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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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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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Elegant Gold Stamping with the Curvy Keepsake Box

Wanna a peek at one of the boxes we’ll be making in my Too Cute Curvy Keepsake box class?  I had said that we would be making 4 boxes including one that was stamped… but when I went to go actually make the stamped box I stalled out.  I had wanted to use my Endless Wishes stamp set, but had forgotten I had loaned it to a downline member.  So I needed an alternate option and this is what I came up with:

Turns out Mixed Bunch is a great substitute!  Especially when you use gold and Early Espresso.  Didn’t it turn out nice?

I used the KRAFT cardstock – it is sturdier and a bit heavier than the Crumb Cake cardstock.  We’ll use Early Espresso ink and Encore Gold ink and then sponge with some Soft Suede ink.  But I really loved the extra touches to add to the bling – like the stamped sentiment which I stamped directly onto the Gold Foil sheets and then die cut out with the Starburst framelits.  Then add some gold sequins and 1/4” cotton ribbon to the top and you are set.

I think these could be cute favors for events or just nice little gifts.  Can’t you imagine a pretty pile of these?  Smile

If you would like to try out the fun boxes that you can make with this die, check out this fun class & class by mail I’m running tomorrow!  (Yes! You can still RSVP if you hurry)

Tuesday 9/30 at 7pm, Panera in Redmond – RSVP here
$15, save $5 with purchase of the Curvy Keepsake box die
(Bonus kit – bring a friend and you both get to make the Turkey box for free!)
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KIT BY MAIL – Get all the pieces precut and mailed to you in a kit to make all 4 boxes we make in class plus instructions for all of the boxes and the Turkey box!
Cost is only $15+$3 shipping  (only $10 if you have purchased the die from me!)
BONUS – have a friend sign up for the class too and I’ll include the Turkey kit for each of you!

INSTRUCTIONS ONLY – Get access to the instructions for all 5 boxes so you can use your dies and punches at home to make these cute projects.
Instructions will include all the dimensions, supplies used, and tips for making them as easy as possible!
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Weekly Deals and In Color Cardstock is Back for a Limited Time!

If you were watching when the Retirement List came out, you may have seen that the In Color cardstock that is retiring sold out within the first few hours of being up.  But I learned yesterday that Stampin’ Up was able to get a few more packages of each color and they have put them back up as available for purchase.  They told us that once these are gone, they are gone!  So, if you missed a favorite or just want to stock up a little bit more, now is your chance!

2012-2014 In Color Cardstock – Limited Quantities Available while supplies last!

And while you are there, don’t forget to check out the weekly deals!  I’ll be posting a card tomorrow using those Retro Fresh Designer Tags.  Smile 

Weekly Deals 5/13 – 5/19/2014


Ok, now I’m off to finish editing some pictures… I have some great projects to share over the next couple weeks along with my reorganized and rearranged craft room and more!  So, I hope you stop back by soon!

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Comparing the Different Flower Stamp/Punches in One Card!

Last night was my monthly Stamp Club night and we always make a couple cards using the latest stamps and products.  But this month I wanted to focus on different ways to use some of the stamps, dies, and punches they already had and maybe mix in a few new things they hadn’t tried.  Because isn’t that always the big challenge?  You see a card or a project using a paper and stamp and you know you have to have it.  You get it, make the project, and then go… now what?  Smile 

This card was all about showing how the different flower stamps and punches can go together to make a cool layered flower… check it out!

I found this card idea from Becky Roberts over at Inking Idaho and thought it was such a cool design.  It also reminded me to pull out that Chevron background stamp and get it inky!

But back to the flowers…

This flower uses three different sizes of flowers:

  1. Mixed Bunch flower & Blossom punch
  2. Flower Shop stamp & Pansy punch
  3. Petite Petals & Petite Petal punch

Turns out they layer together really well, don’t you think?

I stamped the flowers using the same color ink and cardstock (Coastal Cabana) and then glued them together and used a Candy Dot brad base and Candy Dot to add a little POP to the middle of the card.

And that fun little polka dot paper behind the flower?  That is the pretty Sweet Sorbet designer paper from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  So, don’t forget you only have a couple weeks left to get your freebies with your $50 order!  So, pick up a couple of these flower stamp/punch bundles and get the paper for free!

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Favorite Cards using Oh, Hello

As I was looking through the 25% off Stamp sets with a customer last week, I spotted the Oh, Hello stamp set and remembered how when I originally saw this stamp set in the catalog, I thought it looked like a pretty boring stamp set.  I couldn’t picture how it would come together into anything particularly cute….


and then we were given the set at Leadership last year and I saw some samples with it….. and I totally changed my tune!

So, I thought I would share some of my quick and easy cards I’ve made with this set to show how it is a bit more fun than it may seem at first!

Almost no-layer card with Oh, Hello

Masking with the Oh, Hello stamp set

Using up your scraps with sentiments from Oh, Hello

Press clay flowers and it coordinates with the Oval framelits too!


I’m also realizing that I use the Thank You sentiment A LOT! ha ha ha.  But I guess I have a lot to be thankful for, so I need them. Smile

And don’t forget, tomorrow is the LAST DAY of the 25% off Sale and my Anniversary Week giveaway!

If you’d like to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is:

  • Visit my Online Store to grab these great deals and use the hostess code R2XQXU3
  • Email me which of the goodies above you want to order and I’ll be putting together a group order.
  • On monday, if we have enough orders placed, I will draw a name for at least $25 in hostess benefits and let you get more free goodies!

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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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