Monday, May 25, 2020

A Giraffe of a Different Color

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ublueunwind2020   The corona virus has forced us to cancel many things in our lives and while that's sad, sometimes there's a silver lining. Like: I'm spending more time with my family than ever, which is a silver lining because they're on the verge of adulthood and someday soon we won't be spending all this "quality" time together. Like: I've got so much free time on my hands that I'm organizing all the piles of clutter that have accumulated all over the house.

And like: I wouldn't have been able to attend Lydia Fiedler's Unwind Retreat if it had been held in person in Texas, but the silver lining is that all retreat alumni were invited to join in on the crafty fun over Zoom for the entire weekend! Oh my goodness, it was so much fun to see these people, to learn crafting techniques, and to laugh and laugh and laugh!!!

We had a couple of crafty challenges to complete over the weekend. One was to create something with an animal, but the animal had to be a color that isn't normally that animal's color. How fun, right? I used the "Animal Outing" (retiring) stamp set to stamp the giraffe image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Whisper White Card Stock. I stamped him again onto a Silicone Craft Sheet and then turned it over and rubbed it onto the card stock so that I got a mirror image of the giraffe! How cool is that?

I colored the giraffes with Light Rich Razzleberry and Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends and then cut them out with a square Stitched Shape Die. I stamped a sentiment from the "Animal Outing" (retiring) stamp set in Rich Razzleberry Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with a smaller square Stitched Shape Die.

I cut a 4" by 5-1/4" piece of Rich Razzleberry Card Stock to use as a mat. I used two sizes of Layering Squares Dies to cut the scalloped mats for the stamped pieces out of the center of this piece. Then I embossed a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Pumpkin Pie Card Stock with the Layering Leaves 3D Embossing Folder (retiring) and adhered it to the Rich Razzleberry mat. I tied on a length of Whisper White Flax Ribbon (retiring) before adhering everything to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

I adhered the stamped and matted images to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and then I added three Melon Mambo Noble Peacock Rhinestones (retiring). To finish the card, I gave the giraffes a wash with my Clear Wink of Stella 'cause who doesn't love some sparkly razzleberry giraffes?!

As of this posting, all the retiring items are still available to order, but they are only available while supplies last until June 2. So if you want any of these, get a move on!!

Stay safe! Stay healthy!

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sharing Sunshine

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #SUdifferencemaker   #sharesunshine   I had so much fun crafting along with Stampin' Up CEO Sara Douglass today during Stampin' Up's Day of Service. I watched as Sara and her kids made cards with the Share Sunshine PDF and I made my own cards, too. You can purchase the Share Sunshine PDF download here:  The cost is $12 and you can choose between two worldwide charities to which all proceeds go. No one is making money from this download--it's truly a way to make a difference and to share sunshine! If you want to watch Sara's video go to her Facebook page. She's such a fun and loving person--she (and her mom) are one of the reasons Stampin' Up is such a great company to work for!

I used one sheet of the Country Club Designer Series Paper (retiring) from the January-to-June mini catalog and one sheet of Magnolia Lane DSP (discontinued) from the current annual catalog. Unfortunately, the Magnolia Lane DSP has already sold out, but the Country Club DSP is still available (as of this blog post)--but only while supplies last and then only until June 2nd when it will retire at the end of the catalog period.

I printed the Share Sunshine PDF onto Whisper White Card Stock and I cut out the images with Stitched Shapes and Stitched Rectangles Dies. I cut mats from Layering Circles and Layering Squares Dies. I colored the olives in the martini glasses with Light and Dark Old Olive, Light Poppy Parade, and Light Petal Pink Stampin' Blends. I flagged the ends of the DSP strips with the Triple Banner Punch. All the pieces are adhered to the cards with Stampin' Dimensionals.

These cards were so quick and fun to make. I'm going to be dropping them in the mail to #sharesunshine with some of my friends that I miss. If you'd like to to the same, please download the PDF at the link above and make your own cards. If you share them on social media, use the hashtags #sharesunshine and #SUdifferencemakers. We'd love to see your creations!

Stay safe! Stay healthy!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Count the Good Times

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Well, it's time to say goodbye to one of my favorite stamp sets in the current annual catalog: "Piece of Cake" (retiring). Oh, how I've loved that stamp set and matching Cake Builder Punch (retiring)! I've made some super cute cards over the last couple of years. I'm going to miss my pals (even as I look forward to making some new pals in the new catalog)! I decided to pair this stamp set with some retiring DSP and with some things that will be carrying on. Oh, and yes, I'm using the retiring 2018-2020 In Color, Lovely Lipstick, because,'ll figure it out.

I used my Stamparatus to line up the cake and cake stand so that they fit perfectly in the punch. You can see how to do that on a previous blog post where I shared this PROTIP. I stamped these in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then I used a Light Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blend to color the cake, a Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blend to color the icing, and a Light Smoky Slate Stampin' Blend for the cake stand. Then I used the Cake Builder Punch (retiring) to punch out the pieces. I added some Shimmery Crystal Effects to the icing to make it glisten!

Next, I adhered a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" piece of Best Dressed 6" by 6" Designer Series Paper (retiring) to a 4" by 5-1/4" Whisper White panel. I wrapped a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around this before adhering it to a Lovely Lipstick Card Stock (retiring) card base.

I used the Painted Labels Dies to cut out the Whisper White label behind the cake and the sentiment medallion. I also used the scalloped edge die to cut out a bit of the Best Dressed DSP (retiring). I adhered the scalloped DSP piece to the label and then adhered the label to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped a sentiment from the "Piece of Cake" (retiring) stamp set in Lovely Lipstick Ink (retiring) onto the center of the die-cut medallion. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals as well.

I adhered the cake pieces to the label with Stampin' Dimensionals. If I had thought ahead, I would have stamped the candles before I got to this point, but I didn't--so, I very carefully, and with a little prayer, stamped the candles in Memento Tuxedo Black directly onto the label. I colored the candles with a Light Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blend and the flames with a Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend. 

To add just a bit more shimmer to the card, I colored the candles and cake stand with Clear Wink of Stella. I added three Melon Mambo Noble Peacock Rhinestones (retiring) to the card for an additional bit of bling.
See? How fun is this card?! I'm really going to miss this set--but you don't have to miss out! You can still order the "Piece of Cake" stamp set and Cake Builder Punch. Everything retires at 1150 PM (MT) on June 2nd, BUT retiring stamp sets are only guaranteed to be available through May 22 (that's 2 days!) and all other products are only available while supplies last. So don't delay!! Click on the thumbnails below and you'll go right to my online store where you can place your order.

Stay healthy. Stay safe!

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