Monday, May 21, 2018

Sailing away with Swirly Bird

Hey there, stampers!  

Another week is beginning, bringing us closer to the launch of the new Stampin'Up! annual catalog, which will be coming our way on June 1st!  

Summer is definitely on the way, so I've been making some summery cards that will be great to send for summer birthdays.  In our family, there are tons of summer birthdays, so I need to be prepared!

Swirly Bird is a fun stamp set (#141749, $25, p. 171 of the current catalog).  The good news is that it is continuing in the new catalog that's coming out in June.  This set has images of flowers, a bird, and a cute little sailboat.  The matching framelits (Swirly Scribbles Framelits, #141497, $27, p. 216) has some "water" that makes a great surface for the sailboat to sail on.  Check out this card and you'll see what I mean.




I stamped the sun in Daffodil Delight ink.  The sailboat is stamped with 4 separate stamps.  The striped sail is Night of Navy, the smaller sail (sorry I don't know the technical names of these sails!) is stamped in Marina Mist, which is one of the colors that is being discontinued, and the boat is stamped in Crumb Cake.  The little flag at the top is Real Red.  

Let me tell you how to adhere a die cut like the water in this card.
It would be difficult to run a bead of glue along those skinny lines of card stock.  And then when you pressed it down on the white panel, glue would ooze out and make your card look messy.  There's a very simple way to avoid the stress and the mess!  

Check page 203 of your current annual catalog.  You'll see Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (#144106, $10).  Simply peel the printed liner off the sheet, discard it, and adhere the sticky sheet to your card stock.  Run through the Big Shot with the die of your choice.  Once it is cut, peel the backing off and apply the die cut to your card.  Easy and there's no mess, no oozing glue!  These sheets make it so very easy to adhere detailed die cuts.  The glue is strong and once pressed into place, the die cut is there to stay!

The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners stamp set (#141506, $17, p. 85), another great set that will be carrying over into the new catalog.  

The week ahead here in Woodland is for sun and temperatures in the 80's.  I checked the Portland forecast and it looks like you'll have some sun, some clouds, and maybe thunderstorms later in the week.  One thing is for sure, though.  If you are a stamper, you can always create your own sunshine, just by getting out your stamps, ink, and paper.  Being creative is a way to bring happiness and a sunshine-y glow to your day, no matter what is happening outside.

Thank you for reading today and if you'd like to place an online order, the May host code is YAAWUDKD.  You will have your name placed in the May Host Code drawing for a $25 gift certificate when you place an order of any size using the host code.
To reach my shopping site, just click on the "shop now" button at the top of this blog.  

Have a great week!
Hugs and happy stamping!
Susan



Monday, May 14, 2018

There's something Fishy Going on Here!

Hi stamping friends!

Hope you all had a great Mother's Day yesterday!  Thankfully, the hot weather that was supposed to happen, didn't!  I think we only made it up to the mid-eighties this past weekend, and that's just fine with me!  I hear you Pacific Northwesterners had a sunny and warm weekend too. You certainly deserve some sunshine after all the rain you've had to endure!

There's something fishy going on here today. Take a look and you'll see what I mean...



This card is made with one of my favorite retiring stamp sets, Seaside Shore (#141625, $21.00, page 53 of the almost-gone 2017-2018 catalog).
The card stock colors are Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, and Whisper White.  I'm so happy that Mint Macaron is back (or will be on June 1st when the new catalog goes "live").  

The ink colors are Dapper Denim (almost gone!) Calypso Coral, and Mint Macaron.  The Seaside embossing folder (#141481, $8.50) adds a sea-weedy look to the background.  The sentiment is from a 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit, so that's not available for purchase.
I used the new Tailored Tag Punch (#145667, $ 18.00, p. 45 of the Occasions Catalog) to punch out the sentiment.  I used a strip of drywall tape across the bottom of the card, under the sentiment.  I love using this on nautical cards, as it gives the feeling of fish netting.  You can pick up a roll for very little cash at Home Depot and it will last forever, unless you decide to make thousands of fishy cards.  The sparkly air bubbles are sequins from the Sequin Assortment (#144212, $5.00, p. 197).

