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Baby Wipe Technique with Video Tutorial

Last night I taught the “Baby Wipe Technique” to the ladies in my stamp class.  It’s a really fun way to create a mottled, multi-colored effect and it’s perfect for any stamp with a large image area.

We had a really fun class and I always love when new people join me for a class!   I consider it a great compliment when a regular student invites a friend to come!  I had two ‘regulars’ invite friends and had 3 new peeps in class!  It really was a great night.  And despite the impending snowstorm/blizzard headed our way, everyone wanted to come to class!   We decided since the snow wasn’t supposed to start until around 11PM, we could have class and get home before any real snow started.  Here is the first project we made:

Baby Wipe Technique, Reverse Words, SaleABration, HoorayFor this card, we used the Reverse Words stamp set (available for FREE thru March 31st during Sale-A-Bration).  I used Pink Piourette, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry ink.   A bit of bling from the Glimmer Paper Assortment (also FREE during Sale-A-Bration!) and a few metallic sequins finished it off.  Quick, easy and so much WOW!

The next project also featured the Baby Wipe Technique, but we stepped it up a bit with more layers and stamping.

Baby Wipe Technique, Watercolor Wings, Butterfly, Timeless Texture

The Baby Wipe Technique was used to color the background layer of the butterfly which was stamped using an image from the Watercolor Wings stamp set and cropped out using Bold Butterfly Framelits.  A detailed Butterfly was cropped from the Butterflies thinlits from Island Indigo cardstock and layered on top.

The Whisper White layer was stamped using the Timeless Textures stamps in Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe.  The sentiment, from Watercolor Wings, was stamped in Island Indigo ink.

I love this color combination, and I hope you do too!  Don’t forget that Tip Top Taupe will be retiring in a few months.  Stock up now on your favorite Tip Top Taupe items before they are gone.

If you would like to learn how to do the Baby Wipe Technique  you can watch a video tutorial I made here:

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Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of the Baby Wipe Technique, and my projects!  I love to hear from you and cherish each and every comment 🙂

If you want to purchase any of the items I’ve used here, please head to my online store and place your order. Remember, for every $50 you order (before shipping & tax) you earn 1 FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  Please use Host Code SZYAENSF if you place an order that is less than $150 dollars.  Thank you!

Well, if you’re in the Northeast and affected by Blizzard Stella, stay safe and warm!  It’s a good day to hunker down and stamp, in between rounds of shoveling & snowblowing.  Happy Stampin’!

Nancy

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WaterColor Pencils Craze & Bonus Video

I’m excited to share a bonus tutorial video with you today featuring the WaterColor Pencils and the Dragonfly Dreams bundle.  I’ve been in love with the WaterColor Pencils when I first saw them back in November.  (Yes, November – as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I get to see new products before the catalogs are released!  My favorite perk!  If you want to share in these perks, there’s no better time to join than now.  Ask me how.)

Here is the card I made and taught to my stamp club last week. The ladies loved it, and I hope you do too!

Dragonfly Dreams, Detailed Dragonfly & Watercolor Pencils

Daffodil Delight and Black are a striking color combination, don’t you agree?  But what really makes it is the pop of color from the water colored panel.  I used the WaterColor Pencils with an Aqua Painter to create this focal point.

I created a video to show you how I made it:  Wow, this is like taking a class from me without the drive!  And without the brownies 🙂

Now I know you just want to jump out of your seat and get some watercolor pencils for yourself so you too can join in on the Watercolor Craze Supplies are very limited and are expected to go on backorder soon, SO ORDER THEM RIGHT NOW!  Don’t wait.  Don’t forget to add some Watercolor Paper, Aqua Painters and Blender Pens.  You’ll also want Memento Tuxedo Black Ink if you want to stamp an outline image and then color in with watercoloring.  When you place your order, remember two things: 1)  To order in $50 increments so you can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items with each order, and 2) to use HOST CODE D3ZEY3UJ when you place an order that is less than $150.

