Sneak Peek for Easter!

Oh boy!  Over the past weekend I was able to get the new 2017-18 Annual Catalog early AND order some items!!  Well, I got a big box from the UPS man today and whee–fun stuff was inside!  I want to show you a few sneak peeks from my box 🙂  I’ve mixed a bit of the new with a bit of the retiring items!

So, what’s new?  Can you spot the items?  First, the sentiment is punched out with a brand new punch called the Pretty Label Punch (it really is pretty!).  Do you see the Gold Faceted Gems?  Big and bold and bling – love them!!  And then finally, there’s a brand new In Color cardstock called Powder Pink.  It’s a gorgeous color and seems to be almost a neutral…it blends with anything. Here on my card it forms the panel behind the dsp and the punched label.

Now for the retiring items. 🙂  The sentiment is from the Suite Sentiments set.  It’s a lovely sentiment and all of the stamps in the set are great.  And the fonts are really nice!  If you need a good sentiment set, this is one worth getting.

The paper has been one of my favorites from the Occasions Catalog, it’s the Cupcakes & Carousels dsp (right now 40% OFF!), and the bigger label with gold is from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishments Kit (right now 30% OFF!).

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Happy Easter!

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Lambs.  The true Easter is about lambs.  One Lamb to be specific, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  Easter is a precious time for me, and I love to focus on lambs.  So, I make lamb cards!

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Is this little lamb darling or what?  Almost every Easter I bring out my little lamb cards and have classes on how to make them.  When we make them at class, we each make two cards, and guess what happens??  We end up with a FLOCK!!

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To make the lambs, you will need a scallop circle die.  Stampin’ Up! doesn’t make these, so I purchased another brand.  That makes your lamb’s body.  You then emboss his body with a flowery or baroque embossing folder.  His wooly head is punched out with the Scallop Oval Punch and embossed with the same embossing folder.  A little sponging with Crumb Cake ink makes his wool look a bit more realistic 🙂

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His face and ears are punched with a small oval punch and I added little google eyes (SO cute!).  Tie a little knot or bow from any thin ribbon and adhere to his top knot.  It’s an easy and fun little card to make.  I love to display my card around the house as it reminds me of the TRUE Easter.  God bless you!

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Happy Easter!

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He is risen, He is risen indeed!  That’s what the early church used as their greeting on Resurrection Sunday, so that’s how I greet you today.  I’m honored to be Mary Fish’s guest stamper and to bring you my card celebrating this special day.

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Pastel rosebuds seem so appropriate, don’t you think?  I made them using a small portion of card stock cut with the Spiral Flower Die (the thin section at the outer edge of the die).  The gold thread is pulled out from a piece of Gold Baker’s Twine.  And the pretty white and gold flower bed is created using the Bojo Blossoms Punch and a few pearls.

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What are you doing today?  I’d love to hear!  I’m going to church and then to a nice brunch with my family — yumm, and no dishes, yippee!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful Easter!

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Introducing: The Flock!

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Aren’t they adorable?  We made these darling little lambs yesterday at my workshop and wow, did we have fun!  I saw this pattern about a year ago and have just been so excited to use it!  There are darling individually, but when we put them all together it was out of control cute!!

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See the two little lambs in the back without bows?  Those are the boys.  All the rest have adorable Tangerine Tango ribbons in their hair – so stylish!  The googly eyes just totally crack me up!  All their eyes are looking different ways in the photos 🙂

Really the lambs aren’t hard to make.  We used a large scalloped circle die to make the main part of the card.  We embossed it  and used sponge daubers with Crumb Cake ink to make their wool look a little – well, not so white!  The wool for their heads was made using the Scallop Oval Punch, and then that was also embossed and sponged.

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For their little faces we used the Large Oval Punch and punched out two ovals.  One formed the face, and the other one we cut in half and used for the ears.  Their little feet are just small strips of Basic Black card stock with rounded edges.

I hope this brightens your day today and puts a smile on your face!

Blessings,

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SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE A LAMB:

Ink:  Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad
Paper:  Whisper White and Basic Black
Other Goodies:  Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Scallop Circle BigZ Die, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Sponge Daubers, Tangerine Tango Ribbon from the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack (FREE with a $50 purchase!), and “Googlie Eyes”!!

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Easter Blessings ~ A Guest Stamper

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Isn’t this card gorgeous?  It was made by today’s guest stamper and my good friend, Donna Kopenski!  She does such beautiful work.  Here she used a stamp I didn’t know anything about.  She even taught me how to use it!

The set is called Stippled Blossoms.  Using these stamps is a 2-step process:  first you stamp the larger blossom in a light shade, then you stamp the smaller blossom in a darker shade of the same color.  And it works that way with the leaves also.  Aren’t they pretty?  I’m so glad she showed me how to use them.  Here’s what the stamp set looks like, in case you’re wondering:

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Do you see how there are two stamps for each flower and leaf shape?  They work in pairs with shades of ink.  Very neat.

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Here’s a close up of the beautiful Easter sentiment.  I love stamps that say “blessings”!  And it’s so perfect on a card with such beautiful blossoms!  Now I need to get both of these stamps.

Are you beginning to plan your Easter cards?  Next week I’m having a class on Easter cards, so I’m planning!  Hee!

Have a wonderful week of stamping!!

Blessings to you!

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HERE ARE THE SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE DONNA’S WONDERFUL CARD:

Stamps:  Stippled Blossoms and Easter Blessings
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, More Mustard, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Gumball Green and Very Vanilla card stock

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