Tightwad Tuesday Announcement: Watercolor Wonder Crayons are Back….YaY!!

Watercolor Wonder is Back!!!!

(and so are the crayons! :D)

Hi All,

Back in grade school I would beg my Mom for a new box of crayolas at the beginning of every new school year (not to mention everytime we passed the crayon aisle!) and not just any box…the big one!!   Now I get to play with an even better product…Watercolor Wonder Crayons!   These little darlings not only color like a crayon but when water or blender pen is applied they convert to watercolors!  The effects are amazing!   And if you already have the old set of colors Stampin’ Up is ready to hook you up with a Color Renovation Color Conversion kit that will get you four new tins and all the new colors you’re missing.  

So Stampin’ Up is feeding my fetish for art supplies just like I used to use in grade school!   Well…not just like….LOL…these are better…way better! 

Here’s why:

■ Water soluble and easy to blend, allowing for an unlimited range of shades
■ Coordinate with Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors
■ Artist-quality, highly-pigmented crayons
■ Available in color collection assortments
■ Contains 10 crayons per package (except New Color Kit which has 17)
■ Can also be used without water to color images

So why all the excitement about the crayons?

Stampin’ Up announced today that after a 6 month wait the Watercolor Wonder Crayons are finally back in stock and available for order.   An unexpected factory move by the supplier and the need to recertify for the expected Stampin’ Up level of quality among other issues has had many of us champing at the bit…and now, finally, joyfully,  all color groupings and the new Color Renovation Conversion Kit are available!   YaY!!

Tightwad Tuesday is celebrating for sure.  These little lovelys last a long…long…long…time!  And with the many uses and techniques available, using these little darlings is a frugal crafters delight.  

Here are your choices and order numbers.  

  • 120949 New Color Kit  – to see more information about this option check this post 
  • 119802 Subtles
  • 119803 Regals
  • 119804 Brights
  • 119805 Neutrals

Given the wait and the number standing in line to purchase you’ll want to get your order in early lest you end up on the backorder list if the blitz is as big as I’m expecting.  You can purchase any and all forms of the Crayons here in my online store. 

Oh and if you get your online order in before midnight tonight (the 30th) you can still take advantage of the online spectacular prices and possible free shipping!!  Can’t get more frugal than free right?  Double Yay!!

Here’s a technical note Stampin’ Up shared with demonstrators:

When you and your customers receive your Watercolor Wonder Crayons, you may notice that some of the crayon sleeves feature old artwork on them. This does not affect the quality of the crayons; we simply need to deplete inventory of crayons with the old artwork before we use crayons featuring the new artwork.


Wondering what to do with your Crayons once you have them in your studio?   Watch the Video then check the list of tutorials and resource links below.


Watercolor Wonder Crayons Resources

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqU-3kOMrzU – Stampin’ Up’s Training/Technique video – Shannon West

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlpbZy4bG_A – techniques using clear mount stamps and WWC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHBG9QaqskE&feature=related – video – Stamping with WWC – direct to stamp method

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdXyt20HdVg&feature=related – video – melted crayon technique

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG8JWG6zJfA – Video – WWC Color Wash Technique

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPbHRIMNcqA&feature=player_embedded – Dawn’s 411 on WWC

http://mariestamps.wordpress.com/2007/07/16/money-saving-tip-make-your-watercolor-wonder-crayons-last-longer  – make your own palette and thrift tip with WWC

http://www.craftcritique.com/2008/08/watercolor-crayons-from-stampin-up.html – review from years past

http://theserenestamper.blogspot.com/2010/10/watercolor-wonder-crayons.html – photo tutorial on using WWC

http://dianagibbs.typepad.com/stampin_with_di/2010/07/nothings-worsea.html – convention tip for WWC – use the block!

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/wet_watercolor_crayons – SCS tutorial – wet watercolor crayons

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/shimmering_watercolor_crayons – SCS tutorial – Shimmering Watercolor Crayons – Shimmer Paint will work in place of the Pearl-ex

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/canvasstamping – SCS tutorial – Stamping on Canvas and WWC

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/mulberry_batik   – Mulberry Batik with WWC

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/watercoloring_with_watercolor_crayons – SCS tutorial Watercoloring with WWC

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/color_wash – another version of watercolor wash

Picked up a tip from a non SU site that started the coloring process by stamping a line art image to be colored using Versamark and then embossing with BLACK embossing Powder.  This gave a raised relief image to color.  Not only kept the color where you wanted it but gave an artist quality to the image itself.  Very Cool!


Happy Coloring!

Hugs & Holiday Blessings – Jean


Stampin’ Up! Impressions Folders can be….Impressive!

Hi All,

As I’ve been reviewing the new catalog with an eye to future Tightwad Tuesday and Frugal Friday posts the Textured Impressions Folders caught my eye.  Not only are they reasonably priced they have a lot of creativity lurking between their covers – LOL!   So with that thought in mind perhaps consider this a Moneywise Monday posting – LOL!

Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Folder sample

With the introduction of the Big Shot, Stampin’ Up! was able to increase their crafting offerings and options and the impressions folders are one of the most popular.   Similar folders were originally introduced by Cuttlebug and other companies,  but Stampin’ Up recognized the need for larger full A2 card sized folders and have now set a new industry standard as to size and materials used.   The folders themselves work in pretty much any manual die cutting or texturing machine.

While you can texture an entire card front the Impressions folders are also perfect for adding texture to die cuts and punch pieces and of course as a background layer.  You can add impressions not only to paper but also to chipboard, metal flashing, wood sheets, window sheets,felt and many, many of the alternate materials usable in a Big Shot.  Perfect even for the new Stampin’ Up! Paper flowers on page 188 of the catalog.

