Welcome to the maiden launching of the 1st Catty Cruise!
We've set sail & are featuring new products from the 2009-2010 Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog.
Come on board (it's FREE!) to see some of the best stampers reveal their amazing work - I am 'blown away'! (couldn't resist!)
Just click on the port hole at the end of each blog post to take you to the next one. It's a complete circle of 12 fantastic stamping blogs. You'll cruise to the next port by clicking on the port hole at the end of this post. But, if we somehow lose you along the way, you can always rejoin us by visiting our Catty Cruise line.
If you just arrived from LeAnne Pugliese, Wee Inklings, you saw some wonderful ideas using the new stamp set, Falling Leaves. Just beautiful work! She created such awesome projects with it!
On my first two projects I'm featuring the Mover's & Shapers Punch Windows (set of 4) dies. Why did I choose this product? They match our punches - one of my most favorite products! Yeah, SU is sooo smart - they know we love to layer our punched pieces so they made this cool set of 4 dies that match our Full Heart, Large Star, Modern Label & Scalloped Oval punches.
Here I used the heart shape die to cut a window in my Vanilla card stock & the Confetti Cream card base too. I embossed the Best Wishes on the Kraft card stock behind the heart window.
Notice the texture on the Vanilla CS? That's the new Perfect Details Texturz plate exclusive to Stampin' Up!
I also used the new Specialty Paper Bridesmaid for the Trio Flower punches around the window & the Eyelet border punched strip below. This pack has 5 sheets of each design - stripes & swirls that are elegantly foiled.
I absolutely love this fun fold! It's like an origami shadow box for cards! It folds flat for mailing but pops up a bit to make a 3-d frame around your image.
We made these at my Card Clubs in July. Such an easy fold too. I'll be posting a tutorial on Monday to show you how.
Notice the layered greetings at the bottom of these cards? I stamped a greeting from 'Short & Sweet' & punched it out with our new Modern Label punch. Then I ran a strip of Chocolate card stock through my Big Shot using the Modern Label die that comes in the Movers & Shapers Punch Windows set. And get this - you can use these dies in your Cuttlebug or Big Shot without needing the Movers & Shapers Curly Label die!! Don't get me wrong - that big die is awesome, but if you do not have it, you can use these fun dies that match our punches without it.
***I have been informed that Stampin' Up! & Sizzix have stated they do not recommend we use these dies without the Movers & Shapers Curly Label platform die. They say the dies alone are not strong enough for repeated use without the strength of the platform taking some weight off of these small dies & your warranty may not be valid if used alone. I have also heard from people who have used similar dies like our Movers & Shapers for years without the Bigz XL platform dies & have experienced no problems.
So, now you have all of the info & can decide for yourself what you want to do with your dies. I apologize for any misleading or incorrect information.
Here's the sandwich for Big Shot users, from bottom to top:
Standard Texturz Impressions Pad
Clear Standard cutting pad
Movers & Shapers die
Clear Standard cutting pad
The new set 'For All You Do' was one I received in Hawaii at the SU Incentive trip in March. It has a set of flower images, stem, butterfly, words & two background squares.
The butterfly is a solid image but I wanted it to have a dotted look. So I inked the dotted square stamp in Bermuda Bay ink & set it aside. Then I inked the solid butterfly in Bermuda Bay ink & stamped off twice to have a softer hue of Bermuda ink. Then I stamped it onto the inked, dotted rubber stamp & then onto my White card stock. This made for a two-toned dotted butterfly! Cool!
I continued the dot theme with a black marker along the stem of the flower image & also doodled around the entire flower image. Don't be afraid to doodle a bit - it's easier the more you do it.
Note the circle layered verse? I stamped & punched it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch, but it needed a black layer so I punched two more black 1 3/8" circles & positioned each of them slightly to the side of the white circle to get a thin layer on each side.
Stamps - Baroque Motifs, For All you Do
Ink - White Craft, Black, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Card stock - Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Black, White
Accessories - black marker, 2-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, 1 3/8" circle punch, Neutral brads, mat pack, Big Shot, Scallop Circle die, Circle Scissors Plus
And now I hope you embark onto Linda Heller's ship, 'Where the Rubber Hits the Road'. She'll show you another brand new product, 'Wood Sheets'. Fantastic ideas Linda! Love the wood basket & how you dyed the wood sheets! So creative!