Sponge Brayer + Springtime Foils DSP


The beautiful Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper looks stunning on its own, but adding some ink via a sponge brayer is an amazing way to show off these papers as well! The foil elements will resist the ink and really POP in contrast. I played with this technique recently and even used it in my March workshops. Check out the different effects you can achieve by using different colour combinations!

The card above also shows off the Starburst punch, which I have been using a lot in my stamping lately! I love using a punch wherever possible instead of going to my Big Shot.

You can get a sponge brayer in my online store for just $10.75CAD! It comes with four sponges and two handles. The sponges are washable and reusable.

Have you used a sponge brayer in one of your cards? Show it off in the comments! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

When Your Stamps Lose Their Cling

Do you have a set (or two) of photopolymer stamps that have been well-used, and half or more of them fall out of the case as soon as you open it? For me, Balloon Celebration is one of those sets. This is what it looks like when I open the case:


One of my stampers told me that if I wash the stamps with Dawn dishwashing soap, they would regain their cling. I was skeptical, but thought it was worth a try, especially since I already had Dawn dish soap at home. Well lo and behold – it works like a charm! All my stamps cling happily to their spots once again!

Check out the simple steps and photo proof below!

Start by putting the plug in your sink – and don’t pull the plug until you’ve confirmed EVERY stamp is back in its spot! It would be way too easy for a photopolymer stamp to slip away down the drain!

Add a drop of Dawn liquid soap to the back of the stamp (the flat side, where it sticks to the case or the acrylic block).

Scrub it around with your fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rinse off, then pat dry.

Check out how well the stamps stick now that they’ve been washed!

Speaking of cling, I’ve shared this tip for clear-mount stamp sets at my classes many times, so you may have heard it before. I found out a few years ago that the red rubber stamps will cling much more effectively to the acrylic blocks if I don’t use the stickers on the back of the stamps. Since then, I peel off the stickers and put them on the inside of stamp case – but I don’t put the stickers on the stamps.

The downside to this, of course, is that you can’t see exactly what you’re stamping. But in my opinion, that downside is more than outweighed by the benefit of having the stamp stay where you put it when you’re stamping! It’s all personal preference of course, and many stampers choose instead to use the labels and then apply some double-sided adhesive when their stamps get slippy. What method do you prefer?

Thanks for joining me for this quick tip! I hope it’s helpful to you in your stamping! If you’re not currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to work with you. Visit my online store or drop me a line to place your order!

Happy Stampin’!

Celebrating Milestones

I love celebrating special milestones with my team! Stampin’ Up! offers new demonstrators a wonderful incentive program called Quick Start. If you hit certain goals within your first three and six months, you earn terrific rewards. I am overjoyed (though not terribly surprised) that both my new team members hit their six-month targets within their first three months! So at our most recent team meeting, I got to present each of them with a celebratory gift!

I just love this adorable little piggy and her charming, self-assured smile. This will make a great decoration for the craft room, don’t you think? The colouring on the piggy is actually my first try with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I bought just the one pair so far, but I’m planning to get the whole set as a half-price item when I get to be club hostess next month.

I got to celebrate a milestone too! And what’s almost as good as a milestone celebrated with a handmade craft? A milestone celebrated with jewelry!! First, here’s the beautiful 30th anniversary pin that all demonstrators will receive this year. It’s amazing to think that Stampin’ Up! has been around for thirty years – it’s also their 15th anniversary in Canada this year!


And I was even more excited about this one – my Silver title necklace! I got this necklace absolutely free in recognition of my recent title advancement. I can’t wait to wear it to my next cardmaking workshop and show it off to everyone! It is so pretty in person!!


Here are the swap cards from our meeting. First, my square sampler card using Whole Lot of Lovely designer series paper and the Lovely Words thinlit dies. I just posted a tutorial for this card on my monthly email newsletter – if you’re not subscribed yet, send me an email and I’ll add you to the list!
Christina’s card uses the charming and funny Half Full stamp set and the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, which I have added to my wishlist after seeing so many great uses of this folder!


