Garden in Bloom Bee Card

Garden in Bloom Bee Card

Luckily I remembered I had seen a bee stamp in this Garden in Bloom Stamp Set, and it came in handy after we had a swarm of bees come visit on Sunday!  We’ve never had that happen before, although we have seen distressing stories on the news about people with huge swarms of bees and honeycomb in the walls of their homes dripping honey. A house down on the corner had bees and we saw a beekeeper there at least twice and some repairs being done on the house! I guess swarms of bees are common, but we just haven’t had the pleasure yet until this weekend! Fortunately, we saw the swarm on the front of the house and caught it early so they wouldn’t have made a big honeycomb yet in the wall or wherever they are!  At least that’s what we think!

So even bees can be an inspiration for a card, as most of nature can be! This Garden in Bloom Photopolymer Stamp Set is sticking around and you will find it in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog on page 146.  The greeting is from the stamp set And Many More, which I deeply regret to say is retiring May 31.  It is still available right now as I write this and at a discount! Check out the sayings that come in the set and see if you “need” it for your word collection!Beekeeper
A week from today will be the first day of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog! Be sure to shop the Retiring Products if they are still available.  Last day is May 31. Remember, you can’t mix old and new, so get any retiring products by May 31 and then you can place an order from the new catalog beginning June 1st. It is an exciting time!  Just like having a swarm of bees is an exciting time, in a different way! Bees are actually pretty interesting! Anything that inspires a handmade card like this Garden in Bloom Bee Card can’t be all bad, right?!

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One More Week for the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List!

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You’ve been hearing about it for awhile but now we are coming down to the wire!  One week from today, May 31st, will be the last day to order retiring products from this current Stampin’ Up! catalog! Can you believe how fast this month has flown by??

The Occasions Catalog is also ending on May 31st.  A lot of the products are carrying over into the new catalog, but not all, so be sure you have everything you want out of this catalog!

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Here is the Retiring Products list!  Remember, items are only available while supplies last including stamps, now that we are past May 22. If you can’t find it in the online store then maybe it isn’t available. Be sure you search by item number if you can’t find it by name or category.

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Online Ordering will be down from midnight until 3:00 AM (MT) on June 1st while Stampin’ Up! transitions the system to the 2016-17 annual catalog. During this time, no orders can be placed in Online Ordering.  You can order products from the new catalog starting at 3:00 AM (MT) on June 1st. (In case you can’t sleep and want to be putting in your order in the middle of the night or very early morning!!!)  You can imagine, with all the excitement over a new catalog there can be glitches in the computer system, slow load times due to heavy traffic, and any other kinds of hiccups. Just come back and try again. Do not try to put in your new order the night before – actually you wouldn’t even be able to enter the new product numbers – but any time there is a special, if you enter items before the special, when the offer or catalog goes live, you just have to do it over again for the computer to register the new items.

Let me know in the meantime if you have any questions or need any assistance.

JUNE SPECIAL:  For the month of June, hosts can get $35 in Extra Stampin’ Rewards when you host a stamping event with $350 or more in sales. This can be your own gigantic order or get some stamping friends together! Let me know if you have a group of friends you want to tie together in a workshop order and I can give you a Hostess Code so that each can order but you can get credit as the Hostess.  That’s more money you can use for products in the new annual catalog, and you know there are PLENTY of new products you’ll want to bring home. Remember, Stampin’ Rewards can be used on a Starter Kit, so this is a great time for potential recruits to start their business for less.

JUNE SPECIAL FOR NEW RECRUITS: Just announced today, new recruits to Stampin’ Up! in June, if you would like to start your own stamping business, will be able to choose TWO FREE STAMP SETS in your Starter Kit (excluding Bundles and Kits). Depending on what stamp sets you choose, this could have a value as high as $104! The Starter Kit is what you purchase to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!  You can sign up Online HERE (offer begins June 1) and have your Demonstrator number in minutes! From that moment on, you are entitled to the Demonstrator discount and perks and can start making plans for starting your business in whatever manner you choose. If you prefer, you can fill out the forms and mail them in. (That’s how we used to do it!) The Starter Kit is $99 but you choose $125 worth of product to go in it! In addition, you get $50 in business supplies to help you get started! This FREE STAMPS offer is good June 1 -30.

