So many people tell me that they have lots of stamping supplies that they never use. I too have lots of stamping supplies that aren't getting used. In fact, I have an entire drawer of solid-colored retired cardstock, tons of old eyelets, rolls of washi tape, and stacks of old ribbons. If this describes you too, April is your opportunity to dive into your stash and rediscover the treasures in your stash.
On my Facebook group and Instagram, I am hosting the #ProjectUseUpMyStash challenge. During the month of April, post pictures of evidence that you've used something up from your stash - like an empty ribbon roll, empty cardstock package, the last unusable scraps of a pack of designer series paper, or whatever else shows that you've used something up. Also, post pictures of your creations using old stamps and accessories. You can post them to my Facebook group or on Instagram using the hashtag #ProjectUseUpMyStash. Every time you post, I'll enter you into a drawing to win a $20 gift certification for Stampin' Up! product that you can use in May or June. (Redeemable only through me and only to residents of the United States.)
So dig into your hoards of stamping supplies and let me see what you create!
Only 2 more days and Sale-A-Bration will be over for another year. This is honestly the best sale that Stampin' Up! offers all year with free stamps and accessories and extra goodies in the demonstrator starter kit. If one of the Sale-A-Bration items is on your wish list, be sure to order today so that you don't miss out!
All of the cards I have to share with you today use one (or more!) Sale-A-Bration items.
Inks: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories: Linen Thread
Inks: Granny Apple Green
Since Bruno Bertucci introduced his scrappy strip technique a couple of weeks ago, the Stampin' Up! world has been crazy about scrappy strips, even Sara's (Stampin' Up!'s CEO) husband got in on the trend last week. So, I decided I'd better try it too. I combined the Country Club DSP with the Well Dressed stamp set (Sale-A-Bration Freebie!) and the Dinoroar DSP (currently FREE with a $50 order!) with the Dino Days stamp set.
This technique is quick and easy! Start by cutting strips of DSP that are at least 4 1/2" long. You could cut them straight, but it's fun to cut the strips at an angle. Then, cut a piece of coordinating cardstock to be 3 3/4" x 5". Glue the strips to the cardstock leaving a thin gap between each strip. Go ahead and let the ends hang off your cardstock. After all of the strips have been attached and your glue has dried if you're using liquid adhesive, turn the cardstock over and trim the edges of the DSP strips to match the edges of the cardstock. Finally, adhered DSP covered cardstock to a 3 15/16" x 5 3/16" piece of cardstock in the same color and adhere it to your card front.
Once your background is finished, you can finish the card however you want. It can be as simple as adding a sentiment or you can add an image. I didn't have any large sentiments, so I chose to use an image as well. It's a quick and easy way to make multiple cards!
Tips: I stamped the tie with Poppy Parade ink on the piece of Whisper White cardstock that I had cut with the Stitched Rectangle die. Then, I stamped it again with Night of Navy ink on a scrap of Whisper White. I cut out the shirt color and adhered it over the Poppy Parade tie using mini dimensionals. The sentiment is also attached with Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally, I added a small blue rhinestone to mimic a tie clip.
Stamps: Well Worn (Sale-A-Bration), Check You Out (for the sentiment)
Inks: Lovely Lipstick
Stamps: Dino Days
Tips: To attach the Silver Metallic Thread, I put Stampin' Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and peal the backs off. Then, I wrap the thread around 3 of my fingers 3 times. I slide it off, twist it and attach the twisted center area to one of the Stampin' Dimensionals. Then I attach the sentiment to the card front.
Spring has sprung! Even though it doesn't feel like it yet here in Michigan. To celebrate, I made three cards using the Thoughtful Blooms Sale-A-Bration stamp set. From Simple using only stamps, inks, and paper, to Chic using punches and ribbon, all the way to Oh là là adding the Stitched So Sweetly dies. All of the cards use cardstock in Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, and Whisper White as well as Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, and So Saffron ink.
Wow! It's been a crazy time these last few days, hasn't it? I have been pretty quiet on the blog because I have been busy transitioning my college class to online learning. I'm hoping to step-it-up a bit though in the next few days and bring you lots of great ideas for stamping and crafting while we're all hunkered down at home.
