Friday, May 31, 2013

New Catalog is Here!!!

The new catalog launches today! Not only can you purchase from the new catalog today, but (today only) you can purchase your favorite stamp sets, and available accessories from the 2012/ 2013 catalog, or the Spring Mini! Sales end today for the Spring Mini, but you can purchase available retiring items from the 2012/ 2013 catalog through June 3. Confused?

*May 31st : You can order from all three catalogs.
June 1 - 3: You can order from the 2013/2014 and the 2012/ 2013 catalogs.
June 4: Only items from the 2013/ 2014 catalog will be available.

*Note: Online ordering will not be available until 2:00pm Eastern time, May 31. Stampin' Up! is updating it's systems.

2013/ 2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog (pdf)
2013/ 2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog (flash version)

Don't forget about the Hostess Rewards Program! Get FREE products with a qualifying order.

What better way to celebrate a new catalog release then a promotion?! The Grab Your Greetings promo is a great time to purchase any or all of three of Stampin' Up!'s most popular greeting sets, for 25% off!


Click to enlarge the images.
 



Sassy Salutations
 
Sweet Essentials



Petite Pairs

 
 
 
 
I made a super quick card for you today, with products from the new 2013/ 2014 catalog. I can't wait to get my hands on some of the other products and share them with you too!
 
 
Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamp Sets: Mosaic Madness (130246 wood/ 130249 clear) and Delightful Dozen (128547 wood/ 122652 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Island Indigo card stock (122923) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"  and 1/4" x 4"
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper - 2 1/2" x 4"
  • Ink:
    • Stampin' Write Markers
      • Island Indigo (131262 - Regals Collection)
      • Melon Mambo (131259 - Bright Collection)
      • Daffodil Delight (119677 - available individually)
      • Pool Party (131263 - Subtles Collection)
      • Pumpkin Pie (105115 - available individually)
  • Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
 

It's my pleasure to help you with your paper crafting projects, offer tips, suggestions, and answer product questions. My customer service goes beyond your order! Contact me anytime with questions or with help in placing an order.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One Last Summer Afternoon

Summer Afternoon, is soon to be a hostess stamps set of the past. I love this bicycle! I'm so glad we have new bicycles to look forward to in the new 2013/ 2014 catalog, which goes live tomorrow!!


 
I wanted the butterflies to be the focal point and the bicycle to not stand out in the image. I started out by stamping Sahara Sand ink onto Sahara Sand card stock, but the bicycle was lost. So I tried it in Basic Black and loved it with the colorful butterflies! To tie the colorful butterflies into the bicycle, I highlighted the basket of flowers with paper piecing. I stamped the image again, in StazOn ink onto Whisper White card stock, colored it in with Stampin' Write Markers, and hand cut around all those little flowers. Where there was white left showing, I covered with a Sahara Sand marker!

I used Soft Sky (a new Subtles family color), with the Square Lattice embossing folder, for the background. This embossing folder 'shrinks' your card stock piece size because of the amount of embossing it does. Because that happens, I like to emboss a larger piece first, and then cut it to the proper size.

An extra layer of Sahara Sand softly mats the image layer. I love the effect of tone on tone matting!

Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamps: Summer Afternoon, and Sweet Essentials (132085 wood/ 126475 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and 5/8" x 3 7/8"
    • Soft Sky card stock - 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" (First, cut a little longer and then trim to finished size, if you are embossing with the Square Lattice folder)
    • Sahara Sand card stock - 3" x 4 3/4", and 3 1/4" x 5"
    • So Saffron and Island Indigo card stock - scrap for butterfly
  • Ink:
    • Jet Black StazOn, and Island Indigo
    • Daffodil Delight (119677), Lucky Limeade (retiring), and Sahara Sand (131261 - Neutrals Collection) Stampin' Write Markers
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Square Lattice embossing folder (119976)
    • Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138)
    • Brights Collection Designer Buttons (retiring)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

It's my pleasure to help you with your paper crafting projects, offer tips, suggestions, and answer product questions. My customer service goes beyond your order! Contact me anytime with questions or with help in placing an order.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Quick CASE card

My girl, Jen, borrowed a few items from me, and when she returned my bag of stuff, she left a card sample behind. Lucky for me, because I loved her idea; so I CASEd it, but changed the color combo. I haven't had a chance to thank her, but I'm pretty sure she will find it here. Thanks, Jen!

