Stamp “Hand Stamped” on Your Projects with a New Stamp Set!

Ugh!!! We have no interent service at our home. To quote Winnie the Pooh, “Bother!”

In the interum of switching internet providers and fixing the problem, I’ll be sharing Stampin’ Up! announcements and videos. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a video tutorial on how to use our Blendabilities. You can earn them FREEnow through March 31st, with qualifying orders.

In regard to the new stamp set … 🙂

I’ve been getting a lot of requests from stampers for rubber stamps that “endorse” their projects as being handstamped. And I’m excited to say that a new photopolymer stamp set has been introduced just for this purpose! This set even includes a special stamp for knitters and for cooks!

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Isn’t this new stamp set great? To order it, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item from our Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 in product that you purchase from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. The Sale-A-Bration promotion will continue through March 31st.

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Hello Sunshine!

I was getting ready for an Open House recently to introduce Stampin’ Up!’s new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration items and I needed one more project for everyone to make. Two things a fellow stamper advised me kept resonating in my mind. Essentially he said to draw attention to Stampin’ Up!’s wonderful color pallette. He also said that all a new stamper needs for that “wow factor” is to stamp something and then punch it out with one of our wonderful punches. With those suggestions in mind, this card evolved.sunshine

It features one of my new (because I have so many) favorite colors, Crushed Curry, and our new Crazy About You stamp set with coordinating Flower Medallion Punch. Win. Win. Yes?

The Designer Series Paper (DSP), Best Year Ever, is in our Sale-A-Bration catalog so it can be yours for FREE with a qualifying order. The sheets  in this packet have a great color pallette of Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, and Whisper White. The designs have a slight “etched” effect and are really fresh and fun! I let the DSP determine the inks and cardstock in this project.

IMG_3791Crazy About You is in our new Occasions catalog. If you’re looking for a new greeting stamp set, then look no further. The greetings here are designed to be coupled with one another in a variety of different ways so your options are limitless. Plus, it includes three bold images that can be used for all occasions. And the lagniappe is that Stampin’ Up! now has the Flower Medallion punch that coordinates with the flower I used.

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Prepare cardstock: Crushed Curry 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 folded to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, Whisper White  3-3/8 x 4-1/4, Whisper White scraps, Best Year Ever DSP 3-3/8 x 1-1/4

On scraps of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the flower two times with Crushed Curry ink and one time with Calypso Coral ink.

Punch the Crushed Curry flowers with the Flower Medallion Punch. There are thin petals and fatter petals and you will need to line them up with the punch accordingly. Punch just the center of the Calypso Coral flower with the 3/4″ Circle Punch.

Use a Stampin Dimensional to adhere the two Crushed Curry flowers together. They should be stacked so that the petals of the top flower line up between the petals of the bottom flower. Use another Stampin’ Dimensional to attach the Calypso Coral circle. Add a rhinestone to the center.

On the Crushed Curry cardstock base, randomly stamp the flower with Crushed Curry ink.

Stamp the greeting with Soft Suede ink in the upper left corner of the Whisper White cardstock.

Glue the Best Year Ever DSP to the Whisper White cardstock, the flower to the DSP, and the Whisper White cardstock to the Crushed Curry cardstock.

Don’t forget to stamp a flower on the envelope!

IMG_3756Guests at my Open House also stamped monogrammed cards with the new Sophisticated Serifs stamp set. I love that stamp set!

To order any of these items now, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item from our Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 in product that you purchase from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. The Sale-A-Bration promotion will continue through March 31st.

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“Back to Basics” with Butterfly Basics

There are so many wonderful, multi-layered, out-of-this-world beauties being made with Butterfly Basics and the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits. This bundle has been a hot commodity that has everyone abuzz! But today I’m taking a step back to show you how in its simplest form, without the thinlits, the stamp set alone still makes a big creative impact.butterfly-basic

After stamping the flower with Memento ink, I colored it with our Calypso Coral and Old Olive Stampin’ Write markers. Done. As I said, I went back to basics with this one. And I love it!

To add a little more interest, I threaded strands of Brights Backgrounds DSP in Old Olive in varying ways under the the mounted image.

Other possibilities?
This image is perfect for coloring with our Blendabilities. And guess what? Blendabilities are FREE blendie-packswith qualifying orders during our Sale-A-Bration event. It’s a great time to build your Blendabilities collection – which is what I’m doing myself. In fact, my FREE Calypso Coral pack is on its way to my house now! Yippee skippee!

To order any of these items now, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item (like one of these packs of Blendabilities!!!) from our Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 in product that you purchase from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. The Sale-A-Bration promotion will continue through March 31st.

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Black and White Collage Art with Butterfly Basics

inside-of-b-&-w-bflyButterfly Basics and the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits are gorgeous! And fortunately for all of us they come in a bundle for a 15% discount. Yippee!

One of the things that draws me to this set is that it’s great for collage art. By randomly stamping the images you have a quick, easy and elegant card. What’s better than that? I think this card, in just black and white, is especially elegant.

