More Retiring Goodies

I am such a huge fan of black & white, so it really surprised me that I haven't used the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper very much this year.  Seriously, where has this stuff been hiding? 

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And I really love adding a POP of color to Black & White, so I used the layout from this week's Freshly Made Sketches to create today's card.

 

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I started by adding a POP of Melon Mambo ink directly onto the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper with one of the stamps from Gorgeous Grunge (not retiring, thank you!).  I frayed some of the It's My Party Bakers Twine (retiring) and adhered it over the stamped area.  And finallly, I added a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper and a die cut "hello" from the Greetings Thinlits (retiring).

 

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Stop whatever you are doing and double-check the retiring list of products.  There are still plenty of great items available and I would hate for you to miss out on any of your favorites. 

 

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You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post, along with links to easily purchase your retiring favorites.  And remember, anyone that makes a purchase with me this month will also receive a complimentary copy of the new 2016-2017 annual catalog at the beginning of June.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday Montage 68

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all 10 stops.....you don't want to miss anything!

I haven't felt like stamping much these past few weeks.  Before we went on Spring Break, I got really sick...high fever, chills, body aches.  Once that passed, I was left with daily headaches, swollen lymph nodes in my neck, a strange pain in my side, and FATIGUE.  It didn't take long to figure out that I had Mononucleosis.  It normally takes about 4-6 weeks to recover, and I'm doing better everyday.  Hopefully, I'll get inspired to stamp more once the new catalog is released.  That makes EVERYTHING better, right?

So, May is a busy month with graduation parties.  My son graduated at mid-term and is getting ready to leave for Navy boot camp, so we have several parties planned for him.  I thought it would be a good idea to have some "Congratulations" cards on hand (for his graduating friends) and plenty of "Thank You" cards for him to send to friends and family.  It's also a good way to use up some retiring accessories.

 

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I used this week's CAS(E) this sketch as my inspiration.   I started with a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of each color of Mint Macaroon, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Bermuda Bay cardstock.  Using a template I created, I cut each color into 4 pieces, then placed the pieces onto a Basic Black card base.

 

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For the greeting, I used the Expressions Natural Elements.  I'm sad to see these on the retiring list, aren't you?  I also scattered a few of the It's My Party Enamel Dots onto each card, changing the placement slightly with each one.  I love these dots and the fun colors! I'll miss them, too.

 

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On the inside, I used stamps from the Bravo stamp set.  This one is perfect for graduation, because it has so many different ways of saying congratulations.  If this set is on you wish list, you need to order it now.  It's also on the retiring list.

 

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Which product from the retiring list are you sad to see leaving the catalog FOREVER? Comment below for a chance to win a full package of the It's My Party Enamel Dots.  I'll announce the winner on my FACEBOOK page this Friday.

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to visit all 10 stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn's fabulous project.

 

 

 

 

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Control Freaks April Tour: Ladies & Gentlemen

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Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour!  I am so excited to be joining these ladies again this month. Our theme this month is Ladies & Gentlemen.  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, Connie Babbert.

 

I know some people really struggle with creating masculine cards, but I'm going to show you an easy formula that I find very helpful.  I like to use a sketch as my starting point for the design. On today's cards, I'm using this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  Then, I select my papers and stamps:  Suite Sayings stamp set and It's My Party Designer Series Paper.

 

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By simply changing the colors of the cards, I can easily have a masculine or feminine card.  You'll notice that all the other elements are exactly the same.

 

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Paper Measurements

Whisper White card base:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"

Basic Black card stock:  4" x 5-1/4"

Whisper White card stock:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

Black DSP layers (3):  1-1/2" x 3-1/2"

DSP banners:  1/2" thick

 

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I embellished both cards with the It's My Party enamel dots and punched stars from Silver Glimmer Paper.

 

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The sentiment is from the Suite Sayings stamp set.  The 2" circle punch fits it perfectly.

Try this next time you're struggling with a masculine card.  Find a layout/design that you like and simply switch out the colors and patterns for a more masculine look. Here is one more example using the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and Greatest Greetings stamp set.

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Don't forget to visit Wendy Weixler to continue on the blog tour. 

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Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Challenge

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Check out this gorgeous picture that Jennifer selected to inspire us for our monthly challenge.  If you're feeling crafty, we'd love to have you join us.  You can link up your creation and check out what the other designers created HERE.

 

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I knew immediately that I wanted to use the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper and the globe image from the Going Global stamp set.  I kept the layout simple by using a sketch from CAS(E) this sketch.

 

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I stamped the globe with Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla card stock, then punched it out with the 2" circle punch.  I layered it onto the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The sentiment "you mean the world to me" pairs perfectly with the vibe of this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday Montage 67

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all 8 stops.....you don't want to miss anything!