To find out about joining Stampin’ Up!, just click HERE.

Just to tell you what is possible with Stampin’ Up! if you choose to do the work, the Demonstrators who earned it are on the Stampin’ Up! cruise to the Mediterranean this week! It takes work but is not impossible! Even if you just join for the discount, you may discover that you want to accomplish more!

One more week for the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products list so be sure to check it out!


Easy Bohemian Thank You Card

Easy Bohemian Thank You Card

This Bohemian Designer Series Paper is one that I bought but wasn’t that crazy about, so I wanted to use it some more before it retires May 31 and ended up with this easy Bohemian thank you card! I think I saw an idea of punching circles out of the paper and used that inspiration on this card. Just grab various size punches, some larger ones and some medium and small – whatever you like! Besides the designer paper, I also punched a piece of cardstock in the color that coordinated with the paper, Island Indigo. I also used a Scallop Circle Punch for the background of the greeting.  The greeting is from Tin of Cards Stamp SetI sure do love that stamp set!

The card base is Blackberry Bliss cardstock (one of the retiring In Colors) although you could use another coordinating color. The ribbon is an older one from the Holiday Catalog, but I saw it in my basket and decided to use it. Just substitute some other ribbon if you don’t have this one.

Use this idea for this Easy Bohemian Thank You Card to make a card with any cardstock, designer paper and colors you like!

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Pop of Pink Easy Card For a Friend

Pop of Pink Easy Card For a Friend

Today I decided to break out some new products and decided on the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and made this Pop of Pink easy card for a friend. I started with a card base of Melon Mambo, one of the coordinating colors), layered it with a piece of Basic Black and laid down the piece of designer paper to make sure I’d cut it the right size.  I intended to use the other side of the paper for the bottom portion on the front, but just laying this paper on the card as is, I liked it just fine!  The other side of the paper will have to wait for another project!

Next I decided to use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to make a Melon Mambo tag layered with Whisper White. I decided on the “Dear Friend” greeting in the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set and also stamped the little flower in the set with Melon Mambo.  What I really wanted to do at the very beginning of all this was to use the new Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape so I finally had a place to use it on the bottom of the tag! I love washi tape, but don’t really use it often enough. I tied on a piece of Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon to the tag. This has always been my favorite ribbon because it is pretty, elegant, and white goes with most everything!  I’m so glad it will be in the new catalog!

Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape

Sometimes keeping things simple works the best!  Now I have to figure out another card using the backside of this pretty pattern in the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper!

All these new things will be coming SOON, June 1, 2016! If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and do not have your own Demonstrator that you work with, please contact me and I would be happy to send you a new Stampin’ Up! Catalog and information.

Even if you are not a Demonstrator and do not have this new paper yet, choose something you do have and make a pretty card for a friend!  And mail it!

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Graduation Congratulations Card with Large Numbers Framelits

Graduation Congratulations Card with Large Numbers Framelits

It is hard to believe that it is graduation time for schools, so if you need a graduation card, perhaps this Graduation Congratulations Card with Large Numbers Framelits will help you out.  I wanted to use the Large Numbers Framelits Dies so I die cut the numbers with my Big Shot for the graduation year. I used the Gold Foil Sheets for the numbers.  I tried another idea on the card but it didn’t work so then I thought of stamping “Congrats” randomly on the background of the card. This stamp comes from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set. I stamped it with Smoky Slate Ink  because I wanted it to show up but still be kind of muted in the background. The banner stamp is also included in the Number of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set and can be die cut with the banner framelit in the Large Numbers Framelits Dies. The greeting is stamped from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, one of my favorites and most used stamp sets.  It fits perfectly inside this banner.

