Product Spotlight: Beautiful You

I’ve been playing with the “Beautiful You” stamp set recently. This is a carryover from the previous annual catalogue, and at this time of year, it’s easy to forget about those “old” sets in favour of new ones …. but this set is still current and for me at least, it’s got a lot of life left in it!

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Here’s a wonderful set of cards I made last year featuring the “dancing girl” and a selection of the fabulous sentiments included in this set. This stamp set includes 13 stamps, including a very versatile collection of eight sentiments.

For the cards above, I used one of the stamps to create the splash of colour in the girl’s dress. However, this time I wanted to try a different technique.

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For these cards, I used the ‘stylish girl’, and did paper-piecing for the dress and hat. I used to be very intimidated by paper-piecing, but now that I know how easy it is (and the fantastic effects it can create), I use it often! All you need to do is stamp on your designer series paper with black ink, then fussy-cut it out. Stamp the same image on your white cardstock, then use adhesive to attach the cut-out DSP. Ta-da! Look at that stylish lady!

This is a really simple layout for showcasing our beautiful designer series paper, and the cards come together really quickly. It was easy to create a stack of these gorgeous cards for mailing to my RAK card friends!

If you’d like to recreate this card, here are the measurements:
DSP panel is 3 x 4.25″, with a black outline measuring 3 1/8 x 4 3/8″.
White panel is 2 5/8 x 3 7/8″, with a black outline measuring 2.75 x 4″.

For these particular cards, I used our new 2018-2020 In Color Collection. I also used some teensy pearls for embellishing.

You can get your Beautiful You stamp set at my online store, or contact me today to order. Happy Stampin’!

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Workshop Tips for the Beginning Stamper

These are a few of the things I like to go over at classes when I have new people in attendance. I hope these tips are helpful to you!

Inkpads
Stampin’ Up! introduced their beautiful new stackable inkpads in June 2018. Many of us, myself included, have some old-style and some new-style inkpads; and the two styles of inkpads open and close in a slightly different way. Check out the very short videos below to be familiar with how to open and close both styles of inkpad.

Old Style: Push, Flip, and Slide

New Style: Popup, Flip, and Slide

No matter which style of inkpad you’re using, the foam pad is stored upside down when the inkpad is closed. This means that when you open the inkpad, the ink is all at the surface and ready for you to use. You don’t need to press down hard on the surface of the inkpad; a light touch will produce the best image.

Scrap Paper
Your scrap paper is a craft room must-have. Not only will you use it for cleaning your stamps (see Step 1 and 4), but you can also use it to experiment with your stamping before you commit to stamping on your project. Make sure you know how that stamp is ‘lined up’ before you stamp it on your project, and make sure you like the ink colour. In other words, practice first until you’re confident you can produce the image you want on your project.

Acrylic Blocks
The option to purchase and store just one set of acrylic blocks to use with countless stamp sets is one of my favourite things about Stampin’ Up! In addition to saving on cost and storage, I love being able to see exactly where I am stamping. However, a common mistake that I see beginners making is choosing the wrong block for the stamp they are using.

If the stamp is bigger than your block, your image is going to be missing some parts, as seen above. And if your block is way larger than your stamp, it will lead you to ‘rock’ your stamp on the cardstock, which is a leading cause of ‘halo’ images as seen below

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Like Goldilocks, we need a block that is ‘just right’. The right-sized block is the smallest block that fits your entire stamp.

Remember that your catalogue will show you the recommended block sizes for every stamp set!

General Etiquette
Please keep cross-talk to a minimum so that you and your craft-mates don’t miss important instructions. Keep in mind that many of your fellow crafters are here for a rare night out, away from the pressures of work, home, school, and family. Some crafters are excited to connect with others, while some would prefer a calm and mellow environment. Be respectful of others and their boundaries; notice whose communication styles are similar to your own, and plan to sit together for maximum enjoyment!

Food and Drink
I keep my craft nights short (aiming to have all projects complete within 2.5 hours), and I ask that you not bring snacks to our workshops. If you wish to bring treats when it’s your turn to be the hostess, please bring something individually wrapped/packaged (e.g. chocolate bar) so people can take them home to enjoy there. Unpackaged food causes a mess on our craft projects, which after all is the main reason we’re meeting. Similarly, please make sure your beverage is in a sealable container to avoid spills on yours or others’ projects.

