Technique Tuesday 3-24-09

birthday-flowers-heat-stickThis is the swap that Brandi made for her meeting.  I really love how she used heat and stick powder to make the flowers sparkle.

Heat and stick powder is really quite easy to use.  If you have ever heat embossed than you know how to use heat and stick powder you just need to add two more steps.

First you need to stamp your image.  If you are using the dazzling diamonds heat and stick like on this card then you would want to stamp with a craft ink pad so that it stays sticky.

Next you need to pour on the heat and stick powder just like you would embossing powder.  Be sure to use the powder pals for easy clean up and to be able to put your left overs back in the bottle.  Once you’ve covered your project shake off the excess and tap the back to make sure you have removed all the extra powder.

Now you are ready to heat the powder.  Just heat it up with your heat gun.  You will see it start to melt just like you do with the embossing powder.

Once you have melted the heat and stick powder you are ready for your glitter.  Simply sprinkle the glitter over the heat and stick powder.  Use a another powder pal for this.

After you have applied the glitter re-heat the image for a few seconds just to set the heat and stick powered.

That’s it your done.  You’ve added a fun sparkle to your stamped image.  I encourage you to give it a try today.

Product Used:
113716 Garden Greetings $21.95
114316 Pig Tails Ribbon Originals $13.95
102197 Powder Pals® $19.95
100005 Heat Tool $29.95
102023 Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter $4.50
114343 Summer Sun Corduroy Buttons $9.95
103579 Paper Snips $9.95

Colors- Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Bordering Blue, Whisper White

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Technique Tuesday 3-17-09

I have often been asked how I get my knots so nice.  I will have to confess when I first started I turned to my up-line all the time for help.  Now after a thousand swaps or so I can finally tie a good knot.  I thought that maybe if I showed you step by step it would help. 

ribbon-step-1I think the biggest thing that helps me is I usually tie the knot when it is still connected to the roll of ribbon.  This makes it easy to always tie it correctly because I only have one end of the ribbon to work with. 

Step 1- So first I place my ribbon under the idem I am going to tie the knot on.

ribbon-step-2Step 2- Next I cross the two pieces of ribbon. As you can see the roll of ribbon is now on the left side and the end I am tying with is crossed over to the right.




ribbon-step-3Step 3- Next you want to fold the lose end over the top and under the end attached to the roll.





ribbon-step-4Step 4- Now fold down the end attached to the roll.  Now both ends of the ribbon should be facing down.  The loose end is on the right side and the attached end is on the left side.




ribbon-step-5Step 5-  Fold the lose end up across the attached end.






ribbon-step-6Step 6- Tuck the lose end under the attached end.






ribbon-step-7Step 7- Your finished knot.  I believe this is called a square not, but I’m not sure.  You think I would know since I have 4 boys and they are in scouts.  I have found that when I tie a knot like this the ends both go down.  If I want them to go up I just tie it upside down.  On of the keys to a perfect knot is to keep the ribbon nice and flat through each step.   

ribbon-finishedHere is the finished project.  I hope that this helps you in tying the perfect knot.  Remember that it also takes practice so just keep on tying.

sab-bunny-cardHere is another sample of the same card with a different picture and saying.  I got this card idea from Becky Roberts blog.  You can check it out here

Products Used:
114674 Delicate Dots DSP- SAB
113788 Polka Dot Punches- SAB
114618 Ribbon Bundle- SAB
109043 Scallop Circle Punch $15.95
104401 1-3/8″ Circle Punch $15.95
104403 1-1/4″ Circle Punch $15.95
114968 Fundamental Phrases $37.95 (Card 1)
*113822 Eight Great Greetings $27.95 (Card 2)
114974 A Good Egg $23.95 (Card 2)

Colors- Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand

* indicates it is from the Occasions Mini Catalog

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Technique Tuesday 3-10-09

For club we are using the new circle cutter and the textured dies for the big shot.  I really wanted to showcase this texture die because it’s the new Manhattan Die and it’s finally available.  I saw this die at leadership and fell in love with it.  It is so pretty and I love how defined it is.  This is definitely not a subtle effect.

manhattan-march-club-cardTo make this card we first cut out a large circle with the circle cutter.  I cut out a 5″ circle I think.  We used a 4 1/2″ at club but it was harder to cut off the top and bottom for the same effect of the card.  Then we ran the die through the big shot.  I love how fast and easy it is to create such a beautiful texture.

To finish the card I just stamped the Congratulations from the Sale-A-Bration set and added some ribbon.  Remember that March 31st is the last day for Sale-A-Brationorders.  You receive on set with every $50.00 you spend and there is no limit.  I will be leaving for Hawaii on the 20th so all orders must be to me by the 19th or you can place an order on-line through my website.

