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Watercolor Background and Coffee

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on August 7, 2017

To jazz up today’s card I added a fun watercolor background in two shades of green.  I’m using the new Coffee Cafe stamp set with matching thinlit dies by Stampin’ Up!.  The instructions are listed below.

Watercolor background is all the craze these days and it is so easy! All you need is watercolor paper, ink, water and a plastic bag.

Watercolor Background Instructions

First to keep the water color paper from warping too much, tape down all the sides on a hard surface.  I use an old wooden clip board.

Watercolor Background 2

Next wet the paper with water using a wide paint brush.

Watecolor Background Instructions 3

Add ink to a plastic bag.  I am using water based pens in Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist to color the plastic bag, but you could paint water color onto the bag as well.

The magic happens when you smoosh the ink from the bag onto the wet paper.

Watecolor Background Instructions 8

Watecolor Background Instructions 7

Watecolor Background Instructions 6

Let it dry.  You can use a paper towel to absorb some of the pooling water puddles if you like. To speed up the drying process use a heat tool like I do here.

Watercolor Background Instructions 9

And now to decorate.

I fussy cut the coffee pot and cups from the Coffee Break designer paper and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.  Water color paper can be difficult to stamp on so I used the Misti stamping tool by My Sweet Petuia to reink several times.  Stampin’ Up! also has a reinking tool called the Stamp a ma jig listed below.

The final touches are a few coffee beans and some Wink of Stella to bling it up a bit.

If you have a coffee loving friend, you will love this set.  There is also a “Thanks a Latte” sentiment when you need to send that special thank you note.

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you will try this fun technique. And until next time, keep calm and stamp on!

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Post it Note Holder Tutorial

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on July 10, 2017
Post it Note Holder Instructions Title

You are going to love this Post it Note holder I’ve been making to sell at a local craft fair I am going to at the end of the month.  They are so popular and all my crafting buddies keep asking how I made it. Yes I’m giving away my trade secret here but don’t tell anyone.  Shhhh, it will be our little secret.

If you make crafts you might consider selling them at a local craft fair also. They are a fun way to make a little extra spending money for all those new stamp sets that are coming out in our new Holiday Catalog this September.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful.

Post it Note Holder Instructions

To make a Post it Note holder first cut out your base

7 3/8″ X 3 1/4″

Then score on the 3 1/8″  3 1/2″  3 7/8″

Post it Note Holder Instructions Score Marks

Fold on the 3 1/2″ and cut two slits. This will be the pen holder.

Post it Note Holder cut slits

Use a strong adhesive such as tear tape ( item #138995 in our catalog)  and put between the 3 1/2″ and 3 7/8″ score marks.

As you adhere the fold be sure to push out the pen holder.

Add another strip of tear tape to the back inside to hold the Post it Note pad in place.

Post it Note Holder tear tape

 

Finally decorate.  I always start with a layer of designer paper cut 3″ X 2 7/8″

adhere a 3 X 3 Post it Note and pen (I got my pens at Party City)

Because I sell mine in a craft fair I also put mine in a  4″ X 6″ self adhesive clear bag and attach at topper cut at 4″ X 2 1/4″ I score it at the 1″ and then cut a scalloped edge on the 1 1/4″ side.

Post it Note Holder Bag Topper

Post it Note Holder

I hope you found this tutorial useful.  I want to give credit to Dawn Griffith who made and awesome video showing how she makes her Post it Note holder.  You can see that video HERE.

And if you live in the North Texas area I’d love to meet you at the fair.

And until next time, go and do more of what makes you happy.

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6 Steps to Hosting an Amazing New Product Open House

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on May 31, 2017
6 Steps to Hosting Open House

So you just got back from this years conference and you have all these great new products you want to share with your customers.  So you decide to host an Open House.  But where to start?

6 tips for hosting an open house

When hosting an open house you want your home to be inviting and the area well laid out so your guests get excited about all your new products.

Start with a theme

A theme will help make the room feel pulled together and give the event order. Your theme can be a color, something that is trending, seasonal or even a time in history.

For my Open House I chose to highlight one of our new products as the theme.  I love the new Delightful Daisy Suite and so went with a daisy theme and the color yellow.

Use a theme to pull the room together

Next be sure to have a welcome area where guests can sign in

Staying with my theme I found a sign in sheet on-line with daisies.  I also made thank you treats for my guests to take home. I got the thank you idea from Mary Fish on her blog HERE

Have a welcome area with sign-in sheet

Serve some yummy refreshments

A place where you can go all out with your theme is at the refreshment table.  I went to Pinterest and searched daisy party and got the idea for these cupcakes and daisy sugar cookies.  You can find almost any shape cookie cutter for sugar cookies these days.  And the best sugar cookie recipe hands down is from Susan Keuter.  These are the cookies Cathy Zielske raves about on her blog and they really are the best! You can get the recipe from her blog HERE

Serve theme based refreshments

Display your new products

You will need an area to display your new products.  You can use shelves and a table for this. Be sure to use different heights to give interest to your display.  Lynn Bordowski has an excellent tutorial on this technique you can read about HERE. Also have a place where your guest can browse through the new catalog to place an order. You can incorporate your theme here too with a simple banner.

