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Friday, February 22, 2019

Using a Template to Stamp a Wreath

Here is an idea to help you get more use from your small stamps.  
Stamp them multiple times in a circle to make a wreath.

Wreath Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Meant to Be stamp set and Sunshine Wishes Thinlets

The magic number is "8", at least on my card. 
The illusion of a circle is made from 8 stamped images.

A collage of 5 different wreath cards

What small stamps do you have that would work?
 You could stamp free-hand or lightly draw a circle on your paper.
To get my images lined up I made a template.


This short video shows how easy it is to make the template and to stamp with it.


  • The template can be used with out the stamp positioner
    . . . but the Stamparatus does make it go faster. 
  • You can create the template by measuring the square holes
     . . . but using a square die is so much easier
I will have links below to all the product used on this card.  I'm happy to answer questions about this or any other project.  Leave me comment below.

Wreath Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Meant to Be stamp set and Sunshine Wishes Thinlets

Making a wreath with your small stamps is easy to do and its a fun way to let your small stamps make a different kind of statement.  I hope I've inspired you to head to your craft stash and check out the stamps you have that might work for this technique. And if you need any product check the links below.


 
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.

Because I do appreciate your business, you can earn extra rewards when you shop with me
Just be sure to use the Rewards Code for the month (found in the left pane at the top of this blog) when you place your on-line order.

Stamparatus
[146276] - $49.00

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Well Said and Well Written

Here is a beautiful happy birthday card.  The high contrast on this card really makes a statement, I think you could say it was "well said"!


Simple birthday card made with Stampin'UP!'s Well Said Stamps and Well Written Dies. Card is high contrast with foil paper and glimmer paper on black background

Contrast, Glimmer and Shine makes a statement.  The high contrast of the reflective Lovely Lipstick foil and sparkle from the white glimmer paper against the black background is very eye catching.

BTW: that gorgeous Lovely Lipstick foil is one of this year's FREE items for Sale-a-brationCheck out all your Sale-a-bration options here.

Simple sentiments:  For added contrast the diecut word "happy" was intentionally overlaid on the foil strip and the word birthday was heat embossed on the foil. 

Simple birthday card made with Stampin'UP!'s Well Said Stamps and Well Written Dies. Card is high contrast with foil paper and glimmer paper on black background 

If you're looking for a good word set with lots of options and a complementary set of word dies then check here to see enlarged images of the Well Said Stamp Set and Well Written Dies.  I'm impressed by the range of sentiments AND the fact that the Well Said stamp set also has sentiments to cover the INSIDE of the card.

The stamps and dies can be purchased separately, or now through May, you can save 10% if you purchase them as a bundle.

 
Darling little flowers: The only imagery on this simple card is from the cute trio of little punched flowers. I'm glad to see that Stampin'UP! has added a pack of ittle flower punches to the product line.

The Bitty Bloom Punch Pack:  How cute are these?


Can you see the possibilities of simple cards with a focus on the sentiments?

Simple birthday card made with Stampin'UP!'s Well Said Stamps and Well Written Dies. Card is high contrast with foil paper and glimmer paper on black background

I hope this has inspired you to dig through your sentiment sets and word dies.  And if you're looking for a good sentiment set or set of word dies you can't go wrong with the Well Said Stamp Set or Well Written Dies. The supplies I used on this project are listed at the end of the post.  I'm happy to answer questions about this or any other project.



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.

Because I do appreciate your business, you can earn extra rewards when you shop with me
Just be sure to use the Rewards Code for the month (found in the left pane at the top of this blog) when you place your on-line order.


Well Said Cling Bundle

Save money
when you buy the BUNDLE

The stamps and dies
can also be purchased separately
Big Shot
[143263] - $110.00
Versamark Pad
[102283] - $9.00
Heat Tool
Heat Tool
[
129053] - $30.00

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Lovely Lattice with Pieced Flowers

Time for another Blog hop - this one featuring Sale-a-bration Products. This card was made with the Lovely Lattice Stamp set and features a fun coloring technique:  Paper Piecing.  I also have a tip to share on how to add sparkle to your stamped sentiment.

