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Stellar Congratulations Card

This week I made a congratulations card for one of my coworkers.  He is a very positive, upbeat teacher, and whenever asked how he is, the usual response is “STELLAR” – so I knew if I made a card for him, stars would have to be front and foremost.

I used the Stars framelits and the Stars embossing folder with the Fabulous Four stamp set.  The color scheme matches our school colors, but would also be perfect for a patriotic or masculine-themed card.

Stars Congratulations Card

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Chalk Talk Alphabet Press Card with Washi Tape

At my 2013 New Catalog Card Buffet this week, I wanted to show LOTS of new products!  Here is a card that used new color (Strawberry Slush In Color), new stamp set (Chalk Talk), new Big Shot Embossing Folder (Alphabet Press), new Big Shot Framelits (Chalk Talk), new paper (Core'dinations In Color-Strawberry Slush), and new accessories (Gingham Garden Washi Tape and Strawberry Slush Stretch Ruffle Ribbon).  WOW – talk about NEW!!!!!

Here is the final card – some of my stampers put the saying askew on the top of the card.  They LOVED all of the new products but especially the new washi tape and ribbon. 

Chalk Talk-2013 New Catalog Card Buffet

I haven't used this color combination (deep pink and dark blue) in a very long time.  It was the washi tape that inspired me….

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Petite Purse Die

At my Die Cut Diva Night, we made some cute purses with the Petite Purse Die.  Here are some examples I showed my customers:

 

Big Shot Petite Purse Die

 

I love the green one – it reminds me of a purse my Great Aunt used to have.  What I love about this die is it only uses a half sheet of card stock – and you can even use our gorgeous DSP! 

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VC Rocks July Blog Hop – Daydream Medallions Extras!

I am so excited to be part of the VC Rocks Blog Hop this month.  We are sharing gift and non-card projects.  You probably came from June Reister's blog – www.junescreations.blogspot.com .  If you ever get lost along the way, you can always start at the beginning – www.vcrocks.blogspot.com

One of the stamp sets I ordered for my Sale-A-Bration rewards this year was Daydream Medallions.  It was one of the most expensive stamp sets in the catalog.  Here is the stamp set (it does come with 2 stamp boxes):

Daydream Medallions stamp set

This is a great set all by itself, but did you know there are EXTRA parts?  Be careful when you are mounting your stamp set – save all the extra rubber die cuts.  Why you ask?

Daydream Medallions

 

See those larger three stamps?  They each came with a diecut inside that easily pops out.  Lovely, perfect circles.  DO NOT THROW THESE OUT!  Instead, find some extra blocks and mount those circles.

Daydream Medallions Stamp Set Extras

I have used these circles more than the actual Daydream Medallions stamp set. 

One of the new stamp sets from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog is Googly Ghouls.  I knew I had to have it!  I created a fun little gift tag for a spooktacular treat:

2012 VC Rocks Blog Hop July Halloween Tag

I used Wisteria Wonder card stock and stamped the circles in Wisteria Wonder as well.  I used the Labels Collection Framelits with my Big Shot for the tag.  Then I embossed the Frankenstein, bat, and booo phrase in a mixture of Black and Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I covered the top of the beaker with the new ribbon in the Holiday Catalog attached the tag with white Baker's Twine.  I popped up that little bat with a Stampin' Dimensional.  Here's a close-up of the tag:

2012 VC Rocks Blog Hop July Halloween Tag Close

 

Another project I created with those fabulous circles is this recipe scrapbook page:

VC Rocks Blog Hop July Scrapbook

This is the punch I serve at my annual Catalog Pick-Up Party.  It is a crowd pleaser to be sure.  The wine glass stamp is from the new Embellished Events stamp set, and the "cheers!" stamp is from the new Happy Hour stamp set (another favorite of mine).

I hope you've enjoyed this stop on the blog hop.  Karen Gibson's blog – www.kraftingwithkaren.blogspot.com – is your next stop.  Enjoy!

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Sweet Centers Hot Air Balloon Scrapbook Page

When my husband and I first moved into our home, Saturday mornings usually meant listening to hot air balloons rise and fall in our neighborhood.  We loved watching these beautiful balloons skim the trees and sail into the clouds.  Riding in one of these balloons is still on my bucket list.

I had a customer workshop this weekend with a request for a scrapbooking make and take.  I created a 12 x 12 layout, and the guests created an 8 x 8 layout.  I wanted to use the new Stampin' Up! Framelits, a different color combination, and punch art in my page.  This is what I came up with:

12 x 12 Scrapbook Page - Sweet Centers Balloon full

I used the Domestic Goddess DSP for my color inspiration – Pool Party, Poppy Parade, and Daffodil Delight.  All the ladies loved it!  Here are some close-ups of this page:

12 x 12 Scrapbook Page - Sweet Centers Balloon

The guests made the 8 x 8 page and also the balloon accent.

