Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday Flowerpots

I have not done a Flashback Friday post in a long time.  I generally try and use  only current Stampin' Up! products but I had to make an exception. Are you ready for more flower pots?

Flashback Friday flowerpots

I made these for a lunch I went to.  The day was rainy and gray so they really  helped to brighten up the room.  I had to use the Daisies #2 die that we used to sell to decorate the flowerpots.  The flowerpots contain a little peat pellet and some daisy or sunflower seeds.  The die was just perfect for the daisy and  it also worked for the sunflower.  I used the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the Leaflets framelits for the leaves.   

Remember Sale-A-Bration is coming to an end in just a few days.  Don't miss out on all the fun and free products! 

Flashback Friday Fabulous Florets Mosaic

Do you have your mosaic stamp made?  Great!  Here is how you do the mosaic technique. 

1. Ink up the stamp you are going to use .  I used Fabulous Florets and inked the stem with an Old Olive marker and did the Rock n Roll technique with the blossom (need a refresher on the Rock n Roll technique go HERE.) I used Cherry Cobbler and rolled with Bravo Burgundy.

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2.  Ink up your mosaic stamp with VersaMark ink.   Stamp  over your image.  Be sure you cover the entire image with your mosaic stamp.  Cover with Clear embossing powder and then heat.

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3.  Rub a sponge with Basic Gray ink over the entire piece.   The ink will show up in the "grout" lines (the area that was not embossed).

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Pretty simple but such a great effect.  Here's the finished card.

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Have a great weekend!  Hope you will find some time to do something creative!  If you need any stamping supplies you know where to go CLICK HERE


Flashback Friday

I know I am late but it is still Friday.  I have a small flashback for you.   Maybe it is just me but it seems like the Postal Service has gotten a lot pickier and stricter about bumpy, lumpy envelopes.  You know I love ribbon and other lumpy embellishments and am not going to give them up.  I am not going to stop sending cards but I do  need to get a little smarter and figure out a way to use ribbon and still keep my cards flat enough to use only 1 stamp.  Hmmm, then it hit me the flat "bow"!  I remember when i first started making cards we used to do the flat bow all the time.  Well it is time to bring it back.

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Now do you remember the flat bow?  It is really simple .  Here's how you make one.

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Can you see the 2 pencil marks near the top of the paper.  I lightly marked where I would punch out the 2 holes for my flat bow.

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Punch the holes and run one end of the ribbon through each hole.

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Now working from the back side of the stamped image twist the ribbon and run the ribbon through the other hole.

Run the other ribbon end through the other hole.

You are done!

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Trim the ends of the ribbon and you have a flat bow. 

Supplies:  Love and Care (level 2 hostess set from the Summer min catalog)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry , Old Olivve and Black Stazon
Paper:  Basic Black, First Edition DSP, Very Vanilla, Brights DSP stack
Punches:  Scallop Edge punch
Ribbon:  about 5" of Rich Razzlebery satin ribbon

Hope you will incorporate the flat bow into your stamping projects.  There's just one day left to order from the Occasion s mini catalog.  Don't miss out on all the fabulous goodies that are in the Occasions mini!  Also please check out the May special (see the blog sidebar).  There are some great stamp sets, Digital Downloads, and deals on My Digital Studio  printing.  SU announced that you can take advantage of the May Special NOW!  You can shop my store or contact me and we can get your order placed!




Sew Suite Flashback Friday

When I first started stamping I loved cards that moved, you know something pops up or shakes etc.  I like a card with a gimmick.     Today's flashback is to one of those cards.  I am not sure what the correct name for this card is but I have heard it called a free standing card.   I think it is a fun one and I hope you will make one.

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Stamps Sew Suite and Something to Celebrate
Ink :Black Stazon
Paper:  Black, Regal Rose, Whisper White and Sweet Stitches DSP
Punches:  Itty Bitty Shapes pack
Extras:  Crimper, Basic Rhinestones, Fabric Designer Brads, Daffodil Delight satin ribbon
The items that are in bold are in the  SU! Occasions mini catalog and April 30 is the last time you can order from that mini.

Are you ready to make one?  Here we go!

Base:  4 1/4" x 11  (scored from each end 1", 2  3/4", 3  3/4")  Your piece will look like this:

The red line is where you will cut your slit.  The slit is at 5 1/2" you can lightly fold the cardstock in half  or put your paper in the cutter at 5 1/2".   The easiest way to determine where to start cutting the slit is to  place your cutting blade so that the back edge  of the cutting blade lines up with the edge of the paper.  Remember you are cutting a slit and so you need to make sure you do not cut to the edge of the paper. 

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Remember to stop cutting when the edge of the blade piece lines up with the edge of the paper.  I move this piece a micro smidge and run the blade again.  This allows the pop up piece to slide easier.

