Monthly Archives: August 2009

Happy, happy wedding!

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I believe Saturday’s wedding day for my stepson and DIL was the only day of the week it wasn’t raining!  Unseasonably cool and partly cloudy, it was perfect for a church and reception hall packed with people celebrating the happy event.

Cutting the cakeThe bride’s color was coral, so this was the card I made.  I used the ribbon anchoring technique, but before tightening the knot, I slipped in a bow made from the elastic cord that will be featured in the upcoming Holiday Mini (available tomorrow!).  I learned this little tip from my stampin’ sister Tina Moore — it adds just the right bit of sparkle.

Stamps:  Always (p. 54), Friends 24-7 (p. 100), En Franςais (p. 134)

Ink:  Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal

Paper:  Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot and Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I Texturz Plate (Flourish), Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Gray), Elastic Cord (Silver), Metal Edge Tag, Silver Brad, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Time for tomatoes

Tomato basket

When my DSD wished out loud for tomatoes for the birthday picnic last weekend, I didn’t think we could deliver.  But a more thorough check of the garden yielded this basket … and more.  They are fabulous this year.  The Romas must be processed ASAP.  We are laying in food for the winter.  The local squirrel activity has us concerned.

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How to “anchor” a ribbon

Heartfelt Inkspiration campers have used this technique many, many times to secure ribbon so that it doesn’t slide around the card.  You may know this as a “one-hole bow,” although I don’t use it for a bow, only a knot.

The key is a hole that is punched through the panel you’re using — this could be a card front or a panel that will be adhered to something else.  Threading your ribbon through this hole means that not only is it secure, but it’s much easier to tie — like having that other person’s finger you always need!

Here are the instructions:

  1. Punch a 1/8” hole where you want the knot to be.  (If the knot needs to be further than the punch’s reach, use the universal eyelet setter.)
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  3. Insert one end of the ribbon from the inside of the card to the front, leaving enough tail to tie.
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  5. Wrap the long end of the ribbon around the front of the card.
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  7. Bring it around to the inside again and feed it through the same hole as before.
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  9. Even out the tails, one on each side of the ribbon that runs across the front of the card.
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  11. Check to make sure the ribbon is not twisted inside the card. Tie a single knot; trim tail ends.
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That’s all there is to it! Do this half a dozen times and you’ll never forget how!


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Re-inker smoosh

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You’re right, I don’t really know the name of this technique.  It involves a non-porous surface, drops of Stampin’ Up! re-inkers, and spritzes of water.  Press your paper into the mess and dry it with a heat tool.  Repeat until y0u get the desired results — which are pretty much always unexpected!

Thanks to Stamper Sally for giving me the challenge to experiment with this effect!

Oh, a play on words, of sorts:  I decided to block out the minute hand with the sentiment to reinforce the message.

Stamp:  Sense of Time

Ink:  Soft Suede; Old Olive, More Mustard and Dusty Durango re-inkers

Paper:  Old Olive, Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, More Mustard

Other:  Heat Tool, Spiral Punch, Linen Thread, Really Rust button (retired)

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A beary nice sneak peek

BAB preview

When I got my Holiday Mini almost a month ago, I was surprised and pleased to see that Stampin’ Up! is teaming up with the Build-A-Bear Workshop® with an exclusive collection of bear … stuff.  (Would that be bearaphernalia?)  In the Holiday Mini, effective September 1, y0u’ll find bear and clothing dies, BAB-related stamps, and Pawsitively Prints Designer Series Paper.  More is to come, I am sure, as SU! has promised that this product line will be carried past the mini sales period.

Enjoy the little preview above, and look for the Holiday Mini online soon!

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Barn stars, sort of

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Sunday afternoon, after a well-needed but short nap, we took a drive through the north part of DeKalb County, searching out some historical sites.  It was a beautiful day with delights around every bend.  Sadly (but perhaps inevitably) so many farm buildings have been abandoned and left to fall apart, but here and there someone will have taken care to show a little affection for those hardworking structures with a barn star.

So I was inspired to create this card.  It uses a technique we did in class some time ago that shades one half of each star “leg” to give the illusion of dimension.  In real life, these stars really do look 3-D.  I used a piece of black card stock textured with the Distressed plate to pay homage to barn siding.

Ink:  More Mustard

Paper:  Dusty Durango, Basic Black, More Mustard

Other:  Big Shot with Texture Plate Kit #4 (Distressed), 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Large Star Punch, Sponge Dauber, Vintage Brad (Black)

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Happy Holidays Blog Hop

Holiday Mini Blog Hop Final

Just in time for the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini, my friends at Stampin’ Addicts are holding a Happy Holidays Blog Hop.  Starting at noon (EST) on Saturday, August 29th, there will be 25 stops on this tour.  You can keep hopping until midnight (PST) Monday night, August 31st.  Start at Yapha’s blog — at every stop you’ll find links to the stops before and after.

I’m not participating in this hop — I prudently decided that and my stepson’s wedding this weekend would be too much.  But as soon as I can get to my PC and start hopping, I will!

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