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October 2012

Stampin' Up! Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad & Evergreen!

Happy Halloween Everyone! What are you doing for Halloween? I am going to decorate the back of my van this evening for a "Trunk or Treat" event at my church's parking lot! I have to get my decorations from last year out of storage today and get my costume together. I'm going as a Pirate, a Puss-n-boots Pirate!

The stamping task for the boot camp I am participating in listed this week's requirement as CASEing a technique from a Stampin' Up! resource. As a demonstrator, I have access to many different resources to help me plan my workshops, classes, and events. A bi-monthly magazine, Stampin' Success, is just one resource, but it's a great one! In the October issue, which we receive in September, they featured an article about using Shimmer Paint directly on our stamps. I took that article idea and instructions and translated it into using the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad from page 23 of the Holiday Catalog instead of the Shimmer Paint!

Carol Payne Illluminate evergreen 1
©Stampin' Up!™1990-2012

For the center focal image, I stamped the solid tree image from the Holiday Catalog set, "Evergreen" in Garden Green ink on the Garden Green cardstock, then inked the open tree image with the Glimmer pad and stamped over the first tree. I maybe should have used my Stamp-a-majig to line up the images perfectly, but since I used the Clear-mount version of this set, I got a pretty good match anyway!

On either side of the focal image I had stamped the same tree with the same ink but did not re-ink the stamp to get a lighter, in-the-background look to them. I breathed on the stamp before stamping on the paper to reactivate and remoisten the leftover ink. I tried the same breathing technique with the Glimmer ink on the open stamp before stamping over the background trees, and it worked! Yay!

After I had stamped the solid trees on the card base with the same Garden Green ink I cleaned my stamp on my Stampin' Scrub, then inked this image with the Glimmer ink and stamped over the trees. I like this effect too! The star image is also part of the Evergreen set.

I cut out the focal image with an Apothecary Accents Framelit Die and my Big Shot. To achieve the larger Brushed Silver layer, I simply traced around the outside of the framelit with my Simply Scored Stylus and hand-cut it out with my Paper Snips. Easy-peasy!

The inside of the card is pretty straightforward:

Illuminate evergreen 2
©Stampin' Up!™1990-2012

Come back tomorrow and I will show you my CASE of another Stampin' Success card, also using the Illuminate Glimmer Pad!

Until then, have a Stampingrox! day!

Products used:


Evergreen Clear-Mount Stamp Set Also available in wood-mount
Item #127973
Price: $18.95

Set Quantity: 5


Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad Item #126857
Price: $10.95


Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies Item #127003
Price: $24.95


Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad Item #126973
Price: $5.95


Stampin' Up! Owl Pirate!

One of my favorite events every month is my Punch/Technique Class. I love using my Stampin' Up! punches to create fun pieces for my cards! Another of November's Punch Projects is this darling Owl Pirate! I found him somwhere in the blogsphere, I just can't remember exactly where, but he is a winner!
Ahoy owl 1

He is so much fun! Can you guess what his pirate hat is made from? You guessed it! It's another Owl body!


Ahoy owl 5

And his "peg leg" is the candle from the Cupcake Builder Punch!

Ahoy owl 4

I stamped the backgrounds with images from the "Open Sea" stamp set, and the greeting is from "Priority Mail" a current Hostess Set. The inside verse is from "Word Play", another of the stamp sets you can purchase as single stamps until January 2nd, stamped in Jet Black StazOn!

Ahoy owl 2

I'm still working on the rest of the projects for this Friday's class, so I'd better run!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!

Products used:


Owl Punch Item #118074

Price: $16.95



Cupcake Punch Item #121807

Price: $16.95



The Open Sea - Clear-Mount Stamp Item #123032
Price: $18.95

Set Quantity: 5


Priority Mail Clear-Mount Stamp Set Item #127044
Price: $12.00

Set Quantity: 12


Jet Black StāzOn Pad Item #101406
Price: $7.95

StāzOn ink is perfect for crisp images on cello bags. Personalize them for birthdays and holidays by stamping right on the cello with this great ink. It's also perfect for watercolouring since the ink is permanent.

Stampin' Up! Rock n' Roll Ornament Keepsakes!

