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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Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonflies are one of those bugs that no one seems to mind if they are around.  As I was beginning to write this blog post, I realized that I haven’t seen any dragonflies at our cottage.  That is kind of weird since they like to hang out around water.  I’ll have to do a little research and find out why.

Edited:  Well, Dragonflies do live near the water.  They actually start their lives in the water.  Adult dragonflies usually only live a month but some species live up to six months.  They eat mosquitoes (which is why we all love them).  If you want to find out more about them you can click HERE.  I still don’t know why there aren’t any around here but that is research for another day!

I made this card using the stamp set called Dragonfly Dreams.  It has a set of matching Thinlits called Detailed Dragonfly.  Unfortunately, this set was released in a prior year so there is no Bundle Bonus.  In case you were wondering, Stampin’ Up! offers Bundles on matching stamp sets and dies the first year they are out.  After that, they are only sold separately.  If you like a Bundle, buy it before you are not able to.

One of my favorite this about this set is the cute little Dragonfly die I used above.  All those dragonflies are attached together with one die.   They are adorable, aren’t they?  I cut these out using Silver Foil Paper. I thought it added a nice little sparkle to the card.

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Dragonfly Dreams

I am very sad to announce that Stampin’ Up! has decided to end their contract with Becky Higgins who owns Project Life.  Although I am not a scrapbooker, I loved using their products for cards.  The good news is Stampin’ Up! will be offering a new product line in their 2017 Annual Catalog that beings on June 1st.  Stay tuned for that!

I used a Project Life card to make this card.  It is from the set called Hello Lovely.  I have sold so many of these sets to card makers and scrapbookers alike.  It is a beautiful set that uses Crumb Cake, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky and other beautiful colors.

I used the set of Thinlits called Detailed Dragonfly Dies.  I cut the dragonflies out of Copper Foil Sheets.  These Foil Sheets are so awesome.  They have been by far, the most popular color.  The copper is so rich and beautiful.  Plus Dragonfly Dreams and the Detailed Dragonfly Dies are being carried over into the next catalog!

The stamp set I used is called Endless Thanks.  It comes with the little banner and a ton of sentiments.  First I stamped it in Versamark and then embossed it using Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Sadly, this set is being retired.  I use it so often so I will miss it.  If you like this set  order it soon before it is gone forever.

If you are a fan of Project Life, you should order it soon because once they kits are sold out, they will be gone for good.  You can check out the 2017 Retirement List by clicking on the button to the right of this post.

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Dragonfly Thanks

Dragonfly Dreams, Dragonfly Wishes, Stampin Up,

I made this card for a color challenge I wanted to participate in but didn’t.  It was during my stressful and hectic December when things just got away from me.  I am back on track now so I’ll be posting some of the cards I made a while ago but never got around to sharing them.

I made this card using  stamp set from the Occasions Catalog called Dragonfly Dreams.  This stamp set has some matching Thinlits called Detailed Dragonfly and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

The colors I used for this card are Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron.  As you know, I am not big on pinks and purples but at the same time I made a vow to use my Designer Series Paper more and actually liked these colors and thought they go pretty well together.

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Dragonfly Wishes

Dragonfly Dreams, Detailed Dragonfly, Fabulous Foil Acetate, Stampin Up,

As you can probably tell, I love the new dragonfly stamps and dies.  They are both in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  The stamps are called Dragonfly Dreams and the dies are called Detailed Dragonfly.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I have made (and shared) a bunch of cards using them.  Each one is very different because each of the dies are different.

I made this card using the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  This has been in the Annual Catalog since June and I am just discovering it.  One side is gold and one side is silver so you don’t have to buy two packages to get both colors.  I also just discovered that there is a thin piece of plastic over the acetate to help keep it from scratching so you need to peel that off when you use it.

Be warned.  There will be a lot more cards using all of these items in the future!

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Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Dreams, Detailed Dragonfly, One Big Meaning, Stampin Up,,

These cute little dragonflies are part of a new set of Thinlits that are in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  They are called Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and they have a matching stamp set called Dragonfly Dreams.  Although, I didn’t use the stamp set for this card, if you purchased both in a Bundle you can save 10%.  All the dragonflies on this card are cut out at once using one die.  It is just adorable.

It make this card, I first cut out a set of dragonflies in a Copper Foil Sheet.  Then I cut them out again using the Whisper White Card Stock that you see on this card but I used the negative part.  I saved the actual dragonflies to use at a later date.  Then I fit the Copper Foil dragonflies inside the negative space on the Whisper White.  Of course, it fit perfectly since I used the die to cut both.  It was pretty easy to do, although you do have to save some of the white pieces to fit around the Copper in a couple of places.  In the picture below I show you which two pieces I needed to save and glue back in.


The sentiment is from the stamp set called One Big Meaning.  This set is in the Annual Catalog.

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Sneak Peeks

As you already know, I attended OnStage Local in Secaucus, New Jersey last weekend.  One of the great things we got was a copy of the upcoming 2017 Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs.  I can’t show you what is inside these fabulous catalogs but I can show you the covers.  If you look carefully you will see some of the new products that will be in them.  You will be able to order from both of these catalogs beginning January 4, 2017.

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Another fun thing we did at OnStage Local is make ‘n takes.  We got to make four of them.  Here are the cards we made.  The first card uses an awesome birthday stamp set and has matching Thinlits.  One of the Thinlits makes a pop up on the inside of the card.  It is just the cutest!


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The next card uses a wonderful set of Thinlits that you are going to just love.  It make this beautiful belly band below.  Isn’t it gorgeous??



The third card uses some new Designer Series Paper that you can color.  Color?  Oh yes.  There is something in the catalog to color with!  Yay!  dsc03591

The last set of cards use a wonderful Valentine’s stamp set and matching Framelits.  One of the Framelits makes the cute little envelope you see in the middle card.  Plus, it makes the arrows, lined heart and so much more.  The stamp set has 27 stamps in it and the Framelits have 14!!