Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop



All weekend we are showcasing 18+ new stamps and tools from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. If you just landed here from Holly's blog, she just helped you spend some money on the new Perfect Pennant Die, didn't she? (Yup - me, too.) If you are just starting out here, you will be happy to know that we are all linked together. Our posts will be up all weekend; so feel free to take your time going through the hop, take a second look and share this hop with your stampin' friends!

The stamp set I chose to share with you is a new Hostess set called Ain't Love Grand. This set has some fun line art images. And making it even better - with the changes to our hostess program any hostess with merchandise totaling $150 or more can choose this with her hostess money! (No more levels - hooray!)

First, how about a little something for someone dealing with a summer cold? Pass the tissues, please.

This tin from the $1 bin at a local box store was perfect to hold the necessities! Lined with a scrap of our Candy Cane fabric, it contains pleated paper flowers, Kleenex tissues and cough drops.  The little tag hangs from another strip of fabric and is pinned in place, but you could tie the tag onto the pail's handle if you are skilled that way. Which I am not, apparently. Just add chicken soup... (I ate it already.)

Next a little card for someone special:

Love this little airplane image. And see the raindrops? Well, let me just say there will be an easy way to add those coming up in the Holiday Mini. (Yay!) 
An optional way to use this image would be to use a blender pen to remove the sentiment before you stamp the plane and banner image. Simply ink the stamp, pass a blender pen over the area where you want to remove the ink. (Clean off the pen by rubbing over scratch paper.)  The banner will stamp without the sentiment and you can add your own message!

Now a project for those of us who are raising children to be responsible adults. Or working on it, anyway ;) This guy with the megaphone is helping:
He is on a list I gave my older son, who occasionally (ahem) needs a reminder. I'm posting where he won't miss it - next to the Chick-fil-a coupons. I know he looks at that calendar - he doesn't want to miss out on any free milkshakes!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the projects shared today and found something inspiring in them. To continue with the hop, click here to visit Debra's site where she is sharing the Triple Treat Flower and even giving away some blog candy! We also invite you to join the blog hop discussion going on at Stampin' Addicts. Enjoy!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Tin: Fabric as listed above, Designer Label punch for tag, Aqua Painter and markers to color
Card: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Marina Mist card stock, Scallop Circle punches for clouds, Sponge Dauber and Stampin' Pastels for shading, Stampin' Write markers to color
Chore Chart: My Digital Studio (background), Big Shot, Headline Alphabet die, Crop-a-dile and Metallic brads, SWMarkers to color

Contact your demonstrator for purchasing information.

Cards and Scrapbook ideas galore!


Edited to provide technique link below
Here's just one of the boards shared at convention. As you can see, it is packed full of ideas. I've pulled 3 of my favorites from this particular board to share with you. (I apologize for the dark photos; carrying a larger, stronger camera just wasn't an option - too much to carry!)

Check out this adorable little Mariachi:

These robot stamps just retired, but I know a few of you still have the set in your "collection". I love how she is piecing him back together. A friend can do that for us, can't they?

And one more idea - lollipop flowers. Looks so good in a monochromatic look and I love how the artist used the Lattice die cut to create an embossed background. So clever!

New info
My new blogger friend Evie asked about the embossing technique used in photo 3. (The lattice in the background.) You can use this technique shared on splitcoaststampers along with the lattice die to create this design.

Thanks for stopping by!

I do not know who the artists were for these great projects - sorry! There are many, many of these boards around at convention, regionals and other Stampin' Up! events. They are filled with ideas submitted by Stampin' Up! Demonstrators for contests, idea shares, etc. These boards are just one way that we share ideas. Join us?  Just a few more days left for the $99 offer...

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Newest Digital Downloads


Nearly every week we have been releasing new digital downloads. This week's batch includes a wonderful Christmas package that you simply must see!
In case you are not familiar with these offerings, what you are seeing is the digital version of a scrapbook kit. The vertical lines on the left are the patterns in the Designer Series Paper (patterned, 12x12 paper) and also border strips. The ornaments and labels you see are the digital versions of the stickers and chipboard accents you would use with traditional scrapbooking.

