Blooms & Wishes

This is another card I made for my sister to use as invitations to her son’s rehearsal dinner.  A couple of weeks ago I told you how she decided to do something different with her invitations.  She wanted to send each person a different card with the invite inside of it.

I made this card using the stamp set called Blooms & Wishes.  I am so excited that this is one of the stamp sets that is going to be carried over into the new Annual Catalog.  The colors I used are Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride,  Wisteria Wonder and Emerald Envy.

To cut out the sentiment I used Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layered Ovals Framelits Die.  They layered together nicely.

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A Take It Or Leave It Stamp Off Challenge

Yay!  It is Friday and time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie and Buffy.  Oh wait.  This is a Take It or Leave It Challenge.  Hmmmm.  Well, you will see why I say this.  Here is the challenge.

Twine or Ribbon?  I can do that.  Framelit or Thinlit?  I can do that too.  Food?  Huh?  Doilies?  I can even do that!  Food?  Hmmmm .  So I began to look through my stamp sets to see what had food.  Fiesta Birthday has a llama.  Can you eat that?  No.  I would not.  Pop of Paradise has a flamingo.  No way.  Baby Bear?  I don’t think so!  Sitting There has a cat.  Naw.  I don’t live in one of those countries that eat cats.  So here is the best I could do.

Fish!  I can use the fish in Seaside Shore.  So here is my card.  Please notice I used every element on the list.  Oh and by the way, Seaside Shore is being carried over into the new Annual Catalog!  I am happy about that!

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie eat.  Let’s hope it is not a dog!

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Saying Goodbye To Mixed Borders

Mixed Borders is a stamp set that will be retiring at the end of May.  It is such a cute set and I am sorry to see it go.  It is a two step stamp set where you use two stamps to make one image. In this case, the border is the two set stamp.  The flowers are in Watermelon Wonder (a retiring In Color *sad*) and the leaves are in Emerald Envy.  They are really easy to line because the stamps are Photopolymer so you can see through them.

The “Hello” was cut out using the Large Letters Framelits.  This set of Framelits is something everyone should own.  You can use it to make cards, banners and scrapbook pages. Honestly, although they are a little pricey, they are worth it.  You will have them forever and never need another set of letters.  You could have a qualifying workshop and get them for half price.  You could always join Stampin’ Up! with me and get these letters as part of your Starter Package or you can use your Demonstrator discount to purchase them.

Mixed Borders will be available until May 22nd.  After that once it is gone, it is gone for good.

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Introducing The 2017/2018 In Colors

Every year Stampin’ Up! adds five new colors to their Annual Catalog that will be available for two years.  They are called In Colors.  This year the In Colors are gorgeous.  Everyone who saw them in person loved them.  I thought I would give you a sneak peek into seeing them before the catalog is available and show you a comparison with our present colors.

Now I realize that not everyone is going to love all the colors that you see here but believe me.  You will love them in person.  Each one is unique and when you start putting them with some of the other colors, you will see how well they go together.  Just wait until you see Lemon Lime Twist with Night of Navy, Basic Black or Basic Gray.  It will pop and you will love it.

These new colors will be available on June 1st when the new catalog goes live.

Special Reason

I was just starting to play with this stamp set called Special Reason when I found out it is retiring on May 31st.  It has a set of matching dies called Stylish Stems, which is also retiring.  This set is different then the usual flower sets.  A couple of the dies actually cut our the negative image of the flowers instead of the positive image.  I didn’t use those dies in this card but you can see how they work in this video.

Don’t forget to check out the 2017 Retirement List by clicking on the button to the right of this post.  Items will go fast and you don’t want to miss out on your favorite.

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Fresh Fruit

Fresh Fruit is one of those stamp sets that has been super popular with my customers.  It is such a fun set and has some great sentiments with it.  I think a lot of people purchased it because of the “Love You More” stamp.  It is perfect for parents or grandparents to send to their little ones.  Sadly, it will not be carried over into the new Annual Catalog.

I used the “Rock & Roll” technique to stamp the fruit and leaves.  This is where you ink up a stamp in one color and then lightly roll it around in a darker color so only the edges get inked with that color.  I stamped the pear in Pear Pizzazz (of course) and then Old Olive for the edges.  I stamped the peach in Peekaboo Peach (again, of course!) and then I rolled the edges on the Watermelon Wonder Ink Pad.  The flower was first inked in So Saffron and then Delightful Dijon.  Lastly, the leaves were stamped in Pear Pizzazz first and then Garden Green.

The swoosh in the background came from a stamp in Perpetual Calendar and the sentiment is from So In Love.

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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

This week Buffy, Jackie and I have a sketch off challenge.  It was a collaboration between Jackie and me.  She found a design and I tweaked it.

Here is my card:

I am still on my quest to use my Designer Series Paper.  I’ve told you before.  I am a hoarder.  It just seems so hard to cut that first piece.  I don’t know why but this year I vowed to use it more often.  So far I am doing better than previous years but not as well as I would like.

I used the stamp set called Wild About Flowers.  You would love this set.  It reminds me of a country meadow filled with wild flowers.  The sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes.  This set has been a very popular one with my customers.  The font is great and it has a lot of sentiments in it.  There is a sister stamp set called Endless Thanks which uses the same font and also has a lot of different sentiments.  Sadly both of these sentiment stamp sets are being retired on May 31st.  I will miss them!  Don’t forget to check what else is retiring by clicking on the button to the right of this post.

The Designer Series Paper is called A Little Foxy.  It uses some of the most popular colors (Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral and Pool Party).

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy created.  I am sure they will be awesome!

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