Friday, May 30, 2014

Punch Maintenance

Today's quick tip is for sharpening and lubricating our punches. This will work for any type of punch.  

By maintaining our tools, it will ensure they last us for a very long time.
First punch through a few folds of tin foil several times to sharpen.  

Then punch through waxed paper a few times to lubricate.  

I do this every six months with all my punches.

 Easy and inexpensive way to maintain my tools. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Color Combinations for Stampin' Up!'s Hardwood Background Stamp

Found this great resource online and thought I would favorites of the above is Basic Gray on Smokey Slate and Early Espresso on Baked Brown Sugar.  

I have also tried Night of Navy Ink on Bashful Blue on this card I made a while back: 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blendabilities, Rhinestones and Pearls....hmmmmmm

Use your new Blendabilities markers to perfectly match your pearls and rhinestones to your project.  

How cool is this!!! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I'm Back.....and an Easy Peasy Tag Tip

I am back....been kicked down with this spring cold that everyone has and was feeling pretty low.  Turned into pneumonia and kicked me again.  

I think I am finally on the mend.  My appetite is finally coming back slowly- think I will live- LOL! 

I don't get sick very often, but boy oh boy, I do it good when I do!

I found this online and thought I would share this great tip on a simple way to make chalkboard labels:

Roll a piece of chalk over black cardstock, and rub with kleenex to get desired effect. 

Grab your white chalk marker and write your greeting and draw an outline of the tag shape- Voila! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Blendabilies Sample Chart

Here is a great chart that shows the samples of the new Blendabilies Alcohol Markers.  

Each color family has three markers- a light,a medium and a dark tone which all blend together beautifully. 

The squares on the chart show the individual colors, and below each family shows them all together. 

I have these, and you can look forward to trying them out at my New Catalog Kick-Off party next Wednesday!!!  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New In Color Comparison Chart

Here is a great chart I found on line,  that shows the differences between the new 2014-2016 In Colors and other Stampin' Up! colors in the same color family. 

We welcome Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist and Lost Lagoon. 

My opinion, they are not the rich jewel tones that i asked for, in my suggestions to Stampin' Up!, but otherwise, well done!  

I LOVE the Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon!!  And as you can see they coordinate beautifully with other colors we already have!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What is black and white and yellow all over?

What is black and white and yellow all over?  

Well it is this super fun fold card we made in my May Card Class!  

It is a modified gate fold card and the front (polka dot) panel fits behind the greeting panel as a closure.  Really cute card. 

Products I used to create this card: 

Very Vanilla card stock
Basic Black Card Stock
Modern Medley DSP
Flower Shop Stamp Set
Memento Black Ink
Daffodil Delight Ink
Sponge Dauber

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Weekly Deals.....

Weekly Deals

Blushing Bride 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 131209
Reg Price $6.75 CAN
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Basic Gray 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 126879
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Wild Wasabi 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 126873
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Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon Item # 131208
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Early Espresso 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon Item # 119959
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Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 126877
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Made From Scratch Recipes Designer Template - Digital Download Item # 129004
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International Bazaar Photobook Template - Digital Download Item # 130875
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Life doesn't have to be perfect, to be wonderful....

This is another card we made in my May Card Class. 

It features the stamp set Perfect Pennants introduced in the Occasions Catalog and carried over in the new Annual Catalog coming out June 1. 

Products I used to make this card: 

Whisper White card stock
Vellum card stock
Soft Suede card stock
Bermuda Bay ink
Real Red Ink
Memento Black Ink
Perfect Pennants stamp set
Banner Framelit dies
Rhinestone jewel

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sending Good Thoughts Your Way

Here is another card we made at my May Card Class. 

It features the Too Kind stamp set. This is a two step stamp.  

Here are the products I used in making this card: 

Daffodil Delight cardstock
Whisper White card stock
Pumpkin Pie card stock
Daffodil Delight ribbon
Chevron Punch
Daffodil Delight ink
Pumpkin Pie Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink
Memento Black Ink

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Endless Birthday Wishes

There is a new photopolymer stamp just released called Endless Birthday Wishes! 
Here is an image of the stamp set: 

Item #137553 $16.95

If you wish to order- simply give me a call.  
 I’m excited to see what you make with this new set- I believe this set has HUGE potential.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Oh Happy Day.....

This was a card we made in my May Card Class.  

It features the stamp set Starburst Sayings first introduced in the Occasions Mini and also carried over into the new annual catalog coming out June 1. 

