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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.

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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! #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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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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ORNATE THANK YOU CARD!

This was the first card I made with the new Ornate Garden Suite of products.  The dies are just so detailed – and gorgeous.  Have I said that before today?? 😉

The floral edge is so pretty.  The sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set is heat embossed in Silver Embossing Powder.  This sentiment piece is diecut with one of the Ornate Layers Dies. 

See those little stems sticking out from under the edge of the sentiment piece?  These are extra little diecut pieces cut from the floral border die that I have used on this card. Don’t throw them out.  They are such great additions to your card.

I finished the card off with a little White ribbon bow.

This is the Ornate Thanks Bundle below.  You can get either the stamp set or the die set on their own too.

There are lots of lovely delicate Diecuts in the Ornate Borders Dies.  I think  you these are a great addition to your collection.  You will certainly use them a lot!

Have a happy, sunshiny day wherever you are.

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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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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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #96 – USING THE BRAIDED BORDER PUNCH!

Wednesday’s WOW! #96 today I want to show you the new punch in the catalogue.  The Braided Border Punch.  I think it is pretty but I think there are a few tricks to using it too.  So let’s check it out.

You can find it on page 29 of the 2020 Mini Catalogue.

As with most of the border punches, to punch your card.  Slide in your card, rest the card against the small ridge on the punch and press down.  Then to re-punch, slide the card along and you can match up the pattern on the base of the punch.  Then you can punch again.  Repeat this along the card for the length you want.

You can buy the punch on it’s own but it co-ordinates nicely with the Beautifully Braided stamp set. And getting the bundle saves 10%!

In the stamp set is a lovely “lattice” style stamp that can stamp over the punched Braided border.  There is also a flourish stamp strip too.

But how you can line this up easily on the punched piece? I have some tips for you today.

Using the Stamparatus will greatly help you.

Firstly punch your piece of card to the length needed.

Place your strip of card in the Stamparatus.  Place it in the corner to rest the card against the edge so it is lined up.

Position the stamp upside down on to the punched piece so you can line it up properly with the punched area.  Using the side plate close up the Stamparatus plate to pick up the stamp.

Ink up the stamp, Fold over the plate to stamp on the punched card.  If you need to stamp further along then, slide the plate down the hinges, ink up the stamp and stamp down again.

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Hope these tips are helpful to get the best out of this gorgeous punch.  Below are some samples from Stampin’ Up! to show these lovely stamps and punch.

This is pretty with the rows of punched braids.  This one has the flourishes stamped.  I think it would help to line this up on the Stamparatus as well.

This one below has ribbon threaded through the braids.  That’s a clever idea!

You will find the Beautifully Braided Bundle in my store now -> HERE.  $61 AUD.  Why not grab some card or some other items to reach the $90 so you can choose one of the free Sale-A-Bration products.

If ordering online you can use the Host Code – FURRYWCK  Thank You.

Be sure not to mark your order anonymous or I won’t be able to send out your gift and Thank You card.  And you will also receive the 12 project Tutorial Bundle (does not include projects with the Beautifully Braided Bundle).

Happy creating,

Jenny

 

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #95 – USING THE BIRTHDAY DIES!

Wednesday’s WOW! #95 – Today I am giving you some Tips using the Birthday Dies.

The Birthday Dies are now available as co-ordinating products with the Happy Birthday To You Stamp set from Sale-A-Bration.

When I went to use them for the first time it concerned me as the cake stand doesn’t line up with the cake stamp set.  It is a different shape.  That’s ok.  Just trim off under the base of the stand.  So you are cutting the leg of the stand off.

Then it’s easier to adhere the cake stand on to the cake.

I love these dies as they give a lot more layering to the set.  You have the 2 different leaf shape dies and there are 2 on each die making it quicker to cut.  They cut so easily too.

The other larger shape in the set is for the flowers.  To use this one, stamp your cake on your card then also stamp the cake on another piece of card.  After colouring the flowers on the additional piece you can diecut them and layer them on to your card.  You could have several layers of flowers by stamping and die-cutting them several times.

Below is part of a card I have made recently with the stamps and the dies.  I can’t show you the full card as this is my card for the Stamping Tutorials for this month.  It gives you a peak though. 🙂  I haven’t used the flower shape dies on this card but lots of leaves and I have cut the cake stand too.

I think this is a really great stamp set to begin with but having the dies now really adds to this set.  I love all the layering you can create.

The Happy Birthday To You set is a free Sale-A-Bration choice with orders over $90 AUD.  

Another tip: Purchase the Birthday Dies ($50 AUD), add another stamp set or ink/card to make your total to $90 then choose the Happy Birthday To You set for FREE.  Winner! you can get both together. AND – ordering with me you will receive the Tutorial Bundle with the card above as one of the projects. 🙂

Have a great day,

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #87 – EXTENDING YOUR DIES!

Wednesday’s WOW! #87.  I can’t believe I hadn’t shared this tip with you before.  I share it often in my classes.  I went searching back through my blog but can’t seem to find anything.

SO, today’s WOW!  How can you extend your Dies to fit behind a larger sentiment piece. It works with punch shapes too.

It’s very simple.  Die-cut (or punch), cut it and adhere it behind the stamped piece. It’s a great way to dress up your sentiments when you don’t have the right size.

I have done that with a different sentiment on this card here that I shared some posts back.

Hope you find this tip useful?

Happy Stamping,

Jenny