New Stamps & Accessories

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Good morning! I knew I’d be stamping this morning, because it seems my boys and my husband go fishing just about every Sunday morning, and today was no exception…I just didn’t know what I was going to stamp! I started out by going through some of my designer papers to see what I had that would probably be retiring (list will be out tomorrow a.m.!), and lo and behold I found some brushed silver card stock! Remember the other day when I posted about my faux metal tag that I had no silver card stock left? Well I didn’t find a ton, just a few scraps, but still…that was enough to play with for this morning.

I decided to use another frame from my Frames with a Flourish (p. 111) set I received the other day, only this time I put an image in the middle, instead of more embossing to make it a tag…so what would I call it, a faux metal frame? No clue, but I think it’s pretty anyway! For the image in the center I used the new stamp set called Dreams du Jour. That set is just beautiful. I colored the flower/leaves by using blender pens with Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose. I cut out the image and attached it to my “faux metal frame” using dimensionals. The rest of the card is pretty much just layers and pieces from the new Bella Rose designer paper. The card stock is Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red.

See that button in the lower right corner? I’m pretty sure it’s actually upside down, but I don’t care because I like this side better! That’s another fun thing about stamping, just do whatever you please! Those buttons will be another great accessory in the new catalog, and the rest in the pack are beautiful…such a must have!!

You may think the ribbon is some cool new Kiwi Kiss ribbon to coordinate with the new in color, but nope 🙂 I just used our white taffeta ribbon, and dragged it through my Kiwi Kiss stamp pad until it was completely covered in ink, then hit it with the heat tool and voila, custom colored ribbon to match any color ink!

Well that’s all for today, we’re off to a family birthday party, but I will be back her bright and shiny in the a.m. with that retiring accessories list!

Faux Metal Tag

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I don’t know if this happens to you, but often I’ll see something online, a technique, template or layout I just HAVE to try, and have to try NOW! That’s exactly how I felt yesterday morning when I went on the SU! demonstrator site and saw that there was a new tutorial posted for how to make faux metal tags! I can’t get over the number of resources Stampin’ Up! provides for us, with daily samples on Stamper’s Showcase, to workshop templates, and now video tutorials. The possibilities are truly endless with stamping and I guess that’s why I love it so much, I never run out of fun new things to try!

Anywho, to the story at hand. I wanted to try the faux metal tags, and lucky me…my order for my Sale-a-Bration rewards was arriving yesterday too, which included the beautiful stamp set Frames with a Fluorish (p. 111). I had never really noticed the set too much, and decided it was time to break out of my “flowers only” shell for once…so I ordered that set, Fundamental Phrases, Jumbo Outline Alphabet, and Lovely Letters Alphabet.

Within about 10 minutes of Mr. Brown stopping by, I had the frame I wanted cut and mounted and ready to go. I rarely (if ever) use retired or non Stampin’ Up! products, but there had to be an exception this time. I ran out of brushed silver paper, and had no gold embossing powder, which left me with copper paper and copper embossing powder. The copper embossing powder is no longer in the catalog, but you could of course substitute everything I’ve done here with silver or gold.

Anyway, Jaron from the SU! home office, who is such a cutie, did the demonstration online. I cannot wait to see him do his presentations at convention again because he was so great last year! Basically all you need to do for the card I’ve shown here is stamp your frame/word in VersaMark on your metallic card stock, then cover with coordinating embossing powder and heat set…doesn’t it look so much like a real metal tag? BTW, you should have seen the products he used in the video! Brandy spandy new stamp sets, paper, a new punch, and new ribbon!!! Can’t wait for that new catty!

I also used LeJardin designer paper on this card, and I used the ticket corner punch to punch out the little accents for the corners. Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke card stock, along with Very Vanilla card stock and wide grosgrain ribbon complete the project. Quick and simple, yet very fancy looking (at least I think).

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll be back tomorrow!