Saturday, November 17, 2012

NEW Product from Stampin' Up! - Talking Tags!

With Talking Tag, you can send a gift that is uniquely you. Talking Tag is a message label you can attach to cards, invitations, gifts . . . anything! Personalize birthday cards, Christmas gifts or even record quick instructions for a project. Now your pictures really can say a thousand words!
How to Buy Talking Tags:
Buy 'em by the sheet! You get 10 tags for just $7.95 (item 129723).
How to record a voice message:
  1. Download the FREE TalkingTagT App on you smartphone from, iTunes® or Google PlayT.
  2. Adhere the message tag to your card or gift.
  3. Open TalkingTagT App and scan the code.
  4. Record your message (recording starts immediately, so make sure you're ready!).
You will have the opportunity to listen, re-record, cancel, or confirm your message after you've completed recording it. Each label allows up to 60 seconds of a greeting, song, or product message.
To play the message, recipients will need to download the app and scan the code.  Messages are saved for two years, so they can listen to it over and over.
For How-tos and quick tips, check out this FAQ. And be sure to watch the short video below!

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NEW Product from Stampin' Up! - Texture Boutique

Due to the Stampin' Up! partnership with Sizzix, we are pleased to be able to offer a test run of the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine in our North American markets. We have 4,000 available to be sold only while supplies last. If this product test goes well, we may offer the Texture Boutique again in the future.
The Texture Boutique works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece. This machine embosses only; it does not die cut. Because this is a product test, the Texture Boutique is not branded with the Stampin' Up! logo.

'Tis the season of giving, and the Texture Boutique makes a wonderful gift for anyone who wants to create their own elegant embossed art. To help you with your gift-giving needs, we're offering a special value bundle that saves you $5.90. If you prefer, you can also purchase the Texture Boutique alone. Looking for stocking stuffers? Pick up some additional embossing folders.
Texture Boutique Bundle
Item 132700
$39.95 (a $45.85 value)
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 Pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
  • Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
  • Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
Item 132657
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim

*We've already sold 1,500 of our 4,000 machines! If you want one of these, you better hurry before they're gone!

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Simply Sent i-Phone App!

It has been hard to keep this a secret-we're so excited about it! Stampin' Up! has created a card-making application, and we already have a great name for it: Simply Sent! This iPhone app allows you to create an e-card-from a template or completely on your own-and send it via e-mail or post it on Facebook. And it's free!
Here's something you should know about this app: it's not My Digital Studio on a mobile device, not even close. This scaled-back version is only a taste of what you can create with MDS.  I hope you get excited about it when you try it out! - Download it from iTunes or the App Store, and play with it! Try it out!


Not an artist? You are now. Simple. Easy. Connected.

· Design and send e-cards directly to those you love—for free!—via e-mail or Facebook.

· Use our templates. They make designing the perfect greeting a snap.

· Design your card without templates if you like—look at you go!

· Add photos, choose your font, and pick the backgrounds that you love.

· Create cards easily with our intuitive tools.

· Send cards for any occasion.

· Stay connected to the people you care about. 

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Online Extravaganza! from Stampin' Up!

The biggest online sale of the year from Stampin' Up!, Online Extravaganza, begins Monday, November 19, and ends on Wednesday, November 28. We've got a fantastic selection of stamp sets, accessories, and tools that will be discounted up to 50 percent!
Plus, you won't want to miss the first 24 hours of the sale when the Big Shot, Doctor's Bag, and Simply Scored Diagonal Plate will be 20 percent off retail price! It's our very own Door Busters!

Monday, November 19, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
Page Item Description Retail Price 24-Hour Sale Price
181 125586 Simply Scored Diagonal Plate $11.95 $9.56
186 113439 Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine $99.95 $79.96
186 113474 Big Shot Doctor's Bag $69.95 $55.96 

Wednesday, November 28, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)

Page Item Description Retail Price 24-Hour Sale Price
7 118941 Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I) $66.95 $53.56
7 120279 Clear Block Storage Caddy $16.95 $13.56
175 109127 Stack & Store Caddy $34.95 $27.96 

* Discounts range between 20 and 50 percent-awesome!
* Discounted products are available on all order types (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
* There's no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.

