Monday, November 26, 2012

Stamping Tip

No I don't mean my desk looks like a Rubbish Tip! hehe! Wellllll... o.k. maybe it does at times....
however what I wanted to show you today was a little Stamping Tip to get better coverage on your stamps.
Now that Stampin Up have introduced the new style ink pads this won't be such a problem. However if you are still using your old style ink pads this might help you.

I have a Christmas workshop that I am working on at the moment. I went to stamp an ornament from the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and this is how it looked.
Very patchy! Oh dear!
Here is a closeup for you.

So I got out my trusty Stampin Up sanding block and sanded away at it. I sanded in several different directions across the stamp and then wiped it clean with some Stampin Mist.
Come and have a look at the next image I stamped.
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Can you see the difference?
Much better covereage! Yay.
So while I had the stamp set out I decided I would just give them all a little sanding.
This is what the stamp looks like before it is sanded.
And this is what it looks like after it is sanded.
Can you see the opaque look to it? Then all you do is give it a clean (I suggest with your Stampin Mist as this will condition it also) and it is better than new!
Here are the main points to remember:-

. I recommend and use the Stampin Up Sanding Block only. It is a very fine sandpaper and hasn't damaged any of my stamps so far.
. Sand first in one direction a few times then in the opposite direction a few times. Up and down. Or Cross-Hatch are good.
. Wipe clean after sanding before you use your stamp.

Some people like to just rub the stamp with a rough cloth or on their jeans to help remove any factory film from them so you could try this also if you didn't want to sand the stamps.

I hope this has helped you today. If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment or contact me (details on blog). Until next time.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Delicate Doilies Christmas Card.

The Delicate Doilies Stamp Set is so versatile. You can even use it for Christmas Cards. Come and see a card I designed.
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I have made this card with the traditional red and green colours Real Red and Gumball Green. The ornament on top can be detached. Here is a photo of the card by itself.
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 A closeup of the ornament.
I have used the large Delicate Doilies Sizzlet in Gumball Green and the Snowflake Bigz Die with the lovely silver glimmer card, the Bird Builder Punch and some real red ribbon.
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 Here is another card in different colours. I have used Raspberry Ripple and Crumbcake for this next one.
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I hope you enjoyed today's post. If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment I love hearing from you.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

More Ornament Keepsakes

Here are some cards I did for a recent workshop using the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and Framelits.
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I have used Midnight Muse and Whisper White. The Labels Collection Framelits and the Lacey Brocade Emboss Folder were used to.
Can you see the paper piercing around the ornament? This was done using the Paper Piercing Pack available in the Christmas Mini p.30.
It makes paper piercing sooo easy. A great way to highlight stamps.
I also made this Christmas Lights Card using one of the ornament framelits.
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How easy is that? Just cut out a few different colours and raise the ornaments up with dimensionals. I used some Bakers Twine to string them together.

This was a nice quick and festive card to make.
The colours I used: Gumball Green
                              Midnight Muse
                               Poppy Parade (retired)
                               Daffodil Yellow
                               Pool Party.

Do you have your Ornament Keepsakes Bundle Yet?

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Melbourne Cup

So I know you have all been dying to see some photos of our little trip away to Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup. And if not ... then you will just have to close your eyes for a minute while I bore er... I mean regale you with my adventures.
So which of my 500 photos do I show you???hmm...

(inside The Precinct where we could eat, sit and watch the races on the big screen . Even had a live band)

Me studying the race guide. (didn't help me much. LOL!)
This was where we had our seats in the grandstand. It was packed! This is just before the Melbourne Cup Race.

And they are off!! Green Moon is about a third way down in dark blue and white.
I said I would get a photo of Camilla didn't I? hehe.

I promise to have a card to show next time.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Indie Card

So it was my son's girlfriend's birthday this week and I had to make her a card. When I showed it to him for his approval he said - "Shannon will love that - it is very Indie."?????
Hmmm... Do you know what "Indie" means?
Cause this is what it looks like.
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I tried to keep to the "less is more" idea and think I pulled it off.
I have used pool party, pink pirouette, black and white for the cardstock and the lovely Delicate Doilies Stamp Set from the main catalogue and the Itty Bitty Banners set for the sentiment.
I also used the Delicate Doiles Sizzlits and the Beautiful Wings Embosslits both in Pink Pirouette to add some dimension and texture to the card.
I thought the sentiment needed a bit of layering too so it wouldn't get lost on the card.

The word Indie is short for Independent.(I googled it!)
I am still not sure what "indie"represents but he did say it was a modern take on vintage/retro
Does that help??? LOL.
And I am happy to report Shannon loved her card. Happy Birthday Shannon.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Triple layer Card

I have been wanting to try a Triple Layer Card for a while now and finally got around to doing it in my last class.
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I have used Bravo Burgundy and Sahara Sand Cardstock. Bravo Burgundy Ink.
If you have a closer look you will see I have coloured lightly the petals of the flowers with a white charcoal pencil.

These pencils give a soft white appearance to the flowers. I also coloured some of the pine needles with wild wasabi marker and lightly touched the centres of the flowers with a blender pen. A sprinkling of gold for the centres and you are finished.

I have used the stamp sets Bells and Boughs from the Main Catalogue and Greetings of the Season from the Christmas Mini.

This is a really easy technique to do but it looks terrific with a whole host of different stamp sets (not all together though haha). If you haven't tried it yet why not have a go?

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

birthday boy

Oh dear. It is was my brother's birthday last Saturday and I am lamenting not getting any of the new masculine stamp sets that I have been eyeing up in the new catalogue.
Ones like: World's Greatest, Blue Ribbon, You're Amazing on page 32 and 33
Or:Daring Adventure and Clockworks on page 104 and 105
Or even: Horse Frontier, Countryside and Harvest Blessings on page 85!!
So I ended up with The Open Sea for a card for him.
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I know this isn't one of my best efforts but I really wasn't in an Open Sea kind of mood. If you have any idea what I am talking about. LOL! But I did my best and I hope he likes it.
At least it was sent with love and good wishes.
Happy Birthday Brother!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ornament Keepsakes

I resisted the Ornament Keepsakes for months but finally weakened and gave in a week ago.
And I just want to say here and now....
I love them! I can't believe I waited so long to get them! hehe. So here is a card I have made.
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I also had the gorgeous new vintage faceted designer buttons I wanted to play with. Aren't they pretty.
It is hard to stop at just one!
Here is a close up of the ornament. I have actually stamped this on some Snow Festival Designer Paper using Midnight Muse Ink pad.
I love this lacy look using delicate designs embossing folder on vellum.

If you have enjoyed this post or have a question please feel free to leave a comment. I love hearing from you.

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