Thursday’s Tip: How To Make Your Photopolymer Stamps Sticky Again

Have you tried to use your Photopolymer stamps and found that they don’t stick to your clear block so well anymore?  If, so this is what you can do.

  1. Wash your photopolymer stamps in a small bowl of very warm water with a small amount of mild dishwashing liquid.
  2. Rinse the stamps in another bowl of warm clear water.
  3. Set out on lint-free cloth to air dry.
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Photopolymer stamps

Your photopolymer stamps will be nice and “sticky” again.

Have you wondered why they lose their stickiness?  With lots of handling, oils from out hands and other dirt gets picked up onto the stamp and so effecting the surface of the stamp and making it lose its stickiness.  Cleaning it in warm soapy water removes all this.  Cleaning your stamp after each use with the Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist is still important and helps condition them, but every now and then it needs a little more!

Extra Tip: Make sure you count your stamps before you take the plug out. Don’t let a teeny tiny bike frame or a microscopic flower centre go down the drain!
Please note:  If the stamps are stained from ink, this method won’t remove the stain. But, that doesn’t matter as they still stamp fine and sometimes a little colour on them actually makes them easier to see ad find.

To find out more about using photopolymer stamps, check out this earlier blog post.

Elegance With Star of Light

The Star of Light stamp set and dies are from the new Holiday Catalogue and are a stunning and elegant set to use on your Christmas cards.  This is one of my favourite bundle sets.  You can check out my other favourite bundles from the catalogue here.

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Star of Light

 

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Inside of the card

Here is a stepped up version of the card.  I just added a few small stars, cut out with small star dies in the set.  They were cut from the small left over pieces of the Gold Foil Sheets.

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Star of Light

One thing I did learn when making this card is that is it much easier to cut out the large intricate star with the Precision Plate.  Without it, it is very hard to get the star out of the die, even with the Big Shot Die Brush.  The Precision Plate really helps with the more intricate dies and works so well with the Big Shot!  If you don’t have a Big Shot, this is one of the many great reasons to get one.

Supplies:
Stamps: Star of Light*

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets

Ink: Night of Navy

Other: Clear Blocks – B, E & H, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Precision Plate, Starlight Thinlits Dies*, Big Shot Die Brush,  Liquid Multipurpose Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals

The Star of Light Bundle (both the stamp set and dies) gives you a saving of 10%!

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I hope this Star of Light card has inspired you and I would love to see your creations featuring this set too.

Thursday’s Tip: Adding Dimension

This week’s tip is about adding dimension to your card.  I rarely make a one layer card.  Instead I like to add layers and I quite often dimension to my card.  This can be easily achieved with Dimensionals or now also the Foam Adhesive Strips.

Adhering a sentiment with a Dimensional or two, helps it to pop off the page a little and make your card more interesting. Check out this card:

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Thoughtful Branches

The white card base and leaf stem are adhered directly onto the card.  However I have used Dimesionals beind the yellow flower and also for the “For You” sentiment, although a little hard to see in the photo.

Dimensionals come in a pack of 300. Sometimes for smaller or narrower areas you can cut them in half to get even more use out of them.

Stampin’ Up! have also recently introduced the Foam Adhesive Strips which are great for shaker cards and spinner cards. the strips are slightly higher than the Dimensionals so if you need some extra height, this is the one to use.  Yesterday’s card was a spinner card and feature the Foam Adhesive Strips.  You can check it out here.

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I hope you will give it a try if you haven’t already and add some dimension to your cards with Dimensionals and/or Foam Adhesive Strips.

 

Christmas Reindeer Spinner Card

This Reindeer spinner card is one of the cards we made last weekend at my class. Christmas may be a little way away, but it was a good chance to try some of the new stamps from the Holiday Catalogue as well as use the  Sliding Stars Framelits Dies from the Annual Catalogue.  The laides at the class enjoyed using these dies which made the spinner part of the card.

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Reindeer Spinner Card – Side View

We used the Star of Light stamp set to create the background and the reindeer is stamped with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and cut out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  It is the same punch that is used to punch out the teddy bear and gingerbread man, only the image is upside down.  I think whoever came up with this idea is very clever.

