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Best Dressed Suite and Sample Card for Inspiration!

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Best Dressed Suite

Celebrate your inner diva in style with the Best Dressed Suite! This fun and flirty Dressed To Impress stamp set includes images and sassy greetings to help you create the ultimate in fashionable paper crafting.

The All Dressed Up Dies include dies that coordinate with the stamp images, plus dies to make an awesome 3D purse! This bundle is one you’ll want to add to your spring fashion collection now and will continue to enjoy season after season.

The notecard project highlights an unexpected use for the purse handle die from the All Dressed Up Dies, heat embossing, and the stamping off technique. The soft colors and fashionable floral and stripe designs are perfect for spring occasions. Make this card for Mother’s Day, bridal showers, birthdays, and much more!

Happy Stamping!!

Toni

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Dressed To Impress – Mother’s Day Note Card

Dressed To Impress - Mother's Day Note Card

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SUPPLIES:

STAMPS: Dressed to Impress (#151666)
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White (#100730), Coastal Cabana (#131297), Grapefruit Grove (#146972), Petal Pink (#146985)
PAPER: None
INK: VersaMark (#102283), Granny Apple Green (#147095), Bermuda Bay (#147096), Coastal Cabana (#147097), Grapefruit Grove (#147142)
ACCESSORIES: Stampin’ Emboss Powder Gold (#109129), From My Heart Faceted Gems (#151154)
ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Mini Glue Dots (#103683), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (#138309) or Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
TOOLS: All Dressed Up Dies (#151665), Heat Tool (#129053), Embossing Buddy (#103083)

TIPS: Rub the Embossing Buddy over the paper before heat embossing to reduce static. This helps prevent stray bits of embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want them.

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Looking Up All Inclusive Card Kit

Yesterday I attended a class by fellow demonstrator, Patricia Todd.  She featured the all-inclusive card kit, Looking Up.  If you aren’t aware, SU! offers several all-inclusive kits.  They have every single thing that you would need to create multiple cards, as you can see from the picture below.  They even include a storage box for your finished cards.  One of the things I love about kits is that you can follow the instructions exactly as they are, or use your own creativity to come up with different designs.  They are great for the beginner through advanced crafters.  And they are a great value as well.   With this kit, you would make 15 cards for just $27!  That’s less than $2 per card.  And after you use the materials in the kit, you would still have the stamps, ink and acrylic block so that you could continue to make additional cards with materials you may have at home.   And if this kit just isn’t your style, we have other all-inclusive kits available as well. You can see those kits here

AND, I am considering offering this kit for my April class! It would be a pre-paid RSVP so that the kits could be purchased and ready for the attendees. Would this be something that interests you?  Drop a response on this post and I’ll randomly draw a lucky winner to receive one of the cards I created yesterday 😊

Here are just a few of my finished cards from the class.  Trish had some extra cardstock that matched the colors used in the kit, along with some extra stamps and dies for us to use so that we could “go off the page” so to speak, for our own creations 🙂

 

Did you know that you can have a kit party?  You could plan a fun crafting night (or day!) with your friends using these kits.  Just decide on which one you’d want to make, or have your friends pick their favorite.  Then we can schedule a time to get together to assemble the kits.  I would bring along some extra stamps, dies, cardstock and inks for you and your friends to use.   Contact me for more information!

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Someone Special Card

When I polled my January class attendees about ideas for February’s class, quite a few weren’t interested in traditional Valentine’s cards.  And I understand that.  Not everyone celebrates the holiday.  And to be perfectly honest, my husband and I don’t really do anything special ourselves.  We’re not unromantic by any means, but the holiday has become so commercialized (as are MOST holiday it seems) that we just decided a few years ago to not make a big deal of it.  I get flowers randomly throughout the year, which I enjoy much more than a specific day of the year.  And we tend to eat out a lot, so going for a “special” meal isn’t that enticing either.  So, I wanted to design something that could be used for Valentine’s Day, if necessary,  but could also be used just to celebrate friendship as well.  And when I saw our new Someone Special stamp set in the Mini catalog, I knew it would be perfect!  And we’ve just introduced coordinating dies to go with this set!  See my previous post concerning the new coordination products 🙂  This card also uses products from the From My Heart Suite, which has a very traditional Valentine’s feel to it.

Here are the instructions for creating this card for yourself, and all the products used are listed below the instructions.  I hope you enjoy this little guy with his bouquet of balloons!

Materials and measurements:

Real Red Cardstock
4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″

Whisper White – 4″ x 5 1/4″
Scrap for Nested Die – 3″ x 5 1/4″
Scrap for Racoon – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

DSP
1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Real Red Ribbon
2 pieces – 7 1/2″ and 4″

Card Front:

Fold Real Red in half and burnish score

Wrap 7′ piece of ribbon longways around the strip of DSP. Fasten ends to the backside of DSP with snail adhesive.

