Animal Stories Part 1

When I first saw the “Sneak Peek” stamp set, Animal Stories, I knew that I had to have it! The elephants seemed so stylized and classy to me, not at all juvenile. And then I got an idea. Why not show how this set could be used to make a card outside of the genre for which it was intended! With a little embossing powder and and a heat gun, I created two elephants that are sure to be the envy of any rajah!
  • Prepare a standard card base from Night of Navy card stock and score at the top. (Tip: I selected a “Rich and Regal” color to underscore the opulent feel I was trying to achieve.)
  • I then layered this with a copper colored paper that I happened to have in my stash. If you are saying, “Alas, I have no paper with which to make this card”, I will tell you that Stampin‘ Up! has designed some of the most beautiful Designer Series Papers that I have ever seen for their new catalog. Trust me, these are “fantabulous” and I am a connoisseur of Designer Papers! These will be available July 1st.
  • Cut a strip of Night of Navy. Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect positioning, ink the elephant stamp from Animal Stories with VersaMark ink, stamp, and then sprinkle with embossing powder. Tap to remove the excess, and heat set using a Heat Tool until the powder raises and becomes shiny. Repeat the technique for the second elephant. The little medallion in the center is also from another “Sneak Peek” set, Circle Circus. It is stamped and embossed using the same technique. (Tip: If you are afraid to try heat embossing, don’t be! It is quicker and easier than you might believe. Like magic, the powder is transformed! One of the keys is to not overheat and scorch the paper. It is an easy way to rock the “WOW” factor!”)
  • I then matted the strip onto one of my “new In-Color friends”, Dusty Durango card stock.
  • Because elephants never forget, I selected the sentiment “Thinking of You” from the Sincere Salutations stamp set, and heat embossed it onto Night of Navy and matted it onto Dusty Durango.

I love my little elephants. But just wait until tomorrow, when the menagerie takes a different twist! Stay tuned for Animal Stories Part 2!
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Stamp Sets: Animal Stories (116716—Available July 1st), Circle Circus (115778—Available July 1st), Sincere Salutations (115068)
Inks: VersaMark (102283)
Card Stock: Night of Navy (100867), Dusty Durango (115321)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Other: Copper Embossing Powder (Ink Xpressions)
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Boxer-licious

Just when I think I have all of the punches that I could ever need, along comes Mary Fish and another one of her fantastic cards! On her blog, Stampin’ Pretty, Mary designed a card for her pug, Isabella. When my Boxer, Missy, heard about this, she insisted that I make a card for her. So this morning I pulled out all of my punches and began the task of creating this card, only to find that I did not have any small circle punches. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say, so I improvised with a lip stick case and eye shadow stick. (Thank you, Estee Lauder!) Feeling a little bit like MacGyver, I was able to accomplish the task. However, I did add two circle punches to my wish list. Never will I be caught without the perfect punch again!

On the brighter side, I spent so much time designing the ears that the UPS man delivered my new Stampin‘ Up! “sneak peeks” before I was finished with the card! I wasted no time opening the box and pulling out the new In-Colors. Missy’s head is mounted on Crushed Curry, and rimmed with Bermuda Bay. The card base is made from Dusty Durango and the pattern paper is from the Razzleberry Lemonade collection. The ribbons are Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Dusty Durango. Notice how they are reversible…solid on one side, dotted on the other! The “Friends” sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay and features the new Modern Label Punch.

If you are a Boxer lover like me, and would like to create your own Boxer-licious card, here is the recipe:

  • Using a Glass Mat and the Circle Scissors Plus, cut a 2-1/2″ circle from Close to Cocoa to serve as the head.
  • Use the Wide Oval Punch to create the characteristic Boxer mask from Basic Black.
  • The Full Heart Punch was used to create the jowls from Basic Black. (Tip: Since black jowls does not stand out on a black mask, a second heart was punched from Kraft and layered under the black heart.)
  • Rose Red and the Small Oval Punch were used to create the tongue.
  • In a perfect world, the eyes would have been created using 1/2″ and 3/4″ Circle Punches from Close to Cocoa and Basic Black. I used a lip stick case and eye shadow stick. Whatever works!
  • The ears were punched with the Full Heart Punch, folded down the middle and cropped. The edges of the ears were then inked in Basic Black for a slight amount of contrast.
  • The collar was fashioned from Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper using the Small Oval Punch.
  • The head was then mounted on Crushed Curry, and a Ticket Corner Punch was used to add interest. This was then layered onto Bermuda Bay.
  • Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper was matted onto Bermuda Bay and layered onto a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Dusty Durango card base.
  • Snippets of Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry ribbon were adhered to the card base. The image mat was then positioned and adhered in place.
  • The “Friends” sentiment from the Garden Greetings stamp set was inked with Bermuda Breeze and stamped onto Whisper White. The new Modern Label Punch was used to punch to it out.
  • To add a touch of bling, Pumpkin Circle Fire Brads were added to the ends of the sentiment.