Display new products

Hands on area

If you have a product that your customers can try out be sure to have an area for this too.  I sell stamps for making greeting cards so here I have set up an area for my guests to make a card using the new products for themselves.

Let your guest try out some new products

Door Prizes

And it wouldn’t be a party without door prizes. Have small inexpensive items you can give away every half hour and then you might also have something really nice for a grand prize too.

Don't forget door prizes

An Open House is a great way to showcase your business. It is a time to present what you and your business have been working on and what you have to offer the community. I hope these ideas help.  If you have any other ideas that you would like to share, please leave them in the comments below.

Thanks and remember, to do something creative everyday.

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Make 11 Cards with this One Sheet Wonder

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on May 5, 2017
Eastern Palace Card 1

I found this One Sheet Wonder pattern on line but the link was broken therefore I could not find who originally posted it.  Whoever you are, Thank You! I am loving how simple it is to make so many cards at once.

One Sheet Wonder Pattern for 11 Cards

One Sheet Wonder Tutorial

I will be sharing one card for my One Sheet Wonder Series each day for 11 days.  I am also going to show how I used the Eastern Palace Suite thinlits to create a unique look for each one. The two blue pieces shown here are left over. I turned them over to distinguish them. To see all the post using the Eastern Palace collection, you can see it HERE.

This Eastern Palace Suite is just so fun! I really want to encourage you to buy it and get your FREE gift before the special ends May 31.  The stamp set has so many fun shapes that you can create an endless array of background and accent designs and the framelits interact with each other in the most amazing ways. Some framelits leave the die cut attached to the card BUT if you want to remove it, a quick snip-snip-snip and you have a separate die cut. Other framelits leave a detailed die cut image that can fit into another framelit.

Below I have show how I used one sheet of paper from the Eastern Palace Suite to create 11 cards.

Eastern Palace One Sheet Wonder

 

Here is the first card.

 

Eastern Palace Card 1

One Sheet Wonder Card 1

How I created this first card

  • trimmed piece 1 from the One Sheet Wonder with gold paper
  • placed it in upper right corner of Very Vanilla horizontal card base
  • put a gold vinyl sticker on Blue Denim cardstock
  • cut it out using the matching thinlet to create the medallion.
  • put gold thread behind the medallion to give a little interest.

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Remember always do more of what makes you happy!

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This is What Happens When You Create Every Day

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on April 19, 2017

 

As you scroll through hundreds of card ideas on Pinterest, you see a card with a clever way to use Santa’s beard as ocean waves and think I wish I was creative like that. Well, let me tell you, you can be! All it takes is time and being a little more mindful of your surroundings.

Creativity is something that is cultivated over time.

I was at the local art museum to see the Claude Monte exhibit some time back. And after walking through the entire show listening to the audio guide I came to one of his first paintings.  I was struck by how different it is from his most famous paintings he painted near the end of his life.  You see in the beginning Monte copied other artists to develop his skill. But as he grew older he began to find his own unique creative style that we all love today.

Creativity come from creating.

If you want to be more creative, then make a resolve to create every day. In the beginning copy your favorite artists. Over time your mind will start coming up with ideas how to change or improve what you are working on. Sometimes this comes from a need to solve a problem.  Say the card you are copying calls for a certain cut out shape but you don’t have it (Ocean waves) So you start thinking about what you have that looks like ocean waves (Santa’s beard) and use that instead. That is being creative.  After a while you won’t need other’s work to copy. You will start seeing things in your surroundings and think how you can incorporate them into your art.  For example, you might see a funny looking lamp shade but think that would make a great skirt design for the dress you want to make, or you walk into a room and love the color choice for the décor and think how you can use these colors in the next card you are making.

Inspiration is everywhere.  Start being more mindful of your surroundings and take note of things that inspire new ideas.  Also, it’s important to keep track of all these ideas. If you stumble upon something brilliant in the middle of the night, write it down! If you pass by something on a walk, take a picture. You’ll be kicking yourself if you forget that awesome idea.

You are creative. And creating every day cultivates that creativity and helps it grow. The more you create the more creative you become.

One reason I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator was to inspire others to cultivate their creativity. I hope this blog gives you ideas and inspires you to create more. Please use the ideas for your own personal use and please give credit where credit is due.

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