Now I did make a little graduation cap to put on the card but it didn’t fit very well, so I finally decided to just let it go, the card is fine without it.  Sometimes you have to stand back and realize that even if the card or project you are making isn’t as perfect or fantastic as YOU want it, someone else will not be looking at it as critically as you are. No one will open this card and say, “Why on earth did she not put a punch art graduation cap on the front??!”  You have to remember that when you are creating and don’t make stamping more difficult for yourself! And sometimes less is more!

You might want to consider purchasing the Number of Years Bundle of the Number of Years Stamp Set and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies so you are all set for making all kinds of birthday, anniversary, graduation and other cards, scrapbook pages, and who knows what?! Both items will be in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog June 1st, but they will no longer be in a bundle, so get them now in a bundle while you can and save 15%!

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Get Extra Stampin’ Rewards in June with the New Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

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What could be as exciting as getting the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog in June?  Maybe getting extra hostess rewards with your order?!! During the month of June, Stampin’ Up! will offer hosts with a $350 or more event (or your own order!) an EXTRA $35 in Stampin’ Rewards! Stampin’ Rewards can even be used on Starter Kits if you wish to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and start your own business.

If you would like to have some friends get together and have a stamping party or class, let me know and we can plan something. Or do what some of my customers do out-of-town, get some friends to stamp together for fun, and gather orders together along with your own. I can give you a Hostess Code to use if you want to tie several individual orders together and get credit toward your hostess total, whether or not you reach the $350. As long as you have an order total of $150, you qualify for 10% in Hostess Rewards.

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For a new catalog sneak peek and for your viewing pleasure, please watch this Stampin’ Up! video about the upcoming Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit (#1424390) page 159 in the new catalog.

In the meantime, you can shop at Stampin’ Up! Online while you wait for the new catalog to begin on June 1, 2016!

Big News Awesome Card

Big News Awesome Card

One of the stamp sets I hate to see retire is this one called Big News. I love the very interesting words, fonts, and designs. You can make a card like this for lots of occasions! This stamp set, both clear-mount and wood-mount, has a discounted price during retirement!

I decided to try a different technique with this stamp to make it more colorful and interesting.  I stamped the word in Hello Honey Ink (retired), the whole stamp, and then stamped one end in Tangelo Twist Ink and the other end in Lost Lagoon Ink (retired). So the stamp is inked in all three colors at one time.  As long as you start with the lightest color, you can stamp into a darker ink pad.  Just don’t start with a dark color and then stamp into a light color ink pad!! I stamped the word onto Shimmery White Cardstock.

The stamped design is then layered onto Gold Glimmer Paper and then Lost Lagoon Cardstock. This is all layered on a piece of Hello Honey Cardstock embossed with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.

You could achieve this same look by coloring the stamp with various Stampin’ Write Markers. And certainly you can use lots of different combinations of ink colors. Just remember to use the lightest color first.

Remember, retiring products are only available while supplies last, although any stamps that run out will still be manufactured through May 22.

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Easy Botanical Gardens Gift Bag

Easy Botanical Gardens Gift Bag

Find out how quick it is to make this Easy Botanical Gardens Gift Bag! The other day after I made twenty-five treat bags with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, I needed something to carry them in, and I wanted it to be decorative.  After all, presentation is everything, right?! So I grabbed a small kraft bag in my bag of bags and found this one. It already had printing on it from the store where I had gotten it from, so I cut a piece of Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper wide enough to cover all that. To set it off a little bit, I cut strips of Hello Honey Cardstock, one of the coordinating colors that goes with this designer paper. I adhered one to the top of the designer paper and one strip to the bottom, then adhered the whole piece to the front of the bag. I looked in my pile of stray pieces that were already die cut, punched or stamped, and found this one die cut flower and some leaves from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and added an Iced Rhinestone Embellishment to the center of the flower. Done and very cute! If I wanted to, I could have added lots more flowers and embellishments to the bag, but for this purpose, this was fine.

