Author Archives: Sandi Phelan

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!





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!


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!


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!


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.

Just complete this box and you’re in! Thanks.

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




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!!


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.

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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.

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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!






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!

Supplies for this Card

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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!




Easy Card Made with Lovely Words

Today’s project is an easy card made with Lovely Words Thinlits.

I love the idea of making those over-the-top cards with all kinds of layers and embellishments. In fact, lots of layers is my favorite design tool. But, to be hones, I rarely have the time or energy for those cards. So, I truly prefer the cards that are easy to make. Don’t you? I find that using the right tools and design make it all possible.

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This card is made with several products in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, which starts on Thursday, June 1.

  • Keep or discard the negative space from the Thinlit? – Each Lovely Words Thinlit die cuts a word in a shape. You can trim out the word and glue it to your card. In this case ,I die cut everything from the top layer of my card. It’s like added a sentiment and a mat, all at one time!
  • Combine a stamp set with the die  – I stamped the words “For a great” right above the die cut word. (The stamp is part of Lovely Inside & Out.) The combination of stamping and die cutting makes the card more interesting. Don’t you think?
  • Lemon Lime Twist is the FUNNEST!! – I admit it. When I first saw Lemon Lime Twist I thought it was the ugliest color every invented. Really. I hated it. But then I put some in my hand and I can’t stop working with it. It’s bright. It’s fun! And I can make it work with so many other colors. Maybe it belongs in the Neutrals Color Collection. Not!

Products I Used to Make this Project

Before I end this blog post, take another quick look at my card.

easy card lovely wordsSwitch up the colors, and you can have a set of cards to send in less than 30 minutes! It’s truly an easy card with lovely words!


May Paper Pumpkin Project & a Special for YOU!

Do you know about Paper Pumpkin? It’s a monthly subscription from Stampin’ Up! that provides a whole lot of fun delivered right to your home. Here’s a quick video from Stampin’ Up! showing the May projects.

Isn’t that cool?

How to Get Paper Pumpkin

There are a few ways to subscribe. You can subscribe

  • month-to-month for $19.95
  • prepaid 3 months for $59
  • prepaid 6 months for $114
  • prepaid 12 months for $215

Shipping is includes. Sales tax is extra.

What’s Included

Every month, the kit contains a unique stamp set and an ink spot (i.e. a tiny ink pad). The colors are not repeated for at least 12 months. Plus, you’ll receive everything you need to complete the project, except for scissors and your favorite Go-To adhesive. Sometimes the projects are cards. Sometimes they are ornaments, decor or some other 3-D item. Projects tend to be seasonal. Instructions are complete and easy to follow.

In your first month, you’ll receive a slat clear block on which you can mount your stamps. Keep that. However, if you don’t want to collect the stamps and ink, toss them when you’re done! The choice is ALL yours!!

Have Fun!

The most important benefit of Paper Pumpkin is that the projects are FUN. I spend up to 60 minutes finishing my projects. It takes me longer if I decide to make alternate projects.

There’s no need to stress. Just enjoy!

Save 25 Percent on Your New Subscription by June 10, 2017, using the promo code STARTHERE, and you’ll save 25% of the first 3 months! Why not try it?

  • This promotion is good only for first-time subscribers.
  • You can apply the discount only on month-to-month subscriptions.
  • After 3 months, the price automatically returns to the full price.
  • You must enter the code STARTHERE when you sign up.

As they say, it’s easy peasy. So try it out. But you must sign up by June 10.

Stampin’ Up! refers to Paper Pumpkin as Creativity in a Box. And it is.

Give it a shot and sign up today.

Chase Your Dreams Using Glitter!

It’s important to chase your dreams. Today, I show a card that demonstrates how to chase your dreams using glitter!

Chase Your DreamsThis card has so much going on. Let’s examine some of its features.

The 4-1-1

  • Glitter 2 Ways – I used glitter by adding Gold Glimmer Paper – both in the horizontal strip about 1/4 from the bottom and in the die-cut star at the top right. That’s one way. I also added glitter with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the building. By the way, both the Stars Framelits and the Gold Wink of Stella glitter Brush are retiring at the end of this month.
  • A window on the world – Use the Hearth & Home Thinlits to create the window. It lets you look out on “what’s out there”. That always makes me feel hopeful and happy!
  • Brick wall adds even more texture – Running the Whisper White cardstock through your Big Shot with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is yet another kind of texture on this card.

Don’t you find the combination of all these textures interesting? I know that I do!

