The new Stampin’ Up! “Best of 25 Years” set for June is available now. It’s called “Best of Greetings,” and has greetings for lots of occasions. The set is $14.95, and just like the other “Best of” sets, it will be available through March 31, 2014. You never have to be at a loss for the right words with the Best of Greetings stamp set.
Every month during 2013, Stampin’ Up! is combining some all-time-favorite stamps with a new, never-before-seen stamp to create a monthly “Best of” stamp set. You can see previous “Best of” sets (also available through March 2014) here. And “best of” all – each set comes with a little “25” sticker. Save the stickers from each set you purchase on the collector’s card (included with the set), and when you have 6, you can send the card in for a FREE set valued at $14.95 or less (by April 30, 2014).
You may have noticed fliers in your Stampin’ Up! orders. Last month was a flier for the Best of sets. Previously, there was a flier about our amazing paper trimmer, and on the back were instructions for making a pretty bow. I recycle bows from packages until they are too frazzled to be seen any more, so this was a great project for me. Imagine creating beautiful bows to match your wrapping paper (and you can, of course, also design your own gift packaging).
Here’s my first bow. I followed the directions, but I still wasn’t really fond of this one. It’s ok, but not great. Besides taking longer than I wanted, I also had most of my fingers glued together by the time I was finished. (I love the Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive, but you do have to be careful not to use too much!)
If you knew my little brother, you’ll understand the next part. He used to build model airplanes and tanks just to put firecrackers in and blow them up. So he’d just look at the pictures and put the model together – usually ending up with half a box full of “leftover” pieces he didn’t use. Instructions were a bother. So – I took a lesson from him and ignored all but the basic directions to create the second one.
Maybe it’s because I had already made one – so I knew what mistakes to avoid, but this one took less time, was a lot easier and I only had two fingers stuck together when I finished. And I think it looks a lot better. (Of course, I am partial to zig zags and yellow.)
If you want to learn how to do this, let me know. It’s really easy. I’ll send you instructions as well as my “tips from a novice bow maker.”
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