Sunday, June 30, 2013

Grandma's Rocking Chair - June 30, 2013






Another installment of Grandma's Rocking Chair.

Questions Punches and Framelits?

Lets discuss these and some of the uses.

I have an addiction to punches and have almost everyone that Stampin' Up! has sold since I became a Demonstrator, which is a lot.  I have to admit I also have other ones.  Especially the big ones so I could do more layering with circles and squares.  I liked to layer.
1" Square Punch
Here is what the new style punches look like.  They are great since I can fit more in a draw they stack on top of each other.  The whale tale punches do not stack and did not all fit in my drawers so I had them in those plastic Show holder curtain things.  Punches can come in different shapes and we even have punches that make things such as the Owl and bird Builder.
If you get different size punches you can layer.  We have 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" and 2 1/2" circle punches and they can all be layered on to one another.

This card was all done with layering punches.  One Stamp and punched out with different punches and then layered with dimensionals.  I like punches because they are fast and quick.
Taking Care of Punches I usually every month or so (depending upon how much I use them) I punch tin foil with them then wax paper, that sharpens them and also make punching easier with the wax paper.

Framelits:
Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies
Framelits are a cutting platform that can be used int the Big Shot or other die cutting machine.  They make frames.  You can use more than one at a time to make a frame.  Such as the above Deco Labels Framelits you could put the large one and the next size one on the nestled together and run through the Big Shot and you would then have a frame - the middle cut out.  You can also use them like a punch to cut out stamped images.
There are also Framelits that cut out specific images, either alone or with matching stamps.

Backyard Basics Framelits Dies
Can you tell what theses cut out?
Framelits are easier to store, or for me I can get more in the space I have.  I store them in the Clear Mounted Stamp Cases with on a piece of flat magnetic sheet.  Up until this month I did not use them much.  I loved them but they were a pain to use if you wanted to cut out sayings or stamped images, just a pain. They would move all the time, I was forced to hold them dow with sticky strip or post it notes.  But now we are selling the Magnetic Platform.

Magnetic Platform
130658 $39.95

If you have the Big Shot and want to use Framelits, or Edgelits, you have to have the magnetic platform. Just Click Here and click on the shop now button under my name to order yours, you will really love it.  The only draw back is that if you go to a crop or want to go on vacation and take it with you you have to have the big shot and that is pretty large to take with you.  

I like both the punches and the framelits and I use them both a lot now that I have the magnetic platform.

If you have a stamping or  paper crafting question please leave a comment or e-mail me at nuhddad @ gmail.com (remove the spaces around the @)

Also don't forget the Mystery Hostess for this month.
Just use the Hostess Code D92T7VMS and you will be entered into the drawing.
Mystery Host code  D92T7VMS is good till July 16h and the winner will be announce July 16. The winner will choose Stampin'Up! product of their choice. To be entered in the drawing you need to enter the code.  The big question where do you enter the code when you are on the page of your shopping bag on the left bottom side you will see at the bottom where it say "Special Offer" the box that say "Do you have a hostess code"  Look like this
Do you have a hostess code? Enter it here and click Apply:

 that is where you will enter  D92T7VMS in that box let me know if you have any question and good luck to everyone that will participate. 

Happy stamping
Mary

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Colorful Saturday Card Making, Project Challenge

I would like to start a Saturday Color Challenge.
Every Saturday I will choose a Color Combo from either the Annual Catalog or the current mini catalog.  I will make two cards or projects using that color combination. I then challenge you to make at least one card or project using that color combo and post a link in the comments section to either your blog post on the challenge or your pinterest photo.  A random winner will be chosen each Friday and announced on the next Saturday Challenge.  The winner will receive a goodie bag or a set of note cards.

So Lets Start:

This weeks Color Challenge is.
I love the the brightness of the colors.  I didn't use Bermuda Bay much when it was an in-color but now I love it.

Well here are my two cards.  I needed to do a sympathy card and didn't want to do the neutral colors as I really wanted to celebrate my friends life and not his death so this is the card I made for it.