Much like a traditional hands-on kit, you can use these elements to create pages, cards, home and party decor, etc. Unlike the traditional, they can be resized when you work with them digitally and you can also use as many of one piece as you like. For example, if you want all of your cards to have the candy cane striped paper in the background - you can do that. Want all of the pages in your scrapbook to include the Christmas Countdown sticker? You can do that, too.

There was one aspect, however that really won me over to trying digital crafting. Being able to create something once and print it multiple times. Over the next few months, I am looking forward to taking some of my favorite pictures from this year and creating a calendar for 2012. Once it is created, I can print several copies so that not only can we have one here at home, we can also send one to each set of grandparents, the great-grandmother and even our family in Colombia. Obviously, they are most interested in pictures of the boys but I might just stick one of my hubby and I in there somewhere so they remember who brought them these great kids! Just sayin'...

Interested in what My Digital Studio has to offer? If so, I invite you to contact me or check out these links:

Latest Downloads

My Digital Studio Forum (get and share project and how-to info)

Get to know My Digital Studio (short videos)

Thanks for stopping by!

Click the ON SALE NOW tab above for a great deal on retired stamp sets!
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Use It Tuesday - New Sew Fabric Ideas


Here are a couple of great ideas shared at convention. These two projects were created by the artists at Stampin' Up! for our inspiration and enjoyment! Both projects look fairly simple to make and do not appear to require sewing instruction. Though you might need to work on bow-making skillage for the first one ;)

Love this wreath! Imagine how it would look at Christmas time with a few family pics or cards pinned to it...
Now there are some of us who have tried a lot of different crafts over the years. How many of you ever tried cross-stitching? And do you still have a frame tucked away in your craft bin (somewhere)? Check out this great way to use it! This would make a great gift -  especially if you coordinate the fabric with a photo or according to the person's (couple's) taste.

I hope you enjoyed these two ideas. I'll keep sharing more - promise!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: Fabric shown is our Timeless Portrait Designer Fabric. Wreath also uses 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.
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How to use small embossing folders


Designer Frames (item #123130)
We have several NEW embossing folders available for you in the latest Idea Book & Catalog. Included in the mix is a set of folders called Designer Frames each measuring 4 1/2" x 2 7/8". Customers have told me that they have tried using smaller folders before, but were frustrated by extra lines showing the edges of the folder.

There is an easy solution and looking through some older posts, I found this helpful nugget (with pictures!) to help you avoid these unwanted lines. Enjoy!

Previous post, edited for clarity:

This week at Paper Craft Planet, Teresa P. shared a great how-to video on how to fix this problem. (The link will take you to the video, but if you are not a subscribed member you will not be able to view it.) Here are some photos to explain the process:

Create a chipboard shim sized just smaller than the folder itself. When run through the machine, pressure will only be applied to the center of the folder where the design is created. I used 2 pieces of chipboard from the back of an art pad; Teresa mentions using 7 pieces of thin chipboard, like a cereal box, glued together to create her shim.

Use the following sandwich to run it through the Big Shot. From the bottom up:
- Tab 1
- your card stock inserted into the embossing folder
- shim centered over the embossing folder,
- clear acrylic plate on top 

Note: there is only one acrylic plate on top instead of creating the usual  sandwich with 2.

Your finished product will show only the embossed image  - without the folder's edges! Hooray!

Thanks for stopping by - again!

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Clearly For You DivaSC146


Our Diva sketch today reminds me of a gift. Perhaps a good weekend to get started on Christmas cards? You know, a Christmas in July kind of thing?
Well, I couldn't do it. It's just too hot out for me to even seriously think about it. But maybe one of the other Divas did. We shall see :)

The background on this card was created using our new letterpress plate: Fancy Fan. With this type of plate, you apply ink to the plate before running it through the Big Shot. Because I wanted an aged/mottled look, I used our Classic Ink (which is a dye ink). For solid images and smooth coverage you will want to use Craft ink (pigment based ink). This particular look, with this color,  reminds me of nice, cool sand on the beach. Aaaaah!

