Glitter Techniques

Glittery Halloween CardAre you a glitter fan? I love it seeing it in use, but I have problems working it into my own designs so I don’t use it often. But Stampin’ Up! came out with great Black & Orange Stampin’ Glitter and Gold & Silver Stampin’ Glitter in the new Holiday Catalog. It’s irresistible, so I had to challenge myself to use it.

Here is the first result – a very simple Halloween card. Instead of going with the traditional “scary” images, I thought I’d just use a simple geometric design and add glitter to the greeting for my first attempt. It’s a very popular card at my house, I hope you like it too.

Wondering how to stamp an image with glitter? You’ll love it – all you need is your Versamark ink pad, heat tool and Heat & Stick Powder. Stamp your image with the versamark, sprinkle with Heat & Stick Powder (make sure you remove the excess so you don’t end up with glitter in places you don’t want it) and heat it, when it is shiny the glitter will stick. Sprinkle the glitter over it, remove the excess and give it a little more heat to set it. You can add glitter to any stamped image in just seconds!

Another easy way to add glitter to your projects is with the Two-Way Glue Pen. Add highlights to a stamped image, draw in snow drifts on white cardstock or snowflake dots in the sky. If you want a solid stripe of glitter, adhere Sticky Strip to your project and sprinkle glitter on it.

Try some glitter today, you and your friends will love it!

Card ingredients: Stamps: Tags 4 You (wood, clear). Ink: Versamark, Basic Black. Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black. Ingredients: Black & Orange Stampin’ Glitter, Heat & Stick Powder, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Hexagon and Label Bracket Punches, Heat Tool, Big Shot.

Psst! Want Some Free Stamps and Stuff?

Party More - October Hostess SpecialOctober is the month for you! An extra $25 in stamping goodies just for getting together with your friends and having a crafting good time (with a minimum $250 party). If you live in the Skagit County area, call me so we can set up a party.

Don’t live in the Skagit County area? Not a problem! You can still participate. Contact me and I’ll get you set up with some catalogs and a hostess code. You can show the catalog to your friends and get their order, or direct them to my website with the hostess code. It’s that simple!

Of course, you can also place a $250 order without your friends and get the bonus hostess dollars, which is super easy to do with all the new products we have.

I hope to hear from you soon! We have many, many great products available right now, and I’d love for you to get some free!

 

Sweet and Simple

DSP, Sketched Birthday and Scallop Punches Card

Here’s a sweet and springy birthday card to add some sunshine for your friends with fall birthdays. It may be cold, windy or rainy outside – but this card will warm them up! And, it’s simple, too! The Designer Series Paper and punches do all the work for you. Want to step it up a little? Sponge the edges of the Melon Mambo scalloped circle. Add some texture to the Island Indigo piece with your Big Shot and an embossing folder. Or wrap a piece of ribbon around it – or both. Of course, you can use any designer paper you want, so it’s easy to change the color scheme. A great card to stock up on! Make a few today, and let us know how you change it up!

Card ingredients: Stamps: Sketched Birthday (wood, clear). Ink: Island Indigo. Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Whisper White. Accessories: Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers from the Brights Collection Stampin’ Write Markers, 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle and 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punches.

Free Gift for YOU!

But, only if you’re a mailing list subscriber. And you won’t want to miss out on this! The Twelve Weeks of Christmas will bring you a new stamping project every Wednesday – and an occasional bonus project. Step-by-step instructions for stunning holiday cards, gifts, tags and wrapping. These projects are just for the special people on our mailing list, they will never be on the blog or in a future newsletter, sign up today so you won’t miss a single week!

SDC266-1Need an idea today before the Twelve Weeks of Christmas starts? Here’s a very simple idea for a fall card. This card looks like it takes lots of careful cutting and measuring, but with the new Circle Thinlets Card die it’s only takes a few minutes!  Give it a try, you’ll love it! Card Ingredients: Stamps: The Best of Autumn (clear only), Truly Grateful (wood, clear). Ink: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Jet Black Stazon. Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White. Other: Aquapainter, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Circle Thinlets Card Die, Big Shot.

FREE Wallpaper and an Update You Won’t Want to Miss

OctFreeWallpaperStampin’ Up! Has given away My Digital Studio wallpaper every month this year; October’s release came out yesterday, along with several other great downloads. Among the downloads are great digital ribbon, and one that matches the Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit that includes the designer paper, snowflake stamps and ribbons from the the kit that you will be able to use over and over again for all your digital projects. Check out all the new downloads today!

How do you like using My Digital Studio? Have you ever wished you it was easier to find your favorite tools? You’re in luck! Stampin’ Up! also released an update to My Digital Studio today that allows you to customize your toolbar. The update will download automatically the next time you use My Digital Studio while you are online.

