Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NEW Bloomin' Bouquet Kit and Digital Downloads


Stampin' Up!'s NEW Bloomin' Bouquet Project Kit is now available, while supplies last!

Mother's Day. Teacher appreciation. Just because. Say thank you with this no-maintenance bouquet. This easy-to-assemble kit comes complete with the petals, stems, and buttons to create the flowers, as well as four different tags to make this the perfect gift for any occasion. All you need is some paper, ribbon or a vase to add the finishing touches to the bouquet.

As if that weren't enough, the kit contains a "baker's dozen"! This means you can create and give (or keep) a dozen flowers, and have a bonus flower left over to pass along to someone new! Give it to someone you wouldn't normally think of: a teller at the bank, a grocery store clerk, or the librarian at your local library. Anyone you encounter on your way that you'd like to give a little "thank you" to.

See how easy it is to put together the Bloomin' Bouquet project kit.

Ordering information:
Item# 134542, $12.95
Available starting April 29, while supplies last.
Kit contents:
  • 2 sheets of preprinted and precut flowers on 12" X 12" card stock; makes 13 flowers using Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry
  • 13 Vintage Faceted Buttons
  • 13 green floral wire stems
Adhesive not included. (Glue gun recommended.)



Here are this week's new digital downloads, including FREE wallpaper! Did you know that you don't have to have the My Digital Studio software to use Stampin' Up!'s digital downloads? They are compatible with many other digital programs. Or you can download the My Digital Studio trial version, and see how awesome it is!

 See all the latest digital downloads here.


Be Yourself May Kit (Item # 133426)
Designer Typeset Stamp brush set (Item# 134597)
Hello World Ensemble (Item# 133528)


FREE, Be Yourself May Wallpaper (Item# 133427)


 

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Easy Events, Baby Card

Easy Events is another retiring stamp set. I'm feeling a little guilty for not giving this set a little more attention; it has great potential! Along with Easy Events, we will be saying good-bye to the Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack, and the Two Tags die.

 I did some paper piecing on this card. I love how the umbrella coordinates with the background paper, and the little duck is so fun and bright! Paper piecing can be a little tedious, but the effect is awesome!

For the paper piecing technique, first stamp the image onto your project. Then stamp the image onto other pieces of card stock or Designer Series Paper, that you want to piece into your project, cut them out, and adhere them onto your finished layer.

For this card I paper pieced Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, and Print Poetry DSP. For the umbrella, I stamped the image onto the backside of the patterned paper, so the details of the umbrella wouldn't show. I cut out each piece separately and the pieces together, like a puzzle.


Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Easy Events (116958 wood/ 123225 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Midnight Muse card stock (126843) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Crumb Cake card stock (120953) - approx 3" x 5" (cut with Two Tags die)
    • Marina Mist card stock (119682) - 2 1/2" circle
    • Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie card stock scraps
    • Print Poetry Designer Series Paper (129312) - 2" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink: Basic Black (126980)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Two Tags Bigz die (115954)
    • 2 1/2" circle punch (120906)
    • Linen Thread (104199)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Easy Events (click to enlarge)




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Monday, April 29, 2013

Farewell, Tea Shoppe

Tea Shoppe has been one of my favorite stamp sets, and I'm sad to say it's on the retiring list, along with the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (I used here). This stamp set and Designer Series Paper go awesome together!

 
The tea cups are stamped in So Saffron, Island Indigo (stamped off first), and Lucky Limeade, onto Very Vanilla card stock.  Yes, I did fussy cut (hand cut) these lil tea cups, and it was so worth it! It actually wasn't bad at all.



Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Tea Shoppe
  • Paper:
    • Crumb Cake card stock (120953) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Calypso Coral card stock (122925) - 4" x 5 1/4", and 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
    • Very Vanilla card stock (101650) - 3 7/8" x 5 1/8", and 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"
    • Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (129311) - 3pcs 1" x 3 5/8"
  • Ink:
    • Calypso Coral (126983)
    • Lucky Limeade (126984)
    • Island Indigo (126986)
  • Accessories:
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Tea Shoppe (click to enlarge)



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Friday, April 26, 2013

A Sunflower, Sent with Love!

The Sent with Love promotion is coming to an end, April 30. I love this collection, especially because I live far away from my family! It's fun to decorate my envelopes with the Sent with Love stamp set, and I love adding the sentiments to my cards! I usually unload most of my retiring stamp sets at the end of the catalog, but this one is going to be a keeper!

Have you seen the retiring lists? Don't miss out on those stamp sets and accessories that you love! Many of the accessories are marked down, so take advantage of the sale!

