Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Clean and Modern Butterfly

A new take on butterflies- clean, graphic, modern- no frills or fluff on this card!

I was inspired by a very similar card I saw on a blog and would love to give credit...but I can't find it again...  One thing I do remember in the original was their use of the burtterfly punch- it was black cardstock, and it was striking!  This card is a bit softer, with the image from Papillon Potpourri.

In all honesty, this was not the card I had planned to post today.  The card I planned used patterned paper from the retiring list...and that item is all gone!  Don't miss out- items are seriously selling out like mad.  To see the retired list, click here... because when it is gone, it is gone for good...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Going, going, gone...

Weekly Deals
Weekly Deals are updated today!  To see what the specials are for this week, click here.
Retired List

Stampin' Up! has announced the lists of retiring products to make way for new items in the catalog coming out this summer.  To see the full lists and what is still available, click here.  One stamp set I will surely miss is this one...
You're Amazing
You're Amazing
Price: $30.95
Here is the card we made at my class last week.

It is chock full of fun and high spirits with the hot air balloon image!

A technique called masking helped us to get the layers of balloons, by stamping one balloon, covering the image, then stamping again in a different color.

Coloring with marker directly onto the stamp helped us get a multi-colored image for the birthday wishes.
This stamp set is on the retiring list and as of now is available in wood mount only- it is sold out in clear mount.  The summer starfruit color used on the ribbon, cardstock, ink and marker is retiring, as well as the midnight muse ink and marker.

If you have not checked the Retiring Products list from Stampin' Up!, it is AMAZING how fast the items are selling out! You can order any of the items from my site by clicking here. Retiring stamp sets and embellishments are available only while supplies last!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Afternoon Picnic pocket card

 I like a card to be interesting and interactive.  This pocket card fits the bill!  We made this in my card making class last week.
The Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper gives this card and additional bit of elegance with its combination of modern and vintage style. 

Guess what- the paper is on sale through today in the Weekly Deals.  It is also on the retiring list, and will be available only while supplies last.  To see the retiring list, click here.
If you would like to make a pocket card like this, here is a quick instruction.  I suggest making two at once to be able to use all of your pieces without any leftovers.  Use the standard card base, which is 4.25 x 5.5 inches, or one half piece of cardstock.  Score at 4.25 inches.  Cut the card base as shown, from the score line to the corner.

Swap the cut out pieces to the other color.  Decorate with Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.

The Apothecary Art stamp set goes nicely with this paper, as an embellishment stamped with black StazOn ink and colored with blender pens.  The layer bihing the stamped image is punched with the Blossom punch.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Retirement List and FREE SHIPPING

Which do you want first, the bad news, or the good news? The bad news? OK, we will get it over with first. 

The bad news is that Stampin' Up! has announced the retirement list- all the stamp sets and accessories that will no longer be available after this catalog.  Always a sad time as we say goodbye to some favorites to make space for some new items.  In fact, they are only available while supplies last.  This year, for the first time, that includes accessories AND stamp sets! To see the list, click here.  This will bring you directly to my website, where you can order any of these items.

The good news is that you will get FREE SHIPPING on any order placed between April 21 and 25!! Amazing!  There is no minimum for this deal, either- if you decide you want an extra pack of dimensionals, order just that!   But seriously, this will make those items retiring fly out of there- so hurry if you see something :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Everyday Enchantment day 5

Today is the last of my posts celebrating the wonderful paper pack Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper.
This is a picture I found from when my husband was young.  It shows him with his mom and three older sisters.  Again, scrap what you love, when it moves you to scrap it.  Don't worry if you are going out of order, it doesn't matter.

From what I can tell, you could pretty much fill a page with this paper, throw a photo on and call it done!  A little inking around the edges helps give your papers some definition.  I hope the posts from this week have inspired you to find a way to use this paper.
Don't miss this paper- when it is gone from the Clearance Rack, it will be gone for good...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Everyday Enchantment day 4

It is day 4 of my homage to Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper.  You can find it on the Clearance Rack for only $4.39 for the pack.

