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April 2010

Royal Blog Tour - Oval All Greetings and Gift

Hello!  Thanks for stopping to visit. 

This post was originally written for the Royal Blog Tour held from April 30-May 3, 2010.  Some of the narrative has been edited to adjust for removal of the Blog Tour-specific features.

My projects feature the Oval All stamp set.  I love this stamp set and use it often with my projects. 

The first project is an Anniversary Card.  As I was making this card, I was thinking of my parents who recently celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary and my Aunt and Uncle who celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary just a few days ago. 


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Special features of this card are:  Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper; Bride Specialty Paper brayered with Bermuda Bay ink; a ruffle created with the Eyelet Border punch and Paper Crimper; and the layered hearts created with the Full Heart Punch, the Scalloped Heart of Heart Embosslits die, and the Full Heart Punch Window Movers & Shapers die.  Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper was used to dress up the envelope flap and inside sentiment area of the card.


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My second project is a Thank You Card.  This card utilizes the Bouquet Bunch stamp set, new with the release of the Summer Mini Catalog on May 1st.  The butterfly just above the Thank You from the Oval All stamp set looks like it's ready to begin flitting around the bright flowers on the trees. 


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Special features of this card are:  Watercolor Paper, an Aquapainter, and Watercolor Crayons to color the trees; Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon; Pawsitively Prints Designer Series Paper, Linen Thread to wrap around the clay pots; and the scalloped oval embellishment created with the Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, and the Scallop Oval Punch Window Movers & Shapers die.  The tree is stamped with Really Rust, Soft Suede and Old Olive inks on the lower left corner of the envelope front and inside sentiment area of the card.  Markers were used to color in the flowers and bird stamp for the envelope and card interior.


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The final project was created for my niece who will be graduating from High School in a couple of weeks.  The Tropical Party stamp set, also available on May 1st in the Summer Mini Catalog, was used to create the floral focal point for this card.  This card features a couple of other new items from the Summer Mini Catalog, too:  the clear Bitty Buttons that reside in the center of the larger flowers were backed with Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper punched with the corresponding Itty Bitty Shapes punch.  This punch was used to punch the small scallop circle flowers scattered among the palm fronds.


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Additional features of the card front are:  the single palm frond stamp was stamped in a circle with the stem of the frond in the center of the focal point; the flowers were stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, cut out, and attached to the focal point with Mini Glue Dots; the "Just for You" image from the Oval All stamp set was punched with the Large Oval punch; the "Just for You" image was placed above two strips of Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon folded in half and pressed in place with Mini Glue Dots. 


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The interior of this card holds a gift card to my niece's favorite store in a center fold area.  The opening for the gift card was created with the Word Window punch.  The sentiment area of the card has more palm fronds and cut out flowers.  The lower left front of the envelope features a few flowers stamped among the palm fronds.

I'm really excited about the new Bitty Buttons and the corresponding Bitty Shapes punches.  These are just two of the exciting new items in the Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalog.  The Bouquet Bunch and Tropical Party stamp sets are also new in the Summer Mini Catalog.  To see all of the new "stuff", just click on the Catalogs link on the left side bar or on the Shop Now button at the top left corner of my blog.  This will take you to my Stampin' Up! demonstrator web site where you can click on the Shop Now button in the lower right corner of the web page.

For more information about how these projects were made, just leave me a comment including your e-mail address and I'll be happy to answer your questions.


Stamps:  Oval All, Bouquet Bunch, Tropical Party; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Really Rust, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Staz-On Jet Black; Many Marvelous Markers:  Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Brilliant Blue; Cardstock:  Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Really Rust, Rich Razzleberry Textured, Rose Red, Shimmery White, Soft Suede Textured, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Thoroughly Modern, Pawsitively Prints, Razzleberry Lemonade; Embellishments:  Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Bitty Buttons; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dot, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Crystal Effects; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Sponge, Brayer w/hard rubber roller, 1/16" hole punch, Watercolor Crayons (Regal Rose, Old Olive, Garden Green, Summer Sun, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa, Elegant Eggplant, Brilliant Blue), Aqua-Painter, Big Shot, Standard Cutting Plates, XL Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Curly Label Movers & Shapers Die, Full Heart Movers & Shapers Punch Window, Scallop Circle Movers & Shapers Punch Window, Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Eyelet Border punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Word Window punch, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

It's Coming! The Royal Blog Tour

Hi Everyone!

