Pals Blog Hop May 2015

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May where we are preparing for the retirement of some Stampin’ Up! products. Though it may be goodbye to some very loved supplies, it will make room for the much-anticipated new catalog products. We hope you enjoy the Pals’ creative projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Kerry Willard Bray, Peonies and Paper Chains, number 18 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

I recently looked through my stamps to see which ones were on the retired list, and discovered that there actually quite a few. But I have no regrets about the ones I have – because they “spoke” to me in some way when I decided to purchase them, and therefore they have meaning for me. And yes, there will probably be a time when I will have to go through them and weed some of them out, but for now I am glad that I have such a well-rounded collection. That being said, there is nothing like a new Annual Catalog to get the blood flowing and the crafty ideas swirling. There are five gorgeous new In Colors and some really sweet new stamps, punches, and accessories. So while I treasure the stamps I already have, I can’t wait to dig into the richness of Stampin’ Up!s newest offerings.

For my project this month I pulled out an old standby, and one of my personal faves, Pleasant Poppies. What a classic background stamp! For the card below I used just a part of the whole stamp by only inking the flower stems that I wanted to use; because the stems aren’t as close together it’s much easier to ink up just the portion of the image that you want to use. I paired it with a piece of the Back to Black Designer Series Paper, which is also retiring. I was going for something clean and crisp but elegant, and I think I’ve achieved that with this sympathy card. The sentiment is also from a retiring set, the 2014-15 Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp, Flamingo Lingo.

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The next stop is Susan Itell at Simple Stampin, number 20 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop! Here is the complete Blog Hop lineup:

  1. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  2. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  3. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps!
  6. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  7. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  8. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  11. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  12. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  13. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  14. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  15. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  16. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  19. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You  ← it’s the circle of life – you are here.
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  22. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  23. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  26. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  27. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  28. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  29. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  30. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  31. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  32. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery

And here are some of the products I used to make my card – now is a great time to pick up some of these wonderful retiring items!

This entry was posted in Cards.

My Paper Pumpkin April 2015 Variations

I love getting My Paper Pumpkin delivered to my door every month, even as a seasoned stamper and scrapper. Sometimes the kits spark new ideas and sometimes the stamps have just the “sentiment” that I needed to round out my (ever-growing) collection of rubber and photopolymer.

So today I’m going to show you a couple of variations I came up with for this month’s My Paper Pumpkin, which comes with some unique kraft paper envelopes and Pacific Point and Crushed Curry ink spots. Here is my take on the card as it is presented in the directions that come in each and every box:

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Cute, right? And everything you need is included: the cardstock, envelopes, pre-cut bows, twine, adhesives, and ink. But I got to thinking that maybe these could be dressed up a bit, quickly. And simply. Obviously you could go whole hog with these and bling them out to the max, but I wanted to do something that wouldn’t take a lot of time but would spruce up the “ingredients.”

For this variation I used a sheet from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper. I kept the Crushed Curry bow, I used the ink spots included, the card base in Crushed Curry, the cut card stock in white, and the photopolymer stamps also included in the kit:

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Here’s a look at the inside of the card – I love the sentiment that includes the parentheses!

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Finally, I thought, hey, there’s a string on these puppies, why not use them as a tag for a gift or an ornament for the holiday tree? I grabbed some snippets of retired DSP and a retired sentiment from a couple of years ago. I used the bow from the kit but turned it inside out so the white showed. I also took one of the cards and cut it in half and covered the Pacific Point pattern with another piece of the holiday paper. Instead of the twine I used the Soft Sky Thick Baker’s Twine. Here’s how it turned out:

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So there you have it – you don’t have to stick with the status quo if you don’t want to, and you can do anything you put your mind (and imagination) to! Once again, here they are all together:

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To sign up for My Paper Pumpkin, just click here. You can sign up month by month, sign up for three months, or  get a discount if you sign up for either six or twelve months of delivery.

Here’s a quick video that Stampin’ Up! created to demonstrate this month’s My Paper Pumpkin:

Mother’s Day Is Just Around the Corner

As I sit here writing this I can see beautiful white blossoms on the trees and yet the weather report called for frost and maybe even light snow. It did actually flurry heavily – and the heat in the house, which I had set at 60 degrees, came on this morning! It’s the winter that just won’t end.

Nevertheless it’s not too soon to start thinking about the mothers in your life and what sort of things you might do to make their day a little special. How about a beautiful handmade card? I decided to use some Blackberry Bliss and some Pink Pirouette to put together the card below:

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I didn’t have any Blackberry Bliss ribbon that I wanted to use, so I took the Tape It stamp set and stamped directly onto some Whisper White cotton ¼” ribbon. Don’t forget to heat set it, or you’ll be covered in ink, as will your project (found this out the hard way)!

