Monday, April 21, 2014

Stampin' Up! Retired Lists 
 The Stampin' Up! retired lists are here:
Click to Shop the Stampin' Up! Retired List

All items are available only while supplies last, even stamps (which is different than in years past). In fact, some of the items have already sold out! Combine that with the fact that right now you can get free shipping, and it makes it even easier to justify doing some shopping today! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Shower Day!!!


Today, my mom and I are attended a couples' shower for my cousin and her fiancĂ©.  So, I decided to make them a card using their wedding colors (Pear Pizzazz and Perfect Plum) and this card as inspiration. I didn't have the cloud embossing folder, so I cut some out with a die cut from my stash.  I paper-pierced the white rectangle layer and the heart shape using Stampin' Up!'s piercing tools (paper-piercing tool: #126189; pierce mat: #126199, essentials pack: #126187, and occasions pack: #129387). I stamped the umbrella (retired Rain or Shine set) on the white rectangle and then again on a scrap of white.  I cut the umbrella out of the scrap and adhered it onto the rectangle using a Dimensional to give it some depth.  I topped it with a flower punched with Boho Blossoms  (#119858) and a Large Rhinestone (#129324).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stampin' Up! Catalog Year Coming to a Close

With the renewal of spring, we find ourselves coming to the end of another catalog year for Stampin' Up!  If you're anything like me, you're probably chomping at the bit to find out what new goodies are headed our way, and which goodies we are going to need to hoard because they are retiring.  To help you plot your purchases, here is the schedule for transitioning this spring:

#dostamping #stampinup #2013-2014AnnualCatalog #retiredlist
Monday, April 21 - Retired List (all products available while supplies last - this year, this also means stamp sets will be in limited quantities as well!!! - this is different than in years past - so don't delay in ordering your favorites!)
Thursday, May 1st - NEW Project Life products (check out Project Life Details )
Monday, June 2 - New 2014/2015 Annual Catalog goes live!  (ordering begins at 12pm MT)
Wednesday, June 4 - Last day to order from the "old" 2013/2014 Annual Catalog

How to get your new Stampin' Up! 2014/2015 Catalog?  It's easy - contact me through my website and I will be happy to ensure you get a free copy!

Also, thank you for taking the time to follow my blog, leave comments, and of course, for choosing me as your demonstrator.  I hope all this good news leaves you as excited as it leave me! :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hey - did you hear??? PROJECT LIFE

Did you hear the great news that STAMPIN' UP! is partnering with Project Life and Becky Higgins to create some beautiful new products for your scrapbooking? 

If you are familiar with Project Life, I don't need to tell you how good of news this is. If you are unfamiliar with Project Life, I assure you, you will love it.  It is a quick and beautiful way to get your printed photos out of the shoeboxes and into albums quickly so that your family and friends can "oooh and ahhhh" over them, with the "fuss" of traditional paper scrapbooking.  The products will be beautifully designed and of the highest quality (true to all Stampin' Up! Products) and will coordinate with our other offerings. 

You will be able to purchase the first of the Project Life series on May 1st from my store HERE!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Thousand Thanks!

You may recall a few weeks ago, I was trying to use of scraps of the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper.  Well, the quest continues, and today I find myself using even more of it.  To see my previous project, click here!  My inspiration comes from this pin (original artwork at I thought it was such a clever way to use the numbers in a non-birthday application.  Just goes to show you that even "themed" paper can be used in other creative ways.  It got my mind racing: you could use it for a "across the miles" card, or a fishing scrapbook layout...aren't they always measuring and exaggerating the lengths of those fish?  I hope you like my interpretation of this card.  About the biggest change I made was to use Raspberry Ripple as the card base, rather than Very Vanilla, because it is sturdier.  Having said that, I like the clean appearance of the Vanilla

Supplies used: cardstock in Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay, and Very Vanilla, Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper (#130145), a Candy Dot in Bermuda Bay (regals, #130932), ink in Bermuda Bay, and a sentiment from Lots of Thanks (wood #129687, clear #129690), and a 3/16" corner punch (#119871).  If you'd like these, or other current SU! supplies, I'd be honored if you chose to purchase them at my store.

