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July 2010

Watch the Birdie!

This post was edited to remove headers, footers, and links for a Blog Hop.

Hello!  Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Mega Blog Hop where we're featuring new stamp sets from the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog.  If you've already begun the hop, I'm sure you enjoyed Cindy's awesome work with the Countryside stamp set at Hearts Delight Cards.  This stop will feature the Aviary stamp set. 

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This first project features the smallest of the bird cages and (I think) the cutest bird in the stamp set.  The colors used for this project include Rose Red, Marina Mist (new color!), Wild Wasabi (returning color!) and Bashful Blue.  Other new items on this card include the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, a strip of paper from the Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper pack, and 1/8" Taffeta ribbon.  Now let's expand this card to a scrapbook page (or two).

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Here is the card "opened up" to a scrapbook page.  The only difference is that this time the bird is "popped up" to show some dimension and he's joined by a number of his friends to create a more interesting background on the page.  If you were looking at an open scrapbook, this would be the left hand page.

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The opposing (or right hand) page uses the same elements as the left hand page, but now the birdie friends are hanging out on branches punched from the 2-Step Bird punch.  I think they're keeping company with the fella stuck in the cage.  Additional cardstock colors used for this page include Garden Green and Certainly Celery for the branches.

As I worked with this stamp set, I kept thinking gift tags.  I decided to make some, but needed a cute way to store them so they wouldn't get mangled until I was ready to use them.

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This box is made with the Big Shot using the Fancy Favor and Top Note dies.  The Top Note was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Additional items used for this project include the Small Heart punch, a heart Bitty Button, and Linen Thread.  The lid is held closed with a Velcro dot.  I could put 6 tags in the box very comfortably.

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I'm celebrating a milestone on my blog, I've achieved my first 10,000 blog hits!  Woohoo!  To celebrate, I'm offering blog candy!  Please leave a comment and let me know which of the projects you liked best.  I'll use the random number generator to choose a winner on Monday, 8/2.  Please be sure that your e-mail address is available to me so that I can contact you if you are the winner!  What is the blog candy, you ask?  It's all of these projects AND one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of each color cardstock used to make these projects AND a yard of Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta ribbon AND a yard of Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta ribbon.

Next week I'll be sharing these projects again with a little more detail on how they were made.  So don't forget to bookmark this site or sign up to receive my posts in your e-mail.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!  I hope you enjoyed the projects.  The next stop on the hop features artwork by Holly using the Artistic Etchings stamp set at the Rubber Redneck blog.  You won't want to miss it!

Robertssiggy


New Catalog Blog Hop Starts Tomorrow!

Hi there!

Be sure to stop by this weekend for the New Catalog Blog Hop!  

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Stampin' Addicts is sponsoring this blog hop featuring new stamp sets from the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.  You're sure to find some great ideas and inspiration along the way.  In addition, lots of the artists will be offering Blog Candy, including me!  You won't want to miss an opportunity to win one or more of these great prizes. 

Here's a sneak peek at one of my projects:

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The blog hop order will follow the location of the stamp set in the New Catalog.  You can begin the blog hop here, at Paper Conversation, or you can start at the first stop of the hop with Holly at InkPaperStamps.

Looking forward to seeing you beginning Friday, July 30th at Noon EST.  The hop will end Sunday, August 1st at Midnight PST.

Robertssiggy


Saying You're Sorry...

Hi there!

Hope you had a great weekend!  Holy cow it was hot!  Even the 88 degree (F) water in the swimming pool felt cool...  But that's Summer in Florida and I'll take it over bone chilling cold any day of the week! 

It seems hard to believe that in the midst of all the sunshine and heat I would make a card that was so dark and solemn, but that's the theme of today's project.  I began the design with a "missing you" theme, but somehow the design became heavy and sad so I changed it to a Sympathy card.  I think this happened somewhat sub-consciously because I was following the roller-coaster struggle of a former co-worker whose mother was taken to Heaven unexpectedly.  

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The lonely chair in the focal point comes from the Have A Seat stamp set; new in this years catalog.  I knew that I would be purchasing this stamp set as soon as I saw it because of the chair styles in this stamp set; specifically the Windsor chairs.  My father makes Windsor chairs.  You'll find them at my parent's dining room table and at my father's computer desk.  You'll also see a Windsor Settee (very similar to the one in the stamp set) in their living room.  It's my favorite of all the chairs that he's made.

I began this card with a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock randomly stamped with the loose vine image from the Vintage Vogue stamp set using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink.  A strip of Poppy Parade cardstock was also randomly stamped with the loose vine image, this time using Poppy Parade ink, then punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch.  The edges of the cardstock ribbon were sponged with Poppy Parade ink.  This piece was adhered near the left side of the Pear Pizzazz cardstock.

