Sunday, April 23, 2017

Retired Set Sunday: Featuring Paper Pumpkin Alternatives for A Sara Thing

 
April's Paper Pumpkin - A Sara Thing
Welcome back to Retired Set Sunday, where I pair a retired set with something new! These cards were created from April's Paper Pumpkin kit, Stampin' Up's monthly subscription kit in the mail. I decided to do something a little different with my kit after watching a You Tube video from the adorable
Danica Ferrante where she added the butterfly to her card base. Well, I didn't care for the geometric heart shape that came with the kit, so I decided to glue the butterfly to the heart and cut it out.

I used the retired Stampin' Up! set, Sassy Salutations for some of the sentiments because I love the whimsy look of the font. These kits are great! The card bases and mats are precut and it comes with everything you need, except for a stamping block. But hey, I've used the back of my iPhone as a block before. True story! 

Supply List:
  • Stamp Sets: A Sara Thing, Sassy Salutations (retired)
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, 2015-2017 In Color Paper Stack
  • Tools: April's (2017) Paper Pumpkin Kit, Washi Tape, Stampin' Up Watercolor Pencils, Paint Brush, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips
  • Big Shot: Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Butterflies Thinlits Dies 
Order online at Stampin' Up! and please choose me as your demonstrator. Paper Pumpkin subscribers have access to past kits and refills! Thanks for stopping by and please leave a happy comment!
 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Have you Heard? Stampin' Up's Retiring List is Here

http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/lastChance/2017_NA_RetiredList/Retiring_List_US.pdf
Click the Photo Above for the Retiring List Link
Stampin' Up! just released the 10 page retiring list! Select retiring products have discounts up to 50% off. These items will only be available while supplies last through May 31st. Why do items retire? To get ready for new items which will come out with the new July 1st catalog. 

Some items to note from the list:
Regals 12" x 12" paper stack (131188)
Brights 12" x 12" paper stack (131186)
Subtles 12" x 12" paper stack (131189)
Neutrals 12" x 12" paper stack (131187)
Gold Wink of Stella (141898)
Adhesive Remover (103684)
Big Shot Die Brush Noooooooo! (140603)
Handheld Stapler (139083)

Place your order soon to get retiring products before they are gone! Order online by clicking HERE and please choose me as your demonstrator. Your orders make my day and I so appreciate you!  Be sure to check out the retiring bundles!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Retired Set Sunday: Mouthwatering and a Freshly Made Sketch Challenge


FMS282
Welcome back to Retired Set Sunday - where I combine something retired with something new! I hope this inspires you to dust off your old Stampin' Up! stamps and get creative. This week I used the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge FMS282 for some inspiration. I combined the retired Popsicle Stampin' Up! stamp from the Mouthwatering set with the new Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper from the current Occasions Catalog. I inked the Popsicle with the Peekaboo Peach Stampin' Write Marker then colored the stripes onto the stamp with the Calypso Coral marker. The stick is colored with the Crumb Cake marker. I used this same technique with the sentiment. The sentiment and stitch marks are outlined with a white Scribe-ALL® All Surface Pencil which you can get at any art supply store. 

Supply List:
  • Stamp Set: Mouthwatering (Retired)
  • Colors & Ink: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips,
    Scribe-ALL®
  • Dimensions:  Card base is 10-1/2" x 5-1/4" so that when folded the dimensions are 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" and the card will fit in a 5-1/2" square envelope. 
    Tasty Treats DSP 142770 - $13.00 (US)
    You can order the Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper from me until May 31, 2017. There's also a coordinating bundle which includes the Cool Treats Stamp Set and Frozen Treats Framelits Dies. Save 10% when you order the stamp and dies in a bundle. Thanks for stopping by!
    Cool Treats Bundle 145181 - $48.50 (US)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Free Color Chart Template

Only three more months until the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog comes out. Take some time to Spring clean your inventory. I had a color chart like this a few years ago which really helps keep my paper and inks organized. I re-created the chart here and you can download this template for free. I'll update the sidebar when the colors change. Just punch out the coordinating cardstock, scribble with your Stampin' Write Markers and stamp any image you like in the corresponding square. Just click on the image below or on the sidebar for your free template. Happy Stamping!

https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B2gAuLQcN879dW55b0hWU0JoQTQ

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Retired Set Sunday: Tasty Trucks and a Sketch Challenge CCMC451


Welcome back to Retired Set Sunday, where I use a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set with current product. My layout inspiration came from the Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge CCMC451. These cards feature the Tasty Trucks stamp set which retired from the 2017 Sale-A-Bration Catalog. 

