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June 2011

A Big Thank You!

Hello!  Happy Thursday!

Today is the very last sales day for the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  I'd like to take this opportunity to give a great big shout out to all the folks who placed orders with me, participated in the SASS Stamp Club, and hosted workshops during the last year with a great big Thank You for your support of my Stampin' Up! business.  You are all AWESOME!  So here's a virtual Thank You card for sharing your time and talents with me during this past year.  I've had so much fun working with all of you.

Pick_A_Petal_Thanks
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The design for this card was inspired by a project created by Twila and featured on her blog, Stamp A Little Longer, during the Stampin' Addicts Retiring Sets Mega Hop in mid-June.  Twila chose to showcase the Pick A Petal stamp set and demonstrated how fun and versatile this stamp set is to work with.  (You can see her card here.)  So when it was time to make Thank You cards for the SASS Stamp Club for their June orders, I immediately reached for the Pick A Petal stamp set because I just couldn't get Twila's card off my mind.  It was just that cute!

My interpretation of Twila's design begins with a Tangerine Tango card base randomly stamped with the solid five-petal flower using Tangerine Tango ink and the edges of the card front were sponged with Tangerine Tango ink.  A piece of Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was wrapped vertically around the card front and knotted about 1/3 of the way down from the top edge of the card front.

The focal point was created by inking the five-petal flower stamp with Daffodil Delight ink and then the edges of the stamp were rolled across the Tangerine Tando stamp pad to add color to the edges of the petal stamp (Rock and Roll Technique).  The image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Below the petal, the solid circle stamp was stamped using Daffodil Delight ink and the doodle circle image was stamped over the solid circle using Tangerine Tango ink.  The "thanks" sentiment, from teh Fabulous Phrases stamp set, was inked with Basic Black ink and stamped across the center of the Daffodil Delight circle.  The edges of the Whisper White cardstock were sponged with Tangerine Tango ink and matted to a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock (the edges also sponged with Tangerine Tango ink).  The Whisper White/Tangerine Tango cardstocks were matted with a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock (the edges sponged with Daffodil Delight ink).  The completed focal point was adhered to the card front with the right, top and bottom edges of the focal point approximately 1/2" from the right, top and bottom edges of the card front.

Pick_A_Petal_Thanks_Inside
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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, the edges sponged with Tangerine Tango ink.  The solid circle image was stamped three times near the lower left corner of the cardstock and the doodle circle was stamped over the solid circles using Tangerine Tango ink.

Pick_A_Petal_Thanks_Envelope
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The same stamping process was utilized for the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The "thanks" image was stamped across one of the solid circles using Basic Black ink.

As I mentioned previously, this is the very last day you can order form the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog, Celebrando Creatividad Catalog, and Definitely Decorative Brochure.  If there's a retiring stamp set or accessory or Definitely Decorative item on the retiring lists that you just can't live without, NOW is the time to place your order!  You have until 11:50 p.m. (Mountain Time) tonite; but I wouldn't wait until the last minute and take the risk that there may be some computer SNAFU.

You might be thinking that you can wait a bit because all retiring stuff that didn't sell will eventually show up on the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack.  You may be right; however, this would only be true of the Accessories and maybe the Definitely Decorative items.  There's really no way to know for certain what Stampin' Up! may decide to offer and when that might happen.  As for the retiring stamp sets, you won't find them on the Clearance Rack.  That's because Stampin' Up! makes their own stamps and once they're retired, that's it!  They just shred up the excess rubber and put the dies away.

If you decide to place an order, be sure to use my on-line store front to take advantage of the lowest available prices on merchandise, the best shipping prices, and to receive the best "hostess" benefits (with a qualifying order).  Just click on the Shop On-Line button near the upper left sidebar of this blog page, then the Shop Now hotlink near the lower right corner of my Stampin' Up! web page.  OR you can give me a call and I'll be happy to place your order for you.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases, Pick A Petal; Inks:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Postage Stamp {thanks}

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

With the end of the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog year in two days, I thought I'd share a card that combines a retiring stamp set with a stamp set available in the Summer Mini Catalog (and will also be available in the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog).

Pretty_Postage_Thanks
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This card begins with a base of Sahara Sand cardstock.  The bottom third of the card front was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot.  A piece of Poppy Parade 1/2" Polytwill ribbon was wrapped around the cardfront and knotted.  A Mini Glue Dot was placed behind the ribbon knot to hold it in place on the card front just above the top row of embossed polka dots.

Now for the focal point.  Let me start by saying I love medallion stamps.  They are so versatile and can be used in so many ways; as a focal point, as a background stamp, as part of a collage, etc.  The medallion stamp used for this card comes from the Level 2 Hostess stamp set, Cute By The Inch.  It was stamped three times on Not Quite Navy cardstock using Not Quite Navy ink.  Then each image was punched out with the Postage Stamp punch.  You can see another use of this stamp here.  [Note:  The only way to get this stamp set is to earn it by placing a qualifying order or by Hostessing a Stampin' Up! workshop before 11:50 p.m. on June 30th.  Scheduling a workshop may be problematic at this late date; however, there's still time to round up some friends to place orders with you.  You can contact me to submit the orders for you OR you can order it all yourself through my Stampin' Up! online store front.  Just click on the Shop Online button near the top left corner of my blog page and then click the Shop Now hotlink near the lower right corner of my Stampin' Up! web page.  If you have any questions, be sure to contact me.]

