September 2019 Online Class – Perfectly Plaid

Have you wanted to take a class but can’t get to one of the monthly classes I offer?

Would you like to do the class on your own at your own pace in the comfort of your own home?

Maybe you live out of my area?

If you answered yes to any of the above….my online class is perfect for you!

For this months class I will be featuring the Wrapped in Plaid Suite found on pages 14 – 16 of the 2019 Holiday Catalog.

I hope you will invite me into your home for some stamping fun!

Projects for September:

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Each card includes a finished inside panel with sentiment and layers to compliment the front of the card. Envelopes are also included.

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How the class works:

  • The cost is $55.00 USD which includes all shipping and handling plus 8% sales tax for Albany, New York (where the products will be shipped).
  • A link is provided below to pay via PayPal.  The charge will show up from Stamp Til You Drop – Perfectly Plaid Online Class
  • Please email me with the address where you would like your class materials sent.
  • Orders must be placed no later than 12:00 noon EST on September 30, 2019.
  • I will place the order on September 30, 2019.  All products will be sent to me.  When received (approx October 10, 2019) I will send the stamp set and punch to you along with all your class materials.  The box will be shipped to you via USPS Priority shipping.
  • I will email you with a PDF of the written instructions plus all measurements and supplies used.  You will also receive the link to the online class video.
  • You will be notified when your class materials are shipped and given a tracking number.
  • I will include a special surprise with all orders as a special thank you!

What do you get with your $55.00 class fee:

  • Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set
  • Pine Tree Punch
  • All pre-cut, pre-scored materials including all accessories (ribbon, rhinestones pearls etc.) needed to complete each project.
  • Written directions including all measurements with a PDF link
  • A link to an exclusive online video of the class so you can follow along

What is not included with class materials:

  • Inks.  You will need the following colors; Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Night of Navy and Golden Glitz Delicata Metallic
  • Sponge dauber or sponge
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Adhesive

If you need any additional class materials please visit my online store!

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Happy Stamping!

~Joanne

Making the world a happier place, once card at a time!

In the jungle..the mighty jungle..

I bet you now have the classic song by the The Tokens stuck in your head right now, I know I do.  While I type this I’ll just be singing a-weema- weh, a weema weh,a weema-weh……

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I am loving the Animal Outing set right now, not only does it have the cutest images but it just screams out to be colored by Stampin’ Blends.  This bright cheery card was one of my projects for my stamp club this month and my ladies LOVED it!  It features Lemon Lime Twist paired with Smoky Slate and focuses on the little Rhino and his bird friend. And what makes this set even better, I received it for free when I went to OnStage this past April.

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It is an easy card perfect for any level stamper.  Don’t be intimidated by the Blends, they are super forgiving and easy to use.  If you love to color this is the project for you!

Directions:

  • You will need Smoky Slate for your card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″, a piece of Lemon Lime Twist (4″ x 5 1/4″), a strip of Whisper White (2 1/4″ x 4″), a strip of Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper (2″ x 4″) and a piece of Whisper White cut from the largest Stitched Square framelit.

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  • Next stamp the rhino image onto the stitched square using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Hint: When using blends you need to use a dye based ink so the lines don’t blur.  And when water coloring you need to use a solvent or archival ink.  Just remember opposites attract.  When using alcohol to color with use a dye or water based ink and when applying water use a solvent based ink.

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  • Next you want to color your image using Stampin’ Blends.  I used light & dark Crumb Cake for his horn, light and dark Granny Apple Green for the little bird, dark Pineapple Punch for his beak, light and dark Smoky Slate for his body, light Flirty Flamingo for the inside of his ears and light Granny Apple Green for the grass.  If you make a mistake and go outside the lines or want to add a highlight you will use the Color Lifter.

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  • Stamp the greeting on the bottom using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Stamp the leaves around the edges using Lemon Lime twist ink.  Attach the Lemon Lime Twist DSP to the Whisper White strip.

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To finish the card adhere DSP strip to the middle of the card using SNAIL and the entire panel to the card base.  Finally attach your little rhino to the middle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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As an added bonus the Animal Expedition is part of the Buy 3, get 1 FREE DSP sale during July!!  For more information CLICK HERE.

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I hope you have enjoyed this card!  As always if you have any questions please let me know!

