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Monday, February 23, 2015

Golden Glam Square Card Set

Hi Friends,

We have a treat for you from Lisa P. She is showing a hot trend using gold. To make it even fancier, she incorporates gold embossing. It creates the illusion of fanciness, but is still lovely and simple. This is a great thing to make as a card set to give as a gift or if you want to make some cards to have on hand for the next occasion you have.

Lisa explains how to create these little beauties.
She writes: 
 
Hello there, DeNami Design friends! It’s Lisa P. I don’t know about you, but I am loving the gold trend we’re seeing in the crafty world these days! From embossing powders to patterned papers to washi tape to threads to sequins---there are so many ways to add splashes of gold to your projects. Today I’ll show you how to add some golden glam to your cards with heat embossing. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Cut three 2.5” x 2.5” panels from white cardstock. Stamp your image and/or sentiment in VersaMark ink, sprinkle with gold embossing powder, and heat emboss. (You’ll notice in the Step 2 photo that I changed things up a bit and embossed an image on one panel, a sentiment on another panel, and both an image and sentiment on the third panel.)




Step 2: Stamp additional images/sentiments in black ink onto each panel as shown. Add touches of color to each image using soufflé pens or markers. The soufflé pens are really fun to use with embossed images. I used soufflé pens on the butterfly and the cluster of hearts. I used markers to color the tiny hearts on the envelopes.


Step 3: Make three 3” x 3” card bases from white cardstock. Stamp splatters in black onto two of the card bases. Emboss the splatters in gold on the third card base.
 
 



Finished Cards: Adhere smaller panels to card bases with foam adhesive as shown.



So simple, yet hip and trendy! Here’s a look at each card individually:
 





I hope you like my cards for today and feel inspired to make some 3x3 cards and/or use gold embossing in a future project. Imagine sneaking a little card like this into your husband’s briefcase or your kiddo’s lunchbox…or leaving one on a co-worker’s desk. What a nice surprise that would be! You could even punch a hole in the top corner and use the card as a tag on a gift bag. So many possibilities!

Thanks for visiting!


DeNami Design Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Embossing Powder: Queen’s Gold (Ranger)
Souffle Pens: (Sakura)
VersaMarker: (Tsukineko)
Markers: Copic Sketch R22
Adhesive: 3D Foam Tabs (Tombow)
Friday, February 13, 2015

Using a Sketch (How To)

Hi friends!

I am so excited to share what Deb has created. At DeNami, we have been working on creating creative blogposts and projects that are interesting to you as a reader and stamper. Deb hit the nail on the head with this post!

If you have been following blogs, you have likely seen "Sketches" or "Challenges" to enter or follow. Deb is going to show you how to create cards based on Sketches.

Her Sketch is this:

 


When you see this, there are a variety of ways to base your card on this sketch. Here is how Deb does it. She writes:
Hello friends! It’s Deb here today. Have you ever created a card and realized that you could use the sketch over and over again? Well, I have created a few cards in the past using a certain sketch and thought I would create a few more using it again.

Here are the cards from the past.


The sketch uses an A2 card rectangle and a circle in the top portion as a focal point. You can create a patterned background like I did for the Beautiful Blossoms blog hop or keep it plain. I think this sketch works great for small images that you want as the focal point or to emphasize a sentiment.

For my first card, I inked up E182 Little Wagon, B118 Little Hearts and the sentiment is from CR02Monster Love Clear stamp set. I added a bow using some twine from my Classic Twine pack.


My second card uses one of the gorgeous sentiments and accent from CR04 Heartfelt Blessings clear stamp set and some twine from my Pastel twine pack.
I hope you have been inspired to look back at some of your creations and find a sketch that you can work with to create more cards and projects. Thanks for stopping by!



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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine Lollipop Treats

Hello friends,

I can't wait to share with you what Deb has been cooking up. I think she has outdone herself with cuteness!! I absolutely love how simple this is, yet totally creative and eye catching.
Today you can learn how to make this in time for Valentine's Day.

This project would be perfect for party favors for a kid's party, bridal shower, celebration, or even game day. Just change out the colors and stamps to create the theme you need.

You can even do this and tuck a Dove chocolate instead of the lollipop. Just don't make the hole for the stick. If you don't want to do candy, you can easily tuck in a mini post it note pad! How cute would that be!

