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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #85 – REVERSIBLE CUP OF CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday’s WOW! #85 – Did you know there are reversible stamps?  That’s what we will check out in this post.  The Cup Of Christmas stamp set – which is reversible.

This is the Cup of Christmas stamp set. You can find it on p34 of the Holiday Catalogue. I love the font on the sentiments. The really clever part of this stamp set though is that the cups are reversible. You can stamp either side of the stamp.

I wasn’t sure how it would really work.  If you are like me check this video out to see it close up.

 

Here is a graphic taken from the Catalogue.  Pin it so you can have reference to it later.

How about some fun samples using this stamp set.  Have the cup facing either way.  How cool!

I wonder what other reversible stamps Stampin’ Up! might come up with??  We will have to see.

You can grab your Cup of Christmas set and experiment with the cups yourself.

Grab it in my store now -> HERE.

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Thanks for visiting me,

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #84 – NEW PAPER TRIMMER REVIEW!

Back with another Wednesday’s WOW!  I have just received the new Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer and wanted to share it all with you.  So today’s WOW! is a review video of the new Paper Trimmer. You can check it out below.

Just a few of the highlights of the Paper Trimmer that I see –

  • Clearly marked measurements in both Metric and Imperial on the Trimmer base not only along the top but in the middle as well as along the bottom. This will enable you to line your  card up better to see that it is straight.
  • Measurements clearly seen in the “gap” where the arm moves out from the side. Previously they were not shown so it was a little guesswork of the measurements.  For me this is a BIG PLUS!
  • A wider cutting base to cut cardstock.
  • Blades are larger which I think will enable better cutting – and hopefully longer lasting blade wear.
  • The ability to cut tiny strips of card without any problem.

The Paper Trimmer is now available for Demonstrators.  You can include that in your Starter Kit when you join Stampin’ Up! this month.  It will be available Very Soon for customers.

I will be posting here further updates but if you would like to be notified personally then drop me a comment or email and I will advise you when it is released.

In Australia it will be available for purchase for $44 AUD.  Replacement Blades will be available to order also for $21 AUD for a pack of 4.

I will tell you more when this trimmer will be available as I know.

Thanks for visiting,

Jenny

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NATURE’S BEAUTY MOONLIGHT FOX!

I have another Nature’s Beauty card for you today.  This card was inspired by a card on Pinterest HERE.  There was no name on it and it was a photo that didn’t lead to a blog or any other site that I can see so I apologize BUT I liked the idea so I built on that.

A few details on the card so you can create your own.

Cut a circle from scrap paper so you can create a mask.  Hold this firmly in place on white card while you sponge or use removable adhesive to keep it secure.

Using Balmy Blue ink sponge on the card.  First start off the card then sponge in from the edge of the card by rubbing in circles not patting the sponge down.  Continue sponging until you are happy with the effect having the colour darker on the edges and lighter as you move in.

Use Night Of Navy ink and with a different sponge, sponge in from the edge of the card a little. Building the colour so it is darker on the edges.  Remove the mask circle.

Stamp the fox in Memento ink and also the bushes. Colour the fox using the Stampin’ Blends (Crumb Cake) and the ground coloured in Granny Apple Green.

Adhere to the Night of Navy Card base.  Stamp the sentiment on to Crumb Cake card and cut with the die from the Ornate Frames Dies.  Raise up the tag with Dimensionals and add a small box from the Night Of Navy Twine.

For some bling I coloured a Rhinestone with the Dark Night Of Navy Stampin’ Blends.

There you have it.  Hope you like it.

I do hope you consider ordering the Nature’s Beauty stamp set.  It has some sweet images for many occasions and also has a few other stamps like the bushes, trees and snow falling that are great fill-ins.

Thanks for visiting me today,

Happy Stamping,

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #83 – USING THE ORNATE FRAMES DIES!

Today’s Wedneday’s WOW! #83Checking out the Ornate Frames Dies.  Have you noticed these dies?? They are on page 53 of the Holiday Catalogue – in the Halloween section.

I have to say for us in Australia we don’t really celebrate Halloween.  It is getting bigger but we don’t make cards and treats and hand them out to everyone.  You don’t even get people knocking on your door a lot which I am glad about that. 🙂  Anyway, I digress. What I was saying is there are some little gems in that section of the catalogue which are really good for creating for any occasion just like the Ornate Frames Dies. 

I really love these dies.  I love the detail in some of them with the flourish edges and some of them have stitched edges. We all love that.

So you can see them easier I diecut them all out.  Some of them layer together.  Some you can use on their own.

What do you think?  Be sure to PIN this photo to Pinterest so you can refer to it again. I think you will use the dies a lot if you get them. So don’t ignore them just because they are at the back of the catalogue.

Have a great day,

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #82 – COLOURING THE MAGNOLIA LANE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER!

Wednesday’s WOW! #82.  Today is a little technique, or a little trick however you like to look at it.  It is colouring the Designer Series Paper, particularly the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper with the Stampin’ Blends.

Perhaps you have seen this around the internet so apologies that you have already seen it. It’s not my original idea.  I have had this card made for a few weeks and just managing to share it with you now.  It might just be a new trick though for you.

The Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper is very pretty already. You really don’t need to add colour but it’s good to add a little different colour to make it for a totally different occasion.

Colouring with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends makes the flowers look more like Poinsettias for a Christmas paper.  With this particular print you don’t need to colour the leaves.  They will work just as well as they are.

So here is the finished card.

The sentiment for the card is from the Itty Bitty Christmas set punched out with the Timeless Label Punch. They are great Christmas sentiments in this.  Add a little of the Scalloped Lace Trim and I cut some gold leafy shapes using the Flourish dies.

It looks pretty Christmas-y now don’t you think?? 🙂

I am sure this would work well for other papers and colours too.  I was going to try another one but ran out of time.  Add it to the ‘To Do’ list.

Happy Stamping,

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #80 – KEEP YOUR DIES SAFE WITH THIS MAGNETIC DIE BOARD!

Wednesday’s WOW! #80.  I have a very useful tip for you today with this Magnetic Die Board.  I thought I had shown you this tip already but apparently not.

In my classes I found that the dies we were using kept going missing.  They would get buried under papers or bits.  They would drop on the floor and disappear.  We spent a lot of time in class looking for them.  Some months ago I came up with this idea.  Since then – no more missing dies.  Everyone knows when they use them they go straight back on the board.  It is such a time-saver and has reduced the stress. 🙂

You might find it useful yourself.  I have it standing near the Big Shot machine and have all the dies on it that we will use in the projects for that class.

How to make one yourself

It’s very easy to make yourself.  I picked up a cheap photo frame from a discount shop.  Opened it up and took out the glass. I cut Magnetic sheets to size and adhered them to a piece of card.  Then inserted them back in the frame without adding the glass though.

Place it near your diecut machine and put the dies on it that you are working on.  For a single project you may not need it but if you are making a large project or a couple at a time then you can store all your dies on it while you are working.

I hope you find this tip useful.

Thanks for visiting me today wherever you are in the world.  I love having you visit and I love sharing my little crafting world with you. ❤

Have a great day,

Jenny

 

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WILDLY HAPPY FOR STAMPING AROUND THE WORLD AUGUST BLOGHOP!

Welcome to another Stamping Around The World Blog Hop.  So nice to have you.  You might have come from Margriet’s Blog or just starting Here.  Welcome and enjoy the hop.

Today I am using the set Wildly Happy as that was the one I used in the Tutorials for this month.

I wanted to do something a little different with this set.  I was thinking about this recently and was reminded that when you see pictures of elephants they are often in herds.  I did a little research and read that they are very social especially the female of the species and will keep close together looking out for each other.

So I created a little herd of elephants with the little baby.

Stampin' Up! Wildly Happy

To create this I used the Masking Technique. I have explained it further below. The elephants were stamped on Thick Whisper White card and coloured with the Smoky Slate Light and Dark Stampin’ Blends and I also used the Petal Pink ones for the baby.  The grass was with the Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.

MASKING YOUR ELEPHANTS

A piece of Thick Whisper White. Cut the card using one of the larger Rectangles Stitched dies. 

Note: I didn’t cut the card with the Rectangles Stitched Die until after I finished stamping and colouring the elephant so it is ok to leave it until then if you wish.

1. Firstly you will want to stamp your elephant on to a Sticky Note or you can use scrap paper with some removable adhesive.  Cut around the outline of the image.  For this card you will need to stamp 3 elephants in total on the Sticky Notes as you will use them all at one time in places.

2. Stamp your elephant and baby near the bottom right hand corner. Inking the stamp in Memento Ink.  Place one of your cut out Sticky Note elephants over the top of the image.  Ink up your stamp and stamp again just to the top left of the first one.  You will want to line it up so you just have the larger elephant shown.

3. Ink and stamp another elephant to the top right of the first one. The baby one should be just off the edge of the card but that is ok.

4. Place 3 of the Sticky Note elephants over each of the stamped elephants.

Masking Technique

5. Stamp another elephant in between the top 2 elephants.  And one elephant to the left of the left Sticky Note elephant.  Each time remember to line the elephant up to just stamp the adult one.

6. Move a Sticky Note to the last elephant stamped on the left and then ink and stamp another one to the left of this.

Once stamped you can then colour the elephants with the Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends and colour the little baby one with Petal Pink.  I found them very easy to colour.  Using the Light Smoky Slate Blends colour the elephants completely.  Then using the Dark Blends add lines over the printed lines (wrinkles) on the elephants.

To assemble the card, emboss the Smoky Slate card, 10.1cm x 14.4cm (5⅜” x 4⅛”)  with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder and wrap around a length of the Petal Pink ribbon. Then adhere this to the Petal Pink Card base. Raise up the stamped card piece to the front.

Stamp the sentiment on Petal Pink card and cut with an oval die in the Stitched Shapes Dies.  Then raise that up off the card with Dimensionals.

Wildly Happy _ Elephant Herd

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Enjoy making this card.  Try the masking Technique with any stamped image.

Now continue the Blog Hop.  This time you are off to Allie’s Blog.  If you get lost the Roll Call list is below.