 I was so sad to have missed hanging out with my Stampin' UP! friends this past week at On Stage Live in Salt Lake City.  We just returned from Spring Break last Saturday, so it would have been really difficult to turn around and leave again.  This vacation was our last trip before Chandler heads off to boot camp next month.  I know I did the right thing, but Dang!  It's hard not to see my buddies and get my hands on new stamps.

So, yes....I did have a little pity party for myself.  But then I remembered that I do have new stamps!  Paper Pumpkin subscribers received a bonus stamp set this month called All About Everything.  There are some great images and greetings in this set, so I whipped up a few cards to inspire you.

 

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As you can see, these are quick & easy cards that I created with minimal supplies. All you need is a little Whisper White and Basic Black card stock, plus a few ink pads--Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Basic Black, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry.

Paper Pumpkin subscribers get a surprise in their mailbox every month.  If you'd like to learn more about this monthly subscription, click HERE.

 

 

 

Be sure to visit all 8 stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Julie's fabulous project.

 

 

 

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Welcome Baby Micah

 

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Welcome to our monthly blog hop! As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 4 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - my good buddy, Kathy at Kathy's Stamping World. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

 

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This month, we are surprising one of our designers with an online Baby Shower.  Kim Ryden welcomed baby Micah to the world a little earlier than we expected this past Sunday.  It's a good thing we've had this in the works for awhile.  I'll be putting these gifts in the mail today.

 

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You can never have too many baby shirts for a newborn.  I designed this shirt in Silhouette Studio, then cut heat-transfer vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo.  I love being able to personalize these shirts!

 

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Kim also has 2 older children, so I wanted to send them a little something, too.  I found some inexpensive shirts at Target to embellish with "Big Sister" and "Big Brother" layered vinyl.  And of course, there has to be a "Little Brother" shirt.

 

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I hope Kim likes the shirts for the kids and that they'll enjoy showing off their new status.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
  2. Bree at Craft-Somnia Momma
  3. Jenny at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  4. Kathy at Kathy's Stamping World
  5. Melissa at The Stamp Doc
  6. Jennifer at Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  7. Heidi at Stuck on Stampin'
  8. Donna at Geek Squad Crafting

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Color Challenge #32

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We have a fabulous Color Challenge on Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration today and we'd love to have you play along.  You can check out what the other designers have created and upload your own project HERE.

 

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The background paper on this card is from the Soft Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.  I really love having these paper stacks because I now have patterned paper in all the color families.

 

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The greeting is from the Suite Sayings stamp set and the die-cuts were created with the Big Shot and the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  I added a few white dots to the flower center with a white gel pen.

You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday Montage 66

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all 10 stops.....you don't want to miss anything!

 

There seems to be a bit of a baby boom going on.  I know so many couples that are pregnant right now, so I need to get ready with some baby cards.

 

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I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout, then selected the Made with Love stamp set for my focal point and greeting.  I love that this stamp set coordinates with the Baby's First Framelits dies.  It makes it so easy to get a perfect cut around the image.

 

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The Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper seemed gender neutral to me, so I can make up a bunch of these cards for all the new babies on the way.  I added a few Brights Candy Dots to embellish the card.

 

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My next card class will be featuring cards for babies and kids.  If you are local, check it out HERE.


You'll find a list of supplies at the end of this post.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Be sure to visit all 10 stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn.

 

 

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Happy Stampin'

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Cutting the Cheese

 

It's April Fools Day and the designers over at Stylin' Stampin' INKSPiration are featuring funny cards on the blog today.  You can check out what my friends have created HERE

 

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A few of my "cheese-y" friends have had birthdays recently.  I thought the Giggle Greetings stamp set would be perfect to celebrate their special days.

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The cheese was pieced together with paper, then I used dimensionals to pop it up.  The sentiment was heat embossed with White embossing powder to make it stand out on the Basic Black card stock.

 

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You'll find a complete list of supplies for this card at the end of the post.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Last Chance to Sale-a-Brate!

Sale-a-bration is our biggest sale of the Stampin' Up! year!
 
If you're like me and always wait to the last minute...this is it!
The last minute is now!
 
This is your last chance to get the demonstrator starter kit at a special price of $99 + tax.
You get $155 of product that you select....whatever you want/need!
ANYONE can buy it...no obligation to do anything but have fun, and use your discount!
 
GET your FREE stamps! For every 50.00 you spend, you get to pick a FREE Sale-a-Bration product!!
Shop here:  My Online Store
 
Below, I'm sharing some of my favorite samples from the past 3 months.  Which FREE product will you select?

 

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