Archive | January, 2012

Tuesday’s Tip: Clear Stamp Storage

31 Jan

I can’t get enough of clear stamps!  (Never thought I’d say that!)  But, it’s true, they save on storage space, weigh less when traveling, allow me to see where I’m stamping,  and are less expensive which allows me to buy even more stamps!!!  You may be asking why I’m posting about storage of these little gems since they already come in the perfect-sized case, but I have started doing something that is helping me to make sure I’m not missing stamps when I put them away.  When I first mount the stamps, I am now keeping the excess rubber.  This allows me to have a place to put my stamp back into when I finish using it.  If there’s a missing stamp, I know right away!  Give it a try!


Brayered/Embossed Valentine

26 Jan

This is a recent card I created using the new single stamp Candy Conversations.

Created by Kathy Alt


Supplies Used: 

Stamp Set:  Candy Conversations
Colors:  Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Concord Crush
Big Shot:  Adorning Accents Embossing Folder (Hearts), Tasteful Trim XL die
Accessories:  Wisteria Wonder Baker’s Twine, Sponge, Brayer


Cardstock Dimensions:

Wisteria Wonder:  4-1/4″  X 8-1/2″, 4-1/4″ X 2-1/4″
Whisper White:  4″ X 5-1/4″, 3-1/4″ X 1-3/4″
Pink Pirouette:  4′ X 2″, 5-1/4″ X 1-1/2″ strip for cutting out scallop trim

Project Hints:

  1. Ink the Candy Conversations stamp using the markers.
  2. Huff on the stamp and then apply it to the CS.
  3. Layer as shown.
  4. To create the bottom border, place the large white cardstock in the hearts embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.
  5. Ink up the brayer and lightly run the brayer over the hearts.
  6. Cut and sponge the scallop border using pink pirouette
  7. Finish the card as shown.



Beautiful Framed Art

25 Jan

I just had to share with you one of my favorite samples that I saw at Leadership. Not much to say except, WOW!

New Feature: Tuesday’s Tip

24 Jan

I thought it was about time that I get to posting on a regular basis, so, I’d like to introduce a new weekly feature, “Tuesday’s Tip”! Each week I’ll do my best to share a simple tip to make your stamping and scrapping a little easier. Be sure to let me know what you think!

This week’s tip is for how to fix those little white spots where the ink doesn’t quite cover your stamped image. In order to fill in that spot, just take a blender pen, dip it on the ink pad, and blend the ink into the white spot. It’s a snap to fix your image and no one will ever know!!!

This image was fixed using a blender pen, can you tell?

Sale-a-Bration is Finally Here!

23 Jan

Tomorrow starts Sale-a-bration! Everyone can earn free stamps, designer series paper, digital images and other accessories for each $50 ordered. Hostesses earn a free tote once they host a $150 workshop plus all the wonderful benefits that go along with being the hostess.

This last week, I traveled to San Antonio to enjoy Stampin’ Up!s Leadership Conference. It was a wonderful time! Of course, there were fabulous cards and samples everywhere. Below are some of the great Sale-a-Bration samples I encountered.

Outline Occasions Stamp Set

Elementary Elegance Stamp Set and Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper

Sprinkled Expressions Stamp Set and Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper

Fresh Vintage Stamp Set, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack

Elementary Elegance Stamp Set, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack

A New Year and New Classes!

3 Jan

Happy New Year Everyone!  By now, my guess is that the daily routine has started again.  Hopefully it includes some stamping time for you!  If not, why not make that your New Year’s Resolution for yourself…time to stamp, scrap and relax!  Anyway, with a New Year comes new classes.  I’ve added some fun things to my events schedule.  Many of the classes are a result of your specific requests.  Be sure to check out all the details on my Events page.   As always, if you’d like to see a certain class offered, just let me know and I’ll do my best.  Hope to see you soon in 2012!