Thursday, May 31, 2012

A few scraps can go a long way!

Hello, Amber here today and I wanted to make a card to show that Bold Sentiments III: Birthdays can be used to make more than just a birthday card. While there are many great birthday sentiments in this set, there are also a few that can be used for other occasions as well. And I wanted to show you why I (almost) never throw out my paper scraps.
I used the stamp that says "Wishing happiness & joy for today & always". I thought it could be used for so many things including cheering someone up or even congratulations.
All I did was emboss my card base and then used up a bunch of scraps, including Basic Grey's Kraft 6x6 pad and My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Breeze 6x6 pad, and then finished with a label and couple lengths of ribbon. What you can't see is that there are holes in the patterned paper where I punched out a few things. But a strategically placed label hides it all! 6x6 pads may seem little but I sure can make them go far!



But then....I just couldn't help making a birthday card too!! So you get two-for-one today!
 I also embossed this card base and added the same shape label as the card above but then I added more color and lots of birthday fun! I hand-cut the banner and gifts using scraps of EP Dots & Stripes Metropolitan 6x6 pad and tied them all up with some twine. The banner under the sentiment is hand-cut from EP Birthday Boy paper. While most people would probably throw out scraps this small I still insist on keeping them because I think they can eventually be used for something. And then one day I need a small banner and tiny presents and those scraps realize their destiny! : )

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to re-use those scraps!


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Let the sentiment shine!

Hi, everyone!  It's Kelli and today I have a relatively simple card that showcases the Even Bolder Sentiments: Many Thanks single stamp.  I love that this is a single stamp but it's fairly large so it ends up being perfect for card fronts.  You can make a card extremely clean and simple with just the sentiment or you can embellish it for something a little more fancy.  I did a little of both.  I added the rainbow hearts, but still wanted the sentiment to be the main attraction.  I used mostly white for the layers because I think it makes all the colors pop.  I added a small black layer with some white gel pen stitch lines to finish it off.
Thanks for stopping by!  :)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Skip the Bag and Make a Wine Tag!


Hello SP fans, it's Michelle here with you today!  Hopefully you all enjoyed your long weekend?  I definitely did.  Great BBQ, fabulous weather, good times!  Ready to get back to some stamping with me?  Good, I thought so. 

Today I am sharing a really beautiful, and simple way to dress up those wine bottles.  Whenever we go to parties, I usually take the host/hostess a bottle of wine.  I love making these wine tags to decorate the bottles.  Sure beats a wine bag, you can make it at home, and of course you can fancy it up however you want!

To start, I cut a piece of cardstock to be 3" x 6".


For the hole at the top of the tag, you can use a circle punch, if you have one in a size that will work.  If not, the lid from a 2 Liter soda bottle works perfectly!  Just trace the lid, then poke a hole in the middle of the circle with your scissors and trim it out. 


When your hole is trimmed out, score a line just below the opening, to make your fold line.  Now the fun part.  Decorate it! 


For mine, I picked some patterned papers from Authentique.  I stamped the top hat from the Father's Day Fun Mini stamp set with some black ink on a gray textured paper.  Then I stamped the same image separately on a light pink paper, trimmed out just the band and paper pieced it on the main image.  Mounted the hat with a foam dimensional dot to make it stand out.  The strip with the decorative trim was cut from the same paper as the tag base. 

The sentiment "Celebrate" is from the Cutest Gingerbread Man stamp set.  It actually says "Celebrate the Season", but I only inked the word "Celebrate" and stamped it on my tag. 

Here is one final picture of the tag on an actual bottle...



Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle
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Monday, May 28, 2012

May All Your Dreams Come True!

Hi!
Chrissie here today! I have an awesome card for you today!!! I created the card below using Spellbinders dies (now available in the SP & Company Store!)to create that edge, Echo Park's Note to Self pack, along with Stitchery Doo Banners and the brand new Bold Sentiments III: Birthdays.

To create the soft coloring on the banner, I've created a video (it's at the end of this post)! I used colored pencils and Mineral Spirits.  I know Copics are hot and I do love using them, but I love my colored pencils so much, I can't help but go back to them over and over again.


I think the edge of the card is awesome.  I love that chevron-type edger die!



I finished the card off by adding some awesome twine and adhering the banners to the top left of the card.  Check out the video below to see how I created the colors on the banners or go HERE to watch it.





Thanks for stopping by today!!




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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Giveaway Time

Hello there! Samantha here & I have a surprise for you!! It is time for a GIVEAWAY!! Yippee!

So here are all the deets. . .

I am going to choose TWO winners to each receive a stamp set of their choice from SP!  The rules are super simple!


Sign up to be a follower here at the SP Stamps Blog 
(click "Join this site" in the right sidebar)

and 

just leave me a comment in the comments section of this post 
 (if you don't see the comments form at the bottom of this post, click at the very bottom of the post where it says "comments" and then you will be taken to the comments form)


Fine print: You must be a blog follower here to win. Entries are due by Sunday June 3rd at midnight EST. International readers are welcome to participate. I will ship to any country. For an additional entry, you can like us on the SP Facebook Page, just leave us an additional comment below if you are our fan on Facebook. Good luck!!!


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Embossed Holiday Banner - Guest Designer

Greeting, fans of SP Stamps! This is CG, with a simple project featuring the Christmas Emma and Stitchery Doo stamp sets.

SP & Company Stamps are some of my favorites to use for technique-specific projects, like this simple, embossed banner:


One of my favorite techniques of all time is heat-embossing, and I love using the Stitchery Doo set to create faux, risen stitches. I don't sew much, but I really like the look, and I find that mixing stamped stitches with textured paper is an easy way to get it!

