Monthly Archives: February 2010

Stamping my fingers to the bone

I am, really, but on things I can’t post yet.  So I thought I’d better get back to last weekend’s Stampin’ Addicts Birthday Hop and give the recipe for another project.

Beware — images in photo above appear much larger than they actually are!  This little Stampin’ Up! Simply Adorned Charm measures only 1¼” x 1″ — at least, that’s the size of the insert.  It’s a challenge to use such a tiny “canvas”!  But now that I’ve got this charm in hand, I’m finding all sorts of images that I can use.  Remember, the back of the charm is also glass (but not beveled), so that you can create another insert that complements the front.  A photo would be sweet, or a favorite quote — see how this works?

Tip:  The closure on this is really firm.  The charm absolutely won’t open accidentally!  That makes it a challenge to open, but thanks to someone’s tip on Stampin’ Addicts (I think), I now simply use a dime to twist between the top pieces on the front and back.  Easy!

The rhinestone in the corner was pried out of the pronged holder.  Use needle-nosed pliers to spare your fingernails.

Stamps:  Spring Song (p. 102, En Français (p. 134)

Ink:  Basic Brown, Sahara Sand

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery

Accessories:  Aqua Painter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brad


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An a-peeling quiz!

Stamper Jill can’t wait for the answers to last week’s Banana Quiz, so here they are:

  1. What country grows bananas but does not import or export any?  Australia.
  2. The plant bananas grow on is not a tree.  It is actually classified as what?  An herb, related to lilies and orchids,
  3. How and when were bananas introduced to the U.S.?  At the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, bananas were wrapped in foil and sold for 10 cents.
  4. Which country produces the most bananas?  India,
  5. Where was the banana split invented?  In Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1904.

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Tuesday Tip: Making a good impression

Yesterday’s post featured some squares of “faux tin ceiling” — Brushed Silver card stock that had been embossed with Stampin’ Up!’s Finial Press Textured Impressions embossing folder and punched with the SU! 1¼” Square Punch.  If you have a Big Shot, you know there is a significant difference between the impression left by the embossing folder and that of the Texturz Plates.  The folder creates a sharp emboss; the Texturz Plates’ results are more delicate and subtle.

The design of the two products explains the difference.  Card stock in the folder is pressed from one side into the other, debossing (indenting) one side and embossing the other.  The Texturz Plates only have the half of that capability.  It’s only the pressure of the “squishy pad” (Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber pad) that creates the debossing.  If there’s not enough pressure on that pad, you’ll only get a light impression.

I like using both products, but I want to ensure as deep an impression with the plates as possible.  My solution?  Shims and alcohol.  I’ve already talked about generously spraying alcohol on your card stock before using the Texturz Plates.  The difference is amazing!  But you may need additional pressure, too, in the form of a shim, or piece of “junk” card stock or copy paper, under your plate.  Even slightly increasing the pressure will make a difference.

Know your machine!  Your Big Shot may take a different shim combination than mine.  Watch for more Tuesday Tips on getting the most out of your Big Shot!

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Waiting for spring

Some day!  Meanwhile, a card from the past weekend’s Stampin’ Addicts Birthday Blog Hop.  (Sorry that this card looks navy blue — it’s really purple!)

I’ve only recently bought Stampin’ Up!’s Textured Impressions embossing folders — this one arrived just last week.  The impression left by the folders is more dramatic, not as subtle as with the Texturz Plates.  (Come back tomorrow for a quick tip on effective embossing.)

Somewhere in my surfing I found a technique that mimics the embossed tin ceilings found in old stores.  There’s more to it than what I’ve done here, but I wanted to keep the look light.

Is there a more beautiful image to color that this one from Bloomin’ Beautiful?  I don’t think so … at least not yet!

Stamps:  Bloomin’ Beautiful (p. 98), All Holidays (p. 43)

Ink:  StazOn Jet Black, Elegant Eggplant

Paper:  Elegant Eggplant, Brushed Silver, Watercolor Paper, Certainly Celery

Other:  Big Shot and SU! Final Press Textured Impressions embossing folder, 1¼” Square Punch, Aqua Painter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Welcome, Stampin’ Addicts Birthday Blog Hoppers!

Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Birthday Blog Hop weekend! Happy 1st birthday, SA!

I’m stop #3 — you may have come from the previous stop, Scrap and Stamp with Mary, and enjoyed her party favor projects.  My projects celebrate a Gardener’s Birthday.  We’ve had several sunny days in a row in north-central Illinois, and my fingers are itching to poke around my gardens and see how they fared through the winter.  However, as it snowed last night {sigh} and more is forecast, the reality is that I have many weeks to go before I can do that.  So I’ll satisfy my urge with these stamping items!

Because I don’t want to slow down your hopping, I won’t post much in the way of directions or recipes.  Please come back next week to get the whole story!  As always, click the images to view an enlarged version.

  1. Here’s something I wanted immediately when I saw it in the Holiday Mini:  The Simply Adorned Charm.  As you know, quality control issues forced Stampin’ Up! to delay the shipping of the Simply Adorned line, so I had to tap my foot impatiently.  But those jewelry items are now available (as is the Charming stamp set), and finally I’ve gotten to create something!  This little bird was masked so I could include the En Franςais image behind it.  A little bling makes this an extra-special gift for someone who loves being outside.  The glass’s beveled edges are difficult to photograph, but oh so pretty!
  2. Even though the box for the Simply Adorned pendant is quite nice (and easy to embellish), I wanted something else.  I’ve made many of these textured flowers for boxes and tins.  They’re simple to do and — considering they’re paper — quite sturdy.
  3. This birthday card plays with the tin ceiling tile look — nothing more than Brushed Silver card stock run through the Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and punched out.  I didn’t want to take too much away from the stamped image, so I kept things simple.
  4. And finally, something in a different color scheme!  I am drawn toward yellow at this time of late winter, and this decorative ceramic tile certainly perks up my mood.  Once again the main image was masked for En Franςais.  Coloring with Craft ink and baking the tile in the oven makes this “color safe.”  (However, I wouldn’t use it as a conventional coaster.) is a free website dedicated to supporting Stampin’ Up! stampers and demonstrators alike. Our motto is “Positively Creative! Positively Stampin’ Up!”  If you have not been to Stampin’ Addicts, you should check them out as soon as you finish the Birthday Blog Hop!

And as part of its first birthday this month, another way we are celebrating is with a Birthday Stamp Jam on this very weekend, consisting of four birthday-related paper crafting challenges.  Play along!

Your next stop is Dawnmarie’s blog dmdezigns — she has designed  projects for the birthday girl using the Big Shot.  Enjoy!


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At the hop …

… you’ll see more of this project of mine, celebrating a gardener’s birthday.  Please come back tomorrow at noon Eastern time for the Stampin’ Addicts Birthday Blog Hop and enjoy the creativity of 24 stampers.  You have all weekend!

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In celebration of America’s #1 fruit

Do you know the answers to these questions?

  1. What country grows bananas but does not import or export any?
  2. The plant bananas grow on is not a tree.  It is actually classified as what?
  3. How and when were bananas introduced to the U.S.?
  4. Which country produces the most bananas?
  5. Where was the banana split invented?

That’s enough of that — now back to stamping!  I teased you with a little peek of this last week, so here is the full card we’re doing in camps this month.

Stamps:  Sock Monkey (p. 90)

Ink:  Basic Brown, Pumpkin Pie

Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Very Vanilla

Accessories:  Aqua Painter and Wonderful Watercolor Crayons, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, Circles #2 Die, 1¾” Circle Punch, Earth Element brad (Old Olive), SU! Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals


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