Friday, March 24, 2017

Fresh Freesia

This pretty freesia blossom is from a (ahem, *cough* contraband) stamp set by Altenew. Freesias are near the top of my list of favorite flowers, so when my stamping friend said she had this set, I just had to stamp a bunch of them to color when we got together for our monthly stamparama. I love the elegant simplicity of the image, and the ten greetings that come with it are very versatile, as well!

I didn't want to go overboard with embellishments, but at the same time, I thought the card needed a little something. The embossing from the Delicate Details embossing folder set (retired) added just the right touch of subtle texture, without overpowering the image. I did some fussy-cutting along the embossed edge, then popped the whole panel up on dimensionals.

Long day yesterday, getting everything ready for the tax preparer. My brain was fried, so that's why this is a short post, with no "how to." Check back tomorrow....I should be recovered by then.

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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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