Retiring Stamp Idea #5 – “I Meant to Do That!”

Bliss Butterfly

In my last post I showed you an example of how to use this gorgeous retiring Swallowtail stamp with Aqua Painters on a card made of Shimmery White cardstock:

Today I’ll explain how I took this a step further to make the Butterfly Bliss card shown above, and how this card came to be!

The Stamp Group ladies came over on Friday May 13th, right before my husband and I left on vacation to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (a cruise to Alaska via Vancouver, B.C.) They also made the Swallowtail in Plum card watercolored with AquaPainters, and theirs came out beautifully, but as I was making one to demonstrate, I picked up some ink on my left hand and smeared a spot on my card.

Later, after my friends left, I decided to fix my card by using it in a different way – and this is a great illustration of the maxim, “there are no mistakes, only opportunities for embellishment!” I carefully cut out the Swallowtail image with my Paper Snips and then constructed a very different style of card, using the butterfly as an embellishment on the front. I used images from the Awesomely Artistic set with Pear Pizzazz ink on the same color of cardstock to make the background, added a few gold sequins and a sentiment stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink on Delightful Dijon cardstock, with torn and sponged edges.

The result is a Boho Chic-style card, and I had just enough time before I left on my trip to send it to my sister Karla and her husband Bob to wish them a Happy 31st Anniversary!

Karla's Wedding

Norman, Valory, Karla and Bob – San Jose, CA, May 18, 1985

Here are the color selections that I used on the Bliss Butterfly card; you can click on any color swatch to see what other coordinating products Stampin’ Up! offers:

And here are the products that I used to make this Boho Chic-style card. Remember that the Swallowtail stamp is on the Retiring List and it will only be available through May 31st, and only while supplies last:

Share in the comments your favorite stories of “I meant to do that…” – your  experiences of salvaging a card or project “boo-boo” into something completely different and wonderful!

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Pocketful of Paper Pumpkin Fun!

March 2016 Paper Pumpkin

Sometimes the stars align just right, and my Paper Pumpkin Peeps and I have the same days off from work during the week. That happened yesterday, it’s the perfect time for an impromptu get-together to pull out our kits and start stamping!

Can I just say how much I love this kit? Pocketful of Cheer is in my favorite color combination of blues and greens and it’s got stamps for some of the most needed Spring events – baby, graduation and thinking of you. And in addition to regular-sized cards there are mini cards and gift card holders.

16 March Paper Pumpkin Variations

We followed the directions pretty closely but made a few variations: Kathy S. asked me for some red ink and she stamped the red heart on one card; I punched out a red card stock heart and glued it to the balloon on the other card. Also, instead of using the patterned paper inside with a gift card enclosure as was shown in the example, I decided to put one of my cards into the envelope with the patterned side out and tie it up with a piece of extra Cucumber Crush Lace Trim that I had. There are always extra pieces left over from the Paper Pumpkin kits, and we just save them in a box for use on later projects.

Special Offer! Stampin’ Up! will be celebrating three years of Paper Pumpkin in April 2016 by including a free exclusive stamp set called “All About Everything” (in addition to the regular kit!) We don’t know what it looks like yet because the art is a surprise, but it you want to receive this special gift with your Paper Pumpkin subscription, sign up here by April 10th!

 

Sweet Spring Treats

Kathy S Bags

Before the Easter season has completely passed I wanted to show these beautiful treasures that my friend Kathy Sawyer shared with our friends in the Hostess Stamping group. She made these with the  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Decorative Label Punch (she used some paper that she had found in San Francisco’s Japantown.) They were filled with a selection of Easter candies for her friends – how sweet!

Kathy S Baskets 1

For her own kids and grandson she made these great Easter baskets from the Berry Basket Die,

Kathy S Baskets 2

decorated with the Petite Petals and Scalloped Oval Punches. Kathy is always busy making thoughtful gifts for the people she cares about!

Here are some of the products that Kathy used to make her projects. Most of these things are found in the big annual catalog, except for the Designer Series Paper used on the Berry Baskets, which is from the Spring Occasions catalog.

Hint: Did you know that you can color your pearl and rhinestone embellishments with permanent Sharpie markers to coordinate them with your paper colors? Now you know!