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Happy Stamping!

~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

Time for a change – Part 2 – The New Ink Pad Design

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Welcome back!  Today’s post will focus on the new design of the classic ink pads.  Like I said in Part 1, change can be a good thing and I think the ink pad redesign is a wonderful change that will make your stamping much easier. You may wonder why the new design?  The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire and they can only be used certain number of times before it needs to be replaced.  Instead of ordering new molds of the same design, Stampin’ Up! decided to make some improvements that I know you will love!  In addition the ink has been reformulated to reduce bubbles, especially with brand new juicy pads.  This will ensure you get exceptional ink coverage on solid stamps.

Lets do a side by side comparison of the old pad versus the new pad:

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The new pads are a little more square, the outer case measures 3 5/8″ x 4 1/4″, with the ink pad itself measuring 2 5/8″ x 3 1/2″ x 1/2″.  The old style is slightly narrower and longer with the outer case measuring 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 3/4″ and the pad at 2 3/4″ x 3 5/8″.

There are still grooves along the edge so you can easily grip the pad when inking larger stamps.

Now lets see the new improvements to the design:

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The old style pads have a lip running around the bottom edge.  Making them a little thicker and when stacking they tend to be a bit wobbly.

The new pads are completely flat except for four tiny little “pegs” on the bottom and four little holes on the top of each pad.

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This allows them to “lock” onto one another when stacking.  An added bonus the thinner design saves space!!

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When the pad is open you now can add a sticker to the inside allowing you to see the color at a glance.

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The label on the front has a larger color block with a small icon showing the color collection it belongs to.  While the In Colors on the old pads did show that they were in that collection the core colors did not.  I love this feature, if you are like me I keep my ink pads by collections.  Now at a glance I can make sure they are in the right grouping.

Opening your new pads:

The pads have been designed to open easier.  They also are not as loose as the old pads reducing the chance of the pad coming out of its track.  That being said here are step by step directions and tips on opening your new pads.

Step 1: Grasp the pad in your hand and place your thumb in the little groove. Then simply lift up and open as you would a compact. No more push and slide.  This may take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it opening them is super easy!  Tip: The pad will be stiff when you first open it,  but the more you open and close the pad it will loosen and the easier it will be to open.

Step 2: Once open, slide it along the track toward you and lock in place.  Again it will be stiff the first few uses.  This is normal and will loosen the more the pad is used.  The tighter fit is part of the design so the pad portion doesn’t come off the track.  Tip:  To help “grease” the track – try rubbing a birthday candle in the groove.  The wax will act as a lubricant.

Step 3: To close the pad grasp in your hand and place your finger in the channel pull sightly to unlock and then continue pulling until fully extended. Then flip over and snap closed.

Another final note on the ink pads.  Stampin’ Up! will no longer carry Archival Basic Black and Archival Basic Gray.   The Basic Gray will be replaced with a dye based Classic ink and be included the Neutrals Collection.  Note: You cannot use the Archival reinkers on the dye based pad you must use the classic Basic Gray reinker. 

As a substitute for the Archival Basic Black you will now use Jet Black StazOn for stamping on non-porus surfaces and  watercoloring.  When using your Blends you will continue to use your Tuxedo Black Memento pad.  Tip: Remember when choosing your ink pad, you want the ink to be the opposite of the medium you are using.  For watercoloring you want a solvent based pad (StazOn) and when using the alcohol based Blends you want a dye based ink (Memento or Stampin’ Up! Classic ink).

As a special promotion, you can purchase the 2018-2020 In Colors with the new pad design along with three different bundles  ranging in price from $57.00 – $127.50 and all include a free item as part of the promotion. These bundles are a sneak pre-view of the stunning Share What You Love Suite from the new 2018- 2019 Annual catalog and this offer includes an exclusive stamp that will not be available in the catalog.  See the video below for more details.

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The Gotta Have It All Bundle #149526 $127.50  The bundles includes all items pictured plus you will receive a package of Very Vanilla       8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock, Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes and the Exclusive Statement of the Heart Single stamp for FREE.

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Happy Stamping!