I've been selected as a Princess on the Royal Blog Tour!  The Royal Blog Tour consists of around 80 Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who have created some really awesome projects for you to see.  The Royal Blog Tour begins on Friday, April 30th and continues through Monday, May 3rd.  To find out more information, click here.

The Tour originates from this location and will have six (6) paths.  Just click on the glass slippers at the end of each blog post to continue on your chosen path.  At the end of the path, you can choose another path to follow.

One of the really great things about the Royal Blog Tour is that most of the Stampin' Up! Demonstrators on the Tour offer the chance for you to WIN Blog Candy, so look for information on that in the blog posts.  Some of the Blog Candy that will be available is pretty awesome!  You'll find announcements about Blog Candy winners on Tuesday, May 4th, at the respective blogs (or be contacted by e-mail).

Is there a Big Shot on your Wish List?  Then the Royal Blog Tour offers a way for you to WIN a Big Shot!  Just look for the clues (there'll be one on each path) as you travel through the Tour and enter the clues where indicated.  How easy is that??? 

I hope you'll find the time to take the Royal Blog Tour.  You'll find lots of great inspiration along the way!

Robertssiggy  (Princess Mickey)

A Box Full of Flowers

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Today's post features the gifts I made for the Office Administrator at my office and at my husband's office.  I found this awesome project while surfing Dawn Olchefske's blog.  She designed this box and the cards for a recent promotion.  You can find the instructions for making the cards and the template for the box in this post at Dawn's blog. 


My completed project differs very little from Dawn's; the changes I made are associated primarily with respect to how the cards were embellished and the decoration for the front of the box.  You may notice that the Spring card (with the basket of tulips) uses a Textured Impressions Embossing folder that you may not have seen before.  It's called the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing folder and will be available beginning May 1st with the release of the Summer Mini Catalog.  Other Textured Impressions Embossing folders used were the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing folder from the Holiday Mini Catalog and the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing folder from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  Both of these Textured Impressions Embossing folders will continue to be available as catalog write-ins after April 30th.  In fact, all of the Simply Adorned, Big Shot, Shimmer Paint, and punches shown in the Holiday Mini Catalog and/or Occasions Mini Catalog will continue to be available for purchase after April 30th.  Just contact me for complete list of available catalog write-in items.

What's not pictured here is how the boxes were presented to Liz and Camilla.  A piece of Crushed Curry 1/2" Dotted grosgrain ribbon was threaded under the box front decoration and wrapped around the back of the box to tie in a knot at the top of each box.  Tied to the knot with a piece of Linen Thread was a Really Rust tag punched with the Modern Label punch.  Before punching, the sentiment "thanks for [owl] you do" (from the Picture This Level 1 Hostess Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog) was stamped using Really Rust ink.

Liz and Camilla were tickled to receive their box of cards.  Both said that they were just too pretty to give away!  I told them that the best part of getting a stack of hand stamped cards is giving each one away to someone special and seeing the happy look on the recipient's face when they open the envelope.  However, I did mention that if they just couldn't part with their cards, they could always frame them--they'd make a cute montage for a sun room or breakfast nook.  I also mentioned that the decorated box can be re-used as a gift box for a scarf, piece of jewelry, or other small trinket.  They really liked that option, too!  Just my small contribution for Earth Day.

Speaking of Earth Day, it would seem strange that I would mention it being in a craft that uses gobs of paper.  I'd just like to mention that there's lots we can do individually and as a family or community to take care of our home planet.  I'd like to offer a few ideas on how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle:

1.  If you have card fronts from card swaps that you no longer use for creative ideas, mount them to a card base and donate the completed card (with an envelope) to a local Assisted Living Facility, Group Home, Ronald McDonald House, or Senior Center.  You can also donate completed cards to Active Duty Servicemen and women; click this link for more details.

