Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Simply Pressed Clay Embellishments - Sneak Peek

You can create your own blossom or button embellishments by using the new Simply Pressed Clay and the Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds.  Just take the white molding clay, add a few drops of your ink, place and press the clay in the mold, remove it and let it dry. If you want to add even more embellishment and color to your clay piece sprinkle some glitter, add some crystal effects, or add an additional pop of color with a marker. 
My blossoms clay mold pieces popped out of the mold really easy, while my button pieces that I saved for another project needed to be set in the freezer for a few minutes before I popped them out of the mold.  Either way, they are really easy to use and add a nice touch to your project.
My card base is Strawberry Slush Card Stock with a layer of Blushing Bride and Whisper White.  I then stamped my stems with Pear Pizzazz ink, and then added my Strawberry Slush clay flowers. I adhered them to the card using Crystal Effects.  To the center of the flowers I added a dot of Early  Espresso Ink.  I stamped my sentiment and then punched it out and sponged some Pear Pizzazz ink around the edges.  A piece of Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon finished the card.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Strawberry Slush #131295 (New), Blushing Bride  #111198 (New), Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz #131180 (New)    Ink Refill:  Strawberry Slush #131167 (New)    Marker:  Early Espresso #119680
Stamp Set:  Love and Sympathy #128652 w or #122797 c
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain #126877
Punch:  Extra-Large Oval #119859
Embellishments:  Simply Pressed Clay #130685 (New), Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds #131272 (New)
Adhesive:  Crystal Effects #101055, Snail #104332

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Don't forget your envelopes!

If you want to add something special to your greeting, dress up your envelope.  When the card is received the person getting it already knows it is special, even before they open it up. 

Here are a few samples of how I dress up my envelopes. 

I used my Gingham Wheel to run a strip across my envelope to coordinate with the strip on my card.

Using my Garden Green Marker I colored in some of my image and then stamped it onto the back of my card.  Garden Green Card Stock was used for my card.

I embossed the back flap of my envelope to coordinate with the embossing on the card.  You don't always have an image you want to stamp, but embossing your envelope is really a nice touch.

You can also stamp an image into the bottom corner of your envelope too.  Just a little extra to make your card special.

Monday, May 27, 2013

New Gingham Wheel and more

Today's card uses a lot of new products -the Gingham Standard Wheel, Coastal Cabana and Pear Pizzazz Card Stock,  and two new stamp sets Chalk Talk and Mosaic Madness.  It is fun to play around with new products, and I am just as anxious as everyone else to be able to order more starting May 31st at noon Mountain Time.  But for now, I will be happy to create with the items I was able to preorder.

The Gingham Standard Wheel image was placed onto my Whisper White Card Stock by rolling the wheel over my Coastal Cabana Ink Pad.  You can order uninked cartridges, which is what I would do if I was using the same wheel image for a lot the same card, but for a single card I just run it over the ink pad.   I added an accent piece of Coastal Cabana punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch for added dimension.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Coastal Cabana #131297, Pear Pizzazz #131201, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Coastal Cabana #131175
Stamp Sets:  Chalk Talk #130631 w or #130634 c, Mosaic Madness #130246 w or #130249 c - (both stamp sets can be ordered in a bundle with coordinating framelits to save 15%.)
Wheel:  Gingham #130110    Standard Handle #102971
Punch:  Scallop Edge Border #119882

Friday, May 24, 2013

Tag a Bag Gift Boxes and Accessory Kit

I think I just discovered one of my  favorite things in the new Annual Catalog.  It is the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes and the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit.  When you do a lot of craft fairs, and like to give out little gifts to family and friends these are just perfect.  Just the right size for a small gift and really easy to embellish and decorate for a particular occasion or holiday, or leave really simple like my tea gift set. 
For the Tag and Bag Gift Boxes you get 8 Kraft boxes with acetate sleeves that fit right over the box.  It couldn't be any easier.  And the Accessory Kit comes with 20 tags, 3 colors of Baker's Twine, 10 mini clothespins, 40 dimensionals, and 5 self-adhesive strips.   
I shredded some Gumball Green Card Stock and placed it inside my box and added my teas.  I slipped the Acetate Sleeve over the box, and tied my tag on with Baker's Twine.  I stamped and punched the just for you and placed that onto one of the medium tags, and then placed both on a large base tag.   
The following were used:
Packaging:  Tag a Bag Gift Boxes #130927, Tag a Bag Accessory Kit #130153 (both in the new Annual Catalog)
Stamp Set:  Label Love #130619 w or #130622 c (New)
Punch:  Artisan Label #130920 (New)
Card Stock:  Gumball Green #126840   Ink:  Gumball Green #126861