To learn more about Sale-A-Bration, click this picture.

Why use a Host Code?  The host code allows me to earn Stampin’ Rewards on all orders placed thru my online store.    They are used for products that I give away to my customers.  (Just ask Vicky Blackwell who won a Party Animal Prize package as part of my SuperBowl contest. – Read all about that here.) Learn about Stampin’ Rewards hereIf your order totals $150 or more (before tax & shipping) then DO NOT use the host code, but rather redeem the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself.

Please let me know if you enjoyed my tutorial video.  If you like that, then you’d love attending one of my in person classes.  Not only do we have fun and eat brownies, but we make a few projects and I try to teach one new technique at each class.  Click here for a list of upcoming classes.  Not in NE Pennsylvania?  Let me host a Facebook Party for you and your friends instead.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today, please come back again soon.  If you like what you see, sign up for my mailing list, Like me on Facebook and follow me on Instagram.

Nancy

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Welcome to the World!

I’ve been anxiously waiting to post this project!  I’ve been on pins & needles ever since a friend told me that he was expecting a baby girl that was due in a few weeks!  Well the day finally came, and a sweet little baby girl was born today!  I made this card the day he told me it was a girl.  Now I can finally give it to him, and show you.

Baby Bear is the stamp set that I used to make this realistic, life-like stuffed animal bear.  A triple stamp, I used Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso ink for each layer of the bear to create that realistic effect.  My paper is Flirty Flamingo card stock for the card base, with a Crumb Cake layer.  Flirty Flamingo DSP and another layer of Flirty Flamingo cardstock with a Whisper White image panel.  The sentiments were stamped in Early Espresso ink on Crumb cake banners.  A row of pearls and a bakers twine bow adorn this card.

Any time I used a card base other than Whisper White or Very Vanilla, I like to make an inside panel to write on.  My inside also contains another sentiment, with just enough white space to include a handwritten note.

I used another strip of DSP so the inside and the outside coordinate.  And I just LOVE this sentiment!

Here’s a map of the products I  used to create this card:

I’m so glad that my friend is a Dad with a precious little babe to love and to hold.

If you love this creative color combo, please save this pic for your reference:

Baby Bear is such a versatile stamp set too!  If you’d like to order any of the products I used, click here to shop my store.  You can also click on any of the hi-lighted items in the description above.

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Please use January Host Code 2BUYMMWN when placing an order that is less thaln $150.   When shopping, you’ll earn 1 Free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you spend (before shipping and sales tax).  Want to learn more about Sale-A-Bration?  Click here.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space.  I hope I inspired you to use Baby Bear when you have a little one to welcome into the world!  Share a pic to my Facebook page of any projects you made using Baby Bear.  While you’re there, please like my Facebook page too so we can stay in touch there.

I’m also on Pinterest and Instagram so follow me there as well!  See you soon.

Nancy

 

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Taking Layering to a New Level

Today is the long-awaited for day!  And I’m not just talking about a day off of work!  But today is the day that the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies are back in stock!

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Stitched Shapes Framelits dies – # 145372

The Stitched Shapes Framelit dies were introduced back in November as a teaser of what would be coming in the 2017/2018 Annual catalog to be released in June.  They were so hugely popular that they sold out faster than expected, put on backorder, and then put into a ‘non-orderable’ status  until today.

Why are they so popular, you ask?  What’s the big deal?  Well, I’ll tell you.  This set of 12 (4 each of square, oval and circles) basic geometric shapes have tiny stitching around the edges.  And they pair perfectly with our Layering Framelits in Squares, Ovals & Circles to create perfect layers with just the right amount of detail.    Let’s have a look:  IMG_8339[1]

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See how the tiny stitches makes the shaped so much more ‘finished’ and adds just the perfect finishing touch to the basic shape?  And how the straight and scallop edges of the layering framelits dies coordinate so perfectly?  The Stitched Shapes Framelits and layering framelits are going to take your layers to a whole new dimension.  And the sizes of the shapes coordinate with so many stamp sets; both images & sentiments.

