Hidden Gems in the Online Extravaganza

The sale is live … some deals end tonight at 11:59!

Time to get shopping!!

To see what all the deals are check out this easy to read PDF:

Online Extravaganza flyer 

All the specials and deals in one easy format!

Hi all,

Sitting here in my jammies drinking Cocoa and planning my own Extravaganza order.   Wow are there some hidden gems in there!   A few confusing things too that I thought I should point out so you won’t be surprised when you order.

First off…the two special items on sale only for 24 hours!   Whoo Hoo…my two favorite tools so you know they are topping my list.

Simply ScoreCookie Stamps  available at 20% off – makes it the perfect time to grab these lovelies!

Now Only $23.96 order #122334

 
Only $13.56 order # 125152

Don’t forget these two items go back to regular pricing at 11:59pm MT.   

For more information:

Simply Scored Flyer – Flyer lists the features and benefits of this cool new tool

Cookie Press Chocolates – Instructions & Pictures  – Cookie stamps aren’t just for Cookies!

Take your love of stamping into the kitchen! Create fun and tasty stamped cookies for any occasion. The silicone stamps fit over the bottom of wooden handle then you press into the dough—it’s that easy! Perfect for kids! Food-safe, easy-to-clean and dishwasher safe. Each set includes 3 silicone stamps, 1 handle, and 2  cookie recipes.

They work as a paper mold as well.  Stay tuned for more posts as I play with my own set!

Need more convincing?

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 Another WOW Deal:

If you are into digital crafting or think you’d like to give it a try Stampin’ Up has an offer too good to pass up.

Purchase My Digital Studio Express Version and get one of three bundles worth up to $40 for free!   Basically that’s the same as 50% off the regular 2 disk version since one of the bundle choices is the booster pack that adds back in all the files found in the two disk version and stripped from the Express version. 

Here’s a flyer detailing the free bundles:

Online_Extravaganza_2011_Bundles – MDS bundle free with express version

This downloadable version comes with the full software and fresh, minimal digital content using Stampin’ Up!’s artwork, designs, and colors! Windows and Mac compatible.

My Digital Studio Express includes over $50 worth of content:

  • 12 Designer Series paper patterns
  • One 9-piece stamp brush set
  • 81 embellishments
  • 26 punches
  • Five designer templates (24-page 11″ x 8-1/2″ photobook, 7″ x 5″ postcard, 5″ x 7″ postcard, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ greeting card, 4″ x 9-1/4″ trifold card)

If you order the software you’ll need to do so online through my online store  so that you can access the download links as soon as you pay for the program.   As part of the order process you’ll be prompted to input your choice of bundle the flyer shows the bundle order number at the top of the page showing the pictured contents.

The rest of the offerings run the gamut from Big Shot to digital downloads to accessories to stamps!

Just in time for Christmas and Valentines the Glimmer Brad bundle will add shine to your projects and lighten the load on your wallet!    And the fabrics…with 50-60% off you can’t go wrong planning holiday projects.  Check yesterdays post for ideas on using it.

The stamps…wow…the stamps.   Not only are some old favorites included but there is even a brand new set…The Occasions Alphabet…Have you seen this beauty.  It covers every event and occasion you could possibly need with text as well as letters.   And now…its 50% off!   I love when the alphabets go on sale.

Now 50% off your choice of clear mount or wood!

 

Other classic stamp sets like Winter Post and Many, Merry Messages are also on that 50% off list.

The Big Shot is well represented with the Candy Wrapper die…perfect for making your own crackers (tubes with hidden surprises and noise makers popular in Europe) as well as other gifty items and stocking stuffers.   There is also a Happy Birthday strip die.   For my uplines Birthday I cranked one of these out dusted it with dots of dazzling diamonds and rhinestones and attached it to some bamboo skewers to top her birthday cake.  A fun 5 minute project with lots of dazzle and shine.  And….

Did you see that my beloved Letterpress Plates are also 50% off?   To see what you can do with these lovelies check out my post here and here.

So much good product and I’ve only touched on a few.   Grab the flyer, visit my online store and grab some goodness for yourself.   Hee, hee…not promising there won’t be any backorders after I place my own order!   Which reminds me…while this is an online extravaganza…all but the digital products can also be ordered at workshops or emailed to me for regular ordering through November 30th.    

