Monthly Archives: July 2016

What’s the Buzz with Interactive Cards?

By | July 25, 2016

Interactive Bee Birthday Card

 

Interactive cards are sweet and they are easy!

Sometimes they’re called Spinner Cards, sometimes Interactive, but the big idea is that the recipient gets to interact with the card and make it move. Fun!

Creating an interactive card is easy with Stampin Up!’s new Sliding Star Framelits and the coordinating Shooting Star Stamp Set. Yay! The set includes more than stars. The beehive, queen bee and workers are the choice of the day.
Interactive Bee Birthday Card

 

Click on the video from Stampin’ Up! to check out how easy the interactive card is to create.

Just Stamp Tips

  • Positioning is the key. Use the framelits as your template to position the inner circle. If there’s a malfunction, try tweaking the position a tad.
  • Ensure there is no foam adhesive blocking the track. I skipped applying adhesive strip along the narrow side perimeter.
  • When trimming the Dimensional into a circle, first snip the hexagon off the sheet instead of pulling it off. Paper snips cut easier when the material isn’t sticky.
  • Have fun creating the design. The framelits and stamp set include a slider for a shoot star and an airplane. You’ll have lots of possibilities.
  • Cupcake Cutouts Framelits include two perfect words for birthday greetings: wish and sweet.
  • Thoughtful Banners offers tons of verbs, nouns and adjectives to create a spunky sentiment.
  • The right adhesive does the job. The Fine-Tip Glue Pen is the perfect partner for the delicate script font of sweet. The pen also works nicely to adhere the tiny worker bees and snipped sentiment words.

 

Bonus DaysHurry! Bonus Days End Soon

For every $50 you spend, you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. You’ll be able to redeem your coupon(s) between August 2 – 31, 2016. Click here to get the details. Hurry, this offer ends Sunday, July 31.

 


 

Supply List

Click on any pic below to hop over to my store and get the supplies you need for this project. If you have questions or would like to leave a comment, please click on Comment at the top of this post.

 

 

Catch Up on Thank You Notes with Thoughtful Branches

By | July 22, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Kindness Card

If you’re a Jimmy Fallon fan, you know Friday is the day to take a few minutes and catch up on thank you notes. Stampin Up!’s limited time special offering, Thoughtful Branches, is perfect for thank you notes. The set includes the most soothing sentiments in a graceful font. Thank You, Your Kindness Makes a Difference and For You all express gratitude nicely.

Today I’m sharing  a clean and simple card idea that can be replicated in little time. In fact, if you create multiples at once the Friday thank you notes can be knocked out in a short time.

 

Thoughtful Branches Kindness Zoom

Just Stamp Tips

  • Inking up and snipping is effortless with the leafy stamp and thinlits die. Both include  a notch to make alignment easy.
  • Sandwich on the the Precision Base Plate for a thorough snip.
  • Once cut, use the Dies Brush to release the intricately cut paper.
  • The Bundle includes two choices for a tree trunk. I chose the slim trunk thinlit for a simply graceful trunk and branches.
  • Birdies facing East or West are a  luxury! Stamp and snip either or both thanks to the thoughtful inclusion of birds facing in both directions.
  • Keeping the design clean and simple is easy to coordinate with natural twine, simple diagonal striped paper and random spritzing with an Aqua Painter and Soft Sky ink for spots of color.

 

Thoughtful Branches Share

 

Thoughtful Branches will be available for Aug. 2-31, or while supplies last. You’ll be able to purchase the stamp set on its own, or bundle it with the Thinlits to save 10%. 

Bonus DaysBonus Days

For every $50 you spend* between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. You’ll be able to redeem your coupon(s) between August 2 – 31, 2016. Click here to get the details.

Yes! You will be able to use coupons to order the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.

Use the Hostess Code SVUDADSX to earn the FREE July Gift when you spend $75 or more on-line. Remember, you must use the Hostess Code.

 

Countdown to Christmas

By | July 21, 2016

Thinking of You at Christmas

 

Plan Now for Hand-made Holiday Greetings This Year

Every year I have good intentions of sending greetings to family and friends that I don’t have regular contact with throughout the year. Sadly, stuff happens and I don’t get to everyone on my list every year. Especially once September arrives. Halloween is here before I know it. In no time, I’m grocery shopping for the Thanksgiving feast and planning for Black Friday shopping. Then it’s gift hunting. And the stress starts to mount.

