You’ve (Still) Got This

You’ve (Still) Got This

I love the You’ve Got This stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. Sadly, it will be retiring May 31, so if you’ve been looking at it and wanting to order it, do so quickly before it’s gone forever. Oh, I know…a lot of stampers say, “I’ll just wait until Donna Demonstrator sells hers at her catalog kick-off party and save a little money.” If Donna Demonstrator is anything like me, you’ll have to wait a long time. I’m keeping mine, even though it’s retiring. I love the crosshatch background, the flower, and the sayings.

Ok – there is one thing about the saying (maybe two). First, I always want to say, “You have this!” That “got” in there is really not necessary, although, “You’ve this!” is a little weird. The second thing is every time I hear, “You’ve got this!” I start singing one of the songs from My Little Pony the Movie. Since it’s one of Amelia’s favorite movies (and mine as well), I’ve heard “We Got this Together” many, many, many times. (Again, it’s a cute song, so I won’t get into the grammar right now.) If you’d like it running through your head many times a day, here’s a link to the song.

My friend Jackie posted a card yesterday (or maybe today; I’m a little behind) using the most striking color combination – Mango Melody and Poppy Parade. Mango Melody is one of the colors that will be introduced into the Stampin’ Up! color palette June 1. It’s a beautiful yellow-orange. And, of course, Poppy Parade is my favorite red. It was an In Color a few years ago, and now it’s back to join the core colors. Yay!

The combination reminds me of the sunsets Susan posts. She and her husband have a summer lake cottage, and she posts sunsets quite often. I love sunsets, and Susan’s are spectacular. I always look forward to seeing them on Facebook.

I had to use Jackie’s color combination on a card today.

You've Got This, Stampin' Up!

I inked the crosshatch pattern with Mango Melody and Poppy Parade and stamped on Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the flower in Jet Black Stazon, then colored it with Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, and Granny Apple Green – another new color for 2018-19 (and hopefully longer!) – and cut it out. Again, Granny Apple Green reminds me of a My Little Pony character, but I digress.

I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento. When I ordered You’ve Got This, it must have been a free incentive, because it’s on wood blocks. BS (before Stamparatus), I always got free sets on wood blocks. This practice of mine will probably end AS (after Stamparatus) since the wood blocks don’t work so well in it. Instead of using the Stamparatus, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig and got very satisfactory results. I was pleased, because I had to stamp it several times to get it dark enough to be seen over the Poppy Parade.

After adding a bit of adhesive on the back of the flower, I tousled some Copper Metallic Thread and embedded it into the adhesive. Then I added some Stampin’ Dimensionals and popped it onto the Whisper White layer. The corner rounding and floral edges were punched with the Detailed Trio Punch, which demonstrators could order in May. Everyone else can order it beginning June 1. Besides the flower punch and corner rounder, there’s a small oval for making tags. So fun!

Be sure you order your “have to have them!” items from the 2017-18 catalog now. Retiring stamp sets are only guaranteed to be available until today (May 25); all other retiring products are while supplies last.

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Big Time Thanks

Big Time Thanks

At every Stampin’ Up! event, we receive an exclusive bag at check-in. Inside are lots of fun things – pens, a Prize Patrol pin, sometimes a water bottle or another gift, and at least one stamp set from an upcoming catalog. In April, our event stamp set was the super cute Animal Outing set.

This set is so cute, and it has coordinating framelits (we didn’t get those, so I guess they’ll be on a lot of orders June 1!). There’s a rhinoceros with a little bird, a giraffe, a kangaroo with a koala in its pouch (talk about the hospital sending the wrong baby home with you!), leaves and a frog, and some really sweet sayings suitable for new babies, anniversary and friendship cards, thank you cards, and more. I may use the kangaroo one for Mike’s realtor cards, with a “Welcome to your new home!” sentiment. How fun would that be?

I decided to use the rhino for a thank you card.

Animal Outing, Stampin' Up!

Aren’t they cute? Here’s how to make this card.

