Wetlands is one of my favorite stamp sets and I am happy that it will be around for at least another year. Last night I made Father's Day cards (although my cards are birthday sentiments) using the set and a color combination of Basic Gray, Black, White and Smokey Slate. For the card with four squares, I used the Off The Grid stamp (which sad to say is retiring) and a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge for the background layer. For the card with the goose, I used the Hardwood background stamp (Occasions Mini) which is in the new annual catalog! Speaking of the new catalog, I have not seen it yet, but I have read a few things about it. And from what I have read, I see a nice big order in my very near future! The new In-colors were announced: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow. As soon as I get my order, I will be sure to post the colors on my blog. I am hearing about some really cute-sounding stamp sets that have my interest, especially the Ronald McDonald House set which includes a flamingo!!! Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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Monday, April 28, 2014
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Friday, April 25, 2014
For the last couple of days, many of you who are on my automatic mailing list, have not been getting my daily posts. So I am trying to see if using my ipad instead of my desktop computer will change that somehow. I created today's card using a "Create Now" project in the Cricut Design Space for my Explore. It is a pretty card and took very little time to create. Both the Pool Party card base and the white layer underneath were both cut on my Cricut Explore. I wanted to add a little color, so I made a butterfly that was on the Explore Design Space and then added one from my "embosslit collection". Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Today's card is bright and cheerful and was made using my favorite products. The background paper
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I saw this little favor on Pinterest, but the label on the Pinterest favor was more professional looking~~almost as though it was the real A&W logo on that label. But, since I wanted to make these and didn't have that label, I made my own! I opened the My Digital Studio software and spent a little while typing and centering, etc. Once it was looking pretty good, I printed it, used my Labels framelits to die cut the label and mat, sponged the edges, added stars and tied it on to a little bottle of A&W root beer using twine. This is my Father's Day favor this year and we will make it in class. For those attending card class, I made labels that say "You're an Awesome Dad" and others that say "You're Awesome". This way, it is not limited to a father, but can be given to a brother, uncle, grandpa~~just about anyone actually!! Have an awesome day!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I went downstairs to see how many retired stamp sets I will be taking off the current shelves and there were a few~~and a few I am very sorry to see go. But, a number of my favorite sets are still available, Happy Hour being one of the keepers! So today's fun and colorful cards were made using the Happy Hour set. The drinks on the Tempting Turquoise card were first stamped using black ink on the Whisper White cardstock. I then stamped the drinks again using different ink colors, cutting out the " drink" and adhering it over the stamped black "drink". I used markers to ink the little drink embellishments surrounding the sentiment. The Strawberry Slush card was less time-consuming. I stamped each image in a solid color, used markers to color the drink embellishment and stamped the sentiment three times using the same colors I used for the drinks. I now have two cards that can be used for a variety of occasions. When I need one, I will hand write a little note inside. Cheers to you and a great day!
Monday, April 21, 2014
This morning the Retired Lists were released by Stampin' Up. I have emailed a number of my ladies the lists and I would post them here~~if I knew how! Since SU didn't give us a direct link to the actual lists, following is a direct link to my Stampin' Up website store section of the announced retiring items:
If you would like to see the actual list, please email me and I can send it to you. I will be going down to my scraproom shortly to see what I will be losing!!
And don't forget! Today is the first day of Free Shipping! Have a great day!
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
www.stampintimesomewhere.stampinup.net and have the order sent directly to you or have me place the order and I will have it sent to you. Now I think that will be the news for the day!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Today's cards came about during Cricut Sunday when one of the ladies was showing cards she made at a card swap. Another really liked the cards that were created using the circle Thinlits card die. Since she never saw this particular product, I pulled my die out and showed her how it worked. So yesterday I decided to make a couple of birthday cards using the die together with paper from the Fresh Prints stack in the Occasions mini. On one card I used a stamp from the Sketched Birthday stamp set and cut the DSP so as to leave a little border around the DSP. On the other I used the Cupcake builder punch and cut the DSP to match the card base. I added a couple of our little adhesive dots to each card. Now that I am looking at the photos, I think I need to add a balloon or two. Have a great day!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Here is a link to a little video and more info about Stampin' Up's Project Life:
I am really excited about this product and look forward to getting my hands on it. Have a nice rest of the day!
