Quiet…

Evening all… Just a quick note to let you all know the blog will be quiet for a short while.

My dad was admitted to the hospital yesterday with congestive heart failure. He is about an hour away from me, so between spending the upcoming days with him at the hospital, trying to get into work here and there, and hopefully some laundry and dishes in between, my stamping time is going to be limited.

But I promise to return ASAP, with some fun things to share, and hopefully very good news about my dad.

If you’re the type, please keep him in your prayers and thoughts.

Onto a cute note, have you noticed Facebook changed things around a bit? (If not, you may need to update FB on your mobile device.) Instead of there being just a “like” option, there are numerous new ones, a ❤ to “love” something, a mad face for angry/dislike, etc.

A friend on a Stampin’ Up group shared this earlier today, and I had to chuckle…

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Have a great evening.

Mini-Class!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Is everyone as happy as I am that the weekend is almost here? What a week! Started out with beautiful weather, I went to lunch Monday without a jacket even. It was beautiful! By Wednesday, major snow. Now, I am preposting this, so the snow hasn’t actually hit yet 😉 But we are expecting about 10 inches of heavy, wet snow today through tomorrow. Ugggg… Hopefully it will be the last of it for the year!

Onto fun things!

This past Saturday I hosted a mini-class. 3 wonderful ladies attended. We had such fun! Now, I don’t hold classes… yet! This was just to get my feet wet, and see what works, what doesn’t work, etc. I am hoping to start a Stamp Club in the next few months 🙂 I invited my 3 best customers, and they created the three cards below.

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(Note: the last card I changed the card color to Blackberry Bliss at the last minute, after I had completed by sample. The ladies had the option of using Basic Black or Blackberry Bliss, they all chose the later and they came out beautiful!)

I had them create them in the order the appear above, going from easy, to most difficult. And honestly? None were difficult at all, just time consuming. The 2nd one was stamped in black ink, then colored in with blender pens and ink. The 3rd one I prepared ahead of time, they just had to assemble the card, and arrange their cardstock pieces to complete the stained glass look.

I snapped a quick photo of the lovely ladies hard at work on their stained glass cards…

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(Ignore my crooked candlesticks in the chandler! Even with the stuff that is supposed to make them stick, they still tip over lol)

I LOVE this table that my husband built for me so much, even more when hosting classes (you can get more info about the room and table HERE and HERE). There is so much room to spread out for each person in attendance. It worked out wonderfully on Saturday. I set up the Big Shot at one end of the table, the heat gun at the counter… plenty of room!

If there are any questions or comments about the projects above, leave a comment or email me at InkItAll@yahoo.com

Have a great day!

 

Weekly Deals! Feb. 23rd- Feb. 29th

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Just a quickie for today! Sorry I’m releasing this weeks deals so late, it has been a CRAZY day!

Can you believe that next month is March? Whoa! Hopefully this means that the great weather the Chicago area has been experiencing will continue. It reached 54 this past Saturday!

Some great goodies this week!

I think that this will be the time I finally get those Star Framelits! I have never had a major need for them, but the projects I see are C.U.T.E!

Want to take a look at Pinterest and see what they show using the Framelits? Take a peek HERE! Sooooo many fun ideas!

I have the rest of the items, I can hear my credit card sighing in relief 😉

That’s it for now! I will be back in a day or so to share what I have been up to.

Have a great day!

 

 

My Paper Pumpkin- Feb. ’16

Happy Friday everyone!

What a week! At times it seemed like the looooooongest week ever, other times it just flew by.

I have mentioned My Paper Pumpkin around here before, but figured that since I just received this months kit, I would share with you!

I received it Tuesday, and Tuesday night I sat down to dig in!

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When you open the pretty orange box, this is what you see. All of your goodies neatly wrapped in pretty blue tissue paper, with a Paper Pumpkin sticker holding it all together.

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Every month you receive an exclusive stamp set, along with an Ink Spot in a color that coordinates with that months kit. This month the Ink Spot was Blackberry Bliss.

