Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Free Shipping and Retiring Stamps

Dates: April 21-25, 2014


Stampin' Up! has announced the list of retiring stamps and accessories.  I have linked the PDFs below.  If there is something that you have been wanting to order, now is the time to do it. Supplies are limited.   

Free shipping is this week only 4/21-4/25

Retiring Stamps List PDF

Retiring Accessories List PDF

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Friday Mashup Challenge 156

Here's the Mashup Challenge:
1.Create a project using the "Sketch".
2. Create a project with the "Ombre' Background Technique".
3. Or Mash it up and create a project an "Ombre' Background & The Sketch"

                                                                         I chose to Mash it up

The balloons are the cut from the egg framelit die.  The inks are Midnight Muse, Marina Mist and Soft Sky.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Balloon Birthday Wishes

Today's post was influenced by Jennifer McGuire.  She was demonstrating some new dies and made some "off the page" balloons.

That got me to thinking about  making some balloons using some Stampin' Up products.  This first card was made with the Framelits Holiday Ornaments.  I will be bidding a fond farewell to Raspberry Ripple.

This second card is just a Circle Framelit.  I made he "knot" on the end of the balloon with the Christmas Ornament Punch.   

I made the bakers's twine loop by placing a small amount of Tombo glue between my index finger and thumb,  and pulled the twine through my finger and thumb to coat it .  Once it is coated, it is easy to shape and it sticks to the card.

All the balloon parts are on dimensionals.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Go-To Design

Do you have a go-to design? A design that you like, that you go to when you need a card in a hurry.  Or a design that you fall back on when your Mojo just ain't "mojo-ing"  for you?

This card is an example of a go-to card for me.  I like it because I can make it one layer or two, glam it up with bling or keep it simple and monochromatic.

Today it is simple and masculine.  I think the Square Lattice embossing folder makes it have that masculine look.  And, that's not ribbon; it's Washi Tape!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gingham Garden

It is getting to be that time of year when I look at my DSP and try to use the ones I haven't used in a while.  Gingham Garden fits that bill.

This is the perfect time to begin using it again because everything is beginning to turn green here in New England and the flowers are beginning to bloom.

Here is a bit of Gingham garden for Mother's Day.

You may notice a bit of decorative stitching on my card today.  As I said last week, I may start stitching on cards a bit more as I have purchased a new sewing machine.

All products Stampin' Up!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PPA 200

We have a very special sketch challenge this week.  Each week I invite you to join in the challenge. Take a look below and see why this is the one you will want to play:

Welcome to our 200th Challenge Celebration!

This week marks the 200th challenge from the Pals Paper Arts. To celebrate, we have a special surprise, a fun twist and a wonderful prize for you this week.
Follow this link to learn all the details:

The day is here! PPA 200! Wahoo!

All the resident artists have selected a different color to create a monochromatic card for the sketch on this milestone challenge.  My color is Crisp Cantaloupe.

Products used are 

The 200th challenge for PPA made me go back and look at my own stats for PPA.

My first PPA Challenge was PPA 48.  I was a PPA Pick three times (and was so thrilled)!

My first PPA Challenge as a Resident Artist was PPA 163.

And counting this post, I have participated in 96 challenges!  Thank you PPA for all the inspiration!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Life by Stampin' Up!

Instead of posting a card today, I want to fill you in on a major announcement from Stampin' Up!

Available May 1, 2014


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals
Every Tuesday Stampin' Up! announces weekly deals on particular products of the week.  Follow the link below to view the weekly deals.

Click here to see this week's deals

I know I will be stocking up on a few the Anywhere Glue Sticks.  They are wonderful and the glue sticks are the perfect glue for the Dryer Sheet Technique and Faux Silk technique.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sending Good Thoughts

The Paper Players have a color challenge this week

I used two of my favorite Stampin' Up! stamp sets, Gorgeous Grunge and Postage Due.
The base card stock is Calypso Coral.  The inks used are Always Artichoke, Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral.  The Banner is sponged with calypso Coral.

Products Used: