Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Easy Way To Get Snowy Trees With Embossing Powder

I can't throw out my paper scraps - argh!!!  More often, I hear paper crafters say they can't cut into their paper (they "hoard" it).  Well, there are no issues with that in Nicole's Stamping Cottage because I'm usually too excited to use it.  But I save every little piece!  Do you do this...stare at the piece in your hand... think, "Hmmm....I should toss's no bigger than my fingernail....wait, I have a star punch I can use with this...." and back into the scrap bag it goes.  

Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch Challenge 776

Solution: this sketch that beautifully uses those designer series paper scraps!  Grab a handful, trim them down to 1/2" wide or so, and stick them on your card front at interesting angles.

Stampin' Up! Perfectly Plaid Christmas card with Wrapped In Plaid paper scraps and heat embossed snow

Can you see how I did that on my card?  The paper is Wrapped In Plaid Designer Series Paper - and no way can I throw out any of that warm and cozy plaid!

Stampin' Up! Perfectly Plaid Christmas card with Wrapped In Plaid paper scraps and heat embossed snow

Look at the "snow" on my trees!  No, it's not Snowfall Accents Puff Paint (go to this post to see what happens when you add that directly on a stamped image).  I dipped a Stampin' Sponge in a Versamark ink pad, then lightly tapped it around my stamped tree image.  I sprinkled on White Stampin' Emboss Powder then melted it with a Heat Tool.  Isn't that a great effect?  And if you overdo the Versamark, just take a paintbrush and brush off some of the embossing powder.

Stampin' Up! Perfectly Plaid Christmas card with Wrapped In Plaid paper scraps and heat embossed snow

Ready to make this?  Yes you are!  I made a printable pdf just for you!  

Don't forget to shop the Online Extravaganza sale in my online store, now through this Friday the 22nd only!  Get discounts on select ink pads, cardstock, and bundles.  Click here to see what's on sale.
Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza sale - November 20 through 22 - shop with Nicole Steele

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

TOMORROW - Online Extravaganza Sale!

Sale runs Wednesday November 20 - Friday November 22

15% off selected ink pads and cardstock

Additional 5% discount off already 10% discounted selected bundles

Ink pads available in collections or individually
Cardstock available in 8-1/2" x 11", individual or assorted packs
Cardstock available in 12" x 12" assorted packs

2018-2020 In Color cardstock - Online Extravaganza Sale

2018-2020 In Color ink pads - Online Extravaganza Sale

2019-2021 In Color cardstock - Online Extravaganza Sale

2019-2021 In Color ink pads - Online Extravaganza Sale

Neutrals cardstock - Online Extravaganza Sale

Neutrals ink pads - Online Extravaganza

Regals cardstock - Online Extravaganza Sale

Regals ink pads - Online Extravaganza

Band Together bundle - Online Extravaganza Sale

Bloom and Grow bundle - Online Extravaganza Sale

Dino Days bundle - Online Extravaganza Sale

Free As A Bird bundle - Online Extravaganza Sale

Memorable Mosaic bundle - Online Extravaganza Sale

Parcels and Petals bundle - Online Extravaganza Sale

Path of Petals bundle - Online Extravaganza Sale

To A Wild Rose bundle - Online Extravaganza Sale

Stop back tomorrow to shop this sale!  What a great reason to stock up to make pretty things!

The Joyful Stamper Tuesday Updates

The Joyful Stamper and Stampin' Up! Tuesday Updates

OnStage 2019 - Las Vegas

I have to pinch myself to believe I actually went!  Lots of swapping, lots of prizes, lots of new ideas.....creativity overload!  

Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog new product from OnStage and catalog covers

The January-June 2020 Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration offerings blew my mind - really.  Our flight home was 4 hours and I spent every.single.minute poring over both publications, making lists and planning classes.  I was biting my cheek to keep from talking out loud in my excitement.

I'll show you all the swaps and product I got from OnStage tomorrow on my weekly Tuesday Facebook Live at 1 PM ET (that's noon CT, 11 AM MT, and 10 AM PT).  See it here on The Joyful Stamper Facebook page.   

Online Extravaganza Sale Alert!

Online Extravaganza sale Wednesday November 20 through Friday November 22

Are there gaps in your color collections of ink and cardstock?  Are there bundles that are still on your wish list?  Stampin' Up! has a sale beginning TOMORROW November 20 through Friday, November 22 that will help you fill in those color gaps and get those bundles off your list and on your stamp shelves.  

  One of the sale bundles is Free As A Bird with the Stitched Nested Labels dies (one of my favorites)!  Join me on my Facebook Live today here (1 PM ET) as I make this card using this beautiful bundle!

                       beautiful card using Stampin' Up!'s Free As A Bird bundle (part of Online Extravaganza beginning November 20

Cookies and Cards Class December 11

Cookies and Cards class - December 11 - Two Sessions offered - Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

I'm so excited about this class!  Baking cookies is something my youngest daughter and I enjoy so why not combine the two, right?  We'll make 4 Christmas cards while enjoying a fresh batch of homemade cookies.  Two sessions are being offered and RSVP is required because of space limitations.  