2.  If you have decorative paper, cardstock, inks, and/or embellishments that you no longer care to use, consider donating them to your local Ronald McDonald House, local elementary school or preschool.

3.  If you have paper crafting idea books that no longer provide inspiration to you, consider donating them to your local library, elementary school, or preschool.  

I mentioned Ronald McDonald House a couple of times as a place to donate cards or excess paper crafting items.  Stampin' Up! is a proud sponsor of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).  Every year, a special stamp set is chosen and the proceeds from the sale of this stamp set are donated to RMHC.  In addition, Stampin' Up! demonstrators volunteer to sponsor a Ronald McDonald House in their area.  These demonstrators work with the Ronald McDonald House residents to create greeting cards, scrapbooks, and other paper crafting projects that help to lighten their load and brighten their days.  Your donations of excess paper crafting supplies help to replenish the materials available to the residents at the House.  For more information about the RMHC, click here.


Stamps:  A Flower for All Seasons; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Really Rust, Rose Red, So Saffron, Staz-On Jet Black; Cardstock:  Crushed Curry, Crushed Curry Textured, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Really Rust, Rose Red, So Saffron, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Welcome Neighbor (Retired, Sale-A-Bration 2010); Embellishments:  Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Gold Brads, Crushed Curry 1/2" Dotted grosgrain ribbon, Melon Mambo 1/2" Dotted grosgrain ribbon, Linen Thread, Crystal Effects; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dot, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Sponge, 1/16" hole punch, 3/16" corner rounder, 1" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Watercolor Crayons (Rose Red, Old Olive, Garden Green, Always Artichoke, Summer Sun, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Only Orange, So Saffron), Aqua-Painter, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Scallop Square Bigz Clear die, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing folder, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing folder, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing folder

What's so Great About a Tin?

Hi there!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

The last couple of weeks I've been working on some projects that will fit inside a tin box.  I LOVE tin boxes.  They are so versatile.  One of the demonstrators on the 3-2-1 Stamp Team is huge into tin boxes and finds the neatest ones on line then organizes a bulk buy for all of us.  How cool is that???  This box is her latest find and I couldn't wait to decorate it!  

The box has a clear window lid with a hinge and can hold 3" x 5" note cards with envelopes.  I used the Vintage Vogue stamp set and Very Vintage Jumbo wheel to decorate the box, note cards, and/or envelopes.  Each box contains eight note cards with envelopes.  I used this project for the Door Prizes for my recent Mystery Hostess event.  I'm thinking the Door Prize winners were very pleased with their prize! 


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The box was decorated with strips of Whisper White cardstock stamped with Vintage Vogue images in Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, and Old Olive.  I ran the strips between my thumb pad and bone folder to take some of the stiffness out of the cardstock and then attached the cardstock strips to the box with Sticky Strip.  A piece of Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the box and knotted.

The Very Vintage Jumbo wheel was rolled along the fold of the card front using Basic Brown ink.  A Close to Cocoa strip of cardstock was punched with the Eyelet Border punch along one edge and placed along the bottom of the wheeled image.  A small rectangle of Whisper White cardstock was matted onto a slightly larger piece of Cameo Coral cardstock to create a focal point for the note cards.  Vintage Vogue images were stamped onto the Whisper White cardstock in Old Olive, Ruby Red, and Cameo Coral.  The small flower image was stamped again on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock in Ruby Red and Cameo Coral.  These flowers were cut out with Paper Snips, the edges curled up with a Bone Folder, and then attached to the same colored flower with a silver brad.  To create a little interest, one of the Ruby Red flowers does not have a cut out flower, but still has a silver brad center.  To provide some variety to the note cards, the focal point image was placed in four different locations and adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was attached to the Close to Cocoa strip with a Mini Glue Dot; and with one exception, is located to the right of the focal point.  Two note cards of each of the four configurations were created.  Eight different sentiments from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set were selected and stamped on the note cards using Basic Brown ink.  You can see individual pictures of each card in the Decorated Tins and Note Cards photo album.  A link to the album is located on the right sidebar of this blog.