Questions
As your demonstrator it’s my job to answer any of your questions about Stampin’ Up! products, our projects, techniques, etc.  Don’t lean on your fellow crafters for advice, as they are also here to enjoy a low-pressure night out. Be patient when I am helping other crafters, and know that I will get to your question as soon as I can!

Tidying up
Based on feedback I’ve received from workshop attendees, I organize my classes so that attendees stay in one place and project bins are circulated from one table to the next, instead of having attendees move around to other tables. This means that attendees don’t need to move to a crafting station that may not be as tidy as they would like! However, it also means that when a table group is finishing up with a project, they need to make sure all the supplies and tools go back in the project bin, along with the sample card, so the bin can be passed to the next group. Please do your part to help keep supplies together in the bin; the less time spent looking for missing items, the more time everyone gets to spend in crafting.

When things go wrong ….
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, things go wrong. Don’t be embarrassed! Pretty much any mistake you could make, I have probably done the same thing. When you’re stuck, ask for help and we’ll figure out a solution together.

And when all else fails?
My projects don’t look perfect the first time I try them, and yours probably won’t either – but hopefully, you still learned from the experience, and next time you try, it may go more smoothly. I want you to learn, have fun, and not be afraid to try new things – so aim for enjoyment, not perfection!

 

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Product Spotlight: Wood Textures DSP

How I love the Wood Textures DSP! It is so versatile and can be paired with so many of our stamp sets and thinlits to create amazing, unique projects that really wow. One of my favourite uses for it, though, is in creating masculine cards. So many crafters find it challenging to create masculine cards, but the Wood Textures DSP makes it so easy!

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For this wonderful woodsy card, I used the Happy Birthday thinlits die, burlap ribbon, and just one stamp from the (now-retired) Number of Years stamp set. I also used the multipurpose adhesive sheets to help me attach the “birthday”; those adhesive sheets are a must when cutting out any of Stampin’ Up!’s sentiment dies!

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The embossing folder you see on the right-hand panel of the card is “Woodgrain” by Cuttlebug. I’m ordering the Pinewood Planks folder asap as it also makes a great pairing with the Wood Textures DSP!

Here are some of the other Stampin’ Up! products that complement the Wood Textures DSP:

Waterfront Stamp Set

  Wood Crate Framelits Dies

  Rooted in Nature Bundle

  Wood Words Stamp Set

   Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set

   Colourful Seasons Stamp Set

And here’s one more cute card I made with Wood Textures: I used the Classic Label punch to make a picket fence, with a cute little piggy flying above!

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Want to get your hands on this wonderfully versatile DSP? Contact me today to order, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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Tutorial: Picture Perfect Party De-stash + Metallic Twine Tip

What a great long weekend I had! Since we had no big plans, I got to spend time in my craft room every day, and I got so many cards done. Continuing in my quest to use up all my retired Designer Series Paper, I ‘de-stashed’ all my Picture Perfect Party paper.

I used this lovely, brightly-coloured paper at a class in the spring to make the diagonal-cut card front cards, but I still had plenty left – in fact, the paper I had left ended up making 50 cards!

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My first design used a whole card front (4 x 5.25″) of DSP, plus a horizontal strip across the front to add some contrast. The DSP strip is 1 x 4″ and the cardstock strip is 1.25 x 4″. I used the 2″ circle punch and the starburst punch for the sentiment, and embellished with copper metallic thread, faceted gems, and glitter enamel dots. The “Happy Birthday” stamp is from “Happy Birthday Gorgeous“.

Here’s a quick tip for making the metallic thread loops. First, apply adhesive to the back of the piece where the thread is going to go. Then, wrap the thread several times around one of your acrylic blocks – choose a block that’s bigger than the piece you’re trying to accent (in this case, I needed to choose a block that was slightly bigger than the starburst punch).

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As you slide the thread loops off the block, pinch in the centre so the threads form a figure-8 shape and stick them down to your cardstock piece. You can then play with the loops as desired to spread them out.

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After cutting the 4 x 5.25″ card fronts from the 6 x 6″ paper stack, I had lots of 2″ strips left over, so I made another pile of cards with a slightly different design.

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These ones used a cardstock accent of 4 x 5.25″, which I embossed with the Scattered Sequins embossing folder. I cut the DSP strips to 2 x 5 1/8″ so the cardstock would frame the DSP.

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This was my first time using the Scattered Sequins folder and I was really pleased with the results! It is stunning!

Have you made any projects with the Picture Perfect Party paper? Or maybe you’ve been de-stashing a different paper stack? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

 

 

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