At the bottom of the post you’ll find links to many techniques for using these folders but plain or brayered, whole, punched or torn you will soon find yourself in love with all the possibilities these textured pieces add to your projects.  For one of my own experiments with the Vintage Wallpaper folder check out this previous post.

Basic info for all the Stampin’ Up! Textured Impressions Folders:

■ Designed to cut through one sheet of paper or card stock at a time
■ Use with Big Shot machine, standard cutting pads, and multipurpose platform
■ Die size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″

Definitions of terms you’ll find helpful as you peruse the links:

Embossed – as with inks the embossed side of a textured piece generally refers to the raised pattern created by the folder.

Debossed – this generally refers to the recessed pattern side of the textured piece.

Both embossed and debossed sides can show ink depending on which side of the folder you ink.

Now on to the most recent additions to the line of Folders:

From the soon to retire Summer mini:

Don’t worry, though the mini is about to retire this go to impressions folder has already made it into the new catalog.  One of the more popular of the impressions folders, I’m seeing it on projects all over the web.  Near and dear to my heart, possibly because it reminds me of the textile weaves I enjoy making on my own looms.


Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – #119976, $7.95

An Exclusive Stampin’ Up Embossing Folder originally featured in the 2010 Summer Mini and now available in the newest 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

SU’s description: Add a classic texture of richly embossed lattice work to a card or paper craft project using our Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder die. Not only will its alluring lines immediately command the eyes, but those entranced by it may not be able to resist running their fingers across its surface.


This folder’s impression has a totally different look depending on which side of the paper you place rightside up.  Both are excellent and inking the folder first then embossing with the Big Shot makes for very cool results.

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=%22Square+Lattice%22

SU Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/search.php?searchid=20483




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiQ-Z-Z_4xA – video




http://pattystamps.com/pattys_stamping_spot/2010/08/stampin-up-convention-2010-bonnie-jill.html – texturing Chipboard with this folder!


http://beantowngrasshopper.blogspot.com/2010/08/day-of-gratitude.html – includes a sneak peek of the new Day of Gratitude stamp





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTeIXuJ3Vd8&feature=search – Video





New in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog:

Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – #119277, $7.95

Another SU exclusive embossing folder (see picture of sample above at the beginning of the post).  Brand new to the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

SU’s description: Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates a deeply embossed image on card stock and paper. The die embosses one side of the paper and debosses the other side, so you can use either side, depending on the look you want to achieve. You can emboss an entire card front edge-to-edge or create a large embossed image. 


Tip: Emboss a quarter sheet of Vellum then take a marker to the debossed deep etched grooves and you’ll have a textured stained glass effect that looks beautiful placed over a colored cardstock card front.

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=%22elegant+lines%22

SU Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/search.php?searchid=20484










http://www.iteachstamping.com/2010/08/elegant-lines-embossing-folder-from-stampin-up.html – video


http://www.nutzaboutstamping.com/my_weblog/2010/07/sundays-with-sizzix-elegant-lines.html – emboss your napkins!

http://www.tiffanyscardtique.com/2010/07/elegant-lines.html – CAS



http://www.jaydeestamping.com/weblog/2010/07/playful-pieces-and-elegant-lines.html – debossed











Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – #120175, $7.95

Another of Stampin’ Up’s latest new and exclusive designs for their popular and ever increasing line of embossing folders.  New to  the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

SU’s description: Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates a deeply embossed image on card stock and paper. The die embosses one side of the paper and debosses the other side, so you can use either side, depending on the look you want to achieve. You can emboss an entire card front edge-to-edge or create a large embossed image.

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=%22Vintage+Wallpaper%22

SU Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/search.php?searchid=20482












http://www.stampthat.com/blog/stamping-challenge-with-a-sketch – notebook cover


http://stampingjo.com/tips-techniques/technique-thursday-embossed-wood-sheets – wood sheets embossed!


http://kreateskards.blogspot.com/2010/06/sneak-peek-impression-folder-mini.html – coloring tutorial for embossing folder


http://www.sandystamper.com/2010/08/my-entry.html – Gatefold never looked so good!






And, coming up in the Holiday Mini a sneak preview of two brand new seasonal folders.  Sorry, no actual product pictures available until the mini goes live on September 1. 


Spider Web – #120889, $7.95

Produces a full card sized spider web image.  The only thing missing is a spider at the center – lol!  Coordinates beautifully with Stampin’ Up’s many Halloween images not to mention creates beautiful textures for many of the Stampin’ Up line of boxes made from Big Shot dies.

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=%22Spider+Web%22


http://kreateskards.blogspot.com/2010/08/sneak-peek-textured-impressions.htmlcatalog-theme.html – design index card only















Northern Flurry – #120902  $7.95, pg. 26 Holiday Mini

Snowflakes anyone?  This folder produces a beautiful grouping of delicate flakes in the corner of a quarter sheet or card front.  As with all snowflakes each snowflake pictured is unique.  Plenty of room for an image or sentiment or other embellishment.  Create quick Clean and Simple cards or add multiple layers for a more complex design.

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=%22Northern+Flurry%22


http://kreateskards.blogspot.com/2010/08/sneak-peek-textured-impressions_15.html – design index card only




http://jguyeby.blogspot.com/2010/08/fall-and-winter.html – Spider Web too!