Supplies: Stamps - Simply Sketched (Hostess Set clear mount - 129672); Ink - Bermuda Bay (131171, $5.95); Cardstock - Raspberry Ripple 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and scrap (126842, $6.95), Bermuda Bay 2 pieces, 1 1/2 x 4 3/4 (131197, $6.95), Gumball Green 1 1/2 x 4 3/4 (126840, $6.95), Whisper White Scrap (100730, $8.50); Accessories - Stampin' Dimensionals (104430, $3.95), Glue Dots (103683, $4.95), Paper Snips (103579, $9.95), Scallop Oval Punch (119856, $16.95), Large Oval Punch (119855, $15.95).

Second Card is a Birthday Card I did for a dear friend. He is a happy vibrant person and I wanted to give it a lot of color and it had to be a man card.


Supplies: Stamps - Sketched Birthday (clear 130426, $17.95); Ink Gumball Green (126861, $5.95), Raspberry Ripple (126859, $5.95); Cardstock - Bermuda Bay 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (131197, $6.95), Raspberry Ripple 4 1/4 x 3 3/4 (126842, $6.95),  Gumball Green Scraps (126840, $6.95); Accessories - Stampin' Dimensionals (104430, $3.95), Glue Dots (103683, $4.95), Bitty Banner Framelits (129267, $14.95), Chevron Embossing Folder (127749, $7.95), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335, $7.95).

Remember to provide a link in the comment section for your challenge entries and a chance to win a prize.  Have fun with these colors.

Happy stamping
Mary


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mini Stamping Convention Coming in August




Mini Stamping Convention
All classes will be $5. each and the General Session will be free to all participants in any of the classes.  Classes are limited to 5 participants per class. Please call and reserve your spot by August 1.  Payment is also due if you cancel your participation.
 Thursday August 8
1 – 2 PM Big Shot Basic Class – Learn the basics, how to make the sandwich for dies and folders.
2 – 3 PM Big Shot Advance Class – Learn some advance techniques with Impression Folders, using Edgelits  and even how to cut material.
7 – 8 PM Paper Flower Making we will make three different kinds of 3D paper flowers
8 – 9 PM Decorate Clothes Pins
Friday August 9
1 – 2 PM Paper Flower Making
2 – 3 PM Decorate Clothes Pins
7 – 8 PM Card Holding Purse make a paper purse that holds your cards
8 – 9 PM Mad Dash how many cards can you complete in one hour.  I will have sketch available for you and all my scrapes, tools and stamps.  See how many cards you can make.
Saturday August 10
10 -11 AM Big Shot Basics Repeat of Thursday Class
11- 12 Noon Big Shot Advance  Repeat of Thursday Class
1 – 2 PM Tiles Decorate two tiles one with paper and one with stamps.
2 – 3 PM Card Holding Purse make a paper purse to hold your cards.
3 – 4 PM Decorate an Altoid Tin.

 Sunday August 11 1:30 – 4 PM General Session Free to all participants of Mini Convention Classes if others would like to attend cost will be $10. There will be games and prizes, make and takes, look at new technique classes and fun stamping.

Super Stamp Sale going on during the Mini Stamping Convention.  Buy One Get One Free.  Buy one of my retired sets (I have about 200 sets) during the mini convention and you can purchase from the new catalog or Holiday Catalog a stamp set of same or cheaper price and all you will have to pay is shipping and taxes. You can purchase as many sets as you like.  After convention you  can still purchase any of the retired sets but will not be able to get a free set.

There's A Card Thursday - What Beautiful New In-Colors from Stampin' Up!

Good Morning,


Well today is a colorful day so thought I would show you all some of the great new In-Colors that Stampin' Up! has for 2013 - 2015.
The names are also great
Strawberry Slush - Nice Cool Drink
Pistachio Pudding - I can see that on the Picnic Table
Crisp Cantaloupe - great treat for a hot day
Baked Brown Sugar - I think of cookies
Coastal Cabana - a nice blue sea.

I think someone was hungry when they named these colors makes me hungry just playing with them.

