Egg-stra Special

Hello again!

I’ve been crafting but struggling to find enough time to blog about it…

Here’s a recent card that I know the recipient already got:

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Stamp set: Balloon Celebration (Occasions catalog), Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Early Espresso

Paper: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Typeset Specialty DSP, Corrugated Paper

Accessories: Linen thread, Balloon Bouquet punch (Occasions catalog), Gold Wink of Stella pen (Occasions catalog), Gesso

Isn’t that a cool idea for making eggs? I borrowed the idea from this Stampin’ Up! blog post. One change I made was to stamp with the back side of the solid balloon image. (Did you know you could do that?!?) That way, when you punch the shape, the ink goes all the way to the edge without any white (or vanilla) showing.

I stamped off all three colors before stamping onto Very Vanilla.

I spread a thin layer of gesso on the Typeset Specialty DSP to tone it down. I didn’t want the words so visible.

Alert!

Today is the last day of Sale-a-bration! Yes, I know, I didn’t really blog about it, now did I? You can get free items for each $50 of products that you buy. You have until tonight at 11:50 pm MT to order.

Here’s a great last minute item: a Paper Pumpkin 3-month subscription is now on sale for $55. That is a savings of $4.85 over the regular price (which reverts tomorrow). You’ll also snag a Sale-a-bration item. TIP: add a couple of small items such as the Metal Rimmed Pearls (which are a Weekly Deal this week) or some It’s My Party Enamel Dots or even the Baker’s Twine combo pack. It will make the shipping a little bit more reasonable.

Why do I mention this?

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Because Stampin’ Up! is celebrating its ONE MILLIONTH kit delivered! And, how may you ask? Well, all recipients of April’s Paper Pumpkin kit will receive a gift: and extra stamp set called “All about Everything”. Sign up by April 10 to be able to receive April’s kit.

By buying the 3-month subscription during Sale-a-bration (as in, tonight!), it’s like getting TWO gifts in return–the one Sale-a-bration item you can pick out and the extra stamp set in April’s kit.

Here’s the thank you from the CEO Sara:

Thanks for stopping by today!

(and I think I’d better get the sidebar updated…)

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Year End Sale

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Wow!

Starting today is Stampin’ Up!’s Year End Sale.

You will find Clearance Rack items, as well as Holiday Retiring Items. Some of the retiring holiday items are being offered at a discount, some as much as 40% off!

Don’t worry if you can’t find the Clearance Rack at my online store. It’s currently integrated into the Year End Sale.

So, if there were some fall holiday items you would like, but never got, now’s the time! Plus, if you are behind, like me, on your Christmas cards, you can snag some supplies for that, too.

Note: since the Holiday Retiring List was published, Stampin’ Up! has since announced that the Woodland embossing folder was so popular (and hard to get your hands on one), that they decided they will bring it back in June with the 2016 Annual Catalog! (They listen if the demand is really good!)

Note 2: I have links on the right for both the Year End Sale and the Holiday Retiring list. Only the discounted retiring holiday items show up in the Year End Sale category of the online store…

What’s on my list? I really want more of the Black Glimmer paper, love the Real Red Pom-pom trim, and the Real Red Envelope Paper will be great for Valentine’s day.

The sale lasts until January 4, 2016. (And, you know what starts the day after that? The new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration!)

 

Online Extravaganza — and camouflage

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First, it’s not too late to take part in the Online Extravaganza! Sorry!

It started today, and there are Doorbusters for today only: Select Designer Series Paper packs are Buy 3, Get 1 Free. Available until 11:59pm Mountain Time, so hurry!

There are items at 20% to 50% off for the whole week, ending Monday November 30.

Finally there are Doorbuster bundles available on Monday November 30 only.

You can see them all at the online store or on this handy PDF.

To get you in the mood, I want to show you some projects I created when I had played with the Timeless Elegance designer series paper pack a while back (yes, I’m behind in posting projects). A few of the patterns are pretty: roses that look AWESOME if you sponge in some color. Then, there’s a floral border pattern that Lyssa Zwolanek showed how to color (with markers) during Convention. But, left behind are some patterns that, frankly, I thought was hideous. Such as this one.

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I can’t remember where I saw the idea I’m about to show you, probably at Convention as well. Or online. In any case, I call it “camouflage of designer series paper”. If you cover up paper with vellum, it mutes the pattern and colors underneath. And, if you use a pretty shape and die cuts, it looks even cooler!

I did them in two different color schemes, just to try them out.

Perfect Plum coloring of the floral border, with Blackberry Bliss stamping and Very Vanilla seam binding (oops, sorry retired color for this ribbon, but we do have Whisper White).

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Blushing Bride coloring of the floral border, with Watermelon Wonder stamping and Pink Pirouette seam binding (part of the Online Extravaganza, too!).

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My husband said he liked the first one, but I like the second.