I love the "Holiday Frame" embossing folder in the Holiday Catalog, and I love pairing it with the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and the Holiday Ornament Framelits! This card is one we will be making at my Punch/Technique Classes in November, so I thought it would be good to share it with you all now!

The "Rock n' Roll" Technique is an easy one, but so pretty! You start with your lightest color, in this case Tempting Turquoise, and ink the entire stamp with that color. You do not stamp your paper yet. Instead, you ink just the outer edges of the same stamp with a darker color, this time Island Indigo. In order to ink all the outer edges, you will "rock n roll" the edges in an almost circular motion on the inkpad. After you have "rock n' rolled" all the edges, then you stamp your image on paper. Voila! A gorgeous, two-toned look!

Note: Be sure to clean your stamp on your Stampin' Scrub before inking the stamp in your lightest color of ink again!

"Merry Christmas" greeting is from "Petite Pairs", punched out with the Modern Label Punch.

A Basic Jewel Rhinestone adds just the right touch of bling!


Here's the inside with a verse from "More Merry Messages":

Ornament 2

Well, I need to get going. Today is going to be a crazy day with the "Sell-a-Stamp Spooktacular" 15% off savings going on all day!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!


Holiday Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item #127820

Price: $7.95



Ornament Keepsakes Clear-Mount Bundle Item #129950
Price: $42.95

Purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and the Holiday Framelits Dies together. Priced to save you 15%!



More Merry Messages Clear-Mount Stamp Set Item #126402
Price: $24.95

Set Quantity: 10



Petite Pairs - Clear-Mount Stamp Item #122497
Price: $20.95

Set Quantity: 18



Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents Item #119246
Price: $4.95

• Small, self-adhesive rhinestones
• 150 rhinestones per package; 50 each of 3 sizes (3 mm, 4 mm, and 5 mm)
• Each package also includes three 2-5/8" strips of connected rhinestones, perfect for borders


Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pad Item #126952

Price: $5.95



Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad Item #126986
Price: $5.95





Stampin' Up! Punched Birdies Celebrate!

I found this adorable birdie punched card idea somewhere, but once again, I can't remember who! I did change it up a bit, using "Summer Smooches" Designer Paper for the little birdie hats and "celebrate" from the Holiday Catalog stamp set "Seasonal Sayings". One thing I love about that set is that you can purchase any ONE single stamp out of it right now, and tomorrow, Monday, October 29, it will be 15% off!

Birdies 1

On the inside, I used another stamp, "Happy Birthday", from "Perfecty Penned", another set that you can purchase the stamps as a group or separately! Once again, these stamps, as all of our stamps, are on sale tomorrow! I can hardly wait!

Birdies 2

The little tiny birdies following along in a line are from "Itty Bitty Bits", and yup, you guessed it, they are on sale tomorrow too!

The birdies are punched with the 1 3/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, and 1" Circle punches. The wings are from the Bird Builder punch, and their beaks and party hats are both from the Petite Pennants Builder Punch.

Here's a quick idea for punching the curved part of the hats:

Birdies 3

Start with one of the straight-sided punched pennants. Inset the bottom of the pennant into the 1' Circle Punch from INSIDE the circle as shown below. When you have the pennant inserted as deeply as you want, punch the circle and it will shape the bottom of the hat. I used the same pennant and the same punch for all three sizes of hat. I just changed the depth of my punching to create hats of varying sizes!

Birdies 4

That's all for now! Today we are celebrating two of my daughter's birthdays with a family dinner. My oldest, Jessica, had her birthday in September, and Alisa's was October 18th. Today is the first chance we have had for the whole family to get together! I'm looking forward to some great family memories around our table this afternoon!

Don't forget the 15% off sale tomorrow! I know you probably find it hard to believe, but there ARE some Stampin' Up! stamps I do not own! That little anomaly will probably be rectified tomorrow!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!

Stampin'Up! products used:


Perfectly Penned - Clear-Mount Stamp Item #122892
Price: $12.95

Set Quantity: 4




Seasonal Sayings Clear-Mount Stamp Set Item #128009
Price: $16.95

Set Quantity: 5



Petite Pennants Builder Punch Item #122361
Price: $16.95




Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper 125409
Price: $10.95

Perfect for all your sassy summer projects! Includes 12 sheets: 2 ea. of 6 double-sided designs. 12" x 12". Acid- and lignin-free.
* Daffodil Delight
* Island Indigo
* Lucky Limeade
* Real Red
* Rich Razzleberry
* Tangerine Tango
* Tempting Turquoise

1 Inch Circle Punch Item# 119868
Price: $12.95

Stampin' Up! Brayered French Foliage!

