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September 2012

It is Useless to Resist...Window Frames Framelits

It seems like whenver a new catalog or mini comes out I am so strong, logical and very careful about what I order.  Well, at least for the first order.  You know at first I am that person who says I am not getting that because it is too similar,  too limited in use,  too whatever.   Fast forward a few weeks and yup, I have totally caved.  I do think that now I have ordered almost everything that was on my I "want it" list from the Holiday Catalog.  Wait, I do reserve the right to change my mind  cause you know there are still a few things that I don't have.

First up are the Window Frames Framelits.  I cannot even really explain why I resisted.  Here's the first thing I made with the Window Frames Framelits.

Flowering Flourishes Window frames

I guess I will confess that it is also useless to resist the Flowering Flourishes stamp set as well as the Window Frames Framelits.   The card measures 4-1/4" x 5" so it will still fit in the standard A-2 envelope.   This is a quick card and a fun change from the standard card.  

Stamps: Flowering Flourishes, Tiny Tags
Ink: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, In Color (2012-2014) DSP Stack
Punches: Jewelry Tag, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot: Window Frames Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits
Ribbon: 3/8" Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin ( you can get this free with a $40 purchase)
Extras: Rhinestones

I store my Framelits in  the Clear Mount stamp cases.  The Window Frames Frameltis are a little too big to fit in the case.  I didn't want to change how I stored them so here is what I came up with.

Window Frames Framelits

I mounted them on the outside of the case with LOTS of Magnet strips.  I was a little dubious about this so I shook the cases and dropped them and the framelits stayed in place.   I can also store more framelits inside of the case.  If I had wall space I probably would have found a way to mount them but wall space is scarce and cabinet doors non existent in my little craft room.  

So, what products have you found to be useless to resist?  I will be sharing more of what arrived in my latest box of goodies.  If you have decided it is useless to resist something you can go to my Stampin' Up! online store and order it.  Don't worry about caving in and ordering, you are in good company!


Gumball Green for Christmas

Don't you love the name Gumball Green?  Not only is it a fun name it describes the color so well.  I think it would be a dream job to be the person who gets to name the colors, the person in charge of creating more words for our not so secret Stampin' Up color code.  What would be your first addition to the not so secret code be?

I  was feeling very extravagant with my Gumball Green Stitched Satin ribbon while making this card.  The Back to Spool special makes it easy to feel this way.  Seriously now, free ribbon?!  

Gumball Green ribbon christmas card

I know that the second ribbon was not necessary but i could not help myself!  Here's a listing of the fun products used on this card.

Stamps: Greetings of the Season
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Be of Good Cheer, Silver Glimmer paper
Punches: 1" Square
Big Shot: Snow Flurry die, Northern Flurry Folder
Ribbon: Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon
Extras: Rhinestone

This is a pretty easy card and using the 1" square punch made it super simple to make the little patchwork strip.  This is  also a great way to use up those little bits of DSP that you  cannot bear to throw away.  

Now that you have seen all the colors of the Back to Spool ribbon special.  Which colors are you going to get free?  

A Little Something When Things Get Rough

You know you are obsessed when things are not just yellow but Daffodil Delight or Tangerine Tango instaed of orange.     You know you are very obsessed when you buy things because they are Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango or any of the other Stampin' Up colors. Have you ever done that?  Well, I definitely do  and so now you know i am obsessed, just in case you did not already know that!

I found this nail file and knew I had to buy it because it coordinated so well with Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Rich Razzleberry!

Nail file

I made a topper using the Labels Collection Framelits stamped with the Summer Silhouettes stamp set leaf.   The flowers are punched with the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack and the little butterfly is from the Beautiful Wings embosslit.   The plastic bag is what the nail file was already packaged in.  All I did was open it and attach the flap to the inside of the topper.  Wouldn't this make a fun little gift?   I am thinking of cheesy little sayings like, "to help make things a little smoother" or "for when things get rough"  would be fun to place in the bag or on a tag.  

Nail file topper

The world is a colorful place and I love that I have these Stampin Up! names of colors that I can use and you instantly know what I mean.   It is almost like our own not so secret code.  Well, I am off to run some errands and will keep a lookout for more little gift items that I can dress up.  Stay tuned cause you know I am going to share them with you.

Stippled Blossoms Got the Blues

I have done blue poppies and now it is blue roses!   Bashful Blue and Midnight Muse roses to be exact.  Blue Roses

Check out the lovely Midnight Muse Stitched ribbon.  I have one  more color to show you of the Stitched ribbon and then you will have seen them all and can make your decision on what color/s you want to get free!  Please go here for all the details. Did you notice the Natural Composition DSP?  The images on the DSP are embossed.  The designs are raised and clear and look like the DSP elves clear embossed all the designs.   I have been playing with this DSP and look forward to sharing more ideas with you on how to use it.  The Natural Composition DSP is a little heavier and is only printed on one side.

