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Pop of Pink Card for a Friend

Pop of Pink Card for a Friend

The other day I made a card like this Pop of Pink Card for a Friend with the new Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper coming in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog on Wednesday, June 1st. Today, for this card, I used the same paper pattern in Pop of Pink, but I cut off the bottom portion and turned it over to the pattern on the other side. Just for another accent and to cover up the cut line between the two papers, I cut a strip of a Gold Foil Sheet, which goes with this paper pack and with the matching washi tape on the card.  The card base is Melon Mambo with a Basic Black layer.  The Gold Foil sheets are also in the new catalog!

The tag is made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch out of Melon Mambo and then a smaller piece of Whisper White layered on it.  I stamped the Melon Mambo flower and stamped the greeting both from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set. Then I added some strips of the new Pop of PInk Designer Washi Tape to match. The ribbon I added is the Basic Black 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon which retired and is no longer available.

This weekend you can dig into your hoarded designer paper stash (!) and make some cards similar to this so you have a bunch ready to go out when you need them. Put a generic greeting on the front or leave it blank until you need a card and then you can just write a greeting and note inside for whatever occasion. Use the different patterns of paper as a background layer or but them to use both sides, straight or at an angle or whatever you come up with!  Use up some of your current or old paper because you KNOW you will want the new stuff when it comes out!!

If you are not vacationing this weekend (or even if you are), check through the retiring products while you wait in the TSA line or during the road trip!

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Swirly Scribbles Die Cut Flowers Card

Swirly Scribbles Die Cut Flowers

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As you look through the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, if you have one, or see the products online on June 1st, you might skip over the Swirly Bird Stamp Set (141749) and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies (141497), but now that I have played with them a little bit, I think these both are going to become favorites. I made the Swirly Scribbles Die Cut Flowers card mostly with just the die cuts .  I didn’t even have a real plan in my mind, just thought I would try out the Thinlits. I used the new In ColorsSweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Emerald Envy for the leaves. I used one stamp to stamp the center in the Flirty Flamingo flower center piece (which probably technically is a scrap from the die cut!) and added a couple of white sequins from the Metallics Sequin AssortmentI had to choose a small size greeting so I just went with the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (one of my favorites!) and choose the generic “thinking of you” greeting.  I’m so happy that stamp set is carrying over to the new catalog!

You will be able to purchase the Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits in a Bundle page 152 (in the new catalog) and save 10% in the new catalog!

If you are interested in these wonderful products from Stampin’ Up! and do not have a Demonstrator yet, I would be happy to be yours!  Contact me if you would like a hard copy of the catalog. If you prefer looking at the catalog online, it will be up on Wednesday, June 1st! That’s less than a week!

Just a few days left to get any of the retiring products from the current catalog AND the Occasions Catalog!  Be sure to check out the Retiring Products List HERE or shop the Retiring Category in my Online Store HERE.  When the new catalog comes out June 1st you will be able to order the Swirly Bird Bundle and have your own fun making all kinds of creations, like this simple Swirly Scribbles Die Cut Flowers Card!

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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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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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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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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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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!

 

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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Make An All-Occasion Card with Everything Eleanor

Everything Eleanor All-Occasion Card

One of the Stampin’ Up! retiring stamp sets is Everything Eleanor , which is a set that has been around a long time, it seems, and is good for all-occasion and any occasion cards! It’s an elegant set of stamps that you can make as simple or formal as you like. I’ve always loved the flourishes and the special shaped images to use as a background.

This card has Lost Lagoon, one of the retiring In Colors, as the card base with a Whisper White layer. I stamped the flourishes in Mossy Meadow  and the cute background shape in Lost Lagoon (stamped off once first). The flowers were all stamped in Stazon Ink on a scrap and colored in and cut out.  I used my Aqua Painter and the ink in the lid of the ink pads ( Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Melon Mambo).  The bird is also stamped and cut out.

The greeting is from the stamp set A Dozen Thoughts. It is also on the retiring list.  I noticed that the wood-mount version is discounted so it is only $1.25 more than the clear-mount! For that little price difference, I would rather have the wood-mount! Once you mount the stamps on the wood blocks, the stamps are ready to go all the time! If you don’t mind the extra storage space that the wider case takes up!

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*Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamps until May 22 (not accessories, which are only while supplies last).

Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card

Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card

Here is a Cherry on Top easy Amazing Birthday card!  If you are looking for a simple birthday (or most any occasion) card to make, this is one you should try. All it takes is a change of paper and/or greeting to fit any reason to send a card!

One of the retiring stamp sets I am going to miss is the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set! It is even discounted on the Retiring Stamps List. It has birthday-specific stamps but some of the other stamps you can use for other occasions, too!

The card base is Bermuda Bay, with a layer of Crushed Curry, both of which coordinate with the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. My Cherry on Top Paper Stack had gotten lost in the shuffle somehow so I was glad to think about it again, find it, and use it because it has some fun, colorful papers in it. It’s “Happy” paper to use!

I used my Banner Framelits Dies to die cut the layered banner on the front of the card. If you like, you can save 15% by purchasing the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set and the Banner Framelit Dies together in the Amazing Birthday Bundle.  I had forgotten these two products came together in a Bundle!

All Bundles are being retired right now, but that doesn’t mean all the products individually are being retiring.  They are just taking apart the Bundles to make room for NEW Bundles in the new catalog and perhaps one of the items in the Bundle is retiring, such as the stamp set or the designer paper.

For a final embellishment, I wrapped some Gold Metallic Thread around the top of the banner. This is not retiring but you may as well put it on your order to have on hand because it is an inexpensive, fun bit of pizzazz to add to any of your cards or projects.

Try making this Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card or change it up with your own design!

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Cherry on Top Washi Tape Card

Cherry on Top Washi Tape Card

The sun is finally shining today in Houston! No rain is forecast so I think it’s time for a bright and cheerful card like this one made with some of the Cherry on Top products! It’s all going away by the end of May (or while supplies last!). I got the idea for this card in our Demonstrator magazine we all receive quarterly. They used different paper and washi tape, but I was in the mood for the Cherry on Top designs!

The card base is made with Watermelon Wonder. The paper layered in the background is from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  Then I took a smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock as a base and wrapped Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape around it, leaving space for a greeting.

The word “Celebrate” is from the stamp set And Many Morewhich is retiring. It’s one of the stamp sets I hate to see go because I like the ones with lots of words and greetings in it. This stamp set is even discounted so if you need more words for your cards and projects (and who doesn’t?!) I would grab it for your collection.  I have the wood-mount.  Certain sets I like to have the wood-mount so the stamps are ready to go or if they are small I think they work better with wood-mount.

And Many More Stamp Set

For a little pizzazz, I added to Brights Candy Dots in Bermuda Bay to each side of the word. And then I tied a piece of Metallic Gold Baker’s Twine around the front of the card. Easy to do and fun to use my Cherry on Top Washi Tape!

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Simple Birthday Card with Birthday Bouquet Paper

Simple Birthday Card with Birthday Bouquet Paper

Here is a simple birthday card to make using the retiring Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  I love this Birthday Bouquet paper, and if you do too be sure to order it while it is available! The ice cream cone patterned paper is layered on a card base of Mint Macaron cardstock.

The greeting is from the retiring stamp set Enjoy the Little Things Stamp Set. This stamp set coordinates with the Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit, which is really cute!  But even if you don’t have the kit, this stamp set has many useful greetings and cute little stamps. For a little embellishment, I just gathered some of the Gold Metallic Thread at the back of the punched circles and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

You could use any greeting and any designer paper for a card, so keep this card layout in mind when you want something quick! Start with something simple and you can always embellish to your heart’s content!

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