Easy Snowflakes on a Card

I love snowflakes. I’ve recently said that they’re my version of wintertime flowers. Today, I’m working with some easy snowflakes on a card. After all, card making is supposed to relieve stress, not create it!

Easy snowflakes on a a card

My design starts with the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set. This stamp set contains a couple of cute snowflake images – both outlines and full colored flakes – and several big, bold sentiments.

When stamping the snowflakes, I could have matched the outline and the full images. However, I chose to “stagger” them, giving the impression of movement. I tried this technique on a recent fall card. You can see that card here.

The other fun thing about this card is that I used non-traditional colors. I mean, really, when did you last see gray and red snowflakes? (Note: Snow cones and slushies do not count.)

Supplies I Used on this Card


Although it’s not shown here, I stamped a few snowflakes on the inside of the card, just to complete it. And when I mail it, I will add some stamped snowflakes on the envelope flap.

It’s all part of how we make our hand made cards extra special.

And this one is even easy!

The Blendies are Coming! The Blendies are Coming!

Starting tomorrow… The Blendies are coming!

Actually, they’re the Stampin’ Blends. But “Blendies” sounds so much more fun, doesn’t it?

Well, whatever you call them, they ARE fun!!Garden in Bloom, colored with Stampin' Blends

You all know how much I love Garden in Bloom, right? Well, when Stampin’ Up! introduced the new alcohol markers, I was a little skeptical. We all know about the previous Blendabilities. While many people still have and use those markers, Stampin’ Up! faced a real issue with consistent quality. So, I proceeded cautiously this time.

Stampin’ Up! introduced 12 sets of colors (where each set has a light and a dark version), plus a color lifter and some other stuff. I bought only 3 sets of colors and the color lifter.

Stampin’ Up! also offered a limited time stamp set. I decided to work with the ones that I already own.

And here is my first project, above.

I learned lots on this first card. I’ll be sharing these lessons with you over time.

The first thing I learned is that its difficult to blend 2 different colors. Under the matted sentiment is a flower colored in yellows and reds. Ummm, not so nice. But you know how any mistake is really an opportunity to embellish…

Improvement over the Old Alcohol Markers

So, let’s focus on what was done well. Here are my top 4 observations:

  1. Stampin’ Blends have air-tight caps that protect the brush tips.
  2. Each Stampin’ Blend color has a light and a dark shade. Perfect for blending, without all the hassle of the previous 3 shades.
  3. You can buy individual Stampin’ Blend markers. So, when one dries out, you don’t need to replace the pair of them.
  4. You can buy some Blends or ALL the Stampin’ Blends. It depends on your experience and budget.

Those lessons learned… Remember to work on Thick Whisper White cardstock. I accidentally used regular Whisper White cardstock. The ink bled through. Not a problem, as I would on Grid Paper. But it is a problem for those of you who do not.

And, while you can blend different colors, become good at blending like-colors first! (Baby steps.)

Am I glad that I bought them? YES!!

Do I wish I had bought more? Yes!! But the good news is that they are here for a long time. I can buy a few at a time, or go crazy and get them all. Decisions….

The Stampin’ Blends will be available for sale starting tomorrow, November 1. So, if you’re thinking about placing an order, think about adding some Stampin’ Blends. They’re totally fun and make for real easy beautiful results!

To learn more about Stampin’ Blends, download the Stampin’ Blends flyer here.

Fall Colors Can Make Me Smile

Okay, I admit it. I’m not a big fan of the oranges and browns. That usually means that I don’t make a lot of cards using fall colors. However, the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape has come to the rescue!

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I stamped the leaves in So Saffron ink, some large and some small. Then I stamped the outline of the large maple leaves in Always Artichoke. In order to keep the design light and whimsical, I didn’t align the green outline with the solid yellow. Actually, I think it shows some movement. Can you see the leaves falling and blowing in the wind?

My favorite part of this design is the strip of Washi Tape along the left. It contains some gold, silver AND copper. Love it! It really highlights the best of autumn!

This card was used as inspiration for last night’s Monthly Card Class. That’s an in-person class I give in my home. I try to show one technique and 2 simple designs. That way, we keep stress levels low and attention levels high! I think it works out well!

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:

This card is a nice, easy way to get back into card making. After all, the holidays are just around the corner. Are you ready? Have you started? No, well, think about it. And let me know if I can help!

24-Hour Warning for 12 Weeks of Christmas

Two blog posts in one day? Surprise!!

