Kinda Eclectic Beautiful Bunch

Hi Stampers.  I wanted to share with you this pretty card I made using the retiring Beautiful Bunch stamp set and the matching Fun Flower punch.  For this card I paired it with the Kinda Ecletic stamp set that carries over to the new Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

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This card starts out with a Chocolate Chip card base 5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25.  Next is a 4″ x 5.25″ layer of Very Vanilla card stock.  I stamped the flower from the Beautiful Bunch stamp set in Daffodil Delight ink twice onto some Daffodil Delight card stock and punched them out with the Fun Flower punch.  I stamped the butterfly from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set in Wisteria Wonder ink onto Wisteria Wonder card stock and punched it out with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  I stamped the sun and leaves from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set onto the Very Vanilla layer using Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi ink.  I them attached the flowers and butterfly with glue dots, layering the second flower a bit so the petals were offset.  I finished the card off by adding a Daffodil Delight button with linen thread onto the flower with glue dots and added a few rhinestones to the center of the butterfly.

I used Very Vanilla medium envelop and stamped onto the front lower left corner using the same ink and stamps to coordinate the envelope with the card.  Give it a try.  If you need any of the supplies used in the making of this card you can purchase them through my online store or by clicking the links below.

Happy Stamping,
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PPA302 – A Sketch Challenge

Hi Stampers.  I’m back with another Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge today.  This week Nicole Watt has designed a great sketch for us to use as inspiration.

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For my card this week I used something old and something new.  My something old is the designer series paper stack – Have a Cuppa.  The Have a Cuppa DSP stack is retiring this week.  My something new is the Love You Lots Hostess Stamp Set from the NEW catalog that goes live June 1st! (Do you have your free copy of the catalog yet?? Email me – I’d love to be YOUR demonstrator).

ppa302 - using the Love You Lots hostess stamp set from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 catalog that goes live June 1, 2016

This card starts with a Real Red card base (4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″).  Next is a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of DSP from the Have a Cuppa DSP stack.  The top strip is 3.75″ x .5″ of Real Red card stock, topped with 3.75″ x .25″ strip of Basic Black card stock.  The bottom strip of Basic Black card stock is 3.75″ x 1.25″ dry embossed with the large polka dots textured embossing folder.  The lady bugs and sentiment were stamped using Memento Black ink onto a 1.75″ x 2.75″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  The lady bugs were colored with the Real Red marker and then Real Red ink was sponged on the edges.  The Whisper White layer was backed by a 2″ x 3″ piece of Real Red card stock.

So there you have it –  a cute simple card using something retiring and something being released.  Pop over to Pals Paper Arts and try your hand at this weeks sketch challenge!

Happy Stamping,
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Pals “Textures & Techniques” Blog Hop

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Hi Stampers.

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

The technique that I chose to share with you today is called the Bokeh technique.  I started out with a Delightful Daffodil card base 5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25″.  I then used a 5.25″ x 4″ layer of Whisper White card stock.  I sponged Temping Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Delightful Daffodil ink over the entire surface of the Whisper White layer (before adhering it to the base).

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I then used several of my circle punches and punched various size holes into a scrap of the backing from the DSP paper packs (its a little more rigid than the card stock but not quite chipboard thickness).  I used this as a mask by laying it onto my sponged background and used another sponge with Whisper White craft ink to sponge white circles around the layer making (letting a few of them, in various sizes, overlap).  This gives it the appearance of floating bubbles.  I then used the Hello You Thinlits to cut the word “thanks” out of Melon Mambo card stock and adhered that to the Bokeh layer and then adhered that to the card base. I think it’s a beautiful technique!  I hope you give it a try.

