Tuesday, August 20, 2019

She Believed She Could

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ProtipTuesday   I've got three four five Protips for you today! I'm so excited to share them with you! I love to find stamping "hacks" and try them out. I'm all for creating great cards quickly and easily. I used the cute "This Little Piggy" stamp set for today's card--and I used one of the stamps that I've never inked. 

Before I started I had to do a little "rubber surgery." What's that? Well, it's when you decide that you want to have the sentiment and image (or two images) separated into individual stamps and you "surgically" separate them. The stamp started off like this.

But I wanted to be able to stamp the pig and sentiment to individually. You can mask the sentiment by putting some washi tape over it, inking up the stamp, pulling off the washi, and then stamping. That's PROTIP #1. I don't always get a clean image that way, so I resort to "surgery." I got out a pair of (retired) rubber scissors and cut off that sentiment, like this, which is PROTIP #2.

I could have trimmed the pieces a little better, but that's too much like work.

I stamped the pig in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Whisper White Card Stock. I colored the pig with Light and Dark Petal Pink Stampin' Blends and then cut out the image with a square Stitched Shape Die. I adhered this to a Basic Black Card Stock scalloped square that I cut with one of the Layering Squares Dies.

I embossed a 3-3/4" by 5" Petal Pink Card Stock panel with the Swirls & Curls Embossing Folder and then adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat. (PROTIP #3: I cut the scalloped square from the center of this piece first.)  I adhered the stamped pig image to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals, wrapped a length of Whisper White Flax Ribbon around these pieces, and then adhered everything to a Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black twice onto Whisper White scrap. I punched out the sentiment with the Classic Label Punch. I used my Paper Snips to cut this into individual phrases--it's much easier to do this by using the Classic Label Punch to get your longer lines straight--PROTIP #4! I adhered the sentiment pieces to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

I wanted some extra bling--as usual--but I didn't have any black bling. So I colored three Basic Rhinestones with a Black Sharpie--PROTIP #5! I love these black Rhinestones!

Let's recap. PROTIP #1: Use washi tape to mask a sentiment from a stamp before inking. PROTIP #2: "Surgically" remove a sentiment from a stamp, making two separate stamps. PROTIP #3: Punch or die cut shapes from the center of your card stock mat (no one's going to know!). PROTIP #4: Use the Classic Label Punch to cut individual words or phrases from your sentiments. PROTIP #5: Color plain Basic Rhinestones with a Sharpie to change their color!

You're welcome!

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Talk About a Manic Monday

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #simplestamping   #ManicMonday   Wow! I've had a hectic couple of days. Last week I missed creating projects for Thursday and Friday because I was getting my twins ready to go back to college. And by getting them ready, I mean yelling at them gently explaining to them that as they are 20 years old and nearly fully formed adults, they should be able to get themselves ready. Am I right?

Apparently, I'm not right. My son decided to do ALL his laundry from the summer in one load. The washing went OK I guess, but when he stuffed (and I mean stuffed) ALL his wet clothes (not sure they were actually clean) into the dryer, it couldn't tumble. So, um, it burned out the heating element and nothing got dry. We parents discovered this after we got home from work. And, um yeah, his twin sister hadn't done her laundry either. So we spent their 20th birthday at the local laundromat.

After we got home around 9:30 PM, they started packing. Started. We had to leave the house at 5:15 AM on Friday for the 7:20 AM flight. I had to pack my overnight case, too. (I'm a "pro" at that since I travel so much, but....) I ended up going to bed around midnight. I'm pretty sure they were both up all night.

So, we flew to Little Rock, drove to Searcy, and got them into their dorms in the afternoon (after two trips to and from the storage locker). After dinner and a couple of trips to Walmart--barely surviving the surface of the sun heat and humidity that is Arkansas in August--I got to my hotel room and had a lovely sleep until noon the next day.

The trip home was uneventful--if you call just making your flight because you stayed too long with your kids before for you left and a 3 hour delay for your connecting flight and crawling into bed at 3:30 AM uneventful. Ugh. I'm exhausted. I slept until noon today, too.

I spent a little bit of time in the stamping studio today and pulled off a Manic Monday card for you. It's one that I pretty much copied from the "Experience Creativity" new stampers' catalog. It's pretty darned cute--and you can make it in a jiffy on a Manic Monday when you're exhausted. Take a look!

I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White Card Stock panel and stamped the sentiment from the "Celebrate with Cake" stamp set in Granny Apple Green Ink. I stamped the adorable little bird in Granny Apple Green Ink, too. I cleaned my stamp and stamped the bird again in Flirty Flamingo Ink and again--without reinking. I added a Granny Apple Green birthday hat to the birdie on the right. 

I adhered this to a 4" by 5-1/4" Granny Apple Green Card Stock mat and then adhered everything to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock Card base.

So, super quick and easy to make on a Manic Monday--or after a manic weekend getting rid of sending your kids back to college.

Come on back tomorrow for another really cute card and two--yes, two!--Protips.

