Ever feel like this? And my story…

Good morning! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!

So, I was unpacking an order over the weekend that I had placed recently. Nothing too special, but it does include a fun stamp set that I have been eyeing from the Annual Catalog🙂

I saw this recently though and it fits… perfectly!

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SO VERY TRUE!

Then I started thinking about when I started stamping. It was years ago. 15+ years at least. Maybe 18 years?

I started as a scrapbooker. I loved paper, any kind of paper. My son was around 2 and I decided it would be fun. And it was!! I loved it!

Stamping wasn’t too big at that point. Some of the big box stores carried wood mount stamps and inks, but not a huge selection that I recall.

I was on a scrapbook group, think it was through Yahoo Groups (is that still around?). They did a wish list kinda thing. One person would add their name to the Wish List, with something they wanted. Someone who had that item (no purchasing anything allowed) would fulfill their wish. Then they got to add their name to the list.

Anyway, I fulfilled someones wish, and added my wish… I wanted a heat gun. I had a few stamps, one or two inks, and one clear embossing powder. I was using my toaster to melt the ep. Seriously. I heard it could be done. And it worked! I don’t suggest you try that if you can avoid it though😉

The box I got was amazing. A heat gun, a bunch of stamps, and so many different embossing powders. I was hooked.

The next weekend was a Scrapbook Expo. I spent my entire budget just on blocks and unmounted rubber. I was in heaven! Soon after my scrapbook items grew dusty since I was doing more stamping than anything.

After a while I got good enough to share online. Then I started working for design teams. I loved that so much!!!! Mixed media was my favorite.

I kept going for about 8 years, then my muse took off on me. I tried playing for a while, but it just wasn’t happening. I took a very long break, then started playing again a few years ago. I was completely amazed at how far the industry had come in the 5 or so years I wasn’t crafting! My style has completely changed, the brands that I once loved I don’t look at twice anymore.

I found my home with Stampin’ Up and I am so happy! I get to stamp and play to my hearts content, and share that with others. It makes my heart happy when I can teach someone something new or share tips or tricks with those new to stamping. Even better when I can help someone who has never put rubber to ink catch the same bug I have!!

So that is my story! What is yours? What got you into stamping?

Blessed

Good morning and happy Friday!

I hope that everyone has had a great week so far and have fun plans for the weekend. Not sure what my husband and I will be doing yet. I am thinking a trip to the movies will be involved though. We both want to see Sully and have heard excellent things about it. Have you seen it yet?

One thing is for sure though, I will be spending LOTS of time down in my craft room preparing for a class I am holding on Monday. I am doing 3 Christmas Card classes, one in Sept, one in Oct, and the final one being in November. Each class we will be using mainly one bundle and making 12 cards (4 each of 3 different designs). This month we are using the Santa’s Sleigh bundle. I can’t wait, this should be a good time🙂 But whoa… the amount of preparation I need to do is crazy lol Hopefully by the time the next class rolls around I will have a system in place🙂

Anyway!

The final card from class this past Sunday seemed to be a favorite for a few.

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Totally simple, but looks impressive. (and is NOT crooked in person, I promise!)

I actually did two different versions before deciding on while one we would be doing in class.

This was the first version.

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Pretty, yes. But I am much happier with how the class version came out.

What do you think?

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On both of them, the adorable flower was colored with Rich Razzleberry and Delightful Dijon ink using a blender pen. A bit of Clear Wink of Stella adds a bit of shine to the flowers.

Have a great day!!

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September Paper Pumpkin

Whoa… I LOVE this months Paper Pumpkin!

It is in the top 3 for me of all of the kits I have received so far.

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look below…

 

I will be ordering a refill kit for sure! A demonstrator friend gave me one cute little vial this past weekend at a Stamp Camp I went to. She found the cutest Halloween Tic-Tacs to put in them. Some had tiny witches, some had pumpkins. Adorable!

This is good time to remind you all of the current promotion for Paper Pumpkin

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Buy one month, get the next month free!