I didn't photograph the inside of the card, but it says "Hope your day goes swimmingly."  This would be a perfect card for anyone with a summer birthday, male or female, young or old.  It's always good to have a stash of general birthday cards on hand, so why not get out some stamps, ink, and paper and stamp up a few?  You'll have fun and you'll be prepared when you need a card in a hurry.

Enjoy the sunny week ahead!  Oh, and if you'd like to order some of your favorite retiring stamps, the May Host Code is YAAWUDKD.  An order of any amount will enter you in the May Host Code drawing for a $25 gift certificate.  

Happy stamping, everyone!
Susan

Monday, May 7, 2018

More cards with the Share What You Love suite

Hello stampers!

Hope it is a sunny day where you are!  It is always wonderful to start the week with sunshine.  We have a warm week ahead of us here in the Sacramento area... the low 80s to start the week and then 96 by next Saturday!  Does this mean that summer weather is here early??  I hope we have a little more time before the heat hits!

If you read my blog last week, you know that Stampin'Up! has a pre-order special, where you can purchase things from the Share What You Love Suite in advance of the new catalog.  I hope the samples that follow will inspire you to do some stamping this week!


This pre-order opportunity goes until May 31st, so you still have time to get the bundles!  To order, just click on the "shop now" button at the top of this blog, then choose "share what you love suite."  

The cards in the foreground measure 2 1/2 by 4 3/4, so they are too small to mail.  But they are just right to slip under the ribbon of a gift as a gift enclosure.  The lining for the top of the envelope is just a circle of the DSP, punched with the 2 1/4 inch circle punch.
It's so easy to do, but adds a nice touch!  These Narrow Note Cards will be carried over to the new catalog from the Occasions catalog and I'm so happy about that.  This size card holds a gift card too, so you'll find them to be a "must-have" item.
The ordering number is 145583.  You get 20 cards and envelopes for $8.00.  

It is a bit hard to see, but the full-sized card in the background has an amazing embossed design.  This is the new Lovely Floral embossing folder that is part of the largest bundle.  You will be able to order this one separately once the new catalog goes live on June 1st, but right now it is only available in the Gotta Have it All bundle.

As promised, here is the winning name in the "Guess How Many Stamp Sets I'm Pulling from my Shelf" contest.  Eighteen people participated in my little guessing game and no one really came close to the number of retiring sets I had.  The astounding number this year is 63 sets!  Can you believe it?  That leaves me with just 59 sets remaining on my shelves!  The guess closest to the actual number was Nanci Stauffer's guess of 47 sets.  Congratulations, Nanci!  I will send you the list of retiring stamp sets by email. Choose one and if I have it, it will be yours!
Thank you to everyone who participated!  I'm sorry I can't send you each a free set!

May the week ahead be a great one!  
Sending happy thoughts your way!
Susan




Monday, April 30, 2018

May is Just Around the Corner!

Hey there, stamping friends!

May will be here in just one more day!  I'm excited for May first to arrive because that's the day that customers can pre-order from a nice array of beautiful products from the new catalog that goes live on June 1st.  

I think that this is the first time that customers have been able to place a pre-order.  I don't recall that this has ever happened before.
The suite of products is called Share What You Love.  I sent out an email on Saturday with a flyer and a video attached that show all of the goodies you can pre-order.

Today I've got two card that I made using products from the suite.


 
The base of this card is Mint Macaron, which is coming back!  I'm so happy that this favorite color of mine is re-joining the Subtles color family!



There are three different bundles of products that you can pre-order during this special promotion and each bundle includes one or more freebies.  The bundles are available to order beginning Tuesday, May 1st through May 31st.    Look for an email on May 1st for the new May Host Code.  Please refer to the flyer I emailed on Saturday for all of the ordering information.  

The designer paper in this suite is so much fun... great flowers and other designs in the double pack.  The stamp sets are great too! There is some gorgeous velvet ribbon, pearly doilies, and other accessories as well.  

