FF0008 Watercolored Card for Festive Friday

watercolored card

It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0008, we are honoring Wine Day and/or Watercolor. You can create a card to celebrate Wine Day (May 25th), or a card featuring watercoloring, or a watercolored Wine Day card or project!  Whatever way you decide to create is fine with us! We would love to have you play along, so don’t forget to link up.

This week I created a watercolored  card using the new  Serene Garden Bundle (148395), available June 1st.  I really love this photopolymer set, and I hope you will, too!

Watercolored Card
A Sneak Peek at the Serene Garden Bundle
2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog

watercolored card

Colors of the Day

Plus these new colors :  Balmy Blue ~ Sea Foam Green

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

The background florals on today’s card were watercolored using Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends.  A new color, Balmy Blue, was used to outline the image.  I usually use Soft Sky and a Blender Pen to highlight my watercolored images, but since Soft Sky is retiring, I decided to try one of our new colors.   Balmy Blue did the trick.  However, I did take a lot color off the Blender Pen before using it.

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The butterfly was inked in Rich Razzleberry, and accented with Clear Wink of Stella.  The bird was colored with Smoky Slate.  Once again, Clear Wink of Stella was used to add sparkle, as you can see in the picture below.

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The Basket Weave Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds a touch of texture to the Whisper White panel, which was matted onto Soft Sea Foam cardstock to form the card base. New Share What You Love Artisan Pearls are the perfect finishing touches.

watercolored card

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.  If you do not wish to create a Wine Day project, you could create a project featuring watercoloring.  We offer alternatives for each challenge.  Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials (including the tutorial for today’s card), retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Price: $110.00

Good-by, Charming Cafe – A Shadowbox Card

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Charming Cafe is an adorable set.  With it’s coordinating  Cafe Builder Framelits Dies, it’s perfect for creating a shadowbox card like this one. Sadly, it will be retiring May 31st.  Don’t overlook this hidden treasure!

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
Creating a Shadowbox Card Tutorial

You will need the following cardstock:

  • 100702 Whisper White (3-1/4” x 4”; 3” x 1-1/4”; 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”; 3” x 2”, scraps)
  • 140272 Whisper White Thick (4-1/4” x 11” scored at 5-1/2” to form the card base)

Your step-by-step directions:

1.Use the appropriate thinlit to create a window in the front of the card base.

2.  Stamp the flowers in Basic Black ink. Using Watercolor Pencils, color the flowers Calypso Coral and the leaves Old Olive. Activate the color using a Blender Pen. (Do this in subsequent steps.)  Cut out with the appropriate thinlit and adhere to the card front with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

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3.  On the 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” square of cardstock, stamp the window in Basic Black. (Before stamping, make certain the image will be in the correct position in the opening.) Using Watercolor Pencils, color the awning Daffodil Delight, leaving alternate slats white, and the window grids Basic Gray. Use an Aqua Painter to add a Pool Party wash around the window.

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4.  Stamp the table and chair image. Color the tables and chairs Basic Gray, the seats and flower Calypso Coral, the leaves Old Olive, and the cobblestones Early Espresso. Cut out with the corresponding thinlit. Adhere below the window using dimensionals.

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5.  Stamp two topiaries. Color as follows: Basic Gray pot, Bermuda Bay stripe, Old Olives leaves, Early Espresso trunk. Cut out with the topiary thinlit. Adhere one beside the window.

6.  Using foam adhesive strips, attach the sidewalk café scene behind the opening on the card front in order to create a shadowbox effect.

7.  Stamp the sentiment in Archival Basic Black. Use the banner thinlit from the Magical Mates collection to cut it out.  Adhere to the card front with dimensionals.  Accent with the remaining topiary.

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8.  Embellish the top of the card with Calypso Coral ribbon and bow, as shown.

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As I was carrying this card in to photograph it the other evening, I happened to have my phone behind it when the phone lit up.  It was gorgeous! I tried to recreate the look.  Can’t you just imagine this card with a tea light behind it!

