Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 July- Shel's Stampin' News

Shel’s Stampin News                                            July 2012

Hi Stampers and Scrappers!
Welcome to a new edition of Shel’s Stampin’ News for July.
First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy Canada Day!  However you are celebrating, I hope you are surrounded by those you love.
Here is a super quick and easy card I made for Canada Day:

Ok, on to Stamping and Scrapping News- I have a whopping 16 items to tell you about this month, so here we go:

1.  New Catalog- most of you have your new catalogs and have placed your initial orders. If you haven’t got a catalog yet, contact me as I still have a couple left….Aren’t you just amazed at some of the new products!!  

Here are my top ten favorites:
·         World Treasures pg 98
·         For the Birds pg 34
·         Embellished Events pg 40
·         Made For You pg 44
·         Papaya Collage pg 75
·         Serene Silhouettes pg 75
·         Blooming With Kindness pg 87
·         Layered Labels pg 103
·         All the new framelits- sorry I can’t choose just one
·         Essentials Paper Piercing Pack- LOVE IT!!!

2.  New Fall Classes- watch for new fall classes and specialty classes- check my blog for details

3.  New Promotion for June and July only:
Dates: June 1 - July 31, 2012
Details: During June and July, hostesses who hold a minimum $575 workshop will receive an additional $60 in hostess FREE merchandise dollars-that's in addition to the $90 + 1 item at 50% off they already receive for a $575 workshop!   That is a total of $150.00 in FREE products plus one item at 50% off- wow!
Now is the time to book one and get your Big Shot – just invite your friends and family (up to eight people) to my house- all you need to provide is the refreshments- how easy is that?   Or if you prefer, you can have a book party, or a basket party- contact me for details!

4.  Feedback- I would love to receive your feedback, hear what you would like to see more of (or less of), what classes you would like to have- feel free to email me anytime!

5.  Reason To Smile Promotion:
Promotion dates: July 1-31, 2012
Promotion Details: During July, you and your customers have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive stamp set, available only through this special offer!
Get the Reason to Smile Set-up to a $25.95 value-for just $5 when you spend $60 on any Stampin' Up! products.
$5 Item
Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set
Reason to Smile Clear-Mount Set

6.  Become a Demonstrator-if you have ever thought about becoming a Stampin Up Demonstrator, now is the time to give it some thought.  They have come out with a new promotion where you can get your starter kit (which you choose the items you want) for just $125.00… me if you want more info.

7.  BFF Specialty Class- this is a specialty class being held on Tuesday Aug 28th at 6:30. Cost is $15.00. This is a great opportunity for you to BFF- Bring a Friend for FREE!  Yes, you read it correctly, for this class only, you can bring a friend (who has not previously attended my class) for FREE!  We will be making one scrapbook page and two cards. They can try and see if they like it at absolutely no cost- how cool is that!

8.  Holiday Mini Catalog- yes the holiday catalog will start on August 1st- check my blog on Aug1 to see the WONDERFUL products that are in it.  I was AMAZED at this great catalog!!  You can preorder a copy for yourself for just $2.00- contact me NOW as my order goes in tomorrow
Even if you live out of town, and want a mini, I can have one direct shipped to your door….just shoot me an email…
I can’t wait to be able to show you all the GREAT products- for me this is the BEST holiday catalog EVER!  Wonderful new stamps, Amazing new tools, and the accessories are to die for….I have to place my preorder on July 2 and I am having a really tough time deciding- I WANT IT ALL!

9.  Weekly Sketch Challenge- are you in need of some inspiration? Need a reason to open up those ink pads and dust off those stamp sets?  I am offering a weekly sketch via email to those who are interested….just shoot me an email to start receiving your weekly inspiration!

10.  Are You New To Stamping?  Are you curious about stamping and want to try it?  Well than my FREE Stamping 101 class is for you!  You will learn how easy and fun it is to stamp, different types of stamping, learn about the different products, and even make a free project to take home.  Contact me to set up a time. 

