Monthly Archives: June 2009

Take a guess — maybe win a prize!

Coin jar

For several years I have kept this coin jar.  Usually at some point I take it to the bank and the paper money goes into another jar — the vacation fund.  Last time it went into the gigantic coin jar for our church’s anniversary gift.  After I began stamping, it became my stamp fund.  The “rule” is, I never pay with anything using coins, only bills.  All change in my wallet then goes into the jar when I feel like my purse is unusually heavy.  Problem is, when you don’t pay cash for purchases, you don’t accumulate much in the jar!  Hence, the small amount of coin collected since December.

But, Wednesday begins a new Stampin’ Up! catalog, and I need to fund my first purchase.  So I’m wondering, how much is in this jar?  Can you guess?  Will you guess?  You could win a bunch of Stampin’ Up! product!  Here are some simple rules:

  1. I’ll take the jar to the bank to be counted on Wednesday.
  2. The person who leaves me a comment with a dollar amount guess closest to the actual amount wins.
  3. Only one guess per person.
  4. The contest closes at midnight CST Tuesday.  That is, guesses after 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday will not be counted.
  5. You must be in the United States to win.
  6. In the event of a tie, my husband will randomly choose the winner.
  7. I’ll contact you for your mailing address on Wednesday and mail your prize (or hand deliver it).


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Bugs and boils (eew!)

Bugs and boils

This week is Vacation Bible School at church.  I’m so grateful for the air conditioned facilities; very, very grateful we are not out at camp, where the pond is icky and it is not air conditioned.

I am the assistant to the snack leader, a high schooler.  Each day we help one of the classes make a snack for all kids and staff — a snack that ties in with the lesson.  Today they learned about the plagues, and this trail-mix sort of snack was called Bugs and Boils, which appealed greatly to the kids.  The fruit gushers were especially enjoyed when related to oozing sores.  I was mostly impressed with the colors of the tongues when the Snack Shack was finished.

So here is a portion of 75 bags of bugs and boils (pretzels, mini chocolate chips, raisins, fruit gushers, and mini marshmallows).  It was a great plan to have the kids prepare the snack for the others, even if Monday it was a challenge to keep the pre-schoolers from eating the ingredients!

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Hot shower card

A hot shower

The card is hot.  The bridal shower, I don’t know.

I spent some time this afternoon in the (cool) basement experimenting with the new In Colors.  This is Melon Mambo with a touch of Crushed Curry.  (Is your mouth watering yet?)  The Melon sponged on the stamp already inked up in Curry created a beautiful orange shading.  This technique, sponging on the rubber, is called “direct to rubber,” and because you can’t see exactly where the ink is going, the results are always a surprise.  Remember to breathe on the stamp before stamping your card stock to moisten the ink.

I tried several color combos using this stamp; some results were quite gross, frankly!  But that’s the fun of not simply making a card, but working with technique.  The successful attempts go in the Scraps box to be used on some other project.

I decided to use this for our future DIL’s bridal shower in a couple of weeks.  I don’t have a gift yet, but I do have the card!

Stamps:  Upsy Daisy, Teeny Tiny Wishes*

Ink:  Melon Mambo*, Crushed Curry*

Paper:  Melon Mambo*, Crushed Curry*, Whisper White

Other:  Sponge Dauber, 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Crushed Curry)*, Basic Jumbo Grommet (Whisper White), Stampin’ Dimensionals

*Available July 1!

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Introducing Bermuda Bay

Bermuda Circles

I just can’t get this color right from my camera.  Evidence of amateur photography, I guess.  Bermuda Bay, one of the 2010 In Colors, is a cross between Taken with Teal and Tempting Turquoise (closer to teal).  It’s very pretty — another tropical color that suits our current weather, hot and miserably humid.  If the corn is happy, I’m probably not.

Here you can see more of the ten Circle Circus stamps, which are designed to match the sizes of our circle punches,  and the cute 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon that is offered only in the six In Colors.  Note from the knot that the dots are on one side only.

