Start With a Button…

In New England there is an expression that goes something like, “Start with a button and make a shirt,” meaning to begin with something small and make something larger out of it.

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Yesterday I spent the day with my friend Ann, and we worked on several different projects, each of us sharing a new stamp set that the other doesn’t have. We had a great time together as we let the creative juices flow! Does your work table ever start to look like this when you get going on your projects? Wait, don’t tell me – I know the answer to that!

Before I left, Ann had unearthed a long-ago leftover die cut from the Rose Garden Thinlits that she had cut out of a piece of Rich Razzleberry  from the Designer Series Paper Stack. She handed it to me with the challenge, “Make something from this.”

So, when I got home I took that “button” and made a whole project around it:

Dotty Rose

What do you think? Was this a successful “button” transformation? You can just barely see it in this photo, but I also sparkled up the “hello” script with a coat of Clear Wink of Stella.

Sparkly Hello

Here are the colors that I used for the Dotty Rose card:

 

You can click on any color swatch to see what products Stampin’ Up! offers in those colors.

Did you notice anything different about the card? It is purely papercraft; no stamping at all! And something else; Ann and I had been talking about how neither one of us tend to use Always Artichoke in our cards, so I made a point to use that color in this one. I quite like it along with the other colors in the group, how about you?

Here are all the supplies I used and links directly to more information or easy online ordering. Here’s a tip: I mounted the script “hello” onto three rolled up glue dots; they are narrow enough to stay hidden and provide a modest height for dimension:

 

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Retiring Stamp Idea #3 – Going Places!

Red Going Places

On pages 38-39 of the Spring Occasions catalog you can see the wonderful Going Places Suite of products, including the Going Global stamp set, all of which are retiring in a few short weeks.

While all of the examples were done with a color palette that includes some of the retiring 2014-2016 In Colors, this masculine, travel-oriented set can certainly get a different look by changing the color scheme. As I’ve said many times before, you can never go wrong with black and red together; it’s exciting, romantic and classic all at the same time!

Red Going Places Detail

There are actually two different road map papers in the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, and while I used one to line the envelope, the other pattern was perfect for providing a heart-to-heart street map using Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.

Two other things to remember: the envelope liner framelits and the mini heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack are both on the retiring list too!

Here are the colors we used for our “Lost Without You” card:

And here are all of the retiring products that were used to make this card. Click on any picture to read more or to order:

Supply List

Reminder: All stamp sets will be available at least through May 22nd, all other retiring products are available while supplies last only and some have already sold out. Some items are on sale for reduced prices. To see the entire Retiring List, check here.

 

 

Retiring Stamp Idea #2 -Flip Over This Paper!

“Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun…”

English Garden Cards

Well, actually I was sitting in my garden this morning, enjoying the California sun, but I thought using the retiring English Garden Designer Series Paper for our projects today would be great! This time I used the big, pink watercolor roses on the front of the sheet for the first card, then flipped it over and used the buzzy bees on the back for the second one.

That’s the one of the best parts of DSP, you get twice the number of pattern choices in each package!

English Garden Roses Card

When you need to make a card quick, Designer Series Paper does a lot of the work for you. After putting a trimmed panel of this patterned paper onto the retiring Mossy Meadow card base, I stamped out a greeting from the retiring Petite Pairs stamp set, punched a couple of card stock ovals from the retiring Large Oval and Scalloped Oval Punches, and added some trim with retiring Seam Binding Ribbon in Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. Three pearl accents and a couple of foam Dimensionals to attach it to the card and I was done.

Here is the color palette for the English Garden Rose Card:

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English Garden Bees Card

I cut this panel of DSP on the diagonal, giving me two pieces, one of which I can use later on another card, either this bee motif again, or flipped over to the pink rose side (choices!) In addition to the retiring English Garden Designer Series Paper, the Hello Honey card stock and the Early Espresso Seam Binding Ribbon that I stapled to the sentiment tag are retiring, as well as the Chalk Talk Framelits Die set that I used to cut the tag (and it’s on sale for 30% off!)

