There are only ten more days for Sale-a-bration left. It ends on March 31st! I think Stampin’ Up! did a great job on the Sale-a-bration stamps and accessories this year. There is something for everyone in this catalog. My favorite of all was the stamp set called Sky Is The Limit. That set was only available until February 15th but some of my other favorite items were the new ones that were added on February 16th.
My favorite stamp set of the new offerings is called Pedal Pusher. It has the cutest bicycle built for two and every time I look at this set I start singing ” Daisy, Daisy…..” ♪♫♪ Don’t worry. I won’t sing it out loud. It might scare you! Anyway, the stamp set also has a basket and flags and is just so cute! Remember, you can get this set for FREE with a $50 order! Better hurry. Once Sale-a-bration is over, these sets will no longer be available.
As most of you know, I used to be an artist for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Then life got in the way and I found I didn’t really have the time to continue a weekly challenge. There were actually three of us that decided to leave the WWC around the same time. I am so happy to tell you that the three of us decided to start our own challenge group. It is not going to be weekly or on a set day. It is going to happen whenever all three of us are available to do it. So, I am happy to announce that Buffy, Jackie and I are starting the Stamp Off Challenge Group. Here is our new banner. Jackie designed it. She is so talented!
Jackie gave us the first sketch challenge to use. Jackie is also super good at coming up with awesome sketch challenges!
Here is the card I made for her sketch challenge:
I made a simple card using a stamp set from the 2016 Sale-a-bration Catalog called (amazingly enough) Hello. You can get this stamp set for free during Sale-a-bration when you place a $50 order! I must admit, that the little half circle had me a little stumped. I thought a doily might look nice there but somehow I felt that a doily doesn’t really go well with the kind of cards I make. I tried a plain circle but that was kind of boring. Then I had the idea to use the sun stamp from the stamp set in the Annual Catalog called Kinda Eclectic because one of the stamps in the Hello set says “little sunshine”. Tada! I like it much better.
I hope you enjoyed our first Stamp Off Challenge. Now, go check out Buffy’s blog HERE and Jackie’s Blog HERE.
A couple of weeks ago our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge was to make a card using the ombre technique. I made a bunch of them, but of course, only posted one for the challenge. This card using the technique in a couple of ways. First I stamped the background using a stamp from Kinda Eclectic. I used Soft Sky, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo. Then I layered the labels from Lots Of Labels on top of that. I wasn’t sure if I liked it very much so I made another card.
This time I used the stamp set Flower Patch with the same background as the card on top. Leave me a comment to let me know which one do you like better?
It is that time again for another Watercooler Challenge. This time the challenge was given to us by Bev and it is a Fun Fold Challenge. Fun Folds are always so much fun to make and the people who get them are usually pleasantly surprised!
Here is my entry for this challenge.
When you first look at the card, it just looks normal but then you open it and see that it is not at all. The cardstock is a 8.5″ square. Then you score it in half one way and then turn it 90 degrees and score it in half again. Then you score it corner to corner both ways and fold. Your cardstock should look like this:
I used the stamp set called Kinda Eclectic. The colors are Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe and Wild Wasbi. The ribbon is the 1″ Dotted Lace Trim in Tip Top Taupe.
To see the other creations made by the Watercooler Artists you can click HERE. Then make a fun fold card and link it to that web site to see if you can be this week’s challenge winner!
I made this very simple one layer card using the stamp set called Kinda Eclectic. When this set first came out, I used it so much but then I kind of forgot about it until recently. Now you will probably see lots of cards using it!
I stamped the leaves in Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, So Saffron and Crisp Cantaloupe. I think it turned out to be a very pretty color combination (although a little odd too). The sentiment is from the Photopolymer Stamp Set called Lovely Amazing You. It is not in any catalog but you can still order it. Remember, there is a link above that shows all the merchandise that is available to purchase that is not in any catalog.
Make sure you stop by tomorrow to see the Retirement List. I am so sad that Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana are leaving us. They are two of my all time favorite colors.
I made this very simple card using the stamp set called Kind Eclectic. I was trying to figure out what sentiment should go on it when I decided to just leave it blank. If it doesn’t have a specific sentiment then you can use it for anything!
Here is a little tip. Sometimes when I am not sure about where to put a sentiment, what color to use and/or what stamp to use, I will stamp one on a plain piece of Whisper White card stock and just lay it over the card in different places. That way you can see where it looks the best. Once you figure out where it would look the best you can stamp it in the right spot. That way you don’t ruin a card if you happen to not like where you put it.
This is one of the cards we made at our monthly Club Meeting in February. It uses one of my favorite stamp sets from the 2015 Occasion Catalog called Sheltering Tree. It is a Photopolymer Stamp Set which makes it very easy to line up two step stamps such as the little flowers in this card. Photopolymer stamps are clear so once you ink them you can see exactly where to stamp them. The sun in this card is from the stamp set called Kinda Eclectic. We used a marker to color it because the rays on this stamp are really long. We used the “thumping” technique on the leaves of the tree. This is where you ink the stamp up (we used Pear Pizzazz) and then you take a marker (Garden Green) and tap it lightly all over the stamp. This is how you get some of the leaves to be a darker color
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I did a workshop for the first time in a long time last month. It was a small group and a few of them had never stamped before. I needed to demo a card so I thought a one layer card would be perfect. It would show them how easy it is to make a card even if all you have are some stamps, ink and cardstock. Of course, I did step it up just a bit at the end and added the butterfly. Honestly, they all went oooh and aaah and talked about how easy it was. I guess I did my job! I used the stamp set called Kinda Eclectic. I love this set because it does have so many unconnected images that all go so well together. What is keeping you from stamping? All you need is a few stamps, ink and cardstock to start!
I have a few friends who have birthdays in late November or December. One thing they all have in common. They do not like their birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper and they don’t like Christmas themed birthday cards. I can’t really blame them. If their birthday was in April or June, they would not have their presents wrapped with Christmas wrap. Well, maybe they wouldn’t. I do remember wrapping my son David’s birthday present in Christmas wrapping paper but in my defense it was a double sided paper with a plaid on one side and Christmas trees on the other. I did use the plaid.
I made this card using Kinda Eclectic, Beautiful Bunch and Hey You stamp sets. All three of them are in the annual catalog so no worries about using Christmas themed stamps!
Yesterday was my birthday (thank you for all the birthday wishes). My oldest friend (well she is not my oldest friend age-wise but has been my friend since we were 16) came to visit and I haven’t seen her in years. She looks exactly the same as she did when we were 16 and we picked up our friendship as if we had seen each other just yesterday.
I thought that since it was such an amazing day I would use the stamp set called Amazing Birthday. I also used the sun image from Kinda Eclectic for the background. That stamp is a great way to highlight something because of all the rays. The little arrow is a new punch from the Annual Catalog called What’s Up.