Be sure to log in to my Online Store on Monday morning to take advantage of these 24-hour-only savings, as well as oodles of other popular products discounted up to 50 percent! 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Personalized Wine Glasses - Faux Etching

 Personalized Wine Glasses with Faux Glitter Etching - these are like Wine Stem Charms, only much more SPARKLY! This is a great, temporary, way to identify different wine glasses at a party or get-together. And you can totally customize it for the theme AND once the event is over, you can wash them in hot water and do it again! These Glitter 'Etchings' are not permanent and will wash off in hot water, with just a little scrubbing.

You can imagine all the different ideas for these - numbers, monograms, butterflies, snowflakes, fall leaves and acorns - the possibilities are as endless as your Big Shot dies! (I found some Mustache dies and I think that would be so fun to make glittered mustache glasses for a party!)

Supplies - Stampin' Up! MultiPurpose Adhesive Sheets, Dazzling Diamonds Ultra Fine Glitter, Window Sheets and Big Shot dies - Snow Flurry, Autumn Accents, Beautiful Butterfly and Typeset dies are featured in these photos.

Cut the MultiPurpose Adhesive Sheets into a manageable size, mine were 3x5 and cut the Window Sheets to the same size. For each charm, you will need two pieces of Adhesive Sheet and one piece of Window Sheet. Peel the backing from one side of the Adhesive Sheet and adhere it to the Window Sheet.

TIP: Hold the Adhesive Sheet by the sides with your fingers and don't touch the adhesive. It's a light weight adhesive and will come right off onto your fingers.

Now, remove the other backing of Adhesive Sheet and cover it with ultra fine glitter - any color, but I used Dazzling Diamonds for all mine. Tap off the excess or brush off with a soft brush. Then peel the backing off your second piece of Adhesive Sheet and adhere it firmly onto the glittered piece.

This sandwich of Window Sheet, Adhesive Sheet, Glitter, Adhesive Sheet (with the backing still on) goes through your Big Shot with whatever dies you choose.  Then carefully peel off the backing of the Adhesive Sheet and adhere the Glitter Charm to your glass. Be sure that you adhere it low enough on the glass that it doesn't interfere with actually drinking from the glass! Also, more detailed, finely cut dies work better than large solid dies because they will wrap to the curve of the glass.

Once your party is over, simply peel the Window Sheet off and wash the glasses in hot water. With just a little scrubbing the adhesive will dissolve and the glitter will wash off. The reason I use the Window Sheet as the final layer on these Charms is to contain the Glitter. Sometimes on larger solid shaped charms, the Window Sheet will peel away from the glass. You will still have a Glitter Etching adhered to the glass though. I made these with colored sugar as well and it was very cool, however I was worried about it being rubbed off and scatter all over the house during the party! Fine, colored sugar sticks to the Adhesive Sheets just as well as the fine glitter.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Triple Time Stamping - Gently Falling

 Triple Time Stampin' is a technique from Dawn Olchefske. It has a few other names as well, but it's such an easy way to make a statement and I love how easy it is to create the layered overlapped stamping element. For this card I used the Gently Falling stamp set and my most FAVORITE accessory in the Holiday Catalog, these gorgeous Bronze Buttons.

For this card, I used Dawn's dimensions - 2 x 3 ¼ , 3x4 ¼, 4x5 ¼o f Very Vanilla cardstock. Each of these are stacked on top of each other, largest to smallest, and temporarily adhered (lightly, just enough that they stay stacked.) Then stamp them randomly, be sure that the images overlap from one layer onto another.

TIP: Stamp the sentiment first.

You'll notice a gap between layers of the stamped image due to the thickness of the cardstock. Once you're finished stamping, remove the layers and adhere them to a cardstock mat - I used Rich Razzleberry here. Finally, add accessories and re-stack and permanently adhere the layers, I used Stampin' Dimensionals for extra lift of the top layer.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Jacob's Ladder Tutorial - Mini Scrapbook Album

Jacob’s Ladder 
Mini Album Tutorial

12 Coasters – 4” x 4”
3 pieces of lightweight ribbon - 45” each
12 Designer Series Paper – 4” x 4”
Sticky Strip
Mono Multi, or other Adhesive

1.    Cover one side of each Coaster with DSP, using adhesive of choice – I use Tombow Mono Multi. Round corners, trim edges, sand as necessary.

