Live, Laugh, Love

For a recent birthday card, the Beautiful You stamp set was selected for the design. The Live, Laugh, Love phrase and the carefree lady dancing is perfect for my friend.  She is the embodiment of the Live with passion, Laugh out loud and Love deeply.  Do you have such a friend?  I can truly say my friend enjoys life to the fullest and her enthusiasm for life is contagious. When times are hectic, I like to think of her and smile.

Live Laugh Love from Beautiful You Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Card Details: 

The card base is Balmy Blue cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″, score at 4-1/4″ for standard card size).  See the coordinating ribbon?  Create is by using Balmy Blue Ink Refill to color the Whisper White 5/8″ Polka Dot Ribbon.  It’s easy – add a couple of drops of the ink refill to a plastic bag, insert the ribbon and massage the bag to color the ribbon.  Remove and allow to dry before using. In a hurry,  use your heat tool on low to dry the ribbon.  To test that the ribbon is dry, I pull it through a folded piece of paper towel.  This also helps dry the ribbon and evenly disperse the ink. 

The Designer Series Paper layer is retiring. Yes, of course,  I am still trying to use up as much retiring paper as possible!  The paper is the Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper pack.  It is cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″.  

With the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp the lady using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  With the Stamparatus, align the sentiment phrase in upper right corner of the card layer and stamp using the black ink.  To color the lady, a selection of Stampin’ Blends were chosen.  For the dress, use Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends with highlights of Light Daffodil Delight.  The hat color is Daffodil Delight.  For skin color, use the Ivory Stampin’ Blends and the Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends color the water puddle.  Attach to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Reminders: 

Check the Last Chance Products List for items that are retiring on June 3.  Quantities on some items are limited.  Tomorrow, May 30 at 12 PM (MT), Stampin’ Up! is discounting some of the Last Chance Products up to 30%.  So, be sure to check my Online Store!

Thanks for stopping by…happy stamping!

 

 

Retirement Party

Today Stampin’ Up! is hosting a retirement party for Lovely As A Tree.  It is being held on Facebook for demonstrators across the world.  Throughout the day, you will likely see numerous posts on social media outlets highlighting the stamp set.  Believe me when I say demonstrators were shocked to learn the iconic stamp set is retiring.  It’s been a mainstay for years and one of my favorites to use for creating masculine cards.   To commemorate the occasion and celebrate with the retirement party, I am posting photos from a few of my past blog posts featuring Lovely As A Tree. Some of the posts go back to my early blogging days.  As you will see, my blog photo skills were in their infancy.   Fortunately, my photo skills have improved!  Of course, some of the colors and products have been retired. 

Let’s stroll down memory lane…

This first card is one of my favorite designs using Lovely As A Tree and dates back to May, 2013.  Simply stamp the images onto Very Vanilla cardstock, highlight images by sponging color and then texture emboss.  Simple but beautiful.

Lovely As A Tree

This next card features the Baby Wipe Technique and is a card from the September, 2015 class.  

Lovely As A Tree

This last card dates back to 2014.  It was another technique class using a clear-mount block to stamp the color onto the card.  

Lovely As A Tree Watercolor Father's Day Card

Thank you for joining me in this stroll down memory lane.  There are a few additional Lovely As A Tree photos that you can find in past blog posts.  Just enter Lovely As A Tree in the Search bar.  

Don’t miss out…Be sure to add this versatile stamp set to your collection.  The various trees allow you to create cards and projects for all occasions.  Don’t delay! Availability of stamps is being guaranteed until May 24.   After that, it’s while supplies last through June 3.  To order a Clear-Mount Stamp Set, click here.  If you prefer Wood-Mount, click here to order.

Happy Crafting…

 

A Monochromatic Blueberry Bushel Card

Since the announcement of retiring products by Stampin’ Up!, I am using my retiring products to make room for new items. Who else is a paper hoarder?!  My paper tray has been holding a package of the In Color 2018-2020 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper waiting for use. Instead of recreating the wheel, I chose to recreate a monochromatic Blueberry Bushel card sent to last year’s In Color Club members.  Because instructions were included with the card, it was easy for me to quickly make a series of cards.  By varying the sentiments, I have cards ready for a variety of occasions.  

Blueberry Bushel Designer Series Paper Monochromatic Card

To showcase the Blueberry Bushel designer series paper, strips are cut from the different designs.  Because the card is monochromatic, the designs coordinate and create visual interest.  You can locate the instructions for this card under the Tutorial tab.

