Tribute to Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree

Lovely-as-a-tree-128655GHere she is...the much loved Lovely As A Tree from Stampin' Up! 

This awesome and iconic set debuted in 2001!  2001!  Sadly, this beautiful and versatile set is retiring this year and will only be guaranteed available through May 24, 2019. 

If you do not have this set, you MUST! NO wood mount stamp sets will be available beginning with the new Stampin' Up! catalog so consider ordering it in wood mount.  I predict it will be a highly sought-after stamp set and a valued one for collections.

Yesterday evening, my Facebook Live focused on this stamp set and a style of card that I have created many times through the years.

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Dimensions for cutting: DSP 4" x 5 1/4",
Card Base 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", Whisper White 2 1/4" x 4 1/2",
Cardstock layer behind image 2 1/2" x 4 3/4"

Below is a recording of that video...

 

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Here are some other cards created over the years with this amazing set!

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Dimensions for cutting: Base 5 1/2" x 8 1/2",
Embossed cardstock layer 4" x 5 1/4",
Whisper White 2" x 4 1/2" and 2 1/4" x 4 3/4",
Basic Black 2 1/8" x 4 5/8"

Are you convinced that you must add this set to your collection?  I don't want you to miss out. Here's what you do next!

  1. Visit the Online Store at this link.
  2. Or, go directly to Lovely As A Tree (wood mount) or Lovely As A Tree (clear mount).  Add to your cart.
  3. Order some new Sponge Daubers and Stamping Sponges to use for this technique.
  4. Look through the paper and ink sections to be sure you have the colors that you need.
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  6. Wait patiently for your order to arrive then make some fabulous cards!

Thank you for joining in on this tribute to Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree and hope you will e-mail me a photo of your cards made with this wonderful set!


Gloss and Ink Technique for Cardmaking

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Let's start the week off with a fun cardmaking technique using glossy card stock and our Stampin' Up! Classic Inks.

This is a super easy technique.  Here's a suggestion...prep and cut several pieces of glossy card stock so that you can make several of these backgrounds at once.  How nice to be prepared with a beautiful background when you need to make a quick card.

The colors used here are Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, and Lovely Lipstick.  Let's take a look at the video tutorial for the process. 

 

Lisa's Inkling:

  • Have a tissue ready to keep your hands neat and clean.
  • The Glossy Card Stock is cut 4" x 5-1/4".
  • Cut your Stamping Sponges into wedges for ease of use.

Need supplies to recreate this project?  Here is the list with links to the online store.  If you at looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would love to serve you!

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Thanks for stopping by to take a look at today's project!  Now that you've seen the video, try this glossy card stock and ink technique on your next cardmaking project!


Cardmaking Tip- Cluster Stamping Technique

Cardmaking-tip-cluster-stampingToday's tip is a cardmaking technique that is a fun way to add a sentiment to your creations that we call Cluster Stamping.

The stamp set featured in this video tutorial is So Hoppy Together which is one of the sets that you can choose for FREE with your qualifying purchase through March 31, 2019.  That's right!  Only 3 more days!

We created this card on one of my Final Countdown to Sale-A-Bration on my Facebook page.
You can see more on the cute images in this set on this post about Stamp Surgery.

Let's take a look at this Cluster Stamping technique in this video tutorial.

 

Lisa's Inklings:

  • This technique is easiest with smaller sentiment steps but don't let that stop you!  Try out some larger stamps and let us know how it works.
  • The cute little frog on this card is colored with our Stampin' Up! alcohol markers, Stampin' Blends.  If you haven't tried these, please take the plunge and do!  So fun and easy!

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Rubber Stamping with the Stamparatus

If you haven't discovered this great tool for rubber stamping, the Stamparatus, then you are really missing out a great "helper"!

The Stamparatus has been around for a little while but wanted to share one easy technique that is really helpful.   The multi-step stamping with this tool makes it so convenient to create multiples of the same card a one such a breeze.  Think invitations, announcements, holiday cards, classroom treats...you get the picture.

Let's take a look at the video that was recorded just last week while preparing for my Stamp Club.  