Last week (was it only last week!?), during my Facebook Virtual Stamp Class, I shared how to make this cute candy bar wrapper. It'd make a great little gift for someone and is very easy to make.
I adhered the Country Club DSP to the piece of Night of Navy and folded and scored both. Then I attached the back flaps to each other using Tear & Stick tape. I adhered the stamped oval to the front.
Next, I punched a hole through the front and back layers of the Night of Navy cardstock using the retired slot punch. You could use a 1/2" circle punch instead. I threaded a piece of Real Red cotton ribbon through both holes going from front to back. Then, I began to slide my Hershey's candy bar into the wrapper so that the red ribbon that passed between the front and back was pushed down to the bottom of the wrapper. When the candy bar was fully inserted in the wrapper, I tied the ends of the ribbon with rushed Daffodil Delight ribbon and Linen Thread.
The directions may sound a little complicated, but I think when you are putting it together it will all make sense.
Have you seen the NEW Flowering Foil Specialty Designer Series Paper? This awesome paper is available FREE through the end of March with any $50 order. It is white with foil designs that you can leave white or color to match your project. I've been having so much fun coloring it that I couldn't stop at 2 or 3 cards. All of these cards feature Sale-A-Bration stamp sets that you could also choose FREE with a $50 order through the end of March, The Gang's All Meer, Sending You Thoughts, and Thoughtful Blooms. I love Sale-A-Bration because you can order paper, ink, and accessories and get the stamps for FREE.
Remember that Sale-A-Bration items are only available while supplies last. Accessories, like DSP, are especially prone to selling out. If this DSP is on your wish list, I wouldn't wait to order!
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, and Pumpkin Pie
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green
Cardstock: Gorgeous Grape, Silver Foil, Flowering Foils DSP, Whisper White
Inks: Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight
Cardstock: Petal Pink, Flowering Foils DSP, Whisper White
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Copper foil, Flowering Foils DSP, Whisper White
Inks: Pumpkin Pie
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Usually when I color with the Stampin' Blends, I use Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock, but today, I'm coloring on Sahara Sand cardstock which gives it a more rustic feel. The wonderful thing about the Stampin' Blends is that the color shows up even on the slightly carker cardstock. When you first color the image, it looks very brown, but as the alcohol evaporates, the color begins to pop. It's so much fun to watch!
Last Friday, I shared cards using the Friend Like You stamp set with the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper. Today, I am using the same stamp set with the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper. Both of these sets of Designer Series Paper are beautiful! And did you know that the pieces I am using are part of the special sample pack of 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper available when you purchase the Stampin' Up! starter kit? This paper pack is an extra freebie during Sale-A-Bration along with an additional FREE stamp set of your choice and a mini guillotine paper cutter. All this in addition to your choice of $125 worth of product of your choice for only $99 and NO shipping fees! It is an amazing deal and there is no obligation to sell anything or place any future orders.
I love Monet's waterlilies and their invocation of a peaceful day quietly sitting by the pond. The Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper, available FREE with a $50 order, mimics these famous paintings and creates a beautiful backdrop for the cattails from the Friendly Silhouettes dies.
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Are you new to stamping? My next virtual class is the perfect opportunity for you to plunge into the world of stamps, ink, and paper! March 11, 2020, I will be demonstrating 3 cards and 1 mystery project featuring the Witty-Cisms stamp set. If you're a seasoned stamper, don't worry - these cards and project are perfect for you too! I'm sharing photos of the cards with you today, but because I'll be demonstrating everything on the 11th, there are no instructions in today's blog post.
You can stamp along with me on March 11 - all you need to do is place an order of at least $40 (before S&H and tax) that includes the Witty-Cisms stamp set before Saturday, February 29, and I will send you a complete Make-N-Take kit. There are only a couple of other supplies you will need for this class including the watercolor pencils assortment #1, a Jet Black Stazon ink pad, adhesive, and a clear block or two. That's it! I will send you all the cardstock and accessories already pre-cut and ready to go. Click the button below to order all the supplies or just the ones you need. And don't forget, every $50 includes a FREE Sale-A-Bration item of your choice!