For You With Candy Dots

Petite Petals, Flower Shop, Pictogram Punches

This card uses some retiring products and some products that are being carried over.  One of the stamp sets that is retiring that I will miss is called Pictogram Punches.  I used it for the little flower on this card.  There is a set of matching punches called Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack that is also retiring.  The biggest thing on this card I will miss are the Candy Dots.  They are perfect to add a little color to your card.

The good news is Flower Shop and Petite Petals, along with their matching punches are carrying forward into the new catalog.  I was surprised because they have been around for a while, but I believe they are still very popular.

Check out the Retirement List and order what you want before June 1st.  Once they are gone, they are gone forever!

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A Simple Card For A Friend

Flower Shop

One of the (many) great things about Stampin’ Up! is that everything coordinates.  The cardstock matches the ink which matches the markers which match the Designer Series Paper.  Designer Series Paper (also known as DSP for us lazy writers) is such an easy way to add color or texture to a card.  You just cut out the appropriate sized piece and attach it to the card.  Easy as pie!

I needed a quick card to send someone that needed a little TLC so I made this card for her.  It didn’t take very long, but when she got it, she was so appreciative.  Sometimes it’s the little stuff!

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Gold Soiree DSP Is Retiring

Gold Soiree, Flower Shop, Petite Petals

One of the sad things about the retirement list that came out last week is that all of the Designer Series Paper from this year’s catalog is on it.  I especially loved the paper called Gold Soiree.  Some of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) is called Specialty Paper because it is usually thicker or has “more oomph” (as the catalog says) and Gold Soiree is one of them.  Usually I am a DSP paper hoarder but last year I vowed to start using it.  I managed to do a pretty good job at it.  I think it is so pretty that I hate to see it gone so I “save” it.  I forget I can always buy some more.  That is until it retires.  So if you like this year’s DSP buy it before it is gone for good!

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Taking A Break From The Holidays

Flower Shop, Mixed Bunch

I know it is almost Fall but I am still having trouble letting summer go.  Although September usually has beautiful weather in this area, it always seems like the month belongs to Fall.  I decided to change it up a little bit from the holidays and the Holiday Catalog by offering one last look at summer.

I made this card using Mixed Bunch, Flower Shop and Petite Petals.  These sets go so well together when you want to layer flowers.  The Designer Series Paper is called Gold Soiree and can be found in the Annual Catalog.

Goodbye summer.  We’ll see you next year!

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You Make Me Happy

Flower Shop, Petite Petals

Stampin’ Up! has awesome Embossing Folders.  There are so many to choose from that I am sure anyone can find quite a few to love.  The Embossing Folder I used for this card is called Tiny Triangles (most of the names of these folders are pretty much explanatory! ). It is a new Embossing Folder in the Annual Catalog.

As you all know I am a Designer Series Paper hoarder.  I love Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper so much that I hate using it because it will be all gone.  My resolution this year was to stop this hoarding and start using it.  The background is from Back to Black Designer Series Paper.  All the sheets are black and white.  I love using black and white and then adding a splash of color as I did with this card.

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Another August Birthday Card

Amazing Birthday

I got the idea for this card from Shelli Gardner.  Shelli is the Co-Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!  She has a blog where she occasionally posts pictures of cards she has made or received.  Her blog address is in case you want to check it out.  Anyway, she made a card that sort of, but not really, looked like this.  I just took her design and made it my own.  It is called CASEing (Copy And Share Everything) and is perfectly allowable.  Whenever you CASE something, it is always nice to give the original card maker credit.

I used a few different stamp sets to make this card.  They are Amazing Birthday, Mixed Bunch, Flower Shop, Petite Petals, and Gorgeous Grunge.  I used a new Thinlit called Striped Scallop as well as all the punches that match the flower stamps.

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Fun Fold Gate Card

Fun Fold CardAs you already know, I love making Fun Fold Cards.  I found this particular card on a fellow demonstrator’s blog.  Her name is Penny Hanuszuk and she makes awesome cards.  She actually got this idea from another demonstrator (isn’t it awesome that we all share these ideas for free??).  This demonstrator made a video showing how to make the card.  Normally when I CASE (Copy & Share Everything) I change it up a little but I loved this card just the way it was so I made it the same.  It is ok though!  That is the whole point of Stampin’ Up! demonstrator’s blogs.  We love it when you CASE us!  If you want to see the video click HERE.

Here is what you see when you lift up the top of this card:

Inside of Fun Fold CardThen when you take off the belly band it looks like this:

Inside of Fun Fold CardIsn’t it just awesome?  Thanks Penny and Dee for sharing your wonderful ideas!

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Flower Shop Hello

Flower Shop, Petite Petals

Are you tired of flowers yet?  I am not.  I love the flower sets and matching punches that Stampin’ Up! sells.  This particular card uses two of the matching sets.  The larger flower is from the stamp set called Flower Shop.  That set goes with the matching punch called Pansy Punch.   You can still buy both in a Bundle and save 15%.  The smaller flower is a stamp set from the Occasions Catalog called Petite Petals.  It also has a matching punch called Petite Petals and you can also buy both in a Bundle and save 15%

I also used the Framelits called Apothecary Accents and a Tea Lace Paper Doily for the background.  I enbossed the Strawberry Slush cardstock with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and the “hello” stamp is from Perfect Pennants.


Today is the last day for free shipping!  Take advantage of this while you can!

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The Difference Between Flowers

Mixed Bunch

Stampin’ Up! has a lot of different flower stamps with matching punches so I decided to make a card showing you the difference between each of them.  The largest flower on this card is from the stamp set called Mixed Bunch.  The punch that matches this set is called Blossom Punch.  As you can see from the picture the flowers in Mixed Bunch have 6 petals whereas the other sets have only 5.

The middle flower (stamped in Daffodil Delight) is from the stamp set called Flower Shop.  The matching punch is called Pansy Punch and you can save 15% if you buy both in a Bundle.   I don’t know this for a fact, but usually the Bundle price is only good for one year which means the savings will go away on May 31st.  Of course, at this point, I don’t know if any of these items will be in the next catalog.  The Retirement List comes out April 21st.

The smallest flower, which was stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe is from the stamp set called Petite Petals.  The matching punch is also called Petite Petals.  Both of these items are in the Occasions Catalog and you can save 15% by buying them in a Bundle.

The background of this card was stamped using the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp set and the sentiment is from Happy Watercolor.

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Grunge Meets Flowers

Grunge Meets Flowers

My friend, Buffy, makes the most gorgeous vintage cards where she rips and tears and smudges and splats all over the place and the cards come out so beautiful.  She uses the stamp set called Gorgeous Grunge a lot to make these cards.  I, on the other hand, am a clean stamper.  You won’t see any torn paper or anything distressed looking yet I also use Gorgeous Grunge.  It just goes to show you how one stamp set can be so versatile.

The Designer Series Paper I used on this card was free from the Sale-a-bration catalog and is called Sweet Sorbet.  It has great colors that are soft yet also has a bit of black.  You also can get this paper for free with a $50 purchase until March 31st.  After that, you can’t buy or get it free.

The flowers are from Petite Petals and Flower Shop.  I used 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon in Crisp Cantaloupe and the sentiment is from Itty Btty Banners.

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