Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Spotlighting - Elements of Style

Evening everyone!

My NEW Stampin Up! catalog came today!! YAY! I haven't opened my box yet because I am waiting until after I get this post done and supper made because I will be looking at it for hours - LOL! For my June technique class we will be doing a technique called spotlighting so I started to play with the technique. Spotlighting is where you have a black and white image or any other color you want and only color a small section. Here is a card that I made using the Elements of Style stamp set and the new cherry cobbler paper - yum! I love the new colors!

My spotlight on this card is done using the butterfly punch and then popped up on pop dots to match the section of the image that I colored. The embossing folder is sqaure lattice from the summer mini. I was inspired by a card done by Karen B Barber on splitcoast.

Here is what I used to make mine:

Stamp Sets: Elements of Style

Paper: Stampin Up! whisper white, cherry cobbler, basic black

Ink: Stampin Up! Classic ink pads in basic black, ruby red, old olive, chocolate chip

Accessories: Stampin Up! square lattice embossing folder, butterfly punch, dimensionals, slot punch, scallop oval punch, large oval punch, 1/4" basic black grosgrain ribbon

This will be one of the cards we will make at my June Technique class! It will be a fun class also featuring reverse spotlighting, faux wood, & punch art dog cards! See my event calendar for full details here! Come join us!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Frame Illusion - Elements of Style

I love this new stamp set that is featured in the SUMMER MINI CATALOG called Elements of Style. I finally had a chance to play with it. I follow a blog done by a very talented lady named Michelle Zindorf. She does some amazing cards and creates a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to do them. One of my favorite cards she did was one that had a frame illusion. It looks like a painting in an ornate wood frame and appears to pop right off the page. When I saw this stamp set in the mini I knew I had to use it to make a card like that! Here is my card....

I love how it turned out! I decided to use a technique called poppin pastels to color my hummingbird. I stamped it in versamark and then rubbed pastel chalk over the versamark. It really grabs the colors of the chalk. I then cut it out and popped it on dimesnionals. The rest of the card is completely flat! How cool is that?

To see how this card is done and to see my inspiration check out Michelle Zindorf's tutorial - click here

My card uses all stamps from the Elements of Style stamp set. With my card I wanted my flourishes to stay on just the "frame" part and not carry over to the canvas so when I inked those in versamark I had a post it note covering my "canvas".

Here are the colors I used on my card:

Flowers - done in crushed curry with blender pen, mellow moss & old olive (marker) on the leaves
Canvas - Sahara Sand - sponging around the edges in chocolate chip to soften it
FRAME - versamark flourishes then embossed with clear embossing powder, sponged close to cocoa first then chocolate chip on outside to darken, my shadow edge for the canvas is chocolate chip
HUMMINGBIRD - stamped in versamark then used Stampin pastels in summer sun, lovely lilac, ruby red, garden green

Here is a list of supplies used:

Stamp Sets: Elements of Style

Paper: Stampin Up! Basic black, Cajun Craze (new upcoming color!), Whisper white

Ink: Stampin Up! Classic ink pads in Sahara Sand, close to cocoa, chocolate chip, crushed curry, mellow moss, versamark

Accessories: Stampin Up! Stampin pastels, blender pen, dimensionals, clear emobossing powder, heat gun, sponges, chocolate chip stampin write marker

Hope you try one out!! Night all!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

WANTED - Punch Art Card

Good Evening all!

I was going to post this card for you this morning but blogger seemed to be down for awhile. This is the 4th card we made in my faux metal technique class. I wanted to demonstrate the GUN METAL technique because I love the look of it and when I saw this card done by carriejoe I knew I had to make one myself and use gun metal for his hat star.

Here is a close up of what the gun metal technique looks like:

Materials - Chipboard, Encore ink pad, Glassy glaze enamel, heat gun
STEP 1 - Choose your chipboard shape
Step 2 - Cover the front of your chipboard piece with silver or gold encore ink, using the encore ink pad. I used the silver on mine. Easiest way to do this is to lay your chipboard down on scratch paper and then rub or press your encore pad onto it. Do this until your piece is completely covered in ink.
STEP 3 - Cover your chipboard with glassy glaze enamel
STEP 4 - Heat the glassy glaze until it bubbles, then let it cool & Wahlah - gun metal!
Optional Step - After your piece is cooled you can rub some black ink over the gun metal with a sponge to age it a bit - I did not do this on either of my pieces. If you don't have glassy glaze you can substitue UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) they are similiar in consistency, the glassy glaze is a little finer but really close.

Here is my finished card:

Isn't he the cutest? Here is what I used to make the little wanted dude. The hat was made using the Stampin Up! Top note die. I cut one in close to cocoa cardstock and then cut it in half to use for the hat. The hat brim is made using 2 long leaves from the Sizzix Leaves #2 die. I just cut a small strip of chocolate chip for the hat stripe. All hat pieces are sponged with chocolate chip ink for dimension. His face was an oval cut out in blush blossom using the coluzzle. His mask is also 2 leaves without the stems from the Sizzix Leaves #2 die in basic black. Then I punched 2 white circles with the 3/4" circle punch, his nose and the blacks of his eyes are punched with the 1/2" circle punch. His nose is popped on dimensionals to peek over the wanted sign. I used a white gel pen to make the highlight on his pupils.

