Eastern Beauty

The Eastern Palace Suite is one of the amazing suites that Stampin’ Up! offers.  The great thing about suites is that Stampin’ Up! does all the matching work for you.  They group together products and colors for you.  Often the suites offer a stamp set, matching dies, Designer Series Paper, embellishments and cardstock.  This one also includes some vinyl stickers called Eastern Gold.  You can almost always save 10% by purchasing the stamps and dies in a Bundle with these suites.

To make this card, I stamped the sentiment in Dapper Denim ink and cut it out using the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch.  Then I layered it on top of a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock that I had cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  I layered those on top of a piece of that I had cut out using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies.  The Designer Series Paper is called Eastern Palace.

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Eclectic Expressions

There are only 10 days left to Sale-a-brate left! This means that after March 31st all the Sale-a-bration products will be going away (except for the Celebrate You Thinlits and the Basket Weave Embossing Folder) and not eligible to get anywhere.  Although the Celebrate You Thinlits and Basket Weave Embossing Folder will be in the new catalog you will have to pay for them then.  Now, they are free with a qualifying order!   Plus there are only ten days left to get an extra $25 in free product with a $250 order (or workshop order) and only ten more days to join my Stampin’ Up! group and get an additional two free stamp sets of your choice.

To make this card, I first cut out the squares in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Then I cut out the dragonfly using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies in Whisper White.  The sentiment is from one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets called Eclectic Expressions.  This is a fun set with a couple of sentiments and a bunch of swooshes, splatters and blobs (sorry, I can’t think of another word to call them).

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Celebrate You Thinlits

Have I told you lately how much I love the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies that I got for FREE?n  Yes, I said free.  During the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration you can earn products for free with a qualifying order and these dies are part of the amazing selection.

This card is super easy to make.  I used the chevron stamp from Work Of Art and stamped it in So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party.  The Stamparatus makes this so easy to do because of the moveable plates.  Then I cut the words out of Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  The whole card took less than ten minutes to make.

Remember, Sale-a-bration ends on March 31st so don’t miss your opportunity to get these dies (or other merchandise) for free.  You can also get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or single order) and you can join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!

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Color Me Happy With Stampin’ Blends

Stampin’ Blends are the best invention since the napkin!  Ok, who remembers what that is from?  Be careful.  You might show your age!  Anyway, Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers.  That means you can blend two or more colors together to make light areas, dark areas or merge colors together better.  They don’t leave coloring lines like some markers do.  They are awesome.

Another great thing about Stampin’ Blends is you can color Designer Series Paper and ribbon with it.  I did not color the ribbon on this card but you can color white ribbon to make it any of the Blends colors.  I colored the Designer Series Paper called Pick A Pattern using the Dark Bermuda Bay and the Light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend.  I also colors the word “thank” using the Light and dark Bermuda Bay Blends.  It was super easy to do and I love how the Designer Series Paper came out.

If you don’t have any Stampin’ Blends yet, you really should try them.  They are so easy to use that even I could do it!

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!

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Super Duper

Today is my son, Sam’s birthday.  Sam has grown into an amazing man (it is hard to say your son is a man!).  Rob and I are very proud of him.  He is an amazing cardiologist, who is finally going to be done with his schooling on June 30th and get a real job!  He is an awesome father to Madelyn and Nolan and he is just a really nice guy.  It is hard to believe that he is 34 today.  I am not sure how that happened so quickly but it is true.

I made this card using the stamp set called Super Duper.  I love this set because the sentiments are all big and as you know, I love big sentiments.  I stamped the “YAY!” in Bermuda Bay and then cut it out using the Layering Circle Dies.  I cut a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock using the Stitched Shaped Dies.  I stamped the balloons in Pacific Point and cut them out by hand.  As you know I am not fond of fussing cutting but I think I did pretty well with these balloons.  Luckily they aren’t complicated shapes.

The Designer Series Paper is called Bubbles & Fuzz.  It is part of the Sale-a-bration Catalog which means you can get it for free with a qualifying order!

Here is a picture of Sam and Madelyn at their first Father-Daughter Dance.  I am not so sure about the beard but I guess he is too old to ask him mom about it.

Happy birthday, Sam.  I hope you have an awesome day!  Your dad and I love you.

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Remarkable You With Bleach

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  We used an old but fun technique using bleach to make this card.  The fun part of using bleach is you never know what color you will get.  We used Night of Navy for this card and as you can see, the bleach turned the card yellow.  Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral also turned yellow with bleach while Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi turned to an off white color.

To make this first we stamp the flower from the stamp set called Remarkable You in Versamark.  Then we embossed it with White Embossing Powder.  After this, we “colored” the petals with my Aqua Painter that had bleach in it instead of water.  The embossing helped to keep the bleach inside the petals.  You have to let it sit for a couple of minutes to do its thing.

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Oh So Eclectic

Oh So Eclectic is one of those stamp sets that is part of a Suite that Stampin’ Up! puts together to make it easier to match things up for you.  The Suite is called Naturally Eclectic and includes this stamp set, the matching Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies, Designer Series Paper (Naturally Eclectic), three colors of matching cardstock, Ribbon and Card Overlays.

I used the stamp set, Oh So Eclectic with the matching Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies to make this card.  By the way, if you buy these in a Bundle, you can save 10%.  I love that Stampin’ Up! makes dies to cut out the shapes in the stamp set but the best part is they include other dies that do more.  The cut out background is an example of this.  There is also a die in there that just embosses.  It is very cool!

The cardstock colors I used are Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate.  The ink colors are Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Old Olive.

The sentiment is from Heartfelt Blooms which is a stamp set you can get for free during Sale-a-bration with a qualifying order.  If you buy the Bundle in wood mount, you will be eligible with that alone.  If you buy the Bundle in clear mount you just need to add something small to your order to qualify.

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