Saturday, April 24, 2010

Eastern Blooms Birthday Card

I was on a mission to make a birthday card for a dear friend last weekend, and decided to case this card, by Liz Hughes, that I just LOVE. Part of her birthday gift was the cherry blossom water bottle behind the card, so I thought what better stamp set to use than Eastern Blooms. I used Cameo Coral, one of the soon-to-be-retiring colours that I will miss, as the card base. The Raspberry Tart DSP and Kiwi Kiss Corduroy buttons are retired, but are both available in the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack right now at excellent prices. Notice the cute little hanging tag? That was made using the Tiny Tags stamp set and the Jewelry Tag Punch, available in the Occasions Mini Catalogue until April 30.

Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Tiny Tags, Well Scripted
Paper: Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss Textured, Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink: Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Jewelry Tag Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Linen Thread, Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Brad

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Vintage Vogue - Clean & Simple

Here's another quick card I made using last week's fall-to-layout from Clean & Simple Stamping. The colours I used are all in the Cottage Wall Designer Paper. I thought I'd pay tribute to Pale Plum, one of my favourites, as we'll soon be bidding it a fond farewell to make room for new colours. I'm sad to see it go, but so excited to get my hands on those yummy new colours!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Whimsical Words
Paper: Pale Plum, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DP
Ink: Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon

Colour Renovation

Stampin' Up! recently announced that they are doing a major colour renovation, and I couldn't be more excited! They are bringing back some old favourites and introducing five brand new colours as well. I'm so happy that Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette will be back, and can't wait to play with Early Espresso, a deep, rich brown. There are 30 retiring colours, so now is the time to stock up on your favourites before they're gone for good when the new catalogue comes out in July. I'll definitely be stocking up on Close to Cocoa, Pale Plum, Bordering Blue and Cameo Coral.

Click to see "A Fond Farewell" (retiring colours)

Click to see "Colour Renovation: New Colour Collections"

5 New Colours

Marina Mist
Daffodil Delight
Cherry Cobbler
Cajun Craze
Early Espresso

10 Returning In Colours

Baja Breeze
Melon Mambo
Pink Pirouette
Rich Razzleberry
Riding Hood Red
River Rock
Soft Suede
Tangerine Tango
Wild Wasabi

30 Retiring Colours

Almost Amethyst
Apricot Appeal
Ballet Blue
Barely Banana
Blush Blossom
Bordering Blue
Brilliant Blue
Brocade Blue
Cameo Coral
Close to Cocoa
Creamy Caramel
Gable Green
Glorious Green
Going Gray
Green Galore
Handsome Hunter
Lavender Lace
Lovely Lilac
Mellow Moss
Only Orange
Orchid Opulence
Pale Plum
Pink Passion
Pixie Pink
Really Rust
Ruby Red
Sage Shadow
Summer Sun
Taken with Teal
YoYo Yellow

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Clean and Simple FTL 85

I'm really liking the weekly sketches on Clean and Simple Stamping. This card size is fun to make; it measures 6.5'' x 3.5''. Fifth Avenue Floral (such a pretty set!) is on sale right now for 20% off.

Have a great Friday!

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Well Scripted
Paper: Pale Plum, Whisper White, Soft Suede
Ink: Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Clean and Simple FTL 84 - Take Two!

Back in this post, I showed you a card I had made using the sketch above from Clean and Simple Stamping. Like I mentioned before, I totally forgot to make my card square the first time around and went straight to the standard 4.25 x 5.5'' size I often make. My brain must have been on autopilot! Anyway, I did try the sketch again with a square card and am happy with the results. The embossed white card base is something I had in my stash, but could easily be replicated with Whisper White cardstock and Texturz Plates.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Very Thankful
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Scallop Oval Punch, rhinestones

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rosette Treat Holder

Remember in this post a while back I mentioned I made a cute 3-D project with the paper rosette? Well, here it is! I used the Two Tags Bigz Die to die cut two of the larger tags. They are adhered at the bottom with Sticky Strip to create a holder for candy, chocolate, soaps, or some other small treat.

By the way, Stampin' Up! announced some BIG news today about a Colour Renovation; I'm so excited! Stay tuned for more details!

Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Paper: Pale Plum, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DP
Ink: Pale Plum, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Rhinestone Brad, Five Petal Flower Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Two Tags Bigz Die, 1/2'' Circle Punch

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bunny from Behind

Happy Easter! Hope you are enjoying your Easter weekend. Here's a fun Easter card I cased from Ann Clemmer. Too cute! I love the limitless possibilities of SU's punches. Can you guess which ones were used for this card?

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Well Scripted, Inspired by Nature
Paper: Whisper White, Pale Plum, Old Olive, Kraft, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Certainly Celery, Pale Plum, Close to Cocoa
Punches: Word Window, Medium Jewelry Tag, Small Oval, Crop-a-
Dile (1/8 hole punch), 1/2'' Circle, 1 3/8 Circle
Other: Little Leaves

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Two-Step into Spring with a Sneak Peek and 20% Off Select Stamps!

Two-Step into Spring promotion (click on the link to see images of the sets)

Promotion Dates:
April 1-30, 2010

Promotion Details


Host a $460 workshop and receive the brand-new Two-Step Awash with Flowers stamp set FREE!

Item Description
117062 Awash with Flowers (wood-mount)
120549 Awash with Flowers (clear-mount)


Two-Step into spring with a sneak peek from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue! Be the first to add the Awash with Flowers stamp set to your collection.

Item Description Price
117062 Awash with Flowers (wood-mount) $52.95
120549 Awash with Flowers (clear-mount) $36.95

Plus, purchase spring-themed Two-Step Stampin' sets at 20 percent off the retail price--no additional purchase necessary!

Qualifying stamp sets are listed below:

Item Page Description Discount Price
113824 94 Greenhouse Garden $27.96
113734 98 Fifth Avenue Floral $26.36
111578 101 Flower Fancy $39.16
113258 112 Trendy Trees $19.16

Friday, April 2, 2010

Clean and Simple FTL 84

Hi Stampers! I've been absent from blogging lately as I just got back from a fabulous week in beautiful, sunny San Diego. Loved it there! We checked out Balboa Park, lots of beaches, San Diego Wild Animal Park and the 59-Mile Scenic Drive. We also loved all the amazing local eateries, from Hodad's in sunny Ocean Beach to the Crest Cafe in eclectic Hillcrest. Check them out if you're ever in the area!

Before I left last week, I came across this lovely blog, Clean & Simple Stamping, and gave their weekly sketch a try. I forgot to keep the card square (oops!) as they had specified, but I came up with a square card using the same layout later on that I will share in my next post.

  • Notice the subtle background? Click on the photo to get a closer look. I inked up the flower in Pretty in Pink, stamped it off twice to remove most of the ink, and then stamped randomly all over a piece of Whisper White cardstock to create a subtle, custom background.
  • I coloured in a few sections of the flower using a blender pen and inkpad.
  • A bit of Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds on the center of the flower give it some bling.
  • I used my 1 1/4 Circle Punch to punch three half circles in Pretty in Pink.
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Tiny Tags
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, Polka Dot Embossing Folder


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