11.  Monthly Card Swap- this is a new idea I have just started this month.  Anyone who attends card class is able to participate. 
Here’s how it works:  each month I will give a specific fold or specific technique or specific sketch.  You have all month to create a card.  You bring it to class in a plain white envelope and add it to the basket.  Everyone who brings a card gets to pick a card from the basket.  You have the challenge of creating a card, and the surprise of receiving someone’s card.  How fun!
For July, I am going to keep it simple, as I have lots of new stampers, so the challenge will be a standard 4 ¼” x 5 ½” card and you must use the color RED.  It will be interesting to see all the variations! So if you wish to participate, make your card and put it in an envelope and bring it to class – someone will get your card and you will get someone else’s- a great way to share your ideas and get new ones!

12.  Clearance Rack- with the new catalog released in June, there were new items added to the clearance rack at great savings. Go to and shop now.  Be sure to choose me as your demonstrator for added savings.  (For instructions on how go to the Shop Now link at the top of my blog.

13.  Monthly Sketch Challenges: A couple of months ago, I started giving out sketches in my newsletters for both my scrappers and card makers.  It is inspiration for you to create a card or scrapbook page from the sketch I provide.
I have received a few emails from you saying that you love the sketches, but do not want to send me your cards and pages for publication- that is fine!  As long as you like to get the sketches, I will continue to provide them….if anyone wishes to share your samples, I would love to have them to share with other readers on my blog. Here is this month’s sketches:

14.  Class Schedule: Here is my class schedule for July and August. Classes are filling fast and I have had to schedule extra scrapbooking and extra card classes to meet the demand. Contact me ASAP if you wish to attend.
Thur July 5th - Scrapbooking Class- 6:30
Fri July 6th- Scrapbooking Class- 6:30
Wed July 25th- Card Class- 6:30
Thur July 26th- Card Class- 6:30
Sat July 28th- FREE Crop – 10-4

Thur Aug 9th – Scrapbooking Class- 6:30
Wednesday Aug 15th- Card Class- 6:30
Thursday Aug 16th-Card Class- 6:30
Sat Aug 11th- FREE Crop
Tues Aug 28th- BFF Specialty Class- 6:30

15.  News from Stampin’ Up!-
          Embossing Buddy- is now available for purchase- finally!
          New Paper Trimmer is en route and will be available shortly!
Price increase on the two way glue pen- due to an increase from the supplier, effective immediately the cost for
          This item has been changed to $5.95
16.  Inspiration Project:  Here is this month’s inspiration project featuring Masking Technique:

Supplies Needed:
. Post-It Notes
. Scissors
. Stamping Sponges

1. Stamp your image twice-once on your card stock and once on a sticky note. 

2. Then, cut out the image on the sticky note using your Paper Snips.


3. Now you're ready to mask! Place a sticky note over the image you stamped on your card stock, using the repositionable adhesive on the back to hold your image in place.


4. Freely sponge ink or stamp another image over your image with the mask in place.


5. Finish stamping your project.

Well, hopefully that is enough information to keep you going for another month!  Enjoy the sunshine and warm weather and I will see you in class!

Inky Hugs,

Shel Anderson
Phone: (204) 232-7744

Friday, June 29, 2012

Tutorial- Product Talk- Easy Embellishments for Scrapbook Pages

Easy Embellishments for Scrapbook Pages
Here are some different ways you can use Stampin Up products such as  rubber stamps, dies, punches, glitter etc to create super scrapbook layouts: 
1.  Use alphabet stamps to make your title.  Purchase a couple ( or more) different alphabet stamp sets that you like and use them over and over instead of repeatedly purchasing stick on letters. Stamps will last you a lifetime! 
2.  Try mixing it up and use different style letters in the same title! 

3.  Make your own patterned paper by stamping images on solid color paper or cardstock.

4.  For variety use Versamark instead of ink for a watermarked effect. 

5.  For even more variety, stamp with versamark and heat emboss the images! 

6.  Use wheel stamps to make borders or backgrounds. 

7.  Stamp and image and then cut it out....cover it with crystal effects and let it dry- you will have perfect customized accents and embellishments 

8.  Add a little glitz to you pages with the two way glue pen and glitter!  Instant dazzle! 

9.  Make your own journal cards by stamping small images on cardstock- this is a super cost saving tactic- journal cards are expensive

10.  Make your own tags with cardstock and our Stampin Up tag punch

11.  Stampin Up dies like the tasteful trim die or the pennants die are awesome additions to scrapbook pages. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Card- Pretty Poppies-Other- June 2012

Since we had three more involved cards this month, for our fourth card I chose a very clean and simple design. 

