The Stamparatus Slap

The Stamparatus Slap

This sounds like the name of a cool new dance move, right? Close. It’s a fun technique from Tandra Boyer, another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. And I borrowed a technique from my good friend, demonstrator Susan Horr to stamp the images in exactly the same places on the corners. Check it out.

Touches of Texture, Artistically Asian, Stampin' Up!

The Details

First, place a 3″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Watercolor Paper in my Stamparatus. Then position the flower stamp (from Artistically Asian) at the top left corner. I wanted it to partly hang off the paper, so I slipped a piece of Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper underneath so I wouldn’t get ink on my mat.

Ink the stamp with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers, then spritz with a little water. Now comes the fun part. As you close the plate over the Stamparatus base, let gravity take it and slap it closed. I didn’t slap as hard as I could, so I didn’t get a lot of overspray on the flowers. You have to be bold, and it took me a couple tries to sum up the aggression needed.

Turn the watercolor paper 180 degrees so you can stamp the second flower. Repeat the inking and spritzing. Note: I cleaned and dried my stamp before re-applying the marker ink so I’d get better coverage. Then slap the plate closed again.

When the flowers dried, I decided I needed a little splatter in a color that didn’t evoke Christmas. Use the splatter stamp from Touches of Texture, and place it over the Watercolor Paper at the bottom left of the paper. After closing the plate to adhere the stamp, ink it with Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ ink, then spritz and slap. Turn the Watercolor paper 180 degrees, and repeat, again, cleaning and drying the stamp before inking.

“The Slap” is a fun and super simple technique. Your image will be different every time. Stamp the sentiment (from Artistically Asian) in Basic Gray Archival Ink. Note: I spritzed some frost spray over the card before I stamped. Bad idea. I didn’t get a really clear sentiment, but I’m still happy with it.

Layer the stamped image to a Basic Gray Cardstock layer, then to a Marina Mist card base. I didn’t add embellishments, but the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes from the Occasions Catalog would look great, I think.

Just a reminder – if you reserved a Stamparatus, the “first window” reservations have been shipped, and the second window begin shipping March 20. If you have not reserved a Stamparatus, they will be available in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog in June.

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Eclectic Expressions

Eclectic Expressions

Everyone loves free stamps, right? And how about a stamp set that can do everything? Even better – especially when it’s free! The Eclectic Expressions Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! is a perfect stamp set, especially if you’re a new stamper. And best of all, you can get it free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration. But hurry! Sale-a-bration ends March 31, so you only have about two more weeks to get it before it’s gone forever.

Eclectic Expressions, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

This is a quick and easy card that we’re making at classes in March. In fact, it’s so quick and easy, we’re making two. First, stamp the larger “smudge” in Pear Pizzazz two times on a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. I inked once and stamped twice. The stamp the smaller smudge two times in Pool Party, again without re-inking between stampings. Finally, stamp the splatters in Tangerine Tango two times. This one I did ink each time.

Now you’re ready for your sentiment in Tranquil Tide. I decided to use Happy Birthday, because I always need birthday cards.. Thank You is another option in this set, but you can use a sentiment from any of your stamp sets.

To jazz it up just a bit, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots to the card, then added the layer to a Whisper White card base. I love this card, because it’s so simple, yet it’s elegant at the same time. And it will work for anyone (look, Ma! No flowers!). I gravitate to floral sets when I stamp, but those just don’t work well for the guys in my life!

New products were just added to the Sale-a-bration lineup. Several  current catalog products are free with a $50 minimum order, and there are some Level 2 items that you can get free with a $100 minimum order. See everything you can get free here.  Then head to my online store to place your order.

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Beautiful Day

Beautiful Day

Here’s another card we’re making in March classes. It uses the Beautiful Day set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and the Brusho Crystal Colour set.

Stampin' Up!, Beautiful Day

First, stamp the flower on Watercolor Paper in VersaMark ink, then emboss with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I stamped the leaves a couple extra times so I could have more than just one. Since there’s no purple in the Brush Crystal Colour set we have in the Stampin’ Up! catalog, I mixed Prussian Blue and Brilliant Red. I also wanted a prettier green than the Moss Green in the pack, so I mixed Prussian Blue and Yellow for the green leaves. Then, use an Aqua Painter to mix the colors and apply to the image. Use more water for a lighter color.

