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Saturday, April 22, 2017

I'm Back!

Yes, I'm back in the saddle again!  The crafting saddle, that is!
Those of you who have been following know that I've had a recent (and more extended that I would wish on anyone) health issue after a surgery in mid-March.  It left me unable to get up the stairs to my craft room--HORRORS!  And totally unhappy...(insert frowny face!).

But I'm now able to negotiate the stairs with crutches (and help from the hubs) and I've been spending some time each day playing with some of the new "toys" I've recently accumulated.  Unfortunately I was not able to attend On Stage, which was fairly devastating, but I WAS able to obtain all the goodies that I would have received, thanks to my terrific downline/friends who were in attendance and able to pick up my stuff for me.  (Thanks, Tani, Bonnie and Crystal!)

So I'll start with a card made with some new products that will be available as an early purchase starting in May - Eastern Beauty and the Eastern Medallions dies, which make up the Eastern Palace Suite.  This offering will be in the new catalog, but you'll be able to purchase it early!  Woo hoo!

Take a look:

Wow!  Such a pretty card!

I started with a card base of Thick Very Vanilla.  What?  YES, Stampin' UP! is introducing Thick Very Vanilla in the new catalog, available June 1st, but part of the Eastern Palace Suite.  And is it SWEET!

I then covered the front of the card with this beautiful designer series paper, Eastern Palace Specialty DSP.  The sheet I chose is a new In-Color - Fresh Fig.  A gorgeous plummy-purple, kind of a cross between Rich Razzleberry and the old Blackberry Bliss (remember that one?).  I'm really liking this color.

I stamped the four corners with one of the stamps in the set, and then I cut the medallion using the Eastern Medallions dies.  This one was made up of 3 nesting dies, and is really lovely!  But there are so many combinations of dies, the medallions you can make may be endless!

I mounted my medallion on a circle of Silver Foil, and if you look closely, you'll see a glittery center--a piece of the Sale-a-Bration Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper--looks so pretty with the Fresh Fig.

And there's another new In Color here--do you see that fantastic bright yellow-green?  That's Lemon Lime Twist, and will be one of my favs this year--so bright and fresh; I love it!

So what do you think of this sneak peek?  Ready to start playing?

You know, if you really can't wait, there IS a way to get this suite (and other Stampin' UP! new-releases) early--become a demonstrator and you'll be able to get new goodies before anyone else.  AND you get them at a discounted price!  There is never ANY obligation to sell or create a business; Stampin' UP! welcomes hobby demonstrators as well as business-builders.  And for just $99 you can choose your very own starter kit worth up to $125 - with FREE shipping too!

How about giving it a try?  Click here for more information and/or to sign up now.

And as we get closer to the May 1st release date for this suite, I'll give you information on how to order this fabulous suite of products.  More samples to come soon...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Squeal! New Paper Pumpkin Has Arrived!

Yes, the moment we have been eagerly awaiting is here:  the special April Paper Pumpkin has arrived!  This CEO-inspired kit is adorable, just like the CEO of Stampin' UP!, Sara Douglass.  Her fresh, vibrant ideas are incorporated into this wonderful set of cards, and now you can see what she has brought us.  Take a look:

Not yet a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  Why ever not?  This little orange box (OK, it was a black box this month) comes each month directly to your door, containing everything you need to have a special "ME" moment of crafting.

Why not take Paper Pumpkin for a test drive?  There are 5 ways to subscribe:

On a Stampin' UP! order:
One month trial - #137858 for just $20
Three month subscription - #137859 for $59
Six month subscription - #137860 for $114
Try it for a year - #137861 for $215

Or, ready to to let it roll?  A month-to-month subscription is just $19.95 (shipping included).  Click here to sign up.  There is no obligation, and you can stop at any time.

Current subscribers can always order refills of the kits (while supplies last), so you can obtain past kits if you missed one.

What are you waiting for?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Time to Say Goodbye!


Yes, it's time for the list of retiring stamps, inks, papers and accessories.  And along with that comes some product discounts.  So take a look at this list and see what you just HAVE to have!

Don't delay; once these items are listed, the stampin' world goes crazy, stocking up on our favs, and supplies will dwindle quickly.

Click here to go to my online store and purchase those items you just can't live without! 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Happy Celebrations

Remember these cards?


And how about the "celebrate" card here?

These fun samples were made using the Happy Celebrations stamp set with the Celebrations Duo Textured Embossing Folders.

Since I'm still on the couch recovering from a knee surgery and the resulting complications, I'm sharing a Stampin' UP! video with more ideas on how to use these great products.  Take a peek:

Want a set of your own?  Click on the pics below and go shopping in my on-line store.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Watercolor Wash?

Watercolor washes are all the rage.  I love to use my Aquapainters to quickly a brush a light wash over my cardstock.  But here's a really easy way to get that look:

Try it! Need a clear block?  I've listed the best sizes to used below; click on the link to visit my on-line store.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I'm Under the Weather

I've been absent for a little while and figured I should let you know why.  I had a simple knee surgery 3 weeks ago.  It was all perfect and I felt great...for 4 days...and then complications set in.  I've since had a pulmonary embolus and spent 3 days in the hospital, got some medication that ended up causing bleeding into my knee and some severe pain.  So needless to say, I haven't been upstairs to my craft room for a while, and I've run out of things to show you.  I'm telling you all this, not for sympathy, but for your patience, and I will share some technique videos from Stampin' UP! over the next several days until I can get crafty again.  Hopefully soon!

So here is a fun technique that I often demonstrate in classes--adding colors directly to stamps with Markers.  Some of the colors used are now retired, but this technique is always a winner...Enjoy!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Another Two-Way Card

Last week I shared this post, where I created two cards using the same layout.  Today I'll show you another one that I played with:

The one on the right was my first attempt.  I love Awesomely Artistic, and hadn't inked it up in awhile, so I got it out and started to play.

First up, stamping the flowers in Tuxedo Black ink:

I then colored them using Blender Pens and Watercolor Pencils or ink from the inkpads.  Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie and Calypso Coral were my chosen colors; I even stamped a few of the flowers, colored them and fussy-cut them, to give the card a little extra dimension.

Some "splats" were added using Sahara Sand ink, the sentiment stamped and then I ran my panel through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall embossing folder (LOVE!).

My dragonfly was colored Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie.  I really loved the look, and dragged some Wink of Stella over it for a subtle shimmer.

Round two - the blues.  Similar card, but using Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party and Blushing Bride for my color combo.  And I added some Linen Thread for the bow.

What do you think?  Have a preference?

Supplies used are listed below; click on the picture to shop in my online store.

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