It’s that time again! Each year Stampin Up has a great promotion where you can earn FREE product for every $60 you spend. And the selection you can choose from is AWESOME, from photopolymer stamps, to foiled vellum to Project Life, the choices are gorgeous!
For this project I chose to use the ‘two-step’ photopolymer set “What I Love” that I earned for free with a $60 purchase.
A ‘two-step’ stamp is one that has multiple stamp images that layer together to make a single image. I love that Stampin Up creates the tabs you see in the video that really help with placement to make sure that you get a proper stamped imaged every time!
Here is my video tutorial on how to make the project – I hope you like it!
To follow along, here are the measurements for the card stock & supplies you will need to create this project at home:
so saffron 4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5 to make an A2 card base
second layer – 4 x 5.25
top layer 3.75 x 5
Crumb cake sentiment strip 0.75 x 3.5
Vellum strip 0.5 x 3.25
gold embossing powder
gold 1/8″ ribbon
tombow mono-multi glue
foam dot dimensionals
Stampin Up Sale A Bration Photopolymer Two Step Stamping What I Love Video Tutorial by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up
When I first saw Tim Holtz Crazy Birds, I knew they would be pretty much perfect for anything watercolor. So, when I first got my Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush pens I thought I would have a go at coloring those awesome crazy birds.
My first attempt stunk. Like really not good. So I put them aside a little frustrated at having investing in them and stinking at it, until recently when I visited my local craft store I was shown how much of a difference it makes to use proper watercolor paper (Thanks Natalie)! This is the Strathmore cold press watercolor paper and it really makes a huge difference in the performance of the pens when watercoloring! If you ever find that you are not getting great results from your pens, try investing in some good quality watercolor paper, Strathmore cold press can be inexpensive with a coupon from Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Joann’s, but the Tim Holtz watercolor paper is by far the best choice for card makers: it has the best smooth finish and is the lightest weight (thin) but still gives great watercolor performance.
Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Talk Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pen Watercolor Easy Card Stamp Right Up
Want to make this card at home too? Here are the supplies I used to make this project:
One of the owner’s & face of Lawn Fawn, Kelly Marie Alvarez recently revealed to us Lawn Fawn fans that she was battling long term Lyme disease. As a person who suffers from chronic pain I can understand the rollercoaster chronic health issues can be; so I thought I would send her a card to hopefully brighten her day.
When creating the design for this card, I had recently seen the LawnScaping design team challenge for anything ‘pink’. Anyone who knows me knows that pink has been my favorite color since forever, so I thought I would play along – here is what I came up with:
Lawn Fawn Blue Skies Thinking Of You Scripty Sayings card by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up
Here are some tips & tricks that you can use if you would like to make this card as well:
I cut an extra cloud to use as a mask to blend on the color for the sky
Sponge blend some pink ink on the brown polka dot paper to change the white spots to the coordinating pink
A glue pen worked great to apply the glitter to the outside edge of the clouds
Adding a sponged border of pink to the vanilla cardstock strip for the sentiment really brought the embossing sentiment out
Just a quick post today to share a card I made for Eric’s Grandmother who spoiled us with cake & presents on our most recent visit. I love spending time with family ❤
They have a budgie bird named Pom Pom, so I wanted to incorporate a bird in the card somehow… He is bright colors so I wanted to make sure the card reflected that as well.
Here is what I came up with:
Stampin Up retro fresh washi tape Merci / Thank You card by Montreal Demonstrator Wendie Bee
Stampin Up’s retro fresh washi tape made this card ridiculously easy & quick to make on the fly (last minute). The only cutting of paper was the card base and first layer… the tape I just pulled off a piece and layered each design onto the card. I used markers to clor the toucan bird, and fussy cut him out and adhering him using dimensionals
Here’s a really neat trick: Here is how I created a layered effect for the speech bubble :
Die cut bottom layer of speech bubble in solid colored card stock.
Using the same die, I placed it on white card stock then with a pencil, traced the shaoe on the INSIDE of the die.
With the “Remerciements” stamp set, I used the small ‘merci’ stamp, inked in tangerine tango, coastal cabana, soft suede & so saffron
Finally, I fussy cut along my pencil lines and popped up the cut out piece using dimensionals
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It’s the start of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Sale where you can get 20-50% off fabulous products! Ok Stampers – you are going to want to download this Holiday Sale List now because there are some SERIOUS DEALS!! OR CLICK … Continue reading →
Just a quick tip for the day: when using Stampin Up’s the largest stamp in the new photopolymer set Endless Wishes, it coordinates almost perfectly with the smallest die from Stampin Up’s Festive Flurry set! If you have the magnetic platform it makes it super easy to line up too.