Friday, April 11, 2014

More challenge inspiration - DSC#077

Yesterday, I showed you the nautical card I made using this week's challenge photograph.  Today, I wanted to show you a more loose interpretation of that card.  About the only inspiration I took from it was the use of white and blue. 

This was a very quick and easy card to make.  After creating a cardstock base in Midnight Muse, I cut a 3-1/2" square of Whisper White and a 3" square of Midnight Muse.  I also cut out several branches of leaves using the Little Leaves Sizzlits die (#114511).  I adhered those leaves using our Multipurpose Glue (#110755) - be careful - a little goes a long way! In doing this, I made sure some of the branches hung off the edge of the blue.  Then I trimmed the branches off to make the edges even.  I adhered the blue layer to the white layer, and then mounted it to the card using Dimensionals (#104430).  After that, I affixed several sizes of our Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246). 

TIP: when using multiples of any embellishment, placing them in visual triangles will help move the viewers' eye across the project. In this case, each size of rhinestone was placed in a visual triangle with other rhinestones of the same size.

I added a white piece of cardstock to the inside, but left it blank so that I can grab it and use it for any occasion in the coming's always nice to have a few extras laying around.

I hope you enjoyed this quick & easy card.  If you'd like to purchase these, or any current SU! products, please visit my store!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nautical Inspirations - DSC#077

As soon as I saw this week's challenge, I knew that I wanted to use it pretty literally. I love the color scheme and I had been looking for an excuse to use my "By the Tide" stamp set again.  I decided on Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake and Whisper White which is pretty similar to the color scheme in the photo and feels so fresh and clean to me.  I also decided to keep with the nautical theme because I'm itching for summery beaches & also because it is a pretty universal theme.

Whenever possible, I like to decorate the inside of my cards, too, as an added touch and happy surprise to the recipient.

The products I used are cardstock in Whisper White, Midnight Muse, and Crumb Cake, as well as ink in Midnight Muse and Crumb Cake.  I embellished it with the 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Midnight Muse (#126847).  The images came from the "By the Tide" stamp set (clear #129120, wood #131910) and the sentiments came from the "Express Yourself" stamp set (clear #130339, wood #130336), which you can earn for free with a qualifying order.

To order these, and any other current Stampin' Up! products, visit my STORE!

To see another card inspired by this challenge, come back tomorrow!

To see what my fellow demonstrators did with this challenge, click on these links:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Petal Parade All-Occasion Cards (DSC#067)

While I really enjoy participating in challenges, I rarely find myself doing them on time!  Even so, I do enjoy looking at them for inspiration and using them as "jumping off" points for my cards and scrapbook pages.  This challenge, presented by my upline, was originally issued back in January.  Click HERE to see her interpretation of the sketch (which I LOVE and intend to copy!!!) as well as links to many other wonderful cards also inspired by this sketch.  The products that I used were cardstock in Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White, and Real Red; ink in Real Red, Smoky Slate, and Basic Gray, ribbon in Whisper White, floral stamps from "Petal Parade" and sentiment stamps from "Express Yourself". Unfortunately, the Petal Parade set is no longer offered by Stampin' Up!, however the "Express Yourself" set is extremely versatile and can be earned for FREE by place an order with me totaling $150 or more.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weekly Deals - 4/8/14 - 4/14/14

To take advantage of 25% savings, be sure add this week's deals to your shopping bag - ends Monday the 14th!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Paper Pumpkin's Repurposed Bicycle Stamp

Good morning!  At the start of the catalog year (last summer) I participated in a product share, in which I received 1/6th of each sheet of patterned paper from the catalog.  My goal was to use the smaller pieces in projects and order more of the papers with which I fell in love.  Now that the catalog year is coming to a close, I've decided to challenge myself to use up those pieces of paper, and order any of the "must have" patterns before the end of June, when they retire. Typically, I wait until after the product has retired, and then I'm disappointed when I fall in love with it and can't get anymore.

