Monday, November 29, 2010

Sparkly Medallion

Can you see the sparkle? This technique uses the Smooch Spritz with Versamark and it looks so cool! The sparkle would look really neat with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz as well.

How to: Ink up your stamp with Versamark, then before stamping spray with Vanilla Mist Smooch Spritz and stamp. Cover your stamped image with clear embossing powder and watch the sparkle emerge!

Supplies
Stamps: Medallion, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Versamark, Baja Breeze
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Vanilla Mist Smooch Spritz, Victoria lace, clear embossing powder, Big Shot, Top Note Die

~Amanda
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Friday, November 26, 2010

My Digital Studio!

My Digital Studio is now 50% off until November 30th during the Online Spectacular Sale! If you have been like me and do not yet own it, now would be the perfect time! Own it now for $53.48 (plus shipping and taxes) instead of the regular price of $106.95! There are also Digital Downloads on sale for 20% to 40% off until November 30th.

Want to know what comes with My Digital Studio? Check out this link for a list and some pictures of what is included in the boxed software. Also this link to view the features and benefits. My Digital Studio includes true Stampin' Up! colours, stamp sets, punches, embellishments and more!

Interested to see all the digital downloads available from Stampin' Up! for use with My Digital Studio and other programs? Click here!

Still not sure? Check out this great site that Stampin' Up! has for My Digital Studio where we can all share our projects, get inspiration, there is a forum for discussions and much more!

~Amanda
p.s. Guess who has ordered My Digital Studio? Yup, that's right! ME! SO excited to play and see what this baby can do! Check back in December to see my creations.
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My Digital Studio Downloads

New Digital Downloads available! For a complete list of My Digital Studio download offerings click here.

 Item Description Image  Price 
124330  Basic Pearls and Rhinestones  $1.95 
123961 Greeting Card Kids Stamp Brush Set    $3.95 
123966  A Cardinal Christmas Stamp Brush Set   $1.95 
123967  Mistletoe Stamp Brush Set    $1.95 
123965  Seasonal Sentiments Stamp Brush Set    $1.95 

~Amanda
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Over 10,000 Recruits!

Stampin' Up! made a goal to have 10,000 recruits in the US for 2010 and they've surpassed that goal. This morning there have been 11,115 new demonstrators! Check out tenthousandrecruits.com to see a video of Shelli and the 10,000th recruit.

Here in Canada our goal for 2010 is 1845 and it's now been surpassed as well! Congrats to all those new recruits!

~Amanda
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Online Spectacular Sale!

Starting today, Stampin' Up! is having a holiday spectacular sale with incredible discounts (20 to 50% off) on current select products and free shipping with online orders of $200 or more. Sale ends November 30.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST OF DISCOUNTED ITEMS AVAILABLE!

Things to Remember:

Discounted Products
  • Discounted digital downloads are only available with online orders.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in the discounted products promotion.
  • For product bundles, you must use the bundle item numbers provided. Bundle discounts will not be applied if individual item numbers are used.
  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
  • Discounts range between 20 and 50 percent.
Free Shipping
  • In order to receive free shipping, orders must be $200 or more before tax and shipping.
  • Free shipping is available for qualifying online orders only.
Ready to place your order? Order here or contact me today!

~Amanda
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French Foliage

I started this card with inspiration from Colour Combo CC295 and a new technique. But I cannot for the life of me remember what the technique is called, but it's really cool. On a piece of Whisper White card stock stamp in various colours to make a background, then cover with 3 to 4 layers of clear embossing powder (heat set after each layer). Let it cool for a moment before using the embossing buddy on it then stamp with Versamark with the leaf stamp and apply gold embossing powder. As you heat the gold embossing powder it will melt into the clear layers.

Supplies
Stamps: French Foliage, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Peach Parfait, Versamark, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze
Paper: Peach Parfait, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze
Accessories: large oval punch, stampin' dimensionals, clear and gold embossing powder

~Amanda
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Simply Amazing! 50% off Starter Kits!

Has the idea of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator interested you? From November 15 through November 30, 2010 you can purchase the Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits for only $107.50--that is 50 percent off the regular price of $215 for over $375 worth of paper or digital crafting and business supplies!

