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16 September, 2014

Photopolymer Stamps

Photopolymer stamps are quite different from traditional wood-mount and clear-mount rubber stamps. Here's 4 things every stamper should know about photopolymer stamps.

Class in a Flash - Things Everyone Should Know About Photopolymer Stamps

1: What are Photopolymer stamps? Photopolymer stamps are completely clear stamps created from photopolymer plastic. Photopolymer stamps are ideal for 2 and 3-Step layered stamping and for greetings because you can see where you are stamping to get neat placement of stamped images.

Class in a Flash -  4 Things You Should Know About Photopolymer Stamps

2: About Stampin’ Up! Photopolymer stamps Photopolymer stamps come packaged in the DVD-sized clear-mount stamp cases. The stamp images are on the case cover and on the inner plastic sheets to help you know that you have all the stamps from the set returned to the box. Photopolymer stamps, like clear-mount stamps, are used with acrylic blocks. Photopolymer is sticky and easily clings to the acrylic blocks.

Class in a Flash -  4 Things You Should Know About Photopolymer Stamps

3: How to use photopolymer stamps Clean new photopolymer stamps with Stampin’ Mist and the Stampin’ Scrub to remove residue left behind from the manufacturing process. Attach photopolymer stamps to clear acrylic blocks. Gently ink stamps and then stamp with even pressure. Because photopolymer stamps don’t have the foam layer found on Clear-Mount and Wood-Mount stamps that help create an evenly stamped image, it is important to apply even pressure when stamping. If photopolymer stamps get dusty or lose their stickiness they can be washed with mild soap and water. StazOn cleaner can be used to clean off StazOn ink but it is important to remove all StazOn cleaner residue after cleaning.

Class in a Flash -  4 Things You Should Know About Photopolymer Stamps

4: Storage Store photopolymer stamps in their DVD-style stamp case between the two acetate sheets they come on. One of the sheets is printed with the stamp images for easy storage. Store indoors and out of direct sunlight. TIP: Attach the acetate sheet with the printed image side face down inside the stamp case with Sticky Strip. This helps you keep the stamps together and also prevents you from lifting the ink off the printed side of the acetate sheet with the sticky photopolymer stamps if you accidentally stick them on the wrong side of the sheet. The other trick I do is slip the acetate sheet in between the case and the outside cover. Try it!

Class in a Flash -  4 Things You Should Know About Photopolymer Stamps

09 September, 2014

Weekly Deals Sept 9-15

Hello awesomeness. I'm hanging out in San Francisco, visiting one of our daughters. We drove down so that we could stop by and see the Redwood Trees, which I had not done before. Another check off my bucket list.

The Redwood National Park and assorted area state parks are home to some of the world's tallest trees. But there is also miles of dramatic coastline, mountains, rolling sand dunes, wetlands, rivers, even shimmering blue lagoons going down Hwy 101. We took a couple of hikes thru the majestic old-growth coast redwoods - some of them as old as two thousand years. We stayed at the historice Requa Inn which is inside the forest and owned by tribal members who were gracious and full of information. The Inn is operated like a B&B where you receive breakfast in the morning at a shared table. We also took part in the gourmet dinner too. Did I mention our toast in the morning was freshly baked? The rooms themselves were "historic" but comfortable enough. I highlighly recommend if you want to see the Redwoods to visit Requa Inn, Stout Grove, Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

Before I head off to the Wood Tavern to celebrate our future son-in-laws Job Promotion I wanted to share with you this week's Weekly Deals. Scroll down to see a project using one of the products on sale this week.


