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T: 10/7 - Checkbook Cover Class
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Comparison of the Big Shot versus the Cuttlebug

The Big Shot Die Cut and Embossing MachineDo you have a machine that lets you use embossing folders? 
If not Stampin'UP! carries 2 options.

The first option for an embossing machine is the Big Shot: This industry standard does both embossing and die cutting. Its extra wide bed lets you use the Magnetic Cutting Platform as well as the larger dies - many of which do not fit in the narrower bed of the Cuttlebug.

 I use My Big Shot all the time! 

If you do any die cutting at all, or think you might, you'll definitely want to spend the extra money for the Big Shot versus the Cuttlebug. Stampin'UP! sells the Big Shot for $99.95. Retail price on the Cuttlebug is $89.99. The $10 savings isn't worth it. Eventually you'll be kicking yourself for not going with the bigger size machine.

And the Big Shot is strong enough to work on a a wide variety of different materials (wood sheets, magnet sheets, fabric, shrinky dinks, metal soda cans, cork board, aluminum flashing and more . . .) Click here to see a list of over 50 different materials that can be used with your Big Shot

The Texture Boutique Embossing MachineYour 2nd option for an embossing machine is the Texture Boutique: This smaller machine is more affordable at only $29.95 (comparably priced in retail stores). Its also smaller and more light weight, which means its portable if you like to travel with your crafting. 

But the down side is that it does ONLY embossing.  If you want the option to use dies to cut shapes then the Big Shot is your best choice. 

And if you're wondering why to buy from a demonstrator versus a retail store, the answer is that you get a relationship with a creative coach along with your purchase. As demonstrators we do our best to ensure that our customers are happy with their product and educated about the best ways to use it.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've been inspired to try one of these machines.
Feel free to leave a comment or contact me with any questions

A Sale in Honor of World Card Making Day

This Saturday - October 4th - is World Card Making Day
and to celebrate, Stampin'UP! is having a 1 week sale 

October 1-6 save on these selected products 

These Stamp sets at 20% off
**Big News
**Playful Pennants
**Choose Happiness
**Petite Pairs
**So Very Happy

Cardstock, Envelopes and Adhesive 15% off
**Color Assortments
**Whisper White Pack
**Fast Fuse Adhesive

Click HERE to see the Sale Flyer

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Weekly Deals

Its Tuesday - so here are the new Weekly Deals

Stamps - Punches - Digital Content
and those uber classy Very Vintage Buttons.

Did you know you can color the buttons 
with our Blendabilities Markers?

so they'll work on the smooth surface of the buttons.

Now you can make projects
where everything is color matched!
paper - ink - ribbon
and the buttons

 Get your buttons on-sale this week
along with all your Stamping supplies

Thanks for stopping by . . . I hope you've been inspired
Feel free to leave a comment or contact me with any questions

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gold Embossed Thank-you

Gorgeous Gold Embossing - It adds such a classy look to a project.

Gold embossed image from Stampin'UP!'s Seasonally Scattered stamp set.

Are you a fan of heat embossing? For those who haven't done heat embossing the concept is simple.  You stamp the image with a "gooey" ink. Then you sprinkle embossing powder onto the wet image and heat emboss.  The heating process melts the powder into the paper. The result is the raised embossed image with a shiny finish.

This image was stamped with Encore Metallics ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

No! you can't use a hair dryer. You need a heat tool made for embossing. The temperature from a hair blower isn't hot enough and the fan is too strong and will blow the ink off the page before its set.
Gold embossed image from Stampin'UP!'s Seasonally Scattered stamp set.

Stampin'UP!'s Seasonally Scattered stamp set.

The image on this card is from a set called Seasonally Scattered. This is a really interesting set because the letters themselves are not inked. The image of the word is created by the scattered images behind them. Clear mount $17.95 or Wood mount $24.95

  • Merry with scattered snowflakes
  • thanks with scattered leaves and vines
  • Love with scattered dots

Oops, I forgot to show you the whole card.  Here it is - finished off with some Crumb Cake seam binding and a little bit of Gold Glimmer paper punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch

The neutral colors and gold glimmer paper give this project a very upscale look, but the gold embossing adds that final level of elegance.