Die-cut a circle from Whisper White Cardstock using the Layering Circle Framelits dies. Stamp the rhino and bird a bit to the left of center in Basic Gray ink, leaving enough space for the leaves at the right edge. Then stamp the leaves.

Color the rhino with Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends, the leaves and grass with Old Olive and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends, and the bird with Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. (I used Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch, because I snagged them from the Make & Take box at OnStage in April. Don’t worry – it was allowed! But since they’re not available yet, simply substitute the pink/purple and yellow that are available now.) I used the Color Lifter to add some highlights to the rhino, and the Ivory Stampin’ Blend for the tusk. Set this aside for now.

Stamp the sentiment in Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, then die-cut with a scalloped circle from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies. Sponge the edges with Old Olive Classic Ink. In the Bermuda Bay 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer, die-cut a slightly smaller circle than the rhino circle slightly right of center. (Right of center, left of center, RINO… this sounds like a political blog, but it’s really not!) Stamp the leaves (minus the frog) in Versamark Ink along the bottom half of the Bermuda Bay layer.

Add a little adhesive on the back of the stamped rhinoceros circle, then place the circle behind the opening in the Bermuda Bay layer. Lay it on the Old Olive card base, then press the stamped circle onto the card base. Add the Bermuda Bay layer over the stamped circle onto the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then add the sentiment circle with more Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add a few Tutti Frutti Adhesive Backed Sequins to the front of the card. (These are retiring so grab them while you can!)

That’s all there is to it! Thanks to the Big Shot and dies, it’s a super easy and cute thank you card that is appropriate for anyone.

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Butterfly Notes

Butterfly Notes

While I was playing with Brusho and Foil Sheets, I decided to die-cut a few with the new Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies from the new 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Catalog. The butterfly was very delicate and lovely, but the Brusho background just didn’t show up as well as I wanted.

I decided to spritz it a bit and add more Brusho to the die cut butterflies. Here’s the thing about Brusho: it reacts with water, and the foil sheets are non-porous. When I spritzed the butterflies, the Brusho crystals were reactivated, and a lot of the color slipped through the cut out areas of the butterflies. Oops. Still, I added a little more Brusho to the wet foil and let it dry. It turned out ok, but not quite what I had envisioned.

Here’s a peek at one of the butterflies on a card.

Sheet Music, Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the Sheet Music Background Stamp on Soft Seafoam Cardstock (this is a new color in the 2018-19 Color Palette) with Mint Macaron ink (a returning In Color). The ink was a tad darker than I thought, so stamping the sentiment over the music wasn’t going to work.

*light bulb* I had also preordered the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies, so I embossed the Sentiment from Flourishing Phrases in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, then die-cut with one of the label framelits. The butterfly seemed to need something to hang onto, but I didn’t want to add too much “bulk” to the card or take away from the butterfly and sentiment. The Springtime Impressions Thinlits also include a little flower and a lovely corner die, so I used the corner die with more vellum for kind of a trellis for the butterfly.I added it to a Mint Macaron card base for a delicate, feminine card.

The Stitched Labels Framelits and the Springtime Impressions Thinlits, as well as the Soft Seafoam and Mint Macaron cardstock and ink will be available June 1. The Sheet Music stamp, the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, and, of course, the Vellum, Brusho, and Gold Foil Sheets are available now and will be carrying over to the new catalog.

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Watercolored Blooms

Watercolored Blooms

Just in case you haven’t decided you need the new stamp positioner from Stampin’ Up! – the Stamparatus – here’s another reason.

I decided to do a little watercoloring with the retiring Birthday Blooms Stamp Set, Stampin’ Write Markers, and the Stamparatus.

Birthday Blooms, Stampin' Up!

First, place the cardstock in the stamparatus. I like to place mine in the corner, but you don’t have to; you can place it anywhere, because those magnets are strong. (Remember – keep them away from each other, because they will snap together if they’re close. Not only can they break, they can pinch your fingers. Trust me on this – it hurts!) Position your stamp on the card stock, then close the Stamparatus lid to adhere the stamp to the plate.

