Thursday, June 25, 2015

Weekly Deals

New weekly deals for June 16-21!
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I LOVE that the Glimmer Paper is on sale - it's a great time to stock up on it.  The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper is especially gorgeous!

And the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are so much fun!  Here are a few projects that I've posted using those versatile dies!

 (If you look closely above the black cardstock with the stars cut out, you'll see a fine strip of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper!)
Fun ideas, huh?  Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sprinkles of Life

Have you seen this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set?  It's called Sprinkles of Life and has a coordinating punch - and it's SO adorable!
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Here are just a few samples.  All of these cards were made with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, the Tree Builder punch, and the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  I'm sure you'll be seeing lots of cards made with this stamp set!
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I can't recall who made this card, but it's from the Tickled Ink Meeting in June.
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Here are the main products used in the above cards:
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Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Screen Card Instructions and Weekly Deals

New Weekly Deals --
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Recently I've been making some screen cards and everyone who has seen them seems to want to know how to make them.  They're really quite easy, once you have the measurements.  Here's a sample of the first one I made:
And in another color...
Stamps:  Everything Eleanor, Petite Petals, Petite Pairs
Punches:  Decorative Label, Petite Petals, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Bitty Butterfly, (Eyelet Border Punch - retired)
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You can make either 3-panel or 4-panel sizes.  I chose to make the 4-panel.  You can vary the size, but I wanted to be sure that the final size would fit into a standard A2 envelope.


·        Cut cardstock 11” x 5-1/2” (or 5-3/4” if you’re using a punch at the top that cuts some off).
·        Score on the long edge at 2-3/4”, 5-1/2”, and 8-1/4”.

·        Punch across the top with a decorative punch.  (I used the Hearts Border Punch on this card.)
·        Using the Decorative Label Punch, insert halfway up on the bottom of your cardstock and punch.  Punch one layer at a time, lining up the previously punched panel with the next one to make sure they are even.
·        Cut four back panels at 4-1/4” by 2-1/2” (adjusting size as needed).
·        Cut four Whisper White panels at 4-1/8” by 2-3/8”.
·        Decorate/stamp white panels as desired.
·        Layer onto back panels.
·        Layer onto screen card with strong adhesive like Fast Fuse.

I used the Sheltering Tree stamp to make this card.  I think that's my favorite stamp set right now!
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 Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Upscale Swap Cards

The new catalog is here and it's live!!  Do you have yours yet?
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I have the most recent cards from the Upscale Swap Group.  Even though a lot of the images are from stamp sets that just recently retired, I hope you get inspiration from the layouts and color combinations used.
 Beth Rush - Regarding Dahlias

 Carol Stofer - Butterfly Basics, Butterflies Thinlits, And Many More

 Deb Currier - Crazy About You, Hardwood

 Diane Kipp - Petal Potpourri, From the Garden

 Jayne Stenstrom - Celebrate Today, Painted Petals

 Judi Cayton - Bootiful Occasions, Pictogram Punches

 Laura Barto - Petal Potpourri
Inside of Laura's card

Hope things are going well with you.  This spring is busy with lots of weddings and graduation open houses that we're attending!  Whew - it's hard to keep up with it all!
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Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom

Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Catalog Open House This Week

and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Are you excited get your hands on the new Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog?  Here's your first opportunity!  This Thursday I will be holding my annual new catalog open house.  Come and be one of the first to get your new catalog.  There will be free Make and Take projects for you - using new items, of course!  I will also have my retired card fronts/full cards out for sale. Come when you can and leave when you're done. Any orders placed on Thursday will be eligible for free shipping!!*

If you think you'll be attending, please let me know.  I like to have enough card stock and other supplies prepared and ready for those who come.  But if you decide at the last minute to come over, don't let that stop you - I can always cut more!

*Free shipping offer applies only to orders that are placed and paid for on June 4, and are not eligible for hostess benefits.
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I haven't had an opportunity to play with my new goodies yet, so I scoured around on Pinterest and found a few cards that feature items from the new catalog.

 This card was made with the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  It's this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set, so a portion of every purchase of this stamp set will be donated to RMCH!

 You're So Sweet is another new stamp set in the catalog.  Didn't the artist do a beautiful job with this card?  I just love the colors and the soft water-coloring she did.

 This card was made with the new You've Got This stamp set.  I have a feeling this is going to be one of this year's favorite stamp sets.

This card was made by one of the Artisan Award stampers.  Allison used the Bohemian Borders stamp set to create this card using a resist technique.
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I hope you can make it to my open house!  If you can't come and you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, feel free to contact me to get a copy of the new catalog.  I'll be happy to put one in the mail to you.  Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bokeh Technique

So what is "Bokeh", you ask?  First off, it's pronounced "BOH-kay".  Go figure.  It's also a photography term.  I found this description on a web search:
  • Bokeh, also known as “Boke” is one of the most popular subjects in photography. The reason why it is so popular, is because Bokeh makes photographs visually appealing, forcing us to focus our attention on a particular area of the image. The word comes from Japanese language, which literally translates as “blur”.
So what does this have to do with stamping?  You can create this effect on cards - making a gorgeous background!  No need for a camera here!
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The first two cards were made with ink, sponges, and sponge daubers.  You start with a plain piece of Whisper White card stock, then sponge color all over the background.  To get the Bokeh effect, you use Craft White ink, sponge daubers, and a template of circles (I made my own by cutting circles out of a window sheet.)  When you sponge the white circles, you want to have different sizes and different intensities of the white.  It's also important to let it dry completely before stamping on it.
Colors used on the card above were Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, and Soft Sky.  Image is from Balloon Bash stamped with Memento Black Ink.

The colors used on this card were Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Coastal Cabana.  Sentiment is from Perfect Pennants.
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The Bokeh technique used on these next cards is a little more time-consuming.  You use Watercolor Paper and an Aqua Painter.  You start by getting the Watercolor Paper wet all over.  Then using the Aqua Painter, pick up drops of re-inker and randomly apply them to the paper, letting the ink run and mix together.  In this technique the paper needs to be completely dry after you've added the ink before adding the white circles.  Then that also needs to be dry before stamping a sentiment on top.

 Ink colors used on this card were Melon Mambo and Island Indigo.  Sentiment is from Bravo and stamped with Memento Black Ink.

Ink colors for this one were Daffodil Delight and Island Indigo.  (Notice how they mixed together so you can see some green?  Very cool!)  The sentiment is from Another Thank You

If you want more detailed instructions on how to create Bokeh backgrounds, there are lots of videos available on-line.  Just search for Stampin' Up! Bokeh Technique.  Give it a try - I think you'll fall in love with how cool this technique is!

Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom