Stampin Up! Annual Catalog 2016-2017

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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Awesome Swaps from our Team Meeting

I want to share a few of the swaps that members of my team made for our #1 Stampers Meeting Swap. The theme for this swap was unique folds. The girls came up with some great designs, as you will see.

The photo quality isnt the best. I took the pictures in a hurry, before they were swapped out. But they are still pretty awesome.

Here's the first one, made by Sue Brennan

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Made by: Mary Moody

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Made by: Heidi Carr

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Made by: Tauni Caylor

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Made by: Jamie Bartley

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I always love seeing what these talented ladies create. It's one of the special events that we look forward to at our team meetings.

I hope you enjoyed them!

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Happy Mail

Today I received a darling hand stamped card in the mail from my friend, Connie Heisey.

Oh how I love getting happy mail! Connie made this card with the beautiful "Oh So Succulent" stamp set and coordinating framlets... which is retiring, by the way. So, get it while you can!

It has so much dimension and color. I like the way she sponged the edges of the petals. It looks like a real flower!

I just love this soft and subtle colors of this card.

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Here's a close up of all the layers. The framelits in this set are amazing!

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Thanks again to Connie, for my fun surprise in the mail today. I skipped the whole way back from the mailbox!

And... thank you for stopping by!

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Stamping Technique- Orange Peel with Video

 I was honored to be asked to do a presentation and demonstration at the Stampin' Up! Live "On Stage" Convention last year in SLC.  As many of you recall, I shared some of the cards with you from the stamping demonstration that I did.

Many of you asked for a video of the orange peel technique. At the time, I had not started doing videos. So, since I've recently started making videos on You Tube, I thought this was as good a time as any to share the technique again with you- especially since the awesome, Fresh Fruit stamp set is about to retire. Its the perfect set to use with this technique.

I call this the "orange peel" technique, because it looks the the skin of an orange when its finished.

Its an embossing technique, using inks, water, watercolor paper and clear emboss powder.

I'll share a few samples with you here and the video will be featured below. I hope you enjoy it!

I used the Fresh Fruit stamp set and Farm Stand designer paper, along with the Cucumber Crush striped ribbon- all of which are retiring. Order these items here- before they are gone! (then click on Shop Now to take you to the retired list) Or click on the actual products listed at the end of this post to order.

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Here's a close up of the peach using the Orange Peel technique:

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This technique gives the stamped image, that bumpy, uneven, shiny, orange peel texture. Its really very pretty.

Here are a few other samples before you watch the video:

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A close up of the strawberries:

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The juicy pear:

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It looks so cool and good enough to eat!

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And a little spray of flowers..

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It looks like dew drops on the Fresh Fruit flower images, doesn't it?

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Be sure to check out the video below.

Its such a "fun" and "wow" technique. I hope you give it a try!

Until the next time...

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Sneak Peek- Stampin' Up! On Stage Event- Richmond, VA

This past weekend, I traveled to Richmond, VA with my bf, Raelene. We attended one of Stampin' Up's regional events for demonstrators only.

I have to say, we had so much fun- as we always do at these amazing training opportunities that Stampin' Up provides for us.

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We received so many gifts! I attended a leaders event on Friday night, called Centre Stage. In addition to a fabulous dinner and guest speaker, we received a couple great gifts. This apron was one of them... If you're local, you'll see me sporting this darling smock very soon. Even though, my bff, Raelene wasn't able to attend, I didn't forget about her... I saved my double chocolate cake just for her!

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Raelene made this adorable gift for me. She's got some mad skills and I love everything she creates. Isn't this darling gift box and post it note pad, gorgeous?

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This is our bags, badges and some of the goodies we received at check in. Oh wait..... what do I spy in this photo? Why its the NEW 2017-2018 "In" Colors! This isn't the best lighting, but these colors are so pretty in person. You are going to love them.

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And.... here's a look at some of the free stuff that we hauled home! Yes, you are seeing some of the new 2017-2018 Stampin Up Catalog products!

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Ta Da! Here's a sneak peek of what's coming in June. Isn't it beautiful?!

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I hope you enjoyed a few sneak peeks from our wonderful trip and Stampin Up On Stage event.

Stay tuned for more coming soon.

Until then....

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Stamping Technique: Black Magic with Blooms and Wishes

I have a very cool stamping technique to share today. This technique uses whisper white craft ink, basic black cardstock and watercolor pencils.

Its kind of like coloring on black cardstock, but the color really pops off of the black background.

I used the Blooms and Wishes stamp set because its a nice big bold image. You want to use a bold image and not an outline image.

I stamped the image in whisper white craft ink, then let it dry. It takes about 5 minutes to dry, or you can dry it with a heat tool to speed up the drying time. Once its dry, simply color it in with watercolor pencils.

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I have a video posted below with step by step instructions on how I colored in the flower image. I added a white perfect accent to the middle of the flower to make it really stand out. The background of the card is stamped with the Diagonal Stripes Background stamp in daffodil delight ink. I placed a sheet of vellum over the stripes and stamped the greeting with black stazon ink.

Here's a close up of how the colors were blended onto the whisper white craft ink.

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Have a look at the video below for complete details on how to make your own card using the very cool, Black Magic stamping technique.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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