This cheerful card did help Missy feel a little better after her accident Wednesday morning. My poor baby received a very bad sprain jumping out of bed. Luckily she did not break her leg or dislocate her hip, but she certainly scared her mom and brother…who carried her to the car for the emergency trip to the vet’s. She is on the equivalent of “doggie bed rest” for the next few weeks, and is basking in all of the extra attention!

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Stamp Set: Garden Greetings (113716)
Ink: Bermuda Bay (115655—Available July 1st)
Designer Series Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade (115675—Available July 1st )
Card Stock: Dusty Durango (115321—Available July 1st), Bermuda Breeze (115317—Available July 1st), Crushed Curry (115319—Available July 1st), Close to Cocoa (101341), Basic Black (102851), Chocolate Chip (102128), Rose Red (102544), Kraft (102125)
Tools: Full Heart (113693), Wide Oval (112082), Small Oval (107304), Modern Label (116630—Available July 1st), ¾” Circle Punch (107217), ½” Circle Punch (104390), Glass Mat (112531), Circle Scissors Plus (112530)
Embellishments: Dusty Durango ½” Grosgrain Ribbon (115609—Available July 1st), Crushed Curry ½” Grosgrain Ribbon (115614—Available July 1st), Bermuda Bay ½” Grosgrain Ribbon (115610—Available July 1st), Pumpkin Circle Fire Brads (109110)

Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

Two Old Friends

This time of year has me feeling quite nostalgic. With a new Stampin‘ Up catalog right around the corner, I find myself saying good-by to the accessories and stamp sets that are listed on the The Last Chance List. Don’t get me wrong…I am looking forward to my “sneak peek” items that are due to arrive Thursday. But the Designer Series Paper and the stamp set used on this card are two of my old friends. Parisian Breeze is a textured cover weight card stock that I loved for both scrap booking and card making. Feminine florals and masculine stripes in shades of Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip made this a very versatile collection indeed. The same versatility is evident in “Thoughts of Father”, which I have used to stamp a wide variety of cards. The good news is that of this morning, they are both still available for ordering. Mojo Monday Sketch #90 served as the inspiration for this layout. I hope that you enjoy today’s card.
  • Construct a card base from Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze Designer Specialty Paper and score at the top.
  • Ink the vintage car stamp from Thoughts of Father with Basic Brown and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Mat onto Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze.
  • Using the Photo Corner Punch, punch out two sets of corners from Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze. The flip side of this paper is the Baja Breeze “Dotted Swiss” paper. Adhere the corners to the image mat as illustrated.
  • With the Big Shot and Sizzlits Stampin‘ Up! Little Leaves die, prepare a “stem” from Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze. Trim to fit, and position in the lower left hand corner to add interest, and to mimic the leaves in the image.
  • Cut a square of Baja “Dotted Swiss” Parisian Breeze, and mat onto Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze.
  • Using the Scallop Circle Punch, punch a Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze circle. Using a Nestabilities scallop circle die and the Big Shot, cut a small scalloped circle. Layer the Baja onto the Chocolate Chip.
  • Using the photo as your guide, position and adhere all of the elements onto “Striped” Parisian Breeze.
  • Attach 1/4″ Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon and a Chocolate Chip Corduroy Brad as shown.
  • The Striped Parisian Breeze mat is now ready to be adhered to the card base!

I am so excited to break out the new stamp sets and In-Colors. I can hardly wait to share my sneak peeks with you! So get set for a parade of products. The fun begins on Friday!

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Stamp Set: Thoughts of Father (115094)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315)
Designer Series Paper: Parisian Breeze (113993)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Sizzlits Stampin’ Up Little Leaves (114511), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Photo Corners Punch (109042) , Nestabilities Circle Dies
Embellishments: ¼” Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109026), Chocolate Chip Corduroy Brad (114339)

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A Touch of Monet

Do you recognize this Designer Series Paper? Of course you don’t! This is a trick question! I made it myself with an overhead transparency (leave it to me, the teacher, to have a spare two or three of these around the house), three different ink pads, a spray bottle of water, and a blow dryer. The end result is truly amazing, and reminiscent of the colors of Monet. How did I do it, you ask? Just follow these step-by-step directions:
  • Select three coordinating ink pads. (Tip: Although more than three might sound fun, there is a tendency for the colors to “muddy”.) In this example, I used Sage Shadow, Almost Amethyst and Pale Plum.
  • Take the first ink pad and run it over the surface of the transparency. (Tip: My transparency had a rough surface, which was perfect for adding texture.) Spritz with water, and press Whisper White card stock onto the surface of the transparency. Wipe off the transparency, and repeat this procedure with the remaining colors. (Tip: I like the textured effect I achieved by using the Stampin‘ Pads. I experimented with the Ink Refills, and the result was slightly different. Try both, and decide which you like the best! In addition, I did not have to worry about maintaining the integrity of my ink pads because I completely wiped off the transparency before applying the next ink.)
  • The paper will be slightly wet. Use the blow dryer to speed up the drying process. If the edges of the paper curl, use an iron set on low to press the paper flat.

There…wasn’t that easy! Here is a close-up of the finished paper!

A video will be posted on my YouTube site next week demonstrating this quick and easy technique. I will be certain to let you know the date! Now on to the rest of the card…

  • Prepare a standard card base from Sage Shadow and score at the top.
  • Mat the “watercolor” paper onto Pale Plum and adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the base stamp from Soft Summer with Pale Plum and stamp onto Whisper White card stock. Ink the overlay stamp with Lavender Lace and stamp over the base stamp. (Tip: Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect Two-Step Stampin‘!) Mat onto Pale Plum, followed by Sage Shadow.
  • Using the Eyelet Border Punch, punch a Pale Plum eyelet strip and a Whisper White eyelet strip. Layer as illustrated and adhere to the card base.
  • Add a narrow strip of Pale Plum at the top of the Whisper White eyelet border. (Tip: I used the strip of paper that was left after using the Eyelet Border Punch. It works perfectly!
  • Thread a narrow strip of Whisper White card stock through three buttons. Use Mini Glue Dots to adhere to the right hand side of the eyelet border. (I actually placed the Mini Glue Dots under each button.)
  • Ink the sentiment from the Dear Friend stamp set with Sage Shadow and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch out using the Word Window Punch. (The Dear Friend set is a Level 1 Hostess set which is available only through June 30th.)
  • Cut a strip of Pale Plum and punch one side with the Eyelet Border Punch and round the opposite corners with the Corner Rounder. Adhere the “Dear Friend” sentiment, and layer over Sage Shadow. Position and attach to the top of the image block.
  • Position and adhere the entire image block with sentiment to the card base as shown.
  • For a more polished look, finish the bottom of the image with a snippet of Pale Plum Eyelet Border.

The finished result is soft and feminine! Think of the myriad of color combinations available to you with this technique….and the nice thing is that you never have to worry if everything will coordinate!

There is still time to earn the Dear Friend Hostess Level 1 Set before it retires. Email me today if you need more information!

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Stamp Set: Dear Friend (113413 Hostess Level 1), Soft Summer (Occasions Mini 113802)
Inks: Sage Shadow (102532), Pale Plum (102732), Almost Amethyst (101723), Lavender Lace (101305)
Card Stock: Sage Shadow (101563), Pale Plum (101889), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Word Window Punch (105090), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Embellishments: Button Bouquet (112092 Retired),
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (103683)
Other: Transparency, Spray Bottle (for spritzing), Blow Dryer

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Before and After Music Expressions

Stampin’ Pastels and Blender Pens are a dynamic duo when it comes to creating a subtle watercolored look with no muss or fuss. Their impact is even more dramatic when you view the before and after results.
This card, which uses one of my favorite sets…“Music Expressions”, was designed using this week’s Our Creative Corner sketch. This is such a versatile layout, I am sure that I will add it to my arsenal of favorites!
  • Create a standard card base using Chocolate Chip and score at the top.
  • Cut two strips of “Brown Baroque” Bella Birds Designer Series Paper and layer onto So Saffron. Adhere to the card base. (Bella Birds Designer Series Paper is on the Last Chance list. It is fabulous paper. If you wish to order this paper, please click here: Order Your Stampin’ Up! Supplies Now! )
  • Ink the “Violin” image from the Music Expressions stamp set with Basic Brown and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat onto So Saffron, followed by Chocolate Chip. Adhere to the card base at an angle as shown. (Tip: If you wish, you can leave the image uncolored, or “express” yourself with Stampin’ Pastels and Blender Pens prior to matting. The choice is yours!)
  • Attach 1/4″ Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbons as illustrated.
  • Ink the sentiment from Music Expressions with Basic Brown and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat with So Saffron, followed by Chocolate Chip. Pop it onto the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For a little bling, attach Circle Fire Brads in the corners of the image and sentiment blocks.
Stampin’ Tip of the Day: Victor Hugo, better known as the author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was an inspiration for some of the greatest musical composers of the 19th and 20th century. Both Liszt and Berlioz were friends of Hugo. Victor Hugo’s quote, “Music expresses that which cannot be said” underscores this author’s influence on the musical world. Just like these composers gained their inspiration from an unlikely source, so can we as cardmakers. The next time you are reading a magazine, searching through newspaper ads, or even grocery shopping, be on the lookout for color combinations and layouts that you like. With just a few creative twists, you can make these designs your own. And never underestimate the design power of Mother Nature herself!

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Stamp Set: Music Expressions (113718)
Inks, etc: Basic Brown (104315), Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845)
Designer Series Paper: Bella Birds (113981)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), So Saffron (105118), Chocolate Chip (102128)
Embellishments: Circle Fire Brads (109110), ¼” very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109026), ¼” Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (111367), Filigree Brad (Non-Stampin’ Up!)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

A Final Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper has been one of my favorites ever since it appeared in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I have used it on several cards and scrapbook layouts, and felt compelled to use it one more time before it retires. If you are going to miss this collection as much as I am, there is still time to order it. All items from the Occasions Mini Catalog are available until June 30th. This is also a great time to host a workshop and earn extra merchandise during Stampin’ Up!s Summer Hostess Benefit Promotion. As your Hostess Gift, you can select “God’s Beauty“, the Hostess Level 1 set which is featured on today’s card. Are you ready to take one final “Walk in the Park” with me?
  • Make a standard card base from Very Vanilla card stock. Score at the top. Layer with So Saffron. (Tip: I selected the textured version of these card stocks for their beauty. Don’t you just love how the textured So Saffron looks?)
  • Ink the “Leaf” stamp from God’s Beauty with Kiwi Kiss and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Use the Corner Rounder on the two right hand side corners. Mat onto “So Saffron Floral”, then “Kiwi Kiss Geometric” papers, both from the A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Coat the leaves with Crystal Effects and set aside to dry. (Tip: Crystal Effects will add a shine when dry, as well as add texture. It is so easy to use. I just apply it by using the applicator tip. However, you can use a brush if you prefer. If you have not tried Crystal Effects before, it is a very cost effective way to add depth and dimension.)
  • Cut a strip of “Kiwi Kiss Geometric” paper and layer with 1/4″ Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon. Position and adhere to the card base as shown.
  • Texturize a piece of Kiwi Kiss card stock using the “Swirls” plate from Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I and the Big Shot. Using a Nestabilities scalloped circle die and the Big Shot, cut a circle from the texturized Kiwi Kiss card stock. Position and adhere to the card base. (Tip: It only takes a minute to use the Stampin’ Up! Texturz Plates, but what visual impact they give to any piece of card stock!)
  • Position and adhere the image mat to the card base as illustrated.
  • Ink the sentiment and the blossom from “God’s Beauty” with Really Rust and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Mat the sentiment onto Really Rust card stock and round the two right hand corners, once again using the Corner Rounder Punch. Layer and adhere on top of the scalloped circle. (Tip: Rounding two of the corners mimic the scallops on the circle, while breaking up the angularity of the card.)
  • Using Paper Snips, cut out the blossom and insert a mini-brad through the center. Pop it up with a Stampin’ Dimensional. (Tip: Stampin’ Up!s Paper Snips are perfect for making intricate cuts!)