The main star of this card, however, is the stamp set, Chase Your Dreams. It includes images of architecture from all over the world. I wouldn’t normally include 2 buildings from different cities on one card, but this is for someone who has traveled a lot. So, it feels appropriate. The important point I want to make today is that this stamp set is retiring on May 31. And it’s on sale! At least, the rubber clear-mount version is on sale. The rubber wood-mount version is full price.

The card design was inspired by one of my sidelines. That’s another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who has the same upline as me. One of the fun parts of being a demonstrator is participating in swaps. That’s where each person designs and makes several copies of a card. You mail them to the organizer. She puts together packets where each has exactly 1 of each card. Then she mails the packs to each participant. So, you design one card and receive a bunch back. Talk about inspirational!

Call to Action

So the message today is to be sure to pick up anything that you need from the retiring list. May 31 is just 8 days away.

And, if the idea of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator sounds interesting to you, let’s talk. Until you have all the details, you can’t make an informed decision. Being a stamping business owner maybe just the right thing for you!

So, chase your dreams using glitter!

Using the Negative Die-Cut on a Card

Using the negative die-cut is super easy with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. Take a look at this card.

Using the negative die-cutI purposely kept my card design simple. I find that’s the best way to allow the detailed elements to stand out. On this card, there were 2 elements that are important – the sentiment and the die-cut circular design on the left.

The 4-1-1

  • Stamp and pop up the sentiment – The sentiment was cropped with a stitched circle shape, then mounted on a slightly larger circle. Additional circles were stamped in a light color on the card front. The cropped sentiment was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It certainly stands out!
  • Use a negative die and let the under layer show through – I took one of the simplest dies from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and cut it on the top layer. Bu attaching that layer to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, creates a slight shadow. This makes the cut out image stand out.
  • Stamp off to soften ink color – With 2 important elements, I didn’t want to overpower the design with a busy background. So each time I stamped a circle on the card front, I first stamped it off on some scrap paper. Adds interest, too. Don’t you think?

I stayed with a monochromatic design, which is my favorite to do. My colors are Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo. Not a typical combination for me. I love pink, but I tend to shy away from bright colors. Yet this worked well.

By the way, I’ve designed other interesting cards using these stamps and dies. You can view one of my designs here.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

Just a quick reminder that while you’ll be able to buy all the parts to the Eastern Palace Bundle in the new catalog starting June 1, you can purchase the bundle only until May 31. Something to think about…

Regardless of when you purchase these items, and whether you purchase these items, I think you’ll agree that using the negative die-cut makes for a really interesting! So, head on over to my online store and order your bundle today.

#1 Best Tip for Your Stampin’ Scrub

The Stampin’ Scrub is clearly one of the most critical tools in my craft room. It’s needed to keep my stamps clean and in top condition for years. But did you realize that the Stampin’ Scrub needs some TLC, too, so that it can do its job effectively? Well, it does.Best tip Stampin' Scrub


Here is the #1 Best Tip for your Stampin’ Scrub: Keep it clean.

Sounds kind of funny, doesn’t it? But, think about it. It really makes perfect sense.

When you clean your stamp, the ink transfers from the stamp to the Stampin’ Scrub pad. If you don’t clean the pads, eventually they will be full of ink

Here is the #1 Best Way to Clean your Stampin’ Scrub

  1. Open the Stampin’ Scrub and lie it flat in your sink. (If it’s too big to do this, then you’ll need to clean one half of the Stampin’ Scrub at a time.)
  2. Run hot water from the tap directly onto the Stampin’ Scrub. I also like to hold the unit under the running water, running my hand repeatedly across the pad to press out the water. This causes dirty, ink-filled water to run off. Continue until the water runs clear.
  3. Repeat on the other side of the Stampin’ Scrub.
  4. Allow the unit to dry in the sink, by standing it like a tent. More dirty water will run out.

I’ve had my Stampin’ Scrubs for several years. They still look like new! And they even smell good.

Some tips:

  • Do not remove the pads from the plastic case. It’s too difficult to re-insert them again. (The pads are not “sealed”. Therefore, if you air-dry the unit, it won’t get moldy.)
  • Do not use soap or detergent of any kind.
  • Wash your Stampin’ Scrub often. Once it’s full of ink, it won’t clean your stamps.
  • Invest in a few Stampin’ Scrubs if you stamp a lot or do a lot of stamping at one time. You always want to have a clean unit ready to use!

