HELLO to a New Beginning

This week marks a new chapter in my life since I am now officially “retired”!  It also marks a new beginning for StampedGreetings.com and my blog!  I started the website and blog a few years ago and have really enjoyed posting and receiving feedback.  Now, I want to dedicate more time to share stamping ideas with you.

Here is what you can expect

  • Each week, one stamp set or bundle will be featured.
  • Living up to my motto (One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities), each week I’ll showcase three projects.
  • I can’t promise on which days I’ll post (I’ve got to get used to this “retired” thing!), but there will be three projects.

Here is what I would like to ask from you

  • Please provide your feedback.  Constructive words (positive or not-so-positive) are appreciated.
  • Share the projects you like with your friends!

Floral Statements is the first set to be featured in the new beginning of StampedGreetings.com.  If you’re like me, you may have missed it when you looked through the new Annual Catalog.  The set includes two stamps that are very beautiful and very useful.  Take a look at the Hello card below.

Instructions for making the Hello card

  • The base for the card is Garden Green cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The frame layer is Early Espresso cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  I love a darker frame color under the front.  The extra color on the edge of the design really helps the images pop.
  • The card front is Crumb Cake cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.  Hint:  You can get all three card stock colors in the Painted Autumn Cardstock Pack in the Holiday catalog.  Cardstock packs really help take the guesswork out of which colors work incredibly well together.
  • Use the Hello stamp from the Floral Statements stamp set and Archival Basic Black Stampin’ Ink to stamp Hello in the middle of the card front.
  • Use the stamp of your choice from the Timeless Textured stamp set and Versamark Ink to add an edge border to the card front.
  • Use your Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers and leaves in the Hello stamp design.  Be sure to use the Basic Black watercolor pencil and color over each letter in Hello.  In the example, I used Whisper White on the flower petals, Daffodil Delight in the middle of the flowers, Old Olive on the leaves. and Early Espresso on the bark pieces.
  • Emboss your card front with the amazing, new Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You will love the multi-dimensions of the leaves!
  • If you add a little Wink of Stella to the letters, they will pop even more.
  • Speaking of popping, you can make selected leaves seem more of a focal point by highlighting them with your Whisper White watercolor pencil.
  • Adhere the Early Espresso piece directly to the card base.
  • Adhere the card front to the Early Espresso piece with Dimensionals.

Be sure to check back in a few days to see the card featuring the Thanks stamp from the Floral Statements stamp set.  If you would like to add Floral Statements or other key products used to make the Hello card, click on any picture below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Thanks for being part of the new beginning!

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Number of Years – Sweet Sixteen Card

Our oldest granddaughter, Aileen, recently turned sixteen!  I wanted to make her a special card for her Sweet Sixteen and turned to the Number of Years stamp set and coordinating Large Numbers Framelits diesThere are endless possibilities with these sets!

Below are three pictures of the card – the front, the inside, and the whole card showing how it opens –

The color palette includes the amazing inks shown below –

If you don’t have the Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits dies, you need to add them to your collection!  Click on any picture shown below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle
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$49.25



 

 

Holiday Catalog Release – It’s Here!!!!

The new Holiday Catalog has been released!!!!  If you would like your own copy to look through and don’t already have a demonstrator, leave me a comment.  I’ll be happy to get a copy in the mail to you.  Trust me – You are going to want to have one in your hands to be able to look through, mark-up, leave for your significant other as a hint for things you REALLY need!  Yup – been there, done that!!

Until you get your own copy, you can take a look at the catalog and some great videos that highlight the new products.  Enjoy!!

Here is the new Holiday Catalog!  Click on the picture below, and you’ll open a full PDF of the catalog!  Warning:  You need to get comfortable since it may take you some time to take a look at all the new products.

Below are a few videos that highlight the catalog and some of the new products.  Enjoy!

Happy Holiday Catalog Stamping,
Laurie



 

Embossing Paste – Two Stamp Club Cards

[In one of my last posts, I said I would be posting a video to show how I made the background for this card.  Well – I’m working on the video!!  Should be posted shortly!] 

