Monthly Archives: January 2010

Mulberry and butterfly

When checking my paper supply, I ran across a small amount of mulberry paper, discontinued from Stampin’ Up!’s inventory several years ago.  I don’t think I ever used it for anything except a torn mat to soften a card and give it a bit of a fairyland feel.

Do you still have some mulberry paper, too?  You probably know that it tears more easily when wet, and this is easily accomplished by running an Aqua Painter along the edge.  Rather than tearing, you are pulling the edge out to create that feathery look.

I started this card with the pinked Basic Gray piece that originally belonged to another project.  When I accidentally put it against a piece of So Saffron, I was smitten!

Stamps:  Baroque Motifs (p. 131)

Ink:  Basic Gray

Paper:  So Saffron, mulberry paper, Barely Banana, Basic Gray, More Mustard

Other:  Big Shot, SU! Beautiful Butterflies Die, SU! Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder*, Pinking Hearts Border Punch*, Pretties Kit (small white halfback pearl), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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It pays to share!

When I sent out January’s newsletter, I promised a little something to anyone who brought a card to “show and tell” and camp.  About 1/3 of my campers this month did so, and received this!

Before Christmas I had found peppermint Ghirardelli chocolates in red-and-white striped packaging.  I knew they would be perfect for Valentine goodies, and that scheme drove this design.  You’ve seen variations on the Faux Diamond Dust hearts here and here.  I can’t stop with them, and when love is in the air, why should I?

Ink:  VersaMark

Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Brushed Silver

Other:  Big Shot, SU! Bitty Box & Envelope Die, SU! Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Iridescent Ice), Heart to Heart Punch, Gingham Ribbon (Red), Silver Brad, hole punch

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Tuesday Tip: Clear-Mount Blocks

I doubt anyone was more taken by surprise than me that Stampin’ Up! recently began offering its high-quality rubber stamps in repositionable design.  The same rubber-and-foam, die-cut stamps are backed with a “cling” surface that will temporarily attach them to Clear-Mount Blocks.  The storage is significantly less (no more chunky wood blocks), and the fact that you can attach a cling image label to the stamp means easier positioning when you stamp.

When you choose a stamp set in the clear-mount option, you’ll need to also buy (or make sure you already have) Clear-Mount Blocks in appropriate sizes.  The bottom of page 6 in the Occasions Mini lists the size of each block, but demonstrator Belinda King came up with an even easier solution:  a chart that, when printed on a transparency, can be placed over stamp images in the mini to check for block sizes.  You’ll find that chart HERE.  Just be sure that when you print it, you are printing at 100% — no scaling — or the sizes will not be correct!  Thanks to Belinda for this fabulous resource!

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Glittery blue

Sometimes I design something that I fuss with and revise and tear apart and add to — argh!  And sometimes it’s right the first time, like this card!  I wanted to showcase the Heat & Stick Powder that I spoke of in this post, but with another color of glitter.  (Remember, when you have  glitter that you want applied to a stamped image — all over — H&S is the product to use.)  The Fine Cosmo glitter collection has a beautiful light blue, but I thought it would be too pale to use as the main element, so we stamped in Bashful Blue Craft ink for a good base, then continued with the H&S.  Click the image above to see the detail.

I’ve passed on this tip to you before about using Craft ink:  heating it not only dries it but also turns it somewhat chalky, resulting in images that really pop on dark card stock.

Stamp:  Vintage Labels (free during Sale-A-Bration!)

Ink:  Bashful Blue Craft

Paper:  Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot and SU! Backgrounds I Texturz Plate (Small Dots), Scallop Trim Border Punch*, Heat Tool, Heat & Stick Powder, Fine Cosmo Stampin’ Glitter (Light Blue), Scallop Circle Punch, Taffeta Ribbon (Bashful Blue), Corduroy Button (Chocolate Chip), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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HB Bunny

Here’s the last of my Stampin’ Addicts blog hop projects.  As I mentioned, the first thing I wanted to do with Chocolate Bunny was to re-create the vintage metal chocolate mold.  After several variations on card stock and ink and embossing powder, I decided I liked this the best:  Silver EP on Basic Gray CS.

I wanted to break away from Easter and chocolate, so I created this gender-neutral birthday card.  Color blocking is a fun technique, and I deliberately chose colors a bit outside my comfort zone.  Texturizing or stamping the panels gave even more contrast.

Stamps:  Chocolate Bunny (Occasions Mini), Baroque Motifs, All Holidays

Ink:  VersaMark, Basic Gray, Cameo Coral

Paper:  Ruby Red, Barely Banana, Bordering Blue, Cameo Coral, More Mustard

Other:  Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Silver), SU! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates (Harlequin, Small Dots), Metallic Eyelets (Silver), Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Gray), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Border punch tips

Did you n0tice the pinked edge on the card in this post?  It seems like no big deal — just use the new Pinking Hearts Border Punch from the Occasions Mini.  This punch is a little trickier than the others we use because the peaks are so small.

Although I use most Stampin’ Up! punches upside-down so I can see what I’m punching, the border punches are the exception to this rule for me.  Instead, I learn how to line up the first punched areas so that the border is continuous and clean.

You’ll find a tip sheet here.  Like most tools that seem confusing, once you use this punch a few times, it’s easy!

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The Linen Sisters throw a shower

Several months ago a few women at church started talking about how to support our local branch of Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ).  Love INC is a clearinghouse organization; when someone calls for help, their needs are assessed and met through other agencies, such as churches and the Salvation Army.  Love INC makes it easier to get help (just one call!), and the involvement of churches creates relationships that go deeper than a handout.

Fast forward to this past Sunday, when our group held a shower to stock our Linen Closet.  A local reporter sat in on our meeting last week and wrote a terrific article about our efforts.  We had an amazing afternoon — two hours of people

  • bringing kitchen, bath, and bed linens to us (someone stopped me in the parking lot before I could even get inside!)
  • making potpourri bags to be included with linens that are delivered
  • stamping cards that will be enclosed in the linens package
  • learning how to create braided rugs from linens deemed too damaged to pass on
  • eating!

I was in charge of the treats and designing one of two cards for newbie stampers.  That’s it, above.  Each card was different, but all were beautiful — made more so because the stampers wrote a personal note inside.

We now have more linens than we have room to store and a healthy account balance for future needs.  And we have a lot of work to do!

Stamps:  Inspired by Nature, All Holidays, Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Ink:  Rose Red, Sahara Sand, various Stampin’ Write Markers

Paper:  Old Olive, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Certainly Celery

Other:  Punches (Small Oval, Large Oval, Eyelet Border), Stampin’ Dimensionals


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