Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts‘ latest blog hop, celebrating the new Spring Catalog from Stampin’ Up! It goes live next Thursday — do you have your wish list at hand? If you’re following along in the catalog, the blogs are in the same order as the sets in the Spring Catalog. (Remember, the blog hop is a loop. Just follow the link at the bottom of each stamper’s post to get to the next blog; eventually you’ll end up back where you started. And if you ever lose your way, come back here and click on the banner above to see the complete lineup of blogs.)
You may have arrived from RunningwScissorsStamper and enjoyed Heidi’s projects using By the Tide. It’s one of my favorite sets from this catalog; I just love Heidi’s style, and her projects are stunning.
When I chose Just Thinking for my hop set, I wanted to challenge myself with a single stamp done four different ways. A few weeks later, I wondered if it should have been called What Was I Thinking? One stressful thing after another squeezed out my stamping time until I ended up with a cold bad enough to make me stay home from several holiday events. I chose to recuperate in the studio with plenty of ink therapy. It’s working! Click to enlarge the photos, please.
Although blue and yellow can look playful, for this card I took it to the masculine side. Inking up the rubber with Stampin’ Write Markers is always an experiment: is the color true? is my inking complete? what happens if I forget to huff? I was very happy with this, my first attempt. Can you detect a bit of pattern on the large Baja Breeze panel? The border of Just Thinking reminds me of the Square Lattice Folder, so I stamped — not embossed — with it. (Stamp campers, you’ll be using that technique in January!)
One of my stampers is leaving us for a few months. Why anyone would prefer Florida to a frigid and seemingly endless Midwest winter is beyond me. But I’ll miss her and thought this would be the perfect sentiment. I hope she appreciates how we are suffering here. I stamped twice in two different colors, then hand-cut the center of one image and close around the entire image of the other. The Window Frames Framelit cut the coordinating mat.
As so often happens, sorrow among family and friends seems to come in bunches. And so less than a week after the memorial service for my mother, the wife of a long-time friend died. I wanted a card for him that was masculine and peaceful, so I chose a gray base. The striped background is vellum card stock, one of my favorite materials for softening a color. You may notice that I turned the “frame” 90 degrees so that the pattern was diagonal. All the stamping is embossed in silver.
Finally, if I were going to a stamping event in, say, Florida in less than two weeks, and I wanted to give my roommates some pillow gifts — and I’m not saying I would — this might be what I’d choose. But don’t quote me. These little 4-ounce jelly jars are so easy to fill (here, with mint chocolates) and so fun to decorate. As it happens, the central part of this stamp fits perfectly inside the ring. Some coordinating ribbon, a custom tag with the initial of each roommate (who may or may not be getting these), and my only challenge is packing them in my suitcase (oddly, already out and open in the guest room) so they arrive intact.
Thanks for visiting! Come back again next week to learn the details of my projects. Now hop on over to FA_Stamper and enjoy Kathleen’s fabulous projects using Feel Goods. Enjoy your trip!