Friday, October 18, 2019

One Layout, One Stamp Set, Three Christmas Cards

My family likes to tease me that I get fixated on things.  I'll find something I'm interested in and jump in head-first, learning everything I can, testing and experimenting and stretching the limits.  If you've been reading my blog faithfully, you'll notice I did that with Halloween and Stampin' Up!'s Monster Bash suite (and my obsession with that is not over yet....next week I'll have a decor piece I made from the Coffin Treat Boxes packaging....there's a peek of it in yesterday's Facebook Live video I posted, around the 8:00 mark).

However, it's now time to jump into other stamp sets and techniques.  Today, you'll see the God's Peace set (page 28 in the Holiday Catalog) used on the same card layout, but colored three different ways.

Coloring with Stampin' Write Markers


Christmas card using Stampin' Up!'s God's Peace stamp set, Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper, and Stampin' Write Markers by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

While Stampin' Blends alcohol ink markers are great for adding shading and seamlessly blending multiple colors, Stampin' Write Markers (which are dye-based ink) are incredibly easy to use and offer vibrant, rich color.  Each marker has a brush tip and a fine point tip, but I almost always use the brush tip.  I find that tip offers precise placement of the ink and offers a more natural coloring experience.

Christmas card using Stampin' Up!'s God's Peace stamp set, Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper, and Stampin' Write Markers by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper


Another technique I like to use Stampin' Write markers for is to color directly on my stamps, both clear photopolymer and rubber.  For the sentiment above, I used a Garden Green, Real Red, and Crushed Curry marker to color directly on the stamp.  This sentiment actually says, "Sending love and light your way", but I chose to color only the "sending love and light", selectively omitting "your way".  That's two techniques you can do with Stampin' Write Markers!

No-Line Watercoloring

Christmas card using Stampin' Up!'s God's Peace stamp set, Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper, and no-line watercoloring by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

This was my first try at no-line watercoloring.  The idea is to stamp in a very light color of ink so that when the image is watercolored, the lines disappear beneath the watercoloring.  This attempt was not entirely successful, but I'm showing it to you anyways!  I want you to see that it's ok to try new things and that perfection is not necessary.  


Christmas card using Stampin' Up!'s God's Peace stamp set, Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper, and no line watercoloring by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

I used Sahara Sand ink to stamp the image and it's still slightly visible.  What I would do next time is to stamp it on scratch paper once or twice before committing it to cardstock.  That would lighten the ink sufficiently for it to disappear underneath the watercoloring.  Garden Green, Crushed Curry, and Real Red ink pads with an Aquapainter were used.

Regular Watercoloring 


Christmas card using Stampin' Up!'s God's Peace stamp set, Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper, and watercoloring by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

I used the same supplies as in the previous card but stamped the image in Staz-On Black ink (it's waterproof and won't bleed when water is applied).  Watercoloring is wonderful in that it's a forgiving technique - there can be uncolored areas, or areas where the color goes out of the lines, and it still looks great!  The vibrancy of the color is controlled by how much water is used to paint with.  In this card, I used more water which diluted the intensity of the ink color.

Christmas card using Stampin' Up!'s God's Peace stamp set, Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper, and watercoloring by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Another thing I did was to brush my damp Aquapainter over my sentiment-stamped Very Vanilla scalloped square (from the Layering Squares die set).  I adore the slightly blurred look it created!

I hope these tips give you the confidence to try coloring by different methods.  My aim is to give you your BEST stamping experience!  If you need any of the supplies to try today's tips and techniques, shop my online store here.  I'm listing below the main components of my cards today to assist you.










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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Facebook Live 10-15-2019

Did you miss my Facebook Live from two days ago?  You can watch it here!  And - confession - this is the 4th video I've ever made.  Please be kind and patient as I learn this new-to-me format - no drinking games with the amount of times I say "um"! 😉  That being said, I am having a blast with it so I can promise you I'll be getting lots of practice with this!

So what's in the video?  

