Retirement List and Free Shipping!

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Next week is a great week for Stampin’ Up customers! In addition to the retirement list coming out, they are offering FREE SHIPPING on all purchases from Monday, 4/21, through Friday, 4/25! I’ll be sending the list out as soon as they post it so you can get a jump on your shopping.  All items on the list will only be available while supplies last, and based on previous years, the popular items go fast!

It’s anybody’s guess which stamp sets will be retiring, but the 2012-2014 in colors are definitely on their way out. This includes inks, papers and ribbons in these colors. Good-bye Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit. I love all these colors - yes, even Starfruit. It grew on me.

Check back on Monday to see what’s retiring. You can contact me to put in an order, but if there’s something you are concerned might sell out, remember, you can shop online anytime at my Stampin’ Up site. Your order will come straight to you.

Good-bye 2012-2014 in colors. Any guesses what will take their place?

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Saturday’s Class

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We made three cards at the Cards for Guys class this past Saturday. The one I’m posting today was probably everyone’s favorite. We used my favorite technique – sponging. We have sponged in class before to fill in negative spaces like those created from a die or punch, but this weekend we used it to create a scene.

Serene Silhouettes is the perfect stamp set for this technique. We used the trees, but the birds in the branch and the flowers (dandelions?) would also work well. I like just sponging a slice of the paper. Usually I will mask off and sponge right on the card itself, but this time I wanted the small black border on either side of the image, so we sponged on a separate sheet of paper. I think this made people a little braver about doing the sponging. I was originally going to use oranges and reds for a sunset (similar to this card), but I was inspired by this card on the Splitcoast site.

This was such a fun card to do and everyone had their own variations. Here’s mine:

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If you’re in South Florida and would like to come to one of my classes, shoot me an email and I’ll let you know of my upcoming classes. You can also check the calendar on my Stampin’ Up site.

Wetlands Watercolor

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This is one of the cards I made for this month’s Creative Crew challenge – to make something with water and color. I choose a water brush and Stampin’ Up inks on watercolor paper. To me, the Wetlands set is the perfect set for watercolor techniques. I kept the card pretty simple to put the emphasis on the image panel.  I used two shades of blue – Pool Party for the sky and Marina Mist for the water. The embossed paper was made with the free embossing folder in the SAB catalog, which I hope will make it into the main catalog that comes out in June. The black background paper and candy dots ties it all together.

What do you think?

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Wetlands

Stamp Review Crew – Oh, Hello

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SRC-oh,-hello-bannerOh, Hello – and welcome to another round of The Stamp Review Crew. Our group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators brings you great ideas for a different set on the first and third Monday of each month. This week we’re featuring the Oh, Hello stamp set. If you’re hopping in order, you just arrived from Deb Courier’s awesome site. But feel free to jump in at any point. There are lots of great projects this week!

I made some pretty CAS (clean and simple) cards this week as I am still stamping one-handed.  First up is one inspired by a card sketch from the Case This Sketch blog, number 31 to be exact. I used the Gumball Green chevron paper from the Watercolor Wonder dsp. I know I say it each time I post a card made with this paper, but I love this set! I’m already on my second pack, which is pretty amazing for a paper hoarder like me. Trying hard to reform.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up O, Hello

Next up is a card using lots of scraps from the Sweet Sorbet Sale-A-Bration dsp. Like I said, I’m trying to use up every scrap of paper from my dsp packs.

IguanaStamp! Stampin' Up O, Hello

I hope you liked my cards. Now on to Holly’s blog and some more amazing projects.

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Great Big Craft Yard Sale!

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If you live in the Boynton Beach or surrounding area, you need to make plans to come out tomorrow for our giant craft sale. I have stamping and scrapbooking supplies from my own stash along with several of my customers, and we have marked everything for a quick sale! There are stamps from many of the major stamping companies, including Stampin’ Up!, Close to My Heart, Hero Arts, Stampendous, Penny Black, Inkadinkadoo and more. Some of these are rare stamps and many are just pennies on the dollar! There are tools and supplies from SU and Creative Memories, and punches galore, including some beautiful Martha Stewart punches. This is one sale you don’t want to miss!

The sale is at 5816 Laurel Green Circle in the Sun Valley neighborhood from 8-12. We’ love to see you there.

On another note, thanks to everyone for your well wishes for my finger. I’m healing nicely and hope to be back to stamping soon.

A short break from stamping

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So last week I had a little kitchen mishap involving an immersion blender and my index finger. One trip to urgent care and 10 stitches later, I’m doing ok, but stamping is a bit out of the question right now. I get the stitches out Monday and hope to be back in my stamping room soon after.

Have a great weekend!
Nancy

Paper Bows

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Here’s another entry for the March Creative Crew challenge. We were supposed to make something with either the envelope punch board or the scoring tool. I love the versatility of the envelope punch board. I’ve been using it to make those cute file folder cards and poppers (also called crackers).

I found instructions to make these cute paper bows. There’s actually more than one way to make them – I went with the easiest.  It takes a single strip of paper 1 inch x 7 1/8 inches long. You can vary the size of the bow by adjusting the size of the strip you use. The small size bow is a bit big for a card, but I think it works on this.

Iguanastamp! paper bow made with the Stampin' Up envelope punch board

Here are a few others I made – once you start, it’s hard to stop.

Igunastamp! paper bows made with the Stampin' Up envelope punch board

They’d be cute on a card or a gift box. And it’s a great way to use up your paper scraps.