Today’s card was designed with Card Positioning Systems Sketch 118 in mind. Sketches can serve as a catalyst to get the creative juices flowing. In addition, resources such as magazine ads can serve as inspirations for both layouts and colors!

Tip of the Day: So Saffron and Kiwi Kiss coordinate perfectly. However, Really Rust adds the perfect amount of contrast. Don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to color combinations! An unexpected color can often make the difference between a card that “pops” and a card that “flops”!

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Stamp Set: God’s Beauty (Hostess Level I 113222)
Ink: Really Rust (102549), Kiwi Kiss (111835)
Designer Series Paper: Walk in the Park (Occasions Mini 115123)
Card Stock: Textured Very Vanilla (108693 Assorted Neutrals), Textured So Saffron (108696 Rich Regals Assortment), Kiwi Kiss (111353), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates (114512)
Embellishments: ¼” Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109026), Crystal Effects (101055), Brad (Unknown)
Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

Au Revoir, Parisian Breeze, Mon Ami

Parisian Breeze is another one of Stampin‘ Up!s glorious Designer Series Papers that is listed on the Last Chance Accessories List. I wanted to share with you one last time the beauty and versatility of this paper. Parisian Breeze combines dots, stripes and florals in luscious patterns which coordinate with Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, and Kraft. Textured, cover-weight card stock, it is suitable for both cards and scrapbook pages. Also featured on today’s card is the Level 2 Hostess set, Echoes of Kindness. This set could be yours by hosting a workshop. I am especially excited about the Summer Fun Hostess Bonus Promotion. It is always fun to host a workshop, but its even more fun when there are extra benefits in store!
  • Prepare a 5-1/4″ by 5-1/4″ card base from Kraft.
  • Select the “Blue Floral” and “Dots” papers from the Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper and layer onto the card base as shown.
  • Adhere 5/8″ Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon at the interface of the two patterns.
  • Ink the “Kind Words” sentiment from Echoes of Kindness with Bordering Blue and Chocolate Chip Stampin‘ Write Markers. Stamp onto Very Vanilla. (Tip: I stamped the italicized words in Bordering Blue and the remaining words in Chocolate Chip for emphasis. In addition, I “huffed” to reactivate the ink, since it does take a little time to ink the stamp.)
  • Ink the smaller “Floral” image from Echoes of Kindness with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Use Stampin‘ Pastels and Blender Pens to “watercolor” the image.
  • Mat both the sentiment block and floral block onto Bordering Blue, then Chocolate Chip. Position and adhere these blocks onto the “Blue and Kraft Floral” selection from the Parisian Breeze collection as illustrated. Mat this onto Chocolate Chip and adhere onto the card base.
  • Using the Scallop Circle Punch, cut a circle from the “Chocolate Chip Floral” Parisian Breeze paper. Adhere to the card using StampinDimensionals.
  • Ink the “Butterfly” stamp from the Great Friend set with Bordering Blue and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Use Paper Snips to cut out. Adhere to the scalloped circle with Mini Glue Dots.
  • As a finishing touch, I added interest to the upper left corner by attaching a filigree brad that coordinated well with the paper.
If you are interested in purchasing Parisian Breeze, please do not hesitate. When it is gone…it’s gone! I will miss you, Parisian Breeze. Au revoir, mon ami!

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Stamp Sets: Great Friend (Occasions Mini 113792), Echoes of Kindness Level 2 Hostess Gift (113230)
Inks: Chocolate Chip (100908), Bordering Blue (102265), Bordering Blue Stampin’ Write Marker (100070), Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker (100071)
Designer Series Paper: Parisian Breeze (113993)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Bordering Blue (102630), Chocolate Chip (102128), Kraft (102125)
Tools: Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Paper Snips (103579)
Embellishments: 5/8” Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (109051), Brad (Non-Stampin’ Up!—Paper Studio)