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Would you like to create your own card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

On the CASE: Hold on to Hope

baptism birthday

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, and break down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts.  Let’s get stampin’!

On the CASE: Hold on to Hope
A Baptism Card
Occasion Catalog Page 27

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The baptism card created with the Hold on to Hope set is a beautiful card, rich with texture.  The Calypso Coral designer paper and Pool Party cardstock are stunning against the Whisper White.  The catalog sample is a little smaller than the one I created.  Mine is 4″ x 4″.   I hope you enjoy today’s CASE.

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Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Hold on to Hope Bundle – includes Cross of Hope Framelits Dies
Paper:  Whisper White Cardstock (4″ x 8″, scrap), Pool Party Cardstock (scrap), Petal Garden Designer Series Paper (2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″)
Ink: Basic Black Archival, Calypso Coral
Other: Big Shot,  Layering Squares Framelits, Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver Baker’s Twine, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

  1.  Score the Whisper White cardstock at 4″ to form the card base.  Emboss the front with the Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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2.  Using the largest scalloped Layering Squares Framelits, cut a square of Pool Party cardstock.

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3.  Stamp the flowers and vine image in Calypso Coral.

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4.  Stamp the sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Adhere to the Pool Party scalloped square.

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5.  Die cut two crosses:  one from Whisper White and one from Pool Party.

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Insert the Pool Party middle into the Whisper White outline.  Adhere to the sentiment panel as shown.

6.  Wrap Silver Baker’s Twine around the card twice, and tie in a bow on the left side.  Adhere the sentiment panel to the card base with dimensionals.  Embellish with a single rhinestone in the center of the cross.

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How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

Nothing tricky here! It’s a fun card to create, and I hope you will give it a try!   Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5, only because it takes a little time to do the embossing and die cutting.

 #SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  What she has CASED is a cutie patootie card for sure!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

On the CASE: Remarkable You
On the CASE: Picnic with You
On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts
On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight
On the CASE: The CASE of a Magical Day
On the CASE:  A Case of Petal Palette
On the CASE:  Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
On the CASE: A Season to Sparkle
The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas
A CASE of Good Tidings
A CASE of Nature Sings
A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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FF0007 Mother’s Day and/or Pink

easy cute dog card

It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0007, we are honoring Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on May 13. The twist this challenge is “And/Or Pink”. You can create a Mother’s Day card, or a card featuring the color pink, or a pink Mother’s Day card! Any way you decide to create is fine with us! We would love to have you play along, so don’t forget to link up.

This week I created a pink card designed with my mother in mind.  Although she passed away many years ago, sometimes I will find myself sitting … thinking … missing her.

Easy and Cute Dog Card
A Sneak Peek of the Sitting Pretty Stamp Set
2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog

easy cute dog card

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

This clean and cute card is surprisingly simple to create.  Watercolor washes provide the back drop for the adorable bulldog reposing on a die cut bench.

cute and easy dog card

Don’t you adore the quizzical look on this pup’s face? I love bulldogs.

cute and easy dog card

I’m also in love with this potted plant.  I wouldn’t mind having a few of these for my back porch! Of course, every plant deserves a Share What You Love Artisan Pearl, available in the new catalog.  A double Powder Pink bow and snippet of ribbon was added as a finishing touch.

cute and easy dog card

I hope you enjoyed this cute and easy dog card.  Don’t forget,  Sitting Pretty and the coordinating Pretty Park Framelits will be available when the new catalog goes live!

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.  If you do not wish to create a Cinco de Mayo project, you could create a project featuring glitter/glimmer paper.  We offer alternatives for each challenge.  Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials (including the tutorial for today’s card), retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Note: If you need to access information about the Color Revamp or the Retiring Products lists, check out this post.

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Share What You Love Suite … An Early Release Begins Today

Share What You LoveStarting today, May 1 and running through May 31st   you can order new products from the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.   Stampin’ Up! has created the perfect bundles for every crafter … the Share What You Love Suite Early Release To see a brochure containing the product bundles you can order during the Share What You Love Early Release promotion, CLICK HERE!