 

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A must-have tool for all stampers, the Stamparatus® helps you perfectly align stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely, and get complete ink coverage.

It was created by stampers for stampers, so it has all the features you want:

* Compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps
* 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
* Rulers on 2 sides for quick measuring
* 2 open sides so you can use larger paper
* Multiple hinges for more placement options
* 2 reversible plates for 4 sides to work with
* 1 foam mat for use with photopolymer
* 1 base with a grid
* Magnet storage areas

Recently, Stampin' Up! added some accessories to accompany this tool to make it even more amazing!

Extra plates for even more stamping steps.

Need extra magnets?

Love these grid sheets sized especially for the Stamparatus!

I love my Stamparatus bag!

Bottom line is, if you don't have a Stamparatus...now is the time!  You will love it.   It will be a helpful tool and order it plus one more item and you will qualify for the beautiful set you saw in the video or any of the items seen HERE.

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you'll try making your rubber stamping even better with the Stampin' Up! Stamparatus.


Ribbon Technique for Cardmaking

How-to-use-ribbon-in-cardmakingWould you like a fun ribbon technique for cardmaking?   This is one that you may have seen before but it's a good refresher if you haven't tried it in a while.

This is a card made with the Needle & Thread Bundle from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  It is absolutely beautiful!  The framelits are my favorite.  Here's another card made with this bundle.

Ready for a video tutorial to see this ribbon technique in the making?  Here you go!

 

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Blushing Bride base is cut 4 1/4" x 11".
  • You'll need a piece of Whisper White and Balmy Blue (about 4" x 4" each) to die cut the piece for the sentiment and pierced/punched circle.
  • The designer paper is cut 4" x 5 1/4".

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Here's an up-close look at the ribbon...

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Stampin' Up! Fall Themed Thank You Card

Stampin-up-fall-thank-you-cardAre you ready for a fall thank you card idea using the beautiful Stampin' Up! Falling for Leaves Bundle?  The color combo for today's cardmaking project is rich and vibrant while keeping a natural, woodsy feel.  

In today's video tutorial, you'll see an easy technique that really adds a pop of interest to handmade creations.  We are going to stamp and then use one of the awesome nee Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. 

Ready to get started?  Let's go!

You can also find this video tutorial on my YouTube channel HERE.  When you visit, be sure to SUBSCRIBE and click on the little "bell" to get notice of all my videos as these are published. 

Here's a closer look at the inside of the card.

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Here are the Stampin' Up! Supplies used in today's project. If you do not have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I will be honored to serve you.  Just click the links below to go to the Online Store or e-mail me with your contact information and I'll give you a call.

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • You'll need a piece of Cajun Craze and Blackberry Bliss Cardstock approximately 4" x 5" for die cutting.
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: 4" wide x 3" for die cutting border, 4" x 5 1/4' for stamped and textured layer, and 3/4" x 2" for sentiment.
  • Soft Suede Cardstock: 4 1/4" x 11" for the card base.
  • Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: 2" x 4".

 

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Have a great start to your week, find some time to craft and thanks for tuning in for today's Stampin' Up! Fall Thank You Card idea.


Simple Inking Technique with the Stamparatus

Inking-technique-stamparatus-2The Stamparatus from Stampin' Up! is a wonderful new stamp positioning tools and in today's video tutorial, you'll see a simple inking technique using this tool.

In a previous video, you saw an embossing technique that seen in the close up shot above.  See the video HERE. 

Now let's take a look at the video with the Stamparatus and an inking technique.

Click HERE to see this inking technique video on my You Tube channel.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Washi tape on your magnets help with handling.
  • I have been successful using only one magnet at a time.  If using both and they get too close...will "clack" together and can break.
  • Regarding this Rooted In Nature Bundle...this combo of products is beautiful.  You will be able to use it year 'round!

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Thank you for tuning in for today's inking technique with the Stamparatus video tutorial and will see you again soon!

Using Stampin' Up! Embossing Dies

Embossing- diesThe beautiful leaves impression above was created with some of the new embossing dies found in the Stampin' Up! Nature's Roots Framelits Dies collection.  These beautiful tools are part of the new Rooted in Nature Bundle from the new annual catalog.