Now, what if you don’t own any of these basic shape framelit dies.  Can you still get the Stitched Shaped Framelit dies?  YES!!  Having both the layering framelit dies in all the shapes, AND the Stitched Shaped Framelits, will be an investment in tools for your paper crafing that you will have for years & years.  The best way to get all of these?  Ultimate Bundle SAB

When you purchase the Ultimate Starter Kit!  You can choose $125 worth of product for only $99 and not pay any extra for shipping!  But during Sale-A-Bration, you’ll get to choose 2 FREE stamps on top of that!  If you purchase this now, you’ll get a 20% discount on all of your purchases until the end of July 2017!  And you don’t ever have to host a workshop or sell anything if you don’t want to.  Get all the benefits of belonging to the Stampin’ UP! family by being a wholesale customer.  Purchase your Ultimate Starter Kit here.

If you choose not the order the Ultimate Starter Kit!  you can still earn FREE merchandise during Sale-A-Bration.  Just place your order here, and for every $50 you can choose one Sale-A-Bration item for FREE.  Please remember to use Host Code 2BUYMMWN when placing an order under $150.

Thanks for stopping by today.  See you soon!

Nancy

 

 

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A new set of Framelits to ‘die’ for!

At first glance, you just might pass over the “Special Reason Bundle” as another floral stamp set and framelit die set.  But, once you look closer, you’ll see that this die set is like no other.  Stampin’ UP! has just taken their framelit dies to a whole new level.

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The die is in 2 pieces; one to cut out the detail and the other to cut out the shape.  By using them separately, you can create really cool effects that you can’t do with other standard framelit and thinlit dies.  Watch this video below to see how this works:

See what I mean?  Don’t you just think these are to die for?  I know that you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new catalogs so you can get your hands on them!   As a demo, you can get them now!

I welcome “Wholesale Customers” into my group.  You can join Stampin’ UP! by purchasing the Starter Kit for $99 and choose $125 of products you’ll save $26 right off the bat!)  Then continue to save 20% off all future orders.  Click here for more information or click here to purchase the Starter Kit.     You’ll get all the perks, including early ordering, as a demo, with no pressure to sell anything.  Just keep the discount for yourself!

I can’t wait to share more exciting products and projects with you!

Nancy

 

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A Million Dollar Hooray

A  clean and simple card for a big celebration:A million dollar Horray

When I got started in my Stampin’ Up! hobby, I turned to Mary Fish of Stampin’ Pretty for a daily dose of inspiration.  And when I joined Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator, I joined under Mary because A) I liked her papercrafting style, and B) she had a reputation for being a great support to her team, hence her nickname as “The Fearless Leader”.  Mary just achieved a major milestone in her career; she just became the 14th demonstrator to sell $1,000,000 in lifetime sales!   This card is on it’s way to Mary to congratulate her on this success.

A simple striking color combination of Night of Navy and Whisper White and lots of white space keeps this card Clean & Simple.  A few strips of Washi Tape, and a sentiment from the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set cropped with Layering Circles Framelits topped off with a few Metallic Enamel Shapes.  Simple, quick, clean and uncluttered.

I made my envelope to match by just layering strips of Washi Tape on the flap.   Speaking of Washi Tape, let me share with you my tip for keeping your Washi Tape organized.  I have little mesh bins on the wall in my stampin’ space that I keep my rolls of Washi Tape.  They fit perfectly but I don’t always know what roll goes with what, or what color it is.

Solution?  I cut a piece of cardstock (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) and I gently peel off the sticker from the roll and adhere that to the cardstock.  I write the year and catalog name on top; list all the colors, and finally a strip of each pattern.  These cards go in the basket with my Washi Tape.  Organized!  🙂
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Stampin’ UP! offers so many Washi Tape assortments. So versatile and easy to use, Stampin’ UP! offers them in patterns and colors to coordinate with other products.  My card features a 3-roll assortment from the Floral Boutique Product Suite.  The card above is a 5-roll assortment from the Pop of Pink product suite.