What do you bet Santa will be shopping the Extravaganza too.   If you think he needs help I’ll be happy to provide gift certificates and Wish Lists for his many helpers.  You can email me at jlfstudio@live.com  for details and samples.

Time to get back to my cocoa as Jack Frost is nipping at my nose as I sit here typing.  Winter is in the air for sure…can snow be far behind?

Hugs and blessings and happy savings during the Extravaganza! – Jean

 

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Do Llama’s Hop? Yep, they do…check it out!

Welcome to the first Stampin’ Up Llama blog hop.  We’ve taken the new 2011-2012 catalog and divided it into sections for our hop, with each llama participating featuring a different section.    You’ve hopefully arrived from my Llama friend’s Stephanie’s blog  (loved her very real looking fireplace!) – if not…not to worry you can click on the llama blog hop home page and find your way through the links.   This is our first hop so though we’ve tried to avoid technical difficulties there’s no guarantees there won’t be the occasional glitch.

Since Fall and the holidays are now upon us – though here in Southern Oregon Summer tempatures are refusing to leave – the projects I’ve chosen to showcase for the hop will have a taste of Fall and Christmas – though two are also perfect year round.

The mechanics of the hop are simple.  You will find links at the end of this post to move on to the next Llama Blog or back to the main Llama Hop Blog page.  Should you get disconnected anywhere along the way you can always return to the main hop page to find the next link in the hop.  

I hope you’ll take a moment to let each of the Llamas know what you think and leave a little comment love.  Many of us are  first time hoppers and first time bloggers with hop posts being the first ever post in some cases.    We’ve recently gotten the hang of swapping with each other and now we are going to do the Llama hop together!    Who says llamas don’t enjoy group events??  Not me!

And in case you are wondering…my stamping archeologist friend Darrah tells me the correct pronunciation of Llama sounds like Yama (ll’s in Spanish are pronounced like a Y and since Llama’s unlike the Dali Lama come from Peru that would appear to be the correct language to use.   To check out who the Llama’s are and why we are check out the main blog hop page here or click the hop banner or click the icon at the bottom of the post to visit that page.

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To begin…my assigned section (and yep I lobbied for it) is Greetings.   Yep…words, words and more words.   Not a big surprise is it that I love words…LOL!  I’m not sure why but many shy away from this vital section of the catalog.    Perfect for the inside of a card they also work as focal images, accents and more.

First up is my frugal and clean and simple single stamp Elegant Thank You – elegantly embossed in gold.  Surprise.  I bet you though this would appear in the A La Carte section of the catalog…and yes it does appear there in this new catalog.   What I didn’t realize before I started writing this post is that it was also in the Greetings section of last years catalog so I thought I was being tricky by picking a double posted item.  Turns out the trick was on me.   Hm…have I mentioned that llama’s live at high altitude?  Could be why they sometimes get tricked when they intend to do the tricking!  Stampin’ Up! removed this wonderful stamp from the Greetings section…but stubborn llama that I am…I’m moving it right back!  LOL!

Simple 4×4 card that fits in a standard envelope you can make these in minutes and in sets and have them ready for any occasion.   Come back later this week and I’ll show a few more variations I’ve come up with.  My favorite stamp used here isn’t a stamp at all but a clear block stamped in Crumb Cake ink then stamped on the card!   Now if only you could see the Dazzling Diamonds that are dusted across the Soft Suede butterflies.  Drat that picky scanner!

Supplies:

Stamps: Elegant Thank You,  Kindness Matters, Clear Block Size C

Ink: Crumb Cake & Soft Suede Classic Inks, Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock

Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat tool, 3/16″ corner rounder punch, Scallop Circle punch, dimensionals, two-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Sponge Dauber.

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Next up:

 This simple and quick Christmas card features one of my favorite Greetings stamp sets – God’s Blessings – found on page 161 of the catalog.  To see the rest of the images in the set click here – there is something in the set for every occasion.   As you can see this text image stamped in Soft Suede works for a focal image as well as a greeting.   The background is an image from Best Friends Forever stamped in Wild Wasabi on Wild Wasabi.  I thought the ivy-like image fit the Christmas theme quite well and coordinated with the Wild Wasabi striped ribbon.   What says Christmas more than Green and Red color combos and a touch of gold embossing with a flourish image from Kindness Matters to add to the meaning of the greeting.  And in case you haven’t noticed…this years catalog samples are filled with Wild Wasabi as a color choice.  I have to admit it wasn’t one of my favorite colors when it first came out but as you can tell it’s grown on me.

Supplies:

Stamps: God’s Blessings, Best Friends Forever, Kindness Matters

Inks: Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Versamark

Papers: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Wild Wasabi 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

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Lastly is my 3D offering.  Using a template available from your Stampin’ Up Demonstrator (courtesy of SU’s template library) I created a pair of birdhouses that make use of two different greeting stamp sets that show how you can use greetings for accents.   My apologies for the poor image quality.  My camera images after importing took a bizarre turn all their own that overexposed what originally looked just fine.  I’ll try to repost better images later this week.

The one house has a bit of a fall theme as it also uses the wreath image from the Holiday Mini Hostess set Warmest of Wishes in addition to the “love you” image from Short and Sweet.   The other house uses the phrase “Welcome” from the set Fabulous Phrases.

Take a look at this closeup and you’ll see the other reason I love Short and Sweet.   It comes with coordinating images.  A little hard to see but along the roofline is stamped a series of flower images.  This design has me thinking I’ll be ready for Chinese New Years too.   To see all the words and coordinating images for Short and Sweet click here.  Once again a set with phrases and images for every occasion.   Come back next week and I’ll link you in to the template for this simple birdhouse along with directions for putting it together (better pictures too I hope).

Supplies:

Stamps: Short and Sweet, Warmest of Wishes(holiday mini)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, River Rock, Very Vanilla

Other: 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Simply Scored Tool, Very Vanilla 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Strip

              

             

And a closeup of the other birdhouse featuring Fabulous Phrases that you can find here.  Another of my favorite sets.  I love the type style and the variety of phrase you can create using all the various words.   Check back next week and I’ll have a list of some sample phrases you can create using this fabulous set.   Check out too the use of the latest in letterpress plates from the new catalog…the Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate!  I used this to create this gingerbread looking roof that will take this little birdhouse from Fall to Winter and the Christmas Season.    I used the dynamic duo from the Color Coach of River Rock and Always Artichoke for my Greens and Cherry Cobbler for my red.  The little flowers remind me of my late Mother in Laws favorite Christmas Cactus that always graced her porch in Santa Barbara, California during the holiday season.  The little loop of copper wire means you can hang this birdhouse as well as set it on a shelf or other flat surface.  The only thing missing is a bird to nest and start a family.  In my house with my cat Wicket…that missing feature is a good thing!

Supplies:

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: River Rock, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla Cardstocks.  Always Artichoke page from the Regals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack

Other: 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Blossom Punch, Crop a Dile (used as a punch for flower centers) Simply Scored Tool,  Sticky Strip, Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate, Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, copper wire.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our very first Llama hop!  We’ll hopefully be back for another one in the near future once we’ve all regrouped in the pasture, caught our breath and figured out the group dynamics of blogging as a virtual group as well as stamping together.   Hopefully we’ve answered the question…Do Llama’s Hop?   Yes…we do!

Next stop on the hop is my Llama friend Kathe D …. don’t forget to leave her some llama comment love!

Llama Hugs and Blessings to you all (including my fellow Llama’s) – Jean

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Letterpress is in the House…and…Stampin’ Up Letterpress Plates are definitely da bomb!

Hi All,

Courtesy of my friend and SU partner Linda….Letterpress is in the house and the playtime has been something fierce!!  Linda was kind enough to loan me 3 of the 4 current Letterpress plates from the Holiday Mini so I could figure out all the ins and outs for our local group of demonstrators.  Poor Miss Wicketcat has been sadly ignored the last few weeks and I’m going nuts trying to figure out where to start in sharing all that I’ve learned.  I’m also putting a flyer together with some of the salient points as well as links to very cool projects and tutorials.  And given all the cool pieces I experimented with this post may have to extend over the next several days.  The scans of pieces alone will fill columns and columns.  So to get started…..

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Turns out there is booklearning or what I’ve learned from:

1) Other demo’s experiments,

2) What Stampin’ Up says about the plates in text and video,

3) Letterpress info in general on the web and then….

there’s….WHAT I’VE LEARNED FOR MYSELF!!    Yep yelling all the way on that last one.  

My infinite thanks goes out to my pal Di Gibbs for saving my sanity with her recommendation about using Versamark with the letterpress plates.  As much fun as ink can be I’ve decided Versamark is the sane and safe method especially for sharing with large groups at events.  After my experiments with Craft Ink I shudder to think about using it in a large group.  Trust me on this one ladies….can you say MESSY!!

So what have I learned????

Letterpress is very, very cool and can be on occasion frustrating until you get the hang of them.   It’s definitely more of an Art, than a Science as Ben Franklin, if he was still around, would probably have warned me.

What is Letterpress and why would Ben Franklin know about it?

Basically letterpress is the typesetting and printing you think of when you think of Ben Franklin and other printers and the early colonial broadsheets with type being composed on sticks with the type backwards (thus the saying mind your p’s and q’s), inserted into forms and locked down, rolled with ink, then paper being placed and an impression made from pressure applied that not only transferred the ink but also placed an indented (debossed) impression into the paper.  Generally, Gutenberg is listed as the creator of this technique though he may only be the most famous example (the Gutenberg Bible is considered a premier example of his work and the first major work printed with moveable type). You might even say that a typewriter creates a letterpress document of a sort though it’s a different process with the keys striking the paper though the end result does leave both ink and an impressed or debossed form of the type in the paper.

Letterpressing can include images as well as text. We actually approximate the process when we brayer an Impressions folder with ink, insert paper and run through the Big Shot or when you ink one of our textures plates then add paper and pressure from the Big Shot. What many are calling faux letterpress since we aren’t using moveable foundry cast type and images. Wood Cuts and other printing type techniques that also leaves an inked impression in the paper also fit the bill.

Basically a debossed image (impression with depth into the paper) that also transfers ink qualifies in the modern sense to be called letterpress. Just like the word sounds…letters pressed into paper = letterpress.

Basic notes:

Set the Multipurpose Platform for the Big Shot on Tab 1.   The letterpress plate goes directly on the Multipurpose Platform (MPP) with no cutting pad under it.  The basic sandwich is MPP, Letterpress Plate, Paper, new unmarked cutting pad. 

My preferred sandwich:  MPP set to Tab 1, Letterpress Plate, Paper, Cushioning or backing paper (Same size as or slightly larger than the piece you are using), Clear plate (henceforward known as the “embossing plate”.

Which brings me to a very important point….Use a dedicated perfectly clean unscratched cutting pad as your dedicated “embossing plate”.   Mark the plate with a sharpie or other label making device then, and this is important, store it separately from the letterpress plates (loose in a box those plates will scratch the heck out of a pristine cutting pad) and anything else.  My brilliant friend Cheryl came up with a padded envelope that is now protecting my precious new “embossing” plate.   A file folder cut down to size will also work but the padded envelope is aces!

Stampin’ Up recommends using Dotto to adhere your inking piece to the “embossing clear plate” but if you do that you can’t sandwich in an additional piece if needed.  And exact placement becomes something of an issue so I choose to go “commando” with no Dotto and take my chances that no wind would “lift or shift the skirt”! 

Not all Letterpress plates are created equal.  The smaller ones seem to be made out of a slightly different material than the larger Lots of Love plate.   And the larger plate may possibly hold onto the ink stain no matter what you use to try to clean it off.   So whatever you do…don’t use Stazon inks that will never come off!   I found even the waterbased Classic inks left some staining and in some cases it continued to impress that stain onto the paper even after I would have sworn it couldn’t actually be there.   Not a problem when working on darker papers but a bit of an issue with the lighter and whites.  The smaller plates also seem to be slightly thinner and pass through the Big Shot a bit more easily.

Cleaning the plates.   A green scrubby (okay they come in other colors too but I mean the kind that more or less mimics our scrubber cleaner for stamps) and Dawn dishsoap seemed the best.  That lets you get into the crevices of the plates reasonably well.    I did try our Mist Cleaner and that works more or less okay and I tried Stazon Cleaner but that leaves a residue you have to wash off anyway so dish soap and a scrubby seemed to work the best.   Pat dry as much as possible with a towel then let air dry.   This should tell you that using multiple colors all in one go is going to be a pain unless you are selectively inking with markers or spots!  Luckily the plates are pretty cheap so if you are a demonstrator, having more than one might not be outside the ball park if you want multiple colors at a single event.

