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COMING SOON: SALE-A-BRATION and LOTUS BLOSSOM

January 4, 2015

If you’re new to me and to Stampin’ Up! then you don’t know about Sale-a-BrationSale-a-Bration is an annual event that both customers and SU! Demonstrators alike look forward to every January through March.  For every $50 you spend for SU! merchandise you get to choose one free Sale-a-Bration item.  On Tuesday I’ll be able to give you a link to the brochure so you can check out the free products you can choose from.  If you don’t yet have one but would like one for your hands-on perusal, please send me an email (Blythe@StampingWithBlythe.com) and I’ll get one off to you right away.  Let me know if you have, need or want the 2015 Occasions catalog as well.  It will also be online on Tuesday, January 6th.

What was I doing yesterday?  I was working on a swap card (you’ll see it in a week or so when it’s finished) and then I was working on my first card using the Lotus Blossom stamp set from Sale-a-Bration.  I haven’t had much time to stamp the last ten days so I’m trying to do some catching up.

Lotus Blossom is a photopolymer, 7 piece, 2-step (actually 3-step) set.

LOTUS BLOSSOM Photopolymer stamp set, 139143, SAB-FREE

I love two-step stamping but I have to say that this one took me a few tries before getting comfortable.  You can see my color splotches in the photo above, below the stamp set!  I went into making the cards below feeling pretty cocky:  “I know how to do two step stamping so let’s get going.”  Set the brakes!!!

Each of the three flower segments are numbered.

Lotus Blossom, 139143, SAB 2015

Note the little tabs attached to each flower segment.

 

Step 1- stamp with full strength ink

Step 1- stamp with full strength ink

Step 2 - ink up and then stamp the color off once

Step 2 – ink up and then stamp the color off once before stamping the image on the card stock.

Step 3 - ink up the image and then stamp it off twice

Step 3 – ink up the image and then stamp it off twice before putting the stamp to the card stock.

And here are my quick and simple cards—once that color tone issue is figured out.  I wanted to make a quick and easy set of cards to bundle and give as a gift when needed.  You could add a second flower on the card front or certainly change the message.

Tangelo Twist ink & 2014-16 In Color Paper Stack

Tangelo Twist ink and the 2014-16 In-Color Paper Stack

Blackberry Bliss ink & 2014-16 In Color Paper Stack

Blackberry Bliss ink and the 2014-16 In-Color Paper Stack

2014-16 In-Colors ink & 2014-16 In Color Paper Stack

2014-16 In-Colors ink and 2014-16 In-Color Paper Stack — all of the cards are the same size despite the large-looking size of the Hello Honey card.  The Mossy Meadow 2014-16 In-Color that you don’t see in a blossom is used for the two-step stem.

Whew.  One set of cards made.  I hope you decide to try out this set once it goes ‘live’ on January 6th.

Have a great day and I’ll see you again tomorrow.

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