Just a quick reminder that my 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects begins tomorrow, Wednesday at 1 pm. This is my customers’

12 Weeks of Christmas ProjectsThis set of 12 weekly projects cover the main paper crafting needs for the holidays: cards, gifts, and bags, tags & wrap.

Each project includes a photo of the finished item, a supplies list and a set of easy-to-follow instructions. You can make your projects exactly as I made mine. Or you can use these as starting points for your own holiday projects. Something for everyone!

These projects are shared only in my newsletters. So, if you want to see them, then you must subscribe. Be sure to complete the box at the top of the right-hand column.

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Clean & Simple Thank You Card

Sometimes, the classic designs are the best. Today’s project shows a simple and clean card design. This classic design allows the sentiment to be the focus. Take a look.

Clean & simple thank you cardThe beautiful, curvy lettering is stunning. That alone makes the sentiment stand out. By the way, this stamp is part of Daisy Delight. It’s one of my favorites. Can you tell?

For even more emphasis, I added 3 mats under the stamped layer. Their widths vary. I find it makes a more interesting image, don’t you?

Another star of this card is the Designer Series Paper on the card front – Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I needed only the single layer on the card front. This saved me tons of work. And stamping.

World Card Making Day Promotion

But here is the best part. The main components of this card design are on sale! Yes, you read it correctly. On sale.

To celebrate World Card Making Day (October 7) Stampin’ Up! is offering 15 percent off a select group of stamp sets, including Daisy Delight. I love saving 15 percent.

Also on sale are the Very Vanilla and Whisper White note cards and envelopes.

And if you’re still looking for an incentive, purchase a Fast Fuse dispenser, and receive 2 refills free. I love FREE even more than saving 15 percent!

Check out the flyer here.

Designer Series Paper Savings

Designer Series Paper is also on sale. Stampin’ Up! selected a group of 13 different packages. Buy any 3 of these and pick a 4th one for free. For those of you into math, that’s a savings of 25 percent!

Check out the DSP flyer here.

The best part of all this is that the products in each of these promotions coordinate!

Yay! Save money and buy products that coordinate. Talk about making the work easy.

That means you have more money and more time for fun. Win-Win!

If you need some help choosing, well, come to me. I’m happy to lend a helping hand!

12 Weeks of Christmas Projects – Just a Day Away

And while you’re getting ready for World Card Making Day, don’t forget that the 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects begin tomorrow, Wednesday (October 4).

It’s Soon Time for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects

It’s one of the most highly anticipated series that I provide to my newsletter subscribers: The 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects. And it starts next week!

12 Weeks of Christmas Projects

Every Wednesday, starting on October 4, I’ll share a different holiday project. Each will include a photo, supply list and easy-to-follow instructions. You can duplicate these projects exactly as they are, or use them as a starting point for your own fabulous creations.

During the first 6 weeks, I’ll show cards, followed by 3 weeks of of gift items and finally 3 weeks of bags/tags/wrap. It’s kind of how I plan my time leading up the holidays.

But the ONLY WAY to receive the 12 Weeks is via my newsletter subscription. I won’t share these projects anywhere else – not on my blog, my Facebook page, my Twitter feed, my classes. No where. So, you know what you need to do…

Sign up for my newsletter now. Don’t wait. Complete the sign-up box at the top of the sidebar to the right.

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And So, the Holiday Season Begins

Hello, Stamping Friends. The Big News today is that the Holiday Catalog shopping season has begun. This is always a fun time!

Here’s a card to get your creative juices flowing.

Holiday Season BeginsDon’t you love the font? After years of delicate text, I’m so happy to start using bolder sentiments! (This is a comment on my design style.)

The stamp set is Carols of Christmas. It was available during August, as a sneak peek item. But today, it stands tall in the new Holiday Catalog!

The stamp set can be purchased in a bundle with the Card Front Builder Thinlits. These Thinlits are very different in style from what I’ve seen before at Stampin’ Up! I love that we have background designs, border designs and small images. All this is from one set of Thinlits!

How about the sky? My color scheme is Night of Navy and So Saffron. But I added a layer of gold foil under the moon and stars to make them a little special. Gold foil doilies under the matted sentiment emphasize the shine!

Supplies Used on This Project

 

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So, what do you think? Are you ready for the holidays?

If you want to check out the Holiday catalog online, click here. If you’d like a copy to hold in your own hands, then contact me. I’ll send one out to you. If you already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator that you work with, then please contact her/him for a catalog. Thanks!