After everything dried, I cut out the image using Paper Snips. Then I added it to a 3-3/4″ square of the Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper. This is a recent addition to the Sale-a-bration products, and it’s so fun to use. You can sponge over the paper to color it, or color images in other designs with Stampin’ Write Markers or Stampin’ Blends.

The card base is a 4″ x 8″ piece of Perfect Plum Cardstock, scored and folded at 4″ to create a 4″ x 4″ card. Since we don’t sell envelopes that size, I used my Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope. To dress it up a bit, I inked the stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers and then stamped on the corner of the envelope.

For the sentiment, I stamped “Happy Birthday” in Perfect Plum on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I stamped the bottom half in Basic Black on Perfect Plum cardstock, cut it out and layered it over the original sentiment.

Remember, you only have about two more weeks of Sale-a-bration. Don’t miss out on those free products. And more are being added today! Check out my online store to see the current catalog products you can earn free with qualifying orders!

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Petal Palette Thanks

Petal Palette Thanks

Here’s a card we’re making in March classes. It uses the Petal Palette Bundle from the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.

Petal Palette, Stampin' Up!

My first choice for this card was the Peekaboo Peach card base. I love this color, and I’m so sad that it will be retiring in June. It was one of the five 2016-18 In Colors (Peekaboo Peach, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim, and Sweet Sugarplum), and they will all be retiring with the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Just a heads up – the retiring In Color inks, card stock, embellishments, ribbon, and designer series paper all sell out fairly quickly when the retiring list comes out. So you’ll want to order your favorites quickly to avoid disappointment.

Another reason I chose the Peekaboo Peach is because I love roses in that color. Dad & Mom have some, and they are gorgeous! I’m sure there’s a name for them, but I just call them “Dad’s roses.”

To create the card, you can stamp the floral image from the Petal Palette stamp set and then die-cut it with the Petals & More Thinlits Dies. Of course, if you bundle the stamps and dies, you’ll save 10%.

I die-cut the image first. It’s so easy with the new Stamparatus to die cut the image, then use the “negative” as a template. Insert the stamp into the empty template, then close the plate over the stamp to adhere. Re-insert the die-cut into the template, ink the stamp with (in this case) Basic Black Archival Ink, then stamp. Easy! (You can see photos of the technique here.)

Use a Blender Pen with Peekaboo Peach and Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pads to color the floral image. The Old Olive leaf spray and the Gold Glimmer Paper die-cut are two of the “more” from the Petals & More Thinlits.

Final touches for the card are the embossing (one of the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders) and the sentiment. The sentiment is one of the stamps in the Petal Palette set, die-cut with another Petals & More Thinlit.

Remember, you can order from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog through May 31, but Sale-a-bration ends March 31. More products (from the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogs) will be added Thursday, March 15. Be sure to place your $50 minimum order by March 31 so you can enjoy the free products. Place your $50 minimum order in my online store, and I’ll send you a gift as a thank you!

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Charming Café Sketch Challenge

Charming Café Sketch Challenge

Every month at our Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator meetings, we have a challenge. For March, we had a sketch challenge.

Everyone did an amazing job with this sketch. There are lots of possibilities for it. I decided to use the Charming Café set from the Occasions Catalog.

Charming Cafe, Stampin' Up!

This stamp set has a set of coordinating Café Builder Framelits dies, and if you bundle them, you’ll save 10%. You will definitely want the dies! There are nine dies – including three of the topiaries, so you can stamp all three, then die-cut them all at the same time.

For my card, I stamped the window first on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and colored it with Classic Stampin’ Pads and a Blender Pen. Then I stamped the table and chairs, and the topiaries on another piece of Whisper White Cardstock, colored and die-cut them. After adding them to the front of the window with Stampin’ Dimensionals, I stamped Thanks in Basic Black Archival Ink. Easy!

To pull in the brick storefront, I embossed a Melon Mambo card base using the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. After adding a Smoky Slate mat to the stamped layer, I added it to the card base.

