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Clear Block Stamping Instructions

As promised, the Step by Step Instructions for the Clear Block Stamping are quite easy.  You just have to remember to use a light touch when touching the Clear Block A to the Stamp Pad; otherwise, you will have much darker colors.

The pictures taken below do not match the finished card because I forgot to take the pictures as I was doing it.   But you will get the idea.

I wanted to use the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper because the colors used to create this beautiful paper reminded me of what I saw in my vision of my card.

The Stampin’ UP! Stamp Pads that I had scattered around my workplace are: Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Peekaboo Peach, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, and Sahara Sand.

Gathering the Ink Pads You Want to use

When applying the inked (with Marina Mist) Clear Block to your Whisper White Cardstock, use a circular motion.  Sometimes, your hand forgets to move and you end up with an image of the clear block.

Using a Circular Motion applying the ink

Each image you apply will be different.  Since the clear block doesn’t hold a lot of ink, you will need to repeat the motion in the various areas that you want the blue.

I added a bit of Soft Sky into the Marina Mist design.

Adding dabs of Soft Sky Ink

Knowing that I was going to add more greens, I just added a a touch of Old Olive.   Notice that I didn’t move my hand quick enough and I have a square image on the cardstock.

A bit of Old Olive

Adding in the Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, and Peekaboo Peach

Adding the Beautiful Fall Colors

Adding in Soft Suede, but after I added it, I realized it was too dark for my card.  That is the main reason why the dirt is a lot lighter on the Finished Product.

Soft Suede

Adding Crumb Cake to lighten up the dirt.

The Finishing Touches

In the finished product, I decided not to use the Soft Suede.   Instead, I used the Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.  I also used Crushed Curry in the leaves.

Enjoy before the Winter arrives.

As you can see from all the ink applied, different shapes form.  I would love to see your creations.

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See you next Sunday around 2 PM EST.

 

 

Clear Block Stamping

Clear Block Stamping gives me the freedom to express myself in ways that no one can understand.   I am not an artist nor do I have the abilities that others in my family possess.

I have been using this technique since 2015 with a few of my cards in the past, but have been discouraged by a few for using this method.  Why….

I use the Stampin’ UP! Clear Blocks A and G to create my technique onto the Whisper White Card Stock.  For this card, I only used Clear Block A.

I knew in my mind that I wanted to create a scene with Fall Colors as that is what is happening here in NC.   While most of our trees are Pine, we do have some leaf bearing trees.

This particular card I gave to my husband today for a  special Birthday – #69.

The bird in the nest, the squirrel, and the leaves are dies that I purchased from Dies by Dave.

I also used Tranquil Tide Cardstock, item 144246, which I neglected to include in the product display below.

Enjoy before Winter arrives.

A post for Sunday will provide you with directions and photographs for each step.

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All of these products are in my online store.

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See you on  Sunday around 2 PM EST.

Christmas Tree with Cats & Dogs

The animals want to get involved in Christmas this year so they have created a Christmas Tree with Cats & Dogs.

Out of all the cards Jennifer Gulch created using the Stampin’ UP! Santa Paws stamp set, this is my favorite.

I had so much fun coloring the animals in their own personalities – I couldn’t imagine owning all these pets – would definitely need a larger house.

Quick – Where is the Camera?

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All of these products are in my online store.   Just click on the item to purchase.

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See you next Sunday.

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Ribbon & Trim

Good Tidings of Great Joy

Good Tidings of Great Joy was going to be a tag, but when I purchased the Dies by Dave “Cross-Stitched” Banner Pennant Die Set, the beauty of the Die warranted its own card.

Using Stampin’ UP! Good Tidings Stamp Set was a challenge because all these stamps are two-step stamping. Are you asking yourself, “What is two-step stamping”? Inside the stamp case are two stamps for each image. For this card, I used a lighter color (Emerald Envy) and (Old Olive) stamp pads for the darker image stamp. Then I used (Garden Green) for the lighter image stamp. If you look at the two stamps closely, the darker image is flat and the lighter image has some texture. The same is true for the other stamps in this set.

The Christmas Tag was used with the same set. I just love the effect of the two-step stamping.

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All of these products are in my online store.   Just click on the item to purchase.

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See you next Sunday.

Getting into the Christmas Spirit a tad early.

 

May the gift of peace, love, and happiness…

 

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Big Shot

The Excitement is Boiling….

The Excitement is Boiling in my stomach as the finishing touches are put into place for my last class of 2017.

A Christmas theme is happening at 7:00 PM EST and again in the morning of 18 October 2017 at 9:30 AM EST.

Just to give you a tease — two photographs — the setup and the display of projects.

A Big Thank You for Jennifer Thamert Gulch for creating the cards using the “Santa Paws” stamp set to benefit the stray animals that have been displaced from Hurricane Harvey’s destruction.