Thanks for stopping by!
To see more ideas, including some great color combos, visit these participating Divas:


Stampin' Supplies: 
Clearly for You
Stamps: Clearly For You
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Blender pen with Garden Green and Cajun Craze
Paper: Watercolor paper, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Naturals Vanilla
Tools: Big shot, Fancy Fan letterpress plate, Medium and Large oval punches
Embellishments: Linen Thread
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Amazing Displays


In a previous post, I mentioned that the Stampin' Up! artists create some amazing displays. Here are just a few pictures of some of the convention displays - enjoy!

Check out this great garden wagon. No watering necessary!
How about some home decor?
How about some decor for a baby shower?
Speaking of baby:
Here's a close-up of the bib on the bottom drawer. I love that they used Aviary on here!
And one more...

Not only are these giant flowers fun to look at, but they are EASY and FUN to create using our new scoring-board, Simply Scoring!! You are going to love this new tool, available September 1st - More details on that next month!
Want more ideas? Be sure to stop Tuesday for a couple of great FABRIC ideas! Don't fret - no sewing involved!

Thanks for stopping by!

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3 reasons to attend Convention


Band-aids, water and sleep. What do these things have in common? They are three things you want to have in abundance when you attend a Stampin' Up! Annual convention!

Myself and 3,300 or so Demonstrators are just getting home from Salt Lake City after days of learning, sharing and having lots of fun. Over the next couple of weeks, be sure to return to see photos of samples plus hear about the latest and greatest things we have to offer. But first, let me share the top 3 reasons to join us next time:

Number three: The information!
Classes include information on running your business, using our products and improving yourself as an individual. Many also include project ideas you can use right away. But speaking of project ideas -

You would never believe how many amazing displays and samples you will see in just a few short days. This is only one row of sample boards; I haven't even shown you the displays made by the Stampin' Up! artists...

Number two: Swaps!
Card swap created by Linda Callahan
I suppose this could have been combined with the previous reason, but there is something special about swapping with other people who are as crazy about this craft and this event as you are. Swaps are completed for cards, jewelry items, 3d items... you name it!

The number one reason: People!
left to right: Ann Schach, Linda Callahan, Martha Stewart, Mike Funke

Not only did I get to travel with my friend and team-mate Martha, I was also blessed to meet new people and see other Stampin' friends again. A big part of what we do is the relationships we make along the way. Each person we encounter, demos and customers alike, only add to the entire experience.

If you would like information or are ready to join us, I would love to help you become a part of this wonderful company. Contact me for information or Click here to begin your stampin' journey!

Thanks for stopping by!

Already have a lot of supplies? Our $99 starter kit - available during July - is perfect for the customer who is ready to turn demonstrator!

Ain't Love Grand Greeting DivaSC145


It's the weekend again and time to play with a sketch. Here's our Diva Sketch, #145, ready for your enjoyment!

Today, I'm sharing an image from a new Hostess stamp set called Ain't Love Grand. The images in this new set are all line art, ready to be colored in or paper pieced - so many fun options with this type of stamp set. A part of me is still a kid and loves to color. Now that I think about it, that same part still needs to work on sharing the markers... but that's a story for another day!

The three sentiments you see here are all part of one stamp in the Happy Greetings set featured in the Summer Mini catalog. After stamping, simply cut the three lines apart and mat them to follow the sketch. The matting used here are strips of two new In-Colors: Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade. They remind me of brighter versions of Pacific Point and Old Olive, respectively. Fun to use and, seriously, who can't have fun with a name like "Lucky Limeade"?

The stamp of the little dude with the megaphone actually has the words "heard it's your birthday" underneath him. If you would like one option of how to exclude part of an image from stamping, scroll down to read yesterday's post. You will see step-by-step notes and photos.