This promotion goes through Oct 10th, so you have a few weeks to make up your minds yet. But I promise you, you won’t be disappointed! Two Paper Pumpkins for $19.95? Nice!

You can read more about the promotion HERE.

If you are on the fence, I can understand it. It is hard to dish out $20 a month when you aren’t sure what you will be receiving. But when it is $10 a month, that makes it a bit easier right?

If you want to take a peek at past kits to get an idea, check out their YouTube channel HERE. They post quick videos every month to show the great boxes.

If you have any questions, let me know!
Have a great day!

 

Merry Christmas Wishes

Good morning!

I just wanted to take a moment and share with you one of the cards that was made at the class I had this past Sunday.

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I flippin’ love these reindeer!!!! They were stamped onto watercolor paper, then punched out. We then very lightly went over them with Crumb Cake ink and an aqua painter. Gives just a bit of color so they aren’t stark white. A touch of Pink Pirouette inside the ears and on the cheeks for a bit of warmth and they were good to go!

Rudolph’s nose was stamped in Real Red onto a scrap of watercolor paper, fussy cut, and adhered over the original nose. A bit of Clear Wink of Stella and he was set!

Check out the background. That was made with Stampin’ Up’s new Cable Knit Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder. It is a THICK folder, but does amazing things. It embosses and debosses (spell check says this isn’t a word, I say it is, so there!), giving so much more texture than the standard embossing folder. Lotsa fun for sure! How neat would it be to make a sweater using this embossing folder? Even better an “ugly sweater” card! lol

Now, I should have taken a photo, but one of the ladies decided to add little eyelashes to the reindeer on either side of Rudolph, and a pretty red bow (from Red Foil!). It was ADORABLE!!!!

One thing that I love about my classes is that the ladies are always free to change up a design so it works best for them, or to add little elements. I get so many ideas from them🙂 I have such a great group of ladies that I get to play with every month!

Friday I will share with you all another card we made plus a project that we had fun putting together.

Have a great day!!

 

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Jar of Haunts Treat Holders

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had an excellent weekend🙂

I hosted a class at my home yesterday. I wanted a little something to give each of the ladies that came. I had such fun putting these treat holders together!

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Aren’t they cute! They are the perfect size to hold 2 fun sized candy bars🙂

All were either stamped into a mason jar from the Jars of Love set, or they were die cut without being put into a jar (in the case of the mummy and the pumpkins). The 4 lids were heat embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

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The “blood” drips were colored with a Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write marker, then I went over it all with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Did you know that you can use it in place of Glossy Accents??

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This adorable pumpkin first had its background stamped with the Woodgrain background stamp using Versamark (remember, you don’t need to heat emboss Versamark! It will leave a watermark appearance and the stickiness will go away!). The adorable face was stamped using Basic Black ink, as was that little spider. I just drew a line using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker for the spider to hang from.

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I love these creepy eyes!! I used a Real Red inkpad, with a Blender pen to add in the bloodshot eyes, then with barely any Real Red on the blender pen I went over each of the eyes, to add to the pink, bloodshot look. Finally, I went over the fluid in the jar as well as the eyes with the Fine Tip Glue Pen again to give a glossy look to it all.

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Not everyone likes the creepy Halloween things that I do. I thought this pumpkin was the perfect thing! I colored it in with Pumpkin Pie ink using my Blender pen. When I was done, I took a piece of a sponge, dabbed it into the ink pad, then onto the pumpkin. It gave more of a variegated look to the pumpkin. Cute right?

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And the mummy… my favorite! How adorable is he??? I added a bit of color to the corners/folds with a Stampin’ Write marker in Smokey Slate. He was so easy to do, and the cutest thing!!!

If you have any questions let me know.

Have a great day!!!

Stamp Inventory- Evernote

Good morning!

Today I don’t have a project to share with you, but instead a way to inventory your stamps! Trust me, preparing this was a project in itself lol

I recently started using Evernote and I am so happy with it! I figured that I would share with you all if you aren’t using it, if you are struggling to find a way to inventory your stamps, if you accidentally order duplicates because you don’t know what you have, etc.