~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

 

 

 

 

Time for a change – Part 1 – The Color Revamp

“Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good  but you may gain something even better.”                                                                                                      ~ Unknown

I love change, whether a new hair style or color, moving furniture in my house or reorganizing things in my office or house.  But I know some people are resistant to change they like things to always stay the same.  No matter which category you are in,  I guarantee you are going to LOVE the new colors that Stampin’ Up! is introducing in the new 2018-2019 catalog!  I know I will miss a few of the retiring colors but the new fresh colors taking their place are so stunning I cannot wait to start creating with them!!  And not only are we getting new colors but the ink pads have been redesigned!!

First off let me explain what is happening with our exclusive color collection.  Each year five In-Colors are introduced and five In-Colors are retired.  These colors are around for two years so this year the colors from the 2016-2018 grouping will leave us and the 2018-2020 colors will be introduced.  That is usually it, but this year Stampin’ Up is doing a complete color revamp!  They are retiring thirteen colors and not only bringing back six previously retired colors but they are introducing ten brand new colors, for a total of sixteen new colors!!!  The collections have been reconfigured and they have added a Basics collection consisting of Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black.  The last time a complete color overhaul took place like this was in 2010!  We did have a refresh in 2013 where several retired colors were brought back but there were no new colors  (other than the In Colors) introduced.

Now for the ink pad redesign.  We are all used to the push and flip method of opening the pads, now all you have to do is open the pad like a compact and slide the lid into place.  In addition to this the ink has been reformulated to reduce bubbles so you will get exceptional ink coverage.  All this in a flatter pad that stacks to save space and a sticker that gets placed inside so you can always see the color at a glance!

Since there is so much information I want to share with you, this post will be two-parts.  Be sure check back later this week for Part 2, an up close look at the new ink pad design, including several tips on using them!

And without further ado, let’s see the retiring In-Colors, the new group and the five from 2017-2019 that are staying for one more year!

2018 In Colors

And here are the thirteen retiring colors and sixteen new colors…..

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As I mentioned there are now 5 color collections to choose from they are:

Basics – the foundation for your projects:

  • Whisper White
  • Very Vanilla
  • Basic Black

Neutrals – colors designed to go well with everything:

  • Merry Merlot **
  • Early Espresso
  • Soft Suede
  • Crumb Cake
  • Sahara Sand
  • Gray Granite **
  • Smoky Slate
  • Basic Gray
  • Mossy Meadow *
  • Night of Navy

Brights – vibrant happy colors:

  • Poppy Parade *
  • Melon Mambo
  • Flirty Flamingo *
  • Mango Melody **
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Granny Apple Green **
  • Coastal Cabana *
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Pacific Point
  • Gorgeous Grape **

Subtles – soft soothing colors:

  • Blushing Bride
  • Calypso Coral
  • Petal Pink **
  • So Saffron
  • Soft Sea Foam **
  • Pear Pizzaz
  • Mint Macaron *
  • Pool Party
  • Balmy Blue **
  • Highland Heather **

Regals – rich deep jewel tone colors:

  • Real Red
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Cajun Craze
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Crushed Curry
  • Old Olive
  • Garden Green
  • Shaded Spruce **
  • Blackberry Bliss *
  • Rich Razzleberry

* denotes a retired color returning      ** denotes a BRAND new color

I hope you are as excited about this color change as I am!!

If you want to stock up on the retiring colors don’t delay, once the stock has been depleted they will be gone forever!!!  If buying ink pads don’t forget a reinker!

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Happy Stamping!

~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

 

 

Boom! An explosion box, fun to make and even more fun to give!!

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I have been wanting to try an explosion box for a long time.  With fall sneaking up on us so fast, I got to thinking that a haunted house for Halloween would be perfect for my first one!  These amazing boxes look like a regular present until you lift off the lid and all the sides fall down to reveal a little 3D scene hiding inside.  They may take a while to construct but I can’t tell you when I have had this much fun paper crafting!  It was so therapeutic designing it, cutting all the little pieces and trying to come up with creative ways to make all the parts.   Such a great time, even my husband got in on the fun helping me come up with a fun way to make the little fence! Since this is a complex project I did write a pretty long post but please take the time to read it all.  There are a lot of fun tips hopefully you will be inspired to make your own explosion box!

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The first step is to assemble the box bottom.  It is a piece of 12″ x 12″ Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4″ and 8″ on all four sides.  Download the template and box assembly tutorial here.

