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The new Holiday Catalog is here and it’s time to shop! There are several options for Fall, Hallowe’en, and Christmas – all in this beautiful publication. Click here to view the catalog and click here to start shopping!

Tomorrow morning I’ll have a new card for you! 😉

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You can finally see this beautiful catalog and order from it, too! Click the photo above to view it and click here to start ordering, or just to look around.

Here’s one of my favorite things in this year’s catalog, Magnolia Lane. With so many coordinated products, you’re projects will look Amazing!

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I got my pre-order from the new catalog and made a simple card. I had the Mossy Meadow card base sitting on my desk, which was already embossed with the retired Sequins Embossing Folder. Sorry about that, but I mean obviously you could use something you already have.

I think the new Good Morning Magnolia bundle (stamp set and matching dies) is going to be pretty popular. Who doesn’t love flowers? And I’m not sure I’ve seen SU! do a magnolia stamp before, but even if they have, this set is stunning! It will be available for purchase on June 4th!

The “Thanks” sentiment is included in the set, but I used the also new Stitched Nested Labels dies. Wow, I just love this die set! Anything with the stitched look appeals to me, and I think the shape is so fresh.

Here are some a lot of tips when coloring the main image:

  1. I used markers to color the stamp set. It’s the best way to get the green, brown, and yellow where you want them. After making sure to color the stamp with good coverage, remoisten the ink with a few “huffs” of your breath. Then stamp on the Whisper White card stock.
  2. I find waiting until after the piece is completely colored the way you want it, before cutting it out with the die, makes more sense for ME.
  3. Use the small end of the marker to touch up parts that could use a bit more ink to darken.
  4. I heat set the ink with my heat tool, to help with possible smearing.
  5. Since this is a line drawn stamp, there’s not much color to it. I wanted more color, so used my blender pen, dipped in the ink on the inside of the ink pad lid after pressing firmly to pick up some color. Carefully apply to create a watercolor look.
  6. Be really careful to not rub over the Early Espresso ink, as best you can. That can muddy the Petal Pink application. I did not do a perfect job on this part, but was able to live with it.
  7. Don’t spend too much time with the blender pen on the paper, as it will begin to rub the paper enough to start to come off.
  8. I did practice a bit by stamping a couple of the leaves on a piece of scrap cardstock to get a feel for coloring them. Surprisingly, when I did the final piece, I only had to do it once – and I’ll be honest that is rare for me! I don’t think I’m very good at watercoloring so was pretty happy with the final result.

I did use the retired Chocolate Chip marker and ink pad to color the bottom of the flower stem. I would have used the Soft Suede color, but couldn’t find my marker, oops!

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Product List

Blender Pens

$12.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Serene Garden CASE

Dang, I hate to have to make sympathy cards. But I do prefer sending a handmade one. I put a lot of love into creating them, as I reflect on my feelings for the recipient. I think that’s likely true for all card-makers.

On the inside, I added a Balmy Blue dove from the same set because I feel like a dove goes well with this type of card. The sentiment is a long retired one, called Loving Thoughts.

This is a card I recreated from the 2018-2019 catalog using this stamp set and it is so lovely that I decided to CASE it. CASE = Copy And Share Everything. Some things I love about Serene Garden: The stamp set is so elegant and graceful. It has a matching die set as well. Can you see the embossing on the card base? Ah, so lovely. Both the stamp set and matching dies are retiring, so please grab it if you are thinking about it. If you buy the bundle, you’ll save 10%! 😉

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Big Shot

$110.00

Glue Dots

$5.25

Creativity comes easy when you’ve got amazing coordinating products. We don’t want to brag, but coordination is one of our strong points. The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is a perfect example. Products in this medley are exclusive to this medley and cannot be purchased anywhere else. You’ll love the happy, rosy feeling you get as you create with these fun and flowery products. Available for a limited time. Get them while you can!

They’re available from May 1-31, 2019, or while supplies last.

