Top 3 for June 23rd

Hello again!

I hope you all had a good Monday.  My Monday was very busy.  I started the day with a nice, refreshing 3-hour drive from the beach to Germantown!  The trip wasn’t too bad until I got to the Bay Bridge.  I waited almost an hour to go three miles and finally cross the bridge leaving the Eastern Shore!  Yikes!  I arrived at the office around 1:30 p.m., put in a quick afternoon at work and then left for school.  It’s finals week this week so my group and I are hurriedly trying to finish up a group project due Wednesday and then I’ve got a cumulative final exam on Thursday.  Wish me luck!

With all of that and working on a PowerPoint presentation for class for Wednesday, I haven’t gotten upstairs to my craft room yet.  But rest assured, immediately after this post I’ll be headed up there to see what trouble I can get myself into before bed!

Before I did that though, I wanted to post my Top 3 for June 23rd. Now, I know I’m a little behind.  I haven’t posted a project for last week’s Top 3 – but do not worry, even for a second, it’s coming.  The project is in my mind and my fingers are hot.  All I can tell you right now is if my creativity has its way, it will be a multi-fold card with plenty of stars… so many you’ll be seeing stars (figuratively… literally… okay, no more puns…!)

Without further adieu, here are my Top 3 for this week:

#1 – What’s Your Type Stamp Set

Item #135747 – Photopolymer – page 160

Whats Your Type Stamp Set

#2 – Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks

Item #133777 – page 205

Hearts & Stars Masks

#3 – Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks

Item #133775 – page 205

Dots & Stripes Masks

So what is a decorative mask, you might ask?  It’s not something Lady Gaga wears, at least not in the Stampin’ Up! universe!  Decorative masks are actually 8″x8″ sheets made from light plastic (almost film material) that you use over a scrapbook page, card, or other project. When you spray, spritz, sponge, trace, or emboss, the image not masked is revealed.  In this case, hearts, stars, dots or stripes.

I’ve featured them in my Top 3 for a few reasons.

  1. They’re inexpensive – at $2.95 each they’re something neat to buy and try… it’s always fun to try new things!
  2. They’re new in this catalog and a different, fun technique to try
  3. The technique is relatively simple, good to try with kids or try in a hurry!
  4. The finished effect is awesome, especially with the circles and stars (my favorite!)

I’m excited to try the new masks with the What’s Your Type Stamp Set.  I already have a few very basic ideas in mind and I’ll post finished projects later this week.  The What’s Your Type Stamp Set is actually already prominently featured on my blog.  Take a look at the top, left-hand corner.  My “Steven Stamps” logo was made from that stamp set. The shapes in the set can be used as fun shapes or can be combined to create a groovy looking alphabet!  Plus, it’s a photopolymer set, so when you mount it on the block, you can see exactly where you’re stamping for ease and extra creativity!

I hope you enjoy the Top 3 for this week!  I’ll be catching up as the week progresses and I promise I’ll be posting some great, new creations soon!

Wishing you a great start to your first week of summer!

Let’s stamp the day (and night) away!

-Steven

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