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Border Buddy Saturday - Emboss Resist Technique

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison Solven here to day with another Color Theory Suite card share!

June 2017 BB Color Theory Card #5 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

It's hard to think of snow and cold weather on a beautiful like today in Vancouver.  I love the Colorful Season Photopolyer stamp set which allows you to make cards and other projects representing the four seasons - Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall.  I love this sentiment - it can be used for any occasion.

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I used a technique called Emboss Resist on my card.  This technique use ink applied over an embossed image so they "pop" off the page by resisting the ink applied on top.  You can watch this video I did from a few years ago on how to achieve this look.

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The Colorful Seasons stamp set is part of the Color Theory Suite of products which Patsy and I are featuring in the June Border Buddy Free Card program.  This collection is so easy to use together because they all coordinate making card making so easy!

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What is your dream job?

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Have you always known what you wanted to be when you grew up? 

It wasn't until 1998 that I discovered my dream job.  I had been a nurse/optician working for two eye doctors and I actually liked what I did, but I never felt like it was my dream job.

I was invited to a Stampin' Up! Party and purchased a few things and started to make cards, cards was my passion and still is today.  I bought the starter kit to get the discount.  I still wasn't thinking dream job!

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I always loved art...

but will admit I could barely draw a stick figure and I am not exaggerating so teaching people how to be creative just wasn't on my radar.  It wasn't long before I just couldn't get enough of stamping.  I lived, dreamed about having a stamp in my hand.  My "real" job was taking up too much time and I just wanted to stamp, create and share.

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That is when I realized my dream job was sharing my love of Stampin' Up! with family and friends. 

Maybe stamping is your dream job! 

Did you know you can purchase the Stamipn’ Up! Starter kit for only $99?  I like to call it the most amazing bundle!  It is not a prepackaged kit you get to select everything you want in your kit. The ultimate perk is you save 20% on all future orders while you are active (minimum of 3 months). 

I welcome everyone to my team no matter if you just want a discount or maybe you want to create your dream job.   I have team members from the east coast to the west coast.  There is no risk and no pressure - Just lots of sharing and fun!

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Card Details:

  • Card Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock (5 1/2" x 8 1/2") folded in half for card base.
  • Paper: Berry Burst Cardstock (4" x 5 1/4"), Color Theory Designer Series Paper (3 1/4" 4 1/2"), Watercolor Paper (2" x 3 1/4"), Bermuda Bay (1 7/8" circle)
  • Other: Aqua Painter, Watercolor Pencils, Berry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon and Bitty Bow.

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This Little Piggy Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

This little piggy went to market. 

How many of you have done this with a child before.  Our grandson, who is only 21 months old, when his socks come off he starts to pull on his toes and recite This Little Piggy.

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This Little Piggy Stamp Set...

was a FREE gift from Stampin' Up! for attendee's at the OnStage Local in Minneapolis in April.  I do have to say I have fallen in love with these little guys and you may be seeing allot more of them.

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There are 4 cute little piggies to choose from, all with such happy faces they just make you want to smile. 

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See the little kisses on his cheek and who wouldn't love the saying Hogs & Kisses.  I stamped the pig with Basic Black Archival Ink on our Watercolor Paper and let it dry for a few minutes.  Then I squeezed my new Powder Pink Classic Ink Pad opened it up and grabbed some ink with my Blender Pen and colored the pig.  I colored the grass the same way using Old Olive Classic Ink.  I stamped the kisses in Real Red Classic Ink.

Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. 

I used apiece of the designer paper for the background of my card.  I love that the new stacks are no longer in a tablet form.  I always had a hard time tearing them out and then there was a glue edge so I am excited no more tablet. 

These stacks are a great value with 48 - 6" x 6" sheets (4 each of 12 double sided designs).  

Lots more fun stuff to come these next months as I share exciting new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog products.  

What is your favorite new item click here to let me know, it's easy.

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Border Buddy Saturday - Color Theory Suite

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison Solven here today. 

