Video: Brayering Raised Images

At my last demonstrator get together,  Trish Niedergeses shared a fun technique with the group.  Using a rubber brayer and some classic (dye based) ink rolled over an embossed, raised image she created some really neat cards.   She is quick to say she ‘cased’ the technique and yellow card  from Stampin’ Connection (our demonstrator only share website) from someone but couldn’t remember the name of the original artist.  (and if the artist happens to be reading this, just email me and I’ll give you the credit you deserve!  Great Card!)

And remember, it’s a live video at our get together with over 40 women so pardon the applause and comments!

Take some time to stamp for YOU today!


Remember The Old Rainbow Pads?

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Stampin’ Up doesn’t carry those great Spectrum/Kaleidacolor rainbow pads any more and I sure miss ’em!
I’m sure you can find them somewhere in the stores but since I’m a demo and we don’t carry them, I tend to use what we sell so I’m forced to get a little crafty….

In the holiday mini catalog, we now sell uninked craft pads, mostly since we don’t carry the big craft pads but only the spots. (Craft pads are the foam pads with pigment ink, which is more wet for heat/powder embossing and is permanent once air or heat dried)

So I did some experimenting about a month ago and decided to try to recreate the old rainbow pad days.  I used a few colors of Classic (dye based) ink refills on the foam, uninked pad.   I scored it with my scissor blade in the different sections to help keep the colors contained, although I’m not sure it really made a difference to do that.  I used the ink refill tip to draw and keep the colors apart anyway:

It’s a little messy since I’ve used it a bunch since I made it.

I tried to use a rubber brayer to ink up the colors and roll on glossy card stock – what a mess!  Didn’t have the effect I was hoping for but then I used the rubber brayer inked up to roll across our new, BIG stamp in the holiday mini called Christmas Collage:

Here is the video (it is another ‘live’ video from Stampcation so pardon the extra applause and chatter!)

My custom ink pad order of inks:  Pacific Blue, Old  Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry and then Old Olive again. All  classic ink refills.  SU’s Glossy card stock (which can’t be beat) and Pacific Point card stock card.  Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Silver Tinsel from Holiday Mini and a Rich Razzleberry button from the Brights button collection.

Happy Stampin’ !


Stampcation Demo: Shantaie’s Magnet Board

I’m playing catch up this week after our big Stampcation event here in FL.     I tried to video most of the demos that were on stage that day.  It’s a LIVE video with little edits and with  100 demonstrators having fun,  it is a loud video!  Shantaie, my Stampcation partner, demonstrated this great magnetic board and a little organization trick:

The Specialty Designer paper she used is in the Holiday Mini catalog and is called Autumn Spice – love it!


Presto Chango!

Miss me?  Just making a funny  – I’m not that much of an egomaniac to think you’ve been checking every day to see what’s new but I did get one email asking if I was still alive!   Thankfully, yes although Matt and I have had a roller coaster of a month.  After being back from the Stampin’ Up cruise only a week, I got the call that my Aunt Julie died in Michigan (my dad’s older sister) and we got back on a plane to take care of things.  Julie never married, no children and had worked for the State Department her whole life.  She lived overseas in exotic places until she retired to a house on Lake Michigan.  She despised the cold weather so I still got to see her in FL every year!   We spent the week reflecting, clearing out her home, donating things, a little service with neighbors and settling affairs .   She taught me how to play Scrabble and in the last years, I finally was able to win some games (much to her chagrin, having been in a Scrabble group where they played in 3 languages!)   She was fabulous, frustrating, generous, stubborn and a real lady all in one.   I’ll miss her.

So!  On to happier stamping notes…

I had a request to do a video on the new Presto Patterns Specialty paper in the Summer Mini Catalog for Stamping School. While I normally don’t post those videos here, I decided to do an extra video this week (so the members still got their usual 2 exclusive projects) and share this one with you.  It’s really neat paper to alter and in this video, I ‘colorize’ it 6 ways.

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The Retiring Stamp List comes out June 1st!  If you haven’t ordered your favorite ink refills for your retiring color ink pads you have, better call or email me before the end of this month!


Summer Mini Catalog Video

Matt and I got back home late Sunday night, finally unpacked yesterday and today am catching up on emails!  The SU cruise was so much fun and it’s hard to get back to reality.   (of course we taped Survivor, Project Runway and the Apprentice, so that’s a lot of REALITY to enjoy!)

Stampin’ Up!’s staff,  Shannon West and Carrie Cudney, created a video to showcase some of the new products now available in the 2010 Summer Mini Catalog!   If you haven’t received your copy from me, drop me an email. (they do get lost in the mail or husbands throw them away…:)

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Video: Get On Board With Board Books!

