s StampWithGwen: July 2007

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Blog Candy is Here!

OK this is how it works:

Comment on this topic, it is easy, if you don't have a blog id it is easy to do, just click on comment and it will take you through the quick process.

I will be putting the comments in a hat and picking a winner on Saturday, August 4th at 12 noon. I will contact the winner late Saturday or Sunday.

The winner will get the free loot! Included in this loot is 65 unmounted stamps and an 8 x 10" sheet of creative cling! All occasions and styles!
If you don't win this time stay tuned there will be more give aways later this month!
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Open House Make and Take- Don't Miss it!

This is one of my favorite new stamp sets! It is called Everyday Events. It is a set of 9 as stated in the catalogue, but if you cut the words from the image you get a set of 18 (that is 9 image stamps for all occasions and 9 saying stamps) all for $19.95! We will be making 2 make and takes at the open house. These cards are one of the make and take.

To see the other make and take you must attend. Date Saturday, August 4th from 12noon to 5pm at Gwen's Studio. There will be food, friends, fun and free stuff for those who attend! Email me if you plan on attending. Stay tuned for BLOG CANDY. I am going to give away free stuff on Saturday, more details in the next blog!


Card Recipe:
Black Cardstock
Robins Egg 2 Cardstock
White Cardstock
Everyday Expressions Stamp Set
Background Squiggles Stamp Set
Watercolor Pencils
Dove Blender Pen

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Rustic Chic Card

Rustic Chic Card Supplies:
5 ½ x 8 ½, and 2 x 3 ½” Brown Cardstock
1 ¾ x 3 ¼” Aspen cardstock
5 ¼ x 4” Rustic Chic Paper
ivory paper for inside
Friendship Flowers Stamp
Palette Burnt Umber Ink
Watercolor Pencils
Dove Blender Pen

  1. Stamp flower on the aspen cardstock and color in with watercolor pencils and blender pen.4. Layer the rustic chic paper on the folded brown card. Layer the flower piece onto the card. Complete by adding the paper inside.
  2. Sponge edges with burnt umber ink on the flower piece.
  3. Layer the flower on the corresponding brown cardstock.
  4. Add ivory cardstock to the inside to complete the card.
For any of the above supplies check out my TAC site and have it shipped directly to you!

Have a great day!


Thursday, July 26, 2007

All Things Nature Card

I have had a busy week this week. Just got home and wanted to share something with you. I think this card is simple but elegant. It is a shame that the crackle stamp has been retired, but you could use another background!

Supplies: 5 ½ x 8 ½” kraft cardstock, 2 ½ x 2 ½” ivory cardstock, 2 ¾ x 2 ¾” rust cardstock, 3 ¼ x4 ¼” yellow cardstock. All Things of Nature Stamp Set, Palette Noir, Palette Burnt Umber

1. Stamp bird from the All Things of Nature set on the ivory cardstock and color in with the watercolor pencils and blender pen. Sponge edges with stamping sponges and the yellow and brown ink. Layer on the rust cardstock. Set aside.
2. Crimp the yellow cardstock with the shorter end going into the crimper.
3. Layer the bird piece with glue to the crimped piece justified to the top.
4. Tie ribbon around the bottom of the yellow piece like the sample.
5. Stamp the folded kraft piece with brown ink and the crackle stamp.
6. Layer the completed bird piece to the card to complete the card.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Clip Board Album- Alaska Again!

This album was completed from start to finish in about 2 hours. It took me longer to transfer the photos to Costco. I am learning every day more and more about the computer!

The main piece of this album is the chipboard clipboard (try to say that 3 times fast!) It is from TAC. The paper and the stickers are Bella Flor SWIC (Soar With It Collection). The pages are 6x6 and are scored at 1" from the top so that they will bend when you look through the book.The decorations are made with one 12x 12" sheet of cardstock cut 3" squares and then cut in half. It is called a One Sheet Wonder.
The entire album uses about (5) 12 x 12" sheets of cardstock.

I did use most of the letter stickers, but you could use the Alpha Grunge alphabet or any other alphabet for a similar effect.

Stay tuned for more projects and tutorials!

Have a great day!

Stamps: none
Paper: Bella Flor SWIC
Ink: VersaMagic Sea Breeze
Accessories: Chipboard Clip Board, Bella Flor Letters , Mia's cottage ribbon, mono tape, micron pens

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Alaska Coaster Album

Do you only have a few minutes to work on your scrapbooking, well mini books are the way to go! This album can be done in less than 1 hour! Can you believe it?