What black pad is best?
Basic Black, Staz-On or Memento? My personal preference is Memento. I have all three but my go-to is Memento because:
1) It dries fast,
2) Images won’t smear when you color them with markers or when watercoloring with our ink pads, and
3) It’s super easy to clean off your stamps without needing a special stamp cleaner.

Adding “bling”:
It’s hard to tell from this picture, but I incorporated our Brushed Silver cardstock here to give the card a little extra pizzazz. With the Brushed Silver cardstock I fussy cut the same size butterfly as the one I diecut and used it as a base for the diecut butterfly.The result is subtle but oh so pretty in person.

And, of course, I also added Stampin’ Up!’s lovely Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

How to apply rhinestones:
I’ve had several people ask me how to apply the rhinestones. And here’s the trick … Start with an exacto blade, 1your piercing tool or any other instrument with a sharp point. Press down between the rhinestone you want and the one it’s attached to in order to “cut” the adhesive between the two. Carefully slide the rhinestone off the paper backer. This insures that the adhesive stays on your rhinestone. If you do this correctly, 2the rhinestone will still be attached to the instrument you used. Without touching it with your fingers, use your instrument to place the rhinestone where you want it and then push it down in place with your finger.3

How to cut the butterfly thinlit:
The butterflies in this thinlit package are absolutely stunning – and very intricate in detail. For directions on how to cut such an intricate thinlit with our Big Shot, go here for a video tutorial.

To order any of these items now, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item from our Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 in product that you purchase from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. The Sale-A-Bration promotion will continue through March 31st.

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You Are Amazingly Amazing

What’s really amazing is this Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. The colors are beautiful and the designs are playful. Perfect for Spring! And the icing on the cake is that it’s FREE with qualifying orders through Sale-A-Bration. amazingly_amazing_amy_whelanYep. Best Year Ever is one of the many items in our Sale-A-Bration catalog that you get for FREE when you purchase $50 worth of product from our Annual and/or Occasions catalogs. Free is good! Free is very, very good!

As I mentioned in a previous post, Stampin’ Up!s Hello You thinlits coordinate beautifully with all of our new greetings. This is just another great example. amazingly_amazing_stackThe greeting in Painted Petals reads, “You are amazingly amazing.” I intentionally didn’t ink the “you” in the stamp so that I could use the thinlit in its place.

To order any of these items now, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item (like this Best Year Ever DSP) from our Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 in product that you purchase from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. The Sale-A-Bration promotion will continue through March 31st.

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Stampin’ Dimensionals

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The Kindness You Show Has No End

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These beauties were inspired by cards I saw here on Pinterest by BJ Peters of Stampin BJ. I borrowed her idea of using staggered circle punches to build the greeting. Isn’t that brilliant? Plus what better way to showcase Stampin’ Up!s new Painted Blooms DSP from our Occasions catalog than by creating banners?

But the leading lady here is the oh-so-gorgeous Lotus Blossom stamp set from our Sale-A-Bration catalog. This beautiful stamp set is FREE now through March 31st when you purchase $50 of product from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. Lotus Blossom is one of our new 2-step stamp sets and is only offered as a photopolymer set. You will need clear block D for these cards.

If you would like copies of our Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs, IMG_3429I’ll be happy to send them to you. Just leave a comment below or email me at amymwhelan@comcast.net. Learn more about Sale-A-Brations free products and how to earn them here. Or if you’re ready to place an order, use my Shop Now button.

To order any of these items now, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item (like this Lotus Blossom stamp set) from our Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 in product that you purchase from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. The Sale-A-Bration promotion will continue through March 31st.

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Liquid Multipurpose Glue

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Feeling Happy

These cards make me happy. They really do. Our new Painted Petal stamp set is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS and fun to rubber stamp with. But it’s the sheen of the background leaves from Crazy About You that intrigue me most. I keep wanting to smooth my fingers over them.

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Creating a Tone-on-Tone Look:
I think tone-on-tone is a great look. It adds interest without taking the attention away from the main feature of the card. In this case, I created a tone-on-tone background by stamping the leaves from Crazy About You with Versamark and then heat embossing them with clear embossing powder.  In addition to achieving the monochromatic background I was hoping for, I was also rewarded with the beautiful, glass-like sheen of the leaves. I’m a tactile kind of gal and I’m drawn to these leaves.

Is it just me or do you want to run your finger over them too?

Using Hello You thinlits:
Yesterday I posted a video tutorial on how to cut the Hello You thinlits on the Big Shot. See that tutorial here. IMG_3763

Many people have asked me how I glue these whisper thin elements to my projects. I use Stampin’ Up!s’ All Purpose Liquid Glue. The needle-nose applicator is perfect for applying thin whisps of glue.

2-Step stamping:
I love me some 2-step stamping. I always have. Two-step stamping is fun, fast and doesn’t require perfection.  Most people are concerned about lining up the two colors perfectly but part of the charm of 2-step stamping to me is that slight offset look. The 2-step stamp set I used here for the flowers is our new, beautiful Painted Petals. I stamped off when I stamped the flower and leaf backgrounds but I used the ink full strength when I stamped the details on top. That’s how I got two different shades of Rose Red, Pacific Point and Old Olive. 

