Magic Reinkers Technique

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Ladies……I love when I find something new to try after 15 years of being a demonstrator!  I saw this technique online and decided to showcase it at my Stamp with Perrywinkle Downline meeting, as well as my October Club class.  Everyone loved it!  You start by embossing a flower on Shimmery White Cardstock.  You must use the Shimmery White — NOT Whisper White.  In real life, you can still see the shimmer on this flower.  Next, spray your flower with water until it is sopping wet — puddles of water everywhere!  Then you take a damp Aqua Painter and dip it into some Reinker of your desired color.  I put a few drops of Blackberry Bliss reinker into the lid of one of our button containers.  So get some ink on the Aqua Painter and then very lightly and quickly touch the tip of the Aqua Painter to the puddles of water on your flower.  The ink with MAGICALLY spread out — the water conducts the ink all over the section of the flower where the water is located.  It doesn’t typically spread from one section to another.  That’s why you want to use a flower like this one with wide open spaces, for the most part.  GIVE THIS A TRY!  You’ll never be disappointed, but each flower will look unique and gorgeous!

It will take the flower a bit of time to dry.  You can blot it a tiny bit with paper towel if desired.  The flower may curl up on you a little bit, so you might want to blot a tiny bit, or just leave it alone.  When it curls up, it also lets the water/ink mixture flow freely all over your flower.  SO PRETTY!

 

 

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Starburst Technique Card

P1050848There are many different variations on this technique, but I found this method to be easy to duplicate for my September Club Class and teach to my downline, as well.  They all thought it was a great idea, and one customer even plans to make some Christmas cards using this technique.  What a great way to show off your DSP!

Like I said, lots of ways to do this, but my version uses 4 small rectangles of DSP.  Here is a photo tutorial of what we did to create the card above.

Step 1:  Take a piece of thin computer paper and cut it to 2 ¾” x 4 ¾”

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Step 2:  You will need 4 rectangles of DSP (or cardstock) measuring 1 ½” x 4”.   (DSP on this sample is called FLASHBACK)  You will cut them diagonally from one corner to the other corner and arrange them as shown in the sample.  The smallest angles will be pointed down and positioned near the center.  Don’t glue them down yet!  Just lay them out and see how you want them to look.

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Step 3:  Put adhesive on the white paper and attach DSP.  Make sure that you do not let ANY of the paper show.

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Step 4:  When you turn over the white paper, it should look like the photo below.

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Step 5:  Trim all the excess paper from the edges.

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Step 6:  Create your card using this sunburst portion.

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FAITH Blocks — My next Stampin’ Up! Class

I am happy to announce my next Stampin’ Up! class!  We will make these beautiful blocks and the hanging tags that say “FAITH”.  These tags will hand loosely on the Vintage Brads so that you can change them for the coming season, or any other words you might want to create on your own.   I will have a FOLLOW UP class later in July where we will create 4 more sets of tags based on the themes of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day.  I will be posting photos of those in the weeks to come, but trust me, you will LOVE them all.  You will receive all materials for making the blocks and the FAITH tags at my house during the first class.  Here are the details.  Please RSVP so that I can make sure that I have enough supplies for all of you.

WHAT:  FAITH Blocks Home Decor Class

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 10th

TIME:  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Dawn’s House, 505 Gibraltar Lane, Lorena

FEE:  $25 Fee includes 5 Blocks, 5 Vintage Brads, Designer Series Papers, Embellishments, Glue Stick, and Demonstrator Support 🙂

RSVP to Dawn ASAP.  There 12 spots available for this class. 

This project features the following Stampin’ Up! products:

First Edition Specialty Paper (on the blocks, p. 162)

Be of Good Cheer Paper (on the tags, p.164)

Big Shot Typeset Alphabet (p. 192)

Big Shot Scallop Rectangle Clearlits (p. 191)

Vintage Brads (p. 174)

Linen Thread (p. 173)

Boho Blossoms Punch (p. 185)

Beautiful Wings Embosslits (p. 188)

Crystal Effects (p. 177)

I would also like to add that I personally designed these tags in Cherry Cobbler so that they would look good in my living room with my colors.  I don’t mind if you want to make them another color — you can replace the Cherry Cobbler paper ONLY — and you will need to bring a piece of paper yourself if you don’t want to make them like mine.  I will only be providing paper in Cherry Cobbler.

Here is a close-up of one of the blocks to give you a better idea of the details.

Graduation is almost here!

Most things in our house are focused on Lindsey’s graduation…..only 8 days away!  How can it be?  The last big project (the senior scrapbook) was turned in today, and we both felt a huge weight lifted off of us!  We still have alot of other events to add, but the SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT and the elements needed to secure her English grade have been completed!  We are on “pins and needles” to see how her GPA turns out on Friday.  She is currently #6 in her class.  However, numbers 2-5 are within HUNDREDTHS of points of one another.  This last 6 weeks truly does count!   The counselor has told us this is the closest she has seen it in YEARS.  So…….she may end up in the Top 5 and get to sit up on the stage the entire time of the ceremony.  She has really worked hard to do her best and secure a spot in the TOP 5 — I hope it pays off!