Shopping tip:  As I was looking for links for these impressions folders I noticed several eBay ads for these current folders.  Most started their pricing at $12.99 whether new or used!!  That’s $5 more than you can purchase these folders direct and new from your very own Stampin’ Up Demonstrator!  Moral to all this…shop your demonstrator for the best deal on SU product…you’ll get great support and creative training too!


Techniques used with Embossing Folders:

While many of these show Cuttlebug folders the techniques work equally well with SU folders – better in some cases since our folders are larger than many other companies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZgPCDiwi3k&feature=search – Big Shot 101 Embossing with Texturz plates and embossing folders

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w3-QeIAFAM&feature=search – Dry emboss coloring technique

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVwBJ7w-seU&feature=search – textured embossing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci_lyduGlLQ&feature=search – Sculptured Ice Technique – Window sheets

http://www.stampmaven.com/2010/06/tuesday-tip-embossing-folder-magic.html – Embossing folder magic – blank space in the middle of a folder

http://tanaconley.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-brayer-embossing-and-debossing.html – brayering embossed images

http://dreamingaboutrubberstamps.com/?p=3904 – Patent Leather Embossing

http://flowerbug.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/12/frosted-embossing-folder-technique.html – Frosted embossing with window sheets




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3r8aDXK2Oo – Brayer ink on Folder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSsA3b7BCwo&feature=related – Waxpaper Resist with embossing folders

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhvSGlKieEQ&feature=search – double folder embossing

http://www.sandimaciver.com/sandi_maciver/2009/11/another-whacking-of-the-embossing-folderin-10-minutes-or-less.html – whack a folder works with any embossing folder!

http://southernbellescrapper.blogspot.com/2009/05/papercasting-with-your-cuttlebug.html – Papercasting

Another trick I’ve seen is to run a light colored cardstock through the Big Shot with a detailed embossing folder like Vintage Wallpaper.  Tap the raised impression with a Versamark pad and apply pastels with a sponge dauber. 

No folders yet?  Here’s a fun way to create your own textured impressions.

http://alliohran.blogspot.com/2010/02/custom-texturz.html – custom texturz with ink embossing


I Hope you enjoyed this look at the latest in economical texturing with a Big Shot.   I love that it only takes the basic Big Shot package to get started with these folders.  No extra plates, platforms or other paraphernalia required beyond basic stamping supplies.  Just Big Shot the folder and go – bet you didn’t know that Big Shot was also a verb!  It is in my crafting studio! 😀

Tip: I should probably add that if you don’t have a Big Shot you can also use a rolling pin and good bit of elbow grease to create a passable impression.  It won’t be as deep as that achieved with a Big Shot but you can still get started using these very cool tools while saving up for a Big Shot.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these click on my shopping online button at the top of the sidebar or email me your order and get started on your very own experiments with texture.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Tightwad Tuesday Returns! – New Color Kit options and more great deals!

Hi all,

Todays Tightwad Tuesday is taking a look at the new color kits available in Stampin’ Up’s new 2010-2011 catalog.  Lots of wonderful deals and practical solutions to adding the new colors to your collection.

If you haven’t already you can see the new flyer describing these kits here –

 and several are also noted in the catalog on page 194.

The purpose of the kits is to allow you (and me 😀 ) to catch up with all the new and returning colors that were introduced in Stampin’ Up’s recent Color Renovation – for more on the Color Renovation see this previous post.

So lets get started….

First off starting with the basics of paper and ink you have a couple of choices with two kits.  The most basic one includes the five newest core colors (core colors are continuing colors found in each of the 4 new collections and distinct from the ever changing In Colors) and the retitled Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft) that now has matching ink to go with the paper (Yay Crumb Cake – one of my all time favorite colors).  And the second paper/ink combo kit includes not only these 6 core colors but also several of the returning and previous In Colors that you may or may not have in your stamping arsenal.

This means you have a few choices to make.  Check out my unbiased price comparisons and then you will be able to tell whether it’s a better deal to buy kits and maybe get some extra ink with the larger kit or if it’s a better deal to get the smaller kit with all new colors and pick up the returning colors as individual papers and ink.


The cost savings of this first kit break down like this.

6 stamp pads @ $5.95 each = $35.70  

That’s the standard cost for inkpads in the new catalogwhich is more than the cost of the entire kit.  So in essence you are not only getting the paper for free you are also saving almost $.13 each on the ink pads as well.  The paper alone is worth  $6.95 (the price of most paper packs with 24 sheets) thus making the savings wrapped into this kit a luscious and colorful (tee, hee just had to put that in there)  22%.  


This second kit provides not only the 5 new core colors from the earlier kit but also the ink pads and papers from the returning In Colors.  Now if you already have the returning In colors the first kit is fine if you don’t you have to figure out how many of those colors you are missing.   If you were to buy each of these ink pads separately you would pay $95.20 plus the cost of paper which isn’t available in this type of package.  So once again if this kit works for you then you are getting the paper for free and saving $.25 in total on the pads.    The paper alone is valued at $9.27.  Add the paper and the savings on the pad and you have a 10% savings.   That being the case if you have more than 1 of these pads unless you want the extras as gifts you would be better off buying the first kit to get the new core colors and purchasing the extra pads by themselves as needed.   If on the other hand you’ve never dived into our In Color Collections you are going to love this kit and you’ll soon see why we were all nuts over them the first time around!


Trust me when I say these pictures of the new In Colors just don’t do them justice!   Once you see them in person you’ll be happy you picked up this bundle!

