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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

On Stage Live Stampin' Up! Event Swaps with Wood Words and Pinewood Planks

The project I'm sharing today is made using the Wood Words Stamp Set, coordinating Wood Crate Framelits and the Pinewood Planks Embossing folder. This card was created for a swap at a leadership training I attended while at OnStage Live in Salt Lake City earlier this month.

I was actually in Utah for a whole week with a road trip and tour of the Stampin' Up! manufacturing facility in Kanab, UT. To see some gorgeous pictures of my adventures and learn about how photopolymer stamps are made click HERE to see my previous blog post and scroll to the bottom of the post.




The assignment for this swap was to make what would be a welcome card for a new team member. I really wanted it to be extra special and hope you agree that it is! I've even created a quick video tutorial for how to make the focal piece. You'll find a link ahead.



So each focal piece is it's own unique little art piece to me. Some are lighter and more blended, others have richer color and have more texture. These were so much fun and simple to create!

Here's a close up of one of my favorite focal pieces. I just love these colors and this image from the Wood Words Stamp Set!




The heart was stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink and die cut with the Wood Crate Thinlits. For the circle I also used an image from the same stamp set. I was stamped in Island Indigo Ink just with the second stamping of the ink so it would be lighter. Both sentiments come from the Wood Words Stamp Set as well.



Don't you love this big pile of focal pieces layed out before the final assembly?!



I hope you've enjoyed this card! In case you are wondering, I did keep some of these special cards to give to new team members. I don't have very many though! :-) To learn about joining my team click HERE or contact me and I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. I LOOOOVE my Team and would love to welcome you in to my group of fun, talented, friendly, kind, supportive stamping friends and teammates!

To learn how I created the focal piece for this card click HERE to see my short YouTube Video Tutorial.


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Many Merry Mini Pizza Boxes! So Fun!

After you check out this post you will truly know that I am just a bit addicted to the NEW Mini Pizza Boxes and the Seasonal Chums Bundle. I’ve used a full pack of these Pizza Boxes plus some which means I made that many variations and just love each and every one of them! The truth is that all the variations I’ve created are NOT even included in this post because I’ve made a halloween box too and three additional unique designs for my Gift Packaging Class earlier this month.

The pair of boxes shown below features the Quilted Christmas DSP Stack and a sentiment from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set. For the snowman on the left I watercolored. The Real Red snowman on the right was simply colored in with Cherry Cobbler and Real Red Stampin’ Write Markers for a simpler, quicker approach.



On this Real Red version I also used one of the Stitched Felt embellishments that coordinate with the Quilted Christmas product suite in the Holiday catalog.



For the Garden Green version one of the NEW Foil Snowflakes was used. These Snowflakes come in Silver and Gold but the backside is vanilla for a different look. I actually wanted my snowflake to be a pure white so I simply covered the vanilla side with Versamark, poured Whisper White Stampin’ Emboss Powder over it and heated with my heat tool. I love the white snowflake! I also used some Wink of Stella for a little shimmer and shine on the snowmen on both of these boxes!



This next box was created using the Merry LIttle Christmas DSP. I just love this crisp plaid pattern! I watercolored this snowman as I’m sure you can tell. When Watercoloring I always recommend that you wet the Watercolor Paper a bit before you begin. If you don’t the ink sort of gets “stuck” in the spot that is dry and looks solid and NOT watery. Once it gets stuck you can’t dab it off to lighten it or move the ink around to blend and create shading.



For this particular snowman my watercoloring went outside the lines a bit. I don’t mind that myself but if it matters to you I have a little tip ahead that will help.



Learning Opportunity
If you want to try to keep inside the lines when watercoloring make sure to only wet the part you are going to color at that moment. As an example, for this snowman I wet the whole snowman all at once. If I had just wet the scarf as an example and watercolored it to start with my blues for the scarf would not have run outside the lines as long as I stayed in the lines when applying the color. The same is true for the carrot nose and mittens. My snowman face has the added “character” of a bit of orange on her face. LOL!

Here’s the inside of my tag and two of the sentiment options that come in the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set. You don’t have to use both sentiments of course but it’s fun to know that you can right?! Having the “To/From” in this stamp set is just logical but the other sentiment is just lovely and I can see using it in so many ways! I am so grateful for my friends!




For a fancier look or if you don’t want to have to color in the snowman you could replace out the snowman for a die cut snowflake in glimmer paper. This snowflake was die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies that coordinate with Colorful Seasons Stamp Set.  One simple change gives this box a completely different character don’t you think?

I added a small Clear Faceted Gem to the center of the snowflake for an added special touch. I just adore these Faceted Gems which come in three sizes in one pack and they come in gold as well! A large Rhinestone Jewel was used for the tab on the box. This little tab makes it so easy to open up these Mini Pizza Boxes!




For an even more elegant look check out this next version which uses the All Year Cheer DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper and Gold Faceted Gems!  Now there has to be something super special inside this little box! I’m envisioning a beautiful piece of jewelry but you could also put cash inside, a gift card, some 3” x 3” gift enclosure cards, candy etc.





For my final variation of the day I’ve used this adorable little reindeer from the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set. As I’m sure you can see this is the same as the last box except I replaced the snowflake for the Deer Tag.



This little reindeer was colored with an Aquapainter using Early Espresso and Soft Suede Ink. I also used my Clear Wink of Stella Brush on the bell, on the little dots on the reindeers back and in the inside of it’s ears. So simple and cute!



I hope you've enjoyed all my Mini Pizza Box variations today. These are so fun to create and perfect for giving a small gift at the holidays! Plus, there's a glossy side to these boxes which makes them food safe. To purchase any of the materials used to make these projects simply click on the product links to go to my online store.

To see my cute Halloween style MiniPizza box and a few other cute treats, click HERE.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Online Extravaganza Sale - Get up to 50% Off!



The Online Extravaganza sale is coming starting this Monday 11/20! There are some great deals and the sale even includes Touches of Texture, one of my favorite stamp sets. Click HERE and HERE to see a few past blog posts featuring this stamp set.

Important Dates & Details:

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Some of my all time favorite embossing folders are on the sale list including the Hexagons and the Cable Knit Embossing Folders. Here are just a few links to posts featuring projects made with these embossing folders:

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

My Utah Adventure and touring the Stampin' Up! Manufacturing Facility

This past week I was in Utah having the most amazing adventure! The first part of the week I traveled with a friend to southern Utah to explore Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument. We also did a little field trip to the Stampin' Up! manufacturing facility in Kanab.

On this tour we got to see how the three different types of stamps are made including wood mount, clear cling mount and photopolymer. We also got to see a little bit of how the cardstock comes to this facility initially and how it is processed, cut and packaged. At the end of this post check out my photos of our Kanab facility tour! Plus I'll share a litte about the fascinating process of how photopolymer stamps are made. This was absolutely mind blowing and fun to learn about!

Here's just a few of my favorite pictures from our travels:


Bryce National Park


Zion National Park




Kolob Canyons - Another part of Zion


Cedar Breaks National Monument




Brian Head Peak - From this spot we had a 360 degree view of pretty much everything else we'd seen in our travels over the preceeding three days. It was gorgeous up there but everything was far away so the pictures don't do what we saw justice. After going to this peak we headed north to Salt Lake City to start our Stampin' Up! OnStage Live experience. More on that later!


Stampin' Up!'s Kanab Manufacturing Facility Tour
Dan greeted us when we arrived. He was super nice and made us feel very welcome. Brittany was our awesome tour guide! Photopolymer stamps are her specialty so we really learned a lot about that process which I describe toward the end of this post.



Check out this huge stack of Perfect Plum Cardstock and the smaller stacks of other colors in behind! Nine 8-1/2" x 11" pieces are cut from these huge piece of cardstock on a machine I'll show next. So much cardstock in one place!!! I just can't help but see it as a big stack of fun waiting to happen!



This is the machine that cuts these huge pieces of cardstock. It was cool to see this happening. There was another amazing machine to the left that sorts and packages the cardstock. I cannot show that here. I'll explain later!



I did actually take a few more pictures but can't share them! I believe we may have seen and even touched some top secret things which just wouldn't be right to share yet. I love a secret but hate that I can't share it with you!

How photopolymer stamps are made in relatively simple terms:

As promised above I wanted to try to share a little bit about how photopolymer stamps are made. I assumed they would be made using a mould but I was totally wrong. This is a bit hard to explain but here goes...

  • They lay down what is called a "mask" on a big machine. The mask actually is the plastic piece with the images on it that come in a stamp set.
  • Then they pour a room temperature, liquid plastic material (the polymer) over the mask.
  • The whole thing is covered with another plastic piece and the machine is closed.
  • Once closed light comes from both the top and bottom of the machine. The light causes the liquid polymer molecules to bind and solidify ONLY where the light is cast onto the mask. The areas around the mask stay in liquid form. Cool right?!!!
  • This big sheet is then hung in a vertical position and squeezed by a roller to remove the remaining liquid polymer as much as possible.
  • Then the big sheet of stamps is washed to remove any excess liquid polymer.
  • Finally, the stamps are inspected carefully for bubbles and other imperfections.
  • If I'm remembering correctly the sheet of stamps we saw being made produced about 30 stamp sets for the one sheet!
In case you're interested... This process for creating photopolymer stamps is much more efficient and cost effective than creating red rubber stamps which is what keeps the cost of these photopolymer stamps so low relative to the other styles of stamps. By contrast, red rubber stamps are made in a mould and can only be made on dies that make three to six stamp sets at a time depending on the size of the stamp set. Pretty cool huh?

Needless to say this tour was so much fun and I highly recommend taking the time to go check it out! I think the tour may only be open to Stampin' Up! demonstrators though. To learn about joining my Stampin' Up! team of awesome Treehouse Crafter click HERE for more information.

Leave a comment and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about our tour (except the top secret stuff or course, LOL!), what we learned or questions about joining my team.

Happy Crafting Friends!