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Rockabilly Bye-Bye

The release of the “Last Chance List” has everyone scrambling to purchase our “soon-to-be-retired” favorites. I fell in love with Kiwi Kiss the moment I saw it, and the same was true with the Rockabilly Designer Series Paper collection. However, I knew that this affair would eventually have to end. Not wanting to sound fickle, I am already falling in love with the new In-Colors and Designer Series Papers, and during the next few weeks I will be introducing you to the newest members of the Stampin’ Up! color family. However, before I abandon them completely, I want to spend another moment with my old “friends”, featuring them in my interpretation of Splitcoast Sketch 231. Alas, alas! Parting is such sweet sorrow…
  • Make a standard card base from Kiwi Kiss.
  • Cut two strips of “Cherries on White” and one strip of “Cherries on Black” paper from the Rockabilly Designer Series Paper. Mat onto Riding Hood Red and adhere to the card base as illustrated.
  • Ink the “What Can I Say…” sentiment from the Very Versatile stamp set with Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White.
  • Using the Photo Corners Punch, punch a Riding Hood Red and a Kiwi Kiss corner, and attach to the sentiment block. Mat onto Basic Black. (Tip: To add interest, I adhered the larger Riding Hood Red corner to the back of the sentiment, and the smaller Kiwi Kiss corner to the front.)
  • Adhere a snippet of 1/4″ Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon as illustrated. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, position and adhere the sentiment block. (Tip: To accentuate the Kiwi Kiss corner, and direct the eye to the sentiment, I added three black non-Stampin’ Up! rhinestones.)

If you love Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, and Rockabilly Designer Series Paper as much as I do, please order today! Items from the Last Chance Accessories List are selling out quickly.

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Stamp Set: Very Versatile (Occasions Mini 113806)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss (111353), Riding Hood Red (111348), Whisper White (100730), Basic Black(102851)
Designer Series Paper: Rockabilly (114039)
Tools: Photo Corners Punch (109042)
Embellishments: ¼” Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon (109027), Black Rhinestones (Non-Stampin’ Up!)

Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

It’s Here…The Last Chance List

They’re heeeeeere! The Last Chance Lists for Stamp Sets and Accessories are now available. Of course, the In-Colors are “Out-Colors”, so be sure to stock up on all your favorites, including inks, refills, gorgeous Designer Series Papers, card stock, buttons and ribbons. I know I will personally shed a tear or two for Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss! Don’t hesitate, as many of the Last Chance items will sell out quickly. Unfortunately when they are gone…they are gone! By placing your order online, you will be able to tell immediately if the item you want is still available! Don’t be disappointed…order today.

Stampin’ Up! has a wonderful month of June planned for us. I am especially excited about the Summer Fun Hostess Bonus Promotion. It is always fun to host a workshop, but its even more fun when there are extra benefits in store! Did you know that you can host a catalog party, too? Email me today if you need more information!

Today was also the day when demonstrators got a sneak peek at selected items from the new catalog, which will be released on July 1st. I am so looking forward to sharing cards and scrapbook pages created with the “sneak peek” stamp sets with you. I can tell you that you will not be disappointed in the newest “In-Colors”!

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Kindred Spirits…Part Two

The Kindred Spirit stamp set possesses a Zen-like quality. Although I often use the stamp featured as a background, I occasionally like to use it as a focal image, such as with today’s card. This set includes two sentiments, “With Sympathy” and “Kindred Spirits”. Just what is a “kindred spirit” you ask? A kindred spirit is “someone who feels and thinks the way you do”. Are you my kindred spirit? You just might be if you love this fabulous Designer Series Paper, Bella Birds.

  • Make a standard card base from “Pink and Gray Floral” Bella Birds Designer Series Paper and score at the top.
  • Ink the Floral stamp from Kindred Spirits with Chocolate Chip ink and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Mat onto the Chocolate Chip selection from Bella Birds.
  • Add a snippet of “Pretty in Pink” Taffeta Ribbon for a spot of color. Attach to the card base.
  • Ink the “Kindred Spirit” sentiment with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat onto Pink and Gray Floral Bella Birds Designer Series Paper. Position and adhere to the card as illustrated.
  • I also randomly placed small rhinestone flowers on the image for a little “bling”!

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Stamp Set: Kindred Spirits (111662)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908)
Designer Series Paper: Bella Birds (113981)
Embellishments: Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon (109067), Rhinestones (Hero Arts)

Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…