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wildflower Meadow Sneak Peek

A new Stamp Set and Coordinating Embossing Folder which can be purchased as the Wildflower Meadow Bundle when the new catalog goes live at noon Mountain Time on May 31st.
In the first picture you really don't get to see the coordinating embossing folder so I took another close up so you could see the details.
I used Whisper White Craft Ink to stamp my large Wildflower Meadow Background Stamp, and then ran it through my Big Shot using the Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder.  It was really easy to line up the images to see exactly where I wanted to emboss the card.  So, if you get this bundle, remember to stamp your image first and then emboss.  Or, the stamp set and embossing folder could be used alone, and could be purchased separately.  But, you save 15% if you purchase them together. 
For extra embellishment I added some Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details to the center of the flowers, and Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon to the bottom.  My layer was placed on with dimensionals.  I didn't add a sentiment at this time because the card can be used for so many different occasions.
There are other items bundled together in the catalog.  So, when you get your copy make sure to look at it carefully and plan your wish list wisely.
The following were used: N for new catalog
Card Stock:  Garden Green #102584
Ink:  Whisper White Craft #101731
Stamp Set:  Wildflower Meadow #129165 w or #129168 c (N)*
Ribbon:  Whisper White 5/8" Organza #114319
Embellishment:  Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details #127845
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder #129376 (N)*
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430
*Stamp Set and Embossing Folder as a Bundle #132735 w or #132985 c (N)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Masculine Happy Birthday Sneak Peek

A lot of Sneak Peeks with today's card.  Do you recognize the color of Card Stock?  It is Pear Pizzazz which was an In-Color two years ago.  Stampin' Up! is bringing it back in the new catalog.
My card stock was embossed with the Argyl Embossing Folder.  Some new Washi Tape was placed in the center and adds a nice touch of color.  The new Designer Series Paper was cut with a Labels Collection Framelit and placed onto the card with Dimensionals.  My sentiment is from a new Stamp Set called Label Love and it has a coordinating punch called Artisan Label.  For a bit more color I punched a piece of Daffodil Delight Card Stock with my Modern Label punch and placed it behind my sentiment.  Remember, all of these new products will be in the new Annual Catalog and they go on sale on May 31st, noon - Mountain Time.
The following products were used:  N for new
Card Stock:  Pear Pizzazz 131201 (N), Daffodil Delight #119683
Designer Series Paper:  Gingham Garden #129310 N)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz #131180 (N)
Stamp Set:  Label Love #130619 w or #130622 c (N)
Embellishment:  Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape #129314 (N)
Punches:  Artisan Label #130920 (N), Modern Label #119849
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Argyle Embossing Folder #127750
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430

Monday, May 20, 2013

Open House Invitation and Sneak Peek

I'm getting ready for my new catalog Open House and will be sending out these invitations to my customers.  The invitation uses some Sneak Peeks of products in the catalog.  Do you notice the great embossing folder and coordinating punch?  Below is a close up for a better look.  The new 2013-15 In Colors were used but unfortunately they don't show up as well in the picture.  The colors are great and I can't wait to share all of these great items with my customers in a few weeks.

The following current products were used:
Card Stock:  Primrose Petals #126841, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Primrose Petals #126858
Ribbon:  Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched #126844
New items used:  (Can be ordered May 31st noon - Mountain Time)
Card Stock:  Baked Brown Sugar #131296, Coastal Cabana #131297, Crisp Cantaloupe #131298, Pistachio Pudding #131294, Strawberry Slush #131295
Punch:  Mosaic #131267
Embossing Folder:  Modern Mosaic #129984