Make a Splash Today!

As the card says, “It’s your day. Make a splash!

Message in a Bottle - Make a SplashThis is not my typical style of card. But I have to tell you that it was SO much fun to make!

I started with Message in a Bottle, a new photopolymer stamp set in the Annual Catalog. Lots of images and sentiments to mix-and-match. Really oodles of fun!

And then I picked my colors. This combination is definitely up there on the top of my favorite combinations to use: Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky, and Dapper Denim. Whoever would expect conservative me would be so happy in this set of hues?!?!

Another shock on this card design is that I fussy-cut the bottle! I know, I always say that people who fussy-cut have too much time on their hands. Well, I still think that. But the card NEEDED to have the bottled mermaid sitting on top of the ribbon!

Supplies I used to Make this Card


So, if you’re having a great day, then have some fun and Make a Splash!

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It’s What’s Inside that Counts

It’s what’s inside that counts. Isn’t that what we’ve been told, since we were little? Well, that’s true… to some extent. But when it comes to hand stamped cards, what’s on the front counts, too!

It's What's Inside that CountsThe sentiment is part of the Tags & Trimmings stamp set that is in this year’s Holiday catalog. This set is so fun. And it’s good to use all year long.

Did you notice the bling that dots the second “I” in “INSIDE”? It’s one of those Glitter Enamel Dots. They are so cool, that I try to use them sparingly. At first, I put one on each “I” – but it was too much. I have no idea why I settled on the second “I” – except that maybe it’s because it’s more in the center of the word. In any case, I like it there. How about you?

The background on the card front is made by stamping images from Timeless Textures. For each inking, I stamped twice. Otherwise, the lines and dots were too dark.

I popped up the matted sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals, to add depth to the design.

Other than that, this is probably one of the simplest cards to make or CASE (which means Copy And Share Everything).

And what’s on the inside???

It's What's Inside that Counts

Supplies I used to Make This Project

Note that Tags & Trimmings is not listed here, as it will only be available, starting on September 1.

By the way, do you have your copy of the Holiday catalog? If not, then let me know and I’ll get one to you!

I know it’s only the middle of August, but (for some of us) it’s time to start thinking about the holidays!

Stylized Birthday & Gradient Color

I love a big, bold birthday greeting. Stylized Birthday stamp set provides just that. Pairing it with patterned paper that has gradient coloring is just, well, even better! Take a look.

Stylized Birthday

I added a few special touches to make this birthday card really POP!

The background paper is from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I’m so fond of polka dots. I think they are my favorite background design. Or maybe stripes are. I guess I have 2 favorites. But I digress.

The thing that I like about this paper is that it doesn’t have a solid background. See how some of the Tranquil Tide is dark while other parts are dark? I love this effect. To be truthful, a couple of customers came to me to tell me that the paper was incorrectly inked. I checked with Stampin’ Up! and I’m delighted to report that this was intentional. In fact, this was done on a few sets of Designer Series Paper. Don’t you like it? I sure do! Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

To add some sparkle to the sentiment, I added a Crushed Curry Glitter Enamel Dot to the “i” in Birthday. You can never have too much sparkle!

Finally, to help the sentiment really stand out, I made sure that I stamped it so that there is lots of white space around it. Your eye always needs a spot to rest when looking at a gorgeous birthday card!

One last special touch. Did you notice loops of Gold Metallic Thread behind the matted words? They are the latest trend. I actually made them kind of messy. But, in this case, I think that’s better than neat-and-tidy. What do you think?

Stylized Birthday

Supplies I used to Make this Card

So, if you’re looking for a bold birthday card, try some of the techniques I used on this one. It’s big and bold, but not boring. I love the combination of Stylized Birthday and gradient color!

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A Punch & Paper – the Right Tools for the Job

It’s important to use the right tools to get the job done. That’s the beauty of the Stampin’ Up! product suites. They combine several products, with coordinating designs and colors. Choosing the right combination of tools – more specifically, the right tools for the job – makes it easy to assemble a card quickly.

Right tools for the jobThe 4-1-1

  • Designer Series Paper – provides a coordinated background, as well as the color combination for the card.
  • Daisy Punch – once again in stock. Now, once again, not orderable. The Daisy Punch is a hit. It’s simple to use, it matches a stamp perfectly, and it’s an inexpensive tool. Here’s some data for you… Stampin’ Up! sold more of these punches in just over a month, than they sold of the most popular punch ever in 3 years!! Man, so wonder they can’t keep it in stock. The next shipment is expected on July 31.
  • Glitter Enamel Dots – add an unexpected sparkle. Need I say more???