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I presented the Color Theory Suite at Stampin' Up! On Stage event in Toronto in April.  I had to make 12 samples as part of my presentation so I really gave the stamps and framelits a workout.  The Colorful Seasons Photopolyer Stamps and Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies are perfect for both card make and memory keeping.

Here's some of the features of the products:

Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp Set:

  • all four season (Winter, Spring, Fall and Summer) are represented which can be used for many occasions
  • two-step imagery with coordinating sentiments
  • bundled stamps and thinlits - save 10% when  purchase together

Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies:

  • mix of framelits, intricate images, and Edgelits.
  • dies designed to cut shapes from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack to give an ombre look

Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack:

  • 72 double-side cards, 4 specialty cards, 2 sticker sheets
  • great for memory keeping and card making
  • cards can be used for card fronts or trim out images or card elements
  • just slip card into pocket pages for your memory keeping

Color Theory Suite Fall 1 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

I love photopolymer stamps like the Colorful Seasons because I can easily line up the images for 2 step stamping like in this leaf.  The intricate thinlit leaf die is a perfect match for the stamps!

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These samples were created by the concept artists at Stampin' Up! and illustrate the versatility of the set and coordinating products.  Every season is represented here! Well except for the 5th season in Canada...which is Hockey Season!

Have you heard about Patsy's and my Free Card program for qualifying orders? There is a new set of cards every month based on one of the Suites of products from the current catalogues.  In June we are featuring these fabulous Color Theory Suite products!

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Here are the products included in the Color Theory Suite - just click on the pictures and you'll be directed to my store!

 

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Border Buddy Saturday - Crafting Forever

It's Border Buddy Saturday it's Alison here today!

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As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator we get lots of perks including the opportunity to get our hands on new product before they go on sale to customers.  One of my favorite new stamp sets from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue is called Crafting Forever.  It's perfect for all us creative people.  I wanted to share a card today using the stamps and new In Colors.

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This pot of brushes is so fun and allowed me to feature all the brand new In Colors including Lemon Lime Twist (on the pot and my favorite!), Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and Powder Pink.  Which one will be your new favorite?

2017-2019 In Color

Put this stamp set on the top of your list come June 1st. It also includes a copyright stamp that you can use for your creations that you sell which contact Stampin' Up! images.  This stamp satisfies the requirements for our Angel Policy.


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To create this card yourself here are the instructions:

  1. Cut Powder Pink cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", score at 4 1/4" and fold to create card front.
  2. Cut Whisper White to 5" x 3 3/4" and a Berry Burst mat to 5 1/8" x 3 7/8".
  3. Glue the Whisper White piece to the Berry Burst mat.
  4. Stamp the sentiment on the bottom of the Whisper White piece in Berry Burst ink.
  5. Stamp the pot of brushes in Basic Black Archival ink on Watercolor Paper.  Cut out with Stitched Shape large square.
  6. Color the image using an Aqua Painter and Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray inks.
  7. Cut out the largest square from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock (3 1/4" x 3 1/4") using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. 
  8. Cut out the middle of this square with a die from Layering Square Framelits.
  9. Glue them together offsetting the Lemon Lime Twist one as shown in the picture.
  10. Glue the pieces to the top of the Whisper White piece.
  11. Stamp the scissors in Basic Black Archival ink on a piece of Watercolor Paper. 
  12. Color with Tranquil Tide and Basic Gray inks using an Aqua Painter.
  13. Fussy cut the scissors.
  14. Glue the scissors to the left side of the pots.

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I stamped the scissors and fussy cut them - isn't that saying just perfect? I used my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the blades of the scissors and on the brush metal pieces.  Did you notice the fine line along the right side of the elements in the the image? I used Smoky Slate ink to anchor the pot and brushes. 

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Border Buddy Saturday - Easter Palace Suite

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today.

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This week I'm showcasing one of the cards from our Border Buddy Free Card Program.  Each month Patsy and I design four cards each using a "Suite" of products from the catalogue.  We love that Stampin' Up! makes matching of colours and products easy by creating a group of products that coordinate beautifully together!  This month it's the Eastern Palace Suite.