I started with a Mango Melody Stampin’ Write Marker and colored some areas of the rose, mostly the buds and the tops of the main flower. Spritz the stamp after adding the marker color, then close over the card stock. Repeat with other colors. I used Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze. Try to use different inks on different areas; you don’t want to just pile colors over the same places. I spritzed and stamped every time I changed colors. If you add the colors one at a time instead of coloring all of the stamp all at once, you won’t get a muddy mess when you spritz.

When I was ready for the leaves, I cleaned and dried the stamp with a cloth.  You can also use a baby wipe or a damp paper towel. Just do not remove it from the Stamparatus! Then I used Granny Apple Green and Old Olive for leaves, again, inking the stamp, spritzing, and stamping one color at a time. Continue this process until you’re happy with the results.

I actually liked the image better before I colored the petals and leaves with an Aqua Painter and more ink, but I’m happy with this one as well. I was going to use the “out of the box” technique. I marked the areas where the die would be, and snipped out the parts of the image that were “out of the box” – or “oval,” I guess, since I was using the Layering Ovals Framelits. Sadly, I snipped too much, and when I die-cut the oval, it looked very strange, so I simply fussy cut the rest of the flower (or, at least, most of it).

I used the Eclectic Layers Framelits to add the trellis, then embossed the Mango Melody layer with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I adhered the Mango Melody layer to a Granny Apple Green card base, then added the flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Of course, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green will not be available until June in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. But there are other gorgeous colors you can substitute now if you don’t want to wait – like Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.

I used the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies to diecut the sentiment from Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, then added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well. This thinlit set was a Sale-a-bration offering, but will be back in the new 2018-19 Annual Catalog in June.

This card reminds me of the song, “‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer.” It’s a little faded, but I do like it.

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Foiled Again

Foiled Again

Several months ago, my friend Jackie showed a technique using Brusho on foil sheets. It’s spectacular! I used that technique for one of our Friday Challenges with the Tranquil Textures Stamp Set (new in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog), and you can see that here. Even though I made it for the challenge, it was my son Wesley’s birthday card. He turned 26 on Friday. (Happy birthday, Wes!)

I am working on a swap, and thought about using this technique for it. I haven’t quite decided yet, but here’s a Brusho on Foil card using the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set.

Rooted in Nature, Stampin' Up!

It’s really hard to get a good picture with the foil sheets. There’s always a bright spot where light is reflecting. This shows it off pretty well, though.

I started with a Copper Foil Sheet, then spritzed, added some Prussian Blue and Gamboge color crystals, then spritzed again. I tipped the sheet in all directions, then used my Heat Tool to move the color around a bit more as well as to dry it. It wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I added more crystals and spritzed until I was happy with it.

While it finished drying, I stamped the tree on Very Vanilla Cardstock using Shaded Spruce and Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Markers and my Stamparatus. Then I die-cut with the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies. The Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies are both in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog, and you’ll be able to puchase these two items separately or in a discounted bundle. If this ends up being my swap card, I’m going to die cut all the trees, then use one of the negatives as a template in the Stamparatus. It will go so much faster. You really need to put the Stamparatus stamp positioner on your 2018-19 Annual Catalog wish list. It will totally change the way you stamp; it will make it so much easier to create multiples and to stamp clean images.

I stamped the large and small leaves in Versamark, then heat embossed them with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black StāzOn (it will be back in the new catalog!), and mounted the foil to a Shaded Spruce card base. The tree was popped on last with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Give this technique a try! It’s a lot of fun and almost impossible to mess up. Plus it makes a really cool background.

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Out with the Old Stamp-Off Challenge

Out with the Old Stamp-Off Challenge

Welcome to another Stamp-Off Challenge with my friends, Susan and Jackie, and me. We’re saying, “Goodbye,” to some favorites this week.

Because it’s been raining fairly non-stop for the past several days, I decided to use the Weather Together Stamp Set and Umbrella Weather Framelits Dies.