The trick is the new square coasters from TAC. (pg. 108) They are white on one side and black on the other, the corners are rounded. When making this album you can use up all your left over pictures (or duplicates). Measure the coasters and cut your cardstock the same size as the coaster, round your corners and attack with wonder tape. Sand the edges for a distressed look. The pages are 1/4" smaller than the coasters. The holes are done with the drill press and tied.

Stamps: AlphaGrunge
Paper: Amelia SWIC
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: Amelia ribbon

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Getting the image on the back or the unmounted stamp

I have been often asked how do you get the image on the back of your TAC unmounted stamps. Well I am going to take a few minutes and show you the steps, please feel free to share this with your stamping friends! Gather your supplies! You will need a staz on ink pad, stamp cleaner (TAC's gets really gets the staz on off- Love it!!!), stamp cleaner pad and kai scissors (they are the best!)

First put the rubber image on a flat surface and ink it with black staz on ink (palette also works, but takes longer to dry).

Peel off the paper from the cling side of the creative cling (the side that is not sticky). Lay the foam down on the image, I start with the side where the #'s are and then work to the other side. Press down. Peel off the cling to reveal the image. (see the #'s are in the lower right hand corner)

Clean the rubber image with the stamp cleaner and cleaning pad.

Lay the rubber, image side down on your scrap paper, remember where the #'s are so that you can line it up when you put the foam down. Remove the sticky side of the cling and match up your #'s. On the image you can see the #'s in the lower left hand corner. Adhere!

Cut apart your stamps from the rubber side.

Store in your cd case or the stamp case that they came in.


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Sunday, July 15, 2007

August 4th- Catalogue Open House/Make and Take

The date is set for my Annual Catalogue Open House- Saturday, August 4th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

There will be food, fun, free make and takes, and lots of door prizes! Email me at stampwithgwen@yahoo.com and let me know you will be attending. This year I will continue to have my Hostess Clubs, Stamp Camps, FunShops but I will be adding the "Party in a Bag", and card kits. I will be posting the make and takes soon.

The Catalogue this year is "Fantastical" here are 12 cool facts about the catalouge:

  1. The Catalogue is now biannual! It is about half the size and not so overwhelming! It still has tons of stamped samples!
  2. There are 8 new paper lines with matching hardware, ribbons and card stock to match! The color combinations are can I say WOW!!
  3. There are matching ink pads for the new paper collections. It is now easy as pie to coordinate with the paper lines.
  4. Over 370 stamp sets with 200 of them under $12!!
  5. The acrylic block sizes are with the sets! I must say I am loving more and more about this catalogue!
  6. TAC is now selling the Crop-a-dile for hole punching and attaching eyelets and snaps ... wait till you see what all this can do! It can even punch through tin and wood!
  7. The Catalogue has samples with each set and it is in full color!
  8. The new memory purse and new organizers are must haves to take to crops and classes!
  9. Several new alphabets in all sizes and styles!
  10. There are several chipboards books, clip boards and coasters to make really cool mini books!
  11. There are new circle stamps and square stamps that work with the punches in the catalouge as well as new word sets!
  12. New Gift with Purchase stamps (GWP free with a $30 purchase) and Hostess sets (starting with a $100 FUNshop!) that are all great!! The great news is that there will be new GWP's and Hostess sets with the Jan. catalouge!!

Stamps: TAC pull up anchor and Sail away
Paper: Bazzil Blues, MM harvest orange 3, and green 2
Ink: Palette prussian blue; noir
Accessories: ribbon, safety pins, and pop dots

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Back from Seminar with the new Catty!

Hello All!

I am back from Kansas with the new Fall/Winter 2007 Idea book and Catalogue! All I can say is WOW! It is "Fantastical" (a new word I learned at Seminar)! It is a full color catalogue with fabulous samples- the supplies for the cards will be online! We have 8 new Soar With It paper lines with coordinating cardstock, accessories, and ink pads! (Ink pads are Palette and Virsamagic pads). Come see the catalogue in person at my Catalogue Open House and Make and Take class on Saturday, August 4th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

The Fall/Winter 2007 Idea book and Catalogue is $4.95+ shipping and tax or free when I do a Funshop for you and your friends or use my NEW Party in a bag and show your friends the new catalogue!


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