To see more ideas using today's sketch, click here for Alisa's blog or here for the Utah Divas blog site and a complete list of participants. Some posts go up later in the weekend, so if you miss one, we invite you to check back. Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Happy Greetings, Ain't Love Grand
Ink: Basic Black and Stampin' Write Markers to color
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo
Tools: Silver Brads
Embellishments: Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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5 steps to masking a rubber stamp image


Sometimes we have a stamp we want to use, but it includes an image or sentiment we want to leave off. Here is a simple way to use masking tape to help you exclude parts of an image.

  1. Turn your stamp rubber side up.
  2. Place a piece of scotch tape over the section you do not want. Here, I'm covering up the words "heard it's your birthday" under the megaphone.
  3. Ink your stamp with either an ink pad (as shown), or with Stampin' Write Markers.
  4. The next step (see below) is crucial: remove the tape. Yes, a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised....
  5. Now, stamp!

This technique may be simple, but do not underestimate it! For example, there are wonderful Christmas stamps with beautiful borders. By using tape as a mask, you can cover the holiday part and use the frame/border year-round.  Another idea would be to separate a longer sentiment - stamp the first line on the front of your card, the rest on the inside of the card.

I hope you find that this technique helps you to see and use your stamps in ways you had not considered. It's always nice when we get more bang for the buck, isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by today! To see this image on a card, be sure to stop by this weekend. He'll be colored in and ready to go - along with the next Utah Divas sketch challenge. See you here!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Ain't Love Grand (hostess set)
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White
Tools: scotch tape
Embellishments: Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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My Friend Wasabi CD108


With a title like this one, you may think I am going to share an interesting tidbit about sushi, but no... it is all about the greeting cards here.

And since it's Wednesday, it's also about color challenges. Specifically, the Color Dare number one oh eight. Tomodachi*, your challenge is to use these colors:
These colors are lovely together, aren't they? When I saw it, I started thinking about tropical images, watermelon - summer ideas like that. But I was obsessed with this new stamp set - My Friend. I couldn't rest until I inked it up and tried it out. My card came out rather simple, but I do like how the red flower POPS. That part, at least, is a keeper.

For more ideas using today's challenge, stop by the Color Dare web site or click on the Design Team links in the sidebar here. We also invite you to link to your creation so we can stop by and see what you have created. Come on - you know you wanna!
Thanks for stopping by!
*And by the way, Tomodachi is the Japanese word for friend.

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: My Friend
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Embellishments: Clips assortment (retired), Rhinestone Brads
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Busy Hands pouch


I've been on a mission lately to learn how to sew. Well, how to do it better. I think it may take intervention from Jesus Himself to get continuously straight lines, but lucky for me the recipients of the gifts aren't too picky.

Convention this week brought to mind all the times we need to keep important items (phone, cash, etc.) handy but need our hands to be free. There are a number of free templates for different purses and pouches online (hooray for google). Through one of the tutorials I found, I learned how to make a great pieced lanyard. I used this idea along with a Simplicity pattern (#4391) to create a pouch for my friend  Martha. Actually, I made two - she gets to choose which one she wants :)

Note: The pattern calls for using a length of ribbon as your strap. This is where the pieced lanyard comes in play; I made it extra long so that the strap can go across the body and the pouch will hang at the hip.

Flirtatious fabric (item #122335)
And here it is open:

And then I thought to myself, "What if she's not too crazy about all the pink?"
Thus was born pouch #2.

Springtime Vintage fabric (item#121817)
The finished pouch is approximately 4.5" wide x 5" high. 
To give you a better idea: that's an ipod in the front pocket. The inside of the pouch easily holds a my Fuji Finepix digital camera, phone, etc.

The Simplicity pattern calls for a velcro closure. I opted to use an elastic strip/button instead - an idea I found on this free tutorial for a business card holder.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing today's projects - let me know if you decide to try any of the linked tutorials!  Smiley

Resources linked above:

Lanyard tutorial  - Two Peas In A Pod Designs
Business card holder tutorial - Crafty Cupboard
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