To order you all these delicious colors you can just click on the blue flower or head over to my Stampin' Up!  website http://marytrautner.stampinup.net and shop now.

Here goes the video for There's A Card Thrusday.



Happy Stamping
Mary

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tips & Techniques Tuesday - Let's Decorate a Journal

Good Morning,

Well today is going to be a fun day.  How many of you write in a Journal or keep a prayer journal, or give journals as gifts?  They are great gifts but expensive.  How would you like to make your own for under $2.00?  Well that is what you will learn in today's Tips & Techniques Tuesday.

Hope you enjoy it.




Happy stamping
Mary

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Grandma's Rocking Chair - June 23 Talking about Layers


Today's Question for Grandma's Rocking Chair: How many layers should you use on a card?

That is personal preference.  No layer simple cards are great and sometimes I find them harder to make than layered cards.  Here is a nice no layer card

You can also have a lot of layers on a card depends upon what you are layering and how big they are. This card has 5 layers on the flower.


If you use full card front layers and just cut them down a little you have to be careful of the weight if you are mailing them as they sometimes will get over an ounce.  You don't want your card sent back for more postage.  

I usually like using two layers.



Though I find myself doing a lot of single layer cards also.

But sometimes I really go over board.
How many layers are on this card?
 Layers don't have to be like mats, you can also layer your greetings.


They also don't even have to be the same type or size layers.



Just go ahead and try some layering.  If you are shy try using some Designer Series Paper as a first layer and just put a greeting and embellishments on it.  Oh but then you have to decide which side to have up.

If you have a stamping or  paper crafting question please leave a comment or e-mail me at nuhddad @ gmail.com (remove the spaces around the @)

Also don't forget the Mystery Hostess for this month.
Just use the Hostess Code B7NTCNZD and you will be entered into the drawing.
Mystery Host code  B7NTCNZD is good till June 30th and the winner will be announce July 1. The winner will choose Stampin'Up! product of their choice. To be entered in the drawing you need to enter the code.  The big question where do you enter the code when you are on the page of your shopping bag on the left bottom side you will see at the bottom where it say "Special Offer" the box that say "Do you have a hostess code"  Look like this
Do you have a hostess code? Enter it here and click Apply:

 that is where you will enter  B7NTCNZD in that box let me know if you have any question and good luck to everyone that will participate. 


Happy Stamping
Mary 



Thursday, June 20, 2013

There's a Card Thursday - Piercing Butterfly Handmade Card

Good Morning,
On There's A Card Thursday today we will be doing a great card using a paper Piercing Template and the Butterfly punch.  It is a bright and fun card.


Remember that you can order all the fun Stampin' Up! products just click on the Blue Flower or head over to my Stampin' Up! site http://marytrautner.stampinup.net and shop.

Hope you enjoy this video if you do please leave a comment.



Happy Stamping
Mary

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Would you like to receive the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, delivered right to your house?
I have seen it and love it, I am sure you will want a copy of it.  I have to put my order in on the 25th.  If you would like to be on my list and receive one please get me your mailing address.  E-mail at nuhddad @ gmail.com ( remove spaces).  You should receive it by the end of July.

Still camping and having a great time

Happy stamping
Mary

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tips & Techniques Tuesday New Toys Simply Pressed Clay

Good Morning,

I have to ask did you get it?  Get what the new Simply Pressed Clay and molds. I did and really like them.  I am still having to play with the buttons to make the holes all the way through but love the flowers.

So today's Tips & Techniques Tuesday will be the Simply pressed Clay

Hope you like this.



Happy Stamping
Mary

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Grandma's Rocking Chair June 16 2023

Today's question: what is a good card size?

Most cards in the US are 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 or 5 1/2 by 4 1/4. You can make two cards by cutting a standard sheet of card stock in half making 2- 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 card bases and then folding them in half to make two cards.  Or even cut at 4 1/4 by 11 which gives you a tent card of 5 1/2 by 4 1/4.  These sizes use a standard A2 envelope a very common size envelope.