Here's Deb's step by step tutorial. Give her some love by leaving a comment. Us bloggers LOVE comments.
Here's what Deb writes:

Hello DeNami friends! It’s Deb here today sharing some fun Valentine’s Day treats using some stamps from the latest release combined with some older stamps. DeNami carries so many wonderful Valentine themed stamps that you can easily substitute the images or sentiments while making this project.

For my project, I created some adorable lollipop wrappers. First I measured my lollipops to ensure they would be completely wrapped. I used Jolly Rancher lollipops. I trimmed my cardstock to 3x 2 ¾. Since I was using DeNami cardstock I simply trimmed it in half lengthwise and then trimmed off 2 ½ inches. 


I decided that I would use my embossing folders to jazz them up a bit.  I knew the cardstock was going to be longer, but I decided that the non embossed portion would end up on the back of the wrapper anyway. Also, some of the embossing folders emboss a bit deeper if using a thinner cardstock. That is was happened with my Thin Lines wrapper so I ended up using Wire Fence  instead. 

I scored them down the middle. 


Then I marked a spot half way down so that I could hole punch the center for the lollipop stick. As it turned out, my crop-a-dile was too short! So I used my scissors to trim an opening.


I stamped my focal point using the new Sealed with a Kiss and Sweetie Skunk along with my other sentiments and images. I added some foam adhesive to attach them to the wrappers.


Then I simply slid them into the wrappers. I applied a bit of ATG to one side to make sure they didn’t slide around.

Then I used my Tim Holtz tiny attacher to close them. You could also use a regular stapler or more ATG.


I applied some ATG to my fingers, just like Nami taught me *wink* and then wrapped it around the lollipop stick.  


 I trimmed some ribbon to about 6 inches and tied a knot around the stick making sure the ribbon was attached to the stick. Then I trimmed off the excess ribbon.




This project would also work great as party favors at a baby shower or birthday party. I hope you have the chance to give this a try.
DeNami supplies used:
Magenta cardstock

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day Treats

Hello Friends,

Have I got a treat for you! A real treat, a Valentine's one! These are simple enough that you can whip them up and have them ready on that day. You will get all  kinds of compliments because people will marvel at how nice they are and you can just smile, knowing you can make them easily.

Lisa P will explain how to make them step by step:

Hello, DeNami friends! It’s Lisa P. and today I’m sharing some Valentine’s Day treat packages using the brand new CL-B121 Sealed With A Kiss sentiment. This sentiment is so sweet and works perfectly with the previously released (and totally adorable) CL-D174 Friendly Seal.

I’ve seen some dies on the market for making treat wrappers and this immediately got me to thinking about how I could use what I already have to make my own. Here’s what I came up with.

 
 

Step 1: Die-cut two large shapes from double-sided patterned paper. (Note: The die I used here is the second largest die in the Bubble Box Fri-Dies set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.)

 
 

Step 2: Score each at 3 5/8” and trim off the scallops closest to the score line (Note: You’ll end up trimming off about 3/4”.)



Step 3: Die-cut the second smallest Bubble Box from patterned paper.



Step 4: Die-cut the smallest Bubble Box from white cardstock. Stamp the sentiment and teeny heart onto this die-cut.




To Finish: Stamp Friendly Seal onto white cardstock, color him with markers and fussy cut him out. Adhere the white bubble box to the patterned paper bubble box and then adhere the seal. Adhere the two straight-edged flaps of the largest die-cuts together to create a wrap. Adhere the focal point onto the wrap. Insert a package of fruit snacks within the wrap and secure with Scor-Tape. Punch two holes in the top and tie on some baker’s twine to hold the wrap closed.

After I finished making this one, I decided to try to make another one. This time around though instead of using large die-cuts for the wrap, I used two rectangular panels of cardstock (each measuring 3 1/2” x 4 1/4”). I embossed the two panels to add some interest and then I picked up with Step 2 above. Here’s how it turned out:

 
 

And here’s a look at all of the packages together:



These little packages are so simple to create and could easily be modified for just about any occasion. I know I’ll be making more of these in the future! I hope you’ll give it a try too!

Thanks for visiting!

