Friday, June 11, 2010

Stampin' Addicts Retiring Sets Mega Hop 2010 - Enjoy Every Moment

Thank you for joining me today! You have found the Stampin' Addicts 2010 Retiring Sets Mega Hop! I'm stop 9 on the hop. You only have a few weeks left to grab the sets you see here, so don't delay! Call your Stampin' Up demo today! The blog hop will make a complete circle, so keep following the links to see all of the fabulous projects!

If you are following the hop, you just came from Sara's blog where she featured Best Wishes and More, a super-versatile set fit for just about any occasion! I love the stationery set she made! Isn't it so cute? A perfect gift for a house-warming gift, don't you think?

The set I'm featuring is Enjoy Every Moment. What I love so much about this set is how the pieces fit together and integrate to create multiple images. Did you know that the larger flower with the dot outline is a perfect fit around the dotted circle O on the Enjoy stamp? I've tried to layer the stamps in my projects for a variety of different looks. I'll be posting details this coming week about some of the projects and I'll show you the other page of that scrapbook layout. So be sure to add me to your favorites or to your blog reader and I'll see you later next week!

The first project was a card using this week's Mojo Monday sketch (#142). The enjoy stamp is quite large for a card, but there are several ways to add it as a focal point. On this card, I used my Stamp-a-majig and placed the letters in a "haphazard" fashion (Yeah, right! I stamped that piece four times!). I also subbed that pointy flower in for the dotted circle O. A quick rumpled flower (using the large flower in the Birds and Blooms Sizzlet set) and a clip from the clip assortment round this card out.

The second project is a case from the catalog and I made it this week to send to someone special. (Someone's having a BABY!!! But my lips are sealed. And see the gender-neutral colors? [Big happy smiles!]) The original card was on page 144 of the Idea Book and Catalog. The card is simple and shows that this "friendly" set has a lot of uses!

The final project is a scrapbook page. I used SCSC241 as a base and modified it a little. I used a lot of layering on this page to include some two-stampin' effects as well as popped images on top of images. I stamped the title in white craft ink and embossed using white embossing powder. A little piercing added a touch of detail. I can't wait for you to see the other page of this layout and hear the story behind it! Come back on Tuesday for the Blog Hop Deets!

I hope you have enjoyed my projects using this cute set. Before you head off to call your demonstrator to place your order, check out Holly's blog. You will definitely want to put Hoppy for you on your next order! I can't believe that that lily pad! So precious! Thank you for checking out the Stampin' Addicts blog hop. We'd love to see you on the website!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Between Neighbors

I get hit by the genius stick so seldom in life that I have to share when I do. When I got my sneak peek of the summer mini catalog I instantly fell in love with one of the sets - Bouquet Bunch. I don't know that anyone else loved this set as much as I did. Isn't it a crazy set to love so much? I saw this set and almost immediately pictured this card in my mind. Isn't it just amazing? I really impressed myself! The card was very tedious with a lot of cutting and steps. I had originally planned for this to be a card for one of my classes, but it took me over two hours to get this card finished. So for now, I'll just have to treasure it on my own! The sky is sponged using the scallop circle punch as a mask for clouds. The fence is actually made from the medium jewelry tag punch - 24 of them! It is two punches tall with the ribbon strategically placed to cover where the top of one meets the bottom of the other. Each medium jewelry tag punch is sponged with river rock around all of the edges. The leaves were colored with garden green and old olive markers to look more realistic. They were cut out around the outer leaves and layered with dimensionals to give the appearance of some of the leaves spilling out over the fence.

Bashful blue cardstock (#105120, $5.50)
Melon mambo cardstock (#115320, $5.50)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730, $7.50)
Bouquet bunch (#118529-W, $13.95; #120039-C, $10.95)
Bashful blue stampin' pad (#105209, $5.95)
Melon mambo stampin' pad (#115656, $5.95)
Garden green stampin' marker (#100080, $3.25)
Old olive stampin' marker (#100079, $3.25)
Melon mambo polka dot grosgrain ribbon (#115611, $9.95)
Scallop circle punch (#109043, $15.95)
Word window punch (# 105090, $15.95)
Modern label punch (#116630, $15.95)
Medium jewelry tag punch (#117190, $10.95)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bouquet Bunch with Mojo

This is a card I made several weeks ago. This card is based on the Mojo Monday sketch 140. I actually made it the day the sketch came out! I think it turned out so well!

Soft saffron cardstock (#105118, $5.50)
Old olive cardstock (#100702, $5.50)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730, $5.50)
Sweet Pea DSP (Retired)
Basic brown stampin' pad (#104315, $5.95)
Chocolate chip stampin' pad (#100908, $5.95)
Taken with teal stampin' pad (#103257, $5.95)
Old olive stampin' pad (#102277, $5.95)
Chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon (#109051, $7.95)
Hodgepodge very vanilla hardware (#112454, $29.95)
Tiny tags (#118091-W, $22.95; #118592-C, $16.95)
Bouquet bunch (#118529-W, $13.95; #120039-C, $10.95)
Aqua painter (#103954, $16.95)
Curly label punch (#112208, $15.95)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Flowers for Father

This is a quick and easy card for Dad. It came together in just a few minutes and was super easy!

Crushed curry cardstock (#115319, $5.50)
Soft suede cardstock (#115318, $5.50)
Very vanilla cardstock (#101650. $7.50)
Flowers for every season (#111592, $14.95)
Well Scripted (Retired)
Basic brown stampin' pad (#104315, $5.95)
Soft suede stampin' pad (#115657, $5.95)
Crushed curry stampin' pad (#115659, $5.95)
Dusty durango stampin' pad (#115654, $5.95)
Old olive stampin' pad (#102277, $5.95)
Real red stampin' pad (#103133, $5.95)
Large oval punch (#107305, $15.95)
Scalloped oval punch (#114889, $15.95)
Aqua painter (#103954, $16.95)
Soft suede polka dot grosgrain ribbon (#115612, $9.95)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Are you ready for a new catalog?

Are you ready for a new Stampin' Up catalog? I can't wait! It will hit your hands in July (as long as you are a current customer or tell me you'd like to become one!). However, in order to get ready for the new catalog year, we have to make room for the TONS of new items we'll be getting. Today SU released the retiring lists of stamps, Definitely Decorative items, and accessories. There are literally HUNDREDS of items on these lists (15 pages long!). Some of my favorite stamp sets are on that list. I'm a little sad to see them go, but I know that means that they will be replaced with new ones! So here are the important deets:

1) SU manufactures their own stamps and Decor Elements, so they don't really "run out". While an item may be backordered, the wait time is usually very short.

2) Accessories are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST only! SU does not manufacture these. Once these are gone, you won't see them again. I would suggest getting these quickly if you want them.

3) All of the retiring Decor Elements are on sale 25% off.

4) Check the retiring accessories list carefully. Some of the items are being reconfigured and will return in a new form. These changes are likely to be mainly packaging and cosmetic in nature. Other items are being sold at a discount. There is also a separate column on this list that shows when an item is sold out, so the list will be updated as July draws nearer.

I've added buttons to my sidebar for the stamps, home decor, and accessories. Those will take you to PDF files you can print. Please contact me if you'd like to place an order or visit my Stampin' Up demonstrator website. If you don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you explore your creativity!