I’m still here….

…..really I am!  And just to prove it, I am going to post a card!

There, you see, I have been doing some stamping.  But only a little.
I made this card for a workshop which I did a couple of weeks ago, during one of the few days when I have not been ill over the past few months.  I managed to get the workshop done and order in etc just in time to come down with the next bout of illness.  But I feel as though I am on the mend and am looking forward to getting back into stamping and running classes and workshops.
Unfortunately I missed out on this year’s Stampin’ Up! convention because my lovely boy, Jamie, had pneumonia and was very sick.  And as it turns out, I had a very bad throat infection that weekend and couldn’t speak for two days, so it was probably just as well that I couldn’t get there.
Anyway, this card was a nice simple one, perfect for one of my beginners workshops.  The girls also got to use some of the new clear mount blocks and stamps, so that they could feel how lovely they are to use, as well as sampling those gorgeous new colours. And I demonstrated to the workshop guests, how to dress that same card up, and make it just a bit more exciting and interesting.  So here is the “upgraded” version.

Stamp Sets: Cottage Garden, Tiny Tags.

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Whisper White.

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive.

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, White Gel Pen, Paper Snips, Scallop Edge Punch, Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Clips Assortment.

Aren’t those colours just gorgeous! 
I am currently in the process of working out dates for my upcoming classes, so make sure you check back over the next day or so to see what exciting things I have in store for you.  Most of them will use some new stamps, punches and accessories from the current mini catalogue.
I will also come back with some exciting news from Stampin’ Up!
In the meantime, happy stamping,
Chris

New Clear Mount Stamps are coming!

This is just one of the many new things I am thrilled, and excited about. 
There has been a huge demand from Demonstrators and customers, for re-positionable stamps and the clear mount blocks to go with them.  And I am so excited to be able to tell you that, once again, Stampin’ Up! have delivered exactly what has been asked of them.  As of 1st April 2010, Stampin’ Up! will release most of it’s stamp sets in both wood mount and clear mount sets.  So yes, those of you who love your wood mount stamps, don’t worry, they will still be available.  But now there is also the option of the same high quality stamps that Stampin’ Up! is so well known for, in a clear mount option.  These stamps will still be made of rubber, in the same way as the tradition stamps, and with the same deep cut, but in a re-positionable system using clear blocks.
So, what is the advantage and some of the features of the Clear Mount Stamps?

  • Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organisation easy.
  • Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
  • Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist.
  • Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not.
  • Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.
  • Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.
  • Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.

I will be running some classes on how to use the clear mount stamps in the coming months, and will also have some for you to see at my Autumn / Winter Mini Catalogue Launch party on Wed 31st March at 7.30pm.  This is a free event, but you must let me know if you want to come along.  There will be demonstrations and displays of many of the new goodies, as well as a make and take or two, so come along and see what all the fuss is about!