Stampin' Up! Animal Talk


The latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches is up and boy is it user friendly!

I stuck with the sketch with the exception of leaving off the scalloped edge (on the left). I also stuck with my attempt to use up some of my retiring Designer Series Paper so I have an excuse to quickly buy some of the new packs :)

Easy Embellishments: Bitty Buttons plus their coordinating Itty Bitty Punch pack!

The bright and fun paper is our Floral District Designer Series Paper. At this time, the paper is still available and is even discounted to only $8.21. Get it while you can, 'cause once it's gone… it's gone!
(item #126919)

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FTL242 Strawberry Slush Mosaic Madness


Clean and Simple has another great sketch challenge going this week.  As soon as I saw the sketch I couldn't help think about our soon-to-be-released stamp set Mosaic Madness. And as long as I'm sharing new stamps with you, how about some new In-colors, too?

The sentiment used here is from our From My Heart stamp set (shown below). It is stamped and embossed with white embossing powder onto Strawberry Slush card stock. The mosaic images are stamped in Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana classic ink.

If you missed previous posts or are new to my blog, these colors are 3 of our 2013-2015 In-Colors and will be available beginning on May 31st (this Friday!). The Mosaic Madness stamp set and coordinating punch used shown above are also included in the new offerings. Enjoy!

Sketch: Clean & Simple 242
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Stampin' Up! Twitterpated Itty Bitty Banners


Sunday Sketch and Stamp

As we near the end of a catalog period, it's always fun to find sketches that encourage using up the stash of paper that has accumulated over the year. This sketch by Sunday Sketch and Stamp is perfect for the task!

Shown here are 3 different patterns found in our Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.

Itty Bitty Banners stamp set
Bitty Banners Framelit set

The bicycle in the center is from a retired set called Pedaling Past. The sentiment was stamped and easily cut out using it's coordinating framelit. (Product info listed under photo.) No fussy cutting needed here :)

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US212 Four Frames Floral Fusion


Here's the latest sketch challenge from Unscripted Sketches. It's a beaut!

Doesn't that have a lot of possibilities? Buttons, small images, letters, stickers - lots of ways to use this sketch! I couldn't resist pulling out some sizzlets (Floral Fusion and Little Leaves) and combining them with the always-easy-to-use Four Frames stamp set.

Sentiment is from our Trust God stamp set.
Floral District Designer Series Paper

To see more ideas using this sketch, please visit the Unscripted Sketches website. Thanks!

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Three Banner Quick Card Just Because


Here's a quick card put together using our retiring Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper. This card couldn't be more straight forward; if you are looking for something a little more masculine, exchange the pearl for a metallic element and leave the banners flat. Easy peasy! Enjoy!

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US211 Blessings from Heaven


Here's a new sketch for you to try. This is #211 from Unscripted Sketches; don't forget to visit the site  where you can see additional ideas posted by Design Team Members and well as readers who play along with us. Will that be you this week?

Buttons take center stage on this fun, quick card. (It would be even faster if you leave out the thread on each button.) All of the buttons used are from our Designer Buttons Brights Collection. The sweet little flower shaped buttons make the perfect accent for the sketch and also to coordinate with the "your special" part of the sentiment (Blessings From Heaven). Of course, what was really going through my head was the Sesame Street song that says "one of these things is not like the other…". I may have just dated myself… :)

Note: The stamped label under the buttons is our Basic Label stamp, available solo through July. It coordinates with one of the dies in our Apothecary Accents Framelits set. I hand cut the stamped image and layered it over the die cut. Since the stamp was designed to fit the framelit, I had to cut right on the border of the stamped image for the die cut to show.

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RS63 Stampin' Up! Vintage Verses


Retro Sketches released another another fantastic sketch last weekend. I usually try to stick with currently available items for anything I post on my blog, but I will tell you that I went wild and pulled paper and scraps from the bin for this one. These were only hidden because I love them so… time to use them up, wouldn't you say?

I'm not sure how well you can see them, but the sketch called for a smattering of embellishments here and there. (They are shown as dots.) I used my go-to embellishment Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Earlier this week, I posted two other projects where I altered the color with alcohol-based markers. Here I left them as-is and let them shine. I love it when something is easy to use but adds a special touch!

