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Step-It-Up Saturday – Falling Flowers

Finally got to my stamping table late tonight as I had a vendor event today.  But I promised a card every day, and true to my word, here is my Step-It-Up Saturday card using the new stamp set, Falling Flowers, and one of my favorite thank you stamp sets, One Big Meaning.

When I sat down tonight, I was clueless as to what I wanted to create.  However, I promised myself I would NOT use the Big Shot.  My Big Shot is my favorite tool for any card, but it can also be a crutch.  Any card you use your Big Shot on is a step up!

I met my challenge tonight, and in addition, I used a color combination outside of my usual comfort zone.  Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango feel like summer to me, and now I can turn to this trio with confidence.

Here is the first card:

Of course, after I take pictures of the card, I notice the tilting pearls on top.  Oh well.  I hope the person who gets this card won’t mind.  Maybe I can fix it too.  Using those pearl lines is another challenge.  Those are always the last ones used on my pearl sheet.

Here is the stepped-up version:

How did I step up this card?  Well, card stock to start with.  I love the quality of Stampin’ Up! card stock, and layers of it on a card just make me happy.  I also colored in more of the stamens on the background and added more flowers to the phrase layer.  The phrase layer flowers also have Wink of Stella which brings some zing to them.  Tighter trimming of the phrase layer leaves less blah space.  I also like to add a pearl when a word has an “i” in it.

Try this color combo – I think you too will feel a little more summery afterwards!

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Fabulous Friday – 25th Anniversary Card

My sister and brother-in-law celebrated their 25th anniversary last month.  My sister adores the color blue, so I knew I had to incorporate blue into the card.

I’ve been using up some older vellum – those hearts are just perfect for backing this card.  Silver Glimmer paper really sparkles, and I love to use it on special cards.  Number framelits and oval framelits hit the mark on this too.

Simple, but made with love.

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Technique Tuesday – Washi Tape Peekaboo Window

I am so grateful to celebrate SEVEN YEARS on this blog.  I’ve had www.stampwithjane.com for seven years.  Thank you to all who visit and check out my website whether it be for inspiration, monthly holidays, or gosh forbid, by mistake!

I am going to celebrate this occasion all week.  I am promising you a new card every day.  Read through this whole blog post for a way you can help me celebrate.

Today is Tuesday, usually a stamping night, but I’ve got the night off.  It always feels a little strange when it is 6:30 pm at my house, and the doorbell isn’t ringing on a Tuesday.  Actually, tonight, a stamper did stop by right around that time.  I found that kind of funny.  Thanks for stopping by, Linda!

In July, I taught my stampers the Washi Tape Peekaboo Window technique.  It is actually very simple.  You only need scissors, an assortment of washi tape, stampin’ dimensionals, colored and Whisper White card stock, and stamps/ink.

Here is what we made:

  1. Cut the colored card stock and Whisper White card stock the same width, but the Whisper White can be about a 1/2″ – 1″ shorter in length.
  2. Cut the card stock in an interesting design (but not too intricate), dividing the card stock.
  3. If you plan on stamping, stamp now.
  4. Plan how far apart you want the colored card stock.
  5. Put small pieces of washi tape on the section of white card stock where it will show.
  6. Attach dimensionals on colored card stock and attach to white card stock.
  7. Trim white card stock if necessary.
  8. Layer on a card base.

That’s it.  Really easy and fun – and a great way to use up washi tape.

Ok, now that you’ve read through all of this, I have a little contest to run.  Comment below and I will enter all entries into a drawing for a new Stampin’ Up! accessory!   Drawing will be held on  Sunday, August 14th.  I will contact the winner for their address.

Keep watching my blog this week for more opportunities to WIN!

Thanks for all of your support throughout the years!  You are ALL too kind!

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Technique Tuesday – Tear N’ Tape Embossing

Sometimes the simplest techniques make me happy.  I just love this one.  Heat embossing is one of those wow techniques that every stamper loves to do, but oftentimes doesn’t take the time for.  It’s not that the technique is difficult or even new.  For gosh sakes, I remember heat embossing in a workshop as a guest before I had kids.

I taught my stampers the Tear N’ Tape embossing technique last week.  Tear N’ Tape is a great tool for securing 3D projects, and now I think I will have to buy even more rolls of it.

Supplies

  • Tear N’ Tape
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Card Stock
  • Stamps/Ink

For this card, I used the Fresh Fruit stamp set and embossed the pear the traditional way.  Colors include Old Olive, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.  The stamp set is a two-step style, but I also sponged over the edges of the embossed image.

For the embossed stripe, here are the instructions:

  • Rub card stock with Embossing Buddy.
  • Tear off a piece of Tear & Tape.  Take off protective layer
  • Dump embossing powder all over strip of tape.  Tap off excess.
  • Heat until set.

 

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Celebrate Sunday – Wedding Card

Yeah, I know. I’ve been a bit out of the loop this week. I’ve been creating cards and such, but just haven’t had the chance to post anything. Sorry about that. I’ll work on getting more ready ahead of time.

