Thinking Outside the Box with the “Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit”

I love the concept of taking one of the great Stampin’ Up! kits to another level. This video, from Stampin’ Up!, does just that. Check out how the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit can be used for fun and adorable holiday decorations.

138104O10You can make a constellation of star shapes in a variety of sizes and patterns. They make the perfect home decor, place cards, and ornaments!

You get enough to create a 15″ (38 cm) star and 25 smaller stars (5 each of 5 sizes).

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I’m sure we looked suspicious, and maybe the cops were called …

… but I promise it was all clean fun.  Well, actually that’s not true.  My hands were stained in the end. They looked like Gorgeous Grunge!

Imagine this … suspicious it’s evening and two cars pull up in the parking lot of Bojangles.  Two female suspects step out, open the hatch of one of the cars, and start rummaging through something. But you can’t tell what.  Then one of the females holds a piece of paper up to her face while the other female appears to put something onto the paper. Hmmm. What could it be?  It’s too dark to tell. Then suddenly one of them holds a straw up to the paper and appears to be … OMG!  You’re not quite sure. But it doesn’t look right!  It looks “funny.”  The two suspects suddenly become giddy and animated with excitement.  One offers the other a check in exchange for a white bag. Then they hug one another, get into their cars and drive away.  WHAT JUST HAPPENED? WAS IT LEGAL????

So here’s the truth and nothing but the truth … I held my Stamp Club meeting this past Saturday. One of the projects we made was the card featured in this blog postblow

It was a great evening, but my dear friend and club member, Merrily, wasn’t able to attend. She asked if I would make the projects for her and give them to her later.

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So this evening we made arrangements to meet at Bojangles so that I could deliver the samples and an order to her and so that she could give me her new order and check.  I brought her the deconstructed pieces of both projects with instructions on how she could complete them at home.  But I wanted her to blow the ink for this project herself.  So there we were in the parking lot of Bojangles.  I was dropping SU! re-inker onto the cardstock she held and she was using a straw to blow the ink in different directions.  It’s such a fun technique with surprising results so Merrily and I both became giddy with excitement.

Right before we drove off she said, “Amy, I bet you never imagined you would be demonstrating SU! products out of the trunk of your car!”  She was right!  But hey … why not???

 

 

 

Brayer, Ink Pads and Clear Block = “Cool” Background

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At a recent card swap I received a beautiful card with an interesting, mottled background. When I asked about it she said she had inked her clear block and used it as a stamp. So as I was trying to figure out how to elaborate on the wintry scene, I gave it a whirl and the result was cool!!! Pun intended! 🙂

Here’s a video on the background technique.

As my video indicated, I chose to cut out the image and mount it on Night of Navy.  However, if you want to try this technique on a white card base, simply use a mask before stamping the trees so the trees don’t overlap the background you created.

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I’m still on the Gorgeous Grunge and Foliage Band Wagon …

More Grunge today.  I’m obsessed with the tree/foliage idea.  This time I’m using the stems from Too Kind so either I have flowers here or Dr. Seuss Truffala trees.  I’m going to go with the Truffala trees. 🙂

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This is a super easy card to make.  I just started by stamping the stems from Too Kind in Old Olive.  Then I used Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride and Bermuda Bay for the flower petals. The greeting is from Work of Art.

The finished size of the smaller card is 3-1/2 x 4-1/4.  Perfect for a quick thank you note. The larger card is the standard size of 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 and on that card I layered the art on Tangerine Tango cardstock and attached that to a Whisper White cardstock base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Easy peasey, lemon squeezy.

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More Gorgeous than Grunge

YIPPEE!!!!!  I received my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and couldn’t wait to test drive it.  I referred to Pinterest, as so many of us do, and saw that stampers are using this set to adorn bare trees.  So I grabbed White Christmas from our Holiday Catalog and started playing and … voila!

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Making this card was a very organic process.  A little of this here, a little of that there, etc. But I’m very happy with the outcome!

Instructions:

After stamping the trees with Chocolate Chip, I re-inked  just one of the two trees and stamped it in the middle of the others to create a trio. Then I filled the trees with Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey foliage using the big dot stamp from Gorgeous Grunge. As I stamped the various colors, I turned my stamp in different directions so the trees didn’t look the same. Mossy Meadow is an intense color so I stamped off for most of those “leaves” to create a more muted tone.

I sponged Hello Honey in the sky and sponged all three of the foliage colors on the ground.

