Friday, May 30, 2008
This cute bear set is called "Bear My Hugs" and it is our vintage set. It costs $10.95 when you have a qualifying order of $30 (before shipping/taxes). It came out in our 2001/2002 catalog. It stayed in circulation through the 2004/2005 catalog. It wasn't in the 2005/2006 catalog.
This cute butterfly set is called Butterfly Boxes and is $5.95 when you have a qualifying order of $30 (before shipping/taxes). The line above the set is not included! Somehow I messed up when scanning this into my computer.
This card uses cardstock from the Brights Cardstock Stack and Merry Wishes (retired). It is such an easy layout! The Believe is from the Be Authentic set and is being retired in June. I stamped the work with Noir Palette Hybrid Ink and added a hot pink ribbon from my stash.
So now I have 5 Christmas cards made toward my goal of 50! I'll really get rolling after I get home from Seminar. If you decide to try my layouts please email me an attachment of your card and I'll put it on my blog!!
I colored the angel girl with Prismacolor Pencils after stamping with Noir Palette Hybrid Ink. I used Crystal Stickles to color in the wings and they really sparkle! I used Swoops & Swirls (a current Hostess A set) and Beau Arts Blue Palette Hybrid Ink to coordinate with the blue cardstock. This bag is definitely eye-catching! I'll be taking it to Seminar next month as my purse.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This 2nd card also used the Merry Wishes paper collection and scrap piece of white cardstock. The stamped "Joy" is from the Whimsical Greetings set and stamped using L'Amore Palette Hybrid ink, I even inked the edges of the text cardstock. I did raise 2 of the small squares and the text using foam mounting tape or pop dots, which ever you have!
What's neat is that both these cards use so few supplies! You probably have some patterned and plain paper and a text stamp that you really like or even an alphabet set to make your own horizontal word, if you like.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
This set is called "Linear Sentiments". Its has 13 stamps and goes for $19.95.
This cool Christmas set is called "Joy of Christmas". Can you see why? Anyway, its a set of 7 for $15.95.
And this last set is called "Butterfly Bits" and is a set of 9 for $19.95.
I have been working on my trades for our annual TAC™ Seminar mid-June. I'm nowhere near ready. I will post my trades here and in my stampingcarol.com gallery for your viewing. I'm being careful not to use any sets that are being retired. And, remember, I have many stamp sets for sale in my gallery on page 2 in the For Sale album. Some are already in pending status so check them out if you're interested in not-so-loved sets and click on the set for the full details about them.
And, Mary! Thanks for your comment! My friend and good customer, Wenda, lives in Roundup, MT. I met her at a stamp class in Billings, MT at Stampressions about 3 years ago. She is a sweet Christian lady.
And now, back to stamping!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Have I caught your attention with these little bits and pieces of 4 new sets coming out? Well, this partial peak belongs to a set of 13!! The price will be $19.95 and you can use parts to stamp on ribbon even. I may have to get this one, I like it. Anyway, next week I'll post the actual full sets. So, keep looking up (as my friend, Wenda, in central Montana says) and stamp your art out! He He!!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
(pg.27) T-2746 A God Thing
(pg.36) T-2660 Abundance Is
(pg.53) T-2333 All Season Skinnies
(pg.75) T-2680 Animal Blocks
(pg.92) T-2604 Autumn Smiles
(pg.80) T-2265 Be
(pg.86) T-2181 Be Authentic
(pg.55) T-2656 Beach Fun
(pg.31) T-2605 Beautiful Place
(pg.67) T-2358 Birthday Buggies
(pg.21) T-2321 Blossom Builders
(pg.99) T-2515 Buggie Christmas
(pg.69) T-2202 Calendar
(pg.87) T-306 Chicken Scratch
(pg.37) T-2573 Distressed Designs
(pg.81) T-2124 Diva Dresses
(pg.56) T-2619 Don't Bug Me
(pg.19) T-2755 F is for Family
(pg.95) T-441 Faith Hope Love
(pg.27) T-2283 Fanciful Flowers
(pg.91) T-2562 Fangtastic
(pg.34) T-2650 Forget Not
(pg.90) T-2623 Friendly Goblins
(pg.76) T-2611 Friendly Note
(pg.92) T-2791 Giggly Goblins
(pg.54) T-2328 Hang Loose
(pg.69) T-2728 Happy Celebration
(pg.101) T-2713 Happy Holiday Squares
(pg.87) T-2769 He Said She Said
(pg.38) T-2406 Heart-itude
(pg.37) T-2325 Hip Hardware
(pg.40) T-2370 His Angels