As I promised some time ago, here is the second technique we used at my "Wonderfall" card bonanza with the "French Foliage Stamp set:

French foliage 1

©Stampin' Up!™1990-2012

French foliage 2

©Stampin' Up!™1990-2012

This is a CASE of another Founcer's Circle swap. The theme was easy, two-layer workshop-ready cards and they were really great!

To create this card:

Cut 4 strips of scrap paper 5 1/4" x 1". Put 2-way glue on the backside and allow glue to air-dry to Post-It-Note consistency. After glue is dry, lay first two strips along edges of layer to be stamped on, lining up outer edges of strips with edges of layer:

French foliage 3

Add last two strips along top and bottom of layer as shown, lining up outer edges of of strips with outer edges of layer:

French foliage 4

Ink brayer in color of choice (for this sample I used Always Artichoke). Roll brayer over cardstock layer in the open area left inside the scrap paper strips. Roll brayer back and forth, over edges of scrap paper, adding more ink to brayer as needed. You will probably need to brayer up and down, then back and forth to get smooth, even coverage.

French foliage 5

When you are done with the brayer, remove the scrap paper strips to reveal the inked rectangle. Stamp desired images on this inked area. I used the leaf stamps from "French Foliage" in Early Espresso ink, then added the "splat" image from "French Foliage" with more Always Artichoke ink. The "gratitude" phrase is from "Day of Gratitude" stamp set.

French foliage 1

You really can't see it in the photo, but I finished off this card with a light spritzing of shimmer spray I created by mixing 91% rubbing alcohol with the "Gold Glimmer" Smooch Spritz in a travel-size spray bottle!

All of these stamps used are on sale 15% off on Monday, October 29!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!

Stamps used:


French Foliage - Clear-Mount Stamp
Item #121166
Price: $14.95

Set Quantity: 6     Also available in wood-mount


Day Of Gratitude - Clear-Mount Stamp Item #121148
Price: $18.95

Set Quantity: 7 also available in wood-mount


Brayer And Rubber Attachment Item #102395
Price: $12.50

Use a brayer for special-effects backgrounds and uniform inking on large stamps.
■ Includes handle and soft rubber attachment



Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad Item #126972
Price: $5.95



Gold Glow Smooch Spritz Item #118770
Price: $4.95

Capture a few rays of a sun-drenched, summer day for your scrapbook pages or cards with our Gold Glow Smooch Spritz. Just like those carefree moments spent on the beach or at the park, your projects will invoke thoughts and feelings of warmth for all those who see or receive them.



Stampin'Up! Wonderfall and the Autumn Accents Die!

 When I first saw the "Wonderfall" stamp set in the Holiday Catalog I was impressed. I thought, "Wow, that's a stamp set I've gotta have!" I'm a sucker for fall sets, love, love, love those leaves! I loved walking to and from school in the fall when I was a little girl, crunching the leaves in my Mary Jane's, trying to see how many acorns I could find along the way. My satchel would be full of them by the time I got home. (I always did like to "collect" things!)

Fall is pretty much my favorite season, although Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love how clear, bright, and blue the sky is on a warmly-crisp fall day. I love jack-o-lanterns on porch steps. I love Trick-or-treaters. I am old enough (and I know I'm dating myself, but I don't care!) to remember Trick-or-Treating all by myself, up and down my neighborhood street and one street over on each side of mine. That was my mom's limit, but I always came home with quite a haul!

Ok, I know you didn't come here to listen to a 50-something lady reminisce about her childhood, did you? Mine was pretty idyllic, before there was so much for parents (and kids) to be afraid of. I'm thankful for that.

