Wednesday, June 6, 2018

NEW CATALOG FAVORITES - Creative Circle Design Team

Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop!  This month we are showcasing items from the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.  I have FIVE cards for you today - once I started, I couldn't stop. So why not post them all? Four of the cards use the Varied Vases Bundle and one card uses the new Caligraphy Essentials stamp set.

1. I used the new "Lovely Lipstick"ink and the Varied Vases Stamp Set. I like the color so much, I decided to use it all by itself (well, paired with Basic Black and Whisper White).

2.  I mixed it up on this one and used Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, and Mango Melody - all new Stampin' Up! Colors. Love them all.

3.  I saw this color combination and fell in love with it - it's the new Highland Heather paired with my absolute favorite Coastal Cabana, which was retired, but came back! Woohoo! I even sponged the backside of one of the Pearlized Doilies with Coastal Cabana ink.

4.  Then an "older" color, but also one of my favorites: Rich Razzleberry. I love the new matching 1/4" Velvet Ribbon.

Here's the inside of this card:

5.  This "Hello Sweet Friend" card is my favorite. It's going to get mailed after a class to my dear friend Vicki, who moved out of state. I miss her terribly. I used Caligraphy Essentials and Beautiful Bouquet to make this card. I love the new Soft Sea Foam color and I paired it with Powder Pink.

Look at the shimmer on both the Pearlized Doily and the 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon in Powder Pink. The tulip is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

That's it for today - I would love to hear which card is your favorite.

Be sure to see the rest of the team's creations - they all wow me. Just click on the links below.

Happy stamping,

Sunday, May 20, 2018

CREATIVE INKING BLOG HOP - Sneak Peek - 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Welcome to the Creative Inking Blog Hop! This month we are showcasing "sneak peeks" of our favorite items in the 2018-2019 Catalog.

I chose the "Varied Vases" stamp set and punch bundle from our list of items to pre-order. The paper is the new "In-Color 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper". I don't know about you, but I'm loving all the new colors as well as the colors brought back from long ago.

These two new in-colors, "Blueberry Bushel" and "Pineapple Punch" go well together, so I made three different plain & easy cards.

I added the new "Pearlized Doilies" to this first one and some rhinestones to dress it up a little (and yes, the flowers are fussy-cut, but it's an easy fussy-cut. The ribbon is the new "1/8" Grossgrain Ribbon" in Blueberry Bushel.

I love how the stamps line up perfectly to add color to the flowers:

Here's another awesome stamp from the new catalog, called "Handwritten". I used it for the background on this card:

Ok, so I threw in another card made with the new in-color "Grapefruit Grove" and the new "5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon". 

I hope you enjoyed my quick & easy cards today. Now let's go see what the rest of our talented hoppers have for you. Just click on the Next below to see what Lori Mueller has created.

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

CREATIVE CIRCLE DESIGN TEAM - Saying Goodbye to a Favorite

Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team Hop. This month we are saying goodbye to a favorite that's on the Retiring List (sniff). I had lots of favorites and ended up doing four projects for you (and a bonus)! 

Even though I'm sad to see certain stamp sets go away, I always look forward to the new. But, frankly, I'm really all about the Designer Papers. I am a scrapbooker at heart. Paper is my thing, even in cardmaking. I loved the printed Designer Papers in the 2017-2018 catalog and the 2018 Occasions Catalog (by the way, you can still order those until May 31 or until they are gone forever). Saying goodbye is not so hard because I still use them - in scrapbooking and making albums. Here are five of my favorites:

1. Tutti-Frutti

Do you clip dessert recipes out of magazines? I do. And I'm notorious for writing down recipes from friends on a scrap of paper. Now they'll be organized in my 6 x 6" purse album until I can try them and add to my cookbook.

Each page is a different type of dessert - cakes, cookies, pies, and bars. The pockets hold the clippings.

The back sides of the pages highlight all these beautiful papers.

2. Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper:

I love adding Dazzling Diamonds glitter to my flowers. Here's some close-ups - isn't this paper beautiful? The glitter really makes the flowers stand out (by the way, they are fussy-cut from the paper):

3. Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper

Love this character parade and the colors! 

4.  Sweet Soiree

This little album is waiting for bridal shower pictures. My granddaughter is getting married next year and I can't wait to gift her this album full of pictures from her shower:

I finally learned the right way to bind an album - now I'll be unstoppable:

Each page has a pocket to either journal or add more pictures:

Here are the inside pages, ready to be decorated:

And as a bonus, here's an easy scrapbook layout I did when Sale-A-Bration ended. I taught a class with this layout at a recent crop:

5.  Bubbles and Fizz:

Can't wait to show you all the new catalog goodies. Attend one of my stamp camps (next one is May 19 - just click on the Calendar of Events above to contact me). You can now order the "Share What You Love Suite" in my online store. You can see the suite options HERE. May's host code is: YVZQ4ANQ. Also, see my Customer Rewards (in addition to Stampin' Up! Rewards). 

I hope you enjoyed my projects. Now let's go see what our other talented designers have for us! JUST CLICK ON THE NAMES BELOW. And a special welcome to the new member of our team, Lisa Eisner! 

Happy stamping,

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Welcome to the April Creative Inking Blog Hop. This month we're doing a sketch challenge. I love making cards from sketches and this sketch is amazingly easy and amazingly versatile! Here's the sketch:
The best thing about this sketch is the straightforward elements - you can add anything and even move the shape (heart in this instance), make it into a square or circle, or make the three rectangles shorter/longer. You could use any matching papers and stamp set with this sketch.

I chose two different sets - "Magical Day" and "Apron of Love". I will be sad to see Magical Day retire from the Spring Catalog on May 31 (order now before it's gone forever), but the Apron of Love stamp set and framelits are staying and will be available to purchase until at least June 1 of 2019.

I used the "Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper (for both cards) and the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper for the Mermaid card. Cardstock is Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist for the Mermaid, and Berry Burst, Smoky Slate, and Basic Gray for the Knight card.

I fussy-cut a star from the printed paper and added to the upper left hand corner (popped) to provide balance and dimension.

I used the "Tutti-frutti" Designer Series Paper and the Apron of Love bundle for this card. I punched a few orange slices out with the 3/4" circle punch and popped them to give the card a little dimension. I used Peek-a-boo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, and Whisper White cardstock on the card.

Here's some close-ups:

I hope you enjoyed my cards today. Let's go see what the talented Lori Mueller did with this sketch! Just follow the links below:

 Happy Stamping,

Click on the link below to see all the retiring products and stock up before they're gone forever!

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