Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Anchor in the Storm

#stampinup   #onstage2019   #onstagetelford2019   #faithfulinkspirations   Yay! It's Wednesday so it's time for another sneak peek of some wonderful products from the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog! We made this card at the OnStage event in April and I just love everything about this Come Sail Away Suite. Take a look at this awesome card we made!
I find that there's too much tension during a Stampin' Up event make-and-take session and I don't want to hurry with my card making. So my strategy is to stamp and punch and die cut the items I don't have and then assemble the card at home. That way I can take my time and make modifications if I want to. This make-and-take was sized for a note card, but I wanted to make it a full-size card, so I started with a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base. I adhered the 3-1/2" by 5" striped Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper directly to the card, a little off-center. Then I added another 3" by 4-1/4"  piece of the DSP to the other side of the card, a little off center.

We stamped the compass rose from the "Sailing Home" stamp set in Soft Suede Ink onto a 2-3/4" by 4" Watercolor Paper panel. When I got home, I squeezed some Balmy Blue Ink onto the lid and gave a light watercolor wash to this panel, using my Aqua Painter.

We also stamped the lighthouse in Night of Navy Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. When I got home--and after my pre-order arrived--I used the Smooth Sailing Dies to cut out the lighthouse. I also use one of the dies to cut the ship's wheel from a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock and the rope from a piece of Soft Suede Card Stock.

We stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black onto a Balmy Blue Card Stock piece and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. There's a lovely die in the Smooth Sailing set that would work perfectly for this sentiment, too.

I adhered the watercolor paper directly to the card. Then I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the lighthouse and sentiment. I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere the ship's wheel and the rope. 

For a finishing touch, I tied a length of Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker's Twine onto one of the Sail Away Trinkets. I adhered this to the card with a Glue Dot.

Isn't this set wonderful? I can't wait to play with it some more! Oh! Once the new catalog goes live on June 4, you can get the "Sailing Home" stamp set and Smooth Sailing Dies together in a bundle, saving you 10% off the price if you ordered them separately. Yay!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Thanks for Everything

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   This month, I've been saying goodbye to some of my favorite stamp sets that will retire at the end of the Stampin' Up year on June 3, 2019. The "All Things Thanks" set is truly one of my all-time favorites. I love the font and the sentiments and it's been so versatile--even for a set that's all about thanks! 

I pulled today's card together in no time--because I honestly had no time to be creative! I love that Stampin' Up offers such wonderful products because pulling together a quick card is a snap. Take a look!

I started with one of the beautiful sheets of Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (retiring). I cut this sheet to 3-3/4" by 5". I mounted it onto a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat. I had a 1/2" strip of another sheet of the DSP which I wrapped around the card as if it were a ribbon. (I'm clever like that!). Then I adhered everything to a Mint Macaron Card Stock card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the "All Things Thanks" stamp set (retiring) in Tranquil Tide Ink (retiring) onto Mint Macaron Card Stock. I cut this out with an oval Stitched Shapes Die. I adhered this piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

For a finishing touch, I added a Silver Adhesive Backed Rose from the Share What you Love Embellishments Kit (retiring). Isn't that adorable?!

Remember: All the retiring product is only available until June 3, 2019--and only while supplies last. Don't miss out! Order your favorite retiring items today! 

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Botanical Tags Times Two

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #OnStage2019   #OnStageTelford2019   If you're a regular reader of my blog (thank you!), you know that one of my favorite things to do at a Stampin' Up event is to swap cards with other demonstrators. I love to be inspired by their creations. I was especially thrilled to be able to swap with British and Irish stampers at the OnStage event in Telford, England, in April. I received two different projects made with the Botanical Tags Dies. These are carrying over to the new catalog--yay!

First up is a 4" square card made by Gina Connor from Northern Ireland. Gina blogs at You should head on over there and see what Gina's been cooking up! You won't be disappointed! Here's her card.
Gina started with an 4" by 8" piece of Shimmery White Card Stock, scored at 4". She added a 3-3/4" square Pear Pizzazz Card Stock mat. She added a circle of Shimmery White Card Stock that she cut with one of the Stitched Shapes Dies. Next, she cut elements from the Botanical Tags Dies. The birds and branches are also cut from Shimmery White Card Stock. She colored these with Light & Dark Crumb Cake and Old Olive Stampin' Blends--what an absolutely clever idea! She cut some Pear Pizzazz Card stock leaves with another of the dies in the set. She adhered everything to the card with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

For her finishing touches, Gina added some Basic Pearl Jewels and a Linen Thread Bow. Isn't this the sweetest card? You can read all about it on Gina's blog post.

I also received this lovely bookmark made with the Botanical Tags Dies. The artist, Ruth Windeler, from Cambridgeshire, England, just started blogging and she'd be ever so happy to have you visit and leave her a comment. She blogs at
Ruth started with a 2" by 8" strip of Powder Pink Card Stock (retiring). She used the negative image flower die to cut the top of the bookmark and punched the other end strip with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. She layered on a 2" by 4" strip of Whisper White Card Stock that she embossed with the Country Floral Embossing Folder.

Next, Ruth stamped a sentiment from the "Vibrant Vases" stamp set in Blushing Bride Ink onto a 1/2" by 2" Whisper White strip, which she adhered to the book mark. 

For her finishing touches, Ruth added a Basic Pearl Jewel and tied on some Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8" Variegated Ribbon (retiring). You can't see it in the picture, but Ruth also added some Wink of Stella to the centers of the flowers--making them shimmer and shine!

Both these projects feature the Botanical Tags Dies in ways I never would have thought of--and that's why I love to swap!!

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