I promise that following these instructions will keep your rubber stamps clean and beautiful Use with Stampin’ Mist and you’ll also condition the rubber of your stamps, while keeping them clean smelling! It’s really the #1 Best Tip for your Stampin’ Scrub!

I Invented Something! Or, Maybe I Discovered Something!

What a productive day I had yesterday! I invented something new!

Or so I thought. Later on, I found someone on Pinterest who made the same “discovery”. I guess Great Minds think alike!

First, My Discovery

Here are 2 of the stamps in the Eastern Beauty photopolymer stamp set. Simple. Clean. My favorite kind of design… other than a flower, that is!

Eastern Palace - I discovered somethingThen, I stamped each image again. But the second time, I rotated the stamp a bit. Since they are photopolymer, I could sort of see through them to place them accurately on the cardstock. Here is what I stamped.

Eastern Palace - I discovered something Eastern Palace - I discovered somethingAren’t these designs cool?

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Card Design with the Technique I Discovered

Eastern Palace - I discovered somethingSo, I started with my cool design. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock. Cropped it with a die from the Layering Circles Framelits. Then I matted it on a circle cropped with a Stitched Shapes Framelit.

The next challenge was to create a card to go under this fabulous element. Do you ever do that? I think it’s a backwards way to design. True confession time. I do that sometimes. Sigh.

The card is done in Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, and Whisper White. Other than my main image, the stamped images are from Timeless Textures. I created a collage on the card. The Thick Bakers Twine “grounds” the central circle, so that it doesn’t float in the air.

Here are the Supplies I Used

The stamp set is part of the Eastern Palace bundles, here until May 31. The items making up the bundles will be in the new catalog. But not the bundles. Hmmm. Decision. Time

But, I’m serious. Tell me what you think about this discovery. Please leave a comment. I love to hear from you!

Then , fell free to share your discoveries!!

Proud to have discovered something new!!!!


Vintage Carousel Birthday Card

Do you find that you make more birthday cards than any other kind? Actually, I make more Thank You cards, but Birthdays are a close second place! Here’s a birthday card with a vintage look. The stamp set retires on May 31.

Vintage Carousel Birthday CardThe stamp set is Carousel Birthday, from the Occasions Catalog. It comes with a matching set of Framelits. Using those and brightly colored ink creates a fun, modern design. But limiting the number of colors on this card to two hints at something more vintage in style.

By the way, I created another card, full of bright colors, earlier this year. You can read about it by clicking here.

I love to play with my stamps and ink, to see how many different “looks” I can achieve!

The carousel is stamped on a piece of Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper. This sheet is colored Calypso Coral. So I decided to use the same color ink and cardstock on the card. But notice that the shades are not exact. Stampin’ Up! sets the colors of their different products so that they “coordinate” – they don’t necessarily match exactly.

As for the ink, it will have different shades, depending on how well the stamp pad is inked. I added ink right before working on this card. Look at the Very Vanilla cardstock layer. Even though I stamped off before stamping on the cardstock, the color is rich. If I were doing this card today and my stamp pad needed to be re-inked, I wouldn’t do it until after stamping the card front.

Products I Used to Make this Card

Call to Action

By the way, if vintage is not your thing, check my Facebook Page at 10 am. I will post a similar card, but not so vintage-y looking. Is that a real word?!?!

Then leave a comment and let me know which design you prefer. I really love to hear from you. It makes me feel a little less isolated lol! It almost makes me feel like I’m talking to someone…



Easy Eastern Beauty Flowers

Happy May! We’re just one month away from the new catalog, and Stampin’ Up! is providing the opportunity to order some new products NOW. How cool is that? Today’s project, Easy Eastern Beauty Flowers, is the very first card I made with the new products. It came together so easily! You can click on the photo to see it larger.

East Eastern Beauty FlowersLet’s start with the stamp set, Eastern Beauty. These 21 photopolymer stamps are primarily “abstract” in design. The circles and other shapes can maximize your creativity. It was by accident that I discovered the shapes I chose resembled flowers! Okay, it’s springtime and I have flowers on my mind LOL!

I used 2 different stamps. The first stamp created the outline of the petals. Then the second stamp gave me the detailed design on each petal.

Then I grabbed the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. These are more abstract dies with what I (privately) call the inside-outside-design. Some Thinlits cut out a shape. Then other Thinlits cut out the interior design, allowing the layer beneath to show through. Use them together or separately. They provide a ton of design possibilities!

So, I cut out my flowers with the 6-point shape. Then I place the smaller 6-point shape over the first piece and ran it through the Big Shot. The petals were partially cut out. After stamping the smaller design on them, I gently raised them up with my finger. You can see it better in this photo.

