Saturday, July 30, 2011

Playing with Colors

While I had this stamp set and punch out, I just had to try a different color combination and I just love the result! After stamping and punching the center, I attached it to the flower and then attached the flower to the card. My last step was to cover the center with Crystal Effects and sprinkle with a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I love the cheerful effect of this color combination (Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz).Products Used:
Build a Blossom Stamp Set, W 121923, $25.95; C 121994, $18.95
Blossom Petals Builder Punch, 121808, $16.95
1" Circle Punch, 119868, $10.95
Whisper White Card Stock, 100730, $8.50 40 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Poppy Parade Card Stock, 119793, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack, 2010-2012 In Color, $21.95, 40 sheets: 4 each of 2 double-sided designs in 5 colors, 12" x 12"
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad, 119786, $5.95
Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad, 119782, $5.95
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad, 119784, $5.95
Poppy Parade 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, 119263, $8.95, 15 yards
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 102023, $4.50, ½ ounce
Crystal Effects, 101055, $6.25, 2 oz.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Black-Eyed Susan

With the black-eyed susans blooming in my yard, I decided I had to make one on a card. The designer series paper in the back ground is the retired Play Date pack and I fear the Chocolate Chip corduroy button in the middle is also discontinued. But everything else is still available. You could substitute one of the jumbo brads for the corduroy button. I like the texture of this button for a flower center, however.

Current Products Used:
Build a Blossom stamp set, W 121923, $25.95; C 121994, $18.95
Blossom Petals Builder Punch, 121808, $16.95
More Mustard card stock, 100946, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Garden Green card stock 102584, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x "
More Mustard Classic Stampin' Pad, 103162, $5.95
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad, 102272, $5.95
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad, 100908, $5.95
Modern Label Punch, 119849, $16.95

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Musical Expressions

As I looked at my display of discontinued stamp sets and designer papers and embellishments, I just had to make another card with the Music Expressions stamp set. For some reason, I had never used the brighter colors with it before, but I love the way it turned out. The card also features the Ice Cream Parlor designer series paper earned through the Sale-a-Bration catalog. I have several packs of this fun paper, as well as the ribbon and stickers that coordiante with it.

The image is stamped with Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad on Very Vanilla card stock. I used my In Color Stampin' Write Markers to fill in parts of the image: Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo. The cello is filled in with Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker. When I held the card up, I decided the bird looked too vivid, so I toned it down with Moonlight Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, providing a luminous effect that you can't really see on the scanned image. I also used the smooch on the dragonfly's wings.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pennant Fun

This card is more fun than pretty. I had used the Stripes Textured Embossing Folder on the front of folded Marina Mist card stock, but hadn't used it. Looking at it the other day, I decided it might go well with the Pennant Parade stamp set. This is what I came up with—bright and happy but not overly adorned.

I've actually used three different stamp sets to make this card as well as three different colors of ink. I love being able to stamp an image and then punch it out with a coordinating punch! However, I did use my paper snips to cut around the "Happy Birthday" wish.

Products Used:
Pennant Parade Stamp Set, W 122740, $21.95; C 122742, $16.95
Four Frames Stamp Set, W 123440, $20.95; C 123442, $15.95
Perfectly Penned Stamp Set, W 122890, $16.95; C 122892, $12.95
Marina Mist Card Stock, 119682, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Whisper White Card Stock, 100730, $8.50, 40 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Daffodil Delight Card Stock, 119683, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad, 119668, $5.95
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, $5.95
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad, 119667, $5.95
Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, 119254, $5.95, 10 yards
Bitty Buttons, 118761, $4.95
Decorative Label Punch, 120907, $16.95
Petite Pennants Builder, 122361, $16.95
Small Oval Punch, 120908, $10.95
Large Oval Punch, 119855 $15.95
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 118309, $16.95, 3 mini punches
Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 123128, $7.95

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More Delicate Doilies

I wasn't sure I liked this card when I first made it. I was really struggling with adding another color that looked right with it. Even though I used the Marina Mist ink on the smaller doily stamp, the Marina Mist card stock just didn't look right when I tried layering it. I have to admit that I was stamping too late into the night and I was frustrated when I finally finished. But when I got up in the morning and looked at it lying on the table, I decided I really like the card.

