Friday, 5 April 2013

Stampin’ up! Curly Label – new colours – ‘E’

You might get the bit about the curly label and new colours, but the E might get you wondering. This is my 5th day of blogging - the ultimate blog challenge, blog every day. So far, so good! As to the 'E'. Well, fifth letter of the alphabet and all that. The letter 'E'. You may well appreciate that it is the fifth letter of the ISO basic Latin alphabet and is also a vowel. Here's a bit of history for you, c/o Wikipedia:

Egyptian hieroglyph q’ Phoenician he Etruscan E Greek Epsilon Roman/ Cyrillic E
PhoenicianE-01.svg Alfabeto camuno-e.svg Epsilon uc lc.svg Roman E

Letter 'E' differs little from its derivational source, the Greek letter epsilon, 'Ε'. In etymology, the Semitic has been suggested to have started as a praying or calling human figure (hillul 'jubilation'), and was probably based on a similar Egyptian hieroglyph that indicated a different pronunciation. In Semitic, the letter represented /h/ (and /e/ in foreign words), in Greek became epsilon with the value /e/. Etruscans and Romans followed this usage. Although Middle English spelling used 'e' to represent long and short /e/, the Great Vowel Shift changed long /eː/ (as in 'me' or 'bee') to /iː/ while short /e/ (as in 'met' or 'bed') remains a mid vowel.

This might prove useful if a pub quiz!

Thinking about E and it being derived from the Greek epsilon, I had ummed about doing Ancient Greek for my next Open University course. However, having contacted the OU and being sent some old materials, I think that current life goings on may not allow me being able to study to the maximum effect. So that idea has been scrubbed (shelved), well if the course is still going when the little eaglets (trying to play with the letter E here) have flown the nest, it may still be on my 'want to do that' list.

EMA - still with the OU here. I have two tasks for this, to end up with a 3,000 word essay. I have to choose the best novel of the 20th century, the OU have given a shortlist which have been covered in the course work and there is the opportunity to choose one of my own books for consideration. I have to choose two books. My current thinking is The Ghost Road by Pat Barker (not yet read it) and perhaps Paradise (Abdulrazak Gurnah), or something completely different, either way I guess I am going to be having a wicked headache! Any contributions to which one would be gratefully received!!!

And that, was the tale of 'E'!

Onto curly label... Stampin' Up! during Sale-a-bration introduced a really, really, really cute little punch. It's a dinky little thing and coordinates with the ciao baby stamp set in the spring/summer catalogue.


There's also a sweet little scallop punch as well! If I can tempt you, you can order via my order form over on my how to buy page.

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Finally, just to finish off today's post. Stampin' Up! are changing some colours. It's come to the time where are getting a refresh of colours. We had the big colour renovation in 2010 and every 3-5 years were promised a 'refresh' and that time has come. The forthcoming 2013-2014 catalogue is going to get 10 new colours, some old favourites and some changes along with four brand new colours. As you may guess, this means that those colours that are going are going to be phased out and may well become 'extinct' (do you like the play on the E theme there!) before the end of the current catalogue and my not reach the retirement list. Moral of story, like a colour that is going, order it now before it is too late!

Here's your list and below that is a little video from SU explaining the colours in more detail.
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May the crafting mojo be with you.

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