Friday, May 17, 2013

Goodbye Circle Circus and Friendly Phrases

Today's post is my last post using retiring products.  I just wanted to highlight some of my favorite itms that will not be available after May 31st.  If you see something you like and still haven't purchased it you still have a few days left.  Next week will be Sneak Peeks of lots of new items you can start ordering May 31st at noon Mountain Time.
Lots of circles and designs for today's card, with another retiring Stamp Set - Circle Circus.   My Whisper White card base was stamped with my sentiment and then embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I stamped my circles on Whisper White Card Stock and then punched them out using a variety of circle punches.  The smaller circles were placed on with dimensionals.  This is a great set for masculine themed cards.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy #126967 (retiring), Marina Mist #126962, Certain Celery #126958 (retiring)
Stamp Sets:  115778 w or #127784 c (retiring), Friendly Phrases #126149 w or #126151 c (retiring)
Punches:  3/4" Circle #119873, 1" Circle #119868, 1 1/4" Circle #119861
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Folder #119976
Adhesive:  Dimensionals  #104430, Snail #104332

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Goodbye Nature's Pace

One of my go to stamps for Thinking of You and Sympathy cards is the Nature's Pace Stamp Set.  It will be retiring at the end of the month. 
My card base is Elegant Eggplant Card Stock with a layer of Certain Celery (retiring) and Whisper White.  To my Whisper White layer I added my grapes and Thinking of You, and also used my Jumbo Handle and the Very Vintage Wheel for the bottom of the card.  I added a piece of Certain Celery 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (ribbon) to add dimension and strike a balance with the wheeled images.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant #105126, Certain Celery #105125 (retiring), Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant #126969, Certain Celery #126958 (retiring)
Stamp Sets:  Nature's Pace #122660 w or #122662 c (retiring),  You Are Loved #123777 w or #123779c (retiring)
Accessories:  Jumbo Handle #103661, Very Vintage Wheel #117693
Ribbon:  Certain Celery 3/8" Taffeta #119963

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Saying goodbye to Just Believe and First Edition DSP

Well, I finally have to say goodbye to First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper.  We were lucky though, it stayed around for two annual catalogs, a bit unusual for Designer Paper.  I really liked working with it because you could use it for a layer, stamp on it, easily tear it, and it really added a nice dimension to your card.  I also used it to make coasters.  The Just Believe Stamp Set, which is also retiring was one set I used often with this paper.  If you still want either of these products, you have until the end of the month, unless they sell out.
My card base is Very Vanilla Card Stock with a layer of Basic Black and the Designer Paper.  I added a piece of Basic Black 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon (also retiring).  I didn't want the dots to show so I turned the ribbon around.  I stamped my sentiment on a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock, cut it out with an Apothecary Accents Framelit and then embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (retiring).  My black layer is another Apothecary Accents Framelit. I placed this layer onto my card using Black Brads (retiring). 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Basic Black #121045
Designer Series Paper: First Edition Specialty #121878 (retiring)
Ink:  Basic Black #126980, Old Olive #126953
Stamp Set:  Just Believe #116948 w or #120453 c (retiring)
Ribbon:  Basic Black 1/2" Scallop Dots #124145
Tools:  Bit Shot #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175 (retiring), Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003
Accessories:  Neutral Brads #119736 (retiring)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Saying goodbye to some of my favorite things...

The rest of the week I will be showing cards made with some retiring products.  I made most of these cards for my May Stamp Class, and if you like any of the items listed you better hurry and get them soon.
My card base of Wisteria Wonder was layered with another piece that was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  I then cut a piece of Designer Paper from the 2011-13 In Color Paper Stack and punched this using my retired Eyelet Border Punch.  My  jar was stamped using Basic Gray ink and then cut using a Cannery Set Framelit.  I drew the stems on using a Lucky Limeade Marker, added my flowers which I punched out using the Boho Blossoms Punch.  I also added a piece of Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine,  tied this around my jar and then added my just for you sentiment.
The Designer Paper, Embossing Folder, Baker's Twine, Marker,  Stamp Set, and coordinating Framelit are all retiring at the end of the month.  The Eyelet Border Punch retired last year.  
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Wisteria Wonder #1222922, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  2011-13 Paper Stack #122384 (retiring)
Stamp Sets:  Perfectly Preserved #126690 w or #126692 c (retiring), Itty Bitty Banners #126155 w or #126257 c
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder #126985, Basic Gray #126981     Marker:  1012-13 In Color Pack  #123002 (retiring)
Punch:  Boho Blossoms #119858
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Folder #120175 (retiring), Bitty Banner Framelits #129267, Cannery Set Framelits #127811 (retiring)
Ribbon:  Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine #125572 (retiring)
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Graduation!

