Painted Posies 3 D

Painted Posies 2

My friend, Margaret, stopped by this week and saw a piece of Very Vanilla on my workspace that I had embossed with the Painted Posies embossing folder (page 177 AC).  She asked what I was going to do with it and I didn't have a good answer but it got me thinking ~ what was I going to do with that lovely design?  Later on I got out my watercolor pencils and my water painters to color in the design and this is what I came up with.  What do you think?

Abigail Rose

Abigail Rose would be a beautiful name for a darling little girl, wouldn't it?   In this case it is the title of a package of 12" x 12" designer series paper on page 131 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  Some of the designs invite you to color so last night I used my Watercolor Pencils (page 126 AC) and my Water Painters (page 129 AC) to color the bouquet below.  It is a simple technique coloring with the pencils and blending with water.  I primarily used the fine tip brush.  There are three in the package ~ 1 fine tip, 1 medium tip and 1 large flat brush tip.  If you try this technique send me a picture of your creation ~ I would love to share it here!




Direct to paper technique...

Nature's Prints, page 91 AC

My stamping friends had questions recently about a swap card displayed on my bulletin boards ~ how did she do that?  The SUN PRINTS COLLECTION includes the stamp set above, dies, DSP and a FERN 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER.  

Swap card by Linda Bauwin

This is the swap card in question.  I emailed Linda to ask ~ how did you do that.  She responded that she used a blending brush and ink pad direct to paper technique.  So I tried it using the blending brush and my PARAKEET PARTY stamp pad on Basic White cardstock.  Next I embossed with the Fern Embossing Folder (page 176 AC) and lightly skimmed the stamp pad over the top.

Parakeet Party over the embossed fern.


Let me know what you think?  

Bundle Focus?

Bundle Focus is a part of the demonstrator website that features a different bundle every month.  It contains bundle information, samples & flyers to make demonstrating products easier and quicker!  Each catalog contains a number of BUNDLES that include a stamp set with either a set of dies or a punch and are discounted together by 10%.  This month the Bundle is 'LET'S SET SAIL' (#157906) on page 70 in the current Mini Catalog and on page 80 in the new Annual Catalog.  Tomorrow I will post a video to show you an easy way to use the sail boat punch and on Tuesday a Set Sail Project Sheet you will love!  Send me your samples ~ I would love for you to be my 'Guest Artist'!!

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Magnetic Plate

I have to admit that I was having a difficult time last week when I received the new MAGNETIC PLATE.  I did finally figure out what sandwich to use and I absolutely love having this plate ~ it is a great addition to the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine.  The plate is pictured on page 157 in the new annual catalog, it is item #5.  The order number is #161128 and it is $28.  Stampin' Up! posted a correction & I felt so much better!


The illustration accompanying the Magnetic Cutting Plate incorrectly includes plate 2. The correct sandwich should be plates 1, 5, and 3. If you’ve experienced difficulty running your sandwich through the machine, please adjust the sandwich accordingly and try again. We are currently working on updating the packaging for future orders; meanwhile, below is the correct diagram for the MAGNETIC PLATE.

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No more sticky notes!

Happiness Abounds Bundle, page 109 AC

I used the new MASKING PAPER to cover the rose after I used blends to color it.  I stamped the rose on the masking paper and cut it out with the corresponding die ~ you'll love this Abby ~ it saves you from fussy cutting when you want to mask!  No more sticky notes!!

Page 149 AC, #155480, $7.00




Message from Melissa....


"I have decided the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine is my new best friend.  I took it on vacation last week – it fit perfectly into my craft bag ALONG with stamps and ink pads and paper for two projects.  Then it transitioned SO nicely to the small work table I had available to me…..did not shake the table when cutting, so smooth and easy and did not take up any space.  All of your stampin’ friends should get one of these!" Melissa Burroughs

Mini shotPS:  CJ Summers took advantage of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous new STARTER KIT offer yesterday ~ $214 in product for $99 with FREE shipping ~ she choose the original Cut & Emboss Machine ($125)!  Welcome CJ!

Making stamping easy peasy....

I am sure that this video will be a review for some of you but if you haven't used this stamping tool in a while I think you will love these tips.  You can find the STAMPARATUS on page 144 in the annual catalog.  The order number is #146276 and it is $49.00.  It is not retiring, in fact, when your new catalog arrives you can find it on page 147 ~ PERFECT PLACEMENT is the title on that page.  Let me know if you have questions or, if this tool is not part of your collection, stop by and try mine!