Reminder:  The Everything is Rosy Product Medley is available for order starting today.  This medley is only available during May and while supplies last.  Don’t forget that if you place your order with me, you’ll receive the blank note cards and envelopes set as a Thank You gift.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!

Project Materials:

 

Final Goodbye

I never thought I would see the day that our Lovely as a Tree stamp set would retire from the Stampin’ Up! catalogs.  However, the day has come so it’s time to bid a final goodbye.  Yes, the Lovely as A Tree stamp set is retiring.  In honor of saying a final goodbye, the following card has been created.  You can always use it for any season.  Since trees are blooming, I highlighted the trees to look like leaves are budding. That’s what makes it such an awesome stamp set, you can create a variety of looks.  

Here are the details for the card:  First, sponge the sky in Balmy Blue onto a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp thee trees were stamp using Early Espresso (as well as sentiment from Wonderful Romance which is also retiring).  Allow the Early Espresso to dry.  Then sponge the grass using Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin’ Pad.  The birds are from High Tide stamp set and are stamped using the Early Espresso  The Gingham Gala Daffodil Delight is the Designer Series Paper layer (retiring) and the card base is Granny Apple Green.  Use the following Stampin’ Blends colors to create the tree buds: Granny Apple Green, Mossy Meadow and Old Olive.  

This is one of the most beloved sets in the history of Stampin’ Up!.  It’s going to be hard to let it go. The stamp set is guaranteed to be available until May 24 so I encourage you to consider ordering this classic stamp set soon.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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Simple Easter Treat Holder

Since Easter is quickly approaching, I want to share a simple Easter Treat Holder that you can make last minute.  This is the final project from this month’s class.  Don’t you think it’s perfect to highlight the bunny’s face on the Hershey’s Easter Candy?  What’s great about the project is you can easily alter it to hold any small, flat candy bar.   

Simple Easy Treat Holder

The treat holders feature the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper.  Use the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack to embellish with flowers.  Below are details on recreating the project.

Project Materials:
  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock: 9-1/2″ x 2″ score at 4-1/2″ & 5″ and one piece 3-1/2″ x 1″ score at 1/4″ on each side then cut in half at 1-3/4″ so you will have 2 pieces 1-3/4″ x 1″ 
  • Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper: 1-7/8″ x 4-3/8″ 
  • Cardstock to match Designer Series Paper: 2″ x 3″ 
  • Scraps of Whisper White for sentiment and desired colors to punch small flower embellishments.  The colors used above are Berry Burst, Blueberry Bushel, Daffodil Delight & Grapefruit Grove.
  • Detailed Trio Punch
  • Best Bunny Photopolymer Stamp Set for Surprise! sentiment
  • Itty Bitty Greetings Clear Mount Stamp Set for Easter Greetings sentiment
  • Layering Ovals Framelits Dies (counting from smallest die to largest the following dies are used: 1, 3, & 4 
  • Classic Label Punch for Easter Greetings Sentiment
  • Garden Green Classic Stamp Pad
  • Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • 1/8″ Sheer Whisper White Ribbon
  • Adhesives: Snail, Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive and Mini-Glue Dots
  • Take Your Pick Tool

Earlier today, I did a short Facebook Live Video demonstrating the project assembly.  You can locate it here.  Remember, you can easily adjust the dimensions and use for other treats.  

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy making these simple Easter treat holders!   Comments are welcomed!!!

Project Materials (click on item to order – note some are Last Chance items, so order quickly)

 

 

Time to Say Good Bye

Stampin’ Up! released the retiring list today and it’s time to say Good Bye to retiring favorites.  To see the list of items, click here.  Be sure to act quickly as items are available while supplies last.  Items such as the retiring In-Colors and ink refills are usually the first items that sell out.  It’s a great time to order retiring embellishments too.  A long time favorite stamp set is also retiring –  Lovely As A Tree.  If you don’t have this classic stamp set, you’ll want to be sure to add it to your collection.  

But as all things come to an end, new will be coming our way on June 4th.  While at conference this weekend, I received the catalog early and WOW – love the new products.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll share some of the products that demonstrators attending were able to order early.  Below is the catalog…notice all the pages that I have flagged?! Told you I love the new products and look forward to the date that I can order more items from the catalog.   

Be sure to follow me on Facebook and watch my Facebook Live this week.  I will be demonstrating a quick and easy Easter Treat project.  

Thanks for stopping by today!