Friday, April 28, 2017

Butterfly on Falling Flowers

I am happy to report that both the Falling Flowers stamp set and the Butterflies Thinlits are carrying over to the new catalog, yippee! The past few days I've been spending a lot of time outside getting things ready for the garden and have seen LOTS of butterflies (hooray for pollinators!), which was the inspiration for this card. We had some crazy rain last week so the garden was too mucky to do anything. Yesterday I went out to pull some weeds and see if any of the asparagus crowns that I planted are sending up shoots. I found one tiny wisp of a spear! I hope in another couple of years we will have enough to harvest.

Here's the "How To"
 Background: Sweet Sugarplum 4" x 5-1/4"
 DSP: Succulent Garden 1" x 4"
 Butterfly: Succulent Garden DSP and Vellum 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"
 Card base: Sweet Sugarplum 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Cut DSP butterfly using Butterflies Thinlits and Vellum butterfly using Bold Butterfly Framelits. Adhere together with glue dots, add Pearls Basic Jewels and set aside.
  2. Stamp swirl from Falling Flowers using VersaMark ink on background cardstock so that bottom of swirl is approx. 1-1/4" from bottom edge. Highlight with gel pen, chalk marker, or extra fine point Sharpie.*
  3. Adhere DSP strip to bottom. Wrap a 5-1/2" length of ruched ribbon around and adhere ends to back, so that top of DSP is just barely covered.
  4. Stamp greeting (retired greeting used here) in Rich Razzleberry ink.
  5. For the bow, cut 2-1/2" ribbon, overlap ends 1/2" and fasten with a glue dot forming a loop. Lay it on the wrapped ribbon with the cut end centered behind the loop and tie in place with white baker's twine. Note: it helps to have an extra hand to hold it while you're tying. I like using these reverse tweezers.*
  6. Adhere background to card base with dimensionals.
  7. Adhere butterfly to card with dimensionals.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Under the Weather

I'm sorry I've been AWOL for almost a week. Our son came to visit last weekend for the first time since we moved here 1-1/2 years ago, and the day he left I started feeling puny. (Not related, I'm sure....just a stomach bug.) Anyway, I have had zero motivation to do anything except nap; not even play in my craft room, so you know I'm not well! I finally dragged my self in there yesterday and made this.

Feeling under the weather made me remember this Weather Together bundle that hadn't been used yet. My neighbor is also feeling puny, so I know where this card is going. *smile*

That yummy Lemon Lime Twist DSP is from the Eastern Palace Specialty DSP that you can get in one of two special preorder bundles next month. More on that next week!

FYI, the Weather Together bundle is retiring, but the stamp set and coordinating die will be available separately in the new catalog.....just not at the 10% discount. Also, the Clearance Rack has a bunch of new items added, so be sure to check it out!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Control Freaks Mothers & Friends

It's time once again for the Tour de Freaks, and this month we are focusing on Moms, or friends, or moms of friends, or friends who are like a mom.... any of them! We have a small group today, only five of us on the tour. Did you just land here from Wendy's blog? Weren't her projects just the sweetest?! If you click the link at the bottom of each blog, you'll go full circle and end up back here.

My Mom loves succulents, so of course I had to make a card with succulents for her for Mother's Day. The Oh So Succulent stamp set and matching dies are retiring, but I just checked and they are still available *as of the time of this post*. And here's a tip: Normally, purchasing a bundle is the better bargain, but right now the stamp set and die are deeply discounted and a MUCH better deal separately! Just sayin'.

Up next is a sneak peek at the Eastern Palace Suite that will be available for customers to preorder starting May 1st. It's a great way to get an exciting little taste of what is coming in the new annual catalog!

I love the combination of Tranquil Tide with a bit of Lemon Lime Twist. The yellow green looks really good beside the blue green. Surprisingly, Mr. Big didn't have anything to do with this card. I liked the simplicity of the stamping (with a little accent from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers and Metallic Enamel Shapes) so much that I didn't want to use the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. Shocking, I know!

Up next is Melissa Davies' blog, RubberFUNatics. You don't want to miss what she has to share!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Something Old, Something New

When I saw the names of the new 2017-2019 In Colors, I felt kind of iffy about "Lemon Lime Twist", since I'm not much of a fan of bright yellow-green. But once I got my hands on it, and realized the possibilities, I've become a convert!

This thank you card combines Crazy About You, a retiring stamp set, and the retiring coordinating Flower Medallion Punch with two of the new In Colors, Fresh Fig and the aforementioned Lemon Lime Twist. A light sponging of LLT behind the flowers and greeting really makes them pop, don't you agree?

The large flower was punched and the two smaller flowers (stamped off once) were fussy cut, along with the popped-up leaves. The flower centers are Crushed Curry from the Regals Enamel Shapes which, I am happy to say, IS carrying over!

The list below is what is current and/or new things to link yet! Retiring items are in red.

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