For the first time Stampin’ Up is offering an In Color Bundle kit to everyone!  In the past you had to be a demonstrator to have access to a deal like this.  Now it’s available to everyone.  Once again it breaks down like this:

5 ink pads @ $5.95 each = $29.75.  So the paper is costing you only $.20.  A pack that normally costs $6.95.    That’s a 22% savings wrapped into this kit!  A steal of a deal and these colors will be available for two years now so you know you’re going to want them all!   I might also point out that these wonderful new In Colors also have their very own set of matching markers too.  You can find that set of markers on page 194 of the catalog (#119801, $14.95).


Both practical and cost effective this kit provides not only cash savings but it allows you to fill in your previous set of markers with the 5 new colors and 7 of the returning in colors that were never before available in markers.  It also provides a new index card for your full size kit.  Of course if you don’t have any of the markers yet your best deal is to buy the new full Many Marvelous Markers Kit on page 194 that provides each of the colors in the Collections (except Whisper White and Very Vanilla)  in one handy carry pack.    You also have the option to purchase each collection’s markers separately for a total of 4 sets that allow you to spread the  cost over time.   Three markers from the returning In Colors were not included in this kit because Stampin’ Up felt many would already have purchased the 2009-2010 set of In Color markers.  Those colors are Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo & Soft Suede.  If you don’t already have these they can be purchased individually and added to your kit.

Note: This kit also does not include the new set of In Color markers.  Some people are getting confused about this.  Check the listing of colors to see exactly which marker colors are included.

 Here’s the price breakdown and savings of the kit.

13 markers @3.50 each = 45.50  which equals a 27% savings or an average price of  $2.77 for each marker.

Tip: If you already have some markers or are looking for a more convenient storage solution for the individual collections of markers try using our new Clear mount stamp cases ( # 119105 page 192).  For $4.95 you get  a total of 4 cases and each one will hold 10+ markers, blender pens, etc.  These cases are also great for storing stencils, rub-ons, die cuts, punch pieces and more.  And being mostly clear its easy to see what you have in them.


This kit has had a hold up from the supplier so can’t yet be ordered but once it arrives you’ll be loving it.  Not only will it update your current pastel collection but it comes with an entirely new case for your chalky darlings.  Narrower (or is that less deep?)  it fits on a craft desk/table much more easily making it’s use more practical.  With 19 new colors – many never before available in pastel form – you’ll have an almost half brand new set of pastels and you’ll still have the old case to store the retired colors in.

No real money savings on this kit except that it saves you the cost of  an otherwise full new set of pastels.  Basically you are paying about half the cost of the full kit plus about $2 for the new case.  A reasonable deal since it saves you $10 you’d otherwise have to spend to get these very cool new colors.

Tip: If you are just getting started with Pastels and all the many techniques but money is tight you can get half the full set of colors with this kit and save $10 over the price of the full set.  Of course once you start using them you’ll want the full array of colors so you might want to save up and get the whole set anyway! 😀


Another kit with a supplier bottleneck giving you time to decide which way to go –  this is a great way to expand your current set of  WaterColor Wonder Crayon collection.  Once again you get not only 17 new colors – many never seen in this format before – but you also get 4 new tins with all new color inserts.   If you already have the complete set of Crayons this is the way to go to upgrade.  If you are somewhere in between that’s a bit more difficult as you will end up with some duplicates as you fill in or purchase all new collections.  On the other hand if you are going to have duplicates these are the colors to have!

This is also another kit that’s hard to evaluate the savings for.   The average cost per crayon in the full kits are $1.70 each (not splitting out for the cost of the tin they come in.  This kit the cost average is $2.35 a piece though you are also getting 4 new tins and index cards.  See what I mean about being hard to evaluate?   It all depends.  If you have the previous 4 tins then this is a cost effective way to get all the newer colors since otherwise you’d spend twice as much to purchase the new collections individually.   If you only have maybe one collection I’d go ahead and buy all new.  If you have two tins well then it’s a bit of a toss up and the best I can tell you is that once again these are colors you’ll use and the extra tins can be used for lots of other project uses as well as storing Crayons!  Only you can decide for yourself on this set.


Hopefully this has been a helpful showcase and evaluation of the new kits being offered.   I have to say I was impressed when Stampin’ Up! let their demonstrators know these would be coming.  Not all companies do the best they can to ease the pain of wholesale transitions.  Many would just expect you to replace old product with all new sets.  I love that Stampin’ Up has their customers (and their demo’s) crafting interests and their budgets  in mind.  Besides saving on the new colors gives us that much more to spend on stamps right??!!   LoL!  Yep – I’m addicted to stamping…can you tell?


If you need any of these kits to round out your own collections click on my Shop Now button at the top of the sidebar and you’ll be whisked away to my online store for easy shopping.  Anyone purchasing one of these kits online from my store will receive a special thank you set of goodies along with a handcrafted card (just to make these great deals even better!).


Come back for Frugal Friday when we’ll be discussing what you need to get started stamping if you are just starting out or are looking for a starter kit for friends or family members with a gift occasion coming up.  Of course even your own supplies might be ready for a bit of freshening up as well so stay tuned.

One last note:

I’ve found another very fun blogger you really should check out http://shabbyhorse.blogspot.com/ – fabulous designs and fun stories and pictures from life on a horse ranch.  This post was a lot of fun – loved the line about mothers of red heads – http://shabbyhorse.blogspot.com/2010/04/new-stud-colt.html


Hug and blessings to you all and I hope you had a smashing 4th of July! – Jean

Tightwad Tuesday is Raining Cats and Dogs

Hi All,

Well it did seem to be raining Cats and Dogs and everything else but the kitchen sink right up until the Sun came out over the weekend.  Then again who knows by the time this actually posts on Tuesday it may be doing so again.  I do live in Oregon after all and even though it’s May old man Winter is having a hard time letting go.  One day we’re in the 70’s and the next the 40’s!   I keep reminding myself that last year we had snow in June so I’m keeping a weather eye out (or is that an eye on the weather?) for falling objects of any kind.

