Thursday, May 31, 2018

Going, Going, Gone

Today is the LAST day to purchase retiring items.  Many of these products are discounted (and sadly, many are already gone).  

If you have anything on your wish list that is about to retire, order today or kiss it of 11 p.m. tonight it will be gone forever!

Click the banner above and go directly to my online store.  You won't be sorry...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

One More May Card

Today I have one more card from my May Card Club; this was their sneak peek at a new collection coming in the new Annual Catalog:

Confession:  this was not my original idea.  But I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't get the original creator's info.  I saw this idea on Pinterest or Facebook (we have a demonstrator-only page) and made a quick sketch of what I liked, and completely neglected to write the person's name.  So if this was your card, please let me know and I'll gladly give credit.

I also changed up some of the elements.  I added a layer of Granny Apple Green cardstock (such a bright and cheery color), running it through the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.  I also added some pulled-apart Copper Trim behind the sentiment panel.  This helped coordinate the copper leaf elements.

Poor lighting, but you can see the copper leaves in this photo.  They are really beautiful with this bright color.

The stamp set used is Rooted in Nature.  This is a gorgeous set, coming on Friday, June 1st.  You're gonna love it, especially since it coordinates with the Nature's Roots Framelits dies.  The four leaves from the set were stamped in Granny Apple Green and cut with the framelits - easy!  And the stamps and framelits are sold in a bundle, saving you 10%.  You will for sure want the entire bundle!

The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and placed with Dimensionals.  Then we just tucked in the leaves and the copper leaf embellishments.  

I can't wait to show you all my creations from the new catalog!  Tomorrow is the last day to order retiring items from the Occasions and 2017-18 Annual Catalog.  Ordering from the new catalog begins at noon on Friday--I love this time of year!  Don't you?

Click below to go to my on-line store to purchase retiring products:

Or click on the photo of products to order:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Playing Catch Up

I've been a creating fool!

For the past month I've been using and creating with all of the new  products I was able to purchase through the Stampin' UP! Demonstrator Pre-Order.  And I got a lot!  So I've been a busy bee.   And I haven't been sharing...

For that I apologize.  You see, I am holding a Catalog Launch Open House, and I've been saving all my samples for my customers to see first.  And that has kept me from doing much blogging.  But today, I'm going to show you a card from my May Card Club classes.

Wowsers!  Put on your sunglasses!  This one is really bright...but wonderful, and so much fun!

I still have some of the fantastic Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper.  And it's retiring on Thursday.  So I need to use it up.  Let's make a fun celebration card.

The card base is Lemon Lime Twist.  There's a slightly smaller piece of the same color, embossed with the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder, adhered to the front.  The strip of DSP is 1-1/4" wide, and 5-1/4" long, and was adhered directly to the card (no Dimensionals).  

Then we cut "celebrate" using Silver Foil and the Celebrate You Thinlits dies (which happily are carrying over to the new catalog), and we cut 1/2 size pieces of the Mini Dimensionals (yes, really tiny!) to pop up the word.

The balloons were punched with the Balloon Punch, popped up and tied with White Bakers Twine.

And this card came in two colors:

Berry Burst was the pink version, and it was just as bright and just as cute.  We decided that these cards could be used for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or congratulations cards - so versatile!

Foil Frenzy is going fast...if you want it, be sure to get it now!  Retiring items from both the Occasions Catalog and the 2017-18 Annual Catalog will be officially ending on Thursday, 5/31.  So if there is something you've been waiting to purchase, don't wait any longer!  

Sunday, May 27, 2018

An Impossible Anniversary Card

So is that "an impossible card" or "an impossible anniversary"?

Actually, both!

My parents celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary today.  I find that nearly impossible to contemplate - being married to one person for 67 years!  What an accomplishment.

So to recognize their anniversary, I turned to the "impossible card":

I'm not sure where this name came from, as the card is VERY possible to make 😁.  But it IS pretty impressive, don't you think?

To start, I watched an excellent video about making the impossible card that was done by Julie DiMatteo over at The Paper Pixie (thanks, Julie!).  She did a fabulous job explaining and demonstrating every twist and turn of putting this card together - and there IS a twist to it.  But it was very easy to follow and my results were perfect!

Then I had to decide what products I would use to make my card, and decided the upcoming new stamp from Rooted in Nature would be perfect.  And since I had a tree for the focal image, what would be better than using "wood" paper--Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (which is carrying over - WOOT WOOT) would be just right.

I stamped the main tree after sponging on a variety of greens to the treetop - Old Olive, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist and Mossy Meadow, giving the leaves lots of depth and texture and a spring-like look.  I colored the trunk with a Soft Suede marker, stamped the image on Whisper White paper, and then cut it out with the coordinating Nature's Roots Framelits Dies.  And did you notice the names on the tree?  I stamped my mom and dad's names using the new Pick a Pennant set with Early Espresso ink.  Then I popped up the tree on my Whisper White panel, using Dimensionals.  (I hand-lettered "the start of our family tree" under the tree).

The "67 Years!" was cut using retired Little Numbers and Little Letters framelits--there are some retired things I just can't let go!  I used more of the Wood Textures paper for these.

And finally the sentiment - from Beautiful Bouquet and stamped in Early Espresso ink.  All I needed was a pretty knot of ribbon; I used the Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon to complete my card.

The "impossible card" fits in a standard Whisper White envelope - I stamped a few leaves on the front.

Happy Anniversary to a wonderful couple--my favorite role models!

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