Thursday, June 22, 2017

Eastern Medallions Sunflower

I love this sunflower made with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. I've seen the idea on Pinterest and in my online demo groups. You may have, too. This is my take on the idea.

The sentiment and corner images are from the Eastern Beauty.

The petals are Crushed Curry, 2 pieces offset from one another. I came up with the idea for the center myself (disclaimer: that's not to say someone else didn't, too, but I haven't seen it). I cut Soft Suede cardstock with a scalloped framelit from the Layering Circle Framelits. Then I used the stylus from my Simply Scored board to stipple it. Using a sponge dauber, I lightly applied Early Espresso ink. Hopefully it looks like the seeds that are on the center part of a sunflower. What do you think? Did I succeed? Leave a comment and let me know.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Happy Graduation

This is graduation weekend for our local schools, so I thought I'd share a graduation card.

Stamps: Guy Greetings, Timeless Textures, Number of Years (one of the background stamps) 
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (stamped off to get lighter images)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
Glimmer Paper: Gold and Silver
Big Shot: Stars framelits (retired, but perhaps you could use the star from the Wood Crate framelits or Mini Treat Bag thinlits), Large Numbers framelits

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest, but there was no watermark or link to a blog or other identifying information, so I don't know who to give credit to.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Starfish Birthday Card

Happy Memorial Day! Of course, we think of beach trips when we think of Memorial Day, so I am posting a beach card today.  But before we get to the card, I want to take a minute for the real reason we have this holiday. Thank you to the brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country and to the families who lost loved ones way too soon. Your sacrifice is not forgotten and is appreciated.

This birthday card features the starfish from the retiring stamp set, Picture Perfect. Remember, you only have through May 31 (or until it sells out) to get it. The sentiment is from Guy Greetings. The background is sponged with some additional spots on the sand added with a stamp from Timeless Textures.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Camping Adventure

I have two similar cards for you today, both using Always An Adventure (retiring). They are both Clean and Simple (CAS) cards, but the first one is moreso. The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners. On the tent, I just colored the white parts with my Basic Black Stampin' Write marker.

This second card is stepped up a bit - not much, but a little. I added clouds and a few more trees. I made different color and different style trees. I also used the coordinating Outdoor Adventure framelits (retiring) to cut a tree and layer it over some others.

The Always an Adventure stamp set and  Outdoor Adventure framelits are also available as a bundle for 10% savings when you buy them both. These items are all retiring when the catalog retires.
Thoughtful Banners is not retiring, but through the end of the catalog period it is available as part a bundle with a coordinating punch. The stamps and the punch are both available in the new annual catalog. They just will no longer be available as a bundle.

Birthday Stars and More Stars

This is the original star card I made. Last month, several of the club members bought It's My Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) when it popped up on the clearance list at a huge discount. I wanted to show them an idea using the DSP and this is what I came up with.

The DSP is sold out now, but check out the new catalog for some DSP you could use to make your own version of this card. The top layer is Crushed Curry cardstock. The sentiment is from Guy Greetings.

Here's a variation of yesterday's card using Dapper Denim cardstock as the top layer and Flirty Flamingo envelope paper underneath and for the strip. I chose not to sponge this card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Don't forget to get retiring items before they are gone.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Americana Stars

This is another card from this month's club. It's CASEd from a different card I designed. Check back tomorrow to see that card and a couple variations of this card.

This card wasn't really intended to be a patriotic card, but once it was done, I realized it would be great for Memorial Day, which is right around the corner, or 4th of July. You could use it anytime of year, though, for a variety of occasions. I left this one blank, thinking it would make a nice note card.

Here's how I finished off the inside:
Ink (for sponging): Cherry Cobbler, Dapper Denim
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP): 2016-18 In Color Envelope Paper (retiring, discounted)
Big Shot: Stars Framelits (retiring, discounted), Lucky Stars embossing folder (retiring) 
Tools: Sponge Daubers

 As I was photographing the card, I set it down the opposite way and decided I like it just as much portrait as I do landscape. Since it doesn't have any words inside or out, it can be used either way.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sparkly Dragonfly Dreams

Here's one of the cards from this month's club. We had a great time making our cards yesterday and I look forward to doing them again Tuesday night.

The die cut dragonflies were made with my Big Shot and the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits. The sentiment is from Guy Greetings. See how nice and crisp the font is?

 I love the bling on this card. The sparkle on the dragonflies was applied with a sponge dauber and Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details (retiring, discounted). We added the gold sparkle by daubing Gold Glitz Dazzling Details (retiring, discounted) on the dots stamp from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and then stamping it on the background layer. I love Dazzling Details and am sad to see these items retire. I'm stocking up before they're gone. You might want to, too.

