Monthly Archives: March 2010

This is it — last day for SAB!

Sale-A-Bration, that fabulous time of the year when Stampin’ Up! offers us free merchandise with qualifying purchases, ends TODAY!  Only orders placed through Wednesday, March 31, 11:50 p.m. (Mountain Time), will count for SAB freebies.  Click the SHOP button, above, to be directed to my online Stampin’ Up! store, or call me to place your order.

I had to make one last card using SAB products.  It kind of reminds me of a bad golf outfit.  On the positive side, however, it does follow the April sketch challenge.  If you weren’t at camp in March, you’ll see the sketch challenge and the color challenge in April’s newsletter.  Not on the mailing list?  Check the Newsletters page on the first of each month — or just let me know you want an email attachment each month!

Stamps:  Happy Moments (SAB)

Ink:  Basic Black

Paper:  Brocade Blue, Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper (SAB), So Saffron, Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot, Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates (Harlequin), Circles #2 die, Aqua Painter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Tuesday Tip: Watercoloring basics

Still a little nervous about using those Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons?  Watch this video for tips and techniques:

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From out of the blue (or pink)

Late yesterday morning I got a call from my stepson with amazing news:  we’ll be grandparents again later this year!  I was so surprised, I’m not sure what I even said to him.  Then I had to wait well over an hour for DH to come home and call his son (I didn’t want to spoil the surprise).

Before long one of my DSDs called, equally excited.  There will be a 14-year gap between grandchildren.  We are so ready for a baby in this family!  We decided we’ll start the spoiling with some presents at Easter here next week.

Lucky for me I had never sent this card; it was waiting for the perfect occasion, and this is it!

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Got milk carton?

I admit, I used that line once before, almost, but this die-cut carton begs for it!  For this camp project, we kept the top closed with a little topper made from a scalloped circle.  Ribbon threaded through holes in the topper and the milk carton keep the goodies inside.  Springtime kisses — yum!

This March camp project will be used on my Easter table as favors.  Instead of the little basket tag, I’ll make initial tags so the favors will double as seating “assignments.”  (Or am I the only one who has guests ask, “Where should I sit?”  At my SIL’s table, we spouses and siblings always, always take the same places.)

This Milk Carton Die is back-ordered until next week, sorry to say.  The good news is that I’m nearly certain that it will be available after the Occasions Mini Catalog expires at the end of April and, hopefully, in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog that will begin July 1.

This is another project that is best assembled using Multi Purpose Adhesive or sticky strip.  There is so much tension on these pieces (i.e., they want to come unsprung), that you need really strong adhesive.  Even the double band needs something extra, at least at the ends.  The great thing about this die is that it only requires 1/2 sheet of card stock!  Assembly is quick, and embellishment is totally fun.  A friend is considering making 200+ of these for her son’s wedding ….

Stamps:  Eggcoutrements, Baroque Motifs

Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose

Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper (Tea Party), Almost Amethyst, So Saffron

Other:  Big Shot and Milk Carton die, Punches (Scallop Trim Border, Small Tag, Tag, Scallop Circle), Crop-A-Dile, 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (Certainly Celery)

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This Little Chick

This card was designed for both the March sketch and color challenges.  (To see the challenges, check out my monthly newsletters.)  The layering of rounded and straight mats creates an intriguing contrast. The center image — the chick — was cut out by hand.  So far there is no oval punch this size.  It’s a pretty oval; since the other images in this set fit punches, maybe we’ll see a punch in this size in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog July 1!

This was a camp card in March — come play with us next month!

Stamps:  Eggcoutrements

Ink:  Crushed Curry

Paper:  Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Vellum Card Stock, So Saffron, Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot, Ovals die, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Crushed Curry), Punches (Pinking Hearts Border, Scallop Oval, Scallop Circle), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Tuesday Tip: Keep track of loose rubber

When I first began buying our Clear-Mount stamp sets, I was a bit frustrated with the fact that the stamps were not clinging to the case securely.  (I have no problem with the stamps clinging to the Clear-Mount Blocks, just the case!)  Although I pressed them against the case, they were often loose when I brought out the set again.  I felt that a lost stamp was inevitable.

Then I read someone’s solution to this problem:  Save the rubber sheet from which you pop out the stamp images.  After your stamps are removed and labels are adhered, peel off the backing to the rubber sheet and press the sheet into the case.  The amount of cling ensures that this will stay put, and I can replace each stamp after I use it.  The fit against the rubber sheet ensures that the stamp will not become loose.

PS — In the picture above, you can see that I still do trim some of my stamps, after I affix the labels.  However, there’s enough of the original shape to ensure a tight fit.

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Committed

I’m not so sure about this color combo.  I was pleased with the coloring on the hat — the color of that ribbon is a little softer than it shows here — but I think I made a mistake with the mat.  But there I was, committed to that (because I used the Multi Purpose Adhesive), and I had to find other colors that worked with it. Many tries later, I landed on this.  DH likes it, and that’s good enough for me.

That subtle pattern in the paper echoes the weave of the hat.  The surprise on this card?  No Big Shot used — not that I didn’t try!

Stamps:  Garden from the Heart (Occasions Mini)

Ink:  Basic Brown

Paper:  So Saffron, Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration), Always Artichoke, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla

Other:  Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Fresh Favorites I Colored Buttons (Tempting Turquoise), Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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