You visited me today to see a card, and I have one for you. We made it at my "Wonderfall" Card Bonanza earlier this month, and I enjoyed the whole process with this one:


Wonderfall 1

 Pretty simple, but oh, so pretty! And the inside:

Wonderfall 2

 As I said, I loved this set when I first saw it, but then I was puzzled when I saw that the coordinating die for this set was not framelits, but a traditional Bigz Die. I guess I'm spoiled by the framelits already, and so I hesitated to purchase this set and the die because I thought it would be too hard to line up the stamping after the leaves were cut out and KNEW the reverse, stamp first, then cut out with the die would be IMPOSSIBLE, which I am right, but after they demostrated this technique on stage at convention I was convinced I could do it!

So here's how you do it! Ink up the stamp (in this case with Cajun Craze ink) After inking, lay stamp ink-side-up on your stamping surface. With the new firm foam pads your stamp will be really nice and inky!

Wonderfall 3

 Taking the coordinating More Mustard leaf you cut out with the Autumn Accents Die, match up the leaf edges to the inked stamp edges as shown. To insure even coverage of ink on the leaf, lay another clear stamp block on top of the leaf and apply firm even pressure.

Wonderfall 5

 Voila! a perfectly stamped image on a perfectly cut out leaf!

Wonderfall 6

That's it for today! I'm back up at the Mt. Vernon Teacher's Conference for one more day today, then I have my next-to-last monthly Christmas Card Class tonight!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!

p.s. I can't give you all the details yet, but I just found out today there is going to be an awesome-never-before heard of Stampin' Up! sale on Monday, October 29th only, so stay tuned here and in my Monday email for all the details. You will have to act fast to take advantage of this sale as it's Monday ONLY!

Products used for this card:



Wonderfall Clear-Mount Stamp Set Holiday Catalog
Item #128087
Price: $17.95

Set Quantity: 5




Friendship Preserves Clear-Mount Stamp Set Holiday Catalog
Item #127913
Price: $16.95

Set Quantity: 4



Autumn Accents Bigz Die 127812
Price: $21.95

Versatile fall leaves. Endless project ideas. Coordinates with the Wonderfall Stamp Set. Largest leaf: 3" x 3". Use with Big Shot machine and Standard Cutting Pads.

Stampin' Up! NEW SNAIL Adhesive!

Just a quick post this morning before I head out to the Conference.

Did you know that Stampin'Up! has IMPROVED their SNAIL adhesive? YES! It no longer has the paper liner in the roll, so now you not only get the superior adhesive, it also applies more smoothly, gives more even coverage, doesn't jam up on itself, and so far doesn't break!

The only thing I can find wrong with it is that it LOOKS like there's less, but there really isn't!



SAME 472 inches as before, but much improved, less waste, works great!

Gotta run, Linda, my downline, is here to ride with me!

Have a Stampingrox! Day!

Stampin' Up! Affection Collection Catalog CASE!

I joined a Stamping Business Boot Camp that started this week, and WOW, is it ever keeping me on my toes! Each week we have tasks to accomplish, and if we miss even one, we are "booted" out of boot camp! I've never been "booted" out of anything in my life, and I sure don't want to start now! We have a week to finish our assigned tasks, and one of them this week was to CASE a card from the catalog, but use new colors and stamps. Here's the card I chose to case from page 36 of the Annual Catalog, "Road to Happiness:

Road to happiness

And here's my rendition using "Affection Collection" from page 35 of the Holiday Catalog:

Annual Catalog pg 36 Carol Payne

My colors are Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, and Naturals White! I used the "Paper Doily" sizzlet instead of the "Delicate Doilies" sizzlet, and used the Stamp-a-majig to position the scalloped fanfair exactly where I wanted it.

There are several other tasks on this weeks' list, but this was the most fun. The rest are mainly organizational, such as sort through my stampin' stuff and box up the retired, make a filing system for my forms and receipts, tasks like that!

Well, I'd better get back to it since I have the Mt Vernon Teacher's Conference tomorrow and Friday!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!

Products used in this post:


Road To Happiness Clear-Mount Stamp Set   page 37
Item #126547
Price: $21.95

Set Quantity: 13


Affection Collection Clear-Mount Stamp Set  page 35 Holiday Catalog
Item #127949
Price: $21.95

Set Quantity: 8


Primrose Petals Classic Stampin' Pad page 152 Annual Catalog
Item #126858
Price: $5.95
Paper Doily Sizzlits Die page 191 Annual Catalog
Item #125592
Price: $21.95


Delicate Doilies Sizzlits Die page 191 Annual Catalog
Item #126999
Price: $21.95

Stampin' Up! French Foliage!

