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July 2011

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Another posting drought.  Sigh.  However, the last couple of weeks have been rather hectic; in good and not so pleasant ways.  I'll fill you in with the next few posts.

I'll begin with my trip to the 2011 Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I had such a great time with the ladies from the 3-2-1 Stamp! team led by Catherine Harwood.  A HUGE Thank You to Catherine, Beth Daniels, Grace Benjamin, Diane Simpers, Sandy Myers, Sandy Mitchell, and Barb Kasten for all the fun and fellowship during a very busy week.  I learned so many things during the classes I took and can't wait to share them with you!

The afternoon before the Convention opened, I traveled to a nearby hotel to participate in a Meet & Greet and card front swap with Stampin' Up! demonstrators that belong to the Stampin' Addicts on-line community.  I had a wonderful time meeting so many great demonstrators I've corresponded with on-line through this positive interactive site.  Here is the card I made for the swap.

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Isn't it cute?  And such a fun way to send a note to someone just to let them know you're thinking of them!  The folks at the Stampin' Addicts swap only received the card front; however, I'll be sharing the complete card and envelope with you. 

Most folks know that I'm not a "purple person" and really struggle to use this color in my designs.  However, I was really taken with the new In Color, Wisteria Wonder, and wanted to use it in a monochromatic card to showcase the color. 

We begin with a card base of Elegant Eggplant.  A piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock was embossed using the Big Shot with the polka dots Texturz plate from the Backgrounds 1 Texturz plates combo.  The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Wisteria Wonder ink, a piece of Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the cardstock and knotted on the front, and then the cardstock was adhered to the card front.  Below the ribbon knot, a series of circles were punched from Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, and Wisteria Wonder cardstock scraps using the 1 1/4", 1", and 3/4" circle punches respectively.  The Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant circle edges were sponged with their respective inks and the Whisper White circle with Elegant Eggplant ink before they were adhered one on top of the other.  The "hi" sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set was stamped at the center of the Wisteria Wonder circle using Elegant Eggplant ink and a 2mm Basic Pearl was placed over the dot on the "i".  The circles were adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The focal point of the card consists of layers of Whisper White and Elegant Eggplant cardstocks.  The bottom layer is Whisper White cardstock rolled with the Starburst Jumbo Wheel using Elegant Eggplant ink and die cut with the largest flower from the Fun Flowers Bigz L die and the Big Shot.  Then the edges were sponged with Elegant Eggplant ink and the petals curled under by placing each petal between my thumb and the edge of the bone folder.  The next layer uses Elegant Eggplant cardstock embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot then die cut with the medium sized flower from the Fun Flowers Bigz L die.  The edges of the die cut flower were sponged with Elegant Eggplant ink and the petals curled up by placing each petal between my thumb and the edge of the bone folder.  The center of this layer was adhered to the center of the bottom layer with SNAIL.  The third layer uses an image from the Posy Punch Hostess stamp set stamped on Whisper White using Wisteria Wonder ink.  The stamped image was punched with the Fancy Flower punch and the edges sponged with Wisteria Wonder ink.  The "Hello" image from the Posy Punch stamp set was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Elegant Eggplant ink, punched out with the 1" circle punch, and adhered to the center of the Fancy Flower-punched third layer with SNAIL.  The center of this layer was adhered to the center of the second layer with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The 3/4" circle flower image from the Posy Punch stamp set was stamped on Whisper White using Wisteria Wonder ink, punched out with the 3/4" circle punch, and adhered to the center of the Fancy Flower-punched layer with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A 5mm Basic Pearl was placed at the center of the 3/4" circle flower image.  The focal point was adhered near the upper left corner of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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(click on card to see larger image)

The flower image was stamped three times along the left edge of a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Wisteria Wonder ink and the edges of the cardstock sponged with Elegant Eggplant ink.  The cardstock was adhered to the inside sentiment area of the card using SNAIL.

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(click on each envelope photo to see larger images)

The flower image was stamped one more time at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope using Wisteria Wonder ink.  The "hi" sentiment was stamped on one of the petals using Elegant Eggplant ink.  The Starburst Jumbo Wheel was inked with Elegant Eggplant ink and rolled across the envelope flap.  The edges of the envelope flap were sponged with Elegant Eggplant ink.