In the interest of full disclosure:   Much as I love Stampin’ Up video tutorials….when it comes to Letterpress they make it look way easier than it is in real life.  Granted they probably got lots and lots of practice before filming the first video and chances are that more than one retake was done!    I’ve still got a way to go before producing the results Shannon achieved with the Craft inks.   Not complaining just being honest about the learning curve.  

My initial efforts with the various combinations were mixed though they did get better and I have to say I don’t feel a need to invest in lots of Craft inks since the Classic Inks worked quite well.  They don’t have quite the same depth of the Craft and there are some fun things you can do with the craft since it stays wetter longer.  But I found that distinction mostly with the watercolor paper.  When using regular Cardstock the benefit of the Craft was less noticeable.

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(click on images for close up view)

Paper:  While the product guide recommends using only Watercolor Paper you can in fact use ANY Stampin’ Up paper as long as you take an extra step or two in doing so.   While Watercolor Paper works well it turns out that at least in my less than humble opinion I think the Naturals papers are the way to go for a light background paper.  Basically the same look as the Watercolor Paper and way less cost!  Bigger sizes possible too if you want to stay all SU in your paper choices. 

Lots of Love Letterpress Plate

For a deeper impression with regular cardstocks use a backing piece of cardstock paper on top of your imprinting paper.  And no you don’t necessarily need a clean backing piece every time.  This allows a depth of paper that imitates in part the thickness of the watercolor paper and gives the letterpress plates something more to work with as it cushions the actual piece you want to use in your project.   One of my happy discoveries was embossing the full front of a folded Base Card.  Place your folded card onto the plate and voila you have your backing paper built in!  And the cool thing is that the embossing transfers not only to the inside of the card but also leaves a shiny almost satin inked look on the back of the card as well.  Very cool.  You can see this effect in my Letterpress Valentine in Black card shown in an earlier post here.

 

After quite a few experiments I did come to the conclusion that Very Vanilla and Whisper White cardstocks gave the least favorable results and I doubt I’ll be using those much in future.  Even with a backing sheet the impression isn’t very deep and the inks don’t impress well into the ultra smooth surface.

Northern Trim Letterpress Plate

 Sorry that my scanner doesn’t show the depth of image very well.   I have some links in the lower section to others letterpress posts that show that better.

The Brushed Gold and Brushed Silver Cardstock look Fabulous when you use with Versamark!  You can see an example of the Silver down below.

Lots of Love Letterpress plate

The Textured Cardstock offers another very cool look but you’ll get a deeper impression with a backing piece of paper behind it.  Just make sure you put the textured side face down.  Had I used a piece of regular cardstock as my backing piece I think I would have gotten a deep impression.  Also keep in mind that the textured cardstock is slightly thinner than most of our other cardstocks so a lighter impression will always be made.

Lots of Love and Northern Trim Letterpress Plates

Another trick for a slightly deeper impression is to spray your cardstock with a slight amount of water or alcohol and let rest for a minute so the fibers in the paper will “relax” (who knew alcohol works on paper just like on people  :D)  before “pressing” much as with the SU embossing folders.   Sorry no sample pics of this trick just yet.

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Ink:  While Craft ink is recommended by Stampin’ Up! I found myself with lots more smears since the paper easily slips across the slightly more oily surface.  I was much happier with the Classic and Versamark inks.  Pretty much the same coverage when using the Naturals or Confetti papers especially and a cleaner crisper image overall.   The Versamark ink was my favorite.  Not only because I love the tone on tone look but because you can actually press the paper of whatever type slightly into the ink and it holds the paper in place while you put the “embossing plate” in place.  Love what it looks like with the darker colors like Bravo Burgundy especially.

Northern Trim Letterpress Plate, Versamark and Bravo Burgundy C/S

As you can see in the above picture the bottom piece #3 is a plain embossing, #2 shows versamark with a backing piece used and #1 shows something in between Versamark that brings out the design but with no backing sheet used and thus a less deep impression.