Funny but every time I see this particular stamp it makes me smile and I just have to burst out into song and sing the lyrics to the song.  My husband just raises his eyebrows every time I do this. ( I sing terribly, but I don't care, I still sing each and every time I see this stamp) 

I still remember the first time I heard this song as a young girl in a small church with my Grandmother in Salisbury, New Brunswick. 

Oh Happy Day
Oh happy day (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day)

He taught me how to watch, fight and pray, fight and pray
And live rejoicing every, everyday

Oh happy day

He taught me how

Oh happy day (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day)

Products I used for this card: 

Pear Pizzazz card stock
Early Espresso card stock
Real Red card stock
Whisper White card stock
Retired Stampin Up dsp
Edgelit dies
Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon
Starburst Sayings stamp set
Starburst framelit dies
Early Espresso Ink

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Special Card for My Dad....

This is a very different card.  Hardly any stamping....just the title. 

My Dad is a HUGE horse fanatic.  

All my life my Dad has owned race horses.  When he was younger he raced himself.  When he retired, he quit driving, but both he and my Mom own horses.  

They spend a LOT of time in Maine, racing their horses and enjoying their retirement years. Guess that is what keeps them young- doing what they love and enjoying life. 

They both still do all the training, daily care, and race day prep and warm-up....they just hire a driver to drive the horses for the race. 

So, for Father's Day, a horse card was required- in my opinion.  

I found this AMAZING photo on the internet. I edited it into black and white and had it printed.  

Basically I just matted it and added a greeting, but I know Dad will love it. 

For the greeting notice how I tied some linen thread around the bumps on the punched piece- cool eh.

Funny, a photo of two horses shouldn't remind me of my parents, but this one sure does...puts a huge smile on my face. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

With Love

This is a card that I originally made for a color challenge.  I love the way it turned out, so it became a birthday card for my Mother-In-Law.  

Products I used:

Whisper White Card Stock
Basic Black Card Stock
Old Olive Card Stock
Always Artichoke Card Stock
Real Red Card Stock
Strawberry Slush Card Stock
Raspberry Ripple Card Stock
Black Satin Ribbon
Circles Framelits
Perfectly Penned Stamp Set
Little Leaves Sizzlit Die
Spiral Flower Bigz Die

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Weekly Deals

May 13Weekly Deals

Etcetera Designer Series Paper Item # 130129
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Perfect Pennants Bigz Die Item # 123126
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This And That Epic Day Designer Series Paper Item # 130814
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Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die Item # 123113
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Tasteful Trim Bigz Die Item # 120893
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3/16 Inch Corner Punch Item # 119871
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Bbq Blitz Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 130863
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Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags Item # 133526
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Happy 75th Birthday!!

Last Saturday we had a surprise 75th Birthday Party for my beautiful Mother-in Law at a local hotel.

There were lots of visitors and lots of surprises to brighten her day!  

There were all her children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, all her siblings and their spouses, cousins, dog show friends and many more!

The hotel staff were wonderful and took great care of us and the food they provided was excellent. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Tips and Tricks on Monday

I have shared these tips before, but thought that they were worth a re-post to remind us.  

Stamping Tips and Tricks

If your stamped images aren't turning out as  you'd like, read these tips for an instant improvement!

1. Use the right kind of ink for the job
Knowing what kind of ink will work well on the surface you're stamping on is the first step to clear, crisp images that won't smear. 

2. Fully ink the image
Unless your goal is a distressed or fuzzy image, verify your stamp is fully inked before stamping your image.  Use pad to stamp for large stamps. 

3. Don't guess on placement; use your tools
Use gridlines on acrylic blocks to help you line up multiple clear stamps and perfectly place your images, or, if you're using a rubber stamp, reach for a stamp-a-ma-jig.

4. Stamp straight down; lift straight up
It sounds like a no-brainer, but many of us have the tendency to rock our stamps when we place them on our cardstock or lift them up. Practice stamping in a straight down, straight up motion to create clear stamped images without that annoying "halo" effect.  Stand up for best results. 

5. Clean your stamps
When you're quickly moving from one fabulous creative idea to the next, it can be hard to remember to clean your stamps. But if you do, they'll last longer, accept ink more readily, and stamp cleaner images.

6. Condition your stamps
If you aren't happy with the quality of your stamped images, try going over the surface of your stamp with a large eraser in order to give your ink a little texture to grip to. This is especially effective with larger stamps, and it works on both clear and rubber varieties to give you crisper images.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Freezer Paper

Ok, so I know you are thinking.....what will this girl come up with next.....