This suite is a sneak peek special promotion for the month of May and includes your choice of two bundles.

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The best thing about this new suite has got to be the amazing Eastern Medallion Thinlit Dies.  There are 14 dies included but you can mix and match them to create so many combinations.  They also work beautifully with our Circle Layering Thinlits to give you even more options. 

The bundles include THREE new 2017-2019 In Color inks - Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist (my new fav!).  Each bundle includes a FREE gift or two of brand new products!

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Do you know about our Free Card program?  It's available for anyone living in Canada or the USA.  This is a collage of our cards this month using the Eastern Palace bundles.  When you order online you earn a FREE 8 page PDF with step-by-step instructions for these cards including measurements and supply list.

Read about Patsy's program here!

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Birthday Blast & Star Blast Edgelits Dies Last Chance

Handstamped Birthday Card using Birthday Blast Stamp Set & Starblast Edglits Dies by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

I love celebrating my Stampin' Up! Team's accomplishments. 

Each month I send a card to the Top 10 in Sales a hand stamped card congratulating them.  The Birthday Blast stamp set and Star Blast Edgelits Dies is the perfect set to create a card to help them celebrate.   The Top Ten in March received this card in their mail-box.  Everyone still loves to receive a hand stamped card in the mail. 

Birthday Blast stamp set and Star Blast Edgelits Dies by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

Here is how to make this hand stamped card.

  • The card base is a piece of 4 1/4" x 11" Whisper White card-stock fold in half.
  • I stamped the image in Rich Razzleberry Ink on the center top of the card-front.
  • The stars are embossed using a piece of 2 1/2" x 4 1/4" Rich Razzleberry cardstock using the Big Shot and the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder. 
  • I cut out the stars from a piece of Shimmery White paper using the Big Shot and the Star Blast Edgelits Dies and adhered it behind the top of the Rich Razzleberry card-stock and adhered it to the bottom of the card-front.
  • With the Star Blast Edgelits Dies I cut out a star from Silver Glimmer paper. 
  • Stamp WAHOO in Rich Razzleberry ink on Whisper White and cut it out using the tag from the edgelits dies.

Time is running out for items in the Occasions Catalog.  You won't want to miss this fun set for celebrating Birthdays, special achievements and anything you want to say Wahoo about. 

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Border Buddy Saturday - High Tide Stamp Set

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It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today.  Patsy and I give away free cards every single month and today I'm sharing one of those cards with you!  Let me give you a little background on our Free Card Program.  Each month we choose two stamp sets and we each make 2 cards with each set.  Then we prepare an 8 page PDF with all the instructions, measurements and supplies and give it as a thank you gift to our customers who purchase through our online stores.  That's all you have to do - place any size order through our store.  It gets better....when that order is $50 or more we send you two of the cards in the mail! My customers love receiving the cards each month.

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This month one of our stamp sets is High Tide and I'm so thrilled it's going to be in the next Annual Catalogue so you can use the PDF in the future too.  This card uses a fabulous designer paper stack called Serene Scenery and it had some fabulous designs including this one that looked like the shore and ocean.  Sadly it's retired and has already sold out.  You could create a similar look with a watercolour wash technique.

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The lighthouse is a two step technique where you use two images, one on top of the other, to create a multi coloured final image.  In Vancouver we have many lighthouses because we are on the water and so I have a natural love for them.  I stamped the lighthouse and then stamped the sentiment on top. 

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These cars were created by the talented concept artists at Stampin' Up!  You can make any colour lighthouse using the two step method and add all the other elements easily because the stamps are photopolymer and you can see right where to place them.

 Are you ready to receive our free PDF and cards in the mail? Check out all the details here:

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Top Ten Stamp Sets I am Sad to Say Good-bye To.

With the Stampin' Up! retiring list just released it is always hard to say good -bye to some of our favorite stamp sets.  Here are my Top Ten Stamp Sets I will be sad to say Good-Bye to, along with a links to the original post featuring this stamp set and some FREE PDF Tutorials. 

