Tuesday, March 31, 2015

IT'S THE MARCH PAPER PUMPKIN KIT!



 Here comes the March 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit!




The only variation I did this time was add the front 'call out' shape as added fold. Otherwise I followed the instructions! 

I rate this card as easy. Clean & simple.





Doesn't that make you just want to get your very own Paper Pumpkin kit? It is so fun to pick up the red box in my post office every month! You can sign up for your own Paper Pumpkin right here!

Smiles,
Jane

Friday, March 27, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK! + A QUILT BLOCK CARD


It's time for
THE CHALLENGE SPARK! 

Here we go for week twelve...

 This week I chose the challenge of recreating a Quilt on a card. It's been something I've seen on Pinterest & at first I wasn't so excited. It kinda grew on me. But some of these techniques that require numerous steps & being fussy about the little details I often push off. So I figured let's choose it as a challenge & then there is no getting around it. 



Do be sure to check out my friend Grace's blog:  Create It Because You Can. Also please visit Tara at her blog: Country Girl {Creates}.  I love watching how we can have the same challenge & yet the cards these girls come up with are beautiful & so different from the others. 

For my Bargello Quilt card I started out with 1/2" strips of this beautiful Something Borrowed designer series paper. I just loved how this worked & I didn't have to fight to find co-ordinating paper. Way to go, Stampin' Up!

Then I cut them in varying widths & adhered them to a piece of copy paper. I found for the small strips it worked the best to put the glue down on the paper then put the piece down. You can see a little of the glue in the bottom of this next picture:

 

 


I will not delude you into thinking this card is easy. I wouldn't say it is really difficult either. A few hints to help you recreate it: 

1. Use lots of adhesive. You will end up cutting the strips into little strips across & if there isn't much glue on it, the little pieces fall off. You don't really want to be spending your time finding the little pieces & gluing them back into the right spot.

2. Be careful cutting across the strips. My cutter wanted to catch at the edges & pull them up & wrinkle the. I ended up smoothing them down & counting on the embossing hiding some of the imperfections. Which I think worked quite nicely.

3. To get a nice detail for Bargello quilt cards it works the best on larger cards. My card is 6" square.

And then you need a pretty envelope for a card like this. I used my envelope punch board & making a matching envelope is easy!








I wanted to do a crisp canteloupe flower with a clear glass button... but alas! No button.. so I dug into my Sale-A-Bration stash & thought this twine & button really did the job. I'm smiling right now... those thin little threads I pulled from the twine! 








There are only 4 more days left to Sale-A-Bration! There have been a lot of free options added... so if you want to place an order yet before the end of March, please contact me using the form on this blog... And I'll get you some pretty neat free supplies!

You can find the main Sale-A-Bration flyer here. 

Plus they added more fun products! See them here.

Next week the challenge is to use Designer Series Paper, also known as DSP.  That is Stampin' Up! language for patterned paper.

Smiles!
Jane

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Monday, March 23, 2015

EASY STAMPED BACKGROUNDS!



I recently had a class of young enthusiastic stampers. We made the last card in this post. They had a lot of fun! Now I want to share this easy & yet fabulous technique with you!

(That first picture is just a teaser! It is showing another style of butterflies added to the card.)

This next card I used only Strawberry Slush ink for the butterflies. I started with a circle of paper placed in the center & near the top. Then ink up your largest butterfly & stamp randomly. I think it's a good idea to stamp some partly off the page to give a nice random look. 

Then take your next stamp, ink up & stamp off one time onto scrap paper. Then stamp onto your card front. Then repeat those steps until you have as many lighter pink butterflies. This technique is called stamping off.

Then for the smallest butterfly: ink your stamp & stamp onto scrap paper twice before stamping onto your card front. Make sure to rotate your butterflies & overlap them. You want this to look random.

This stamp set that I used is called Papillon Poutpourri & has 6 different butterflies! So you just need a sentiment stamp to finish it!

Then remove circle & use Baked Brown Sugar ink to stamp sentiment in circle. Punch a few butterflies, add a little gold ribbon & staple them on. It's really so easy!

This last card didn't involve any stamping off. Here I did 3 ink colors: Strawberry Slush, Crisp Canteloupe & So Saffron. Plus we used the Baked Brown Sugar & sponged the edges.


We also stepped it up the design a little & created an embossed background. The Texture Boutique Machine is so good at this plus it is so affordable! For only $36.95 & you could have embossing on all your cards!

