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Archive for January, 2011

Look Ma No Punch

I really enjoy using our new Petal Blossom punch from the new mini (see previous post). I always like to decorate the envelopes so on the envelope for the card I made last time I stamped flowers from the coordinating stamp set, then decided it might look nice on a card, so here it is. It’s a two step set and very easy to line up by sight. I used the same colors – Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White – and used a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched out with the Word Window punch and layered on a piece punched with the Modern Label punch. No bulky embellishments so no extra postage.

I also used the Framed Tulips embossing folder and sponged it a little. It’s Sale-a-Bration time, so head over to my online store and get a free stamp set for every $50 on your order. It’s a great time to sale-a-brate!

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Faux Tile

This is the second project we did at our monthly workshop. It was a featured resource on splitcoaststampers. I had to play with this technique a little before I was happy with it, and also get some advice. The first time I tried it the ink smeared a bit from the Crystal Effects. Then I tried brushing on the CE with a paintbrush and even though it looks OK, I wasn’t entirely happy with it. So I asked for help and got two tips: use Staz-on ink or put packing tape on the image and then CE. The packing tape works great, with or without the CE.

Here are the three cards I made with this technique. The first one was made with Fresh Cuts and Early Espresso card stock. The second was made with the new set Nature Walk, in the mini, with Marina Mist card stock. The last is Elements of Style (a favorite) and Pretty in Pink card stock. I like them all, even though they aren’t perfect. But I’ll be keeping the packing tape handy  – it’s amazing a simple thing like tape can make all the difference on a card!

 

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Poppy Blossom

The new mini is here and there are some beautiful stamp sets in it! This card is made with the Build a Blossom stamp set and the new Blossom Petals punch. They coordinate perfectly! I used Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz card stock. The Blushing Bride piece was embossed with the Big Shot and the new Framed Tulips embossing folder. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped on Whisper White, punched out with the Word Window punch and layered on a piece of Poppy Parade, which was punched with the Modern Label punch. We’ll be making this in our January workshops and I know I’m going to use this set and punch a lot!

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A friend gave me some Amish Friendship Bread starter, which I’ve been enjoying. I make breakfast bread with different fruit and nuts, usually with low carb flour for my husband – it’s delicious. I also make sourdough bread, which is also great. At first it was easy to remember which day it was, whether a day to just stir, to feed or feed and bake. So I pulled out my Bind-it-All and made a little book to help me keep track. I also made one for the friend who gave me the starter. She loved it! And I do too. Not only is it attractive, it really does help me remember when to stir!

I put Bible verses and inspiring quotations on the back, so I read those when I flip the page every day. I also left two pages blank for the recipes. I didn’t laminate it though, so I’m going to try and keep it clean.

I started with some chipboard cut into squares and rounded the corners. I used retired DSP from SAB last year to cover the chipboard, retired Lovely Lilac with Very Vanilla for the pages, a mini alphabet die (non-SU) and various stamp sets. For my friend’s book, I stamped and embossed the words – cutting out all those tiny letters was quite time-consuming, as was gluing them down. Even though it looks nice, I decided it was a one off. Let me know what you think!

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The Look Here die is an exclusive Stampin’ Up! die designed to hold gift cards. I wasn’t sure I needed it at first, but then saw some beautifully decorated cards and decided it needed to be in my die collection. So I added a poinsettia and a Ben Franklin for a Christmas money holder. I did one practice card and then it was easy. Colors are Crumb Cake, Ruby Red (retired) and Always Artichoke. I used another die for the poinsettia (non-SU).

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2010 in review

Thanks for visiting my blog in 2010! I’ve received over 5,000 hits since beginning in 2008. See below for a summary of stats. Happy New Year!

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 27 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 38 posts. There were 115 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 21mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 23rd with 134 views. The most popular post that day was FinePrint.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were splitcoaststampers.com, stampinconnection.com, stampinup.net, facebook.com, and stampinaddicts.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for myinkingplace, “sweet snowglobe” stampin up, northern flurry stampin up, “sweet snowglobe”, and wood grain cardstock.

 

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A birthday card

When it’s “time” for a birthday card, this is a good set to grab. It was DH’s birthday just before Christmas, so I pulled out Sense of Time, which hasn’t seen much ink. I used retired color Mellow Moss and Chocolate Chip and did a little crinkling and sponging to make it look vintage.

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