Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's the end...

It's the end of the 2010-2011 catalog.  Tomorrow (June 30, 2011) at 11:50PM (MT) (that's 10:50 PM for people in my time zone) is the last day to place your order for items in the current catalog.  Many of you have already ordered your favorites from the retiring list, but if there is anything else you feel like you can't live without, then don't delay.  I'm hoping some of the retired items end up on the Clearance Rack in the distant future, but that is never guaranteed.

Then on Friday, July 1st, the new catalog should be up and running at Noon.  I'm excited and I hope you are too.

Today's card uses many retiring items.  While the Night of Navy cardstock, Designer button, and the BakersTwine will still be with us, the other items will not.  The retiring items on this card are the Navy Striped Ribbon, the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Newsprint Designer Series Paper, Designer Label Punch, and the Hodgepodge Happiness stamp set.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wedding or Anniversary Card

With summer comes lots of love and that means it's wedding season!  Today I am sharing a simple card that could be used for a wedding or an anniversary (as shown here.)  The idea isn't mine.  I saw a card similar to this one at the Stampin' Up convention last year and since then I've seen many demonstrators create their own personalized versions.  If you have a heart punch, you can make this card.  It's 4 hearts - 1 black, 1 white, 1 embossed white, and one blushing bride.  They are layered together to look like a bride and groom and attached to the card.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stampin' with a baby wipe

When traveling and taking stamps with me, I often leave my scrubber at home and instead use baby wipes to clean my stamps between uses.  I think many people use baby wipes to clean stamps, but did you also know you can use them for stamping too?  It's easy and gives a different look to your stamped image.  All you do it fold up a baby wipe and put drops of ink from reinkers onto the wipe in a random pattern.  (It looks a little like you're doing tie dye at the time.)  Then use the inked baby wipe to ink up your image and stamp onto glossy cardstock.  It gives a muted color that is a combination of the colors you used.  It's fun to experiment to see what color creations you like the best.  I stamped the flower stem/leaves with this technique.  Then I just colored in the flower image, cut it out, and popped it up on top with a dimensional.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Waterfall Card

My friend, JuDee, reminded me how to make a waterfall style card this week.  I bet it's been 4 years since I last made one, so it was a fun technique to think about after so many years.  I love butterflies, so I used the stamp set Butterfly Prints with elegant eggplant cardstock and inks to create this lovely card.  (PS - The name Vanessa means "butterfly" so perhaps that's why I love them!)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hello Blossoms

This cute little set is in the summer mini catalog for only $7.95.  What a great deal for a versatile little stamp set.  This is a card we made at stamp club last week.  I stamped the set twice (once in daffodil delight and once in black so I could punch out the black letters from the center of the circles and add them back onto the image with glue dots.)  It was a very quick card!  Kind of like the ones you make when you know the mailman will be at your home any minute!  lol

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tissue Paper

Do you like to recycle things?  Did you know you can make a card using tissue paper?  Granted, you could just buy some tissue paper at the dollar store, but I just save what is packaged in gifts I receive.  I sometimes stamp on it and then crumple it up before sticking it onto cardstock.  However, for this card, I used watercolor paper (to keep the moisture in the glue from curling the paper.)  I stamped a background image onto the watercolor paper and then stamped and colored another image onto my white tissue paper.  I applied a thin layer of watered-down glue to the watercolor paper and smoothed the tissue onto it.  I didn't want the crumpled look for this card, so I made sure to smooth it out.  Once completely dry, I tore away the excess tissue and distressed the edges before applying it to my card.  Here's the finished product.  (PS- I'm happy to say that only the ribbon used on this card is retiring!)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Goodbye Elegant Soiree

I'm continuing my blog series about retiring products.  While none of the cardstock colors are retiring (woo hoo!,) lots of the designer paper is going away forever (well, maybe not forever... sometimes we see it show up on the Clearance Rack two years later!)  Elegant Soiree is such pretty paper and normally I use it for sophisticated looks.  However, I tried it out with something a bit more fun.  I used my scallop punch and a rectangle that I cut and scored to create a funky cupcake.  Hmmm.... maybe I should invest in that cupcake punch for my next attempt.  hehe   

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I've got the blues.....

I don't like goodbyes and I don't like it when things change.  This becomes obvious when you glance into my closet and see well worn shirts that need to be retired so that I can have room for new things.  That's kind of like what happens when it's time for a new Stampin' Up catalog.  It's hard to let go.  lol  I pulled out the Elegant Soiree designer series paper today and played with it.  I love the blues and browns together on all the pages.  I made this card with some retiring items like the paper and brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit, but I did use a stamp set (Vintage Vogue) that will still be available in the new catalog.  I have another card I did with the same paper pack that I'll be posting in the next day or two, so my "I've got the blues" theme won't be over just yet. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's here!

The retired lists are HERE!  I have to say that I'm sad to see some of the sets go into retirement.  Personally I will miss Always (p. 69), Kimono Kids (p. 62), Forest Friends (p. 93), Build-a-Roo (p. 72), and perhaps most of all I will miss Blowing Kisses (p. 47.)  You see, soon I will be attending Stampin' Up's National Convention and I have signed up to participate in many swaps of cards.  I wanted to get a head start on making the cards, so I made 100 for a love note swap.  That's right... 100 cards for just one of the swaps I'm attending.  I selected a newer set.  A stamp set that was just introduced in the 2010-2011 catalog.  I knew it wouldn't retire because it was so new.  Guess what?  At 12:05AM this morning, I anxiously logged onto the Stampin' Up website to see what was being retired.  Imagine my surprise when Blowing Kisses was on the list.  As I sat here looking at a huge stack of 100 cards with a watercolored image from the set, I just wanted to cry.  I guess I have learned my lesson... don't start on convention swaps until after the retired lists are released.  Anyway, I'm going to pull the images off all the cards and try to salvage them so I won't have to start from scratch.  After all, I still have another 157 to make for other swaps.  This is the card before I destroy it.  lol  I'll post again once I redesign it with a different stamp set.

PS - On a personal note, yesterday really wasn't a very good day.  My husband knew I was having a rotten day and came home from work early carrying roses.  He's so thoughtful!  The roses really did make me feel better.  Then later when I saw the retired list this morning, I just glanced over at the roses and at my husband and I knew that everything was going to be OK.