Sunday, April 30, 2017

Using that Retiring DSP!

I admit it, I'm a paper junkie. I've never met a paper I didn't like, and I tend to hoard collect it in mass quantities. Case in point - this beautiful Pop of Pink Specialty DSP. I absolutely adore the black and white with the pop of Melon Mambo in the designs. It's retiring in a month, and right now it's deeply discounted at 40% off, while supplies last. I. Must. Resist. Temptation! I really want to, but really shouldn't. As it is, I'm going to have to purge some things to make room for the new DSP that's coming. And honestly, that's the only reason I'm not jumping all over that bargain!

There were some extra daisies in the box of bits, so I pulled them out and put this card together. I'm glad to be using more of my DSP stash, since I'm making room for Fresh Florals DSP, and Delightful Daisy DSP, and Color Theory DSP, among others. Did that pique your curiosity?

Smiley from Millan.Net

You'll just have to wait and see!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Falling Flowers Bundle

You may have noticed that when I pull out a stamp set, I make a couple (or several) cards with it before putting it away. This is one example. I had stamped and embossed the swirl when I was starting the butterfly card, but decided not to use it for that card. So here was a swirl, waiting to be used. I hopped on Pinterest for inspiration, and this card struck me. I did change quite a few things, but you can see the basic design elements are there.

Did you know you can heat emboss any color you want? All you have to do is ink up your stamp with VersaMark ink first, and then with any dye ink. Stamp the image and cover immediately with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder and heat set it. Note: Make sure you clean your stamp each time you use it.... you do NOT want to stamp your VersaMark pad with dye ink still on the stamp!!!

As mentioned before, the Falling Flowers stamp set and coordinating May Flowers Framelits will be carried over to the new catalog, but not as a discounted bundle. That way Stampin' Up! can offer new bundles in the new catalog. I counted twenty-four bundles!!!

Are you excited about the upcoming catalog release? I sure am, especially since I get to preorder things starting on Tuesday! *Happy dance!* If you have placed an order with me in the past six months, I will be sending you the new catalog within the next two weeks, so be on the lookout!

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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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