Jane

 


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Friday, March 20, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK! MAKES A SCENE! WEEK ELEVEN



THE CHALLENGE SPARK! 

It's week eleven already! This week the challenge is to make a scene.

Grace chose this one & I'm sure she wanted me to do some free form & water & put the whole landscape scene together. Maybe someday... It just so happened that the idea for creating backgrounds using my clear blocks had been floating around in my mind for awhile & I figured this was just as valid a 'scene' as any. 

Do be sure to check out Grace's blog:  Create It Because You Can. She does some amazing art with her stamps. Also please visit Tara at her blog: Country Girl {Creates}. She has some real creative genius & I have great fun seeing how she puts things together! I love watching how we can have the same challenge & yet the cards these girls come up with are beautiful & so different from the others. 



Here I chose watercolor paper & a long discontinued stamp set. (The sentiment is also discontinued.) I think I'm going through this phase of wanting to use what I can't use to sell. So then this isn't marketing of any sort. Just creating for the fun of it! Follow along & you may learn some things that may help you!

I started by stamping my image onto watercolor paper with Stazon ink. It's permanent & won't bleed when water touches it. Important with this technique. I also stamped a second image onto a sticky note & cut it out. If you look closely at the next picture you will see how I placed this sticky note over the original image.



 Next I took Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise & Pacific Point markers & colored straight onto my D size clear block. You can't really see the Soft Sky on the block but when it is stamped onto the paper it shows up. Start with your lightest marker then using the medium color & finish off with the darkest. You don't want to mess up your markers by getting dark ink on the lightest one.



Next I spritzed my watercolor paper with water & stamped my clear block down onto my paper. Here you will see my paper is on my pink foam mat. I found if it was on something softer the ink got closer to the image.

You can see the ink pools a bit & doesn't go everywhere perfectly. That is okay. I used paper towel to blot off the excess ink.



Here it shows the mask removed. I took my aqua paint pens & went over the sky & up to the image. It filled in the color nicely. Then I used that paint pen to finish coloring my image. I explained a little in this post here. I used Smoky Slate, Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar & Blackberry Bliss to finish the image. I just love the rich vibrant hue that Blackberry Bliss has.



Then I stamped the sentiment in Smoky Slate & then it was just assembly after that! 

So now you can crack open your old stamp sets & have fun with what you have!





Next week our challenge is to create a Quilt Block Card! Be sure to come back!

Jane
 



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DIFFICULT NEWS....

I have some difficult news to share with you today.
 
I received this notice this afternoon:

Major changes are underway at Stampin' Up! We have been examining programs throughout the company to determine how effective each one is. After careful evaluation and consideration, Stampin’ Up! has determined that we will no longer offer My Digital Studio (aka MDS) or its associated professional print services. Though we understand that this announcement may be difficult for some of you, change is an inevitable part of any business; innovation is in fact one of our guiding principles at Stampin’ Up!

I do use this program to design my Wedding Books, Baby Books & Birth Announcements that you see on other pages on my blog. I am unsure at this time how this will affect this part of my business. Until May I will gladly continue to offer this service. At this time I cannot make any promise for after May 2015.


I also happen to be an eternal optimist. I am hanging on in hopes that some of these discontinued items are just preceding a fun new product announcement. (This is truly a shot in the dark. I have no insider report on that.)

 You know, change is hard. I want to accept the change & use it as an opportunity. 

Here are some questions & answers:

 
SOFTWARE
Q: When is the last day that users may order print products using Stampin’ Up!’s professional print services? 

A: May 31, 2015.
 

Q:After May 31, 2015, will users still be able to create projects using MDS and export them to be printed at other locations?
A:Yes.
 

Q:How long will MDS be available to new users?
A: The MDS trial and software discs will be available while supplies last. The trial and software downloads will be available until May 31, 2015.



DOWNLOADS
Q: What will happen to the digital downloads available on the online store?
A: They will be unavailable after May 31, 2015.
 

Q: Will Monthly Downloads and Weekly Deals digital downloads be discontinued? 
A: Yes. The last available Monthly Downloads will be released on March 17, 2015. Weekly Deals will no longer offer digital downloads.
 

Q: What happens to digital download images after Stampin’ Up! stops selling them? Are the limits on use still applicable?
A:As with all discontinued Stampin’ Up! products, you may continue to use them subject to the terms in the Angel Policy.
 