Another popular size card which I make a lot is a 3 x 3 card. They are to small to send through the mail but make a great card to attach to a gift or a small thank you card to give someone. You can make 8 out of a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock. Envelope is a square 3 1/8 envelope.  Now that I have the simply score I make all of my own envelopes fast easy and they match nicely.

Thanks for the question. If you have a stamping or paper craft question just post it in the comments or e-mail me at nuhddad @ gmail.com (remove the space around the @).

Happy stamping
Mary

Thursday, June 13, 2013

There's A Card Thursday - Let's Step It Up Oh, Hello

Good Morning,


Last week I promised you that we would do the same card this week but step it up a little.  So using the same set and making the same card, we added a few things and have another fast and easy card just stepped up a little.  You can make this handmade card with out a lot of work. It uses just Stampin' Up! products and is fun to create.

Here goes the video hope you enjoy it.



Happy Stamping
Mary

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tips & Techniques Tuesday - Smacking Acetate

Good Morning,

Today we are going to do a fun technique call Smacking Acetate. It is fun and makes a good background.






Hope you enjoy this video.  If you do please leave a comment so I know.


Happy Stamping
Mary

Monday, June 10, 2013

New Mystery Hostess Code until June 30 B7NTCNZD




Good Afternoon,

OK you know you want it.  What?  The new Magnetic Platform.
Magnetic Platform
What else do you want?  Maybe the Swallowtail?Swallowtail Clear-Mount Stamp

Well order on-line now and be entered into the drawing for Mystery Hostess Rewards.  How much will you be able to order for free?  That depends upon how many people order and how much is ordered?

Just use the Hostess Code B7NTCNZD and you will be entered into the drawing.
Mystery Host code  B7NTCNZD is good till June 30th and the winner will be announce July 1. The winner will choose Stampin'Up! product of their choice. To be entered in the drawing you need to enter the code.  The big question where do you enter the code when you are on the page of your shopping bag on the left bottom side you will see at the bottom where it say "Special Offer" the box that say "Do you have a hostess code"  Look like this
Do you have a hostess code? Enter it here and click Apply: 

 that is where you will enter  B7NTCNZD in that box let me know if you have any question and good luck to everyone that will participate. 

Happy Stamping
Mary

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Grandma's Rocking Chair for June 9, 2013


Question of the day for Grandma's Rocking Chair.
What is the Difference between wet and dry embossing?

Boy I guess I could talk forever about embossing be dry or wet.

When I first started to stamp dry embossing was way different than it is now. We had a light table, or window and tape, embossing stylus, embossing template and tons of patience (I never got to far on the patience so I didn't dry emboss a lot).  It was hard I didn't think it worked well so I had a lot of templates two light tables and only a few times did Dry embossing.

Here is the definition: Dry embossing, also called relief embossing, is done by tracing a stencil with a special tool, called a stylus. The result is a stunning, raised pattern on the object you are embossing.




Well all that has changed and now I can't think of sending a card out that it not embossed. What has changed that.  Well the Cuttlebug came out for me and the embossing folders and I was hooked.  Things just popped off the card. I know have the Big Shot that embosses but also die cuts, which I love.
Just put your card stock in the embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot, it is stunning.
Here are a few examples of dry embossing.




They now have so many patterns and styles that you can have different cards all the time.  Mix with that some great techniques using dry embossing and that makes great looking cards.

So what is wet embossing?  Well that is something before the Cuttlebug and Big Shot I did a lot and still love to do.  It is a great technique to do for new stampers and have the WOW look on their face when you heat the embossing powder and it embosses.

Definition is: "Wet" embossing is achieved by stamping with a particular type of ink, to which an embossing powder will adhere, then heating the powder to melt it into a raised finish.

Here are a few examples:






So how do you do it.  As I tell my folks it is magic and you can't get anymore fun than magic.

