Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

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Here's a Father's Day card we made at stamp club recently. I love the masculine look and feel to this one. And it is hubby approved!

I used the All Holidays stamp set to stamp the sentiment on Basic Grey cardstock in Versamark ink, heat embossing it with Silver embossing powder. Then I ran the Basic Grey cardstock thru my Big Shot, using the texture plate called Distressed.

I also ripped the Whisper White piece, and added some silver embossing along the ripped edge by rubbing it on my versamark ink, and heat embossing that with silver too.

The Pewter Jumbo eyelets were added using the Crop-A-Dile, and I crumpled the edges of the cardstocks for a distressed look and feel. Topped it off with some Natural Hemp Twine, and it's done!

Hope you like it!


Monday, June 8, 2009

Price Changes coming!

Well, I have some good news and bad news.

First, the bad news.....I have just noticed on the demonstrator website that most of the Canadian prices for Stampin' Up product will be going up with the new catalogue. I wanted to give you the heads-up, and encourage you to stock up on any cardstock, ink pads, ribbons and anything else, before the prices increase as of July 1st. (From the products I can sneak-peek at, it looks to me like the ink pads will go up to $7.25, the single-color 8.5X11 cardstock packs will be at $7.25 and and the assorted packs at $10.50.)

Here's Stampin' Up's explanation of why the prices will be going up.

Price Increase
May 29, 2009

You will notice a price increase of about 10 percent for products in the upcoming 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue. The price of the Demonstrator Starter Kit and other supply items will also increase.

We evaluate product pricing based on a number of factors. While the exchange rate is only one factor in pricing considerations for Canada, dramatic changes in the exchange rate are cause for price adjustments. Because the Canadian dollar weakened seven months ago and has seen limited recovery since then, we have found it necessary to adjust our prices.

Too bad, but...Now the good can beat the price increase! If you are getting low on anything, please let me know before June 15th what you want to order, or you can order online and have it shipped to you. This way you can get the current prices, and save some money! Think about the items you will want for the fall (even Christmas cards!) and order now!

Email me at to place your order today!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Watercolor Spritz!

Love this technique I learned recently! Isn't it pretty?

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I used my Big Shot, and the Impressions folder called Manhattan Flower to emboss onto Shimmery White cardstock. Then I rubbed the Versamark ink pad over the raised areas (carefully) and heat embossed that with clear embossing powder. Next step is to spritz the carstock with water (quite a bit) to create some little puddles in the lower sections. Using an aquapainter (or a paintbrush), dab bits of re-inker colors into the sections. The color spreads into the puddles, and it looks so neat! Let is air-dry for at least 30 minutes, and then cut around the image, keeping the sections that turn out the best.


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On these projects I also added:

Whisper White cardstock base, punched with the Eyelet Border Punch, added some 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (in Regal Rose/Brocade Blue), and added a white half-back pearl from the Pretties Kit. The colors of re-inkers I used are: Regal Rose/Pretty in Pink/Cameo Coral, and on the blue version: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue. 

For the sentiment, I used the Dreams du Jour stamp set , inked it with the markers (same color combos as above) as well as Certainly Celery. 

So Summery! 

Have a great day!