Mojo Monday 360 Challenge- Tall and Skinny

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hereThe great thing about participating in challenges is that it gets me thinking “outside of the box.” In this case, outside of the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ box.

This Tall and Skinny card measures 3-1/2″ x 7″. The stamp set is For the Birds which is great for watercoloring. But I also like that it has both images and text. I often isolate just the text to use it with images from another stamp set.

IMG_2486Tips for isolating parts of a stamp:
1) Use our Stampin’ Write Markers to apply ink to the stamp. If you want only the text, ink just the text, huff (breathe) on it to remoisten the ink, and then stamp as usual. However, if you want to watercolor the image, our Stampin’ Write Markers aren’t an option since they are water based and will bleed when watercolored,

2) I often separate the text from the image of a stamp. If you try this, refer to the rubber side of the stamp, not the sticker side, to be sure you’re not cutting into the actual image of the stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Having Fun with the Big Shot FREE Bundles

At a recent Stamp Club, everyone got to “play” with the Big Fella …
yep, the Big Shot!

IMG_2456Stampin’ Up! has a crazy exciting Big Shot SPECIAL until the end of this month.  You can get one of five Stamp Set/Framelit Bundles for FREE when you purchase the Big Shot.  And if you already own a Big Shot, these Bundles are available to you at a 15% discounted price.   Click here to see all five choices.  Keep in mind the prices shown are the discounted price for Big Shot owners but they are FREE if you  are purchasing a Big Shot by August 31st.

At our recent Stamp Club, we used the Daydream Medallions stamp set (p. 70) and coordinating Floral Frames Collection Framelits (p. 231) Bundle.  These two items typically retail for $ 53.90 plus shipping and tax but are FREE now with the Big Shot.IMG_2446

We made a Christmas ornament that evening.  We “blinged” it up by embossing it with Iridescent Ice and adding rhinestones.  The ornament was a HUGE hit that evening!  It was so much fun to get everyone’s hands on our incredible die-cutting machine and to see their excitement with the beautiful outcome!

Ornament – – Big Shot (113439),  Daydream Medallions and Floral Frames Collection Bundle (138910), Versamark (102283), Embossing Buddy (103083), Iridescent Ice embossing powder (101930), Heat Tool (129053), Rhinestones (119246), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Garden Green cardstock (102584), Real Red cardstock (102482), Real Red Stampin’ Pad (126949), red ribbon,

Here are some other items made with the Big Shot and the same Daydream Medallion/Floral Frames Collection Bundle – –

bday003Happy Birthday … and many more – –
Big Shot (113439),  Daydream Medallions and Floral Frames Collection Bundle (138910),  And Many More stamp set (134273 wood , 134276 clear), Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Pad and cardstock (126944 and 119683), Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Pad (133644), All Abloom DSP (133703), Rhinestones (119246), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Whisper White cardstock (100730).yellow-ribbon

Happy Birthday – –
Big Shot (113439),  Daydream Medallions and Floral Frames Collection Bundle (138910),  Bloom with Hope Hostess stamp set (133949 wood, 133952 clear), Hello Honey Stampin’ Pad and cardstock (133643 and 133678), StazOn Jet Black Pad (101406), Basic Black cardstock (121045), Versamark (102283), Embossing Buddy (103083), Clear embossing powder (109130), Heat Tool (129053), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Hello Honey 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon (133671), Whisper White cardstock (100730).

Click here to see all five FREE Bundle options.  Keep in mind the prices shown are the discounted price for Big Shot owners but they are FREE if you are purchasing a Big Shot by August 31st.

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$150 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99 (and shipping is FREE!)

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If you’re a Stampin’ Up! hobbyist, love our products, and get psyched about getting a great deal, this Short and Sweet promo may be just for YOU!

Drum roll please … for only $99, you can get $150 worth of SU! product with FREE shipping!!!!  This awesome deal is for the Starter Kit.

Did you know that many Stampin’ Up! consultants become consultants simply to take advantage of the 20% discount?  They don’t have “parties.”  They order enough product for themselves – and sometimes sell to friends and family – and that’s enough to renew their affiliation with Stampin’ Up! every quarter.  Other consultants sign up to grow a prospering business.

Either way, being a Stampin’ Up! consultant is such an incredible opportunity.  We can share our passion for rubber stamping, enjoy the thrill of learning and sharing how to create beautiful things, and we can enjoy the freedom to grow a business or simply enjoy our incredible product line at a discount!

However, this special promotion is “Short and Sweet.”  It ends Friday, August 28th.  If you would like to discuss this great deal with me, send me an email with your contact information and I will gladly reach out to you.  amymwhelan@comcast.net. Or Click here to see Stampin’ Up!’s “Short and Sweet” promo.

The Stampin’ Up! Big Shot Promotion!

Run dies and folders through this machine to cut shapes and emboss. Cuts a variety of materials. Includes Standard Cutting Pads and Multipurpose Platform.

Purchase a Big Shot during the month of August and you’ll receive a FREE stamp and framelit bundle! Not only that, but for a limited time you’ll also receive a 15% discount on select bundles! Click on the image to learn more!