There’s a lot of texture on this card. I wanted to use the Shimmery White Embossing Paste, because I thought it would look great for clouds. But then I saw the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper in my paper file, so I decided to use a mix.

I used the Pattern Party Decorative Masks with the Shimmery White Embossing Paste for some of the clouds on the Smoky Slate cardstock layer, then I die-cut the other clouds with the Umbrella Weather Framelits and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. I know the die-cut clouds look a little red (at least on my laptop they do), but it must be my camera. They’re actually sponged with Smoky Slate Classic ink.

While the embossed clouds were drying I stamped the umbrella on Whisper White with Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink, then die-cut it. I filled in the blank stripes with a Bermuda Bay Marker. The handle is die-cut from a Champagne Foil Sheet.

I stamped some raindrops in VersaMark ink, then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. And, finally, I added the sentiment in Bermuda Bay Classic Ink.

My retiring products are the Weather Together Stamp Set and Umbrella Weather Framelits Dies, as well as the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. We’ll still have a glittery glimmer paper after May 31, but it will be called Sparkle Glimmer Paper. I’m not sure how different it will be from the Dazzling Diamonds paper, but I’ll let you know when I find out.

So now, go see what Jackie and Susan have for you. They have both been posting amazing projects with retiring products, so I can’t wait to see what they have for this challenge. I know they’d also appreciate it if you left a comment. 😉

So after the old comes a new. Here’s a new thing for you. Mike & I have adopted another pet. This is The General.

Look at that adorable face. This little guy reminds me of my dad, because every time I tried to take a photo, he looked away – just like my dad does. But he’s a sweetheart (like my dad) and so cuddly. He belonged to one of our rental tenants, and they had to move. They were going to take him to the SPCA (because he’s a barker and their new place had to stay quiet), so Mike & I intervened. We couldn’t let this little guy with the huge heart go to the pound!

We’re a full-service real estate brokerage. Several years ago, these same tenants called and asked if we could pick up their rent. The husband was out of town, and the wife had fallen and wasn’t able to drive. Sure, we could do that. Oh, wait…Could we also bring a bottle of wine for her? We cracked up at that, but headed to the grocery store on the way to her house to pick up a bottle of the requested Merlot. Because at Cornerstone, we do more than just sell houses!

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Passionate about Petals

Passionate about Petals

First I want to sing a little song. Rain, rain, go away! Come again another day…

Oh, my goodness. We’ve had so much rain that there’s nowhere for it to go, so it’s coming up through the floor in our basement. Ick. We just need a little break so it can soak in. My poor tomatoes are drowning, and the cat is super confused about why she has to swim to her food and litter box. Poor Mike has been vacuuming it up around the clock.

Here’s a quick card I made using the Petal Passion Suite from the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.

First, I used Stampin’ Blends to color the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper. I used the light Night of Navy, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay blends. I love this paper, but, sadly, like almost all of our Designer Series Papers (DSP), it will be retiring at the end of the Occasions Catalog sales period (May 31). It’s still available right now, but only “while supplies last,” so order now!

The roses are from the Petal Palette stamp set. I stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White, and colored with Calypso Coral and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. Then I die-cut the roses and the Lemon Lime Twist leaves with the Petals & More Thinlits Dies. While the stamp set and dies will be carrying over to the 2018-19 Annual Catalog, the bundled price (10% discount) will not. After May 31, you’ll have to buy the stamps and thinlits separately and pay full price. So add this bundle and the DSP to your order today.

There are a few other retiring products on this card. The Silver Metallic Foil Doily will be retiring at the end of May, as will the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. These are hard to see, but I added a few Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes to the flowers. These little embellishments are so adorable, and they add that little something to a card without being overwhelming. They’re perfect for dew drops or raindrops. I need those today, right? The epoxy shapes are also retiring May 31.

Oh! This just gave me an idea for tomorrow’s “Out with the Old” Stamp-off Challenge with Jackie & Susan. Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see what we’re showcasing.

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