Tips for Making the Daisy

The cardstock and the Designer Series Paper both have Daffodil Delight in them. However, when I stamped the daisy in that color, it faded into the background. This wasn’t the effect I was after.

So, I stamped the flower in Crushed Curry. I wouldn’t pair a Daffodil Delight skirt with a Crushed Curry blouse. But these colors work well together on a card!

I also used my Bone Folder to curl up the ends of top petals. The 3-D effect is fun!

Right tools for the job

Supplies I used to Make this Card

So, to make it easier to construct your cards, be sure to use the right tools to get the job done. It can make all the difference in the world!

24-Hour Paper Pumpkin FLASH Sale!

Here’s some good news for you! For just 24 hours, news subscribers can receive their first month of Paper Pumpkin for just $5. That’s 75% off the regular price (of $19.95). Amazing!

Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale

The image above pretty much tells it all, but here are the fine points:

  • It’s for first time subscribers only.
  • Sale starts June 29 at 11:59 pm and ends on June 30 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time.
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Don’t let this pass you by. It’s the perfect time to try Paper Pumpkin!

Hugs for You from the Garden in Bloom

Today’s card demonstrates hugs for you from the garden in bloom!

Hugs for You from the garden in bloom

I’m definitely in a KISS design phase – (KISS = Keep It Simple & Sweet). I like the uncluttered lines. I LOVE that there isn’t a lot of “stuff” to fall off and get ruined. And I really prefer a monochromatic (or almost monochromatic) color scheme.

The focal point of this card is the die-cut Hugs in the circle. To make it, I began by die-cutting the sentiment in the circle from the Lovely Words Thinlits. Then I took that piece and die-cut it in a slightly larger circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.

I attached it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. That pops up the piece a little, making it even more important to the design. But here is what I learned today…

I cut 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals into 4 pieces each. The die-cut piece is very narrow and the Stampin’ Dimensionals are thicker. But I should have used our new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. They make the gluing even faster and you don’t get sticky stuff all over your scissors.

Supplies I Used to Make this Project


This card is another example of how to include an unexpected focal point as part of a simple design. It’s the unexpected! And it’s hugs from the garden in bloom!

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Thank You Delight in under 10 Minutes

It’s not that I don’t think of sending a Thank You card. It’s that I always seem to realize I should have sent one yesterday. What to do?

Make a card in under 10 minutes!

I know. You’re surprised. “Sandi, you have a ton of cards in your stash? Why don’t you just use one of those?”

Like you, I always want a new design! And that’s how this card came to be.

than you delightBefore I continue, I need to point out that even though this card was super fast to make, I still took super care to make it my best. I stamped slowly and deliberately. It was not a “rush job” at all.

The 4-1-1

  • Keep it a clean design by using minimal layers – I love lots of layers of cardstock. But, in the interest of keeping this card quick and clean, i limited myself to 2 layers: the card base and the stamped base. Keeping lots of white space on the card front allows every detail to stand out.
  • Stamp only part of the sentiment at a time – I love the font of this Thank You. But the words on the stamp are in a row. That just didn’t fit with what I wanted to do.So, I stamped one word at a time. (More about that later.)
  • Tie a knot in the center of the ribbon – This is simpler than a bow. It’s even easier than tying an extra strand around the middle. Works well for masculine cards, too!

 

than you delight

How I Stamped the Sentiment

There are lots of YouTube videos showing ways to do this. Many people like to use Post It notes to cover part of the stamp.

But this is my favorite way to split a sentiment, especially when using a photopolymer stamp.

  1. Ink “Thank” on the ink pad.
  2. Wipe away any stray ink from “You”. I prefer to use a baby wipe for this.
  3. Stamp.
  4. Clean the stamp.
  5. Ink “You” on the ink pad.
  6. Wipe away any stray ink from “Thank”.
  7. Stamp.

If this were a rubber stamp, I would use Stampin’ Write Markers instead of the ink pad. I find that the markers don’t work well on photopolymer stamps.

It’s really easy-peasy!

Supplies I Used to Make this Card


It’s a pretty short list, isn’t it?

And it’s a pretty quick card. give it a try and let me know how you make out with it.

Truly, I made this Thank You Delight in under 10 minutes!

