Finally I have finished unpacking (from a short trip to Honolulu–go figure!!). And I finished the one project that I didn’t get done while I was at the conference. For one thing, it was a 3-dimensional project (using the Sizzix Big Shot, of course!) and I didn’t want it squished (that’s a paper crafter’s technical term that relates to what happens when you put 3-D paper projects in a piece of luggage that’s going on an airplane).
There were 6 projects, but I have to tell you that I had a really hard relating to the scrapbook page that needed a picture of snow to make it complete. Yes, there is snow on Mauna Kea this year, but not as much as last year. (But that gives me an idea for the project, so you may see it here later).
Three of the projects were made using a stamp set that will be featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog, which is being previewed beginning tomorrow (ssshhh!) The set is called, "Soft Summer" and is definitely on my wish list. I’ll give you more information about it as we get closer to the time when you can order it (and if you love a watercolor look and are ready for spring flowers, you will LOVE this set!)
The little yellow basket is made with the Stampin’ Up! exclusive Baskets and Blooms Sizzix die. This is a super easy little basket to make, and it can be made in the shape shown here, or it can be shaped so that it is perfectly round. In either form, you’re going to love it for favors for Easter events this year!
Now for a little hint for my fellow demonstrators who may have bought this die back in the fall, and would like to encourage your customers to purchase it now. There is a slight change (for the better in my humble opinion) that makes this a much easier basket to put together. The bottom of the basket is different in the version that is now for sale, and is the one that was featured at the Honolulu Regional. The flaps that have to be folded up (or down depending on your preference in putting the basket together) are fewer, and wider and are much easier to handle. Here’s a picture so you can see graphically what I mean. The newer version of the bottom piece is on the left, and the older version on the right. Wish I had the newer version! But I’ve learned how to make the earlier one work, so I guess I’ll be saving my $$$ for stuff in that luscious new Mini Catalog!
Oh, and the project with the Tangerine Tango flower with the white outline? That’s made with the Tangerine Tango "Patterns" Designer Series Paper. Unlike regular Stampin’ Up! card stock, the Designer Paper has a white core. And this is how this flower was made: The paper was cut using the Sizzix Stampin’ Up! Simple Flower embosslit. The embosslits emboss the paper as well as cut it out. Then we used a sanding block like an emergy board and sanded away the color from the surface of the edges which had been embossed. Thus–White Outlines!
OK–enough for today. Are you intrigued by some of these projects? If so, I’m ready to get you started with the latest Stampin’ Up! products. But first–be back tomorrow, March 1st, because YOU are going to be able to order some sneak peaks from the Occasions mini-catalog–to help you get your Easter projects started! Any questions? Call (808.854.6145) or e-mail me any time!