I had some time to play yesterday!  These board books are in the Stampin’ Up Occasions Mini Catalog and what a surprise to get them and see how BIG they are!   (er, yes….I did read the fine print in the mini catalog where it says what size they are but it’s just not the same as having them in your hand!)

Here is the video:

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Each book comes with 8 die cut chipboard pieces for $4.95!  What a deal!  I think most paper crafters will use them for scrapbooks, which will be awesome.  I have a demonstrator get together this Sunday and wanted everyone to be able to take one home.  Then I realized I needed 50 of them so I quickly slapped the nonsense out of me once I calculated $5x 50 and came up with some other projects using only one piece for each person:

I found the heart Post-It notes at the big T store in the office area.   I used the glittery Sending Love DSP and pink satin ribbon.

I used the Sizzix large circle die to cut out dry erase material.  (you can buy it on a roll at a teacher’s supply or office store)  I used the circle scissor to cut the layers of colored card stock.  The photo frame could be any picture but someone sent this to me on email about friendship.  It’s a boxer and a goat!  Too cute…

Here is another sticky note holder using the scallop frame:

I used the Sweet Pea DSP and added some of the little embosslit butterflies.  I cut the sticky notes with the scallop #2 die.

Thanks for tuning in!


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All Four Corners: Getting Punchy Video

Another NEW and cool product coming out in the Stampin’ Up 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Catalog is a new punch.  Actually, 4 punches.  There are 2 new corner punches and coordinating edge punches, so you can punch a border all around  your project!

Stampin’ Up is supposed to be creating a video for demonstrators to show us how to use it, but it’s not out yet and I had to hunker down and play with them.  It seemed to work great for me using specific sizes of paper but I wanted it to work with any size of paper.  So in walks Matt ( my stampin’ husband aka Man Card Man and Big Shot Hero guy) and he gets intrigued to help me figure it out.   Within about 10 minutes he does as I look on amazed and wonder why HE isn’t the demonstrator!  Anyway,  in this video I show you part One and he shows you part Two with his method:

Mounting your Unmountables…

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The new Stampin’ Up Occasions Mini Catalog opens up on January 5th, 2010!  As demonstrators, we can preorder those to play with and tease you with sneak peeks during December.   If you would like a copy of this mini catalog and the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog (and you don’t have a demonstrator already or are a demonstrator) click here to send me your mailing address and I’ll pop one in the mail asap!

Oh, and by the way –  Stampin’ Up is going to have12 days of GREAT sales starting Friday, December 11th, so stay tuned here for info as they release the details!

On to showing you something NEW and FUN!

Stampin’ Up has a new option to mount our rubber stamps!  They are not getting rid of the wood blocks but offering another option for those that prefer the space saving solution of clear blocks.  We are not selling clear stamps but rather a clever way to mount the rubber temporarily to a clear block and then remove to store in a slim, DVD type cases.   SU will be offering the new clear mounts and well as wood mounted for all new stamps coming out!

Those of you that saw my ‘just out of the box’ video with my Occasions Mini Catalog goodies know that I owe you a new video for mounting our unmounted stamps!   I didn’t read any directions and just went for it but didn’t do it exactly as the instructions showed.    So far,  I’ve noticed 2 ways to mount these so I made a quick video for you:

I’ve received a bunch of emails about whether I’m changing over to all clear mounts.    I don’t think so at this point.  I love the wood blocks and will probably keep using the wood blocks.  I do like the option of spending less and saving room so I will buy some clear mounts also.   I like being able to stamp fast, each stamp having it’s own block all the time.  I think stamping in big groups and classes can get tricky with sharing the acrylic blocks. but I’ll give it a go and see what happens!   If I were just stamping at home for fun by myself or a few friends and needed the extra space, then I’d probably switch over.   I like the idea of spending less, especially on sets I buy that I might use less or for one occasion.  I guess once I use them more, I’ll make a decision!


Is it an owl or…

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Hi Stampers!  I was playing with one of our sneak peek stamp sets, Animal Stories, that is in our new catalog.   I couldn’t get past thinking it looked like a cat instead of an owl!

Here is a quick video for how to turn him from a hoot to the cat’s meow:

All images copyright Stampin' Up!  Original design by Linda Heller

All images copyright Stampin' Up! Original design by Linda Heller

I used a Stamp A Ma Jig and the whale stamp that comes in Animal Stories to make his tail.  A Chocolate Chip marker for eyes and whiskers.  Pixie Pink marker for ears and nose.   Dusty Durango card is 6 x 3 folded to make a 3×3 lil card.   Mustard brads, 1-3/4″ Circle punch on a 2 x2 chocolate chip square.  The DSP is Razzleberry Lemonade strip 1″ x 3″.   I put some dimensionals under the circle, too.