Sunday, May 31, 2020

New Catalog Kick Off and Retired Products 'Garage Sale'

Hi Everyone! 
Are you looking forward to the new Annual Catalog? I can assure you that it is full of wonderful new products and truly great samples for you to gain inspiration from.  It's a really beautiful catalog.  If you have purchased from me in the last year, I have ordered a catalog to be sent to you already and they are on their way.  The Post Office is running a little bit slower these days as they work to deal with this pandemic. I have heard that they are short staffed and also having less people working at one time to keep them spread out a bit, so catalog mailings times are sort of hit or miss.   When I send them out to customers, I also send one out to myself and I have not yet received mine, however I am sure it will come soon.  But, have no fear, because on June 3rd I will be able to share it here digitally!!    Your going to want to take a look at it on June 3rd, and start your wish list because on June 6th I am going to have a fun New Catalog Kick Off party on Facebook!!  Every year I have a big kick off for the new catalog and customers come and do a Free make and take, get a catalog, participate in my raffles and  shop my retired products garage sale.  I have been working on ways to still do this, but virtually!
Starting at 9:00 AM (Central Time) I will be having some FaceBook Live recordings every so often, starting with a catalog walk through, later a project demo, a virtual game (still working out the details for that but there will be a prize), Virtual Display Board of samples, chances for Raffle prizes and of course a SALE!! Purchase from the new catalog on June 6th and you will get to choose items from my Virtual Retired Products Garage Sale FREE !  A BOGO type thing!  I will also have retired product with prices for if you don't want to place an order because you are a team member or something,  but you still want to get one of my retired stamps. Be sure to join my Facebook page so that you will see the details and the live videos!  You wont want to miss out!!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sending Happy Mail

 Today I am Sharing Sunshine by sending out LOTS of happy mail!  I used the Share Sunshine PDF from Stampin' Up! You can get it here with a $12 donation to Covid-19 Relief until June 2nd. 100% of proceeds go to two different organizations working on community relief.

I used retiring InColor cardstock Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.  I also used the retiring InColor 6x6 Designer paper.  I also used the super cute retiring Birthday Bonanza paper to cut out those adorable animals in the Sending Hugs card.   Stitched Be Mine Heart dies used, as well as the Layering Circles dies (smiley face) and Vase Builder Punch (eyebrows) and Stitched Nested Labels dies (mask).

The cards to the left here use retiring Follow Your Art paper (On Sale NOW) as well as the retiring Crafting Forever set and the retiring It Starts with Art Bundle, as well as the Follow Your Art Felt Embellishments (On Sale Now).

                 The "Craftermath" of my busy week!! Time to get cleaning and organizing! :)

Last Chance Products will be gone soon! Act now if there are items on your wish list, and take advantage of some great deals.
Product List

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Forever Greenery Suite of products

I spent the whole day using the Forever Greenery Suite from Stampin' Up!  I tried to use every item in the suite and I think I succeeded. I started by stamping a whole bunch of the images and cutting them out.  I also took a piece of the Gold Laser Cut Specialty Designer Paper and separated all the pieces.  I had the coordinating Gold Hoop Embellishments, the Forever Greenery Paper, the Greenery Embossing Folder, the ribbon, basically the entire suite in front of me.  I then just started assembling cards.  It was so easy to make beautiful cards with this suite.  They all just seemed to fall together. The three cards on the left are my favorite. 

I made a video showcasing this whole suite of products. I hope you watch because the papers and pieces are all just so beautiful.   These products are coming soon, June 3rd, with the release of the new Annual Catalog from Stampin' Up!

Here are all the cards I made today with these products.  Look for the little details on the Gold Laser Cut Specialty Paper. The Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper is pretty amazing too.  

 Be sure to check back next week when the catalog goes live!  I will have the link to the catalog here on my blog so you can see the whole thing, including this beautiful suite.  Thank you so much for popping in today, I hope you were inspired to create something!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Kits on sale and more Last Chance Products

Kits & Medleys on Sale

Creativity comes easy when you've got amazing coordinating products. We don't want to brag, but coordination is one of our strong points.

