It's hard to believe that May is nearly over. Where does the time go??? I had a great holiday weekend but now it's back to the working groove. How about you? I hope you found the time to do something special just for you over the weekend.
Speaking of time passing quickly, have you double checked your Wish List to make sure that none of the items on your list are on the Retiring List? There are only a few hours left to obtain stamp sets on the Retiring List--if you still have a few items left to purchase you'll need to do that BEFORE Midnight Mountain Time on 5/31. After that time, those stamp sets are gone forever. With respect to the remaining Retiring List items, those products may or may not appear on the Clearance Rack at some date in the future. Do you want to take the chance? Now is the time to place your order for those must-have items.
You can see the most current information regarding the Retiring List at the Stampin' Up! on-line store. Just click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top right sidebar of this blog page, click on the Shop Now hot link on the menu bar, and then click on the Retiring List hot link on the left sidebar.
When I was planning projects for my May Stamp Clubs, I wanted to use a stamp set that had not seen any love from me. As I was flipping through the current stamp sets on my work table, I found Touches of Texture. I can't believe that I hadn't used it! I mounted the stamps and thought about what I could make, but no ideas were popping into my head. With a stamp set as versatile as this one, I was mystified. So I went to Plan B--do a search for the stamp set on Pinterest. There were so many awesome ideas out there but one really caught my attention because it incorporated a technique that I hadn't used in a while...Masking. My card is nearly identical to the one that was made by Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Pam Warden [hers uses ribbon instead of lace and the greeting I used is presented differently than Pam's].
This card begins with a card base of Peekaboo Peach cardstock. The bunch of flowers image, from the Touches of Texture stamp set, was randomly stamped around the edges of the card front using Peekaboo Peach ink. The small splotches image was also stamped randomly around the edges of the card front but this time the image was inked, stamped off on a scrap of paper, and then stamped onto the cardstock.
The multi-petal single flower image was stamped onto three Post-It Notes with some of the image over the area where the repositionable adhesive resides on the back of the Post-It Note. Each of the flower images were cut out with Paper Snips. These images will be used as Masks for the stamping on the focal point, the liner at the inside sentiment area, and for the envelope.
The multi-petal single flower image was stamped twice on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Chocolate Chip ink: the first time at the left center and the second time to the right and above the first flower.
Two of the Masks were placed over the stamped flowers.
A third flower was stamped above and between the first two flowers. Note: when stamping over masked images, it is important to press down firmly on the stamp block.
Place the third mask over the third flower. Using Garden Green ink, stamp the flower stem image below each of the flowers.
Using Peekaboo Peach ink, ink the small splotches stamp, stamp off the image on a scrap piece of paper, and stamp over the entire piece of Very Vanilla; re-inking and stamping off each time the image meets the cardstock.
Remove the Masks from the three flowers and using Peekaboo Peach ink, stamp the solid flower image over the first two flowers stamped.
Replace the Masks on the two flowers and stamp the solid flower image over the third flower stamped using Peekaboo Peach ink. Remove the Masks.
Run a line of adhesive down the vertical center of a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock. Place Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim along the adhesive so that the scalloped edge of the lace faces to the left and the edge of the lace is approximately 1/16" from the left edge of the cardstock. Trim the top and bottom edges of the lace flush with the top and bottom edges of the cardstock. Adhere the Chocolate Chip cardstock to the back of the Very Vanilla cardstock so that 5/16" of the Chocolate Chip cardstock extends beyond the left edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock. Adhere the completed focal point to the card front so that the top edge of the focal point is approximately 1/2" from the top edge of the card front and the left and right edges of the focal point are approximately 5/8" inch from the left and right edges of the card front.
Stamp the "Just A Note" greeting, from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Chocolate Chip ink. Using Peekaboo Peach ink, ink the small splotches stamp, stamp off the image on a scrap piece of paper, and stamp over the entire piece of Very Vanilla; re-inking and stamping off each time the image meets the cardstock. Die cut the image with the Big Shot using the 1-1/4" x 2-1/4" oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Adhere the die cut to a piece of Garden Green cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the 1-3/8" x 2-3/8" scallop oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits. Adhere the greeting over the lower right corner of the focal point using Stampin' Dimensionals.
To finish the card front, stamp the bee image on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Chocolate Chip ink. Apply Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush ink to the wings of the butterfly. Apply Gold Wink of Stella glitter brush ink (Retiring) to the vanilla stripes of the bee body. Cut out the bee with Paper Snips and adhere over the flowers on the focal point using a Stampin' Dimensional cut in half.
The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. The single flower image, flower stem, small splotches, and solid flower images were stamped at the lower left of the liner using the masking process described above.
The single flower image, flower stem, small splotches, and solid flower images were stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla envelope using the masking process described above. In addition, the bee image was added to the right of the flower using Chocolate Chip ink for the bee image and coloring the wings with Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush ink and the Very Vanilla areas of the bee body with Gold Wink of Stella glitter brush ink.
I'm starting to work with the great new items from the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog and I'm having lots of fun with the items that we (demonstrators) could pre-order. Of course, I have a pretty extensive Wish List for a whole bunch of items that can't be ordered until June 1st. You can be certain that I'll be placing an order as soon as the ordering system opens at Noon Mountain Time.
If you don't have the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog and would like to have one, please contact me and I'll get one to you (United States residents only, please).
Card Measurements --
Peekaboo Peach: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Chocolate Chip: 1" x 4-1/4"; Very Vanilla: 2-1/4" x 4-1/4", 2" x 4-1/4", 1" x 1-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Garden Green: 2" x 3"; Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim: 4-1/2"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Touches of Texture, Flourishing Phrases; Inks: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Peekaboo Peach, Wink of Stella Clear glitter brush ink, Wink of Stella Gold glitter brush ink; Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla; Embellishments: Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!: Post-It Notes