Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Let's Toast!" Great News & Sneak Peeks!

Good morning! Today I have a some very exciting news to share with you, as well as a preview of a soon-to-be-released stamp set in March. First, we at Clear Dollar Stamps are so excited about the next venture that awaits one lucky challenge submission. Starting this month, and starting today through the end of this month, February 28th, CDS is offering a new Monthly Guest Designer Spot Challenge, and YOU could be the next Guest Designer for one month! The chosen winner will be the Guest Designer for CDS for the next release month (in March!), and will receive three stamp sets FREE of his/her choice from the stamps that are released in March! How exciting is that? If you think that you'd like to submit a card for this great opportunity, please DO YOUR BEST WORK, and for more details, see Lori McCroskey's blog, here.

Now, to preview a very cute and whimsical kitchen stamp set, called "Kitchen Clutter by Clear Dollar Stamps, to be released on March 1st. This set has several images including, a tea kettle, sugar and creamer, dish soap, bubbles, sponge, coffee pot, cannister jarsand more! This set is so much fun to stamp with with endless possibilities for stamping and much more fun than cooking! Ordering and pricing details may be found HERE. Be sure to see my team members' blogs, Laurie, Linsey and Candy for their beautiful samples using "Kitchen Clutter".

All Stamp Sets Used: Clear Dollar Stamps "Kitchen Clutter"
Cardstock & Papers: Bazill Solid Cardstocks, My Minds Eye "My Sunshine Sunny Days" & "My Sunshine Blooming Lovely", Paper Trey White Cardstock, Swarthmore Watercolor Paper
Inkpads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Apricot Appeal and Only Orange Inks Markers: Copic Sketch Markers: Y11 Pale Yellow, Y21 Buttercup Yellow, R59 Cardinal, BG000 Pale Aqua, C1, C3, C5 Cool Grays
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossin Folder, Nestabilities Regular Round & Large Pinking Round Dies, Piercing Tool, Tsukineko Sponge Daubers, Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive "Bliss" Pearls, Adhesives, Zots, Sewing Machine, Thread, Marvy Corner Rounder Punch, Offray Satin Ribbon, Crystal Effects
Coloring Medium: None
Special Techniques: Basic Stamping, Sponging, Copic Coloring & Blending, , Dry Embossing, Machine Stitching, Paper Piercing

A 5"x 10" card base was cut from Paper Trey White Cardstock and set aside. Three square mats were cut to size: Plaid 5", Burgundy 4-3/8", Floral Print 4-1/8". A yellow horizontal strip was cut to 4-1/8" wide x 1-1/8" high, and a brown border was cut to 4-1/8" wide x 1-5/16" high. Using a Marvy Corner Rounder Punch, I clipped the bottom left and right corners of all 3 mats. Using a Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, I embossed the yellow horizontal strip. Using a Stampin' Up! Slot punch and after marking the center of the brown horizontal strip, I starting punching from the center outward, first to the right and then to the left so that the scallops on the border were be balanced and centered. I paper pierced 3 decorative holes in each of the brown scallop points. I glued the plaid, the burgundyand floral mats together, and then glued the yellow horizontal swiss dot embossed strip along with the brown horizontal scalloped border together and then on top of the 3 glued mats. Using my Janome Hello Kitty Sewing Machine ; ) I machine stitched around the 4 sides of the larger, plaid mat and the floral mat with the yellow horizontal strip at the bottom.

The sentiment was stamped onto Paper Trey White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Using a Marvy 1.5" circle punch I punched out the sentiment, cutting it about 3'4 from the top of the circle, horizontally. Using a paper piercing tool, I hand pierced around the semi circle sentiment mat, and then, using Stampin' Up! Apricot Appeal ink, I lightly sponged around the semi-circle and then again, a little more heavily using Stampin' Up! Only Orange. I glued the sentiment to the yellow horizontal swiss dot embossed strip.

The stamped focal image, the toaster was stamped onto Swarthmore Watercolor Paper, and colored with Copic Sketch markers and blended. Using Nestabilities Regular Round Die, I cut out the stamped image, and then using a paper piericng tool, I hand pierced around the circular focal image. I cut a pinked circle burgundy mat for the stamped image using the Nestabilities Large Pinking Circle Die Set. I added Crystal Effects to the toaster to add dimension and interest to the toaster. I glued the stamped toaster image to the burgundy pinked mat and set aside. Using Offray Brown 5/8" wide Satin Ribbon, I glued down a ribbon strip veritcally down the right side of the card, anchoring it to the back of the largest mat. I "v-eed" the end of the ribbon by folding the ribbon in half, and cutting a slant cut from the folded edge outward. I popped up the matted, stamped toaster image overtop the Offray Brown Satin Ribbon strip, and then added two bow knots to the ribbon strip above the stamped image. Using thread, I anchored sewed the three button embellishments and then adhered them to the card front using Zots. To finish, I added Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive "Bliss" Pearls to the flower centers of the floral print interior mat. The card was finished off by gluging the card front to the 5"x 10" white cardstock card base.


Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Cute and retro feeling Linda.

Laurie tx stamper said...

Very fun and adorable! Love how you paired the toaster with such warm colors too!

Erin Bigler said...

Linda, this is adorable! I LOVE this set and I know it'll become one of my all-time CD faves! I was exploring your blog a are SO LUCKY to live on the Bay! We cross the Bridge every summer on our yearly trip to Rehoboth/Bethany, and I'd LOVE to retire down there someday! LOVE your yellow house, too - great color combo! Looking forward to working with you on the CDS DT!

Chef Mama said...

So, so cute! I love all stamps kitchen related! LOVE THIS!

Alysabeth said...

Great card Linda, I luv the DP and the rounded corners. Cant wait till tomorrow;o)