Sketch challenges are a really fun way to get some inspiration and put those stamps to use. For the top card I used Watermelon Wonder along with the In Color Designer Series Paper Stack 2015-2017 In Colors. The bottom card features the same DSP in Mint Macaron paired with a Pool Party base. I love this color combination. The washi tape on the top card is also retired. Unfortunately, the In Color Collection of 2015-2017 will no longer be available when the new Stampin' Up! catalog comes out June 1st. So, now is the time to order your favorites: Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder.

  Supply List:
  • Stamp Set: Tasty Trucks (Retired Sale-A-Bration 2017)
  • Colors & Ink: Shimmery White, Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Write Markers in Basic Black, Mint Macaron, and Watermelon Wonder
  • Embellishments: Watermelon Wonder Washi Tape (retired), Watercolor Pencils
  • Tools: Blender Pen, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Saturday, April 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop - April Step it Up

Welcome to our April Blog Hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who love to create a simple project and then a “stepped up” version.  It’s so fun to connect with each other and share ideas and creativity.  I'm so happy you stopped by.
Simple Version
Featuring...the Hostess Set, Pun Intended from the 2016-2017 "Find Your Inspiration" Catalog. My simple card was created using only two layers. First, I stamped the lightbulb pattern onto the Whisper White card base. I rubbed the Embossing Buddy onto the 2" x 4" Night of Navy rectangle. Then I stamped the lightbulb and sentiment using Whisper White. While the ink was still wet, I embossed it with white embossing powder and heat set it with the Heat Tool. The bottom corners are rounded with the Project Life Corner punch. I tied a piece of Linen Thread as an accent around the top and bottom of the sentiment. The bulb is painted with Clear Wink of Stella to make it shimmer and added to the card base with a Stampin' Dimensional.
Stepped Up Version
The stepped up card has four layers; the Whisper White Card base, a Night of Navy mat, then again, the lightbulbs stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Night of Navy ink and last, the Night of Navy accent piece with the lightbulb and sentiment. This time I colored all of the bulbs (using the current catalog image on page 200 as my inspiration.)  I used a sponge dauber with Daffodil Delight ink to make the lights glow. The hearts are colored in with Flirty Flamingo ink and a Blender Pen. I added a small white accent dot to the upper left edge of the hearts with the White Stampin' Chalk Marker

The accent bulb was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock in Night of Navy and hand cut with paper snips. Clear Wink of Stella covers the bulb for shimmer. The heart on the bulb is covered with thin layer of the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to give it dimension. I've seen a trend lately with sentiment words cut apart, so I hand cut, "you light up my life" and attached them with Stampin' Dimensionals cut to size. It's so cute and whimsical. I sponged the words with Daffodil Delight and painted them with Clear Wink of Stella.

As always, thank you for stopping by! To see what the other bloggers' stepped up cards look like, hop on over to See Julie Stamp by clicking below:
http://www.seejuliestamp.com/2017/04/WCBH4-1.html

 Supply List:
  • Stamp Set: Pun Intended (Hostess Set)
  • Colors & Ink: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo
  • Embellishments: Clear Wink of Stella, Fine Tip Glue Pen, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Linen Thread, White Stampin' Chalk Marker
  • Tools: Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Sponge Dauber, Blender Pen, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Project Life Corner Punch and Paper Snips.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March Paper Pumpkin - Bunny Budies

 Look what arrived in my mailbox! It's my March Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up's monthly kit in the mail. For info on next month's kit, see my post HERE.
March 2017 Bunny Buddies
These are so cute! The kit comes with the Photopolymer Stamp Set to make a combination of six different faces, Basic Gray Archival Stampin' Spot, 9 card bases with envelopes, sticker sheets, baker's twine, mini clothespins, mini pompoms and adhesive dots. It's all in the box, ready to take to a crop. Or take downstairs when my craft table is too messy. Only $19.95 per month including shipping!
Look at all the different face combinations!
 This kit even comes with 9 coordinating cards and envelopes. You can choose the sentiment, Happy Easter or Happy Spring. 



Goodbye!
monthly subscription
Thanks for stopping by! Don't miss out on next month's Paper Pumpkin kit. Order online before April 10th to have it shipped right to your door. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Retired Set Sunday: Random Acts of Kindness

Blowing Kisses Retired Stamp Set
You never know what you have, until you clean your craft room! I searched everywhere for an Easter stamp to no avail. The closest I came to an Easter stamp was this retired Stampin' Up! set, Blowing Kisses, which is actually a Valentine's Day stamp. Once a month, I play BUNCO with a group of paper crafters and scrapbookers, so we call it Crafty Bunco. March's theme is Easter/Inspirational. We bring something handmade, according to the theme and package it up for a prize when you get a Baby Bunco. I made a set of six 3" x 3" cards with envelopes. I tried to watercolor like Ilina Crouse. I used Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils which come in 13 current SU colors and an Aqua Painter. For the inspiration, I put six different quotes by Mother Teresa inside each card, which I just printed from my computer. Then I printed these instructions:

Random Acts of Kindness Cards: Give a card to a stranger for inspiration. There are 6 cards and I challenge you to give them away before Easter to: (1) a waiter or waitress (2) a barista at a coffee shop (3) a drive-thru cashier (4) a stranger at church who you feel needs inspiration (5) someone who smiles at you, and (6) someone who needs it. 
Simple Packaging
I challenge you to give away six handmade cards or tags before Easter. I hope this inspired you and I'd love to see your creations as well.
 SUPPLY LIST: Stamps: Blowing Kisses (retired)

  • Colors: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (current Occasions Catalog)
  • Embellishments: Watercolor Paper, Celophane Bag 6" x 8", Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon (retired)
  • Big Shot: Bigz XL Fancy Favor Die (retired) 
Thanks for stopping by!






Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jar of Love Meets Love Sparkles


Every month I swap handmade cards with a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from Utah, Idaho and Ohio. We only use current Stampin' Up! products. For my March swap, I used the Jar of Love Bundle combined with the Love Sparkles stamp set from the Occasions Catalog. We can only order out of this catalog until May 31st. However, the Jar of Love set is carrying over to the new catalog in June 2016. The sparkling font in the Love Sparkles stamp pairs perfectly with the fireflies or "lightning bugs" as we call them in Oklahoma. I used silver embossing powder on the handle, lid and stars and clear Wink of Stella over the fireflies.
Inside of Card
 SUPPLY LIST: 

  • Stamps: Jar of Love, Love Sparkles
  • Colors: Whisper White, Real Red,Dapper Denim, Daffodil Delight, Memento, VersaMark
  • Embellishments: Wink of Stella, Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, Paper Piercing Tool
  • Big Shot: Everyday Jars Framelits, Lucky Stars Embossing Folde
Thanks for stopping by! Please say hi and leave a comment. If you'd like to order anything you see here, please click the Shop button. I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

April's Paper Pumpkin


I'm back from a long blogging break. I'm still a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, going on 8 years in May. This is what got me back to my blog and needing to spread the excitement!



There’s a big surprise coming in April to Paper Pumpkin! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit by Stampin' Up! that is mailed right to your door with all of the supplies included.  April's kit was inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass. I don't even know what it is yes, but you can bet I signed up for it. It's designed by Sara so I know it's going to be good. “Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Sara describes it. Every April Paper Pumpkin kit will include a FREE gift. It's $19.95 per month, including shipping. You can set up a monthly subscription where you pay as you go, or purchase a prepaid subscription offered at 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. Get your kit designed by Sara by ordering HERE before April 10th. This is what to expect:
  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends. Yes refills! This is new!
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

Find out why Sara is so excited for you to experience this kit in this exclusive interview.  Click on the image:
https://youtu.be/aB1So5Le2n0



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