Monthly Archives: October 2009

Dasher goes gold

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If you’ve stamped with me, you know I love Stampin’ Up!’s Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  With just the right amount of glitter, it is perfect to accent an image stamped in Encore Gold metallic ink.  That’s what we did on this card the other night at Mary Lou’s workshop.  The metallic ink dries faster than craft, but stays wet enough to emboss.  We used that same technique on this card in September.

This is also the first card we’ve done in a workshop or camp that uses the spray created with a few ounces of rubbing alcohol and a few drops (blobs) of the beautiful Shimmer Paint featured in the Holiday Mini.  (Please, please, please, don’t discontinue this product!  This world needs all the bling we can give it!)  It’s subtle, almost adding a feeling of depth to the solid card stock.  I’m just sorry I can’t capture that in a photo.

Oh, and if I can persuade Mary Lou to share the recipe for her fabulous Ho Ho Cake, I’ll post it here!

Stamp:  Dasher (p. 208)

Ink:  Encore Gold

Paper:  Soft Suede, Specialty Designer Series Paper (Christmas Cocoa; Holiday Mini p. 21), Brushed Gold (p. 159), Whisper White

Other:  Shimmer Paint (Champagne Mist, Holiday Mini p. 27), Big Shot, Oval Scallop and Ovals dies, Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I Texturz Plate (Flourish),  Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Iridescent Ice), Elastic Cord (Gold; Holiday Mini P. 27), Taffeta Ribbon (Whisper White), Stampin’ Dimensionals



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Camp project #2

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Here’s another of our October camp projects, using a new technique for camp:  spotlighting.  It’s very simple to do.  Stamp an image once on a panel without any additional coloring, then again on a scrap.  Color that scrap, then punch out the area that will be in the spotlight.  Assemble with one or more mats and pop up off the plain image (take care to line up the images).  A textured panel and faux stitching creates more interest — done!

Stamps:  Gifts of the Earth (p. 15 Holiday Mini)

Ink:  Stampin’ Write Marker (Really Rust)

Paper:  More Mustard, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Naturals Ivory

Other:  Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Aqua Painter, 1⅛” and 1⅜” Circle Punches, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Big Shot, Texturz Plate (Distress), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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How to tie a bow

If you have trouble creating a nice ribbon bow, view this video and see how Kristina Werner does it.  Then, get yourself a length of ribbon and try it along with her!

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Camp project #1

0910 Falling Leaf Trio

October’s stamp camps are history!  If you missed attending one this month, here’s one of the cards we did, CASEd from Lois Hobson.  I just loved her color scheme, especially since we have the 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon to coordinate.  When you begin to stamp this card, note how stunning the Soft Suede leaves are on the Soft Suede card base.  Love that monochromatic simplicity!

Stamps:  Falling Leaves (p. 27)

Ink:  Soft Suede, More Mustard, So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy

Paper:  Soft Suede, More Mustard, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy

Other:  1¼” and 1⅜” Circle Punches, 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon (Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy), Brads (Silver), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Amazing myself!

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Over a year ago, I had a friend tell me I would like digital scrapbooking.  I was skeptical.  No more!  I am amazed at what I can do.

I take the same picture of our crab tree every spring, because every year it is stunning.  I decided that for this page of my Home book I would use just part of the blossoms for the background — yes, I made my own custom paper!  Reducing its opacity and placing a very thin, black border around the photo helped the contrast.

So far my favorite things about using My Digital Studio are that

  • I have unlimited supplies
  • I can change my mind a million times before I ever go to paper
  • I can delete a page without wasting supplies

I have finished my training on MDS and am close to sending my book to the printer.  At the end of the month we’ll learn how Stampin’ Up! will grant us certification.  When you see the certification logo on this blog, watch for a special offer!

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Deals of the Week #4 — Let’s party!

During the month of October, Stampin’ Up! will offer several discounted products as “Deals of the Week” — no limits and no minimum purchase required. These are not retired or clearance items. You’ll find them in the current catalog, but they’re only discounted for one week!

Not coming to class or a workshop this week?  I’ll be putting in a group order Friday morning; if you’re local, you can join in! Or, order online!

The final deals of the week are from October 26, 10 AM (MT) through October 31, 11:50 PM (MT).




Regular Price

Special Price



Princess Party Kit





Pirate Party Kit



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A new leaf

New leaf

Sounds like an autumn topic, doesn’t it?  And although I love the leaves of our Crimson King Maple in the front yard, particularly contrasted against the wet bark, the title of this post is inspired by a visit to SuperViva:  Make a life list and live a full life.  There, you can create and publicly or privately post your list of things you want to accomplish in your life, then check them off when they’re done.  (Does this sound like a movie or sitcom episode??)  Not ready to start a life list?  There are also lots of resources “to help you figure out what your real goals are and how to make them happen.”  It’s very fun to read the “success” stories.

I had a meeting Thursday afternoon just a few blocks from home.  Although it was raining, I took the camera with to capture some of the beauty.  Here’s the page I made later in My Digital Studio.

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