Monday, May 30, 2016

Tomorrow is the Last Day...

Hi Everyone!  Don't forget tomorrow is the last day to order both from the Occasions catalog and the 2015-16 Annual catalog.  Give those Retiring Lists one more check before they are gone!

Things to note:
  • Here is the link to the Retiring Lists page.
  • Although we do have some bundles carrying over from the Occasions catalog to the new Annual catalog, they will not be available at the bundle price.  Make sure to not miss out on the discount!
  • Please use Hostess Code NUGK47YD for your online orders under $150.

Ok, looking forward, there is a New Catalog Launch Party tomorrow.  We will be playing with some new stamps and In Colors.  Here's a sneak peek.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

SSC127 Dapper Swirls

Welcome to another Sunday Stamps Challenge!  Take a look at this week's color combo.  Don't you just love it?

For my card, I basically took a card design from last week and remade it with this color scheme.  Easy-peasy, even if it does feel a little like cheating.

In my defense, I've been playing with new In Colors color combinations, so here you go: Tempting Turquoise, Dapper Denim, Kiwi Kiss (retired), Basic Black, and Very Vanilla.

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Crazy About You; Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Dapper Denim, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Dapper Denim, Kiwi Kiss, Versamark; Accessories: Metallic Sequin Assortment, White Embossing Powder, Watercolor Brush, Swirly Scribbles thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Control Freaks Something Old, Something New Blog Tour

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the super fabulous Control Freaks group!  This month's theme is "Something Old, Something New".  We have been very busy retiring a whole host of stamps & supplies while also getting ready for the new catalog in June.  You've probably arrived here from Mindy's blog.  Her projects are always so lovely!

It's graduation season, and I've been wanting to make tassels out of the cotton paper in the annual catalog ever since it came out.  This is the perfect (or last) time to include this in this month's Stamp Club.

The tassels are created out of Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Assortment, using the fringe scissors.  Start with 2 x 6" strips of cotton paper, cut with fringe scissors 2/3 up (in the 2" direction), and roll.  I found rolling the strip around a wooden skewer to be helpful.

The mortar board shapes were traced with an image from the internet in the e-cutter software and cut out.  Much easier than having club members hand-cut.

The Bravo stamp set is perfect for all occasions, but especially for graduations.  The stamp set, Cherry on Top patterned paper and cotton paper are all retiring.  Don't forget to grab yours before they are gone!

Stamp: Bravo; Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White, Cherry on Top DSP, Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Assortment; Ink: Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush; Accessories: White baker's twine, Silver taffeta ribbon, Mini Stapler, Fringe Scissors, Balloon framelits, Big Shot, e-cutter.

Now on to something new...  My preorder has been sitting here, and I've been lovingly looking at it and petting it, but I hadn't yet actually made anything with it.  What's wrong with me (other than lack of time and mojo)?

For me to get the hang of new In Colors, I often go to watercoloring.  Here I combined the new In Color Sweet Sugarplum with the new set Swirly Bird and new thinlit dies Swirly Scribbles.

After I trimmed off the leaves on the middle-sized swirl die-cut, I outlined the die-cuts with a pencil and watercolored.  For the leaves, I stamped the branch image in the center to give them a bit more dimension.

My color combination is Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla.

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Crazy About You; Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Versamark; Accessories: Metallic Sequin Assortment, White Embossing Powder, Watercolor Brush, Swirly Scribbles thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Jump over to the amazing Stamp Doc, Melissa Stout, to check out what fabulous ideas she has for us. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Set Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts official good-bye party, the Retiring Stamp Set Blog Hop! Have you marked up your catalog with all the retiring sets?  Make sure to grab those that caught your eye before they are gone!  And we are here to tempt you a little further with some of our favorite retiring sets.  ;)

If you have been following the blog hop in order, you have just come from Yapha's blog featuring the Epic Alphabet. Her projects are always fantastic!

