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Close as a Memory Stamp Set Retiring

Close as a Memory (#114946), one of my favorite Stamp Set is Retiring.

I made this card as a Sympathy Card for a dear friend of mine that passed away.

I loved the color combination (Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry) and to top it off it was an easy card, but elegant card to make. 

Unfortunately #115613 ½” Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon is also retiring.

  
# 114946 Close as a Memory

Stamp Sets: 
#114946 Close As A Memory (retiring)
#115370 Teeny Tiny Wishes

Card Stock:
#100730 Whisper White Card Stock 8 ½ “ X 11”
#115316 In Color Rich Razzleberry Card Stock 8 ½ “ X 11”
#100702 Old Olive Card Stock 8 ½ “ X 11”

Ink:
#116329 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers
#100079 Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker

Embellishments: 
#115613 ½” Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (retiring)

Tools:
#102300 Bone Folder
#109047 3/16” Corner Rounder Punch
#116630 Modern Label Punch
#102394 Stampin’ Mist Cleaner
#102642 Stampin’ Scrub
#103579 Paper Snips

Adhesives:
#104332 SNAIL Adhesive
#104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals

Directions:
1) Cut the Rich Razzleberry Card Stock to measure 5 ½” X 8 ½” Fold in half and use the Bone Folder to crease the card stock. The fold should be along the left hand side.
2) Cut the Whisper White Card Stock to measure 2 ¾” X 3”.
3) Using the markers, color directly onto the stamp. HUFF on the image to apply moisture to keep the ink wet and then stamp the image onto the Whisper White Card Stock.
4) Cut the Old Olive Card Stock to measure 3 ¼” X 4 ¾”.
5) Round off the upper right hand corner and the lower left hand corner of the Whisper White Card Stock and Old Olive Card Stock using the 3/16” Corner Rounder Punch.
6) Punch the lower portion of the Old Olive Card Stock using the Modern Label Punch.
7) Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock to measure 1” X 2 ¾”. Place it behind to Modern Label Punched out section. Ink up the “With Sympathy” stamp using the Rich Razzleberry Marker and stamp the image onto Whisper White Card Stock.
8) Flip the Old Olive Card over and put a little bit of SNAIL Adhesive. Turn it back around and line up the “With Sympathy” image in the window and press down.
9) Cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon to measure and adhere it to the Old Olive Card Stock using SNAIL Adhesive. The Polka-Dot side down.
10) Adhere the Old Olive Card Stock to the Rich Razzleberry Card Stock using SNAIL Adhesive.
11) Adhere the stamped Whisper White Card Stock to the Old Olive Card Stock using 4 Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Tips to make Rubber Stamping easier

Do you love to make your own cards; but get frustrated when they don't turn out the way you want them to? The following are some basic tips that could go a long way to helping you make the perfect card.

1) Before you begin, ensure that the stamp is clean. If there is heavy debris such as lint or glitter stuck to the rubber, you can remove using a piece of Scotch tape.
2) You should be working on a hard flat surface. I always cover the surface with Grid Paper #102787 to keep the area clean and to prevent accidents that may if you drop an ink pad or spill something.
3) Ink the stamp up using the desired type of Ink (Classic, Craft, VersaMark or Pigment)
4) Check the stamp to ensure that it is completely covered in ink. If you tilt the stamp, the image should look shiny. If you got ink on a part of the rubber that you don’t want, then clean it off before you stamp it. This will prevent the unwanted ink from transferring to the card stock.
5) I stand up to get the most even leverage when I stamp. Stamp the card stock using firm pressure ensuring that the entire image is pressed to the card stock. DO NOT wiggle or rock the stamp as it will cause your image to be blurry. Hold it down for a few seconds to give the ink time to transfer from the rubber stamp to the card stock.
6) After you stamp the image, hold the corner of the card stock with one finger and lift the stamp straight up. DO NOT pull towards you as this will cause the image to streak.