These thinlits do not have a cutting edge so they only emboss.  You can strategically place these anywhere on your card stock for a lovely textured accent.

Here's a video tutorial that shows these beauties in action!

 

See this embossing dies video on You Tube HERE.


You can create beautiful die-cut trees and leaves in record time with Framelits dies and the Big Shot. These Framelits will cut out beautifully designed trees. In addition to Framelits for every stamp image this set includes the Thinlit leaves seen in the video above to create a light emboss texture.
* 12 dies
* Largest die: 3-3/8" x 2-1/8"

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See another pretty card made with the Rooted in Nature Bundle HERE.

 

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Thanks for stopping by today for a peek at these beautiful embossing dies from the Nature's Roots Framelits collection from Stampin' Up!

Have You Tried This Brusho Technique?

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Have your tried this direct-to-stamp Brusho technique?  It is so artsy and fun!  I just can't say enough good things about Brusho and so happy it is available to use from Stampin' Up!

The colors are so vibrant and there are lots of options depending on how you blend/mix them.


 Package includes 5 pots, 1 each of 5 colors: Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow
  

Brusho = Watercolor ink crystals! Sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst! Or, sprinkle on watercolor paper and spritz with water! Or, mix with water and watercolor with a brush! There are so many possibilities... there are so many techniques and ways to use this coloring medium. Take a look at the video below.

Click here to see this Brusho Technique video on You Tube.

As you can see in the photos, not two creations ever turn out the same!

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card base is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
  • Top layer is 4" x 5 1/4".
  • Stamp set: Stampin' Up! Waterfront Photopolymer

Once you "play" with Brusho, you'll be trying it for your projects in all kinds of ways.  I was a little apprehensive at first...now, I LOVE it!

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Make A Fun Background for Cards with Stampin' Up! Tailored Tag Punch

Coffee-card-tailored-tag-punchThe Tailored Tag Punch from Stampin' Up! can be used to make fun backgrounds for your handmade cards.  This one above was made with the Coffee Cafe Photopolymer Stamp Set Bundle and the coordinating designer paper, Coffee Break, which is on the Last Chance List.

Coffee creations are on your horizon with this bundle of products.

The stamp images coordinate seamlessly with the framelits to help you create coffee cups of all shapes and sizes. The die includes a piece to create an embossed cup sleeve for a realistic looking cup.

Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 10%.

Coffee Café Photopolymer Stamp Set
Some people firmly believe that coffee is life. And whether that's you or not, you certainly know someone who feels that way. You should probably get a cup of coffee (or water if that's your thing), buy this peppy set, and start creating.
* Quantity: 16 photopolymer stamps
* Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, c, d, h



Coffee Cups Framelits Dies
Create die-cut accents in seconds with Framelits dies and the Big Shot. Framelits’ open design allows you to place them where you want for precise cutting.
* 13 dies
* Largest image: 2-13/16" x 2-1/8" (5.6 x 5.4 cm)

With the Tailored Tag Punch, create a fun background for your handmade creations with this set or any set!

 

 

Just choose a designer paper and a colored card stock that coordinates and follow the instructions using the Tailored Tag Punch in the video below.

Click Here to see this fun background made with the Tailored Tag Punch on You Tube.

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Wouldn't this make a great background on a scrapbook page?  Even if you just covered part of a 12 x 12 page, it would make a nice accent behind a photo or journaling block.

Make a fun background on your next handmade creation with the Tailored Tag Punch from Stampin' Up!


Pretty Technique Fold for Handmade Cards

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Today's cardmaking project "wears" and pretty technique fold for your handmade creations. 

This drapery fold is no more that an angled cut, a few score lines, and an accordian fold.  Put that stash of designer paper to good use with this technique and you'll have some beautiful cards on hand to send to loved ones.

Let's take a look at the video tutorial.  It will just take a few minutes of your time and you'll have a fun technique fold in your cardmaking bag of tricks!