Speaking of host codes.... it's time to announce the winner of the April Host Code drawing.  The winner is Judy Billings!  Congratulations Judy!  Please let me know what you'd like to have as your prize. You have $25 to spend.

May the week ahead be a sunny one!  If it turns out to be rainy, you know how to create your own sunshine with stamps, ink, and paper!

Hugs and happy stamping!
Susan



Monday, April 23, 2018

Farewell Times Five

Hey there, stampers!

Are you enjoying some spring-like weather?  It was 86 degrees yesterday and today the forecast is for 88.  We are hoping that it stays in the 80's for a while longer, because once we get up into the 100's, we are not happy campers!

Well, here we are at week 4 of April, which means we have about 5 weeks left on the 2017-2018 Stampin'Up! catalog.  So today I'm going to show you a pretty card that has FIVE retiring products.  

But first a little reminder.... Stamp sets will be available until the May 31st deadline, but accessories like card stock, ink, ink refills, designer paper, punches, ribbon, etc. are only available "while supplies last."  That is why it is best to concentrate on accessories now, while they are available, because Stampin'Up! doesn't guarantee their availability. I just checked the retiring list and all of the products I used to make this card are currently available.



This is known as a Bridge Fold Card.  The beauty of it is that it can stand up by itself and is wonderfully three-dimensional, but then it folds flat and fits inside a standard envelope for mailing.  If you would like the easy directions to make this card, please email me at sjrstamps@gmail.com and I'll email them to you!  

So let's get started on all of the retiring products I used.

First of all, the card base is Soft Sky card stock (#131203, $8.00, p. 186). I'm really sad that this color is being discontinued, as it is one of my "go-to" colors.  Of course the ink pad and refill are also going away.  You can find those on page 186 of the annual catalog.

The next element that is being discontinued is the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper (#144110, $11.00, p. 188).  I thought this paper was one of the prettiest in the 2017-2018 catalog.  

The sentiment on the card is from the Birthday Blooms stamp set (#140658, $19.00, p. 70) 

The flower on the "bridge" of the card was stamped with the Flower Shop stamp set (#130942, $18.00, p. 28) and then punched out with the Pansy Punch (#130698, $16.00, p. 207).

The center of the flower is a Faceted Gem (#144141, $5.00, p. 197).  Thankfully, those are NOT being discontinued!

To shop online, please just click the "shop now" button at the top of this blog.  This will take you to my Stampin'Up! shopping site where you can create your account (if you are a first-time shopper) and then enter your order.
Please use the April host code 3KDV7CHN if you are placing an order less than $150.  I will enter your name into my April Host Code drawing for a $25 gift certificate.  If your order is $150 or over, please do not use the host code.  If your order is $50 or more I will enter your name on my 50-50 Board for a $50 gift certificate.  Your name will be added once for every $50 you spend!

I hope this springy card has inspired you to get out some stamps, ink and paper and make a pretty card that you can send to someone who's having a birthday, needs encouragement, or who would just love to get some real mail for a change.  Remember, we can make the world a happier place, one card at a time!

Have a great week!
Hugs to all,
Susan


Monday, April 16, 2018

Turquoise Water


Is there anything that says "vacation" more effectively than a photo of a gorgeous beach and turquoise water?  When I picture a tropical scene, the water is always a beautiful shade of turquoise... never steely blue, never a gray blue, never a dark green, but always a bright, clear turquoise. 

You might be wondering why I'm going on and on about turquoise, but I really have a very good reason.  That's because Tempting Turquoise is about to be discontinued.  At the end of May--- and maybe well before that--- Tempting Turquoise will join the ranks of retired colors.  




I've had this Waterfront stamp set for a couple of months, but this is the first time I've taken it out of the box to play with it.  You can find this stamp set on page 48 of the Occasions catalog. It has been one of the top sellers. Thankfully, it will be carried over into the new annual catalog that begins on June 1st.  