Melissa :-)


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Check out the Amazing NEW Stamparatus! Available soon!




Stampin' Up! is introducing an amazing new tool called the Stamparatus. It was designed in collaboration with the input of over 2000 demonstrators so the design is truly awesome with incredible functionality! Check out the video below for 5 key things you should know about this tool.

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Make sure to watch to the end to learn about the "Hinge Step"! You will not want to miss this cool trick!
 

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The ordering process for the Stamparatus will be different from the normal online ordering process.

Beginning Nov. 16, 2017 at 4pm Eastern Time, a LIMITED QUANTITY will be released for reservation. Here's how it will work:

  • On Nov. 16, at 4pm EST CLICK HERE, then click the banner ad for the Stamparatus and follow the instructions per the graphic below.
  • After receiving the reservations, Stampin' Up! will place an order with the manufacturer and your Stamparatus will be shipped, with delivery on approx. Feb. 1, 2018. 
  • You will provide your credit card info now with your reservation, but it will NOT be charged until your Stamparatus is ready to ship. 
  • You will receive an email from Stampin' Up! letting you know when to log back in to your online account to finalize your order. 
  • You can ADD other Stampin' Up! products to your order AT THAT TIME if you'd like to receive Sale-A-Bration benefits!

 To reserve yours, follow the instructions below starting at 4pm EST on Thursday, Nov. 16.

If you miss the reservation window for November, here are the other reservation dates:

Reservations for Stampin' UP! Stamparatus



Here are some additional pictures of this new tool!

All the parts and pieces that go with this tool:


The backside with storage for magnets.



Two hinges and four surfaces for stamps!



This stamp positioning tool has so many great features! I will definitely be reserving mine on 11/16 and can't wait to play with it! I think you're going to love it too!!!

Let me know if you have questions and Happy Crafting!

 
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Color Fusers Blog Hop: November 2017




Welcome to the November Color Fusers Blog Hop and my project featuring the Wood Words Stamp Set and Faux Linen Technique. I’m really proud of this card in large part because when I first saw the color challenge for this month my immediate reaction was Yuk! Now I usually love the challenge of any color scheme but somehow I wasn’t even sure I could do this one. I honestly have a place in my craft room where I put my “less used colors”. There aren’t many of these but it just so happens that ALL the colors in this months challenge are in that “special” place. The funny thing is I really like this card a lot! Crazy right?!

So, here is...




A few details about this card:

  • The background piece was dry embossed using the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder and then attached to a Wild Wasabi Card Base.
  • Glossy cardstock is used for the focal piece. The first step is to gently rub the surface with a sanding block or sand paper. This creates a texture on the surface of the paper.
  • Next I applied Blushing Bride Ink (to the top) and Tangerine Tango Ink (to the bottom) to the cardstock, using ink pads and sponges. This brings out the texture in the Glossy Cardstock and makes it look like linen cloth.
  • The floral image was then stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink onto the focal piece. The focal piece was attached to a piece of Tangerine Tango Cardstock and then attached to the card with dimensionals.
  • Both sentiments were stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink.
  • The heart was stamped in Tangerine Tango Ink and layered on top of a 1” Circle stamped in Wild Wasabi Ink.
  • The 1-3/8” circle is punched from Blushing Bride Cardstock
Here's a close up so you can see the faux linen effect.




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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Merry Mistletoe Card with Pattern Party Mask

Todays project features the Merry Mistletoe Stamp Set and Pattern Party Decorative Masks. This was one of the projects that my clubs made for our gatherings in September. It is also one of the projects offered through my FREE Card Kit Program for qualifying purchases in September and October 2017. To learn how you can get your FREE Card Kits click HERE.



For a complete supply list scroll down to the bottom of this post where you'll find product photos with links to my online store. To check out the details of how to make the project in todays post click HERE to see my video tutorial on YouTube.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vintage Leaves with Wet Watercolor Paper - Sept/Oct 2017 Free Kit #2

Todays project was one of my club projects for the month of September and features the Vintage Leaves Stamp Set and Seasonal Layers Thinlits. For a fall themed card this is definitely a different sort of color scheme than what I would normally have chosen. The color scheme was inspired by the Color Fusers Blog Hop Color Challenge for September. I love the challenge of a color scheme I might not think of or choose, especially when I create something I love in the end!



This card was created using Wet Watercolor Paper and Salt. The color scheme for this card is Pool Party, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry. I just changed one color and removed one color from the original Color Challenge. To check out the Color Fusers Blog Hop Color Challenge for September click HERE. For a complete supply list scroll down to the bottom of this post where you'll find product photos with links to my online store.

Here's a close up so you can really appreciate some of the texture and detail in this card.



Click HERE to check out a similar card to this one, with a technique I call Gilded Faux Silk. If you liked todays card I think you'll really enjoy seeing this other card too! I'll be creating a video tutorial for Gilded Faux Silk to be published early in 2018. Subscribe to my channel on YouTube if you want to know when I publish this and other videos.

To check out the details of how to make the card in todays post click HERE to see my video tutorial on YouTube.

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