See this fancy fold technique video on my You Tube channel HERE.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card base is cut 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2".
  • Whisper White is cut 5 1/4" x 4". 
  • Designer paper is cut 10" x 4 3/4".
  • Make a tick mark at 3/4" on one of the 4 3/4" sides.
  • Turn and mark the other 4 3/4" side and 3/4". 
  • Cut designer paper at an angle from tick mark to tick mark.
  • On one of the diagonal pieces, start at the wide end and score at 2", 3", 5", 6", 8", and 9".
  • Accordion fold on the score lines to make your drapery fold.

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Here are the supplies used on today's card:

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This is an easy way to add a beautiful pop of color to your cards. Have you decided which designer paper that you will try this technique with first?  You'll love using this pretty technique fold for your handmade cards.


My Favorite Brusho Technique for Handmade Cards

Stampin-uo-brusho-card-1Today's tip is how to do my favorite Brusho technique...what I call Stained Glass with Brusho.

The card pictured here uses the butterfly element that I created in today's video.  If you haven't discovered or tried Brusho, I am hoping that it inspires you to give it a go!

Let's take a look at today's tip video with this wonderful art medium now being offered by Stampin' Up!

CLICK HERE to see this Brusho technique video on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Use an Aqua Painter and Watercolor Paper for this technique.
  • Let the water pool on the paper for this effect.
  • Once you have finished apply the Brusho Crystal Colour to the water, let it dry on its own without using the Heat Tool.

Here are the supplies used for today's technique and card.  Just click the photo link to shop.  Thank you!

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Rubber Stamping Technique Tip- Stained Glass

Stained-glass-tipWith all merriment and last minute preparations ( I am sewing!!!) happening now, I wanted to share a quick post with this beautiful technique that can be used in card making any time of year.  If you're a scrapbooker, think about using this to create pretty elements for your layouts.

Our Stampin' Blends by Stampin' Up! are premium alcohol markers that would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who loves to create.  Although it's too late for Christmas delivery, how fun would it be as a New Year's gift!

Earlier this month, I needed to create some sympathy cards and this stamp set used in the video below is the best!  Watch and see how quickly you can achieve this beautiful look for your works of he{art}!

Click here to see this stained glass technique on You Tube.

Below are some of the products used for these technique as well as the complete Stampin' Blends collection and Memento Tuxedo Black ink that you'll need if you are not embossing an image to color.

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • I recommend that you emboss your image when stamp on vellum.  
  • For stamping and coloring with Stampin' Blends on Whisper White card stock (or, other card stock), use the Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
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Thanks for checking in during this busy and joyful time of year!  I'll have an easy Christmas pouch in the next post that you can use for table favors or gift card holders.

Hope you'll give this stained glass technique a try...see you again soon!




Tuesday Tip: Simple Stamping Technique

Tip-maskingThis week's tip is a simple technique that you can use to layer rubber stamped images.   This masking technique gives a three dimensional feel to these pumpkins and gourds from the Gourd Goodness stamp set. 

Let's take a look at the video tutorial below...

Click here to see the Simple Masking Technique Tip on You Tube.

Masking-tip-cardmaking-2Here are the Stampin' Up! Supplies used on today's finished project.

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Masking-tip-cardmaking-3Try this simple masking technique in your card making projects and see the beautiful effect it has in your creations.


Easy Coloring with Stampin' Blends

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The new Stampin' Up! alcohol markers, Stampin' Blends, are available now and today's video will show you just how easy coloring can be with these fabulous markers!

The different colors of Stampin' Blends can be purchased as single markers or with the Light and Dark shade of each other in a combo for ease in ordering.  In addition to the colors are the Ivory and Bronze Markers as well as the Color Lifter.  You can see more about the offerings in a video that I recorded previously on this post HERE.

Here's the video with me coloring this image from the Christmas in the Making set.  It's a little longer than usual so thank you for hanging in there with
me until the end!

Here are the supplies used for today's coloring video. 

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If you're wanting to order all the Stampin' Blends colors and markers available now, you can order the full collection by clicking the link below.  Also available, while supplies last, is a Color Me Happy stamp set and card kit that you can purchase in a bundle below. 

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 Thank you for checking in today to see these fun new coloring tools from Stampin' Up! and be sure to tune in tomorrow to see the card and video tutorial with this image using Stampin' Blends!