You also receive all of the contents sealed up in a pouch, including full instructions.

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Everything in this months kit… 12 cards (4 each of 3 different styles), 12 envelopes, beautiful die cuts (flowers and leaves), 3 different types of banner die cuts, sequins, as well as a sheet of adhesive dots.

Literally… there is nothing else you need!!!! In your first kit you also get a stamp block. As long as you have that, you can just grab your kit and go!

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Close up of the die cuts and the sequins (soft gold, a peachy clear, as well as iridescent pink clear). I love the gold sequins, I am hoping that they have something similar available in our new catalog coming out in June!

Putting together the cards is a breeze with the included instructions!

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I only put together 3 of the cards (one of each style), just to show you all. If you stick to the instructions, it shouldn’t take you longer than 30-45 minutes to put together all 12 of the cards!

Here is a quick video of this months kit

I do like to save whatever I don’t use for alternate projects. The great thing about Paper Pumpkin is that it is so versatile! Even if that months theme isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you can still use it for so many things. There is a great group on Facebook that only shares alternate projects for Paper Pumpkin. Lets face it, as great as Stampin’ Up is, they can’t get it 100% right for 100% of the people 100% of the time.

A few details about Paper Pumpkin

  • Cost is $19.95 a month (shipping is included!)
  • The kits ship around the 15th of each month
  • You can purchase the kit month by month, or in 3/6/12 month increments
  • There is no commitment, you can cancel at anytime
  • You can skip a month anytime you want
  •  Paper Pumpkin isn’t just about cards! Projects can be a journal, calendar, decor, and more!

The best part?!?!? If you purchase a 3 month subscription this month at a special price of $55, you will get to choose a Sale-A-Bration item!! 

Check out Stampin’ Up’s Paper Pumpkin channel HERE to check out the past kits.

Let me know if you have any questions about My Paper Pumpkin. Have a great day!

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Tutorial- Popout Card

Good morning!

Last Friday I made mention that there might be a tutorial in the works… here it is!

I went to a Stamp Camp last weekend and had a great time! While there, we made these adorable little cards. They pop open to stand on their own, and fit in an A2 envelope. That same night, I came home and reworked the pattern a bit to make something that works better for me. This is what I came up with…

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It doesn’t open like a traditional card does, but I thought that it was so much fun!

Here it is on its side so you can see the dimension.

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Now, the one we made at the Stamp Camp did fit in an A2 envelope, with room to spare. But I wanted something that was more typical card sized. So I tweaked the design a bit, changed the measurements, and boom! Perfect!

The “card” lays perfectly flat and measures 4.25″ x 5.5″ inches. When you take it out of the envelope, you push the sides in a bit, and it measures 4.25″ x 5″

Please keep in mind, this tutorial was a quickie. I wasn’t really planning on doing a full tutorial when I was taking pictures, it was intended to send to a friend. But I figured that others might enjoy my take on this fun card as well, so here you go!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sheets of coordinating cardstock, both cut to 5.5″ x 4.25″
  • Scrap piece of cardstock, same color as your background piece
  • Circle Collection Framelits
  • Strong adhesive! (Fast Fuze or Tear & Tape work well here)
  • Liquid adhesive
  • Embellishments, whatever you would like to use
  • Paper trimmer

 

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Score each piece of cardstock at .25″ and at .5″, on each end. Each piece of cardstock will then have 4 score lines total.

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Mountain fold at the .25″ score line, valley fold at the .5″ score line, on each piece of cardstock.

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Close up of the folds for you

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Choose which piece will be the top layer. You will then cut out a circle using the 2.75″ circle die. Make sure it is centered and in the top 2/3 of the cardstock. I highly recommend using the magnetic base plate here. If you don’t have that, a piece of washi tape or painters tape will hold the die in place while you cut it.

Save the circle that you cut out and set it aside. You will be using it again in a few minutes.

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Using a scrap piece of cardstock that is the same color as your back panel, you will be cutting out a frame. Nest the 2.75″ circle die inside of the 3.5″ circle die, making sure that it is carefully centered inside, so that your frame will be even. Again, the magnetic plate is your friend here 🙂 So is washi tape!!