If you’re wondering how to use the wallpaper download, it’s really simple. “Buy” it from my online store by clicking here, then follow the prompts to download and install it. Open my digital studio and if you’re going to use the wallpaper as wallpaper, create a custom project the size of your desktop (if you’re not sure, it’s okay to guess). Click on the button to an embellishment, then scroll down the list until you see “Designer Kits”. Click on Designer KIts and scroll down the list to “Starlighter October wallpaper”, you will see several different versions of the wallpaper, identified by screen size. Pick the size you want to work with and click apply, your wallpaper will be in your project for you to embellish in any way you want or resize if you need to. Once your done, click Project, the Share, and Export Pages… Export your project as a .jpeg, remember where you save it and you’ll be able to use it as wallpaper.

You aren’t limited to using it as wallpaper, either! Since it is an embellishment, you can use it in any of your projects. You can cover up the calendar with a punch or something else, run part of it off the page… Download your free file today and have fun with it!

 

Happy Fall!

Fall has fallen, school has started, we may have a few sunny days left, but there will be many more blustery and rainy days. We’re not likely to have any more opportunities for the beach, so I guess we’ll just have to stamp!

BestOfOwlaween1I’ve really been enjoying the “Best of…” stamps series that Stampin’ Up! is celebrating their 25th anniversary with. Today I have a quick and easy card made with the Best of Halloween. A little embossing, a little paper piercing, a punch and a great framelit come together to make a great card.

What is  your favorite of the Best of… stamps that we’ve seen so far? Have they missed out on any of your favorite stamps? There are still three months left, and all twelve sets will be available until March 31, 2014. And there is the added bonus of a free stamp set for each six Best of sets that you purchase.

Card Ingredients: Stamps: Best of Halloween. Ink: Versamark, Basic Black. Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie. Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Labels Collection Framelits, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, Modern Label Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Heat Tool, Big Shot.

Copy This … Please1

Holly Jolly Card inspired by demonstrator magazine articleOftentimes the we get our stamping ideas from others. And, that’s how I got this card. A recent issue of Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrator magazine, Stampin’ Success had an article on Stampin’ Up!’s 25 year hear history of making a difference, especially over the past 10 years that they’ve been involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities. One of the many things they do is produce a yearly special stamp set as a fund raiser, this year’s set is Tag It, and for every set sold Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you don’t already have it, please add Tag It (wood, clear) to your next order.

Next time you’re stumped for an idea, feel free to copy one of these, or any other card you see on Stamp with Kat!I loved the card they illustrated the article with (you can see the original at the bottom of this post), but had very few of the supplies Card from Stampin' Success using Tag Itneeded to recreate it, so I changed it up quite a bit, with a different stamp set and a punch instead of a framelit. Both cards are quick and easy, and another plus, they fit in a standard letter size envelope. The card base is a 6″ x 6″ square folded in half instead of a half sheet of cardstock.) to your next order!

Card Ingredients: Stamps: Tags 4 You (wood, clear). Ink: Versamark. Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper. Accessories: Wild Wasabi Embossing PowderLabel Brackets and Scallop Trim Border Punch, Linen Thread, Heat Tool.

Try a Technique – Sanded Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! makes wonderful cardstock, but sometimes you want to use something just a little bit different – and Stampin’ Up! has that, too, with our Core’dinations cardstock in all of our exclusive colors. Smooth on one side, textured on the other, with a monochromatic center that can be revealed by sanding, tearing or distressing.

Snow Day Card with sanded backgroundIt’s great for making this cute snowman card. I used Night of Navy Core’dinations, embossed it with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and sanded it with our Stampin’ Sanding Block. I love the nighttime snowflake look.

There is one thing that I want all my stamping friends to remember – there are no mistakes in stamping, just excuses to embellish. How do you like the snowman’s off center hat? Well, Whisper White craft ink dries very s-l-o-w-l-y, I thought I’d allowed enough time for it to dry, but when I checked it I smeared it a little. Instead of starting over, I stamped the hat on a scrap of Whisper White, cut it out with my Paper Snips and covered up the smear. What are your favorite ways for making “problems” a part of your stamping? (Oh…and so you don’t have this problem too, craft ink dries much faster with a little help from a Heat Tool, and loses it’s shine when it’s dry.)

I’m pretty happy with the way this card turned out, but after I finished it I had an idea for a similar one that might be an improvement. Both cards will be on my Facebook page tomorrow, please stop by and let us know which one you like best.

Card ingredients: Stamps: Snow Day (wood, clear). Ink: Whisper White Craft, Real Red, Basic Black. Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Regals Core’dinations. Accessories: Stampin’ Sanding Block, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, Big Shot.