Stampin' Up Eastern Palace Suite- Early Release!

First of all, I'm not much of a Medallion stamp set loving person. I mean they are pretty and all, but they just don't appeal much to me.

I thought the same of the new Eastern Palace Suite, when Stampin Up released it early to demonstrators last month. That was until I saw some of the gorgeous, and I mean, gorgeous, samples that the Stampin' Up Artisians had created with it.

Well, that did it for me. So, I had to order it for myself and case some of those great ideas from the cards that the SU Artisians had made. I wanted to share those here with you.

This stamp set and thinlits will be featured in the New 2017-2018 Stampin Up Catalog, However, Stampin' Up is releasing it early to the public, so this suite will be available on May 1st to all of you!

There are two special kits and each of them come with something FREE! I'll be posting that for you as well!

Once I had the Eastern Beauty stamp set and coordinating thinlits actually in my hands, I started making my own creations as well. Those, I will share with you next time. But, for now, here's a sampling of the many uses of this stamp set and thinlits as cased from the amazing Stampin Up Artisians, Miriam van Eyden, Kimberly Van Diepen, Cathy Caine, and Martha Inchley of Canada, in that order.

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I'm not sure where I found this idea. But if its you and you see this, please let me know so I can give credit. I love this ombre' look!

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Here's a couple more. I can't help myself. I'm addicted... and there is more where these came from. Yes, those are new "IN COLORS" -Coming in June. Inspired by Martha Inchley.

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One more fancy one...

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Look at all those beautiful pearls...

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Here's the whole bunch of beautiful cards, all made with the Eastern Palace Suite which includes the Eastern Beauty stamp set and Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

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I hope you enjoyed all of these great samples inspired by some amazingly talented Stampin' Up Artisians.

I'll be posting more of my creations with this set in the days to come.

Remember- YOU can order these SPECIAL BUNDLES on May 1st- see prices and items listed below.

The Premier Bundle comes with FREE very vanilla thick cardstock and very vanilla envelopes.

The Starter Bundle, comes with FREE very vanilla note cards and envelopes. The both include 3 of the NEW In Color ink pads and the Premier Bundle includes the coordinating thinlits- a must have! ( the thinlits have at least 42+ different creative combinations!)

Click on images below to order on May 1st!

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Biggest Birthday Ever- Retiring - Get it before its gone forever...

Stampin' Up's Biggest Birthday Ever stamp set and coordinating, Wish Big Framelit dies, are retiring. Such a fun set and since its a birthday set, it can be used over and over again for all ages and genders.

I'm going to give three reasons why everyone should have this stamp set on their shelves! Its a must have, so don't let it slip by, because it will never ever be back again.

Reason #1: Anyone know any Birthday Girls that would be over the moon with this Princess birthday card?

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So sparkly and girly... by the way, the blushing bride glimmer paper and sequin trim as well as the Polka Dots emboss folder are retiring too. I've also used the Cupcake Cutouts Framelit dies for the words, "sweet" and "wish" below.

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Reason #2: What birthday boy, girl, man or woman doesn't love ice cream on their birthday?

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It looks good enough to eat, right?

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Reason #3- Last but not least, the cake. Gotta have a yummy piece of cake at every birthday celebration. Its an absolute must!

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Check out the shimmery icing. Made with a swipe of the Wink of Stella brush in clear.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the sweet and yummy birthday cards and can understand why this set is so amazing.

Be sure to check out the entire retired list on my website. ( SHOP NOW) Don't miss out on some great discounts and awesome stamps and accessories! See the retired list here:  PDF US 

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One of my all time favorite stamp sets is Retiring.. so sad

I was hoping the day would never come... One of my all time favorite stamp sets and coordinating dies are retiring. I loved "Flower Patch" from the moment I laid eyes on it.

The flowers are so stinkin' cute and the coordinating framelits fit just about every image in the entire stamp set.

Its truly is an awesome duo. I've used this set so many times for so many occasions. I used it in every ink and cardstock color imaginable as well. So, in honor of its retirement, I've made up a few cards to share with you as a final fairwell to one of my favorite stamp sets ever.

We will be making one of these cards at Kim's Card Class next week. I won't say which one... it will be a surprise to those who are attending.

Here's the first one. Quick and easy, but ever so cheerful, sweet and lovely.

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The colors that I chose for these cards are: Pool Party, Marina Mist, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizazz and Wild Wasabi. This is a 2 step stamp set so I layered the colors on top of each other for this dimensional look.

Soft sky was used on this card in place of the pool party. I used the coordinating framelits on this card as well.

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One more card to share with you.

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And here's a fun close up :)

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I hope you enjoyed this set as much as I do. And if you don't have it, you're going to want to get it. There's nothing like it, even in the new catalog. Its awesome and amazing and fabulous and thats the honest truth!

If you'd like to see more samples, click on the Flower Patch link in the list on my sidebar. It will take you to the other cards made with this set, that I have posted on my blog. Enjoy!

Thanks so much for visiting today.

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Blooming Inspiration

This week a few long- time friends and I made a trip to Pittsburgh, to visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 

I love flowers and plants. However, I do not have a green thumb. I wish I did. Seems everyone I know, loves to garden, including two of the three friends that accompanied me to Phipps.

I've known these girls since Jr. High School and we have always kept in touch. Actually, 3 of us all live in the same neighborhood, still today.  Lori and Billie Jo, live within a mile or less of me, but Lucy lives in Florida. She has lived in some very cool places since leaving our home town, including Singapore.

We always try to get together when Lucy is home. On this particular occasion, it was near Lucy's birthday, so we celebrated with a trip to Pittsburgh.

Of course, good food and fun places to visit are always a must. We chose Pamela's in the Strip District for our morning meal. This place is kind of a big deal. The First Lady ate here when she was in town and I do know that Pamela was invited to the White House by President Obama, to cook with his chefs. Pretty cool, huh?

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Pamela's is known for their crepe pancakes and they have a variety of options, from plain, to banana, strawberry and croissant french toast. 

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The portions are huge. We ate until we couldn't eat any more. Everything was so very good.

After breakfast, we were off to the Conservatory. The all glass building is stunning, especially in the sunlight.

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The flowers, plants and trees were so lovely. I especially love the orchids. 

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The succulents were so colorful and cute. IMG_4739

 Umbrellas brightened up the Asian gardens.

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This is one of the many amazing, Chihuly Glass Sculptures.

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We spent over 3 hours wandering around the huge exhibit, both inside and out. They even had a vegetable garden! 

We sure worked up an appetite over those 3 hours. So, we decided to have dinner at a well known restaurant in Pittsburgh, called The Church Brew Works. Its an old church that was converted into a lofty space that serves delicious food and brew. I don't drink beer, but it is very cool to see the gigantic vats of beer located throughout the restaurant. 

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The Church Brew Works has a traditional Pittsburgh menu, including our famous perogies. Lucy took full advantage of being back home, and ordered the Buffalo Chicken Perogies. Yum.

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As always, it was a fun filled trip, full of laughs, reminiscing and story telling. Being with these ladies is always good for my soul. <3

Our trip to Phipps and all those gorgeous flowers, plants and beautiful colors, definitely inspired me to pull out my favorite flower stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! Catalog, "Flower Patch" and "Remarkable You." 

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I hope these lovely flowers and gardens brightened your day and inspired you too.

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