensionals.  I promise, it is still quick… and easy.  The nice thing with the white paper base and for the raised image, you can be imprecise with your cutting and no one will notice!

Finally, I had made a promise to myself that this year I’m going to use more designer paper.  I love it all and end up hoarding it so that at the transition of catalogs, I have a TON left over and of course want all the new stuff.  So, I’m working to use what I have and enjoy it!

In this case I used the Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack and then added some texture by using the new Daffodil Delight cotton ribbon.  It is so soft and flexible to work with.

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:

You can make this same card with whatever you have in your stash.  So whip up a bunch of quick thank you cards to have on had and enjoy that paper!

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Release Date for Blendabilities and More Stampin Up Updates!

Popping in for some quick updates for you… including an announcement about Blendabilities, yay!

Release Date Update for Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities – 7/1/2014

Stampin Up Blendabilities Samples

I’m so happy they finally officially gave us a release date.  I’m happy to share that they are releasing the following items on July 1st!

    • Cherry Cobbler (item #130995)

    • Coastal Cabana (item #131000)
    • Daffodil Delight (item #130998)
    • Old Olive (item #130999)
    • Pumpkin Pie (item #130997)
    • Rich Razzleberry (item #131003)
    • Skin Tone Assortment (item #129370)

    In addition, the following accessories will also be available:

    • Memento Ink Pad (item #132708)

    • Memento Ink Refill (item #133456)
    • Color Lifter (item #129369)

If you are a demonstrator – or join between now and August – starting July 1st, we will be able to order one of each of the ADDITIONAL colors:

  • Calypso Coral
  • Crumb Cake
  • Melon Mambo
  • Night of Navy
  • Smoky Slate
  • Wisteria Wonder

These colors will be available to everyone starting on August 1st.  And let me tell you, I think you are going to LOVE them!  I know I do! Smile 

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Just a quick reminder that there is only one week left  to take advantage of the $50 starter kit.  This is a great way to try out the world of being a demonstrator from

  • the discounts on your orders
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Check out that NEW Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop!

10383580_10204078098778853_972456530417495748_nWelcome to the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop for June! I’ve been seeing the amazing talent of the folks in my Fun n’ Crafty group of demonstrators and I thought it would be fun for us to start a monthly hop to showcase everyone’s work and give you lots of ideas around different themes.

I’m so excited for this inaugural blog hop and hope you enjoy all the inspiration.  This month we will be showcasing project ideas from the NEW Stampin’ Up annual catalog. So make sure to check out the list of stops on the hop at the bottom of this post to see them all!

So, here is my contribution… a lovely catalog CASE only my card is using the new Blended Blooms stamp.

Here is my inspiration for the card… you can find it on page 170 in your catalog.  It is showing the new Sweetbriar Rose stamp, which I don’t have…and I don’t have the paper yet either.  But that is ok, you just make it work with what you have!image

There were lots of cards and projects that I saw that I really wanted to try but this one jumped out at me and I had to give it a go.   I liked the idea of coloring directly on a non-white cardstock and I figured it was a good excuse to bust out my Blendabilities markers.  (Stampin’ Up’s new alcohol ink markers ~ available now to demonstrators and coming soon to everyone later this summer)

And I’m pretty excited because this is my first real attempt using my Blendabilties and I think it turned out pretty well.  Now imagine how this would look on white cardstock!

I loved all the little touches in this card too.  From the bit of White Tea Lace Doilies to the faux stitchiing at the edge of each piece of designer paper… because you KNOW I don’t have a sewing machine or the time to do much of any hand stitching. :)

Now one thing you’ll learn from using Blendabilities is that they do bleed through the paper.  Thankfully, in some cases, it actually looks pretty pretty on the inside. Don’t you think?

I made one more card but in the interest of time, I’ll share it later this week so you can move on to see some of the other great projects in the hop!

So make sure you visit the links below and make sure to leave them some love by commenting and letting them know what you think of their interpretations!

Blog Hop Participants:

 

And if you are thinking of joining Stampin’ Up (or just want to get your hands on Blendabilities now!) take advantage of the $50 Starter Kit promotion through the end of June.  And if you join with myself or one of the folks on the blog hop, we’d love to welcome you into our Fun n’ Crafty stampers group and invite you to participate in our hop too!

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 vintage-Blended-Blooms-thank-you-card.jpgStampin’ Up Supplies Used
Stamps – Blended Blooms, Hip Notes

Ink – Memento Black, Mossy Meadow, Blendabilities Marker sets (Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie), Crumb Cake marker
Paper – Crumb Cake cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Regals Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories – Banner punch, Tea Lace Doilies, Essentials Piercing Pack, Piercing Pad, Piercing tool

Oh So Pretty Blendabilities & a Stamp Sneak Peek!