1. Birthday Fiesta

1 Birthday Fiesta Stamp Set by Stampin Up

What I love about this stamp set is it's whimsical nature making me smile every time I use it. 

CLICK HERE to visit a post with instructions for this fun fold card. 

 

2. Wetlands

2 Wetlands Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

We live on the lake and see Canada Geese flying in almost everyday.  This stamp set reminds me how of  blessed I am to enjoy life on the lake. 

CLICK HERE to visit a previous post and download a tutorial for this card

 

3. In the Meadow

3 In the Meadow stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I am most at peace when I am in nature and being able to stamp with this stamp set has given me a sense of nature while working.  

CLICK HERE to visit a previous post and watch a video on the background technique made using painters tape. 

 

4. Penned & Painted

4 Penned and Painted stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Love Flowers just can't ever get enough of them.  When I saw this stamp set I said to myself  "you have too many flower stamp sets".  But I still couldn't resist it.  Can you ever have to many flower stamp sets?  I don't think so!

CLICK HERE to see more details about this card.

 

5. Grateful Bunch

5 Grateful Bunch Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Nothing is better than a stamp set with a coordinating punch.  While I love the Big Shot and framelits dies I often times grab my punches first.  This stamp set has an amazing punch that goes with it and embellishing cards with flowers has never been so easy.

CLICK HERE to for directions and measurements for this card.

 

6. Traveler

6 Traveler stamp set by Stampin' Up!

So sad one of my top masculine stamp sets is retiring.  Be sure and check out the previous blog post showing how to get the ship's refection in the water.

CLICK HERE to watch a video how to get the reflection of the ship in the water. 

 

7. Kinda Eclectic

7 Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

The stamped image of the leaf sprig is so amazing with this stamp set.   And don't forget the coordinating butterfly punch that goes with this set also retiring.  You won't want to wait to long to get the punch as Accessories are ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

CLICK HERE to visit my Kinda Eclectic Pinterest Board

 

8. Celebrate Today

8 Celebrate Today stamp set by Stampin' Up!

If you want balloons this is the set for you.  Paired with the number of years stamp set and framelits this card was a huge hit. 

CLICK HERE to read more about it.

 

9. Flower Patch

9 Flower Patch Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

This card was featured in one of my Just in CASE Series that I post each Thursday on my blog. 

CLICK HERE to download a FREE PDF Card Tutorial on how to make this card.

 

10. Cottage Greetings

10 Cottage Greetings stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The fonts used in this stamp set are some of my favorite.  While I will continue to use these in my personal life I will miss sharing them with you.  They are just such a nice compliment to so many stamp sets.  

CLICK HERE to visit my previous post with information and also a FREE card Tutorial to download.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite retiring stamp sets.  What are you sad to see go?  Is it on your self or do you need to order it before it is gone?

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Stamping, Lifetime Friendships and Community

Stampin' Up! Team Diva & Dude Stampers www.stampstodiefor.com

This is a small portion of my Stampin' Up! team of demonstrators that attended Convention together in Salt Lake City, Utah a few years ago.  Some have been part of my team for over 14 years.  While it was the stamping that brought us together it has created friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Each Month (with the exception of a few missed months) I send out a hand stamped card to the top 10 in sales on my team.  A long time ago before I even had 10 members of my team someone said "don't do for 1 what you can't do for 100".  Of course I never thought I would have 100 on my team - but with time I did.

Top Ten Card Number of Years stamp set and Floral Affection Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com
Here is the card I sent out for the February Top 10 in Sales.  I have demonstrators across the US and Puerto Rico who are part of my team.

  • The cardbase is Watermelon Wonder Cardstock
  • The flower paper is the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper
  • The embossing was create using the Big Shot & the Floral Affection Embossing Folder
  • I cut out the number & banner using the Large Number Framelits Dies 
  • The no. is stamped in Night of Navy ink on Daffodil Delight paper (stamp from the Number of Years stamp set).

You could change it up a bit and have it be a Birthday card and just cut out the number of the year you want to celebrate.  I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to this stamp set.

I am always happy to welcome new team members to the Diva & Dude Stampers.  Read more about it...

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