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Luminous Poppies

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It's a gray, rainy day but this card from Memory Box Design Team member, Donna Sledzik, cheered me up!  

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She used the new Luminous Poppies and Happy Birthday Background stamps, which we carry on cling mounts (click on each product name for a link to Stampassion.com).  Donna's card is so bright and happy, particularly with the addtion of the Squash Distressed Dots print paper from Memory Box.

Donna's instructions may be found by following the link, above, to Dave's Memory Box blog, Outside The Box.  Check it out ~ she used Distress Markers to color directly on the stamp; a tried and true technique that always looks great.

One of the new saying stamps from Memory Box is the one below.  It is a combo stamp, meaning it's two stamps for the price of one (love that!).  The little flower is on the side of the wood mount.  I can only hope the old saying is true, for if today is the test of it...we'll be blooming like crazy in May!

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Honeyblossom Sprig

I needed a card at the last minute (of course!) and this super-quick one is what I came up with.  It was easy-peasy, yet as a "less-is-more" sort of card designer, I really enjoy it.  Honeyblossom_branch650The card is clean and simple, but effective with just a touch of color along with the crisp whites.

Honeyblossom Sprig is just one of over thirty new dies from Memory Box.  I cut it out in super-smooth White Cougar Card Stock and added it to a White Linen Note Card.  Although it is white-on-white, the smooth die-cut on top of the textured card creates contrast. I like the size of our Note Cards, 3.5" by 5"; you don't need to add lots of stuff to fill it up, either inside or out.

I felt a little color was in order, so I added Razzle Berry card stock behind the open flowers. Razzle Berry paper just happened to match the new Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  So...to stamp "Just For You", I had to open a set of the Summer Seasonal Distress Inks—'natch.  That stamp is from from Impression Obsession. A bit of sparkle was added to the pink flower centers via Star Dust Stickles.  Stickles and bling—rarely a bad idea.

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I prefer decorated envelopes to naked ones.  A decorated envelope gives you a peek at the contents and a clue that there is something above average inside.  Pay attention : )

One of my go-to stamps is this one, Sonoma Print, stamped here with, you guessed it, Picked Raspberry.  I knew I could find an excellent excuse to open that set of new Distress inks.

 

 


Summer Seasonal Distress Inks...in stock!

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Tim Holtz Summer Seasonal Distress Inks are bold and beautiful. The colors include: Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn... yum.

Click here to get yours!

Stampassion also has the matching re-inkers, so do your inky best—you won't run out! 

Check out Tim's video all about this wonderful new palette of Distress colors...   

 


Cool Transfer Technique!

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Claudine Hellmuth is featuring an easy-peasy transfer technique on her blog today, using Ranger's Foil Tape Sheets.  The Foil Sheets come in two sizes and I'm picturing the smaller size here—which includes six, 4.25" by 5.5" sheets.

Do we have them at Stampassion.com?  Yes we do!  First, check out Claudine's tutorial via the link below. Just click below and scroll down to the February 21 post: 

claudine hellmuth's blog: retro * whimsical art and illustration.

Next, check out the Foil Tape Sheets by clicking here. Transfer techniques are generally tricky and messy. I'll  be trying this one because it doesn't appear to be either of those. 

Thank you Claudine!

 


New Distress Markers from Tim Holtz Arrived!

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One of the exciting new products just introduced at CHA is Distress Markers. This Canister Set has 37 markers, including 36 to match all the Distress colors plus...White Picket Fence (which I'm anxious to try on black Zentangle tiles!).  The set is available now at Stampassion.com.  Plus, we are offering them at a discount with free shipping!*  

Distress Inks are among my favorites, for two reasons:  1) they are extremely versatile, working well with tons of fun techniques; 2) the color does not shift or change; 3) although they are water-based, they are also fade resistant. I've been looking for a marker I can use right on the stamp and here they are!

These water-based inks are for coloring, journaling, stamping and much more.  They have a dual tip and are ideal for many coloring techniques:

  • use the brush tip for coloring, stamping and shading
  • use the detail tip for journaling and drawing
  • use to color directly on rubber and clear stamps
  • markers are acid free and non-toxic   

Watch Tim's demonstration video below and you'll be as excited as I am! Distress Marker Canister Sets are shipping NOW.  Our regular retail price is $114.95 for the Canister Set, but you will pay just $105.95, plus we will ship them to you free of charge*.  That's crazy good—just $2.86 per pen! 

  

We have a limited number arriving in the first shipment (and eligible for this special), so order  soon!  If you would like to order anything else with the Canister, please note it will all ship free (to the Continental USA).