This is a page we made at one of my scrapbook page classes.  Look how beautifully the papers work together, adding color and texture to the scrapbook page.  With only a few embellishments, courtesy of the Big Shot, the page is done!

...and that is me with my family, standing on the exact spot where my husband and I got married 10 years before :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

weekly deals April 8-15

Weekly deals are available while supplies last.  You can get yours by clicking here

Brights Glimmer Brads
Brights Glimmer Brads
Price: $4.95$3.71
Gingham Standard Stampin' Around Wheel
Gingham Standard Stampin' Around Wheel
Price: $6.50$4.88
Island Indigo Baker's Twine
Island Indigo Baker's Twine
Price: $2.95$2.21
Make A Cake Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Make A Cake Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $11.95$8.96
Punch Pack
Punch Pack
Price: $16.95$12.71
Recipes By Design Digital Kit - Digital Download - by Stampin' Up!
Recipes By Design Digital Kit - Digital Download
Price: $9.95$5.97
Secret Garden Framelits Dies
Secret Garden Framelits Dies
Price: $24.95$18.71
Summer Starfruit 1-1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Summer Starfruit 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Price: $8.95$6.71

Everyday Enchantment day 3

This week is dedicated to the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper.  I have fallen in love with the way this paper seems to suit any occasion and any colors.

Here is a scrapbook page of my kids playing with their friends on a slip and slide.

You can see how the papers are so adaptable, and lend themselves to backgrounds, layers and embellishments... and you can see why it is enchanting :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Everyday Enchantment Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of celebrating the Everyday Enchantments Designer Series Paper.  At $4.39 on the Clearance Rack, it is a steal!

The papers in this pack will suit just about any theme.  This page about some of my first friends from school shows off the colorful patterns without overwhelming the photo. Are you enchanted yet? Stay tuned for day 3 with another page tomorrow...

Remember, Tuesdays are the start of a new Weekly Deal from Stampin' Up!  Hop over to check it out.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Everyday Enchantment

The Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper has me enchanted! At only $4.39 on the clearance rack, you could be enchanted too!  With timeless patterns such as stripes, flowers and beautiful butterflies, this paper is remarkably adaptable.  It is colorful, not too bright, playful, romantic...
So, this week will be dedicated to you, Everyday Enchantment!  Each day this week will showcase a scrapbook page using this fabulous 12 x 12 inch paper pack.

This page is from my high school graduation, and shows my mom and Gammy.  Please note, I did not just graduate from high school- it was many moons ago- but I scrap whatever moves me, whenever the mood strikes.  This is what is meant when you hear, "You do not need to scrap in chronological order."  The page is not even about graduation- it is about the 3 generations in the photo. To keep with the theme, there are 3 embellishments, 3 times on the page.  The In-Color Dahlias and Basic Pearls are available in the Embellishments section of my Stampin' Up! website. The paper pack has so many different patterns- and I love to layer them up! Inking the edges helps the layers stay distinct.

So, enjoy a week celebrating Everyday Enchantments Designer Series Paper- chances are, you will become enchanted, too!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Belly Band, you are amazing!

There is something about putting a belly band on a card that makes it really beautiful.
Here is the card shut...

Slide off the belly band...

Open the gate...
Oooh and aaah at how much fun that was to open!  Repeat as often as you wish :)

I love the patterns and colors of the Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper.  When I showed this card in a card class recently, one woman turned her papers over and used only the smoky slate and coastal cabana sides of the paper, and stamped in smoky slate on coastal cabana- a completely different look with the same layout, and even the same pieces of designer series paper!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Weekly Deals April 1-8

Have you seen this week's Weekly Deals ?

Well, neither have I!  For those of you who know me, I have truly crawled out from under a rock to join this century in technology.  So, I am trying something new- I am putting this link here while it still shows the previous week's deals in the hopes that it will show the right images when this post goes live, as I have it set on a timer. 

Let's see if it works :)