You need the following:
Slow Drying ink such as a pigment ink, or versamark - which is probably the most popular ink for embossing.
You need embossing powder, it comes in a wide variety of colors, but you really only need maybe clear, black and white.  With clear powder, versamark and Stampin' Up! Classic ink you can have any color Stampin' Up! has for embossing. I embossing powder melts so it is a type of plastic grains, really small.  They have fine powder and then they have an Ultra Thick Powder, mainly for general embossing you use the fine.
You need a heat tool or commonly called a heat gun. I tried it with a hair dryer and it was not hot enough and had to strong of a blowing power, just blew off all the powder before it melted.
If you are using Black embossing powder or a dark color or embossing on a dark card stock you may want an embossing buddy that removes the static from the card stock so the powder only stick where you want it to.
General steps.
1. Ink up your stamp with Versamark or a Pigment ink.  
2. You may want to run the embossing buddy over your card stock now.
3. Stamp your card stock
4. Pour embossing powder over your stamped image.  There are some tips about doing this so you don't get it all over.  You may want ot watch one of my embossing videos to get them  here is one http://marysstampinghappenings.blogspot.com/2013/02/tips-techniques-tuesday-2-26-13.html
5. Tap off excess embossing powder
6.  Heat with the Heat gun and watch it change like magic.

There are a lot of great techniques using wet embossing and are mainly referred to as embossing techniques.  I have a few that you might want to check out on my techniques page.

Hope this answered your question.  

I will be gone for a few weeks but I hope to be able to post a Grandma's Rocking Chair question on the Sunday's that I am away.  If I miss one I am sorry but will get back to it when we get home.

If you have any stamping questions you would like answered please leave a comment or e-mail me at nuhddad @ gmail.com (remove the space around the @).

Happy Stamping
Mary

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Up Coming Stamping Mini Convention

Good Morning, Before I head out to a busy day of Final Youth Symphony Tea and Concert I thought I would send out a notice of  my up coming Mini Stamping Convention.

Mini Stamping Convention
All classes will be $5. each and the Open house will be free to all participants in any of the classes.  Classes are limited to 5 participants per class. Please call and reserve your spot by August 1.  Payment is also due if you cancel your participation.
 Thursday August 8
1 – 2 PM Big Shot Basic Class – Learn the basics, how to make the sandwich for dies and folders.
2 – 3 PM Big Shot Advance Class – Learn some advance techniques with Impression Folders, using Edgelits  and even how to cut material.
7 – 8 PM Paper Flower Making we will make three different kinds of 3D paper flowers

8 – 9 PM Decorate Clothes Pins
Friday August 9
1 – 2 PM Paper Flower Making
2 – 3 PM Decorate Clothes Pins

7 – 8 PM Card Holding Purse make a paper purse that holds your cards
8 – 9 PM Mad Dash how many cards can you complete in one hour.  I will have sketch available for you and all my scrapes, tools and stamps.  See how many cards you can make.
Saturday August 10
10 -11 AM Big Shot Basics Repeat of Thursday Class
11- 12 Noon Big Shot Advance  Repeat of Thursday Class
1 – 2 PM Tiles Decorate two tiles one with paper and one with stamps.
2 – 3 PM Card Holding Purse make a paper purse to hold your cards.
3 – 4 PM Decorate an Altoid Tin.

 Sunday August 11 1:30 – 4 PM Open House Free to all participants of Mini Convention Classes if others would like to attend cost will be $10. There will be games and prizes, make and takes, look at new technique classes and fun stamping.

Please call or e-mail for a spot in this great convention only 5 spots for each class are available.


Hope you all have a great day.
Happy Stamping
Mary

Friday, June 7, 2013

Stampin' Up! has the Big Shot Magnetic Platform

Good Afternoon,
The first thing on my order from the New Stampin' Up! Catalog was the Magnetic Platform and I am glad it was. If you have the Big Shot and would like to use Edgelits and Framelits, you have to have the magnetic platform.  I love it.

I made a video to show you how awesome it is.
Now if you would like to buy it, and if you have a Big Shot you should.  Just click n the blue flower or go to my Stampin' Up! Website http://marytrautner.stampinup.net

Here is the Video Enjoy



Happy Stamping
Mary

Thursday, June 6, 2013

There's A Card Thursday for June 6

Good Morning,
Today we have a simple card for you.  Quick and easy with just one stamp set.

