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Monday, April 30, 2012

Stamping Friends

This past weekend was our SUblime Stampers Retreat.  We had so much fun stamping, talking, eating and laughing.  I hadn't stayed up until 3am in a long time and 2 nights in a row has left me a little tired but I don't even care. It was so much fun! The first picture is from the retreat.  If you have ever considered being a demonstrator, we would love to have you join our group.
The card below was made at the retreat by Salina Kohut and I absolutely love it.  Up until this weekend, I had only used the Bright Blossoms stamp set with the Summer Smooches DSP.  I love the colors she used!  It is a perfect set to pair with the Pursuit of Happiness greetings set.  And, today is the last day to order any of the products from the Summer Smooches product line before they appear in the new catalog on June 1st. 
Ingredients: Bright Blossoms & Pursuit of Happiness stamp sets;
Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade and Basic Black Classic Ink and/or markers;
Pool Party, Basic Black, Melon Mambo (punched flowers), Calypso Coral (punched flower) and Whisper White cardstock; rhinestones; Itty Bitty Shapes Punches; 1/2" Circle Punch

Friday, April 27, 2012

Patterned Party on Parade...

Poppy Parade, that is.  My most favorite of the in-colors that will be retiring come May31st.  Now is the time to stock up on all those favorites, because Stampin'Up! seems to be changing a whole lot with this new catalog release.  If you haven't seen the lists of retiring stamps and accessories, you better check them out now!

I don't know about you, but I'm always in need of a gender neutral birthday card.  It's easy to come up with flowery, glittery, girly looking cards, and sometimes the 'manly' cards are just too much manly for me.  I like a nice, bright, birthday wish that could be appropriate for anyone celebrating any age.  Poppy Parade is my go to starter color when I want bright.  I looked to the Just Add Cake designer series paper for guidance with the rest of my color scheme.

Poppy Parade card base
Whisper White card stock cut to 5" by 3 3/4"
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set stamped in Poppy Parade ink
Patterned Party stamp set inked using the stampin' write markers in Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, So Saffron and Basic Gray
Just Add Cake dsp cut out with the 1/2" circle punch, adhered with a dimensional
Crystal Effects on the Pacific Point balloon to give it a little dimension.  Be sure to let this dry for quite a while!

Baker's Tips:
I stamped the balloon image on the reverse side of a piece of dsp to cut out the correct size for the oval shaped balloon.  Also, I used the fine tip of the Basic Gray marker to create the 1/4" border around my white card stock.  Use a straight edge and the grid paper to keep an even border.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Back to Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Shop

I have this problem where I buy cute stuff, and then I buy more cute stuff (before I used the first cute stuff). Well, knowing that the Occasions Mini Catalog products will be going away, and new cute stuff will be here before I know it, I decided to break out the Sweet Shop DSP and Stickers. I fell in love with these products when I first saw them. I made a series of cards, and then put this cute stuff away, until the other day! Here is my round two with Sweet Shoppe. I was on a roll!

These are seriously awesome layouts. Some of them you might recognize because I use them over and over.

Each of these cards use Sweet Shop DSP & Stickers, as well as Fabulous Phrases or Teeny Tiny Wishes. The Labels Collection Framelits are also used a lot. Anything else will be noted on each of the specific card. Leave a comment or email me if you have any questions.

Calypso Coral card base, polka dot layer 3" x 4 1/4", Modern Label Punch.

Whisper White card base, Calypso Coral 4" x 5 1/4", Early Espresso - 1pc 1" x 3 1/2" and
1pc 2 3/8" x 4 7/8" , DSP 2 1/4" x 4 3/4", Early Espresso ink.

Whisper White card base and 1pc 2 1/2" x 3 3/4", Calypso Coral 4" x 5 1/4" & 1 1/4" x 4 1/2", polka dot layer 3 3/4" x 5", Calypso Coral ink.