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Monday, April 14, 2014
Most of my weekend was spent playing with my Cricut Explore. Our niece had a little baby girl, so I made cards for her and Grandma and Grandpa. Then I read that you can use your Explore to address an envelope. Of course, I needed to try that out. So, I went logged on to my computer and into Cricut Design Space, added text in the font I preferred and placed the envelope on the Cricut mat. After arranging placement of the text on my envelope, I pressed go and watched my envelope get addressed! I also read that the smooth barrel BIC pens, like those you get at a hotel, fit perfectly in the pen holder and print just like one of the Cricut pens I recently purchased. You can add images to the envelope by changing the cut to print~~thus the little bunny on this envelope! This is only a sample of how an envelope can look. Next envelope I make will have the letters connected--hopefully!!! And then to finish off the weekend, it was Cricut Sunday. There were only four of us yesterday, but we certainly had a fun afternoon. And guess what everyone worked on? Cards in a box!! Have a great day!
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Friday, April 11, 2014
Today's cards have two things in common: same stamp (Another Great Year) and Core'dinations cardstock. Stampin' Up has a variety of Core'dinations cardstock but I will admit that I have not demonstrated it very often. In case you haven't heard of Core'dinations cardstock, it is sandable cardstock, one color on the outside and a different shade or color on the inside. I will start with the Early Espresso and Crumb Cake card. I embossed Early Espresso Core'dinations cardstock using the Honeycomb embossing folder and then sanded it a little to bring out the interior color of the cardstock. It just so happens that the interior color is a close match to our Crumb Cake so I stamped the image with Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and layered it on top of the honeycomb layer. Quick and easy~~that's for sure! The Pool Party Core'dinations seems to have an interior color similar to Soft Sky. It is very pretty, as you can see. After embossing the Pool Party cardstock using the Fancy Fan embossing folder, I sanded it and layered onto a white card base. I added a little bling to the Pool Party stamped image and again~~another quick and easy card! It seems like I go from cards in a box which have a few details to quick and easy!!! Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I do not know what I would do if I had a full time job!! Since I made my first card in a box, I keep thinking of different themes/occasions for which to make another! And then I get sucked into the scraproom, leaving other things for tomorrow. Today's post is a photo of my latest card in a box for Mother's Day. I used my Explore for the birdhouse, little blue bird, sign post and a couple flowers. The rest of the items used for this card are from Stampin' Up: punches, cardstock, paper, stamps and embosslits. I think my next card in a box will be of a more masculine nature. Have a great day!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I mentioned in Tuesday's post that I had gone down to my scraproom to make a Father's Day card. As you know, I didn't--hahah!! But last night I did attempt a Father's Day card using the By the Tide stamp set together with the Off The Grid stamp. I used one of my favorite color combinations of Crumb Cake, White and Soft Sky. Kind of reminds me of the sand and ocean which went along with the images I used. I am hoping that Stampin' Up releases a photopolymer stamp or something new that we can use for a Father's Day card, but until then, the sentiment is from my trusty and well-used Teeny Tiny Wishes set. The linen thread completes my card although I do think I need to put something right in the center where the four squares meet. But, haven't decided what that something might be! Enjoy our Spring weather and have a great day!
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
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Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Perfect Pennants Bigx die in the annual catalog has whispered my name as I flip through the catalog, but I told myself a number of times that I did not need it. In playing with my Explore and SU's My Digital Studio, I noticed I had the Perfect Pennants in SVG form. I cut a couple of them out and left them on my island. Yesterday I decided I could put one of my test cuts to good use and created this card. I truly like that the trim around the circle matches our scallop border trim punch. The stamped image is from Serene Silhouettes and the sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts. The tiny dotted paper is retired SU paper. The butterflies look pretty and are not covering mistakes on this card! The big mistake was I stamped the sentiment a little too high--oh well. Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!
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I continue to play with my Explore and I am enjoying it very much~~so much so that I am selling my Expression. Yesterday I decided to let it make a card for me. Actually, I chose a card image, the size I wanted and just cut the layers as directed. When I did this I used inexpensive scrap paper as it was just to see how it worked. There was no intention of posting it. Well, once I assembled the pieces, I decided I would use SU products and recreate the Cricut card. So, the orange card is the Cricut card and the yellow and white is the Stampin' Up card. Guess where I am going to be looking for card layouts in the future? My Cricut Explore design program. Thank you Provocraft! Have a great day!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Today's post is photo of the birthday card in a box that will be made at the April card classes. I used a variety of items for this project including: circle punches, cupcake builder punch, Sketched Birthday stamp set, Simply Stars stamp set, the Cricut Explore and the Scan n Cut. The majority of the DSP is from the Sale-a-bration Sweet Sorbet collection. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out, but later today I will be down-sizing the too large Pool Party and black balloon. It is a little out of proportion compared to the other items in the box! Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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