This year, I know I want to make it happen because I know I LOVE checking my snail mail box and finding a holiday greeting or newsletter from long lost friends and family.

Want to join me in making it happen for you too? Let’s do it together. I am personally inviting you now.

Aug2016Class

Traditional Christmas Cards Class
Sunday, August 7
2  – 5 pm
Studio 5425

Create nine holiday cards and envelopes in traditional designs and papers. All stamps and tools are provided. Bring your own favorite adhesive. RSVP and Payment by July 27, 2016. Class Fee: $20

To reserve your seat and kit, please click here.

Thanks for stopping by Just Stamp today. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for another peek at Thoughtful Branches, the special stamp set and thinlits dies bundle to be released August 2. Ciao!

 

 

 

July PaperPumpkin Peek

By | July 19, 2016

This month subscribers to PaperPumpkin received a box of blingy gift boxes, tassels and tags in fresh summery colors. Love the shape! Click on the video below to view how the project is assembled and embellished.

Creativity in a Box

Each month stamps, ink and paper arrive inside the PaperPumpkin box –everything you need to create. MyPaperPumpkin is a great way to de-stress while creating a project to send or gift-give.

Add PaperPumpkin to Your Monthly Calendar

Make a plan to schedule some fun and easy crafting for every month. Click HERE if you’d like to join the fun. You can choose to subscribe month-to-month for just 19.95 per month (shipping is already included). Or you can purchase a prepaid subscription for 1 to 12 months–you save when you commit to 6 or 12 months.

Thoughtful Branches (and More) … Coming Aug. 2!

By | July 17, 2016

 

Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea Zoom

Kind Sentiments, Beautiful Fonts and Massive Blooms

Everything about the images in the limited-time Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and Thinlits bundle makes it special.

The name suggests it’s all about trees, but amazingly the tree crown can transform into one of my favorite blooms in the garden: the hydrangea. The set includes accessorizing stamps and the sentiments that express kindess in the most graceful script font.

Thoughtful Branches will be available for Aug. 2-31, or while supplies last. You’ll be able to purchase the stamp set on its own, or bundle it with the Thinlits to save 10%. 

 

Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea

I said it before, hydrangeas are my favorite. But it’s hard to choose a favorite color; they’re all gorgeous. Fuschia, lavendar, green … I have seen them worldwide and they all make me want to snap a photo, touch … and cut!

Just Stamp Tips

  • Shimmery White cardstock adds sparkle and is the perfect paper for watercoloring.
  • Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies easily cut the intricate petals to add another layer of petals. The thinlits was easy to align and cut using the Precision Base Plate.
  • A trio of pinks adds more depth. Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum and Rose Red created the color variations hydrangeas offer.
  • The Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water muted the ink to resemble watercoloring.
  • A simple ribbon and bow of Melon Mambo Thick Baker’s Twine completes the bouquet.

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Bonus DaysBonus Days

For every $50 you spend* between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. You’ll be able to redeem your coupon(s) between August 2 – 31, 2016. Click here to get the details.

Yes! You will be able to use coupons to order the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.

Use the Hostess Code SVUDADSX to earn the FREE July Gift when you spend $75 or more on-line. Remember, you must use the Hostess Code.

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Getting Clean Cuts with Delicate Thinlits Dies

By | July 15, 2016

Flourishing Phrases Samples

Do This to Get Great Results with Thinlits

Check it out! Stampin’ Up! solved the “won’t release my element!” issue with a Precision Base Plate and a new Big Shot Platform. No more long and tiresome poking. Have a look by clicking on the tutorial below.

 

Looks pretty and easy, right?

When the Big Shot and Sizzlits were first introduced, getting clear cuts was painstakingly hard and time-consuming. After properly sandwiching and passing the layers through the Big Shot, you could plan on a bit of time as a threesome: you, piercing tool and cutout. Poking the tiny pieces out was tedious. Intricate Thinlits had the same issues. No more!

 Just Stamp Tips

The Precision Base Plate is a must-have, but note from the tutorial that it should not be used with small dies. They will warp.

For intricate dies, run the sandwich through twice, forward and backward, to ensure a through cut.

The new Big Shot Platform and adapter has been designed to  resist warping and bowing. It is included with all new Big Shot purchases. If you already own a Big Shot, the platform is available on its own.

