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Monday, December 22, 2014

Time to Organize a Trouble Spot!



Hi Friends,
It's time for me to rant about my studio "trouble spots" shall we say. Since I have several, let's just focus on the one that I am always dealing with, the place where I store my ATG gun.  My ATG gun is my beloved adhesive applicator, but getting to it is what can drive a sane woman batty!

As you can see, the Before picture causes rockslides, avalanches and things like it. Actually, there is usually a stack of cardstock sitting next to it, but I had already removed it.

Since I have so many things in my office and studio, I figured I can repurpose what I had to help out this corner of frustration.

I took what appears to be either a letter sorter or notebook organizer. They became "stalls" for my ATG's. I absolutely LOVE how this solved my ageold problem!!! How did I not think of this before?!

If I didn't find this, I was going to recruit my magazine boxes for the same idea. I like that this is more visible and clean looking than the magazine boxes would have been.

If you don't know what an ATG gun is, you really need to. It is the BEST adhesive I have ever come across and nothing has compared to it since! I can use it to attach layers permanently, I can make glue dots to any size I want. I can rub it off, like rubber cement, when I make a boo boo or change my mind as to where I want a panel to be. It is the most cost effective adhesive on the market with it currently at $5.15 for a roll of 36 yards, on DeNami, and being 1/2 inches wide rather than the standard 1/4 inch for most adhesives on the market. I can go on and on, but I digress... Let me go back to the topic at hand.

Now that this problem area is in the past, I am now eyeing other areas, like my stamping table! I make no promises as to when I will post about it, but just know that it is a problem area.
Also, I thought I would share with you a genius idea we have been using for some time, our ink pad organizer. If you are a 70's and 80's child, you will recognize this as being a cassette tape holder. If you are too young to know what that is, you can read about it here

It was originally wood, but it was spray painted white to match our decor. Now we can't get too out of hand by not keeping it looking snazzy, can we?
A good place to find these would be garage sales, Craigslist, or thrift stores. Most people have no need or desire to have this in their abode, BUT as a stamper in need of bringing order into your stamping domain, this is sought after, desired and wished for. I bet you could even enlist your Facebook friends to keep an eye out for you or at least look in their attic for one. If that friend is a stamper, don't tell her what you are using it for until AFTER she has given it to you and you have used it. She might be sad she even let it go and we mustn't let our friends feel sad now, would we?




What is your area of frustration with regards to your stamping set up?

Comment and let me know.

Nami



Day 2 of DeNami's Week of Sales


Hi Friends,

Today is Day 2 of the DeNami Week of Sales.
-20% off All Borders, Circle Stamps, Backgrounds, Decorative stamps and Frames. Use Coupon Code BORDERS20
Sale ends midnight TONIGHT.

At midnight, a new sale begins! Check back tomorrow!

All Borders and Frames are here.

All Circle stamps are here.
All Background and Decorative stamps here.

Have fun shopping!
Sunday, December 21, 2014

DeNami Week of Sales Starts Today!

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Hi Friends,

Exciting news! DeNami's Daily Week of Sales begins today. Each day at midnight will start a sale that lasts 24 hours. You will want to order before the sale is over, because when it's gone, it's gone.

Today is Day #1. Save 40% off all cardstock. Nami prefers this cardstock for her stamping creations. They match the inkpads sold on DeNami, along with the Sparkletts Glitter and other embellishments.

Start your collection of cardstock now. They will sell out quickly.

Use coupon code CARDSTOCK40 to get the savings.

Enjoy!
Thursday, December 18, 2014

DeNami Week of Sales Coming Soon!






Hi Friends!

Exciting things are happening! We will be having the first ever DeNami Week of Daily Sales!
Each day, starting Dec 21 there will be a 24 hour sale. Check each day to find out what the deal is for that day only. Sale starts at midnight and ends at midnight. Once the sale is over, it's over, so don't miss out!

Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook to get the most up to the minute specials. Some specials and giveaways ONLY happen on Facebook.

Stay tuned...





Elegant Merry Christmas

Hi Friends,

I love doing various color themes for the holidays. I ventured out and did something that really looked different, yet elegant. I use a dark charcoal gray with black to make this into a cheerful greeting. 

