Good morning! I hope your Friday is going to be fabulous! It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge. This time our challenge was to use our favorite Embossing Folder.
As of today, my favorite Embossing Folder is the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I say “as of today” because my favorite stamp set, dies, color and embossing folders change on a weekly basis. It is hard to pick a favorite when there are so many fantastic Stampin’ Up! products to choose from!
Of course it is Fall right now so my favorites colors are from the Regal Family. I used Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango. As of today my favorite stamp set is Merry Cafe and my favorite dies are Coffee Cups Framelits. Why? They are the newest in my collection and new is always fun.
Whenever I made a card I end up changing it, adding different things to it and taking things away. As a result of this, I have a bunch of pre-cut shapes which is where I got the pumpkin and leaf from. The pumpkin is from Pick A Pumpkin and it’s matching Thinlits called Patterned Pumpkins. The leaf is from the stamp set Colorful Season with its matching Thinlits called Seasonal Layers.
Stampin’ Up! has new alcohol markers called Stampin’ Blends that will be available to purchase on November 1st. Demonstrators were allowed to pre-order them and I have to say they are amazing! If you have never used alcohol markers you are going to love these. Some features of them include:
They add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
They have done in-house testing for evaporation and life testing and they are really happy with the results, so you can feel confident using them.
Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.
Stampin’ Up! is celebrating the November 1st release of their new alcohol-based blending markers, Stampin’ Blends, by giving them to 101 lucky winners!
One grand prize winner will receive their entire Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection (a $121 USD/$160 CAD value), and 100 runner-up winners will receive one Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack in one of their 12 signature colors (a $9 USD/$12 CAD value).
TO ENTER: Like, comment, or share THIS post on Facebook. Limit one entry per person. Giveaway ends October 31. Winners will be selected on or before November 7 and notified via Facebook. Read the Official Rules here: https://tinyurl.com/y99dykz9.
Every knows how Eclipse Cards are the biggest rage right now. I even posted two of them in the last couple of weeks. I decided that a backwards Eclipse Card might be just as nice. Normally, you stamp the entire background of a piece of cardstock and then cut out the letters and layer them back using Dimensionals. This time I cut the letters from Large Letters in a plain piece of Whisper White cardstock and then stamped the letters using the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp set. The colors I used were Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight. Then I pieced the letters back into the piece of Whisper White cardstock that I originally cut the letters out of using Stampin’ Dimentionals. I love the Eclipse Cards but I love this backwards card too.
The “Happy” sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous. I used the stamp that says Happy Birthday but I covered the “Birthday” with tape, inked the stamp and them removed the tape so only the “Happy” was stamped.
I have a story to tell you. When I was in 8th grade all the girls had to take the Homemaking Class. This class was meant to teach us everything we needed to know to make a good wife. Before you all go crazy, I find there is nothing wrong with this. Back in the day, yes, that was what it was meant to be. I think if they offered this course today (and maybe they still do) a lot of young girls and boys should take it. They teach you to cook and sew which are not bad things to know (even today). Of course, it would be better if they named the course something else like “How To Live On Your Own And Survive” and some of the boys might take the course. My sons still do not know how to sew on a button.
Why am I telling you this? Well the class was supposed to teach us how to sew. We had to make a dress. Our moms had to take us to the fabric store to buy the material, thread, buttons, zippers and pattern. I picked out this simple pattern with cute fabric. For the next 6 or 8 weeks I learned how to thread a sewing machine, put in a zipper, sew on a button, etc. My dress came out gorgeous! Every seam looked perfectly straight. Every button was exactly where it was supposed to be. I was meant to work at Simplicity Patterns! Then I had to try it on. It would have been gorgeous if one shoulder was just about 2 inches higher than the other. It also would have helped in one knee was 3 inches lower than the other. In other words, it would fix Quasimodo perfectly! Unfortunately my knees and shoulders match. All I can say it is a good thing I did the cooking section fairly well because I did pass the course.
Anyway, for those who can not sew you can create awesome quilt patterns with the Christmas Quilt stamp set and matching Quilt Builder Framelits Dies. Forget the sewing machine and just stamp!
Sometimes it is hard to see some of the new products in the 2017 Holiday Catalog because each picture is jam packed with so many new things that it is easy to overlook some of the smaller items. The new Champagne Foil Sheets are one of these items. I almost missed the because the catalog only shows a small corner and because they are right next to the gold Foil Snowflakes you might assume these are gold too. Nope! They are this super soft, beautiful color. They are a light gold and so pretty. Let’s all hope that Stampin’ Up! carries them over to the new catalog next year!
I have to admit I used a lot of product on this card but there is nothing there that you should not own already The sentiment is from Hello Friend. This stamp set goes with a kit but you can still buy it separately if you like it. The background is a 3D Embossing Folder called Layered Leaves. I also used the 2 1/4″ Punch and the Layering Circles Dies. Last but not least, the leaf is from Seasonal Layers. Now listen carefully. If you don’t buy another thing, you need to buy this set of dies and the matching stamp set called Colorful Seasons. It is perfect for every season and you will use it all the time!
I am sorry for this interruption in our regularly scheduled program but I do have an announcement to make. My newest grandchild was born on Saturday, October 7th at 1:40 PM weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. His name (yes! He is a boy!) is Nolan Robert and he is as cute as a button. It was very exciting because I got to be there for the birth, which in itself is quite fascinating! Nolan is a very sweet boy who spends a lot of time just looking around and only cries when he is cold. I couldn’t have that so I had to hold him quite a bit!
Madelyn showed a little bit of interest in the beginning but basically just ignores Nolan right now.
Here is BobBob with the new addition to the family. He is excited because the Horr name lives on. Me? I’m not so sure!
Thanks for letting me interrupt everyone’s morning.
This is the second project we made at our monthly stamp club meeting. It is called an Eclipse Card and is extremely popular right now. I had a couple of members request to make this because they have seen them everywhere. They are super easy to make. You either use Designer Series Paper for the background or stamp a background. Then you cut out a word and pop up the letters using Mini Dimensionals.
For the background we used the Designer Series Paper from the 2017 Holiday Catalog called Year Of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is hard to see in the photo but it beautiful paper that has gold, silver and copper accents. We cut out the word “NOEL” using the Large Letters Framelits. I made it a little easier for my Club members by lining up the letters ahead of time and them attached them using retired Washi Tape.
Then we cut out the snowflakes from Silver Foil Paper using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Des.