Medley includes these exclusive products:
* Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, & c
* Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
* 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 6″ x 6″ rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
* Printed die cuts—2 sheets
* Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
* Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
* Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

Click here to see even more of this beautiful, limited product suite.

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Retiring items, 2019

It’s that time of year again. While it is sometimes hard to say goodbye to many retiring items, the good news is it makes room for new, awesome items! Click here to shop the retiring items before they are gone. Please keep in mind these items are only available until June 3rd or while supplies last.

As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order from the 2019-2020 catalog…so I’m really looking forward to receiving my order, which includes the new in-colors, and many of the patterned papers (DSP), as well as stamps and dies, and bundles – oh my! I look forward to sharing something new with you soon.

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Here’s another card I did for my son’s birthday. He loves not only cats, but the color green – the brighter the better! I did use a retired birthday sentiment, but it fit so well for this layout. The dots that make up the background are from the Petal Palette stamp set, which is retiring on June 3rd, sadly. I really love that set. The Tropical Escape paper is retiring, also.

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Cat Punch

$18.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Metallic Enamel Shapes

Metallic Enamel Shapes (retired)
[141678]
$7.00

The lighting on this one is a bit off – it’s hard to see the separation of the tag on the white cardstock. I had to leave right after creating this card so snapped a quick pic. I gave it to its owner later that night, so this is what I ended up with…sigh.

I struggle with making cards that can be sent to guys. I think cacti work great! I love the watercolor look of this stamp set – one of my favorites for sure.

I know I’ll get a lot of use out of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies! Three of the products used on this card are in the Occasions Catalog. Check it out before they’re gone! Click here to shop it now.

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Big Shot

$110.00

The first time I tried to order the Butterfly Gala Bundle in the Occasions Catalog, it was sold out 😦  I was excited when I got a notification that it was back in stock, and ordered it right away. You can also buy the stamp set and punch separately. Both options are listed below.

I just got around to using it after I saw this card and fell in love with the colors and layout and CASEd it! What a great card to make if you need several. I just love the colors of the papers in the Gingham Gala 6″x6″ DSP – any and all of them look great with each other, which takes a lot of the guesswork out of putting them together.

Don’t miss out on this great bundle and the sweet paper pack! They can be found in the Occasions Catalog, and you can click here to shop from this seasonal publication.

I showed these to my son and he didn’t appreciate all of the white space…but I do not mind it at all. I really often like it.

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Big Shot

$110.00

Funky Flowers

Edited to correct: The end of the Occasions Catalog is NOT March! It ends June 3, 2019.🤦🏻‍♀️

I’m not usually drawn to bold, bright patterned paper. I don’t know – just something about this floral print made me want to make a card with it! I really like this paper pack, which is only in the Occasions Catalog until the end of March – just a few more days June 3rd. The sentiment is from the All Adorned stamp set, which you can get for free with a qualifying order – but only until the end of March! I love the graphic designs in this set, and that is what drew me to it.

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Metallic Enamel Shapes

Metallic Enamel Shapes (retired)
[141678]
$7.00

Big Shot

$110.00

 

It’s who I am

As a card maker, I love to send cards to people. I have been writing letters to loved ones since I was a child. I would send letters on fun stationery to my dad when we moved far away, to my grandparents in another state, and to pen pals I had. When I have dear friends who live in the same town, I like to send them a card now and then, too. It’s just part of who I am. For those of you who visit this blog, I bet you can totally relate.

I took my color inspiration from the Floral Romance Specialty DSP pack in the 2019 Occasions Catalog. I used the vellum piece of paper and matching colors to complete. Although the color listed on the paper pack is Fresh Fig, I feel like the Blackberry Bliss used on the sentiment works great. The sentiment is from an old Hostess stamp set from 2008 called Best Yet. All other items used are current as of now, and are linked below. Oh and that amazing green linen thread – it’s also from the Occasions catalog. I must stock up, just in case it retires forever at the end of the month!