The artists at Stampin' Up! have curated collections of exclusive coordinating products that give you the materials you need to create something amazing. These unique collections are called Product Medleys. As part of the Retirement List, two Product Medleys are currently available, only while supplies last, up 60% off. Talk about a huge value!
With the new catalog right around the corner, now is a good time to take a look at the list of retiring products and see if any were on your list last year. It also means that my Annual New Catalog Kick off / Retired Products sale is coming too!! This year it will look a bit different as I can not have an actual In-Person event. I plan on a few Facebook Lives throughout the day, some product demos and even a raffle. There will be a chance to purchase from my retired products garage sale and even earn some of the items in my garage sale FREE with my BOGO event. Buy from the new catalog and get some FREE from the old catalog. I will have more information about this on my blog and Facebook page, so be on the lookout.
As always, feel free to contact me at any time! I love to discuss all things stampy!

Botanical Prints Product Medley #151301

The Botanical Prints Product Medley is a perfect example. The medley includes stamps, paper, dies, and accessories for creating cards and more. This product medley is also available in French.

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Everything Is Rosy Product Medley #150059

The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is a perfect example. Products in this medley are exclusive to this medley and cannot be purchased anywhere else. You'll love the happy, rosy feeling you get as you create with these fun and flowery products. Available for a limited time. Get them while you can! Also available in French.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

One Template, Three Cards from Simple to Wow with Forever Fern

Hi Everyone! I have been enjoying the Forever Fern set for several days now! It is just so pretty.  The whole suite is beautiful and I can't wait to share it with you when the catalog goes live in just a little over a week from now.  While I can't show you the catalog images I can show you the stamps I have in hand, so here they are.  There is also a gorgeous collection of papers and embellishments that go with this suite, and I will show all that off in another video on Wednesday.  For now, I wanted to focus on the stamps.

                     I have a short video showing how to make all three versions of the card.

For this trio of cards I started with the simple Stampin' version. This version is a simple, inexpensive and easy to make card.  The card is flat, easy to mail, and does not require additional dies or a die cutting machine.  The Distinctive stamps make the card lovely all on their own.  
I used Pear Pizzazz and Pretty Peacock inks as well as Pretty Peacock and Whisper White Cardstock.

This next version is stepped up a bit with the addition of the coordinating die collection as well as some gold twine.  The die cut pieces are popped up on Dimensionals, as is the Pretty Peacock sentiment piece.
This final version adds more sparkle to the card with the addition of the Laser cut gold leaves and the gems from the Flowers for every season collection.

What ever version of this card you make, it is sure to bring a smile to the recipient.  I hope you come back Wednesday to see the whole Forever Greenery Suite of products. 

Have you been seeing a lot of sneak peeks and wish you could get your hands on some of these new products now? You can! Join my team and choose from a selection of brand new products to make up your starter kit.  choose $125 worth of products for just $99 plus FREE shipping.  Click the join button under my blog header to get started and learn more. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Watercolor with your Stamps featuring the Celebrate Sunflowers set

The Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set was still out on my desk, so I decided to use it for water-coloring.  I naturally reached for my yellow ink pads, Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight, but then I changed my mind and went for the purples, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.   I ended up doing both. I really like how the Purple turned out, but I thought maybe the Yellow was more traditional.  Which do you prefer?

The purple version starts with a base of Purple Posy and a mat in Basic Gray.  I added some of the new In Good Taste Designer Series paper for my background.  The In Good Taste Designer Series Paper is sure to be a popular one.  The pages are each photos of textured items such as wood planks or tiles, plaster and textiles.  I show this paper in detail in the video below.
I stamped the flowers in Black Stazon ink onto Water Color Paper. The flowers were painted with my Aqua Painter and inks.  Here I used Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Old Olive and Smokey Slate.   I decided to blacken the edges around the flowers to eliminate the Ivory color and to make the purples very bold.
Some scattered sequins were added for some sparkle.

