Archive for the ‘Summer Mini Catalog 2011’ Category:
It’s so hot & dry outside that the birds are going crazy in the bird baths. I know how they feel! Here’s a sweet and simple tag using the Two Tags Die (see more project) for Big Shot and the popular Touch of Kindness stamp set (see it online).
The Touch of Kindness set is from the Summer Mini Catalog, which disappears on August 31st. Be sure to order from the Summer Mini Catalog before it’s too late!
I absolutely love when multiple tools come together to create something unexpected. That’s how I felt when I assembled this fun little flower embellishment, combining the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (see some other ideas here) and the Lattice Die for the Big Shot (see some other ideas for that die).
The Poppy Parade petals are the little leftover pieces from the Lattice Die! I used Tombow Multipurpose Glue to attach them to the back of the piece from the Blossom Bouquet Punch, one for each petal.
The leftover pieces from the die and the Triple Layer Punch all went onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, and I used the Lattice Embossing Folder to texture the whole background.
Don’t miss the greeting–it’s from the Happy Greetings stamp set, available in the Summer Mini Catalog, only until August 31st!
Looking for a ‘guy’ card this summer? Here is a great technique to highlight a stamped image in black and white: Split Negative. The Sail Away stamp (see it online) is a perfect line drawing style for this technique.
This sample used Black and White, but any high-contrast color combination will work.
- Cut one piece of white and one back to the same size of the wood block for your stamp.
- Use Versamark to stamp onto black, lining wood block with corner of card stock. Emboss with White Powder.
- Repeat on White card stock, except emboss with Black Powder.
- Cut both pieces of card stock in half, and recombine with opposite color for ‘split’ effect. Mat with opposite color card stock.
I love this Flower Garden Embossing Folder from the Summer Mini Catalog. Did you see my 30 second card with it? (see it here) This version takes just a little bit longer, but you can easily customize in so many ways!
The technique is simple:
- Use the Flower Garden Folder to dry emboss the card front
- Ink a Sponge Dauber with ink of your choice (here, Not Quite Navy for flowers, Lucky Limeade for stems)
- Gently swirl the Sponge Dauber over the parts of the image that you want to color
Really, VERY simple technique! The rest of this card?
- Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper
- Scallop Border Punch
- Decorative Label Punch
- Happy Greetings Stamp Set
Do you have your Father’s Day card made yet? In the mail? Hurry–you only have a couple days left!! Here is an idea with the gorgeous Sail Away stamp (see it online), which works for any masculine card–birthdays, thank yous, etc.
The stamps, Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper and Baker’s Twine all come from the Summer Mini Catalog (see it online).
Want to learn how to make the sailboat panel look more sea-worthy? Here are the steps:
- Stamp image in Not Quite Navy
- Use the Stampin’ Up! Cutter Kit (see it online) to distress the edges of the card stock
- Ink a Sponge Dauber in Crumb Cake ink and gently swirl over card stock, concentrating on the edges of the paper and lightening towards the center
- Finally, stamp the image again in Not Quite Navy on a piece of scrap card stock and cut out the sails. Attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals
Here’s a little Sneak Peek from the upcoming 2011-2012 Stampin’ Up! Catalog, due out on July 1st! The Chocolate Chip Scalloped Polka Dot Ribbon is going to be a favorite. I know I’m loving it already!
This card is super simple: it’s the three basic steps of stamping!
- Stamp (Hello Blossom stamp in Melon Mambo)
- Layer (Chocolate Chip Card Stock and Whisper White)
- Embellish (Triple Layer Blossom Bouquet Punch, a Square Rhinestone Brad and the new ribbon!)
By the way, have you pre-ordered or earned your new catalog for FREE yet? Be sure to check my blog post for details!
Have you seen the Clear Translucent Medium Envelopes from Stampin’ Up!? (see them online) They make terrific photo holders stacked in an album. Here’s a quick photo book that you can make to showcase a handful of your favorite Summer Splash memories. (see Summer Splash online)
To make your photo book, check out these directions from my blog. You can use other options to secure the binding of your album, too. Here’s a sample with large brads, or just tying ribbons through the holes is a great decorative solution, too.
Interested in the Three-toned Heat Embossing on the surfboards? This is a fun technique, too:
- Begin by stamping the bold image in Versamark Ink (see it online)
- Gently shake Melon Mambo Embossing Powder (see it online) over the top 1/3 of the the surfboards. Don’t heat yet, but return excess powder to the container.
- Gently shake Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder (see it online) over the middle 1/3 of the image, as above.
- Repeat for Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder (see it online).
- Heat all three colors at the same time.
Today I’m headed home from the Stampin’ Up! Alaskan Cruise. Don’t worry, I didn’t spend my vacation blogging I set up my posts ahead of time, so this was actually written well before I left for the trip with my family.
But raindrops seem appropriate, since we have rain predicted for pretty much every day of our trip. Not to worry again though–we’re prepared with our rain coats!
In any case, today’s card seemed appropriate to celebrate the rain in Alaska.
Today’s card uses the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch to create the little rain drops above the flowers. Be sure to check out some of my other Blossom Bouquet Tour projects.
This project is also one of the projects in the 2nd month of my Stamps in the Mail Club (click to learn more). This Club runs for 3 months (May, June & July) and you can still sign up for the 1st kit. Just use the link on my SITM page to fill out the form and sign up.
Finally, does earning a FREE CRUISE sound great to you? The good news is that each year as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator we have a chance to earn a free all-expenses Grand Vacation for 2. Last year was an 8 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. This year is Alaska. Next year is Disneyworld. And the next year…? we’ll find out soon!
If you’re considering the opportunity to share what you love (stamping!), then this is a great time to join the Stampin’ Up! family. The Starter Kit with My Digital Studio is 30% off until May 31st, which makes the kit $122.50 instead of the normal $175. Even at $175 it’s a great deal–the kit has over $320 in Stampin’ Up! product. Plus there are great benefits — the cruise vacation is just one possible perk (check them out).
Talk to your demonstrator about signing up, or if you don’t have a demonstrator, I’d be happy to talk with you. The Starter Kit special ends on May 31st, so drop me an email or read more on my website or if you’re ready, you can sign up online right now!
Day 3! Really, I could go on for weeks with this Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch. For Day 3 of my Triple Layer Punch Tour, I have a card with 3 blooms. Get it? Day 3? Three blooms? Okay, it’s weak, I know.
This card was originally designed by LovenStampfuls Demonstrator Melissa Guldberg.
The stems are from the Bold Blossom stamp set (see it online) in the Summer Mini Catalog, and the greeting is from the Word Play stamp set (see it online). Word Play is one of the stamp sets available for 30% off until the end of May for National Scrapbooking Month.
I just might have mentioned that I’m in love with this punch. The Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (see it online) is never far from my right hand when I’m creating these days!
Here’s my Day 2 card for my Triple Layer Punch Tour:
If you saw my Color Block card the other day with the Touch of Kindness set, then you know I love this type of blocked layout for a square card.
Here, instead of punched squares, the pieces from the Blossom Bouquet Punch make up the pattern. The last spot is taken by a greeting from the new Happy Greetings stamp set (see it online).