DeNami Design Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Ink: Cotton Candy (Simon Says Stamp), Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko)
Markers: Copic Sketch C1 and C5
Glitter Pen: Clear Wink Of Stella (Zig)
Cardstock: White and Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: 12” Passion Fruit Journal (BoBunny) and We Go Together 6x6 Paper Pad (Pebbles)
Dies: Bubble Box Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Mono Multi Liquid Glue (Tombow)
Tools: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), hole punch
Other: Fruit Snacks (Yum Earth Organics)
 
 
http://bellalistona.blogspot.com
 
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Monster Love Trio

Hello Friends,
 

Our DT, Deb, created more cuteness for Valentine's Day. I loved how she did the same card in three different color themes. It's a great go-to idea when you need cards and don't have time to create new ideas with each one. This idea is perfect if you want to make cards for guys and gals! Just change out the color depending on the recipient. This card idea is not just great for Valentine's Day, but can be for just an everyday card, you can use a birthday sentiment to convert it into a birthday card, or congratulations sentiment for a celebration. Very versatile and simple.

Here is Deb's description of how to create this monster love trio:

Hello friends! It’s Deb here today to share another Valentine’s Day project. Lisa P. shared an awesome tutorial using patterned paper and a single stamp set to create some fabulous cards. Today I am sharing a clean and simple set of cards that uses only one image and sentiment, but a different color scheme.


For my project, I used CR02 Monster Love Clear stamp set to create my set of mini cards. First I trimmed my front panel using one of my Pretty Pink Posh border dies. Then I stamped the images and sentiments. I layered a colored piece of cardstock underneath before adding it to the cardbase and then stamping the final sentiment.




The versatility with outlined images is being able to color them in with your choice of markers or pencils to make them masculine, feminine or neutral. I love that! One of the great things about using the same images but different colors is that you can do the same for other themes such a birthday or thank you cards. By repeating the image and sentiment, you can easily create multiple cards quickly. This is a great idea if you love to give cards as gifts.

If you haven’t begun working on your Valentine’s Day projects, we hope you have found some inspiration to get you started. Thanks for stopping by!


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Monster Love Valentines

Hi Friends,

Our DT, Lisa, has been having fun creating a monster sized Valentines cards. What a great job she did with all the colors, layers and cuteness.

Today, She is sharing how to create your own card collection that you can send out in time for Valentine's Day. Enjoy!

Lisa writes:

Hello! Lisa P here, and today I’m sharing a super sweet and simple set of Valentines I made using DeNami Design’s brand new clear stamp set, CR02 Monster Love. The images and sentiments in this set are totally ADORABLE! I fell head over heels in love with them the first moment I saw them! I kept this project very simple by using a single stamp set and a single layout and just changing up the images, sentiments, and papers for each to get a nice variety of cards.




I had so much fun putting these Valentines together and can’t wait to mail them off to friends and family. Here’s my step-by-step process:
 

 

Step 1: Die-cut 5 pinked rectangles, 5 pinked flags, and 5 hearts from assorted patterned papers. Cut 5 squares (2.5” x 2.5”) from assorted patterned papers. (Note: This is a great project for using up some of those patterned paper scraps that are sitting in your stash. And keep in mind you can use any shaped dies for the layers. These just happen to be the ones I chose for this particular project. No dies? No problem. You can use punches or basic rectangles and squares. No patterned paper? No problem. You can use a variety of colored cardstocks, and it will still look great.)


 

Step 2: Die-cut 5 rectangles from white cardstock. Stamp a different monster image and the word “monster” onto each rectangle. Color the images with markers. Die-cut some stitching lines at the bottom of each panel. Add a touch of sparkle with some glitter. (Note: I added some hand-drawn arms and stamped some hearts for hands onto my first monster to make it look like he was reaching out for a “monster hug.”)

Step 3: Stamp some of the flags with “Love” and some with “Hugs.” Add a touch of color with markers. Assemble cards as shown below.







Today’s post focused on Valentines, but this stamp set would also be great for creating lunchbox notes for your kiddos, encouragement cards, and get well cards. I’ll be sure to share some examples of those ideas in the near future.

I hope you enjoyed this post and feel inspired to get crafty!

Thanks for stopping by!