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Use the circle cut from inside the frame to cut yet another circle. This time use the 1.875″ circle (1 7/8″). No need to be perfect here, we just need the inside circle.

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Adhere your thin circle frame around the opening on your top panel (no picture of this. Uggg… sorry).

Now, stack your top and bottom panels together, making sure the edges meet up. Put adhesive on the back of the large circle that you cut out first from the top panel, and fit it into the opening of the top panel, adhering it onto the back panel.

Doing it this way assures that it will be placed exactly where you need it, so it is even when the whole thing is put together. You can see how I did that in the photo above.

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Next adhere the small circle to the inside of the one on the back panel.

Once again, I don’t have a photo of the next step. Well, I do, but you can’t see the adhesive at all, so I will do my best to explain!

Glue lines

Using your strong adhesive, apply it to the back panel, on the first 1/4″ section, that faces up. I “drew” a red line exactly where you will put it to make it easier to understand 😉

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Then sandwich your top panel to the back panel, carefully to make sure everything lines up. I found it easiest to first line up and adhere one side, then do the other side.

Your card should now stand up on its own!

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Obviously, this tutorial is very basic, just to give you the basic “how-to”.  If you will be doing any stamping, do it before you adhere everything together, including the frame, the 2 circle pieces, etc.

Using DSP is a great way to do these quickly, with minimal effort, as I did with my completed example. When you get the hang of these, it takes 15-20 minutes tops to complete one!

To mail, just gently pull at the sides and flatten it out then slip it in an envelope. No extra postage needed 🙂

If there are any questions, leave a comment or feel free to email me at InkItAll@yahoo.com

Have a great day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Deals & NEW Sale-A-Bration!

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Good morning!

Another Tuesday, another offering of Weekly Deals!

(Make sure to stick around to the end for some close up details of the 3 new Sale-A-Bration items, including a video!)

As usual, the powers that be at Stampin’ Up decided to give us some fun things this week!

 

That envelope punch board? Oh how I love it! I got this eons ago before I was a demonstrator, at a party that I hosted with my Stampin’ Rewards. I use it so much now, that I keep it close at hand. Little hint?? There is a corner rounder punch built in, used for rounding the corners of your envelopes. I am 100% certain that I use that built in punch more than my actual corner rounder punch lol Since the punch board is on a shelf right next to me, it is so easy to grab it and just use that instead of getting up to get my regular punch LOL

It is a breeze to use to build your own envelopes. No more not making whatever size card you want because you don’t have an envelope! This makes it so easy to create your own envelopes, in whatever size you desire, using whatever paper you have on hand (Great way to use up some of that extra DSP!).

I did a quick search on Pinterest for you, and came up with a bunch of alternate ideas to using the Envelope Punch Board.  Boxes, tags, gift bags, albums, and so so so much more! Check them out HERE.

Now… onto even more fun stuff!!!!

Starting today, there are 3 NEW items in the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog that you can earn free with any $50 purchase. Love it!!!!!!

Metallic Glitter Tape: Item # 141020 This is a fun tape, similar to washi tape, that is so sparkly and pretty. Fantastic bonus? You can change the color of the white glitter tape using any ink you have! How amazing to have a stunning glitter tape to match whatever project you are working on?

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Party Pants: Clear Mount Item # 141327- Wood Mount Item # 141324 I will be honest. I am tired of balloon images. Not just with Stampin’ Up, but SO many companies are doing balloons now. But… I did order this set. I LOVE the saying it it!!!!! The “Hi (that’s all)” one is my favorite lol

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Pedal Pusher: Item # 141312 (Available only as photopolymer) How stinkin’ cute is this set??? Love the little basket to put the bread and wine in! I have seen a lot of people actually putting the puppy from the Beautiful Ride in the basket. So cute! I love the sentiment “Let me pedal for a while”, perfect for a friend or a loved one going through a tough time.

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Remember, each item is free with a $50 purchase! These will be available until March 31st, 2016.