IMG_3765Recommendation:
In a previous post I mentioned that I was experimenting with wood stamp sets again. They do have benefits that the clear and photopolymer stamp sets do not. However, with the Painted Petals stamp set, I highly recommend you go with photopolymer. Some of the stamps are large. Lining them up is difficult with the wood version unless you use your Stamp-A-Majig. Photopolymer is easier to use with this stamp set and I think you will be happier with the results.

To order any of these items now, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item from our Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 in product that you purchase from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. The Sale-A-Bration promotion will continue through March 31st.

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Tiffany “Hello”

Doesn’t this card remind you of Tiffany & Company? The simplicity of the design and, of course, the blue make me think of their beautiful blue boxes with white ribbon. Oo la la.tiffany-with-all-blendies

The greeting on this card was made with our new Hello You thinlits. These incredible thinlits add a flair of dimension and panache and make any stamped project special. Although they were designed to coordinate with our new stamp set Crazy About You, I’m finding that I’m using these thinlits with all of my new greeting stamp sets. You will love them!

Another new item that I used here is our Coastal Cabana Blendabilities. Since they’re alcohol-based, you can color our pearls and rhinestones with them as I did here. While we have had Blendabilities in our Annual catalog already, I’m referring to them as “new” because they’re now also featured in our Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalog. This means you can earn them for FREE with any qualifying order.

A video tutorial on how to create this card with these featured items is below.

SPECIAL NOTE: When ordering Blendabilities as your free SAB item, be sure to use the item number in the SAB catalog. The SAB Blendabilities have a different item number than those in the Annual catalog.

To order any of these items now, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item (like one of these packs of Blendabilities!!!) from our Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 in product that you purchase from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. The Sale-A-Bration promotion will continue through March 31st.

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Left Center Right Game Box

Yesterday I posted the instructions on how to make one of my favorite games, Left Center Right, with Stampin’ Up!’s new Sophisticated Serifs stamp set. You can see that post here. Today I have a quick video tutorial on how to make the box. It really is quite simple.IMG_3721

Dimensions:
Top: 4-1/2 x 6-1/2
Bottom: 4-3/8 x 6-3/8

Directions:
Score the Top and Bottom pieces at 1″ on all four sides with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool or Stampin’ Trimmer.

On the long sides of both box pieces, snip the short verticle score lines up the horizontal score lines.

confusedWith the box pieces upside down, fold in the small flaps created by your snips, apply sticky strip, and attach to the inside of the sides to create the box top and bottom. Am I making sense? My video tutorial below will clear up any confusion.

To order any of these items now, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 in product that you purchase from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. The Sale-A-Bration promotion will continue through March 31st.

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It’s “Game On” in the First Pals Blog Hop of 2015

badgeWelcome to the first Pals Blog Hop of 2015. We hope your new year is off to a great creative start!

To celebrate the start of a new Stampin’ Up! year, we are showcasing products from our newest catalog this month – the Occasions catalog. You may also see new Sale-a-Bration products too. If you don’t know how to earn free Sale-a-bration products – contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to learn more.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon. Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

As you can see I’ve been playing (literally) with Stampin’ Up!’s Sophisticated Serifs.

CLRThe moment I saw this new stamp set in the Occasions Catalog I knew immediately what my first project would be: I would make Left Center Right games.

This is a super quick and easy game to play. Essentially you pass your tokens around the table based on what you roll with the dice. You either pass one or more to the left, the right, or the center pot. Or you keep them. The last person to hold a chip wins!

I’ve used poker chips for my tokens here but I’ve also played with buttons, plastic coins, quarters – and even $1 bills!!! Oo la la!  Each person starts with three tokens. In my games I’ve included five sets of tokens for a total of 15.

IMG_3706For the dice I found these wooden cubes from two different craft stores. I had better luck with the Tree House Studio brand (the blue and yellow package). They must have sort some of coating. The ink on the other brand sometimes bled into the grain of the wood.

I chose to use different colors on the dice here – Real Red for Left and Keep, Garden Green for Center, and Memento for Right . You can use any image for “Keep.” I chose a heart this time since Valentines Day is approaching. Plus the heart stamp came from a Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Best Day Ever, which can be yours for FREE just for purchasing Sophisticated Serifs!IMG_3735

Click this link,  Left Center Right directions, to learn how to play the game and to print the instructions to put inside a game YOU make. 🙂

And check back tomorrow for a video tutorial on how to make the box.

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The next stop is Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next month.
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  1. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  2. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  3. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  6. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  7. Rae Harper at WildWestPaperArts.com
  8. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  14. Michelle Quinno at Shell’s Life
  15. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  17. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  19. Laurie Chilton at Stampin’ Ink
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  22. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  23. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  24. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  25. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  26. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  27. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  28. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  31. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  34. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  35. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  36. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  37. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  38. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  39. Pamela Sadller at Stampin Pink Rose
  40. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  41. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

 

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