DeNami Design Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Markers: Copic Sketch
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Cupid’s Arrow 6x6 Designer Paper Pad (My Mind’s Eye), Love Me 6x6 Designer Paper Pad (My Mind’s Eye), Soup Staples-Red Sugar (Jillibean Soup)
Dies: Pinked Elle-ments (Avery Elle), Nesting Card Templates (Lifestyle Crafts), Hearts (Lawn Fawn), Dots and Dashes (Paper Smooches)
Glitter Pen: Clear Wink Of Stella (Zig)


http://bellalistona.blogspot.com

Monday, February 2, 2015

Puppy Kitty Love Card

Hello DeNami friends! It’s Deb here on the blog today to share a quick and easy card. I used some products from the latest release along with an older image. I absolutely love how Nami creates new images that coordinate so well with ones from the past!

I inked up D179 Puppy Kitty Love and colored it in with copics. Then I added my sentiment from CR02 Monster Love which I also colored using copics. Before I adhered my white panel to my cardbase, I inked up A85 Paw Print in Versamark for a subtle background.  You could easily use A86 DoggieBone or PF45 Kitty Toys stamp set or even one of the many smaller heart images that DeNami carries.

The Puppy Kitty Love image is perfect for sending a card to a friend or loved one that is an animal lover and is very versatile. You can easily change out the sentiment using birthday, thinking of you or anniversary type sentiments. The possibilities are endless!

http://mycraftroomcreations.blogspot.com
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nami's Review of DeNami's Clear Stamp Set

Hi Friends,

DeNami came out with 4 clear stamps sets beginning of January for the first time. Many of you have been buying stamp sets and were elated to hear that we were adding it to our offerings.

Being a "rubber snob", it was a difficult decision to even allow the thought of clear stamps to be associated with DeNami. I had to wrap my head around the idea, for one, along with the idea of allowing a "sub par" quality product to be associated with the DeNami legacy.

Needless to say, I had to look into this long and hard. I had to make sure that IF we did offer it, it would have to be the best out there. Some of the things I didn't like about clear stamps was that they tended to yellow over time. These ones have anti-yellowing agents that keep it from doing so like in the past. I also didn't like the quality that were out there. These had deep etching and were also very crisp in image. These stamps were far from the ones I had used in the past and passed my test.

From an artist's standpoint, I love that I could create a self contained collection in each set. That would allow me to go deep in design rather than just do a design here and there due to cost and design restrictions.

You see, in rubber die manufacturing the set up cost is high. The process is created to make many of the SAME designs. Therefore, we had to look at longevity of a stamp, marketability and to see if there wasn't something similar that we had already offered in the past that would affect those first two requirements.

You see how challenging it was? Not just as an artist, but also as a stamp company owner. There was always the battle between creative freedom and consumer costs. These are the battles behind the scenes. Often many, many designs are scrapped because they couldn't take up our set-up production space because they were similar to the other in the same season. Mostly variations of them. With the clear stamp sets, variations are wanted and a fun design style for consumers because the clear stamp set is priced low to allow for the fun elements you want with the collections.

I was able to stamp and play with the collection before its release and was very pleased with the results as well as with the quality.

The biggest thing I enjoyed was the tackiness of this clear stamp set. Not only was it tacky, but it stayed tacky throughout stamping. I knew that if dust and oil from my fingers got in the way, I could easily get back to that original tackiness with a quick wash of soap and water.

Another thing I like is that our clear cover sheet folds over rather than be removed. That keeps it with the set and keeps it from being lost amongst the stamping table. If your table looks like mine, then that loose clear sheet would be a goner.

Shown: This is the image side of the backing sheet. 
 Shown: This is the stamping side of the clear stamps




Another great thing is that it has the images printed on, therefore, allowing you know if any are missing and where to put them back to. It is handy because I don't have to wait until I need to use a stamp and then realize that it had been missing since last Christmas with nary a hope to find it. This limits the potential for loss, because after my stamping session, a quick glance will make it easy to see if it's all there.

Shown: CR02 Monster Love Clear Stamp Set



Shown: The clear stamp set in the packaging you get it in. Most of the time it is on a hangtag bag for store hanging, but can be in the clear sleeve shown below. 
 
 

Here is where you can order the clear stamp sets.

I hope this dispells any apprehension you have to adding them to your DeNami collection. If you have been a DeNami fan for a long time, you know that quality of image as well as quality of product is something that is important to us. We are pleased to have it in our stamp line and are looking forward to many more in our future.

Please comment your thoughts about DeNami offering clear stamps. If you were a little shy about buying them at first, share your story.

Thanks for reading! I am loving these clear stamps!

~Nami




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