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I'm so happy to be back stamping after a 2-year hiatus due to an interim job.

The job is now over and regular classes will resume in January of 2019.

In the mean-time please contact me with any stamping related questions.

Stoughton, Wisconsin
email or 608-220-3450

Friday, December 14, 2018

Flourish Thinlits Glimmer Spray

#INKcredibleTips in this post

This card was fun and easy to make  The sparkle of the glimmer paper, combined with the beautiful lines of the Flourish Thinlits, and the soft colors create an elegant feminine feel to this card..

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Flourish Thinlits on white glimmer paper by StampLadyKatie

Using alcohol markers you can easily color the rhinestones, which is great. There's no need to buy tons of different color rhinestones when you can color them yourself.  

Stampin'UP!'s alcohol markers are called Stampin'Blends, and they come in sets of 2 for each color, one light and one dark. The dark Rich Razzleberry was used on this card.  Its a beautiful compliment to the Soft Sea Foam color of the card base.

Rhinestones colored with Stampin Blends Alcohol Markers by StampLadyKatie

The sentiment and the floral stamp are both from a new set called Meant to Be which will be available in January from the Occasions 2019 catalog.  Catalogs are available on-line. Ask me how to get a hard copy. One reason I like this set - its not just Valentines.  Check out the sentiments in the image below - perfect for weddings and anniversaries too, woohoo!

Card Sentiment from Stampin'UP!'s Meant To Be Stamp Set by StampLadyKatie
Stampin'UP!'s Meant To Be Stamp Set by StampLadyKatie


That sweet little floral spray looks good on an envelope too! No naked envelopes, right!

Envelope image from Stampin'UP!'s Meant To Be Stamp Set by StampLadyKatie


While this is one of those cards that's pretty easy to figure out just by looking at it, there are some tips and tricks to pass along for working with detail dies, especially when cut from glimmer paper.  If you've ever had trouble gluing detail die cuts, watch how I do it in this video. Quick and easy.  There are 8 quick tips and tricks in this short (6:35 minute) video.


I hope I've inspired you. I'm happy to answer questions about this or any other project. My email is in the header at the top of the page.



Heat Tool
[129053] [ $30.00





Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sparkly and Easy Glitter Balloon Background

#INKcredibleTechnique - Stenciled Glitter Background

The sparkly background on this card is easy to reproduce with minimal supplies.

Card made with Stampinup's Happy Birthday Thinlit Dies and Balloon Bouquet Punch as a stencil for the glitter background  by StampLadyKatie

The first step was the color on the card face. Starting with a white piece of paper, I lightly sponged two colors across the card face.  The darker Calypso Coral on top and shaded down to the lighter So Saffron


Card made with Stampinup's Happy Birthday Thinlit Dies and Balloon Bouquet Punch as a stencil for the glitter background  by StampLadyKatie
The glittery balloons in the background are subtle but really help make this card something special.  

I used a punch to get the balloon shape, but you could easily reproduce something similar with circles. I do have links to all the product used at the end of the post. The steps are super easy ...
  • Punch the hole
  • Position the hole over the card face and use a sponge to dab liquid glue into the opening
  • Reposition as desired to fill the space
  • Sprinkle with glitter and let it dry
While the glittery balloons do catch your eye, the main focal piece of the card is the sentiment.


Card made with Stampinup's Happy Birthday Thinlit Dies and Balloon Bouquet Punch as a stencil for the glitter background  by StampLadyKatie
For the focal point, you could layer anything over this pretty background, but I took the easy route, this sentiment is a diecut. And using glimmer paper adds a lot to the sparkly festive mood of the card.

If you're pressed for time then doing one simple diecut for the sentiment is lots quicker than stamping and prepping a more complicated focal piece.  

Other than the drying time for the glitter this is really a quick and easy card.

If you want a quick way to add a stand-out sentiment to a card then definitely add the Happy Birthday Thinlits to your shopping list.

And if you want a "wow" technique to impress people, then add glittering through a stencil to your list of go-to techniques.