I had numerous ways previously of keeping track of what stamps I had. My most used system was to physically stamp into a blank notebook. I would then flip through to find what I needed. But when you have a bunch of stamps, that system becomes difficult (for me at least). I do know people that still do this, even with hundreds of stamp sets and it works for them. Not for me anymore. I am just sharing what works for me personally.

I am not going to lie, it takes a bit to initially set up, especially if you have a lot of stamps. I only have about 50 in Evernote so far, not going to admit how many I have sitting on my shelves though😉 I have been adding a bit every day or so and hope to be done next week sometime. (ETA! It is now up to 103 that I have inventoried!!)

Why do I like Evernote? Well, you can use it on your computer, your iPad, your phone. Anytime you want you can open the app and view your stash, add to it, edit, and remove. You can add photos! That comes in handy big time when you are trying to find something in particular.

My favorite thing about Evernote? You can add “tags”. You have a stamp set that is birthday specific. Lets say it has a birthday cake, candles, a present, a few sentiments. You add the tags for each thing in the stamp set (for example, I would create the tags: Birthday, Cake, Candle, present, then whatever the sentiments are). If you add tags for all of your sets, you can search in Evernote for whatever you need. If you search “Birthday”, every set that you stored and tagged with Birthday will appear. That makes it SO easy to find what you are looking for, as well as possibly remind you of something you weren’t thinking of.

As well, the search function comes in handy when you know that you have a sentiment or an image, but you can’t remember what set it is in. Search in Evernote for the tag and there ya go!

First off, you can get it HERE (https://Evernote.com) for your computer. For Apple and Android devices search your play store or iTunes for the Evernote app.

There are a few different versions. Stick with the free one. It supplies you with more than enough space to catalog your stash.

I have a very basic tutorial below on getting you set up, as well as searching. By no means am I an expert in using Evernote, but it is so easy that even I was able to figure it out. There are a LOT of photos below, so grab a cup of coffee, tea, wine, whatever, and enjoy!

For this tutorial, I am explaining how to get started on a computer, NOT an iPad, phone, or other device.

I am not going to explain how to sign up, it is simple… just click the “Try Now” button and follow the on-screen prompts.

When you are signed in, you will be brought to a screen that looks similar to this below:

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Yours will be empty. Click on the link that is circled above to create a new notebook. I have one for Stampin’ Up stamps, and want another for Stampin’ Up dies.You can have as many notebooks as you would like. Have one for each stamp company, for different types of stamps, for your inks, dies, embossing folders, embellishments, whatever you would like!

When you click the icon to create a new notebook, you will be brought to this screen

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Start typing to name your new notebook

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Then click Create Notebook. You will be brought to this screen.

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Now, I used this just as an example to show you how to create a new notebook. Going forward I will be switching to adding to an existing notebook (which you now have if you followed the directions above).

Click on the Green plus sign that is circled below

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You will then type in the title of your stamp set (or dies, or whatever you are entering…). The title will be in the green font. When you are done entering the title, click below and add any notes. I always note if there are coordinating dies, punches, etc.

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Adding Photos: If you do not want to add a photo of the stamp set, skip ahead to the section marked “Tags”.

To add photos, create a folder on your desktop to store photos in. Doesn’t matter what you call it, or really where you put it. Just make sure that you know where it is.

Now, I am assuming that you love Stampin’ Up and only use Stampin’ Up😉 The easiest way to get the photos is to go to http://www.StampinUp.com, click on store, then type in the name of the stamp set you want a photo for in the Search button (on the top right of the page).

That will pull up your stamp set. Click on it. Then Click on the image of the stamp set. That will make it larger.

Right Click on the image, and choose “Save Image”.

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Save the image into the folder you just created, with the name of the stamp set as the name of the file.