Now, I promised a video! Brandy from Stampin’ Up’s home office is sharing more information about the Party Pants set!

How great was her sample? Even if it did use the balloons 😉

Have a great Tuesday everyone!!!!

 

Last Chance!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Just a quickie to let you all know that today is your last chance to get these three items *FREE* from the current Sale-A-Bration catalog!

The three items below are being discontinued today to make room for three new items!

Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper– LOVE this paper. I have used up both packs that I earned. I am trying to figure out what else I need today so I can earn another pack lol None of the images are computer made. The Stampin’ Up artist designed all of the pages using spray paint, nail polish, acrylic paint, and more.

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Hello– Available in clear mount or wood mount. Such a fun and versatile set!!

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The Sky is the Limit– Didn’t want this set at first. Didn’t see a need for it. Then I figured “what the heck” and ordered it in case any customers wanted to see it in person. I love it. I am SO glad that I have it now! Check out the quick card below that I made with the set.

 

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See the bit of Perfectly Artistic DSP in there too? Details on the card can be found HERE

Starting tomorrow, there will be 3 new items available for FREE with any $50 purchase. When I say any, I mean any!! Shop the Occasions catalog, the Annual catalog, shop the clearance section of the website!

Just a reminder, the new items can be viewed HERE. How fun is that new glitter tape? I love that you can color the white one any color you wish to match your projects! I have 3 rolls on its way to me even as I type this! I also have the Party Pants set coming. Look for projects using both towards the end of this week or early next week!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or shoot me an email to InkItAll@yahoo.com

Have a great day!

 

Sometimes things don’t go the way you planned…

Happy Thursday!

I am SO glad tomorrow is Friday! This week has gone quickly for me!

So… I have NOT had a good crafty week. I have tried. I really have. But you ever get kinda stuck? Nothing you want to do seems to work. Your ideas fall flat. You come up with something that you are actually happy with and you drop your black ink pad right on top of it. That has been my week!

I was downstairs Tues and Wed nights. I have a pile of things that I started and wasn’t happy with. Want proof? I took this Tuesday night. These are all things that I started working on and just wasn’t tickled with…

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There are NINE panels here people. Crazy. Now, don’t get me wrong. Some were ok. Those deer I loved and I was tickled pink by them. Until I started the sky. See the darker blue splotch next to the larger deer’s head? No idea what happened there. Something with the watercolor paper, just that one spot kept sucking up the water and ink. It is hard to see in the photo, but it has a weird gray cast to it in that spot. I might still try to resurrect it.

Last night I did pull that panel from the very front, with the Blushing Bride ribbon on the front, and made a quick card with it.

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It is ok. Not my favorite at all. I wasn’t going to share it, so I only took the one picture to show my mom. But I decided that I would show you my ups and downs as well. The coloring is “eh” on this, I flooded the flowers on the left with Blushing Bride (used it with my Aqua Painter) so some went past the lines. Oh well…

This next one I can’t decide if I really like, or really dislike lol I saw an idea similar to this on Pinterest day before yesterday, and decided to see what I could do with it. I purposely didn’t go back to search for the original. I wanted to see what I could do with only having seen the picture once.

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Again, it’s ok. Not my best work by far. But it was actually fun to make. It came together very quickly and was a snap to put together. I might try something similar again, pulling elements from this card onto a different project.

So there ya go! Sometimes it is HARD coming up with new and fun ideas! lol

On the plus side, I did work on a semi-tutorial last night for you all, with a TON of pictures. I will get that edited and up in the next few days 🙂

Have a great day!!

 

Weekly Deals! Feb. 9th-15th! Sale-A-Bration Update!

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Happy Tuesday all!

Hope everyone is having the start of a great week! We are getting snow today and it is COLD. I was beginning to think that winter was going to miss us. It has been so unseasonably mild, with only one or two snowfalls of any concern. Too bad I have to work today, our dog loves playing in the snow at the dog park. It will be too late to bring him when I get home.

Stick around, at the end I share retiring SAB items as well as a sneak peek of the NEW items!

