Geri's Valentine

Last weekend at our monthly meeting one member of my demonstrator team, Geri Foster, demonstrated an interesting diagonal fold card that I thought you would be interested in.  She created a PDF that I shared this afternoon on the STARS FB page and I wanted to share it with you.  Print it off and have a good time ~ any stamp set or Designer Series Paper will work ~ share your creation with me and I will post it here!

Geri's demonstration

Geri's card

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Eclipse Technique

 This technique is such a popular one and an easy one if you have been fortunate enough to have a BIG SHOT Die-Cutting Machine (143263 on page 209 in the Stampin' Up! catalog) and the Large Letters Framelits (141712 in page 215).  Brandi is here to tell us all about it.  Let me know if you have questions.  Send me an email with your creative Valentine designs using this technique (LOVE is the perfect word to use!)  I will send you a Valentine in February!  Thanks for stopping by, Susan Elise 




Embossing Paste ~ try it after Christmas.....

 Embossing Paste = adding texture to your creative projects.  I haven't used the paste very often this Fall but I would like to so I thought I would invite you to join me ~ after Christmas ~ on Friday afternoon & evening to stop by the Cat/Art Studio to try this technique.  Have you received your brand new Occasions Catalog?  Did you notice the new Embossing Paste on page 15?  Of course I know you have checked out page 201 in the annual catalog ~ masks, paste and knives.  Plan to join me the afternoon of December 29 from 3 to 5 or evening from 7 to 9 to try some for yourself.  Let me know if you can come ~ this is not a class but a brief 'try it' embossing lesson.


Colorful Seasons w Glossy Cardstock

Fall Leaves

Stampin' Up! is carrying GLOSSY CARDSTOCK (page 194) once again (it was included in the annual catalog years ago).  It's back!    One of the techniques that works well with this cardstock is called POLISHED STONE.  The leaves on the card above are created with this technique ~ you will need your ink refills and cotton balls.  Print out the directions below.

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Faux Metal Embossing

Happy Sunday!  Do you have a little time  to craft this afternoon?  If so, you are going to love this technique video from Stampin' Up!  Get out those stamp sets with the beautiful Fall leaves and get creative!  If you try this technique, be sure and send me a picture of your creation so that I can share it with those who check my blog ~ I'll send you a surprise in the mail!  

Susan Elise



Purrrrfect size for the 1/8" Copper Trim

Good Morning ~ Some of you were asking about the tape we used in our class as it was the absolute purrrrfect size to attach the very small trim we were using on our card, below ~

Painted Harvest Sunflower #2

Feeling guilty I admitted that it was not a tape that Stampin' Up! has in the catalog but that my friend, Diane, brought to me as a gift.  It is double sided and very easy to use.  I asked Diane for her source and yesterday she told be that she ordered it from Scor-Pal out of Canada and that, if your order was at least $79, shipping was free.  I got the following message from Diane this morning ~ Morning.  I was looking around the net and Wal Mart has scor tape on line   the 1/8 roll was about 3.00.  Diane

THANKS for your help, Diane!!!  I would be happy to put together an order so that we can save $ on the shipping.  Let me know if you are interested.  And, here are all the products that we used for the pretty card above (all the Stampin' Up! products we used ~ smile!).

Watercolor Wash technique

This technique is so quick and easy and I know you have tried it.  When I saw the video I had to try it again myself.  I didn't have the THANKS stamp so I used another stamp and it turned out a little different.

I couldn't go back into the center of the letters since the embossing was solid on the letters and resisted additional color.  This is a Note Card, a great size for a 'little' note to a friend.  They come in Whisper White and Very Vanilla and you can find them on page 195 in the catalog.  20 cards and envelopes for just $6.00 ~ they are Janie's favorite, right Jane?  Thanks for stopping by ~ Happy Friday!   Watercolor Wash Technique


Technique: Debossing

Debossed celebrate in blue w balloons

On page 40 in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog is something new ~ a stamp set and two embossing folders.  The interesting thing is that instead of EMbossing these folders DEboss!  The card above is one I made using the celebrate debossing folder ~ the word is indented, not raised.  After you run the folder through the Big Shot, then you stamp on top of the word.

In traditional letterpress printing a raised image is inked and pressed into paper.  That is one way to use our folders but there are a variety of ways to use the Celebration Duo folders and I am looking forward to exploring possibilities.  The folders coordinate with the Happy Celebrations stamp set and give us many opportunities to be creative.

Marble Technique Video

This is not a new technique, but it has such different results each time.  It's a great idea to revisit the idea.  This video was created by Stampin' Up! and it also uses current colors.  What's the look you want, shades of one color family or a rainbow?  Take a look: 

You can use all one color family for a great monochromatic look.  I'm always happy to answer any questions about our products or techniques. 



Technique: Double Z Fold Card


Z Fold Strawberry Card

This card uses two of my favorite products in the Annual Catalog ~ the LAYERING LOVE stamp set and the FRUIT STAND Designer Series Paper!  The DOUBLE Z refers to the way the card and the layered strip are both folded to create the Z shape.  Here are the directions for the card ~ click on the link to print off the project sheet ~  enjoy!

Download Double Z Fold Card