I was so excited to be able to attend the Stampin’ Up! new catalog premiere this monday afternoon.  It was the first time Stampin’ Up had tried showing us the new catalog with a live presentation in California and live streaming to theaters across the US and Canada.  Turns out, it was a lot of fun, and almost as exciting as the main stage presentations at convention.

Best of all, we got our very own copy of the upcoming catalog!

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Don’t mind my squinting…. we actually have sun here in the Northwest for the first time in ages it seems. Smile  So the weather was great but that wasn’t great for photos. 

Anyway!

There were lots of great reveals of new products (alphabet framelits!!!  new dies, new punches, the new in colors – which I think look a lot like the color scheme in the current Epic Day designer paper btw) and some fabulous samples.

I thought I would share one of the things I can’t wait to get my hands on (thank you demonstrator preorder!) – Stampin’ Blendabilities!

They showed us this cute sample using a new stamp called Blended Bloom using some of the different colors:

cherry cobbler blendabilities blended bloom

Cherry Cobblercoastal cabana blendabilities blended bloom

Coastal Cabana

daffodil delight blendabilities blended bloom

Daffodil Delight

old olive blendabilities blended bloom

Old Olive

pumpkin pie blendabilities blended bloom

Pumpkin Pie

wisteria wonder blendabilities blended bloom

Wisteria Wonder

So pretty, right?

I may not be an artist, and I’m not sure how well I’ll do with coloring with markers.  But I can’t wait to get my sets and give it a go.  From the little I’ve played with at Leadership and seeing them demonstrate it, I think it isn’t nearly as hard as you might think!

Ok, I’m off to start building my wishlist…. so many great things I need to make a plan. Smile  So, enjoy this little share of what is to come and I’ll have more for you soon!

 

And don’t forget – if you want to get in on the early previews of the catalog and preorders – or just want to come to convention for FREE to get the experience!  Consider getting the Stampin’ Up starter kit and you’ll get all of that and more when you join now.

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Waiting for News on the Stampin’ Up Blendabilities?

So, I’m delaying my originally planned post for today until tomorrow.  So in the meantime, I wanted to share some news I just learned and remind everyone that there is only 5 days left for the Super Starter Kit deal!

And, after I tell you about the Blendabilities news… you are really going to want to make sure you know about your option for being a member of the Stampin’ Up Family. Smile

Stampin’ Blendabilities – Coming Soon(ish)

Now, if you haven’t heard of Blendabilties, they are Stampin’ Up’s version of alcohol ink markers.  These types of markers are great for blending colors and get complex shading of your images.  It also isn’t nearly as hard as it looks either!

Here is an example of the type of project you can make:

Pleasant Poppies

I don’t have this type of marker yet (I just got to play with them at Leadership in January) but I found this BEAUTIFUL card created by Darlene DeVries.  She used Copic markers which is the same type of marker so you can see the possibilities with the Pleasant Poppies stamp.

Now, if they have Copics, why am I waiting to buy Stampin’ Blendabilities?

A few reasons…

  1. Stampin’ Blendabilities are more cost-effective!  They will be available for $11.95 for a set of 3 as opposed to $5-$8 a marker.
  2. They will come in SU colors and so coordinate with the papers, cardstock, and accessories I already have.  (I know, I’m a sucker for easy matching!)
  3. You get your markers in sets of 3 that tell you which shades go together.  So no guessing.  I can get a set of Cherry Cobbler markers and have the light, medium, and dark in one set and know I can shade anything red and know which marker colors go together.
  4. And of course, as a demonstrator, I get an extra discount… and any chance to save money on some awesome tools is always a great perk!
When can I get some Stampin’ Blendabilties?

So, here is the tricky question.  Thankfully, Stampin’ Up realized that there are a LOT of people eagerly waiting for these markers and so they are trying to make sure they have enough inventory to prevent backorders.  Turns out, manufacturing is taking longer than they thought, so they have had to shift the release date.

Demonstrators – If you are a demonstrator, you will be able to preorder 6 of the colors plus some accessories with the new catalog products preorder on May 1st!  Then when the new catalog launches June 2nd, the skin tone colors will be out next.

Customers – We are still waiting to hear when they will be available for everyone to order.  All the Blendabilities products will be shown in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog in June but the date for ordering will be based on how manufacturing goes in the next couple months.  (The goal being as soon as possible when the new catalog launches)

I’ll keep you posted as they update us, but if you are really eager for your own set of Blendabilities, consider getting your Stampin’ Up starter kit and joining the demonstrator family!  Get all the perks including seeing the 2014-2015 catalog first & get in on the early ordering the new products!

5 Days Left of the Super Starter Kit Deal!

I’m so excited to welcome new members to our Fun n’ Crafty demonstrator group, and right now with the extra bonus as part of Sale-a-Bration, it is a great time to join!

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You have until March 31st  to get the BONUS $25 of your choice of product with your starter kit. 

Learn more about the perks of membership

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If you have any questions, about Blendabilities or details of joining Stampin Up, just let me know!  I’d be happy to help – just email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com.

 

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