What a versatile set this is!  You can create a tropical beach scene as I have done with this card, or you can create a mountain lake ringed by evergreen trees.  I don't think I'll ever get tired of this set because of the many different ways the images can be combined.  Also, it is perfect for masculine and/or gender neutral cards and we all need those!

Here are the products I used to create this sunny, happy card:

Stamps, Waterfront, Paint Play (for the Happy Birthday sentiment)
DSP, Tempting Turquoise (this DSP is now discontinued)
Card Stock, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, and Whisper White card stock
Ink.  Tempting Turquoise, Sahara Sand, Lemon Lime Twist, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride.
Big Shot Dies:  Stitched Shapes

The retiring colors are not guaranteed to be available until the end of this current catalog on May 31st.  Therefore, if you'd like to create some tropical cards featuring bright clear turquoise waters, please get your orders in quickly.  There are 13 colors that will be retiring... Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder.  Please check your stamp pads, ink refills, and card stock supplies and fill any "holes" in your color collection before it is too late.

The April Host Code is 3KDV7CHN. Please use this host code when placing online orders of less than $150.  I will enter your name into the April Host Code drawing for a $25 gift certificate.
I've also got a new 50-50 Board going and you'll have your name added to it for each $50 you spend.  You could be the winner of a $50 gift certificate!  

Fun stuff on the horizon!  I have pre-ordered a new Suite of products from the NEW 2018-2019 catalog and it will be arriving on Tuesday.  I'll be posting some pretty new cards made with these products over the next couple of weeks.  The great news is that YOU will be able to pre-order these new goodies too, starting May 1st... a full month before the new catalog begins!  

Does your weather forecast look a bit gloomy?   We'll have clouds and showers for the next 3 days and I've got a plan to deal with the gloom.  I'm going to use my Waterfront stamp set to create a bunch of tropical beach cards, then I'm going to imagine myself stepping out of one of those colorful little cabanas with an umbrella drink in hand.  The sun will warm my face and I'll sink down into the soft, warm sand. Ahhhh!  Wouldn't you like to join me?

Have a great week!
Susan





Monday, April 9, 2018

Bright Birthdays

Hello Stampers and a happy Monday to all!

Today is a very big day in Stamping Land!  First of all, the new annual catalog will be posted at noon Pacific Daylight Savings Time.  I wish you could all get a peek at it, but unfortunately, you have to be a demonstrator to see it this early.  Being the first to see new catalogs and products is one of the perks of being a demonstrator.    Another reason for excitement is that the retiring list will be posted today as well.  I will send it along later today in a group email to all of my customers, so be looking for it sometime this afternoon.  I will not be sending it out as soon as it is posted, as I will have a house-full of company at that time.  You can probably find it on the Stampin'Up! web site if you are in a hurry to see it, but I'm not 100% sure about that.

I've got a birthday card for you today that you could make in quantity and have on hand for any birthday that comes along.  I love having some general birthday cards in my stash that don't look too feminine or too masculine or too much like a card for a small child.
Check out this card and you'll see what I mean... it would be perfect for just about anyone!



If I was thinking of sending this to a guy, I might tie a knot in the ribbon, instead of a bow, but other than that, I wouldn't make any changes.  I used products from the Picture Perfect Party suite on pages 4 and 5 of the Occasions catalog.  The stamp set is called Picture Perfect Birthday and the printed DSP is called Picture Perfect Party.  I stamped the candles in Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party (stamped off once) and Berry Burst (also stamped off once).
The sentiment is stamped over the candles in Berry Burst.  

The base of the card is Whisper White, with a layer of Bermuda Bay over it.  The sentiment is stamped on a Whisper White oval, cut with one of the Stitched Shapes dies.  

Why not get out some of your favorite birthday stamps and create a stack of birthday cards for all of the upcoming birthdays on your calendar??  You'll be ahead of the game and you can feel a sense of accomplishment, knowing that you are ready for any birthdays on the horizon.

Hope the week ahead will be a good one for you!
Hugs to all,
Susan