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Snow Much Fun Hostess Goodies

Welcome to the second 2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop…you've most likely arrived here from the Staci Coomb's website http://stampinstace.blogspot.com/

If you ever get lost along the way during the blog hop, you can go back to the main page – www.vcrocks.blogspot.com

The theme of this blog hop is anything but cards! 

At my downline meeting last month, we worked on creating hostess bags.  One of the preorder stamp sets was Snow Much Fun, and it was the perfect for using as a theme for my hostess bag as I am somewhat of a snowman addict!  Even my kitchen decor (including the curtains) is snowman themed!  I really wanted to use some of the new colors too.  I loved the new Chocolate Chip Scallop Polka Dot ribbon so I had to incorporate that too.  My color combination emerged – Wisteria Wonder and Chocolate Chip!  Not your everyday Christmas color combination!

My downline created this bag and tag to hold all the hostess goodies:

2011 VC Rocks OTC Blog Hop-Bag and Tag

The tag and the trio of trees is embossed in silver.  I just love those little birdies!

Here are a few other items I like to include in my hostess goody bag:

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This is a sampling of the new In Color Card Stock.  Love the new Polka Dot Brads!!!

 

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A hostess can always use a little chocolate!

 

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I know my hostesses love our ribbon!

 

Here is a close-up of the ribbon topper:

2011 VC Rocks OTC Blog Hop-Ribbon Topper

 

We also created a card using this fabulous new stamp set and some of the accessories.  You're going to have to come back later this month to see it as I am hosting a Christmas in July stamp camp later this month!

I hope you bookmark my site or subscribe to my blog. I've got some fabulous new programs I'm unveiling in the coming weeks. You can also find me on my Facebook page – Stamp With Jane!

What is VC Rocks…and why do I love it?? VC Rocks is an online community where members share their love of stamping before, during, and after the Stampin' Up! convention. If you can't go (or even if you can) to convention, you can get your "stampin' mojo fix" with challenges, swaps, and discussions! I have "met' many fabulous stamping demos and nondemos through this group.

Thanks for stopping by, and now your next stop is Barb Furlong's blog – http://www.theloveofstamping.com/.
 
 
 
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Coloring with Bleach

Welcome to the first 2011 VC Rocks Bloghop…you've most likely arrived here from Veronica Miller's blog .  If you want to start at the beginning of the blog hop, you can start here – www.vcrocks.blogspot.com .

The theme of this blog hop is COLORING.  If you know me very well, you know I love quick and easy results in cardmaking.  I also love to use bleach in my stamping as it makes the house smell clean and fools the husband and kiddies that mom cleaned all day instead of stamped all day.

One of my favorite stamp sets in the new Summer Mini Catalog is Sail Away.  This is a perfect stamp set for coloring with bleach!

First off, here are the supplies you'll need for the technique:

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Supplies

I am heat embossing the image first (you could also use StazOn instead).  I've got my handy dandy heat embossing reflector (a piece of cardboard covered in aluminum foil), my SU heat gun, black embossing powder, embossing buddy, VersaMark, stamp, bleach (bleach should be "fresh"), nonpourous bowl, and bleach applicator (cheap paintbrush).

Whenever you are working with bleach, be careful for your health and safety.  Work in a ventilated area and protect your eyes, clothing, and stamping station.  If you are pregnant, I highly suggest you take bleach stamping off your to-do list until after your baby blessing has arrived!

Coloring with Bleach Tutorial – Sail Away Card

1.  Heat emboss the sailboat image.

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I used Not Quite Navy card stock which was already run through my Big Shot and the Scallop Circle #2 die.  I ran my embossing buddy over it first and then heat set the black embossing powder.

2.  Take cap off bleach and pour a small amount of bleach in the cap from the bleach bottle.

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3.  Apply bleach using paintbrush or other applicator tool to the portion of the embossed image you want "colored":

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You should immediately see some color change.  If you don't, your bleach may be too old or not "fresh" enough.

Coloring with bleach actually is taking AWAY color from the card stock.  Different card stock, even different card stock lots, will produce varying results.  I suggest trying to bleach on a small piece of scrap card stock before finalizing your selection or coordinating colors for the card design.

4.  Finish the bleaching and set aside to dry.

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5.  Once dry, attach image to your card.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Card Finished

I hope you bookmark my site or subscribe to my blog.  I've got some fabulous new programs I'm unveiling in the coming weeks.  You can also find me on my Facebook page – Stamp With Jane

What is VC Rocks…and why do I love it??  VC Rocks is an online community where members share their love of stamping before, during, and after the Stampin' Up! convention.  If you can't go (or even if you can) to convention, you can get your "stampin' mojo fix" with challenges, swaps, and discussions!  I have "met' many fabulous stamping demos and nondemos through this group.