Here’s a tip in using this beautiful vellum – I put small glue dots under the flowers and darker green leaves and you cannot see them! Patterned vellum us so special!

When’s the last time you sent a card – just because? I bet it would, or did, make someone’s day 🙂

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Product List

Big Shot

$110.00

Glue Dots

$5.25

It’s not still Fall?

This post could also be called, “No such thing as purple-ish trees?” Haha!

I saw a card on youtube by Stamping Jill and liked it so much I made one very similar. She showed us that you can use the Tin Tile dynamic embossing folder with patterned paper – I had no idea! It worked like a charm. I used a piece with a faint pattern on it to showcase the folder’s raised surface, and it happened to be Fresh Fig colored. Hence the purple-ish tree to match.

This embossing folder is a carryover item from the 2018 Holiday Catalog, item #147906 (link below). As of now, it’s still available – woohoo! TIP: it’s best to spritz a little water on your paper before running it through the Big Shot. This helps to loosen the fibers. This embossing folder is not messing around! It really leaves a deep impression on your paper.

My favorite tree is the one in Crushed Curry because I like how it turned out with the Cajun Craze-colored outer leaves. To get this effect, I stamped the image in Crushed Curry, then carefully stamped some Cajun Craze gently around the edges of the leaves right over the Crushed Curry ink using a sponge dauber, then re-moistened the ink using my breath before stamping.

I usually don’t make cards without a sentiment on the front, but it’s a nice card to have in my stash, as I can add any sentiment inside when the time comes.

But really, should I wait until next Fall to send this to someone??🤔

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Big Shot

$110.00

Lots of Happy x 3

I made a few cards from the beautiful card kit, Lots of Happy. I adore this kit! Have you seen this in the catalog? What’s so great about it is that absolutely everything you need to make 20 cards is included, included the envelopes! AND you can order refills, too!

The watercolor pencils are exclusive colors – some of my favorites – the Lemon Lime Twist & Flirty Flamingo – so pretty! And with watercolor pencils, it’s just about as foolproof as you can get.

On 2 of these 3 cards, I used sentiment stamps that were not in the kit – simply because I needed something different. But the layouts are exactly as the kit shows. Check out the photos below of the card kit and refill. If you click on each, you’ll be taken to my website for even more information on this kit – including an in-depth video!

If this kit isn’t your style – Stampin’ Up! has several other kits! Click here for other options.

Shameless plug:

From now until 3/31/19 you could order the Lots of Happy Card Kit and the Lots of Happy Card Kit Refill and get a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! This is just one of the endless options you have. Choose what you want from the SAB catalog with each qualifying order. 🙂

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A bit behind, but the New and Beautiful Occasions Catalog is here! Check it out here. If you’re ready to shop, click here!

Also, it’s the biggest SALE of the year – Sale-A-Bration!! There are 3 ways to take advantage of the specials offered during this time of year, which runs from 1/3/19 to 3/31/19. Click here to view the SAB Catalog 2018.

1. SHOP!

Spend $50 (before tax & shipping), choose a FREE product from the brochure! There’s no limit – for every $50 you spend, choose another FREE product! Earn even bigger rewards when you spend $100 (before tax & shipping). Just look for the $50 and $100 reward icons throughout the brochure. Click here to shop!

2. HOST!

Get even more for free! When you host a qualifying party during Sale-A-Bration, you get $25 more in free products! You also earn Stampin’ Rewards when you place a qualifying order online. Click here for more details.

3. JOIN!

Sale-A-Bration is all about MORE: more free, more rewards, more fun! And when you join as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you get two Starter Kit options to choose from. You also get $50 more free products than usual!! Click here for more details.

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Welcome to days 5 & 6 of the Online Extravaganza – today and tomorrow get 10% off Tools & ink! Sale includes items in the annual catalog. Exclusions apply. While supplies last. These are the last 2 full days of savings.

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