Stampin’ Up! Retiring Stamps

April 24th, 2014 by craftdoc

Stampin’ Up! retiring stamp sets are flying off the shelves.  This is the first year that retired stamp sets are “while supplies last”.   And they are selling out quickly.  I’ve already crossed off over 30 items from my list and most are stamp sets.  Here is one of my favorites – Take Care.  It’s sold out in clear mount, but still available in wood mount for $17.95 (for the moment)!  Order it right now – it’s free shipping today!!!  If you use hostess code GA3RVBPR, I will send you as many of my retiring sample cards as I can fit in one envelope.

This is a card I featured in January with this set.

Today’s Tip:

Try an elegant color scheme – Here – Smokey Slate, white embossing and Silver with a pop of red.

Event Display Stamper

April 19th, 2014 by craftdoc

Once again, I am excited to enter the competition for Convention Display Stamper.  We have to post 3 cards, 1 scrapbook page and two 3D items that we have made.  Projects are judged on quality and creativity.  Since displays are based on a limited number of new products, I decided to make all my cards with one product (Arrows Embossing Folder), using it in different ways.

1.  Hugs Card

Today’s Tip:

-Try embossing with the cardstock at a slight angle in the folder, leaving space for a stamped sentiment.


2. Masculine Birthday Card

I’m crossing my fingers that The Open Sea stamp set does not retire on Monday.

Today’s Tip:

- When you use a dark cardstock card base, add a light panel on the inside.  It looks sharp – and also gives you space for more stamping.

- A fussy cut anchor and Trinkets (brads and pins) add even more dimension.  Hmmm.  They’ve been around a while.  I wonder if they will be on the retiring list Monday:(  Maybe the denim ribbon too.


3.  Gold and More Gold Card

You can never have too much gold.  Here we have embossing, designer vellum and sequin trim, all gold.

Today’s Tip:

I like using Smoky Slate Cardstock to go with Silver Embossing, and Baked Brown Sugar to accompany gold.


4.  Winter Storm

I’m going back to my January CreativeCrew design team submission for the scrapbook page.  This page was made entirely in My Digital Studio, but the layout can easily be recreated in current Stampin’ Up! products for any occasion with a simple change of color scheme.

Today’s Tip:

-Use shadows on both photos and embellishments to add dimension to digital pages.


5.  Envelope Punch Card Box

This is a favorite 3D project I made for the March CreativeCrew challenge.

Todays Tip:

You can make a quick card holder for many sizes of cards using the envelope punch board.  Just use a larger size piece of cardstock and adjust the measurements so that you have 2 punches and scores on each side, leaving an inch in between.  See the tutorial  HERE. for a chart.


6.  Envelope Punch Board Treat Holders

Here’s another quick and easy project using the Envelope Punch Board.  There’s no extra cutting and you just need 2 glue dots to put together this fun little box.  The tutorial is HERE

Today’s Tip:

Use any small punch (here 1/2 inch circle and Little Labels) to make a slot for the ribbon.



April 18th, 2014 by craftdoc

April 21-25 Stampin’ Up! will be offering free shipping.  PLUS, the retiring products lists will be released on the 21st.  All products (including stamps) will be available only while supplies last, so I suggest you order early in the week.  My current hostess code is TAYCKP7U.  Don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack too.  And send a little gift to a friend – with free shipping!  Stamp Class is on!  We rescheduled for April 22.

Easter Side Step Card Part 2

April 17th, 2014 by craftdoc

I decided to update my Easter Side Step card from 5 years ago.  The Tutorial is HERE – one of my most visited posts.

Today’s Tips:

- Use the fringe scissors to make some grass.

-The Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper is PERFECT for making Easter eggs.

-Teeny Tiny Wishes has a Happy Easter stamp and Life in the Forest has a bunny stamp.

-Gumball Green will be retiring next week, so get this color ink and cardstock while you still can!

All products can be purchased at my website HERE

April 12th, 2014 by craftdoc

Here are some more Easter Cards for your inspiration.

