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On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

On the case Lovely As a Tree

Welcome to this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole. Your favorite stamping sleuths are back at work continuing our quest: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs breaking down gorgeous samples, step-by-step, just for you! In “case” this is your first “On the CASE” visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts! Let’s get on to today’s CASE: The CASE of Lovely As a Tree.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
Annual Catalog – Page 137
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

Lovely As a Tree was one of the sets that I included in my Starter Kit when I first joined Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator.  It has always reminded me  of Joyce Kilmer’s simple but beautiful poem, “Trees”:

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
 I couldn’t wait to case this beautiful holiday card created with one of my all-time favorite sets.  I hope you will give it a try, too!
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps:  Lovely As a Tree, Butterfly Basics
Paper:  Pacific Point (2-5/8″ x 4-1/4″), Sahara Sand (4-1/4″ x 11″, 4″ x 5-1/4″), Whisper White (2-3/8″ x 1″)
Ink: Pacific Point, VersaMark
Other:  Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker, Pacific Point Stampin’ Write Marker, Banner Triple Punch, Big Shot, Pinewood Planks 3-D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, Metallic Foil Doilies, Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

1  Score the Sahara Sand cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.

2.  Run the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of cardstock through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks 3-D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Using SNAIL adhesive, add a silver metallic doily to the embossed panel.  Place silver edge metallic ribbon over the panel and the doily.  Tie both ends together in a knot.  Adhere this layer to the card base.

3.  Dust the surface of the Pacific Point cardstock with the Embossing Buddy to avoid speckles.  Ink the pine tree image with VersaMark ink.  Heat emboss the tree image with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

NOTE:  After I heat embossed the image in white, it seemed to be too stark.  So I added the following step, which you could omit it you like.  I have no idea what Stampin’ Up! did,  but it tints the tree a beautiful shade of blue, very similar to what is seen with the catalog image.

4.  Stamp the tree image with VersaMark.  Tint the branches using a Marina Mist Stampin’ Up! Marker, tissue off the excess.  Allow this to dry.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

5.  Randomly apply multipurpose glue to the branches.  Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter and shake off the excess.  Use a Fine-Tip Glue Pen to add silver sequins.  Top the tree with a silver star. “Pop” into position with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

6.  Dust the Whisper White cardstock with the Embossing Buddy.  Ink the sentiment with VersaMark and stamp onto the Whisper White cardstock.  Use sticky notes to mask everything except the word “wishes”.  Heat emboss with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

7.  Use a Pacific Point Stampin Write Marker to selectively ink the words ” Sending” and Your Way”, and complete the sentiment.  Tip:  Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help you position these words properly above and below the heat embossed “wishes”.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

8.  Use the Banner Triple Punch to create the “V” on the left end of the sentiment banner.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

Adhere to the card base as shown.  (I placed two dimensionals on the right end, and a glue dot over the tree.)

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

What I thought was going to be a simple card, ended up giving me a few fits! I think my sleuthing skills were impaired for some reason.  First, I couldn’t get the embossed panel to look like the sample.  I tried adding ink to my embossing folder to make the lines “pop”, but that didn’t quite look right.  The panel looked lighter than Sahara Sand, but Very Vanilla was too light.  And, it really didn’t look like Smoky Slate.  So, I just went with plain Sahara Sand.  After all, at this time of the year, we need to keep it simple!  Next there was the tree.  It has a bluish cast in the picture.  First I tried white embossing powder.  It was too white.  Then I tried silver embossing powder, and it was too dark.  Then I tried coloring it with a Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker.  The color was great, but it just beaded up. So, I tried adding VersaMark and then coloring, and it worked.  But you know what, if you want to save time, ust stick with white.   And lest I forget, there is the sentiment.  Because the word “wishes” is embossed, it does add an extra step.  Difficulty Level:  3 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE Season to SparkleNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will love what she has created for you.

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

On the CASE: A Season to Sparkle
The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas
A CASE of Good Tidings
A CASE of Nature Sings
A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.

On the CASE Lovely As a Tree

And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

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BE READY TO RESERVE YOUR STAMPARATUS TODAY, DEC. 5 AT 2 P.M. MT!

Watch this video to learn more about this “Must-Have” tool!

Why do YOU need a Stamparatus, you ask?  Here are some of the reasons why you will want to reserve yours today:

*Make multiple cards quickly and easily
*Stamped images are consistently crisp with clean margins
*Achieve darker impressions by applying more ink and re-stamping—no need to start over
*Make fewer mistakes, thus saving you time and paper
*Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
*Experiment with new and specialized stamping techniques

Want to know the Product Details? Here they are!

*Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
*Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
*Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
*Measures 8″ X 8″ X 7/8″
*2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
*2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
*2 magnets to hold the paper in place
*Magnet storage underneath the Stamparatus.
*Retail Price–$49.00 plus shipping and sales tax.

Stamparatus

Why reservations?

With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! is trying something different – a new reservation system. This system will allow Stampin’ Up! to get this high demand product in your hands as soon as possible.