You can only find current sets on Stampinup.com. If you are trying to find a photo of a retired set, you will need to go to Google.com, type in Stampin Up with the name of the set after it (Example: Stampin Up Vintage Vogue), then click on Images. Search for the image of the stamp set, click on it once, and do the same as above, save it to the folder you created for your images.

*TIP- If you have many stamp sets you want to add to Evernote, I suggest getting all of the photos at one time and saving them all into that folder you made. It will save time later on🙂

After you have saved your photo, open the folder that you have it in. Open the screen you have Evernote open in. Make it smaller by double clicking the top of the screen, or clicking and dragging the side in. You just want to be able to see the stamp set picture in your folder. (See image below)

Click once and HOLD the photo of the stamp set, and drag it over to Evernote by using your mouse to move it, about to where you see me doing it below. Release the “click” when you get it about where you see it below. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again. It really is easy when you get the hang of it.

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And BOOM! Your image is now in the note!

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Adding Tags:

As I mentioned above, tags come in handy big time and are one of the reasons that I use Evernote.

You can add whatever tags you want, whatever makes sense to you!

Click on the icon for tags, circled below.

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You will then see a little bubble with a plus sign in it. Click on it. You can then type into the bubble. Each “bubble” is one tag. You can see below the tags that I typed for the Paisley & Posies set. When you are done entering one tag, press either tab or enter to be brought to the next one.

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When you have finished entering your tags and you are done, click on the green Done button to the top right of the screen.

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There you go! You have completed your first note!

If you want to delete a tag, just click one on the tag you want to delete then click the backspace button on your keyboard.

One nice thing is that Evernote remembers tags that you have used in the past. For example you have used the tag “Love You” previously. If you start a new tag and start typing “Love”, Evernote will auto suggest any tag that has the word Love in it. If you see one you want to use again, just click on it. If you don’t want to use one from before, finish typing your tag, then click once above it. That will secure your new tag. Clear as mud?😉

Searching:

Lets say that you have a bunch of notes with a ton of stamps. You want to find a stamp set that has flowers in it. It is easy to do now!

Click on the Search icon, circled below.

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You will be brought to the below screen

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Type Flowers (or whatever you want to find)

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It will then bring up all stamp sets that you have tagged with “Flowers”

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You can see that I have 14 notes that are tagged flowers. It will show a thumbnail of each stamp set, but if I click on the name of each note, it will pull up a larger image along with all of the information and tags for that stamp set.

There is so so so much more you can do with Evernote. This is just to get you started.

If you want to know more or are having trouble with something check this out

Evernote Help & Learning

Feel free to leave me any comments or questions you have and I will do my best to help you out. If you are local, I would be happy to help you get started in person if you need it.

Have a great day!!!!

 

 

Special Offers- Sept 15th-Sept 21st

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Good morning!

If you are a Project Lifer, then you will be excited today!

FIVE sets are part of Stampin’ Up’s special offers this week.

Early this year I decided that I was going to start Project Life. I have everything that is listed below already, plus some. And what have I done with it? Nothing. SIGH It isn’t for lack of want! Every month I get a bunch of photos printed out. I label the envelopes the photos come in. All I have to do is get them in the album. Hopefully soon!!!

But what I am most excited about?? The Layering Ovals Framelits! No joke, last night I was thinking how badly I needed these. I took 3 minutes before posting this morning to have those babies sent to me!

Have a wonderful day!!

Just Because!

Good morning!

I received a box of goodies yesterday from Stampin’ Up. Lots of fun stuff to play with. I had things to do in my craft room before I got to play though… like clean! I have a class this coming Sunday as well as the following Monday. My poor craft room was feeling the effects of me being down there by myself for the past few weeks. I tend not to clean up after myself as I should lol Since I have such a large table to work on (check it out HERE if you want to see what my amazing husband built for me!), it is easy to push things aside.

I also forced myself to actually put away everything from my order. That is a struggle, I like to keep the new things out so I can play with them!

When I finally got done, I didn’t have much time but I wanted to play. I pulled out Totally Trees.