The stamp set used for the "{thanks}" image is Pretty Postage.  This stamp set is available in the Summer Mini Catalog and will also be available in the 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  This image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Sahara Sand ink and again on another piece of Whisper White cardstock using Not Quite Navy ink.  The Whisper White cardstock with the Sahara Sand stamped image was cut to a 1" square and adhered, centered, to a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock punched with the Postage Stamp punch.  One of the "{thanks}" images stamped with Not Quite Navy ink was cut out and adhered over the middle Sahara Sand "{thanks}" with Stampin' Dimensionals.

This is the first time I've used the new Postage Stamp punch and I was tickled to discover that you can put the edges together to form a design that looks like the postage stamp sheets of old (before self-adhesive stamps).  It sure made lining up the blocks very easy!  Once the punched blocks were lined up, they were adhered to a piece of Whisper White cardstock matted with a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock.  The finished focal point was adhered near the upper left corner of the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Pretty_Postage_Thanks_Inside
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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock was punched with the Postage Stamp punch and adhered near the upper center of the Whisper White cardstock.  A scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the "{thanks}" image using Poppy Parade ink and cut to a 1" square.  This piece was adhered, centered, to the Postage Stamp-punched Not Quite Navy cardstock.

Pretty_Postage_Thanks_Envelope
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A "negative" piece of cardstock punched with the Postage Stamp punch was placed near the lower left corner of a Medium Whisper White envelope.  Sahara Sand ink was sponged inside the "negative" and then Poppy Parade ink was sponge around the edges of the "negative."  The "negative" was removed from the envelope and the "{thanks}" image was stamped at the center of the sponged postage stamp using Not Quite Navy ink.

This card was one that I made for Thank You's to my SASS Stamp Club members for their May orders.  It was super quick and easy to make in assembly line fashion.  If the medallion stamp weren't retiring on June 30th, I'd be tempted to use this card for my Stampin' Up! Convention swaps.  With two weeks to go until Convention and the final Space Shuttle launch to support (scheduled for July 8th at 11:26 a.m. Eastern), I suppose I should get cracking on those swaps...

Don't forget, today and tomorrow (June 29-30) are the final days to order from the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  The lists of retiring stamp sets, accessories, and Definitely Decorative items are available with just a click on the icons on the left sidebar of this blog page.  Some things are discounted up to 40%, so be sure to take a look before they're gone forever.

The 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog will debut on Friday, July 1st.  If you'd like to receive a catalog, just contact me to find out how you can get your catalog for FREE!  (Regular price is $9.95 plus Shipping & Handling and Tax.)

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Cute By The Inch, Pretty Postage; Inks:  Not Quite Navy, Poppy Parade, Sahara Sand; Cardstock:  Not Quite Navy, Poppy Parade, Sahara Sand, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Poppy Parade 1/2" Polytwill ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Postage Stamp punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Sunny Fun with Flip Flops

Hello there!  I realized yesterday that it's been a month since I posted here and I just have to say "BAD Mickey!"

I'm so sorry to have been out of touch for so many weeks; but in actuality, time just seemed to get the better of me in the last month.  I can't say that the next few weeks will be a whole lot easier, so we'll see how it goes.

I have an adorable card to share with you to celebrate the beginning of Summer a few days ago.  Isn't it just too cute??!!??!!

Sunny_Fun_Flip_Flops
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How fun are those flip flops!?!?  This fun row of flip flops is just one of the adorable images you'll find in the Sunny Fun stamp set, featured in the Summer Mini Catalog.  I just love all the eye-popping color on this card!

The flip flops were stamped with Versamark on Whisper White cardstock and covered with Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss Powder (also available from the Summer Mini Catalog).  Oh, and because I was stamping on Whisper White cardstock, I swiped the Embossing Buddy over the cardstock PRIOR to stamping to ensure that the embossing powder would stick only to the Versamark ink.  The excess embossing powder was tapped off the cardstock back into the container and the Heat Tool was used to melt the embossing powder.  I used Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Markers to add color to the embossed image.

The embossed Whisper White cardstock was adhered to Daffodil Delight cardstock.  The border you see above and below the Daffodil Delight cardstock was created by punching eight open petal flowers from Tempting Turquoise cardstock using the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch.  The flowers were adhered, side-by-side, along the top and bottom edges of the Daffodil Delight cardstock so that half of each punched flower was visible.  Once the flowers were adhered to the Daffodil Delight cardstock, the focal point was adhered to the Melon Mambo card base.  To finish up the focal point, a simple bow made from Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was adhered near the lower center of the focal point with a Mini Glue Dot.

Sunny_Fun_Flip_Flops_Inside
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The inside sentiment area of this card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The flip flop image was stamped along the left edge of the Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black ink.  Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, and Pacific Point Stampin' Write Markers were called upon to add color to the stamped image.  I think it's pretty neat that this image works when stamped either horizontally or vertically.

Sunny_Fun_Flip_Flops_Envelope
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The flip flops were stamped one more time along the left edge of the Whisper White Medium Envelope.  And colored one more time with the Stampin' Write Markers.  I definitely got my "coloring with markers" fix on this card.

The coloring on all the elements of this card demonstrates that you can add just a little (as with the focal point and the envelope) or you can go all out (as shown on the inside sentiment area of the card) with color--it's up to you and the time you want to (or have available to) spend.  Using Stampin' Write Markers allows the coloring to proceed quickly and easily because these are double tipped markers.  Use the pen tip for writing and coloring small areas and the brush tip for coloring larger areas.  AND with Stampin' Write Markers, you can choose from all the great colors that are available with the Stampin' Up! Classic inks.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Sunny Fun; Inks:  Basic Black, Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope