Today is the last day to purchase any of the Summer Smooches products, including this Petite Purse Die #125606, It will be available in the new catalog in June…..IF you want to wait that long!!
I made this purse out of White Vellum card stock #101856 and then embossed just the flap with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117355. A few little punched flowers, rhinestones and a bow make it a cute little gift or favor or decoration. You could put a little gift inside or make small little notecards or tags! Very cute and so easy!
To place an order today for any Summer Smooches items, just go to my online store HERE.
No worries about retirement lists with your My Digital Studio software or downloads…because it doesn't retire! My Digital Studio is the software for Stampin' Up! digital design, which uses Stampin' Up! exclusive artwork, colors and templates. It's easy to learn…I know because I learned with NO knowledge of digital papercrafting….and fun to use. Best of all, no need to worry about your favorite digital paper or stamp brush set retiring because it doesn't ….and if something in traditional stamping retires and you missed it, perhaps you will find it as a digital download now or in the future that you can use forever.
Don't forget….if you can't live with the Summer Smooches Collection of products, you've got to get them by April 30th….or you'll have to wait until the new catalog comes out! This is such a bright, happy suite I'm sure you will love it!
On this card I just used the beautiful red dotted paper in the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, cut a square with the Bigz Scallop Squares Duo Die for the Big Shot, and stamped a vase with the Bright Blossoms Stamp Set. The flowers are punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch #119858 to give a little 3-D effect to the card. And why not add some bling with the Rhinestone Jewels?!
Oh my GOODNESS!!! Grab your cup of coffee and SIT DOWN! The Stampin' Up! list of retiring accessories is out today and it is a long one!! It's quite the surprise for all of us! Be sure to remember the accessories are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! And some will go fast!
Some are even discounted at the beginning of the list!!
Correction: Paper Snips and Craft Scissors are not retiring and were on the list earlier…so therefore are not discounted. If you have or have seen a list with those scissors, it is incorrect and Stampin' Up! has corrected the list.
The Summer Smooches preview ends April 30! After that, all the products, except two, (the stencil and the Fabric Brads) will be available in the new catalog. Get that Petite Purse Die so you don't have to wait!! AND…the Fabric Brads are running low! If you want some (they are really cute!) order them right away. Stampin' Up! will not restock them.
Tuesday is the day Stampin' Up! releases new downloads for My Digital Studio. My Digital Studio is the Stampin' Up! digital design software with exclusive Stampin' Up! artwork, colors and templates. It's easy to learn and easy to do….and you really get hooked! These downloads also work with my other design programs if you do not have My Digital Studio.
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I send out a main newsletter close to the beginning of the month with the latest news or specials from Stampin' Up! plus several projects and stamping tips I think that you will enjoy or find useful. Mid-month I usually send out a very short newsletter to update you or remind you of any specials or deadlines. It's my way to have a little stamping visit with you!
Right now is a great time to sign up with the Stampin' Up! retiring lists coming out and the new catalog coming in….soon!! Be sure you stay on top of all things Stampin' Up! You won't want to miss a thing!
The Inspired By Nature#111656 stamp set by Stampin' Up! is one of the many retiring stamp sets come May 31st. It was quite a popular stamp set and you can see why….so versatile for many occasions. Just change the greeting to convey your message. Two sentiments come with it, but of course you can add one from any other stamp set….or leave it plain. Can you see this stamp set being used for a graduation, birthday, get well, or just a note card?
Stamps: Inspired By Nature
Ink: Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso
Paper: Early Espresso Card Stock, Confetti White Card Stock #102028
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Early Espresso; Aquapainter #103954, Jumbo Brads 5/16" Neutrals #112534
Begin with a card base of Early Espresso. Use Confetti White Card Stock for the layer….a beautiful paper we don't use often enough.
Ink up grassy side of stamp (this one comes double-mounted on each side of one wood block) with Old Olive ink and stamp off lightly on scrap paper, then stamp on Confetti White.
Ink up the flower side of stamp using markers to color in the flowers, stems, and grass. Stamp over the grass on Confetti White. If any of it comes out too light, use your Aquapainter or Blender Pen to add some extra ink from markers or an ink pad or refill. Don't add directly with markers or it will be too dark.
Stamp greeting with Early Espresso Ink.
Use Aquapainter to add some Baja Breeze ink for the sky in the background, being careful not to get into the already stamped images or the ink will run. Just color lightly and without thinking too hard!
Add two Jumbo Brads to the top and adhere to card front.
I came across a funny little write-up about creating a stash of fabric, but I have modified it to suit our stamping habit! I think it is REALLY good advice!!! This will come in handy in a few days when the Stampin' Up! retiring accessories list is released on April 25th! Print it out now so you will know the right way to order!
Buy designer papers that you like.
Buy enough to do anything you might potentially think you want to do with it.
Buy a little more, because you know by the time you use it what you have won't be enough and you will need more.