Retired goods: Vintage Verses stamp set, Festival of Prints DSP stack, tag from Matchbox XL Die
Currently Available: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla card stock, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Antique Brads and Victoria Crochet Trim

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Stampin' Up! That's Funny and other retired goodies


Currently Available with
Best of Birthdays 
One of our current single stamp offerings (available through July) is the one shown here, left. It was originally part of a stamp set called That's Funny. Most of my family members have a great sense of humor, so it's a set I've been able to put to a lot of use over the years.

 I have enough birthday cards for this month, so I pulled out another image from that set that also pertains to many of the people in my family. We are good people, but can sometimes be a bit forgetful. The sentiment reads, "Everyone has a photographic memory… some just don't have film."

sketch: Mojo293
Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper

If you subscribe to my blog posts or visited yesterday, I shared that you can easily color our Rhinestone Basic Jewels with any alcohol based markers. Yesterday, I colored them green; for today's card I altered them with a black Sharpie marker. Cool, huh? It seems my "film" is in place for craft-related information :)

Note: the original sketch at Mojo Monday called for little flag banners (under where I have the jewels). I've done a little too much of that shape lately, so I switched out the flags for the end pieces of our Modern Label punch. Since you only see the end, punch one out, then cut in half for 2 shapes per punch.

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FTL240 Sassy Salutations


Need a great stash-busting quick card? Check out this layout from Clean and Simple Stamping; it will have you going through those scraps like nobody's business…

My card makes use of scraps from our Print Poetry Designer Series Paper stack (Spring 2013) and a simple greeting from Sassy Salutations.

Card base is Very Vanilla card stock

The jewels are our Basic Rhinestones colored with alcohol markers. I go through a lot of these puppies because they are so easy to customize!

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Unscripted Sketches 183 meets Perfectly Preserved


REPOST. Our Perfectly Preserved stamp has remained a "carry-over" item from our Holiday and has remained available for purchase along with the coordinating Framelits set (Cannery). Alas, this set is not carrying over to our 2013-2014 Catalog, so it is only available through the end of the month. The jar image alone is so useful, I will be sad to see this set go. So here is a project shared previously, just as a little reminder of one of many sets slated to retire next week.

It's Saturday and time to share a sketch with you. I hope you have some fun time on your hands and will give it a shot. If you do, please share it with us at Unscripted Sketches; we'd love to see your work!

Our Perfectly Preserved stamp set has 14 images in it. I'm pretty sure the purple ones above are supposed to be pears, but don't they look cute as eggplants? Maybe I'll try them in a peachy yellow  color next and see if they can also resemble butternut squash. Yum!

Product Supply details: 

Stamps: Perfectly Preserved, Blessings from Heaven
Colors: Early Espresso, Summer Starfruit, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla
Tools: Big Shot, Cannery Set Framelits, Small oval punch, Sanding Block, Houndstooth embossing folder
Embellishments: Linen Thread
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Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamps Blog Hop 2013 Need for Speed


Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamps Blog Hop 2013

Welcome to another fun Blog Hop hosted by the Stampin' Addicts. This weekend, we are enjoying a last "hurrah" with some of our favorite retiring stamps. Whether you have arrived from Carmen's blog or starting here, just know that all of our blogs are linked together. This way, you can easily travel from site to site and also revisit the hop at a later date.

Need for Speed
(wood 122715, CM 122717)
Today, I'm using a guy-friendly set called Need for Speed. With two sons in the house, two brothers, lots of male cousins and a hubby who used to work in the fighter jet industry - I new this set would see a lot of ink. I'll probably have to keep this one out of the sale bin for a while :)

First is a card created using the ATV of this set along with a sentiment from Solo Para Ti (also retiring).  If you like to color, you can stamp these images in black and color them in using your favorite medium. Of course, the images are detailed enough that you don't really have to. This time the image is simply stamped in Cajun Craze.

 layout: Retro Sketches #32
Designer Naturals Buttons, Linen Thread, Metallics Brads

My second card makes use of the fighter jet heat embossed in Pewter (it looks a little silver-ish in the photo). The patterned paper used here is from our Print Poetry Paper Stack. I also snuck in a strip of our new Epic Day Washi tape… I couldn't help it. It was just the touch the card needed!