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I am really bummed about the envelope liners  being on the retirement list.  I have loved using them to turn my retired designer series paper into envelope liners.  It really seems to finish off the card and make it look more professional to have the lined envelope.  Be sure to grab the before they are gone!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  6. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  7. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  8. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  15. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  18. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  19. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  20. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  22. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  23. Nicole Everitt at Stamp Scrap Love

Happy Stamping,
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PPA298: A Sketch Challenge

Hi Stampers, it’s that time again.  Time for another Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.  We invite you to break out your stamp supplies and give the sketch a try and upload it at the PPA blog. Here is the card that I came up with:

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This card starts out with a Tip Top Taupe card base 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.  Next up is a 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ layer of Melon Mambo card stock, followed by a 5 1/4″ x 4″ layer of Designer Series Paper from the It’s My Party DSP stack.  For the layers on top, I chose to use Crushed Curry and Mint Macaroon card stock cut at 2 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ with a 2″ x 3″ layer of Whisper White over each one.  I used the Celebrate Today stamp set for the layer on the left and the Amazing Birthday (colored with markers) on the right.  The stamp from Amazing Birthday (on the right) was actually larger than the card stock, but it still looks good to me!

I threw this card together last minute and it seems to me it’s missing something.  What would you add?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Stamping,
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Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products List

Hi Stampers. It’s getting close!  It’s almost time for our new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog!!  As a demo, we got to see it already and it’s 212 pages of awesome!!  This is the cover:

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There are a lot of new products, which means some of our older things will be retiring.  As sad as it is to see these products go, there’s still time for you and your customers to get them before they’re gone. Plus, retiring products have discounts of up to 50%! Retiring products will only be available until May 31, or while supplies last, so contact your customers and let them know to order them before they’re gone!

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Details: Dates: April 18 -May 31, 2016 (or while supplies last).

You can take a look at what’s retiring on my website under “retiring product” or below you can view it (and save it to your device for frequent reference) as an excel file or a PDF.

  • PDF  of retiring Stampin’ Up! products
  • Excel File of retiring Stampin’ Up! products

Things to Remember

  • Orders can be placed by contacting me or placing an order online.
  • Accessories will be available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamps until May 22 (not accessories-accessories are only while supplies last).

Don’t miss out on the items you want – get them before they are gone!

 

Happy (shopping and) Stamping,
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PPA296: A Sketch Challenge

Hi Stampers. I hope you enjoyed our Stampin’ Pretty Pals “Families First” blog hop yesterday – there were some awesome projects showcased!  There are many more fabulous works of art over at Pals Paper Arts this week too for our latest sketch challenge.  I chose to use a stamp set that I just earned from Sale-a-bration 2016 called “Party Pants” and our “It’s My Party” DSP.

IMG_3670This starts out with a Tip Top Taupe card base – 8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″. Over that I layered some 4″ x 2.25″ Mint Macaroon card stock with the 3.75″ x 2″ balloons on white DSP, then the 5.25″ x 1.75″ Melon Mambo with the 5″ x 1.5″ confetti on black DSP.  I used Mint Macaroon & Melon Mambo markers to color the sentiment stamp and then stamped it onto Whisper White card stock and cut it out with the number 3 (counting from inside out) circle framelit.  I used a stampin’ dimensional to adhere that to a Crushed Curry circle of card stock cut with the number 4 circle framelit.

IMG_3676The inside of the card I decorated with more sentiment stamps in Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight inks.  I then stamped a few random balloons to this 5.25″ x 4″ Whisper White layer and the front left corner of the medium Whisper White envelope (which was lined with matching DSP using the Envelope Framelits).  There is a “string” stamp in the stamp set, but I just used a project life journaling pen to draw the strings so I could make them a little more animated.

Why don’t you pop on over to Pals Paper Arts and try your hand at this weeks sketch – I’d love to see what you come up with!

Don’t forget – this is the LAST week of our Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!  While I’m bummed we will be losing Weekly Deals, I’m sure they have something just as exciting to release with the new catalog coming out June 1st!  Become a demo – and see it NEXT WEEK!!!!  As a demo, we can place orders for the new and exciting products as of May 3rd!  Thanks to some awesome sales during sale-a-bration – I get to order some of it FOR FREE!!!  I LOVE STAMPIN’ UP!!