Just grab a shopping bag of any size you have in your house and decorate with designer paper or card stock and embellishments!  Custom gift bag almost for free!  No special trip to the store to buy a gift bag! If you have this paper, try this Easy Botanical Gardens Gift Bag.

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Watercolored Butterfly Birthday Card

Watercolored Butterfly Birthday Card

I got the idea for this Watercolored Butterfly Birthday Card from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog that will be out June 1st!  It was so easy to make and I love how it turned out!

I watercolored the Shimmery White Cardstock background using some reinkers and my Aqua Painter. This is such an easy technique!  The Aqua Painter is one of my favorite tools! The barrel is filled with water so it is like a paint brush without having to dip it in a separate container of water. You can pick up some ink from the lid of an ink pad or you can put just a tiny drop of reinker on the outside of a plastic stamp case or any piece of plastic and water it down with the Aqua Painter first or just pick up as is, depending on what shade you want. Just to help the reinkers along, I spritzed the Shimmery White Cardstock a little bit with water in a spritzer bottle. Shimmery White isn’t as good for watercoloring as Watercolor Paper but it is better than Whisper White.  And you will love the shimmer!  You can probably see it a bit in my photo. I used Delightful Dijon, Bermuda Bay, and Rich Razzleberry reinkers. I just scribbled on some color onto the slightly wet Shimmery White and kind of blended the edges together. If you are in a hurry (of course you are!) use your Heat Tool to gently dry the paper.

The reason I chose those colors was because I was going to use the Elegant Butterfly Punch  to punch out butterflies from the Bohemian Designer Series Paper. Honestly this was never my favorite paper, yet there have been many cute projects made with it. Just look on the back of any pack of designer paper and you will see the coordinating colors listed, in tiny print! I always write them on the back cardboard with a Sharpie so I can read it easily!!  I added some Candy Dots to the butterflies and popped them up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting is from the Remembering Your Birthday Stamp Set.

You can make this card with just Shimmery White, but mine is actually on a card base of Delightful Dijon Cardstock, which doesn’t show up well in my photo. You can jazz up this card even more if you like with more embellishments but I liked it just the way it turned out. Try something like the Watercolored Butterfly Birthday Card for any occasion or changing the colors or embellishments, etc.

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Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags

I spent most of the day making a bunch of Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags for some people. Yesterday I posted one I made to get myself going and think about how I was going to decorate the treat bag. It’s best to have a simple design when you are making a quantity of anything, of course.  I used quite an assortment of papers for these! I used the Cherry on Top Paper Stack, the Love Blossoms Paper Stack, Birthday Bouquet, English Garden (retired), and the Botanical Gardens Designer PaperMost of these I had big enough scraps for at least one treat bag so I ended up with lots of different papers just to use up some of my current papers.

I scored the bag at 3 1/2″ from the bottom to make the foldover flap. Then I adhered a belly band around the treat bag (be sure to put the treat in first!) and stamped “Thank You” for the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set. The word “Celebrate” is from the Any Many More Stamp Set that has all kinds of greetings in it.

It’s fun to make these mini treat bags!  You don’t only have to use them for candy or treats. You can use them for envelopes and slip in a simple card or a monetary gift.

Of course the main thing you need to make these Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags is the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot.

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Make a Birthday Bouquet Treat Bag with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Birthday Bouquet Mini Treat Bag

I’m back to one of my favorite projects, using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to make a special treat bag with the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper. I love using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies for lots of projects! The basic way to use the dies is to make a treat bag with an opening in the top like any little sack and then embellish it. But this one I folded the top over and added a belly band to hold it closed.  It is filled with two chocolates and a tea bag. The die cut heart also comes in the die collection. I embossed the heart with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder just to add a little texture. The small hearts are punched with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch PackThe word “Enjoy” is also one of the die cuts.  You really get a lot in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  The belly band is 8 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and just folded around the bag.  The bag is scored at 3 1/2″ from the bottom if you want a score line to help fold the top over.