 Metallics Brads (retired) and Ovals Framelit Dies

Last, but not least is a scrapbook page sharing the speedboat. We enjoy visiting a  local restaurant called Grills. Not only is the food good (the tuna tacos shown below are delish!), but it is located directly on the riverfront so the view is wonderful. It's always on the to-do list when family visits! Another cool thing about the place is that people often arrive in boats instead of cars :)

This project also uses pages from Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper
Designer Silver Basics Buttons, Espresso Baker's Twine
Layout PageMaps April 2012

Well, I hope you enjoyed these projects and found something you can use :) Now it's time to move on to the next blog. If you are following the hop in order, your next stop is Debbi's blog where she is sharing projects made with a sure-to-be-missed sentiment set, Word Play:

And just in case you are a "read the magazine from the back forward" kind of person, your next stop is Carmen's blog, where she is sharing projects made with super cute Little Friends:

Thanks for joining us on this blog hop! Our next one is scheduled for June where we will be celebrating the new stamp sets in our 2013-2014 Catalog. Caio!

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Stampin' Up! Strawberry Slush and Crisp Cantaloupe


I hope you have enjoyed your introduction to the new In-Colors this week. I have two to share with you today. I'm pairing them instead of spending a day on each because tomorrow begins the Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamps blog hop. It's one more chance for us to share some of our favorite retiring stamps with you before they are set aside for good. I hope you'll join us!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Strawberry Slush and Crisp Cantaloupe, shared here with fellow 2013-15 In Color Coastal Cabana (shared earlier this week).

The right/left card edges were embossed with Needlepoint Border TIEF
(Textured Impressions Embossing Folder) item #129383

Strawberry Slush (the center banner) is actually a little more pink than it looks in this picture. The other two colors look about right, but for some reason this one looks a little more coral on-screen. I believe you can catch the color more accurately in the horizontal strip of Designer Washi Tape going across the card. (The tape is part of a 3 pack, also available in the new catalog.) 

So now you have seen the 5 new In-Colors in our 2013-2015 Collection. I hope you like them! These fresh new colors will be available to customers beginning May 31, 2013. Now, although I've spent all week showing you new goodies, let's not forget about our retiring stamps and goodies. They still need some inky love! See you tomorrow for the blog hop :)

Card sketch/layout: Mojo 291
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Stampin' Up! Pistachio Pudding Everything Eleanor


Hi Everyone!
Today, let me introduce you to a yummy new color called Pistachio Pudding. I can't say that I've ever had actual pistachio pudding… but I can tell you that this color is a welcome addition to the Stampin' Up! color palate. It's a nice and soft pastel green that is sure to be a hit with any nature related images.

Embellishments: Linen Thread, Antique Brads

Here you can see the new color both in the stamped flowers (Everything Eleanor) and in the strip of card stock running across the tag layer. I had the sewing machine handy, so I stitched the Pistachio layer over a strip of Baked Brown Sugar card stock. (I introduced you to that color yesterday; you can scroll down a post if you missed it.) I will warn you that should you choose to make a card like this you may find the need to snack on something. Pistachio Pudding, layered over Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso. Seriously, can we say sweet tooth? :)

Card Sketch: Retro Sketches #62
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Stampin' Up! Baked Brown Sugar Serene Silhouettes


Before you read any further, let me tell you that you might get hungry after reading the details of this project. I'm sharing another new color with you and the name alone is going to send someone to the pantry. Meet Baked Brown Sugar; just one of the newest In-Colors being introduced in our 2013-2014 Catalog.

stamped images are from Serene Silhouettes
wood mount item # 127322/Clear mount #127324

So ready for the tasty details? Along with our Baked Brown Sugar card base and stamped image (bottom left), we have a nice horizontal layer of this color stitched to Pistachio Pudding. The main layer is Very Vanilla, topped with our main focal point in Crisp Cantelope (another new In-color). If that doesn't sound like something in a trifle dish I don't know what does!

p.s. I'm adding the label of "quick cards" to this card simply because it would be quick if you just left off the stitching. It's a great layout you can use over and over again!
sketch complements of: Seize the Birthday #16