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The Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel was rolled across the envelope flaps using Basic Brown ink. 


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I think these decorated tins would make great gifts for Secretary's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays, etc.  You can be sure I'll be making more of these attractive note cards and Sticky Strip'n a bunch of tins!


Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel; Inks:  Basic Brown, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Ruby Red; Cardstock:  Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Silver brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dot, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Eyelet Border Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack; Other:  Note Cards w/Envelopes, Hinged Clear Lid Box (not available from Stampin' Up!)

A Color Renovation at Stampin' Up!

Hi Everyone!

This week Stampin' Up! announced a Color Renovation effective wih the release of the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog on July 1, 2010.  This is a significant revamp of their exclusive color selection.  Here are some of the key changes:

1.  The current "color families" of Rich Regals, Soft Subtles, Bold Brights, Earth Elements and Neutrals will be replaced by "collections" of Regals, Subtles, Brights, and Neutrals.  Each new collection will carry only 10 colors.  This means that the core colors will be reduced from 48 core colors and 7 neutrals to 40 core colors (that includes most of the Neutrals).


2.  There will be 6 new colors added:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (now known as Kraft), Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Marina Mist.

3.  There will be 10 current and former "In Colors" returning to become core colors.  They are:  Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Riding Hood Red, River Rock, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, and Melon Mambo.

4.  Thirty (30) colors in the current "color families" will be retired:

Bold Brights (10):  Brilliant Blue, Pink Passion, Only Orange, Glorious Green, Green Galore, Gable Green, YoYo Yellow, Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence, and Lovely Lilac

Soft Subtles (8):  Pale Plum, Lavender Lace, Almost Amethyst, Sage Shadow, Mellow Moss, Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal, Blush Blossom

Earth Elements (6):  Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, and Summer Sun

Rich Regals (5):  Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Taken With Teal, and Handsome Hunter

Neutral (1):  Going Gray (Note that Basic Brown is not listed on the new color charts, so don't count on it being available, either)


5.  In Colors will now be available for 2 years.  For the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog, 5 new In Colors will be introduced that will be available until June 30, 2012.  For the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog, 5 additional In Colors will be introducted that will be available until June 30, 2013.

6.  The following cardstocks will continue to be offered in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog:  Brushed Gold, Brushed Silver, Confetti Cream, Confetti White, Glossy White, Naturals Ivory, Naturals White, and Shimmery White.  In addition, White Vellum cardstock and White Vellum paper will continue to be available.

Here are some things you may want to consider in the next couple of months:

A.  If you have Classic Stampin' Pads for retiring colors, I encourage you to consider purchasing re-inkers.

B.  If you have Craft Stampin' Pads for retiring colors, I encourage you to consider purchasing re-inkers.

C.  If you have been considering purchasing Craft Stampin' Pads, now is the time to do so.  Full size Stampin' Pads for Craft inks will no longer be available EXCEPT in Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black.  All other core colors will be offered, but only in Stampin' Spots.  However, blank Stampin' Pads will be offered that can be inked with a re-inker.

D.  If you find that you regularly use cardstock of some of the retiring colors, I encourage you to consider purchasing a package (or two) of these colors.

During April and May 2010, I am offering a 10% discount on all inks, markers, and cardstocks in retiring colors.  This offer is only available for orders placed through me.  Due to restrictions placed by Stampin' Up!, I cannot offer this discount for on-line orders.

I'm excited about the Color Renovation!  I can't wait to play with all the new colors and work with all the new color combinations that will be available.  Change is always tough and I will miss many of my favorite colors (like Taken With Teal and Brilliant Blue).  My guess is that I will find new favorites as I become more familiar with the new colors.

In the meantime, please assess your current stock and determine if there are retiring supplies that you may need to stock up on prior to their retirement.  Please note that Stampin' Up! will continue to stock these items through the end of May 2010.  Beginning June 1, 2010 retiring products are available only while supplies last.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me for assistance.