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Part 2 is Here

The second part of the March 2013 Virtual Stampin’ Up! Workshop is now available.

If you have any questions regarding products, the hostess code, becoming a virtual hostess of your own workshop or just want to say HI please feel free.  My email is luvstamping@live.com.  I hope to hear from you!

Have a great Sunday everyone :-)


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How to Make a Simple Floral Background

Stamped backgrounds are easier to make than you think.  I have found that simpler is better.  I prefer a nice clean look on the front of a card but I want it bright and eye catching.  To accomplish that goal I pick a chunky stamp design and stamp away!

Cut a piece of white smooth card stock to 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp a repeat image across the entire piece of card stock rotating the orientation of the image with each stamping.  Stamp off the edges of the card stock.  For this flower image I used my Hostess stamp set Array of Sunshine.

Add the green leaves (Cloud 9 -Chocolate Chalet), again stamping off the edges of the card stock.

Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to add the sentiment.  Place the image sheet over the area of the card where you want the sentiment.

Remove the plastic image sheet and stamp in Basic Black ink.  I chose the Birthday Wishes sentiment from the retired Sincere Salutations Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  I really love the font on this set!

I added a few mini pearls to some of the floral stamped images.  TIP:  An easy way to place these teeny tiny pearls onto a project is to remove them with the tip of a small scissors and place onto the project.

Adhere the stamped card stock onto the card base (A2 size 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″) using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I like to make envelopes compliment the cards I make.  I stamped the same flower and leaf onto the lower left front corner of a Whisper White envelope.

Finish the card with a nice sentiment inside stamped in black.

I hope you will give this idea a try.  It really is an easy simple way to make a card with a beautiful pop of color.

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School Days Project Finished

With August here, we all know that those “Back to School” days are just around the corner.  I wanted to make a school themed album that I could put my grandson’s pictures in and this is what I came up with.  I just love the Graphic 45 ABC Primer from last year so I thought this would fit perfectly with my chalkboard slate design.

Inside is the paper bag album with many places for photos and journaling.


I really enjoyed making the beads for the abacus out of paper.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with an abacus….it’s a counting frame that was used to teach arithmetic and counting.  The beads are very simple to make and I thought it complimented the vintage look of this project very nicely.

I have a few more details to add to the actual album and then I will post some more pictures for you.  I am also putting together a tutorial for sale for this project.  More information on that shortly also :-)


Happy crafting everyone!

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Monochromatic Thank You Notes

Summer is almost here but for some reason spring reminds me of pretty pastel colors, so soothing and calm.  I just love the Stampin’ Up! colors Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron and Certainly Celery so I made a set of 8 note cards using all four of these pretty pastel colors.  Ahhhhh……such satisfaction.

This card design highlights using a tone-on-tone effect.  What a simple and easy design but still packs that classy punch!  Using Stampin’ Dimensionals on the stamped flower image and card stock mat helps give a subtle shading effect against the flatness of the tone-on-tone design.

The Mixed Bunch stamp set is a perfect replacement for the stamp that I used on my project video today.

Supplies used for this project:

Alternate Stamp Set:  Mixed Bunch (Wood-Mount 1255355, Clear-Mount 125537), Perfectly Penned (Wood-Mount 122890, Clear-Mount 122892), Made for You (Wood-Mount 126340, Clear-Mount 126342)
Paper:  Bashful Blue (105120), Certainly Celery (105125), Pretty in Pink (111351), So Saffron (105118)
Ink:  Bashful Blue (126961), Certainly Celery (126958), Pretty in Pink (126955), Daffodil Delight (126944), So Saffron (126957),
Fun Tools:  Fancy Flower Punch (118073), Blossom Punch (12503), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Beautiful Wings Embosslits (118138)
That Extra Touch:   Subtles Designer Buttons (119745), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), White Bakers Twine (124262


Simply Stated

Today’s card is simple and highlights an easy to make flower with 3 different punches from Stampin’ Up!

I used the Fancy Flower (Item #118073), 5-Petal Flower (Item #119880) and the Boho Blossoms (Item # 119858).

Layer three shapes from the Fancy Flower punch together and adhere.  I lightly inked the edges on the front and back and alternated the petals for a fuller look.  Using a toothpick, roll the tips of the petals up a bit.  The top layer has the petals curled up, the middle layer is uncurled and the bottom layer is curled under.

For the leaves use one 5-Petal Flower shape and ink the tips on the front and back.  I cut the shape apart as follows:  two pieces  having two petals and one single petal.  Adhere the individual leaves to the underneath of the bottom flower layer.