Or perhaps you are thinking more along the lines of ......this girl has lost her marbles.....this is supposed to be a paper crafts blog. 

Well hold on.....I have not lost it. (yet) 

I am here today to share a SUPER AWESOME tip for you:  


I saw this tip on the internet, and decided to check it out for myself. 

Use plastic coated freezer paper as a mat when you are spritzing, or using any messy craft medium.  When you are done, simply toss it. 

Well I went in search of this and found it at Dollarama for a buck. For that price I could not lose. 

It works amazingly well.  And this roll will last a LONG LONG time. 

So long for my yearning for a Tim Holtz craft mat at a cost of over $20.00.....hello Freezer Paper :)

Try it- your gonna love it! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Holiday Carryover Items.....

The carryover items from the holiday catalog will be retiring on June 4.  

There are many GREAT holiday stamps that you can get an early start on your holiday cards.!

If there is anything you want, please make sure you order it prior to June 4.  (My next order goes in tonight) 

Here is the link to what is available:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Blendabilities Markers

This post is designed to give you a bit of insight on the new Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities Markers.  You are going to LOVE these markers- they are the BEST coloring tool available!  

I have gathered lots of information from the internet on various sites, and simply compiled it here for you. 


Blendabilities are like copic markers, which are alcohol based markers...whereas  Stampin' Up Stampin’ Write Markers are water-based. 

The alcohol allows to you fully saturate your paper thus making it easier to develop rich colors and to blend colors- and NO LINES or unintentional darker areas!

Blendabilities have a brush tip and fine tip similar to Copic sketch and ciao.

Blendabilities come in sets of three coordinating shades (light medium dark) designed to specifically work together and blend beautifully. There is also a set of skin tones as well as a blending marker.

Features and Benefits

  •       Alcohol marker
  •       Leaves no streaky lines
  •    Blend beautifully
  •     Intense, vibrant color
  •    Does not fade
  • ·      MUST use Memento ink to stamp images- do not use STAZON it will ruin         your markers!
  • ·    Whisper White cardstock
  •       Have a fine and a brush tip
  •       Tips made of durable nylon which means no fraying
  •     Rectangular barrel so they will not roll away
  •       MUST store flat so the tips do not dry out
  •        Ink color is cap color
  •     Caps fit snug so marker does not dry out
  •      Caps click when closed properly
  •      Designed to shade images light to dark
  •       Come in a 3 pack- light, medium and dark shade- makes easy color matching
  •        More affordable than other alcohol markers such as Copics


Blendabilities cannot be used to color directly on stamps.  They dry too quickly for you to apply multiple colors. 



Saturate it

To get the full depth of color, you cannot be afraid to saturate the paper.

Here's the front of the circles:

Here's the back - totally saturated!

Circular Strokes

Coloring in little circles will give you better coverage.  If you color back and forth, you will be surprised how often you will notice - often not until the card is entirely done - that you have white streaks where you didn't quite get everything colored.


The links that I have at the bottom of this post give you some very artistic examples of light sources, etc. to create amazingly realistic shading. 

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1. Give your image a light coloring with your lighter marker. 

2. Before it dries, add your darker marker around the edges.  If you do this right away, the "wetness" of the bottom layer will start blending the darker marker by itself.  Be sure to use circular strokes or lightly draw "feathers" toward the inside - you just don't want a defined line because it's hard to blend. 

3. Color over the whole thing again with your lighter marker. Keep coloring until you don't see the edges any more. Remember - saturating the paper is good! 


Did you notice the gems on the card?  Did you notice that they matched?  Gems and pearls can be colored with Blendabilities!!!  Once you get a collection of Blendabilities, you never have to buy a colored gem or pearl again!
Basic Coloring Technique with Blendabilities Alchol Markers by Stampin’ Up!

Step 1) Stamp your image with MEMENTO ink and allow it to dry; or heat set with a heat tool
 Step 2) Pick your lightest color and fill the area you are going to be shading completely from edge to edge.  Working with the brush tip, move your marker in small circle strokes, this helps avoid streaking. 

You want to get nice even coverage. Don’t worry about getting the page too wet, the alcohol that suspends the ink is not like water, it will not tear up your paper. 
Step 3) Take your next darkest marker..  Add this darker color on top of your lighter color where you want your shading to occur.  If you are not sure where to put the shadows, try experimenting with edges and along creases for now.

Step 4) Come back with your first marker, the lighter one, and again using small circular strokes go over the area where the two colors intersect. 

