I think one of my most favorites thing in the 2-16/2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies. I think they are so elegant and can be used for any card theme. The best part is they are so easy to cut out if you use the Precision Plate and the new Big Shot Platform. This new Platform has a curve in the middle so it presses the die a little harder. It will come with any new Big Shot purchase from Stampin’ Up! from now on and you can also just buy the platform by itself is you already own a Big Shot.
The ‘happy” is cut using the Hello You Thinlits. Although you can not see it in this picture, I used Clear Wink Of Stella over the word to add a little sparkle to it. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Crazy About You.
Here is another card I made using a technique from the Watercoloring for Card Makers Class I took. It is a very simple technique and did not take a lot of time. I took the Clear Block H from Stampin’ Up! and just pressed an edge on one of the flat sides of the block into an ink pad. Then I lightly spritzed it with water and stamped it by dragging it just a bit on Watercolor Paper. I did that for all four colors (Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise).
The word “thanks” is from Hello You Thinlits. Thankfully this set of Thinlits is not retiring and will be in the next catalog. The best way to glue one of these words to your cardstock is to use the Fine Tip Glue Pen. It just lets a little glue out so you don’t get it all over the place. The only bad thing about it, is you have to have really good eyes to put that top back on!
Flowering Flourishes is another stamp set that is going to retire at the end of May. It has been around for a while and I actually forgot about it but I always liked using it because it makes such a nice background. One of the flower punches I used on this card is also retiring. It is from the punch set called Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. It one of those punch sets that I will miss a lot. It has the little flower, a heart and a star punch. Luckily the other two items I used for this card are staying. The ‘hello” is from Hello You Thinlits and the larger flower punch is called Petite Petals.
As a reminder if there is something on the retirement list you want, make sure you order it quickly before it is gone for good. Stamps sets will be available until May 22 but all other accessories will be gone for good once they run out.
This is one big thanks for all my wonderful birthday wishes! My birthday was awesome and lots of fun. Of course, I am not sure I ever had a bad birthday. I guess I am lucky that way.
I just realized that this card has absolutely no stamping! First I made a mask using a piece of regular copy paper. I cut out the rectangle using one of the square from the Squares Collection Framelits. I cut the first one out of the middle and then cut it again a little to the left and then a little to the right to make the rectangle. Then I lay the copy paper over a piece of Whisper White cardstock and sponged from left to right using Soft Sky, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay inks. Then I used an embossing folder called Chevron. The thanks is from Hello You Thinlits.
Thanks again to my friends and family for an awesome birthday!
Today is my baby’s birthday! Zachary is turning 28! I can’t believe how fast that happened. It didn’t seem that long ago that he was the same age as Madelyn. I am not sure where time goes but it is true what they say. It flies!
I am so proud of Zachary. Six years ago I cried when he told me he had joined the Air Force. Turns out it was the best thing that ever happened to him. He became an Air Traffic Controller. He went places that scared me to death, but he did an awesome job. Now he has left the Air Force and is going to go work for the FAA. Although I know I would still cry if he started all over again, I also know he is an awesome young man because of his service in the military.
Happy Birthday, Zachary. You are as wonderful as I knew you would be the day you were born. I love you!
Here is a quick and easy card to make if you don’t have a lot of time. To make the background, all I did was use an Aqua Painter with a Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Soft Sky ink refill. I made the frame using the Deco Label Framelits and the “hello” is from the Hello You Thinlits that in the 2015 Occasions Catalog. The great news is that all of these products are being carried over into the 2015 Annual Catalog!
Don’t forget you only have a couple more days to order from the 2015 Occasions Catalog and the 2014 Annual Catalog. If you want anything from there that is retiring, you will need to order by June 2nd or it may be gone forever!
Today is Karin’s birthday. If you pay attention to my blog at all you would notice that she is makes the most comments on my blog. It is so awesome that she takes the time to say such nice things about my cards. She is an awesome friend and a great cheerleader!
Not only is Karin a good friend, she is also in my Stamp Club. The only thing is, this year she will not be joining. I am very disappointed that she is leaving for such a silly reason! Turns out she got a job. In Italy. For 3 years. Yes, Italy! Can you believe she would want to leave my Club in order to go live in Italy? I will have to figure out a way to have her be a virtual member!
In any case, Happy Birthday Karin. I hope you have an awesome day and the most amazing time in Italy!
This week’s Watercooler Challenge is from Heidi and is a watercolor background challenge. I decided to use the technique called Bokeh (Boh-kay). According to Wikipedia, Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.
This technique was very easy to produce. I used the Aqua Painters and dipped them into ink (Bermuda Bay, Old Olive and Wisteria Wonder). Then I just painted these colors onto Shimmery White Cardstock in a random pattern. I used Shimmery White instead of Watercolor Paper because it is smoother and easier to stamp on. Then I punched various sizes of circles out of cardstock and used the the “holes” as a mask. I used Whisper White Ink and dabbed it onto the cardstock using a sponge. This effect makes it looked “blurred”.
I used the Hello You Thinlits to make the word “happy”. I actually cut it out three times and layered them on top of each other to give it a little depth.
Here is the picture we were given to base our cards on.
Check out the other Watercooler Artists creations using this challenge by clicking HERE. The other creations won’t be posted until 9:30 AM so make sure you come back and check them out.
I made this card using the stamp set called Butterfly Basics that is in the 2015 Occasions Catalog. Wait. Butterfly Basics? Where are the butterflies? Well, I have used a lot of butterflies lately (even though you know my thoughts about them) so I decided to show you that there are other stamps in this set that have nothing to do with butterflies or flowers. I used the dotted line from this set. I was easy to line up using my Stamp-a-ma-jig and a ruler. The lines came out pretty well spaced, if I do say so myself. The words were cut out using the Hello You Thinlits.
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When you order from Stampin’ Up! you have the option of clicking a box that says “no contact”. What this means is the Demonstrator you just ordered from gets an email saying an order was placed but it does not say who placed the order. It gives us no information about the buyer at all. There is no name, no email or no address. I never know if the person who places an order this way realizes this. I understand people who buy things online and don’t want to receive any spam but clicking this option does not give me the opportunity to even say thank you. This makes me sad because I was always taught to thank a person who does something for me. So if you want to stay totally unknown, than that is ok but if you just don’t want to receive any spam or advertisements, then don’t click on “no contact” so I can at least thank you. I promise I would never send you anything you don’t want. Anyway, thank you to my “no contact” customers. I appreciate your business!