The rhinestones are from Basic Rhinestones. Although the current configuration retired and are sold out, there will be new packs of rhinestones available in the new annual catalog. The silver 1/8" ribbon will also be in the new catalog.

Dragonfly Dreams stamps and Detailed Dragonfly thinlits are available as a bundle (10% savings when you buy both) until May 31. After that, both items will still be available, but no longer as a bundle.

Check back tomorrow to see another of this month's club cards.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Today I have two similar Mother's Day cards. If you are really behind, you can use one of these ideas for your Mother's Day card. Or, you can change the sentiment in the oval and use them for just about any occasion. The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners which has 53 stamps, over 40 of which are words or phrases that can be mixed and matched to make the sentiment you want.

The fancy die cut on the front of both cards is done with the Big Shot and Detailed Floral Thinlts. These dies are available as a bundle with a coordinating stamp set through May 31. The ovals are cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

 The background on the front oval and inside the card is done with a stamp from Flourishing Phrases. The sentiment is also from Flourishing Phrases. The stamps are kind of hard to see in the photo, but can easily be read in person. The top one says, "I think it more often than I say it, but I just want to make sure you know it" and underneath, "I love you."

Here's the second card. For this one, I cut the die cut at the edge of the card and as you can see in the next picture, put a a strip of Night of Navy on the inside of the card so it shows through the die cut. The Designer Series Paper (DSP) on the front panel is Floral Boutique. Sadly, it was on the retiring list and has sold out. That's why you don't want to delay getting your retiring items. You could use the Flourishing Phrases stamp from above to fill in the panel.

The inside of this card has the same sentiment as the other card, which I love for Mother's Day. Flourishing Phrases is full of great sentiments and phrases and I really like the font. Check the set out below.

See what I mean about it being a great set? It's also available with coordinating thinlits as a bundle through May 31.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Botanical Blooms Frame

I actually made the insert for this frame during the last catalog pre-order period. I remember because I used my brand new Layering Love stamp set, which fortunately is not retiring, and the Go Wild paper stack, which was retiring at that time. Even though Go Wild is long gone, you could use another DSP as the base layer. Playful Palette has some patterns that would work. If you don't want to substitute, let me know and I can hook you up with a Go Wild paper stack.



Stamps: Layering Love
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Cardstock: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Designer Series Paper (DSP):  Go Wild Paper Stack (retired, but let me know and I can sell you one or try another DSP such as Playful Palette, which is retiring)
Big Shot: Botanical Builder Framelits (retiring, discounted)
Tools: Simply Scored (to make the diamonds on the Tempting Turquoise card stock)
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones, Basic Pearls

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bunch of Blossoms Card

Get ready for a blitz of p0sts using retiring items. The end of the catalog period will soon be here and I have several projects I want to share with you. There are so many great products you'll want to get before they're gone.

We made this card in a Stamp-a-Stack a few months ago.
It was CASEd from a card I saw on Pinterest by Sharon Hashimoto Burkert. I really like the way the Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum go together.



Stamps: Bunch of Blossoms (retiring)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Patterns Paper Stack – 2016-18 In Colors (retiring)
Punch: Blossom Builder (retiring) 

The stamps and punch are available in a bundle so you can save 10% if you buy them together.
Check back tomorrow for another post using retiring items.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Eastern Palace Bundles


Get your hands on items from the brand new Eastern Palace Suite before the new catalog period even starts! That's right, there are two bundles available through May 31. Each comes with a free gift, or gifts, as part of the bundle. Plus, through 5/10, order from me using the current hostess code, YPVZVJGU, or as part of a group order and get FREE cardstock -- one pack with the Starter bundle and two packs with the Premier bundle. And...if the order gets large enough, one lucky participant will get the half price item. 

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter!
Available May 1-31.

Description - Item Number 147196
Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set$60.50 USD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (new!)FREE!

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter!
Available May 1-31.

Description - Item Number 147207 Price
Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set$103.50 USD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
Mini Tassels Assortment
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
Very Vanilla Medium EnvelopesFREE!
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (new!)FREE!

Contact me today to be part of a group order or you can order online. Starter Bundle. Premier Bundle. Current hostess code YPVZVJGU. Any $50 or more order qualifies for the free pack of card stock and any $100 order qualifies for 2 free packs. Contact me for details.

We'll be using Eastern Palace items in my upcoming classes - Saturday, May 20, 10:00am and Tuesday, May 23, 6:30pm. Class is held south of Garner/Raleigh, NC. I'll give you the address when you sign up. Hope you can come!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Picture Perfect Starfish

I love this starfish from the Picture Perfect stamp set. I can't believe this cool set is retiring. In addition to the starfish, there are some awesome sentiments, a hummingbird, and a rose. The images are 2, 3, or even 4 step stamping which leads to some great detail.