A piece of Newsprint Designer Series Paper was randomly stamped with the loose vine image using Poppy Parade ink and the small flower image (also from the Vintage Vogue stamp set) using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The Newsprint was crumpled up and then mostly smoothed out on the tabletop.  Then I drug the Basic Black stamp pad across the paper a couple of times, followed by some swipes with the Sanding Block once the ink dried.  After that, I strenuously distressed the edges of the paper and finished with sponging the edges of the paper with Basic Black ink.  This piece was adhered to the Pear Pizzazz cardstock with Tombow Multi Adhesive.  A piece of Basic Black 5/8" Satin ribbon was placed vertically on top of the Newsprint and Pear Pizzazz with the ends folded over and adhered to the back of the Pear Pizzazz.  The sentiment (from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) was stamped on Naturals Ivory cardstock and punched out with the Word Window punch.  The right curved edge of the punched piece was cut off and the edges sponged with Basic Black ink.  The sentiment was adhered to the card front and a hole was pierced through the sentiment piece, Newsprint, and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  A Basic Black brad was inserted into the hole and the brad legs set on the back of the Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  The entire piece was adhered to the Basic Black card base with SNAIL.

To create the focal point for this card, a frame from the Matchbox Messages stamp set was stamped with Versamark on Naturals Ivory cardstock and heat embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder.  Inside the frame, the chair was stamped with Basic Black Craft ink and heat embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss powder. The edges of the cardstock were torn and sponged with Basic Black ink.  The inside of the frame was lightly sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink and the area outside the frame was lightly sponged with Poppy Parade ink.  This piece was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside of the card was lined with a piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock.  The loose vine image was stamped in the upper right and lower left corners with Pear Pizzazz and then the small flower image was stamped near the vines with Poppy Parade ink.  The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Basic Black ink.

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The chair was stamped near the lower left front of the Naturals Ivory envelope with Basic Black ink and then again on a Post-It Note so that part of the chair image has the repositioning adhesive on the back.  The chair was cut out of the Post-It Note and placed on top of the chair on the envelope.  Then the loose vine image was stamped around the chair with Pear Pizzazz ink and the small flower with Poppy Parade ink.  The Post-It Note was removed from the envelope to reveal the completed design.  

There's a bit of work to making this card, and that's OK.  I think when you're making a Sympathy card it helps that the design is a little time-consuming.  It gives you time to think about the person who has passed, the life that they lived, the lives that they touched, the grief of those they left behind, and the caring you want to convey through the love you put into the card you send. 

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Have a Seat, Matchbox Messages, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Vintage Vogue; Inks:  Basic Black, Basic Black Craft, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Naturals Ivory, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade; Designer Series Paper:  Newsprint; Embellishments:  Neutrals Brads (Basic Black), Basic Black 5/8" Satin Ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, Word Window punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Cutter Kit (Edge Distresser), Sanding Block, Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, Gold Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, Post-It Note; Other:  Medium Naturals Ivory Envelope


Flutterby With Love

Hello!

How are you doing?  This week is THE WEEK at Stampin' Up!  It's Convention time in Salt Lake City and thousands of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are whooping it up at the Salt Palace for a few very busy days and nights of classes, speakers, and demonstrations.  I've been haunting the demonstrator message forums at Stampin' Addicts and so far, it looks like there's lots for them to see and do and oooh and aaah over.  I'm so jealous!  My plan is to be there next year, though...

Today's project is my second swap card for the convention.  I wanted to choose colors that conveyed a feeling of romance and I think that this color combination of Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Early Espresso does just that.  

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The Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel was inked with Early Espresso ink and rolled across the bottom of the card front and the card front edges where the wheel was rolled were sponged with Early Espresso ink.  Then a piece of Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Polytwill ribbon was wrapped around the card front and taped in place on the card front so that the "seam" would be hidden by the Pear Pizzazz panel.  The panel uses a piece of Presto Patterns Specialty cardstock that was liberally sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink.  Then the edges of the panel were sponged with Early Espresso ink. This panel was attached to a panel of Early Espresso cardstock (the edges sponged with Early Espresso ink, too!).  The combined pieces were attached to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The butterfly and sentiment on this card come from the Butterfly Prints stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment on the Blushing Bride card front with Early Espresso ink.  The butterfly was stamped first with Blushing Bride ink, then the edges of the butterfly's wings were rolled over the Pear Pizzazz ink pad to provide the hint of green on the edges; then the butterfly was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and punched out with the Butterfly punch.  The edges of the punched butterfly were sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink.  This butterfly was attached to the card front with SNAIL and then the body of the butterfly was stamped with Early Espresso ink.  A second butterfly was stamped in the same manner as the first, but this time the body was stamped onto the butterfly before punching with the Butterfly punch.  Then Mini Glue Dots were placed in the center (body area) on the back of the butterfly before it was placed directly on top of the first butterfly.  I placed my fingertip at the center of the butterfly and then gently pulled each wing up to create a slight crease at the center so that it would look like the butterfly was in flight.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel was inked with Early Espresso ink and rolled across the top and bottom of the cardstock.  Then the wheeled areas and the edges of the cardstock were sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink.

