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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Quick and EASY "Little Letters"

 "Little Letters" dies meet the "Flower Shop" stamp set

It took no time to make this personalized thank you card for one of my customers. It was EASY to customize the name using the NEW Little Letters die cuts found on pg. 228 of the Annual Catalog. They are also on the front cover  ...look on the bottom right hand side. Liz loves purple and to have your own name cut into the card makes it even more special. Love those white flowers? They're SO easy to create...

1.   Make a Wisteria Wonder card base
2.   Using a Big Shot Machine, cutting plates, Little Letters dies and 
      a few strips of post it notes (letters seem to dance a bit on 
      magnetic platform) cut out the name on the bottom edge.
3.   Using White craft ink stamp the FLOWER SHOP images on the background.
      TIP: Craft ink is a little slower to dry so heat dry 
             with hair dryer or heat gun.
4.   Using Black ink stamp 3 flowers on Whisper White card stock, punch out
      with the Pansy Punch.
5.   Pop up the flowers with dimensionals around the open letters.
6.   Now for those pretty pearls....
      Start with Basic Pearls and color them while they are still on 
      the paper backing with BLENDABILITIES alcohol markers. Let dry before 
      applying to the flowers. No need for additional glue as they already have
      adhesive on the back.
      FYI...regular Stampin'Up markers will not stay on the pearls, 
              rhinestones or clear buttons

Now I need to find another LIZ to send a card with the leftover letters!
Is your name LIZ? Let me know and I'll make YOU a custom card !

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cluck Cluck Punch art

Sometimes I like to just play with MY PUNCHES....

I had sooo much fun making this plump little chick and so did
the ladies that had attended my last Punch Art class.
Kinda makes you smile huh?

Once the idea came into my head, I knew I wanted to have some kind of chicken wire background. Stampin'Up used to have a background stamp but it has long retired. Unfortunately it is not in my library of stamps. Now I have my own ideas about NOT having it, but you can decide if that is a good thing or not...LOL !  So I decided to S T R E T C H the use of my Honeycomb textured embossing folder. I dragged my Crumb Cake ink pad across the side that has the pattern that you see. I placed my folded Crumb Cake card base in the folder and pressed the card down so that the ink would stamp the image on the front.
The good news is that if the ink doesn't all transfer it's o.k., it's just a simple background effect. Well I'm sure there is another look alike out there some where, but THIS CHICK is probably the plumpest. Isn't she funny?

The Body and wings are lightly sponged with Crumb Cake ink to help the shadowing of white paper for a little more shape. It's more authentic anyway, my white hen is always rolling in the dirt. She is the Top of the pecking order in our flock and loves to boss the others around. Her name is Snow White but I tell you sometimes she is a b_tch, oops sorry !

There she goes on her way to boss around Ms. Hawkins!

O.k. back to the card.....

I generated the sentiment from the computer and I'm sorry but I don't know which font I used.....argh!

2 of the Punches that were used have since retired, YOU know what that means...keep your eyes open for them appearing at the CLEARANCE RACK!
SMALL HEART #117193 and FULL HEART # 119883. You could substitute the Small Heart with the new heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack # 133787 and the Full Heart using the NEW SWEETHEART punch # 133786

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stampin'Up Holiday Catalog Goes Live!

The Stampin'Up Holiday Catalog 2014 Products become available today!

Do you have your copy?

email me today to receive your's
(U.S. only per Stampin'Up Policy )


Earn FREE Merchandise not just stamps with
Pam's Frequent Buyer Bonus....
start earning points for each $25.00 spent

Here are some of my Favorites

Gift Box Punch Board

New Box Punch Board

Mingle All the Way Clear-mount Stamp Set

Festival of Trees Photopolymer Bundle Festival of Trees Photopolymer Stamp Set
             Festival of Trees Photopolymer Stamp set and SAVE 
15% on the BUNDLE

For All Things Wood-mount Stamp Set


Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper

Would You Like to See New Catalog Products in Person?
How about Make 4 Projects using those New Products?
If you are in the Sacramento, Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom or Surrounding
Areas please join the FUN of Creating from the NEW HOLIDAY CATALOG
on Sunday Sept. 14th 1:00-4:00

Details and R.S.V.P. HERE


Monday, August 25, 2014

"Give Thanks" Wreath Tag & Tutorial

"Give Thanks", something we should think about every day!
When the cool weather comes it seems that all the fall traditions follow with it.
Sweaters, warm soup, falling leaves and baking homemade goodies.

If you are like me, bringing a freshly baked pumpkin bread to those Holiday 
get-togethers is a treat enjoyed by all.

Your packaging can steal the show (lol) when you include a festive tag on your wine bottle, baked goods or basket of home grown veggies.
(BOW Tutorial below)

Start with a wreath made with the Floral Frames Collection and a 
Big Shot Machine
(pg. 224 & 231 of the Annual SU Catalog)
Die cut the largest size while placing the 2nd smallest size in the middle of the largest one....check positioning  before cutting.