Click the session for which you'd like to register:

Come for the festivity, food, and fellowship!

Did You See This Builder Punch Tip?

Stampin' Up! Builder punch tip using stamp positioning tool

Last week on my site, I showed a handy tip using Stampin' Up!'s builder punches with a stamp positioning tool (like the Stamparatus or MISTI).  The builder punches punch out multiple pieces at one time and this tip shows you how to easily line up your stamps to minimize paper waste.  See the tip here along with a really cute Snowman Season card!

Thank you for choosing The Joyful Stamper as your demonstrator!

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Same Layout, Different Stamp Set

As you read this, I am just returning from a packed 4-day trip to Las Vegas for Stampin' Up!'s OnStage.  Hopefully, you've been following me on Facebook and Instagram to see the sneak peeks of product and projects in the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!

But let's get back to the now.  And right now, we are thinking of Thanksgiving and Christmas!

I had a pile of Wrapped In Plaid Designer Series Paper scraps on my desk and decided to recreate this card from my weekly Tuesday Facebook Live.  It makes such effective use of those too-pretty-to-toss smaller pieces AND it's a simple layout.  Win-win!  

Stampin' Up!'s Perfectly Plaid Christmas card using Wrapped In Plaid DSP scraps

You can follow the link above for a printable step-by-step that will tell you how to create the basic layout.  Instead of stamping and punching out a snowman, you stamp and punch out a pine tree using the Perfectly Plaid Bundle (includes Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree punch at a discount).  The Night of Navy rhinestones are from the Basics Holiday Rhinestones Jewels package.  The mix of colors in the package give you a great variety to use on your projects!

Stampin' Up!' Perfectly Plaid Christmas cards using Wrapped In Plaid DSP scraps

The Shaded Spruce/Gold Striped Ribbon adds a classy touch!

Click any of the links below to shop my online store:

Perfectly Plaid Bundle

Wrapped In Plaid Designer Series Paper

Shaded Spruce/Gold Striped Ribbon

Basics Holiday Rhinestones Jewels

Shaded Spruce ink pad

Cherry Cobbler ink pad

Night of Navy cardstock

Cherry Cobbler ink pad

Whisper White cardstock

I hope you are finding value and fun here!  Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator!

6 Pack of Christmas Card Tutorials with any size order - use host code 7YNXHH3W when shopping with Nicole Steele

Friday, November 15, 2019

Perfectly Plaid Serene Scene

As you are reading this, I am in Las Vegas to attend Stampin' Up!'s OnStage.  It's a mini-convention and they pack it with presentations, giveaways, business training, and fresh ideas.  The energy and excitement is contagious.  I come back pumped up and brimming with new ways to provide value and fun to you, my friends and customers!  I need to pinch myself to believe that this wonderful hobby is my job!  If you'd love a wonderful hobby that includes a shopping discount, or would like the opportunity to make some (or more than some!) extra cash, or you have your own great reason, talk to me!  This is about you and the richness it brings to your life - so share with me what that is.  There is definitely a place for you on My Joyful Stampers team!

Perfectly Plaid serene scene Christmas card with Snowfall Accents Puff Paint

It's ironic that in the middle of Las Vegas, I am posting a calm, quiet, serene card.  Ha!  This was made with the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and a Shaded Spruce ink pad.  I used a technique called generation stamping - inking up an image, then stamping it repeatedly without reinking.  Each stamping produces a shade just a touch lighter than the original color.  It's a fantastic, economical way to get many colors from one ink pad.

Perfectly Plaid serene scene Christmas card with Snowfall Accents Puff Paint

I added a line of Snowfall Accents Puff Paint just below the trees.  

Tip: apply the puff paint just below the stamped trees, tilting the cardstock slightly downward to prevent the liquid from touching the trees.  Why?  Well, see the photo below!

What happens when Puff Paint is applied directly to stamped image - green snow!

When the puff paint touches ink, it turns that color - green snow was NOT the effect I wanted.

See more examples using Snowfall Accents Puff Paint here.

Choose a way to connect with The Joyful Stamper and see sneak peeks of new products and project displays from OnStage Las Vegas!

Click on the links below to shop my online store for these supplies:

Perfectly Plaid stamp set

Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set

Snowfall Accents Puff Paint

Whisper White Baker's Twine

Metallic Pearls

Shaded Spruce ink pad

Whisper White cardstock

Versamark ink pad

Night of Navy cardstock

White Stampin' Emboss Powder

Heat Tool


6 Pack of Christmas Card Tutorials with any size order - use host code 7YNXHH3W when shopping with Nicole Steele

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