Sparkly Thanks for the Pals!

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Welcome to the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge!  This week I have the privilege of hosting the challenge!  Here are the colors we are working with:

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Gold is such a great addition to any card!  It’s all about the sparkle, right?

PPA angled rightI got a bit carried away with little dots on today’s card.  The lower Whisper White panel was created by inking the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, inserting the Whisper White, and just pressing the folder together with my hands.  This dotted the card stock with the pretty Pear Pizzazz ink.  Then for the Pear Pizzazz panel, I actually embossed it with the same Softly Falling folder by running it through the Big Shot.  The white panel just under the flowers is Shimmery White card stock watercolored with Pear Pizzazz ink and the Aqua Painter.PPA cuThe flowers were stamped on Shimmery White card stock and then watercolored with the Aqua Painter.  I cut in between the petals of the flowers to give them more “movement.”  These pretty flowers are from the Choose Happiness stamp set which is retiring ~ I wanted to use them one more time before they’re gone!

PPA flat angled leftI took the photo above with the sun shining right in on the card, giving it that highlighted look.  It shows the gold foil “thanks” from the Greetings Thinlit Dies.  I’ve really enjoyed these dies, and am sad that they are retiring too.  In fact I just noticed they are sold out!  Guess lots of other people liked them!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Pop on over to the Pals Paper Arts website and see what the other designers have created.  Better yet, create your own card and post it over there! I’d love to see what you do with these colors!

Stampin’ Up! Products Used for Today’s Card:

Stamps:   Choose Happiness
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz and Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White, Shimmery White and Pear Pizzazz card stock, Vellum, Gold Foil
Tools:  Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Greetings Thinlits Dies, Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, Aqua Painter, Bitty Butterfly Punch
Embellishments:  Love Blossoms Embellishments Kit, Pearls Basic Jewels

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All About Everything – Mother’s Day!

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I’m just loving the new All About Everything stamp set that came with April’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!  It’s a fun set, with flowers and leaves…it’s the kind of stamp set that you can be very free with.  You don’t even need a plan, just start stamping.  Everything coordinates so beautifully!  You can ink and stamp one stamp and then another and it looks great.

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I needed to send a card to my mother-in-law and wanted something sweet and light. I looked on my desk and saw these cute sets and went to work.  Seriously, this card took about 10 minutes to make and it came out so cute.

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Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  All About Everything and April Paper Pumpkin Stamp
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Garden Green, and Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Blackberry Bliss and Pink Pirouette card stock
Embellishment:  Whisper White Baker’s Twine

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Beautiful Borderless Blooms!

Hello envieHello!  Today I have for you a card that uses a technique called borderless watercoloring, or sometimes no line watercoloring.  For this technique you use a very light ink to stamp your image.  Then you watercolor the stamped image and the border disappears!

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The close up above shows the light Soft Suede stamp of the pretty blooms.  A Stampin’ Write Marker was used to draw the lines on the leaves.

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The Mint Macaron ruffle under the blooms is a stretched out Honeycomb Embellishment.  I got this idea from another demonstrator (Holly Stene) and I love it!

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Hope you enjoyed today’s card.  I love to hear your comments ~ please let me know what you think!

Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:
STAMPS: Birthday Blooms
INK: Soft Suede, Crisp Cucumber, Watermelon Wonder
PAPER: Whisper White card stock, Shimmery White card stock, Birthday Bouquet dsp
TOOLS: Hello You Thinlits Dies, Aqua Painter
OTHER: Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker, Tea Lace Doily, Honeycomb Embellishment, Whisper White Baker’s Twine

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Awesomely Artistic Open Heart!

Open Heart 2This sweet bird and sentiment on this card are from the stamp set called “An Open Heart.”  I wanted to show it to you today because it will be retiring on May 31st.

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Last week I went to a class taught by one of my downline, Cathy Ehlers.   I made this card at her class and I just love it!  It uses both An Open Heart set and the pretty flowers from the Awesomely Artistic set.  We used Stampin’ Write Markers and also did just a bit of watercoloring.

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You know when things are retiring that means new things are coming!  Yes, the new Stampin’ Up! catalog will be out soon!  I’ve had a chance to see it and you will not be disappointed!!  In a week or so I’m going to be able to show you some samples made from new colors and stamps.  But for now I’m just going to show you the fabulous cover!!

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I know, it’s a small picture, but there are big, big things inside :-)  This is just a teaser…get ready!

 

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Swallowtail Get Well!

Purple Swalllow evieThis pretty card is a case (copy and share everything) from a card by Julie Kettlewell in the U.K.  It really shows off the beautiful Swallowtail stamp which is retiring on May 31st.  It really is such a pretty and detailed stamp, I wanted to use it once more before it retires.

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It’s an easy card to make ~ really!  Stamp the Swallowtail on the left side of the card and fussy cut him on the right side.  Then stamp the flowers from the Birthday Blossoms on the right side of the inside of the card.

Purple Swallow insideAlso, you can make it in all different colors~a rainbow of swallowtails!!  Hee!  Above I used Perfect Plum, and on the card below I’ve used the pretty Watermelon Wonder.

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The sentiments used here are from the lovely set called Thoughts and Prayers…perfect for this card!

