Learned Something New!!!

Okay maybe I am more than a little behind on everything Stampin’ Up!

I just found a page on my SU! website for online classes

You and I can purchase classes to teach us more fun things like…

The basics #133385

133385L The Basics Online classThis Downloadable class includes:

Innovative ways to get the most out of your supplies (from stamps to the Big Shot) with clever tips and all the techniques you need to start creating with success. Divided into six PDF documents this class includes written instructions, step out photos, a few videos, and supply lists for 30+ projects.

The following topics are covered in the class:

* Basic Stamping

* Embossing

* Masking

* Stamp-a-ma-jig

* Watercoloring and Markers

* Big Shot Basics

Or

Something more exciting like:

What To Washi Bundle – Digital Download  #134743

134743L wHAT TO wASHI

Offering seven different sections of Washi wisdom, this class includes everything you need to know to make the most of one of the hottest crafting trends out there. Washi Tape has taken the crafting world by storm, offering an incredibly quick, easy way to add a fresh, colorful look to any project. Our What to Washi Class explores a myriad of Washi options and provides much more than the basics for you to begin your own Washi adventures. This class includes written instructions, step-out photos, instructional videos, and supply lists for more than 30 projects.

Bundle Includes:

* 7 PDF Documents

* 2 Instructional Videos

* 4 pkgs of Washi Tape (3 rolls per pkg)

* 20 Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes

The following topics are covered in the class:

* The Washi Basics

* The Next Step

* Washi-Above and Beyond

* Sharing Washi with Others

* Memory Keeping

* Storage

Only the Beginning. . .

Or

How about Digital classes for My Digital Studio (MDS)

You can find all of the online classes for physical stamping and creating on my store website under Online classes

and

All of the digital classes for MDS on my store website under Digital downloads>Downloads by type>My Digital Classes

So…

If you are unsure or just want to learn something new I encourage you to try an online class

When you do please share what you created, it is my favorite part!!!

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I Absolutely LOVE a Challenge…

Challenges are my specialty, I won’t sleep until I have a solution

Right now I have insomnia, lol, because I am trying to get my schedule organised

My schedule is crazy:

M-F 6:30 am I get my 2 yr. old niece Danyelle

M-F 6:30 am to 9:30 am we nap (or she is a blubbering mess, me too!)

Monday my studio is closed so we do housework, laundry and a movie and popcorn

Tuesday through Friday my studio is open from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

So from 9:30 am to 11:00 am we have breakfast, take out the dogs and maybe get a bath

From 11:00 am to 12:00 pm we get lunch prepared to take with us and for Jerrah to have at work

from 12:15 pm until my studio closes I am there, Danyelle’s mommy gets there around 2:30

After Danyelle leaves I can really focus on projects and my blog

Then on alternating Thursdays and Fridays I work over-nite at the hotel (pays for my studio)

Saturday I get to catch up on missed sleep and then to the studio

Sunday is a rest day (HAHA) I usually spend this on the parents farm working

So I decided since I couldn’t find a planner that fit me I would make one

I have this amazing program called My Digital Studio (MDS)

Well here was the challenge…

I want my designs to print all the way to the edge of an 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of cardstock

MDS will not do that because it is designed for professional printing and has a built in bleed area

I searched the internet for solutions (always my first step) not much there

I changed my printer setting with no luck MDS overwrites this

Finally I figured it out…

I saved the project as a JPEG to my computer

reopened the project in Microsoft office 2010 and printed it as one 8 1/2″ X 11″ picture PERFECT

Completely borderless no white at all!!!

I am so happy that now I will design my perfect planner (I will share when its done)

It was such a simple solution that frustrated me completely

PLEASE if you have any suggestions for organizing my various life projects and menial tasks please let me know

I am a complete dork and love lists so throw me all your ideas!!!!

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One Cool Trick

As promised yesterday I will show you how to create a glue top note pad

What you will need:

10 sheets of copy paper

A 1″ strip of decorative paper the same width of your stack

Two Binder clips

One paint brush

and

Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive # 110755

First cut 10 sheets of copy paper to desired size

I cut mine in landscape position at 3 1/5″, 7″, and 10 1/5″

Then I cut those strips at 4″ and 8″

This created a 60 sheet notepad that is 3 1/5″ by 4″

Once you have your stack of paper cut

Stack them together and binder clip them on each side close to the top

Pad Binder clippedNext step is to use your Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive and the paint brush to paint the glue across the top of the stack

Make sure to cover every piece of paper

Next step is the hardest part…

Wait while it dries

Since the glue will remain a little tacky use the 1″ strip to cover and decorate the top of your notepad

Ta Da you have a glued notepad, each sheet will tear off individually

Try it and tell me what you think

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Water Coloring with Ink Pads

Today’s technique is water coloring with your Stampin’ Up! ink pads

The supplies need to do this technique are:

An ink pad – Shop here

An Aqua Painter #103954

Glossy Paper # 101910

Start by pressing down on the lid of your ink pad while closed this will create a pool of ink on the lid

Ink pool padOnce you have done that you can pick up the color with your aqua painter and water color on the glossy card stock

I didn’t have any glossy paper on hand so I used vellum which also has a slick surface

Watercolor on vellumThe more water you use the more it will flow together and blend the colors

Here is a technique by Carrie Cudney of Stampin’ Up! this technique can be used the same way as above

Try this technique and tell me what you think!

