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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #105 – LINING UP THE SUNFLOWER STAMP AND DIES!

If you have the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle do you find it a little frustrating to line up the sunflower die with the stamp OR to even put the stamp back in the stamp case after you have finished?? I have to say I find it quite frustrating – and time consuming. 🙂

I came up with a little tip to reduce frustration – and save time.  I thought  I  would share it  with you today for our Wednesday’s WOW!

Wednesday’s WOW! #105 – Lining up the Sunflower Stamp with the dies and also how to get that stamp back in the stamp case. 

1. Getting the stamp back in to the case.

Firstly we will start with the stamp set. I keep the rubber surround for the stamp set in the case and put the stamps back in to the rubber when I have finished stamping.  It keeps them secure in the case AND you can quickly see if you are missing a stamp.  Which is really good.

With the large sunflower stamp I found it hard to find the position to put it back in.  You had to keep turning it until you thought it lined up.  It took some time.

So, once I had it in the case I placed a mark with a Black permanent marker on the rubber surround and on the edge of the sunflower stamp. Then it can easily slip in place in to the right position. 

I made the mark on the front of the stamp on to the side and then over the edge on to the back of the stamp.  So you can see it when you are stamping. 

2. The next challenge was to line the die up with the stamp.

You now have the mark on the stamp so you can now position the die and make a mark on the die. 

To do this you need to position the stamp face down as that is how will stamp out.  NOTE: I have  placed the sticker  on the back of the stamp. I know some people don’t add the sticker. I think for this type of detailed stamp it would be helpful to.

Then you can  line up the die with the image.  On this image  below I see the mark is fading.  It is up the top.  I will need to add another mark.  I didn’t use permanent marker on this one I think.

3. Now lining up the die with the stamped image to diecut it.

Before you stamp the image on white card make a pencil mark on the card.  Then ink up the stamp and stamp it on to the card with the mark on the stamp lining up near the mark on the card.

Then you can easily position the die on to the card as you line up the marks.  Then diecut that lovely sunflower out.

I hope these tips are clear for you.  I am sure they will save you a lot of time.  It certainly has saved my sanity.

Be sure to the PIN the images to save them for future reference.

In Australia? If you would like to order the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle they are available in my store now -> HERE. 

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Happy Stamping,

Jenny

 

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #103 – WHICH WAY TO FOLD YOUR CARDS??

Wednesday’s WOW! #103.  I get asked this question so many times so I thought maybe it’s a question you have.  Which way do you fold your cards?? Inwards or Outwards after scoring???  I thought I would talk about this today for our Wednesday’s WOW!

I have my opinions but I did a little search on the internet to see what others might say. I have to say there were different opinions.

So which way do you fold your cards?  Do you fold them inwards.  By that I mean when you have scored the card and it is flat on the table. You have an indentation on the card where you have scored it. Do you take both sides and fold the sides in towards each other.  Or do you fold the sides away from each other and fold it outwards?

Personally I fold the card outwards, so the scored indentation is on the outside.

Firstly, before I tell you why I fold it that way.  Most crafters that I looked at online folded it this way.  Perhaps I missed some if you find it the other way.

I fold it this way as when you score the card you are breaking the tissue of the card.  This will enable some “give” to the card to be able to fold it.  On another note, scoring the card will give you a crisper fold.

If you fold it inwards you then end up with the underside of the card as your front.  I don’t know about you but I find that the cut edge has a little raised edge and I don’t like the look of that.

Maybe you have other reasons why you fold your card the way you do.  I would love to hear it.  Drop me a comment.

Now since we are on the topic of scoring your card.  The other question I get asked a lot is What do you cut your card with?? I use the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer.  It has a cutting blade and a scoring blade making the job of preparing your card very quick and easy.  Everything is contained in one and you don’t have to muck around with different tools.

You can see the Paper Trimmer -> HERE.

Hope that helps you.

Have a great day,

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #102 – EMBOSSED BREATHTAKING BOUQUET!

Wednesday’s WOW! #102 – Creating Feathery Ribbon.

I have a fun technique to show you today.  I wanted to show you how you can create these wispy, feathery threads on your cards. You can see it on this card below.

Check out the feathery threads.  This is a really cool technique. I have outlined it below.

This is using the Gold Edged Ribbon.

Trim off the Gold edges of a length of the ribbon.

Then gently pull out the threads of the ribbon to wisp them and give that feathery look.  It will be easier to start from one end. You can use the Piercer or a large needle if that helps. You pull off the small threads running across too.

I found it helpful too to hold the centre of all the threads as you can, to keep them all together.

Once you have the threads, hold the threads carefully together and tie them in a bow. Trim the length as you like.

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It’s a cool effect isn’t it? Vanessa showed us how to do this when we made the card at our team meeting a few months ago.

What do you think?  It’s a cool effect don’t you think?  Must try it again.

Below is a PIN-IT image for you to pin to Pinterest to have on hand.

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I will tell you more on how I created the rest of the card too.

