Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Artisan Embellishment Class Part Two

Don't forget to check out my previous posts about the Bloomin' Bouquet Project Kit
available while supplies last, the Retirement Lists, the photopolymer stamp sets.  

Also two promotions are ending on April 30th - 
This and That promotion, and the Sent with Love promotion.

Here is the second set of cards that I created for my Artisan Embellishment Kit class.

This is a Stampin' Mom of Four original.  Kinda sad that Pretty in Pink is retiring. But we'll have Blushing Bride back in the mix!  The sentiment is from the retiring Word Play stamp set.

I saw a similar card posted on Facebook by Rose Ward.  Love fancy cards with no stamping!
I fashioned this card from a sample that Melissa Davies posted on her blog.  I changed the location of the sentiment and the designer series paper.  This sentiment is part of the Word Play stamp set and will be retiring on June 3rd!

This card also originated from Melissa Davies.  All I did was change the designer series paper of the largest flower.  My ladies really enjoyed making this card.  ... The splotches from French Foliage are retiring June 3rd.   However, Feels Good made it into the 2013-2014 Catalog!!!

I'd like to thank Melissa Davies and Rose Ward for their inspirations.  I still have room for one more person in my last Artisan Embellishment card class next Tuesday the 7th at 10 am.  First one who responds gets the seat!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Artisan Embellishment Class Part One

Don't forget to check out my previous posts about the Bloomin' Bouquet Project Kit
available while supplies last, the Retirement Lists, the photopolymer stamp sets.  

Also two promotions are ending on April 30th - 
This and That promotion, and the Sent with Love promotion.

I started working on my Artisan Embellishment cards back in December.  At that time I had Valentine's Day on my mind.  February came and went - and along with it several card designs!   So I had to come up a few different ideas for using the Artisan Embellishment Kit.  Here are the first four:

This card idea came from Melissa Davies. I changed the color to Baja Breeze (I am really going to miss that color!) and used a different sentiment.
This is the card that Joanne Travis designed.  In her original, she used the resin flower.  I added the pearl.
This card was originally designed by Patty Bennett.  I think all I change was the paper tags.
This one is a Stampin' Mom of Four original. Friendly Phrases is retiring at the end of May.

I'd like to thank Melissa Davies, Joanne Travis and Patty Bennett for use of their card ideas.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the other four cards :)   ...I still have room for one more person in my last Artisan Embellishment card class next Tuesday the 7th at 10 am.  First one who responds gets the seat!

Happy Stamping!

New Bloomin' Bouquet Project Kit

Mother's Day. Teacher appreciation. Just because. Say thank you with this no-maintenance bouquet. There's no watering, no weeding-just enjoying. This easy-to-assemble kit comes complete with the petals, stems, and buttons to create the flowers, as well as four different tags to make this the perfect gift for any occasion. All you need is some paper, ribbon or a vase to add the finishing touches to the bouquet.

Bloomin' Bouquet Project Kit (item 134542) $12.95

As if that weren't enough, the kit contains a "baker's dozen"! This means you can create and give (or keep) a dozen flowers, and have a bonus flower left over to pass along to someone new! Give it to someone you wouldn't normally think of: a teller at the bank, a grocery store clerk, or the librarian at your local library.

Click on this link to see the Stampin' Up! video on this lovely new kit:

Kit contents:
  • 2 sheets of preprinted and precut flowers on 12" X 12" cardstock; makes 13 flowers using Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry
  • 13 Vintage Faceted Buttons
  • 13 green floral wire stems
Adhesive not included. (Glue gun recommended.)

Remember that you can add retired items and clearance rack merchandise to your Bloomin' Bouquet kit. click here.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Upcoming Artisan Embellishment Class - Tuesday, May 7th at 10 am

Happy Sunday, everyone!  The sun is finally shining in northwestern PA.  It's almost a miracle how most people's mood improves with the warmer weather.

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the Belles Lettres Club Spring Bazaar.  They invited several different vendors to this event. My table was positioned in between Anderson's Greenhouse and the Daffin's Chocolate table.  My neighbor Frank Rodgers was also selling his pottery.  What a great place to be! 

I haven't been posting much lately.  One project I've been busy working on is my Artisan Embellishment Kit  class. I'm finally ready to share something with you:

The photo above represents all that I had leftover from the Artisan Embellishment Kit after creating eight cards.  Yes, I could've created something else with all that remained - especially that button.  But for the sake of time - and cost - I had to leave it behind!

I'll be posting photos of this class over the next few days.  I've got two spots open on Tuesday, May 7th at 10 am.  The cost is $25 and includes the Artisan Embellishment Kit along with materials to create eight cards.  Contact me soon if you're able to attend!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Retirement Lists are Here!!!

Today is the day that Stampin' Up! publishes their Retired Lists for stamps and accessories
from the 2012-2013 Catalog.

Click here for the retired stamps list

Click here for the retired accessories list (While supplies last!)

If you want to get more specific, check out these links:

Click here for the retired wood mount stamps

Click here for the retired clear mount stamps

Click here for the retired wheel stamps (while supplies last!)

Click here for the retired accessories (while supplies last!)

Click here for the retired accessories at 25% off (while supplies last!)

Click here for the retired accessories at 40% off (while supplies last!)

Click here for the retired Digital Content Discs at 60% off (while supplies last!)