  • A Halloween decor piece I made from the chipboard backing of the Coffin Treat Boxes (it's thicker than a cereal box so it was perfect for what I wanted to do).  
  • Peeks of projects from my monthly Sweet 'N Simple class (if you are in the Pittsburgh, PA area, do come)!
  • My October Host Code gifts to you, because I am grateful for you!
  • An adorable Wiggle Worm card!




I'm still playing around with a regular day and time, but Tuesdays at 1pm EST seem to be the best right now.  Once I get things established, I'll announce a regular day and time.  Feel free to share the video with your family and friends and, as always, I welcome your comments and emails.  I really want to get to know YOU and what YOU want to see!


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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Spooktacular Bash In Sparkly Purple

I've REALLY gotten into Halloween this year.  I think it's because my kids no longer trick-or-treat.  My creative energy no longer goes into making costumes for them.  Check out the baker's rack I keep in our living room.


My Halloween-themed living room baker's rack - Halloween decorations - Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

I found the black tree at Tuesday Morning several years ago and it's one of my favorite decorations!  I made a bunch of diaper fold pouches to tuck in candy and they'll hang from this tree on trick-or-treat night.  It'll be a fun way to pass out the goodies!  And that sock bat! *sigh*  My 17-year-old made it in kindergarten.  

Now it's time to check out this week's Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge.

Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge SC771


In keeping with my obsession, I made a Halloween card.

Splitcoaststampers SC771 Sketch Challenge Halloween card using Stampin' Up!'s Spooktacular Bash suite by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

The Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Basic Black are making my Halloween-loving heart go pitter-pat!  I layered a piece of DSP from the Monster Bash pack on to a Basic Gray card base.

Splitcoaststampers SC771 Sketch Challenge Halloween card using Stampin' Up!'s Spooktacular Bash suite by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

I used 3 of the dies from the Ornate Frames die set to cut the Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Basic Black, and Basic Gray cardstock pieces and layered them.  The jars were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers and fussy cut.  I love layering card pieces and tucking elements around those layers!  

The multi-colored greeting adds another bit of interest to this card.  Use a sponge dauber to add Highland Heather ink to the top half of the stamp and Old Olive to the bottom half.  Easy wow!

Splitcoaststampers SC771 Sketch Challenge Halloween card using Stampin' Up!'s Spooktacular Bash suite by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Two more easy extra touches: 
 ~Wink of Stella on the 4 Gorgeous Grape die-cut pieces.  This photo shows the beautiful sparkle!  Wink of Stella has a paintbrush tip and the sparkly solution is in the pen barrel, so all you do is brush it on the cardstock.  
 ~I used a Dark Basic Black Stampin' Blend to color the Polka-Dot Tulle Ribbon.  I did this same technique with a Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blend on this celebration card here.  Use the brush tip of the Blend.  You won't damage it because you will barely have to touch the ribbon.  Because it's alcohol ink, it flows right out the minute you touch tip to ribbon.
  
Splitcoaststampers SC771 Sketch Challenge Halloween card using Stampin' Up!'s Spooktacular Bash suite by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Don't forget to stamp the inside of your card.  We want to keep the fun going for the card recipient!  Speaking of recipients, this one is getting mailed to a home-bound woman I write to monthly.  We began our correspondence over 5 years ago through my church.  I love writing and creating cards, she loves getting them and reading my ramblings - it's a win/win!







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I don't like rushing holidays, but I know many like to start now on Christmas cards.  I'll have three on Friday's blog post, each featuring a different coloring technique (one being my first attempt)! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

What's New In The Stamping World

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New 5 Days of Christmas Live Class

Have an easy handmade Christmas!  In this live class held at the Sewickley (PA) Public Library, you'll make 5 beautiful Christmas cards.  I'll have the kits cut, scored, and prepped for you and we'll make them together step-by-step.  Perfect for those new to stamping and those who want a relaxing afternoon making Christmas cards.  All stamping levels will love this class!  $15 and RSVP is required to ensure best stamping experience.  To RSVP, click here.


