Monthly Archives: April 2010

Welcome, Stampin’ Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop!

Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts’ latest blog hop — this one featuring the brand-new Summer Mini Catalog.

I’m stop #22, so perhaps you’ve been hopping for quite some time!  If you started at the beginning, you’ve just visited Stampin’ My Life Away and enjoyed Lisa’s projects using Stampin’ Up!’s patriotic set July Fourth and jumbo wheel Red, White & Blue.  I salute you, Lisa!

Here I’ll present some cards made with the single-stamp set All a Flutter, found on page 31 of the mini.  I’m happy that Stampin’ Up! offers reasonably priced single stamps — so often they are just the specific stamp I need (like Dasher and Chocolate Bunny!).

To keep your stop short and sweet, I am omitting recipes for the projects.  Check back in the coming days for the complete stories!  Click to enlarge the photos, please.

  1. My first project, Metallic Butterfly, uses a re-inker technique I learned at a Stampin’ Up! Regional meeting in Milwaukee a few weeks ago.  (You can read my tutorial here when you have time.)  It was hard for me to capture the metallic sheen of the image.  Please try this technique — it is so cool and so easy!  The color here is Bermuda Bay:  farewell, dear friend!
  2. I call this next project Silk Butterflies, because it uses the faux silk technique.  Actually, this was the first project I designed, based on an old nightgown of mine — with basically the same pattern!  The nightgown wasn’t silk, nor did it have a sweet ruffle like this one.  It did inspire this card but, being very practical, not much else ….)  I’ll post the tutorial for faux silk on Tuesday.
  3. This Watercolor Butterfly uses a technique that’s as simple as it looks:  over an embossed image, scribble stripes of crayon and blend as little or as much as you like.
  4. Relax, all you lepidopterists, this Butterfly Trio is art, not science!  I started to look online for coloring ideas, but I never could find this particular butterfly (moth?), so I just went with what I liked.  This is simply markers on Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Paper.  The spatter you see on the More Mustard mat is from the cool new Smooch Spritz.  The color of this one is Log Cabin, which makes you think red-brown, but the color is more copper.  The spray is unpredictable — and that’s a good thing! — so be sure to protect other surfaces/items around where you’re spraying.

I enjoyed having you with me — I hope your heart was All a Flutter while you were here!  You’re now on to the last stop on the hop, Tinkerin in Ink with Tanya.  Tanya’s projects using Motorcycle are sure to appeal to the biker chick in you!

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Skip, jump and … hop!

Tomorrow begins the Stampin’ Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop, featuring items from the upcoming mini.  Come back and join the tour here; you’ll loop through all 24 blogs that will be showcasing fun new products.  What a great way to spend a weekend!

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Speaking of dots

The dotted-Swiss effect of the Perfect Polka Dots Stampin’ Up! Textured Impressions Die used on Vellum Card Stock is quite charming.  I used it on this card (inspired by Rosemarie Diehl) to tone down the intensity of the stamped panel.  Yes, these are the same leaves used last month.  Another little tip:  just a Glue Dot holds the little tag to the ribbon.  No need to punch a teeny tiny hole and tie a teeny tiny string!  Although that would look cute, this gives pretty much the same effect with no deep sighing.

Stamps:  With All My Heart*, Tiny Tags*

Ink: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron

Paper:  So Saffron, Vellum Card Stock, Whisper White, Old Olive

Other:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (Certainly Celery), Crimper, Punches (Extra Large Fancy Flower, Small Oval, Medium Jewelry Tag*), Corduroy Button (Pumpkin Pie), Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

*Leaving us on April 30!

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Tuesday Tip: “Punching out” a Sizzlit die cut

Now that wasn’t a title that would make a lot of people look!  One of the projects from camp this month (the Butterfly Tin Magnet) had the Little Leaves Sizzlit die in the background.  It’s quite intricate, and punching it out takes some care so that you don’t rip it.  Stamper Jody offered this tip:  Don’t punch out the positive (the leaves), punch away the negative.  Hold onto the leaves and pull the rest of the paper away.  This helps a lot!

