Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Big Day is here!!!

Hello blog tour passengers! This part of your tour brings you down Interstate 24 though Tennessee. You will notice the dogwoods blooming and lots of green grass and leaves as we are fully into spring. Welcome to the Stampin’ Up! Blog of Elaine Wright, tour # 4, stop #12. I’m showcasing the Choo Choo stamp set and companion Right On Track wheel from page 18 of the Occasions Mini Catalog. I’ve made 2 cards and a scrapbook page to share with you today. The first card is a sliding card but if you want to see another fun, interactive card, visit Saturday’s blog post for a spiral pop-up card. Both are fun cards to send to anyone, but a child will really enjoy them when made using the Choo Choo set from the Occasions Mini Catalog.
Just a quick tip here, when you get a stamp that has a lot of solid parts, sand it with a fine grain sanding block or even an emeory board before stamping with it. This gives the rubber some "tooth" and you will get smoother, more evenly colored images.

The trains for the sliding card are stamped on the new window sheets; I thought that would be best since it is sturdy enough for the many times little fingers are sure to want to pull it back and forth! You could certainly do it on cardstock also but Stampin’ Up! now has acetate they call window sheets in medium and heavy weight. The medium will be heavy enough for this card. The heavy weight is thick enough to make mini albums out of. These are shown on page 10 of the Occasions Mini catalog as well as a printed window sheet.

I want to keep the post short today so you will have plenty of time to check out the other blogs on the tour but I will post a tutorial for the sliding card tomorrow so check back if you want to see how to make the train move back and forth on the card. Fun, fun!

Don’t forget the Get Connected special Stampin Up has going on this month. If you buy $40 from the Occasions Mini Catalog you get one of the stamps on page 208 of the Spring and Summer Catalog free. I’m adding to that special, if you order $40 from my website today I will send you either a classic stamp pad or a 24 sheet pack of 8 ½ X 11 cardstock in the color of your choice. This will not be added to your order if you order online, you will need to email me wrightplace4@mindspring.com your preference and I will send it to you separately. It's your choice, a free stamp and ink pad or a free stamp and paper!

I had to do a scrapbook page for those precious train pictures. I used the Bashful Blue Designer Series Paper, Pacific Point and Very Vanilla Cardstock, 1 ½” Twill Tape, Choo Choo Stamp set, Right on Track Wheel, and the Big Shot Top Note Die.
I punched out the trains with the 1 3/4" circle punch just to get out of cutting out the individual trains. I added some "coal" to the flat cars with the smoke cloud stamp that comes with the stamp set. I thought it looked a lot like a pile of coal! With the Basic Black ink cartridge I rolled the Right on Track Wheel on the twill before attaching it to the bottom of the page. I also used the Enjoy Life stamp set for the title. Now I just need to get the pictures printed and add some journaling to one of the top note dies. I included a close up so you could see some of the detail and the beautiful designer paper.

***Blog Candy *** I have 2 stamp sets I'm going to be giving away today. I will actually have the drawing tomorrow so leave a comment for me (be sure to include your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win) and you will be entered in the drawing.

I made this last card Saturday and haven't decided if I like it or not. I think it needs some of the train squares to be orange also. What do you think?
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog. Don't forget to leave a comment with your email address for the blog candy! Thanks for stopping by and come back soon, you know how that Southern hospitality is, yall are welcome to stop by anytime, I’ll leave the back door open for you!

80 comments:

Angela said...

Thanks for the stop Elaine! You're so creative! If I'm the lucky winner, you can contact me at angelarwoodall@aol.com

Diana said...

Loved the train layout, I may have to copy that one.
Diana

Brandi said...

Great job with the set! Thanks - Brandi

Sherry said...

I love the sliding card...hadn't saw one of these...been keeping up with your blog...will see you at CTF!
Sherry

Lauren said...

I love how the train moves! You're so clever. lissie.loo@gmail.com

jeanne nielsen said...

I love what you did with the window sheets and the stamp set! Great samples! TFS!

carolm said...

cute projects.

cheers ~ carol marbach77@yahoo.com

harmonta said...

Oops, I posted on the wrong day's blog entry. Anyways thanks for letting us know about the blog tour.
Terri H.
HarmonTA@aol.com

happy2bscrapper said...

Love the train ideas. Have several train pictures to scrap.

Anonymous said...

Love your cards but my favorite is the scrap pages. Too awesome. Thanks for sharing. Mary Campbell
jjjcamp@hotmail.com

Kate Cecil said...

Thanks for the new ideas for this set!! I like your card with squares - my boy would love it!! thanks for joining in the blog tour fun.

Tammy said...

