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Friday, May 4, 2018

Flying Home Stamp Set

I enjoy birds almost as much as I love butterflies. Birds seem to love our pussy willow tree out front and we have a bird feeder next to it where we can watch the birds. Granted, I wish I could find a food that the big black birds would leave alone, but I love watching the cardinals, the sparrows, the finches and the occasional blue jay. I need to get my hummingbird feeder hung now that it's finally warming up.

So when the Flying Home stamp set appeared in the Occasions Catalog, it was one of my first purchases. As I was designing cards with retiring stamp sets and colors, I decided I wanted to make a card that did not need to be colored, even though I do enjoy coloring. I just wanted something different from what I usually see on-line and from what I've done before. So gold embossing seemed like the perfect solution.  Plus I could use the retiring ribbon and doilies. And those Sweet & Sassy Framelits that I had just bought are being discontinued, so I had to incorporate one of those in my design. At least the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic embossing folder is staying in our catalog.

Products Used:
Flying Home rubber stamp set (8), W 145926, $25.00; C 145929, $18.00*
Teeny Tiny Wishes rubber stamp set (24), W 128748, $37.00; C 127802, $27.00*
Chocolate Chip 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 102128, $8.00*
Always Artichoke 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 105119*
Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad, 126972, $6.50*
VersaMark Pad, 102283, $8.50
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (1/2 oz.), 109129, $5.00
Gold 1/8" Ribbon (10 yards), 134583, $5.00*
Delicate White Doilies (24), 141701, $3.00*
Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 143708, $10.00

Month of May Special Bundles

 This is an exciting group of bundles Stampin' Up! has made available for the month of May only. Be sure to check it out.  My May class will feature these products.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thoughts & Prayers and Work of Art Stamp Sets Come together

I'm still working with stamp sets and colors that are leaving our catalog. My go-to stamp set, Thoughts & Prayers, for sympathy cards is on its way out. I've used one stamp from the Work of Art stamp set to add color to the background. With the exception of the Very Vanilla card stock, all colors used on these two cards are being discontinued.  

For the first card, which we made at my April stamp class, We inked the "brush stroke" with Wild Wasabi just once, but stamped it three times, thus acquiring the different tones. We added Soft Sky across the top. 

 The "paintbrush strokes" on this card are done, from bottom up, in Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, and Soft Sky. The Chocolate Chip ribbon has been discontinued.
Products Used:
Thoughts & Prayers rubber stamp set (8), W 128751, $26.00; C 127805, $19.00*
Work of Art rubber stamp set (11), W 134111, $30.00; C 134114, $22.00*
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $9.00
Chocolate Chip 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 102128, $8.00*
Wild Wasabi 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 108641, $8.00*
Marina Mist 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 119682, $8.00*
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, 126959, $6.50*
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad, 126962, $6.50*
Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad, 131181, $6.50*
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad, 126979, $6.50*
Subtles Enamel Shapes (200), $9.00*
Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141493, $7.50*

*Retiring with Next Catalog

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Thoughts & Prayers in Subtle Colors

I use the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set all the time, at least for the words. I love what they say. However, I haven't used the images as much as I did when I first acquired the set, which was a long time ago, back when it first came out and I had no choice but to order the wooden blocks. So I used the Wild Wasabi and Pink Pirouette with Very Vanilla when making this card. How I will miss those colors! One thing I like about the rubber stamps is how easily you can color the stamp itself and use more than one color for the image. Where I forgot to color one of the flowers, I added a Pink Pirouette Enamel heart. No one would ever know it wasn't intentional.

Products Used:
Thoughts & Prayers rubber stamp set (8), 128751, $26.00; 127805, $19.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $9.00
Wild Wasabi 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 108641, $8.00
Pink Pirouette -1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 111351, $8.00
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, 126959, $8.00
Subtles Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10), 131263, $29.00

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Flower Shop Stamp Set

Rose Red and Always Artichoke are two colors I am really going to miss. I've used them both for this card, along with Pink Pirouette and Soft sky.

I really like having punches to coordinate with our stamps. They are so much more portable than the Big Shot and dies.  Both tools facilitate adding layers and dimension to your cards.

The base of this card is Soft Sky, as is the embossed layer which is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. The flowers are also popped up with dimensionals. I used quite a mix of items when I designed this card.

Products Used:
Flower Shop rubber stamp set (6), W 130939, $24.00; C 130942, $18.00
Thoughts & Prayers rubber stamp set (8), W 128751, $26.00; C 127805, $19.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Soft Sky 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 131203, $8.00
Pink Pirouette 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 111351, $8.00
Always Artichoke 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 105119, $8.00
Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad, 126972, $6.50
Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 126954, $6.50
Pansy Punch, 130698, $16.00
Banner Triple Punch, 138292, $23.00
Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 139304, $8.50
Leaf Punch, 144667, $16.00

Monday, April 30, 2018

Watercolor Wings Stamp Set and Framelit

Oh, the creativity that flowed because of retiring colors and stamp sets! Colors I never thought of putting together have proved to be perfect together. In all honesty, I never cared that much for the Tempting Turquoise or the Tangerine Tango and never ever thought of putting them together. Actually, what inspired the combination was not just the fact that they are being discontinued, but also a shawl pattern I saw in similar but more subdued colors. Chocolate Chip is replacing the tan in that shawl.

I love butterflies and was so excited when this stamp set appeared in our catalog—and now it's on its way out! As I sit here looking at the card, I wish I had thought to use the Fluttering embossing folder on the strips. 

Note: when using the Bold Butterfly Framelit to cut out the butterfly, wait to stamp your butterfly body in Chocolate Chip until after cutting it out.  You'll also want to curl your wings a little, using your bone folder.

Products Used:
Watercolor Wings photopolymer stamp set (15), 139424, $28.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $9.00
Chocolate Chip 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 102128, $8.00
Tangerine Tango 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 111349, $8.00
Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 102067, $8.00
Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin'  Pad, 126946, $6.50
Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pad, 126952, $6.50
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad, 126979, $6.50
Bold Butterfly Framelits (2), 138135, $17.00
Brights Enamel Shapes (200), $9.00
Bone Folder, 102300, $7.00

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Cool Treats Stamp Set

Cool Treats is another of those stamp sets that I wish I had used more before it retired. Granted, it's not gone yet, not until the end of May when our annual catalog expires. I guess  I have too many stamp sets to use them as frequently as I should. Makes me think I should be more conservative in my purchases, but there are just so many great sets I think I must have!

Once again, this card was influenced by outgoing colors: Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, and Chocolate Chip. The Crumb Cake used for the popsicle sticks is a staple in our color families.