A Peek at Tall Tales Designer Paper

Stampin up tall tales designer series envelope
So much to share with you today (including plenty of photos)!  The star of the show is Stampin' Up!'s new Tall Tales Designer Series Paper, available with the release of the new Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog on July 1.   The Tall Tales colors are Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Old Olive, Brilliant Blue and So Saffron.  It's fun, fresh and modern.  To see all my Sneak Peeks for the new catty in one place, CLICK HERE.

Stampin up tall tales zebra card and envelope

Let's start with the card, modeled after Splitcoast Sketch Challenge SC232.

  • SC232 I snipped the zebra out from one of the Tall Tales patterns.  No stamps used in any of these projects today.
  • My striped friend was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to a So Saffron polka dot print and three Rose Red buttons jazz up the top right.
  • TIP:  To create the "thread" for the buttons, cut skinny slivers of card stock (I used Brilliant Blue), thread through the holes and carefully tie.  I adore the polish this adds.
  • TIP:  Mini Glue Dots hold buttons firmly in place.
  • The rear squares use identical patterns.  All three of these elements are matted on Brilliant Blue card stock
  • A 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Tall Tales Designer Series Paper is layered over a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Whisper White card base (scored on the top).
  • The horizontal panel is a piece of Rose Red topped with Chocolate Chip Textured card stock.
  • TIP:  A snippet of Rose Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon punches up the pink.
  • The sentiment is a simple Chocolate Chip rub-on from Chit Chat Rub-Ons.

Paper:  Tall Tales Designer Series (115678, available July 1),
Brilliant Blue (100721), Rose Red (102544), Chocolate Chip Textured
(108697), Whisper White (100730)

The Perfect Touch:  Fresh Favorites II Button (107422), Rose Red 1/4"
Grosgrain Ribbon (111366), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Chit Chat
Rub-Ons (111804), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Stampin up tall tales envelope

Remember this tutorial regarding producing envelopes in a snap using the Kreate-a-lope (available at www.greensneakeres.com)?   My dear friend, Sandy, who generously gave me the Kreate-a-lope, pointed out that you can minimize "clean-up" cutting of the torn edges by starting with a pre-cut 7 7/8" x 7 7/8" square (A2 envelopes).  Love it!  Again, here's the original tutorial with more directions.

Stampin up tall tales kreatealope

The only snipping necessary is the one corner that gets cut off.  Much easier than tearing (per the directions) and cutting off the torn edge. 


Paper:  Tall Tales Designer Series (115678, available July 1)

Cool Tools:  Kreate-a-lope (www.greensneakers.com)

The Perfect Touch:  Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (111368)

Stampin up tall tales bigz box

The Bigz XL Box #2 Die creates a very efficient box to assemble.  Using a Big Shot and the Box #2 Die, I quickly created the box template below. 

Stampin up tall tales bigz box 2

If you have any issues with score lines of your Bigz Die Cuts not being
well-defined or, the other extreme, cutting through where it should
only be a score line, the remedy is to use an Extended Premium Crease
Pad in place of the top Extended Cutting Pad.  It sets perfect score
lines without slicing through.

Stampin up tall tales sticky tape

TIP:  You only need one small piece of Sticky Tape (in the spot above) and you're done adhering. 

Stampin up tall tales bigz box 2 complete
Zippity doo dah!

The Rose Red band around the middle is 7 7/8" long and was scored at 2", 3 3/8", 5 3/8" and 6 3/4".    TIP:  The seam is adhered in the front, hidden from view by the heart (shaped with the Full Heart Punch).  I used Stampin' Up! Texturz Plates to add a pretty polka dot texture to the heart before adhering with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Paper:  Tall Tales Designer Series (115678, available July 1), So Saffron (105118), Rose Red (102544)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Bigz Die Box #2 (114518), Extended Premium Crease Pad (117630),  Stampin' Up! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates (114512),  Full Heart Punch (113693)
The Perfect Touch:  Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (111367), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Sticky Tape (104294)

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  1. Very colorful and fun! I must check out the kreate-a-lope!

  2. What is the finished size of the Bigz XL Box #2 Die?

    Ellen Barner
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    Hi Ellen:

    I just measured . . . it’s 3 3/4″ wide, 2″ tall and 1 3/8″ deep.

    Hugs, Mary

  3. Fabulous set! I’ve received my much-anticipated box this afternoon – right in time for the weekend! I have peeked at the catalogue, but haven’t touched any of my new supplies yet – I had other stamping engagements to take care of before!

    Looking forward to joining you in the new supplies fun!

    Have a great weekend,

  4. Love how you showcased the new paper! I’m also a demonstrator, so now I have some ideas for this paper. And I think it’s great that you cut out the zebra. The matching stamp set is not my favourite, so this is a great alternative!

  5. I just saw your feature in the July Stampin’ Success!!! Way to go! I just love your beautiful cards, and I am so glad more people will be tuning in after reading that 🙂

  6. colleen kramer

    LOVE IT!!! I can’t help but think of a mailing label across the gorgeous envelope…not only would it make the recipient’s day, but wouldn’t the postal carrier get a kick out of the fun patterns? Can’t wait to get my hands on the box die!

  7. Tall Tales DP just went straight to the top of my wish list!!

  8. Wow! I’m having flashbacks to the 70s. I think I had wallpaper like those patterns.
    I’ll have to pick up a pack and see what I can paper over. Great card. That design could have been way too much, but you did a wonderful job with it!

  9. That card is so cute, but, I want that box. I need it. (lol) I love how you put the band around it. Of course, you know I love the envelope. Love the Ginkgo leaves on the paper. I love it all.

  10. Here I am thinking “way to go, Mary – now I want that stamp set too” and then OMGosh! I go back to re-read your post. I thought the zebra was from the stamp set!!

    True genius!

    LOVE the card – I especially like how you incorporated so many patterns in your layers.

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