The center has one of the large flower shapes from the Boho Blossoms punch.  I used Whisper White Card Stock for this sample.  Again I inked lightly the tips of the flower on the front only.  I adhered this shape to the larger flower assembly, centering it within the five petals.  I also added a Perfect Plum Designer Button from the Subtles collection (Item #119745).  I threaded a small piece of white crochet cotton thread through the button holes, leaving the ends hanging out from  under the button back.

I used my Spellbinders Fleur De Lis border die for the bottom edge design.

I used Perfect Plum and Wild Wasabi Classic Ink on the edges of the matching Patterns Designer Series Papers Pack (Item #117152)

I used Whisper White Craft Ink (Item #101731)  to soften all the edges of the Perfect Plum Smooth Card Stock card base.

I felt this card needed just a simple sentiment in matching ink.   I used the Posy Punch Hostess Stamp Set.  I think this would be also very pretty by adding the 2mm Basic Pearl Jewels (Item #119247) on the little polka dots to highlight the sentiment.   I love how it looks!


Stampin’ Up! Video Workshops

I have received a few questions from some folks on Stampin’ Up! products.  I am always happy to answer any questions you may have but I began thinking that there may be more than a few of you that might have some questions too!  I have begun filming Stampin’ Up! Video Workshops with specific themes.  I will continue to add videos each month specifically highlighting products I own and can give my review on.

Below is my first informational Stampin’ Up! product video highlighting wood-mount and clear mount stamps.  The video is 25 minutes in length taking you gently through the basic information on these stamps.

 Enjoy and I hope you find the tips helpful  :-)

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Book of Spells-Part 4

I am back with another page to share with you.  This album is so fun to make.  I love the concept of a book of spells.  For this page I printed another label and cut around the entire outline.  I left a 1/16″ reveal of card stock.

I sponged Tea Dye Distress Ink around the outside edge using Ranger’s Blending Tool.  Using my glaze pen I traced over the words SWAMP FOG.


Once dry it left a nice wet look.

I used my Spellbinders Mega Die and cut out the smallest label shape from Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo plain card stock.  This is a gorgeous color and it is from their 2011-2013 In-Colors collection.

Keeping the die lined up with the card stock die cut I sponged white ink around all the edges.  I deliberately made the ink look wispy instead of blending it smooth.  I thought this mimicked the swamp fog on the label.  Once the die is removed it left a very foggy effect.


I stamped two swirl images with black ink onto the front going over the edge of the die.  I always clean the edges of the die before I put them away.  They clean very easily with a baby wipe.

Using my glue pen I filled in all the areas on the scroll images.


I just love my Glitter Glitz from PK Glitz.  The color I used for the front of this tag is named Carnival.  Another way to use their glitter is by using an embossing pen and sprinkling on  heat set powder heating it with a heat too until sticky.  Sprinkle the glitter over the sticky image and tap off.  The glitter does not shed!  AMAZING

Finished tag front.

I used a piece of patterned paper and cut the same shape as before, inking the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink.


I chose a white skull and cross-bones from the rub on’s that were included in my Oct. 31 Collection.  Carefully I cut around the image through both the rub on and protective sheet.

Careful not to touch the actual rub on I placed the image where I wanted it with the protective sheet removed.

There are few ways to adhere rub on’s.  This is how I apply them.   I use the edge of my bone folder to transfer the rub on.  Once the image has been rubbed over completely I slowly peel back the transfer sheet making sure the image has transferred.  If it hasn’t I replace the sheet and rub more until it transfers.


Placing the protective sheet over the rub on image, I pressed back over the image smoothing over all the edges to secure.

I glued the die cut shape onto the back of the Island Indigo tag.

I used my Paper Piercing Tool and my Mat to piece holes in all four corners of the label for mini brads.

Since I did not have any purple brads I used my purple embossing powder to change basic gold brads into the color I wanted.  It’s easy….just heat the brad with the heat tool, dip into embossing power and reheat.  I repeated the process twice to get good coverage.


I inserted all four brads into the pierced holes and flattened the legs onto the back.  I decided to use liquid glue to adhere the label onto my page.  The label is secured only at the bottom edge.  This allows the label to substitute as a pocket for the tag.

This is how the tag looks placed into the pocket.  I wanted the tag to be angled for design interest.

I chose a variety of mini-roses from the Prima flowers blue-green collection.  The large flower was sprayed with Sour Apple Perfect Pearls Mist.


When I heat set this flower I let it get hot enough to curl the organza.  I thought it added a touch of eerie to this page.

This is the finished page.  The front of the tag has plenty of room for some special journaling and the back can be used for a 2.5″ x 3″ photo or more journaling.

I hope you will try some of these ideas on your next tag or mini album page!


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