The measurement for the piece that pops up is 3 1/4" x 5 1/4".   Insert the pop up piece into the slit.  
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It is all coming together now!  Apply some strong adhesive like Tombow glue or Sticky Strip along the edges.  Sandwich the pop up piece between the two ends.

Almost done!

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This is how it will look when you are done.

Things to keep in mind.    The pop up piece needs to be pretty flat and smooth so that it can pass through the slit.  There is a small strip at the top that you can embellish but otherwise to make it slide easily it needs to be flat.   I make a light pencil mark on the pop up piece at 4 1/4".  This reminds me to not decorate below that line because you will not be able to see it. 

Here is the closed view of my finished card.

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Like I promised another sneak peek at the Fabulous Florets set from the upcoming Summer mini. 

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Stamps:  Fabulous Florets and Occasional Quotes
Ink: Old Olive and Black Craft ink
Paper: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Old Olive
Extra:  Black embossing powder and the Embossing Buddy

Have a fantastic weekend and remember to get your order placed for products in the Occasions mini!






Flashback Friday Rolling Around

Looking back over my posts this week I sure was fussy cutting maniac!   I actually don't mind cutting and find it relaxing so it is all good.  Today we are going Plane and Simple.  No, it is not a spelling error but the  the name of the set I used and it also describes the  technique we are going to use.

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Have you guessed the technique?  It is the rolling marble.  This is so much fun to do and really simple.

I used a small Stampin'Up! container (I think this one was for a single stamp).  You can use anything as long as it closes securely.  Drop a few drops of reinker into the container and drop some marbles in.  As you might have guessed I have lost my marbles(I know they are around here somewher but where?) and had to use some beads. You want to shake the container so the marbles pick up the ink. 

Put a piece of cardstock in a container and drop the marbles in the case and shake! 


Fun huh?  You get a totally random design and it makes a great background.  If you have more marbles you can add another color or 2.  Now you know the basics you can experiment and I know you will come up with some cool ideas.  Remember to share them with me!

Stamps: Plane and Simple and Happy Greetings(Summer mini)
Ink:  Early Espresso ink and reinker
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Big Shot: Square Lattice TIEF
Punches: Decorative Label punch
Extras: Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon, Game Spinner Hands, marbles, empty stamp cases

Have a wonderful weekend!  Hope you get on a roll and get your fingers and paper inky!




Flashback Friday and Rock n Roll

Welcome to another Flashback Friday!  Today we have a flashback to a technique called Rock and Roll and a Flash Forward with a sneak peek at a stamp set called Fabulous Florets.  Fabulous Florets will be making its official debut in the Summer mini catalog.  This set  works really  well with the Rock and Roll technique.  The layout used is very similar to  one shown in the  Summer mini catalog.

What is the Rock and Roll technique? 

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This technique works best with solid images.  Pick at least two colors of ink.  Ink your image with the lighter color.  Now roll the edges of the stamp in the darker ink.  You are trying to hit  just around the edges of the image.  In the sample on the left I used Melon Mambo ink and Pacific Point ink. 



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Tango  and Poppy Parade ink.  The top  flower uses all 3 colors. 
 1. Ink stamp in Daffodil Delight

2. Using Tangerine Tango roll the edge of the stamp on the ink.  Since this is the 2nd color ink more than just the edge of the stamp but not the whole stamp.

3.  Roll the stamp in Poppy Parade and try and hit just the edges of the image.


The middle flower uses Tangerine tango and Poppy Parade.  Love how the colors blended!





Here's the full card.
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Stamps:  Fabulous Florets
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango,  Daffodil DelightBeyond the Garden DSP
Big Shot:  Tasteful Trim and Flower Garden TIEF
Extras:  Daffodil Delight Taffeta ribbon and Chat Room (retired rub ons)

Hope you enjoyed today's Flashback Friday and your sneak peek at the Fabulous Florets stamp set, Beyond the Garden DSP and the new Flower Garden TIEF. 






Flashback Friday and Flash Forward Strength and Hope

I am away and don't have access to my stamping supplies!  So we are going to do a quick flashback to last Friday and I am going to show you another sour cream container but to flash it forward  because it's also a sneak peek of the new Strength and Hope set.  If you need a refresher about the Strength and Hope set check back to this post for more information.

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Stamps:  Strength and Hope (sneak peek)  debuting in the Summer mini catalog
Ink:  Soft Suede, Regal Rose, and So Saffron
Paper:  Soft Suede, Whisper White, So Saffron

Here you will see 3 of the 4  images in the stamp set.  There are 2 more lines of words than what is shown on the banner but I had to omit some so it would fit.  The 4th image can be seen on the link I posted above. 

