Thursday, August 21, 2008

Scallops and more!

Today it's all about scallops! I have had a chance to goof around a bit with the new scallop edge punch in the catalog & I LOVE IT!

Of course, you can make scalloped edges, but you can also make rick rack, too! Just you's pretty cool! Here's a sample of both:

I used the new Bella Rose paper, Pink Pirouette textured cardstock, Kiwi Kiss cardstock, scallop circle punch, Heard from the Heart (on sale!) & Chocolate Chip ink. Of course, I added some dazzling diamonds to the cut out rose (from the paper) to spruce it up a bit! Now for the punching stuff... It's easy to see how you can easily make a scalloped edge:

This punch is so cool! You don't even have to use it upside down to line up the scallops to make the rick rack! Check it out! I just lined up the "peaks" with the "valleys" of the original scallop using the printed scallops on the punch.
You can see the start of some rick rack:
Here's a done strip, pictured next to regular scalloped edged cardstock so that you can see better how they compare.

Here are all the new In Colors in rick rack glory! These really are lovely new colors! I've loved the In Colors each year, but this year's *whole* set of colors grabbed me right away...Baja Breeze is growing on me. In year's past some of the colors took awhile before they were *really* exciting to me - shockingly Groovy Guava, one of my favorites, was the last one that I really started to like & use (isn't that funny?).
Here's another card using the Bella Rose paper, Pink Pirouette textured cardstock, Chocolate Chip cardstock, Robin Hood Red trim & Heard from the Heart in Chocolate Chip.
In non-scallop news...I actually did something else in my stamp room. :O) I have been trying to clear out some of my old stamp sets & just couldn't part with my OLD Bees & Blossoms set, so I decided I *had* to use it or I'd have to lose it in the sale since I just shouldn't have stuff I don't use, right? (I guess that's why I've got sets hidden away so that I'm not reminded of that so frequently!)
Anyway, this is a perfect example of why I love my stamp-a-ma-jig! I don't know how people stamped that honeycomb in 1997 (when the set first came out) before the SAMJ came to be! Those old positioners were a pain to use, so I was glad to whip out my friendly little SAMJ. I needed something extra to finish the honeycomb, so I inked up the bee from the greeting & stamped him all over in Night of Navy & then just made little dotted "trails" with the marker when they were all stamped so that the honeycomb didn't look so plain. Then I popped the card into a book for my friend & mailed it off today...gotta love 3X3 cards, huh?'s a total cheater card! I didn't even stamp on it. *blush* I cut & punched to make the onesie layout & then just used a leftover self-adhesive die cut from last year's Simply Scrappin' kit for the front. I think it was cute even if my stamps did feel a bit left out! I used Baja Breeze for the onesie & Not Quite Navy for the cardstock trims around the neck & legs.