OnStage Card Swap…Day 2

Yesterday I shared with you the first batch of beautiful cards I received at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event I attended in Hartford, Conn.  If you missed that post you can view it HERE. Today, I have more inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

Stampin Up Sweet Soiree Double Triangle Fun Fold Celebrate card idea - for inspiration, ordering, and more visit www.juststampin.com Jeanie Stark StampinUp
Card Created by Linda Droege

I was so excited to get Linda’s Double Triangle Fun Fold Card!  I have been wanting to make one of these fun folds and hers is just over the top gorgeous! I love everything about it from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper to the organza ribbon she dyed to match.  Here’s how it looks opened.

Stampin Up Sweet Soiree Double Triangle Fun Fold Celebrate Birthday card idea - for inspiration, ordering, and more visit www.juststampin.com Jeanie Stark StampinUp
Card Created by Linda Droege

I can not wait to make this fun fold! Check back and I will share the measurements and directions.

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Card Created by Ramsey Alexander

This card is just beautiful in person! Ramsey used the Brusho Crystal Colour ink crystals to watercolor over the heat embossed butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set.  I need to pull out my Crystal Colours and play.  Ramsey has done several of these cards and they come out beautiful and different every time.  This is a fun watercolor technique!

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Card Created by Jill Killeen

This card is so Jill! She is so much fun to be around! The Lemon Zest Stamp set has fun sentiments.  Check out what she stamped inside.

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Card Created by Jill Killeen

I love it when stamp sets have inside sentiments to go together. This card is sure to brighten someone’s day!

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Card Created by Deb Echelmeyer

Deb is so creative! I love how she used the flower stems from the Bouquet Bunch Dies to make a lilac bush!  (Which just happen to be my favorite flower scent!)  Deb added texture and layers to this beautiful card using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder and Layering Dies. Such a pretty spring card!

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Card Created by Rosanne Mulhern

Rosanne’s card is another example of adding layers to create a beautiful card! Like Deb, she used the Beautiful Bunch Framelits to cut out the flowers and leaves. Even though this card has many flowers and layers, it has a clean & simple feel with the black & white background. I love the sentiment (and font) she used from the Birthday Blooms stamp set. It is retiring in May but it’s definitely one I will keep and continue to use. I love all the sentiments and beautiful flowers in this set.  Check it out below and be sure to get it before it’s gone!

I so appreciate the stamping community and my stamping friends! Everyone so willingly shares their ideas and talent.  Together we really can make a difference as we share our handmade kindness one card at a time! Make someone smile today!!

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate you taking the time to comment and I love it when you shop my online store.  Your support helps me to keep doing what I love!!  Everyone who shops with me this month will receive one of my swap cards (you can see it HERE) in addition to my monthly thank you gifts (card kits and more).

Have a wonderful day! It’s a beautiful day here in Hagerstown, Maryland and I’m going to soak up the sunshine on my walk this afternoon!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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J is for Joy Fold

Welcome to my ABC’s with Fun Folds series.  Today I have a Joy fold card for you. The joy fold is basically a card within a card.  It is all about the layers and a fun focal point.  This Little Piggy is the most adorable stamp set!  It will be available June 1st.  I’ve been waiting for her big debut until it was closer to when you could order…I didn’t want to tease you any longer than necessary.  I couldn’t resist giving her center stage on my card today.

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Isn’t she stinkin’ cute?! I used my aqua painter to bring her to life.  I gave my Shimmery White cardstock a quick wash with Soft Sky then I stamped Little Piggy with Basic Black ink. I used Flirty Flamingo and Sahara Sand inks with the aqua painter.  It was so fast & easy…just a quick wash with the brush.  No need to overthink it…she’s a pig…she likes to be dirty and handles imperfection with pride! She has several friends in her stamp set too!

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I have lots of photos and measurements for you today so you can make one of these on your own.  The card base is Sahara Sand cut at 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 and scored at 5 1/2. Now let’s start layering…

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The Flirty Flamingo Layer measures 4 x 5 1/4.  The Polka Dot pattern is from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (retiring) but you could easily use the same patterned paper as the front.  This layer measures 3 3/4 x 5.  Now for the front layers…

Fun Fold card idea - for ideas and inspiration visit juststampin.com Jeanie Stark StampinUp The Flirty Flamingo layer measures 2 3/4 x 4.  The DSP is from the new Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper. It measures 2 1/2 x 3 3/4.  There are many fun patterns in this pack.

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The Little Piggy sits on a Sahara Sand card base measuring 8 x 3 and scored at 4.  The Flirty Flamingo layer measures 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 and my Shimmery White layer measures 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. I adhered this inside the card making sure to center it.

The inside layers for this are Flirty Flamingo and Whisper White and are the same measurements as the front. I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black.

 

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This is definitely a fun fold!  I love how it opens and closes.