See what I mean about the sentiments? This one is "dream without fear, love without limits." Another one is "you are made of wonderful."

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from last year's Sale-a-Bration. I have a couple packs available if you're interested. Just let me know. Otherwise, you could substitute a different DSP. There's a swirly blue in Cupcakes & Carousels that might work. Or maybe one of the patterns in the DSP paper stacks or envelope papers. Of course, By the Shore DSP would have several good options. Be sure to check out the retiring list so you can get these DSPs and this great stamp set before they are gone. 

Today is the last day to enter the prize drawing. Leave a comment on my blog or my facebook page to enter. You can enter both places. If you receive this blog post by email, you'll have to go to my blog to be able to comment. 

Here's the link to my facebook page. Be sure to Like it while you're there.

EDIT: Because this blog post went out so late in the day, I am extending the comment period through May 1st. Be sure to comment on blog post(s) and facebook post(s) to enter.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter - Window Box Style


Today I have two projects I designed using the Window Box thinlits. We made the card last month in club. The basket is part of a die cut from the Window Box thinlints, basically half of the hexagon. The handle was cut using the Stitched Shapes framelits. The grass was cut using the retiring Fringe Scissors. The eggs were cut using a die from the retiring Pyramid Pals thinlits. 

Happy Easter is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and is punched out with the Duet Banner punch. These two items are available in a bundle, which gives 10% savings over buying the items separately, but only until the catalog ends. Then the items will only be available to purchase separately.

Here is a basket I made with the Window Box thinlits. In addition to half of the hexagon, I also left on some of the flaps and extra parts. I used part of two die cuts which are cut down and then folded into the basket shape. The handle is just a 1/2 inch strip of cardstock. The grass in the basket was made with the retiring Fringe Scissors. This is a prototype I made about a month ago (hence the retired color cardstock). Originally I had planned to add a tag and maybe soem flowers ont he front, but I think it looks cute like this, too.

The Window Box framelits are currently available in a bundle with the Window Shopping stamp set. The framelits will still be available in the new catalog, but they'll no longer be available as a bundle.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Pyramind Pals Carrot

Here's a cute little carrot made using the Pyramid Pals Framelits. The lines are from a stamp in the Playful Pals set. The carrot top is a 3/4" strip of cardstock cut with the fringe scissors and then rolled up. All three of these great items are on the Retiring List, so if you don't have them, be sure to get them before they are gone.

 I didn't put adhesive on two flaps so that the box can be opened. You can see where the stem is inserted in the top. I just used my paper piercing tool to make a hole and then gently widened it until the stem could be eased into it.

I got this cute idea from Nicole Tugrul, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Soon To Be Gone...

Here are a couple of cards that highlight some of the retiring items:

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) already retired last year, but you could use one of this year's pretty DSPs. Maybe the retiring Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper which is only $6.60 at 40% off.

The fancy flower border on both cards and the flower and leaves in the bottom card are cut with the Botanical Builder Framelits (50% off, only $16.50). Both the Elegent Butterfly punch and the Bitty Butterfly punch are retiring. Basic Pearls (sold out) and Basic Rhinestones (50% off, $2.50) are on the retiring list, as is the Project Life Corner punch (used on the sentiment and its mat). I believe the embossing folder used on the small butterfly in the top card is also retiring.

The stamp set the sentiment came from has currently slipped my mind. I feel like it's there, but just out of reach. I tried to do some Internet searching, but no luck. Can you name the set? If so, please leave a comment to let me know.

EDIT: Thanks to Karen O'Connell for her comment. The sentiment comes from Rose Wonder.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Retiring List

The retiring list has been announced. Stamps are guaranteed available through May 22. Other items on the list are while supplies last so don't wait to order what you want. They all retire May 31 and will no longer be available after that. Some items are discounted up to 50% off!

You can see the retiring list in pdf form here.

Or, go to the Online Store and check out the items there.

Some of the bundles are on this list because bundle pricing will no longer be available, but the items that make up the bundle are not retiring.

There are some real surprises on this list. What items surprised you or will you miss the most?

I was surprised by Botanical Blooms and the coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits - but they are discounted, so that's good for anyone who hasn't already gotten them. I also hate seeing so many dies and embossing folders go, as well as the two butterfly punches. Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies and Party With Cake stamps will also be missed. And those are just off the top of my head.

Remember to leave your comment on this post about which item(s) you're going to miss most.

Everyone who comments will get an entry in the prize drawing that will happen 4/30. If you get this post by email, you have to go to the actual blog post to leave the comment. You can also comment on my facebook page for another entry.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

More Hey Chick Cards

Here are a couple more cards using the set Hey Chick, which I got for free as part of Sale-a-Bration (SAB) when I made a $50 purchase. Ends 3/31.