(pg.92) T-2794 Jolly Jack-O-Lanterns
(pg.102) T-2704 License To Chill
(pg.56) T-2560 Lily Pad Pond
(pg.41) T-2375 Little Inspirations
(pg.40) T-2615 Live Inspired
(pg.100) T-2372 May Your Merry
(pg.69) T-2548 Mini Sampler
(pg.53) T-2334 More Season Skinnies
(pg.81) T-2578 My Favorites
(pg.41) T-2874 My Spiritual Journey
(pg.88) T-2821 My Story
(pg.45) T-2649 Needed Numbers
(pg.43) T-2661 Nurture Your Soul
(pg.43) T-2643 Old Friend
(pg.51) T-2357 Pals
(pg.68) T-2858 Party Notes
(pg.69) T-2690 Party Time
(pg.75) T-2683 Playful Paisley
(pg.76) R-2027 Pretty Posies
(pg.85) T-2540 Ragdolls
(pg.18) T-2774 Remembrance
(pg.100) T-2797 Retro Christmas
(pg.90) T-2788 Retro Halloween
(pg.100) T-2787 Retro Reindeer
(pg.90) T-2789 Retro Treaters
(pg.81) T-1232 Rub A Dub
(pg.51) T-2353 Sassy Cats
(pg.75) T-2712 Sentimental Boxes
(pg.61) T-2152 So Girly Swirly
(pg.45) T-2288 So Silly
(pg.32) T-2639 Stipple Bet
(pg.87) T-2221 Sweet Sayings
(pg.88) T-2695 Swirly Seasons
(pg.50) T-2327 The Buzzz
(pg.92) T-2800 The First Thanksgiving
(pg.95) T-2618 The Only Thing
(pg.33) T-2566 Tip Toe
(pg.92) T-2602 Too Spooky
(pg.27) T-2301 Truly Blessed
(pg.14) T-2360 Wedding Wishes
(pg.69) T-1205 Wishing You
(pg.33) T-2569 Write It
(pg.38) T-2823 You Are Mine
(pg.17) T-2809 You're A Hoot
(pg.69) T-1203 You're Invited
I hope I have the numbers correct but you can check with your catalogue or at my online catalogue. Dang, a lot of my stamp sets are listed here. And some are my favorites! I may be putting a few of mine in my For Sale album in my stampingcarol.com gallery.
In the left hand menu there are some new items! I have become an affiliate with Daily Window. Just click on the picture and see the great items to showcase your art or favorite pics of grandkids, family, pets, whatever! They sometimes post coupons to get a percentage off and the shipping is reasonable. I have the 8 Days a Week bag coming and I can't wait!
Also, down lower, is a picture of Angelhood 3. I have some links right under it of 3 other angels. We are to support and encourage each other. This "angelhood" is to remind us to post on our blogs regularly (I do this pretty good, so far) and comment on the projects. I'm excited to be a part of this group and encourage other TAC™ angels to join us. Find how by going to PaperWings (you must sign in or set up an account & be an active angel) and finding the info in the Forum under Blogging (way down the list). There are 2 other Angelhoods but we are being limited to 10 per "hood" so we won't be overwhelmed on visiting our hood associates.
Well, my air conditioner kicked in at 8 this morning and we are setting high record temps for this time of year. I've even done 4 loads of laundry, made 2 dozen cupcakes, and gone to the post office already! Think I'll play at my stamp table for a while now! Happy stamping!
I used many sets to do the greetings, Life is Short, G is for Gratitude, and whatever I could find that fit the size and sentiment I was going for. For decorations I used Swoops & Swirls (a current hostess set) and Mini Sampler.
I plan on giving this to my sister-in-law in Dallas when we go there in August so Dean can attend Promise Keepers with my dad, brother, and nephew. I will give my brother the mini-album that was posted back a ways that has his Christmas pictures.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Here is another sneak peak of a stamp! This "piece" in in a set of 9 for $19.95. It certainly gives "wings" to some ideas!
A Company Update today about the Crop-a-Dile Big Bite: Our shipment of this highly-sought after product has finally arrived from the manufacturer and is now available for ordering purposes. Thank you for your patience as we awaited to receive our shipment.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Life here is exciting! We are not to give water or anything to "passing people", especially rides. I-19 just 1 mile east of us is considered to be the major drug-running highway in AZ. I often see the Border Patrol with people that they take back to Mexico. I don't feel in any real danger as long as we remain observant and take precautions. I am thankful for the Border Patrol that drive our neighborhood.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
We have received a shipment of D-701 Giga Scalloped Punch from the manufacturer and are excited to announce that this popular item is back in stock and available for ordering purposes. Thank you for your patience as we awaited shipment of this item.
