Friday, September 29, 2017

Big on Birthdays in Copper

Big on Birthdays really has some wonderful, large sentiments in it and one of my favourites I featured in a card I used for a Quick & Cute class recently. Because the sentiment is large enough to be the focal point and because it also features some floral embellishments with it, you can accomplish most of the card in one stamp! These are great sets to have when you are in a hurry and you want something that looks fabulous and sophisticated when you have limited time to spend! Throw in some lovely Designer Series Paper, and voila!

Take a closer look:

  • I've embossed the whole sentiment/image from Big on Birthdays on Cajun Craze cardstock with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder. I wasn't sure how well it would show up, but it worked really well. The copper looks amazing on the Cajun Craze. I backed that panel with Basic Black and added some 1/4" Copper Trim and Black Rhinestones.
  • The background Designer Series Paper is from the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is rapidly becoming my favourite DSP of the whole Holiday Catalogue. It has such gorgeous rich, yet clean designs.
  • A card base of Basic Black give the whole card a more dramatic overall tone! And it was so easy to do!

World Card Making Day is celebrated on October 7, but Stampin' Up! is taking the celebration to a new level - for the first 10 days in October. During that time you can save 15% on certain cardmaking essentials. Check out what will be on sale here:

Contact me on or after October 1st to order any of these specials!

Also coming in October:

For the whole month of October, if you by 3 packages of select Designer Series Paper you get another package free!!

Again, you can order AFTER Oct. 1.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Eclipse Technique for a Fall Birthday Card

If you're like me, you've been seeing the eclipse technique all over the internet lately and been slightly mesmerized by it. It reminds me of Layering Inset techniques, where you die cut a gazillion of the same piece and glue them together before inserting them back into the space from where the originals were die cut! But that takes a lot of time, patience, glue and precision. With this technique, you get the same result with half the effort.

Take a look at this sample I did using images from Colorful Seasons and Gourd Goodness stamp sets and the Large Letters Framelits.

This card with it's two great techniques: the Eclipse Technique and the Babywipe Technique with be featured on my free monthly photo tutorial, available to anyone who is a subscriber to my free monthly newsletters. The tutorial features step-by-step instructions complete with photos plus a list of materials used with measurements included.

If you would like to receive this tutorial, simply enter your email address in the box below and hit "Go". You will be able to unsubscribe easily at any time you would like.

Join My Mailing List

For Email Marketing you can trust
There are some exciting promotions coming up with Stampin' Up! in October! In fact, it's one of the best Octobers I can remember. First, there is a Designer Series Paper deal coming up, where you can buy 3 packs of DSP and get another pack free from a selection of current DSPs. Then to celebrate World Card Making Day on October 7, Stampin' Up! will be offering 10 days of 15% off selected stamp sets and Notecards, as well as a great deal on adhesives!! Finally, there is the Merry Patterns Host Promotion that continues through to the end of October! I will give you more info closer to the beginning of the promotions!! Just wanted you to be aware that they were coming! Plus there is another BIG SURPRISE coming that I can't tell you about just yet, but will let you know about in October!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List

Monday, September 25, 2017

Faux Metal Impressions for Freshly Made Sketches

Stampin' Up! recently did a video tutorial on the Faux Metal Impressions technique and it's one that I haven't used for a long time, so I was reminded about it by the video and was anxious to use it again. I was particularly excited to use it with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, which we didn't have back when I first tried this technique out. Copper embossing powder makes such a warm, rich metallic finish that's perfect for fall cards.

The sketch from this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches was perfect to use with this idea. Here's their banner:

And I brought the Paisleys & Posies stamp set out after a long hiatus to do the honours. I don't know about you, but I normally find this to be a really hard stamp set to use effectively. It was, however, absolutely perfect for this card, because of all the detail inside the large paisley design. Here's how it turned out:

  • To do this technique involves heat embossing with a metallic embossing powder (I chose Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder) on a piece of cardstock, doing it over and over until you have several layers. I completed 4 layers for this one. The last time you use your Versamark-coated stamps to stamp right into the hot, soft embossing powder layers. When it cools, you can easily remove your stamps and they leave impressions behind. It doesn't leave any embossing powder on the stamps, or melt the stamps at all. They are as good as new, or at least as good as the condition they were in before you stamped!
  • I used two different patterns from the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper for the background panels. This is another product that I have found difficult to use in the past, but which works out perfectly for this project. The rich foil colours on the kraft background add to the warmth and richness of this card.
  • The matte layer is the Copper Foil sheet. I fell in love with this foil the moment I saw it in last year's Holiday Catalogue and the love affair has continued this year. The card base is Fresh Fig.

  • The sentiment is from the Painted Harvest stamp set, and here I heat embossed it in Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder on Very Vanilla cardstock and die cut it with a banner framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits set. I die cut a piece of Copper Foil Sheet with that same banner die to get the copper frame for the sentiment. I adhered both the frame and sentiment middle on another scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to give it the strength it needed to stay together, then mounted it on Dimensionals on the card front.

On Saturday, I held a very successful Holiday Catalogue Launch. Although much of the decor you see here was cased from the Holiday Catalogue, it was still fun and effective in giving my guests a clear idea of what the catalogue holds. 

We played a game of Stampamon Go, where I place stickers with QR Codes matching several different new products from the Holiday Catalogue around my house and the guests had to find the stickers, scan them to find out what products they represented and then write down the location of the sticker they found for the product listed on the page they had. Everyone really enjoyed that.

There was great food and lots of door prizes and tons of good food for everyone.

If you live in the area, you'll have to come out for my next one! Guaranteed good time!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List