 

12 x 12 Scrapbook Page - Sweet Centers Balloon balloon

The clouds were easy to make with a punched out scallop, sponge, and Pool Party ink.

12 x 12 Scrapbook Page - Sweet Centers Balloon

I hope you like the page – may your creativity soar!

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Salute to Spooky Bingo Bits

Where did October go?  I had grand dreams of blogging every day and sharing all my Halloween-inspired creations!  Oh well.  Tonight I'm sharing some of my favorite cards made with the Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set.

Spooky Bingo Bits-stamped ribbon

 

Spooky Bingo Bits-garden green hounds

Spooky Bingo Bits-silvered web

And here is one of my favorites this season – using the embossed monogram technique –

Spooky Bingo Bits-monogram embossing

Happy Halloween!

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Big Shot Embossed Card and Card Holder Gift Set

Welcome to the first 2011 VC Rocks Bloghop…you've most likely arrived here from the home page – www.vcrocks.blogspot.com .  I am stop number 1!

The theme of this blog hop is using our BIG SHOT MADNESS.  The Big Shot has to be my favorite tool – it never leaves my stamping table!  The embossing folders are simple to use yet always striking in any project.

This week marked the end of the school year…so it was time to make some teacher thank you gifts.  My dear sister, Mary Jo, is an elementary school teacher and advises me on what teachers like/don't like for gifts.  She always raves about receiving my handmade cards so I think I have a winner in this project.

Elegant Lines Embossed Card Front 2

This simple yet elegant card used the Elegant Lines embossing folder, Naturals White card stock, Marina Mist 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (which is retiring), scissors, the Just Believe stamp set, Old Olive and Marina Mist inkpads, and the Extra-Large Oval and Decorative Label punches. 

I used the leaf stamp and inked up with Old Olive, but first stamped off once.  I then stamped the thank you stamp "full strength" in Marina Mist.

For my gifts, I created 5 cards with matching envelopes (yes, I embossed the back flaps too – gorgeous!).  I then embossed an acetate card box and created a tag using our new Perfect Pennants die (it's probably my favorite item in the upcoming catalog) and the 1-3/4" circle punch.   I also used some retired silver stretch cord to attach the tag.

Here is the back of the box ~

Elegant Lines Embossed Card Box

Here is the front of the box ~

Elegant Lines Embossed Card Box Front

 

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 Eileen LeFevre's Stampin' Fevre blog – www.elefevre.blogspot.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.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Not Applied

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.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Supplies B

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

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleached Image A

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.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleached Image B

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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Dasher Short Graduated Accordian Fold Technique

It is easy to get stuck in a creative rut…many crafters have a difficult time moving away from tried and true formats, colors, and even stamp sets!  Ok, I don't think my Dasher stamp set EVER leaves my stamping table during the holidays, but I wanted to show my stampers a unique fold for Christmas cards.

I learned this fold technique from Pat Huntoon/Technique Junkies!  I taught my stampers this technique at our November Technique Tuesday class.  They LOVED it!

dasher-trifold

 

dasher-trifold-open

 

Here are some basic instructions for this card:

 
Supplies
8-1/2” x 10-1/2” Card Stock Base
Dasher/Lovely as a Tree/Grateful Greetings/Christmas Greetings Stamp Sets
Card Stock for Layers (I used Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, and Real Red)
Ink Pads (I used Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, and Real Red)
Ruler and Pencil/Scoring Tool
Paper Trimmer
Bone Folder
Big Shot/Big Shot Scallop Circle
2-1/2" Circle Punch
Sponge
Paper Piercing Tool/Real Red Brads
 
Directions
  • Measure 3 inches on the short edge of the 8-1/2” x 10-1/2” card stock and make a pencil mark.
  • Measure 5-1/2” along the opposite site and make a second pencil mark.
  •  With paper trimmer, cut from one mark to the other, resulting in a diagonal across your paper.
  • Score the card stock at 3-1/2” and 7” horizontally.
  • Fold your card stock along the score lines (valley fold, then a mountain fold).
  • Make inserts for the layers using the same method – just cut off ¼” inch off the bottom and one side.
  • Use die cut for Scallop with Real Red card stock.
  • Stamp Dasher image on Very Vanilla; punch out with 2-1/2" Circle Punch and sponge edges with Soft Suede.
  • Attach Dasher piece to Real Red scallop and attach with adhesive on the bottom only and place on top section.
  • Stamp Merry Christmas in Soft Suede on front.
  • Stamp pine tree from Lovely as a Tree in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla slanted piece.  Add phrase in Real Red.
  • Attach slanted piece to back and then use paper piercing tool to add brads.
Hints
Make sure to use your bone folder for crisp folds.
Great for a photo card! (Either for the inside "empty" space or even the front circle)
You can get 2 cards from each sheet of card stock.
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Halloween Hoot Brew

Here is one of my samples for Halloween Hoot!

halloween-hoot-pot

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