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Happy Stamping,
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Pals “Families First” Blog Hop

2016badge-blackberryHi Stampers.  Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are all about our families. This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner… how would you want to remember those special family moments? We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

In February, my husband took me to Reno for my birthday.  We stayed a the Peppermill Resort and he bought me a “birthday” treatment at the spa there (massage, pedicure and a birthday cupcake). It was the best spa I’ve ever been to!!  If you are ever in Reno, NV – make sure you make an appointment to get a massage with Grey at the Spa Toscana, she is AMAZING!

While in Reno, I wanted to check out their Hobby Lobby, since we don’t have one back home.  They had a sale on frames and I purchased several of these great frames.  There is a gap (of about 1/4 inch) between my project and the glass giving me plenty of room to use pearls, rhinestones and Stampin’ dimensionals. I’ve often admired the samplers I’ve seen on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try.  I made an “Easter” one and one that said “Family” that can been seen in my Etsy store and on my Pinterest page.  For this blog hop – I made one  for Mother’s Day.  It’s for sale on Etsy – HERE.

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My frame was 11″ x 11″ overall.  I cut the piece of Designer Series Paper 9″ x 9″.  I then decided I wanted 16 squares, so I did a little math and decided on 2″ x 2″ colored squares of card stock (Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight and Pink Pirouette) and 1.75″ x 1.75″ Whisper White card stock over that.  I cut the letters out of Melon Mambo card stock on my silhouette cameo – although you could use the Little Letters framelit dies.

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I placed the letters in various squares spelling out M O T H E R.  I then got out some stamps and punches and decorated the remaining squares trying to do a little of everything – after all, it is a sampler *wink*. The letters still looked lonely, so I used my bitty flower punch and punched out some flowers and put a pearl in the middle and accented a few letters.  I also added a little sparkle with my clear wink of stella brush.

Stampin’ Tip: I glued the DSP to the cardboard that came in the frame and then arranged the colored card stock and glued the corners first, then the two between the corners on each side, and then the middle.  I adhered the white squares LAST.  I can’t tell you how many times I rearranged them until I liked the look. 

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  3. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  4. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  5. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  6. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin
  10. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  11. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  12. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  15. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  16. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  19. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  22. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Karen Zaring Browning at Karen Zaring Browning
  25. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  26. Debbie Crowley at Expressivley Deb

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Tea-riffic PPA292 Sketch

Hi Stampers.  Today I’m back with yet another Pals Paper Arts Sketch.  I loved working with this sketch and I encourage you to play along with us.  I chose to use the “Nice Cuppa” bundle and matching Designer Series Paper for a fun Mother’s Day card.

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I used our new THICKER Whisper White card stock for my card base. (I’ve been loving the sturdier version for card bases, but still love the thinner version for layers!)  The base is 8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″.  Next was a 3.25″ x 3.25″ square of Perfect Plum.  I stamped the hearts and tea bags from the Nice Cuppa stamp set onto the layer with Perfect Plum ink.  I adhered it to the upper half of the card, making an even border on top and sides.  Under that I placed a piece of Perfect Plum card stock cut out with the 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch. Next up is a 4.25″ x 2″ layer of DSP from the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper stack. (This is a handy stack of 6″ x 6″ squares of DSP – they are easy to work with and easy to store.)  The flag was made with a .75″ x 4″ strip of Perfect Plum card stock.  I used the #4 circle framelit (counting from center outward) to cut out a circle of Whisper White card stock that fit perfectly into the scallop circle.  Onto that I stamped the sentiment and sponged the edges – with Perfect Plum ink. I then attached it with dimensionals and added a tiny pearl accent to each scallop.  I used my Perfect Plum marker and a ruler to add the stitching around the edge of the card.

