2012 Pals New Catalog Blog Hop What’s All the Hoop La La?

Welcome to the Pals New Catalog Blog Hop!  The Stampin’ Pretty Pals are excited to share some fabulous cards and projects showcasing our favorite products from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  You’ve probably hopped over from Nina Dee’s blog at Deesigns by Nina Dee.  I’m stop number 2 on the Pals Hop, and I’m glad you hopped in!  I’ll help you “hop along” from blog to blog where you’ll find great ideas for new Stampin’ Up! products from the Stampin’ Pretty Pals!  Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you’ll be back on track.

If you’ve ever read my blog, then you know I love to issue myself challenges.  Since the new catalog was revealed to demonstrators in May and to the public in June, I have paid close attention to the “this is my favorite stamp set” lists and reviewed “favorite sets” postings on other sites.  For today’s blog hop, I challenged myself to make something wonderful with a stamp set that I’ve not heard many people “make a fuss” about.

Hoop La La is a new stamp set in this year’s catalog that is a perfect set for the cross stitch enthusiast.  While I’m not a cross stitcher, I have very fond memories of the cross stitch sampler that Grandma displayed in her living room.  I designed a card that is a perfect welcoming for a new neighbor, a new coworker or a guest in your home:

Let’s be honest.  The clear-mount sets are wonderful, but I needed to enlist the help of my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get these images lined up the way I wanted them.  I also used some correction tape to mask the sentiments that serve as the base of the stamps:

Did you know that the world’s leading distributor of non-permanent adhesive notes also makes a wide strip of non-permanent adhesive tape?  It can be found at any big box office supplies store – perfect for masking or lining up.  Tape it down, pull it up with no mess!  Because the ink takes a little bit longer to dry on the adhesive tape, the Stamp-a-ma-jig window sheet transforms into a pretty amazing fan while your are waiting.

Stamps: Hoop La La  Inks: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Gumball Green, Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker  Paper: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White  Accessories:  Circle Punches, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap with Susan, stop number 3 on the Pals New Catalog Blog Hop! Thanks for “hopping” by!

  1. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee 
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian 
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap with Susan
  4. Angela Richwine at Stampin’ Away with Angela
  5. Debbie Pierce at Stampin’ Sunshine
  6. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  7. Kim Luithle at Kim’s Stampin Stuff
  8. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  9. Angie Blake at Angie’s Musings
  10. Kylie Nicolosi at Kylie’s Crafty Corner
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin’ Space
  12. Marian Kay at All Aboard the Crafting Train
  13. Shannon Jaramillo at EZPeasyCards
  14. Mary Fish at Stampin Pretty
  15. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  16. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  17. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  18. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  19. Leslie Davis at Ellalicious Elements
  20. Jennifer Takacs at My Stampin’ Blog
  21. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Kimberly Deacon at Delightful Stampin
  23. Kris Kilcoyne at Kween Bee Kreations
  24. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  25. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  26. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki’s Creative Corner
  27. Sandie Conner at Pretty Provisions
  28. Max Conrad at Stamp to the MAX
  29. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  30. Nakaba Rager at My Stampin’ Blog
  31. Wendy Smith at West Wind Curiosities
  32. Laurie Mercer at My Stampin’ Blog
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  1. This is really lovely, Brian! I don’t think I would have the patience to line up all those little images, but you did an awesome job!

  2. Love this sweet card – and love the tip on the non-adhesive tape! Thanks!

  3. Great card, great tutorial. I love this card so much. Very clever use of this set Brian. You always impress!

  4. Brian, great card, love the fanning, and wonderful tip on the adhesive! I have this set but have not played with it yet. Soon, I hope… 🙂

  5. Brian, Love your self challenge! Excellant. We should ALL challenge ourselves to try something “off the typical grid.” You did a fantastic job with this image. I am a cross stitcher and love the look.


    • Thanks, Rae! I sometimes find I work with the sets I like the least because the ones I immediately love are too easy. What is wrong with me?! I love Betsy’s Blossoms after challenging myself to use it after I initially disliked it.

  6. Hi Brian…I love to cross stitch …..love this set and how you designed your card!

  7. Ooo, la, la is what I would say! I debated this one but I think you’ve convinced me!

  8. Wow Brian! What a great card! Very impressive! And I love the tips you’ve shared! 🙂 So glad you could hop with us!

  9. I planned to buy this set–now I must! LOVE what you did with it–and your tips are excellent! Thanks!

  10. Brian, love your blog and sense of excitement … it shines through in your works of art! Great techniques and great card!

  11. Brian… your card brought back memories of my grandma. Very moving. I used to love and watch her cross-stitch as a little girl. Thank you for bringing back those wonderful memories.

  12. I love it!!! thanks for the hints, it makes this seem like I can do it!

  13. Great card…thanks for the adhesive tape tip also!

  14. Cool card! Loved your design idea.

  15. this is the first card i’ve seen with this set. love it!
    hugs, m

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