Click on any picture for more information or to go directly to the online store:

 

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What other ideas do you have for using the Mini Treat Bag and the Berry Basket Die during for other holidays or seasons?

Triple Dipping – in Cards & Cones!

Triple Thank You

When the Stamp Group met this weekend we made a card that we had seen on page 16 of the big Annual Catalog. The card in the catalog example was made with Mint Macaron ink and floral embellishment, but I had a container of Blossom Accents in all of the 2015-2017 In Colors so I let them choose which colors they wanted.

Only three of our six members were able to come and stamp this month, so in my mind I was imagining that everyone would choose the same color – silly me! Of course they all picked something different. It reminded me of a story from my childhood:

ice-cream-cone1

When my family and I moved from California to Vermont, for the first few days we were just tourists, driving around stopping here and there, seeing the sights. We stopped at a rural outside eatery and ordered ice cream cones. As we were used to doing in California, I ordered a double, one scoop of one flavor, and another scoop of something different. The girl behind the counter gave me the strangest look, and said slowly, “Well… I guess I can do that,” but I realized immediately that I had crossed over some invisible cultural barrier by asking for something out of the ordinary.

That was so many years ago, long before the excitement of Ben & Jerry’s, and no one would bat an eye at a request like that in Vermont these days!

Dijon Thank You

Anyway, choice and variation make things interesting, wouldn’t you agree? Here are the In Colors that our Stamp Group friends chose for their cards, and the supplies used. If you try this, remember to stamp the ink on the flower image onto scrap paper one time first before stamping on your card so it will be light enough to overstamp the sentiment.

Click on any color swatch to see our coordinating products in that color!

 

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Little Things Mean a Lot!

Stampy Wackers in Auburn

Me, Ann and Denise enjoying a break at Ikeda’s in Auburn, CA

I recently met with a couple of members of my Stampin’ Up! business team to catch up and share ideas (and a slice of berry pie!) It’s fun to get together with like-minded friends and sharing little gifts with simple wrappings is a favorite way that we show our appreciation for one another:

Denise quick gift wraps

Denise did a quick but cute wrapping job on these Iced Rhinestones and Glue Dots accessories packs with 1″ strips cut from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack and tied them up with Two-Tone Baker’s Twine, both from the Spring Occasions catalog.

Kathy S Tag Gifts

The ladies in the Hostess Stamping Group also enjoy making paper-crafted treats for each other when we meet for our monthly stamping sessions. These chocolate candy holders were brought last month by Kathy, made with the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack, a couple of heart punches and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!

Here are the products used in both of the simple gift ideas shown above. Click on any picture for more information or to order!

 

 

CASEing Saves the Day

Workshop Cards

February was a rough month, folks, with a 5-week teaching assignment, a lingering case of bronchitis and an injury at work that left me with a sprained ligament in my knee. As I hobbled around with my cane, I knew that somehow I would need to get my act together for my Hostess Stamping Group last Saturday and prep a couple of fun cards for us to work on!

Green Field Flowers

As you know, CASE stands for “Copy and Share Everything,” and I was ever so grateful to see a lovely card like this on Pinterest, using some stamps and techniques that we hadn’t yet tried. I tweaked it a little but mostly kept the same design and my friends weren’t the least bit disappointed that I hadn’t created this one from scratch.

Pool Party Starfish

For this card I literally CASEed myself, turning the tall tri-fold card from my last post into a regular 51/2″ x 41/4″ size. The two-step starfish stamp looks very realistic using So Saffron ink on Very Vanilla card stock for the base and Soft Suede ink for the detail. It’s fun to bring the background pattern all the way around the card in tone-on-tone Pool Party ink and card stock.

Here are the supplies that we used on both of our February Hostess Group cards. The Flowering Fields set and the Wildflower Fields Designer Paper used on the first card are both free choices offered through Sale-A-Bration with a $50 purchase through March 31st – what a deal!

Click on any picture for more information and easy online ordering:

 

Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine Gifts

Our Stamping Hostess Group met again on Saturday and Valentine’s Day was in the air! We made this card and treat holder:

 

The red heart card was made with the new Bloomin’ Love stamp set and coordinating Bloomin’ Heart thinlits dies. I first showed this card in an earlier post that you can see here.

