Monday, April 30, 2012

Last Day: Summer Smooches Offer & Occasions Mini

Clean & Simple Card Featuring Bright Blossoms Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Today is the last day to order products from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog, as well as the sneak peek pre-order from the Summer Smooches Collection. The card above (the final sample from our recent team swap) was created by Sue D and features the Bright Blossoms stamp set. I love the clean and simple lines of this card and the utilization of the Designer Frames Embossing Folder.

Planning to squeak in your order before the deadline? Online Ordering must be completed by 11:50 PM (MDT). Don't forget to add any retiring stamps and accessories to your order while you are there. Several accessories are already sold out - save yourself from disappointment!

Helpful Links
Summer Smooches Special Offer - A sneak peek from the new Catalog, this sassy collection of products is available to order early. Includes the new Petite Purse Bigz Die!

Occasions Mini Catalog - View and/or download the catalog including over 60 project ideas.

Retiring Stamps List - Saying goodbye is such sweet sorrow! Order your favorite retiring stamps by May 31, 2012.

Retiring Accessories List - Punches, dies, tools, embellishments, albums, ribbon and more! Includes the retiring 2010-2012 In Color Products. Some items discounted up to 70% off. These items available through May 31, 2012 or while supplies last. (Sold out items are marked with an "X" in the availability column.)

Happy Monday!

Happy Creating! Gayle

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pretty Scrunched Blossom For Mom

Blossom Party Die-Cut Flower Mother's Day Card

I love creating "scrunchy" flowers, but haven't made one in a while and when I took a peek at this week's Mojo Sketch I knew right away it was time again. I picked three of the gorgeous patterned papers in the Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper collection and went to town. Turning the sketch on its side allowed my "vision" to come to life.

The Postage Stamp Punch made quick work of cropping out the 12 square shapes and adds interest and texture. (I am in love with that paper ... swoon!)

The intricate doily was die-cut using the new Paper Doily Large Sizzlits Die with the outer section snipped away.

The "scrunchy" flower was created using the Blossom Party Die, cutting four layers of the largest blossom. The layers are then scrunched up, flattened out and placed one on top of the other and secured with an Antique Brad.

Next, each layer is scrunched up around the brad one layer at a time, basically creating a scrunched up ball. Then gently open up the scrunched layers and adjust as desired. For a finishing touch, I lightly dabbed at the edges using a stamping sponge inked with Soft Suede. This is SO MUCH EASIER than sponging the layers prior to assembly!

Scrunched Blossom Party Flower & Paper Doily Sizzlet Die-Cut

HIP TIP: I also gave it a few spritzes of Champagne Mist Shimmer Spray and let it dry thoroughly before handling. This not only adds shimmer and sparkle, but a good misting helps the layers hold their scrunched shape once it has dried.

The "happy mother's day" sentiment (Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set) was stamped on a narrow strip of Very Vanilla with the end flagged, then nestled on a length of Scallop Dots Ribbon along with two lengths of the sweet Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon.

Creative Handmade Embellishments for Cardmaking

HIP TIP: I layered the ribbon and sentiment together and secured them with a brad creating a one-piece embellishment. I attached it to the card using Sticky Strip at one end (under the flower). The brad is hidden and no worries about any of the pieces coming loose!

I gave the entire card a few more sprays of Shimmer Spray and BOY does it shimmer - so pretty!!

Reminder:  The last day to order products from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog is Monday, April 30.

Have a great weekend!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Ink: Early Espresso (119686), Soft Suede (115657)
Paper: Early Espresso (119686), Very Vanilla (101650), Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper (125407)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Blossom Party Originals Die (115971), Postage Stamp Punch (122344), Paper Doily Large Sizzlits Die (125592), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826), Sticky Strip (104294), Stamping Sponges (101610), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (122975), Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon (124142), Antique Brads (117273), Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (116806)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wonderful Mom Vintage Card

Attic Boutique Vintage Card for Mom

Here is a bold and beautiful card for Mom using the eclectic Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper along with the coordinating Attic Boutique Side Notes. In case you missed it in the Occasions Mini Catalog, these die-cut tags and accents are not only perfect for scrapbook pages, but are right at home on greeting cards as well.

