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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Stamp Club: Mosaics Photo Tuturial

Happy New Year!  Happy New Stamp Club!  We are doing the Mosaic Technique for this month's club project.  


You need something to stick all your "strips" down with.  Here I've used 8 1/2 x 11 White Shipping Labels from Staples.  You can you use Xyron adhesive or even carpet tape.  Carpet Tape can be found in the hardware store, comes in varying widths, and is double sided.  

If you use Xyron adhesive, roll a sheet of thin printer paper through the Xyron machine.  Use the sticky side for this project.  


The shipping labels come in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets.


To make it easier to work with, I cut the sheet in half.


Peel the backing paper off.
Place the shipping label sticky side up.


Gather your strips.  These could be DSP you cut up just for this purpose.  Or, it can be left over pieces of DSP that you been saving.  You know--all those pieces of DSP you've been saving FOREVER just in case!  

All the things you stamp, and they just do not come out the way  you envisioned--do not throw them away.  Save them to cut up for this project.  When those "boo-boos" are cut into little strips, you will never see the mistakes.  


Place your strips on the sticky paper in a diagonal pattern.  




Once your sticky paper is covered, cut to card size.


Card sizes:
8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded in half.
Middle layer is 5 1/4 x 4
Mosaic layer is 5 x 3 3/4.


Add to the front of your card, and embellish as desired.  


Supplies used:
Tag Talk Stamp Set
Chocolate Chip Cardstock and Ink
Rhinestones
Bracket Label Punch
Naturals White Cardstock
Various strips of DSP (all retired)

Get out those scraps and left over pieces of DSP.  Save those mess ups for the Mosaic technique. Happy Creating!  Bye for now, Maria

Monday, December 22, 2014

Choose Happiness

What do they say?  Nothing new under the sun.  What's old is new again.  Hold onto something long enough, and it will come back in style.  What are some you can think of?  


Remember how stencils used to be all the rage in the 90's? Stencils are back, but now they're called Decorative Masks.  They're still stencils, but much cooler!  

Here, I used Dots & Stripes Decorative Mask with a Sponge Dauber.  Gently tap the ink pad with the dauber, and swipe the ink through the mask onto your cardstock.  
Supplies used:
Choose Happiness Stamp Set
Naturals Ivory Cardstock
Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks
Doilies, White Baker's Twine
Bermuda Bay Ink
Sponge Daubers
Big Shot with the Chalk Talk Framelits

Happy Stamping!
Bye for now, Maria

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December Stamp Club: No Peeking Gift Bag

Is it Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?  For me, it's Merry Christmas, but I do not like Christmas getting lumped together with Thanksgiving.  I want to celebrate two separate and distinct holidays!!! I'm always so sad when I see people take down their decorations and put the Christmas tree at the curb on December 26th!!  I want to savor the Christmas holiday just a little longer!


December's Club project was this darling little gift bag.  I like to keep plain white and kraft gift bags on hand.  They're neutral for any occasion, and are just begging for decorating!

The DSP is from the Trim the Tree Stack.  No need for cutting.  Just tear a sheet from the stack and attach to the front and back of your gift bag.  

Supplies used:  
Christmas Taggables (check the Clearance Rack section)
Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon, Ink
Whisper White Cardstock, Garden Green Cardstock, Trim the Tree DSP Stack
Label Bracket Punch
Big Shot with Chalk Talk Framelits

Regardless of how you celebrate the holidays this time of year, I want to wish you the merriest of merry for this holiday season and best wishes for 2015!  Bye for now, Maria

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Watercolor Thank You

I'm really "throwing it back" with these cards.  The parchment style cardstock and rainbow ink pads are from years ago--been hoarding them for a looooonnnnnnnggggg time.  Stampin' Up! used to sell the ink pads when I first became a demonstrator.  Today, I dug out a bunch of supplies that have been sitting around literally collecting dust.  


The stamp is called Watercolor Thank You, and is sold all by itself.  

You can do this technique with any of our Classic Ink Pads.   

After stamping, drag an Aqua Painter (filled with water, of course) over the image.  Use enough water to "pull" the color, but not too much you turn the cardstock back into pulp, which is what I usually do because I squeeze the barrel of the aqua painter way too hard--hold my pencil to tight too!!!

On the autumn thank you, I added a dotted outline with a gold paint pen.  I added dots to the blue thank you with a white gel pen, but it's hard to see in the photo.  

To finish the card, I added ribbon, turned up one of the corners, and added a leaf die cut from the Autumn Accents Bigz die.  

Supplies used:
Watercolor Thank You Stamp
Aqua Painter
Big Shot with the Autumn Accents Bigz Die
White Gel Pen
Silver Glimmer Paper
DSP shown on the Autumn card--retired and name unknown

Non-Stampin' Up! supplies used:
Gold Paint Pen
Parchment Cardstock
Rainbow Ink Pads

Get those supplies out.  Try a new technique.  Happy Stamping!  Bye for now, Maria

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Truly Grateful

What are you grateful for?  I'm grateful for so many things, like this stamp set.  I was so glad to see the Truly Grateful stamp set carried into the Annual catalog--the Big Book as I like to call it! 



TIP:  When working with Glimmer Paper, attach using hot glue--because nothing likes to stick to it!

Supplies used:
Truly Grateful Stamp Set
Silver Glimmer Paper,
Basic Gray and Coastal Cabana Ink
Sponge or Sponge Daubers
Label Bracket Punch
Big Shot with Autumn Accents Bigz Die

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Bye for now, Maria

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November Stamp Club: Ornamental Pine


Here's November's project.  I love the Ornamental Stamp Set.  It is so realistic and beautiful!  I'm married to a tree guy so it's natural that I would like it.  


For the card you need:
Ornamental Pine Stamp Set
Old Olive (textured used here), Whisper White Cardstock
Old Olive, Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Gold Encore Ink
Big Shot with the Top Note
Stampin' Dimensionals

Not sure if you can tell, but the ornament is stamped one additional time on a separate piece of cardstock, cut out, and mounted on top of the original ornament on the Top Note with Stampin' Dimensionals.  And, the Baked Brown Sugar that was used for the pinecones are stamped on scratch paper first and then stamped on the Top Note so they fade into the pine needles.  


For our second project, we created a set of Love Notes.  Love Notes are 3 x 3 mini cards--great for gift enclosures, tags, or little notes you tuck inside lunch boxes of your loved ones.  

You will need:
Tag Talk Stamp Set
Old Olive (textured used here), Whisper White Cardstock
Old Olive Ink
Gold Metallic Baker's Twine
Label Bracket Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals 

Happy Stamping!  Bye for now, Maria

Friday, October 24, 2014

Eat, Drink and Be Scary

Here's a quick Halloween card for ya!  Holiday Invitation Stamp Set includes a stamp where you write in the "where and when" after you stamp it.  But, it doesn't have to be for invitations!  


Supplies used:
Holiday Invitation, Good Greetings (Hostess) Stamp Sets
Old Olive, Naturals White, Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
Pumpkin Pie, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Big Shot with Autumn Accents Bigz Die

Happy Halloween!  Bye for now, Maria