Choose designs you know you family will simply love.
Always buy extra.
Did I mention you should buy more than you think you will need?
Look over your paper often and think about what colors/patterns/designs you need to compliment and contrast what you already have.
Buy the contrasting paper.
Buy the coordinating paper.
Buy extra of all of them because when you sit down to make your project, you still won't have enough.
Always buy some accessories (ribbon, brads, glitter, markers) to coordinate with that paper.
Add a few more accessories just to make sure you have enough for your projects.
If you see a paper you think you might like in the future, buy it now before it disappears forever.
Buy a little extra just in case to be sure you have enough for what you haven't decided to make yet.
Repeat above steps until there is no room left in the house for the family….but know your children will move out someday and you can turn their bedrooms into craft rooms.
If your children are already grown, tell them whatever is left of your stash when you grow old to please bring to the nursing home when they visit so you can touch it.
Fabulous Florets (p. 107) is one of those sets in my collection that has been a little bit neglected, but with springtime here it was time to pull it out! It coordinates with the Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper #122342, which you can see I used as a strip near the bottom of my card. I imagine most of the designer paper will be retired soon so I wanted to use some of this before it is gone. The colors and designs of flowers are so bright and cheerful!
I stamped the flower stem on my Whisper White card stock and a flower or two, but then I also stamped three flowers on scrap paper and cut them out. Then I adhered to my stamped stems, popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals #104430 (who could live without Stampin' Dimensionals??!). The center flower used one of the new Summer Smooches Fabric Brads #125589. They add so much…..but be careful, they are only available during April and will NOT be in the next new catalog in June.
And here are photos of some real flowers from the Houston Azalea Trail in March that I don't think I posted yet. After touring this garden along the bayou, the rains came and we got soaked! Glad we went to this garden first!
Often times we think it is difficult to come up with a card for a boy or a man, but once you put your mind to it, it's really not impossible! And nothing says this card couldn't be for a girl, but I did need a card for a young boy.
This is a gate-fold card, which is very easy to make. Once you have the idea, you could vary the size to whatever you need. I started with a 5 1/4" x 12" piece of card stock for the base. It is scored at 2", 4", 8" and 10". That gives you a 4" center with each side (4") folded in half.
You can do various things with the front of the card. I chose to make a belly band around, cut out a medallion from the Perfect Pennants Die #123126 and stuck on a self-adhesive accent from the Quick Accents. You can find the designer paper and the Quick Accents on the main catalog on pages 186-7. All of these papers and Quick Accents are great for scrapbooking, but you can use them for any kind of project!
To shop for any Stampin' Up! products, just click HERE. Be sure to check the Clearance Rack if you are doing an online order (last week Stampin' Up! added a lot of new items to the Clearance Rack but inventory can change rapidly depending on demand)….and don't forget about the Retired List of stamp sets! (this is an updated list to print in black and white if you choose).
Registration for the 2012 Stampin' Up! Convention opened today and Stampin' Up! shared this video of the 2011 Convention highlights! Since I had just posted about considering becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I thought I would share this video right away so you can get a taste of the indescribable experience of attending Convention! (Believe me, this is only a taste….you can't imagine the real fun and creativity you will experience there.) You might want to go press that "Join Now" buttonright away! Use your tax refund to pay for your kit!
Today is Tax Day! Hopefully you got your taxes done over the weekend or even earlier so by now you are relaxed knowing that horrible task is over! I think it is time to stamp in celebration!
Here are two ways to make your papercrafting less taxing:
1. Become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! Own your own business and your supplies and business-related expenses become tax deductions! If you work hard, you can earn money for yourself and your family by doing something that you love…..stamping! You can focus on the aspect you like the most if you want…..scrapbooking, having workshops, digital papercrafting with My Digital Studio, selling finished product….or do it all. For more information on becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, click HERE. Some more information HERE, too. You can sign up online in minutes HERE. Let me know if you have questions!
2. Go digital with My Digital Studio! New downloadswere released today as they are most Tuesdays! Go digital in your papercrafting with Stampin' Up!'s own software….it's not just about scrapbooks either! No paper scraps, no mess to clean up….just your computer! Easy peasy! It's not hard to learn at all and you will have plenty of resources at www.mydigitalstudio.net…..plus me!
Click on the image above to go to the Online Store for more information and pricing!
Since the Stampin' Up! retiring stamp sets list came out yesterday, I thought it would be fun to pick a stamp set on that list to make a card. Ornate Blossom#117094 is just a single stamp that I bought because I saw a demonstrator at the Stampin' Up! Convention making some cute and easy cards with it. I'd have to go back and look at my Convention photos to remember exactly what she made, but this card today is copied from the example in the Stampin' Up! catalog. I may have added a little too much "bling", but who knows, maybe some of you will like it this way!
The greeting on the card is from Grateful Greetings #116511, another retiring stamp set and one that I will miss!
