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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FINAL DAY OF SALE-A-BRATION

Today is the last day to earn Sale-a-bration Rewards. 
Have you seen all the options?


These 4 items were added just for the month of March
2 beautiful stamp sets * * some Bakers's Twine * * and some gorgeous printed vellum



These additional items were also added in March . . .WOW! 
5 different embossing folders  * * 2 hand held circle punches
Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill * *  or a set of Washi Tape


And of course there are tons of choices in the Sale-a-bration Brochure

Are you looking for a way to maximize your Sale-a-bration rewards?
Many people choose to stock up on adhesives, ribbons and papers during Sale-a-bration.
and of course, anytime you're placing an order remember to check the
Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals

**Up to 80% Savings
on Clearance Rack Items


**Don't miss the Weekly Deals 
new product each Tuesday
I'll be happy to help you place your order 
If you're ordering on-line then use this Hostess Code 
 to be registered for my Customer Rewards Program
3YQW6K92  (good thru - April 15)

Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Balloon Framelits - Embossed 2 ways

A "For the Beginner" lesson today - Embossing 101: If you've ever been confused by the concept of embossing, this card should help sort it out. There are 2 ways to emboss a project:
**you can texture emboss by distressing the paper 
**or you can heat emboss using embossing powders and a heat tool. 
This card has both.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Balloon Framelits Dies and Irresistibly Yours DSP

The stars on the white part of this card are texture embossed. 

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Balloon Framelits Dies and Irresistibly Yours DSP



The small stars on the blue strip are an example of heat embossing. 
To do this yourself you'd need embossing powder and a hear tool. 
This particular paper came pre-embossed. It was part of a special paper pack for 
Sale-a-bration 2015.
Stampin'UP!'s Irresistibly Yours DSP Stampin'UP!'s Irresistibly Yours DSP

Don't you just love how these heat embossed images "pop" off the page?  
They're shiny and impressive even when you don't add color.
Here's another card made with one of the pre-embossed papers in this pack.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Butterfly Framelits Dies and Irresistibly Yours DSP


This set of pre-embossed papers is one of your choices for a Sale-a-bration 2015 reward. And just an FYI: Sale-a-bration ends March 31st. For those who don't know, Sale-a-bration is Stampin'UP!'s big sales event of the year. Every $50 purchase earns you a free item from the list of SAB choices. Be sure to check all 3 flyers to see all your choices.

* * * See your Sale-a-bration Options * * *
2015 Sale-a-bration Brochure
**Choose a FREE item 
with each $50 purchase 
**4 extra items added 
for the month of March

**additional options replace the Blendabilities (which are unavailable due to quality issues)


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've been inspired to play today





* * * Find other deals  * * *
**Up to 80% Savings
on Clearance Rack Items


**Don't miss the Weekly Deals 
new product each Tuesday
2015 Sale-a-bration Brochure
**Choose a FREE item 
with each $50 purchase 


* * * Make a Purchase * * *
I'll be happy to help you place your order 
If you're ordering on-line then use this Hostess Code 
 to be registered for my Customer Rewards Program
3YQW6K92  (good thru - April 15)

* * * Browse the regular Catalogs * * *
2014-2015 Annual Catalog
**Annual Catalog
 (PDF)
2015 Spring Occasions Catalog
**Occasions Catalog 
(PDF)
2015 Sale-a-bration Brochure
**Sale-a-bration Brochure (PDF) 

**See what's still available from
the Fall Holiday Catalog
 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Emboss Resist with Pre-Embossed Papers

Here a little "Friday fun", especially if you're looking for a weekend project. This post is about a technique called: Emboss Resist.  The concept of a resist is that you put something on the paper that prevents the ink from sticking to the paper, in other words, it "resists" the ink. When you heat set embossing powder it does just that.

Card showcasing the Emboss Resist Technique

For this card I embossed the flower in white,  
and then sponged green around the image for a "halo" effect, 
and used markers to color the petals and leaves.

 Emboss Resist Technique colored with markers

You don't have to color the image. You can get some stunning results with a solid image too. And the technique works well for a background. To see more details on these projects just click on the photo.

Card showcasing the Emboss Resist Technique
Card showcasing the Emboss Resist Technique Card showcasing the Emboss Resist Technique Card showcasing the Emboss Resist Technique

So, what do you need to do a resist? You need embossing powder (I used white on these projects but you could use other colors too) and a heat tool. You'll also need an art grade sponge (a kitchen sponge is not flexible enough - trust me, I tried them and it doesn't work!)

heat tool for heat embossing stamping sponges

If you've never embossed before you're in for a treat. Its really fun to watch the powder turn all shiney as it "sets" to the paper.  Just stamp, sprinkle the powder over the ink and add heat. My images were stamped with Stampin'UP!'s White Craft ink and sprinkled with White embossing powder

Would you like to emboss a color? If you have colored embossing powder then you want to use a clear ink like Versamark Ink. Actually I've found that all of Stampin'UP!'s inks are "gooey" enough to hold on embossing powder, I just use a clear embossing powder

And just for fun, Stampin'UP! has some pre-embossed papers available as a Sale-a-bration reward. If you're not familiar with Sale-a-bration its Stampin'UP!'s big sale event of the year.  Each $50 purchase earns you a choice from the Sale-a-bration brochure. And this set of pre-embossed papers is one of your choices.