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Look Who’s Turning 1 Today

Look who’s turning 1 today. This is an example of a card appropriate for the event. Let me explain.

Look Who's Turning 1When I start designing a card for a specific purpose, I consider these types of things:

  • Recipient’s age & gender
  • Recipient’s likes & hobbies
  • Other environmental factors – like gift wrap, etc.

This card was designed for a little boy. The gift wrap I found was blue and green. The card and gift were being mailed.

So, I needed a flat card – otherwise it would have been damaged in transit. And so, this card was born!

Although this card is for a 1-year old boy technically, it’s really for his parents. I don’t think he’s going to card one way or another about it.

Colors chosen were Lemon Lime Twist and Dapper Denim. That green goes well with just about any color. Dapper Denim is my favorite blue in the current colors. So, this combination made me happy!

Blue and green is my favorite color combination. Here‘s a winter card where I used it.

This card is for a little boy. SI didn’t feel like using sports images or animal. Instead, I went with the neutral swirls.

Basically, I kept the design super simple.

And quick.

Plus easy!!

To be sure that it has that added touch, i stamped some swirls on the inside of the card. I also stamped a few on the from front and flap of the envelope. It’s not your ordinary birthday card!!

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

 


While I made this card for a little boy, you can just change the numbers and give it to ANYONE!! It really is a generic card!

Try it yourself and let me know how you make out!

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Still Loving Eastern Beauty

I’m still loving Eastern Beauty. I worked with this stamp set a lot during May, since it was the ONLY  product I could sell from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But now that the entire catalog is open for sale, I find than many people are leaving this stamp set on the side.

Why? This stamp set is still amazing! It works so well with our other Stampin’ Up! products. Bus most importantly, it makes it easy to implement good design practices. Pull it off your shelf and use it. Here is a fun – and well-designed – card that I designed.

Eastern BeautyCan you guess what stamp set I paired with Eastern Beauty? I’ll tell you, even though I think you might have figured it out. (I don’t want you to need to work your way through my post!) The background splotches and the repeated Celebrate are part of Beautiful You. Love it!

Eastern Beauty stamps contains intricate lines and there are almost an infinite number of ways to combine them. The result is that Eastern Beauty easily lends itself to forming a focal point in almost any project design. An that’s exactly what I did here.

I stamped the sentiment, then cut a circle around it, sponging the edges. then I stamped the unusual shape for a mat. I could give this stamp set and card stock to a dozen people and each one would come up with something totally different!

The best feature of Eastern Beauty is that no matter how simple or detailed your stamping taste is, you can easily design a fabulous focal point. And every project – whether a card or a scrapbook page – needs a focal point!

Supplies I Used to Make this Card


Bundle and Save $$$

Did you notice in my supply list that you can buy the Eastern Beauty stamp set with the Eastern Medallions Framelits in a bundle? Why buy a bundle? To save money, of course. When Stampin’ Up! bundles products, they reduce the price by 10%. So, if you like the products and believe that you’ll buy both, then purchase the bundle and save! Another WIN-WIN!

Just one more reason why I’m still loving Eastern Beauty!

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Working with Delicate Florals

I love working with delicate florals like the ones on this card. You may remember this stamp set from last year’s catalog. Here it is in some softer, newer hues. It shows a whole new look!

working with delicate floralsThe primary thing that gives this stamp set a new lease on life is the introduction of the new In Color, Powder Pink. Softer than Pink Pirouette and more “pink” than Blushing Bride, this color is such a welcome addition to the Stampin’ Up! colors collections!

I also added a knotted length of ribbon in Old Olive. This certainly isn’t a new color. However, it certainly looks rich when paired with Powder Pink and Rich Razzleberry. The easy weave of the Mini Chevron Ribbon adds texture and strength to the overall card desgin.

Products I Used to Make this Project


Why You should be Working with the Delicate Florals

The key technique I described today, is how to add a couple of new products to your existing stash, to create an updated card. I love to buy new products whenever a new catalog is presented. But that’s not practical. Plus, I’ll run out of storage space in my craft room. But adding a few key pieces to your existing products is an excellent approach. It requires a small financial outlay, for a Big Return!

If tips like this make sense to you, why not subscribe to my newsletter? You’ll pick up all kinds of information – products, techniques, tips and hints. It doesn’t cost anything. However, you’ll learn something new lots of times.

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And then you work with new and old products together, too!

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Happy Birthday to the New Catalog!

