It's pretty hard to believe that it's November and that Thanksgiving is just days away. The pace of my life is picking up with the Holidays and the To Do List is growing by the minute. Now it's a matter of finding ways to fit everything in... One of those things is keeping up with posting on my blog. So, thanks so very much for hanging in there with me and most especially for your support!
Here's an 8" x 8" scrapbook page with an image you don't see too often: a celebrating elephant.
The You're Amazing stamp set was used for this page and is one of the stamp sets that I received at the Stampin' Up! Convention in July. I'll admit that it's not one that I would normally choose for myself. I really like the word images in the stamp set: the "Happy Birthday" and "You're Amazing" images that coordinate with the Apothecary Accents Framelits, and the small and large ticket images that coordinate with the Ticket Duo Builder punch. The rest of the images just didn't do anything for me. However, I have the stamp set, so I needed to put ink on it and share it with my customers.
We begin with a base page of Basic Gray. A piece of Sticky Strip was adhered along the bottom edge of the page. The elephant image was stamped above the Sticky Strip using Basic Gray ink. [I see this row of elephants and think of the parade the circus would have from the railroad depot to the Big Top "back in the day."] The small ticket image was stamped repeatedly on a strip of Summer Starfruit cardstock using Summer Starfruit ink and punched out with the small ticket part of the Ticket Duo Builder punch. The punched tickets were placed end-to-end on the Sticky Strip across the bottom of the page. The hat part of the elephant image was stamped three times on Very Vanilla cardstock using Primrose Petals ink and two times using Summer Starfruit ink. The hats were cut out with Paper Snips and adhered over the Basic Gray elephant hats.
To create the focal point image, the "You're Amazing" image was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Summer Starfruit ink and die cut in the Big Shot using the 3 3/8" x 4" Labels Collection Framelits. A piece of Primrose Petals cardstock was die cut in the Big Shot using the next larger size of Labels Collection Framelits then paper pierced along the inside edge of the die cut using the corresponding template in the Festive Paper Piercing Pack and the Paper Piercing Tool. The "You're Amazing" die cut was adhered at the center of the Primrose Petals die cut and then adhered near the upper left corner of the base page using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The hot air balloon image was stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock using Basic Gray ink and cut out with Paper Snips, less the pennants that extend out from the bottom of the balloon. The image was stamped a second time on Very Vanilla cardstock using the brush tip of the Summer Starfruit Stampin' Write Marker to color the balloon and the brush tip of the Primrose Petals Stampin' Write Marker to color the pennants. The balloon and pennants were cut out using Paper Snips and adhered over the Crumb Cake balloon using Stampin' Dimensionals. The hot air balloon was adhered to the upper right corner of the focal point using SNAIL for the area that rests on top of the focal point and a Stampin' Dimensional for the part that sits over the base page.
A page embellishment was created by stamping the large "Winner" ticket image twice on Very Vanilla cardstock using Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit inks. The images were punched out using the large ticket of the Ticket Duo Builder punch. The two tickets were adhered together with the left corners overlapped slightly. The embellishment would be adhered to the page using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Here's the card for my stamp club members who are not scrapbookers.
You can see that many of the individual elements of this card front mirror, exactly, the elements of the scrapbook page. The notable difference is that the elephant was not stamped above the row of tiny tickets at the bottom edge of the card front. Instead, the elephant was stamped on a piece of Basic Gray cardstock using Basic Gray ink, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered to the lower left corner of the focal point using SNAIL.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Like the scrapbook page embellishment, the large "Winner" ticket image was stamped twice on Very Vanilla carstock using Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit inks and punched out with the large tag part of the Ticket Duo Builder punch. The tags were adhered together with the left sides slightly overlapped and then adhered near the upper left corner of the liner.
The large "Winner" ticket image was stamped twice at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope. However, a little masking was involved. First, stamp the "Winner" ticket image using Primrose Petals ink at the lower left front corner of the envelope front with the "r" pointing toward the upper right corner of the envelope front. Stamp the ticket image a second time on the front side of a Post-It Note with the bulk of the stamped image residing over the area where the repositionable adhesive is located on the back of the Post-It Note. Insert the Post-It Note image into the paper slot of the Ticket Duo Builder punch and punch out the ticket using the large ticket part of the punch. Place the punched ticket directly on top of the stamped Primrose Petals ticket on the envelope front. Using Summer Starfruit ink, stamp the ticket image at the lower left front corner of the envelope with the "r" pointing toward the lower right corner of the envelope and the left side of the ticket slightly overlapping the Primrose Petals ticket. Press down firmly on the stamp (without rocking the stamp) and then remove. Remove the Post-It Note from the Primrose Petals ticket. If you look closely at the bottom edge of the Primrose Petals "Winner" ticket on the envelope photo, you'll see a bit of a "white" shadow where the Summer Starfruit ticket meets the Primrose Petals ticket. This is caused by the difference in height between the envelope surface and the Post-It Note. Pressing down firmly when you stamp the second ticket will usually prevent this shadow from occurring.
I mentioned earlier that I really like some of the images in this stamp set; especially the word stamps. Did you know that Stampin' Up! is offering the "Happy Birthday" image from this stamp set for sale as a single stamp image? That's only one of many great images that are available from a number of popular stamp sets. But these single stamps are only available through January 2. 2013. To see all the images available, click on the Shop Now button located near the upper left corner of this blog page to go to my Stampin' Up! On-line Storefront, click on the Shop Now hotlink located near the lower right corner of the web page and then click on the Single Stamps image near the center of the page. There are even some images that are brand new and not a part of any current stamp set! How cool is that??!!
One more thing. One of the ladies in my Sunday Afternoon StamperS (SASS) Stamp Club chose not to use the elephant image for her projects. Her reason? An elephant with the trunk pointing down is considered unlucky! A lucky elephant would have his trunk curled upward. I was curious about this and went to the authoritative source for information, the Internet, and found a slew of articles about this. Who knew? It seems to go along with the horseshoe always pointing up to prevent the luck from running out. (Click here for an article that you may find interesting.) Gotta love the internet!
Stamps: You're Amazing; Inks: Basic Gray, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit; Stampin' Write Markers: Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit; Cardstock: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools: Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Paper Piercing Tool, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Labels Collection Framelits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope, Page Protectors; Non-Stampin' Up!: Post-It Note