For this card, I altered the side note, cutting off one side completely and trimmed the remaining corner to create the curved edge. For subtle aging/distressing, I applied tea stain distressing ink from the Distressing Essentials Kit. I also applied tea stain ink to the larger background paper. Inking just part of a greeting from the Messages for Mom stamp set allowed me to add a sentiment to the printed banner.

Hand Stamped Greeting on Printed Die-Cut Accent

Using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, I cropped two tiny scallop circles from Poppy Parade card stock; then sponged them lightly with Whisper White craft ink. This tones down the Poppy Parade just a bit and matches the tones in the paper perfectly!

Embossed and Hand Cut Vintage Lettering Detail

The "MOM" image is stamped with a VersaMark/Early Espresso combo onto Poppy Parade and clear embossed. After hand cutting the letters, I popped them onto the side note following the curve. Tiny Basic Pearls adorn the letter "O" and the little flowers.

I know some of you are very curious about this Designer Series Paper and wondering about ways to use it. I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration and I'll be sharing another card or two featuring more of this paper in the next few days. Now that I've finally used it, I think I'm going to really miss this beautiful patterned paper!


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Messages for Mom (W-117016, C-118580)
Ink: Early Espresso (119670), VersaMark (102283), Tea Stain Distressing Ink (Distressing Essentials 118762), Whisper White Craft Ink (101780)
Paper: Daffodil Delight (119683), Poppy Parade (119793), Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper (125407)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Stamping Sponges (101610),
Accessories: Attic Boutique Side Notes (125413), Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (109130), Jewels Basic Pearls (119247), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Stampin' Up! Retiring Rubber Stamps and Accessories

Hundreds of Stampin' Up! rubber stamps, wheels, and accessories are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they're gone. Many retiring products are only available while supplies last, so don't miss your chance - place your order today in my Online Store.

View the collection of retiring stamps HERE
Available through May 31, 2012
Download PDF list

View the collection of retiring accessories HERE
Available through May 31, 2012 or while supplies last
Download PDF list

(Includes Decor Elements Vinyl Wall Art)
View the collection of retiring decor products HERE
Available through May 31, 2012 or while supplies last
Download PDF list

View the collection of discounted craft products
 and accessories HERE
Available through May 31, 2012 or while supplies last

View the collection of retiring digital content discs HERE
Available through May 31. 2012

Need guidance or have a question? Leave a comment below or send me an e-mail and I'll be happy to provide personalized assistance just for you!


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pretty Paper Petite Purses

Red Polka Dot Petite Purse with Boho Blossom Flower Big Shot Project

Say that fast three times!

I mentioned previously how adorable these petite purses are and how making them is fairly addicting. Unless, for some reason, you have an aversion to fun and cute. In that case, not so much. Anywho ... here are two more die-cut mini purses created using the new Petite Purse Bigz Die from Stampin' Up!

Shabby Chic White Boho Blossom Flower

The snazzy red number features a shabby chic Boho Blossom flower in Whisper White with a Real Red Brad in the center. Check out the little "feet" on the bottom of the purse ... Basic Pearls CAN be functional as well as beautiful! ;)

Add Pearls to the Petite Purse Bottom for Feet

Creating a purse using this die is ridiculously easy, however it DOES come with basic instructions to get you started. All you will need in addition to the die (and Big Shot) are standard cutting pads. You may also want to use the Premium Crease Pad to get nice crisp score lines when using card stock.

Petite Purse with Coordinating Paper Wrapped Chocolate Nuggets

This flirty yellow purse was actually one of our recent swap projects and I couldn't resist wrapping a couple of nugget candies in that sassy Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper.

Love the Petite Purse Bigz Die? Time is running out on the Summer Smooches Sneak Peek promotion. After April 30, the entire collection goes back into hiding until the June 1 Catalog Release. To get your hands on this die now GO HERE.

Reminder: The Retired Accessories List comes out tomorrow - April 25 - and I'll have all the info right here. Be sure to check back for complete details.


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Paper: Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730), Daffodil Delight (119683), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (125409)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Petite Purses Bigz L Die (125606), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Boho Blossoms Punch 119858)
Accessories: Basic Pearls Jewels (119247), Brights Collection Brads (119740)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day

Earth Day is a GREAT day to stamp something pretty!


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bright Blossoms Card + Purse Gift Set

Stampin' Up! Bright Blossoms Card & Purse Combo

Who wouldn't love to receive this cute card and matching petite purse? Include a little bit of chocolate and you've got a winning combination! Next week is Stylist Appreciation Week - a great time to say thanks to your favorite hair stylist. It's also Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, although in some areas it kicks off on Monday for a week long show of appreciation for the hard work these men and women do all year long.

Stampin' Up! Bright Blossoms Stamp Set Card Idea

The Bright Blossoms stamp set (a new catalog sneak peek) is fun and funky, but can also serve a more traditional role as well. That's great versatility at work  - lots of looks from one little set. I stamped the vase to match the sweet pattern of the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper. The tiny Twitterpated Designer Buttons make darling "flowers" with a snippet of Baker's Twine through the center.

Bright Blossoms Stamp Set Button Bouquet

The little purse is so EASY to make thanks to the new Petite Purse Bigz Die (another sneak peek). The die does all the work: cutting and scoring for you. It assembles in a snap with just two little pieces of Sticky Strip. For a cute scallop edge I used the Scallop Oval Punch - it's size is perfect.

Stampin' Up! Petite Purse with Twitterpated DSP

Warning: Making these little purses is addicting. Once you get started, all sorts of fun ideas start popping in your head and pretty soon you'll be ready to open a petite purse boutique!  Seriously, this darling petite purse is the perfect size for favors. Think birthday parties, showers, luncheons ... the list goes on. Oh! And don't forget to make MOM one for Mother's Day.

I wrapped two chocolate nugget bars with patterned paper and topped them with a mini flower punched using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and added a tiny Basic Rhinestone in the center. The purse will hold 3-4 nuggets or the candy of your choice or any small gift or treasure you'd like to tuck inside.

So whatcha think?? That little purse is KUH-UTE!! Right?


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Bright Blossoms (W-125495, C-125497), Curly Cute (W-117014, C-120510)
Ink: Basic Gray (109120), 2010-2012 In Color [Pear Pizzazz] Stampin' Write Markers Asst. (119801)
Paper: Blushing Bride (119796), Riding Hood Red (111348), Baja Breeze (111352), Whisper White (100730), Twitterpated Designer Series Paper (125406)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Framelits Dies-Labels Collection (125598), Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies (125595), Petite Purse Bigz Die (125606), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Sticky Strip (104294), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Riding Hood Red 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon (125569), Twitterpated Designer Buttons (125579), Regals Collection Designer Buttons (119744), White Baker's Twine (124262), Basic Rhinestone Jewels (119246)

Exclusive Stampin' Up! Big Shot Petite Purse Bigz Die

Item #125606  Petite Purse Bigz Die - Stampin' Up!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sneak Peek & Stampin' Updates

Card Idea Sneak Peek Featuring Bright Blossoms Stamp Set

I'm working on a cute little project to share with you tomorrow featuring two products from the Summer Smooches Suite from Stampin' Up! This sassy collection of stamps, patterned paper, fabric, dies, embellishments and more will be featured in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog on June 1.

Stampin' Up! Summer Smooches Collection

Can't wait for June? Get your Summer Smooches early during the Sneak Peek Promotion going on now! All products in this collection are available for purchase through April 30. View the Summer Smooches Collection HERE.

*Note: The Summer Smooches Decor Stencil and Fabric Brads are available this month only and will not appear in the Annual Catalog.  ETA 04/25/12 - The Fabric Brads are sold out and are no longer available.

Hundreds of Stampin' Up! Rubber Stamps Will Retire

Retiring Rubber Stamps
Stampin' Up! has announced the list of retiring stamp sets and this will be the last opportunity to purchase the favorites on your list before they are gone for good. (Stamps do not appear in the Online Store.)  Last day to order is May 31, 2012. View the retiring stamps HERE.

Retiring Accessories
Save the date! Be sure to visit Stampingville on April 25 for complete information on the retiring accessories. These products will be sold on a first come basis and quantities may be limited on some items. When current inventory is depleted, the item will no longer be available for purchase.

Of Interest: The Simply Adorned and Decor Elements product lines are being discontinued.

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Stampin' Up! Digital Downloads: Dads, Grads & More

Just look at these fun new digital downloads released this week from Stampin' Up!

