Tag Buffet Is Not Just for Tags!

I had the pleasure of attending an online conference of Florida Stampin’ Up! demonstrators last Saturday, and most of the crafting revolved around the Tag Buffet stamp set. It is one I overlooked, because I generally make my own tags with sets I already own- but I was blown away with the versatility of this set! Here are a few of the items we made- not my designs, but I love them. Some of the things were made with the coordinating tag kit and pretty designer papers– and the first one included the dies from the Poinsettia die set.

Those scenery cards are so cute, and that Trimming the Town designer series paper is fantastic! Here are a couple of things I made after the conference–

I love the Dog Builder punch!
The Gold Cards and Envelopes are so pretty.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these- I sure enjoyed making them. I’ll be using the stamp set for a class in the future, and when I do, I’ll share some more samples. Click the Visit My Site button above if you’d like to browse for stamping supplies, and thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Sometimes you just need a “girly” card…

You know, because the person you’re sending it to really likes bling, or it’s for someone who needs it, or it’s for your sweetie. Most of my cards are less “frou-frou” than this one, but I wanted to use this die set (Ornate Borders) in a different way than I have previously.

I think that heart is adorable!

I started with a thick cardstock base, folded to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. I then used the edge die in my cut and emboss machine, cutting to about 1/4 inch from the edge. I glued a one inch wide piece of pink cardstock under the cutout portion, right to the cut edge. I cut 3 strips of 6 inch gold foil, each 1/4 inch wide, and I glued one of those strips to the inside of the card so that when the card is closed, the foil extends from the edge of the pink cardstock to the edge of the card back. The excess foil on the ends is just snipped off with scissors.

I then cut another piece of pink cardstock 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches, and embossed it with the Ornate Floral embossing folder. This was adhered to the card front, with the other two gold strips alongside. Finally, as I was trying to decide what sentiment I wanted to stamp, I spied the sweet heart with the LOVE cutout in another die set (Wreath Builder) that was sitting on my desk. When I had used that set the other day, I didn’t even notice it!!! I diecut it and adhered it with dimensional foam.

I thought it was perfect. These cards aren’t for everyone, but sometimes, you just need some bling.

Thanks for stopping by again! You can follow this blog, or find me on Instagram or Pinterest. If you want to browse for cardmaking/scrapbooking supplies, click the Visit My Site button above. If you think you might want to buy a Stampin’ Up! starter kit and join my team, contact me! There is a special going on in September that is an especially good deal, and sharing what you love with others is a really, really great thing.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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The Heat Index is 104 Degrees F!

Yes, it’s hot all over the world this week, but I’m keeping cool by thinking about Christmas. This cute little card was made with the Snowman Season stamp set- so easy with the coordinating Snowman builder punch!!

Isn’t he adorable?

I first cut the base from thick cardstock, folded to 5 and 1/2 by 4 and 1/4 inches, then the red mat (Real Red) at 5 and 3/8 by 4 and 1/8 inches, and finally the white card front at 5 and 1/4 by 4 inches. Stamp your sentiment toward the bottom of the white card front- I used Real Red ink- and run it through your Cut and Emboss machine with the embossing folder of your choice. I used a retired folder (Falling Snow), but the current Winter Snow folder would be perfect, too. I stamped the snowman on white card, and punched him out , lining him up in the punch. This left me with his hat, nose, and arms which were punched but not stamped, If I was making them in bulk, I would have placed the negative punch space in my Stamparatus stamping tool to line up the stamps, but because they are photopolymer, they are easy to line up by eye with a clear stamping block.

All were done in Memento Tuxedo Black ink,, and I colored the hat and nose with a combination of water-based markers, being careful not to smudge the black ink, and alcohol marker for the gray hat. Then I took a light blue (Pool Party) alcohol marker and lightly colored the areas between the head and body where there might be a shadow. I popped him up with dimensional foam pads, then glue the arms slightly behind the body, placing the hat in his hand. Finally, I took the light blue alcohol marker and shaded just underneath his “feet” on the white card front. You have to look closely, but the blue is really there!

After I finished my card, I thought I’d make a quick gift tag with one of the other images, so here you go- 2 inches wide, punched with the Delightful Tag Topper, and corners rounded with the Detailed Trio punch- my two go-to punches for tags. It took me less than a minute to cut, punch, and stamp both sides of this tag! I then colored his hat, scarf, and nose, and tied the ribbon on. What do you think?

Feeling cooler yet? I am! Now, to get back to my stamping desk. If you are inspired to try your own version of a “cool card”, attach a pic in the comments below. If you want to browse for stamping supplies, click Visit My Site above or a specific item below, and if you are interested in being part of my demonstrator team, email me at rougeuxm@gmail.com . Thanks for stopping by! Stay cool!

Michelle

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Holiday spirit!

As a teacher of cardmaking, and a blogger, I have to look ahead a bit to plan for classes and showcase new stamp sets. Today I focused on HALLOWEEN!

I know a few people who are already craving pumpkin-spice lattes, but I’m still in summer mode! Nevertheless, I used the new Festive Corners stamp set from SU to create this cute Halloween card. It’s from the August-December Mini Catalog which will be live online August 4th. The embossing folder used on the center panel is new, too- the Cobwebs folder (how cute is that?)- I stamped the images, then ran it through the folder on my diecutting/ embossing machine. The scalloped rectangle is from the Stitched So Sweetly die set, and the orange-yellow paper is our new color, Bumblebee.  🙂

What’s great about this stamp set is that it has corner designs and sentiments that can be used for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day- or even non-holiday “I love you” cards! I think that it would also be great for decorating envelopes.

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I hope you take a look at the Mini Catalog- it goes live tomorrow, 8/4/2020, and don’t forget the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, too, which also has some holiday stamp sets. Just click on Visit My Site above! Please note that the website will also be updated that date- so previously posted links on my blog will take you to my store landing page, but not the item itself.  Your user ID and passwords will work, but if you have the Stampin’ Up! site bookmarked, you will need to redo that.  I think these small inconveniences will be more than made up for by the new, user-friendly site.  Thanks for stopping by- I hope you stay well and keep sending handmade cards to spread a little sunshine to the people in your life.

Michelle 

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