The card is using the retiring Breathtaking Bouquet which is a background stamp from the current Occasions Catalogue.

This is actually a one layer card but has so much shine.

The Breathtaking Bouquet background is stamped on  the front of the card with versamark and then heat embossed in Gold Powder. 

It is also heat embossed in Gold on to Black card too.  The black card piece is trimmed around some of the outline of the flowers. Then the feathery bow was adhered with a glue dot on the sentiment piece.

This large Background stamp is still available.  Check it out in my store now -> HERE.

Thanks for looking.

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #101- CREATING DEPTH WITH COLOURED IMAGES!

Wednesday’s WOW #101.  Today I wanted to show you a little tip with colouring your images and how to create depth.

Firstly though.  Last Wednesday I had a little Giveaway.  Congratulations to Lynne C for winning the Little Ladybug Stamp set.  I will be in touch with you soon.

Back to our WOW!

I recently created this card with the retiring Accented Blooms set.  I wanted to give this a little ink up one more time before it retires.  It’s been a while since I have played with it.

I coloured it with the Stampin’ Blends.  I cut the white card with the Stitched Rectangles Dies But I added a little “new” with the Ornate Layers Dies by cutting the Calypso Coral card mat.

But this is what I wanted to show you.  You can give the appearance of depth to your image in a very simple way. Take a closer look below.

When I finished colouring I outlined the image with a lighter colour Stampin’ Blends.  This one I used the Light Pool Party.  I have used Light Smoky Slate at times too and even Petal Pink.  It just depends on the look you want.

I hope you try that trick next time you colour your images.

Thanks for visiting me.

Have an awesome day wherever you are.

Jenny

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TECHNIQUE CLASS – BY MAIL!

This month I am bringing my Technique Class to You.  You can join the fun wherever you are.

Learn the Salted Background Technique with a Class By Mail.

Class Kit – Receive all the materials to create 2 cards plus tutorial for $12. Does not include Stamped images. You can substitute your own. You will require your own salt.  Regular Table Salt is suitable. Australian residents only.

OR

Tutorial only – $3 – Emailed out to you after payment received. Available wherever you are in the world

Register for the class by emailing me by 30th April.  Payment via bank deposit or Paypal.

Get in on the salty fun.

Have a great day.

Jenny

 

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #100 – USING YOUR DIECUTS AS STENCILS – AND A GIVEAWAY!

Wednesday’s WOW! #100.  Woo Hoo! Who would have thought a couple of  years ago when I started this series that I would have 100 tips, techniques, product videos to share with you.  Number 100 is pretty amazing.  I think. 🙂

Today I have a special technique for you.  And to celebrate 100 WOW’s I thought it would be time for a Giveaway.  Check below after you see the fun technique.

For our Wednesday’s WOW! #100 I wanted to share a cool technique of using your Diecuts to create stencils.   It’s not a new technique BUT might not be one you think about readily.

I was inspired of this idea when I saw a project on a Demonstrator Facebook group I am on and I’m sorry I can’t remember the Demonstrators name.

I have used the Ornate Borders Dies and the Ornate Frames Dies to create these particular cards but you could use any detailed dies.

For this first card I have used the decorative flower border die from the Ornate Frames Dies.  Diecut this on a piece of white card.  Then use this card piece as a stencil to colour on to a different white card strip.

So for this one below you may not be able to see it but I have the other white card strip which is the same size as the diecut strip, so I could line them up and be sure it was straight.

I have used the Watercolor Pencils but not used them with the Aquapainter.  You could use Stampin’ Blends or a Blender Pen and inkpads.

This was the finished coloured strip.

To finish the card I used some of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper.  The Twine is from the Nature’s Twine set.  It is Grapefruit Grove but I think it worked OK with the Calypso Coral on the card.

The vellum “leafy” spray and the bird is from the Well Written Dies.

On this next card I used the dies in a different way.  I diecut the “flourish” type die in the Ornate Frames Dies from white card and then used that as a stencil to heat emboss.

To do this line up the diecut strip on your white card mat.  Press the Versamark ink over the diecut being careful not getting Versamark above the strip on to your main card.  You can add some scrap paper to mask it to protect the card if you like.

After using the Versamark, remove your stencil strip.  Sprinkle over Silver Embossing Powder and heat with the Heat Tool.  You have a nice shiny image.

Below is the finished card in more detail.

For the finished card I used the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper.  The Hello Fabulous from the Dressed To Impress stamp set and cut with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  The Mint Macaron piece is also diecut with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and embossed with the Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder.

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #100 GIVEAWAY

To celebrate this milestone of 100 WOW’s I have a Giveaway.

Go in the draw to win the Little Ladybug stamp set.

To Enter:

Leave a comment on what one of the Wednesday’s WOW!’s you have liked most. 

Haven’t seen many?  Click on the tag at the side (or below) of Wednesday’s WOW! and check them all out.  There might be some useful tips for you.  Also, Let me know if you have some other tips or techniques you will like to see coming up.

