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The Basics

Do you look at everyone else’s handstamped projects on Pinterest and blogs and wish YOU could make things like that but don’t know where to start?  What if someone created a basic class for you with instructions, videos, and supply lists for a variety of projects?

Guess what?  The class you are looking for was just released yesterday and is available to download right away!

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The new Basics Online Stamping Class:

  • is divided into six sections focused on a variety of topics
  • includes videos, step outs, and supply lists for 30+ projects
  • will teach you innovative ways to get the most out of your supplies (from stamps to the Big Shot) with clever tips and all the techniques you need to start creating with success.

Sound like fun to you?  Download the class HERE today and get started right away!

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For some reason, my kids got REALLY into Groundhog Day this year.  They were just unable to contain their excitement over finding out whether Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow or not.  My daughter’s kindergarten class voted on whether they thought he would see his shadow or not and made a graph to represent their votes (the consensus was that he WOULD see his shadow…I’m thinking these southern children just crave any snow they can get!)  Of course the daughter of a stamper thinks of cards for every occasion, and she created Groundhog Day greeting cards with some great illustrations on the front for everyone in the family.

On the morning of February 2nd I was woken up at 5:45 AM by a three year old bouncing on me saying “Mommy, Mommy, when is the groundhog going to come up?  I want to see the groundhog!”  I groggily sat up and realized I had no idea when that groundhog was going to be on tv.  I think the only time I have ever seen him televised live is on the Today Show, but this year February 2nd fell on a Saturday so network news shows are all on a different schedule.  We flipped by the cable news channels (where I quickly realized that most subject matter being covered there was NOT suitable for the preschool crowd) and I told him he’d just have to wait.

I had to leave home for my all-day stamping retreat on the other side of town before we ever found old Phil on tv.  I left my husband in charge of finding media coverage of the event to satisfy our children’s curiosity, and I missed their reactions which were surely overly dramatic as six year olds and three year olds are apt to be.  When I arrived at my destination across town I finally heard that Phil had NOT seen his shadow and so there would not be six more weeks of winter.  Ironically, as I learned this news it was sleeting really hard and I almost fell down as I climbed the stairs in the parking lot of the church I was headed into.  I mean seriously, I live in Alabama where February is practically springtime.  Our cherry trees are already starting to bloom!

After all that sleet and groundhog drama, it was so refreshing to arrive at my stamping retreat and see this cheerful spring-themed project among the items we got to make after lunch:

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Materials:

Tip:  I used a bone folder to curl the green leaves and the greeting banner before adhering them to the plate with glue dots and dimensionals, this gives more of a rich 3D look.  You don’t have to worry about fitting this project in an envelope so go ahead and make everything stick out as far as you want!  I put glue dots only in the center of the butterflies and folded their wings up a bit as well to mimic real butterflies in flight.

I like this project a lot but I am tempted to do another version using the Fun Flowers die instead of the Pop Up Posies.  A lot of these projects that I show use MANY materials and I don’t want you to think that you have to buy every single item in the materials list to do them at home.  This project (and pretty much any card I show) can be copied with modifications and look just as great if not better!  Use what you have at home to get a similar effect.  If you don’t have the big butterfly die, use the punch to make a lot of smaller ones instead.   If you don’t have the Pop Up Posies kit, I am happy to sell it to you, but you could also make beautiful flowers using the Blossom Petals Builder punch, the newer Blossom punch, or even layers of scalloped circles that are wadded up to make a 3D effect.  A few products can go a long way – pick what you think you will get the most use out of and spend your dollars there!

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Here is the fifth and final card I made with the Oh, Hello stamp set at a stamping retreat I attended earlier this month.  As I said in my first post, I REALLY didn’t like this set when I first saw it in the spring catalog, but now that I’ve gotten a chance to play with it and have gathered some ideas to make further use of it, I’m a much bigger fan!  I’m looking forward to using it some more this spring.  Hope I’ve made it more appealing to you as well!  🙂

DSC_0146Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Oh, Hello
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Square Lattice and Needlepoint Border embossing folders, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Pool Party 1/2″ ruffled ribbon, Paper Doilies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Happy Monday!  Continuing on with my series on the Oh, Hello stamp set…here is a fun card to try this week – a z-fold card!  If you’ve never made one before, it is a REALLY easy technique, here’s how to do it:

Start with a piece of 5 1/2″x8 1/2″ cardstock (half an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet).

Using your Simply Scored tool, score the cardstock at 2 1/8″ and at 4 1/4″ which will allow you to fold the card in half and then fold the card front back on itself.

Then just embellish as desired – this one has DSP and greeting on the front with a paper doily inside.  I let the oval framelit cutouts hang over the front fold so that when the card is closed they are centered and will cover a greeting written on the doily.

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Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Oh, Hello
  • Ink: So Saffron
  • Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Tea for Two DSP
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Ovals Framelits and Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Paper Doilies, 5/8″ Flower Trim, Antique Brads, Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon

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This is the third of five cards using the Oh, Hello stamp set that I made at a retreat a couple weeks ago.  I love the fairly neutral color scheme of this card and the use of the Natural Trim Ribbon…that tiny bit of flax material adds a lot of texture!

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  • Stamp Set:  Oh, Hello
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral
  • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Tea for Two DSP
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder, Natural 7/16″ Trim Ribbon, 5/8″ Flower Trim, Bitty Butterfly Punch

Tip:  I snipped one flower from the string of flower trim and colored the edges of the petals using the fat end of my Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker.  There was no science to it – just brushed the tip of the marker across the petal edges until I got the look I wanted.  All the embellishments on the front of this card were adhered using glue dots.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  Hope you all have a great day today – do something fun!

This is the LAST Valentine project for the year!  This is what I made for my son’s preschool teachers and the preschool administrators – nothing big, just a little sweet treat:

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Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Ink:  Riding Hood Red
  • Cardstock:  Blushing Bride (retired), Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot and Petite Purse die, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Mini Brads

Don’t forget to fill it up with a little treat for the recipient!  I used Hershey kisses, I fit about 6-8 of them in there.

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Here is the second of five cards I made at my all-day retreat last weekend using the Oh, Hello stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s Spring Catalog.  As I mentioned yesterday, this stamp set was something that did not really appeal to me when I was browsing the catalog, but once someone else put together a bunch of projects for me using it (and the coordinating Designer Series Paper) I like it a whole lot better!

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Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Oh, Hello (Wood Mount $25.95/Clear Mount $18.95)
  • Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral
  • Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, Tea for Two DSP
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Lacy Brocade embossing folder and Labels Framelits, 5/8″ Crochet Trim, Scalloped Edge Border Punch, Simply Scored tool, sponge dauber

I enjoyed learning to make a box pleat for the strip of scalloped DSP at the bottom.  I started with a 1 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ piece of DSP and first punched along the bottom edge with the scalloped edge border punch, then scored vertical lines for the folds that form the pleat.

Score at: 1/2″, 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 1 3/4″, 2 1/2″, 2 3/4″, 3 1/2″, 3 3/4″, 4 1/2″, 4 3/4″, 5 1/2″, 5 3/4″, 6 1/2″, 6 3/4″, 7 1/2″, 7 3/4″.

Once I had the DSP folded along the pleats as desired, I adhered it to the front of the 4 1/4″ wide card using Sticky Strip (Snail adhesive is great for adhering flat pieces of cardstock together, but sometimes you need an extra-strong adhesive when you are adhering something on embossed cardstock).  I just used a few glue dots to stick the piece of crochet trim on top.

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