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Monday, August 30, 2010

Club Cards

Each month a group of women come to my home and make some cards.   Sometimes it is a new technique, sometimes a new stamp set, new accessory or using a product we haven't used in a long time.   This month, we got a head start on our Christmas cards. as well as doing 2 techniques we haven't done in a while. 

This first card  was really simple and uses the technique "thumping" ... 

Thumpin' is really easy...First ink you stamp with desired color using an ink pad, get a marker in a darker color, using the brush end, thump the end of the marker onto the inked stamp... I also went around the outside of the flower with that marker to darken the edges and used a marker to ink the stem and leaves.  "Huff" on your stamp to remoisten the inks and stamp onto your cardstock...VIOLA` -- your done.
Stamp set:  Because I care, Level 1 Hostess Set
Colors:  regal rose, melon mambo, old olive, basic black, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  paper piercer, mat pack, gold brads

The 2nd card is a Christmas card

This card uses one of my favorite techniques, Emboss resist.   Very vanilla cardstock is used and vanilla craft ink, emobossed with clear embossing powder.   Take inks and rub with sponges in a circular motion until your desired effect is complete.   Wipe image with paper towel to remove any ink.  The embossed image
resists the ink you apply over it.

Stamp set:   Come to Bethlehem, pg 43 of the catalog
Colors:   Night of navy, bashful blue, Very Vanilla
Accessories:   BS,  mover and shapers die, modern label punch, petals a plenty embossing folder,
night of navy 1/4" grossgrain ribbon, dimensionals, clear embossing powder, heat tool and sponges.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Top Note Cards

August has been a busy month.   and I am sorry I have not posted more often.... no excuses, just that I am sorry I haven't posted.

These 2 cards I made using the top note die and the Big Shot.   Did you know that the Top Note die is the No. 1 die that Stammpin' Up! sells?   So far, 30,000 have been sold.!!!  Do you have one??   I know it the the number 1 die that I use.   

Some other Big Shot SU! Facts....   The #1 BS item sold by SU! is the Beautiful Wings Embosslet - to date 41,000 have been sold.   The #2 BS item sold is the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder with 37,000 of those being sold and the #3 item is the Top Note Die.

OK.....Onto the cards.

This card I made for some Thank You's for people who came to my Baptism last week. They are all written and mailed and probably received, and it has only been 5 days!!!

   First, I cut a Top Note from a piece of chipboard (actually from a backing of a pad of paper.  Next, I took the "frame" from the top note die and used some Dotto to adhere it to the Very Vanilla cardstock.   Next I got out my Crumb Cake, Marina Mist and Bashful Blue inks and my sponges and sponged the colors.   I took the palm tree using markers directly to the rubber.   
Stamp Sets:   Plant Hope- p 119, Thank You Kindly-p 158
Colors:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla
Accessories:   BIG SHOT, Top Note Die, Hemp twine, markers, sponges and snail adhesive 


My next card is a Birthday card for a friend, this card I actually used the top note die...This card was inspired by Jeanne Nielsen.

  This card was so simple and I used the Top note and stamped directly onto it.   I inked up the stamps from Watercolor Trio (Summer Mini - available only until Aug 31st) and then took a Q-tip and took the color off of the flowers and added Cherry cobbler with the marker.  stamped a few times before reinnking the stamp.
I tied a ribbon (retired black organdy) using  tied a ribbon (retired black organdy) using Lee Conrey's  bowmaker and attached it to the back of the top note stamped image.
Stamp Set:   Watercolor Trio
Colors:  Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Accessories:   Big Shot, Top Note die, BS Finial Press Embossing Folder, ribbon, snail adhesive.

Have a Great Weekend and Stamp something for someone!!!!


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Convention Make & Takes

These are pictures of some of the Make and Takes from Convention.....

These are some cute 3 x 3 cards and a "holder" for them made from one of our small open end envelopes #107286  and the stamp is one of the a` la carte stamps located in the front of the catalog, pg 18.   This stamp I received free in my Convention bag for attending convention....# 120173, the cards are 3 x 3 and there are 3 cards and 3 envelopes that fit into the holder.  We inked up the stamp with markers to get the different colors for all the different THANKS. 

This card was also one of the make and takes from convention....Notice the image above my card ???  that is the card we were supposed to make, but, I wasn't reading and following the instructions and before I knew it, I had a card that was horizontal instead of vertical, then I placed me image in a different place, and I made the little tag for the card (like in the sample), but then decided I wasn't going to use it.   That is why stamping is SO MUCH FUN.   Everyone is creative, everyone can be given the same items, cardstock, inks, stamps and embellishments along with a picture of what the final card "should" look like.....AND when everyone is done, there are so many versions to the card and none of them is wrong.   Even if you "mess up", you can always change it, hide the mistake behind an embellishment, ribbon or stamped image.   So, try'll like it I am sure!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

How to Use the Embosslits Dies in the Big Shot

When using the embosslit dies in your Big Shot, place the "This side down" on the cutting plate with the cardstock or paper in the die (no other items, chipboard, cork, metal, etc.) with the hinge of the embosslit opposite the handle and cutting plate on top and try using no tabs on the multipurpose platform.   See picture below:

It is hard to see in this picture, but the handle is on the right hand side of the picture, and the hinge is on the left side.... This will prevent breakage of either/and the embosslit and your Big Shot machine.
Any questions?????  Contact me...