Hello again, Stampin' Friends!
Sorry I was 'missing' for a couple days there…I caught a cold right before – literally the evening before – my Open House, and it has not been kind to me! So, I've been 'laying low', taking care of myself and not doing much else…but now I'm on the mend, and it's time to get back to business 🙂
One of the new products that I used to decorate with is called 'Banner Greetings'; it's a Hostess set that you can earn whenever you hold your own Stampin' Up! party and earn hostess $ to spend, or you can choose it if you place your own qualifying order. It's a wonderful set of 6 greetings that you can use not just for making cards or scrap booking, but also for home decorating!
Here's how I decided to use some of the stamps:
I also used some of the stamps from the 'Itty Bitty Banners' set (item #126257 $14.95cm/#132022 $19.95 wm) This set also comes with matching Framelits (item #129267 $18.95) which makes them even easier to use! (and the cupcakes were delicious – even though I didn't bake them myself!)
I have to confess, I was so busy getting everything ready for my guests, that I forgot to take a picture of these cupcakes. How did I get the picture, then?! Well, it's all thanks to a wonderful friend and fellow Demonstrator, Penny Hanuszak!! She and Ethel de Temple, another demo, attended my Open House (terrific moral support!!) and thank goodness Penny had taken some pictures!! I hope you'll take the time to visit Penny's blog at http://pennytokensstampinspot.blogspot.ca – she is terrifically talented, and such a wonderful person 🙂
This next card can be used for just about any occassion, and it has several new products incorporated:
The Designer Series Paper is called 'Soho Subway' (item #130140 $13.50). You get 12 sheets; 2 each of 6 double-sided designs, sized 12"x12".
I started out with a card base of Early Espresso, then a panel of Very Vanilla. The top panel is one of the designs from Soho Subway, and the bottom is yet another design, from the same paper series! Coordination is one of the reasons why I love Stampin' Up! 🙂
I used a retired ribbon in Early Espresso across the centre join of the 2 designer papers, and tied a simple knot. On Very Vanilla card stock I stamped the sentiment from the 'Chalk Talk' stamp set – which also happens to be my Stamp Set of the Month, and I also used in the card in the previous post – item #130634 $22.95 cm/#130631 $31.95 wm- and puched it out using the Extra Large Oval Punch (item #119859 $22.95). I layered that using a dimensional on top of Island Indigo card stock punched with the Decorative Label Punch (#120907 $22.95), and then popped the whole thing over top of the ribbon with dimensionals.
The butterflies were made using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits and the Big Shot, from Island Indigo and Summer Starfruit card stock.
So, you can see how the new products are made to coordinate not just with the other newest products, but also lots of other, existing Stampin' Up! products, as well. Like I said – I love the coordination! It makes us all look like professionals, regardless of how long we've been paper crafting!
One last thing before I sign off for tonight – there has been LOTS of interest in the new SIMPLY PRESSED CLAY (item #130586 $8.95) and the MOLDS (item #131272 $9.95) that I talked about and used in my last post and card – for good reason!! You are going to love playing with this stuff – and I want to help you have lots of fun. I haven't done my own video yet – I'm still working up to videos – but another super-creative Stampin' Up! demo named Jackie Topa has done a video of lots of cool things you can do with the new Simply Pressed Clay.
Here's the link to the Simply Pressed Clay Video and Jackie Topa's blog . Please be sure to say 'hi' while you're there 🙂
And here's a tip from me; when working with the clay, I find it easiest to pinch off a small amount from inside the bag, roll it into a ball, then press it into the shape in the mold. Pinch off any excess – you want the back to be flat, not rounded – and return any excess to the bag. To ensure a really flat back, you can turn the mold over, and just lightly press down on your flat work surface. To release the clay from the molds easily, I've found it best to just pop the molds into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes; once you take them out, they'll pop out easily, without any squishing or warping of the shape. They will still be quite pliable, and if you don't like how they turned out – you can simply re-squish the clay into a ball, and start over!
Until next time – happy clay molding & stamping!