I am thoroughly thankful to Chris Twing for giving me this idea (bad pun, considering we used the Thoroughly Thankful stamp set). Chris "CASE’d" (copying and sharing everything) her framed art from the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog. She brought her project to our Lonestar Stamper’s monthly club meeting, and I was entranced. Okay, so I was off to buy the stamp set and CASE her CASE of the Catty. Thanks to Chris, my Hostess Club ladies will get a chance to make this project at our monthly meeting in October.
For what I call "extra special extra credit," I try to give my Hostess Club ladies a chance to pimp my projects, if they want. So, with this project they can use a little glue dot to add black microbeads to the center of the flower image. And . . . drum roll . . . help me break open my pretties kit. Oh, I love this kit. The fun thing about the hat pins is that the possibilities are limitless. That little hook at the top of the pin just begs to have something dangling from it. So . . . drum roll . . . I finally also broke open my confetti tag sheets. (I haven’t been hoarding my tag sheets so much as I’ve been forgetting about them.) While the pretties kit comes with some lovely beads, you’re not limited to the beads in the pretties kit to embellish the pin. So, I broke into my very tiny stash of beads that my adorable sister helped me start.
I opened up yet another package I’d been hoarding, my watercolor paper. Really, I kind of flunked out of coloring in school, but I love how easy the watercolor crayons are with the aqua painters. You certainly don’t have to use watercolor paper, but I can see now why people do, the difference is dramatically beautiful. To help me get the shading right, I used both Really Rust and White watercolor crayons on the pumpkins. A little of More Mustard enhanced the Old Olive in the leaves, and the sunflower is just a little More Mustard. Then, I used my re-inker with the aqua painters to color the sky blue background (very subtle, you may not be able to see it).
The rest of the recipe is the Thoroughly Thankful stamp set; Sky Blue textured and non-textured paper, Old Olive textured paper, Really Rust, and Basic Black card stock, 5/8 inch Old Olive ribbon and gingham ribbon, and the tool kit and Signo white gel pen for faux stitching.
Now . . . for a little commercial break. Please don’t forget that there are just three days left to get this stamp set and some other lovely fall-themed sets for 30% off. Here’s the link for more information.
And . . . if you’ve ever even thought for a moment that you might like to be a demonstrator, now is absolutely the best time. But, again, there are only three days left to take advantage of the terrific promotion Stampin’ Up! has now for new demonstrators. Here’s the link
Jumpin’ into a demonstrator-ship might seem like a big leap, but really it’s not. It’s a fantastic bargain for all the incredible products you get in the starter kit and for the discounts. And, if you do choose to promote your Stampin’ Up! business, you have me and all of the terrific group of Lonestar stampers at your side, including terrific artists like Chris Twing, and the artists featured earlier this week: Pam, Cyndee, Jane, and Kathryn. Please don’t hesitate to write me if you’re interested and have questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). But, remember, the clock’s ticking on this special promotion.