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  • Stampin’ Write Markers are FAST! – I could have cropped the stems for the flowers. But, you know what? It was quicker to just grab a Stampin’ Write Marker – Wild Wasabi, as a matter of fact – than to search through my Thinlits. Just SWOOSH and you’re done.
  • Regals Enamel Shapes finish the design – I put an Elegant Eggplant enamel shape in the center of the primary flower. I think it just finishes the design nicely. If you look at the second, lighter flower, you can see how it looks without an enamel center. Both work. But the enamel shapes are on the Retiring List. Just saying…
  • Abstract background works well – At first I was trying to make a traditional grass-and-sky background for this card. But then the collage background started to appear. Does that ever happen to you? You start with one design in mind and end up with something totally different?

How You Can Buy Eastern Beauty in May

This is so special! During the month of May, you can purchase one of these bundles. There’s the bundle created for the newer paper crafter, or the person who doesn’t want to collect a lot of stamping “stuff”. The Starter Bundle costs $60.50.

For the avid crafter and those people who want to collect a lot of stamping “stuff”, there’s the Premier Bundle. It costs $103.50.

These may seem like a lot of money at first, but look at all that you get. here’s the catch. These bundles are only available until May 31. After then, you can buy the pieces a la carte. So, you won’t miss out on the products. Just on the bundled priding. Something to think about.

So, bottom line, do what fits for you.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

Whatever you decide to do, head on over to my online store. Take a look at how cool these bundles are. Order yours today and make your own Easy Eastern Beauty Flowers!



One Big Thank You Card Design

When I design a Thank You card, I like the words to be “front and center”. I like the font to be large and easy to read. That’s exactly what I have on this one big Thank You card design.

one big thank you card designI started this card design with the Moroccan Designer Series Paper. I love the lines and the colors. The color combination certainly makes me step outside my comfort zone. But, oh, what a result!

Please note that this Designer Series Paper is going to retire, as soon as supplies run out. Furthermore, it’s on sale for $7.70. Quite the bargain!!

The sentiment, from the One Big Meaning stamp set, was stamped in Emerald Envy. While I’ve always found this color to be fun and almost-flirty, it comes across as quite serious and meaningful on this card. Do you think it’s the paper design? Or maybe the words themselves?

I mounted the sentiment on a series of rectangles and a banner. You don’t always need to keep your lines parallel!

But the angles lines of Rhinestone Basic Jewels are critical to the lines. They run parallel to the end of the banner.

By the way, these rhinestones are also on the retiring list. However, Stampin’ Up! says they’re going to be “re-configured”. That means they will come in new packaging. Sometimes that means that the price is going up. Just sayin’…

Supplies used to create this card

This is a pretty short list, isn’t it? I believe the detailed design of the paper makes it unnecessary to add lots of “stuff” to your card design. As they say, Keep It Simple, Sister!

This is the perfect way to say one big Thank You!




Say Goodbye to the Retiring Items… Sob!

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to say goodbye to the retiring items. I find that time flies by faster and faster. Wasn’t it just last week that I was offering sneak peeks to the 2016-17 catalog?

Retiring itemsYesterday, Stampin’ Up! published the list of items that will retire with the current catalog on May 31. There are several different ways to look at what’s on the retirement list.

At my online store:

  1. Retiring Stamp Sets – As Stampin’ Up! manufactures its stamp sets, these will be available until May 22. From then until May 31, stamp sets on the list will be available while supplies last.
  2. Retiring Bundles – The bundled items offered at a 10% discount are available until May 31, only while supplies last. In some cases, the stamp sets and accessories making up the bundles will still be for sale afterwards. But the special bundled pricing will be over.
  3. Everything Else – The products on this list are available until May 31, only while supplies last. So, if there’s something on this list that you want, don’t put off your decision to buy. You may miss out.

If you prefer a printed list to look over, here are a couple:

  • PDF file, listing products by page number. Unfortunately, the Occasions catalog and Annual catalog pages are mixed together.
  • Excel spreadsheet, that can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy searching.

After May 1, some of the items may be discounted. These discounts will not be preannounced. Furthermore, if you purchase an item at full price and it’s discounted later, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.

I suggest that you order anything you really want, as early as you can. Avoid the disappointment of missing out.

My advice is pour yourself a cup/glass of your favorite beverage and spend some time going through the list. It’s pretty long. Stampin’ Up! needs to make room for all the new products arriving in June. So, shop away!