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The Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel was inked with Early Espresso one more time and rolled across the envelope flap.  Like the inside of the card, the envelope flap was sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink.

For those who like the look of vintage without all the fuss and extra dimensional elements, this card is sort of a compromise.  I like the clean look of it, but you still get the romantic feel that a vintage card conveys.  I made a few extra of these to set aside for anniversaries, weddings, and engagements.  With so few elements, they were very quick to make.

OK, back to the forums to find out what's going on at Convention.  I hope you'll stop by to visit again soon!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Butterfly Prints, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel; Inks:  Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz; Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Presto Patterns Specialty; Embellishments:  Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Polytwill; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Butterfly Extra Large punch, Jumbo Wheel Handle; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Sweet Baby Rattle

Hi there!

How are you doing in all this heat?  Hope you're finding ways to keep cool and comfortable.  I heard on the news yesterday that this is one of the hottest Summer's on record.  This after one of the coldest Winter's on record.  What's up with that?  It's pretty crazy, that's for sure!

Today's post is all about baby sweetness in the form of a gift tag.  This project features the Something Sweet stamp set.  When I first saw this set, I was intrigued by the gumball machine images and all the cute stamps for stuff you could put in the gumball machine globe, but I was sold on the handle that "attaches" to the Sweet Treat cup because you could make that into all kinds of things depending upon what you put at the end of the handle.  For this card, I decided the handle was just wide and curvy enough to fit into a chubby baby fist.

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The card base is Marina Mist cut and scored to make a 4" square card with the fold at the top.  I randomly stamped the heart image on the top half of the card front with Marina Mist classic ink.  I also stamped the heart image on a 2 3/4" square piece of Whisper White with Marina Mist; this piece will go behind the Sweet Treat cup--more on that in a minute.  The Solid Stripes stamp was used with Marina Mist on Whisper White cardstock to make the striped layer on the bottom half of the card front.  A 1 3/4" circle was punched on the left side of the card front just slightly above center.  A 1 3/4" circle was then punched into a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock.  Then the cardstock was placed into the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch with the hole centered in the punch window before punching out the scallop circle.  The scallop "ring" was then adhered to the card front with SNAIL to surround the punched hole.

A Sweet Treat cup was filled with bits of inexpensive charms and beads (the beads spell the name of my oldest grandson, Zack) and then covered with the piece of Whisper White cardstock with the heart image stamped on it, so that the hearts are visible through the Sweet Treat cup.  SNAIL is applied to the exposed pieces of Whisper White cardstock extending beyond the Sweet Treat cup (on the side where the hearts were stamped) and then the cup is pushed through the 1 3/4" hole in the card front from the inside of the card.  The handle was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock with Certainly Celery Craft ink and heat embossed it with Clear Stampin' Emboss powder.  This was cut out with Paper Snips and then attached to the card front with SNAIL so that the handle collar is snugged up against the treat cup.  A bow of Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was attached to the handle with a Mini Glue Dot.

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The sentiment area of the inside of the tag was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The wonderful Carl Sandburg quote from the Occasional Quotes stamp set (Level 3 Hostess) was stamped onto the Sweet Treat cup cover.  Of course, there's lots of sponging on this card.  Marina Mist for the card front edges, the striped cardstock edges, the Sweet Treat cup edges visible for the stamping on the inside of the tag, and for the sentiment liner on the inside of the tag.  Certainly Celery was used to sponge the edges of the scallop circle "ring" around the Sweet Treat cup.

The Crop-A-Dile was used to punch a 3/16" hole through the upper left corner of the tag with Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta ribbon looped through the hole.

I made a stack of these tags for swaps for the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City this week.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend, but I'll be traveling there in spirit via these little tags and another card that I'll be showing you in a day or two.  My Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood, will be swapping my cards and tags for me and I can't wait to see all the great swaps that will come back to provide inspiration for more projects.  I know I'll be haunting all the demonstrator forums this week for information and updates from Convention.  There are certain to be some great new product ideas.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Occasional Quotes, Solid Stripes, Something Sweet; Inks:  Certainly Celery Craft, Certainly Celery Classic, Marina Mist Classic; Cardstock:  Certainly Celery, Marina Mist, Whisper White; Embellishments: Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, charms and beads inside Sweet Treat cup from Big Box craft store ; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, Crop-A-Dile, Sweet Treat Cup, 1 3/4" hole punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch