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Sending off Mixed Bunch and the Modern Label Punch with a Blue Bokeh Card

Every year I have one item on the Stampin’ Up retiring list that I can’t believe is going away.  This year, I can’t believe the Modern Label punch is retiring!  Especially since it goes so awesomely with the Word Window punch!  I guess that just means I have to enjoy it now (and hang on to mine and keep loving it after they stop making it too. Smile)

Today I wanted to share another Bokeh card we did in my technique class.  I think I’ve decided I love mixing in colored circles with my white circles when doing the Bokeh technique.  What do you think?

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Tips for making this card:

  • Start with a piece of vellum and some circle punches – I used the 1”, 1-1/4”, and 1-3/8” circles and punch out a template to use for layering.
  • Randomly sponge the background with your favorite color combination
    (this was Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, and Hello Honey)
  • Use your circle template to layer colored and WHITE craft ink circles on top of your background.  It looks best if you overlap your circles.
  • Keep it interesting by adding a punched flower, but trim some of the edges so it fits to colored layer (kind of makes it look like it is behind a window or something, huh?)
  • The Venetian Crochet trim is a nice, soft addition to cards without being too girly because of it’s thin size.

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Sale-a-Bration countdown with Scallop Tag Punch Boxes

Ok, after spending almost an hour fighting with my computer on formatting of this blog post, I’m just giving up and I hope you don’t mind if it scrolls a little long! 🙂 I’m starting the Sale-a-Bration countdown today and so I’ll be spending the next 4 days sharing Sale-a-Bration projects, and I just know I will have a bunch to share, so I figured I’ll post a few each day to fill you up with ideas! scallop tag punch boxes Last weekend was my first ever Stamp & Share for my group of Fun n’ Crafty demonstrators.  I am so grateful for these ladies and I wanted to make sure I was helping created events and opportunities for everyone to get to know each other, stamp together, and share ideas.  So, I put together an afternoon of stamping fun and business tips.  It was a huge success and I can’t wait to start planning the next one as I’d love to hold these each quarter! This time, I had some great presenters who shared some tips and tricks for some of our tools – specifically the Scallop Tag punch and the Thinlit flip dies.  Kathy Thisted (below) shared on the Scallop Tag punch. She had a TON of good ideas and tips but I’ll share the one that was new and exciting to me!  The idea that you can punch paper that is larger than 2”! I know, that shouldn’t be as mind blowing to me as it is, but I thought you could only punch paper that was 2” or less; but she showed how you can make borders, cut box flaps, and more with larger paper.  The big trick though to making sure you have the scallop edge where you want is to mark the front of your punch with a piece of paper or post-it showing where the edges of the tag opening are.  That way, you can align your score lines or markings on your paper so that the scallop tag end is exactly where you want it! Then she shared a bunch of great boxes including this one – all using some great Sale-a-Bration items including the Sweet Sorbet paper, See Ya Later stamp set, Banner punch, Sweet Sorbet accessories, and the Heartfelt Banner kit :

It is a simple 2” strip of cardstock that has been folded in half to make your basic bag shape.  Then add small strips of cardstock to the sides (adhering to the inside of your tag) to make the walls to keep your goodies from falling out the sides!  (side note – aren’t those little banners stinkin’ cute sticking out from behind the label framelit cut out?) Next was another box she made, only this time she took two of the flaps and cut the ends using the scallop tag punch.  The opposite flaps were trimmed and decorated.  But the scallop top makes for a cute decorative touch and a great place for a ribbon to tie your box closed.

Oh!  I totally forgot to point out the coolest part!  See that canvas banner on the side of the box?  Guess where it is from?  And no, she did not hand cut it! Give up?  It is from the Heartfelt Banner kit!!  How clever to cut up the banner kit into cute pieces to use in other projects.  Love that multi-purpose functionality. I just LOVED this third box though.

Another tall box with the scallop tag punch… but my favorite touches?

  1. The belly band with the huge flower using the Blossom Punch
  2. Tying the Sweet Sorbet twine through the top and anchoring it with a Vintage Faceted button!  Those buttons are really pretty but I never know what to do with them.  Looks like this is a really good answer! Smile

So, hopefully you saw some fun ideas and inspiration here.  Have a question about one of the boxes?  Leave me a comment or shoot me an email at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll see if I can get the details for you!

Don’t forget, everything you see here that is from Sale-a-Bration is going away after Monday March 31stSo take advantage of the last 4 days of Sale-a-Bration


(Yes! There is still time for a last minute facebook or online party!)


So, have fun and I’ll be back with more ideas for you soon!

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When You Need A Bright And Cheery Card

how about this one? All you need is some scraps and a couple punches and you have a sunshiney card for someone.  I always seem to make 4.25” x 5.5” cards (since they fit so nicely in envelopes that the post office will mail with a standard stamp) but sometimes just a little card you can tuck into a gift bag, someone’s backpack, or just surprise someone with, is fun to play to with different sizes and shapes.

 Mixed Bunch Oh hello thanks

This 3×3 card comes together super fast too!  For this card I used:

Stamps:  Oh Hello
Paper: Brights Collection Designer Paper Stack, Pumpkin Pie cs, Very Vanilla CS
Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories:  Blossom punch, 1 1/4” circle punch, 1” circle punch, Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Snail adhesive

So, try different colors or sentiments and you can have a rainbow of spring flowers brightening up your crafting space. Smile 


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Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve was the start of a wonderful few days with my family; and so I’ll be busy with family dinners, gift exchanges, and playing with the kids.  But I wanted to make sure to stop by and wish you all a very merry Christmas!

Here is a card for all of you that I didn’t get a card in the mail to (which is a lot of people since I barely got through family cards by Dec 24th! Smile)


Whether you are with family or celebrating in your own special way, I hope you have a wonderful day and are able to take some time this holiday month to relax and enjoy all the good things in your life.

And thank you too for being a part of my life and journey as well.  I am blessed to have so many friends, fans, and readers to make this creative stamping adventure I’m on, be the most inspiring and amazing one for me.  So, THANK YOU!


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Getting Monochromatic with the 2012 In Colors

I have a friend who hosts Stampin’ Up! workshops for me from a couple states away (she lives in Colorado, I live in Washington), so I send her a project and some fun samples to share with her friends who come over to stamp.

This time, I wanted to let everyone see what the new In Colors really look like in person – from the ink, to the cardstock, to the ribbon, and even the dahlias!  I mean, they look nice in the catalog but its kind of like ordering clothes online.  The picture looks great but what will it really look like when you get it home.  So, I took on the challenge to create a set of cards that showcased each color and this is the results:


Each card uses the Mixed Bunch stamp set at the base image and then uses the new 1-1/4” scallop circle punch and the Boho Blossoms punch to build up the flower.  Then some Stitched satin ribbon wrapped around the card and a Dahlia on top and you are done!  These were quick to put together but definitely POP in person.

Now the only question is which color I like best. 🙂


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Ribbon Heart Card Recipe
Mixed Bunch
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse
Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Accessories: Blossom Punch, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle punch, Boho Blossom punch, Stitched Satin Ribbon (Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse), In Color Dahlias, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

A Little Bit of Digital, A Little Bit of Traditional

Just a reminder – today is the last day to get 31% off a ton of digital content and print orders.  Even if you haven’t tried My Digital Studio yet, did you know that you can actually use the digital downloads in software you probably have on your computer already?

* Digital content and images can be used in any computer program that allows pictures to be imported or pasted in, including – Photoshop, Publisher, PowerPoint, Word, Paint, etc.

So, imagine you are editing your holiday letter or creating a photo holiday card, you can easily add your favorite Stampin’ Up! images to your project and really up the style factor.

Now if you are like me though, for my card and scrapbooking projects, I don’t like the 1-dimensional look of purely printed projects…even if you add back shading or highlights to the image.  However, here is a great example of how you can use digital designing to get a perfect stamped image in the size you want  and still add your dimension and hand stamped style to make a really cool card.

card designed by Linda Romer

Ok, take a moment – guess which parts of that card are digital…. 🙂

Not as easy as you would think, huh?  Well, here is a close up side view of the card to help you out:


Yup, I still have to refer back to the physical sample to check myself.  But the entire “designer series paper/stamped” Pool Party layer are digital!  Talk about a great way to mass produce a complicated card!  The digital layer is just adhered to some cardstock and the cardbase to get the card started.

Then she added a heat embossed Mixed Bunch flower that was punched out, layered, and topped with a printed designer brad.  And don’t you love how she used a Lucky Limeade Blossom punch out to create the leaves.  Cute huh?

I have to admit, I found this card really inspiring to me for a great way to use digital “scrapbooking” to create great projects in a fraction of the time and still provide a Wow! effect.

What do you think?
Would you use digital software or images to create you card or scrapbooking projects?

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Quick Mixed Bunch Party Favor

Can you tell, I like this stamp set? 🙂  I know, I get a little addicted to stamps that have matching punches; but it makes things come together so quickly!

Well, for my recent show, I decided to make these easy little treats to hand out to people who stopped by my demonstrations.  I put my contact information on the back and it doubles as a business card!

All it takes is stamping one of the flowers from the Mixed Bunch stamp set in whatever color you like and punching it out with the Blossom punch.  Then punch out another flower in a complimentary cardstock and glue them together.  Adhere a Rolo (I used the Easter colored Rolos) to the center and you have a fun spring flower!

Tip:  If you are going to use Rolos or other foil wrapped candies, I recommend putting a glue dot in the center of your flower first and then press the candy to the flower.  I tried pressing the Rolo to the glue dot first but when I tried to pull off the glue dot, the foil would try to tear.

If you want to put a message on the back of your flower, I found the Avery return address labels work great when cut in half.  I just created a file in Word and typed my message on each label twice.  Then I could print out a whole bunch and just cut the labels in half with my paper cutter and they fit on great!


Reminder: Sale-a-Bration ends in 2 weeks!   There is still time to get your free items or to take advantage of the awesome special for joining Stampin’ Up!  But hurry, before the offer ends on March 31st.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration catalog for all the details and then email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com with your favorites and we’ll work together to get them for you!


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Mixed Bunch Quick Thank You Card

There is something about being a card maker that somehow has tweaked my brain to where I can never seem to let a package get mailed from my house without a card in it!  Even if I’m ready to walk out the door to the post office, I have to walk through my craft room to the garage and then the tugging to my craft table starts.  So, that is what today’s card is all about.

I needed to get the Cards to Go kits in the mail and I wanted to include a card that was somewhat in theme with the cards this month.  So, I grabbed my scraps of the Flirtatious designer paper and my current favorite Mixed Bunch stamp set and Blossom punch and put this together.  I used the Rock and Roll technique to color my flower (using Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo ink pads) and then finished it off with a Twitterpated button in the middle.

I love this stamp set and really hope it gets carried over into the main catalog in June!

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