This version uses Crushed Curry for the base, Early Espresso for the mat, and more of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper for the background.
The flowers were stamped in Saddle Brown Stazon Ink. I colored the flowers with Crushed Curry, Soft Suede and Old Olive.  I added some gold thread and small gold metallic dots for more interest.

This video show the stamps, dies and papers in more detail, and gives you tips on painting the flowers and putting the cards together. I hope you like it!

The Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set will be in the new Annual Catalog which comes out June 3rd.  If you would like to get it early, there is a way!   When you join Stampin' Up! you can choose any $125 worth of current product, or specially selected upcoming products to form your Starter Kit for just $99! That's $26 in free merchandise and the shipping is free.  There is no further obligations to buy, but you will then get a demonstrator discount for 3 months to try it out.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have, or click to watch my join video under my blog header to learn more.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Celebrate Sunflowers Sneak Peek

Today I am playing around with some of my new Sneak Peek items that are coming out in the new Annual Catalog on June 3rd.  This stamp set is called Celebrate Sunflowers and it has a fantastic die collection to go along with it. 
The set features a large sunflower stamp, approx 3 1/4 inches across. There are some nice sentiments for many occasions too.  My first instinct was to watercolor this stamp, and to grab some earth tones for my cards.  I stopped myself though because I had some pretty new colors on my desk, and I really wanted to use them.  I thought about grabbing a different stamp to start with, but changed my mind. I decided to go bold with the sunflower instead, and I like the results. I hope you do too! The new colors are Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight and Bumblebee.  I made a video that shows how to make these three cards.

This first geometric card was a great one for a card swap I am participating in.  I stamped the entire sunflower on all four colors of cardstock, then cut them apart, giving me enough pieces for four cards.  I added some rhinestones for sparkle.

I love the embossing on this sunflower! That black and white are just beautiful, and the bright colors behind the image really add to the boldness of the card.   I added some Enamel dots in the new InColors as well.

I really wanted to use the big sunflower die, so I made this card just to focus and that big flower.  I embossed the sentiment in white on black, and added the ribbon in Just Jade to sort of mimic a leaf.

 I hope you like my bold take on this new stamp set.  I plan to keep using this set in more ways in the coming weeks, so check back and see some more projects with the Celebrate Sunflowers set.

What do you think about the set and dies?  I think it's a pretty great set.  If you wish you could get your hands on some new items right now, you can! By becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you can choose from a selection of Sneak Peek products for your Starter Kit.  The Starter kit is $99 and you can choose up to $125 worth of products from any current product plus a selection of coming soon products to make up your kit.  After that there is no obligation, but you will enjoy a great discount on future orders if you stay on, as well as access to a fun online community of other stampers sharing ideas and creativity.  I would love for you to join my team. Contact me with any questions, or click my join button under the blog header at the top of this page.

Shop with me! I would love to be your demonstrator.  I always send a hand stamped thank you card and sometimes more with a larger order, and I share my Stampin' Rewards with you through my Frequent Buyer Rewards! Earn FREE STAMPS! Click on the Frequent buyer tab to download the tracking sheet.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Pineapple treat holder

Hi everyone! Today I want to show you a cute little treat holder, perfect for this pack of Pineapple gum or other fun little summer time candy.  I think these would be a great party favor for a beach themed party, retirement lunch, luau, or any time you just want to give a little something to a friend or coworker.  
I made a quick video to show you the Timeless Tropical bundle and how to easily put this little favor together.

The Timeless Tropics bundle is in the Spring Mini catalog, which ends on June 2nd.  These products will carry over into the new Annual catalog, but they will no longer be sold as a bundle with a discount, so if these products are on your wish list, act now for the best price. The coordinating Tropical Oasis designer series paper will not be in the new Annual Catalog, so get that now while it is still available.

Shop with me! I would love to be your demonstrator.  I always send a hand stamped thank you card and sometimes more with a larger order, and I share my Stampin' Rewards with you through my Frequent Buyer Rewards! Earn FREE STAMPS! Click on the Frequent buyer tab to download the tracking sheet.