Thursday, May 3, 2012

Don't freak out!

Hi stampers!  I have to laugh at the title of my post...there was a recent post on Splitcoast by this title and it makes me laugh!  Now what I'm telling you not to freak out about is the colors of this card...there are NOT any new in colors here!  I knew I'd probably get a TON of emails asking about the colors if I didn't make this fact crystal clear, lol!

However, it does showcase a new DSP!  It's called floral district and it's a bit bright and bold and out there but I like it! :-)  I really like the pattern I've used on this card:
Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps:  Betsy's blossom, pennant parade
Ink:  Daffodil delight, rich razzleberry
Paper:  Whisper white, baja breeze, rich razzleberry, daffodil delight, floral district DSP
Accessories:  Triple layer blossom punch, 2.5 inch circle pinch, scallop border punch, perfect pennants die, bitty banners framelits, brights glimmer brads

This is a sketch from a few weeks ago at Try Stampin'  On Tuesday that I never got around to and it fit this set perfectly!  I'm kind of sad about losing this punch, I really like it but it does give me fits when I use it!  And do you see that cute little banner?  I'm happy to say I did NOT have to hand cut it or hand snip the V!  It's a new and cute set of framelits!  Weee-ooohhhh more framelits!!!!

So, lets talk a little bit about the new and improved in pads!  They are truly fabulous!  I kind-of-sort-of-really-really-want-to replace ALL of my pads with the new firm foam pads!!!!  Anyone got some extra $$ laying around?:-)

They stamp a much better image than our current pads. It's much more even and crisp!  Normally, I have a hard time with solid stamps, especially new ones but you can see here, the birds in a few of my projects.  The pool party bird is just not as even and crisp as the primrose bird...AND the primrose was done with virgin rubber...first stamp ever!
Isn't the pink bird a way better image than the blue?  (And I guess you DO get a peek of the fifth in will officially debut on my blog some time) Now, there is a bit of a learning curve to these.  You can't really do the "twist, twist, tap, tap" that I was always taught.  The pad sort of grabs the stamp (kind of like tennis shoes on a gym floor...not like versamark ink, not sticky) so twisting is out of the question BUT you don't need to!  Just a couple of feather light (I'm talking butterfly kiss) taps and it's inked PERFECTLY!!!  If you press too hard you get ink all over the edges so it really does require the lightest touch...which I would totally forget when switching between old and new pads, DOH!!!  So, if you're a twister (me), squisher, or masher you need to break that habit fast!!! :-)

Your stamps almost look over-inked...I was afraid on my first stamp but just LOOK how it turned out!  Perfect!  Speaking of over inked... the new pads are fabulously juicy and not in a bad way like my friend Rita wanted to know:-) !!!

I'll post some videos after June 1 when I'm allowed to show the actual products!

Happy stamping!


  1. Mindy, all of your samples are GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  2. I LOVE this card! What a gorgeous dsp that inspired such a great color combo. I would have never come up with that on my own. I'm loving the pattern of that paper, can't wait to see the rest of the pack! The Betsy's Blossoms set looks like it's going to quickly become a favorite with the great stamps your showing us so far. Thanks for all the info on the new ink pads. I'm so excited about how clean & crisp the images are. So frustrating when you can't get a nice clean look. Thanks for the previews!

  3. wow! your sneak peeks are giving me life right now! thank you so much for sharing. i check a lot of stampin' up blogs and you're the only one sharing with us! xoxo

  4. great job, Minders...can't wait to get my new stuff....I ordered today and only did 2nd day air but shoot, I know I am only doing it to get the new catty so I won't play with the ink until I have broken in the catty!


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