Is committing to the annual In Colors difficult for you?  A full pack of paper, a stamp pad, a roll of coordinating ribbon, and even (hooray!) a matching marker is probably less than a pair of shoes.  Stampers ask about buying re-inkers; I have been buying them for the In Colors and will gladly re-ink your pad if you feel it’s necessary.  I just don’t re-ink very often, but after using new pads yesterday, I wonder if some of my older colors could be refreshed.  Anyway, unless you’re doing a technique that uses re-inkers (e.g., shaving cream, baby wipe), I wouldn’t put them at the top of your wish list.

Now, having said that, you’ll see some techniques using re-inkers that we haven’t done in awhile — or ever — at July’s camps!

Stamps:  Circle Circus

Ink:  Bermuda Bay

Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Other:  assorted circle punches, 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Bermuda Bay)

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Gotta love a 5-minute project!

Corner bookmark

Yesterday I came home to find that July’s Stampin’ Success, the demonstrator mag, had arrived — early this month!  It’s always a pleasure to read through the print version, but this edition contained a “cute and easy project” that made me run downstairs and whip one up.

This “page corner bookmark” can be as simple or elaborate as you want, keeping in mind the bulk that may crease or damage the book’s pages.  I kept mine simple for DH, who began reading a book before I was even finished.  (Is that even legal?)  So we needed two bookmarks to track our progress.

Here’s how to make this bookmark:

  1. Cut a 5″ square of card stock; score in half both ways, creating four quarters.
  2. Trim off one of the quarters (creating sort of a chunky “L” shape).
  3. Fold both legs in to the corner panel, adhering to each other but not to the corner piece.  This will create the pocket that slips over the page corner.
  4. Embellish as desired.

I used a stamp from a brand new set, Circle Circus, available July 1.  As you can guess from the name, the set is full of circle motifs — several remind me of Moroccan tiles, some are playful and fun.  The Soft Suede color I used is one of the 2010 In Colors.

Try this!

Stamps:  Circle Circus

Ink:  Soft Suede

Paper:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Other:  Scallop Circle Punch

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Forever wild

Forever Wild About You

I have gotten so much mileage out of this set!  Luckily I see at least one in the new catalog that will provide the same playful feel for kids’ cards.  I think you will love it!

Meanwhile, I went back through my stamp camp archives and pulled out this card, using the filmstrip technique.  Our Spiral Punch provides the notches on the long edges, something like our classroom filmstrips had.  (If you remember that, let’s talk about hula hoops and The Happy Hollisters!)

In addition to the retiring stamp set, this card uses paper, ink and ribbon in the former In Color Wild Wasabi, a green that I loved.  It’s always fun to see where Stampin’ Up! leads us, as far as trendy colors, and the 2010 colors are no exception!  With names like Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo, can’t you just feel the tropical breeze from Bermuda Bay?

Stamps:  Wild About You*

Ink:  Basic Black, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi (retired), assorted Stampin’ Write Markers

Paper:  Wild Wasabi (retired), Basic Black, Whisper White

Other:  Spiral, 1⅜” Square and 1/8″ (retired) punches; Double-Stitched Ribbon in Wild Wasabi (retired) and Gingham Ribbon in Black; Stampin’ Dimensionals

*Only available till June 30!

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Pick this daisy!

TOY Daisy 2

It only takes seeing a few fabulous creations using a Stampin’ Up! product before I put it on my wish list.  So it was with the Flower Daisies #2 die, and eventually it moved from my wish list to an order, and then to my Big Shot.  This die has three sizes of daisies, and although they are wonderful layered that way, using two of the same size just slightly offset provides a very full flower.  Cutting them in complementary colors (e.g., Barely Banana and So Saffron) provides added depth.

I enjoy “fussy” cutting, but cranking these out with the Big Shot can’t be beat!

Stamps:  None!

Ink:  None!

Paper:  Kiwi Kiss*, Good Morning Sunshine DSP*, Pacific Point*

Other:  Big Shot and Flower Daisies #2 die, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Jumbo Brad (5/16 Whisper White), retired rub-ons (2008 SAB?)

*Gone June 30!

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