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Wacky Wednesday-#WeLoveDS (Demo Support) Card

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost 16 years, I have had many occasions where Demo Support has really come to my rescue.

Our plastic stamp cases do NOT like our Wisconsin winters, and replacements are only a quick and friendly phone call away.  Then, there are those mistakes (usually by me) when entering item codes and getting not what my customer wanted.  Again, in a matter of a minute or two, Demo Support responds and solves a problem.  Procedure and business questions come up occasionally too.  Yup, they are more than helpful in those instances as well.  I cannot remember a time where they didn’t solve my problem to more than my satisfaction, even when blame was truly on my shoulders.

So in my eyes, I see them as lifesavers.  I created this card and sent the package to celebrate them (along with other demonstrators around the world) and thank them for helping me succeed in my business.  #weloveDS  We really do.

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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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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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