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Posted on January 13, 2017

Friday Fun – How Well Do YOU Know The Stampmaven…ME!!

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Ok stamping peeps! It's Friday and I thought we should have some Friday fun in the form of a game: how well do YOU know The Stamp Maven  (that's ME)?!

Some of you might not follow me on Facebook so I wanted to post here (but of course you should follow me on ALL my social media platforms!), too, so you all could play and maybe win a prize! We all like prizes, right?

Here's the game. Below you'll find a series of questions. Put a comment here on the blog with the answers you think I would make. I'll be awarding a few fun prizes. Iin case of a tie, Stamp Slave will draw for the winners from the group who answered the most questions correctly!

You must post your answers no later than Saturday night at midnight to be eligible for a prize…have fun!

  • What is your favorite craft (crochet, flower arranging, cardmaking, scrapbooking, etc)?
  • How long have you been stamping?
  • Do you have a favorite stamp company?
  • Favorite embellishment?
  • Favorite type of stamp (wood, foam mount, photopolymer, other)?
  • Prefer cardmaking alone or with others?
  • Most often do you create from scratch, sketch or CASE?
  • Do you still use punches?
  • Do you like to fussy cut?
  • Do you mail your cards?
  • Do you typically use black or colored ink?
  • Sell your cards?
  • Do you ever foresee giving up stamping?
  • Dedicate room? Shared room? Kitchen? Living room? Basement?
  • What do you use most often on your projects/cards/scrapbooks?
  • What is one crafting item you don't own but am considering purchasing?
  • Given a choice you would rather create a card with no layers, one layer or multiple layers?
  • If you had to give away all my crafting supplies except one thing, what is the ONE item you would keep?

Remember, you want to comment answers you think I would make!!

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Posted on August 18, 2016

What IS the History of Greeting Cards?!

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Hey stampers! I came across an interesting article during my internet “trolling” so I thought I'd share. Be sure to read all the way to the end because I have some “blog candy” to share today!

The History of Greeting Cards
(from the Postcard and Greeting Card Museum – www.emotionscards.com)

Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800's. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world's first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer's and manufacturer's perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850's.

As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer's used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer's held “art” competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner!

The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400's and is in the British Museum. New Year's cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn't gain popularity until the late 1700's. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine's offering us the most “mechanical”, “pop-up” and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800's and early 1900's offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800's, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”. She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800's. By the end of the 1800's, Valentines were being made entirely by machine.

Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world's first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.

The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year's, Valentine's, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few.

 

While I prefer  handmade greeting cards using  fabulous Stampin' Up! supplies,…

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…I thought this article was pretty interesting stuff; did you?

If you leave me a comment here on the blog (or on my facebook site), telling me what you found most interesting in this article, you'll be eligible for today's blog candy…a selection of five full sized (with envelopes!) cards from my personal collection…woo hoo!

 

 

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Posted on June 19, 2015

New Catalog Scavenger Hunt

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Want to win some blog candy today by participating in my new catalog scavenger hunt?

 2015-2017 In Colors

Be the first one to comment here with the correct answers to my 12 questions and you will win an ink pad, re-inker and pack of cardstock in your favorite new In Color!

Grab your new catalog and let's go!

  • Name 3 new paper types on pages 148-149.
  • On which page will you find our three punch boards?
  • How many kits are in this catalog (cards, decor and gift)?
  • What is the new adhesive called?
  • Name the four new embossing folders.
  • How many new punches can you find.
  • On what page can you purchase the pretty coral butterfly found on the catalog cover?
  • Find 3 new 15% off product bundles (seen in the white boxes throughout the catalog).
  • What new product coordinates with the Elegant Dots embossing folder?
  • What is the name of the new Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set?
  • How many dinosaurs can you find on page 39?
  • What is your favorite new In Color this year?

Have fun and may the best new catalog “hunter” win!!!

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Posted on September 23, 2014

Glimmering Blackberry Bliss

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Blackberry Bliss is my favorite color from Stampin' Up!'s 2014-2016 In Color Collection! I use it all the time in my clubs and classes and so far my customers don't seem to be sick of it!

(this lovely card was done by Sue Hansford, one of our talented UK Demos)

Black Bliss sample

Did you know that you can”spritz” Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper? You just put a few re-inker drops and either water or alcohol into a spritzer bottle and then add the color to your paper. You can also lay down one of our decorative masks and then spritz. It does take awhile to dry, even when you use alcohol. You can use a heat tool to set or heat emboss with Iridescent Ice where you've added the color. But WAIT…have you seen “glimmering Blackberry Bliss”?

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Fill an Aqua Painter with rubbing alcohol and a few drops of Blackberry Bliss Re-inker…experiment with the proportions to get the shade you like. Apply across the Glimmer Paper and you'll get saturated color, which will then work perfectly as a card focal point.

Which is your favorite 2014 – 2016 In Color? I'll put everyone's name who leaves a comment here on my blog into a basket and randomly draw one; the winner will receive something in that color from me in the mail!! I'm looking forward to seeing which color gets the most votes!

 

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Posted on July 23, 2014

Color Times Three Challenge Starts Now!

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I'm back from annual Convention and excited to tell you about a new monthly feature I'll be doing here on the blog….Color Times Three Challenge!

I'd like to invite you to participate, starting right now!  Here's how it will work.

On the fourth Wednesday of each month, I'll post a Color Times Three Challenge. I'll give you three Stampin' Up! colors that might not be your “go to” colors. Your “challenge” will be to create a card using only those three colors (you can stamp onto Whisper White or Very Vanilla) and email to me by the 4th Tuesday of the following month (August 26).  Simple or elaborate…your choice; but only those three colors can be used!!

The Stamp Slave and I will choose each monthly winner, notify them and they will have their artwork published here on my blog. They will also get to choose the Color Times Three Challenge “colors” for the next month (will be announced on Wednesday, August 27).

Okay…drum roll please….this month's colors are…..0714 Color Times Three Challenge Colors

  1. Crushed Curry
  2. Mossy Meadow
  3. Blackberry Bliss

I can't wait to see your creativity!

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