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Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge

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What FUN!!!!  With the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge in mind, I dug through my DSP and once again got my inspiration with All Abloom.  I’ve said it before … when I need a creative nudge, especially with color combinations, that one paper stack has never let me down.
I …LOVE… ALL … ABLOOM!!! 

The ink pad and cardstock colors I used include Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.  The rest of the items used were selected based on what I had that best resembled the All Abloom design.

Now just out of curiosity …

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Does your desk look like this by the time you finish a project?  Mine does and it drives me nuts!

Clear vs. Wood-Mounted Stamp Sets?

Wood-Block-vs-Clear copyI was over the moon when Stampin’ Up! introduced their clear-mounted stamp sets.  I LOVE them and use them 95% of the time.  But wood-mounted sets have an advantage too.

CLEAR-MOUNTED STAMP SETS:
Pros:
1) The clear-mounted sets offer you more precision as to where the image is stamped since you can see through the blocks.
2) After the initial purchase of clear blocks, these stamp sets save you $4.00 – $10.00 per set.
3) Clear-mounted stamp sets take up less storage space – leaving you room to purchase more 🙂
4) With clear-mounted stamps, you can apply parts of several stamp sets to one block, such as the image from one stamp set and a greeting from another.
Challenges:
1) If you’re stamping a project that uses a lot of stamps – for instance if you’re using letter stamps to create a header – it can be tedious to repeatedly remove stamps from the blocks just to replace it with another.
2) On occasion, just as you’re adding the finishing touches to a project, the stamp can fall off the block rendering an ink spot 2-Way-Glue-Pen copywhere there should be white space.  This is when your design goes in another direction and you end up layering cardstock to cover your mistake.  Easy peasy!  But here’s a trick to help you keep your stamp from falling off the clear block.  Simply swipe the image on the rubber stamp with your 2-Way Glue Pen and let it dry completely.  Once dry, the adhesive helps the stamp stick to the block better but easily releases the block when you’re done.

WOOD-MOUNTED SETS:
Pros:
1) Since these stamps have their own permanent block, it makes stamping with multiple images quicker.
2) Sharing stamps during a Make n Take is easier when each image has its own wooden block.
Challenges:
1) Your placement is not as precise since you can’t see through the wooden block.
2) These sets are more expensive.
3) They also take up more storage space.
4) The wood-mounted sets are heavier on your shelves and in your carry bag.

 

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Butterfly with a Bling!

 

butterflyI LOVED to craft with my boys when they were younger and making a mess was never an issue.  But the one thing that I couldn’t stand to use with them was GLITTER!  It got everywhere!!! Then I was introduced to Stampin’ Up!’s Dazzling Diamond Glitter and my love affair began.  Now I keep a 2-Way Glue Pen and my Dazzling Diamonds glitter close at hand because I use it all the time! And I don’t even mind finding the errant fleck of glitter on my face and hands anymore!

Here I used the Polka Dot Pieces stamp set just as I did in my last post.  I added a little bling with the Dazzling Diamond Glitter and the Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the All Abloom DSP stack.  Whenever I need a little inspiration I go through the papers in that stack until I get my “Aha!” moment.  Love it!

“Back to School” Teacher Gift

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Our children went back to school this past Monday and I found myself scurrying to make quick teacher gifts.  I have an abundance of Post It note pads (I have a compulsion to buy them whenever they’re on sale) so I thought a quick Post-It note pad and matching pen would be perfect.

The Post-It note cover is made with a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock that measures 3-1/4″ x 6-3/4″ and I scored it at 3-3/16″ from both ends.  This size cover will accommodate one half of a Post-It note pad.  Find the middle of the pad and then break it apart into two separate pads and use one half for this project.

I cut the Whisper White cardstock at 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″. And then of COURSE I sponged the edges with Pear Pizzazz.  I love to sponge the edge of everything!  It adds great texture!  I wanted the background to be muted so using Daffodil Delight ink, I “stamped off” the flower image on a scratch piece of paper twice before stamping the flower as a background.  Then I stamped the greeting with Tempting Turquoise.  Insert the pad inside the cover.  Use Sticky Strip to keep it secured.

Using the Polka Dot Pieces stamp set, I stamped the bird bundle with Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pads and then punched each set out with the Bird Builder Punch.  As you can see, I only used one image per color to assemble the bird on the branch.

I LOVE Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I can’t stamp a project without them!  So I popped up the bird and his little wing.

The pen I used is a Pentel RSVP pens0239246_sc7 If you haven’t stamped with these yet, RUN to your office supply store and grab a few packages.  You’ll LOVE them!  The bottom twists off with the ink cartridge leaving an empty shell.

On a 3-1/8″ x 1-1/2″ piece of copy paper, I used the tiny leaf stamp to completely cover the paper with all three colors of ink used on the Post-It note cover.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  Just be sure to stamp all the way to the edges.  To get the paper inside the pen, roll it tightly around the ink cartridge, carefully slide it off so it remains tightly rolled, and then slip it inside the shell.  Then put the pen back together. Voila!  You have a matching pad and pen set!