2.    Set 6 coasters aside. Mark the remaining 6 coaster on the back side with lines drawn at ¾”, 2” and 3 ¼”

3.    Lay down Sticky Strip on the top, bottom and across each line on the back of these 6 coasters, trim to edge.
4.    Adhere the ribbons to the Sticky Strip lines, beginning as shown in the picture with alternating Ribbon pieces, two to the left, one to the right, as shown. Adhere an un-lined Coaster to this Coaster, back to back, sandwiching the Ribbon ends between the two Coasters.

5.    Bring the Ribbons over this completed page. Now two are to the right and one is to the left. Be sure the ribbon is laying flat against the covered coaster.

6.    Lay the DSP side of another lined Coaster on top of the ribbon, creating a stack. Pull the Ribbon snug and bring them across the Sticky Strip lined Coaster and adhere to marked lines.

7.    Adhere an un-lined Coaster to this Coaster, back to back, sandwiching the Ribbons between the two Coasters.

8.    Repeat this process through all your Coasters, being sure that your Ribbons are nice and flat and snug and alternated each time you put down a Coaster. Before adhering the final Coaster, trim the Ribbon ends so they are hidden between the last two Coasters.
9.    Test your Jacob’s Ladder by lifting the top coaster on the edges with your fingers, left and right side. Now fold the top page back on itself and watch the remaining pages FLIP-FLIP-FLIP over each other. Fold forward to repeat the flipping. If a page gets stuck and doesn’t flip, just flick it with your finger.

10.    Decorate the front cover as desired.
11.    Remember when adding pictures to trim them off center and adhere below the ribbons, so that the flipping mechanism has free movement. Try your pictures before adhering to be sure the Ribbons are not covering important elements. See in the pictures below, how one side will have two ribbons across her face and when flipped, it will have one ribbon down the center. Play with the trimming of your photos a little before permanently adhering to the pages.

Mini Album Box Holder
8 ¼” x 8 ¼” cardstock
4 pieces DSP ¾” x 4”
Scored at 1” and 2” on each of the four sides. Cut along the scored lines and trim tabs to create box. Before adhering four sides of box, circle punch a finger tab on two opposite sides.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Mini Albums - Jacob's Ladder style

 Here's a great Scrapbooking project - I made 11 of these Jacob's Ladder Mini Albums for a 3D swap at the Stampin' Up! Denver Regionals in September. I made two different sizes - 4" square ones, like these pictures and some 3x5" rectangle ones, both with the stamp set From My Heart. I wanted to play with some circle ones, too, but just wasn't sure how I would make the box holder for the circle album, so will have think about that for another day. Here is the link to my Tutorial Jacob's Ladder Mini Album Tutorial.

I really love Mini Albums for collecting a group of event specific photos and leaving it on the side table for a quick flip. Also, Mini Albums are quick to complete and they make great gifts as well.

And the Jacob's Ladder element, well it's just cool! I can give you some instructions on making a Jacob's Ladder Mini Album if you're interested. Just shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment on this post. I took some pictures while I made these and could put together a short photo tutorial.

The cool thing about the Jacob's Ladder albums is the movement. A Jacob's Ladder refers to the flipping back and forth of the the pages. You can hold it up and the pages will drop below in a straight line. Then fold the top cover back on itself and all the pages will FLIP FLIP FLIP over all the way to the bottom to show the reverse side! Then fold the cover forward and the pages wil FLIP FLIP FLIP over again! So Fun! The key to adding photos to a Jacob's Ladder Mini Album is to adhere them beneath the ribbons on each page. That allows unhindered movement by the ribbon threads which in turn allows for the flip flop motion of the Jacob's Ladder.

The finishing element to my albums is this little holder. It's a very simple box that is just the right size for the Mini Album to be housed on your side table or bookshelf. It has thumb and finger cutouts to pick up the Mini Album as well. The Tutorial for both the Jacob's Ladder Album and the holding Box can be found on my blog here Jacob's Ladder Tutorial.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Window card with Winter Memories

I think this was the favorite card at Technique Club this month! We used several techniques in a 'Re-deaux' theme and added a new technique as well - 'Sugar Dusted." This card uses Pretty in Pink cardstock for the base and has a large window die cut from the front using the Stampin' Up! Apothecary Accents Framelits. With a snowflake stamped Window Sheet, you get a peek inside at the winter scene from Winter Memories stamp set.