Note: All of our Seam Binding Ribbon is being discontinued and it won’t be in the new catalog, so if you love it as much as I do, make sure you get some now before it’s all gone! Plus, all the colors I used and some of the others are on sale for 30-40% off, so check it out!

The stamp set I used is not retiring; it’s a lovely photopolymer set called Garden in Bloom (139433.) Notice what I did on the top and right-hand side of the card – I used the flower stem to outline and define the edges! Soft Suede ink (126978) and a few gold sequins as an accent (132983) were used to finish the card.

Here are the colors used in the English Garden Bee Card:

All of the retiring supplies used to make both cards are listed here. Click on any picture for more information or to go to the online store: (P.S. remember the Chalk Talk Framelits are 30% off!)

Just remember that while stamp sets will be available through May 22nd, all other supplies are limited to stock on hand. Some items have already sold out. To look at the entire Retiring List and check availability, go here.

 

 

Retiring Stamps – Idea #1!

Bohemian Flower

Here’s a thought: use a greeting from the retiring Sassy Salutations set, add a flower from the retiring Beautiful Bunch stamp set, mix well with retiring Hello Honey card stock and finish off with a piece of the retiring Bohemian Designer Series Paper. What have you got? A pretty Thank You card made quick and easy by using the retiring Fun Flower Punch and the Petite Petals Punch.

You can make this layout with any Designer Series Paper by cutting it 4″ x 4″ and then cutting it again diagonally. It fits perfectly on a standard 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card front with a space in the middle to stamp the sentiment!

Bohemian Flower Detail

Foam Dimensionals and Glue Dots are my favorite adhesives for quick and effective placement of the flowers and the Bermuda Bay sequins.

Here’s our color palette for this card:

 

And here are the supplies used on the Bohemian Flower Thank You card that are on the Retiring List:

 

Things to Remember:

  • Stamp sets will be available through May 22nd; after that they will be while supplies last only.
  • All other supplies will be available while supplies last, and some things have already sold out.
  • To avoid disappointment, check the Retiring List now and get what you need before it’s gone for good!

 

Going, Going, Gone!

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Every year at this time Stampin’ Up! releases the “Retirement List,” those stamps, tools and accessories from the Spring Occasions and regular Catalogs that will not be returning in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, coming June 1st.

The good news is you still have until May 31st to get many  of the items you’d like before they’re gone, and some of them are at sale prices now!

The other news is – everything is “while supplies last only” and some things are sold out already! That’s why it’s important that you check this list now to avoid disappointment.

One thing that is always important to remember at this time of year is the retiring In Colors, so if you need anything in the 2014-2016 selections, now is the time – they sell out fast:

Retiring In Colors 14-16

Here are a couple of examples made with retiring sets and accessories; if you love these as much as I do, there’s no time to wait – May 31st will soon be here:

Swallowtail Open

Swallowtail with Bermuda Bay

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Amazing Birthday with Melon Mambo

Here are the retiring sets and accessories used to make these two cards. Click on any picture for information and ordering!

 

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,

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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:

 

Supply List

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:

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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!

 

 

Chalkboard Cards – Take Ten Spring 2016


First my stamping colleague Suzanne Delaware messaged me with the news, then I got a call from my card-making partner and sister-in-law, Sherry Pakulski and the message was the same; two of my cards appear on page 125 in the Spring 2016 issue of Take Ten.

Take Ten Layout Challege

I actually designed these cards for the layout challenge that appeared in Take Ten’s Winter 2015 issue. However, I’m happy that they were saved for this issue since they were chosen as a Spotlight feature for the Chalkboard Technique. This is really easy to do; just use white craft ink with a bold stamp on black card stock. The stamps from the Friendly Wishes set are perfect for this type of stamping.

The text says, ” Use white ink on a black background with your favorite stamps to create a cute chalkboard effect. Dry-emboss cardstock and vellum to add beautifully textured elements, and finish your design with plenty of pink patterned papers, flowers, and sweet little hearts.”

I love this layout, and have used it multiple times since making these cards. What colors, papers and elements would you use with this layout design?

 

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:

 

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