I would suggest that you use the Foam Adhesive Strip rather than Dimensionals when making a spinner card as the adhesive strip is thicker and so it gives more room for the washer or coin to slide around without rubbing against the other layer of cardstock.

Here is the completed card.  This was cased from Rumi Radomski.

Reindeer Spinner Card

Reindeer Spinner Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamp Sets: Cookie Cutter Christmas*, Star of Light
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White (21cm x 14.8cm), Whisper White (10cm x 3.5cm, plus scrap), Cherry Cobbler (14.3cm x 10cm), Crumb Cake (scrap)
Other: Clear Blocks – A. B & D, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Sliding Stars Framelits Dies, Liquid Multipurpose Glue, Foam Adhesive Strip, Dimensionals, Paper Snips
*Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch Bundle with 10% off
If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I hope you enjoyed this spinner card as well as some of the Christmas stamps from the Holiday Catalogue.

Final Week Of Special Offers

 

Speical Offers 1 to 21st September

This is the final week of the Stampin’ Up!’s September Special Offers with savings of 25% on the following selected Annual Catalogue products!  These Special Offers are only available at this special price until Wednesday 21st September.

Project Life is part of this sale too.  Now is a great time to give it a go!  Or you can use the card collection for Project Life or even for your card making!september-speical-offer-from-15th-2

 

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If you would like to purchase any of these Stampin’ Up! products or anything else, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  I will be placing a group order on Tuesday 20th September.   Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

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Also on Wendesday, Stampin’ Up! added new items to the Clearance Rack.  This is where you can find retired products (no longer available in any current catalgoue) at up to 60% off.  These products are only while stocks last, so it it best to check them out now and order today.  Order online now while they are still there and you won’t miss out.   Shipping may cost a little more than a group order through me, but it is worth it with these amazing savings.  Please also use my current Host Code, BSQQEYTA.

Remember to check out the Clearance Rack which is while stocks last and Special Offers which are only here until Wednesday 21st September.

Thursday’s Tip: Cutting & Scoring Cardstock

When card making you need to cut and score card.  To create a nice crisp fold, it is best to score it first.  I find the Metric Plate on the Simply Scored the best for this.  Then press along the fold with your Bone Folder.  And if you need to score half of that again, the Metric Plate even has a 5.25cm score line on it which is very useful when making a Z Fold Card like this.  The Baby Bear Card below was also made with the Thick Whisper White cardstock and this really does need to be scored before it is folded.

Baby Bear Z Fold Card

Baby Bear Z Fold Card

Here is another tip I learned several years after preparing lots of card basees for cards.  I wish I had known this a lot sooner.   If you are using A4 cardstock, then score a sheet of A4 in half first at 10.5cm and then cut it in half to make two cards.  That way you only need to score once for two cards!  Otherwise you are double handling the card, cutting and scoring twice!

Here are some great Stampin’ Up! products to help you with cutting and scoring:

Simply Scored

Simply Scored

Metric Plate

Metric Plate

Bone Folder

Bone Folder

Stampin' Trimmer

Stampin’ Trimmer

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I hope you find these tips useful for when you are scoring and cutting cards.

Up To 60% Off In the Clearance Rack!

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Yesterday Stampin’ Up! up added new items to the Clearance Rack.  This is retired product at very discounted prices!  It is only while stocks last so make the most of these great prices.  Packs of cardstock are already sold out, so don’t delay.

Order online and use my current Host Code, BSQQEYTA.  Shipping may cost a little more ($9.95), but you can get it while it is still there and you are making amazing savings off its original price!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Enjoy these amazing Clearance Rack savings today!

Captain America Shield Card

Here is a Captain America Shield swing card which I made for my son, Jonathan for his 12th birthday.   I used the Circle Card Thinlits Die which is now retired, but it was perfect for the circle shaped shield.

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Captain America Shield Circle Flip Card – Front View

 

Captain America Shield Circle Flip Card

Captain America Shield Circle Flip Card

 

Captain America Shield Circle Flip Card

Captain America Shield Circle Flip Card

 

Captain America Shield Circle Flip Card

Captain America Shield Circle Flip Card

The colours I have used are Pacific Point, Real Red and Whisper White.  The numbers are from the Large Number Framelits Dies and perfect for birthday cards or milestone occasions.  The card was inspried by what I saw on Pinterest, but in particular a card by Kristen Byrant.

