Friday, June 16, 2017

Retirement 'Garage' Sale

Hi everyone!  As you know, the new Annual Catalog came out this month and with all those new products coming into my craft room, I need to make room!  So, it is once again time for my Annual Retired Products 'Garage' Sale!!  I have spent the day packing up my retired stamps and ribbons and dies and all of that.  I have a lot!!  I will be at the Lombard Church of the Nazarene from 9 to noon Tomorrow 6-17.  Come on by and say hi, do a Free Make-n-Take, look through my sale items and new product displays. 
If you don't live near me, you can check out my 'garage' sale items here! click my Garage sale tab above. 
My Craft room is a mess from pulling retired products, but as soon as I get it back together next week, I will be back to posting regular blog projects and photos! 
Let me know if you have any questions about what I have for sale!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Coffee Cafe stamp set, Painted with Real Coffee

Hi Everyone! I have a fun little card to share today.  I was super happy to see a coffee set in the new annual catalog and of course I had to add it to my first order. I am a Coffee addict! I have painted with coffee before, and knew I wanted to do it again with this new set.  The card even smells like coffee! Fun!
I started by stamping very lightly in crumb cake, then used a coffee paint I had made earlier.  To make the coffee paint, I added the last bit of coffee from the pot to a small watercolor paint pallet.  You can use a Styrofoam egg carton, a small saucer, ramekin, whatever.  Let it dehydrate, then add some more with your next  mornings coffee.  Do this for a few days and in the end you will have a little paint pot to use like a watercolor. 











I love to watercolor, and using coffee is just another fun way to do it.  I first tried this in an adult art class I take while the kids are at school.  Shown here is a bigger coffee painting, and a little coffee comic I made in class last year.   

I made a little video to show you step by step.  I hope that you will give it a try.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Little Mermaid ~ Message in a Bottle set

One of the stamp sets I was most excited to get is this Message in a Bottle stamp set.  I have an 8 year old daughter who just loves mermaids, so I knew this would be a fun set for her, but I also like all the other images as well as the sayings in this set.  So fun and cute! 






My daughter has a birthday pool party tonight, so I was happy to get a change to use this set so soon.  Here is the card I made for the party.
I stamped the images on Shimmery White cardstock.  I love the extra shimmer it  has, and that it is sturdy enough for a card base and to withstand the Aqua Painters or Blender Pens.  For this card I used my Blender Pens.





The Foil Frenzy specialty paper is so fun! It has a Kraft base and bright foil patterns in Pool Party, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime twist and Tangerine Tango.
I added some strips behind the image for a fun shimmery look.







I added the new InColor bows because they are just so cute!!You get four of each color and they already have adhesive on the back so they are ready to go!









I made a quick video to show the step by step and the coloring process, check it out!
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Paper Pumpkin on sale

Hi everyone!  There are 5 more days to get 25% off your first three months of Paper Pumpkin!! 
Paper Pumpkin is a fun kit in the mail subscription that delivers a cut project, plus everything needed to make it, each month.  You will get an exclusive stamp set and an ink spot each month that you can continue to use long after your kit is used.  Start your subscription my June 10th to get 25 % off your first three months.  Then you can decide if you want to keep  the fun coming, or cancel your subscription.  There is a Paper Pumpkin fan page on Facebook where people share alternate ways they are using the kit, plus what they are making with the stamp set and other projects.  There is also a Pinterest page to inspire you.   Check out this link to see what others are making.  And click here or the Paper Pumpkin button on the right side of my blog to start your subscription today!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

It's New Catalog Day!!

YAY!!  The day is finally here!!  I'm like a kid on Christmas morning!  I got up super early, made a cup of coffee and sat down at my desk to figure out my order so I am ready when it all goes live!
Have you had a chance to look through the catalog?  I have gone through it so many times!! I just love it! And I just love the new colors, don't you? They are so bright and fun, and rich. Really beautiful!
One of my favorites is this "Crafting Forever" stamp set. If you know me, you know my Aqua Painters are my favorite crafty tool, and this pot of brushes makes my heart happy!
I stamped the pot of brushes image with Archival Basic Black ink and colored them in with the watercolor pencils.  I then blended it all with my Aqua Painters.  I then made a background piece with a panel of watercolor paper and Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst ink. I am going to use this card to send in my summer payment to my daughter's Art Camp teacher.  I hope she likes it!

My first order of the catalog was a big one! How's your wish list looking? Big? Did you see that new stamp set with the dies that make it look like it's moving?  Amazing!! It's called "You Move Me" and it made my first purchase, as did too many other stamps to name.  If you haven't placed your order yet, you may want to run over to the Stampin' Up! YouTube channel.  Stampin' Up! released a bunch of new videos yesterday show caseing a whole bunch of new products.  You'll want to see the new planner, the EMBOSSING PASTE!, the  new kits and that COFFEE SUITE!
Here is that You Move Me video...