Thanks for stopping by, and now your next stop is Carolyn Sharkas' blog 

 

 

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Strength and Hope Progressive Scrapbook Page

Today's scrapbook pages are examples of how easy it is to create a 6 x 6 page and then adapt it to a 8 x 8 or a 12 x 12 scrapbook page by adding card stock and other accents.

Here is the 6 x 6 page:

Strength and Hope Scrapbook Page 6

 

I used the Strength & Hope stamp set and embossed it with the new Melon Mambo embossing powder on Pretty in Pink card stock.  I just love this new color embossing powder!  I used a Melon Mambo marker and colored in the phrase "love" from the phrase stamp that comes with the stamp set.  This is an omitting technique.  The a Pretty in Pink flower brad was inserted in the filigree brad.

Here is the 8 x 8 scrapbook page:

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For the 8 x 8 page, I added white embossing to the bottom.  The heart swirl stamp is so pretty!

Here is the 12 x 12 scrapbook page:

Strength and Hope Scrapbook Page 12

For the 12 x 12 page, I added another Melon Mambo layer and then added circles for picture backs or journaling.

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, I am posting a customer special and scrapbook idea every Wednesday this month.  This week's special is:

Purchase the Strength & Hope stamp set (Wood  #118100 $17.95; Clear  #123660 $13.95) and any 2 rolls of ribbon of your choice and receive your choice of any color embossing powder for FREE!

Please contact me if you would like to place an order! 

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Happy Anniversary!

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This card uses Greeting Card Kids and features heat embossing and the shaving cream technique (an all-time favorite technique of my customers).  I love those new glitter brads!  This is a simple design, but I didn't want to hide too much of the shaving cream technique.

Today I am celebrating my official ten-year anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I still remember how it all happened:

I went to my first local stamping convention with my husband’s Aunt Marilyn, her daughter Betsy, and daughter-in-law Lori (all so much more crafty than me). Towards the end of the afternoon, Lori and I were already making plans for next year. During the next few weeks, at the urging of my sisters and some of my dearest friends, I decided to look into becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. When I finally made my decision, I called Lori and was stunned to find out she had just signed up herself. We truly hooted and howled! She had been talking of her recruiter and the first meeting she went to that week. My recruiter was a friend from my book club, and I attended her next meeting. While talking to my friend at the first meeting, in walks Lori. We both did not know we had the same recruiter. It truly was a sight to see – I am laughing so hard I am crying, and Lori just has this look of disbelief on her face. 
 
Thanks goes out to Aunt Marilyn, Betsy, and Lori for being part of that fateful day.  Also, thanks to Janel Dahm-Tegtmeier, my upline, who provided inspiration and business basics during my first few years as a demonstrator.
 
Who else do I need to thank?  Well, I am not watching a clock tick down or a production assistant pushing me off the stage like an awards show, so here is a list of people/groups I am grateful for:
 
  • Marnie Komp – my dear friend from grade school who hosted the first Stampin' Up! workshop I ever attended as a guest
  • St. Mary's School – where I volunteered to showcase my business at a Fish Fry vendor event a day after I received my starter kit
  • Lori Olson, Nancy Brundidge, Marlene Machovec, Anne Hanek, and Lisa Mosier – my sideline group who were and are supportive and generous with business ideas and creative inspiration and who were fabulous convention buddies (W-O-W)
  • Jody Stack – a friend from my sister's quilting group who hosted my first Stampin' Up! workshop as a demonstrator
  • Johanna Zuehls – my first recruit
  • Sara Bintzler, Jennifer Cassellius, Mari Leninger, and Nancy Windorff – my current downline who inspire me with their creativity
  • SUDSOL Group – my favorite demonstrator business online group where I go to get any business question answered
  • Michelle Laycock and Amy Celona – my computer gurus who keep my blog website beautiful and up to date
  • Pat Huntoon – a technique junkie who teaches and shares new techniques to stamping enthusiasts all over the world
  • Ellen Kemper – this punch art queen's creativity never ceases to amaze me
  • Stampin' Up! Staff
    • Shelli Gardner (Stampin' Up! Co-Founder and CEO) – She is one of those people who walks into a room and lightens and brightens it!  She is not only the head of Stampin' Up!, she is the heart of Stampin' Up!
    • Demonstrator Training – They provide wonderful new business ideas, new training methods, and new business resources
    • Demonstrator Support – Whenever I have to call in with a problem or concern, they happily assist me and fix any issue
    • Stampin' Up! Design Team – Your gorgeous stamp designs keep my customers coming back every year
    • Stampin' Up! Manufacturing and Shipping Employees – I STILL squeal with delight when my packages arrive
  • My UPS Man – Stampin' Up! Demonstrators have mad crushes on our UPS delivery men (they bring us presents filled with things we love)
  • My Mom – She is my biggest cheerleader and has made many desserts to feed my customers over the years
  • MY CUSTOMERS – I love, love, love my customers!!!!  They not only come to my events, make purchases, host workshops, and bring new customers to me, they inspire me to create new projects and try new techniques.  They also laugh at my lame jokes and don't even complain when I make mistakes.  Thank you for your support!