There are so many variations to making these treat bags and embellishing them! Check out my post HERE to see the other similar one I made,

We’re moving along in May so be sure you check out the Retiring Stampin’ Up! products list to see what is still available and what you want before they are gone May 31. Stamps are guaranteed though May 22 since Stampin’ Up! manufactures their own stamps in Kanab, Utah. Other products are only available while supplies last.  If you see it in the Online Store, then it is still for sale!

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A Quick and Easy Mother’s Day Card

Quick and Easy Mother's Day Card

If you are running behind, here is a quick and easy Mother’s Day card that is simple for anyone to make at the last minute! You can copy this exact idea or just use it for a starting point and give it your own twist.

After playing around with a couple of other ideas that honestly weren’t working out very well, I decided to just stamp three stems, stamp three flowers and use a die cut word I found in my stash of unused pieces I’d already made at one time or another.  You could just as easily stamp a greeting at the bottom instead of using a die cut.

The flowers are from the stamp set Flower Patch. Lots of flower designs to choose from in that stamp set. But if you don’t have that stamp set, just use another one. The die cut “enjoy” is from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  The card base is Blushing Bride with a layer of Whisper White.  The card is square at 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ but it fits in a regular size Whisper White Medium Envelope so no need for a square envelope. And for a little embellishment, I added Pearls to the center of each flower!  You could do rhinestones or candy dots or whatever you like.

This card is actually perfect for many other occasions, not just Mother’s Day, but if you are looking for a quick and easy Mother’s Day card today, something like this one will be much appreciated!


Birthday Bouquet Gift Bag for Mother’s Day

Birthday Bouquet Gift Bag for Mother's Day

If you need a quick gift bag for Mother’s Day or any occasion, it’s easy to make one with the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board or you can follow some directions online to make a bag. This gift bag is made with the pretty Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  I actually intended to use the side that is on the inside of the bag, but I didn’t think about which way the pattern was going when I used the Punch Board, so the hearts would have been upside down! When you are using the Gift Bag Punch Board, remember that what you are punching and scoring at the top of the board is actually going to be the bottom of your bag.  Make sure you check your paper pattern and make sure it is going in the correct direction! However, the pattern on the other side of almost any Stampin’ Up! paper is also going to be pretty and coordinating with what you are making so it worked out just fine to use this polka dot pattern for my gift bag!

I found a scrap of designer paper that was from a boo-boo awhile back, and really all that I could use it for would be cutting out the flowers by hand.  Depending on how much you like or hate to cut things out, you might prefer to stamp a flower rather than cut one out! But this worked for me.  I love these flowers on this paper so I just cut out around the flower and all its parts and didn’t worry about perfection.  If you leave a little border then perfection in cutting doesn’t matter! Having Paper Snips really does make the job of cutting things out a lot easier.

To make the snipped flower stand out on the bag, I punched a 2 1/2″ circle of Blushing Bride cardstock, then thought of putting a Tea Lace Paper Doily behind it. I had some doilies already cut in half so I decided that would be better. Then I added some White Jute Ribbon and a scrap of Venetian Crochet TrimSince I had a scrap of Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Ribbon that was already tied in a knot, I just put the ends through to the back and had that little pop of color in the front holding the bag shut.

Birthday Bouquet Gift Bag Embellishment

I like the Gift Bag Punch Board for making small to medium size gift bags. It comes in handy sometimes!  If you take an afternoon and make a bunch at one time, you can have a supply of gift bags of all kinds on hand ready for when you need them! Almost any of the designer paper by Stampin’ Up! is pretty enough for gift bags, but I really like this Birthday Bouquet Paper for this Mother’s Day Gift Bag!