Whisper White card base and 1pc 3 1/4" x 3 7/8" punched with Scallop Trim Border Punch, Early Espresso 4" x 5 1/4", Pool Party 2" x 3 7/8" - run through the Big Shot with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Old Olive Scalloped Polka Dot Ribbon.

Calypso Coral card base, Early Espresso 3 5/8" x 4 7/8", Whisper White 1pc 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"and 1pc 2" x 2 1/2". Whisper White card stock and polka dots strips are 1/2" wide.

Whisper White card base, Early Espresso 4" x 5 1/4", Pool Party 3 3/4" x 5" embossed with Stripes embossing folder. Heart pattern is 2" x 4 3/4". 2 1/2" Scallop Punch and 1 3/4" Circle Punch.

Whisper White card base. After folding the card base, trim 1/2" off front edge, then punch with Scallop Trim Border Punch. DSP piece is 1" x 5 1/2". Greeting is punched out using the Modern Label Punch.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Important Info & the Retiring Lists

Stampin' Up! has published the retiring lists for the stamps, accessories, and Definitely Decorative. While the stamp sets are available through May 31st, the accessories and Definitely Decorative items are available through May 31 OR while supplies last. Some of the accessories are discounted, so be sure to check them out! To place an order, click on your Demonstrator's name (to the right of this page) and then go to 'shop now'. The list on the left side of the page will direct you to the retiring products, as well as non-retiring.

There are tons of products on these lists! Some of them may have you gasping (well, I did ☺). To clear up any confusion with the accessories, please note that any item containing an asterisk (*) means that Stampin' Up! is reconfiguring the product. This means they may be repackaging them or redesigning them. For example, all of the ink pads are listed as retiring. Although there are a hand full of In-Colors that are going away, Stampin' Up! will be introducing a new improved ink pad with the new catalog (June 1st).

We as Demonstrators get excited for these changes Stampin' Up! makes. They are a great company with great ideas and we can't wait to see all the exciting new products and stamp sets that will be revealed on June 1st. Please contact any of us if you have questions or concerns with these retiring items, and we will be happy to help you any way we can.

Faith in Nature

Do you ever start a card or project with one thing in mind and it turns out completely different by the end?  Well, I started this card by stamping the image in Black StazOn ink on watercolor paper.  I used an Aqua Painter to color in the pear image with the colors Pear Pizzazz and Poppy Parade.  Then, I added Crystal Effects on top of the image and let it dry overnight.  As it states in the Stampin' Up! Catalog, Crystal Effects can "add a dimensional, lacquered look to any stamped image" or it can be used as a very strong adhesive.  I've even used it instead of Superglue some times.  
Completed card for my Stamping Club
When I looked at it the next morning, I loved the effect that the water coloring and the Crystal Effects gave to my image but still had a basic card design in mind.  So I cut the watercolor paper down to a 3"x3" square and placed it on a Poppy Parade card base with a little piece of Pear Pizzazz ribbon behind it.  Then, I added the greeting in black ink.  But the basic design wasn't giving me that "wow" feeling that I was going for.  I wanted to share water coloring in different ways with my Stamping Club but I just wasn't impressed by the card I had created.  My judge (and wonderful husband) agreed that this may not end up being a club card after all.  So I began to cut the card stock and supplies for a different card to share with my club.
A closer look at the shiny dimensional look of Crystal Effects on top of the image
An hour or so later, I looked at my basic card design and realized that I really liked how this image turned out.  The effect that the Crystal Effects and water coloring had given to it was something different for my club and I just couldn't let it go.  So I began to distress the 3"x3" watercolor paper until the edges began to curl up and be a bit uneven.  Usually I'm a "like my lines straight" kind of gal but I was really liking the way the distressing was turning out.  After that my design began to change and take on a whole new look.  I cut a small piece off the bottom of my card stock and added a piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock that had been punched out with the Scalloped Trim Border Punch.  Adding the distressed watercolor paper back to the card with the small piece of Pear Pizzazz sticking out near the top, I finally had a card that I wanted to share with my Stamping Club.

