Charming!

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Have you ever been at a social gathering and lost your glass of wine or cup of coffee? Or more precisely, you can’t tell which one is yours? Well, by attaching one of these charms, you can lay claim to your stemware or mug.

I’ve used Stampin’ Up!’s Have a Cuppa Embellishments and Botanical Garden Jewels. The moment I saw them in the Occasions Catalog, I knew I wanted them to make these wine and mug charms!

IMG_8356wmThese are wire hoops from  Hobby Lobby. They have a loop on one end and are flat on the other. After attaching the seed beads and Stampin’ Up! charms, I bent the tip of the flat end up to create a hook for the hoop.

These wine and mug charms are SUPER EASY and fast to make as you will see in the following tutorial.

Use my Shop Now button in the top right hand corner to order these Stampin’ Up! embellishments and jewels. And don’t forget to select your FREE Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 of product that you purchase.

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Video – Surprise Can with Easter Lamb

IMG_8299wmWho doesn’t love a surprise? Especially from a can that holds the mystery of how it was filled. Very ship-in-the-bottle-esque.

As the video shows below, you will need these three items to make these treasures:

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Walmart has them so I assume other big box stores do too.

Pull top cans with a bottom lid
Look for cans with a pull top as well as a bottom lid like the one pictured  below. I have the best luck finding them in the canned fruit aisle of my grocery store.  IMG_8261wm

Stampin’ Up!’s Crystal Effects are a must-have too. See my video below to see why.

The ADORABLE stamp set used here is Easter Lamb. It’s a sweet stamp from our Occasions Catalog. For only $10, it’s a steal!

If you need the Stampin’ Up! supplies to make your own Surprise Cans, use my Shop Now button in the top right hand corner. Don’t forget to select your FREE Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 of product that you purchase.

I would love for you to share your own Surprise Can creations on my Amy’s Inklings Facebook page!

Reverse Masking with Flowering Fields

IMG_8242aWow. I’ve sat here for a LONG time trying to come up with the words to describe masking and reverse masking for a novice stamper. It’s tough!

A mask covers a stamped image and protects it from getting marred by ink. A reverse mask covers the background leaving only the image exposed. Make sense? Likely not. See the video to follow.:)

Helpful Hint: When making a mask, use text weight paper, like copy paper, not cardstock.  Thinner paper allows the ink to come right up to the mask’s edge.

Isn’t it magic? It’s a thrill for me every time I remove the mask.

I would love to see what YOU can come up with. Try reverse masking and share a picture of it on my Facebook page here. And don’t forget to like my page.

If you would like to purchase any of these items, use my Shop Now button in the top right hand corner. Don’t forget to select your FREE Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 of product that you purchase. If you need help with that, or if you would like a copy of our Sale-A-Bration catalogs,  reach out to me at amysinklings@gmail.com. Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings!

Super Simple Purse Tote

IMG_8145This adorable little purse-like tote doesn’t require an embossing machine and dies or any other type of crafting tool. It simply comes together with paper, scoring and adhesive.

What makes this particular project so amazing is the gorgeous Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and the sublime Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon. Both of these lovelies are from our current Occasions Catalog. I can’t say enough about this ribbon.  The color, feel and weight is amazing. Yum!

Dimension: 12″ x 6-1/2″ (or adjust to 6″ to get two from one sheet)
Score: Long side: 3/4″, 4-3/8″, 6-3/8″, and 10″; Short side; 1-1/4 and 5-1/4″

Don’t forget our Sale-A-Bration (SAB) special going on now through March 31st. For every $50 of product you purchase, you receive a FREE item from the SAB catalog. We now have three new items that replace the three “Limited Time” options from the first SAB catalog. Click the image below to see your new options.

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To view the SAB items from the first catalog, click the following image.

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Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings today. Be sure to “Follow Me” to receive email notices when I post future tutorials. You can place your order at any time by using the Shop Now button in the upper right hand corner. Don’t forget to select your FREE Sale-A-Bration items for all qualifying orders through March 31st.

I can be reached at amysinklings@gmail.com for any inquiries or if you need assistance placing an order.

Watercolor Wash

IMG_8199Nothing dresses up a simple greeting or image like a beautiful watercolor wash. With Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads and Aqua Painters, it’s a breeze!

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# 103954 $17.00

These refillable, water-filled “brushes” are great for watercoloring images and for creating beautiful background color washes. They come two to a pack and are a great bargain!

Simply press the closed lid of your Stampin’ Up!Classic Ink Pads to create a pool of ink on the inside of the lid. Use the Aqua Painters to pick up ink and “paint.” Simply wipe the brush clean with a rag or paper towel before proceeding to the next color.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings today. Be sure to “Follow Me” to receive email notices when I post future tutorials. You can place your order at any time by using the Shop Now button in the upper right hand corner. Don’t forget to select your FREE Sale-A-Bration items for all qualifying orders through March 31st.

I can be reached at amysinklings@gmail.com for any inquiries or if you need assistance placing an order.

White Craft Pad vs. Staz On Opaque Pad

IMG_8031I know I’ve said this before, but I absolutely adore our Bakers Box Thinlit. The box is the perfect size for sweet treats. An added benefit is the little window die that allows a peak inside the box to see what is enclosed.

