Broadway Birthday In Color

Greetings my stamping friends. I hope you all remain healthy and happy.

Today’s OnTour Online events were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I can’t wait to share with you some of the new products that are being introduced in the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. Oh, by the way, I haven’t mentioned this to you yet, but a new die cutting machine is being offered in the new catalog. It will not be available on June 3 for purchase, but will be available not too long thereafter. It is called the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and there are TWO different size options. I can’t show you any pictures yet, but if you have ordered from me, you should be receiving your complementary copy of the Annual Catalog in the mail very soon. Be sure to check out p. 170!

Today’s project share carries on with my mission to use retiring stamp sets and other products. I am using the Broadway Birthday stamp set and all of the 2018-2020 In Color stamp pads. It took me three attempts to get the ballons arranged in a manner that I liked, but likely should have given it a fourth try as I am still not 100% satisfied. Let me know what you think.

This was intended to be a #simplestamping project (stamps, ink, paper), but after fiddling with the balloons I’m not sure it qualifies. There’s really nothing special about the layout or design of this card, but I started by stamping the “Hooray” sentiment and then built the balloons from there, moving up the paper. I masked off the balloons where the stamped string would over stamp and for those strings that weren’t long enough to reach the sentiment, I used a ruler and my Blueberry Bushel Stampin’ Write Marker to make them longer.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card with the hyperlinks for ease of adding these items to your shopping cart:

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If you have any questions regarding the design of this card, please ask me.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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It Starts with Art & Broadway Lights

Greetings my stamping friends. I hope you are all doing well and are safe and healthy.

Today’s events were a bit chaotic, but technology during the “pandemic age” is something you either love or hate. We had our first day of OnTour Online today and technology was not cooperating with those who needed to make presentations. I enjoyed it anyways!

Today’s project share continues my mission of using retiring stamp sets and other products. I mixed products from different product suites — which just goes to prove Stampin’ Up!’s products coordinate very well with each other. My card uses the It Starts With Art stamp set and coordinating designer series paper and elements kit, with the Broadway Lights dies which actually cut out images from the Broadway Birthday stamp set. I was quite pleased with how today’s card turned out. Let me know what you think:

First, my apologies for the cat hair in the photos. I had a hard time uploading these photos to WordPress, otherwise I would retake photos and replace them. My pets don’t stamp with me, but they do seem to become part of my art now and then!

I started with a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock as my card base. I stamped randomly, in the same color ink, two of the images from the stamp set. For the ribbon spools that form a heart when unspooled, I colored the ribbon with Wink of Stella to add some shimmer. I used the marquee sign die from the die set to cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock and a piece of the DSP. I adhered the Whisper White frame of the sign to the matching piece of DSP to make it more sturdy and stamped my sentiment in Pacific Point ink, and then the buttons randomly in Blushing Bride ink of the piece of Whisper White marquee center piece. The rhinestones were placed over the holes that are cut into the sign frame and are the largest size offered in the package. Both pieces are attached to the card front with dimensionals. The arrows and the baker’s twine are from the coordinating elements kit.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that were used in the design of the card with the hyperlinks to make adding them to your shopping cart quick and easy:

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If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this card, please ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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A Crackle Paint & Beautiful Bouquet Anniversary

Greetings my stamping friends. Sunday was a near perfect day in my tiny part of the world. I was spoiled by my husband for our 6th Wedding Anniversary and he had Mother’s Day treats for me from our fur babies, along with a card. We also made a trip out to see my Mom in Denton. I managed to have the courage to stay for a while and helped her with her technical issues on her laptop. I wore my mask the whole time and I did end our visit with a hug. I am so fortunate to still have my Mom in my life. I hope you all had a great day as well.

I am continuing my sharing of retiring stamp sets with you today. For this project I chose Beautiful Bouquet & Crackle Paint. This is actually the card I made for my husband for our Anniversary. I struggle with masculine cards and not sure I was successful in making this one manly. Let me know what you think.

The design is supposed to represent a picket fence with crackled paint. The silver metallic pearls are supposed to represent nails. I think the pearls took away the masculinity of the card and I should have just added black dots with a marker!

I stamped my piece of Very Vanilla that I used to create the pickets twice with the Crackle Paint stamp to make the crackling more concentrated. My original piece of Very Vanilla was approximately 4.00″ x 5.25″ when stamped. I then cut the stamped piece into .50″ x 5.25″ strips. I rounded off the top of the pickets with the Story Label Punch. To get precise sizes, I set the punch on its edge on my table and inserted just the one end of the strip into the smallest curved section (the ends of the label). (See photo below.) I sponged around all four sides of the strips to add some depth to the pickets. I created the grass with the Lakeside Dies and a strip of Garden Green cardstock. I used the full size on the back row of clumps of grass and cut them down for the lower, front row of clumps. Everything except for the sentiment are attached flat to the card. I attached the sentiment with dimensionals.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card with the hyperlinks for ease of adding them to your shopping cart:

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If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this card, do not hesitate to ask.