Forever  Friends Fry Box

We made this project with the Fry Box Bigz L die and the new First Sight stamp set. Here are some of the other products we used; click on any picture for more info:

 

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One nice thing about the Fry Box die is that it fits perfectly on just a half sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock!
Our Hostess, Nancy, brought some extra treats that she made to share with her stamping friends, a sweet tea cup and mini post-it note holder:
Nancy's projects
Nancy made the tea cup with the Envelope Punch Board, and the post-it note holder with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. Here are some easy directions for the post-it note project:
1. Cut a piece of card stock to 5″ x 2″.
2. Punch one end with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
3. Starting with the flat end, score four lines at 1 1/2″, 2″, 3 1/2″ and 4″.
4. Fold on the score lines and adhere the post-it pad inside.
5. Put a mini-brad on the outside flap. Position it to fasten the scalloped top when closed.
Here are some of the products she used:

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What special projects are you planning for Valentine’s Day?

Take Time to Smell the Roses…

…and take time to handcraft beautiful cards for significant times.

Rose Wonder Duo

These were made by a couple of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in my group, and they both used the new Rose Garden Thinlits Dies from the Spring Occasions catalog. These are a good example of versatility because they each used a different set of flowers and leaves, color schemes, and sentiments on their cards.

Plum Rose Birthday

This birthday card in Perfect Plum and Pear Pizzazz is really a simple design, but so pretty. I love the paper doily accent!

Rose Sympathy 1

The sympathy greetings in the coordinating Rose Wonder stamp set, along with birthday, wedding and religious sentiments, makes this a very versatile stamp and die Bundle.

Rose Sympathy 2

In Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette, this color combination is beautiful with the rose motif.

Here is a closer look at the products used to make these two cards. Click on any picture for more information, or to order (and the best part is that you can pick a free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 purchase through 3/31.) You will be prompted on your check-out screen to pick your free product, so peruse the Spring Occasions catalog here. With stamp and die bundles at 15% off you’re sure to find something you like!

 140804Rose Wonder Photopolymer Bundle – 14080 Price: $49.25

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Feeling in the Pink

The new Stampin’ Up! Spring Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure are so full of exciting new stamps and products that I can’t wait to try! And while not everything from my recent swap was red and pink, that was certainly a theme running throughout.

Denise Birthday Blooms

This is a darling card made by Denise, our demonstrator’s upline who organized the swap. She used the red/pink and kraft color combination, which I am really loving this season! The stamp set is Birthday Blooms and she used a piece of patterned paper from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack. She watercolored the images with SU! ink (see page 28 of the Spring Occasions catalog for a good visual of how that’s done.) And that shimmer in the middle of the flowers is made with our new Wink of Stella Glitter Brush!

Lots of Layers

There’s a lot going on here; I’m tempted to call it a “Mullet Card” (business in the front, party in the back) because of the mountain folds that go backwards, creating three increasingly higher levels on which to attach glitter, hearts and sentiments! The stamps used on this card are from the Bloomin’ Love set in Spring Occasions, and the bold Botanicals for You from the Sale-A-Bration brochure, one of the free items you could pick with your $50 purchase.

Here is a closer look at some of the products used on these two cards; click on any picture for more information or to order:

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Swap Meet! First Cards to Share

As I mentioned before, our group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators met on Saturday to visit and swap cards. Here are the first couple to share:

Swap Pair 1

The first one is an extra card that I made in addition to the “What I Love” swap pictured in my last post. In New England this would be called a “button” – I had some small leftover scraps of Blushing Bride Glitter Paper from my first card, just large enough to punch two tiny hearts with the Hearts Border Punch. So, just like if you had “a button and you made a shirt” to go with it, I started with two sparkly little hearts and made a whole card!

Here 4U Pink

These are the supplies used in my “Here For You” card including the Love Blossoms DSP Stack and Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, both available in the new Spring Occasions catalog starting today! And the best part is, you can pick something free from the Sale-A-Bration brochure  for every $50 purchase you make through March 31st (win-win!)

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Love You Swap
I received this card from another demonstrator. Even though we made our cards independently, we both used the same new Designer Series Paper Stack and the Rose Red/Crumb Cake color combination. Here are the products used to make the “Love You” card, including new Spring Occasions supplies – Love Blossoms DSP and the Bloomin’ Love stamp set:

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