Today’s post is a mix of old and new, even a little borrowed and blue: perfect for a wedding card. I attended a wedding reception this weekend of a coworker and downline member. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know this fabulous lady for several years. She has a fondness for butterflies, and she used Tempting Turquoise for her wedding colors.

The vellum is retired, but I couldn’t help using it as it was perfect for this card. I did use the new nesting oval framelits. I know I bemoaned Stampin’ Up! taking away our oval punches; I still miss them, but the variety in the framelit set is amazing. I couldn’t stash that many oval punches in my drawers!!!

Congratulations Martha and Chad!

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Throwback Thursday – National Pink Day Warhol Technique

Did you know that June 23rd is National Pink Day?  I know in our Stampin’ Up! world, “pink” sounds boring – but Melon Mambo gets me excited to stamp!  I made this meme a while back – still true!

Pink is Boring

Pink is Boring

Today’s throwback is to a stamp set called Touch of Nature and the Warhol Technique.  I created this card in 2007.

I did a little update today and used more pink to celebrate National Pink Day!

Hard to see in the photo, but on the Pink Pirouette panel, I colored the flower in with Wink of Stella.  The stamp set is Perfectly Wrapped – the phrases in this stamp set are fun to use!

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Technique Tuesday – Masked Rubber Band Technique

At last month’s Technique Tuesday class, I taught the Masked Rubber Bank Technique.   The technique uses some basic supplies – clear block, rubber bands, sponges, and a DIY mask for your cardstock.

Here is the card we made:

How did we do the technique?  Here are the instructions:

Supplies

  • Clear Block
  • Various-Sized Rubber Bands
  • Coordinating Inks (at least 2)
  • Sponge
  • Mask
  • Glue stick or light adhesive
  • Neutral Card Stock

Instructions

  • Create a mask, leaving about a 1”-2” opening.  I use three small pieces of grid paper, taping a top and bottom with an opening in between.
  • Dab a little glue on the back of the card stock.  Sneak card stock under opening.
  • Put rubber bands over clear block – spread them out for best coverage.
  • Ink rubber banded block in darker ink.
  • Stamp block on the unmasked card stock.
  • Take sponge and lightly ink all over unmasked section in the lightest ink color.

You could sponge first and then stamp with the rubber banded clear block.  However, I like how sometimes the ink gets blurry with sponging – it gives a little more depth to the background.

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Monochromatic Monday – Blushing Bride Cupcake

My first Monochromatic Monday starts with Blushing Bride.  I usually pair this color with Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso.  Keeping it to Blushing Bride and Whisper White was a challenge, but I really liked the results.

I used the brand-new stamp set, Sweet Cupcake, with the coordinating framelits, Cupcake Cutouts.  This is one of the few three-step stamp sets which is gaining popularity.  For the frosting, I actually stamped off once for the base image, and then stamped full strength for the next two stamps.  The color variation looked perfect when I did this.

The “sweet” and the edge swirl are both framelits.  Our new detail glue is wonderful to attach these pieces to cardstock.

I have been somewhat addicted to our Basic Pearls lately.  I thought the pearls softened the edges.

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Step-It-Up Saturday Graduation Card

Today we attended a graduation party for my niece.  I was playing with a few ideas and thought it would be the perfect card to use for my step-it-up Saturday post.

Here is the first card I came up with:

Actually not a bad card.  I love the black, red, white, and gold color combination.  There is some glitter, but I also see a little messy adhering and cutting on this one.  Oops.

Here is the stepped up card I finished with:

A little more glitter, another layer, and some ribbon truly did make this card stand out a little more.  I love those number framelits.  So many ways to use them!

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Throwback Thursday – Strawberry Fields Forever

My sister asked on Facebook this week to go strawberry picking.  Believe it or not, I have never done it.  During the summer, we try to do little jaunts because we are both so busy during the school year.  So we are planning to go next week.

In the back of my mind, I remembered the Tart N Tangy stamp set which included a strawberry.  I knew I had some samples of this long-retired stamp set which would be perfect Throwback Thursday.

Here is a sample from 2008:

Tart-celebratestraw

Yeah.  That’s about right.  Loving that Green Galore and Real Red.  Still miss those brads.  Notice I didn’t even put a watermark on this one.  No threat on internet stealing of this idea, right? Ok, enough looking back. We have a brand-new catalog with fabulous new stamp sets and accessories to gush over.

Here is my updated card using the new Fresh Fruit stamp set and coordinating designer series paper.

Colors used were Pear Pizzazz and Watermelon Wonder with Whisper White.  I did use Wink of Stella on the strawberries, scored the bottom of the Pear Pizzazz piece, and added two sizes of pearls.  Fresh Fruit is a two-step stamp set and is made of photopolymer so two-toned stamping is easier than using markers and huffing on the stamp like the older card.

Which one do you prefer?  Thanks for looking back with me!  Can’t wait to go strawberry picking next week!

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