Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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
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 retiring.....no new things to link yet! Retiring items are in red.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
This morning's Easter sunrise was absolutely glorious, and it inspired me to make this card. Our trees aren't fully leafed out yet, so it looked something like this.
As I am sure some of you have noticed by now, Lovely as a Tree is being carried over again! I think that makes something like twelve years it's been around. It is certainly the one of longest-lived Stampin' Up! stamp sets that I know of, along with Teeny Tiny Wishes. And rightfully so! My own sets of those two are old enough that they were before the clear mount option was available, so mine are wood mount. Of course, they are available in either configuration now.
I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! We worked in the garden until the rain started, then scurried onto the porch. Well, scurried may be a bit of an exaggeration; it was more like a fast shuffle, haha.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Here is a different peek at some of the other elements in the Eastern Palace Suite. This is one of the new 2017-2019 In Colors, called Fresh Fig. I made a little comparison below, so you can see the difference between it, Sweet Sugarplum, and Rich Razzleberry. It is similar to Rich Razz, but with a little more of a dusky undertone.
Those Eastern Medallions Thinlits are so much fun to play with, because you can combine them in a wonderful variety of ways, and the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers add a quick touch of gold elegance. I was originally just going to use the die cut with the greeting, but felt it needed some sort of embellishment. Bing, bang, boom....peeled a few stickers and figured out where I wanted them before popping the die cut medallion up on dimensionals on the card. Can you tell I'm having fun with this new suite?
By the way, the Elegant Butterfly Punch that I used is one of the retiring items, but is still available as of this blog post. If you want it, better get it soon!
Friday, April 14, 2017
Here is a sneak peek at some of the elements that are in the Eastern Palace Suite, which demos got to preorder this month, but customers can preorder May 1st through May 31st; a whole month before the new annual catalog goes live!!!
There will be two bundles available. The starter bundle has the Eastern Beauty photopolymer stamp set, Eastern Palace Specialty DSP, Eastern Gold Vinyl stickers, three ink pads in new In Colors, and FREE *new* Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes.
The premier bundle includes everything above (minus the note cards & envelopes) PLUS the Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack, Mini Tassels assortment, Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies, Very Vanilla medium envelopes, AND *new* Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock! You can only get that Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock in this bundle until the catalog starts June 1st.
I'll have more details about this later in the month, and a way to get a free gift from me if you purchase one of the bundles. So stay tuned!
Sorry, I can't give you complete a list of the products used, since they aren't available yet.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
I was oh, so sad to see that Oh So Succulent is on the retiring list. I think I've gotten more use out of this bundle than any other bundle in recent memory. It seemed to be very popular, too, judging from all the pins on Pinterest. With the exception of the ink, everything on this card is retiring. I don't understand why..... just give me a minute......
Okay, I've pulled myself back together. Mr. Brown is bringing some goodies to me this afternoon that will help. I got to pre-preorder the Eastern Palace Suite that is going to be in the new catalog, and it will be available for anyone to preorder starting May 1st! More info on that later, because I'm off to get ready for stamp club tomorrow. Have to design three card projects for my ladies. Thanks for stopping by today!