And lest it sounds like I’m complaining I should say that part of why I moved to Oregon was for the weather.  After years in Southern/Central Coastal California it’s invigorating to experience real seasonal weather….have to say I don’t miss the earthquakes either.  The only time I waver in that enjoyment is when I open my heating bills!  Though again I have to admit I prefer the lower end of the temperature scale to the higher.

So with that in mind….. welcome to another installment of Tightwad Tuesday where the bargains and the inspiration (hopefully) also fall thick and fast.  For a complete list of other stamps and wheels under $20 check out the downloadable list in my right hand sidebar.  And now that the Summer Mini is live I’ve added a new document to my Scribd files that outline the mini’s stamps and wheels also under $20.

Okay my friends….I’m guessing you’re asking yourself what took this crazy animal loving cat lady so long to get around to these two sets.  Well…hmmm…I guess I have no real good answer to that one but now that we’re here and featuring the stamp versions of my fur friends I’m feeling just as frisky and crazy as they are.   I guess procrastination builds up the energy supply.   So get out your goldfish crackers and a glass (bowl?) of milk and prepare to get cute, cuddly and possibly furry.


Projects from the Stampin’ Up Store


  W = wood    CL  = Clear Mount   IBC = Idea Book & Catalog (main catalog)

C is for Cat – #115764, $15.95, pg. 61  IBC

You can just bet I jumped on this set when it was offered for free during Sale -a-Bration.  Not sure why I waited so long but now I have it I can’t stop coming up with ideas for it.  Perfect for any cat lover in your life or to document your own cat’s antics in scrap pages or cards. 

Given my own Wicket cat’s sharp claws I’m planning on using these stamps with some Craft ink to create my very own custom pincushion for my sewing table.  Seems appropriate somehow given all the holes Wicket has put in yours truly over the years (or even just this week!).

Here’s what SU has to say about this set:

Cat lovers will purr with delight when they see this adorable set. With images and greetings for all sorts of different occasions, you’ll find the perfect accent for your next cat-centered project!

Set Quantity: 6


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17436

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3130



























http://www.jaydeestamping.com/weblog/2010/05/c-is-for.html – C is for Cat


D is for Dog – #115784, $15.95, pg. 61 IBC

I love the freewheeling look of this dog as he/she trots along ( I could wish they had also included a moving image like this on the Cat set too but then most cats tend to sit or lay down more than they trot :D).

The quote from Martin B. is also terrific and so totally true. A few talented stampers have even managed to make this dogs tail wag for real in their cards.   Looking at all the images here it’s hard not to picture Scrap pages, background papers, cards and more flowing from this one set of stamps.  Add some Acrylic Paints to the mix and you could have fun doggying up bowls and other doggy paraphanelia.  Add Craft inks and a heat tool for tee shirts, quilt blocks and other fun items. 

Can’t you just picture a card for your favorite fella with the caption…You dog!  If you have My Digital Studio you can make it happen then stamp the dog images from this set to make it a hybrid project.  You can also use this set with the mini milk carton die to create a doghouse with dog at the entrance!

Here’s what Stampin Up has to say about the set:

A dog may be a man’s best friend, but this stamp set is a woman’s best creative buddy! With images and greetings for everything from cards and gifts to pages and decorations, this set offers unlimited opportunity for the dog lover in all of us!

Set Quantity: 6


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17443

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3138














Coordinating Wheel:

P is for Paw – Standard Wheel – #115620, $6.50 pg. 61 & 205

While it was tricky finding links to share for this wheel.  I have no trouble at all envisioning its use.   I love the mix of small and large – possible cat and dog paws.  Or Kitten and cat, puppy and full dog paws.  Kind of like a free for all game of Twister by the fur face set.  Hmmm….kind of looks like my entryway floor during the Winter months too!


SCS Gallery: none

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: none



http://artisticavenger.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/for-our-trainer – also uses D is for Dog




Tailgating – Standard Wheel – #105519, $6.50, pg. 58 & 205

While considered a coordinating wheel for the Loads of Love stamp set I tend to think of it as a doggy wheel.   Perfect if you love to color with pencils or markers Tailgating is not one of those wheels that will change your life, but it’ll sure make you smile. Use it with the Loads of Love stamp set or send the image to any dog lover; you’ll love what you come up with every time


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=4703

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: none






For other fun dog and cat images check out the following slightly higher priced stamp sets:

Pun Fun on pg.60 of the Idea Book and Catalog. 

A Kind Word on pg. 53 in the IBC also has some cute kitties as well.

Peace Within pg. 103 has another cute cat.

Teacher’s Pet pg. 89  is another one with a cat and dog


I hope, my fellow Frugalistas that  you’ve enjoyed this companion animal addition of Tightwad Tuesday.  Check back later in the week as I race to get the rest of the Under $20 sets not yet featured up and going before the new catalog is issued in July and the Last Chance list (that might contain a few of these already featured sets) for retiring stamps that debuts in June.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Isn’t it lovely when two species try to work together…….

Of course this is more my life and what I have to deal with……..Or as Wicket would say why give humans the can openers and pop tops and give us just a tongue!  As always with cats…its a control issue!