The first DSP (designer series paper) I tackled was the Birthday Basics line (#130145).  This line features 12 delightful patterns showcasing the colors Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla and Raspberry Ripple.  My first instinct in looking at it was "oh, that's perfect for birthday cards and birthday-themed scrapbook pages."  And it is!  But the more I looked at it, I realized that other than the birthday hats, candles and the balloons, none of the patterns were birthday- or party-specific, and in fact, it's quite a versatile series, so be sure to check back in the coming weeks to see the other ways I've used this great paper.

In the meantime, enjoy this fun creation!  Once I spied the bicycle paper in the package, I realized I had the bicycle stamp from a past My Paper Pumpkin project. I wanted to get two cards out of the small pieces of paper that I had, so I cut it into two pieces on the diagonal and mounted it on some cardstock.  I then covered up the seam with a diagonal stripe made with solid-colored, coordinating cardstock strips, which created a retro feel.  From there, I die cut scraps of Whisper White and Raspberry Ripple using the Deco Labels Collection (#130102), mounted the white on the raspberry, stamped the image in Bermuda Bay, and then mounted the whole thing on my project.  Inside the card, I stamped "hey there friend" from another past My Paper Pumpkin.

If you would like any of these items, please come shop at my ONLINE STORE!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Best Wishes and More - an oldie but goodie

Every so often I challenge myself to pull out the retired stamp sets that I just can't seem to part with and put them to good use.  And that's what I did here.  The leave and flower come from the "Best Wishes and More" set, which is a retired Stampin' Up! set.  Also in that set are a heart, a snowflake, a bird, and a couple sentiments, which makes it a wonderfully versatile set.  I stamped the leaf in Crumb Cake on a Crumb Cake cardstock base.  Then I ran a strip of Bashful Blue (retired) through the Big Shot machine in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (#117335).  Once I adhered that to the card front, I covered up the seam with some Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired) by adhering it with some Sticky Strip (#104294).  Then I created the square by stamping the flower in Daffodil Delight on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, and then cutting it out with my paper snips.  I placed a button on my stash on it and tied some thread through the holes.  I stamped the leaf in Pumpkin Pie and cut it out, then layered them both on a Whisper White square, which was then matted in Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie.  I ended up making 8 of these card, and sent most of them out right away as thank you's and thinking of you's.

 If you would like any of these items, please come shop at my ONLINE STORE!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

You Make Me Happy

This card was tricky to photograph, so I apologize for the funny colors - they are supposed to be Summer Starfruit and Pool Party.  This is another card I received from my upline in her monthly class to go.  Isn't it cute?  You can see her version here.   I love how easily this card came together, and it's made very cleverly from products that weren't intended for these purposes.  For instance, the rays on the sun are made from punched out banners from the Banner Punch and the clouds are made from the Word Bubbles Framelits (#132968).  The stamp set is called See Ya Later.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Great deals - No foolin'!

One of the things I love about Tuesdays is seeing which "must have" products are on this week's specials.  This week was a fun surprise!  Ribbon is always a nice staple, as are the builder wheels. The Delicate Details Lace Tape is SO much fun and adds such a nice touch to projects.  It is white, but it can be inked to any color, or it can be used as is, or it can be used to mask areas of your project.  You can never go wrong with punches, and with most of the country (maybe?) headed into spring (sooner rather than later, I hope), I'm sure you'll have plenty of fresh projects to use them on!  The Perfect Penants dies make the cutest little Easter carrots to hold treats or May Day baskets to share with friends, family and neighbors.  If you're into digital crafting, don't worry - you haven't been forgotten, there is a beautiful Mother's Day ensemble waiting to be downloaded.

If you would like any of these items, please come shop at my ONLINE STORE!
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