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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Betsy's Blossoms and the new colors

Bring on some new colors to play with!!
This card uses all five of the new colors, as well as a brand new stamp set! These new style ink pads are awesome, such bright clean images!




Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Upsy Daisy
Card stock: Gumball Green, Whisper White
Ink: Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit Classic pads and Midnight Muse, Gumball Green Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones
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Faux Alligator

Here's a technique to try: Faux Alligator
It's easy!


You need: card stock (I used Basic Black), Versamark, Embossing Powder (I used clear), heat tool.

So I used our adorable new mini purse die,they're so cute --- I just wanna keep making little purses! You could fill them with candy or flowers or money or love...whatever. Or you could just be like me and make little purses cuz they're easy and fun !

First you want to turn over that Versamark pad and cover your whole piece (in my case, the die cut out) with Versamark ink.


Then, you will cover the whole thing with embossing powder, for this one you could use black EP on the black card stock, or clear EP, I didn't have enough clear for everyone so we used the Cherry Scented clear EP and told myself it wasn't Cherry scented, it was Leather scented. Hey, I never said I wasn't odd.




When you shake the excess off it should look kinda like this:



Then, you take your bone folder or stylus or dull pen or fingernail or fondue skewer...mmmm fondue.... and 'draw' some lines through the embossing powder. You don't want them to be too straight, so don't get too uptight about this step.



Then you heat it with an embossing heat tool and you've just created yourself some Faux Alligator! Aren't you fabulous?!



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Monday, June 11, 2012

A big shot Swing card

Looky how pretty this card is!


I needed to challenge myself for a project I was doing, and decided to try a new technique--- The Big Shot Swing Card. Now, I've made other swing cards, they're OK (if I'm being truthful--they're a PITA), so I wasn't very optimistic...but, it was easy and I'm thrilled with the results. I found a video on YouTube by stampladee that showed very easy, simple directions. I can't make a link for some reason, so search for her (stampladee), it's just called 'Big shot swing card'.



My recipe:
Stamps: Layered Labels, Betsy's Blossoms
Card stock: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Floral District DSP
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze Classic, Versamark
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, White EP, Old Olive Scallop Polka Dot Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Top Note die, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Large Oval Punch


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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Paper Beads and new stuff




Here's a card I made for my 'Sixth Swap' group this month. I used pretty new paper and stamps from the new catalog. I also took some inspiration from Stampin' Up!s demonstrator only magazine this month and made some paper beads. They're easy, and fun and they make pretty accents.

Cut a pennant shaped piece of paper, experiment with sizes...the one for the bead on my card is probably 1.5" wide at the bottom and about 4" longish. Put some white glue from the pointed tip to near the fat end, but not all the way or it will stick to the toothpick. Starting at the wide end, roll up the paper over a toothpick. The glue will help it stick together. Set the toothpick over the rim of a small glass etc. so the bead can dry. I brushed a bit of Crystal Effects over my finished, dried bead so it would be shiny and purty...what do you think?



StampSets: Betsy's Blossoms
Cardstock: Rich Razzelberry, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Floral Destrict DSP
Ink: Rich Razzelberry and Daffodil Delight Classic, Versamark
Accessories: White EP, Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon, Beautiful Butterflies die, Crystal Effects, Scallop Trim border punch, 2 1/2" circle punch, 3/16" corner punch, sticky strip, Simply Scored

This weeks mission: figure out how to get a little thingy along the side of my blog that links you directly to the online catalog and my online store. If someone were to give me a hint with this I sure would be happy. In the meantime, you'll just have to head there the old fashioned way.... By heading to http://Valerie.stampinup.net.



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Ribbon Shares

 Love ribbons as much as I do? Well, I seriously doubt it...ribbon is my favorite accessory, I can never have enough of it! And I always want every colour. A ribbon share is a great way to get every colour without having to spend too much money and have more ribbon that you can use. 

3/8” Ruffled Ribbon –Flirty ruffles and feminine flair. Grosgrain. You’ll get 2 yards of each of these five colours: Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limade, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder.   $16 (10 yards)

3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon – Four rows of stitches through touchable satin.  You’ll get 2 yards of each of these five colours: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit.   $15 (10 yards)

½” Scallop Dots Ribbon – Printed polka dots edged with pinholed scallops. Grosgrain. You’ll get 2 yards of each of these 10 colours: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink and Tangerine Tango.   $26 (10 yards)

¼” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon – White stitched right down the middle for texture and dimension. You’ll get 2 yards of each of these 10 colours: Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Read Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White and Wild Wasabi.  $16 (10 yards)
 Blue 3/8 Inch Denim Jean Ribbon - by Stampin' Up!5/8 Inch Crochet Trim Victoria - by Stampin' Up!Whisper White 5/8 Inch Organza Ribbon - by Stampin' Up!
Denim & Lace – You’ll get 2 yards of our Bold, casual, homespun 3/8” Denim Jean Ribbon, 2 yards of the delicate and vintage 5/8” Crochet Trim Victoria Ribbon and 2 yards of the always popular, graceful and delicate 5/8” Organza satin ribbon.  Please note, none of the pictures on this page do these beautiful ribbons justice, but especially in this case. You will not be disappointed with the denim, Victoria and organza ribbons!  $10  (6 yards)

Questions? Email me valeriemccallum@hotmail.com. Choose which shares you'd like to be a part of, payment by Visa, Mastercard, cash or cheque. I can ship the ribbons to you as well, the actualy shipping costs will be added to your total.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New Catalog, New Blog, New Headaches

My computer and me are not getting along this morning. Heck, even Stampin' Up! has upset me this morning, and that doesn't happen very often, or if it does, I don't usually admit it. So, here I am trying a different blogging template. I still don't promise anything fancy. But please, bear with me.

Have you picked out about a hundred and fifty dollars worth of stuff you'd like to have in the new catalog? Me too. The difference is, you can get yours for $125 with NO SHIPPING charges.



Join the Stampin' Up! family during June, and not only will you get to choose up to $155 worth of products from the brand new catalog for your fully customizable Starter Kit, but you'll also get select products from our brand-new Patio Party Suite--all for the low price of $125! PLUS, it all ships for FREE!