Guy Greetings

Hello everyone!  It is Friday and time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time out challenge is called Out With The Old.  We had to use products that will be retiring at the end of this month.  I bet you can guess what the next challenge will be!

I decided to use the stamp set called Guy Greetings.  I guess it immediately came to mind when I saw the car so why not go with it.

Guy Greetings is a great set to make masculine cards with.  We all know how hard that is to do (at least for me) but this set made it a lot easier.  It has some great sentiments with it as well as some fun images.  Plus, it comes in Wood Mount, Clear Mount and Photopolymer so you can get it in your favorite stamp material!  I stamped the car in Tranquil Tide and the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink.

I decided to use the Designer Series Paper called True Gentleman.  I think this is one of my all time favorite DSP ever.  I love the colors and the patterns.  They are also great for making masculine cards but can also be used for any card.  This paper is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog that ends on May 31st.

Now let’s go see what retiring items Jackie and Buffy used to make their awesome projects.

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Seaside Shore

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  Debby, one of my long time members wanted me to show her the “inking up an embossing folder” technique.  I know.  That is such a technical name but that is what I call it.  It probably has a fancier name that this but it works.

To make the background I inked up the Seaside Embossing Folder using Dapper Denim ink and a brayer.  The I put the cardstock inside and ran it through the Big Shot. It is a very simple technique but fun.

I used the stamp set called Seaside Shore.  This set is retiring at the end of May.  I stamped the fish in Sweet Sugarplum (a retiring InColor) and Calypso Coral.  The bubbles are stamped in Dapper Denim (another retiring InColor) and the sea plants were stamped in Wild Wasabi (a retiring Subtle Ink color).  The cardstock is Dapper Denim and Soft Sky (both are retiring).

Remember, you only have a couple more weeks to buy any of the retiring items.  After that they will be gone forever!

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A Fruit Basket Wreath

This past weekend we moved into our cottage.  It was a beautiful but cool day and we were so happy to be here.  Emma, on the other hand was not very happy.  Last time we were here one of the smoke detectors was beeping and it freaked her out.  When we arrived on Saturday she would not get out of the car.  It is funny how dogs have this long term memory.  She loved the cottage last year but there was no way she was having anything to do with it this year.  We left her in the car with the doors open for at least an hour.  Finally Rob has to pull her out.  She was a happy camper.  Rob and I, on the other hand were ecstatic to be here.  So, now you have to put up with my sunset pictures for a few months.  Here is the first sunset of the year.

Now you know why we love the cottage.  We get to look at this every night!

I made this “wreath” card using the stamp set Fruit Basket.  It is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog and it is not being carried over.  How sad.  It has matching mini punches called Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack.  You can save 10% by purchasing it in a Bundle until May 31st.  Then both items will be gone forever.

In order for me to make this card  I used my Stamparatus.  This tool is amazing.  You can do so much with it.  Basically you stamp the first strawberry and then turn the cardstock and stamp the next one.  You do this until there is a circle of strawberries.  Then I did the same thing with the pear.  The colors I used were Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Crumb Cake (for the banner), Daffodil Delight (for the Pineapple) and Basic Black for the sentiment.

The Stamparatus will be in the new Annual Catalog that comes out on June 1st.  You definitely need to own this.  You will love it!

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Love What You Do, Share What You Love

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  The products are from the Share What You Love Bundle that is now available for pre-order.  They are all products that will be in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog that begins June 1st but Stampin’ Up! has made them available during the month of May.

To make this card we used some of the new colors that will be available.  The colors are Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron and Blackberry Bliss.  Behind the sentiment is one of the Pearlized Doilies that are included in two of the Bundles.  One side of the Doilies is a pearly silvery color.  The other side is Whisper White.  We sponged the Whisper White side with Mint Macaron Ink.

Below are the Bundles that are available.  With Bundle #1 you get one free item, Bundle #2 has two free items and Bundle #3 has three free items. These Bundles are only available until May 31st.  After that the free merchandise goes away.  You can also order the new InColor Ink Pads Bundle during the month of May.

Hand Delivered By Mail

I received this awesome card in the mail from Buffy the other day.  It uses a Hostess Set that is going to be in the 2018/2019 Catalog called Hand Delivered.  This stamp set is one of the sets we could order at OnStage.

Honestly, when I first saw this set I could not figure out why Stampin’ Up! would include a stamp set that only had the bottom half of a woman.  Of course, I came up with all sorts of crazy ideas which I will not mention here.  I even made Buffy a card using one of those crazy ideas.  Again, I will not show it here.  It was crazy.  In exchange for this she made me a card using the stamp set in the proper way.  Now I understand and think it is adorable!  You will be able to get this stamp set with a qualifying order beginning in June.

Last weekend we went to Florida for my youngest son’s wedding (Zachary).  It was a beautiful wedding with beautiful weather on a beautiful beach in Santa Rosa Beach.  The water looked like water in the Caribbean.  It was turquoise and just gorgeous ~ a perfect backdrop for a wedding.

Thursday night we all arrived at various times and met for dinner at a fun local restaurant.  Friday morning the ladies went to get manicures and pedicures and the men played golf.  The wedding was Friday night right before sunset.  Then on Saturday we all met at the pool for some fun and lunch and Saturday night was tacos and marguerites on the beach again.  It was Cinco De Mayo.

Here are some beautiful pictures of the bride and groom on the beach.

Hello Friend

Hello Friend is a stamp set that has everything I love in it.  I bet you can guess why!  Yes, it has a wreath and it has a large sentiment.  Those are two of my favorite things (as I am sure you have heard many, many times in the past).  I am sad that this set will not be returning in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.  I am not sure who makes these decisions but I may have to have a little chat with them.

To make this card I first stamped the wreath in Wild Wasabi.  This color is retiring on May 31st.  I then stamped the flowers and the friend sentiment in Berry Burst (an InColor so it is sticking around for one more year).  I stamped the “hello” in Berry Burst and then cut it out and attached it to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly I wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around it and put it all together.

Here are a couple more cards I made with this set in the past.  If you would like to see how these cards are made, click on the Category Button to the right of this post and search for Hello Friend.  Remember, you can only purchase it until May 31st and then it will be gone for good!

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Celebration Time

Celebration Time is another stamp set that is retiring (boohoo!) on May 31st.  I have had a lot of fun with this stamp set.  It has matching Framelits called Celebration and you can still save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle until May 31st (or before if they run out of inventory).  That is something I should mention.  At the end of every catalog, when items get low or are gone from inventory, Stampin’ Up! will not be ordering any more so even though the catalog is still active, there might be a lot of products that are discontinued.  If you would like a list of things that have been discontinued already, let me know and I will email you one.

To make this card, I used put Embossing Paste on one of the masks in the Pattern Party Decorative Mask Set,  Then I took my markers (Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay) and colored some of the little squares.  I stamped the cake with Bermuda Bay ink and then cut it out using one of the Framelits from Celebration.  The banner was cut out using the banner die from Large Numbers.  It fit the banner outline from Celebration Time perfectly.

Here are some more cards I made in the past using the Celebration Time stamp set and Celebration Framelits.

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