It features watercoloring with watercolor pencils and a blender pen and features a new stampset  called Pleasant Poppies. Check out the amazing new stitched ribbon- LOVE IT!

If you would like to join us for card  class- our next class in July 26- contact me to reserve your seat.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Card- Bird Punch- Sponging- June 2012

This is the third card me made in June's Card Class.

It features sponging and punching with the Bird Punch.

Don't you just love the 3D effect we got by simply adding dimensionals to the back of the birds and their wings!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Card- Build a Blossom- June 2012

This is the second card we made this month in card class.

It is a really fun card made using the Build A Blossom Stamp Set and the Blossom Punch.

It features some of the new In Colors- Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals and Gumball Green.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Card- Piano Punch Art- June 2012

Here is a super fun card we made in June's Card Class.

It is made with Stampin' Up punches, Top Note die, and stampin wheel and is very easy to make.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Card- Big Shot Leaves#2 for Canada Day- June 2012

Here is a super simple card I whipped up for Canada Day!

This card took about two minutes to put together- super simple but striking.....

Real Red 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored at 4 1/4"
Whisper White 4 1/4" x 3"
Leaf cut from the Leaves #2 Die
Big Shot 
Tombow adhesive
Greeting is from Something to Celebrate

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Do you remember these two sketches from my June newsletter?

Well I just received my first challenge card from Carole.  Here is her version of the sketch:

This card features the retired stamp set Aint Love Grand.  Thanks for sharing with us Carole!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Techniques- Product Talk- Embossing Buddy

Hey Girls!  I've got great news for you! 
The Embossing Buddy, which has been unavailable since last September, is now in stock and ready to be ordered!
I use the Embossing Buddy EVERYTIME I emboss, to ensure I get a crisp clean image and no stray specks.Click Here to order Embossing Buddy from Stampin' Up!
This little tool is very inexpensive, yet makes a HUGE difference when heat embossing.  
Why get frustrated by little flecks of embossing ending up in spots other than your stamped image?  Why waste paper and embossing powder redoing because of the specks?
Simply purchase the embossing buddy, rub it over your cardstock to remove the static before you start- easy!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Don't Blink...

Today is my birthday,and reflecting back on the past year,then I found this video, and I thought this a fitting has a wonderful message for everyone....check it out....

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tutorial- Product Talk- Tombow Adhesive

Adhesive is very important to us paper crafter's.   

I’m asked frequently what kind of adhesive I use, and I am ALWAYS willing to toot the horn for my  favourite adhesive:   Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue -Stampin’ Up! item number 110755, $5.25.  

When I tried the Tombow Liquid Glue I was in heaven because it is forgiving- it gives you a moment to shift your layers right where you want them by sliding them, allowing for perfect placement, and if you happen to get a dot of glue on your paper you can wipe it off and the excess always dries clear. 

 Also, you will not see any warping of your paper and your projects will not fall apart.    

The glue bottle has a large (bottom) and small (top) applicator tip.   I always use the small one.

There is a photo below showing how little of the glue is needed. 

  All you need is the thinnest of lines of glue 1/4″ in from the edge.  The biggest mistake (in my humble opinion)  you can make with this stuff is using too much- which won't hurt your project, just your pocketbook. 

 Also, this glue goes a long, long way and is very cost effective.   I personally have made over 300 swap cards from one bottle- now that is cost efficient!

Try it - order a bottle today- I bet you will be hooked like me!