I used a combination of circle punches and dies to get the right sizes that I needed.  I also used the Medium Star Punch for the star in the middle.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you liked seeing this card featuring Captain America’s Shield.

Join The Creative Stampers Team!

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Do you like paper-crafting? Perhaps card making, scrapbooking, project life, or making gift boxes? Do you love using Stampin’ Up! products? Have you ever considered becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?

I initially joined up for the discount and so the profit I made from any sales could pay for my hobby. I also liked the idea of teaching the occasional class so that I could use my teaching skills and share my love for card making with others. I am a stay at home mum so becoming a Demonstrator was a great opportunity to do something a little different. Now my three children are at school, Stampin’ Up! is my part-time job and I am earning and contributing to the family income. Whatever the reason, whether you decide to make it a part-time or full-time job, or as a hobby, you too can join up and be part of this wonderful Stampin’ Up! family.

You don’t have to teach/demonstrate if you don’t want to. But if you would like to, or if you need some encouragement, I am here to help and support you. Even if you live somewhere else in New Zealand, I can still be your upline and support you – by phone, email or Skype and hopefully in person too.

Stampin’ Up! offer a great value Starter Kit. $285 worth of products for only $189 as well as $90 worth of business products free.  And there are so many other great benefits with joining up as a Demonstrator.

I would love to have you join my team, Creative Stampers.   Some of the benefits of joining my team are a Team Facebook Group, Team Newsletter, Team Meetings, Goal Setting and Accountability, Ongoing Guidance and Mentorship.  Check out some more information here.  Feel free to call or email me with any questions – no obligation.

Have a great day!

Week Two of September Special Offers

Speical Offers 1 to 21st September

 

Stampin’ Up! have some Special Offers for this month. You can save 25% on selected Annual Catalogue products until 21st September!  This week’s Special Offers are only available at this special price until Wednesday 14th September.

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If you would like to purchase any of these Stampin’ Up! products or anything else, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Remember these Special Offers are only here until Wednesday 14th September!

My Favourite Ten Holiday Catalogue Products

Yesterday I shared with you my top five bundles from the Holiday Catalogue.  A bundle includes a stamp set and either a coordinating die set or punch.  Today I will share with you my other favourite products from the catalogue that are not stamp sets, dies or punches.

1)      Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper: (Page 5)

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This is 12 sheets of 12″x 12″ Designer Series Paper (2 sheets of 6 double sided designs) in Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red and Whisper White.   There are a lovely range of designs.  Some of the papers have images like a Gingerbread house or a Gingerbread man that you could even fussy cut and make the focus of your project.  The colours can be used for Christmas or even other occasions.

2)      Real Red 3/4″ (1.9cm) Stitched Edge Ribbon: (Page 5)

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A lovely wide ribbon prefect for wrapping those Christmas gifts.

3)      Real Red & Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers: (Page 5)

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A set of two markers.  These match the colours in the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, so perfect for colouring stamps with, or colouring in a stamped image.  You can also get two marker pack in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green markers (page 13) if you prefer those colours.

4)      Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder: (Page 7)

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There are two embossing powders.  They are in Emerald Envy or Real Red.  A lovely way to add colour and sparkle to your card or project.

5)      Baker’s Twine Trio Pack: (Page 16)

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A pack of Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Gold twine perfect to add to your card project or Christmas tag.

6)      Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder: (Page 20)

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An embossing folder that coordinates with the Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper and Christmas Pines stamp set.

7)      Christmas Trinkets Embellishments: (Page 27)

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There three antiqued silver embellishments are a great little accent to any project.  There are 24 in each pack, so eight of each of the three designs.

8)      Fancy Frost Sequins: (Page 37)

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If you are needing something a little different from the Christmas theme and you would like a change of colour, check out these lovely Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum (my favourite colour) and White Gold sequins.   You get approximately 750 in a pack.

9)      3/8″ (1 cm) Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack: (Page 37)

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I loved the Pool Party Glitter Ribbon and now they have it is Sweet Sugarplum and Silver.  Perfect for adding some glitter and sparkle.

