Monday, February 28, 2011

Daisies in Silhouette

This is project 2 of 3 - from a workshop this past weekend. I LOVE the simplicity of this card with it's WOW factor of the double technique of Heat Embossing and Silhouette.

This is another one of my favorite Stampin' up sets - "Upsy Daisy" - both image and sentiment were stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink, then heat embossed with white embossing powder. The silhouette technique uses a q-tip to apply ink, in this case, Crumb Cake - around the edges of the heat embossed image. When you are satisfied with your silhouette, use a tissue to wipe the excess ink off the heat embossed image. I 'tied up' this design with some Linen Thread and layered punches. I LOVE using white heat embossing on Naturals Ivory card stock - so elegant and striking. ENJOY!

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Special Technique - Easter Wishes

This is project 3 of 3 from a workshop this past weekend. If you follow my blog, you *know* I {heart} my Big Shot! This awesome technique utilizes the Big Shot - it's called "Inlaid Embossing". First I created the butterflies using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (an SU exclusive) in Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz and Bashful Blue. Then I grabbed the swirl image from "Baroque Motifs", inked it in Peach Parfait and stamped off 3 times before stamping the image on the Very Vanilla. I used Snail Adhesive to adhere the butterflies. Here's where the technique comes in - place the Very Vanilla layer that has the butterflies on it - in the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and run it through the Big Shot. It look s like the butterflies are part of the layer!

Tip: Try the Inlaid embossing Technique using some of SU's heart or circle punches too - and try different embossing folders too - like Square lattice, Vintage Wallpaper and Finial Press.

The sentiment is from "All Holidays", and was stamped in Perfect Plum, then punched with the Curly Label and attached with Dimensionals. The tiny Perfect Plum butterfly is our touch of 'bling' from the Two Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and is attached with a rolled up Mini Glue Dot. The In Color, Peach Parfait, is the base of the card. ENJOY!

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Sale-abration is Just Buzzin By!

Have you taken advantage of Sale-abration (SAB) yet? You've only got one month left to get all those wonderful FREE items (with a $50 order, $300 in workshop orders, or as a new recruit of the StampinJewels family.)

This is project 1 of 3 from Beth H.'s SAB workshop this past weekend. It showcases the SAB Freebie choice - "Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack" along with one of my favorite Stampin' Up sets - "Just Buzzin By". These bright and cheery colors sure help with the cold weather blues! they are Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight,Pacific Point & Whisper White. ENJOY!

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Eat Chocolate...Ice Cream?

Love the "Eat Chocolate" stamp set in the Occasions Mini? Here's an alternative use - scoops of ice cream! I got the initial idea from a fellow demonstrator, then designed this card myself. The Square Lattice Embossing folder in the Big Shot makes perfect sugar cones, don't you think?! I used Soft Suede Textured card stock for the base layer, then Pretty in Pink and Daffodil Delight for the strawberry and vanilla ice cream - and Pretty In Pink and So Saffrom with the Scallop Edge Punch. A Whisper White circle and Grosgrain ribbon bow set-off the focal images. But it';s the Crystal Effects on the "ice cream" that really makes this design so - Yummy! ENJOY!

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Three Little Words...

Here's another simple card - though it doesn't appear so at first. I used Three Little Words (available as a Sale-abration FREE choice!) along with I {Heart} Hearts stamp sets. Colors are Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose & Whisper White ink and card stock, along with some Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon. The key is to stamp on the Whisper White first, then run it through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice Embossing Folder Voila! 'textured' stamping. ENJOY!

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Don't Be a Quitter - Eat Chocolate!

Here's another design using the "Eat Chocolate" stamp set in the Occasions Mini. This is a simple design using Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzaz and Very Vanilla along with the XL Decorative Label and Eyelet Border Punches.
SWEET and simple! ;) ENJOY!

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Glimmer Valentine

The Glimmer Paper in the Occasions Mini is wonderful! It's a nice, thick weight with red glitter already attached so no clean up after using it! For this design, another inspiration from a fellow demonstrator - I used the Big Shot for more Embossing Folder fun with the Perfect POlka Dot and Finial Press folders. The stamp set is the Level One Host set Punch Potpourri and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes ( a wonderfully versatile set with so many holidays and special occasion sentiments). Punches: XL Full Heart, Modern Label and Word Window. The Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon ties together the color combo of Basic Grey, Pirouette Pink, Real Red and Whisper White.

This would make a lovely wedding, anniversary or just because I love you... ENJOY!

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Chocolate Favors

Have you seen the "Eat Chocolate" stamp set in the Occasions Mini yet? Too fun!

The first project is Daffodil Delight and Chocolate Chip with a smidge of Naturals White - all wrapped around a Hershey bar. Also used were both the Tag Punches and the XL Round Tab Punch. The Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon looks like liquid chocolate to me! There's a touch of Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

The second project uses the Big Shot, Top Note die (fold the Top Note in half) and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder for the Small Cello Bag topper in Real Red. Along with the 1 3/4" XL Scallop Circle Punch for the sentiment. I inked the stamp using the Early Espresso and Real Red Stampin Write Markers. ENJOY!

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cherry Cobbler, Vanilla & Gold Valentine

I love the Cherry Cobbler color SU added to the core color families! It is a lovely, deep red that pairs well with the Very Vanilla and Gold Heat Embossing, Brads & Smooch Spritz used here.

There's a special technique shown here too - Faux Embossing - do you see it? It's the tone-on-tone Heart to Heart XL Punches that are Smooched Gold at the bottom of the card front. It's a neat technique that looks different depending on the color you use for it. I added the Gold Smooch Spritz to set off the gold heat embossed (and popped up on Dimensionals) sentiment and brads. The Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and lightly sponging of Cherry Cobbler around the focal image layer give the finishing touches to this lovely design. The focal image is in the Occasions Mini Catalog - Be My Valentine single stamp.

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Love Birds in Riding Hood Red

Two cards of the same layout but in different shapes. The card on the left uses Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red and Basic Black and Basic Pearls and is meant for the SU Small Open-Ended Envelope, while the one the right uses Whisper White, Riding Hood Red & Basic Black and Basic Rhinestones in the standard size card. Both use the I {Love} Love Jumbo Wheel and the stamp set Love You Much., along with three punches: Decorative Label, XL Oval and Heart to Heart. Dimensionals pop up the love bird layered image, and there is a piece of Basic Black Satin Ribbon under it. ENJOY!
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Vanilla Valentine

I saw a design similar to this done by a fellow demonstrator and wanted to make one too - it's just so elegant all in Very Vanilla!

I used the Big Shot and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, along with Very Vanilla Craft Ink and Clear Embossing Powder and my SU Heat Tool. A few Basic Pearls (self-adhesive - woohoo!) and some sleek Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon.

I know it's hard to see in this picture - so TRY it yourself and see just how elegant all Very Vanilla, or even all Whisper White is. ENJOY!

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