I can’t believe that I’m already posting Halloween cards but it will be here before we know it. I mean August is almost half over. Yikes! It’s been a busy few months for me. I’ve been painting kitchen cabinets which I finished but still have lots of touch ups and wood work to finish. With the new Holiday catalog in my hands, I am having a hard time thinking about painting when all I want to do is stamp!!! There is so much in this new catalog. I told myself that I wasn’t going to go crazy this year but guess what? I lied to myself! lol Anyway these two cards were made with the Birds of a Feather set. I thought they were so cute and could be used for little ones that you may know!
I knew the minute I saw “Seaside Notions” (149278) in the new Stampin Up Annual Catalog that I had to have it! I love the sort of whimsical look of the seahorse as well as the seashells that are included in this set. I stamped the sea horse twice. The first one is stamp in Crush Curry ink on Crush Curry card stock and the other is stamped with Mango Melody ink on Mango Melody card stock and then they were both cut out by hand. I use to not be a fan of “fussy” cutting but the more I do it the more I don’t mind. I also added a little glitter to each horse. Then I took framelits from “Smooth Sailing” (149576), the tall grass and cut it out with the new “Noble Peacock” foil sheets (149495) and the shorter fern like framelit is from the “Under the Sea” (146334) set and used with the new yummy Perennial Essence Vellum (149101) in So Saffron. It also comes in Petal Pink and Old Olive. The background paper is from the Perennial Essence Designer Paper Pack (149100). I colored the rhinestones with my Mango Melody Blends and added some of the beautiful Reversible Ribbon (149496) on the Peacock side. The card base is Old Olive card stock.
This little piggy just makes me want to giggle and so when Stampin Up offered the words, “Let’s Get Together and Giggle” from a FREE set called Part of My Story, this piggy came to mind. I stamped the image and the words in Memento Black and colored with my Stamping Blends; Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo for the cheeks, and Daffodil Delight for the flower. Call Me Clover was used for the leaf and grass. Don’t you love the black and white check paper? Another freebie from the Sale-a-bration catalog. It’s in the Botanical Butterfly DSP package. The wooden leaf is ANOTHER freebie in the Butterfly Elements packet offered in the Sale-a-bration catalog that you can get when you spend $50. The 1/4″Daffodil Delight double stitched ribbon completes the card. Oh wait a minute! I forgot to mention the the rectangle stitched framelit. It comes in a package of 13 dies which are all different sizes.
I love background stamps and this musical pattern is one of my favorites. The Incredible You stamp set has these cute little floral images that I added to the bottom of this card using Pear Pizazz, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, and Berry Burst. I think this card would brighten anyones day. Don’t you?
So what do you do with all the leftovers from your January Paper Pumpkin? You put them on a yummy Chocolate Guiness Stout Cake you make for your hubby for Valentine’s Day! I really wanted to add more hearts all over the cake but I didn’t want to waste a bit of the ganache on anything other than my lips and of course my husband’s!!! Thank you to Michelle Burkett for making this first and posting it. Michelle, I can’t wait to taste it. I guess I will let my husband have the first piece!
I just love this stamp set. When you first look at the images you may think that there isn’t much you can do with it. But all week I posted different cards on my Facebook page so that customers could see what you could do with this set. I am in love with it. I love the versatility of it and the fonts they use for the words. The chiffon ribbon and wooden flowers are two of the freebies you can get in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.
I love love love this multi heart framelit found in the “Be Mine Stitched Framelits. ” An added plus to this die is that when you cut it out, it gives you lots of little hearts of different sizes to use to embellish your card and many others. I used Rose and Sparkle glimmer paper to cut the hearts out. I embossed the two large hearts using one of the images from the “Meant To Be set” along with the words. In the background is a little splash of Blushing Bride ink using watercoloring. As I said in my last post and I will say again in this one, this card can be used for more than just Valentines.
My plan was to not buy anything from the new 2019 Occasions catalog this year and just concentrate on the annual catalog. Then I went to Onstage in Orlando this past November and those plans just went out the window!!! I love so much about this catalog and so will you. The other great thing about this time of year is the Sale-a-bration catalog full of awesome FREE goodies. The “Meant to Be” stamp set is full of hearts and wonderful words. It has a framelit set called “Be Mine Stitched” that is awesome! It has some great cutouts that can be used in so many ways. And even though this seems like it’s just for Valentines; it’s not. You can give this card to anyone at anytime. I also incorporated the leaf using a thinly from the “Flourish” thinlit set and the sprig is from the “Frosted Bouquet” framelit dies that carried over from the Holiday catalog. The words love and you came from a new “must have” framelit set in the Occasions called “Well Written”. I colored the flowers with Flirty Flamingo and Old Olive blends. A little baker’s twine and voila’. If you have any questions feel free to email me or leave a comment at the bottom of this entry.
The focus this year at the Stampin Up Convention in Orlando, Florida was simple stamping. For many of us seasoned stampers this is no easy task. We love our many layers and embellishments and a simple card just seems naked without all the extras. But we stampers also like a good challenge and so I came home and pulled out my Timeless Tidings from the Holiday catalog and went to work. A simple holly image stamped in Memento ink and colored with Stampin Blends. Quick, easy, yet elegant. A little Merry Christmas stamped in Shaded Spruce and voila!
Wanted to share my recent experience when traveling to California to see my youngest daughter. First let me just say, Never underestimate the power of a hand stamped card! Prior to leaving I grabbed about 6 “Thank You” cards and wrote the following message in each of them; “Thank you for your service today. I really appreciated it”. As it often happens, my flight was delayed causing me to miss my connecting flight in Atlanta. This also caused me to lose precious time with my daughter because now instead of getting to Sacramento at 11am, I would be getting in at almost 5pm and instead of one connection, now I had 3 more! Ugh! Anyway the flight attendant at the gate was very nice and was trying to get me aisle seats for the rest of my flights (3 more) but the computer only would allow him to get me an aisle seat for the next leg of my trip. I thanked him for trying and as I walked away I gave him one of my cards. Well even before my flight left the runway, I got an email saying that my next two flights had been upgraded to first class!!!! Thank you Tony!!! (The attendants name). On my way home, my oldest daughter was traveling with me and we both had aisle seats but not side by side but one in back of the other. So I went to the attendant at the gate and asked her if she could possibly arrange our aisle seats across from each other. She said she was busy at the moment but would see what she could do. Well about 15 minutes later I was paged back to the gate desk and the attendant had indeed arranged for our seats across from each other. It was a 5 hour flight so to be able to spend some time together was special. As we were getting ready to board the plane, I stopped at the desk to give the attendant a card but she was busy with another customer so I gave it to the lady next to her and asked her to give it to her. This lady turned out to be her supervisor. Well half way down the tube to the plane, the supervisor found me and told me Thank you so much for giving the attendant the beautiful card. That it meant so much to the attendant and also the the supervisor. She said it wasn’t often that anyone ever said anything nice to them. Usually it was always complaints. I told the supervisor that the attendant had been kind enough to honor my request even when she was super busy and was nice as well. So I know this is a long entry but I wanted to say a card can go a long way, not only for us but for others. Many of us hoard our cards and they pile up in a drawer somewhere. They are meant to be shared and to give others pleasure. So hope this helps someone else as it did me and a few flight attendants.