Wednesday, June 3, 2015

How to get better stamped images

I was playing with my new Paper Pumpkin kit the other day and noticed how blotchy the Happy Birthday stamped image turned out:

It's still cute, but it's not as nice as it could be.

So how can it be fixed?


An eraser.  It doesn't have to be new or pretty, although if you want to get one exclusively for this purpose, that would be a great idea.

Feeling lazy, I just walked over to my kitchen junk drawer and found an old, sad looking eraser that somehow survived the school year.  Seriously, it's bad:

Then I used the eraser to lightly buff the surface of my stamp.

That's it.  I flipped my circle piece over and re-stamped the image on the back.  Here's the result:

Big improvement, right?

From what I understand, there is often some type of residue on the stamps leftover from the manufacturing process.  You can also try removing this by using some Stampin' Mist and your Stampin' Scrub, or even an old washlcoth.  Whatever you choose, be careful not to rip or stretch out your stamps.

Happy stampin'!

Friday, February 13, 2015

My son's valentines

I'm coming to the end of an era - the last few years I'll have a child passing out valentines at school.  In fact, we've only got one more year to go, and this makes me very, very sad.

This year the valentines were made with a stamp set called Hey, Valentine from the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog.

They were colored using a blender pen and both stamp pads and re-inkers and stapled to a 4 x 6 inch cello bag filled with Swedish fish. 

The sentiment says "Hey, valentine, glad you're in my school!"  Fish.  School.  Cute, right?

And, by some miracle, these were actually completed in a fairly short amount of time.  Maybe we've actually learned something about mass production in the past few years?

Did you make valentines this year?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Photopolymer set available - Lovely Amazing You

Super cute, right?!  I love the sample projects made from this set that Stampin' Up! shared.

Lovely Amazing You is available starting today.  You can find it HERE in my online store, or contact me today if you need help placing your order.

New Weekly Deals - February 10th - 16th

New Weekly Deals are here!  These items are discounted for a limited time and are available HERE in my online store, or contact me today!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Weekly Deals

Love a sale as much as I do?  Then check out these new Weekly Deals! 

For a limited time these 8 items are discounted.  You can get them HERE in my online store, or contact me today!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Stamp, Stock and Save!

It's time to stock up on all your Stampin' Up! favorites!  Now through October 6th you can save 15% on select ink pads, cardstock, envelopes, and adhesives, and up to 20% on select stamp sets!

It's a great time to add new colors to your collection, or replace those well loved ink pads.  But you have to hurry, this offer ends October 6th!

You can place an order in my ONLINE STORE, or by contacting me today!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday AND Mojo Monday 362 #MOJO362


For the past few weeks I've been sorting through my retired stamps and deciding which to keep, and which to sell.  It's a hard decision, I tell you, because if I bought something in the past, it's because I loved it and had some projects in mind to use it for.

One of the stamp sets I came across is Polka Dot Posies from 2006.  Sadly, this stamp set never got the love and attention it deserved, so I decided to use it one last time for this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

My first attempt came out a little busier than I liked.

Okay.  A LOT busier:

But I played with it some more and made a second card.

Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog and check out what other people did with this sketch this week, or add a card of your own!

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Polka Dot Posies (retired)
Ink:  Hello Honey, Night of Navy
Paper:  Hello Honey, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  Naturals trim ribbon (retired), 1/2",1", and 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Dimensionals