I was surprised when they built my son's school a couple of years ago. Why? There are no chalkboards inside! Everything is done on white boards. It makes perfect sense, but think of all of those kids that don't get to pound the erasers outside anymore. They are totally missing out!
For those of us that still like to play with chalk, I've got something fun for you! It's called the chalkboard technique, and it's kinda fun. My stamp class is creating this neat card this week using Bud Basics. It's very similar to a card that I do in some of my workshops, but this card has a lot more impact because the flowers are on a dark background. I'll put together a quick tutorial once stamp club is over, and post it.
I've been working on our stamp club projects for next week, and am going to post 1 picture (yes, just one) of next week's projects. We're going to be playing with chalk! I don't play with the Stampin' Pastels very often, but I really should as I love the soft look that they add to a card or scrapbook page.
You won't see any posts over the weekend as I'll be up in Wasaga Beach having a scrappy weekend with 5 of my girlfriends. We're planning on scrappin' a lot of pictures, but you know how life (and yummy summer drinks) get in the way. Check back next week to see what we did!
We have a bit of info to share this afternoon, but will have more tomorrow after we've seen the brochure that will be demonstrate to the world what this new product line will look like.
I can tell you that these elements are not the window clings that you find in most stores. From what we can tell, they are larger versions of rub-ons that easy to apply, and easy to remove. You'll be able to apply them to walls, home decor items, picture frames, plates, and anything else that catches your fancy. We've been told that there will be 100 images available in Chocolate Chip or White, and 1 image will be available in Kraft. I don't have specific details as of yet, but there will be an alphabet, art and phrases. Many of the images will co-ordinate with Stampin' Up! stamps and Designer Series paper.
The brochure that lists all of the details will be available tomorrow. Customer orders will be accepted as of July 1st. Once I have additional details I'll post another entry to my crazy blog.
Stampin' Up! has released the list of stamp sets that are retiring (click here to see). I'm a bit sad as some of my favourite sets are on the list, but I am looking forward to seeing all of the new stamps in the catalogue upon its release in August. All retiring stamps will be available for order until August 10th, and there shouldn't be any issues with ordering a set at the last minute.
The same won't be true of the retiring accessories (anything that isn't a stamp set). This list will be released on Monday, July 21st. Items on the list are available on a first come, first served basis. In the past we have found that some of the items disappear VERY quickly. I am hosting an open house on the evening of the 21st for everyone to order their accessories before they are gone. Watch for further details about this open house in my July newsletter and on my blog.
Finally... tomorrow will be a big day! Tomorrow's the day that we find out what our new product line will be. As soon as I know, I will post the details.
Another quick note today. The card is a bit more time consuming because there is more flower cutting again, but I like the effect. I saw a very similar card on Splitcoast and was intrigued with the colour combination - Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and So Saffron. This is my first card using my new Stitched Exotics stamps, as well as the background stamp Stitched.
I have used some Bali Breeze paper for the orange background, and the rest has been stamped and cut out. The 2 large flowers were stamped tone-on-tone, while the smaller flowers were all stamped on white and cut out. I also stamped the vine on white. The large piece of So Saffron in the centre was stamped with the Stitched stamp, inked using So Saffron Classic ink. Finally, the Thank You stamp comes from Enjoy Every Moment.
I made a birthday card for a friend last week that has NO stamping on it!!! Instead there is lots of dry embossing.
I used different colours of vellum (available at the big M), and the brass Bodacious Bouquet (now retired... sniff) template. I dry embossed the flowers onto the vellum, and then cut them out. Not an arduous task because the flowers are larger than a lot that I've cut out. I used the stem outlines on the stencil to emboss the flower stems on the Whisper White cardstock. Rhinestone brads from the 'Rama attach the flowers to the white cardstock, and the flowers are glittered up using some 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds.
The white cardstock is then attached to a piece of Barely Banana.
Woo! I've got another card waiting in the wings that has more cutting on it... Stay tuned.
The Fresh Cut Sneak Peek has 2 items that will be new to the Fall/Winter catalogue, but you can get them now! The Fresh Cuts stamp set has been released, along with some gorgeous new note cards that have been die cut!!! Click here to see the stamps and the cards.
The price for the stamp set is $25.95 (5 stamps). The price on the note cards is $10.75 (15 4"x4" cards). Each can be purchased separately, but if you purchase the stamps and the cards, the price for the cards drops to $5.95.
In addition, all hostesses that hold a workshop with minimum sales of $525 will receive both for free!!! I still have some space on my calendar, so let me know if you would like to book a workshop and try to earn these awesome products for free!!
The second promotion is for eScape. What on earth is eScape? Stampin' Up! is urging everyone to walk away from their computers, cell phones on June 25th, and reconnect with friends and family using traditional cards and notes. They have put together a cute little bundle of products that will help you do just that. For $36.05 (+tax & shipping of course) you will receive an assortment of Love Notes, a Circle of Friendship stamp set, a Rose Red classic ink pad, and a roll of 5/8" Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon. It's a great set of products, and the bundle is 25% less than if you purchased all items separately. But... only until the end of June. Click here for additional promo information.
Last, but certainly not least... watch here for information on a New Stampin' Up! product line! When? June 17th...
It's late, and I'm surrounded by photos that I'm trying to organize. Actually, the ones that are printed are organized. It's the ones that are still on the computer that are not. I was clearing out my e-mail this evening and realized that I had not redeemed my code for 100 free photos through Kodak (the whole Future Shop transfer thing). So, here I am trying to decide what to print. Ack!
My dining room is still a mess from last week's stamp club. I'm hoping to clean it up tomorrow, between trips to the potty with my little girl who decided TODAY that it was time to use a potty. Since it hasn't been cleaned up yet, the cards haven't been put away. Here's one that we did last week. The only real stamping on the card is on the ribbon. We stamped the "Happy Birthday" from It's Your Birthday on the ribbon using Versamark ink, and then embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder.
The butterfly itself has been stamped into foam. That crazy foam that you have lying around your house because your kids have hoards of it. In my case, there was marker on the background. One of Christopher's stories. But, I needed pink foam, and his story was sacrificed for the cause (please don't tell him!). Anyhow, the foam was heated using a heat tool until it became quite pliable. At that point the foam is placed on a flat surface, and the stamp is pushed into it. You need to hold the stamp down firmly, and count to 15 before you lift it off. Once you do, you'll have a great image!
Tomorrow I will try my best to post the current Stampin' Up! promos. It all depends on that whole potty-training thing.
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