Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dreams du Jour by Stampin' Up!

I'm playing along with the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge (Mojo147) again this week and the Dreams du Jour stamp set instantly came to mind. At the last second I decided to add a little sparkle with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter, but I'm still on the fence trying to decide if plain was better.  What do you think?

  • The Square Lattice embossing folder provides classic texture and the perfect backdrop.
  • Place images or text in precisely the right spot with a Stamp-a-ma-jig. I think it's middle name is "lifesaver". ;-)
  • Embossing images provides a nifty little barrier for watercoloring and it looks great too!
  • Keep embossing powder where it should be with a swipe of the Embossing Buddy before stamping. It reduces pesky static that attracts stray powder.


Have you seen the new Color Coach?  It's so ... awesome! The Color Coach (121620) has been totally redesigned as a swatch book containing 55 double-sided cards with a removable metal post fastener. I'll be swapping mine out for a ring, so it can "hang out" near my work space.  Each card measures 2-3/4" x 4-1/2", with a solid color on one side and professionally designed color combos on the other side. There are also color theory cards and even blank cards to record your own favorite color combinations. Whether you're color challenged or not, this thing ROCKS!

The color combination on my card today came from the new Color Coach and I thought it was a terrific combo. I knew I wanted to use the new Pear Pizzazz, so I consulted the color swatch for a quick check and there it was: Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise. Love it!  I ended up using Pear Pizzazz as more of an accent color, so I'm planning to try this combo again soon. Have you discovered a new color combo you love?  Leave me a comment and tell me what it is. 

Stamps: Dreams du Jour (111624)
Ink: VersaMark Pad (102283), Rich Razzleberry (115658), Tempting Turquoise (100814), Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker (119801), Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker (120970)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Tempting Turquoise (102067), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Pear Pizzazz (119795)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), 1-1/4" Square punch (119865), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Scallop Circle #2 die (113469), Sizzix Textured Impressions Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Aqua Painter (103954), Embossing Buddy (103083)
That Special Touch: Black Embossing Powder (109133), Dazzling Diamonds glitter (102023), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mojo For You


Vintage is "in" and old is "new" and the Newsprint Designer Series Paper fits the bill perfectly. I can't wait to get my hands on more of the Vintage Suite products featured in the new Idea Book & Catalog. When I saw this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch (Mojo146), I knew exactly what I wanted to do and it all came together perfectly.  Love when that happens!

  • The vintage blooms from Elements of Style are just as beautiful in black and white as they are when colored.
  • The new Cherry Cobbler card stock is a natural for creating this vintage look. For added interest, I put the strips in the new Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and zipped it through my Big Shot. Bam! Instant texture and appeal. I love it!
  • The Oval Scallop Frame Bigz die gave me the perfect size oval, minus the scallop frame. Sponging the oval gives it a little extra depth. Enhance any project with a little sponging and you'll instantly see the difference.
  • When creating a card with dark card stock as your base, insert a layer of light cardstock to make stamping and/or writing a sentiment easier to see and read.  A delicate border created with the Scallop Trim Border punch gives it a final sweet touch.
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Stamps: Elements of Style (Wood-mount 118611, Clear-mount 120045)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Paper: Basic Black (121045), Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Newsprint Designer Series Paper (117166)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120175), Oval Scallop Frame Bigz Die (114521), 3/16" Corner small punch (119871), Scallop Trim Border punch (118402)
That Special Touch: Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109027), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Drumroll please . . .

What an exciting month! 

Welcome to Stampingville - my brand new blog dedicated to fun and crafty projects and hopefully providing you with inspiration for creating your hand-crafted treasures. 

As exciting as that is, there is something even more exciting happening right now.  That's right ... it's the debut of the new 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog from Stampin' Up!

Click the catalog to download in .pdf format!
Click here to download the 2010-2011 Catalog Supplies

This gorgeous book is packed with well over 200 pages of fabulous project ideas, fresh new colors and hundreds of products to choose from.  And there's something for everyone, regardless of your personal style.  As always, Stampin' Up! makes project coordination a snap. From images to colors to accessories, you'll have no problem creating the perfect project when you use products that work so well together.

Oh, you want your very own copy?  Contact me to request a catalog.