Beautiful You

Beautiful You is a stamp set that is in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog and is being carried over into the new Annual Catalog that starts on June 1st.  It is a very versatile set because it can be used for just about any occasion from birthdays to sympathy.  It is a great set to use alone with Black Tuxedo Memento Ink as I did with this card or you can color it with your Stampin’ Blends or Markers.

A couple of the products I used on this card are retiring.  The sentiment was cut out using a dies from the Rose Garden Thinlits.  These Thinlits will be gone beginning June 1st when the new Annual Catalog comes out.  The Designer Series Paper is called Fresh Florals, and unfortunately, this paper is already sold out.  This happens a lot when the Retirement List comes out in April.  Don’t be too sad though.  You are going to love the new Designer Series Paper that will be available in a couple of days!

As a little side note (yes, my mind does often wander to other subjects), I live in Northern New York.  They say we have two seasons up here:  Winter and July.  It is mostly true although we do get an occasional nice day in the Spring or Fall.  One of my most favorite days is the day I realize all the leaves on the trees have opened up and the world is full of this beautiful green color.  It is the color of new leaves.  It is a little darker than Lemon Lime Twist but lighter than Old Olive (maybe I should suggest this color to Stampin’ Up!  Wait.  Granny Apple Green is pretty close!  ).  To me, it is my favorite day of the year.  It says, the cold, no, the freezing cold winter is over and Mother Nature is celebrating.  It doesn’t last long so you have be quick.  I was driving back to the cottage today and realized today is the day!  Today the trees are a perfect green!  So, if you live near me, go outside and look at the trees and fall in love with Mother Nature once again (and then go back inside an order the retiring products you love before it is too late!).

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In The City

In The City is a Hostess Set in the Annual Catalog.  Actually, I should say it is an amazing Hostess Set in the Annual Catalog.  There are 60 stamps in this set!  That is a lot of stamps!  It is also a two step stamp set where you use two or more stamps to make an image.  For example the outline of a building is one stamp, the inside color is another and the roof is a third.  You put them all together to make one building.  I love it!

To make this card, I stamped all the images in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then stamped the inside colors using the various other stamps.  I used a ton of different ink colors which would be hard to list every single one.  I wanted it to be a colorful little town.  I stamped the sentiment (which is also a two step stamp) and then cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The oval around the sentiment is from Layering Ovals Framelits and the ribbon is 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon in Bermuda Bay.

Here are some more cards I made earlier using this stamp set.  Remember, it goes away May 31st because none of the Hostess Stamps ever carry over into the next catalog.  You can only buy this set with a qualifying order.

Here are some more cards I made earlier using this stamp set.  If you would like to see the details of these cards just click on the Select Category bar and search for In The City.  It will bring up all my past posts I made using this set.

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Butterfly Basics

Butterfly Basics is a stamp set that has been around for a while.  It is a great stamp set for vintage cards yet it can also be a clean and simple (CAS) card.  Buffy is a vintage stamper.  She makes these gorgeous cards and when she uses this stamp set, her cards look so much different than mine.  One great thing about this stamp set is it comes in Wood Mount, Clear Mount and Photopolymer so whatever your favorite stamp material is, you can get it!  It also has matching dies called Butterflies Thinlits.

I really like the sentiment that I used on this card.  It makes me think about people and how they change over their lifetime.  Awkward young girls may turn into ballerinas.  A gangly, klutzy boy turns into an awesome athlete.  It is like the ugly duckling story.  I love that story!

To make this card I first stamped the fern In Tranquil Tide.  I then stamped it again in Wild Wasabi.  The other color I used is Island Indigo.

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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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A Color Stamp Off Challenge

Good morning!  Every other Friday is the day Buffy, Jackie and I do a Stamp Off Challenge.  Today we have a color challenge.

These color are part of the 2016 In Colors.  They will be retiring on May 31st, which makes me sad.  I love this set of In Colors.  As a reminder, if you like them you should purchase them pretty soon.  Once the retirement list comes out they disappear quickly.

Here is my card using these colors:

I decided to use the stamp set called Beautiful Bouquet.  This set has matching Framelits called Bouquet Bunch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  First I stamped the stems and leaves in Emerald Envy on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Then I stamped the flowers in Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo and cut them out using my Big Shot and the matching dies.  I know it is hard to see, but the piece of Peekaboo Peach Cardstock I used for the background was embossed using a new Embossing Folder the is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog called Simple Stripes.

Now, lets go see what fantastic creations Jackie and Buffy made.  I am always awed by their creativity.


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Celebration Time

Tomorrow is an exciting day in the world of Stampin’ Up!.  It is the beginning of Sale-a-bration and the start of the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  Both of these catalogs have amazing products in them.

Sale-a-bration is where you can get products from the Sale-a-bration Catalog for FREE with a qualifying order.  You can choose between stamps, card kits, ribbon, Designer Series Paper, Memories or More, cards and envelopes and even a set of amazing dies!

Something new this year with Sale-a-braiton is there are two different tiers.  There are products you can get free with a $50 order (before tax and shipping) or $100 order.  Plus, there is no limit to the amount of things you can get free. It is an awesome deal!

The card I made uses a product from the Sale-a-bration Catalog called Celebrate You Thinlits Dies. They are my favorite thing in the entire catalog.  Be prepared because you are going to see me use them a lot!  You can get these dies for free with a $100 order!  Yes, I said FREE!

The stamp is from the stamp set called Celebration Time.  This set has matching dies called Celebration Thinlits and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  If you do so, you are halfway there to earning the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies for free.

Here is a sneak peek of a video showing two of the amazing products you can get for free!

As a reminder, today is the last day to order from the 2017 Holiday Catalog so if you want anything in there, you better order today!

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Color Me Happy

Color Me Happy is stamp set that is only around for a limited time.  Once supplies are gone, this set will be gone forever.  It has a matching card kit also called Color Me Happy.  Stampin’ Up! made these two items in honor of introducing their new Stampin’ Blends.  Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers that come in our exclusive colors.  They come in 12 different Stampin’ Up!  colors plus an Ivory, Bronze and Color Lifter.  Coloring was never so easy!  They don’t show stroke marks because they blend together.  They are perfect for beginner and expert colorers.  If you haven’t tried them I would suggest just buying the light and dark of a couple of colors or you can be a crazy person like me and purchase the entire set all at once!

I used the light and dark Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Pool Party Stampin’ Blends on this card.

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