Saturday, August 27, 2016

Magic Slider Card using the Watercolor Stamping Technique by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Saturday!

Ho-lee-COW am I stiff today!!!  Why?  No, I didn't do an hour long workout video yesterday.  I did something no out-of-shape, slightly overweight, quickly-approaching 50 mom should do.  I went clothes shopping with my teen!  WAIT!  It gets worse.  Because the all-afternoon shop-a-palooza didn't cost me enough in time, leg power or money, I decided to go to Staples and Winners with my teen AND tween after dinner.  Oi Vey!  I don't know what is in worse condition - my body or my credit card rating!!  Having said that we all had a BALL buying them pretty much complete new wardrobes for back-to-school.  This is a first.  In the past I have picked up one or two complete outfits for them.  This year was WAY beyond that!  Everything from hats to boots … and LOTS in between.  I think Mom got a little carried away dressing up her little dollies in new, trendy clothes.  I couldn't help myself.  On the bright side 99% of it was on sale :)  … as my Dad would say (and as Craig is quickly learning to say) "I an't afford for you to save that much" *lol*.  Love my dad-isms!

Since back-to-school has been my priority the last few days which means stamping has taken a back seat.  Have no fear!  I'll share some videos in lieu!

Here is a water-colour technique … and I'll follow it with a Magic Slider Card technique.  I thought these would be popular as my "Magical Slider Card Tutorial" post from April 2015 has gone somewhat viral on my blog lately.  You can check that project out here

Enjoy the video and have a stampy Saturday!!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Embossed Glassine Bags

Happy Thursday!

The last few days have been a lot of fun, as I've had a chance to hit my Craft Cave a few times.  Well … more out of necessity than just to find something to do.  I had a meeting yesterday at a Senior Facility to arrange to volunteer and help the seniors get those photos out of their shoe boxes and into some Project Life sleeves.  I'm SO excited for that!  I also needed to hit The Cave to prep for a mini crafting session I'm having today for some young stampers who will be putting together the Oh What Fun Tag kit from last years holiday catalogue.  Regardless of the reasons why, I got to craft and that's ALWAYS a good thing.

Today I'm sharing a little trick to use with our glassine bags.

Remember last month when I had a *slight* obsession with embossing … and flourishes?  Well here is one more project I made using both ….
The flourish (from Flourish Framelits) was stamped in Veramark and then heat embossed with (retired) Cherry Cobbler embossing powder on one of our 5" x 3 1.2" notecards.  I then stamped the sentiment and embossed that in black embossing powder.  The size of these notecards is just PERFECT for this size flourish.  The card really doesn't need anything more.  Quick, easy and elegant.  Simply LOVE it!  I made a bunch of these, with the plan to give them to the office staff at Alicia's school next week.  I wanted a quick way to package them.

Enter our glassine bags.

These bags are a great item to have on hand for just such packaging needs.
You get 10 bags for only $5.25 - HECK of a deal!  They are 6 1/2" x 4 3/4" inches so they can hold standard sized cards no problem

You can also buy glassine SHEETS this year.
You get 10 sheets for $6.75.  They measure 6" x 10" - so you can use these sheets on projects or to make your own customized bags.  I have both on hand - highly recommend!

So now on to the "trick".  Check this out ...
Isn't that great?  I simply ran the bag through the big shot with the Petal Burst embossing folder …
The glassine is thin enough to run through but to accept this great embossed texture.  It reminds me of an alligator skin purse.  Love it!

Just pop those cards in the bag and wa-low!  Ready to add a tag and go!
That's it for today - I'm off to start my day.  Pop in again soon :)


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Santa's Sleigh - Tag or Card?

Happy Wednesday!

I know yesterday I said to pop in today to see a fun trick to use on your glassine bags … but I changed my mind.  Crafter's prerogative *lol*.  I finally got to use a few of my new Holiday Catalogue toys and wanted to share THAT instead.  So … the question is … is it a tag or is it a card?

The "card" version is a little more impressive *live* but I think I prefer the tag either way.  It took me an hour or so to come up with it but it will only take about 10 minutes to make now that I know what I'm doing *lol*.

I used all new products, barring the tag topper punch.

I started with a 2" x 4 3/4" strip of Whisper White and punched the tag.  Actually, I punched two pieces (I'll explain why in a minute)

I stamped the sentiment from an up and coming set in the Holiday Catalogue, Tin of Tags, in Memento Black ink.  I then layer the tag on my card base and stamped the swirl from another new set, Star of Light, in Mint Macaron.  The tiny stars on the card base are from the same set and in the same colour.