Card showcases paper piecing with Stampin'UP!'s Lovely Lattice Sale-a-bration Stamp Set.

This card looks so clean and fresh, perfect for spring. Given the fact that I live in Wisconsin and my driveway has 2 inches of ice from a freak storm last week and covered with 10 inches of snow and we're due for another half-foot today . . . I am ready for spring! But not too ready, because I want Sale-a-bration to last a little while longer.

For those readers who don't know about Sale-a-bration it is Stampin'Up!'s biggest sale of the year.  EACH qualifying merchandise purchase during Sale-a-bration earns you a free item from either the Sale-a-bration catalog or one of these 3 additional options from the 2nd release. The Lovely Lattice Stamp set is one of the FREE options.

Card showcases paper piecing with Stampin'UP!'s Lovely Lattice Sale-a-bration Stamp Set.

Are you someone who likes to color? This set is perfect for you with the open flower imagery.  In the closeup above you can see that I did color some of the flowers and the leaves on the white card face.

You'll also notice on the larger flowers that I did some paper piecing.  Paper Piecing is a fun technique to add some dimension to a project.  Its super easy: 
  • Stamp the image on colored paper
  • Cut out with a scissors and glue onto the main project
Did you notice I used my markers on the colored paper too! I even colored the sentiment with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush - because you can never have too much sparkle, right?

Card showcases paper piecing with Stampin'UP!'s Lovely Lattice Sale-a-bration Stamp Set.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check out the rest of the sites on our Sale-a-bration Blog Hop. You're going to see lots of wonderful projects made with Saleabration product.


  1. Sue McDonald
  2. Anastasia Radloff
  3. Shirley Merker
  4. Tracy Held
  5. Sue Boerner 
  6. Darla Roberts
  7. Terri Stewart
  8. Katie Johnson ← you are here
  9. Karie Beglau
  10. Elizabeth Green
  11. Sandra Roberts
  12. Sandy Ward 

Wow, if you made the full circuit you saw some awesome projects! If you're back here then be sure to check out yesterday's post where I did some reflection stamping to make a matching envelope for this card.

I hope I have inspired you today to try this fun technique:  
coloring by paper piecing.

And the great news that the Lovely Lattice Stamp set is FREE with a qualifying purchase.  Stampin'UP! is a great company with great product. Spend some time browsing the catalog, stock up on some basics and grab yourself some free product.

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.

Because I do appreciate your business, you can earn extra rewards when you shop with me
Just be sure to use the Rewards Code for the month (found in the left pane of the blog) when you place your on-line order.


 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Reflection Stamping Made Easy

Are you someone who likes to decorate your envelopes?  The Lovely Lattice set has a small flower that fits perfectly on the envelope flap. The thing is though, the stamp itself is a single flower and to get this mirror image look I used a stamp positioner to do the reflection stamping.

Card showcases paper piecing with Stampin'UP!'s Lovely Lattice Sale-a-bration Stamp Set.

No matter what you call it: mirror image or reflection stamping
either way its a cool look that's surprisingly easy to accomplish.
This short video shows how easy it is to do Reflection Stamping.


Years ago I used to do this technique with the Stamp-a-ma-jig (which is basically a T-square sized for stamps). My new favorite stamp positioning tool is Stampin'UP!'s Stamparatus.  


This thing is amazing, I use my Stamparatus so much more than I ever thought I would. It does much more than just helping line up stamps and do reflection stamping.  
  * Check out this post where the hinge feature helps create the illusion of motion,
  * or this one where I used it to help me create a square frame from a straight stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today.  BTW: tomorrow's post will feature the card shown with this envelope.

I'm happy to answer questions about reflection stamping, or the Stamparatus,  or about any other project. Product links for today's project are at the end of the post.

I can also answer questions about the advantages of joining Stampin'UP! The product is fun to demonstrate and sell (who wouldn't want to get paid to play) . . . and the company also loves discount buyers.  Just ask me . . .

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.

Because I do appreciate your business, you can earn extra rewards when you shop with me
Just be sure to use the Rewards Code for the month (found in the left pane of the blog) when you place your on-line order.



Stamparatus
[146276] - $49.00