 
 
 
I'm still trying, like mad, to use up retiring DSP, so I pulled this floral piece from my Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack, and used it behind my Blossom punched, Very Vanilla, card stock layer. This card went together extremely quick!

Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Papillon Potpourri (132058 wood/ 123759), and Express Yourself (new hostess set, available May 31)
  • Paper:
    • Very Vanilla card stock (101650) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
    • Midnight Muse card stock (126843) - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
    • Marina Mist card stock (119682) - 1/2" x 3 1/4"
    • Print Poetry Designer Series Paper (129312 - available through May 31) - 3" x 3"
  • Ink: Marina Mist (126962) and Midnight Muse (126860)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Blossom Punch (125603)
    • 3/4" circle punch (retiring)
    • Bitty Butterfly punch (129406)
    • Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon (126847)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)



It's my pleasure to help you with your paper crafting projects, offer tips, suggestions, and answer product questions. My customer service goes beyond your order! Contact me anytime with questions or with help in placing an order.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Pleasant Poppies


Happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying this holiday weekend. I am thankful to be spending time with family; and proud that two of them served in our country's military! I'm so grateful for this day of remembrance of all the people who died for our freedom.

Okay, back to the happy part! I made this very simple card using a portion of the Pleasant Poppies background stamp. I carefully inked up only the poppies I wanted on my card, with StazOn ink, and stamped them onto my Whisper White card stock using my Stamp-a-ma-jig, for perfect placement! Next I colored in the image using an Aqua Painter and my ink pads. I created an ink spot in the lid by squeezing the ink pad into the lid, before opening the pad. Don't use the Aqua Painter directly on your ink pad! Pick up the color from your ink pad lid and color as desired. When working on Whisper White card stock, make sure the tip of your Aqua Painter isn't too wet, and work quickly and in small sections for the best results.


After coloring in the image, I used a grid ruler and a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to draw a 1/2" border around the card. Grid rulers are awesome, and perfect for this technique.
Image


 
Last, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to add the sentiment. For you perfectionists out there, the Stamp-a-ma-jig and grid ruler are my best friends! If you don't own these, you should; or just stop worrying about it, because after all, it is hand made! (I'm trying to unload this trait myself, and I'm feeling pretty good about it!)


Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamps: Pleasant Poppies (132061 wood/ 129499 clear), and Express Yourself (new hostess set, available May 31 with a qualifying order - item# 130336 wood/ 130339 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Tangerine Tango card stock (111349) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Basic Black card stock (121045) - 3 5/8" x 4 7/8"
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
  • Ink:
    • Jet Black StazOn ink (101406)
    • Tangerine Tango (126946)
    • Lucky Limeade (126984 - retiring color)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Aqua Painter (103954)
    • Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
    • Grid Ruler (not a Stampin' Up! product)





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Friday, May 24, 2013

Everything Eleanor Birthday

Enjoy this simple birthday card I made to share with you, and the readers over at Pink Paper Bakery!

I'm trying to use up my Print Poetry Designer Series paper, so I don't feel so bad when I order all the new stuff! While flipping through the little paper stack, I came across this Midnight Muse floral print, and Everything Eleanor popped into my head. I pulled it off my shelf, and was thrilled that the flowers matched perfectly!

 
To make the tag, I started with a piece of 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" Very Vanilla card stock. I made a mark (on the backside) 3/8" in, from each corner, and 3/4" down, from each corner. Then I used my paper snips to cut off the corners. Next, I glued on a 1/2" circle using my 2-way Glue Pen (this is the least messy way!), and let it sit for a couple minutes before punching a hole with my 1/8" hole punch.
 

Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamps:
    • Everything Eleanor (124162 wood/ 124164 clear)
    • Papillon Potpourri (123757 wood/ 123759 clear)
    • Memorable Moments (126680 wood/ 126682 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Midnight Muse card stock (126843) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Print Poetry Designer Series Paper (129312) - 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Very Vanilla card stock (101650) -3 5/8" x 4 7/8", and 1 1/2" x  3 1/2"
  • Ink: Midnight Muse (126860), and Crumb Cake (126975)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 1/2" Circle Punch (119869)
    • 1/8" Hole Punch (non-SU)
    • Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
    • Linen Thread (104199)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Everything Eleanor (click to enlarge)



Papillon Potpourri (click to enlarge)
 




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Thursday, May 23, 2013

On a Pinwheel Kick!

I'm so excited to share this whimsical card with you, and with the Pink Paper Bakery readers!

I'm on a pinwheel kick right now, even adding them to my seasonal decor (you should check this out, because I have a little contest going on right now). When I saw a beautiful grassy background card made by Vicky Hayes, I knew I wanted to try it, and add pinwheels for a focal point. Vicky is amazing! She is very good at adding visual depth to her projects. For this specific card, she used a marker to color only the grass portion of an image from Love and Sympathy, and restamped the image several times, and added sponging for an amazing effect! You can see the original here.



I stamped and sponged exactly like Vicky explained (why reinvent the wheel?) first sponging with Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, and Island Indigo. To get the Island Indigo very light, I removed a lot of the ink off my sponge onto my grid paper first. Then ink up the grass portion of the Love and Sympathy stamp, ink Garden Green, and stamp repeatedly.

To my background I added Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Marina Mist DSP from the Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper pack. I started with a 1" square, marked the center (using a grid ruler), and clipped half way from each corner to the center dot. Then I folded every other corner to meet the center, and glued it down flat with a 2-way glue pen. You can see a visual on how to make a pinwheel, on a much larger scale on my blog.

Ingredients:

  • Stamps: Love and Sympathy, Sweet Essentials
  • Paper: Whisper White card stock:
    • 1 pc 3 3/4" x 5"
    • 1 pc 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
    • 1pc 4 1/4" x 11" (scored at 5 1/2" for base)
  • Ink:
    • So Saffron
    • Wild Wasabi
    • Garden Green
    • Island Indigo
    • Basic Black
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
    • Stampin' Sponges
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Circle Circus: From the Archives

Circle Circus is one of many retiring stamp sets. I remember when I first looked at this stamp set in the catalog, and 'sea turtle' was heard loudly in my head. I didn't think twice about ordering it, and I couldn't wait to get it in my hands!

Apparently I loved this card, because I just came across it in an old card box. I can think of several people I could give this to, so maybe it's time I let the card go. I just love these turtles!!! Unrelated to turtles... I'm so excited we are getting Bermuda Bay back in the color collection!

Some of you who have been following me for a while may remember this card, but I thought I'd share the how-to with those who hadn't seen it.

 
The turtle shells are two of the circles, from Circle Circus, stamped with Soft Suede ink onto Basic Gray card stock, and punched out with 1" and 1 3/8" circle punches. The legs are from Stampin' Up!'s retired Heart to Heart punch. I cut stamped the hearts, with Versamark ink, with one of the images from Circle Circus, and then cut them in half, and adhered them to the back of the shell. The heads are from the Word Window punch.
 
Stampin' Up! Heart to Heart punch (retired)
Circle Circus stamp set (available through June 3, 2013)
 
 From the base up: The card base is Crumb Cake, then a layer of Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay with a torn edge, and then Crumb Cake, torn sponged and spattered with Soft Suede ink. I added the sea turtles with Stampin' Dimensionals.



Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamp Sets: Circle Circus (115778 wood/ 127784 clear), and Embrace Life (sentiment - retired)
  • Paper:
    • Crumb Cake card stock (120953) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and 1 1/2" x 5" (tear edge)
    • Soft Suede card stock (115318) - 4" x 5 1/4", scrap for turtle parts
    • Bermuda Bay card stock (131197 - available May 31) - 3 3/4" x 5" (tear edge)
    • Basic Gray card stock (121044) - scrap for circles
  • Ink: Soft Suede (126978), Versamark (102283)
  • Tools & Accessories:
    • 1" (119868) and 1 3/8" (119860) circle punches
    • Heart to Heart punch (retired)
    • Word Window punch (119857)
    • Stampin' Sponges (101610)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


It's my pleasure to help you with your paper crafting projects, offer tips, suggestions, and answer product questions. My customer service goes beyond your order! Contact me anytime with questions or with help in placing an order.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SUO Challenge: Favorite Retiring Set

We have a new challenge at SUO Challenges, starting today! The challenge theme is your favorite retiring stamp set. Be sure to join us for some fun!

When the retiring list came out, I was fearful for the stamps sets I would be giving up (of course if I love it, I hold onto it, but I don't have room to keep everything!). Fortunately my stamp collection didn't take to hard of a hit. Aviary is one of my favorite sets that will be retiring.

The card I made, today, for the SUO Challenge blog, features Aviary, but also contains several other retiring products; A Word for You stamp set, the Lucky Limeade card stock (my favorite green!), and the International Bazaar DSP!

Although I'm sad to see these go, I'm looking forward to refreshing my collection!

It may be hard to tell from this photo, but  the small bird cage is hand cut and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. I also separated the Whisper White layers with Dimensionals.

Make sure you check out the retiring lists, so you don't miss out on those items you always wanted!


Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Aviary (116956 wood/ 120462 clear)  ) and A Word for You (117032 wood/ 120528 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Lucky Limeade card stock (122926) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 2 3/4" x 3 3/4", 3" x 4", and 3/4" x 3"
    • International Bazaar Designer Series Paper (126920) - 1 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Ink: Basic Black (126980) and Tempting Turquoise (126952)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 1" (119868) and 1 1/4" (119861) Circle Punch
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)



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Monday, May 20, 2013

Fun Summer Decor

I'm at it again! I'm changing the look of my seasonal area in my home. I decided to go with bright colors and a pinwheel theme. I'm liking it, but I'm not quite finished. This is what I have so far. (Read on because I need your help!)

I left my homemade chalkboard up, and changed up the look by adding this pinwheel garland. Here is where you come in! I need some ideas of what message to write on the board. It has to be a summertime message. If I choose your message, I'll send you a little gift! Leave your message idea in the comment section, or on My Home Grown Art's Facebook page.

 
I saw the colored glass bottle idea on Pinterest. Let me tell you, this is not as easy as it looks! I went to the flea market to pick up these cool bottles. I didn't want to mess them up so I practiced on an empty spice bottle. I can tell you one little thing, when thinning out the enamel paint, don't stir it fast or you will create bubbles that will show through the glass. I wish I had some more tips to give you, but I never really figured it out. I know, it looks like I did, but I'm still waiting for these suckers to dry, over a week later! For fear of messing up these vintage bottles, I'm just waiting it out!
 
 My plan is to add white pinwheels to a few or all of these bottles, once the paint dries. This waiting game is for the birds! Here is what I've got so far. Don't forget to help me with the message thing!


Here are photos of some of the pinwheels up close.

 
Alright, now I'm going to get to the 'how to make a pinwheel' part. I started with a 4" x 4" square, and marked the center with a pen (no worries, the mark will not show), using a grid ruler. Of course you don't have to use one, but if you don't have one, I highly recommend it (and not just because I'm a grid paper freak!).
 

Using scissors or a paper trimmer, cut diagonal from each corner to about half way to the center dot. I did not measure this distance (I know you are shocked!).
 
 
 All four of your sides should look like this.
 
 
 Add a glue dot to a corner and adhere it to the center dot.

 
 Repeat, alternating corners.
 



Unfortunately, glue dots are a temporary hold. Heat up your hot glue gun, and make it stay for good! Add a drop of glue to the center, and top it off with your favorite embellishment. I used a flower from the Blossom Party die, and a faceted button.

 
 
 
It's my pleasure to help you with your paper crafting projects, offer tips, suggestions, and answer product questions. My customer service goes beyond your order! Contact me anytime with questions or with help in placing an order.