Thanks for stopping by . . . I hope you're inspired to try some heat embossing.
Feel free to leave a comment or contact me with any questions

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Leaves cut with the Autumn Accents Die

Traveling the interstate yesterday I noticed the leaves turning color already. Fall is definitely in the air. If you're like me you get lots of inspiration from nature and here in Wisconsin autumn brings us a wonderful color display.
Card made with Stampin'UP! Autumn Accents die & For All Things Stamp Set

This colorful fall card was stamped with the leaf and sentiment from the For All Things stamp set. Clear Mount $17.95 or Wood Mount $24.95To get the 'mottled' leaf images for the background I "stamped off"  on scrap paper before stamping on the project.

The leaves were cut using Stampin'UP!'s Autumn Accents die. The colors here are So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Hello Honey and Cajun Craze.
Stampin'UP! Autumn Accents Big Shot Die Stampin'UP! For All Things Stamp Set
Stampin'UP! Stapler

Everything you need to make this card is available from my on-line store at Stampin'UP! Even the staple! Yes indeedy. As paper crafters we've always occasionally used a staple as an embellishment. And now Stampin'UP! is selling a small size stapler just perfect for use on projects like this.

Thanks for stopping by . . . I hope you've found some inspiration

Feel free to leave a comment or contact me with any questions

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vivid Vases Colored With Blendabilities

Vivid is the word that comes to mind when I see these vases . . . and for 2 reasons:
The colors are vivid   - - and - -   the stamp set is called Vivid Vases

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Vivid Vases Stamp and colored with the Blendabilities alcohol markers
This card was shared by Joyce Hall from Hudson, WI

Joyce colored the vases using Stampin'UP!'s new Blendabilities MarkersBlendabilities are alcohol markers and they were especially designed for shading and blending colors. Notice the subtle color highlights on the vases.

Yesterday's post gives more detail on the differences between water based markers and alcohol markers. But the bottom line is that alcohol markers are perfect for coloring images like these vases and giving the image a sense of dimension. These vases almost look like they're curving.

Stampin'UP!'s Vivid Vases Stamp and colored with the Blendabilities alcohol markers

Stampin'UP!'s Vivid Vases Stamp
Vivid Vases is sold as a single wood mount stamp.
item #133818 for $11.95

A stamp like Vivid Vases is a good one to use when you want to play with the new alcohol markers.  
**The flowers offer the chance to play with different colors 
**and the vases give you a chance to play with an image 
    of something curved

Vivid Vases is such a lovely image. 

Here's another photo of the Vivid Vases flowers. These were colored with the water-based markers and you can see the difference you get in coverage.

A little Dazzling Details glitter glue 
sure helps jazz up a project, yes?!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've been inspired to try a little coloring.
Feel free to leave a comment or contact me with any questions

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blendabilities: Alcohol Markers Make a Smoother Image

Stampin'UP! has a new line of markers: Blendabilities! Blendabilities are alcohol markers, especially designed for blending colors. Alcohol markers make a much smoother image when coloring. If you're someone who likes to color in a line image then you're going to absolutely love these new markers.

Stampin'UP!'s  Blended Bloom Stamp
Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Blended Bloom stamp and colored with the new Blendability alcohol markers.
Card made by Suzanne Askey

made with Stampin'UP!'s Blended Bloom stamp and colored with the new Blendability alcohol markers. The stamp used here is Blended Bloom, which is a very pretty line image, and perfect for coloring with markers. Just look how well the colors blend here.

Alcohol Markers are easier to blend 
because of the nature of the inks.
  • With water based inks  the color quickly sinks into the paper and the pigment becomes embedded in the fibers. 
  • With alcohol inks the pigment sits on top the paper and is easily pushed around for smoother blending.

And the best thing about these new Blendability Markers 
is they match Stampin'UP!'s fabulous colors!

Stampin'UP! sells the Blendabilities in sets of three. 
Pick your color and get 3 markers - medium, dark and light - 
and ensure that everything matches: inks, paper, and embellishments.
Stampin'UP!'s Blendability Alcohol Markers
Color matching is very important to me in my crafting. so I was really excited when Stampin'UP! announced they'd be selling alcohol markers. The name 'Blendatilibites' just says it all. If you haven't tried alcohol markers yet you're going to be very impressed. 

Order yours here:
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