NOTE: Giveaway is only available for Australian residents.  International readers can enter and go in the draw to receive a Handmade card from me.

Thanks for following along in my little corner of Blogland.  It’s nice you can join me.

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #99 – ORNATE LAYERS DIES + STITCHED RECTANGLES DIES!

Wednesday’s WOW! #99 (Can you believe we are that far!).  Today I wanted to show a little discovery I have made.  Maybe you have noticed already.  I have been using the new Ornate Layers Dies a lot lately and I discovered that some of the Stitched Rectangles Dies fit with these new Ornate Layers Dies.

Check them out.

There are 3 different rectangles that fit the Ornate Layers Dies.  How cool is that! You can layer them up.  The stitching that you would get on the white card mats from the Stitched Rectangles Dies will give you that extra texture for your cards.

So if you have got the Stitched Rectangles Dies already be sure to pull them out when you get the Ornate Layers Dies and layer them up.

Have fun creating with them.

Next WOW! is our BIG #100.  I might just have to have a Giveaway for this milestone.

What would you like to see me show you? Drop me a comment to let me know.

See you again soon,

Jenny

See the Ornate Layers Dies in my store now -> HERE. 

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SPONGING THE FLOWERING FOILS PAPER WITH A VIDEO!

I have mentioned already the gorgeous Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper.  You have probably seen lots around with it too.  Today I have a card to share with you using this paper and a video to show how you can very easily add the colour to the paper with the sponge rollers.

This card is inspired by a card in the 2nd release Sale-A-Bration brochure (p3)  I changed it up a little.

Here is the card.

Check the video below.

I used the Stitched So Sweetly Dies on the card and the sentiment is from So Sentimental. The card in the brochure uses one of these sentiments too but I just wanted to keep it simple rather than cutting around the sentiment seen on that card.  It does give it a good effect when you do that.

The leaves are from the Birthday Dies.  These are available as Co-ordination products that go with the Happy Birthday To You stamp set also for Sale-A-Bration.

The Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper is only available for March during Sale-A-Bration (or while supplies last) so you want to grab them soon.  You receive them as your free choice with orders over $90.  Check out my store now -> HERE.

Have fun sponging and colouring this paper.

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #97 – NATURE’S THOUGHTS DIES!

Wednesday’s WOW! #97 – Today I thought we need to take a closer look at the Nature’s Thoughts Dies.  These are a hidden gem and I have had so many comment lately about where the dies are from when I have used them.  Perhaps you have missed them yourself.

These dies co-ordinate with the Positive Thoughts stamp set in the Mini Catalogue.  They have recently been released as part of the Co-ordination products.  

I have die-cut them out so you can see them closer.

What I love particularly is the “dotted” frame die and the little flourish strip.  All the dies are great though. What about the largest feather? It has embossed lines on it which is really cool.

This card below I shared recently uses both the frame and the flourish strip.

This is the Positive Thoughts stamp set that these dies co-ordinate with.   The words are lovely in this set too.  I think these are a “Must-have” in your collection.

 

You can find these dies in my store now -> HERE.  Don’t miss them. You need them for your collection.

If ordering online please use the Host Code: MJMPAFFR.  After your order I will email out to you your free Project Tutorial Bundle available for this month.  This includes 12 projects using different Stampin’ Up! products.

Be sure to check them out.

Have a great day,

Jenny

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FLOWERING FOILS FAVOURITE FOR SALE-A-BRATION 2ND RELEASE!

Today is the 2nd release for Sale-A-Bration.  As if you didn’t have enough choices right!

You can see all the items in the catalogue -> HERE.

Of course there are some great choices.  I have to say though my favourite is the Flowering Foils Designer Series Paper.

We have had similar paper in past years.  These are just (if not more) as gorgeous.

There are 12 12″x 12″ white sheets with embossed designs in Rose Gold and Silver.  There are 4 designs and 3 of each sheet.

You can leave them plain or colour them with a sponge/dauber or with the Stampin’ Blends.

This is one of the cards I created with the paper coloured with the Stampin’ Blends.  I have used the Balmy Blue and coloured the background then used the Daffodil Delight for the flower centres.

The sentiment is from the Positive Thoughts stamp set.  Such lovely words.  I had the vellum diecut from the Flourishes Dies left over from another project and it worked well with this.

It’s hard to tell in the photo but I have used the ornate die strip from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies. You can see it better in the photo below.

These projects are created by Stampin’ Up! artists but it shows how pretty the paper is sponged.

So how do you get yourself some of this Flowering Foils paper??

It’s available free as part of Sale-A-Bration with orders over $90 AUD until the end of March.  

In Australia?  Head to my store now -> HERE and shop for your stamps, ink paper.  When your order totals over $90 you can select this as your free item.

There are other choices too and other options for over $180 too.  Don’t miss them.

Happy Shopping – and creating. 🙂

Have a great day,

Jenny

New Host Code now for March and new Tutorial Bundle available now sent out as a Thank You for your orders.