Big Shot  Floral Frames Framelits Die

For a Brighter look I choose Tangerine Tango card stock to make my wreath.

The next items are from the Holiday Catalog, with products available Aug. 28th.......yahoo, it just days away!

The GIVE THANKS sentiment is from the Holiday Invitation Polymer stamp set # 135074 (14 stamps, $21.95)

You can bend the Polymer sentiments on a clear block to fit the shape of a cut out item. Because you can see through the block and the image it's fairly easy to line up the stamp, check it's positioning and then ink and stamp.

I stamped my image in Mossy Meadow to match the green in the Color Me Autumn Designer Paper

All of the leaves on each side of the bow are fussy cut from the DSP. They are EASY to cut out when you leave a touch of the vanilla background color around each leaf.

Now are you ready for the BOW????

In Addition to the Designer Paper You will need...

Extra Large Oval Punch and Mini Glue Dots (contains 300 qty.)
click on images for product details
Extra-Large Oval Punch Glue Dots

Punch 3 Oval, cut one in half and 1- 1/2" strip x 2"

Place glue dots and ROLL DSP over and connect, don't fold in half

Place a couple of glue dots on the underside of the DSP strip

Attach the 2 folded pieces at the center of the strip and 
ADD a glue dot to the end of the strip.

Fold up the bottom of the strip and then fold the glue dot end over the top.

Place glue dots on the 2 half oval pieces at the round end.

Tuck pieces under the bow and attach

This is how mine looked on the back side

Now you can take the ties of the bow and slightly bend them to create 
more shape.

Grab a little bit of shimmery light with the addition of a wee piece of Champagne Glimmer Paper.

new to using Glimmer paper?
try clicking on these for inspiration

Finish your tag with a Gold Metallic Bakers Twine tie through a

FYI, the Floral Die cut Framelits are 15% OFF when bundled with the matching Stamp Set
through Aug. 31st ONLY

I hope I had a chance to inspire you today. Take some time this week and get a little INKY, .......Giving Thanks for YOU, Pam

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Simple & Elegant Festival of Trees..WOW!

Happy Sunday, Is it too Early for Christmas? 
I'm certainly enjoying the fun, creating Simple and Elegant looks with the FESTIVAL of TREES stamp set. It's from the upcoming Stampin'Up Holiday Mini Catalog. Yep it's almost here! (**products available starting Aug. 28th)

That gives you plenty of time to make your cards for the 
Christmas Season, right?

FYI, all of my customers will receive their Holiday Mini chocked full of INSPIRATION in the mail in the next couple of Days , yahoooooo! 

O.K., now be sure and turn to page 24 to view this 13 stamp Polymer set! 

In the meantime ,you can see how Today's sample 
is Simple and Easy to make in just 20 minutes.

1.   Make a Vanilla card base cut 5 1/2" x  8 1/2" folded to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".
2.   Cut a vellum panel 5" x 3 3/4". (see inspiration link below)
3.   Cut a Red "Under the Tree" DSP layer 3 1/2"x 2 3/4".
4.   Wrap the red panel with Gold Metallic Bakers Twine and secure 
      on the back with glue dots.
5.   Cut a Mossy Meadow layer 3" x 2 ".
6.   Cut a Vanilla layer 2 3/4 x 1 3/4.
7.   Stamp fir tree with Mossy Meadow classic ink on vanilla panel.
8.   Gold emboss tree balls with the second step stamp 
      over the top of the fir tree. This is EASY to do because of the Polymer.
9.   Gold emboss the tree base on Brushed Gold card stock and cut out
      with Paper Snips. Glue base to bottom of the tree.
10. Attach Vanilla panel to Mossy panel, pop up entire panel with dimensionals.
11. Apply panel to Under the Tree DSP panel with the bakers twine.
12. Apply dimensionals to Red DSP layer before applying to the Fancy Foil
     Vellum layer.

Did you see yesterday's sample? It uses most of the same products. LOVE that!

I'm never disappointed when I use Gold Embossing....it always makes such a statement. Your card receiver just can't help but want to touch the unique look and feel the shiny and raised surface it creates.

check out all the details on this card by clicking HERE

I have MORE VELLUM inspiration that you will LOVE...
click these

How can I find more Gold Embossing?
try these....

Products for Today's Card include:

    (available in Spanish and French)
Vanilla C.S. # 101650


Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil  Mossy Meadow 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!Brushed Gold 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock
Gold Baker's TwineHeat Tool  Versamark Pad
Gold Stampin' Emboss PowderEmbossing Buddy

What a JOY it is to show you a little bit of my day through the cards I so enjoy making.  Thanks so Much for visiting, Pam

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