What'S Up Punch Item # 133781
Regular Price: $16.95
Discounted Price: $12.71

2" Circle Punch Item # 133782
Regular Price: $16.95
Discounted Price: $12.71

Sweet Treat Embellishment Cups Item # 116802
Regular Price: $2.95
Discounted Price: $2.21

Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter Item # 133751
Regular Price: $4.95
Discounted Price: $3.71

Blushing Bride Baker'S Twine Item # 134577
Regular Price: $2.95
Discounted Price: $2.21

Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 129984
Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96

Hexagon Punch Item # 130919
Regular Price: $15.95
Discounted Price: $11.96

World Traveler Photobook Template - Digital Download Item # 130066
Regular Price: $17.95
Discounted Price: $10.77

09 September, 2014

Sweet Treat Embellishment Cups Project

This is a project I did a couple of years ago. This card is a fun on to give to kids of all ages. I like how you can include a little sumthing special in the cups. You can fill the Treat Cups with small candy, punched hearts, mini toys or even jewelry. I once included a small toy car of the model my husband wanted to get. It was a real treat - cause he ain't getting the "real" one anytime soon.

1. Gather supplies listed. Score 4-1/4” x 11” Pink Pirouette card stock at 5-1/2” along the 11” side.

2. Measure 1-1/2” in from 2-3/4” edge of 2-3/4” x 4-1/4” Chocolate Chip card stock. Mark center of strip. Center 1-3/4” Circle punch on the mark and spaced evenly from side to side on 2-3/4” edge. Layer punched Chocolate Chip card stock over 2-3/4” x 4-1/4” Real Red card stock. Trace punched circle. Punch out traced area with 1-3/4” Circle punch.

3. Lay Real Red card stock across Pink Pirouette card front 1-1/4” from top edge with punched circle on the left edge. Mark center of circle with a pencil.

4. Center 1” Circle punch on the mark on the Pink Pirouette card front and punch out.

5. Punch Chocolate Chip card stock. Slide card stock to the left or right, line up with the guide printed on the punch and punch again.

6. Slide card stock over and repeat punching. Flip card stock around and repeat steps to punch the other 4-1/4” edge.

7. Adhere scalloped Chocolate Chip layer to the 2-3/4” x 4-1/4” Real Red card stock. Line up layers so the 1-3/4” punched holes line up neatly. Adhere layers with SNAIL.

8. Punch Red Glimmer Paper and Pink Pirouette scrap card stock with the Small Heart punch. Punch 2” x 3” scrap Whisper White card stock with Round Tab Punch. Fold punched tab in half.

9. Flip over layered Chocolate Chip and Real Red card stock. Wrap 2” piece of Real Red 5/8” Satin Ribbon around center of narrow edge of the punched circle. Adhere ends with SNAIL, trim off excess ribbon. Make sure SNAIL is under the ribbon and not exposed where it will catch the tag later.

10. Wrap the 4” piece of Real Red 5/8” Satin Ribbon around the center of the wider edge of the punched circle. Adhere ends with SNAIL, making sure SNAIL is under the ribbon only.

11. Flip card stock layers over again. With the card stock in the landscape position and the Circle Treat Cup on the right, add Sticky Strip to the left, bottom and right edges. Add a 1” piece of Sticky Strip to the top left edge. (Sticky Strip shown above in black).

12. Adhere layers about 1-1/4” from top edge of card front using the Stick Strip. Make sure the Circle Treat Cup is on the left and lined up over the 1” punched hole, it doesn’t have to be centered.

13. Slide the tag under the Real Red layer above the Circle Treat Cup.

14. Slide a 5” Real Red 5/8” Satin Ribbon under the ribbon to the right of the Treat Cup. Tie a single simple knot. Slide a 5” Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dot Ribbon to the right of the first knotted ribbon. Tie a single simple knot.

15. Slide Chocolate Chip tag out from under the Treat Cup. Open the card and fill the Treat

02 September, 2014

Weekly Deals Sept 2-8

It's another Tuesday. Every Tuesday Stampin' Up! releases Weekly Deals - savings you don't want to miss. This week you can pick up reinkers for the 2013-2015 In Color. Trust me, if you love Strawberry Slush, you'll want the reinker.

I'm excited to see the Clay on special as well. Did you know you can make your own ornaments with our clay? Let me show you how.

Stampin' Up! Clay Tutorial

29 August, 2014

Holiday Catalog


It's HERE!!!! The Holiday Catalog is here and everyone I've shown it to is thrilled with the products for the Fall & Holidays. There are 3 ways to see the catalog: Online, Download (PDF) or in person at an upcoming event.