Tightwad Tuesday: Last of the Occasions mini sets

Hi All,

With only 3 more days until the Occasions Mini expires I thought I better finish up the sets that meet my Under $20 test of best priced stamps.  Stampin’ Up has made meeting that goal easier than ever by introducing their line of Clear Mount Stamps.  Three of the sets featured below would have been out of the running if Clear Mount versions weren’t available.  Now of course, since they are available in both mounting options, you as the consumer get to make the choice in where you consider the value lays.  For some of you Wood Mount is the best choice for many reasons and for the rest it’s Clear Mount all the way.  Whichever you choose the images and the rubber are still the same wonderful designs you’ve come to expect from Stampin’ Up!

So which among the fabulous designs in this years Occasions mini were your favorite?  Which are you rooting for finding in the new catalog coming out in July?  If you picked Tiny Tags (featured today) or Vintage Vogue you are in luck.  Stampin’ Up already told demonstrators a few months ago that those two sets along with the Build a Bear dies and stamp sets will be continuing on into the new catalog.  Several other items will be continuing after the Occasions mini retires and may still make  it into the catalog as well.  You can see the detailed list in this earlier post – https://jlfstudio.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/stampin-up-news-occasions-mini-carryovers

 Click on pictures to see larger image.


W = wood    CL  = Clear Mount   IBC = Idea Book & Catalog (main catalog)

Tote-ally Tess – #118595 (CL), $16.95, pg. 41 Occasions mini

While at first glance Tess appears to be totally Demo or totally stampin’ oriented she actually has many possibilities.  One of SU’s first People in action stamps that reminds me of the Hanna stamps line and a few others out there using more realistic (for a stamp anyway) people and with movement implied in the lines.  That uplifted hand is perfect for adding other images from other sets.  Birthday cakes, packages, maybe a bird, etc.  A friend of mine also calls her a Vanna White wanna be….hm….maybe with an alphabet stamp set included? 


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=Tote-ally+Tess&cat=



Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3324




http://www.mariestamps.com/2010/04/necklace-transforms-into-bag-charm.html  & http://www.mariestamps.com/2010/04/simply-adorned-is-simply-fabulous.html


http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1597626?&si=Tote-ally Tess











http://www.stampthat.com/blog/handmade-boxes-bags-class – wouldn’t this be a fun way to receive a free stamp






Tiny Tags – #118592 (CL), $16.95, pg. 28 Occasions mini

Tiny Tags aren’t just for tags – Lol!  Though of course they work perfectly for this.  Perfect too for use with our Simply Adorned jewelry line of charms and to create my favorite art form “inchies”.  Also coordinates with our new Jewelry Tag punch in the new punch format.


Coordinating Punch – Jewelry Tag Punch – #117190, $10.95

So many things you can do with this punch besides the obvious.  Of course if you have a sale of some sort coming up it does work for price tags!  Punch Creation Crafters are using this in any number of picture art pieces.  My favorite is creating fences (as in this post here) or overlapping to create a woven basket look.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=tiny+tags



Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3315















Garden from the Heart – #118568 (CL), $16.95, pg.9 Occasions mini

Perfect for Mother’s Day, Spring cards or a gardner in need of cards or even creating labels for home grown garden goods from the kitchen.  Also available in both Spanish and French versions though the plain images are of course the same.

Jardínes De Mamá – Spanish version – #118650 (CL)

Le Jardin De Mon Cœur – French Version – #118635 (CL)



SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=Garden+from+the+heart&cat=


Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3305














Picture This (hostess Level 1) – #116928 (W), #118538 (CL),  Free with qualifying order, pg. 4 Occasions mini

Another Level 1 hostess free (free with qualifying order) set with lots of possibilities.  From creating Simply Adorned inserts, to cards, to captions for scrapbooks to whatever your imagination comes up with.  Also a set who’s images and words can be selectively inked  or cut up into various smaller collections of words and images.  Perfect for a quick set of note cards.  Just stamp add ribbon and go!  Also available in French and Spanish versions.

Messages Illustrés (French) – #118286 (W), #118626 (CL)

Notas De Aprecio (Spanish) – #118296 (W), #118641 (CL)


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18575

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3303









That’s it for the Occasions Mini previews and links!  Only 3 more days to order! 

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Tightwad Tuesday…Two Steps into Spring

Hi all, 

And a blessed Easter Tuesday to you all.   Have you come down off your sugar high yet?   I’ve noticed that many bloggers with kids were discussing related sugar issues yesterday.  For myself I was pretty good this year (a limited budget has that effect :D) and most of my chocolate was paper based.  Saves on calories but requires a bit more imagination to fill in the taste bud expectations – lol!

This Tightwad Tuesday post is featuring Stampin’ Up’s April – Two Step into Spring Promotion or as I’m calling it the Spring Fling!   While a few of the sets don’t meet my usual under $20 break point  even when on sale they are still a great value for the money given the number of stamps in each set.  Even the preview set on offer averages just a bit over $2 per stamp in the 18 stamp set.  And…even better….you can get it for free with a workshop or orders totalling $350.  Can’t get more frugal than free right?    

This promotion features two step stamping which  is one of the techniques Stampin’ Up is famous for.  If you flip through the catalog and look for the following symbol 


you’ll find quite a few sets were created to make use of this technique.  I’ve included a few links to tutorials etc that will show you the best way to make use of these very cool two step stamps. 