Use the Die Brush to quickly release elements from the cardstock. No piercing tool needed.

The coordinating stamp set, Flourishing Phrases, includes sentiment pairs for the front and inside of cards for all occasions. Are you sometimes at a loss for what to write inside the card? This set includes wonderful words to express your kind thoughts. Here’s the bundle.

Flourishing Phrases Bundle

Save 10% when you order the Thinlits and the stamps together.

Here’s another Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits sample by Stampin’ Up!

Flourishing Phrases Just A Note

 

Delicate cutouts create some of the prettiest papercrafts. Cutout, sentiment and pretty colors— simple is elegant.

 

Bonus DaysBonus Days

For every $50 you spend* between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. You’ll be able to redeem your coupon(s) between August 2 – 31, 2016. Click here to get the details.

Use the Hostess Code SVUDADSX to earn the FREE July Gift when you spend $75 or more on-line. Remember, you must use the Hostess Code.

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You Can Make a Bright Birthday Card with Birthday Fiesta

By | July 12, 2016

BirthdayFiesta

Llama with a Hat Spells Fun Times

The Festive Birthday Suite just oozes happy times. The fun llama, the catchy sentiment, the prickly cactus and pretty little flowers combined with the colorful patterns in the DSP mean it’s gonna be a happy celebration. Not only is it a perfect suite for a Happy Birthday card, it’s a perfect suite for us stampers. Stamp Set + Framelits + DSP = SCORE!

Just Stamp Tips

  • Start with the bold serapé stripes on the Thick White card base. In my opinion, the stripes should run horizontally. Cut 5 1/4 x 4″.
  • A Basic Black mat sets off the crisp Whisper White canvas. Cut Basic Black 4 3/8 x 3 1/8″, and Whisper White 4 1/4 x 3″.
  • Heat Embossing makes the sentiment pop. First, ink the entire image using VersaMark. Next, apply Emerald Envy to Fiesta (pad or marker). Last, apply Basic Black to Like There’s No Mañana (marker works best). Sprinkle on Clear Embossing Powder and heat.
  • To create the multi-colored banner, cut four banners (Thick White, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry).
  • Stamp the decorative image on the colored banner pieces for a Papel Picado look. Take note of the banner shape and the decorative stamp. Matching the stamp to the banner is easy; just study the stamp set label.
  • Using a Basic Black marker, ink each letter individually to stamp the banner.
  • Hand snip the sombrero from the DSP and cut a slit for the llama’s ear using an Exacto knife.
  • Adhere the llama with Dimensionals.

Olé!

What makes the Festive Birthday Suite sweeter? B-U-N-D-L-E! Save 10% when you purchase the stamps and framelits at once. Word of advice: don’t forget to add the DSP and the stinkin’ cute Mini Pompom Trim at the same time. What Mini Pompom Trim you ask? Sigh! I forgot to put it on my order = o

Another Reminder

Bonus Days

Bonus Days are going on now!  For every $50  you spend* between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. You’ll be able to redeem your coupon(s) between August 2 – 31, 2016.

  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • IMPORTANT!  Save both the email containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be re-sent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption.

Click on any image below to shop. Use the Hostess Code SVUDADSX to earn the FREE July Gift when you spend $75 or more on-line. Remember, you must use the Hostess Code.

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How To Make a Sweet Birthday Card

By | July 10, 2016

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Sweet Cupcake and Coordinating Framelits

In the confectionary world of cupcakes, size matters. That’s why the newest Stampin’ Up! cupcake set snagged me at first look. I confess, many cupcake sets have caught my fancy and I had to add them to my collection. Especially when they hooked up with a punch. But mostly they were small.

Sweet Cupcake is different. I LOVE the size, not to mention the wonderful framelits with the Wish and Sweet words. It’s the perfect set for a sweet and quick birthday card. I picked the In Color Sweet Sugarplum and paired it with Early Espresso for a chocolatey cupcake with berry icing. Fun!

Mojo Monday 455

There’s nothing like a sketch to jumpstart a card design.

Sweet Cupcake1

I pulled out Celebrate Today for the waving banners, added some texture and a new Delicate White Doily. Voila!

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Click on the SHOP button above to shop. Use the Hostess Code SVUDADSX to earn the FREE July Gift when you spend $75 or more on-line. Remember, you must use the Hostess Code.