So enjoy the times when the design you had in mind takes on a look of it's own.  You never know when it will lead to something even better.  Enjoy!
Faith in Nature (hostess) stamp set (retiring soon!) - WM#122490 or CM #122492
Black Staz On ink pad #101406
Pear Pizzazz and Poppy Parade ink pads (retiring soon!)
Aqua Painter #103954
Crystal Effects #101055
3"x3" piece of Watercolor Paper #122959
Distressing Tool (part of the Cutter Kit) #106958
Pear Pizzazz ribbon (retiring soon!) #119265
4 1/4" x 1/2" piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock (retiring soon!) punched with Scalloped Trim Border Punch #118402
4 1/4" x 11" piece of Poppy Parade card stock (retiring soon!) scored in half at 5 1/2" to create card base

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Baroque Motifs

Today's card was inspired by Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 238.


  •  Crumb Cake card stock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (folded)
  •  Baroque Motif stamp set inked in Wild Wasabi on Whisper White card stock cut at 5 x 3 3/4
  •  The flowers are stamped with Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red and So Saffron ink.
  •  Each tile is cut to 1 1/4 inch squared.
  •  I used the bigz daizy die #2 (medium flower) cut in Rich Razzleberry elevated on Dimentionals. So Saffron button in the middle with linen thread.
  •  Jewel Tag punch with "Thank you" stamped in Rich Razzleberry from the stamp set "Teeny Tiny Wishes"

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saying Goodbye is Never Easy!

One of my favorite stamp sets on this year's retiring list is "Something Sweet."  There is something about that gumball machine that just makes me smile.  Add the maze to the gumball machine and you have a fun card that any person would be excited to receive.
Ingredients: Something Sweet stamp set
Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Whisper White cardstock
Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi classic ink
Brights Buttons & White Twine
Owl Punch (to punch the gumballs)
Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Maze Game (Occasions Mini Catalog)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Manhattan Flower for Mom

My original focus for this blog post was going to revolve around using the brayer to create some lovely real-life rose colors using a variety of ink pads.  I was going to share how I  used Stampin'Up!'s Glossy White card stock (102599) and the Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder (114517) to create this lovely, springy Mother's Day card.  The glossy side of the card stock is 'debossed' so that when the brayer is rolled over it, the ink does not go down into the details of the flower folds.  This card uses  So Saffron, Peach Parfait, and Melon Mambo ink pads with the brayer to get the multi-color look on the roses.  
We made this card in my Technique Club for this month, and one of my club members changed her card up a little, since it was for her husband to give to his mom.  Stampin'UP!'s stamps are extremely versatile, especially when you remember you can only ink up part of the stamp with a marker!  Her mother-in-law will still get a beautiful, handmade card, it will just be a little more fitting with a tweak to the sentiment.  

Poppy Parade card base
So Saffron card stock, 5 1/4" by 4"
Whisper White card stock, 5" by 3 3/4"
Glossy White card stock
Manhattan Flower Embossing folder
So Saffron, Peach Parfait, and Melon Mambo Ink pads
Delightful Dozen stamp set, sentiment in Poppy Parade ink

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Season of Friendship

This is the time of year that I pull my soon-to-be retiring sets (or in this case, Alicia's ☺) and think, why the heck haven't I been using this cute set all year long! The truth is, I've been wanting to borrow this stamp set, and after viewing the retiring list, I had to make a phone call to Alicia so I could borrow it before it's not current anymore. I may have to permanently borrow this one! Retiring sets are only available through May 31.

I've been wanting to make this card ever since I saw it on Stampin' Connection (demo site), made by Mary Brown. Normally I change something on cards that I copy, but I loved this one so much that I made it exactly the way she did. Don't you think it would be fun to use different base colors to suit the season? The ladies who attend my Coffee & Cards event in May will get to make this card.