Q:Will Digital Download Manager be discontinued on May 31, 2015?
A:Yes. We recommend that your customers download and back up any digital downloads you have purchased, including MDS content, & Online Classes. 


If you have more questions, feel free to contact me.
Jane

Monday, March 16, 2015

OH SWEET BABY!






Here is another quick & sweet baby card. This one follows a similar style as the this one I posted last week. 






That pretty designer series paper is from the Best Year Ever designer series paper from Sale-A-Bration! (You have only 2 weeks left to get this beautiful paper!)

For this card I used the Baby, We've Grown stamp set. That set is my favorite baby stamp set right now. It is so full of sweet images. Here I stamped it in Soft Suede ink. 

That ribbon is the White Organza ribbon, colored with Blendabilities. This is super easy: Place ribbon on paper, swipe over with your marker color of choice.

I kinda happened onto the bow-tie idea quite by accident... A staple holds the first ribbon in place & glue dots hold the second in place, all at the same time as it covers up the staple! 

And then my oval framelits & Decorative Dots embossing folder finished the card!








Friday, March 13, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK! + SELDOM USED STAMP SET


IT'S CHALLENGE SPARK!

This time I'm showing you what I did with a stamp set that I thought I would use lots. And I haven't. Funny isn't it how we all have things that we don't use as much as we anticipated. Thankfully that is only true for a few things.

Grace from Create It Because You Can  & Tara from Country Girl {Creates} are playing along with this. You want to check out their blogs to see what these artistic women came up with! I know I will be heading over to their blogs to see what they came up with as soon as I can!



I thought I would use this stamp set a lot more than I have. It's called In This Together. I love the feminine style stamps. And everyone can use some girlish glamour! (The sentiment is from a discontinued set called 'Haute Couture'. I think it fits perfectly.)

So I'm not even sure why I don't use it more. Perhaps because coloring in is a little fussy. Not a lot. But it isn't quite as easy as just stamping and gluing. So we will just say that is why.

I will show you how I got a nice colored image without using Blendabilities markers.

I started with squishing my ink pad together before I opened it. Give it a good squish. You are wanting the top of the ink pad to touch the top of the lid. You can keep doing this to add ink to the lid anytime you need.

This is what it will look like when you open it:



Stamp your image on watercolor paper using Stazon ink. It's a permanent ink which won't bleed when water touches it. Here I am showing how I used a sticky note to mask off the sentiment from the image. Remove sticky note after inking stamp & before stamping. It's really so easy to do!





Next I took my aqua painter. It holds water in the barrel. Then I picked up some ink & started coloring in my image!  Where you color first is darkest so I used that when coloring in. It was easier than what I remembered!
 This last picture shows how I masked off the martini glass & added a gift bag! Now it makes for a perfect bridal shower card!




Okay. Now for the not so fun part:

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BLENDABILITIES UPDATE:  There have been continued quality issues with the Blendabilities Markers product line.  Due to the nature of the defect (see below), Stampin’ Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that Stampin’ Up! is certain would meet their high quality standards and provide them with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.

BLENDABILITIES Q & A
Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. These items will continue to be available for purchase.  The Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad is my FAVORITE every day black ink.  So happy!
Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.
Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended and I personally haven’t experienced the drying issue but am aware of it from customers and fellow demonstrators.
Q:  What if I have Blendabilities markers that are defective?  If you ordered them through me, please email me for assistance.  If not, please contact the demonstrator you ordered them through.

Thank-you for bearing with me,
Jane




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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

STAMP A STACK OF PRETTY CARDS!

I am preparing for my first ever STAMP A STACK OF CARDS event.

First on my list...
 

... my favorite butterflies! These cards are designed for feminine birthday & Mother's Day. There will be sympathy & wedding themed sentiments to choose from as well.

Next comes some flirty fun...


These cards are using punches & doilies. These have birthday, sympathy & wedding themed sentiments to choose from.

And next comes...


...the word thinlits & some Sale-A-Bration paper! These you can choose your words & make them all the same if you want! There is baby, thanks & birthday to choose from.

And to finish...
 

... is the masculine card designs. These also feature some Sale-A-Bration paper & stamp sets. There are Father's Day & birthday stamps to choose from.

Almost everything will be prepared, cut & scored. You get to do the fun things like stamping & using the Big Shot & the Texture Boutique. 

12 pretty cards for only $28.

You can save yourself $5 by placing an order on the same night!

Monday, March 16th at 7:30 - 9:30pm.