 

 

 

Perfect Pair for a Foresty Thank You Card

By | July 10, 2016

Foxy Friends Racoon

Coordinating Foxy Friends Stamps and Punch

It might look complicated, but you can get adorable results in a jiffy with the too-cute Foxy Friends and Fox Builder Punch Bundle. With 29 pieces in the stamp set, you’ll have loads of options to create critter cards for every occasion. Fox, skunk, raccoon, deer, lion … the options are limitless. Plus, you can choose to stamp, punch, build or just punch and build.

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For today’s card, I chose to stamp, punch and build a raccoon to get lots of extra texture and details.

 

Foxy Friends Racoon1

Just Stamp Tips

  • Before punching, I stamped the face and tail. For overall texture, I stamped the Smokey Slate body pieces with one of the Timeless Textures stamps using second generation Basic Gray ink.
  • Coordinating Perfect Pines Framelits cut the evergreen tree in one pass through the Big Shot. Framelits also cut one Dazzling Diamonds star to anchor the tree and raccoon.
  • Fringe Scissors snipped a 1-inch strip of Mint Macaron cardstock to create a grassy patch, while the new 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon added an earthy element.
  • The Sparkle Embossing Folder,  my new fav, pulls the foresty scene together.

 

Foxy Friends Racoon2

 

Click on the photo below to watch the Stampin’ Up! Foxy Friends and Fox Builder Punch video.

 

 

Bonus Days

Bonus Days Are Happening Now!

Get $5 for every $50  you spend* between July 7 and July 31. You’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. You’ll be able to redeem your coupon(s) between August 2 – 31, 2016.

  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • IMPORTANT!  Save both the email containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be re-sent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption.

In August, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a limited-time bundle, Thoughtful Branches.

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Are you visiting Just Stamp?

I’d love to read your comments. Click on Comment at the top of this post to leave your thoughts and suggestions. TFS!

Click on any image below to shop. Use the Hostess Code SVUDADSX to earn the FREE July Gift when you spend $75 or more on-line. Remember, you must use the Hostess Code.

 

 

 

Hello Cards with New Badges & Banners Bundle

By | July 7, 2016

Badges & Banners Project

Life is just better with bundles, right? Creating one-of-a-kind hand-made cards that most recipients will treasure is easy with a versatile stamp set and coordinating cutting tool.

Badges & Banners SetB

On its own, the new Badges & Banners 7-piece set on page 89 of the catalog  is a great stamp set. But when paired with the meh! Best Badge Punch, it’s D-Y-N-A-M-I-T-E!  They’re  tailor-made for each other. Stamp and punch. No fussy cutting. You’re done lickety-split.

Badges & Banners Birdie

More Coordination: Not only does Badges & Banners have its own punch, it also coordinates with the Duet Banner punch. The  convenience just keeps going. Stamp the Little Hello and punch with the Duet Banner banner punch. So easy.

 

Badges & Banners Best Friend

Terrific Banner Tails: The Duet Banner punches more than banners! After creating the best friend badge, I punched one Cucumber Crush banner, snipped it into two pieces and added it to the badge.

 

Badges & Banners Enjoy

Pretty Papers: The new Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper has too many pretty patterns; I couldn’t decide which favorite to add to the background. Solution: I used several to paper-piece a layer for badge and ribbon. I like it!

 

Little Hello Butterfly

No Negativity Here: Sometimes the negative space is a great alternative. Instead of using the badge, I used the paper scrap. I’ll save the badge for later. The pretty butterfly was a save from a previous project. I added some new Copper Metallic Thread and three ribbons.

 

Badges & Banners Box

Box Them Up: The Gift Bag Punch Board helped create a pretty box for gifting this Little Hello set.

What could make the Badges & Banners Bundle better? Why, the special pricing you receive when you purchase the stamp set and punch together. You Save 10% when you bundle.

 

Bonus Days

Did You Hear?

For every $50  you spend* between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. You’ll be able to redeem your coupon(s) between August 2 – 31, 2016.

  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • IMPORTANT!  Save both the email containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be re-sent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption.

There’s More!

In August, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a limited-time bundle, Thoughtful Branches.

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Yes! You will be able to use you Bonus Days coupons.

Are you visiting Just Stamp?

I’d love to read your comments. Click on Comment at the top of this post to leave your thoughts and suggestions. TFS!

Click on any image below to view the supplies used on the Badges & Banners project.