Thank You to Pat Ertman for creating a card that we had swapped on the Scrap & Paper Caribbean Cruise 2017 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise in September.

The Setup for Class
I’m Ready – Patiently Waiting for 7:00 PM
October Class Projects
Enjoy! Three fun-packed Hours of Creativity!

 

Embossing Paste

One of Stampin’ UP!’s new product line is Embossing Paste.   I was a little skeptical at first after seeing the many cute designs that other demonstrators and crafters were posting on Pinterest, but the other day I tried it.  Wow!  It brought back many memories of playing in the dirt and adding water to make adobe-like houses for the toy soldiers we were playing with at the time.

However, this paste is a lot easier since the consistency is already made for you.   It comes in a 4 fl oz jar and it is a white.   One thing you must remember is that after you have removed about a half of a teaspoon, you must put the lid back on and tighten it; otherwise, the consistency will start to dry.

Before you get started, you should have a container of warm soapy water large enough to put the decorative mask, knives, and the silicone mat inside after each use.   Each person should start the process from the beginning — do not share the paste.

There are three knives that you purchase to use with the paste.   One knife looks like a regular knife, the second knife has a diamond shape head, and the third knife is a wider than the diamond shaped head.   That is the knife I used.   You should try them all out and see which feels better for you.

I used the Stampin’ UP! Silicone Mat as my pallet.   Added a little of the paste to the mat and then added one drop of Cajun Cruze Ink Refill.   Mixed up the paste and ink until there was no more white showing.   Spread the mixture onto the Decorative Mask.   Once done, I removed the paper and set it aside.   There was enough paste to make two more backgrounds.

While letting those dry, I completed the flowers and die cut the pieces for the bouquet.   There are many greetings in the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set that will enhance your card for any occasion.

The Possibilities are endless
A Unique Background

 

 

Price: $110.00

We Must Thank all the Caregivers

In this day where there are many people suffering from one type of Cancer or another, we must thank all the Caregivers who provide us with hope, courage, and strength to get from minute to minute and day to day.

The marbled effect was created using a baby wipe with 2-3 drops of Perfect Plum Ink Refill on it.   I squeezed the baby wipe into a ball and then flattened it out on a paper towel.   I used the thick whisper white and patted it down on top of the baby wipe.   Let it dry and there you have the marbled effect.

This one is for you!

 

Opening up Stampin’ UP! Box of Goodies

I did my first Facebook Live Video today opening up my Stampin’ UP! Box of Goodies.   While it was fun, it was also nerve wracking.   I must do more of these to get a lot more comfortable with it.  Check it out and be kind with your comments.   https://www.facebook.com/topsecretstamper/

I am attaching a photo as well.

Becky and June Products
Can’t Wait to try out all the goodies

Eastern Palace Suite

Stampin’ UP! has given all Demonstrators the opportunity to purchase the Eastern Palace Suite products prior to the release of the new Annual Catalog that debuts on 1 June 2017.   I really enjoyed playing with this set in preparation for the Virginia Scrapbooking Retreat in Raleigh, NC during May 4-7, 2017.

Lovely Medallions
Page 2 – Lovely Medallions
Let’s Add Some Photos!
5 more pictures and a journaling box too
Your choice of the size of photo/s
Nine small pictures will help tell the story.
Stunning
The last of the series

To love what we do and share what we love

Stampin’ UP!’s Statement of the Heart states, “To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments… in this we make a difference.”

Creativity is anything that you want it to be.   Everyone has it, you just have to believe in yourself.  We are not all perfect, but that is what is so much fun — most of my cards are a little crooked, but that is just me.   No matter how hard I try to line up my sentiments straight, they always out of alignment.

For those of us that prefer to shop online, the Stampin’ UP! Catalogs are just what you are looking for.  Some people like looking at clothes catalogs, but I have always enjoyed going to a hardware store — I know, Stampin’ UP! is not a hardware store, but it has everything you can imagine inside it.  Why would you want to purchase a “flat” card at the grocery store, the post office, or a box store, when you can make it yourself.   The surprise and delight the recipient will see when they open that envelope.

I love looking through the Stampin’ UP! Annual catalog at all the coordinating products is so exciting.  The color choices are endless — Cardstock, Designer Series Paper (DSP), Ink Pads, Refill Ink Bottles, Ribbons, Markers, Embellishments, and more.   Wait until you see the Stamp Sets, Punches, the Framelits and Thinlits that require the Big Shot to Die Cut all the beautiful shapes.   Even looking at the adhesive will get you excited because there are different types for different projects.

If you have never heard of Stampin’ UP! and would like to receive a copy of the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, please leave a message with your email address so I can contact you.  This offer is only available within the USA.

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