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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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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.


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


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Cindy E.

Mickey, this is absolutely stunning! I love your creativity with the ribbon punch - it adds the perfect effect on this CAS card.


Oh I love that stitching with the Baker's Twine! Your card is just spectacular!


Gorgeous card! I love the cross-stitching, too! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Heidi Baks

Beautiful! LOVE the cross-stitch!

Trina Caraway

Mickey!! I adore the designs you've created with Sail Away! And the details with the baker's twine are so cool!

Tanya Boser

Absolutely gorgeous!! And I love what you did with the Baker's Twine and the Dotted Ribbon punch!!

Sara Mattson-Blume

Love that stitching!

sharon L

Love this card! Now I have to buy the punch
sharon L

Jen Timko

Mickey - This is amazing! Thanks for the tip on the threaders...brilliant! I love your use of the Baker's Twine and the coloring is stunning.

Joni Kelly

Mikey, I love how you did every element of this card. I went through the same emotions at Mother's day as you told of here - I share you ache!

God bless you, Joni

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