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Have you seen this one? So much fun!!!! You can stamp each tree and leave it, or stamp the coordinating solid image over it. There is so much that can be done with this set. I am excited to try all of the possibilities!

For last night, I kept it pretty simple.

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Since we are just coming into fall and I can’t wait for the leave to change, the cooler weather, sweatshirts and jeans, turning on the fireplace for the first time this year, apple picking, and all that goes with fall, I I decided to do a fall-ish themed card.

The tree was stamped in Soft Suede. Over it I stamped the leaves in Calypso Coral, then stamped again without reinking the stamp. Very easy way of giving some variation to the color and adding some depth.

I did the same with the grass I stamped in Garden Green, stamping it once directly on the paper, and again without reinking.

The image was die cut using our Layering Squares Framelits. I love our new shapes Framelits. They also come with numerous coordinating scalloped edged framelits, making layering so easy. I used on with our new Copper Foil Sheets.

The patterned paper is from the Petals & Paisley Specialty DSP. It is so pretty and I thought worked wonderfully with the fall theme of the card. Again, it is layered with some Copper Foil sheets.

I mounted the image using Foam Adhesive strips. These strips are perfect for things like this! Behind it I would some Copper Metallic Thread.

Here is a close up. You can see it much better in person than through photos.

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Just Because, from the You’re So Sweet stamp set, was stamped with Soft Suede. I thought that it was perfect and finished off the card exactly as I imagined it.

If you have any questions, as always please feel free to leave a comment or email me at InkItAll@yahoo.com.

Have a great day!

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Clearance Rack Updated!

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Just a quickie for you all. Stampin’ Up’s clearance rack was sad for a while. Not much in there.

But that has changed!! It is packed to the brim now with stamps, punches, thinlits, embellishments, paper, ribbons, Project Life kits, and so much more. 5 pages of goodies!

You can check out the Clearance Rack HERE

Remember, quantities are limited, so if you like it grab it before it is gone.

If you are looking to start your holiday (Halloween or Christmas) cards, there is plenty for you too. Check out these deals below…

Pun Intended!

Good morning!

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I sure did. Saturday I only left the house to get our Opie some dog food and treats. That was it… I love days like that! Sunday my husband and I spent the morning doing errands, then we went bowling! We are in a bowling league and it started last night. I don’t know what I am doing on the league, I am horrible. But I have fun, that is all that matters!

Among other things, on Saturday I wanted to make my sweet husband a card. He is truly an amazing husband and puts up with so much from me! He deserves something every now and then to remind him how much I appreciate him.

I pulled out Pun Intended, a hostess set that I adore.

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This is right up my alley! I get a little giggle out of silly puns.

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Cute right?

I stamped the light onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock using Versamark. Then I sprinkled on some White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Since I would be fussy cutting the light out of So Saffron cardstock, I didn’t need the light heat embossed. I just took a small paint brush and brushed the embossing powder off of just the light bulb. Then I heat embossed it.

I went back and stamped the sentiment onto the cardstock using Versamark again, then heat embossed it using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

*Note- I could have stamped both the light and the sentiment at the same time, but when stamping with Versamark it doesn’t leave a very visible image, more of a watermark type image. Since I wanted to be sure everything would be straight, I chose to stamp and heat emboss each on their own.

I stamped the light bulb onto a scrap piece of So Saffron and again onto a piece of Real Red.

I fussy cut the light bulb out of So Saffron, then just the heart out of the Real Red piece.

The So Saffron light bulb was then adhered to the black cardstock, over the original light bulb, with the Real Red heart being adhered to the light bulb.

The panel was then adhered to a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then onto an A2 top folding card in So Saffron.

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You can see in this image that the inside of the card has the panels reversed- Whisper White on top of Basic Black. “I love you a watt” is stamped on the inside.

This was a fun card to make. Remember, you can get SO much more use out of your images when piecing them together out of different colored cardstock. Try it!

Have a wonderful day!!

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