Roll Call List

Stefanie Pletscher (The Crafty Medic)

Sue Allen (Simply Craft)

Linda (Stampin by the Beach)

JoAnne (Luv 2 Create)

Alicia Yap (Paper Munchkin)

Amanda Gillmore (She Creates: By The Sea Shore)

Margriet Siekman (Creatief met Marsie)

Jenny Hayward (A Stamping Journey)

Alejandra Gomez (Creating with Allie)

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #76 – WHAT’S WITH THE NEW CLEANING PAD!

Wednesday’s WOW #76 we are looking at a cool new product today.  The New Stamp Cleaning Pad.  Perhaps you have seen it in the catalogue and was curious about it Or maybe you hadn’t even noticed.  (see page 182). I know it took a few looks before I saw it. 

What’s this Cleaning Pad about?

This cool new Stampin’ Up! Cleaning Pad is small in size, about the size of an inkpad, and is great if you are packing for a stamp day or a stamp camp.  It easily fits in your little tote.  Or if you are at home and not wanting to get your larger Stampin’ Scrub out.

It already has a cleaner on it so there is no need for additional spray mists or water.  When it dries out there is a Cleaning Pad Refill that you can buy very reasonably priced to re-moisten it.

Here is an information block with more information.  It is ready for you to PIN too for future reference.

Have a great day,

Jenny

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #69 – REATTACHING THE LOCK BUTTON ON YOUR STAMPIN’ UP! PUNCHES

Do you have this problem?  The lock mechanism on your punches pop out and you can’t get them back in.  I found this video on Youtube to help you get them back in and to stop it happening in the first place.

So for Wednesday’s WOW! #69 – how to reattach the lock on your punches. I tried it and it works.

Thanks Kat for this video.  It was very helpful.

Now you can go off and fix those little locks on your punches.

Have a great day,

Jenny

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #68 – FAREWELL LOVELY AS A TREE!

Today is a special Wednesday’s WOW!

Today we take a moment to remember the timeless Lovely As A Tree set.  It is so sad that this set is leaving us.  Each year we scour the catalogue to see if it has made it in.  This year though I think we were all saddened to see that it’s time had finally come. 

This set started in the Catalogue in the US back in 2001.  I believe it was designed by Shelli Gardner’s sister who started Stampin’ Up! with Shelli.  This set has been like a much loved family member so it is a sad occasion.  I bought this set in my first Demonstrator order after I joined back in 2008. This set has had so much use and I think every Christmas it gets pulled out.  It is such a classic stamp set.

So today for Wednesday’s WOW! #68 we look back at some of my projects with this stamp set.  I am sad that I couldn’t find photos of some cards I had made but let’s have a look back at these projects I have kept. I have to say it is also a look back at my stamping style too.  Perhaps that is a little embarrassing but … anyway. Enjoy the nostalgic journey.  Apologies in advance for lots of photos.

May 2011 – See the original Post -> HERE.

I don’t know what I was thinking with that button.

Even the inside of the card was stamped with the trees.

From a Stamp A Stack Christmas 2011 with another classic stamp Dasher.  What a great combination these stamps were.  See the original post -> HERE.

These cards were some I received for Christmas 2013.  It included a couple of cards using the Lovely As A Tree set.  I like how the tree is used on it’s side to give the effect of branches.  Very cute.

This Tunnel card was a favourite at a Christmas Card class in 2013.  You can see that post -> HERE and I included a Tutorial how to make the Tunnel card there too in that blog post.  Go and check it out.

This one below was a real WOW! at class back in 2011.  Everyone loved this card. This was a Sparkly Christmas card. You can see it in this post -> HERE and I have a tutorial how to make it in that post. You can use this technique with any stamp set.

Now this next card we actually made at a team meeting like nearly 2 years ago.  I didn’t quite finish it at the time.  So I put it aside on my desk to finish.  All it needed was to be stuck together and a sentiment added.  Well I actually finished it a month ago.  Or actually my daughter finished it for me.

On this card I masked a section of the card and sponged in the section.  Then with the group of trees I heat embossed in Silver Embossing Powder.

This card below was the most recent one from last Christmas.  I realised I hadn’t shared this card with you before. We used the Copper Shimmer Paint and swiped it over the card mat that had been embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder.

Then for more shine we added the Shimmer Paint directly to the tree stamp and also on to the sentiment stamp.  To do this use the Dauber and pick some Shimmer Paint from inside the lid of the Shimmer Paint bottle then lightly dauber over the stamp.  Then stamp it on your card.  Against the Merry Merlot colour it is quite classy.

So sadly the Lovely As A Tree stamp set has sold out now.  I hope you managed to get hold of one.

A new replacement might just be the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  Have you added that one yet to your collection? This set has a number of stamps AND dies.  I think this will be a good alternative.  Hopefully I will get to play more with that one again soon.

Thanks everyone for your patience as we wander down memory lane.

Farewell Lovely As A Tree.  You have been a reliable stamp set for all those special projects and festive occasions. You will be missed.  But I won’t be able to part with you just yet.  Enjoy your retirement.

Jenny