Varied Vases

Today is my daughter-in-law, Tara’s birthday.  Tara is an awesome person.  She is a terrific mother to two of my fabulous grandchildren (Madelyn and Nolan).  She is a kind and patient wife to my son, Sam and she is a considerate and loving daughter-in-law.  Right now Tara and the family are in the midst of moving from Cleveland to Nashville.  They are kind of in limbos they have sold their house in Cleveland buy have not moved to Nashville quite yet.  I feel badly because I could not send her a birthday gift or even a card because there is no address to send it to so I want her to know that I hope she has a wonderful day and to tell her I love her.

I made this card using a new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog called Varied Vases.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Vases Builder Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

I found the sketch for this card on Pinterest so I am not sure where it came from.  I stamped the vases in Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Flirty Flamingo.  Then I layered them over a square cut out with a die from Stitched Shapes.  I stamped the greeting in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Happy Birthday Tara!  I owe you a card and a gift!

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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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Saying Goodbye To Cool Treats

I was thinking as I was typing this that I was just saying goodbye to the stamp set called Cool Treats and the matching dies called Frozen Treats when I realized there is a lot more on this card that is retiring.

Cool Treats is one of my favorite sets.  It is just so much fun and reminds me of summer months.  Of course, ice cream is one of my favorite things so that helps too.  It is definitely a stamp set I will be keeping forever especially since it has matching Framelits.  Both of these items are still available (at least today they are).

The colors I used on this card are Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach.  These are two of the InColors that are retiring too.  The Designer Series Paper I used is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog and is called Picture Perfect.  Lastly, the Ticket Tear Border Punch I used is also retiring!  The good news is the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder is being carried over into the new Annual Catalog that begins June 1st.

Here are a couple of cards I made in the past that used Cool Treats.

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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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Fruit Basket

This is the third card we made at our monthly stamping club meeting.  I do have to say I have the best ladies in my club.  They are all very nice and so much fun.  We get along so well and I look forward to seeing them every month.  Some of them have been with me since I started ten years ago.  I must be doing something right.  Thank you, ladies.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

To make this card I used the stamp set called Fruit Basket.  I stamped the basket outline with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Pool Party cardstock and then cut it out by hand.  Thankfully it has pretty straight lines so it was not hard to cut out.  Then I stamped the pears using Pear Pizzazz ink and punched them out with the adorable mini punches that match the stamp set (you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).  I hand colored the stems using a Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker.  I put the pears and basket onto a circle I cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

The Designer Series Paper we used isn’t really Designer Series Paper!  I used the cardstock from the Tutti-Fruitti Cards & Envelopes pack in the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  If you purchased the Fruit Basket Bundle and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies you could get set this pack of cards and (very cute) envelopes for free until March 31st when Sale-a-bration ends.  They are really cute and free!  I love free!

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Another Sale-a-bration Card

Here is another card primarily using Sale-a-bration items.  This is the final week of Sale-a-bration where you can earn merchandise for free.  There are Designer Series Papers, dies, an embossing folder, ribbon and some amazing stamp sets still available to get.  To see what is available click on the two brochures to the right of this post.  Plus Stampin’ Up! has added a few things from the Occasions and Annual Catalogs.

To make this card I ran a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock through my Big Shot using the Sale-a-bration Embossing Folder called Basket Weave.  It is a Dynamic Embossing Folder so it makes a deeper impression than a regular one.  I stamped the word ‘celebrate’ with Calypso Coral ink and cut it out at an angle using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  I cut out the word “you” in Smoky Slate using the Sale-a-bration Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.

You still have one week left to earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase, get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order) and/or 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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