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Concept Artist ~ more fun for you

I am busy getting ready for my OPEN HOUSE tomorrow so I thought you might like this technique information from Stampin' Up!'s blog today.  You can always find great ideas on their blog ~ goggle STAMPIN' UP! to get to the CUSTOMER WEBSITE and click on BLOG ~ I know you'll love it.  Thanks for stopping by ~ see you tomorrow (Oh, and if you have emailed me that you are coming ~ be sure and check out the three options to receive your catalog and let me know which one is BEST for you!).  Susan Elise

I really love the patterns in our collection of Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (US/CAN). I was curious to play around with them to see what looks I could achieve by adding ink. Some of my results were better than others. I wanted to share my successes and some tips.

I used the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the first card I created. I gently dabbed VersaMark ink to the raised surface of the hexagon outlines. Don’t use too much pressure—just gently tap the pad onto the raised surface. Next, insert paper into the folder, then carefully close the folder. (Any shifting of the paper can smear the ink, so it is important to do this step very carefully.) Using either a Bone Folder or a Brayer, apply pressure across the embossing folder. Hold one end while you do this step to keep the paper from moving. Carefully open the folder. (On this card, I used Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.) Remove excess powder before melting it with a Heat Tool.  

The next card I created using two different embossing folders. Using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, I added small white dots to the card base using Whisper White Craft ink. I also added a little faux stitch to the tag with the Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Bermuda Bay ink.

Since the folders are clear, it’s easy to see when ink has been applied to other areas of the folder. Carefully wipe off excess ink before inserting paper into the folder.

I made the last project a little bit differently. I added ink to the raised surface of the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder before running it through the Big Shot. I used a brand new In Color—Strawberry Slush—for my ink and cardstock.  I really like the subtle variation in color created by tone-on-tone stamping.

Cleaning up the inked embossing folders is a breeze. I simply ran them under some water in the sink and dried them with a paper towel.

Although this technique can be a little tricky, I love finding new uses for tools I already have. So go ink up your embossing folders and have some fun!

Have you done any “stamping” with embossing folders? Tell us about it in the space below!

Jen C.,
Concept Artist

I am in love.....

Simply Sketched in red
with this new image in the NEW CATTY!  This is from a set of six, Simply Sketched, and it is a HOSTESS SET.  I know you'll want to have your own Stampin' Up! party and invite your friends so we can make this card (and you can get this set w your HOSTESS DOLLARS)!  Give me a call in the studio, 587-1548, or on my cell, 641-9354 to book your party NOW ~ or, we can check our calendars at my OPEN HOUSE on Friday and find a date.  Thanks for stopping by, Susan Elise

We're back and guess what I was doing at the 'tree house cottage'?

We had such a nice Memorial Day weekend at our tree house cottage ~ the weather was just perfect so we spent almost every minute outside!  My sister, Judy, and her husband came for a visit ~ it was the first time that they had seen our 'home away from home' and ~ they liked it!  Yea!

Anyway, back to what you really want to hear about while you are waiting for the unveiling of the NEW CATTY on Friday of THIS week (can't wait to see you at my OPEN HOUSE!).  So, I worked outside on our old picnic table using one of the brand new products in the catty ~ here are my creations drying in the sun.....

Clay flowers
Fun!  I can't wait to show you (and, then to see what you will create with this product ~ can't wait to feature your creations on this blog!) ~ this is what the finished product will look like ~

Tag w clay flower
Lots of new product here!


Card by Irene Grau, Odessa, TX

One of the great traditions surrounding Memorial Day is the decoration of the graves of fallen soldiers.  In cemeteries across the nation, family members and volunteers adorn headstones with red poppies, an act inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, a Canadian veteran of World War I.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead.  Short days ago

We lived, felt down, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields


Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

More of my favorite new product...(another warning...)


Virtual Share hearts
I am so ready for the new catalog ~ and, the new products in the 2013-2014 catalog.  Can't wait to show you!  I think that the washi tape is my favorite (at least at this point).  I love using it and can't wait to get more!!!!

Be sure and stop by my OPEN HOUSE on FRIDAY, MAY 31, any time between eleven and nine ~ would love to show you a few of the NEW products!  And, give you your catalog!  Thanks for stopping by ~ Susan Elise in the Cat/Art Studio

Washi tape???? (warning ~ sneak peak)


Virtual share flower

OK, dish it! What is washi tape?

Often called wasabi tape by mistake, washi tape does originate from Japan, so we can see how the two terms are easily confused! But, washi tape has nothing to do with the spicy condiment that you eat with your sushi. The best way we can describe washi tape is that it feels like masking tape — very, very pretty masking tape. It's made of paper, but is not as delicate as you would expect. Plus, it comes in patterns and designs that will make even the most dedicated crafters swoon and varying widths to allow you to create some fun and intricate washi tape designs.

Washi tape is typically made from natural fibers, such as bamboo or hemp, but most commonly from the bark of trees that are native to Japan — the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree. Most washi tapes are strong (as strong as duct tape in some cases!) and functional as well as pretty, making them wonderful for both everyday and decorative use.



before it is too late!  DECORATE A DAISY stamp set is leaving soon ~ retiring on May 31. 


Decorate a Daisy 3

Decorate a Daisy 5

Decorate a Daisy stamp set
Decorate a Daisy, page 115 in the catalog, set of 7, #125991 clear or #125989 wood

So sad....

This truck is on it's way out of Stampin' Up!'s 2012-2013 Catalog ~ safe travels little truck.....

Happy Dirtday! 2

Happy Dirtday 3
I Dig You, page 69 in the catalog ~ set of 8 stamps ~ #122722, clear or #122720 wood

New Punch....

Melon Mambo for you Card 2

Stampin' Up! will introduce lots of new products in the new catalog on May 31 and I thought I would show you one you might want to put on your WISH LIST.  It's the new Artisan Label Punch.  It is on my personal Wish List and will be on my first order.  How about you?

Melon Mambo Best Friend Card 1.

Melon Mambo label card 3

Concept Artist Fun.....

May Paper Pumpkin

When I was helping to design this kit I knew I wanted to make something that would be a fun and easy way to use Instagram photos.  (I absolutely love Instagram photos and I loved putting this little mini album together using my growing stash.) After I finished my cute little album, I started playing around with other ways to use this kit. Here is what I came up with!

These cards were super-simple to put together. I used the Woodgrain Background Stamp to add some texture to the Whisper White Cardstock, added a few ink splatters, then stamped the little arrow stamp. I didn’t want the “Love this” on the card, so when I stamped it I just used a piece of tape to cover the word on the ink pad, then pulled it off before I stamped it on the paper. You can also use a Stampin’ Write Marker to mask out an unwanted piece of the stamp. I love the Polaroid frames in this kit! They look so cute on these cards with a little washi tape on top and the punched out heart in the middle.  So simple and fun. 

I also thought it would be fun to do a little scrapbooking with this kit. I took my favorite photos from the month of February and put together a few pages to remember our February. I used My Digital Studio to add some journaling to the photos and the paper from the kit, but other than that, everything I used came from the kit. I love how it turned out!
The “Best year yet” card came in the mail for my birthday from Anthropologie. I love including things from my everyday life in my scrapbooking. I know I will be using the Love This arrow stamp a ton in other memory keeping projects I am working on.  It is just such a fun and versatile little stamp.

To get the printing on the cute paper that comes with the kit, I just ran it through the printer. I made the quoted tab in My Digital Studio. As you can see, I had a ton of fun adding the little tickets and words all over my pictures. I love how the kit comes with so many.

I hope you guys have as much fun playing with your Paper Pumpkin as I did!

Arika B.
Concept Artist