Dawns Stamping Tips

Elementary Elegance & Everyday Enchantment DSP with Faux Bow Butterfly

Here's another sample I shared during my Stampin' Up! Leadership Main Stage Presentation.  It features the FREE Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (w/a $50 order).  As I said on Thursday's Sale-a-Bration post, I love the "feeling" of this paper.  For me, I immediately thought of patchwork quilts.  Using that theme, today's card came together quickly and is easy to duplicate.


Isn't it cute?  Love it!  The greeting is from another Sale-a-Bration set which also matches the paper beautifully.  It's called, Elementary Elegance and it's FREE too (with a $50 order).

Dawn's Stamping Instructions & Supplies:
1.  Start with four pieces of Everyday Enchantment DSP punched with the Postage Stamp Punch (122344) and position them onto a 5" x 3-3/4" peice of Very Vanilla cardstock (100730) with Dotto temporary adhesive (103305).  Using Dotto allows you to perfectly align your squares.  Once you have them aligned, then adhere them permanently with Snail Adhesive (104332).  
2.  Adhere to a 5-1/2" x 4" layer of Pool Party cardstock (122924). 
3.  Adhere to a card base of 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Peach Parfait cardstock (119794).
4.  Stamp greeting in Peach Parfait Classic Ink (119783) using the FREE Elementary Elegance stamp set. 
4.  Die cut a butterfly using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138) with the Big Shot (113439), using Peach Parfait cardstock.
5.  Use a Butterfly Brad (from the FREE Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack, with a $50 order) and about 8" of Peach Parfait Poly Stitch Ribbon (119264) to create a "faux bow".  See my FAUX BOW VIDEO TUTORIAL (stored in my DOstamping FREE Resource Library)
6.  Attach to butterfly with Mini Glue Dots (103683)
7.  Attach to card with Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
8.  Enjoy!

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Come to Bethlehem, Quick Tip Video For Clear Sharp Images

Do you sometimes get "splotchy" stamped images?  I sometimes do, especially with solid image stamps.  In today's Quick Tip Video, I share tips on getting clear, sharp images for successful stamping

Actually, this all started when I received a question from a reader...

Question:  How do you get such a clear sharp image from your stamps? I always have to make 3 or 4 attempts before I get an image that I'm proud to use. If you have a secret, are you willing to share? The quality of the SU stamps is so much better than others, but
I'm still having trouble. Thanks . . . Vivian

Answer:  That's a good question. But here are some suggestions...

1. I do make sure I ink up my stamp really good. (also make sure you your inkpads aren't drying out)
2. I hold my stamp on the paper/cardstock for awhile - like 3-4 seconds
3. For solid stamps - I lightly sand them before using for the first time. It seems to remove the manufacturing film and lets the rubber "grab" the ink better.

But sure enough, no sooner did I respond to her question, I too was having trouble getting a good image for this card.


I kept getting "splotchy" images.  It does seem like the larger, more solid the image is, it takes a little more finesse to get a good image.  Even with the tips above, you still might have some areas which would tempt you to toss it out.  On the video I share some tips for "saving" your splotchy images.  Get out your blender pens!  

1.video-30Video:  Tips for Clear Sharp Stamp Images 




1.Rubberstamp-40Dawns Stamping Supplies

Stamps:  Come to Bethlehem  (118732w or 120591c)
Ink:  Night of Navy (102977)
Paper:   Night of Navy (100867), Whisper white (100730) and Notecards & Envelopes (107311)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Lattice Square Texture Impressions Embossing Folder (119976) Modern Label Punch (119849), Rhinestone Jewels (119246), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Blender Pens (102845)   

Enjoy~Dawn O


Customize Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper with Glitter!

Today's card features a Quick Tip Video (just 2 minutes)!  Learn how to customize Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and take your card from drab to FAB!


I know - the glitter doesn't show up well in the picture above.  Take a look at the ornaments below.  Isn't it COOL?!  Such an easy and quick way to take your card up a notch!