Talk about more bang for your buck!
I love it when I find alternate uses for all the great Stampin Up tools I have. If YOU have any great discoveries please post a summary & link to your blog so we can all share in the awesomeness!
I recently made this card for one of my stores that I sell to – it is such a fun card to make!!!
Using Stampin Up’s “Pun Fun” (now retired), I colored the rocket with water color pencils, fussy cut it then popped it up on the base. Using the stamp itself for revference, I hand drew all the little details in fine pointed black pen. Sentiment is from Paper Smooches.
The sizzix Flip-It die was sued to make the base & layers – I trimmed a second color (daffodil delight) down to fit.
**QUICK TIP ON HOW TO CORRECTLY USE THE SIZZIX FLIP-IT DIE**
Have you found that the die was cutting all the way through your card stock – or that the flip-it die cards were falling apart at the scored lines?! I did. It was heartbreaking to go through all the work to make the card just to have it fall apart. So I did some research:
Use ONE cutting plate and your CREASE pad!!! Youtube video’s and other websites will tell you to use two standard cutting plates, but that second plate is what makes the difference.
Put your crease pad on the bottom, your Sizzix Flip-It die in the middle, then your card stock and your cutting plate on top. That should fix any cutting through, or tearing of your scored folds.
Here is what I have been up to lately: CAKE POPS!!
Cake Pops Stampin Up style for Father’s Day gift / treat
These were actually for my partner, who was returning from a week long business trip – I wanted to make something special for him, and I knew he had a sweet tooth.
It occurred to me while I was making them that this would also be a GREAT Father’s day gift as well. It could be a fun thing for Mom’s to do with kids to make the cake pops, then Mom could get in there with her Stampin Up gear and make the labels.
These are a great manly / masculine gift period – I found the trick is to make sure you use ‘manly’ colors – like the brown sprinkles and neutral colored tags etc.
I pretty much used half of my craft room for this – but you could really use ONE stamp set and they would still look great!
Here is the list of Stampin Up tools I used:
** I’m missing a few – I will have to check the exact name – stay tuned **
Night of Navy
Petite curly label
Chalk talk framelits
Small & large tag punch (retired)
The cello bags came from the dollar store along with the curly ribbon. The candy melts & lolly sticks we got at Michaels. I made the cake pop stand out of a styrofoam block (also from Michaels) and I wrapped it in kraft paper (meant for sending parcels) and put a ribbon around it to cover up the tape a little bit 😉
**HELPFUL HINTS & TRICKS FOR THIS CAKE POP PROJECT**
The recipe on the Duncan Hines website states to use half the icing tub – I actually only used a QUARTER of the tub. Using half would probably make your cake pops a little too moist and they may fall off the stick while you are trying to coat them. Try adding a tablespoon at a time until the mix is moist enough to make a into ball.
To melt the (Wilton) candy / chocolate: use the DEFROST button on your microwave if you do not have a double boiler.
Both of these tips are crucial to the success of your cake pops! I tried to make cake pops before and it was a disaster.
I am happy to share any info you would like that I may have missed here – simply leave me a comment!
For my latest workshop to celebrate the new catalog, I prepared a little thank you gift for the attendees. I wanted something that everyone could use, and that looked great, but was still within my budget – so I made these great goodie bag / party favors with a few basic tools.
Goodie bag party favors to workshop attendees
What you need to make these party favor goodie bags:
Big Shot / die cutting machine
Top Note die
DSP / card stock
small clear cello bags (I got mine at the dollar store)
shredded tissue paper (dollar store again)
* TIP* I stuck my embellishments to a piece of clear acetate to make sure that the presentation would be perfect.
I made the embellishments from the new “Buttons & Blossoms” clay molds available in the new Stampin Up catalog. Using the freshly pressed 2013 – 2014 In Color line, these are the greatest thing I have seen in a looooong time for crafting!! I hate it when I cannot find embellishments to match my project colors. NOW you can make your own!! ALl you need is the clay (which goes a LONG way – at least 60 embellishments from one bag of clay) and some reinkers. Your total investment is around $20. Just THINK of the savings!!! And the convenience… Need I go on?