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Here’s to you my blog followers! Thank you for your visits throughout 2009. I hope you’ll come back more in 2010, it’s going to be a great year!

I’ve been playing with the Ippity stamps more – lots of fun there!!! Take a peek and see what you think! I just love the red rubber cling – it takes ink so well. 🙂

This last one uses a Unity stamp with the Ippity one.

Have a great day!

Stampington & Company publications are worthy of keeping in your library for years – their quality is fantastic and such a visual treat too. This review at ScrapFriends was of the Artists’ Paper sometimes included in the Somerset issues and for sale outside of the magazine. The paper is just as wonderful as the magazine pages are – thick and richly colored. We also looked some of the clear stamp sets for this review also. The set that I received had 3 large images that provided some great play time!

Stampington & Company, Artists' Papers

Stampington & Company, Artists' Papers

Stampington & Company, Clear Stamps

Clear stamps are wonderful in that they allow you to see where you’re stamping. I find it especially useful when needing to overstamp or restamp an image that didn’t quite come out dark enough the first time around. By being aware of the position of your mount during stamping, going back over the image again can be done with a little patience. I’m not a truly “exact” stamper, meaning that everything needs to be straight and perfect, but a crisp, clear, dark image is what I strive for when stamping. I usually always have a back-up plan in case the 2nd stamping does come out right.

One old faithful back-up is to stamp the image on an entirely new piece of paper and cover the original spot completely. The trick is making it look like it belongs there, not just placed over the area obviously to cover a mistake! Ink the edges, layer different papers underneath or doodle to blend and embellish.

Another favorite is to use a Ranger nib to color in the ink where it is light or missing. Basically, touch the nib to the ink pad and use it as a pen to fill in the area. Going slow is the key here. Remember that ink is your friend and you can always put more on whereas removing it is nearly impossible which requires the implementation of the first trick above!

Yet another trick is to fill in the area with a like-colored marker. Stamping in black allows this as a great back-up plan, colors are a bit more difficult. Keep a white pen handy so that maybe coloring the background provides the best option instead of coloring the image.

When all else fails, add an embellishment! Paper flowers, bling or brads make a nice camouflage over a section that needs some help.

Below are some projects using the Holiday Whimsey set and the review can be seen on ScrapFriends.

Tinkering Ink Stamps

Tinkering Ink Stamps

Tinkering Ink Stamps

Tinkering Ink Stamps

Stampington & Company’s books are just a feast to behold. The pages are satin smooth with wonderful photography and up-close pictures of crafty projects. The Volume 2 issue of the Holidays & Celebrations issue covers Valentine’s, Easter, Spring, Halloween and Christmas. Read the full reviews at ScrapFriends.

I was able to play with some of Paper Imagery Designs products in my projects for this review. I thought it added a nice nostalgic look to the projects and the images were very easy to use in a variety of ways. The definition cards are 5×7 in size and are actually from a deck of playing cards that I picked up in the Target Dollar spot section! The papers and embellishments are all ones that i’ve acquired and had left over from other projects. Great to see them reused here!

Stampington & Company, Somerset Holidays V2

Stampington & Company, Somerset Holidays V2

Stampington & Company, Somerset Holidays V2

Stampington & Company, Somerset Holidays V2

Stampington & Company, Somerset Holidays V2

Stampington & Company, Somerset Holidays V2

Stampington & Company, Somerset Holidays V2

My great niece got baptised in early August and I created this cute mini album for her. The album is MDF and cut into the shape of a wing. It’s from Kaiser – super cute! The bling also comes from Kaiser. The paper and die cut tags is from 3 Bugs in a Rug, Color Me Pink line. LOVE the green and pink together! The stamp on the back cover is from BoBunny. The letters are BasicGrey with pearlized mini mister spray. Enjoy!

Baptism Book, covers

Baptism Book, p2-3

Baptism Book, p.4

Baptism Book, close-up

If you ever travel abroad or like the international flair on your projects, definitely get some clear stamps from Dove of the East. Beautiful in their detail and perfect for cards and embellishments, these stamps bring China, Japan, India and Russia right to you! Check out the ScrapFriends review and other great projects using the images.

The first is an ATC with the elephant debossed into embossing powder. The other stamps on the background are also from the India Journey set.

India Journey ATC

This card uses images from the Japan Journey set. So lovely!

Japan Journey Card

I think this is my favorite! The clock kit is from Kaiser and the paper plus stamps are from Dove of the East, China Journey. I really love how it looks aged, all keeping with the great picture a fellow coworker took while in China last year. Pretty amazing!

China Journey Clock

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