 
 I'm back on the Sunflower kick! At first I thought it was too big of a stamp for cards, but I discovered that it's definitely not. For this card I used Baja Breeze as my primary color (Did you know Baja Breeze is part of the Color Refresh, and is leaving us?). I stamped my Baja Breeze layer with VersaMark, added clear embossing powder, and heat set it. Then I used Whisper White Craft ink and sponged the flower to help bring out a little definition (then wiped off the excess ink with a tissue). I used an Aqua Painter, picked up Baja Breeze ink from the lid of my ink pad, and painted the outside edges of the Sunflower, to give a shadow appearance.


The center piece is wrapped with Baja Breeze Seam Binding ribbon. I cut out a Whisper White butterfly with the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, and stamped it with the Sunflower stamp to give it some interest. I completed the card with 'Sent with love' in Early Espresso ink, and 3 little pearls for some added balance and a touch of elegance.

Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps:  Sunflower (123606 wood/ 123608 clear), and Sent with Love (131847 clear only)
  • Paper:
    • Early Espresso card stock (119686) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and 1 1/4" x 4"
    • Baja Breeze card stock (no longer available) 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 1" x 4", plus extra for the butterfly
  • Ink:
    • Early Espresso (126974)
    • Baja Breeze (no longer available)
    • VersaMark (102283)
    • Whisper White craft ink (101731)
  • Tools and Accessories
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die (114507)
    • Clear Embossing Powder (109130)
    • Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon (122331)
    • Aqua Painter (103954)
    • Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
Sent with Love stamp set (click to enlarge)


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Masquerade Message Technique

I saw a crazy cool technique on Less is More challenge blog, and thought I'd give it a try. I didn't see a name for the technique, and since I love to name things, I decided that 'masquerade message' was great name.  So, I present to you, the masquerade message technique!



I used the Pleasant Poppies background stamp with the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, and the so-very awesome, Stamp-a-ma-jig! It's a little difficult for me to explain how I did this, in writing, so you will have to check out my video tutorial! Let me know if you have questions ☺.



Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Pleasant Poppies (126480 wood/ 129499 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Calypso Coral card stock (122925) - 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"
    • Basic Black card stock (121045) - 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink:
    • Calypso Coral (126983)
    • Lucky Limeade (126984)
    • Basic Black (126980)
    • StazOn Jet Black (101406)
  • Tools & Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies (127553)
    • Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
    • Aquapainter (103954)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
    • Grid Paper (102787)
Pleasant Poppies (click to enlarge)


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Retiring Lists are Here!

 


This is such a bitter-sweet time of year. Stamp sets and accessories are retiring to make room for new goodies. The retiring lists (stamps and accessories) have now been released! Make sure you get your must haves, before they are gone!

Retiring Stamps: These are available through June 3rd. Click to see the retiring stamp list.

Retiring Accessories: These are available through June 3rd,  only while supplies last! Click to see the retiring accessories list.


If you have any questions about the retiring lists, please don't hesitate to contact me!


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Masculine Birthday Cards

It's back! This layout that I love so much! The first time I used it I made a masculine card with The Open Sea (below), and the second card I made I used the Sunflower background stamp.

The Open Sea

This time I used Up, Up, & Away, along with the Cloudy Day embossing folder. These two items are a perfect match for each other!


First I cut my background pieces, Whisper White and Tempting Turquoise. Then I placed them in the Cloudy Day embossing folder right next to each other, like they would be on the card. I ran them through the Big Shot and then adhered them to my Basic Gray card base, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The hot air balloon was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock and then hand cut (or fussy cut, as I just learned!), and popped up with Dimensionals. I didn't want my brads to show through to the inside of my card, so I cut the legs off of my brads with my Craft & Rubber Scissors (you could probably use wire snips too). I rolled up a glue dot into a ball and placed it under the legless brads and adhered them to my card. Super easy! For you local stampers, this card will be one of my cards for my Masculine class in May.

Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Up, Up and Away (122755 wood/ 122757 clear); Sweet Essentials (126455 wood/ 126457 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Basic Gray card stock (121044) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 2" x 3 1/2", and 5/8" x 4 3/4"
    • Tempting Turquoise card stock (102067)  - 1 1/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise (126952) and Basic Gray (126981)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Cloudy Day embossing folder (127022)
    • Metallic Brads (119741)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Up, Up & Away (click to enlarge)


 
 
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Create a Cupcake, YUM!

Lately I've been digging out the stamp sets that I haven't used in a while. Create a Cupcake hasn't gotten any love in a while, so I figured it was time.

I often save pictures of cards for CASEing or inspiration later. I saw a cute card using the cupcake from Patterned Occasions, tucked into a banner. I'd like to give credit to the designer, but my saved photo didn't have the designer's name. I loved the idea, so I did something similar.