pre-embossed Designer Paper - Stampin'UP! 2015 Sale-a-bration option

pre-embossed Designer Paper - Stampin'UP! 2015 Sale-a-bration option

Sale-a-bration ends March 31st. There's still time to get in on the deal.
Lots of ways to earn a reward, or two, or three . . .
  • Each $50 earns you an option
  • If you get over $150 not only will you get 3 Sale-a-bration rewards but you'll also earn $25 of free product in Hostess Benefits
  • If you buy the Starter Kit you'll get $125 of product and 2 Sale-a-bration choices but you'll pay only $99. Read more about the Starter Kit here
If you're just starting out in the hobby then  the 2nd or 3rd options are really the best choice to get you started.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've been inspired to play today




* * * See your Sale-a-bration Options * * *
2015 Sale-a-bration Brochure
**Choose a FREE item 
with each $50 purchase 
**4 extra items added 
for the month of March


**additional options replace the Blendabilities (which are unavailable due to quality issues)


* * * Find other deals  * * *
**Up to 80% Savings
on Clearance Rack Items


**Don't miss the Weekly Deals 
new product each Tuesday
2015 Sale-a-bration Brochure
**Choose a FREE item 
with each $50 purchase 


* * * Make a Purchase * * *
I'll be happy to help you place your order 
If you're ordering on-line then use this Hostess Code 
 to be registered for my Customer Rewards Program
3YQW6K92  (good thru - April 15)

* * * Browse the regular Catalogs * * *
2014-2015 Annual Catalog
**Annual Catalog
 (PDF)
2015 Spring Occasions Catalog
**Occasions Catalog 
(PDF)
2015 Sale-a-bration Brochure
**Sale-a-bration Brochure (PDF) 

**See what's still available from
the Fall Holiday Catalog
 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tile Coaster with a Punch Art Flower

So, I'm sitting here staring at my messy desk and trying to find ways to procrastinate and I think "Hey, I'll just sort through my saved images. That's cleaning right?" And to get energized for the activity I have my morning cup of coffee close at hand. I'm sorting through a file of "images ready to post" and I realize I'm staring at my coffee coaster - that I made 2 years ago!

Coffee Cup on a Tile Coaster made with a punch art flower and Modge Podge Finish

Not to say I'm behind on anything . . . but  2 years ago? And it never got posted? Seriously?!

Actually I made about 15 of them as "thank-you" gifts for the demonstrators who helped with a demo meeting.

Tile Coaster with a punch art flower and Modge Podge Finish




I picked up a whole pile of these tile coasters from my local Habitat For Humanity Re-Sale Store, which is a great place to shop for tiles, its a good price and you're helping a good cause.

The shiny finish you see on the project is Modge Podge. From the visual you can probably see how it was made: stamped image, punch art flowers and covered with a finish.  I do have a few helpful hints to pass along if you decide to try anything similar:

  • I heat embossed the image.  I just wasn't sure how the Modge Podge would react with ink and I didn't want to risk the image smearing. Can you see a few sparkles on the image? I also used Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I wanted my helpers to know they were really special.
  • I found that to avoid bubbles in the project I had to put the Modge Podge on BOTH sides of each piece of paper. 
  • I covered it with about 4-5 coatings of the Modge Podge - which required multiple days of drying. Yep, I learned that part the hard way. After 2 days I thought I was safe and I stacked them. The weight of a pile of coasters pressed them together enough to damage the finish! Oops, start over.
  • You'll need something to protect your table tops from the hard scratchy edges on the bottom of the tiles. On the first few I cut and glued a sheet of cork to the bottom. Then I decided that was over-kill so on the rest I just used those little sticky felt circles you can put on the bottom of chair legs.
Like I said, this is an older project so the stamped image and the leaf are both from retired product. The pink flower is Stampin'UP!'s Petite Petal Punch and the yellow flower center is a 1/4" hole punch.

We have another demo meeting next month which means I'll have to come up with another thank-you project. The tile coasters were well received so I'll have to find something equally wonderful.  Let me know  if you have any suggestions in place of the tile coaster.

Are you just a little curious about what demonstrators do at local meetings?  

There's lots of great reasons to Join Stampin'UP!

The obvious reason is to run your own business, but guess what? . . .  you don't even have to run it as a business. Many folks join just for the discount, and the technique and product training.  If you're local you'd get to attend our local events.  Joining is super easy to do on-line AND if you join in March you'd get to pick 2 FREE Sale-a-bration choices (or a Free Craft Kit)  click here to join now


And I'll see you at our April meeting!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've been inspired to play today






* * * Find a deal  * * *
**Up to 80% Savings
on Clearance Rack Items


**Don't miss the Weekly Deals 
new product each Tuesday
2015 Sale-a-bration Brochure
**Choose a FREE item 
with each $50 purchase 


* * * Make a Purchase * * *
I'll be happy to help you place your order 
If you're ordering on-line then use this Hostess Code 
 to be registered for my Customer Rewards Program
9SSPXGR7  (good thru - March 15)

* * * Browse the Catalogs * * *
2014-2015 Annual Catalog
**Annual Catalog
 (PDF)
2015 Spring Occasions Catalog
**Occasions Catalog 
(PDF)
2015 Sale-a-bration Brochure
**Sale-a-bration Brochure (PDF) 

**See what's still available from
the Fall Holiday Catalog