Tina’s rules for beautiful card making

Before we get to my rules, I need your help.  Remember last week when I said you can follow my blog via email?  If you signed up for my emails by the end of July, I’d draw a name to win the “Yippee Skippee!” stamp set.  Well from talking to many of you, I can know many of you logged in and signed up to receive an email from my blog every time I post something.  I was getting ready to gather the names for the drawing and now I see that I don’t have access to the names of those who have joined to “Follow” me, so here’s where I need your help.  If you have already joined my following via email or if you still want to, and be included in the drawing, pop me an email telling me you joined, and your name will be added to the drawing.  I will extend the sign up drawing deal to August 7th, so pop me an email and let me know. tinarappe@charter.net  

 So now, here’s my unwritten rule (I guess now it’s a written rule though) for making really nice looking cards. When I sit down to stamp I almost always combine 3 elements on my cards. 
      1. Layers (if something doesn’t look quite right,
add a layer, it  highlights things.

2. Texture (embossing folders, paper piercing, torn or crumpled paper…)
3. Embellishment (button, brad, clay ribbon…)
So get out your supplies and give it a try then pop me an email and show me your creation.  I’ll pick a few and post them on my blog next week.
Stamps:           My Friend c122587 w-128670
Markers:           Blushing Bride 131265
                       Smoky Slate 131898
                       Pear Pizzazz 131266
Paper:              Whisper White 101650
                        Blushing Bride 131198
                        Smoky Slate 131202
Tools:               Big Shot 113439
                        Oval Collection Framelits 129381
                        Fancy Fan Embossing Folder 127751
Accessories:      Simply Pressed Clay 130685
                        Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds 131272 
                        Paper Piercing Toll 126189
                        Paper Pierce Mat 126199
                        Paper-Piercing Pack 129387
                        Stampin’ Spritzer 126185
                        Blushing Bride Reinker 131157
                        Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430 

Holiday Catalog Debut

Oh happy day!  The new Holiday Catalog is absolutely fantastic and today is the day that everyone can start ordering from it.  I’m already hearing from many of you how much you love it!!  There are wonderful new stamp sets, designer series papers, ribbons, Big Shot  Framelits and embossing folders, scrapbook kits, punches and oodles of accessories.  If you are on my mailing list you should have already received your copy.  If you don’t have one yet, you can view it by clicking the shop now button which will take you to my online store.  Then click on the Holiday Catalog.   
In addition to all the great things in the Holiday Catalog, there are some AWESOME Thinlits that will make flip cards.  Check them out in the below. 
I will be having classes on these flip cards sometime in September.  I can’t wait to get mine ordered and start playing with them.   

Play with Clay

Last night was my “Play with Clay” Class at which everyone received a package of the Simply Pressed Clay and a package of the Buttons & Blossoms Pressed Clay Molds found in the Big Annual Catalog. The clay buttons in this cards were colored by adding a couple drops of reinker to the clay and kneading it like taffy until the color was mixed throughout.  The clay embellishments are very lightweight and pliable, which makes mailing them super easy.  If you haven’t tried the clay and molds yet, you should get yourself to my online store and give it a try.  It’s really a lot of fun.
Stamps:            Perfect Blend c-131392 w-130745
Ink:                  Early Espresso 126974
Paper:              Very Vanilla 101650
                        Crisp Cantaloupe 131298
                        Early Espresso 119686
                        Pistachio Pudding 131294
                        Venetian Romance DSP 130144
Tools:               Big Shot 113439
                        Circle Collection Framelits 130911
                        1 3/4″ Circle Punch 119850
Accessories:      Simply Pressed Clay 130685
                        Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds 131272 
                        Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon 126871
                        Early Espresso Bakers Twine 123124
                        Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430