Saturday, December 29, 2012

Nails on the Blackboard

Ha, ha!  Like my title?  I entitled this post "Nails on the Blackboard" just to get a delicious shudder from my middle daughter, Kristen.  She has quite a phobia of that horrible phenomena, so I guess it's kind of a mean thing to do, but she never tires of teasing us and finding our weak spots, so it may or may not be justified!

My youngest daughter, Jaimie, and her hubby and our grandson, just left after a short visit with us.  Parker is so entertaining right now that I didn't get much stamping done, so now I need to make up for lost time!

My second sample for my up-coming Technique Night uses a technique that I've been wanting to try forever, Chalkboard Art!  Some of the new stamp sets in the Spring Mini catalogue are perfect for this technique!

I used Wisteria Wonder for my card base and background, because it goes so well with the Basic Black chalkboard oval.  Aren't you excited that Stampin' Up has finally come out with Oval Framelits?  Yay!

I used the new stamp set, "Amazing Family" to create the chalkboard illusion.  I am planning to post a video after my Technique Nights to show you how to create this effect, but basically, you stamp your sentiments in VersaMark ink and heat emboss with White Stampin' Emboss powder.  Then, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, you reink your stamps with StazOn White, and stamp again, slightly off-setting the image to make it look like a softer, slightly grayer shadow.  With a Stamping Sponge inked up in the StazOn white, add some sponged areas on the black to look like left-over chalk dust.  The little butterfly is from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set.

The Wisteria Wonder backing was embossed using the Chevron embossing folder, and the beautiful lace from the Artisan Embellishments Kit.  It was topped with Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon.

Here's a quick glance at the inside, which also uses the Chalkboard technique, and more new stamp sets:  "Feel Goods", from the Spring Mini and "Vintage Verses" from the Sale-a-Bration" brochure.
As well as the video tutorial  and the Spring Mini products to look forward to, I also have some
new product shares and and some blog candy give-aways coming up!  Keep watching for them. 

In other news, Stampin' Up has added 15 more products to the Clearance Rack.  Don't forget to check it out from time to time.

The new products are:
  • Neutrals Flower Brads
  • Regals Flower Brads
  • Subtles Flower Brads
  • Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon
  • Bashful Blue 5/8" Satin Ribbon
  • Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim
  • Artichoke 3/8" Denim Jean Ribbon
  • 2010-2012 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers
  • 2011-2013 In Color 12" x 12" Textured Cardstock
  • Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper
  • Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper
  • Well Worn Designer Series Paper
  • Beau Chateau Side Notes
  • Sweetest Stem Embosslits Dies
  • Flower Burst Embosslits Dies

  • And remember, you can start ordering from the Spring Mini catalogue on January 3, 2012.  Of course, that means that all the wonderful products from the Holiday Mini will only be available for the next couple of days 'til Jan. 2, 2012.  Shop on-line here or give me a call or email, if there's something you want that you've been waiting to get.  It's now or never!

    Stamps:  Amazing Family (w129189; c129192)*; Papillon Potpourri (w123757; c123759); Feel Goods (w129681; c129684)*; Vintage Verses (w129633; c129636)**
    Paper:  Wisteria Wonder (122922) and Basic Black (121045) card stock
    Ink: VersaMark (102283); StazOn White (106960)
    Accessories:  3/8" Ruffled Ribbon in Wisteria Wonder (125576); Artisan Embellishments Kit (129328)*, Stampin' Emboss Powder in Whisper White (109132)
    Tools:  Chevron Embossing Folder (127749); Heat Tool (129053); Ovals Collection Framelits (129381)*
    *Available Jan. 3, 2013 from the Spring Mini Catalogue
    **Available to be earned free from the Sale-A-Bration 2013 brochure, January 22 - March 22, 2013


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