Finally, I am eternally grateful to my family as I celebrate this anniversary.  I started as a demonstrator when my three young boys were very young.  Now, they assist in cleaning the house prior to events, critique my projects, cut out project materials, and resist the urge to eat the food I make for my events (well, at least they try).  Thank you to David, Steven, Mike, and Joe for all of your love and support as I follow my passion as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I love you with all of my heart.

To each and every one of you who have touched my life as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, thank you so very much. 

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Greeting Card Kids – Paintchip Technique

Welcome to the fourth and final 2010 VC Rocks Bloghop.. you've most likely arrived here from www.beantowngrasshopper.blogspot.com.  If you want to start at the beginning of the blog hop, you can start here – www.vcrocks.blogspot.com

One of my favorite new sets in the catalog is Greeting Card Kids.  I usually prefer 2-step bold-style stamping…because well…I'm a lazy stamper somedays.  I don't like coloring in very much.  When I do purchase line stamps, I try my best to use the stamps in different ways without coloring.

I love to check out the hardware store for paint chip and counter samples.  Now, it's not that I don't want to paint the rooms of my house or change out my countertop, but my color choices would be much more mundane than the samples I take home!  Oh, the treasures you find in these places!  Here is a Christmas Card I created using a crackle paint chip:

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I think that crackle paint chip looks like Jack Frost made a visit!

That little snowflake accent is actually from the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder!  I JUST LOVE THAT NEW FOLDER! 

Supplies Needed:

  • Greeting Card Kids/Word Play Stamp Sets
  • Crumb Cake/Basic Black/Bravo Burgundy Card Stock
  • Bravo Burgundy Ink/VersaMark Ink
  • Black Embossing Powder/Heat Gun/Embossing Buddy
  • Big Shot/Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
  • Circle Punches
  • Silver Brads/Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack
  • MonoAdhesive /Stampin' Dimensionals

What is VC Rocks…and why do I love it??  VC Rocks is an online community where members share their love of stamping before, during, and after the Stampin' Up! convention.  If you can't go (or even if you can) to convention, you can get your "stampin' mojo fix" with challenges, swaps, and discussions!  I have "met' many fabulous stamping demos and nondemos through this group.

Thanks for stopping by, and now your next stop is –   http://www.lorimpalmer.blogspot.com/
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2010 August Card Kit

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To welcome the kids back to school, I wanted to showcase this brand-new stamp set – GREETING CARD KIDS.  This set is also known as Campbell Soup Kids to my customers!!!!  All images copyright Stampin' Up! –

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This adorable stamp set is in the main 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Catalog on page 36.  You have both the wood-mount option at $20.95 or the clear-mount option at $15.95.

I've also used the Tart and Tangy stamp set on the Real Red piece (stamped in VersaMark).   Isn't this card perfect to make for the first day of school?  Better yet, why not make a packet of them for your child's teacher!  What a great way to earn some brownie points! 

I created several different versions of the card to show the versatility of this card design. 

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These cards use the same 2010 August Card Kit items, but just rearranged differently and using other stamp sets!  This card format is so versatile, and the colors used are perfect for holiday cards and even masculine cards!  I know my customers always need new ideas for masculine cards!    

I posted my August Card Kit page – you can find all the details on ordering this kit by clicking on the Card Kits tab and picking the August Card Kit.  Orders for the August Card Kit need to be in by August 20th.

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2010 March Card Kit

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I posted my March Card Kit page – you can find all the details on ordering this kit by clicking on the Card Kits tab and picking the March Card Kit.  I created this card for my Birthday Blowout stamp a stack this week.  It is a Z Fold Card.  Orders for the March Card Kit need to be in by March 19th.

I created several different versions of the card to show the versatility of this card design. 

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Sale-A-Bration Sample – Happy Moments

Here’s a sample I created using the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets Happy Moments and Whimsical Words!  I also used the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  I LOVE Sale-A-Bration – these are three items you can pick out from the Sale-A-Bration catalog when you place a $50.00 order through the end of March.

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2009 November Card Kit

I posted my November Card Kit page – you can find all the details on ordering this kit by clicking on the Card Kits tab and picking the November Card Kit.  This is a sparkling holiday card using one of my favorite stamp sets – Lovely as a Tree!  I wanted to create a Christmas Card Kit with this stamp set as it is a customer favorite.  I also am posting two other versions of the card to show that you can modify the kit and use different stamp sets!

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