Keep in mind that the retiring stamp sets and other products are only available while supplies last OR June 2, 2020. So be sure to get your order in ASAP for any retiring products that you MUST have.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

P.S. Tomorrow I will be participating in OnTour online where I will receive additional training and information about upcoming products. This replaces what would have been onsite events around the world and is scheduled through Wednesday. Look for exciting news soon!

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Beautiful Promenade for a Friend

Greetings my stamping friends. What a lovely day it was on Saturday. I “supervised” my husband as he replaced the ceiling fan on our patio. Now we can enjoy more time outside with the breeze it will provide in the hot days ahead. I hope you are all doing well and are staying safe and healthy.

Continuing on with my mission to use my retiring stamp sets, today’s project share features a versatile (but barely used by me) stamp set — Beautiful Promenade. This stamp set also has a set of coordinating dies, Beautiful Layers; however, I did not use the dies on my project. Here is today’s card:

While this card may look difficult (or time consuming), it really isn’t. The Beautiful Promenade stamp set is a two-step set, which means there are two different stamps to create the flower. One stamps the outline of the flower, and the other stamps the striped inside of the flower. Neither stamp fully colors in the flower, so I used a coordinating Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers and the leaves. To get the black flower stamens, I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and just inked the stamens on the outline stamp after I had colored with the Blends. For the tag sentiment, I punched out two of the tags in Basic Black and offset them on the top and bottom so they peek out.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card along with the hyperlinks for ease of shopping:

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If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this card, please ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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A Beautiful Day with Special Celebrations

Greetings my stamping friends. Another weekend is upon us. I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy some sunshine – of course, while also staying safe and practicing “social distancing”.

My husband and I will be celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 10. As you know it is also Mother’s Day on Sunday, so I hope I can work up enough courage to venture out a bit myself.

Today’s project share continues my mission to use all of my retiring stamp sets and other supplies (at least once) before they are set aside for the new and shiny products being offered in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. Today’s card uses two stamp sets that are retiring — Beautiful Day & Special Celebrations. It’s another simple layout / design, aside from the coloring with my Stampin’ Blends. I hope you like it:

I simply stamped the flower image twice and then colored it. I fussy cut the sentiment and popped it up with dimensionals. The Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends are also retiring since the 2018-2020 In Color family they belong to is retiring. This is my favorite red shade we have so it will be missed from my craft arsenal.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the creation of this card with the hyperlinks for ease of shopping:

Product List

If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this card, please ask me.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Beautiful You Around the Corner

Greetings my stamping friends. I hope you have been enjoying my project shares featuring the soon to retire stamp sets and other products. I also hope that you all remain healthy and safe, whether you are continuing to shelter in place or have ventured out and attempting business as usual.

Today’s project share uses two retiring stamp sets — Beautiful You and Around the Corner. Beautiful You is one of my favorite stamps sets in my stash and I am sad to see it retire. But I expect that I will hold onto it for many more years for personal use. Here is today’s card which was inspired by a card by Nancy Juliano on Pinterest:

I just love the woman’s silhouette stamps in this stamp set. She is very versatile and has even appeared as a graduate on a few cards I made last year. If you want her to have a flowery dress, simply stamp her a second time on your favorite designer series paper and fussy cut her dress out with paper snips and adhere the dress on top of the original stamped image. I have even seen others make cards with her doing cartwheels down the beach!

I wanted her to sparkle, so I colored her hat and dress with Wink of Stella after I colored with Stampin’ Blends. I also added Wink of Stella to the corner swirls which I stamped using my Stamparatus. I just love her! Don’t you?

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card along with the hyperlinks for ease of shopping (just a few clicks on the thumbnails will add these items to your shopping cart):

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If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this card, please ask. I am always happy to share my project details.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Welcome Little One with Animal Outing

Greetings my stamping friends. I hope you are all doing well and spending at least a little bit of your time being crafty with stamps, inks and paper.

Today’s project share uses one of the upcoming retiring stamp sets — Animal Outing. I think I got this stamp set as part of one of my OnStage kits or as a Prize Patrol item. This is another set that I don’t think I have used until now. There are a coordinating set of dies (or where) to make the cutting out of these images quick and easy, but I don’t have those in my stockpile. The embossing folder I used is also retiring — Tufted.

