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Friday, May 30, 2014

Farewell Beautifully Baroque

Yet another stamp to which I am regretfully saying farewell. Sigh! Beautifully Baroque is such an elegant stamp, a large one that could almost be a background stamp but is too pretty not to feature. This card is simply Basic Black and Very Vanilla. I fear the Father's Day greeting is also leaving our stamp collection.

Products Used:
Beautifully Baroque stamp (1), W 130895, $14.95
Delightful Dozen stamp set (12), W 128547, $32.95; C 122652, $24.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Modern Medley 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 126926, $10.95
[Black Grosgrain Ribbon and Gold Cord are discontinued]

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mixing It Up

A little of the old stuff mixed with some brand new items available in our new catalog beginning June 1st. The designer series paper and the Daffodil Delight grosgrain ribbon are both from previous catalogs, but the flower and inks are new.

I'm really loving playing with the Stampin' Blendabilities (our alcohol markers)! Those are what I used to color the flower. I failed to order the Color Lifter because I didn't realize how great that is for adding highlights after you finish the coloring.

Products Used:
Blended Bloom stamp (1), W 135906, $11.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (24), W 128748, $36.95; C 127802, $26.95
Daffodil Delight 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 119683, $6.95
Rich Razzleberry 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 115316, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad, 126950, $5.95
Daffodil Delight Assortment, Stampin' Blendabilities Markers, 130998, $11.95
Rich Razzleberry Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers, 131003, $11.95
Banners Framelits (6), 132173, $26.95

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lacy & Lovely

More Wisteria Wonder! And a seldom-used stamp set that I have fallen in love with all over again.  Just needed the write colors and layout. Too bad I rediscovered it when it's on its way out of the catalog.

My first design of this card did not include layers and looked great, but I have to admit the layers add so much to the card. The ribbon is leftover from when Wisteria Wonder was an In Color rather than part of the Subtles Collection.


Products Used:
Lacy & Lovely stamp set (7), W 132025, $24.95; C 122887, $17.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Wisteria Wonder 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 122922, $6.95
Afternoon Picnic 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), $10.95
Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad, 126985, $5.95
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad, 131173, $5.95
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad, 131175, $5.95
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad, 126980, $5.95
2½" Circle Punch, 120906, $16.95

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Couple Remakes

I have to admit that I didn't see how I could ever use some of the sayings used in one of the Sale-a-Bration stamp sets (See Ya Later). However, as a demonstrator team, we got together to make samples using all the stamp sets. Today, I remade two of those cards, covering up the sayings and adding my own images. Here are the results:



Monday, May 26, 2014

Girl's Ballerina Card

When surfing through blogs or Pinterest, I spotted this ballerina with a skirt made of ribbon and decided to try it for myself. I had just received my Blendabilities (alcohol markers) from Stampin' Up!, which included a set of skin tones. Perfect! Stylin' Girl is one of the stamp sets that is retiring with the new catalog in June; it's also the set I bought for my granddaughter that I never anticipated using on my own. The ruffled stretch trim is also retiring.

Products Used:
Stylin' Girl stamp set (4), W 130700, $18.95; C130703, $14.95
Remembering Your Birthday stamp set (8), W 131347, $23.95; C 131350, $17.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Coastal Cabana 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131297, $6.95
Eastern Elegance 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 130131, $10.95
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (available June 1), 132708, $5.95
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad, 131175, $5.95
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad, 131173, $5.95
Blender Pens (3), 102845, $9.95
Skin Tone Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities (6), 129370, $22.95
Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim (10 yards), 130024, $8.95

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Chalked Embossing Folder

I am so sad to see the Flower Garden Embossing Folder leave our catalog! But I spotted a new technique in the upcoming catalog that I just had to try while using retiring items (check out page 174 when you get your copy of the new catalog). I merely used the folder like a stamp, inking it with VersaMark, stamping my Basic Black card stock and then embossing with the white embossing powder. Then I used my White Stampin' Chalk Marker to color it in. The Garden Green Designer Series Paper is from an old dsp stack (Regals). The ribbon and button are also retired and we are saying good-bye to the Adorning Accents Edgelits, one of which I used on this card.

Products Used:
Flower Garden Embossing Folder, 123113, $7.95
Adorning Accents Edgelits (2), 125595, $9.95
Basic Black 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 121045, $6.95
Garden Green 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 102584, $6.95
VersaMark ink pad, 102283, $7.50
White Stampin' Emboss Powder (½ oz), 109132, $4.75
White Stampin' Chalk Marker, 132133, $3.50

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Afternoon Picnic

When designing cards for my recent class, I sought to use retiring items. Amazing how, when challenged, I come up with ideas I never thought of before! This card uses a sheet from the Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper and images from the Lacy & Lovely stamp set. One of my favorite colors is the Wisteria Wonder, yet I've used it very seldom. So glad to have dsp that includes that color in its designs!

Products Used:
Lacy & Lovely stamp set (7), W 132025, $24.95; C 122887, $17.95
Pear Pizzazz 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131201, $6.95
Wisteria Wonder 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 122922, $6.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101660, $8.50
Afternoon Picnic 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 131390, $10.95
Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad, 126985, $5.95
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad, 126980, $5.95
Wisteria Wonder ¾" Chevron Ribbon (10 yards), 130017, $8.95
2½" Circle Punch, 120906, $16.95

Friday, May 23, 2014

Washi Tape "Quilt"

This is one of those purely happy cards, which is why I chose to stamp the word smile above the bird from Betsy's Blossoms. And Washi Tape made the "quilt-piecing" so easy! Too bad most of these items are retiring in just over a week...

