Chalk It Up!

The new color kit for the Stampin' Pastels (chalks) is available to order – and just in time for the Virginia tax holiday.  Wooohooo!  Other states are also having holidays, too.  I know Texas's is very good – the limit for them is $100 per item.  Virginia only allows $20/item – but we do have a balanced budget now, so I can't complain.  I know we had to make some tough budget choices, but it sure is nice to be "in the black!!" 

Do check and see if your state is having a holiday, and how much per item you can spend.  We have the best products around.  I love our glue sticks – they're square, so they won't roll off the desk and you can really get into the corners of a project.  And an independent web site rated our watercolor pencils the very best.  You can blend them with a blender pen, water or "gamsol" (odorless mineral spirits) for great results.  Of course, there are lots of other products that qualify as "school supplies," so check it out!

Speaking of Stampin' Pastels…One of the first snazzy techniques I learned as a new demo was "Poppin' Pastels."  You stamp an image in Versamark, then sponge over it with the chalk for a very pretty, soft image.  Somehow, my chalks have gotten pushed way back in the drawer in favor of watercoloring and other techniques, but Poppin' Ps seems to have made a revival, thanks, in part, to Diana Gibbs and her demonstrations at the Stampin' Up! convention.  So here's my latest "Friends Never Fade" card.

Chalked_friends Isn't that just so soft?  I blended a few colors to get the right shades since I don't have the new colors in Stampin' Pastels yet.  The background was sponged in Old Olive, then  I went back over it with a retired yellow – I think Summer Sun – so it turned out Pear Pizzazz!  The flower on the main image is Real Red, but it kind of looks pink. It could have used one more coat of the red chalk, I think.  It makes me think of Mom, though.  She always cautioned against putting certain colors together – like pink and orange, and red and orange.  And I mixed them all!  See, Mom…it really works!!

Here are the supplies.  Everything is current SU! except the ribbon.  It's retired Real Red polka dot, but you could easily substitute it with Real Red grosgrain, taffeta or satin ribbon, or use Poppy Parade for the card and the Poppy Parade Stitched-Poly ribbon.

Stamp Set:  Friends Never Fade
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Whisper Wite, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie card stock
Other:  Stampin' sponges, sponge daubers, Stampin' Pastels, Pinking Hearts corner punch, stampin' dimensionals, Real Red polka dot ribbon (ret.)

Tomorrow I'll show you another really cute little basket with the Baskets & Blooms die.  I'm starting to feel the love with that die!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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