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Stampin' Up! 2013-2015 In Color Coastal Cabana Mosaic Madness


With the release of the 2013-14 Catalog we will be releasing a new set of In-Colors. These new colors will be with us for 2 years and I think you'll really enjoy how they complement our other existing colors. Of course, they look great on their own, too.  This week, I'm going to share projects highlighting these new colors for a few days. Then starting on Friday, the Stampin' Addicts will be having a Retiring Stamps Blog Hop. These blog hops are always so inspiring and share so many projects, you don't want to miss it! I hope you enjoy this week of old and new!

Today, let me share a new happy color called Coastal Cabana.

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases, Mosaic Madness
Isn't it gorgeous? It reminds me of water in the Caribbean, a nice clean aqua made even more tropical here when paired with Calypso Coral. I should have chosen a sea related set, but of course didn't think of that until now. Instead, enjoy another sneak peek: this one includes items from a new mosaic product suite called Quatre Fancy. Shown here are the Modern Mosaic TIEF*, Mosaic Punch, and Mosaic Madness stamp set.

*Tief= Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Sketch: FMS84
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Coming up later this week!

Have you seen the latest Stampin' Kit? Check out our second Submit a Project kit, Dolled up Birthday.  This gorgeous card was created by Chris Gilmore, a Demonstrator in Ohio and voted on by fans on Stampin' Up!'s Facebook page. 

Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 133913)!

The Dolled-Up Birthday kit includes the following:
  • Dolled-Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1) "Happy Birthday"
  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
  • Dress Up die-cuts (6)
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot (1)
  • Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim (6 pieces)
  • Sponge Dauber (1)

US209 Epic Day Foosball Scrapbook page


It's time to share a new sketch with you! This sketch can be used in so many ways; be sure to check the Unscripted Sketches site for a variety of projects shared by the Design Team. You can share your work there, too!

I chose to use the sketch to create a scrapbook page based on a day that my sons will not EVER let my hubby forget: the first time my older son beat his dad at Foosball!

I hope you can see the bottom photo okay. The boys are almost falling over the table, they are laughing so hard at my husband's disbelief over how quickly he was losing. The picture above it is my hubby pretending outrage. I think at one point he even claimed the table was wobbly. Ha! He still claims to be the undisputed champion, but we know better ;)

Supply details:
Designer Series Papers: Epic Day (item# 130814), Travel Journal (retired)
Colors: Night of Navy, Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand
Embellishments: Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, Hung Up Cute Clips (Spring 2013)

Other: retired chipboard alphabet, metallic chalk inks, Silhouette Cameo for cutting foosball players
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Stampin' Up! Friendly Phrases in the Floral District


Clean and Simple Stamping shared this great sketch last week (#238). Instead of pulling out image stamps, I let the bold design on a sheet of Floral District Designer Series Paper do the talking. If you like this paper, you'll want to get it ASAP - it's on the retirement list and only available while supplies last.

Until I made this card I never noticed that the smallest flower in the pattern resembles the flower in our Itty Bitty Bits stamp set. Who'da thought? And just in case you are wondering, no - I didn't fussy cut the little flowers. These stamped flowers punch out easily with a coordinating punch (listed below), so this card came together very quickly. Thanks Clean and Simple for another great sketch!

Supply details: items in Bold font are retiring 

Floral District Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Friendly Phrases, Itty Bitty Bits
Colors: Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Tools: 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Embellishments: White Baker's Twine, Jewels Basic Rhinestone
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Stampin' Up! Clockworks Quick Card


Here's the stepped up version of a card we made in class recently. The original did not have the punched out gears since they are from a retired punch. And for easier mailing, we replaced these pearls with Mini Silver Brads.

Some of the ladies chose to use other sentiments for this card, including: Happy Father's Day, Happy Retirement, and the always useful "Thinking of you". All of these sentiments are available in Teeny Tiny Wishes, a super useful stamp set that - along with Clockworks - will continue to be available in our next Annual catalog. Yippee!

Supply details:
Stamps: Clockworks, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip
Tools: gear punch (retired)
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Pearls, alcohol-based marker
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