1.video-30QUICK TIP VIDEO:  Customize Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper



1.Rubberstamp-40Dawns Stamping Supplies
(Bold = From 2011 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog )

Stamps:  Perfect Punches  (117022w or 120516c)
Ink:  Riding Hood Red (111836)
Paper:   Riding Hood Red (111348), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Whisper white (100730) and Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)
Accessories:  1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (119854), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (102023), Powder Pal Trays (102197), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Enjoy~Dawn O


Stampin' Up! Lovely As a Tree Shadow Background Holiday Card

You can't go wrong with a Holiday Card using Stampin' Up!'s Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  Plus, create a quick shadow background using Stampin' Up!'s Clear Block H and you'll be cranking out these cards in no time at all.


This card is a case of Amanda Mertz's card.  The layout is the same, but I used different colors.  I loved the way she used a Clear Block Shadow Background she to create a "frame" for the trees.  I stamped the shadow block with Pool Party Classic Ink and the trees image is stamped with Island Indigo Classic Ink.


1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35Dawn's Snowflake Die Cutting Tip:
I was having a little trouble die cutting the Silver Glimmer Paper Snowflake.  It wasn't cutting all the way through very nicely.  So I peeled off a layer of paper from the backside of the Silver Glimmer Paper, then die cut it.  It worked like a charm!



Here's the exact same card using the exact same supplies with the exception of the card base.  I couldn't decide which one I like the best.  Which one do you like the best...Pool Party or Sahara Sand?


1.Rubberstamp-40Dawns Stamping Supplies
(Bold = From 2011 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog)

Stamps:  Lovely As a Tree (115026 wood only), Serene Snowflakes (115438 wood only)
Ink:  Pool Party (122938), Island Indigo (122937)
Paper:   Sahara Sand (), Pool Party (122924), Island Indigo (122923), Whisper White (100730), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005
Accessories:  Block H (118490), Big Shot (113439), Northern Frost Decorative Strip Die (120901), Decorative Strip Spacer Platform (113477), Decorative Strip Cutting Pads (113479), Rhinestone Jewels (104337)

Enjoy~Dawn O


Stampin' Up! Petite Pocket Die: Simply Cute!

I finally got a chance to use the Stampin' Up! Petite Pocket XL Die .  It was actually one of my first purchases from the 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog and I've been itching to play with it.  So at this month's Big Shot class, that's what we did!  Take a look...


Isn't this adorable?!  I love the way it turned out.  You can put a gift card in it or a short message, money, etc.   Hmm...I bet a nice little necklace would fit in there too!

1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35Petite Pocket Tutorial

1.  Use a piece of 4-1/4" x 11" Very Vanilla cardstock to die cut the Petite Pocket, with Extended Cutting Pads (optional:  Extended Premium Crease Pad).

2.  Fold on all the score lines



3.  Using Sticky Strip, apply it to the very outside edge of the two pocket "tabs", then remove Sticky Strip covering and assemble your pocket.



4.  Die cut scraps of Designer Paper to decorate your pocket.  I'm using Red Glimmer Paper and Holly Berry Bouquet.

5.  For the circle "fasteners", adhere them with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Insert the Gold Brads.

6.  Adhere the decorated layers to your pocket with adhesive.

7.  Tie about 10" of White Bakers Twine to one of the fasteners, then wrap around both in a figure eight fashion.

8.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by~Dawn O


Dawn's Reminders    

Don't forget...DO your holiday shopping on Monday, November 21st and get DOUBLE DOstamping Loyalty Rewards Points (Monday only!) 


Stampin' Up! Christmas Lodge: Frosted Snow

When I first saw the Christmas Lodge stamp set in the Stampin' Up! 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog, it was love at first site.  I immediately envisioned glittery snow covered roof tops.  Today's card was inspired by fellow demonstrator LeeAnn Greff.



Hmm...sorry, I can't seem to get a good picture of the frosted glittery snow effect.  IRL it's a great effect.

