Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Easter Message


Easter is four and a half weeks away, so it's time to start thinking about Easter cards. I don't usually send cards for Easter, but this year I think I will. The images in the stamp set Easter Message are so simple, yet powerful, and are easy to color if you choose, or just leave as is.


I used the Sunburst Thinlits die as a mask, centering it on the cardstock and sponging So Saffron lightly in the gaps. The cross was stamped in Basic Black and colored with blender pens and Soft Suede. The rope is Crumb Cake and the drape is Perfect Plum.

I thought the message needed a fancy label, so I used the retired Apothecary Accents Framelits, popped up on dimensionals.

The message inside says "May peace be your gift this Easter", and is from the Suite Sentiments stamp set.

Here are the measurements:
 Image: Whisper White 3-3/4" x 5"
 Mat: Daffodil Delight 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
 Card base: Perfect Plum 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" score & folded at 4-1/4"

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SAB Items Added!


There are only TEN days left of Sale-A-Bration and, as we've seen, some things were so popular that they are gone. Stampin' Up! heard the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the items that are no longer available, and very graciously added some items that can be redeemed for FREE with a qualifying order. Please note that the item numbers listed below are the SAB item numbers; if you try adding the regular item number, you will be charged the regular price!

Card above was made with the Party Animal DSP.

Items Added:

2016-2018 In Color 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
2016-2018 In Color 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
SAB #147361 
Party Animal Designer Series Paper
Party Animal Designer Series Paper
SAB #147365 
Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
SAB #147363 
Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper
Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper
SAB #147364 
Party Animal Designer Washi Tape
Party Animal Designer Washi Tape
SAB #147362 
Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
SAB #147360 
Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
SAB #147356 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good Things Coming to an End


Well, it happened, just as I suspected it would. That awesome Glimmer Paper Assortment in the Sale-A-Bration second release is already sold out. The Card Tin is no longer available, as well. I'm really glad that I didn't wait to get it, because I knew that glimmer paper was going to be very popular!



There's a lesson in there, people! When Stampin' Up! says "Product availability may be limited towards the end of the promotional sales period" they aren't kidding! Because they manufacture the stamps themselves, I think they will be available until the end, but don't quote me on that. But I am sure the consumables* are in limited quantities, so if there was something you had your eye on, I wouldn't wait to get it.

By the way, that bow on the card above is from the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (one of the consumables). Did you know you can make it any color you want? Just cut a length, gently hold it on your ink pad with a bone folder and draw it across the pad. Turn over and do the other side, then let it dry.

* Sale-A-Bration consumables:
   Carried Away DSP #143608
   Inside the Lines DSP #143830
   3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack #143601
   Pretty Pocket Card Kit #143832

And one more heads-up.....I have noticed some of the 2015-2017 In Colors that will be retiring at the end of May are already on back order. I think people are stocking up on their favorite colors. I know I am really going to miss Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder, how about you?

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring is Here on the Tour de Freaks!


Welcome back to another edition of the Tour de Freaks! Our theme this month is "Spring is Here!." I know that's wishful thinking for some folks, but it WILL get here eventually! If you have been following the links, then you just landed here from Kelly's blog, A Stamp Above. To take the whole tour, click on the links at the bottom of each page - there are seven of us this month.

When I think of Spring, I think of flowers (daffodils in particular) and birds and butterflies, but one thing I really look forward to each year is strawberries! So that's my focus today. My first card doesn't even use any of the strawberry images currently available from Stampin' Up! Nope - I used the flower petals in Bunch of Blossoms, and built my own berries! The berry seeds are the little dots image in that same stamp set.

STAMPS: Bunch of Blossoms CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Real Red, Cucumber Crush, Red Glimmer  INK: Real Red, Basic Black, Cucumber Crush, Garden Green  ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Softly Falling TIEF, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Blossom Builder Punch

My next cards uses the little strawberry found in Cool Treats. I stamped it randomly to make the background paper, then used a die-cut heart (rounded the bottom with the PL corner rounder) for the berry and die-cut flower from the Succulent Framelits for the cap.

STAMPS: Cool Treats  CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Real Red, Tasty Treats DSP  INK: Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Basic Black, Whisper White  ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Sweet & Sassy Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Linen Thread

And for my last card, I kept the berry theme going by using some Fruit Stand DSP, and since I had the Succulent Framelits out, made a big ol' THANK YOU flower!

STAMPS: Fresh Fruit CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Watermelon Wonder, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight Fruit Stand DSP, Glimmer Paper Assortment INK: Basic Black, Real Red  ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Succulent Framelits, Stylish Stems Thinlits, Sparkle TIEF

That's all I have for you today! Have I made you hungry for some sweet, ripe, juicy strawberries? I know I am! Now hop on over to see what LeeAnn has for you at FlowerBug's Inkspot!

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