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There’s lots of sponging on this card, on all the edges.  Crumb Cake is the perfect ink for an aged look.  Just use a sponge dauber and sponge away!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Which color do you like more?  I’d like to know!  I think I like the Perfect Plum, myself…  I love your comments :-)

Stampin’ Up! Products Use on Today’s Cards:

Stamps:  Swallowtail, Birthday Blossoms, Thoughts and Prayers
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Watermelon Wonder, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Very Vanilla card stock
Tools:  Paper Snips, Scallop Oval Punch, Sponge Dauber
Embellishments:  Linen Thread

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Thankful Journals!

Notebooks bothHave you every made a list of what you are thankful for?  It’s a very good practice.  It helps you to look for the good things and keeps your mind from dwelling on the bad or discouraging things.  Little journals are perfect for recording thanks and moleskin has some very cute (I mean very cute! ) pastel notebooks that are great for this.  But, these darling notebook pastel covers are totally plain ~ just crying out for some decoration :-)  What can I say?  I had to do it!

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One of the journals is a light yellow and goes very well with the Birthday Blooms dsp.  The thanks is from the Greetings Thinlits, and some pretty Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim was attached to the bottom of the white panel.  The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits have a few really cute dies: the little bow at the top left and the strip of hearts.  I love it!

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The purple notebook was fun to make.  The thanks was embossed with silver embossing powder and then attached to the card.  There are a few layers here.  The first one is Perfect Plum card stock embossed with the Hearts Embossing Folder.  The top layer is Whisper White card stock stamped with Wisteria Wonder using the Timeless Textures stamp set (love this set.)  The ribbon is Whisper White Seam Binding died with Wisteria Wonder ink.  I just used a sponge dauber with the ink and ran it over the ribbon.  I love the way it came out!

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These little journals make nice gifts for friends ~ or for yourself!  I encourage you to write down what you are thankful for.  It’s really helps me.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  I love your comments!

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamps:  Timeless Textures
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder and Versamark Inks
Paper:  Whisper White, Perfect Plum, and So Saffron card stock; Birthday Blooms dsp
Tools:  Hearts Embossing Folder, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, Greetings Thinlits, Heat Gun
Misc:  Silver Embossing Powder, Tea Lace Doilies, Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon, Pool Party Glitter Ribbon, Bows Paper Clips Embellishments, and Mini Clothespins

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Timeless Love for the Pals!

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Oh my goodness, the colors for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge are gorgeous!  I wouldn’t think to put these colors together, but they’ve been so much fun to work with!

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The flowers on this card were first stamped and then watercolored on Shimmery White paper using an Aqua Painter. Then they were fussy cut and glued to a Whisper White card stock base.

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The sentiment here is from the Timeless Love stamp set.  The font is modern and very fun.  It’s really a great stamp set because it also has a “Congratulations” and “Happy Anniversary” stamp, along with some flowers.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I love your comments ~ talk to me :-)

These are the Stampin’ Up! products used in this card.  Click on any item to go right to my online store :-)

 

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Timeless Tags!

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Tags are so much fun to make ~ I love tags!  Tie them on a package or a bag, or make them a part of a card.  So versatile!  I like to make tags with a vintage feel.  I plan to tie this on a bag for one of my customers :-)

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The stamp sets used for this card are carrying over to the new catalog (yeah!), but some of the embellishments used are not.  Over the next few weeks I’m going to be featuring some of the retiring items so that if you like them you can order them now before they are gone.

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Here are the retiring items:  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (the tiny inside flowers), Tea Lace Doilies, Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim, Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit (wooden heart).

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Click HERE to see what’s retiring, or

Click HERE to see the Retiring Products Spreadsheet.

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Retiring List is Out ~ Save Up to 50%!

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STAMPIN’ UP! RETIRING PRODUCT SALE STARTS NOW!

LAST CHANCE TO GET THESE RETIRING PRODUCTS!

SAVE UP TO 50%

It’s that time again: Stampin’ Up! is getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from both the annual and occasions catalogs. As sad as it is to see these products go, there’s still time for you to get them. Plus, retiring products* have discounts up to 50% off! We’re excited to offer this amazing opportunity, so be sure to get these products before they’re gone.
*Retiring products will only be available until May 31 or while supplies last.

CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW TO SEE WHAT’S RETIRING!

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When you place a qualifying order of $50 in my online store this month and use the VIP Host Code, you’ll automatically be added to the “VIP Gift List”.
VIP Gifts are mailed around 2 weeks after the end of the month
Limit: one gift per customer per month
April 2016

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All About Everything and a Video!

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Oh boy ~ a new stamp set!!  This is the free stamp set that came with the April Paper Pumpkin this month and it is a-dor-a-ble!!  I just love it!

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It’s got lots of great photopolymer stamps that coordinate beautifully.  Here’s a Stampin’ Up! video that shows the set and some great ideas for using it!

This is just the stamp set that came free with the April Paper Pumpkin.  There’s still the kit project which I’ll be showing you in a few days.  If you missed this month’s Paper Pumpkin, just sign up now and start with May!  Each month’s kit is a fun surprise in a box, you’ll love it!

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NEWS FLASH!!

The Retiring List is coming out sometime today.  As soon as I get it, I’ll post it here, so check back throughout the day to see all the items that will be retiring as of May 31st.  They are going to go fast once they’re announced, and I want to give you a heads up as soon as I can!

If you liked today’s card, please leave me a comment.  I love to hear from you!  And, if you have any questions, either leave me a comment or email me and I’ll get back to you right away!

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