I Think You Are Amazing

amazingHere’s one last card made with Lovely Romance. This time I coupled it with Flowering Flourishes. Two beautiful, versatile stamp sets.

Lovely Romance is on its way out. It appears on the Retiring List and won’t be around for long. Snag it up while supplies last.

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Lovely Romance and Beautifully Baroque in Soft Sky

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Isn’t she lovely? I find something soft and soothing about this card. Here I’ve paired the Lovely Romance stamp set and Beautifully Baroque embossing folder along with the soft hue of Soft Sky. Yummy! The color, to me, evokes a sense of calm and comfort. I could just look at this card all day. Ahhhh

Retired List BannerThese two items are on Stampin’ Up!’s Retired List and as of now are still available. The added bonus is that the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder has been discounted 50% to $3.98!  Yowzer! They really are stunning together. If you would like to add Lovely Romance and the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder to your stamping arsenal, now’s the time to order them before the inventory is gone.  Head over to my online store now by clicking on the “Shop Now” button at the top of my post to place your order.

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How to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig

IMG_4722“How do you use that thing?”

I hear that quite often so today I have a quick video tutorial on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

In a nutshell, this priceless little gem enables you to stamp an image EXACTLY where it needs to go. When I posted my Chapstick Holder  here, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stack together two different greeting stamps.

Here’s a quick how-to …

You can find this wonderful tool, item # 101049, on page 235 of the current catalog.

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Chapstick Holder for Teacher Appreciation

boxesToday is an exciting day!!! Not only am I psyched about sharing this cute little gift item, but I’m also thrilled to be a guest stamper for Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty. Woo hoo! What an honor!  So lets get started…

chapstickWith Teacher Appreciation Week approaching for my school – and presumably many schools – I’ve turned my attention to teacher gifts. Planning for teacher gifts can get overwhelming. The older your children get, the more teachers they have. Cha ching! So here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ to say, “Thanks,” and, “Don’t get chapped lips.” 🙂

chapstick02The adorable DSPs (Designer Series Papers) used here are from the All Abloom DSP pack. I have LOVED this pack and have used it so many times that there’s barely anything left of it. All Abloom is currently on our Retired List. It was still available as of yesterday but will not last long. Order it now before it’s gone by using my Shop Now button at the top of the right sidebar!

Here are the dimensions needed for this project. A video tutorial* will follow to show you how to make these purse-like holders. As a bonus, the video also demonstrates how you can color our ribbon with our Stampin’ Spritzers and reinkers.

*Edit: The first score line in the long strip of paper is at 3/4″ as shown below not 3/8″ as my video states.

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Flowering Flourishes is Elegant in Smoky Slate

bestmotherThis lovely is CASEd from Pinterest. When I came across it I was drawn to its simplicity and elegance. Naturally I just HAD to have the stamp set for myself!

I’d love to give credit to the person who originally designed this card but the person that pinned this didn’t know the original designer either.

Go with the flow
Flowering Flourishes has a lot of twists and turns. It just screams for embellishments here and there. My go-to floral punches are Petite Petals and the flower from Itty Bitty Accents. The petals from Petite Petals are large enough to be curled with your bone folder. The smaller Itty Bitty flower stacks nicely on top. Add a little bling and a dimensional and you’re good to go!

Monochromatic Brilliance
Don’t underestimate the power of just one color. It’s clean and sophisticated. And with this particular shade of gray, the design is further elevated to something remarkably formal.

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Decorative Pad and RSVP Pen with the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

InKing Royalty Blog Hop - AprilWelcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop.  Today we are celebrating April Showers – not only is this the season for Baby Showers and Wedding Showers, but May flowers are just around the corner, so you’re certain to see a great variety of projects along the hop.  You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Brian King at Stamp with Brian.  After you read my post, I  hope you’ll hop over to the next.  If you get off track at any point during the blog hop, there’s a complete list of participants at the end of this post.

J-pad“Let your stamps work for you.”

That’s my mantra. If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ve “heard” me  say this before. When you make gifts with your Stampin’ Up! products, the money you save on those gifts essentially reimburses you for your investment in stamping supplies. Here’s a gift I made for a co-worker who will be getting married soon. I wanted to create something with her new monogram to include in her shower gift.

