PPA306 – A Foxy Sketch Challenge

Hi Stampers. It’s that time again!  Time for another Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.  This sketch is brought to you by the fabulous Mary Fish of Stampin’ Pretty.  I am blessed to be a Stampin’ Pretty Pal, not only do I reap the benefits of her knowledge, but the stampers (hobby and business demos) that sign up under me also benefit from all the wonderful things Mary has to offer – added to what I offer.  Did I mention that in June you get two additional stamp sets to add to the already fabulously discounted kit – that you get to choose yourself! What a great deal – ask me how to get in on the best deal ever!  Anyway…. back to our sketch.  Here is the card I created:

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This card has a Basic Grey card base (8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″). Next up was a 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ layer of Designer Series Paper from the A Little Foxy DSP stack.  I used the Foxy Friends stamp set with Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Memento Black ink pads to stamp the foxes onto Whisper White card stock.  I cut the faces out with the circle framelits and used the next size up to make a matte with Basic Black card stock.  The ribbon across the bottom is some retired ribbon I had left over – it just happened to be exactly the right color.

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On the inside of the card, I used the same stamp set and stamped the stump in Chocolate Chip ink and the fox in Calypso Coral and Memento black ink in the bottom right corner.  In the upper right corner I used Always Artichoke ink to stamp some greenery.  I got the two tones by stamping the first set of leaves and then stamping the second set of leaves without re-inking the stamp.

I hope my card inspires you to play along with Pals Paper Arts – or at least pull out your supplies and stamp.  If you wish to purchase any of the products used in the making of this card, please use my “shop online” button on this blog to browse my store or use the links below to take you directly to the product you wish to purchase.

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Bloomin’ 25th Anniversary

Hi Stampers.  Today I am using up some retired card stock and proving that the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits are not just for Valentines Day.  I combined it with the Large Numbers Dies and the Number of Years stamp set to create this beautiful Anniversary card.

25th Anniversary card made with Stampin' Up! Bloomin' Heart and Large Number dies.

The card base is made from the retired Lost Lagoon card stock and paired with Very Vanilla card stock.  I punched a 1/4″ hole about .75 of an inch in from each side in the middle and ran Lost Lagoon ribbon up through each hole from the back and then wrapping it around the side and gluing to the back with glue dot’s.  I then adhered that layer to the card with stampin’ dimensionals.  I used the Bloomin’ Heart thinlit and Lost Lagoon card stock to cut out the beautiful heart that I adhered with a few drops of monoadhesive glue behind the flowers of the heart and a few larger leaves.  The “25” was cut from silver glimmer paper using the Large Numbers framelit dies and the “th” and “anniversary” were stamped onto Very Vanilla with Lost Lagoon ink and then cut out with the framelits.  All these are adhered to heart with stampin’ dimensionals (I used the edges, since they can be cut smaller).

25th Anniversary card made with Stampin' Up! Bloomin' Heart and Large Number dies.

The interior of the card is lined with a 4″ x 5.25″ layer of Very Vanilla.  I stamped the sentiments from the B.Y.O.P stamp set in Lost Lagoon ink. I LOVE how it came out.  I hope you do too!

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PPA304 – A Sketch Challenge

Hi Stampers. Today’s card is another Pals Paper Arts challenge.  Each of the design team members was asked to come up with a sketch to submit. (I have to admit, I was TERRIBLE at this.  Big thanks to my fellow Pal, Nicole Watt, for helping me out.)  This was the sketch I ended up submitting to the team.  This week you get to try your hand at it!

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This is my card.  It is made using the new Jars of Love stamp set and the Swirly Bird framelit dies.

PPA304 by Lisa Ann Bernard of Queen B Creations using the Jars of Love stamp set and the swirly bird framelit dies

The card base is done in Always Artichoke and then a 4″ x 5.25″ layer of DSP from the Regals Designer Series Paper stack in Crushed Curry.  The Always Artichoke swirl behind my image is from the Swirly Bird die cut set. My feature image is a jar stamped in Smokey Slate ink and then water stamped inside the jar with Marina Mist ink.  I stamped the stems in Always Artichoke ink and the flowers in Crushed Curry ink.  I added the bow to the top of the jar with Crumb Cake ink.  I had to remove some ink from the ends of the stamp to make it fit, it’s made to go lower on the jar.

