Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Customized paper using Emboss Resist

Hi, Amber here today to show you how to use the emboss resist stamping technique to create a background for a scrapbook layout. Remember that stamps aren't just for cards! Try them on a layout sometime to customize your own paper.

My background paper was just plain white cardstock. I started by randomly stamping two snowflakes from the Falling Snow stamp set in clear Versamark ink all over the cardstock. I then heat embossed it with clear powder.

Once it looked like I had enough snowflakes I then sprayed Glimmer Mist in the color Frost all over the paper. You could also cover it using an inkpad but I wanted the look of the spray.

Use a paper towel to remove the excess spray. The ink will wipe right off of the shiny embossed areas revealing the white paper underneath. Here's the finished background (I purposely didn't stamp where I knew the photos would be):
 I used my embossing gun to help the paper dry faster. The mist will get the paper very wet and it may start to curl up when you are drying it. If so then just dry from underneath the paper to help flatten it out again.

A closeup of the embossed snowflakes:

Here's the layout one more time. I just love the way those snowflakes set the tone for the whole page!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to try stamps on your next scrapbook layout!

Steph has a beautiful floral-inspired card for you today!

Kelli is going to blow you away with her creativity -check out this fab birthday card!

And Amber has ANOTHER fantastic project for you today - wow!!! 

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Monday, January 30, 2012

You're Sweet - Lollipop

Hi, everyone, Kelli here!  Today I have a Valentine's lollipop set to share with you.  This would be the perfect little something to give someone on VDay!  I made a 3x3 notecard using the Large Polkadot Background for the red card base, Hearty Hearts Backgrounds for the detail at the bottom of the white, and Ultimate Sentiments I for the 'You're Sweet' sentiment.  I also made a little banner tag for the lollipop using the same polkadots and sentiment.

I wanted to make the sentiment on the lollipop two different colors so I decided to cut my stamp in apart.  This always used to make me so nervous when I saw people doing it because I am very picky about my crafty stuff.  I always want it to stay clean and neat but I finally started to cut my clear stamps and I have to say it really gives you so many more possibilities!

 Here is the stamp before cutting it.

Just take some sharp scissors and cut the sentiment apart.  Just be very careful not to cut into the actual sentiment.

You can easily put them on the block back as one piece after they've been cut!  In the pic below I had already cut them apart but then stuck them together on the block so I could stamp the sentiment on the notecard.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)

Today is Movie Monday on the Scrapmaster's Blog - stop by and see what Sami has for you today!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Stamping With Sami Challenge #5: Rock n Roll

Hi everyone! Welcome to the fifth "Stamping With Sami" Challenge!

Before we get started, I want to announce. . . NEW STAMPS!! New stamps are being released over the next couple of days in honor of CHA. We aren't going, but we still have new goodness to share! Here is a look at the first one :)
Isn't this set just the cutest thing ever!!? I just think this little guy (or girl) is just as cute as can be! This set measures approx. 4X4inches with the turtle measuring approx. 2X3inches. This set is NOW SHIPPING to pick one up today.

All the projects last week were FANTASTIC! I really enjoyed seeing all the SP creations. Keep up the great work everyone!!  We didn't have 5 participants so we can't give out a prize, but we're going to still give out a Guest Designer spot to one lucky participant.

This week's winner is mplsbetty!!
Betty used the Large Polka Dots Background stamp + the Swirly Doo Valentine stamp set for her creation.

mplsbetty, congrats!! Please e-mail me so I can get you set up with your guest design spot. scrapmastersparadise@yahoo.com

SWS #5: Rock 'n Roll Technique
Have fun rockin' and rollin' and as always, use your SP Stamps!
Here is a quick video if you are unfamiliar with the Rock n Roll technique:
We must have 5 participants in order for us to give away a prize. If less than 5 participants play along, we will send our prize back to prize-land and a new prize will appear the following week.  This week, we are giving away a new Little Floral Background, PLUS the participant will also be invited to take a guest designer spot here on the SP Stamps Blog! (if you already own this set like many of you do, your can pick any other stamp set)

Add a direct link to your finished SP project below. Entries are due at NOON EST on Saturday, February 4th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced along with our next challenge next Sunday.

Here are some inspiration samples by the lovely SP team, that will help get your mojo flowing.

Patchi used the Round Sentiments I stamp set.

Britt used the Little Floral Background for her rock and rolling. She also used the Lippy single stamp.

Tella used a Swirly Doo Valentine sentiment stamp for her rock and rolling.

Add a direct link to your project below:

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heart Treat Baskets

Hi Everyone...I'm Sonya of Sonya's Paper Trail and I'm very honored to have been invited to the SP Stamps Blog as a guest designer.  My project today is perfect for Valentine's Day treats!  My project features "Mix 'n Match: Friends", which is an extremely versatile stamp set and a must have for every stamper's collection.  

Check out my project:

Sami's stamps are a perfect compliment to this heart basket!

I cut out these heart baskets and banner with my die cutting machine. Now....here's a tip for you.  Notice how that banner has a bit of a "wave" to it?  One of the great things about clear stamps is that they are bendable and can be formed to some extent to match your shapes--this banner is a wonderful example.
When I put the stamp on my block, I "bent" it just a bit.

  Here it is all inked up!
Can you see a subtle bend to the image? 

And here's what it looks like on that cute banner-it's not a drastic bend, but just enough that it adds a little "punch".  And I love that these words are two separate stamps--very easy to ink them up in different colors to match your project!

I made my little box into a basket by attaching some brads to a bit of ribbon.
I think these will make excellent treats for teachers and school employees, don't you!?!
Thanks again to Sami and her wonderful design team for inviting me to be a part of their blog for the day.  Have a super day!
Sami has a lovey dovey wedding layout today on the SP Blog so be sure to stop by and take a peek.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Feliz Cumpleanos Card

Hi everyone! Samantha here! Have you seen our Friday Fave over on the SP Forum?? Head over and check it out!!!

Today, I have a project using one of our SP Mis Creaciones stamp sets, which is a Spanish sentiment line of stamps designed by Patty Chalas. There are four beautiful Mis Creaciones sets available at SP!

This lovely sentiment was actually created with two separate stamps in the Felicitaciones stamp set. The sentiment says Happy Birthday. We're going to celebrate.

The SP Stamps are just so easy to mix and match like I did here because they are clear! All you have to do is decide what stamps you want to use and then lining them up is easy since you can see through them.

This card was super quick and easy to complete. I just added this doggie die cut shape, created my sentiment layer, added some "grass" fringe and patterned paper. 

Fancy Tip: When adding a sentiment on a separate layer, round or ticket cut the corners for a fancy look. Also, it can add a bit of interest to your project to have your sentiment layer off centered like I have done here.

Tip #2: Adding fringe or grass is super easy!! All you need is a pair of scissors. Simply snip your cardstock or patterned paper close together along the edge. Then use your fingers to curl the fringe a bit so it doesn't lay completely flat. So easy!

That's all I have for today.  Make sure to stop by tomorrow because we have our very first Guest Designer Post!! She's going to knock your socks off with her great SP Project.

Bonnie has a beautiful Artsy Heartsy project on her blog today.

Tamie also has a lovelyArtsy Heartsy card to share.

And I have another Valentine project on the SP Blog today.

Shop with SP anytime 24/7 at the SP and Company Store! If you need any help, be sure to email Sami at scrapmastersparadise@yahoo.com. Don't forget to sign up for the SP Weekly Newsletter (Click here!)!