Now, onto this weeks deals!

Honestly? I want it all!!!!

The only thing that I do have from this week’s deals are the Butterfly Basics stamp set. Such a pretty delicate set!!!!!

I can tell you that even if I purchase nothing else this week, the Baker’s Box Thinlits will be mine!!!! I have been oogling the set for a while now, especially after seeing what so many creative people are doing with them.

I did a quick search on Pinterest for you, to share just some of the incredible ideas. Check them out HERE. Amazing right?

The Blossom Bunch Punch is great to keep on hand. Not only does it coordinate with the Grateful Bunch stamp set, it creates the perfect little flowers on it’s own to layer together.

*As of Feb. 15th, 3 items from the current Sale-A-Bration mini will be gone! They will be replaced with three new items!

The ones retiring are:

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I am most sad to see Sky is the Limit set retiring! I LOVE this set, especially for more masculine cards!!

You have until Feb. 15th to get one of these items for free with each $50 purchase. Remember, it can be any purchase, not just from our Occasions catalog! So shop our clearance rack!

Want a sneak peek of the 3 new items?

Check it out HERE

I am loving the new stamp sets, but what I am so excited about??

Metallic Glitter Tape

Metallic Glitter Tape…. SO pretty! Gold, silver, and white. The best part? The white can be colored to match your project! How versatile is that?

Remember:

  • The 3 retiring items are only available until Feb 15th (the Perfectly Artistic Paper may be available slightly after, depending on stock)
  • The 3 new items will be available Feb. 16th
  • You can pick one item FREE until March 31st with any $50 purchase

Contact me at InkItAll@yahoo.com, or leave a comment with any questions.

Have a great day all!

 

Hello!

Happy Friday!!!!

I hope everyone has had a great week, and is looking forward to a wonderful weekend. The Superbowl is this Sunday! Wow… already. Who are you rooting for? This is the first year in a while that I don’t really care either way. I didn’t pay much attention to Football this year.

Onto crafty fun! Last night I played for just a bit, and came up with a card that I love. I seriously love this one!

I used the new Timeless Textures set that is in our Occasions catalog.

 

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I am hoping this comes back in our new Annual catalog! I have Gorgeous Grunge from our current catalog and use it way more than I would like to admit. Little texture details like what are in both of these sets can add SO much to a project!

Now, before I show you, I have to admit something. I don’t do “grungy” well anymore. Mixed media and grunge used to be right up my alley. It was more difficult for me to come up with something clean with straight lines a few years ago. I must have lost that muse at some point.

It took me a good 45 minutes, and many many rejects, to come up with a background that I was pleased with. I seriously should have taken a photo of my reject pile. I saved them all, in case I can do something with them later.

I did snap a quick shot to send to my dear friend Shawn, just to prove to her that I was working on something (I was supposed to make something the night before, but DH and I were both sick…).

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(Notice that I am NOT a neat stamper?!?!?!)

At this point, I got the background done using Crumb Cake for the majority of the images. I stamped off once or twice before putting rubber to paper (which is why my Grid Paper is such a mess!). I only used full ink on a few of the little splatter dots and the floral swirls using Blushing Bride.

Now, have you ever known that you purchased something, only you can’t find it *anywhere*? I had that problem last night. I am 100% sure that I purchased two packs of the Tea Lace Paper Doilies (in addition to a metallics pack…). Can’t find them for anything. I even went back and checked my orders to make sure I wasn’t loosing it. Nope, I purchased them on 10/28! Thankfully I found two that I had received from my upline a while ago. Now, why can I find two loose doilies but I can’t find two packs of them? Mega grumble….

Anyway, here is the end result

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I wasn’t sure about the sequins, but I think that I like them. The card is very muted and subtle. I think that the sequins adds just that bit of something that it needed!

Below is before I finished, with no sequins. I was trying to decide which way I liked it better…

 

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What do you think?

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Thats it for now!

Oh yeah!!!!

Fri Yay

Think that sums up my feelings today 😉

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Tyra

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