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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Check Out What's On Sale This Week:

Check out what's on sale at Stampin'UP! this week:
stamps - - - a punch - - - thinlet die - - - embellishments - - - digital content

Stampin'UP!'s Sale of the Week
  • STAMPS:
    • Happy Hour wood set . . . regularly $29.95 on sale for $22.46
    • Yippee-Skippee Wood set . . . regularly $19.95 on sale for $14.21
  • PUNCH:
    • Sweetheart Punch . . . . regularly $15.95 on sale for $11.96
  •  EMBELLISHMENTS:
    • Gold 1/8" ribbon . . . regularly $4.96 on sale for $3.71
    • Tangerine Baker's Twine . . . regularly $2.95 on sale for $2.21
    • Wooden Elements . . . regularly $4.95 on sale for $3.71
  • FRAMELITS:
    • The Label Card Thinlets . . . regularly $32.95 on sale for $24.71
  • DIGITAL CONTENT
    • The Write Stuff Digital Kit . . . regularly $9.95 on sale for $5.97
Don't miss out - these items are on sale for 1-week only.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Punch Art Vase with the Label Punch

Card made with images from the Wetlands Stamp set and a Punch Art Vase made with the Artisan Label Punch

 Are you a fan of punch art? The vase on this card was made with the Artisan Label Punch.
Stampin'UP!'s Artisan Label Punch 

Card mde with Stampin'UP!'s Label Love stamp set and Artisan Label Punch 
The punch was designed to go with a stamp set called Label Love.

 The card from Saturday's post used the Label punch with its matching stamp set.  

Punches are great tools, they're also really versatile.  Its fun to look at a shape and think of different ways to use it. 

To make this Punch Art Vase I rotated the punched piece 90 degrees, then scored 4 lines and sponged on some ink to give it some dimension.

Punch Art Vase made with the Artisan Label Punch


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






Sunday, September 14, 2014

Coordinated Color with the "Stamping Off" Technique

Explanation of the "Stamping Off" TechniqueStamping Off? Are you familiar with this technique? You'd use this technique when you want a lighter image.

  • Ink the stamp.
  • Stamp once on scrap paper to lose some of the ink. this is the "stamping off" part
  • then without re-inking, stamp on your project. You'll get a lighter image.

I used "stamping off" on yesterday's fall card because, while I did want the Rich Razzleberry color, the color would have been too intense if I'd left the stamp at full strength ink. See more examples of stamping off here.

Fall Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set - Stamped Off
 Here's the whole card again, you can see why it was important to stamp off to keep the splotches part of the background.  Full strength would have overwhelmed the card.


Color Coordination:  Even though the image has been stamped off, look how perfectly the colors match: the paper, the ink and the Washi Tape.

Color matching is one advantage of getting all your stamping supplies from one company. You're guaranteed that everything coordinates: papers, inks, ribbons, other embellishments like buttons, brads . . . everything is color coordinated. 

and start planning your next project now.

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


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gorgeous Grunge Makes a Gorgeous Fall Card

When someone says "fall card" what do you think of?  The colors? The images (leaves/acorns/wheat and grunge)? Or maybe its the multitude of textures?  This gorgeous fall card has all three.
Fall Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set

Really pretty fall color combo: what colors do you use for fall?  oranges, reds, browns?
For this card I used:  Crumb Cake - - Rich Razzleberry - - Crushed Curry

Fall Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set

Rich variety of textures: An outdoor fall scene has so much texture from fresh wet leaves, spikey seed pods, soft airborne seeds and splatters of mud. On this card I included as much texture as I could.
  *Burlap Ribbon
  *Linen Thread
  *Color Me Autumn Washi Tape
  *Sentiment "popped up"
    with Dimensionals

BTW: Washi Tape is a quick and easy way to add some color to a project. And the torn ends on mine add to the "grunge" look of the card.

You can see Stampin'UP!'s selection of Washi Tape here.

Stampin'UP!'s Gorgeous Grunge Stamp SetThe images on this card are from a set 
called Gorgeous Grunge.

Just look at that variety! This is a great set for making backgrounds on  all kinds of cards.

What kind of "feel" do you want for your card?
*Feeling casual and messy?
*In a hurry?
*Want to emphasize something?
*Going with distinct geometrics?

This set can really do a lot!


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


Friday, September 12, 2014

Masculine Wetlands Card

If you're like me you sometimes struggle to find a good masculine stamp set.  
Have you see this one? Its called Wetlands.


We're using the Wetlands stamp set in class this month.  
and its even available as a digital set item #138003

Here is the card I designed along with several made by people in class.
Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Wetlands stamp set. Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Wetlands stamp set.

People changed the sentiment, altered the angle of the main image, changed up the way the banners were attached on the sentiment. Some put the sentiment on the inside instead of the front, different amounts of color with the sponging . . . 

Lindy is showing off her version. How would you have done yours? Are you signed up for class next week? Tuesday in Verona and Thursday in Monona.  Its all about being creative and having fun. Why not sign-up with a friend to share the fun.

Here's another sample of a card with the Wetlands Stamp Set,
this one was made by my friend Peggy Hallmark
Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Wetlands stamp set.

Need a good masculine/outdoors stamp set? 
You can order Wetlands and all your stamping supplies from my on-line store.

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wow Factor: Top Note Die Front Flap

Today I'm sharing a little "how-to" project:

You can add some "wow" to a card with a special shape for the front flap
The front flap of this card was cut with the Top Note die.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Top Note Die and Embellished Events Stamp Set Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Top Note Die and Embellished Events Stamp Set

Directions:
  • The base paper size is 4-1/4" by 7-3/4", scored at 2-1/4"
  • Cut 2 Top Note shapes: one for the front flap and one for the inside of the card.
  • Adhere the inside flap first
  • Decorate the front flap, making sure the decoration will show below the folded over section
  • place the decorated shape on top the piece you've already glued to the inside
    and then bring the small front flap down and adhere to the decorated piece

Dimensions for a Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Top Note Die Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Top Note Die Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Top Note Die and Embellished Events Stamp Set

 
Special Features: The card is all one color: Always Artichoke. The special features are the shape that the Top Note Die gives to the front and the little bit of sparkle you get by adding the Rhinestones.


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