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64 Blog Posts and One Late Post

I realized or rather a close friend pointed out that none of my links on my blog posts were working right

I spent basically the last 24 hours working to fix every single link on my blog

I really appreciate her pointing the broken links out to me

I would not have wanted to see what it would be like if I had years of posts to correct

So since I missed posting on Thursday (which I actually had a topic for, lol) I am posting it today

I try to give myself themes for the days of the week to help me come up with projects and posts

I thought about Thursday, I really was at a loss then I thought how about “That’s Cool Thursday”

So, what does that mean to me?

It means I will find something I find cool and share it with you

Hopefully if you think its cool too you will leave me a comment and tell me(I like to hear these things ☺)

As some of you know I have limited space (480 sq.Ft.) to live in so my crafting zone is tiny and spread out

I have this plastic shoe box with all kinds of colored pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, etc.

Since I have been building up my reference book I decided this Thursday I would compare the stuff in that box

I wanted to know how they all stacked up.

I tested five different products:

  1. Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Retired)
  2. Sanford Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  3. Rexel Derwent Watercolor Pencils
  4. Pentel Metallic Automatic Pencils
  5. Koh-i-Noor Woodless Colored Pencils

As you will see I made a small card for each one

I did a blending test with the colors themselves, a blending stump and, water

I made notes directly on the cards for future reference

SU Watercolor Crayons Sanford Prismacolor colored pencils Rexel Derwent watercolor pencils Pentel Metallic Auto pencils Koh-l-noor Woodless Color pencils

I hope this post was helpful to you, I know it will be to me.

Please let me know what you think would be cool for Thursday’s

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Take Two Tuesday

Everyone does a technique Tuesday so I decided to mix it up

I am starting a Take Two Tuesday

Every Tuesday I will try to post one stamp, technique or, tool

and

I will show you two ways to use it

This Tuesday I am going to show you Faux silk done two ways

The technique is really quick and simple and leaves a beautiful unique finish

The technique only requires the addition of tissue paper and a glue stick

This technique can give you a matted faux silk look or a glossy faux silk look

Okay lets get started:

First you will need a few things

Cardstock

Tissue paper (old wrinkled tissue paper is fine)

Stamp pads and a stamp set

I used Bloomin Marvelous (retired)

A glue stick, I recommend  the Anywhere Glue Stick #104045 it is rectangle in shape and will get to the corners of your cards

Crystal Effects # 101055  (For the Glossy version) and a paint brush

Sponges if you want to sponge the edges

First stamp your images onto your piece that is to become faux silk

The Stamped Image on Whisper White Cardstock

The Stamped Image on Whisper White Cardstock

Next cut a piece of tissue paper a little larger than the stamped piece

    Tissue cutting

Next crumple the tissue paper up into a ball

When you open it don’t smooth all the wrinkles out just enough to cover the stamped piece

100_1060 Open tissue

Next apply the glue stick to the entire surface of the stamped piece and pat the tissue onto it without smoothing

We want the wrinkles to show through they are part of the look

Next turn over your piece and glue down any overhang

Tissue glued to front Backside

This is the Matte version of Faux Silk you can leave it this way and use it as is or take it one step further

Matted Faux silk

Glossy Faux Silk

Finished Piece

To do this you need a paint brush and Crystal Effects # 101055

Getting ready for crystal effects

I lay my piece on a piece of wax paper before painting the crystal effects over it

This way when it is dry it will remove without tearing and any adhesive on the edges can be trimmed away with scissors

So go ahead and paint an even layer of crystal effects over the entire surface of your piece and let it dry

Crystal effects added but still wet

Crystal effects added but still wet

Layer this onto card stock when it is dry and you are done

The longest part of this is waiting for the crystal effects to dry

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on take two “Faux Silk”

Please leave me a comment below and share with your friends!

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3 Reasons to Organize your Stamps and Tools Part 4…

I finally finished this project

I know I will be changing this up as I add new stamps

When I was finished with stamping all the images I realized a few things…

One, I want them to be catagorized

Two, I want them separated by type

and

Three, I want the word and sentiment stamps in their own section

so I will be redoing this part of my organizing

For now they are all in there at easy glance

I did find another reason to do this

The other day I was working on some 3 x 3 cards for my craft fair

when I got frustrated with a particular design my partner asked if I wanted help

She wanted to know what stamps I had and it was so easy to hand her the book and say they are all in there.

Having my punch book helped too because we could just hold a template to a stamped image and see what fit

She designed and created her very first card, boy was she proud!

Okay back to the stamps, here is a few pictures of how they turned out

The Stamps 3 The Stamps 2 The Stamps 1

Like I said earlier I will be redoing these but for now they are all in one place

They are easy to see and I don’t have to grab all my stamp boxes to decide just which one I want to use

I hope you enjoyed my organizing journey

I am sure I will find more to organize and will keep you updated as I do

Please let me know if you have any organizing tips or questions by contacting me HERE

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