Tip:
If you have a problem holding and stamping a large stamp, you can ink it up as per the above directions. Lay it down on the hard surface with the rubber side up. Place the card stock on top of it. If the piece of card stock is smaller then the stamp, lay a piece of scrap paper over the card stock. Gently rub all over the entire surface to transfer the ink to the card stock. Lift up the pieces of card stock and paper straight up to prevent the image from smudging.

What Materials can you cut with the Big Shot?


Big Shot

The following materials work well when creating die cuts with the Big Shot Machine #113439 and Bigz and Originals Dies. Please note the maximum thickness of several materials. As a rule of thumb, you can cut a material with your Big Shot Machine and Bigz or Originals Dies if you can cut it using your Craft & Paper Scissors (#108360).
. Ruffle board
. Paper wood
. Balsa wood (3/32")
. Bass wood (1/16")
. Metal mesh
. Aluminum (.016)
. Tin (.008)
. Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board                         
. Drawer liner
. Shelf liner
. Vinyl
. Static cling vinyl
. Shrink film
. Fine sandpaper
. Clear acetate (20 mil)
. Vellum
. Card stock
. Patterned paper
. Flocked paper
. Contact paper
. Textured paper
. Metallic paper
. Linen paper
. Suede paper
. Embossed metallic paper
. Basketball embossed paper   
. Faux alligator textured paper
. Self-adhesive glitter paper
. Fabric
. Canvas
. Iron-on fabric
. Soft plush fabric
. Burlap
. Velvet
. Corduroy
. Lace
. Heavyweight denim
. Terry cloth
. Funky fur
. Thin leather
. Quilt batting
. Warm & natural batting
. Fusible fleece
. Self-adhesive craft metal
. Self-adhesive cork
. Self-adhesive foam
. Self-adhesive magnet
. Self-adhesive felt
. Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
. Pop up sponge
. Poly foam

. 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)

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Stampin’ Up! Guarantees It

One of the thing that makes my job easier is the high quality of products that Stampin' Up! offers.
Sometimes during the process something goes wrong. Don't worry!

1) Make sure that you check your order as soon as you receive it. As you will read below, there are time frames that apply to the Guarantee, Exchanges and Refunds.
2) Make sure that you received what you ordered and that it is in good condition. Sometimes things are damaged during the shipping process.
3) Make sure that if you ordered a set of something, that you didn't receive 2 of one and missing another. For example if you ordered a set of markers and you were missing one color and you received 2 of the same color.

Hopefully, all will be well but on the occasion that something goes wrong, I will do everything that I can to rectify it (within the terms set out in the Guarantee, Exchanges and Refunds). I will contact Stampin' Up! and to see what is next.

Guarantee:

Stampin' Up! Guarantee products to be free from manufacturing defects for a period of 90 days after the shipping date. Missing items, incorrect shipments, and defective or damaged merchandise must be reported to your demonstrator and received by Stampin' Up! within 90 days of the shipping date to obtain a replacement. This guarantee does not cover merchandise damaged through accident or misuse. If you should require assistance, please contact your demonstrator.

Exchange and Refunds:

New, unused merchandise may be exchanged within 90 days of the shipping date. The merchandise must be in the current catalogue and in original shipping condition. Stamps that have been assembled cannot be exchanged. Sorry, we do not offer cash refunds. The customer is responsible for the return shipping charges. If you should require assistance, please contact your demonstrator.

Limitations:

Stampin' Up! reserves the right to substitute merchandise of similar quality and value for items that are discontinued or out of stock. Also, actual stamps may vary slightly in size from the images shown in this catalogue, and this shall not be deemed a manufacturing defect.

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Tool Tip – Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide

 

Stampin' Around Wheel Guide


Are you like me and love Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Around Wheels?

They come in exclusive images and they match perfectly with Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sets.  They are excellent for making backgrounds or borders; but I always have troubles lining the images up or they come out crooked.

The Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide will help you get the most out if your Standard or Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheels.  I highly recommend using it to make wrapping paper. You will be able to repeatedly stamp the image over and over again, while maintaining the proper spacing and keeping it straight.