UPDATE! Whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open from Dec. 5 – Dec. 30, 2017! This will be the ONLY window to reserve a Stamparatus.

*In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
*Credit cards will not be charged ($49 plus shipping and sales tax) until the Stamparatus ships from the Stampin’ Up! facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
* Beginning March 19, Stampin’ Up! will ship the Stamparatus in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in the warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the December 5–30 window will ship on March 19 (as was previously announced).
*The Stamparatus will be a regular product in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Annual Catalog, starting June 1.

HERE ARE HELPFUL TIPS to reserve your Stamparatus:

*Please go to my online store HERE.
*Create an account and/or be logged in before 2 pm MT on Dec. 5 for the fastest reservation experience.
*After clicking thru and reaching my on-line store above, you will see a large Stamparatus Reserve Now Banner Ad.
*When you click on the Stamparatus Banner Ad, you will be taken to the reservation page.
*If you click the link early you will be notified the reservation window isn’t open yet.

And remember…if you have any questions, I am only an email away.  Coming tomorrow: It’s another one of your favorite stamp sets will be featured in On the CASE with Ann and Nicole.  Until next time…
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Watercoloring Fun with Santa Paws

Watercoloring FunAre you ready for some more watercoloring fun? If so, what could be more fun than this delightful image from the Santa Paws stamp set.  This set is one of the ones which will be retiring when we say good-by to the Holiday Catalog.  Although I absolutely had to have this set – and it was one of the first ones I ordered – I waited this long to ink it up.  Why I waited so long, I don’t know.  Maybe it was because I thought all the details would be overwhelming.   However,  I will be whipping up four more of these for my very special dog loving friends!   Feeling nostalgic on this warm December day, I armed myself with mellow tunes from John Denver, Cat Stevens and Seals and Croft, and watercolored the afternoon away.  I hope you enjoy today’s efforts…

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

From Ginger Cats…

watercoloring fun

to Piebald Dogs…

watercoloring fun

this card is the cat’s meow.  Every image was watercolored using Blender Pens and inks.  I simply touched the tip of my Blender Pen directly to the stamp pad, and then removed excess color on a piece of scratch paper before tinting the image.  Just remember, watercoloring is a lot like dieting and weight gain.  It is far easier to add color, than it is to take it off.  So start with a light hand, and add more color as needed.

watercoloring fun

To add more definition, I also outline using Stampin’ Write Markers, and then pull the color into the image, once again using Blender Pens.

watercoloring funA few Smoky Slate snowflakes, made with an image from the Night in Bethlehem set, adds interest, and fills up white space.  Because I wanted nothing to detract from my focal point, I opted to put the sentiment on the inside of the card.

watercoloring fun

As the last strains of John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” resonated in my ears, another Christmas card was added to my stash.  The only problem is I want to frame one for myself to keep.  SO, make that five more of these cards to whip up!

As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, don’t hesitate to email me.  And please, leave me a comment to let me know what you think about today’s card.  I’m thinking about adding a few sequins or rhinestones to my framed version.  What do you think?  Until next time…

Don’t miss out on the Santa Paws set. It is on the retiring list.  Check out more retiring sets at:

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watercoloring Fun

Place an online order of $50 or more (before tax and shipping) and use the December Host Code to receive a free gift from me.  This month, it will be a surprise from the Occasions Catalog, which goes lives January 3, 2018.  Please allow 2 – 3 weeks for your gift to be delivered.

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Year End Sales Event —See the List

Year End Sales Event

It’s time for the Year End Sales Event!

Stampin’ Up! is wishing 2017 a fond farewell by throwing a Year-End Sales Event in its honor! Special deals are being offered on select retiring items, as well as surplus items.

The Year-End Sales Event will run from December 1, 2017, to January 2, 2018.  But hurry, some supplies are limited.

Head right on over to my Online Store and browse with pictures…and order today!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me.  Until next time…

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Faux Watercoloring with Mistletoe Friends

Faux WatercoloringFaux watercoloring  using Blender Pens and inks is one of my favorite techniques. There is just something so relaxing about coloring, whether it is with Blender Pens, Stampin’ Blends, or Watercolor Pencils! In need of a little “me” time on this late November afternoon, I sat down, Blender Pens in hand, and engaged in a little watercoloring fun.  With this cute image from Mistletoe Friends in front of me, I settled in with two old dogs at my feet, a cup of hot tea, and the TV turned to the Hallmark Movie channel. I hope you enjoy today’s card.

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

This card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

Faux watercoloring with Blender Pens and inks is so easy!  After stamping the image in Basic Black Archival ink, I select the color I want to use, and simply touch the tip of my Blender Pen to the corner of the ink pad.  I remove excess ink on scratch paper, and then I “paint”.  I remove quite a lot of color in the process before touching the image because it is always easier to add more color as I shade. Another little tip is I will outline in Stampin’ Write Markers, and then pull the color into the image using a Blender Pen.

Faux Watercoloring

Clear Wink of Stella accents the snow, as well as the fur on the Santa Hat and the snow flakes.  In addition, rhinestones and pearls add a bit of sparkle and glam.