While I was at the Stampin' Addicts Meet & Greet waiting for my swap to be called, I received a text message from my husband to tell me that our Golden Retriever, Maxwell, had passed away.  I knew that I might receive this message during the week I spent in Utah; however, I just hadn't expected to receive the message my first full day there.  About a month earlier, I had taken Maxwell to the vet because he had a cough.  When the first treatment plan was unsuccessful, I returned to the vet a couple of weeks later, when I found out that Maxwell had an aggressive form of lymphoma.  One of the tumors was on his sternum and was pressing against his throat.  He had additional tumors in his lung that were causing him some distress when he was active.  It was apparent that the cancer had spread and that we had a very limited amount of time left with Maxwell.  Maxwell was 7 years old.  Here's one of my favorite pictures of Maxwell taken a year earlier.  My niece, a pet groomer, entered Maxwell in a local grooming competition.

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So here I am, sitting at a table with fellow demonstrators silently weeping over my phone, when the lady seated next to me asked if she could help me.  I showed her the text message and she leaned over to her daughter (Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Lisa-Marie Hazlet) to let her know my situation.  She couldn't share the text message with her daughter because she was blind.  Lying on the floor behind Lisa-Marie's chair was her guide dog, Max, a light Golden Retriever.  During a break between the organized swaps during the Meet & Greet, I walked over to Max and sat down with him for a while.  He greeted me with a handshake and seemed to understand my need to be with him and love on him for a while.  Certainly, at that moment, Max was an angel of mercy in my grief.

A little while later, my swap was called and I was pleased to find that the demonstrators at my table were also a part of this card front swap.  Here is the card that I received from Lisa-Marie.

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This card is just so pretty!  Lisa used two new In Colors, Pool Party and Island Indigo on this simple, yet eye-catching card.  The tools used on this card are the 3/16" corner rounder, the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, and the circle punch from the Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  It's hard to see in the picture, but that tiny circle has Dazzling Diamonds glitter on it.  The lovely sentiment comes from the Cherish Friendship stamp set.

Thanks to Lisa-Marie and her mother, along with Max the guide dog, for their compassion and caring spirit.  They made a distressing situation just a little more bearable.

I'll be back soon with more from the Convention.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases, Posy Punch, Starburst Jumbo Wheel; Inks:  Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder; Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder; Embellishments: Basic Pearls, Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Big Shot w/Multi-Purpose Platform and Standard Cutting Plates, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, Texturz Silicone Rubber, Texturz Impression Pad, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder, Fun Flowers Bigz L die, 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Fancy Flower punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


A Pocket of Memories

Hello!  A crazy week getting ready for the final Space Shuttle launch, STS-135.  We're crossing our fingers and toes for good weather, but it's not looking promising.  So we'll see if we can find a hole in the clouds big enough to safely launch through.

Next week I travel to Salt Lake City for the Stampin' Up! Convention.  I'm super excited to be going this year to celebrate my 5 years as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (actually that event occurred in October).  I'm also coming up on my 2nd year as a blogger and will soon reach the 50,000 blog visit mark.  Lots of very cool milestones!  And all of them thanks to my great customers, stamp club members, and blog readers.

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(click on Pocket Album to see larger image)

To celebrate, I'm offering a FREE tutorial for this adorable project through July 17th.  I can't take credit for the original design of this project; that comes from a Make & Take designed by Stampin' Up! for a special group of hard working Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who earned a FREE Cruise to Alaska a few weeks ago courtesy of Stampin' Up!  I saw the completed project at a training meeting with my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood (one of those awesome Cruise Achievers). 

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(click on each Pocket Album photo to see larger images)

I liked the project so much that I jotted down the measurements and went home to make a couple of these adorable pocket albums to demonstrate at the June meeting of the SASS Stamp Club (the very next day!).  It was a huge hit!  I didn't have the supplies used to make the original project; however, I quickly realized that the project design could be adapted to a wide variety of looks.  I can see so many uses for this project:  Grandma's (or Grandpa's, or Mom's, or Dad's) Baby Brag Book; a Memory Book for a special event; a Coupon Book for a special birthday or anniversary or graduation or Mother's Day or Father's Day; a Love Notes Book for that special someone on Valentine's Day or Wedding Anniversary or for a milestone birthday.  Just think what you could do with these eight pockets!

This "guts" of this project is created with one piece of 12" x 12" cardstock.  The rest of the supplies come from scraps of coordinating Subtles Designer Series Paper, Subtles cardstock scraps, Subtles inks, a couple of punches, and stamped images from the Flight of the Butterfly and Butterfly Prints stamp sets.  You'll be amazed with how easy this project is to make!  Here's another version of the project; this time using a Brights color palette.

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The tutorial provides a scoring/cutting diagram, photos, a listing of all the supplies (for the Subtles and Brights versions), and dimensions for all the papers and cardstocks. 

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(click on each Pocket Album photo to see larger images)

If you'd like to make this fun project, just click on the E-Mail Mickey button near the upper right corner of my blog page before Midnight Eastern time on Sunday, July 17th, and I'll send you the tutorial by return e-mail.  It's as easy as that!

It's my Thank You to all of you who take the time to stop by to visit.  I appreciate you.

Robertssiggy


Sail Away

Hello there!

It seems rather strange to be posting four days in a row after a month of not posting at all, but that's how it seems to be working out.  Before I forget to mention it, today is the first sales day for the 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog, and I know that you're going to be very pleased with all the new items that are being offered this year.  I'm particularly excited about the new In Colors:  Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Calypso Coral.  I just love the tropical feel these colors evoke.  I've included a color sample created by Dawn Olchefske.  She's a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, too, and you can find her website here.

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(click on color sampler to see larger image)

So now we have ten In Colors to supplement Stampin' Up!s 40 core colors.  This is because each year's In Colors are now available for two catalog years!  If you don't already have the new catalog and would like to receive one, please contact me.  Be sure to ask me how you can get your catalog for FREE!  (Regular price is $9.95)  While you're waiting for your catalog to arrive, you can view the new catalog on line; just click on the catalog icon on the left sidebar of this blog page.

Before I begin showing you projects made with items from the new catalog, I'd like to share a couple more projects with you that I demonstrated at the June meeting of the SASS Stamp Club.  Since the meeting was the weekend before Father's Day, I knew that I needed to have one project with a masculine feel.

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I really like the Sail Away stamp.  It lends itself to so many stamping techniques.  You may remember that I featured this stamp for a graduation card during the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Catalog blog hop a few months ago.  For that card, I stamped the image with Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and added color to the card using different cardstock mats and with the sentiment.

For this card, we begin with a Soft Suede card base with the edges of the card front sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The edges of a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock were sponged with Baja Breeze ink and matted with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  These pieces were adhered to the card front, centered between the left and right sides and top and bottom edges.

The sailboat image was stamped on Glossy cardstock using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  (Since Classic and Craft inks take a bit of time to dry on slick surfaces, Staz-On is a good ink to use because it dries immediately.)  Baja Breeze ink was sponged on the water area around the sailboat and Marina Mist ink was sponged everywhere else for the sky.  Night of Navy ink was sponged lightly over the water area to create a little more dimension and contrast.  The sailboat image was stamped a second time on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sails cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered over the sails stamped on the Glossy cardstock.  The Glossy cardstock was matted with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals with the top, left and right edges of the focal point approximately 1/4" from the top, left and right edges of the Baja Breeze/Cherry Cobbler mats.

A strip of Soft Suede cardstock was punched with the Scallop Ribbon punch and threaded with Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine (see threading diagram) with the ends tied in a bow.  For the SASS Stamp Club, I passed out (Dental) Floss Threaders (new from the box, of course) to reduce the frustration with the threading. 

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Dots of Tombow Multi-Adhesive were placed in between the "x"s on the back of the strip to adhere the strip in the open space below the focal point.  Note:  You'll need to hold the strip in place for about 30 seconds to allow the adhesive to take hold.

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The sailboat image was stamped near the lower left corner of a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black ink.  The cardstock was adhered to the inside sentiment area of the card.  Baja Breeze ink was sponged in the water area with a lighter layer of Night of Navy ink sponged over the Baja Breeze ink.  A strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock was punched with the Scallop Ribbon punch and adhered, vertically, to the liner approximately 1/16" from the right edge of the cardstock.

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The sailboat was stamped a final time near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope.  As with the liner for the inside sentiment area of the card, Baja Breeze and Night of Navy inks were sponged in the water area of the stamped image.

You'll note that I did not use a Father's Day sentiment on this card.  It was just too hard to think about Father's Day with the pain still so raw from my Dad's death in late January.  The ladies of the SASS Stamp Club understood and added their sentiments from an assortment I made available to them. 

Today is another tough day of missing my Dad.  You see, today would have been his 78th birthday.  I think about all the times I called him on the morning of his birthday to sing "Happy Birthday" to him, wish him a special day, and tell him how much I loved him.  More often than not, celebration of his birthday would be held in conjunction with my Mother's as her birthday occurs just a couple of days later on July 4th.  The usual plan would be to gather as a family for a BBQ in my parent's backyard and toss horseshoes or to sit under the Elm tree in the front yard, complain about the Summer heat, and watch the children chase each other with water pistols (and keep our own water pistols loaded, but hidden, to shoot the older kids the younger ones couldn't catch).  Most of us will be gathering this year, too.  Those small kids are grown now; many with their own growing families.  My guess is that we'll try very hard to keep our focus on Mom and hold each other up when the emotion begins to overflow.  Maybe we should stock up on those water pistols anyway.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Sail Away; Inks:  Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Staz-On Jet Black; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Glossy white; Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Adhesive; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Scallop Ribbon punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope