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Thank you, hostesses!

Here are some of the milk cartons holding goodies for my club hostesses of the past six months.  Inside?  Well, it’s a secret, in case some of my hostesses haven’t yet seen their gift.

All of the paper (except Whisper White!) is retiring TODAY!  When I put these colors together, I was delighted by the effect.  It’s something to look forward to — all the mixing and matching with the new and returning colors.  Yes, I’ll miss the polka-dot ribbon, but I am very pleased with the selection in the upcoming catalog.  I like that Stampin’ Up! creates a ribbon style exclusively for the In Colors.  It looks wonderful!

Stamps:  Lovely Letters Alphabet

Ink:  Green Galore

Paper:  Green Galore, Gable Green, Taken With Teal, Whisper White

Other:  Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die, Scallop Circle Punch, 1¼” Circle Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Bermuda Bay)

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Tuesday Tip — Ribbon slot

When you have a side-fold card like this one, how can you get a ribbon tied horizontally around the card front?  Simple!  At the point where you want the ribbon, with the card folded, use the soon-to-be-retired Horizontal Slot Punch to nip off the tiniest bit of fold.  (It will be twice as wide with the card unfolded.)  That will be big enough to feed the ribbon, but not enough to distract from your design.  No punch?  Use a craft knife — carefully, please! — to cut a slit.

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An amethyst fairy

It’s no secret that I love Stampin’ Up!’s Almost Amethyst.  Lucky for me I have a spare pack, because it is not available after June 30 — in fact, it is totally out of stock in 8.5″ x 11″.  (Check the status of retiring accessories here.)

This card was part of my Wings and Things stamp camps in June.  Isn’t her face pretty?  The little smudge at the bottom is her shadow, although one of my stampers thought my card looked like the fairy was jumping into a puddle!  Must refine my coloring techniques!

The secret to the ribbon tied around the card front, even with a side opening?  Check out the Tuesday Tip next week!

Stamps:  A Little Bit of Magic (Summer Mini), Tiny Tags (still available)

Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, Basic Black

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Almost Amethyst*, Lovely Lilac*

Other:  Big Shot, Scallop Square die, Finial Press Textured Impressions Folder, Horizontal Slot Punch*, Aqua Painter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons, assorted Stampin’ Write Markers, Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, Taffeta Ribbon (Very Vanilla), Glue Dot, Stampin’ Dimensionals

*Retiring June 30!

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In the birdhouse, not the doghouse

It took me awhile to jump on the milk-carton-as-birdhouse bandwagon.  When I decided to use (mostly) retired colors, the idea of a folk art dwelling started to form.  Some of my stampers this month thought this was very Mary Engelbreit, which I count as a huge compliment.  When her magazine Home Companion was discontinued, I was sad.  So many good things in there!  Well, I don’t know why I didn’t investigate this sooner, but she has a blog that is also fun.  The pictures of participants and their projects at this spring’s Home Companion Workshop are inspiring.  When I first read about the Workshop, I was raring to go.  Then I saw the price!  Gulp.  Going to Convention in less than one month seems like a bargain!

Speaking of prices, I want you to know that for the new year — the new Stampin’ Up! year starting July 1, that is — I will not be raising my stamp camp prices.  There have been suggestions that I should, especially since the cost of card stock is going up, but I can hold the line just fine.  What I will be doing, however, is charging for workshops.  What’s the difference?  A workshop is a party held in your home, usually, that gives me an opportunity to present Stampin’ Up! products to your friends by demonstrating them and allowing guests to participate.  Workshops (that allow you to earn free and hostess-exclusive product!) will be “2x2x2” — two projects for two dollars in two hours.  Talk to me about how to hold a party of your own!

Ink:  Close to Cocoa*, Ballet Blue*

Paper:  Summer Sun*, Ruby Red*, Garden Green, Taken with Teal*, Close to Cocoa*, Ballet Blue*

Other:  Mini Milk Carton Bigz die, Window Sheet (thick), Glue Dots, Punches (1¼” Circle, Scallop Circle, Extra Large Two-Step Bird, Heart to Heart, Small Heart, Scallop Edge), 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon* (Crushed Curry), Stampin’ Dimensionals, hole punch

*retiring June 30


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Blushing hydrangeas

Here’s another card from my Early Espresso monochromatic experiment.  As I’ve said, it’s never worth making just one of something, so the other day I had created a half sheet of random hydrangeas.  So pretty!

This pink, Blushing Bride, is one of the new In Colors.  As you know, each year starting in 2010, Stampin’ Up! will introduce five new In Colors, which will remain in inventory for two years.  I love that idea, since it increases the color combinations we have to play with!

When demonstrators first saw the new colors — core colors and In Colors — there was some grumbling about the similarity of the pinks.  However, our preview was online only, and I can tell you that in person, this pink is different enough from the others.  Pink Pirouette has a little raspberry in it; this is more like a strawberry shake.  Lovely!

Stamps:  Because I Care

Ink:  Early Espresso

Paper:  Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Other:  Scallop Rectangle Clearlits Die, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Tuesday Tip: DIY padded envelope

When I got ready to mail this card to my friends last week, I was a little concerned how it would travel through the mail.  More than once a recipient has told me that a brad or other embellishment was poking through the envelope upon delivery!

To protect my work, I simple took 1/4 sheet of coordinating card stock and ran it through the Crimper.  This piece then faced the front of the card when I inserted it into the envelope.  Although it may not have remained crimped en route, I think it should have provided sufficient cushioning.  And it also gives the recipient something to wonder about when they open the envelope:  “What am I supposed to do with this?”

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Simply hydrangeas

This hydrangea image, part of a Level 1 hostess set from the new Stampin’ Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog, is stunning.  Are you intimidated by the idea of coloring this?  This approach, above, is nothing more than several squares punched from various parts of a larger image.  The fact that it is monotone makes it so striking.  I was inspired by the beautiful work of SU! demonstrator Jo-Ann Pullen and the stunning new Early Espresso core color, a very rich black-brown.

Stamps:  Because I Care

Ink:  Early Espresso

Paper:  Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla

Other:  Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1¼” Square Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals


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