Sorry, not stamping related, but it’s Susan Boyle!

Such a wonderful story for those who root for the underdog!  OK, and for those who love listening to fantastic singing voices. If you are NOT one of the 100 million people who have heard Susan’s initial appearance on BBC’s “Britain’s Got Talent,” see below this video.  Any excuse to make it easier for me to play the video, lol!

 

And here is the link to her first performance.  Apparently someone requested these videos not be embedded in a ton of blogs, but the link will take you straight to it…  This is truly an amazing performance.  Talk about a voice like an angel! 

 

OK, so I won’t feel like I’m cheating, here’s a card I just found (literally!)  I did it several weeks ago, and it just showed up on my desk tonight, lol.

Base card is Shimmer White; Manhattan Rose folder is used on this to-die-for metallic bronze paper from our Taste of Textiles designer paper.  I stamped the outline rose image from the 5th Avenue Floral set to make a liner for the matching envelope.  Now I just need to find someone getting married...

Base card is Shimmer White; Manhattan Rose folder is used on this to-die-for metallic bronze paper from our Taste of Textiles designer paper. I stamped the outline rose image from the 5th Avenue Floral set to make a liner for the matching envelope. The sentiment is from Very Versatile in the Occasions Mini catalog. Now I just need to find someone getting married...

OK, thanks for looking, have a great Memorial Day!

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Did you ever wonder about the whole Stampin’ Up! story?  Well here’s your chance to get the “real” skinny…a brand new video for your viewing pleasure.  Even better?  This is just the beginning of a whole series of videos! 

Reinker Spread Technique

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This technique was recently demo’d at the Stampin’ Up! Regionals held in Seattle, Washington. Crystal French shared it with sister demos, and after it was shown at the regionals, it’s gone viral on the ‘net, lol! No wonder! It’s a beautiful effect…

If you’ve ever seen resist silk painting, this is basically the same thing. Emboss an open lined image with white embossing powder, or really any color you want. As shown, it’s done on SU’s Shimmery White cardstock. It’s a stronger, smoother-finished cardstock than our Whisper White, so it stands up to the water well. (OK, the shimmer that shows through is nothin’ to sneeze at!)

Once the image is embossed, heavily spritz with water. Then pick 2 or 3 colors of reinker (colors on this sample were So Saffron and Elegant Eggplant) and use the aquapen to pick up and drip a drop at a time. You’ll be amazed to see it spread so quickly! Then it’s just a matter of playing with the color…add more, get darker color. There’s really no wrong way to do it.

Tack ‘n Peel with um stamps

I have been asked a few questions about the methods I use for stamping with unmounted stamps, both rubber and clear.  My most important ingredient for this is a product called Tack ‘n Peel from Tsukineko. 

A little goes a long way...

A little goes a long way...

The package comes one sheet per package.  It’s not a huge sheet, but you don’t need to cover the whole block if you don’t want.  The smaller blocks are the ones I did first.   When I got to the large block, I figured out that complete coverage wasn’t necessary to hold most stamps.  If I find it’s a problem, I can always add more. 

To apply it, you cut the size piece you want and peel the CLEAR  Yellow**  label off.  This is the side you stick to the block.  It’s a very strong adhesive.  Before peeling off the yellow label, mark it “this side up.” (Save it to use as a cover for the repositionable side.  The clear label disappears way too easily!)  This is because one side of the yellow is smooth enough to put on and off the sticky easily.  If you put the wrong side down, it comes up, but with a struggle.  There is a clear piece of acetate underneath the yellow that sits on top of the sticky, but since I lose them pretty easily, I started using the yellow piece instead.

** This is an edit as of 1/22/10.  I’m leaving this sentence with the strike-through because I don’t want anybody to think they’re crazy if they looked at this post before.  I’m so sorry!  I had mixed it up in my mind which label was which.  Because I keep and use the yellow sticker cover, I was thinking that originally it covered the repositionable side.  So, Read And Follow The Package Directions when you apply the Tack n Peel, lol, ‘k?   To Su, who got horribly confused trying to follow my directions, I’m so, so, SO sorry!  Thank you so much for contacting me for clarification.

Works great with rubber stamps.  I often use my SU stamps right out of the box, with the release tape still on the back side.  It sticks great, and leaves my options open down the road.

Works great with rubber stamps. I often use my SU stamps right out of the box, with the release tape still on the back side. It sticks great, and leaves my options open down the road.