  • Season of Friendship (111776 - only available through May 31!)
  • Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzazz, and Basic Black class ink pads.
  • Pink Pirouette card stock - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (fold)
  • Whisper White card stock - 1 3/4 x 4 1/2 and 2 x 4 3/4
  • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
  • Basic Pearls (119247) - I'm addicted to these!
  • Stampin' Dimensionals - added between the white layers.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

For All You Do...With Brayering

I don't know about you but I always seem to get lines on my card stock when I try brayering.  So I was determined to try it again but with a tip from a fellow demo.  Thanks Deena!  Her tip for brayering...saturate the card stock under it is completely covered and full of ink.  Also, roll the brayer over the card stock in all directions to make sure there are no lines when you are done.
A simple and easy card to make
 Well, this tip worked for the card above.  I used the For All You Do stamp set and used the emboss resist technique.  For this technique, you use Versamark or Craft Ink and your choice of embossing powder.  I chose white embossing powder for this project.  I stamped my flower/square image and my greeting with VersaMark onto my card stock.  I then covered the VersaMarked images with white embossing powder and used my heat tool to set it.  Then I inked up my brayer in Pool Party ink and brayered over the embossed images.  Here is the key to brayering though...you need to roll your brayer in only one direction across your ink pad and then lift it and roll it in the same direction again.  Not back and forth.  Also, when you roll your brayer over your card stock, do not move it back and forth or it will create lines.  I just kept rolling my brayer in one direction, lifted the brayer when it went off the card stock and rolled my brayer in another direction across my card stock.  I kept doing this over and over again until my card stock was completely saturated.  It looks really wet but once it dried, I had achieved the look I was going for.  After brayering, I used a tissue to rub over my embossed images to make sure I didn't leave any ink on top of the images.  I also added some In Color polka dotted brads to two of the flowers on my embossed image to give it a different look and some dimension.
Simple and easy card with a touch of polka dotted brads
Now all I have to do is accomplish some brayering with different colors while giving dimension to my cards.  That will be for another day though.  Give the emboss technique a try and add some brayering on your cards, too.  Enjoy!

For All You Do stamp set (WM #115360 retiring on May 31st)
VersaMark Pad #102283
White Emboss Powder #109132
Brayer #102395
2011-2013 In Color Designer Printed Brads (includes 40 brads) #122940
Pool Party ink and card stock
Island Indigo card stock
Whisper White card stock

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Look Who's Turning...

Have you checked the retiring sets on the Stampin' Up! website?  "Look Who's Turning..." is on the chopping block. Since I have a 5 and 3 year old we find ourselves at a lot of birthday parties. This has been a great little set!

  •  Crumb Cake card stock cut at 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (folded).
  •  Wisteria Wonder card stock cut at 5 1/2 x 2 1/2
  •  Whisper White card stock cut at 5 1/4 x 2 1/4
  •  Stamp each animal from set "Look Who's Turning..." using Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, and Wisteria Wonder Ink.
  •  Use the 1 1/4 inch circle to punch them out.
  •  Punch with 1 3/8 inch circle in coordinating colors to matte your white circles.
  •  The number 3 is from Timeless Type Alphabet dies and run through the big shot with Pool    Party card stock.
  •  Look Who's turning stamped in Pool Party and adhered with dimensionals.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Birthdays Suck

Yes, I do spend a little time cruising that website that will have you wanting to craft or eat something RIGHT NOW.  (Don't ever Pin when you're hungry.)  It is full of wonderful projects and ideas.

I needed a gift for my dear old dad, and I thought this would be pretty fun.  I wanted it to be easy to ship, so I concocted the container from an old oatmeal cylinder.  Then I cut a piece of styrofoam to fit snug inside.
I used the label as a guide for my designer paper.  I glued the paper to the outside of the tube, and cut another rectangle to fit the upper part of the inside.