If you would like to see more of the faux watercoloring technique, including a video, check out these posts which feature the Christmas in the Making stamp set:

Faux Watercoloring ~ Christmas in the Making

Faux Watercoloring Video Tutorial

Faux Watercoloring ~ Card #3 Christmas in the Making

Year End Sales Event is Coming Soon!

Stampin’ Up! is wishing 2017 a fond farewell by throwing a Year-End Sales Event in its honor! Tomorrow, December 1st,  you’ll be smiling over special deals on select retiring and surplus items while supplies last.

The Year-End Sales Event will run from December 1, 2017, to January 2, 2018, and supplies are limited. Don’t be disappointed! Order early!

As always…if you have a question about the techniques I use or the cards I make, don’t hesitate to email me.  Until next time…

Need an Occasions Catalog? Email me at: [email protected] or [email protected]  I’ll be sure to add you to my list!

Coming in December:  Share Information, Occasions Catalog Peeks, last minute Christmas cards, a blog redesign, and the newest member of the family!  You won’t want to miss what’s coming soon!

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I’ll be back soon with more samples to inspire you.  It’s a stampin’ day for me! Nothing like settling in with Muffy at my feet chewing away on a bone, with a good holiday movie thanks to the you Hallmark Movie Channel and with a cup of my favorite hot tea. I’ll be stamping up some holiday cards! As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! Until next time…

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Online Extravaganza 2017 – Check It Out

Online Extravaganza 2017

It’s time for Online Extravaganza 2017!!!  Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! For one week only, November 20-26, you can save on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

We are kicking off the Online Extravaganza with a STAMP SALE!!! Select stamps will be 20 % off.   The Stamp Sale starts November 20 12:00 AM MT and ends November 20 11:59 PM MT. 

CHECK OUT these amazing bargains!!!

Extravaganza 2017Click HERE or on the flyer above to see the stamps listed in the 24 Hour Flash Stamp Sale AND a list of items offered during Online Extravaganza!

Set the alarm for early tomorrow morning, and let the fun begin!!!

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The Stamp Review Crew: Painted Harvest Edition

Stamp Review Crew Painted HarvestIt’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Painted Harvest edition!   If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, The Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month.  Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! This week we are featuring the Painted Harvest stamp set. I am Stop #18 on the hop. If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Stop #17: Nikki Spencer.  Isn’t she fabulous?  I love her creations.  After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #19, the incomparable Kelly Kent!  As always, Kelly has rocked this set!  You will love what she has in store for us! Enjoy this week’s hop!

The Stamp Review Crew: Painted Harvest Edition

Stamp Review Crew: Painted Harvest EditionFor today’s card, I wanted to depart from the traditional fall colors that are usually associated with the Painted Harvest set.  While I wanted to create a monochromatic card in shades of gray, that was just a little TOO gray for me.  I added a touch of Soft Sky to break it up a little.  I used a sentiment from the Layering Love set, instead from the set we are featuring.  I have a specific purpose for creating this card, and this sentiment was perfect.  You’ll learn where this card is heading in about 4 more weeks. (Wink!Wink!)

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

This card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ tall when folded.

Don’t ask me why I was so infatuated with gray this week!  We have Basic gray leaves…

Stamp Review Crew: Painted Harvest

a Smoky Slate bow…

Stamp Review Crew: Painted Harvest

and I even created my own silvery gray metallic trim.

Stamp Review Crew: Painted Harvest

How you ask?  I just coated 1/4″ Copper Trim with VersaMark ink, and heat embossed it with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Of course, the Painted Harvest set comes with its own sentiments, but I needed one that expressed a different thought.  I reached for the Layering Love set to come up with this one, which I accented with a little Powder Pink heart.

Stamp Review Crew: Painted HarvestIsn’t it amazing how the choice of colors and different sentiment gives this set an entirely different vibe?  I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  Won’t you let me know in your comment?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #21,  Kelly Kent, to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.

Stamp Review Crew: Painted Harvest http://mypapercraftjourney.com/2017/11/20/stamp-review-crew-painted-harvest/

If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s Painted Harvest card, the supply list is located below. Clicking on a product takes you right to my store. Be sure to use this month’s Host Code (below).  Online orders over $50, but less than $150 (before tax and shipping), will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code. You will receive your own Host Rewards, and you will still get a little somethin’-somethin’ from me.  Until next time…
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Price: $110.00

Online Extravaganza 2017 – Check It Out

Online Extravaganza 2017

It’s time for Online Extravaganza 2017!!!  Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! For one week only, November 20-26, you can save on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

We are kicking off the Online Extravaganza with a STAMP SALE!!! Select stamps will be 20 % off.   The Stamp Sale starts November 20 12:00 AM MT and ends November 20 11:59 PM MT. 

CHECK OUT these amazing bargains!!!

Extravaganza 2017Click HERE or on the flyer above to see the stamps listed in the 24 Hour Flash Stamp Sale AND a list of items offered during Online Extravaganza!

Set the alarm for early tomorrow morning, and let the fun begin!!!

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