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Tip of the Week – Inspiration Is Everywhere.

Finding inspiration in unexpected places.

Some lucky people can look at a blank card front or scrapbook page and know exactly what they are going to do. If you are like me it takes a little more effort to find inspiration.

Where can you look to find ideas to make a scrapbook layout fun? You don't know where to look for inspiration, it can seem like a difficult thing to find. All you have to do is look around you. Inspiration is everywhere. Take a look around the room that you are in. What catches your eye and makes you stop and notice it. Do you see an interesting pattern, shapes, or color combination? Why not allow those everyday images and patterns to help you create something to treasure? Now consider how you can take appealing aspects of almost anything and transfer it to your scrapbook page or card front.

Two of the best rooms in the house to start is in the Kitchen and Bathroom. Just think of all the products that contained in those 2 rooms. Companies spend a lot of money on packaging. They spend a lot of time on the details of placement of their product, the color combination and how to use shapes and designs to focus your attention. All of the work is done for you. Where they place a photo of their product, you place a stamped image or a personal photo. If they use a color combination that you like, with all of the colors Stampin' Up! offers, you can use a similar color combination. You can also include shapes such as circles, squares, rectangles or any punched shape. Where they put wording about the product, you can stamp a saying or include a journal entry.

Just because your page is an inspiration, that doesn't means that it has to be an exact match. You can change it by adding elements to create something that reflects your style. This may mean that you add an embellishment or ribbon.

No matter what you do, always experiment and have fun with your projects.

Card of the Week – Cold & Cuddly

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Stamps:

  • Cold & Cuddly (2009
    Holiday Mini Catalogue)
  • Snow Swirled (2009-10 Idea
    Book & Catalogue)

Paper:

  • Card Stock Bermuda Bay #115317
    8 ½ “ X 11”
  • Card Stock Whisper White
    #100730  8 ½ “ X 11”

Inks:

  • StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad
    #101406
  • Craft Whisper White
    Stampin’ Pad #101731

 Accessories:

  • In Color Stampin’ Write Marker
    Set #116329
  • SNAIL Adhesive #104332

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What I love about Stampin' Up! is all of the exclusive products that they offer and the high quality products. Whether it is products they actually manufacture, like stamp sets or the relationship they have with the Sizzix company to offer the Big Shot Machine and the accessories. I have all the confidence in the world. If there is anything wrong with any product, Stampin' Up! will make it right (within 90 days). This makes it easy for me to promote with confidence anything that Stampin' up! offers. New products have to meet high standards; before they will release them to the public. Read below for Stampin' Up! Guarantee.

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We 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.

Tip of the Week – Folding With The Grain

Have you ever folded a piece of card stock and it cracked along the fold? Have you ever made a box or some other paper craft and it keeps popping up no matter what you did?

The reason is you didn't fold it properly. What! I should have learned that in Kindergarten. All you have to do is click on the link below to solve this mystery.

Click here to solve the mystery.

Happy Halloween – Here is a project that is sure to be a treat

As I am composing this blog post, the little ones are coming to the door. I have been visited by Scooby Do, a Unicorn, a Skeleton and lots more. I love to see all of the costumes and I make them say Trick or Treat Smell My Feet, Give Me Something Good To Eat! I am sure that their parents are impressed; but they get a kick out of it and so do I. It doesn't take a lot to amuse me.

The following are the treat bags that I made for them. I hope you like them.

STAMPSETS:
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Pick a Petal #115042

CARD STOCK:
 

Basic Black #102851

Only Orange #102837

Whisper White # 100730

INKS:

Classic Basic Black #101179

Basic Black Stampin’ Write
Marker #100082

Only Orange Stampin’ Write
Marker #100051,

TOOLS:
 

Color Spritzer Tool #107066

Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
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Bag W/ Scallops #114519

Extended Cutting Pads #113478

1 3/8” Circle Punch #104401

1 ¼” Circle Punch #104403

ADHESIVES: 

SNAIL Adhesive #104332

Sticky Strip #104294

TECHNIQUE:

Basic Stamping

DIRECTIONS:

Cut a piece of Only
Orange Card Stock to measure 6” X 11”

Assembly the Only Orange
Card Stock, Bag W/Scallops , & Extended Pads to make a sandwich (as per the
Big Shot Directions).

While the pieces of the
Scallops bags are still flat sprits them with a Basic Black Stampin’ Marker and
the Color Spritzer Tool.

Pre-Fold all of the
score lines.

Adhere Sticky Strip
along the edges of the side pieces of the Big W/Scallops and assembly. Don’t
put any along the top edge.

Stamp the small solid
circle from the Pick A Petal stamp set onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Card
Stock.

Punch out using 1 ¼”
Circle Punch. Draw the spider legs by using the Only Orange Stampin’ Marker.

Punch out a 1 3/8”
Circle from a scrap piece of Basic Black Card Stock.

Adhere the 1 ¼” Whisper
White Circle onto the 1 3/8” Basic Black Circle using SNAIL Adhesive. Adhere
the 1 3/8” Circle to the Bag W/
Scallops using SNAIL Adhesive.

Adhere the google eyes
onto the spider using SNAIL Adhesive.

Fill the Bag W/Scallops
with the goodies of your choosing.

Lift up the Scalloped
Edge and adhere a line of SNAIL Adhesive to keep the flap down in place. Fold
down and gently press closed.

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Card of the Week – Twick or Tweet

Halloween is coming this weekend, so I thought that I would give you, your treat early so you won't play a trick on me. Your treat is a not so scary (but a cute) Halloween Card.

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Stamps:

  • Twick or Tweet #116497 (2009 Holiday Mini Catalogue)

Paper:

  • Basic Black 8 ½” X 11” #102851
  • Basic Gray 8 ½” X 11” #108692
  • Yo Yo Yellow 8 ½” X 11” #102824
  • Whisper White 8 ½” X 11” #100730
  • Cast-A-Spell Designer Series Paper #115677
  • Night & Day Specialty Designer Series paper #116768 (2009
    Holiday Mini Catalogue)

Inks:

  • Classic Stampin’ Pad Basic Black #101179
  • Stampin’ Write Basic Black Marker #100082

 
Accessories:

  • Snail Adhesive
  • Circle Scissor Pus #112530
  • Glass Mat #112531
  • Paper Snips #103579
  • Color Spritzer Tool
  • Modern Label #116630
  • Scallop Edge Punch #112091
  • Silver Brads #104336
  • Basic Black ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon

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Card of the Week – Season of Joy

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Stamps:

  • Season of Joy Stamp Set #110384
  • Heard From The Heart Stamp Set #111644

Paper:

  • Whisper White 8 1/2" X 11" #100730
  • Dusty Durango 8 1/2" X 11" #115654
  • Old Olive 8 1/2 " X 11" #100702

Inks:

  • Classic Stampin Pad Dusty Durango #115654
  • Classic Stampin Pad Old Olive #102277
  • Craft Stampin Pad Whisper White #101731

Accessories:

  • 1 1/4" Circle Punch #104403
  • 1 3/8" Circle Punch #104401
  • Scallop Circle Punch #109043
  • Snail Adhesive  #104332

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