Attach ribbon-wrapped DSP to the front of the Real Red card front, leaving about 1/8″ of red card stock showing on the left-hand side. Press firmly to make sure it lies flat.

Take 4″ piece of ribbon and slip it under the 7″ length and tie it in a knot. Just tie it once so that it doesn’t add too much bulk to the card front.

Racoon:

On the 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ of white scrap, stamp the Racoon Detail stamp using the Black Memento ink.

Ink the solid Racoon image with Smoky Slate ink and stamp it over the black detail image. You should be able to line this up perfectly since the stamps are photopolymer, which are clear. I started lining up with the top of his ears and adjusted where needed before firmly pressing the solid image to paper.

Using the Racoon die, cut the image out using a die cutting machine. Set the image aside.

White Die Cut:

Take the 5 1/4 x 3 piece of white cardstock and the Nested Die that measures 4 7/8 x 2 5/8, cut out,

Using the sentiment “For A Very Special Someone” and Memento Ink, stamp the sentiment as far down on the die-cut as you can.

Take the solid heart stamp from the Special Someone stamp set and stamp 3 hearts using Real Red ink. Position them so that they are near the top, righthand side of the die-cut card stock. I laid my Racoon image on the die-cut just to get an idea of the positioning for the balloons.

Using the Real Red marker, brush end, flick the brush against the marker cap to allow the ink to lightly splatter on the white area of the die-cut. You only want a little subtle color added, so don’t overdo it.

Apply dimensionals to the back of the Racoon and attach him to the left and above the sentiment. I used a black marker to hand draw the balloon strings.

Inside Card:

On the bottom right of the 4″ x 5 1/4″ white cardstock, tamp just a bit of the top portion of the Racoon using the detail stamp and Memento ink. Use the solid image and Smoky Slate ink to fill in the detailed image.

Add the sentiment of your choice. Attach the cardstock to the inside of the card.

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Sale-A-Bration Top 5

As I promised a few days ago, I want to share a little more detail about the current Top 5 picks from the Sale-a-Bration offering.   It seems from the last couple of years results that our consumables (paper, embellishments, kits, etc) have been slightly more popular than stamps and dies.

Don’t forget, the Sale-a-Bration products are only available until March 31st, or while supplies last!  Don’t let these amazing products slip through your fingers!

 

Top 5 Sale-A-Bration Items

1.Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper
152311s Black and white imagery with gold foil accents on some designs. Pairs with the Honey Bee Bundle (153792) for more creative options.
2.The Gang’s All Meer Cling Stamp Set (English)
152294s This stamp set is beyond cute! There’s so much you can do with these images, it’s a great set to use the Masking Technique.
3.Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper
152284s Another beautiful collection of Designer Series Paper. Impressionistic images in rich colors make elegant backgrounds and accents. This goes along with another SAB item, the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set, which happens to be # 5 on the Top 5 list!
4.Kerchief Card Kit
152319s Card kits are always popular, for beginners through advanced stampers! This makes 8 cards, 4 each of 2 designs.
5.Lovely Lily Pad Photopolymer Stamp Set
152288s This is a reversible stamp set, meaning that it is made to use BOTH sides of the stamp! And, of course, it is perfect to use with the Lily Pad DSP, and the Lily Pad dies, all of which can be earned FREE while supplies last!
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January NC Demos Blog Hop – Celebrating!

Welcome to our January NC Demos Blog Hop!  You probably just came from  Ariel Matera’s post, wasn’t it great?  We have such talented demonstrators in our monthly hops.  And we have new participants this month and that is VERY exciting!  If it’s something you’ve been thinking of doing, then please join us!  It’s been a bit more than a year ago that I decided to stop being my own worst critic and actually show some of my creations, lol!  And am I glad I did 🙂

This month’s theme is Celebrating.  Our project could be anything but it had to be centered around a celebration.  And I was thrilled when I saw the theme because one of my favorite Sale-a-Bration sets is Happy Birthday to You.  I really love the cursive font used and I wish there had been a few more sentiments in this set.  And did you know that we are adding a coordinating die set for these stamps?  Woo Hoo, that’s even more reason to love it! Starting Feb., 4th, you will be able to purchase the coordinating dies.   The dies are $27 and there are 5 dies in the set, one die for the entire cake, one that isolates the flowers on the cake, one for a cake stand and 2 other decorative elements (Order #153590).  So if you order the dies along with another $23 in merchandise, you can select the stamp set for FREE!  This is going to be my go-to birthday stamp set for a while 🙂