Thank you so much for doing this blog tour and all the time and effort you put into it! You girls are very talented and I love all the samples! tammy029@centurytel.net is my address, have a great day!
Tammy

jEn paiGe said...

You are amazing! I bought this stamp set but haven't used it because it seemed hard. I love how you cut each car out with the circle punch! Great job! Jen Paige
scrapbugjen@yahoo.com

bcbkjohn said...

Great ideas! Thanks!
Cathy Johnson-bcbkjohn@logantele.com

Lorita said...

Elaine,
Love the sliding train. Can't wait for the tutorial so I will be back tomorrow.
Great job
Lorita

Tiffany Bauer said...

You did a great job showcasing these two items!! I like your pop up card too you did Saturday!! TFS!!
Tiffany, Tour #1 Stop #3

trbauer@insightbb.com
www.mycraftyworld.blogspot.com

I posted a comment with no problem!!

Jennifer said...

This is one set that I never considered because I no longer have any small kids, but I like what you have done and it has made me reconsider. Thanks for the tour. Jennifer
jguyeby@verizon.net

Stacy Bennett said...

Love your train cards! My little boy is turning 1 and I am throwing him a train themed party. Thanks for the great ideas and blog candy!

mjjjjtw said...

I Love your train stamp ideas! Thanks for Great Ideas! Jayne
mjjjjtw@yahoo.com

Carri said...

Wow I am so glad I came to your blog and what great ways to use the train set!

lindsaychase said...

Toot toot! I am all aboard with this new stamp set! Thanks for the great ideas. Happy Stamping!

Lindsay in NH
lindsaymchase@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'm just loving this blog tour. I've got this set, now I have some neat ideas for it. Thanks!
Sharon
str.stampin@gmail.com

Vicki said...
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Vicki said...

I LOVE the train set. I can't wait to play with it and make something for my grandson.
Thanks for stop.

Donna said...

What adorable samples. I just love trains. The blog hop is so much fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

Denise said...

I love this set, unfortunately, have no little ones to use it for. Thanks for sharing.

Becky T. said...

Thanks for posting this blog tour on QSS! What fun for today! :-)

JustCrazy4Scrapen said...

Love love love these ideas. I have a boys nuts about trains.

Lisa
Acworth
robbysmommyga@aol.com

Carolyn Miller said...

Cute train!! Hope to be a winner!

Carolyn Miller
tchs2nd@yahoo.com

KellyRae said...

Wow! I can't wait for your slider tutorial. That card is absolutely awesome. I've got 8 grandbabies and this card would be perfect (boy or girl). Thanks for the tour stop.

mail AT kellyrae DOT com

Teri said...

Oh I love this set! Sooooo cute! If I win, you can reach me at tericout@yahoo.com

Thanks for the opportunity and all the good samples.

Janet said...

What a fun blog tour! Thanks for sharing your great ideas.
Janet Hindman
jjhindman@comcast.net

MeMe said...

I really enjoyed looking at your blog. Thanks for inviting me on the tour. All the projects were great and I will be back.

Susan Shields said...

Elaine your cards are wonderful and you did a fantastic job showcasing this stamp set. Thanks for sharing!!!

Lori Stilger said...

Happy Tour Day! :) Cute samples - I love your SB pages!! Very creative!
Where in TN are you? Cuz I'm near N'ville.... :D
Have a wonderful day!!!

Brenda Marshall said...

My favorite part is the track on the twill tape, too cute! TFS, Brenda

galias said...

Love Tennessee wish I could visit now. Thanks for the scrap idea for trains as I forgot another use for this set. I bought it but just no ideas except a kid card.
Gayle Schrock (Indiana) SU Sr Assoc

Cindy said...

Hi Elaine,
Isn't the blog tour fun?
I love what you've done with this set - your layout with the Top Notes is fantastic!

Terri said...

Hi Elaine.
Well I've finally made the complete tour. Thank you so much for inviting our CKU Yahoo group. This was lots of fun. Hope to meet you in Nashville.
Terri H.
HarmonTA@aol.com

Shelly Schmidt said...

This set would be awesome for scrapbooking! Your samples are wonderful. TFS!

Diane said...

WOW these are great! Excellent use of trendy trees on that card, the sky is beautiful and the circles for the train parts so cute!
No blog candy for me.......I just wanted to stop by comment and say thanks for taking part in the blog tour!
Diane

Elaine said...

I love the last card, perfect just the way it is.

Audrey said...

The train set is so cute! I really like how you did the scrapbook page! Great job!

Blessings,
Audrey
PHil4v4 at gmail dot com

Holly said...

Those cards are cute. You do an awesome job! I wish I had the time and space to do more things like this.

Lynn said...