The banner is from Pool Party Core'dinations card stock. This card stock is so cool! You can emboss it and then take a sanding block to it for an awesome effect. Unfortunately, I was so excited with the direction my card was going, that I forgot to emboss it! Oh well, I love the original texture anyway ☺.

So, first I cut the banner, and then ran it through my Big Shot with an oval Framelit. On a piece of Whisper White card stock, I stamped the cupcake bottom in Chocolate Chip. I punched out the icing using the Cupcake Builder punch, stamped Chocolate Chip sprinkles, and added it to my cupcake with a Stampin' Dimensional. The cherry is punched (Cupcake Builder) from Real Red card stock, and the stem was colored with a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the banner, and centered my cupcake layer behind it. I then stamped the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment onto Whisper White card stock, cut the little strip by hand, and added it to the banner, along with some Pool Party Baker's Twine. Then I finished assembling my card.


Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Create a Cupcake (121915 wood/ 121982 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Chocolate Chip card stock (102128) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Real Red card stock (102482) - 4" x 5 1/4", plus scrap for the cherry
    • Pool Party Core'dinations card stock (129321) - 2 1/2" x 4 3/4"
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 2" x 3 1/2", plus scrap for greeting and 'icing'
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip (126979), Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker (included in Neutrals Collection -119703)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Stripes embossing folder (123128)
    • Ovals Collection Framelits (129381)
    • Cupcake Builder punch (121807)
    • Pool Party Baker's Twine (125574)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Create a Cupcake (click to enlarge)



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Friday, April 19, 2013

Papaya Collage, Mother's Day Card

I was recently inspired by a card I found on Google Images, that had an image of a sheet of stationery. A beautiful piece of lined stationery, with decorated edges, a gorgeous flower. I thought to myself, I wish I had a stamp like that! It didn't take long to figure out that I could create that very same look with my Papaya Collage stamp set! So excited!!

Papaya Collage stamp set (click to enlarge)
I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock, and stamped the frame image with VersaMark ink. I added clear embossing powder, and heat set it. I used a VersaMarker, along with a ruler and  my grid paper to draw lines, 1/4" apart. I added more clear embossing powder, and heat set the lines. Then, I sponged on Baja Breeze ink, adding more ink to the edges so the frame would stand out.
 
(Note: Baja Breeze is a retiring color, and is only available while supplies last! Don't forget to stock up on card stock and ribbon! See the new color refresh chart for the Stampin' Up!'s new color change.)
 
I added the 'happy mother's day' sentiment, from Teeny Tiny Wishes, with Soft Suede ink, and my Stamp-a-ma-jig.


 
This was my first shot with the stationery look, but I'm pretty sure you will be seeing some variances soon! I adorned my stationary with a couple of other images from Papaya Collage, and a shabby bow. I have seen a lot of these beautiful bows on cards, but I had never attempted one until today. It's such a piece of cake! Instructions: wet and crinkle; let dry! I didn't make mine too big because I didn't want it to be the focal point.
 
The background layer is Crumb Cake, embossed with the Brocade embossing folder, and sponged with Soft Suede.

 
Watch my video tutorial on the making of this card.
 


 
Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Papaya Collage (126610 wood/ 126612 clear), and Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370 wood/ 127802 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Crumb Cake card stock (120953) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" (minimum)
  • Ink: Baja Breeze (126960), and Soft Suede (126978), VersaMark (102283), VersaMarker
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Lacy Brocade embossing folder (127819)
    • Clear embossing powder (109130)
    • Heat Tool (129053)
    • Embossing Buddy (103083)
    • Baja Breeze (122331)
    • Grid Paper (102787)
    • Stampin' Sponges (101610)
Papaya Collage (click to enlarge)
 


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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Circle Circus, Clean and Simple

I normally like to put a little time into my cards (it's relaxing!), but occasionally I need to make something quick. This morning I pulled out my Circle Circus stamp set, blew off the dust (it needed some love!), grabbed a few ink pads, and stamped this clean and simple card. 
 
Tips: First stamp the sentiment, and then add your score lines. You can use Stampin' Up's Simply Scored tool, or the Stampin' Trimmer and stylus. My score lines are 1/8" apart. Then use a post it to mask the lines, and stamp your images. Sometimes I don't get a clean image along my mask line. When that happens, I use a Blender Pen to carefully fill in the areas.
 
I added Stampin' Dimensionals between the Basic Black layer and card base.
 
 
Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Circle Circus (115778 wood/ 127784), Curly Cute (117014 wood/ 120510 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 4 1/4" x 11" (scored at 5 1/2"), and 3 3/4" x 5"
    • Basic Black card stock (121045) - 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
  • Ink: Real Red (126949), Marina Mist (126962), Daffodil Delight (126944), Basic Black (126980)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Stampin' Trimmer (126889)
    • Simply Scored Stylus (125624)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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