French Foliage, Torn Masking, Blessings From Heaven, Summer Starfruit

Sharing one of the techniques we used at my recent "Wonderfall" Card Bonanza earlier this month, "Torn Masking"! This was a swap I received at Founder's Circle Retreat in September. Unforutnately, I have lost the creator's name! (I think it may have been France Martin?) But it's beautiful and I LOVE the technique, it's both easy and elegant!

Gratitude 1

Here's how you do it:

Cut a piece of scrap paper the same size as the layer you will be stamping on. In this case I started with a piece of Very Vanilla 4" x 5 1/4", so I cut my scrap paper the same size. I tore the paper in half down the middle. Nothing fancy, just tore toward myself in a fairly straight line.

Gratitude 3

I applied 2-way glue to the back sides of the scrap paper and let it air dry for a few minutes. 2-way glue air-dries to Post-It Note consistency, hence the reason it is called "2-way"! I didn't coat the back with glue, I just put a few quick strokes with the 2-way glue pen on there. I added the two strips of scrap paper over the Very Vanilla layer, leaving a space open between the strips as shown below. I started with Summer Starfruit ink and applied it to the open area using a "swirling" motion with my Stampin' Sponge instead of the usual "dab or flick". (See how swirly it looks?)

Gratitude 4

I continued adding swirls of ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Tangerine Tango, swirling the colors of ink and blending them into each other to get a "gradiation of color"!

Gratitude 5

Next, I added stamping, using the gorgeous set, "French Foliage" and Early Espresso ink! The little scripty-phrase behind the leaves is also from "French Foliage" and was stamped with Crumb Cake!

Gratitude 6

Finally, I removed the scrap paper masks and voila!

Gratitude 7

I used my Adhesive Remover to take off a little dab of the 2-way glue that had stuck itself onto my card front, easy-peasy!

I threaded a piece of "Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon" through the holes of a "Brushed Bronze" Button and attached it and a greeting, "gratitude" from "Fabulous Phrases" that had been cut out with a "Bitty Banners" Framelit with a couple of Glue Dots!

Gratitude 9

Finished card again:

Gratitude 1

The inside, stamped with a phrase from "Blessings from Heaven", (and more of those gorgeous leaves!):

Gratitude 2

That's it for today! I will see you tomorrow with another variation of masking, this time with a brayer!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!

Here are the product details used for this card:


French Foliage - Clear-Mount Stamp 121166
Price: $14.95


Blessings From Heaven - Clear-Mount Stamp 123052
Price: $14.95

Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin' Pad 126991
Price: $5.95
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad 126953
Price: $5.95
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad 126945
Price: $5.95
Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin' Pad 126946
Price: $5.95
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad 126974
Price: $5.95
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad 126975
Price: $5.95
Stamping Sponges 101610
Price: $3.50

Our stamping sponges are just the right tool for sponging ink around the edges of your card stock. Use them whole or cut them into wedges so you have one for each color.

■ Approximately 2-3/4" diameter
■ 3 per package

Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon 126846
Price: $8.95

Four rows of stitches through touchable satin. 2012–2014 In Colors. 10 yds.

Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons 127833
Price: $6.95

Warm accents for any season. Lightweight metallic finish. 16 buttons. 7/8".

Mini Glue Dots 103683
Price: $4.95

Our Mini Glue Dots are super sticky, double-sided adhesive dots for use on 3-D accents for cards, scrapbook pages, and other projects. This fast, clean adhesive is safe for kids, too. No fumes, no mess, and no drying time required!

■ 300 per roll; each dot measures approximately 3/16" in diameter
■ Great for attaching embellishments; adheres to paper, fabric, wood, foam, plastic, and more

Stampin'Up! Watercolor Winter & the Festive Paper Piercing Pack!

Today's post features the "Festive" Paper-Piercing Pack, Ornament Keepsakes Framelits, and "Watercolor Winter" stamp set! The "Festive" Paper-Piercing Pack is free this month only with a qualifying purchase!

Ornament 1

Ornament 2

We made this card as a technique at my Punch/Technique Class this past Friday, and will be making it again at Galatia on Tuesday!

See you tomorrow! Have a Stampingrox! Day!