Circle of Spring Embossed Wreath Watercolor Thank You Card

Circle of Spring Embossed Wreath Watercolor Thank You Card

This Circle of Spring Embossed Wreath Watercolor Thank You Card seems perfect for spring! Doesn’t the watercolor look just feel like spring? I found this watercolored and embossed piece laying in a pile of odds and ends because there was a little imperfection in the embossing. Do you have a little pile of pieces that maybe you punched out but didn’t use or scraps of cardstock or something you stamped and then didn’t need?

The focal point of this card is a layer of Watercolor Paper watercolored with several colors, perhaps with the acetate sheet method I think in my last newsletter. Then I used Versamark Ink to stamp the wreath from the Circle of Spring Stamp Set and embossed with the Heat Tool and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I recommend when you stamp or stamp to emboss on Watercolor Paper that you make sure your ink pad is juicy and make sure you give your stamp a good press on the paper since the paper is a little bit textured compared to regular card stock. To color the flowers and leaves of the wreath use either light-colored Stampin’ Write Markers or use the Aqua Painter and pick up small amounts of ink either from the ink pad or from a drop of ink refill.

The bow is stamped and diecut and actually trimmed a little bit with scissors to get off the excess white border. The small butterfly is punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch out of a scrap of watercolored paper that was lying around on my table.  The little turquoise rhinestones are actually some “contraband” I had in the drawer, but you can use your Stampin’ Up! Rhinestones and color them with Sharpie Markers to color them, or use the Blendabilities if you happen to have those that Stampin’ Up! used to carry.

The card base is Melon Mambo and the layer is Tempting Turquoise. There are several different greetings that come in the Circle of Spring Stamp Set so you can have your choice. You can use the Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies to cut out the wreath, bow, and hanger.

The wreath in the Circle of Spring Stamp Set will make a beautiful card for you whether you just stamp or emboss, watercolor or not. Make it look like spring or another season by the colors you use on the wreath and the rest of your card or project.

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Stamping Off Easy Petite Petals Congratulations Card

Petite Petals Congratulations Card

I’m getting a little more use out of my 2014-16 In Colors before they retire in this Stamping Off Easy Petite Petals Congratulations Card. I have to admit, I stole the idea from a sample in the new upcoming Stampin’ Up! Catalog! Mine is even simpler, just stamped on a folded piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock and stamped the greeting right on the center of the card.  I could have stamped and punched a few extra Petite Petals to adhere in a popped-up fashion, but I just kept it simple.

I chose to use three of the retiring In Colors:  Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss (ink pad not available). I did LOTS of stamping off to get the lighter colors of the flowers and less stamping off to keep getting darker colors. What is it about having a stamp in your hand and doing repetitive stamping that is so satisfying?! The flower is from the Petite Petals Stamp Set, which is not retiring and you will see in the new catalog. And for the small price difference, only $4, I would recommend getting the wood-mount stamp set.

For the greeting, I chose the Bravo Photopolymer Stamp Set with it’s great bold greetings for many occasions. Sadly, this is a retiring stamp set, so if you are interested, be sure to put it on your order!

This Stamping Off Easy Petite Petals Congratulations Card is fun to stamp and would work for graduations, weddings, thinking of you, birthday, hello, birthday, Mother’s Day – many occasions!

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Adult Coloring Flower Shop Card

Adult Coloring Flower Shop CardYesterday I made my own adult coloring page and today I have made it into this Adult Coloring Flower Shop Card! If you are into the adult coloring craze, don’t forget, you can make your own coloring pages!  Just stamp randomly with Stazon Ink or Archival Black Ink and then color in with Stampin’ Write Markers, watercolor with ink, color with colored pencils, whatever you would like to do!  It’s fun, easy and therapeutic! Just take a little while to stamp and relax, and color like when you were a child! I recommend using lighter colored markers or else pick up the ink with an Aqua Painter so it doesn’t get too dark for your images. I used the Flower Shop stamp set to stamp these outline flowers.