Product Used:
113439 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine $99.95
114517 Stampin’ Up! Manhattan Flower $7.95
112530 Circle Scissor Plus $29.95
112531 Glass Mat $19.95
114319 Whisper White Organza Ribbon $8.95
113770 Congrats FREE- SAB

Colors- Baja Breeze & Not Quite Navy

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Technique Tuesday 3-3-09

Let me introduce you to a fun friend of my that most people forget about.  I have to admit I forget about him all the time to.  Then I saw a post on a blog that reminded me of this great friend and tool.  His name is Mr. Crimper and he really does a wonderful job.  He is so easy to use and can sometimes add just the right touch to a project.  All you do is put the paper in squeeze the handle and turn the knob.  If you want just the center then put the paper part way through and only turn a few turns then release.  It’s that easy.  If you would like to try out this fun tool just give me a call and we can set up a workshop for you and your friends 435-245-5321.

I picked these two cards because I love how they used the crimper to crimp just a part of the card. 

happiness-butterfiles-cardThis card was created by my awesome up-line Janice Barlow.  We made it at Brandi’s Meeting.  I think it’s fun how we crimped just a part of the bottom when it ties into the slit not punch.  If you want an easy way to line up the butterflies be sure to try the Stamp-a-ma-jig®.

Products Used:
111564 Flight of the Butterfly $31.95
111372 Kiwi Kiss 5/8″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon $9.95
101618 Crimper $19.95
104388 Slit Punch $5.95
106958 Cutter Kit $16.95
111644 Heard from the Heart $22.95

Colors- Apricote Appeal, Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White

honey-crimped-cardThis card was created by my new Leadership friend “B” Schreiber from Oregon.  I really love how she crimped in the middle of the paper to add just that extra touch.  I saw a card where they used this same set and crimped the beehive after stamping it.  It was very effective and cute.   I was created by Melanine Williams in our group.

Products Used:

101618 Crimper $19.95
113228 Just Buzzin’ By $27.95
109070 Whisper White Taffeta $6.95
104832 Black Gingham $7.50

Colors- Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Whisper White, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa

big-shot-basketAnother fun way to use the crimper is to crimp a sheet and then cut it up to use as filling in a basket or box.  You can use a paper cutter or I just bought a really cheep paper shredder from Walmart.  You want the kind that just does long cuts and now double cutting.  Then I just crumple them all up before I put them in the basket so that the go every which way.  I love this quick and easy technique.

Products Used:

Stamp Set- Hostess set- Retired
101618 Crimper $19.95
111365 Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon $6.95
109067 Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon $6.95
112041 Bella Rose DSP $9.95
109043 Scallop Circle Punch $15.95
113439 Big Shot Machine $99.95
113478 Extended Cutting Pads $19.95
113483 Stampin’ Up!® Pennant Die $39.95
102264 Coluzzle Cutting System $19.95 (availible while supplies last)

Colors- Pink Pirouette, Ridding Hood Red

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Technique Tuesday 2-24-09

thank-you-flower-rock-rollHere is yet another card from our Shoebox swap.  I love going to these events because I get such great samples from awesome demonstrators in our group.

This card really show cases the fun technique called rock-and-roll.  I love the effect this technique gives to your project and it’s so easy to do.

First stamp your bold image in the lighter color of your choice. 

Next simply roll the edge around the darker color.  This is called the rock-and-roll because you just want to use a gentle rocking and rolling motion to get ink on just the outside edges of the image while keeping the lighter color inside.

Then Stamp your image on your sheet.  That’s it your done.  This technique works best with a nice bold image like this flower.

Products used:
115076 Sprinkles $14.95
113417 Petal Pizzazz $32.95
111367 Chocolate Chip 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon $4.95
104390 1/2″ Circle Punch $5.95
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals® (300) $3.95

Colors- Regal Rose, Rose Red, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip

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Technique Tuesday 2-17-09

Today I thought I would share with you a cute project that we did at a recent workshop.  It you would be interested in doing this fun project at your own workshop give me a call 435-245-5321.

This is a simple technique but I love it.  It’s simply looking at a card or scrapbook page and using the layout for the opposite.  That means use a scrapbook page layout for a card or a card layout for a scrapbook page.  I really love it when I can use the same layout for both. 

sab-friendshipHere is my example.  I used the exact same supplies and lay out to create this fun 3×6 card.

sab-friendship1Then I did it as a 6×6 scrapbook page.  By moving the stamped image and adding the photo it give it a whole new look.  

I really love this concept for a gift because you can make the cute page and them make a matching card.

This is a picture of me with my friend Deborah.  She is one of the demonstrators I met at Leadership last year.  This picture was taken at Convention when we both earned Hawaii.  One of the best parts of becoming a demonstrator has been the friends I’ve made.  Weather they are in my down-line or just our group it so awesome because I never would have met them if it weren’t for Stampin’ Up!®  If you want to find out more about the benefits of becoming a demonstrator click here.

Products used:
113788 Polka Dot Punches SAB (Free with $50.00 purchase)
113626 Seek Serendipity $20.95
109043 Scallop Circle Punch $15.95
109041 5-Petal Flower Punch $15.95
104310 Crafters’ Tool Kit $39.95
104430 Stampin’ Dimensonals® (300) $3.95
111367 Chocolate Chip 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon $4.95
112534 5/16″ Neutrals Jumbo Brads (80) $7.95

Colors- Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White

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