If you recreate this design, don’t forget to stamp fallen leaves at the base of the trees. It’s Fall, afterall!

Cost-saving tips:
I listed the Project Life Corner Punch below as a tool to use to round corners.  I actually used the punch in the Envelope Punch Board.  So … if you already have the fabulous Envelope Punch Board or the Gift Box Punch Board, don’t forget that it comes equipped with a corner punch that you can use in all of your projects.

I used the greeting from Too Kind because that particular greeting was a good fit for the space. 🙂 But clearly you can use any greeting that’s already in your arsenal.   In fact, look through your stamp sets.  You might be surprised at how many of your Stampin’ Up! stamp sets have greetings!

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3-Tier Technique

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I was playing with our Ornamental Pine stamp set last night and decided to try the 3-tier technique.  This type of design features rubber stamping simultaneously on three layers of light colored card stock of graduating dimensions and then assembling them on a coordinating cardstock.

What I learned with my warm up card (on the right):
#1) Plan ahead!!!!  After stamping my first attempt I realized I hadn’t saved any room for a greeting! pineconeframes
#2) Sponging the edges with Cherry Cobbler was a wrrooonng move.  It made the pine boughs look like they were bleeding!  Yuck!
#3) When photographing your card, adjust the ribbon correctly so it doesn’t cover up the greeting!  <<sigh>>  That’s really bugging me!

Directions for this card:
Dimensions:
Vanilla cardstock – – 5-1/4 x 3-3/4, 4-1/4 x 2-3/4 and 3-1/4 x 1-3/4; base card folded to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4
Chocolate Chip cardstock – – 5-1/2 x 4, 4-1/2 x 3 and 3-1/2 x 2
Steps:
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Use a tiny smudge of gluestick or removable glue to adhere all vanilla cardstock pieces together, stacked and centered on top of one another (see photo to the left); handshot
2) Stamp the greeting first (see what I learned?)
3) Using Stampin’ Write Markers, color the branches on the stamp brown (I used Chocolate Chip which isn’t sold separately so I indicated Early Expresso below) and color the bows Old Olive.  Huff on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp as usual;
4) Stamp the ornament with Cherry Cobbler;
5) Add texture by stamping splatter dots over all of the pieces. You can use Gorgeous Grunge or Frightful Wreath.  Or you can sponge brown ink over everything. I used Itty Bitty Backgrounds which is now retired.
6) Carefully separate the Vanilla cardstock pieces so that you can mount each one to its coordinating Chocolate Chip cardstock.
7) Layer all pieces on top of one another and glue in place.
8) Embellish with ribbon and rhinestones.

Give 3-Tier Technique a shot.  I’d love to see what you create!

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This Will Blow you Away!

blow Who knew blowing through a drinking straw could be so much fun? Well … I guess I do have childhood memories of using a straw to blow bubbles in my glass of milk. But that was just a mess – – and in this case, it’s artistic! drinking straw

The technique is quite simple – – drop one to two drops of Stampin’ Up! re-inker on your cardstock and blow through a drinking straw to scatter the ink in different directions. Work quickly before the ink is absorbed into the paper. We made these at the World Card Making Day event that I attended. Each one was unique. One looked like the Texas Longhorns logo!

Safety tips to keep in mind – – The ink has a tendency to scatter over a larger area than your cardstock. Clear your work area so ink doesn’t splatter in unwanted areas. Also, keep scratch paper beneath your project so the ink doesn’t seep through the cardstock to what lies underneath.

Directions for this card:

The Hello Honey base card measures 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 and is folded to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4. The Whisper White piece is 3-3/4 x 3 and the Island Indigo piece is 3-7/8 x 3. I punched Whisper White cardstock with the 1-3/4 circle punch and stamped the greeting from Work of Art.  Then I used the 2″ circle punch to punch out the round Island Indigo cardstock that backs the greeting.

I knew where the circle greeting would be placed on the card so I dropped Island Indigo, Hello Honey and Early Expresso ink one at a time at that point and blew the ink droplets in the opposite direction.

I looped a 2-1/2 piece Island Indigo Chevron ribbon and adhered it beneath the Island Indigo cardstock. Stampin’ Dimensionals attach the circle greeting.

Badda-bing, badda boom!