I used basic supplies to create my own patterned paper to coordinate it all.


Supplies:
Charcoal Gray Cardstock
PF02 Classic Christmas, Holly from Petit Fours set

Directions:
1) I folded over a 5.5x8.5 Black cardstock in half making it an A2 size card.
2) I then cut a smaller grey panel so that the black card frames the edge of the cardstock.
3) I stamped the Solid Decorative Crest stamp in a pattern then attached to the black card using ATG adhesive.
4) I cut a rectangular black cardstock and also another grey panel within that black layer. 
5) I used the Three Line Border to create a plaid pattern then attached to the black layer using ATG adhesive.
6) I cut a long grey rectangle and then a black panel so the grey frames it. 
7) I stamped the Decorative Flourish stamp with Platinum Planet 
8) I stamped the Holly in Olympia green and fussy cut it. 
9) I cut a black panel with a smaller white panel for the sentiment and stamped the Merry Christmas in black
10) I attached the holly with ATG adhesive and added the rhinestones. I then attached that sentiment panel to the card. You can use foam tape or ATG adhesive.








Step #5- Start with stamping one of the stripes and then line up the wood block to the stripe you stamped. Repeat this all the way across for even stripes.




 Step #5- Once the stripes going in one direction is filled,  go the other direction, lining up the wood block to the stripes to create a plaid. For a fun variation, you can do different colored inks on one direction vs the other. In this case, you can do Smoky Gray then Black the other direction. Or if you do this card on white, you can do green in one direction and red the other direction.





Step #8- The Holly stamped in Olympia green and then fussy cut.




You can do variation of this card. Change out the sentiment to "Happy Birthday" and use leaves to create an elegant card that you can use for a man, too.

Enjoy making this elegant creation.

See you next time!
Nami
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sweet Lollipop Delights

Hi Friends,

How is your Christmas shopping coming along? If you are looking for a super cute, yet inexpensive gift, then this might just be it! I  made these for a little kids group I volunteer at. I bought the lollipops at the Dollar Tree. There were about 20 in a bag for $1!

They are very easy to make.

Supplies:

TR05 Winter Blocks Trifles set. I used the Snowman block and Mittens from the set.
Onyx Black Versafine Ink Pad, but use Tuxedo Black Memento if you use Copics
Tombow markers or any water based ones if using Versafine. Use Copics with Memento
Lollipops (flat ones work best)
Ribbons of various colors
Scissors
PC21 White Cardstock.. I love it best!
ATG Adhesive Tape using ATG Applicator

Directions:

1) Stamp the snowman and mittens on the cardstock to fill a sheet using Versafine or Memento.
2) Color in with markers
3) Cut them out.
4) Using ATG adhesive, attach to lollipops
5) Use scissors to cut slits next to stick so you can tie the ribbon close to the candy.
6) Cut out ribbons to 4 inch length or as desired


This is Step #1

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This is Step #2




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Here is the final product!

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Here is an army of snowmen!

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These will make anyone smile. Spread the joy and have fun giving!

See you next time!


Monday, December 15, 2014

DeNami Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!



Happy Monday!

Who needs a "pick me up"? I want treat 5 of you to a Starbucks drink ($5 gift card), yes, 5 of you! Even non-coffee people will find tea, treats or gifts there, too. So you all can enjoy!

This contest will be held on Facebook. If you don't have Facebook, get an account here http://facebook.com/denamidesign

I will pick 5 random winners. Here are your 5 chances to win:

1) LIKE the DeNami Starbucks Giveaway post
2) SHARE that post and comment "Shared" in the comments on Facebook
3) Comment why you want this treat or pick-me-up in the Facebook comments
4) Comment on THIS blogpost and comment "Blog" in the comments on the Facebook post
5) TAG a friend or 10 in the comments on that Facebook post

Contest will be up until midnight tonight and I will announce the winner at 6AM PST so you get your coffee tomorrow morning:)

Winners will have 24 hours to contact me via Facebook msg to claim their gift card.

