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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Faux Metal Tin Ceiling

One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is the resources available to us! Stampin' Up has a site, exclusive to Demonstrators that Demonstrators around the world can post cards they've made, share techniques, chat with each other and more. The site is called Stampin' Connection.
I found the instructions for this technique on Stampin Connection, by Diana Gibbs. I CASEd the layout for this card from one she had made. You start with a neutral color cardstock, and then cover it in Versamark, and then silver embossing powder, heat and repeat this process a few times until you get a nice solid silver. After it is nice and cool cut out square and run through an embossing machine. The folder I used here is not SU, but it's what I had on hand. then you just adhere the squares down, and Viola! I used Ballet Blue, Whisper White, and Basic Gray cardstock. Then I finished it off with Whisper White Taffeta ribbon.
Now I didn't start out making this card! Actually I was attempting to make a Faux Tapestry (I think that is what it is called) card, but I didn't do it right.So that is when I grabbed my silver embossing powder. So there are a couple of places that you see some color coming through the gray. If you do it the right way, you won't see that! You will have a nice solid silver. But you know what they say "Practice makes perfect" and I am definitely trying this card again! I am not giving up on that tapestry card either! :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Stampin Up's Spanish Catalog

Ok so at Stamp Camp I had the opportunity to look at the Spanish Catalog for Stampin Up! Can I tell you there are some really cute sets in there!?!?!? I am jealous! There are a lot of sets that are the same as the English catalog, but there are sets only available in the Spanish catalog!

So...I decided to add the Spanish Catalog to my blog! See it there on the side bar? Click the picture and it will take you to the link! (I can't seem to figure out how toadd it in this post!) Take a look you may find something you love too!

Stamp Camp Creation 2010

I was asked to help put with the Stamp Camp put on by my Upline Claire Lawrence, and my fellow PhillyInker Heather Yates yesterday. It was a lot of fun, and the ladies that attended were just great! This is the second Stamp Camp that I helped them with, and both were a great experience! A few of us got together before hand and made the projects. This is two of the cards the participants were able to make. We kissed the "Butterfly Accent" stamp with the "Dot, dot, dot" stamp from Stampin' Up. I had never tried this before, and I love the results! The little butterfly accents are from the "Beautiful Wings" embosslit folder. And the sentiment is from the "Whimsical Words" SaleABration set. If you want these stamp sets, don't wait! The Whimsical Words is available for FREE during SaleABration ONLY! And currently all of the other butterfly items are in the Mini Catalog which ends on April 30th!!!!
These cute cards were Claire's design!! Thanks for sharing with us Claire!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Just Riding

I wanted to get a few more sets that were more Masculine. And what better time to do it! I got "Just Riding" for FREE during SaleABration! How is that for a great deal?? The Sentiment is from "Birthdays Count" and the little speckles (although hard to see in the picture) are from the "Itty Bitty Backgrounds". The speckles are stamped in Versamark, so they are subtle. I stamped the bike in Versamark, and then embossed it with my heat gun using black embossing powder. The helmet is also from Just riding, and I stamped it in Mellow Moss Classic Ink.
I used Mellow Moss, Handsome Hunter, Chocolate Chip and Naturals White cardstock. The Naturals White has little flecks in it to give it a more, well, natural feel. The little tab is made using the Word Window punch, and is attached with a silver brad.
Simple, but masculine. Exactly what I was going for!

Thinking of Joining Stampin Up?

Now is the time!!! Now through the end of March you can join the Stampin' Up family for 15% off of the regular Kit price!
The Standard Starter Kit is regularly priced $199 on sale for $169
The Digital+starter kit is regularly $185 and is on sale for $157
PLUS if you join during SaleABration you will earn a FREE stamp set from the catalog valued up to $47.95! It comes right in your kit! How great is that???
So you may be thinking, but what if I can't think of projects to make at demonstrations. Well, Stampin Up has just the thing! Stampin up has a site called Stampin' Connections and it is available ONLY to Stampin' Up Demonstrators! There are places to chat with fellow Demonstrators, business tools, as well as galleries of projects! There is something to inspire everyone!!!!!!!!!
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Garden From The Heart

I love how simple this set can be. I just colored the ribbon on the hat, from Stampin Up's Garden From the Heart, and it was ready to go! Now of course you could color the whole hat and the flowers also, but I wanted it to stay simple. The Basic Black cardstock I also embossed, although it isn't easy to see in this picture, with SU's Texturz plates. Then I stamped the sentiment, from Whimsical Words, in Whisper White Craft Ink.

I {heart} hearts - PhillyInkers SWAP

As usual I am behind in posting. Ugh I think that is the hardest part, getting to post things once they are created!! The creating is the easy part!
So ayway...I made these fronts for the swap we had at the Philly Inkers February meeting. I used the new (and for a limited time only) "I {heart} hearts" set for the hearts, and the SaleABrations set called "Whimsical Words". I am really going to miss being able to demo "Whimsical Words" It is such a cute set! I used Pixie Pink, Whisper White, and Real Red Cardstock on these. And pretty much all of the sades of pink/red that SU carries, as well as the Versamark and Basic Black Classic Ink. Some of the brads were black, while on others I used silver.