Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Garden Florets, CQC238 & STS18

Hello, my inky friends! As Stampin' Up just announced what stamp sets and accessories will be retiring in June, I'd like to share some of my favorites on those lists between now and then. I think my most loved retiring stamp set is Fabulous Florets. Other products used on this card that are also retiring are the sentiment from Simply Sketched, the Gingham Garden DSP and Crumb Cake Tafetta Ribbon.

My inspiration came from the colors at this week's ColourQ challenge and the terrificly simple layout at Seize the Sketch.

This was a quick and simple card to assemble, no tools required other than my trusty Paper Snips, which I used to cut out the florets.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Set: Fabulous Florets, Simply Sketched
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant
Designer Series Paper: Gingham Garden
Ink Pads: Pear Pizzazz, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Pearls

Click here to view the retiring stamps list.
Click here to view the retiring accessories list.
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Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Stampin' Up Retirement List plus Free Shipping

This is your last chance to get some of those products that have been on your wish list! Today is the day that Stampin' Up releases it's lists of retiring stamps and retiring accessories from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog. These products are available through June 4, but only while supplies last, so get your orders in early! 

Click here to view the retiring stamps list.

Click here to view the retiring accessories list.

But wait! There's more! Stampin' Up is offering free shipping on everything (excluding expidited orders) from April 21-25! Place your order of retiring products during these dates and the shipping will be free! 

Click here to order Stampin' Up now! 

Happy shopping!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bright Blossoms Thanks, PP192

Greetings, Stampers! For those of you who celebrate the holiday, a very Happy Easter to you! I've had lots to do this past week to prepare, so a Clean and Simple challenge at The Paper Players was just what the doctor ordered for me. This week the lovely Nance is hostess, and she is challenging us to use Washi Tape on our Clean and Simple creation. Fun! 

I think I have every Washi Tape that Stampin' Up makes and I am guilty of not using it often enough. Thanks, Nance, for getting my mojo going! I thought the petite patterns in the Gingham Garden Washi Tape would work well with the images in the Bright Blossoms Stamp Set, and combined them with a sentiment from Really Good Greetings.

I used markers to color the blossoms and stem on the stamp. The vase was stamped on a scrap of paper and cut out by hand. I cut out the image with the Extra Large Oval Punch, and the frame outside was made with the Designer Frames Embossing Folder. 

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Bright Blossoms, Really Good Greetings
Card Stock: Whisper White
Ink Pads: Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight
Markers: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz
Tools: Extra Large Oval Punch, Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing Folders
Accessories: Gingham Garden Washi Tape

Thanks for stopping by today and please visit the rest of my design team at The Paper Players!  We hope to see your Washi Tape creations, too! 

Inky Hugs!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Treat Holders + Free Shipping Offer

I'm such a last minute Lucy this year! Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and I just got around to making these cute little treat holders last night. I needed a project that was fast and easy (but cute, of course) and I found them made by a fellow crafter at Splitcoast Stampers.  They were so adorable I did not change a thing. Once I had my supplies assembled, I was able to whip up a dozen of them in an hour and half. Awesome! 

The first thing you will want to do is stamp the image onto a piece of Windows Sheet with White Stazon Ink, and then put those aside to dry for a few minutes while you assemble the rest of the treat holder. The card stock is cut 2" x 8 1/2" and then scored at 3 1/2" and 5". Then, both ends were fed into the Tag Topper Punch. After that, they were embossed with the Designer Frame Embossing Folder and the centers punched with the Extra Large Oval Punch. The Window Sheet panels were attached with Mini Glue Dots. Tuck in a little treat and tie a bow with some twine, and you're done!  (BTW, I don't know why the card stock looks so bright in this photo but it's Pear Pizzazz). 

Breaking news! Stampin' Up is offering free shipping on everything (excluding expidited orders) from April 21-25! This coincides perfectly with the list of retiring products, will be available on Monday, April 21! Be sure to check in Monday morning as I will have the list posted.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Eggstra Spectacular
Card Stock: Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Sky
Ink Pads: White Stazon
Tools: Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Scalloped Tag Topper and Extra Large Oval Punches
Accessories: Windows Sheets, Cotton Twine 
Other: Hershey Kisses, Clear Treat Bags

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Inky hugs! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Place Cards

Boy did Easter sneak up on me fast this year! Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve my family is always at my house and for Easter we usually go to another relative, but this year I am hosting Easter, too! I don't have any table decor for this holiday so I thought I'd whip up some cute place cards in a jiffy. 

I've seen so many cute little chicks on the web made with the Two Step Owl Punch, so I don't know who to give credit to. Anyway, I think I've kind of made it my own with the addition of wings and leaves from the Bird Builder Punch. A simple pierced oval adds some texture, and the girls get flowers on their place cards. I printed the names off on my computer and punch them out with the Modern Label Punch. I hope everyone likes them! 

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets & Ink Pads: None
Card Stock: Soft Sky, So Saffron, Calyso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Basic Black
Tools: Two Step Owl Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Word Window Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool & Mat
Accessories: Subtles Candy Dots

Thanks for 'hopping' by today! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Morning Meadow, CTD288 & TC4

Hiya, Stampers! I am super excited to be a featured stamper this week at the Color Throwdown challenge! They have some amazing artists on their team and I'm honored to be in their midst! 

This week the colors are Gumball Green, Melon Mambo and Basic Gray. What a gorgeous outdoor living space in the inspiration photo, too! 

The colors inspired me to do a floral image and I reached for my much loved Morning Meadow stamp set once again. I must admit it was a little challenging to work the gray into my project, but I think it works well for the sentiment and banners. 

For my layout, I chose the sketch at The Challenge and rotated it 90 degrees. 

Nothing complicated here. I used the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder to emboss the background, and markers to color the floral stamp. The little Banner Punch was from the now over Sale-A-Bration promotion, but I do hope it makes it's way into the new catalog!

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Morning Meadow
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Melon Mambo
Ink Pads: Basic Gray
Markers: Gumball Green, Melon Mambo
Tools: Banner and Pansy Punches, Big Shot, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder
Accessories: Pearls

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hello Lovely, CTS72

Good Monday morning, my fellow stampers! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I got some chores done around the house, including some much needed gardening. I'm so happy that Spring has finally arrived! 

Today's card was the inspiration of the challenge by CAS(E) this sketch. I looked around at my stamp sets to see what would fit into all those squares and decided on the Hello Lovely Stamp Set. 

The images were stamped and cut out with a 1" square punch, which fits so perfectly inside the Postage Stamp punch. Easy peasy! 

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Hello Lovely
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Gray
Ink Pads: Basic Gray, Melon Mambo
Tools: 1" Square and Postage Stamp Punches
Accessories: Brights Candy Dots

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Hugs :)