For this card I really wanted to use Crystal Effects, but it retired when the new catalog came out last week.  Some one said use the fine tip glue pen, “its the same stuff”.  Well, I tried it – it’s not exactly the same stuff.  But it did work in giving the water more of a “wet” look and a 3D look to it.  As tends to be my style, I finished the card of with some sparkle by adding rhinestones to the center of each flower.  I hope my card inspires you to pop over to Pals Paper Arts and submit your card make using this sketch.

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Pals Blog Hop

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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 based on “B“ themes such as Birthday, Bride or Baby. 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.

Stampin' Up! Baby Bear in Blushing Bride from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog

How cute is this bear?!?!  I’m in love!  I was a HUGE fan of “Button Bear”, “Bow Bear” and their accessories from waaaaayyyyy back in Stampin’ Up! history.  When I saw this new Baby Bear stamp set, I knew I HAD to have it!  This Baby Bear features the triple stamp technique.  It is three stamps layered one on top of the other.  They are photopolymer (the rubber is clear) so they are super easy to line up.

The card has a Blushing Bride card base and a layer of Very Vanilla card stock embossed with the large polka dots embossing folder over that.  I used a 1″ x 4″ strip of Blushing Bride glimmer paper to set the bear on (to “ground” her – make her look like she isn’t just floating in air). She was stamped with Crumb Cake and Tip Top Taupe ink.  For the bottom layer I inked in Crumb Cake then stamped off on scrap paper, then stamped onto the card stock. I stamped the next layer in Crumb Cake (without the stamp off) and then Tip Top Taupe over that, then cut her out and adhered her to the card with stampin’ dimensionals.  The bow is stamped on a scrap of paper and fussy cut out and attached to the bear with glue dots.  I used a scrap of Blushing Bride card stock to make the flag at the top.  I stamped the saying in Tip Top Taupe ink.  I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the bow and the center of her eyes for a little sparkle.

Stampin' Up! Baby Bear in Blushing Bride from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog

The inside of the card is lined with a 4″ x 5.25″ layer of Very Vanilla card stock.  I stamped the bow (in two stamps) with Blushing Bride.  The first stamp was stamped off, the second was full strength.  The saying below is stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink.  I hope you enjoy my card – and all the other wonderful creations on our Hop!

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 Final Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Nicole Everitt at Stamp Scrap Love
  3. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  4. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  5. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  6. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  7. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  8. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  9. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  10. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  11. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  12. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  13. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  15. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  16. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  17. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  18. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  19. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  20. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  21. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  23. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  24. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  25. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  26. Amy Hoptay at CraftCarnivore

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Flower Patch Thank You

Hi Stampers. Today’s quick and easy card features the Flower Patch stamp set.  This set is photopolymer, which means the material is clear making it a great choice for 2-step stamping.  Two-step stamping is the technique I used on the flowers.  In this technique you stamp the bottom layer in a light color and a darker color on top (hence the two steps).  Because the stamps are clear, you can easily see through the stamp to know exactly where you are placing the image.  This is super helpful on the second step.

Thank You card made with Stampinn' Up! Flower Patch stamp set plus glitter and rhinestones

This card starts out with a Elegant Eggplant card base (8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″).  I stamped on the 4″ x 5.25″ layer of Whisper White before placing it on the card base.  I did this for two reasons: 1) If I don’t like the stamping I can flip it over and start again. 2) I can let the stamps hang over the edge of the layer and make it look more natural.  The large pink flower is done with Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo ink.  I then used the two way glue pen and dazzling diamond glitter to the center of the flower.  The purple flowers are done with Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant ink and a rhinestone in the center of the flower.  The leaves are done in Wild Wasabi ink and the small flowers are done in Daffodil Delight ink. This card could be completed with just about any sentiment.  Thank you… Happy Birthday… Happy Mother’s Day… Congratulations… Thanks for being my friend…  It’s just pretty!  It’s also easy to make!  Set up an assembly line and make a bunch while you have the materials out.  You won’t be sorry!

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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.

Stampin' Up! Kinda Eclectic Beautiful Bunch with punched out flower and butterfly

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.

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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!

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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

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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:

PPA298 stampin' Up! Amazing Birthday card

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.

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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!

 

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