Here's some tips on creating your own Frosted Snow:

1.  Stamp lodge image with Bravo Burgundy onto Crumb Cake cardstock.  For best results, be sure to ink up your stamp really well.
2.  Let dry completely.  I used a Heat Tool.
3.  Color snow areas with White Gel Pen.
4.  Let dry completely.  Again I used a Heat Tool.
5.  Add Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with a 2-Way Glue Pen
6.  Enjoy!

1.Rubberstamp-40Dawns Stamping Supplies
(Bold = From 2011 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog )

StampsChristmas Lodge (#123767w or #123769c)
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy (#105214), Crumb Cake (#121030)
Paper:   Bravo Burgundy (#105123), Crumb Cake (#120953)
Accessories: Big Shot (#113439), Perfect Details Texturz Plate (#115962), Texturz Silicone Rubber (#114615), Texturz Impressions Pad (#114614), Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon (#122332), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (#102023), Stampin' Sponges (#101610), uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen (#105021), 2-Way Glue Pen (#100425), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), Heat Tool (#100005)

Enjoy~Dawn O


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Happy Stamping~Dawn O

Big Shot: Stampin' Up! Holiday Stocking Card

Oh my gosh- I'm already starting with the Christmas cards.  I hope it's not too soon!  Here's a super easy card to make with Stampin' Up!'s new Holiday Stocking & Stocking Accent Dies  for the Big Shot.

1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35Dawn's Stamping Tip

Turn a die cut into a folded card...Placement on the die is the trick for this card.  Place the folded edge of a 12x6 piece of Whisper White cardstock (folded in half) at the top of the die, just below the edge of the stocking shape.  Then cut with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.  That way you preserve the folded edge for your card.

Note:  this will not fit into a regular size envelope, but will make a perfect addition to any wrapped present sitting under your tree!

Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit - by Stampin' Up!

I used contents from the Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit which you can find in the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog.  This is such an adorable kit and it's not just for scrapbooking, but for card making too!  Kit includes:  (2) 12x12 sheets each of Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede & Early Espresso (total of 8), (3) sheets each of two patterns of double-sided Designer Series Paper (total of 6), (2) 12x12 sheets of self-adhesive die cuts.

Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

While there - don't forget to visit the recently added-to CLEARANCE RACK for deals up to 60% off!!  Start your holiday shopping early!

Enjoy~Dawn O


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MN State Fair: Sam and Max on a Stick Easel Card

One of my favorite places to visit is the Minnesota State Fair.  We don't go every year, but we did go this year.  We pretty much eat our way through the fair.  My favorites are the corn dogs (the ones made out of corn bread batter - yum!), mini donuts, cheese curds and fresh strawberries with cream.  My husband's favorites are the foot long hot dogs with grilled onions, deep fried candy bars on a stick and cotton candy (yes, cotton candy).

This year we got to tag along with our grandsons Max and Sam.  Which meant we spent some time in the Kiddie Midway.  Here's some pictures of the day...


Their favorite ride was the Ferris Wheel.  It was the first time either of them went on it and they really enjoyed it.  Check out their smiles...priceless!


I wanted them to have a little token of the day, so I put together a fun little "picture on-a-stick".  Attached it to a simple easel card and put it in the mail for a fun little surprise for them.  I think they are gonna love it!  Hmm...I should have made two of them...one for each.  What was I thinking?!


1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35 Dawn's Stampin' Tips:  Simple Easel Card

Easel cards are SO easy.  ANY size card can be turned into an easel card

1.  Fold any size card in half
2.  Then fold the top of your card in half again (folding to the inside of your card)
3.  Attach a little "stop" to the inside of your card (for the easel to rest again) 
4.  Viola...instant easel card!!

Normally, I would have attached a picture or decorative front layer to the bottom half of the outside of the card.  But for this card - I used the retired Horizontal Slot Punch to create two "holes" to hold my "picture-on-a-stick" to the card.  This way, they can pull the stick out and play with it.  he he!!

Here are some links to other easel card ideas:

Totally Tess Calendar Easel Card

Max's Birthday Invite Easel Card

Jill's Friend Photo Easel Card

Enjoy~Dawn O


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