Interested in more details about what you can find in each of the customizable starter kits? Please click this link to learn more.
To get started right away please email me asking for my recruiter authorization password to sign-up on-line today!

~Amanda
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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Nonsuch!

The best product available in the Holiday Mini Catalogue has to be the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive sheets. They are 12x12 in size and I found that I can trim those pages down to size with my Friskar's trimmer. I have been cutting about 1" strips off to use with the Timeless Type alphabet dies. Cut a small chuck of cardstock for the letter, place it onto the adhesive sheet, make sure it adheres well then place it with the cardstock side down and white side up (make sure to keep the backing still on or else you'll have sticky stuff on your cutting plates!) to run through the Big Shot. And voila, the letters are sticky and ready to place on your project!

Supplies
Stamps: none
Ink: Stampin' Write marker in Basic Black
Paper: Early Espresso textured 12x12, Real Red textured 12x12, Very Vanilla, More Mustard
Accessories: 1-1/4" Early Espresso striped grosgrain ribbon, sticky strip, Neutrals brads, paper piercing tool, retired hardware, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Timeless Type alphabet sizzlits, Big Shot Multipurpose adhesive sheets

~Amanda
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tempting Poppy Card

This is a most interesting colour combo! For inspiration I used Colour combo CC296 and a card sketch SC306 from Splitcoaststampers. The Poppy Parade cardstock was put through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Impressions folder, then using the brayer I added a layer of Whisper White craft ink to highlight the texture. You really cannot tell from the picture but I dosed it in clear embossing powder before the craft ink could dry. Picking the saying had to be the hardest part of all! I am happy with the result because it came really close to what I had envisioned at the beginning!

Supplies
Stamps: Just Believe
Ink: Whisper White, Stampin' Write Markers: Tempting Turquoise and Poppy Parade
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Poppy Parade, Whisper White
Accessories: clear embossing powder, brayer, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Vintage Wallpaper Impressions folder

~Amanda
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Monday, November 08, 2010

Dasher in Sparkles

Browsing through the Dasher gallery over on Splitcoaststampers last month and I came across this beautiful card (it turns out that it was a case of a case!) that I just had to case it for myself! I found it was a little tricky to get the row of trees to match up and I almost cut Dasher's feet off. Make sure to stamp the trees first then add Dasher and emboss.

Supplies
Stamps: Dasher, All Holidays, Lovely as a Tree
Ink: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Versamark
Paper: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Very Vanilla seam binding, glue dot, Iridescent Ice embossing powder

~Amanda
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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Multi-coloured Embossing

So the other day I came across this thread on Splitcoaststampers or Stampin' Connection about embossing with different colours. And I thought it looked too cool not to try! Although next time I think I will omit the White embossing powder, in real life it takes away from the other colours, next time just add more Silver!
This technique is a little more time consuming than regular embossing just because you have to sprinkle each colour on one at a time before shaking off the excess powder. You also end up using a lot more embossing powder too because once you shake it all off together you get a weird combo of powders! This technique definitely merits some experimentation!

For inspiration for the rest of the card I used some challenges from Splitcoaststampers: Ways to Use it WT295 challenge was to add green to our project and a Demonstrator Challenge called Workshop Wow WW180 inspired to use buttons. And for my own personal challenge to use a piece of Woodland Walk designer series paper so that I can diminish my stash of paper! 

Supplies
Stamps: Autumn Splendor
Ink: Garden Green, Versamark, Crumb Cake
Paper: Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Garden Green Designer Button, Basic Black brads, embossing powders: White, Black, Silver, Gold, embossing buddy, glue dots, word window punch, Very Vanilla Seam binding

~Amanda
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Monday, November 01, 2010

Happy November!

I feel like Christmas is just around the corner! We've had cool days, received some snow on Halloween and the house has been cold enough for the furnace to be on. I feel like decorating for Christmas! For now I will just have to use my creativity to create some Christmas projects like today's card.

Supplies
Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas
Ink: Basic Black, Stampin' Write Markers: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Certainly Celery Watercolour Wonder crayon, blender pen, 1/4" Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot, Top Note die, Petals A Plenty Impressions Folder

~Amanda
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