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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Position those Stamps!

Why I Love My Stamparatus! 




The Stamparatus (146276) on page 207 in the Annual catalog is Stampin’ Up!’s long-awaited answer to the Misti and other stamp positioners available on the market and the wait is well worth it!  I bought one and sold my old Misti after using the Stamparatus for a short time.   Then I started using it for my daily stamping and have come to LOVE it for these reasons:

  1. 1.    I can be sure the stamp is on straight. The acrylic plates have gridlines every ¼”. Place your cardstock in the Stamparatus and lay your stamp carved side down on the cardstock where you want the image. Use your eye to make it as straight as possible. Then fold the acrylic plate onto the stamp and press. Remove the plate from the hinges and check alignment of the image with the gridlines. Make any minor adjustments, then ink the stamp and stamp. Now your image is perfectly straight!
    2.    Didn’t get a clean stamped image? No problem…just reink the stamp and press again. Since neither the stamp nor the paper moved (assuming you held it down with a magnet), the image will be exactly in the same place as the first one.
    3.    I used to always say, “Stamp first and then either die cut or punch so you can get the image straight.” However, that is not always possible. I wanted to use a die-cut label on a card we were making at a coffee shop and I didn’t want to take the Big Shot along. I did the cutting at home. Then at the coffee shop we placed the label in the corner of the Stamparatus and following steps in reason #1, we perfectly stamped the greeting on the label.
    4.    You can buy extra acrylic plates making stamping multiples of a multistep image easy and time efficient. For example, look at the Painted Harvest stamp set (144783) on page 139 in the Annual catalog. There are four stamps to create the sunflower.First mount the less detailed flower stamp on an acrylic plate in the right-side hinge (see photo) and stamp it. Then place the detailed flower on the stamped image, turn the acrylic plate around,pick up the stamp and stamp. Next position the center of the flower on the image and pick it up with an acrylic plate that is in the top hinge. Stamp the image. Turn the plate around and pick up the dots and stamp them. By repeating this process, you can easily stamp more flowers with no struggle to get them properly positioned each time.
    5.    There are some very cool techniques that can be done using the Stamparatus such as mirror stamping, reverse image stamping, hinge stamping and creating wreaths. Follow my blog for future posts sharing these techniques.
    6.    Accessories are now available like the Craft and Carry bag, 6” x 6” grid paper, extra magnets, and extra acrylic plates. You can see them here.







The magnets are very strong.  To make them easier to pick up, put a piece of Washi Tape and a tab you can lift on to pick the magnets up.

I have a few tips for using the Stamparatus:

·    Put a stamp case under the acrylic plate to support it in the opened position. This will help get good inking of the stamp and less ink on the acrylic plate.

·    Purchase uninked Stampin’ Spots (141822) and ink them with reinkers in your favorite colors to use with the Stamparatus. If you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin you will get an assortment of inked spots over the course of several months as each month has one or two spots in the kit.

·    Place a Silicone Craft Sheet (147042) in the Stamparatus when using photopolymer stamps. This will give enough height to your cardstock that you’ll get good images even next to the hinges. Alternately, you can use a cardstock shim or two.

·    Put a piece of packing tape on the magnets with a flap on the end of the magnet to serve as a handle. These magnets are very strong and hard to pick up. It is easier with the ‘handle’. Also slide the magnets to separate them from the Stamparatus. Keep the two magnets a good distance apart. The attraction is very strong.

Remember the new accessories are:  Small Grid Paper, Stamparatus Plates, Stamparatus Foam Mats, and the Craft & Carry Tote.  Stamparatus magnets will continued to be offered.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Embossing Paste


How about an introduction to Embossing Paste today?!  We will begin with a Stampin' Up! video.

I wanted to share Stampin' Up's new tool the Embossing Paste. This Paste adds a whole new dimension, literally dimension to your papercrafts! It reminds me of how texturing a wall in your home makes such a difference. The thicker you apply it, the more grooves and depth. Apply a small amount and it provides a point of interest. Cool stuff!!