As I have confessed, I am truly addicted to embossing paste! There is something magical about the process. It is just plain fun, and the results are spectacular.  Many stampers agree with me since the embossing paste, masks, and palette knives have been incredibly popular items!

At a recent stamp club, two of the projects featured embossing paste.  They were so much fun to make!  Pictures of the cards and tips/tricks for making them are below.

Happy Birthday Card:

Tips for the birthday card:

  • The daisies, from the Daisy Delight stamp set, were stamped in Daffodil Delight and then punched out with the Daisy Punch.  I wanted to add a little Peekaboo Peach to the flower petals to match the color of the “happy birthday, from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set.  To add the color to the flower petals, I used a the side of the larger end of the Peekaboo Peach Stampin’ Write Marker and randomly added color.
  • The middle of the daisy is made with embossing paste that has been colored in Daffodil Delight ink.  A toothpick was my tool of choice to add the colored embossing paste.
  • Stamp “happy birthday” on your card front before adding the colored embossing paste.  Use a Post-It note to mask the “happy birthday”.  I didn’t want a straight line mask and tore the Post-It note to get a jagged edge.
  • Rounding the opposite corners on the card base and additional layers adds fun interest to the card.

Dragonfly Card:

Tips for the dragonfly card:

  • Use complementary colors to make a multi-color embossing paste card base.  For this card, the three ink colors that were used are:  Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Powder Pink.
  • The framed colors on the front of the card are Berry Burst and Powder Pink cardstock.  Stamp the dragon fly stamp, from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, with Berry Burst ink onto the Powder Pink cardstock used for one of the framed layers.  Stamp the dragonfly in the middle of the Powder Pink cardstock and die cut the dragonfly with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits set.  Die cut the second dragonfly piece from the center of the Berry Burst cardstock piece.  When you layer the pieces together for the card front, no-one will ever know the Powder Pink and Berry Burst pieces have open holes in the center!  This is a great trick to conserve on paper!
  • To add a little shimmer to the dragonfly wings, add some bling with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a perfect finishing touch!

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

 

Paper Pumpkin – Amazing Deal

Subscribing to Paper Pumpkin is a great way to build your stamp stash, your ink pad inventory, and get a fun, monthly crafting fix.  If you haven’t given Paper Pumpkin a try, please consider the amazing offer that is available through September 10th.  If you have tried Paper Pumpkin in the past and let your subscription lapse, you can also take advantage of this offer (just use a different email that the one you’ve used in the past!).

I have subscribed to Paper Pumpkin since the program began.  September, October, and November are typically my favorites Paper Pumpkin kits.  For the past few years, those months have included amazing fall, Halloween, and Christmas projects.  I have a great set of unique Paper Pumpkin stamp sets that are used quite a bit.  And, my ink spot collection is amazing!  The ink colors don’t repeat for at least a year.

Paper Pumpkin subscribers can purchase past kits and kit refills, when available.  If past years are an indication, I will order additional November kit refills for some of our Christmas cards.  Last year’s cards were really unique.  Take a look:

To entice you even more, take a look at the video below.  It highlights the August kit, a wonderful project for a collection of cards to give as a gift.

Here’s the deal:

  • New month-to-month subscribers qualify for a 50% discount on the September kit. 
  • To participate in this promotion, you must join by Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to the September kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • Click here to go to the Paper Pumpkin website to subscribe.
  • Make sure you enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 when you subscribe.
  • There is absolutely no obligation!  After you receive your September kit, you are free to cancel.  You can also skip any month.  Just remember to update your account by the 10th of the month to make the change.
  • If you join Paper Pumpkin and subscribe for at least three months, I’ll send you two stamp cases.  The larger one will hold your ink spots, and the smaller one will be a great place to keep your stamp sets.

Now – What have you got to lose??  Give Paper Pumpkin a try.  You’ll be glad you did!

Happy stamping,
Laurie