Saying Goodbye To Chalk Talk

Chalk TalkThis is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses the stamp set called Chalk Talk which is (sadly) retiring this year.  I love this set and will miss it.  The good news is the matching Framelits are NOT retiring which means maybe there will be another stamp set to match them!

We used a fun technique with this card.  I took a brayer and ink it with Island Indigo and ran it over the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and actually stamped it on the Whisper White card stock.  You could run it through the Big Shot and emboss it too but I decided not to do that with this card.

Here is a picture of Madelyn at one week old.  It is nice to see her eyes open!  I figure my son, Sam, must have been the hair stylist for this photo.  He parted it just like his own!


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Mini Treat Bag

Mini Treat Bag, Chalk Talk

Here is a cute little bag I made with a couple of products from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to make the bag itself.  It is so easy to do.  I love this set of Thinlits because it not only makes the cute little bag but it comes with a lot of different shapes and words that can be used with so many others things.

The other product I used to make this bag is the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper.  I think it is one of my all time favorites.  It really is so beautiful that the picture does not do it justice.

The tag was made using the stamp set and the matching Framelits called Chalk Talk.  These are in the Annual Catalog and you can save 15% by buying both.

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Corner Garden Shaker Card

Corner Garden, Chalk TalkThis is the second card we made at our monthly Club Meeting in June.  It uses the beautiful new background stamp called Corner Garden.  It is very elegant and can be used as it is or colored using Blendabilities, Blender Pens or markers.  In this case, we just stamped it as is.

To make a Shaker Card you need to use Shaker Frames.  They are soft foam circles that can seal in whatever you use for the shakers.  In this case we used the Gold Sequin Trim by detaching the sequins from the twine.  These cards are a lot of fun to make and you can put anything small inside them.  You can use confetti, beads or little tiny punches.  We then wrapped the card with Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine.

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Flower Garden Chalk Talk

Flower Garden, Chalk Talk

Spring has arrived.  At least the calendar says Spring has arrived.  I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature this because I still have a foot of snow in my yard!  I won’t go into what an awful winter it was because I think the rest of the country already knows this.  In any case, I decided to make a card using Spring colors.  Pink Pirouette is a perfect color to use for Spring.  This card is also a fun fold because it opens in the middle instead of at one end.  I used 5/8″ Organza Ribbon to tie it together.  The embossing folder on the left side is called Flower Garden.  It makes a very pretty card.  The For You stamps is from Chalk Talk.

Now let’s just hope Mother Nature reads this post and realizes it really is Spring!

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Chalk Talk For You


I hope everyone enjoyed the blog hop yesterday.  I had a great time participating in it and loved all the projects everyone did.

I made this card using two of the In Colors.  One of them, Primrose Petals, is retiring this year so if you like this color, you really need to stock up on it before the retirement list comes out and it disappears.  The other In Color I used is called Baked Brown Sugar and will be around for another year.  The stamp set I used is called Chalk Talk and it has matching Framelits.  You can save 15% by purchasing both in a Bundle.

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Chalk Talk & Scallop Tag Topper


In the 2014 Stampin Up! Occasions Catalog, there is a punch called Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I have used it in a number of cards this month.  It makes great tags to use for gifts or to put on a card.  It also pairs well with the Chalk Talk Framelits.  If you punch out both sides of the paper you can layer them together.  As you can see, I did this with Brushed Gold Cardstock.  I really like the Brushed Gold Cardstock because it is a nice soft gold.  It is more antique looking than a bright gold.  The background was embossed using an embossing folder called Scallops Textured Impressions.  This is also in the Occasions Catalog.

Flowering Flourishes


I was online on one of my Facebook Stampin Up! Demonstrator sites when someone posted how to make this cute bow (thanks Eva!).  It is made with 5/8″ Organza Ribbon and Whisper White Baker’s Twine and was very easy to do.  You just make small circle with the ribbon, flatten it, add a couple of loops on each side and tie it with the Baker’s Twine.  The one thing I have learned about making bows and tying knots, is that it is easier to do with a larger piece of ribbon.  If I cut the ribbon too small I can’t get my fingers to work well with it. 

The stamp sets I used with this card are Flowering Flourishes and Chalk Talk. 

Gift Bow Bigz L Die Card


In the Stampin Up! Holiday Catalog they have a new die that makes two sizes of bows.  It is called the Gift Bow Bigz L Die and is so easy to use.  I made the bow for this card using it with the Designer Series Paper called Modern Medley.  Designer Series Paper is perfect for this Big Shot die because it has a different design on each side.  You can make cards that have bows on them or you can decorate packages and use it to make your own bow.  The bow on this card is the smaller of the two.  The other one is quite large and would look beautiful on a package.  It is just another way to add a small personal touch to your gifts.

Great Way To Use Designer Series Paper


If you are anything like me, you have a lot of retired Designer Series Paper.  I am a Stampin Up! accessory hoarder and tend to try to save my accessories for something special.  Then I end up never using it because “something special” never comes up.  The next thing I know the paper has retired. As a Stampin Up! demonstrator, I am not supposed to use retired merchandise with my customers but I thought it was silly to have all this paper and not be able to use it.  So please excuse that I used retired Designer Series Paper on this project.

When I went to the Stampin Up! Convention in July, there was another demonstrator sitting in front of me and she had made gift bags for her friends.  They were beautiful.  I wish I had gotten her name but in any case, I thought this was a great way to use my paper.  I found white gifts bags in a store locally and covered them with this paper.  It was so easy, and I think it came out great.  Each of my Club Members got to make one this month and they loved them!  The tag was made using Chalk Talk with the matching framelits.  You can buy them as a bundle and save 15%.

Chalk Talk Modern Medley


This was a quick and easy card to make when you are short on time.  I used the Designer Series Paper called Modern Medley.  Every sheet is Basic Black and Very Vanilla and it has mosaics, newsprint, musical notes, stripes and polka dots.  The 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon is from the Holiday Catalog and is so nice to work with.  It is Cherry Cobbler and has a little white trim on both sides.  Although It is grosgrain it feels softer so is easy to tie in a knot.  The stamp set is called Chalk Talk (you probably already know that since I used it quite often!) and has matching Framelits (save 15% by buying the Bundle!)