Check out a bunch of new videos and then come back here and start your order.  Click on my Frequent Buyer Rewards tracking sheet and track your orders so you can earn some FREEBIES.
If your order is $150 or more you also qualify for Stampin' Rewards, which you can add right to your order.  Let me know if you have any questions.
Is your wish list HUGE?  Is is at least $125?  Then here is a great idea!!  Join! When you become a Stampin' 'Up! demonstrator you get to choose any $125 worth of product and just pay $99 plus tax, no shipping on the starter kit!  Then, once you are a demonstrator, buy any future purchases from yourself at a discount!  Be a hobby demonstrator or a business demonstrator or somewhere in between.  It's up to you! Check out my join video for more details (located under my blog header) or just click the join button and get started.  If you have any questions please let me know, I am happy to help you out.
Thanks for stopping by!  Look out for a bunch of new projects in the coming days when my order arrives! Can't wait!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Last day to get the special deal on the Easter Palace Suite



Hi Everyone! Today is the last day to get the special deal on the Eastern Palace bundles. 
The first bundle is called the Starter bundle and it includes the Eastern Beauty Stamp set, the Eastern Palace designer series paper, Eastern Gold vinyl stickers, Fresh Fig pad, Lemon Lime Twist pad and the Tranquil Tide pad.  And when you purchase all of them together, you will get the Very Vanilla note cards and envelopes free. 
The starter bundle is $60.50







The Premier bundle has all the items listed in the Starter bundle, but it also has the coordinating Framelit dies, mini tassels, a pack of Eastern Palace Cardstock (includes 8 sheets Dapper Denim, 8 sheets Tranquil Tide, and 8 sheets Fresh Fig).  And when you purchase that bundle for $103.50, you will get a FREE pack of new Thick Very Vanilla cardstock and a FREE pack of Medium Very Vanilla envelopes. 







Purchase the premier bundle and you will also get this sampler ring of ways to use mix and match the framelits together to get a lot of different patterns and combinations out of your dies.










 Here are just a few of the cards I have made with these products so far! With all the mixing of the stamps and dies, the possibilities are endless.














As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. 
Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Final Days

Hi Everyone! We are in the Final days to get items from the Occasions Catalog!  There are still some
great deals to be had on retiring products as well.  Some of my favorites include the papers!  'Pop of Pink'  and 'This Christmas' are really great papers to have on hand.   The 'This Christmas' paper has 24 (not the usual 12) sheets of thinner specialty paper, my favorite being the music notes, great for collage art and Christmas cards and ornaments.  Don't forget to pick up some of the punches too! I love my paper punches.
I also want to point out even though some of the current stamp sets are going to carry over into the new catalog, if they are bundled now with a coordinating die set or punch at 10% discount, they will not be bundles in the new catalog, so now is the time to get them.  This includes things like the 'Best Birds' bundle, the 'Falling Flowers' bundle, 'Jar of Love' (one of my favs),  'Foxy Friends', 'Sunshine Sayings', 'Dragonfly Dreams' and so much more.   Bundles are only offered when the sets premier, so we can look forward to a host of new bundles in the new catalog. 
And don't forget to print out my frequent buyer rewards sheet (located under my blog header) and track your orders so you can get rewarded.  Orders over $150 get rewards right away, you will be prompted to choose your Stampin' Rewards at checkout.  As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Balloon Adventrues Pop Up

Hi Everyone! In just a few short days the Occasions catalog will retire!  There are so many fun things on sale right now and I thought I would share a couple of the best deals with you.  I was one of the Display Stampers at a Stampin' Up! event where this set was introduced, and I made a lot of samples with it for the display board.  The stamp set is really fun and has a great pop up die to matched it.  You can also use the pop up die flat, so it is very versatile.

 Here are many of my samples.   I think this is a fun die set for scrapbooks too!












 The stamps work with the Balloon paper punch as well!
















 I used the Party Animal designer series paper on all my samples.  This paper is on sale now too!!









 I love the cross coordination with other Stampin' Up! products, like this Balloon punch.
And the Party Animal paper coordinates with another die set called Wish Big Framelits. 











Normally I would tell you to buy the stamps and dies together as a bundle, but this time, don't!! If you buy the Balloon Adventure die now, it is $16.99 and so with the stamp set it comes to $42.99, which is less expensive than the bundle price of only 10% off.
Be sure to also check out the Party Animal paper and Washi and Embellishments, which are also all on sale!! 
I have a lot of samples with this bundle, so if you purchase it, I will be sure to send several! Don't delay, there are only a few days left!





Friday, May 26, 2017

Fidget Spinner Birthday Card

 Hi Everyone!  I have a quick post and video to share that is only going to appeal to a limited audience.  If you have an elementary or middle school kid, you know what a Fidget Spinner is.  They are all over and my kids have them, as it seems all kids do. I see kids with them at restaurants and my friends who are teachers tell me that they have to confiscate them from kids several times a day.  So, even though I am not a fan, the kids are, so this card is for them :)   My youngest son and daughter both have birthday parties coming up, so I thought these would be fun to make.  I saw one on YouTube by a person named Maymay, and made my own version using Stampin' Up! products.
I used the Number of Years stamp set, such a great set, and the Party Animal designer series paper for my card.  I have a template here if you want to trace it. 



 Head over to the my online store to check out all the great deals on retiring products right now.  There are so many great deals !!!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Layering Backgrounds ~ Rose Wonder stamp set

Hi Everyone. 
Sometimes you need an extra special card. I needed one that expressed my deep caring for a friend and I wanted to make it special and convey caring. I thought about this stamp set called Rose Wonder that has this great sentiment that I know she will appreciate.  I thought I would share it with you to show the layering that you can do to a background to make it extra special.




I applied a watercolor wash and then some stamped off sentiments, and then some stenciling and finally some embellishments.
I used the cut out leaf first as a stencil on the back, then flipped it back over to glue to the card front.







The inside needed some extra attention as well, so I stamped another sentiment and added a flower too.









I made a step by step video for the background, which you can see here.





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