I went online in search of a new idea for Graduation gifts this year.  I always like to make a creative holder for gift cards and money for graduates.  I know you will like this — and it is alot easier than some of the others I have found! Below is the link for the pattern and instructions.  I did NOT make my tassel like hers, but other than that, I followed her tutorial.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/templates-f143/graduation-gift-card-holder-t432473.html

The first one is done in Real Red and the tassel is made with Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon.

The stars and the “Congratulations” are both retired images.  Sorry!  The white cardstock measures 3 1/2″ square.  I was being lazy and didn’t want to have to make a diamond shape to perfectly fit the inside.  Sorry, again!

This was my first one — MY SAMPLE, if you will.  I messed up a little bit, so don’t look too close.  It’s just a sample — not sending it to anyone!

I tried to stamp the stars on the black……didn’t show up much.  Next time I’ll use some White Craft Ink if I want to see them 🙂

TONIGHT is my Club Class.  I’m very excited to see my dear friends and hug their necks.  I have not seen them since before David passed away.  They always make me smile and I’m so glad they are coming over to see me.  Stamping friends are some of the best in the world!

I have a Wedding Card and a Father’s Day card to show you in the next couple of days.  Come back and see me!

DIY Embossing Plates

Today’s card was the third project that we made at club this week.  I wanted to show the gals how to make their own Embossing Plates using chipboard.  I had heard about this before, and was inspired even moreso when I saw the idea on Pinterest.  Here’s the card we made (the red version).  Notice the background with the large and small stars embossed on the background.  A subtle, but very effective element….

Here’s what our “homemade” plate looked like.  I used chipboard from various packages of paper and supplies.  Who knows where it originally came from!  I punched the stars from some thinner chipboard.  If you use THICK chipboard you will not be able to use hand-held punches, but you could always use shapes cut from Big Shot dies, also.  I glued them onto some rather thick chipboard and thinly coated it with Mod Podge to hold it all together.  You don’t HAVE to do the coating, but I liked the finished product, and I knew that I wanted it to last quite a while and that many ladies would be using it.

When you run it through the Big Shot, you will have to do some experimenting to see what tabs or extra papers you will have to use.  It takes some playing around to figure out the right thickness of your “sandwich” in order to get a good impression.  Once you figure it out, write it down on the back of your plate so that you will not forget.  I didn’t do that the first time 😦

 So, hope you enjoy this cute idea……..and I was happy that I came up with an idea that I could use for a more masculine card.  I am always needing them, and I have very few stamps for men!

Explosion Purse

Last night we had our first night of the Febraury Stamp Club.  This is one of our projects this month — the Explosion Purse.  I found this idea from Pinterest and it linked me back to THIS BLOG.  I want to make sure that I give credit to her and her inspiration!  She has wonderful diagrams on how to score, cut, fold, and create!  I won’t try to duplicate those……..just link up to her blog and you will have all the details.  Thanks to those who provide all the details……..it helps me plan my clubs and classes!  Love it!

Here is one of my versions…….I provided different colors of Cardstock and various Designer Series Papers to my guests.  No matter what color combo the ladies chose, they all turned out gorgeous!

The purse is held together with a Velcro dot and opens up like this…..

And here is a side view…..it’s really NOT HARD, just takes a good scoring blade, precise measuring, and a bone folder to crease everything nice and tight.  You will really enjoy making this — don’t be scared!

 We talked last night about what to put inside……..obviously something small such as earrings, bracelet, or necklace.  You can also put a gift card in the bottom square (it measures 4×4) and could also use this as a small photo album.  There are spots for 3 – 4×4 photos and then some triangles.  One of the ladies was inspired to use this as favors at a Bridal Shower.  She thinks they might make these purses for all the of the hostesses and put a special gift inside for the ladies.  WOW!  Great idea!  So, let me know what you think and what suggestions you might have.  It’s always my hope that I inspire you to create!  Have a great day!

Thank You Card with a new technique…

I wish you could see how these flowers shimmer when they catch the light!  The photo doesn’t do them justice.  I tried a new technique called “Faux Mtoher of Pearl” and it is gorgeous!  We will be making some flowers like these at my Stamper’s Club classes this week and I know my ladies are going to love them!  I used several different products to add a great deal of dimension to this card.  I hope you like these flowers as much as I do! 

I’m going to make a separate post with some Prom Pictures later on today.  It was a gorgeous weekend with lots to celebrate.  I’m still a little exhausted, but it was ALL worth it!  My girls looked gorgeous and their dates were adorable!  And we found out that Allyson was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her peers.  What a fun night!