After “adult coloring” this page yesterday, I decided to make it into a card today!  It is layered on a piece of Basic Black cardstock with a very thin margin and then layered on a card base of So Saffron. The greeting is from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set (one of my favorites!). I stamped it and then punched out with the popular Decorative Label Punch. I couldn’t resist adding a couple of Rhinestone Jewels.  The ribbon is the Basic Black 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (retired).

If you want a layer behind your Decorative Label Punch, punch out two pieces of the contrasting color.  Then cut each piece in half, one horizontally and one vertically and layer behind the top label.

If you want to see my adult coloring Flower Shop page before I made it into a card, visit my Facebook page HERE.

Take a few minutes and stamp some Whisper White card stock with an outline image of your choice.  Just holding a block and stamp in your hand will feel wonderful! Stamp and then color in with whatever art supplies you have. Stamping and coloring is good for the soul!

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Flower Shop Mother’s Day Card

Flower Shop Mother's Day Card

Mother’s Day is coming next Sunday so here is a Flower Shop Mother’s Day card! Sometimes I totally surprise myself with what I end up making compared to what I thought I was going to make when I get out my supplies and start stamping. This card was inspired by one I saw in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog on page 126, made with the Flower Shop Stamp Set.  I don’t even know how they made it so I just came up with something similar.

The card base is made with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock with a layer of Whisper White (regular) Cardstock. The flowers are stamped with Crumb Cake ink, but stamped off first before stamping again on the Whisper White layer. A couple of the flowers are stamped and punched out with the Pansy Punch.

Now the unusual part of the card is the fiber heart.  Can you guess what that is made from?  I used the White Jute Ribbon!  I’m not sure at all how they made the heart on the sample I was copying, but I made mine with the Jute Ribbon. It wasn’t wide enough, so I just took 3 pieces of the ribbon, laid them side by side to make one heart. I actually folded the center piece in half lengthwise, then put the side pieces on each side of that folded center piece and cut out a heart shape like you would out of folded paper. Then I used Fast Fuse to adhere the three pieces down on the card in the heart shape.

I added a few embellishments: two of the Neutral Designer Buttons (retiring and discounted) and one of the 2015-17 In Color Blossom Accents (retiring and discounted).  The greeting is from the retiring stamp set And Many More. This stamp set, in the wood-mount, is discounted almost $10! Change the greeting to anything you like for a card for another occasion!

If you need inspiration, just look through the Stampin’ Up! Catalog and look at the samples.  I’m sure you will find something that jumps out at you that you want to make.  You can copy exactly or change the paper or the embellishments or the colors or the stamp set! It’s fun and easy! That’s how I came to making this Flower Shop Mother’s Day Card.

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Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card

Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card

Yesterday I showed you a baby card made with the retiring Big News Stamp Set and today I have used one of the birthday stamps in the set to make this Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card. Today is May Day, the 1st day of May, so I thought a few flowers would be appropriate!

Normally I don’t care for the off-kelter, look of cards that seems to be popular recently, like I have done with the designer paper on the background of this card. However, I was looking at a sample that I was copying except for changing the designer paper, so I decided to give it a try. The card base is Hello Honey Card Stock and I used the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper for the background layers. This paper is retiring, so get it while you can!  I angled them slightly, which normally I don’t like.  The greeting from Big News is stamped on Whisper White Card Stock with Old Olive Ink.

The flowers are cut out from another pattern of the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper. The flowers are pretty as is, but if you like, you can use the stamps in the Botanical Bloom Photopolymer Stamp Set to stamp the flower centers, as I did. I simply cut out the flowers myself, but you can use the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies to die cut them. If you want it all, get the Botanical Blooms Photopolymer Bundle while you can and get the stamp set, the framelits, and the designer series paper.  You will save 15% with the Bundle and get everything you need!  You could also add some other embellishments if you wanted – ribbon, rhinestones, Candy Dots.

Now that it is May, this is the last month for the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products! See all that is still available in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. Accessories are only available while supplies last and some are sold out already. Stamps, since Stampin’ Up! manufactures them, will be available through May 22 even if they sell out.  Stampin’ Up! will make more until that date.