I had the safety pins lying around, so I tried to color them with a dark purple to make them less pink – not sure I’m happy with the result. I’m thinking I should have just left them pink.

All in all I think it looks okay. Unfortunately I don’t have anyone in my immediate family to send it to, so I may wind up changing out the sentiment to just “Happy Mother’s Day” and sending it to a friend. I have lots of friends who are mothers who would probably love a handmade card. And if you don’t have a mom to send it to, you could do the same – send it to someone you know who is a mom!

The inside sentiment I stamped in Blackberry Bliss using one of the stamps from the recent Sale-a-Bration set “Simply Wonderful.”

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Here are the supplies I used – apologies that the sentiment I used on the front is from the Delightful Dozen set that was retired last year. But any sentiment will do!

This entry was posted in Cards.

Stampin’ Up! Retired Product List

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The Stampin’ Up! retired product list is up and there are some great bargains to be had.  Because the list is so lengthy you will need to click on this link here so you can see the list in its entirety. You can also go to my online store here and look at the products and pictures.

Stampin’ Up! will continue to manufacture the stamps on the retired product list through May 26, so if the set you want is out of stock it will be placed on back order for you. Everything else on the list, though, is while supplies last only, so it’s first come, first served. Some products have already sold out, so don’t wait too long.

Tomorrow, April 22, there will also be new items in the Clearance Rack section. Now is a great time to expand your collection of some terrific Stampin’ Up products.

And don’t forget that all the digital files for My Digital Studio are also on sale!

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Playing with Color Combos

Do you struggle with color combos? I know I do.  I’m never quite sure what goes with what, and the color wheel just makes my head spin.  I’m hopeless when it comes to matching things off the top of my head.

But the other day I got a new Spellbinders die and I thought, what can I do to make this stand out? I knew I wanted to use Pacific Point ink, although I’m not sure why.  And I don’t usually use orange tones, but our Calypso Coral was doing its best to get my attention! And who doesn’t love the brightness of Daffodil Delight? (Yeah, I know, people who don’t like yellow)… In desperation for one more color, I thumbed through my notebook of 8½ x 11 Stampin’ Up! card stock and came across a few random sheets of Certainly Celery, which was retired a couple of years back.

I also knew going in that I wanted to have whatever sentiment I was using appear in a circle, so the next thing I did was go through my book of Stampin’ Up! images to see what I could use, and came across Chalk Talk. Perfect!

Here is the end result of my color combos soul-searching!

color combos jpgI recently noticed that my camera doesn’t exactly pick up my card stock colors correctly, so in reality, the blue actually has a bit more teal to it; but you get the general idea! I like the way the colors are so vibrant in relation to each other. Definitely out of my comfort zone, since I adore pastels!!

Butterfly Thinlits Back in Stock

The Long Wait Is Over!!

Slowly but surely the long wait for items that have sat in containers on ships at the west coast docks is finally easing. Stampin’ Up has just announced that the Butterfly Thinlits are back in stock after several months, and to celebrate their arrival they have announced a special 15% discount on the thinlits. Not only that, but if you purchase one of the Butterfly Bundles (which are already at a 15% discount), you can choose from one of three exclusive Sale-a-Bration prizes.

Check out this graphic:

butterfly thinlits jpgThis offer is only good until the end of April, so if you’ve been waiting forever for these beauties to come back in stock, now is the time to grab them, especially at such a great price.  And if you’ve been on the fence about whether to get them or not, this would also be a great time to do so!

Coming up this Tuesday we’ll have the Retired List – which will include every single Digital Download for MDS, as Stampin’ Up! will no longer offer support or downloads for My Digital Studio after May, 2015. Stamp sets and accessories will also be at a reduced price on this list. Be sure to check back to see what other goodies you can pick up.

Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit

So while I’ve been recuperating from cancer surgery I decided to poke around my craft room to see what unfinished projects I had lying around – um, yes, too many to count, I know you know what I mean. But I was looking for something not too taxing that I could do while sitting up in bed, and I came across this Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit by Papertrey Ink. The dies can be used with paper and fabric, and in this case I used felt. So I had my minions cut everything out with the Big Shot so I could then sew everything together. The first photo is of the needle book and the scissors holder:

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Oh, a reminder – the retired list for Stampin’ Up! will be out on the 21st, and will include stamp sets, designer papers, and accessories, so stay tuned in case you want to pick up any of these going, going, gone items before they really are. I will post a link to the list when it is released. This includes, of course, my favorite In Colors 2013-2015: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Strawberry Slush. Anything in the catalog featuring those colors will automatically retire (but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe, one or more of these will make it into the regular color palette)!

So that’s what I’ve been up to, what are you doing?