IMG_2305For the interior of the card I stamped the same heart used on the front of the card and another sentiment from the same stamp set (A Nice Cuppa), stamped in Perfect Plum ink.  To further my co-ordination, I added a .75″ x 4.25″ strip of the same DSP from the front of the card and used the leftover DSP from that sheet to line my envelope.  It turned out kinda cute, if I do say so myself. *wink*  I’ll see you over at Pals Paper Arts – can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Don’t forget to check out the weekly deals!  Stampin’ Up! offers new deals each Tuesday – follow my facebook page so you don’t miss out!

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Happy Stamping,
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Pals Spring Blog Hop

2016badge-watermelonHi Stampers.  Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for March 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring Spring and Spring related projects. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

IMG_2169My “Spring” project is a wall art “sampler”.  Recently, I opened an Etsy store (well I’ve had one for a while, but I really started working on it this year.  I wanted to add more than just cards.  I found this great frame at Hobby Lobby when we were in Reno for my birthday last month.  It’s like a shadow box frame but the depth is very shallow (about a 1/4″ between the project and the glass.  Just enough to give my flowers and butterfly a little lift.  It was perfect for this project!

The interior of the frame is 10″ x 10″.  The Wild Wasabi background piece is 9″ x 9″.  I then cut out sixteen 2″ squares in various spring colors (Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder).  Then I cut out sixteen 1.75″ Whisper White squares.  I cut out the letters that spell EASTER in Wisteria Wonder card stock on my Silhouette Cameo 2.  I just got it a few weeks ago – I am IN LOVE!!!  I’ve had a Cricut (didn’t like the need for cartridges – I know, they don’t now, but mine did) and I’ve had a Pazzles (very cool machine, but not very intuitive) – but for some reason, this one is SO much easier and there are a TON of tutorials online!

I then started rooting around in my stamp and punch collections and filled in the various squares.  Some were stamped and colored, some were just stamped, some were filled with punch art…  I just had fun with it.  I’m in love with how it came out!  Now, lets just hope some one buys it for $24.99!  You can view it in my Etsy store www.QueenBCreations.com (no – that’s not a typo – my blog is .net and my store is .com – how cool is that?)

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!

Final Hop Line Up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Nicole Everitt at Stamp Scrap Love
  3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  4. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  5. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  6. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  7. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  8. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  9. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  10. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  11. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  12. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  14. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  15. Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithBecky
  16. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  17. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  18. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  19. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin pink rose
  21. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  22. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  23. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  24. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  25. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

Happy Stamping,
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Happy Day, it’s PPA290!

Hi Stampers,

I’m back today with another sketch challenge from Pals Paper Arts. One look at this card and I knew the fancy fold that it needed to be and with all the talk from Stampin’ Up! about “Bringing Birthday’s Back” (#imbringingbirthdaysback), I knew it needed to be a birthday card.

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This Daffodil Delight card base is 8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 2.75″ & 7″ then folded to the middle.

IMG_2179[1]On the front of the card I used a 3.25″ x 3.75″ piece of Mint Macaron card stock with a 3″ x 3.5″ piece of confetti DSP from the “It’s my Party” DSP.  These were layered with snail adhesive and adhered to just the left side of the card front with snail adhesive, the is no adhesive on the right side, so the card will open. I used the balloon bouquet punch to punch out a balloon from a scrap of Melon Mambo card stock.  I gave it a little highlight with a white gel pen and adhered it to the confetti paper with glue dots.  I stamped the sentiment “happy day” from the Sale-a-bration set “Perfect Pairing” in Melon Mambo ink on to a 2.25″ x .75″ scrap of Whisper White card stock.  I flagged the end of the piece with paper snips and adhered it to the card on the lower right of the confetti piece with glue dots.

IMG_2184[1]For the interior of the card I used a 5.25″ x 4″ piece of confetti DSP from the “It’s my Party” DSP.  Then a 3.25″ x 4.5″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  I sponged the edges with Melon Mambo ink and stamped the sentiment from the Just Kidding stamp set in Mint Macaron ink.  I’m really happy with how it came out.  I hope it encourages you to get out your stamps, ink and paper and play along with Pals Paper Arts!

Happy Stamping,
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