It looks like it's overhanging the edge of the block, but the actual image is still on the block.  Just a bit of excess rubber is jutting over a bit.

It looks like it's overhanging the edge of the block, but the actual image is still on the block. Just a bit of excess rubber is jutting over a bit.

Use the non-sticky side for clear stamps.  They stick to the acrylic block without any adhesive.  I do peel off the yellow label when I'm ready to stamp so I can see through the block.

Use the non-sticky side for clear stamps. They stick to the acrylic block without any adhesive. I do peel off the yellow label when I'm ready to stamp so I can see through the block.

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This is one way I am experimenting with to store unmounted rubber stamps. I guess when I get a few more stored this way, I'll just stand them up in a box.

When I unmount previously mounted retired sets, I carefully peel off the index label from the block and attach it to the sticky foam side.  So far, they’re sticking without needing to add more adhesive.  I try to be really careful attaching the label, making sure to get it aligned with the image on the rubber.  It makes it SO easy to position the stamp when I’m using it!  Almost as good as see-through, lol!    I’m not doing this with my SU sets until they’re retired, though.  I need to keep available the option to demonstrate them the traditional way.
Now for clear stamps…
Clear stamps stored in cd case

Clear stamps stored in cd case

Side view of cd case.

Side view of cd case.

I’m not totally in love with this method, just because it can be kind of a jumble looking in at the set if there are a lot of images.  Still, it’s neat and contained, which is a good thing, yes?

Now…how to store all the sets?  I want just ONE way to store all the stamps regardless of type.  Right now I separate by company, but they’re all over the room in different places.  Obviously, my Stampin’ Up! stamps take center stage. 

This is one drawer in a Jetmax cube (from Michael's) 3-drawer unit.  It holds about 2 years worth of their releases.  It's not even full, and it weighs a TON.

This is one drawer in a Jetmax cube (from Michael's) 3-drawer unit. It holds about 2 years worth of their releases. It's not even full, and it weighs a TON.

This is a mix of companies...Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Gina K. (the ones in tins), etc.  Some of the sets are just in th eir original packaging.

This is a mix of companies...Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Gina K. (the ones in tins), etc. Some of the sets are just in th eir original packaging.

This is a large drawer in an Iris cart.  Works ok, but, eh…not sure it’s sturdy enough to stuff ALL my stamps in.

Plain old business envelopes hold the um rubber, with an index sheet of stamped images in front of the envelope.  I have a whole drawerful of these that I got in an Ebay grab bag last year.  This was just a quick way to get them semi-cataloged and sorted by type.  This one is Holiday images.

Plain old business envelopes hold the um rubber, with an index sheet of stamped images in front of the envelope. I have a whole drawerful of these that I got in an Ebay grab bag last year. This was just a quick way to get them semi-cataloged and sorted by type. This one is Holiday images.

If you promise not to tell…I can even show you pictures that will explain just why I am desperate to get organized…

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One day, I’ll wake up an organized person.  Hey!  It could happen….

Shop in your pajamas!

Order SU products 24-7!

Order SU products 24-7!

I’m trying to add this button to my sidebar.  After all, don’t we all want to be able to shop in the middle of the night?  This button takes you directly to my Stampin’ Up website, where you’re welcome even in your pj’s!

Acetate Sense of Time

I’ve had a picture of this in my mind for several days, but just finally got to it last night.  I used acetate (Window Sheet) as the top layer and stamped smaller elements and sentiment on it.  Of course the Big Shot had to get in on it…it always does these days!  I  punched the Flower Burst embosslit from Baja Breeze and Little Leaves sizzlet from Mellow Moss. This was attached to a same-sized piece of dsp from the Parisian Breeze Specialty paper pack (LOVE this stuff!) onto which I’d stamped and clear-embossed the large clock image.  Very subtle but it really looks good IRL (I think), lol!    The flower and leaves were glued to the acetate with Tombow Mono-Multi and then the whole acetate sheet was applied to the dsp using glue behind the flower elements.  Perfect way to attach the acetate without it showing.  Then these were attached to a card base of Baja Breeze.  I’m so pleased with how this one turned out…

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Bella Blossoms Paper Tole

OK, slight stretch, lol!  Real paper tole is so much more intricate than this.  Here I just raised a couple of the petals, but more than that would make it tough to mail, I think.  This set is on the Dormant List right now, but still available for purchase.   The Parisian Breeze Specialty paper goes beautifully with Bordering Blue…

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