Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tile Coasters

I have made several of these tile coasters for friends, and now I am starting to make more to sell at my upcoming Craft Fairs.  I found out that the rough tiles that are unsealed work best when using ink.  If you want to make some with a paper covering than you can get a smooth, already sealed tile.  I have made several with Designer Series Paper and will post at a later date.
As you can see, the tiles come in several colors.  I purchased them at a local hardware store.  I wiped them clean, to get the dust off because they are unsealed.  I then used Jet Black StazOn Ink and stamped my images.  You need to use StazOn Ink so the images don't run when they get wet.  After they were all stamped I arranged them on a baking sheet and baked them in my oven at 350  for about 20 minutes.  This is just an extra step to set the ink, even though when I tried to clean one that I made a mistake on right after I stamped it I couldn't get the image off. So, I don't know if you really have to follow this step, but I am either giving them as gifts, or selling them at craft fairs so I want to take extra precaution so they don't run.
When you take them out of the oven they are very hot, so after they cooled I sprayed them with a Matte Sealer that you can purchase at a hobby or hardware store.  I sprayed two coats, waiting about 1/2 hour before applying the second coat.  I added round felt pads to the bottom and then I tied them with ribbon in groups of 4.  I will add tags depending on the occasion.  
A nice gift for a coworker, teacher, newlywed, or friend, and they make a nice housewarming gift too.
The following Stampin' Up! materials were used: (only current product listed)
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn #101406)
Stamp Sets:  By the Seashore #132582 w or #126532 c, Serene Silhouettes #132073 w or #127324 c, Really Good Greetings #130330 w or #130333 c

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


The Swallowtail Single Stamp looks pretty just stamped in ink, but add some heat embossing and you take your design to a whole new level.
My card base is Pool Party Card Stock that is layered with a piece of Whisper White and Calypso Coral.  I stamped my Swallowtail with Versa Mark ink and then applied Pool Party Stampin' Emboss Powder and set it using my Heat Tool.  I wish you could see how it shimmers, but the picture doesn't show all of the detail.  I added a piece of Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon to the right side, and placed a Pool Party Candy Dot on my punched sentiment.
You could also add Stampin' Glitter to really give the Swallowtail sparkle.  You would first stamp your image in Versa Mark, apply Heat and Stick Powder to the image and then heat set.  Add your glitter and heat set again.  So many options for heat embossing.  Experiment to find the image you like best.
The design for this card was inspired by my good friend Sue who made me a beautiful birthday card using this stamp.  After seeing it I knew I had to order it for myself.  Thanks Sue!
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Pool Party #122924, Calypso Coral #122925, Whisper White #100730
Stamp:  Swallowtail #131943 w or #129216 c, Teeny Tiny Wishes #128748 w or #127802 c
Ink:  Calypso Coral #126983, Versa Mark #102283
Coloring Tools:  Pool Party Stampin' Emboss Powder #129398, Heat Tool #129053
Punch:  Word Window #119857
Ribbon:  Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron #130018
Embellishment:  Subtles Candy Dots #130933

Monday, July 29, 2013

New Thinlits Card Dies - Available August 1st

A fun, new product was introduced at the recent Stampin' Up! Convention.  I wasn't able to attend, but have already seen a lot of great cards made with this product by those lucky demonstrator who received this as one of their convention prizes.
The Thinlits Card dies, Label Card Thinlits Dies #133479, and Circle Card Thinlits Dies #133480 will be available for purchase August 1, 2013.
These Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step.  See the photo above.  They also come with extra die pieces that have versatile designs, so you can use them on other projects, not just for flip cards. 
The Circle Card Thinlits Die comes with 10 total pieces, and the Label Card Thinlits Die comes with nine total pieces. 
These products also coordinate with a lot of current Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets listed below:
Label Card Thinlits Die
..Happy Day Stamp Set #130294 w or #130297 c
Circle Card Thinlits Die
..Worth the Wait Stamp #131091 w
..Five-Way Flower Stamp #131088 w
Both card dies pair well with:
..Oh, Hello Stamp Set #131931 w or #130733 c
..Yippee-Skippee! Stamp Set #131341 w or #131344 c
..Really Good Greetings Stamp Set #130330 W or #130333 c
..Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set #130324 w or #130327 c

Check back on August 1st to see all of the pieces associated with these dies by going to my online store.  I will be ordering mine soon and posting samples as soon as I can.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Apothecary Accents

