Thursday, September 22, 2016

Foxy Christmas

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   If you're one of my Christmas card club members, today's card is a sneak peek at one of the cards we'll be making at the October session. When they showed the "Foxy Friends" stamp set at this spring's OnStage Live event, the squeals from the audience were deafening (I'm looking at you Dana "darth.sunshine" Keith)!!! I fell in love with this set and it went onto my first order from the annual catalog. I always had in my mind that I'd be using it to make a Christmas card for my class.

Let's start with the "foxy reindeer." I stamped the head and body of the fox in Crumb Cake ink onto a Whisper White scrap. (PRO TIP: Make sure your scrap is big enough and has enough space around the image to fit the Oval Framelit. Ask me how I know.) I added the antlers in Sahara Sand ink and the face and legs in Early Espresso ink. The photopolymer stamps make placing all these elements so easy!

I cut the fox out with an Oval Layering Framelit and cut the just-larger sized oval scallop from a piece of Pool Party and adhered these two pieces together. Have I mentioned how much I love the Layering Framelits (squares, circles, and ovals)? I do love them so!

Next, I stamped the greeting from the "Holly Jolly Greetings" stamp set in Calypso Coral onto a 1" Whisper White strip and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I cut a 1" strip of A Little Foxy DSP and flagged the end of that with the Banner Triple Punch, too.

I ran a Smoky Slate panel through the Big Shot with the Woodland Embossing Folder. I adhered this to a Thick Whisper White Card Base, cut lengthwise (hotdog style). I adhered the banners to the card and then attached the foxy oval to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

For a finishing touch, I added a Calypso Coral Enamel Dot to the fox's nose. Isn't that just the cutest?!

If you're local to Maryland and you'd like to come stamp with us in October and make this card and two others, contact me and I'll send you the details!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy Vertical Greetings

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   My demonstrator group, the Proverbial Stampers, held a Holiday Catalog gathering this weekend. We had a great time making samples from the Holiday Catalog (I'll be sharing some soon!), learning business ideas, seeing our fellow demonstrators present fun new ideas and techniques, eating yummy food, and getting to know our team a little better. We also had a card swap--a time-honored Stampin' Up tradition!

I hadn't inked up my "Vertical Greetings" stamp set since I got it, so I thought it was about time to put it to good use to make my swap cards. I'm kind of stuck in a Mint Macaron/Island Indigo rut--but what a pretty rut to be stuck in! First, I stamped the greeting in Island Indigo onto the right side of a Thick Whisper White card base. 

Next, I stamped the floral image in Mint Macaron on the right side of a 3.5" x 4.75" Whisper White panel. I adhered this to a slightly larger Island Indigo mat.  I tied a length of Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon around this assembly before adhering it onto the card base.

I love this vertical design. I love the clean and simple style. I love the color combination. Really, what's not to love about this card??!!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tin of Tags Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I've gotta tell ya:  Stampin' Up has some amazing kits! We have all-inclusive kits--which are just as they sound: everything you need to make the project, including the stamp set and ink, is included in the set. The "Oh Happy Day" kit on page 6 of the Annual Catalog is an all-inclusive kit. We have project kits like the "Designer Tin of Cards" kit on page 160. And, of course there are Project Life Memory keeping kits on pages 162-167 of the Annual Catalog.

My favorite project kit in the Holiday Catalog is the "Tin of Tags" kit! I took this kit, the "Tin of Tags" photopolymer stamp set, and my ink pads with me on vacation and made up the kit in just about an hour. I love these tags! And the tin is adorable!

The kit makes has supplies to make 30 tags--3 each of 10 designs--and it includes the printed tags, die-cut shapes, baker's twine, amazing tassels, foil doilies, wooden elements, sequins and washi tape. So many things!! So many tags!

The kit comes with full-color instructions (that even these old eyes could read). To complete the project you'll need the "Tin of Tags" stamp set, acrylic blocks, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Old Olive, and Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pads, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Mini Glue Dots, and Stampin' Dimensionals to complete the project. Links to all the supplies are below.

Don't have those supplies? Don't want to buy them all? I have them ALL! I'd love to bring my supplies to your house. You invite your friends and we'll make a party of it!! The cost of the class, including the kit and expert stamping advice from me, is $28. Contact me today and let's get this party started!

Want to see the kit "in action"? Check out Stampin' Up's video!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sympathy in Smoky Slate

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   One of my coworkers occasionally asks me if he can purchase one of my hand-stamped cards when he has a special reason for giving someone a special card. He asked me for a thank you card to give to a family who hosted him while he was traveling. Last week, he asked me if I had any sympathy cards. I did have a few of them, but they're earmarked for me to send out (which I'm embarrassingly late about!). So I decided, I'd CASE myself and make one I'd already made and sent--which you can see here. I also CASEd one of my favorite stampers, Dena Rekow!! My card is just  little bit different than Dena's (because I didn't have the same supplies as she did). You can watch Dena's You Tube video at the end of this post.

For my card, I started with a Smoky Slate panel and I stamped a sentiment from the "Heartfelt Sympathy" set in Basic Gray Archival Ink. Next, I used the splatter stamp from the "Timeless Textures" set to stamp in the background.  I stamped these in Basic Gray Archival Ink, but stamped off once or twice to get a more subtle image.

I adhered this panel to a Basic Gray mat. Then, I wrapped a length of Whisper White Organza ribbon around a Smoky Slate card base, cut lengthwise. (Dena calls this a "hotdog" cut and I think I'm going to start using that!) I adhered the stamped assembly to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Dena used the tree builder punch to make the Pool Party flowers on her card. I don't have that punch, so I used the second-smallest flower die from the Fiesta Time Framelits. I put the flowers onto a Stampin' Pierce mat and then used the stylus from the Simply Scored scoring board to make an indent into the flowers. I adhered these to the card with Glue Dots. And I added a small Pearl Embellishment to the center of each flower. My coworker chose this card of the three I showed him. 

Please watch Dena's video to can get more stamping hints on making this card! She shows you a great technique to use with your Stampin' Write markers--mine didn't turn out because my marker was too dry (or I'm inept).

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