Wow, has a month already passed? I didn’t seem to do a good job keeping up with the blog again, did I? I did do some crafting behind the scenes, and will share them soon. This is the year for all kinds of interruptions; I had a bad-food-episode mid-month, and that took a lot of energy out of me.
Again, today’s post will be an expanded version of the email newsletter I send out. I hope you like this new format; I haven’t heard any feedback (hint!).
Project of the Month
I’ll start off again by sharing a project. This card is based on Mojo Monday sketch 300, and uses winter goodies from the Holiday catalog.
Stamp set: Oh, Goodie! (Holiday catalog)
Accessories: Frosted Finishes Embellishments (Holiday catalog), Northern Flurry textured impressions folder, Pewter stampin’ emboss powder, Hexagon punch
Cool, isn’t it? As soon as I got the foil sheets, I knew I wanted to emboss with it. I love the shininess (do you know how hard it is to take a picture of a shiny object?). Plus, there is no cracking when you emboss! Gotta love that; keeps it looking elegant, don’t you think?
The Frosted Finishes embellishments were not what I expected… they are much sturdier than you would expect. At Convention, I’ve seen them turned into jewelry. For the card here, I think it added just the right touch — something shiny, yet a snowflake (sort of).
The stamp set is meant to coordinate with the Goodie Gear kits (in either Real Red or Pumpkin Pie). As you can see, you can also use the stamp set on its own. And do you see… turn HO HO HO upside down and you get OH OH OH (perfect for an “I’m Sorry” card?). 🙂
Do you love butterflies? Then check out this month’s special from Stampin’ Up! — purchase the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and the coordinating Bitty butterfly punch in a bundle at 15% off individual prices. Offer good until September 30. You can view the flyer online, and I will keep a link to the right until the end of the month. You can also view the wood-mount bundle (or clear-mount bundle) at my online store.
Note: This stamp set also coordinates with the Elegant Butterfly punch.
New Product – Envelope Punch Board
Starting September 1, a new product is available — the Envelope Punch Board. If you make custom card sizes, this board is for you. Measurements for making up to 66 different envelopes are included right on the board.
The envelope punch board comes with a scoring tool (tucks right into the board), and incorporates two different punches. As you score your envelopes, you punch the notches for the envelope corners. A handy corner rounder at the top of the board lets you round the corner of your envelope flap, if that’s the look you want.
It doesn’t stop there! People have been posting ideas for using this product for projects besides envelopes — think mini file folders and flap closures. Oh, I can’t wait to get mine and play! (Think of it as a measuring tool with 2 punches…)
Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! so you can see how it works:
Another Thank You
Another Thank You is the latest photopolymer stamp set released by Stampin’ Up! It contains various thanks/thank you stamps in different sizes. Use the largest stamp to create a stylish card with the entire card front filled with your “thank you”. Or, use the other stamps for a more understated look. Check out the stamp set flyer or at my online store.
Single Stamps – Holiday Collection
In addition to the holiday stamps in the Holiday catalog, Stampin’ Up! released some single stamps perfect for the holidays. Single stamps are available in clear-mount only, and will be here for a limited time (until January 31, 2014). Each stamp is packaged in a clear cello bag, and the clear block is available separately (suggested block sizes are given). You can view the stamps in the flyer, or at my online store. Note that the flyer shows the stamps at 50%. For reference, I heard that the circle Nativity scene is approximately 3 inches in diameter.