You will be able to order the Strength and Hope set in May once the Summer mini catalog goes live.  Contact me to schedule your stamping party or class.  Just think you can have a fun stamping time with your friends and support a great cause too!

Flash Forward and Back

Are you ready for another sneak peek of the Four Frames stamp set and the Paisley Petals Designer Series paper?   I wanted to combine the Flashback Friday project and the new stamp set and DSP and here is what I came up with.

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I  have never thought about putting a window in one of these containers and what a fun way to show off the polka dot label in the Four Frames stamp set!   It was hard to decide which pattern of the DSP to use and  that is a great dilemma to have!

Here's another sour cream container using a fun color combination of Concord Crush, Pear Pizzaz, and So Saffrom.  I found this combination on the Stamping 411 site.   They have a weekly color  and a  sketch challenge.  Challenges are a great way to try something new and when I get a chance I like to particpate.

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Isn' t this a cheerful combination?   Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you tomorrow!

Flashback Friday Sour Cream Containers

I am sorry I am posting so late.  The project I am going to show today is addicting.  I finally had to stop my self  stamping and get to posting.  I was reminded of this project when I went to the Vancouver BC SU Regional meeting.  A Canadian demonstrator shared it and I cannot remember what she called these little boxes but we call them sour cream containers.  She had them decorated beautifully and I knew I had to revisit the idea.

Here are a few of the  samples I made.
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Wouldn't this be a fun favor?  The set is called Plane and Simple and is in the Occasions mini catalog.  Do you recognize the Four Frames set?   I stamped the bird frame on Bashful Blue cs but covered the bird up with the plane.  Do those clouds look familiar?   They are the frosting on the Build a Cupcake punch.

Here's another

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and a side view

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Now let us make a sour cream container together.  First off these can be made in any size.  It is easier to make these out of Designer Series paper so start with that first and once you get that mastered go on to cardstock.

This piece measures 4 1/2" x 6".  This is one of the patterns in the level 1 hostess gift In Color DSP paper pack.  Along one end lay down some sticky strip.  I recommend sticky strip for this project. 

Inside here lay down some more sticky strip.  We are going to close one end.

Now this is important, fill the container before you do the next step. 

Do you see the shape of the container?  The ends are secured  the opposite way on each end.  I make a little crease so I will know where to put the sticky strip.

Now your container is done!  You can crimp the ends.  I think the crimping is VERY important if you are not using a strong adhesive.

All done!  I cut 2  each of the small and  medium sized Daisies on the Daisies # 2 die. 

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Hope you enjoyed this weeks flashback.  I will definitely be making more of these.   Check back tomorrow and i will have more sour cream containers to share with you and a sneak peek too!



Flashback Friday

I was thinking the other day about coloring and  my favorite coloring method(s).  When I first started with Stampin'UP!, Stampin' Pastels were my favorite coloring tools.  I remember using  pastels with a blender pen but my favorite way to use them had to be Poppin' Pastels.  This started me thinking that I wanted to revisit some of these ideas and so Flashback Friday was born.

We are starting off with Poppin'Pastels.  Here is what the techniques looks like.
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If you are into very  precise coloring then this probably will not be your favorite technique.  Let me show you the technique.  First of all  I think this technique looks best with a bold stamp vs a line image.  I chose Inspired by Nature.  The first thing you do is ink up your stamp with VersaMark ink.  Here I stamped it on So Saffron cs so that you can see the VersaMark.  When you use this with Very Vanilla or Whisper White cs it is very hard to see  the VersaMark.  However, it does add to the magic of this technique.


I used sponge daubers and daubed  on  More Mustard pastel on the petals.

Cool huh?  It is  kind of magical to see the stamped image come to life!

Next I daubed on the Real Red pastel.

Next the Old Olive pastel. 

The last color I applied was Chocolate Chip.  What is really fun to see are the little "hairs" on the middle of the flowers get defined with the Chocolate Chip pastel.


As you can see there will be  pastel shadows on your cardstock.  I did a little erasing but not a lot.

Next I used the Color Spritzer tool ( page 195) to add some texture.
I also sprayed some Champagne Shimmer paint mixed with some alcohol to give it a champagne glow.  Wish I could capture how pretty the Champagen Shimmer paint spray is.

Here are the tools I used.
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Stamps:  Inspired by Nature and Something to Celebrate (level 2 hostess set in the Occasions mini)
Ink: Early Espresso and Chocolate Chip marker (Color Spritzer tool)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Early Espresso, and So Saffron
Stampin'Pastels:  Real Red, More Mustard, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Big Shot: Square Lattice TIEF
Punches: Scallop Edge punch
Ribbon:  Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon
Extras: Color Spritzer tool, Champagne Shimmer paint

Hope you liked Flashback Friday!  If there is an idea you would like to  flashback on send me an email or leave me a comment!