Other than the Marina Mist of the smaller doily, the card is done in just Whisper White and Not Quite Navy. I just love the effect of this new textured embossing folder, Stripes!

Products Used:
Delicate Doilies Stamp Set, W 122590, $21.95; C 122592, $16.95
Whisper White Card Stock, 100730, $8.50, 40 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Not Quite Navy Card Stock, 100867, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad, 103008, $5.95
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad, 119668, $5.95
Basic Pearls, 119247, $4.95, 50 each in 3 sizes
Stripes Textured Embossing Folder, 123128, $7.95
Top Note Die, 113463, $21.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95
2½" Circle Punch, 120906, $16.95
Doily Triple Layer Punch, 122465, 23.95
Scallop Edge Border Punch, 119882, $15.95

Monday, July 18, 2011

I have been wanting to use the new Delicate Doilies stamp set, but seemed to be at a loss creatively. Tonight I sat down with two of my favorite colors (Cherry Cobbler and Not Quite Navy) and set to work. I needed an anniversary card for my sister and her husband and didn't have anything in my stash of cards that seemed right. Notice how I stamped on the Whisper White card stock and then put it through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I debated what to do for a focal point and then decided to pull out the Four Frames stamp set and incorporate my wish inside.Coordinating brads and seam binding ribbon embellished the card.

Products Used:
Delicate Doilies stamp set, W 122590, $21.95; C 122592, $16.95
Four Frames stamp set, W 123440, $20.95; C 123442, $15.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, W 115370, $36.95
Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 119976, $7.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95
Whisper White card stock, 100730, $8.50, 40 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Not Quite Navy card stock, 101722, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Cherry Cobbler card stock, 119685, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad, 103008, $5.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 119669, $5.95
Cherry Cobbler ½" Seam Binding Ribbon, 120992, $6.95, 10 yards
Regals Brads, 119737, $6.95, 120 brads, 20 each of 6 colors

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's a Scottish Thistle

When I spotted the new stamp set, Nature's Pace, in the new Idea Book & Catalog, I just had to have it! My Scottish heritage made me want the thistle image, used in the card below; my love of music drew me to the music staff; and I live in grape country so I had to have the cluster of grapes. I'm not so sure about the bee, but I love the floral wreath around it. And bees seem to be popular in stamp art these days, so...

Another item in the new catalog I was just dying to purchase is the Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Set. Isn't the oval frame behind the thistle impressive? I had actually planned to incorporate the music staff below the image, but the size I chose for my card made that impossible. Next time!

Products Used:
Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Set, 123130, $8.95
Nature's Pace stamp set, W 122660, $24.95; C 122662, $17.95
Naturals Ivory card stock, 101849, $7.50, 40 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Always Artichoke card stock, 105119, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Elegant Eggplant card stock, 105126, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Elegant Eggplant Stampin' Write Marker, 105110, $3.50
Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker, 100080, $3.50
Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin' Pad, 105210, $5.95
Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad, 105219, $5.95
Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, 120999, $6.95, 10 yards
Scallop Oval punch, 119856, $16.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Thursday, July 7, 2011

More for Sale

I'm continuing to show samples made with sets available through my Buy One Get One sale going on through the month of July. This set is the Happy For You set in the 2011 Sale-a-Bration mini catalog. These two cards also include dsp from the Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack, also in the SAB catalog. I have an extra pack which I am also selling for $14.95, the price of all items from the Sale-a-Bration. In addition, the first card includes a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock punched with the Photo Corners punch, which sold for $16.95 and has been discontinued. That punch will qualify for the Buy One Get One sale. Just select merchandise from the new Idea Book & Catalog of equal value, paying tax and shipping only, when you purchase the discontinued items at their original price.

See previous posts for more details, including lists of what else I have for sale.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Punch Bunch Stamp Set Offer

Punch Bunch is another of the discontinued stamp sets I am offering in my Buy One Get One sale (purchase one at its original price and get the equivalent from the new catalog free, paying only the shipping and sales tax on the new items). The third card includes Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents from the Sale-a-Bration mini catalog, a full pack of which I am also offering for sale. Once again, all my Sale-a-Bration items are valued at $14.95, so you may choose any set from the new Idea Book & Catalog worth $14.95. Or, if you order more than one set of retired stamps, you may choose items of equal value from the new catalog. Remember, this special offer is only available for the month of July.

