Rustic Rooster Potpourri

Tonight's post is a bit of a potpourri – a tip about the new catalog, a Pillow video, my latest project, and a tease about an upcoming stamp camp - oooo, I'm excited about all of them. 

Since you've indulged me so long with my ramblings about Obama, Pillow, nursing home inspections, and just about anything, let me get you straight to the latest project. Hold on to your knickers, 'cause I freakin' love this project.

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You're just dying to know how I made this, right? Okay, first, my stars were aligned perfectly in the galaxy when I found these frames at the Target dollar spot, three for $2.50. Then, I found this beautiful card among my blog searches, by The New England Stamper.

She used a technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter called Faux Designer Paper. It works like this:

  1. Stamp several of the swirly images (those that appear white) with Versa-mark on Very Vanilla card stock and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. 
  2. Sponge More Mustard, Really Rust, and Robin Hood Red classic ink and then stamp the french words in Really Rust.  (The clear embossed areas resist the ink). 
  3. Remove the clear embossing powder by placing a piece of printer or copy paper over the top and heat with an iron. 
  4. Finally, stamp the Rooster on top with black Stazon and sponge the edges with the More Mustard, Really Rust and Robin Hood Red ink.

I framed the image in Robin Hood Red and Basic Black cardstock, and then also in Barely Banana cardstock run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. Add a little ribbon, and it's finished. I love this project because it looks so difficult, but really, it's so easy.

So . . . onto some catalog news. The project index that used to be in the back of the catalogs is not in the new catalog, which, at first may seem like a bummer. I mean, really, the catalog is such a great idea list, and, with the list of ingredients in the back, we could copy the projects without a lot of brain power. So why, Stampin' Up!, why?! Okay, they actually had a pretty good reason. 

Taking out the index list meant more room for more goodies! Hooray! The project index is still available, though, and with little thumbnail pictures so you don't have to thumb back and forth through the catalog to connect which ingredients go to which projects. Hooray again! You can download the project list by clicking on the "Supply List" picture on my sidebar whenever you want. It will open up a *.pdf file that you can save to your computer and keep indefinitely.

My Caitlin and her Pillow pup visited us this weekend, and my son gave me a great Flip Video camera for Christmas. Here's a long-promised video of my GrandPuppy. My daughter is such a great puppy Mom, she's taught her little puppy to sit, shake and lay down, so here's Pillow showing off her tricks.

Are you still with me, precious readers? I just want to give you a heads up that I'm working with some of my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators to give you a fantastic Open House and Stamp Club in February. We're working on the details, and I'll have more news later, but if you're in the Central Texas area, be sure to mark February 21 on your calendars and save the date. You will NOT want to miss it. We're talking door prizes, freebies, classes, product demos . . . and just a lot of excitement.

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  1. Oh My Goodness…what a beautiful project on the picture…but the best part of this post and the one below is that “precious” puppy…reminds me of my “Piper.” Always ready to give a paw :)

  2. Wow!! I never wanted that rooster until now!! That is just stunning! Thanks for the quick instructions too!!

  3. Wow Linda – this frame looks awesome! I think I might have to CASE you and make a frame like this! Have a good day,Ali

  4. Linda, the framed picture of the rooster turned out awesome…I absolutely love it!! What an excellent project. And your little video of “Pillow”….now that was really cute..also liked the touch of music you added to it! Lynn

  5. Oh my this is absolutely GORGEOUS — pillow is cute too.

  6. deniset616 says:

    Thanks for this awesome project…will be casing for sure fir my hostess gifts next month. TFS!

  7. I just LOVE the rustic rooster. I’m going to have to CASE that once I get my rooster stamp. TFS

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