Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Have you been making and sending more cards lately to stay connected with friends and loved ones? The current situation affecting the entire globe has sure made a huge difference in our day-to-day lives.
Want to make a difference in another way? Stampin' Up! has just released a downloadable PDF "stamp" set with 100% of the proceeds going to one (or both, you choose!) organizations working to combat the virus. It's FIFTEEN pages of cute, sweet, or humorous sentiments and a few images, and you get to choose where the donation will go when you purchase the download. You can immediately start printing and using it to send more sunshine to friends and family!
Please note, the PDF is for your personal use only. Please don't share it with others, as that defeats the purpose of the sales being donated to a very worthy cause.
To purchase the Share Sunshine download, click the image above or HERE.
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's Bonanza Buddies edition! The "Crew" is made up of a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who pick a stamp set or bundle to highlight on the first and third Mondays of each month, with a bonus hop if there is a fifth Monday. If you landed here from Linda Callahan's blog, Stampin' Seasons, welcome! There are ten of us today, so follow all the links for more inspiration.
The 22 piece photopolymer Bonanza Buddies stamp set and 10 piece coordinating Bonanza Dies really makes for quick & cute cards, and not just for kids, either. I have two examples that work for grownups, too! The stitched tag and pennants dies are good for any birthday or gift packaging. And, as always, you can purchase them as a bundle and save 10% through the end of the sales period, while supplies last. (The dies are back in stock now, so grab them while you can!)
A little bit of DSP fussy cutting was involved for the ice cream cone, but that went very quickly! The envelope flap was decorated with matching DSP to dress it up a bit.
The next two cards would work for either male or female birthday celebrants. On the first one, after stamping and heat embossing, the tag was die cut and spatters were added with a Coastal Cabana Stampin' Write Marker (tapped firmly on another marker to make the little drops). I then added the ribbon, and adhered a slightly larger piece of gold foil paper behind it, trimming the angles to match.
Another decorated envelope flap!
The last card uses the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder that is part of the Ornate Garden early release. I thought it made the perfect textured backdrop for the gold heat embossed candles. And yeah, it's probably more of a girly card with the flowers, but you could easily swap out a more generic embossing folder. *wink*
The candle flames were made by inking up just the tail tip on the lion (mane & tail) image. Because the stamps are clear, I could see exactly where to stamp the "flame" and didn't even need to mask off the rest of the stamp.
This time, to fancy up the flap I chose to use the same embossing folder instead of DSP. This card went to one of my stamp club ladies, whose favorite color is yellow. I hope it brightened her day!
That's all from me for now, so up next is Nikki Spencer at My Sandbox. I just love her style and eye for color!
Monday, April 13, 2020
I find it ironic that my current favorite stamp set is called Free as a Bird, since we most definitely aren't at this particular time. Counted among my many blessings is the love of card making, and my rather large
Since I'm spending so much time taking my mind off of world affairs, I've been making and sending many more cards than usual. Happy mail is just the ticket for brightening someone's spirits. "Use up the pre-made card and envelope sets" is on my to-do list, and the Bird Ballad Laser Cut cards were at the top of that list. They are positively lovely, and paired with fussy cut images from the Bird Ballad DSP, make a beautiful card.
The greeting is from Good Morning Magnolia and I also used a sentiment from it on the inside that seemed so appropriate: The journey of life is best shared with a friend. We'll get through this together.
I want to encourage you to make the time to do something creative every day, if possible. It will take your mind off things that are beyond our control (other than self-isolating) and, if you make a card, SEND that card! It will brighten someone's day. Try not to dwell on the bad news. There is so much good happening, too, so focus on that. AND DON'T FORGET TO SEND THAT CARD! Someone needs to hear from you.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
IT'S HERE! The new Ornate Garden Suite early release (from the upcoming Stampin' Up! annual catalog) is now available to order!!!
Here is a short video that shows just some of the beautiful products in the suite:
If you don't want the entire suite, you can order just the parts you want! There are two stamp/die bundles, Ornate Garden Specialty DSP with gold foil accents, a combo pack of 1/4" Old Olive & Terracotta Tile ribbons, the Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder, and gold Gilded Gems. The only thing I didn't use on this card was the gems.
Click on the image below to see the complete list of products!
Please note: because of the global pandemic, some items are taking longer than usual to arrive from the manufacturers, so there is a very good chance that there will be back orders. As of today, April 2nd, the Ornate Garden Suite Collection, Ornate Thanks bundle, and Ornate Borders Dies are on the low inventory list, so if you want them, get them NOW! Also please note that Stampin' Up! has implemented measures to protect their employees, so shipping times are longer than normal. Thank you for your patience in these very trying times!