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A Little Whimsy with Flower Patch

turkey So, for whatever reason, one of the first things that came to mind when I got the Flower Patch/Flower Fair Framelit die bundle was “turkey feathers.” I dunno, it’s just the way I’m wired. Part of the fun of being a rubber stamper for me is to look for the unobvious (is that a word?). “How can I stretch this set to create something completely different than its intention?” And so my mind’s eye saw turkey feathers. turkey

The entire body of the the turkey was made with these four framelits and two stamps. And with our Alphabet Rotary Stamp, the greetings you can create our endless.

The hubs got into the action and helped inspire this next little creature. googlyKevin knew I wanted to incorporate a googly eye so he suggested something along the line of a minion. I LOVE how it turned out. It makes me laugh!

I hope these inspire you to think outside the box. I’d love to know how YOU are using your stamp sets to create something “unobvious.”

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Overwhelmed with Flower Patch Awesomeness!

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I’m soooooo excited!!!  I recently received the Flower Patch Stamp Set/Flower Fair Framelits Die Bundle in the mail from friend Deb Cozzone.  I’ve seen so many beautiful cards made with this bundle that I can’t wait to spend a full day “in the zone” playing with these new lovelies.

field5I spent most of this past weekend at a marching band competition in Jacksonville, AL. My son (bass drummer on the left in the foreground) and I returned to Woodstock, GA at 3:30 am Sunday morning! We had a fabulous day. And the Marching Knights had great success! But … We. Were. Exhausted!!!  I slept until 12:30 the following day!  But in my delirium Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t wait to start “playing” so I made the card shown above.

There is sooo much potential with the Flower Patch stamp set and the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits. I’m sure this will be just the tip of the iceberg from me.  I can see a series of posts featuring this one stamp set/framelit bundle in the near future … 🙂

Steps for this card:

The base:
1) Cut a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 piece of Whisper White cardstock and score and fold it  to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2.
2) Run a 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 piece of Whisper White through the Big Shot with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.
3) With a piece of 3-1/8 x 4-5/8 Daffodil Delight, assemble all three layers for the base as pictured.
The flower and leaves:
4) Stamp the flower with Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey and Chocolate Chip and the leaves with Old Olive and Mossy Meadow. Run them through the Big Shot with the Flower Fair Framelits Dies.
Greeting banner:
5) Stamp the greeting on Whisper White.  Cut a banner edge with our fabulouso Paper Snips, a framelit or the corner of a square punch. Frame this with Old Olive cardstock and create a banner edge to that layer too.  Adhere to card.
Final Assembly:
6) I used retired stamp set Itty Bitty Backgrounds to splatter a little Chocolate Chip ink on the banner, flower and edges of the base card.  You could also use Gorgeous Grunge sparingly or the splatter stamp from the Frightful Wreath stamp set.
7) Use two layers of Stampin’ Dimensionals for the flower to really pop it up.
8) Glue the top leaf to the base of the card with the pointed end slightly under the flower.
9) To adhere the second leaf, use a Stampin’ Dimensional on the outer edge of the leaf and use glue when inserting the inner edge of the leaf slightly uner the flower as shown.

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Trick or Treat Chevron Bag

 

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This is the cute gusseted bag we made at Brian King and Pam Morris’ World Card Making Day event.  It’s made with one of the 5″ x 8-1/4″ flat Tag a Bag Gift Bags on page 201 of our Annual Idea Book and Catalog.  With a snip, three score lines and a few folds, the flat bag is transformed into this adorable, 3-D gusseted bag.  “Ador-dor!!!”

Instructions:

step11) Take a slim snip off the bottom edge of the bag so that it’s no longer sealed at the bottom.
2) Make score lines (B) one inch from both sides (A) of the bag and two inches from the bottom of the bag. See dotted lines.
3) Make snips from the bottom of the bag along the side score lines up to the 2″ score line as shown in diagram.
4) Push in the sides of the bag along the score lines creating inverted Vs at the sides and then fold the bag flat.
5) Now open the bag to create a rectangular tube.step5
6) Fold in the bottom edges of the bag and glue them shut to make a flat bottom.
7) Cut a 2-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ piece of cardboard (such as the back board in our DSP paper packs) and place at the bottom of the bag to fortify the bottom.
8) Create a tag with punches or framelits you already have.  Here I used the items listed below. Secure the tag to the bag with a clothespin.

While this may sound complicated, it’s really quite easy.

Give it a whirl!  And when you do, please share your creations with these nifty Tag a Bag Gift Bags.

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