For video tutorials on how to construct the Bakers Box, go here  or here . Today’s Video tutorial below focuses on the difference between the two white pads I used – the White Craft Stampin’ Pad and the Staz On Opaque Pad.

IMG_8162Craft  Craft Stampin’ Pad

  • Pigment based ink
  • Slow to dry which makes it great for heat embossing
  • Cleans easily with a baby wipe or wet paper towel
  • Stamps on cardstock and some fabrics
  • Acid free
  • Non toxic

IMG_8161White StazOn Opaque Pad

  • Solvent ink
  • Stamps on plastic and other non porous surfaces
  • Requires Staz On CLeaner
  • Comes with a reinker

 

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings today. Be sure to “Follow Me” to receive email notices when I post future tutorials. You can place your order at any time by using the Shop Now button in the upper right hand corner. Don’t forget to select your FREE Sale-A-Bration items for all qualifying orders through March 31st.

I can be reached at amysinklings@gmail.com for any inquiries or if you need assistance placing an order.

Nested Valentine Egg

box01I found these adorable Lindt Lindor Chocolate Valentine Eggs while grocery shopping at Kroger. Of course I wondered how I could parlay them into a stamped project. Instantly my favorite Scallop Tag Topper Punch came to mind.

This particular package has a raised platform that “nests” the egg securely. The video tutorial to follow will show you how to make these adorable Valentine treats.

Thanks for coming by Amy’s Inklings. To purchase any of the items featured here, use the Shop Now button in the upper right hand corner. Don’t  forget to choose your FREE Sale-A-Bration item with a qualifying order of $50. Click the image below to download the details.

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Heat & Stick Powder

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Yesterday I posted this card using Heat & Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamond Glitter. You can see that original post here. Today I’m back with a quick video tutorial on Heat & Stick Powder and how – and why – to use it.

Thanks for coming by Amy’s Inklings today. Be sure to check out the awesome stamp sets you can earn for FREE during our incredible Sale-A-Bration promotion. To download a Sale-A-Bration catalog, click the following image. Reach out to me at amysinklings@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments. I always love hearing from you!

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I’m Lost Without You

IMG_8057Ba ha ha ha!!! The joke’s on me with this card. Can you tell why? If not keep reading.

IMG_8064This is a card we made at my last Mother Daughter Stamp Club. One of the club members had been asking about Heat & Stick Powder so I incorporated Heat & Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamond Glitter. Come back tomorrow for a video tutorial on the wonders of Heat & Stick and how to use it.

IMG_8087For this card I also wanted to use some of our new items from the Occasions Catalog – our World Traveler Textured Embossing Folder and Going Global Stamp Set.

I thought I was so smart
I wanted to be able to stamp the greeting on top of the embossed image. My “a-ha” brilliant idea was to use the underside of the impression so that the surface would be flat for stamping. I thought I was so smart until one of the girls at club remarked, “Yeah, but … when you use that side doesn’t it make the globe wrong?” … crickets

That’s when one of the moms said, “Well, it just shows I really am lost without you.” Good save.

SABTo order any of these products now, use my Shop Now button in the top right hand corner. Don’t forget to choose your FREE Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 in products that you purchase. To download the Sale-A-Bration catalog, click the image above. For details on how to earn FREE items refer to the bottom of this post.

Thanks for coming by Amy’s Inklings today. Reach out to me at amysinklings@gmail.com with any questions or comments. I always love hearing from you!

Hello Birthday Girl

IMG_7976For a quick, simple card, Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp set “Hello” (one of the FREE items from our Sale-A-Bration catalog) is just the ticket! This card came together in no time flat. And here’s how …

IMG_8006Note Cards & Envelopes:
On page 149 of our current Annual Catalog, we feature our Note Cards & Envelopes in either Crumb Cake or Whisper White. It doesn’t get any faster or easier than to simply reach for one of these precut and prescored note cards.  Each of these packs has 20 sets of cards and envelopes for only $6.00 so they’re both quick and easy to use as well as economical!
Note: For a little added pizzazz, I covered the flap of the envelope with Birthday Bouquet DSP.

Memento Pad in Tuxedo Black:
I stamped both “hello” and “Birthday Girl” with Memento Ink. Boom. Done!

Stampin’ Write Markers:
Grab an assortment of our Stampin’ Write Markers and with the paint brush tip color each stripe of the hat with a different color. Huff on the stamp to remoisten the ink before stamping  your card.

Sooooooooo quick and easy! And adorable too!

IMG_8008Quick Tip:
The Hello Stamp Set comes in either wood block or clear. If you want exact precision in lining up the second stamp under “hello”, use our Stamp-a-ma-jig. For a video tutorial on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig, see this post. This is a tutorial from last year. You can find the Stamp-a-ma-jig on page 176 of this year’s Annual Catalog.

SABDon’t forget about our fabulous Sale-A-Bration promotion. For details on how you can earn FREE products, and to download our Sale-A-Bration and new Occasions Catalogs, scroll to the bottom of this post. When you’re ready, you can place your order by using my Shop Now button found in the upper right corner.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings! If you would like copies of our new catalogs and don’t currently have a Stampin’ Up! Consultant, I would be happy to send them to you. Just reach out to me at amysinklings@gmail.com. And if you want to know how you can order $155 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99, and get FREE shipping, email me at that same address. I’d love to give you the details.