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“Finals week”

This is it:  the last week for the Occasions Mini Catalog!  My own copy is falling apart, it’s been rifled through so many times.  Poor darling, it’s exhausted after four months of work.  Although there’s good news that some punches and stamp sets will return in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog (see below), be careful!  Some items will be gone forever on May 1.  Order now!

If you’re like me, you look at a Stampin’ Up! project and think, “How did they do that?”  For us, I’ve posted a link to the “recipes,” or supplies list, in the Resources section of this blog.

So here is the list of items from the Occasions Mini Catalog that will be available for order after this month:

Item # Description Price
116519 Charming set $19.95
117690 Vintage Vogue (Wood Mount) $23.95
118598 Vintage Vogue (Clear Mount) $17.95
118091 Tiny Tags WM $22.95
118592 Tiny Tags CM $16.95
117535 DÉCOR ELEMENTS F IS FOR FOX CHOCOLATE $4.95
117536 DÉCOR ELEMENTS G IS FOR GIRAFFE CHOCOLATE $4.95
117529 DÉCOR ELEMENTS IS FOR BLACK $4.95
117541 DÉCOR ELEMENTS L IS FOR LION CHOCOLATE $4.95
117542 DÉCOR ELEMENTS M IS FOR MONKEY CHOCOLATE $4.95
117544 DÉCOR ELEMENTS O IS FOR OWL CHOCOLATE $4.95
117528 DÉCOR ELEMENTS SCALLOP FRAME BLACK $6.95
117549 DÉCOR ELEMENTS T IS FOR TURTLE CHOCOLATE $4.95
117552 DÉCOR ELEMENTS W IS FOR WHALE CHOCOLATE $4.95
118139 DS FOLK FLOWERS -SHELLI SIGNATURE COLLECTION $12.95
117597 DS PAISLEY PATTERNS 2-STEP $14.95
118072 PUNCH CORNER PINKING HEARTS $9.95
118870 PUNCH CORNER SCALLOP TRIM $9.95
117191 PUNCH LG 2 STEP BIRD $15.95
118073 PUNCH LG FANCY FLOWER $15.95
117649 PUNCH BORDER PINKING HEARTS $15.95
117190 PUNCH MD JEWELRY TAG $10.95
117193 PUNCH SM SMALL HEART $5.95
117310 SIZZIX BIGZ L MINI MILK CARTON $32.95
118138 SIZZIX EMBOSSLITS BEAUTIFUL WINGS $11.95
117332 SIZZIX EMBOSSLITS SCALLOPED HEART OF HEARTS $11.95
117335 SIZZIX PERFECT POLKA DOTS $7.95
116772 RECIPES BY DESIGN $24.95
120435 HEART TREAT CUPS $2.95

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Bulletin: Money can’t buy happiness!

In a recent New York Times op-ed piece, David Brooks writes that wealth is not the key to happiness.  (Surprise!)  Brooks asserts that it’s interpersonal relationships that lead to happiness and personal fulfillment.  He cites a study that says that “joining a group that meets just once a month produces the same happiness gain as doubling your income”!

Every month someone at stamp camp tells me how they enjoy being with other stampers.  It’s not only the creative outlet, it’s talking and laughing with others that feels good.  As you’ve experienced, these groups are fluid — many stampers attend different camps as their schedules allow.  So you may be sitting with someone “new” you discover has a child in the same school as yours.  Or she has relatives in the town where you grew up.  Or you have both survived breast cancer.  Or her father is your chiropractor.

Stamp camps are good for you!  Why not come to one in May?  Check my calendar for the camp that works best for you!

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Get ready to hop!

To welcome the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog, my friends at Stampin’ Addicts will be holding a blog hop.  Beginning Friday, April 30, and through Sunday, May 2, twenty-four blogs will feature products from the mini.  I’ll be showcasing a single stamp called All a Flutter.

Circle the dates on your calendar and join us as we hop through summer!

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