Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blackberry Spattered Butterflies

I posted this card on my Facebook page already but wanted to share it here, too. It's one of my favorites I've made with the Butterflies Thinlits!

Use an Aquapainter and ink to make these spatters the old-fashioned way. The main butterfly is cut from cardstock vellum, with the smaller layered butterfly cut from Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP).

The gold filament is from Gold Baker's Twine--just unravel what you need! The card needed one other gold accent, so I used the "torn washi tape" thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag set to make a gold foil background for the sentiment. Isn't that a cool shape? I'll be using it more in the future!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Cardstock Vellum, Painted Blooms DSP, Gold Foil
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Gold Baker's Twine, Aquapainter, Blackberry Bliss ribbon (retiring), Spring Flowers Embossing Folder

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekly Deals 4-28

Weekly Deals are here! I love the Confetti Hearts Border Punch! Not only does it make great confetti, it also is the perfect size to use as an accent on a card or project.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Butterfly Notecard

Like so many of you, I love working with the Butterflies Thinlits! I don't see how you could make a "bad" card with them. This card didn't turn out the way I originally envisioned it, but I like it anyway!

I used Painted Petals to stamp the floral images in the right corner and the rows of dots (love that stamp!).  The spatters and the stripes are from Gorgeous Grunge. The butterfly is cut from the Stacked with Love DSP stack--it's not just for Valentines Day!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blooming with Kindness--retiring!

This is a set that will stay in my stamp library for a looong time! Make sure it's in yours before Blooming with Kindness is retired!

The backgrounds are re-inkers and water on a clear stamp block. Easy and dramatic!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blue Blooms Butterfly

The Butterflies Thinlits are so easy to use! It takes very little else to make a lovely card. This card will likely end up in the "Mother's Day Collection" for my mom. Shhhh! Don't tell!

A bit of the beautiful Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) behind the cutout draws your eye to the details of the butterfly. I used glue dots to adhere the butterfly body to the DSP.

Stamps: Four You
Paper: White, Painted Blooms DSP
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Rhinestones

Friday, April 17, 2015

Butterflies are back!

I know many of you have been waiting, and today is the magic day! The Butterfly Thinlit Dies are back in stock, and Stampin' Up! is offering a special deal because of all the backorder troubles.

From today through April 30, we are bringing you two special offers:

Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount--just $21.20!

Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item 138633)

Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (item 138634)

  Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 138635)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pistachio Berry Basket

This basket was inspired by one in Stampin Success, the magazine Stampin Up sends out to demonstrators. I really like the stamping on the basket. It gives it some depth while still allowing the stronger cardstock to create a sturdier basket.

Stamps: Crazy about You
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories: Berry Basket Die, Note Tag Punch, Baked Brown Sugar Baker's Twine

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Weekly Deals April 14

It's spring in your Weekly Deals for April 14-20! Check out all the flowers and pretties! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

From the Herd

I loved this stamp when I first saw it, and I finally started making cards with it this month! With 7 children, we often feel quite like a "herd," so this is a perfect greeting from our family. I stamped the image on watercolor paper in Staz On Black, then colored with inks and the Aquapainter. To use your inks this way, smoosh (that's the technical term) the lid while the case is closed. When you open it, there's a little puddle/smear of ink for you to dip your Aquapainter in!

There are clouds and sky at the top of the image, but they're hard to see in the photo. The other thing that's hard to see is how I accented the eyes of all the animals:

I used Crystal Effects on all the eyes to bring a little freaky shine to them. {smile}

There are some great sentiments in this set, and I'll be sharing more samples of them soon! The set is available in photopolymer (my preference), clear mount, and wood mount.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Last Day for Free Shipping and a Butterfly Thinlits Update!

Today is the last day! 
Get your order in while Free Shipping 
is still available!

Butterfly Thinlits Update: 
The Butterfly Thinlits are still on the ship on the West Coast. The container has not yet been unloaded. They are expected to arrive in the warehouse sometime next week. Because of this delay, Stampin Up is offering a special "make-it-up-to-you" deal! 

Beginning the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available through April 30, 
there will be two special offers:

    Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount--just $21.20!

    Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price 
    and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

       Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item 138633)
        Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (item 138634)
        Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 138635)

(The Butterfly Basics Stamp set is currently available for order. I suggest the Photopolymer version for ease of placement and price savings. 137154 Price: $23.95)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mini cards and a Berry Basket

More 3x3 cards from my Berry Basket mini cards project. Yes, they use the now-retired Best Year Ever DSP, but there are lots of beautiful papers still available!