Why don’t you add a package or two of Washi Tape in your next order and see how simple it is to use.   You can view the different collections below, and You can order Washi Tape right here. 

Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape

Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape

Moroccan Designer Washi Tape Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape

Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape

I hope you enjoyed my card, and I hope Mary will like it too!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.   If you would like to buy any Washi Tape, or any other Stampin’ Up! products, click here to shop my online store.

Thanks for stopping by My  Stampin’ Space today.  I hope that you find inspiration when you visit my blog.  Make sure to subscribe to my mailing list  – the 12 Weeks of Christmas is coming and I don’t want you to miss out!

Nancy

 

Watch this!

The new Stampin’ UP! catalog!  It’s been all the buzz lately.  If you don’t have a catalog yet, you can view it here.  But, you may want to ‘watch’ the new catalog!  Stampin’ UP! has produced a number of videos showcasing some of the newest products.

So, don’t you think that watching the catalog is just as fun as reading the catalog?

Easter & Passover: A Lifestyle Blog Hop

Living-With-Style-Blog-Hop-for-BlogWelcome to our Blog Hop! Easter and Passover are quickly approaching, and today we have some great ideas, inspiration, tips, resources and how-to for you this Easter or Passover holiday as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Pam Baker of The Birch Cottage on our Living with Style Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

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“Work of Art” is one of the most versatile stamp sets I have ever owned!  Due to the creative genius of many people who envisioned various objects from the swishes and swooshes and shapes in this stamp set, I have made flowers, sailboats, snowmen, and now an Easter Egg with this set!

I used the large swish in various ink colors to create the rainbow of color, from Pink Pirouette, to So Saffron, to Wisteria Wonder, to Mint Macaron to Soft Sky.  This layer was adhered to a Wisteria Wonder card base.

TIP:  I used my Stamp-a-ma-Jig to get my swishes placed just perfectly!  A must when using wood mount or clear mount stamps and precise placement is critical.

Another sheet of Whisper White card stock was embossed with the Spring Flowers TIEF then cut with the Oval Framelits.  Propped up on stampin’ dimensionals, this is placed on top of the rainbow stamped layer.  (NOTE:  The Spring Flowers TIEF is retired, but you can buy it on the CLEARANCE RACK while supplies last!  Sweet deal!)

The finishing touches come from the addition of a little banner stamped with the “Happy Easter” sentiment in Wisteria Wonder from “Circle of Spring” stamp set.    A few flowers stamped from Petite Petals and cropped with the Petite Petals Punch in coordinating colors finish off the card!

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TIP:  I stamped and punched a flower in Mint Macaron ink and cut the flower into 2 petals, 2 petals and 1 petal to create the leaves!

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  If you don’t already own the Work of Art stamp set, I encourage you to add this to your collection.  You won’t regret it!

The next stop is  Lisa Milligan at Life on Merlin on Living with Style Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next time around!

Nancy

Work of Art Wood-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!      Stamp-a-ma-Jig by Stampin' Up!
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!    Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!        Petite Petals Wood-Mount Bundle by Stampin' Up!       Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

What’s a Girl to do when….

…her balloon punch is on backorder?   Well, in the words of Clint Eastwood, “Adapt, Improvise, and Overcome”. (Actually, I think Clint was quoting the Marines).  So I did just that!

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I finally had a chance to play with my new “Party Pants” stamp set but since my balloon punch is on backorder, I knew I’d only be stamping in one dimension.  But I think I created a pretty interesting element.  I’m almost glad my punch is on backorder because it forced me to get creative!