Stampin Up This Little Piggy fun fold card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Here’s my envelope to match with the new Pick A Pattern DSP!

Stampin Up This Little Piggy fun fold card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stamp Set: This Little Piggy (available June 1)  Ink: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo Sahara Sand  Papers: Shimmery White, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Flirty Flamingo, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (retired), Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper Accessories: Aqua Painter

Click HERE to see another Joy Fold Card I shared previously.

Hope your day is filled with Joy!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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Paper Piecing Chickens

I have a dear friend, Laura, who has some chickens.  She turned her dog house into their coup and it is so funny how every night at dusk they go up the plank and to go to bed for the night.  When I saw the Hey, Chick Stamp Set in the Sale-A-Bration catalog I knew I would use it to make her birthday card. My inspiration for the technique on my card came from a chicken pin cushion a member of my downline made. You know how I love to make my cards coordinate so…paper piecing to the rescue!  Here’s my card.

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And here’s the fabric chicken Margie made.

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I found some paper that looked like fabric from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack (retired from the Holiday catalog) to do the paper piecing technique.  This technique is really not hard to do. You simply stamp your image twice…once on cardstock and once on the DSP.  I used Archival Black Ink to stamp my images. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position my chicken on top.

 

 

I wanted to add some dimension to my chickens so I used some Cherry Cobbler and Delightful Dijon ink and a blender pen to highlight and color on top of the DSP. I saw another demonstrator, Kathryn Ruddick, do this. It really makes it pop from the background.

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Then I used my paper snips to cut out the chicken.  You don’t have to worry about fussy cutting around the legs or beak as they are already stamped on the cardstock.  Adhere on top of the cardstock image.

I used the Aqua Painter with a little Crumb Cake ink to wash along the bottom. I stamped my sentiment on Cherry Cobbler card stock with black ink.  I cut the tips off a toothpick for the sign and attached with glue dots and dimensionals. I decided I needed to stamp and cut out another wing to make it appear like the chicken was holding the sign.

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I really like this technique. It was fun to do and I am happy with how it turned out.  I know you appreciate all the details so here’s the dimensions for this card..

Card base :Cherry Cobbler  5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.

Layer 1: Whisper White 3 x 5

Layer 2: Cherry Cobbler 2 7/8 x 4 3/8

Stamped Layer: 2 3/4 x 4 1/4

The sentiment is cut out using the Bunch of Banners Framelits.

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You can earn the Hey, Chick stamp set for FREE during Sale-A-Bration (through March 31st). Here’s a few more ideas and inspiration using this stamp set.

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Hey CHick sample

 

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Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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Blender Pen Refill Recipe

Yesterday I shared a card I colored with ink and a blender pen.  You can see that post HERE.  I appreciate and read every comment and love getting tips and inspiration from you.  I had a few questions about blender pens so I thought I would share a little information along with a storage tip and special refill “recipe”. Thank you Chris R. for the inspiration for this post.

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Blender pens combine the flexibility of watercolors with the convenience of markers.  It’s easy to achieve a beautiful watercolor effect using blender pens with watercolor pencils, ink, or markers.  The tip cleans off with just a stroke or two on scratch paper, so you don’t need a different pen for each color. Blender pens (and markers) should be stored in a horizontal position to allow the liquid to continually saturate both ends.  These dual-tipped pens are filled with a specialized solution to blend ink easily.  A card club member, Colleen, shared with me awhile back that you can refill the blender pens so I did a little research and found the “recipe”.  It’s just 3 ingredients and I found all of them at CVS Pharmacy.

4 tsp. Distilled Water

2 tsp. Glycerin

¼ tsp. Rubbing Alcohol

*Note: You MUST use distilled water.  Tap water has minerals, chlorine and other impurities in it.  These will cause your pen to smell and/or get moldy.

Mix all ingredients together. Gently pull the tips out of the blender pen (both ends).  You can easily pull the tips out with your fingers (or tweezers).  Be careful not to ruin the tips. *Put the caps back on both ends of the marker so you don’t dry out the barrel inside. Soak the tips in the fluid for a few hours (or overnight if they are very dry).  Gently push the tips back into the marker. I store my refill solution in a recycled embellishment case.

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To watercolor you simply pick up ink from the lid of your ink pad and color the image. You can also color the image with watercolor pencils or markers then blend with the pen.

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I decided to make my card today a little different than yesterday. I layered the image on Blushing Bride then adhered it to a Sahara Sand card base.  I also added a bow using Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon from the Occasions Catalog (item # 142794).

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I stamped and colored the front of my envelope this time instead of the flap.

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Which one do you prefer?