I will admit, I haven't used the largest Framelit from the Apothecary Accents as much as the three smaller framelits in the set but when I saw a card that cropped the ends off when placing it on the card I really liked the design, and the large sentiment in the From My Heart Stamp Set fit the large space perfectly.
My card base of Pear Pizzazz Card Stock was embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and then layered with a piece of Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.  I stamped my large sentiment onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock using Pear Pizzazz ink and then ran it through my Big Shot using the large Apothecary Accent Framelit.  I cut off the ends so it would fit my card,  I then punched my butterfly with Daffodil Delight Card Stock,  embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, and added a few Rhinestones for additional embellishment. 
Now, the whole cut framelit will fit on your card going the other direction, but I liked the cropped look so I decided to have it open this way.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Pear Pizzazz #131201, Daffodil Delight #119683, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Afternoon Picnic #131390
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz #131180
Stamp Set:  From My Heart #132007 w or #126557 c
Punch:  Elegant Butterfly #127526
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003
Embellishment:  Rhinestones #119246

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper and the Hexagon Punch

While I was looking at the patterns in my Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper and saw that two of the sheets had a Hexagon Design I thought that the paper would coordinate nicely with my Hexagon Punch.  Just one of the reasons I love Stampin' Up!- so many coordinating products.
My card base is Pool Party Card Stock that I layered with a piece of Basic Gray Card Stock and then a smaller piece of Epic Day This and That Paper.  I cut my Basic Gray layer with my Large Scallop Edgelit and also embellished it using the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack.  I stamped my Hexagons which are from the Six-Sided Sampler Stamp set and then placed them onto my Designer Paper on top of the hexagon designs using dimensionals. 
So, I used coordinating Designer Series Paper, a Stamp Set, and a Punch.  And, as an added bonus, the Six-Sided Sampler Bundle can be purchased at a 15% discount and this includes the stamp set in wood or clear and the Hexagon Punch.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Pool Party #122925, Basic Gray #121044
Designer Series Paper:  Epic Day This and That #130814
Ink:  Pool Party #126982
Stamp Set:  Six-Sided Sampler #130953 w or #130956 c
Punch:  Hexagon
Stamp Set and Punch as a bundle:  #132725 w or #132724 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Large Scallop edgelits #127019, Paper-Piercing Tool #126189, Stampin' Pierce Mat #126199, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack #126187

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tag It Birthday Card

The Tag It Stamp Set coordinates with the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies.  This Celebrate stamp could also be cut out with the largest Chalk Talk Framelit instead of the one used for my card. But, for this project I thought the smaller framelit fit my card better.
My card base is Real Red Card Stock that I layered with a piece Daffodil Delight Card Stock  and Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper.  To make my card front look like a present, I added cut strips of Daffodil Delight.  I stamped my image using Real Red ink and cut it out with my Framelit.  I cut the bottom off of the Whisper White Framelit and layered this onto another Real Red Framelit just to give it more dimension.  A piece of Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon wsa tied to the top of my tag and placed onto my card. 
If you like the  Designer Series Paper you see on my card, you can still get it for FREE if you purchase three other packs of Designer Series Paper.  The Buy 3, Get 1 Free Promotion ends next week. 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Real Red #102482, Daffodil Delight #119683, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Polka Dot Parade #126902
Ink:  Real Red #126949
Stamp Set:  Tag It #130300 w or #130303 c
Ribbon:  Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain #126875
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Chalk Talk Framelits #129983

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hello, Doily and Circle Framelits

It is really easy to create an opening anywhere on your card using Framelits.  Just stamp your image first so you can see exactly where you want to cut, then place your opened piece of cardstock on your Big Shot and use the Framelit of your choice to create the opening you want.
My card base of Strawberry Slush Card Stock was stamped with the Hello, Doily Stamp using Strawberry Slush Ink.  I then laid my opened card onto my Magnetic Platform, lined up my Circle Framelit and ran it through the machine.  Now I have the opening I want, which gave me a space to stamp my sentiment.  Now your sentiment shows when the card is either closed or open. 
To dress the front of the card I took a small piece of Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper, punched the edges with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, and added pearls along the bottom.
If you love what you can do with your Big Shot Machine but still haven't crossed it off your wish list, you can win tickets into my Big Shot Drawing by purchasing Stampin' Up! Merchandise either at  my online store or by calling me with an order.  For every $25 you spend in Stampin' Up! Merchandise before shipping and tax, you get a ticket into my Big Shot Drawing.  The lucky winner will be drawn at my December Stamp Class.  Last year's winner was Marietta S., maybe this year it will be you.
The following products were used:
Card Stock:  Strawberry Slush #131295, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Afternoon Picnic #131390
Ink:  Strawberry Slush #131178
Stamp Sets:  Hello, Doily #128619 w or #122847 c, One in a Million #132052 w or #126382 c
Punch:  Scallop Trim Border #118402
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Circle Framelits #130922, Magnetic Platform #130658
Embellishment:  Pearls #119247