Features:

Matte finish
4 0z
adds various textures
3 colors--Shimmery White, Silver, and White


Benefits:

dries fast
easy to apply
can be used with a mask, stencil, or applied with tools
adds texture and interest
glitter or reinker can be added to the embossing paste to add more versatility
can make interesting backgrounds to cards and scrapbook pages using the application tools or using a mask

How about another video from Stampin' Up!?


Have a great day and try something new...like embossing paste.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Simply Shammy

When you leaf through your Stampin’ Up! catalog, you may miss one of the unsung heroes in the accessories section.  On page 206 you’ll find the Simply Shammy – my favorite cleaning option for all types of stamps.
The new Simply Shammy is just so easy to use, you keep it slightly damp and just smoosh the dirty stamps into it to clean them. The Shammy "drinks" up the ink and looks used, but it does an amazing job of cleaning the stamps – I absolutely love it, plus you just use water so no need to buy any cleaning solutions.  
This is how the Simply Shammy #14702 looks new.


Tips about the Simply Shammy
  • 5″ x 7″ so it fits perfectly in a clear mount stamp case
  • The clear mount stamp cases are not air tight so I have had no issues with mold (this is how I store mine #119105)
  • To clean, just rinse under cool water.
  • Even though you SEE ink on the pad, it’s still clean. The Shammy pulls the ink away from the surface and so it just keeps working and working.
  • Don’t be afraid to let it get inky, it’s doing its job.





You can fold it and bend it anyway you want....it's great for use with the Stamparatus!


Here is mine after stamping a few cards.  It's much more colorful now!

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Take Your Pick


Have you seen the best pick up tool for paper crafters?
Pick up tools provide a tacky tip for ease in picking up sequins, rhinestones, pearls and small punch pieces.  But now there’s a new, better pick up tool on the market thanks to Stampin’ Up!.  In addition to the tacky tip found in competitors products, the Stampin’ Up! pick up tool also has interchangeable accessories. 
Accessories include a dual ended stylus tool. Use the larger tip for scoring designer paper and the smaller tip for scoring cardstock.  Works great with the Simply Scored and with rulers.  The other interchangeable tip includes a paper piercing tool for adding faux stitch marks to your projects or as precision tip to pick up self adhesive embellishments.  Flip it over and the small spatula will allow you to dislodge misplaced small embellishments and dimensionals, loosen adhered cardstock and so much more!
 And the best part – it’s only $10 and that includes the tool, accessories and a refill tip.  Additional tip refills are available in a 2-pack for just $3.50. 
This Take Your Pick tool isn’t just for paper crafters.  Quilters can use it to pick up the stray ends of thread or small buttons.  Artists can use the pick up tool’s spatula accessory for a myriad of tasks as well. 



What all this tool can do?

Here is some of the things you can use this tool for and I am sure many of you will have more suggestion, please leave a comment with your ideas.
  • Putty to pick little punch out, sequins.
  • Spatula separate layers.
  • scoring tool to score your card stock. I use the big tip for Designer Paper and small tip for card stock
  • Paper piercer, you can make the holes for decor or holes for brads. 



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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Out West Watercolor Scene

Our Niece, Shannon, loves her horses, so every year I try to create a special birthday card with a horse theme.  This year I used my Silhouette Cameo along with my Stampin' Up! supplies to create this one.


Stamp Sets:  Out West, Best of Birthdays

Paper and Ink:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Gray Granite, Soft Sea Foam, Balmy Blue, Sahara Sand

Tools and Accessories: Aqua Painters, Silhouette Cameo, Burlap Ribbon





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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Memories

Today is filled with memories of my son, Decan.  Even though it has been 31 years since his death, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think and remember his short 9 years.  So please indulge me as I post some of my favorite photos of my sweet little boy and reminisce about his time here on earth with us.





My dear boy, until we see each other again....

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Sale-A-Bration Coordination


Now you can order Framelits, a punch, and a matching word stamp set to coordinate with your free SAB stamp sets!




These are the fun new items that you can order starting today that coordinate with Sale-A-Bration items!  See them here.


These are items you can order from the Big Catalog for free during SAB.  See them here.

Don't forget round one of SAB and the amazing round two!

It all ends March 31, 2019!

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