Claire wowed us with her decorated notecard box and narrow notecards, both decorated with the stunning Springtime Foils designer series paper. Can you see the shimmer of the copper foil?


This paper is available FREE with qualifying purchase, but only until the end of March! Contact me now to place your order, or shop online and use the hostess code below to get a free gift from me.


Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator? I’d love to chat with you! Claire and Christina can tell you that our team meetings are fun, supportive, and informative. Sale-a-Bration is a great time to become a demo, as you will get two extra stamp kits in your starter kit! That’s up to a $297 value for just $135! Hurry as this bonus is only available until the end of March!

How do you celebrate milestones? Do you have a special card or craft project to share? Comment below, I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

Sometimes a Dude Needs Thanking

Sometimes someone goes above and beyond with their customer service. I’ve worked in customer service roles too, so I recognize what it takes to shine at this job, and that going the extra mile is truly special. I recently had terrific customer service from a non-profit I donate to, via a super-helpful dude named Ray. I simply had to send him a card to let him know how much I appreciated his assistance!

This card uses the eclipse technique which is so popular right now, as well as the Bubbles & Fizz designer series paper which you can get for FREE with qualifying purchase – but only until the end of March! Contact me now to place your order, or shop online and use the hostess code below to get a free gift from me.

Large Letters Framelits
Labeler Alphabet

Have you made any thank you cards lately? Comment below and show me what you’ve made! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

 

Happy Wishes + Cut Card Front Tutorial

As soon as I saw the Happy Wishes stamp set in the Sale-a-Bration brochure, I knew I had to have it! I just love the versatility of this stamp set. And you can get it FREE with qualifying purchase until the end of March! Just look at the amazing collection of sentiments you get:

I’m even running a contest on my Facebook page to see who can come up with the biggest list of sentiments you can create by combining the stamps in this set. Check it out, you may want to enter!

Here’s a beautiful card I made for my February workshop using the Happy Wishes set. It’s shown here with Naturally Eclectic designer series paper, but it also looks terrific with the Picture Perfect Party paper 😉

This fun fold (Cut Card Front) creates a big wow, and is easier to create than you might think! Start with your full sheet of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock, and score as follows:
Along the long side at 5.5″
Along the short side at 4.25″

Then cut the entire sheet diagonally to make two large triangles. Voila – your sheet of cardstock is now ready to make TWO card bases!

You will also need:
Whisper White: 5.25 x 4 for inside of card
DSP: 5.25 x 4, cut diagonally

Stamp and embellish as desired.

Have you made a card with Happy Wishes, or with the Cut Card Front? Comment below and share your creations! I’d love to see them!

If you want to order Happy Wishes, be sure to get your order to me by the end of March! You can shop online at my online store – use the hostess code below and I’ll send you a free gift!


Happy Stampin’!

 

Tutorial: Party Animal Card

I created this card last summer as I worked towards my goal to use up all my retired DSP (a goal that is still ongoing – I have way more retired DSP than I originally thought!). It’s a simple and fun card to make, and a great way to show off Stampin’ Up!’s beautiful Designer Series Paper. Though the paper and stamp set I’m using in this project are both retired, you can easily re-create this design with current products.

Choose two colours that co-ordinate with your chosen DSP – one bright, and one more subtle. Use the more subtle colour as your card base, and cut to 5.5 x 8.5″. Score in centre.

Cut your DSP to 5 x 2.75″. Attach DSP to your card base, leaving a small border around the bottom and sides. Your card base will still be visible at the top of the card.

Use your other colour of cardstock to cut a scalloped circle (or other desired shape).

Cut a white circle (or other desired shape). Stamp your sentiment or image with the same colour ink as the cardstock you’re using.

That’s it – assemble the card!

Happy Stampin’!