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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Work Of Art

This is a quick and easy card you can make in a very short time.  I think it would be a good masculine card and a feminine card.  You could do it in different colors to change it up.

I used the stamp set called Work of Art to make it.  I am so happy this set is being carried over into the new Annual Catalog.  I was going to make it all in Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim but decided it needed a pop of color so I added Cherry Cobbler.  The new Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies also give it a little more definition then just using a plain circle.  The Stitched Shape Dies will be in the new Annual Catalog that begins on June 1st.  Stampin’ Up! decided to release them early.  They became so popular that they sold out in a couple of weeks!  Luckily Stampin’ Up! got them back in inventory so they are available again.

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OnStage Local & The Retirement List

This past weekend I went to attend a Stampin’ Up! event called OnStage Local.  Every November and April they put on a Live OnStage event somewhere in the world.  This time the live event was in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Whenever the event is not live in your country, they put on a few local events.  This time the closest event was in Toronto, Canada which is only about 4 hours from me.  Char, one of my downline and I attended together.

We had a blast.  There were probably around 600 Demonstrators there.  They had stamping presentations and announcements.  We won a few few stamp sets and products but even better than that, we received a copy of the new 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.  All I can say is wow!  You are going to love this new catalog!  I think it is one of the best catalogs yet.  There are tons of new stamp sets with matching Framelits or Thinlits.  There are new punches, tons of beautiful Designer Series Papers and of course, the new InColors.

One of the “rules” we have to obey is we can’t show you any pictures that have new products in them or give you information about the new catalog.  It is so hard to keep things a secret but Stampin’ Up! wants everyone to be surprised.  Don’t worry though.  You’ll find out soon!

Of course, with the good news, there can often be bad news.  The bad news is all the retiring items.  I am always so happy when I get the new catalog but sad about the items that will not be available any longer.  Below is the list of items that will be retiring.  There are some great deals!  If you really want something on the list, don’t wait to purchase it because once it is gone, it will be gone for good.

Click Here To See The Retirement List

If you are interested in attending one of these fun functions, feel free to talk to me about becoming a Demonstrator.  You get a discount on all your purchases plus you get to attend awesome Stampin’ Up! functions and copies of all the catalogs before anyone else.

Helping Me Grow & Dragonfly Dreams

I decided to make a card out of my comfort zone.  I am not very good at coloring but I felt like I should try.  I decided to use the Stampin’ Write Markers (Delightful Dijon and Old Olive) instead of the new Watercolor Pencils because, well, the Watercolor Pencils have sold out and Stampin’ Up! has ordered more but they aren’t in yet.  They were so popular!  (I’ll let you know when they are back in stock).

The flowers are from the stamp set called Helping Me Grow.  I am sad to say that this set will be retired at the end of May (so if you like it, you need to order it soon).  It is a perfect set to color.  After I stamped and colored the flowers I happen to glance at the stamp set called Dragonfly Dreams and saw the bee so I had to use it.  Bees and flowers just go together.  The sentiment is from a past Paper Pumpkin Kit (one of the many reasons to love Paper Pumpkin).

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A Punchy Stamp Off Challenge

This week’s stamp off challenge is to use a punch or two.  Sometimes I forget about my punches because I love Framelits so much but Stampin’ Up! has some amazing punches that I need to use more often.

Here is my card:

First I have a confession to make.  I made this card at a monthly stamp meeting that I go to.  It is kind of like a shoebox swap where everyone designs a card for the others to make.  I made this card at this meeting.  It was actually designed by Laura who does a great job stamping.  Laura makes me want to but the products she uses because I love her cards so much.

This card uses the stamp set called Bunch Of Blossoms.  It has a matching punch called Blossom Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them both in a Bundle.  I am not sure why I never purchased this set.  I love the sentiments and the font they used for them.

Today I am driving to Toronto , Ontario with one of my Downline to attend the Spring 2017 OnStage Local event.  I am so excited.  We will get to see the new Annual Catalog that comes out on June 1st.  I’ll be able to see all the new products and the new InColors.  All Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are given the opportunity to attend these event world-wide.  If you are interested in getting more information about becoming a demo, just shoot me an email.  I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made for this Punchy Challenge.


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Another Window Box Card

This is a third item in my series of using the Window Box Thinlit Dies that are in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  On Tuesday I showed you what the actual box that this set of dies makes.  Yesterday, I showed you a card I made using these dies.  Today I am showing you another card that we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last night.

To make this card, I first cut the design out of a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then I took a 3.5″ x 3.5 ” piece of Vellum and adhered it over the back side of the cardstock.  You can see the pattern of the die through Vellum.  I took my markers (Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum and Old Olive) and colored the flowers so it looked like this:

The last thing I did was back the design with another piece of Whisper White card stock.  That made the colors really stand out.

The Celebrate sentiment is from the stamp set called Birthday Bright.  This set is also in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

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Window Box

Yesterday I showed you how to make a box using the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  One great thing about Stampin’ Up! is their products are very versatile.  Today I used the same set of dies to make this card.  Check out my post tomorrow to see another card made with them.

To make this card, first I stamped Happy Birthday from the stamp set called Birthday Banners a few times in the top right corner.  I cut out the candles using one of the dies from Window Box and then backed the dies with colored cardstock (Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight).  Lastly, I stamped “Make A Wish” from the stamp set called Window Shopping.   I think the hardest part of making this card was stamping Happy Birthday over and over.

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