We have received notification from the manufacturer that our shipment of the Crop-A-Dile II and the Crop-A-Dile II Case should be available soon. Please keep checking company updates for product availability.
We are happy to list this update per an Angel’s request. The Palette Ink Spots list the actual colors on the back of the package. This makes a great reference tool to refill your inks or know what color you are using. Thanks for sharing this great tip!!!!
Friday, May 2, 2008
The main cover for mine is 2 1/2" x about 10". I scored at 2", 2 1/2", 4 1/2" 71/8" (must move the cardstock a bit and score at 7") and a 1/2" from the 7 1/8" score. These samples use Mulberry Meadow SWIC (being retired) pattern pieces cut to fit the cover. I also used my Basic Grey Notch Tool to make the notch that holds the cover. The top center matchbook I added a little matching paper posie in the center of the large flower. The bottom left matchbook has a bit of matching ribbon from my stash. All use the Fore! stamp set but I used a retired set for the U!. The Kinder-Bet set works fine but it was just a bit larger than I wanted at this time. I stamped the texts with Palette Hybrid Noir ink. I think any of TAC™'s wonderful paper collections and cardstocks would make this a great gift project or craft fair item.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Item # F-904, Sky Blue Scrapper’s Floss (catalogue page 113), has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is no longer available for ordering.
Please note that Item # D-701 Giga Scalloped Circle Punch located on page 117 of the current catalogue is temporarily unavailable.
The Big Bite Crop-a-Dile and case will be unavailable until further notice. TAC™ apologizes for the delay in this much anticipated product, and thanks you in advance for your patience in this matter.
I use our 6" Kai scissors (which are very sharp!), Palette Hybrid ink (I usually use Noir), which usually is pretty fast drying, and the stamp which includes the Creative Cling cushion (which comes with the stamp from The Angel Comany™. The cushion comes 2 sided, one side very sticky which will adhere to the back of the stamp and 1 side which is slick and actually clings to the acrylic handle like a window cling.
Step 1 is to determine which side is which on the cushion. Do not remove the paper at this time! Place your rubber stamp, image up, against the paper of the sticky side and align 2 sides. Carefully cut off a corner of the two pieces together as this will help guide you through the rest of the mounting process. Now, if your rubber stamp set is very large, like the $19.95 sets, I do not cut off a corner but I very carefully cut the 2 layers in half going between images. This zig-zag cut will take the place of the corner notch. Be sure you do not cut through an image. This takes time and effort.
Now I usually find an acrylic mounting block close in size to the size of the rubber stamp and lay a couple strips of double-stick tape on it and stick my stamp on it. I then ink the stamp image. You can do this without the block and just lay your stamp on your worktable with the image up and ink. More than likely you'll also ink your fingers when you do the next step.
Now remove the paper from the slick side only! Carefully line up the notch and side and gently stamp the cushion. If you are not using a mounting block leave the stamp on the table (inked image up) and take the cushion to the stamp (slick side down to ink it). Remember to keep notch and sides aligned. Gently press the cushion onto the stamp. Be sure to press the entire cushion all over to get the whole image onto the cushion. If you are indexing a lot of stamps and using the taped blocks to hold your stamp do replace the tape occasionally or the stamp will fall off while you are preparing to stamp the cushion. This will leave a mess on your cushion and make indexing a mess. Believe me, I know!
Clean the ink off the stamp and your fingers. I prefer to let my cushion dry about 15 minutes before going any farther. If you are mounting a small stamp like a GWP I prefer to remove the entire paper off the sticky side and a carefully align the notch and 2 sides to the back of the rubber stamp and stick them together. On a larger stamp I will only fold back a small section of the paper and align edges. As I stick the cushion to the stamp I will then remove the rest of the paper and finish adhering the cushion to the rubber. Here you see the cushion adhered to the back of the stamp.
Now we will start to trip the image. With the rubber side up start trimming the excess rubber from the image. Do not undercut the cushion. Hold the scissors so the blades are straight up and down or cut so the cushion is cut slightly larger than the rubber. If you undercut the cushion your image may not stamp clearly. Your stamp needs a good "foundation" under it to give you the best stamped image. Since I am right-handed I have learned to cut to the left as shown below. This does take lots of practice but it does help in not undercutting. I would think if you are a lefty the reverse would apply.
Now you are ready to use your stamp! Do remember to remove any double-stick tape from your mounting blocks before you use them as the tape will ruin the slick (static cling) side of the cushion. Indexing your stamps in this manner will help greatly in positioning your images where you want them. I am occasionally off a bit with the indexed image compared to the rubber image but I stamp mostly from the outline of the mounted stamp and the indexed image just insures that I have my image right side up.
So now, go create!