Heading to unpack now (yes, I know it's 10 PM). G'night.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Woodsy Christmas

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ChristmasInAugust   I have a rustic Christmas card to share with you today. It's inspired by a card made by Stampin' Up Artisan Stesha Bloodhart which is truly fabulous in every single way. Mine is a little simpler--but not simple enough for my Christmas card stamp-a-stack, so this card might be a "one and done" kind of card! I like how it turned out. What do you think?
I started by embossing a 3-3/4" by 5" Crumb Cake Card Stock panel with the Woodland Embossing Folder. I adhered this to a 3-3/8" by 5-1/8" Early Espresso Card Stock mat. Next, I stamped the "Buffalo Check" Background stamp in Early Espresso Ink onto a 1-1/2" by 3-3/4" Real Red Card Stock strip. I adhered this to the bottom of the Crumb Cake panel. I wrapped a length of Braided Linen Trim around the checked background, tied on a little bow, and adhered everything to a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base.

See the two trees poking out behind the panel on the card base? Well, I accidentally got my card base into the open Early Espresso Ink and it left a smudge. So, since there are no stampin' mistakes, only stampin' opportunities, I inked up the double tree stamp from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set and stamped over my smudge...and then I added a second, on purpose, tree to the other side!

I also stamped these double trees in Early Espresso Ink onto Crumb Cake Card Stock and cut them out with their matching Nature's Roots Die. I stamped the word "Christmas" from the "Merry Christmas to All" stamp set in Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake and cut it out with a Stitched Rectangles Die. I adhered these pieces to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I used the Merry Christmas Dies to cut out the word "Merry" from a piece of Early Espresso Card Stock. (Bonus Protip: Cut it out of the center of the Early Espresso mat.) I adhered this to the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. (See yesterday's Protip for instructions on unclogging a clogged Fine-Tip Glue Pen.)
Finally, I added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to the trees and to the word "Merry" because even on my rustic cards, I like some shimmer and shine!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Happy Soul

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ProtipTuesday   Hey there! I have a confession to make: my stampin' studio is a mess. It's got boxes everywhere--NEW! product from the Holiday catalog is strewn all over the floor, boxes of retired product are stacked on one of my work tables, and there are birthday presents all over the place. My twins turn 20 this week! Ack! I can't believe it. And they return to college on Friday. If you think my stampin' room sounds messy--you should just try to imagine their rooms. There are clothes all. over. the. floor. of both rooms. It's so bad that you cannot (I kid you not) see the floor. All of those clothes need to be washed and sorted and packed. I'm a little bit panicked.

So I'm taking a bit of time to do what makes my soul happy--and that's creating (which also adds to the mess in my stampin' room). Today's card is one that we made at the Proverbial Stampers & Friends gathering--but that I added some embellishments to it so that I could share the Tuesday Protip with you. (I apologize that the picture is so dark--see the previous paragraph about my studio being a mess--including my photo area.)

We started with a 3-3/4" by 5-1/8" Pacific Point Card Stock panel and cut out the flowers with the Tasteful Backgrounds Dies. We also stamped the smudgy pattern from the "Tasteful Textures" stamp set onto this piece in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. We adhered this to a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic Black Card Stock mat and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, we stamped an image from the "Silhouette Scenes" stamp set and a sentiment from the "Tasteful Textures" stamp set in Pacific Point Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with a square Stitched Shapes Die. We adhered that to a Basic Black Card Stock square that we cut with a Layering Squares Die. We adhered this piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I added three Frosted Epoxy Droplets to the card and then colored them with a Light Basic Black Stampin' Blend Marker for a little pizzazz.

Let's pretend that the droplets weren't adhesive-backed and let's pretend that we wanted to adhere them to the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. And let's pretend that the Glue Pen was clogged. Do you know how to fix that? If you don't, here's today's Protip for unclogging the Fine-Tip Glue!

The first thing you need to do is unscrew the top from the bottle and then unscrew all four pieces of the top. Next, clear the "goo" off the top of the bottle. I just pick up a piece and it peels right off. Set the bottle aside.

You'll need two special tools for the next steps. First, my special "patent pending" tool (top left) (which can also be used to poke out the hanging chads from your die-cuts if you're too lazy to go get your die brush--ask me how I know) and a straight pin.

Use my special tool to dig out any "goo" (AKA "boogers" from all parts of the components of the top of the glue bottle (top right--see how clogged that piece is?). Next, slowly insert a straight pin into the metal top of the Fine-Tip. You might not be able to do this if the Fine-Tip is clogged. If that's the case, hold the assembly with a pair of tweezers and melt the "goo" with your heat tool. Pump the straight pin in and out of the tip. You may have to repeat the heat-and-pump step a number of times to really clear that Fine-Tip.

I usually blow into the two black pieces and the yellow piece to make sure air can get through--if air can get through, then so can the glue. Use the straight pin to keep the Fine-Tip open, or insert the pin from the white lid into the tip.

And there you have it!

Come on back tomorrow for another entry in the Christmas in August card extravaganza!!

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