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Stamp Set: Big on Birthdays  Ink: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz  Papers: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride  Tools & Accessories: Blender Pen, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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*Update on my “Just Stampin’ Card Kit and 3D Project Buffet” TO GO … I had not planned on surgery setting me back last month.  I have been working diligently this week trying to finish getting the kits (that were earned or ordered in February) cut, photographed, and packaged.  I plan to have the kits ready to be mailed out this weekend which is just a day or two later than originally planned.  I think you will be very pleased!  After I ship your kit, I will send you an email along with an attached document with the directions. Thanks so much for your order and your understanding!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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Big On Birthdays

March is “Big on Birthdays” for my family, friends, and me!  (Read on to find out about my special “goodie bag” this month.) This stamp set will come in handy as I make quick & easy cards to send.  I love the big fonts in this stamp set and like that I can use my watercolor pencils, blender pen, aqua painter, or markers to add color to the flowers. Which one do you think I used on this card?

Stampin Up Big on Birthdays card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I have been using my watercolor pencils a lot lately so I decided to give them a break and use ink and my blender pen for this card.  I wanted a soft tone so I went with Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, and Pear Pizzazz. I stamped the sentiment and flowers from Big on Birthdays Stamp Set with Sahara Sand ink on a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 Very Vanilla. This is a photopolymer stamp set which makes it easy see where you are placing it on your card.

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It’s so easy to watercolor with ink and a blender pen.  Simply squeeze your ink pad while it is shut to get some ink on the lid to work with or just put a few drops from the ink refill in the lid.  (You don’t want to pick up ink directly from your pad.) Here’s a photo of what my ink pads look like when open. 

After coloring the flowers I added  some Pearl Basic Jewels. I adhered my stamped layer on a Very Vanilla card base using Foam Adhesive Strips.  These strips are intended to use for shaker cards but I like the extra thickness and depth you get by wrapping along all four sides.  Here’s a close up.

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I always love to make the envelopes coordinate. This one is just sweet and simple.

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I made this card for my friend, Erin.  We have a “Birthday Club” (aka Girls Night Out) and each month we pick a different restaurant to go to dinner and celebrate the Birthday Girl. Here’s a photo from our celebration for Erin (wearing the hat).

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This month I will get to choose the restaurant for my birthday. I usually choose a place that has delicious Maryland crab cakes! I think it will be fun to celebrate with you too this month! So, I am putting together some “party favors” to share with you. Everyone who shops with me this month will automatically receive a goodie bag. My party favor goodie bags will include assorted retired products (Designer Series Paper and embellishments as well as some surprises). I will also have some blog candy prizes this month so be sure to check back.

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Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.  As an added bonus, Stampin’ Up! added three new Sale-a-bration products on February 21!

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A Sneak Peek at the New Watercolor Pencils

Every year I say I’m going to get my Christmas cards done early and I always seem to end up racing around at the last minute to pull it together.  How about you…are you prepared in advance or last minute like me?

We always send a photo card and I like to combine my love of photography and stamping. In the past I have made an easel card I shared HERE and used Paper Pumpkin refill kits (see below for photo). This year my daughter put together this photo collage.  My husband likes to add a personal message on some of his so this is what I came up with at the last minute.

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Add a personal touch to a photo card with Stampin’ Up! products
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Open the flap for more photos and space for a personal message.

The photo card measures 4 x 8 so I cut my cardstock 4 1/8 x 10 5/8 and scored it at 8 1/8. I added a layer of black cardstock on the front flap to tie in the colors from the card. I used the oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits with the Holly Berry Stamp Set and new watercolor pencils (available January 4th in the new occasions catalog) to embellish the front flap on my card. I am in love with these watercolor pencils!!!  You will want to put them on your MUST HAVE list!!! They make it so quick and easy to create a work or art.  I simply colored with the old olive pencil then brushed over it with my blender pen. Check out these before and after pictures.

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! highlighting how to create with these new watercolor pencils using different paper with the aqua painter or blender pen.

I used classic ink (rather than the archival) with the blender pen and had no problem with the ink bleeding. You can use cardstock with the blender pen but you need to use watercolor paper or shimmer paper when you use the aqua painter. I added some red pearls leftover from a past paper pumpkin kit for berries.  You can make your own using a red sharpie marker to color Pearl Basic Jewels or Rhinestones.  I used red ribbon to make a bow and attached it with a mini glue dot. I popped up the stitched layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals and stamped my envelope to match.

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Add to a photo card with Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils and Stitched Shapes Framelits

Stamp Set: Holly Berry Happiness  Ink: Gumball Green (retired), Real Red (on envelope)  Papers: Gumball Green (retired), Basic Black, Whisper White  Tools & Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Real Red Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Red Sharpie Marker, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Do you have the new Occasions catalog?  If you are not currently working with another demonstrator, I would love to be your creative coach.  Email me if you would like me to send you the new catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure.  It’s time to get that wish list ready!  For every $50 you spend from January 4th – March 31st you earn FREE product (in addition to my thank you gift)!

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

As promised, here’s a past Christmas card made using My Paper Pumpkin kit.

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November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, Simply Snowflakes
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This would work well for a new address as well as a Christmas card.

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