Products Used:
Betsy's Blossoms stamp set (6), W 131955, $28.95; C 126006, $21.95
Fabulous Phrases stamp set (30), W 128577, $37.95; C 120501, $26.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Melon Mambo 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 115320, $6.95
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad, 126948, $5.95
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad, 126944, $5.95
Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape (3 spools, 5 yards each), 131269, $4.95
Circles Collection Framelits (10), 130911, $26.95

Monday, May 19, 2014

Secret Garden

There are some retiring stamp sets whose loss I am mourning, two of which are Perfectly Penned and Secret Garden. I've used both those sets in this card. Other than the Soft Sky card base, all the colors are retiring In Colors. The ribbon is going, along with the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series paper. But what fun I had using this printed window sheet! This card was designed for my May card class.

Products Used:
Secret Garden stamp set (7), W 131940, $25.95; C 129144, $18.95
Perfectly Penned stamp set (4), W 128703, $16.95; C 122892, $12.95
Quatrefancy 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper (12), 130141, $12.95
Soft Sky 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131203, $6.95
Midnight Muse 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 126843, $6.95
Summer Starfruit 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 126839, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Gumball Green Classic Stampin' Pad, 126861, $5.95
Primrose Petals Classic Stampin' Pad, 126858, $5.95
Raspberry Ripple Classic Stampin' Pad, 126859, $5.95
Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin' Pad, 126991, $5.95
Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad, 101406, $7.95
In Color Dahlias (20), 127556, $7.95
Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards), 126847, $8.95
Dazzling Details (0.6 fl. oz.), 124117 (also retiring), $2.50
Squares Collection Framelits (8), 130921, $26.95
Secret Garden Framelits (6), 129372, $24.95

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thanks a Bunch

Looking at a sheet of Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper, a sheet I love, I noticed for the first time that it has some grape-like clusters. My immediate thought was: Friendship Preserves stamp set. I've added a photo of these cards so you can get a better feeling for the actual colors since the scans altered them somewhat.


This card is my second attempt at a design using both the dsp and one of the stamps. [I'm not sure why the scan of this card turned out brighter than the original; the dsp is really very soft and subtle.] Obviously, I colored the stamp with my Pistachio Pudding and Island Indigo Stampin' Write Markers before stamping on the Very Vanilla card stock and cutting it out with the Framelits dies from the Window Frames Collection. I just love the way this one turned out, and it gave me ideas to tweak my first design.


After completing this card, I realized that part of the problem with my first design was that the ribbon I used was just too narrow, so I inserted two more pieces with "V" cuts. I had originally added the little piece of Pistachio Pudding card stock, sponged with Island Indigo, and a button with a pear to try to give it the "something extra" that it needed. I still wasn't satisfied until I added the ribbon pieces. Much better than the original.

[Both the stamp set and the designer series paper are retiring with this catalog May 31st. The ribbon was from 2012 Sale-a-Bration.]

Products Used:
Friendship Preserves stamp set (4), W 131919, $21.95; C 127913, $16.95
Pistachio Pudding 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131294, $6.95
Island Indigo 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 122923, $6.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Venetian Romance 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 130144, $10.95
2013-2015 Stampin' Write Markers (5), 131260, $14.95
Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker, 131905, $3.50
Window Frames Collection, Framelits Dies (6), 129021, $26.95


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Create a Cupcake

Although there is a replacement cupcake stamp set in the new catalog, I am sorry to see Create a Cupcake go. I like the font used for the words and I love the verse for inside the card: "There's something fabulous about your birthday {must be you}". I'm going to miss the Birthday Basics designer series paper, too. It is just so fun.

Products Used:
Create a Cupcake stamp set (12), W 128520, $22.95; C 121982, $16.95
Raspberry Ripple 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 126842, $6.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Birthday Basics 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 130145, $10.45
Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin' Pad, 126991, $5.95
Raspberry Ripple Classic Stampin' Pad, 126859, $5.95
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad, 126981, $5.95
Envelope Punch Board (for rounding corners), 133774, $19.95
Cupcake Builder punch, 121807, $16.95
[Retired Basic Gray button]

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Cross Stitch Cards

I'm trying to use up various items I have accumulated in the last few years. These cards were made from an old Simply Sent card kit and included punched pieces and embroidery floss for cross stitching. Of course, I couldn't leave them plain and had to work up a few variations. The colors are former in colors: Lucky Limeade and Primrose Petals.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Nautical Triple Layer Card

I wanted to make a special card for my grandson's 16th birthday. I could have done something with a big 16, but decided to just make a masculine card. He and his Dad really like the nautical theme, so it seemed appropriate. This is a collage variation of the triple layer technique using The Open Sea stamp set.

Products Used:
The Open Sea stamp set (5), W 128454, $26.95; C 123032, $18.95
Label Love stamp set (7), W 130619, $24.95; C 130622, $17.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Island Indigo 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 122923, $6.95
Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad, 126986, $5.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 126966, $5.95
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, 126975, $5.95
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad, 126979, $5.95
Artisan Label punch, 130920, $15.95
[Cherry Cobbler ribbon is retired]