Saturday, April 29, 2017

Goodbye, Butterflies, Blooms & Bliss!!!


I was sooooo sad to see this line of products retire.  It's a stamp set called Papillion Potpourri and it has several different images of butterflies and two coordinating punches: the Elegant Butterfly and the Bitty Butterfly.  It really does make a versatile suite.  I have used it on all kinds of cards and scrapbook pages, too, because they can be somber or sweet, playful or pretty, depending on the type of project you are making.  The stamp set will be made until the last part of May but the punches are only while supplies last - so if these projects excite you, you'll want to grab these items before they are gone!  Also retiring is the patterned paper used on all three cards.  It is called Blooms & Bliss and contains the most wonderful color combination: Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron (also retiring), Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.




To see other projects I have made using Papillion Potpourri and/or these punches, CLICK HERE!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Goodbye, By the Shore!




It usually happens that as the catalog year draws to a close, I discover a few products that I really love that I didn't give any attention to during the life of the catalog.  That is the case with Stampin' Up!'s By the Shore Designer Series Paper.

The color combination (Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla, and Soft Sky) paired with the nautical/sea themed patterns just naturally lent themselves to some really beautiful but easy-to-make cards.  I will be sad to see this paper pack go.  Because it is retiring, it will only be available while supplies last - so if you like what you "sea" (sorry, I couldn't resist), make sure you pick up a pack (or two) for yourself soon!

Also retiring are the "Me = Grateful" stamp set (the sentiment on the middle card above), Petite Petals (the light blue flowers on the tag of the middle card), and Picture Perfect (the starfish) on the top card.  Don't miss out!  These stamp sets will be unavailable beginning in the end of May.  The sentiment on the bottom most card is from Neat & Tangled.




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Oh, Whale! Baby Shower Thank You's


In March, my aunt and cousin threw a baby shower for our first baby.   We are doing the nursery in a sea life theme, so they decided to carry that theme into the shower by sending out the cutest little whale invitations and using whale plates and napkins.  It was such a wonderful shower with the ladies in my family, the ladies in my husband's family, a close friend and her daughter (both of whom are pretty much family).

The whale theme was a surprise to me, and I was so happy when I was able to make some thank you notes after the shower using the whale set (Oh, Whale!) I had hoarded purchased several years ago. It is retired, and it did have a die that went with it.  Until this shower, it hadn't gotten much love from me but I'm so glad I held on to it.  This is why I encourage people to buy what they like and keep it - if you like something, you'll eventually find a use for it, as I did here.

The wavy embossing, stitched square and clouds were all made using current Stampin' Up products (click on the words to see them in my store).  The colors are Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, Pool Party and Whisper White.  I've also started lining all of my envelopes.  This envelope liner is paper from the Playful Palette stack, which is on sale for six bucks and retiring...which means it's only available until the current stock runs out!




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DOstamper STARS Sketch Challenge DSC#195


Lately, I’ve been trying to finish up some of the projects I’ve left lying around half-finished for a while.  One of those projects was finishing up an old Paper Pumpkin kit (Blissful Bouquet) that I had started and never finished.  Once I got those done, I decided to try to use the stamp set from that kit to create a card using this week’s sketch challenge.  


Even though my part of the world has seemingly moved into “autumn mode” I decided to resist the lure of deep, rich fall colors and, instead, chose the cheery colors of Delightful Daffodil and Pool Party.  I think the yellow/white/blue combination is classically cheerful & always had such a clean feeling.  I love it.  This card was unusual for me in that I didn’t add a single embellishment….but I quite like the simplicity of it for a change. The long skinny sentiments from the Floral Phases stamp set were perfect for this sketch.

After finishing the card for the challenge, I decided to make a similar card with some variances, which you can see below.  Which do you like better? 



Be sure to check out how my friends used this sketch to create their cards this week by clicking on the links below:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Making Flowers from Foxes - DOstamper STARS Challenge - DSC #194 starring the Fox Builder Punch

 


This week's challenge was to use a NEW stamp - so something that was new to this year's annual catalog or something from the yet-to-be-released-to-the-public Holiday Catalog.  So far, I only have one new punch, the Fox Builder punch,...so guess who got out to play?  Yup, this little critter.  I am going to have soooo much fun with this little guy!  

So, about this project...one of the reasons I love to buy (and keep) the punches is because you never know what sort of punch art you can create with them.  There are tons of ideas on Pinterest and online galleries, so I have never regretted buying and saving these tools.  Today I wanted to look at the punch a little differently...I have seens TONS of cute cards already using the fox as a fox, cat, skunk, squirrel and other critters.  But I wanted to challenge myself to think outside the box.  Low and behold, I noticed that part of the punch layered to create a pretty little flower. 

What are some of your favorite "outside-the-box" uses for Stampin' Up! punches?

Here's what the Fox Builder punch looks like!

And here's how I punched out the flower parts - it took 4 pieces to make this flower.



To make this, you’ll need:



To see how my friends used their new punches, check our their blogs by clicking on the links below...
 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Paper Pumpkin BOGO

Paper Pumpkin BOGO sale by Stampin' Up! #dostamping, Dawn Olchefske
For the first-time ever, FIRST-time Paper Pumpkin subscribers can buy their first month and get their second month FREE! 
Offer Dates: August 11–October 10, 2016
Offer Details:  When you use promo code “BOGO” at Michelle's PaperPumpkin, you'll pay the regular price of $19.95 for your first month and get your second month for FREE!
The Fine Print:
  • Offer will be void if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. 
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95+ tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).
Timing:
  • If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, you will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free.
  • If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit free.
Paper Pumpkin BOGO sale by Stampin' Up! #dostamping, Dawn Olchefske


Happy stamping! 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Happy Birthday, Brianna!


Recognize the colors and technique?  That's right - it's the same color combination and layout as my challenge card from last Thursday!  This was the card I made for my friend, Brianna, who just turned 40.  We celebrated her birthday with pedicures & shopping followed by a surprise party her husband had lovingly planned.  It was perfect! 

Supplies: Whisper White cardstock, Island Indigo ink & cardstock, Mint Macaron ink & cardstock, Sweet Sugarplum ink & cardstock, Endless birthday wishes, adhesive, a few adhesive rhinestones and a dash of Sweet Sugar Plum ribbon.
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