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

25th Anniversary RemARKable Blog Tour - Best of Flowers


Welcome to the RemARKable 25 Years with Stampin' Up! Blog Tour!  This month the RemARKables are showcasing March's theme "Best of Flowers."  You may have arrived here from Jackie Bottomley's blog.  I love how she used this set!  Here's the card I made:

This card is really clean and simple.  I fashioned it after this one.  I ran the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder through the Big Shot twice so that I had the space to stamp the sentiment.  I'm sure going to miss Regal Rose!  It's one of the colors retiring at the end of May. Let me know what you think of this card. I'd love to hear your input.

My original plan was to create at least three cards for this post.  However, over the last few weeks we've been having some issues in our family that have taken away some of my stamping time.    Prayers would be appreciated.

Next up on the RemARKable tour is Tamra Davis.  You can click the image below or go to http://thecardladies.com to see what goodies she has created for you.

Here's a list of all participants in case you want to check back on some of their projects:

Nancy Amato  - http://stampinallnight.blogspot.com
Linda Bartolucci - http://www.inkstampandscrap.com/
Ingrid Blackburn -http://TheCreativeGrove.com
Melissa Bolinger -  www.stampinup.net/blog/2089191
Jackie Bottomley 
- jackiebottomley.blogspot.com
Susan Carlson
- http://stampinmomoffour.blogspot.com

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour - Secret Garden!!!

Welcome to the RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour.  This month some of our most talented RemARKable teammates are showing you many different ways to use the Secret Garden stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog. 

If you haven't already heard, Stampin' Up! is going through a "Color Refresh."  Several colors are retiring:  Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard and River Rock.

Colors that are being added back into the four color families are: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Wistera Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry and Island Indigo.  We'll also be seeing a new color in late April called Smoky Slate.

With the recent announcement of the Color Refresh, I thought I'd center this month's projects around "the old and the new."  Here's my first creation:

This is a very simple card using River Rock and Not Quite Navy.  I matted the smallest Labels framelit using this technique.

Here's my second creation using Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party.  I'm so excited that these three colors will be staying around for a while!

I stamped the flowers on Shimmery White card stock using StazOn, then I colored them with markers and cut them out with my Big Shot.  I created the background paper using the Netting background stamp.  I really love that stamp, so I hope it stays around in the next catalog.

You can see better in this close-up how I hand cut another layer of the center of the flowers.

...Next up on the RemARKable Blog Tour is Tamra Davis.  Click on the image below to get to her blog or copy and paste her blog address into your browser (www.thecardladies.com):

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Upcoming Blog Tour Featuring Secret Garden!

One of the first stamp sets that caught my eye in the Spring Catalog was the Secret Garden stamp set -- well, the whole bundle to be more specific.  It's got framelits to cut out all those flowers and leaves! 

Please join me this Sunday to view projects using this set from some very RemARKable stampers!  These ideas will inspire you to grow your very own Secret Garden.

Secret Garden Bundle - clear (item 131099) $36.95 or wood (item 131100) $42.95
Happy Stamping!

New Photopolymer Stamp Set - Bombs Away Birthday!

 Stampin' Up! just released a new clear photopolymer stamp set called Bombs Away Birthday!

The Bombs Away Birthday Photopolymer stamp set is $13.95 (item 133411).  In case you're wondering, you'll need clear blocks C and D to use these fun, humorous stamps : )

Here some finished artwork from Stampin' Up! using this set:

 Check out the first clear photopolymer stamp set with all the details here.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Color Refresh - and FREE shipping April 6-8th!


Announcing our Color Refresh!  We love color and we know that you do, too. Color is fundamental to who we are and what we offer. It's important to stay up-to-date with color trends so we are thrilled to share the updated line of colors, and hope you will be as excited as we are by the new possibilities!

The upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include  total of 10 "new colors".  Most are returning In Colors...Yeah!
  • NEW Smoky Slate
  • FOUR returning In-Colors include:
    • Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder
  • FIVE returning past In Colors include:
    • Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride,Soft Sky
Time to Say Goodbye to:
  • Regal Rose
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Bashful Blue
  • Certainly Celery
  • Baja Breeze
  • Riding Hood Red
  • Bravo Burgundy
  • Not Quite Navy
  • More Mustard
  • River Rock
  • Lucky Limeade (2011/2013 In-Color)

IMPORTANT: Starting today (April 4th)
  • All retiring/discontinued color products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last.
  • Some products may not be available to the end of the current catalog period (ending May 31st).  
  • You'll want to stock up on your favorite out-going color products this weekend and take advantage of FREE SHIPPING going on April 6-8, 2013.
Happy Stamping! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Punch Away with the Petite Curly Label Punch!

The Petite Curly Label Punch that was available during Sale-A-Bration is now available for  purchase! You can get it through May 31, and it will also be available in the new 2013-2014 annual catalog.

Petite Curly Label Punch #129405 $12.95
Can you believe it is still snowing here in PA???  No accumulation - just random flakes dancing through the air in the wind. 

Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Best of Butterflies

Happy 25th anniversary to Stampin' Up!  Every month during 2013, they're releasing some all-time-favorites with a new, never-before-seen stamp to create a monthly “Best of” stamp set.  This month we'll be celebrating spring with the Best of Butterflies set! 
Item # 133345
While Stampin' Up! is releasing just one Best of stamp set per month, all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.

As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, Stampin' Up! is including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set.  Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95!  Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

Today is April 1st.  Would you believe that it was actually snowing this morning?!?  I thought it was some kind of cruel joke, but flakes were really falling from the sky.  Luckily, we didn't get any accumulation of snow and the sun is now shining.  The weather is perfect for the kids to get outside and play!

Happy Stamping!