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Hawaiian Couple Punch Card for Joe

Tragedy struck our home last month when my youngest son took his life.  Yes, those are probably the worst words to have to type (and I am sure they are not easy to read).

Although healing has begun, getting back into “business mode” feels almost paralyzing.  All my family, friends, customers, and peers are supporting me and telling me to take all the time I need to get back.  I’m taking little steps, but the first of the month is always crucial for delivering news, specials, and my monthly fun holiday listings.

The night our Joe took his life I hosted my Summer Fun Punch Class.  My sweet, funny boy was known for wearing Hawaiian-style shirts at school.  So as a tribute to him, I am sharing my Hawaiian Couple punch card.

At his wake/memorial service, we suggested guests wear Hawaiian shirts.  We were truly so thrilled to see so many of our family and friends honor Joe by wearing them.  

Love you forever, my Joe.  I pray you keep bringing me joy in the little signs we witness you are with us.

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Jeani’s Birthday Card

One of my coworkers celebrated a milestone birthday today.  She is  totally devoted to our school kids and is loved by all.  I created this special card for her day.

 

Lots of Big Shot items used on this card – Circles, Stars, and Large Number framelits and the Stars embossing folder.  The balloon punch and silver thread (sorry, not visible in this photo) were also used.  Our school colors are red and blue so that dictated my color combo.

Hope it was a fabulous day, Jeani!

You could easily change this up for an anniversary card, graduation card, retirement card, or even a sports team-themed card.

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Wacky Wednesday – Happy S’Mores Day Card

Hello everyone~

Today my Facebook friends got to vote on what card to highlight for Wacky Wednesday.  They got to choose between two holidays – National Duran Duran Day or National S’Mores Day.  You guessed it – they picked s’mores.

I had a totally different idea when I went into my stamping area, but luckily, inspiration came quickly and brought some fire (yes, pun intended) into the design.

I used only three punches for this card and both the Foxy Friends and Fresh Fruit stamp sets (the phrase is from the Fresh Fruit stamp set).

I sponged the bottom of the main image and the marshmallow with Soft Suede.  The stick is our new classic label punch, punched only a one-third width.  The logs are the same label punch, and the flames are the tail of the Foxy Friend punch.  The marshmallow is the 1/2″ circle punch.

Of course, I used a marker to adjust the saying.  I’ll practice that a bit more the next time.

That little raccoon is just the sweetest little thing, don’t ya think?

 

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Perfect Couple Word Bubbles Framelit Masking Technique

My Technique Tuesday classes are always quick and fun nights out for my stampers.  I love the teaching aspect and hearing the oohs and aahs from my customers.

At a recent Technique Tuesday, I taught the framelit masking technique.  They loved it!  I’ll share the technique details later in this post, but here is the finished card:

Perfect Couple Word Bubble Framelit Masking

First off, may I please mention – PROTECT YOUR WORKSPACE.  I have leftover spritz spray all over my countertop.  It will eventually come off, but I did want to forewarn you.

You will need the magnetic plate for the Big Shot.  You will also need a 9″ x 6″ large piece of scrap paper to PROTECT YOUR MAGNETIC PLATE!  For this card, I used the Word Bubble Framelits, but I could have also used the heart, circle, flower, or many other framelit pieces.

Here are the other supplies –

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Dye Reinkers
  • Stampin’ Up! Spritzer
  • Neutral Card Stock
  • Baby Wipes

Fill the spritzer 2/3 full with rubbing alcohol.  Add several drops (I used 12 drops of Real Red) of refill for the desired hue.

Layer the Magnetic Big Shot Plate with scrap paper.

Place your neutral card stock (I used Naturals Ivory) on the scrap paper.  Layer the framelits in the desired design.

Spritz the spray over the framelits.  It is ok to leave less sprayed areas.

Make sure to rub off all ink with baby wipes – and then dry them.

I know you can use all of our neutral card stock, but I liked the way the spritz soaked in to our Naturals card stock.

This card would be perfect for an anniversary card or a Sweetest Day/Valentine’s Day card.

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Just Punchy Stamp Camp – Fish Love

Ok, I have to admit it – my Just Punchy stamp camps are the most fun to plan!!  I LOVE Stampin’ Up! punches to create characters, people, symbols, etc.  I am hosting a second group this Saturday!

Here is one of the examples for this week’s stamp camp:

 justpunchy4-fishlove

I really think the crimping of the ovals add some fun to my fish!  Hope you enjoy this one!

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Love You Much – Bleach Stamping

I love to work with household products in my stamping.  I also love to stamp quick and easy cards.  Bleach stamping accomplishes both!  Here is a card I created using Love You Much stamp set and two types of bleaching – bleach as a stamp pad and bleach spritzing. 

loveyoumuch-bleach

To bleach as a stamp pad, you will need the following:

  • some folded paper towels
  • paper to protect work surface
  • a small container
  • household bleach
  • card stock
  • a clean and damp paper towel (to clean off stamps)
  • ventilated area

Protect your work surface with scrap paper.  Put the folded paper towels inside the small container.  Pour some bleach onto the folded paper towels.  Using a clean stamp, press stamp into the bleached towel.  Immediately stamp onto the card stock.  Lift off the card stock and set the card stock aside.  It will take a while for the bleach to interact with the card stock.  Be sure to let dry completely before using on your project.

CLEAN YOUR STAMPS IMMEDIATELY – DO NOT LET BLEACH DRY ON YOUR STAMPS.  I always use a paper towel to clean off the bleach first, and then I use my Stampin’ Mist and Scrub for a final clean and conditioning.

Please note:

  • Bleach affects colors of card stock differently – you may even get variations with the same color but a different dye lot.
  • Once bleach reaches open air, its strength dramatically lessens.  You will need to add more bleach if you are stamping many pieces at once.

To bleach as a spritzer,  pour a small amount into a spritzer bottle.  Prepare your work area as above.  Spritz your card stock.  Set aside to dry. 

DO NOT LEAVE BLEACH IN THE SPRITZER BOTTLE.  RINSE OUT THE BOTTLE AND THE SPRITZER MECHANISM BEFORE STORING.

****Please be careful when using bleach.  I do not recommend bleach stamping with pregnant ladies, young children, and those who have allergy or sensitivity issues.

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