Lots of Love Letterpress Plate & Crumb Cake C/S

 

Applying ink with a sponge dauber gives you more control, important when using multiple colors, but may not be fast enough to beat the drying time if you are using Classic inks.  And Brayer is the messiest applicator method – at least when my hands are on the wheel!  Classic spots worked well though and had a bit more control and less mess than the full sized pads.

Tip:  Very Important!  When using Versamark with your Letterpress Plates.  Wash your hands…frequently!  Or keep a hand towel nearby to wipe your fingers.   Since the plates get covered with Versamark ink…and you are picking up and putting down possibly in an area previously inked…and since Versamark creates watermarks….guess what happens when you get it on your fingers and then you pick up the piece of paper with those same versamarked fingers???   Yep watermarked fingerprints…not where you want them!   Makes using tweezers to lift the paper or grabbing by the edges carefully (think handling records or CD’s or DVD’s) something to think about!

Tip:  Check out Kay Kalthoff’s tip about using post it notes to keep your plates cleaner and your hands less inky – http://www.stampingtoshare.com/2010/09/927-using-northern-trim-letterpress.html

Image:  Something I noticed on the new Lots of Love Letterpress in particular.  There are some imprint sections I just don’t like and others that while I like them in general on a larger piece of paper…when I downsize the paper I don’t like some of the partial imprints that result.  So note to self:  When I want a smaller section.  Start with a piece of paper larger than I want as a finished piece.  Then I cut out the portion I do want and I have some options to work with in the placement of the desired section. 

Tip:  If you are creating multiples of a project or when using at a Stamp Camp for customers you can outline the placement you want for the paper by using post it notes (the larger wider ones are ideal for this) to mask off the area not to be used.  Makes layout a no brainer that way!  😀

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Helpful links and resources:

Stampin’ Up Training Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/stampinupvideo#p/u/2/BJpeQ7fL5mw

SU Letterpress instruction sheet: http://www.stampinup.com/us/documents/Letter_Press_instructions.pdf

Di Gibbs Letterpress with Versamark Tutorial & Video – http://dianagibbs.typepad.com/stampin_with_di/2010/10/letterpress-with-versamark-tutorial.html

Kay Kalthoff’s Tips on Letterpress – http://www.stampingtoshare.com/2010/09/927-using-northern-trim-letterpress.html

http://understandblue.blogspot.com/2010/11/love-ly-letterpress.html – Lydia’s basic review and samples

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7dtu96Av70&feature=player_embedded – Letterpress on Fun Foam

http://www.nwstamper.com/experimenting-with-the-stampin-up-letterpress-dies – experiments with paper and ink

http://pattystamps.com/pattys_stamping_spot/2010/09/letterpress-plates-samples-luv-2-stamp-group-meeting.html – samples

http://thestampcamp.com/blog/10/08/stampin-up-letterpress/

http://crazystampinwomen.typepad.com/crazystampinwomen/2010/10/stampin-up-halloween-letterpress-plates-trick-or-treat-gift-bag.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1836784?&si=letterpress

http://militarywifestampinspot.blogspot.com/2010/10/vintage-annivesary-card.html

https://jlfstudio.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/letterpress-love-stampin-up-style

History of Letterpress links for those interested in something more than our Stampin’ Up craft interpretations:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letterpress_printing

http://www.fiveroses.org/intro.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv69kB_e9KY – video showing the basics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE0OoWX6TQs – video

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And in case you’re wondering…here’s a spoiler for you…SU released digital copies of the Occasions and SAB mini’s to demo’s yesterday (now don’t you wish you had joined my demonstrator team? You still can…and at half price for the next 2 weeks!) and while I can’t share all the details or any of the images…let me just say, in case you were wondering, the Letterpress Big Shot feature has a future – hee,hee, hee!

Hopefully the above will give you some encouragement to try your own experiments.   One of the things I love as a “frugal” stamper is the low cost of the plates and the fact that you don’t need to buy any extra accessories to use them.  Every thing you need comes with your Big Shot! 

Come back later in the week for more samples and pictures of my experiments in progress.  To see all Letterpress plates available check out my Stampin’ Up online store (click the icon in the sidebar) and select die cutting, then letterpress.  Or Click  for my Letterpress flyer.

Letterpress Flyer

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

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