I needed a baby girl card to send to an almost family member who just had a new baby in April. So this card will be going out in the mail to someone in particular. Here is what it looks like (inspired by a card on Pinterest by Ann Schach):

I have to confess that the punch that I used to make the banners (Duet Banner Punch) was retired a year or so ago, but it met my needs for this project so I used it.

I adhered the 4.00″ x 5.25″ piece of DSP to a piece of whisper white cardstock before running it through the embossing folder to give it more substance since I wanted to pop it up with dimensionals.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card:

Product List

If you have any questions regarding the design elements of this card, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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An Accented Blooms Thank You

Greeting my stamping friends. I hope you are all doing well and continue to practice safe social distancing, wear your face masks when you go out, etc. as parts of Texas and other states begin reopening. As for me, I will continue to shelter in place as much as I can, venturing out only for essential things, i.e. my upcoming infusion this week (I can’t believe it has been three weeks already).

With the end of the sales period for the 2020 Jan-Jun Mini Catalog and the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, my project shares will focus primarily on retiring products that you will find on the Last Chance Lists, while supplies last or through June 2, 2020.

Today’s project share features the Accented Blooms stamp set which I have had for a very long time but never actually used until now. How many of you have stamp sets that you haven’t used yet? I have so many it is a bit embarrassing. Here is today’s card:

This was a very simple and quick card to create. I colored all of the floral images using my collection of Stampin’ Blends. I added a mat layer to my stamped piece to tie in the punched sentiment.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card with the hyperlinks that allow you to quickly add these items to your shopping cart:

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If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this card, please feel free to ask.

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Whether you want to join simply for the discount, or you want to share your love for paper crafting with others, this Starter Kit is an amazing offer for you. I have attached a link to a FAQ’s List that should answer any questions you may have, or feel free to just ask me.

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Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Last Chance Products

Greetings my stamping friends. If you have tried to read the PDF lists of the Last Chance Products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and the 2020 Jan-Jun Mini Catalog, then you may have noticed that the information is near microscopic in size.

I wanted to review my list of stamp sets to see how many I have in my stash of supplies that will be retiring. Stampin’ Up! also provides the retired lists in Excel format and I downloaded them and reformatted them so that they were easier for me to use. (I deleted references to stamp sets, etc. that were in French (FR), and then did a custom sort of the list first by Category (Bundle, Tools, etc.) and then by Name/Description so that I would have a list in alpha order which is how I keep my stamp sets.) I was sad to see that I have 31 stamp sets retiring, and I have not even started on the other category of products.

I thought that my resorted/reformatted lists might be helpful to you as well, so I am sharing them here with you.

If you have any difficulty downloading the Excel documents, please let me know. They are both formatted to print landscape on 8.5″x11″ paper and I have preset the “print areas” so no extra blank pages should print. You may need to rescale your print from 100% down to 60-65% to get all columns on one page.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Share Sunshine Digital Download – COVID-19 Giveback

Greeting my stamping friends. My preparation for this next project share took a bit longer than I had anticipated, but I hope you feel it was worth the wait.

Today’s project share (12 cards!) uses the same card layout with the die cut digital images from Stampin’ Up!’s digital download — Share Sunshine. I wasn’t sure which of the images I wanted to use so I undertook the task of cutting them all out first. Here are my cards:

Inside: Miss You. Hoping that by staying home more things change than my pajamas
Inside: Everything will be okay. We just can’t see what okay looks like from here.
Inside: There’s nobody I’d rather stay home for
Inside: It’s like a normal martini but you drink it a home, alone.
Inside: Hope you’re staying entertained during this time of social distancing.
Inside: Just breathe (but wear your mask)
Inside: I can’t wait to hug you when this is all over
Inside: I’m here for you … from a distance
Inside: I can’t wait to hug you when this is all over
Inside: Hang in there
Inside: Sending Love … (and if I could, toilet paper)
Inside: Sending love and support

I still have a zip lock bag full of die cut images; likely enough to make at least 50 more cards. I used various die sets, punches and my paper trimmer to cut out each image which were printed on Whisper White cardstock.

For the card design itself, I cut 12×12 DSP down to 6×6; then to 3×6; and finally to 3×2. I was able to make eight cards with one sheet of DSP.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of these cards with the hyperlinks to add them to your shopping cart with just a click or two:

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Here is the link to purchase the Share Sunshine digital images in PDF format. Cost per download is $12.00 (US) and will need to be ordered separately from your typical online order. Buy it here!

If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of these cards, do not hesitate to ask.

As a reminder, if you place an online order through me before the end of day today, May 4, 2020, you will receive a selection of handmade cards featuring the Share Sunshine images for FREE. You will also receive a FREE gift from me of an embellishment of my choice. WHO DOESN’T LIKE FREE STUFF?!?

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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