29 August, 2014

Organization Station by Project Life by Stampin' Up!

Many of my customers are excited about the new line of memory keeping products. Project Life by Stampin' Up! is the simple, efficient, and fun way to keep your memories with a minimum of hassle, supplies, and time. But what if your customers aren't scrapbookers? But Project Life by Stampin' Up! isn't only for scrapbooking and memory keeping! I love how the stylish designs, coordinating colors, stamp images, and embellishments can be used for all kinds of paper crafting beyond the obvious.

Here is my first version on using these supplies in a non-traditional way - AND I LOVE IT! This is an Organization Station. You can use it in a variety of ways. Here I keep all my dates, favorite pictures, to-do list and my l-o-n-g wishlist of Stampin' Up! products to order. I used Microsoft Word to create the lists. I'll be sure to send it to you when you purchase your Project Life by Stampin' Up! products at my store.

Project Life by Stampin' Up! Organization Station

In the above shot of my Organization Station I'm using the Design 1 12" X 12" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages. A package includes 12 pages of the same design of polypropylene page protectors. These page protectors are photo-safe and fun to draw on using the dry eraser pens. We also have a Variety Pack 12" X 12" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages with 2 ea. of 6 designs which would work well. I bought the same design because I'm going to make a few for my friends and famlily.

What I like about my organization station is I can move 4x6 pictures in and out during the seasons. I can also change the background cards based on the season as well. So it serves as a decoration and hard working tool in my house.

Here is another spin on the organization station. This one is using the Seasonal Snapshot Project© Life Accessory Pack to accessorize. Great fun for the kids to get involved.

Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack

This one would be great as your go-to station for fall and holidays. You could start making lists of activities to be done for each holiday. Isn't that cool? This version uses the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection which was just released yesterday. It includes cards for fall, school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentines. It's only $15.95 for 100 cards.

Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection

If you think Project Life by Stampin' Up! is just for memory keeping then I hope I have surprised you. Stay tuned for more suprises!

If you are in the Portland/Vancouver area, I would love for you to join one of my classes coming up that feature these products.

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12 August, 2014

Yee-Haw - New Stamp Set Roundup

Can I Get a Yee-Haw?When I attended Inspire. Create. Share. Convention in July this set was displayed and ten lucky attendees even took it home (yeah...not me though). I'm thrilled to share it with you now. TA-DAH!

The Yee-Haw Photopolymer Stamp Set is Stampin' Up!'s latest photopolymer stamp set. It has a bunch of fun sentiments. Some feel the lasso is just too rootin’ tootin’ cute.

The sheriff’s badge is perfect for a child's birthday party - don't you think? You can personalize the gift tag with someone's name in the “sheriff” sentiment which was purposely left separate from the badge just for that reason.

Here are a few samples that show how the images can be used to make a soft, pretty card or a sweet little card for a baby shower, a fun thank you note for a friend, or a colorful celebration card.

These two are mighty prurdy!

Melody, the concept artist, had so much fun creating and then playing with this set. I hope that you will, too. Now mosey on over to the online store and buy yourself one . . . and one for a friend, too!

Yee-Haw Photopolymer Stamp Set (#138107)

11 July, 2014

Blendabilities Video Overview

Here's a great introduction on our new Blendabilities. I'm planning a class in August - let me know if you would like to join us.

09 July, 2014

Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set

Just released - Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set (#138157)

Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set (#138157)

This companion to the Sweetie Pie Photopolymer Stamp Set has the cute boy images so many have been asking for!

Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set (#138157)

There are 26 stamps in all for $25.95.

Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set (#138157)

Are you new to Photopolymer stamps? Stampin' Up!s photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You'll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and gives a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. They are delivered in a DVD size box with images on the outside like our other stamp sets. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price! They look like this:

Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set (#138157)

Recommended clear block sizes are A, B, C & G (not included in the set).

Purchase the set at my Stamping Store at http://store.debbiestamper.biz.

02 July, 2014

Blendabilities - Coloring Delight