Saturday, July 28, 2012

Weekly Card Challenge Submissions- guest stamper Carole A.

Here are some weekly card challenge submissions by guest stamper Carole A.

Great job!  Thanks so much for sharing!

If you would like to receive my weekly sketch challenge email, simply email me a quick note and each Monday you will receive one card sketch and one scrapbook sketch.

If you are willing to share your cards and scrapbook pages, email them to me and I will post them on my blog to inspire others.

Do you remember this challenge on June 26?

Shel's Note:  This is a perfect example of how you can take a sketch and adapt it to what you have....for instance if you do not have a circle or scalloped circle for the focal image- just use what you have......if you do not have an umbrella stamp, simply use something else!  Your cards are your own creations, and sketches are designed to inspire you to create- there is no need to copy each and every detail- let your creative juices go!

Do you remember this challenge on July 6?

 Shel's Note:  I love the perspective here.....many people would not attempt this if they did not have a backgound stamp, embossing folder or paper with writing as in the sample... always think outside the box.......and the pretty crocheted flowers (retired) from Stampin Up! make this a quick and easy card!

Do you remember this challenge on July 8?

Shel's Note:  This is my personal is so vibrant and summer like- love the layering of the scallop square under the squares the images are stamped on.  Fun!

Well I hope these have inspired you - if you would like to receive the weekly challenges simply contact me. 

Thanks for sharing! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Stamper Suggestions- Tutorial

What are the best things for a beginner stamper to have?
 Some of the basic supplies a new stamper needs are stamps, ink, card stock, and tools.Stamps
As much as we may want it all, we have to start somewhere! For new stampers, I suggest a versatile set, like the Easy Events stamp set.

 It includes images and greetings for a variety of occasions. Plus, the Easy Events stamp set is ideal for your friend to test out simple techniques like colouring, or stepped-up techniques like watercoloring. 

Card Stock
Not all paper is created equal! Most of us have learned by trial and error that there is a difference. 

Help your new stamping friend avoid the frustration and expense of poor-quality card stock. She’ll appreciate the crisp images she can achieve with our ultra-smooth Whisper White  or Very Vanilla  card stock.

 Pair the Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock with an assorted pack of card stock from one of the Colour Collections and the Neutrals Collection, and your friend will have the basis for many beautiful creations!

Combo Packs
Another versatile option is the In Color Ink pads and cardstock combo packs.  You get the five in color ink pads and a combination pack of coordinating cardstock. 


One of the ink pads I recommend most is Jet Black StazOn. The quick-drying, permanent black ink is versatile for many images and perfect for a variety of techniques that new stampers will want to try.

 Another great ink pad to consider is the VersaMark pad. Since   VersaMark is a clear ink, it creates a slightly darker watermark-type effect when stamped on most any colour of card stock.

 A Colour Collection of Stampin’ Spots is another budget-friendly option for beginning stampers who like a lot of colour options. Each Stampin' Spot Colour Collection includes anywhere from 8 to 11 ink pads that are 1” square in size. 

It seems obvious, but it is important not to forget the basics like a Paper Cutter and  adhesive.

 Once you have those basics, consider fun and functional tools like our great punches. A couple of circles different same sized punches like the oval and scalloped oval are all a good choice. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Scrapbooking - July 2012 Class- Pinwheels

This is the third and final page we made in July Scrapbooking Class:

The girls learned how to make fun pinwheels to give a 3D effect to their pages.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Only a few days left to get Reason To Smile stamp set for only $5.00

During July, if you purchase $60.00 worth of merchandise, you are able to order the Reason to Smile stamp set, in wood or clear, for just $5.00! 

This is a two step stamp set- meaning you can simply stamp the outline images and color in, or you can use the other stamp and stamp in the color.  How fun!

This set has a retail value of up to $25.95- that is over 80% savings!!!!  Get yours today!

Scrapbooking- July 2012 Class-Inspired by Nature

This is the second page we made in July's Scrapbooking Class:

This page features stamping with the now retired Inspired by Nature stamp set.  It also features the butterfly embossalit.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Scrapbooking- July 2012 Class- Making 3D Flowers with Punches

Here is the first page we made in July's Scrapbooking Class:

The girls learned how to make these amazing flowers using punches, and the leaves are from the "Little Leaves" sizzlet die from Stampin Up!

The girls were amazed at how easy these flowers are to make.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Holiday Mini Sneak Peek

Today I am going to share with you a sneak peek from the Holiday Catalogue that will be out on August 1st.

There are LOADS of amazing new stamps, tools and products in this is the BEST mini yet!

One item is a set of new framelit dies.

Now I can't actually show you the dies, or talk about the price until August 1, but I can show you what I cut.

Here is the shape of the dies:

But wait!  It is actually a " two-fer"!  

If you turn the die and apply it to your paper a little differently, you get this shape: 
Pretty cool huh!