I thought the Just Add Cake (124339) designer series paper would be perfect with my Tootsie Roll Pops.  (you could also go with '60 Blows' and use Blow Pops, but my pop isn't much of a gum chewer)
I used a couple of different circle punches to fit the letters and numbers I needed to complete my message at the top, and added them to another rectangle of DSP so that my message could be seen above the lollipops.
I added my Happy Birthday message using the Patterned Party stamp set (123065).

Just Add Cake dsp
Poppy Parade card stock
Markers: Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Circle Punches: 1/2", 3/4", 1", and 1 1/4"

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Polka Dot Bright Blossoms

My husband came home last night and told me he had to work at 9:00pm. That stinks for him, and I lovingly told him so, but in the back of my mind I'm picturing paper and stamps! I wandered upstairs and took out some supplies that I've haven't spent nearly enough time with. Never mind the fact that I just got them last week ☺. Bright Blossoms stamp set and coordinating Summer Smooches DSP are matchy matchy, just like I like! They are both available this month, along with other coordinating supplies. Stampin' Up! is the best!

  • Bright Blossoms stamp set (125495 wood/ 125497 clear), flower inked with Real Red, Lucky Limeade, and Island Indigo Stampin' Write Markers.
  • Whisper White card stock - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (fold)
  • Summer Smooches DSP (125409) 1 3/4 x 5 1/2
  • Real Red card stock - 2 1/8 x 2 3/4
  • Labels Collection Framelits (125598)
  • Adorning Accents Edgelit Dies - cut out in Island Indigo card stock
  • "Thank You" is from Curly Cute (117014 wood/ 120510 clear) stamped with Island Indigo ink
  • Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the red piece

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

To Be As Crafty As My Mother

I always wanted to be as crafty as my talented mother but that gene missed me.  The sewing craft gene that is.  My mother has made quilts, clothes, my prom dresses, my wedding reception tablecloths and even all of my bridesmaid dresses.  She is able to follow a pattern and use her experience to make changes to the pattern when needed.  I have loved her sewing projects throughout my life and now have fallen in love with her newest sewing project.  My mother is creating 3 matching quilts for her two sisters and herself.  The coolest thing about the quilts is that my mom is integrating pieces of fabric from her mother's previous shirts.  This way each of her sisters and herself will always have a piece of their mother with them now that she is in a nicer place.

So to complete her newest sewing project my mother has used the Dresden Designs Bigz L Die.  Before Stampin' Up! introduced this new Big Shot die, she was tracing and cutting out her quilt pieces by hand which was extremely time consuming.  Now that she uses the Dresden Designs Die instead she has almost completely cut out all the pieces for her quilts and is ready to begin sewing the quilts.  Stampin' Up! hit the mark for sewing crafters on this die.  Of course, my mother is already excited to see what other Big Shot dies Stampin' Up! comes out with in the new catalog.  June 1st just can't come fast enough for her crafting needs!

Even though I forgot to get pictures of the quilt pieces she is working on when we visited for Easter (sorry...mommy brain was at work this weekend), I wanted to share some sewing ideas using the Dresden Designs Bigz L Die.  These ideas came from Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference in January of this year shortly after the Occasions Mini Catalog debuted.  Here are a few pictures of the projects that I shared with my mother and now all of you sewing crafters out there.  Enjoy!
front of quilt and main pattern of quilt

cool design for the middle of the quilt alternating the 2 Dresden pieces

more of the quilt and a bit of the back of the quilt

a sample of a different crafting project using the Big Shot and the butterfly die

I love this pillow!  It's too cute and I could really see it in a girl's room.
Ingredients for a beautiful keepsake quilt:
Big Shot machine #113439
Dresden Designs Bigz L Die #125597
Twitterpated Designer Fabric #125412
3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon in Blushing Bride #125570, in Riding Hood Red #125569 and in Pear Pizzazz #125568
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