To see the Stampin' Up! Retiring Stamps List, click HERE. The print will be small but it is a pdf file so click on your computer setting to zoom in to see it larger! Lots of stamp sets on there! Stamps will be available until May 31st.
The retiring Accessories List will be revealed April 25th. Definitely Decorative and Simply Adorned are already known to be going away…so if you want any of those pieces, go ahead and order ahead of the announcement!
Here it is! The list of Stampin' Up! retiring stamp sets that will make room for NEW in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog in June! These retiring stamp sets will be available until May 31st. It's a long list, as you will see, but that is because of the new catalog transition this year.
So click on these links and enjoy perusing this list and making out your wish list. Be sure to check back again on April 25th when retiring Accessories and Definitely Decorative items will be revealed!
Don't forget! With all the past excitement over Sale-A-Bration and now the anticipation of the retired list of stamps coming out April 15th, it is easy to overlook the Occasions Mini Catalog. But this catalog only lasts until the end of April, so you just have about two weeks to go! I imagine some of the products will be carried over, but until we know for sure, be sure to order your "must haves" from this mini catalog before April 30th!
Did you know you can get the "recipe" for each project pictured in the Occasions Mini? Just clickHERE. This will give you a list of the supplies used in each project and that usually is enough for you to figure out how to make the project. If not, just ask me!
To shop for any Occasions Mini products or any other great Stampin' Up! products, just click HERE to shop at my online store anytime. Then click on whatever category you want on the left. Don't forget to check the Clearance Rack as well!
We're all going to be needing graduation and other all-occasion cards soon so it's time to get started so you will be ready! I got the idea for this card in the Occasions Mini Catalog. This card is 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" so it's kind of a cute smaller size! After I cut it at 7" length, I realize that the piece I had cut off would make a good size pouch on the inside to hold a check, cash or gift card….so I made another one, cutting my paper at 4 1/4" x 8 1/2". I scored at 3 1/2" from one end and 1 1/2" from the other…or you could say 3 1/2" and 7". The top is embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder #123128. Since the paper is shorter you have to line it up carefully in the embossing folder up to the fold and straight on the sides.
Here is a fancy little purse made with the Petite Purse Die#125606 in the Summer Smooches Suite, available during April. I wanted to make it extra jazzy so I experimented with scoring it like some fabric you see and I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334 with the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate #125586. Now my first try didn't come out perfect and it is a little tricky because you can't just lay the paper down flush with the sides….but if you place the card stock die cut down on the scoring tool, you can make it work.
Next I will try scoring the paper first, although I think you would have to lay it in the same direction of the die to the score lines are going the way you like. Anyway, this little purse turned out cute and has a little "bling" with the punched flowers accented with a Basic Rhinestone#119246 in the center and the little Rhinestone Brads#113144 attaching the handle to the sides of the purse.
There is so much you can do with this little purse! Put one on your next order and have fun with it!
The stamp set, paper and fabric brad used on this card are all from the Summer Smooches Suite by Stampin' Up! It's a sneak peek of what will be in the new Stampin' Up! catalog in June….yes June! But you can purchase any of the items in the suite during the month of April! (The fabric brads will not be available in the catalog, so get them while you can!)
Mostly people are using the stem I stamped as flowers, but I thought they could look like cherries on a stem! It reminds me of Mary Englebreit, an artist from St. Louis…surely you know who Mary Englebreit is! I've always loved her illustrations and colors…and being from St. Louis doesn't hurt either since that is where I grew up!
To add some dimension, I added a bit of Crystal Effects #101055 to each cherry. If you look at the photo again, you can probably notice the shininess (is that a word?) of the cherries. It takes a few minutes to dry and then it becomes a high-gloss image. Crystal Effects is also useful as an adhesive….sometimes around the house! No stamper should be without it, so put it on your next order…with the Summer Smooches!
This plain Stampin' Card Keeper is on the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack at this moment! It is one of many new products Stampin' Up! added yesterday afternoon so be sure to take a peek! Products are only available while supplies last so you have to act when you see something you want!
This box we decorated as a Make & Take at Convention last summer, but it comes plain white with the silver label holder and six dividers inside to organize your cards…or whatever you want to store in there after you have decorated your box!
There are many of the old style punches, fabric, buttons, ribbon, pom pom trim, designer paper, albums, Mica Flakes, dies…..all kinds of things! You just have to see for yourself!
Go to my Online Store, sign in or create an account (you'll see that in the brown banner across the page), click on the item you want and then click the box below to "Add to Cart". The Clearance Rack is listed in the left-hand column of categories. You can mix and match Clearance Rack items and current items on any order…even My Digital Studio downloads!
For easy viewing of the Clearance Rack, just under the banner on the right on the Clearance Rack page, click the "Show: ALL" drop-down box so all the items will come up, making it easier for you to just scroll through rather than click to the next page….and you won't miss any pages that don't come up.
If you have any questions or problems, just let me know.