So, on to my card.    This is another one of those situations where I had the idea in my head, I just wasn’t sure how it was going to look once it was on paper!  I knew I wanted to try using our Pigment Sprinkles in some way on the cake.  Initially I tried using it on the seperate layer of flowers but I didn’t like how that turned out.  So I changed it and added them to the full cake image.  I was much happier with those results.  Our Pigment Sprinkles give you so much variety with little effort.  All I did was to stamp the cake image twice on white shimmer cardstock, using Stazon ink.  One image I cut the full cake and the other I just cut the flowers.  On the full cake image,  I lightly sprayed water on the image and added the sprinkles.  I used a little Melon Mambo and Mango Melody, to coordinate with the colors I used for the flowers.  I focused more on the area that is mostly cake because I was adding a separate layer of the flowers over the image, so it didn’t matter if I got pigment on that part.  And remember, a little goes a long way with this product.   You can see how little I used in the 3rd picture. Then I sprayed a little more water on the pigment.  You don’t want to spray too close to the pigment or it will over saturate the effect.

Next, I used Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo and Mango Melody markers to color the flowers.  I finished the flowers off with Wink of Stella.  If we ever discontinue that product it will break my heart!  I used my heat gun to make sure the full cake layer was completely dry, then I added the flower layer to it.  Next, I cut off the bottom of the cake stand and added the ornate cake plate cut in Gold Foil.

For my card layer, I used DSP from the new Pleased As Punch collection, another one of the Coordination offerings that you can purchase starting on Feb., 4th.  Then, I ran a piece of vellum through the Scripty Embossing Folder.  Have you ever used Vellum in our embossing folders?  It’s gorgeous, you have to give it a try if you haven’t done it yet!  I used the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment on the DSP.  It’s the only way I will stamp sentiments anymore.  I know it’s always going to be perfectly straight!

Then it was time to assemble everything.  A little tip for adhering Vellum, I attached the cake image with dimensionals to the vellum piece first.  Then I turned the vellum piece over and only applied glue to the area that the cake image covered.  That way, you don’t see any adhesive anywhere else on the vellum.  And since there was such a large area that the cake covered, there was plenty of adhesive to hold that piece securely on the card front.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  And I suggest you run, not walk to your computer on February 4th and take a look at all the new coordinating items we are offering.  You won’t be disappointed!  You’ll be able to see them in my Online Store, and they will be “while supplies last” so don’t risk the chance of getting your goodies!

Our next blog hopper is  Jo Anne Hewins, and I know you will love her project.  She always inspires me!  Please click on the NC Demos Pic below (or click on her name below in the list) to see her amazing project!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Toni Campana YOU ARE HERE!

 

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NC Demo’s December Blog Hop – Pick Three!

Welcome to the last blog hop for 2019!!  How is this even possible?  I swear that once we hit Labor Day, the rest of the year just flies by.  By the time we publish this blog, Christmas will be over and hopefully, everyone had a lovely holiday.  Now for that few days of precious peace and quiet before we gear up for the new year.  You may have just hopped over from Tina Lesson’s blog, and I  know she had some great projects to share 🙂

Our theme this month is Pick Three!  We were to pick one stamp set and use it in three ways.  I choose to extend this challenge and used a suite in 3 ways.  It’s always nice to see how to incorporate the wonderful items that coordinate within a suite.   I chose to make a card and two 3D projects for this month’s hop.  And because there are 3 projects, it may be a little picture heavy!                                                                                                           

Project 1 was the card I recently submitted for a card swap in the Stampin’ UP! Leaders group.  I really love the pairing of Mint Macaron and Smokey Slate.  I think they compliment each other very well.  And I added a bit of pink with the Flirty Flamingo Light Blend marker on the perfume bottle.  I added few little embellishments with the Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon and Silver Metallic Thread.  There’s also Wink of Stella on the perfume bottle but it never photographs well.  I used the Subtle Embossing folder on the Mint Macaron layer.  This is one of my very favorite embossing folders.  It does exactly what it’s supposed to do, add a subtle bit of texture to your card.  I added one of the stamp images from the Dressed to Impress stamp set and a sentiment from Peaceful Moments.

                   

 

The 2nd project is a holder for a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer.     

I found the pattern from a post by Twila Davis (she does the most amazing 3D items!) and just made a couple of my own adjustments.  And this project only uses the 6×6 DSP from the Best Dressed Suite.  One of my favorite patterns in this DSP package is the perfume bottles.  They are just too cute!  I also used the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding that goes with the Peaceful Poppies Suite.  This ribbon is so versatile!  This is a must-have accessory from the Mini Catalog in my opinion.  You can color the ribbon using our Blends so it virtually can be any color you need!  I used the Dark Mint Macaron to color the ribbon for this project.  You just have to give it a minute to completely dry and then you are good to go!