So what is a two step stamp?  Generally that describes a set that combines more than one image to create the complete picture.  Generally a line art image and a bolder fill in image.  Most often these are florals but not always.  Stampin’ Up on their customer website has the perfect tutorial showing how these stamps work and various demo’s on their blogs and YouTube also showcase 2 step stamping. 

For perfect placement the use of a Stamp a ma jig tool is recommended.  I was hoping SU would also offer a deal on this but luckily the base price is pretty low so check it out if you haven’t already aquired this tool.  For those of you with the SAMJ kicking around the back of your drawer or who have a fear of using it there are any number of tutorials on its use that you can Google for. 

While the SAMJ does give perfect placement personally I can attest that when you mount these sets as clear mounts instead of on the usual wood blocks placement becomes less of an issue and can save you a bit of time and frustration.  (Here’s a great link to a tutorial showing you how to do this –http://www.jaydeestamping.com/weblog/2010/02/happy-moments-unmounting-wood-mount-stamps-to-be-clear-mount-usable-tutorial.html

One extra tip though…try to look at these stamps with new eyes.  Sometimes they can be used in ways you might not expect.  One of the bare branches of Trendy Trees works for birds feet and a couple of the tree toppers work for fireworks!   While the two step sets are designed to work together, for the imaginative mind there may be other hidden uses in their rubber. 

Details of the Special: 

Featuring a sneak peak of a new catalog set – Awash with Flowers 

From April 1-30 only, you can purchase the brand-new Awash with Flowers Two-Step Stampin’ set—or get it FREE when you host a $350 workshop!

117062 Awash with Flowers (set of 18) $39.95
120549 Awash with Flowers (set of 18) $27.95

And offering a 20% discount on the following current catalog 2 step stamp sets:

113824 94 Greenhouse Garden $25.95 $20.76
113734 98 Fifth Avenue Floral $24.95 $19.96
111578 101 Flower Fancy $36.95 $29.56
113258 112 Trendy Trees $17.95 $14.36

Link to promo on Stampin’ Up! website: http://www.stampinup.com/us/enu/17751.asp 

Video on 2 step stamping – 


Two step stamping step by step by Mary Director – http://kreateskards.blogspot.com/2010/04/two-step-stamping-tutorial.html

Reinker float tutorial works great with many of these sets – http://stamping411.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-wednesday-reinker-float.html 

Stamp a ma jig video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH706N8w5gU


Here’s a few inspiring links to get you started and that hopefully will convince you that if you don’t have these sets yet they are a must have.  Especially now when the price is right. 


Click on any of the samples to see a larger image. 





Awash with Flowers – #117062 (W), $39.95 (or free when meeting required amount), #120549 (CL), $27.95 (or free when meeting required amount)

set of 18 stamps. 

The Awash with Flowers stamp set is a sneak peek from the upcoming 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog and will not be available again until the release of the new catalog in July. 

During the month of April, you can purchase this beautiful, 18-piece Two-Step Stampin’ set for regular price, or earn it for FREE when you host a qualifying Stampin’ Up! workshop. Contact your demonstrator today for details about earning this set for free! 


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=awash+with+flowers 

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/search.php?searchid=10157 








http://stampinwithjacque.com/dazzling-diamond-dust-technique – enlarge your browser magnification and you’ll be able to read the technique card 










Greenhouse Garden – #113824, sale price $20.76 ($5.21 savings), pg. 94  

10 stamps in set 

The floral images in the Greenhouse Garden stamp set create the perfect blossoms for your springtime projects. Pair them with any greeting set to make a card for any occasion.   

This is also another set that has one or two images that work for fireworks or pop art imaging.  The stems can also be used as branches for bird images to sit on. 


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17466 

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3162 

http://www.thestampingrove.co.uk/2010/01/stampin-up-greenhouse-garden.html – two stamp tips with Greenhouse Garden 
























Fifth Avenue Floral – #113734, sale price $19.96 ($4.99 savings), pg. 98 

5 stamps in the set 

The beautiful, modern flowers in the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set share the sophistication and styling of its namesake. You can choose to watercolor these line-art images, or leave them uncolored and layer them for a refined floral collection. 

Quite a few stampers are also using the slightly sassy text stamp with any number of other images.  This set also seems to break the usual mold of 2 step in that each image is a single stamp with no fill in stamps.  Not sure why Stampin’ Up considers this a two step but it’s still a mainstay and right now on sale so you won’t hear me complaining :D!

This stamp set also coordinates well with the Manhattan Flower Impressions folder for the Big Shot. Cool use here – http://pinkpjstamper.blogspot.com/2009/05/fifth-avenue-trifold-tutorial.html


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=16116 

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=642 






















http://stampcrave.blogspot.com/2010/01/watercolor-rose.html –  check out the cool corner scallop punch trick 






Flower Fancy – #111578, sale price $20.56 ( $7.39 savings), pg.  101  

10 stamps in set 

Try your hand at a little flower arranging with our Two-Step Stampin’ Flower Fancy stamp set. You can quickly create all kinds of attractive bouquets to send to friends and family—or even for home décor projects—with this pleasing assortment of images. Arrange away! 

As you’ll also see with some of the links below this set also lends itself to creating your own background papers.  This is also a perfect set for using watercolor crayons directly on the bold fill stamps then spritzing and stamping.   Perfect for watercoloring and resist techniques of all kinds.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14611 

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=645  




http://www.2stampis2b.com/search?q=Flower+Fancy – check out the teapot and the scarf 



http://denisefoor.blogspot.com/2010/03/flower-fancy-meets-hostess-club.html – Flower Fancy 

http://denisefoor.blogspot.com/2010/03/hopes-of-spring.html – Flower Fancy 

http://denisefoor.blogspot.com/2010/02/tuesdays-hostess-club-projects.html – Flower Fancy 









Trendy Trees – #113258, sale price $14.36 ($3.59 savings), pg.  112 

8 stamps in set 

One of the most frugally priced of this set of sale stamps you also get the benefit of two basic text images that can be used on any card with any other set.  