Here is a closeup of the butterfly. You can barely recognize the pattern of the designer series paper. I also tried to position the die cut so that the scallops of the lace pattern line up a bit with the curves of the butterfly.

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I even made a thick baker’s twine version of the Perfect Plum card. My husband didn’t care for it either. I suppose the seam binding is softer, but I like the “naturalness” of the twine.

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The Dangers of Websurfing

I’m sure you’re familiar with the danger of browsing the web for crafting ideas — you find a card made with a stamp set you weren’t planning to buy. But, now you want it. It happens to me constantly, and I try to resist.

I’m not sure if I’m always successful.

It’s funny, because I’m not sure exactly which card I saw that pushed me over the edge to get the stamp set I used on today’s card. Perhaps it was a combination of Mary Fish and her use of a white gel pen, combined with Dawn Griffith and her sponging of color.

To compound the matter, the stamp set coordinates with the Leaflets framelits, which can also be purchased as a bundle with another coordinating stamp set (Vintage Leaves from the Annual catalog). So, you know that projects with these items will show up here eventually, right? 🙂

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Stamp set: Lighthearted Leaves (Holiday catalog)

Ink: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, Archival Basic Black

Paper: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey

Accessories: 2″ circle punch, Linen thread, Signo white gel pen, Stampin’ dimensionals, Sponge daubers

I started with Mojo Monday sketch 417. This time, I left off the set of three items. I forgot at first, and then decided that it wasn’t needed on this card. I used a backing panel of Cajun Craze behind the stamped panel to balance the card instead. The stamped panel has a bit of Cajun Craze sponged on the edges so it doesn’t get lost in the background.

I used a white gel pen on the circles in between the leaves. I love how the little bit of white makes the image just pop. Don’t believe me? Here’s another set of leaves that I colored (pardon the stray crease marks).

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October Project

It’s a week late (from the beginning of the month), and I finally have a chance to post this. I even missed World Cardmaking Day (Saturday, Oct. 3). Sigh.

I wanted to create something for Halloween, but not necessarily a treat bag. I decided to incorporate a non-Stampin’ Up! item (*shock*, I know!). But, it was the only way I can think of to accomplish one of the techniques on this card. First, let me show you the card.

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Stamp set: Among the Branches photopolymer (Holiday catalog)

Ink: Tangelo Twist, Crumb Cake

Paper: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper (Holiday catalog)

Accessories: 2″ circle punch, Brayer, Metallic sequins, Venetian crochet trim, Fine tip glue pen (Holiday catalog), Woodland textured impressions folder (Holiday catalog), Sponge daubers

I started from Mojo Monday sketch 417, and flipped it top/bottom.

I added some color to the imprint (background) of the embossing by inking my folder before embossing. Using a brayer makes sure that the coverage is even. You apply the ink to the textured, raised portion of the FRONT of the embossing folder (the part that is on top as you emboss to have the tree trunks raised up). The raised portion on the other side of the folder is smooth, so does not take ink as well (unless you use pigment ink). I like how, in this case, it adds a nice suede-looking finish and enough color to make the trees stand out. I was going to add the spooky eyes from the same stamp set, but the opening in the trees was just a tad too small.

I used the non-Stampin’ Up! tool on the sentiment. It’s called a MISTI. It’s like the Stamp-a-ma-jig, except you can stamp again precisely where you stamped before. Lydia Fiedler (of Understand Blue blog and community manager of Splitcoast Stampers web site) taught us this cool technique that she said works really nicely with circles and balloons: ink your stamp and stamp onto cardstock, and keep doing that, but each time ink less and less of your stamp. In the end, you create shading of your circle/balloon with that one color. I don’t know if it shows up well in the picture:

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I thought the sentiment circle came out looking like a spooky moon at moonrise (you know, how sometimes it looks darker and bigger on the horizon, especially right around the beginning of fall).

To ink my stamp, I used a sponge dauber. Really juicy foam pads do not play well with solid photopolymer images. This was my way of compensating. It would have turned out great with just one inking or even two complete inkings. But, I decided to play with the increasingly partial inkings that Lydia taught and I like the effect!

For balance to the large sentiment, I added the remaining element at the bottom (which was originally at the top): a line of three items. In my case, I used black sequins (they are one of the Weekly Deals until Monday night, by the way!).

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It is interesting how it does balance out the design. In case you don’t believe me, here is the original card without the sequins.

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If you are wondering about the crochet trim, I thought I’d stick to the part of the sketch that seemed to call for some kind of ribbon there. I eventually chose the crochet trim because of the similarity to cobwebs (just nod your head). 🙂

One last detail that I love about this card: the star patterned paper. Evokes a cool, clear night. Although, you wouldn’t really see a dark full moon on a clear night… unless there was a lunar eclipse, I suppose!

Oh, and I do have to mention. The stamp set and embossing folder were meant to be together. As such, they are offered at a bundle for 15% off.

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