10)  Seasonal Decorative Masks: (Page 43)

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I love adding texture to my cards, but here is a different way to create a background.  Spritz, sponge or use a dauber to add a great effect to a background.

Which are your favourite products from the Holiday Catalogue?

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

The Holiday Catalogue is full of lots of wonderful products.  I hope you enjoy it as much as me.

My Top Five Holiday Catalogue Bundles!

There are so many wonderful new stamp sets, punches, dies, bundles and other products in the new Holiday Catalogue.

Here are my top five bundles:

Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set & Cookie Cutter Builder Punch: (Page 6)

Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle

Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle

This has a great variety of stamps, santa, gingerbread man, Eskimo, teddy bear and I think very clearly made, the reindeer which is the punch upside down!  The punch makes cutting out these stamp images so easy and great for a class.  I am sure both kids and adults will love this set.

 

Star of Light Stamp Set & Starlight Thinlits Dies:  (Page 9)

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Star of Light Bundle

A beautiful set of stamps with a lovely range of sentiments along with some.  The dies are amazing too.

 

Santa’s Sleigh Stamp Set & Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies: (Page 24)

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Santa’s Sleigh

This set includes some lovely dies and stamps that would great some wonderful Christmas scenes.

 

Seasonal Bells Stamp Set & Bell Punch: (Page 26) Wood or Clear

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Seasonal Bells Bundle

Another wonderful stamp set and punch combination.  Not only is this set great for Christmas cards, the bells are also perfect for a wedding card.

 

Seasonal Bells Stamp Set & Bell Punch: (Page 26) Wood or Clear

Holly Berry Happiness Bundle

Holly Berry Happiness Bundle

A great stamp set and punch for adding some holly or added decoration to a card or project.  The bow in this punch also cuts the bow on the Baby Bear stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.  This is a real bonus!

 

Which are your favourite bundles?

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these bundles.  There are even more in the Holiday Catalogue, so make sure you check them out.  If you would like to your own paper copy of the Holiday Catalogue you can find out how to get your own copy here.

Special Offers in September

Speical Offers 1 to 21st September

 

Stampin’ Up! have some Special Offers for this month. You can save 25% on selected Annual Catalogue products until 21st September! There will be new products on sale every week, for the next three weeks. Check each week on Thursday as the discounted products will change weekly. Here are this week’s discounted products:

 

Special Offer 1st to 7th Sept

I am putting an order in tonight.  Please let me know by 8pm if you would like to order any of these Special Offers or any other products.

Remember to check back each week on Thursday for the new Special Offers.

Thursday’s Tip: How To Keep Your Photographic Memories Alive

Here is this week’s Thursday Tip,  how to keep your photographic memories alive.  Sorry this post is a day late and coming to you on Friday. Yesterday I shared with you the exciting, new Holiday Catalogue.

These days we take so many photos, usually on our phones, but we don’t do much more with them.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an album with your photos and memories in them to look at and share with others.   Project Life as a fun and simple way of keeping your photos safe as well as enable you share them with others.

Check out this Project Life by Stampin’ Up! video which shows you what it is all about.

In the new Holiday Catalogue Stampin’ Up! have Project Life cards, accessories and an album perfect for keeping your Christmas and Holiday photos in.

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If you are not into making a Christmas or holiday album, there are plenty of other options in the Annual Catalogue  You can check those out here.

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

So why don’t you print out some of your photos, buy yourself some Project Life products – an album, some pocket pages, cards and accessories.  Then you can start making wonderful memories with your photos!

New Holiday Catalogue Is Now Here!

Today is the day of the exciting release of the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue.  Yay, it is finally here!

It is full of wonderful new Christmas stamp sets and other product as well as other amazing seasonal products.    Click here to see the PDF (11MB).  View online or download it, or click on the photo below.

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If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and you would like a copy, click here.  Fill out your details and I will send you a complimentary copy.  (New Zealand residents only)

Which are your new favourite products?  Please comment below and let me know.  I would love to hear from you.  I will be sharing my favourites soon too.

I hope you enjoy looking through this wonderful new Holiday Catalogue!