Yes, I'm a literature geek (BA, English, won't say the year 🙂 and find humor in that title (think Ernest Hemingway). I simply couldn't resist. However, I'm just as passionate about stamping and am finding plenty of uses for the Bella Toile background stamp, including my last post.
Also, topping my list of things I adore, is Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Top Note die. After stamping Cameo Coral card stock with the Bella Toile background (Riding Hood Red Ink), I zipped it through my Big Shot with the Top Note die for this delightful design. TIP: Look closely at the details of the tiny dashed border . . . all minature cuts made by the die.
Both the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Stampin' Up!'s exclusive dies(and more) will be available to order on-line here beginning September 2. Check out these candy bag toppers I created with the same Top Note die. I just love versatility!
The flowers are from Stampin' Up!'s Pretties Kit, dyed to matching using a Riding Hood Red Ink Refill (just a few drops in a bit of water) and a So Saffron Marker. TIP: I prefer the markers for speed and less mess–but since there aren't Stampin' Up! markers for the In colors, I used the reinker for the red flower.
The sentiment (Fundamental Phrases) was stamped with Riding Hood Red and popped out using a Small Oval Punch. TIP: Experiment with stamping on colors other than Vanilla and White (note red on cameo with the Top Note above) . . . the combinations are endless. I adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals for a snug fit and placed a Hodgepodge Styled Silver Label Holder on top. Two Pretties clear rhinestone brads deck the sides.
The flowers are assembled using a Pretties clear rhinestone brad and one of the new Filigree Designer Brads. Cutie. The 5.5 x 4.25 base of Riding Hood Red Textured card stock provides a rich backdrop to the bling!
Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary
Stamp Set: Bella Toile Background, Fundamental Phrases
Paper: Riding Hood Red Textured, So Saffron, Cameo Coral
Ink: Riding Hood Red, So Saffron Marker, Riding Hood Red Ink Refill
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Small Oval Punch
The Perfect Touch: Designer Brads (Filigree Assortment), Pretties (Flowers and Clear Rhinestone Brads), Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Silver Label Holder, Stampin' Dimensionals
NEED A CATALOG? All items listed above are current in Stampin' Up!'s Fall Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog (over 200 pages). You can download the entire catalog (click the butterfly photo) for free on my right side bar or click here to order your own copy.