Good Times II Digital Kit by Stampin' Up!
#129870 - Good Times II Kit Digital Download

Stampin' Up! Keep This Memory Digital Photobook
#129879 - Keep This Memory Photobook Template Digital Download

Mother's Day Blossom Tri-Fold Card Digital Template Stampin' Up!
#129922 - Mother's Day Blossom Tri-Fold Template Digital Download

Stampin' Up! Ikat Fabric Patterned Paper

#129891 - Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper Digital Download

For The Grad Digital Gift Card Template Stampin' Up!
#129876 - For The Grad Tri-Fold Template Digital Download

Rad Dad Stamp Brush Set Digital Download by Stampin' Up!
#129869 - Rad Dad Stamp Brush Set Digital Download

Decorative Overlays Stamp Brush Set Digital Download - Stampin' Up!
#129880 - Decorative Overlays Stamp Brush Set Digital Download

Use these digital downloads with My Digital Studio® or another digital designing program. See these and all the latest digital products from Stampin' Up! here

Take My Digital Studio for a test drive - it's FREE! Just download the free trial of My Digital Studio and start designing today.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Amazing, Awesome You And More

Handstamped Card Featuring Mixed Bunch Stamp Set

Two more cards today from our team swap and they are really great!

The first card (created by Chaille) features the Mixed Bunch stamp set paired with the new Blossom Punch, both featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog. The intricate floral pattern was stamped with Very Vanilla Craft ink before cropping with the coordinating punch. The Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (for the Big Shot) gives the background added interest without distracting from the the blossom.

Mixed Bunch Flower Detail

Pear Pizzazz Pleated Satin Ribbon adds a pretty touch above the sentiment. I LOVE this ribbon!! Not only is it gorgeous, it's already pleated and stitched ... no sewing, folding, or gluing required. Yippee! The sentiment is part of the Perfect Words stamp set - one of the exclusive Hostess choices available for just another month or so.

Did you know ...
Stampin' Up! Hostess Rewards are available to our party Hostesses and also to anyone who places an order of $150 or more. If you are planning to purchase stamps and accessories before they retire on May 31, don't forget about the rewards program. Our flexible rewards program allows you to spend your Hostess dollars however you wish, whether on our value priced exclusive Hostess products or any product of your choice from any current catalog.

Patterned Paper Technique Card

This fun greeting card, created by Mary, combines the cute flower from the Easy Events stamp set with another great Hostess stamp set, Happiest Birthday Wishes. The Perfect Pennants Bigz Die (for the Big Shot) provides the cool medallion as a mat for the petite flower image. The Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack flower was added to each along with a Basic Rhinestone Jewel.

Use patterned paper inside greeting cards

In the background, strips of In Color Patterned Paper were adhered to a piece of Whisper White card stock, before cutting an inverted V-shape. SAVE that scrap! Place it inside the card for a clever little surprise.

Reminder: April 30, 2012 is the last day to order products from the Occasions Mini Catalog and the Summer Smooches Sneak Peek.


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Stampin' Up! Retiring Stamps List Announced

Hundreds of high-quality Stampin' Up! products retiring

We've been anxiously (and nervously, in some cases) awaiting the release of the retired stamps list from Stampin' Up!  Each year, Stampin' Up! announces which rubber stamps will be discontinued to make way for fresh new images in the upcoming catalog. The list is here ... hundreds of stamps are retiring ... and this will be your last chance to purchase your favorites before they are gone for good.

To view/print the retiring stamps list in PDF format GO HERE.

To see the retiring stamps list including images and full descriptions CLICK HERE.

Things to remember:
  • Retiring stamps will be available for purchase through May 31, 2012.
  • You may order retiring stamps (and other products) in my ONLINE STORE or contact me via email or by phone if you would like personal assistance.
  • If you plan to shop online, be sure to check out the CLEARANCE RACK for already discontinued items at up to 60% off. More than 50 new items were recently added to the Clearance Rack. These items can only be purchased through the online store.
  • Retiring stamps will NOT be added to the Clearance Rack at a later date. Once they're gone ... they are GONE!
  • The Stampin' Up! 2012-2013 Annual Catalog will be released on June 1, 2012 - one month earlier than previous years.
  • You can pre-order new products from the Stampin' Up! Summer Smooches Collection until April 30.


The Stampin' Up! Retiring Accessories List will be released on April 25, 2012. All retiring accessories (including the Simply Adorned and Decor Elements product lines) are only available while supplies last. Be sure to order early to avoid disappointment!

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