Enjoy this treat from DeNami!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Announcing the Winners of the Double Feature Giveaway!

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Hi Friends!

It's time to announce the winners of the Double Feature Giveaway that we did in conjunction with Catherine Pooler and Stamp Nation.

The prizes were 2 $50 DeNami gift certificates and 2 three month subscriptions to Stamp Nation.

Here are the lucky winners!

$50 DeNami Gift Certificate goes to Tiffany Trumm Jorgenson
$50 DeNami Gift Certificate goes to Aunt Judy
3 Month Stamp Nation Membership goes to Lynette Walters
3 Month Stamp Nation Membership goes to Bonnie Thrasher

Congratulations to the winner! You have 24 hours to claim your prizes! FB messaging is great or you can leave a comment that you know you won. Contact me by FB messaging so I can get you the code to claim your prize.

PS- If you know these ladies, please let them know they won.

Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook to know about he latest contest, challenges and giveaways. We also do Flash Sales at times.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Double Feature! Special Facebook giveaways and Stamp Nation cross promotion!

Hi Friends!

Today we are featuring a very special giveaway to kick off a sponsorship we are doing at Stamp Nation and Catherine Pooler's blog of Stamp Nation.  4 here on our site and 2 over there!


To be one of 4 winners here you will have 4 chances to win!  We will be giving away two $50 DeNami gift certificates here and two 3 month subscriptions to the exclusive Stamp Nation community.

You will have until midnight to enter OUR giveaways. We will announce 4 winners at noon tomorrow, December 11.

Our contest will be on Facebook. You can join here if you don't have an account.
Here are your chances to enter:

1 entry- LIKE the Facebook post about this Double Feature
1 entry- Comment where you first heard of DeNami
1 entry- Leave on comment on this blogpost and comment "left comment" on the Facebook post
1 entry- Share the FB post on your timeline and comment "shared"

Catherine did a very special video showcasing DeNami stamps. Check it out here.

Catherine did a very special video on how to make a DeNami shaker card here.

 If that wasn't enough, you will have a chance to win a $50 DeNami Gift certificate on Catherine Pooler's blog! Just leave a comment and you are entered to win! You can get the details of her sketch here and have a chance to win with your sketch entry.
A winner will be announced December 24.

Stamp Nation will also be having a DeNami $50 gift certificate prize for the Sketch winner. You can check them out here. They have stamping forums, tutorials, videos, and a community just for stampers!

Now on to our super special DT projects. In anticipation of the cross promotion, our DT's created these lovely new cards for you to be inspired by.



                                          Tammy Hobbs Woodland Friends card



Lisa Elton's Pillow Box 









 Here are Nami's Stamp Nation Sketch submission



Thanks for stopping by!
Nami

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Where will Chickie be this Christmas season??

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Hi Friends,

You will have a chance to bring Chickie on your Christmas season adventures! Starting today, you can upload pictures of Chickie as you do your Christmas shopping, stamping, go on Christmas light tours, at a party, on your vacation... There is no limit to how many pics you can upload. We want to see him stay busy so he doesn't get himself into trouble.
Use hashtag #chickieselfie2014 if you use social media to see where he goes!

The most creative pic will will a $50 DeNami gift certificate! No limits to how many you upload. The link will be up through New Year's eve. A winner will be announced New Year's Day. You can even use your Instagram pics to upload. Be sure to use the hashtag #chickieselfie2014 so we can follow along.

In addition to that, you will have another chance to win a $25 gift certificate! Enter your Chickie pic in the comments below.
For an additional entry, SHARE your Chickie pic on your FB timeline and comment "shared". No limits to how many you share. You can share 1 or more each day! You will have through New Year's Eve to post your pics on FB in the comments here and share, AND post in the blog link provided for an additional chance. A winner will be chosen at random using the random generator for the FB giveaway. The more you enter, the more chances to win! And don't forget to use the #chickieselfie2014 when you share on FB!


Download Chickie here


Silent Night Christmas Card

Hello Friends,

Christmas can be a time of lively festivities, but also a time to reflect on the birth of Christ. Today, Tammy will be showcasing on the holy-day of the holiday. She brought a modern flair to the historical event.

