Friday, June 25, 2010

Petal Card Die

I've posted pictures of these two projects before, but now I've decided to add a few more details.  This die retires June 30, so don't miss out if you decide you want it. 

The bookmark uses the set A Rose is a Rose and the petal card uses Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper (save 25%) and Crushed Curry card stock (50% off).  All of these items retire June 30.

In addition to these projects, this die can be used to make large hearts -- either to put on cards or as a little pocket (great for favors, or add a ribbon and hang on the door at Valentine's Day -- don't forget to fill it!).  Or, fold up three sides to make an open mini envelope and then attach it to a card with a pull out tag.  I  also have seen 3 sides folded with the top left open and used as a tea bag holder (you can give to someone this way or attach to a card).  There are lots of ideas to use with that, including a set from the new catalog with tea cups and the saying "tea"rific.  Don't have pictures to post, but if you're interested, ask me for details.

Left:  Bookmark;  Right:  Petal Card

Petal card open: outside of card.

Petal card open: inside of card.

This is the backside of the petal card when it is folded.  Since it folds in on itself (kind of like closing up a box), no adhesive is necessary.

Backside of bookmark:  attach the bottom two flaps to the backside of the bookmark.  Attach the top two flaps to each other, but don't glue them down on the bookmark.  This leaves the opening to put the bookmark over the corner of your page.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Graduation Cards

Here are a couple of graduation cards I made using the Happy Grad stamp:

I made the cards in each of the graduate's school colors.  The red and black one was inspired by a card posted on Splitcoast by berlycece.  It was for a girl.  The blue and gold one was for a boy, so I used the first card as inspiration for the second.

Inside, I put some more embossed butterflies (red and black card) and stamped some star images (blue and gold card).  I think the star stamp came from Sporting (which is retiring).  I also combined sentiments from three sets to get the message I wanted to say (Congratulations, You did it!, and Happy Graduation).

The background textures are not SU, but everything else is.  The black twine is retired (but I can get you a pack if you want one) and some of the colors (Brilliant Blue and Summer Sun) are retiring.  Everything else, including the Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, is staying.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Hope you enjoyed it!  Sue Root

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

See the New Catalog

I am having a class on July 1, 2010 (Thursday) at 10:00am and 7:00pm.  We will make projects featuring new colors and items from the new catalog.

Also, the new catalog will be available to peruse or purchase. Cost: $7. Please contact me by 6/28 to register and for location info. This class (and a new catalog) is free for Stamp Club Members. Ask me for details.

I can't post pictures because my new stamps aren't here yet (hopefully tomorrow!).  I'm sure you'll like them, though, because I really like the stamp sets and colors we'll be using.


Hope you can come to the class!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

More Animal Crackers

Here's another card using Animal Crackers, which retires at the end of the month.  The Designer Series Paper is Close to Cocoa Prints.  It's retired, but if you want a pack I can get one for you.  It's great for more masculine or, in this case, Autumn looking cards.  This DSP was also used on the trifold shutter card using the retired set Backwoods (see tags).

This card also uses the Trio Flower Punch (retiring), Boho Blossoms punch, several oval punches and brads from Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (love that stuff).

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Baby Cards

I cannot believe that I have only posted one other card using the adorable stamp set Animal Crackers (which retires at the end of the month).  I use this set lots!  Here are two baby cards I made.  Perhaps I didn't post them because I used some retired supplies and the one card uses a non-SU alphabet set.  The other card uses Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I use that set so often that I don't usually bother to tag it.

Correction (added 1/13/11):  The sentiment on the first card comes from Fun and Fast Notes (not Teeny Tiny Wishes, which does have a baby stamp that says hello baby).  I used my marker to ink up only the words on the baby carriage stamp.

Thanks for stopping by my blog

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Close as a Memory meets Kind and Caring Thoughts

This card was made with Close as a Memory -- another stamp set that will be retiring on June 30.  This set is wonderful for Sympathy cards, which is what the sentiments in the set are for.  However, I changed it up a bit by using Thanks So Much from Kind and Caring Thoughts.  The colors are Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry.  I know it's hard to tell.  I'm still working on the photography thing :)  Crushed Curry will also be gone at the end of the month.  And since Kind and Caring Thoughts is a hostess set, it will retire, too.

Sorry it's been a while since I posted.  Between the new camera and the new computer, I've had a big learning curve.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hippo Happy Birthday

As promised, I am posting some older (but not previously put on my blog) projects using retiring stamps.  I made this card at the first class I held as demonstrator.  The class was a fundraiser for the wonderful preschool at my church.  Unfortunately, Zoofari (the hippo) retired last year.  But, it's not too late to get the versatile set Happy Everything.

I used Green Galore on this card.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  It is a wonderfully cheery color.  It too is going away, as are lots of other colors.  The retiring colors are only available while supplies last, so order yours today.

Wondering where Simply Said is?  It was used to make the background on the hippo.

Retired Stamp Set Samples

Well over 100 stamp sets are retiring this month.  They will be available until June 30 and then they'll be gone.  You can see samples made with some of these stamps by clicking on the stamp set name below.  I have made a lot more cards using the retiring sets.  I will post some over the next couple of weeks, so be sure to check back.  Also, there are many accessories and Decor Elements retiring.  See this post for details on all last chance (retiring) items.

A Rose is a Rose A bookmark made with the large rose.
Animal Crackers Chick breaking out of the egg.
Close as a Memory
Happy Everything
Itty Bitty Backgrounds
One of a Kind Sentiment from set with punch art flowers.
Very Thankful  SU! will donate $2 to Ronald McDonald house for each set purchased.

If you'd like to order any of these sets, just let me know.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Last Chance Lists

Well, Stampin' Up has released the last chance lists.  The items on the accessories list are only available while supplies last (and some are already gone), but no later than June 30.  The stamps and Definitely Decorative items will be available until June 30.

Accessories List:

Stamp List:

Definitely Decorative List:

The stamp and Definitely Decorative lists are available in a sortable Excel spreadsheet.  I can't figure out a way to link those, but if you are interested, I can try to e-mail them to you.

I will be happy to order any of these items, or any other Stampin' Up products, for you.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

So, the list is posted.  What do you think?  Would love to hear your thoughts.  I'll start:  I'm really surprised by the number of Big Shot dies on the list.  Knew the items with retiring colors would have to go.  Was surprised by the number of punches until Tiffany (from the morning club) pointed out re-configured column.  Looks like they'll be back in a different form (most likely the new flat style).

I'm surprised by some of the stamps going, but not others.  And surprised by some that aren't going.  I need to spend more time with that list.

I'm very excited, though, because with all the products going that means more room in the catalog for new products!  Stampin' Up has announced that the catalog will be 16 pages bigger this time, too.  Lots of new stuff!!!

Please keep in mind that these are only my personal thoughts and do not represent Stampin' Up in any way.

Okay, your turn.  Leave a comment with your thoughts on the last chance lists.


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