                                   

Holder Measurements:

Holder base – 8.5″ x 2″ – score @ 3.75″ and 4.75″.  Using Delightful Tag punch, punch both ends of the base

Holder Band – 6.5″ x 1.75″ – score @ 1.25″, 2.25″, 4.25″ and 5.25″.  Place adhesive on the back of this band (just the piece that will be on the front and back of the holder, not the side pieces) and wrap around the folded base.  This helps keep it secure.

DSP band – 6″ x 1.5″.  I didn’t score this piece, I simply added some adhesive to the backside and wrapped it around the card stock band.  Since I used a 6×6 piece of DSP, it didn’t completely meet at the back of the card stock band.  If you are using 12 x 12 DSP, you will cut it at 6.5″ x 1.5″ and it will completely wrap around the cardstock band.

 

And last but not least, my 3rd project is a treat box that Erica Cerwin shared.

I loved the unique shape of it and thought it was going to be a little challenging to make.  But it’s actually just a basic lidded box with an added topper of a piece of cardstock cut using our Stitched Nested Dies!  It totally changes the look.  I used the Scripty Embossing Folder to give it a more feminine look, a small piece of the Best Dressed DSP cut with a smaller Stitched Nested die, some Pink Petal Metallic Edged Ribbon (from the Parisian Blossoms Suite) and a pink tassel from the Best Dressed Suite.  I attached the ribbon and tassel with a couple of glue dots. This is a great way to show that we can coordinate items from other suite offerings as well!  I tucked a small square soap that I purchased at a boutique in VA a few months ago.

                                                                      

The box base is 7.5″ x 5.25″

– score on long side at 1″, 3.25″, 4.25″ and 6.5″

– score on short side at 1″ and 4.25″

– trim each of the square tabs at an angle

– Place strong adhesive on the outside of all the square tabs.  Fold up the tabs on the left and in the center into the left side rectangles

– then fold the right-hand squares into the other rectangles (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of these last 2 steps 😦 )

                             

I had a great time working on the projects this month, and while I tried to keep everything within one suite, I’m really glad that we have so many products that coordinate so well across the board.  This is a great selling point for our customers, don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by, and please continue through the hop.  Frances Wagner is next and I know she has some wonderful projects to share!

A quick reminder!  There’s only a few days left to shop the Year End Close Out Sale!  The last day to order is January 2nd.  If placing an online order, please use Host Code QKTMUDTX.  Click on the graphic below to go to my online store!

 

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NC Demos February Blog Hop – Keeping it in the Lines

Hello!  Welcome to our monthly NC Demos Blog Hop!  You may have just visited Frances Wagner’s blog and seen her amazing project! Thank you for continuing on through the rest of this month’s hop participants. 

Our theme for this month is ‘Keeping it in the Lines’. We were challenged with using our favorite line stamp set (how do you pick just one!) and then using our favorite coloring method.  SU! provides a LOT of options for that.  I find that I always forget how much I like coloring until I sit down and do it.  I will say, I definitely have to be in the mood for it, but once I start it is so relaxing to me.

The stamp set I chose was one that I received as a gift at last April’s On Stage event.  And I’m slightly embarrassed to say that this is the first time I’ve used it surprise.  It is such a pretty set of images, I just felt like they were so small and I wasn’t quite sure what I’d want to create with them.  So the poor stamp set sat on the shelf, just waiting to be loved! (Click on the image if you’d like to add this to YOUR stamp collection!) In Every Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set

I knew I wanted to do something other than a card this month, and I have quite a few shadow boxes in my craft room inventory so I started to think of a project using one of them.  And since I am anxiously waiting for some signs of Spring, this stamp set immediately came to mind.

I chose 3 images, stamped them using Memento Ink and picked the colors of Stampin’ Blends I wanted to use and then I got busy.  And just an added note, when you are coloring with our Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) you must use Memento ink so that the outline doesn’t bleed.  After I finished coloring, I felt like the images looked a little too plain, so I grabbed my Light Soft Sea Foam Blends and created a background for the images.  I really like how it made the images pop.  After I finished coloring everything, I mounted the images on to Basic Black squares.

                   

I tried several different colors of cardstock to use as the background of my 5×7 shadow box, but I just couldn’t find a color that really made the images stand out.  So, I just went with white.  And to give it a little texture, I scored lines vertically every 1/2″.  It’s hard to see in the finished project unless you are holding it close.  And a little bonus of having the vertical lines, it made lining up my squares a LOT easier!
And this is the finished project.  A nice, clean home decor item that can be displayed pretty much all year!  I do apologize for the quality of the photo, it’s difficult to get a good image when you are trying to photograph something with a glass front.  All the supplies used are at the bottom of my post.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  Please continue hopping along with us this month and visit the extremely talented  Jo Anne Hewins.  I know she has another fabulous project for us!

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