Lots of Bots

Today’s sneak peek features the Lots of Bots stamp set and the luscious new In-Color “Melon Mambo”. Do you remember a few posts ago when I was crying over the loss of Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze? Well, I have a secret to tell you…I absolutely LOVE these new In-Colors! Melon Mambo, as it name suggests, is a wonderful “watermelon-y” pink which pairs perfectly with Basic Black and Gray. Yummy!

  • Prepare a standard card base from Whisper White. I layered this with a selection from Pattern Pack Designer Series Paper II, a Level I Hostess Gift.
  • Ink the “Birthday Bot” from Lots of Bots with Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White. Mat onto Basic Black and then Melon Mambo. (Tip: Use the Stamp-a-ma-jg for perfect placement. Since I see “crooked”, my Stamp-a-ma-jig is a lifesaver!)
  • Using the Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker, color in selected parts of the “Bot”. Adhere to the card base. This is the first year that Stampin’ Up! has offered Stampin’ Write Markers in the In-Colors. How perfect is this?
  • Layer Melon Mambo Grosgrain Ribbon over a strip of Melon Mambo card stock and adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the “Binary Code” stamp from Lots of Bots with Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White. Mat onto Basic Black. Position and adhere onto the Melon Mambo strip as illustrated in the photograph.
  • And just that quickly, your card is done!

I added a cute little brad that I had left over from a scrapbook layout. I felt that it added just the right touch and gave dimension to the card. Stampin‘ Up! does include a “Bolts and Screw” stamp with this set, for a touch of whimsy.

The StampinSchach Tip of the Day: When designing a layout, I always take into consideration the personality of the stamp set. Lots of Bots is perfect for clean and simple layouts, and therefore would be the perfect choice in a card emergency. Kids and adults alike will appreciate its humor.

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Stamp Set: Lots of Bots (115293—Available July 1st)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers (116329—Available July 1st)
Designer Series Paper: Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper II (Hostess Level I Gift 114325—Available through June 30th)
Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (102851), Melon Mambo (115320—Available July 1st)
Embellishments: Melon Mambo ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115611—Available July 1st)

Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

Animal Stories…Part 2

Animal Stories and Tall Tales…I can’t think of a better combination! Elephants, giraffes and whales…Oh, my! What a contrast to the card posted yesterday, which featured the same stamp set. Whereas yesterday’s card was rich and elegant, today’s card is fun and vibrant! Not only are you getting a peek at what is fast becoming one of my favorite sets (Animal Stories), but you are also getting a peek at the Teeny Tiny Wishes set, which is also making its debut. Teeny Tiny Wishes consists of 24 different sentiments that covers everything from “Happy Retirement” to “Sweet Treats”…Versatility should be its middle name! Ready for another Animal Story?
  • Make a 5-1/2″ square card base from Old Olive card stock and score at the top. Using the Corner Rounder, round the lower right hand corner for interest.
  • Layer the card base with “Elephant” paper from the Tall Tales Designer Series Paper. Turn up the lower right hand corner to highlight the flip side. (Tip: To draw attention to the corner, I added an Old Olive Brad and snipped out two of the tiny saffron elephants, positioning them so they are parading out from behind the paper.)
  • Ink the elephant stamp from Animal Stories with Soft Suede, a new In-Color, and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Ink the “Thinking of You” sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes with Soft Suede and stamp below the elephant. (Tip: For perfect positioning, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig.)
  • Mat the Very Vanilla image block onto Soft Suede, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry (another new In-Color). The Crushed Curry mat is asymmetrical, having been cut slightly wider on the right hand side, which was then rounded using the Corner Rounder.
  • Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon was layered on top of the Crushed Curry on the right hand side, as seen in the photo. The image block was then positioned and adhered to the card base.
  • Add an Old Olive Brad in the upper and lower right hand corners of the image block.
  • Finally, cut a snippet of Crushed Curry grosgrain ribbon. Fold as shown in the photo and attach to the card using Mini-Glue Dots. Thread a sliver of Old Olive card stock through a button and place on top of the ribbon with glue dots. (I still had a Kiwi Kiss button left from the retiring Button Bouquet collection. Unfortunately these buttons are out of stock. But don’t despair…Stampin‘ Up! is releasing a new button collection which contains Old Olive. This collection will be available for ordering on July 1st.)
Did you notice how the new In-Color Grosgrain Ribbon is reversible? One side is solid, while the other is dotted! And, just take a look at how richly colored the Tall Tales paper is!
If you have any questions about today’s card, do not hesitate to email me. I will gladly offer advice and assistance. Hmmmm….I wonder what sneak peek I will feature tomorrow…
Click here to access the Occasions Mini Catalog!
Stamp Sets: Animal Stories (116716—Available July 1st), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370—Available July 1st)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657—Available July 1st)
Designer Series Paper: Tall Tales (115678—Available July 1st)
Card Stock: Old Olive (100702), Very Vanilla (101650), Soft Suede (115318—Available July 1st), Crushed Curry (115319—Available July 1st)
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Embellishments: Soft Suede Grosgrain Ribbon (115612—Available July 1st), Crushed Curry Grosgrain Ribbon (115614—Available July 1st), Old Olive Brads (106955—Earth Elements Collection
Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

Animal Stories Part 1

When I first saw the “Sneak Peek” stamp set, Animal Stories, I knew that I had to have it! The elephants seemed so stylized and classy to me, not at all juvenile. And then I got an idea. Why not show how this set could be used to make a card outside of the genre for which it was intended! With a little embossing powder and and a heat gun, I created two elephants that are sure to be the envy of any rajah!
  • Prepare a standard card base from Night of Navy card stock and score at the top. (Tip: I selected a “Rich and Regal” color to underscore the opulent feel I was trying to achieve.)
  • I then layered this with a copper colored paper that I happened to have in my stash. If you are saying, “Alas, I have no paper with which to make this card”, I will tell you that Stampin‘ Up! has designed some of the most beautiful Designer Series Papers that I have ever seen for their new catalog. Trust me, these are “fantabulous” and I am a connoisseur of Designer Papers! These will be available July 1st.
  • Cut a strip of Night of Navy. Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect positioning, ink the elephant stamp from Animal Stories with VersaMark ink, stamp, and then sprinkle with embossing powder. Tap to remove the excess, and heat set using a Heat Tool until the powder raises and becomes shiny. Repeat the technique for the second elephant. The little medallion in the center is also from another “Sneak Peek” set, Circle Circus. It is stamped and embossed using the same technique. (Tip: If you are afraid to try heat embossing, don’t be! It is quicker and easier than you might believe. Like magic, the powder is transformed! One of the keys is to not overheat and scorch the paper. It is an easy way to rock the “WOW” factor!”)
  • I then matted the strip onto one of my “new In-Color friends”, Dusty Durango card stock.
  • Because elephants never forget, I selected the sentiment “Thinking of You” from the Sincere Salutations stamp set, and heat embossed it onto Night of Navy and matted it onto Dusty Durango.

I love my little elephants. But just wait until tomorrow, when the menagerie takes a different twist! Stay tuned for Animal Stories Part 2!
Click here to access the Occasions Mini Catalog!
Stamp Sets: Animal Stories (116716—Available July 1st), Circle Circus (115778—Available July 1st), Sincere Salutations (115068)
Inks: VersaMark (102283)
Card Stock: Night of Navy (100867), Dusty Durango (115321)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Other: Copper Embossing Powder (Ink Xpressions)
Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…