On my last post, I included the list of clear mount stamp sets I have available for sale. Below you will find my list of wood mount sets. I only have the Punch Bunch set in clear mount. You can find examples of most of these sets on

Chocolate Bunny (Occasions Mini, 2010), $7.95

Holiday Best (hostess, 2009-10 IB&C), $14.95

Just Basketball, (2007 IB&C), $12.95

Forest Friends (2010-11 IB&C), $14.95

Love Bug (2009-10 IB&C), $14.95

Wellness Wishes (2010-11), $14.95

Itty Bitty Backgrounds (forever!), $12.95

Birthdays Count (2009), $7.95

A Little Birthday Cheer (2009-10 IB&C), $13.95

A Flower for All Seasons (2010-11 IB&C), $14.95

Season by Season (2007 IB&C), $13.95

Bella’s Bloom (2009-10 IB&C), $12.95

Hello Again (2010-11 IB&C), $12.95

Note to Self (Holiday Mini, 2009), $12.95

Fresh Cuts (2010-11 IB&C), $21.95

Music Expressions (2009-10 IB&C), $16.95

Elegant Notes (2007 IB&C), $20.95

Sweet Stems (2009 IB&C), $16.95

Eastern Blooms (2010-11 IB&C), $21.95

Paint Prints (SAB 2005), $14.95

Wings of Friendship (hostess, 2009-10 IB&C), $18.95

One of a Kind (2009-10 IB&C), $19.95

Graceful Words (2006 Spring Mini), $20.95

Wonderful Words (2007), $20.95

Gifts of the Earth (2010 Holiday Mini), $20.95

Congrats (SAB?) $14.95

Totally Tabs (2009-10 IB&C) $17.95

Patterned Pines (hostess, 2009 Holiday Mini), $19.95

Of the Earth (hostess, 2009-10), $14.95

Picture This (hostess, 2010 Occasions Mini), $12

Bliss (SAB 2011), $14.95

Love You Much (2010-11 IB&C) $25.95

Artfully Asian (2007 IB&C) $23.95

Just Buzzin’ By (2010-11 IB&C) $27.95

Harvest Home (2010-11 IB&C) $23.95

Fruit Stand (2008 IB&C), $15.95

Beautiful Borders (2007 IB&C), $25.95

Blossoms Abound (2007 IB&C) $23.95

Right at Home (2005-6 IB&C) $18.95

All Aboard (Retired 2004), $20.95

A Cardinal Christmas (2010-11 IB&C) $23.95

Bloomin’ Beautiful (2009-10 IB&C) $25.95

Wonderful Favorites (2010-11 IB&C) $40.95

Refuge & Strength (2007 IB&C), $20.95

Christ is Born (2010-11 IB&C) $20.95

Floral Background (2005-6 IB&C) $17.95

Canvas Background (2004-5) $17.95

A Rose is a Rose (2007 IB&C) $37.95

Always (2010-11 IB&C), $28.95

Kind & Caring Thoughts (hostess, 2009-10 IB&C), $29.95

For the Love of Chocolate (©2002), $17.95

Pretty Petals Background Stamp (2010-11 IB&C), $17.95

Teahouse Background Stamp (2010-11 IB&C) $17.95

It’s Your Birthday (2007 IB&C), $30.95

Hope for Comfort (©2002), $33.95

Frames & Flourishes (©2003), $23.95

Headline Alphabet (2007 IB&C) $41.95

Star-Studded Season (2007 Holiday Mini), $28.95

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Buy One, Get One

With the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog full of so many great and desirable items, I find I need to make room for the new. As a demonstrator, I always accumulate more stamp sets than I can use, especially when I can no longer demonstrate with them. So this year I am offering a special deal on those sets I wish to sell: Purchase one retired stamp set from my inventory at full price (original) and receive any item of equal or greater value from the new Idea Book & Catalog. Because of the tax laws, however, you will have to pay tax and shipping on the new set, which I will add to the cost of the retired item. Some sets are used; some have never been used. This offer is good only through the month of July.

