Exciting News!!! and here’s the buzz…

by Ariane on August 5, 2013

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Hello everyone – Stopping by to let you know that a fantastic thing has happened! I have developed, designed and am now producing my own stamps and dies.

My brand is called STAMPINGBUZZ and I have a new blog just started (sooo exciting) where I will post not only about my own brand but also about stamping 101 for beginners, and ALL supplies and techniques and brands I LOVE and have been using for years.

As you may have concluded, I have left Stampin Up – not because I don’t like the company but because its demo agreement is too restrictive (even though i heard it has been modified recently so demos can now “talk” about other products). I still find some of the SU designs and products to be great and will probably be using them in my videos and projects, but I want to have more FUN and less worry about what I buy, what I use and what I show.

This project has taken a few months of incessant work – between a new blog, a new store, designing stamps and dies, producing them, packaging them, developing a brand and creating ALL the social network details (which btw are not completely finished), moving house, having a son graduating, it’s been one year. But it has been a FUN an AMAZING year.

I hope you join me for much more fun and crafts at

http://www.stampingbuzz.com

https://www.facebook.com/stampingbuzz

http://pinterest.com/stampingb

https://twitter.com/stampingbuzz

I will be reposting some of the projects from this blog at stampingbuzz, but will mainly be active in that blog from now on. See you there!! xoxo

Ariane

 

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SU Color Refresh!

by Ariane on April 5, 2013

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It’s here… after 3 years, the colors will be changed! take a look…

Color_Refresh_2013

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Hi there! Long time no post and I am very very sorry!! I didn’t mean to disappear on you at all, but this is what’s happening – I have been playing and experimenting with non SU!  materials, Designing my own images and line on Silhouette Studio Pro so I am not posting them here! That and life catching up with me, my son on his way to high school and applications and SSATS and the odd balls that life insists on throwing at ya – and when I noticed, it was February!!!

I hope you all had a great Holiday Season! Here in NE we are enjoying a more “normal” winter than last year, with Nor’Easters and the weekly snow showers – all the ski resorts are very grateful for the fresh powder and we have been in a snow-blowing quest to keep the driveways “passable” :-)

I am sure you are all aware of the Sale-a-bration and all the cool stuff you can get for free for every $50 dollars you spend, so today I thought I might give you a couple of ideas of what to do with the Pretty Petites stamp set and the Petite Curly Label punch.

The thing with very small stamp images is – they call for some specific techniques… you either repeat them, or you… repeat them… lol or you make small 3×3 cards, or you use them as background images to create a larger composition. In this case, I did not like any of the results when trying to create a background… and really did not want to do the repeating thing… (don’t you sometimes get a little tired of the same technique..???) Soooo… because I wanted to use ALL of the 8 stamps in the box, I decided to create a set – something you can give a teacher as a thank you, or a friend – and it works pretty well as a variety pack type of cards!

You will notice that 4 of the cards have no sentiment on the outside – so you could stamp anything on the inside or leave it blank. I personally like to have some cards with no sentiment, they are super flexible and can be used for pretty much any purpose!

I also wanted the cards to be quick and easy to do, so there are no ribbons or fuss when creating them.

All of the bases are white. The 1 inch strip of Crumb Cake in the middle is pre-cut and pre-embossed with the dots folder, so all 8 pieces are ready to go before assembly.

I used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch to create the borders by punching a long strip of coordinating card stock and then cutting it in the middle, so from 1 strip I have both sides ready to go.

Notice that I always used 3 coordinating colors with the cards (mostly in colors from 2012 and 2013) and they were all stacked consistently. The color used for the trim of the main strip is the same color used to create the small oval punched shape to layer the focal image.

On top of every strip, I layered a banner across the card – a strip of  1/2″ of coordinating card stock with flag shape endings.

The next layer is a punched Curly Label piece of card stock, stamped with the  chevron stamp from the Oh Hello set with the same color ink as the card stock – pool party card stock, pool party ink, etc.- just to give it some dimension, and this layer was adhered with dimensionals.

Next, I added the small oval shape also with dimensionals which will receive the stamped Pretty Petite image stamped with Crumb Cake ink on white and punched. I used the same ink color on same color card stock for consistency, but if you are doing individual cards, you could vary the color to match the banner , for example.

I also decided to add embellishments to the tags that had no message – and the one that has “YUM” on it… so I used current and retired embellishments with coordinating colors. Here’s a close up of what it looks like on the tag I covered the “YUM”:

I hope I have inspired you to get this set and use this punch for a quick class or make use of your scraps (you really don’t need a lot of card stock for this one!) and have fun creating with the Sale-A-bration FREE products!!

Next week we will have more on new products – and maybe even a video!! :-) stay tuned and warm!!

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