If you haven't browsed the Stampin'UP! store I encourage you to spend a little time there. This is a great company with wonderful product. I do receive commission on sales and I appreciate your business - thank-you. My commission is paid by the company, you pay nothing extra when purchasing product through me.

I hope I've inspired you. I'm happy to answer questions about this or any other project. My email is in the header at the top of the page.




Big Shot
[143263]- $110.00

Monday, December 10, 2018

Three Ways to Add Shine to the Cake Icing

#INKcredibleTechniques - to Create Shine
#INKcredibleSneakPreview - of 2019 Occasions Catalog Product

I am loving the new Piece of Cake stamp set and matching Cake Builder Punch.  These products will be available to purchase in January from the 2019 Occasions catalog. I'm happy to send you a copy .

Check out these projects and see 3 ways to make the icing on the cake shiny.


card made with Stampin'UP!'s "Piece of Cake" stamp set and "Cake Builder" Punch by StampLadyKatie

Closeup of the heat embossed cake, card made with Stampin'UP!'s "Piece of Cake" stamp set and "Cake Builder" Punch by StampLadyKatie



The icing on this first cake shines because the image is heat embossed.

  1. Ink the stamp in Versamark
    and then Ink in the color ink
  2. Stamp the image on colored paper
  3. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder
  4. Heat set
  5. Punch out (or cut)




For the 2nd card just look how the whole cake shines!
 
card made with Stampin'UP!'s "Piece of Cake" stamp set and "Cake Builder" Punch by StampLadyKatie

Stampin'UP!'s "Piece of Cake" stamp set, ake image covered with glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen by StampLadyKatie
To achieve this look the cake was stamped and colored with markers and cut or punched out.  

Then I covered the whole thing with the glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen. The glue functions like a crystal lacquer. 

Of course you have to let it dry thoroughly before finishing the card . . . several hours at least. 





The shine on the last card comes from a combination of stamping the image on acetate and then layering over glimmer paper.

card made with Stampin'UP!'s "Piece of Cake" stamp set and "Cake Builder" Punch by StampLadyKatie

Close up of the cake image from Stampin'UP!'s "Piece of Cake" stamp set, stamped on acetate and layered over glimmer paper by StampLadykatie

The background on this card has its own shine: it was stamped with the Marble Background Stamp and heat embossed with Clear Embossing powder. For the cake 
  • The image was stamped on Acetate (Window Sheet) in StazOn ink
  • The flowers were colored with Stampin'Blends (an alcohol marker)
  • The image was layered on top of white Glimmer Paper.
Stampin'UP!'s "Piece of Cake" stamp set and Cake Builder Punch
One thing I appreciate about being a Stampin'UP! demonstrator is the opportunity to play with new product before it hits the market.  I love it that my job is to play with ink and stamps.

Recently I've been having lots of fun making samples with the new Piece of Cake Stamp Set and coordinating Cake Builder Punch.

You are going to love this set - it works for so many different occasions: weddings and anniversaries, birthdays, retirement, showers - anything you want to celebrate.



Are you familiar with Stampin'UP!'s Buying Cycle? 
here are a few important dates:

December is the Close-out month for items from the Holiday Catalog. some items will carry over through spring but most are now available only while supplies last.   And many of them are on-sale. Check out the deals here.

January - March is Sale-a-bration.  Each $50 of merchandise you order earns you a free Sale-a-bration reward.

January - May we have new offerings from the Occasions Catalog.  Contact me if you'd like a catalog sent to you.

If you haven't browsed the Stampin'UP! store I encourage you to spend a little time there. This is a great company with wonderful product. I do receive commission on sales and I appreciate your business - thank-you. My commission is paid by the company, you pay nothing extra when purchasing product through me.

I hope I've inspired you. I'm happy to answer questions about this or any other project. My email is in the header at the top of the page.




Versamark Pad
[102283]- $9.00
and ANY color Stampin' Classic Ink
Heat Tool
[129053] - $30.00


Window Sheets
[142314] - $5.00
and any color Stampin' Blends Marker
these are alcohol markers