Here is the specifications published by Stampin' Up!:

Multi-purpose Liquid Glue

Features & Benefits: 
-Latex rubber acrylic resin adhesive
-Adhesive can be both permanent or temporary depending on how it is applied – see FYI
-Works great for adhering card stock or Designer Series Paper to chipboard 
-Dries clear
-Excellent for adhering Stampin’ Glitter to surfaces
-Dual-tipped applicator: use small tip for precision placement and wide tip to cover larger areas
-.875 oz.

Multipurpose Liquid Glue is temporary or permanent. To use it as a temporary adhesive, allow it to dry 
before adhering. To use it as a permanent adhesive, adhere it when wet. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tutorial- Product Talk- Tips and Tools for Papercrafters

Here are some common tips and tricks shared by my fellow demonstrators: 

Adhesive Remover
This small and inexpensive tool is a must! Never worry about messy glue residue again with this great tool.You can remove unwanted adhesive (except tape) quickly and easily!

Builder Wheels
When rolling three wheels at a time, the middle wheel maygive stampers difficulty. If you’re having trouble getting a clear image, besure--first of all--that the wheels are well inked. Place your index finger ontop and in the middle; and you may even need to lay your free hand on top forextra pressure - much like larger stamps. 

Perfect Placement of Stamped Images
Use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to place animage exactly where you want it, every time. This handy tool allows for fastand precise stamp placement. 

White Gel Pen
Occasionally an older gel pen will appear to lose its steadyflow. If it still has liquid, you can clean the tip thoroughly with an alcohol wipe first.Also, try sitting on it for a few minutes! If your stamp space is cool or damp,the heat from your body will help the pen flow better!

Burnish Every Project
Your glue will have greater “staying power” if you flip over the layers and rub the back with a bone folder! It doesn’ttake much time, but it gives a longer-lasting effect.

Clear-Mount Stamp Storage
Save the large rubber piece from which you punch out theclear mount stamps. Return your stamps to their “place”--this way they willstay put in the case and you can see (at a glance) which ones are missing!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Scrapbooking -A Tale of Two Bucks

Here is a sample of a page I made featuring my oldest grandson Richard and my youngest son Jesse.

The deer heads are dies that I purchased while on a business trip to Wisconsin- I think the fit perfectly with this page. All cardstock and embellishments on this page are not from Stampin Up (just using up some of my old supplies)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Product Talk-Floral Framelit Dies & Daydream Medallion Stamp Set

I absolutely LOVE that Stampin' UP! is now coordinating stamp sets ad Framelit dies! 

Of course, I also love that the inks match the card stock, which matches the ribbon, which matches the brads! 

I also LOVE that  stamp image in the catalog that has a blue outline has a coordinating punch?  And, if it has a red outline, it means that there is a coordinating Framelit! Easy coordination! 
Daydream medallions 126467L  Floral frames 127012L
The new Daydream Medallions and matching Floral Frames Framelits are a perfect example ! 

Here is a sample using the New 2012-2014 In Colors showing what you can do: 

There are many new Framelit Dies in the new Idea Book and Catalog on page 191: 

Labels Framelits- coordinates with: 
                                                      Apothecary Art pg 102
                                                      Memorable Moments pg 139
                                                      From My Heart pg 139

Apothecary Accents Framelits- coordinates with: 
                                                                           World Treasures pg 98
                                                                           Layered Labels pg 103

Bitty Banners Framelits- coordintaes with: 
                                                                Bitty Banners pg 134
                                                                Blue Ribbon pg 33

Hearts Framelits- coordinates with : 
                                                    Take It To Heart from last mini catalog

Floral Framelits- coordinates with: 
                                                    DayDream Medallions pg 117

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Scrapbooking- Birthday fun- June 2012

This is a photo of the final page we made in June Scrap Class:

This page was a fun and colorful way to display photos from my step son's 5th birthday with a dinosaur theme.

The blue, yellow and red trim pieces are made with the Tasteful Trim die (page 195 $52.95) and the Big Shot ( page 187 $122.95)

The greeting is from the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set (retired)

The balloons and arrow are from the Party This Way stamp set (retired)

We colored with Stampin Write Markers.

Cardstock colors are Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Only Orange (retired) , Real Red and Brocade Blue (retired)

Background is Whisper White cardstock ( necessary as we stamped directly on the cardstock)

Well that is it for this months scrap class samples.