Monday, July 22, 2013

Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper

The shiny raised patterns printed on heavy-weight Natural Paper makes it look like you took a lot of time stamping and embossing, when all you really did was cut a piece of Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper.
My card base is Crumb Cake Card Stock that I layered with a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock and then the Natural Composition DSP.  I stamped my large coral image onto this layer using Early Espresso ink, and then added a piece of 7/16" Natural Trim.  I then stamped my Thank U and punched it out using the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, and then layered this onto a 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punched out using Crumb Cake Card Stock.  A piece of Linen Thread tied this onto my Trim.
The Natural Composition DSP comes with 12 sheets of 12 x 12 paper, 2 each of 6 single-sided designs, giving you 12 different patterns in all. 
The following were used:
Designer Series Paper:  Natural Composition Specialty #126917
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Early Espresso #126974
Stamp Sets:  A Round Array #129087 w or #129090, By The Tide #131910 w or #129120
Ribbon:  7/16" Natural Trim #129287, Linen Thread #104199
Punches:  7/8" Scallop Circle #129404, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle #127811

Saturday, July 20, 2013

New Product from Stampin' Up! - Carving Product Line

Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn't find the perfect image? Maybe you have a special family logo or a sketch you would like to have as a stamp. Well now you can! Undefined is Stampin' Up!'s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want.

When you carve your very own stamp, you have will have an entirely new and different creative experience. And when you're finished, you will have created a one-of-a-kind stamp!

How exactly do you carve a stamp? Watch the video for a tutorial on how this new product works.


 Here are the item numbers you'll need
Item #
Undefined Stamp Carving Kit
Undefined Refill Kit
Clear-Mount Cling Foam*
*Add a sheet of Clear-Mount Cling Foam to create your own clear-mount stamps. Mounting your stamps on the cling foam allows you to make stamps any size you want, not just what will fit on the blocks in the kit.
Included in the Stamp Carving Kit:
  • 2 carving tools
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • 1 Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
  • 3 postcards
  • Instruction sheet
  • Stamp image templates
Included in the Refill Kit:
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • Instruction
 You can order this new product line today.  Just click on the link to my online store and your are on your way to creating your very own stamp.  I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Very Vintage Birthday

A very quick birthday card was made using the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel and dying a Tea Lace Paper Doily. 
My card base of Baked Brown Sugar was decorated with the Very Vintage Wheel and Baked Brown Sugar Ink.  I wanted a different doily than the Whisper White they come in, so I took my Brayer and inked it up with Pistachio Pudding ink and ran it several times over my doily.  I placed this onto the card using dimensionals and added my Happy Birthday to the center.  A really easy card to make, but one that can be used for so many occasions by just changing your sentiment or the color of our doily.
The Tea Lace Paper Doilies are a great inexpensive way to embellish your card or project.  You get 24 doilies, each 4" in diameter for only $2.95. 
The following were used:
Wheel:  Very Vintage Jumbo #117693
Stamp Set:  Blue Ribbon #131964 w or #125981 c
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar #131174, Pistachio Pudding #131177
Embellishment:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies #129399
Tools:  Brayers #102395, Dimensionals #104430

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lucky 50/50 Winner

50/50 Winner
My last available number on my 50/50 board was filled yesterday at stamp class.  The number that was randomly selected was #35 and the lucky winner is Osleen McWilliams.
Congratulations Osleen, have fun with your $50.00 shopping spree.
A new board has already been started, and as soon as that board fills up a new winner will be selected.  You earn a number on the board every time you spend $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise before shipping and tax.  This is my promotion, and not a Stampin' Up! promotion.  Online orders count as well, and I will contact you to let you know the available numbers if you place an order through my online store.  
Other news:
Don't forget the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Promotion is still on and runs until the end of July.  A great way to save and stock up on your favorite papers.  You can see the Designer Series Paper here at my online store.  Designer Series Paper Packs with a value of $10.95 can be selected.