Friday, May 18, 2018

Last-Chance Products: Cool Treats

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   A couple of years ago, I was chosen to be a display stamper at one of Stampin' Up's events. It was my first time being chosen and I was thrilled at the prospect. When you are a display stamper, Stampin' Up sends you products from an upcoming catalog release before anyone else gets hold of them and you make samples with these items for the displays at the event. I thought it would be fun and I always like to be one of the first to know about anything. And it was fun--but it was also daunting. In the end, I made some great samples that I was very proud of, and just like childbirth, I forgot the associated pain and volunteered to do it again this spring. This time, however, it was less daunting and more fun. I'll volunteer again (and again) if Stampin' Up will have me!

That first time, I was sent the "Cool Treats" stamp set and matching Frozen Treats Framelits.  The framelits were so new, that I just received a cello bag with them inside--no nice packaging. I didn't care because it was new and exciting. 

I've used that set and the framelits lots of times in the couple of years it's been in the catalog. I've made some pretty cute cards with it (if I do say so myself), including this one. I didn't want to let it retire without using it one last time. I actually had a few "card parts" in with the bag o'framelits that I used to make the Very Vanilla Card Stock ice cream scoops and Early Espresso Ink-on-Whisper White Cardstock chocolate topping! I cut two Crumb Cake cones and Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red, and Bermuda Bay sprinkles.

To build the card, I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel. I stamped a sentiment from the "Cool Treats" stamp set in Bermuda Bay at the bottom. Then I adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Lemon Lime Twist mat and then onto a 4" by 5-1/4" Bermuda Bay mat. I wrapped a length of (retiring) Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon around this before adhering it to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock Card Base.

Next, I cut a Whisper White circle with a Stitched Shapes Framelit and a Lemon Lime Twist scalloped circle with one of the Layering Circles Framelits. I adhered these to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I adhered the ice cream cone parts to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals, too--all except the sprinkles, which I adhered the sprinkles with Fine-Tip Glue.

If you want to make some fun ice cream cards, you'll have to act fast before the "Cool Treats" stamp set and Frozen Treats Framelits retire! REMINDER: retiring stamp sets will only be guaranteed to be available until May 25. All other products are NOT guaranteed and are only available while supplies last. ALL retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.

 

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Last-Chance Products: Rose Wonder


#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I really love the "Rose Wonder" stamp set and matching Rose Garden Thinlits Dies. These two products make elegant cards for so many occasions--birthday, wedding, sympathy.  I even like it for cards of encouragement, like today's card. The scripture verse is one of my favorites. I've made loads of cards with this set and this is the last one before it goes into the retired box. 

I actually had a couple of "card parts" on my desk top. I had the two leaves already cut from Night of Navy Card Stock. I love navy and white together (and so does Stampin' Up--wait until you see the cover of the new catalog)!

I stamped the scripture stamp in Night of Navy Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with a square Stitched Shape Framelit. I also cut a scalloped Night of Navy Card Stock square with one of the Layering Squares Framelits.

I adhered a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel onto a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Night of Navy panel and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base. I adhered the leaves to the back of the square element with Snail Adhesive and then adhered the square to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added a bit of Fine-Tip Glue to the tips of the leaves to secure them to the card.

This card was so easy and I love the simple elegance. Remember, if you want the "Rose Wonder" stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits, you'll have to act fast. They retire at the end of this month, but retiring stamp sets are only be guaranteed to be available until May 25. All other products are NOT guaranteed and are only available while supplies last. Don't miss out!!











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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Last-Chance Products: Marquee Messages


#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I'm always a little sad to see a favorite stamp set retire. "Marquee Messages" is one of those sets. I think it's fresh and fun and can be used for teens and grown-ups alike. Because I'm going to miss this set, I decided I needed to use it one last time before it goes into the retirement box.

This card is quick and easy--well, if you don't count the fussy cutting. I LOVE to fussy cut! I think it's very relaxing. I know people don't like it so much but the fussy cutting on this card is mostly straight lines and you can get 'er done in no time.

I started by stamping the marquee stamp in the retiring Basic Black Archival Ink* onto Whisper White Card Stock. I added the "It's Your" sentiment in the center and "birthday" sentiment on the banner. I set this aside to dry because the archival ink needs a little bit of time to absorb into the paper so it doesn't smear. (Ask me how I know.) 

I stamped the marquee again on a scrap paper to use as my pattern for the blue glimmer paper from the retiring Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper Collection. I fussy cut the arrow from my scrap paper and laid it on top of the glimmer paper and cut that out. I also eyeballed the two glimmer paper stars--but you could use a pattern to cut them out.

I layered a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of retiring black and white striped Petal Passion Designer Series Paper onto a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" piece of Bermuda Bay Card Stock and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock Card base.

When the stamped marquee was dry, I fussy cut it, adhered the glimmer paper arrow and stars, and then added this element to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Fun, right? 

As of today's publication of this blog, all the supplies for this card are still available...but they're only available while supplies last (see the reminder below), so if you want the "Marquee Messages" stamp set--and you know you do--get it now before it's too late!!

*The archival inks are retiring, but there will still be Memento Tuxedo Black and StazOn Jet Black in the upcoming catalog, along with a Classic Basic Gray Ink.

REMINDER: retiring stamp sets will only be guaranteed to be available until May 25. All other products are NOT guaranteed and are only available while supplies last. ALL retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.


 











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Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   So, I'm just a day late for Mother's Day--and I got my card in the mail late, too. But it's the thought that counts, right? My darling husband sent his mother some yummy chocolate dipped strawberries that arrived in time for Mother's Day. But the card, well, I just didn't have a lot of mojo last week, so I waited until the last moment to make it and get it in the mail.

My hubby and I spent a whirlwind few days a couple of weeks ago. We drove two days to Arkansas to pick up our twins from their first year of college. We spent the 24 hours we were in Arkansas cleaning their rooms, packing their stuff, making a bajillion trips to the storage unit, getting a tire patched since we ran over a screw somewhere, and having a couple of family meals. Then we drove home for two days. It was exhausting. And when I got home, I was still super exhausted (or lazy) for the following week. I didn't even open the door to my stamping room--until I realized that I needed to get a card made and in the mail for my mother-in-law. Yikes! But I had one in mind and I pulled it together pretty quickly. It uses some continuing products and some retiring products. What do you think?
My mother-in-law loves purple, so I thought I'd use some Elegant Eggplant Ink and Card Stock for a last time before it retires. I stamped the dragonfly from the "Dragonfly Dreams" stamp set in Elegant Eggplant Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Framelit. I tousled some Gold Thread and adhered it to the back of the dragonfly before using Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the dragonfly to a Whisper White square cut with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I adhered that to an Elegant Eggplant square cut with one of the Layering Squares Framelits.

I stamped a flourish from the continuing "Timeless Textures" stamp set in Elegant Eggplant, twice, onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel and adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Elegant Eggplant panel. Then I adhered this to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base. I adhered the dragonfly element to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Dragonfly Dreams" set in Versamark onto a 1/2" strip of Elegant Eggplant Card Stock. I sprinkled on some White Stampin' Emboss Powder and set it with my Heat Tool.  I flagged the ends with my Paper Snips and then added this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. For a finishing touch, I added some Glitter Enamel Dots.

REMINDER: Retiring stamp sets will only be guaranteed to be available until May 25. All other products are NOT guaranteed and are only available while supplies last. ALL retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.








 

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