*free shipping to the Continental USA only


Love and Kindness Collection from Memory Box

We have been shipping out stamps and dies like mad from the new Memory Box collection, Val2012_250Love and Kindness.  Dave's new designs are beautiful, as always.  So much so, I placed another (huge!) order almost two weeks ago as I knew these would sell quickly.  We've been shipping to every corner of the country. If you are looking for something we don't have at present, please know that we will be restocked soon!

With my recovery from some minor surgery, I have not had any creative time.  However, Dave and his team have been hard at work, so take a look at Dave's blog

Dave has made some great videos about using Memory Box stamps and dies also.  Look on his blog for the latest, Tuckaway Heart Card.  For the video showing how he made the Paper Rose card to the right, just look at his post on January 3.  Everything is from Love and Kindness collection. Enjoy!


She Lives!

I'm sorry to have been away for so long, with no communication.  I wasn't feeling too well in November and December and after Thanksgiving, found I needed some minor surgery, to take place at some point to be determined, in January.  Needless to say, it made planning for the New Year difficult at best, so no classes or projects could be planned. 1:6:12hosp  That said, every Stampassion.com order was sent out on time (actually super-fast!), as we always do : )

The surgery was on January 6, I'm doing fine and am looking forward to getting back up-to-speed—almost there—and back on schedule with Zentangle classes, card kits and creativity!  Here's an extremely attractive photo Dan took of me before surgery.  I wanted to Zentangle on my pretty blue hat, but they wouldn't let me (hospitals are so picky).  Actually I was at Bellevue and they were great, as is my super-surgeon, Dr. Debbie Youngelman.


Peace Love Joy...

The latest card kit from Stampassion includes this pretty stamp from Unity Stamp Company, Candi Vintage Berries embellishments, velvet ribbon, a dozen cards and lots of yummy layering papers. To Card_1_350 see a larger image, click on the photo at right.

Our card kits always come with instructions for multiple projects, as well as color copies of them. But... I always enjoy seeing the cards our customers come up with that are not like the samples—so fun. The kit also includes a second stamp from Memory Box. It's a pretty saying image, shown below with a Candi dot.

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Here's another of the three card samples I came up with for the kit. Instead of the smaller note card, shown above, this one uses a True Red A2 size card and the velvet ribbon included in the kit. It also shows a different way of using the focal image, by cutting and separating the different elements and, one of Tim Holtz' Texture Fades embossing folders, Sheet Music, to texture the background paper. Click on the image to see a larger photo of the card.

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Follow The Star

This beautiful stamp, Follow The Star, is from Penny Black and I loved it on first sight, just as I knew my friend and neighbor, Sharon, would too.  You get to know people's likes after awhile.  As predicted, she did "need" the stamp, so off to Sharon's house it went (but I have more : )

Sharon's-Card_500This is the lovely card Sharon created and agreed to let me share with you. It's extra cool, because she used a quick background technique she saw on Hero Arts' blog, along with one of the gorgeous Memory Box dies she got from Stampassion, called Piestra Tile, on the left edge.  The ribbon embellishment is a Mini Spiral Clip.

Hero Arts' video, called Layered Stamped Backgrounds, by the super-talented Shari Carrol, shows the technique Sharon used right at the start of the video.  She basically used an acrylic mount as a shadow stamp, combined with Distress Ink and water to create a quick, colorful background.  The rest of the video shows how Shari builds up layers and texture for a stunning card. Clever Sharon used the first technique to lay down color on her watercolor paper and then stamped Follow The Star on top in black. 

You will note that Shari, in the video, and Sharon, in real life, used Distress Inks. For those who may think any die-based ink will do, I would ask you to try the Distress Inks. I'm certain you will see that Distress Ink delivers quite a different result with no color shifting. These inks are designed to be highly reactive with water and really are superior for watercolor techniques or just for stamping.  Lots of great colors too!  

Here's the Hero Arts YouTube video ~ enjoy...

      

 

 


Winter Seasonal Distress Inks

I have, yet again, "lifted" a photo from Tim Holtz' blog.  After all, Tim is the Master of Distress, so who better to show the lovely palette of Christmas colors available in his new Limited Edition Seasonal Distress Inks for Winter, 2011. TH_ltd_ed_winter_450

This beautiful ink set is in stock now at Stampassion.com. As the name suggests, they are available for just the season and when they are gone, they're gone. 

Evergreen Bough and Festive Berries are bright and happy traditional Christmas colors, though different from other Distress Inks.  The third color, Iced Spruce, is a nice, mellow blue/grey.  Tim's video will show you more about them — take a look here.