It’s finally here! The 2017-2018 Annual Catalog! And here’s a card to say Happy Birthday to the new catalog!

Happy birthday catalogThis card shows a bunch of new products. Isn’t it fun???

Let’s start with the colors. The card base is Berry Burst. It’s richer than our soft pinks, and richer than Rose Red. The green layer is Lemon Lime Twist. Oh my gosh – this is the best color. I absolutely hated it when I first saw it. Too bright for my taste. But when you set it with other more neutral and traditional colors, it relaxes a little. The flowers are 2-step flowers, inked with Berry Burst and Powder Pink. All 3 of these colors are new In Colors, here until 2019.

The sentiment is die cut with the Happy Birthday Thinlit. I love this font, don’t you?

The stamped flowers are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, one of the new stamp sets. Those flowers are so cute. And the sentiments that come with the set are perfect for the inside of this card.

I added a Metallic Enamel Shape to dot the “I” in Birthday and Glitter Enamel Dots to each flower center.

The Order Entry System is down now. Stampin’ Up! promises to bring it up by noon, Mountain Time. That’s when the shopping fun begins!

Because it’s a new catalog, we know that they will run out of some things. I predict that the Thinlit I used will go on back order very shortly.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

This is one of the best catalogs in a long time. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to my customers who say this!

How to Order

Get your credit cards ready. Shop at my online store. Or, if you’re worried about products running out, send me an email and let me place the order for you. (This offer is to previous customers of mine only.) But don’t procrastinate. It’s almost time to shop from the 2017-2018 Catalog! Happy birthday to the new catalog!!

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One Last Look at the Annual Catalog

On the last day for shopping in the 2016-2017 catalog, here are some of my favorite cards… In addition to showing each card, I’ll explain why I like it so much!

Lots of Flowers Make me Ridiculously Happy

I love flowers. I love to stamp flowers. And, whenever I can stamp bunches and bunches of flowers, I’m especially happy!!

Colors include Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim. How can you help but smile when you see this card? Read more about it here.

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Pop Up Balloons are the MOST Fun!

Because I love flowers so much, I often stamp them on a birthday card. However, this year, there was a huge selection of other birthday images to use. I especially liked the balloons!

This card, in addition to stamps from Balloon Adventures, it also it used the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. They are the best, adding an unexpected surprise to the card when you open it. As a demonstrator, I keep very little product that retires. But this pop-up is a keeper!

Read more about this card here.

Birthday Pop-Up - http://stampedimpression.com

Groundhog Love. Sigh…

I’m not one for cutesy cards. I don’t have a nickname for my husband. But these little groundhogs are irresistible! I’m sad to see them go. However, they were a host reward, so, by definition, they were in the catalog for only one year.

Read more about this card here.

Love You Lots - http://stampedimpression.com

What Will You Miss?

How about you? What products are you sad to see go? Leave me a comment.

But don’t be too sad. Tomorrow will be the start of a new catalog! I can’t wait!

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Watermelon Wonder, I’m Crazy About You

Last 2 days for the 2015-2017 In Colors. While I never said a formal Farewell to these beautiful colors, I’m definitely going to miss them. Even Watermelon Wonder, which I clearly didn’t care for at the beginning. Watermelon Wonder, I’m Crazy About You!

And that ties in with a stamp set and Thinlits that will also retire at the end of the day tomorrow – Crazy About You stamp set and the Hello You Thinlits! Remember that you can click on the photo to see a larger image.

Crazy About YouThe 4-1-1

  • Retiring In Colors – The 2015-2017 In Colors retire tomorrow.  These include Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Watermelon Wonder. All ink, cardstock, paper and embellishments in these colors will not be for sale any longer. Some are already out of stock.
  • Crazy About You… in any form! – This is one of the stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! offered in rubber wood-mount, rubber clear-mount, and photopolymer format. Awesome! Plus, the combination of words are almost infinite. I’ll miss the versatility of this set.
  • Hello You Thinlits – I love to combine 2 fonts in a sentiment. Using the cursive font of these Thinlits with the block letters of the stamps makes it easy to design cards for both men and women. Of any age!

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This card came together quickly for me. I love the flowers from Number of Years. I already explained that I like the font of the stamp set and coordinating Thinlits.

Originally, I designed the card as a Thank You foro some friends who invited us to a barbecue during the holiday weekend. However, at the end, I decided to give them some of my hand stamped cards. They make a great hostess gift!

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