Here's what I did:
  • Textured cardstock, for a fabric look; this project takes less than one 12x12 piece

  • Banner template: 4x4 piece of cardstock, notched an inch (see photo below)
    • Cut 6 pieces, 3 fronts and 3 backs (it's up to you whether or not to decorate the backs!)
 

  • Miscellaneous tools:
    • Stamp block with guide lines to ensure equal margins when stamping
    • Static-resistant "embossing buddy": Use a heavy coat on the textured cardstock before embossing
    • Heat tool
    • Nail buffer (or sandpaper) to slightly roughen the edges of the banner (optional!)
    • Adhesives: double-sided tape to adhere the ribbon, and silicon glue to put the front & backs together 
  • 1.5 inch-wide Ribbons: Two 4-inch strips of ribbon, folded in half, for each banner; Silk ribbon to string the banner, as silk ties very well

  • Ink pads: Watermark/clear embossing ink, Black for Candy Cane outline, Gold for "Happy Holidays sentiment, because my gold embossing powder is transparent plus glitter
    •  I was able to stamp the stitched borders and emboss the whole thing in one step

  • Embossing powders: Red, White, Gold, Silver
  • Watermark ink pen to fill in Candy Candy with embossing powders  
    • I recommend doing this in two parts for each color; the watermark pen ink seems to dry quicker than the pad's, so you want to work fast. 

  • Gold pen to outline the Candy Cane stamp after embossing 

    There you have it! Relatively simple, but just enough work to be fun to make!

    Here's a photo that shows off the glitter and shine:


    Just think of the possibilities with this simple banner! You could hang it from your tree (in my case, the bushy pine in our backyard!):


    Or you can hang it on your staircase and let the family enjoy it:


    My husband has already suggested ideas for other similar banners, and you know that I'm going to have to use the Christmas Emma stamp to portray my little guys, so I'm planning on make several banners with the same stamp sets.

    Many thanks to Samantha & the SP team for inviting me to share with you this week. Hope you'll be inspired to try some heat-embossed home decor with your favorite SP Stamps!




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    Friday, May 25, 2012

    A Vintage-Inspired Card


    Hi! Chrissie here!
    Being that this week is 'Old Stamps Week' here on the SP Stamps Blog, I decided to go with a Vintage-Inspired card to stick with the 'old' theme!  I pulled out my All Zipped Up, Artsy Heartsy and my Bold Sentiments I sets and got started!!

    I trimmed the front of the card smaller than the back and adhered some patterned paper on the inside so it would show, even when the card was closed.  I love the way this looks on cards!





    After the sentiment was added to the front, I die cut some banners and I stamped the pocket from All Zipped Up on some coordinating stock.



    I also stamped a heart from Artsy Heartsy to add to the pocket.  I love the versatility of the pocket stamp - there are so many things that can go on the outside, as well as stuff popping out from the inside!!!

    For a finishing touch, I inked up a wooden die cut and added it to the pocket.  LOVE!




    Here is the finished card:


    I think it's perfect for a wedding or an anniversary!


    

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    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Layered Stamping - Material Girl

    Hi, everyone!  Kelli here and today I want to share a girly card with you that features some layered stamping!  I stamped three different times on the sheet of blue card stock to help add some depth.  I first stamped Circletastic in VersaMark ink to give a subtle background that wouldn't overpower the main image.  Then I used the sewing machine from Sewing Chic and stamped it slightly to the bottom right in the same blue ink color as the paper.  I colored it in using a VersaMarker to help offset it a little but not be too noticeable.  For the final layer I used the dress form from Sewing Chic and stamped it in black ink so it would show up and be the center of attention.  I like how the sewing machine isn't the main attraction but it adds a nice touch when you notice it, I think.  I finished off the card with the 'Material Girl' sentiment from the Sewing Chic set as well.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)


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    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Encouragement Card

    Hi! Vera here today!!! My love of cards definitely comes from my mom. I grew up learning to always have cards handy. One of the things that she always did for us and still does is to give encouragement card when needed.

    Keeping that lesson in mind, I decided to build up my stash of encouragement cards. I made this one, mixing an old set with new set. The flower vase is from For Every Woman set and the sentiment is from this month Sympathy & Care Stamp set.




    I cut two strips of Echo Park  patterned paper to cover the bottom of the card, then stamped the sentiment first (this way I make sure that I have enough space for the long sentiment) and finished with stamping the flower vase and colored it with copic markers.

    Now when any of my family or friends need some encouragement, I'll have a card handy. :)

    Thank you all for stopping by and have a fabulous day!


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    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    You are Totally Fantabulous!


    Hello stampers! I think you all need to hear that you are totally fantabulous every once in a while! It's Amber here today with a little card that could be used for anything from a Thank You to a Thinking of You for a great friend.






    I have the Sewing Chic set from last year that I don't use often enough. So I challenged myself to use it and this is what I got! I stamped the Bold Houndstooth background in gray on the large label and layered it under a smaller gray label. Then I stamped the large dressform from Sewing Chic in black onto pink polka dot paper and fussy cut it (you could use the svg file if you prefer).



    For my sentiment I stamped several of the Mix n Match Sentiments: Friends stamps and cut them out. Everything was layered onto striped paper and finished off with some seam binding ribbon.

    I really like the way this turned out and I think I will make some more to add to my stash for future use! Thanks for stopping by today!


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