To learn even more about these different bundles, and the fabulous free products contained in each, view the video!

Here’s the details!

  • The purchase dates for bundled pricing and FREE products:  May 1 – 31. The bundles will not be available after May 31st.  HOWEVER, the individual items WILL be available in the  2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog, with the exception of the Statement of My Heart Single Stamp.  It is exclusive to the early release only.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a $99 Starter Kit.  You can select up to $125 worth of merchandise, plus you will receive the free items listed in the bundles.  CLICK HERE to join now.
  • If items in the bundles become unavailable during the sales period, available items will ship, and backordered items will ship separately when available.

Just look at what you can order!

Order the new IN COLOR INK PAD COLLECTION 2018-2020 and save 10%.  Included are Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.  These are in the new ink pad design with the new ink formula!

Love You What Share

Love You What Share

Love You What ShareAs always, if you have any questions, I am only an email away!  Until next time…
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Stamp Review Crew: Truly Tailored Edition

Masculine Joyfold card

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Truly Tailored Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Truly Tailored stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from the oh-so-talented Tanya Boser.  After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop,  Jay Soriano.

The Stamp Review Crew: Truly Tailored Edition
A Masculine Joy Fold Card

Masculine Joyfold Card

The Truly Tailored set is a masculine set which will be retiring at the end of May.   I fell in love with the True Gentleman Suite, to which this set belongs, especially the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper.  To showcase two of my favorite patterns of this paper, I decided to pair them with my favorite sentiment from the set, in a classic joy fold card … or in this case, a “boy fold” card!

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Today’s card is a Joy Fold design.  One of the best tutorials for creating this fold can be found HERE on Splitcoaststampers. I find this design is perfect for showing off designer papers, like these fabulous plaid and gambler stripe patterns.

masculine joyfold card

The sentiment was selectively inked using Stampin’ Write Markers, and cut out using a circular Stitched Shapes framelit.

masculine joyfold card

As I mentioned previously, I LOVE these papers.  Earlier this year, I created a similar card using them.

masculine joyfold card

If you would like to create the above card, Click Here for a tutorial.

And for those of you who prefer quick and easy, here is another card!

masculine joyfold card

This is such an awesome layout, and the dimensions are easy:

  • 2-3/4″ wide x 4″ high – Designer Series Paper
  • 3″ wide x 4-1/4″ high – Mat
  • 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″  –  Card Base

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards.  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Truly Tailored card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.   You will receive a little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Jay Soriano to see what he has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

Stamp Review Crew: High Tide Edition

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On the CASE: Remarkable You Friendship Card

Remarkable You

Nicole and I are back On the CASE !  Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, and break down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts.

On the CASE: Remarkable You Friendship Card
  Annual Catalog – Page 143

remarkable-you-friendship-card

As I reviewed the Annual Catalog, looking for a card to CASE this week, I selected a card that I had poopooed so many times.  I viewed it as too plain, and not what this “layered and pearls” gal would ever like.  But something was different this week.  For the first time, I looked at this card with new eyes. I appreciated it for it’s simplicity, and for a design that could be easily transformed by changing up the colors and the designer paper.  It hit home that this card, by the very fact it was so simple, allowed the meaning of the sentiment to shine.   I hope you enjoy today’s card!

remarkable-you-friendship-card

Colors of the Day
Alternate Choices

I selected the deeper hues of Berry Burst and Old Olive for my CASE.

Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Remarkable You, Work of Art
Paper:  Old Olive Cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″), Whisper White Cardstock (3-3/8″ x 4-3/4″), Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″)
Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Berry Burst, Marina Mist, Old Olive
Other:  Basics Pack 1 Washi Tape (Stampin’ Up!’s card), Basics Pack 3 Washi Tape (My CASE),  Linen Thread, SNAIL Adhesive

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the old Olive cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.

 2.  Ink the flower image and the sentiment in Basic Black and stamp onto the cardstock.

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3.  Ink the larger swoosh image from Work of Art with Berry Burst, and stamp over the petals.  Ink the smaller swoosh image in Marina Mist,  and stamp below the Berry Burst.  The deeper notch of the image should be on the right, when stamped. Clean the stamp, ink up in Old Olive, and stamp below the Marina Mist.  The notch should be on the left.