If you like this one next week we will step it up just a little.

So here is Thursday's Card



Happy Stamping
Mary

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Stampin' Up!s Seasonal Celebration Catalog coming soon

Good afternoon,
Today I am trying to catch up on a few things and also getting ahead before we go on vacation next week.
We are camping for 2 weeks in Michigan and really looking forward to it.  Or at least somewhat.  We are leaving our oldest daughter home since she has to work.  I don't know about that.  We may have to get a bulldozer in just to get back in when we get home. It will be a teenagers dream two weeks by herself (I hope).

Besides packing the trailer and washing sleeping bags and trying to get all the videos done before I go, I was trying to get the order in for the Seasonal Celebration Mini Catalog. If you would like me to send a catalog to you please send me your mailing address by June 25 you can e-mail it to me at nuhddad @ gmail.com (remove the spaces).  I can't wait to see it even if I have just started buying from the new catalog, I really need some holiday sets.

Back to packing

Happy Stamping
Mary

Tips & Techniques Tuesday - Reflection/Mirror Technique

Good Morning, Today in Tips & Techniques I will be showing you how to do the Reflection or Mirror Technique.  It is a fun technique and you can really do some amazing things with it.  Here are a few samples.





Hope you enjoy this video if you do please leave a comment so I know.  Thanks



Happy Stamping Mary

Monday, June 3, 2013

Stamping Techniques

Good Morning,

I am planning out my next few months of Tips & Techniques videos.  Is there any Technique you would like me to do a video on?  It can also be a 3-D item, fancy fold, Box or almost anything in the paper craft area.
Just leave a comment on this post and I will include it in the schedule.

Thanks
Happy Stamping
Mary

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Grandma's Rocking Chair - June 2 2013

Question for today:

There is a lot of Dazzling in the Stampin' Up! Catalog what is the difference between the Dazzling Details, Dazzling Details - Dazzling Details (color) and the Dazzling Diamonds.
Dazzling Details - What a lot of folks call Glitter Glue It is a clear glue or a white glue that dries clear with glitter mixed in.  Our Dazzling Details contains: Silver Sparkle -  Silver Glitter; Cherry Cobbler - which is a Red Glitter;  and then the other Dazzling Details which is a clear type of Glitter.

Why they Called the Set Dazzling Details and one of the colors Dazzling Details I don't know, I think they should have called it Diamond Details, but they don't ask me so oh well.

The Dazzling Details and all Glitter Glue is great to use to add some sparkle to your card. It gives it dimension and can be applied directly not having to use glue to stick on.  I has a fine point so you can really get it where you want it. One problem is it does take a long time to dry, so if you want to do a quick card and send at the same time this is not something you would want to use.  I love it especially if I want to add just a few little dots or a small amount to give it a quick sparkle.  I would keep a pin handy if you don't use it every day as the tip clogs up and you need to open it up.

Dazzling Diamonds is a glitter not in glue and can be used for a lot of things, including making your own glitter glue.  You need an adhesive so that it sticks but you can use it with snail (makes a great straight line), use it with Heat & Stick Powder, Crystal Effects ( I used to make my own glitter glue with this), Glue Dots for just a little spot, 2-way glue pen, Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Multipurpose Adhesive sheets.  Dazzling Diamonds is a fine  glitter and almost clear so it just shines I love using it.  I have even mixed it with embossing powder to give a sparkling embossed look.
You can dye Dazzling Diamonds to coordinate with any Stampin’ Up! color. Here’s how:
1. Add one drop of Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill and a few drops of water to an empty Stack & Store container.
2. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of Dazzling Diamonds and mix. Continue adding glitter until all the dye is absorbed. The glitter will become fluffy as it absorbs the dye.

3. Continue to mix glitter until it sparkles. The dyed glitter will stay fluffy but the color will reflect off the glitter, so all you see is colored sparkles

Thanks for stopping by if you have any questions please leave them in a comment or e-mail them to me at nuhddad @ gmail.com (remove the spaces)