If you loved the trees in the recently retired Sale-a-Bration set Good Neighbors then you’ll most likely love this set as well.   Some clever stampers have also found alternate uses for many of the stamp images.   For example with Fourth of July coming up two of the tree toppers in this set make the perfect fireworks explosion!   


A coordinating standard wheel is also available (not sale priced) – Funky Forest – #114695, $6.50, pg. 112 & 205 

Use this wheel to create frames, stationary, strips for candles or any kind of belly band for coordinating projects. 


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=16106 

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=857



























Funky Forest links:








tip:   Two-Step Stampin’ and Variations


1) Stamp the base image.
 2) Position and stamp the overlay image.


1) Stamp base image in VersaMark ink on any Neutral card stock. Sponge Stampin’ Pastels over solid image. 

2) Stamp overlay image in VersaMark ink over solid image. Sponge pastels in a darker coordinating color, or even the same color, over the second stamped image. 


1) Color directly on the solid stamp image with a Watercolor Wonder Crayon. 

2) Spritz the stamp with water. 

3) Stamp the image on card stock or watercolor paper. 

4) Wait for base image to dry, and stamp overlay image with coordinating color of ink.*****

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at Two Step Stamping and this months Stampin’ Up special.

If you don’t already have a demonstrator and would like to purchase any of these sale sets or arrange for a workshop to earn your own free copy of Awash with flowers please email me or click on my Stampin’ Up! Store Icon in the right hand top of the sidebar.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Blog Break Announcement


Sandycat is Keeping an Eye on You!

Hi All,

I just wanted to let you know I’ll be taking most of this week off (and maybe a bit more) from blogging.  Sandycat, my darling kitty I’ve shared stories and pictures with you in days past, is very ill and not likely to survive much longer so I’m trying to spend as much time cuddled with her as possible and to make her as comfortable as possible.  She’s still being funny and sweet right up to the end.  As I shared with my newsletter readers a couple of weeks ago….

Boy do I wish I had a working camera or video equipment.  A few nights ago Sandycat spent 10 minutes trying to get comfortable sitting on a tiny plate the size you put a tea cup on! (eta: a kind reader reminded me that’s actually called a saucer – lol!  Thanks Sharon!)  It was hilarious as she tried to balance without tipping the plate.  Trying to get all 4 paws under her inside the little indentation for the tea cup!  The only attraction I can figure out is that the plate was sitting under a lamp that puts out a nice bit of heat from the bulb and it was a chilly, chilly night!  Either that or she just wanted to cheer me up.  She finally gave it up as a bad job – the sitting not the cheering – and jumped down looking just a trifle embarrassed.  Hmmm…might have to post this story on my blog under the heading of crazy cat antics……
Sadly life had gone from that to (also from my newsletter)….
I’m afraid this listing is just a bit on the short side this week.  Besides increasing seizures of my own my Sandycat has taken a turn for the worse and it’s looking like she won’t be with me much longer so I’ve been trying to spend more time with her as cuddling and sleeping seems to be mostly what she’s up for.  A few weeks ago she started throwing up more than usual but otherwise seemed fine so I figured she had gotten into something and just needed to work it out of her system as has happened in the past and then just in the last week or 10 days she slowly stopped eating.  Her spirits are still basically good though a tad grumpy and she’s able to drink some water but she’s dropped over half of her previous 15 pound weight and is getting weaker and weaker.  After almost 10 years together it’s hard facing the idea of losing her.  More than any of my other furry friends over the years we are something of alter ego’s for each other though some might say she’s picked up some of her craziness from me I of course contend that it’s just the opposite – lol.  She’s also probably one of the smartest and most interesting cats I’ve known.  Very mechanical and interested in people stuff in unusual ways and very expressive. I’m never in doubt about what’s on her mind.  If I can’t read her mind she’s very good at showing or acting out what it is she needs.  She’d have made a fortune on Drew Cary’s show doing charades!  Though a feral cat by birth we’ve been housemates and heartmates since she was 7 weeks old and for a feral she’s quite domesticated.  Unlike most cats she’s mastered the art of compromise – an amazing trait all on its own!  Though Wicket will still be with me, and of the two she’s a wonderful little nurse cat who watches over me very carefully, my heart is already breaking at the idea of loosing my naptime buddy who’s willing to let me be me and who manages to make each day fun and funny.
I’m not sure if I’m going to be up to getting a newsletter out this week so there may be a short hiatus.  I’ll try to keep it brief and get back to collecting goodies as I’m able.  Blog posts may be a bit light as well. 
Well that’s the “skinny” as they say (yeah I know bad pun…but as I learned on the Cancer Ward  what else is a girl to do if she’s not going to sit and cry)  and I’ll be back sometime soon. 
Thanks to all of you who’ve been kind enough to write, email or call.  Your encouragement has meant a lot!
Hugs and blessings (and don’t forget to hug the one’s you love) – Jean
P.S.  Though I won’t be blogging for a bit I’ll still be able to help you with any orders or questions you might have or you can place your orders directly through my online Stampin’ Up! store.  Just click on the icon in the upper right corner or send me an email or call and I’ll get it done for you.  Hugs – J.
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