Today’s Tips:

-click on the photo to enlarge

-Again, more Oval Punch eggs

-The Punch Pack for the tiny flowers is ON SALE only until Monday.  My current hostess code is TAYCKP7U – contact me or order online here

-Use the Paper Piercing Tool and Mat to make stems!

Easter Treat

April 11th, 2014 by craftdoc

I posted a photo a few days ago of some Easter Treat holders made with the Tag Topper Punches.  Here’s a close up of my favorite.

Today’s Tips:

-Use the Fringe Scissors to make a grass band around the bottom – it will hold a Cadbury Creme Egg!

-Tie some twine around the Chevron Ribbon for a fun topper.

-Don’t have an Easter set?  Use Teeny Tiny Wishes (Happy Easter)  and Life in the Forest (bunny).

-Gumball Green is Retiring – Don’t forget to pick up Cardstock (CLEARANCE RACK) and Ink Refill.

Easter Cards

April 10th, 2014 by craftdoc

I’ll be posting some Easter Cards – both mine and swaps – over the next couple days.  I hope you can find some inspiration for your own projects.

Today’s tips:

-Use your punches!  The Petal Blossom punch is on the Clearance Rack.   Sponge the edges for definition.   Not shown here – the Watercolor Wonder DSP makes great eggs with the Oval punch.

-There is a lot you can do with the Blessed Easter stamp.  Don’t forget paper piecing with DSP (not shown here).  Add some glitter or Crystal Effects too!

All supplies can be purchased at my website -don’t forget the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack!

No Line Paper Piercing

April 9th, 2014 by craftdoc

Here are some more techniques we learned at the last Erie Area Demo meeting.  Stamp Class is Tuesday – see my Facebook page or website for details.

Today’s Tips:

-For no line paper piercing (card by Pam), first stamp on the back of your panel in any color.  Pierce holes wherever there are stamped lines.  Turn the panel over, and watercolor the image using the piercing as a guide.

-For watercoloring, use markers, or aqua painter and ink or whatever is your favorite watercoloring medium.

-Best with watercolor paper, but Whisper White is fine.

To make the flowers (by Brenda):

Use any flower punch or die with 6 or more petals – here is the Blossom Punch by Stampin’ Up!

Punch 3 flowers. Cut a slit in 1. Cut a petal off 1. Cut 2 petals off 1. Scrunch, spritz and work the petals. Roll up and glue. Cut off the bottoms of each piece before assembly. Oh – and save the petals you cut off. Those get rolled up for the center.

All supplies can be purchased at my website – button to the right.

Erie Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators

April 7th, 2014 by craftdoc

We had a meeting Saturday of the local Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  It’s always fun to see each other and share ideas.  Maybe you can join us next time!  BTW, new demonstrators get free Convention Registration this year ($300 value) and registration starts tomorrow!

Here are some of our make and takes.

By Barb and Kathy:

Today’s Tips:

-For the watercolor block technique, scribble markers on the acrylic block, spritz with water and “stamp”.

-Put a pierce pad underneath for a little extra give.


by Barb with Petite Petals:

Some other treat holders we shared using the Scallop Tag Topper punch.  Pam used the butterfly wings for the bunny ears.

Creative Crew – Challenge 4

April 4th, 2014 by craftdoc

I am currently on the Creative Crew Design Team for You can search the website gallery or pinterest page for CreativeCrew to find all the challenge projects. Play along!

April Challenges – Welcome Spring!

Challenge 4 – Scrapbook Focus

I followed the inspiration layout, but added a bit of gold. I did go a little crazy with the rotary stamp since the images are so cute!
These photos are from Leadership 2014. I can’t wait to see my friends again at Convention 2014 in July. New demonstrators get a free Convention registration, so I hope even more stamping friends can come this year.

Today’s Tips:
- To attach vellum, use adhesive under the embossing or where the photo will cover the vellum or use a bit of Washi Tape.
- When stamping with the Rotary Stamp, use the pierce mat under your paper to give a bit of cushion since there is no foam with these stamps.
-line up several of the On Film framelits to look like a filmstrip.

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