Archive | February, 2010

Stamping Festival is Coming…

21 Feb

I’m so excited to announce my first, ever, Stamping Festival.  This unique event is scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 9:00 – 2:00.  Attendees can come and go whenever wanted.    There will be 10 different stamping projects available as well as refreshments, samples for viewing, specials, and surprises for all who attend.  In addition, there will be retired stamps and supplies available for purchase at GREATLY reduced prices!

Everyone who attends will get one free project and the others will range in cost from $1 to $3.  Please note, cost will not exceed $20 for all 10 projects and there are numerous ways to earn free projects, including bringing a guest who is not on my mailing list.  There will also be a way to earn all 10 projects for free!  You choose the projects you want to make and if you only want to make the one free project, then your cost for the day is nothing!

As we get closer, be watching this blog for sneak peaks of some of the great projects that will be available that day.  Just click below to view the flier with all the details and don’t wait to register as space is limited!

Stamping Festival

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Stamp Room Tip, Adhesive Removal

11 Feb

Well, I don’t have a project to share today, I had my School Law class tonight and just didn’t have time to stamp.  So, I thought I’d share a tip with you.  If you’re like me, sometimes you miss the cardstock with adhesive and get a little on the stamping surface.  Those of you who stamp at my studio have seen tons of those little adhesive marks on the tables.  Well, I’ve recently discovered that using the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers works wonders on these stubborn adhesive spots.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not magic, it takes elbow grease, but it does remove the adhesive stains.  There you have it, and for some of you something you never thought you’d hear from me, a cleaning tip!

Rosette Flower and Punch Card Tutorial

10 Feb

Created by Kathy Alt

This is a fun technique that I learned at Leadership in Phoenix.  Creating the rosette flower is easy to do.

Stamp Set:  Vintage Labels (Sale-a-bration)

Punches:  Eyelet Border, 1 3/8″ circle, crop-a-dile, curly label

Big Shot Dies:  Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Top Note, Small Oval

To create the flower:

  • Punch two strips of the white CS ( 1″ X 12″) using the eyelet border punch
  • Run these strips through the crimper 3 times.
  • Pinch the ridges created by the crimper together
  • Punch a 1 3/8” circle
  • Cover this circle with sticky strip.
  • Place crimped piece around the circle starting on the outside first.  You will most likely want to add a portion of the second strip.
  • If you choose a button for the center, apply with a dimensional.
  • If you add a brad, you will want to punch the center with the piercing tool.

To create the leaves:

  • Punch out 2 small ovals
  • Run these through the crimper
  • Use the bone folder to crease a center fold

To create the background:

  • Using the Big Shot punch out the Top Note out of red CS
  • Run this punched out piece back through the Big Shot inside the polka dots embossing folder.

Sandwich for Die:   Clear cutting mat, Die, CS, Clear cutting mat

Sandwich for the embossing folder:  platform with Tab 2 opened, clear cutting mat, embossing folder with CS inside, clear cutting mat.

Finishing the card:

  • Be sure to attach the flower and leaves using sticky strip.
  • Attach the saying using dimensionals

*Don’t be afraid to try a variety of CS and Designer Papers.  These rosettes come out different every time!

Beautiful Wings Embosslit Card

9 Feb

I love this card and what’s even better is that it’s really easy to make.

Stamp Sets: Inspired By Nature, Whimsical Words (Sale-a-bration set)

Die: Beautiful Wings Embosslit

Punch: Scallop Trim Border (Sale-a-bration punch)

This could easily become an Easter card by just changing out the saying!

Beary Best Friends Birthday Card

8 Feb

Created by Kathy Alt

Stamp Set: Beary Best Friends

Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, Pretty In Pink

Designer Paper: Pawsitively Prints

Dimensions:

  • Almost Amethyst 8 1/2″ X 4 1/4″, scored at 3″
  • Barely Banana 8 1/2″ X 3″ scored at 4 1/4″

Don’t be afraid to try this card layout with other stamps!  It really gives a nice twist to the traditional card.

ipod Punch Card

7 Feb

Stamp Set: On Your Birthday

Punches: 1″, 1 3/8″, 3/4″, 1/16″and 1/2″ circle, corner rounder, slit punch

Cardstock: Real Red 5 1/2″ X 8 1/4″;  Basic Black 4″ X 2 1/2″, White 2 1/8″ X 1 1/2″; scraps of gray and white

Card tips:

  • Punch the slit first before folding the card.
  • Create the background using the spritzer tool and a red marker.
  • Attach the silver cord using dimensionals