Stamps: Stippled Blossoms, Blooming with Kindness, French Foliage
Ink: Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake
Paper: Midnight Muse, Natural Composition Specialty DSP, Very Vanilla
Extras: 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon in Midnight Muse, In Color Dahlias, pearls 

I just realized I did not use a single punch or the Big Shot on this card.  That does not happen very often anymore.  

Blue Rosesclose

It is very hard to see in this picture but I lightly stamped the script stamp from the French Foliage set and did a little sponging.  I wanted to make it look a little shabby and tone down the vanilla a little.    That is it for today!   Have a fabulous one!  It continues to be just beautiful here, there will no convincing my brother in law that it isn't like this all the time!

Stippled Blossoms and the Chevron Folder

Today I will be showing you the Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon that you can receive for nada, zippo, free when you place  a $40 order or more.  Raspberry Ripple is such a beautiful color and all I could think of was pairing it with the Stippled Blossoms stamp set.  I  am so happy that I got the Stippled Blossom stamp set it is so pretty and for a 2 step stamp set quite forgiving.

Stippled Blossoms and teh Cheveron folder

Yes, there was a whole lot of fussy cutting going on!  Wouldn't it be great if every stamp set either had a punch or Big Shot die to cut it out?!  I actually did not mind doing all this cutting but a die would sure have been faster.

Stamps: Stippled Blossoms, Petite Pairs
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Raspberry Ripple, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Punches: 1" Circle punch
Big Shot: Chevron Embossing folder ( love this one!)
Extras: Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon

I have 2 more colors of the Stitched Satin ribbon to show you.  I hope it will make it easier for you to decide!  If you cannot decide you could always place a $200 order and receive all 5 colors free and you would also receive Hostess benefits!  If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.


Pleasant Poppies in Summer Starfruit

 I am still in a Pleasant Poppies kind of mood and I also want to show you more of the Stitched Satin ribbon that you can receive FREE with a $40 purchase in September.    Who doesn't love some free ribbon?   

Pleasant Poppies Summer Starfruit

I am also pretty taken with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  I think after the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder it might just be my favorite.  It looks really elegant and does not have to be used with just "woodsy" colors.   I have to admit that for a while I was stuck and only used it with "woodsy" colors and then I saw it embossed on Whisper White card stock and it was gorgeous.  Watch out you will be seeing it a lot in the days to come.

Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  VersaMark, Summer Starfruit, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pool Party, Basic Black and Basic Gray, Sahara Sand
Paper: Very Vanilla,  Summer Starfruit, Basick Black, First Edition DSP, In Color DSP paper stack, Watercolor Paper
Punches: Modern Label, Word Window
Big Shot: Woodgrain EF, Labels Collection Framelits
Extras: Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitcehd Satin ribbon, Black embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Aqua Painter

That is it for today! I need to get back to  working on my projects for an event in Spokane WA on October 20th!  It is going to be a fun afternoon of Christmas crafting!  If you live in the area be sure to save the date and come and craft with us.   Contact me for all the details. It is going to be a super fun day of Christmas crafting and you will not want to miss it!


Pleasant Poppies and Marina Mist Polka Dot Parade

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Here in the Pacific Northwest it was a beautiful day.  My brother-in-law is visiting us from Florida and he always says we live in paradise.  I am not sure he would feel that way if he came to visit us in January but for right now, he is right.   While we waited for him to arrive I spent a little time in my stamp room.  I wanted to do some coloring.  It has been an intense few days and I find coloring to be relaxing and almost meditative. 

Pleasant Poppies and Marina Mist polka Dot parade

I used a combination of Marina Mist and Midnight Muse to color the poppies.   You see that lovely ribbon?  Starting today, you get a FREE spool of 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon with every $40 purchase.   This ribbon is soft and supple and a dream to tie. 

Pleasant Poppies and Marina Mist polka Dot parade ribbon

Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Petite Pairs
Ink: VersaMark, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Old Olive, Sahara Sand Stampin' Write markers
Paper: Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Watercolor paper, Polka Dot Parade DSP
Punches: 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle
Big Shot: Woodgrain embossing folder
Extras: Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon, Black embossing powder, heat gun, Aqua Painter

Are you wondering how I  stamped just part of the stamp?  

Pleasant Poppies and Marina Mist polka Dot parade stamp

I use post it notes or scrap paper and cover up the parts of the stamp I do not want inked.  I ink the part of the image I want and  when I am ready to stamp i take the post it away and then stamp.

I also made this card in another color and I will post that to my Facebook page.   Enjoy your weekend and if you are ready for some FREE ribbon be sure to visit my online store and place your order.