Today I'm featuring an elegant stamp set, Everything Eleanor.  I always pick at least one retiring stamp set to feature in our last stamp club meeting of the catalog.  Today I have a little coordinating ensemble, as I am putting together some thank you packages for my club members as well.

For the card, I used Connie & Mary sketch CCMC403.  I love to clear emboss the swirl image. It adds an subtle elegant touch to all your projects.

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Botanical Blooms, A Dozen Thoughts; Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Bohemian DSP, Cherry on Top DSP; Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, Black Stazon, Versamark; Accessories: Blackberry Bliss satin ribbon, Gold Metallic Thread, Clear EP, White EP, Clothespin, Mini Stapler, Aquapainter, Triple Banner punch, Greetings thinlits, Botanical Builder framelits, Spiral Flower die, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

I have a couple samples I've made in the past with this set.  These images work particularly well for a clean & elegant card wedding card.

Little details include the heat-embossed flourishes and stamens highlighted with Crystal Effects.

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Bravo; Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Versamark; Accessories: Linen thread, Clear embossing powder, Crystal Effects, Sponge.

And I tried my hand at some messy water coloring.  In this case, the images are stamped on watercolor paper as a guideline, then you go to town with water and color to create soft edges, shadows, and depth.

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Endless Birthday Wishes; Paper: Very Vanilla, Watercolor paper; Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Tangelo Twist, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Tuxedo Black Memento; Accessories: Aquapainter.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Twila put together using Hello Life.  I can't wait to see what she created!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stampin' Up! Rose Garden

There are so many wonderful things in the Occasions catalog, and I haven't been able to share them all with my Stamp Club ladies.  Luckily lots of them are carrying over.  One popular bundle is the Rose Wonder stamp set and Rose Garden framelits.

This card is modeled after the beautiful packaging given to this year's Artisan award winners at November's Stampin' Up OnStage event.

I die-cut the flower and leaves out of Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive card stock.  After trimming, I left a bit of overlapping card stock so the leaves could be glued behind the flower.

The stamp set and framelit bundle is discounted 15%, but only through May 31.  Make sure to get yours by the end of the month.

Stamps: Perfect Pairings (SAB); Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White; Ink: Blackberry Bliss; Accessories: Very Vanilla thick baker's twine, Tea Lace paper doilies, Banner Triple punch, Scallop Tag Topper punch, Rose Garden framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

SSC126 Paris in the Spring

Good Sunday morning & happy Mother's Day!  Time for another Sunday Stamps challenge.  You know you can ask for whatever you want today, so why not ask for some stamp time?  Today's challenge is a "create a scene" sketch challenge.

So we have a friend who supplies us with crack, er I mean Amuse, supplies.  This week's sketch reminded me of a card in their catalog, so I had to order the supplies and CASE it.

Stamps: C'est la Vie (Amuse); Paper: Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP; Ink: Real Red, Smoky Slate, Black Stazon; Accessories: Baker's twine, Aquapainter, Landscape dies (Amuse), Big Shot.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Apr 2016 PP: Mother's Wreath

When I opened April's Paper Pumpkin kit, I was so excited for my daughter. She loves to decorate the house with wreaths. Then... the overgrown puppy got ahold of the styrofoam ring. Yikes!  With some masking tape repair, we were able to put the wreath together without anyone being the wiser.

So, what to do with the extra pieces from the kit?  Stampin' Up had posted some ideas on their website, and Dena Rekow came out with a wreath card fairly quickly.  I wanted to do something similar, but I really wanted to make the wreath special for Mom.  I used cardboard rings to make it more dimensional.

This is a good project to submit to this month's My Pumpkin Challenge, 3-D Galore.  Definitely qualifies as "anything with dimension" option of the challenge.

As always, I've put the instructions together for this project to send to my Paper Pumpkin Club members. 

I also have a sneak peek of May's kit, a fun masculine kit with laser-cut designs.  If you are not a subscriber, join by May 10 to receive this kit.

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