My challenge to you today is to make some 3x3 cards--use what you already have and show me (here or on my Facebook page) what you made.

Lots of occasions coming up: weddings, birthdays, Mother's Day, Memorial Day--and we can always use a few love notes to drop in unexpected places or thank yous for someone who made a difference. Let's stamp!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I'm All Abloom with Thanks

The Hello You Thinlits are available again, and getting them with free shipping makes it that much better!

This simple card uses 2 different patterns from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack. It's a great choice for spring, and the color combinations are fun! Inspired by the DSP, I combined Mossy Meadow (a 2014-16 In Color) with Pistachio Pudding (a 2013-2015 In Color).

NOW is the time to order any ink refills, cardstock, or accessories to go with your Pistachio Pudding (and Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Coastal Cabana!) 
before they sell out! The retiring list will be out April 21, 
and the 2013-15 In Colors will sell out within hours. Don't wait! 

I decided to show you my first version of this card, which I made at the end of a long stamping session, when I was tired. {smile} It was super simple but fine for my purpose, which was to show the Hello You Thinlits. Unfortunately, when I was cleaning some extra glue from behind the "thanks," I smudged the "so much." Sigh. So I decided to use Strawberry Slush (picked up from the strip of All Abloom) to re-stamp the sentiment and add it over top. Here's the original:

I like the second version (at the top of this post) SO MUCH better! (See what I did there?) That little pop of color really brightened up the card and made it more fun.

Get your Hello You Thinlits and the coordinating set, Crazy About You, either separately or in a bundle at a 15% discount. It's available in Wood, Clear, and Photopolymer.

Stamps: Crazy about You
Paper: Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, All Abloom DSP Stack
Ink: Mossy Meadow
Accessories: Hello You Thinlits, Bitty Banners Framelits

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Weekly Deals April 7

Amazing Weekly Deals! Some great deals on thinlits and framelits for your die cutting collection!

Remember that all orders this week (April 6-10) get FREE SHIPPING!

The 2013-2015 In Colors (Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Pistachio Pudding) will all retire soon! They always sell out within hours of the release of the retiring list (April 21), so order them this week! Ink refills, cardstock, baker's twine, DSP stack--get them before they're gone.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Free Shipping and the Berry Basket

Stampin Up is offering a great promotion--Free Shipping on any purchase today (April 6) through Friday (April 10)! Get your order in and save BIG! 

Another Berry Basket--this one full of 3x3 cards and envelopes. I lined the basket with Designer Series Paper (DSP) by cutting 2 extra basket pieces from the (now retired) Sale-a-bration Best Year Ever DSP.

3x3 cards are really fun to make. Here are two from this set. I'll show the others in the next few days. 

Stamps: Big Day (Retired SAB), Sew You (March Paper Pumpkin)
Paper: Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP (Retired SAB), Crushed Curry
Ink: Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Itty Bitty Accents Punches, Word Bubble Framelits, Hello You Thinlits, Berry Basket Die

Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring Berry Baskets!

Gift baskets for friends. I love this Berry Basket!

Stamps: Crazy about You, One Tag Fits All, Pictogram Punches
Paper: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Strawberry Slush
Accessories: Berry Basket Die, Note Tag Punch, Baker's Twine, Rhinestones

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Strawberry Easter Basket--No Fooling!

This cute basket is made with the Stampin Up Berry Basket Die. It goes together VERY quickly--always a nice quality--and makes a great Easter basket, gift basket, or storage container.

At Stamp Club in March, we made cardstock strawberries to fill our baskets, because they're so cute! I looked on Pinterest for the strawberry template and used this one. I printed it on white cardstock, then traced it onto Real Red for the strawberries. It's a very simple shape to cut. Don't let it scare you off! Then emboss with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, score, and adhere together. The template provides a "leaf," but I cut them out with one of the Flower Fair Framelits instead. Thread Pistachio Pudding baker's twine through the top of the strawberry "petals," then through the "leaf," and pull tight. Tie in a bow. You could put something small inside the strawberry if you wanted to, but we didn't.

Here's another view of the basket:
I'll be featuring more Berry Baskets in the next several days so you can be as excited about this die as I am! Happy Spring!


Stamps: Crazy About You, One Tag Fits All, Pictogram Punches       
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Kraft Gift Wrap (Clearance Rack), Real Red, Wild Wasabi   
Ink: Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Sky   
Accessories: Berry Basket Bigz Die, Note Tag Punch, Flower Fair Framelits (leaf), Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (flower), Baker’s Twine in Baked Brown Sugar and Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky Seam Binding