This is the day I was hoping to be able to show you projects created using the new Blended Seasons Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies along with a second assortment of watercolour pencils. As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I was able to order these limited supply items this month ahead of them going on sale to customers just for the month of August.
Sadly UPS took a week just to get the parcel from Richmond, BC to Lachine, Quebec and I now have a revised delivery date of July 23rd. This, after the parcel had already been held up in customs for 5 days. So all being well I’ll be able to show you these items next Tuesday.
Meanwhile I found a mini composition notebook in a drawer and decided I’d jazz it up a bit.
I began by choosing this bold leaf design from the Tropical Escape 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack. On the reverse is a floral pattern and I found a small flower and leaf image fairly close to one edge. From the Hand Delivered (Host) Stamp Set I pulled out the legs and skirt image and using Memento Tuxedo Black ink I stamped just the skirt section onto the DSP so that the small flower and leaf sat nicely at the bottom of the skirt. This was really easy as the stamp set is made from a see-through photopolymer. Then I cut out the just the skirt using Paper Snips and set the piece aside.
The remaining part of the Designer Series Paper was cut into two 3″ wide strips and I fixed one of them to the front of the mini composition notebook up against the edge of the black binding with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Using my Paper Snips I then trimmed off the excess DSP.
From the other 3″ wide strip of DSP I cut 1-1/2″ off the top and put a curve in the paper by pulling it between my thumb and my Bone Folder. I then placed a mini mechanical pencil in the centre of the piece and used liquid glue to stick the ends together so I had a holder for the pencil. I stuck the pencil holder to the outside of the back cover of the notebook so the pencil was close to the side of the book and pressed it into place.
With the pencil holder now firmly attached I could use liquid glue to add the rest of the DSP to the back cover of the notebook, butted up against the black binding and covering where the pen holder was attached.
Now to create the tabs.
On scrap of Whisper White Card I used Shaded Spruce ink to stamp the scalloped circle image from the Tabs for Everything Stamp Set and then added the shopping cart image and the ‘To do’ and ‘Don’t forget’ sentiments using Tuxedo Black ink. The three circles were then punched out using the 3/4″ Circle Punch.
The tabs themselves were created using the Circle Tab Punch to punch out three pieces from Blushing Bride ink, I folded each one in half and the stamped circles were added with liquid glue. Liquid glue was then used to fix each of the tabs to a page in the notebook.
That just left the front of the book and I started by stamping the legs and skirt image onto a piece of Whisper White Card with Tuxedo Black ink. I coloured the legs in Powder Pink and the shoes in Berry Burst, using markers from the 2017/2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers collection.
Next came the square sign image from the Hand Delivered (Host) Stamp Set, stamped onto a piece of Whisper White Card twice. I coloured the fingers with the Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Marker and on one of the blank squares stamped the ‘Today is the day’ sentiment using Tuxedo Black ink and the sun image with Daffodil Delight ink (both from the Tabs for Everything Stamp Set).
Using Paper Snips I cut out both square images and fixed the one with the sun and sentiment on top of the other image using liquid glue this gave it just a little extra thickness. The coloured legs and skirt image was cut out too and the stamped DSP skirt was fixed over the white one. I then assembled the two images on the front of the notebook with liquid glue and my new notebook was finished.
I love notebooks, especially when they’re pretty and useful, and this one fits the bill quite nicely don’t you think?
The mini composition notebook was purchased at Walmart and the mini mechanical pencil at Staples.
HOST STAMP SETS
Host stamp sets like Hand Delivered used today for the front of the notebook can only be obtained by ‘spending’ Stampin’ Rewards and are earned by placing a single qualifying order or hosting a qualifying workshop, hence the term ‘host’ stamp set. Stampin’ Rewards are awarded once your order/workshop reaches $200 CAD before shipping and taxes and are calculated as a percentage of your order, starting at 10%, rising to a maximum of 16% with the additional bonus of any item you wish at half price, as the total value of the order increases.
You can find more information about Host benefits on page 224 of the Stampin’ Up! 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue, while the 6 host stamp sets currently available are shown on pages 226 to 229. Alternatively you can access the host information via my online store. Remember that while hosts stamp sets can only be obtained using Stampin’ Rewards, you are free to spend your Stampin’ Rewards on anything currently on sale including bundles, retired products on the Clearance Rack, and you can even use them to buy your starter kit and join my team of Crafty Canadians. Do contact me if you’d like more information.