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   Adhere to the designer paper at an angle, as shown.

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4.  Add a snippet of linen thread and tie a bow.

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5.  Adhere to the card base.  Finish by adding Washi Tape.

remarkable-you-friendship-card

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

For the first time since Nicole and I began this series, I CASEd a card which I can truly say is perfect for a beginning stamper.  Of course, seasoned stampers can really step it up!   As for me, this card has convinced me that Remarkable You and Work of Art, although they are retiring, will remain on my shelf!   Difficulty Level:  1 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

On the CASE: The Beautiful Butterfly Birthday Card
On the CASE: Picnic with You
On the CASE: The CASE of Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts
On the CASE: The CASE of Daisy Delight
On the CASE: The CASE of a Magical Day
On the CASE:  A Case of Petal Palette
On the CASE:  Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
On the CASE: A Season to Sparkle
The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas
A CASE of Good Tidings
A CASE of Nature Sings
A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed On the CASE:  Remarkable You Friendship Card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.  Don’t forget, a $50 order will also qualify you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards and Sale-A-Bration items.

April:  A2EQSE7Z

Remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

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FF0006: Cinco de Mayo and/or Glitter-Glimmer Paper

Sparkly Friend Card

It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! FF0006 celebrates Cinco de Mayo, with a glitter-glimmer paper twist.  Don’t you just love these twists?  You can create a Cinco de Mayo project OR a project featuring glitter or glimmer paper OR a glittery, glimmery Cinco de Mayo project.  Any way you decide to mix it up is fine with us.  As for me, I opted for a sparkly friend card.  We would love to have you play along with us, so don’t forget to link up with us.

But before you run off to grab your Cinco de Mayo stamps, glimmer papers and glitter, let’s take a look at what I created.

Sparkly Friend Card

sparkly friend card

I went with the glitter-glimmer paper option, as you can tell!  As for the stamp set, you are getting a peek at a new set from the 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog.  This cutie set is called Sea of Textures, and is complete with coordinating framelits. I hope you enjoy today’s card.

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

The Big Shot is your friend on this card. Other than the sentiment, everything uses thinlits to cut them out. Easy peasy, right?  Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper puts the sparkle in this sparkly friend card.

And how about this adorable Fresh Fig Octopus, complete with pearls for eyes?  I love how his tentacles are curled around.

sparkly friend card

The sentiment is actually from the Wood Words set.  It was stamped in Fresh Fig.  Seaweed in a glorious light green, which reminds me somewhat of Lemon Lime Twist, adds a fun accent.

sparkly friend card

I wish I would have been able to capture all of the sparkle on this card!  This is such gorgeous glimmer paper.

sparkly friend card

I would love to see what you create.  Won’t you play along with us at Festive Friday? It’s easy to link up your card.  Even if you do not have a blog, you can use Instagram or Pinterest.

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.  First, if you do not wish to create a Cinco de Mayo project, you could create a project featuring glitter/glimmer paper.  We offer alternatives for each challenge.  Secondly, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials (including the tutorial for today’s card), retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

April’s Code: A2EQSE7Z

As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

Note: If you need to access information about the Color Revamp or the Retiring Products lists, check out this post.

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Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day

Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Magical Day stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from Yapha Mason.  She is such a sweetie, and I love her work. After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the incomparable Bronwyn Eastley. She has never made a card that I haven’t absolutely loved.  Enjoy this week’s hop!

The Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day Edition

Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day

Magical Day is a whimsical set, complete with knights and dragons; mermaids and wizards; and my favorite…the unicorn!  I used the coordinating papers to bring my sparkly creation to life.  Sadly, Magical Day is retiring at the end of May.  If you don’t already own this set, be sure to order yours today.  As for me, this is one of those sets which will be residing on my shelf for a few more years.  I hope you enjoy today’s card!

