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New England Stamper: May 2011

May 28, 2011

Brother's Wedding

I was honored when the eldest of my two brothers, Pat and his finance Louise asked me to create their wedding invitations. This was way back last year, but today is their wedding and we are over in England to share their happy day with them. So, I figured I'd share with my blog readers what I made for them.

Their color scheme is teal, gold and black. They requested a clean, modern look and that a monogram be used. All the supplies came from The Paper Source and the ivory card stock and paper is all textured with the look of watercolor paper (not very visible in the photos).

These are tags, which will be attached to Yankee Candle votives and holders wrapped in tulle and given as favors to female guests.

For the wedding day itself, I created the menus, place cards, table names and all signage.

Have a great weekend,


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May 25, 2011

Quick and Easy Bits and Pieces

Sometimes you need to rustle up some quick and easy cards. That's what I did last week using Rogue Redhead's Bits &Pieces set.

I created this set of cards by punching out squares of my favorite book page backgrounds. I added sentiments from the Bits & Pieces set and mounted them onto Fabriano watercolor cards.

It doesn't get any simpler than that!

The second two use my favorite SU embossing folder called Elegant Bouquet. Sorry for the 'blue' pictures - it rained all last week when I photographed these and there was no light anywhere in the house.

That's all for now. We're heading out on vacation today to my brother's wedding, so I'll have all the wedding stationery to share later in the week plus the travel journal I made for the trip.

Happy stamping,


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May 23, 2011

Emboss Resist Ferns

I had a little time today between loads of laundry, so I checked out today Clean and Simple challenge on Splitcoaststampers. It's a great sketch by Regina. I still had Rogue Redhead's Floriculture on my work table, so I reached for my favorite from the set, the fern and created an emboss resist panel.

Firstly, I stamped some script onto a cream background, then stamped the ferns with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I sponged Kiwi Kiss and Old Olive (both SU) inks over the entire piece. Finally, I stamped some more ferns on top with Old Olive, stamping off several times to get a shadow effect. Here's a closer look:

Oops - I hear the washing machine beeping. Time for another load - sigh.....

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week,


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Old Book Fun

I adore vintage text and creating projects from old book pages. When I saw "Playing with Books" by Jason Thompson at the bookstore several months ago, I bought it and immediately started ripping up books.

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Here's the first project I made inspired directly from the book. This basket took a long time! It involved folding 250+ strips of paper, each four times and then weaving them to create this basket. Patience was the order of the day plus lots of old movies and chocolate. It was fun, but probably not something I'd repeat anytime soon.

This project, on the other hand, I'd be happy to repeat. I rolled pieces of 6" x 6" paper into tubes using a dowel and connected them using bobby pins - so much fun!!

I think you can see the bobby pins a little better in this shot.

Watch out for more these babies! I'd really recommend this book - it has a lot more wonderful projects in it that I'm dying to try. Check it out at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local library.

Have a wonderful week,


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May 20, 2011

Rogue Bits and Pieces

Did you see the new sentiment set from Rogue Redhead? It's called Bits & Pieces and has some fantastic mix and match sentiments for just about every occasion. It's definitely going to be a go-to set for me!Here are a few cards I made with it. The first uses a TJ technique called Texture Duet (Oct/Nov 2010), where you emboss your c/stock using two different embossing folders.

I made a couple of mistakes with the Texture Duet technique, so punched out the rejects to create this anniversary card for my parents' wedding anniversary next month.

In addition to sentiments, the plate also has some solid shapes, including a textured inchie!!! You know I love my inchies. I stamped textured inchie stamp three times and stamped the fern from Floriculture on top, then punched them out with a 1" square stamp - super quick and simple!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend,


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May 18, 2011

More Floriculture Fun

I've been having some more fun with Rogue Redhead's new Floriculture plate. I created the background using acrylic paint resist technique. I believe Tim H refers to it as Dabber Resist, but I didn't use the Ranger paints. I sponged some Golden Titan Buff paint onto the stamps, covered a piece of card stock with stamped images and sponged with inks once the paint had dried.

Just remember with this technique to clean off your stamps immediately. I used several baby wipes and a spritz of plain water. Here's how the finished card turned out:

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May 7, 2011

Floriculture and Bits and Pieces

Rogue Redhead had two new releases out yesterday - a beautiful botanical plate called Floriculture and a sentiment plate called Bits & Pieces. They are both fantastic and I had so much fun playing with them. You might have noticed that I haven't stamped for months now, well these images inspired me to get messy again - they must be good!

They have some special pricing available. Here's the scoop:

We are offering these great half-size plates for the introductory price of $12.00 each, 20% off their regular retail price of $15.00 each, until June 10, 2011. Buy Floriculture and Bits and Pieces as a bundle and save even more! Get both these new releases together for the bundle price of $22.50 until June 10, 2011. That's 25% off their regular retail price!

We are also offering a Spring Sale Big Vintage Bundle - Relish Reading, Floriculture and Bits and Pieces - all for the low price of $42.00 plus shipping and handling. Get yours now! The sale only lasts until June 10, 2011.

I made the set of three cards above using the Lily of the Valley stamp from Floriculture. Here's a close up of the blue one:

I created a Distressed Colorblocking background (TJ newsletter Feb/Mar 2011) and stamped a variety of images from the Floriculture set onto it. I punched out random inchies and created the square panel.

Be sure to visit the Rogue Redhead blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by.


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