This stamp set always makes me think of having coffee with friends on a warm spring morning. I’m ready for a warm spring morning! It’s really hard to get out of bed when it’s cold and dreary outside – and it’s even harder now that we’ve changed to that silly Daylight Savings Time. My thought is if you want an extra hour of daylight, just get up an hour earlier in the morning. (Of course, that’s what we’re all forced to do during DST.) I know the idea is to save energy by not using lights at night, but since we’re now waking up in the dark, we’re using those same lights for the morning hours instead of the evening ones. Only politicians would think this is a “savings.” Ah, well. Maybe I can squeeze in a nap this afternoon.

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Green Stamp-Off Friday

Green Stamp-Off Friday

It’s Stamp-Off Friday with Susan, Jackie, and me! This week, our challenge is a timely one – Green/St Patrick’s Day.

I actually made a St. Patrick’s Day card, but my little helper noticed when the stamps came out, and she wanted to help me stamp. She did very well, but smudged it just a bit at the end. I was going to put a banner over the smudge, but decided just to cut it off and make it an all occasion card. After all, I don’t usually send cards for St. Patrick’s Day.

Fortunately, I did use a lot of green in my card.

Beautiful You, Stampin' Up!

Emerald Envy always reminds me of Ireland, so I used that for my card base. I love the Beautiful You Stamp Set from the Annual Catalog. It premiered in the 2017 Occasions Catalog and carried over. I’m so glad, because it’s one of my favorites – and I got it FREE! It was my “Prize Patrol” set at an OnStage event.

For this card, I stamped the image in Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I sponged a small piece of the Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper (free through the end of March with a $50 order. Gotta love Sale-a-bration!) with Emerald Envy classic ink. When it dried, I stamped the image on it – again in Basic Black Archival Ink – then cut out the dress with Paper Snips. I decided to simply color her hat with more Emerald Envy ink using a stamp pad and Blender Pen.

The original Happy St. Patrick’s Day sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes was under the image. Since it was smudged, it was simple to trim it off and make the image a bit shorter. The stamped layer and the Whisper White layer (embossed with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the 2018 Occasions Catalog) are both layered to slightly larger pieces of Night of Navy Cardstock.

For a little more green – and to pull in the Night of Navy – I added some Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the card base before adding the other layers. Then I thought that all those DSP gems needed some company, so I added a few Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes.

I know you can’t wait to see what Jackie & Susan have created, so take a few minutes to visit their blogs. You’ll love both of them.

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Painted Heartfelt Thoughts

Painted Heartfelt Thoughts

Here’s another “watercolored” card. It uses the Garden in Bloom stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, the Painted Harvest stamp set – a carry over from the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, and two 2018 Sale-a-bration products.

Painted Harvest, Garden in Bloom, Heartfelt Blooms, Stampin' Up!

I borrowed the color scheme and basic idea from the Stampin’ Up! 30th Anniversary logo. In case you didn’t know, 2018 marks Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary. To celebrate, the November 2018 OnStage Live will be in Orlando Florida. I’m so excited – and I can’t wait to join in the celebration.


The first thing I stamped was the large flower from Garden in Bloom. I inked it with Night of Navy and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers, then stamped on a 3″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Because this is a photopolymer stamp set, Stampin’ Write Markers sometimes don’t ink the stamps perfectly, so I used my Stamparatus. I stamped it three times, I think – mostly because I wanted a lot of ink in the outline to blend into the flower and because I was being very careful with the marker and missed some spots.

Next, I stamped the image again on scratch paper and cut it out for a mask. Then I stamped the ferns and leaves from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set in Old Olive around the larger flower, then added the smaller flower inked in Calypso Coral.

I used a Blender Pen to pull the color into the flowers, adding more from the stamp pad lids as needed.

The Sale-a-bration Products

The sentiment is from a Sale-a-bration Level 1 product – Heartfelt Blooms. Place a $50 minimum order, and you can get this free. I stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Night of Navy Classic ink, then created a banner by notching both ends with Paper Snips.

I love the look of white on white, so I embossed a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White with the new Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This folder comes in a bundle with the Blossoming Basket Stamp Set, and it’s a Level 2 Sale-a-bration product (place a minimum $100 to get it free).

Finally, I layered it all together. The embossed layer was adhered to a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Thick Whisper White card base. I adhered the stamped panel to the embossed layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then adhered the sentiment to the bottom of the stamped panel with more Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t miss out on the final weeks of Sale-a-bration! Earn free products with your order,  get extras in your starter kit when you join my team, or earn extra stampin’ rewards for hosting. Contact me today to order, join, or host!

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