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Today’s design is a gatefold card.  I began with a cardstock base measuring 8-1/2″ long by 5-1/2″ wide, scored at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″.  The outer flaps were decorated with unicorn paper, while a Blushing Bride unicorn frolics among glimmer paper clouds on a water colored background.  (Up & Away and Umbrella Weather Thinlits were used to create the various cloud shapes.)

Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day

The inside of the card is a sparkling confection of glimmer paper from the retiring Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper pack.

Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day

The sentiment is a hybrid created from both of the sentiments in the set.  Instead of “Hope Your Day Is Magical” or “You Are One of a Kind”,  we have “Hope Your Day Is One of a Kind”.

Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day

Branded with a single rhinestone, this unicorn shimmers, especially with her Clear Wink of Stella Mane, Tail and horn.  Although the “Bubbly” background paper was undoubtedly meant for the Mermaid in this set, I liked how it complemented the large circle on both the front and inside of the card.

Speaking of mermaids, here is the Mermaid card which I CASED earlier from the catalog.

Stamp Review Crew: Magical Day

You can read more about this mermaid card and the step-by-step tutorial at On the CASE: A CASE of a Magical Day.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Magical Day card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.   You will receive a little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Color Revamp

Color Revamp

The Colors – They Are A-Changin’

As Stampin’ Up! has mentioned, variety is the spice of life.  And no where is that more evident than in the world of color.  As part of their mission, Stampin’ Up! keeps an eye on color trends. When they see changes happening, they review their offerings to ensure they remain on top of the trends. Enter the 2018 Color Revamp!

Here Are the Details

There are still four color collections, each with ten colors. There is also a new color group called Basics.

In order to keep the color collections to exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White have been moved out of the Neutrals collection. Stampin’ Up! also moved a few colors (Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow and Night of Navy) into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colorful!

Some additional colors have changed collections as well—you’ll notice this as you look through the new collections below. You can refer to the old and new color charts in the 2018-2019 catalog when it’s released on June 1.

Check out these Color Revamp Charts (pdf)

 

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The Ink Pads They Are A-Changin’

In addition to new colors, Stampin’ Up! redesigned their ink pads. The case is a new design. And you know what else is new?  They improved the formula of the ink!

Why change the case?

The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire.  A mold can only be used a limited number of times before it needs to be replaced.  Stampin’ Up! had to decide if they wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design.   They chose to change, and in the process, improve it.

In a strategic move, Stampin’ Up! aligned the updated case with the color revamp and improvements to the ink. In addition, they chose to time these changes with Stampin’ Up!’s rebranding and packaging updates. This way, when you invest in the new colors, you are also getting the new and improved ink pads at the same time!

What’s better about the case?

  • Less confusing to open – this one opens like a compact
  • Tighter fit between the lid and the base – the lid will not become disconnected
  • Stackable
  • Improved labels and stickers

How is the ink different?

Because of a defoamer added to the formulation, the new ink:

  • Reduces ink bubbles
  • Gives a smoother coating of ink on the stamp
  • Improves the ink coverage

In case you are wondering, you can use your old ink refills on the new pads, but you won’t get the benefit of the defoamer which has been added to the new ink refills.  The only exception to this is the Archival Basic Gray Re-inker.  Using the old reinker on the new pads will ruin them.

Say Hello to the New Line-up

THE NEW CORE COLLECTION COLORS

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NEW IN COLORS
color revampNEW CORE COLOR ORGANIZATION

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RETURNING IN COLORS from the PAST

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BASICS

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Be sure to take advantage of these FREE Online Color Coach tools!!!
RETIRING PRODUCTS & COLORS

The Stampin’ Up! retiring product lists have been released!  It’s your last chance to purchase retiring products!

Annual Catalog Last Chance Products PDF

Occasions Catalog Last Chance Products PDF

Here’s the bottom line…

On May 31, 2018, a lucky thirteen core colors are retiring:  Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder

The 2016-2018 In Colors are retiring: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugar Plum (Flirty Flamingo will return as a core color.)

Please be sure to stock up on these favorites today before they are sold out.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! Until next time…

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