This is a really fun card to make and he is sooo cute! Hope you try one!

Stamp Sets: Wanted

Paper: Stampin Up! Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Bluch Blossom, Whisper White, Very Vanilla

Ink: Stampin Up! Classic ink pads in Chocolate Chip, Creamy caramel, encore silver ink pad

Accessories: Stampin Up! Chipboard stsr from the On Board Essentials set, Sizzix top note die, Sizziix Leaves #2 die, coluzzle, 3/4" & 1/2" circle punches, dimensionals, distress edger, vintage brads, glassy glaze enamel, heat gun

Have a great night all!

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pretty Tulips - Faux Metal Tin Ceiling

Afternoon stampers!

I wanted to share the 3rd card that we did at my faux metal technique class featuring Faux Metal Tin Ceiling. This is such an elegant background I absolutely LOVE it!

Here is the card:

Turned out really pretty I think! I drew my inspiration from a lady by the name of Diana Gibbs. She did a gorgeous card using this same technique and color scheme and even put together an awesome tutorial video on how to do this technique. If you want to see the tutorial that she put together click here:


To make the background I used the Textured Impressions FINIAL PRESS embossing folder.

My vase and tulips were made using Stampin Up! punches. To create the vase take the ornament punch and punch out an ornament. Snip off the pointed end so it is flat. I embossed mine with the same embossing folder as the background for added texture. The tulips were made using the Stampin Up! Two-Step bird punch. You punch 3 of his wings in whatever color you want your tulips to be. Mine were done in crushed curry. You can sponge the edges of your flowers if you want also. Be sure to layer them so your two wing tips for the outside petals are both facing the outside, the middle one doesn't matter. glue them together. Then punch a stem of leaves from the same bird punch for your flower stems. I popped my tulip heads on dimensionals.

Here is the full list of products used:

Stamp Sets: None! All punches!

Paper: Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Sahara Sand was used for my tin ceiling base

Ink: Stampin Up! Silver Embossing powder & Versamark

Accessories: Stampin Up! Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - FINIAL PRESS, Two-Step Bird Punch, Ornament punch, dimensionals, 2-way glue pen

I love how this card turned out! This is a beautiful technique and I hope you try one and put a link to your card in your comment.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Own your own Stampin Up! Business for $99

YES! You read the title right! The whole month of June Stampin Up! is offering you the opportunity to become a demonstrator for only $99! If you have ever thought of joining or maybe rejoining Stampin Up! now is your chance. Want more information on being a demonstrator? Contact me and we can set up a time to get together and I will answer any questions you may have or you can go to my website, click on "Start your own business" and use the password LOVESRUBBERSTAMPS Click here to go to my website.

Here is what will come in your kit:

Mini Starter Kit
All items below are recommended, but a new recruit can substitute a like item of equal or lesser value.

Item Description Price
117050 Watercolor Trio stamp set (wood-mount) $22.95
118571 I {Heart} Hearts stamp set (clear-mount $18.95
118486 Clear-Mount Block C $6.95
116978 Homemade single stamp* $8.95
100730 Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11") $8.50
119706 Brights Collection assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")* $6.95
115656 Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
119667 Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad* $5.95
115658 Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
100814 Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
119261 Basic Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon* $6.95
121620 Color Coach* $14.95
104332 SNAIL Adhesive $6.95
Retail value of products in kit $124.90

Items with * next to them are BRAND NEW products for the 2010-2011 catalog that were available in our "sneak peek of new products"

If you want to see which products you can substitute download this flyer. All items with the gray shaded box are ones that you can not substitute - any questions about the form just give me a call, send an email or we can fill it out together :-) after you are finished choosing your starter kit, Go to my website with the link above and use the password LOVESRUBBERSTAMPS

You will also receive in your kit the same business supplies that are in the standard Starter Kit; no alternative selections can be made for business items. Contents are listed below:

* Getting Started DVD
* Getting Started Guide
* Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
* 2009 - 2010 Idea Book & Catalog (8) **See Note at Bottom
* Summer Mini Catalog (8)
* To My Hostess Envelopes (10)
* Recruit Folders (5)
* Recruit Brochures (20)
* Hostess Brochure (20)
* Hostess Benefits Form (10)
* Customer Order Form (50)

** New demonstrators who join Stampin Up! in June, you will receive a free box of 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogs during the first part of July.

Here is a flyer about this promotion also - click here

Things to Remember:
All Mini Starter Kit order forms must arrive at Stampin' Up! (in office) by Wednesday, June 30, 2010, to qualify for the promotion and for any 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! year promotions, incentives, or awards.

I look forward to having you on my team! Have a great night - Laura

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Good Morning Stampers!

The retirement lists have posted! Here are the lists of the retiring products.




The accessories list shows that all of the punches are retiring - this is not technically the case... the punches are being redisgned to be the same style as the punches that are in the mini catalogs. The slim design, so the old style punches are retiring to be replaced with the slim line. All of the items with the asterick * behind it mean that there will be newer or repackaged items in the new catalog.

Be sure and order your items as soon as possible to be they are available. They have already sold out of some of the retiring cardstock colors! Here is a link to my Stampin Up! website so you can place your order or to see pictures of the retiring items under the products tab shop now. Click Here