The alcohol in the markers acts as a solvent softening the edges and blending the two colors together.  You want to work fairly quickly through steps.  Letting the inks dry in between makes it considerably harder to blend and often leaves your work blotchy. 
Step 5) You can finish with step 4 or you can go on and add the last, darker shade. 
Each time you will work back through your lighter pen to blend the colors together. 
Do not worry about contaminating the tip of the lighter pens they do not pick up the ink they just push it around. 

Here is the finished butterfly:

Slightly More Detailed Shading

Even without getting overly "artistic", Blendabilities make it amazingly easy to add a variety of colors to an image.

Layering up colors like this is quite easy.

1. The first step is to add the highlights in the darkest color (you could lay down a light color first to help blending.

2. Then add highlights in the next color.

3. Color over the whole thing with the lightest color - just color until it is saturated and colors are blending.

4. In the fourth tulip, I went back and added some of the darker color again - I didn't want it quite as washed out.  You can do this dozens of times.  Let's say I add too much of the red, I can color over it again with the yellow and add a little less red.  Blendabilities are very forgiving!

Shadows and Dimension

So far my examples have been filled-in areas.  Blendabilities are also excellent at adding shadows and dimensions. 

Again, I cannot emphasize enough that I am a VERY basic Blendabilities  user. 

I have put links below in which people create true art with perfect shadows and subtle skies.  I believe you can still create a wonderful card with these basic tips.

So, let's break down the shading on this snowman.  It should be subtle, but it makes a HUGE difference!

1. The first snowman has his muffler, hat and the little bird colored.  He's cute, but a little flat.

2. On the second snowman, I have taken a light gray marker and run it around the inside edges of the snow.  This gives the appearance of a rounded edge, giving this guy a little more dimension.

3. On the third snowman, I focused on popping him from the background.  A light line of blue sky makes him appear more "forward", giving it even more dimension!!!

These basic shading colors are a must-have in your collection.  I even find myself shading around solid stamps to pop them from their background. 

Coloring Faces

Start with an allover wash of lightest skin tone.  Add depth and highlights with darker shades.


Did you notice the polka dots on her shirt?  I used a Colorless Blender. 

 I think this pen has been named incorrectly.  You do NOT need it to blend colors as I have previously demonstrated.  What it does is pick up color. 

 For her shirt, I just dabbed it around to pick up some color and lighten the polka dots.  I also know that it is used to pick up mistakes like when you color outside of the lines. 

 Frankly, I have never had much luck with that, although I have seen great demonstrations. 

 You can see by the close-up of this little girl that I didn't even try to pink up the pink smear on her back!


Does cardstock make a difference?

Yes.  Watercolor paper is the way to go- but Whisper White works very well too.

Does ink make a difference?

You will get smearing with Stampin' Up ink and Blendabilities.  

DO NOT use Staz-on with Blendabilities - it's alcohol based and will smear and get into the tips of your markers and ruin them..

The best inks that I use for Blendabilities coloring is Memento.  I have a black pad and a brown pad from each of them that I use every time I bring out the Blendabilities!  Make sure to let it dry well before coloring- or heat set for assurance that it will not smear.


Basic Copic use:

A book by Annie's Attic called 
Copic Coloring Guide (and also two new books on coloring nature and coloring people) is a very nice resource  It starts at the VERY beginning with types of markers and the coding on each one.  Then it goes through basic coloring and blending tips.  The pictures are nice and the card samples are basic, yet cute.  (Annie's Attic also has a good book called Coloring Techniques for Card Making that includes colored pencils, watercolors and even some basic info on Copics.)

Danielle, on her Neat & Tangled blog, just did 
this post with a video of her using Copics on a butterfly.  It's so easy to see the idea of circular strokes, feathering and blending when you see it done!  She also says she will be doing further posts on Copics.

For advanced techniques:

You will be blown away by the amazing fall leaves on 
this post on the Prickley Pear blog spot.  They give a dozen different color combos and samples.

Amy Rysavy, on her 
Prairie, Paper & Ink, has done dozens of videos on coloring with Copics.  She's in the middle of a series of Christmas cards that are amazing.  Amy is a true artist with Copics (as compared to my simplistic style).  Check out this post and video to see the attention she gives to a face!  Amy's blog is worth watching as her videos are detailed and informative.

This YouTube video with a great demonstration of blending techniques.  She discusses "palette blending" and "feathering".  This video and this one by Kristina Werner are great with faces and hair.

There are hundreds and hundreds of videos out there - I just selected these few to give you a taste of how Copics can work.