Elaine:
So glad I saw your e-mail as I climb on board for the trip. Love the layouts and agree that orange will be the spark needed to
make this card shine. Please add me to the blog candy express.
Lynn
golfchak@cobweb.net

Mike and Wendy said...

I managed to get online!
Easton said, "Cool, I like that one!"

Tiearra said...

I LOVE this set...having 2 little boys of my own who are in love with trains, means so much to me that SU! came out with this set!!! Thanks for sharing..LOVE IT!!!
brwneyed_mommy@yahoo.com

Kathy said...

Your slider card is adorable but i love what you have done on the scrapbook page. too fun!
I'll be back you do such nice work.

kthisted@comcast.net

Tea said...

This set is so cute and I love what you have done with it. The tour is great - such a fun idea. Thanks.

Claudean said...

Hi Elaine, love how you did the cards and your page. I love blog hopping..TEE HEE HEE!!!!
ScrapnQueen@comcast.net just in case I win..

Darlene L said...

I love the humor in your blog to start with. You did a fantastic job with this set. I especially love the card you created.

djstamper2003 at yahoo dot com

Loves Paper Crafts said...

What wonderful ideas for the train stamp. I have two young boys who love trains. I'll be stopping back tomorrow to see how to make the train move. I love that idea!

Sandy
flemings@eastonteachers.org

Denise Kay Foor said...

Love what you did with this stamp set. Great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

denise_in_pa@embarqmail.com

Janis in Indiana said...

You did a great job with the trains. It's a lot more versatile than I would have guessed.

Jenn D said...

Your sliding train is adorable, but that scrapbook page steals the show.

amyd said...

Great idea for getting the solid images to stamp better. Thanks! And, great work!

Barbara said...

You've created some wonderful ideas with this cute little stamp set!

Anonymous said...

I love your scrapbook pages and hope to case them.
Bev Farmer
Inthedell3@zoominternet.net

Heather A said...

Wow, cute stuff! I look forward to seeing how the sliding card works. TFS.
Heather
gilles dot arsenault2 at sympatico dot ca

Kim's Life said...

Very cute. Love the train set. Thanks for sharing!

Kim Orr said...

Great blog Elaine!
Kim ORR

Charlotte Cook said...

yours is some of the best work I have seen using this set. love the detail but yet CAS appearing. great job! TFS,
Charlotte Cook

Patty said...

I love how you used the top note die on your scapbook page. So cute.

kchristensen said...

My FIL was a great train enthusiast. I would allow try to find train sets to use to make his birthday and Father's Day cards. Thanks for showing all these great ideas.

Catherine said...

Great Job. Love the tour.
Catherine
Irishcpa@sbcglobal.net

Nicole Tugrul said...

Great ideas! I am going to stop back for sure to see your tutorial.
nicoletugrul@yahoo.com

Kay said...

Thanks for sharing this great stamp set!!! What great ideas you have! Hugs Kay Mespelt (petking@vcn.com)

Stamp/nScrap said...

Love the scrapbook page!

Cheryl
lovetostampandscrap@yahoo.com

Templarslady said...

Hi like the train card. Very creative.
Cheryl in Arizona
uniluver@cox.net

Julie A. said...

Hello Elaine-

Thanks so much for sharing your adorable Choo Choo cards and for the chance to win:)

Julie A.
thearvins@verizon.net

TABray said...

I liked your orange and blue train card. It looks great just the way it is. Also, thanks for the tip about sanding large solid parts of a stamp. I will certainly try that! Thanks for a chance to win along with your great ideas!

mz.teri@sbcglobal.net

Connie said...

Great job with that set! I love the scrapbook page especially!

Joyce Spear said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the tutorial on the sliding card on your next post. Is there a place I could sign up for email updates of your blog?
I snorted my diet Mountain Dew when I read your remark about punching the train cars out with a circle punch to get out of the fussy cutting! We're two of a kind, I think. At any rate, the idea really does work.
Smiles,
Joyce Spear
stamperjoyce at AOL dot com

Margaret R said...
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Margaret R said...

What adorable projects you've made with the train! Love them! Thanks for sharing your work!

mraburn @ cox . net

rush8888 said...

a sliding card? i will have to come back and explore a little more!

Mary Davis said...

What a great way to spend the day. I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting every blog today. I love the little train. My nephew is having his 1st child. I think I will have to get this now. Thanks for sharing.

Soozie4Him said...

I have this set, but it hasn't seen any ink yet! Thanks for the inspiration - and I'll be looking for the tutorial for sure!

Susan, aka Soozie4Him on SCS
moot96 AT aol DOT com

~Beth said...

This card is wicked awesome. I LOVE it!

Alicia said...

I love it just like it is!
Alicia
alicia.graham@comcast.net