Next I punched out the sleigh base in Real Red and the Whisper White sleigh "topper" (??) using the new Santa's Sleigh Thinlits.  I glue them together with my fine tip glue pen.  

The ribbon is new - Real Red 3/4" stitched ribbon - I used the new Candy Cane Lane twine to tie it.  I used the new Real Red metallic thread to tie on a new silver jingle bell to the back of the sleigh.  I also used the red thread behind the sleigh.  Kinda hard to see but it's there.  You can't see it in the tag picture unless you really look.  For the tag version, this is why I punched out two tags - I attached the thread to the back of the tag but wanted to hide the messiness of it.

I attached the sleigh to the tag with dimensionals and, for the card version, I attached the tag to the card base with dimensionals so it has some fun 3-D-edness to it (hey!  it COULD be a word!)

So there you go.  A sneak peek at some of the new products you can order starting next Thursday.  Pop in again tomorrow to see that glassine bag trick I keep mentioning.  Until then, have a stampy day!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Samples, samples and more samples

Happy Tuesday!!!!

Had a FABULOUS time on vacation last week.  Lots of doing absolutely nothing - something VERY foreign to this city gal!  I was very quickly labelled the "princess" but I didn't mind.  If preferring two-ply toilet paper to one *ply* (?) tissue paper, goose down pillows over concrete slabs PASSING as pillows and silverware to plastic forks makes me a princess then pass me my crown and sprinkle me with fairy dust!  *lol*  I really DID enjoy myself and the kids (and Koda!) had a ball swimming in the river every day.  We had a secluded patch of beach which was fabulous and the SAND!  Seriously soft as icing sugar.  So great!  The downsides was the RIDICULOUS number of wasps (and horse flies - eek!)  I can handle the odd wasp here and there but these critters were NASTY and had me running for the water more than once!  Quite the sight, I'm sure *lol*

It was KILLING me that my Holiday Catalogue pre-order was sitting at home waiting for my return but now that I'm back I'm going to bust into that bad boy just as soon as I can.  I have to be patient a *little* longer as my dad is currently in the hospitals so my attention and time is with him (and mom).  I'm also up to my neck in planning classes and volunteer work for the fall … and of course there is back to school to prep for - oh! … and my Open House Sept 9th … and on it goes.  Bare with me over the next few weeks as I try to keep my head above water.  I'm trying to get it all in without becoming a stressed out basket case who needs another vacation.

So!  I wanted to pop in and say "Hi!  I'm back!" and share some quick and easy cards I put together before I left.  The first three were made using the DELICIOUS Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack.    This stack is a must have - just stamp a sentiment on the beautiful design you choose, attach to a card base an you're done.  Check these out!
I used the Wetlands stamp set with Early Espresso Ink to stamp the sandpipers and sentiment and added some of the new burlap ribbon behind the matted image.
I again used the Wetlands set with Early Espresso .. and the same burlap ribbon for this card.  LOVE how the ribbon is "rustic" but falls in a soft wave.  I used my Stampin' Up! stapler to attach it.  The sentiment is from the hostess set Gift of Love.  Love it!
This one my friend Wanda made - super quick, easy and pretty!
Above are the images found in the 6" x 6" stack of DSP.  LOVE!

I made a few more cards using some of my new 2016-2017 stamp sets.  This one uses the Playful Backgrounds Set - stamped in Sweet Sugarplum. 
THIS one was fun to play with!  The new Umbrella Together and Umbrella Weather bundle makes it quick and easy ...
These are just some of the samples I'll have on display at my Open House Sept 9th.  If you're in the Edmonton area make sure you RSVP and come check out all the new toys from the Holiday Catalogue and grab your copy to take home.  It's always a good time!

Right!  I'm off for a loooooong awaited massage and chiropractor appointment (SO glad I booked those before I left - *sleeping* in a chair for a week didn't do my back ANY favours!!)

Pop in again tomorrow to see a fun trick to jazz up your glassine bags!  Until then have a stampy Tuesday!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Here’s to Cheers & Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Thursday!

LOVE these cello bags!  They are sized for snazzing up a bottle of wine for gifting.  Doesn't EVERYone need these?  I think so!  Who doesn't bring a bottle of wine to dinner out??  It's a must have! … along with a cute tag.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hello December 2016 Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Wednesday!

Can't forget about documenting the Holidays!  Project Life is SO quick and easy!  I sue it for all my pictures and especially love making a special album with all the antics of Trixie, our Elf on the Shelf.  This year Stampin' Up had a 6" x 8" album with Emerald Envy strip along the edge for a Christmas feel.  I'll be sharing more on that closer to Christmas.