Enjoy!

Good Tuesday Morning DeNami Friends!
It's Tammy, and I am back to share with you another card showcasing a new sentiment and image from the latest release. 
Isn't the Nativity Silhouette image just beautiful?  I stamped it inside of the Large Double Circle



I started by piecing together two patterned papers and adding it to my kraft card base. I added a length of crochet lace trim where the papers meet. I stamped the Silent Night sentiment on cardstock and trimmed a box around it and finished it off by rounding the corners.




I wanted to embellish my card a little further by creating a bow made from seam binding adding a Boutique Sand Button to the center. 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Announcing the Winner of the DeNami Sketch Challenge #14

Hi Friends,

It was very hard to pick a winners. They all had their wonderful merits. I had to enlist family in order to decide. They had no bias since weren't following along.
With no further adieu, the winner is....

Valerie Ward!!! Congratulations! Please contact us so we can forward you your $25 DeNami gift certificate!

Thanks for playing along everyone!!! On Wednesday, December 10, you will have a chance to play on a guest blog's sketch and win a $50 DeNami gift certificate. Keep you eye open for that.

Be sure to LIKE us on FB. We will be having 4 giveaways on our page. You will have 4 chances to win one of the 4 prizes.

See you tomorrow!






Delightful Gift Jar Set



Hi Friends,

I love giving gifts. Making them is even more special. I will often take something very simple and then add my handmade touches to it with a tag, or embellish with accessories or handstamp packaging to match.

Hello Everyone, Tina from DeNami Addict here. Today I have a fun and easy little gift set to show you. Mason jars have been around for ages and have recently become all the rage from food storage, decorating the house to sipping some ice cold lemonade. Did you know they work wonderfully for gift giving also? You can dress up and put just about anything inside from dry ingredients for a batch of yummy cookies to fun little trinkets as I’ve done here.






And what’s cuter than a little card to match, right? For the card I started out with an A2 sized red card base then layered on a piece of chocolate and finally another piece of red that I dry embossed with a polka dot embossing folder (HINT: try out DeNami’s DA-1215-59Dot Embossing Folder). I cut a strip of chocolate cardstock a little wider than the ribbon I wanted to use and edge punched one edge before giving  it a pretty little bow treatment. I then adhered it to the card base. I punched and stacked scallop circles in chocolate (2 ½”) and red (2”) then added a white one (1 1/2”) that I had stamped with the D175 Candy Cane Chickie, Happy Holidays sentiment from the PF63 ChristmasGreetings Petit Fours set and the I53 Medium Dot Circle frame (don’t forget all the wonderful circle sentiment frames that DeNami carries also). I added this to the front of the card with foam tape. To finish it all off I added some cute red twine from the TW005 Classic Twine pack and Christmas bells along with a bit of sequins.



For my little jar I simply cut a length of chocolate cardstock and wrapped it around the jar letting the ends meet in the front. I then added a length of the same red grosgrain ribbon I used on the card and again, let the ends meet in the front. I punched more circles from chocolate (2 ½”) and red (2”) then added a white one (1 ½”) that I had stamped using the D175 Candy Cane Chickie and  the I53 Medium Dot Circle. I adhered this little stack to the front of the jar covering/hiding the ends of the chocolate strip and ribbon. I punched another red (2”) and white (1 ½”) scallop circle, stamped the same sentiment (from the PF 63 Holiday Greetings set) and adhered it to the jar’s lid.  To finish it all off I added the same red twine (from the TW005 Classic Twine package) and Christmas jingle bells along with a bit of sequins.

As you can see, I filled my jar with lots of crafty goodies for a special friend. But think about all the possibilities with something like this, it’s truly endless – for example, you could change out the D175 Candy Cane Chickie for maybe the B108 Heart Chickie or the C69Valentine Chickie and fill the jar with candies for a sweet Valentine. There are a TON of Petit Four sentiments that would go perfect with that theme – PF26Assorted Greetings set, PF28 Heartfelt Greetings set or even the PF42 LoveSentiments set. You could also make a fun spring themed jar set for a friend or even Mother’s Day using the C72 Chickie With Flower or D152 Gardening Chickie and fill your jar with seed packets and even tie a little hand shovel or a pair of gardening gloves to the jar. There are so many things you can do for this super easy yet sweet little gift from the heart. Don’t forget about gift cards too, what a fun way give one…you can easily find a Chickie that would match any gift card theme you’re going for whether it be shopping, a restaurant or even a home improvement store!