In this post, I am featuring the Bliss stamp set, my favorite from the 2011 Sale-a-Bration mini catalog. You'll find three samples below plus a copy of the page from the mini catalog. Let me know if you're interested by commenting or e-mailing me directly.

I am valuing all sets from the Sale-a-Bration catalog at $14.95. The Bliss stamp set is available in both clear mount and wood mount.

Below is a list of all the clear mount sets I have available, along with their prices and the catalogs they appeared in:

A Slice of Life (Occasions Mini, 2011,hostess), $11.95

Silhouette Sentiments (hostess 2010-11 IB&C), $14.95

Something to Celebrate (hostess), $15.95

So Cute (2010-11), $9.95

Northern Hearts (hostess, Holiday Mini), $19.95

Abundant Hope (Occasions Mini, 2010), $13.95

Plane & Simple (Occasions Mini, 2011) $16.95

Fast & Fabulous, (hostess, 2010-11), $18.95

Happy Moments (SAB, 2011, $14.95)

Apple Blossoms (hostess, 2010-11), $16.95

Good Neighbors (SAB, 2010), $14.95

So Happy For You (SAB, 2011), $14.95

Seasonal Sentiments (Holiday Mini, 2010), $11.95

Punched Posies (hostess, Summer Mini, 2010), $15.95

Punch Potpourri (hostess, IB&C, 2010-11), $13.95

Cute by the Inch (hostess, IB&C, 2010-11), $14.95

Hodgepodge Happiness (IB&C, 2010-11), $10.95

Baby Blossoms (Occasions Mini, 2011), $19.95

Sweet Summer (SAB, 2011), $14.95

Because I Care (hostess, IB&C, 2010-11), $14.95

Punch Bunch (SAB, 2011), $14.95

Bliss (SAB, 2011), $14.95

Birthday Bakery (hostess, IB&C, 2010-11), $14.95

Watercolor Trio (Summer Mini 2010), $18.95

Vintage Labels (SAB, 2010), $14.95

Saturday, July 2, 2011

With Sympathy

It seems I'm always in need of sympathy cards, three needed just this week for members of our church family. I chose to use up some of my Greenhouse Gala designer paper from the 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalog for these two cards. Baja Breeze is the base in both cards.

I was anxious to use the new Lace Ribbon Border punch when I started stamping. I then used my Big Shot to cut Beautiful Butterflies (Bigz Die). I even textured the Chocolate Chip card stock used for the smaller butterfly with Flower Garden Textured Embossing Folder. I then wrapped the butterfly with White Baker's Twine to give a body and antennae.

The butterflies in this card are cut from Pumpkin Pie card stock with the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die.
Butterflies seem to be so appropriate for sympathy cards, especially if we believe in the resurrection and the glorified bodies we will receive. "We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed" (I Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Products Used:
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, W 115370, $36.95
Four Frames stamp set, W 123440, $20.95; C 123442, $15.95
Thoughts & Prayers stamp set, W 113252, $25.95
Lace Ribbon Border punch, 122362, $19.95
Large Oval punch, 119855, $16.95
Medium Oval punch, discontinued, to my dismay
Decorative Label punch, 120907, $16.95
Baja Breeze card stock, 111352, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, discontinued
Whisper White card stock, 100730, $8.50, 40 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Chocolate Chip card stock, 102128, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Very Vanilla card stock, 101650, $8.50, 40 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Pumpkin Pie card stock, 105117, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11"
Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad, 111833, $5.95
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad, 100908, $5.95
Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, 114507, $21.95
Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 123113, $7.95
Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, 118138, $11.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Friday, July 1, 2011

Cherish Friendship

I fell in love with this set when I first saw the catalog previews, but when I received it, I just wasn't sure how I wanted to use it. This is the first card I made using the chair image. I uploaded the second card in my previous post. This one took more time as I chose to use my Aqua Painter and water color it. I have to admit, I thought I had grabbed Crumb Cake card stock for the card and later realized it was Sahara Sand, but it still looks good.

I'm not going to list all the inks I used when water color the image. However, I stamped it with Staz-on Black ink on watercolor paper; the chair is Crumb Cake while the basket is Soft Suede. The contrasting color framing the focal piece is Poppy Parade. I looped the Victoria Crochet Trim and fastened it with a button and linen thread, then added mini glue dots to adhere the ribbon where I wanted it.