Butterfly Basics

Butterfly Basics is another stamp set that is going to carry over into the 2017 Annual Catalog.  One of the great things about this set is it comes in Wood Mount, Clear Mount and Photopolymer.  I love it when Stampin’ Up! makes everyone happy and gives us lots of choices.  Each of these materials has it advantages so you can choice whichever one is your favorite.  Rubber is great for stamps with a lot of details.  Photopolymer is great because it is clear so you can see exactly where you are stamping.

The colors I used on this card are Island Indigo, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.  Sometimes Very Vanilla doesn’t show up well in pictures but I love how it softens the look of a card.  By the way, the 2017 Annual Catalog that comes out on June 1st is going to have Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock.  That is awesome!

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Vertical Garden

Vertical Greetings is a stamp set that is in the 2016 current Annual Catalog and will also be carried over in the new Annual Catalog that comes out June 1st.  It is a great stamp set because all the sentiments are vertical instead of horizontal.  This allows you to stamp a sentiment in a small skinny section of your card.  It is extremely popular with my customers because it is so different.

I inked the flowers and pot using my Stampin’ Write Markers.  They are great for coloring one stamp different colors.  Al you need to do is color each section and then “huff” over the ink to moisten it.  It is really easy to do and works well.

I embossed the sentiment with Versamark and then sprinkled White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on top of it.  Then I heated it up with my Heat Tool to melt the embossing powder.

Emory Jade is 11 weeks old already and is growing like a weed.  Here is a picture of her with her Dad at a concert.  I think she likes the music!

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A Stamp Off Color Challenge

TGIF and time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we have a color challenge.  I love these colors separately but when you put them together, they are even better!

I decided to make a masculine card using these colors.

I chose the stamp set Guy Greetings.  It is the best set to use when making a masculine card.  I am so happy that Stampin’ Up! is carrying it over to the new catalog.  This set has 22 stamps and you can get it in wood mount, clear mount and Photopolymer.

For the background I used the Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder.  Have you tried these new folders yet?  You really need to.  They emboss a deeper pattern into the paper which makes it look 3D.  Here is a hint:  Stampin’ Up! is going to have five of these folders in the new catalog!  You are going to love them!

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made with these awesome colors.

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A Paper Pumpkin Mystery

It’s a Paper Pumpkin Mystery!

Do you love Paper Pumpkin? Do you like solving mysteries? We hope you answered yes to both questions, because starting TODAY, Stampin’ Up! is inviting our Paper Pumpkin Facebook followers to participate in a Guess the May Kit game—complete with “punny” clues intended to help participants figure out this month’s kit theme.

You will also have a chance to win a free kit when you share the excitement online! Just share or tag a friend to the Facebook post before the deadline specified in each post for a chance to win! After the deadline Stampin’ Up! will randomly select a “sharer” or “tagger” and send a pre-paid code (redeemable for a free Paper Pumpkin kit!) to both the winner and the friend they shared with or tagged. You must be 18 years of age or older and live in the U.S. or Canada to be eligible to win.

Don’t wait! Check out our Paper Pumpkin Facebook page now to get in on the fun—and spread the word!

Eastern Palace Suite

Here is another card we made our at monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses the sneak peek suite called Eastern Palace.  This suite is in the new 2017 Annual Catalog that comes out on June 1st.  Stampin’ Up! decided to release it a little bit earlier so is it now available for purchase.

There are two bundles to choose from.  Both bundles offer the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set, the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, three Classic Stampin’ Pads in 2017-19 In Colors (Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist), and a FREE package of Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes. The Premier Bundle adds Mini Tassels, the Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack, and the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies – plus a FREE package of Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock.

You will not be able to order these items separately until the catalog goes live on June 1st.  Once the catalog goes live, you won’t be able to order these Bundles or get the free items!

The Starter Bundle  – Item # 147196  $60.50

The Premier Bundle – Item # 147207  $103.50

Do you want more information?  Watch this Stampin’ Up! video about this product suite.

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Sunshine Sayings

Last weekend Rob and I went to see our grand daughter, Madelyn.  It was her second birthday.  I can’t believe how quickly time went and that she is already two!  If you ask her how old she is she will tell you “two weeks”.  I’m not sure where she got that from, but it is adorable.  She is also a genius!  I mean it.  She is so bright.  Ok, I will admit I am her grandmother so I may be just a wee bit biased but how many two years olds can sing the alphabet song?  She sung it perfectly except for the usual jumble of l, m, n, o p.  See?  I told you she is a genius!

For her birthday party she dressed like Minnie Mouse.

Back to our regularly scheduled program……

I made this card using the stamp set Sunshine Sayings.  This set has matching Thinlits called Sunshine Wishes.  Both of these items are being carried over into the new Annual Catalog which starts June 1st (Yay!).


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New To Stamping? Where To Start?

Are you a new stamper and don’t know where to begin?  Does the amazing Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog overwhelm you with all the things you can buy?  I have been stamping for ten or more years and it can still overwhelm me!  I have an idea for you.

First, you need to decide what kind of cards you want to make.  Most people start to stamp because they want to make thank you cards or birthday cards.  Whichever is your choice, you will need a few basic items to start.  You’ll need some cardstock, ink and stamps.  It really is as simple as that.  Below are some examples of some simple thank you cards you can make and they didn’t take a lot of supplies at all.

To make these cards, all you need is a stamp set (I used One Big Meaning (page 41), Note Cards with Envelopes (#131527), one ink pad (pages 169-171), one pack of cardstock (pages 169-171) and a pack of Designer Series Paper (pages 172-174). If you want to make birthday cards all you need to do is change out the stamp set.  I would recommend Confetti Celebration (page 12).

If you purchase these items, you can make up to 20 cards.  If you want to make more than that, all you will need is to purchase additional sets of Note Cards with Envelopes.  There is plenty of the other supplies to make a lot more cards.

It is as easy as that!

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