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I hope you enjoyed my little gift set and I hope you make a few of your own. I’d love to hear about what you put in your little jars – the possibilities are endless!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Focusing on the Sentiments

Hi Friends,

How is your Christmas preparations going? If you are like me, as soon as Thanksgiving is over, the mad dash begins! I have so many ideas and aspirations of what I want to accomplish during the Christmas season that it can be daunting. I am not a perfectionist, actually, I should rephrase that, I am a recovering perfectionist. So everything doesn't have to be perfect. I look at the big picture and see the big things that mean the most to me to do.

For me making memories and sending out our family love is first and foremost with regards to activities. I like to keep things simple and enjoy the process. Sending out Christmas cards is one of those important things to me. It is the one time of year I reach out to distant relatives, old friends and out of town people I never get to see. It takes time to prep, but it is my gift of love to them. I love Christmas and love sharing the love and joy it brings.

The message of Christmas is so important. That is a "why" of what we do it  for. Today, Tammy shares with us how you can use the message to be central in your card. This concept is great for all kinds of occasions. It can be for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, holidays... It also stretches out your stamp sentiments to not just being inside a card, but can be the showpiece.

Tammy explains how she put this cheery card together. Read below for her take.

Hello DeNami Friends,

Tammy here again with a card showcasing one of DeNami Design new release sentiments as the focal point.







I started this card by piecing together the patterned papers and adding to the Hunter Green card base.  I then wrapped the piece over the connection of the papers with white seam binding ribbon which I tied in a fussy bow and embellished with a bow made of raffia topped with a red button laced with red hemp twine.
Next I die-cut a scallop oval shape on white cardstock. I stamped the Peace Hope Joy sentiment in the center using Olympia Green Ink. I used a die-cut of Holly I had leftover from a previous project and added them to the lower right of the oval framed sentiment. You can add anything for an embellishing touch. Lastly, a trio of pearls was added to the upper right corner to complete this Christmas card.

I hope you enjoyed my card today! Be sure to check out the new release here.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Tammy~

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Penguins in Igloo Card

Hello Friends,

Do you love penguins as much as I do? I love them when they have squishy bellies and a cute little face. The great thing about stamping is that you can make penguins ANY color you like! You can make them pastel, bright, green, blue, pink! You can easily make them dimensional by adding clear 3D Lacquer to give that shiny look. You can either do it just on their beaks and feet or on their whole body. If you add 3D Lacquer on their belly and sprinkle DeNami's Fun Fluff, you can give their bellies some fluff to it. Add some to the santa hat trim and you've got lots of cute dimension. The cool part is the 3D Lacquer is also acid free, so you can stamp these images on your scrapbooks for your keepsakes.

Today, Tammy is showcasing just one central stamp for the card. You can do this same technique with any of your favorite stamp images. It works best with the medium to large images for this size card. You can always use our circle stamps to "expand" your small images to make them look larger. Our circle stamps "nest" within each other so you can combine words and decorative borders together to frame the stamp image.

Here is Tammy's description on how to make this cute Penguins in Igloo card.

Hello DeNami Friends,

It's Tammy here to bring you another card featuring one of the newly released stamps. Penguins in Igloo.  No sentiment was added on the outside to leave this cute card open for a couple of options.  You can use it for a thank you for after the holidays, you can create an invitation on the inside for a Holiday Party. It sure looks like those cuties are saying come in and let's be Merry!






It's a simple one, just by adding a few layers of solid and patterned paper to the base, you create a cute frame for your focal image.  You can either color in with markers or pencils. For a little extra sparkle, I used a Quickie Glue Pen and Blue Ice Glitter to their hats.


Super simple but super cute don't you agree?  Thank you for stopping by!
~Tammy~

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