15% off Everything is Rosy product Medley


The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:
  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies - 10 dies
  • 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Stack - 48 sheets
  • 6" x 6" rose gold foil paper - 8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts - 2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts - 4 sheets
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments - 60 embellishments
  • Melon Mambo 1/4" Ruched Ribbon - 10 yards
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8" Metallic - 10 yards
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint - 1 1/2 oz. bottle

I can't believe all of that is only $68 on my Clearance Rack!  You can't pass that up!  The Everything is Rosy Medley is available while supplies last, so go get it now!

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Sweet 'N Simple Card Class

Sweet 'N Simple Card Class - Pittsburgh area handmade card class by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

All levels are welcome at my monthly, in-person card class held in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  You'll create 4 cards of varying occasions, with envelopes. Your kits will be cut, scored, and ready for you to make into something pretty!  RSVP is required as the class is limited to 5 to ensure the best experience.  RSVP and see my Sweet 'N Simple class details here.


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My October Host Code is good for two fall card kits with any size order (yes, even the Clearance Rack)!  Order the discounted Everything Is Rosy product medley.  Get those supplies to start your Christmas cards.  Buy what you need to make cute Halloween treat packaging (kids LOVE that)!  Just use Host Code GZU4ASKR (no exceptions please) and I'll send two fall card kits as my gift to you!  A Stampin' Up! order on your porch and The Joyful Stamper purple package in your mailbox - that's a happy mail day!  Shop here in my online store.  Shop here in my Clearance Rack.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Hershey Nugget Cakes - Facebook Live Video

It's a tradition for me to make Hershey Nugget Cakes for each of my three girls to take into school.  They pull them out at lunch time and their friends go crazy!  Instant popularity.  Friends bought.  Mission accomplished.  

That was a joke - I am not trying to buy friends for my girls!  I just need an excuse to buy Hershey nuggets and making these cakes is it.


Emma's cake 
Halloween Hershey Nugget Cake using Stampin' Up' Monster Bash product suite

Alaina's cake
Halloween Hershey Nugget Cake using Stampin' Up' Monster Bash product suite

Caitlin's cake
Halloween Hershey Nugget Cake using Stampin' Up' Monster Bash product suite


There's no need for me to write a tutorial - I'll link you to the one I followed.  

Nugget Cake

My rings for the cake tiers are 1" wide strips cut from cereal boxes.  I cut three: 10", 8", and 6" in length.  Each was formed into a circle with the ends stapled together.  I fit 6 nuggets on the top tier, 8 on the middle tier, and 10 on the bottom tier.  It depends on how you staple the ends together, though.  You may fit 7, 9, and 11 on your tiers.


Halloween Hershey Nugget Cake using Stampin' Up' Monster Bash product suite
The top uses the Spooktacular Bash bundle of stamps and dies plus Monster Bash Enamel Shapes and Basic Black Scalloped Ribbon.  I colored in the images with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  That little ghost makes me smile every time - he's SO CUTE!


Halloween Hershey Nugget Cake using Stampin' Up' Monster Bash product suite

To get the images to stay standing, I taped toothpicks to the backs of the ghost and Dracula pieces.  The sentiment has a paper "easel" glued to its back.


Halloween Hershey Nugget Cake using Stampin' Up' Monster Bash product suite

There were gaps in my tiers where I couldn't fit another nugget but the cardboard ring was exposed.  To hide that, I added some frames and stamped images from the Spooktacular Bash Bundle.  The images were colored with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers, too.

Tear 'N Tape and lots of hot glue were used to hold these cakes together.  LOTS of hot glue!  In some of the photos you can see the hot glue.  I don't aim for perfection when I make something - I aim for joy!  Joy in the making, joy in the giving, and joy in the receiving!

I did a Facebook Live last week showing off all my Halloween projects (more than just these cakes).  Every project I show in my Live has a printable tutorial for you.  They are on my blog here.  My excitement in the video is a little over-the-top but I REALLY love this stuff!



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