Friday, September 26, 2014

A Little Bit of Magic

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's Friday!!!! Yippee! Hooray! And any other excitement word you may want to add. I have subbed everyday this week so I am excited that tomorrow is Saturday and I get to sleep in, not make all the lunches and head out early in the morning. Now that, my friends, is something to be excited about. Now don't get too excited, Jonah has a soccer game, I have a workshop and we need to work on Noah's college applications, so it's not a FREE day by any stretch of the imagination. However, it is the little things that I'm excited about.

With it being Friday, that means we have a Fabulous Friday going on over at Sisters in Stamping. This week we are sharing techniques with you. There are so many great and wonderful techniques in the stamping world. I decided on a technique that has been around for awhile but I haven't used it in a long time.....emboss resist. It's like a little big of magic in your stamping.

That's right, magic. You first stamp your image with versamark ink, next you put (or I like to say, "Carefully dump") your embossing powder over the ink, then you heat set until the powder becomes raised and shiny. Finally, using a stampin' sponge you rub ink all over and around the image. The embossed image will resist the ink, the ink will stay on the cardstock and make the embossed image really pop. So for this card the Merry was stamped on whisper white cardstock, heat embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder, heat set, and then lost lagoon ink was rubbed over the image.
Pretty cool, right? This technique never gets old. There's excitement every time you do it. Honestly, if you have never done this you need to try it. If it's been a long time since you have done it, you need to do it again. You will love it.

Here's a close up of the Merry. I think this is a pretty easy technique with fool proof results every time. Imagine making it into a tie-dye look. Now that would be pretty cool. Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more techniques.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hope you are enjoying this fall like weather. The past few days have been beautiful weather here in NEPA, but the "air" has been thick and dark as we wait for the authorities to find the suspected shooter who ambushed a state police barracks and shot two troopers, one is dead and the other is critically injured. It's all anyone can think about here. Some school districts closer to the barracks have been closed for 3 days, our school has canceled outdoor recess and after school outdoor activities because of all the woods around where we live. We are only about 20 miles from the state police barracks. I pray for the families of the troopers, the troopers and all others out searching for this individual and anyone else involved in this senseless tragedy and ask you to pray for them as well.

I know it's difficult to go from what I just shared to a stamping project, but it is Fabulous Friday with the Sisters in Stamping and I need to share with you this week's challenge, a masculine card. Kind of ironic that I live with 3 males but find masculine card difficult to make. Or maybe, it's just that I really like doing the pretty, girly cards. LOL

This is a good, quick and easy, masculine birthday card that can easily reach across the generations. It's not too young looking or too old looking for a child. Now that' an accomplishment. I actually received a card similar to this as a convention swap and I just changed the washi tape which dictated changing the colors up. Interesting thing is the washi tape is from the Holiday catalog, meant for the interesting set, Visions of Santa, but you can see that it can easily be  used for non-Christmas cards as well. I love when something can have more than one use.
This card is the kind of card you can make multiples of within little time so you can have them ready to use when you need a card in a jiffy. Switch the washi tape and come up with a totally different look (remember, that's exactly what I did).
Thanks for stopping by today, don't forget to check out the Sisters in Stamping blog to see more great masculine card ideas. I know we can all use more ideas for the men in our life. 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall is Upon Us

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's the time of year for football (or soccer, in our house), apples, pumpkins, colorful leaves, scarecrows and other fun fall activities. I just don't know where the summer went. Why does it always go by so quickly? I just wish the Winter goes by just as quickly. It never seems to though.

Anyway, today at Sisters in Stamping we are sharing with you some great fall home décor pieces to add to your Fall decorations. These items are also great to give as a gift to a hostess for a party you may be attending or just because to let someone know you were thinking of them.

I decided to make a candy jar. If you know me, I always have candy available somewhere in my house. Funny thing is, my family rarely touches the candy because it's always there. I just love having it for visitors to enjoy while at our home. Besides, fall is a great time to have candy out for guest because of Halloween. It's all over the place in stores and makes you want it. So I buy it but we rarely eat it.

Just a little close-up of the front of the jar. The leaves are embossed using the wood grain embossing folder. I love the texture it adds to the leaves that would otherwise be plain. The bow was made by hot gluing pieces of the ribbon together. Much easier for me than trying to make it all fluffy with one long piece of ribbon. I also wrapped the jar with lip of the jar with the same ribbon so it one

And one last picture of the jar filled with some chocolates. This would even make a great gift for someone's desk at work or a teacher.
Don't forget to head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog for more fall décor ideas.

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