Just in time for graduation - cards for a male or female graduate using the Pure Gumption Stamp Set.

I used the same stamp set for both of my cards, just altered the card stock and Designer Series Paper to make the cards appropriate for either a male or female graduate.  A little bit of embellishing using the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack and some brads, and the cards are ready to send.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Bashful Blue #105120, Early Espresso #119686, Whisper White #100730, Pretty in Pink #100459, Summer Starfruit #126839
Designer Series Paper:  Sunshine & Sprinkles (Spring Mini) #126922, Patio Party #126916
Ink:  Early Espresso #126974, Pretty in Pink #126944, Midnight Muse #126860
Stamp Set:  Pure Gumption #126315 w or #126317 c
Tools:  Stampin' Pierce Mat #126199, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack #126187, Paper-Piercing Tool #126189, Paper Snips #103579
Embellishments:  Neutral Brads #119736, Subtles Brads #119738
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Friday, May 10, 2013

Petite Pocket Birthday Treats

The Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die (which is retiring soon) looks cute dressed up for a special birthday treat.  These would make great party favors or class treats too.
And, did you know that you don't have to cut out the whole Scallop Birthday Ribbon?  You just need to trim the bottom and a few of the bottom scallops and it fits nicely into your 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.  I'm sure a lot of you already know this trick, but I wanted to pass it along in case you were still cutting the whole thing out.
Stamp your image

Trim the bottom piece and a few of the bottom scallops

Slide it into your punch lifting up the cut pieces and punch. 
The Petite Pocket can be used to make a lot of different treat items.  It is one of the products retiring at the end of the month so if you still have it on your wish list don't wait too long.  If you aren't sure if you would use it, here are some other items I made with it throughout the year.  The possibilities are endless.

To make the birthday treats the following were used:
Card Stock:  Island Indigo #122923, Riding Hood Red #111348, Daffodil Delight #119683, Baja Breeze #111352
Ink:  Island Indigo #126986, Riding Hood Red #126968, Daffodil Delight #126944, Baja Breeze #126960
Stamp Set:  Blue Ribbon #125979 w or #125981 c 
Punch:  2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Petit Pocket Bigz XL Die #123131, Chevron Folder #127749, Houndstooth Folder #123134, Perfect Polka Dots Folder #117335, Square Lattice Folder #119976
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More swaps to share!

I have been really busy this week getting ready for my "Retirement Party Stamp Class, and I haven't had much time to make my own cards. but I still have so many great swaps that I received at the Baltimore Stampin' Up! Regional that I would like to share with you.  You can get so much inspiration from all of these talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.

Created by Alice Conner

Created by Michelle Lyon - York, PA

Created by Karen Monger - Dallastown, PA

Created by Barbara Kachinski

Created by Sue Lepako

Created by Debi Calandrelle - Hagerstown, MD

Created by Patricia Drybala

Created by Deb Lehigh - York, PA
Thank you ladies for your inspiration.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New Photopolymer Stamp Sets and Video

On May 1st, Stampin' Up! released two more Photopolymer Stamp Sets.

Show and Tell #2
Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set #133481 - $13.95

Show and Tell #1
Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set #133450 - $13.95

You can watch the following video to see how easy they are to use.

All of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets are being released on a trial basis, and are available for sale by going to my online store.  
Or you can purchase the following bundle and save 15%

Show & Tell Bundle #134533                                      
Price: $35.95
The Show & Tell 1 and 2 Stamp Sets feature over 60 versatile images that you can mix and match to create personalized backgrounds, patterns, layers, and dimensions to make any project stand out. These sets are featured in the Seeing the Possibilities Online Class, where you’ll learn how to maximize your photopolymer stamp sets. Purchase all three items together and save 15%! (Class available for download only.)  Bundle - Show and Tell #1 an #2 and Online Class.
The online class-Seeing the Possibilities (item #134532 for $14.95 if purchased separately) provides all the basics you need to make the most of the newest photopolymer stamp offerings: Show & Tell 1 and 2 Stamp Sets. Take this class to discover how quickly and easily you can line up the stamped images for precision placement, achieve just the right ink coverage, combine images together exactly where you want them.
 If you have any questions, please leave me a comment or send an e-mail.