If you do not live near Crystal City you may order the Stamp A Stack in the mail. Just contact me & send an e-transfer or Pay-Pal payment to order. You can also save yourself $5 by placing an order with me or online using this hostess code: U36FMHXU

*Please note: nothing will be stamped for you. The butterflies & word thinlits also will not be precut. I will send paper so you may cut them yourself if you have the dies.

To reserve a space or if you have any questions call 204.873.2151 
or email: reimer2151@gmail.com




Monday, March 9, 2015

SWEET LI'L BABY CARDS


These sweet little cards were so fun to make! 

With this stamp set & paper I could create like I like to... make each one a little different. Try a different stamp or a different paper. After all, if I don't try them all, how would I know which one I like best?!

Why I like it is that I get a lot of cards, but none of them are exactly the same!



 Here is what I did:

I cut the oval in the patterned paper using oval nestibilities & my Big Shot. I cut pieces of Window sheet larger than the oval so the edges hide behind. I stamped the image onto the window sheet with Staz-On ink. Then adhere the window sheet to the back of the patterned paper, and use dimensionals to adhere to the Sahara Sand card base. This way there is a little shadow from the stamped image on the Sahara Sand... Simple. Easy.

But if you want to step it up a little:



This card I took the stamped image & flipped it over. On the back side I used Blendabilities to color in my sweet little rabbit & the BABY words. Subtle. Also easy.



This one I added the white flowers & pearls. 

So there are 4 easy but different cards. And with the subtle Sand & White combo, they would be great for boy or girl!

Staz-On ink is a permanent ink & it comes in white or black. It is fabulous for stamping on items like tile, window sheets & glass. Because it is a permanent ink you will want to use the Staz-On ink cleaner. (Staz-On cleaner is also awesome at taking the ink residue off of any stamps you use!)

Enjoy!
Jane




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Friday, March 6, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK! + A LITTLE FOUND ART!


 THE CHALLENGE SPARK! shows up for week nine!

I've been looking forward to this for a while. I've often been intrigued by artists who use items they already have at home in their art. I guess I needed a little challenge.. 

Grace from Create It Because You Can  & Tara from Country Girl {Creates} are playing along with this. You want to check out their blogs to see what these artistic women came up with! I know I will be heading over to their blogs to see what they came up with as soon as I can!

I've also shared my card at My Pumpkin Challenge blog. I've found some pretty amazing ideas there. Be sure to click on the blog button below to check out the other ideas!

My Pumpkin Challenge



So here it is:



Can you tell what the found item is? You see that corrugated cardboard? There is more to this, though. I used my Paper Pumpkin box! I get one every month. I often use them to store my card jackets or cards or the little leftover items from past kits so I know where they are. They are pretty & bright red plus a little glossy!







 
I cut my box apart & used the bottom where the pretty polka dots are. Then using my circle framelits & my Big Shot I cut the circle out of the middle.



I took one of the flaps & peeled the pretty red right off. It came off quite easily. That was a pleasant surprise. Then my Big Shot again & a banners framelits to cut the flag ends. I did this to both sides. 


I used watercolor paper & inked my Paper Pumpkin stamp with Pool Party. Then I spritzed with water before I stamped. I did the same with Daffodil Delight.



Now I didn't use this paper. Something didn't feel right. So I flipped it over & stamped the other side. Then I used my wood cut THANK-YOU that came in a previous kit. So handy to store some of those items! And then adhere it all together!

And there is the Challenge PLUS you got an alternative idea to using Paper Pumpkin! 

Next week I will be showing you what I can do with a product that I thought I would love, but ended up not using it a lot. I think everyone has something like that. Sometimes I need to go back & try something different with it & then sometimes I fall in love with it like I first thought I would.

Jane 


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MY PAPER PUMPKIN + LAYERS OF GRATITUDE


Here comes February 2015's Paper Pumpkin kit! It had everything to make 8 thank-you cards! 

It had 2 INK PADS! That was a bonus! And some large background stamps! Plus the neat foam letters!

Here is the whole card:



I inked up my stamps & then spritzed with water before stamping. I really like that watery look. 

And the envelopes are such beautiful little boxes! I stamped on them as well... 


I'll be back soon with some more fun & alternative ideas to use this kit! You will be wanting to get your own kit! 

BONUS!  Purchase a 3 month subscription, save $2 per kit AND you will receive a free Sale-A-Bration gift! That offer ends March 31st! 

Click on the pictures below or give me a call at 204.873.2151 with any questions.
Jane





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