Sugar Dusted is a term coined by my friend and incredible stamper, Jacque. It is simply the sponging on the edges of the tags which are then covered in VersaMark Ink, Heat and Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamonds to create a sparkling, glittering loveliness.

We sponged Perfect Plum ink on the tag on the front of the card and also onto the Apothecary Accents framelit piece on the inside of the card. Then we drug the VersaMark Ink pad over the edges, quite heavily to be sure we got a good coverage around the perimeter of the piece. VersaMark is what makes the Heat and Stick Powder 'stick.' These VersaMarked edges are dipped in Heat and Stick Powder, with the excess tapped off, and then heated JUST until shiny with a Heat Gun. The Heat and Stick Powder is like Embossing Powder Glue - the Heat Gun activates the glue and makes it sticky. Then we covered this with Dazzling Diamonds Ultra Fine Glitter, tapped off the excess and gave it one last quick shot of the Heat Gun to set it a little. The result is a beautiful, lightly colored and completely glittery edge!

To get the crinkle and ruffle in the White Taffeta Ribbon here, first tie the bow and then use the Heat Gun to heat the ribbon just until it starts to melt. This Heated Ribbon technique works well on Taffeta and Satin ribbons but not on other ribbons with a high cotton content.

The Window Sheet is stamped with snowflakes from Snowflake Soiree and White StazOn ink. White StazOn ink is used because Classic and Craft inks will not dry on the Window Sheet. The White StazOn pad comes with its own Re-inker and that is because you will want to re-ink the pad each time before using it. It dries out quickly.

Stamps: Winter Memories, Bring On the Cake, Snowflake Soiree
Inks: Black StazOne, Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, White StazOn
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Window Sheet, Apothecary Accents Framelits, White Taffeta Ribbon, Polka Dots TIEF, Circle Punches, Heat and STick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thanks is for Giving - Seasonal Sayings and Gently Falling

Here's a shaped card that I stamped for my Tech club swap this month. The theme was "Thanksgiving" or to use a sketch from Card Sampler magazine, which was this shaped dress with an apron. I used my Brayer to add layers of blended color across the dress and used Gently Falling and Seasonal Sayings stamp sets from Stampin' Up! to carry the Thanksgiving theme.

I used the template from the magazine to cut the dress shape onto a top-fold card of Very Vanilla. Then I used a Brayer to first add Daffodil Delight ink across the middle of the card, at an angle. Then a few more rolls of the Brayer with Tangerine Tango and edged with Bravo Burgundy ink. To finish, I sprayed the brayered piece with Champagne Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol in one of our Spritzer Bottles. This blended the colors a bit more and it also added a pretty shimmer to the card. Finally, I stamped a few leaves from Gently Falling in Illuminate Ink randomly over the dress front. This is a pigment pad from the Holiday Catalog. It is such a beautiful soft shimmer and I just love using it!

For the apron, I also used the magazine template to cut my shaped. Then I stamped the leaves from Gently Falling on the back of the Vellum in the same colors of ink and stamped the sentiment from Seasonal Sayings in Black StazOn on the front. I fastened the Vellum Apron to the card front with Glimmer Brads. Here is a closer look at the Vellum apron overlay. There is a lot of shimmer on this card and the gold Glimmer Brads were a great touch of extra glitter.

TIP: Classic inks may smear on Vellum, so let them dry well before handling or stamp on the back side of the vellum for a softer look. Try using StazOn ink for sentiments on vellum.

{Inside} - I used a strip of Bravo Burgundy cardstock cut with the Tasteful Trim Big Shot XL die to add a touch of dress maker to the inside of this card - it also covers the Glimmer Brad legs that are poked through from the front of the card.
Stamps: Seasonal Sayings, Gently Falling
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tango Tangerine, Bravo Burgundy
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Vellum Cardstock, Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Circle and Scallop Circle Punch, Brayer, Tasteful Trim XL Die, Glimmer Brads

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