I used the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on both cards so the background looked like chicken wire. On the top card, I sponged lightly over the raised parts of the embossed image. Cardstock colors: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White. I used the Memento Ink pad and Tangerine Tango Classic stamp pad and Stampin' Write marker.

 Cardstock colors: Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White. I used the Memento Ink pad and Island Indigo Classic stamp pad. The chicken was colored using the Aqua Pen with some Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango ink.

If you want to get this cute set for FREE, make a $50 purchase by 3/31. You can shop online at my online store. If your order is not $150, please use hostess code C929U36A. You'll get a free gift from me if you do. If it is $150 or over, collect the hostess benefits for yourself.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hey Chick

This chicken makes me laugh -- which I'm pretty sure is a common reaction. This is one of the cards from my March class. The stamps are from the set, Hey Chick, which you can get for free with a $50 purchase. Hurry though, because Sale-a-Bration (SAB) ends 3/31. I picked the Designer Series Paper because it reminds me of chicken wire.

 Oops! Looks like I need to make a little correction on the inside. Do you see the error? I missed one of the egg legs when I was coloring. Easy enough to fix. I'm just glad I noticed it before I sent it to a friend.

Stamps: Hey Chick
Ink: Island Indigo, Memento Black Ink
Stampin' Write Markers: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Moroccan
Check back tomorrow for more cards using this cute set. 

Leave a comment on any post on my blog or facebook page or share a facebook post and get entered in a drawing for blog candy. Each comment or share earns one entry.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bring on Spring - March NC SU Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the March NC Demos Blog Hop. It's been a while since I've been able to participate, but I'm glad to be back. This month's theme is Bring On Spring. I hope you are enjoying this month's posts and getting lots ideas for your own fabulous spring projects.

This is one of the projects from my March class. We had a great group here Saturday morning and I'll be doing it again Tuesday evening. If you live in the Raleigh/Garner/Fuquay-Varina/Clayton area, contact me if you'd like to come make this and two other fun cards.

 As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I periodically get a magazine called Stampin' Success, which is full of great ideas and information. This card was CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from a card in that magazine. Ironically, the article was on CASE-ing. I didn't copy the card exactly, but it is similar.

If you would like to enjoy the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, including getting Stampin' Success, contact me for more details. It's a great way to save on your crafting supplies, makes a little extra cash, or earn some serious money, depending how much effort you want to put into it. I'd love to have you on my team! And, during Sale-a-Bration, choose 2 free sets as part of your starter kit! Ends 3/31.

Here's the inside of the card. I think carrying a little bit of the design to the inside of the card adds a little something extra.  The leaves look tucked behind the flower petals because I used the masking technique (stamped and cut out petals and layered them over the already stamped petals on the card so when I stamped the leaves they didn't stamp where the cut petals were; then I removed the cut petals).



Stamps: Bunch of Blossoms
Ink: Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock:Pool Party, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP):  In Color DSP Stack
Punch: Blossom Builder
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones, Whisper White Baker's Twine (retired, but now available as Thick Baker's Twine).

I hope you enjoyed today's project. While it's fun to come up with your own designs, sometimes it's good to CASE -- maybe the ideas just aren't flowing, maybe you need a quick idea, or maybe you just like something you see. You can copy the design exactly or use it as a starting point and change it up to make it your own.

As you travel through the rest of the blog hop, you'll find lots of ideas worth CASE-ing. We share our ideas to inspire others so it's nice to get feedback. Please leave comments as you cycle through. Leave a comment on any post on my blog or facebook page and be entered into a drawing for blog candy. Drawing will be held 4/30.

Next Blog

Thanks for stopping by today. You'll head on to Lisa Tedder's blog next. I've included the list of all blog hop participants below.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Taco 'bout awesome! New SAB choices!

Sale-a-Bration (SAB) is winding down. Only 10 days left to get a FREE item with each $50 purchase, $25 bonus hostess merchandise with qualifying party or order, or 2 FREE stamp sets by joining Stampin' Up!

And, just in case you've already got all of the exclusive SAB items or you're looking for some more options, Stampin' Up! has added some catalog items as SAB choices. You must use the special item numbers below to get them for free.
Item Number     Product               
147361                2016-2018 In Color 8-1/2” x 11” Cardstock
147365Party Animal Designer Series Paper
147363Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
147364Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper
147362Party Animal Designer Washi Tape
147360Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
147356Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I'm pretty happy because some of these items are on my wish list.

Here's a card made with one of the original 2017 SAB offerings, Tasty Trucks. I just love the tacos and the saying, "Let's taco 'bout how awesome you are!" There are also stamps to make this an ice cream truck or a cupcake truck. Cute! Cute! Cute!


Head on over to my Online Store to place your order so you can get your free SAB item. Double up on the freebies -- use hostess code WR2CRBRR and get a free gift from me.


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