See if you like the angled look of my Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card today, and if so, try it yourself for something different!

Big News Baby Card

Big News Baby Card

Make a Big News baby card for that new arrival with the Big News Stamp Set! It’s on the Stampin’ Up! retiring list so you only have a few weeks to order it. But this stamp set is not just for babies, it has greetings for several life events, such as birthdays and weddings, as well as good old “awesomeness”!

Big News Stamp Set

I hate to see this stamp set retire. It made me happy just to see it!

I used the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper on this card so I used the colors that coordinate with the paper.  The card base is Mint Macaron layered with Whisper White Card Stock. The words are stamped in Soft Suede ink.

I stamped the outlined words “Big News” right on a scrap of the Birthday Bouquet Paper with Stazon Black Ink so it wouldn’t bleed when I colored in the letters.  You can stamp the whole stamp on a larger piece of designer paper and then cut it accordingly rather than trying to stamp it precisely. I  cut the banner ends and then layered it on a piece of Watermelon Wonder card stock. You might not be able to tell from the photo, but I colored in the outline letters with the Mossy Meadow Marker from the 2014-16 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers. This set of markers is one of the retiring In Colors and the pack of markers is discounted, so be sure to check that out!

The baby booties are from the stamp set Something For BabyI colored the stamp with two markers, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron, and stamped and then cut out. I tied a small bow with Whisper White Baker’s Twine and adhered the booties to the ends of the twine. You can also get coordinating framelits for this baby stamp set in a bundle with the stamp set, the Something for Baby BundleSave 15% with the Bundle!

We always need more words and greetings for our stamping projects so check out the Big News Stamp Set (both the clear- and wood-mount stamp sets are discounted!) and see if you should add it to your Stampin’ Up! order, and make sure you get all the retiring accessories you want while they are still available.

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Blended Bloom Shimmery Thank You Card

Blended Bloom Shimmery Thank You Card

We are in the midst of the Stampin’ Up! transition to the new catalog with the Retiring Products List and two of the retiring products on the list are on this Blended Bloom Shimmery Thank You Card. The Retiring List is a list of products going away by May 31st (if not sooner) in order to make room for the exciting new products and stamp sets in the new Stampin’ Up! 2016-17 catalog coming out June 1, 2016.

This beautiful stamp, Blended Bloom Wood-Mount Stamp Set, is a single wood-mount stamp. If you are in to the adult coloring craze, this is a good stamp for coloring! You can stamp it as many times as you like without having to buy an expensive coloring book! This stamp is discounted by a few dollars on the Retiring List, so check it out!

I stamped this beautiful flower on Shimmery White Card Stock with Stazon Ink. Shimmery White paper holds up to watercoloring pretty well, better than Whisper White, although Watercolor Paper still is the best.  But I love the shimmer on the Shimmery White Paper. I think you can see it a little bit in the photo above. I used my Aqua Painter and ink refills to color in the flower, then cut it out with Paper Snips.

The card base is Rich Razzleberry Card Stock (as is the main color of ink on the flower) with a Shimmery White layer. I wrapped a piece of White 1 1/4″ Jute Ribbon around the left side of the card using Fast Fuse to adhere the end and also to adhere it along the front of the card, but not all the way over to the right. Then I tied on some Linen Thread around the Jute and trimmed the end with my Craft Scissors (they are sold out!). Then I adhered the Blended Bloom flower using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The greeting is from the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set This stamp set is a great one to have, lots of great greetings plus a few little cutesy stamps that I have often used for just an extra little something on a project. I would also recommend you take a look at the Tin of Cards Project Kit because it is discounted right now and on the Retiring List! A great price and lots of crafting fun to make 16 cards!

Grab the Blended Bloom Stamp while you can and check out the other products used on the Blended Bloom Shimmery Thank You Card. Just change the greeting, of course, to make it a card for any occasion.

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