I used Blackberry Bliss cardstock and a sheet from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack to dress up this notepad that I found at Big Lots a while back. The pad was part of a multi-pack but my guess is that I didn’t spend more than .75 per pad. Given with a matching pen makes, this a great little gift!

s0239246_sc7These Pentel RSVP pens can be found at any office supply store as well as Walmart. The everyday price per pen is about $1.00 but you can often find them on sale for half that amount. What’s brilliant about these pens is that the barrel easily accommodates matching DSP or stamped image.

For roughly $1.75, I have this special monogrammed gift to give my coworker. A gift for $1.75? You can’t beat that!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy.  You certainly won’t want to miss any of these projects.

  1. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  2. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  3. Denise Hopefner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  5. Lisa Pretto at DIY Royalty
  6. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings  –  YOU ARE HERE!
  9. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  10. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper

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The Marriage of Sophisticated Serifs and Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

W2This was a fun one!

I love my Sophisticated Serifs stamp set! It’s a thrill to be able to monogram anything that I stamp. Recently I purchased the Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and to my utter delight it is the perfect “match” for Sophisticated Serifs! My love affair with this incredible stamp set continues…

To recreate this design, stamp your letter first and then emboss the frame around the letter.

11013415_10205648437163708_8385436373041274367_nI need to make a set of these for my niece whose wedding I attended in New Orleans this past weekend. The wedding was beautiful and the reception was a blast! The whole weekend was grand. So grand, in fact, that I didn’t stop to post this project over the weekend as I had planned. The upside is that I can now share a picture.

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A Quick Tip on How to Choose the Correct Clear Block

Aren’t family weddings grand? I’m in my hometown of New Orleans for my niece’s wedding. The hubs and I have been having a great time eating AWESOME food and spending time with family. In my absence, I do have a couple quick posts just to keep us in touch. Enjoy!

Have you ever been ordering a new stamp set and you couldn’t tell what size block you needed for the set? Well, here’s a little tool I made for just that purpose.

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Coloring Designer Series Paper

dspI’ve been having fun playing with Stampin’ Up!’s Lovely Romance stamp set. And there is no better embossing folder to accompany it than Beautifully Baroque. Yum!

The DSP (Designer Series Paper) I used here is from the Moonlight Paper Stack. This particular sheet has a Lost Lagoon background with white rain drops. Because I was in need of a DSP that would tie together the Hello Honey ribbon and Smokey Slate cardstock with the Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey stamped image, I decided to color the white drops.

Using our markers resulted in colors that were too dark. In the end I used our Aqua Painters and ink pads. That created more muted colors that I felt were more appropriate for the overall design.

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Coloring White Organza Ribbon Black

stazonYesterday I posted a beautiful card stamped with Lovely Romance. You can see that post here. The ribbon I used is Stampin’ Up!’s 5/8″ Organza Ribbon that I colored black. This post will explain how I did that.

One way to color our ribbons is with our Stampin’ Spritzer filled with rubbing alcohol and reinker ink. You simply fill the barrel of the spritzer 3/4 of the way with rubbing alcohol and add 6 – 8 drops of reinker. While this creates GORGEOUS colorful ribbons, I didn’t know if this method would create a dark black ribbon. In turn, I decided to go a different route. I experimented with our Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, the Memento ink pad and the StazOn Tuxedo Black ink pad. See my thoughts below after the video.


So what did I learn?

1) You need two gloves! Ha! 🙂
2) When considering the marker and two pads, the StazOn ink was the clear winner for coloring the ribbon. It created the darkest results and it dried quickly.
3) StazOn makes the ribbon stiff which makes it a little harder to tie into a bow.
4) It was a messy but incredibly fun and exciting experiment!

My Thoughts Now?
I think I need to try the Spritzer method. It creates beautiful colors but would it create a dark black too? Would Basic Black reinker and rubbing alcohol leave the ribbon as whispy as the ribbon was in its original state?

Things that make you go, “Hmmm…”

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