Oooh, today I have a sneak peek at one of the brand new products from the Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue – the Sheltering Tree stamp set. I think this is the quickest that I have ever got a stamp set inky! So just to keep you in suspenders, I will first share a couple of photos of my delivery box:
And my lovely stash (excluding the paper trimmer – tabletop cutter – that I only realised afterwards was still on the sofa where I’d placed it “safely”):
And my “crafty zone” I had set up to play while watching my friend Julie on Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two:
And finally, my Project Life family cards – I wanted to indicate the “evolution of a family” using this stamp set, to make a Project Life scrapbook page showing how my little world has grown over the last 30-odd years!
I have since written the “captions” on the cards, and have them stored safely until I can get the photos I want to go in the page – one of me as a baby, one of Gary and I when we got together back in 1997, one from our wedding, and one of the twins with us when they were teeny tiny! I have a great family pic when they were in the hospital and Gary and I both got to have a cuddle with a twin at the same time and we were sat between the two incubators. We had the whole of one end of the room to ourselves! The challenge is really the photo of me as a baby, as I don’t have those electronically yet! (I want to scan Mum and Dad’s negatives, but that is waaaay down the priority list right now!)
These cards were so easy to make, and the set has so much potential. You might not be able to see very well in the photo, but the “grass”, “snow” and blossom are all shimmery, as I stamped the images with versamark ink and dusted them with (non-SU) mica powders. It gives a more subtle effect than straight inking the stamp, and I love a bit of shimmer! The grass is actually stamped first with Pistachio Pudding and then overstamped with the versamark to add the shimmer. This is sooo easy to do with the new photopolymer stamps. I am definitely a fan! The ease of placement is spot on, and they are excellent quality – I wouldn’t expect any less from SU. The Sheltering Tree set has the base tree image, and then “accessories” including the bike (with separate wheels and frame – this is how I got the silver frame on my bike for Gary), a swing, flowers, petals, blossom/ leaves, snow, some sentiments and a few other bits. So cute. I have a million ideas to go with my Sheltering Tree, so I hope I get time to implement more of them!
Ooh, and I almost forgot – here are the brand new weekly deals which started this morning:
Lovely! Will have to see if I got the Jingle and Joy kit in the end, as it was definitely on my wishlist…