There are 2 clear plastic 11” rulers that snap together to make a straight edge or a right angle (used for making borders). These are perfect for working on a 12” X 12” scrap book page.

You have a clear view of your project below, to help you line up the Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide (#104834) for a perfect placement every time. There is a line down the middle to show you where 1” from the edge is. This can be helpful for lining up alternating patterns. 

There are ruler marks along the edge to measure your paper for precise spacing and the horizontal markings to line up images that you have already stamped.

To prevent blurry or crooked images, the Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide has 8 rubber feet to prevent it from moving, while you are stamping.

Use mild soap and water to clean your Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide after each use. Dry it and store it disassembled, along with the instructions, in the clear plastic sleeve that it came in. This way you will be ready the next time that the erg hit you to use it.

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Fifth Avenue Flower Mother’s Day Scrapbook Page

 

Fifth Avenue Flower Mother's Day Scrapbook Page

Although Mothers should be honored everyday of the year, we think about them mostly on May 9th.

If you haven't had a chance to make a scrapbook page for your Mother, here is a simple page that you can easily and quickly reproduce.

What a better way to honor your Mother then to create this beautiful Scrapbook Page. It is so simple and all you have to do is add the photos and a little bit of journalling on the Old Olive piece of Card Stock. 

Stamps:
•    Fifth Avenue Flower  #113734
Paper:
•    Orchid Opulence Card Stock  12” X 12” #107104
•    Whisper White Card Stock  8 ½” X 11” #100730
•    Rich Razzleberry Card Stock 8 ½” X 11” #115316
•    Old Olive Card Stock 8 ½” X 11” #100702
Ink:
•    Rich Razzleberry  Classic Stampin’ Pad  #115658
•    Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad  #102277
•    Orchid Opulence  Classic Stampin’ Pad  #101859
Accessories:
•    Sizzix Bigz Shot Die-Cut Machine #113439
•    Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Serif Essential #113464
•    Standard  Replacement Cutting Pads #113475
•    Rich Razzleberry ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon #115613
•    SNAIL Adhesive #104332
Instructions:
1.    Start with your base, a Orchid Opulence Card Stock  12” X 12”
2.    Cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry Card Stock to measure 8 ½”  10”
3.    Cut a piece of Old Olive Card Stock to measure 2 ¾” X 5 1/8”
4.    Cut a piece of Orchid Opulence Card Stock to measure 3” X 5”
5.    Cut an another piece of Orchid Opulence Card Stock to measure 5 1/8” X 6 ¾”
6.    Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock to measure 2 ½” X 11”
7.    Stamp a flower in Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, and Orchid Opulence  randomly over the Whisper White Card Stock
8.    Cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon to measure  14”
9.    Adhere the Rich Razzleberry ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon with the Polka-Dots down, to the stamped Whisper White Card Stock using SNAIL Adhesive
10.    Cut a 3 pieces of Old Olive Card Stock to measure 2 ¾” X 3” 
11.     Assemble the Standard Replacement Cutting Pads, Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Serif Essential letters “M” & “O” Die, and run it through the Sizzix Bigz Shot Die-Cut Machine. You will have to repeat this process again for the second letter “M”.
12.     Adhere the “MOM” onto the stamped Whisper White with the ribbon, using SNAIL Adhesive.
13.    Adhere all of the pieces of Card Stock to the base Orchid Opulence Card Stock 12” X 12” using SNAIL Adhesive as shown.
14.     All that is left is to adhere all of the beautiful photos of your MOM.

You better hurry of you want to order the Orchid Opulence. That color is retiring and is only available while supplies last.

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I am Saying Good Bye to Over 100 of My Friends

It is that time of the year when we all have a tear in our eye.Today Stampin' Up! announced the list of Stamp Sets that are retiring and there is over 100 stamp sets.Although, I am sorry to see them go, I can't wait to see what Stampin' Up! will replace them with.

You have to hurry to make sure that you can get the ones you want. Once they are gone, they are gone forever.

Click here to see the Last Chance Stamp Set List on my Stampin' Up! Website