If you would like to join us for July's class, it is being held on Thursday July 5th at 6:30- contact me to reserve your seat.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Scrapbooking- Embossing on Coredinations- June 2012

This is a photo of the second page we did in June's Scrap Class:

This page features an awesome embossing technique on Kraft Core Cardstock. See the beautiful embossed flowers beside the photo!

The butterflies were cut and embossed with Cuttlebug dies using the Big Shot.

The tage was made with the small and large tag punches, then layered.

This page has an antique feel with its black and white photo .

Come back tomorrow for more samples.

Contact me if you would like to join us at our next scrap class. It is held once a month- dates can be found on the class schedule tab at the top of my blog.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Scrapbooking- Clothespins- June 2012

Here is a photo of the first page we did in June's Scrap Class:

This page uses Cajun Craze (page 155 $12.25) for the background and the photo mats are in Daffodil Delight (page 153 $7.25).

The "line" that the photos hang from is Linen Thread (pg 173 $5.95) and the clothespins are retired.

I thought this was a fun way to display multiple photos about the same day!

Come back tomorrow for another sample!

If you care to join us for scrap class, it is held once a month.  Contact me for more information or check the class schedule at the top of my blog.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tutorial- Product Talk- Stampin Up Ink vs Distress Ink

This is an article I found while blog hopping....thought it was interesting enough to share....proves once again, the quality of Stampin' Up! products. 
Posted on August 29, 2011 by Theresa Miers

I thought it would be an interesting experiment to make two cards the same, one using Tim Holtz distress Inks and the other using Stampin’Up! Classic Ink. 
They are both dye inks, and they are the inks I use almost exclusively. 
The card is made using three different techniques, wrinkle free distress, direct-to-paper stamping and watercolouring and I used Stampin’Up! Whisper White cardstock.

Fisrt I did a colour selection from both brands so I could get the closest colour match for my experiment. In order of the photo, naming SU! first; PerfectPlum – DustyConcord, RidingHoodRed – FiredBrick, RegalRose – WornLipstick, PumpkinPie – SpicedMarmalade, MoreMustard – WildHoney, Old Olive – PeeledPaint.

I used the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique for the backgrounds. The top is made with Stampin’Up! Old Olive and More Mustard. The bottom on is made with Distress Ink Peeled Paint and Wild Honey. 

I was surprised at how well the Stampin’Up! inks worked using this technique. I was expecting a less intense colour and for the colours to mix more for a more ‘muddied’ colour blend, but the colours stayed bright and layered nicely. 

I added a ‘fingertip splash’ of plain water over the top to see what would happen, and both papers gave the same result with the whitish patches showing up. It maybe worth doing this technique again with more contrasting colours. I may have played it safe using closely related colours.

I should have photographed these two together, because despite taking the pics at the same time, they have a different cast of light. Anyways, here I have shown the Jumbo Peony by Stampendous, stamped with the two different inks. I was never overly fond of using Distress Inks for stamping crisp images, but this particular stamp lends itself well to using them since the image has a nice sketchy feel to the line work. 
A bit hard to tell from the photos but the Stampin’Up! impression is crisp with even colour, and the Distress impression has some fuzzy edges with a blotchy colour, but it doesn’t detract from the stamping.

Next I move onto the watercolouring. Both colours were easy to use, layer and blend using this technique. It’s hard to objectively say how they were different, but they did have a different ‘feel’ when it come to laying down the colour. The Distress Inks felt smooth, but they were both up to the job of giving me a pleasing and like-for-like look.

Next came the layering and shading with other colours. Both sets of inks were up to this job as well, giving me a watercolour look I was after. I liked the way the yellows from both layered brightly over the pink, and the purples blended when creating my shadows.

And this is what the finished cards look like side by side. I stamped the florish from the Jumbo Peony onto the background before the final assembly. So what do you think? Does one look better than the other? Can you tell that each is made with different types of ink? On these cards, using the techniques I have, I can’t see the difference. My initial purpose was to show how these inks were different, but it didn’t turn out that way, with this card.