Next I added the squares of Basic Black to the outside of the box and the Happy Halloween Designer Series Paper (“DSP”).  I wanted the back panel to stand up so the moon and tree would show up behind the house.  Before I adhered this panel to the box, I attached the tree and moon DSP to the Pumpkin Pie square.  Then I drew extensions of the branches using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and two little bats were cut from Basic Black and adhered to the moon. This was set aside.  To make the panel stand up I cut three small trips of scrap cardstock 1″ x 4″ and bent them into an “L” shape.  They were adhered to the back panel and base allowing it to stay upright.  Then I attached the moon panel on top to cover the strips. Next the squares of polka dot DSP were added to the remaining three panels.

I used a piece of Soft Suede cardstock in the center. Since I wanted it to look like a patch of dead grass and dirt Soft Suede ink was sponged randomly on this piece to give it a little “texture”.  The letters B-O-O were cut from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and a little clear Wink of Stella was added to give them a little sparkle.  They were added to the center of the bottom three panels with dimensionals.

I stamped five ghosts on Whisper White with Memento Black ink and cut out using the ghost die. Three were attached to the letters and I set the other two aside to use later.

Now it’s time to start the house.  I have loved these cute little houses since they were introduced last year.  First I cut two of the houses using Basic Gray cardstock. Before assembling I used the embossing paste and brick decorative masks to make the bricks. Since I wanted a slight gray tint, I added a few drops of Smokey Slate into the paste and mixed it all up.  After the bricks were dry I assembled the house using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (“MLG”).  The shingles were cut from Basic Black and attached to the roof.  Don’t throw away the scraps from cutting the shingles, we will use these later on!

Learn how to mix Embossing Paste here

I cut the window frames from Basic Black.  They were glued to scraps of So Saffron then cut them out.  The door is Smoky Slate stamped with the Hardwood background stamp and cut out.  The door frame is Basic Black and the door knob is a little pearl.  One of the ghosts was attached to the house and a few bats were attached in the windows. When fully assembled the house was then glued to the bottom of the box using MLG.  Set aside to dry.

On to the cemetery.  Now this is where I had to really think outside the box.  What was I going to use for the tombstones???  I started flipping through my framelits and looked at the popsicle from Frozen Treats, yup that’s it! I cut two from Smoky Slate and one from Basic Gray, sponged with Basic Gray ink to give the appearance of stone.  They were bent and the trimmed.  The last ghost was attached to the center tombstone so he is peeking out.

The little fence proved to be quite the challenge.  My husband came to my stamp room to see how I was doing.  I was playing with different things but I was stuck on what to use to make the little fence.  He happened to be sitting across from me and was playing with the scraps from the cut shingles  He grabbed my snips, cut a little and voila a little fence! LOVE that man!  Not only has he always supported me in my stamping business but he always willing to help me when I get stampers block.

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Me & my husband Brian

The path was torn pieces of Basic Gray then sponged with some Soft Suede to age them.

The final step is the box top.  Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″. Score at 1″ and 2″ on all four sides. Download the template and box lid tutorial here. Assemble the box lid according to the tutorial.  I based this part of the template on the banker’s boxes I use at work for storage.

Attach a Pumpkin Pie square with polka dot DSP panel on top.  Stamp the cat image From Spooky Cat using Pumpkin Pie ink on Whisper White, cut out with the cat punch.  Two ovals were cut from Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie to layer together.  “Trick or Treat” was stamped using a Basic Black Stampin Write marker so I could ink each word separately.  After assembling the oval the cat was adhered using a dimensional.  To add a little extra something, two bats were added and a black rhinestone dots the “i”. The completed oval was attached to the lid using dimensionals. To finish it off a strip of 7/8″ striped ribbon was attached to the edge of the lid.

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And the final project!

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I knew this little haunted house was going to be a lot of fun to make!  Of course after I was done with this project my head was swimming with all kinds of ideas.  I can’t wait to try my next one!

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Happy Stamping!

~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

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September Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Earn a FREE exclusive stamp set – From September 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017 you can earn the exclusive Merry Patterns Stamp Set with a qualifying workshop or order.

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From Me:

Everyone loves surprises!  As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE surprise gift bag share! Just enter Hostess Code GFEC3ZPP when you place your order online. I will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Gifts ship at the end of the month and are sent via USPS.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

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