Take a close look at the balloons.  Do you see what I did there?  Here’s a close-up:balloons I trimmed the paper right up to the balloons, then used my paper snips to snip around the balloon.  I could not have achieved this effect with punch.  I’m really glad I discovered this technique.  Actually, I’ve never seen anyone else do this, so I may have even invented this technique!   That means I’ll have to name it.  Hmm, what to call it?  Well, I digress.  But,  I can’t wait to try it with another shape; perhaps flowers.

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Since I knew I wanted this panel to measure 2-1/4″ wide, I set it in my trimmer at that dimension.  I cut from the top down to the balloon,

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and then from the bottom up to the balloon.  Then I used my paper snips to finish it off!

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Easy peasy!  And here’s the final picture again.

Cucumber Crush Balloons

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space.  I hope you liked this and that you might try it yourself too.  If you do, send me a picture of your creation and I’ll feature it on my blog.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you think. – Nancy

If you want any of the  supplies I used to make this, shop my store safely & securely 24/7 from the comfort of your home.  Just click here or on any item listed below!  The Party Pants stamp set is FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying order, but only for a few short more days.  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st so get yours now.  This is only available whiles supplies last and it is possible it will sell out before March 31st.

Come back on Wednesday, I”ll have a special treat in store for  you.  I’ll be participating in a blog hop featuring Easter & Passover projects and I think you’ll be amazed at the talent on this blog hop.

White Space

I was inspired to make this card after a friend shared a card she made that was  white on white.

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I had just received my Bloomin Heart Thinlits dies and just couldn’t stop playing with it!  (It is a little bit additive, especially when used with the new Precision Plate and Big Shot Die Brush!)

White on White, or any monochromatic project can be a little tricky but it doesn’t have to be dull!   One of the best tips to keep in mind when working white on white (or color on color) is that since you don’t have colors, you need to work with layers and texture and dimension.  Who needs lots of color when you’ve got all that going for you?

Notice all the layers?  First is my Whisper White card base.  Then comes another, smaller layer of Whisper White that was embossed with the Gently Falling TIEF.  A little strip of Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum, stamped with a sentiment in Silver, is wrapped around this layer prior to adhering this to the card base.  (Even this vellum is white on white!)  This tiny bit of silver ink is the only ‘color’ on the entire card!

Now for the focal point!  I cut out a heart from Whisper White cardstock using the Bloomin’ Heart thinlits and several flowers as well.  The Big Shot die brush makes easy  work of getting all those little pieces out of the intricate design.  Stampin’ Dimensionals strategically placed behind the 5 flower areas prop this heart up from the embossed background.  Next I curled the flowers and using pieces of dimensionals, adhered the flowers to the flower spaces.  On the 2 larger flowers, I added a smaller flower on top of the larger flower.  Each flower was then topped with a Pearl.  Lastly, a piece of Organza ribbon was adhered on top of the heart for yet more texture & dimension.IMG_6228You can see the layers and dimensions in this view.

While I originally made this card as a Congrats on your Engagement, I thought it looked more ‘bridal’ and decided to use it as a Congrats on getting married instead!  My Rose Wonder bundle was on it’s way, so I waited, then added the sentiment “Wishing you a marriage made in heaven and a lifetime blessed by God” to the inside.

Here’s another look:
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If you don’t have a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator and want to order any of the supplies I’ve used here to create this card, I’d be honored to be your demonstrator!  Click here to start shopping, or click on any of the items below.  This die is part of a product suite that includes a coordinating stamp set and designer series paper, as well as embellishments.  And you can bundle & save when you purchase the die and stamp set together!

Don’t forget, with every $50 in products (before shipping & tax) you will earn 1 FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

Sale-A-Bration What is Sale-A-Bration? CLICK HERE to learn all about Sale-A-Bration and why you don’t want to miss out on this limited time promotion!

Weekly Deals headerWeekly Deals.  Stampin’ Up! releases new Weekly Deals every Tuesday – some of your favorite products at a discount for one week only (or while supplies last).  To check out this week’s deals, click here.

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Please leave me a comment below and let me know how you liked this project today! I love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

 

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