Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Top 10 Basics: Ribbon

Oh ribbon… it’s so pretty… what more can I say? So many styles and colors to choose from (all coordinating with paper, ink, embellishments and all, of course)…
There’s also a million different ways to use ribbon. Ok, maybe not a million, but hundreds I’m sure! From bows to knots to strips, it can all be done!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Top 10 Basics: Stamp Cleaner

Stamp cleaning is one of those basic tools that often gets over looked. I used baby wipes for a long time before I caved and got a Stampin Cleaner and scrub.
Oh boy, what a difference! For weeks, every time I cleaned my stamps, old fuzz from the baby wipes was coming off on the scrub. I didn’t even see it before, but all my stamped images were getting little hairs in them!

Some people say you should use this or that to clean your stamps, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that you can actually damage your stamps using things like alcohol to clean them. The Stampin Cleaner is specially made to clean Stampin Up’s rubber stamps. I have some older sets that I got from other people that are starting to crack and show their age because they used baby wipes or other cleaning fluids to clean them. Some of them I’ve managed to bring back to life by conditioning them with Stampin Cleaner, but some of them have cracks that won’t be fixable.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Top 10 Basics: Stamps

Stamp sets are where you can really let loose and go crazy. There is a stamp or set for just about any occasion or person, from greetings to images to patterns and shapes. I’m actually not going to talk about the actual stamp images, you can check those out on my online store or a catalogue (contact me if you’d like one). Instead, I’m going to talk about the two different types of stamps available.

First off is the traditional wood mount stamps. These are what you probably used as a kid, a wooden block with a rubber image to stamp on one side and an image on the other to show you what the stamp is. They’re easy for kids to use, require nothing but a stamp and ink, but they are slightly more expensive. Some stamps are only available in this style (for example the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet and most background stamps).

The other style is called clear mount. These are the same rubber as is on the wood mount stamps, but instead of a wooden block, they’re backed by a foam. You push this foam onto a clear block to stamp. Clear blocks are available in many sizes, which one you need depends on the size of your stamp. The stamp sets themselves are a little cheaper and easier to store (they come in a DVD case) but can be a little finicky, especially for small hands.

There's also a new style, only available in two sets (for now) called photopolymer. You can read more about this style (and watch a video with some examples) here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Photopolymer Stamps

Last month Stampin Up introduced a cool new product, I was skeptical at first, but so far I'm loving it! Here's a video to show you what all the excitement is about...

Currently there are two sets available, both can be purchased here. There will be more to come too!

Designer Typeface

Bombs Away Birthday


I'm going to be starting a monthly email newsletter in May. Some of my customers will be getting it automatically (if you've placed an order online for example), but if you want to make sure you get it, send me an email with your address and I'll make sure you get it!

The 2013-2014 Idea Book and Catalogue will be available soon too, and I will be sending it out to people who would like one! Let me know before May 15th and I'll make sure you get one!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Free Shipping!

For three days only, every order gets free shipping! If you've been thinking about getting some stamps, ink, or any other crafting supplies, but the minimum shipping fee has been making you wait, now is a GREAT time to stock up! Every order placed from now until April 8th will get free shipping, and if you shop through my online store and use the hostess code "4NKE4XMQ", you will also get a free pack of card stock (you pick the colour) for every order over $100, plus be eligible for some great prizes!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

More new cards

I've been slacking in posting cards I make. Here's some recent ones!

Paper: Very Vanilla, Spice Cake DSP (retired)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie
Stamps: Delightful Dozen
Tools: sponges, Oval Framelits, Paper Piercing tool and templates, dimensionals, SNAIL, Paper Trimmer

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Sycamore Street DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit
Stamps: Perfect Punches
Embellishments: Brights Glimmer Brads, Pool Party SAB ribbon
Tools: Perfect Polka Dots EF, Extra Large Oval Punch, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, SNAIL, Paper Trimmer

Paper: Early Espresso Coredinations, Sahara Sand, Lucky Limeade, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Embellishments: Island Indigo SAB Ribbon, Pearl Basics Jewels
Tools: sponges, Woodgrain EF, various Circle Punches, Bird Builder Punch, Little Labels Punch Pack, Distress Tool, Sanding Block, Dimensionals, SNAIL, Paper Trimmer

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder

Ink: Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Kindness Matters, Distressed Dots, En Francais

Embellishments: Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon, linen thread, naturals designer button

Tools: sponges, distress tool, Glue Dots, SNAIL, Paper Trimmer 

Paper: Crumb Cake, Print Poetry Stack
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler

Stamps: Oh, Hello

Embellishments: Crochet Trim, linen thread, naturals designer button

Tools: sponges, Glue Dots, SNAIL, Paper Trimmer, corner rounder (not SU), Paper Snips

Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Stamps: Best of Flowers, Petite Pairs, French Script (retired)
Tools: sponges, Simply Scored tool and board, SNAIL, Paper Trimmer

As always, all the supplies are available to purchase on my online store or contact me for help creating your own handmade greeting cards for any occasion!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Top 10 Basics: Punches

Punches are one of those tools that you can use on nearly every project, and in a variety of ways. There’s a lot of techniques based around punches and a variety of different types of punches too!

Basic punches punch out a shape. Some shapes are simply, some are fancy, but they all serve their purpose…
Builder punches punch out a few different shapes in one punch and then those pieces can be used on their own, or put together to create punch art. For example, this owl, bird and cupcake punch!
There’s also border punches that give the edge of your paper a nice finish…
And corner punches that do the same for, well, corners!
If you’re on a limited budget and can only afford one or two punches, I’d recommend the Modern Label and/or Decorative Label punch. Both coordinate with many stamp sets and can be used for a lot of different projects. Of all my stamps, they are definitely the two I use the most!

Birthday Flowers

I'm posting this way early because I know the people who will be receiving these cards don't read my blog. I have family in Switzerland, and these are going to them. I LOOOVE that we can get stamp sets in German for the same price as the English version from Stampin Up!

Paper: Very Vanilla, First Edition Specialty DSP, Crumb Cake, Old Olive
Ink: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Aus Dem Garten der Freundschaft, En Francais
Tools: sponges, Blossom Punch, 1" and 3/4" circle punches, Bird Builder Punch, dimensionals, SNAIL, Paper Trimmer, paper snips, 2 way glue pen

As usual, all these supplies can be purchased through my online store!